Here: SMCC presenting storyteller Willy Claflin

The South Mountain Community College Storytelling Institute will present nationally-renowned storyteller Willy Claflin in “Tell Me Something Good,” a concert and storytelling workshop.

Claflin will perform in concert at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, in the SMCC Performance Hall, 7050 S. 24th St. He will conduct a storytelling workshop from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, followed by an afternoon concert featuring SMCC storytelling students between 1 and 3 p.m.

Joining Claflin will be Maynard Moose, the only authentic Native American moose currently working the national storytelling circuit. They have been traveling and working together since 1977.

General admission tickets to Friday night’s concert are $10 per person, which are available at and at the door.

For more information, visit or contact Liz Warren at (602) 243-8026 or


Near: Art-O-Mat unveiled at Art Walk

The First Wednesday Downtown Chandler Art Walk will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, along the streets of Downtown Chandler.

Among the special events is a reception at the Vision Gallery for the unveiling of “Art-O-Mat,” a retired cigarette vending machine that has been converted to vend art.

In addition, Mind Over Splatter and Art on Boston will be having free holiday ornament decorating for kids.

There will be an artist reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Inspirador, with Original Artworks by Linda Ingraham. This artist exhibit is in collaboration with Larsen Art Gallery of Scottsdale.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to vote for their favorite tree with the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership’s “World of Trees” contest that runs through Dec. 12. Merchants have paired with nonprofits to host decorated trees. The winning nonprofit receives $500 from the DCCP; second-place is $250.

Live entertainment will take place along Boston Street and San Marcos Place.

The juried Downtown Chandler Art Walk, under the auspices of the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership, is open to all artists in the Valley. To exhibit at the Downtown Chandler Art Walk, or for more information, call (480) 855-3539.


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