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Downstream - Events Calendar, April 2017

 

BEYOND ARIZONA

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.

BOATING

7-9 LAKE Havasu City: Jettribe Lake Havasu Open of Watercross Gary Hart Memorial – Lake Havasu State Park, Lot 4. Championship PWC racing returns to Lake Havasu, IJSBA-sanctioned event with some of the best PWC racers from the Western U.S. and Canada compete for points, two days of freestyle and closed-course racing. Free. 9 am. 310-318-4012 or http://www.golakehavasu.com/events/details/1705/

8 PEORIA: 8th Annual Paddle Fest 2017 – Lake Pleasant Regional Park, Firemans Cove. Try different forms of paddle craft from paddle craft, like kayaks, canoes, stand up paddle boards, rafts, and peddle craft, will be available to try out in Fireman's Cove, you can bring your own paddle craft too, free to use demo water craft (in designated cove), and live music. $6/vehicle. 8 am – 5 pm. https://www.maricopa.gov/parks/lake_pleasant/EventsDetailPublishers.aspx?EventID=23816

14-15 PARKER: lucas oil drag boat Racing - BlueWater Resort & Casino. Featuring Top Fuel, Nitros, & more, the funny cars of boats, last year the world record was broken for the fastest on water at BlueWater Resort & Casino, fans may get to see a new world record. http://www.parkeraz.org

22 LAKE Havasu City: Another Dam Race: Desert Paddle Series - Nautical Beachfront Resort. 9-mile paddle race around the Island on Lake Havasu. Open to any paddlecraft. Conditions can range from glass water to downwind roller coaster rough. Sat 9 am - 3 pm. 602-513-3067 or http://www.golakehavasu.com/events/details/1598

2/29/2018 GOAT CRUISE: Sign up now for this family fun goat cruise. Kids are welcome and nannies will be provided. Call Billy for reservations: (619) 523-3091.

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; http://www.arizonayachtclub.org

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).

CAMPING/RVING/AZ OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

3-7 WICKENBURG: 70th Annual Desert Caballeros Ride – The greatest trail ride in the American West. 170+ mounted riders leave town for a journey of a life time. http://www.outwickenburgway.com

4-9 YUMA: 65th Annual County Fair - Yuma County Fairgrounds. Entertainment, concerts, 4H & FFA exhibits, livestock show & auction, demolition derby, Yuma Gem & Mineral Society, carnival. $. 8 am – midnight. 928-726-4420 or http://www.visityuma.com or http://www.yumafair.com

5-9 SCOTTSDALE: 21st Annual Arizona Bike Week – WestWorld. Motorcycle, racing, flat track racing, charity rides, concert, vendor show, motorcycle demo rides, entertainment, food. Free. 10 am – 8 pm. 480-644-8191or http://www.azbikeweek.com

7-9 BLACK CANYON CITY: Medieval Merriment at Rock Springs - Rock Springs Village. Medieval Merriment is a fun packed three day event which transports its visitors back to days of yore. All senses are stimulated as you wander through the 7 creek side acres of exhibits, booths, food and 3 stages of entertainment surrounded by the scenic Bradshaw Mountains. $7.50 Kids under 12 Free. 10 am - 6 pm. 928-848-7577 or http://MedievalMerriment.com

21-23 PRESCOTT: Becoming An Outdoors Woman - Camp Friendly Pines. Offers adventure and life skills, for women age 18 and older to learn to camp, fish, rappel, hike, cook with Dutch ovens, photograph Wildlife & a range of outdoor recreation skills, "hawk talks" and nature hikes, $235 includes meals, lodging and classes. 480-644-0077 or http://www.azwildlife.org

CALENDAR OF OUTDOOR events: Ongoing

http://www.azgfd.gov/OutdoorSkills Google calendar.

PROTECT-A-PARK: Ongoing - Boaters, Anglers, divers needed to adopt Lake Pleasant's shoreline areas and coves for regular litter removal in 2009; (602) 372-7460, ext. 200

CLASSES/SEMINARS

AZGFD, CG AUXILIARY, PHOENIX Power Squadron BOATING CLASSES: Ongoing (See page 3 of this issue.)

COMMUNITY AND SEASONAL

Note: There are many events scheduled to celebrate the Easter season; see http://www.visitarizona.com/events.

