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  • Wed, 12 Dec 2018 21:53:49 +0000

    Ready for our countdown of the Top 25 coolest Christmas light displays in Arizona?

    The holidays are a wonderful time to see light displays all over the Valley and we rounded up some of the best for you, your friends, and family to experience. Here are the Top 25!

    Honorable Mention: Danny Dingman’s Santa’s Runway Lights in Mesa may only be one townhouse, but it’s quite an impressive display. With over 50,000 lights, figurines, and even snow nightly, it’s worth the trip. It is located at 2329 N. Recker Road in Mesa.

    Honorable Mention: The Stewart-Christofolo ‘Christmas House’ display features more than 55,000 lights synchronized to holiday songs. In addition, there are leaping arches and poles, shooting stars, Mega Stars, a 10-foot Mega Tree, snowmen and reindeer. It is running nightly from 6-10 p.m. through January 2nd. If you prefer to drive-thru, tune your radio to the suggested station to provide your soundtrack to the experience. Donations accepted for Make-A-Wish Arizona. 2203 South Boca, Mesa, AZ, 85209

    25: Snoopy and his gang adorn the 65,000 lights in a beautiful Winter Wonderland display at 7324 E. Villa Way, Scottsdale, AZ, 85257.

    24: Tune in to watch this season of The Great Christmas Light Fight, and you’ll see our state being represented with the Phoenix Winter Wonderland! David Chuchla’s West Phoenix home is decorated inside and out. Excited your senses with over 70,000 lights, 50 trees, 6,000 ornaments and over 1,000 animated figures. Since 1994, it’s been open every night in December from 6 to 10 p.m. Join the fun at 4237 W. State Ave., Phoenix, AZ, 85051. More info at phoenixwinterwonderland.com

    23: According to one fan, this couple has more energy than a 2 year old. They start decorating in August for their Holiday display. Hunter’s Christmas Wonderland at 2467 E. Aris Drive in Gilbert boasts 80,000 lights. This is one Christmas house you can see inside and out for free. Donations are accepted. Look for nearly 3,000 snowmen and nearly 400 Santas. Friday and Saturday nights from 6-10 p.m. Visit facebook.com/hunterschristmaswonderland for more dates and times.

    22: Frank Kostyun’s Christmas on Milky Way, is a dazzling out of this world display in Chandler that has more than 100,000 computer animated Christmas lights set to music like Darude’s hit “Sandstorm” and a number of holiday carols and favorites. There are also several video clips, including the famous scene from Christmas Vacation where Chevy Chase flips on his display. Befitting its name, it boasts an array of 26 stars made from color-changing LEDs that are perched atop the house. It can be seen nightly from 6-10pm and runs through Jan 1st at 4606 W. Milky Way, Chandler, Arizona 85226. Chandler Blvd near Rural. facebook.com/ChristmasonMilkyWay

    21: Christmas Spectacular at 8535 South Stanley Place in Tempe is the gorgeous home of Stanley and Andrea Benson. It becomes even more eye-catching when the couple rolls out their animated yuletide array of more than 100,000 lights. Strewn throughout the branches of three enormous trees and arranged practically everywhere else on their house and in its yard, the property is a happy hullabaloo of color. Things are made even livelier by an enormous animated Santa measuring 30 feet tall that stands over the scene as various elves deliver gifts, decorate trees, and frolic on a teeter-totter. On display nightly, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., through January 1. On Warner between McClintock and Rural.

    20: Since 1986, Christmas on Upland Drive has offered onlookers a tremendously festive holiday light display involving many houses in the neighborhood. Something unique to this event is the ability to ride in a horse drawn carriage. Food is also offered. Nightly from 5-11 p.m. Near Warner and 101. facebook.com/xmasonupland

    19: See 100,000+ lights among a group of four homes in a cul de sac at 11802 N. 55th St., Scottsdale, AZ, 85254 that decorates every holiday season. It’s near 56th st and Cactus.

