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Join Bookmans in welcoming the fabulous and festive Brook Adams for a live performance of the Beatles' album "Abbey Road" using only his voice and his ukulele! Adams will be at Bookmans Grant on Friday, March 5 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Adams, a Pacific Northwest native, has played at many festivals, including Northwest Folklife, Seattle Bumbershoot, Oregon County Fair and the Portland Ukulele Festival. He graced the Portland, Oregon premiere of the film "Rock that Uke" and has also opened for the Japanese ukulele queens, Petty Booka. Adams has several CDs available: "Cowboy Gypsy Party Music" (Marmalukeys, 2007); "Abbey Road On Ukulele" (Solo, 2008); and his latest CD, "Tunnel Of Sharks" (Marmalukeys, 2009).
We'll be celebrating everything Chuck Norris during Chuck-Mas at Bookmans Phoenix! On Wednesday, March 10, all day long, we're honoring the action star hero and martial arts expert's birthday. Join the Bookmans crew in sharing some of your best Chuck Norris jokes, try your luck at your Chuck Norris trivia and maybe win some fabulous prizes (including Bookmans trade credit!)
Looking for some Chuck Norris collectibles to add to your stash? We'll feature some of his books and movies, and even give you some fun Chuck Norris facts to take home and share with your loved ones...because who doesn't love Chuck Norris?
March 2nd is Theodor Seuss Geisel’s actual birthday! In honor of this great writer and illustrator and his classic works, Bookmans in Flagstaff hosted their Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Party at the Downtown Flagstaff Public Library, and it was a great hit. Kids listened to many of the classics, including "Green Eggs and Ham," "The Lorax," "Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?," "One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish," and the well-loved "Cat in the Hat," a book using 250 words that Seuss’ friend and textbook editor, William Ellsworth Spaulding, derived from a literacy report that all 1st graders should know. Spaulding dared Seuss to use 250 of these essential words to write a children’s book, and still make the book entertaining. Nine months after the dare, Seuss had written The Cat in the Hat!
Bookmans Flagstaff is starting the exciting process of local inventory acquisition today. Since the books can't come to Bookmans, Bookmans is going to the books (and DVDs, videogames, CDs, LPs etc)! We are very excited to be making house calls to get new inventory. Armed with our outstanding and knowledgeable buyers, a trade book and checkbook, we are ready to invade your home and take away the things you would normally have to bring to us! We are looking for all the regular stuff you’ve been hording, as well as the unique treasures you've been hiding in your garage or attic. Maybe you put off bringing that large item in because it was a hassle to transport? Well, now is your chance!
Already this year, more than 1,300 Tucson Unified School District children are homeless, according to Chris Molina, from the TUSD Clothing Bank. You can do your part by helping to stuff the bus this Saturday, March 6, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at two Tucson locations:
Sam Levitz/Daglio's Shopping Center, northest corner of E. Broadway Blvd. & Pantano Road
Campbell Plaza Shopping Center, northeast corner of Campbell Ave. & Glenn
We're working on replenishing our inventory at Bookmans Flagstaff. You probably all know by now that in January, a severe winter storm was the cause of a large roof collapse at our Flagstaff store, which has temporarily shut down our store. While our employees are working in the warehouse to salvage as much of our inventory as possible, we will need new inventory to re-stock our shelves when we open again. So, Bookmans Flagstaff needs your help. We want your stuff!
This weekend at Bookmans we're kicking off our celebration of National Crafts Month with some really awesome in-store events. We've got comics showing off their talents with live demonstrations, the M7 Street Fair in Phoenix, author signings, and we'll welcome the wonderful Kino School musicians to our Ina store... just to name a few! Check out what's happening at the Bookmans nearest you:
Deep in the pines and high in the mountains, in an undisclosed location somewhere in Flagstaff, Bookmans employees are working hard to prepare for the return of their beloved store. Inside this bat cave, folks are counting, stacking, grinding, pricing, inspecting, researching and every other imaginable task necessary to have a fully stocked new Bookmans store as soon as possible.
Since the Reading Challenge started in 2007, we have surpassed over 1,000,000 books read by Arizona students! 2010 has been a record-breaking year in the challenge, with 654,107 books read by students in January and February of this year alone! That is simply amazing!
