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Through December 31
Octopus Hideout
Some of the ocean’s brainiest creatures are on exhibit in this traveling display that features five tanks of cephalopods (meaning “head foot” because their heads are attached to their feet), including the Pacific octopus, common cuttlefish, chambered nautilus, dwarf cuttlefish and mantis shrimp. Call for times and ticket prices. Arizona Sea Life Aquarium, 5000 S. Arizona Mills Circle, Tempe,, 480-478-7600.

October 1-3
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 and the event’s signature Style Villa shopping experience. Call for times and ticket prices. Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale,

October 1-31
Pumpkin & Chili Party
Hayrides, pig races, carousel rides, marshmallow roasts, bonfires, 4- and 10-acre corn mazes, a petting zoo, pumpkin patch, roller coaster, BMX stunt show and craft activities are among the highlights. Th-Su, call for times. $15-$18. Schnepf Farms, 24810 S. Rittenhouse Rd., Queen Creek,, 480-987-3100.

October 1-31
Taliesin Tours
Dedicated to conserving the work of Frank Lloyd Wright and advancing the principles of organic architecture, The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation hosts a variety of tours, including a 90-minute Insights tour, one-hour Panorama tour, two-hour Night Lights on the Desert tour, one-hour photography tour and 90-minute Junior Architect tour. Call for dates, times and costs. Taliesin West, 12621 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., Scottsdale,, 888-516-0811.

October 2
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,, 602-256-7539.

October 2
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 2
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. PHOENIX magazine is among the sponsors. 6:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. $300. Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia, 4949 E. Lincoln Dr., Scottsdale,, 602-266-0875.

October 2-4
Prescott Studio Tour
This self-guided tour features more than 55 artists at 38 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,, 928-445-2510.

October 2-14
Take a Seat
Members of the International Furnishings and Design Association, Arizona Chapter, have turned ordinary chairs into works of art for this chair exhibition and auction. The chairs are on display Oct. 2-13, in the lobby outside Dillard’s and Neiman Marcus at Scottsdale Fashion Square, Scottsdale and Camelback roads in Scottsdale, followed by a cocktail party and live auction of the chairs Oct. 14, 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., $50, at J. Levine Auction & Appraisal, 10345 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, Proceeds benefit Military Assistance Mission.

October 3
AZ Cancer Village Fun Run
Three local nonprofits join forces to assist cancer patients in need. Featuring a 5K run, 1-mile fun run and festival with live music, vendors and cancer resources, the fundraiser benefits Singleton Moms; Don’t Be a Chump! Check for a Lump; and The Joy Bus. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. $25, adults; $10, children and survivors. Steele Indian School Park, 300 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix,, 602-354-2930.

October 3
Date Night
The City of Scottsdale hosts this event, which features food trucks, music, stadium tours, free massages and a movie on the field. 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Free. Scottsdale Stadium, 7408 E. Osborn Rd., Scottsdale, 480-312-0217.

October 3
Heels for Healing
New and like-new designer heels and handbags are offered for a fraction of the cost, with proceeds benefiting at-risk girls and young women in the Valley served by Florence Crittenton. The event includes a fast-paced, high-heel relay race called the Diva Dash, where guests have the chance to create a team, dress up and race to the finish line. Diva Dash, 8 a.m.; VIP shopping, 9 a.m.; public access, 10 a.m. $25 for dash and VIP shopping. Flo’s on Seventh, 4116 N. Seventh Ave., Phoenix,, 602-288-4555.

October 3
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,, 480-532-1991.

October 3
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,, 928-634-0774.

October 3
Relay for Life
Teams walk the track in support of the American Cancer Society. 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Donations. Mountain Vista Club, Vistancia, 29701 N. Sunrise Point, Peoria,, 602-778-7694.

October 3
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 Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers; and a variety of contests, including beer pong, bag toss, keg stacking and tricycle races. 3 p.m.-11 p.m. $10-$12, advance; $15, day of event; $75 VIP. Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, 3 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler,, 602-276-2499.

October 3
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. Bring a leash as all dogs are spayed or neutered, vaccinated and ready to go home on the spot. 8:45 a.m. $6 per vehicle park entry fee. Merkle Trailhead, Usery Mountain Regional Park, 3939 N. Usery Pass Way, Mesa,, 480-984-0032.

