Thursday, October 23, 2014

SPECIAL EVENTS

Group Free

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 Exhibit
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.

October 1-4
Phoenix Fashion Week
This annual fashion extravaganza features established and emerging designer runway shows, seminars, designer- and model-of-the-year competitions, glitzy after-parties, a "Fashionably Pink" charity runway show benefiting Don't Be a Chump, Check for a Lump, and the event's signature Style Villa shopping experience. Call for times and ticket prices. Schumacher European Ltd., 18530 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale; and Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale, phoenixfashionweek.com, 888-591-2270.

October 2
Corner at the Creek
Guests enjoy live music, local artisans, and plenty to eat and drink at this inaugural event, which showcases top farmers, artists, bakeries and locally sourced products, complemented by a variety of food trucks. 3:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Free. Old elementary school lot across from Rare Earth Gallery, 6424 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek, 480-575-4360.

October 2
Scottsdale ArtWalk
Scottsdale Gallery Association celebrates the 40th anniversary of "America's Original ArtWalk" with a kickoff to the cultural high season. Artist demonstrations, receptions, food samplings and live music are among the highlights. 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Free. Main Street and Marshall Way, downtown Scottsdale, scottsdalegalleries.com.

October 2-6
The Moving Wall
The Estrella community hosts this half-size replica of the Washington, D.C., Vietnam Veterans Memorial, which is designed to honor the 2.7 million men and women who served in the U.S. military in Vietnam. Open 24 hours, noon Th through noon M, with opening ceremony, F, 9 a.m.; and closing ceremony, M, 9 a.m. Volunteers are available 8 a.m.-8 p.m. to help visitors find names on the wall. Free. Starpointe Residents Club, 17665 W. Elliott Rd., Goodyear, lifeinestrella.com, 623-386-1000.

October 2-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.

October 3
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.

October 3
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.

October 3-5
Fall Greek Festival
A Taste of Greece hosts this classic celebration of Greek food, dance and culture. Traditional foods are featured, from spanakopita to baklava, along with music, dance, children's activities and dance workshops. F, 5 p.m.-10 p.m.; Sa, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Su, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. $3, adults; free, children 11 and younger. St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church, 2716 N. Dobson Rd., Chandler, atasteofgreeceaz.com, 480-899-3330.

October 3-5
Prescott Studio Tour
This self-guided tour features more than 50 artists at 37 locations as they demonstrate and share their talents, including ceramics, woodworking, painting, jewelry making, mixed media, sculpture, fiber art and glass. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Various Prescott-area locations, prescottstudiotour.com, 928-445-2510.

October 3-31
Ales on Rails
Passengers enjoy specialty beers and an Oktoberfest-style luncheon as they ride aboard the historic Verde Canyon line. Th-Su, call for departure times and ticket prices. Verde Canyon Railroad, 300 N. Broadway Rd., Clarkdale, verdecanyonrr.com, 800-293-7245.

October 3-31
AZ Field of Screams
Watch out for the living dead in this haunted corn maze, which is planted over an old cemetery. F-Sa, 7 p.m.-11 p.m. $16. Arizona Field of Screams, 5726 N. 75th Ave., Glendale, azfieldofscreams.com, 623-386-1301.

October 4
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.

October 4
MASKer Aide Gala
Live entertainment, dancing, silent and live auctions, and awards presentations highlight this fundraising dinner, which benefits Mothers Awareness on School-age Kids. 6 p.m.-10:30 p.m. $175. Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, 7575 E. Princess Dr., Scottsdale, maskmatters.org, 480-502-5337.

October 4
Oktoberfest
This traditional celebration features an authentic German buffet, live music by several German bands, a Bavarian beer garden and wine tastings. The festive "Parents Night Out" benefits the parent teacher organizations of seven area schools. 6 p.m.-11 p.m. $25. Harold's Cave Creek Corral, 6895 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek, haroldscorral.com, 480-488-1906.

