Help support local Arcadia Boy Scouts by buying a wreath! The annual Troop 6 Wreath Sale is happening now. Wreaths – and other holiday greenery – start at $25 for local delivery. Direct delivery is available to the continental U.S., which makes holiday gift-giving easy. Proceeds from this fundraiser help Troop 6 fund backpacking trips, camp outings and community service projects. Final orders are due by November 8. Order online at sherwoodfundraiser.com/arcadiatroop6.
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Every December, Hopi Elementary hosts a Holiday Care Drive and picks a program to support during the winter holiday season. Hopi is currently looking for parent volunteers for each classroom to coordinate the collection of needed items.
Christ Church Lutheran is looking for donations and volunteers for their Wednesday morning food pantry. Every Wednesday from 9:30-11:30 a.m., families can come to the front of the school and pick up a box of goods. CCL’s highest need is protein items, such as peanut butter, canned tuna/chicken or canned/dried beans. Donations can be dropped off at the office or school drop off. On average, CCL donates over 100 boxes a week.
Registration is now open for Shemer Art Center’s winter classes. Guests can choose from various lessons, such as pottery, ceramics, silkscreen and photography. There will also be workshops available in-person and virtually for watercolor, calligraphy and many others.
FitPHX is now offering free virtual fitness classes through December 8. Every Tuesday at 6 p.m., participants can log into Zoom and get moving – from the comfort of their homes. Workouts are family-friendly and include Turbo Kick, Zumba, P90X, PiYo and more.
Visit the FitPHX Free Virtual Fitness Series Facebook page
Each year, Shemer Art Center selects one high-achieving Arizona artist to recognize during its Shemer Honors event. This year, the honor goes to Beth Ames Swartz, a mixed-media artist celebrating a nearly 60-year career. Swartz will be honored during the 2020 Shemer Honors event, held virtually on November 13 at 6 p.m. Swartz will also introduce her works of art in an exhibition at the center, which will be on display through February 2021. Attendees of the virtual event will learn about Swartz and her career and enjoy a personal tour of her new art display.
A new vegan burger joint will be opening up in early 2021 at 33rd St. and Indian School Road. Beaut Burger’s entrées are made from 100% ground plants, veggies, grains, beans and nuts served on homemade buns. They’ll offer the classic side – French fries – along with artichoke salad, coleslaw and dill pickles. This is the first Phoenix location for the eatery.
Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market recently unveiled a pop-up storefront for the holiday season, located at Scottsdale Quarter, 15059 N. Scottsdale Road. Guests can shop from their collection of vintage, artisan-made and handcrafted goods from over 25 local vendors for the entire month of November and into December. Junk in the Trunk also has an online marketplace so people can shop from home.
Condé Nast Traveler recently announced the results of its Readers’ Choice Awards, and congratulations are in order for The Hermosa Inn, which was recognized as the #4 Hotel in The Southwest and West. More than 715,000 readers submitted responses rating their travel experiences across the globe. These awards are the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry.
The last days of the 4th annual Scottsdale Dia de Los Muertos Art Installation are happening on Nov. 1 and 2 from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. in Old Town Scottsdale. Guests can tour the walk-through exhibit on the Old Adobe Mission grounds (3817 N. Brown Ave., Scottsdale) and check out fine art, Mesoamerican inspired sculptures and traditional altars. Arizona, Los Angeles and Mexico City artists will be on display. COVID-19 safety protocols and social distancing will be in place. This event is free.
Starting November 1, Valley steak and seafood restaurants Dominick’s, Steak 44 and Ocean 44 will start a campaign to support three Arizona charities who have lost funds due to the pandemic. Guests who dine at these restaurants will be able to round up their checks to support the Phoenix Heart Ball/American Heart Association, PANDA and Make-A-Wish Arizona. The campaign will run through November, with 100 percent of the proceeds going toward charity.
November 2020 Cooking Class
November 4 from 6-8 p.m. with Arcadia’s own YouCare SelfCare guru – also known as Miriam Hahn. Miriam teaches cooking classes each month for groups of 12. This month’s event will be fall-themed, with guests creating appetizers, soup, salad and an entrée – and then enjoying it together on the patio. All meals will be plant-based, and guests can bring a beverage of choice. Classes are $45 per person.
The Stella Artois Polo Classic
November 7 at WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Road. The 2020 Stella Artois Polo Classic is here – with a “safe” twist. This year’s event will keep with safety precautions, with masks required and limited capacity, but still plenty of fun. What’s more, this year’s event will host Morehouse College, playing at WestWorld for the very first time. Guests will enjoy polo matches, a fashion show, a guitar showcase, a post-polo concert and a Barrett-Jackson preview. Tickets start at $30 for general admission.
Camelback Clean Up
November 15 from 9-11 a.m. The Camelback Clean Up event is back again this year. Participants will meet at Shemer Art Center, 5005 E. Camelback Road. Parents and kids should make sure to wear pants, long-sleeved shirts and gloves (sunscreen, hats and water bottles are a good idea, too.) The Arcadia Camelback Mountain Neighborhood Association will provide trash bags, vests and pickers. This event will last around 90 minutes.
Black Friday Hitting Clinic
November 27 at Salt River Fields, 7555 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale. Students can enjoy two hours of hitting, swinging and everything in-between as they learn the fundamentals of a successful baseball swing at the Salt River Fields Baseball Academy. The clinic will be hosted in the Colorado Rockies batting cages, and each session is limited to the first 25 campers on a first-come, first-serve basis. There are two sessions: 6-12-year-olds from
10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 13-18 from 2-4 p.m.
Holiday Lights at Salt River Fields
Kicking off on November 23, guests can view the holiday lights from the safety of their vehicles this year. The loop is over one-mile long and boasts nearly 5 million twinkle lights, six holiday-themed tunnels and a “carriage-ride” option to really boost the holiday spirit. Tickets are $36 on weekdays and $46 on weekends, with VIP options available.
Music in the Park
Biltmore Fashion Park at 2502 E. Camelback Road will be hosting live music sessions every Saturday in November on the center lawn. Bring chairs, blankets and snacks and be regaled by the musical stylings of NEON. This event is free.
Recently opened in Old Town Scottsdale, Puzzle Rides is an adventure game that combines a golf cart, an escape route and a scavenger hunt for a night of fun. Players are taken on a guided path and use teamwork and elements of the route to solve a series of puzzles before time runs out. There are different themes, and the games are safe for all ages. Registration is $100 per person.
Dinner in the Stacks
November 14. Hosted by the Phoenix Public Library, this year’s Dinner in the Stacks event is happening online. Starting at 5:30 p.m. guests can shop the online silent auction, featuring local art and literary treasures. Or purchase a creative literary-themed dinner box, such as “Dragons Love Tacos” or “The Old Man & the Sea” box, curated by local Chef Malone Deever of Conceptually Social. Proceeds will benefit library programs.
Civil War Round Table
November 17. Scottsdale’s Civil War Round Table discussions are back – but this time, they’re virtual. This month, join author Donald Frazier on Zoom as he discusses his book, “Blood & Treasure: The Civil War in the Southwest,” which regales readers with the Confederacy’s plan to conquer the Southwestern territories of New Mexico and Arizona. Admission is free.
Light Up a Life
November 22. This year, Hospice of the Valley’s annual remembrance celebration will be held on television rather than in-person. Participants who have previously submitted photos of their loved ones can view a slideshow on AZTV Channel 7 starting at 5 p.m.