Here’s hoping everyone had a safe and Happy New Year. As we get ready to kick off the second half of the bowling season, everyone pause for a minute to reflect on this past year and your many bowling accomplishments.As for 2018, let’s all look forward to a prosperous new year, great bowling and continued success throughout all of 2018. This column hasn’t reported for a couple of weeks, so we have a little bit of make-up to do. Let’s get started and I promise it won’t hurt. The Monday before Christmas we had the Valero League bowling its last night of the year.Valero bowlers took top honors the week all the way around. First Bryan Boldt tuned up the lanes to lead the senior men with games of 196, 232 and 286 for a fine 714. The senior ladies were led by Kat Douglas as she put together games of 170, 213 and 237 for a nice 620 series. Sami Jo Williams led all the lady bowlers that week with steady games of 212, 213 and 210 for a respectable 635 set. Top bowler of the week was Zachary Beckett. Zachary hammered on the lanes with games of 238, 276 and 234 for a fine 748 set to take top honors. Second week’s scores:• 700s: Belinda Powell 244-234-247-725, Mike Jacquet 224-233-245-702, Daryl Hughes 264-247-223-734, Derek Williams 225-226-257-708.• MID COUNTY MIXED: Bobby Abraham 142-391, Bruce VanBoskirk 170-481, Vladie Quirante 181-462.• FUN BOWLERS: Robert Miller 186-482, Joe Hurst 154-396, Kerri Babineaux 157-405, Carol Berryman 136-386, Dawn Carona 190-521, Johnny Simon 189-503, Burton Wilson 259-666, Dean Salles 223-607, Julie Crane 198-493, Bruce Powell 181-479, Anna Commorato 160-453, Diron Owens 172-482, Charles Venable 201-551, Ed Zuschlag 153-407, Ron Carlin 214-594, Micah Muller 203-520, Craig Castille 140-388, Dee Dennis 225-575, Judy Lynch 179-470, Kerry Stevens 215-531, Nick Smith 194-519,Stuart Ellis 187-530.• ENERGY COUNTRY FORD/ALLSTATE: Kayla Kay 160-384, Mathew Franklin 188-510, Alan Kay 243-654, Zach Smith 202-533, Caleb Klein 226-647, Braden Grusecki 222-573, Erik Postula 245-668, Gary Martin 217-579, Ryan Worthy 235-628, Charles Mitchell 234-691, Andrew Pridemore 239-623, Bryan Chichester 235-556, Rusti Girolamo 154-369, Theresa Beavens 175-466, Troy Girolamo 228-539, Jason Beavens 212-525, Tommy Girolamo 234-606, Karen Bellow 188-539, CJ Moity 279-681, Lisa Bourque 162-416, Ray Todora 212-561, Kim Bourque 237-630, Mason Ewell 191-453, Rene Pulver 186-505, Bill White 269-681, Clay Mayhew 234-605, Travis Johnson 218-573, David Gilley 224-616, Jimmy Calder 247-647, Heather LaBauve 161-393, Shelly Moity 204-534, Bobby Clark 279-630, Giles Broussard 182-463, Chris Chance 205-533, Logan Cain 197-528, Craig Rankin 269-658, Buddy Sepeda257-694, Maryana Kimball 190-03, Gloria Divello 207-558, Curtis Harrington 233-635, Chris Edwards 246-661, Eric Harrington 248-694, Katie Harrington 175-386, Stephanie Foux 218-560, Freddie Daigle 193-556, Sandra Windham 213-626, Jamaal Lowe 218-552, Belinda Humphrey 203-579, Dennis Humphrey 233-586, Kirwin Melo 269-677, Bryan Boldt 243-633, Rick Hermsen 254-596, PaulVaughan 237-607, Trint Miguez 237-673, Houston Rideaux 222-531, Dennis Thompson 240-552, James Mikel 114-271, Tray Batson 224-620, Ronnie Sonnier 255-625, David Bruno 259-652, Charlene Wersig 182-494, Aaron Wersig 198-479, Zack Sonnier 218-576, Avery Henry 236-629, Dean Wersig 268-678, Walt Homick 243-637, Chuck Clark 173-476, Kody Rountree 188-521,Matt Mannino 237-648, Judy Arsenault 171-471, Skipper Arsenault 267-616, Carlos Medina 244-609, Wendy Medina 155-354, Mary Jane Parsley 169-486, Janice Todora 167-467, Alice Barnes 217-555, Jeremy Tremonte 224-514, Dee Dennis 194-515, RaeAnna Todora 247-694, Branden Powell 279-671.