David Thomas, Realtor


Things to do in Arizona

January 2015

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Hi Friends,


Here is the newsletter: “Things to Do in January, 2015.” The first one for this year!

I hope that this e-mail finds you well and ready to start enjoying some new activities and events.

There are many reasons for people flocking to Arizona in January, including famous car auctions, horse shows and world class golf events and even the Super Bowl! Please note that activities marked with *** are on-going activities that span several months. I hope that you will find some events to enjoy!

I love getting feedback, so please let me know if you enjoyed any of these activities or if there are others that you think I should include. Have a great January and Happy New Year!!



Event dates, times and locations are subject to change. Some events require tickets or may charge fees for attendance. Please check with event organizers before attending.



Prescott Hiking


Jan 1st – 1st Day Hikes – There are 17 First Day Hikes going on at State Parks throughout Arizona. Some of these are basic hikes, while others include educational opportunities, scavenger hunts, dog socializing and much more. To find a hike at one of your favorite state parks go to http://azstateparks.com/ – Happy Hiking!!




Jan 3rd – 42nd Annual Polar Bear Day – Lake Havasu City – Nautical Inn Beach – No wimps allowed at this traditional Arizona event – and no wet suits either! Earn your Polar Bear Patch by leaping into the lake and then you can ski, tube, wakeboard or air chair behind a boat provided by the Club (skis & other equipment will be provided if necessary). Afterwards warm up by the bonfire and enjoy a pot of hot soup to warm up your insides. $5-8 swimmers, Noon, 928-486-0106 or http://www.golakehavasu.com


Jan 3rd – 31st Annual Resolution Run 5K – Phoenix – Papago Park – Join in on this traditional way to start the New Year of to a healthy start.   5K run and walk with age division winners in each – 8 am – $25-35, 480-345-5752 or http://www.arizonaroadracers.com


Jan 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 28th, 29th & 31st – Field to Feast Agriculture Tours – Yuma – University of Arizona Research Farm – These half day tours led by local growers give you a hands-on agricultural experience. You start your morning by learning the ropes of how to pick the produce and then you fill the chef’s “order” and then you can pick some fresh Yuma produce to take home at the end of your day. While you are touring the rest of the farm, culinary students from the Arizona Western College are turning the vegetables that you picked into a feast for you to enjoy!   Reservations are necessary – Plan ahead as these tours sell out quickly. Closed toed shoes are required. 8am – 1pm – 800 293-0071 or http://www.visityuma.com/field-to-feast-agriculture-tour.html


Arabian horse show

Jan 7th – Jan 11th – 51st Annual Arizona National Horse Show – Scottsdale – WestWorld – This horse show includes events such as a cutting competition, a Quarterhorse show, 4-H & FFA Horse Shows & the AZ National Reining & Western Affiliate qualifying show. Starts at 8 am.   602-258-8568 or http://www.anls.org



Jan 9th – Jan 11th – 43rd Annual Flagg Gem and Mineral Show – Mesa – Mesa Community College – This is the Phoenix areas largest gem and mineral show. There will be over 80 dealers selling minerals, fossils and gems at this event. Free mineral samples for teachers and students as well as activities for children. 9am – 5pm Free – 480 814-9086 or http://www.flagshow.info


Jan 10th – 20th Annual Glendale’s Glitter & Glow Block Party – Glendale – Murphy Park – This is another “Valley of the Sun” tradition – The night glows with hot air balloons & 500,000 twinkling holiday lights. This free event features more than a dozen bands performing all genres of music and several street performers. Free. 4-10 pm, 623-930-2299 or http://www.glendaleaz.com/events


Didn’t find anything of interest for this week? – Check out the Facebook page Things to do in Arizona for even more ideas and updates.



Jan 10th – Jan 11th – Litchfield Park Native American Art Festival – Litchfield Park – Scout Park – Acquaint or re-acquaint yourself with authentic Native American art at this annual festival. This real Native American cultural experience features 200 artists displaying katsina sculpture, pottery, weaving and more.   $5, 10 am – 5 pm, 623-935-5033 or http://www.litchfield-park.org


Jan 10th – Jan 18th – 44th Annual Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Auction – Scottsdale – WestWorld – The rich and famous, as well as the Barrett Jacksonnot-so rich and famous, flock to Scottsdale to see the largest and most prestigious antique/classic car auction in the world. This year a 1954 Kaiser-Darrin, . a 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302, a Blastolene B-702 Custom Roadster and even the Beverly Hillbillies Custom Truck will be on the auction block as well as over 700+ American & European classic, sports & racing cars. 9 am – 10 pm, 480-421-6694 or http://www.barrett-jackson.com



Jan 11th – 7th Annual – No Pants AZ Light Rail Ride – Phoenix Light Rail – Phoenix is once again taking part in this national/international event of pantslessness. Per Improv AZ the rules for participating in this event are:

1) Willing to take pants off on light rail.

