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December 1 Monday
Parkinson’s Disease Microdose Therapy Treatment Discussion, 2 p.m. Mondays in December, Helen Foundation, 105 S. Delaware Dr., Suite 8, Apache Junction, free, reservations required, (480) 389-5431, ernestogallegos01@gmail.com.

December 2 Tuesday
Tai Chi Class, 4:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m., Tuesdays except Dec. 23 and 30, Ironwood Cancer and Research Centers, rotates between Chandler, Gilbert and Mesa locations, free, (480) 855-2224, www.ironwoodcrc.com

Chair Yoga Class, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Tuesdays except Dec. 23 and 30, Ironwood Cancer and Research Centers, 3686 S. Rome St., Gilbert, free, (480) 340-4013, www.ironwoodcrc.com

Tour of Sun Health Center for Health and Wellbeing, 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., repeats Dec. 16, Sun Health Center for Health and Wellbeing, 14719 W. Grand Ave., Surprise, free, registration required, (623) 455-5633. Learn how Sun Health can help prevent and manage chronic illnesses.

Memory Care Caregiver Support Group, 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., repeats Dec. 16, Sun Health Center for Health and Wellbeing Community Room, 14719 W. Grand Ave., Surprise, free, (623) 455-5633.

You Can Exercise Safely with High Blood Pressure, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., Banner Boswell Medical Center Support Services Building, Juniper Room, 13180 N. 103rd Dr., Sun City, free, registration required, (623) 455-5633.

Country Store, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Greenfield Village RV Resort, 111 S. Greenfield Rd., Mesa, free admission, (480) 832-3844. Come do your Christmas shopping here and have breakfast and/or lunch as well.

MS Disease Microdose Therapy Treatment Discussion, 2 p.m. Tuesdays in December, Helen Foundation, 105 S. Delaware Dr., Suite 8, Apache Junction, free, reservations required, (480) 389-5431, ernestogallegos01@gmail.com.
 
December 3 Wednesday
Chair Yoga Class, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Wednesdays except Dec. 24 and 31, Ironwood Cancer and Research Centers, 685 S. Dobson Rd., Chandler, free, (480) 340-4013, www.ironwoodcrc.com.

Strength Training for Health, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., Sun Health Center for Health and Wellbeing Community Room, 14719 W. Grand Ave., Surprise, $5, registration required, (623) 455-5633. Beginners are welcome are this strength-training class led by health coach Rhonda Zonoozi.

Fibromyalgia Microdose Therapy Treatment Discussion, 2 p.m. Wednesdays in December, Helen Foundation, 105 S. Delaware Dr., Suite 8, Apache Junction, free, reservations required, (480) 389-5431, ernestogallegos01@gmail.com.

December 4 Thursday
Society for the Arts Social, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Olive and Ivy, 7135 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale, $2, (480) 751-2200. Join the Society for the Arts at this Testani-designed hotspot.

The Aging Eye, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Grandview Terrace Santa Fe Dining Room, 14515 W. Granite Valley Dr., Sun City West, free, registration required, (623) 455-5633. Arizona Eye Institute’s Dr. Misty Cox explains what happens to eyes as age.

Fabulous Fiber: Healthy Benefits and Strategies to Meet Your Needs, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Sun Health Center for Health and Wellbeing Community Room, 14719 W. Grand Ave., Surprise, free, registration required, (623) 455-5633. Registration dietitian Tracy Garrett discusses the many benefit of consuming a diet that contain adequate fiber.

Chronic Pain Microdose Therapy Treatment Discussion, 2 p.m. Thursdays in December, except Christmas, Helen Foundation, 105 S. Delaware Dr., Suite 8, Apache Junction, free, reservations required, (480) 389-5431, ernestogallegos01@gmail.com.

December 5 Friday
The Valley Engineering, Science and Technology Club, 11:30 a.m., first Friday of every month, Briarwood Country Club, 20800 N. 135th Ave., Sun City West, $18, (623) 544-0942, www.engineersaz.com.  After the luncheon, Professor Braden Allenby, distinguished sustainability scientist of the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute, will discuss the rapid changes in several technologies.

“Tidings of Joy” 2014 Holiday Concert, 7 p.m., Chaparral Christian Church, 6451 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, $20, $15 students and seniors, (602) 464-4100. The North Valley Chorale concert will include J.S. Bach’s “Magnificat,” as well as a selection of favorite holiday songs.