October 4
SanTan Brewing Oktoberfest
Dust off your lederhosen and dirndl for this celebration, which features an abundance of würstl, craft beer and good times. Highlights include a Bavarian-style beer garden featuring SanTan's Oktoberfest brew; entertainment by Reel Big Fish, 80 Proof and the Bad Cactus Brass Band; and a variety of contests, including beer pong, bag toss, keg stacking and tricycle races. 3 p.m.-11 p.m. $10, advance; $15, day of event. Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, 3 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler, santanoktoberfest.com, 602-276-2499.

October 4
Shopping Extravaganza
Guests enjoy lunch, live entertainment, wine and chocolate tastings, gift bags, discounts, prize giveaways and a silent auction. Proceeds support a variety of local charities. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. $20. Outlets at Anthem, 4250 W. Anthem Way, Phoenix, outletsatanthem.com, 623-465-9500.

October 4
Tour de Fat
Beer, bikes and bemusement are on tap as New Belgium Brewing hosts this event, which celebrates the power of two-wheeled transportation. Festivities kick off with a costumed bicycle parade that winds through city streets, followed by an afternoon of entertainment in the park. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Tempe Town Lake, 620 N. Mill Ave., Tempe, newbelgium.com, 888-NBB-4044.

October 4
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.

October 4
ZooWalk for Autism Research
Participants enjoy a 1.5-mile walk around the Phoenix Zoo while raising funds for ASU's Autism/Asperger Research Program. Registration includes a wrist band to enjoy all-day zoo admittance. 6:30 a.m. $25, adults; $15, teens; free, 12 and younger. Phoenix Municipal Stadium, 5999 E. Van Buren St., to Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, zoowalk.org, 480-831-2047.

October 4-5
Armenia Fest
Armenian culinary delights and wine are in the spotlight, complemented by music, dance, art and children's activities. Sa, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Su, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. $2, adults; free, children 12 and younger. St. Apkar Armenian Church, 8849 E. Cholla St., Scottsdale, saintapkar.com, 480-451-8171.

October 5
Behind the Flames
Scottsdale Firefighters Association hosts this dinner gala, which celebrates and honors firefighters while raising money for more than a dozen Valley charities. Fernanda Santos, New York Times Phoenix bureau chief; and Cory Hahn, ASU baseball and Arizona Diamondbacks draft pick, are keynote speakers. 5 p.m. $150. Dominick's Steakhouse, 15169 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, 480-510-6955.

October 5
Dish It Out
Celebrity chefs battle it out Iron Chef-style on central stages as guests enjoy specialties from more than 60 restaurants and vineyards. Hands-on cooking demonstrations and several entertainment areas add to the festivities. The culinary showdown benefits the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix. 5 p.m.-8 p.m., 4 p.m. VIP only. $75; $500 VIP. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, dishitoutaz.org, 602-954-8182.

October 5
Remembering Waylon
Memorable objects from Waylon Jennings' career are auctioned, from unpublished photographs and favorite stage outfits, to musical instruments and a handwritten letter to Jennings from John Lennon. Additional items from many of his fellow musicians and friends are featured as well, including Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Muhammad Ali. 1 p.m. $32, auction catalog. Items can be previewed Oct. 3-4, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, guernseys.com, 212-794-2280.

October 5
Taste of the Wild
Local restaurants, wineries and breweries share tastings from their menus. The event includes animal encounters, entertainment and a silent auction. 3 p.m.-7 p.m. $75. Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary, 1403 Heritage Park Rd., Prescott, heritageparkzoo.org, 928-778-4242.

October 5 and 12
bRUNch Running
Runners and walkers of all levels are invited to join this social club, which shares a healthy appetite for running and brunch. The group offers both 5K and 10K training runs each week, followed by brunch and post-run chatting. PHOENIX magazine is among the sponsors. A portion of proceeds benefits the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix. 9:30 a.m. $25, advance; $30, at the door. Oct. 5, OHSO Distillery, 15681 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale; and Oct. 12, SanTan Brewing Company, 8 S. San Marcos Pl., Chandler, brunchrunning.com.

