Thursday, November 27, 2014

SPECIAL EVENTS

Group Free

Through December 31
Turtle Shelter
Visitors come nose-to-nose with an intriguing variety of freshwater turtles at this exhibit. Stars of the display include the ancient snapping turtle, red-eared sliders, snake-neck turtles and the leaf-like matamata. Interactive and educational elements describe the 200-million-year history of the reptiles. Call for times and ticket prices. Arizona Sea Life Aquarium, 5000 S. Arizona Mills Circle, Tempe, visitsealife.com/arizona, 480-478-7600.

Through January 10    
Glendale Glitters
More than 1.5 million lights highlight this hometown holiday celebration, which illuminates 16 blocks of the historic downtown area. 5 p.m.-11 p.m. Special events take place F-Sa, 6 p.m.-10 p.m., through Dec. 20. Free. 58th and Glendale avenues, Glendale, glendaleaz.com/events, 623-930-2299.

Through January 11
ZooLights
This grand holiday lighting event glows with more than 3.8 million lights and 700 light sculptures of animals as they swing through trees, hide in bushes, hop across lawns and sparkle in places where they are least expected. 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Call for ticket prices; advance purchase only. Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, phoenixzoo.org, 602-273-1341.

Through February 1
Desert Ice Skating Rink
The rink is frozen and ready for skaters, with “magical snowfalls” adding to the fun. Fire-pit tables with s’mores and blankets are available by reservation. Call for times and skating prices. Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, 7575 E. Princess Dr., Scottsdale, scottsdaleprincess.com, 480-585-7374.

Through February 3
CitySkate
Grab your mittens and glide a few laps as this outdoor ice rink returns to the heart of Downtown Phoenix. Call for times and ticket prices. CityScape Phoenix, Central Avenue between Washington and Jefferson streets, Phoenix, cityskatephx.com, 602-772-3900.

Through February 28
Art Under Foot
The award-winning floors that adorn the Phoenix Sky Train pedestrian walkways are in the spotlight in Art Under Foot: Handmade Floors at the Phoenix Sky Train. The exhibit focuses on the collaboration between the artists, design team and scores of talented workers who brought the artistic concepts to life. Design drawings, computerized models, large graphics, hands-on exhibits and a video documenting the process behind the projects are included. M-F, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. The Gallery at City Hall, 200 W. Washington St., Phoenix, phoenix.gov/arts, 602-262-4637.

Through May 23
Sandra Day O’Connor
An interactive exhibit, The Cowgirl Who Became a Justice: Sandra Day O’Connor demonstrates how a cowgirl from a ranch in Arizona became the first female to serve on the Supreme Court. Call for times and ticket prices. McClelland Irish Library, Irish Cultural Center, 1106 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, azirishlibrary.org, 602-864-2351.

December 1-27
Food Truck Caravan
A variety of food trucks rolls into downtown Scottsdale for a weekly celebration featuring gourmet street foods complemented by top local musicians. Sa, 6:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Free. Fifth Avenue and Goldwater Boulevard, Scottsdale, foodtruckcaravan.com, 480-251-1769.

December 1-January 4
Frozen Holiday
Celebrating the movie Frozen, this gingerbread village features a 5-foot-tall sugar castle, ornate chocolate sled, frozen lake, igloo, train, Santa shop, handcrafted gingerbread houses and holiday lights. Daily. Free. Lobby of JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, 5350 E. Marriott Dr., Phoenix, 480-293-5000.

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December 2-7
Waldorf Astoria Driving Experience
Guests put the rubber to the road as they slip behind the wheel of three of the world’s most exclusive super cars – including a Ferrari, McLaren and Porsche – on this ultimate driving tour. With three sessions per day, guests enjoy a scenic driving tour of Arizona desert and mountain roads, guided by Belgium racing champion Didier Theys in the lead car. Call for times and cost; participants must spend at least one night at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, 2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 602-954-2580.

December 4-6
Christmas Idea House
Desert Club hosts this popular event, which features a 9,000-square-foot home filled with holiday decor, gourmet treats and unique gifts, all for sale to raise money for scholarships and local charities. A preview gala and sneak-peek yuletide brunch are planned in addition to public tours. Call for times and ticket prices. Gilbert area, (parking at Bashas’, 99 S. Higley Rd.), christmasideahouse.org, 480-649-XMAS.

