DOWNSTREAM – Arizona Boating & Watersports Events Calendar, October 2017


Arizona Boating & Watersports August 2017 Events Calendar

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


31 HAPPY HALLOWEEN BIRTHDAY WISHES: To retired firefighter/EMT/911 Dispatcher and Trainer, the late Lisa Brookes-Haws


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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  • LAKE HAVASU CITY: 36th Annual IJSBA World Finals – Crazy Horse Campgrounds. Invitation-only event with more than 750 competitors from more than 30 countries who churn the waters at the world’s largest and most prestigious personal watercraft race, vendor row, food, beer stands, stadium seating, Parade of Nations, Pro-Freestyle Expo, free entry to spectators. 928-764-2210 ext 615 or
  • LAKE HAVASU CITY: 11th Annual IJSBA Parade of Nations – Under the London Bridge. Celebration honoring the IJSBA World Finals participants and their respective countries flags. 7-10 pm. Free to spectators. 928-486-4347 or
    • PARKER: Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing: Thunder on the River – BlueWater Resort & Casino. Professional drag boat racing, some of the fastest runs ever in the Top Fuel Hydro category where speeds have already surpassed the 260 MPH mark in as little as 3.3-seconds on a 1,000-foot race course.

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

2/3/2018 CORONA DEL MAR, CALIF.: The Sailing Convention for Women – 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). 


Pleasant Harbor Marina

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.


7          ORACLE: GLOW: Spirited Away – Triangle L Ranch. Come venture into another world under the moon and stars for a night of illumination and imagination set in the lush, high desert. Experience GLOWing artwork and multi-media installations, theatrical performances and live music along five acres of lighted trails. Food available for purchase. Wear a glowing costume and join the celebration. $15, 13 and under is $8. 7-11 pm.

7          PINETOP: 22nd Annual Tour of the White Mountains – Choose from a 9-mile singletrack fun ride, 30-mile forest road fun ride, both ideal for the novice to intermediate mountain biker, as well as 30-mile or 50-mile singletrack challenge categories for those looking for something more arduous, benefits Summit Healthcare Regional Medical Center. 520-623-1584 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 the October 2017 issue.



For a complete list of Oktoberfests, Halloween, and Dia de los Muertos Arizona events, visit

1-31     GILBERT: Halloween Pumpkin Patch – Mother Nature’s Farm. Stocked with fresh pumpkins daily from 1 ounce to 500 pounds, Maneau’s Market for fall decorations and pumpkin accessories, entrance fee is $10/child includes an OZ pumpkin, a bag of stickers, decorating your pumpkin, air bounce, a hayride, straw bounce, feeding the animals and Alexander’s Adventure Maze. $10 per child, adults $3 to tag along. Bring a picnic lunch, food is available.

1-11/5  GLENDALE: Pumpkin Days & Corn Maze – Tolmachoff Farms. Pumpkin patch, 6 acre family corn maze with a new theme every year (search for pieces of your map as you walk through), mini corn maze (perfect for little ones), haunted corn maze (dare to enter). Also petting zoo, train ride($2), hay pyramid, corn box, adult/child pedal cart track, jumping pillow and more. $12 admission. 602-999-3276 or

6-29     PHOENIX: 133rdAnnual Arizona State Fair – Family entertainment, animals, food, rides, top-notch concerts, exhibits, motorized events, rodeo & more. New attractions, new rides. Tue-Sun. $5-10.

7          FLAGSTAFF: 9th Annual Flagstaff Oktoberfest – Wheeler Park. A day packed with music, food and of course, beer. Contests include costume, yodeling, Findlay’s Stuff the Bug, Arizona Snowbowl’s Frozen T-shirt and Satchmo’s BBQ Brat eating contests, benefits Feeding Northern Arizona’s Future. $7. 11 am – 8 pm. 928-606-7600 or

13-15   CAMP VERDE: 61st Annual Fort Verde Days – Fort Verde State Historic Park & Soccer Field. Celebration of Camp Verde’s historic military heritage, includes Kiwanis pancake breakfast, Lions Club Car Show, parade, carnival, quilt show, vendors, food, museums, music, lots of family fun. Free. Fri 3-9 pm, Sat. 10 am – 10 pm, Sun 11 am – 4 pm. 928-301-0922 or or

13-15   TEMPE: 45th Annual Four Peaks Oktoberfest – Tempe Town Lake. German style fare as well as food vendors offering everything from Lobster mac and cheese to street tacos to your traditional festival food. Live music, a Kinderfest for family fun and entertainment, filled with games and activities for kids and adults young at heart. $7-12, VIP $32-80. Fri 5 pm – midnight, Sat noon – midnight, Sun noon – 6 pm.

