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Seussical Jr. runs through Dec. 16 at Desert Stages Theater in Scottsdale.

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Kay Kinder, owner of Fountain Fashions’ isn’t much for numbers. She starts her 40th year in business in Fountain Hills Dec. 1. One of the original businesses in Fountain Hills, Fountain Fashions opened near the Fountain at the center known as the Village Bazaar in 1973. It was a cheery place then. Her newly-remodeled store at the Bashas’ Center is still a cheery place. The atmosphere of her shop is an absolute reflection of its owner. Kay Kinder is one of my favorite people. I’ve known her since we were girls. Now we’re women, but Kay still likes to be a girl. And her store is very girly. There is always plenty of laughter, nice smells, pretty clothes. Just the kind of stuff girls love. She knows how to run her business as if it isn’t really a business. If you ask her if she is thinking about retiring, she says, “And do what? I love what I am doing, and I really can’t imagine doing anything else. I have more energy now than I have had in years. Nope, retirement is the last thing on my

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Cinderella Scholarship Program

Once upon a dream Participants in the 2012 Fountain Hills Cinderella Scholarship Program won awards and scholarships from state and international programs, according to Director Edith Kuhlmann.

To register... The Cinderella Pageant is set for Saturday, Jan. 12, at McDowell Mountain Church, 10700 N. 124th St. in Scottsdale. Registration is available by phone, fax or e-mail. Call Director Edith Kuhlmann, (480) 789-2504, or e-mail her at The website is The program is open to girls ages 0 to 26 and boys ages 0 to seven. Workshops are offered to all participants to learn the basics of the program and the pageant. All participants win crowns, banners, trophies and awards in the Jan. 12 preliminary program.

The Cinderella Scholarship Program is about to get under way. The Fountain Hills Cinderella Preliminary Pageant is set for Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013. Registration is now open for boys and girls ages 0 to 26 years to compete for Cinderella or Prince Charming. The scholarship program is divided into 10 competing age groups. Participants in all age divisions are judged on poise and personality as they model sportswear and party wear. The older four divisions also are judged on talent presentations. Cinderella “Tots” are judged on their participation in an onstage interview. During the interview, judges will have an opportunity to evaluate the poise, confidence, grooming and communication skills of each participant. Winners in each division and category will have their entry fees waived in the Arizona State Finals, which will be held in Laughlin, Nev., in June.

The Cinderella program is the number one program of its kind. The overall winner of Arizona receives a $1,000 cash scholarship, a $500 college scholarship, an educational trip, a Disneyland vacation, luggage and other prizes during their reigning year. All entrants will receive participation awards and invitations to attend the state finals. Cinderella is a

youth development program focusing on a child’s natural inner beauty, emphasizing building self-esteem, confidence and pride. For more information, reach Director Edith Kuhlmann by phone at (480) 789-2504 or by e-mail at edith@ Registration also is available online at www.fhcinderella. com.

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The world’s favorite orphan takes center stage at Fountain Hills Theater beginning Dec. 7. Annie, based on the popular comic strip, is one of the world’s best-loved musicals. Little orphan Annie charms everyone despite her hard start in 1930s New York. Determined to find her parents who abandoned her on the orphanage steps, Annie helps everyone find their own pluck and positivity. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. through Dec. 23. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for those 17 and younger. Call (480) 837-9661, ext. 3, or visit for tickets.

Each show will include an extended “holiday themed� intermission sponsored by Russo Salon. Activities will include 50-50 raffles, a grand prize, cookies, cocoa, cider and canyon, followed by a visit from a special friend. Fountain Hills Youth Theater also will accept donations of kid-centric foods such as cereals, peanut butter, jelly, granola bars, etc., during the run of Annie. Donations will go to Extended Hands Food Bank in Fountain Hills. Annie is produced by Anne Kelleher and Allison Hacker. Directed by Ross Collins, musical direction is by Jay Melberg and choreography is by Noel Irick, assisted by Natalie Kilker.


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Holiday show original each time Fountain Hills Theater will hold its first original show of the season Friday, Nov. 30. The second original show is set for Saturday, Dec. 1. Each weekend through Dec. 23 will feature an original production. The holiday program, Christmas Jukebox, is designed to give audiences a different show each time. The interactive holiday musical revue features an audience-created production. Audience members who arrive at least 15 minutes before curtain are invited to select their favorite Christmas music from more than 100 songs in the theater’s giant jukebox. The choices are tallied and a brandnew holiday revue is brought to life by the versatile cast. With the help of the staff, songs are put in dramatic and

comedic order, divided by style, duets and ensemble numbers and then, with only minutes to go until curtain, the final list is posted on to a giant whiteboard just in time for the cast to make its first entrance. Theater Artistic Director Peter J. Hill created and directs the show. Choreography is by Noel Irick. Musical direction and accompaniment is provided by Bill Moore, with musical arrangements by Reynaldo Saenz. Performances are at Fountain Hills Theater, 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd. at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children 17 and younger. Buy tickets by calling (480) 837-9661, ext. 3, or at the website, www.

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Holidays at River of Time Beloved ‘Seussical’ on stage The L. Alan Cruikshank River of Time Museum is hosting Holiday Open House over two weekends. In addition to refreshments Friday and Saturday, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, and Dec. 7 and 8, admission is free over those four days. Hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Punch and cookies will be served, and holiday music will be featured in the Museum/Library lobby. Gwen’s Bake Sale also will

be highlighted, with holiday treats available for purchase. The River Bank Store will have holiday specials, and all proceeds benefit the River of Time Museum. The museum is located at 12901 N. LaMontana Blvd. Call (480) 837-2612 for more information, or visit www. Winter museum hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

at Desert Stages Theater Everyone loves Dr. Seuss. And audiences love Seussical the Musical. Desert Stages Theater has Seussical Jr. onstage through Dec. 16. The musical extravaganza features an array of Dr. Seuss’ storybook stars including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, Lazy Mayzie and the little boy with the big imagination, Jojo.

The production at the Scottsdale theater is a cheerful song and magical tale of the characters conquering challenges and discovering the power of loyalty and friendship. Tickets are available online at www. or by phone at (480) 483-1664. Tickets are $15. The show is staged at the theater, located at 4720 N. Scottsdale Rd.

Fun color hair extensions are the latest in hair fashion, according to Jerry Kirkendoll, owner of Hair Hut aka Gerome’s Hair Fashions in Fountain Hills. Kirkendoll recently attended the Fashion Focus hair show in Glendale, checking out new equipment, supplies,

hairstyling and the latest in trends. The hair extensions are made from real hair and come in different lengths and colors. For more information, call (480) 837-2699, or stop by 16714 E. Avenue of the Fountains.

