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Residents of Mesa can get their first taste of two of the city’s newest public facilities during a special opening event on Jan. 25.
Jackie Evancho, a 13-year-old classical crossover star who debuted on the national stage on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” seems to only get bigger and better with age.
Christmas for the Van Horn family wasn’t supposed to turn out the way it did. The plan was for presents opened at home and the newborn, Logan, to make his first visit with Santa Claus. Breathing apparatuses and a prolonged hospital stay had no place on the family’s list of expectations.
New Year’s Eve at Dave & Buster’s
Have a hankering for snow and no real prospects of finding any this Christmas? Bundle up the crew and head to Heritage and Science Park, where Dec. 26 through Jan. 1 you’ll find more than 30 tons of snow, ice sculptures, gingerbread houses, themed daily activities, and special showings of “Ice Worlds” in the Dorrance Planetarium and “Penguins 3D” in the IMAX theatre.
’Twas the afternoon of Christmas and all through the house, presents were opened and appetites doused. Get away from the mess and out on the town; these are the places fun can be found.
September through May, Real London Bus Company is host to shenanigans in royal proportions. December, however, brings a bonus with the annual Holiday Lights Tours.
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.
Finding a faux snow- and candy cane-filled homage to Santa Claus is easy; just look at your local mall for the line snaking around the giant Christmas tree. Honing in on an experience that makes as much of the Christmas story — the story of the birth of Jesus — is another matter.
Catch a free concert from Soul Country at Veteran’s Oasis Park. Guests are welcome to bring blankets, folding chairs and food. In case of inclement weather, the performance will be held indoors at the Environmental Education Center.
It’s no secret that men like Keith Richards, John Lennon and Frank Sinatra are the first to be mentioned when talking about the evolution of music. But what about women like Joan Jett and Tina Turner, who are equally responsible for putting rock and roll on the map?
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.
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.
Looking up at the headshots on the wall, Wanda Manville carefully goes over almost each photo, explaining the dancer’s name, background and where they are now. I suddenly realize that Manville, the 74-year-old owner and director of Tempe Dance Academy, has a genuine personal connection to each of the faces displayed on the wall.
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.”
From the CMA to Michael Bublé, there’s a Christmas television special to entertain you almost nightly.
The registered dietitian nutritionists at The Nutrition Professionals in Mesa, understand that the holiday season is the hardest time of year to be healthy. With all of the tasty baked treats, office holiday parties and family cooking, healthy eating habits seem to take a backseat. But they do not have to. With over 27 years of experience, The Nutrition Professionals have a few strategies to get through the holiday season.
Once you peel away the wrapping and the tinsel, nothing speaks as profoundly to the heart of Christmas as “The Messiah” does.
Not your grandpa’s a cappella singers, this Grammy award-winning group melds perfect harmony with funky rhythms in a unique blend of gospel, jazz, R&B and pop as they perform music from their Christmas album along with original selections.
Ring in the season with Christmas songs “just like ABBA would have recorded them.” Dinner service beings at 6 p.m.
It’s easy to let Christmastime slip by without ever taking time to pause and enjoy purposeful activities with our closest friends and family. Here are several ways to make special memories this holiday season, whether you’re catering to kids, out of towners or a tight budget.
Brothers and Sisters Serving Others, an organization of 65 East Valley children and families eager to provide service in their communities, has partnered with San Tan Learning Center in Gilbert to host Walk a Day in My Shoes, a 1-mile fun run benefiting eight local families struggling with health challenges and mounting medical expenses.
This is a Shout Out to the Cambridge Academy Students in Queen Creek, who are participating in the second “Cans 4 Kids” aluminum beverage can recycling fundraiser. The funds raised by these students will benefit a boys foster group home in the area this Christmas Season. Thank you for being kids helping kids during this season of giving! Merry Christmas!
With their roots firmly planted in Mesa, local rock band Mimelight is on a quest to share its music with the world. You can see them next at a benefit concert for Mesa’s Paz De Cristo shelter Dec. 10 at The Underground in Mesa.