Arthritis/Neuropathy Microdose Therapy Treatment Discussion, 2 p.m. Fridays in December, except Dec. 26, Helen Foundation, 105 S. Delaware Dr., Suite 8, Apache Junction, free, reservations required, (480) 389-5431, ernestogallegos01@gmail.com.

December 6 Saturday
Sons of Norway Annual Lutefisk-Meatball Dinner and Bake Sale, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 1844 E. Dana Ave., Mesa, $17, (480) 986-1009, t.l.birk@juno.com.  The Sons of Norway are dedicated to preserving the culture and heritage of all Scandinavian countries. Guests will be treated to lefse (traditional specially treated cod), desserts, coffee and live Norwegian music. The dinner and bake sale raise money for food banks and shelters.

“Christmas Letters,” 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Skyline High School, 845 S. Crismon Rd., Mesa, $5 to $15, (480) 947-7464, www.sopchorus.org.  The Spirit of Phoenix Chorus and Quartets present a variety of favorite Christmas songs.

Holiday Boutique, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Epiphany Lutheran Church, 800 W. Ray Rd., Chandler, free admission, (480) 963-6105, sue@betterbuyerinsurance.com.  Epiphany Lutheran Church invites the community to peruse the holiday boutique/craft sale.

December 7 Sunday
“Christmas Letters,” 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 13724 W. Meeker Blvd., Sun City West, $15, (623) 584-2000, www.sopchorus.org.  The Spirit of Phoenix Chorus and Quartets present a variety of favorite Christmas songs.

December 8 Monday
Breast Cancer Support Group, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., second Monday of each month, Ironwood Cancer and Research Centers, 685 S. Dobson Rd., Chandler, free, (480) 340-4013, www.ironwoodcrc.com

Prostate Cancer Support Group, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., second Monday of each month, Ironwood Cancer and Research Centers, 685 S. Dobson Rd., Chandler, free, (480) 340-4013, www.ironwoodcrc.com

West Valley Genealogical Society Meeting, 1:30 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 12225 N. 103rd Ave., Sun City, (623) 933-4945, www.azwvgs.org.  Cindy Patricki will lecture on the resources available at the McClellan Irish Library and how to effectively use them.

Sun Lakes Democratic Club, 7 p.m., Sun Lakes Country Club’s Navajo Room, 25601 N. Sun Lakes Blvd., Sun Lakes, nonperishable food donation, (480) 895-1162. There will not be a speaker at this meeting. Instead, the meeting will focus on the election of officers and board members for the next term, a review of the past year and discussion of other plans for club activities.

Better Breathers Club, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., The Colonnade, Recreation Village, 19116 Colonnade Way, Surprise, free, registration required, (623) 455-5633. This monthly education and support group is for those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Nutrition for Osteoporosis: Keeping Your Bones Strong, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sun Health Center for Health and Wellbeing Community Room, 14719 W. Grand Ave., Surprise, free, registration required, (623) 455-5633. Registered dietitian Tracy Garrett will discuss lifestyle interventions that adults can make to keep their bones strong and prevent injury.

December 9 Tuesday
Mesa Women’s Connection’s Christmas Boutique Brunch, 9:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., Superstition Springs Golf Club, 6542 E. Baseline Rd., Mesa, $13, (480) 254-4083, (480) 276-9437. Reservations include a craft and bake sale, a silent auction and a live auction. Entertainment will be provided by singer Becky Medaris and speaker Donna Yecke, “What’s It All About?”

Financial Planning at Year End, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., La Loma Village, 14154 S. Denny Blvd., Litchfield Park, free, registration required, (623) 445-5633. Time to get your financial house in order.

Taking Care of Your Heart: Monthly Series, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Banner Boswell Medical Center Support Services Building, Memorial Hall West, 13180 N. 103rd Dr., Sun City, free, registration required, (623) 455-5633. The free education series teaches people about their hearts and how to manage chronic heart disease.

Setting SMART Goals for the New Year, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., Sun Health Center for Health and Wellbeing Community Room, 14719 W. Grand Ave., Surprise, free, (623) 455-5633. Learn how to develop a compelling vision and set goals that are specific, measureable, action-oriented, realistic and timely to achieve the behavior changes in 2015.

December 10 Wednesday
East Valley Michigan Club’s Christmas Party, 2 p.m., Golden Corral, 1868 N. Power Rd., Mesa, charge for food, (480) 610-9864, (480) 986-7085, jilanctot@cox.net.  In lieu of gifts, make a charitable donation.

