Community Events

Updated: 11/20/19

Henry Wickenburg’s 200th Birthday Celebration

Fantasticós Mexican Food brings Our Lady of Guadalupe festival to life

 Cave Creek-Cave Creek’s Fantasticós Mexican Food will host one of Mexico’s most significant days, Our Lady of Guadalupe, on Friday, December 13, 2019 from 6 AM-12 PM.Fantasticós will feature traditional dancers as they perform in ritual attire in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe, a very important day to all Mexicans. Guests will enjoy many Mexican food specials while you see these amazing performers at work. Since 1531, Our Lady of Guadalupe (the Virgin Mary) remains a powerful symbol of Mexican identity and faith and her image is associated with everything from motherhood and feminism to social justice. This important holiday is one of the most meaningful to Mexicans worldwide and the performers pay homage in memorial for the tradition. The performance will take place from 6-7 PM. Fantasticós Mexican Food is located at 6554 E. Cave Creek Road. Its hours of operation are Monday-Thursday and Sunday from 6 AM to 11 PM. Fridays and Saturdays, it is open from 6 AM-12 PM. The phone number is 480.488-2055 and the website is fantasticosmexicanfood.com.

Mr. and Mrs. Claus to visit The Horny Toad  

 Cave Creek– On Saturday, December 14, 2019, from 8;00-10:00 AM, The Horny Toad will feature breakfast time with Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus so children and their parents can meet the couple from the North Pole while they enjoy breakfast.

During the interactive event, garner candid pictures with Santa and his wife; parents can bring a gift for Santa to present to their child.
The cost is $12 for children and $17 for adults if purchased prior to December 14 by calling 480.488.9542 or at The Horny Toad. Please call in advance for reservations. If purchased the day of the event, the cost is $17 for children and $22 for adults, which includes breakfast and will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Merrill Gardens Fill the Bus Food Drive

ANTHEM: Merrill Gardens at Anthem needs your help in supporting the Foothills Foodbank. This time of year, the demand increases and they need our help to fill their bare shelves. Drop off your donations at the following locations:   p us fill the bus by Friday, December 13.

Merrill Gardens at Anthem , First American Title, Anthem Area Chamber of Commerce.

 Food and toiletries are needed. Recommended food items are peanut butter, canned pasta, chunky and condensed soups, rice, juice, sugar, canned tuna, chicken and Spam, jelly, canned tomatoes. Toiletries needed are deodorants, diapers, razors, shampoo and conditioner, tooth paste and tooth brushes. Please help us fill the bus by Friday December 13th.  

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P83 Holiday Jam Charity Event

PEORIA – The Peoria Chamber of Commerce is once again working with the Peoria Unified School District and adopting 40 families this holiday season to share in the giving spirit.
Join us for a festive Holiday Open House with Huntington University on Dec.12th from 3pm to 6pm. 8383 West Mariners Way, Peoria, AZ.

Festivities include:
*Live Music by Cold Soup
*Pictures with Bert & Ernie, mini horses from Matix  Magnificent Minis

*The Cookie House will be providing cookie coloring
*Sluggers Food Truck
*Holiday classics playing in the Huntington theater (Charlie Brown Christmas, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Frosty the Snowman)

FREE for everyone to attend.

We are collecting unwrapped gifts to support our 40 adopted families from the Peoria Unified District. Gift cards and cash donations also accepted.  You can bring items to the Peoria Chamber Office, a Chamber event or the Haymaker Peoria in advance or bring the items to the event.  Sponsorships available if you’d like to sponsor a family.

Visit www.PeoriaChamber.com/Events for more info.

Henry Wickenburg’s 200th Birthday Celebration

WICKENBURG – Henry Wickenburg’s 200th Birthday celebration will be held in beautiful Wickenburg, Ariz., from Nov 21-24. This landmark birthday celebrates not only the founder of a unique western town and the world-renowned Vulture Mine, but as an early pioneer Henry Wickenburg helped to settle our state.

