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Posted: Thursday, November 30, 2006 5:27 am | Updated: 4:27 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Arthur Mirzakan didn’t celebrate Christmas as a young boy in his native Russia. Instead, like other Russian children, the big holiday was New Year’s Day.

“We didn’t know what Christmas was,” Mirzakan said. “They put up trees (in Russia) at the end of the year. Now, we live in America and we want to observe Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year’s and anything else people celebrate.

From 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 12-14, Mirzakan, his brother Arty and parents Raisa Khavasova and Sam Mirzakan will put on the holiday glitz at Exclusively Men’s Barber & Spa, 16459 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, east of Maggiano’s Little Italy.

The theme of the event is “Haircuts With Santa,” and children’s haircuts will be $14. The store’s interior will be filled with wall decorations and lights representing holidays of the season, including a fully decorated Christmas tree. Santa Claus will be on hand for pictures and autographs, and there will be entertainment for kids and families, along with snacks and candy.

The Mirzakan brothers came up with the idea for their six-month-old shop in October. They want to give children and adults an event they won’t forget.

“It’s just to do something different and unique, especially for the children,” said Arthur Mirzakan, 25. “We want to help the kids look good.”

Arthur, who has been a barber for nine years and coowns the shop with his father, will be on hand to cut hair and work with kids. Khavasova is a nail tech at the shop who gives manicures and pedicures to adults.

Arty Mirzakan, 21, is the event’s point man. It’s his job to get decorations and make the place have a holiday feeling.

“We hope this kind of thing helps keep kids out of trouble,” said Arthur, who immigrated to New York with his parents when he was 6 years old. “I see so many bad things going on, even in schools. They aren’t always doing things for kids and that’s where we want to help. We want to show children what the holidays are about. We want to get the kids into the holiday spirit.”

The Mirzakans say the event will cost about $700, which they believe is a small price for making children happy — and continuing to build their customer base. Arthur Mirzakan said if the days go well, “Haircuts With Santa” will become an annual thing. He’s also considering an Easter celebration.

“Kids are so cute to give haircuts to, especially when they’re 6 months to around 7 years old,” Arthur said. “They want to talk and have fun.”

For details, call (480) 656-0802.

SOLID LESSONS

Deadline for the Scottsdale Charros’ Future Teacher Scholarship program is 5 p.m. Dec. 8. The group offers one of the largest scholarships in the state to Scottsdale Unified School District seniors who are planning to pursue a career in education.

The scholarship is four years at an Arizona university, complete with stipend, room and board, and a new computer. The Charros are in their sixth year of the program. Applications are available through high school guidance offices.

For more details, call the Charros at (480) 990-2977.

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