• TRAVEL LEAGUE: Josie Echols 155-432, Gemma Lingad 144-378, Gloria Divello 246-613, David Gilley 247-678, John Tatroe 151-367, Kayla kay 182-497, Shelly Moity 201-525, Alan Kay 214-585, Michael Morvant 215-499, Tammy Nick 197-518, Brian Smith 246-655, CJ Moity 249-644, Dino Rose 122-340, Gordon Pizzey 137-382, Cindy Pizzey 129-323, Hunter Engle 233-636, Maryana Kimball 179-481, Trey Todora 227-602. Cain Shaw remains on top of his game in the Saturday morning Stars of Tomorrow. Cain had games of 183, 235 and 187 for a nice 605 series.The week between Christmas and New Year’s had the Energy Country Ford/Allstate still bowling. Buddy Speed led the senior men with games of 249, 257 and 188 for a 694 set. Gloria Divello led the senior women with games of 207, 190 and 161 for a 558 series. Belinda Powell led all the women this week with a nice set that had games of 244 234 and 247 for a 725 series. Last, Daryl Hughes led all bowlers this week with games of 264 247 and 223 for a sweet 734 series.All the upcoming tournaments are going to be coming up. Any honor scores that are shot at these tournaments should be notified, and we will include them.Again bowlers, please have a Happy New Year and an abundance of success in your bowling.• 700s: Murphy Burch 177-286-247-710, Bryan Boldt 196-232-286-714, Derrick Rivers 235-225-246-706, Zachary Beckett 238-276-234-748, Branden Powell 219-204-279-702, Derek Williams 215-235-256-706, Trey Todora 204-268-234-706.• VALERO: Justin Cates 208-524, Alan Kay 226-529, Jan Cates 158-397, Gail Seymour 206-521, Tara Candee 153-422, Ryan Worthy 234-574, Erick Brown 201-582, Chuck Mitchell 278-673, Amy Burch 167-485, Steve Schuster 246-659, Matt Mannino 225-547, CJ Moity 238-647, David Pulver 179-463, Rene Pulver 176-480, Chad Carlson 220-507, Michael Morvant 183-462, Brian Smith 213-570, Lisa Bourque 178-431, Elaine Whitten 149-353, Maryana Kimball 177-482, Mark Maxwell 267-634, Troy Girolamo 255-670, Bruce VanBoskirk 179-483, Kyle Miller 213-568, Kat Douglas 237-620, Chris Marze 193-528,Stan Ruth 201-556, John Parent 224-620, Walter Tucker 190-559, Derrick Joyce 195-524, Jeremy Premeaux 214-576, Bonnie Maxwell 169-427, Kendall Terrell 214-496, Eloy Santanna 169-438, Zach Wiley 202-522, Ryan Smith 208-549, Bob Cullums 220-611, Danny Cooper 193-545, Kurt Hunter 220-613, Christ Teal 227-601, Joe Duke 202-555, Patsy Ronquille 214-549, James Pitre 202-551, Richard Allen 193-501, Shelly Moity 173-466, Kaci Leatherwood 155-388, John Tatroe 175-464, Dee Dennis 198-549.• ENERGY COUNTRY FORD/ALLSTATE: John Allen 236-660, Rob Kistner 259-666, Chuck Clark 170-427, Michael Chandler 228-604, Mary Jane Parsley 214-506, Janice Todora 175-463, Alice Barnes 201-478, Derik Gund 221-569, Langdon Gund 206-506, Jeff Wright 221-604, Charlene Wersig 173-469, Zack Sonnier 246-606, Avery Henry 212-600, Dean Wersig 225-614, Freddie Daigle 181-479, Sandra Windham 217-549, Belinda Powell 221-597, Darrell Robinson 219-581, Patsy Ronquille 170-492, Gloria Divello 209-515, Jeff Witzleben 246-676, Tray Batson 242-665, Rudy Gonzalez 180-471, Zim Morris 247-557, Rick Hermsen 235-623, Trint Miguez 242-640, James Robinson 215-547, Houston Rideaux 220-592, Dennis Thompson 211-593, Leroy Young 200-555, Tammy Nick 193-516, John Tatroe 135-360, Jeffrey Jones 204-554, Isaac Rollins 193-544, Gary Biegas 191-514, Marcus Joseph 221-596, Zach Smith 212-506, Ryan Cooper 234-651, Daniel Campise 241-654, David Gilley 276-697, Brian Smith 259-596, Michael Morvant 233-528, Jimmy Calder 254-690, Lisa