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Historic Orpheum Theatre Turns 90Historic Orpheum Theatre Turns 90Historic Orpheum Theatre Turns 90/pdf/Historic%20Orpheum%20Theatre%20Turns%2090.pdf<p>PHOENIX (Jan. 2, 2019) — Phoenix's historic Orpheum Theatre, deemed "Arizona's Most Beautiful Theater" by Architectural Digest turns 90 on Jan. 5, 2019.</p><p> </p><p>Opening in 1929 amid much fanfare, the Orpheum's Spanish-baroque architecture, ornate features and atmospheric setting attracted visitors from near and far. In 1929, the theater offered 1,800 seats and an early form of air conditioning, which made it a place for entertainment and refuge from the desert heat.  </p><p> </p><p>Designed by architects Lescher & Mahoney, the theatre was built for $750,000 by J. E. Rickards and Harry Nace.  The last major construction project in Phoenix before the Great Depression, Phoenix's Orpheum Theatre was the only theater between Los Angeles and Denver able to accommodate traveling vaudeville shows. Since opening, the venue welcomed some of the entertainment industry's most notable celebrities including Mae West, Henry Fonda and Lauren Bacall. </p><p> </p><p>The iconic venue continues to play an integral role in Arizona's arts and culture community. In recent years, notable celebrities to have graced its stage include Carol Channing, Jimmy Fallon, Lewis Black, Chris Botti, Kate Mulgrew, Barack Obama, David Feherty, Joe Jackson, Jerry Riopelle and many others. </p><p> </p><p>Throughout its existence, Phoenix's Orpheum Theatre changed names and ownership all while providing entertainment to various audiences in different capacities. Among its many uses, the venue had a long run serving as a Spanish language movie theater. By the 1980s, the theater needed major repairs and the city of Phoenix purchased the property and placed it on the National Register of Historic Places prior to embarking on a 12-year, $14 million restoration project.  Today the venue is downtown Phoenix's oldest operating theater which regularly hosts events for Theater League, Phoenix Opera and Phoenix Ballet in addition to hosting off-Broadway touring shows and Silent Sunday movies featuring music provided by the mighty Wurlitzer piper organ. </p><p> </p><p>The nonprofit support group, <em>Friends of the Orpheum Theatre</em>, hosts FREE public tours monthly and other events such as Downstairs at the Orpheum jazz concerts and Orpheum Ghost Tours to raise funding for school programs and venue upgrades. </p><p> </p><p>Owned and operated by the city of Phoenix, the venue is still making headlines today, in addition to the <a href="https://www.architecturaldigest.com/gallery/most-beautifully-design-theater-each-state"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Architectural Digest</span></a> (AD) recognition, the Orpheum has received recent awards from Trip Advisor, Phoenix New Times and Best Things Arizona. The theater has been featured on HGTV, FOX10, KJZZ, Univision, PHXTV and other notable news outlets. </p>1/4/2019 3:44:49 PM2019-01-02T07:00:00Z
Salvation Army Christmas Dinner 2018Salvation Army Christmas Dinner 2018Salvation Army Christmas Dinner 2018/pdf/The%20Salvation%20Army%20Christmas%20Dinner%20(12-20-18).pdf<p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>PHOENIX (Dec. 20, 2018) </strong>– <a href="http://www.salvationarmyphoenix.org/"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>The Salvation Army</strong></span></a>, bringing the joy of the holidays to Arizonans for 125 years, will provide a <a href="https://www.salvationarmyphoenix.org/annual-christmas-dinner"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">free Christmas dinner</span></a> and family activities and services at the Phoenix Convention Center's West Building, on the southeast corner Second Street and Monroe Street, on Christmas Day.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The event will take place on the lower level of the West Building and will begin at 9 a.m., with meal service from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Posted signage and volunteers will be on hand to direct guests to the entrance and event location.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The complimentary dinner is open to the public and will also include live entertainment, free haircuts and nail service, toys for kids, photos with Santa, games, and emotional and spiritual care.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"We invite anyone looking for some fellowship to join us on Christmas Day," said The Salvation Army Metro Phoenix Program Coordinator Maj. Nancy Dihle. "We want to offer a place of comfort, a place where people can feel part of a large family on a special day. With all the activities and services we have, it's really a big party!" </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Around 5,000 people are expected to attend, and 2,500 additional meals will be delivered to homebound individuals, with another 1,200 delivered to Salvation Army Corps locations across the Valley of the Sun to serve their local communities.