    18: Christmas Forever is an immersive nighttime spectacular that includes 100,000 computer programmed lights, music, pyrotechnics, characters, and video projection. Kyle and Sammy Pratt have obviously learned a thing or two about grabbing people’s attention from their dad, legendary Valley radio personality Dave Pratt. Their annual holiday display, Christmas Forever, serves up a show-stopping and eye-popping collection of choreographed lights, video projections, and even pyrotechnic displays. It also offers a soundtrack featuring a few rock songs and plenty of charming elements. Open now through Dec. 31, weekdays from 7-9 p.m. and 7-10 p.m. on weekends. When arriving at the community gate, please press 031 on the keypad to request gate entry at 10526 N. 119th Street, Scottsdale, AZ, 85259. christmasforeveraz.com

    17: The Richins Residence at 396 West Liberty Lane in Gilbert boasts a massive annual light display, created by Gilbert resident Chad Richins. It not only encompasses his own two-story home but also four neighboring houses. The display features more than 100,000 individual lights that sing with color while glittering and flashing through an impressive choreographed audio and visual sequence that lasts for 13 songs. Richins, who’s been creating light displays for a decade, programs everything himself, which requires a lot of man-hours for each song. “It takes me about 100 hours per song,” he says. “It’s a lot of work.” The display has earned plenty of attention, both from Valley residents (who flock to the display) and from the producers of ABC’s The Great Christmas Light Fight, who featured it in an episode that aired last year. If it’s good enough to make the airwaves, it’s definitely worth checking out. Operated nightly from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., through December 31. Near Ray road between Cooper and Gilbert.

    16: Christmas On Orchid Lane offers 100,000 lights on more than 15 decorated homes, and just because Santa is on his sleigh Saturday nights for complementary individual or group photos (weather permitting) we put this fun place at number eight on our list. Park and walk the street any evening for photo opportunities. Food donations are accepted for a local food pantry. 6480 W Orchid Lane, Chandler, AZ, 85226. Visit facebook.com/ChristmasOnOrchidLane

    15: An entire cul-de-sac gets in the holiday spirit with fun displays including flowing rivers, palm trees, twinkling icicles, inflatables and animated characters, as well as animated window displays with 110,000 lights altogether at 1517 S Arroya Cir, Mesa, AZ, 85206

    14: An annual tradition attracts families and individuals from all walks of life at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Mesa temple. The free display of hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights is open to everyone. As you walk around the grounds, Christmas music plays. There is a nativity scene and statues of Mary and Joseph. The lights are on nightly from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. 525 East Main Street Mesa, Arizona 85203. Unfortunately, due to the Mesa Temple renovations, the Christmas Lights display has been postponed until 2020.

    13: In the past, there have been a few Arizona homes on the seasonal television special, ‘The Great Christmas Light Fight,” but only one that won! Christmas on Comstock in Gilbert is made up of 110,000 lights over 13 houses that have been synchronized to music. In 2015 the extravagent light display took home the grand prize of ABC’s tv special The Great Christmas Light Fight! An amazing show located near Elliot and Higley roads which benefits the Make-A-Wish Foundation and is one of the most impressive holiday light displays across the nation. It runs through Dec. 31 and is best experienced by driving through with a car full of family and/or friends and listening to 93.9 FM. 3642 E. Comstock Dr., Gilbert, AZ 85296. facebook.com/ChristmasOnComstock

    12: A Molar Christmas features almost 120,000 lights with a light show synchronized with displays across the street featuring Santa, Grinch, Buddy the elf and Snowflake. Photo opportunities with female elves Friday and Saturday. Homemade hot chocolate available. Listen to 18 songs in your car. Canned food accepted for St. Mary’s Food Bank. Visit facebook.com/AMolarChristmas for character schedule. 8251 W. Camino de Oro, Peoria, AZ, 85383. 7-10 p.m nightly.

    11: The Solorzano and Nevarez families have combined to display 130,000 lights between two houses on East Harmony Avenue in Mesa. One of the houses is even synchronized to music. Check out nevarezlights.com for all the info.

    10: With over 2,600 square feet to work with, there are nearly 150,000 LED lights in this dazzling holiday display. They include a unique nativity scene with custom made 3-D, animated, life-size characters. Located in the west valley at 21714 N. 61st Drive, Glendale, AZ, 85308.

    09: A computer animated show featuring 150,000 lights decorate over 3,300 square feet of fun! They include four singing Christmas trees, eight mini trees, and four leaping arches. A candy cane theme with three candy cane spirals and a candy cane ladder are there. A 20-foot spiral Mega tree and more adorn the residence at 5923 E. Kings Ave, Scottsdale, AZ, 85254

    08: The Pelky Family of 1335 N. Papillon Circle in Mesa have tirelessly put up 150,000 lights for onlookers to take in. The experience includes a full manger scene, land of misfits, the Grinch attempting to get into the house, a flying sleigh and reindeer and a forest of candy canes. Canned food donations accepted for Hope Women’s Center. They’ve even got a giant birthday card for Jesus Christ. On display from dusk until Midnight nightly.

