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Community event in Mesa Nov. 7 to raise money for local artists affected by pandemic

Throughout the pandemic, local artists have succumbed to limited exposure of their art and in turn a loss of income. With a small list of resources available for career artists, and even some artists …
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Halloween Boo! Parade Oct. 31 at Mesa Public Library

Mesa Public Library is hosting its Halloween Boo! Parade 2-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at all three locations and this year your car is included in the fun. Show up in your favorite costume, bring a …

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Saguaro Scottsdale reopens anew for Arizona tourism season

The Saguaro hotel in Scottsdale opened its doors earlier this month after closing down earlier this year in late March in response to the unfolding global COVID-19 pandemic. Over the last five …

SRP continues to assist customers during pandemic

SRP continues to help low-income households in Queen Creek that are behind on their payments due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The utility put in place a seven-month COVID-19 moratorium on power …
future development

City to sell 13 acres near Loop 202 in sealed-bid process

City-owned property with 80-year-old citrus trees near Thomas Road and the Loop 202 Red Mountain Freeway is to be sold in a sealed-bid process instead of through a broker, at a live auction or with a …
Nonprofits

Mesa Group For Vulnerable Children Receives Donation

A Mesa-based organization dedicated to helping the community’s most vulnerable children and families scored a major windfall from an area casino. Gila River Hotels & Casinos presented …
COVID-19

Utility, rental, mortgage assistance for individuals, families impacted financially by COVID-19

The city of Mesa, in partnership with A New Leaf, is accepting applications for utility, rental and mortgage assistance in order to prevent shut-offs, evictions and foreclosures created in response …
OPINION

Arizona seniors deserve to enjoy a future of economic security and prosperity for many years to come — and it’s imperative that we elect political leaders who have what it takes to build …

Arizona businesses continue to be affected by the economic impact of COVID-19. Particularly hard-hit are those individuals whose business is the ownership and management of rental homes throughout …
As a Black man who has worked in the community behavioral health industry for more than 30 years, I’ve seen a lot. I’ve seen the struggles that individuals and family members go …
Neighbors
Alex Dodt

MCC student wins national literary award 2nd year in a row

Mesa Community College student Alex Dodt recently received the national League for Innovation Student Literary Award. Alex DodtAlex Dodt Each year, winners of the Maricopa County Community College …
Adam Natividad

Funds sought to help man, wife injured in motorcycle accident

More than 50 people have donated $6,935 to help Adam Natividad, an employee at Smiling Dog Landscapes in Gold Canyon, and his wife, Karen, who were injured in a recent motorcycle …
Gila River Hotels & Casinos presented The Miracle League of Arizona with almost $25,400. The money will allow the group to continue serving nearly 400 families with special needs.

Scottsdale Nonprofit Gets Casino Windfall

A Scottsdale nonprofit that provides the baseball experience to children, teens and adults with special needs hit the jackpot thanks to an area casino.

Junior Achievement: Financial literacy is indicator in breaking cycle of poverty

An old adage exists for a reason and the one “the children are our future” holds true perhaps today with more sense of urgency than ever before. A fundamental key to success inside and …

How far can two wheels take you? USA BMX Foundation wants to find out

The invention of the wheel is one of the most significant pieces of engineering discovery helping to shape the progress of humanity — and there is no better way to learn this STEM lesson than …
Mesa Education & Business Reporting
Education
education

MCC receives $3M grant supporting Title V Developing Hispanic Institutions Program

Mesa Community College recently received a $3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education for a Title V Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program. The grant supports the …
education

Mesa Community College receives $2.6M grant to help students succeed in college

The U.S. Department of Education recently awarded Mesa Community College two TRIO Student Support Services grants totaling $2,618,000 over five years. The grant serves as the sole source of …
sports

Eastmark High School unveils football program

Eastmark High School, which officially opened in August 2019 in Mesa, is expected to have a smooth transition into the AIA’s 3A Conference. Optimism surrounds the Queen Creek Unified School …
Education

Mesa schools look at teacher pay amid shortage

A lack of substitute teachers in the Mesa Public Schools has led to the state’s largest school district to look at increasing pay to recruit more teachers to the district. Board member …
Business

The city of Mesa is working with Mesa dining and beverage establishments to temporarily expand their services to outdoor areas on their property.

Bird Dog Industrial recently announced it will construct the Power 202 Business Park, a 330,000-square-foot Class A industrial park on approximately 19 acres on Power Road just north of Loop 202 in …
Entertainment
A view from the Mesa Veterans Day parade on Nov. 8, 2014.

East Valley Veterans Parade will have a creative COVID-19-safe format

In a year that has seen the cancellation of many public events, the East Valley Veterans Parade Association is hosting its annual parade in a new format 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. …
This year will be a self-guided tour of the cemetery, 1212 N. Center St. in Mesa, with special speakers at featured graves.

Mesa Historical Museum hosts annual walking tour Oct. 24 of historic Mesa Cemetery

Join the Mesa Historical Museum for its annual walking tour of the historic Mesa Cemetery this Saturday. The Mesa Cemetery Tour offers fascinating stories and grave-site visits, according to a …

The man, the myth, the legend: Danny Zelisko tells all

Concert Promoter Danny Zelisko’s rise from everyday Chicago civilian to one of the most influential concert promoters in the southwest is a feat he owes to grit and tenacity. He grew up in a …

Karate, cheer, soccer offered by ActivStars

Registration has begun for eight- to 12-week karate, cheerleading and soccer ActivStars after-school youth recreation programs. They start in September and October for children ages 4-17. Enhanced …

Karate, cheer, soccer offered by ActivStars

Registration has begun for eight- to 12-week karate, cheerleading and soccer ActivStars after-school youth recreation programs. They start in September and October for children ages 4-17. Enhanced …
Obituaries

Roline Chrystal Baker

A Wonderful, Loving, Gentle Soul, Successful Woman, and Baker of Sweets passed away September 5, 2020. Roline was born to Homer D. Rice and Marjorie B. Ruggles Rice on December 11, 1931 in Hollywood, …

Lenore Gaudin

“What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others” - Pericles Pauline Lenore Gaudin of Sun City, AZ passed away peacefully …

Ruby Alice Glynn

Ruby A. Glynn, 94 of Apache Junction, AZ passed away Sunday, September 20, 2020 at Hospice of the Valley in Chandler, AZ. as the result of a cerebral hemorrhage.Mrs. Glynn was born and raised in …

Captain Robert (Bob) Francis Fritz

Bob was born on January 27, 1941 in Port Clinton, OH to Virgil H. Fritz and Dorothy Cavanaugh Fritz Wheeler. Bob departed his earthly life on September 29, 2020 from complications associated with …
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