Things to Do in the Valley – Jan. 2-8

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Below are entertainment options around the Valley for the week of Jan. 2-8.

Event details are subject to change.

Visit newsroom.visitarizona.com/events.

Jan. 2 - SIERRA VISTA: Patterson Public Night Star Party – Patterson Observatory. Free open house observing events. 6 p.m. Visitors can call to check for cancelation due to clouds (recorded message available after 4 p.m. on the day of the event). 520-458-8278 ext 2214

Jan. 3-5 - MESA: Taiyou Con Anime Convention 2020 - Mesa Convention Center. Arizona's ultimate anime experience. More than 400+ hours of things to do: attend panels, main events, karaoke, cosplay gatherings, etc. Buy stuff in the vendor hall, meet new friends, meet the guests, cosplay your favorite characters. 480-644-2178 or taiyoucon.com

Jan. 4 - BUCKEYE: 6th Annual Buckeye Marathon/Half Marathon/10K/5K and Obstacle Course – Buckeye Municipal Airport. This event will be run on a USATF Certified Course and serves as a Boston/National Qualifier. All events will be chip timed.  The marathon course will be a closure time of 6 hours, requiring a minimum pace time of 13:45/mile. 623-349-6350 or arizonaroadracers.com or buckeyemarathon.com

Jan. 4 - MESA: DT Mesa Fest (Downtown Mesa Festival of the Arts) – A free event featuring unique artistic creations, music, food and fun for the whole family. Features the work of established and emerging artists. Music provided by Peggy and Tim. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. dtmesafest.com/index.html

Jan. 4 - QUEEN CREEK: San Tan Scramble Trail Runs – San Tan Mountain Regional Park. The 4th race in the Desert Runner Trail Series. 50K, 26K, 17K, 9K, 5K and a kid’s fun run. Tour the foothills of the San Tan and Goldmine mountain ranges. 7 a.m. aravaiparunning.com/san-tan-scramble

Jan. 4-26 - PHOENIX: Cabaret – Herberger Theater Center. Cliff Bradshaw, an American author working on a novel in Berlin, encounters Sally Bowles, a talented cabaret performer, at the seedy Kit Kat Klub where she sings. When she is fired by the club’s owner, also her jealous boyfriend, she moves in with Cliff and the two fall in love. For all the exuberant song and dance, the most powerful aspect of Cabaret remains the political wallop that it delivers. At its core, Cabaret is a devastating critique of apathy, and a clever and terrifying look at totalitarianism. 520-622-2823 or arizonatheatre.org

Jan. 5 - PHOENIX: 33rd Annual Resolution Run 5K - Papago Park. Traditional way to start the New Year, shirts, refreshments, drawings for prizes, 5K run and walk. $45. 7 a.m. 480-609-3978 orfieldworksevents.com/resolution-run/

Jan. 6 - PEORIA: Monica – Arizona Broadway Theatre. Patrons can purchase dinner with the show or opt for show-only tickets. $49-69. 5:30 pm dinner and concert at 7:30 p.m. 623-776-8400 or azbroadway.org

7-12 - TEMPE: Summer – ASU Gammage. She was a girl from Boston with a voice from heaven, who shot through the stars from gospel choir to dance floor diva. But what the world didn’t know was how Donna Summer risked it all to break through barriers, becoming the icon of an era and the inspiration for every music diva who followed. asugammage.com

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