The event will be geared toward the entire family and will include everything from history, tours, a special dinner at Vulture City, concert, country dancing, children’s activities, a street market, and much more. Stone Park, adjacent to Apache Street, will be filled with artisans and crafts along with a Vintage Flee Market. A classic car show, wagon rides, while nostalgic games for children will also be set up in Stone Park.

If you are interested in being a part of the Antique and Collectibles Flea Market, please fill out the form below and return to Cindy Thrasher: 928-684-5603. For more information visit https://www.ci.wickenburg.az.us/1.

Free Old-time Country Jam at Black Canyon City

BLACK CANYON CITY – If you play an acoustic instrument, fiddle, bass, guitar, mandolin please join us on the second Sunday of the month in Black Canyon City for an old-time round robin jam. We meet the second Sunday every month from Sept through May at High Desert Community Center on Jacie at the top of the hill. Playing time begins at 1 p.m. and all levels of musicians are welcome, singers too.

We do the really old stuff, old time country, gospel and early bluegrass (no electric instruments or amps please). We sit in a circle and take turns playing a tune of our choice and others in the circle play along, or maybe take a lead. Then the next person in the circle gets to choose a tune. Its lots of fun and a good place to hear the really old stuff we loved during the 40s and 50s. Grinners are welcome too.

For more information call: Wilma Allen 623-302-3791 or email mandowil@hotmail.com; or Virgil Ramsey 623-374-0171.

Hidden in the Hills self-guided art tour features 199 artists

CAVE CREEK – A signature event of the non-profit Sonoran Arts League, Hidden in the Hills is Arizona’s largest and longest-running artist studio tour. This year’s event features 199 artists at 47 studio locations throughout the scenic Desert Foothills communities of Cave Creek, Carefree and North Scottsdale.

 – Non-profit Sonoran Arts League’s free self-guided tour features 199 artists at

47 studio locations in Cave Creek, Carefree, and North Scottsdale

The free, self-guided studio tour offers art enthusiasts a rare chance to observe 199 artists at work in their private studios (47 studio locations). The studios are open to the public during the event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 22-24, and Nov. 29-30, and Dec. 1.

Download a map at www.HiddenInTheHills.org or call (480) 575-6624 for more information.

Fantasticós Mexican Food offers first-time catering

CAVE CREEK – Fantasticós Mexican Food, Cave Creek’s newest restaurant, is offering catering for the first time since its opening one year ago. According to owner Noe Rodriguez, the Mexican restaurant now provides catering, pick-up or delivery, for a number of wild and exciting, one-of-a-kind homemade Mexican specialties including: Pollo Fundido Indeed-o; Enchilada Excitement; Holy Tamale!; Ride the Waves; Bursting Burritos and more.

Fantasticós Mexican Food is located at 6554 E. Cave Creek Road. The phone number is 480.488-2055 and the website is fantasticosmexicanfood.com.

Free Scottsdale Philharmonic concert

SCOTTSDALE — The Scottsdale Philharmonic will perform free concerts on November 24, from 4-6 p.m., at La Casa de Cristo Lutheran Church, 6300 E. Bell Road in Scottsdale. The program is Haydn: Symphony No. 88 (Hoboken); Rossini: Italian Woman in Algiers Overture; Sibelius: Karelia Suite. The cost is free (VIP preferred seating available with a $15 donation).Concert begins at 4 p.m. with doors open at 3.

Founded in 2012, the Scottsdale Philharmonic is a non-profit with a mission statement of bringing free classical concerts to the community. The organization is funded by donations from patrons, grants and sponsors. Over 85 professional musicians continue to volunteer their time and talent for each of the performances.

For more information, visit www.scottsdalephilharmonic.com or call 480-951-6077.

Seminar: Surviving the Holidays

SCOTTSDALE – Desert Hills Presbyterian Church, 34605 N. Tom Darlington Road in North Scottsdale is presenting a two-hour seminar to talk about how to survive challenges during the holidays. The seminar  will the following topics: Dealing with grief around the holiday season; How to handle parties and invitations; How to prepare for surprising emotions.

