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Fresh off GreenFest 2011 we continue to support that which clears the air while clearing our lungs. This week we ask that you work out your leg muscles by particpating in Bike to Work Week presented by the Living Streets Alliance. Each year dozens of local businesses participate in suporting this healthy green initiative by giving out awesomely free stuff to bicyclists who participate. Speaking of awesome, anyone participating in Bike to Work Week Tuesday, April 5 through Friday, April 8 by cycling to any of our Tucson Bookmans locations and saying "Bike Fest" will receive a free bottle of water, a snack and a $10 or under book of choice (restrictions apply). Our Bike to Work Week hours are: Bookmans Grant, between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.; Bookmans Speedway, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.; and Bookmans Ina between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Put the pedal to the metal and burn rubber because Bookmans supports our bicycle buddies.
*By Kristi Pallack, guest writer from Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona
Environmental themed festivals don't scream, "bring your kids!" They typically involve workshops, lectures and piles of information thrown at you from every which way. But this weekend we offer GreenFest, as family friendly as you can get! Everywhere you go this Saturday, you'll find something for the kiddos to do while you meet amazing exhibitors who will help you and your family go green!
Panda Girl Scout saves her bamboo environment in this cartoon by Nadira Mitchell of Troop 645 and fourth grader at Holladay Intermediate Magnet School.
Heck yeah Bookmans wants you to find local treasure!
Last month was our first Bookmans Treasure Hunt in the Phoenix area. Our super smart Twitter followers grabbed up the local booty with their super smart treasure finding abilities. A big woot for Smeeks for hiding the riches. W00T!
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.
Parrot the Pirate made especially for Bookmans by Cartoonmonger Extraordinaire Ray Friesen.
Bookmans is a proud sponsor of the Northern Arizona Book Festival happening from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 16 at the Coconino Center for the Arts in Flagstaff. The 14th annual book festival will feature award-winning authors, literary panels and a new book fair.
Leading up to Saturday check out a geocaching event open to children of all ages from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, April 15 at the Arboretum in Flagstaff. After the main festival there is an authors’ breakfast meet-and-greet and book signing at 10 a.m. Sunday, April 17 in our Bookmans Flagstaff cafe!
Who doesn't feel just the tiniest bit murderous in the days leading up to tax time? A little revenge, blood splatter and armless circus performers bring to mind the process of pulling together paper work to perform the delicate balancing act of number crunching. This weekend Bookmans and The Loft Cinema welcome you to enjoy Cult Classic Santa Sangre -- right after you relocate that pesky W-2 that used to be right there on your desk. Today, like every other Tuesday, we offer tickets to Bookmans Cult Classic at 10 p.m. showing Friday, April 8 or Saturday, April 9.
What's almost as cool as a big book festival? An intimate breakfast with award-winning authors! If you don't already know, the Northern Arizona Book Festival is being held from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on April 16 at the Coconino Center for the Arts in Flagstaff.
The day after an inspiring day of panels and readings, Bookmans Flagstaff is excited to host a free breakfast meet-and-greet with the festival authors at 10 a.m. Sunday, April 17 in our cafe. This is your chance to hobnob with athors like Jamie Ford, New York Times bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet! Or maybe you're a poet and would like to chat with Michael Collier, director of the Breadloaf Writer's Conference and recipient of numerous awards in poetry, including two NEAs!
Maybe you aspire to write mysteries or science fiction fantasy novels? Pick the brain of Carol Berg or Nancy Pickard! Want to chat with this year's OneBookArizona winner? Carolyn O' Bagy Davis will likely be present to discuss Hopi Summer: Letters from Ethel to Maud. This is also your chance to sample some of our great coffee and pastries in the Bookmans cafe. Don't miss it!
You darn kids turned us all into Cuban Petes getting ready to start this congratulations conga line. We don't like to party alone, so put on your puffy shirts, grab your maracas and get in line. It's time to report on Bookmans 2011 Reading Challenge and reward the students who read their hardest over the past month. We tip our sombrero to all the students because they put their noses in over 730,000 books since the beginning of our three-month-long challenge. With $15,000 at stake these students are upping the ante while increasing literacy.
[Bongo beat please] The second-stage winners in all three markets with the highest average of books read per 2-3 grade student in Tucson is Hudlow Elementary, Power Ranch Elementary in Mesa and the Flagstaff Junior Academy! [Confetti rains from above, trumpets blast and everybody does the cha-cha-cha]. The party has only one month left but you can bet these kids will read over one million books by the end of this challenge.
Tucsonans tired of typical corporate silver screen offerings for their children have the opportunity to share their love of international and independent films with their children during the 20th Arizona International Film Festival, which began April 1 and runs through April 20. With the help of Film Fest insider information, Bookmans encourages everyone to check out these family films.
On this planet right now, we pretty much know exactly what's going on. Thank you Internet-o-web-o-sphere! On another planet in the distant past, a Gelfling embarks on a quest to find the missing shard of a magical crystal, and so restore order to his world. This weekend Bookmans and The Loft Cinema welcome you to enjoy Cult Classic The Dark Crystal. Today, like every other Tuesday, we offer tickets to Bookmans Cult Classic at 10 p.m. showing Friday, April 15 or Saturday, April 16.
