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PHX Sky Harbor offers free gift wrapping

If you are traveling for the holidays, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is offering important travel tips along with a parking discount and a free service for those traveling with gifts.

The TSA recommends that travelers do not wrap their gifts when passing through security. For the sixth year, Phoenix Sky Harbor will be offering free gift-wrapping for travelers.

From 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. December 20-22, gift-wrapping will be available in Terminal 4 in two post-security locations:  just past the A Checkpoint and just past the C Checkpoint.

Travelers can save money in the convenient terminal garages by reserving their parking in advance through Prepaid Discount Parking.  Parking in the terminal garages is deeply discounted for the holidays – just $13 a day.  That price is available through January 4.

The opening of the Terminal 3 PHX Sky Train® station has made it even easier to connect between terminals.  All airport travelers are encouraged to use the 44th Street & Washington PHX Sky Train Station for handy pick-up and drop-off.  The station offers a quick ride on the PHX Sky Train to Terminals 3 and 4.  There is a cell phone lot where drivers may wait free of charge for their party.

Additional travel tips:

  • Give yourself enough time.  Arrive at the Airport at least two hours before you flight departs.
  • Check your flight status with your airline before coming to the Airport.
  • Look through your purse or carry-on bag before you come to the Airport. Visit tsa.gov for information about what can be placed in your carry-on.
  • If you are planning to park at the Airport and looking for the most convenient parking options, visit skyharbor.com/FindASpot for information and up-to-the-minute parking availability.
  • Save time and use Early Bag Check.  This service gives travelers flying American/US Airways, Southwest and United the opportunity to check their bags before arriving at the terminal.  Avoid the ticket counter lines by checking your bags at East Economy Parking, the 44th Street PHX Sky Train Station, or at the Rental Car Center.  The service is free, though airline bag fees still apply. Travelers must check their bags in a minimum of 90 minutes before their flight.  For more information, including hours of operation at each location, visitskyharbor.com/earlybagcheck
McDowell Mountain Musical Festival

Rain Or Shine, McDowell Mountain Music Festival 2012 Hosted A Great Time [PHOTOS]

Donning last season’s coats they thought they stored away for the year, hauling their lounge chairs and blankets to the corner of 68th and Mayo, festival-goers wouldn’t let anything stop them from guzzling their brew of choice and enjoying the three days of live music at the McDowell Mountain Music Festival.

Held from Friday, April 13 to Sunday, April 15, the McDowell Mountain Music Festival welcomed attendees of all ages — from the little ones hula hooping in the Kids Zone and the hippies who felt at home, to the Grateful-Dead-fanatic folks who swayed and boogied to every track the Dark Star Orchestra performed on Saturday night. (And let’s not forget how hot and bothered and shirtless and sweaty it got Saturday night inside the Compound Grill during EOTO’s performance.)

While the weather was far from clear and sunny that weekend, one message was far from muddled — the attendees were there to have a good time with friends and family, and all for a great cause. With a “do good, feel good” attitude boasting from plenty of festival-goers, 100 percent of the proceeds benefited the Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Ear Candy, a non-profit music organization.

The McDowell Mountain Music Festival main stage welcomed artists including Galactic, Ozomatli and Endoplasmic (improvisational dance music) on Friday; Dark Star Orchestra, funky Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Anders Osborne, Trevor Hall (a hybrid of rock and reggae), Tramps and Thieves and relatively-new-to-the-scene Nameless Prophets on Saturday; and on Sunday, bluegrass band the Travelin’ McCourys featuring Keller Williams, Soulive and Carolina Chocolate Drops.

The festival also hosted after hours performances in the Compound Grill for those who wanted to continue the party indoors. The Motet performed on Friday; and EOTO, a 100 percent improvised mix of dubstep, trip-hop, breakbeat, house, and drum and bass, performed Saturday.

During the day, attendees were able to filter in and out of Compound, the music transitioning “from the mainstream to the indie scene,” featuring artists and bands including Quick Henry and PHX on Friday; Spafford, Future Loves Past and Synaptic Soul on Saturday; and Voluntary String Band and Decker on Sunday.

One of the most vibrant performances in the Compound Grill, however, came from attendees of all ages who partook in the drum circle, playing the drums, shakers, tambourine, bells and more as patrons dined and others danced.

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McDowell Mountain Musical Festival

For more information about the McDowell Mountain Music Festival, visit mmmf.net/2012.