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Community Calendar

Boy Scout Troop 41 Christmas Tree Sales
9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekends
5 to 9 p.m. during the week
Through Dec. 21 or until trees are sold
1104 E. Northern Ave.
Central Phoenix Boy Scout Troop 41, chartered at First United Methodist Church, will sell hundreds of fresh-cut trees from a semi-trailer. The Tree Lot is marking 70 years of selling trees to the community. To learn more about the troop, visit

APS Electric Light Parade and Preview Event
7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7
Starts at the corner of Central
and Montebello avenues
The annual parade that celebrates the season is produced and coordinated by the city of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department. Expect floats, bands and youth and other community groups to entertain the crowd. The parade entries are staged at North Phoenix Baptist Church and will end up at 7th Street and Indian School Road. If you want to see the floats but avoid the crowds, visit the free pre-parade event from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the parking lot of North Phoenix Baptist Church at 5757 N. Central Ave. on Friday, Dec. 6. To learn more, visit

The 8th Annual Ignite Hope
3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14
North High School
1101 E. Thomas Road
Pizza Hut and 1Wish present this event that will feature a holiday candlelight walk to show support for families dealing with illnesses and injuries during the holiday season and a short program sharing stories of hope. Proceeds will go to the Phoenix Children’s Hospital’s Hope Fund. While this event is going on, another one will be held in Avondale. The festivals start at 3 p.m. and the walks begin at 5:30 p.m. The program begins with carolers at 6:10 p.m. Registration is $40 for adults and virtual walkers ahead of time, $10 for children ages 4 to 12 and free for kids ages 3 and younger. To register and learn more, visit

Christmas on 10th Street!
6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14
10th Street and Alice Avenue
Come for this free event that will feature carnival-style games and crafts for the children, hip-hop dancers performing and around 700 luminaries set up. Girl Scouts will sing Christmas carols and Santa Claus will talk to kids and pose with them for photos. There will be free hot cocoa and a bake sale. The East Sunnyslope Neighborhood Association & Block Watch hosts this event but many other area organizations have been invited. Parking will be permitted at 1010 E. Alice Ave. at the North Village Baptist Church and the festival takes place on the football between Alice and Ruth avenues. Learn more at

The Allstate Hot Chocolate 15k/5k
7:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 15
Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza
1700 W. Washington St.
The 5k race starts at 7:30 a.m. and the 15k one begins at 8:15 a.m. Times are subject to change. This race features some of Phoenix’s biggest attractions and participants will receive finisher mugs and cups made with biodegradable materials that include dark chocolate and other goodies. It benefits Make-A-Wish, an organization that grants wishes to children who have critical illnesses. To register, visit

Phoenix Branch of AAUW Meeting and Dinner
Dinner 5:30 p.m.
Program 6:15 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 17
Beatitudes Luther Life Center
1616 W. Glendale Ave.
The Phoenix Branch of AAUW (The American Association of University Women) will host Victoria Gray, former chairwoman of Arizona Grandparent Ambassadors for Maricopa County. She will talk about the organization’s function and mission. Attendees may choose to provide gift cards for participants in the organization but giving is optional. There is an optional dinner for $15 at 5:30 p.m. and the program starts at 6:15 p.m. To RSVP for the dinner, call 602-283-4884 by Dec. 13.

Authors of ‘Phoenix Television’ Event
6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19
Heritage Square
(Lath House Pavilion Classroom)
113 N. 6th St.
Hear John E. Craft and Lisa Honebrink, authors of “Phoenix Television,” talk about their book. Phoenix television icon Pat McMahon will introduce the authors. His roles in the “Wallace and Ladmo Show” were featured in the book. You can buy books after the program and royalties from it will be given to the scholarship fund at the House of Broadcasting, Inc. (HOBI), a non-profit organization. Reservations are recommended. Visit

‘Old Jews Telling Jokes’
Dec. 25-Jan. 19
Herberger Theater Center
222 E. Monroe St.
Philip Roger Roy and Playhouse Productions, Inc. announce this limited engagement of the off Broadway hit. The humorous show was created by Peter Gethers and Daniel Okrent and is directed by Jeremy Quinn. It features five actors in a revue-style show that pays tribute to and brings a new twist to classic jokes of the present and past. It celebrates the tradition of Jewish humor and rabbis complaining with some suggestive and raunchy humor. For audiences ages 21 and older. Ticket prices are from $45 to $65. For more information and to buy tickets, visit For group sales of 12 or more people, call 888-264-1788.

ONE Community Block Party for Equality!
Noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11
Fourth Avenue, just south of Van Buren Street
This family-friendly event brings together the LGBTQ and allied community members, as well as people from all over the state to connect with companies, faith communities and diverse organizations that support and promote inclusion, diversity and equality for everyone in Arizona. There will be interactive storytelling and panels, as well as local beer, wine and spirits tastings, food vendors and restaurant tastings. General admission tickets are $15 the day of the event or $10 if bought online ahead of time at

Arizona Bridal Show
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 11 and 12
Phoenix Convention Center
South Building
100 N. 3rd St.
Find ideas for planning the big day from 350 of the Valley’s top wedding experts in one location. You can find a venue, photographer, baker, caterer, florist and wedding and bridesmaid gowns on sale, as well as watch fashion shows featuring bridal trends presented by American Furniture Warehouse. More than $100,000 in prizes and coupons will be given away to participants and one couple will win a gown, venue and tuxedos. Cost is $12 online and at the door and $30 for VIP pass. To register, visit

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