December 4-18
Corner at the Creek
Guests enjoy live music, local artisans, and plenty to eat and drink at this weekly event, which showcases top farmers, artists, bakeries and locally sourced products, complemented by a variety of food trucks. Th, 3:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Free. Across from Rare Earth Gallery, 6424 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek, 480-575-4360.

December 4, 27
Scottsdale ArtWalks
Scottsdale Gallery Association hosts a Holiday ArtWalk from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 4; and Fiesta Bowl ArtWalk, Dec. 27, noon to 4 p.m. Artist demonstrations, receptions, food samplings and live music are included. Free. Main Street and Marshall Way, downtown Scottsdale, scottsdalegalleries.com.

December 4-28
ArtBridge
This outdoor marketplace features works by dozens of artists, jewelers and crafters, as well as artist demonstrations and live music. Th, 5 p.m.-10 p.m.; Su,. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Scottsdale Waterfront, 7134 E. Stetson Dr., Scottsdale, artisanmarketsaz.com, 602-687-7495.

December 5
Country Western Dance
Western Bred featuring J. David Sloan entertains at this event hosted by Sun City Grand Dance Club. 7 p.m.-10 p.m. $10. (Free Arizona two-step lesson, 6 p.m.-7 p.m.) Cimarron Center, 17100 W. Clearview Blvd., Surprise, grandinfo.com, 623-544-3602.

December 5
Festival of Trees Gala
Evening Among Stars is the theme as ICAN, Positive Programs for Youth, hosts this annual fundraiser. The vintage Hollywood-inspired event includes a cocktail reception, dinner and live entertainment by Chuck E. Baby. 6 p.m.-midnight. $150-$250. Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler, icanaz.org, 480-874-7577.

December 5
First Fridays Art Walk
More than 70 art galleries and art spaces participate. 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Free. Maps, parking and shuttle service available at Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, artlinkphoenix.com, 602-256-7539.

December 5
Golf Classic
Held in partnership with the Inter-Tribal Golf Association, the Heard Museum’s annual American Indian Veterans National Memorial Golf Classic supports this national memorial, as well as Memorial Day and Veterans Day events. 11:30 a.m. shotgun start. Call for fees. We-Ko-Pa Golf Club, 18200 E. Toh Vee Circle, Fort McDowell, heard.org, 602-251-0271.

December 5
Holiday Prelude XXIX
Phoenix Art Museum League partners with Phoenix Youth Symphony and Phoenix Theater Guild for this luncheon and fashion show. This year’s theme is Fashion Through the Ages, Then & Now, with styles provided by Robert Black. A holiday gift boutique is included. 10 a.m. $90. The Phoenician, 6000 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale, phxartmuseumleague.org, 480-510-5624.

December 5
Motorcycles on Main
Roads are closed for this monthly bike night, which features live music, beer gardens and food. 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Free. Main Street, between Robson and Center streets, Mesa, 480-890-2613.

December 5-6
Cowboy Poetry
Cowboy poets from across the Southwest share poems, songs and stories related to ranching and Western heritage at the 26th-annual Cowboy Christmas Poetry Gathering. Call for times, ticket prices and Wickenburg locations, wickenburgchamber.com, 800-942-5242.

December 5-7
Book & Treasure Sale
Heard Museum Guild hosts this event, which includes thousands of titles ranging from rare books to paperbacks, historic tomes to cookbooks. Unique art and collectibles also are offered, including American Indian and vintage jewelry, katsina dolls, prints, pottery and ceramic vessels, plus a silent auction. F, 5 p.m.-9 p.m.; Sa, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Su, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, heard.org, 602-252-8848.

December 5-7
Fine Art & Wine
Thunderbird Artists hosts its third-annual Waterfront Fine Art & Wine Festival, featuring works by 125 nationally acclaimed and world-renowned artists, complemented by wine and live music. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Three-day pass, $3. Scottsdale Waterfront, 7135 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale, thunderbirdartists.com, 480-837-5637.

