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Residents at Trilogy and Higley Unified School District employees surround a table of gifts at a reception held at Trilogy this week. Trilogy residents “adopted” about 250 students in need in the Higley and Gilbert school districts this month and purchased holiday presents for them, including clothing, toys and books. The gifts were picked up by school officials Tuesday and delivered to families in time for Christmas. [Carlos Espinoza/HUSD]
Higley Unified School District employees Jefferson Clarke and Jill Olivas help pack up gifts donated to school children during a reception held at Trilogy this week. Trilogy residents “adopted” about 250 students in need in the Higley and Gilbert school districts this month and purchased holiday presents for them, including clothing, toys and books. The gifts were picked up by school officials Tuesday and delivered to families in time for Christmas. [Carlos Espinoza/HUSD]
With a week left ‘til Christmas, many have their shopping done and the presents neatly wrapped under the tree. The rest of us are still trying to find stocking-stuffers, a hostess gift for this weekend’s holiday party and a unique present for the wine aficionado who has everything. Fear not — we found five local ways to cross the last items off your list.
It's been three years since southeast Valley Eagle Scout Spencer Zimmerman, then 13, took his friend Dayton Hayward, also 13, on the ride of his life. But this inspiring story of selflessness is worth retelling, especially during the holiday season.
Create your own Doctor Who Christmas special with these gifts for fans of the long-running British sci-fi series.
Saxaphonist and Grammy nominee Dave Koz jams out with Keiko Matsui, Oleta Adams and Jonathan Butler in this swinging Christmas production, now in its 16th year.
Ride the rails at the at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, where you can enjoy Christmas light displays, cups of hot chocolate and a visit with Santa.
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Reindeer-schmeindeer. Santa’s pets aren’t nearly as popular in the Valley this time of year as the scaley, slithering creatures at Phoenix Herpetological Society. The non-profit throws open its doors for holiday tours, which often sell out.
You may recognize her from TV, but you might not realize Audra McDonald, who played Dr. Naomi Bennett on ABC’s hit television series “Private Practice,” has a major career as a concert and recording artist, regularly appearing on the great stages of the world.
Several sixth graders at Superstition Springs Elementary School in Gilbert built packages filled with expressions of their artistic talents to a local hospice.
Students from Superstition Springs Elementary School donated several holiday care packages to hospice patients this week. [Submitted photo]
A long-standing tradition in Mesa, the community is asked to once again participate in a sing-along of Handel’s “Messiah” to increase the East Valley holiday spirit.
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Executive Chef Admir Alibasic, of Ben & Jack’s Steakhouse in Old Town Scottsdale, shares the cool and tasty Candy Cane Blitz-tini. The invigorating, cocktail costs $12.95 (or $7.95 during happy hour) — or you can whip one up at home for holiday guests.
There’s a new place to shop for original gifts in the East Valley, and it’s only going to be open about three weeks.
Santa got lost one Christmas day
If you want to make the movie collector on your holiday shopping list really happy, you’d better have been saving your money.
Strumming a guitar, decked in high heels and a homemade fringe dress, Wanda Jackson had no idea she was on the cusp of making history. She realized something was afoot when she and tour mate Elvis Presley started packing out auditoriums and coliseums across the country.
The Brian Setzer Orchestra, fronted by three-time Grammy Award-winner Brian Setzer, brings its Christmas Rocks 10th Anniversary Tour to the historic Celebrity Theatre at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 17th. Presented by Danny Zelisko Presents, special guest Firebird opens the show.
Christmas arrived on Dec. 2 for the Mesa Martin Luther King Jr. committee, as the Mesa City Council voted unanimously to rename 3rd Place — located off Center Street south of University Drive — to Martin Luther King Jr. Way in the downtown corridor.
Books make great gifts because they're easy to pick up at the last minute and drop in a gift bag or stocking on the way to a holiday gathering.
Perhaps no vocal group in America – other than the Beach Boys – have been as celebrated as The Manhattan Transfer. Over the last four decades, the quartet has racked up a dozen Grammy Awards, sold millions of albums and made Grammy Award history in 1981 when they became the first group in both pop and jazz categories in the same year.
Local classical crossover trio Simply Three hosts a free concert in support of their first holiday album, performing Christmas favorites including including “Jingle Bells,” “The Christmas Song,” “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” and “Greensleeves.”
Celebrity Theatre is donating 100 tickets to veterans and their families to see 'The Colors of Christmas' featuring Peabo Bryson, Melissa Manchester, CeCe Winans and Ruben Studdard at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15th.