2) Able to keep a straight face about it.


Begins promptly at 1pm – For more info: http://raillife.com/no-pants-az-light-rail-ride/ or https://www.facebook.com/events/559756334114582/


Jan 15th – 3rd Annual Collector’s ArtWalk - Scottsdale – Scottsdale Arts District along Main Street & Marshall Way – Dozens of art galleries open featuring “collectible” works by painters, sculptors, glass artists and more. There will be multiple opening receptions and live music. 7-9 pm, 480-990-3939 or http://www.scottsdalegalleries.com


Jan 15th – Bonhams 4th Annual Scottsdale Car Sale – Scottsdale – Westin Kierland Resort & Spa -At this event there will be exceptional motorcars for sale. http://goo.gl/Npt01R


Jan 15th – Jan 16th – 16th Annual Automobiles of Arizona Auction – Phoenix – Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa – Although not as large as Barrett Jackson this auction features some of the world’s most influential automobiles.   800-211-4371 or http://www.rmauctions.com


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Jan 15th – Jan 17th – 18th Annual Mitch Silver Car Auction – Fountain Hills – Ft. McDowell Casino – Come to look at and perhaps bid on over 400+ classic and antique cars being auctioned in the big tent. Live entertainment Fri & Sat night, 10 am – 11 pm, 480-837-1654 or 800-255-4485 or http://www.SilverAuctions.com


***Jan 16th – March 29th*** – 11th Annual Arizona Fine Art Expo – Scottsdale – Southwest corner of Jomax & Scottsdale Rd – Watch over 100 nationally acclaimed fine artisans working in a studio environment. There will be hands-on art demonstrations and workshops, entertainment, a café and on weekends there will be musical entertainment, $. 10 am – 6 pm, 480-837-7163 or http://www.ArizonaFineArtExpo.com


Jan 16th – Jan 17th - Gooding and Company Scottsdale Auction – Scottsdale – Fashion Square – Offering for sale a collection of approximately 70 of the finest vintage and classic cars, $40 admission, $100 for auction catalogue and two admissions, viewing Wed -Fri 9 am – 6 pm, Sat 9:00 am -5:00 pm.   310-899-1960 or http://www.goodingco.com


Jan 16th – Jan 18th – 6th Annual Cave Creek Indian Market – Cave Creek – Art, live entertainment, celebrates the colorful history and rich heritage of the Southwest with a diverse gathering of Native American, Spanish and Southwestern fine artists and craftsmen, free, 10 am – 5 pm, 623-734-6526 or http://www.VermillionPromotions.com


Hot Air Balloons


Jan 16th – Jan 18th – 5th Annual Havasu Hot Air Balloon Festival & Fair – Lake Havasu City – Nautical Inn Beach – There will be at least 60 hot air balloons (with both tethered and untethered rides) night glows and spectacular mass ascensions. More than 150 vendors and entertainment acts scheduled along with children’s activities and a carnival.   $10 for a 3 day pass, 6 am – 9pm, 928- 486-7979 or http://www.golakehavasu.com or http://www.havasuballoonfest.com


Jan 16th – Jan 18th – 22nd Annual Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival – Carefree – This festival features award-winning and renowned artists from throughout the U.S. and abroad. Enjoy the live musical entertainment while sipping fine wines from around the world. $5, ($1 donated to American Healing Arts Foundation), 10 am – 5 pm, 480-837-5637 or http://www.thunderbirdartists.com


Jan 17th – 5th Annual BrewHaHa – Flagstaff – High Country Conference Center – This annual event features more than 25 local, regional and western breweries and more than 40 different craft beers. There will be live music, live comedy, hors d’oeuvres and wine tastings. Benefits Habitat for Humanity of Flagstaff, $32, 2-6 pm, 888-512-7469 or http://www.flagstaffbrewhaha.com


Jan 17th – Jan 18th – 6th Annual Superstition Mountain Heritage Days – Apache Junction – Superstition Mountain Museum – Superstition MountainApacheland Remembered has non-stop entertainment, education and fun, including stuntmen, actors and Western entertainers who will tell stories of the adventures filming movies and television shows in Apacheland’s heyday. Free, 9am- 4pm.480-983-4888 or http://www.superstitionmountainmuseum.org


