Friday, October 31, 2014

SPECIAL EVENTS

Group Free

Through November 2
Arizona State Fair
A fair amount of fun is on tap, including thrilling rides, midway games, animal exhibits, concerts, culinary competitions and anything-on-a-stick. Call for times and ticket prices. Arizona State Fairgrounds, 1826 W. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, azstatefair.com, 602-252-6771.

Through November 2
Carefree Art & Wine Fest
Thunderbird Artists hosts this annual festival featuring live entertainment, wine tasting and works by more than 165 juried fine artists, including paintings, sculpture, photography, pottery, scratchboard, batiks and jewelry, plus works in wood, clay, metal and glass. Painter Lauren Knode is the featured artist. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $3. 101 Easy St., Carefree, thunderbirdartists.com, 480-837-5637.

Through November 2
Phoenix FearCON
This horror convention and film festival partners with The Fear Farm and 13th Floor Haunted House, creating a mashup of independent films mixed with celebrity guests, panel discussions, workshops, tattoo artists, a zombie runway fashion show, live music, freak-show artists and haunted attractions. Call for times and ticket prices. The Fear Farm, 99th Avenue and McDowell Road, Phoenix, phoenixfearcon.com, 602-399-9500.

Through November 2
Pumpkin & Chili Party
Hayrides, pig races, carousel rides, marshmallow roasts, bonfires, a petting zoo, pumpkin patch, roller coaster, BMX stunt show, 4- and 10-acre corn mazes, craft activities and fireworks are among the highlights. Th-Su, call for times and ticket prices. Schnepf Farms, 24810 S. Rittenhouse Rd., Queen Creek, schnepffarms.com, 480-987-3100.

Through November 2
Wright Conference
The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy hosts its annual conference, Past, Present, Future: The Conservancy at 25. The event includes private tours of six rarely seen Wright-designed houses, as well as tours and special events at architecturally significant sites throughout the metropolitan Phoenix area. Call for times and ticket prices. Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, 2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix, savewright.org, 312-663-5500.

Through November 9
Shoot for a Million
Contestants who come closest to the pin each day earn a variety of prizes, plus the chance to shoot for $1 million in the finals of the Fiesta Bowl Million Dollar Hole-in-One. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. daily; 9 a.m.-noon, Nov. 9. $1 per shot. Arizona Biltmore Country Club, 2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix, fiestabowl.org, 480-350-0900.

Through November 23
Mariposa Monarca
Visitors stroll among hundreds of delicate and colorful monarch butterflies as they learn about the magical metamorphosis of the monarch life cycle. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Call for ticket prices. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, dbg.org, 480-941-1225.

Through December 31
Turtle Shelter
Visitors come nose-to-nose with an intriguing variety of freshwater turtles at this exhibit. Stars of the display include the ancient snapping turtle, red-eared sliders, snake-neck turtles and the leaf-like matamata. Interactive and educational elements describe the 200-million-year history of the reptiles. Call for times and ticket prices. Arizona Sea Life Aquarium, 5000 S. Arizona Mills Circle, Tempe, sealifeus.com, 480-478-7600.

Through February 28
Art Under Foot
The award-winning floors that adorn the Phoenix Sky Train pedestrian walkways are in the spotlight in Art Under Foot: Handmade Floors at the Phoenix Sky Train. The exhibit focuses on the collaboration between the artists, design team and scores of talented workers who brought the artistic concepts to life. Design drawings, computerized models, large graphics, hands-on exhibits and a video documenting the process behind the projects are included. M-F, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. The Gallery at City Hall, 200 W. Washington St., Phoenix, phoenix.gov/arts, 602-262-4637.

Through May 23
Sandra Day O’Connor
An interactive exhibit, The Cowgirl Who Became a Justice: Sandra Day O’Connor demonstrates how a cowgirl from a ranch in Arizona became the first female to serve on the Supreme Court. Call for times and ticket prices. McClelland Irish Library, Irish Cultural Center, 1106 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, azirishlibrary.org, 602-864-2351.

November 1
Breakfast Series
Cindy McCain, a leader in the fight against human trafficking and the wife of Sen. John McCain, is the keynote speaker at this Encore University breakfast program. 8:30 a.m. $25. Valley Presbyterian Church, 6947 E. McDonald Dr., Paradise Valley, encoreuniv.org, 480-991-6424.

November 1
Diamonds are Forever
The dress code is black-tie or James Bond-wear as Phoenix Rotary 100 presents this fundraising dinner gala with music, dancing, and silent and live auctions. Proceeds support youth health care, education and sports programs throughout the Valley. 5:30 p.m. $150. The Venue Scottsdale, 7117 E. Third Ave., Scottsdale, 602-604-8221.

November 1
Fashions on Review
Dillard’s provides fashions for men, women and children as they dance the runway to live music. Frank Dimitri from America’s Got Talent is special guest. Proceeds from the luncheon event benefit victims of domestic violence. Noon. $25. Union Hills Country Club, 9860 Lindgren Ave., Sun City, 602-788-9556.

November 1
Festival of the Arts
This annual event features theater and dance performances by local arts groups, as well as visual art, live music, film festival shorts, a tequila tasting, food, pet adoptions and children’s activities. 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. $5, adults; free, children 12 and younger. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, herbergertheater.org, 602-254-7399.

November 1
Heritage Award Gala
Arizona Jewish Historical Society hosts this celebration, which honors 12 News anchorman Mark Curtis. A cocktail reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres, award presentation and performance by Tony Award-winner Judy Kaye are highlights. 6 p.m. $180. Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, azjhs.org, 602-241-7870.

