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Where can you see the largest public display of lights in Arizona? Right here in beautiful Historic Downtown Glendale for the annual Glendale Glitters Holiday Weekends! Every Friday and Saturday night from 6 to 10 p.m. everyone will enjoy the glow of 1.5 million sparkling lights. This year the 30-foot holiday tree on the plaza will be animated with dancing lights and a variety of holiday music to delight all ages! Murphy Park will be full of entertainment, arts and crafts, delicious food, and horse-drawn carriage rides. Bookmans shares our love for the holidays with a make and take craft tent each weekend.
You can fatten up your Christmas stocking the same way you fattened your belly at Thanksgiving only without starving your pocket book. That doesn't really make sense as stockings don't eat and we don't sell food, but the point is that Bookmans merchandise is affordable and won't rot your teeth.
Bookmans is in our second year of the MIC program, in which we pay local kids music instructor Chuck Cheesman to bring music and movement education to Flagstaff Head Start Classrooms. Mr. Cheesman, as the kids call him, has been a music instructor for many years, and at one time had the Obama girls in one of his programs! He was a Chicago school teacher before landing in Flagstaff, and we're lucky to have him. Under Chuck's instruction, the MIC program is going strong, and this week they received some special gifts.
Every year, Bookmans sponsors Educational Enrichment Foundation's (EEF) Holiday Shoe Shopping days that provides a low-income youth with new shoes and school supplies. This is not the first year that Bookmans has reached far in to the community to help, but it will be mine. I am excited to participate in one of the many passions that Bookmans has and to help make a positive difference in the community. During the morning event, Bookmans employees will be fitting the kids with a new pair of shoes, for many children this will be the only pair of shoes they will receive all year, and it is our honor and pleasure to help these kids. We will also be supplying the children with books and tote bags.
It's not just love cult classics in Tucson we love. We are also enamored with you folks in the frosty tundra just North of us known as Phoenix (and Mesa. Flagstaff, you know we love you because we're making you a bright, shiney, cozy, new reading nook, but for now let's focus on Phoenix and Mesa). As we mentioned previously, we loved having a dual giveaway last week and so we're duplicating TWO Ticket Tuesday today where we distribute Home Alone tickets AND Midnite Movie Mamacita tickets.
This holiday season, Waypoint Theatre Company is performing the Christmas dessert theatre comedy, Miracle on Main Street: A Small Town Radio Play! This family friendly show will run from December 8 through December 12 at Waypoint’s performing venue, Atria Bell Court Gardens' Academy Hall Theatre, 6653 E. Carondelet Drive (NE of St. Joseph’s Medical Center).
As promoters of healthy living, spending, and working, we brainstormed 25 choices that we can make to ensure our holiday season is enjoyable, but also well-considered. It is possible to have an environmentally conscious and thrilling season without too much additional effort. Being earth friendly is not an all or nothing concept. We encourage you to think about what you might do to make a difference.
The move into our beautiful new store has finally begun and Bookmans employees are rapidly filling the orange book shelves, even as I write this!
While we move in books, movies, DVDs, CDs, video games, records, magazines, electronics and all the other great stuff you're used to finding at Bookmans, the builders are completing the gorgeous new cafe, with its wall to wall windows, sparkly new floor, lovely lighting, and swooping coffee counter.
by Kristen M. Suagee-Beauduy
On one of those burning-the-midnight-oil-to-get-the-magazine-release-party-together-without-a-hitch nights over the past week, Red Ink’s Managing Editor Joseph Ramirez looked up from the busted office work table and shared a moment of clarity with his cohorts; “If God or the Creator were to take my voice away today, I would be okay with that because I have said or done the best I can up to this point. I realize now, there are other forms of expressions that can lend a voice to issues that affect me and create an amazing discourse, like Red Ink.”
The staff of Red Ink invites you to their 20th Anniversary Celebration from 6:30 to 9 p.m. this Friday, December 3, at the Arizona State Museum. The celebration will highlight the historic support and contributions of previous editorial staff members and sponsors as well as contributing artists, writers and scholars. The celebration will feature readings by internationally renowned Native authors including: MacArthur Fellowship recipient Ofelia Zepeda (Tohono O’odham), 2010 PEN Open Book Award recipient Sherwin Bitsui (Navajo), and Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers’ 1999 Storyteller of the Year Luci Tapahonso (Navajo). A drum group, flute player, violinist, and rap group will provide music. To raise funds for publication, there will be a silent a raffle and a silent art auction that will include a piece painted entirely at the event.
"On Christmas eve, many years ago, I lay quietly in my bed. I did not rustle the sheets, I breathed slowly and silently. I was listening for a sound -- a sound a friend had told me I'd never hear -- the ringing bells of Santa's sleigh."