October 3-4
Armenian culinary delights, wine and cognac are in the spotlight, complemented by music, dance, children’s activities, an art exhibit and gift boutique. 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,, 480-451-8171.

October 3-4
Old Congress Days
A salute to the ranching and mining community of Congress, this celebration includes a parade, gymkhana, fine-art show, bake sale, beer garden, dance, gold panning, live music, children’s games and cowboy church. Call for times. Free. Community Center, 26750 S. Santa Fe Rd., Congress, 928-427-9637.

October 3-31
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,, 480-251-1769.

October 4
Taste of the Wild
Arizona restaurants, wineries and breweries share tastings from their menus. The event includes entertainment, a silent auction and behind-the-scenes visits with the animals. 3 p.m.-7 p.m. $75. Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary, 1403 Heritage Park Rd., Prescott,, 928-778-4242.

October 4
Walk for Hope
City of Hope hosts this annual 5K, which supports breast cancer research. Participants enjoy free admission to the Phoenix Zoo after the walk. 6:30 a.m. $30, adults; $20, children. Salt River Project, 1600 N. Priest Dr., Tempe,, 602-340-8871.

October 5
State of the State
Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations welcomes Gov. Doug Ducey for the 2015 International State of the State luncheon, which focuses on international economic, business and political engagement between Arizona and the world. Kurt Volker, executive director of The McCain Institute for International Leadership, is moderator. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. $75. Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, 2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix, 602-441-4967.

October 6, 20
Yoga in the Rainforest
Participants enjoy the beauty of butterflies while being guided through a series of yoga postures that build strength and flexibility. 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. $20. Butterfly Wonderland, 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale,, 480-800-3000.

October 9
Connections of Hope
Celebrating Arizona youth while raising funds for Teen Lifeline, this dinner gala includes entertainment, and live and silent auctions. 6 p.m.-11 p.m. $250. Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia, 4949 E. Lincoln Dr., Scottsdale,, 602-248-8337.

October 9-11
Get Your Greek On
The 55th annual Phoenix Greek Festival features music, dancing, art, children’s activities and plenty of authentic Greek food and drink, from baklava and gyros to ouzo. 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,, 602-264-2791.

October 9-11
Tempe Oktoberfest
Live entertainment, children’s activities, polka dancing and wiener dog races are featured, along with beer and wine gardens, and plenty of bratwurst, sauerkraut and strudel. The Frank Kush Youth Foundation is the beneficiary of 5K, 10K and 1-mile races. F, 5 p.m.-midnight; Sa, 10 a.m.-midnight; Su, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Tempe Beach Park, 80 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe,

October 10
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,, 602-535-4039.

October 10
NiteFlite Gala
Scottsdale Active 20-30 Club presents this block party, which features live entertainment, classic cars, signature dishes from the Valley’s finest restaurants, and a raffle. Proceeds benefit more than a dozen children’s charities. 6:30 p.m. $150. Old Town Scottsdale, southeast of Camelback and Scottsdale roads, Scottsdale, Festivities kick off with a golf tournament, Oct. 9, 10 a.m., $500, Camelback Golf Club, 7847 N. Mockingbird Ln., Scottsdale.

October 10
Guests enjoy a lakeside dinner, as well as lively entertainment, intimate visits with zookeepers, silent and live auctions, and tasting delights from some of the Valley’s most popular restaurants and wineries. Proceeds from this Night of the Tiger support conservation efforts, and the more than 1,400 animals that call the Phoenix Zoo home. 6 p.m.-10:30 p.m. $500. Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix,, 602-914-4362.

October 10
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 a.m.-noon. Free. Wickenburg Municipal Airport, Highway 60, Wickenburg,, 928-684-5479.

October 10-11
Fall Plant Sale
More than 30,000 plants – including cacti, succulents, trees, shrubs, groundcover, perennials, herbs, vegetables and unusual plants of all sizes – are showcased. Garden volunteers and staff horticulturists are on hand to answer questions, assist in plant selections and offer advice. 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,, 480-941-1225.

October 10-11
Railfair 2015
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,, 480-312-2312.