    07: The Arcadia Christmas House has sound and light co-ordinated displays, a massive Santa and various other features that include animatronic dolls, ornaments, and trees cascading with lights. 250,000 lights, music, animated decorated window displays, inflatables, a bubble machine and more. 6-10 p.m. nightly through the new year. Experience the holiday fun at 4415 E. Calle Tuberia, Phoenix, AZ, 85018.

    06: Chris Birkett’s Winter Wonderland is a visual spectacle of dazzling lights and displays! Over a quarter million lights are synchronized to holiday music. It’s so good it won The Phoenix New Times Best of Phoenix Award! Take your sleigh over to 8414 E. Valley Vista Drive in Scottsdale anytime from 6-10 p.m. You can visit as many times as you wish from now until December 31st. Enjoy computerized shows set to holiday music with 250,000 lights. Warm with hot cocoa and toast marshmallows on an open fire. ‘Island of Misfit Toys’ is the backyard theme. All the 411 at winterwonderlandaz.com

    05: The Natal Circle Holiday Lights are situated on a cul-de-sac on Natal Circle just east of Cherry in Mesa. A total of 14 homes in the neighborhood deck their houses with over 250,000 lights and backyard nativity scenes. The wondrous display featuring nativity scenes, angels, reindeer, Christmas trees, candy canes, garlands, wreaths and more goes until Christmas Eve, dusk until 10 p.m. at 654 W. Natal Circle, Mesa, Arizona 85210, near Guadalupe and Country Club Roads.

    04: Another house featured on a nationally televised show at number three on our list is David Preston’s Holiday Lights. If you happen to be on your way to Las Vegas for the holidays, the Preston Family in Kingman would love to have you experience their more than 270,000 lights all synchronized to holiday songs. With some help, it takes about 30 days to set everything up. The home was featured on the ABC seasonal show, “The Great Christmas Light Fight” in 2016 as well. 661 Shadow Mountain Drive, Kingman 86409

    03: There’s absolutely zero chance you’ll miss Mel and Patti Tasker’s sprawling display out among the farms and ranches of Laveen at 8211 South 63rd Avenue, since it’s easily visible from at least a mile away. It’s probably because their house is perched atop a small hill with not much in the way of street lights out in this neck of the Valley. Oh yeah, and there’s also the fact they’ve got upwards of 300,000 lights covering a majority of their property. It’s so big that you can drive a car through it, as the display is arranged along the Tasker’s circular driveway. Be sure to take it slow, however, both for safety and to give yourself time to check out each of the hundreds of cutouts of cartoon and kid-friendly characters (including everything from Astroboy to The Legend of Zelda), a bestiary of zoo creatures made from lights, and an animated display set under the sea. Enjoy the experience Monday to Thursday, 5 to 11 p.m., and Friday to Sunday, 6 p.m. until 1 a.m., through January 2.

    02: Festival of Lights is the beautiful Million White LED Lights that famously illuminate Chandler Boulevard (from 24th Street to Desert Foothills Parkway) for the festive season. There to take in every night from now until Jan. 1, 2018. They are worth going the long way home to see. folaz.org

    01: And the number one holiday light experience goes to one of the best and brightest Christmas light displays in the Valley! It’s called Illumination: Symphony of Light. Boasting a mile-long drive-thru light show near Interstate 17 and Jomax Road in North Phoenix. It has tractor-trailer-sized light tunnels to drive under, glowing hoops, lighted toy soldiers, and a 40-foot Christmas tree. Plus, 1.5 million lights are synchronized to popular holiday songs and current hits that play through your car’s radio. The show’s creators said the display was designed to create memories. Open daily from 530-1030p.m, now through Jan 14th. A portion of ticket sales benefit Phoenix Children’s Hospital. More info at worldofillumination.com

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  • Wed, 12 Dec 2018 15:00:38 +0000

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Movie Review

    It’s time for another movie review presented by our good friends over at FatCats Gilbert on the southwest corner of Greenfield and Baseline! FatCats Gilbert is the best place to see all of the latest box office hits like the one we’re talking about today, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse! To see all showtimes and to purchase tickets, you can click right HERE!

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    I’d be lying to you if I told you that I was the biggest Miles Morales fan. I don’t dislike Miles Morales. I just didn’t know anything about him. Outside of Flash and Green Lantern, I don’t know much about superhero alter-egos after the first person to take up the suit. Somehow that actually made me more excited to see this movie. I’m always interested in seeing new characters, and the post-credits scene from Venom had me ready for a much different take on Spider-Man than we’ve ever seen on the big screen. Let’s talk about the movie!