Circuit Training, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., Sun Health Center for Health and Wellbeing Community Room, 14719 W. Grand Ave., Surprise, $5, registration required, (623) 455-5633. Stations will be set up around the room, featuring resistance bands, small hand weights, stability ballsm a step and more.

December 11 Thursday
CapTel: Captioned Telephone Lecture, 12:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Leckey Center at Ed Robson Branch Library, 9330 E. Riggs Rd., Sun Lakes, free, (602) 652-3000, halib72@gmail.comreggiefaith@gmail.com.  Ron Dreyfus will talk about the benefits of the entire CapTel product line and demonstrate real-time captioning.

Sun Lakes Chorale’s Holiday Concert, 7 p.m., Sun Lakes United Methodist Church, 9248 E. Riggs Rd., Sun Lakes, $10, (480) 883-6997 www.sunlakeschorale.com. The concert features mixed voices, solos and instrumental accompaniments directed by Cristine Temple-Evans.

Stand Up to Falling Down, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Sun Health Center for Health and Wellbeing Community Room, 14719 W. Grand Ave., Surprise, free, registration required, (623) 455-5633. Get information about personal risk factors and how to protect yourself and reduce your fall risk in your home and surroundings.

VA Benefits and Long Term Care, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Grandview Terrace Santa Fe Dining Room, 14515 W. Granite Valley Dr., Sun City West, free, registration required, (623) 455-5633. Daniel Nunez, director of Elder Client Services with Jackson White Attorneys at Law, presents an overview of the benefits available through the Veterans Administration and Arizona’s Medicaid program.

Give Yourself the Gift of a Healthier Holiday Season, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., Sun Health Center for Health and Wellbeing, 14719 W. Grand Ave., Surprise, free, registration required, (623) 455-5633. Join this lively discussion on recipe modifications, food substitutions and healthy holiday eating tips that are easy and will have you celebrating come Jan. 2.

December 12 Friday
Greater West Valley Women’s Connection, 12 p.m., Corte Bella Country Club, 22129 N. Mission Dr., Sun City West, $23, (623) 255-5352. Lisa Patterson, a mother of seven, will discuss how life can go from pieces to purpose.

Understanding Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., The Colonnade Recreation Village, 19116 Colonnade Way, Surprise, free, registration required, (623) 455-5633. A vascular surgeon will highlight the known risk factors, diagnosis and management of this vascular disease.

Sun City Christian Women’s Club Brunch, 9 a.m., Sun City Country Club, 9433 N. 107th Ave., Sun City, $15, (623) 933-0217, (623) 444-4293, mwholick@gmail.com.  Features speaker Judy Scharfenberg and Christmas music.

December 13 Saturday
Benefit Concert for Foothills Food Bank, 4 p.m., Desert Foothills Lutheran Church, 29305 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, $20, (480) 585-8006, www.dflcconcerts.org.  Help kick off the holiday season with the Orpheus Male Chorus of Phoenix. A reception will directly follow the concert.

Pancake Breakfast, 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., Sunland Village Auditorium, 4601 E. Dolphin Ave., Mesa, $3.50 at the door, (480) 832-9003.

December 14 Sunday
“Canticles in Candlelight,” 8:15 a.m. and 10 a.m., Sun Lakes United Methodist Church, 9248 E. Riggs Rd., Sun Lakes, free, (480) 895-8766, www.sunlakesumc.org.  The Chancel choir, directed by composer Joseph Martin, will perform the Christmas Cantata accompanied by a 22-piece orchestra, music, prayers, poetry and candle lighting.

December 15 Monday
Caregiving During the Holidays, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Church of the Palms, 14808 N. Boswell Blvd., Sun City, free, registration required, (623) 455-5633. Darlene Turner, director of the West Valley Enrichment Center, will discuss how the holiday season can be a time of peacefulness and meaningful connections.

Managing Fecal Incontinence, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Faith Presbyterian Church, 16000 N. Del Webb Blvd., Sun City, free, registration required, (623) 455-5633. A board-certified surgeon in colon and rectal surgery will discuss this problem affecting the health and self-esteem of many seniors.

December 16 Tuesday
Mindful Eating, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., Banner Boswell Medical Center Support Services, Juniper Room, 13180 N. 103rd Dr., Sun City, free, registration required, (623) 455-5633. Join a registered dietitian to learn techniques to improve your health by practicing mindfulness.