December 5-7
Tempe Festival of the Arts
More than 400 artists from across the country showcase original works, with live entertainment, street performers, wine and beer tastings, and children’s activities adding to the fun. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Free. Mill Avenue District, Tempe, tempefestivalofthearts.com.

December 6
ARTrageous
Pink Martini performs with China Forbes and Storm Large at this benefit dinner gala for Scottsdale Cultural Council, which manages Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and Scottsdale Public Art. Eclectic, romantic and worldly, the “little orchestra” from Portland, Ore., features a dozen musicians who find inspiration in virtually every musical genre, from baroque to disco. 8:30 p.m. $350-$750 ($99-$109, concert only). Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.

December 6
Book Signing
Scottsdale author David J. Winter signs his latest book The Commencement of Disharmony, the third in a historical fiction series set during the Middle Ages. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. The Pressroom, 441 W. Madison St., Phoenix, davidjwinter.net, 480-451-0497.

December 6
Candlelight Capers
This dinner gala with a British royalty theme includes live entertainment, and silent and live auctions. Proceeds benefit the academic medicine program at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center. 6 p.m. $500. Phoenician Resort, 6000 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale, 602-747-GIVE.

December 6
Electric Light Parade
Holidays in Toyland is the theme of this nighttime parade, which features dozens of illuminated floats, marching bands and performance groups. 7 p.m. Free. Central Avenue from Montebello Avenue, south to Camelback Road, east to Seventh Street, south to Indian School Road, Phoenix, phoenix.gov/parks, 602-534-FEST.

December 6
Festiv-Ale
Beer enthusiasts sample handcrafted, high-end seasonal beers from local and national brewers as this inaugural event benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. A silent auction, live music, passed hors d’oeuvres from local restaurants, contests and giveaways are included. 6 p.m.-11 p.m. $75; $125 VIP. The Icehouse Phoenix, 429 W. Jackson St., Phoenix, cff.org/chapters/arizona, 602-224-0068.

December 6
Holiday Festival of Trees
A live auction of designer-decorated Christmas trees, ranging from luxurious splendor to whimsical fun, highlights this dinner and dance gala, which benefits the Arizona Burn Foundation. A silent auction of tabletop trees, wreaths and gifts is included. 6 p.m.-11 p.m. $300. Camelback Inn, 5402 E. Lincoln Dr., Scottsdale, azfestivaloftrees.com, 602-230-2041.

December 6
Jerome Art Walk
Meet the artists as 20-plus galleries and studios participate in this monthly night of art, music and gallery hopping. 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Free. Jerome, jeromeartwalk.com, 928-634-0774.

December 6
Jingle Hike
Guests enjoy a self-paced 1-mile round-trip hike, plus a seasonal craft activity at the trailhead. 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. $10-$15 per family; registration required. Pinnacle Peak Park, 26802 N. 102nd Way, Scottsdale, scottsdaleaz.gov/parks/pinnacle, 480-312-0990.

December 6
Luminaria Run
Celebrate the holidays with a twilight luminaria-lit run amidst the mountains and hills of Cave Creek. The 12th-annual event includes a 5K run and 1-mile fun run/walk, as well as desert dashes for children. Proceeds benefit Desert Foothills Theater. 4:45 p.m. $17-$30. Cave Creek Regional Park; parking at Cave Creek Memorial Rodeo Arena, 37201 N. 28th St., Cave Creek, luminariarun.org, 480-488-1981.

December 6
Photography Exhibit
Offbeat, vintage snapshots are on view in the sixth-annual Vernacular Photography Exhibition and Sale, which celebrates the fine art of amateur photography. The show includes nearly 100 framed photographs, along with a variety of turn-of-the-century stereo cards, antique maps, natural history prints and other artifacts. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Fine Art Framing, 2010 E. University Dr., Tempe, fineartframing.net, 480-921-8616.

December 6
Stroll in the Glow
A live nativity scene, visit from Santa, music and 60,000 twinkling lights highlight this festive event. Dusk. Free. Avenue of the Fountains, Fountain Hills, fountainhillschamber.com, 480-837-1654.

