Tempe, Arizona, Pretty Much Amazing.

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As the weekend comes to an end, I’m struck by just how amazing of a city Tempe is. I know, I know, everyone says that about their city, but in Tempe, I think it’s really true. This is what happened, JUST THIS WEEKEND.

1. Woody Wilson, just a regular resident with a love of jazz, put on yet another great show at Tempe Center for the Arts as part of the Lakeshore Jazz series. The piano player was nothing short of starting. Words can hardly describe the talent.

2. Tempe Leadership, again, just a bunch of residents using their own passion and time, put on a carnival style event at the grassy area next to the Mill in support of a bike corral at Tempe Beach Park they want to build.

3. A group of neighbors put on the Neighborhood Olympics in Daley Park with 100’s of people across 5-6 neighborhoods. They didn’t do it for any other reasons except because they love their community.

4. Mitchell Park NA dedicated art work just off of Hardy Ave. They use a local artist and a neighborhood grant to put in something really beautiful.

5. In Maple/Ash a group of students decided to have a community photo scavenger hunt. For no reason at all, just because it was fun, and it gave them a reason to run around the area, take photos, and socialize afterwards.

6. The 2014 Community Survey came out saying that 85% of Tempe residents said they were “very satisfied” or “satisfied” with the “quality of life in Tempe”

7. I received 15-20 emails from residents logging complaints/concerns about their area related to cats, parking, plastic bags, and other things, which is WONDERFUL, because that means we have residents who really care about their community…and, equally impressive….

8. When I forwarded those emails to applicable staff members, responses started rolling in to the residents. On Sunday, at 6pm… because that is how amazing Tempe staff is.

Even more impressive, I have no doubt this isn’t even a complete list I’ve written out, it’s just the things I went to this weekend. The complete list is mind-blowing, no doubt!

Of course, there are things to improve, and things that could be better, but I wanted to at least take a minute to say, things are also pretty amazing, and Tempe residents and staff are a huge reason for it.

~Kolby Granville

Pat Warren to be Honored with Spirit of Tempe Award

Pat Warren

pat_warrenPat Warren will be presented with the Tempe Chamber of Commerce’s “Spirit of Tempe” Award at the 1st Annual Beacon Awards on Feb. 26 at the Embassy Suites Tempe.

The award recognizes lifetime achievements of service, dedication and contribution to the community and honors hard work and strong commitment to improving the quality of life in Tempe.

Shortly after relocating to Tempe in mid-1990s, Warren began her career at the Twin Palms hotel and was quickly promoted to General Manager. During her tenure, the hotel was a two-time finalist for the Tempe Chamber Business Excellence Award and Warren was named Tempe Chamber Business Woman of the Year in 2003.

There is little in Tempe that Warren hasn’t been a part of. She currently serves on the boards of Tempe Leadership, Tempe Tourism & Sports Authority, and is a Life Member of the Fiesta Bowl Committee.

Warren has represented Tempe on the national scene over the years by appearing on the PBS News Hour with Jim Lehrer in support of electing Harry Mitchell to Congress and representing Arizona in the Ms. Senior America Pageant in Atlantic City.

“To say that Pat is involved in the community is an understatement. She throws herself into any project where she is need because she truly loves Tempe. And to top it off, she is an incredible businesswoman,” said Mary Ann Miller, President and CEO of the Tempe Chamber of Commerce.

To attend the Beacon Awards where Warren will be honored, please call 480-967-7891 or visit www.tempechamber.org.

Tempe events this week-October 26-November 2, 2014

Changing Hands Bookstore

This week we can see another side of  KISS  co-founder Gene Simmons who’ll be at  Changing Hands Bookstore with his new book Me, Inc., a manifesto for business success.  Plus there are art exhibitions, dance, theatre and comedy performance and, as always plenty of great live music in venues throughout the city. For more arts, culture and entertainment events check out this week’s list and view a complete listing of Tempe events on the Tempe Tourism Office website, or call 480-894-8158 for more information.

Tempe events this week, October 20-26, 2014

ASU Gammage

It’s another week chock full of arts and cultural goodness. Dance Theatre of Harlem is coming to ASU Gammage plus there’s always plenty of great live music in venues throughout the city.  For more arts, culture and entertainment events check out this week’s list and view a complete listing of Tempe events on the Tempe Tourism Office website, or call 480-894-8158 for more information.

Tempe Events This Week – October 13-19, 2014

Journey of Edward Tulane

This week there’s something to please everyone when it comes to arts, culture and entertainment in Tempe.  Changing Hands Bookstore is hosting Rock icons of the 80s Billy Idol and Joe Perry with their tell all memoirs, Childsplay opens The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane  and SNL alumnus Norm MacDonald is at the Tempe Improv, plus there’s always plenty of great live music  in venues throughout the city.  

Check out this list and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call 480-894-8158 for more information.

Tempe events this week: Oktoberfest at Tempe Beach Park

Oktoberfest at Tempe Town Lake

Fall is definitely in the air and wow, there’s a lot going on in Tempe this week, including the Oktoberfest at Tempe Town Lake. There will be lots of beer, brats and music plus fun stuff for the kids.

For more arts, culture and entertainment events check out this week’s list and view a complete listing of Tempe events on the Tempe Tourism Office website, or call 480-894-8158 for more information.

 

Tempe this week-Annual Tempe Tardeada

Tempe Tardeada

Fall is definitely in the air and wow, there’s a lot going on in Tempe this week, including the 16th Annual Tempe Tardeada! With all the music, theater and art exhibits you’ll have plenty of choices. For more arts, culture and entertainment events check out this week’s list and view a complete listing of Tempe events on the Tempe Tourism Office website, or call 480-894-8158 for more information.

Tempe events this week-TCA Juried Biennial: Copper

Tempe Center for The Arts

There’s a mind-boggling array of arts and culture events taking place in Tempe this week, including the opening of the TCA Juried Biennial: Copper at the Tempe Center for the Arts.  For more arts, culture and entertainment events check out this week’s list and view a complete listing of Tempe events on the Tempe Tourism Office website, or call 480-894-8158 for more information.

Tempe events this week-ASU Gammage presents KINKY BOOTS

ASU Ga

It’s a big week for theater in Tempe. ASU Gammage opens its season with KINKY BOOTS and Stray Cat opens its new season with The Brothers Size.; plus there’s fine theatre for the family at Tempe Center for the Arts where you can see The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Childsplay’s production of Charlottes Web.

From great theatre to live music to art exhibitions, there’s lots going on in Tempe this week. For more arts, culture and entertainment events check out this week’s list and view a complete listing of Tempe events on the Tempe Tourism Office website, or call 480-894-8158 for more information.

 

 

Tempe events this week – Jamie Kennedy at the Tempe Improv

Tempe Improv

 This week, the multi-talented Jamie Kennedy will be at the Tempe Improv plus there’s a bunch of great live music throughout Tempe.  Visit the Tempe Tourism Office Calendar of Events, or call 480-894-8158 to view a complete listing of Tempe events.