Every week is Consumer Protection Week at the AZ Attorney General’s Office

National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW) is Feb. 28-March 6, and it’s an opportunity for government agencies, consumer protection groups, and people like you to work together to help others …
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entertainment

Zao Theatre presents ‘The Sound of Music’ March 26-April 17

The Sound of Music will be performed Fridays and Saturdays, March 26-April 17 at Zao Theatre in Apache Junction. It will be filled with a trove of cherished songs, including “Climb …
entertainment

Duo Parnas, rising stars of violin and cello, perform online March 18

Presented by Mesa Arts Center as part of the Performing Live series, Duo Parnas, rising stars of violin and cello will be in an online event at 7:30 p.m. March 18. Purchase tickets for $10 …
entertainment

Alton Brown at Mesa Arts Center Nov. 11

Television personality, author and Food Network star Alton Brown will bring “Alton Brown Live – Beyond The Eats” to the Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., on Thursday, Nov. …
entertainment

Desert survival class March 6 at Superstition Mountain Museum

A desert survival and safety class being offered at the Superstition Mountain Museum might be one of the most important classes that you have ever taken. Anyone who hikes or camps should be …

How to communicate with your mule and donkey topic of March 6-7 clinic

An in-person clinic on how to communicate with a mule or donkey is being held at the Queen Valley Mule Ranch March 6-7. “Maybe you’re feeling a bit down about how your animal is …

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Rezonings to be discussed March 10 for retail shops, Los Nietos residential subdivision

Discussion on a rezoning and site plan review of 1.6 acres for the development of a commercial center and a rezoning and preliminary plat for a residential subdivision on 4.55 acres are planned at …
transportation

US60 daytime lane restrictions near Pinto Creek Bridge scheduled March 8

Motorists on U.S. Highway 60 between Miami and Superior will encounter lane restrictions and delays on Monday, March 8, for the Pinto Creek Bridge replacement project. Flaggers and lane …
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Mesa planning board recommends approval for Heritage Grove, Mariposa Estates rezonings

Preliminary plats for Heritage Grove and Mariposa Estates Unit 2 and rezoning 9.4 acres for the development of the two single-residence subdivisions should be approved, a Mesa advisory board …
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Steel rebar plant expansion in Mesa should be approved, planning board says

A modification to a bonus intensity zone overlay and a site plan review of 229 acres for new industrial buildings at a steel rebar business should be approved, a Mesa advisory board recommended …

SRP offers EV charging station incentives to homebuilders

Buyers in the market for a new home could soon have the components to charge an electric or hybrid car. On Thursday, Salt River Project announced a new program that offers incentives for …
OPINION

Aargh. Why is the easy/simple always corrupted into the hard/complicated? Of course, I am talking about masks. In a supermarket I was subjected to a conversation with a total stranger who wore her …

It was a year ago when COVID-19 struck and our world changed.
Senators Mark Kelly and Kyrsten Sinema should support public funding for cultured-meat research, with the goal of making the cell-grown, slaughter-free protein competitive with factory-farmed …
Neighbors
Mission of Mercy Arizona is putting on a Spring into Wellness event during April to help people take better care of their health.

Phoenix nonprofit aims for healthy event

A Phoenix-based nonprofit that works to provide free primary medical care and medications to those in need, will host an April event designed to get people into wellness. Mission of Mercy Arizona …
The city of Mesa joins six other Arizona cities with inclusive non-discrimination ordinances including Winslow, Flagstaff, Sedona, Phoenix, Tempe and Tucson. Arizona has no statewide law barring discrimination against LGBTQ people in employment, housing or public accommodations.

Equality Arizona, ONE Community support passage of non-discrimination ordinance in Mesa

The Mesa City Council on March 1 passed an LGBTQ+ inclusive non-discrimination ordinance. The ordinance will fully protect LGBTQ+ families and individuals from discrimination in public …
“Taken at the end of Delaware just off Lost Dutchman. Beautiful ‘Leap Day’ sunset,” Apache Junction photographer Dawn Ponick said of her March 2020 photo.

Scenic Arizona: ‘Leap Day’ sunset in Apache Junction

The Daily Independent at YourValley.net is publishing submitted photos that highlight the community and showcase Arizona’s beauty. Readers are invited to submit scenic pictures of desert …
Waterfall in the Superstitions, snapped Sept. 23, 2019 by Mesa photographer Steven Wade.

Scenic Arizona: Waterfall in the Superstitions

The Daily Independent at YourValley.net is publishing submitted photos that highlight the community and showcase Arizona’s beauty. Readers are invited to submit scenic pictures of desert …
“This photo shows a flooded area of the desert just south of U.S. Highway 60 near the Dolce Vita Community,” Apache Junction photographer JC Wickey said of the 2019 photo.

