Gateway Academy, a Phoenix K-12th grade private day school, has seen great success within its classrooms since implementing Rosetta Stone for students to utilize while learning a foreign language, school officials say. When one walks the halls of Gateway Academy, it’s not uncommon to hear conversations taking place in languages from all over the world. For these Twice-Exceptional students (those with high-functioning autism), access to a world language program has unlocked a passion for learning and is helping students excel, according to a press release.
In collaboration with local artists and musicians, the Herberger Theater Center is continuing its First Friday Live event in Phoenix with a special May celebration. Presented by SRP and located on the Herberger Theater Plaza, 222 E. Monroe Street in Phoenix, the First Friday Live series of free art experiences has featured diverse performances, activities, happy hour specials and more, according to a press release. The May performance, A different Kind of Cinco de Mayo, will be 6-9 p.m.. May 5.
Phoenix-based monOrchid Gallery has announced a new re-focused direction for the art space, beginning with a new curator. Owner Wayne Rainey has joined forces with Aesthetic Director and Curator Mark Freedman to refocus the direction of the gallery.
Valley Youth Theatre is entering its final week of performing “The Secret Garden,” featuring 25 young actors from across the Valley, and a 13-piece live orchestra. Mary Lennox is a young English girl born and raised in India. Orphaned at age 11, she is sent to England to live at her uncle’s great house on the Yorkshire Moors. The mansion’s rooms are full of secrets. Her uncle is a recluse who mourns the loss of his wife and his only son is an invalid confined to bed, a press release states.
Upscale Mexx32 at Camelback and 32nd Street was recently sold to make way for Bobby-Q Barbecue Restaurant. Restaurateur Lenny Rosenberg has sold Mexx32 to long-time restaurant colleague Robert Sikora, originator of the famous Bobby McGee’s Chain, according to a press release. Mr. Sikora will operate his Bobby-Q Barbecue Restaurant. This will be the third Bobby-Q location in the Valley.
The Xavier College Preparatory Dads’ Club hosted its Annual Heather Farr Memorial Golf Tournament on Friday, March 10 at
the Arizona Biltmore Golf Club in Phoenix. More than 100 Xavier parents, alumnae, and friends played, and all proceeds raised will benefit Xavier’s students. At the event, the Dads’ Club also collected donations of gently used clothing for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, according to a press release.
Olney Gallery at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral is opening its exhibit, “The Abstract Art” of Sara Reinstein Becker and Lori Landis with a First Friday reception, 6-9 p.m. April 7. Olney Gallery at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 100 W. Roosevelt Street in Phoenix, will feature the exhibit through April 26. Both artists develop their work by building up many layers, the resulting abstract acrylic paintings provide the viewer with a feeling of serenity, according to a press release.
What might be Phoenix’s most iconic landmark is also one of the Valley’s most sought after activities for local residents and tourists alike: hiking Camelback Mountain. Proper hiking boots, sunscreen, plenty of water and a hat is the minimum preparation someone set out to hike any of Phoenix’s mountains should be armed with. Unfortunately, many tourists and local residents find themselves unprepared and in a dangerous situation as they sit defeated atop a rock somewhere along Camelback Mountain’s 1.5-mile Cholla Trail.
Paradise Valley resident, Abby Traister, will serve as event co-chair alongside Phoenix resident Tiffany Quayle for Childhelp’s 11th Annual WINGS Fashion Show Luncheon. Childhelp will host its luncheon 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 2, at the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia, 4949 E. Lincoln Drive, with proceeds benefiting Childhelp’s programs and services in Arizona. The luncheon, presented by Services Group of America and the Jane N. Mooty Foundation, will feature a full runway show, along with local celebrity models, according to a press release.
Xavier College Preparatory has established the Glenda Rauscher Memorial Scholarship Fund in memory of the school’s beloved teacher, who passed away on Saturday, March 18, after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. Ms. Rauscher, a graduate of Swarthmore College with master’s degrees from both Harvard University and the University of New Mexico, served Xavier for more than two decades as an AP English and American literature teacher. She retired nine months ago, according to a press release.