Pinnacle Concert series features Christmas music Hair Hut stylist gets colorful Christmas music is the order of the day in December with the Pinnacle Concert Series. The series, which features a wide variety of music from November through May, is held at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, 25150 N. Pima Rd., in Scottsdale. Ticket prices range from free/donation to $42. The first December concert, “Celebration of Christmas” offers a program of inspiration and joyous holiday music. Admission is free, and donations are accepted to further

the fine arts program of Pinnacle Presbyterian Church. The program will offered twice Sunday, Dec. 9, at 4 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. Handel’s Messiah will be featured Sunday, Dec. 16, starting at 3 p.m. The Phoenix Symphony, under the direction of Michael Christie and featuring The Phoenix Symphony Chorus, will perform. Tickets are $36. Visit, or call (480) 303-2474, for information and reservations.

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Chamber Players open 16th season Dec. 9 in FH The Fountain Hills Chamber Players have said they are excited about their 16th season. Not only are they presenting their usual four concert series, but for the second consecutive year, will be featured at Taliesin West in three concerts during February. The group, an affiliate of the Fountain Hills Theater, presented its first program of the season in October and now is busy preparing for the second one set for Sunday, Dec. 9. This program showcases two familiar and two lesser-known composers, all of different nationalities. The audience will hear the “Concerto for Two Cellos” by Italian Baroque composer Antonio Vivaldi, “Trio for Reeds” by Polish composer Alexandre Tansman, “Three Nocturnes for Piano, Violin, and Cello” by Swiss born Ernest Bloch, and ever popular French composer Francis Poulenc’s “Sextet for Piano and Winds.”

The final two concerts are scheduled for Jan. 20 and Mar.10, 2013. All programs are Sundays at 3 p.m. at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, located at 16150 E. El Lago Boulevard. Admission is $15. Tickets are available at the door or can be ordered ahead of time by sending a check to FHCP, 17219 E. Hillcrest Dr., Fountain Hills, AZ, 85268. For the Taliesin series, each program will spotlight a different area of chamber music. The Feb. 9, 2013, program will feature music for wind instruments; Feb.16 will be made up of works for strings; and the final concert, Feb. 23, will mix things up with a combination of the two groups of instruments plus guitar and voice. These programs are Saturdays at 6 p.m. and presented in the Historic Music Pavilion at Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Taliesin West, 12345 Frank Lloyd Wright Drive, Scottsdale. Tickets are $15 for each concert.

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Entertainment series tickets on sale for 2013 season Tickets for the popular Fountain Hills Performing Artists Series (formerly Entertainment Series) go on sale Dec. 7. The six-show series gets under way Tuesday, Jan. 8. All shows are at the Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church, 13001 N. Fountain Hills Blvd. Series tickets are available. Fuchsia section tickets are $102; teal section tickets are $87; and narthex section tickets are $57. Tickets for individual performances are $20, $16 and $10. Gold section tickets are sold out. Tickets are available at the church office from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Payment must be made by cash or check. No credit cards can be accepted.

For tickets call Pat Covault to reserve seats at (480) 837-8912 or the church office, (480) 837-1763. The shows coming up for 2013 are as follows: Bob Anderson with piano accompanist, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 7 p.m. Original Wildcat Jass Band, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 7 p.m. Matilda and Patrick Murray present “Jamaican Me Laugh, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 7 p.m. New West, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 7 p.m. Face to Face, The Ultimate Tribute to Billy Joel and Elton John, Tuesday, March 5, 7 p.m. Michael Finney, Tuesday, March 19, 7 p.m.

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Tickets for the 22nd season of Fountain Hills In-Home Concerts are available. There are two segments to the program: a jazz series, and a classical series. Individual tickets are $20, while tickets for either the complete classical or jazz series are $50 Seating is limited for each program, and tickets can be reserved by calling Jean Linzer, (480) 837-0762. The season starts Sunday, Jan. 13, with Kandu Band, a five-piece jazz band

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with vocals. The classical series features The Tetra String Quartet, consisting of two violins, a viola and cello Sunday, Jan. 27. Each program starts at 4 p.m. The In-Home Concert Series provides intimate venues for both programs. Small audiences gather in Fountain Hills homes for entertainment and light refreshments. Carol Coates is chair of the series committee. She is joined by Cathy Stob, Bev Tall and Jean Linzer.

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Applications for the Fountain Hills Piano Competition are being accepted. To participate, a student must be an Arizona resident and apply as a junior (for students ages 11-14) or senior (for students 15-18). There are age restrictions. The competition is set up in three rounds, with round one set for Feb. 12. Contestants will perform four pieces from memory on VHS video tape or 5-inch DVD+R disc. Selections of music must be chosen from the repertoire requirements. The application form, recording and a $25 entry fee must be received no later than Jan.31, 2013. Selected contestants

from round one will perform at the Steinway Piano Showroom in Scottsdale Feb. 23. The final round is scheduled for March 17 at Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church. A total of $5,000 in cash awards will be divided among first, second and third place winners in each age division. The competition is sponsored by Fountain Hills Cultural and Civic Association. For more information and to obtain an application, visit, or e-mail

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Fountain Hills Senior Center The John O’Flynn Activity Center will be closed Tuesday, Dec. 25, for Christmas, and Tuesday, Jan. 1, for New Year’s. The center will have no programs Dec. 24 or Dec. 31 due to maintenance. Upcoming special presentations at the center are as follows: Special Presentations: Free for center members, $5 for non-members. Heard Museum – “Art of the Southwest,� Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2-3 p.m. Preregistration required. Reference course #6101. Consumer Scam Awareness -- Thursday, Dec. 6, from noon-1 p.m. Elizabeth Lopez, a Community Outreach Specialist, formerly with the Attorney General’s Office, will educate visitors on how to protect themselves from scams. Pre-registration required. Reference course #6155. Phoenix Art Museum -- “American History through Its Artists� Thursday, Dec. 13, 2-3 p.m. Presented by Docent JoAnne Stewart. Pre-registration required. Reference course #6157.

