Fostering a child’s creativity is just as important as continuing their education and keeping up-to-date with their health. spark! Mesa’s Festival of Creativity, provides a completely immersive environment that champions the work of local creatives and inspires creativity within every visitor.

The event takes place at the Mesa Arts Center Friday, March 18th and Saturday, March 19th from noon to 10pm.

The event showcases a wide variety of musical performances from local and regional artists including country, rock, latin, blues, and jazz. However, the centerpieces of the event are the collaborative art pieces that allow visitors to flex their creative muscles.

Past year’s highlights include:

The Austin Bike Zoo

bike zoo praying mantis Why visit the zoo when you can become the zoo? The Austin Bike Zoo is an exhibition that travels the country featuring anthropomorphic bicycles that look like various animals and insects. Last year the event featured a massive rattlesnake powered by over 5 bicycles. This is perfect for teaching children about teamwork in a fun and exciting setting.

Carpetbag Brigade Physical Theater

Trained actors, clowns and theater professionals will be canvassing the event in various wheeled contraptions and stilts. This team shows that theater doesn’t need to happen on stage, in fact as Shakespeare once said, “The World’s a Stage”

Collaborative Art Pieces

The main focus of spark! is to get children and parents excited about the creative arts. To this end, spark! features a wide variety of art pieces that combine technology, teamwork and originality to create unique art experiences. Several exhibitions last year including “Sandboxes of Life,” “Water Light Graffiti” and “In Dark Waters” encouraged visitors to get their hands dirty and interact with the art. Expect to see more of the same in 2016.

Entry to the event is free with the exception of ticketed performs in the MAC theaters. Additionally, the festival will provide local food options that exemplify creativity in the culinary arts.

Choosing to dedicate your career to the legal profession is a big decision. Getting there is no small task, either. Law school can cost a pretty penny, and job prospects aferward can be scarce. If you have a clear objective for your career, and you’ve decided to follow through with this undertaking, here’s some advice on how to navigate the time you spend earning your law degree.

  1. Develop a Strong Work Ethic in College
    : Law school is a lot of work, and so is being a professional in the field. Be prepared for it and know ahead of time that discipline, persistence, and stamina are attributes of most successful law students and lawyers, and the sooner you accept that reality, the better.
  2. old lawyer booksWorking Smart is as Important as Working Hard: The sheer number of hours spent in the library is not the best measure of what constitutes a good effort in law school. Strategy is important in law school, just as it will be when you’re a lawyer in the real world, and what matters most is how efficiently you spend your time as well as how much time you spend.
  3. Be Aware of the Economic Realities of Attending University: Student debt loads are high after law school, and job prospects three years from now are more uncertain than ever before. While you’re in school, think carefully before making decisions that might affect your own financial future. What you do in school will enhance your marketability. Begin networking, even while in law school.
  4. Work on Your Writing Skills During and After Law School: A big part of the legal profession is analyzing and translating what you’ve read and creating a written product. Written communication is a lawyer’s stock-in-trade. Learning to write effectively about legal topics takes time and requires you to stay engaged. While there are required courses in “legal writing,” you’ll want to keep your writing chops sharp throughout your time in law school and in your career.

Dog’s are often thought of as man’s best friend but it is important to remember that even the warmest pet can be a dangerous animal if it feels threatened or provoked. If you have been bitten by a dog, here are the first steps to insure your safety and future well being.

  1. Call the Police or Animal Control: You will be asked to give a detailed report of your experience including the breed of the dog, location of the attack and things that may have caused the dog to attack you. It is important to contact the authorities to get first-hand account of the incident as well as prevent the dog from hurting anybody else. You should also write down your account of the events for your records as the police typically won’t be as detailed in their report.
  2. Visit the Hospital or Urgent Care: After speaking with the authorities it is important to visit the hospital, urgent care or your primary care doctor to assess your injuries. Be sure to reiterate your experiences to the hospital exactly as you told the authorities. Also, check to see if the animal has been quarantined. This will be helpful to determine whether or not you will need to undergo treatment for rabies infection. You may need to speak with a plastic surgeon if you have large lacerations on your skin.
  3. Take Pictures of your Injuries: These can be used in future court cases should you pursue such action. Also take photos of where the attack occurred and if there are any “Beware of Dogs” signs. If possible try and get some video footage of the dog that attacked you.
  4. If you feel safe doing so, contact the dog owner in a non-threatening way. Ask if they have insurance and if the dog has done anything like this in the past. If they have insurance ask for their provider, the agent and claims contact number. Hold onto this information for the future.
  5. Call an attorney who specializes in dog bite cases. They will explain to you that even “minor” bites are actionable and you can be compensated for your pain and suffering. They will advise you on how best to proceed with your case should you want to go to trial.

Things to Know

  • snarling dogIf you are bitten by a dog you can make claims to cover your hospital bills, any time off work you may have to take, and pain and suffering including emotional distress.
  • Some homeowners insurance policies cover dog attacks but not all. Most renters are not covered under homeowners insurance.
  • You may be contacted by a dog owner’s insurance company in the days following your attack. These companies call on the behalf of the dog owner. DO NOT give your account of the events to anyone who calls as this information can be used against you in court in the future.