Join The Desert Hills Desert Presbyterian Church on November 17, or December 8, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. The cost is $5 for a survival guide filled with practical tips. Childcare is available upon request at the time of registration. Registration is required.

Register by email sue.palmer101@gmail.com or call Desert Hills Presbyterian Church at 480-488-3384.

DFT announces ‘Annie Get Your Gun’ production, upcoming auditions

SCOTTSDALE – Irving Berlin’s musical tale of Annie Oakley, “Annie Get Your Gun”, will be performed by Desert Foothills Theater (DFT) on weekends Nov. 8 -24. Renowned in the Wild West as a sharpshooter, Annie meets her match, both romantically and professionally, in the form of fellow ace gunslinger Frank Butler. While Annie and Frank are performing as part of the famous traveling show headlined by the legendary Buffalo Bill, the two compete and flirt, with plenty of ups and downs along the way.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and a 2 p.m. matinees on Sundays at the Main Stage of the Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center, 33606 N. 60th Street in Scottsdale. Tickets are $15 for youth 3-12 years of age and $25 for everyone 13 and older.

Also, DFT will have auditions scheduled for “Then There Were None” on Saturday, Nov. 16, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. “The ‘Honk! Jr.” audition workshop will be Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 23-24, 1-4 p.m., with auditions for ages 8 to 18 on Saturday, Dec. 7, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 8, from 2 to 6 p.m.

For more information or to purchase tickets visit DFtheater.org or call 480-488-1981.

Learn a New Skill in Peoria

PEORIA – Every month the city of Peoria offers a variety of technology, art, recreation and gardening classes for Peoria residents. Pick up a new hobby or learn a new skill by checking out one of the many youth and adult special interest classes.

Here are a few of the classes coming up in November:

  • Watercolor Painting on Sunday, Nov. 10 at Rio Vista Recreation Center
  • Tai Chi Essentials on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at Rio Vista Recreation Center
  • Lightroom for Photographers on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at Rio Vista Recreation Center
  • Clean Cooking with Garden Greens on Saturday, Nov. 23 at Cibola Vista Resort

Find more information at www.peoriaaz.gov/recreation.

Call to Plein Air Artists

PEORIA – The city of Peoria will be introducing the first Peoria Plein Air Painting event at Second Saturdays on Saturday, Feb. 8, in Old Town Peoria. Currently, the city is seeking 15 artists to paint scenes of Old Town Peoria during the event. These paintings will then be showcased around Peoria. Interested artists can apply at www.artcall.org and the application deadline is Friday, Dec. 6 at 5 p.m.

For questions about the event, contact Andre Licardi at andre.licardi@peoriaaz.gov.

Everyone Counts for Census 2020

The census is coming in 2020. The U.S. Constitution requires the federal government to conduct a census count every 10 years. Cities and states rely on these population counts to determine what state-shared revenue they will receive. This money is used to fund essential city services like public safety, roads, parks, hospitals and schools. Each person counted is worth $3,000 in public services. For the first time ever, individuals can respond to the census online and by phone or mail. Counts begin on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, which is National Census Day.

For more information, visit www.peoriaaz.gov/census. For Spanish speakers, visit www.peoriaaz.gov/censo.

VOLUNTEER RED KETTLE bell ringers NEEDED

PHOENIX The Salvation Army is looking for energetic, giving, community-minded volunteers this holiday season to be bell ringers at the Army’s famous Red Kettles. More volunteers than ever are needed at Red Kettles in order to stretch donations as far as possible to help those in need.  The Salvation Army will have Red Kettles at businesses across the Valley during the holiday season and encourages individuals, groups, organizations, and companies to participate. “Bell ringing is fun, easy, and an excellent way to give to those in our communities,” said Major David Yardley, The Salvation Army Metro Phoenix Program Coordinator. “It’s a holiday tradition for many individuals, and for groups, it is great for team building and a fantastic way to embrace the spirit of the season. “Volunteering at a Red Kettle for just one hour can raise enough money to help The Salvation Army put food on the table for 13 people.”

