DOWNSTREAM – Arizona Boating & Watersports Events Calendar, September 2017


Arizona Boating & Watersports August 2017 Events Calendar

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


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30-10/8 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

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.



Arizona Game & Fish DepartmentAZGFD, CG AUXILIARY, PHOENIX POWER SQUADRON BOATING CLASSES: See page 3 of the September 2017 issue.



Arizona Boating & Watersports and Western Outdoor Times are proud to be featuring the Verde Valley this section.

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1-4 FLAGSTAFF: 68th Annual Coconino County Fair – Ft. Tuthill County Fairgrounds. Features traditions enjoyed by the community like 4-H youth livestock shows and auction, carnival rides and games, fair food, exhibits by community members, local entertainment and national headliners, a demolition derby, pie-eating contest, watermelon-eating contest, and more. Fri-Sun 10 am – 10 pm, Mon 10 am – 4 pm. 928-679-8000 or

2-4 TOMBSTONE: Showdown in Tombstone – Allen St. The best western show groups from around the US, authentic costume parade on Sunday, 5 shows daily. 520-457-3548 or

5-10 WINDOW ROCK: 71st Annual Navajo Nation Fair – arts & crafts, baby contest, free BBQ, exhibits, concerts, horse racing, parade, Pow Wow, Open Indian and junior rodeos, traditional song & dance, fry bread contest, carnival, $3-5, 928-871-6647 or or

6-9 ST. JOHNS: Apache County Fair – Apache County Fairgrounds. Carnival rides and games, food, main stage, crafts, includes rodeo and jackpot team roping.

8 SEDONA: 2017Red Rocks Music Festival: Dueling Divas – Sedona Creative Life Center. Dueling piano divas, Andria Fennig and Ashley Snavley in Americana Treasured Masterpieces with works by Barber, Bernstein, Copland, Gershwin and MacDowell. $25. 7:30 pm. 602-402-4551 or

8-10 JEROME: Jerome Indie Film & Music Festival – independent films will screen at various locations which include a haunted hilltop mine and on a train that travels through the majestic Verde canyon, local musicians will perform day and night at various venues and artists will exhibit and sell their works at our indie marketplace, short and feature films in documentary, horror, comedy, animation, student film music video,

8-10 PAYSON: 63rd Annual Northern Gila County Fair – Payson Event Center. This home-grown fair features everything from kid games to blue ribbon pies, come watch (or bid) at the 4 H Livestock auctions, featuring award winning animals raised by local kids, stroll through the arts and crafts tent on your way to the bounce house, open horse show, livestock, small animals, handicrafts, lapidary, fine arts, photography and other exhibits. 928-474-5242 or

9 CLARKDALE: Clarkdale’s Concerts in the Park: Matchbox Twenty Too – Clarkdale Town Park. The Town has implemented a concert hotline that you can call to hear a recorded message providing the most up to date information including who is scheduled to perform or if the concert has been delayed or cancelled due to weather conditions. Free. 7 pm. Concert Hotline is 928-639-2492 or

9 CLARKDALE: Summer Starlight Train – Verde Canyon Railroad. On select Saturdays during the summer months, Verde Canyon Railroad travels during the cooler temperatures of late afternoon through sunset, twilight and starlight, serving up a wide ranging mix of light, color and shadow as the Canyon transforms into a moonlit dreamscape. 5:30 pm. 928-639-0010 or 800-293-7245 or

9 FLAGSTAFF: 7th Annual BarnBurner 104 – Crowley Tank. Endurance mountain bike racing at its Western best, 26-mile (1 loop), 52-mile (2 loops) and 104-mile (4 loops) distance options on Forest Service roads, not technically challenging, considered a “roadie” course, or beginner friendly(ish) and fast for those with more experience, a few sketchy spots to keep you honest and climbs to make your lungs hurt a bit. 6 am.

9 FLAGSTAFF: 4th Annual Arizona Trail Day – Flagstaff – Buffalo Park. Presented by the Arizona Trail Association. 10 am. 928-774-2868

9 SEDONA: 45th Annual Fiesta Del Tlaquepaque – A celebration of Mexican Independence Day, food, music, dance and entertainment for young and old , lively mariachis, the heart pounding beats of Flamenco dancers, and, mouthwatering tastes of Mexico. Free. 11 am – 5 pm. 928-282-4838 or

9 SEDONA: Red Rocks Music Festival: WorldMusic – Balkan, Klezmer & Jazz – Sedona Creative Life Center. Clarinet quintet by Ante Grgin, an AZ premiere. Gitarinet: Nikola Djurica – clarinet, Mirko Dimitrijevic – guitar; David Ehrlich, Anna Kazepides – violins, Nokuthula Ngwenyama – viola, Jan Simiz – cello. $25. 7:30 pm. 602-402-4551 or

10 SEDONA: 2017Red Rocks Music Festival: Classical Jewels – Sedona Creative Life Center. Mozart Clarinet Quintet in A major, K.581 and Schubert Piano Quintet in A major, D. 667 – “Trout” David Ehrlich, Anna Kazepides – violins, Nokuthula Ngwenyama – viola, Jan Simiz – cello, Michael Kazepides – double bass, Teresa Ehrlich – piano, Nikola Djurica – clarinet. $25. 2 pm. 602-402-4551 or

