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U.S. Air Force Airman James T. Osborne graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Eric D. Dillingham graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

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Avondale resident and North High School student Rosario Peralta, 18, jetted off to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Alabama for a weeklong educational excursion.

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At Tartesso Elementary School in Buckeye, a group of students is perfecting its creative thinking and teamwork abilities through its involvement in a unique program. These 20 students compete in Odyssey of the Mind.

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Students at Verrado High School in Buckeye are taking on the world by tackling problems and creating projects with real-life applications. The students will be showing off what they have learned Tuesday, April 24, at One World, One Verrado Night.

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The Litchfield Elementary School District hosted a safety event that allowed children with autism spectrum disorder and Tourette’s syndrome to engage with law enforcement officials at Wigwam Creek Middle School in Litchfield Park on April 7.

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The thought-provoking production Moving Portraits will come to the Estrella Mountain Community College stage Friday, April 27, and Saturday, April 28, thanks to DancEstrella, the student dance company.

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West Valley resident Terri Carruthers hands out Life Savers while visiting volunteers and staff at the American Red Cross Greater Phoenix Chapter’s office. She adopted this idea from a Red Cross tagline: together we can save a life.

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Valley-based CaZo Dance Company will tell the story of a California couple who struggled with brain cancer and fertility issues in its latest production, Tough as Nails.

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Families can stop by Fred Campbell Park Saturday, April 14, to see the continued adventures of Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) and his Minions, when Avondale’s Neighborhood Movie Nights screens Despicable Me 3.

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Daphne Davis is a 40-year member of The Questers, a nonprofit organization that focuses on preservation and restoration of historical artifacts and buildings.

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Liberty United Methodist Church will receive its official historical marker during a dedication ceremony at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 8, at 7598 S. Liberty School Road, Buckeye.

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National Grilled Cheese Day is Thursday, April 12, and in celebration of it, Kneaders is celebrating with $5 sandwiches on Wednesday, April 11, and Thursday, April 12.

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The Goodyear, Litchfield Park and Buckeye McDonald’s restaurants held a McTeacher’s Night Challenge in February, raising more than $18,000 for local schools.

U.S. Air Force Airman Mykara R. Riggs graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

Buckeye charter school teacher Jessica Sabo has been awarded a Project Kindle Program fellowship, and will head to Tucson to study flammulated owls this summer.

Community groups dedicated to families and children will be showcased during Avondale’s KidFest celebration on Saturday, April 7, at Friendship Park.

Wildlife World Zoo’s Easter egg hunt is returning, giving thousands of children the opportunity to search for the traditional holiday items next to the petting zoo, playground and train station.

Sixteen Career & Technical Education (CTE) students from the Copper Canyon and La Joya Community high schools’ media programs attended the 21st annual Arizona Latino Media Association (ALMA) conference March 2 at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications in Phoenix.

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The Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park welcomed a newborn reticulated giraffe to its family on February 18, per an announcement in early March.

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More than 100 young people in Avondale will take part in the 30th annual Global Youth Service Day on Saturday, April 21. As part of collaboration between Avondale Youth Advisory Commission, local high schools and other community organizations, kids from the area will join millions of others …

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Sierra Linda High School performing arts chairman Antonio Lozano sang West Side Story with the Tempe Wind Symphony at the Tempe Center for the Performing Arts on February 26.

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Math. Science. Literature. These are some of the important subjects emphasized in the common school’s curriculum. But when it comes to providing a well-rounded education, it goes well beyond these basic elements. The arts play an oft-understated role in defining the youth, and giving them th…

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Bonnie Calvert didn’t know where her dream of being a ballet dancer would take her when she began performing at Grace Fellowship Church in Buckeye at age 8.

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Christian Matthew Caraway of Goodyear accepted an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, after receiving nominations from Raul Grijalva and Jeff Flake in January.

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Heart failure is one of the most significant health care burdens in the country. Around 5.7 million adults nationwide deal with it, according to a 2016 report from the American Heart Association. As it worsens, symptoms – which include swelling, trouble breathing, weight gain and lethargy – …

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A man clambers over a fence in a desperate attempt to escape. A mother is frozen in time forever, comforting her baby. A scared dog twists into a strange contortion. These are images from a natural disaster captured, not on film, but in lava, ash and mud.

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Fifty-five Valley students—including those from Verrado High School—faced an assortment of brain-bending questions at the recent Arizona Regional High School Bowl.

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Former Boston Pops trombonist Douglas Yeo will join the EMCC Community Band for an on-campus performance at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8.

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Education is in Freedom Elementary School sixth grade teacher Stacey Jones’ blood. Jones followed in the footsteps of her grandmother and mother, who worked for the Littleton district.

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Maricopa County School Superintendent Steve Watson has appointed Kimberly Moran to the Litchfield Elementary School District Governing Board.

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Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature is the featured film during Avondale’s Neighborhood Movie Nights on Saturday, March 10, at Friendship Park, 12325 W. McDowell Road.

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