Bunko, First Thursdays, 6-8 p.m. Note: Activity Center membership is required. Weekly: Ping Pong, Mondays, 9-11 a.m. Men’s Discussion Group, Mondays, 9-10:30 a.m. Conversational Spanish (some Spanish skills needed to practice speaking the language), Mondays, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Hooks and Needles, Tuesdays, 10 a.m.noon. (cont. on page 12)

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Fountain Hills and Scottsdale are preparing for the holidays. Fountain Hills Stroll in the Glow More than 60,000 lights and ornaments, along with holiday displays will adorn the Avenue of the Fountains starting at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, for Fountain Hills’ Stroll in the Glow. Shops and boutiques will stay open late for the evening, and Santa Claus will be on hand to listen to children’s wish lists. A live Christmas nativity featuring Presbyterian Church members, and rides on horse-drawn hay wagons also will be featured. RE/MAX Sun Properties is sponsoring wagon rides from 4 to 8 p.m. The Community Band, under the direction of Ed Madden, will start their music at about 5:15 p.m. Girl Scouts and Brownies will sing Christmas carols. The holiday lights will be lit at dusk, between 5:30 and 6 p.m. Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive between 6 and 6:15 and will visit with youngsters as long as there is a line. Fountain Hills Community Center The annual Community Center activities will take place Saturday, Dec.

Line Dancing (advanced) Tuesdays, 9:3010:30 a.m. Bridge (contract-intermediate), every Monday, 12-3 p.m. Mah Jongg, Tuesdays, 1-4 p.m. Movie, Tuesdays, 1-3:30 p.m. Bingo, Tuesdays, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Must be 21 or older. Scrabble Club, Wednesdays, 1-4 p.m. Poker, Wednesdays, 1-4 p.m. Line Dancing (intermediate), Thursdays, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Spanish II (intermediate), Thursdays, 9 – 10:30 a.m. Table Talk, a women’s discussion group, Thursdays, 1-3 p.m. Parkinson’s Art Group, Thursdays, 1-3 p.m. Parkinson’s Exercise, Fridays, 9-10 a.m. and 10-11 a.m. Dominoes, Fridays, 1-4 p.m. Woodcarving, Fridays, 1-3 p.m. Twice weekly: Peer-Led Exercise, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8-9 a.m. Contract Advanced Bridge, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9 a.m.-noon.

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8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The theme this year is “Gingerbread Junction.” The event will feature craft workshops for children, train displays and refreshments. Community Chorus “Holiday Songs of the World” is the theme for this year’s Fountain Hills Community Chorus concert. Concerts are Sunday, Dec. 2, at 4 p.m. and Monday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. at the Community Center, 13001 N. La Montana Drive. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. High school age students and younger are $7. Advance tickets are available from Gridleys of Fountain Hills, 16830 E. Avenue of the Fountains and Card$mart, 12645 N. Saguaro Blvd. Pay in cash, or by check, payable to FHCCA. Doors open 30 minutes before the concerts begin. Scottsdale’s Holiday Harmony Tree Lighting Ceremony Area residents are invited to celebrate the holidays at Scottsdale Civic Center Mall for the annual “Holiday Harmony.” The family-friendly festival features tree lighting, music and a special

visit from Santa Claus starting at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2. The tree lighting ceremony takes place at 6:15 p.m. The fun also includes real snow. There is no charge for the holiday event. Jingle Hike to Santa Santa Claus will be out hiking Saturday, Dec. 8, and children and their parents or other guardian are invited to join him on the trail. The fee is per family, with a $10 fee for Scottsdale residents, and $15 for non-residents. The hike takes place at Pinnacle Peak Park, 26802 N. 102 Way, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Holiday Lights at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park Another family favorite event for the holidays is the holiday lighting at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park. Opening night festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, and include the tree-light ceremony, entertainment and a visit from Santa. Santa will be at the park each evening through Sunday, Dec. 23. Holiday Lights runs from 6:30 to 9 p.m. nightly through Jan. 5. There are no lights or activities Dec. 24, 25 and 31.

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Marshall Trimble to speak at Fountain Hills Library The “dean of Arizona historians” Marshall Trimble is the featured speaker at Fountain Hills Library Association’s next Author’s Series. The program is set for Saturday, Dec. 1, at 2 p.m. in the library’s Reading Lounge. The public is invited to the free presentation. Trimble is a multi-talented musician, author, storyteller and Arizona promoter. He was inducted in to the Arizona Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame. He

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Playing for Keeps When a former soccer star tries to reconnect with his son by coaching a youth league, his life becomes more complicated when a gaggle of soccer moms suddenly take interest. Starring: Jessica Biel, Gerard Butler, Uma Thurman Genre: Comedy MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual situations, language and a brief intense image. Hyde Park on the Hudson Despite the growing threat of war with Germany, hilarity ensues as President Franklin Roosevelt hosts the King and Queen of England while juggling family and his own chaotic personal affairs.

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Dec. 14 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey The legendary Lord of the Rings saga begins with the first part of the Hobbit saga, which sets Bilbo Baggins off on his unforgettable adventure with a pack of heroic dwarves on a quest to slay a dragon. Starring: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Andy Serkis Genre: Comedy MPAA Rating: PG-13 for epic battle sequences and some scary images.

Dec. 19 Monsters, Inc. 3D Pixar’s classic tale of the monsters that go bump in the night returns to the big screen in three glorious dimensions. Starring (voices): John Goodman, Billy Crystal Genre: Animation MPAA Rating: G. Zero Dark Thirty This film tells the decade-long story of the men and women who conducted the search for terrorist leader Osama bin Laden. Starring: Jessica Chastain, Scott Adkins,

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Dec. 25 Promised Land A pair of corporate salesmen are sent along to finalize a deal for oil drilling rights in a small town ravaged by the economic decline, only to have their efforts stalled by a group of local activists. Starring: Matt Damon Genre: Drama MPAA Rating: R for language. Parental Guidance Old school grandparents and high tech grandkids have to meet in the middle during a babysitting weekend. Starring: Billy Crystal Genre: Comedy MPAA Rating: PG for rude humor. Les Miserables The stage musical is brought to theaters, featuring a 19th century paroled French prisoner on a quest for redemption. Starring: Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Sacha Baron Cohen Genre: Drama MPAA Rating: Rating Pending. The Guilt Trip A young inventor decides to take his recently widowed mother on a long road trip while he tries to find an investor for his product and set his mom up with one of her old boyfriends. Starring: Seth Rogen, Barbra Streisand Genre: Comedy MPAA Rating: Rating Pending. Django Unchained A Quentin Tarantino film, Django Unchained centers on a southern slave who is recruited by a bounty hunter to assist in the capture or killing of his latest targets. If successful, the bounty hunter promises Django his freedom. Starring: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson Genre: Action, Western MPAA Rating: Rating Pending.

