Locals are Carnegie Hall bound with ProMusica Arizona

Bravo! Locals are Carnegie Hall bound with ProMusica Arizona.   By Sondra Barr and Michelle Talsma Everson Photo by CMQ Photos LLC In 2003, a group of local musicians and singers met in an Anthem living room with the goal of forming a chorale and orchestra in the North Valley. Now, almost 14 years and more than 150 performances later, ProMusica Arizona (PMAZ) has grown to nearly 100 singers and instrum ...

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Big Time: Anthem’s Lennon Hammond enjoys national acting success in Broadway show

Big Time  Anthem’s Lennon Hammond enjoys national acting success in Broadway show. By Michelle Talsma Everson Photos by Michele Celentano While most kids might be excited to have a line or two in the school play, Anthem’s 9-year-old Lennon Hammond was recently cast in his first national tour of a Broadway show. Already a local star with Musical Theater of Anthem (MTA), which was founded in 2008 by his paren ...

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The body language pro gives tips to make that first impression memorable

First Impressions  The body language pro gives tips to make that first impression memorable.  By Paige Bailey If you watch body language pro Barbara Chatzkel in any group setting, the first thing you’ll notice is how intently she observes everything that is going on. As an expert in business body language, Barbara knows that more than 50 percent of a person’s message is delivered nonverbally. Everybody, eve ...

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Ken Slaton: Local resident finds success in the insurance industry

Ken Slaton Local resident finds success in the insurance industry. 85086 Magazine turns the spotlight on an Anthem Area Chamber of Commerce member who’s making a difference in the community. This month, meet Ken Slaton. We recently sat down with him to learn more about him and his business. What were the circumstances surrounding you opening your business? Our parent company, Global Benefits Group, wanted t ...

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Anthem singer/songwriter Jade Sandra strikes a chord with audiences

Viral Hit Anthem singer/songwriter Jade Sandra strikes a chord with audiences. By Sondra Barr Photos by Chadwick Fowler Anthem singer/songwriter Jade Sandra caused quite a stir online with the introduction of the music video for her song Yesterday. Released by ReThink Records, the song racked up over 100,000 views in the first few days of it being released on her Facebook page in June and has since generate ...

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Anthem’s Nicole Rowe is taking center stage as Miss Phoenix

Title Holder Anthem’s Nicole Rowe is taking center stage as Miss Phoenix. By Sondra Barr Photo by Morgan McLane Photography Growing up, Nicole Rowe dreamed of being center stage, but she never thought it’d be competing in a beauty pageant. Now, the 18-year-old Anthem resident is basking in the glow of her new title as Miss Phoenix, while gearing up to compete for the title of Miss Arizona in June. At the ag ...

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Ditch the boring brown bag and opt for one of these stylish options for food transportation this school year

Sack Lunch Ditch the boring brown bag and opt for one of these stylish options for food transportation this school year. By Sondra Barr BUILT Lunchpack––Verdi Tote Bag, $39.99 @builtny.com  VW Campervan Blue Lunch Box, $34.54 @thedesigngiftshop.com  Fender Amp Tin Lunch Box, $12.99 at @amazon.com  Feathered Friends Lunch Bag, $30 @dabbawallabags.com  Green Rocet Lunch Box, $30.95 @us.soyoung.ca   ...

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GET TO KNOW: Sherry-Marie Perguson

GET TO KNOW Sherry-Marie Perguson Sherry-Marie Perguson, 63, came home to Arizona in 2010. She’d previously lived in the East Valley before moving to Oklahoma for five years, and she knew she ultimately wanted to set herself down in Anthem. “We truly love Anthem and knew that was where we wanted to put back down our roots,” Sherry-Marie says. “When we go anywhere in the Valley, as soon as we get off the Loo ...

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Get to Know: Dameon Blair, principal at Caurus Academy

GET TO KNOW Dameon Blair Photo by Scott E. Whitney From the age of 14, Dameon Blair’s been committed to working with kids. He started his educational career as a camp counselor, then a senior counselor, and finally a trail teacher at an outdoor science school in California. Since then, he’s been focused on helping educate youth in the public, private, and charter sectors throughout California and Arizona fo ...

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Beauty Is Only Skin Deep–Or Is It?: Writer and photographer Dawn Hamm catches up with Anthem’s Christina “Tina” Bishop.

Beauty Is Only Skin Deep--Or Is It? Writer and photographer Dawn Hamm catches up with Anthem’s Christina “Tina” Bishop. Christina “Tina” Bishop, born and raised in Billings, Montana, has always enjoyed making people feel good and beautiful. At the tender age of 17, she started doing hair. Tina loved the learning and creative process so much that she remained a “professional student” for years. At age 21, sh ...

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