Dr. A.J. Chandler Park

Including sculpture titled "Desert Flower VII" by Gary Slater. 

Park improvements to be discussed at public meetings

Chandler will host a series of public meetings to discuss the master plan for the Dr. A.J. Chandler Park on Wednesday at the Downtown Library, 22 S. Delaware St., Copper Room. 

Three public meetings will be held that day: city staff from 1-2 p.m., members of the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership from 2-4 p.m., and downtown residents and the general public from 5:30-7 p.m. 

The park is between Buffalo Street and Boston Street, and San Marcos Place to Arizona Place. Arizona Avenue, which runs north and south, divides the park into two areas. 

This project will examine the existing features of the park and will develop a conceptual master plan. 

Tempe Community Action Agency hosting Holiday Toy Shoppe

Each year, Tempe Community Action Agency hosts a Holiday Toy Shoppe, offering families in need a “store” at which to choose gifts for their children.

To order gift donations online, visit Amazon.com and access the TCAA Holiday Toy Shoppe wish list. Items purchased from the Wish List will ship directly to TCAA.

Volunteers are also needed to help set up and staff the Holiday Toy Shoppe in the days leading up to and during the Dec. 18 and 19 events, which run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Toy donations can be dropped off through Dec. 16 at the Escalante Senior Center, which is at 2150 E. Orange St. or pickup times can be arranged by contacting TCAA at 480-350-5884.

For more information, contact lexiek@tempeaction.org.

Four Peaks Brewery collecting items for donation

Four Peaks Brewery is collecting new or gently used coats, jackets, scarves, hats, blankets, bedding and towels to donate to Maggie’s Place, A New Leaf and Helen’s Hope chest, benefitting Arizona mothers, families and foster youth in need.

The drive is also extending its help to the Arizona Animal Welfare League, the oldest and largest no-kill shelter, collecting blankets, towels and comforters to provide warm bedding for animals awaiting adoption.

Valley residents can drop-off their new or gently used items to any Four Peaks Pub, not including the Sky Harbor Airport location. Brat Haus, an eatery in Old-Town Scottsdale is also a collection site.

‘Breakfast with Santa’ coming to Mesa Convention Center

Tickets are on sale for “Breakfast with Santa,” coming Dec.17 at the Mesa Convention Center, 201 N. Center St., Building B.

Two rounds, with photos and food, will be 8:30-9:30 a.m. with breakfast served until 9:15 a.m., and 10-11 a.m. with breakfast served until 10:45 a.m.

Tickets are $7 for adults and children over the age of 1.  Gift baskets and a $100 Target gift card will be raffled off at the event.  Raffle tickets cost one for $2 and three for $5.

Proceeds from the breakfast benefit city of Mesa’s Community Spirit.

To purchase tickets, go to mesaamp.com or visit the Box Office (Building A) at 263 N. Center St., Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, visit mesaaz.gov/parksrec or call 480-644-4948.

Family Day at the i.d.e.a. Museum coming up

Family Day will feature pictures with Santa at the i.d.e.a. Museum in Mesa. A Mesa Police Department dog and entertainment from the East Valley Children’s Theater help round out the program. Crafts will be available, too.

The event is 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday at the museum, 150 W. Pepper Place in Mesa.

Regular museum admission is $8 for ages 1 and up; free for members.

More museum special events are listed at ideamuseum.org/special-events.html.

Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade takes to the water

Tempe Town Lake will feature up to 50 decorated boats for the Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade on Saturday.

The event begins at 4:30 p.m. with music, food and face painters. After dark, more than a thousand luminarias will illuminate the sidewalks and paths of Tempe Beach Park. The parade is at 7, with fireworks at its conclusion.

For more information, go to downtowntempe.com.

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