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Some of the best places to see holiday lights in Arizona

Prepare to see some sparkle – it’s time for holiday lights! Here are some not-to-miss displays:

13th Annual Oro Valley Festival of the Arts tree lighting – This time-honored tradition takes place Dec. 2 at 6 p.m.

 Glendale Glitters – View holiday lights from Nov. 24-Jan. 1, with a special two-day event Nov. 24-25 in honor of this tradition’s 30th anniversary.

LightsUp! – From Nov. 24-Jan. 7, the Tucson Botanical Gardens transforms into a winter wonderland with dazzling lights, dancing sculptures and luminaria displays.

ZooLights – From Nov. 22-Jan. 14, the Phoenix Zoo shines with millions of lights, hundreds of displays and much more.

– Staff report, The Arizona 100

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How to cook the perfect Thanksgiving turkey

Many of you know that my daughter is vegan and that we both have food sensitivities, so we often modify Thanksgiving dishes to create new main dishes. But, there is nothing quite like a well-roasted turkey on the table. “The Pioneer Woman” has always been one of my favorite chefs to follow because she offers easy-to-follow recipes that are delicious.

The biggest secret in making the perfect turkey is planning. Make sure that you have enough turkey for everyone, plus leftovers. And, leave plenty of time to thaw and brine the turkey before roasting it.

Read the full recipe here.

Cyndee Woolley, C2 Communications, The SWFL 100

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Black Friday! Cyber Monday! Giving Tuesday!

Black Friday and Cyber Monday traditionally kick off the frenzied holiday shopping season. But in recent years, we’ve experienced the “Black Friday creep” and “Cyber Weekend” as retailers release deals as early as October.

Some of the best deals typically seen during Black Friday and Cyber Monday are on items like TVs, laptops, small appliances, earbuds, online subscriptions and smartwatches.

While shopping deals are plentiful, an important day to remember this season is Giving Tuesday. The day after Cyber Monday, it’s a day to step away from the holiday rush and give back to your community by donating or volunteering.

Madison Mullinax, 360 Media, Inc., The Atlanta 100

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40th Annual el Tour de Tucson

Get in gear for one of the country’s premiere bicycling events, el Tour de Tucson – to commence and conclude at the Tucson Convention Center – on Saturday, Nov. 18.

Go the distance (a whopping 102 miles) or choose the route that meets your pedaling pace – in lengths of 62 and 32 miles, plus family FUN rides for a mile or three. Spectators are welcome along these routes to cheer on the more than 7,500 participants traveling via 15,000+ wheels.

P.S.: This event enables nonprofits and charitable agencies to raise funds for their respective organizations. Sign up or join an existing team.

– Hannah Van Sickle, The Arizona 100

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Phoenix Pizza Festival this weekend

Any way you slice it, pizza lovers will want to make tracks downtown for the city’s 8th Annual Pizza Festival happening Nov. 11-12.

A slew of vendors will be onsite, slinging everything from Cheezy’s Wood Fired Pizza pies to Floridino’s Pizza Muffins and a myriad of variations in between – including vegan (from Lou Malnatis and Plant Fire Pizza) and gluten-free (Mi Amore and Pizza Arno) options.

Live music, lawn games and kids’ activities (plus local brews from Pedal Haus Brewery and Huss Brewing Company) will complement the food-related fun on tap for Margaret T. Hance Park.

Advance ticket purchase required.

– Hannah Van Sickle, The Arizona 100

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Open streets event slated for Tucson this weekend

Denizens of downtown and beyond are invited to (literally) take to the streets – as public spaces that connect people to places and each other – this Sunday, Oct. 29 for the 20th Annual Cyclovia Tucson.

A play on the Spanish word ciclovía (any closure of urban streets to cars in order to make way for community), this free event invites participants to bike, skate, scoot or stroll through the shared streets while exploring, socializing and connecting.

Diverse and tasty bites will fuel participants and their people-powered devices (which produce a tenth of the carbon emissions of a car) along the route.

– Hannah Van Sickle, The Arizona 100

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Reclaim your space: Declutter for a better work-life balance

The work-from-home revolution brought us closer to our cluttered chaos than ever before. Our homes transformed into office spaces, with laptops in the kitchen and stacks of papers on the dining table. But now, as we head back to the office for in-person interactions, it is time to regain our space and sanity.

Research shows that clutter negatively impacts our cognitive function and overall well-being. Start by reclaiming that closet turned “cloffice,” clearing your kitchen island and recovering your dining table. Embrace the flexibility of multipurpose furnishings and create a workspace that enhances both your productivity and peace of mind.

– Marty Brantley, Engel & Völkers New Orleans, The New Orleans 100

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More travelers will combine business with pleasure in 2024 – it’s called “bleisure”

More people will be traveling in 2024 according to a new report from Hilton. Will it be for business or pleasure? The answer is both.

Yes, the “bleisure” trend is real. Gen Z, Millennials, Gen X and Baby Boomers plan to combine PTO with work trips. Hilton surveyed more than 10,000 travelers from nine countries and found that most will invest in sleep, technology and experiences.

So, Hilton is upping its game by offering sleep machines and pillow menus. It is revamping food menus, offering more mocktail options. There will be more electric car chargers and, of course, pickleball courts.

Vikki Locke, C2 Communications, The SWFL 100

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DUSK Music Festival lands in downtown Tucson next month

The 7th Annual DUSK Music Festival descends upon Jácome Plaza Nov. 10-11.

The event, presented by Rio Nuevo, brings an eclectic lineup to a pair of stages that will feature the sounds of DJ Snake (Friday) and Seven Lions and 311 (Saturday), plus a dozen others in genres ranging from electric, rock and pop to punk, dance and indie.

An incredible lineup of restaurants, food trucks and chefs will be serving up signature eats through Tucson FEASTS. Tickets, including VIP entry, are available now.

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– Hannah Van Sickle, The Arizona 100