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Opening Cultural Windows
Native American Celebrations in Arizona
Mul-Chu-Tha Fair & Rodeo
13th Annual Intertribal Pow Wow
42nd Annual O’Odham Tash Indian Days
Southwest Indian Art Fair
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RV RESORTS & CAMPGROUNDS
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Native American Celebrations in Arizona
of drum, Northern and Southern - these refer to styles rather than geographical location, and each has its own protocol. The Grand Entry parade of dancers leads off each session of the Pow Wow. Grand Entry is Friday, March 13th at 7 pm, Saturday, March 14th at noon and 7pm and Sunday, March 15th at ow fortunate we are in Arizona noon. to have a vital, living culture Some Pow Wows are social in nature, to explore right on our doorstep! Native American tribal communities around the others are competitive. This is a contest Pow Wow with over $75,000 in cash prizes. In adstate enrich our lives with their colordition, native artisans will be selling original ful festivals while sharing their heritage, beliefs, beautiful crafts, songs and dances, handmade arts and crafts, and food vendors offer traditional dishes. delicious foods, and a whole lot of fun. General admission for each session is $5 Artists share the meanings of symbols and designs in pots, weavings, and jewelry, per person and a 3-day pass is $15. There is no charge for those under 10 or over 60 years old. as we marvel at the skilled handiwork. For overnight accommodations contact the Dancers may mimic movements of birds and animals or give reverence for sustain- Apache Gold Best Western Hotel or RV Park. Apache Gold Casino Resort is located on the ing crops; we appreciate the intent, the magnificent costumes, and the pageantry. San Carlos Apache Reservation, 5 miles east of Globe on Hwy 70. The pow wow drums and singers give us goosebumps. One and all enjoy Navajo tacos, carnival rides, and rodeo clowns. From the Tohono O’odham Nation in the south to the Kaibab-Paiute Tribe in the north, from the huge Navajo Reservation to much smaller communities like the Ak-Chin, Tonto Apache and Cocopah, from the ancient Hopi settlements to the newcomer to Arizona, the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, there is a wealth of culture and heritage to experience. In all, Arizona is home to 21 Indian communities and even a small piece of Zuni Pueblo, whose main home Fair and Rodeo at the Gila River Indian lies across the border in New Mexico. Community Our Native American neighbors welcome us to respectfully enjoy their festivals The 47th Annual Mul-Chu-Tha Fair and to celebrate with them. Here is a samand Rodeo will be held March 19-22 pling of the wonderful events coming up in in Sacaton, Arizona. This huge event February and March. encompasses a pow wow, rodeo, parade, entertainment, cultural demonstrations, a barbecue, carnival, Chicken Scratch music and numerous sporting events. No wonder it takes four days to enjoy it all! The Gila River Indian Community has a long history that dates back to the ancient HuHuKam who first farmed the area around 300 B.C. Following in their footsteps are the Akimel O’odham (Pima tribe) and the Pee Posh (Maricopa) who now reside on the 372,000 acres of the community. When the Mul-Chu-Tha was established in 1962, it was the result of a desire to have Pow Wow Drums at Apache Gold Casino Resort positive events for the Community’s young people and to promote community spirit. The San Carlos Apache Tribe is proud to “Mul-Chu-Tha” means foot races in Pima, an activity that the tribe used to have for announce its 13th Annual Intertribal Pow entertainment or to share news. At the Wow on March 13-15. The Pow Wow is a very first fair, foot races were held as well first nation gathering focusing on dance, as the traditional O’odham game of “toka,” song, and family celebration. Traditionwhich is similar to lacrosse. Since its inally, it is presented by one tribe or band to welcome, honor, respect and show generos- ception, the Mul-Chu-Tha has become one of the most highly recognized tribal fairs ity towards another. All people, including in Indian Country. non-native people, are welcome at Pow Visitors are most welcome! The MulWows and are encouraged to attend. Chu-Tha fair grounds are located in It is very interesting to learn about the drums and the dances. There are two types Sacaton, Arizona. Take Exit 175 from I-10.
“Gathering of the People” at Casa Grande Indian Days
This event, also known as the O’odham Tash, is another mega festival you won’t want to miss. February 13-16 is packed full of fun: an all-Indian rodeo, rodeo queen contest, pow wow, carnival, softball and basketball tournaments, and much more. The parade takes place on Saturday at 9 am. There will be somewhere between 75 and 100 entries with equestrians, bands, floats and lots more. Live Native American bands and various commercial and food vendors add to the festivities. The O’odham Tash began in 1967 when the town of Casa Grande held a BBQ for their Native American neighbors - the Tohono O’odham Nation, Ak-Chin, Gila River, and Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian communities. The tradition continued and grew into the multi-faceted event of today. The profits from the Casa Grande Indian Days fund scholarships and achievement awards to Native American students. Casa Grande is located about halfway between Tucson and Phoenix where Interstates 8 and 10 cross. Hop in the car, drive over and have some fun!
Top Quality Art at the Southwest Indian Art Fair
Southern Arizona’s premier Indian art show and market takes place on February 21-22 at the Arizona State Museum in Tucson. Whether you are a serious collector, casual buyer, or first time visitor to the world of Indian art, you will find much to learn and enjoy. Gathered together in this one place are 200 of the finest artists in the region. No need to travel to seek out fine jewelry, superbly crafted pottery or magnificent kachinas … there’s something here for everyone, at every price range and interest level. Making it even more exciting is the opportunity to chat with the artists and watch demonstrations. Featured artist for this 15th annual event is Julius Keyonnie (Navajo), designer of contemporary jewelry. Take a break from shopping to sample Native foods and enjoy live performances by groups such as Southern Scratch, an award-winning waila group (courtesy of Canyon Records), No:ligk Traditional Dancers from the Tohono O’odham Nation, and Bird Singing and Dancing by the River from the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. The Arizona State Museum is located on the University of Arizona campus, 1013 E. University Blvd. The show hours are Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 10-4. Tickets cost $8 for adults and $3 for children 12-16, while two-day passes are $12.
Apache Gold Casino Resort Intertribal Pow Wow: 1-800-APACHE 8 www.apachegoldcasinoresort.com Mul-Chu-Tha Fair and Rodeo: Public Information Office, 520-562-9848 or Tribal Recreation, 520-562-6087 Southwest Indian Art Fair: www.statemuseum.arizona.edu 520-621-6302 O’odham Tash Office: 520-836-4723
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FEB 21 TUCSON 8th Annual Arizona Animal Fair
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FEB 12-22 SCOTTSDALE 54th Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show & Shopping Expo
Page 6 • Statewide AZ Pieces of Friendship XIX Quilt Show FEB 1-28 GLOBE
Pieces of Friendship is a community quilt show sponsored by the Copper Country Quilters Chapter of the Arizona Quilters Guild. The show, now in its 19th year, is held at the Cobre Valley Center for the Arts at 101 N. Broad Street in Globe. Area quilters display and some sell quilts and wall hangings during the show. A Viewer’s Choice Award is given and chances sold on an annual opportunity quilt. Proceeds from ticket sales go to fund community charity projects. The show is open to the public by donation. No admission fee is charged. Center/ Show hours: Monday through Friday 10-5, Saturday & Sunday 10-4. For further information contact the Cobre Valley Center for the Arts at 928-4250884 or the Greater Globe-Miami Chamber of Commerce. 800-804-5623
Destination February Events
FEB 1-28 GLOBE Pieces of Friendship XIX - Quilt Show Cobre Valley Center for the Arts - Quilts from all of southern Gila County and surrounding communities! Mon-Fri 10a-5p, Sat 10-4, Sun noon-4p. 800-804-5623h FEB 6-8 SIERRA VISTA 17th Annual Cochise Cowboy Poetry & Music Gathering Buena Performing Arts Center - Headliner shows Fri & Sat evenings & Sun matinee. Free simultaneous thematic shows Sat 10a-5p. Info only: 520-249-2511; Artists, stage shows, tickets: www.cowboypoets.com FEB 6-8 PHOENIX 19th Annual High Noon’s Western Americana Show & Auction Phoenix Convention Center - Show: 150+ dealers, spurs, chaps, saddles, textiles, photos, western art, Sa 9a-4:30p, Su 10a-4p, $10 day, $15 wkend. Auction: Sa 5p. 310-202-9010, www.highnoon.com FEB 6-8 CASA GRANDE 6th Annual Wuertz Farm Gourd Festival Pinal Co Fair Grounds - AzGS judged gourd show, 100+ gourd artists & vendors, mini gourdster race, sailing “Regourda”, food, live music, Fr-Sa 9-5, Su 10-3. Adm: $6, 12 & under free. 520-723-4432, www. wuertzfarm.com FEB 6-8 TUCSON Desert Diamond Casino Arts & Crafts Festival I-19 & Pima Mine Rd - Finest artists & craftspeople from throughout the southwest, jewelry, clothes, wood, metal, pottery, furniture, etc. Live entertainment, food, Fr & Sa 10-5, Su 10-4. 520-294-7777 FEB 7-8 LAKE HAVASU CITY 24th Annual Winterfest McCulloch Blvd (between Acoma & Smoketree) Outdoor festival w/250+ vendors featuring arts & crafts, business sevices, live entertainment, children’s activities, great food, Sa 10-5, Su 10-4, free adm. 928-855-4115, www.havasuchamber.com FEB 7-MAR 29 APACHE JUNCTION AZ Renaissance Festival US Hwy 60 - Sat’s, Sun’s & Presidents’ Day Mon: 100’s of costumed participants entertain & educate. Music, theater, comedy, food, drink, crafts, games, jousting. Gate: Adults $20, 5-12 $10, under 5 free, 10a-6p. 520463-2700; tickets online: www.renfestinfo.com FEB 10-11 MESA Canadian Snowbird Celebration Mesa Convention Center, 201 N. Center St. - Entertainment, valuable information geared toward snowbird lifestyle, 10a-4p, free adm. 800-265-3200 FEB 11-16 PHOENIX Western National Shoot Ben Avery Shooting Range - National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association, incl’s Traders Row, competitive shooting, knife & tomahawk throwing, demonstrations, 8a-5p. Free to spectators. 480-557-0301, 800-745-1493 FEB 12-15 WICKENBURG 61st Annual Gold Rush Days & Rodeo Celebrate the town’s ranching & mining heritage w/ activities each day. Sat/Sun Rodeo - 2p, Sat. Rodeo Dance. 1-800-942-5242, wickenburgchamber.com FEB 12-15 TUCSON Tucson Gem & Mineral Show™ The Main Show Tucson Convention Ctr - Exhibiting “Mineral Oddities” -bizarre, weird yet awesome minerals. Also 300+ dealers of jewelry, minerals, etc. Th-Sa 10-6; Su 10-5. Kids’ activities from Fr pm. $9 cash at door, cc online, 14 & under free w/adult. www.tgms.org FEB 12-22 SCOTTSDALE 54th Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show & Shopping Expo Westworld - Most prestigious Arabian horse show in the world. 2400 horses, 300+ vendors, 30 eateries, starts daily 8a, see website for specific show times, $10 gen, $7 Srs, under 12 free. 480-515-1500, www.scottsdaleshow.com FEB 13 LAKE HAVASU CITY Canadian Snowbird Assoc Winter Information Meeting Nautical Resort and Conference Center, 1000 McCulloch Blvd. - Entertainment, valuable information geared toward snowbird lifestyle, 1p-4p, free adm. 800-265-3200 FEB 13-14 CHANDLER Days of Wine & Roses Festival Kokopelli Winery, 35 W Boston St - Live music, free Champagne tasting, chocolate rose for ladies. French menu, fine wine: Winemaker’s dinners both nights & a special winemaker’s lunch on Feb 14. 480-792-6927 FEB 13-15 CAVE CREEK Fine Art & Fine Craft Festival Frontier Town (Silver Spur Saloon), 6245 E Cave Creek Rd NEW LOCATION- Hours are Fri & Sat 10-5, Sun 10-4, free admission & parking. 602-789-7222 FEB 13-15 CAMP VERDE 9th Annual Pecan, Wine & Antique Festival Community Center, Main St - Locally grown pecans for taste/sale, pecan bake-off, hayrides, wine tasting from premier wineries, jazz, antique booths & more! Fr 12-6, Sa 9-5, Su 10-4. 928-567-0535 FEB 13-15 SCOTTSDALE 3rd Annual Scottsdale 5th Avenue Fine Art & Wine Festival Old Town - Juried show of 100+ world class artists plus wine-tasting ($10 incl’s engraved wine goblet), live entertainment, local food, 10a-5p, $3. Free Parking. 480-837-5637 FEB 13-16 CASA GRANDE 42nd Annual O’Odham Tash Indian Days Pow Wow, Rodeo Queen Pageant, arts & crafts, All-Indian Rodeo adm. $15-$8, carnival, fast pitch softball, basketball tournament, parade, dance, concert, food booths. 520-836-4723 FEB 14 FLORENCE Tour of Historic Florence Visit homes on the Nat’l Historic Register, also farmers market, antique & collectible sale. Free shuttle, 9a-4p, $10 advance, $12 day of, 18 & under free. Tickets at Visitor Center. 866-977-4496 FEB 14 BISBEE 18th Annual Chocolate Tasting Copper Queen Library, 6 Main St - Delectable desserts combined with live music and other entertainment make this event a must for lovers of fine things, 6-9p, tickets $10 advance, $12 door. 520-432-4232 FEB 14-15 CHINO VALLEY Valentine’s Day at Granite Creek Vineyards 2515 N. Road 1 East - Featuring our award-winning wines including our newest releases and decadent desserts to share with your special someone, live music, 12-5p. 928-636-2003 FEB 14-15 PHOENIX 53rd Annual VNSA Used Book Sale State Fairgrounds Exhibit Building - 600,000+ books. Proceeds benefit local charities. Sa 8a-6p, Su 8a-4p, free adm. Fairgrounds charge parking fee. 602-265-6805, www.vnsabooksale.org FEB 14-15 BULLHEAD CITY 10th Annual ICS Regional Chili Cookoff & Festival Rotary Park, Lakeside Dr at the River - Chili, salsa, classic car show, live entertainment on 2 stages, karaoke, kids events, food/beverage, craft & merchandise. Vendor space $100 10x10 or $150 10x20 for 2 days. Adm free. 928-704-6446, veteranschilicookoff.com FEB 17 YUMA Canadian Snowbird Assoc Winter Information Meeting Yuma Civic & Convention Center, 101 Desert Hills Dr - Entertainment, valuable information geared toward snowbird lifestyle, 1p-4p, free adm. 800-265-3200 FEB 19 INDIO, CA Canadian Snowbird Assoc Winter Information Meeting Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, 84-245 Indio Springs Parkway - Entertainment, valuable information geared toward snowbird lifestyle, 1p-4p, free adm. 800-265-3200 FEB 19-22 PHOENIX Sportsmen, Vacation & RV Show Phoenix Civic Plaza - SW’s largest display of recreational vehicles, RV accessories, outdoor gear, info on RV parks, etc. $7, $2 discount online, 12 & under free. 800-657-3050
Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show & Shopping Expo FEB 12-22 SCOTTSDALE
The 54th Annual Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show will take place at WestWorld in north Scottsdale, Feb. 12-22, 2009. It’s the largest event of its kind in the world and attracts hundreds of thousands of spectators. Along with exciting competitions, educational seminars and an international cuisine court, the event features more than 300 trade booths offering everything from lavish jewelry, clothing and works of art to boots, saddles and gifts. Each year the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show raises thousands of dollars for local charities. The Arabian Horse Association of Arizona will continue to support such endeavors this year. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased by calling TicketMaster or at the ticket booth on site. For a schedule of events and more information on the show visit the website. TicketMaster: 480-784-4444 www.scottsdaleshow.com
“Out West Art Fest” FEB 20-22 CAVE CREEK
“Out West Art Fest” is set for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, February 20, 21 & 22, 2009. The new show takes place from 10 am to 5 pm at Stagecoach Village, 7100 E. Cave Creek Road, in Cave Creek, but the Western setting by no means indicates the type of art that will be exhibited. “We are excited to showcase a mix of both contemporary and Western artists,” said Michelle Russell, event chair. “Patrons will have the chance to view and purchase high caliber, original pieces created by 100 local and nationally-acclaimed painters, sculptors, jewelers, wood and glass artists, photographers, and artists working with mixed media.” The event includes live music, food, and artist demonstrations. Admission is FREE. 480-575-6624 www.OutWestArtFest.org
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Destination February Events
FEB 20 CASA GRANDE Downtown P’Art’Y Florence Blvd & Sacaton - Children’s arts & crafts, Casa Grande Valley Historical Society museum tours, art show, food, bake sales and entertainment, free adm, 10a-2p. 520-421-8677 FEB 20-22 GOODYEAR Goodyear Rodeo Days Estrella Mountain Regional Park - Senior pro rodeo. Fr 9a: Slack Day, free adm. Sa & Su, gate opens 11a, performance 2p, $8 adults, $7 seniors, $4 ages 5-12. Sa: BBQ dinner & dance $6. 623-327-3798, www.new-wave-events.com FEB 20-22 CAVE CREEK Out West Art Fest Stagecoach Village, 7100 E Cave Creek Rd - Juried show w/100 local & nationally-acclaimed artists offering contemporary and Western art, live music, food, artist demos,10a-5p, free adm. 480-575-6624, www.OutWestArtFest.org FEB 21 SALOME 16th Great AZ Outback Chili Cook-Off Indian Hills Airpark - Chili & salsa competition & tasting, Poker Runs incl 4-wheel & horse, aircraft contests, classic car show, Art Show & Exhibit, Outback Auction, quilt show, 9a-4p. 928-859-3846 FEB 21 SCOTTSDALE 56th Annual Parada del Sol Parade Scottsdale Rd, Oak St to Indian School - World’s largest horse drawn parade, western pageantry, dancing troupes, bands, 10a. Trail’s End Celebration after parade w/live music, shopping, food, Kids Zone till 5p, free. 480-990-3179, www.paradadelsol.org FEB 21 LAKE HAVASU CITY Geo Cache Bash Cattail Cove State Park - Search for hidden treasure! Be sure to bring your handheld GPS unit. Begins w/ brief history of GPS and the sport’s etiquette. Raffle, food, 10a-2p. Park day use fee waived for event. 928-855-1223 FEB 21 TUCSON 8th Annual Arizona Animal Fair Reid Park - Demonstrations, entertainment, food court & beer garden, 100+ exhibitors and over 30 animal rescue agencies.10a-4p, free. 520-275-0445 FEB 21-22 GLOBE Historic Home & Building Tour, Antique & Quilt Show Downtown - From 9a, last tour 3p. $15 adults/$10 seniors & youth. Antique Show & Quilt Show free w/ tour. 800-804-5623 FEB 21-22 MESA 20th Annual Desert Woodcarving Show & Sale Mesa Centennial Hall, Bldg C, 201 N Center - Judged woodcarving competition, fine woodworking show, wood sculpture, supplies, demos, prizes, raffles, Sa 9-5 & Su 10-4, donation $5. 480-951-6175 FEB 21-22 TUCSON Southwest Indian Art Fair AZ State Museum (UofA) - 200+ renowned Native artists, top-quality pottery, Hopi kachinas, jewelry, baskets, rugs & more. Artist demos, Native foods, music & dance performances, Sa10-5, Su 10-4, $8/$3 ages 12-16. 520-626-8381 FEB 21-22 PHOENIX 25th Anniversary of Matsuri: A Festival of Japan Heritage & Science Park - Entertainment, crafts, food, art, martial arts, Taiko drums, folk dancing, children’s activities & more. Free, 10:30a-4:30p. 602-262-5071 FEB 21-22 APACHE JUNCTION Annual Gem & Rock Show Skyline HS on Crisman Rd - Auctions, displays, demos, prizes, gems, rocks, jewelry, supplies, wire wrapping. Sa 9a-5p, Su 10a-4p. 480-982-7760 FEB 21-MAR 1 TUCSON 84th Annual La Fiesta de los Vaqueros Tucson Rodeo Grounds - PRCA Rodeo, the largest outdoor winter rodeo in the US. Tickets $12 - $22 according to seating, 12:30p-5p. 520-741-2233, www.tucsonrodeo.com FEB 21-MAR 29 TUCSON Designer Showhouse Rancho Merlita, 8520 E Wrightstown Rd - Fashion shows, boutique, daily luncheons, DesignSpeak seminars, chef demos, $15 by 1/21 or $20 @ door, 10-4 daily except Su 12 -4, closed Mondays. 520-722-7436 FEB 22 TUCSON Fords on Fourth Classic Mustang Show Fourth Ave - Fords of all types, Tucson’s trolley, lots of great restaurants and shops. Southern AZ Mustang Club is oldest Mustang Club in world. 8a-3p, free adm. 520-624-5004, www.fourthavenue.org FEB 22 PHOENIX Shriners Bar-B-Q El Zaribah Shrine Auditorium, 552 N. 40th St (behind Frito-Lay) - Deep Pit BBQ Beef, beans, cole slaw, roll, cake, tea or coffee, 11a-4p, tickets $8.00 each. Net proceeds from event are for the benefit of El Zaribah Shriners. Payments are not deductible as charitable contributions. 602-231-0300, www.el-zaribah.org FEB 24-MAR 1 SEDONA 15th Annual Sedona International Film Festival & Workshop Six Full Days...Reel Magic - Documentaries, Shorts & Features, and Animations from around the world; fabulous parties. Ticket info: 888-399-FILM FEB 26 TUCSON Tucson Rodeo Parade Irvington Rd & S. Sixth Ave - Since 1925 the best non-motorized parade in the world. Floats, horsedrawn coaches, Mexican dancers, marching bands & more, prompt start 9a. Grandstand seating avail, for tickets: 520-294-1280, www.TucsonRodeoParade.org FEB 27-MAR 1 APACHE JUNCTION Lost Dutchman Days Community celebrates Lost Dutchman legend - Professional rodeo & rodeo dance, carnival, two stages w/ free entertainment, 100+ vendors of arts, crafts & food, wild horse & burro adoption, themed parade on 28th. 800-252-3141 or 1-888-75 RODEO FEB 27-MAR 1 SCOTTSDALE Parada Del Sol PRCA Rodeo WestWorld of Scottsdale - Bull riding, saddle bronc, team roping, barrel racing, and all the usual rodeo events; live music after each perf. Call for times & ticket prices. 480-990-3179, www.paradadelsol.org FEB 27-MAR 1 APACHE JUNCTION Wild Horse & Burro Adoption Lost Dutchman Days @ AJ Rodeo Grounds - Adopt a living legend...Bureau of Land Management will offer horses & burros for adoption, 9a-5p. Fr preview day, Sa silent auction, Su Adopt remaining animals. 866-468-7826 FEB 27-MAR 1 TUCSON Kruse International Collector Car Auction Tucson Convention Center - Inaugural event! 300 muscle cars, sports cars, classics & special interest vehicles. Auction begins 10a daily. Adm: $10 adults, FREE kids 12 & under. 800-968-4444, www.kruse.com FEB 28 ARIZONA CITY Arizona City Daze Fire Dept. complex, Sunland Gin Rd - Parade 9a, festival immediately after w/arts & crafts, free live entertainment incl Elvis, Civil War reenactors, games, food vendors, free adm. 520-466-5141 FEB 28 QUARTZSITE 6th Annual “It’s Chili in Quartzsite” Chili Cookoff & State Salsa Championship Tyson Wells Showgrounds - CASI sanctioned, entrants from all over US, also People’s Choice w/ cash prizes (1st is $1000). Public free adm, $4 tasting fee (starts at noon), big raffle, entertainment, 10a-4p. 928-927-9321 FEB 28-MAR 1 SEDONA Bell Rock Plaza Art & Craft Show Bell Rock Plaza - Wonderful, exciting new art from about 35 artists and craftsmen - paintings, photography, jewelry, pottery and more, 10a-5p. 928-284-9627
