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The students of Carden Elementary committed themselves to this year's Bookmans Reading Challenge. The student started strong with their Kindergarten and first grade students winning the first month's challenge. We presented the students with celebratory cake and ice cream and of course $250 in gift cards. These students put forth an amazing effort especially considering they don't have a library. The school's effort would not have been possible without the hard work of the students, teachers and parents. The first month the entire school read 13,422 books and the winning Kindergarten and first grade students read 5,015 books! That's an average of 144.32 books per K-5 student. Wowza!
Not all of us are super crafty but there’s little more satisfying than a successful a DYI project. Whether it’s melting old vinyl LPs into a wavy bowl, making wallets out of FedEx envelopes, knitting your own cap or making a dress out of a pillow case, it’s always a load of fun. If you’ve never seen great recycled art or worked on your own recycled art projects, now is your chance to get inspired! From now until May 14 the Coconino Center for the Arts hosts their ever-popular Recycled Arts Exhibition.
Grind better and faster in this month at Bookmans. This month we host gaming events in Tucson, Phoenix, Mesa and Flagstaff to get you on your game and avoid getting pwned. Make this month all buff and no nerf by H&S your way through IRL obstacles (gently, without hurting anyone) to get to the gaming events in Tucson, Phoenix, Mesa or Flagstaff.
Hello beautiful people! Bookmans Speedway hosts Family Game Night from 7 to 9 p.m. every Wednesday! The first Wednesday of the month is brought to you by 9Queens chess group! See if you can figure out a solution to this month’s 9Queens puzzle called the “Gentle Bishop”. Here is a great opportunity to learn, play and figure out many different chess puzzles.
Something unexpected happens during our conversation with Brandon Doss of Kind Vines about his favorite wine and book pairings. Not once does he mention the classics, deep historical looks into the Medici family or foodie memoirs that make us feel rotten for gaps in our world travels. Instead he sucker punches us with the novel idea of sitting down with a smooth glass of wine and a graphic novel.
"A graphic novel is probably the best literature match while enjoying a glass (or two) of wine," Brandon says. His #1 pick for reading while imbibing is the Preacher series published by Vertigo. "The books are awesome, gripping, edgy, freaky and awesome again."
You'll need a neck brace for the whiplash these speedy vixens are gonna dish out this weekend. Remember these bodacious babes on wheels are not to be toyed with especially since it is the Arizona State Roller Derby Conference this Saturday, May 7 at the Tucson Convention Center. Doors open at 5 p.m. with the first bout at 6 p.m. Tickets to this babelicious event are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Remember to purchase their commemorative button.
Right now I’m sitting in the sunny window of the Flagstaff cafe listening to gospel music and sipping a triple latte. My job rocks! I love everything about our cafe: the sweetest girls (and boy) in town, the amazing intelligentsia coffee (one of the best beans in the U.S. today) and our amazing new bakery Beautiful Leaf!
Don't despair rainy Mondays in the mountains. The weekend will come again and this weekend Flagstaff is full of fun for everyone. Our oh-so-exciting Video Game Challenge features the just-released Mortal Kombat for the X-Box 360 for adults and big kids (with adult permission) and Cars for the young kids. Winners take home big prizes! See the details here.
If video games aren’t your bag the city is hosting their “Soar into Spring” festival from noon to 4 p.m. this Saturday, May 14 at Foxglenn Park.
Put on your thinking caps and pull out that smart-phone because it's time for the Phoenix Edition of Bookmans Treasure Hunt: The Search for Local Business Booty! In April our friends at Melrose Pharmacy handed out prizes to our super smart Twitter followers.
Supporting local businesses strengthens our local economy, and a strong economy means a stronger community. As part of our commitment to local businesses and the community, Bookmans Entertainment Exchange is a member of Local First Arizona. Their ShiftAZ campaign encouraging shopping at local businesses has inspired us to use our noggins, crank up our creativity and find a fun way to support other companies while bringing you added value. Pack your inhalers, remove your training wheels and do the truffle shuffle because you're about to embark on an adventure that would make Old One Eyed Willy proud.