The headline pretty much says it all. Tonight only, Bookmans Grant, Bookmans Ina and Bookmans Speedway will close at 8 p.m. so that we can par-tay! WAHOOOO! Crazy sweaters, cartoonists, massage therapists... oh, yeah! We so deserve it. Come tomorrow morning we will be rested and ready to ring you up through red-rimmed eyes for our regular operating hours.
The Spirit of Giving will flow throughout the entire weekend at Glendale Glitters. Not only will Murphy Park be aglow with 1.5 million lights (that's 1,500,000 twinkling lights), but generosity will shine as we honor the many non-profit organizations giving back all year around.
Gina Dazzo, our new Bookmans Flagstaff cafe manager, comes to us with extensive and varied background in coffee. Although she may or may not break five feet tall, she is clearly a powerhouse personality. She's also an absolute delight to be around. When she speaks, she sounds like she's smiling. Here she is with Sean Fenney, Bookmans Executive Vice President:
Here's a brief interview with Gina:
Bookmans and Flagstaffarians finally have their "Third Place" back. After almost a year of reconstruction, Bookmans Flagstaff will reopen at 9 a.m. this Thursday, Dec. 16, thus completing our home (First Place), work (Second Place) and Bookmans (everyone's favorite Third Place) sphere.
“I cannot express how humbled I am by the outpouring of passion by the people of Flagstaff for my little bookstore,” says Bob Oldfather, CEO and founder of Bookmans Entertainment Exchange in light of the support the community has shown and the eagerness they've expressed for the Bookmans Flagstaff reopening.
We love cult classics and we love The Loft Cinema. There's something wrong with anyone who doesn't. Not that it matters because we do and we do so much that we give away tickets every Tuesday. So here's the deal just in case you've not been hanging on our every word. Each Tuesday of each week for now until forever, or until we decide to quit it already, we are going to provide 15 of our Bookmans.com readers with tickets for two to the Bookmans Late Night Cult Classic movie showing at The Loft Cinema. This weekend enjoy Kurt Russell's manly eyeliner in Big Trouble in Little China at 10 p.m., Dec. 17 and 18.
Put on your dancing shoes and join us again this weekend for Glendale Glitters: Jingle Bell Rockin' Nights, the final weekend of Glendale Glitters in December! Every night is a rockin' good time, but this weekend we are celebrating it with a variety of music, live performances by local dance troupes, kids crafts and of course the fantastic glittering lights!
By "EV Jerry" Asher
To envision Tucson as The Solar City, one has to EVision Tucson with Green Transportation. That's going beyond solar power for homes and business -- it's powering up cars and trucks, even bicycles, with good ole homegrown American electrons at EV charging stations everywhere. Or better yet, electrons from Arizona with ArizPlug-ins at essentially 85 cents per gas gallon equivalent. Electricity from increasingly more solar-powered sources means pennies per electric mile versus dimes and quarters per OPEC-dependent mile.
EV Jerry with a Mother Nature-inspired convertible Prius.
Bookmans stores are of the people, by the people and for the people since we depend on customers to trade their goods with us when they come in to make their purchases. By extension, each of the stores reflects the community they inhabit. Not surprisingly this holiday season our customer service desks are receiving requests for merchandise that appeals to their demographic.
Cookbooks, while popular for browsing, are not mentioned in this article.
Wondering what to do with the family after Christmas but before the kids go back to school in January? Worried about entertaining little ones with cabin fever? Bookmans Flagstaff is hosting a free kids film festival at the Orpheum Theater the week between Christmas and New Year's Day! Every morning at 10 a.m., Dec. 27 through 31, kids and their families can visit the Orpheum for free popcorn and a free beloved movie.
Here's the schedule:
We love cult classics, we love The Loft Cinema and we love great works of art like this:
We want you to love Tim Burton too. So here's the deal just in case you've not been hanging on our every word. Each Tuesday of each week for now until forever, or until we decide to quit it already, we are going to provide 15 of our Bookmans.com readers with tickets for two to the Bookmans Late Night Cult Classic movie showing at The Loft Cinema. This weekend enjoy one of THREE showings of The Nightmare Before Christmas at 10 p.m., Dec. 24, 25 and 26. Oh, yes!
A Hearty Ho! Ho! Ho!, Kiddos,
Ol’ Santy Claus here just dropping you a letter to let you know what a jolly ol’ time I had at Bookmans this year. At the Grant store Jay the Elf handed out the candy canes and took special requests from the kids. He must’ve snapped one too many pictures as he fell right asleep on our way back to the North Pole. We had a swell time with Sandy from Kidzcraft. She helped the kids make lil’ Christmas wreath picture frames.
