Friday, December 16

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Save the Family collects gifts for the season and delivers holiday gifts 

Save the Family, a Mesa-based nonprofit that provides transitional housing for homeless families, will be receiving gifts for families in need. We follow Save the Family volunteers as they deliver gifts to families in need. The annual gift donation program enables struggling families to have a happy holiday. 

For more information:

Save the Family
Address: 125 E. University, Mesa
Cross Streets: University & Center Street 
Phone: 480-898-0228

Auction of 10,000 Star Wars Collectibles 

What do you do with an inheritance that includes 10,000 Star Wars collectibles? You auction them off during opening weekend of the new Star Wars movie. More than 500 lots of Star Wars collectibles will go up for auction tomorrow, Sat. Dec 17th at E.J.'s Auction & Consignment in Glendale. 
For more information: or call (623) 878-2003.

EJ's Auction & Consignment 
5880 W. Bell Road, Glendale, AZ 85308 
(NE corner of Bell Rd. & 59th Ave)

Motown Christmas

Christmas is coming to Casino Arizona a little bit early on Dec. 9, to be exact. From then until Friday, Dec. 23, Casino Arizona will pay tribute to the holiday hits with its Motown-themed holiday show, Christmas, Motown and More. 
For nine nights leading up to Christmas, join a cast of spirited performers in song and dance at the Showroom, where they will take you on a journey all the way from Motown to the North Pole. Hear a winning combination of old-time classics and holiday favorites the perfect recipe for getting into the Christmas spirit. There may even be a special visit from a guy with a long white beard and a jolly red suit. 
The inaugural show begins at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9 in the Showroom. The first two weekends will feature Friday and Saturday night shows, and the week before Christmas will feature four additional performances on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Guests can purchase tickets for $18 each by visiting Casino Arizona Royal and Platinum members can take advantage of a special 2-for-1 discounted offer.  
Casino Arizona
Located in Scottsdale, Ariz. at the Loop 101 Freeway and McKellips Rd., Casino Arizona is independently owned and operated by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, and offers visitors more than 100,000 square feet devoted to gaming and entertainment. Visit for more information.

The Listening Room Phoenix

Valley music lovers will soon have a new space for enjoying live acoustic music. The Listening Room Phoenix, an intimate live video recording studio and performance space will open its doors in Midtown Phoenix on Sunday, Nov. 20 at 6 p.m., with a special performance, Melanie: An Intimate Evening of Song and Conversation. This exclusive night will provide guests unprecedented, up-close-and-personal access to the songs and stories by Woodstock legend, Melanie, along with her son, guitar master Beau, and daughter, singer-songwriter, Jeordie.

Tickets to Melanie: An Intimate Evening of Song and Conversation are $50 (+service fee) and can be purchased by visiting The Listening Room Phoenix is located near Seventh Street and Camelback Road at 4614 N. 7th St., Phoenix, Ariz., 85014.

Santa's North Pole Benefits Wounded Women Warriors

One of the largest Christmas gift shows begins today at 10am, and through the weekend. Santa's North Pole Christmas & Gift Show takes place at the Phoenix Convention Center to benefit the Wounded Women Warriors. We're there for a sneak peek as vendors continue to set up their booths decked out in the holiday spirit.  
General admission: $10.00 or bring your veteran card for free admission. 

For more information: 

Phoenix Convention Center---South bldg. Hall G
100 North 3rd Street, Phoenix, AZ 

Two free events at The Farm for Christmas

Get into the holiday spirit with The Farm's two free events. Christmas Lights Festival at The Farm takes place on Sat., Dec. 17 at 5:30-8:00 p.m. And then enjoy a free movie with Holiday Flick at The Farm on Tues., Dec. 20 at 5:30 p.m. for movie night, please bring a donation for the Arizona Animal Welfare League.

For more information for the Christmas Lights Festival visit: 

Holiday Flick at The Farm on Tuesday, Dec. 20 at 5:30 pm. This movie will be free,
- Movie showing "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!"
- Please bring donations for Arizona Animal Welfare League 
For more information, 

The Farm at South Mountain
6106 S. 32nd Street Phoenix, AZ 85042
Cross Streets: 32nd St. & Southern

Tara at the Movie's: Collateral Beauty 

Will Smith, calls his new movie, "Collateral Beauty," the most 'impactful' film he's ever been a part of. Tara takes a look at a movie some are comparing to "it's a wonderful life."

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Latin love in every cup

It's Food Truck Friday, but we're celebrating coffee today, not food, especially since it's been so brisk in the morning. Frijolitos Mobile Coffee Truck, is a gourmet coffee truck with a Latin twist, bringing to the Valley, coffee from all over Latin America. "Whether it's the smell of mom’s cafe con leche en la manana, a quick shot of espresso to wake you up after a big 'ol lunch, or just a little cafesito with something sweet after dinner, coffee is a big part of our Latin culture."

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