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  • Beerfest set in June

    The ninth annual Bloomsday Beerfest will be from 7 to 11 p.m. June 13 at the Irish Cultural Center, 1106 N. Central Ave., Phoenix.The Bloomsday Celebration commemorates Irish author James Joyce and his groundbreaking novel, “Ulysses,” with beer-tasting, wine, spirits and food. There will be readings from the novel, live Irish music by Seanachie, SHEELA-na-Gig and the Irish Cultural Center Academy Band.The beer-tasting admission is $25 presale or $35 at the gate. Presale tickets will be available until June 13 at includes all Bloomsday activities plus 16 token tickets, which can be used for beer and/or food. Also includes admission to McClelland Irish Library. Members of the Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Irish Library will receive four additional tickets.The teetotaler’s admission is $10 at the gate. Price includes all Bloomsday activities, plus two tickets for free soda or bottled water.For information, call 602-258-0109 or go to

  • Flagstaff museum hosts Zuni Festival

    Share in language, life ways and traditions of more than 50 Zuni artists at the 25th Annual Zuni Festival of Arts & Culture, scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 23 and May 24 at the Museum of Northern Arizona, 3101 N. Fort Valley Road in Flagstaff.Ticket prices are $12 for adults and $8 for seniors, students, American Indians and youths 10-17. Children under 10 are free.The festival is presented in partnership with the A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center (AAMHC) in Zuni, N.M.Patrons will enjoy two days of authentic food, artist demonstrations, musical performances by the Zuni Pueblo Band and traditional dancing by the Nawetsa Family Dancers and the Zuni Olla Maidens.Attendees can peruse and purchase a wide array of art, including pottery, jewelry, fetish carvings, beading and weaving by award-winning contemporary and traditional artists.For more information on the 25th Annual Zuni Festival of Arts & Culture, including a schedule of events and participating artists, visit or call 928-774-5213.

  • Zuni Festival begins May 23

    Share in language, life ways and traditions of more than 50 Zuni artists at the 25th Annual Zuni Festival of Arts & Culture, May 23 and May 24 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Museum of Northern Arizona, 3101 N. Fort Valley Road in Flagstaff.Ticket prices are $12 for adults and $8 for seniors (67+), students (with ID), American Indians (10+ with tribal affiliation) and youths 10-17. Children under 10 are free. The festival is presented in partnership with the A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center (AAMHC) in Zuni, N.M.Patrons will enjoy two days of authentic food, artist demonstrations, musical performances by the Zuni Pueblo Band and traditional dancing by the Nawetsa Family Dancers and the Zuni Olla Maidens.

  • Dinner helps COPD fight

    The ‘Stache Bash will be from 5 to 9:30 p.m. June 13 at United Methodist Church, 4140 N. Miller Road, Scottsdale.The charity dinner is designed to promote awareness for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.Dinner will be catered by Oregano’s Pizza Bistro and dessert will be provided by The Sweet Room. There will be a silent auction and raffle prizes.Tickets cost $30. A raffle ticket will be given to each ticketed person.All proceeds will be donated to the COPD Foundation.For information, go to or send an email to

  • Trip to Colossal Cave offers way to beat heat

    Colossal Cave Mountain Park offers incredible history and entertainment for the entire family.The more than 320-plus million year-old cave with a comfortable temperature of 70 degrees year-round presents some of the most interesting historical and educational aspects of this area of the world.In 1992, Colossal Cave was given the prestigious recognition by being added to the National Register of Historic Places.Artifacts tell us around 900 to 1450 A.D. the Hohokam Indians used Colossal Cave for shelter, storage and as a shrine. From 1450-1880 A.D. the Sobaipuri, Apache and the Papago (now Tohono O’odham) Indians used the cave as a place to live.In the mid to late-1800s, the Mountain Springs Hotel served as a National Mail Stage Line stagecoach stop on what is today a part of La Posta Quemada Ranch. During this time, the cave was a place where outlaws and bandits sought a hiding place from the law.The highlight of any visit to Colossal Cave Mountain Park is a half-mile long tour of the cave that takes about 45 to 50 minutes to complete. All tours include a well-trained guide who relates the cave’s history, legends and geology.

  • Westgate wheels into May with skates, classic cars

    In celebration of Military Appreciation Month, Westgate Entertainment District in Glendale will host “Donate & Skate” and a veteran’s car show on May 16.Hundreds of people are expected at both events, which are open to the public, and proceeds will go to support military support organizations, including Wounded Warrior Project of AZ and Vietnam Veterans of Arizona.Donate & SkateThe event will be from noon until 8 p.m. May 16.• Roller-skating will be located in Fountain Park.• A minimum donation of $2 is recommended.