I moved on to the Ina store next and had even more fun and lots of requests for Nintendo DS game systems, PSP’s and a dolly or two! Pretty extravagant for some considering we also had a few kiddo confessions, telling me that they were not-so-nice this past year! The highlight of the day was when I received a last minute letter from a gal named Kayla telling me what a “kind, fun and joyful” fella I am. Ho! Ho! Ho! What a sweetie!
Bookmans has a nurturing side and so we hope that you will bear with us as we assist Baby New Year in preparing to ring in 2011. Our store hours on New Year's Eve (that's Dec. 31 to you) are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. This is a major undertaking and we will need to rest up. Consequently, the stores will maintain the hours of 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on New Year's Day (which you may have guessed is Jan. 1).
We will resume our usual operating hours of 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. beginning Jan. 2.
Please understand that our wonky New Year hours result from an altruistic move on our part to move things along in the most pleasant manner possible and in no way exploitive of the arbitrary marker of one year to another for our own purposes even if Mark Twain said, "New Year's is a harmless annual institution, of no particular use to anybody save as a scapegoat for promiscuous drunks, and friendly calls and humbug resolutions." Though we do see the logic of his point.
Happy New Year to one and all! We can't wait to hear from each of you in 2011!
The week after Christmas can be a nice relaxing family time, or it can induce a bit of cabin fever. If you are looking forward to the drop of a six-foot 70-pound Pine Cone from the roof of the old Weatherford Hotel on New Year's Eve, but aren't sure what to do in the meantime, here are some family friendly ideas for the week after Christmas:
Due to inclement weather, Bookmans Flagstaff will close at 4:30 p.m. today so everyone can make it home safely before dark. We plan to open at 9 a.m. tomorrow with coffee in the cafe, but will close at 6 p.m. due to the New Year Holiday. Drive safely, and we'll see you when the storm is over!
Dash into any of our stores Christmas Eve from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., but after that you are on your own. The only thing sadder than us arriving in the parking lot alone after dinner on Christmas Eve or on Christmas Day is you arriving alone in our parking lot.
We'll be closed Christmas Day, but will resume normal hours on the second day of Christmas (9 a.m. to 10 p.m.). That's Dec. 26, right? I think that's right. I know Sam's sweater isn't right.
Or maybe it's sooooo right. Lookin' good Sam!
To recap. Come in Christmas Eve from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Enjoy your family Christmas Day, all day. We will do the same. Come in with your Christmas money at 9 a.m. Dec. 26. We'll compare notes on who got what and if it's possible to top Sam's sweater, which he got at Goodwill but wears like Egyptian Cotton.
*by guest writer Andrea Beesley-Brown
Midnite Movie Mamacita will turn five years old in February 2011, and what a wild ride it’s been! From our first sold out show featuring Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! at the Paper Heart Arts Venue, to Chandler Cinemas and then MADCAP Theaters, it has been an awesome experience showcasing films that I love all over the Valley.
The goal since day one has been to build an audience to see if there are enough devoted cinephiles in the Valley that would support a permanent venue -- a theater that would show obscure films, but also new Independent features, Cult Classics and support innovative programming. After five years of utilizing others' spaces, it’s time to create our own.
Admit it. You love to blow things up. We all do. But, I don't think this is what the Chinese monk Li Tian had in mind 1,000 years ago with his invention of fireworks. Back then, the loud bangs of the fireworks were thought to ward off evil spirits. Over time this black powder was militarized and used in weaponry throughout Europe in the 13th Century. Through time, fireworks lost their original protective purposes and were translated in modernity as celebratory and recreational.
We love cult classics, we love The Loft Cinema and well, this is just terrifying:
With deepest concern over all the folks snowed in elsewhere, while we luxuriate in the southern Arizona sunshine, our thoughts have turned to others who may be dealing with a touch of cabin fever. To make up for that, we want to scare the heck out of a few Tucsonans on this Ticket Tuesday. So here's the deal just in case you've been hiding away in a remote lodge with nothing but some booze and a buggy-eyed spouse to keep you company. Each Tuesday of each week for now until forever, or until we decide to quit it already, we are going to provide 15 of our Bookmans.com readers with tickets for two to the Bookmans Late Night Cult Classic movie showing at The Loft Cinema. This weekend enjoy a showing of The Shining at 10 p.m., Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.
We aren't sitting around this holiday season, and neither should you be with all the fantastic events happening all around us. We are in the giving spirit and so are the folks over at Arizona Theater Company who would like to give six of you tickets for two to Woody Guthrie's American Song.
Now that the holidays are over and you're left cleaning up the mess many wonder what to do with the beautiful Christmas tree that they painstakingly picked out. There was many a debate over which was the greener way to go: fake or real.
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