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Phoenix Hopeful to Get $200M Natural History Museum

Via ktar.com Phoenix could soon be home to a $200 million natural history museum if everything goes according to plan. The Larry Gene Fleeman Foundation said the potential 300,000-square-foot facility would add to the legacy built by the Arizona Museum of Natural History in Mesa, which opened in 1977. The Larry Gene Fleeman Foundation said the potential 300,000-square-foot facility would add to the legacy built by the Arizona Museum of Natural History

Snowbirds Turn to Off-road Adventures

Via rvwest.com The Phoenix and Tucson areas are loaded with RV parks and resorts that cater to snowbirds with organized activities and special events to keep them entertained throughout the winter season. But venture out into some of the more remote areas of the Grand Canyon State and you’ll find people like 68-year- old Ted Werner of Connecticut. Werner and his wife, Jan, are among a growing number of off

Ducey wants funding for nearly 100 new state jobs

Via ktar.com Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey wants funding for 97 new state government jobs and some Republican lawmakers aren’t happy about it. Ducey, a Republican, implemented a hiring freeze shortly after taking office in 2015. He said it saved Arizona $21 million last year. His most recent budget proposal, however, calls for new positions across several departments, agencies, boards and commissions for a total cost of about $10 million per year,

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Arizona Aloha Festival has grown to become one of Arizona’s largest Pacific Islander cultural festivals The 23rd annual Arizona Aloha Festival, held at Tempe Town Lake Park in Arizona, has become one of Arizona’s largest cultural festivals, with an estimated 150,000 in attendance March 11 and 12. It celebrates the varied cultures, languages and arts of the peoples of the Pacific. Throughout the two-day celebration, the festival grounds were packed

eggleston wins in tucson

It was a back-and-forth battle all day, but Chris Eggleston came out on top Saturday at Tucson Speedway. Via speedsport.com Leading 80 of 150 laps in the NAPA Auto Parts Tucson 150, Eggleston beat pole-sitter and defending NASCAR K&N Pro Series West champion Todd Gilliland to the line to take his sixth career NASCAR K&N Pro Series West victory with his No. 99 NAPA Filters Toyota. The 27-year-old from Erie,

casa grande theme park

Developers are pitching a new amusement park project which could cost as much as $4 billion and would be built in the Arizona city of Casa Grande. Via travelpulse.com According to ABC News, Florida-based The Blocks Sports Company has filed a proposal in Casa Grande for the construction of a 1,500-acre theme park and resort, which officials compared to the scope of Disney World in Orlando. The amusement park, dubbed

AZ State Fair

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is asking residents for their input on ways to modernize the Arizona Exposition & State Fairgrounds in Phoenix, according to a recent press release. Via ktar.com The state submitted a formal information request on Thursday to seek “strategic ways” to modernize the facility and “continue the tradition of quality entertainment, memories, and fun for years to come.” Residents who want to give their input on improvements

Theater companies have started announcing their 2017-18 seasons. Among those with season subscriptions currently available: Arizona Theatre Company ATC hasn’t released dates yet, and it’s still got one show to finalize in its 6-play season. But here’s what they are teasing us with: The glorious musical “Man of La Mancha;” Neil Simon’s “Chapter Two;” the moving “The Diary of Anne Frank;” the haunting “The River Bride” by Marisela Trevino Orta,

Spring Break Activities in the Phoenix Metro Area

Via azcentral.com Get ready to bask in the wonderful Arizona spring weather at these festivals around the Phoenix area for 2017. We have options in March, April and May. There are dozens of fairs and festivals scheduled that celebrate food and drink, different cultures, hobbies and more. Whether you’re looking for a way to entertain out-of-town guests or just to mix things up on a weekend afternoon, there’s something here for you. 3/16-19:

Tucson's 2017 Women of Influence Winners

Via insidetucsonbusiness.com 2017 Women of Influence winners Administrative Champion Nicky Bauer Advertising/Public Relations Champion Stephanie Healy Arts/Culture Champion Linda Chorney Community Service Champion Kellie Terhune Neeley Non Profit Champion Judy McDermott Education Champion Brooke Meyer Financial/Banking Champion Laura Nagore Healthcare Champion Leigh Neumayer Licensed Professional Champion Annie Rolfe Mentorship Award Melissa Curran Outstanding Entrepreneur Mary Darling Public Service Award Cheryl Horvath Recreation/Hospitality Champion Suzanne Kaiser Rising Star Brandi Haga-Blackman Business