December 17 Wednesday
Christmas Concert, 4:40 p.m., Desert Palms Presbyterian Church, 13459 W. Stardust Blvd., Sun City West, free, (623) 584-4602, www.desertpalmschurch.org.  Directed by Wendy Fentiman, the Christmas Concert features a 27-voice choral ensemble and Faith Journey, a women’s vocal sextet.

Diabetes Connection Support Group’s Holiday Special, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sun Health Center for Health and Wellbeing Community Room, 14719 W. Grand Ave., Surprise, free, (623) 455-5633. The topic will be holiday eating and all attendees are invited to bring a healthy snack to share as well as the recipe.
December 18 Thursday
Society for the Arts Social, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., ELEMENTS Sanctuary Resort, 5700 E. McDonald Dr., Scottsdale, $2, (480) 602-2300. Join the Society for the Arts at the Sanctuary restaurant led by Chef Beau MacMillan.

Coffee Club, 8:30 a.m., Edward Jones, 13236 N. Seventh St., Suite 6, Phoenix, (602) 866-6309. Discuss current events, the economy and investing in a relaxed, informal setting.

Add Strength to Your Routine, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., Sun Health Center for Health and Wellbeing, Community Room, 14719 W. Grand Ave., Surprise, free, registration required, (623) 455-5633. This informative class will present the benefits of adding strengthening exercises to your routine.

December 19 Friday
The Latest in Alzheimer’s Prevention Research and Clinical Trials, 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., El Dorado of Sun City, 10330 W. Thunderbird Blvd., Sun City, free, registration required, (623) 455-5633. Brian Browne of the Banner Sun Health Research Institute presents information on new clinical trials aimed at preventing Alzheimer’s disease that are being conducted in the Northwest Valley.

December 20 Saturday
Caregiver Support Group, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., third Saturday of each month, Ironwood Cancer and Research Centers, 685 S. Dobson Rd., Chandler, free, (480) 340-4013, www.ironwoodcrc.com.  Support group for caregivers of people with cancer.

December 21 Sunday
Polka Club of Arizona, 1 p.m., Greenfield Village RV Resort, 111 S. Greenfield Rd., Mesa, call for charge, (480) 832-3844.

December 22 Monday
Meet Me Downtown Phoenix Social Walk/Run, 5:15 p.m., The Corner at CityScape, 50 W. Jefferson St., Phoenix, free, www.meetmedowntownphx.com/.  Its mission is to bring people of all ages to downtown Phoenix for a weekly social walk/run, engaging individuals and businesses in a vibrant event that showcases downtown Phoenix as a prime location for healthy activities.

December 23 Tuesday
Phoenix Suns vs. Dallas Mavericks, 7 p.m., US Airways Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, $25 and up, (800) 745-3000, www.usairwayscenter.com.

December 24 Wednesday
Have a joyous Christmas Eve from all of us at Lovin’ Life After 50.

December 25 Thursday
Merry Christmas from all of us at Lovin’ Live After 50.

December 26 Friday
Motown Holiday Party, 8 p.m., Vee Quiva Event Center, 15091 Komatke Ln., Laveen, $10, (800) 946-4452, www.wingilariver.com/vee-quiva.

December 27 Saturday
Fiesta Bowl Parade, 11 a.m., Central Phoenix, Central Avenue and Bethany Home Road, free to $25, www.fiestabowl.org/events/fiesta-bowl-parade.php.

December 28 Sunday
“The Nutcracker,” 1 p.m., Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix, $25 to $163, (602) 381-1096, www.balletaz.org.  This is your last chance to see the holiday classic before it closes for the year.

December 29 Monday
Phoenix Coyotes vs. Philadelphia Flyers, 7 p.m., Gila River Arena, 9400 W. Maryland, Glendale, $35 and up, (800) 745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com.

December 30 Tuesday
Las Noches de Las Luminarias, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, $12.50 to $30, (480) 481-8188, www.dbg.org/events-exhibitions/las-noches-de-las-luminarias

December 31 Wednesday
Circle K New Year’s Eve Block Party on Mill, 6 p.m. to 1 a.m., Downtown Tempe along Mill Avenue, Tempe, $15 in advance, www.downtowntempe.cominfo@solutionsaz.com.  Ring in 2015 with interactive games, activities, musical entertainment and more on Mill Avenue. 


