The 6th annual Arcadia Cares: Food for Kidz Packathon sign-ups will be available early in September on Prince of Peace’s website. The packathon is looking for community volunteers to help pack meals for underprivileged families. The goal is to pack over 143,166 meals at this year’s event, which will bring the five-year total to 500,000. Volunteers can sign up for one-hour shifts at popphoenix.org.
Hospice of the Valley is currently recruiting volunteers to support military families. This program matches people in communities across the country with veterans who need support. Volunteer duties at Legacy Corps for Veterans and Military Families include providing companionship to patients, socialization and in-home respite care that allows caregivers to take a break. In return, volunteers receive a monthly allowance and a college tuition award after a year of service.
In August,Vault Edutainment, an after-school program started by former Hopi educators Livia Rice and Allison Bosworth, opened its doors in Old Town Scottsdale on Brown Ave. north of 3rd St. The program focuses on helping students complete homework and get “tech time” out of the way. Students can choose an hour of monitored gaming, an hour of homework huddle, or both. Various times are available Monday through Friday. Safety precautions are in place.
In-person lunches are back at Granite Reef (1700 N. Granite Reef Road, Scottsdale) and Vía Linda (10440 E. Vía Linda, Scottsdale) Senior Centers. Vía Linda offers lunch Monday through Friday, and Granite Reef offers lunch on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Doors open at 11 a.m. at both locations. The program will operate at 50 percent capacity, so be sure to call the senior centers to reserve your spot: Granite Reef: 480-312-1700; Vía Linda: 480-312-5810.
The Public Works Department is extending its Household Hazardous Waste Home Pick-up Program. Customers that have household waste to dispose of can schedule an appointment with the City of Phoenix within the next six months. Just make sure to set your items outside your door (in leak-proof boxes labeled HHW) by 7 a.m. on the day of collection!
A new gaming and dining establishment called 810 Billiards & Bowling has opened up in downtown Phoenix (50 W. Jefferson St.). 810 boasts 14 standard bowling lanes, billiard tables, foosball, darts, corn hole and even board games. Food (classics like burgers, fries and pizza) and drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) are also available.
Camelback High School’s class of 1980 will be holding their 40-year reunion in October 2021, but before then, they need help getting everything planned! Envision a weekend of golf, cocktail parties, campus tours, dinner and entertainment. Volunteer opportunities are available, and donations are welcome. Visit the Camelback Class of 1980 Facebook page for more information or email Charlene Keller at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A new barbershop has opened on 40th St. and Campbell next to Stay Grassy golf apparel, across the street from Postino Wine Café. The Bearded Barber, a barbershop with an “old-school” feel that offers various services, opened in early August. The owner, Boris, moved to Phoenix from New York. Arcadia is his second location. The website is still in the works; for more: 602-955-1335.
Eat Up Drive-In, located on 40th St. and Indian School Road, has officially opened for lunch. The fast-casual restaurant opened back in March and serves individual and family-sized meals, such as the Caesar wrap, Arcadia salad, chicken sandwiches and six different types of baked potatoes. New hours are 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Bread + Honey House recently opened its second location next to Taberna de Arcadia in the space that formerly housed My Three Girls Bakery (4801 E. Indian School Road). The eatery, which has a second to-go location in Phoenix, serves breakfast and lunch favorites like omelets and burgers, as well as specialty coffee.
Breakfast lovers, rejoice! A fast-casual breakfast joint is coming to Arcadia. Freshly Laid (3701 E. Indian School Road), located in the Gaslight Square complex on 36th St., will serve breakfast sandwiches and plans on opening in the fall.
A new pizza joint will open in the coming months at Arcadia Village (3923 E. Camelback Road) called Mr. Moto Pizza. The restaurant has nine locations in San Diego, with the Arcadia location being the first in Arizona. It is expected to open in December and will feature specialty pies, calzones, pasta, salads and desserts.
Koibito Poké, located at 4280 E. Indian School Road in the Arcadia Promenade plaza, unveiled their newest concept, the Koibito Food Truck, in August. The 20-foot truck features a fully custom-built kitchen that will serve poké on the go throughout the Valley, and the menu will include a selection of bowls, wraps and desserts. The food truck will also cater to corporate events, private parties and more.
A modern cocktail lounge has taken over the former UnderTow space below Sip Coffee at 36th St. and Indian School. 36 Below opened in late July and is an underground greenhouse bar (what the owners call a walipini speakeasy). The menu consists of spirits, wine and beer, plus small bites like charcuterie boards.