October 6
Robin Roberts
The award-winning anchor of ABC's Good Morning America receives the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism as ASU hosts a celebratory luncheon. 11:30 a.m. $200. Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel, 340 N. Third St., Phoenix, 480-496-9444.

October 8
Dinner with a Spy
Guests share a clandestine meal while interrogating former CIA operatives about their exciting and often dangerous lives at this fundraiser for Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. The event begins with martinis (shaken not stirred) and a private curator-guided tour of Covert Operations: Investigating the Unknowns. 5:30 p.m. $150. SMoCA, 7374 E. Second St., Scottsdale, and Saguaro Hotel, 4000 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale, smoca.org, 480-499-TKTS.

October 10
Salud! Wine Dinner
A live auction, raffle, wine tasting and entertainment highlight this fundraising dinner gala for Gabriel's Angels, which provides healing pet therapy for abused, neglected and at-risk children. 6 p.m.-10 p.m. $250. Montelucia Resort & Spa, 4949 E. Lincoln Dr., Paradise Valley, gabrielsangels.org, 602-266-0875.

October 10
Taste of SanTan
Guests enjoy food tastings from SanTan Village restaurants, along with beverages, live entertainment, door prizes and raffle packages. The fundraiser benefits Save the Family Foundation of Arizona, which funds housing and support services for low-income, homeless and veteran families. 6 p.m.-9:30 p.m. $50 per person; $90 per couple; discount if purchased in advance. SanTan Village, 2218 E. Williams Field Rd., Gilbert, savethefamily.org, 480-466-7714.

October 10-11
Amethyst Mine Tour
Guests travel by helicopter as Sami Fine Jewelry hosts a private tour inside the Four Peaks Amethyst Mine. A souvenir stone is included for all guests. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. $395. Four Peaks, samifinejewelry.com, 480-837-8168.

October 10-12
Baklava and Ouzo
Get your Greek on at the 54th annual Greater Phoenix Greek Festival, which features authentic Greek food and drink, music, dancing, art and children's activities. F, 5 p.m.-10 p.m.; Sa, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Su, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. $3, adults; free, children 11 and younger. Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Community Center, 1973 E. Maryland Ave., Phoenix, phoenixgreekfestival.org, 602-264-2791.

October 10-November 2
Arizona State Fair
The fair rolls into town with an abundance of thrilling rides, midway games, animal exhibits, culinary competitions and anything-on-a-stick. Entertainers include Justin Moore, Sublime with Rome, Darius Rucker, Wiz Khalifa, John Fogerty, Barenaked Ladies, Josh Turner, Queens of the Stone Age, Old School Jam, and Dave Pratt's 1980 Something. Call for times and ticket prices. Arizona State Fairgrounds, 1826 W. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, azstatefair.com, 602-252-6771.

October 11
Dining Among the Dead
The Pioneers' Cemetery Association welcomes guests for a Victorian dinner party, one-man play and cemetery walk featuring live re-enactment characters in period dress. 5 p.m. $45. Pioneer & Military Memorial Park, 1317 W. Jefferson St., Phoenix, azhistcemeteries.org, 602-534-1262.

October 11
Evening of Goodwill
Guests are encouraged to wear denim and diamonds for this dinner under the stars, which honors those who support and have been impacted by the job preparation and placement programs of Goodwill of Arizona. 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. $150, or two for $275. Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, 7575 E. Princess Dr., Scottsdale, eveningofgoodwillaz.org, 602-535-4039.

October 11
Harvesting Our History
Pueblo Grande Museum celebrates its 85th anniversary at this dinner, which includes entertainment and a presentation on the history of the museum. 6 p.m.-9 p.m. $90. Pueblo Grande Museum, 4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix, pueblogrande.com, 602-495-0900.

