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Lake Havasu Sand-Water-RV Expo
Outdoor Recreation, Motorsports Take Center Stage At Sand-Water-RV Expo
Off-road vehicles, boats, RVs, travel trailers and special Attractions set to kick-off fall outdoor recreation season, November 16-17 at Lake Havasu.
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 .
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, AZ.
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
CALENDAR OF OUTDOOR EVENTS: Ongoing — www.azgfd.gov/OutdoorSkills Google calendar.
5 SIERRA VISTA: 4th Annual Sky Island Tour 2019 Bike Ride – Windemere Hotel. The recreational ride includes a metric century (62-mile) ride that loops through Bisbee, as well as a 20-mile ride on the Cochise Vista Trail, a 44-mile ride, a new 30-mile ride and a five-mile fun ride. Sponsored by and benefits NAMI SEAZ (National Alliance on Mental Illness Southeastern Arizona). 520-459-3228.
10-13 PRESCOTT: Big Sting – It’s a Country Thing – Watson Lake. Escape to the Country in the Rocks for an exclusive music camp out weekend with you and 3000 of your closest friends with the Shadows Foundation concerts, food, beer, camping, horse shoe tournaments, corn hole, other games and more!.
12 TUCSON: AZT in a Day – Hikers, runners, mountain bikers and equestrians will be staged on various parts of the Arizona National Scenic Trail (AZT) to complete its entire length, over 800 miles, in one day. Outdoor enthusiasts of all ages and abilities are invited to participate.
19 BENSON: Star Party at Kartchner Caverns – Kartchner Caverns State Park. Want to learn more about the stars and planets? Do you have any little ones curious about the cosmos? Star parties are for people who want to take advantage of the chance to learn from knowledgeable and experienced local astronomers. Volunteers from the Huachuca Astronomy Club will be setting up telescopes in the bus loading zone of the parking lot. $7/vehicle. 2-8 p.m.
AZGFD, CG AUXILIARY, PHOENIX POWER SQUADRON BOATING CLASSES: Ongoing (See page 3 of this issue.)
COMMUNITY AND SEASONAL
4-27 PHOENIX: 135th Annual Arizona State Fair – Arizona State Fairgrounds. Arizonans have been meeting and making memories at the Arizona State Fair for more than 100 years. Now with over a million guests each year, we welcome you to indulge all your senses at Arizona’s original playground. Find yourself in the middle of the midway enjoying everything from crazy air food, rides and games, to an exciting event in the Grandstand. To end the night, a live concert at the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum! Wed- Fri Noon-9pm | Sat-Sun 11am-10pm | Closed: Mon-Tue. $10. 602-252-6771.
5 FLAGSTAFF: 11th Annual Flagstaff Oktoberfest – Wheeler Park. Flagstaff’s take on this famous celebration. Discover arts and craft vendors, food vendors and the beauty of our fall leaves. A family favorite with music, beer, brats and quirky contests. $7 cash only. 11 am – 8 pm. 928-606-7600.
5 PHOENIX: Downtown Phoenix Oktoberfest – CityScape. Lace up your lederhosen and hit the Bavarian dance floor featuring live polka music! Then, test your skills in the wurst Oktoberfest competitions including stein hold, brat eat, pretzel eating and beer maid costume contest. $10 online, $15 at the gate, 21+ over event. 4-10 pm.
5-6 WILLCOX: Fall Pumpkin Celebration – Old-fashioned family fun picking your own pumpkins, fall vegetables and apples. Already picked pumpkins at the pumpkin stand. Pumpkins for picking. Corn Maze; with 2 levels of difficulty! At the Orchard: An “All-You-Can-Eat” pumpkin and buttermilk pancake breakfast from 8:30-10:30 am. Apple Smoked Burger lunch 11:30 am – 4 pm. Enjoy homemade pumpkin ice-cream, pumpkin pies, pumpkin bread and homemade cider donuts. 520-384-2084.
11-12 JEROME: 16th Annual Jerome Ghost Walk – Spook Hall. Theme: The Demise of O.A. Daags. This Ghostly October please come and meet some of Jerome’s more “permanent” residents. They will be out and about starting at 6:30 pm with a new performance starting every ½ hour. There will be six shows nightly. $15-20. 928-634-1066.