For more information, please contact your local Salvation Army or visit SalvationArmyPhoenix.org and click “Volunteer.”

WICKENBURG – Henry Wickenburg’s 200th Birthday celebration will be held in beautiful Wickenburg, Ariz., from Nov 21-24. This landmark birthday celebrates not only the founder of a unique western town and the world-renowned Vulture Mine, but as an early pioneer Henry Wickenburg helped to settle our state.

The event will be geared toward the entire family and will include everything from history, tours, a special dinner at Vulture City, concert, country dancing, children’s activities, a street market, and much more.Stone Park, adjacent to Apache Street, will be filled with artisans and crafts along with a Vintage Flee Market. A classic car show, wagon rides, while nostalgic games for children will also be set up in Stone Park.

If you are interested in being a part of the Antique and Collectibles Flea Market, please fill out the form below and return to Cindy Thrasher: 928-684-5603. For more information visit https://www.ci.wickenburg.az.us/1.

Hidden in the Canyon Artists’ Tour

BLACK CANYON CITY – Just to the north of Anthem you will find a quiet little town of Black Canyon City.  Most drive through the middle of it but rarely stop.  We will give you a reason to stop—Hidden in the Canyon Artists’ Tour coming up on November 15-16, from 10-4pm.

We will have over 20 artists displaying and selling their beautiful art.  Nature inspired silver jewelry by Stan Cothern; picturesque pictures and thunder gourds by Judith Baird; pine long needle gourds by Rita and Dale Daniels; pillows, table runners and hair on hide pouches by fabric artist Glenda White; alcohol ink paintings and tile by Shirley Ruchong; landscape paintings by Joshua Nelson and Ruth Ann Sturgill are just to mention a few. 

The tour will take place at Harmil Plaza, 34301 S. Old Black Canyon Highway in Black Canyon City from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both days. Food truck, dessert station and music will complement the art tour.  Art demonstrations will 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday and Saturday by various local artists.  Door prizes as well! Come north and enjoy the day full of fun and art.

Free Old-time Country Jam at Black Canyon City

BLACK CANYON CITY – If you play an acoustic instrument, fiddle, bass, guitar, mandolin please join us on the second Sunday of the month in Black Canyon City for an old-time round robin jam. We meet the second Sunday every month from Sept through May at High Desert Community Center on Jacie at the top of the hill. Playing time begins at 1 p.m. and all levels of musicians are welcome, singers too.

We do the really old stuff, old time country, gospel and early bluegrass (no electric instruments or amps please). We sit in a circle and take turns playing a tune of our choice and others in the circle play along, or maybe take a lead. Then the next person in the circle gets to choose a tune. Its lots of fun and a good place to hear the really old stuff we loved during the 40s and 50s. Grinners are welcome too.

For more information call: Wilma Allen 623-302-3791 or email mandowil@hotmail.com; or Virgil Ramsey 623-374-0171.

Free Artisan and Craft Faire in Carefree

CAREFREE – Do you want to get your Christmas shopping out of the way in a few hours?  Are you looking to find that unique gift that will bring warmth to your loved ones heart? Do you like supporting an incredible cause?  Then come on down to the Annual Artisan and Craft Faire at Christ Anglican Church, 35500 N. Cave Creek Road in Carefree, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., on Saturday, November 16. 

Admission is free and proceeds help to support the Homeless Outreach Participation Endeavor. The event offers a selection of fine leatherwork, designer clothing, jewelry, fine woodcraft, photography, artisan baked goods, olive oil and fine foods, fine art, handmade soaps and lotions, crosses, flower arrangements, barbeque and more. This is a family friendly event.

For information, call Raymond LaFleur 623-203-9069.

Hidden in the Hills self-guided art tour features 199 artists

CAVE CREEK – A signature event of the non-profit Sonoran Arts League, Hidden in the Hills is Arizona’s largest and longest-running artist studio tour. This year’s event features 199 artists at 47 studio locations throughout the scenic Desert Foothills communities of Cave Creek, Carefree and North Scottsdale.