October 11
Hope for Horses
Triple R Horse Rescue hosts this dinner gala with silent and live auctions, and entertainment by singer Mary Hoffman. Proceeds support the organization's mission to rescue, rehabilitate and relocate horses in its care. 5 p.m.-9 p.m. $75. Carefree Resort and Conference Center, 37220 Mule Train Rd., Carefree, triplerhorserescueaz.com, 602-999-0794.

October 11
Oktoberfest
A world of beers and brats awaits, along with live music, children's activities and interactive games. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. $10-$60. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, saltriverfields.com, 480-270-5000.

October 11
Rendez-Zoo
Guests enjoy a lakeside dinner prepared by chef Eddie Matney, as well as lively entertainment, intimate visits with zookeepers and animal ambassadors, and tasting delights from some of the Valley's most popular restaurants and wineries. Proceeds support conservation efforts, and the more than 1,400 animals that call the Phoenix Zoo home. 6 p.m.-11 p.m. $500. Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, phoenixzoo.org, 602-286-3855.

October 11
Rescue Rinse
The ReThinc Advertising team hosts this fifth-annual charity dog wash to benefit Lucky Dog Rescue. Breakfast treats, coffee and a silent auction are included. 9 a.m.-noon. Donations. ReThinc Advertising, 4714 N. 44th St., Phoenix, rethincadvertising.com, 480-268-9588.

October 11
Slam Dunk
Suns Charities 88 hosts this progressive street party, which tips off with a cocktail reception at US Airways Center; then moves to Central Avenue for a sit-down dinner. The event culminates back at the arena with dancing, dessert and live entertainment. 6 p.m. $188. US Airways Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, suns.com/slamdunk, 602-379-7767.

October 11
Wickenburg Fly-In
Aviation fans have a chance to chat with pilots who fly in throughout the morning for this event, which includes a pancake breakfast and exhibit of more than 70 classic cars. 7:30 a.m.-noon. Free. Wickenburg Municipal Airport, Highway 60, Wickenburg, wickenburgchamber.com, 928-684-0977.

October 11-12
Fall Plant Sale
A vast selection of arid-adapted plants is offered, plus planting and growing advice from garden horticulturists and volunteers. A used book sale, and a variety of specialty retailers offering unique pottery and other garden accessories are included. Phoenix Home & Garden is among the sponsors. Sa, 7 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Su, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, dbg.org, 480-941-1225.

October 11-12
Gems, Minerals & Jewelry
Gems, minerals, jewelry, fossils, geodes and jewelry-making supplies are showcased at the Huachuca Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Show. Sa, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; and Su, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Cochise College, 901 N. Colombo Ave., Sierra Vista, 520-249-1541.

October 11-12
Railfair 2014
Model train displays and railroad equipment are in the spotlight, with entertainment adding to the festivities. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free admission; $2, train and carousel rides. McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, 7301 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale, therailroadpark.com, 480-312-2312.

October 11-25
Walk for MS
Participants follow one- to two-mile routes while raising funds to find a cure, and provide services and programs for Arizonans with multiple sclerosis. Oct. 11, 9:30 a.m., Westgate Entertainment District, 6770 N. Sunset Blvd., Glendale; Oct. 18, 10 a.m., Yavapai Community College, 1100 E. Sheldon St., Prescott; and Oct. 25, 9:30 a.m., Desert Breeze Park, 660 N. Desert Breeze Blvd., Chandler. $100, suggested fundraising goal, walkmsarizona.org, 480-455-3954.

October 12
Race for the Cure
The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation hosts this 22nd annual fundraiser, which includes a survivors' parade, and noncompetitive 1-mile or 5K course to walk or run. 6:30 a.m. $15-$40. Cesar Chavez Plaza, 251 W. Washington St., Phoenix, komencanaz.org, 602-346-CURE.

October 15-16
Taste of Cave Creek
This culinary event features a wine and craft beer garden, tequila tastings, margarita challenge, two stages of live music, art exhibit and sale by Sonoran Arts League, and specialties from more than 25 restaurants. 5 p.m.-10 p.m. $10; plus $2-$5 for food tastings. Stagecoach Village, 7100 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek, tasteofcavecreek.com, 480-488-1400.

