2nd Saturdays December 8th: Christmas Comes To Downtown Tucson

        2nd Saturdays December 8th: Christmas Comes To Downtown Tucson

PR Newswire

TUCSON, Ariz., Nov. 29, 2012

TUCSON, Ariz., Nov. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --2^nd Saturdays for December 8^th
will be full of festivities and tons of fun for everyone. There will be Santa
Claus, a Holiday Window Decorating Contest and more. Join the 7 Pipers and
the Tucson Circus Arts Stilt Walkers as they escort Santa from the Fire Truck
Adventure Zone kids' area north on Scott Avenue to the MEB Property Management
building at 120 E. Congress Street where Santa will be enthroned from 6-9
p.m. Bring the kids and your cameras so that you get the best picture of your
little ones telling Santa what's in their hearts for the Holidays.

The Fire Truck Adventure Zone kids' area has three fire themed inflatables as
well as afully functioning fire truck with active duty fire fighters in
uniforms for the kids' excitement. Kids can explore the fire truck and get
their pictures taken to mark the experience. Also in the kids' area, the
movie "It's A Wonderful Life" will be shown starting at 6 p.m. The
inflatables, the fire truck with photographs for children and the movie are
free.

Adding to the holiday spirit downtown, over 50 stores will decorate their
windows in the 3^rd Annual Holiday Window Decorating Contest. Winners of the
Grand Prize, 2^nd Place, Best Use of Humor and Most Creative will be announced
at the Scott Ave. Stage.

This month's footprint will remain the same as it has in recent months.
Congress has one lane open to automobiles from 6^th to Scott with sidewalk
pedestrian and bicycle access, easy to get to your favorite retail shop,
favorite restaurant or hangout for cocktails. For the event, Scott Avenue
will be closed from Congress to Jackson Street, just south of Broadway. The
KIIM/KHIT Scott Avenue stage will be on the north end of Scott at Congress
Street. Scott Avenue and Jackson Street will be lined with vendors, food
trucks, street performers and street soccer.

KIIM/KHIT Scott Avenue Stage @ Broadway Blvd. FREE
               Arizona Opera's "Gift of Music" – Join Arizona Opera as they
               spread holiday cheer and thank the community for its support of
6pm-6:45pm:    their programming. The Tucson OperaTunity Troupe will perform
               selections of holiday music, both new and old, to lighten the
               spirits of all who listen.
               Hey, Bucko! honors the sounds that capture our phenomenal
7pm-8:15pm:    landscape and local histories. The tunes have been described by
               fans as "Spaghetti Western meets World Music."
               Stuart Oliver & The Desert Angels - Local folk musician and
8:30pm-9:45pm: producer Stuart Oliver, founder of Old Bisbee Records, fronts
               his new Cosmic Americana band, The Desert Angels.
La Placita: corner of Broadway/Stone FREE
6pm-10pm:      Southwest Soul Circuit (Purveyors of great, local soul music,
               jazz and R & B) present their Holiday Show
Fox Theatre: 17 W. Congress St.FREE
7pm:           Romeros with Concerto Malaga
Club Congress: 311 E. Congress St. 
7pm:           Neil Hamburger, Tim Heidecker - $12
Tucson Soccer: Jackson St. at Stone Ave. FREE
               The FC Tucson Street Soccer Showdown, located on Jackson
               Street, is soccer in its purest form: absent of age
               restrictions, uniform restrictions or even skill restrictions.
               It's just 10 players in a 5v5 matchup playing soccer because
               they love it; on the street, spontaneously. The result takes a
4-10pm:        backseat to the process and the buildup and the fun everyone
               has just kicking the ball around cleverly, trying to avoid each
               other. Don't let another 2^nd Saturday go by without hitting
               the street with just the clothes you're wearing, your friends
               and a desire to play soccer. It's free to play. For more
               information email jsanchez@fctucson.com
Joel D. Valdez Library: corner of Stone and Pennington
A snowy miniature village complete with moving train. This event is free.
10a-5p

During construction, all the parking garages will be open and accessible from
detours. Automobile traffic coming from the east will be detoured to Toole
Avenue westbound, with 6th Avenuenow two-way and providing access to the
Pennington Street Garage. From the south, enter Downtown by going northbound
on either 6th Avenue or Stone Avenue. Traffic coming from the north can also
enter Downtown on Stone Avenue and on 6th Avenue southbound from 6th Street.
The easiest parking remains at: (1) Centro Garage, located just as you enter
Downtown from the east; (2) The Depot Plaza Garage, locatedunderground, with
entrance and exit ramps on 5th Avenue opposite Hotel Congress; (3) the
Pennington Street Garage, accessed via Pennington Street from either Stone
Avenue or 6th Avenue.; and (4) La Placita garage on Jackson Street, which is
very convenient to the Fire Truck Adventure Zone Kids' Area.

2nd Saturdays runs from 5pm to 10pm. Sponsors are: Jim Click Automotive
Team, Fire Truck Adventure Zone, KOLD Channel 13, KHYT/KIIM Radio, KXCI 91.3FM
Community Radio, MEB Property Management, Providence Service Corp., and
QuikPrink.

For images and information on performers, contact: Program Director, Jamie
Manser at 520.270.3213 jlmanser@gmail.com.

SOURCE 2nd Saturdays Downtown

Contact: Sandy Mellor, +1-520-339-1744, smellor@provcorp.com
 
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