The higher Marcus Fleming climbs the closer he gets to busting
out of his cubicle. The Gilbert resident ascends a slab of
salt-and-pepper granite in the McDowell Mountain Preserve one
chilly December morning under the watchful eyes of Mark Bratlie and
Jordan Morrison, instructors with the Arizona Climbing and
Your body takes a beating during the holiday season. The
downward spiral begins with Thanksgiving (the first round of food
and relatives), continues through the physical, mental and
emotional stress of Christmas shopping (hunting for that elusive
Wii, clawing through the sales racks), and ends with New Year’s Eve
(overindulgence followed by a wicked hangover).
People spend anywhere from three minutes to half an hour looking
at the memorabilia on display in the World’s Smallest Museum. Items
include a photograph of Oprah Winfrey, the world’s largest Apache
tear and a computer from the 1980s.
Sometimes Indian ruins aren’t easy to get to. A long drive and a
short walk will take you to spectacular places like Tuzigoot,
Montezuma’s Well and Wupatki. But there’s an Indian ruin in Globe
that’s just more than an hour’s drive from the East Valley.
When the calendar page turns to December, images of skiing,
sledding and snowboarding dance in the heads of East Valley
residents. For those who live by the motto “will drive for snow,”
enjoying this winter requires a little more planning. A wimpy
winter is in the forecast for northern Arizona this season.
In Berta Patino’s family tamales are a Christmas present. “It’s
a special treat,” says the mother of five, who is shopping for
tamale ingredients at a Mesa Food City store. “You can make them
anytime but we always have ours on Christmas.”
To imagine how Valley residents celebrated Christmas at the end
of the Victorian Age, you have only to look at your own traditions:
the dinner (although they ate a lot more food), the presents (kids
didn’t get as much as they do today) and the Christmas lights
(electric lights in 1895 cost about $10).
Glendale Glitters is going glamorous. This small-town holiday
event kicks off today with an appearance by “American Idol” winner
Jordin Sparks, a sleek production by the Arizona Broadway Theatre
and 1.5 million lights strewn about Glendale’s historic
Thanksgiving weekend marks the beginning of the holiday light
season in Arizona. From scenic drives through Prescott Valley to
boat parades on Lake Havasu, there’s a holiday light spectacular
Part of the allure of hunting for fall color is shooting it.
Bright red pistachio tree leaves backlit by the sun. Yellow ash
leaves quivering in the breeze. Amateur photographers will learn to
capture these pockets of red, yellow and gold during the Fall
Foliage Finale Festival Nov. 24-25 at Boyce Thompson Arboretum.
There will be no mercy for Lynn Twitchell and her beloved roses
this year. When the Gilbert resident arrives at the Mesa-East
Valley Rose Society’s 51st annual Rose & Arrangement show Nov.
17 , she will no longer be a novice.
Romanticizing the cowboy is the business of Western artists.
Making them real is the aim of “Ropers, Wranglers, & Rascals:
The Real American Cowboy,” an exhibit opening Saturday at Desert
Caballeros Western Museum in Wickenburg.
These cellblocks originally belonged in the Yuma Territorial
Prison and were moved to the Gila County Jail in 1910. It was a
state-of-the-art jail for its time, complete with walls made of
reinforced concrete and a wing for the criminally insane. The
BUTTERFLIES: Bring your binoculars for an up-close look at the
dazzling yellow sulphurs and pipevine swallowtails during the
Butterfly Walk 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Boyce Thompson Arboretum, U.S.
60, near Superior.
OCTOBER SKIES: See the Orionid meteor shower through the
telescopes at Lowell Observatory 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday.
The indoor program will focus on the meteor shower, which is the
second of two occurring each year as the Earth passes through dust
released by Halley’s Comet.
According to some, Arizona is infamously haunted: So many poor
souls who came here seeking fortune lost their lives in gunfights,
mining accidents and other unseemly tragedies. Jerome and Bisbee,
old mining towns transformed into artists colonies, embrace
Halloween. There are ghost walks, stories of hauntings in hotels
and costumed spectacles for All Hallow’s Eve. But which town is
truly the place to be on Halloween?
Sometimes the best way to explore a community is on two wheels.
Bicycling takes you on paths you’d normally never see in a car. You
get to experience nature, smell the fresh air, find new and
interesting destinations — all while getting exercise.
Before “Saturday Night Live” and “The Simpsons,” Arizonans got
their satire from an unexpected source: “The Wallace and Ladmo
Show,” the longest-running children’s show in history, featured
cartoons and slapstick humor that poked fun at adults.
Some people come to Sedona to hike the stunning rock formations.
Others want to flex their spending muscle in uptown Sedona (dubbed
the “Shopping Vortex” by locals) acquiring touristy knickknacks or
bona fide works of art.
The Phoenix Zoo held its annual Winter in July event on Saturday for the animals and an estimated 7,000 visitors to cool off in over twenty tons of snow.Music: "The Shine" by Jahzzar (CC BY-SA 4.0)[Vincent Cota/East Valley Tribune]