The annual ACMNA Picnic is happening on Saturday November 5, 2022, from 2-5 p.m. at Hopi Elementary, 5110 E. Lafayette Blvd. The AONA Picnic is on Saturday November 12, at Arcadia Park, 3042 E. 56th St. These neighborhood events are designed to bring the community together. Guests can enjoy music, meet local public service agents, see an old-school police vehicle, meet Phoenix PD K-9s and enjoy lunch.
Registration for the 2022-23 Arcadia Little League season opens on November 1. Early bird registration is open until November 30; cost is $175. Regular registration is open from December 1-January 15; cost is $195. Late registration is open from January 16-February 4; cost is $215. All registration after February 4 will be placed on a waiting list, with a fee of $225. From the website: “Division placement is determined by a combination of player league age, skill level, prior league experience, coach recommendation, league guidelines and parent input.”
Chef Christopher Collins and Common Ground Culinary opened St. Urban at The Colony on 7th St. and Missouri Ave. this fall. St. Urban is Common Ground’s take on a modern-day French Brasserie with favorites like Jamon (dry, cured ham) deviled eggs, the giardiniera chopped salad and various flatbreads.
CitySkate is opening this month! The rink is located at Patriot’s Park at CityScape (11 W. Washington St.). From November 28-January 1, folks can come out for a 90-minute ice-skating session from 4-11:30 p.m. General admission includes skates and is $20, with military, seniors and children eight and under $13; $5 off if you bring your own skates.
Studies have shown that Tai Chi can reduce chronic pain, improve balance, reduce stress and help calm the mind. Want to learn more? Join The Taoist Tai Chi Society for introductory sessions on November 1 (at 6 p.m.) and November 5 (at 9 a.m.) to meet fellow practitioners and learn more about tai chi. This event is free.
Join Bricks Studio for Parents’ Day Out, happening on Saturday November 5, from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Participants will find dancing, lunch/snacks, games and crafts so parents can get a head start on holiday shopping. Proceeds benefit Bricks Company dancers by raising funds for their trip to Las Vegas to compete. Registration is $30 before the event, $45 day of.
Devonshire Senior Center (2802 E. Devonshire Ave.) hosts virtual Memory Café events for those with early-moderate dementia and their caregivers/loved ones. Memory Café is held every Thursday from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Eventually, they will be offered in person and include activities such as storytelling, music therapy, art projects, animal therapy and group trips. Registration is required.
Puzzle Rides Scottsdale is launching several new excursions in November. These include the Jingle Bar Hop, an adults-only, two-hour “portable pub” adventure that invites up to ten people to visit local bars and try holiday drinks while solving a puzzle with clues tied to popular holiday music or television holiday specials. Hijacked by Elves is a family-friendly puzzle with a mission of finding out who stole Santa’s naughty and nice list. Prices and times vary; these events are best for age 5 and up.
Arizona Boardwalk is unveiling a new exhibit this November. UFO Experience: The Truth is Out There will feature “more than 200 alien artifacts, conceptual models, documented film clips, and recordings that support claims of life dating back to ancient encounters through modern day sightings.” There will be galleries showcasing sightings, ancient alien encounters, galactic travel, a simulation of an alien abduction, a 3D film and more.
Scottsdale Training and Rehabilitation Services is a new service provider offering transportation for senior citizens in Scottsdale that are enrolled in the city’s “Cab Connection” Voucher Program. Individuals can schedule rides to and from the Wheels to Meals program or medical appointments. Rides are from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Getting a head start on holiday giving, Arcadia resident Elisabeth Lewandowski is looking for donations of Christmas stockings and small gifts (socks, gift cards, coffee mugs, etc.) to eventually share with wounded soldiers at Balboa Naval Hospital in San Diego. Additional items will go to Military Women Across the Nation in Phoenix and the Vietnam Veterans of Phoenix.
Reach out to Elisabeth at firstname.lastname@example.org for more.
Barro’s Pizza is giving $10,000 to one local resident in the 2022 Arizona Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway. The prize money will help pay college tuition or any related educational expenses. The giveaway has awarded $95,000 to students in Arizona since 2012. Submissions are open to all Arizona residents 18 years or older. A winner will be selected at random from the online and text-to-win entries. Entries will be accepted until Dec. 19, 2022.
