Madolyn Conant during rehearsal for the Nutcracker at Dance Studio 111 on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013.

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HERE: ‘The Nutcracker’ in Ahwatukee this weekend

The Ahwatukee Foothills Ballet presents “The Nutcracker” at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 20; and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 21. Special appearance by Santa Claus will follow the 2 p.m. Dec. 21 performance. Desert Vista Fine Arts Theatre, 16440 S. 32 St. Tickets $15-$35. Assigned seating. Purchase tickets at Dance Studio 111, 4910 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 111, visit, call (480) 706-6040 or email

NEAR: Park of Four Waters tour Dec. 20

The Park of Four Waters tour will take you on a tour through undeveloped, natural desert to the ruins of prehistoric hohokam canal systems from 10 to 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 20. This is a first come, first serve tour, free with paid museum admission. Space is limited. Sign up at the front desk to reserve your spot at Pueblo Grande Museum, 4619 E. Washington St. in Phoenix.

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