The free, self-guided studio tour offers art enthusiasts a rare chance to observe 199 artists at work in their private studios (47 studio locations). The studios are open to the public during the event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 22-24, and Nov. 29-30, and Dec. 1.

Download a map at www.HiddenInTheHills.org or call (480) 575-6624 for more information.

Fantasticós Mexican Food offers first-time catering

CAVE CREEK – Fantasticós Mexican Food, Cave Creek’s newest restaurant, is offering catering for the first time since its opening one year ago. According to owner Noe Rodriguez, the Mexican restaurant now provides catering, pick-up or delivery, for a number of wild and exciting, one-of-a-kind homemade Mexican specialties including: Pollo Fundido Indeed-o; Enchilada Excitement; Holy Tamale!; Ride the Waves; Bursting Burritos and more.

Fantasticós Mexican Food is located at 6554 E. Cave Creek Road. The phone number is 480.488-2055 and the website is fantasticosmexicanfood.com.

Hakuna Matata Children’s Choir to perform in Paradise Valley

PARADISE VALLEY – The Hakuna Matata Children’s Choir will perform at Ascension Lutheran Church on Sunday, November 17, at 3 p.m. Twelve energized children, talented in singing and dancing are from an orphanage in Kenya are dedicated to spreading love, hope and joy while raising awareness for desperate plight of orphans and other vulnerable children. Their colorful clothing, pounding drums and sweet voices demonstrate their hope and dream for a brighter future. Their inspirational stories of resilience have instilled hope in the hearts of all those who seen them perform.

Ascension Lutheran Church is located at 7100 North Mockingbird Lane in Paradise Valley. For more information call 480-948-6050.

Free Scottsdale Philharmonic concert

SCOTTSDALE — The Scottsdale Philharmonic will perform free concerts on November 24, from 4-6 p.m., at La Casa de Cristo Lutheran Church, 6300 E. Bell Road in Scottsdale. The program is Haydn: Symphony No. 88 (Hoboken); Rossini: Italian Woman in Algiers Overture; Sibelius: Karelia Suite. The cost is free (VIP preferred seating available with a $15 donation).Concert begins at 4 p.m. with doors open at 3.

Founded in 2012, the Scottsdale Philharmonic is a non-profit with a mission statement of bringing free classical concerts to the community. The organization is funded by donations from patrons, grants and sponsors. Over 85 professional musicians continue to volunteer their time and talent for each of the performances.

For more information, visit www.scottsdalephilharmonic.com or call 480-951-6077.

Free pet festival

SCOTTSDALE – A free family-friendly community event featuring furry friends and more. All people and pets are invited to attend this annual festival. Highlights include: Blessing of the Animals; native wildlife rescued by the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center; Elvis the Camel; Zuni the Mustang; cart rides for kiddos by Nickel the Miniature Horse; music and refreshments. Join the fun on Nov. 17, from  1-4 p.m. at Living Water Lutheran Church (9201 E. Happy Valley Rd., Scottsdale. Pets MUST be leashed or otherwise secured.

For more information: LWLCaz.org, 480-473-8400.

Seminar: Surviving the Holidays

SCOTTSDALE – Desert Hills Presbyterian Church, 34605 N. Tom Darlington Road in North Scottsdale is presenting a two-hour seminar to talk about how to survive challenges during the holidays. The seminar  will the following topics: Dealing with grief around the holiday season; How to handle parties and invitations; How to prepare for surprising emotions.

Join The Desert Hills Desert Presbyterian Church on November 17, or December 8, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. The cost is $5 for a survival guide filled with practical tips. Childcare is available upon request at the time of registration. Registration is required.

Register by email sue.palmer101@gmail.com or call Desert Hills Presbyterian Church at 480-488-3384.

