I’m adding a new feature to this site (one of many new things to come), and I haven’t had a chance to get all of the details properly worked out for a formal unveiling; but rather than put it off indefinitely until I manage to squeeze 26 or 27 hours out of every day and am able to get it together the way I want, I’ve decided to start this out with a little test version, or ‘beta’, if you will.
I’m going to have a couple of guest bloggers on my site once or twice a week. The first one will be Amanda, who is one of my very best girlfriends and who always has her finger on the pulse of the East Valley community, with a column we’re calling (right this very second, until I can think of something more creative) Things To Do:
My favorite pick of the week: letting your pup run around on Chase Field! Read on…
*ArtFest of Scottsdale – Love it!
*Fetch on the Field – Let your dogs run around the Diamondbacks field!! It’s a giant baseball dog park! $10 for 2 humans and a dog, $5 each extra. All proceeds to Animal Control and the Humane Society
*Chihuly: The Nature of Glass – Can’t wait to see this! Awesome glass art at the Desert Botanical Garden. Nov 22- May 31.
*Mesa Fall Festival – Sat, 10am-3pm. Music, art, commercial vendors. 15 E. First Ave.
*The Big Pour – Beer Festival, Hohokam Stadium, Saturday 5-9pm
*Mad Mud Run – Saturday. Ick. 4 miles of running in the mud.
*Backstreet Boys – Backstreet’s back alright…. Dodge Theatre, 8pm, Friday
*Night Lights – Light art and music for the holidays. Saturday, downtown Scottsdale.
*Hot Dogs and Antiques – There’s a combination for ya! Grand opening of Pittsugurgh Willy’s hot dogs in Merchant Square. Get a dog, get a discount. Sat, 11am-4pm. 1509 N. AZ Avenue in Chandler.
*Holiday Boutique – DaySpring United Methodist, over 50 vendors, 1365 E. Elliot in Tempe. Thur-Saturday
*Chris Botti – Mesa Arts Center, Friday 8pm
Restaurant of the Week:
Lucille’s BBQ – I don’t know how I missed this one, everyone else seems to already know about it. This chain opened a location at Tempe Marketplace. We went there on a whim this weekend and it was SO good. Real southern-style BBQ. Fried green tomatoes, grits, and amazing BBQ. Highly recommend, and I’ll be running back there soon.
Hike of the Week: West Fork of Oak Creek One of my favorite AZ hikes, and it’s perfect this time of year. Easy 3 miles.