Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle

March is National Nutrition Month.  This campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. "Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle" encourages everyone to adopt eating and physical activity plans that are focused on consuming fewer calories, making informed food choices and getting daily exercise in […]

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Valencia Library History

The Valencia Library, which opened on October 15, 1969, was designed by architect John L. Mascarella. While the original facility was 7,800 square feet to serve a community of 27,000 people, the expansion completed in 1975 nearly doubled the building size to 15,500 square feet. The library is the site of two beautiful murals. In 1993 […]

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Antibalas and Zap Mama: A Match Made in (Groove) Heaven

To think I almost did not go to last night's concert because it was at The Fox Theater and I was concerned that dancing would be strictly prohibited. My fears were momentarily justified, as myself and several other dancers were initially reprimanded for being in the aisle. Then, with one especially funky Antibalas tune (download their […]

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Rhyme Time: Round and Round the Garden

At our baby story times, we provide a language rich environment that includes reading, singing, and reciting rhymes. Hearing the rich rhythm and cadence of nursery rhymes helps infants build a strong foundation for learning speech and reading. The following rhyme includes the element of touching, as well as hearing, providing a multi-sensory experience for baby and caregiver. Repeat this […]

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Patti’s Picks 2014

My Favorite Books This Year All fiction books below are mysteries (and probably part of a series) except where described as something else. I really, really enjoyed all of these books, and hope that you may find something you like among them. This one of my favorite things to share at the end of the […]

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The Sandcastle Girls

A friend and fellow historical fiction enthusiast handed me the book The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian and told me "this is the best book I’ve ever read; it’s about the Armenian Genocide of 1915." While I always am excited to hear "best book I ever read," I was hesitant about the "genocide" part. I’ve heard […]

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Above & Beyond

First of all I want to make it clear that I do not own any glow sticks. Second, while I will admit that Freegal is a haphazard source of music, the site's collection of songs by the electronic dance music group Above & Beyond is simply amazing (and free for download by patrons of Pima […]

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