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December is one of those rare months when picking a movie to recommend is extremely easy. Tarantino fans won’t want to miss Django Unchained, families will absolutely adore Monsters, Inc. 3D and Les Miserables will likely provide plenty of Oscar buzz. But all of that pretty much shifts to the back burner with something like The Hobbit releasing mid-month, continuing

(or beginning, rather) the tale of The One Ring, and a group of goofy dwarves on a quest to slay a dragon with the help of a wizard and a hobbit named Bilbo Baggins. The Hobbit is actually my favorite of Tolkien’s books, largely due to the fact that it never took itself too seriously. It’s more like a dark, high fantasy fairytale, trading the somber quest of the Lord of the Rings trilogy for a more lighthearted, action-packed adventure. The Hobbit movie looks to keep that whimsical spirit intact, which means it will likely be the perfect flick to entertain just about anyone this holiday season.

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Fountain Hills Library Fountain Hills Library closes at 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24, and will remain closed through Dec. 25 for the Christmas holiday. The library also will be closed from 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, until Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, at 9 a.m. Regular library hours at the Fountain Hills Library are Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call (602) 652-3000 for more information. The Friends of the Library Bookstore, located just outside the library, can be reached at (602) 652-3263.

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‘Tis the season...for hiking at MMRP McDowell Mountain Regional Park’s Interpretive Ranger Amy Ford has a number of programs planned for December. Program changes or cancellations are posted on the Website, parks/mcdowell. Call (480) 471-0173, ext. 201, or e-mail Ranger Amy Ford at for more information. The park is located north of Fountain Hills on McDowell Mountain Road, the extension of Fountain Hills Boulevard. There is a $6 fee per vehicle to enter the park. Dawn to Dusk Bike Race, Saturday, Dec. 1, 5 a.m. The 10+ hour endurance ride begins at the intersection of the Competitive Track and Four Peaks Staging Area, along the park road. Laps along the Pemberton Trail for teams and individuals are a good way to be exposed to endurance events. All participants must be registered. Welcome to the “Wild West” – An Introduction to the Sonoran Desert, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 10 a.m. Arizonans have bragging rights about living in the desert with cactus that jump and snakes that rattle. But how dangerous is the desert really? Join Ranger Amy for a “hands-on” introduction to the Sonoran Desert. Meet at the North Trail Trailhead. The Desert Grocery Store, Thursday, Dec. 6, 10 a.m. Meet at the North Trail Trailhead for a 2 mile interpretive hike learning about what people used to eat before grocery stores came to the Valley. Try a chocolate chip cookie made with mesquite flour or a cracker with prickly pear jelly. Friday Fitness Hikes, all starting at 8 a.m. Hike lengths vary. Dec. 7. Meet at the Trailhead Staging Area (Pemberton Trail) trailhead. 3-5 mile hike. Dec. 14. Meet at the Wagner Trailhead. Dec. 28. Meet at the Wagner Trailhead for an 8-10 mile hike. Smart Phone Photography Workshop. Friday, Dec. 7, 11 a.m. It is amazing what

photos can be captured with your cellphone. Learn the basics of photography using your smartphone. Meet at the North Trail. McDowell Mountain Frenzy, Saturday, Dec. 8, 7 a.m. The third race in the Desert Runner Trail Series. The multi-distance foot race is held on the Competitive Track. Select 50K (7 a.m.); 25K (8 a.m.); 10 mile (8:15 a.m.); 5K (8:30 a.m.) All participants must be registered. Live Reptile and Animal Feeding, Saturday, Dec. 8, 11 a.m.; Saturday, Dec. 29, 11 a.m. Meet baby tortoises, snakes, the new desert blonde tarantula and a giant desert hair scorpion. Meet at the Visitor Center. Stargazing for Everyone, Saturday, Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m. Tony and Carole La Conte return for another stargazing event. The couple introduces the audience to astronomy, then visitors can look through telescopes. Bring chairs and blankets for comfortable seating and to keep warm. Meet at the Trailhead Staging Area. Brown Bag Historic Pemberton Ranch Hike, Thursday, Dec. 13, 10 a.m.. Hike begins at the Trailhead Staging Area for a two-hour, three mile hike. Bring a bag lunch, plenty of water and sturdy shoes. No pets, please. Children should have some previous hiking experience. Desert Birdwalks, Friday, Dec. 14, 11 a.m. Nursery Tank Trailhead. ADA accessible. No previous birding experience is required. Participants will look for winter sparrows, phainopeplas and signs of the park’s resident owls. Meet at the Wagner Trailhead in the campground. Dixie Mine Petroglyph Hike, Saturday, Dec. 15, 9 a.m. The Dixie Mine is one of the best kept secrets in the Park. The 5.8 mile roundtrip hike has some steep slopes, but the rewards are worth it. Bring extra water and meet at the Golden Eagle Trailhead in Fountain Hills. Close Encounters of the Reptilian Kind, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2 p.m. Ranger Amy

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Longest Night Service scheduled for Dec. 21 For some people, the holidays are anything but jolly. They may have suffered a loss through death, or a broken relationship or unforeseen circumstances. The holiday season can stir up those difficult memories, creating pain and sadness. A Stephen Ministry-sponsored service for those people who know the holiday “will be a hard one,” is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 21, at 7 p.m. The “Longest Night Service” will be held at Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church, 13001 N. Fountain Hills Blvd. The program is made possible through a grant from the Fountains United Methodist Church. The public is invited. Terry Martin, a Stephen Minister in

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I would go to the regular show at the Comedy Spot on Friday or Saturday or the monthly Thursday night show they sponsor at Zendejas Grill. Rating: cc- This is clearly a step up from the free open mic shows, but the best thing about the venue was being able to get a full meal with a little comedy thrown in. If they start bringing in outof-town headliners, the show would be a lot better. (*Note: Ratings are based on the

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Art on the Avenue & Farmers Market

Your guide for places to go and things to do in the Northeast Valley and around the state. Information is accurate to the best of our knowledge, but dates and times are subject to change without notice.

Avenue of the Fountains Fountain Hills Thursdays Stroll the median on the Avenue of the Fountains and enjoy a rich talent of artists, jewelers, photographers and more. Farmers Market offers fresh produce and more. Held most Thursdays through April. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Small Works Show & Sale English Rose Tea Room Carefree Through Dec. 31 View and purchase artwork created by Sonoran Arts League. Free.

Art in the Park Plaza Fountainside Fountain Hills Dec. 1 Enjoy the work of local artists on the patio overlooking the Fountain. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free.

The West Select Phoenix Art Museum Through Dec. 31 More than 25 of today’s leading artists present a look at the American West. Some 100 paintings, drawings, sculptures and photographs will be featured.

44th Annual Fall Festival of the Arts Mill Avenue Tempe (480) 967-4877 Nov. 30 through Dec. 2 Largest arts and crafts festival in the southwest. 10 a.m.-dusk. Free.

