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As the holidays draw near, the Ahwatukee Foothills News and the East Valley Tribune are collecting new and unused toys to help give hospitalized children a little uplift in their spirits.
The holidays are here. If you have the financial resources to provide a comfortable life for your family, you have reason to be thankful. And if you can afford to share some of your “bounty” with charitable organizations, you may want to be as generous as possible — because your gifts may allow you to both give and receive.
Phoenix police and firefighters will be hosting their annual Rides for Toys event this Saturday, Dec. 7 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Target parking lot, 4734 E. Ray Road. Police and firefighters will exchange rides in their vehicles for an unwrapped Christmas gift for Valley charities.
I have always enjoyed this time of year. Even as a child growing up in Chicago, fall afternoons meant playing baseball with a sweatshirt on or running through piles of fallen leaves, some of which were raked quite neatly and I mischievously found joy in rummaging through those piles as well.
In an effort to raise funds for the Philippines, the Desert Vista National Honor Society (NHS) will be hosting a movie night next week for the entire Ahwatukee community.
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.
Dear Claudia: It’s my first December living in Ahwatukee. I am looking forward to decorating my house for the holidays. My question is how can I decorate the house with a limited budget for Christmas?
Jennifer Bertrand poses with her finished holiday project which uses red balls and cranberries Nov. 14, 2008 in Bloomington, Minn. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Following the general trend in home décor, holiday trim and accessories this year are an eclectic mix of traditional and non-traditional colors and styles.
Even after three decades, the triple-dog dare doesn’t get old.
I had my conversation in my aunt’s car on a South Dakota road. I’m talking about starting that conversation about your family’s heart history.
Historic homes in downtown Phoenix are rolling out their welcome mats this weekend.
Those of you with a passing knowledge of college basketball may remember the name Bob Knight. He was fired as Indiana University basketball coach in 2000 and took a job at Texas Tech in 2001.
Demonstrating their commitment to giving to others, Primrose School of Ahwatukee recently helped feed hungry families throughout the Phoenix area. The preschoolers donated more than 59,544 food items to St. Vincent de Paul last month.
A true story made headlines Nov. 4. A trove of approximately 1,500 works of art confiscated by the Nazis in World War II were seized in a Munich apartment. The value was estimated to be $1.3 billion by artists such as Picasso, Matisse and Chagall. The news goes on to say that determining the rightful owners of the works decades after they were either sold under duress or seized could take years.
This photo provided by Land of Nod, knit motifs, like those on the Fair Isle ornaments from Land of Nod, evoke the holiday season’s sentiments of warmth and comfort. Following the general trend in home decor, holiday trim and accessories this year are a mix of eclectic and traditional colors and styles. Style watchers say we’re approaching the holidays with a more open mind, and decor has never been more expansive in terms of what works. (AP Photo/Land of Nod)
In this photo provided by JCPenney, stylized nutcrackers in gold and silver are actually candles, from Jonathan Adler’s holiday collection. Following the general trend in home decor, holiday trim and accessories this year are a mix of eclectic and traditional colors and styles. Style watchers say we’re approaching the holidays with a more open mind, and decor has never been more expansive in terms of what works. (AP Photo/JCPenney)
In this photo provided by Pier 1 Imports, gold beading and the deep hue of this snowflake-emblazoned pillow from Pier1.com reference two big holiday themes; metallics and crimson red. Following the general trend in home decor, holiday trim and accessories this year are a mix of eclectic and traditional colors and styles. Style watchers say we’re approaching the holidays with a more open mind, and decor has never been more expansive in terms of what works. (AP Photo/Pier 1 Imports)
A sign "The Shack is now hiring for the holidays" is displayed at a Radio Shack in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Friday, Nov. 19, 2010. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
In this Nov. 21, 2013, photo, visitors wait to tour the house in Cleveland where much of the 1983 movie "A Christmas Story" was filmed. The house and adjacent museum expect an influx of visitors on the 30th anniversary of the quirky holiday film turned classic in the city where Ralphie's house was restored on a bluff overlooking the steel mills. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
In this Nov. 21, 2013, photo, the kitchen of the house in Cleveland where much of the 1983 movie "A Christmas Story" was filmed is restored to the 1940s look of the film. The 30th anniversary of the quirky holiday film is expected to boost visits to the home in the city's Tremont neighborhood. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
In this Nov. 21, 2013, photo, a leg lamp is framed in the window of the house in Cleveland where much of the 1983 movie "A Christmas Story" was filmed. A surge of visitors is expected to tour the restored house, and purchase a miniature lamp or two at the gift shop, on the 30th anniversary of the quirky holiday film. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
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.
The weather outside is finally feeling like Christmas, and St. John Bosco Catholic School (SJBCS) will be putting on their Winter Wonderland for the Ahwatukee community’s enjoyment, just in time for the holidays.
Is it me or does it seem this time of year things seem less stressful, more fun, and energizing?