SHOWS & EXPOS
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 email@example.com .
2 YUMA: Starlight Kayaking Trip – Gateway Park. Bring your binoculars on this trip and you will be amazed at the stars and galaxies that can be seen so clearly while kayaking the Colorado. Paddlers should wear appropriate clothing bring insect repellant and plenty of water. For ages 18 and up. $22. 7 p.m.
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.
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CAMPING/RVING/AZ OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES
14 SEDONA: Full Moon Hike – August – Red Rock State Park. Led by a naturalist, this moonlit hike gives participants the rare opportunity to enjoy the sunset and moonrise from an overlook and return by the light of the moon, while also having the chance to learn about Sedona and the surrounding areas. Verde Valley and park history, as well as archaeology, geology, botany, and riparian wildlife information, are also possible topics offered by a knowledgeable guide. Pre-register. 6 pm. 928-282-6907.
28 BENSON: Sunset Hikes – Kartchner Caverns State Park. Hike through the beautiful Whetstone Mountains as we journey along this trail that climbs the limestone hill north of the cave and descends into the wash that follows the fault between the Whetstone Block and the San Pedro Block. A short spur trail at the upper portion of the Foothills Loop Trail leads to a scenic mountain viewpoint. All hikes meet at the group ramada. $7/vehicle entry includes up to four adults. This 2.4-mile hike is rated as moderate, and participants should wear appropriate footwear, and bring a flashlight and plenty of water. 5:30 pm.
25 JACOB LAKE: North Rim Ramble – Course includes smooth, well-graded forest service roads and the Arizona Trail’s easiest, softest, running tread, loop crosses through idyllic forest of spruce, pine, and aspen, shallow ponds, springs, and limestone canyons, breathtaking views of Marble Canyon, Vermilion Cliffs, Saddle Mountain Wilderness, House Rock Valley, and Navajo Mountain.
AZGFD, CG AUXILIARY, PHOENIX POWER SQUADRON BOATING CLASSES: Ongoing (See page 3 of this issue.)
COMMUNITY AND SEASONAL
10 TUCSON: The Return of the Mermaids: Monsoon Celebration and Mermaid Festival – During Tucson’s summer monsoon rainy season, folks dress up like mermaids and mermen and gather downtown to sing and dance. Streets in the 4th Avenue and Downtown core areas are transformed into an undersea fantasy wonderland with all-ages events, live music, a parade, face-painting, dancing, and endless photo opportunities. Free. Open to the public.
23-25 PAYSON: Arizona Off-Road & Camping Expo – Payson Event Center. Featuring Off Road & UTV exhibitors, Overland exhibits, toy haulers, demo rides, Kids Zone, and more. Enjoy the cool weather this summer in beautiful Payson Arizona. Stop by, bring the kids and have a wonderful time at Arizona’s newest Outdoor Show. On-site camping is available! $10. Friday 12-7pm, Saturday 9am – 5pm, Sunday 9am-4pm. 480-899-6458.
17 PINETOP/LAKESIDE: Fly Fishing – White Mountain Nature Center. Learn about fly fishing from member of the White Mountain Fly Fishing Club. Casting, making (tying) flies, all aspects of this fascinating hobby. Free. 10 am. 928-358-3069.
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
2-3 EAGAR: Eagar Days – At the RV Dome: Gun Show & Outdoor Expo – Hunter safety field day course; big game stalkers archery shoot with the kids shoot, long distance, and target competition; and soccer tournament. On 2nd Ave: Fire Department pancake breakfast; logging rodeo; kid’s foot rodeo; tournaments – racquetball, volleyball, slow pitch, skateboard & scooter; AZ Inflatables, free ice cream social.
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.
Ongoing — Learn To Curl lessons: email@example.com
10 SHOW LOW: 24th Annual Tri in the Pines Triathlon – Features 625 yard swim at the Family Aquatic Center, 12.3 mile bike ride on city streets and a 3.5 mile run on paved multi-use trail in the City Park. USA Triathlon sanctioned event. Youth triathlon features 175-yard swim at the Family Aquatic Center, 4 mile bike ride on city streets and finishes with a 1 mile run in City Park. 928-532-4140.
18 FLAGSTAFF: 35th Annual Mountain Man Triathlon: Olympic and Long Course – Lake Mary. The 5th oldest triathlon West of the Mississippi River. It is the most beautiful course in the Southwest. Right after the monsoon season with flora in full bloom. Olympic Race Distances: 1500 m Swim, 40 km Bike, and 10 km Run. Long Course Race Distances (70.3 miles total): 1900 m Swim, 56.0 mi Bike, and 13.1 mi Run. Spectators are free. 928-526-8761.