Tonto Verde & Rio Verde Art League Wine and Cheese Reception

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Fountain Hills Artists Gallery (480) 836-9919 Dec. 6 Meet and visit with artists from the Tonto Verde and Rio Verde Art League. 5-7 p.m. Free admission.

Holiday ArtWalk

Scottsdale Arts District (480) 990-3939 Dec. 6 Lots of opening receptions, demonstrations, music and more. 7-9 p.m. Free.

Jewelry Trunk Show Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts (480) 837-4644 Dec. 7-8 Innovative jewelry artists working in all media. Sale includes works for every budget. Benefits Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. Friday, 5-8 p.m., Saturday, noon-8 p.m. Free.

Inaugural Phoenix Festival of the Arts Hance Park Phoenix Dec. 7-9 Live arts entertainment on three stages, vendors, food trucks, beer and wine garden, children’s play area, flash mobs, ore. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

December Gala Art Show White Studio Scottsdale (602) 321-5536 Dec. 8 Fountain Hills artist Amy Tuso and Scottsdale artist Marty White will join other notable southwestern artist to show their works.

15th Annual Fiesta Bowl ArtWalk Scottsdale Arts District (480) 990-3939 Dec. 29 An artistic preface to the annual Fiesta Bowl game. Noon-4 p.m. Free.

Author Events Marshall Trimble Fountain Hills Library Dec. 1 Fountain Hills Library Association sponsors Marshall Trimble as part of its Author Series. Trimble is “Arizona’s Official Historian.” 2 p.m. Free.

Bicycles Dawn to Dusk McDowell Mountain Regional Park Fountain Hills Dec. 1 An endurance mountain bike event, held under USAC permit, counter clockwise laps on the 15.5 mile loop Pemberton Trail. Open to individuals and teams. 6:30 a.m.


Cars Cruz’N at Phil’s Car Show Phil’s Filling Station Fountain Hills (480) 816-5620 Every Sunday October through May Enjoy food, beverages and stories. Noon-3 p.m. Free.

Remember When Classic Car Show & Toys for Tots Run Wickenburg Community Center (800) 942-5242 Dec. 2 More than 600 classic car collectors descend on historic downtown Wickenburg. Run, Christmas chili cookoff, more.

Circus Shrine Circus WestWorld of Scottsdale (602) 231-0300 Nov. 30 through Dec. 2 Clowns, trapeze, animals. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

Comedy John Waters Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts (480) 499-8587 Dec. 8 “The Pope of Trash” cult filmmaker returns with his adults-only Christmas show.

Conferences GoGreen Phoenix Phoenix Convention Center (855) 740-8417 Dec. 6 The event features Arizona leaders who are working on sustainable business and government. Topics are relevant to the environmental, social and economic challenges the area faces. 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. $150, includes sessions, breakfast, lunch and hosted Networking Reception.

Cultural Events Navajo Weavers Marketplace Heard Museum Phoenix Dec. 1 More than 60 weavers as they display and sell their creations and demonstrate the dyeing, carding, spinning and weaving processes.


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Lectures, book signings, films, more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free with museum admission.

Education from 8 p.m. to midnight (must be 21 or older). 5-10 p.m. Free admission.


castles, houses, estates and more. Free.

36th Annual Pueblo Grande Indian Market

Sesame Street Live: Elmo’s Super Heroes

Film Screening and Valley Impact Luncheon

Phoenix (602) 495-0901 Dec. 7-9 Native American Indian artisans show their work. Music, food, more. $5; under 12, free.

Comerica Theater Phoenix Nov. 16-18

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(602) 234-3388 Nov. 29 and 30 The screening of Miss Representation is Thursday, Nov. 29 at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. ($25+) at Arizona Historical Society Museum in Tempe. The luncheon is Friday, Nov. 30, featuring a silent auction and raffle at 10:30 a.m., followed by noon luncheon ($125+) at The Arizona Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix.

Phoenix Zoo (602) 273-1341 Through Jan. 6, 2013 More than 3/5 million lights in 600 sculptures unique to the zoo. Live animals are not on exhibit. 6-10 p.m. $7-$12.

Dance Physical Frisson Scottsdale Community College Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 A collaborative dance concert performed by three resident SCC dance companies, along with a guest performance company. 8 p.m. $10 general admission; $5 for students and seniors.

The Nutcracker Phoenix Symphony Hall Dec. 7-14 Ballet Arizona performs with the Phoenix Symphony.

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker Comerica Theater Phoenix Dec. 15 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. $27-$101.50.

Family Fun Adventure at Fort McDowell Adventures Fort McDowell (480) 816-6465 Fridays Each Friday afternoon, Fort McDowell Adventures offers a variety of fun events including cattle drives, Jeep tours, cultural tours, kayaking and more. 4 p.m.

Friday Night Franks Fort McDowell Adventures Fort McDowell (480) 816-6465 Every Friday, Labor Day through Memorial Day Live entertainment, horseshoes, games, wagon rides, hot dogs, brats, beer, s’mores available for purchase. Groups of 10 or more can call for reserved seating and package options. The last Friday of each month is Adult

Farmers Market &Art on the Avenue Avenue of the Fountains Fountain Hills Thursdays Farmers Market offers fresh produce and more. Stroll the median on the Avenue of the Fountains and enjoy a rich talent of artists, jewelers, photographers and more. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Festivals 30th Annual Christmas Apple Festival Willcox Community Center (800) 200-2272 Dec. 1-2 Country crafts fair, entertainment, door prizes. Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free.

Hobbies Arizona Coin, Currency & Stamp Expo Tucson Expo Center Nov. 30-Dec. 2 Coins, currency and stamps, hobby supplies, free advice on collecting, unusual coins, gold and currency, door prizes. Friday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.


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The Pavilions at Talking Stick Dec. 2, 9, 16 Arts and crafts, farmers market, different events each week. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $5 for charity.

Phoenix Symphony Hall Nov. 30-Dec. 2 Joseph Young conducts the symphony, joined by the Phoenix Symphony Chorus. 8 and 2 p.m.

TequilaFest USAirways Center - Phoenix Dec. 15-16 Blancos, reposados, anejos, premium and ultra-premium tequilas will be featured.

Film Talk Cinema Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Dec. 11 Sneak previews of award-winning independent and foreign films, followed by discussion. 7 p.m. $19.

Football 25th Annual Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl Sun Devil Stadium (480) 350-0911 php Dec. 29 Big 10 champion vs. Big 12 champion. 3:30 p.m.

