Editor's Note: Hearts Will Be Glowing

It’s the most wonderful time of the year—and if the spirit of generosity is alive in your heart, you might consider a donation to a local nonprofit before the end of the year. It will do your soul good—and maybe even your wallet, since there are still tax advantages to making a contribution to many local charities. In this week’s edition, we take an in-depth look at two of them, the Emerge! Center Against Domestic Violence (which is raising funds to create new shelter space) and Lead Guitar, a little-known local nonprofit that brings guitar instruction into local schools—which in turn can inspire students to care more about their academics. Plus, we have a guide to a whole bunch of local nonprofits that could use a little something in their stockings as the year draws to a close, as well as a roundup of various tax benefits that come with your contributions.

Elsewhere in the book this week: Staff reporter Alexandra Pere tells us that ICUs and hospital beds are filling up as Pima County’s third wave continues to build; Jeremy Duda of the Arizona Mirror draws you a picture of the ongoing efforts to create Arizona’s new political map; managing editor Jeff Gardner flips through the pages of a new book exploring the history of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum; arts writer Margaret Regan fills you in on the upcoming Nutcracker shows, as well as some other seasonal dance performances; music writer Christina Fuoco-Karasinkski introduces you to Taylor Upsahl ahead of her upcoming show at Club Congress; XOXO columnist Xavier Omar Otero tells you about all the other live music happening this week;
Tucson Weedly columnist David Abbott examines the latest twists and turns in the state’s effort to auction “social equity” licenses for new cannabis dispensaries; and there’s all the rest of the usual stuff in the book, from comics to advice columns. Enjoy!

Jim Nintzel, Executive Editor

Hear Nintz talk about holiday happenings and more at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday mornings on the world-famous Frank Show on KLPX, 96.1 FM.

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