 

Tucson

December 1 Monday
Art Talk with Sandy Cord, 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., The Forum at Tucson, 2500 N. Rosemont, free, registration required, 325-4800. Tucson Museum of Art docent Sandy Cord will give an in-depth presentation on TMA’s Nacimiento, where Biblical scenes are side-by-side with everyday life in a Mexican village.

December 2 Tuesday
Free Blood Pressure Screening, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Oro Valley Public Library, 1305 W. Naranja Dr., Oro Valley, free, 594-5580. Keep your health in check by visiting the Oro Valley Public Library.

December 3 Wednesday
Sons of Orpheus Holiday Benefit Concert, 7 p.m., Berger Center for the Performing Arts, ASDB Campus, 1200 W. Speedway, free-will donation, www.sonsoforpheus.org.  Concert features holiday-themed choral music to benefit the Tucson Community Food Bank.

December 4 Thursday
Optical Illusions: “Don’t Trust Your Brain,” 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., The Forum at Tucson, 2500 N. Rosemont, free, registration required, 325-4800. Join the group as Dr. Howard Topoff explains why we see the world with our eyes, but only the brain can make sense of our surroundings.

December 5 Friday
Southern Arizona Women’s Chorus’ “Peaceful Wintersong,” 7 p.m., Catalina Foothills High School, 4300 E. Sunrise Dr., $15, 404-3148.

IONS Tucson Presents Dr. David Sadker, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Unity of Tucson, 3617 N. Camino Blanco, $5, 577-1478, www.ionstucson.org.  Dr. David Sadker will discuss “Recalibrating Your Personal GPS: Aligning Your Outer Life with Your Inner Truth.”

December 6 Saturday
Oro Valley Festival of the Arts, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Oro Valley Marketplace, southwest corner of Oracle and Tangerine roads, Oro Valley, free, www.saaca.org/FestivaloftheArts.php.

December 7 Sunday
Oro Valley Festival of the Arts, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Oro Valley Marketplace, southwest corner of Oracle and Tangerine roads, Oro Valley, free, www.saaca.org/FestivaloftheArts.php.

Southern Arizona Women’s Chorus’ “Peaceful Wintersong,” 7 p.m., Ascension Lutheran Church, 1220 W. Magee Rd., $15, 404-3148, www.southernarizonawomenschorus.org.  The concert will feature songs of peace, lullabies and the winter season.

“Broadway to Hollywood,” 3 p.m., Berger Performing Arts Center, 1200 W. Speedway Blvd., $40, 882-9721, www.invisibletheatre.com

December 8 Monday
Tucson Community Stroke Support Group, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., University of Arizona Medical Center, Cafeteria Dining Room C, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., free, registration required, 626-2901. Facilitated by Leslie Ritter, PhD, RN, and supported by The University of Arizona Medical Center, College of Nursing and Sarver Heart Center. For stroke survivors and caregivers to learn more about stroke, to find positive solutions to shared concerns and to unite in support of each other.

National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) Chapter 1874’s Holiday Luncheon, 12 p.m., Vivace Restaurant, 6440 N. Campbell Ave., $25, 825-6978. Current and retired federal employees, spouses, guests and visitors are invited to join NARFE Chapter 1874 at Vivace for its holiday luncheon.

The National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) Association, Chapter 55’s Holiday Luncheon, 11 a.m., InnSuites Hotel and Suites, 475 N. Granada, $22 members, $26 guests, 885-9144. Current and retired federal employees, their spouses, guests and visitors are welcome.

December 9 Tuesday
Cochlear Implants: When Hearing Aids Aren’t Enough, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Community Performance and Art Center, 1250 W. Continental Rd., Green Valley, free, 399-7633. Arizona Hearing Specialists has partnered with Dr. Abraham Jacob, director of the University of Arizona Ear Institute, and the Cochlear Provider Network (CPN) to provide a comprehensive set of hearing health solutions that go beyond hearing aids.

History Talk with Sue Ward: “Challenges to U.S. Democracy,” 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., The Forum at Tucson, 2500 N. Rosemont, free, registration required, 325-4800. Sue Ward, International Relations Specialist, will share perspectives on the elections process and the challenges before us.