This unique event at Mesa Centennial Hall, 201 N. Center St., includes a woodcarving competition presented by the Grand Canyon State Woodcarvers and the Arizona State Woodcarvers - watch power carving, hand carving, tool sharpening techniques, wood burning & texturing demonstrations. Wood sculpture art will be on sale as well as supplies, tools, books and sculptures of all kinds: realistic, birds, figures, animals, etc. The Fine Woodworkers of Arizona show runs in conjunction, too. Clubs nationwide are invited to submit and compete for the best-carved “Mother Goose Rhymes”. Contact us for details. Competitive entries: Novices, Intermediates, Advanced and Junior carvers. We anticipate 250 to 400 carvings. Vendor and Exhibitor tables are available. Free parking. $5 donation, 14 & under free. Sat. 9-5, Sun. 10-4. 480-951-6175 firstname.lastname@example.org
8th Annual Arizona Animal Fair FEB 21 TUCSON
Hosted by Saving Animals from Euthanasia (SAFE), the Arizona Animal Fair is the largest event of its kind in Arizona and one of the largest in the Southwest. Featuring animal demonstrations, exhibitors, Super Adoptions with 30+ animal rescue agencies, entertainment, food court and beer garden, this festive event is FREE, 10am-4pm at Reid Park (NE corner of 22nd St./Country Club). Look at all that’s on offer: Police K-9s, flyball, lure coursing, freestyle doggie dancing, dog training demos, pet first aid seminars, low-cost vaccinations and microchipping, plenty of horses, llamas and even potbellied pigs to pet, pet blessings, a pet psychic, pet blood drive, Glamour Paws Pet Photography and more! Free copy of Modern Dog Magazine with any size donation to SAFE. All proceeds benefit the animal rescue community. Come party with your pet! 888-816-3330 www.azanimalfair.com
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Destination March Events
“Bluegrass On The Beach” MAR 6-8 LAKE HAVASU CITY
This 3-day music festival formerly held in Parker, AZ will be held this year at the Lake Havasu State Park, Hwy 95 & Industrial Blvd. on March 6-8, 2009. The music begins daily 10am ~ dusk. Come listen to “10” nationally known bands: “Cherryholmes, Dailey & Vincent, U.S. Navy Band, Bluegrass Brothers” and many more! There will be crafts, food and beverage vendors on site. Bring your own chairs for the audience seating area. Also featured are band workshops, raffles, event T-Shirts and more. Daily adult tickets are Fri or Sun $15 each, Sat $20 each (can be purchased at Festival gate). A 3-day ticket (includes 3 days camping) is $68 each (order early, camping sites may sell out). See you there! 209-480-4693 www.landspromotions.com
MAR 6-8 LAKE HAVASU CITY Bluegrass on the Beach Lake Havasu State Park - Some of the country’s best talent incl the 2008 IBMA Entertainer of the Year the Dailey-Vincent Band, also the US Navy Band; band workshops, art & craft and food vendors, raffles w/ great prizes. www.landspromotions.com MAR 6-8 COOLIDGE Cotton Days Downtown, San Carlos Park - Arts & crafts, car show, biker rally, dance contest, live entertainment, food booths, beer garden, carnival, cotton bale rolling contest, street dance, free adm, Fr 12-10p, Sa 9a-10p, Su 9a-5p. 520-723-3009 MAR 6-8 GLENDALE Southwest Flower & Garden Show Univ of Phoenix Stadium - Hundreds of displays, spectacular landscapes, gardens, yard & garden products, Green Showcase, demos, seminars. Fr & Sa 10a7p, Su 10a-5p. Free parking. 602-485-1691, ext 107 MAR 6-8 PHOENIX 5th Annual Arts & Flowers Phoenix Art Museum - Scores of breathtaking floral arrangements by more than 40 Valley floral designers and clubs complement works in the Museum’s collection, 10a-5p. www.phxart.org MAR 6-8 CAREFREE Annual Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival Downtown - World-class festival with 165 strictly juried fine artists, wine & microbrew tasting ($10 incl’s engraved wine or beer glass), live entertainment, 10a-5p, adm $3. 480-837-5637 MAR 7 CASA GRANDE 31st Annual AZ State Open Chili Championship Ed Hooper Park, 2525 N Pinal Ave - Cookoff, tasting cups on sale, plus arts & crafts vendors, food, live entertainment, 10a-6p, free adm. 520-560-2256 MAR 7 CHANDLER Ostrich Festival Parade & Fun Run Downtown - 5k Fun Run 8a and parade 10a. 480963-4571 MAR 7-8 PHOENIX 51st Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market Heard Museum - 600+ top Native American artists show/ sell traditional & contemporary jewelry, paintings, weavings, basketry, katsinas, pottery; music, dance, food, 9:30a-5p, adm: $15, student $5. 602-252-8848 MAR 7-8 GOLD CANYON Fine Arts & Crafts Show Gold Canyon Village, 6974 E. Hwy 60 (1/4 mile west of Mountain Brook Dr) - Show Hours are Sat & Sun 9-5, free admission & parking. 602-789-7222 MAR 7-8 SURPRISE An Affair with the Arts West Valley Art Museum - Spring Art Fair. Fine arts & crafts for sale by area & national artists, musical performances, 10a-5p, adm: $3. 623-972-0635 MAR 7-8 SEDONA Bell Rock Plaza Art & Craft Show Bell Rock Plaza - Wonderful, exciting new art from about 35 artists and craftsmen - paintings, photography, jewelry, pottery and more, 10a-5p. 928-284-9627 MAR 7-8 PHOENIX Artlink’s 21st Art Detour Self-guided tour of Downtown Phoenix galleries, artist studios and art spaces. Sat 10a-6p and Sun Noon to 6p. www.artlinkphoenix.com MAR 8 TUCSON Tucson Law Enforcement Motorcycle Festival Fourth Ave - This cycle show & swap meet features everything about or for motorcycles. Clothing, gear, cycles of every kind, parts. Demos by Tucson Police Dept’s Motorcycle Exhibition Team. 8a-4p, free adm. 520-624-5004, www.fourthavenue.org MAR 12-14 CHANDLER Jazz, Wine, Blues & Barrel Tasting Festival Kokopelli Winery, 35 W Boston St - Taste wine straight out of the barrel, Jazz & Blues artists, great Creole & BBQ lunch and dinner, $10 for wine tasting/ souvenir wine glass. 480-792-6927 MAR 12-14 BENSON Valley Crafter Show & Sale Fellowship Hall, 590 S. Huachuca - A good variety of quality crafts and delicious baked goods, Th 5-8p, Fr 9a-7p, Sa 9a-4p. I-10 exit 303 east to Huachuca St. Turn right to church. 520-586-1908 MAR 13-15 CHANDLER 21st Annual Ostrich Festival Tumbleweed Park - “One of the Top 10 Unique Festivals in the US.” Ostrich races & display - more ostriches than ever! Entertainment, carnival, arts & crafts, food, Fr 4p-12a, Sa 10a-12a, Su noon-11p. Adm $9/$7. 480-963-4571 MAR 13-15 LAKE HAVASU CITY Havasu Art Guild’s 30th Annual Juried Spring Show Community Aquatic Center, 100 Park Ave - Show & sale of fine arts & crafts from all over the West, artists welcome, Fr 10a-2p, Sa 10a-4p, Su 10a-3p. Free adm. 928-854-6191, www.havasuartguild.com MAR 13-15 SAN CARLOS/GLOBE 13th Annual Intertribal Pow Wow Apache Gold Casino Resort - Competition singing and dancing, Native arts & crafts, traditional Native foods. We welcome our Native and nonNative friends and neighbors. Call for times/adm. 1-800-APACHE-8 MAR 13-15 SUPERIOR Superior Apache Leap Mining Festival Parade, entertainment, salsa contest, mining competitions, carnival, Western dance. Fr 5-10p, Sa 8a-10p, Su 10a-6p. Free. 520-689-0200 MAR 13-15 LAKE HAVASU CITY 27th Annual Home Show High School, 2675 S. Palo Verde - Find everything for your home! Focus on remodeling and going green. Bigger than last year! Colorado River Building Industry Assoc. Free adm! Fr 3:30-7p, Sa 9a-5p, Su 9a-3p. 928-453-7755 MAR 13-15 PEORIA Peoria’s Festival of the Arts City Hall Municipal Grounds, 8401 W Monroe St Fine art, live entertainment, children’s art activities, fine foods, wine tasting, art demos, book sale & more! Fr 5-10p, Sa 10a-10p, Su 10a-4p. 623-773-7198, artists: email@example.com MAR 14 AJO 8th Annual Sonoran Shindig Bud Walker Park - Sonoran desert celebration, activities for the whole family, live music, displays, info booths, raffles, food, and fun just for kids, 10a-3p, free adm. 520-387-7742 MAR 14 PRESCOTT Winter Navajo Rug Auction Smoki Museum - Preview 10a-Noon, auctioneer on hand to answer questions. Auction 1p. Navajo tacos, complimentary beverages avail. www. smokimuseum.org/events.htm, more auctions at www.rbburnhamtrading.com MAR 14-15 TUCSON 27th Annual Wa:k Pow Wow San Xavier Del Bac Mission - Native American inter-tribal dancing, contests, Native American food/ arts & crafts, Sa 10:30a-11p, Su 10a-7p. Adults $8, child $6, 6 & under free, parking $3. 520-573-4051 MAR 14-15 PATAGONIA Patagonia’s Spring Art Walk Downtown - Over 20 galleries, artists’ studios and shops, raffle (items from local artists), special show openings,11a-5p, free adm. 888-794-0060, www.patagoniaaz.com MAR 14-15 SEDONA Bell Rock Plaza Art & Craft Show Bell Rock Plaza - Wonderful, exciting new art from about 35 artists and craftsmen - paintings, photography, jewelry, pottery and more, 10a-5p. 928-284-9627 MAR 14-15 PICACHO Civil War in the SW Picacho Peak State Park - Re-enactments of Civil War battle for Pichaco Pass & two other SW battles. Period costumes, encampments, Civil War memorabilia & food booths. $8/car up to 4 people, $2 each add’l, 10a-4p. 520-466-3183 MAR 14-15 PHOENIX AZ Archaeology Expo Pueblo Grande Museum - Hands-on activities, special displays/booths, make crafts, play games, see history re-enactors & more! Free adm. 602-542-4174
It’s the 9th year for the Sonoran Shindig “Celebration of the Desert,” held at Bud Walker Park in Ajo, Arizona. Free to the public are music, arts and crafts, wildlife exhibits, Indian fry bread, games. Don’t miss the Coyote Howling contest- it is open to everyone! Judging is by audience applause, so come with your best coyote yelp and howl with the best. The Festival promotes public awareness of the desert ecosystem, the wildlife and plants of the area, and the lifestyles and economy that depend upon the desert and its balance of nature. Enjoy the Sonoran Desert Photo Contest and Piñata Contest with its mythical creature of the desert by local artist. Ajo is the place! Ajo District Chamber of Commerce: 520-387-7742 www.ajochamber.com
Sonoran Shindig “Celebration of the Desert” MAR 14 AJO
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Destination March/April Events
MAR 14-15 LITCHFIELD PARK 11th Annual Litchfield Park Art & Culinary Festival Scenic location in Historic downtown by legendary Wigwam Resort - One of the Southwest’s premier outdoor art festivals, 200+ fine artists & craftsmen, live music, wine tastings & culinary demonstrations, 9a-10p, free adm & parking. Candy: 623-393-7820 MAR 14-15 PHOENIX 5th Annual West of Western Culinary Festival Hosted by Phoenix Art Museum - Garden party with 50+ top chefs, sample dozens of dishes and wines, live jazz. All ages. $22 - $75 in advance. Info: www.westofwestern.com MAR 19-22 SACATON Mul-Chu-Tha Fair & Rodeo Gila River Indian Community, I-10 exit 175 Rodeo, Jr. Rodeo, Pow Wow, BBQ, parade, carnival, arts/crafts, games & sports, battle of the bands, 13-54 yrs $6, 55+ & ages 6-12 $4, 5 & under free. 520-562-6087/9840 MAR 19-22 SCOTTSDALE National Festival of the West WestWorld - Huge Western shopping expo, Western music jamboree, cowboy poetry gathering, Western TV & film celebrities, Chuck Wagon Cook Offs, lots more; from 10a. 602-996-4387, festivalofthewest.com MAR 20-22 SCOTTSDALE 2009 Scottsdale Arts Festival Civic Center Grounds - Nearly 200 jury-selected artists, gourmet food, live musical entertainment, children’s activities, $7, 12 & under free, Fr-Sa 10a6p, Su 10a-5p, free parking. 480-994-ARTS MAR 20-22 CAVE CREEK Fine Art & Craft Festival Stagecoach Village, 7100 E. Cave Creek Rd. at Galloway Dr. (2 blks. west of Tom Darlington Dr.) Hours are Fri & Sat 10-5, Sun 10-4, free admission & parking. 602-789-7222 MAR 20-22 TUCSON 39th Fourth Avenue Spring Street Fair 4th Ave - One of top 100 festivals in the country. 400+ booths of arts & crafts, food vendors, 2 big music stages, street performers, kids hands on art pavilion, 10a-dusk, free adm. 520-624-5004, www. fourthavenue.org MAR 20-22 BUCKEYE Helzapoppin’ PRCA Rodeo Helzapoppin’ Rodeo Grounds - Rodeo performance Fri & Sat 7p, Sun 2p, dance Sat eve at 9p. Adults $12, Children $6, Srs $10, Dance $5. 623-386-2727 MAR 20-22 FOUNTAIN HILLS 5th Annual Fountain Hills Fine Art & Wine Affaire Ave of the Fountains - Juried show of 125+ world class artists, wine-tasting ($10 incl’s engraved wine goblet), live entertainment, local food, 10a-5p, $3. Free Parking. 480-837-5637 MAR 21 MESA A Night in the 40’s Falcon Field Airport - AZ Wing CAF: Live Big Band, WWII Musical Show, jitterbug & costume contests. Dance in the shadow of a vintage B-17 WWII bomber, fundraiser for museum, $35/adv, $40/door. Meal extra. 480-924-1940, www.bigbanddance.com MAR 21 PATAGONIA Annual Mariachi Festival Patagonia Lake State Park - A number of Mariachi bands perform, variety of food vendors, 12-5p. $8/ car (up to 4 adults). 520-287-6965 MAR 21 SUN CITY WEST Spring Arts and Crafts Festival R.H. Johnson Rec Center - Sun City West artisans offer top quality one-of-a-kind works of art, 8a-3p, free adm. 623-544-6027 MAR 21 PHOENIX Tequilaaz! Heritage & Science Park - A new tequila & mezcal celebration. Sample over 80 tequilas w/ tastings of Southwest fare from top AZ restaurants. Music & entertainment, seminars about agave culture, 4-8p, $45. www.tequilaaz.com MAR 21-22 TUBAC Art Walk I-19, exit 34 - Walking tour of studios and galleries, including artists’ demonstrations of works in progress, special receptions provide opportunities to meet artists, 10a-5p, free adm. 520-398-2704 MAR 21-22 TOPAWA Celebration of Basketry & Native Foods Tohono O’odham Cultural Center & Museum - Booths showcase baskets and native-cooking demonstrations by accomplished chefs plus performances by traditional dance groups, 10a-4p, free adm. 520383-0201 MAR 21-22 PHOENIX Valley Fever Arts Festival Heritage & Science Park - Music, dance, poetry, interactive performance art & theatrical performances; visual arts studios on site, workshops, temporary public art installations. www.valleyfeverarts.com MAR 25-29 CASA GRANDE Pinal County Fair Pinal Co. Fairground - Concerts & great family entertainment, headline Hispanic concert, arts & crafts, 4H & FFA livestock show / auction, carnival, great shopping. We-Fr & Su 9a-10p, Sa 9a-11p, $6 adults, $3 kids. 1-888-431-1311 MAR 26-29 KEARNY 49th Annual Pioneer Days Festival Pioneer Park on Veterans Ave - Parade Sa 10a, arts & crafts, food, live entertainment, carnival & more. Thu & Fri 4-10, Sat noon-10, Sun noon-7, free adm. 520-363-7607 MAR 27-29 TUCSON Spring Artisans Market Tucson Museum of Art, 140 N Main Ave in Historic Downtown - 100+ of the finest artisans in the Southwest offering a wide variety of exquisite, handmade works, 10a-5p, free adm. 520-624-2333 MAR 28 DEER VALLEY Annual Rock Art Expo Rock Art Center, 3711 W Deer Valley Rd - FREE DAY, guided tours, entertainment, artist demos & artwork for sale, storytelling, archaeology dig, flint knapping, spear throwing, Kansas City BBQ, lots more, 10a-4p. 623-582-8007 MAR 28-29 GLOBE Celebrate AZ Archaeology Month Besh-Ba-Gowah - 2 tours Sa, 1 tour Su, pottery and basket weaving demonstrations, Apache Crown Dancers, 9a-5p. Sa-Free, Su-$3 ages 12-64, $2 for 65+, under 12 free. 928-425-0320 MAR 28-29 MARANA Fine Arts Show Dove Mountain Retail Center, Dove Mtn Blvd & Tangerine Rd - Show Hours are 9a-5p, free admission & parking. 602-789-7222 MAR 28-29 PHOENIX Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Outdoor Expo Ben Avery Shooting Facility, Carefree Hwy & I-17 - Shooting of all kinds, fishing, archery, OHV recreation, hands-on activities & workshops, exhibitors, food booths, Sa 9-5, Su 9-5, free parking & adm. www.azgfd.gov/expo APR 2-5 CAVE CREEK Fiesta Days Weekend Cave Creek Memorial Arena - Golf Tournament & Miss Rodeo Arizona Pageant on 2nd, WPRA Rodeo & Mutton Bustin’ on 3rd, dance on 3rd & 4th, parade on 4th, PRCA Rodeo performances on 4th & 5th. For times, locations, prices: 480-488-4043, ww.fiestadaysrodeo.com APR 3-5 TOMBSTONE Old West Founders Days Honoring prospector who founded Tombstone; competitions in hard rock drilling/ mucking, mining displays, Ed Schieffelin & Nellie Cashman look-alike contest, street entertainment, Rose Tree parade, concert, fireman’s muster. 888-457-3929 APR 3-5 GLENDALE Kachina Kennel Club Dog Show University of Phoenix Stadium, 1 Cardinals Dr Features over 2,000 purebreds, will include all breed conformation, junior showmanship, and obedience/ rally and agility competitions (pending AKC approval). www.bringfido.com APR 4 TUCSON 15th Annual Tucson Earth Day Festival Reid Park off Country Club Rd - Exhibits w/ handson activities for children, music, performances, food, recycling collections. Parade 10a. Solar Race Car Competition, Alternate Fuel Vehicles Display. Adm free, 9a-3p. 520-975-2183 APR 4 BUCKEYE Fine Art & Craft Show Sun City Festival (Pulte/Del Webb Model Home Park) 26501 Desert Vista Blvd., Buckeye (west of Surprise) - Sat. 9-5. Free admission & parking. 602-789-7222 APR 4-5 PATAGONIA Patagonia’s Birdland Art Walk Downtown - Over 20 galleries, artists’ studios and shops, raffle (items from local artists), sidewalk chalk art contest w/ bird theme, 11a-5p, free adm. 888-794-0060, www.patagoniaaz.com APR 5 TUCSON Sonoran Spring Celebration Tohono Chul Park - Fundraiser, silent auction, dinner, music 4:30p, $150 per person. 520-742-6455 ext 0 APR 10-11 PAGE 2009 Unity Pow Wow Navajo Village Heritage Center, near Coppermine Rd & Hwy 98 - Competitive dancing and singing, share culture of dancers and drummers from tribes around the country. 928-640-3137, www.myspace.com/pageazunitypowwow APR 11-12 SEDONA Bell Rock Plaza Art & Craft Show Bell Rock Plaza - Wonderful, exciting new art from about 35 artists and craftsmen - paintings, photography, jewelry, pottery and more, 10a-5p. 928-284-9627 APR 12 PHOENIX Shriners Easter Brunch & Children’s Egg Hunt El Zaribah Shrine Auditorium, 552 N. 40th St (behind Frito-Lay) - 11a-3p, Egg Hunt around noon, $25 adult, $10 ages12-6, 5 years & under free. Net proceeds from event are for the benefit of El Zaribah Shriners. Payments are not deductible as charitable contributions. 602-231-0300, www.el-zaribah.org APR 13-19 SCOTTSDALE USTA National Men’s 35 Hard Court Tennis Championships Scottsdale Athletic Club - Top national players in the 35-age division, many are former touring professionals. Free for spectators. 480-991-1571 APR 16-26 TUCSON Pima County Fair Pima County Fairgrounds - Don’t miss this combination of carnival, livestock, displays, great attractions, demolition derby, vendors & fabulous concerts, $7/$2. 520-762-FAIR; www.Pimacountyfair.com APR 17-19 MIAMI Miami BoomTown Spree Sullivan Street - Arizona State Mining Championship, Copper Crawl 5K & 13K hill runs, parade, street fair, live entertainment, stair climb, bed races, Fr 5-9p, Sa 9a-9p, Su 10a-5p, free adm. 928-473-4185, www.miamiboomtownspree.org APR 17-19 PEORIA 7th Annual Peoria Stadium Spring Arts & Crafts Festival Peoria Stadium west parking lot, corner of 83rd Ave & Stadium Way - 100+ exhibits of art and crafts in all categories plus Int’l Food Court and Kids Fun Zone, 10a-5p, free adm. 480-488-2014 APR 18 YUMA “Artbeat” of Yuma Historic Main Street at Yuma Art Center - Sample fine wines and art in the museum, outside great local artists showcase their work along with cool jazz, 10a-4p. 928-373-5202 APR 18-19 SEDONA Bell Rock Plaza Art & Craft Show Bell Rock Plaza - Wonderful, exciting new art from about 35 artists and craftsmen - paintings, photography, jewelry, pottery and more, 10a-5p. 928-284-9627
The Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival APR 23-26 COTTONWOOD
The 9th annual Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival, April 23 thru 26, held at Dead Horse Ranch State Park in Cottonwood hosts a variety of field trips, workshops and special events. Most trips include transportation; some include meals. Popular trips feature birding by bike, canoe, train or horseback. The Keynote Dessert Reception presents Arizona birder, author and photographer, Jim Burns. New ‘Lunch & Learn’ Workshops offer tips to improve skills of all birders. Saturday is the free “Family Nature Fair” with activities for everyone. Camping is available at the park. This is an extraordinary festival. Come Bird the Verde! Go to www.birdyverde.org for registration and information about all the events and activities. Events fill quickly, so register now. 928-282-2202
APR 19 TUCSON Greater Arizona Bicycle Swap Meet Fourth Ave - Everything about or for bikes; clothing, gear, bicycles of every description, parts, great prices & selection, free adm, 7a-2p. 520-624-5004, www.fourthavenue.org APR 23-26 COTTONWOOD Annual Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival Dead Horse Ranch State Park - Field trips, guided walks, workshops, exhibits, vendors. NEW trips every year. Register now: www.birdyverde.org; Info: 928-282-2202 APR 24-26 TUCSON Wild Horse & Burro Adoption Pima County Fair at Fairgrounds - Adopt a living legend... Bureau of Land Management will offer horses & burros for adoption, 9a-5p. Fr preview day, Sa silent auction, Su Adopt remaining animals. 866-468-7826, www.wildhorseandburro.blm.gov APR 24-26 WINSLOW Winslow Railroad Days Downtown - Model trains from all over region, several layouts, railroad history, display & activities at Lindberg Reg’l Airport, vendors and more. Come visit this genuine railroad town! 928-289-2434, www.winslowarizona.org APR 24-26 BENSON Bluegrass in the Park Lions Park - Workshops, jam sessions, great lineup of bands including Gold Wing Express, call for ticket information. RV Camping free with 3-day pass. 520-586-2842 or 520-586-4293 APR 25 ELGIN Blessing of Sonoita Vineyards Festival Sonoita Vineyards - Ceremony (noon), wine tasting, souvenir glass, tour of vineyards & winery, live music, $10, 4 new wines released; also Savoring Sonoita- local restaurants pair food & wine for add’l cost. 10a-4p. 520-455-5893 APR 25-26 SONOITA 94th Annual Sonoita Horse Races Santa Cruz Fairgrounds - Simulcast wagering from Turf Paradise. Concessions on ground. Post time 1p, $4/adults, under 12 free. 520-455-5553
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10 Organ Pipe Drive 520-387-6849, www.nps.gov/orpi Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument welcomes you into a desert wilderness where you can drive a scenic road, camp beneath dark skies, marvel at magnificent cactus, or soak in the warmth and beauty of the American Southwest.
Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
Museum of Northern Arizona
Now celebrating its 80th year, MNA is one of the great regional museums of our world. It evokes the very spirit of the Colorado Plateau and serves as a gateway to understanding this unique area. Open daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Adm: $7-4. 3 miles north of downtown Flagstaff.
3101 N. Fort Valley Road
Biosphere 2 The University of Arizona Where science lives.
201 S Kinney Rd., Tucson 520-883-0100, www.oldtucson.com Famous movie location open to the public. Hours: Daily 10am-6pm. Wild West entertainment, restaurants, shops. (Subject to seasonal changes. Please call ahead for current schedule and prices.)
Old Tucson Studios
20 minutes north of Tucson on Hwy. 77 at mile marker 96.5. Guided tours, snacks, gift shop.
Cruises on Canyon Lake, open all year 7 days a week. Enjoy narrated nature cruises, twilight dinner cruises and private charters. Wheelchair assessable. 16 miles Northeast of Apache Junction on SR 88.
Archaeological Park 150 N. Pine St., 928-425-0320 Offers a glimpse into the long vanished Salado culture. Walk within restored rooms in this 700-year old pueblo and visit the museum. Open 9-5, adm: $3, 65 & over - $2, under 12 free.
Presenting the area’s history from before the founding of Prescott in 1864 to the present. Tour the Governor’s Mansion, which housed the first territorial governor. Festivals, living history events, outdoor theater performances, changing exhibits.
415 W. Gurley St. 928-445-3122, www.sharlot.org
Sharlot Hall Museum
6541 E. Tanque Verde Rd. 520-296-4551, www.traildusttown.com Originally constructed as a movie set with old-fashioned town square & gazebo. Enjoy a carousel, train, gold-panning, stunt shows and Museum of the Horse Soldier. Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse is Home of the Famous Cowboy Steak!
Trail Dust Town
No. 5 Copper Queen Plaza 520-432-7071, www.bisbeemuseum.org A Smithsonian Affiliate, The Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum tells the dynamic story of copper mining in a new, world-class exibit that transports you back in time.
Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum
928-638-2468 | explorethecanyon.com
National Geographic Visitor Center (IMAX)
IMAX Theater, interpretive presentations & exhibits; FREE maps, National Geographic Store, AZ Office of Tourism, Explorer’s Café, and more!
7301 E. Indian Bend Rd. 480-312-2312, therailroadpark.com
McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park
2150 N. Alvernon Way 520-326-9686, www.tucsonbotanical.org Voted “America’s Best Secret Garden” by Readers Digest. 5 1/2 acres of 16 beautiful and lush gardens. Open daily 8:30 am-4:30 pm. Closed July 4th.
Tucson Botanical Gardens
Miniature trains, historic buildings and rolling stock from AZ’s past. Snack areas. Train rides $2 and carousel ride $1, children under 3 free w/paying adult. Open daily 10am, free admission.
866-432-2071 www.queenminetour.com Retired Phelps Dodge employees guide you into this once prolific copper mine opened in 1877. 5 tours daily, 7 days a week, tickets $12 plus tax adults, $5 plus tax ages 5-15. Off US 80 interchange.
120 W. Andy Devine, 928-753-9889, 866-427-7866 Tells the story of the 35th parallel - wagons trains, National Old Trails Highway and Route 66. Murals, exhibits, period vehicles and a street scene make it all come alive. Located in the Powerhouse Visitor Center. Daily 9-6 (Dec-Feb to 5pm)
Route 66 Museum
51 E. 10th St., 480-965-2787 http://asuartmuseum.asu.edu Exhibitions focus on contemporary art in interactive formats, with emphasis on new ideas and media. Free Admission. Tuesday-Saturday, 11 am–5 pm; Sunday, 1–5 pm. Its Ceramics Research Center is closed on Sundays. Gift Shop.
Arizona State University Art Museum
Pre-Columbian, Western, Contem- porary. Changing exhibitions and Historic Block. Tues-Sat, 10-4; Sunday Noon- 4, closed Mondays, major holidays. Adults $8, Seniors (60+) $6, Students (13+) $3.
140 N. Main, 520-624-2333, TucsonMuseumofArt.org
Tucson Museum of Art
928-567-2840, outofafricapark.com Authentic African Safari Tours. Feed giraffe, zebra and more aboard Safari vehicles. Take a Tram or walk for closeup encounters of lions, tigers, bears and other large predators. 3 miles west of I-17 on Hwy 260.
4020 N. Cherry Rd.
Out of Africa
2017 N. Greenfield Rd 480-924-1940, arizonawingcaf.com Dedicated to preserving aviation history and wartime memorabilia. See the famous B-17G Flying Fortress “Sentimental Journey”. Gift shop. Located at Falcon Field Airport.
Arizona Wing of the Commemorative Air Force Museum
Arizona Sonora Desert Museum
21 acres with some 300 animal species and 1,200 kinds of plants. Includes hummingbirds, javelinas and coyotes, bird of prey shows (seasonal). Open daily. Call for seasonal hours & prices
2021 N. Kinney Rd. 520-883-2702, www.desertmuseum.org
150 N. Railroad Ave. 520-384-4583, 877-234-4111 www.rexallenmuseum.org Features the life of Rex Allen, Rex Allen, Jr., Willcox Cowboy Hall of Fame, photo history of the Cowbelles, western stars. Gift shop. 10-4. Adm: $2 single, $3 couple, $5 family.
Rex Allen Arizona Cowboy Museum & Cowboy Hall of Fame
800-289-5898 www.meteorcrater.com 550 ft. deep, nearly 1 mile across! Many interactive displays and exhibits, big screen theater, gift shop, guided rim trail tours (weather permitting) 9:15 - 2:15. Admission fee (seasonal hours). Between Flagstaff and Winslow on I-40, 6 miles south off exit 233.
21 Rt 66 Oatman, Arizona
Kitt Peak National Observatory
On Route 66 Oatman, AZ , an old mining town, has much to offer - gunfights everyday, burros walking through the town, and 40 shops that cater to your every whim.
23 optical and two radio telescopes with 3 tours daily, visitor center, gift shop, public observing programs day and night. Hours: 9am-3:45pm; call for prices. Hwy 86. 56 miles SW of Tucson.
Hwy 264 & Loop Road 928-871-7941, www.navajonationmuseum.org Bridges the past, present, and future of the Navajo people through educational / art exhibitions, cultural programs and events. Galleries & Gift Shop hours: Mon. 8-5, Tues.Fri. 8-8, Sat. 9-5. 1/2 mile W of the AZ/NM border.
Navajo Nation Museum
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Celebrate a Legend at Lost Dutchman Days
The Dutchman Jacob Waltz once found gold in the Superstition Mountains east of Apache Junction. Based on what he pulled out, it was a rich and generous mine. However, Waltz expired without ever revealing its location. And the Superstition Mountains kept their secrets. But if no ore has since been found, despite Waltz’s tantalizing clues and the dogged efforts of fortune hunters and foolish expeditions, the Superstitions have produced something far more valuable: the Legend of the Lost Dutchman Mine. This February 27, 28 and March 1, the community of Apache Junction renews for the 45th time their annual celebration of this legend during Lost Dutchman Days. This three-day extravaganza is held at the Apache Junction Rodeo Grounds and Event Center and will feature a full, 8-event Rodeo and Parade. The “World Famous Budweiser Clydesdales” will be here all weekend. Stabled at Goldfield Ghost Town, four miles north of Apache Junction, they will be performing during the Rodeo on Friday and Sunday and in the Parade on Saturday.
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In addition to the parade through downtown and the Rodeo, a three-day buckaroo bonanza from Friday through Sunday, over a hundred vendors will be on hand to showcase their wares. All of that will be accompanied by the tunes produced on the two stages of free music, from country to jazz, from morning to night. The revelry on Saturday night includes an outdoor rodeo dance with country music, hay bale seating, food and drinks, and a large bonfire. One of the more popular events of the weekend is the BLM wild horse and burro adoption. There’s also a large carnival on site and 30,000 plus of your friends and neighbors enjoying all the festivities. All that from a mine that has never been found. Who knows, maybe old Jacob Waltz is dancing too (the 2 step 6 feet under) at the thought his mine has yielded up so much more than sparkling ore. The good spirits and fine time inspired in his name at Apache Junction’s Lost Dutchman Days are sure to yield the motherlode of happy memories, golden every one.
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El Mirage Eloy Florence Florence Junction Fountain Hills Friendly Corner Gila Bend Gilbert Gladden Glendale Globe Goodyear Hayden Inspiration Kaka
Kearny Mammoth Maricopa Mesa Miami Mobile Morristown New River Oracle Oracle Jct. Palo Verde Paloma Paradise Valley
Payson Peoria Peridot Phoenix Picacho Pine Punkin Center Queen Creek Randolph Red Rock Rio Verde San Carlos San Manuel
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21st Arizona Renaissance Festival
Two Months of Excitement and Adventure
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Pick up a copy at local Hotels RV Parks Visitor Centers Chambers of Commerce
Arizona’s biggest kingdom of outdoor entertainment, the Arizona Renaissance Festival has planned two months of non-stop entertainment, feasting and games beginning February 7, performing, shopping and feasting on weekends, including President’s Day Monday, through the end of March. In the festival’s vast 16th century European village, an expected 260,000 revelers will find dozens of shows on 12 stages of continuous entertainment each event day, including: • Special guests from England for two weekends of concert appearances, the Mediaeval Baebes. Six talented singers breath renewed life into hauntingly beautiful early music that captures the imagination and devotion of modern audiences. Four sets daily on February 14-15-16 & 21-22 only. • New this season, Master Hypnotist Franko. At the Arizona Renaissance Festival, a 30-acre village forms the set for comic adventures, where you can be both audience and part of the fun. With a cast of nearly 1000 costumed characters, the festival is a Monty Python movie come to life. Festival fans can leave their cares behind
and enjoy the pleasures of a simpler time in a storybook town where you enjoy continuous music, dance and comedy shows, shop for wonderful arts and crafts, plus games, rides and a feast of exotic food and drink. Have more fun than you thought possible in a single day! Times: The fun starts on February 7 and continues on Saturdays and Sundays (and Presidents Day Monday) through March 29. Gates open with a cannon shot at 10 am and close at 6 pm, rain or shine. Directions: From Phoenix-take Hwy 60 East past Gold Canyon Golf Resort to the Festival. From Tucson: The Pinal Pioneer Parkway (Hwy 79) to Florence Junction; West 7 miles on US Hwy 60 to the Festival Village. Tickets: Advance discount tickets at Fry’s Food and Drug Stores and Fry’s Marketplace. Or go on-line to RenFestInfo.com to buy advance print-at-home tickets, find detailed directions and festival information, and/or to make reservations for The Pleasure Feast. Tickets are always available at the gate on festival days. As always, event parking is free.
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Coolidge…the New West
Check Out this Changing Town
Coolidge is not an old town. It was founded around 1925 by Richard J. Jones, an immigrant from Wales. In 1924 several things started to happen in the Gila Valley where Jones had purchased land. The Southern Pacific Railroad built a new main line through the area. The completion of the Roosevelt Dam insured adequate water for irrigation, and the soil would grow good crops. Jones realized that the area was a strategic location between Phoenix and Tucson and he went to work building a city on his land where the railroad crossed. In May and June 1925, Jones plotted half of his acreage into the original town site and named it Coolidge in honor of President Calvin Coolidge. Jones then laid out the remaining 80 acres as the Jones Addition to the town site. He built numerous buildings, many of them still in use today. Mr. & Mrs. Jones were moving forces in establishing the Chamber of Commerce
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Historic Home and Building Tour, Feb. 21-22
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as well as the water system, original power plant & electrical distribution system as well as cultural and community organizations. Today we have popular activities including the Native American Music Fest (this year on the 13, 14, & 15 of February), Cotton Days (March 6, 7 & 8), Calvin Coolidge Days (Tentatively October 1, 2, 3 & 4, 2009) and various activities sponsored by Coolidge Parks & Recreation Department. Coolidge is a growing and changing city. Many of the area farms have been sold to developers for housing for an expanding population. We are encouraging businesses to relocate to our new industrial parks. There is a renewed interest in bringing more visitors into the old downtown area. Businesses are moving into renovated downtown buildings, and there are several
The 25th annual Historic Home and Building Tour is set for Feb. 21-22, 2009 in Globe. Early day homes that bring alive the excitement of territorial Globe will be featured, along with the Globe Post Office building and other special stops. Tickets for the tour are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and children. A souvenir copper ticket is your ticket to the chauffeured tour. Hostesses at each stop will explain the history and give some of the stories that bring the properties to life, stories like the postal employee who had a hobby and avocation that rocks. Among the stops this year will be the historic Globe Post Office, which at one time housed the federal courtroom. Tours by volunteer employees will give a special insight into the fascinating upper floor and back rooms of the building. One of the homes on the tour is a “workingman’s” home, as it belonged to
a post office employee and features many touches that indicate the owner did much of the construction himself. We know for a fact the extensive rockwork, along with the hand dug well, are the products of this workingman’s spare hours outside the post office. Craftsmen homes, cottages and a restored café are other stops during this year’s event. The Gila County Historical Society will have the annual antique show at the Globe High School, and admission is free with the home tour ticket. The Pieces of Friendship Quilt Show will be ongoing the month of February at the Cobre Valley Center for the Arts and will be a stop on the tour. The Historic Home and Building Tour is put on the by Globe-Miami Chamber of Commerce. This year marks the 25th anniversary of this annual event.
