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Music and Merriment on Melrose
6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2
The Melrose District
7th Avenue south of Camelback Road
The Osborn School District Music Department, the Osborn Education Foundation and the Seventh Avenue Merchants’ Association (SAMA) host this shopping and music event. Walk the Melrose District from one end to the other and shop, eat, listen to music and donate. All donations will directly benefit the hundreds of students who participate in the Osborn music programs by contributing to instrument repairs and purchases. Shops along 7th Avenue in the Melrose District will host musical acts throughout the evening, including local professional musicians, high school music groups, the OMS Firedrums, and many other musical groups representing the Osborn elementary schools.

Winter Celebration
5-7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3
Sunnyslope Historical Museum
737 E. Hatcher Road
Members and friends of the museum are welcome to enjoy light refreshments and musical entertainment to welcome winter. Free and open to the public.

APS Electric Light Parade
7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3
Central Phoenix
A Phoenix family tradition marks it 30th year, and will travel south on Central Avenue from Montebello to Camelback, east on Camelback to 7th Street, and 7th Street south to Steele Indian School Park. The parade features electrified floats, marching bands, performance groups, car groups and more. For more details, visit

HonorHealth Holiday Tree Lighting
5:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5
John C. Lincoln Medical Center,
Third Street & Dunlap Avenue
602-870-6060, ext. 1345
Join the Crystal Princess, who will serve as Master of Ceremonies. The whole family will enjoy games, crafts, activities, hot cocoa and cider, hand-decorating your own cookies, and a free photo with the Crystal Princess for each individual or family.

Duet Volunteer Orientation
4-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8
Duet offices
555 W. Glendale Ave.
Learn how you can help a homebound elder or adult with disabilities in your neighborhood by providing free-of-charge services such as rides to appointments, grocery shopping, friendly phoning or visiting, paperwork assistance, handyman services, respite, or computer assistance. Duet is a nonprofit that promotes health and well being through a broad range of services to homebound adults. Duet’s free-of-charge services are available in the greater Phoenix area. Visit

Phoenix Festival of the Arts
Dec. 9-11
Margaret T. Hance Park
1202 N. 3rd St.
Featuring more than 125 art vendors and cultural organizations. The festival’s newest element takes the form of a huge 100 x 40 foot entertainment pavilion, located within the center of the festival grounds. In addition to live music and dance performances, those wanting to learn more about the artistic mediums represented can participate in live artist demonstrations scheduled throughout the day. As always, there are plenty of opportunities for adults and kids to get in on the artsy action. Beer and wine purchased at the event can be carried throughout the festival grounds, and there will be several food trucks and food vendors on site. Admission is free. Hours are 12-5 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Visit

40th Annual Pueblo Grande Indian Market
9 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 10-11
Pueblo Grande Museum
4619 E. Washington St.
Browse more than 200 Native American artisans with handmade art ranging from jewelry, baskets, pottery, paintings, to Katsina dolls, weavings and sculptures. Participate in raffles, enjoy the children’s area, traditional and contemporary music performances, and of course, fry bread. Admission is $10, free for age 12 and younger. Visit

Learn About Changing Lives Center
6:30 p.m. Tuesday Dec. 13
Beatitudes Luther Life Center
1616 W. Glendale Ave.
The Phoenix Branch of AAUW (The American Association of University Women) will feature Changing Lives Center director Terry Smith and case manager Blake Dellariva. They will speak on the center’s programs for women and children. Their wish list includes hygiene and basic clothing items, socks, gift certificates, and tax-deductible cash or checks. The program will begin after an optional dinner ($15), which starts at 5:30 p.m. The program begins at 6:30 p.m. and is free. RSVP for the dinner in advance. Enter the Beatitudes from Glendale Ave. by the large flagpole.

Phoenix Writers Club
12-3pm Saturday, Dec. 17
Bluewater Grill
1720 E. Camelback Road
Come celebrate PWC’s 90th Anniversary! Enjoy a three-course meal and non-alcoholic beverage while mingling with fellow writers. Cost is $35 (value of $47). There will be a raffle and exhibition of PWC members’ work. RSVP to with Phoenix Writers Club in subject. All are welcome.

69th Annual Arizona National Livestock Show
Dec. 27-Jan. 1
Arizona State Fairgrounds
1826 W. McDowell Road
Livestock shows and sales, along with a Cowboy Classics Western Art & Gear show, working ranch horse competition, Chuck Wagon Cook Off (Friday), Dutch Oven Cook Off (Saturday), ranch rodeo, Farm Experience interactive area for children, and more. Cost is $15 per vehicle and includes admission for all in the car. Visit
46th Annual

Fiesta Bowl Parade
10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 31
Central Phoenix
Take in the pageantry of brilliantly colored floats, giant balloons, equestrian units, specialty and charitable groups, local celebrities and marching bands as they make their way along the 2-mile parade route through Central Phoenix, leaving off from the south parking lot of North Phoenix Baptist Church at Central and Montebello. While viewing the parade is free, you can reserve bleacher seating for $25 or disabled seating for $10. Visit

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