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    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman and stars Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali, Brian Tyree Henry, Lily Tomlin, John Mulaney, Kimiko Glenn, and Nicolas Cage. Miles Morales is just a kid in Brooklyn who loves art and hanging out with his uncle, but when he’s bitten by a radioactive spider, he becomes Spider-Man and takes up all of the power and responsibility in his universe. He might think he’s alone, but Kingpin opens a portal to alternate universes, sending more Spider-people into Miles’s reality. With a team of Spider-powered heroes, Miles must stop Kingpin from sucking Brooklyn into a black hole and help his newfound friends get home.

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    I wasn’t expecting to say this at the beginning of the year, but Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse might actually be the best superhero movie of 2018. That’s not a hill I’m willing to die on because of how much I love Infinity War, but Into the Spider-Verse might be the best Spider-Man movie to hit theaters. Maybe ever. It all starts with Miles Morales. Again, I didn’t know a thing about him as a character, but this movie was able to hook me on him instantly. His relatability, humanity, depth, and history make him extremely easy to connect to. He’s more than just a guy with the powers of a spider. He has passions and difficulties he faces with his family and in his social life, and I’d argue that he’s an interesting enough character to be a film protagonist without his powers. He also makes this movie an absolute blast. I loved watching him learn about his abilities and interact with this team, and he has such a great energy that makes both comedy and drama work without feeling jarring in the slightest. The most impressive thing about the film might be the way that the animation style unlocks everything it can when adapting from comic book to movie. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse isn’t a comic book come to life. It’s a nuclear explosion of the comic book genre from page to screen. Thought bubbles, text bubbles, colorful action sequences, visual depictions of sound, and even panels are used to make this movie an unbelievable experience. I really can’t believe what it pulled off by going for it and unleashing every ounce of creativity it could have. It’s beautifully animated, and it’s able to do things that we’ve never seen on-screen and likely wouldn’t have the chance to see on-screen in a live action film.

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    It’s also incredibly consistent in its themes about heroes, faith, loss, and loneliness. Yes, we’re still talking about an animated movie. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is proof that animated films and comic books are for adults. Movies for adults don’t have to be R-rated and have heads being chopped off and f-words being thrown around every few seconds. This movie pinpoints its themes and nails every single one of them which alone makes it incredibly mature. The way the themes tie into the characters and narrative makes the story so easy to become emotionally invested in. None of the themes are beaten into our heads. They are addressed as inevitable facts of life that even people without super-human powers can grasp onto. This might just be recency bias because of recent news, but I think that Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse gives us Stan Lee’s best cameo. It seems like the perfect way to sum up what Stan Lee stood for and his reasons for creating in the first place. All of his ideas about heroes and humanity come together for about thirty seconds in a moment that just about brought me to tears. The way the movie uses characters is also amazing. Each one has a character arc beginning at one defining point and ending at a different one. They retain certain consistencies in themselves, but they also change because of their experiences. Of course, Miles Morales probably has the most drastic arc, but the rest of the Spider-people, Miles’s family, and certain villains are also so well-developed. It’s rare to see a movie with this many characters and a runtime of under two hours that is able to accomplish so much character building.

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    From a storytelling standpoint, both content and method, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse blew me away, but it also blew me away technically. The animation and visuals are amazing, and the sound brings this movie to life. I love the trend that seems to be taking over comic book movies lately that gives them an original soundtrack as well as a score. Look at Black Panther or either of the Deadpool movies. Original songs with lyrics and modern production are making their way into this genre, and I love it. I love scores, but I also love the stylistic touch that new artists can bring to a film about a young kid in Brooklyn. There will probably never be a time in my life that Hans Zimmer, James Horner, and John Williams will fail to give me chills, but doesn’t it just make sense that a high school kid in 2018 would be listening to Post Malone, Swae Lee, Vince Staples, Juice WRLD, and other artists who have hit huge home runs recently? On top of the fact that it makes sense, the songs are great. They’re well-written, they’re well-performed, and they tie into the ideas that the story throws out.

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    Overall, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse took me by surprise as the same studio that has produced The Emoji Movie, The Smurfs, and the Hotel Transylvania trilogy might have given us the best Spider-Man movie to date. I knew nothing about Miles Morales, but I’m just as attached to him as I am to any other live-action Spider-Man. He’s beautifully developed, and he has an amazing arc. Fortunately, he isn’t the only character with an arc. Every single character makes a massive transition because of the events in the film whether it be in a family, a marriage, a friendship, as an individual, or a combination of multiple elements. Into the Spider-Verse has found a way to, not just bring comic books to life, but to make the comic book format explode off the screen with color, creativity, and energy. It’s so consistent and mature in its themes, and its animation style makes the technical brilliance even more impressive. My only issue with the movie is probably in the villains. Kingpin, while given a back story, definitely isn’t expanded upon nearly as well as most of the heroes, and most other villains outside Kingpin fell a bit flat for me. The movie is an absolute blast with tons of depth and mature themes, and it brings Spider-Man and Miles Morales to life in a whole new way. I’m going to give Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse a 9.4/10.