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***Jan 17th – Mar 29th*** - 25th Annual Celebration of Fine Art – Scottsdale – This is a unique experience in which you have the opportunity to meet and watch over 100 artists as they create their original works of art. Located in the big white tents on Scottsdale Rd and Loop 1010 Freeway. $8, 10 am – 6 pm, 480-443-7695 or http://www.celebrateart.com/


Jan 19th – Jan 23rd – 12th Annual Quilting in the Desert – Scottsdale – Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort – At this week-long event there will be educational seminar for quilters from beginners to advanced. Learn from internationally recognized teachers as they present workshops in various quilting techniques. Some free events, $30 registration plus workshop fees, 9 am – 5 pm 480 874-3411 or http://www.quiltcamp.com


Jan 22nd – Jan 25th – Tucson Area Square Dance Festival – Tucson – Radisson Suites Hotel – Hundreds of dancers from all over the US and Canada attend this festival featuring all types of square dancing and clogging at all levels. http://tucsonsquaredancefestival.com/


Jan. 23 – Jan. 25th – Arizona Balloon Classic – Fear Farm Sports Complex – Phoenix – Billed as Arizona’s Premier Hot Air Balloon Race and Festival this event includes 3 days of hot air balloon fun including morning lift-offs, evening glows, tethered rides, demonstrations, live entertainment, fireworks on Saturday, kids’ activities and more! $15.00pp. http:www.abcfest.com


Jan 24th – 9th Annual Sun City West Clay Club “Pot Party” – Sun City West – Clay Club Area Beardsley Recreation Center – Pot Parties


can be legal – at least this kind! More than 50 local potters will be displaying and selling their unique one-of-a-kind, hand-built and wheel thrown pottery pieces. You can also see demonstrations of wheel throwing and hand building pottery, free, 8 am – 2 pm, 623-544-6530




Jan 24th – Winter Trout Fishing Derby – Litchfield Park – Tierra Verde Lake Park – Your chances of catching something are pretty good as the lake is stocked with more than 500 lbs of trout! A license is not required for this event that includes food, prizes and giveaways. $4 per pole 15 and under; $6 per pole 16 and over, 7 am – 3 pm, http://www.litchfield-park.org


Jan 24th – Jan 25th – 25th Annual High Noon Western Americana Antique Show – Mesa – Civic Center – See more than 150 quality Western Indian & Fine Art dealers displaying fine Western art, boots, advertising, Indian rugs and beadwork, Charro, Vaquero, historical firearms, Hollywood cowboy, western books & photography, historic & silver saddles, $10/day, $15/weekend.   310-202-9010 or http://www.highnoon.com


Jan 24th – Jan 25th – 24th Annual Military Vehicle Show – Phoenix – Peoria Sports Complex – Includes military vehicles from WWI to Desert Storm, vehicle parts, tools, supplies & unique militaria, toys and art, food available, collectibles, $5, 9 am – 4 pm, 480-497-9722 or http://www.armytrucks.org


Jan 24th – Feb 1st – Arizona Sun Country Circuit Quarter Horse Show – Scottsdale – WestWorld – One of the top ten American Quarter Horse shows in the nation, this circuit is full of six shows including three youth shows, all events are offered in English & Western. There will be vendors for shopping, free, 8 am – 6 pm, 623-419-6318 or www.suncircuit.com


Phoenix Open GolfJan 26th – Feb 1st – 79th Annual Waste Management Phoenix Open – Scottsdale – Tournament Players Club of Scottsdale – One of the PGA Tour’s top events, with some of the largest crowds on the tour. Your chance to see some of the finest golfers in the world, $20/day or ticket packages, 8 am – 6 pm, 602-870-0163 or http://wastemanagementphoenixopen.com




Glendale Chocolate

Jan 30th – 31st – 20th Annual Glendale Chocolate Affaire – Murphy Park, Glendale – This is going to be a big weekend for Glendale – hosting the Super Bowl and its Annual Chocolate festival as well! Who doesn’t love chocolate? At this, one of Glendale’s most popular events you can tour the nearby Cerreta Candy Co. for free or sign up to take a writing workshop hosted by one of many professional romance writers! And there will be plenty of treats like homemade fudge, sweet-potato fries with chocolate and chocolate dipped key lime pie Noon -10pm Friday, 10:00am – 10pm Saturday   Free. 623-930-2299 http://www.glendaleaz.com/events



That’s it folks, however, remember to go to my page Things to do in Arizona where I will be posting more fun events as they become available.   You can comment, add your own findings, review other people’s discoveries and most importantly don’t forget to click the LIKE button at the top of the page.
As always, if you have any real estate questions or needs, I would love to help out.


I hope that you have a very happy, healthy, fun-filled and prosperous 2015!