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Things to Do – Holiday Stuff In Town

The latest from Amanda:

I know, it’s tempting to run up North will all those pictures on the news of snow in Pinetop. But, why not save that for the holiday break? Stay in town and take advantage of this gorgeous weather, and these great activities:

*The Nutcracker – We’re going Saturday! Ballet Arizona and The Phx Symphony, Symphony Hall

*The Nutcracker – Ballet Etudes at Mesa Arts Center. Through the 21st.

*Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade – Tempe Town Lake, Saturday, 4-9pm

*AZ Historical Society Museum – See The Night Before Christmas performed by the light of candles and lanterns. Saturday. 5 and 9pm.

*Handel’s Messiah – Mesa Arts Center, Phoenix Symphony and Chorus, Friday 7:30

*A Winnie the Pooh Christmas Tail – Valley Youth Theatre, Through Dec 23

*Santa Flies in! – Help Santa and the EV Firefighters and Police collect toys for kids. Saturday, 11am, AZ Wing Commemorative Air Force Museum. Free admission with a new toy, $1 off with a canned good.

*Alice Cooper’s Christmas Pudding – Saturday, Dodge Theatre, 7:30pm

*Roller Derby Charity Event – Teamed up With Phx Fire and Police. Saturday

*Tim & Willy’s Christmas Breakfast Show – Saturday, 7:30pm, Celebrity Theatre

*Green Holiday Arts Festival – for the Environmentalist on your list Saturday, 8:30am-4pm,

*Zoolights – Until 1/10

*Luminaria Festival – Botanical Gardens until 12/23

Restaurant of the Week:

Mary Coyle – You have got to check this place out. It’s the cheesiest 50s style ice cream parlor you’ll ever go to. Last weekend I was there for a birthday party and we had The Mountain. SEVEN POUNDS of ice cream shaped like a mountain. 4 toppings. Plus whipped cream, nuts, and cherries. Ohhhhhhh….. I’ve attached a picture (camera phone, don’t blame me for the quality, but check out the stranger and his kid in the

Volunteer Activity:

Chandler Salvation Army is still looking for bell-ringers and people to work the Angel Tree booths at Chandler Fashion Center. 480-963-0158

Hike of the Week:

Verde Hot Springs – Never been to one of our natural hot springs? Watch out though, some people think the far side of this area is clothing optional.

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