November 1
Jerome Art Walk
Meet the artists as 20-plus galleries and studios participate in this monthly night of art, music and gallery hopping. 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Free. Jerome, jeromeartwalk.com, 928-634-0774.

November 1
Soaring to New Heights
Comedian Rita Rudner headlines this black-tie dinner gala, which benefits Camp Soaring Eagle, a local nonprofit that offers year-round medically safe camp programs to seriously ill children and their families free of charge. A silent auction is included. 5:30 p.m. $500. Signature Flight Support, 15290 N. 78th Way, Scottsdale, campsoaringeagle.org, 602-842-1168.

November 1
Urban Living Tour
The Midtown Museum District Neighborhood Association hosts this high-rise urban living tour, which showcases two homes in each of eight communities: Artisan Lofts on Central, Villa del Coronado, Regency House, Phoenix Towers, Tapestry, One Lexington, Executive Towers and Chateau on Central. 1 p.m.-6 p.m. $15. Downtown Phoenix area, urbanlivingtour.com, 602-758-3129.

November 1
Wag & Walk
Take a hike with adoptable dogs from Maricopa County Animal Care & Control. Participants are encouraged to “test drive” the dogs to see how they behave on leash and get along with other dogs on the family-friendly trek. Those looking to adopt find this to be a unique opportunity as the dogs are often more relaxed and exhibit their true pup personalities outside of the shelter environment. Bring a leash as all dogs are spayed or neutered, vaccinated and ready to go home on the spot. 9 a.m. $6 per vehicle park entry fee. Merkle Trailhead, Usery Mountain Regional Park, 3939 N. Usery Pass Way, Mesa, maricopa.gov/parks/usery, 480-984-0032.

November 1
Walk for MS
Participants follow 3- to 5-mile routes while raising funds to find a cure, and provide services and programs for Arizonans with multiple sclerosis. 6:30 a.m. $100, suggested fundraising goal. Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, walkmsarizona.org, 480-455-3954.

November 1
Weekend Jetaway
PGA golf star Tom Lehman is honorary chairman of this fundraiser, which features live music, gourmet food, fine wine and spirits, casino games and a silent auction. Each ticket purchased includes entry into a dice-style game, with the winner receiving a luxury trip on a private jet. Hosted by AXA Advisors Southwest, the event benefits Elevate Phoenix. 6:30 p.m.-10 p.m. $500. Private hangar at Scottsdale Airport, 15000 N. Airport Dr., Scottsdale, weekendjetaway.org, 602-957-8881.

November 1
Wickenburg Home Tour
Visitors enjoy a self-guided tour of several unique homes and Desert Caballeros Western Museum, as well as a holiday market featuring arts, crafts and gourmet foods. The tour is sponsored annually by Las Señoras de Socorro to benefit the museum. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $25. Wickenburg Community Center, 160 N. Valentine St., Wickenburg, lassenoras.org, 928-684-2272.

November 1-2
Artists’ Studio Tour
Guests enjoy a glimpse into the artistic process as the Artists of the Superstitions Studio Tour gets under way. The self-guided tour features 56 artists at 20 studio locations. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free Gold Canyon and Apache Junction, artistsofthesuperstitions.com, 480-288-6022.

November 1-2
Dia de los Muertos
Celebrate the traditional Mexican holiday with a festival of song, dance and storytelling that includes an exhibition of altars, as well as Mexican food and pastries, art and an afternoon procession. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, dbg.org, 480-941-1225.

November 1-2
SerbFest
Homemade Serbian cuisine and pastries, live music, dancing, church tours, children’s activities and shopping are highlights. Proceeds benefit the Child Crisis Center. Sa, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Su, noon-8 p.m. $2, adults; free, children 12 and younger. St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, 4436 E. McKinley St., Phoenix, stsava.com, 602-275-7360.

November 1, 22
Dance Parties
Hillcrest Dance and Social Club of Sun City West hosts a USO Dance Party, with music by Bobby and Charlene Freeman, Nov. 1; and a semiformal Turkey Trot Ball, featuring a pie buffet, and music by the Rich Howard Orchestra, Nov. 22. 7 p.m.-10 p.m., with a waltz lesson at 6:15 p.m. $6. R.H. Johnson Social Hall, 19803 R.H. Johnson Blvd., Sun City West, 623-546-6845.

November 1-29
Food Truck Caravan
A variety of food trucks rolls into downtown Scottsdale for a weekly celebration featuring gourmet street foods complemented by top local musicians. Sa, 6:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Free. Fifth Avenue and Goldwater Boulevard, Scottsdale, foodtruckcaravan.com, 480-251-1769.

November 1-30
ArtBridge
This outdoor marketplace features works by dozens of artists, jewelers and crafters, as well as artist demonstrations and live music. Th, 5 p.m.-10 p.m.; Su,. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Scottsdale Waterfront, 7134 E. Stetson Dr., Scottsdale, artisanmarketsaz.com, 602-687-7495.

November 2
Casino Day
Professional dealers from Casino World are on hand for this event, which features craps, roulette, poker, blackjack, Texas hold’em and bingo. 2 p.m.-5 p.m. $25. Beth Emeth Congregation, 13702 W. Meeker Blvd., Sun City West, 623-544-3665.