Bourque 190-484, Ray Todora 257-589, Kim Bourque 247-678, Art Turner 235-578, Erik Postula 233-608, Charles Mitchell 244-655, Mason Ewell 212-596, David Pulver 171-409, Rene Pulver 180-481, John Ferguson 201-496, Kayla Kay 165-444, Chris Kaufmann 238-599, Darian Murray 232-666, Alan Kay 204-582, Caleb Klein 218-570, Braden Grusecki 224-551, Aaron Gautreaux 176-449, Bob Grusecki 207-572, Andrew Pridemore 226-612, BryanChichester 187-482, Blake Dugas 245-643, Karen Bellow 200-582, Bob Bellow 231-646, CJ Moity 257-615, Logan Cain 211-586, Jesus Colion 174-483, Randy Young 185-490, Clay Mayhew 249-652, Eric Kyles 204-570, Hardy Charles 224-578, Kevin Tran 202-582.• STARS OF TOMORROW: Blaine Seymour 208-546, Brandon Bertrand 204-550, Cain Shaw 235-605, Anthony Hernandez 133-375.
She returned to work later as a Home Health Care Service Provider and enjoyed caring forthe elderly.Jo Ann loved to drive, bake, crochet, decorate and prepare huge, loving meals every holiday.She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Simien Sr; parents Earl Clayton Sr. and Inez Clayton (Wallace) brothers: Cedric, Earl Jr., and John Luther; and grand-daughter, Eboni Simien.Left to cherish her memories are her children: Inez (Terrance), Joseph Jr., Dwight (Myrtle), Kenneth Sr. (TaShara), La Bertha, Patricia, Clayton (Daneesh), Jo Ann and Ileana; grandchildren: Brittani (Simon), Tiffani, LaTavia, Alexis, Danielle, Kenneth Jr., Dayna, Alana and Nyssa; and great-grandchildren: Armani, Alana, Nyla and Eryn; brother Arstell (Johnnie Mae); sisters Shirley Mehn (Harvey) and Faye Ola Lorder (James). Jo Ann chose to live and depart this life as a testament to Christ: in health, she extended a helping hand to any in need; in sickness, she was patient, grateful and compassionate.Jo Ann worked at the City of Port Arthur water department after graduating from Abraham Lincoln High School and became the first black woman to work at Gates Memorial Library.She stopped working to devote her life to raising and nurturing her family. Jo Ann Clayton Simien has gone to dwell in the peace of the Lord on March 16, 2020.She was born on February 6, 1937 in Mamou, Lousiana.Jo Ann will always be remembered as a loving sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. Also, Tynikqua Gardner, Jeffery Havard and a host of cousins, in-laws, nieces, nephews and friends.The family would like to thank Latoya Kelly and the members of Texas Home Health Hospice for excellent care provided to their mother.The family would like to extend love and gratitude to Tynikqua Gardner, a phenomenal caregiver whose Servant’s Heart cared for our mother with such humility, love and compassion.You cared for our mother with a daughter’s heart and she loved you as you were her own.Graveside services will be 10am Saturday, March 21, 2020, Greenlawn Memorial Park, Groves, Texas.Visitation beginning at 9 a.m. Services entrusted to Hannah Funeral Home, Inc.
She will be forever missed and never forgotten.We love you always and forever! I hope you’ve found the peace you so deserve! With all our love, we miss you so much already! But her spirit is what you’ll remember about her.She is survived by her husband, Mitch Laufenberg, her daughter, Melissa Stewts and fiancee, Nathan Pugh, her son, Chris Stewts and wife, Lisa Stewts, and Mitchell Laufenberg. She had 4 grandchildren, Mikayla and Hannah Stewts, Madison and Dylan Meyers, 3 great-grandchildren, Dante, Addison, and Alexander. On Wednesday, 6/17/2020, Judyth Ann Wallace Laufenberg left this earth.Her life wasn’t easy, she struggled with health problems until the end.
