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Jason Wheeler

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St. Luke’s concert series begins Sunday

First concert features pianist Vitaly Serebriakov

The music department of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church recently announced the newly created St. Luke’s Concert Series, with the first concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21.

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Competing on 'The Price Is Right LIVE!' all about the experience, host says

Popular show is in Prescott on Friday, Jan. 19

When it comes to “The Price is Right,” both the television show and the live version, the game is the experience, said Todd Newton, host of “The Price is Right Live!”

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Justin Moore’s Hell on a Highway Tour stops at the PV Event Center

Over the years, country singer Justin Moore has learned it is his job to go on stage, throw a musical party of sorts and give people a good time.

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Mendoza focuses on benefits to Dancing for the Stars

Still getting the mechanics of the routine figured out, he says

Chino Valley Councilman Corey Mendoza said focusing on the benefits of Dancing for the Stars has been helping to lessen the intimidation of dancing in front of a group of people come April.

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Roads & Streets Committee identifies pavement improvement projects

Plans range from chip seals to replacing intersection

The Chino Valley Roads & Streets Committee identified several streets for upcoming pavement improvement projects at its meeting on Monday, Jan. 8.

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All the fun of ‘The Price is Right Live!’ without the travel

Yavapai College brings experience, and prizes, of show to Prescott

It’s safe to say, being a contestant on “The Price is Right Live!” is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, said host Todd Newton.

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How are some people doing on their New Year’s resolutions

People share their progress on resolutions they made for 2018

We asked people at Prescott’s courthouse plaza if they made any New Year’s Resolutions, what they were and how they’re doing on them just a couple weeks into 2018. Here is what they told us:

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Acoustic Eidolon kicks off Folk Sessions’ 15th year

Folk Sessions kicks off its 15th year this year with Acoustic Eidolon returning for the first concert of the year.

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Phoenix Symphony performs Bernstein, Brahms on Jan. 14

The Yavapai Symphony Association kicks off the new year with the Phoenix Symphony, performing on Sunday, Jan. 14.

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December ’63 tributes Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons at the Elks Jan. 13

Hear the music of those four boys from Jersey this weekend with “December 63,” a tribute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons at the Prescott Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Jan. 13.

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'Fat Pig' presents subject matter relevant to today, director says

Prescott Center for the Arts’ newest show, “Fat Pig,” is a play where the first thing people will have to do is get past the title, Director Kevin Nissen said.

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Show’s Barry Gibb calls himself a living, walking example of 1977

There’s only a few seats that are “Stayin’ Alive” for the “Saturday Night Fever – Ultimate Tribute to the Bee Gees” show at the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center this weekend.

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Good Rockin’ Live! salutes music of Sun Records

Lonely Street Productions brings another show to the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center this weekend with “Good Rockin’ Live!,” a salute to the music of Sun Records.

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A farmers market in the winter

When thinking of a farmer’s market, the first idea that comes to mind probably won’t be winter – but the Prescott Farmer’s Market has had a winter market for the last four years, said Market Manager Kelley Villa.

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CVUSD turns 100 years this year

Superintendent Scholl looks back on first year as superintendent, forward to coming year

In 2017, the Chino Valley Unified School District kicked off its centennial year, but will really celebrate that anniversary this year, said Superintendent John Scholl.

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Boys & Girls club ready for teens in Chino

The Boys & Girls Club of Central Arizona is putting the finishing touches on its space at the Community Center and a program in Chino Valley, said Kristen Kerns, unit director for Prescott Valley and Chino Valley.

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Thousands attend annual Boot Drop to welcome 2018

Last event for Prescott Pete’s Shooting Gallery

They counted down, the boot dropped, the fireworks flew — Whiskey Row welcomed in a brand new year.

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Mobile home park resident lives in constant intimidation, fear

Landlord’s attorney: She’s being evicted for violation of agreements

Susanne Nardozzi, wanting to live in Chino Valley’s Mountain View Mobile Home Park in “peace and quiet,” is facing eviction on Jan. 2 after wrangling with the landlord and management.

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Road One South slows down the intensity

Acker Night a swan song for the Prescott band

It all started in 2007 when Chris Russo said he posted in Pops Music Store that he was looking for a band and got a call from Dwight D’Evelyn.

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Boot drop tradition rings in 2018 – with 2 drops

Watch carefully, when that boot on top of the Palace Saloon and Jersey Lilly Saloon drops for the second time Sunday, it will be 2018.

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Windsock Lounge celebrates 25 years, while the Sean Goté gallery offers more than art

The old and the new

The Windsock Lounge is celebrating its 25th anniversary this weekend with a blowout party featuring Southbound.

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Boot Drop adds carnival games, shooting gallery

Whiskey Row’s New Year’s party continues to grow

The goal when the Whiskey Row Boot Drop began seven years ago was for it to grow a little each year.

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Ethan Kirschbaum, Prescott grad now a touring theater performer

Currently touring around the country performing in the Tony Award winning musical “Kinky Boots,” Prescott High School graduate Ethan Kirschbaum is living his dream.

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Last chance for Christmas events

Christmas is only three days away, and New Year’s Eve is close behind. There are not very many more chances to check out the Christmas attractions in and around Prescott.

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It’s the last Fourth Friday (Art Walk) of the year

Friday, Dec. 22 is going to be the last Fourth Friday Art Walk of the year and many of the usual participating galleries are going to be open.

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What’s the worst pickup line you’ve heard?

Readers share the best of the ones they’ve heard that cause massive cringing

Christmas may be the most wonderful time of the year, but it might not feel that way without someone special with which to share all that holiday cheer.

