This month, take time to be thankful for your friends and family and to celebrate Thanksgiving with those who mean the most to you. If you haven’t already visited Allison’s Blog, be sure to check-out her latest post in the “Phoenix Guides” category titled Arizona Winter Holiday Fun 2010. Allison has summarized Valley events and activities to keep you busy through the New Year.
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Below are Mom Index’s November Phoenix Area activity and event recommendations:
- Veterans Day at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park: November 11, 3pm-5pm. Celebrate and honor our country and the people who serve it. Memorial will include dignitaries, guest speakers and live performances. 7301 E. Indian Bend Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85250, 480.312.2312.
- The Fountain Festival of Arts & Crafts: November 12, 13 & 14, 10am – 5pm – Free admission, free parking, rain or shine. Nearly 500 artists, artisans and gourmet food provisioners. Over 200,000 visitors are attracted to this event to do their holiday shopping, purchase art and enjoy good food and live entertainment. Fort McDowell Casino is the Offical Sponsor of this year’s festival.
- Festival of Greece: November 12-14 at Scottsdale Civic Center Mall. Friday 11am-10pm, Saturday 11am-10pm, Sunday 11am-7pm. Downtown Scottsdale will be transformed into a Grecian Village when the Scottsdale Festival of Greece celebrates the culture and ancestry of Greece through entertainment, Greek foods, and other activities for both adults and children. Proceeds benefit the Assumption Greek Orthodox Community and several local and national charities.
- Holiday ZOOtique 2010 at the Phoenix Zoo: November 13, 9am-4pm – Free with Zoo Admission. Shop for special and unique Holiday gifts — arts and crafts by local artisans, such as pottery, jewelry, dolls, home decor, photography, wall art, Christmas cards, crafts and so more. Also, bid on Silent Auction treasures and find a good book at the Used Book Tables The zoo is introducing 2011 calendars featuring Phoenix Zoo animal photographs by Zoo staff and volunteers. 455 North Galvin Parkway Phoenix, AZ 85008.
- Heard Museum Spanish Market: November 13-14, 10am-5pm – Free admission (admission to museum additional cost). 2301 N. Central Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85004, 602-252-8848. More than 75 artists selling variety of artwork including santos, pottery, jewelry, embroidery, paintings, furniture, silver and tinwork.
- Thursdays on Mill: 5pm-10pm – Thursday evenings September through June. Mill Avenue in Tempe, AZ. Live music, market, and movies. Each week singer/songwriters perform free of charge to passersby as part of Music on Mill. At the end of Mill at 7th Street, is Thursday Night Market, a community based market that has vendors selling arts, food, crafts, and jewelry. Also, check out MADCAP Theaters for movie showings, poetry slams, and classes about sustainability.
- Enchanted Island Harvest Festival: November 20-21, 11am-7pm. Hay maze, hayrides, pony rides, petting zoo, rockwall, games, face painting, bouncing. $5.00 unlimited access at Harvest Festival Only (Children and Adults), Unlimited access at Harvest Festival & Amusement Park Rides, Under 54″ $15.00 & Over 54″ $10.00. Receive $1.00 off per person per canned food donation up to 5 cans, maximum discount $5: benefits St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance. 1202 W. Encanto Blvd. Phoenix, AZ 85007 602-254-1200.
- 9th Annual ‘Homeless for the Holidays’ Charity Drive: Join Holmberg’s Morning Sickness from the Big Red Radio Monday, November 22-24 for the 9th Annual ‘Homeless for the Holidays’ charity drive to benefit the Neighborhood Center of Phoenix. They’ll be homeless for those 3 days living out of boxes at the District Stage broadcasting live as they raise awareness for the cause and the drive. Listen to 98KUPD, 97.9 FM, or check www.98kupd.com for more details. Tempe Marketplace is located on Rio Salado Parkway just west of the 101.
- Fountain Hills Thanksgiving Day Parade: November 25, 2010, 9 am. The only Thanksgiving Day Parade in Arizona, featuring local groups and a Grand Marshall. A parade theme is chosen each year. Parade starts at 9 am at the corners of Saguaro and El Lago Boulevards.
- ZooLights 2010 – 2011: 6pm-10pm Nightly November 25, 2010 – January 9, 2011. $10 ($8 Zoo members) Sunday – Thursday, $12 ($10 Zoo members) “Any Night” tickets, Ticket can be used any night of ZooLights. Fry’s Food Store discount: $11 “Any Night” tickets, tickets are good for any night of ZooLights, 7 nights a week. Not available until November. Member tickets are not available at Fry’s. Kids 2 years and younger are free. 455 North Galvin Parkway Phoenix, AZ 85008.
Allison Small is the founder and owner of Mom Index, the premier online resource for the Valley. As a mother of three children ages 2, 5 & 7, she is passionate about sharing everything she has learned about motherhood and raising children in the Valley of the Sun. Since launching Mom Index in February 2010, Allison has added a blog and continues to support our local communities and to provide everyday parenting solutions in an eco-friendly, practical and fun environment. To contact Allison, email [email protected] or call 480-277-4761.