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The “snowbirds” are in Arizona for a vast array of fun and games within the next three months. They have been winter traumatized by the last couple of server storms and are now ready to have some warm merriment in our renown state for great winter weather. There will be visits from family, friends and visitors descending on many households for a few days, a week, or even longer. They can enjoy such things as golf tournaments, sports events, car auctions, horse shows, charity balls, concerts and all kinds of cultural entertainments. Is your home ready to entertain guests for the evening, a few days or for a special event?
The Foothills Ladies Golf Club had their annual Christmas golf and luncheon Dec. 17 at the Foothills Golf Course where they collected socks and underwear for women in shelters. A large contribution of items was made to My Sister’s Place.
The Distance Mamas running group from Ahwatukee ran for chocolate on Dec. 8 in Scottsdale at the second annual Hot Chocolate 5K/15K. The race features hot chocolate, fondue and various items to dip into the fondue at the end of the race. They did well, both among the 2,650 women and overall, among the more than 3,400 finishers. Linda Dynes (24th) paved the way, laying down a searing pace of 7:39 per mile to win top honors in the W50 category in 23:44. Teammate Carol Jean Kennedy (146th) captured the W65 group gold with 27:19. The duo earned All-American status for road racing, crushing the age group qualifying standards of 26:17 and 32:32, respectively.
Ahwatukee Foothills Montessori will be hosting its 18th annual Holiday Sing-A-Long at the school for neighboring businesses and the community to enjoy holiday caroling.
Get out and burn off those Christmas calories at this annual fitness run/walk featuring a 12K, 6K and 1.2K with carolers at each kilometer, a pet village and a Christmas bazaar.
Christmas is quickly approaching and Ahwatukee Preschool, located at Mountain View Lutheran Church, will be hosting its annual Breakfast with Santa for all of Ahwatukee to enjoy.
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.
Historic homes in downtown Phoenix are rolling out their welcome mats this weekend.
HERE: Santa photos, teeth cleaning at Bone-Appetit Dec. 5
The Ahwatukee Children Theater performs songs from A Christmas Carol at the Santa's Back event at Ahwatukee Plaza on Friday, Nov. 29, 2013.
“The Nutcracker” ballet” in Ahwatukee Foothills has been refreshed and reworked for its 14th year but the new changes have only added to the magic, according to Dance Studio 111 owner Kimberly Lewis.
The choir in the seventh annual Living Christmas Tree at Foothills Baptist Church in Ahwatukee Foothills will be bigger and better than ever, according to the event organizer.
A fresh new cast is hoping to bring a new perspective to the classic play “Annie” this fall at Ahwatukee Children’s Theater (ACT).
Elementary students from Keystone Montessori School in Ahwatukee spent hours this past holiday season visiting local area assisted living centers. Students, ages 9-12, sang Christmas carols, decorated resident homes and played musical instruments at both Desert Garden Assisted Living in Ahwatukee and Sunrise Senior Living in Chandler.
Third-grade Brownie Troop 864 and first-grade Daisy Troop 867 from Kyrene de la Colina Elementary School visited the new Mountain Park Senior Living Center recently to spread a little Christmas cheer. The girls sung carols as the residents with happy smiles joined in. A wonderful night of holiday celebration among generations in Ahwatukee Foothills.
I love Christmas music — all kinds of Christmas music, traditional, piano, pop, rock — if it is spreading holiday cheer, I listen to it. Christmas music is played in our house from the day after Thanksgiving to New Year’s. It puts me in the mood to decorate the house, bake cookies and wrap presents. Yes, Christmas music puts a smile on my face.
In Germany, “Weihnachtsgottesdienst” or “Christmas Worship” is generally celebrated in an evening service on Christmas Eve. Traditional German carols are sung, the story of Jesus’ birth is told, and the pastor tells of how the Christ child’s birth opens the door to “Peace on Earth, Good will to all.”
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.
Words spoken more than 4,000 years ago — it was written, and prophesied, that Jesus would be born of a virgin. Isaiah 9:6 — “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulders; and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”
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In its biggest event of the year, Desert Vista High School’s orchestra will be accompanied by the symphonic band, guitar classes, and the Pointe Club for the annual holiday concert next week.
Hale Centre Theatre's "A Christmas Carol"
Gift giving feels good, and can feel even better if you know your purchase is helping those less fortunate. Luckily, a number of home décor retailers partner with charitable organizations; many do so year-round, with additional initiatives during the holiday season.
Here are The Associated Press’ reviews of selected holiday albums:
The Ahwatukee Children's Theatre performs "A Christmas Carol" feating Michael Rubino as "Scrooge" at Millie's Hallmark's Santa's Back event at Ahwatukee Plaza on Friday, November 23, 2012.