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    Will you be seeing Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse? Comment down in the comment section and let me know! As always, thank you, and keep listening to 88.7 The Pulse!

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  • Wed, 12 Dec 2018 03:00:12 +0000

    DJ Earworm drops ‘United State Of Pop’ featuring this year’s biggest hits

    DJ Earworm began the “United Sate of Pop” series in 2007, kicking off with a combo of songs from Soulja Boy, Akon, Avril Lavigne, Rihanna, Fergie, and more. It’s been 11 years since that inaugural mashup, and Earworm hasn’t slowed down in the slightest.

    DJ Earworm just dropped the 2018 version the track, “United States Of Pop” featuring this year’s biggest hits, from artists like Dua Lipa, Drake, Cardi B, Ella Mai and more.

    Maroon 5’s anthem “Girls Like You” and Mai’s “Boo’d Up” set the track off before transitioning into clips of Post Malone, Halsey, Ariana Grande, Bruno Mars, Khalid and Camila Cabello.

    Earworm used samples from each of these songs:

    Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry
    Ariana Grande – “Thank U, Next
    Bazzi – “Mine
    Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line – “Meant to Be
    BlocBoy JB and Drake – “Look Alive
    Bruno Mars and Cardi B – “Finesse
    Camila Cabello – “Never Be the Same
    Cardi B feat. Bad Bunny and J. Balvin – “I Like It
    Childish Gambino – “This is America
    Drake – “God’s Plan
    Drake – “In My Feelings
    Drake – “Nice for What
    Dua Lipa – “New Rules
    Ella Mai – “Boo’d Up
    Halsey – “Bad at Love
    Juice WRLD – “Lucid Dreams
    Khalid and Normani – “Love Lies
    Maroon 5 and Cardi B – “Girls Like You
    Marshmello and Bastille – “Happier
    Post Malone – “Better Now
    Post Malone and Ty Dolla Sign – “Psycho
    Travis Scott and Drake – “Sicko Mode
    XXXTentacion – “SAD!
    Zedd Feat. Maren Morris and Grey – “The Middle
    5 Seconds of Summer – “Youngblood

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  • Mon, 10 Dec 2018 13:51:09 +0000

    Green Monday is today so what does it mean?

    Ok, you’ve heard of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, but since 2007, there’s yet another thing you should know about. It’s called Green Monday. It’s an online retail industry term similar to Cyber Monday, except this one describes the best sales day in December, which is usually the second Monday.

    Lots of online sites have some great deals. For example, Groupon is offering an extra 20% off just for using the code, GREEN20.

    Happy shopping!

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  • Sat, 08 Dec 2018 23:33:49 +0000

    Support your future workforce with an EVIT tax credit donation

    Did you know that you can help students at the East Valley Institute of Technology and reduce your tax liability at the same time? The East Valley Institute of Technology qualifies for Arizona’s Public School Extracurricular Activity Tax Credit program.

    It works like this:  Individual taxpayers contribute up to $200, married couples up to $400, in a tax credit donation to EVIT, and then claim the donation on their income tax return to reduce how much is owed.

    When you make your donation, you can donate to a specific EVIT program or just to EVIT. The donation will be used for students’ extracurricular activities, such as field trips or travel to competitions.

    At EVIT, you know your contribution will support high quality career and technical education. EVIT students have a 98 percent high school graduation rate, 2 out of 3 go on to college, and 85 percent are in college, jobs or the military within one year of completing their training. That’s a great return on investment for taxpayers, industry and Arizona’s workforce and economy. It’s why TIME magazine called EVIT “learning that works.”

    To make a tax credit donation to EVIT, click on this link: www.pulseradio.fm/donations

    For more information about Arizona’s tax credit program for public schools, visit this link: https://www.azdor.gov/Portals/0/Brochure/707.pdf

    We pride ourselves at EVIT for helping students find their passion and then turning those passions into paychecks. Now you have the opportunity to turn a tax credit donation into a win-win for you and for EVIT students.

    Thanks for all you do to support EVIT — Arizona’s premier career and technical education school!

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  • Sat, 08 Dec 2018 01:00:53 +0000

    You can call Santa Claus and tell him what you want for Christmas

    Who needs Christmas cards to Santa when you can call him directly? The days of writing long letters to the North Pole’s main man are over!

