More Lawn-Centric Sports
Bocce Ball at The Vig
Stop by one of The Vig restaurants (Arcadia, Uptown or Downtown) to play the easy-to-learn, Italian game of bocce ball, which is similar to lawn bowling, except bocce is usually played on sand or asphalt instead of grass. To avoid the heat-retaining misery of such surfaces in Phoenix, The Vig offers bocce ball on grass and composite surfaces, adding a bit of unexpected fun to your after-dinner plans.thevig.us
Cornhole at Culinary Dropout at The Yard
Also known as the less dubious-sounding “bean bag toss,” the game of cornhole consists of throwing little bags filled with corn or beans at a raised platform with a hole in the far end. Points are scored for both hitting the platform and making it in the hole. Have your choice of four different cornhole courts at Culinary Dropout at The Yard in Phoenix, which offers an exceptional patio that allows guests to enjoy not only cornholing, but also free table tennis. 5632 N. Seventh St., Phoenix, 602-680-4040, foxrc.com/restaurants/culinary-dropout/
Arizona Croquet Club
Of all the fun things one can do while wielding a mallet, croquet – knocking balls through hoops embedded in grass – is among the most refined (excepting the Red Queen’s flamingo-and-hedgehog version in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland). The Arizona Croquet Club has been bringing the sport to Arizonans since 1975, and hosts competitive tournaments as well as social events in Paradise Valley. Membership costs $45 per quarter. azcroquet.org
Arizona State Horseshoe Pitchers Association
The Arizona State Horseshoe Pitchers Association encourages players to get involved for the fun and health benefits of the sport, which they say include boosted fat metabolism, better limb dexterity and stronger bones. ASHPA has clubs all over Arizona, including El Mirage, Mesa and Phoenix. Membership costs $30 for adults; $5 for junior players. Find a list of events and membership information atpitchwithus.com/arizona.
Mexican Food Guide
You’ve come a long way, bebÉ. From old-school chimis to Mod-Mex burritos, we present this head-to-tail guide to the Valley’s favorite sort-of-foreign cuisine. The Chile WhispererAre you a Mexican food fan with a DIY streak? Elote ...
2015 Summer Beer Guide
Get a handle on new taprooms and breweries with our seasonal salute to Arizona suds. But First: 5 local releases you should try right now. ...
Neighborhoods We Love
Whether you’re relocating or just recreating, the Valley’s diverse and distinctive neighborhoods offer a host of haunts to explore. From family friendly enclaves to hidden historic ’hoods, plus meccas for outdoorsy types, foodies anD creatives, here ...
Two Valley moms capitalize on the retro craze with Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market. Like a good thrift-store score, Lindsey Holt and Coley Arnold’s business was pure serendipity. The two met in a class for young married couples at Scottsdale ...
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