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From the CMA to Michael Bublé, there’s a Christmas television special to entertain you almost nightly.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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)
There’s one family member on your Christmas shopping list who will love whatever gift they get. Shopping for pets for the holidays is especially easy in Ahwatukee Foothills.
It’s a meeting of holidays so rare it will be tens of thousands of years before it happens again. Thanksgiving and the first day of Hanukkah — the Jewish Festival of Lights — fall on the same day this year, creating what many celebrants have dubbed “Thanksgivukkah.” And it’s opened up a whole new world of culinary opportunities.
It looked like Disney Animation was dead in the water for a while there. Sure, Pixar has had the company’s back for almost two decades now. In terms of movies that were solely produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios, though, it was a bit of a downhill spiral from “Pocahontas” in 1995 to “Chicken Little” in 2005. While there were some under appreciated gems in the mix like “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” nothing took audiences by storm like “Beauty and the Beast” or “The Lion King” did.
Forty is a significant number in the Bible, and there are many instances of something happening for 40 days or 40 years. To name a few things that lasted for 40 days — during the time of Noah, it rained for 40 days and nights (Genesis 7:12); Moses met with God on the mountain for 40 days twice, first to obtain instructions for building the tabernacle and then to receive the 10 commandments (Exodus 24:18 and 34:28); the spies explored the land of Canaan for 40 days (Numbers 13:25); Goliath taunted the Israelites for 40 days until David put an end to him (1 Samuel 17:16); one meal gave Elijah enough strength to sustain him for 40 days (1 Kings 19:8); the city of Nineveh was given 40 days to repent (Jonah 3:4); Jesus fasted and was tempted by the devil for 40 days (Luke 4:2); after Jesus’ resurrection, He appeared on earth for a period of 40 days before ascending into heaven (Acts 1:3).
Back in 2012, while filming “The Best Man Holiday,” Morris Chestnut and Nia Long became increasingly nostalgic.
Two beautifully decorated designer Christmas trees will be making the holidays a little brighter for children at the Child Crisis Center and homeless veterans at the MANA (Marines, Army, Navy, Air Force) House this year thanks to the work of two Ahwatukee Foothills residents.
Come have some fun while learning dance techniques, and a dance routine for the Winter Show at Desert Vista High School. The routine is themed “Miracle on 32nd Street” and all participants of the clinic will have the opportunity to perform during the annual Winter Dance Show.
The rubber duck squeaked out a win for a place in the National Toy Hall of Fame, joining the ancient game of chess in the 2013 class inducted Thursday.
In my monthly book club group we open the discussion with just a word and a number — how much we enjoyed the book on a scale of 1-10 and one word that best describes it for us.
Not all costumes are created equal, and there aren’t many as elaborate or amazing as those on display in “The Lion King,” on stage at ASU Gammage through Nov. 17. The magnificent costumes depict a variety of life in the African jungle — the sleek leopard, the leaping antelope, the lumbering elephant and the roaring lion — and each one is more fantastic than the last, especially when they parade down the aisles in the opening sequence of “The Circle of Life.”
Somewhere deep into "The Counselor," I found myself mesmerized by a metaphysical monologue from one of the characters — someone who sounded strikingly similar to my college philosophy professor — and trying to figure out exactly what he meant, and how it related to the person he was saying it to.
An anti-bullying allegory writ on the largest possible scale, "Ender's Game" frames an interstellar battle between mankind and pushy ant-like aliens, called Formics, in which Earth's fate hinges on a tiny group of military cadets, most of whom haven't even hit puberty yet. At face value, the film presents an electrifying star-wars scenario — that rare case where an epic space battle transpires entirely within the span of two hours — while at the same time managing to deliver a higher pedagogical message about tolerance, empathy and coping under pressure. Against considerable odds, this risky-sounding Orson Scott Card adaptation actually works, as director Gavin Hood pulls off the sort of teen-targeted franchise starter Summit was hoping for.
The Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce has announced two local girls will be awarded the 2013 Women in Business Scholarship.
Mountain View Lutheran Church will be hosting its inaugural Fabulous Fall Festival tomorrow for the entire community.
Ahwatukee’s Clothes Minded clothing store recently showcased local talents: painter Dustin Klassen, designer and photographer Everardo Keeme, and jewelry maker Stacy Eden.
I rely on the AFN as an important source for local news and services, and I occasionally look at the Opinion page. The statement in a recently published letter by Don Crook that “I know that Obama is a Muslim” is not an opinion, it is an obvious and destructive falsehood. Even political opponents of the President have responded to comments like this by saying that they “take the President at his word” for his Christian faith. The theme of this letter is that President Obama is out “to destroy America.”
Those with a passion for genealogy research or others who are novices but want to trace their family roots, will find a wealth of helpful tips and tools at the second annual Mesa AZ Family History Conference on Oct. 26.
This year’s Palo Verde Award Gala is themed “Diamonds and Denim” — an elegant affair with cowboy flair. It will be on Saturday, Nov. 2, starting at 6 p.m. at Rawhide Western Town.
Celebrate Mesa, a free, family-friendly party in the park, is back this fall with extended hours and a Halloween theme.