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Life Community Church hosted a holiday event to entertain more than 100 kids with life-threatening illnesses.
There are a lot of myths and mysteries that pertain to the Southwest, in particular Arizona. None greater than the story of Jacob Waltz, the Lost Dutchman… in reality he was a German from Deutschland born around 1862. The story or legend goes on that the prospector (Waltz) would go into the Superstition Mountains and come out with saddle bags filled with gold. He would, with donkey in tow, mosey into Phoenix and sell his find, the same city where he breathed his last breath in 1891 and is buried in. The myth and the mystery continues into the 21st century and still no sign of a gold mine.
Social Box in Chandler will host a fundraiser on Dec. 20 featuring Santa Claus to benefit Friends for Life Animal Rescue in Gilbert.
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
The Downtown Mesa Association is hosting an Easter Hunt on April 18 for kids in the area around the Mesa Arts Center. The eggs will be filled with candy and free items from Mesa businesses.
The year was 387 AD. The place was Kilpatrick in ancient Scotland. Their names were Calpurnius and Conchessa, Roman citizens living at the edge of the Roman Empire. These young Britons were gifted with a new born son. They named him Maewyn.
From leprechaun beards to shamrock hats, a few simple crafts can turn you from a spectator into a participant at a St. Patrick's Day parade or party.
When it's cold outside, I love making soup for supper. Everything goes into a single pot, starting with an aromatic broth and a substantial array of vegetables, then a little bit of protein, and finally a crispy garnish. And when dinner's over, there's only that one pot to wash!
In Japan, the story of the 47 ronin is so central to the country's national identity that a special word exists for the act of retelling it: Chushingura. But despite this long tradition of flexible reinterpretation, the Hollywood-backed "47 Ronin" takes such liberties with the underlying legend that a different term comes to mind, one better suited to American actor Keanu Reeves' involvement: "bogus." So far, Japanese audiences have been slow to embrace a CG-heavy version of the story that offers Keanu as a previously unsung "half-breed" accomplice. Meanwhile, domestic crowds are being deliberately misled to think he's the star — a high-stakes bait-and-switch sure to backfire on this narratively stiff but compositionally dazzling production.
Christmas isn’t really about some fat guy sliding down the chimney. The significance of it should represent a spirit of “Peace on earth and goodwill toward man,” but it’s Christ’s birth foremost.
Thorobred Chevrolet in Chandler is providing free photos with Santa up through Christmas Eve while collecting items for area charities.
Santa got lost one Christmas day
Tickets are still out there for families who want to dine with Santa Claus at the Mesa Convention Center on Dec. 14.
Thanksgiving hadn’t even come! But still, nearly a week ago, I could already say that I had lost my membership in the Holiday Kindness to Others Club.
Beer, brats and bands — that’s really all you need to know about the sixth SanTan Brewing Oktoberfest, put on by local beer maker SanTan Brewing Company. The Expendables headline, and there are beer games, brat-eating contests and a family zone. Lederhosen optional.
SUN VALLEY, Idaho — Stuffed morel mushrooms and braised free-range chicken with fennel puree and blackberry compote. Served on linen tablecloths with a carefully matched wine. Pineapple upside-down cake for dessert.
You may know him as one of the stars of the popular PBS series “History Detectives,” but Dr. Eduardo Pagán is also a Grand Canyon State native and history professor at Arizona State University.
This week's "Jack the Giant Slayer," a 3-D retelling of the Jack and the Beanstalk legend, contains all the elements of the classic tale: farm boy, beans, giants, etc. But along for the ride is a new character, Princess Isabelle, played by Eleanor Tomlinson.
A big-budget, effects-laden, 3-D retelling of the Jack and the Beanstalk legend may seem like the unlikeliest pairing yet of director Bryan Singer and writer Christopher McQuarrie, but "Jack the Giant Slayer" ends up being smart, thrilling and a whole lot of fun.
It’s a wacky but fun East Valley tradition for kids: Swimming with Santa.
Folkloric legends truly are the guardians of childhood. From the perspective of a child, the world can be an enchanting place full of infinite wonder and possibilities. The belief in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and others fuels such innocence. Once their existence is questioned though, kids begin to slide down an unstoppable downhill slope that will inevitably result in adulthood. Most grown-ups likely envy children for their ability to believe in such mythical beings. How we all long to replace our adult cynicism and practicality with the magic and mystery of youth.