October 16
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.

October 16
Jerry Foster
A pioneer in the field of news helicopter pilots and author of Earthbound Misfit, Foster is guest of honor at this Meet and Greet event. 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Free. House of Broadcasting, 7150 E. Fifth Ave., Scottsdale, houseofbroadcasting.com, 602-944-1997.

October 16, 18
Soleri Film Screening
Guests enjoy a screening of The Vision of Paolo Soleri: Prophet in the Desert, an American documentary on the life and work of the late Italian architect and environmentalist. Th, 6 p.m.; Sa, 11 a.m. Free. Scottsdale Civic Center Library, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale, 480-312-7323.

October 16-19
Key to the Cure
Local and national women's cancer charities benefit as Saks Fifth Avenue donates 2 percent of sales from this charity shopping weekend. Celebrated New York designers Marcus Wainwright and David Neville of rag & bone have created a limited-edition unisex T-shirt for the event. PHOENIX magazine and Phoenix Home & Garden are among the sponsors. Call for store hours. Saks Fifth Avenue, 2446 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, 602-955-8000; and Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, 5000 Arizona Mills Circle, Tempe, 480-838-5708; and 4976 Premium Outlet Way, Chandler, 480-639-1870, saks.com.

October 17
Anam Cara Awards
Guests enjoy Irish food, song and dance, as well as silent and live auctions as this dinner gala honors Sen. John McCain and Janice Bryson. 6 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Irish Cultural Center, 1106 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, azirishlibrary.org, 602-258-0109.

October 17
Applause! Gala
This fundraising dinner supports Phoenix Theatre's work both on and off its stages. A cocktail reception, auction and musical tribute to the company's 2014 honorees are included. 5:30 p.m. $500. Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, phoenixtheatre.com/gala, 602-889-5290.

October 17
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.

October 17
Empty Bowls Project
Guests select a handcrafted ceramic or glass bowl, fill it with a donated pasta lunch by Carefree Resort & Villas, and then keep the bowl as a lasting reminder of world hunger. A silent auction and boutique are included. Proceeds benefit Foothills Food Bank and Resource Center. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $15. Carefree Town Center, Easy Street and Hum Drive, Carefree, sonoranartsleague.org, 480-488-1145.

October 17
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.

October 17
INFOCUS PhotoBid 2014
More than 50 museum-quality photographic prints and photography books by critically acclaimed photographers are featured at this event. Proceeds benefit photography exhibitions and educational programming at Phoenix Art Museum. A preview exhibition of images to be featured runs Oct. 4-17; bids can be made online. 6 p.m.-9 p.m. $35, advance; $40, at the door. Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, photobid14.auction-bid.org, 602-257-1222.

October 17
Spotlight on Success
One Community hosts this luncheon honoring LGBT business and community leaders for their commitment to diversity. The event begins with a business expo, and concludes with a cocktail reception and opportunity for networking. 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. $100. Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel, 340 N. Third St., Phoenix, onecommunity.co, 480-355-0088.

October 17
Taste of the Town
Guests enjoy an evening under the stars with fine cuisine, wine and spirits, as well as live music and a silent auction. Proceeds benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. PHOENIX magazine is among the sponsors. 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Scottsdale Quarter, 15279 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, tasteofthetownaz.com, 480-753-9084.

October 18
Book Signing
Guests enjoy refreshments, music by Gail Starr, cowboy poetry by Gary Penny and an opportunity to meet renowned cowboy artist Marless Fellows, author of A Handshake Is Enough – The Cowboy Way Through Art and Poetry. 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Free. Saddle Up Gallery, 6140 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek, 480-577-8426.

October 18
Cars for Charity
Our Lady of Joy and the Knights of Columbus host this annual event, which showcases approximately 100 domestic and foreign sports cars, muscle cars, hot rods, sedans, trucks, and antique and restored vehicles. Food, music, raffle drawings and a marketplace featuring car accessories, crafts, jewelry and specialty items are included. 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Free. Our Lady of Joy Catholic Church, 36811 N. Pima Rd., Carefree, carshowscottsdale.com, 480-488-7006.