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Lodging, Dining & Attraction Guide
Mazatzal Casino Hwy 87, Milepost 251 928-474-6044, 800-777-7529 www.777play.com Slots, gaming activities, food, entertainment.
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“Four Seasons of Fun”
Payson and Arizona Rim Country
Head up State Highway 87 to the true heart of Arizona. Less than 90 minutes from Phoenix, Scottsdale or Fountain Hills, you will travel from pristine desert to the largest forest of Ponderosa Pines in the world. The unchanged majesty and timelessness of Arizona’s Heartland unfolds within a few miles as you leave the hustle and bustle of Metropolitan Phoenix. To your right will be the legendary Superstition Mountains, endless forests of saguaro cactus and vistas extending into eternity. On your left will be extinct volcanoes, riparian bosques and wilderness hiking areas. Every turn of the road leading to Payson will be like turning the pages of Arizona Highways. Payson and Arizona Rim Country is truly an area of “Four Seasons of Fun”. Moderate summer temperatures, perfect fall and spring weather and a usually mild winter will guarantee that you will always have the right environment for your vacation experiences. Our 600 hotel, B&B or rustic lodge rooms are scattered through1-800-6-PAYSON www.rimcountrychamber.com
February 14 “An Evening in Paris” Valentine’s Banquet Mazatzal casino ballroom, 6-11 pm Fundraiser for the new payson humane Society building. live music, dancing, a fashion show, and an art show. $135 per person. 928-474-5590 March 7 Taste of Rim Country 2009 payson public library, 5-7 pm. admission $30. 928-474-9260 March 14 Women’s Wellness Forum payson high School, 6 am-1 pm admission $10. register at the Mogollon health alliance office, 308 e. aero Dr. 928-472-2588
Mazatzal Hotel & Casino
Rim Country Museum & Zane Grey Cabin Replica Green Valley Park 928-474-3483 Shoofly Village Ruins Picnic area, BBQ facilities, hiking. 928-474-7900 Tonto Natural Bridge State Park 12 miles north of Payson on Highway 87 928-476-4202 World’s largest natural travertine bridge, 183’ high, 400’ long tunnel. Hiking trails, ADA view points.
Kohl’s Ranch 202 S. Kohls Ranch Lodge Rd. 928-478-4211, 800-331-5645 www.ilxresorts.com Mazatzal Hotel and Casino Hwy 87, Milepost 251, Payson, 85541 928-474-6044, 800-777-7529 www.777play.com Paysonglo Lodge 1005 S. Beeline Hwy. 800-772-9766 www.paysonlodging.org
out our communities to ensure that your vacation sensibilities are met. You can traverse trails only known to wildlife or chat with your guide as you hike with llamas. If you like more action, attend the three seasonal rodeos or feel ancestral drumbeats of American Indian ceremonial dances. For history buffs, there is a museum of history and the Zane Grey Cabin, listed as an “Arizona Treasure”. Scenic aircraft flights, 4x4 excursions and inexpensive golf are available. You and your fellow travelers can shop for antiques, attend festivals and browse craft fairs. If you like quiet and nothing to do - you’ve come to the right place. Come on up! You will get there from here - just a little slower. We are the gateway to the Grand Canyon and Arizona’s grandeur. Visit us online or call the Chamber. Ask us to fax you stuff!
Zane Grey Cabin
An Award Winner
The authentic replica of the Zane Grey Cabin stands next to the beautiful lakes of Green Valley Park in Payson, Arizona. Zane Grey has been called the “father of the western novel;” he wrote more than 60 books and hundreds of short stories about the great American West. His original cabin was built in 192122 under the escarpment of the Mogollon Rim, where he wrote several books about the Rim and the surrounding countryside. In 1990, the cabin was destroyed by the Dude Fire. Now visitors can experience the replicated cabin just as Grey did. A Morris chair with a lap board recreates the setting where he hand-wrote millions of best-selling words. See his vintage typewriter, original letters and autographed books in the cabin. Native American symbols are etched into the fireplace mantel, just as in the original house. Animal trophies and hides much like those from his hunting expeditions near the Rim decorate the cabin’s walls. The cabin and the Rim Country Museum are open from 10 am-4 pm, on Wednesday-Monday, except major holidays. 928-474-3483
Dog Friendly Rim Country
Try the Payson Off-Leash Park
Fargo’s Steakhouse 620 E. Highway 260 928-474-7455 www.fargossteakhouse.com Macky’s Grill 201 W. Main Street, Suite J 928-474-7411
Artists of the Rim Gallery 408 W. Main St. 928-472-1159 Payson Candle Factory 620 N. Beeline Hwy. 928-474-2152 www.paysoncandlefactory.com
Payson, and the communities of Pine, Strawberry, Star Valley and Christopher Creek, are very “animal friendly.” Besides having thousands of elk, deer, javelina, and birds of all types - they just love dogs. There are about a dozen hotels, motels and rustic lodges in Arizona Rim Country that look forward to meeting the housing needs of travelers and their dogs. As we all know, our pets are just like our children. Don’t they deserve the best, too? The Town of Payson has created a special place where dogs and their owners can exercise and play together. Called the Payson Off-Leash Park, the 1.6-acre property is located in Rumsey Park. The off-leash park has become so loved that it is now a “destination” for tourists and travelers alike. One couple ended up spending four nights in Payson because their Schnauzer was having such a good time. Another man flew from Phoenix
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with his boxer just to enjoy the park. He read the paper and enjoyed a cup of coffee while his dog ran free. Go up to Payson for the beauty, clear air, museums and the Tonto Natural Bridge State Park. Check out the off-leash dog park, too. Stop by the visitor center or call for information and directions.
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2009 Archaeology And Heritage Awareness Month
For the entire month of March 2009, the Arizona State Parks’ State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) is coordinating activities throughout the state for the 26th anniversary of Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month. A free statewide listing of events can be obtained by contacting the Arizona State Parks offices at 602-542-4174 or by visiting the website at www.azstateparks.com. Proclaimed by the Governor each year, this celebration will feature prehistoric and historic site tours, exhibits, hikes, open houses, lectures, demonstrations and other activities throughout Arizona. On March 14-15, the ARCHAEOLOGY EXPO will be the featured event for the month. The Expo will offer many educational attractions for archaeology and history buffs and will be held at the Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park, 4619 E. Washington Street, Phoenix, Arizona. Hours each day are 10 am to 3 pm and the event is FREE. The Expo provides a special opportunity for visitors to learn more about why it is important to preserve archaeological sites and historic places.
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Apache Junction Avondale Buckeye Carefree Cave Creek Chandler El Mirage Fountain Hills Ft. McDowell Yavapai Nation Gila River Indian Community Gilbert Glendale Goodyear
• Guadalupe Indian Community • Litchfield Park • Mesa • Paradise Valley • Peoria • Phoenix • Queen Creek • Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian
Community • Scottsdale • Surprise • Tempe • Tolleson • Wickenburg • Youngtown
Both days will feature archaeology hands-on activities, craft demonstrations, and other fun and educational events. Enjoy special displays by archaeological and historical organizations, museums, Native American tribes, state and federal agencies, and others; make crafts that teach how prehistoric Native Americans and other early inhabitants survived in the Southwest. A simulated archaeological excavation, tours of the prehistoric platform mound, and talks by local archaeologists will be special attractions at this year’s Expo. Living history re-enactors, storytellers, Native American demonstrators and entertainers, and interactive activities will help make the past come alive! In addition, tours of archaeological sites in and around the local area will be featured. Free raffles feature prizes of archaeology education-related items and ethnic foods will be available for purchase. The Expo will give visitors new insights into Arizona’s many prehistoric, historic, and contemporary cultures.
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Stop…and Smell the Roses
At the First Annual Southwest Blooms
Litchfield Park “One of the Best”
Check Out the Spring Art & Culinary Festival
Addicted to Azaleas? Love Lilacs? This spring in the Valley of the Sun, three amazing events converge to create a flower lover’s dream. For three fantastic days, March 6, 7 and 8, 2009, the desert becomes a lush oasis as Southwest Blooms brings together the very best in flower and garden design and creativity. Explore fabulous garden landscapes, trends and products at the Southwest Flower & Garden Show, appreciate flowers as an artistic medium at Phoenix Art Museum’s Arts & Flowers 2009, and enjoy the celebrated work of renowned glass sculpture artist Dale Chihuly in the beautiful Desert Botanical Garden. The Southwest Flower & Garden Show offers hundreds of displays, spectacular landscapes, gardens, and yard & garden products. Unique attractions include the Outdoor Living Showcase, Garden Marketplace, the Green Showcase, demonstrations and over 24 hours of gardening seminars. Held at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, show hours are Friday and Saturday 10-7 and Sunday 105. Parking is free. For a list of programs and exhibitors visit SWFlowerShow.com. The 5th annual Arts & Flowers, a Phoenix Art Museum signature event, showcases scores of breathtaking floral arrangements by more than 40 Valley floral designers and garden clubs. The arrangements compliment and illuminate works in the Museum’s collection currently on view. Phoenix Art Museum is located in downtown Phoenix, corner of Central Ave. and McDowell Rd. Museum hours, Thursday through Sunday, are 105. To learn more, visit PhxArt.org.
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Chihuly: The Nature of Glass features new and exciting works of glass created by renowned artist Dale Chihuly artfully displayed throughout the Desert Botanical Garden, open daily 8 am to 8 pm. To purchase tickets for Chihuly: The Nature of Glass visit dbg.org or call 480-4818188. Southwest Blooms tickets, which include admission to the Southwest Flower & Garden Show and Arts & Flowers, are $13 adult ($7 child) and can be purchased in advance at swblooms.com and at phxart.org. On March 6-8, guests who purchase their tickets at the door to either show can use their ticket stub for a 50% discount at the other venue.
Litchfield Park is a unique village-like community boasting a casual small town atmosphere with beautiful landscaping, charming sidewalk cafes and surrounded by the celebrated Wigwam Golf Resort and Spa. This beautiful small city of 4,500 residents was founded in 1916 when Goodyear Tire and Rubber purchased cotton farms in the surrounding area - the cotton was used in the production of tire cords. The community was named after Paul Litchfield, a Goodyear executive. The Wigwam was originally built for Goodyear executives visiting farming operations. In 1929, the Wigwam opened to the public and soon became a fashionable and exclusive resort. Now a four-star establishment, the Wigwam Golf Resort and Spa provides the perfect ambiance for the city’s award-winning outdoor festivals. Surrounding Litchfield Park are numerous recreational opportunities for residents and visitors alike. The 26,000-acre White Tanks Regional Park is noted for many unusual petroglyphs or rock carvings. Estrella Mountain Regional Park to the south has 19,000 acres with an 18-hole golf
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course, as well as camping, horseback riding, hiking and picnic facilities. Nearby you will find Phoenix International Raceway, which hosts major auto races including Indy cars in March and NASCAR in October. Also close by in Glendale is the Cricket Wireless Pavilion, one of the biggest and best concert venues in Arizona with seating for 18,000 and about 50 major shows each year. Mark your calendar for March 14th & 15th - that’s when Litchfield Park holds its Spring Art & Culinary Festival. It’s one you won’t want to miss! Held Saturday & Sunday from 9 am-10 pm, this fantastic feast for the senses includes over 200 art booths, wine garden with wine and beer tastings, culinary delights from noted chefs, great food, live music and much more! Parking and admission are free. Litchfield Park is recognized by “Phoenix Magazine” as “one of the 8 best places to live in Arizona.” This planned residential community is located approximately 15 miles west of Phoenix with easy access off I-10.
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Lodging, Dining & Attraction Guide
Cosanti Foundation - Paolo Soleri Windbells 6433 Doubletree Ranch Road, 85253 480-948-6145 www.cosanti.com CrackerJax Family Fun & Sports Park 16001 N. Scottsdale Rd., 85254 480-998-2800 www.crackerjax.com McCormick Stillman Railroad Park 7301 E. Indian Bend Rd., 85250 480-312-2312 www.therailroadpark.com Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art 7374 E. Second St., 85251 480-994-2787 www.smoca.org Taliesin West - Frank Lloyd Wright 12621 N. Frank Lloyd Wright, 85259 480-860-2700 www.franklloydwright.org
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National Festival of the West
Back in Scottsdale, March 19-22
The National Festival of the West returns to its Scottsdale roots in 2009 when the annual four-day Old West celebration opens March 19 at WestWorld, 16601 N. Pima Road. Old West fans, historylovers and fun-seekers will love the gigantic Western Trade Show, Western Music Jamboree with continuous music on four stages, the six-horse hitch Bison Homes Percherons, Log Home Show, Cowboy Poetry, Western Celebrities, and Mountain Men Rendezvous. The Cowboy Spirit Awards - always a “must see” event at the Festival, is the afternoon of Saturday, March 21. Names of honored celebrities will be announced soon. New Festival activities for 2009: The Extreme Cowboy Race™, as featured on the popular RFD-TV program of the same name, marks the first Arizona appearance of this exciting event. Designed for riders of all levels, The Extreme Cowboy Challenge is a timed race with
“Go Green” Farmer’s Market The Sunday craftsman court “Go Green” Farmer’s Market began Jan. 18th. The “Go Green” market offers local produce and products related to health, wellness and sustainable living. The market also features artist demonstrations, guided meditations, yoga, music, and story time in the adjacent Kiva courtyard. The “Go Green” market will take place Sundays through May from 10 am to 2 pm at the intersection of craftsman court and Fifth avenue. www.ArizonaFarmersMarkets.com Bison Homes Percherons Return to West World The bison homes percherons have settled in at their winter home for the tourist season. These regal draft horses are stabled near the eastern end of the West World grounds next to brett’s barn. To view them in an up-close, personal setting, please contact their handler, Gary Keck, at 480-205-5990. The percheron is one of four major draft horse breeds currently in the united States, along with the belgian, Shire and clydesdale. Known for their great disposition and heart, these gentle giants were a major factor in our country’s development. They plowed fields, hauled freight, pulled fire engines and served our american soldiers in both world wars as heavy artillery horses. www.bisonhomes.com
Copperwynd Resort and Club 13225 N. Eagle Ridge Dr., 85268 480-333-1900 www.copperwynd.com Rt. 87, exit Shea Rates: $159.00 - $419.00 Hospitality Suite Resort 409 N. Scottsdale Rd., 85257 480-949-5115, 800-445-5115 www.hospitalitysuites.com Hotel Valley Ho 6850 E. Main St. 480-248-2000 www.hotelvallyetho.com Mondrian Scottsdale 7353 E. Indian School Rd., 85251 480-308-1100, 800-695-6995 www.mondrianscottsdale.com
obstacles that test both horse and rider. Ken M. Freeman: A Tribute to the Rembrandt of the Rodeo honors legendary Southwestern Artist Kenneth M. Freeman of Scottsdale, who died in 2008. 4 Days of Chuck Wagon Cook-offs as entrants provide an authentic chuck wagon and cooking utensils typical of the 1880s era to cook beef, beans, bread, ‘taters and a fruit cobbler over a wood fire. Try the biscuits and stew! Western Writing Competition offers prizes to adult and student winners. Submit an original short story of 1,000 words or less with an Old West theme by March 1 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets are $14 adults; $12 seniors; $4 for children 12 and under; and free for kids 4 and under. A 4-day pass is $45. Call for group rates. Senior Day is Thursday, March 19, with $7 admission; Kids Day is Friday, March 20 - free for kids 12 & under!
Garduno’s Margarita Factory 8787 N. Scottsdale Rd. Ste A102, 85253 480-607-7224 www.margaritafactory.com Reata Pass Steakhouse 27500 N. Alma School Parkway, 85262 480-585-7277 www.greasewoodflat.net
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Lodging, Dining & Activity Guide
Arizona Museum of Natural History 53 N. MacDonald St. 480-644-2230 www.azmnh.org Arizona Wing of the Commemorative Air Force Museum 2017 N. Greenfield Rd., 85215 480-924-1940 www.arizonawingcaf.com
A Sentimental Journey Big Band Hangar Dance, March 21st
The Commemorative Air Force Aircraft Museum (CAF) and presenting sponsor Hensley and Company invite you to take a Sentimental Journey back to 1943 with “A Night in the 40’s” Big Band Dance. This glamorous event features a WW II 1940’s Musical Show followed by a Big Band Orchestra playing sounds of the era to dancing men and women dressed in period styles - all in the shadow of the vintage B-17 WW II Flying Fortress bomber “Sentimental Journey”! “A Night in the 40’s” benefits a worthwhile cause - a fund raiser for the nonprofit volunteer CAF Aircraft Museum, 2017 N. Greenfield Rd. at Mesa’s Falcon Field, a organization dedicated to keepr Ma ca rk le nD ar
“A Night In the 40’s”
Broadway Palm Dinner Theater-West 5247 E. Brown Rd. 480-325-6700 www.broadwaypalmwest.com Dolly Steamboat Canyon Lake/Apache Junction 480-827-9144 www.dollysteamboat.com
ing aviation history alive for current and future generations. “A Night in the 40’s” will be held Saturday, March 21; doors opening at 4:30 pm. Everyone is encouraged to come dressed in the style of the 40’s. A pre-show at 4:45 pm will feature Forever Dance. Entertainment begins at 5:30 pm with The Kathy Donald Jazz Ensemble, a 1940’s Musical Show with singers and trio of piano, bass, and drums, featuring Kathy Donald. At 7:30 pm, the Sun Lakes Big Band Orchestra plays favorite Big Band Music from the war years. There will also be a costume contest for the best-dressed 1940’s cos-
tume and swing dance contest. Tickets for “A Night in the 40’s” are $35 per person purchased in advance and $40 per person the day of the dance. Tickets can be purchased at the Commemorative Air force Arizona Wing Aircraft Museum, 2017 N. Greenfield Rd. or online at www.bigbanddance.com. For further information call or visit the Night in the 40’s website. All admission fees and donations are fully tax deductible as the Commemorative Air Force Aircraft Museum is approved under IRS code 501 (C)3. For additional information on the Commemorative Air Force Aviation Museum visit www.azcaf.org.
FEB 10-11 MESA Canadian Snowbird Celebration Mesa convention center, 201 N. center St. - entertainment, valuable information geared toward snowbird lifestyle, 10a-4p, free adm. 800-265-3200 FEB 21-22 MESA 20th Annual Desert Woodcarving Show & Sale Mesa centennial hall, bldg c, 201 N center - Judged woodcarving competition, fine woodworking show, wood sculpture, supplies, demos, prizes, raffles, Sa 9-5 & Su 10-4, donation $5. 480-951-6175 MAR 21 MESA A Night in the 40’s Falcon Field airport - aZ Wing caF: live big band, WWii Musical Show, jitterbug & costume contests. Dance in the shadow of a vintage b-17 WWii bomber, fundraiser for museum, $35/adv, $40/door. Meal extra.
