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  • Harkins celebrates anniversary with freebies

    Harkins Theatres celebrates its 81st anniversary with gifts for moviegoers.“We are incredibly proud and honored to celebrate 81 years of entertaining Arizona,” said Dan Harkins, CEO and owner of Harkins Theatres. “The best way to commemorate the occasion is to give back to those that have made it all possible – our loyal moviegoers.”Through Sept. 25, Harkins Theatres is offering free drink upgrades on any size, regularly priced fountain drink to the next largest size, including one free refill for large and extra-large drinks.For the entire month of September, shoppers purchasing specially marked 24-packs of Coca-Cola products at select Albertsons, Bashas’, Fry’s and Safeway stores will receive a voucher for a free small drink with purchase of a Harkins Theatres movie ticket.For information and theaters near you, visit

  • Surprise seeks talented residents

    The City of Surprise is looking for its most talented residents. If you can act, play an instrument or perform a talent, be sure to audition for the Surprise Talent Show.Audition applications will be accepted until Oct. 3, and auditions will be held in mid-October. Applications can be downloaded at or picked up at the Community and Recreation Services offices, which are at 15960 N. Bullard Ave.There is no fee to audition or participate in the talent show.The show will be at Valley Vista High School’s Performing Arts Center at 6 p.m. Nov. 7. There will be youth, teen and adult categories, and prizes will be awarded.For information, contact Michelle Holm at 623-222-2000 or

  • Symphony Orchestra travels to tropics

    North Valley Symphony Orchestra has announced the opening of its 2014-2015 concert season. This season includes four music performances, beginning with “Cool Tropical Nights” Oct. 18. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. at North Canyon High School, 1700 E. Union Hills Drive.Enjoy a “cool” autumn evening with North Valley Symphony Orchestra at its season opener, which includes Gottschalk’s “A Night in the Tropics.” Gottschalk, a Pan-American artist, was the first to capture the syncopated music of South Louisiana and the Caribbean in enduring works that anticipate ragtime and jazz by half a century in the mid-19th century. This concert also features Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from “West Side Story” (extracted from the original stage score written in 1960), Gould’s “Latin American Symphonette” and Chabrier’s “España.” Additionally, NVSO Youth Orchestra will introduce its season by opening the concert with Anderson’s lively “Jazz Legato” and “Jazz Pizzicato.”“I’m excited about the repertoire that North Valley Symphony Orchestra is performing this upcoming season,” says founding Music Director Kevin Kozacek.“The members are extremely dedicated to improving each season, which allows me to introduce some really beautiful pieces for our audience to enjoy.”  Kozacek is thrilled with the response of more than 70 adult community musicians who began rehearsals Aug. 18. Both youth ensembles, NVSO Youth Orchestra and Symphonettes, have grown to more than 55 members combined, and began rehearsals Sept. 8.Ticket prices are $5 for each concert, or $15 for a full season pass to include all four concerts (October, December, March and May).  

Surprise hosts free movie

The City of Surprise and Coulter Nissan of Surprise present Movie Night at Surprise Stadium at 7 p.m. Sept. 27.

  • icon Posted: September 17

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Surprise art advocate receives city award

Connie Whitlock, WHAM Art Association founder and president, was presented with the “Above and Beyond Award” by the City of Surprise Disability Advisory Commission last month.

  • icon Posted: September 16

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Help Arby's stock St. Mary's Food Bank Sept. 24-26

All Arby’s restaurants in the Valley and Northern Arizona are giving their customers a chance to support St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance and Hunger Action Month and earn a deal at the same time during a special three-day food drive from Sept. 24-26.

  • icon Posted: September 13

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