November 2
Eight’s Great Grillfest
The focus is on grilling as guests enjoy food, wine and beer sampling, as well as cooking demonstrations by renowned chefs, including Julia Collin Davison, Bridget Lancaster, Anthony Dias Blue, Robert McGrath and Barbara Pool Fenzl. Noon-3 p.m. $40; VIP entrance at 11 a.m., $50. Trilogy Golf Club at Vistancia, 12575 W. Golf Club Dr., Peoria, azpbs.org/grillfest, 866-977-6849.

November 2
Grand Tour of Homes
Phoenix Home & Garden presents this premier luxury home tour, which benefits the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Limited ticket availability and extraordinary homes ensure that each guest enjoys access to some of the most talented architects, builders and interior designers in town. Dream and Extreme packages are available, for a total of six spectacular homes. Noon-4:30 p.m. $75-$150. Scottsdale/Paradise Valley/Phoenix area, phgmag.com/hometour, 480-664-3960.

November 2
Phoenix 10K
Runners and walkers of all ages and abilities hit the pavement as this 39th-annual event aims to empower, encourage and motivate children to live active and healthy lifestyles. A half marathon, 10K run, 5K run/walk, wheelchair 10K and a “Mollen Mile to Prevent Childhood Obesity” are included. 8 a.m. Call for race fees. CityScape, 1 E. Washington St., Phoenix, phoenix10k.com, 602-751-6692.

November 2
Signature Chefs Auction
More than a dozen of the Valley’s top chefs offer samplings of signature dishes while raising funds and increasing awareness of March of Dimes’ mission to give all babies the healthiest start to life. The fundraiser includes a live auction and interactive “Big Board” auction of exclusive items. PHOENIX magazine and Phoenix Home & Garden are among the sponsors. 4 p.m.-7:30 p.m. $250. Westin Kierland Resort and Spa, 6902 E. Greenway Pkwy., Scottsdale, marchofdimes.org/arizona, 602-287-9925.

November 2
stepNout
This 5K run/walk and kids’ dash supports TGen Foundation’s commitment to find a method of early detection and ultimately a cure for pancreatic cancer. 8:30 a.m. Call for registration fees. Scottsdale Sports Complex, 8081 E. Princess Dr., Scottsdale, tgenfoundation.org/step, 602-343-8572.

November 2
Sunday at Shemer
Dozens of local artists demonstrate, display and sell their work at this family art festival, which includes entertainment, children’s activities and a silent auction. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $5, adults; free, children 11 and younger. Shemer Art Center, 5005 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, 602-262-4727.

November 4
James Beard Dinner
Chef Kevin Binkley hosts the James Beard Foundation benefit dinner, an exclusive gourmet celebration created and prepared by Binkley and seven visiting chefs – Kevin Nashan, Nobuo Fukuda, Charleen Badman, Matt Carter, Joshua Hebert, James Porter and Christopher Gross. 7 p.m. $240. Binkley’s Restaurant, 6920 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek, celebritycheftour.com, 480-437-1072.

November 6
Fall for the Arts ArtWalk
Scottsdale Gallery Association hosts this event, which features artist demonstrations, receptions, food samplings and live music. 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Free. Main Street and Marshall Way, downtown Scottsdale, scottsdalegalleries.com.

November 6
The Sound of Speed
Race fans and music aficionados shift into a new gear as The Phoenix Symphony celebrates the 50th anniversary of Phoenix International Raceway. Guests enjoy a “Pit Road” street fair featuring classic race cars courtesy of Barrett-Jackson Auction Company, as well as a chance to mingle with NASCAR personalities and local celebrities while enjoying specialty cocktails and food. Racing legend Rusty Wallace, conductor Larry Blank and special guest Tom Wopat, star of The Dukes of Hazard, pump up the volume as the orchestra takes the stage. PHOENIX magazine is among the sponsors. 5:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix, phoenixsymphony.org, 602-495-1999.

November 6-20
Corner at the Creek
Guests enjoy live music, local artisans, and plenty to eat and drink at this weekly event, which showcases top farmers, artists, bakeries and locally sourced products, complemented by a variety of food trucks. Th, 3:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Free. Across from Rare Earth Gallery, 6424 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek, 480-575-4360.

November 7
Cooks’ Tour
A home tour, luncheon, silent auction and craft boutique highlight this annual fundraiser, which benefits mission and charity work. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $25, home tour; $15, luncheon. Valley Presbyterian Church, 6947 E. McDonald Dr., Paradise Valley, myvalleychurch.org, 480-991-6424.

November 7
Country Western Dance
Western Bred featuring J. David Sloan entertains at this event hosted by Sun City Grand Dance Club. 7 p.m.-10 p.m. $10. (Free Arizona two-step lesson, 6 p.m.-7 p.m.) Cimarron Center, 17100 W. Clearview Blvd., Surprise, grandinfo.com, 623-546-7449.

November 7
First Fridays Art Walk
More than 70 art galleries and art spaces participate. 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Free. Maps, parking and shuttle service available at Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, artlinkphoenix.com, 602-256-7539.

November 7
Light the Night Walk
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society hosts this fundraising walk, which includes a remembrance ceremony and fireworks. 6 p.m. Free. Phoenix Municipal Stadium, 5999 E. Van Buren St., Phoenix, lightthenight.org, 602-567-7587.

November 7
Motorcycles on Main
Roads are closed for this monthly bike night, which features live music, beer gardens and food. 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Free. Main Street, between Robson and Center streets, Mesa, 480-890-2613.