4 SUPERIOR: Dragonfly Walk – Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Observe remarkable aerobatics of dragonflies and learn about their life cycle on a stroll. Maricopa Audubon Program Director Laurie Nessel guides the walk, leading attendees to Ayer Lake, water features in the Legume and Demonstration gardens. Wear comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, and a hat to protect you. Carry water and bring close-focus binoculars for the best close-up views. $5-15. 8:30 am. 520-689-2723.
7-11 TUCSON: 9th Annual The Southeast Arizona Birding Festival – Riverpark Inn. Exciting monsoon birding, field trips & workshops with renowned leaders; socials and dinner programs featuring keynoters $15, free Nature Expo, kids’ activities.
10 PINETOP/LAKESIDE: Pollinator Day – The Vital Roles They Play & Attracting Them to your Yard – White Mountain Nature Center. Bees, butterflies, and birds and their importance to Planet Arizona. Learn how to create pesticide-free bee gardens, build bee nest boxes, and garden with pollinator-friendly plan. Free. 10 am. 928-358-3069.
10 SUPERIOR: Learn Your Lizards – Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Join us for a fun-filled nature walk focusing on lizards and other reptiles lead by Audubon naturalist Steven Prager joined by Audrey Owens the Ranid Frogs coordinator for AZ Game and Fish Department. $5-15. 8 am. 520-689-2723.
11-17 TUCSON: Hummingbirds of Arizona Tour – Most field trip destinations will be of particular interest to hummingbird aficionados, but we won’t neglect the songbirds, raptors, butterflies, and other wildlife that make this region so special. The tour will include short presentations to give you an in-depth understanding of hummingbird natural history and identification.
15-17 PAYSON: 136th Annual World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo – August Doin’s Rodeo – Features bull riding, calf roping & barrel racing among other competitions, PRCA sanctioned, considered the country’s best small rodeo. $10-25. 928-474-4515.
17 ORACLE: Cowboy Day – Arizona Zipline Adventures. In celebration and honor of all the hardworking ranchers and farmers, Arizona Zipline Adventures is proud to present: Cowboy Day! This day of family fun includes goat roping, BBQ and live music. Not to mention all the games and raffle prizes going on all day! Zipline tours are discounted, but make sure to call and reserve in advance! 520-308-9350.
17 SUPERIOR: Butterfly Walk – Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Boyce Thompson Arboretum is a hub for local pollinators making it a perfect place to learn about butterflies in the great outdoors! Marceline VandeWater will guide this leisurely, slow-paced tour that proceeds along wheelchair-accessible paths, exploring the arboretum’s Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden, Demonstration Garden and Children’s Garden collections. $5-15. 8:30 am. 520-689-2723
17-18 FLAGSTAFF: Mountain Air Dressage Show & Dressage in the Pines Show – Fort Tuthill County Park. Equestrian dressage show, Olympic sport where horse and rider compete by riding a pattern in an arena, 100 competitors and 3 rings. Free. 7 am – 4 pm. 602-942-6062
20-24 SCOTTSDALE: AZ Reining Horse Show Inside Slide – WestWorld. Regional affiliate show #4 and AzRHA Jackpot Show.Reining is a judged event requiring competitors to complete one of ten approved patterns in an arena, patterns include large and small circles of various speeds, flying lead changes, 360 degree spins in place, roll backs, and sliding stops, judging is based on degree of difficulty and the ease and finesse with which each maneuver is completed.
28-9/2 WHITERIVER: 94th Annual White Mountain Apache Tribal Fair & Rodeo – All-Indian rodeo, custom car show, volleyball tournament, strong man & women competition, baseball tournament, co-ed softball tournament, basketball tournaments, horseshoe tournament, bull riding challenge, royalty pageants, parade, All Indian Women’s Rodeo, food vendors.
30-9/2 FLAGSTAFF: 70th Annual Coconino County Fair – Ft. Tuthill County Fairgrounds. Features traditions like youth livestock shows and auction, carnival rides and games, fair food, exhibitions by community members, live entertainment, pie-eating and watermelon-eating contests, and more. Fri-Sun 10 am – 10 pm, Mon 10 am – 4 pm. 928-679-8000
31 PINETOP-LAKESIDE: 14th Annual Woodland Wildlife and Science Festival – White Mountain 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!). Artisans, arts & crafts opportunities. 10 am – 3 pm. 928-358-3069
31-9/2 SONOITA: 104th Annual Labor Day Rodeo – Sonoita Fairgrounds. More than 700 entries and more than $40,000 awarded in cash and buckles to the top contestants of the Southwest, bulls, saddle broncs, steer wrestling, barrel racing, bareback, calf roping, team roping, team penning, & mutton busting and pee-wee events for little cowpokes, dinner, dance. $5-15. 2 pm performances. 520-455-5553
EMPTY PET FOOD BANK IN TEMPE: Ongoing — A unique food bank that serves cats and dogs needs your help. Lost Our Home Pet Foundation has been providing food and pet supplies to the pets of families 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, Jodi@lostourhome.org .