Stroll in the Glow Avenue of the Fountains Fountain Hills (480) 837-1654 Dec. 1 More than 60,000 twinkling lights and ornaments adorn trees and lighted holiday displays along the avenue. Santa and his elf will be there. 6 p.m. Free.

North Pole Experience Little America Flagstaff Through Dec. 28 A family-focused holiday attraction featuring behind-the-scenes at Santa’s workshop.

20th Annual Arizona’s Largest Gingerbread Village Prescott Resort and Conference Center (928) 776-1666 Through Jan. 1, 2013 More than 100 edible and enchanting

20th Annual ZooLights

18th Annual Glendale Glitters Spectacular Murphy Park (623) 930-2299 Nov. 30-Dec. 1, Dec. 7-8, Dec. 14-15, 21-22 Some 1.5 million lights on opening night with holiday entertainment, food, crafts, children’s wonderland and snow. Horse-drawn carriage rides and special lighting ceremony. 5-10 p.m. Free.

Festival of Trees Tlaquepaque Sedona Through Jan. 1, 2013 Area artists and galleries will have more than 45 trees and gingerbread houses fully decorated. Free.

32nd Annual Arizona Temple Christmas Lighting Mesa (480) 964-7164 Through Dec. 31 Hundreds of thousands of lights in the garden. Special music performances each evening at 7 p.m. Lighting from 5:30 p.m. Free.

17th Annual Festival of Lights Ahwatukee Through Jan. 1, 2013 More than 1 million white lights will be displayed. Community events throughout the season.

Nutcracker Chandler Center for the Arts Through Dec. 4 The 26th anniversary production of Ballet Etudes. $20-$25.

Donnie and Marie: Christmas in Arizona ASU Gammage Tempe (480) 965-3434 Through Dec. 2 In the holiday tradition of the “Osmond Family Christmas” TV specials.

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34th Annual Las Noches de las Luminarias Desert Botanical Garden Phoenix (480) 481-8188 Nov. 30 through Dec. 30 Thousands of hand-lit luminarias line the garden pathways. Musical entertainment each night. Additional buffet dinner is available. 5:30 p.m. $12.50-$25.

Holiday Extravaganza The Pavilions at Talking Stick Scottsdale Nov. 30 through Jan. 5, 2013 Enjoy a skating rink, bounce house, visits with Santa and much more.

Family Holiday Celebration Phoenix Symphony Hall Dec. 1 Led by Resident Conductor Joseph Young. 2:30 p.m.

56th Annual Tumbleweed Tree Lighting Ceremony & Parade of Lights A.J. Chandler Park Chandler (480) 782-2735 Dec. 1 Parade, live entertainment, food, crafts, games and Santa. 4:30-9 p.m. Free.

59th Annual Courthouse Lighting & Ceremony Prescott (800) 266-7534 Dec. 1 Taking place at the courthouse in Arizona’s official Christmas City. Events in town throughout the day. Tree lighting at 6 p.m. Free.

Fifth Annual Christkindlmarket Heritage Square Phoenix Dec. 1 Holiday entertainment. German and Austrian cuisine, vendors and local artisans sell children’s toys and Christmas ornaments, traditional Christmas music. Sponsored by the Arizona Center for Germanic Cultures. 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. Free.

104.7 KISS FM’s Jingle Ball 2012 Arena Phoenix Dec. 2 All-star lineup includes Pitbull, Ne-Yo, Ellie Goulding, Afrojack, Cher Lloyd and Con or Maynard. Benefits Johnjay and Rich Care for Kids. 5:30 p.m. $50-$96 plus fees.

Fountain Hills Community Chorus Holiday Concerts Fountain Hills Community Center (602) 318-5693 Dec. 2-3 Some 70 voices sing popular holiday songs in four-part harmony. 4 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Monday. $12 in advance, $15.

A Holiday Festival of Choirs Camelback Bible Church Paradise Valley Dec. 3 ASU Choirs perform a memorable evening of traditional favorites and recent compositions. 7:30 p.m. $5-$10.

Carefree Christmas Festival Downtown Carefree (480) 488-9800 Dec. 7-9 Three days of free holiday festivities and entertainment, 25 tons of snow, Christmas gift and food market, live music and carolers. Dog parade Sunday.

Elf Camp MIM - Phoenix Dec. 7 Children are invited to spend an evening at MIM preparing for Christmas. Little elves will get a special tour of MIM galleries, play instruments, listen to Christmas music, make musical holiday craft and decorate (and eat) Christmas cookies. Bring a sack dinner. 5-8:30 p.m. $25. Best for children six to 10.

24th Annual Acker Musical Showcase Night Downtown Prescott (928) 776-4456 Dec. 7 Some 100 downtown businesses open their

doors to host musical groups. 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Glendale’s Winter Wonderland Downtown Glendale (623) 930-2299 Dec. 7-8 Holiday entertainment, food, crafts, carriage rides. 6-10 p.m. Free.

24th Annual Cowboy Christmas Poetry Gathering Wickenburg Communityy Center and Desert Caballeros alleros Western Museum (928) 684-5479 Dec. 7-8 Poetry, ballads, stories.

12th Annual Alice Cooper’s Christmas Pudding Comerica Theater Phoenix Dec. 8 A variety show featuring music, comedy and dance. 7:30 p.m. $33-$88.

Tis the Season: A Holiday Jazz Celebration MIM - Dec. 8 Food, drinks and holiday jazz in the acoustically superb MIM Music Theater. Featuring Marty Ashby and Kim Komando. This benefit concert introduces 16-year-old Beka Gochiashvili, a jazz pianist from Georgia; virtuoso violinist Aaron Weinstein, Hendrik Meurkens and Dennis Rowland. 6 p.m. $125, $225 for two.

Rejoice! Hodie! Dec. 8, First United Methodist Church, Mesa, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9, Valley Presbyterian Church, Paradise Valley, 3 p.m. (480) 305-4538 Dec. 9 The holiday concert of the Sonoran Desert Chorale has become a community favorite. The event features Brass of the Desert, along with the acclaimed chorale. $12-$15.


16th Annual Christmas at San Xavier Mission San Xavier del Bac Tucson Dec. 11-13 The Sons of Orpheus in collaboration with the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus perform to benefit the restoration and preservation of the Mission. 6 and 8 p.m.

Handel’s Messiah Various venues Dec. 12, Xavier College Preparatory, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14, Mesa Arts Center, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15, Camelback Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15, Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, 3 p.m.

Pilgrimage to Bethlehem Tequa Festival Marketplace Sedona (928) 204-9419 Dec. 14-16 Christmas concert and living nativity. Ancient Bethlehem Market starts at 3 p.m.. Concert at 5 p.m. Free.