This week's Cult Classic has connections to a favorite coming of age classic, not that we'd expect anyone to notice. "People never notice anything." Rushmore presented by Bookmans and The Loft Cinema shows at 10 p.m. showing Friday, May 13 or Saturday, May 14.
A loosely associated posse of Tucson tech types ventured to Austin in March for the SXSW® Interactive Festival. Many are familiar with SXSW and the emergent film and music the festival is known for. SXSWi is an outgrowth of that creative force but features presentations from the brightest minds in technology and provides networking events hosted by industry leaders, a trade show, and other programs showcasing new digital works, video games and innovative ideas. The Pima County Library brings all the best from SXSWi 2011 to the Tucson public tomorrow from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Avenue.
We’re going to have to graduate to the 1980s Nancy Drew Files for the “over eleven crowd,” since Flagstaff folks are becoming such skillful spies! Last month you flatfoots found all of the hidden treasure in a local Flagstaff business in just a couple of days -- so this time the clues will get more formidable.
Here comes summer! It’s hot, it’s stinky and it’s six months long! It also doesn’t have to be as awful as all that. Being a native Tucsonan I know that all stupid clichés aside (pleeease no more “dry heat” drivel!), this town has hidden treasures that only certain savvy subversives know about. Lucky you, I’m going to share three of those pleasures. The following activities represent a smidge of those hidden treasures/pleasures that this town has to offer and if you only do them once, you’ll find yourself neck deep in November before you know it.
Photo credit: beglib from morguefile.com
Great partnerships make great lawfirms and silver screen duos. Police relationships in particular make for excellent film because those guys put their lives on the line for us and for each other every day while providing a context for the exploration of right and wrong, cake or glazed, murder or accident. Brittish coppers Nick and Danny make a darling duo. See for yourself this weekend as Hot Fuzz presented by Bookmans and The Loft Cinema shows at 10 p.m. on Friday, May 20 or Saturday, May 21.
Being eager to bring Bookmans Recreation Exchange to you, we've not respected the norm of silence followed by a big to-do and hoo-haw that go with a new store opening (that will come later). Instead we sent out a call via our stores and social media for your sporting and recreation gear. We entertained ourselves making posters and drooling over the merchandise that has come to our deal counters thus far.
As Ignite Phoenix 10 approaches this Friday, we want to introduce you to Ignite Phoenix volunteer Margaree Bigler. Like so many other attendees, her first experience of Ignite so moved her that she became a volunteer for the effort. This is her testimonial.
My first Ignite was #7, June 2010. A friend gave me a ticket saying that it was an inspiring event where people speak about their passions -- I’d be sure to enjoy it. Armed with that lone piece of information, not knowing who or how many people would be there, I arrived half expecting 50 people in front of a few lap top power point presentations. On the contrary, I proceeded to have my cerebral light switched from a dreadfully dormant off state to an incredibly inspired on state in a matter of hours.
Hold on to your wireless controllers because DEVASTATION and Lost Bot Productions will be at Bookmans Speedway to host a Button 1 + Button 2 (if you're a Sega User) event. Bring your competitive spirit and a controler because prizes and bragging rights are on the line. Registration begins at 1 p.m. and the Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Tournament begins at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 21 at Bookmans Speedway in the snack area.
There will be a 32 player bracket (capped) and double-elimination all played on the Xbox 360. The prizes will be $100 in Bookmans Gift Cards for first place, $50 in Bookmans Gift Cards for second place, $25 in Bookmans Gift Cards for third place and fourth through eight place will receive $5 Bookmans Gift Cards. This is the first time DEVASTATION is hosting an event at a Bookmans Tucson store, show them the Old Pueblo can bring it!
Thanks to everyone's dedication to going above and beyond for free stuff. Bookmans Treasure Hunt has been an increasingly popular program! Wowza! We went from four days for our first hunt winners to claim their prizes to four hours for the last treasure hunt. I heard you loud and clear -- you guys love a challenge. We want to give you what you want, so we're cranking up the difficulty to test your true savviness and love of a good bargain.