November 7-9
Camelback Studio Tour
Artists of the South Scottsdale Art Alliance open their studios and share paintings, art glass, pottery, jewelry, mosaics, sculpture and mixed-media works. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. 5702 E. Wilshire Ave., Scottsdale, camelbackstudios.com, 480-620-2658.

November 7-9
Chiles & Chocolate
Spicy and sweet flavors are in the spotlight as guests sample gourmet chocolates, zesty salsas and other unique Southwestern treats. Latin music from DJ Miguel Ivery adds to the festivities. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, dbg.org, 480-941-1225.

November 8
Art on the Veranda
Maricopa Artisans presents this fine-art and craft show featuring works by more than 40 local artisans. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. The Duke Golf Course, Rancho El Dorado, 42660 W. Rancho El Dorado Pkwy., Maricopa, 480-844-1100.

November 8
Charity Golf Tournament
The Arizona Myeloma Network hosts this tournament, which features on-course contests, team prizes, silent and live auctions, breakfast, lunch and awards ceremony. 8 a.m. shotgun start. $200. McCormick Ranch Golf Club, 7505 E. McCormick Ranch Pkwy., Scottsdale, azmngolf.com, 480-251-1671.

November 8
Fun, Food and Fido
Arizona Animal Welfare League presents the Walk to Save Animals featuring 2K and 5K pet walks, dog agility demonstrations, pet photos with Santa, adoptable dogs, live music and children’s activities. Proceeds benefit Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA. 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Minimum $30 donation. Tempe Beach Park, 54 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, aawl.org, 480-273-6852.

November 8
Geology Hike
Tom McGuire, an earth science educator and author, leads participants to a variety of local geological sites while discussing what rocks tell us about the past 2 billion years in Cave Creek. 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. $25 per family; free for children. Reservations required. Cave Creek Museum, 6140 Skyline Dr., Cave Creek, cavecreekmuseum.org, 480-488-2764.

November 8
Grand Avenue Festival
Art exhibits, building tours, live music and a recycled rubbish fashion show highlight this sixth-annual neighborhood celebration, which joins forces with the annual Parade of the Arts. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., with parade beginning at dusk. Free. Lower Grand Avenue, Downtown Phoenix, 602-391-4016.

November 8
Local Fall Festival
Local First Arizona celebrates home-grown businesses and restaurants in a street-fair atmosphere. Food trucks, restaurant and boutique booths, a beverage garden, silent auction, live music and children’s activities are included. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Portland Parkway, 10 W. Portland St., Phoenix, localfirstaz.com, 602-956-0909.

November 8
One Night – License to Cure
Comedian and impressionist Frank Caliendo provides entertainment at this James Bond-themed event, which features a hosted casino cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, and an after party. The dinner gala is presented by the Desert Southwest chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. 6 p.m. $500. Montelucia Resort & Spa, 4949 E. Lincoln Dr., Paradise Valley, dsw.jdrf.org, 602-224-1800.

November 8
Rock the Block
This community block party features live entertainment on multiple stages, food trucks, a beer and wine garden, arts and crafts, children’s activities and a Chandler’s Got Talent variety show. Noon-10 p.m. Free. Arizona Avenue, between Chandler Boulevard and Frye Road, Chandler, chandlerblockparty.com, 480-855-3539.

November 8
Superhero Bolt
Participants dress as their favorite superhero as Singleton Moms hosts this 5K run/walk to support single parents and their families battling cancer. 8 a.m. $35, adults; $20, students; $15, children. Road Runner Sports, 43 S. McClintock Dr., Tempe, roadrunnersports.fundly.com/smsuperherobolt, 480-818-5285.

November 8
Tour de Coops
This self-guided tour showcases approximately 25 of the city’s most unique and funky chicken coops, with owners sharing coop design tips, chicken-keeping secrets and information on other sustainable practices. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $20, advance; $30, day of event. Metropolitan Phoenix area, vpaaz.org, 602-325-1230.

November 8
Veterans Day Parade
A flyover by the Commemorative Air Force’s B-17 and other historical planes signals the beginning of this parade, which features more than 100 entries, including military vehicles, World War II tanks, local high school marching bands, equestrian groups and dignitaries. Retired Army Colonel Bruce Crandall, a Medal of Honor recipient, is grand marshal. 11 a.m. North Center Street between Eighth Street and First Avenue, Mesa, evvp.org, 480-684-2324.

November 8
Vintage Market
Antique goods and collectibles, handmade and retro furniture, custom jewelry and artwork, and vintage fashions are showcased at the Front Porch Pickins Vintage Market, which features more than 130 vendors. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Peoria Sports Complex, 16101 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria, frontporchpickins.com, 623-298-5002.

November 8-9
Church Mouse Boutique
Blessed Sacrament Women’s Club presents this boutique, which offers handmade craft items, baked goods, a silent auction, raffle and lunch café. Proceeds support church projects. Sa, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; Su, 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 11300 N. 64th St., Scottsdale, 480-948-8370.

November 8-9
Spanish Market
Mariachi music and artwork by more than 65 Hispanic artists highlight this festive marketplace, which features santos, pottery, furniture, paintings, prints, and works in silver, tin and embroidery. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free; suggested donation of $10 includes museum admission. Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, heard.org, 602-252-8848.

November 9
Celebration of Veterans
Guests enjoy patriotic music, light refreshments, and wartime memories and readings by special guests. 3 p.m. Freewill offering to benefit veterans; nonperishable food donations requested. Gold Canyon United Methodist Church, 6640 S. Kings Ranch Rd., Gold Canyon, 480-982-3776.

