Owners and operators, Matt and Cherice Ferree began collecting horror inspired memorabilia in the early 2000s and decide to begin their own take on the industry when they found a lack of horror-inspired kitchenware. In order to keep their horror memorabilia hobby alive, they began to buy collectibles in bulk in order to sell a portion of the pieces. This transition created Terror Toys as an online horror memorabilia shop in 2014. In October 2018, Terror Toys transitioned their inventory to their current shop on McCulloch Blvd. Due to an unforeseen increase in foot traffic, the business has now transitioned to 90% brick-and-mortar and 10% of revenue from online sales. Listen as Matt discusses the logistics of horror memorabilia industry and how his personal passion transformed into Lake Havasu’s first and only horror collectible shop.
About the speaker:
Matt Ferree grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona and moved to Lake Havasu in 1999. After high school he moved to Phoenix and worked in sales, concert security, and electronics repair. After college, he returned to Lake Havasu where he met his future wife, Cherice. The two connected on their love for Horror movies and related memorabilia. Over the years, their collection grew to create a macabre house. As their dark decor enveloped their house, they realized that their kitchen was bare of the same ghoulish flare as the rest of the house. Upon their search for creepy kitchenware, they found there was much of a market for it besides goods that were cheap and tacky. Matt decided to end his long searching by creating his own line of Horror-inspired Kitchenware. There, Terror Toys was born.
The goal of the workshop is to provide attendees with a sense of the mechanisms that drive effective creative writing. The presentation will cover concrete imagery with an in-depth look at “show, don’t tell,” perspective. This concept is oversaturated, but very helpful advice for novice creative writers. Attendees should bring a notebook and a writing utensil. All writers are welcome (any level of experience); however, this talk and workshop are tailored to beginners.
Erik Wilbur holds an MFA in poetry from Fresno State University and currently teaches English full-time at Mohave Community College, Lake Havasu City. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Sierra Nevada Review, The Southampton Review, Sugar House Review, and others. In 2017, he was awarded the Ernesto Trejo Graduate Poetry Award by the Academy of American Poets, and in 2018, his full-length poetry manuscript, Involuntary Hold, was selected as a finalist for the Autumn House Rising Writers Contest.
Jenna Lowder is an English and Introductory Communications instructor at Arizona State University in Lake Havasu City. She received her MEd Leadership with an emphasis in Community College and Higher Education in 2016 and her MA in English with an emphasis in Literacy, Technology, and Professional Writing in 2008, both from Northern Arizona University. Prior to starting full time with ASU, she taught English and Communications for a Mohave Community College for 13 years and British Literature at Lake Havasu High School.
As the only Bowling Alley in town, the lanes have seen many strikes, laughs, and competitive spirits. Let the nostalgia come alive with a (literal) behind-the-lanes look at the operations of Havasu Lanes. Tour will be led by an actual bowling lanes mechanic ready to answer any questions on ball return, pin retrieval, and just how all the magic of bowling nights really work! Tour is limited to 10 participants, no fee, please wear closed toe, non-heeled shoes.
If you can't make the tour, join us at 6PM for a game of bowling. Winning team will receive a SPECIAL prize.
Comrades On Tour is your exclusive opportunity to look behind the scenes into locally owned and operated businesses of all sizes, seeing processes from conception to distribution and everything in between.
Get immersed with the inner workings of some of the most innovative designers, makers, and influencers in town. Each tour is led by the owner or operator for a first-hand account of the inner workings, providing tour-goers opportunities to ask questions and in depth conversation.
Ever wondered how your packaged foods and goods are created? On these monstrosities of incredible machines! Come explore the engineering of printing with us and Arizona Flexible Packaging.
Arizona Flexible Packaging is a Flexographic Printer & Converting Company committed to providing quality packaging to meet customer expectations and requirements in a highly competitive market. We are a family owned company that specializes in producing superior quality flexible packaging since 1998. Our customer focus, quality systems, skilled team, and food safe operations enable us to achieve a wide variety of flexible packaging solutions for customers nationwide.
As a progressive corporation we envision being a leader in the flexible packaging industry known for our efficiency, quality, and strong, long lasting relationships with our customers.
Arizona Flexible Packaging is a Safe Quality Food certified facility committed to providing safe, quality products and to further improve our abilities to achieve it by maintaining an internationally recognized HACCP-based Food Safety and Quality Management System. For this reason all guests are required to follow good manufacturing practices to prevent food safety hazards.
Beyond the programming, the impact of an event is greatly influenced by the ambiance and relating aesthetics. Learn how to creatively express the message of your event with Posh Planning owner, Nichole Burnett. From large scale decisions like venue selection and entertainment to the most minute details like tablescape and technology, Nichole will explain how the little details combine to create a memorable experience for guests of any event type. Explore the latest design trends in event planning, and even how to plan on a budget. Nichole will bring concepts, tips & tricks, and even live examples to help make an event one for the books!