Parrot the Pirate made especially for Bookmans by Cartoonmonger Extraordinaire Ray Friesen.
For Ignite Phoenix 10 we decided to present a sponsor video that offered a little more than what meets the eye. Each Bookmans store reflects the community that surrounds it; we connect with these communities and these communities connect with us. It's a reciprocal system that makes us who we are. Striving for sustainable business practices for over 30 years, we have been somewhat experimental in the way we approach our work and the choice of the community to participate in our quirkiness helps to shape us. Bookmans as a brand, as a company, as a community partner is created by our connection with you. We thank you and we hope you enjoy the video.
Take it easy and spend your Memorial Day Weekend with The Dude. This weekend Bookmans and The Loft Cinema present Cult Classic The Big Lebowski showing at 10 p.m. on Friday, May 27 or Saturday, May 28. OH! Did we mention bonus shows on Sunday, May 29 and Monday, May 30? Oh, yeah!
Don't miss the World Premiere of the new locally-shot documentary Flor de Muertos, an artful examination of the music, culture, history and politics surrounding Dia de los Muertos and the All Souls Procession showing at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 28 at The Loft Cinema. We won't let you miss it. Starting this Ticket Tuesday (today) and every day for the rest of the week, we are giving away a pair of tickets to the premiere plus our sugar skull tote with a $10 gift certificate to Bookmans and a sugar skull T-shirt tucked neatly inside.
Geeking Out is more than half the fun at Phoenix Comicon (PCC). In June of 2002 PCC had an estimated 432 attendees. Memorial Day weekend 2010 saw an estimated 14,000 con-goers flooding the streets of Downtown Phoenix. The Phoenix Comicon has earned its title of “The Signature Pop-Culture Event of the Southwest”.
What has dancing toddlers, balloon sculpting, face-painting and espresso? Our Music in the Classroom (MIC) Spring Jamboree of course! Bookmans Flagstaff hosts a wonderful free musical party for all the toddlers and tots from 11 a.m. to noon this Saturday, May 28 in our cafe.
Now in its second year, Hullabaloo is a wonderful new Flagstaff festival. Their mission is to celebrate all things Flagstaff in a responsible and fun atmosphere that families and funksters (and funkster families) can enjoy. The festival kicks off with a bike parade at 9 a.m. and the fest in Wheeler Park opens at 10 a.m. Tickets are only $5, but the first 500 people who come with a canned food item get in free. Proceeds from the festival benefit Flagstaff Biking Organization.
All Bookmans locations have limited store hours in recognition of Memorial Day. Today we are open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will return to normal operating hours on Tuesday, May 31 (9 a.m. to 10 p.m. in case you forgot).
Our holiday hours give you enough time to enjoy your favorite used media store and:
if you're in Phoenix explore Pioneers' Cemetery Association's Memorial Day observance at 9 a.m. at the Pioneer and Military Memorial Park where reenactors in historic dress will be present for this solemn occasion. Visitors are invited to tour the cemeteries following the Memorial Day ceremony.
if you're in Tucson catch the Tucson Padres at 7 p.m. at Kino Stadium where a group of four can get four reserved tickets, four hot dogs and four Coca-Cola based soft drinks for $20. (Read the fine print at their website and be sure to call 520.434.1367 before 4 p.m. Any tickets purchased after that will be sold at $5. You will have to mention KiiM-FM.) A special Memorial Day ceremony will take place at the game.
if you're in Flagstaff get out and enjoy the gorgeous weather.
While we're talking about special hours, starting Wednesday, June 1 our Bookmans Flagstaff Cafe will open early at 7 a.m. seven days a week so you can stop in for coffee on your way to work. You might as well pick up a muffin for your buddy a desk over while you're at it. Enjoy these summer-only cafe hours.
X Games legend Tanner Foust, who appeared as a stunt driver in The Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift, The Dukes of Hazzard and Iron Man 2, broke the world record for long jump on May 29 at Indianapolis 500.
And if bringing you that wasn't awesome enough, this weekend Bookmans and The Loft Cinema present Cult Classic Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby showing at 10 p.m. on Friday, June 3 or Saturday, June 4.
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