    Now, kids and even kids at heart can dial direct to the North Pole and call Santa at (951) 262-3062.

    Have you been naughty or nice?

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  • Fri, 07 Dec 2018 21:26:32 +0000

    Cool temperatures offer great time to get out this weekend Dec 7-9

    Temperatures are expected to be in the upper 60’s all weekend so what better time to get out and enjoy the cooler weather with friends or family. We have some fun holiday events for you this weekend including FREE haircuts, movies, art, shopping, and holiday lights, and of course, a food festival!

    Friday, December 7: Whether you’re looking for something fun to do with the family or need to take a break from shopping, the Scottsdale Quarter will show free Christmas movies over the next three weeks. The movies will be shown on Fridays within The Quad, near the fountain. Features include How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Polar Express and The Nightmare Before Christmas. Movies will start at 6 p.m. You can bring blankets, chairs, and snacks. This Friday’s feature will be How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966) and Frosty the Snowman, next Friday is The Polar Express, and in two weeks on December 21st is The Nightmare Before Christmas. If you go, Scottsdale Quarter – The Quad, 15059 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85254. scottsdalequarter.com/events-news

    Fri-Sun Dec 7-9: The annual Phoenix Festival of The Arts is goin’ down all weekend long. Open until 5 p.m Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, December 7-9, at Margaret T Hance Park. It located on 3rd st between Roosevelt and McDowell. Over 125 art vendors and cultural organizations are scheduled to participate. It’s a perfect time to connect with the community and shop for holiday gifts. There’s live music, food trucks and best of all, its FREE to attend. phoenixfestivalofthearts.org

    Sat Dec 8: Get holiday season ready with FREE wash & haircuts for Men + Kids at Bishops Cuts/Color in Phoenix on McDowell near 5th Aveunue and Gilbert on Market Street near Pecos. Saturday, December 8th from 10 a.m to 9 p.m. More info at bishops.co/bishops-holidayshear-event.

    Sat Dec 8: Everyone loves a parade, right? A parade that floats…even better! The community is invited to take part in the holiday tradition at Tempe Town Lake for the 20th Annual Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade. Watch as 50+ festively-decorated boats float on the lake. Enjoy food from on-site food trucks, get your holiday shopping done at the Holiday Market, and enjoy a glass of beer or wine while watching live entertainment on the main stage. The festivities begin at 4 p.m. and the parade kicks off at 7 p.m Saturday, December 8th. downtowntempe.com/events/boat-parade

    Sat Dec 8: The 15th Annual Glow on Monroe Parade is this Saturday, December 8th from 630-930 p.m. It’s an Electric light parade featuring historic fire trucks, school marching bands, horse drawn carriages, and trucks of all sizes, all with dazzling lights. buckeyemainstreet.org/events/electric-light-parade

    Sat Dec 8: World Bazaar PHX returns with more culture, cuisine, and community than ever! Experience over 50 different vendors selling food, art, and homemade goods from around the world at this free event – perfect for holiday shopping. Enjoy live music and dance performances from Africa, Asia, and Latin America. World Bazaar PHX is near 19th Ave and Camelback at 1813 W. Camelback Rd. Phoenix. Saturday, December 8th from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. FREE to attend! visitphoenix.com/event/world-bazaar-phx/119065

    Sat / Sun Dec 8-9: Cooks from all around the state will show off what they can do with a traditional Mexican dish of steamed dough and filling at the Tamale Festival this weekend in Phoenix. Grocery chain Food City said the 17th annual celebration will begin Saturday, December 8th at 11 a.m. and run until 6 p.m. at Cesar Chavez Plaza on Washington Street between First and Fourth avenues. Sunday hours are scheduled from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Sunday at 2:30 p.m, a panel of local celebrities will taste-test the entries and choose the winning “Best Tamale.” Admittance to the event is free. Tamales are a Christmas staple in the Southwest and often families band together to make them. Festivalgoers will see folklorico dance performances and the goods on sale from vendors and hear mariachi bands. Tamales won’t be the only treat on the menu: carne asada burritos, menudo and Mexican hot chocolate will also be available. Sales from the tamales, made by local faith-based groups, will go towards their organizations. The groups sold more than 700 dozen tamales at last year’s holiday party. Tamales are $2 each, or a dozen for $18.