October 10-11
Sedona Arts Festival
More than 125 juried artists from across the country share works in ceramics, glass, jewelry, metal, mixed media, painting, photography and wood at this 25th-annual cultural celebration. Live music, an interactive KidsZone, and locally produced and packaged gourmet food items are included. Sa, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Su, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $10-$12, adults; free, children 12 and younger. Sedona Red Rock High School, 995 Upper Red Rock Loop Rd., West Sedona,, 928-204-9456.

October 11
Race for the Cure
The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation hosts this 23rd annual fundraiser, which includes a survivors’ ceremony, and 1-mile or 5K course to walk or run. 6:45 a.m. $20-$40. Cesar Chavez Plaza, 251 W. Washington St., Phoenix,, 602-544-2873.

October 11
Tour de Scottsdale
Hundreds of cyclists take to the streets for this 12th-annual 30-mile and 70-mile race, which travels around Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve and benefits the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy. 5 a.m. $80-$150. Market Street at DC Ranch, 20555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale,, 480-538-3540.

October 13
Debbie Gaby’s Celebrity Catwalk
Pretty in Pink is the theme as local celebrities and community leaders model fashions from Dillard’s during this fundraiser hosted by Sleep America Charities. The luncheon includes a live auction as well as the sale of pretty-in-pink dream boxes filled with surprise gifts. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $175. Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia, 4949 E. Lincoln Dr., Scottsdale,, 602-821-6000.

October 13-June 30
Easter Rising Exhibit
Rare photos, papers and other objects are on display in Remembering the Easter Rising: Historical Context and Cultural Legacy. The exhibit marks the 100th anniversary of this historic period in 1916, which ultimately led to Irish independence. Call for times. $10, adults; $5, children. McClelland Irish Library, Irish Cultural Center, 1106 N. Central Ave., Phoenix,, 602-864-2351.

October 15
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,, 602-468-6470.

October 15-18
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 fashion designer Jason Wu has created a limited-edition T-shirt for the event, with 100 percent of shirt sales benefiting Stand Up to Cancer. 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; 4976 Premium Outlet Way, Chandler, 480-639-1870; and 6800 N. 95th Ave., Glendale, 623-255-3826, A breakfast and runway fashion show take place at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 16.

October 16
Applause! Gala

This fundraising dinner supports Phoenix Theatre’s work both on and off its stages. A cocktail reception and original musical tribute honoring individuals who have contributed substantially to quality of life in the Valley are included. 5:30 p.m. $500. Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix,, 602-889-5290.

October 16
Boogie Nights Rock ’n’ Roll
Sun City West Dance for the Health of It Club hosts this event featuring hits from the ’70s and ’80s with DJ Kort Kurdi. 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. $8. Palm Ridge Summit Hall, 13800 W. Deer Valley Rd., Sun City West,, 602-679-4220.

October 16
Empty Bowls Project
Guests select a handcrafted ceramic or glass bowl, fill it with a donated lunch by Harold’s Cave Creek Corral, and then keep the bowl as a lasting reminder of world hunger. Proceeds benefit Foothills Food Bank and Resource Center. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $15. Carefree Town Center, Easy Street and Hum Drive, Carefree, 480-488-6070.

October 16
Movies at the Park
Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy a movie under the stars. Check website for this month’s film. 7:30 p.m. (approximate). Free. Paseo de Luces, 9261 W. Van Buren St., Tolleson,, 623-474-4992.

October 16
Taste of the Town
Guests enjoy an evening under the stars with signature dishes from some of the Valley’s top restaurants, along with wine and spirits, live music, a silent auction and jewelry raffle. Proceeds benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. PHOENIX magazine is among the sponsors. 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. $55-$65. Scottsdale Quarter, 15279 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale,, 480-753-9084.

October 16-18
Arts & Flowers
Breathtaking arrangements by more than 50 of state’s top floral designers are on view throughout Phoenix Art Museum galleries to complement and illuminate the works of art. Festivities include a luncheon, workshops, demonstrations and presentations by Arizona Bonsai Society. Call for times and ticket prices. Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix,, 602-307-2050.

October 16-18
Thousands of motorcyclists roll into Cave Creek for this celebration, which includes day rides, live music, contests, motorcycle shows, a silent auction, barbecues and a variety of vendors focusing on all things bike culture. Call for times. Free. Hideaway Grill, 6746 E. Cave Creek Rd., and Roadhouse, 6900 E. Cave Creek Rd.,, 480-595-0358.

