HOTLINE: Saturday, Dec. 13

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Nutcracker Ballet
Ballet Arizona is proud to announce its 29th year of The Nutcracker performances, choreographed by renowned artistic director Ib Andersen. The Nutcracker will run from Dec. 12 to 28 for a total of 20 performances, with afternoon and evening shows at Symphony Hall in downtown Phoenix.
Phoenix Feline Fanciers Show
The show features 10 judging rings and will include competitions in two special classes: Veteran and Household Pet.

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 13.
Mesa Convention Center, 263 N. Center St.
$7, $3 for ages 3-12

Baking Hack Tips with Executive Chef John Collura
Cibo e Vino
34522 N. Scottsdale Rd., Ste. D1
Scottsdale, AZ

Lego Robot Wars
Almost 600 students ages 9 to 14 will compete in tests of science, technology, engineering and math skills, featuring the robots their teams have designed, built and programmed using LEGO MINDSTORMS robotics kits.

These are the 63 top-performing teams from among more than 330 teams that participated in recent regional FIRST LEGO League (FLL) tournaments throughout the state. They will vie for opportunities for invitations to regional, national and international student competitions in early 2015, including the FIRST World Festival.

Along with excited students wearing colorful, festive costumes which reflect clever and creative team names, the energetic atmosphere on tournament day will also be provided by the teachers, coaches, family members and friends who come to cheer on the teams during the fast-paced robot demonstrations.

Each year the competition revolves around a theme which assigns students to explore and offer solutions to societal challenges. This year's theme is "FLL World CLass: Learning Unleashed." So in addition to demonstrating the technical capabilities of their robots, the teams will show what they've done to meet the challenge of devising innovative ways to teach children what they want and need to learn in the 21st century

Over the Edge for Special Olympics Arizona
Dec. 13
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Spectators are encouraged