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Tickets on sale for Globe Miami Concert Associations’ new season

The Globe-Miami Community Concert Association announces its 2017/2018 season of professional music performances for the entire community to enjoy. This year GMCCA is bringing six performing groups, ranging from an oldies tribute band to a classical Christmas concert. Concerts take place at Miami High or High Desert Middle School and are a great opportunity for a low-cost, enjoyable evening out. This year’s performers and dates are: October 10: Southwest Surfers is a tribute to the Beach Boys, Jan and Dean, Frankie Valli, Elvis, and the memorable songs from the 50s, 60s, and 70s. Break out your Hawaiian shirts and bleeding madras! 7 p.m. at High Desert Middle School. November 7: We3 was named in tribute to the Ink Spots’ song and is composed of a pianist, a violinist, and a vocalist—who happens to be the daughter of the lead tenor for the Ink Spots! The trio will perform a variety of jazz, swing, blues, standards, pop, and R&B. 7 p.m. at Miami High School. Read More »

Globe-Miami Local Google goes by the name One Call

When you have an important question that you need the answer to, who do you call? Maybe you ask a friend or relative if they know the answer. Maybe you get online and search the internet. But what if your question is something about health care in Globe or Miami, or about local social services? What if you need to know about housing, or would like help with a financial issue? These are systems that can be hard to navigate and find the reliable information you need. When you have questions like these, there’s someone right here in town you can call—our own local form of Google. Her name is Margo Badilla. Read More »

A matter of perspective. Michaele Cozzi: Three decades as a documentary photographer.

Michaele Cozzi’s photography studio in Superior is a study in black and white. The cinder-block walls are painted white; the concrete floor is dark and glossy. Attached to the walls, floor-to-ceiling panels of concrete reinforcement mesh serve as a vertical work space. Clipped to the wires with clothespins and black metal clamps are black-and-white photographs – hundreds of them. Some are small enough to hold in your hand, and some are large, as wide as a door. Read More »

Globe-Miami’s Antique Shops

What could be finer than sauntering in the Arizona sunshine from one cool, friendly shop to another, finding troves of treasures, whimsy, and history? The sixteen antique and vintage shops of Globe-Miami are clustered in the two towns’ historic districts, and most are within easy walking distance of one another. For visitors from the Valley of the Sun, a fall weekend of antiquing in Globe-Miami offers a refreshing respite from the Phoenix heat and an opportunity to explore and shop in a laid-back, welcoming atmosphere, rich in history. Globe Yesterday’s Treasures (209 Hackney Ave.) is part antique shop, part thrift store. After descending the steps to the porch, continue straight ahead on the sidewalk to the far end of the building to find the antiques. Some lovely pieces of furniture and glassware – among much more – are available here, so don’t be put off by the children’s toys and clothing in the front portion of the shop. Open Monday through Saturday 9 to 5.  A wide array of antiques and collectibles, including booths devoted to Western wear and vintage boots, country decor, kitchenware, vintage clothing and furs, and Western Americana, are to be found at the Globe Antique Mall. ... Read More »

Artist Patty Sjolin of Miami: From Concept Artist to Muralist

“I always wanted to [create] a character that would live forever and ever, that everyone knows,” Patty Sjolin says. “I want it to give that feeling in your heart.” Sjolin is an artist who started out in a small town in Texas, but whose concepts have reached around the world and been loved by millions of young girls. During the 1990s, Sjolin worked at Lisa Frank Inc., one of the world’s most creative and successful design companies at the time, known internationally for its school supplies, toys, and clothing for girls with colorful, whimsical designs featuring cute animals. Sjolin came to Miami last March to be near her daughter and grandson, and has been establishing a new career here as a painter and muralist. “Art has always been part of my life,” Sjolin says. She started drawing and painting when she was still a young child. “I drew all the time, all the time,” she recalls. In high school Sjolin was known for creating posters and signs for school activities. She left home at 18 and began to travel around the country looking for a new home. Unable to afford canvases, she painted on saw blades and giant catulpa leaves ... Read More »

