February 9th – March 31st, 2019 – Arizona Renaissance Festival – A medieval amusement park, a 13-stage theater, a 30-acre circus, an arts & crafts fair, a jousting tournament and a feast- all rolled into one non-stop, day-long family adventure. 520-463-2600
3/21-24 SCOTTSDALE: International Sportsmen’s Expo at WestWorld. The International Sportsmen’s Expo has the ‘latest and greatest’!
Arizona is a year-around outdoor paradise for boaters, campers, offroaders, RVers as well as anglers and hunters. The Expo offers plenty for all of those adventures — gear, destinations, free advice and lessons, plus try-out areas and fun activities for the entire family. See details on page 1 of this issue.
30-31 PHOENIX: Arizona Game & Fish Department Outdoor Expo – Ben Avery Shooting Facility. Hands-on activities, demonstrations and exhibits on hunting, fishing, recreational shooting, archery, off-highway vehicle (OHV) and watercraft recreation, conservation and wildlife education, camping and other outdoor elements. Free. Sat 9 am – 5 pm, Sun 9 am – 4 pm. 602-942-3000.
April 5-7, 2019 – Lake Havasu Boat Show 2019
Largest Boat Show in Arizona & Nevada – There won’t be a shortage of new 2019 models for visitors to the 28th Annual Lake Havasu Boat Show to peruse come April 5-7 at Lake Havasu State Park, Windsor 4 event venue. Maybe the most impressive will be the assortment of brand new high performance sportboats from several of the most prominent west coast boat builders.
Day At The Docks – Sunday April 14, 2019
A San Diego sportfishing tradition, The Port Of San Diego’s Day At The Docks is the West Coast’s largest public celebration of sportfishing. Signaling the official start of Southern California’s spring saltwater fishing season, Day At The Docks takes place on Sunday, April 14th 2019 against the colorful and dynamic backdrop of world renown sportfishing fleet on San Diego Bay.
San Diego’s International Yellowtail Derby – April 27 Through June 9th, 2019
Will you be fishing the San Diego waters during the months of April & June, 2018? Specifically, from April 27th through June 9th?
San Diego’s International Yellowtail Derby is a World Class fishing tournament reminiscent of San Diego’s famous Yellowtail Derby of the 50s and 60s.
The Derby is for 44 days, but anglers can fish for only one day or for all 44 days. And all participants have an chance to win the big prizes because the biggest fish wins!
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.
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24-28 LAKE HAVASU CITY: 21st Annual Desert Storm Poker Run & Shootout – One of the top five poker runs in the nation with world-class performance boats racing on Lake Havasu. Speeds upwards of 160+ MPH from high-performance boats are not uncommon. Wednesday night open house, Thursday street party, Friday boat parade and poker run, Saturday shootout with over 67 runs. Three-day beach party and banquet at Rotary Park. 623-238-13330.
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.
CAMPING/RVING/AZ OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES
6-7 PATAGONIA: Arizona Family Campout – Patagonia Lake State Park. Arizona Family Campout Programs are designed for families who have little or no experience camping. We’ll introduce you to the experiences you can share with your family and inspire you to continue to explore the great outdoors! Learn how to set up a tent and to cook outside, plus you will get to try some fun activities you can do while camping! $90 for a family of up to 4.
12-14 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, $235 includes meals, lodging and classes. 480-644-0077.
13-14 SHOW LOW: Arizona Family Campout – Fool Hollow Lake State Park. Arizona Family Campout Programs are designed for families who have little or no experience camping. We’ll introduce you to the experiences you can share with your family and inspire you to continue to explore the great outdoors! Learn how to set up a tent and to cook outside, plus you will get to try some fun activities you can do while camping! $90 for a family of up to 4.
27-28 SEDONA: Arizona Family Campout – Red Rock State Park. Arizona Family Campout Programs are designed for families who have little or no experience camping. We’ll introduce you to the experiences you can share with your family and inspire you to continue to explore the great outdoors! Learn how to set up a tent and to cook outside, plus you will get to try some fun activities you can do while camping! $90 for a family of up to 4.
