Friday, August 01, 2014

SPECIAL EVENTS

Group Free

Through August 30
Bring a Flashlight
Guests experience a magical twilight adventure during self-paced Flashlight Tours, which provide an opportunity to see, hear and feel the desert night, including nighthawks, snakes, insects and night-blooming flowers. Th and Sa, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, dbg.org, 480-941-1225.

Through August 30
Fireworks Frenzy
Fireworks light up the sky every Saturday night. 9 p.m. Free for resort, spa and dinner guests. Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, 7575 E. Princess Dr., Scottsdale, scottsdaleprincess.com, 480-585-2706.

Through September 2
Sweat Your Asana Off
Yoga aficionados pack the rooftop pool deck to sweat and stretch in the Phoenix heat at this weekly event. Tu, 6 p.m.-7 p.m. $10 (includes $5 food and beverage credit to Lustre Rooftop Garden). Hotel Palomar Phoenix, 2 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, 602-253-6633. Space is limited; reserve a spot at eventbrite.com (Lustre Yoga).

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.

August 1
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.

August 1
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.

August 1-3
Sedona Hummingbird Festival
Educational presentations, garden tours, sunrise breakfasts, banding demonstrations and birding trips are included as this event coincides with Sedona’s peak hummingbird migration season. Call for times and ticket prices. Sedona Red Rock High School, 995 Upper Red Rock Loop Rd., Sedona, hummingbirdsociety.org, 800-529-3699.

August 1, 23
Night Golf
Golfers can keep the game going after sundown, as the course is lined with glow lights, and glow balls are provided. The game follows a four-person scramble format. 7 p.m. $25; preregistration required. Palo Verde Golf Course, 6215 N. 15th Ave., Phoenix, 602-249-9930.

August 2
Iris Rhizome Sale
The Prescott Area Iris Society hosts this annual event, featuring a large selection of irises for sale in all colors of the rainbow. A portion of the proceeds supports Sharlot Hall Museum, horticultural education in public schools, the iris gardens at Yavapai College Sculpture Gardens and the Citizens Cemetery Restoration Project. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. 17618 Foothill Rd., Yarnell, prescottirissociety.org, 602-300-5791.

August 2
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.

August 2
Phoenix Dinocon
This dinosaur fan convention celebrates the facts, fantasy and fun of dinosaurs, offering guests a chance to interact with dinosaur pop-culture experts, and purchase dinosaur art and products from local artists. 3 p.m.-9 p.m. $5. Phoenix Center for the Arts, 1202 N. Third St., Phoenix, phxdinocon.com, 602-301-8703.

August 2
Suvoyuki Day
This open house celebrates partners who have helped to protect and save Homolovi area archaeological and cultural sites from destruction. Archaeological site tours, artist demonstrations, dance performances and a corn-roasting pit are among the highlights. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Homolovi State Park, five miles northeast of Winslow, azstateparks.com, 928-289-4106.

August 7-9
Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering
Stories of the working cowboy are in the spotlight as more than 50 cowboy poets and singers entertain and amuse with a blend of traditional and contemporary poetry and music. Dave Stamey, Mary Kaye and Kristyn Harris are among the featured performers. Call for times, ticket prices and Prescott venues, azcowboypoets.org, 928-713-6323.

August 8, 22
Fridays in the Park
Live entertainment, movies, food trucks, libations, games and art exhibitions are among the highlights. 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Free. AEE Building within Civic Space Park, 424 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, 602-262-7424.

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August 9
Ancient Ales, Modern Science
This summer party draws Valley beer connoisseurs for a celebration of Egyptian art, culture and science, including the history of beer and how Egyptian culture shaped the modern processes used today. Presentations from craft brewing experts, artists and those knowledgeable about Egyptian culture are included, as well as access to the exhibition, Lost Egypt: Ancient Secrets, Modern Science. PHOENIX magazine is among the sponsors. 7 p.m.-11 p.m. $50. Arizona Science Center, 600 E. Washington St., Phoenix, azscience.org, 602-716-2000.

August 9
ASID Design Excellence Awards
The American Society of Interior Designers, Arizona North Chapter, salutes top interior designers at the 2014 Design Excellence Awards dinner, with categories that include residential, commercial, hospitality, health care, sustainability and product design. PHOENIX magazine and Phoenix Home & Garden are among the sponsors of the celebration, which has a Film Noir theme. 5 p.m. $125. The Phoenician, 6000 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale, asidaznorth.org, 602-569-8916.

