Sparkling Tea at Shemer Art Center.

Sparkling Tea at Shemer Art Center.

Mark your calendars for the upcoming Arcadia G.A.I.N. picnic next month on November 6 at Hopi Elementary from 2-5 p.m. The Phoenix Police and Fire squads will be there, plus the Dino Crew, a balloon animal twister, an ice cream truck, and there might even be a lizard exhibit from Deb’s Dragon’s Wildlife Encounters. The Dusty Tuffet band will provide live music. Meet the neighbors, grab some snacks and have a good time! 

The Arcadia Food for Kidz Packathon committee decided to postpone the November packing event until March 2022. No other details have been released as of publication, but Arcadia News will keep readers posted as we learn more. 

A new yoga studio is coming soon. YogaBox, located in the Arcadia Plaza on 28th St. and Indian School, has plans to open its 10th location (the first in Arizona) this fall. The studio’s mission, “progress over perfection,” is put into play with sculpting, restorative and power flow classes. Various packages are available, including an unlimited month for $120 or drop-in classes for $20.

On Tuesday mornings from 9-9:30 a.m., Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics (3923 E. Indian School Road) invites parents and babies up to 16 months old to a free Baby Gym class. These classes are designed to help kids learn motor skills and socialization. Class sizes are limited to 15. Registration is required. Masks are required for adults.

In September, a new Mexican kitchen opened in the Gaslight Square complex at 3623 E. Indian School Road called Papi Gordo’s Cocina + Tequileria. Phoenix Chef Albert Hernandez brings traditional recipes to Gordo’s, where guests can find beef barbacoa nachos, fajitas, carne asada, California burritos, and more. The restaurant is open from 11 a.m.-2 a.m.

Arizona Athletics Basketball offers a Sunday Basketball Skills group for grades two through six on October 17, 24 and 31. Held at Veritas Prep Academy (3102 N. 56th St.), kids can learn how to improve their skills, gameplay, conditioning and have fun learning the game. There is a $25 drop-in fee. 

Feeding Students USA is holding a Thanksgiving Feast donation drive starting November 15-18. The organization is looking for donations of turkeys and the fixings, like mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing and cranberry sauce. Those who wish to help can take their donations to the pantry at 3313 N. 40th St., Phoenix. Monetary donations can be made to the website or mailed to 5322 E. Mitchell Dr., Phoenix. Volunteers are also needed.

If escape games are your kind of thing, Old Town Scottsdale’s Puzzle Rides might be the adventure you’re looking for. Puzzle Rides combines a golf cart, an escape route and a scavenger hunt for up to 15 people. 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 (like Ghost Riders for Halloween!), and the games are safe for all ages. Registration is $39 per person.

Nanaya Japanese Kitchen, an izakaya-style restaurant located at the Gaslight Square complex at 36th St. and Indian School, recently reopened its doors after months of renovations. The restaurant also added new menu items like baked mussels, grilled shrimp and a chicken sando, happy hour deals and special offers.

Throughout the month of October, The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess will be holding its annual Pumpkin Festival, complete with activities for the whole family. Guests can enjoy a pumpkin patch, a hay maze, fall foods, and carnival rides like swings and slides. There will also be a cider orchard, animatronics at the Mystic Passage and plenty of photo ops. Ticket prices vary. Hours are 4-9 p.m. on weekdays and 4-10 p.m. on weekends.

OsteoStrong, a physical therapy-type business that focuses on skeletal health, is opening a new location near 32nd St. and Indian School next to Beaut Burger and Bristlecone. OsteoStrong uses a process called osteogenic loading to promote skeletal strength and improve balance and energy. The practice works for people of all ages and levels of activity.

The Camelback Mountain chapter of the National Charity League is kicking off its membership drive on October 1. The NCL has 287 Chapters in 31 states, with 200,000 members and alumnae. The program is geared toward mothers and daughters from grades 7-12 and focuses on philanthropy, leadership and culture in the Valley.




Slow Flow & Gong Bath 

6 p.m. at Mountain Shadows Resort, 5445 E. Lincoln Dr., Paradise Valley. Try something new to unwind from the workweek. Guests will head to the movement studio inside Mountain Shadows to experience a movement and stillness meditation. The event starts with 30 minutes of all-levels yoga. A guided meditation follows, and guests can enjoy a glass of prosecco to cap off the evening. Tickets are $29 per person.



The Great American Seed Up

4-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at North Phoenix Baptist Church, 5757 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. In the market for seeds? This is the event that has them. The 7th annual Seed Up will allow guests to scoop up as many seeds as they want. Guests can also partake in classes and workshops, plus a virtual Q&A session available with host Terra Rose Ganem of Brilliant Planet. Registration is $7.50 per person.




10 a.m.-3 p.m. at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, 7301 E. Indian Bend Road, Scottsdale. This one is for the railroad enthusiasts. Guests will learn all about model trains with displays and exhibits from some of the Valley’s railroad clubs, as well as a selection of the park’s vintage railroad equipment that will be on display. Guided tours of the Roald Amundsen Pullman Car will be available, and after that, guests can stop by Hartley’s General Store for a sweet treat. This event is free for all ages.