Oxtober 16-31
Enchanted Pumpkin Garden
Halloween spirit invades Carefree as this event features whimsical and elaborate pumpkin carvings by local artist Ray Villafane. The exhibit includes more than 30 playful pumpkin characters, as well as 12 preserved pumpkins in pickling tanks. 8 a.m.-9 p.m. daily. Free. Carefree Desert Gardens, 101 Easy St., Carefree,, 480-488-3686. A grand opening celebration Oct. 16, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., features live demonstrations by Villafane, children’s activities, live music, refreshments and photo opportunities with “King Pumpkin,” a 500-pound carved masterpiece.

October 16-November 8
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 Bret Michaels, Meat Loaf, Rick Springfield, Sheryl Crow, Gary Allan, Jack & Jack, Jackson Browne, Jane’s Addiction, Flo Rida, Third Day, Natalia Jimenez, Aaron Lewis with William Elliott Whitmore, Jason Derulo, Hanson with Nelson, and Old School Jam. Call for times and ticket prices. Arizona State Fairgrounds, 1826 W. McDowell Rd., Phoenix,, 602-252-6771.

October 17
Casino Night
A dinner buffet, drinks, dancing, casino-style games, live auction and raffle drawing highlight this Western-themed event, which benefits scholarships and programming at the Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center. 6 p.m. $150. Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale,, 480-634-4900.

October 17
Oktoberfest for Parkinson’s
Hoist your stein as the Arizona Chapter of the American Parkinson’s Disease Association presents this 11th annual event, which includes a German-style buffet, restaurant samples, craft ales, fine wines, live music, casino games and raffle prizes. 5 p.m.-9 p.m. $25 advance; $35 at the door; $75 VIP. High Street, 5415 E. High St., Phoenix,, 480-951-6363.

October 17
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,

October 17
Tatum Ranch Car Show
Approximately 100 cars of all makes, models and years are showcased, with awards presented for the best hot rod, muscle car, classic, exotic, people’s choice and overall best in show. Visitors are encouraged to bring nonperishable food donations and cash to benefit Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Tatum Ranch Golf Club, 29888 N. Tatum Ranch Dr., Cave Creek,, 480-488-1145.

October 17
That’s Entertainment
Phoenix Boys Choir hosts this dinner gala, which features live and silent auctions, cocktails and dinner catered by Michael Mazzocco of The Herb Box. A performance by the choir and a cast of rising stars is included. 6 p.m. $200. Memorial Hall, Steele Indian School Park, 300 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix,, 602-264-5328.

October 17-18
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,, 480-270-5000.

October 17-18
Cardboard City
Participants build their own cardboard “house” to spend the night in and partake in activities to benefit the homeless as Family Promise of Greater Phoenix and PetSmart Inc. presents this overnight event to raise awareness about homelessness. F, 5 p.m.-Sa, 8 a.m. $15-$25. Scottsdale Stadium, 7408 E. Osborn Rd., Scottsdale,, 480-659-5237.

October 17-18
Showcase of Orchids
The Orchid Society of Arizona hosts this annual show and sale featuring hundreds of flowering varieties, educational displays and growing supplies. Sa, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Su, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Arizona State Veteran Home, 4141 S. Herrera Way, Phoenix,, 602-451-5952.

October 18
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 all-day zoo admittance. 7 a.m.-10 a.m. $25 minimum donation; free, children 17 and younger. Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix,, 602-955-3947.

October 18
Art in the Olive Grove
Artists of the Superstitions welcomes more than 25 artists for a day of fine art and wine tasting. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Queen Creek Olive Mill, 25062 S. Meridian Rd., Queen Creek,, 480-888-9290.

October 19
Charlie Rose
The award-winning anchor of CBS This Morning and PBS late-night host 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, 480-496-4539.

October 22
Scottsdale Anniversary ArtWalk
Scottsdale Gallery Association celebrates the kickoff to the cultural high season with artist demonstrations, gallery show openings, food samplings and live music. 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Free. Downtown Scottsdale,

October 23-25
Great Pumpkin Festival
Guests enjoy an old-fashioned hayride to a festive 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. F, 8:30 a.m.-noon; Sa-Su, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix,, 480-941-1225.