“Christmas at San Xavier,” 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. thru Dec. 11, Mission San Xavier del Bac, 1950 W. San Xavier Rd., $90 ($70 is tax-deductible), 407-6130, patronatoSX@earthlink.netwww.sonsoforpheus.org.  The Sons of Orpheus perform in collaboration with the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus to benefit the restoration and preservation of the mission.
December 10 Wednesday
“Christmas at San Xavier,” 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. thru Dec. 11, Mission San Xavier del Bac, 1950 W. San Xavier Rd., $90 ($70 is tax-deductible), 407-6130, patronatoSX@earthlink.netwww.sonsoforpheus.org.  The Sons of Orpheus perform in collaboration with the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus to benefit the restoration and preservation of the mission.

December 11 Thursday
National Association of Retired and Veteran Railroad Employees, 11 a.m., Golden Corral, 4380 E. 22nd St., $11, 288-8221. All veteran railroad employees—retired or still working—are invited.

“Christmas at San Xavier,” 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. thru Dec. 11, Mission San Xavier del Bac, 1950 W. San Xavier Rd., $90 ($70 is tax-deductible), 407-6130, patronatoSX@earthlink.netwww.sonsoforpheus.org.  The Sons of Orpheus perform in collaboration with the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus to benefit the restoration and preservation of the mission.

Green Valley Stroke Support Group, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Zuni Room, La Perla at La Posada, 635 S. Park Center Ave., free, registration required, 626-2901. Facilitated by Leslie Ritter, PhD, RN, and supported by The University of Arizona Medical Center, College of Nursing and Sarver Heart Center. For stroke survivors and caregivers to learn more about stroke, to find positive solutions to shared concerns and to unite in support of each other.

December 12 Friday
Strings Attached, 11 a.m. to 12:25 p.m., Dusenberry-River Branch Library, 5605 E. River Rd., free, 594-5345. An informal group for knitters and crocheters.

Friends of the Pima County Public Library’s Book Sale, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Book Barn, 2230 N. Country Club, free admission, 795-3763. Check out thousands of used books and DVDs at low prices. Seniors older than 55 receive a 25-percent discount on Saturday.

December 13 Saturday
“A Southwest Nutcracker,” 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., repeats 2 p.m., Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave., $27 to $33, 886-1222, www.tucsonregionalballet.org.  The ballet original translates the traditional Nutcracker to Tucson in the 1880s complete with the battle of the coyotes and the U.S. Cavalry, travel over the glistening, falling snow of Mount Lemmon to a desert dream of chili peppers, Mama Piñata and the waltzing desert poppies.

Winterhaven Festival of Lights, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., through Dec. 27, Winterhaven entrances off of Fort Lowell and Prince, free, donations accepted, www.winterhavenfestival.org.  For 64 years, the residents of Winterhaven have hosted the festival as their gift to the community. However, the event is a fundraiser for the Tucson Community Food Bank.

December 14 Sunday
“A Southwest Nutcracker,” 2 p.m., Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave., $27 to $33, 886-1222, www.tucsonregionalballet.org.  The ballet original translates the traditional Nutcracker to Tucson in the 1880s complete with the battle of the coyotes and the U.S. Cavalry, travel over the glistening, falling snow of Mount Lemmon to a desert dream of chili peppers, Mama Piñata and the waltzing desert poppies.

Winterhaven Run through the Lights, 5:30 p.m., Winterhaven entrances off of Fort Lowell and Prince, free, 326-9383, www.azroadrunners.org.  Runners are encouraged to wear holiday attire for the noncompetitive run.

December 15 Monday
Sons of Orpheus Holiday Medley, 6:15 p.m. to 7 p.m., Loews Ventana Canyon, 7000 N. Resort Dr., free, 299-2020, ext. 5264. Holiday activities are open to the public.

December 16 Tuesday
Tai Chi, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Himmel Park Branch Library, 1035 N. Treat Ave., free, 594-5255. The class is presented by Heather Chalon.

December 17 Wednesday
May your Hanukkah shine bright with happiness and peace from all of us at Lovin’ Life After 50.

Sonoran Sleuths Mystery Book Club, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., Oro Valley Public Library, 1305 W. Naranja Dr., Oro Valley, free, 594-5580. Whodunit mystery fans will love this group.

December 18 Thursday
Getting to the Heart of Good Food, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Canoa Hills Social Center, 3660 S. Camino del Sol, Green Valley, free, registration required, 626-2901. Dr. Charles Katzenberg, clinical professor of medicine at the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center, encourages his patients to walk toward a plant-based diet and run away from the SAD (Standard American Diet). Part of the UA Sarver Heart Center Green Valley Lecture Series 2014-2015.

