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Downstream - Events Calendar

Boating - Camping - Fising - RVing - Shooting Sports - Watersports - Wildlife

 


The Western Outdoor Times Downstream Events Calendar is an ongoing list of events.

Please submit announcements for Downstream to editor@azbw.com. We reserve the right to edit each item. Please include the name of the event, the date and time, the location, the organization, and your contact information.

Boating

May 5-6, 2018 PARKER: IJSBA Western States Nationals – Blue Water Resort & Casino. PWC races.

LEARN TO SAIL: Current — If you know someone who would like to learn to sail, turn them on to the Arizona sailing Foundation’s Adult Beginning sailing class.

AZ YACHT CLUB MEETINGS: Second Tuesday of every month 7 p.m. — in the Caddy Shack at Rolling Hills Golf Course, 1415 N. Mill Ave., Tempe

US SAILING/ RED CROSS ONLINE TRAINING: Ongoing — To make it easier for prospective US SAILING-certified instructors to fulfill course requirements for cpr and First Aid certification, US sailing teams up with the American Red Cross to provide an online training program. Participants can sign up by visiting http://www.ussailing.org/training and clicking on the Red Cross Online Training button (towards the bottom of the page).

Arizona Yacht Club Meetings - Second Tuesday of every month 7 p.m. - in the Caddy Shack at Rolling Hills Golf Course, 1415 N. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ.

US sailing / Red Cross Online Training - Ongoing - To make it easier for prospective US Sailing-certified instructors to fulfill course requirements for cpr and First Aid certification, US sailing teams up with the American Red Cross to provide an online training program.

Camping / rving / Outdoor Activities

May 12-13, 2018 PARKER: Arizona Family Campout – River Island State Park. Arizona Family Campout Programs are designed for families who have little or no experience camping. We’ll introduce you to the experiences you can share with your family and inspire you to continue to explore the great outdoors! Learn how to set up a tent and to cook outside, plus you will get to try some fun activities you can do while camping! $90 for a family of up to 4.

May 19-20, 2018 COTTONWOOD: Arizona Family Campout – Dead Horse Ranch State Park. Arizona Family Campout Programs are designed for families who have little or no experience camping. We’ll introduce you to the experiences you can share with your family and inspire you to continue to explore the great outdoors! Learn how to set up a tent and to cook outside, plus you will get to try some fun activities you can do while camping! $90 for a family of up to 4.

May 26, 2018 SIERRA VISTA: Sky Islands Summit Challenge – Take the Sky Islands Summit challenge and climb one, two, or three peaks in the Huachuca Mountains. All participants will get an awesome swag bag, bragging rights, and amazing views from the top! Transportation from the City complex to the trailheads is provided. $50-100. 800-288-3861

May 31- June 6/2, 2018 SHONTO: 10th Annual Rock the Canyon Art and Music Festival 2018 – Shonto Canyon. A day of music, art, food, and the beauty of the Shonto Canyon. Free. 928-429-3889

CALENDAR OF OUTDOOR EVENTS: Ongoing — http://www.azgfd.gov/OutdoorSkills Google calendar.

Classes / Seminars

AZGFD, CG Auxilliary, PHOENIX Power Squadron Boating Classes - Ongoing

Community And Seasonal

May 4-6, 2018 SELIGMAN/TOPOCK: 31st Annual Route 66 Fun Run – 140 mile road rally of approx. 800 vehicles of all descriptions & ages on the longest remaining stretch of historic Rt. 66, open to all vehicles, Saturday the parade of vehicles leaves Seligman, festivities include the Show-N-Shine, music, dancing, cruise nites, food and fun, overnight in Kingman before continuing to Topock for awards, raffle and farewell ceremony. 928-753-5001

May 4-6, 2018 WILLCOX: Willcox West Fest and Chuck Wagon Cook-off – Quail Sports Park. Chuck wagon meal, entertainment, ranch rodeo, blacksmith demonstration, buffalo soldiers, campfire singing and storytelling, gunslingers fast draw demo, Dutch oven cooking demo, branding exhibit, roping, quilt display, Cowboy Church, kid’s activities, vendors and more. Fri 1-7 pm, Sat 9 am – 7 pm, Sun 10 am – 2 pm. 520-384-2272

May 5, 2018 PRESCOTT: 40th Annual Whiskey Row Marathon - Courthouse. The marathon is considered one of the most difficult in the U.S., panoramic views of Northern AZ, from 5,280 to 7,000 ft. in first 7 miles, also half marathon, 10K run, 2 mile fun run/walk. 6 am. 928-445-7221

May 5, 2018 SEDONA: Cinco de Mayo Fiesta – Tlaquepaque. A colorful Fiesta saluting a rich heritage. Cheer and whistle to the music of mariachi musicians, clap to the steps of Folklorico dancers and savor traditional Mexican food. 11 am – 5 pm. 928-282-4838

May 5,2018 WHITERIVER: 19th Annual Great Fort Apache Heritage Reunion – “Gathering of the People” - Fort Apache Historic Park. Annual Apache Song and Dance celebration, arts and crafts, food vendors, trail hikes and tours of the Fort Apache/Theodore Roosevelt School National Register Historic District. Come share a day of commemoration and fun. 10 am – 5 pm. 928-338-4625

May 11-12, 2018 MAYER: Western Trade Days - Fun filled family show in Old Historic Mayer with cowboy poetry, live bands, 60+ local and Arizona artists, crafters and vendors sell their items from chain saw artist, blacksmith, gold panning, wool spinning and weaving, pony rides, jewelry, food & desserts, Saturday auction and more. Free. 9 am - 4 pm. 928-925-9898

May 15-6/2, 2018 PHOENIX: An Evening at Desert Botanical Garden: Eroica - Ib Andersen’s vision for dance in the desert continues to evolve, take chances and challenge our emotional boundaries. Expect the unexpected as Ballet Arizona returns to Desert Botanical Garden, presenting an all-new sensory experience choreographed by Artistic Director Ib Andersen. 8 pm.