Related Shows Alcestis Ascending Alcestis Ascending features Alexei Aguilar, Erich Cartaya, Randy Civico, Diana Columbie, Rayssel Cruz, Jorge Luis Curbelo, Osnel Delgado, Frank Egusquiza, Sofia Elizarde, Thaddeus Fitzpatrick, Samuel Hardy, Diana Rosa, Jeff Horger, Christina Johnson, Abigail Jones, Claudia Molinet, Mike Morin, Alianne Portuondo, Corey Rives, Miranda Rives, Joan Rodriguez, William Ruiz, John Paul Snead, Robert Salomon, Vitica Sobrino and Laura Treto. Through text, movement and live rock-infused music, Alcestis Ascending spins a tale of fate, self-absorption, sacrifice and the redemptive power of love. A retelling of Euripides’ classic drama, King Admetus and his wife Alcestis see their picture-perfect lives shatter when news arrives that Admetus’ thread has run out on the wheel of Fate. If the king can find a willing replacement to take his place, he lives—if not, he dies. Alcestis Ascending, a new play with movement and rock music, begins performances July 9 at the Clurman Theatre on Theatre Row. Told in both English and Spanish, the world premiere production combines actors and dancers from the Cuban National Office of Scenic Arts and actors from the University of Alabama. Written and directed by Seth Panitch and presented by Company HavanaBama, Alcestis Ascending will play a limited engagement through July 11. Show Closed This production ended its run on July 21, 2013 View Comments
View Comments Kristin Chenoweth Stage and screen favorite Kristin Chenoweth is so “popular,” she’s headlining her own show at the Hollywood Bowl this weekend! The Tony winner is hard at work rehearsing her new concert, which will include songs like “Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again” from The Phantom of the Opera, Whitney Houston’s hit song “I Will Always Love You” and of course, “Popular” from Wicked. Chenoweth also reveals that she’ll be working behind the scenes as a “writer and producer” on a project. Click below to see the star chat about her concert (and preview a few songs!) on ABC News in Los Angeles, then catch her at the Hollywood Bowl on August 23 and 24! Star Files
Children of celebrated performers often wilt under the pressure of being compared to their parents, but not Charlotte d’Amboise: The daughter of ballet superstar Jacques d’Amboise made her Broadway debut in Cats, and in the three decades since then, she has graced the stage in iconic musicals such as Damn Yankees, Chicago and now the Tony-winning revival of Pippin. D’Amboise is giving a smoking hot performance as Fastrada, the title character’s scheming mother, in a production that also features her real-life husband, Terrence Mann, as Charlemagne. For her Role Call, the two-time Tony nominee explored her affinity for classic musical heroines. View Comments Charlotte d’Amboise Role That Was the Hardest “A Chorus Line [2006, as Cassie; Best Featured Actress Tony nomination] was extremely difficult. Enjoyable? I wouldn’t say so. Cassie is the straight woman and I always play kooky characters, so it was a little boring for me in that sense. Also, standing there every night and pretending you’re at an audition, listening to someone criticize you, seeps into your soul. Plus, Cassie’s dance is so hard. It doesn’t look nearly as hard as it is, and you have to do everything to the fullest at every performance. Shows don’t usually stay with me [after leaving the theater], but that one did; it was too close to my life. I’m glad I experienced it, but I would never want to do it again.” Related Shows Role That Was the Most Fun “Pippin [as Fastrada] is the most collaborative piece I’ve ever done, which is wonderful, because when you’re creatively involved, you feel like you’re part of the whole show. I love acting with my husband [Terrence Mann], and the role was made on me, so I didn’t have to copy anybody. And I get to be a redhead! I’m always a blonde. Just as Fastrada is a quick-change artist in life, she can change her personality to get what she wants. If that means being angry or seductive or charming or sweet, she’ll do it. I don’t know if she’s the sexiest [character], but I get to act like she is, which is fun! I did Pippin in high school, so I had a passion for the music and was able to envision [director] Diane Paulus’ concept; my husband had a harder time at first—he had a lot of questions about what things meant. Really, none of us knew whether it would work until we got in front of an audience. But when you’ve been in flops, it is really nice to be in a mega-hit.” Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015 Role I Wish I Could Have Played Longer “I wish I could have done a production of Sweet Charity [2005, as Charity Hope Valentine] that was created on me. I understudied Christina Applegate [and played the role for a few weeks when she was injured], so it was her show, but I loved every minute. I understood the character perfectly—the charm and the need and the desperateness. She follows her heart, and that takes her to all the wrong places. She gets beaten down, but by god, she’s going to get back up! She’s the kind of optimistic person who keeps trying to turn things about and remains joyful and loving. I had no idea that [I would play three role created by Gwen Verdon], but they’re a good fit. I feel much more Gwen than Chita [Rivera]. Chita is stronger and played harder roles, with that quick wit. I’m more offbeat.” Star Files Role I Enjoyed Re-Inventing “When I was hired to play Roxie in Chicago [national tour and 12 Broadway engagements from 1999 to 2012] I was 30 but looked 25, and the part had originally been done by a 50-year-old [Gwen Verdon]. Because I was so young, I had to reinvent the role, especially with a line like ‘I’m older than I ever intended to be.’ [Director] Walter Bobbie gave me a lot of freedom to make Roxie my own, and that was such a joy. I play her as somebody who is clueless. She’s manipulative, but she is so self-involved that she’s not aware she is hurting people. She killed somebody and didn’t even notice because she was so focused on getting what she wants. It’s one of the great roles in musical theater in a show that was ahead of its time; I do it differently every time I go back, and it works just as well.” Role That Was My Big Break “I had done three Broadway shows before Jerome Robbins’ Broadway [1989; Best Actress Tony nomination], but that’s the one that made people say, ‘She can do comedy.’ It was also the most amazing learning experience. I didn’t find [director Jerome Robbins] scary: I was used to strong personalities, and he taught me so much about the creative process. It was an old-school way of working—you put yourself in his hands and didn’t question anything—but I was comfortable with that because of my background in ballet. I did Anita in West Side Story and Peter in Peter Pan as well as ensemble stuff. The big number I had been hired to do, “Dreams Come True” from Billion Dollar Baby, ended up getting cut after we had worked on it for six months. That was a little disappointing, but I understood. It was just a great show; everything Robbins did was brilliant.” Pippin Role That Was My First Broadway Lead “I had a greatest time in Damn Yankees [1995, as Lola]. I replaced Bebe Neuwirth, and Robby Marshall re-choreographed everything for me. The production was brilliantly conceived by Jack O’Brien, and it was a breakthrough for me to play Lola, this devil with a heart. I did it more the way Gwen [Verdon] did, as a normal girl who is willing to sell her soul to become beautiful. She’s a vamp with vulnerability, and it’s fun to play those different colors. I did it first with Victor Garber as the Devil and then with Jerry Lewis, who was amazing and fun and brilliant. You hear stories about him, but my experience was fantastic. He was a generous, lovely man.”
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The appearance of U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) visual information does not imply or constitute DoD endorsement. IntroductionOnce you get settled into your new posting at Luke AFB, you will want to explore the area around the base for things to do. And you’re in luck. The surrounding area, and nearby city of Phoenix, provide plenty to do for you and your family.We have organized activities into categories below; click any of them to jump to the section if you already know what you want to do around Luke AFB.(1-2) Golf Courses(3-5) Gyms(6-7) Theaters(8-9) Bowling(10-14) Outdoor Recreation(15) Attractions(16-20) MuseumsCOVID-19 NoticeDue to the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic, many businesses, venues, and parks may be temporarily closed or operating under restricted hours. Many, if not all, of the ones listed here, are likely subject to such restrictions for the time being though new re-openings and closings occur all the time. Therefore, a place we mention here may not currently be open or available for the time being. Check individual websites provided in each section or call to find out each place’s current hours and situation.Luke AFB Golf CourseWaddell1. Falcon Dunes Golf Course15100 W Northern Ave,Waddell, AZ 85355Phone: 1 (623) 535-8355This picturesque 18-hole golf course is open 7 days a week across the street from Luke AFB. It also offers a pro shop and snack bar.Litchfield Park2. Wigwam Golf Resort451 N Old Litchfield Rd,Litchfield Park, AZ 85340Phone: 1 (623) 935-9414Wigwam Resort offers three championship courses and world-class dining experiences for a proper golf escape.Luke AFB Gym3. Bryant Fitness Center at Luke AFB14053 W Shooting Star,Glendale, AZ 85309Phone: 1 (623) 856-6241Recently remodeled, Bryant Fitness Center has a friendly staff, updated facilities, and equipment specialized for military personnel.Litchfield Park4. Bell Fitness4850 N Litchfield, Park Rd #106,Litchfield Park, AZ 85340Phone: 