November 9
Historic Home Tour
Ten privately owned homes in the Roosevelt Historic District are open for guided tours. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $12, advance; $15, day of tour. Third Avenue and Lynwood Street, Phoenix, rooseveltneighborhood.org, 480-600-8826.

November 9
Live & Local
Celebrating the best in Arizona food, music and spirits, this event features samples from more than 30 restaurants, as well as a beer garden, wine and spirit tastings, and entertainment by local musicians. Proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale. 5 p.m.-9 p.m., plus after party, 9 p.m.-11:30 p.m. $50-$100. Scottsdale Civic Center Mall, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale, liveandlocal.bgcs.org, 480-860-5520.

November 10-11
Gathering of Legends
Aviation veterans of World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam are on hand to share their experiences at this event, which celebrates the service of military aviators and flight crews instrumental in preserving the nation’s heritage of freedom. A Dinner with the Legends takes place M, 5:15 p.m.; followed by the gathering, Tu, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Airbase Arizona Aviation Museum, Falcon Field, 4800 E. Falcon Dr., Mesa, azcaf.org, 480-924-1940.

November 11
Anthem Veterans Celebration
Vietnam War combat veterans Jim Oliveri and Tom Francis provide historical and personal reflections of their service at this Veterans Day ceremony. Guests are invited to remain at the site following the event; at exactly 11:11 a.m., the sun’s rays pass through the five Armed Services’ pillars, shining a perfect solar spotlight on a mosaic of the Great Seal of the United States. 10 a.m. Free. Anthem Veterans Memorial, Anthem Community Park, 41703 N. Gavilan Pkwy., Anthem, onlineatanthem.com, 623-640-8417.

November 11
Gourd Dance & Potluck
Bring your favorite potluck dish to share as this event honors the memory of all veterans who have served our nation. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Pueblo Grande Museum, 4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix, pueblogrande.com, 602-495-0900.

November 11
A Miner’s Dinner
Guests are transported back in time as they dine outside by the historic Golden Reef Stamp Mill, which is believed to date back to 1880. The event includes silent and live auctions, entertainment by cowboy balladeer Mike Ewing and a chance to see the fully operational stamp mill in action as well as blacksmith demonstrations. 5 p.m.-9 p.m. $50. Cave Creek Museum, 6140 Skyline Dr., Cave Creek, cavecreekmuseum.org, 480-488-2764.

November 11
Tolleson Salutes Veterans
Veterans current and past are recognized as the city of Tolleson hosts this ceremony in conjunction with VFW Post 6310. Guest speakers, a barbecue, 21-gun salute and children’s activities are included. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Veterans Park, 8601 E. Van Buren St., Tolleson, 623-936-2754.

November 11
Veterans Day Parade
Duty, Honor, Sacrifice: Celebrating Our World War II Veterans is the theme of this parade, which features historic military vehicles, marching units, color guards, floats, bands and representatives of veterans service organizations. 11 a.m. Free. South on Central Avenue from Montebello Avenue, east on Camelback Road, south on Seventh Street to Devonshire Avenue, Phoenix, 623-640-6437.

November 12
Parade of Homes
Guests enjoy a progressive food and wine tasting while exploring senior living options, including custom-designed casitas, villas, lofts and apartments. 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Free. Sagewood, 4555 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, 480-948-1398.

November 13
Awards Dinner
The Greater Arizona Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals hosts its 30th annual Philanthropy Leadership Awards dinner to recognize and celebrate Arizona’s finest fundraisers, volunteers, philanthropists, corporations and media who serve the community through their dedication of resources, time and generosity. PHOENIX magazine is among the sponsors. 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. $150. Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, 7575 E. Princess Dr., Scottsdale, afpgreateraz.afpnet.org, 480-947-3459.

November 13
Meet and Greet
Pat McMahon hosts an Evening with Wallace & Ladmo. Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane and Dan Harkins of Harkins Theatre are among the speakers honoring this zany show and its characters. Guests also can secure the book Thanks for Tuning In by Richard Ruelas at the event. 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Free. House of Broadcasting, 7150 E. Fifth Ave., Scottsdale, houseofbroadcasting.com, 602-944-1997.

November 13
Sniff 2014
Power of One Good Deed hosts this fundraiser, which helps to underwrite spay and neuter initiatives for Maricopa County Friends of Animal Care & Control. A fashion show with styles from Banana Republic, hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and live and silent auctions are among the highlights, as well as an opportunity to mingle with adoptable dogs and cats. 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. $50. Gainey Ranch Golf Club, 7600 E. Gainey Club Dr., Scottsdale, 312-286-3450.

November 14
Brophy Fashion Show
Come Follow Me is the theme as Brophy Mothers’ Guild hosts this luncheon. Saks Fifth Avenue presents fashions by Oscar de la Renta, complemented by members of the Brophy senior class dressed in fashions by Brooks Brothers and Brophy Varsity Shop. Proceeds benefit the Brophy College Preparatory financial aid fund. 10:30 a.m. $125-$400. Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, 7575 E. Princess Dr., Scottsdale, brophyprep.org, 602-980-7843.