11-13 TEMPE: 47th Annual Four Peaks Oktoberfest – Tempe Town Lake. German style fare at five bratwurst service tents, carnival treats such as corn dogs, turkey legs, funnel cakes and nachos, etc. Island noodles, and desserts from a German bakery and ice cream. Live music, a Kinderfest for family fun and entertainment, filled with games and activities for kids and adults young at heart. Free. Fri 5 pm – midnight, Sat 10 am – midnight, Sun 11 am – 6 pm.
27 PHOENIX: 8th Annual Dia de Los Muertos Phoenix Festival – Steele Indian School Park. The Coalition invites families and friends to bring a blanket and grab a spot on the grass for this seventh annual event which honors and celebrates those who have passed on with music, dance, theater performances and an artists’ Mercado featuring local artists and art groups. Food and children’s art activities area will be available as well. Free. 2-8 pm. 480-834-5731.
27 PRESCOTT: 11th Annual Day of the Dead: Dia de los Muertos Celebration – Smoki Museum. Mariachis, traditional Mexican dancers, and more. Free. 11 am – 3 pm. 928-445-1230.
13 LAKE HAVASU CITY: Southwest Kayaks Fishing Open – Mesquite Bay Central. Experience kayak bass fishing in this new open fishing tournament series! The tournament is free to enter, and it is open to all ages and experience levels. The tournament will launch at Mesquite Bay Central, about 50 yards from Mesquite Bay North. A sign stating, “Hand launch area only,” will indicate the correct launch site. Put-in and take-out will launch at Mesquite Bay Central. Participants will have the chance to win cash. This event is free to participants and spectators. 928-680-9257.
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: 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ongoing — Learn To Curl lessons: email@example.com
4-28 QUEEN CREEK: 25th Annual Schnepf Farms Pumpkin & Chili Party – Hillbilly Bob’s pig races, entertainment, carousel, petting barn, 10-acre celebrity corn maze, bon fires, hayride, dog show, roller coaster, inflatables, miniature golf, rock wall and more. Fireworks on Thur. Fri and Sat nights. Discount tickets at Fry’s. Thu & Sun 10 am – 9 pm, Fri-Sat 10 am – 10 pm. 480-987-3100.
5 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 Scottsdale’s 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. Everyone has the opportunity for personal interaction. 12:30 pm.
5 PHOENIX: Furry Friends Fine Arts Festival – Shemer Art Center. An animal-themed arts festival “purrfect” for the entire family! Highlights include pet readings and pet adoptions by the Arizona Humane Society! A variety of artists will showcase animal-themed paintings, drawings, photography, ceramics and more. Live music, business vendors, entertainment and food & beverages from Black Cat Coffee and others. $5/person, $10/family, furry friends are free. 8 am – 2 pm. 602-262-4727
5-6 TUCSON: 18th 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. $5-10. Sat 9:30 am – 5 pm, Sun 10 am – 4 pm.
12-13 BENSON: 19th Annual Butterfield Rodeo – Arena. Cowboys competing in Rough Stock and timed events, also “mutton bustin’,” calf scramble, dummy roping and a good-old-fashioned boot race. Also rodeo royalty, parade, kids rodeo and $5-10. 520-586-4293 or 520-586-2842 or https://www.bensonvisitorcenter.com.
26 SHOW LOW: 10th Annual Main Street Spooktacular Festival – Frontier Field. Halloween themes games & activities, scaryoke, pet & human costume contests, pumpkin bowling, pony rides, Home Depot’s kids craft shop, live music &entertainment, face painting, car bash, hay rides, food & product vendors, zombie apocalypse, paintball shoot, and haunted house at Bilbie’s Interiors. noon – 8 pm. 928-532-4124.
27 TUCSON: Spooky Kids Halloween & Wag-O-Ween – Fourth Avenue. The Avenue’s amazing Halloween Costume Contest for both our two-legged and four-legged children! Candy and dog treats given throughout the Avenue with a costume contest at the Sand and Sky parking lot. Prizes and give-a-ways.
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.