The Explorer: Holiday Edition

Holiday Edition

Wednesday 11/27/2013
Editor’s picks for top five holiday movies
Posted: November 27, 2013 - 4:00 am

Besides tree decorating, the lights, the food and the spirit - another favorite aspect of the holiday season is the movies. There are so many Christmas movies that can quickly take you back to your childhood, bring tears to your eyes and make the holidays a little brighter.

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Great American Playhouse takes sincere approach to “A Christmas Carol”
Posted: November 27, 2013 - 4:00 am

The Great American Playhouse began running its holiday show, Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” on Nov. 21 and will continue through until Jan. 4.

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Learning the ABCs and the animals in the southwest
Updated: November 27, 2013 - 9:23 am

Taking in the desert animals around her, Tucsonan Julie Rustad created a unique and educational tool for her son, which has now turned into a growing business.

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Cyclists fix donated bikes for area youth in time for the holidays
Posted: November 27, 2013 - 4:00 am

Every year, 20 Tucson cyclists volunteer their time to Wheels for Kids, a nonprofit organization that acquires bikes, fixes them and donates them to charities and organization throughout the city.

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Consumers expected to take conservative approach to Black Friday, holiday shopping
Posted: November 27, 2013 - 4:00 am

The busiest shopping day of the year is just days away, and early predictions point to a conservative holiday season for the economy according to the National Retail Federation (NRF).

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Popular toys making the wish list to Santa
Posted: November 27, 2013 - 4:00 am

Classic toys like LEGO and Barbie are still popular with children, but nontraditional items are finding a way onto children’s wish lists this year, according to NRF’s 2013 Top Toys survey conducted by Prosper Insights and Analytics. For the first time, iPads are among the most popular gifts for both girls and boys, with demand among young girls being slightly higher (girls #4, boys #13).

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Shopping hours for Tucson, Park Place malls
Posted: November 27, 2013 - 4:00 am

Tucson shopping centers Park Place and Tucson Mall will open at 6 a.m. on Black Friday, Nov. 29, the biggest shopping day of the year. Holiday sales in the U.S. are expected to increase 3.9 percent to $602.1 billion, according to the National Retail Federation’s annual survey. Additionally, early birds and those walking off a big meal are welcome to visit the many stores that will be open by 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.

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Blanchard leaving, Bag-a-Thon staying
Posted: November 27, 2013 - 4:00 am

Ken Blanchard, the Oro Valley resident who seven years ago, initiated the town’s Bag-a-Thon food drive, has packed up and moved to Tempe after being promoted within the financial company Edward Jones. 

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RA Sushi has Black Friday special
Posted: November 27, 2013 - 4:00 am

On the busiest shopping day of the year, RA Sushi Bar Restaurant is giving weary deal hunters a reason to take a break and relax. Escape the hustle and bustle of the crowds on Black Friday for some “RA Retail Therapy.” Enjoy extended happy hour on Nov. 29 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at RA Sushi at La Encantada.

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Thanksgiving dinner listings
Posted: November 27, 2013 - 4:00 am

Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain

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Prime Time Review: Hottest electronics this holiday season
Posted: November 27, 2013 - 4:00 am

With the holidays creeping up on our calendar pages, the shopping zeal will soon set in amongst most of us. Going out and shopping for a loved one can be an exciting and rewarding experience as you pick out something that you know your loved one or friend will truly appreciate, but this time can also be quite stressful. We wonder what our friends and family will like, what is in and cool with the younger people on the shopping list, and what gifts will totally flop. With society advancing to a more technological future, it will be a safe bet this year that getting someone you know a present from the electronics section will bring a smile to their face.

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Reader holiday memory: Making the trip for a Christmas wedding
Posted: November 27, 2013 - 4:00 am

It was Christmas of 2012, less than a year ago.

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Marana Food Bank in need of donations
Posted: November 27, 2013 - 4:00 am

Food items are piled onto shelves and willing hands pack numerous bags of food at the Marana Community Food Bank, as the facility has become busier than ever with the holidays just around the corner. The food bank’s 130 volunteers and small staff are continually unloading, assembling and distributing food on a daily basis.

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Crime rate increases during the holidays
Posted: November 27, 2013 - 4:00 am

The holidays are an exciting time of year, but a new survey shows pressures and changes in routines can leave inattentive Arizona homeowners and shoppers vulnerable to disaster.