November 14
Cooks & Corks
Arizona’s finest chefs, foods and wines are in the spotlight at this culinary tasting, which benefits Scottsdale League for the Arts. Participating chefs include Mel Mecinas, Kevin Binkley, Beau MacMillan, Roberto Madrid, Jay Bogsinske, Michael Cairns, Paul McCabe, Matt Carter, Jesse Hansen, Travis Garner, Michael Lamey, Christopher Nicosia and Alexander Curtis. Dancing under the stars with a live band is included. 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m. $125-$175. Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North, 10600 E. Crescent Moon Dr., Scottsdale, cooksandcorks.org, 480-515-5700.

November 14
Fore A Good Cause
Arizona Hemophilia Association hosts its annual Desert Classic golf tournament to raise funds and awareness about hemophilia and other bleeding disorders. 8 a.m. shotgun start. $125. Arizona Grand Golf Course, 8000 S. Arizona Grand Pkwy., Phoenix, hemophiliaz.org, 602-955-3947.

November 14-16
Fountain Hills Festival
More than 500 artists from across the nation share paintings, sculpture, photography and one-of-a-kind crafts at the juried Fountain Hills Festival of Arts and Crafts. Live music, food booths and a beer garden add to the fun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Avenue of the Fountains, Fountain Hills, fountainhillschamber.com, 480-837-1654.

November 15
Art & Artifacts Appraisal
Leading Native American art traders are on hand to examine personal treasures and provide information about materials, dates, artists and traditions. The event is hosted by the Heard Museum Council. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $20-$30 per item; limit of 10 items. Sagewood, 4555 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, heard.org, 480-948-1398.

November 15
Arts & Crafts Fair
More than 150 local artists showcase original paintings, photography, works in wood and iron, vintage pieces and holiday crafts at this 31st annual festival. Live music, food vendors and children’s activities are included. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Rd., Scottsdale, 480-312-1734.

November 15
Boogie Nights Rock ’n’ Roll
Sun City West Dance for the Health of It Club hosts this dance featuring hits from the ’70s and ’80s with DJ Kort Kurdi. 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. $6. Palm Ridge Summit Hall, 13800 W. Deer Valley Rd., Sun City West, scwdanceforhealth.com, 602-679-4220.

November 15
Fishing Expo
Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy fishing without the urban fishing license normally required by Arizona Game and Fish. The lake is freshly stocked with trout, fishing gear is provided and representatives from Arizona Game and Fish are on hand to share information. 8 a.m.-11 a.m. Free. Eldorado Park, 2311 N. Miller Rd., Scottsdale, 480-312-2483.

November 15
Holiday Gala and Auction
The Mothers’ Guild of Xavier College Preparatory hosts this fundraising dinner, which includes live and silent auctions. Proceeds benefit the school’s Legacy of Leadership capital campaign, which continues to fund renovation of Xavier’s Chapel of Our Lady, Founders Hall, and Petznick Field and Activity Center. 5:30 p.m. $150. Xavier College Preparatory, 4710 N. Fifth St., Phoenix, xcp.maestroweb.com, 602-240-3138.

November 15
Living Legacy Summit
Gladys Taylor McGarey, M.D., a pioneer in holistic medicine, acknowledges new leaders in medicine and wellness at this dinner event hosted by the Foundation for Living Medicine. Among those honored are Va Shiva Ayyadurai, creator and holder of the first copyright on e-mail; and Larry Bergstrom, M.D., director of integrative medicine at Mayo Clinic Scottsdale. 5:30 p.m. $250. Paradise Valley Doubletree Resort, 5401 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, thefoundationforlivingmedicine.org, 480-946-4544.

November 15
Phoenix Undy Run/Walk
Participants are encouraged to throw on their most outrageous boxers and tasteful undies as the Colon Cancer Alliance hosts its seventh annual “brief” 5K run/walk. The fundraiser is designed to raise awareness about colon cancer and the importance of getting screened. Proceeds from the family-oriented and dog-friendly event benefit patient support, early screening and education efforts both nationally and here in Arizona. A 1-mile fun run is included. 9 a.m. $20-$40. Scottsdale Civic Center Mall (northeast lawn), 3961 N. 75th St., Scottsdale, undy5000.org, 202-628-0123, ext. 104.

November 15
Run for the Pour
Esperança presents a family-friendly 5K run/walk to support its efforts of delivering clean water and improved sanitation for people in Nicaragua. Participants have the option of carrying a log or bucket to help demonstrate the real-life challenges people in developing worlds encounter when trying to provide clean water. 7:30 a.m. $35-$40. SRP Arizona Falls, 5802 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, runforthepour.org, 602-252-7772.

November 15
Tamale Dinner & Festival
Friendly House expands this event to a full-day festival with live music, dance performances, a beer garden and “Battle of the Tamales” with hometown favorites selected by approximately 12 Valley mayors. A select number of restaurants also offers unique twists on traditional tamales. Noon-10 p.m. $12-$60, adults; free, children 10 and younger. Arizona Center, 400 E. Van Buren St., Phoenix, tamaledinner.com, 602-416-7209.

November 15
Vistancia Tour of Homes
Visitors enjoy an insider’s peek at the community’s newest collection of builders and home designs, along with Pinterest-inspired decorating tips, trending holiday home décor, do-it-yourself crafts and family activities. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Vistancia Information Center, 12026 W. Lone Mountain Pkwy., Peoria, vistancia.com/events, 623-933-6233.

November 15
Woofstock
Hosted by the city of Chandler, American Service Animal Society, and Maricopa County Animal Care and Control, this dog-friendly festival features training demonstrations, agility courses, entertainment and raffle prizes. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Tumbleweed Park, 745 E. Germann Rd., Chandler, 480-782-2735.