Yuletide Musicale Holiday Concert Various Venues (602) 264-5328, ext.21 Dec. 14, Shadow Rock, Phoenix, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15, St. Theresa Catholic Church, Phoenix, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16, Chaparral Christian Church, Scottsdale, 5 p.m. Dec. 17, American Lutheran Church, Sun City, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 21, Virginia G. Piper Performing Arts Center at Xavier College Preparatory, Phoenix, 7:30 p.m. Advance tickets: $27, preferred; $22, general admission; $17, seniors and youth – 12 and younger. All tickets at the door, $25.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s Creole Christmas MIM - Dec. 16 Celebrate the winter holidays New Orleansstyle. 6 p.m. ($42.50-$47.50) and 8 p.m. ($37.50-$42.50).


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Holidaze in Hicksville MIM Dec. 21 Singer-songwriter Dan Hicks blends elements of swing, jazz, folk and country music to the next generation of Hicks lovers.

Holidays at the Heard Heard Museum Phoenix (602) 252-8848 Nov. 26-31 Performances, demonstrations and more will introduce visitors to traditional and contemporary American Indian music, dance and art throughout the week. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $5-$12.

Home Tours 28th Annual F.Q. Story Historic Home Tour Downtown Phoenix (602) 258-9289 Dec. 1-2 Evening home tour features nine examples of Tudor, Spanish revival, bungalow and English cottage homes dating from the early 1920s. Saturday, 6-9 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m. -5 p.m. $15; $1 discount with can of food.

Lectures Being the Daughter American Institute of Interior Design Fountain Hills (720) 244-4765 Dec. 7 Susan Saarinen, daughter of 20th century architect Eero Saarinen will speak. Seating is limited. RSVP, 2 p.m.

Marathons 25th Annual Runner’s Den/Fiesta Bowl Half Marathon and 5K Scottsdale Civic Center Plaza (602) 277-4333 Dec. 2 Both courses tour scenic Scottsdale and Gainey Ranch. 6 a.m.

Museums L. Alan Cruikshank River of Time Museum Open House Fountain Hills (480) 837-2612 Dec. 1 and 2 Free admission to the museum, cookies, punch, Christmas décor, gift shop.

Music Flamenco Dancing

longtime arranger and musical director Marvin Laird. She will perform classic Broadway songs and standards. 8:30 p.m. $125.

Sofrita Fountain Hills (480) 816-5613 Every Thursday Music of Brio Flamenco and the Flamenco por la Vida dancers. 6-8 p.m.

Arizona Opera Presents

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Big Band Night

Alchemy at CopperWynd Fountain Hills Every Friday Fridays, join jazz lovers in an intimate setting for great music and company. Show starts at 7:30 p.m.

Wine and Music Grapeables Fountain Hills (480) 816-5959 Different musicians play at the local wine shop. Perfect for listening and dancing. 7:30-11 p.m. Call for individual performance information.

Live Music on the Sunset Cruise Desert Belle Saguaro Lake Cruises (480) 984-2425 Live music every Friday and Saturday. 5 p.m. Sunset cruise only. $20.

Musical Interlude Series MIM - Phoenix Nov. 28 Contemporary Percussion Ensemble featuring percussionists from the School of Music at ASU present a variety of solo and ensemble compositions. 10:30 a.m.

ASU Pan Devils Steel Band Katzin Concert Hall Tempe Nov. 30 Traditional music from Trinidad and beyond. 7:30 p.m. Free.

MIM Phoenix (480) 478-6000 Dec. 2 Artists from Arizona Opera productions will perform. 2 p.m. $15-$35. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts (480) 499-8587 Dec. 3 ASU Concert Jazz Band in concert featuring big band music and more. 7:30 p.m. $10.

Pacifica Quartet MIM Phoenix (480) 478-6000 Dec. 4 A Grammy-recognized chamber ensemble with international stature performs.

Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts (480) 499-587 Dec. 4 Concerts with commentary. Kerr Cultural Center Scottsdale Dec. 4 ASU Guitar Ensemble performs. 10:30 a.m. Reservations required.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Arena Glendale (800) 745-3000 Dec. 6

The Romeros

MIM - Phoenix Dec. 1 Singer-songwriter.

ARTrageous Gala

Fountain Hills Chamber Players

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts (480) 499-8587 Dec. 1 Broadway star Bernadette Peters with her

Comerica Theater Phoenix www.livenation Dec. 9 The beloved singer-songwriter performs. 7:30 p.m. $9.99-$170.49.

Enrique Bunbury Comerica Theater Phoenix Dec. 11 Spanish singer-songwriter. 7:30 p.m. $39$84.

Close Encounters with Music Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts (480) 499-8587 Dec. 12 Trade Winds: From China with Love. 7:30 p.m. $19-$39.

Nature Desert Bird Tours Deer Valley Rock Art Center Phoenix (623) 582-8007 Nov. 28 Join Docent Jo Brookshier for a walk along the center’s trail to learn about the Sonoran Desert birds. 9-10 a.m. $7, $4 for seniors, $3 for children. Reservations required.

Tuesday Morning Music & Tea Series Star of Bethlehem

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts (480) 499-8587 Dec. 7 The Romeros will join the Spanish string ensemble Concerto Málaga for an evening of holiday classics. 8 p.m. $39-$59.

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Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church Dec. 9 Repertoire for strings, woodwinds and piano. 3 p.m. $15

Lowell Observatory Flagstaff Dec. 1-22 Astronomical interpretation of the Star of Bethlehem. Telescope viewing, multi-media indoor programs. 7 p.m.

Stargazing for Everyone McDowell Mountain Regional Park Fountain Hills (480) 471-0173, ext. 201 Dec. 8 A great place to see the night sky. 7:30 p.m. $6 per vehicle.

Winter Holiday Celebration Lowell Observatory Flagstaff Dec. 26-31 The observatory extends open hours and offers indoor programs and special tours during the day. After dark, numerous telescopes will be set up for viewing celestial objects. The observatory closes at 5 p.m. Dec. 31.

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New Year’s Eve 29th Annual New Year’s Eve Fiesta Bowl Block Party Mill Avenue District Tempe Dec. 31 Some 30 musical groups on five stages. Street vendors, games and fireworks. 5 p.m.-12:30 a.m. $20.