Best Western Mezona Inn 250 W. Main St., 85201 480-834-9233 www.mezonainn.com Hilton Phoenix East/Mesa 1011 W. Holmes Ave., 85210 480-833-5555, 800-544-5866 www.mesapavillion.hilton.com Residence Inn 941 W. Grove Ave., 85210 480-610-0100 www.marriott.com
Mi Amigo’s Mexican Restaurant 550 N. Country Club Dr. Ste. 110 480-892-7955 www.miamigos.com Organ Stop Pizza 1149 E. Southern Ave. 480-813-5700 www.organstoppizza.com
Good Life RV Resort 3403 E. Main St. 480-832-4990, 800-999-4990 www.goodliferv.com Towerpoint Resort 4860 East Main 480-832-4996, 800-444-4996 www.towerpointresort.com
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Page-Lake Powell RV Park
Comfortable, Affordable, Secure
Page-Lake Powell Campground & RV Park is located in Page, Arizona, at the base of a sandstone mountain. We are a comfortable, affordable campground and RV Park with 99 regular and 26 monthly campsites. Prices range from $16 to $30 per night with weekly rates also available. Don’t forget to ask about our discount prices. For your convenience, we offer full hook ups, tent sites, dump station and LP gas. Additional campground facilities include clean restrooms, showers, laundry room, pay phones, wireless Internet, and a heated pool. Dogs of all sizes are allowed with no additional fees. They may not be left unattended outside and must be leashed at all times and kept off grassy areas. There is a designated dog walk at the campground and guests are responsible for cleaning up after their pets. Open year-round, Page-Lake Powell Campground & RV Park has everything you need for a fun family getaway and is your complete Page, Arizona camping solution. An established park with mature trees, pristine maintenance, and quiet
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Northern Arizona Cities & Towns
Alpine Ash Fork Bagdad Bellemont Bumble Bee Cameron Camp Verde Carrizo Cedar Ridge Chambers Chilchinbito Chinle Chino Valley Cibeque Clarkdale Clay Springs Concho Congress Cottonwood Cow Springs Crown King Desert View Dewey Dilkon Dinnehosto Eagar Flagstaff Forest Lakes Fort Apache Fort Defiance Fredonia Ganado Grand Canyon Village Gray Mountain Greer Happy Jack Heber Hillside Holbrook Hotevilla Houck Humboldt Indian Wells Iron Springs Jacob Lake Jerome Joseph City
Kachina Village Kaibito Kayenta Keams Canyon Kirkland Lake Montezuma Leupp Lower Greasewood Lukachukai Lupton Many Farms Marble Canyon Mayer McNary Mexican Water Moenkopi Mormon Lake Mountainaire Munds Park Navajo Nazlini North Rim Nutrioso
Overgaard Page Parks Paulden Petrified Forest Pinedale Pinetop-Lakeside Pinon Polacca Prescott Prescott Valley Red Rock Cove Rock Point Rough Rock Round Rock St. Johns Saint Michaels Sanders Sawmill Second Mesa Sedona Seligman Shonto
Show Low Shungopavi Skull Valley Snowflake Springerville Supai Taylor Teec Nos Pos Tes Nez Iah The Gap Tonalea Tsaile Tuba City Tusayan Vernon Williams Window Rock Winslow Woodruff Yarnell
surroundings, you’ll find most campsites located next to a shady tree. Each site will have their own picnic table and plenty of parking space for vehicles and boats. For nature lovers, there is a nice hiking trail from the corner of the campground. A campground store is located in the front office, selling cold beverages, ice, snacks, and fishing tackle. The campground is located approximately five miles from either Lake Powell or the north and south rim of the Grand Canyon. Several unique shops, restaurants, and Super Wal-Mart are within walking distance. Page-Lake Powell Campground & RV Park takes the safety and security of our guests very seriously - “Showing we care about your safety and enjoyment.” That is why we are the first campground in the U.S.A. to initiate the “Crime Free RV/ Campground Program. Keeping illegal activity out of rental property.” Watch for signs like these in your travels as we encourage more RV Parks to participate in the program.
Lodging, Dining & Activity Guide
Page Lake Powell
Arizona River Runners, Inc 928-645-9175, 888-522-6644 www.raftarizona.com
Pinciotti’s Italian Cuisine 614 N. Navajo Dr. 928-645-9006 Ranch House Grille 819 N. Navajo 928-645-1420 877-381-0088
Best Western Arizona Inn 716 Rim View Dr. 928-645-2466, 800-780-7234 www.bestwestern.com Lake Powell Resorts & Marinas 100 Lakeshore Dr. 888-486-4665 www.lakepowell.com
Page/Lake Powell Campgrounds 849 S. Coppermine Rd. 928-645-3374 www.pagecampground.com
Closest to Antelope Launch Ramp & Antelope Canyon — On Lake Powell
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Escape to the Grand Canyon
One of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World!
The CANYON PLAZA RESORT is conveniently located just one mile from the south rim entrance to Grand Canyon National Park on Highway 64. The 176 newly renovated deluxe guestrooms have a stylish contemporary flair, two vanity areas, and ground floor guestrooms open to a patio while second and third floors feature a balcony. The 56 beautifully appointed two-room king & queen suites feature microwave, refrigerator, two vanity areas, and spacious sitting area. King suites have one king bed and a sleeper sofa, while the queen suites are outfitted with two queen beds. All accommodations at the hotel feature luxurious bed linens, FREE high-speed internet access, FREE continental breakfast, in-room coffee, hairdryers, iron/ ironing board, and Pay-Per-View in-room movies. Pet friendly rooms are available. The CANYON PLAZA RESORT also features an indoor garden atrium with 18 ft. spa, Wintergarten lounge (seasonal), southwestern gift shop, meeting facilities for up to 80 guests, and outdoor pool/hot tub (seasonal). Enjoy Buffet or Menu dining at JJK’s Restaurant in the hotel. You are in the prime location for exploring the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon when you stay at the CANYON PLAZA RESORT. Our knowledgeable staff will help you plan the perfect adventure, whether it’s a scenic hike along the South Rim or a thrilling helicopter ride high
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Low Off-season Rates
Xanterra South Rim
Winter is here at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. To take advantage of all there is to see and do, stay in one of six distinctly different lodges, operated by Xanterra South Rim, L.L.C., the only accommodations inside the park at the South Rim. With 907 rooms, accommodations are available with some advance planning, or if you plan your visit at the last minute. It’s all waiting for you at the South Rim, and it’s open year-round. Maswik Lodge, just a short walk from the rim, is the perfect choice for a family getaway. Or choose the elegance of the historic El Tovar, where you will find our gracious staff most accommodating. The cozy lobby is available for all guests to enjoy, and a meal in the famous El Tovar Dining Room is sure to be a highlight of any Grand Canyon visit. The Bright Angel Restaurant and Maswik Cafeteria are additional dining options that offer menu choices to suit every taste, and budget.
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Reservations: toll-free 888-297-2757 303-297-2757 www.grandcanyonlodges.com
above the Colorado River. Please contact our friendly hotel staff for travel packages, information or reservations at 1-800-995-2521, chris.c@cprgc. com, or fax request to 928-638-9537. Also for information or reservations, please visit our website.
The Mary Jane Colter designed Hopi House and Lookout Studio are open yearround and offer a selection of fine Native American crafts and Grand Canyon souvenirs. The sturdy, reliable mules continue to take riders on a grand adventure into the canyon throughout the winter. This winter, take advantage of low off season rates and packages, and increased availability at all of our lodges. Effective November 30, 2008 through March 5, 2009 a one-night stay is only $82 to $105 at Maswik or Yavapai Lodge (blackout dates apply). Xanterra South Rim - We’re not just close, We’re there. Xanterra South Rim, L.L.C. is an authorized concessionaire of the National Park Service.
Admission is for seven days and includes both the North Rim and South Rim. • Grand Canyon National Park Vehicle Permit- $25. Admits one single, private, noncommercial vehicle and all its passengers. • Grand Canyon National Park Annual Pass - $50.00. Valid for twelve months from date of purchase. It admits the purchaser and accompanying persons in a single, non-commercial vehicle.
Entrance Fees to the Grand Canyon National Park
Page 20 • Statewide AZ
WICKENBURG 61st Annual Gold Rush Days & Rodeo
SCOTTSDALE Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show & Shopping Expo
CASA GRANDE 42nd Annual O’Odham Tash Indian Days
CAVE C Out West
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FEB 21-MAR 1
FEB 27-MAR 1
CREEK t Art Fest
TUCSON 8th Annual Arizona Animal Fair
Photo: Lori Faith Merritt
84th Annual La Fiesta de los Vaqueros
Photo: Dan Hubbell
APACHE JUNCTION Lost Dutchman Days
ARIZONA CITY Arizona City Daze
QUARTZSITE “It’s Chili in Quartzsite” Chili Cookoff & State Salsa Championship
LAKE HAVASU CITY Bluegrass on the Beach
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Imperial Date Gardens
A Fascinating and Delicious Crop
Did you know that the date is one of the oldest cultured tree crops? Records show that it was cultivated more than 5,000 years ago in Mesopotamia. Date trees were introduced to the western hemisphere by Spanish missionaries, who planted the seeds around the missions in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Many varieties were imported in the following years, but the most significant of these was the Medjool date from Morocco, introduced into the U.S. in 1927. Offshoots of these original trees were planted in the Bard Valley in California, the premier Medjool date growing region in the world. Imperial Date Gardens has become a leader in Medjool date production. The owner Isabel Nunez and his family take great pride in their product and give close personal attention to its quality. Date palms, with male pollen producing flowers and female fruit producing flowers on separate trees, require hand pollination. Thinning, care and harvesting of the fruit is also done by hand as is the sorting and drying. The Medjool is the “Cadillac” of dates, the largest, meatiest and most flavorful variety. They contain no cholesterol, almost no fat
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Colorado River Region Cities & Towns
Blythe, CA Bouse Bullhead City Chloride Cibola Colorado City, CO Dateland Dolan Springs Ehrenberg Fort Mohave Gadsden Hackberry Kaibab Kanab Kingman Lake Havasu City Laughlin, NV Littlefield Martinez Lake Mesquite Moccasin Needles, CA Oatman Parker Peach Springs Poston Quartzsite Riviera Roll Salome San Luis Somerton Tacna Temple Bar Topock Truxton Valentine Wellton Wenden Wickieup Willow Beach Winterhaven Yucca Yuma
or sodium and are rich in potassium, iron and fiber. Medjools possess energy in the form of invert sugars, perfect for those who cannot tolerate sucrose in their diet. Imperial Date Garden Medjools are completely natural with absolutely no pesticides or preservatives. Winter visitors and locals can find these fabulous dates in the retail shop in Bard. Luckily the rest of us can buy them through the Imperial Date Gardens’ mail order company. They package dates of different sizes and weights and also specially processed in various ways: walnut or pecan stuffed dates, chocolate covered dates, date butter - great for making shakes - gift baskets, and more. Imperial Date Gardens is expanding their operations into the Yuma area, gradually planting 2,000 acres of trees on the sandy Yuma Mesa. The trees there grow quickly and produce good quality fruit. We can all look forward to having even more wonderful Medjools to enjoy! The Imperial Date Gardens shop is located on 1517 York Rd, Bard, CA.
Yuma Lodging, Dining & Attraction Guide
Imperial Date Gardens Bard, CA 800-301-9349 www.imperialdate.com Paradise Casino 450 Quechan Dr., Fort Yuma 888-777-4946 Yuma Territorial Prison St. Historic Park 1 Prison Hills Rd. 928-783-4771, www.pr.state.az.us Spring Hill Suites by Marriott 1825 E. 18th St. 480-854-1414 www.Marriott.com/YUMSH Wingate Hotels by Wyndham 1760 South Sunridge Dr. 928-783-1400 www.wingatebywyndham.com
Del Pueblo RV Park & Tennis Resort 14794 Ave 3E 928-342-2999 Foothill Village R.V. Park 12705 E. Frontage Rd. 928-342-1030, 877-362-6736 www.rvonthego.com Las Quintas Oasis RV Park 10442 E Frontage Rd. 928-305-9005 Westwind RV and Golf Resort 9797 E. 32nd St. 928-305-5500, 866-440-2992 www.westwindrvgolfresort.com
Yuma Landing Restaurant and Lounge 233 4th Ave. 928-782-7427 www.yumalanding.com Maui Wowi of Yuma 3058 S. 47th Dr. 928-376-0058
Rodeway Inn 2730 S. 4th Ave., 928-726-6110 Rates: $45.99+tax - $82.99+tax
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Lodging, Dining & Attraction Guide
Reader’s Oasis Books 690 E. Main St., 928-927-6551 Tyson’s Well Stage Station Museum 928-927-6159 www.quartzsitemuseum.com
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Quartzsite Still Hopping!
Make Plans for the Chili Cookoff
If you are a winter visitor looking for fun in the sun, the unique little town of Quartzsite is where you should head. Welcoming more than a million visitors with open arms each year, Quartzsite is a wonderful place to relax, spend time with friends, indulge in shopping-mania at the hundreds of show and swap meet vendors, and take in special events like the Bluegrass Festival Feb 28 & Mar 1 and the Colgate Country Showdown coming up on March 7th. All the clubs and groups open their get-togethers to visitors. Play in a “jam session” or dance your heart out at square, line or ballroom dancing nights. The Quartzsite Improvement Association (QIA) and the Quartzsite Senior Citizens Center offer bingo, craft classes, pancake suppers, quilting and sewing, and exercise groups to wile away the winter days. Take your RC plane to the Town Park’s special airfield, meet up with the model railroad club or join the metal detecting club. If you are outdoors inclined, Quartzsite sits amongst acres and acres of beautiful desert only 20 minutes from the Colorado River, just perfect for ATVing,
Chili Cookoff: 928-927-9321
Nov 1 - Feb 15 Prospector’s Panorama 928-927-6467 Nov 1 - Feb 28 Rice Ranch Roundup “Yawl Come Show” 928-927-8118 Nov 1 - Feb 28 Hi Jolly Swap Meet 928-927-6791 Nov 1 - Feb 28 Main Street Traders 928-927-3200 Greasewood Swap Meet Dec 1 - Apr 1 Show Time Dec 1 - Feb 15 928-927-4077 Jan 1 - Feb 28 Desert Gardens Annual Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Show 928-927-6361 Jan 30- Feb 8 Tyson Wells Arts & Crafts Fair 928-927-6364
Chambers of Commerce
Quartzsite C of C & Visitor Center 395 N. Central Blvd. 928-927-5600, 888-241-6557 www.quartzsitechamberofcommerce.com www.quartzsitetourism.com Quartzsite Business C of C 110 W. Main Street, 928-927-9321 www.qzchamber.com www.quartzsitebusinesschamber.com
Mountain Quail Cafe 490 N. Moon Mt. Rd., 928-927-8890
Tyson Wells RV Park 100 W Kuehn, 928-927-6365 www.tysonwells.com
hiking, hunting, fishing, golfing and birdwatching. Coming up on Feb. 28 is one of the town’s most popular events: “It’s Chili in Quartzsite” Chili Cookoff and State Salsa Championship. This is the 6th year of hot spicy tastings of chili and salsa with entrants from all over the US. The cookoff includes a CASI sanctioned event, a showmanship contest, and the People’s Choice Award competition. The People’s Choice offers trophies and great cash prizes - $1000 for first place, $500 for second and $250 for third place. So get out your favorite recipe and apply to enter! Cooking starts at 10 am with a $4.00 tasting cup on sale from 12 Noon. Three live bands and a big raffle add to the fun of the event, which finishes at 4 pm. Raffle prizes include two beautiful handmade “chili pepper” quilts and lots of gorgeous stones and jewelry. From sunup to sundown there’s something to do in Quartzsite!
Feb 7 ATV Parade 928-927-4333 Feb 7 Utah Annual Get-Together 928-927-6496 Feb 13-14 Quartzsite Quilters Quilt Show Feb 21 Oregon Annual Get-Together 928-927-6496 Feb 21 Quartzsite’s Tough Golf Tournament 928-927-7697 Feb 28 Washington Annual Get-Together 928-916-1888 Feb 28 6th Annual “It’s Chili in Quartzsite” Chili Cook-Off & State Salsa Championship 928-927-9321 Feb 28-Mar 1 Bluegrass Festival 928-916-1888 Mar 7 Colgate Country Showdown 928-927-5600 or 928-916-1888 Quartzsite Visitor Center 928-916-1888 Quartzsite Business Chamber 928-927-9321
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Lodging, Dining & Activity Guide
Bluewater Jet Boat Tours 501 English Village 928-855-7171, 888-855-7171 www.coloradoriverjetboattours.com Jerkwater Canoe & Kayak Powell Lake Rd & Tonalea Topock, 86436 800-421-7803 London Bridge Jet Boat Tours 1650 S. Casino Dr., Laughlin NV 702-298-5498 Lake Havasu Museum of History 320 London Bridge Rd. 928-854-4938
Update Your Home and Lifestyle
27th Annual Home Show, March 13-15
February 7 - 8 24th Annual Winterfest Festival Main Street, 928-855-4115 February 11 - 15 Annual Winter Blast Western pyrotechnics convention Sara park 800-42-8278 February 13 - 15 Lake Havasu Rockabilly Reunion pre ‘68 car show, bike show, vendors, live music lake havasu State park, Wiindsor 4 928-30-6719 February 21 U.S. Angler’s Choice Fishing Tournament 800-60-7112 February 21 Big Boys Toys Main Street - Smoketree to Mulberry, 9am - 4pm motorcycles, mini-rails, aTV’s, boats, cars, trucks, etc. 928-55-4560 February 21 3rd Annual Geo Cache Bash cattail cove State park, 15 miles S on hwy. 95 10am, fee admission, bring GpS and lawn chair 928-55-1223 February 22 Annual Queen’s Tea english high Tea, london bridge resort Martini bay, 1477 Queens bay 2pm - 4pm, admission Tba 928-54-4938 February 24 Mardi Gras Bead Parade Main Street, 6-8pm, Traditional Mardi Gras carnival bead parade down Mcculloch in the heart of havasu. Wear a mask! 928-08-1251 February 28 16th Annual Fashion Show and Auction Shugrue’s bridgeview room 928-453-8722 March 6 - 8 Bluegrass On The Beach lake havasu State park - Windsor beach 10am-6pm , Fri & Sun: $15, Sat: $20 209-785-4693
Nautical Beachfront Resort 1000 McCulloch Blvd. N. 800-892-2141 www.nauticalinn.com Quality Inn & Suites 271 S. Lake Havasu Ave. 928-855-1111 www.choicehotels.com Windsor Inn 451 London Bridge Rd. 928-855-4135 www.windsorinnmotel.com
The Colorado River Building Industry Association (CRBIA) will be presenting their 27th Annual Home Show on March 13-15, 2009 at Lake Havasu High School. This year’s theme is “Here We Grow Again” and encourages people to enhance what they already have. There will be vendors spread out between two spacious gymnasiums and an adjacent large outside courtyard area that will include a food court featuring a variety of tasty entrées and snacks along with your choice of hot and cold beverages. According to coordinator Office Manager, Lisa Rose Theophilus, the Home Show keeps getting bigger and better every year. “The CRBIA has been producing the Home Show for 27 years,” said Mrs. Theophilus. “We draw in vendors from all over the country as well as our local merchants and businesses.” The Home Show has traditionally focused on home improvement, but has expanded to include a wide variety of subjects that would surprise a lot of participants and visitors. In addition to general contractors offering various construction options,
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Casa Serrano of Lake Havasu Mexican Restaurant 150 Swanson Ave., 86403 928-854-5500 Two Guys Pasta & Pizza 231 Swanson Ave., 86403 928-680-2630
you may see sub-contractors displaying various choices of plumbing fixtures, flooring options, windows & coverings, security systems, pest control, fire protection services, landscaping and solar energy with this year’s focus on going green. We have several highly talented vendors who create beautiful stained glass windows and art, wind chimes, tile mosaics, ceramics, metal and concrete yard art, bird baths, artwork and much more. There are vendors exhibiting such items as custom stucco mailboxes, wrought iron fencing and gates, above ground spas of all sizes, patio furniture, barbecues, gas log fireplaces, updated appliances, granite counters, and so much more there isn’t enough room to list them all. Several Home Show vendors over the years have reported that as a result of their experience, they received enough orders to keep them busy for months if not years. Other vendors literally started their business at the Home Show and have been returning every year since. Be sure and come to the 27th Annual CRBIA Home Show to see what is new to update your home and lifestyle.
This juried show takes place March 13-15 at the Lake Havasu Community Aquatic Center, 100 Park Ave. Registration information is available online. The deadline for entries is Feb. 16. The show will be open to the public free of charge, plus there will be a gift
Havasu Art Guild - 30th Annual Juried Spring Show
shop with many arts & crafts for sale. On Friday the Gift Shop portion only will be open from 10-2. Hours on Saturday are 10-4 and Sunday 10-3. Be sure to stop by!
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Take a Drive!
Points of Interest Near Parker
Colorado River Indian Tribes (CRIT) Museum and Library The Colorado River Indian Tribes reservation is unique in that it is occupied by four distinct tribal groups: Mohave, Chemehuevi, Navajo and Hopi, each with its own separate culture and traditions. The CRIT Museum and Library are both open to the public Monday through Friday. The museum contains the largest collection of Chemehuevi baskets in the world, examples of pottery, beautiful Navajo silversmith jewelry, intricate Kachina dolls, and many artifacts from the reservation. 928-669-1337 Poston Memorial Monument This monument marks the site of the Poston War Relocation Center where 17,867 persons of Japanese ancestry were interned during World War II. The monument is located 11 miles south of Parker on Mohave Road and may be visited at any time during daylight hours. The history of the center is inscribed into the monument and at an information kiosk. 928-669-2174 Swansea Ghost Town Swansea has been proclaimed as one of Arizona’s best ghost towns by Arizona Highways Magazine. Take a day trip back in time and see the remains of what was once a bustling mining community, complete with a “moving picture house,” a post office and automobile dealership. Swansea is accessible by two-wheel drive automobiles. The ghost town can be reached by traveling east out of Parker on Shea Road. There is no charge to visit.