  • Verde Valley Wine Trail

    Arizona wine? Who would have thought? Located in beautiful Northern Arizona, the Verde Valley Wine Trail invites wine enthusiasts to experience a destination in history, beauty and the production of exquisite Arizona wines. The Verde Valley Wine Trail connects the dots among four wineries. Every winery has its own unique personality and distinct wines for visitors to discover at each stop along the wine trail. While on the trail, visitors will not only experience the skillfully crafted wines that each produces, but also the beauty of the region. What better way to enjoy a day or more than touring the wineries, tasting rooms, area attractions, the great restaurants and bistros that dot the landscape. For complete information, visit

  • Zoos and animal parks

    Wildlife World ZooWildlife World Zoo is a 95-acre zoo and aquarium in Litchfield Park. The zoo specializes in African and South African animals. They have Arizona’s largest collection of exotic and endangered animals with more than 600 separate species. Get up close and personal with the fastest land mammal on earth – the cheetah! Take a train ride through our Safari Park for the ultimate experience! From wildlife encounters to sea lion shows and more, there’s always something to enjoy at Wildlife World. Visit our website at www.wildlifeworld and check out our list of park activities and make sure not to miss out on all the fun!Phoenix ZooThe Phoenix Zoo is home to more than 1,400 animals, including 30 species that are endangered or threatened. There is so much to be learned about the animals that live here and we encourage you to explore. In addition to learning from a visit to the Zoo and our animal fact sheets, our camps and programs offer opportunities for further onsite learning and fun. The animals that live at the Zoo and in the wild are endlessly intriguing and inspiring and will leave you with greater understanding and care for the natural world.Out of AfricaCamp Verde

  • Snowbowl

    Take in the dramatic scenery of northern Arizona from a bird’s eye view by spending your summer afternoon on Arizona Snowbowl’s scenic chairlift. The three-passenger lift shuttles you up Arizona’s highest peaks and drops you off at 11,500 feet in elevation. From the elevation, you can take in the expansive beauty northern Arizona has to offer, including views of the red rocks in Sedona, the cinder cone volcanic field and the walls of the Grand Canyon. The chairlift offers great opportunities for photography, observing wildlife, hiking or just enjoying the peaceful ride up and down the San Francisco Peaks. Once you reach the top, a Forest Service interpretive specialist will greet you and answer any questions regarding the biology, geology and history of the region. This activity is perfect for the entire family and an be added to any itinerary. We open for summer around the Memorial Day weekend. Visit

  • The Sewin’ Asylum

    The Sewin’ Asylum10050 W. Bell RoadSun CityHave you always wanted to learn to sew? Then the Sewin’ Asylum is the place for you. It is an educational sewing playground for children and adults. We offer all types of sewing instruction, from basic sewing-learning to use your sewing machine to more advanced classes. We also offer serger classes and individualized one-on-one instruction (for fitting or pattern making)For teens and adults, we offer sewing labs where individuals can work on a project of their choice while receivng instruction in a small group. So whether you want to learn how to sew a garment, make some home decor or learn to quilt, let your inspiration be your guide. Classes are ongoing. Visit for a current schedule.

  • Tombstone

    Tombstone means many things to many people. It creates images of gunfights and dusty streets, but what many people don’t know that this is a living town with real inhabitants who have lived here throughout history and still do today. That is part of the reason it has been called “The Town Too Tough To Die.” Walk the very same streets here that Doc Holiday, Wyatt Earp, Johnny Ringo and a host of other Western Legends walked over 130 years ago. Absorb the experience and history that is unique to Tombstone. Step back into the Old West for a few days with gunfights and skits in the street, chilli cookoff, street entertainment, look-alike contests and an 1880s fashion show. This is the most authentic Western Town left in the United States.

  • Taos Ski Valley

    The Village of Taos Ski Valley in New Mexico invites you and your family to come cool off and enjoy family activities this summer. Taos Ski Valley is the easiest and more relaxing way to escape the heat and enjoy the mountain scenery. Take a chair lift and experience unobstructed view of alpine peaks and abundant wildflowers. Try disc golf, come ride horses with friendly knowledgeable guides, alpine mountain biking and beautiful hiking trails.

  • Sedona

    People often ask, “Is there no end to Sedona’s attractions?” There are many things to see and do in Sedona. Often called the “Red Rock Country,” Sedona is a four-season playground for everyone whether you are into history and archaeology, arts and culture, shopping, outdoor sports or the spiritual metaphysical. Imagine doing all this in a backdrop of some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. This picturesque city is surrounded by red-rock monoliths named Coffeepot, Cathederal and Thunder Mountain. Escape the chaos of life, kick back and relax in beautiful Sedona.

  • San Juan River rafting

    The San Juan River is one of Utah’s most exciting and most flexible rivers, an ideal trip can be planned for any group or individual. The San Juan is especially appealing to groups because this is so much flexibility available, from time on the river to number of hikes and guide knowledge. Groups are usually limited to 20 people on oar/paddle boars or 28 people on motorized boats. The San Juan River provides meandering water and lively currents. Most river trips begin near the town of Bluff, Utah and Sand Island and continues through an ever-changing landscape of canyons and flood plains. For information, visit

  • Pink Jeep Tours

    Scenic off-road and high adventure fun in spectacular red rock country! Sedona is one of the most beautiful places on earth. Our jeep tours have thrilled visitors for over 50 years. For the most popular off-road tour into Sedona’s magnificent outback, be sure to book the Broken Arrow Trail. For history buffs, explore the mystery and capture the history on the Ancient Ruin Tour. For a stunning jeep ride and see-forever vistas, climb aboard the Scenic Rim Tour or board our custom Tour Trekker vehicle and head north on the Grand Canyon Tour. Pink Jeep Tours offers tours for every budget. Visit for complete information.


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