November 15-16
Chrysanthemum Show
Jewels in the Desert is the theme as members of the Phoenix Chrysanthemum Society display hundreds of mums, and provide information on how to grow the flowers in our desert environment. A symposium featuring Ivor Mace, a renowned chrysanthemum grower from the United Kingdom, also is planned. Sa, 1-5 p.m.; Su, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Sheraton Crescent Hotel, 2620 W. Dunlap Ave., Phoenix, mums.org, 602-943-8200.

November 15-16
ROC Race
This crazy game-show-inspired 5K features 12 larger-than-life obstacles, including a wrecking ball, sweeper, jump balls and inflatable waterslide. Proceeds benefit the Challenged Athletes Foundation. Call for times and ticket prices. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, rocrace.com/phoenix, 480-270-5000.

November 16
Cocktails in the Park
Guests enjoy a private viewing of ZooLights along with cocktails, appetizers, desserts and a silent auction as Phoenix Parks Foundation hosts this event. Proceeds support the development and maintenance of Phoenix parks, trails and open spaces. 6 p.m. $55, adults; $20, children 17 and younger. Phoenix Zoo, 455 Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, 602-262-4885.

November 16
Dogs’ Day in the Garden
Visitors and their leashed dogs can go for a walk on garden trails, heel for family photo opportunities and learn about keeping dogs safe in the desert environment. Samples of dog food and treats are offered, as well as craft activities for both children and dogs. Proceeds benefit the Arizona Humane Society. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, dbg.org, 480-941-1225.

November 16
Nutcracker Festival
This annual celebration includes a brunch buffet, arts and crafts activities, and performances by Ballet Arizona students and professional dancers. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $60. Ballet Arizona, 2835 E. Washington St., Phoenix, balletaz.org, 602-381-1096.

November 16
Walk-n-Roll
Cure SMA hosts this fundraising event for walkers and those in wheelchairs. Proceeds fund research to develop a treatment and cure for spinal muscular atrophy. Children’s activities, a barbecue lunch and information booths are included. 9:30 a.m. $20, adults; $10, youth. Eldorado Park, 2311 N. Miller Rd., Scottsdale, fsma.org, 602-432-0748.

November 16-February 3
CitySkate
Grab your mittens and glide a few laps as this outdoor ice rink returns to the heart of Downtown Phoenix, with daytime and evening sessions. Call for times and ticket prices. CityScape Phoenix, Central Avenue between Washington and Jefferson streets, Phoenix, cityskatephx.com, 602-772-3900.

November 19
Fore the Kids Golf Tourney
Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center hosts this tournament, which begins with a light lunch. Proceeds support youth programming and scholarships. 11 a.m. $250. Silverado Golf Club, 7605 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale, vosjcc.org, 480-483-7121.

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November 19-23
Walking with Dinosaurs
See and feel what it was like when dinosaurs ruled the Earth as this spectacle brings 20 life-size dinosaurs to the stage. The show includes the Tyrannosaurus Rex, the terror of the ancient terrain; and the Brachiosaurus, which stands 36 feet tall, and measures 56 feet from nose to tail. Many of the dinosaurs have “evolved” since the last tour, now featuring distinctive display feathers, head crests and tail fans, reflecting recent discoveries about the physical nature of the massive creatures. W-Th, 7 p.m.; F, 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.; Sa, 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Su, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tickets start at $32. US Airways Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.

November 20
Birds ’n’ Beer
Sip on a Four Peaks brew while enjoying an entertaining presentation on wildlife. 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Free admission. Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center, 3131 S. Central Ave., Phoenix, az.audubon.org, 602-468-6470.

November 20
Christmas Tree Lighting
Usher in the holidays as the switch is flipped on a four-story musical tree, which continues to sparkle through Jan. 4. The resort also christens its ice-skating rink, which remains frozen and ready for skaters through Feb. 1. Entertainment, train rides, a holiday carousel, “magical snowfall” and visit from Santa round out the festivities. 5:30 p.m., with tree-lighting ceremony at 6:45 p.m. Free. Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, 7575 E. Princess Dr., Scottsdale, 480-585-4848.

November 21
Find Your Center Gala
Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts hosts this fundraising dinner, which includes a silent auction and concert of Broadway hits by J. Mark McVey, best-known for his role as Jean Valjean in more than 3,000 performances of Les Miserables. 5:30 p.m. $100. Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria, dewpac.org, 928-684-6624.

November 21
Flash Park Friday
This family-friendly monthly event features live music, art, shopping, games and activities. 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Free. Main Street, Mesa, downtownmesa.com/flashparkfriday, 480-890-2613.

November 21
Mayor’s Arts Awards
Phoenix Center for the Arts hosts this interactive arts experience, which includes a tour of the facility, live performances in nearly every artistic medium, beer and wine, and awards presentation by Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton. 7 p.m.-9 p.m. $75. Phoenix Center for the Arts, 1202 N. Third St., Phoenix, phoenixcenterforthearts.org, 602-254-3100.

November 21-22
Arts & Crafts Bazaar
A silent auction and more than 80 tables of handcrafted items are showcased, including handmade quilts. Coffee and a light lunch are available. Proceeds benefit Hospice of the Valley and various mission projects in the West Valley. 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. The Congregational Church of Sun City, 18401 N. 99th Ave., Sun City, congregationalchurchofsuncityaz.com, 623-977-4241.