Nichole Burnett is Owner, Lead Planner and Event Coordinator at Posh Planning & Event Co. She is also the Venue Manager and Wedding Planner at Havasu Springs Resort. She loves every excuse to throw a fun and unique party. After graduating from U of A with her BS in Public Admin and an emphasis in Criminal Justice she had every intention of going to law school and becoming a badass lawyer, but she craved more creativity and didn’t want the normal 9 to 5 grind. Fast forward 7 years you can now find her planning weddings and events like a boss. When she isn’t designing beautifully unique events you can find her spending time with her husband, Michael, and their two dogs and cat.
ART | MUSIC | CULTURE | FOOD | An immersive art and community experience on First Fridays in Downtown Lake Havasu City.
Dust off your best plaids, flannels and denim overalls because April is '90s themed!
Walk the circuit of Downtown on McCulloch between Querio and Scott Dr, and everything between.
Along the way experience live bands, art installations, galleries, live demos, local eats, and an eclectic mix of local artisans selling their works.
TO SELL YOUR ART:
Must apply at firstfridayhavasu.com
Must apply at firstfridayhavasu.com
First Friday happens the first Friday of each month, from 6-9P.
For more info: firstfridayhavasu.com
In partnership with Creative Comrades
Let's screen print together! March's On Tour is hosted by Havasu Embroidery and Screen Printing.
Nic and Chris will give us a personalized tour of their facility. PLUS PRINT YOUR OWN COMRADES SHIRT! Yep, we're getting our hands dirty on their printing presses, and they've generously offered to let each attendee take one home.
When you RSVP, be sure to contact us with your shirt size. firstname.lastname@example.org
Leadership is an innate skill that can be honed and polished at any point in one’s career, personal goals, and relationships. Dustin will layout just what it takes to lead in all areas of today’s society through simple models and systems that he has developed in the past 12 years as a successful leader. Learn about “Climate System”, an explanation of the environment needed to perform at the optimal level. Learn real-life, practical application tools to cultivate positive changes needed to take on and sustain in a leadership role.
About the Speaker:
Dustin Runyon is a powerhouse of entrepreneurship, community development, and leadership. He is the Owner of the Dustin Runyon Real Estate Sales Team and Co-Owner of Arizona Living School of Real Estate. His visionary talents transformed a real estate company’s sales from $90 million to over half of a billion in just 4 years. When not in the real estate game, Dustin is giving back to up-and-coming leaders with D.R Coaching and Consulting, The Dustin Runyon Show. His love and pride for the community are also expressed as co-founder and active member of the Only Orchids Charity Group. In Dustin’s words, he is a “lover of Lake Havasu City, Leadership, and Leigh.”
Art Untangled is a fun workshop to unravel the mysteries of making your own art. You will learn how to combine line, color, and repetition to create fantastic kaleidoscopic patterns. Participants will be provided with supplies or bring your own favorite sketchbook, pens , markers, and/or color pencils.
Hosted by the awesome Sam Nelson of SN Studios!
Doors open at 4:30, fun starts at 5 and will go till 7.
Location: F106 Cowork
1100 London Bridge Rd. Ste F106
A business sign not only flags a location but simultaneously creates a first impression that leaves a lasting brand familiarity. Be visually compelled by the inner workings of sign creation at the only locally owned and operated sign manufacturing company in town, Mack Signs. Come along and become familiar with every stellar step in the process from design, printing, and fabrication.
*P.S. There are some rad projects underway in the shop as we speak; you’ll definitely want to check it out.
For February, Creative Comrades will be discussing the importance art education has on the schools as well as its community impact. There are many unexpected benefits of a well-rounded art program beyond the education of basic art skills. Data in-part with personal student accounts represent the impact art education has on both the individual and the community as a whole.
About the Speaker:
Hannah Upton is the art educator at Thunderbolt Middle School. She graduated from NAU with a Bachelors of Science in Education with an emphasis in Art Education. She is currently in her fifth year of teaching in Lake Havasu Unified School district with her first four years focused on elementary art education. At the middle school level, Hannah teaches with a project-based curriculum in which students actively participate in the creative process while learning specific art skills and techniques. After school, she facilitates the bi-weekly Art Club that conceptualizes ways to beautify the school and community.
You may know them from any of their epic parties or the ONLY ORCHIDS facebook group. Behind the scenes they're devising plans and action to help youth, citizens and the community of Lake Havasu as a whole.
"We give when we want, to who we want, whenever we want, as much as we want, with no apologies. We strive to be the most relentless group of givers we can possibly be, while having fun. We combine party with giving back."
They remove the politics from giving, but how do you actually do that? Get an inside look into starting your own charity or non profit. What does it look like behind the scenes? What drives their mission? How do you top the last event and touch even more lives?
Creative Comrades is a monthly meet up for all entrepreneurs and creative professionals in Lake Havasu.
(If drinking, ID's are checked @ the door)
Thank you to our partners ASU Lake Havasu City, Partnership for Economic Development and College Street Brewhouse & Pub
November's presentation highlights two important lessons learned from decades of management and scientific experience that continue to be overlooked by most leaders.