A volunteer-run and faith-based organization, The Clothes Cabin provides free clothing, shoes, and linens to low-income families. The organization accepts only new or gently used items that are then washed, ironed, and sorted by size to offer an experience similar to shopping at a retail store. Its volunteers served more than 1,000 families in 2011, providing more than 60,000 articles of clothing and household linens. The Clothes Cabin also has a free laundry service and, whenever possible, supplements clothing and linens with donations of books, hygiene items, toys, and diapers.
Voted the Best Local Performing Arts Troupe by readers of the East Valley Tribune in 2011, National Comedy Theatre’s ensemble of players concocts improvised situations at lightning-fast speeds, relying on audience participation and their own wits to elicit thunderous laughter and applause. After turning to their all-ages crowd for assistance in shaping games and scenarios, the cast employs knowledge gleaned from operating-room sketches to tickle ribs with anatomical exactitude. The show often favors spontaneity over prudence, with performers gleefully stepping into their roles as acrophobic skydiving champions or long-winded court stenographers. Audience members get to select the winning team at the conclusion of the show, and can learn the form themselves during improv classes.
Come mid-march, thousands will pounce upon Tumbleweed Park for three rampaging days of long-necked frolicking and a flock of family-oriented thrills. Celebrating nature’s most irascible flightless bird, the Ostrich Festival showcases a smorgasbord of food, music, and events to entertain every abounding lil’ critter and bigfoot.
The simple fact that Bridges Preschool has branched out to seven locations in a little more than 10 years speaks to the high caliber of its staff. Every teacher holds, or is close to completing, a degree in child development, early childhood education, or another related field. Plus, they must undergo a rigorous three- or four-part interview before they get the job.
But the preschool and kindergarten's rapid expansion must also be due in part to its unique curriculum, a large chunk of which relies on the Adventure Playgrounds at each of its schools. Inspired by learning playgrounds in Europe, each holds slightly different educational fixtures, such as a bird and butterfly habitat or a garden.
As if running through over 3 miles of mud and obstacles wasn't enough, Run to Death elevates heartbeats and anxiety levels by releasing gruesome monsters onto its course. Participants run along collecting lifeline ribbons placed at various checkpoints along the course. Then they must protect these lifelines from the claws of desirous demons, monsters, and other creepily costumed volunteers—all while dragging themselves through pits of mud and tumbling over hurdles. The event recognizes "survivors" as those racers who finish with at least one lifeline intact, while those who finish without a lifeline will have run themselves to death but on the bright side, they'll be able to accurately describe the afterlife to whoever will listen.
Today's side deal gets you three classes at A Scrappin' Affair for $25 (a $45 value). At the end of the three-part craft course, students will take home a 6"x6" book. You also get eight hours of cropping time (a $15 value), meaning you can come in and use all the non-consumable tools in the scrapbooking lab without having to invest in expensive equipment. You can schedule the crop whenever you want, but it can't be split between multiple days.
The zombie-themed Queen Creek Running Dead 5K has a greater purpose than scaring participants into running from the undead hordes hungry for brains. The race—held the weekend before Halloween—benefits local schools by funneling the proceeds to the Queen Creek Schools Education Foundation for scholarships and teacher grants.