Monthly Archive: July 2017

Frozen Blackberry Lemonade

For maximum refreshment this summer, treat your guests to some frozen blackberry lemonade. This fruity, frozen concoction whips up quickly in the blender and is the perfect cure for those blazing summer days.

But First, Coffee Education

You may not realize it, but behind the scenes, coffee shops invest hours of consideration, planning, selection and applied education into the coffee beans they buy and brew. Before your favorite bevy is served, many hands had an impact and many minds had a say in that Instagram-worthy cuppa joe.

Sizzling Summer Storms

Beautiful and breathtaking. Dynamic and dangerous. That is the natural world around us. Here in America, we experience the glorious diversity of nature firsthand. The North boasts of freezing temperatures and high snowfall during long winter months. The Southeast features impressive and terrifying hurricanes. The Midwest succumbs to tornadoes that can stretch a mile wide. And the West finds itself rattled by frequent earthquakes of all magnitudes.

Paityn on Pointe

Back in January, Boulder Creek High School senior Paityn Lauzon was a finalist in the Youth America Grand Prix Phoenix Division, the world’s largest ballet competition. Yet she can’t remember the moment her dance career began — understandable, considering she was only 3 years old at the time.

Experience the World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo

No one could have predicted it 133 years ago, but Payson Pro Rodeo has since become the world’s oldest continuous rodeo. Not that it would have made any difference to its earliest contestants. The cowboys and ranch hands took pride in their skills and horses, and saw the rodeo as their chance to strut their stuff in the town square. It was how they had fun in the gap between spring and fall roundups at the ranch, and the entire town joined them.

Voices of Gold

A bouquet of paper roses may not be fragrant, but for Diamond Canyon School choral teacher Caroline Kaupa, they smell as sweet as the real thing. A few eighth-grade choir students handmade them to symbolize the journey of Caroline and her 60 seventh and eighth grade choir members, some of whom have worked with her since the fourth grade.

Anarchy in Anthem

It was the second hour of a two-hour softball practice. Ten players had their head in the game until infielder and team captain Tori Krayeski threw a dead tarantula at shortstop Sydney Barnes. That’s what best friends do — especially when you and your bestie are on a fast-pitch softball team that’s been together since you were 9 years old, and that team is named Anarchy AZ.

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