Hoodlums with heart

I headed to Tempe with my college-age son Christopher Thursday afternoon to say hello to the fine folks at Hoodlums Music and Movies, and to check out vinyl art recently mounted along the store’s walls as part of its third annual “Hoodstock” event.

“Hoodstock” 2011 takes place Fri, April 29 and Sat, April 30. It features an exhibit of vinyl art created by students at Broadmor Elementary School in Tempe and free performances by local bands with cool names like “Groove Noodles” and “Mojo Farmers.”

Proceeds from the event will benefit the school’s academic intervention program. You can visit the Hoodlums website to learn more about how and why they’re so committed to working with students at their neighborhood school.

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There’s no cost to attend “Hoodstock” but there are several ways your time at Hoodlums can benefit Broadmor students. They’ll have a place set up to take donations, pieces of student art available for sale and other cool stuff you can buy with a percentage going to Broadmor programs.

Think t-shirts, buttons, records, books, signs, posters, CDs and more. Plus offerings by Changing Hands Bookstore and other event partners. It all makes for fun teacher and graduation gift shopping — and nifty finds for Mother’s and Father’s Day.

I hope you’ll hit Hoodlums to explore their many offerings, and take your kids along — they might get inspired to try some vinyl art of their own. Just be sure you put away your favorite records first. Fond as I am of finger paint, I don’t want any of it on my Springsteen album covers.

— Lynn

Note: Hoodlums Music and Movies, like Raising Arizona Kids Magazine, is a member of Local First Arizona.

Coming up: “The Sound of Music” sing-along style, Celebrating museum day

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