December 6
Tumbleweed Tree Lighting
Continuing a tradition that began in 1957, the city of Chandler celebrates its uniqueness with a Christmas tree made from hundreds of tumbleweeds. The thistly tree is on display throughout the month, with opening-day events that include a Parade of Lights, tree-lighting ceremony and live entertainment. 4:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Free. Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, Chandler Boulevard and Arizona Avenue, Chandler, chandleraz.gov, 480-782-2735.

December 6
Wag & Walk
Take a hike with adoptable dogs from Maricopa County Animal Care & Control. Participants are encouraged to “test drive” the dogs to see how they behave on leash and get along with other dogs on the family-friendly trek. Those looking to adopt find this to be a unique opportunity as the dogs are often more relaxed and exhibit their true pup personalities outside of the shelter environment. Bring a leash as all dogs are spayed or neutered, vaccinated and ready to go home on the spot. 9 a.m. $6 per vehicle park entry fee. Merkle Trailhead, Usery Mountain Regional Park, 3939 N. Usery Pass Way, Mesa, maricopa.gov/parks/usery, 480-984-0032.

December 6-7
Christmas Pageant
Continuing a tradition that began in 1952, members of the community come together to present the Christmas story, with locals portraying Mary, Joseph, infant Jesus, townspeople, shepherds and kings on horseback. The event, which is sponsored by Kiwanis Club of Carefree, includes a pageant choir, live animals and a 5-mile trail of luminarias. Chairs, blankets and flashlights recommended. 7 p.m. Free. Spur Cross Ranch, 44000 N. Spur Cross Rd., Cave Creek, kiwaniscarefree.org, 480-488-8400.

December 6-7
F.Q. Story Home Tour
F.Q. Story Historic District welcomes guests for its 30th-annual self-guided tour of 10 private homes dating from the early 1920s and decorated for the holidays. The area is located just a mile north of the heart of Downtown Phoenix, between Seventh and 15th avenues, south of McDowell Road. Sa, 6-9 p.m.; and Su, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $15, tickets available at Ninth Avenue and Culver Street, Phoenix, fqstory.org, 602-258-9282.

December 7
Italian Feast
Phoenix Opera’s young stars perform holiday favorites as guests enjoy a classic multi-course Italian dinner. Proceeds benefit Phoenix Opera. 5 p.m. $65. Zappone’s, 1625 N. Higley Rd., Gilbert, phoenixopera.org, 866-673-7248.

December 7
Pearl Harbor Tribute
Marshall Trimble is master of ceremonies for the 2014 Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day celebration, which includes a posting of colors by the POW/MIA/KIA honor guard, a wreath-laying ceremony, military vehicle display, music by the Arizona Veterans Band, and a flyover by the historic B-17 Flying Fortress, Sentimental Journey. 10:40 a.m. Free. Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza, 1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix, azcaf.org, 480-924-1940.

December 9
Holiday Luncheon
Arizona Costume Institute welcomes style guru Freddie Leiba as featured speaker. A silent auction adds to the festivities, with proceeds benefiting the Phoenix Art Museum fashion collection. 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. $150-$250. Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, arizonacostumeinstitute.com, 480-283-7240.

December 12
Christmas Parade of Lights
Entries are illuminated with colorful lights for this annual event, which includes visits with Santa Claus. 6:30 p.m. Free. Downtown Wickenburg, wickenburgchamber.com, 800-942-5242.

December 12
Festival of Trees
This holiday fundraiser features food, drink, entertainment and an opportunity to bid on a variety of trees designed by local interior designers. On display one week prior to the event, the trees range from culinary to high-fashion themes, and each comes with an assortment of gifts, including hotel stays, arts and culture tickets, and travel vouchers. Proceeds benefit PSA Art Awakenings. 6 p.m.-9 p.m. $75-$150. Arizona Center, 400 E. Van Buren St., Phoenix, festivaloftreesphoenix.org, 602-292-5863.

December 12
Holiday Dance Party
Sun City West Dance for the Health of It Club hosts a “Holiday Boogie Nights Rock ’n’ Roll” dance featuring hits from the ’70s and ’80s with deejay Kort Kurdi. 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. $6. Palm Ridge Summit Hall, 13800 W. Deer Valley Rd., Sun City West, scwdanceforhealth.com, 602-679-4220.