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Enchanted Christmas Tour of Lights brightens holiday

Every year, M&M Entertainment & Productions looks to add new rooms and switch up its annual Enchanted Christmas Tour of Lights and this year, there are 21 themed rooms, said M&M Entertainment & Productions Co-Founder Matt Brassard.

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More lights at Heritage Sanctuary’s Wild Lights & Animal Sights

There’s three more weeks to check out Heritage Park & Zoological Sanctuary’s Wild Lights & Animal Sights and this year, there’s more to see than ever, said Media & Marketing Coordinator Lorette Brashear.

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Milt Cannon puts together birthday, Christmas celebration

Milton Cannon, organizer of the Hero’s Honor Rally and president of the Prescott Jazz Society, is planning a celebration for Christmas as well as his 80th birthday.

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YMCA presents Nutcracker, Holly Jolly Christmas recital

Those who missed the Prescott YMCA’s production of “The Nutcracker” have one more chance to dance with the Sugar Plum Fairy this weekend.

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Folk Sessions puts on Acoustic Christmas show Dec. 16

For the past six years, Folk Sessions has put on its Cowboy Christmas show at the Prescott Center for the Arts, but this year Director Tom Agostino said he wanted to keep that energy going with something different.

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Acker Night hits the right notes

Road One South band says this was their final performance at the event

Whether it was their first or their last, Friday night’s Acker Musical Showcase united downtown Prescott in Christmas cheer and music.

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Dream of a “White Christmas” at Yavapai College

If you’re dreaming of a white Christmas, look no further than Yavapai College, where the school’s music department is putting on Irving Berlin’s tale of joy and goodwill.

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Acker Night to fill the air with music

Roads downtown are closed and flooded with people, there was finally an open parking space in the Sprouts parking lot and now it’s time to begin the trek into the heart of Prescott to listen to the music of Acker Night — except music can already be heard from Sprouts, Springhill Suites and AAA.

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Prescott POPs Christmas concert sold out

Tickets for the Upcoming Prescott Pops Symphony concert on Sunday, Dec. 10 may be sold out, but there’s one more concert of the season, according to the symphony’s choral conductor.

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YMCA presents Nutcracker, Holly Jolly Christmas recital

First act ensures there’s something for everyone

Every year, the Prescott YMCA puts on a dance recital in December that precedes a rendition of “The Nutcracker” and this year is no different, said YMCA Dance Program Coordinator Katy Gifford.

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Dec. 8 Acker Night a one of a kind event

Friday’s Acker Night is the only event of its kind in the country, says association president

Though there’s a lot of time and difficulty spent in putting together and organizing Acker Night year after year, seeing it come together makes it all worth it, said J. S. Acker Music Park Association President Scott Currey.

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Enjoy five ensembles at Winter Holiday Spectacular

With all five of Yavapai College’s instrumental ensembles appearing in the same concert, Sunday’s Winter Holiday Spectacular is going to be a great afternoon of music, said Director Chris Tenney.

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CD Review: ‘Hillbilly Girls’ an enjoyable listen

Recently, Tony Balbinot and the Cadillac Angels released “Hillbilly Girls,” a 10-track album showcasing their fusion of rock ‘n’ roll, country and urban/delta blues.

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Melanie Snyder directs ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ on Stage Too!

At first, there wasn’t going to be kid oriented show at the Prescott Center for the Arts for the Christmas season, then Melanie Snyder provided the opportunity with “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”

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'A 1940s Radio Carol' takes stage at Prescott Center for the Arts

Prescott Center for the Arts is going into radio for its next main stage show – a sequel to the 1940s Radio Hour that was at the Elks Theatre a few years ago, said Director Bruce Lanning.

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Prescott’s Holiday Light Parade lights up with more entries Saturday

With more entries than ever this year, Prescott’s Holiday Light Parade is the largest ever this year, according to parade organizers.

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Three bands perform Thanksgiving Sing-Along Concert at PCA

Usually at a concert, the band performs and sings on stage and the audience listens and has a good time, maybe singing during the chorus of a really popular song.

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Sharing the love for thanksgiving

Local doctor continues the lesson his parents taught him

On Sunday morning, Dr. Hojat Askari’s home was filled with giant pans and a number of people helping the doctor cook it – but they wouldn’t be eating all of it.

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Yavapai courtroom overflows with adoptions

More than 20 children adopted on National Adoption Day

Though there aren’t usually a lot of smiling faces in her courtroom, Saturday was different, remarked Yavapai County Superior Court Judge Anna Young as she walked in.

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It’s a Hard Knock Life at the Elks this weekend

One Stage Family Theatre and Lessons by Lexe present “Annie” at the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center, 117 E. Gurley St., on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 17-18.

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Chamber Music series concert includes Max Bruch piece

The Third Friday Chamber Music Series continues at the Prescott Public Library with five pieces, including selections from Max Bruch’s “Eight Pieces.”

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Thumb Butte Distillery celebrates open mic & participants

In the year and a half since the Ping Brothers took on the open mic at Thumb Butte Distillery on Sunday afternoons, the quality of music has really grown, said owner Dana Murdock.

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‘Tis puts on winter eclectic works exhibit

'Tis Art Center & Gallery is getting ready to open its Winter Eclectic Works Exhibit, which will run from Thursday, Nov. 23, to Tuesday, Dec. 26.

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Diana Rein’s one-woman show opens for Beverly Watkins

As a child, Diana Rein improvised onstage in a blues club alongside a band her uncle was playing in and experienced a sense of freedom.