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Shows & Expos
Outdoor Recreation, Motorsports Take Center Stage At Sand-Water-RV Expo
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.
15 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.
AZ YACHT CLUB MEETINGS: Second Tuesday of every month 7 p.m. — in the Caddy Shack at Rolling Hills Golf Course, 1415 N. Mill Avenue.
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
5 SIERRA VISTA: Patterson Observatory Public Night – weather permitting, the public is invited to observe the night skies through the 20-inch Patterson telescope and with other instruments, you might see craters of the crescent moon, gas giant planets, Uranus, Neptune, double stars, star clusters, nebula, planetary nebula and distant galaxies. Free. 7 pm. 520-417-6960.
6-8 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. $275, includes meals, lodging and classes. 480-644-0077.
7 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.
7-15 GRAND CANYON: 11th Annual Grand Canyon Celebration of Art – A unique opportunity to view and purchase high-quality Grand Canyon art. Features a juried art competition and show; Plein Air artists painting on the rim; see works of some of the best master artists in the nation as they seek to capture the beauty of the timeless Grand Canyon landscape on canvas. Free.
13 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 moon rise 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.5:30 pm. 928-282-6907.
14 PINE-STRAWBERRY: Annual Fire on the Rim Mountain Bike Race – Test your skills on some of the sweetest technical singletrack in the state, while supporting a great cause. Every penny earned by this charity event goes directly into trail building and wildfire protection in the Pine Strawberry fuel break. Includes kid’s race, beer garden, auction, live music, ride on ranch land opened just for this event, and kid’s kamp.
14 SEDONA: Sedona Full Moon Lantern Festival – Sedona Mago Retreat Center. Festivities include live music and cultural dance performances, calligraphy art exhibition, vortex tour, and Wellness classes (Sound Healing, Detox, Qi-Gong, Qi-Energy Calligraphy), children’s crafts, and face painting. The highlight of the evening is an opportunity to light and float a lantern, filled with your intentions for joy, peace and prosperity. 2-9 pm. 928-20-3391.
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 pm.
28 WINSLOW: Star Party: Homolovi State Park – Come out to Homolovi’s Visitor Center Museum and Observatory for a night under the stars! Free with cost of park entry. Dress warmly and bring your sense of wonder! Telescopes will be available. $7 day use fee per car with up to 4 adults. 30 minutes after sunset. 928-289-4106.
AZGFD, CG AUXILIARY, PHOENIX POWER SQUADRON BOATING CLASSES: Ongoing (See page 3 of this issue.)
COMMUNITY AND SEASONAL
14 CLARKDALE: Summer Starlight Rides – Verde Canyon Railroad. Monthly Starlight excursion on select Saturdays, departing the depot during the cooler temperatures of later afternoon and traveling through the dramatic colors of sunset and into the moon glow of twilight. Sandwiched between two protected national forests and adjacent to the Sycamore Canyon Wilderness, Verde Canyon Railroad brings its passengers into an untamed and unspoiled terrain, the exceedingly rare ribbon where high desert meets the river. 5:30 pm. 928-639-0010 or 800-293-7245.
28 TOMBSTONE: Tombstone at Twilight – On the streets of Tombstone. Enjoy the magic of the twilight hour and the Old West mystique of the Town Too Tough to Die! Join us for shopping, dining, sidewalk sales, mariachis, gunfights in the park, medicine show, cowboy quick draw, the Wild West Witches and more. 520-559-7690
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.
Ongoing — Learn To Curl lessons: firstname.lastname@example.org
5-7 PAYSON: 65th 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.
5-8 PRESCOTT VALLEY: 45th Annual Yavapai County Fair – Prescott Frontier Rodeo Grounds. Exhibits, carnival, pig racing, entertainment, food. $3-6.
11-14 HOLBROOK: 88th Annual Navajo County Fair Rodeo and Little Buckaroo Rodeo – Navajo County Fairgrounds. Rodeo, arts, crafts, food, entertainment, 4-H competition, carnival, demo derby. $1-3. noon – 10 pm. 928-524-6407 or 928-524-4757 or 800-524-2459.
19-22 GLOBE: 50th Annual Gila County Fair – Gila County Fairgrounds. Celebrating our 50th year this year! We will have live music, farm experience, ranch rodeo, team roping, livestock shows, livestock auction, All-American Cook-off, carnival, old fashioned fair night, exhibits and much more. Come celebrate 50 years and bring the whole family. There is something for everyone.
21 HUMBOLDT: 112th 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.
21-11/3 PHOENIX: Fall Butterfly Exhibit – Desert Botanical Garden. Experience a diverse kaleidoscope of butterflies from the Southwest, and discover the magnificence of the mighty monarch butterfly—from their amazing migration to the plants they need to survive. Take a closer look at the butterfly lifecycle, and learn how to support and protect beneficial insects and pollinators. 9:30 am – 5 pm.
25-28 SCOTTSDALE: Arabian Breeder Finals – WestWorld of Scottsdale. An unprecedented halter/breeding showcase opportunity that offers prize money and abundant marketing opportunities for breeders and purebred Arabian horse enthusiasts, produced by the Arabian Horse Association of Arizona.
28-29 FLAGSTAFF: 6th Annual Cornucopia Fall Festival – Thorpe Park. Cornucopia is a community celebration of fall. Cornucopia will feature carnival rides, hay maze, pumpkin patch, pie-eating contest, hay rides, petting zoo, carnival games, circus performers, kids talent show, pony rides, huge kids area, live entertainment, local microbrews, great food, lots of vendors, and more! $7-35. 10 am – 8 pm.
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 .