In the Neighborhood: Things to do in January

In the Neighborhood: Things to do in January

Posted 12/29/2014

[Photo Credit: Mesa Arts and Crafts Festival]
[Photo Credit: Mesa Arts and Crafts Festival]

Now that the hustle and bustle of the holiday season is over, it’s time to relax! Arizona’s wonderfully mild winter weather makes January prime festival and event season in the Valley. Here are a few ideas to help get you off the couch and out the door to explore what’s happening around your Maracay Homes neighborhood.
 
Chandler Center for the Arts Free Concert Series
2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 10 – Chamber Music Series
7:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 30 – Chandler Symphony Orchestra
Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler
 
If experiencing the arts is one of your New Year’s resolutions – and even if it’s not — the Chandler Center for the Arts’ free concert series is a great place to gain an appreciation of fine music. The Chandler Symphony Orchestra provides two free concerts a month, exposing the community to quality symphonic and orchestral music performed by a wide range of volunteer musicians. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis, and donations are welcomed.

MACFest (Mesa Arts and Crafts Festival)
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 3 and Jan. 17
North Macdonald Road, from Main Street to Pepper Place
 
Artists’ creations, music and entertainment will line the streets of downtown Mesa for two Saturdays in January during MACFest, a festive arts and crafts fair held on the first and third Saturdays from October through April. It’s free fun for the entire family.
 
Glendale Chocolate Affaire
Noon-10 p.m., Friday, Jan. 30 and 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 31
Murphy Park, 58th and Glendale avenues, Glendale
 
Chocolate lovers, rejoice!  The 20th annual Glendale Chocolate Affair in historic downtown Glendale features 40 chocolate purveyors selling imaginative confections ranging from chocolate-covered bacon to chocolate-drizzled kettle corn, chocolate-covered nuts, berry chocolate kabobs, fudge popsicles, chocolate-covered cheesecake and bananas, fried Twinkies and fried Snickers dipped in chocolate, and much more. The Chocolate Affaire is sponsored by Arizona’s famous candy makers, Cerreta Candy Company, which will offer tours all weekend.  Event admission and parking are free.
 
Arizona Balloon Classic
7 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 23; 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 24; 7 a.m.-noon, Sunday, Jan. 25
Fear Farm Sports Complex, 2209 N. 99th Ave., Loop 101 and Interstate 10, Phoenix
 
More than 20 hot air balloons will decorate the Phoenix skies when the Arizona Balloon Classic floats into town at the end of the month. The event features morning launches and landings, night glows, fireworks, family fun zone, live music and more than 50 retail and food vendors. Visit the website for ticket and pricing information.
 
Tucson Egg Nog Jog New Year’s Day 5K
7 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 1
8568 N. Continental Reserve Loop, Tucson
 
Start your year off on a healthy foot at the Tucson 8th annual Egg Nog Jog. The route for this non-competitive event begins at Continental Reserve Park and loops through the Reserve neighborhood. Egg nog, snowfall and raffle prizes greet participants at the finish line.
 
Arizona State Home Show
10 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday, Jan. 9; 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 10; 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 11
Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Ave., Tucson
 
Everything you need for your Maracay home can be found in one place at this massive home show – one of the largest in the Southwest, if not the country. How-to demonstrations, seminars by leading experts and hundreds of displays make this event a home-improvement enthusiast’s paradise.