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5 ways to celebrate Frank Lloyd Wright’s 150th birthday

Frank Lloyd Wright — arguably America’s greatest architect, who spent many years in Arizona — would have turned 150 on Thursday, June 8. Wright died in Phoenix in 1959 at age 91. Wright was a complex man whose personality and designs drew sharp reactions and inspired generations of architects. It’s impossible to study art, design or […]

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Tips for finding low-cost and free local performances

Families don’t need big budgets to enjoy live music, dance or theater performances together. It’s all about knowing where to look and doing a bit of planning. Here are some tips to help you get started. 1. Use social media. Follow your favorite venues and performers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram so you’re the first […]

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Cerreta Candy tours offer chocolatey goodness, fun for all

We felt as if we were walking into “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” as my daughter, Nandini, and I strolled into Cerreta Candy Co. in downtown Glendale. We smelled chocolate, caramel and peppermint. We saw an array of colored candies, from mint chocolates to golden coins. For a moment, we felt happily overwhelmed, unsure […]

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National Geographic Earth Explorers exhibit opens at Arizona Science Center

The National Geographic Earth Explorers exhibit opens this Sunday, Sept. 21 at the Arizona Science Center. The exhibit brings the exploits, equipment and science discoveries from National Geographic expeditions from around the globe into the museum. Families can enjoy videos, informative displays and re-creations that illustrate and represent the adventures of scientists, photographers and cinematographers […]

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Symphony tackles bullying

Sometimes kids, like grown-ups, fight about things that don’t really matter. So playwright and satirist Efraim Sidon, also know as “the Dr. Seuss of Israel,” wrote a book about two brothers fighting over the correct way to cross one’s legs. Is it left over right, or right over left? Composer Avner Dorman discovered the book […]

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Biomimicry helps students blend art and science

If you’ve ever seen a preschooler fasten the Velcro® strips on a pair of sneakers, you’ve witnessed the wonders of biomimicry, which uses properties found in nature to solve human problems. Turns out we owe the invention of Velcro to a Swiss engineer who got curious after a day of hunting. He came home and […]

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Arizona Science Center reveals ancient Egyptian secrets

“Lost Egypt: Ancient Secrets, Modern Science,” on exhibit at the Arizona Science Center in downtown Phoenix from May 31 to September 1, uses science to explore and understand the culture of ancient Egypt. And yes, there is an actual mummy on display as well as X-ray and CT scans giving a glimpse inside the mummy […]

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LEGO® exhibit coming to Heard Museum

LEGO® bricks made their way from buckets to big screens this year as the building blocks created in Denmark in 1932 continue their influence on popular culture. The first LEGO piece was a wooden duck, but nowadays even LEGO has gone digital with an interactive “Life of George” game combining LEGO bricks with mobile devices. The Heard […]

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Nature inspires art: Fun ways to take creativity outdoors

Squirrel monkey inside Monkey Village at the Phoenix Zoo.

Our family has often coupled outdoor adventures with art—taking along a camera, sketchpad and drawing supplies on visits to places like the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix. There are plenty of opportunities to explore nature this time of year, and Earth Day celebrations abound. Many places—community gardens, wildlife centers and more—give kids a chance to […]

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Students design wellness center for school project

ACE Mentoring Metro Tech High School Phoenix

About 50 drafting, engineering and construction students from Metro Tech High School of Phoenix gathered at SmithGroupJJR architectural firm at the Arizona Center after school to learn about materials for construction. SmithGroupJJR and other local construction, engineering and design professionals participate in the Phoenix branch of the ACE Mentor Program with Metro Tech students to […]

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