14        TEMPE: Das 26th Annual ‘Frank Kush /Oktoberfest Foot Race – Tempe Town Lake. Promotes physical activity and healthy lifestyles, includes a 5K run and 5K walk, 1 mile fun run and walk and dog walk, medals & ribbons, serious runners, walkers, families, kids, and kids in strollers are encouraged to participate, join the Oktoberfest spirit and dare to run in your lederhosen and dirndls. $5-10 or $20/family of four. 480-921-3941 or or

21        PAGE: 5th Annual Lake Powell Half Marathon – Page Shores Amphitheater. Features spectacular views of the lake, starts in Page, ends at Stateline Marina, runs near airport and through residential neighborhoods then a single(almost double) track trail that runs along a mesa called the “Rim Trail” with spectacular views of the lake, spectators with boats may want to head East of the Dam around Antelope Island to cheer on runners from the water. 6:30 am. 949-295-3302 or

22-11/7            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.



26        PHOENIX: Luke Bryan: Huntin’ Fishin’ & Lovin’ Everyday Tour– Ak-Chin Pavilion. With Luke Bryan with Brett Eldredge and Granger Smith.

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


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



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


Learn To Curl lessons: Coyotes Curling Club


  • RIO VERDE: 13th Annual Bartlett Lake Olympic & Spring Triathlon/Duathlon – Rattlesnake Cove. Looking for a challenge, this race is ranked the toughest most beautiful triathlon in Arizona! Includes: Adult Olympic Tri: 1500 m Swim, 8 mi Bike, 6.2 mi Run; Adult Sprint Tri: 500 m Swim, 12.8 mi Bike; 2.2 mi Run; Adult Sprint PLUS: 1000 m. swim, 12.8 mi bike, 4 mi Run; Adult Sprint Duathlon: 100 yard run, 12.8 mi. bike, 2.2 mi. run; Adult Olympic Triathlon Relay – Olympic relay distances.
  • MESA: 2017 Mesa Sprint Triathlon – Skyline Aquatics Center. Consists of a 400 yard swim, 12 mile bike ride and a 5k run. Intended to be a safe and fun event for seasoned and first-time triathletes alike. Top male and female finisher gets a pair of Oakley’s latest sunglasses. Other top finishers have prizes as well. Every finisher gets a medal and a custom dri-fit shirt.

7          ORO VALLEY: Oro Valley Sprint Triathlon and Duatholon-Trifecta – Oro Valley Aquatic Center. This is a USAT sanctioned event.800 meter serpentine swim, 14 mi bike course (2 seven mile loops), 3 mi run.

28        PAGE: 10th Annual Powell3 Triathlon – Wahweap Marina. This USAT sanctioned race is set in one of the best landscapes in the U.S., swim 1500 meters, bike 24 miles, run 6.2 miles or swim 750 meters, bike 12 miles, run 3.1 miles, course covers a beautiful sand stone course with a great view of Lake Powell. $95-180 early registration. 8 am. 801-355-4940 or



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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

4          CLARKDALE: Raptor on the Rails – Verde Canyon Railroad, an eagle in flight is breathtaking, a face-to-face encounter with a raptor is also an astounding event, Scottsdale’s Liberty Wildlife shares the majesty of a rescued bald eagle and other rescued raptors with visitors at the depot and on the train on select days, the only train who has an Eagle riding once a month, Sonora LOVES riding the train, everyone has the opportunity for personal interaction. 1 pm.

6-4/30  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.

7          HUMBOLDT: 110th Annual Agua Fria Festival – D-H Museum. Activities include a pet parade, Old West Day parade, square dancing, silent auction, The Regulators shoot out, western art & crafts, pan for gold, working blacksmith, games for kids. $2 before the day of event, $3 day of event. 8 am – 4 pm. 928-449-9972 or

7-8       TUCSON: 16th Annual Tucson Reptile & Amphibian Show & Sale – Tucson Expo Center.  50,000 square feet of reptiles for sale and display, petting zoos with alligators, giant tortoises, Monitor Lizards, snakes, reptile keeping supplies, reptile art, books, clothing, anything reptilian.  More exotic venomous snakes on display (in very secure locked cages) than the San Diego Zoo, reptile photography symposium, with Bill Love, world renowned photographer, will be ongoing throughout the show. $5-10. Sat 9:30 am – 5 pm, Sun 10 am – 4 pm.

Through 11/19   PHOENIX: Fall Butterfly Exhibit – Desert Botanical Garden. Mighty monarch butterflies return on Sept. 30, and they are bringing friends! The exhibit invites visitors to take a closer look at the insects that care for and protect our desert environment. From pollinators to predators, insects have amazing powers and play a variety of roles in the desert. Become a plant protector to support and help protect beneficial insects and pollinators. 9:30 am – 5 pm.

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 Western Outdoor Times classifieds.


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