On May 17, I attended the dedication ceremony for the new H.S. Lopez Family Foundation Center of Opportunity, to be run by Gospel Rescue Mission. It will be a one-stop source of shelter and services for the homeless and needy of Tucson. The idea behind the center is to provide the needy with all services they will need to get back on their feet while they are “home.”

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, and Humberto and Czarina Lopez were some of the guest speakers at the ceremony. I had a chance to interview some of them, including the governor.

 Recently my mom and I went to a traveling exhibit at OdySea in the Desert, Bodies Revealed. This exhibit was very fun and helpful. It had lots of different facts about the human body and they were interesting.

There were also models of the muscle and bone structures in the body. But, the bodies were real! They were real people! I know, crazy.

 Sharpen your lances and hang on to your helmets—Scottsdale is traveling back in time to when chivalrous knights in shining armor battled each other in tournaments by jousting and sword-fighting, clashing their way to become their queen’s champion.

 The new Medieval Times dinner theater opens at the Talking Stick Entertainment District this summer. Families will be able to walk among the stone walls of a replica 11th-century Spanish castle and admire the authentic medieval decor and weaponry in the Hall of Arms. There is even a medieval torture museum.

 Who is your favorite superhero? Superman, Batgirl or even Spider-Man? Imagine what it would be like to dress up as your favorite superhero and help others! Christina Fay, President of Justice League Arizona, does just that!

 

 “I’ve been a fan of DC Comics since I was a little girl. I dressed up as Supergirl for Comic-Con where I was recruited,” she says. Fay is 23 and got involved in the Justice League five years ago. This is her first year as president. Fay says that she is the first female president.

 

 Dr. Jane Goodall is a world famous British primatologist, ethologist, anthropologist, and U.N. Messenger of Peace. She is known for her long-term observation and research on chimpanzees.

At the age of 26, Goodall bravely traveled from England to Tanzania with nothing more than a notebook and a pair of binoculars. With unyielding patience and optimism, she won the trust of the chimpanzee and managed to open a window into their lives.

 As summer is rolling around, so are some of fans’ favorite conventions like Phoenix Fan Fusion, San Diego Comic-Con, Vidcon and MegaMania. Phoenix Fan Fusion is May 23–26 at the Phoenix Convention Center.

Cons and conventions are great experiences for those in fandoms. A fandom is generally a large group of people who post or support fan content made for things like TV shows, movies, books, YouTubers or comics. It’s obviously a great time for fandom dwellers.

Located in Tres Rios Wetlands, next to the ISM Raceway, March 2–3, theTres Rios Nature Festival was a place to destroy boredom. A nice sunny day with a cool breeze and lots of fun made it a perfect weekend. The festival had many activities for all ages—archery, fishing, paddle boarding, canoeing, zip lining, hands-on and hands-off exhibits, food, drinks, live music andmore!

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