15-17 SEDONA: Oak Creek Arts & Crafts Shows – Village of Oak Creek. Located on scenic Hwy 179, the Gateway to Sedona. Take home your own personal piece of the Southwest. Free. 9 am – 6 pm. 760-985-7773 or

16 SEDONA: Red Rocks Star Party – Red Rocks State Park. Join the Astronomers of Verde Valley as they present the celestial happenings of the sky. The program is limited to 75 participants. A $5 per person reservation fee is required for this program, in addition to the park’s regular entry fees on the day of the program. Call for reservations. Light refreshments (drinks, snacks) will be provided. 7 pm. 928-282-6907 or

16 SEDONA: 2017Red Rocks Music Festival: Tempest to the Silver Age – Sedona Creative Life Center. Tempest to the Silver Age” – World-acclaimed pianist, Mikhail Yanovitsky. Works by Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms and Scriabin. $25. 7:30 pm. 602-402-4551 or

22-24 SEDONA: Oak Creek Arts & Crafts Shows – Village of Oak Creek. Located on scenic Hwy 179, the Gateway to Sedona, take home your own personal piece of the Southwest, free, 9 am – 6 pm, 760-985-7773 or

23-24 SEDONA: 9th Annual Sedona WineFest 2017 – Historic Posse Grounds Park. This two-day wine festival celebrates the wine growing industry of Arizona and will feature great wines from the Verde Valley, Prescott & the Southern Arizona Regions, enjoy Sedona cuisine, live music, vendors, an exclusive Premium wine area, enjoy the breathtaking panoramic views of the majestic red rocks. 11 am – 5 pm. 928-284-8657 or

30 COTTONWOOD: 29th Annual Verde River Day – Dead Horse Ranch State Park, develop awareness of the importance of the Verde River, 40+ environmental exhibits, hands-on activities, live entertainment, sand castle building, animals, canoe rides, nature hikes, fish the lagoon, nature walks. $6 per vehicle/4 adults. 9 am – 3 pm. 928-634-7593 or



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3 JEROME: 47th Annual Jerome Hill Climb – Begins at the old Jerome High School. A challenging and interesting course that starts at the Jerome Historical Museum and winds up and through the streets of Jerome, a 4.5 mile run uphill on paved and dirt roads, aid stations, finish line refreshments, part of the ARR Grand Prix. 8 am.

8-10 PRESCOTT: Becoming an Outdoors Woman – Camp Friendly Pines. Offers adventure and life skills, for women age 18 and older to learn to camp, fish, rappel, hike, cook with Dutch ovens, photograph wildlife & a range of outdoor recreation skills, “hawk talks” and nature hikes. $270, includes meals, lodging and classes. 480-644-0077 or
30 GRAND CANYON: Fee-free day to celebrate National Public Lands Day

CALENDAR OF OUTDOOR EVENTS: Ongoing — Google calendar.



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;



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


AZBW Watersports

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


Learn To Curl lessons: Coyotes Curling Club

10 PEORIA: The Sports Authority Tribute to the First Responders Adult & Youth Spring Triathlon & Duathlon – Sunrise Pool. Includes a mini tri: 225yd swim, 6 mi bike, 1.5 mi run; Maxi tri: 625yd swim, 12 mi bike, 3 mi run; Maxi tri plus: 625yd swim, 12 mi bike, 3 mi run; Maxi du adults: 1.5 run, 9 mi bike, 1.5 mi run; Youth tri: 100yd swim, 3 mi bike, .5mi run; two or three person Maxi Tri.

16 SHOW LOW: 22nd Annual Tri in the Pines – Triathlon features 625 yard swim at the Family Aquatic Center, 12.3 mile bike ride on Show Low city streets and a 3.5 mile run on paved multi-use trail in the Show Low City Park. Youth triathlon features 175 yard swim at the Show Low Family Aquatic Center, 4 mile bike ride on Show Low city streets and finishes with a 1 mile run in Show Low City Park. 928-532-4140 or

17 TEMPE: 12th Annual Life Time Tri Tempe – Tempe Bach Park. Compete in either the sprint, international, paratriathlete or relay waves (both sprint and international relay options available), Olympic (swim 1500m / bike 25 Mi / run 10K) Triathlon; Sprint (swim 750m / bike 12.4 Mi / run 5K) Triathlon. 6:30 am. 480-299-1203 or


AZBW Western Wildlife

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

2 PINETOP-LAKESIDE: 12th Annual Woodland Wildlife and Science Festival – White Mountain Wildlife & Nature Center. Interactive booths and displays with lots of live wildlife, demonstrations, and exhibits. The Wildlife World Zoo will make presentations at 11 am and 1 pm (nominal charge for the programs; festival Free!). 3rd Annual Town Campfire with treats. , 928-358-3069 or

2-8 PORTAL: Monsoon Birding and Natural History Tour – Southwestern Research Station. Chiricahua Mountains, and surrounding areas, this tour, in addition to birds, will attempt to capitalize on the abundant flora and fauna as a result of the summer monsoon rains, many plants and insects can only be seen during this time of year. 520-558-2396 or

19 PINETOP/LAKESIDE: Legend of the Great American Jaguar in Arizona – White Mountain Wildlife & Nature Center. Occasionally seen in southern Arizona today, the jaguar’s range once included the White Mountains. The Northern Jaguar Project’s presentation will detail this cat’s history and status. Free. 10 am. 928-358-3069 or

30-11/19 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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