AZBW DOWNSTREAM – Events Calendar, December 2017


Arizona Boating & Watersports August 2017 Events Calendar

Arizona Boating & WatersportsDownstream by Arizona Boating & Watersports is a list of upcoming events.



FUR AND FEATHER ANIMAL ASSISTANCE, INC.: Ongoing — A permanent residential facility for dogs and cats designed for comfort, well being, and CARE for LIFE. Where Every “One” Deserves a Chance, PO Box 555 Pie Town, NM 87827, e-mail to  .


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12/1 and 2 LAKE HAVASU CITY: Annual Boat Parade of Lights; see story on page 4

12/9 TEMPE TOWN LAKE: Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade; see story on page 4

12/10 and 17 SAN DIEGO BAY: Parade of Lights; see story on page 4

LEARN TO SAIL: Current — If you know someone who would like to learn to sail, turn them on to the Arizona Sailing Foundation’s Adult Beginning Sailing class.

AZ YACHT CLUB MEETINGS: Second Tuesday of every month 7 p.m. — in the Caddy Shack at Rolling Hills Golf Course, 1415 N. Mill Ave., Tempe;

US SAILING/ RED CROSS ONLINE TRAINING: Ongoing — To make it easier for prospective US SAILING-certified instructors to fulfill course requirements for CPR and First Aid certification, US SAILING teams up with the American Red Cross to provide an online training program. Participants can sign up by visiting and clicking on the Red Cross Online Training button (towards the bottom of the page).


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Dec. 2-3 APACHE JUNCTION: Family Campout – Lost Dutchman State Park. Ideal for those new to camping. An activity filled weekend could include fishing, archery, mountain biking, hiking, or birding, depending on the date and park chosen. Trained camp coordinators will assist by teaching campers how to set up a tent, prepare food outside, build a fire and work on a service project. $90 for a family up to four.

Jan. 1, 2018  THROUGHOUT THE STATE: First-Day Hikes in Apache Junction, Benson, Cottonwood, Lake Havasu City, Parker, Patagonia, Payson, Picacho, Safford,  Sedona, Show Low, St. John’s, Superior, Tucson, Wenden,  and Winslow; 928-289-4106 or

CALENDAR OF OUTDOOR EVENTS: Ongoing — Google calendar.



Arizona Game & Fish DepartmentAZGFD, CG AUXILIARY, PHOENIX POWER SQUADRON BOATING CLASSES: See page 3 of this issue.


For a complete list of Veterans’ Day, Thanksgiving and other holiday events in Arizona, visit

1              PRESCOTT: In the Christmas Mood – The Best of Alabama – Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center. Join a fantastic 7-piece band for this brand new concert tribute to Alabama!  If you were “Born Country” and are looking for some “Mountain Music” or “Love in the First Degree,” this is the show for you.  And don’t you worry, we’re gonna have a fiddle in the band!  $22-25. 7 pm. 928-777-1370 or

1              SEDONA: Sedona’s Holiday Tree Lighting & Santa Visit – Live entertainment, activities and refreshments available from 5-7 pm at the plaza on State Route 89A in Uptown with the 20′ holiday tree, hear holiday favorites from musical and performing groups and let your youngsters tell Santa all their hopes and dreams, free family event presented by Sedona Main Street Program with Sedona Chamber of Commerce and the City of Sedona. 5 pm.

1-3          PHOENIX: Pops: Holiday Pops – Symphony Hall. Join The Phoenix Symphony and The Phoenix Symphony Chorus to experience this festive concert of seasonal favorites and the ever-popular Holiday Sing-Along, guaranteed to put you and your family in the holiday spirit. 7:30 & 2 pm. 602-495-1999 or

1-17        SCOTTSDALE: Father Christmas and The Snow Queen – Theatre Artists Studio. An interactive holiday show in the style of The British Panto (audience participation is essential to the action and resolution of the play). Join the children, Richard and Juliet, as they venture through the magic cupboard to help save Father Christmas from the clutches of the wicked Snow Queen and her crafty servant, Modo.  Fri at 7pm and Sat & Sun at 2pm. 602-765-0120 or

1-24        TEMPE: A Christmas Carol with Katie McFadzen – Tempe Center for the Arts. Comedic actresses, Katie McFadzen, brings to life Charles Dickens’s famous A Christmas Carol – all by herself. Using Dickens’s own immortal words, this one-woman tour-de-force will bring you the heartwarming story like you’ve never seen or heard it before. Fri 7 pm and various holiday performances.

