OFF FANTASTIC HOLIDAY SEASON WITH
SPECTACULAR CENTENNIAL-THEMED LIGHTING PROGRAM
By Ed Sharpe and photos by
Ed and Bette Sharpe
Glendale Daily Planet / Glendale, Ariz.
– This year’s Glendale Glitters Spectacular was unlike
any other, because the city is celebrating its 100th anniversary.
As part of the city’s centennial
activities this year, two 100-years-young residents assisted the
Glendale City Council on Friday, Nov. 27 at 5:30 p.m., to turn on
the stunning Glendale Glitters holiday light display of 1.5
million lights for the first time this season.
This year's humorous emcees
were Tim and Willy from KMLE Country.
The Fiesta Bowl Queen and her court did a
reading of the night Before Christmas for the children on stage
and the audience that listed attentively.
Peppermint James Performed
several songs though the event.
The two centenarians, Atha
Stubbs and Joanna Wright, were one of
the highlights of a 30-minute lighting program called, “Celebrating
Glendale’s Centennial,” which highlights the city’s
first 100 years through music, dance and other entertainment.
The Fiesta Bowl Queen and her
court did a read the night Before Christmas for the children on
stage and the audience that listed attentively.
The 16 blocks of Historic Downtown
Glendale and 1.5 million lights, rated as Arizona's largest free
holiday light display, buzzed with excitement and treats for all.
at every turn, delectable food, hand-crafted holiday gifts, a
children’s winter wonderland with , horse-drawn carriage rides,
shopping and, of course, the most important visit with everyone’s
favorite visitor from the North Pole, Santa Claus!
Of course I took a moment to talk with Santa too
and express our need for a pneumatic Studio Camera Pedestal!
Wright is the young lady in the wheel chair on the left
(white-haired) and Atha Stubbs is the young lady in the wheel
chair on the far right (darker-haired.) Tim is the tall gentleman
in the gray vest and Willy is the man with dark hair and mustache
on the right (to the left of the tree) with black jacket and red
Thousands of people
partook of the variety of food offered by the vendors in the food
Hand full of
snow! - Cold slush down the back of the jacket
But now... she has a
snowball and is advancing towards him while he is unaware!
...and the young of heart
Target Main Stage
Come Back Buddy
Lighting program: 'Celebrating
On Stage Dance
Come Back Buddy
Marilyn's Academy of Dance
Holiday Trombones and Flutes
Target Main Stage
Arizona Broadway Theatre
Stage Door Dance
Spotlight Youth Theatre
Oasis Gymnastics & Sports
Campanillas del Sol Handbell
The glittering magic of Glendale’s
holiday display remains lit nightly through Jan. 16, from 5-10
p.m. each evening. Glendale Glitters, now entering its 16th year,
was named azcentral.com’s Critics’ Choice for the Best
Festival in the Valley in 2008.
- Atha Stubbs
Scout Troop 62 Spreads the holiday
magic with mistletoe for all
An entire table of fresh Mistletoe for
sale! Scoutmaster Ray Jensen filled us in on
this batch, "We went camping up by Prescott and picked the
fresh Mistletoe to bring to the Glendale Glitters. "
Jensen continued, "We had a great
time and we want to thank the community for their donations. We
sold out of mistletoe the second night."
"Boy scout troop 62 is
sponsored by The First United Methodist Church in Glendale-
Its the oldest Chartered Boy scout troop in AZ."
Scoutmaster Jensen tell us, "Its charter dates back back
to 1932." He filled us in on a few of the activities,
" We are looking to increase our enrollment for this fun
troop. We go Camping, Canoeing and Snowboarding and to Camp
Geronimo every summer."
For meeting times and questions call Scoutmaster Ray Jensen at
Glitters For the Next 3 Weekends!
||December 4 & 5
||December 11 & 12
||December 18 & 19
holiday season wraps up with the Glitter and Glow Block Party on
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glittering magic of Glendale’s holiday display remains lit
nightly through Jan. 16, from 5-10 p.m. each evening. Glendale
Glitters, now entering its 16th year, was named azcentral.com’s
Critics’ Choice for the Best Festival in the Valley in 2008.
Glitters Spectacular is sponsored by Target, APS, Kokopelli
Winery, KTVK, KMLE Country 108, 101.5 JAMZ, KOOL-FM, 7-Up,
Glendale Community College and The Arizona Republic. For more
information, call the Special Event Hotline at 623-930-2299, or
Bill Bond (l) and Jon
Froke (r) for the City of Glendale remind all of us that
being counted in the
Census helps the city get the funds that bring us services
and infrastructure we need every year!
Census: A Snapshot
What: The census
is a count of everyone residing in the United States.
Who: All U.S.
residents must be counted—both citizens and non citizens.
When: You will
receive your questionnaire in March 2010 either by U.S. mail
or hand delivery.
Why: The U.S.
Constitution requires a national census once every 10 years
to count the population and determine the number of seats
each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives.
should complete and mail back their questionnaires.
Households that do not respond may receive a replacement
questionnaire in early April. Census takers will visit
households that do not return questionnaires to take a count
the 2010 Census mean to Glendale?
- More than half of the city’s
operating budget is determined by Census data!
- Ensures we are fairly
represented at the state and federal level
- Provides funding for police and
- Funds our parks and libraries
- Funds our streets and roads
- Funds school lunch programs and
- The higher the response rate on
the 2010 U.S. Census for the city of Glendale, the more
revenue the city receives to provide essential city
As mandated by the United States
Constitution, a census is conducted to count everyone living
in the United States. In partnership with the U.S. Census,
the City of Glendale will be assisting to ensure that a
thorough count of persons living in our community is
completed by April 1, 2010.
In addition to determining the
number of congressional seats on a statewide basis, the
census count is also used to distribute federal funds to
local, state and tribal governments each year. Census
revenue goes toward paying for essential city services such
as police and fire protection, city parks and libraries, and
streets and roads. The higher the response rate on the 2010
U.S. Census for the city of Glendale, the more revenue the
city receives to provide for these services. Schools and
hospitals also receive funding based on the census count.
Please check http://www.glendaleaz.com/census
often the city will provide additional updates and
information about the 2010 Census count.
City of Glendale Census 2010 Key Messages
years, there is a complete count of everyone living in the
few things more important to cities and towns than the United
form will be mailed to every household between February and
March of 2010.
It will have
10 questions and will take less than 10 mins to fill out.
completed form can then be mailed back free of any postage
does the 2010 Census mean to Glendale?
More than $162 million
(nearly half) of the city’s budget is determined by Census
are fairly represented at the state and federal level
funding for police and fire protection
parks and libraries
streets and roads
lunch programs and senior centers
Census Questionnaire: Easy, Important and Safe
only 10 questions, the 2010 Census questionnaire takes
approximately 10 minutes to complete.
are asked to provide key demographic information, including:
of the residence
your home is rented or owned
genders, ages and races of others living in the household
law, the Census Bureau cannot share an individual’s responses
with anyone, including other federal agencies and law
programs that rely on census data
programs that rely on census data
and summer programs for youth
assistance for low income families
For information about the
2010 Census visit, www.census.gov/2010census