October 18
Moondance Gala
This benefit dinner gala honors past chairs of the Heard Museum board of trustees for their leadership and achievements in growing and strengthening the museum over the past 85 years. 6 p.m.-10 p.m. $500. Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, heard.org, 602-251-0245.

October 18
Oktoberfest for Parkinson's
Hoist your stein as the Arizona Chapter of the American Parkinson's Disease Association presents this 10th annual event, which includes a German-style buffet, restaurant samples, fine ales and wines, a raffle and silent auction. 5 p.m.-9 p.m. $25, advance; $35, at the door. High Street, 5415 E. High St., Phoenix, baehrchallenge.org, 480-330-0805.

October 18
Pet Blessing
Three ministers are on hand to conduct benedictions for all types of pets, as well as stuffed animals. A brief introductory message, and people and pet refreshments are included. 10 a.m.-noon. Free. First Congregational Church, 1421 N. Second St., Phoenix, 602-956-8198.

October 18
Rare Fruit Plant Sale
Tropical and exotic fruiting trees, plants and herbs are available at this event hosted by Arizona Rare Fruit Growers and Arizona Herb Association. Classes on fruit tree care also are offered, as well as a grafting clinic. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Maricopa County Cooperative Extension, 4341 E. Broadway Rd., Phoenix, azrfg.org, 602-827-8200.

October 18-19
Arizona Taco Festival
Guests enjoy $2 tacos in chicken, pork, beef, seafood, veggie, dessert and anything-goes varieties, as well as salsa, guacamole and other related Mexican fare, as more than 50 teams compete for the title of Best Taco Grand Champion. Live music, a tequila expo, Chihuahua beauty pageant, food contests and Lucha Libre wrestling are included. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, aztacofestival.com, 480-270-5000.

October 18-19
Orchids in Art
The Orchid Society of Arizona hosts this annual show and sale featuring hundreds of flowering varieties, educational displays and growing supplies, as well as ceramics, paintings and decorative items. Sa, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Su, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Free. Arizona State Veteran Home, 4141 S. Herrera Way, Phoenix, orchidsocietyaz.org, 602-451-5952.

October 18-19
Women's Expo
Fashion and beauty are in the spotlight at the Arizona's Ultimate Women's Expo, which showcases an array of complimentary spa services, plus celebrity appearances, cocktail and wine tastings, and cooking and design demonstrations. Nancy Grace is keynote speaker. Sa, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Su, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $5-$10. Phoenix Convention Center, 111 N. Third St., Phoenix, azwomensexpo.com, 866-618-3434.

October 18-25
Sedona Plein-Air Festival
Thirty-one award-winning artists participate in this annual event, which celebrates painting in open air. Highlights include artist demonstrations and workshops, artists' showcase, a "quick draw" event, wine tasting, live auction, and "paint out" on Main Street, during which artists have a limited time to set up at various locations and create their masterpieces. Call for times, ticket prices and Sedona locations, sedonapleinairfestival.com, 928-282-3809.

October 18, 25
Dance Parties
Hillcrest Dance and Social Club of Sun City West hosts a catered dinner and OctoberFest dance, Oct. 18, 5 p.m.-10 p.m.; and Halloween dance party, Oct. 25, 7 p.m.-10 p.m., with dessert buffet and costume contest. Both events include 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.

October 19
Art in the Olive Grove
Artists of the Superstitions presents a day of fine art, entertainment and wine tasting. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Queen Creek Olive Mill, 25062 S. Meridian Rd., Queen Creek, artistsofthesuperstitions.com, 480-888-9290.

