Friday, December 9

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9th Carefree Christmas Festival

Three days of free holiday entertainment from morning
through night for everyone in the family. The 4.5-acre Carefree Desert Gardens are transformed into a
winter wonderland with Santa, real snow and snow slide, lighted cacti, lighted holiday market place
with holiday gifts and foods, dance and music performances, carolers, sleigh rides, and more

Carefree Christmas Festival December 9 - 11, 2016

  • Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Electric Light Parade Saturday, December 10 at 6 p.m., followed by holiday fireworks display
  • Kids Zone with real snow and Santa throughout event
  • Pet Day on Sunday with pet parade, pet pics with Santa, animal adoptions, etc.
  • Nighttime entertainment and shopping, too

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Carefree Christmas Festival
100 Easy Street
At the Carefree Desert Gardens and Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion

Mission of Mercy provides free dental care to thousands

It's the 5th Annual Dental Mission of Mercy event, held each year at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum, where 1,500 Arizona dentists and volunteers deliver $2 million in free care to thousands. Lines form before dawn, and we are there as Phoenix Police hand out free jackets. Children and adults are treated starting at 6 a.m., on a first-come first-serve basis. 

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Veteran's Memorial Coliseum 
Arizona State Fairgrounds 
1826 W. McDowell Road, Phoenix, AZ 85007
McDowell & 19th Ave. 

Forgotten Angel

Every year thousands of Christmas Angel tags are taken from trees and never returned. And as many as 5,000 name tags are not picked from a tree. But you can help make Christmas special for all these valley kids.

Now through December 9th, donate a new, unwrapped toy at any Phoenix Fire Station to make sure no kid is forgotten.

Please bring your unwrapped gifts to the Chandler Fashion Center on Friday December 9th from 6 AM until 7 PM.

For more information,visit:

Chandler Fashion Center
3111 W Chandler Blvd
Chandler, AZ 85226

Tempe Boat Parade

Light up the night and be dazzled at the Valley's most unique holiday event -- the Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade Presented by SRP at Tempe Town Lake. This year's Boat Parade will feature as many as 40 festively lit boats of all sizes, food trucks, live entertainment, face painters and more. Don't forget about the fireworks and photos with Santa at the conclusion of the parade!

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The event is on Saturday, December 10th starting at 4:30 pm with the parade launching at 7 pm.

Tempe Fashion Incubator

Tempe could be the next Paris, Milan or New York!  Tempe's new fashion incubator is opening on Saturday with a fashion show. Starting next week, you can bring your ideas for high fashion and the people at FABRIC can help bring them to life. You can learn how to make patterns, sew, mass produce clothing, model, put on runway shows, do fashion photography and much more. 

Get tickets to the runway show online at

For more information: 

Tempe Fashion Incubator Opens Saturday
132 E. Sixth Street
Cross Streets: Forest and Sixth Street to the south and east of Tempe City Hall.

Ballet Arizona's 'Nutcracker' starts 20-show run tonight 

Get ready for visions of sugar plums, mouse kings and sparkling Swarovski crystals. Ballet Arizona, is proud to announce its 31st year of The Nutcracker performances, choreographed by renowned Artistic Director Ib Andersen. The Nutcracker will run from December 9-24 for a total of 20 performances, with afternoon and evening shows at Symphony Hall in downtown Phoenix. 

For more information, visit:

Ballet Arizona Presents "The Nutcracker"
20 shows Dec. 9 through 24, various times
Phoenix Symphony Hall
75 N. Second St., Phoenix
(602) 381-1096

Flying Steps

The internationally-acclaimed Flying Steps dance crew, well-known abroad for their genius choreography and musical direction, are finally headed to the states to embark on their 2016/2017 USA Red Bull Flying Bach tour. In partnership with Live Nation, Red Bull presents this one of a kind live performance visualizing Johann Sebastian Bach's "The Well-Tempered Clavier." 

They will be performing at Comerica Theater, December 9th thru Dec.11th.

Tickets are available on

National Pastry Day

Nothing smells quite as good as the buttery-sweet aroma of cinnamon rolls on a crisp winter morning. While popping open a can of the sweet brown swirls is tempting, baking cinnamon rolls from scratch will have the family and holiday house guests asking for seconds. 

In honor of National Pastry Day on Friday, December 9, Chef Plinio Sandalio, Pastry Chef for Fox Restaurant Concepts, provide us with expert tips on upping their cinnamon roll game, just in time for the holiday season. 

Tips for checking yeast, warm liquids before adding to yeast, chill the dough in the fridge to make it firm, use floss not a knife - to slice the roll, etc.

For more information on National Pastry Day:

For more information on Fox Restaurant Concepts:

4455 E Camelback Rd suite B100, Phoenix, AZ 85018
Phone: (480) 905-6920

Peoria's Pop-Up Dinner Parties

The City of Peoria will be kicking off the first series of "Pop Up Dinner Parties" beginning tonight at 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in Old Town Peoria. Parties will include gourmet food trucks, live music and games. We learn more with Cheese Love & Happiness Food Truck. Future pop-up dinners are planned for January, February and April. 

For more information, call 623-773-7137 or visit:

3TV alum Mike Chamberlin, "The Singing TV Guy" headlines benefit show 

You might remember him as the main sports anchor on 3TV years ago, but today, Mike Chamberlin is known around the Valley as "The Singing TV Guy." He'll perform a mini-concert tonight at the House of Broadcasting, emceed by our own Scott Pasmore, with all proceeds benefiting college scholarship programs. Tickets: $10.00.

House of Broadcasting presents the 3rd Annual Holiday Musical Mini Concert
Friday, December 9th
Central United Methodist Church 
1875 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ

Admission: $10.00 Per Ticket
Call 480-893-1324 for Information/Reservations
All proceeds to benefit House of Broadcasting

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