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Let the countdown begin! As of today, it’s officially T-minus (take 25, then subtract today’s date) days until Christmas. Are the stockings hung? Lights up? Christmas cards in the mail? Regardless if you’re prepared or not, the “most wonderful time of the year” is in full swing.
The holiday season is synonymous with tradition. But that doesn’t mean you have to fill your home with the same holiday decorations in the same color scheme every year.
It is only a few short weeks until Christmas and as I ponder about how to make this year’s event merry and bright, I thought I would share my ideas with you.
Businesses, churches and individuals are coming together across Ahwatukee Foothills to provide Christmas cheer to kids and teens in local foster group homes.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and the Kyrene School District is trying to spread the holiday cheer by asking community members for toy donations for its Winter Wonderland toy drive.
Even after three decades, the triple-dog dare doesn’t get old.
Black Friday and Small Business Saturday are only the beginning of the Christmas shopping season, but local shop owners hope people continue shopping in their stores all season long.
My assignment: In 700 words or less, I’m supposed to keep you and your money safe while you’re out buying for the holidays. How about I do it in 17 words and two punctuation points: do not buy gift cards, do not shop online, and do not get talked into extended warranties!
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.
The Ahwatukee Recreation Center (ARC) is in full swing with its ARC Support Our Troops Program and Thanksgiving Food Drive throughout November.
Making a difference for local foster kids this holiday season can be as easy as sitting back and enjoying good food, good music, and good company in Ahwatukee Foothills next Sunday.
Halloween, the holiday built around the twin pleasures of playing dress-up and eating too much candy, is obviously a hit with children.
The outline of an old Hallmark sign in the Ahwatukee Foothills Towne Center has been confusing for some customers but the store is still in business, just in a space right next door.
In three weeks Ahwatukee Kiwanis was able to pull the community together and provide Christmas gifts to 47 boys in six group foster homes across the Valley in 2012.
Sheila Coonen from Connecting to Serve and Andi Pettyjohn decided to help foster youth this holiday season. Many churches and the Kiwanis Club of Ahwatukee helped with collection boxes to aid in their efforts. With help from the Camelback Kiwanis Club, Friendship Village, Pecos Senior Center and other Ahwatukee Foothills residents the result was 47 troubled boys, ages 8 to 17, receiving a Christmas celebration.
Fergie is a lovely female Labrador Retriever mix about 7 years old. She was originally found as a stray and rescued from another shelter. When she was found she was thin and beat up, but she’s all better now and would love a home. The dog she was rescued with, Diana, has been adopted, Fergie still waits. Fergie is a great girl, loves to play and be with her people. Fergie is spayed, up to date on vaccinations, and microchipped.
Professional triathlete Kristi Johnson, 31, was unable to compete in Ironman Arizona this past month but will be heading into next year’s season with unwavering fortitude and a master’s degree in landscape architecture from Arizona State University.
Friends: Since there’s next-to-no chance I’ll send out Christmas cards this year, this will have to do. If you don’t see this before the 25th all the better, because I usually can’t muster the energy to find a box of Christmas cards, print address labels, write a letter that doesn’t sound bragging, smarmy, or maudlin, and then find stamps before New Year’s anyway.
Christmas is approaching and while we are all getting our homes ready for guests, and shopping for presents, let’s not forget about those that are not able to do so this year.
The holidays are a wonderful time to be with family - even if it is your second family.
A major fundraiser to support cancer research and programs for the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Phoenix Children’s Hospital is continuing to build on its holiday tradition.
The Ahwatukee Retirement Center Support the Troops volunteers were at it again. The ARC retirees prepared 108 care boxes filled with snacks, socks, cards, candy canes, and other items for the U.S. servicemen and servicewomen stationed in the Middle East this holiday season. In the four years since this programs inception, 900 care boxes have successfully been shipped to our servicemen as part of the ARC Support Our Troops program.
We have operated My Sisters’ Place in the East Valley since 1985. In that time, we have received generous support from community, especially during the holidays. We are again asking the community to help make the holiday brighter for the women and children of our shelter.
Holiday spending is expected to increase by 3.5 to 4 percent this year, as a rising number of consumers plan to spend more and fewer expect to pull back, according to a new national survey.
The way Arizona PIRG sees it, Dora the Explorer can be hazardous to children.