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On Oct. 15, the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department lifted the ban on charcoal and wood fires in the city’s mountain and desert preserves but is maintaining the ban on smoking outside of enclosed vehicles. Visitors can now use charcoal in established grills and have open fires in fire rings in picnic areas and can continue to use propane and gas grills.
The Higley Unified School District will celebrate its recognition as the top public district in the state on Oct. 18.
The weather is finally cooling down, calling us all out of hibernation and into the beautiful outdoors. What better way to celebrate the change of seasons than with a family day in the pumpkin patch? Here are five festivals worth a look:
More than great views of the Colorado River at Canyonlands National Park
Northern Contours, a major manufacturer of home and office cabinetry, furniture and fixtures, is partnering with Mesa United Way to provide school supplies and food to children in the community. Company officials are urging other businesses in Mesa to forge similar partnerships to help people in need.
Here we are, deep in the Here we are, deep in the dog days of another summer. School is out, vacation days are being cashed in, and picnic baskets are being packed. Barbecues are firing, pools are splashing, and ice cream trucks are rolling. Meanwhile, thousands, yea millions, are taking to the great American highway.
Boyce Thompson Arboretum celebrates the longest day of the year Arizona style with a day dedicated to our state’s venomous nemesis — the scorpion.
Most of us know the secret to amazing homemade cocktail sauce — spike some ketchup with horseradish, lemon juice and Worcestershire sauce and you're good to go.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Do not wear your Sunday Best.
Free family entertainment can be hard to come by, but Mesa’s Eastmark community is starting a First Friday Concert Series that’s just the ticket.
Joe’s Farm Grill
3000 E. Ray Road
(480) 563-4745 or JoesFarmGrill.com
This eatery, situated in the hip, retro-fied shell of an old farmhouse, offers organic, locally grown food — including satisfying burgers like the Fontina, which comes topped with roasted red pepper, grilled mushrooms, field greens, pecan pesto and fontina cheese. Accompaniments range from fries (regular and sweet potato), onion rings and fried zucchini to a fresh beet salad and a Medjool date milkshake. Niche faves, like the ahi tuna sandwich and grilled peanut butter and banana split sandwich, put the Farm Grill a hickory-smoked leg up on the average Joe’s. Families will enjoy the outdoor picnic tables and space for kids to run and play while waiting for their meal.
Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburger
2065 E. Baseline Road, (480) 633-7988, and 129 E. Williams Field Road, (480) 899-3500
Mike’s Burgers and Cheese Steaks
1150 S. Gilbert Road
(480) 558-5180 or MikesBurgersAndCheesesteaks.com
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CHICAGO — Expect bold colors, metallic materials and sporty styles on beaches this summer in, surprisingly, more one-piece silhouettes. A quick guide to this season's swim looks:
Movies in the Park is a free, family friendly movie series that takes place every Friday in May on the north soccer fields of Kiwanis Park in Tempe.
As an Arizona native, I have a love for the desert that just comes naturally. But there is something inside of me that loves greenery, water, colorful flowers and shade. I cannot always hop in the car and drive up north so, I am comforted by the fact that just 30 minutes east of Apache Junction lies the 100-acre Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park, which boasts the best of the desert as well as many non-native plants.
Three-time Grammy winner and roots music storyteller Keb’ Mo’ will perform songs from his new album, “BLUESAmericana,” along with favorites from his 20-year career May 15 at Mesa Arts Center.
Urbanites nostalgic about childhood camping trips — or wanting to try tent camping for the first time — are often daunted by logistical challenges, like figuring out where to go and what to bring, and anxieties about diving headlong into the unfamiliar wilderness.
The definition of family is a hot-button topic these days. Google the word, and you’ll get more thoughts on the subject than ants at a picnic, with people debating what family is, whether it still matters, and whether anyone really cares.
PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh may have been built around the steel and coal industries, but the once-sooty city now features a beautiful downtown river walk, multi-cultural neighborhoods and restaurants, and even free subway rides.
Take in some live music from this local band — a self-styled “eclectic attack of acoustic folk music, down-home country rock and original singer-songwriting” — while enjoying a bring-your-own picnic lunch outdoors at Boyce Thompson Arboretum.
Let’s go to a picnic at the new Mesa Riverview Park.
Even during this time of year when everyone would love a few extra practices, there are only so many drills and intra-squad scrimmages to get through before the stale settles in.
Wanna get down and dirty in a good, ol’ fashioned kinda way? Head to Vertuccio Farms, where the whole family can slosh through 7 acres of wet, slurpy mud obstacles during the Farm Fun Mud Run. Kids 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult; a kids’ play area will be open for those not interested in mud bogging. The concession stand will be open, but families are welcome to pack a picnic lunch.
During a 1-mile hike, kids ages 7-12 learn what to do if they get lost in the desert, how to find their way back, signal for help, build an emergency shelter, and protect themselves from desert dangers. Each child must be accompanied by an adult and bring water, a hat and closed-toe shoes.