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Around the Town: Youth Chorale presents "Seasonal Sound of Singing"

The Flagstaff Youth Chorale will perform their annual winter concert 'Seasonal Sound of Singing' on Monday, Dec. 11 at 6:30 p.m., at Trinity Heights United Methodist Church. The five ensembles of the chorale perform both individually and combined, to provide a varied experience for both singers and audiences. The program will include traditional carols, popular children's holiday songs, as well as sacred seasonal pieces. The concert is open to the public, family- friendly, and free of charge, although donations are appreciated.

This is the first formal concert under the direction of the new Director of Choirs, Steven Schaefer, who joined the organization this fall. Schaefer was previously the accompanist for FYC, before going on to directing choirs in several local schools. As the new Director for the Flagstaff Youth Chorale, Schaefer is looking forward to the upcoming season of creating excellent choral music by teaching vocal technique, introducing age-appropriate music literature, and preparing inspiring performances.

Flagstaff Youth Chorale provides the opportunity for Flagstaff area children/youth from 1st through 12th grade to participate in a choir in which they receive artistic training. Since 1997, the chorale has trained more than 700 young singers, awarded more than 300 tuition scholarships, and presented over 70 concerts. In addition, they have toured throughout the state, and collaborated with nine national and international choirs, including the world-renowned Australian Girls Choir and the Ile de France Children's Choir under the direction of Professor Francis Bardot. Singers in the choir not only participate in professionally guided musical training and the two chorale concerts per year, but also have the opportunity to perform with local arts organizations, such as the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra and the Master Chorale of Flagstaff.

Enrollment for new members will begin Monday, Jan. 8, from 5-7 p.m., at Trinity Heights United Methodist Church. For more information, visit flagstaffyouthchorale.org.

Santa Claus, carriage rides and cookies

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be in Flagstaff Saturday for the annual Christmas party at the historic Riordan Mansion State Park. Mrs. Claus will read stories and Santa will be on hand to hear Christmas wishes. There will be cookies, cider and crafts. Merry-Go-Round Carriage Rides will be on hand for trips around the property and Just Desserts will be playing festive music in the West House.

The party is from 9-11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 9. The event is open to the public and free.

All through December visitors can tour the Riordans' historic homes decorated as they would have been 100 years ago with wreaths, garlands, greenery and a towering fir tree trimmed with hand-made ornaments. Guided tours are given on the hour. Reservations are highly recommended.

For more information about the party or to schedule a tour, call the park at 779-4395.


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Thursday, Dec. 7

Talk on the emerging historic climate action plan of Flagstaff: 6:30-8:30 p.m. East Flagstaff Community Library, 3211 N. Fourth St. Rick Moore, member of the recently formed Flagstaff Climate Action Council, director of the Grand Canyon Trust's Clean Energy and Efficiency Program, citizen of 25 years of working on conservation issues on the Colorado Plateau, will bring us up to date on the Flagstaff City's Climate Action and Adaptation Plan. 774-8434. meetup.com/N-Arizona-Climate-Change-Alliance/events/244998183/.

Library Lecture Series: Arizona Kicks on Route 66: 6-7 p.m. Flagstaff Public Library, 300 W. Aspen Ave. Historian Marshall Shore shares the history of Route 66 in Arizona, including the impact it had on the state during its prime, and what happened when the interstate ultimately bypassed some of the towns that drew life from the road. 213-2375. flagstaffpubliclibrary.org.

Sense & Sensibility: 7-9 p.m. Flagstaff Arts & Leadership Academy Stage 7, 3401 N. Fort Valley Road. Experience the revamped version of a classic piece of literature. Rich with romance, tragedy, and hope, this is an enthralling story told originally from the perspectives of young adults in the early 1790s. 779-7223. $7 for students and staff, $11 general. falastage7.wixsite.com/theatre.

It's a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play: 7:30 p.m. Doris Harper White Community Theater (Theatrikos), 11 W. Cherry Ave. Timeless holiday classic staged as 1940s radio play. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve. Guardian angel Clarence helps George understand the true purpose of his life and realize that family and friends are what make a person rich. Proceeds from tonight's performance to the family of the theater's former box office manager, Ginger Haviland, whose sons Nathaniel and Jesse are longtime volunteers and actors with Theatrikos. The boys lost their father and Nathaniel also lost all his family's material possessions in a recent house fire. 774-1662. $13-$24. theatrikos.com.

Film screening: Too Precious to Mine: 6 p.m. The Green Room, 15 N. Agassiz St. Presented by the Grand Canyon Trust. 6 p.m. Free and open to the public, reservations required. 226-8669

NAU Theatre Presents: A Festival of One Acts: 7-8 p.m. The Studio Theater, 1115 S. Knoles Dr (Performing and Fine Arts Bldg., NAU). Three nights of student directed and student performed work as a culmination of directing and acting courses. Free and open to the public. 523-5661.

Friends of the Rio Potluck: 6-7:30 p.m. Montoya Community Center, 245 N. Thorpe Road. This year has been a big one for the Friends of the Rio de Flag and we want to share our accomplishments with you, the members of the organization. Bring a friend and your favorite dish to share. friendsoftheriodeflag.org/.

Bicycle Advisory Committee: 4:30-6 p.m. City Hall Chambers, 211 W. Aspen Ave. Bicycle issues currently under consideration include:Missing bike lanes inventory and prioritization; Bicycle parking; FUTS trail planning; Bikeways network planning; Active Transportation Master Plan; Bike to Work Week. flagstaff.az.gov/1822/Bicycle-Advisory-Committee.

