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Posted: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 10:15 am

The Explorer’s Give to Win contest

Here is your chance to win a Kindle Fire, a restaurant gift basket valued at $240, or a custom-made necklace. All you have to do is get into the giving spirit just in time for the holiday season.

The Explorer is currently collecting donations of new unwrapped toys, new clothes and food donations. Every time you bring in a donation to The Explorer office, you will receive a raffle ticket, and automatically be entered into a drawing.

Participants will receive one ticket per trip.

The donations will then be taken to select charities in time for the Christmas holiday.

The grand-prize winner will get a Kindle Fire, and two other lucky winners will receive either the restaurant gift basket, or a custom-made necklace.

Residents can donate to The Explorer office through Dec. 12. The winners will be announced in the Dec. 14 edition of The Explorer.

Donations will be accepted at The Explorer office located at 7225 N. Mona Lisa Road, Suite 125.

For more information, contact The Explorer office at 797-4384.

Food bank will benefit from Winterhaven

The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona will benefit from the 62nd Annual Winterhaven Festival of lights to be held from Dec. 10 through Dec. 25. 

Visitors to the festival may walk through the neighborhood from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. each night. 

This year, the drive through nights will be December 13, 15 and 20.

There is no entrance fee for the festival, but attendees are asked to bring canned food or make a monetary donation to the Food Bank.

Jessie Baxter appointed to community food bank

The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona has announced that Jessie Baxter has been appointed Government Resource Specialist effective Oct. 31

Previously, Baxter held a staff position with Sharon Bronson, of the Pima County Board of Supervisors, served as Executive Director of the Pima County/Tucson Women’s Commission and was Senior Community Organizer with People, Resources, Organizations (PRO) in Support of Neighborhoods.

Baxter will serve as the liaison officer with private and government entities to secure funding and /or favorable public policy to support the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona operations, special projects and programs in Pima County and Southern Arizona.   

“We are excited to have Jessie with us to extend our reach into the government sector and take the lead on government grants and contracts,” said Pauline Hechler, Chief Development Officer for the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.  “She is a smart, capable individual with energy to spare.”

For more information, contact Pauline Hechler at 882-3308.

Hell’s Kitchen Chef Christina Machamer in Tucson

Former CIA classmates Chef Ryan Clark and Chef Christina Machamer, winner of Season 4 Hell’s Kitchen, are reuniting in Tucson this month to collaborate on a wine dinner on Thursday, Dec. 8 at Lodge on the Desert.

The four course dinner will feature each course paired with wine from Napa Valley Blends “B Cellars” wines – all rated in the 90’s by Robert Parker, Wine Enthusiast and Wine Spectator.

The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. Price per person is $85 plus tax and gratuity. A special package is also available that includes the wine dinner for two, a bottle of B Cellars Synergy 2007 wine, and a deluxe double room for $299. Seating is limited. Call 320-2014 for reservations.

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