October 24
The Sound of Speed 2
Race fans and music aficionados shift into gear as The Phoenix Symphony, Barrett Jackson Auction Co. and PHOENIX magazine team up for this event. Highlights include a “Pit Road” street festival featuring a classic car showcase, food trucks, bars and live entertainment; a VIP party with pre-concert, auction, specialty cocktails and food; and a multimedia concert celebrating the collision of classic cars and music, plus an all-American salute to veterans. 5 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix,, 602-495-1999.

October 24
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,, 480-390-6463.

October 24
Making Strides
Participants honor and celebrate those impacted by breast cancer in Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, an American Cancer Society 3.2-mile noncompetitive walk. 7 a.m. Donations. Tempe Beach Park, 80 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe,, 602-952-7521.

October 24
Masquerade Ball
Designers Circle Headquarters Southwest hosts this event, which benefits Bridging AZ, a nonprofit furniture bank that assists individuals and families in need. The fundraiser includes food, wine, entertainment, raffles and a live auction. 6 p.m.-10 p.m. $100. Roseo Design Center, 7550 E. Greenway Rd., Scottsdale, 602-469-6231.

October 24
Pet Blessing
Three ministers are on hand to conduct benedictions for all types of pets, as well as stuffed animals. A brief introductory message, people and pet refreshments, a bake sale and used book sale are included. 9 a.m.-noon. Free. First Congregational Church, 1421 N. Second St., Phoenix, 602-956-8198.

October 24
Scottsdale Polo Championships
Horses and horsepower are in the spotlight at this high-energy polo party and car extravaganza, which features several polo matches, entertainment, an art auction, high tea, canine couture show and a sneak preview of the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tickets start at $17.50. WestWorld, 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale,

October 24
Walk to Defeat ALS
This 1- and 3-mile trek brings hope to ALS patients, while raising money for a cure. 8 a.m. Donations. Scottsdale Stadium, 7408 E. Osborn Rd., Scottsdale,, 602-297-3800.

October 24-25
Dia de los Muertos Festival
This spirited event features a variety of food, plus a colorful Mercado with an assortment of Day of the Dead merchandise, jewelry, and arts and crafts. Sa, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Su, noon-5 p.m. Free. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa,, 480-644-6500.

October 25
AIDS Walk Arizona
Open to walkers, runners and good-natured dogs, this 5K event benefits 17 agencies that provide programs to prevent HIV/AIDS or assist those living with the disease. Children’s activities and an after-party are included. 7 a.m. $30-$45. Central Avenue and Washington Street, Phoenix,, 602-904-6001.

October 25
Dish It Out
Prominent local chefs battle it out Iron Chef-style on central stages as guests enjoy specialties from more than 60 restaurants, breweries and vineyards. Hands-on cooking demonstrations and entertainment add to the festivities. The culinary showdown benefits the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix. 5 p.m.-8 p.m., $75; VIP: 4:15 p.m., $500. High Street, 5415 E. High St., Phoenix,, 602-954-8182.

October 27
Experience Matters
Robert Egger is keynote speaker at this luncheon, which is designed to inspire change by turning passion into action. Egger is founder and president of L.A. Kitchen, which recovers fresh fruits and vegetables to fuel a culinary arts job training program for men and women coming out of foster care and older men and women returning from incarceration. 11:30 a.m. $150, J.W. Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa, 5402 E. Lincoln Dr., Paradise Valley,, 602-812-3939.

October 29
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,, 480-481-8188.

October 30-November 1
High Desert Helpers hosts this outdoor gem and mineral show, which features more than 30 vendors and dealers specializing in minerals, gemstones, jewelry, fossils, crystals, tools, equipment books, lapidary supplies, gold panning, beads, wire wrapping, faceting, stone carving, gem setting and rock identification. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. High Desert Park, 19001 E. Jacie Lane, Black Canyon City,, 623-295-1970.

October 31
Cave Creek Wicked
This Halloween celebration features a 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,, 602-400-3330.

October 31-November 1
Dia de los Muertos
This event brings the Mexican holiday alive through song, dance, storytelling, arts and crafts, an ofrenda exhibition, food and pastries, and a traditional procession. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., included with regular admission prices. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix,, 480-941-1225.