Gary Vessels: Globe-Miami’s Cotton Man

If you’ve ever heard Gary Vessels talk about cotton, you know what a passion for your work sounds like. Vessels, who lives in Miami, is a cotton broker and has been in the cotton business for 44 years. He will tell you everything you could possibly want to know about cotton, from how Napoleon spurred the cotton industry in Western Europe to how many strands of lint there are in a cotton boll. He got his start in the business when he was a student at Phoenix College, looking for a temporary job. He answered an ad: Wanted: big, husky warehouseman. Gary says, “I’ve always been a hard worker. I’m probably the only person that realized a broom did not come with an electric cord. There were two other people from Phoenix College that answered the ad. One lasted a month, one lasted a week, I lasted 22 years.”    Read More »

The Renaissance on Devereaux Street

If you’ve lived in Globe a long time, you might remember when Joe Gundry owned the Texaco Service Station at the corner of Hill and Maple streets – in the 1950s and early 60s, it was a place where many of Globe’s high school boys got their first job and learned about responsibility and customer service. The building on the corner of Maple and Devereaux, now known as the Tiger’s Den, used to be Wyant’s One Stop Food Market. And the big white house at 369 Sutherland was the home of Helen Lawrence, who owned five rental houses on Devereaux. Rumor has it that she once rented a house to Pancho Villa. Read More »

Cobre Valley Foundation serves hospital mission and improves patient experience

The Cobre Valley Foundation is a local non-profit organization that helps provide equipment and amenities at Cobre Valley Regional Medical Center that align with the mission of the hospital. According to Fernando Shipley—who serves on both the foundation’s board and the hospital’s governing board—“These are items that improve the overall experience for the patient.” An example of something the foundation funded for the hospital is a device called a vein finder. When it’s difficult for a nurse to find a vein in order to administer an IV or take a blood sample, the nurse might have to try several times in different places. But with a vein finder, the nurse can instantly scan the patient’s arm and see a map of the blood vessels. Now the nurse can go straight to a vein, with only one poke. Shipley explains, “The foundation can take a look at a piece of equipment and say, ‘this will enhance the interactions between the patient and the care giver; it’s about developing relationships, not just about making money; it’s about community. It’s about caring about the people that are here under our care. So even though it doesn’t make us a dime, it’s still worthwhile ... Read More »

The Community Health Needs Assessment: Making People’s Lives Better

When you walk along a neighborhood street in a local community, behind the closed doors you pass, the stories of our region’s social, economic, and health challenges will be unfolding. If that neighborhood street reflects the region in general, the stories there might be something like these: Behind the closed door of the first house, an elderly man, living alone, is unable to go to the grocery store because he doesn’t own a car. He has diabetes, and lives in poverty. Behind another closed door, a single mother is struggling to care for her children. She spends nearly a third of her paycheck on rent. She smokes and doesn’t get much exercise. She would like to improve her and her children’s health, but doesn’t know how. Behind another closed door, a teenage girl is at risk of becoming pregnant. She feels on edge every day and has experimented with marijuana. She doesn’t know where to turn for help with her mental and sexual health. Read More »

Gardening in Globe-Miami: Tis the Season.

Bob Zache says one of his favorite rewards of gardening is as simple as a tomato. Specifically, he says, “A fresh tomato that’s still warm, with a little salt on it….” Gardening season is upon us. For those who are new to it, starting a garden can seem like a big undertaking. Yet, considering all the gardeners who live in Globe-Miami, an easy introduction to gardening could be as simple as collecting a few tips from one of these knowledgeable locals. Take someone like Zache.  Zache is a familiar figure at the Globe-Miami farmers market—a tall, rangy man wearing a wide-brimmed felt hat. He often sells tall stalks of garlic and pine saplings in containers, along with a variety of vegetables. Read More »