December 12
Leadership Awards
Ray Anderson, ASU’s new athletic director and a Harvard graduate who also served eight years as NFL executive vice president of football operations, speaks on “Leadership in the Evolving World of Collegiate Sports: The Reinvention of Sun Devil Athletics.” Hosted by Scottsdale Leadership, the luncheon honors individual and corporate leaders who have contributed significant time, energy and resources to improve the community. 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. $100. Doubletree Resort by Hilton, 5401 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, scottsdaleleadership.org, 480-627-6710.

December 12-14
Carefree Christmas Festival
An electric light parade, 35 tons of real snow, fireworks, carriage rides, musical performances, photos with Santa, a live nativity display, Christmas gift market, pet parade and pet adoptions are highlights. F-Sa, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Su, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Carefree Desert Gardens, 101 Easy St., Carefree, carefreechristmasfestival.com, 480-488-2051.

December 12-14
Festival of the Arts
This annual event celebrates the arts and arts organizations with dozens of arts vendors, food trucks, a beer and wine garden, family play area and live entertainment. A take-home guide to all things arts related also is available. F, noon-8 p.m.; Sa, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Su, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Margaret T. Hance Park, 1202 N. Third St., Phoenix, phoenixfestivalofthearts.org, 602-254-3100.

December 12-14
Toy Drive
Guests enjoy live music, raffle prizes and a complimentary buffet in exchange for an unwrapped toy for needy children served by Vista del Camino. Practically every inch of the bar’s interior and exterior is adorned with tinsel, ornaments, wrapping paper and more than 12,000 colored lights. Call for times. Free. Coach House Tavern, 7011 E. Indian School Rd., Scottsdale, 480-990-3433.

December 12-30
Luminaria Festival
Thousands of traditional luminarias line garden trails, buildings and courtyards, casting a soft glow on the garden’s world-renowned plant collection as Las Noches de las Luminarias gets under way. A variety of musical groups performs each night. Dec. 12-13, 19-23 and 26-30. 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. $30, adults; $12.50, children 3-12. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, dbg.org, 480-481-8188.

December 12-January 3
Holiday Lights
Thousands of lights adorn trees and displays throughout the park, with an opening celebration that includes a tree-lighting ceremony, entertainment and a visit from Santa. 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m., with Santa at the park through Dec. 23 (closed Dec. 24-25 and 31). Free; carousel and train rides, $2-$3. McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, 7301 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale, therailroadpark.com, 480-312-2312.

December 13
Boat Parade
Dozens of festively decorated boats of all sizes light up the lake during the Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade. Live entertainment by Radio Disney is included, as well as hundreds of flickering luminarias and a fireworks finale. Parade: 7 p.m.; Santa arrives at 6 p.m. to hear children’s requests. Free. Tempe Town Lake, 620 N. Mill Ave., Tempe, downtowntempe.com.

December 13
Super Bowl 4.9K Fun Run
Celebrate the 49th day before Arizona hosts Super Bowl XLIX as the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee presents a festive 4.9K Fun Run and Kids 49-Yard Dash. Food, drinks, music and family activities are included. Proceeds benefit the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee Legacy Grant Program. 8 a.m. $49, advance; $55, day of event; 49 cents, kids dash. Rawhide, 5700 W. North Loop Rd., Chandler, azsuperbowl.com/4-9k-fun-run.

December 13
12 Ks of Christmas
Participants don festive Santa hats for 12K, 6K and 1.2K runs/walks that celebrate health, fitness and the joys of Christmas. Choral groups are stationed throughout the course, serenading runners with Christmas carols. Pet adoptions, visits with Santa and a Christmas bazaar also are included. A portion of proceeds benefits Maricopa County Animal Care & Control, and Friends of Animals Care and Control. Strollers and leashed pets are welcome. 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Call for entry fees. Freestone District Park, 1045 E. Juniper Rd., Gilbert, 12krun.com, 480-609-3978.