1 (623) 536-2537Bell Fitness offers an alternative to the traditional gym with a focus on small group workout classes.5. CrossFit 6236808 N Dysart Rd Suite 164,Glendale, AZ 85307Phone: 1 (845) 248-0815CrossFit 623 provides customized workout schedules and a total fitness program with everything from personal trainers to nutrition coaches.Movie TheatersSurprise6. AMC Surprise Pointe 1413649 Litchfield Rd,Surprise, AZ 85374Phone: 1 (623) 584-3884Smack in the middle of a center of restaurants and a bowling alley (which we will talk about here in a moment), this AMC is sure to be the centerpiece of a good night out.Goodyear7. Harkins Theatres Estrella Falls 1615010 W McDowell Rd,Goodyear, AZ 85395Phone: 1 (623) 223-1105Harkins offers a multiplex that screens blockbuster films and a few independent movies as well.BowlingSurprise8. Uptown Alley13525 N Litchfield Rd,Surprise, AZ 85379Phone: 1 (623) 975-7529Uptown Alley is a massive bowling center featuring a little of everything. Supplement your night of bowling with an arcade, live music, and karaoke bar.Avondale9. Main Event Avondale10315 W McDowell Rd,Avondale, AZ 85392Phone: 1 (623) 936-5300The Main Event has it all. Bowling, laser tag, billiards, rock wall climbing, mini-golf, you name it, they got it.Luke AFB Outdoor RecLitchfield Park10. Aleppo Park940 W Village Pkwy,Litchfield Park, AZ 85340A nearly four and a half-acre park, Aleppo features two basketball courts, a soccer field, sand volleyball courts, and covered picnic areas.El Mirage11. Gateway Park10100 N El Mirage Rd,El Mirage, AZ 85335Phone: 1 (623) 972-8116Gateway Park is ready to take up your day with just about any activity you can think of. Amenities include two baseball fields, a dog park, basketball courts, and even a splash fountain to beat the heat.Goodyear12. Goodyear Community Park3151 N Litchfield Rd,Goodyear, AZ 85395Phone: 1 (623) 882-7525Goodyear Community Park also boasts many great facilities. There are baseball fields and basketball courts, but you can find four tennis courts and a skate park here as well.13. Bullard Wash ParkW McDowell Rd,Goodyear, AZ 85395Phone: 1 (623) 882-7525Perfect for a quick hike, Bullard Park has a mile-long trail. And at 61 acres total, this park is ideal for feeling like you’re getting away without having to go far from Luke AFB.Waddell14. White Tank Mountain Regional Park20304 W White Tank Mountain Rd,Waddell, AZ 85355Phone: 1 (623) 935-2505If you really want to feel like you are getting out into nature, it’s time to head for White Tank Mountain. With hiking, camping, horseback riding, this Regional Park is perfect for a nearby get-away.Attractions Near Luke AFBLitchfield Park15. Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium16501 W Northern Ave,Litchfield Park, AZ 85340Phone: 1 (623) 935-9453The Wildlife World Zoo is just around the corner from Luke AFB. Featuring animals and sea life from all over the world, the zoo is sure to be an excellent outing for the entire family. There’s even a roller coaster!Phoenix16. Castles N’ Coasters9445 N Metro Pkwy E,Phoenix, AZ 85051Phone: 1 (602) 997-7575Just 14 miles from Luke AFB lies an amusement park adventure. Castles N’ Coasters has looping roller coasters, go-karts, bumper boats, the 120-foot Skydriver, and much more.Luke AFB MuseumsPeoria16. West Valley Art Museum8401 W Monroe St,Peoria, AZ 85345Phone: 1 (623) 972-0635Featuring a diverse display of art from all over the world, West Valley Art Museum sits right next to Centennial Plaza and Peoria Public Library.Surprise17. WHAM Community Art Center16560 N Dysart Rd,Surprise, AZ 85378Phone: 1 (623) 584-8311This community art center features art classes, galleries of local artists, poetry readings, and more.Phoenix18. Martin Auto Museum17641 N Black Canyon Hwy,Phoenix, AZ 85023Phone: 1 (602) 298-2377Open from Tuesday to Saturday, Martin’s Auto Museum is perfect for the car lover. Martin’s has rare cars from every era with over 75 current automobiles in the collection.19. Phoenix Art Museum1625 N Central Ave,Phoenix, AZ 85004Phone: 1 (602) 257-1880A little farther out from Luke AFB, the Phoenix Art Museum boasts the largest collection in the region. From classic to modern, art styles from around the world are on display.20. Arizona Science Center600 E Washington St,Phoenix, AZ 85004Phone: 1 (602) 716-2000A hands-on science center perfect for kids located about 40 minutes from Luke AFB. A great location for an interactive educational experience for the entire family.ConclusionThis is just a sampling of the many things you will discover in and around Luke AFB. Be sure to ask neighbors and friends in the area for more local hot spots and things to do.Whether it’s hiking, golfing, or just a night out at the movies, we hope that you and your family enjoy the activities around Luke AFB. And don’t forget to plan a drive into Phoenix every once in a while for the great selection of activities available there.
