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Arts Summer dancing at CCA Writers learn about ‘Criminal Minds’

Various dance programs join the line-up at the Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave. in downtown Chandler this summer. The Tempe Dance West Recital holds

“Dancin’ in the Streets” at 4 p.m. Sun., June 10, its third annual recital featuring the entire academy of more than 175 dancers. Tickets are $10, $14 and $16. Marilyn Bostic’s Ballet Centre holds a

production with dancers age 3 through adult performing classical ballet, tap, modern, hip hop jazz, Broadway dances and lyrical jazz. The show is 1 ½ hour in length with no intermission. The company has been in Tempe for 38 years. In addition, the Tempe Dance Academy offers

two recitals: Dancing Through the Years: Talent Factory Dance Recital at 2 and 7 p.m. Sat., June 16. According to the Chandler Center for the Arts, the Tempe Dance Academy has achieved “an excellent reputation in the dance world” because of their emphasis on excellence in dance education and the dedication of the teaching faculty. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for seniors and $10 for children. To purchase tickets, visit or call 480-782-2680.

Dennis Palumbo Dana Kaye Sean Chercover Registration is open for the daylong Desert Sleuths

WriteNow! 2012 Conference, “CRIMINAL MINDS: Investigating Today’s Writing Scene” to be held from Sat., Aug. 11 at Millennium Scottsdale Resort & Villas, 7401 N. Scottsdale Rd. in Scottsdale. Speakers include licensed psychotherapist and author Dennis Palumbo; publicity guru Dana Kaye; multi-award- winning author Sean Chercover and more, according to Desert Sleuths’ conference chair, Roni Olson. In addition, acquisitions editor for the Maine-based Five Star Publishing, Denise Dietz, will be accepting 15-minute pitches. Palumbo, whose Los Angeles private practice specializes

in creative issues, is also a mystery writer, and his newest crime novel, “Fever Dream,” is now available, published by Poisoned Pen Press. His first Rinaldi mystery, “Mirror Image,” was published in 2010. A former screenwriter with credits that include the feature film “My Favorite Year” and ABC-TV’s “Welcome Back, Kotter,” Palumbo also writes for “Psychology Today” among others. Chercover is the author of the novels “Big City Bad

Blood,” “Trigger City” and “The Trinity Game,” as well as short stories that have appeared in a number of anthologies. His work has received the Anthony, Shamus, CWA Dagger, Dilys, Crimespree, Gumshoe and Lovey awards, and has been shortlisted for Edgar, MacAvity, Barry, ITW Thriller and Arthur Ellis.

Writers can learn more about publicizing their books from Kaye, who received her B.A. in Fiction Writing from Columbia College Chicago and worked as a freelance writer and book critic. Her work has appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times, Time Out Chicago, Crimespree Magazine, Windy City Times, and on Her publicity career includes creating media campaigns. Dietz, also a senior editor for Five Star, which is an imprint of Gale, part of Cengage Learning, will hear a limited number of story pitches from attendees for $15 on a first-come, first-served basis. Conference fees, which includes continental breakfast,

plated lunch and afternoon snack, is $80 for Desert Sleuths’ members before July 11, and $85 from July 12 to Aug. 11; for nonmembers, the advance price is $90, and $95 after July 12 and at the door. There will also be a silent auction fundraiser for the

nonprofit Desert Sleuths, the Arizona chapter of Sisters in Crime, a nationwide organization that exists “to combat discrimination against women in the mystery field, to educate publishers and the general public as to the inequalities in the treatment of female authors, and to raise the level of awareness of their contribution to the field.” Author Deborah J. Ledford is president of Desert Sleuths, which meets monthly on the third Wednesday in Scottsdale, offering guest speakers and other writing information for members. Laurie Fagen of Chandler is librarian and publicist for the group. To reserve an appointment to pitch to Dietz, contact

Desert Sleuths by email at Conference checks, payable to SinC Desert Sleuths

Chapter, may be sent to P.O. Box 9352, Phoenix, AZ 85068. To register online, visit and click on conference.

Wh ere to find...

Chandler Fashion Center Guest Services, 2nd floor

Albertsons Fiesta Plaza

at Alma School; Riggs Road

Bashas’ Market Sun Lakes Fry’s

Shoppes at Clemente Ranch at Alma School & Germann

Sprouts Las Tiendas at Queen Creek & Alma School

Walgreens Sun Lakes Walmart

Gilbert & Germann The Kitchen

Downtown Ocotillo, Queen Creek & Dobson

The Living Room Downtown Ocotillo,

Queen Creek & Dobson Good Egg

Fulton Ranch Promenade on Alma School

Chandler BBQ

Shoppes at Clemente Ranch at Alma School & Germann

Oregano’s Pecos Ranch at Dobson & Germann B.L.D. Pecos Ranch

at Dobson & Germann Floridino’s

Alma School & Knox Barro’s Pizza

Alma School & Germann; Riggs & McQueen

Burger King

Alma School and Germann Sidelines

Alma School & Queen Creek Water & Ice

Alma School & Queen Creek Bagel Nosh

Alma School & Queen Creek

Native New Yorker Las Tiendas

at Queen Creek & Alma School

Einstein’s Bagels Las Tiendas

at Queen Creek & Alma School

Dilly’s Deli Las Tiendas

at Queen Creek & Alma School Chipotle

Las Tiendas

at Queen Creek & Alma School Grimaldi’s Pizza

The Falls at Ocotillo at Queen Creek & Alma School;

Starbucks The Falls at Ocotillo

at Queen Creek & Alma School; Dobson & Chandler

Mikado Sushi

Fiesta Plaza at Queen Creek & Alma School

Lonetree Golf Restaurant, Riggs & Lindsay

La Casa Blanca

McQueen north of Riggs Filiberto’s

Pecos & McQueen Toms BBQ

Market Place,

Gilbert & Germann Fat Burger

Crossroads Towne Center, Gilbert and Loop 202

Swim Kids

101 & Guadalupe Chompie’s

Chandler Village Center Someburros

Chandler Village Center

Inta Juice Gateway

at Arizona & Willis

San Tan Brewing Co. downtown Chandler

San Marcos Coffee Shop downtown Chandler

SanTan Sun News Coach & Willie’s

downtown Chandler Urban Tea Loft

downtown Chandler

Kokopelli Winery downtown Chandler Yoli's Café

Old Town Market Square, downtown Chandler

Harkins Theatre Crossroads

at Gilbert & Germann

ACE Hardware Market Place,

Gilbert & Germann

AZ Olympic Gymnastics Gilbert & Ocotillo

Bear Creek Golf Course Riggs & McQueen

Brooksies Propane Arizona & Willis

di Sciacca Glass downtown Chandler

CGCC College Sun Lakes Campus

CGCC College Library Pecos Campus

Chandler Chamber of Commerce

office, downtown Chandler

Barness EV Jewish Community Center Alma School & Warner

Cantabria Shores Condos Ocotillo Bay Apartments

Springfield Rec Center Riggs Road

Sunbird Rec Center Riggs Road

SNAP Fitness Riggs Road & McQueen

Los Flavoritos Taco Shop Fiesta Plaza

at Queen Creek & Alma School

Garcia's Mexican Fulton Ranch

Arizona Ave. & Ocotillo YouFit Gym

Fulton Ranch

Alma School & Chandler Heights Environmental

Education Center

at Veterans Oasis Park Lindsay and Chandler Hts.

The Orchard Apple Shop Dobson & Chandler Blvd.

June 2 - 15, 2012


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