October 21-22
Outstanding in the Field
Foodies, friends and fans of the farm-to-table movement gather as diners, farmers and chefs celebrate living off the land, local food sources, and the camaraderie and community building that come with doing so. The pop-up dinner concept, which showcases the talents of executive chef Gio Osso and farmer Erich Schultz, includes a five-course outdoor dinner, wines and farm tour. 2 p.m.-6:45 p.m. $205. The Farm at Agritopia, 3000 E. Ray Rd., Gilbert, outstandinginthefield.com.

October 22
ATHENA Awards
The Greater Phoenix Chamber hosts an awards luncheon to honor Valley businesswomen for excellence in business and leadership, dedication to the community, and support and mentorship of other women. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $75-$85. Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, 2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix, phoenixchamber.com/athena, 602-495-2182.

October 23-26
Great Pumpkin Festival
Take a hayride to the garden's pumpkin patch, where children 12 and younger can pick their own free pumpkin. Highlights include a hay bale maze, petting zoo, carnival games, and live entertainment. Th-F, 8:30 a.m.-noon; Sa-Su, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. $22, adults; $20, seniors; $12, students with ID; $10, children 3-12. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, dbg.org, 480-941-1225.

October 24-25
Balloon Spooktacular
More than 20 hot-air balloons light up the sky at this Halloween celebration. Trick or treating, live music, children's activities, a petting zoo, costume contest, haunted house, tethered hot-air balloon rides and fireworks are included. 5 p.m.-10 p.m. $10, adults; $5, children. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, saltriverfields.com, 480-270-5000.

October 24-25
Watchtoberfest
Guests can buy, sell or trade fine watches as they mingle with watch connoisseurs and manufacturers' representatives from many of the finest Swiss and German watchmakers. The 11th annual event showcases rare, exotic and complicated timepieces. F, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sa, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. E.D. Marshall Jewelers, 10261 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, edmarshalljewelers.com.

October 25
Cave Creek Wicked
This Halloween celebration features a zombie walk, bike ride, petting zoo, music, trick or treating, arts and crafts, and costume contests for kids, pets and horses. Guests also enjoy complimentary transportation to local saloons for staggered costume contests, specialty cocktails and prizes. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and 7 p.m.-2 a.m. Free. West end of Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek, cavecreekwicked.com, 602-400-3330.

October 25
Corks and Collars
Market Street Kitchen provides culinary delights for this fundraiser, which includes wine and beer tastings, live music, raffle items and a silent auction. Proceeds offset medical expenses incurred by the nonprofit Desert Labrador Retriever Rescue. 3 p.m.-6 p.m. $35. Market Street at DC Ranch, 20555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, corksandcollars.org, 480-390-6463.

October 25
Fall Rhythm Fest
Local bands entertain at this event, which includes children's activities and fireworks. 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Free. Tumbleweed Park, 745 E. Germann Rd., Chandler, 480-782-2735.

October 25
Food & Family Fun
The International Surgical Foundation hosts this fundraising dinner featuring bowling, billiards, arcade games, children's activities and a silent auction. Proceeds benefit the International Surgical Foundation's humanitarian missions. 5 p.m.-9 p.m. $75; $250 for four. Dave & Buster's, 21001 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix, surgicalcharities.org, 480-656-4048.

October 25
Halloween ComicFest
Adults and children can get free Halloween and horror themed comics and mini comics as local stores celebrate comics, comic shops and pop culture. Visit halloweencomicfest.com for participating retailers and events.

October 25
High Desert Golf Classic
Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce hosts this tournament, which features a four-person scramble format. 12:30 p.m. $65. Wickenburg Country Club Golf Course, 1420 Country Club Dr., Wickenburg, wickenburgchamber.com, 928-684-5479.

October 25
NiteFlite Gala
Guests enjoy a Rat Pack theme as Scottsdale Active 20-30 Club presents this event, which features Rat Pack impersonators, live entertainment, classic cars, signature dishes from the Valley's finest restaurants, and an auction. Proceeds benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale, and Boys Hope Girls Hope of Arizona. 6:30 p.m.-midnight. $150. High Street, 5415 E. High St., Phoenix, scottsdale2030.org/niteflite.

