Are superheroes your thing? Do you geek out when it comes to your favorite fandom? Do you just love a good time? If you answered “Yes” to any of this, then Phoenix Fan Fusion is the place for you! Filled with many different fandoms, Phoenix Fan Fusion has something for everyone. Fan Fusion is the “signature pop culture event of the Southwest,” says Director of Events and Activities for Fan Fusion, Mac MacKellar. “It is every nerdy, geeky, fandom all rolled into one.”

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Every year, on March 17, people celebrate the life and legacy of St. Patrick, an Irish saint. There are feasts and parades, dances and parties…but how did this all start? Well, the story of St. Patrick’s Day goes all the way back to the late 4th century.

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Black History Month is an important time when we celebrate the achievements, lives, and cultures of African Americans. Black History Month evolved throughout the 1900s. Black History Month was originally started by Carter G. Woodson, “The Father of Black History,” who wanted a way to highlight the contributions that Black people brought to the American community.

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 Doink! Everyone has heard that sound before and gone rushing to the nearest window only to find an injured bird lying on the ground outside of the glass. This is called a bird window strike. Sometimes the inside of your home looks like a warm haven to an unlucky bird, and sometimes their reflection looks like another bird and they try to attack it. Other times the surrounding environment reflects off of the glass, making it look like somewhere they can fly.

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After being around for almost 50 years, Bookmans is a staple of Arizona. When you think about our humble state, you think of Bookmans. And between the huge array of items, helpful staff, and year-round events, it’s not hard to see why. That’s why it was an obvious decision to open a new location (4841 N. Stone) off Stone and River. The grand opening of the new Bookmans was Nov. 10, and it lived up to the word “grand.”

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There is a place where teachers can find great resources and companies can make donations, a place dedicated to helping our community by serving educators and students and by helping the environment. It’s called Treasures 4 Teachers.

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On my last trip to the Phoenix Zoo, I visited the new and exciting exhibit Predator Passage. Predator Passage has over five different animal species including African lions, a Fennic fox, and Ruppel’s griffon vultures.

You can get a birdseye view of these stunning animals from the 20-foot Predator Passage Tower or walk along the path to get up close and personal.

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I recently read “Belly Up.” It is about a 12-year-old boy named Teddy Fitzroy who is living in America’s newest theme park, FunJungle (The name of the book series). Soon, Henry Hippo, the park’s mascot, turns up dead, and Teddy suspects somebody murdered him. Was it the owner? The clown? Even the chief of security could’ve done it.

The author of this misleading mystery is Stuart Gibbs. Gibbs is also the author of “Spy School” and “Poached.” “Belly Up” consists of 294 pictureless pages and I enjoyed every single one of them. I recommend this book for ages 10 and up.

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Do you like the Mo Willems’ book “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus”? Have you read “The Elephant and Piggie” book series? If so, you should visit the Children’s Museum of Phoenix where there is an exhibit hosted by the Pigeon. There are so many games and activities to enjoy with many of Willems’ books characters.

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In 2018, Boy Scouts of America made the historic decision to change its name to Scouts BSA, and allow girls to join troops. According to the Boy Scouts website, since then over 5,000 young ladies have earned Eagle Scout rank, and over 75% of those females reported that scouting had a very positive effect on their abilities to set and achieve goals.

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