Fiesta Bowl Invitational Dinner The Phoenician Resort Scottsdale Dec. 31 Enjoy an elegant evening of live entertainment and five-star dining. Silent auction and more. 7 p.m.-midnight. Proceeds benefit Childhelp

New Year’s Eve Celebration Phoenix Symphony Hall (602) 495-1999 Dec. 31 Ring in the new year with the Phoenix Symphony under the direction of Michael Christie. 7 p.m.

Second Annual Boot Drop The Palace Restaurant and Saloon Prescott Dec. 31 Ring in 2013 with the New Year’s Eve Boot Drop, held on Prescott’s historic Whiskey Row. Vendor booths and fun for the whole family. Two Boot Drops: one at 10 p.m. for the early birds and the second at midnight, with a fireworks display.

Parades 26th Annual APS Electric Light Parade Central Avenue from Montebello to Camelback Phoenix (602) 534-3378 Dec. 1 The annual night parade where all entries are lined with electric lights. 7 p.m. Free.

12th Annual Magic on the Mountain Holiday Light Parade Main Street Payson (928) 478-1065 Dec. 1 The event begins with a 3:30 p.m. visit

from Santa Claus, followed by the tree lighting ceremony and on to Main Street for a parade.

59th Annual Arizona Christmas Parade Prescott (800) 266-7534 Dec. 1 Parade starts at 1 p.m.

14th Annual Northern Lights Holiday Parade Historic Downtown Flagstaff (928-774-4505 Dec. 8 Enjoy an electric parade extravaganza. 6 p.m. Free.

APS Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade Tempe Town Lake Dec. 8 Santa arrives at 6 p.m. Decorated and lighted boats of all sizes and makes begin the parade at 7 p.m. Free.

42nd Annual Fort McDowell Fiesta Bowl Parade Central Phoenix (480) 350-0911 Dec. 29 Floats, bands, specialty and equestrian units. One of the nation’s finest and largest parades. 11 a.m. Free, or $25 for reserved seats.

Pets 20th Annual It’s Feline a Lot Like Christmas Phoenix Convention Center (480) 893-7695 Dec. 8-9 All breed championship, household pet, feline agility. More than 300 cats competing. Pedigreed cats and kittens for sale. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Runs/Walks 10th Annual Luminaria Run Cave Creek Rodeo Grounds Dec. 1 Luminaria-lit evening run, including a four-mile run/walk, two-mile fun run/walk and kids’ desert dashes. Children’s races being at 4:30 p.m., followed by adult races. After all the races, frybread, chili and baked goods will be available.

Seventh Annual Frosty’s Run Reach 11 Park Phoenix (480) 242-4816 Dec. 16 10 mile run, two-mile fun run/walk. Designated as the Arizona USATF 2012 10-mile championship. Benefits Sunshine Acres Children’s Home.

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Nov. 29 through Dec. 27 The grand opening production for the Silver Star Playhouse, the show is billed as the “craziest version of The Nutcracker you have ever seen.”

Christmas Jukebox Fountain Hills Theater (480) 837-9661 Nov. 30 through Dec. 23 One of a kind holiday musical where the audience is invited to select their favorites from a giant jukebox. 8 and 2 p.m. $15-$20.

USAirways Center Phoenix Dec. 6 v. Dallas Mavericks, 8:30 p.m. Dec. 9 v. Orlando Magic, 6 p.m. Dec. 12 v. Memphis Grizzlies, 7 p.m. Dec. 14 v. Utah Jazz, 7 p.m. Dec. 17 v. Sacramento Kings, 7 p.m. Dec. 19 v. Charlotte Bobcats, 7 p.m. Dec. 23 v. L.A. Clippers, 6 p.m. Dec. 26 v. New York Knicks, 7 p.m.

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Herberger Theater Center - Phoenix (602) 252-8497 Dec. 1-22 The retelling of the Hans Christian Andersen classic with music by Sergei Prokofiev. 7, 5 and 2 p.m. $9.50-$23.50.

The Last of the Red Hot Lovers Desert Stages Theater Scottsdale (480) 483-1664 Through Jan. 13, 2013 An Actor’s Café production featuring Neil Simon’s classic comedy. A middle-aged married man undergoes a lustful midlife crisis and attempts to take part in a sexual revolution before it’s too late. 7:30 and 2 p.m. $22-$25.

Seussical Jr. Desert Stages Theater Scottsdale (480) 483-1664 Through Dec. 16 A musical extravaganza featuring some of Dr. Seuss’ most memorable characters. 7:30, 1 and 3 p.m. $12-$15.

Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! Tempe Center for the Arts (480) 921-5700 Through Dec. 23 Based on Barbara Park’s book, Junie B. and her holiday hijinks will leave kids laughing for days. Recommended for children five and up. 1 and 4 p.m.

Nutcracker Men in Tights Silver Star Playhouse (formerly Broadway Palm Dinner Theater) Mesa (480) 325-6700

Valley Youth Theater Phoenix (602) 253-8188 Nov. 30 through Dec. 23 A family holiday favorite and a valley tradition, Pooh, Piglet and the whole gang from the Hundred-Acre Wood help Eeyore learn about friendship and the spirit of giving.

Frances Smith Cohen’s Snow Queen

Annie Fountain Hills Theater (480) 837-9661 Dec. 7-23 Everyone’s favorite orphan onstage in Fountain Hills, warms everyone’s heart and reminds audiences what the holidays are all about. 7 and 2 p.m. $12-$15.

The Addams Family ASU Gammage (480) 965-3434 Dec. 11-16 The smash-hit musical comedy featuring Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Grandmama, Wednesday, Pugsley and Lurch.

Sister’s Christmas Catechism: The Mystery of the Magi’s Gold Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts (480) 499-8587 Dec. 18-23 Patti Hannon returns as Sister, who teaches her students the story of the Nativity and asks for their help to solve the biggest Christmas caper ever: who took the gold the Three Wise Men gave to Baby Jesus. Appeals to people of all ages and faiths. $29-$39.


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West of Loop 101 on Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd. in north Scottsdale


Covers new vehicle recommended maintenance schedule for up to 2 years or 24,000 miles, whichever occurs first. See dealer for complete details. Also visit and for more information. All leases are for 24 months with approved credit. No security deposit required. (1) $299 due at inception. (2) $259 due at inception. Non-GM vehicle must be within the same household. An extra charge may be imposed at the end of the lease terms. Plus tax, title, license and $399 doc. fee. Vehicle images for illustration purposes only. Not responsible for typographical errors.

Let's Go in the Northeast Valley - December 2012  

Monthly newspaper covering Fountain Hills, Northeast Scottsdale and surrounding areas.

Let's Go in the Northeast Valley - December 2012  

Monthly newspaper covering Fountain Hills, Northeast Scottsdale and surrounding areas.