2              CAMP VERDE: Annual Victorian Ornament Workshop – Fort Verde State Historic Park. Join us for our Victorian ornament workshop. Visitors will enjoy making their own Victorian ornaments – bring the kids and enjoy the fun. Free. 10 am – 2 pm. 928-567-3275 or  H

2              PHOENIX: 31st Annual APS Electric Light Parade: Winter Nights Dazzling Lights 2017 – The APS Electric Light Parade has long been an event where families, neighborhood groups and businesses from across the city come together and spread the joy of the holidays to more than 100,000 spectators. The parade begins on Central Avenue & Montebello and ends at 7th Street and Indian School. All entries lined with electric lights, from floats, to marching bands, performance groups, car groups and families. Free. 7 pm. 602-262-6437 or

2              PRESCOTT: 63rd Annual Courthouse Lighting & Ceremony – In Arizona’s official Christmas City, 1 pm parade, free, 6 pm lighting, Frontier Christmas Open House at Sharlot Hall Museum, Christmas Indian Art Market at Smoki Museum, Jingle Bell 5K run. This must-see event is one of Prescott’s most beloved and time-honored traditions!  928-445-2000 or 800-266-7534 or or

2              PRESCOTT: 35th Annual Prescott Chamber Christmas Parade – Downtown Prescott. Bring the family to watch more than 100 floats and entries. 1 pm.

6, 7, 8,    IN PHOENIX AREA: Handel’s Messiah in Scottsdale, Sun City, and Mesa; an annual holiday favorite, Handel’s Messiah returns to The Phoenix Symphony. The acclaimed “Hallelujah” chorus highlights these performances featuring some of the most glorious sacred music ever written. Join The Phoenix Symphony, The Phoenix Symphony Chorus and world-class soloists in Handel’s masterpiece in churches and venues throughout the Valley. 7:30 pm.

8-9          CAMP VERDE: 9th Annual Candlelight Tours – Fort Verde State Historic Park. Enjoy the celebration of a Victorian Christmas with our traditional candlelight tours. Re-enactors dressed in period clothing provide guided tours with hot chocolate and light refreshments. 928-567-3275 or

8-10, 15-17, 19-23, 26-30 PHOENIX: 39th Annual Las Noches de las Luminarias – Desert Botanical Gardens. Experience the beauty of more than 8,000 hand-lit luminaria bags, thousands of white twinkle lights and unexpected views of familiar spaces. As you walk the Garden paths, you will be welcomed by the sights and sounds of nine entertainment ensembles. Additional dinner is available. $10-25. 5:30 pm, pre-register. 480-481-8188 or

8-24        PHOENIX: The Nutcracker – Symphony Hall. With more than 150 performers, hundreds of costumes and the beauty and athleticism of Ballet Arizona’s nationally recognized dancers, a timeless holiday tradition for all ages. Choreography by artistic director Ib Andersen danced to Tchaikovsky’s famous score, with the Phoenix Symphony. 602-381-1096 or

9              SEDONA: 44th Annual Festival of Lights – Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village. A cherished tradition which involves the lighting of six thousand luminarias in Tlaquepaque’s courtyards and walkways at 5 pm, entertainment abounds with carolers, choirs and musicians, specially designated Luminarias honoring cancer survivors can be purchased in advance. Free. 3-8 pm. 928-282-4838 or

9              TUCSON: A Holiday Celebration – Presidio San Agustin del Tucson. Celebrate the season colonial style at this replica of the city’s original adobe-walled fortress, the Presidio comes to life lit in luminarias, and visitors can also enjoy Presidio-era holiday foods and live holiday music. $5. 3-8 pm. 520-837-8119 or

26           PHOENIX: 29th Annual Cactus Bowl – Chase Field. Featuring Pac-12 team vs. Big 12 conference team, football. $10-50. gates open at 6:30 pm. 7 pm. 480-350-0911 or

26-31     PHOENIX: Holidays at the Heard Museum – Heard Museum. Exciting performances and artist demonstrations introduce visitors to traditional and contemporary American Indian music, dance and art throughout the week, included in general museum admission. $7.50-18, Sat-Thu 9:30 am – 5 pm, Sun 11 am – 5 pm. 602-252-8848 or

30           GLENDALE: 47th Annual PlayStation Fiesta Bowl Football Classic – University of Phoenix Stadium. Top teams play, the champion of the Big 12 Conference and another one of the nation’s top college football teams. Tickets start at $95. 2 pm. 480-350-0911 or

30           PHOENIX: 47th Annual National Bank of Arizona Fiesta Bowl Parade – Central Phoenix. Arizona Coyotes legend Shane Doan will be the Grand Marshal. Floats, bands, specialty and equestrian units; bleacher seating $25. 9 am.

