Entertainment for holiday at Northwest mall

Santa's Workshop continues at Foothills Mall, with the Arizona Rose Theatre Company offering shows that benefit Casa Maria soup kitchen and the Marana Food Bank.

The first Santa's Workshop Film Festival, featuring local film makers, begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16. Short films of 20 minutes or less "with an overall positive message" are being aired, with awards for best overall picture, best comedy, best drama and most inspirational.

Tucson Barbershop Experience sings at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 18.

The 50-man Tucson Barbershop Experience performing chorus has been delighting audiences for more than 60 years in Southern Arizona, a release said.

Bob and Trish Jugglers perform at 3 p.m. that Saturday. Bob and Trish Evans are a husband and wife entertainment duo who juggle, ride unicycles and perform acrobatics.

Cost for each performance is $5 with a donation of food, new or used clothes or toys, and $7 without a donation.

For more information, visit www.arizonarose.cc or santasworkshopsite.com.

UA Hispanic alumni fete Bob Baffert

Bob Baffert, who grew up in Nogales, graduated from the University of Arizona and went on to a Hall of Fame career as a thoroughbred horse trainer, was honored Friday at the UA Hispanic Alumni "Portraits of Excellence" scholarship dinner and dance.

Bafffert "is widely recognized as one of the most successful trainers in the history of horse racing, registering many victories including major stakes races," a release said. He was inducted into thoroughbred racing's national Hall of Fame in 2009, and the Arizona Sports Hall of Fame in 2010.

Baffert was born in Nogales, and graduated with a degree in animal sciences and racetrack management in 1977.

The University of Arizona Hispanic Alumni Portraits of Excellence scholarship dinner and dance is UAHA's premier event and fundraiser. This is the event's 26th anniversary. Net proceeds support the UAHA Scholarship Endowment, which provides scholarships for promising Arizona students.

UAHA was founded in 1982 to promote "academic excellence among Hispanic students at the UA," the release said.

Winterhaven shines for its 61st season

A Tucson holiday tradition, the Winterhaven Festival of Lights, is shining for the 61st year beginning with an opening ceremony this Saturday, Dec. 11.

The festival runs through Saturday, Dec. 26. Drive-through nights are Dec. 14, 16 and 26.

Jim Click and the Pascua Yaqui Tribe have stepped up to become major sponsors for the Winterhaven Festival of Lights. Other supporters are Chick Fil-A, Christie's Appliance, Circle K Corporation, Eegee's, Harvey and Sylvia Young Charitable Trust, Hughes Federal Credit Union, Liberty Tax Service, Raskob Kambourian Financial Advisors, Ltd., Salon Nouveau, Tofel Construction, Tucson Appliance Company, Tucson Telco Federal Credit Union, TucsonRentalHomes.com, the U of A College of Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics and many Winterhaven residents.

Winterhaven is adjacent to Fort Lowell and Country Club in Tucson. It is for pedestrians only, except for the drive-through nights. Hayrides, trolley rides, kettle corn, hot chocolate and specialty coffees are sold.

While there is no entry fee, the Winterhaven Festival of Lights is a fundraiser for the Tucson Community Food Bank. People are asked to bring canned food.

For more information, go to www.winterhavenfestival.org.

ICS slates its holiday open house Dec. 10

Tickets to Tucson Symphony Orchestra concerts this season and to a Jan. 12 Harlem Gospel Choir performance are being given away Friday, Dec. 10, when Interfaith Community Services holds its annual holiday open house.

KOLD anchor Dan Marries plans to attend to chat with visitors, news permitting.

The open house is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at ICS's main office, 2820 W. Ina Road, east of Shannon Road, behind Christ the King Episcopal Church. All are invited to stop by for holiday goodies and good cheer, a release said.

Two pairs of tickets to Tucson Symphony Orchestra Classic or Pops concerts this season, and a pair of tickets to the Harlem Gospel Choir performance at the Fox Tucson Theatre, are among the door prizes.

Tickets to the Harlem Gospel Choir performance are also available for sale.

"Come to see our plans for a new Food Bank Building and hear about an exciting challenge grant that will help ICS serve more struggling Pima County residents," a release said.

Visitors are asked to bring an item of food for the ICS Food Bank.

For more information, call 297-6049 or go to www.icstucson.org.

Santa visits farmers mart this Saturday

Santa is coming to the Oro Valley Farmers' Market this Saturday, Dec. 11, after the Oro Valley Holiday Parade.

St. Nicholas arrives at the farmers market, located at the Oro Valley Town Hall, at 11 a.m. Saturday.

The farmers market has special hours this Saturday. It'll be open at 8 a.m., with access from La CaƱada. Other Saturdays this time of year, the farmers market is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

There are more than 28 farmers, bakeries, nurseries and ranchers from Tucson, Wilcox, Benson and Catalina.

Complete details are available by contacting Manish Shah or Roxanne McElmell at 918-9811.

A few tix left for Saturday's barbershop holiday show

A few tickets remain for SaddleBrooke's annual barbershop Christmas concert this Saturday, Dec. 11.

The show features dreamy, sad and misty, sparkling, laughing and wistful music conducted by directors Nancy Bergman and Rogers Hornsby. It starts at 7 p.m. Saturday at SaddleBrooke's DesertView Theatre. Annually, it sells out.

Tickets are $19. They may be purchased at the Mountain View Clubhouse, 825-2818, or at www.dvpac.net.

Featured performers are SaddleBrooke's own Canada Del Oro Barbershop Chorus and Quartets; headliner Audacity, an international champion senior quartet; One Voice, the women's regional Sweet Adeline Quartet champion; and PHX, from Phoenix.

People interested in barbershop singing may come to weekly practices each Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Mariposa Room at the Desert View Theatre Complex.

Anyone with questions may call president Don Valentine at 825-1770, show chair Don Bott at 825-2056, or secretary Gene Kessler at 818-6660.

Holiday light contest in 2 Marana 'hoods

Two Marana neighborhoods are conducting a holiday lights contest, with the public picking the winners and giving non-perishable goods to the Marana Food Bank.

Residents of the Solara and Rancho Marana neighborhoods off Moore Road want "to raise as much food as possible" for the food bank. The event generated 125 items for the food bank a year ago; this year's objective is to double that volume.

Judging starts at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14. People who'd like to view the lights, and help pick a winner, are invited to the Solara model home on Formosa Lane in Marana. They can drop off their food bank donations, and pick up a voter card with home addresses.

"The more items you bring, the more votes you get, so bring as much as you want," a release said. "Then drive / walk / bike around and view the homes."

Voter cards are returned to the model homes, where refreshments await. Winners are announced around 7:30 p.m. They'll get gift cards from Target.

OV senior gets 'gold axe' for career at NAU

Oro Valley resident Ryan Carle is graduating with more than his diploma from Northern Arizona University this month.

Carle, a public relations major and graduate of Ironwood Ridge High School, was among 20 graduating seniors receiving the university's prestigious Gold Axe Award Nov. 17.

The award recognizes Carle's academic performance, leadership and service to the community during his undergraduate studies, a release said.

The tradition of the Gold Axe Award dates back to 1933, a year after the axe was adopted as the symbol for Lumberjack athletics. At that time, NAU began awarding small gold axe pins to outstanding members of the student body.

More than 2,400 NAU seniors and graduate students are being conferred with their bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees at graduation ceremonies Dec. 17 in Flagstaff.

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