Ya Just Gotta Be Here!
Parker, Arizona is located on the Colorado River, just north of Interstate Highway 10 on Arizona Highway 95. This unique and affordable area offers a relaxing extended stay lifestyle and vacation atmosphere. Parker is the perfect yearround vacation spot for all types of activities. Whether it’s watersports that include boating, skiing, wakeboarding and personal watercraft or camping, off-roading, golfing, fishing and Rving, we have over 30 RV parks, campgrounds, hotels and motels to accommodate you along the
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16-mile stretch of the Parker Strip. Many of our businesses are accessible by boat or other watercraft! We offer a variety of restaurants, shopping, museums, libraries, wildlife preserves, a four-star golf course and THX 4-plex movie theater, Parker Dam “The World’s Deepest Dam”, the Blue Water Resort & Casino and, of course, The Colorado River! Make Parker, Arizona your next destination, you’ll be glad you did!
February 5-8 37th Spring GFWC-AZ Parker Woman’s civic club, inc. --- potpourri (craft and Swap Meet) February 6-8 BlueWater Resort & Casino parker 425 “The legend lives On” car & Truck points Only February 14 “Take a Kid Fishing” Stocked lagoon in la paz county park February 14 “The Rat Pack is Back” concert at blueWater resort & casino February 14 Parker Rotary Desert Dash 5-mile walk, run or mountain bike trip to famous Nellie e Saloon February 27-29 Arizona State Dart League Championship February 28 Big Bass Classic Tournament March 12-15 La Paz County Fair (New location) March 13-14 Parker Marathon IWSRA Ski Races April 11-12 SCSC Spring Powerboat Classic April 18-19 7th Annual Indian Golf Tournament emerald canyon Golf course
Check Out Parker, AZ
The Parker Public Library is currently presenting “Beauty in Captivity”. This exhibit features art, drawings, crafts and other interesting handmade items produced by the Japanese internees at the Poston, AZ camp during World War II. The camp opened in May 1942 and closed November 1945. It was the largest of the 10 internment camps in America and its peak population was 17,814. This very important historic exhibit will run through February 19th, which is Japanese American Remembrance Day. The long-time favorite Parker 425 nicknamed “The Legend Lives On” will take place on February 7, 2009. This famous desert race is for cars & trucks and starts in front of the Chamber of Commerce at 1217 California Avenue. This race began in 1972 and has become a must in the desert racing circuit. A
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new challenge added for the 2009 race will be the “Parker Python” loop just like in the Parker 250-motorcycle race. The Parker 425 is brought to you by Blue Water Resort & Casino and Best in the Desert Racing Association. The Colorado River Indian Tribes Museum is moving into the old theater built in the 1930s in downtown Parker. This museum houses the largest collection of Chemehuevi baskets in the world, excellent examples of pottery, beautiful Navajo silversmith jewelry, intricate Kachina dolls, and many artifacts from the Reservation. The gift shop is currently open and the museum is expected to hold its grand opening in early spring. For more information on places to eat and fun things to do in Parker, please call Parker Area Tourism.
Lodging, Dining & Attractions Guide
BlueWater Resort & Casino 928-669-7000 Buckskin Mountain State Park 928-667-3231 KLPZ Radio - 1380AM 928-669-9274 www.klpz1380.com
Paradise Café 3280 Parker Dam Rd. 928-667-2727 Tiffany’s Bistro 1317 Joshua St Ste. M 928-669-5566
Riverview Mobile & R.V. Park 47 Parker Dam Rd., Earp, CA 92242 760-665-9953 Roadrunner Resort RV 7000 Riverside Dr. 928-667-4252
David Plunkett Realty 8832 Riverside Dr. 928-916-8469, 866-667-1699
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SOUTHERN ARIZONA CITIES & TOWNS
Ajo Amado Anegam Arivaca Benson Bisbee Blue Bowie Bylas Carmen Catalina Central Childs Clifton Cochise Comobabi Cortaro Dos Cabezas Douglas Dragoon Duncan
“Best Little Town in Arizona”
Check Out Ajo and See For Yourself
by Charlis McVey The small town of Ajo, located 43 miles from the Mexican border, is a charming community that’s proud of its past and enthusiastic about its future. Come along and see why! Hispanic influence is reflected in the town’s name, which is Spanish for “garlic.” The beautiful old Spanish style plaza is the heart of Ajo; its traditional architecture dates from 1917. The town’s Native American neighbors live nearby on the Tohono O’odham Reservation. The extraordinarily beautiful Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument is 34 miles to the south. Ajo celebrates the richness of its desert location with the Annual Sonoran Shindig Celebration of the Desert, to be held this year on March 14. Mark your calendar and come enjoy activities for the whole family including the popular Coyote Howling Contest, Piñata Contest, Sonoran Desert Photo Contest, live music, arts & crafts, wildlife exhibits, Indian fry bread, and games.
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Eden Elfrida Elgin Fairbank Fort Grant Fort Huachuca Fort Thomas Franklin Geronimo Green Valley Hannagan Meadow Hereford Hickiwan Huachuca City Kansas Settlement Klondyke Lukeville Marana McNeal
Sells Tombstone Morenci Mt. Lemmon Sierra Vista Tubac Tucson Naco Solomon Sonoita Tumacacori Nogales South Tucson Vail Oro Valley Stargo Why Palominas Patagonia Sunizona Willcox Pearce Sunsites Swift Trail Pima Junction Pisinimo Blue Hannagan Meadow Pomerene Topawa Portal Thatcher Rio Rico Rillito GRAHAM Safford Bylas Stargo Sahuarita Clifton Geronimo Fort Thomas Morenci Saint David Eden Pima Central San Miguel Klondyke Thatcher Solomon Safford Duncan San Simon Swift Trail Santa Rosa Franklin Fort Junction Grant Sasabe Catalina
For many years Ajo’s economy was based upon copper mining. A lookout offers a panoramic view of the 1 1/2 mile open pit mine that was open from 1926 to 1985. Today Ajo is a popular retirement community with year round blue skies, low humidity - and pure air that the urban centers cannot offer. Visitors enjoy recreation such as tennis, golf, hiking, birding and rock hunting. Located on Hwy 85 about two hours by car from Phoenix or Tucson, Ajo is one of Arizona’s great finds.
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Tombstone Sonoita San Miguel Elfrida 82 Huachuca City Tubac Elgin McNeal Sierra Vista Arivaca Carmen Patagonia Fort 80 Huachuca 90 Bisbee 191 Tumacacori 80 Sasabe Hereford 289 Douglas Palominas Naco
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FEB 14 BISBEE 18th Annual Chocolate Tasting copper Queen library, 6 Main St - Delectable desserts combined with live music and other entertainment make this event a must for lovers of fine things, 6-9p, tickets $10 advance, $12 door. 520-432-4232 MAR 14 AJO 8th Annual Sonoran Shindig bud Walker park - Sonoran desert celebration, activities for the whole family, live music, displays, info booths, raffles, food, and fun just for kids, 10a-3p, free adm. 520-387-7742 MAR 14-15 PATAGONIA Patagonia’s Spring Art Walk Downtown - Over 20 galleries, artists’ studios and shops, raffle (items from local artists), special show openings,11a-5p, free adm. 888-794-0060, www.patagoniaaz.com
Lodging and Dining Guide
Butterfield RV Resort 251 S. Ocotillo 520-586-4400, 800-863-8160 www.rv-resort.com Chute-out Steakhouse 208 East 6th St. 520-586-7297 Holiday Inn Express 630 S Village Loop 520-586-8800 www.hiexpress.com
Earp House and Gallery 102 E. Freemont 520-457-3111 Helldorado Town Toughnut & 4th Streets 520-457-9035 The Lamplight Room 108 North Fourth St. 877-225-1319 Tombstone Sagebrush Inn 4th & Bruce 520-457-2311 www.tombstonesagebrushinn.com
Sonoita Vineyard Winery 290 Elgin-Canelo Road, 85611 3 miles south of Elgin 520-455-5893 www.sonoitavineyards.com
Sunglow Ranch & Cafe 520-824-3334, 866-786-4569 www.sunglowranch.com
DeAnza Trails RV Resort 2869 E Frontage Rd. 866-332-6022 www.deanzarv.com Tubac Center of the Arts 9 Plaza Rd. 520-398-2371 www.tubacarts.org
Portal Peak Lodge, Store & Café 2358 S. Rockhouse Rd. 520-558-2223 www.portalpeaklodge.com I-10, Exit 5 Rates: $65.00+tax - $160.00+tax
Best Western Plaza Inn 1100 W. Rex Allen Dr. 520-384-3556, 800-262-2645 www.bestwesternplazainn.com Rex Allen Arizona Cowboy Museum & Cowboy Hall of Fame 150 N. Railroad Ave. 877-234-4111 www.rexallenmuseum.org
Esplendor Resort at Rio Rico 1069 Camino Caralampi 520-377-7300 www.esplendor-resort.com Rates: $99.00 - $189.00
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The Tucson Gem & Mineral Show™ The Main Show
Over fifty years ago a few members of the Tucson Gem & Mineral Society decided to have a mineral sale. This little mineral show... way out west... became the premier and biggest Gem & Mineral Show in the World! Each year visitors eagerly await the unveiling of the latest display of treasures from beneath the earth’s surface. This year’s show is entitled “Mineral Oddities”. Held at the Tucson Convention Center on Feb. 12-15, it’s “an event of extraordinary wonder” focusing on the bizarre, the weird, the not to be believed - true oddities created by Nature to woo you anew. “Just when you thought you’d seen it all,” the show once again comes up with beautiful, awesome, wonderful minerals to delight and amaze. In addition to the incredible displays,
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Kruse International Collector Car Auction
FEB 27-MAR 1 TUCSON Kruse International is preparing to present the highly anticipated Greater Tucson Collector Car Auction held at the Tucson Convention Center on February 27 thru March 1 starting at 10am daily. General admission is only $10. We expect over 300 cars to participate in this inaugural event! Join us for this action-packed auction and get the chance to see and buy the most beautiful and valuable vehicles in the world. Spots to consign your vehicles are still available! We will be offering true collector cars from all over the country with many selling to the highest bidder regardless of price! Bidder registration fee is only $100. For more information and for complete inventory viewing please visit our website or call Kruse International. 800-968-4444 Mike Moga 520-977-4030 www.Kruse.com
Lodging, Dining & Attraction Guide
Arizona Sonora Desert Museum 2021 N. Kinney Rd., 85743 520-883-2702 www.desertmuseum.org Desert Diamond Casino I-19 exit 80 & Pima Mine Rd. and 7350 S. Nogales Hwy. 520-294-7777, 1-866-332-9467 www.desertdiamondcasino.com Reisen Arizona Tours 4142 E. Kings Rd., 85711 520-319-8130 www.reisenarizona.com Rillito Park Racetrack 4502 N. 1st Ave. 520-293-5011 Spanish Trail Outfitters Inc. 11121 E. Escalante Rd., 85730 520-749-0167 www.spanishtrailoutfitters.com Tucson Museum of Art 140 N. Main, 85701 520-624-2333 www.TucsonMuseumofArt.org Tucson Rodeo Parade Museum 4823 S. 6th Ave. at Irvington Rd. (in the Tucson Rodeo Grounds) 520-294-1280 www.TucsonRodeoParade.org The University of Arizona Biosphere 2 20 minutes north of Tucson on Hwy. 77 at mile marker 96.5 520-838-6200 www.B2science.com
shoppers will be captivated by the more than 300 dealers of jewelry, minerals, fossils and more. There will also be daily door prizes and a special drawing on Sunday at 3:30 pm. An interactive event just for children starts Friday afternoon and runs until Sunday at 4 pm, offering them a fun opportunity to experience the world of minerals at their own level with a special hands-on maze of information. (Presented with the assistance of students from the University of Arizona Society of Earth Sciences.) Hours: Thurs-Sat 10-6; Sun 10-5. Adm: $9 cash at the door, children 14 & under free with paying adult. Credit card sales available online.
Tubac Center of the Arts presents Amadeus, a national juried exhibition open to all media. Entry deadline is Feb. 23, 2009. All media may apply: representational or non-representational, figurative or abstract, 2-D and 3-D. Best of Show award is $300, additional awards $700. The exhibition will
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open from March 27-April 26, 2009. For more information or to have a prospectus mailed to you call 520-398-2371, email email@example.com, or visit www. tubacartcenter.org for a downloadable prospectus.
Best Western Las Brisas 7060 S. Tucson Blvd., 85706 520-746-0271 The Westin La Paloma 3800 E. Sunrise Dr. 520-742-6000
El Corral Restaurant 2201 E. River Rd. 520-529-1495 Pinnacle Peak 6541 E Tanque Verde 520-296-0911 Mama Louisa’s 2041 S. Craycroft, 85711 520-790-4702
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La Fiesta de los Vaqueros
An 84-Year Tucson Treasure
La Fiesta de los Vaqueros (The Celebration of the Cowboys) is Tucson’s oldest community event. Created in 1925, the Tucson Rodeo is one of the top 25 professional rodeo events in North America and features six days of competition and a parade heralded as the longest non-motorized parade in the world. Hollywood found the Tucson Rodeo to be an ideal winter location for rodeo action in films such as The Lusty Men with Robert Mitchum, the movie Arena, and 8 Seconds, the motion picture depicting the life of late bull rider Lane Frost. Visitors from all over the world now attend the rodeo, and area schools close on Thursday and Friday of rodeo week so families can enjoy the festive parade and rodeo traditions. The rodeo runs February 21- March 1 at the Tucson Rodeo Grounds, 4823 S. 6th Ave. Entertainment begins at 12:30 pm each day; the pro rodeo begins at 2 pm. Current and former world champions are featured at this Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) event. This is the first major outdoor rodeo of the year, so the cowboys are ready for sunshine,
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Spanish Trail Outfitters in Tucson Guide’s Best of 2007
Want to introduce your non-Arizona friends and relatives to the Sonoran Desert that is a vibrant, lush land teeming with life? Do you need to reconnect with that idea yourself? In either case, allow Spanish Trail Outfitters to demonstrate the true beauty of the Arizona desert from a traditional southwestern perspective; that is, from horseback. Their trails offer a unique opportunity to view the bio-diversity of the Sonoran Desert. The secrets of this distinctive and diverse desert region are uncovered for guests by their informative guides. Riders cross streams, experience the cooling shade of a mesquite woodland, ride onto a desert plateau where they mix with giant saguaro cacti and other native vegetation. Visitors do not usually expect to ride through water in the desert. But that is just one of many surprises in store for those moseying along with one of the Outfitter’s experienced and
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520-741-2233, 800-964-5662 www.tucsonrodeo.com
fresh air and 11,000 fans each day cheering them on. Reserved seating for rodeo performances is $12-$22. This professional rodeo enlists over 600 contestants from the United States and Canada competing for more than $320,000 in prize money. The Tucson Rodeo gives spectators an opportunity to see real-life cowboys and cowgirls display their ability in the only sport in the world developed from work skills. The rodeo events include bull riding, bareback and saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, tie-down roping, team roping and women’s barrel racing. Also featured each day is Dodge Mutton Bustin’, when four-to six-year-olds test their riding skills on sheep, and the Justin Junior Rodeo for young cowpokes up to age 12. A treasured tradition of rodeo week, the Tucson Rodeo Parade includes over 200 western-theme floats and buggies, Mexican folk dancers and musicians and is viewed by an estimated 200,000 spectators. The parade is Feb. 26 at 9 am. Grandstand seating is $6 for adults and $4 for children.
entertaining wranglers. People remark on how they are shocked by how lush the desert is, says Nancy Gray, who owns the business with her husband, Richard. Guests wind through the Santa Catalina foothills habitat that is rich with native plants and animals, plus remnants of the ancient Hohokam civilization. Spanish Trail Outfitters has been providing horseback tours since 1992. The stables border the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area where wild animals are abundant. There are frequent sightings of bobcats, deer, coyotes and occasionally a fox, Gila monster or desert tortoise. Hawks, roadrunners, Gambel quail and other birds are often visible. Spanish Trail Outfitters provides one hour, one and a half hour or two hour guided trail rides as well as a very popular sunset ride. They are a Girl/ Boy Scout approved stable and that, says Nancy, reassures people that their horses are suitable for children as well as inexperienced riders. Their “Shinbone Town” site depicts a western ghost town that is a perfect western setting for small or large group events. No matter why you visit them, Spanish Trail Outfitters provides great opportunities to experience and learn about Tucson’s natural surroundings.
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JAN 17-FEB 22 TUCSON Live Quarterhorse & Thoroughbred Racing rillito park race Track, 4502 N. 1st ave - 6 Weekends (Sat & Sun) - Jan 17 Thru Feb 22, 2009 - post Time 1p (No racing Super bowl Sunday). 520-293-5011 FEB 12-15 TUCSON Tucson Gem & Mineral Show™ The Main Show Tucson convention ctr - exhibiting “Mineral Oddities” - bizarre yet awesome minerals. also 300+ dealers of jewelry, minerals, etc. Th-Sa 10-6; Su 10-5. Kids’ activities from Fr pm. $9 cash at door, cc online, 14 & under free w/adult. www.tgms.org FEB 21 TUCSON 8th Annual Arizona Animal Fair reid park - Demonstrations, entertainment, food court & beer garden, 100+ exhibitors and over 30 animal rescue agencies.10a4p, free. 520-275-0445 FEB 21-22 TUCSON Southwest Indian Art Fair aZ State Museum (uofa) - 200+ renowned Native artists, top-quality pottery, hopi kachinas, jewelry, baskets, rugs & more. artist demos, Native foods, music & dance performances, Sa10-5, Su 10-4, $8/$3 ages 12-16. 520-626-8381 FEB 21-MAR 1 TUCSON 84th Annual La Fiesta de los Vaqueros Tucson rodeo Grounds - prca rodeo, the largest outdoor winter rodeo in the uS. Tickets $12 - $22 according to seating, 12:30p-5p. 520-741-2233 FEB 21-MAR 29 TUCSON Designer Showhouse rancho Merlita, 8520 e Wrightstown rd Fashion shows, boutique, daily luncheons, DesignSpeak seminars, chef demos, $15 by 1/21 or $20 @ door, 10-4 daily except Su 12 -4, closed Mondays. 520-722-7436
There’s always something new and fun to do in Tucson. Have a look at these new or little known activities that will add a touch of novelty and excitement to your visit. • DeGrazia: 100 Years, 100 Works DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun will honor Tucson’s famous painter, Ted DeGrazia, with a yearlong exhibit that showcases both classic and never-seen works, beginning January 23. Some of DeGrazia’s best-known pieces will be displayed, including the 1957 oil painting Los Niños that was used in a UNICEF greeting card. DeGrazia achieved international acclaim for his paintings of native cultures of the Sonoran Desert. The DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun is on the National Register of Historic Places. www.degrazia.org • Family Friendly Weekends Tucson’s Downtown, 4th Avenue, and the University of Arizona campus are the heart of the city’s entertainment scene. Every weekend, fun-seekers can find art exhibits, film screenings, walking tours, concerts and special events, many aimed at families with youngsters. To help keep track of it all, a new program, Family Friendly Weekends, has been launched at the Tucson Museum of Art. Also, the Family Friendly Weekends website has a master calendar showing 52 weekends of programming at a variety of venues. www.visittucson.org/visitor/familyfriendly weekends • Tucson Festival of Books - More than 340 authors will be featured at the 1st annual Arizona Daily Star Tucson Festival of Books, March 14-15 on the University of Arizona campus. Internationally renowned authors such as J.A. Jance, Billy Collins, Diana Gabaldon and Elmore Leonard will participate in this literary event. In addition, the two-day festival will include an estimated 200 exhibitors and 15 stage areas with activities for all ages. www.tucsonfestivalofbooks.org. • Historic Mission Tower Restored Exterior restoration work on the San Xavier Mission’s West Tower has been completed after five years of painstaking handiwork. Scaffolding has been taken down revealing an unobstructed view of the mission - an architectural treasure built in 1797. Scaffolding will go up around the East Tower when the next phase of restoration begins in March. Until then, visitors are encouraged to bring their cameras! The mission is open daily 7 am to 5 pm. www. sanxaviermission.org • Temple of Music & Art Tours - Go behind the scenes of Arizona Theater Company’s (ATC) productions with a tour of the Temple of Music and Art in downtown Tucson. Docents will lead free backstage tours of the beautiful theater (built in 1927) at 11:30 am on March 14, March 21, March 28, and April 11. Following the tour, patrons will receive a voucher for discounted tickets to the current ATC production. For tour reservations, call Don Gest at 520-884-8210 or visit www.aztheatreco.org.