Remot is new consumer-direct bike brand out of the Chattanooga ABG designers of Litespeed & Quintana Roo. After mastering ti & tri, they are broadening horizons to affordable carbon bikes, launching the full-suspension Cinder mountain bike, gravel Boundary, and all-road Baseline. Each bike is built on delivering high-performance & versatility at a price level that won’t break the bank.UPDATE: This new ABG family of carbon bikes has been rebranded as Ocoee prior to their full consumer roll-out. For details check out our article here. But other than the name, all f the details remain the same under the new Ocoee naming… Remōt (now Ocoee… now Obed) consumer-direct carbon bikes for road & trailcourtesy RemōtMaking their debut this weekend at Sea Otter, even though the Remōt brand is all-new, their expertise has been proven through the other American Bicycle Group bike brands. Blending experience honed on classic titanium Litespeed road & trail bikes, and carbon Quintana Roo triathlon bikes, the same design engineers sought to create a new adventure bike brand focusing on delivering value & versatility.To do that Remot has a three bike line to suit a wide range of riding terrain, all available direct from ocoeebikes.com, and shipped right to your door: Cinder, Boundary, & Baseline.Remōt (now Ocoee… now Obed) Cinder carbon 120mm trail mountain bikeThe Cinder is Remot’s new carbon Horst-link, four-bar full-suspension trail bike, offering 120mm of rear wheel travel paired to 130mm forks.Developed as a do-it-all, modern geometry trail mountain bike, the Cinder gets a solid SRAM GX Eagle 1x 12-speed spec, with Guide RE brakes & a RaceFace Aeffect dropper post.The Cinder is available in two guises – either with 29″ wheels , or as a 27.5+ bike with grippy 2.8″ tires. Both options sell for the same $3700 price (the most expensive bike in the new Remot line-up) and are available in three frame sizes & three frame colors – graphite gray, pine green & sand beige.Remōt (now Ocoee… now Obed) Boundary carbon gravel bikeThe Boundary is Remot’s take on the adventure gravel bike, a durable carbon frame & fork with plenty of mounting points and the option to run 700c or 650b wheels. The carbon bike features bosses to let you run front & rear racks, two bottle cages inside the main triangle, one more below the downtube, a top tube mounted bag/bento box & anything cages on each fork, plus full coverage fenders & internal routing.The gravel bike is built to fit up to 700x45mm tires, even wider when you opt for 27.5 wheels, up to 2.1″. All-day, all-terrain comfort is the goal with those big tires and endurance geometry, but the carbon frame promises a stiff & durable layup.Three spec levels of the Boundary offer either a carbon gravel bike for every budget. Start off with a $2400 Shimano 105 build, $3000 with Ultegra mechanical, or go all-in for that top $3700 pricepoint with Ultegra Di2.At each spec, the Boundary is available in five sizes (XS-XL) and the same three colors as the trail bike: graphite, pine & sand.Remōt (now Ocoee… now Obed) Baseline carbon all-bikeLastly the Baseline is a carbon all-road endurance bike for cyclists who tend to wander off the main road. Tire clearance is generous on the flat mount disc brake bike, getting spec’ed 32mm slicks with plenty of room for full-coverage fenders too.A close look and the Baseline appears to be the exact same frame as the Boundary, but a lighter hi-mod carbon layup without all of the extra mounting points. It does get a more narrow fork, that still offers 700x38mm tire clearance with fenders. That gives this this carbon all-road bike tons of multi-surface versatility, just in a lighter setup not destined for bikepacking adventure rides.Geometry is then the same, with a relaxed endurance lean, and again available in five sizes & three paint jobs. The Baseline is also available three Shimano road compact builds – $2300 with 105, $2900 with Ultegra mechanical & $3600 with Ultegra Di2.Ocoee Obed availabilityAll of the new Ocoee bikes are currently in early production, with official sales beginning May 1, 2019. Bikes will ship to your door, requiring only minimal setup to get rolling (think installing a front wheel, adjusting saddle height, and maybe tightening a handlebar into place.) All bikes come with a 30-day return policy that lets you try the bike and make sure it is right for you.ocoeebikes.com