    Sat / Sun Dec 8-9: Searching for unique gifts this holiday season? Do you enjoy arts and crafts? How about entertainment? Maybe you just want to get into the spirit of the season. Mesa Arts Festival downtown is this Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 8-9 at Mesa Arts Center. The FREE event will take place from 10 a.m to 5 p.m each day. mesaartscenter.com

    Nightly: The votes are in and the baby reindeer at the Phoenix Zoo finally has a name — Noel. The Phoenix Zoo announced the name that won its week-plus contest. Noel, a female reindeer, hauled in about 1,300 of the 2,500 or so online votes. Runner-up was Flurry, which got around 1,000 votes.  Caribae finished a distant third. Zoo workers had narrowed the choices to three names before turning over the final decision to the public. The 6-month-old Noel is one of four reindeer visiting the zoo for the holidays. She, Frosty, Snowflake and Velvet will be on their way shortly after the annual ZooLights display ends Jan. 13. The four will go back home to a petting zoo in Southern California. ZooLights run nightly from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. phoenixzoo.org/event-items/zoolights/

    Nightly: The tradition continues for the annual Festival of Lights in Ahwatukee. From 6-11p nightly, Chandler Blvd from 24th st. to Desert Foothills Pkwy features 1 million plus LED lights! folaz.org

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  • Thu, 06 Dec 2018 14:58:36 +0000

    World’s highest earning YouTube star for 2018 isn’t even old enough to drive

    Forbes Magazine has released it’s list of the world’s highest earning YouTube stars.

    The winning personality earns $22 million a year and yes, he is still in elementary school! A 7-year-old boy named Ryan who reviews toys is the highest-earning YouTube star, according to Forbes’ annual list.

    Ryan and his parents make videos in which Ryan appears “unboxing” toys and playing with them. YouTube’s Ryan ToysReview, which often reviews toys or food products for kids, has more than 17 million followers and 26 billion views.

    Ryan leapfrogs Jake Paul for the highest earning place on YouTube.

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  • Fri, 30 Nov 2018 17:39:58 +0000

    Some fun festive things to do this weekend in Arizona November 30 until December 2

    88.7 The Pulse has found 14 fun things for you to do this weekend!

    We aim to keep you entertained the next three days, Friday through Sunday, November 30th to December 2nd.

    It’s a family fun adventure at the 30th Annual Peoria Old Town Holiday Festival. 20 tons of snow will be imported to play in. There are pony rides and carnival rides. Food and drink vendors are ready to serve you. Who can forget holiday shopping? It’s everything you need for fun! 5 to 10 p.m. in Old Town Peoria. Visit peoriaaz.gov/specialevents for more information.

    The Tempe Center for the Arts presents Movies on the Edge: The Nightmare Before Christmas. Are you or a friend a fan of Robot Chicken ? Enjoy a FREE meet and greet with stop motion animator Rich Zim from The Cartoon Network’s comedy series, Robot Chicken. No RSVP or tickets needed. The event will take place Friday, November 30th at 6 p.m. It will be followed by the full-length feature “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” Rich Zim will host a question and answer session after the film. The entire experience is FREE! Need more details? Go to tempecenterforthearts.com

    88.7 The Pulse mix-master DJ Tsunami will be blending the beats at Stacy’s @ Melrose. Not just any club, this is Stacy’s @ Melrose…. located at the heart of the popular downtown Melrose District near the iconic curve on 7th Avenue just north of Indian School Road. The party starts at 9 p.m Friday November 30th and goes until 2 a.m the next day. Expect his signature sound of 80s, 90s, and now. Craft brews on tap, spacious patio, and the friendliest bartenders in town combine to make an unforgettable Friday night out! Whether it’s girls or guys night out, birthday celebrations, or a craving to dance, Stacy’s is the place! Casual atmosphere with an ambiance and charm of an old-world cathedral featuring walls with local community artists work. Call 602 264 1700 for more info and online at stacysatmelrose.com

    Seeking a scholarship for your hard-working student? The theme for the 2018 Christmas Idea House is “A Family Christmas.” Christmas Idea House Luxury Tour & Holiday Shopping is an annual fundraiser for Desert Club of Mesa, a non-profit women’s organization for over 70 years. This year promises to be a “destination to remember” for visitors and shoppers alike who crave something truly unique for the holidays! All purchases awarded as scholarships for East Valley High School students. To date, Desert Club of Mesa has gifted more than $2 million in scholarships. Desert Club works all year long to make Christmas items available to the public at the annual Christmas Idea House & Luxury Home Tour located in Gilbert. The soiree kicks off Friday, November 30th from 4 to 8 p.m. It continues Saturday, December 1st from 9 a.m to 4 p.m. Tickets and more information are available at ChristmasIdeaHouse.org.

