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A Look into Cronkite Events
BY: MADELEINE HOLLER
Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication is known as one of the top journalism schools in the country.
ASU Walter Cronkite’s facility is not just for students, but also community members to enjoy.
Cronkite offers a number of events throughout the years including “Must See Mondays” and special screening that the public can attend alongside students at no cost.
Each event allows community members the opportunity to learn and interact with industry professionals, up close and personal in the heart of Downtown Phoenix.
To learn more about Cronkite Events visit: http://www.cronkite.asu.edu
Local Restaurant Hosts Spinoff of Boy Scouts Pinewood Derby
BY: JORDAN ELDER
Hotdogs and donuts may seem like an unlikely combination, but it definitely works for restaurant-food truck combination Short Leash Hotdogs & Rollover Donuts. This Roosevelt Row eatery is anything but typical, and each April they host a very unique event.
They call it the Pinewood Classic. It is a spinoff of the Pinewood Derby, a racing competition traditionally held by Boy Scouts. With the help of parents or grandparents, children build their own cars from wood, usually from kits containing a block of pine, plastic wheels, and metal axles.
After four successful years in Phoenix, the Pinewood Classic continues to draw in new faces each time it rolls through.
“The great thing about the Pinewood Classic is it’s grown greatly over the past four years,” Bryan Bazley said. He has attended every Classic so far and doesn’t plan on missing out in the future.
This event costs about $15 to enter, but families can come enjoy the races for free. Many repeat attendees noted how quickly registration filled up this year, saying that if you didn’t register right when the site opened in February, you most likely didn’t get a spot in the race.
“Everyone puts a lot of work and effort into it,” Bazley said. “You see people who are very technical with their cars and then you see people that just make funny cars.”
And these cars aren’t just made in a day. Many contestants work for up to a month on perfecting their creations. This year’s entries included a watermelon car, a skateboard, a ballet slipper and a unicorn.
Griffon Wilson, a first-timer at the Pinewood Classic, said that he and his father spent about a week making his vehicle, which needed a few coats of paint, a Yoda figurine, and weights in order to meet regulation. “It’s red, it has little yellow details, and Yoda!” he exclaimed.
Children of all ages can come out and compete, as well as get their faces painted or pick up a balloon animal. Oliver MacNamara, 3, helped design his car and was excited to watch it roll down the track.
“He really loves Hot Wheels and he loves the movie cars,” said Michael McNamara, Oliver’s father. “I’ve really enjoyed, one, building a car with him, but I also let him design it. He won his first heat and just seeing the smile on his face when he won his first heat, that was totally worth it.”
The event is run by the Short Leash staff, who sell hot dogs inside and donuts outside. Ricky, a Short Leash employee, was in charge of sweeping the track to make sure the cars had a clean finish, literally.
Each car runs down the track against two opponents and the fastest one moves on to the next round until a winner is declared. This year, winners got Tuft & Needle mattresses and gift certificates to local restaurants.
The kids races run from noon until 2:30 and then there is an adult derby from 5-9 p.m. that features beverages from many local breweries and more mature car themes.
The Pinewood Classic will be back next April for its fifth year of creative cars and rambunctious racing. For more information on this unique event, visit http://thepinewoodclassic.com or search for it on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
Phoenix Children’s Festival
BY: MADELEINE HOLLER
Downtown Phoenix hosted the inaugural Phoenix Children’s Festival at Cityscape.
Children ages 3-12 and their families were welcomed for a day of fun, with a greater mission to give back to children’s charities such as the “Back to School Clothing Drive.”
Food, activities and entertainment was a highlight of the children’s festivals.
Peyton List from Disney Channel’s Jesse and Bunk’d also made a special appearance for the attendees of the event.
Next year’s event is likely to provide the same opportunity to get involved as a vendor, volunteer or media personnel.
Read the full story here.
BY: MADELEINE HOLLER
In 2011, Nathalie Velasquez danced her way into business at the Shops at Norterra, located off the 1-17 and Happy Valley in North Phoenix.
After her professional dance career ceased in her early years due to an injury, Velasquez found herself in a new role: a business woman. She was inspired to create “Nathalie and Company, Dancewear and Little Things.”
She used her professional dance experiences to help others, especially the younger generation, through dance and active wear.
Nathalie and Company is a small business that started as a dream but soon became a reality due to Velasquez’s will and determination to rise above the obstacles bestowed upon her.
You can visit Nathalie and Company at
2470 W. Happy Valley Rd., Suite #1182, Phoenix, AZ 85085
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Valley Youth Theatre
BY: MADELEINE HOLLER
Valley Youth Theatre is a local theatre located in the heart of Downtown Phoenix, offering the community a place to see a selection of the valley’s young and talented perform.
“Founded in 1989, Valley Youth Theatre (VYT) is a professional-quality theatre company dedicated to helping young people achieve their full potential through meaningful engagement, education, and excellence in the performing arts,” according to the Official Valley Youth Theatre Website.
A number of America’s television and film stars got their start at Valley Youth Theatre. Notable individuals include Jordin Sparks, Emma Stone, Chelsea Kane and Kimiko Glenn, to name a few.
Valley Youth Theatre puts on a number of productions throughout the year to attend locally and some at the Herberger Theatre Center.
To learn more about VYT’s upcoming shows and available youth programs visit: www.vyt.com
City Lights Movie Night at City Scape
BY: JORDAN ELDER
Downtown Phoenix is traditionally seen as a nightlife destination for adults, but every second Friday of the month, it becomes an outdoor theater for children. City Scape, a popular shopping and restaurant district in the middle of downtown located next to the Talking Stick Resort Arena, offers up the street that runs through its middle for these events and calls them “City Lights Movie Nights.”
Volunteers lay square pieces of turf over the pavement to create a makeshift park, and the Total Sound Production company arrives early to set up the big screen. Kelly Saunders, the mastermind behind these events, describes them as sustainable ways to bring the community together. It gives people of all ages a chance to enjoy the weather, experience Downtown Phoenix in a safe way and watch movies for free.
The movie being shown on the night the slideshow took place was Disney’s Home, which Saunders says promotes the idea of sustainability because it focuses on keeping the planet clean so that all creatures can live on it.
Visit https://www.visitphoenix.com/event/city-lights-movie-nights-at-cityscape-phoenix/108113/ to see the full list of movie nights for 2017 as well as the map showing you exactly where to locate the festivities.