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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.
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.
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.
Get out and burn off those Christmas calories at this annual fitness run/walk featuring a 12K, 6K and 1.2K with carolers at each kilometer, a pet village and a Christmas bazaar.
The Joby GorillaPod Focus with Ballhead X tripod head is shown on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013 in Decatur, Ga. The tripod has bendable legs that can be wrapped around various things, like benchs, chairs and tree limbs. (AP Photo/ Ron Harris)
You got trouble at home? Kids not interested in family stuff? Spouse or friends not around much? Family is one of the hardest parts of life and with all the competition against bonding and parental influence, it’s a wonder families ever work.
There was no warmth outside the walls of the First Baptist Church of Mesa on Thursday night. Winter won’t start for another two weeks, but the temperature — cold enough to cause the ears to tingle and burn a little — was a reminder the line between seasons is flexible.
House parent Barb Scharret finishes decorating a Christmas tree in the Neely House at the Sunshine Acres Children's Home in Mesa, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013.[Tim Hacker/Tribune]
Mesa Old West Days haven’t gone extinct, they’ve adapted. The annual affair is now called Mesa Old West Fest, and it’s set for Dec. 7.
Rita Coolidge has charted hits in almost every genre and won just about every music accolade possible, including two Grammy Awards.
If you had driven past my house in recent days, you might have thought you were watching a movie in reverse. There I was, opening trash bags, dumping out leaves and spreading them over the ground.
n this undated photo, a gardener spreads leaves beneath a row of dwarf apple trees, where a leafy mulch keeps weeds from growing and stealing nutrients and water from small trees in New Paltz, New York. (AP Photo/Lee Reich)
This community festival includes the lighting of what some call Arizona’s most unique Christmas tree, made of up to 2,000 tumbleweeds painted and doused in glitter, plus a parade and lots of local, live entertainment.
Here is a look at parking and traffic restrictions for the Parade of Lights and annual Tumbleweed Tree Lighting events in Chandler on Saturday (Dec. 7).
It’s beginning to look like an Arizona Christmas in downtown Chandler.
Thanksgiving hadn’t even come! But still, nearly a week ago, I could already say that I had lost my membership in the Holiday Kindness to Others Club.
Following the general trend in home décor, holiday trim and accessories this year are an eclectic mix of traditional and non-traditional colors and styles.
Thousands gathered Nov. 29 amid the glittering lights of Tempe’s Mill Avenue District for the 19th annual Fantasy of Lights Parade, presented by Wells Fargo. Floats, balloons, clowns and marching bands proceeded down Mill Avenue to Centerpoint Plaza, where the holiday tree was lit and Santa Claus visited with children. [Photos by Tim Hacker/Tribune]
This photo provided by Ikea shows a holiday tree for apartment dwellers and those with tree allergies. Christmas can be amply represented with a clever fold out tree, complete with ornaments. Following the general trend in home decor, holiday trim and accessories this year are a mix of eclectic and traditional colors and styles. (AP Photo/Ikea, Per Wahlstrom)
NEW YORK — Today's travelers want to be comfortable, organized and connected. With those themes in mind, here are some gift ideas, starting with suggestions from three folks who travel for a living.
Among the most beautiful and spectacular Christmas displays in the Valley—with hundreds of thousands of colorful lights, uniquely illuminated palm trees and flower gardens, an inspiring, European-crafted nativity scene, and more—is at the Mesa Arizona Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
I had the conversation in my aunt’s car on a South Dakota road. I’m talking about starting that conversation about your family’s heart history.
In 2006, I came up against a holiday deadline crunch, so I turned my column over to Turpy, the beloved 8-year-old golden retriever/chow mix who had turned up at our doorstep as a puppy.
No students at Gilbert public elementary schools will go without a bright holiday season this year thanks to the efforts of the Gilbert Fire and Rescue Department.
Kickoff the Christmas season with an afternoon at the Valley’s coolest outdoor ice rink, which spans Central Avenue between Washington and Jefferson streets. There will be craft tables, face painting, a visit from Santa, a figure skating performance, live music from Phoenix Theatre and Valley Youth Theatre and a tree lighting to top off the day.