Today is a great day. Today is the day we celebrate the great Chuck Norris' 69th birthday. In honor of the action star, Bookmans Phoenix has decided to create a new holiday: Chuck-mas! All day today, Bookmans Phoenix will be celebrating Chuck-mas with contests, giveaways, awesome Chuck Norris merchandise, and even a Chuck-mas tree! We also wrote a letter to the great Mr. Norris:
Looking for something fun, amazing and educational to do this weekend in Tucson? The University of Arizona is hosting the Tucson Festival of Books all day Saturday and Sunday, and Bookmans is proud to be a sponsor again this year! With great events for kids (and adults, too!) it's a great FREE way to spend your weekend in the beautiful Tucson weather. We'll be hosting storytime, tote bag decorating... and there might even be some appearances by the illustrious BOOKMAN!
This weekend we'll be busy getting crafty all over Arizona! March is National Crafts Month, so we're celebrating by hosting a variety of activities for kids, teens and adults. Crafts are a great way to spend some quality time and bring the family together, so roll up your sleeves, check out what's happening this weekend at Bookmans, and get ready to get your hands dirty!
This last Saturday, Bookmans hosted another very fun kids’ event at the downtown public library! We decorated ceramic watering cans with pens and stencils, and then planted them with soil and beans. They should sprout just in time for the spring thaw. Kids also decorated their own tote bags in spring themes, and left the event with a new yoyo, tee-shirt and a couple of fun school supplies!
The Arizona Derby Dames are back in action again this weekend, on Saturday, March 20! All five of your favorite Arizona Derby Dames teams: the Bombshells, the Coffin Draggers, the Schoolyard Scrappers, and the Runaway Brides and the 2009 champions, the Brutal Beauties will bring it on in 2010 at the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
Do you love everything comics? Then you won't want to miss our Comic Create event at Bookmans Ina this Friday, March 19, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. We'll host live demostrations by local artists, in celebration of National Arts & Crafts Month, and the upcoming Phoenix ComiCon! Join Greg Mannino, Jonnie Allen, and other amazing comic artists showing us how they create their unique and intricate works of art.
On Saturday, April 3, come out and support KXCI, your community radio station, at Festival en el Barrio Viejo in Tucson! We'll be welcoming back Calexico, who you may remember from the Bookmans Party in the Park a few years ago. From 1 p.m. to sunset, enjoy music at this annual benefit concert by Calexico and Friends. In this neighborhood south of the Tucson Convention Center, come see two stages of live music while noshing on food, sipping beer and checking out tons of local vendors!
We're sorry to say that we've had two event cancellations for this weekend. First, the Knotty Harper Band featuring Shanan Suding and Chris Boydston will not be performing their lovely Celtic music as scheduled on Saturday, March 20, due to a family emergency. We wish them and their family well and hope they will be able to return at a later date to show off their amazing talents.
Second, Morgianna's Fusion Belly Dancing class will be canceled at Bookmans Phoenix on Sunday, March 21. But don't worry, she'll be back to the normal Sunday schedule starting next Sunday, March 27, at 1:00 p.m. to teach you to shake your hips and love your belly.
This weekend at Bookmans is packed with great springtime events, so let's usher in the nice weather and say goodbye to the rain and snow! All of our events are family-friendly and free, so bring everyone along for a fabulous time. Just a reminder that the Knotty Harper Band at Bookmans Mesa and the Fusion Belly Dancing class at Bookmans Phoenix are cancelled this weekend. Check out what's happening at a Bookmans near you:
The health of our environment, local and global, has always been one of Bookmans first priorities. We support countless environmental organizations and events, charge electric cars at our store in Tucson, and our entire business model is based on the goals of reducing, reusing, and recycling. This April will be another opportunity for Bookmans to help highlight that most important of causes.
We waved goodbye to the cold and wet winter, and rang in the first day of spring with a Bugs & Butterflies craft at Bookmans Phoenix this weekend. Kids got to make easy and inexpensive supplies such as coffee filter, markers, water, and chenille stems to make butterflies that were so bright and colorful, they were almost as beautiful as the real deal! If they weren’t interested in the butterflies, we provided a second craft option of a fun and cozy bug home creation! The easy to make bug homes came with everything to make your bug friend feel as though he never left the depths of the grass and leaves. Each child got to put a rubber bug in their home until they found the time to get real bugs to put inside (that is, if their parents permitted such bug fun of course!) The kids and parents put together their creative and crafty minds to make some really exciting projects that put everyone in a spring mood.