May 18-20, 2018 CAMP VERDE: WeekendZona: Elements of Camp Verde – An Outdoor Escape - Experience the Elements of Camp Verde with this two-day, all inclusive guided trip through the community's natural and historical attractions. Kayak down the Verde River, explore the vistas on horseback, dine under the stars, and learn about their rich Native history. $295. 602-956-0909

May 19, 2018 FLAGSTAFF: 12th Annual Flagstaff Armed Forces Day Parade – Historic Downtown Flagstaff. Presented by Pepsi. Honors the men & women of the United States Military and the American Veteran. 11 am. 928-286-7446

May 24-28, 2018 PINETOP-LAKESIDE: 12th Annual White Mountain Spring Carnival – Mountain Meadow Recreation Complex. Fun for the entire family with rides, games and food, proceeds benefit the Nature Center. Free. 928-358-3069

Expos / Shows

May 18-20, 2018 FLAGSTAFF: 10th Annual Overland Expo West – Ft. Tuthill County Park. The world's premier event for adventure travel enthusiasts, with hundreds of 4x4 and ADV motorcycling classes, inspirational programming, educational roundtable discussions, and 300+ vendors of travel equipment, camping gear, vehicles, and services.

Fishing

San Diego’s International Yellowtail Derby - San Diego’s International Yellowtail Derby is a World Class fishing tournament reminiscent of San Diego’s famous Yellowtail Derby of the 50s and 60s. Meet Miss Yellowtail Derby 2018, Searra Vandervoort. Contact John Campbell for more information at johncinsd@gmail.com, or visit https://www.azbw.com/san-diegos-international-yellowtail-derby/.

May 19-20, 2018 LAKE Havasu City: 36th Annual Western Outdoor News Lake Havasu Striper Derby – London Bridge Resort. Be a part of the friendly competition for cash prizes, casting contest, raffle prize giveaways and more. Plan now to attend the largest and most lucrative striped bass fishing event in the United States!

ARIZONA FLYCASTERS CLUB Meetings - Second Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. - Sunnyslope, AZ Community Center.

SRT Bass Phoenix Chapter Meetings - Ongoing - Shake, Rattle & Troll Bass Club; volunteers needed; new members (boaters and non-boaters), families, children, friends are welcome; (623) 221-7655

Shooting Sports

Ben Avery Clay Target Center Peoria, AZ - Ongoing - Open seven days a week; (623) 434-8119

Watersports

Diving

Saguaro Diving & Sports - Ongoing - Learn to Scuba Dive, Open Water Certification Dives, Private Class & Pool, Private Lake Open Water Certification Dives, san carlos, Mexico; Lake Pleasant, and more; Saguaro can plan your diving vacation for small groups or just one person. How about Grand Cayman, Curarco, Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, Bonaire, Turks & Caicos Contact Saguaro Diving & Sports, 908 E. Impala Ave., Mesa, AZ 85204; (480) 507-3988.

Wildlife

FUR AND FEATHER ANIMAL ASSISTANCE, INC .: Ongoing - A permanent residential facility for dogs and cats designed for comfort, well being, and CARE for LIFE. Where Every "One" Deserves a Chance, PO Box 555 Pie Town, NM 87827, e-mail to furandfeatheranimalassistance@gmail.com.

May 2-5, 2018 SIERRA VISTA: 28th Annual Southwest Wings Spring Fling - A series of workshops and outings for serious birders who want an intensive birding experience, focuses on birds in the area present during the spring nesting season, birders may see species like the Elegant Trogon, Violet Crowned Hummingbird and up to 5 species of owls, guided trips to some of the most famous birding spots in the U.S. including the san pedro river, Garden, Sawmill, Sheelite, Huachuca, Ramsey, Carr, Miller, Madera and Ash Canyons, California Gulch, Patagonia and the Chiricahuas.

May 5, 2018 CLARKDALE: Raptors on the Rails with Liberty Wildlife - Verde Canyon Railroad. As breathtaking as an eagle is in flight, a face-to-face encounter with a raptor is an equally astounding event. Our friends from Scottsdale’s Liberty Wildlife share the majesty of a rescued bald eagle with visitors at the depot and on the train on select days throughout the year. Everyone has the opportunity for personal interaction.

May 11-13, 2018 QUEEN CREEK: Arizona Horseman’s Challenge & Expo - Showcases the beauty, power and ability of our equine companions. Some of the most accomplished horsemen of our time, professional trainers from all disciplines and exhibitions that capture the spirit of the horse. Featuring the Arizona Horseman's Challenge, workshops, clinics, exhibitions, shopping and food. $15. Fri 9 am – 8 pm, Sat. 9 am - 6 pm, Sun 8:30 am - 4 pm.

May 26-28, 2018 TAYLOR: Taylor Trapper Days - Town Hall. Activities include a patriotic program, dog show and weight pull sanctioned by the American Preservation Dog Registry, barbecue, Soap Box Derby, and old fashioned wagon ride. 928-536-7366

 

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