Music from the Heart
10 a.m., 2 p.m., and 6:30 p.m. at the Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy. Higher Octave Healing provides music therapy for developmental disabilities, hospice and recovery. Today, Higher Octave will present its 8th annual music showcase, “Music from the Heart,” for the first time in three years. Guests are invited to come out and support 14 bands comprised of teenagers and adults with special needs and developmental disabilities who are ready to show off their skills. Tickets are $15.
Arizona Fall Festival
10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Margaret T. Hance Park, 1222 N. 3rd St., Phoenix. Local First Arizona’s Fall Festival is back after a three-year hiatus. A celebration of all things Arizona, this event features beverages from Arizona wineries and breweries, food trucks and local restaurants, games and live entertainment, a silent auction and a kids zone. Admission is free.
A Red Carpet Affair
6-9 p.m. at Mountain Shadows Resort, 5445 E. Lincoln Dr., Paradise Valley. Benefiting the Phoenix Suit Project (a nonprofit that provides professional men’s clothing to individuals who are rejoining the workforce), this fundraiser promises a night of drinks, dancing and dinner. There will also be a silent auction and raffle prizes. Bring a gently-used suit for donation to receive a gift from sponsors. Tickets start at $35-$500.
Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships
10 a.m. at WestWorld, 16601 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale. This famed event is celebrating 11 years with even more fanfare than before! Along with three polo matches, guests will find live music and performances, human and canine fashion shows, a car show, DJs, food, beverages and an all-around good time. General admission starts at $40.
SATURDAY 11/5 – SUNDAY 11/6
Shemer Arizona Art Festival
10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Shemer Art Center, 5005 E. Camelback Road. Guests can enjoy two days of holiday shopping with more than 40 artists selected from across Arizona showcasing their works. There will also be artist demonstrations, kids’ activities, live music, food and beverage vendors and a silent auction. This event is free.
Books, Brunch & Bubbles
10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at The Saguaro, 4000 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale. The Loving Library nonprofit will host its first fundraising event called Books, Brunch & Bubbles for kids and grownups. Guests can enjoy brunch, a community service activity, brunch-themed drinks and a silent auction to help raise funds to provide books, journals and other tools to improve folks’ mental health and well-being. Tickets are $25-$100.
Noche para los Niños
6-10 p.m. at the Arizona Heritage Center, 1300 N. College Ave., Tempe. The fourth annual Night for the Children is here! Guests can enjoy live music from various artists, contortionists, jugglers, and tarot card readers, plus food and beverage stations from local restaurants. There will be two auctions and a display of photographs created by at-risk kids from the Kids in Focus program, the beneficiary of the evening. Tickets start at $200.
Phoenix Veterans Day Parade
11 a.m. in downtown Phoenix, starting at Montebello and Central Ave. This event has been going on for more than 25 years – and it’s all about honoring the veterans. Guests are encouraged to arrive early to find parking. The parade will last for two hours and will feature over 80 participants. This year’s theme has yet to be announced but promises to be as full of honor and courage as years past.
FRIDAY 11/11 – SATURDAY 11/12
Arizona Pinners Conference
10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, at WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Road. If Pinterest is your favorite go-to app, then you won’t want to miss this conference. Guests can enjoy everything from beauty, makeup, food, arts, crafts and more with over 250 businesses, 100 classes, and all things DIY. General admission is $10; classes are $20-$30 each.
Arizona Barrels, Bottles & Brews
1 p.m. at Salt River Fields, 7555 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale. This event is the only one in the country to feature samples produced exclusively in the Grand Canyon State. Guests can enjoy new releases and samples from over 25 Arizona breweries, wineries and distilleries. There will also be various food trucks – drinks and snacks, a perfect Saturday! Tickets start at $60 for general admission, with VIP packages available.
10 a.m.-12 p.m. at Hazel & Violet, 1301 NW Grand Ave., Phoenix. Curious about letterpress printing? Hazel & Violet can help! Guests will learn the basics of letterpress printing with wood and metal settings to print their own poster, card or coasters. All materials are provided. This class is $60 per person, and registration is required.
12-3 p.m. on High Street, 5415 E. High St., Phoenix. It’s the battle of the burgers! Valley food trucks will be on-site sampling their creative sliders – a panel of judges will vote on the best, but one truck will win the people’s choice award. There will also be live music, entertainment, a silent auction, and shopping. This event will benefit the Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation. Tickets are $40.