Labor Day Baseball Clinic
9 a.m.-12 p.m. at Salt River Fields, 7555 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale. This holiday clinic is for kids ages 5-12 and will focus on hitting, fielding, pitching, catching and base running techniques while learning the fundamentals of baseball. Make sure that your child brings their equipment – glove, bat, helmet and water bottle. There could also be a special guest appearance. Registration is $70 per person.
Winter in September
1 p.m. at Bricks Studio, 4550 E. Indian School Road. You’ve heard of Christmas in July, but what about Winter in September? Bricks Studio is gearing up for the coming fall and winter seasons and is celebrating with special classes. Kids can make a holiday ornament and learn a fun Nutcracker-inspired dance combo. There are two separate classes: age 4-7 at 1 p.m. and 8-11 at 1:45 p.m.
9/11 Memorial Stair Climb
5-9 p.m. at Salt River Fields, 7555 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale. The 20th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center is this year, and in memoriam, Salt River Fields will host a stair climb to honor the people who gave their lives. Participants will climb the bleachers for an equivalent of 110 stories – the same amount as in the WTC – to raise funds for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation programs. Registration is $35.
10-11 a.m. at Dig It Garden, 3015 N. 16th St., Phoenix. If you’re looking to learn more about succulents, this class can help! In this hands-on workshop, guests will create their own succulent garden to go in a unique planter while also learning everything about how to keep the “living art piece” thriving. There will be a wide variety of succulents to choose from. Beverages and small bites are included. Registration is $45 per person, and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Phoenix Fire Department.
Pop Up Adoption Event
10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Scottsdale Quarter, 15059 N. Scottsdale Road. The Arizona Animal Welfare League and Scottsdale Quarter are joining up for the annual Kitten Pop-Up Adoption Shop. Every year, the outdoor mall provides space for a free kitten pop-up adoption shop to help with the increase of litters available for adoption during kitten season. Come out and find a forever friend.
Plant-Based Cooking Class
6-8 p.m. with Arcadia’s YouCare-SelfCare guru – also known as Miriam Hahn. Miriam teaches cooking classes each month for groups of 12. This month’s theme is ‘easy weeknight dinners,’ 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 $55 per person.
Five Course Pairing Dinner
6 p.m. at the Phoenix City Grille, 5816 N. 16th St. To welcome the Garrison Brothers Distillery from Hye, Texas, Phoenix City Grille presents a five-course dinner complete with specialty cocktails. Master Distiller Donnis Todd will guide guests through each course and cocktail – and yes, there will be dessert. Tickets are $120 per person.
Night of Hope Gala
5 p.m.-12 a.m. at the Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave. Join Hope Women’s Center for an evening of dinner, drinks and a silent and live auction in support of their mission of “encouraging, engaging and equipping women and teens in crisis, poverty and abuse.” Auction items will include gift cards to area restaurants and art galleries and bigger items like an expenses-paid vacation. There will also be live music. Individual tickets are $125.
FRIDAY 9/17 – SUNDAY 9/19
Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market
10 a.m.-3 p.m. at WestWorld, 16601 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale. The Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market has all the vintage one person can handle, from clothing to furniture, knick-knacks and everything in between. Attendees can also enjoy a drink and a bite to eat while shopping. General admission tickets are $8 online, $10 at the door, and $10 for parking.
FRIDAY 9/17 – Sunday 9/26
Arizona Restaurant Week
This Valley-wide event offers various dining options for every palate – and the chance to get outside the neighborhood and try something new. Restaurants range from southwestern favorites, comfort food and snacks to five-star dining and everything in between. Prices range from $30-$50 per person.
Scottsdale Bridal Expo
10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St. Get ready to find all your wedding needs in one place. This free event will have over 35 vendors on-site, showcasing food, cakes, music, tuxes and dresses. Take care of all those wedding to-dos in one place.
Furry Friends Fine Arts Festival
8 a.m.-2 p.m. at Shemer Art Center, 5005 E. Camelback Road. An art festival for the entire family, pets included! This event is animal-themed, with artists showcasing their animal paintings, drawings, photography, ceramics, metal, furniture, even clothing. A vendor fair, plus food and drinks, will be available. Bring your pets and enjoy a day of furry and fuzzy – in art form, that is. Admission is $5 per person or $10 for the family.
Bell, Book and Candle
7 p.m. at Don Bluth Front Row Theatre, 8989 E. Vía Linda, Scottsdale. Just in time to kick off autumn comes Bell, Book and Candle, a production centered on a beautiful witch living in 1950s New York, a handsome neighbor and a potentially mischievous love spell. Will the witch make the right choice? Head to the Front Row Theatre to find out! Tickets are $28 for adults, $23 for kids.