Daily Archives: December 6, 2010

10 Downtown Phoenix holiday events

[Source: Downtown Phoenix Partnerships]

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Valley Youth Theatre Presents A Winnie the Pooh Christmas Tail

The holidays are getting bigger Downtown. Just a few years ago, it would have been tough to name more than five big events for the holidays. This year, it was tough to narrow it down to 10 (download the entire holiday calendar here).

So, in semi-chronological order, here are 10 ideas to amp up your holiday cheer:

  1. Ice Skating in the Park – Wow. Our very own Lincoln Center. From now through Jan. 15, the plaza at CityScape will transform into an ice rink. The cost is $10 per person, including skate rentals and the rink is open daily 3-11 p.m.
  2. Valley Youth Theatre Presents A Winnie the Pooh Christmas Tail – Speaking as a lifelong Eeyore, get some tix for this holiday classic or that pesky raincloud might hang over your head. Dec. 3-23.
  3. Center Dance Ensemble Presents The Snow Queen – If you’ve got family from out of town, warm them up with this gorgeous retelling of a Hans Christian Andersen tale, set to music by Prokofiev. Herberger Theater, Dec. 4-19. Discounts available for students and seniors.
  4. Actors Theatre Company Presents A Christmas Carol Danger, Will Robinson: After 19 years, ATC is retiring this terrific musical. Herberger Theater, Dec. 4-24.
  5. Candlelight Messiah – Played in a candlelit setting (which is a pretty cool idea) the Phoenix Symphony Chorus performs Handel’s “Messiah.” St. Mary’s Basilica, Friday, Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m.
  6. Ballet Arizona Presents Ib Andersen’s The Nutcracker – This one goes without saying. Ballet Arizona is a local treasure, so go and get swept away by this spectacular production. Symphony Hall, Dec. 10-26.
  7. Christmas Mariachi Festival – The world’s top mariachis and the amazing Ballet Folklorico come together for this annual event. US Airways Center, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m.
  8. Alice Cooper’s Christmas Pudding – For us locals, Alice is a bit of a hero; he’s done great things to boost his hometown. On Dec. 18, you can join Alice and his original band, along with Rob Zombie, Cheech Marin and more for a night of comedy and music to benefit Valley youth. 7 p.m., Comerica Theater (that’s the new name for the Dodge).
  9. Snow Day at the Children’s Museum of Phoenix – On Dec. 19, ten tons of snow will fall on the front lawn, with a visit from Frosty the Snowman. You know you want to go. Tickets are $9 each and include museum admission.
  10. The Salvation Army Christmas Dinner – A nice reminder about one of the best meanings of the season. These good folks can always use donations, food and volunteers. Dec. 25 at the Phoenix Convention Center. Doors open at 9:30 a.m.
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Downtown Phoenix’s parking meter program to be reviewed

[Source: Lynh Bui, The Arizona Republic]

City wants to generate maximum income

The 2,600 parking meters in Phoenix generate about $2.1 million annually for the city each year.

To make sure the meters are in the right place and to see if they are generating the maximum income for Phoenix, the city will conduct a study of the parking meter program starting next year, said Thomas Godbee, deputy street transportation director.

The city is looking to hire a consultant to review the meters in downtown Phoenix, near the state Capitol and other areas to study three main issues:

  • Location: Certain places, such as around the state Capitol, already have free parking available, so the parking meters that are in low demand could be removed, Godbee said. Meters could also be added to areas where traffic is higher.
  • Hours: In early 2009, the city extended the hours that parking meters would be in effect from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday to 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

“We’ve gotten a couple of complaints so we want to see how it’s working in a couple of areas,” Godbee said.

  • Payment: The city will examine whether the types of meters should be changed. Options could include replacing meters with pay stations or models that accept debit and credit cards to generate more revenue for the city and make it more convenient for drivers.

“If someone puts a quarter in a meter and parks two hours, they might not get a ticket, but we’re not getting the turnover in the parking space,” Godbee said.

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