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NEWS.................. 8

Latin teacher relishes humanity in ancient text

FEATURES......... 16

North Valley Escape Room is a fun challenge for all ages

YOUTH.............. 20

Valley students participate in summer surgical program

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Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Anthem approves new facility projects BY ALLISON BROWN Foothills Focus Staff Writer


he Anthem Community Council passed a motion to accept the 2026 facilities master plan as presented, with eight projects approved for a total cost of over $4 million, at a July 27 meeting. The approved projects include implementing a walking museum; revitalizing tennis court No. 1; enhancing the north lawn; improving field and parking conditions at Hastings Field; adding new pickleball courts; enhancing Liberty Bell Park; putting in a Dog Park restroom; and constructing racquetball courts. These were selected out of 10 projects first submitted by community members in January. Doug Sutherland, treasurer of the Anthem

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The Anthem Community Council approved the facility master plan with eight projects costing a total of over $4 million, at a July 27 meeting. (Anthem Community Council/submitted)

ProMusica celebrates 20th anniversary with upcoming season BY ERYKA FORQUER Foothills Focus Staff Writer


he nonprofit organization ProMusica Arizona is commemorating its 20th performance year of its multigenerational chorale and orchestra with a three-part concert series during its 2022-2023 season. The upcoming season’s concerts feature the orchestra and choir where they will perform

sets including patriotic songs, familiar show tunes, holiday music and new tracks. Yvonne Dolby, the executive director of ProMusica Arizona, said there will be “a lot of variety” in the organization’s upcoming season. “There will be some pieces that are the chorale with an accompanist, and there’ll be some pieces with just the orchestra,” Dolby said. “Then there will be pieces that they do together.”

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This season, ProMusica Arizona consists of 50 to 60 choir members and nearly 40 orchestra members. The number of participants is far from the original count ProMusica Arizona started with when it was founded in 2003. “Seventeen singers got together and wanted to sing and form a choir,” Dolby said. “So, within a few months, there were 50 people in the

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