Scenic Arizona: Flooded area of the desert

The Daily Independent at YourValley.net is publishing submitted photos that highlight the community and showcase Arizona’s beauty. Readers are invited to submit scenic pictures of desert …
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Mesa Community College online classes available across the nation

Mesa Community College has secured a State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement for students who live in a state outside Arizona while working to earn a degree. The agreement, through the National …
education

Toastmasters host virtual impact education and career fair April 9

Due to the pandemic, many great highly qualified Arizonans have been laid off and Arizona Toastmasters wants to help them. Arizona Toastmasters (District 3) is hosting its second Toastmasters …
Education

Great Hearts Academies hosts hiring fair for Arizona locations

Great Hearts Academies in Arizona is hosting a hiring fair in March with hopes of landing 240 new teachers. The outreach is part of the  Phoenix-based charter school group to find new …
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EVIT board updated on Power Campus expansion construction progress

A replacement chiller to cool buildings is being purchased as part of the expansion of the Power Campus, with no change to the budget, the East Valley Institute of Technology’s governing board …
Education

Legacy Traditional Schools set to open online academy

Legacy Traditional Schools is going online with the launch of Legacy Online Academy, a public, tuition-free online education option. The new online platform will make available to every Arizona …
EDUCATION

Five $1K scholarship awards open to seniors

Credit Union West has announced that the organization’s 2021 Scholarship Program is now accepting applications from high school seniors in Maricopa, Pima, Pinal, Yavapai, Yuma, Mohave, …
education

Dental hygiene students offer free dental services in Mesa

Mesa Community College dental hygiene students are seeking individuals for complimentary oral health screenings on Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health, 5855 E. Still …
Business

Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences is hosting a Virtual Research Night to share the latest discoveries in evidence-based botanical research from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, …

Marcus & Millichap has announced the sale of Walgreens, a 13,905-square-foot net-leased property found within municipal bounds of the city of Tempe. According to Ryan Sarbinoff, regional manager …
Your Health
Entertainment
Duo Parnas is the collaboration of two sisters, violinist Madalyn Parnas and cellist Cicely Parnas.

Duo Parnas, rising stars of violin and cello, perform online March 18

Presented by Mesa Arts Center as part of the Performing Live series, Duo Parnas, rising stars of violin and cello will be in an online event at 7:30 p.m. March 18. Purchase tickets for $10 …
Spring programs include swim lessons, lifeguard training, tennis lessons, spring break camps, adaptive sports and special-interest classes.

Register for Mesa Parks and Recreation programs from swim lessons to volleyball

Registration is underway for Mesa and non-Mesa residents for the city’s parks and recreation spring programs. Spring programs include swim lessons, lifeguard training, tennis lessons, spring …
Queen Creek has splash pads at Founders’ Park, 22407 S. Ellsworth Road and Mansel Carter Oasis Park, 19535 E. Appleby Road.

Splash pad at Founders’ Park in Queen Creek to open March 1

The splash pad at Founders’ Park, 22407 S. Ellsworth Road in Queen Creek, will open for the season on March 1. The splash pad at Mansel Carter Oasis Park, 19535 E. Appleby Road in Queen …
.A photo by Saiyna Bashir.

National Geographic Live Virtual Speaker Series through April 14

Mesa Arts Center is hosting a live virtual speaker series with stunning imagery and stories from National Geographic’s world-renowned photographers, scientists, authors, filmmakers, …
Commemorative Air Force recently flew a B-17 Flying Fortress, B-25 Mitchell Bomber and C-47 Skytrain -- all of which flew service in World War II.

Commemorative Air Force Museum speaker series talk Feb. 20

A presentation on the Norden bombsight is the topic os a Speaker Series event in February at the Commemorative Air Force Museum, 2017 N. Greenfield Road in Mesa. “The Norden Bombsight” …
Obituaries

William (Bill) L. Wisner

William passed away peacefully at home after a long cancer battle at the age of 81.Bill, also known as WL, was born August 13, 1939, to William J. and Edith G. Wisner in Longview, Washington. He grew …

Theodore S. Sulkowski

Theodore, age 90, of Wayne, PA,  died January 11, 2021.He is survived by his wife, Mary (Scarlin) Sulkowski; two sons; and 7 grandchildren. Ted was born in Mt. Pleasant Hospital, …

Paul Joseph Schmitt

Paul passed away on February 22, 2021. He was born on April 16, 1946 in Chicago, Il to John Schmitt and Mary Spieker and was the youngest of five children. Paul was married to his beloved wife …

James Grant Bridgman

James, 81, passed away on February 21, 2021 in Surprise, AZ.  James was born on January 15, 1940 to the late J. Howard and Charlene Bridgman in Newton, KS. He attended Emporia State College and …
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