DOWNSTREAM – Arizona Boating & Watersports Events Calendar, November 2017


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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 1

12/9 TEMPE TOWN LAKE: Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade; see story on page 1

12/10 and 17 SAN DIEGO BAY: Parade of Lights; see story on page 1

2/29/2018 GOAT CRUISE: Sign up now for this family fun goat cruise. Kids are welcome and nannies will be provided. Call Billy for reservations: (619) 523-3091.

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).

Pleasant Harbor MarinaPROTECT-A-PARK: Ongoing — Boaters, anglers, divers needed to adopt Lake Pleasant’s shoreline areas and coves for regular litter removal in 2009; (602) 372-7460, ext. 200.



4-5          ELOY: Family Campout – Picacho Peak 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.

18           ALAMO LAKE: 11th Annual Night Under the Stars – Alamo Lake State Park. Astronomy clubs from around the state gather and set up their equipment and share. Bring a folding chair, red light, sweater or jacket, enthusiasm to enjoy and conserve our beautiful night skies. $7/vehicle (up to four adults). 6 pm. 928-669-2088 or

CALENDAR OF OUTDOOR EVENTS: Ongoing — Google calendar.

PROTECT-A-PARK: Ongoing — Boaters, anglers, divers needed to adopt Lake Pleasant’s shoreline areas and coves for regular litter removal in 2009; (602) 372-7460, ext. 200


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

 3-5          TUCSON: 31st Annual Tucson Celtic Festival and Scottish Highland Games – Rillito Raceway Park. Kilted bagpipe bands, Scottish, Irish, Cornish, Welsh music, dancing, food, athletic competitions, clan tents, vendors, military re-creations. $. 520-909-7299 or

4              PHOENIX: 13th Annual Arizona Fall Festival – Margaret T. Hance Park. It doesn’t get more Arizona than this. Celebrate all things local to Arizona, more than 100 vendors, live music, food samples from local restaurants, an Arizona beverage garden, kids activities, raffle and more. Free. 10 am – 4 pm.

5              PHOENIX: 42nd Annual 3TV Phoenix 10K & Half Marathon – CityScape. Selected by the USA Track & Field to be the Arizona state championship race for the 10K distance, also a 5K run/walk, a wheelchair 10K, a team challenge and a costume contest, includes a free kids’ dash, vendors and after race celebrations, benefits The Mollen Foundation. $25 and up. 8 am. 602-751-6692 or

9              GILBERT: Gilbert Veterans Day Ceremony – Civic Center Campus. Celebrate your patriotism, American pride by honoring our veterans! The ceremony features presentation of colors, music by local schools, special guest speakers, food and refreshments, and much more.

9-12        BUCKEYE: AVTT Traveling Vietnam Wall – Earl Edgar Field. Come and honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Free entry – all are welcome! Two ceremonies each day. http://

10           MESA: East Valley Veterans’ Day Parade – View more than 100 entries including military vehicles, Junior ROTC groups, military support groups, Mesa and Gilbert high school marching bands, East Valley city and town dignitaries, Girl and Boy Scout Troops, equestrian groups. Free. 11 am. 480-684-2324 or

11           ANTHEM: Annual Veterans Day Ceremony – Anthem Veterans Memorial. The patriotic program will honor the service of all veterans and their families and pay special tribute to veterans of the Gulf War during the 25th anniversary year. This year’s ceremony also will celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Memorial, which was dedicated on Nov. 11, 2011. Special programming will commemorate the occasion.

11           PEORIA: Rally Point Arizona Run and Family Festival – Peoria Sports Complex. Half marathon and 5K run/walk to benefit Arizona Veterans and suicide prevention. Run and festival for families. Free. 5 am – 2 pm. 602-464-4719 or

11           PHOENIX: Phoenix Veterans Day Parade – Now in its 21st year, the parade is one of the top Veterans Day events in the nation. This year’s parade theme is “Silent Sacrifice: Honoring Our Cold War Veterans,” and will feature patriotic floats, bands, marching units, a flyover of WWII planes and more. Starting at Montebello near the North Phoenix Baptist Church, then travels east on Camelback Road and south on 7th Street, ending at Indian School Road. Free. 11 am.

11           PHOENIX: 17th Annual Veterans Day Gourd Dance – Pueblo Grande Museum. Honors the memory of all the men and women who have served our nation. Gourd dancing is conducted by the Arizona Territory Gourd Society, a non-profit group of American Indian United States War Veterans and their families who celebrate and support the local Arizona veteran community. Bring your favorite potluck to share. Free. 11 am – 4 pm. 602-495-0901 or

11           PHOENIX: 17th Annual Veterans Day Weekend Traditional Pow Wow – Arizona State University West Campus. Native American dancers, drum groups and artisans from throughout Arizona, traditional arts and crafts, food, music and dance. 10 am. 602-543-5300 or

11           TUCSON:  Living History Day Honoring Our Veterans – Tucson Presidio Museum. This replica of the city’s original adobe-walled fortress comes alive with demonstrations of children’s games, old and new world foods, and fresh baked bread and handmade tortillas to sample. Pump the bellows of the blacksmith’s forge and watch soldiers practice their drills and fire a cannon. $5, Second Saturdays from October through April, 10 am – 3 pm. 520-837-8119 or

11           TUCSON: 2017 Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony – The American Legion Post 7 hosts a Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony in downtown Tucson starting at Granada and Alameda. 11 am.

