Here is the outcome from our christmas eve planning session. You are welcome to join us for any of these events or all - whatever fits your schedule and your mood. If you plan to come, please post a comment about which events you are coming to so we know to look for or wait for you.
At 9:30am, we will start hiking up Ventana Canyon. This means leaving the trailhead at 9:30, not pulling into the parking lot or calling me from down the street. Please arrive early enough to be ready to go at 9:30. We will hike up this trail for about an hour and a half before turning around. The plan is to be back at the parking lot at 12:30pm. This is an easy-moderate hike. Sturdy footwear is recommended (no flip flops!) and warm, layered clothes. You will warm us as we get moving.
Directions to the trailhead can be found here: http://arizona.sierraclub.org/trail_guide/hike15.htm
At roughly 1:00pm, we will meet at the Park Place Mall Century 20 theater to see the Hobbit. It starts at 1:25, so again, please arrive early enough to find us (if you wish to sit with/near us). This is not a 3-d version of the film. I don't expect them to run out of tickets, but i personally did not take the chance. It's up to you to buy your ticket in advance or tomorrow.
At roughly 5pm, we will meet at Hibachi Super Buffet for dinner. We ate there last year and everyone enjoyed it. They are in the northwest corner of the intersection of Speedway and Swan.
Finally, there is an 8:55pm showing of the new Thor movie that some people are going to go to. This is also at Park Place theater. If you wish to see that, please arrive in time to find the group outside.
Hopefully anyone looking for some christmas community can find something amenable here.
My cell is [masked] if you need help finding us. Please, for the love of God do not call me between 10pm and 6am. I won't have reception during the hike and i won't answer during the movie. Outside of that, i'll do my best.