Green Valley Genealogical Society, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Valley Presbyterian Church, 2800 S. Camino del Sol, Green Valley, free, 396-3701, hanson_24013@msn.com.  Jim Kimbrough will discuss “The Clothing of the American Colonial Rifleman” for the long program. The short program is Edie Sly’s “The Tucson Family History Center.”

Science and Technology “What’s Bugging You!” 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., The Forum at Tucson, 2500 N. Rosemont, free, registration required, 325-4800. Join UA Entomologist Dr. Carl Olson for a fun presentation on entomology.

December 19 Friday
Sons of Orpheus Holiday Benefit Concert, 7 p.m., St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 8650 N. Shannon Rd., call for ticket information, 297-7357.

December 20 Saturday
Many Hands Artist Cooperative, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Many Hands Courtyard, 3054 N. First Ave., free, 331-2908, mhartistcoop@gmail.com.  Holiday market features art vendors and neat shops. There will be food, music and adult beverages.

“Magic of Christmas,” 4 p.m., repeats 2 p.m. Dec. 21, Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave., $28 to $75, (800) 745-3000. See and hear the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and special guests play your favorite Christmas carols and holiday masterpieces.

December 21 Sunday
“Magic of Christmas,” 2 p.m., Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave., $28 to $75, (800) 745-3000. See and hear the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and special guests play your favorite Christmas carols and holiday masterpieces.

Sons of Orpheus Holiday Concert with the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Quail Creek Resort Community’s Madera Clubhouse, 2055 E. Quail Crossing Blvd., Green Valley, $30, 393-5822. Seating is theater style and tickets must be purchased in advance.

December 22 Monday
Public Health Nurse Visit, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Mission Branch Library, 3770 S. Mission Rd., free, 594-5325. A nurse will be on hand to answer health-related questions.

December 23 Tuesday
Senior Dominoes/Mexican Train, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr., Branch Library, 7800 N. Schisler Dr., free, 594-5200. Seniors get together the fourth Tuesday of the month to join in the fun of dominoes.

December 24 Wednesday
Have a wonderful Christmas Eve from all of us at Lovin’ Life After 50.

December 25 Thursday
Merry Christmas from all of us at Lovin’ Life After 50.

December 26 Friday
Zoo Lights Encore Nights, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Reid Park Zoological Society, 1030 S. Randolph Way, $6 adults, $4 children ages 2 to 14, 881-4753, www.reidparkzoo.org/events/public/zoo-lights-2014

Ballet Tucson’s “The Nutcracker,” 7:30 p.m., repeats 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 27, and 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Dec, 28, Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave., $30 $58, (800) 745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com.  Ballet Tucson’s award-winning dance production of “The Nutcracker” returns just in time for the Christmas season.

December 27 Saturday
Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis, 4 p.m., Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd., $40 to $100, http://uapresents.org.  The spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller, an American holiday tradition that combines beloved music with multimedia effects.

Ballet Tucson’s “The Nutcracker,” 7:30 p.m., repeats 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 27, and 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Dec, 28, Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave., $30 $58, (800) 745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com.  Ballet Tucson’s award-winning dance production of “The Nutcracker” returns just in time for the Christmas season.

December 28 Sunday
Tucson Javalinas Riding Club Breakfast, 9 a.m., Coyote Pause Café, 2740 S. Kinney Rd., charge for food, 883-7297, www.meetup.com/Tucson-Javalinas-Riding-Club.  The Tucson Javalinas is a motorcycle riding club dedicated to simply enjoying the ride together.

Ballet Tucson’s “The Nutcracker,” 7:30 p.m., repeats 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 27, and 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Dec, 28, Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave., $30 $58, (800) 745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com.  Ballet Tucson’s award-winning dance production of “The Nutcracker” returns just in time for the Christmas season.

December 29 Monday
American Lung Association’s Better Breathers’ Club, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., The Forum at Tucson, 2500 N. Rosemont, free, registration required, 325-4800. Celebrate the holidays with friends at the BBC.

December 30 Tuesday
Sit and Knit, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Kirk-Bear Canyon Branch Library, 8959 E. Tanque Verde, free, 594-5275. Bring your knitting and join others who share a passion for the hobby.

December 31 Wednesday
New Year’s Eve Gala 2014, 6:30 p.m., JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort and Spa, 3800 W. Starr Pass Blvd., $199 to $300, 903-1265, www.tucsonjazz.org.  Entertainment features Rick Braun, Richard Elliot and Peter White.