SATURDAY 11/12 – SUNDAY 11/13
Phoenix Pizza Festival
11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, at Margaret T. Hance Park, 1202 N. 3rd St., Phoenix. Head downtown for all the slices your belly can handle at the Phoenix Pizza Festival. Guests can enjoy more than 20 pizza vendors, dessert trucks and other food vendors, plus beer stations, lawn games, live music and a kid zone. Tickets are $16 per person, with slices from $2-$4.
Glimmer of Hope Gala
11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Hilton Scottsdale Resort, 6333 N. Scottsdale Road. For the past 15 years, Phoenix Animal Care Coalition has hosted this event to raise funds for abused, neglected and homeless animals – and this year is no different. Guests can enjoy a silent auction, wine pull, lunch and a before-and-after video program highlighting pets who’ve been helped in the past year. Tickets are $150 per person.
Clothing Swap + Shop
12-3 p.m. at the FOUND:RE Hotel, 1100 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Guests can shop for gently-used clothing and accessories from participating local businesses. Along with clothes shopping, there will be a DJ, Bella Schorr will be sharing the latest trends and tips, raffles, complimentary shopping bags and food and drink available for purchase. This event is free.
6 p.m. at Marcellino Ristorante, 7114 E. Stetson Dr., Scottsdale. Chef Marcellino and Sommelier Dario Soldan present Marcellino Wine Dinners. Guests can enjoy a four-course meal complete with Italian wine pairings – including a dessert and house-made limoncello. Registration is $100 per person.
7-11 p.m. at Wrigley Mansion, 2501 E. Telawa Tr., Phoenix. Almost There Pet Rescue is hosting Vanity Fur, a soiree to benefit the nonprofit that includes appetizers, music and entertainment, drinks, and adorable puppies! Tickets are $125 per person. This event is 21 and up.
6 p.m. at Omni Scottsdale Resort at Montelucia, 4949 E. Lincoln Dr. ICAN is an Arizona nonprofit that provides after-school programs for east valley youth. They are celebrating 30 years with their annual gala, where guests can enjoy a cocktail hour, silent auction, gourmet dinner and program highlighting success stories throughout the years. Tickets are $275.
4:30 or 8 p.m. at the Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy. CaZo Dance Company invites guests to enjoy their latest production; a drama called Bloody Mary. When the Queen of the Underworld grants the main character her wish, there is, of course, a price to pay. Tickets are $25 for general admission, $50 for VIP.
6-9 p.m. at 4130 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale. Art One Gallery and The Paper Place are hosting the second annual PupArt Experience, featuring 30 artists and their “PupArt.” Guests can watch the artists in action and bid on pieces. There will also be live music, food, drinks, and animal adoptions. Proceeds from the evening will benefit Art One Foundation and Two Pups Wellness Fund. Admission is free, and all ages are welcome.
Arizona Children’s Business Fair
10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Arcadia Park, 3402 N. 56th St., Phoenix. The Acton Academy of Phoenix presents the annual Children’s Business Fair, an opportunity for kids to experience what it takes to start their own business. Kindergarteners-eighth graders will develop a brand, create a product and then sell their products to the public at an open marketplace. There will be over 100 booths to browse to support Arcadia’s youth. Admission is free.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Paradise Valley United Methodist Church, 4455 E. Lincoln Dr. More than 30 artists and crafters offering jewelry, toys, games, hand-crafted items, food, inspirational gifts and more will be at this event. A portion of each purchase will be donated to UMOM, P.E.O., an organization that offers educational support to women, and Audrey’s Angels, a program for elderly and disabled adults. This event is free.
10-11 a.m. at Dig It Gardens, 3015 N. 16th St., Phoenix. Make a fun holiday centerpiece at this workshop. Attendees can create a pumpkin succulent arrangement with the help of Dig It’s crew. Pumpkins, soil, plants and accents are included – along with refreshments and snacks. Guests can also bring a non-perishable food item for donation to St. Mary’s Food Bank. Registration is $45.
Phoenix Turkey Trot
6:30 a.m. at Wesley Bolin Plaza, 1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix. Work up that turkey day appetite at the Phoenix Turkey Trot. Runners, walkers and joggers of all ages can enjoy the 10K run, 5K run or walk, or 1K gobbler dash. Post-race, there will be an awards show and snacks before you head out for the big meal. Registration is $18-$45.