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End of Year Charitable Giving Tips
Posted: November 27, 2013 - 4:00 am

1. Time donations to ensure deduction is applied in desired year

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Donated socks save a veteran’s feet
Posted: November 27, 2013 - 4:00 am

While most may take a pair of socks for granted, Sun City resident Sandy Jasper knows homeless veterans don’t. For the last seven years, Jasper has taken one month out of the year to collect socks that are then donated to Southern Arizona VA Health Care System.

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Monday 11/26/2012
Pet-proofing tips for the holidays
Updated: November 26, 2012 - 10:01 am

Pima Animal Care Center wants everyone – including those with busy tails or long whiskers – to have a safe holiday season.

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Wednesday 11/21/2012
Gadget Magnet: Hot gadgets for the holiday season
Updated: November 21, 2012 - 10:04 am

Nintendo Wii U

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Celebrating the Jewish holiday
Posted: November 21, 2012 - 4:00 am

Many people think of Hanukkah as the “Jewish Christmas”.  However, Hanukkah has nothing to do with Christmas or the life of Jesus Christ. The only similarities between the holidays is that they fall around the same time every year and they feature festive lights. 

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CDO football team collects hoodies for holiday project
Posted: November 21, 2012 - 4:00 am

Continuing a two-year tradition of giving, the Canyon Del Oro football team has come together again to donate to students at Prince Elementary School.

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Walk through Bethlehem
Posted: November 21, 2012 - 4:00 am

Celebrate the true meaning of Christmas and Walk-thru Bethlehem at Vista United Methodist Church.  This interactive, family-friendly journey through ancient Bethlehem reenacts the night Christ was born. Take a guided tour among village shops, meet and mingle with town residents, and encounter Roman soldiers. Guided tours begin every 15 minutes from 6 p.m. through 8 p.m. (Each tour lasts approximately 40 minutes).  You’re welcome to dress in period costumes.

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Food banks still in need of donations this holiday season
Posted: November 21, 2012 - 4:00 am

The holiday season is arriving fast, and just as quickly, local food banks and charities are collecting large sums of food to help needy families heading into Thanksgiving and Christmas. 

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Kuisine by Kathy: Holiday tradition: Tom and Jerry batter
Posted: November 21, 2012 - 4:00 am

As the weather in Southern Arizona cools off, I think about the holiday traditions that families have.  Once the weather cooled off, my great grandpa would make a batch of Tom and Jerry batter.  As kids, you could just have a small one fixed in a shot glass; but as adults, I looked forward to making a batch of batter myself and enjoying them all throughout the holidays.

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Local family still paying it forward after generosity of a stranger in 2001
Posted: November 21, 2012 - 4:00 am

It was more than a decade ago, but Gina Hunter remembers the Christmas of 2001 like it was yesterday. 

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Sending affordable gifts this holiday season
Posted: November 21, 2012 - 10:09 am

This holiday season, save and share the warmth of holiday gift giving by sending affordable gift baskets, personalized gifts, gift cards and more for the ultimate way to say “thank you” or “get well” at a reasonable price. The holidays are about giving gifts of meaningful and sentimental value and not about breaking the bank. Utilize our guide to affordable holiday gift giving to ensure a happy and stress-less Christmas season.

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Holiday gift guide for the active gamers
Posted: November 21, 2012 - 10:11 am

Shopping for someone who loves video games can be mind-boggling, particularly if you’re not well-versed in the subject. But there are a few things to know this holiday season that can help you plan the perfect present.  

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Law reminders and driving tips for Thanksgiving Holiday
Posted: November 21, 2012 - 10:13 am

The Arizona Highway Patrol Association (AHPA) has some advice for all drivers over the Thanksgiving holiday- BE CAREFUL!  According to the Department of Public Safety (DPS), one crash occurs every five seconds.  Because of budget cuts and less overtime, fewer officers are on the road responding to increased holiday calls for service. 

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Oro Valley Holiday Festival of the Arts
Posted: November 21, 2012 - 10:31 am

The Oro Valley Festival of the Arts has quickly become one the largest regional art events in Southern Arizona. Held twice annually, this two-day festival features up to 100 artists in all mediums, live music, food vendors and family arts activities.

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Oro Valley Parade preparations continue
Posted: November 21, 2012 - 10:30 am

The Oro Valley’s 8th Annual Holiday Parade will be Dec. 8 at 9:30 a.m. 

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Find perfect gifts and support local businesses
Posted: November 21, 2012 - 10:33 am

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