6-9 FLORENCE: 2017 Country Thunder – 4 days of the hottest country acts, this year headliners include in addition to 20 other national and local country acts. 866-802-6418 or http://www.countrythunder.com

12-16 PHOENIX: 42nd Annual Maricopa County Fair – Here We Grow Again - State Fairgrounds. An annual occasion to celebrate & pursue the traditional values of educational opportunity, agricultural prosperity & love of family, midway, commercial exhibits, hobbies, agriculture & youth exhibits, motorized events. $9, children 7 & under are free. 602-252-0717 or http://www.maricopacountyfair.org

22 TEMPE: 13th Annual Pat's Run – Sun Devil Stadium. 4.2 miles run, .42 free kids fun run/walk. Finishes inside Sun Devil Stadium, camo race shirt & merchandise, new collector series medal for all 4.2 Mile finishers, post-race party with beer & music, new corral technology that validates corral assignments based on actual finish times, advanced Light Rail tickets for purchase with registration. $40-50. 7 am. http://www.pattillmanfoundation.org/pats-run/

EXPOS/SHOWS

7-9 LAKE Havasu City: Havasu Marine Association's 26th Annual Boat Show – Lake Havasu State Park. Largest boat show in Arizona and Nevada featuring over 100 exhibitors and 60 different brands of boats for sale, nearly 10,000 local and out-of-area visitors attend this event, "Legends by the lake" Car Show, IJSBA Jettribe PWC "WaterCross" racing,5th Annual Chili Cookoff, boating accessories for sale, food vendors and beer gardens, boat demos and test drives by appointment. $5, 6 & under free, http://golakehavasu.com/events/details/72/

FISHING

22 LAKE Havasu City: 37th Annual New Horizons Pro-Am Bass Tournament – Lake Havasu State Park, Lot 2. Learn from the pros during a friendly competition for the Big Fish prize or catch a tagged fish for a chance to win. $225/team. 5:30 am/safe light. 928-846-1052 or http://www.golakehavasu.com/events/details/116/

ARIZONA FLYCASTERS CLUB MEETINGS: Second Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. - Sunnyslope Community Center; http://www.azflycasters.org

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/ARCHERY

ben avery CLAY TARGET CENTER: Ongoing - Open seven days a week; (623) 434-8119

7-9 PHOENIX: 2017 AAE Arizona Cup - ben avery Shoot Facility. A world ranking and a US Archery Team qualifier, more than 300 archers from around the world compete, include Olympians and world champions as well as local archers including youth. Free. http://www.arizonacup.com

19 Ben Avery Shooting Facility: Shot Heard 'round the World Day is a day when recreational shooters can join together to symbolize the first shot fired in 1775 to mark the beginning of the American Revolution, while

enjoying a fun shooting event.

WATERSPORTS

Diving

Ongoing-SAGUARO DIVING & SPORTS: Ongoing - Learn to Scuba Dive, Open Water Certification Dives, Private Class & Pool, Private lake: sales@saguarosports.com

Frozen

Ongoing Learn To CURL lessons: learntocurl@coyotescurling.com

20-23 SCOTTSDALE: 13th Annual Desert Ice Bonspiel – Alltel Ice Den. 24 curling teams from Canada and the U.S. will participate in the tournament. http://www.coyotescurling.com or http://www.deserticebonspiel.com/

Swimming

6 TEMPE: Ironcare Splash & Dash + Swim Only – Race 1 – Tempe Town Lake. An evening of fun and racing, a unique event with a relaxed atmosphere that is suitable for all levels of athlete, for those fine tuning for that big race or getting your feet wet at your first multisport event, splash 750m or 1500m/dash 5km | swim only 750m or 1500m. $45-50. 6 pm. http://www.4peaksracing.com/

9 PEORIA: 13th Annual Bartlett Lake Olympic & Sprint Adult & Youth Triathlon/Duathlon - Bartlett Lake Rattlesnake Cove. Adult Olympic Tri: 1600 m swim, 24 mi bike, 6 mi run (swim in a heated pool); Adult Olympic Tri: 1500 m swim, 24.8 mi bike, 6.2 mi run; Adult Sprint Tri: 400 m swim, 12.8 mi bike; 2.2 mi run, Adult Sprint PLUS: 1000 m. swim, 12.8 mi bike, 4 mi Run Adult Sprint Duathlon: 100 yard run, 12.8 mi. bike, 2.2 mi. run Adult Olympic Relay teams = same distances as Olympic, ranked the toughest, most beautiful triathlon in AZ, http://www.trifamilyracing.com/

