Things to do to start off the new year

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Things to do to start off the new year

Picture of one of the many activities to view at the Ostrich Festival

Picture of one of the many activities to view at the Ostrich Festival

Courtesy of John Sagredo/Flickr

Picture of one of the many activities to view at the Ostrich Festival

Courtesy of John Sagredo/Flickr

Courtesy of John Sagredo/Flickr

Picture of one of the many activities to view at the Ostrich Festival

Britney Smart, Reporter

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As the new year is beginning there is much to do around the valley for the first few months. With the forecast calling for the perfect weather, the time to go out and explore the many events the valley has to offer has arrived.

Starting Jan. 12 and ending on Jan. 15 the International Film Festival will be held in the City of Chandler. There will be screenings of many unique movies and even a red carpet. For locations on which theaters are screening these unique movies, visit the Chandler International Film Festival website.

The following week on Jan. 20 in Phoenix at Steele Indian School Park Memorial Hall is the annual doggie street festival. Where dogs can socialize, and get pampered all while wearing out some energy.

In February, right around Valentine’s Day is the 22nd Annual Chocolate Affaire at the Glendale Murphy Park. The event is taking place from Feb. 9-11 and will have many chocolate goodies for guests to try.

Starting that same week on the Feb. 10 is the annual Renaissance Festival. It is in Apache Junction and a family friendly event for everyone to enjoy and learn about the renaissance time as the festival goes through to the Apr. 1.

Feb. 17- 25 is Casa Grande Cowboy Days and O’Odham Tash. There will be a parade as well as many competitions such as barrel racing and roping. It is a place for everyone to see their local ranchers do what they love.

For the 30th year in a row the Ostrich Festival is occurring Mar. 9-11. It is located at Tumbleweed Park in Chandler and will have many rides and even live ostriches for families to enjoy.

 

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