Judy Harper, Author at PHOENIX magazine

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Millions of LED lights shine throughout the zoo grounds as this grand holiday event glows with a three-story-tall Christmas tree, lakeside music-in-motion shows, 3D light sculptures and new life-size animal lanterns. Live reindeer and a 200-foot-long polar slide add to the fun. 5:30-10:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix phoenixzoo.org, 602-286-3800

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Following an administrative career with the U.S. Tennis Association, Jane Boggs was exploring her creative side when a friend invited her to visit a gourd farm. “I filled my Expedition with 100 dirty, yucky, awful gourds and my husband asked, ‘Are you out of your gourd? What are you going to do with them?’ I told him I had no clue, they just called to me.” Boggs purchased a book on gourd art and has...

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Halloween spirit invades Carefree as this event features whimsical and elaborate pumpkin carvings by local artist Ray Villafane and his studio of carvers. The exhibit includes dozens of mischievous pumpkin characters woven throughout the 4-acre garden, plus live pumpkin carving, a beer garden, harvest market and culinary delights on weekends. Check website for times as hours vary by day. $10-$15. Carefree Desert Gardens, 101 Easy St., Carefree, 480-488-3686, enchantedpumpkingarden.com

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