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Stores are full of colorful ornaments and sparkly décor that set the holiday tone with glamour and panache. But there’s also decor for those who prefer to welcome the season with more homespun serenity.
As Santa stuffs his sleigh with popular or big ticket items this year, he may be in for a “Bah, humbug” unless he takes certain insurance precautions. Gift-givers may be “Scrooged” when they realize that some gifts may cost homeowners extra on their insurance premiums, or may not be covered at all.
(L-R) Sarah, 9, and Emma Everling, 7, pet Bogie at the Arizona Animal Welfare League PetMatch adoption center in Chandler Fashion Square Mall on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013.
Norah (front) and Mojo watch for visitors at the Arizona Animal Welfare League PetMatch adoption center in Chandler Fashion Square Mall on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013.
Chandler resident Yarlin Venegas looks at Mojo at the Arizona Animal Welfare League PetMatch adoption center in Chandler Fashion Square Mall on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013.
Alicia Chayrez pets Norah at the Arizona Animal Welfare League PetMatch adoption center in Chandler Fashion Square Mall on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013.
Sarah Everling, 9, looks at the dogs at the Arizona Animal Welfare League PetMatch adoption center in Chandler Fashion Square Mall on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013.
The Arizona Animal Welfare League PetMatch adoption center in Chandler Fashion Square Mall on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013.
The Ahwatukee Recreation Center’s Women’s Club had its annual luncheon on Dec. 11 at the Grace Inn in Ahwatukee Foothills. During the annual luncheon the women collected dozens of stuffed animals, which will be donated to Arizona DES to go to needy children across the Valley. The group also participated in a raffle, the money from which will be used for a music scholarship for a local middle school or high school aged child.
It’s hard to imagine anyone not liking Disney. Sure, many of us go through a phase where we think we’re too old and sophisticated for Mickey Mouse. This typically leads to our pretentious cynic phase in which our college professors open our eyes to all the stereotypes and “hurtful ethics” Disney has endorsed over the years. Films like “Escape from Tomorrow” haven’t exactly helped the company’s image either. At the end of the day, though, nobody can outrun the magic, good will, and sheer lovability attached to Disney. There isn’t a cold-hearted soul that can’t be completely won over by the mouse house … except maybe P.L. Travers, the author of “Mary Poppins.”
Festive light displays are never far away in Ahwatukee Foothills.
In this techno-centric age, it’s easy to forget about tangible things like paper, pipe cleaners, bits of wire and the endless array of possibilities they present. “Imaginate” at the Arizona Science Center reminds us of the simple joy of puttering and the inherent value it holds for the next generation of innovators, engineers and world-changers.
Gus is a 5-year-old Jack Russell Terrier who will seek out attention and loves getting pet. He would like to find a home with a nice lap to sit on all day. When people at the shelter see him they call his name and he gets so wiggly and happy and he jumps into their arms and gives them kisses.
Perhaps no vocal group in America – other than the Beach Boys – have been as celebrated as The Manhattan Transfer. Over the last four decades, the quartet has racked up a dozen Grammy Awards, sold millions of albums and made Grammy Award history in 1981 when they became the first group in both pop and jazz categories in the same year.
Jameson is a very handsome male Shepherd mix, about a year old. He was found as a stray. Jameson was never claimed so now he’s available for adoption. He is a big boy with lots of energy. He’s still very “puppy-ish” so whomever shares their home with Jameson should know sitting all day watching TV just won’t satisfy him. He is a wonderful guy that loves people, however, he should be an only dog. During the time he’s been at the shelter he’s been “barky” when he sees or meets other dogs, and he does not want to share food or toys with his canine friends. He is living at the Friends for Life adoption center in downtown Gilbert, 143 W. Vaughn Ave. He is current on vaccinations, microchipped, and neutered.
As you know, or if you don’t know, I’ll tell you this: “The Velveteen Rabbit” play is a Christmas story.
Disney will be visiting Ahwatukee Foothills this Thursday, Dec. 12, and hosting an open audition to find musical theater performers for its Disney Cruise Line.
This 7-month-old kitten is sure to steal your heart. Crystal was named for her gorgeous crystal blue eyes. She is a Calico Point Siamese cat with a great personality. This sweet cat is very affectionate and loves human attention. She loves to play with toys and enjoys lap time with her human companions. She enjoys the company of dogs as well as other cats.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is inviting the community to experience live music and a live nativity scene at its first “Oh Holy Night: A Living Nativity” this Saturday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Looking for a little buddy to hang out with, go on walks, go to the Farmer’s Market, or just sit around and read the Ahwatukee Foothills News? Well, Chris is your guy! He is about the best little dog a person could want. He gets along well with other dogs, doesn’t mind little kids hanging all over him, and would possibly be OK with a feline sibling or two. Chris is a 5-year-old male Jack Russell Terrier mix who came to the Arizona Animal Welfare League because his owner fell on hard times and was unable to keep him any longer, not because of any other reason other than he no longer had a house to live in and wanted a better life for Chris than living on the streets. Chris is an absolute staff favorite and currently resides in the dog adoption manager’s office because she cannot bear to put him in a kennel because he’s just that perfect.
With the rush of the holidays safety may take a backseat to the festivities, but local organizations are warning people to be aware this holiday season.
Bring your friends and your shopping list for a unique Gift Mart featuring one-of-a-kind holiday gifts while celebrating the magic of the season. Holiday purchases benefit the Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA and help another homeless pet be home for the holidays from 2 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8 at The Arizona Biltmore, 2400 E. Missouri Ave. in Phoenix.. Tickets are $40 per person, $70 for two if registered by Nov. 29. Tickets includes entrance, appetizers and one signature cocktail.
Whizbeedit is a domestic short-haired brown Tabby female kitten. She has lots of energy, but also likes to be held and be pet by her people. Whizbeedit expresses her appreciation with lots of purring. Whizbeedit and her litter mate are fostered in the home of a Friends for Life Animal Rescue volunteer, where much love and attention is doled out. Whizbeedit is just waiting to be a part of your home. She is shown for adoption at the PetSmart at Baselien Road and Stapley Drive, right of the U.S. 60 on Saturdays and Sundays. All cats are Felv/FIV tested negative, altered, microchipped and up to date on vaccinations.
Today JB the Bernese Mountain Dog is an award winner and a professional model, but at 8 months old he was a bullied puppy whose owners couldn’t keep him around.
Pet Paradise’s fifth annual Food for Paws food drive is going on through Dec. 31. This year, Pet Paradise Phoenix will be donating to Maricopa Animal Care and Control. Food for Paws will benefit more than 18 nonprofit organizations as well as pet owners struggling to feed their pets. To date the annual pet food drive has collected and distributed more than 50,000 pounds of pet food.