The old Flagstaff Bookmans store is being demolished! Driving by, one can see that everything that made up the old store, including the roof, all internal fixtures and merchandise have been bulldozed halfway through the sales floor, all the way to the kids’ area. It is a little sad to see our old store disappear entirely, but it’s also exciting to watch the progress. All that remains of the front half of the store is a concrete floor and a few steel beams. One can see the “electronics” sign, but no electronics, café, counter or games remain. The view from the front is of the orange bookcases that border the kids’ area of the store.
Bookmans actively fights censorship and promotes freedom of expression at every opportunity. We believe that you have the right to read, watch and listen to whatever you want, and support your First Amendment rights. Recently, at the Tucson Festival of Books, we promoted our fight against censorship in our main tent. Giving out our Reading is Not a Crime t-shirts, our goal was to raise awareness and provide information about the dangers of censorship and its threat to your freedoms. Through our creative visual merchandising, we encourage you to learn about banned books and other censored media. Check out our featured "Fight Censorhip 2010" video from the festival.
In celebration of the release of “Jeremy Jackrabbit Harvests the Rain,” a new children’s book written by Sasha & Rodney Glassman, Bookmans will be hosting book readings and signings throughout March and April at several of our stores!
Do you love everything comics? Then you won't want to miss our Comic Create event at Bookmans Grant this Saturday, March 27, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. We'll host live demostrations by local artists, in celebration of National Arts & Crafts Month, and the upcoming Phoenix ComiCon! Join Greg Mannino, Jonnie Allen, and other amazing comic artists showing us how they create their unique and intricate works of art.
I learned to knit about six years ago. My best friend of 23 years taught me one night while I was visiting her Washington home. Bonnie is a superwoman. She is one of those people who do more in the first two hours after dawn than I do in a week. She raises Icelandic sheep, fleeces them, cleans and cards her own wool and even spins yarn. She does all this on top of her 50 hour a week finance job and her two hour commute. I am always amazed at how she fills her days and she always tells me “It’s easy!” When she presented the idea of learning to knit I was a bit skeptical. Her standards for “easy” were much different than mine. With in fifteen minutes of picking up a pair of needles, I was knitting and purling. Shockingly it was easy.
For years, Bookmans in Flagstaff has supported our local National Public Radio station KNAU, and this year is no different. The pledge runs through April 1st, and we have six volunteers committed to answer phones. Even without a store, we plan to maintain a partnership, and helping with the pledge drive is one way of staying connected. According to Ben Williams, our electronics supervisor, he always enjoys the pledge drive because “all the people who call are really nice, good people” and “they always give us good food, like the strawberry and avocado salad we got yesterday.” But speaking seriously, he claims “it would be hard to imagine media in this country without National Public Radio; it’s an invaluable source of news.”
Perhaps you read the article in the paper on Sunday, or maybe you are watching the new daily Flickr updates of the Bookmans rebuild and warehouse work, but if you live in Flagstaff, you probably know that Bookmans employees are hard at work trying to get the store ready to reopen this fall.
You may also already know that we are doing house calls to replenish our stock (call 928-774-0334 if you have a big lot of stuff for us to look at). What you may not have heard is that we plan to begin buying and selling out in the community beginning next month!
This year the Phoenix Film Festival (PFF) will screen more than 150 feature films and shorts. Attendees will be part of screenings, Q & A sessions, and enjoy world-class entertainment, an impressive silent auction and more. The 2010 Phoenix Film Festival kicks off on Thursday, April 8th with it's first Opening Night Gala, where the Phoenix Film Foundation's Person of the Year Award will be presented. The evening will begin with a dinner in the Party Pavillion and will be followed by a secrete premier film screening at the Harkins Cine Capri Theater at Scottsdale 101.
Now, you may ask, how can you attend the same event over and over again and not become burnt out on it? Well, Ignite Phoenix may be hot, but it has definitely not burned out. If anything, it's become spicier than ever! The event was revived with a change of venue to the Mesa Arts Center, located in the heart of downtown Mesa. The Mesa Arts Center (MAC) is unique with stunning architecture – parking was simple and the building was easy to find. This year, Ignite Phoenix tickets cost $5.00 (a change from last year's free event), but it didn't stop anyone from coming out; more than 500 tickets sold out in just 27 minutes. I was one of the lucky few who was able to snag an extra pair to bring along friends.
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