12           LAKE HAVASU CITY: 12th Annual Veteran’s Day Celebration Show & Shine – Lake Havasu Anderson Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram. Huge car show, see a display of hot rods and specialty vehicles, food and ice cream catered by Scoops, DJ’s with classic rock, raffles and 50/50 drawing. Free. 9 am – 3 pm. 928-266-6422 or

23           ANTHEM: 15th Annual Anthem Turkey Trot – Anthem Community Center. 10K run, 5K run/walk & kid’s dash, predominantly flat course winds through the community in the shadow of Daisy Mountain and Gavilan Peak. 8:30 am.

23           KINGMAN: 9th Annual Kingman Turkey Trot – Kingman Powerhouse Visitor Center. 5K Run/ Walk, after the race enjoy an awards ceremony with post-race prize drawings and refreshments, registrants are eligible for prizes and must be present to win. 8 am. 937-304-9357 or

23           PEORIA: 30th Annual ARR Thanksgiving Day Classic – Peoria Sports Complex, The Peoria Diamond Club, Arizona Road Racers and hundreds of runners will be participating in a 10-mile & 5K runs and 1-mile Fun Run/Walk, $6-35, 6:30 am, 602-954-8341 or

23           SEDONA: 1st Eighth Annual Sedona Turkey Trot 5K Fun Run/Walk – Posse Grounds Park. Presented by Sedona Running Company, an out-and-back with a small loop on Soldier Pass Rd., the race will be expertly timed and scored by Run Flagstaff (a Flagstaff, AZ based company) using RFID chip technology, medals will be given to all finishers, trophies will be given to all age group winners. $30-40. 9 am. 928-282-6956 or

24           TEMPE: Fantasy of Lights Opening Night Parade – Mill Avenue District. Includes a lineup of parade units including floats, marching bands, and novelty units. Mill Avenue’s trees are lit with thousands of lights that remain throughout the holiday season. Following the parade, the annual tree lighting ceremony at Centerpoint plaza then Santa is available for requests and photos. Free. 6 pm. 480-894-8158 or

24-25     GLENDALE: 24th Annual Glendale Glitters Spectacular Weekend – Murphy Park. Nighttime sky lights up with 1.6 million twinkling lights, opening nights include holiday entertainment, food, crafts, children’s wonderland and snow, horse-drawn carriage rides, and special lighting ceremony. Display remains lit nightly through January 6 from 5-11 pm each evening. Free. 5-10 pm. 623-930-2299 or  H   y

24-25     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

24-12/31 MESA: 38th Annual Arizona Temple Christmas Lighting – Hundreds of thousands of lights in the garden and a lighted reflection pool. Free. Special music performances each evening at 7 pm, lighting from 5 pm. 480-964-7164 or

Through 11/7   PHOENIX: Ofrenda– Desert Botanical Garden. Ofrenda, or “offering,” is part of the traditional Mexican celebration of Día de los Muertos. To honor those who have passed away, an altar is placed in the home and adorned with photographs, flowers, decorations, lit candles, food and drink. This act of preparing an altar of offerings to the dead helps transform grief into acceptance. View original Ofrenda installations by Arizona artists that have been created specifically for this exhibition. 8 am – 8 pm.



11/18-19 LAKE HAVASU CITY: 6th Annual Sand-Water-RV Expo — See story on page 1.

3/22-25, 2017: SCOTTSDALE’S WEST WORLD:  International Sportsmen’s Exposition and Arizona Boat Show® (ISE) — See story on page 1.


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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



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



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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:


  • TEMPE: Ironcare Splash & Dash + Swim Only – Race 5 – Tempe Town Lake. Presented by Tribe Multisports, splash 1000m or 2000m/dash 5km; swim only 1000m or 2000m, enjoy a morning of fun and racing with your friends, a unique event with a relaxed atmosphere that is suitable for all levels of athlete, whether fine tuning for that big race or getting your feet wet at your first multisport event. 7:30 am.

23           GOODYEAR: Freddy’s Presents The 14th Annual Southwest Regional YMCA Thanksgiving Day Youth & Adult Sprint Triathlon & Duathlon – Southwest Valley Regional YMCA. Includes: Adult TRI: 2-mi run, 12-m bike, 400 yd pool swim; Adult DU: 2-mi run, 12-mi. bike, 1/2 mi run; Youth TRI: 1/2 m run, 4 mi bike, 100 yd. swim; Adult TRI & DU RELAY: Adult tri distances.




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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

18           PHOENIX: Dogs’ Day in the Garden – Desert Botanical Garden. Bring the whole family—dogs included—for a walk on Garden trails. Meet other dog lovers, heel for family photos, learn about local dog-related nonprofits, shop and enjoy samples with your pup. All dogs must be on a leash and remain on marked trails at all times. 8am – 2 pm. Garden admission and $4 admission per dog benefits the Arizona Humane Society.

25-12/23 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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