Apertivo Event

6-9 p.m. at the Rise Uptown Hotel, 400 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix. This one-night event is focused on all things aperitif. Attendees can sample twists on classic poolside cocktails at Lylo Swim Club, enjoy cocktails on Don Wood’s Say When rooftop lounge, or hang out at the pop-up garden party. Tickets are $20 and include samples and light bites, with proceeds donated to the Local First Arizona Foundation. Arizona Cocktail Weekend is planned for February 2022.


FRIDAY 10/8 – SUNDAY10/10

Phoenix Greek Festival

Times vary, at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 1973 E. Maryland Ave., Phoenix. Celebrate Greek culture with the 60th annual Phoenix Greek Festival. There will be authentic Greek cuisine, dancing and live performances, music, a village market with groceries and jewelry, culture and history tours and activities for the kids. Admission is $5.



Halloween Spook-Track-ula

6-9:30 p.m. at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, 7301 E. Indian Bend Road, Scottsdale. The Paradise and Pacific Railroad is now transformed into a spooky spot with tricks and treats for the whole family. Guests can ride the train with scary (but not too scary) surprises and then head to the Halloween photo booths and a meet and greet with Bones the Engineer. Tickets are $15 per person.



Sparkling Tea at Shemer

1-3 p.m. at Shemer Art Center, 5005 E. Camelback Road. Colorful umbrellas will set the tone for this afternoon tea event held on the garden patio at Shemer. Guests can enjoy live music and a menu of scones, finger sandwiches and petite pastries. There will also be guest speakers, including Kathryn Petty, president of White Lion Tea. An award will also be presented during the tea for the most artistic garden hat. Tickets are $50 per person.



6-10:30 at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, 7575 E. Princess Dr. A different kind of party is happening this evening at the Princess. Guests will head back in time to experience the speakeasy nightlife with surprises around every corner. There will be a dinner, dancing, entertainment, and silent and live auctions. Proceeds will go toward MASK to help give children tools to handle school-aged issues. We’ll share one surprise: Montell Jordan is one of the entertainers. Individual tickets are $250.

MONDAY 10/11 – FRIDAY 10/15

AZ Science Center Fall Camp

9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Arizona Science Center, 600 E. Washington St., Phoenix. Camp Innovation is back for fall break, and this time, it’s all about the sweets. Campers will become scientists and use STEM concepts to discover the chemistry of candy and learn how it’s made. They will create their own candies, do science experiments and participate in hands-on activities. These camps are geared toward kids in first through sixth grade. Registration is $260 for members, $295 for non-members.


2021 Western Wiffle Ball Classic

9 a.m.-6 p.m. at Scottsdale Stadium, 7408 E. Osborn Road. Head to the Giants Spring Training Stadium for a Wiffle ball game of epic proportions! Gather a team of up to five players, bring your bats, balls and gloves and get ready to play. Forty-two teams will compete in a four-inning tournament, but only 16 teams will head to the playoffs. First and second-place teams will receive a commemorative trophy. Registration is $100 for teams, but $5 if you’re just watching.

FRIDAY 10/22


5-8 p.m. at The Brokery, 4546 N. 40th St., Phoenix. Head to The Brokery for an Oktoberfest that’s gone to the dogs. Guests can enjoy free bratwurst, pretzels, and beer from Brathaus. Pet portraits by local photographer Claudia Johnstone, with portrait fees being donated to Almost There Rescue, will be available. There will also be a small vendor shop, and costumes for pets and humans are encouraged. Please bring dog food, toys or a monetary donation to go toward Almost There Pet Rescue. Registration is required.



Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships

10 a.m. at WestWorld, 16601 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale. This year’s event is special as the championship games are celebrating ten years. This is the most attended polo event in the country. There will be live music and performances, human and canine fashion shows, a car show, DJs, food and an all-around good time. General admission starts at $30.

SUNDAY 10/24

Trick or Trot Family Fun Run

7 a.m. at McCormick Ranch Golf Course, 7505 E. McCormick Pkwy., Scottsdale. Come out and help raise funds for Childhelp, a nonprofit that focuses on kids impacted by abuse and neglect. Attendees can dress up in costume to run or walk the one-mile or 2.8-mile course. At the finish line will be refreshments, snacks, music and a raffle to celebrate. Registration is $25 per person. 



Noche en Blanco

5-10 p.m. at Hance Park, 116 E. Moreland St., Phoenix. This event was inspired by a “dinner in white” event in Paris 30 years ago. Now, guests can experience the 6th annual Night in White in Downtown Phoenix. Attendees should wear all-white cocktail attire and can enjoy an evening of dinner, dancing and live entertainment. Toward the end of the event, guests will get a chance to see the grand Carnivale parade. Tickets are $25 per person, and picnics-for-two are $50.


Halloween Hoedown Dance Class

12 p.m. at Bricks Studio, 4550 E. Indian School Road. Arcadia’s kids aged 4 to 7 are invited to Bricks for a Halloween-themed dance class. Dress up in your favorite costume and get ready to dance and make a Halloween craft. Registration is $20 per person.