It's a football fiesta in Tempe
Combine a penchant for aggression with a little raw athleticism and quality coaching, and you've got a recipe for gridiron glory. For youngsters ages 9 to 14, the opportunity to gain that coaching -- courtesy of former NFL greats, local high school coaches and participants in this year's Fiesta Bowl -- commences at the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Youth Football Clinic. Sessions take place at 10 a.m. Monday, December 29, at the Salvation Army South Mountain Youth Center, 1351 East Broadway, and 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 30, at the ASU Practice Facility, Sixth Street and Rural in Tempe. For details call 480-736-3915 or visit www.tostitos fiestabowl.com. - Craig Wallach
Toys on display downtown
It's a small world after all -- especially at the Arizona Doll and Toy Museum. Experience the real "toy story" through an exhibition portraying an authentic schoolroom, circa 1912, with antique dolls as the students and teacher. Constantly changing scenarios of doll arms, legs, eyes and mouths echo the lives of the living, and toys from the past and familiar modern playthings are on view. Whether a child, or just one at heart, there is something for everyone to marvel over, and what better way to celebrate the holiday that's all about toys?
It's a world of laughter and a world of hope at the Arizona Doll and Toy Museum, located at the corner of Seventh Street and Monroe in Heritage and Science Park. Admission is $3 for adults, $1 for children. For more information, call 602-253-9337. - Eric Schandel