August 9
Bullhead City River Regatta
Dozens of teams on inner tubes and creative, outlandish floating vessels assemble to drift the river in the world’s largest river float. The three- to four-hour, nine-mile journey concludes at Rotary Park. 7 a.m.-noon departure from Davis Camp and Bullhead Community Park, Bullhead City, bullheadregatta.com, 855-YA-GOTTA. Call for fees and pre- and post-float activities.

August 9-10
Art Festival
Nearly 140 top artists and artisans from throughout the West share their creations as Mountain Artists Guild hosts its 64th annual Fine Art & Crafts Festival. Artist demonstrations and children’s activities are included, along with entertainment by Terry Furlong, former lead of The Grass Roots, and his new band, Re-Rooted. Sa, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Su, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Courthouse Plaza, 100 Gurley St., Prescott, mountainartistsguild.org, 928-445-2510.

August 9, 23
Rockin’ Through the Decades
Sun City West Dance for the Health of It Club hosts this dance featuring hits from the ’50s to the ’80s with deejay Kort Kurdi. 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. $6. RH Johnson Social Hall, 19803 RH Johnson Blvd., Sun City West, scwdanceforhealth.com, 602-679-4220.

August 10
Sip ’n’ Stroll
This sophisticated bar crawl takes guests to 10 locations in historic Downtown Flagstaff, with a signature drink and food pairing at each stop. Proceeds benefit Soroptimist International of the Arizona Peaks. 1 p.m.-5 p.m. $40 advance; $50 at the door. Check-in at National Bank parking lot, 211 N. Leroux St., Flagstaff, siazpeaks.com, 928-380-6837.

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August 10
Zoo by Moonlight
Bring a flashlight or purchase one at the gift shop; then explore the zoo and its nocturnal animals by the light of the moon. 8 p.m.-9:30 p.m. $5; free, ages 2 and younger. Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary, 1403 Heritage Park Rd., Prescott, heritageparkzoo.org, 928-778-4242.

August 10, 24
Summer Cocktail Camp
Sip on some of the summer’s most refreshing mixed drinks as celebrity bartenders join Brian Goodwin of The Gladly and Brandon Casey of Citizen Public House for a series of cocktail-crafting classes. Craig Outhier, editor of PHOENIX magazine, is emcee. Featured bartenders include Josh James of The Clever Koi, Aug. 10; and Adam Hargrett, The Local, Aug. 24. 1 p.m. $30 (includes three to four cocktails and recipes). The Gladly, 2201 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, 602-759-8132.

August 16
Wet & Wild Water Day
Water games and attractions, animal feedings, aquatic animal encounters and a splashy bounce house are among the highlights. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $8, adults; $5, children 3-12; free, children 2 and younger. Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary, 1403 Heritage Park Rd., Prescott, heritageparkzoo.org, 928-778-4242.

August 21
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.

August 22
Annual Arts Preview
Guests enjoy free performances by resident companies of Tempe Center for the Arts, sample free appetizers from Atlasta Catering and listen to a singer from the Songwriters’ Showcase. 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Free. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, tempe.gov/tca, 480-350-2822.

August 22
Cowboy Ciao Alumni Dinner
An all-star cast of 13 chefs and 20 sommeliers/mixologists comes together for a reception and five-course, wine- and cocktail-paired dinner. A portion of proceeds benefits UMOM New Day Centers. 6 p.m. $125; reservations required. Cowboy Ciao, 7133 E. Stetson Dr., Scottsdale, cowboyciao.com, 480-946-3111.

August 23
Prickly Pear Festival
This culinary event celebrates the ripe cactus fruits, which are at their peak in August. Highlights include a guided desert walk to learn more about the edible prickly pear, a pancake breakfast with prickly pear syrup, prickly pear dishes showcased at local restaurants, and classes that teach participants how to pick, de-spine and prepare the forbidden fruits. Home brewers also can learn how to make wine and pale ale with prickly pear juice. Call for times, ticket prices and Superior locations, superiorarizonachamber.org, 520-689-0200.

August 29
Good ’N Plenty
Guests enjoy sweet treats and coffee while watching off-the-wall, entertaining presentations by innovative Arizona artists and trailblazers vying for the Good ’N Plenty award. The evening culminates with the audience casting its votes for the live presentations to determine who will win the opportunity to fund their project. 7 p.m. $10. Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 7374 E. Second St., Scottsdale, smoca.org, 480-499-TKTS.

 

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