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Here & Near (11/10)

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Posted: Tuesday, November 9, 2010 9:26 am

Here: Altadeña Fall Festival coming up

The Altadeña Fall Festival will be from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 19, at 14620 S. Desert Foothills Parkway.

The event is for the entire family and for $20 a wristband will allow you to play all games (except cake walk or soda ring toss) and ride all carnival-style rides, climb the rock wall, inflatable obstacle courses, slide, bounce houses and more. There will also be raffles and food for sale.

Dance the night away with a DJ and performances by the Altadeña Dance Team, the Panther band, choir, and orchestra.

Near: She's baaaack ... Junie B in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!

Childsplay, Arizona's professional theater company for young audiences and families, is bringing back Junie B in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! for the holidays. Adapted from Barbara Park's series of books about Junie B. Jones, first-grader, the play opens Nov. 20 and goes through Dec. 24 in Tempe.

A preview performance, with general admission discount tickets available, will be on Nov. 14. The show is recommended for young people age 5 and above and their families.

Based primarily on Barbara Park's book Junie B., First Grader: Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!, the play also draws from two other books in the Junie B., First Grader series - Shipwrecked and Dumb Bunny. Junie B's first-grade class is putting on a holiday program, which reminds Junie B of the time her class did a Columbus Day pageant and things went awfully wrong. Room One is also having a Secret Santa gift exchange and Junie B draws the name of her nemesis, May. The pageant and the gift exchange precipitate a crisis for Junie B that only she can resolve.

Performances will take place at the Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway. The Steele Foundation Storybook Preview will begin at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14, and tickets are $12 general admission.

Regular show times will be at 1 and 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays Nov. 20 to Dec. 19, 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 21 to 23 and 2 p.m. Dec. 24.

Tickets - $25 for adults and $20 for children, students and seniors - are available by calling (480) 350-2822 (press 0 for box office) or visiting

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