FEB 22 TUCSON Fords on Fourth Classic Mustang Show Fourth ave - Fords of all types, Tucson’s trolley, lots of great restaurants and shops. 8a-3p, free adm. 520-624-5004 FEB 26 TUCSON Tucson Rodeo Parade irvington rd & S. Sixth ave - Since 1925 the best non-motorized parade in the world. Floats, horse-drawn coaches, Mexican dancers, marching bands & more, prompt start 9a. Grandstand seating avail, for tickets: 520-294-1280 FEB 27-MAR 1 TUCSON Kruse International Collector Car Auction Tucson convention center - inaugural event! 300 muscle cars, sports cars, classics & special interest vehicles. auction begins 10a daily. adm: $10 adults, Free kids 12 & under. 800-968-4444
Metropolitan Tucson CVB: www.visitTucson.org
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Italian Food as It Was Meant to Be!
By Courtney Latham If you are looking for a home away from home, and a true Italian meal, look no further than Mama Louisa’s. An anchor amongst other area restaurants, Mama Louisa’s has been serving fine Italian Food since 1956. Located at 2041 S. Craycroft Rd., Mama Louisa’s is a Tucson gem, full of charm, excellent food, and a courteous attentive staff. How is all this excellence achieved? Starting at 7 am, the staff begins preparing the day’s meals. They use only the best ingredients to slow simmer their aged tomato sauces, which are then used to adorn their homemade pastas. By hand selecting their meats, cheeses, fruit, and vegetables from the best purveyors, the staff at Mama Louisa’s cut no corners in providing the best for their guests. Their extensive menu offers chicken, shrimp, veal, pork, pizza and traditional homemade dishes like Manicotti, Cannelloni, Lasagna and Eggplant. Ask about their famous Joe’s Special, homemade linguini topped with garlic, hot peppers, cheese and sauce.
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Premier Event Features 200+ Artists and Performers
Southern Arizona’s premier Indian art show and market features 200+ artists, performers, and demonstrators. Mark your calendars for this exciting event on February 21 and 22 at Arizona State Museum. Whether you are a serious collector, casual buyer, or first-time visitor, you will find much to experience, learn, and enjoy. There’s something for everyone, at every price range and interest level. As always, you can chat with the artists, learning from Native experts; watch demonstrations, sample Native foods, and enjoy musical performances. For collectors of top-quality Indian art, Arizona State Museum’s 15th Annual Southwest Indian Art Fair means one-stop shopping. Rather than trekking across the region to seek out your treasures, 200 of the finest artists will be right here in Tucson!
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From personal experience, walking in feels as though you have just entered a friend’s home. As we were being seated, we passed a sumptuous soup and salad bar and a number of families laughing and enjoying each other’s company. From the soft drinks, wine, and full bar list, I opted for a vanilla Italian soda as my beverage. Shortly after, our appetizer arrived. We sat enjoying the fresh baked breadsticks, fried raviolis, Italian wedding soup, and the jovial atmosphere. When the entree came - a baked pasta dish - the aroma had hardly done it justice. The sauce was hot and flavorful and the pasta cooked to perfection. You can top off your meal with desserts that range from delicate cannoli to spumoni, tiramisu, tortoni or a delicious piece of cake. When you are done, you will know why Mama Louisa’s has been around for over 50 years and why they say “HOME COOKING THE ITALIAN WAY.” Location: 2041 S. Craycroft Rd., 85711
Featured artist this year is Julius Keyonnie (Navajo). Julius began designing contemporary jewelry in 1990, using many techniques: overlay, engraving, fabrication and lapidary. In addition to working in silver, he recently began working with gold, and stones such as lapis, sugilite, opal, and coral. The art he creates stems from a strong belief in his Navajo roots. This can be seen in his use of rug and basket motifs, arrowheads and other symbols of Navajo lifeways. In addition to jewelry, he has created “collector’s items” such as jewelry boxes and sculptures. There are no duplicates of any of his pieces. You can visit with Julius and peruse his selection of fine, hand-made jewelry at Table B77 in Tent B during the Art Fair. Take a break from shopping to enjoy performances by Southern Scratch, an award-winning waila group (courtesy of Canyon Records); No:ligk Traditional Dancers from the Tohono O’odham Nation; Bird Singing and Dancing by the River from the Salt River PimaMaricopa Indian Community; and other traditional Southwest performances. Location: Arizona State Museum (on the UofA campus), 1013 E University Blvd. Hours: 10-5 Saturday, 10-4 Sunday Admission: Single day: $8 adults, $3 children 12-16 (age 11 & under free); Two-day passes: $12; UA and Pima CC students: free with school ID
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ARECA Provides 24-7 Emergency Care
Pets have integrated into the travel plans of millions of Americans. However, the resultant latest craze in the world of RV’s is not the safest. To wit: letting your lapdog ride shotgun under the sun-warmed windshield is perilous to the pooch. You wear seatbelts for your safety and Fido should wear one for his. These days there are a variety of canine seatbelts sold in most local pet stores. Trouble is, despite all the precautions you might take, sometimes urgent care is needed. That’s why it’s a good thing to know where the local Animal Emergency Center is when you and your pets hit the road in search of adventure. Here in Mesa, one such center is the VCA Animal Referral & Emergency Center of Arizona (ARECA). This state of the art 18,000 square foot specialty, emergency hospital is committed to providing the highest quality veterinary medical care available. Just as importantly, ARECA is a 24-hour Emergency Center. “Our hospital is staffed with doctors and
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technicians 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” says Referral Director Stephani Rhodes. “We are here when you and your pets need us.” ARECA maintains state of the art instrumentation, including a helical CT scanner, cardiac and abdominal ultrasound units, flexible and rigid fiberoptic endoscopy, computerized Holter monitoring, blood gas analysis, and a separate intensive care unit with mechanical ventilation and extensive cardiovascular monitoring, including invasive blood pressure and telemetry. In other words, they can fix what ails your furry friend. “We do get a fair number of tourists here,” reports Rhodes, who herself is the den mother to a posse of six horses, two miniature donkeys, two miniature mules, five dogs and two tortoises. So go ahead, bring the pooch on your next road trip, ARECA will be there if you need them. Just buckle and go (both you and your Fido).
Holiday Inn Express 850 W. Shell NOGALES 520-281-0123 www.hiexpress.com La Quinta Inns, Inc. Pet policies/restrictions 800-531-5900., vary from location www.lq.com to location 3 locations in Southern Arizona
View Point RV MESA Resort & Country 8700 E. University Dr., 877-362-6736 Holiday Inn Express TEMPE 5300 S Priest Rd., 480-820-7500 www.hiexpress.com/tempeaz La Quinta Inns, Inc. Pet policies/restrictions 800-531-5900., vary from location www.lq.com to location 9 locations in the Phoenix Metro Area Warren House North PHOENIX 6060 N. 7th St., 602-274-9014 www.warrenproperties.com Falling Waters PHOENIX 4301 N. 24th St., 602-954-9220 www.warrenproperties.com
InnSuites AZ, CA, TX 1-888-INNSUITES
Bear Creek Motel & Cabins 88 Main St. Pino Altos, NM 88053, 505-388-4501, 1-800-413-5024 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Camelback 1545 W. Camelback, 602-277-3234 www.warrenproperties.com
VCA Animal Referral & Emergency Center of AZ 1648 N Country Club Dr, 480-898-0001 www.vcaareca.com Speedway Veterinary Hospital 3736 E Speedway Blvd 520-321-4235 www.speedwayvet.com
8th Annual Arizona Animal Fair
Largest Event of Its Kind In the State!
Hosted by Saving Animals from Euthanasia (SAFE), the Arizona Animal Fair on February 21st is the largest event of its kind in Arizona and one of the largest in the Southwest. Featuring animal demonstrations, exhibitors, Super Adoptions with 30+ animal rescue agencies, entertainment, food court and beer garden, this festive event is FREE and takes place 10am-4pm at Reid Park (NE corner of 22nd St./Country Club) in Tucson. Look at all that’s on offer: Police K-9s, flyball, lure coursing, freestyle doggie
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dancing, dog training demos, pet first aid seminars, low-cost vaccinations and microchipping, plenty of horses, llamas and even potbellied pigs to pet, pet blessings, a pet psychic, pet blood drive, Glamour Paws Pet Photography and more! Free copy of Modern Dog Magazine with any size donation to SAFE. All proceeds benefit the animal rescue community. Come party with your pet! Photo by Lori Faith Merritt
Best Western Arizonian HOLBROOK 2508 E Navajo Blvd., 928-524-2611 Comfort Inn 1-17 & 1-40 FLAGSTAFF 2355 S Beulah Blvd., 800-490-6562 www.comfortinnflagstaff.com Days Inn & Suites Camp Verde CAMP VERDE 1640 W. Hwy. 260 928-567-3700 Econo Lodge WINSLOW 1706 N. Park Drive 928-289-4687 www.econolodge.com La Quinta Inns Pet policies/restrictions 800-531-5900 vary from location www.lq.com to location 2 Locations in Northern Arizona Quality Inn & Suites PRESCOTT 4499 E. Hwy 69 928-777-0770 www.prescottqualityinn.com Red Feather Lodge GRAND CANYON 106 N. Hwy 64 Reg. $50 deposit refundable 800-538-2345 $10 per day fee www.redfeatherlodge.com No size restrictions
Selection of Dog Parks in Arizona
Shawnee Park 1400 W. Mesquite 6a-10:30p 480-782-2750
James D. Kriegh Park 23 W. Calle Concordia, 6a - 10p, Sun-Sat 520-229-5050
Thorpe Bark Park 600 N. Thorpe Dawn - Dusk 928-779-7690
Payson Off-Leash Park McLane Rd., next to Library 928-747-5242
Desert Vista Park 11800 N. Desert Vista Dr. Dawn - Dusk 480-816-5152
Willow Creek Dog Park 3181 Willow Creek Rd. 7a - 10p 928-777-1122
Ramada Inn Chilton 300 E. 32nd St. 928-344-1050
COLORADO RIVER REGION YUMA • WHITE MOUNTAINS
Dog Park at Crossroads 2155 E. Knox Rd. 6a - 10p 480-503-6200
Mountain Valley Park 8600 E. Nace Lane Dawn - Dusk 928-759-3090
PET FRIENDLY CALENDAR
FEB 21 TUCSON 8th Annual Arizona Animal Fair reid park - Demonstrations, entertainment, food court & beer garden, 100+ exhibitors and over 30 animal rescue agencies.10a-4p, free. 520-275-0445 FEB 27-MAR 2 SCOTTSDALE Fiesta Cluster Dog Show & Agility Trial WestWorld - in excess of 3000 all-breed dogs compete for best of breed, best in show, obedience and agility. Dog food, gifts, gadgets. 8a-7p, $5 parking, free adm. www. fiestacluster.com MAR 7 TUCSON Paws in the Plaza casas adobes plaza, ina & Oracle - participating stores will have specials and raffle drawings, there will be other pet-related vendors, music, activities, adoptable animals and fun! 10a-4p. 520-321-3704 ext. 188 MAR 14 GREEN VALLEY Pet Fashion Pawrade centre court at the Green Valley Village bring your pet and enter to win terrific prizes for: best pet costume, best pet smile, pet/ parent combo, pet/parent look-a-like, best hairdo, most lovable & more. Sugested entry donation: $5. To benefit needy animals. 3p. 520-625-3170
Amberian Peaks Lodge GREER 1-800-556-9997 www.thepeaksatgreer.com Reed’s Lodge SPRINGERVILLE 514 E Main 800-814-6451 www.k5reeds.com Silver Creek InnTAYLOR Rodeway Inn 825 N. Main St. 928-536-2600 Best Western Paint Pony Lodge SHOW LOW 581 W. Deuce of Clubs 928-537-5773 www.bestwestern.com/paintponylodge Woodland Inn & Suites PINETOP 458 E. White Mountain Blvd. 866-746-3867 no deposit www.woodlandsuites.com $10 fee per night
Foothills Dog Park 57th & Union Dr., 6a - 10p 623-930-2820 Sahuaro Ranch Park 63rd Ave. 6a - 10p 623-930-2820
Chaparral Park 5401 N. Hayden Rd., Dawn - 9p 480-312-2331 Horizon Park 15444 N. 100th St., Thompson Peak Parkway & 100th St. Dawn - Dusk 480-312-2331
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LAKE HAVASU CITY
Lion’s Dog Park 1340 McCulloch 6a - 10p 928-453-8686
Creamery Park 1520 E. 8th St. 6a – Midnight 480-350-5200
Quail Run 4155 E. Virginia, Sunrise - 10p 480-644-5040
Christopher Columbus Park (city park) 4600 N. Silverbell, Dawn - Dusk 520-791-4873
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arizona State parks arizona Fish and Game Dept. bureau of land Management bureau of indian affairs National park Services u.S. Fish and Wildlife ecologial Services Field Ofc. uSDa Forest Service phoenix albuquerque NM 602-640-2720 505-842-3898 phoenix phoenix phoenix phoenix phoenix 602-542-4174 602-942-3000 602-417-9200 602-379-4511 602-640-5250
“Geo-Cache Bash” at Cattail Cove State Park, Feb. 21
On Saturday, February 21, Cattail Cove State Park hosts the 3rd annual geo-caching treasure hunt from 10 am to 2 pm. The “Geo-cache Bash” begins at 10 am with a brief history about Global Positioning System (GPS). How GPS was conceived and the etiquette that goes along with the sport will be discussed. To participate, attendees should bring their GPS unit with them and have a basic understanding of how their GPS unit works. Afterward, attendees can choose to find more than 12 geo-cache sites. There will be hidden caches on various trails for hikers, along with several sites along the shoreline, and even a couple of sites dedicated to those who may be wheelchair bound. Attendees will receive a raffle ticket. Winners will be drawn at random for prizes. There will be a drawing for prizes including four grand prizes: Two-nights camping at Cattail Cove State Park; twonights in a cabin or yurt at Lyman Lake State Park; two-nights in a cabin at Roper Lake State Park, and a State Parks standard annual pass.
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NATIONAL MONUMENTS, PARKS, & HISTORIC SITES
CENTRAL ARIZONA casa Grande ruins National Monument Tonto National Monument NORTHERN ARIZONA canyon De chelly National Monument casa Malpais ruins - National park affiliate Glen canyon National recreation area Grand canyon National park Montezuma castle National Monument Navajo National Monument petrified Forest National park pipe Spring National Monument Sunset crater Volcano National Monument Tuzigoot National Monument Walnut canyon National Monument Wupatki National Monument SOUTHERN ARIZONA chiricahua National Monument Organ pipe cactus National Monument Saguaro National park (TMD - West) Saguaro National park (rMD - eaST) Dos cabezas, Willcox ajo Tucson Tucson 520-824-3560 520-387-6849 520-733-5158 520-733-5153 chinle Springerville page Grand canyon camp Verde Tonalea petrified Forest Fredonia Flagstaff clarkdale Flagstaff Flagstaff 928-674-5500 928-333-5375 928-608-6404 928-638-7779 928-567-3322 928-672-2366 928-524-6228 928-643-7105 928-526-0502 928-634-5564 928-526-3367 928-679-2365 coolidge roosevelt 520-723-3172 928-467-2241
STATE PARKS & HISTORIC SITES
CENTRAL ARIZONA boyce Thompson arboretum State park lost Dutchman State park picacho peak State park COLORADO RIVER REGION alamo lake State park buckskin Mountain State park lake havasu State park lake havasu State park NORTHERN ARIZONA Dead horse ranch State park Fort Verde State historic park homolovi ruins State park Jerome State historic park lyman lake State park red rock State park Slide rock State park Tonto Natural bridge State park SOUTHERN ARIZONA catalina State park Kartchner caverns State park Oracle State park patagonia lake State park roper lake State park Tucson benson Oracle patagonia Safford 520-628-5798 520-586-2283 520-896-2425 520-287-6965 520-428-6760 cottonwood camp Verde Winslow Jerome St. Johns Sedona Sedona payson 928-634-5283 928-567-3275 928-289-4106 928-634-5381 928-337-4441 928-282-6907 928-282-3034 928-476-4202 Wenden parker Windsor beach, lake havasu city cattail cove, lake havasu city 928-669-2088 928-667-3231 928-855-2784 928-855-1223 Superior apache Junction picacho 520-689-2811 480-982-4485 520-466-3183
Geo-caching began in 2000 after the Defense Department stopped scrambling the signals beamed to GPS receivers from military satellites, making it easier for recreational users to find specific locations. It has since grown in popularity for both families and corporate groups. “Geo” for geography and “cache” for hidden stash provides a fun opportunity to enjoy and explore the outdoors using a (GPS) receiver. For more information call Cattail Cove State Park at 928-855-1223 or visit azstateparks.com. Campsites with electricity are available for $23 a night. Arizona State Parks Premium Annual Pass is sold for $125 and the Standard Pass is sold for $50 (some restrictions do apply). Cattail Cove State Park is located on State Route 95, 15 miles south of Lake Havasu City, Arizona. The beach, boat ramp and campsites offer a broad spectrum of activities for all to enjoy including swimming, fishing, or just lounging around and relaxing. Photo credit: ©2009Arizona State Parks
Colorado Trails Guest Ranch 12161 County Rd. 240 Durango, CO 877-711-7843, 800-323-3833 www.coloradotrails.com Spanish Trail Outfitters Inc. 11121 E. Escalante Rd., Tucson 85730 520-749-0167 www.spanishtrailoutfitters.com Wiltbank Trail Rides 38735 State Route 373, Greer 85927 928-735-7454 www.wiltbankstables.com Canyon Rio Rafting P.O. Box 3493, Flagstaff 86003 928-774-3377 Diamond River Adventures P.O. Box 1300, Page 86040 928-645-8866, 800-343-3121 www.diamondriver.com Mild to Wild Rafting 53 Rio Vista Circle, Durango, CO 81301 800-567-6745 www.mild2wildrafting.com Sedona Adventure Outfitters & Guides P.O. Box 4082, Sedona 928-204-6440, 877-673-3661
NORTHERN ARIZONA apache/Sitgreaves National Forest coconino National Forest Kaibab National Forest prescott National Forest Tonto National Forest SOUTHERN ARIZONA coronado National Forest Tucson 520-670-4552 Springerville Flagstaff Williams Prescott phoenix 928-333-4301 928-527-3600 800-863-0546 928-445-1762 602-225-5200
alchesay National Fish hatchery bill Williams National Wildlife refuge buenos aires National Wildlife refuge cabeza prieta National Wildlife refuge cibola National Wildlife refuge havasu National Wildlife refuge imperial National Wildlife refuge Kofa National Wildlife refuge San bernardino National Wildlife refuge Wiliams creek National Fish hatchery Willow beach National Fish hatchery parker Sasabe ajo cibola Needles, ca Yuma Yuma Douglas 928-338-4901 928-667-4144 520-823-4251 520-387-6483 928-587-3253 619-326-3853 928-783-3371 928-783-7861 520-364-2104 928-338-4901 928-767-3456
Arizona River Runners, Inc. PO Box 575, Page 86040 928-645-9175, 8004777238 www.raftarizona.com
Devocean Deep Sea Fishing Rocky Point Mexico 520-419-6199
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FEB 13-16 CASA GRANDE 42nd Annual O’Odham Tash Indian Days pow Wow, rodeo Queen pageant, arts & crafts, all-indian rodeo adm. $15-$8, carnival, fast pitch softball, basketball tournament, parade, dance, concert, food booths. 520-836-4723 FEB 21-22 TUCSON Southwest Indian Art Fair aZ State Museum (uofa) - 200+ renowned Native artists, top-quality pottery, hopi kachinas, jewelry, baskets, rugs & more. artist demos, Native foods, music & dance performances, Sa10-5, Su 10-4, $8/$3 ages 12-16. 520-626-8381 MAR 7-8 PHOENIX Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market heard Museum - 600+ top Native american artists, music, dance, food, 9:30a5p, adm: $15, student $5. 602-252-8848 MAR 13-15 SAN CARLOS/GLOBE 13th Annual Intertribal Pow Wow apache Gold casino resort - competition singing and dancing, Native arts & crafts, traditional Native foods. We welcome our Native and non-Native friends and neighbors. call for times/adm. 1-800-apache-8 MAR 14 PRESCOTT Winter Navajo Rug Auction Smoki Museum - preview 10a-Noon, auctioneer on hand to answer questions. auction 1p. Navajo tacos, complimentary beverages avail. www.smokimuseum. org/events.htm, more auctions at www. rbburnhamtrading.com MAR 14-15 TUCSON 27th Annual Wa:k Pow Wow San Xavier Del bac Mission - Native american inter-tribal dancing, contests, Native american food/arts & crafts, Sa 10:30a-11p, Su 10a-7p. adults $8, children $6, 6 & under free, parking $3. 520-573-4051 MAR 19-22 SACATON Mul-Chu-Tha Fair & Rodeo Gila river indian community, i-10 exit 175 - rodeo, Jr. rodeo, pow Wow, bbQ, parade, carnival, arts/crafts, games & sports, battle of the bands, 13-54 yrs $6, 55+ & ages 6-12 $4, 5 & under free. 520-562-6087/9840
Where Time Stands Still
by Kathie Curley Recently, I took a trip to Monument Valley. This place that has been made famous in countless movies and commercials... I wanted to see it for myself. The 23-mile drive to Monument Valley from the neighboring town of Kayenta, Arizona was beautiful. Huge rock formations were jutting up from the desert floor. I found myself trying to give them all familiar resemblances. Hey! That one looks like an owl! Or that one is huge and looks like an office building! Of course, what I really enjoyed was the absence of office buildings. There are no malls, no crowded apartments, no traffic jams. Man has not put his indelible mark on this land. It still belongs to the Great Spirit. I decided to take a tour into the Valley. I rode with a group of others in a fourwheel drive truck that maneuvered the sand and dirt road with ease. We sat on bench seats in the open-air transport that provided us unobstructed views of the magnificent Mittens, the Three Sisters, and the Totem Pole rock formations. The pure, clean air was foreign to my nostrils, but immediately luscious! I inhaled deeply, trying to capture as much as I could.
