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68 June 4 - 17, 2011 Benefit concert, summer camp at Tri-City Baptist

Intermezzo Strings, a local entertainment agency specializing in live instrumental music, is producing a concert at 7 p.m. on Sat., June 11 at Tri-City Baptist Church. The show will benefi t tsunami survivors in Japan. Organizers hope to raise $100,000 for the Japanese Red Cross Society.

The production will feature works of late romantic composers performed by a full member orchestra and guest artists. Cal Stewart Kellogg, music director of the Mesa Symphony Orchestra, will be guest conductor.

Tickets cost $10 and will be sold at the door. Additional donations can be made at the production or online at

Performing arts camp

Experienced professionals teach vocal, acting and choreography techniques to children at “Born to Perform,” a Chandler Children’s Choir camp that runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 13 through 17 at Tri-City Baptist Church in Chandler. Campers are also invited to sing the national anthem from the pitcher’s mound at Chase Field during the June 17 Diamondbacks game.

Tri-City Baptist Church is located at 2211 W. Germann Rd. in Chandler. For more details, visit

CrossRoads principal celebrates career, retirement

Pastor Barb Cummings was recently feted with a special celebration and tribute by her former co-teachers, administrators, students and family at CrossRoads Community School in Chandler, honoring her 50-year career in education.

Barb Cummings

Born and raised in Southern Illinois, Cummings survived Ewing’s Sarcoma, usually a fatal bone cancer, at age 12 and became an amputee, moving to Arizona in 1963. After an extensive teaching career, Cummings became a full-time children’s pastor at CrossRoads Nazarene Church in Chandler in 1994 and helped begin CrossRoads Community School, where she has led the school as principal since its inception. Cummings plans to continue working with children and mentoring teachers as a volunteer at CrossRoads Community School, which is changing its name to HOPE Christian Academy and relocating to Dobson and Ray roads in Chandler this fall. For more information about HOPE Christian Academy, call 480-722-1445.

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Tri-City Baptist site for music, performance camps

Band Camp, offering band and ensemble rehearsals, chapel services, activities and games, electives, performances, outings, choir and private instruction, is one of several camps for children of various ages at Tri-City Baptist Church Ministries International Baptist College

Band Camp is open to students in grades fi ve through 12 and runs July 11 through 15. Next up, July 18 through 22, is Music Camp, which includes performance opportunities, large and small ensembles, chapel services, electives in theory and history / master classes, activities and games, outings, choir and private instruction for seventh- through 12th-graders. Discover Music: Camp for Kids for fi rst- sixth-graders runs from 8:30 a.m. to noon July 18 through 22. This music program features vocal training, Kodály, instrument training, Orff instruments, percussion Instruments, recorders, tone chimes, chapel services, performances, movement with music, music appreciation, music theory, art projects, physical activity and snacks.

Finally, Born to Perform Summer Camp lets children ages 6 to 11 perform “What a Knight,” a musical, complete with script, props and simple costumes, while ages 12 to 16 do a musical revue with songs from “Rent,” “South Pacifi c” and “Wicked.” Included in the $180 fee for this camp is one ticket to an Arizona Diamondbacks game on June 17 at which campers perform the “National Anthem” and watch the game. Schedule: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 13 through 17.

Tri-City Baptist Church Ministries International Baptist College is at 2211 W. Germann Rd., Chandler. To register, call 800-IBC-4858, email or visit

EV Chabad hosts Jewish themed camps

Kids learn about Shabbat, Israel and more through fun activities at Camp Gan Israel of the East Valley, which offers a different theme each week June 27 through July 22. Highlights of the camp offered to children ages 3 to 12 by Chabad of the East Valley include twice-weekly trips, swimming, sports, electives, late nights, arts and crafts, entertainers and more.

The fee is $45 per day or $150 per week, with daily, weekly and monthly payments available. Camp locations will be announced at a later date.

Register by calling 480-855-4333. More information is available at

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