In the first installment of NAHBS by the NUMBERS 2019, we took a high level look at a set of data gathered from bicycles at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show this year. Today, we break down that data by discipline to take a closer look at the three most popular types of bikes at the event and paint an informationally descriptive picture of what these bikes were.Buckle your seatbelts, nerds, it’s about to get informational. You may remember this little fella from the first installment. Gravel/All-Road bikes were the most commonly documented in this analysis at 96 bikes, with Road and Mountain trailing behind at 73 and 52 bikes each, respectively. For the sake of this piece, I chose to focus on these three popular categories.For full effect, I created a summary of the overall data here for individual category comparison.Remember when I talked about personal biases yesterday? No? Okay. So.Everyone has their personal area of high-fidelity in bikes – a focus area where they have great personal interest, awareness, and understanding. Sometimes that’s within a genre of bike, a material, a form of racing, a tire size, styling, or a point in time where your favorite flavor of bike existed and thrived (I see you out there, “Golden Era” roadies).The easy trap to fall into is to live within that focus area and compare and/or dismiss categories beyond your personal scope. This bias can become harmful or detrimental to a product category when those sentiments are held by folks making product decisions on larger scales. I’ve worked with product managers who, for example, didn’t understand road, who were coming at road product from a heavily biased off-road personal focus area, and who then tried to bend road product designed for road riders to their personal preference and will. The result? A product and spec that resonated with the product manager but one that didn’t resonate with the customer they served.But at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show, there are no product managers – only individual customers. Each bicycle represents a set of personal preferences, rather than the preferences or assumptions of someone making bikes for the masses. These are the road, gravel/all-road, and mountain bikes that customers specifically wanted.So check into those biases you have for a moment… long enough to be aware of them so you can to tune them way out. Peruse the data with a fresh mind and appreciate each discipline as a snapshot.In the world of road (from the 73 bikes documented), quick releases and center hole-mount, cable actuated brakes were alive. Campagnolo was prominent in drivetrains and dominant in brakes.Also fun to note, carbon was a more popular frame material than titanium in this category thanks to brands like FiftyOne, Montenegro, Exept, and Pursuit kicking out the skinny carbon jams.It’s when you compare road and gravel that you really start to see how profoundly different these two disciplines are from one another.To reiterate, I drew the distinction between road and gravel/all-road at mixed surface use intent. While it seemed like a difficult line to draw at the outset of the event, after attending the show and looking at this data – it’s clear that that these two categories of bikes are very different animals.Disc brakes are overwhelmingly popular in this segment, with flat mount brake interfaces being the frame builder’s weapon of choice. Hydraulic brakes and thru axles are also dominant in this arena.Last but not least, we have the mountain bike data (from 52 bikes). Hydraulic disc brakes, thru axles, and cable actuated drivetrains were dominant… and I.S. tabs were the most popular standard for fitting brakes up (with post mount interfaces coming in second).No, that isn’t an error, there were several mountain bikes with flat mount interfaces on the frame – that fit to post mount adapters. Brands who did this, like Seven Cycles, had a great flat mount solution (and probably a solid process around building with that solution) they were using in other product categories.Titanium was a close second to steel in this discipline – though we will explore more of the potential reasons why in an upcoming installment.Stay tuned, kids.Like what you’re reading? Check out other pieces in NAHBS by the NUMBERS 2019:Part 1: NAHBS by the NUMBER 2019: The OverallsPart 3: NAHBS by the Numbers 2019: Fashion and StylePart 4: NAHBS by the NUMBERS 2019: Regional Themes, Steel Construction