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Posted: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 4:12 pm

Carrabba’s holiday drive

Carrabba’s Italian Grill is proud to present the third-annual holiday drive.  This year, they chosen to collect pajamas.  Guests can bring in any new children’s pajamas (ages 0-12) and receive a $10 customer appreciation card for each set donated. The pajama drive will run now through Dec. 23.  

Pajamas can be dropped off at Carrabba’s Italian Grill, 7635 N. Oracle Rd. We are hoping to receive 500 sets of pajamas. Customer appreciation cards are good at Oro Valley location only and do not expire.

 

The Explorer’s 2012 Give to Win raffle

Want to win an iPad mini before the holidays? What about a custom-made necklace and bracelet, or a family four-pack to visit Out of Africa in Sedona? All you have to do is get into the giving spirit. This year, The Explorer is collecting toys and goodies for the children at the University Medical Center Diamond Children’s Center. The Diamond Center has children of all ages from newborn, to pre-teens, to teenagers who are often overlooked in medical centers.

Donate at the Explorer office and receive a raffle ticket. The winners will be selected on Dec. 20. One raffle ticket will be given per donation, not per item. Readers are welcome to donate as often as they wish to get more raffle tickets.

Cash can also be donated.

Donations can be brought to The Explorer office at 7225 N. Mona Lisa Rd. #125 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday until Tuesday, Dec. 19. 

For a list of items that can be donated, visit The Explorer website at www.explorernews.com.

For more information, call 797-4384, or email tgrimes@explorernews.com.

 

OV Council holds special meeting in executive session

The Town of Oro Valley remains tight-lipped about a closed-door meeting that occurred between the members of council on Nov. 28 at Town Hall. It was a special council session.

The three items listed on the agenda relate to “real estate acquisition,” “legal advice and settlement negotiations” regarding electric utility infrastructure, and “the Town Attorney recruitment.”

According to Communications Administrator Misti Nowak, “council did not come out of executive session and take any action, so there is no additional public information available.”

The agenda can be located on Oro Valley’s website at www.orovalleyaz.gov

 

Send photos of holiday decorations to The Explorer

There are so many things about the holiday season to be excited about, but one of the favorite long-standing traditions is driving around the community to see the decorated houses.

This year, The Explorer Newspaper wants to see your decorations. Send us your photos throughout the month, and we will post them to The Explorer’s Facebook page each week.

On Dec. 31, The Explorer staff will vote on the best decorations. The winner will receive a prize.

Send photos to holidays@explorernews.com, or submit online at www.explorernews.com/decoration make sure the subject line states Christmas decorations.

For more information, contact Managing Editor Thelma Grimes at 797-4384, or email at tgrimes@explorernews.com.

 

2013 Best of the Northwest - Voting is now under way 

Do know of a restaurant, hair-care salon or other businesses that you think deserve recognition in the Northwest? Now is your time to vote on establishments in Oro Valley, Marana, Pima County and Pinal County.

Do you know of a police officer, teacher or volunteer who deserves to be recognized in the annual best of edition? Now is your chance to vote.

From food, to nail-care, eye-care and auto care, it’s all on the list as part of The Explorer’s Best of the Northwest. Voting is now under way online, and will continue through February. Winners will be announced in a special edition in March.

Best of the Northwest allows residents and shoppers to recognize some of the top businesses in the area. Last year, The Explorer had more than 400 votes, with many local establishments placing in the various categories.

By voting in The Best of the Northwest, you will be automatically entered into a weekly drawing for prizes.

To vote, log onto The Explorer website at www.explorernews.com/vote.

 

Community Food Bank to benefit from Winterhaven

The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona will benefit from the 63rd Annual Winterhaven Festival of Lights to be held from Dec. 15 through Dec. 29.  Visitors to the Festival may walk through the neighborhood from 6  to 10 p.m. each night.  This year the drive-through nights will be Dec. 18, 28 and 29.

Visitors will enjoy the wonderful decorations, lights and majestic trees in the Winterhaven neighborhood. While many people walk the streets of Winterhaven, visitors may also enjoy haywagon rides, and heated trolley rides through the neighborhood.

Last year, the Winterhaven Festival of Lights collected 45,145 pounds of food and $18,562 for the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. 

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.

For more information about the Winterhaven Festival of Lights, call 327-0111 or log onto www.winterhavenfestival.org

Community Food Bank to benefit from Winterhaven

The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona will benefit from the 63rd Annual Winterhaven Festival of Lights to be held from Dec. 15 through Dec. 29.  Visitors to the Festival may walk through the neighborhood from 6  to 10 p.m. each night.  This year the drive-through nights will be Dec. 18, 28 and 29.

Visitors will enjoy the wonderful decorations, lights and majestic trees in the Winterhaven neighborhood. While many people walk the streets of Winterhaven, visitors may also enjoy haywagon rides, and heated trolley rides through the neighborhood.

Last year, the Winterhaven Festival of Lights collected 45,145 pounds of food and $18,562 for the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. 

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.

For more information about the Winterhaven Festival of Lights, call 327-0111 or log onto www.winterhavenfestival.org.

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