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Arizona Rattlers To Host Holiday Drive at CityScape

The Arizona Rattlers will host their second annual Holiday Drive on Saturday, December 7, at CityScape in downtown Phoenix. The event will run from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and will feature a toy drive benefiting the Salvation Army and an American Red Cross blood drive. The event is free and open to the public and boasts plenty of holiday fun for the whole family including various children’s activities, football toss inflatable, free pictures with Santa Claus, and CityScape Phoenix’s CitySkate ice rink.

Adding to the fun, Shmonty from 93.3 KDKB will be hosting a special live remote at the event from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. and will hand out gifts to those who donate.

Fans from around the Valley will have the opportunity to spend time with members of the 2013 World Champion Arizona Rattlers arena football team, Sidewinder dancers, mascot Stryker D. Rattler and members of the Phoenix Coyotes organization and mascot Howler.

The first 100 people to donate a new and unwrapped toy will receive a special Rattlers gift bag. All toy donations will be given to the Salvation Army’s Christmas Angel program to be included in 3TV AZ Family’s Big Give on December 13. In their 28th year, the Christmas Angel program takes place in 18 malls across the Valley and Northern Arizona and is hoping to help 48,000 Arizona children this holiday season as these may be the only gifts they receive.

The American Red Cross will be conducting a blood drive from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. and all blood donors will receive an American Red Cross recycled shopping bag and Arizona Rattlers t-shirt.

All toy and blood donors will receive $2 off their purchase at the CitySkate ice rink as well as exclusive discounts from local downtown businesses.

For additional information please visitwww.azrattlers.com.


Maracay collects toys to help ill children

Maracay Homes is collecting toys for their annual ‘Fill Our House With Love‘ Toy Drive to bring joy to chronically and terminally ill children involved with Starlight Children’s Foundation Arizona.

Toy donations such as Play-Doh, stuffed animals and action figures for kids ranging from 2 to 18 years old may be dropped off at any Maracay Homes community now through December 21. Items will be hand delivered at a holiday celebration held at the Phoenix Zoo Lights event in honor of these brave children and their families.

“Maracay Homes is proud to be a part of the Starlight Foundation’s mission to improve the quality of life of chronically and terminally ill children and to make the holidays brighter for kids in Arizona hospitals. Serving the community is a critical part of what we do at Maracay Homes,” said Andy Warren, president of Maracay Homes.

Financial donations are appreciated as well. Checks written to the Starlight Children’s Foundation can be dropped off at a Maracay Homes community.

For more information, contact any Maracay Homes community or call 480-970-6000

Commemorative Air Force Aviation Museum

Things To Do In Arizona: Commemorative Air Force Aviation Museum

The Commemorative Air Force Aviation Museum (CAFAM) combines learning about the past with enjoying the artifacts that only this museum can provide to its visitors. Fly high in the Arizona sky exploring sites that only a bird’s-eye-view can provide you with. With exploring the skies in various WWII bombers, to keeping your feet firmly planted on the ground, the CAFAM provides you with a community of people who live and breathe the history of the planes and artifacts.

A sample of the CAFAM museum exhibits include a section honoring the fallen of WWI and WWII cemeteries, a Tuskegee Airmen exhibit, a Chow Hound Exhibit and an enemy artifacts exhibit.

Want to get the community involved? The Commemorative Air Force Aviation Museum offers community programs that allow you to participate in unbelievable experiences. The docent-guided tours are for groups comprised of eight or more adults (at a discount price) as well as to school children/organized youth groups for ages eight and older.

Another service available is a free-of-charge public speaker who can be hired to speak at your events. The Arizona Wing will provide your event with a volunteer who will discuss the goals, history and object of the museum with a PowerPoint presentation that takes about 20 minutes.

A more festive event is the Holiday Pancake Breakfast and Toy Drive where Santa and the Commemorative Air Force Aviation Museum collect toys for children in need and serve pancakes for breakfast. This event typically is held during early December, with free admission with each donation of an unwrapped toy or a $1 off admission for donating a canned food item. Santa even arrives by vintage warbird to greet everyone!

Summer hours of operation include Wednesday to Sunday from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. from June through September. Hours are subject to change due to special events, facility rentals, etc.

Admission for kids ages 13 years old and up is $10, and kids between the ages of five and 12 are $3. For seniors 62 years old and older, admission is $9. Children under 5 years old are always free.

From warbird rides, tours, and even aircraft displays, experience these planes first-hand or admire them from the ground.

For more information about the Commemorative Air Force Aviation Museum, visit azcaf.org.

Commemorative Air Force Aviation Museum
2017 N. Greenfield Rd.
Mesa, AZ 85215
(480) 924-1940