Growing houseplants can be pretty easy. But houseplants also need a little love.

Tolleson Elementary School District Superintendent Lupita Hightower has been nominated recently to help build a school in Constanza, Dominican Republic. Hightower is one of 50 participants who will be helping lay cinder blocks for the school.

Participants in the Lifetouch Memory Mission include parents, teachers, principals, PTA and NAESP members, school board members, the superintendent and employees of Lifetouch. 

As kids, our parents, teachers, and others often ask us what we want to be when we grow up. Each time I’m asked, the answer has always remained the same—I want to work with marine life!

Over the past two years, I’ve been able to get closer and closer to my end goal via various internship and shadowing opportunities. The most recent was at OdySea Aquarium in Scottsdale, and it was an experience of a lifetime!

This past holiday season, Sydney Johnson visited the Ritz-Carlton Hotel at Dove Mountain to get an early view of a life-size gingerbread house. Johnson received a personal tour from Janice Macy, Daniel Mangione, the executive chef, and Amanda Taylor, the pastry supervisor.

The gingerbread bricks/tiles were made in September and they have made more than 5,000 tiles. The enormous structure was build large enough for visitors to even dine in. The chefs ordered supplies like honey in June and candy palettes in May. The main ingredient was honey—275 gallons of it!

For those aspiring to be fashion designers you must attend Tucson Fashion Week. I attended the October show that featured local designers and of course my fav, Richie Rich, as the headliner. What a night!  


TFW was held over three days in October in Tucson.

This past August I was lucky enough to be picked out of 482 girls as a model for the second annual American Girl Fashion Show. It takes place during four different shows that happen Nov. 5–6 at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge.

It’s that time! Ghosts, goblins, princesses and superheroes will soon make their appearance. Before going out for those sweet treats, make sure you know what to do.

Officer Chris Medaglia has been working as a school resource officer for about 10 years. He knows that kids will be on the streets ringing door bells and going to Halloween parties. Medaglia feels kids are our future and are important so he helps them be safe on a daily basis.

Are you ready to get spooked? Then strap on your boots, partner, because Nightfall is back at Old Tucson. Kicking off its new entertainment season, Nightfall is in its 26th year and it’s loaded with ghoulishly new and returning favorites of comedy, drama, music and scary good times dwelling within Tucson’s one-of-a-kind haunted town. It’s a frightful feast specifically for Halloween. With new and old attractions, walkthroughs, haunted houses and shows, there are hours of fun for every member of the family.

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