November 21-23
The Big Heap
Handmade and repurposed goods are featured as independent artists and entrepreneurs showcase vintage, modern, retro, industrial and salvaged goods at The Big Heap Vintage and Handmade Festival. New this year are vintage and handmade fashions, plus an opening-night meet-and-greet cocktail party. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., plus F, 5 p.m.-7 p.m. $7, adults; free, children 12 and younger. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, thebigheap.com, 480-329-6118.

November 21-30
Hidden in the Hills
Sonoran Arts League presents this annual self-guided artist studio tour. The event showcases more than 180 artists who exhibit and sell their work at nearly 50 studio locations, with artist demonstrations included at many of the stops. F-Su, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cave Creek, Carefree and north Scottsdale, sonoranartsleague.org, 480-575-6624.

November 22
Arts & Crafts Sale
Mesa East Ladies Club hosts this event, which features a bake sale, silent auction, door prizes, lunch and a variety of juried vendors offering paintings, jewelry, pottery and other one-of-a-kind handcrafted items. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Mesa East Clubhouse, 225 S. 74th St., Mesa, 480-437-0176.

November 22
Nutcracker Sweet Tea
Guests explore the Land of Sweets as they enjoy a light luncheon buffet, cookie decorating, storytelling and a performance by Ballet Etudes. 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. $15. Wright House Reception Center, 636 W. University Dr., Mesa, balletetudes.net, 480-558-2080.

November 22-23
Holiday Art Show
Artists of the Superstitions presents paintings, photography, jewelry, ceramics, and works in wood, fiber and glass. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Gold Canyon Golf Resort, 6100 S. Kings Ranch Rd., Gold Canyon, artistsofthesuperstitions.com, 602-758-7262.

November 23
Foodie Faire
Arizona Friends of Foster Care Children hosts this gourmet picnic on wheels featuring the finest in food truck cuisine, along with children’s activities, live entertainment and a silent auction. Noon-3 p.m. $35, includes four food and two drink tickets. Kierland Commons, 15205 N. Kierland Blvd., Scottsdale, 602-252-9445.

November 24-January 11
ZooLights
This grand holiday lighting event glows with more than 3.8 million lights and 700 light sculptures of animals as they swing through trees, hide in bushes, hop across lawns and sparkle in places where they are least expected. 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Call for ticket prices; advance purchase only. Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, phoenixzoo.org, 602-273-1341.

November 27
Thanksgiving Parade
Celebrate the holiday at the only Thanksgiving Day parade in the state. 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Free. Avenue of the Fountains, Fountain Hills, fountainhillschamber.com, 480-837-1654.

November 27
Turkey Trot
Nearly 1,200 people participate in this annual 5K run and 1-mile fitness walk. 7:30 a.m. Call for participation fees. Fountain Hills Community Center, 13001 N. La Montana Dr., Fountain Hills, fh.az.gov, 480-816-5100.

November 27-30
Auto Show
Sit behind the wheel, inspect the engines, kick the tires and even take a spin at the 2015-Model Arizona International Auto Show. The event features hundreds of new cars, trucks and crossovers, from high-end exotics to the newest electric rides. Th and Su, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; F-Sa, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. $11, adults; $7, seniors, military and children 7-12; free, children 6 and younger. Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N. Third St., Phoenix, autoshowphoenix.com, 602-262-6225.

November 28
Black Friday Market
More than 30 vendors showcase local, vintage and handmade items. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Cityscape, 1 E. Washington St., Phoenix, cityscapephoenix.com, 602-772-3900.

November 28-30
Carefree Art Festival    
Southwestern and Native American fine arts and crafts are showcased as Magic Bird Festivals presents this event. Live music and dance performances add to the festivities. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Carefree Desert Gardens, 101 Easy St., Carefree, magicbirdfestivals.com, 480-488-2014.

November 28-30
Ornament Marketplace
Distinctive holiday gifts and unique handmade ornaments created by American Indian artists are in the spotlight. F-Sa, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Su, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, heard.org, 602-252-8848.

November 28-December 30
Luminaria Festival
Thousands of traditional luminarias line garden trails, buildings and courtyards, casting a soft glow on the garden’s world-renowned plant collection as Las Noches de las Luminarias gets under way. A variety of musical groups performs each night. Nov. 28-29, Dec. 12-13, 19-23 and 26-30. 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. $30, adults; $12.50, children 3-12. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, dbg.org, 480-481-8188.

November 28-January 10    
Glendale Glitters
More than 1.5 million lights highlight this hometown holiday celebration, which illuminates 16 blocks of the historic downtown area. Opening celebration, Nov. 28-29, features holiday entertainment, a children’s winter wonderland and petting zoo, horse-drawn carriage rides and visits with St. Nick, plus a countdown to the lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 28. Light display continues nightly, with special events F-Sa through Dec. 20. 5 p.m.-11 p.m. Free. 58th and Glendale avenues, Glendale, glendaleaz.com/events, 623-930-2299.

November 29
Artists Market
Jewelry, ceramics, textiles, limited-edition prints and handcrafted gifts are in the spotlight as shoppers meet the artists and enjoy a free raffle. 1 p.m.-8 p.m. Free. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.

November 29-30
Gem & Mineral Show
The Wickenburg Gem and Mineral Society hosts this show, which features gems, minerals, beads, jewelry, rocks, fossils and door prizes. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Wrangler Event Center, 251 S. Tegner St., Wickenburg, 480-540-2318.

 

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