December 13-14
Mesa Arts Festival
Local, regional and national artists share original works of art at this festival, which includes live entertainment on two stages, artist demonstrations and family activities. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

December 13-14
Pueblo Grande Indian Market
More than 100 booths of authentic American Indian fine art and collectibles are showcased, with artist demonstrations, native foods, and music and dance adding to the festivities. Sa, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Su, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $8, adults; free, children 12 and younger. Pueblo Grande Museum, 4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix, pueblogrande.com, 602-495-0901.

December 13-21
Trains in the Garden
Train enthusiasts open their gardens to share train layouts featuring cities, towns and landscaped gardens, as well as holiday lights and decorations. Presented by Arizona Big Train Operators, the annual Christmas open-house tours take place at 15 homes, plus an indoor garden railroad at Cardon Children’s Medical Center. Sa-Su, 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Free, donations appreciated to support the train club and maintenance of the Cardon railroad. Greater Phoenix area. Map available at azbigtrains.org, 480-248-9130.

December 13, 27
Holiday Dance Parties
Hillcrest Dance and Social Club of Sun City West hosts a semi-formal holiday ball with music by Jared Howe, Dec. 13; and New Year’s dance party, featuring music by Bobby and Charlene Freeman, Dec. 27. 7 p.m.-10 p.m. (complimentary rumba lessons at 6:15 p.m.). $6. R.H. Johnson Social Hall, 19803 R.H. Johnson Blvd., Sun City West, 623-546-6845.

December 14
Christmas in the Barn
Visitors enjoy an old-fashioned Christmas with Wild West re-enactments, a model train exhibit, tours of the 15-acre grounds, and arts and crafts made by local artisans. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Superstition Mountain Lost Dutchman Museum, 4087 N. Apache Trail, Apache Junction, superstitionmountainmuseum.org, 480-983-4888.

December 14
Poinsettia Tea
History comes alive as guests “meet” Eleanor Roosevelt through a living history portrayal by Kate Campbell Stevenson. Featuring a traditional afternoon tea complete with scones, sandwiches and dessert, the annual fundraiser is presented by Duet, which provides a broad range of services to homebound adults, caregivers, faith communities and grandparents raising grandchildren. 1:30 p.m. $70. Hyatt Regency Scottsdale at Gainey Ranch, 7500 E. Doubletree Ranch Rd., Scottsdale, duetaz.org, 602-274-5022.

December 18
Birds ’n’ Beer
Sip on a Four Peaks brew while enjoying an entertaining presentation on wildlife. 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Free admission. Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center, 3131 S. Central Ave., Phoenix, az.audubon.org, 602-468-6470.

December 19
Flash Park Friday
This family-friendly monthly event features live music, art, shopping, games and activities. 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Free. Main Street, Mesa, downtownmesa.com/flashparkfriday, 480-890-2613.

December 20-21
Santa Paws
Pets can have their photo taken with Santa, with proceeds benefiting Potato Chips Pomeranian Rescue. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $25 per family. Malinda’s Pampered Pets, 4302 E. Ray Rd., Phoenix, malindaspamperedpets.com, 480-753-5766.

December 26-31
Holidays at the Heard
Visitors enjoy music, dance and artist demonstrations. F-Sa, M-W, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Su, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, heard.org /holidays, 602-252-8840.

December 26-January 4
Zoppè Italian Family Circus
Presented in Old World Italian tradition in an intimate 500-seat tent, this one-ring circus is propelled by a central story featuring acrobatic feats, equestrian showmanship, canine capers, clowning and plenty of audience participation. Call for times. $15-$40. Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler, chandlercenter.org, 480-782-2680.

December 27
Fiesta Bowl Parade
Postcards from Arizona is the theme as an array of colorful floats, high-flying helium balloons, marching bands, and specialty and equestrian units perform along the 2-mile parade route. 11 a.m. Free; reserved seating available, $25. Central Avenue from just south of Bethany Home Road, south to Camelback Road, east to Seventh Street, south to Minnezona Avenue, Phoenix, fiestabowl.org, 480-350-0911.

December 31
New Year’s Eve Party
Guests enjoy appetizers, a three-course fish dinner, dessert bar and live entertainment as they ring in the new year at 10 p.m. (2015, New York time). 7 p.m. $36. Beth Emeth Congregation, 13702 W. Meeker Blvd., Sun City West, 623-584-7210.

 

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