Happy Birthday Charles Darwin

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Happy birthday to Charles Darwin, famed naturalist and
geologist. And, incidentally, happy Darwin Day! This annual
celebration commemorates not only Darwin’s birthday, but also
his contributions to science and evolutionary theory. Darwin Day
was informally founded in 1909 when over 400 scientists met to
honor him and to discuss recent discoveries and related
theories.

Illustration by Amy DeCaussin.

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Practical Art Celebrates 7 Years in Business

Posted by Amy DeCaussin
Director of Projects & Social Media

practical-art1Still keeping the local scene cool, artsy and classy, Practical Art on Central in Phoenix hosted a party celebrating seven years in business this past Saturday.  The shop is chocked full of local artists — boasting over 100 on their shop signs.

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On the wall is the current gallery show “Buffalo Girl: Celebrating Jane Reddin” which is exhibited until April 30th, 2015. Featured artists are Christine Cassano, Randy Efros, Mayme Kratz, Lara Plecas, Joe Ray, Mary Shindell, Joe Willie Smith, Kate Timmerman, Denise Yaghmourian and Frank Ybarra.

A variety of cool work can be found inside.  Brightly colored ceramics, beautiful textile sweaters for babies, fun greeting cards, handmade soaps and candles, and handmade jewelry are just a few of the items you will find.

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Ceramic pots by Annette Weaver.

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Mixed Media lamps by Chad Shimmel

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Necklaces by Cyndi Coon(Left) & Sara Creaser(Right).

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Mixed Media Robots by Jordan-Alexander Thomas

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Ceramic Mug by Katheryn Sins

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Glass pieces by John Ryszka

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Wooden spoons by Dan Basinski

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Book by Tray Harris with illustrations and textile stuffies by Jennifer Campbell.

Out behind the store was a tent set up where shoppers could get in on the action and create their own crafts or try their hand at the pottery wheel.

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Ceramicist Jillian Schimmel showing guests how to spin a pottery wheel.

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Ceramics by Jillian Schimmel

It was a beautiful day for a fabulous celebration.  It is always a wonderful thing to shop local, and even better when local businesses flourish from so much support.

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It’s Pi day!

It’s the one day out of the entire year where math enthusiasts can unite to promote their affinity for that magical and mysterious symbol know as Pi. The date this year marks an especially important milestone for Pi lovers because the date formatted at mm-dd-yy would be 03-14-15 and as most of you may already know 03.1415 is the initial sequence for Pi. But why give Pi its very own day you might ask? Well we have found this handy infographic with plenty of facts about power of Pi.

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Thats a lot of Pi!

At Laboratory5 Inc. We bring together all elements of STEAM and tie them up into a package to promote the work each individual is doing in their fields to celebrate this work. We produce experiences so that those unfamiliar with the glorious, quirky, nerdy, geeky qualities of all areas of STEAM can be explored as an adventure to explain these fields.

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day Like A Local

We love a good deal around here, and some of our favorite local businesses have great deals and specials going on for Valentine’s Day. From special dinner events to fun activities, you can grab the one you love or maybe a few gal pals and bring them to one of these local events.

The-Gladly-18Valentine’s Dinner at The Gladly
Phoenix, AZ

Stop by The Gladly for Valentine’s day this year and enjoy a romantic dinner. With a specialized menu of savory entrees and a beautiful dessert to split with your date. Visit their website here for more information: The Gladly

Hula’s Annual Anti-Valentine’s Day
Phoenix & Scottsdale, AZ

Looking for something more untraditional this year check out this event at Hula’s Phoenix and Scottsdale locations. The Annual Anti-Valentine’s Day event at Hula’s is a great way to celebrate with your gal pals and grab a couple of yummy drinks. For more information you can check out their website: Hula’s Anti-Valentine’s Day

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The Handlebar Tempe, AZ

Stop by The Handlebar Tempe and celebrate being single this Valentine’s Day. Their event offers free goodies to all who come single. The fun starts after 7pm and there will be lots of drink specials, so grab the gals and head over. For more info visit their website here: http://handlebaraz.comme the artist painting

Me the Artist “Works of The Heart”Special Event
Phoenix, AZ

Bring your Valentines to this couple/group friendly event. Create a pair of paintings with the one you love, appetizers and sweet deserts will be provided. The cost for the painting class is per couple is $80 and per person $45. Bring bottle of wine and enjoy an evening of creativity The “Works of Heart” session caters specifically to Valentines and includes light appetizers & desserts, couple/group photo, a rose for the ladies and painting class for $45 per person or $80 per couple. Register at their website here: http://metheartist.com

To see more local events in Phoenix: http://localfirstaz.com/news/2015/01/28/local-love-in-the-air-phx/

Laboratory5 Inc. is a small business based in Tempe, Arizona

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