More than four dozen Arizona school districts are getting new school buses at no cost to taxpayers, but the East Valley has been just about shut out.

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The pageantry, glitz and glamor of the annual “Ahwatukee Foothills Nutcracker Ballet” – performed at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16 – is a perennially awe-inspiring spectacle to audience members of all ages.


An informal group calling itself the East Valley Cultural Coalition has come up with an $18 million cash offer in private money to buy the Chinese Cultural Center in Phoenix – the focus of a long-standing controversy involving a Scottsdale company.


Local dinner theater fans were sad to learn that the nearly 35-year-old Rockin’ R Ranch in Mesa would be serving its last meal and performing its final songs over the weekend.

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