    The 36th Annual Queen Creek Holiday Festival and Parade will go down Friday and Saturday afternoon. The festival launches Friday, November 30th from 5-10:30 p.m with a carnival. 12 awesome attractions for both kids and kids at heart will be in play. The festival marches on Saturday, December 1st from Noon until 11 p.m. A community parade will begin at 3:30 p.m that day featuring beautifully decorated floats. Each year there are 1,000 parade participants. Indulge in an assortment of mouthwatering grub such as corn dogs, hot dogs, southern comfort food, gourmet grilled cheese, Hawaiian BBQ and so much more. Need to know more? queencreekparade.org

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    It’s the 50th Anniversary of the Tempe Festival of the Arts! That means back in 1968, your Mom, Grandma, or Aunt were likely strolling the same sidewalks you are today. Maybe even your Dad, Grandpa, or Uncle were there! The Tempe Festival of the Arts is a well-loved community event that showcases over 350 artists from around the country. Celebrate the achievement starting Friday, November 30th through Sunday, December 2nd, located on Mill Avenue in Tempe. Each day will offer food, drink, art, and fun from 10 a.m until 5:30 p.m. Get the 411 at tempefestivalofthearts.com

    The 23rd Annual Arizona Asian Festival will happen at Scottsdale Civic Center Park, Saturday and Sunday, December 1st and 2nd. The festival is representing 18 diverse Asian cultures throughout the world. Beginning at 10 a.m through 5 p.m, the event includes cultural performances, a fashion show, marketplace, and tea garden. You also cannot forget the delicious culinary taste of Asia! FREE to attend for all ages. More info at arizonaasianfestival.com

    When it comes to fun, the Annual Holiday Boutique is hard to beat. Looking for unique and memorable gifts for your loved ones? How about beautiful décor to add to your home? The 23rd Annual Hometown Holiday Boutique is the perfect event! The boutique not only features incredible craftsmanship by local talented artisans and crafters, but also an array of activities such as DIY make and take crafts, pictures with Santa, a book sale, live entertainment and much more. This event is FREE and friendly for all ages. 9 a.m to 4 p.m Saturday, December 1st at Sundance Crossings. More details at buckeyeaz.gov.

    Magic on Monroe is a FREE family event. Wear your jammies, bring your chairs and blankets for a fun holiday evening. All activities including cookie decorating, hot cocoa bar, ornament making, candy cane hunt are free of charge while supplies last. Food vendors will be onsite with treats for the movie. At dusk (approx. 6 p.m) the Christmas classic film, Elf will be shown. The 3rd Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony will immediately follow the film. Saturday, December 1st from 4 to 9 p.m. buckeyeaz.gov

    It’s not a mall. It’s not a flea market. It’s not even a craft fair. It’s Phoenix Holiday Market. Shop local this holiday season & make a difference in your community! Sunday, December 2nd from 11 a.m to 6 p.m. Over 25 vendors are on site. $5 admission includes drinks, a limited-edition tote bag, fun DIY projects, holiday portraits and photo booth fun, gift-wrapping, and more! uniquemarkets.com/phoenix

    Check back often as we update our list of things to do this weekend in Arizona.

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  • Fri, 30 Nov 2018 00:32:19 +0000

    The Halal Guys Avondale opens this Saturday with FREE food

    The Halal Guys, New York City’s famous food cart, continues to expand its Arizona footprint by opening its first West Valley location in Avondale. On Saturday, December 1, the concept known for its ‘never-ending line,’ will open its fifth Arizona brick-and-mortar location and the first 100 eager guests in line at 11 a.m. will receive a complimentary entree.

    From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., guests will be able to enjoy Grand Opening festivities such as a hot sauce eating contest between some of the Valley’s most popular foodies, family-friendly activities, promotional contests and giveaways, and more. The Pulse Crew will be broadcasting live from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with our inflatable basketball hoop (make a shot for a chance to score FREE tickets to the Arizona Renaissance Festival). Additionally, The Halal Guys would like to officially welcome the holiday spirit by offering a “buy one, get one” sandwich or platter special to any guest that donates cans to the canned food drive, which will then be donated to St. Mary’s Food Bank.

    Located in the Gateway Crossing Shopping Center at 10277 W. McDowell Suite 100, The Halal Guys will offer the Avondale community a mix of various gyro sandwiches and chicken and rice platters, smothered in their popular white sauce. Guests can also enjoy popular sides such as hummus, baba ganouj, falafel, fries, as well as baklava dessert to complete the meal.

    The Halal Guys in Avondale will be open from Sunday – Thursday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday – Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 a.m. This location is the first and only location within the entire Halal Guys chain to open at 10 a.m. For more information about The Halal Guys please visit www.thehalalguys.com.

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