31           PHOENIX: New Year’s Eve Celebration – Symphony Hall. End the year on a high note with The Phoenix Symphony and conductor Stuart Chafetz for the most popular New Year’s Eve Celebration in Arizona. Enjoy famous Strauss waltzes, seasonal classics and Broadway and contemporary favorites all with a complimentary glass of Champagne to celebrate the New Year. Don’t miss this joyous and popular musical event that is sure to sell out. 4 & 7:30 pm. 602-495-1999 or

31           SHOW LOW: Deuce of Clubs Drop – Festival Marketplace. Countdown to midnight, ushers in the new year giant electrified Deuce of Clubs (playing card) dropped from a crane, free photo booth, cocoa & popcorn available, free noisemakers & party items, and fire pits to keep you toasty, the evening comes to a climax with a giant fireworks show immediately following the dropping of the Deuce of Clubs. 11 pm – midnight. 928-532-4140 or


3/22-25, 2017: SCOTTSDALE’S WEST WORLD:  International Sportsmen’s Exposition and Arizona Boat Show® (ISE) — See story on page 4.




ARIZONA FLYCASTERS CLUB MEETINGS: Second Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. — Sunnyslope Community Center;

SRT BASS PHOENIX CHAPTER MEETINGS: Ongoing — Shake, Rattle & Troll BASS Club; volunteers needed; new members (boaters and non-boaters), families, children, friends are welcome; (623) 221-7655

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BEN AVERY CLAY TARGET CENTER: Ongoing — Open seven days a week; (623) 434-8119



Don McDowell SRT BASS PHOENIX CHAPTER MEETINGS: Ongoing — Shake, Rattle & Troll BASS Club; volunteers needed; new members (boaters and non-boaters), families, children, friends are welcome; (623) 221-7655.


ARIZONA FLYCASTERS CLUB MEETINGS: Second Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. — Sunnyslope Community Center;

SRT BASS PHOENIX CHAPTER MEETINGS: Ongoing — Shake, Rattle & Troll BASS Club; volunteers needed; new members (boaters and non-boaters), families, children, friends are welcome; (623) 221-7655




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Ongoing — SAGUARO DIVING & SPORTS: Ongoing — Learn to Scuba Dive, Open Water Certification Dives, Private Class & Pool, Private Lake:


24-1/7    LAKE HAVASU CITY: Ice Skating at the London Bridge – London Bridge Resort. Experience a traditional winter favorite in the heart of the desert at Lake Havasu City. Enjoy real ice skating under twinkle lights and a backdrop of pine trees at the London Bridge Resort. 928-855-0888 or

Ongoing — Learn To Curl lessons:






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Further And Feather Animal Assistance

FUR AND FEATHER ANIMAL ASSISTANCE, INC. is a permanent residential facility for dogs and cats designed for comfort, well being, and CARE for LIFE. Where Every “One” Deserves a Chance, PO Box 555 Pie Town, NM 87827, e-mail to

Through 12/23 TEMPE: Go, Dog. Go! – Tempe Center for the Arts. The cast of this beloved preschool favorite has gone to the dogs—with cars, hats, a moonlit boat ride, and even a wild game of ball—as this hilarious visual spectacle manages to sneak in some important lessons about life between innings. Go, Dog. Go! is a musical romp full of surprises, color, clowning, vaudeville, singing/barking, and of course, six lovable dogs! Sat 1 & 4 pm, Sun 1 pm.

Through 4/30   PHOENIX: Dinosaurs in the Desert – Phoenix Zoo. 23 prehistoric creatures stand along the Zoo’s Desert Lives Trail. The self-guided tour includes animatronic dinosaur structures which move and make various sounds including the infamous roar of the tyrannosaurus rex. A fossil dig and a photo op with a pachyrhino are also available. Educational signage and guides highlight size and interesting facts.


EMPTY PET FOOD BANK IN TEMPE: Ongoing — A unique food bank which serves cats and dogs needs your help. Lost Our Home Pet Foundation has been providing food and pet supplies to the pets of family in need since 2009, all through community donations. Donations can be made at the shelter location at 2323 S. Hardy Dr. Tempe, AZ 85282; Jodi Polanski, .



Editor’s Note: Please submit announcements for AZBW/WOT’s calendar of events —-“Downstream” — to To guarantee placement, as room allows, items must be received by the tenth (10th) of the month prior to publication. Every effort is made to ensure accuracy, but we assume no responsibility for print errors or omissions. We also reserve the right to edit each item. Please include the name of the event, the date and time, the location, the organization, and contact information. You may also submit your event individually at



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