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22 Nov. 19 - Dec. 2, 2011


Things to do


Golf Resort, 1 N. San Marcos Pl., downtown Chandler. The restaurant serves all-you-can-eat prime rib on Saturday evenings. Jazz singer Laurie Fagen performs with Beth Lederman on Nov. 19 and The Vandal-Hancock jazz guitar duo appears on Nov. 26. Reservations: 480-812-0900.


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BLOCKBUSTER: An “ice” skating rink is one of the popular attractions of Rock the Block, Chandler’s largest block party on Nov. 19.


Rock the Block, 8 p.m. Sat., Nov. 19, downtown Chandler. Two stages with live performances, a farmers’ market and an “ice” skating rink are part of this city’s largest block party. This is a free event presented by Achen- Gardner Construction and the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership with support from the City of Chandler. Also featured are bounce houses, rock climbing wall, dunk tank, fine arts and crafts, and refreshments. To accommodate the event, Arizona Avenue will be closed from Chandler Boulevard to Frye Road. Info: www.downtownchandler.org, www.ChandlerBlockParty.com.


Free holiday decorating workshop, 10 a.m. Sat., Nov. 19 at Chandler Downtown Library, 22 S. Delaware St., Chandler. Find out how professionals incorporate holiday decorations into a home’s décor. Christine Hippensteel of Decorating Den will show various vignettes of holiday decorating, present a slide show of additional settings and give other educational information. Info: 480-821-1080.


Saturday night jazz performances, 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 19 and 26, AJ’s Cafe and 1912 Lounge at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos


Grand opening, Sat., Nov. 19, Crossroads Veterinary Hospital, 3871 S. Gilbert Rd., Suite 101, Gilbert. Check out this new full-service veterinary medical facility. Info: 480-899-0038, visit www.crossroadsvh.com.


Frame Fairy Open House, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sat., Nov. 19, Chick-fil-A, Gilbert Road south of the Santan Loop 202 Freeway. Entrepreneur and Brooks Ranch resident Alexa Taylor, 10, hosts a public open house for Frame Fairy to sell her photo frames decorated with buttons, flowers and other items. A portion of the proceeds goes to My Arms Wide Open, which helps South African women and young adults. Cash and checks will be accepted for her creations, and custom orders taken. Info: Framed by a Fairy on Facebook.


Grand opening event, noon to 2 p.m. Sat., Nov. 19, Sandoval Karate, 1960 W. Germann Rd., Chandler. Celebrate Sandoval Karate’s second school in the SanTan Sun area with a family friendly event. Info: 480-664-8827, www.sandovalkarate.net.


Solera Marketplace, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sat., Nov. 19, Solera Chandler, 6360 S. Mountain Rd., Chandler. Purchase unique and fun gifts for the holidays. Items are expected to range from quilts, ceramics and paintings to homemade candies, candles and more. Info: 480-802-6996, ext. 227; sjohnson@solerachandler.com.


Animal Tails, 10 a.m. Nov. 19, Changing Hands Bookstore, 6428 S. McClintock Dr., Tempe. An expert from the Phoenix Zoo discusses amazing animals, reads stories and shares a few critter encounters. Event is free. Info: 480-730-0205.


Arizona Balloon Classic, 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sat., Nov. 19 and 5:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sun., Nov. 20, Wild Horse Pass, 48th St. and North Loop Rd., Gila River Indian Community. More than 30 hot air balloons are expected to launch at the inaugural event. The weekend celebration will feature dawn patrol and morning liftoffs, afternoon mass ascensions, evening glow events and a “Hare and Hound” competition. The festival includes musical and family-friendly entertainment, skydivers, fireworks, a Family Fun Zone with children’s activities, exhibits, samples, shopping and more. All ballooning events are dependent on weather conditions. Cost for any one event is $7 in advance or $10 at the gate. A daily all-day pass is $15 in advance or $18 at the gate. Children ages 5 and younger are free. A portion of event proceeds benefit Phoenix Children’s Hospital and St. Mary’s Food Bank. Info: www.azballoonclassic.com.


NAPA Auto Parts World Finals, 7:30 a.m. Nov. 19 and 20, Firebird International Raceway, 20000 Maricopa Rd. off I-10, Chandler. Watch the world’s fastest boats and most daring drivers on the waters of Firebird Lake. Speeds approach nearly 250 mph as Top Fuel Hydros, Top Alcohol Hydros, Pro Modified, Pro Gas Flats and more battle it out. All ages are invited. Tickets: $10 to $75, free ages 12 and younger; parking starts at $10 per day. Info: 602-268-0200, www.firebirdraceway.com.


Perry Branch Library activities, 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd. at Perry High School, Gilbert: Wiggle Worms, 10:30 a.m. Nov. 21, 22, 28 and 29 – Tots ages 18 months to 3 years with a parent have fun with flannel board rhymes,


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songs, shakers, bubbles, parachute play and age-appropriate books; Baby Time, 10:30 a.m. – Ages newborn to 20 months are introduced to books, songs and fingerplays. All activities are free. Info: 602-652-3000, www.mcldaz.org.


Chandler Downtown Library programs, 22 S. Delaware St., Chandler: Weee Play, 11 a.m. Nov. 21, 23, 28 – Ages 3 to 5 jump, catch, freeze, toss and more during this high energy program that encourages exercise, coordination, self-awareness and other development skills; After School Crafts, 3:30 to 5 p.m. Nov. 22 – Ages 6 to 11 make crafts, using crayons, scissors, glue sticks and paper, and enjoy snacks. All are free. Info: 480-782-2800, www.chandlerlibrary.org.


Southeast Regional Library event, 775 N. Greenfield Rd., Gilbert: Genealogy Workshop, 10 a.m. to noon, Nov. 22 – Learn about genealogy Internet favorites presented by the Mesa Family History Center. Registration required. Info: 602-652-3000, www.mcldaz.org.


Tumbleweed Recreation Center programs, 745 E. Germann Rd., Chandler: Family Night, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Nov. 23 and 30 – All ages enjoy themed recreational activities and entertainment each week for $3 to $5; Bikes, Bounce & Boogie, 9 to 11 a.m. Nov. 30 – Ages 5 and younger with an adult have a fun-filled morning of bikes, tricycles, pedal push cars, a bounce house and music for $2 to $3; program is subject to cancellation with inclement weather. Info: 480-782-2900, www.chandleraz.gov/tumbleweed.


Youth NaNoWriMo Program, 6 p.m. Nov. 30, Gangplank, 260 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. Kids ages 7 to 17 participate in this free challenge to write a book in 30 days. This is the mid- way session. Read stories on Dec. 3. Info: 877-426-4755.


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