October 25
R.A.T. Race AZ
Designed to unite organizations working to help victims of sex trafficking, the Run Against Trafficking (R.A.T.) Race is a 5K run/walk. 9 a.m. $30. Reach 11 Sports Complex, 2425 E. Deer Valley Rd., Phoenix, ratraceaz.org, 602-448-5959.

October 25
Stars of the Season
Linkin Park provides entertainment at this fundraising dinner soiree, which benefits Banner Health Foundation's Cardon Children's Medical Center. A silent auction is included. 6 p.m. $500. Montelucia Resort & Spa, 4949 E. Lincoln Dr., Paradise Valley, 602-747-GIVE.

October 25
TASTE
Guests sip, sample and indulge as more than 30 East Valley restaurants share their specialties. Live entertainment adds to the fun. 6 p.m.-10 p.m. $65, advance; $80, day of event. Downtown Ocotillo, 2855 W. Queen Creek Rd., Chandler, tastechandler.com, 602-276-2499.

October 25-26
Scottsdale Polo Championships
Horses and horsepower are in the spotlight at this high-energy polo party and car extravaganza, which features several polo matches, skills challenges, an art auction, entertainment and a "Dog & Pony Fashion Show." Sneak previews of the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show, Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction and Phoenix International Raceway events also are included. Call for times. Tickets start at $15. WestWorld, 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, thepoloparty.com, 480-495-3806.

October 26
AIDS Walk Arizona
Open to walkers, runners, dogs and teams, this 5K event benefits 17 agencies that provide programs to prevent HIV/AIDS or assist those living with the disease. 7 a.m. $30-$40. Third Avenue and Washington Street, Phoenix, aidswalkaz.org, 602-882-8675.

October 26
Amazing Race – Wig Out!
Teams compete in unique challenges at this family-friendly event, which benefits Don't Be a Chump, Check for a Lump. Participants are encouraged to wear wild and wacky wigs, with prizes for the team that most creatively "wigs out." 3 p.m.-6 p.m. $40-$50; advance registration only. Scottsdale Waterfront, Stetson Drive, west of Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, checkforalump.com, 602-354-2930.

October 26
Arizona Hemophilia Walk
Family, friends, and community and corporate teams walk in honor and memory of those whose lives have been affected by bleeding disorders at this 5K noncompetitive walk. Registration includes a wrist band to enjoy all-day zoo admittance. 7 a.m. $25 minimum donation; free, children 17 and younger. Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, arizonahemophilia.org, 602-955-3947.

October 26
Dia de los Muertos
A celebration of life, this family-friendly festival features traditional music and dance, children's activities, folk arts and crafts, ethnic foods and a candlelight procession. 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Free. Margaret T. Hance Park, 1201 N. Third St., Phoenix, diadelosmuertosphx.com, 480-834-5731.

October 26
Savor the Symphony
Cheyenne Jackson headlines this women's luncheon, which benefits The Phoenix Symphony's music education programs. The event includes a private rehearsal with the singer/songwriter, and a luncheon prepared by chef Bernie Kantak of The Gladly and Citizen Public House. 11 a.m. $200. Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix, phoenixsymphony.org, 602-495-1999.

October 29-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.

October 30
Cuisine and Culture
Guests learn about the secrets and cultural traditions of Dia de los Muertos. The event features Zarco Guerrero, acclaimed multimedia artist and community art advocate, discussing the history and customs of the holiday, followed by a sit-down dinner catered by Rosita's Place. 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. $69. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, dbg.org, 480-941-1225.

October 31
Fundraising Luncheon
Entertainment by Joel Robin and Delphine Cortez highlights this event hosted by Brandeis National Committee. Proceeds benefit the Sustaining the Mind Campaign, which funds research to help find a cure for neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and autism. 11 a.m. $60. Montelucia Resort & Spa, 4949 E. Lincoln Dr., Paradise Valley, 602-809-5100.

October 31-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.

October 31-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.

 

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