AZGFD, CG AUXILIARY, PHOENIX POWER SQUADRON BOATING CLASSES: Ongoing
COMMUNITY AND SEASONAL
10-14 PHOENIX: 44th Annual Maricopa County Fair – State Fairgrounds. An annual occasion to celebrate & pursue the traditional values of educational opportunity, agricultural prosperity & love of family, midway, commercial exhibits, hobbies, agriculture & youth exhibits, motorized events. $9, children 7 & under are free. 602-252-0717.
11-14 FLORENCE: 2019 Country Thunder – 4 days of the hottest country acts, this year headliners include in addition to 20 other national and local country acts. 866-802-6418.
27 TEMPE: 15th Annual Pat’s Run – Sun Devil Stadium. 4.2 miles run, .42 free kids fun run/walk. Finishes inside Sun Devil Stadium, camo race shirt & merchandise, new collector series medal for all 4.2 Mile finishers, post-race party with beer & music, new corral technology that validates corral assignments based on actual finish times, advanced Light Rail tickets for purchase with registration. $40-50. 7 am.
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
5-7 PHOENIX: 2019 AAE Arizona Cup – Ben Avery Shoot Facility. The Arizona Cup is an annual outdoor target archery tournament held in April complying with USA Archery rules. It began in 1989 in Tempe at Arizona State University, moved to Tucson and returned to Phoenix, Arizona in 2001. The Arizona Cup is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2019. The 2019 AAE Arizona Cup is a USA Archery USAT Series Qualifier.
BEN AVERY CLAY TARGET CENTER: Ongoing — Open seven days a week; (623) 434-8119
Ongoing — SAGUARO DIVING & SPORTS: Ongoing — Learn to Scuba Dive, Open Water Certification Dives, Private Class & Pool, Private Lake: email@example.com
Ongoing — Learn To Curl lessons: firstname.lastname@example.org
2-7 YUMA: 67th Annual County Fair – Yuma County Fairgrounds. Entertainment, concerts, 4H & FFA exhibits, livestock show & auction, demolition derby, Yuma Gem & Mineral Society, carnival. $. 8 am – midnight. 928-726-4420.
5 PHOENIX: 2019 FORE! Paws Golf Tournament pawsented by Possi Global – Camelback Golf Club. Registration will start at 6:30 am and a shotgun start at 7:30 am. Pet Therapy teams will be in attendance throughout the day and on the course to share their love to all golfers. Join us for a swinging time!
6 CLARKDALE: Raptors on the Rails with Liberty Wildlife – Verde Canyon Railroad. As breathtaking as an eagle is in flight, a face-to-face encounter with a raptor is an equally astounding event. Our friends from Liberty Wildlife share the majesty of a rescued bald eagle with visitors at the depot and on the train on select days throughout the year.
13 CHANDLER: Earth Day and Arbor Day Celebration – Environmental Education Center at Veterans Oasis Park. Experience hands-on activities live animal presentations and discover ways to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle from on-site vendors and exhibitors. Free. 9 am – noon. 480-782-2890.
13 MESA: Celebrate Mesa – Pioneer Park. A free family event that brings the community together to enjoy games, carnival rides, entertainment and more! Some of the fun family activities will include: AZ Raptor Experience 10:30am, live music from Freddie Duran Plan 11:30am, Living Green Village, toddler area, petting zoo, bounce houses and kids games, Life-like Dino Encounter, entertainment, contests and giveaways, and food trucks! 10 am – 2 pm.
19-21 QUEEN CREEK: Arizona Horseman’s Challenge & Expo – Showcases the beauty, power and ability of our equine companions. Some of the most accomplished horsemen of our time, professional trainers from all disciplines and exhibitions that capture the spirit of the horse. Featuring the Arizona Horseman’s Challenge, workshops, clinics, exhibitions, shopping and food. Fri 9 am – 8 pm, Sat. 9 am – 10 pm, Sun 8:30 am – 4 pm.
24-28 COTTONWOOD: 19th Annual Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival – Dead Horse Ranch State Park. Field trips, local tours, workshops & seminars, educational activities for kids, exhibits, key-note speaker, entertainment. $. 928-282-2202.
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.