Shiver me timbers! Our increasingly successful Bookmans Treasure Hunt: The Search For Local Business Booty has us shouting from the rooftops. Many thanks to the Local First Arizona business that hid the prize package including Tower Theater tickets and to our devoted fans who used their noggins and the clues to find the booty (you sprogs brought tears to our eyes). Though we distributed no doubloons, each prize package was worth $65 and in this economy we could all use some awesomely free stuff.
In her 20 years with Bookmans as assistant treasurer, Liz Loew has seen us through renovations, expansions and technological advances. We've seen her two sons grow and mature. When Liz started her family she was encouraged to bring her babies to work. As a result she nominated Bob Oldfather (then Bob Schlesinger) as Best Boss* with the 9 to 5 Association of Working Women. That award was bestowed in 1995 and last week at the lunch honoring her two decades with Bookmans, her sons were among the tallest celebrants in the room.
Obligatory photo of honoree, marginally acceptable to honoree.
I wanted to be Nancy Drew when I was a kid and my brother aspired to be a sleuth to rival the Hardy Boys. Bookmans treasure hunt is your chance to gumshoe your way to glory using only your wits, Twitter account and transportation.
Do your spring break plans involve five days of vengance? Or perhaps you prefer to live your revenge fantasy vicariously? This weekend Bookmans and The Loft Cinema welcome you to enjoy Cult Classic Oldboy. Today, like every other Tuesday, we offer tickets to Bookmans Cult Classic at 10 p.m. showing Friday, April 22 or Saturday, April 23.
Did you know that on average we throw away 3.5 pounds of garbage every single day? Or that recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a television for three hours? Keep Phoenix Beautiful educates the Phoenix community on these simple ways to keep the planet clean and green. Keep Phoenix Beautiful has been working since 1982 to promote the preservation and protection of our environment in the beautiful City of Phoenix.
Last weekend I had the pleasure to help host the 14th Annual Northern Arizona Book Festival as a board member and as the community liaison for Bookmans, the main sponsor this year. It was interesting filling both roles at once. I found myself running from introducing authors to helping at our super fun Bookmans tables in the book fair to handing out festival information and then back to doing live radio spots for Bookmans sponsorship. It was a whirlwind three days but I had a great time, and we hosted a wonderful event for the literary community in Flagstaff.
This treasure hunt is a success because of you clever pirates. So, thank you, but don't think we're going easy on you! We want to give you a prize package worth $87, but you gotta work for it. Pack some aspirin because these brain teasers are gonna be tough, but don't fret there'll be a pot of local business gold at the end of this rainbow.
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 via our Bookmans Treasure Hunt: The Search for Local Business Booty.All aboard me mateys because we have set sail for adventure and prizes that even a scallywag wouldn’t hawk.
Put your party hats on and whip out your kazoos because folks, we got a $15,000 winner! We proudly proclaim Weinberg Elementary, who competed in the Mesa market, as the school with the highest average number of books read per student in our three month contest. This dedicated school worked tirelessly in the final round and pushed first through the finish line.
Click this image for individual school tallies.
Someone released an army of skeletons this morning. No, really. But there may be a store employee around here who can find a used copy of Necronomiconexmortis and get this all squared away. We can square away pairs of tickets for ten people to this weekend's Cult Classic Army of Darkness presented by Bookmans and The Loft Cinema showing at 10 p.m. showing Friday, April 29 or Saturday, April 30.
Celebrate childhood from 9 a.m to 1 p.m. this Friday, April 29 at the annual El Dia de los Niños Children's Festival at Hance Park. The Phoenix El Dia de los Niños celebration is an officially recognized Arizona Centennial Event and is the only Arizona Niños event officially recognized by the National Latino Children's Institute. Children at the annual festival will enjoy educational booths including one hosted by the Phoenix Elementary School District devoted to Arizona History.
Book Man made a special appearance yesterday in Chandler to present Weinberg Elementary with a giant check for $15,000! Weinberg Elementary was one of over 75 Arizona elementary schools that participated in our fifth annual Bookmans' Reading Challenge. We were fortunate enough to participate in an assembly recognizing individual students for their above and beyond reading accomplishments, but also for the librarians responsible for collecting and counting the forms and worked tirelessly to motivate the students and staff for this three month long contest. The students who excelled within the school received special recognition and a limousine ride to Peter Piper Pizza for lunch.
This elementary school read 274,164 books with an average of 432 books per student. Weinberg Elementary plans on putting their winnings towards a desperately needed library renovation. There are no words to describe the sounds of the joyful screams that came from the children when Book Man unwrapped the check. Being at the school meeting the students, teachers and parents who made the success of the challenge possible reminds us why community involvement is important -- not to mention a provides a chance to increase literacy and a ignite a love of reading.
For more pictures visit Flickr.
* By Wendy Reese, guest writer
In the desert we have long conversations and debates about water. Yet when are we going to get around to the real dirt? Dirt is a precious commodity that in the desert southwest is in need of serious healing. Walk outside and look down. For the most part you will see compacted earth that holds no water and allows invasive plants to thrive.
Dirt! The Movie provides one example after another of what happens when we allow our dirt quality to deteriorate. Unhealthy soil cannot hold water and topsoil washes away when it rains. Without topsoil, vegetation cannot grow because all that is left is the harder, rockier layers. Without vegetation transpiration from plants can't occur. The hydrologic cycle is broken because there is no water vapor to form the clouds that would normally bring precipitation. For those of us living in the desert, we know how bad this is not only for the land but our water tables and our dry, dusty souls!
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