DFT announces ‘Annie Get Your Gun’ production, upcoming auditions

SCOTTSDALE – Irving Berlin’s musical tale of Annie Oakley, “Annie Get Your Gun”, will be performed by Desert Foothills Theater (DFT) on weekends Nov. 8 -24. Renowned in the Wild West as a sharpshooter, Annie meets her match, both romantically and professionally, in the form of fellow ace gunslinger Frank Butler. While Annie and Frank are performing as part of the famous traveling show headlined by the legendary Buffalo Bill, the two compete and flirt, with plenty of ups and downs along the way.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and a 2 p.m. matinees on Sundays at the Main Stage of the Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center, 33606 N. 60th Street in Scottsdale. Tickets are $15 for youth 3-12 years of age and $25 for everyone 13 and older.

Also, DFT will have auditions scheduled for “Then There Were None” on Saturday, Nov. 16, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. “The ‘Honk! Jr.” audition workshop will be Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 23-24, 1-4 p.m., with auditions for ages 8 to 18 on Saturday, Dec. 7, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 8, from 2 to 6 p.m.

For more information or to purchase tickets visit DFtheater.org or call 480-488-1981.

Music Series is Nov. 19 in Old Town Peoria

PEORIA – On Nov. 19, check out Soulstice of Sound for the Peoria Music Series. Soulstice of Sound is a soulful, pop, rock duo with hits that span decades and genres. Pianist/Vocalist/Percussionist Alex performed in the national tour of “Book of Mormon” before reprising her role in London’s West End. Guitarist/Vocalist Sean recently performed in “ONCE” at Seacoast Repertory Theatre.

They will be performing at the Peoria Center for the Performing Arts in Old Town Peoria. These Music Series performances will be the second Tuesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. until April 2020. Food trucks will also be there for concertgoers to enjoy dinner with a show.

For a complete list of performances and food trucks, visit theater works.org.

Learn a New Skill in Peoria

PEORIA – Every month the city of Peoria offers a variety of technology, art, recreation and gardening classes for Peoria residents. Pick up a new hobby or learn a new skill by checking out one of the many youth and adult special interest classes.

Here are a few of the classes coming up in November:

  • Watercolor Painting on Sunday, Nov. 10 at Rio Vista Recreation Center
  • Tai Chi Essentials on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at Rio Vista Recreation Center
  • Lightroom for Photographers on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at Rio Vista Recreation Center
  • Clean Cooking with Garden Greens on Saturday, Nov. 23 at Cibola Vista Resort

Find more information at www.peoriaaz.gov/recreation.

The Trilogy Art & Craft League is excited to present our Holiday

PEORIA – The Trilogy Art and Craft League will be presenting a holiday Art and Craft Show. The event will feature the original works of 34 Trilogy Artists. You will find outstanding creations in glass, pottery, wood, textiles and jewelry, as well as paintings and sketches, mixed media, home decor and much more. The show takes place on Sunday, November 17, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Located in the beautiful Trilogy Kiva Club, 27980 North Trilogy Boulevard in Peoria.

Call to Plein Air Artists

PEORIA – The city of Peoria will be introducing the first Peoria Plein Air Painting event at Second Saturdays on Saturday, Feb. 8, in Old Town Peoria. Currently, the city is seeking 15 artists to paint scenes of Old Town Peoria during the event. These paintings will then be showcased around Peoria. Interested artists can apply at www.artcall.org and the application deadline is Friday, Dec. 6 at 5 p.m.

For questions about the event, contact Andre Licardi at andre.licardi@peoriaaz.gov.

Everyone Counts for Census 2020

The census is coming in 2020. The U.S. Constitution requires the federal government to conduct a census count every 10 years. Cities and states rely on these population counts to determine what state-shared revenue they will receive. This money is used to fund essential city services like public safety, roads, parks, hospitals and schools. Each person counted is worth $3,000 in public services. For the first time ever, individuals can respond to the census online and by phone or mail. Counts begin on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, which is National Census Day.

For more information, visit www.peoriaaz.gov/census. For Spanish speakers, visit www.peoriaaz.gov/censo.