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Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park: 435-727-5870
Native American Tour Guides
Moccasin Track Tours
Irma Kitcheyan Phoenix 602-294-9320
The driver of our transport stopped a number of times and we all disembarked while he provided information on what we were seeing... about the rock formations, petroglyphs and pictographs, the history, and the Navajo people who live there. One particular stop will always remain in my memory. We walked under a huge curved amphitheatrelike rock formation and laid down on the slanted smooth surface at the base, drinking in the moment and visualizing an ancient way of life. It was then... we heard the breathtakingly beautiful and haunting sound of a Navajo flute. In this location, in this time, in this state of mind... that flute melody entered my soul. We were all mesmerized as our Navajo guide played for us. Now that I have returned to the land of office buildings, traffic jams, crowded Wal-Marts, I can stop and reflect on a place where time stands still, where the air is pure, and the Great Spirit is ever present. I can reach into my soul and, once again, hear the sound of the flute in Monument Valley.
Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation
Fort McDowell Adventures
480-816-6465 Fountain Hills
First Mesa Consolidated Tours of Walpi
Polacca, Az 928-737-2262
Hualapai River Running
900 Rt. 66, Peach Springs 888-255-9550
Antelope Canyon Navajo Tours
Dalvin Etsitty Page, Az 928-698-3384
Antelope Slot Canyon Tours
Chief Ray Tsosie 55 S Lake Powell Blvd., Page 928-645-5594 Leon Skyhorse Thomas Chinle 928-674-5433 John and Brenda Largo Window Rock 888-726-9084
Canyon de Chelly Unimog Tours
Native Trails 7th Season
A series of free festivals is staged at the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall in downtown Scottsdale to celebrate tribal cultures including Salt River Pima-Maricopa, Hopi, Yavapai, Apache and Diné (Navajo). Musical performances and traditional dances take place noon to 1:30 pm most Thursdays and Saturdays through April 11. 800-782-1117 www.ScottsdaleNativeTrails.com
Largo Navajoland Tours (ITO)
Roy Black’s Tours
Roy Black Monument Valley 928-429-0637 Toney Begay Monument Valley 928-309-2410
Toney’s Monument Valley Tours
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Lodging, Dining & Attraction Guide
Colorado Trails Guest Ranch 12161 County Rd. 240 Durango, CO 81301 877-711-7843, 800-323-3833 www.coloradotrails.com Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge RR 479 Main Ave., Durango, CO 81301 970-247-2733 www.durangotrain.com Frontier Movie Town 297 W. Center Kanab, UT 84741 435-644-5337 www.frontiermovietown.com Mild to Wild Rafting 53 Rio Vista Circle Durango, CO 81301 800-567-6745 www.mild2wildrafting.com
Discover Nature’s Works of Art
Hidden Treasures of Southern Utah
Discover the Hidden Treasures of Southern Utah as you travel to Kane County to witness some of nature’s true gems. Zion National Park is full of splendor and jagged cliffs full of white and red colored rocks. The park also offers a variety of hiking trails that are perfect for hikers of all levels of ability. The emerald pools will amaze you along with wild turkeys and herds of deer wandering carefree through this national treasure. Bryce Canyon has inspired visitors for years. Red hoodoos spring up from the ground and form spheres and arches that will amaze all who enter this National Park. Experience the wily old Bristle Cone Pine that has survived as one of the oldest living plants in the nation despite freezing temperatures, drought conditions, and bug infestations. The North Rim of the Grand Canyon is spectacular. Nature abounds with wildM M Gr ak eM e e or at ie s
Strike it rich when you visit Silver city. So-named when silver was discovered in the 1870s, Silver city still has an active mining industry, but offers quite a bit more. View collections of Mimbrate black on white pottery invented here or explore the works of various artists throughout the community. enjoy the peaceful calm of the Gila National Forest as you relax in the former home of famed outlaw billy the Kid and the infamous Geronimo. www.silvercity.org The oldest capital city in North america, Santa Fe is a culture buff’s paradise. Founded in the early 17th century, Santa Fe has retained its original cultural and historical roots, while embracing modern city life. Take part in wine, folk art, and music festivals as well as rodeos, culinary competitions, and historic tours. enjoy world-class restaurants, events, and attractions, while being surrounded by traces of the hallowed past. www.santafe.org located in Ne San Diego county, borrego Springs is a village completely surrounded by the 600,000 acre anza-borrego Desert State park. lodging ranges from rustic campsites to full service resorts, and restaurants run the gamut from casual bar food to four star dining. The anza-borrego Desert State park® is a uNeScO conservation designated World biosphere reserve. 12 wilderness areas and 110 miles of riding and hiking trails provide visitors with the opportunity to experience the wonders of the colorado Desert. 800-559-5524 born from mining, Durango today is a popular tourist destination offering numerous festivals, a variety of shops and restaurants, and exciting outdoor recreation. Miles of trails lead through the San Juan Mountains for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding or four-wheeling. Others enjoy white-water rafting and kayaking on the animas river. Winter skiing is world class. One of the most popular attractions is the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge railroad, carrying visitors on an exciting adventure through the animas Gorge. 970-247-3500 Kanab is a scenic tourist town with a friendly western spirit, often called “little hollywood” because of its filmmaking history over the years. a community of 5,400, it is located seven miles north of the arizona border on u.S. alternate 89 and offers exciting vacation opportunities year round. Kanab is surrounded by coral pink cliffs and sand dunes, volcanic craters and lava flows, deep canyons, majestic mountains and plains. Kanab is considered a popular hub location for visits to Zion, bryce and Grand canyon National parks, Grand Staircase/escalante National Monument and lake powell. 435-644-5033
Silver City, NM
Bear Creek Motel & Cabins 88 Main St. Pinos Altos, NM, 88053 1-888-388-4515 www.bearcreekcabins.com Best Western Durango Inn and Suites 21382 US Hwy. 160 West Durango, CO 81302 970-247-3251, 800-547-9090 www.durangoinn.com Copper Manor Motel 710 Silver Heights Blvd. Silver City, NM 88061 575-538-5392 Kanab Mission Inn 386 East 300 South Kanab, UT 84741 435-644-5373
FEB 28 CUCHILLO, NM 18th Annual Cuchillo Pecan Festival ritch’s pecan Orchard - pecan pie, pecan candy, flavored pecans, arts & crafts, fiddlers, kids games, bbQ & more. proceeds go to boys & girls ranches. 575-743-3201 MAR 7 KANAB, UT North Rim Regulators Shoot Shooting range, hwy 89 three mi. N of Kanab - cowboy competitive action shooting. participants dress in costumes of the old west. Starts 9ac at the Shooting range on hwy 89 three miles N. of Kanab. 435-644-5053 MAR 29 SAN DIEGO, CA Gaslamp Quarter Artist Showcase Gaslamp Quarter Downtown - 50+ San Diego leading artists display their talent on the streets and in art galleries, restaurants & shops of the Gaslampdistrict. Free to view art; $10 Fine Wine and Spirits Sampling. Noon-7p. 619-233-5227
life and vegetation along this less-traveled section of one of the natural wonders of America. Walk to the northern rim and look out over the edge, thankful that you have escaped the crowds and hot and arid temperatures of the southern rim. The Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park offers a multitude of activities in the red colored sands that drift among the ponderosa pines. This state park has a campground to complement a system of trails designed for ATV enthusiasts. The tiny town of Kanab is ATV friendly with laws that allow ATV’ers to use public roads to make their way to a host of ATV trails that roll on for miles. Lake Powell is the perfect spot for a water-filled getaway. Houseboats are available for rental and can sleep up to 12 people. Personal Water Craft offer adventures galore, and families can escape to their own private beach on this huge man-made lake. Southern Utah is also home to one of the most popular locations for making western movies, hosting over 70 production crews during the filming of such classic Western movies as The Outlaw Josie Wales and the Gunsmoke television series. Some of the old movie sets are still open for public tours. There are over 1,000 hotel rooms in the vast county with 700 rooms situated in the county seat of Kanab. Come discover the hidden treasures of southern Utah.
Santa Fe, NM
Borrego Springs, CA
Butterfield Room at La Casa del Zorro 3845 Yaqui Pass Rd. Borrego Springs, CA 92004 800-824-1884 Chez Grand-Mere 3 Depot Place Durango, CO 81301 970-247-7979 Copper Creek Ranch Chuck Wagon Supper and Western Show 20 Flury Lane Silver City, NM 88061 575-538-2971 Diane’s Restaurant 510 N. Bullard St. Silver City, NM 88061 575-538-8722
The Springs at Borrego RV Resort 2255 Digiorgio Rd. Borrego Springs, CA 92004 760-767-0004 www.springsatborrego.com
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Lodging, Dining & Activity Guide
Banana’s Restaurant San Carlos (011-52) 622-226-0606 www.bananasgang.com Old Port Galley Restaurant Rocky Point 638-383-3354 www.rockypointdreamweddings.com
FEB 10 ROCKY POINT, SON Sand Drags Fast 4 X 4 machines from all over Northwestern Mexico gather for the competition over 100 yards of sand. 638-383-3105, 1-877-843-3717 FEB 13-15 ROCKY POINT, SON Angler of the Year Tournament (Phase 1) cholla bay - Organized by JJ’s cantina. First part of a three phase tournament that ends in October. come fish or just share the excitement of the weigh-ins. (01152)638-38-32785, www.jjscantina.com FEB 13-15 SAN CARLOS, SON 3rd Annual Yellowtail Fishing Tournament presented by the San carlos yacht club & rescate Services, inc. www.sancarlosmexico.com/tournaments.html MAR 14 SAN CARLOS, SON 5th Annual Yellowtail Open Free Dive Spear Fish Tournament $45.00 entry Fee. www.sancarlosmexico.com/tournaments.html MAR 14 LOS ALGODONES, B.C. Spring Party for Winter Visitors intersection of ave. a between 1st and 2nd St. - Fun fiesta in honor of the “snowbirds”. Fresh food, live music, local vendors. www.losalgodones.com MAR 28 SAN FELIPE 3rd Int’l Blues and Arts Fiesta San Felipe baseball Stadium - More bands, more artists, more fun! promoted by San Felipe lion’s club. info and tickets online. www.bluesandarts.com APR 11 ROCKY POINT, SON One Club Open Golf Tournament JJ’s cantina -Golfers use only one club per 18 holes in this unique competition. 638-383-2785
Spring Break Is Almost Upon Us
Head to the Beaches of Rocky Point
Well, it is nearly that time of year. People from all over the Southwest flock to the beaches of Rocky Point in March for spring break. Plan your trip now, because the city fills up during the last three weeks of March. Granted, it is hard to beat the weather, the water and the beach as a destination for spring break. This year, Arizona State University’s spring break week is March 9-13. The University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University both hold their spring breaks March 16-20. If you are a student of these schools, make your plans with your friends. For those of you looking to avoid the crowds but still wanting to come to Rocky Point, it is good to know these dates
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Sea Fari Calle 13, Rocky Point (011-52) 638-383-8175 www.seafarirockypoint.com Reel Loco Sport Fishing Charters San Carlos (011-52) 623-810-4756 www.reellocosportfishing.com
as well. Maybe the first week in April is for you. And don’t forget the high schools… parents will bring their kids to the resorts during the month of March as well. Call Rocky Point Reservations and make your plans. They have rooms available at the finest hotels in town and rooms for the budget minded as well. And for the families, book your accommodations at the Sonoran Spa or Sonoran Sea Resort to stay away from the college crowd. No one under 25 can book a room at the resorts. Call or visit our website to make your reservations.
Paradiso Resort San Carlos 1-866-856-5640 (toll free) www.ParadisoResortMexico.com Peñasco Del Sol Paseo Las Glorias #1 Rocky Point 800-259-6976 www.hotelrockypoint.com
Real Estate Agents/ Developments
Oceano Rocky Point 1-888-328-8491 www.gooseano.com REMAX Legacy Rocky Point 602-334-4359 Local #: 638-383-1425 www.realestaterockypoint.net
Playa De Oro RV Resort Rocky Point Local #: 638-383-2668 www.playadeoro-rv.com
Rocky Point Reservations 602-439-1556 8004276259 www.rockypointres.com
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* Services, supplies and amenities may vary at each resort. Please contact the resort for specific details.
Colorado River Region
DJ’s RV Resort 3501 N Hwy 95 928-764-3964 | www.djsrvresort.com Havasu Springs Resort 2581 Hwy 95 928-667-3361 | www.havasusprings.com River City RV Park 2225 Merrill Ave 928-754-2121 | www.rivercityrvpark.com Westwind RV and Golf Resort 9797 E 32nd St | 866-440-2992 800-545-6481 | westwindrvgolfresort.com
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Double Adobe Campground: Recreational Ranch
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Fountain of Youth Spa RV Resort 10249 Coachella Canal Rd 888-8000-SPA | www.foyspa.com Rio Bend RV & Golf Resort 1589 Drew Rd | 760-352-7061 800-545-6481 | westwindrvgolfresort.com River City RV Park Right across the river in Bullhead City 2225 Merrill Ave 928-754-2121 | www.rivercityrvpark.com The Springs at Borrego RV Resort 2255 DiGiorgio Rd. 760-767-0004 | www.springsatborrego.com Niland, CA El Centro, CA Laughlin, NV Borrego Springs, CA
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It’s the Future…Your Own Site
Check It Out with Complimentary Camping
Future development offers RVers a unique way to manage their own sites at Western Horizon Resorts. Camping is a great way to spend quality time with friends and family in the peaceful serenity of nature. At Western Horizon Resorts, individual sites are becoming popular as more people head to the great outdoors for rest and relaxation. Based on a concept that incorporates flexibility and reliability, a membership is sold to a specific site. Once a membership is purchased, the member may occupy or share the site with family and friends. Members then have the option to pass it down through generations or sell the site membership to another buyer. Members may even earn income by renting their sites. Western Horizons will be selling site memberships in Arizona, California, Nevada and Mexico at eleven locations.
Pr oF il e
“A site of your own is the future, and we have the largest selection of RV sites in the Southwest,” said Jim Loken, CEO and President of Western Horizon Resorts. “Purchasing a site-specific membership guarantees the RVer a spot in this highly sought-after sunbelt area. Our resorts feature first-class amenities. “Western Horizon Resorts is a private camping system that offers memberships for every kind of RVer. The most prevalent is the traveling membership where RVers stay for a limited visit, while the membership that is becoming very hot is a site membership where RVers have fulltime usage at their sites.” For more information on RV camping memberships call one of our resorts and receive 5 Days and 4 Nights Complimentary Camping. See our ad this issue for a list of participating resorts or visit our website. Financing is available.
Casa Grande I-10 exit 200 Petro Truck Stop 5235 N. Sunland Gin Rd. 520-836-3983
Travel Centers for Your Convenience
Rio Rico I-19 exit 12 Pilot Travel Center #279 769 E Frontage Rd. 520-377-0001 Willcox 1-10 exit 340 Willcox Truck Plaza 1190 W. Rex Allen Dr. 520-384-3561 Winslow I-40 exit 255 Flying J Travel Plaza 400 Transcon Lane 928-289-2081
Kingman I-40 exit 53 Flying J Travel Plaza 3300 E. Andy Devine Ave. 928-757-7300
Tonopah I-10 exit 103 Travel Centers of America 1010 N. 339th Ave. 623-386-6443
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PICACHO Picacho Peak RV Resort 17065 E. Peak Lane 520-466-7841 www.picachopeakrv.com
312 sites, full h/u, pull thrus, restrooms/showers, laundry, cable/satelite, internet access. Pool/spa, recreation hall, activities, fitness center, LPGas, dump station. Pet friendly.
BENSON Butterfield RV Resort 251 S. Ocotillo 520-586-4400, 800-863-8160 www.rv-resort.com
Arizona RV Park of the Year for 2007-08.173 large full hook-up sites w/satellite, CATV, onsite observatory, Amateur “Ham” radio facility, Wi-Fi, large clubhouse, showers, laundry, LP gas, pool/spa. No age limit. Pets ok. Walk to shopping and restaurants.
150 full hook-up sites, wireless internet, telephone & cable TV jacks. Clubhouse w/ computer room, Plasma TV, pool table, complimentary continental breakfast. Laundry, showers, restrooms, heated pool & spa. Free shuttle to Fort McDowell Casino. Discounts at We Ko Pa Golf Club.
FORT MCDOWELL Eagle View RV Resort 9605 N. Ft. McDowell Rd. 480-789-5310 www.eagleviewrvresort.com
DEWEY Orchard Ranch Senior RV Resort 11250 E. Hwy. 69 800-352-6305 www.orchardrvresort.com
402 sites, 55+, 290 pull-thrus, 315 full h/u. CATV, city water, modem h/u, restrooms/showers, laundry, RV supplies, LP gas. Heated pool/ spa, shuffleboard, rec hall, game room.
PINETOP Hon-Dah RV Park 777 Hwy. 260 928-369-7400 800-929-8744 www.hon-dah.com 258 spaces, no age restrictions, pets allowed, satellite TV, LP gas, showers, handicap access, dump station, Internet hook-up, restrooms, laundry, recreational hall. Adjacent to Hon-Dah Resort Casino TONOPAH Saddle Mountain RV Park 3607 N. 411th Ave. 623-386-3892 www.saddlemountainrvpark.com
342 sites, 62 pull thrus, 213 sites w/patios full h/u. Laundry, rec room w/ modem h/u, restrooms/showers, phone h/u, pool, tennis courts, basketball, horseshoes, shuffleboard, RV storage, LP gas, picnic area, dump station. Pets ok.
SEDONA Rancho Sedona RV Park 135 Bear Wallow Lane 888-641-4261 www.ranchosedona.com
84 spaces. Exec. sites offer Internet/phone. City water, modem hu/office, WiFi, CATV, restrooms/showers, public phone, laundry, limited RV supplies, BBQ/Fire pit, stream (fishing/ swimming), great hiking.
1,576 full hookup sites w/ patios. Includes back-ins, big rig sites, 100 foot pull thrus. Restrooms/showers, dump, security, laundry, groceries, RV supplies. Heated pools/spa, rec hall, activities, 9-hole golf course, tennis & shuffleboard courts.
TUCSON Voyager RV Resort 8701 S. Kolb Rd. 520-574-5000 800-424-9191 www.VoyagerRV.com
CASA GRANDE Palm Creek Golf & Resort 1110 N. Hennes Blvd, 800-421-7004 www.palmcreekgolf.com
1850 luxury sites, full h/u, patios. 55+. 18 hole golf w/ pro shop, heated pool/spa, clubhouse, baseball, lawn bowling, 8 tennis courts, shuffleboard, billiards, gym, game/crafts room, computer center, wireless Internet, activities. City water, CATV, laundry, 24-hour security.
BULLHEAD CITY River City RV Park 2225 Merrill Ave. 928-754-2121
132 sites. Utilities & cable, heated pool, rec hall, exercise room, games, showers/restrooms, picnic area, horseshoes and mini golf . Laundry facilities, phones, vending machines.
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