Scarves for Scholarships Sale: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Coconino Community Fourth Street Location, 3000 N. Fourth St. All proceeds from the sale of scarves support the Scarves for Scholarship nursing scholarship at CCC. 226-4348.

Doney Park Neighborhood Watch: 6-7 p.m. Summit Fire District, 8905 Koch Field Road. 679-7164.

Blood Drive in Memory of Christian Watson: 1:30-6 p.m. Summit Fire Station 33, 6050 E. Firehouse Lane. On July 20, 2011, our five-year-old son, Christian, received between 2 to 3 transfusions while in the emergency room, which allowed his heart to beat once more and gave us the opportunity to say goodbye. 607-0152. bloodhero.com.

Friday, Dec. 8

The Nutcracker Suite in Modern Bare Feet: 7:30-9 p.m. Clifford E. White Theater, NAU campus. Acro-Yoga, Aerial dance, updated choreography and costumes, along with fun versions of the music by Tchaikovsky. 774-3937. $12-$18. canyonmovementcompany.org.

Flagstaff National Monument Defense Group Photo: 4:15-6 p.m. Buffalo Park, 2400 N. Gemini Dr. As part of a larger, nationwide series of actions in reaction to Trump's massive attack on both Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante National Monuments, join us in taking a giant group photo of Flagstaff area folks letting Trump know we don't approve of his unprecedented attacks on our public lands. Come with any public lands signs and banners you have. We will also gather on Thursday, the day before the photo op, at noon at Wheeler Park to make one of the giant banners. facebook.com/events/137594313609135/.

Night at the Museum: Holidays with the Hochderffers: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Arizona Historical Society Pioneer Museum, 2340 N. Fort Valley Road. The Hochderffer family was involved in many aspects of Flagstaff's earliest development. Arizona Historical Society archivists have recently processed the family's extensive donated items, including a variety of diaries, letters, field notes, scrapbooks, ephemera, and rare photos illustrating territorial life in Flagstaff and around Arizona. Free; RSVP required. Beer and wine will be available to purchase. 774-6272. facebook.com/flagstaffhistory.

It's a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play: 7:30 p.m. Doris Harper White Community Theater (Theatrikos), 11 W. Cherry Ave. Timeless holiday classic staged as 1940s radio play. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve. Guardian angel Clarence helps George understand the true purpose of his life and realize that family and friends are what make a person rich. Proceeds from tonight's performance to the family of the theater's former box office manager, Ginger Haviland, whose sons Nathaniel and Jesse are longtime volunteers and actors with Theatrikos. The boys lost their father and Nathaniel also lost all his family's material possessions in a recent house fire. 774-1662. $13-$24. theatrikos.com.

Sense & Sensibility: 7-9 p.m. Flagstaff Arts & Leadership Academy Stage 7, 3401 N. Fort Valley Road. Experience the revamped version of a classic piece of literature. Rich with romance, tragedy, and hope, this is an enthralling story told originally from the perspectives of young adults in the early 1790s. 779-7223. $7 for students and staff, $11 general. falastage7.wixsite.com/theatre.

NAU Theatre Presents: A Festival of One Acts: 7-8 p.m. The Studio Theater, 1115 S. Knoles Dr (Performing and Fine Arts Bldg., NAU). Three nights of student directed and student performed work as a culmination of directing and acting courses. Free and open to the public. 523-5661.

ResCare Hiring Event: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Goodwill of Central & Northern Arizona, 4308 E. Route 66. Job Seekers can meet with Recruiters on Friday, December 8 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Flagstaff Goodwill Career Center.Recruiters from ResCare will be interviewing for Care Giver Positions. Please dress professionally and bring a copy of your resume.If you have any questions please call 928-556-5096 Amanda Kraft, amanda.kraft@goowillaz.org, 9285565096.

Christmas Bazaar: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church, 6134 Black Bill Road (7 miles past the Flagstaff Mall heading north). Christmas gifts and decorations, crafts, Orthodox Christian gifts and books. Homemade baked goodies including homemade baklava which may be ordered and reserved in advance. 526-1733.

NAU School of Music presents a Saxophone Studio Recital: 7:30-8:30 p.m. Ashurst Hall, 624 S. Knoles Dr., NAU campus. Free and open to the public. 523-3731.

Walk into Winter: 9 a.m. Flagstaff Meet in the mall parking lot behind Sears next to the Food Court entrance. About 3 total miles of walking in and around that area. If the weather is really, Really, really bad we can walk inside the mall but we prefer the outdoors. 714-0504.

Beginners' Duplicate Bridge: 9-noon. Montoya Community Center, 245 N. Thorpe Road. New group forming for party bridge players who want to learn duplicate bridge. 440-3784.


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Light rain quenches Phoenix's thirst after 105-day dry spell

Phoenix's dry spell has ended after more than 100 days with no rain.

Scattered showers moved through the Phoenix area Tuesday evening, bringing rain to mostly central and parts of west Phoenix.

According to the National Weather Service, 0.07 inches (0.18 centimeters) of rain fell on the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

Gauges in Glendale and south Phoenix recorded 0.12 inches (0.3 centimeters) of rain.

It was the first time it had rained in the Phoenix area since Aug. 23 when it received 0.06 inches (0.15 centimeters) of rain.