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Aventura Catering will prepare more than 4,000 pounds of turkey; 1,900 pounds of potatoes; 1,400 pounds of stuffing; 1,900 pounds of vegetables; 120 gallons of gravy; 100 gallons of cranberry sauce; 7,500 rolls; and 7,500 slices of pie for the annual dinner.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p>It takes nearly 1,400 volunteers to make this event happen. At this time, volunteers are still needed for dinner prep on Dec. 23 and to help break down the event at its conclusion on Christmas Day. Visit <a href="http://www.salvationarmyphoenix.org/"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>SalvationArmyPhoenix.org</strong></span></a> and click on the <a href="https://www.salvationarmyphoenix.org/volunteer"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">VOLUNTEER</span></a> tab for a list of opportunities, or contact Volunteer Coordinator Danielle Shankle: <span class="baec5a81-e4d6-4674-97f3-e9220f0136c1" style="white-space:nowrap;">602-267-4117 </span><a href="mailto:Danielle.Shankle@usw.SalvationArmy.org">Danielle.Shankle@usw.SalvationArmy.org</a>. </p>12/21/2018 10:15:20 PM2018-12-20T07:00:00Z
Salvation Army Thanksgiving Dinner 2018Salvation Army Thanksgiving Dinner 2018Salvation Army Thanksgiving Dinner 2018/pdf/Salvation%20Army%20Thanksgiving%20Dinner%20(2018).pdf<p>​<strong>PHOENIX (Nov. 16, 2018) </strong>– <a href="http://www.salvationarmyphoenix.org/"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>The Salvation Army</strong></span></a>, bringing the joy of the holidays to Arizonans for 125 years, will serve a free traditional Thanksgiving meal with all the fixings at the Phoenix Convention Center's North Building, on the northeast corner of Third Street and Washington Street, on Thursday, Nov. 22.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">This year's event location has changed from the Phoenix Convention Center's South Building, which is currently undergoing facility maintenance. Guests will enter the event through the North Building doors on Third Street, just north of Washington Street. Posted signage and volunteers will be on hand to direct guests to the event location.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Thanksgiving dinner will take place on the third floor of the North Building, and the doors will open at 9 a.m., with meal service from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. This complimentary dinner is open to the public and will also include live entertainment, free haircuts and nail service, hygiene kits, coloring for kids, and a big screen TV for watching the parade and football game.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Everyone is welcome to join us for food and fun." said The Salvation Army Metro Phoenix Program Director Maj. Nancy Dihle. "There is an incredible sense of fellowship and worth felt by our guests. For many, this is all they will have for Thanksgiving, and The Salvation Army is honored to serve." </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">More than 1,350 pounds of turkey, 75 gallons of gravy, 1,000 pounds of potatoes and 3,700 slices of pie will be prepared by Aventura Catering for the annual dinner.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Around 1,000 people are expected to attend, and The Salvation Army and Phoenix Convention Center will also be preparing around 2,200 meals to be delivered to homebound individuals and another 1,200 to Salvation Army Corps locations across the Valley of the Sun to serve their local communities.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"This event is only possible through the generosity of community partners, volunteers, officers, staff and the City of Phoenix," added Dihle. "It warms our hearts to see how our community comes together to help our neighbors most in need."</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">At this time, volunteers are still needed to guide people to designated areas, for security detail and to help with breaking down the event at its conclusion. Visit <a href="http://www.salvationarmyphoenix.org/"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>SalvationArmyPhoenix.org</strong></span></a> and click on the <a href="https://www.salvationarmyphoenix.org/volunteer"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">VOLUNTEER</span></a> tab for a list of opportunities and click on the <a href="https://www.salvationarmyphoenix.org/annual-thanksgiving-dinner"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">EVENTS</span></a> tab for more about attending the Thanksgiving dinner event. </p><p> </p>11/19/2018 7:15:52 PM2018-11-19T07:00:00Z