23 CHANDLER: The Tri-Family Racing Chandler Adult & Youth Sprint Triathlon/Duathlon - Hamilton Aquatic Center. Maxi Tri Plus: 600y swim, 16mi bike, 3mi run (swim takes place in a heated pool), Maxi Tri: 400y swim, 12mi bike, 3mi run, Mini Tri: 200y swim, 8mi bike, 2mi run, Youth Tri: 100y swim, 4mi bike, 1/2mi run, Maxi Du: 2mi run, 12mi bike, 2mi run, Adult 2 or 3 person relay teams = Same distances as Maxi Tri Plus listed above. http://www.trifamilyracing.com/

WILDLIFE/ ANIMAL-RELATED

2 SCOTTSDALE: Dinner with Wolves – Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center. Benefits Defenders of Wildlife and Arizona's Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center, guests take guided tours of Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center and see the resident Mexican gray wolves, followed by a silent auction. 4 pm. $250. http://www.dinnerwithwolves.com

22-23 SCOTTSDALE: The PHOENIX Amazing Pet Expo - WestWorld of Scottsdale. Pet-friendly exhibitors and rescues, live demos in positive-reinforcement obedience training, the latest pet sports, learn about pet care & activism, giveaways and prizes, discounts on pet products, talent and costume contests, and retailers, plus shopping, adoptions, free nail trims, low-cost vaccinations, agility and more. Free. Sat 10 am - 6 pm, Sun 11 am - 4 pm. http://www.phoenixpetexpo.com

22-28     PORTAL: Spring Migration Bird Tours - Southwestern Research Station. Concentrates on spring migration and endemic birds of the Sky Islands, you may see more passage migrants such as Hermit Warbler, Townsend's Warbler and Cassin's Vireo. 520-558-2396 or http://research.amnh.org/swrs/visitor/package-tours

27 SCOTTSDALE: Wild on the Greens - Talking Stick Golf Club. Play golf. Save animals. Benefiting the Zoo's world-renowned conservation initiatives. Enjoy a day of golf, games and lunch. PHOENIX Zoo Animal Ambassadors, prizes, fish bowl raffle and auction. Presented by Crescent Crown Distributing. http://phoenixzoo.org/event-items/wild-on-the-greens/

27-30 Cottonwood: 17th Annual Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival - Dead Horse Ranch State Park. Field trips, local tours, workshops & seminars, educational activities for kids, exhibits, key-note speaker, entertainment. $. 928-282-2202 or http://www.BirdyVerde.org

Through 5/14 PHOENIX: Butterfly Pavilion - Desert Botanical Garden. Provides visitors an opportunity for up close interaction with butterflies while learning about their role as pollinators, characteristics of the butterfly in different lifecycles, and conservation efforts to protect them. 10 am - 5 pm. http://dbg.org

EMPTY PET FOOD BANK IN TEMPE: Ongoing - A unique food bank which serves cats and dogs needs your help. Lost Our Home Pet Foundation has been providing food and pet supplies to the pets of family in need since 2009, all through community donations. Donations can be made at the shelter location at 2323 S. Hardy Dr. Tempe, AZ 85282; Jodi Polanski, Jodi@lostourhome.org .

NO-KILL SHELTER NEEDS HELP: http://animalsbenefitclub.com/index2.html.

RAISING MONEY FOR ANIMALS: Ongoing - Heather L. Weaver: http://www.azanimalassistance.com

In Memory

Of Our Uncle Jack M. Fitch - June 18, 1928-March 12, 2016

(If desired, honoring donations may be made to http://furandfeather.org/.)

Steve Weaver March 29, 1968-March 24, 2017

Fur And Feather Animal Rescue

In Memory Of Our Uncle Jack M. Fitch - June 18, 1928-March 12, 2016 (If desired, honoring donations may be made to (http://furandfeather.org/.)

(If desired, honoring donations may be made to http://www.rubyranchrescue.org/.)

Editor's Note: Please submit announcements for AZBW/WOT's calendar of events --"Downstream" - to editor@azbw.com. To guarantee placement, as room allows, items must be received by the tenth (10th) of the month prior to publication. Every effort is made to ensure accuracy, but we assume no responsibility for print errors or omissions. We also reserve the right to edit each item. Please include the name of the event, the date and time, the location, the organization, and contact information.

For a complete list of Arizona events, visit http://www.visitarizona.com/events.

Ruby Ranch RescueFur And Feather Animal Rescue

 

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