Slippery Pig Bike Shop 15th Anniversary

Slippery Pig Bike Shop celebrates 15 years of being a local shop in the Valley and Winner of Best Bike Shop in 2014 by the Phoenix New Times. To honor their loyal customers, they are celebrating with 30% off everything in the store, Thursday, October 16, Friday, October 17, and Saturday, October 18. Shop hours are 9am to 7pm on Thursday and Friday, 9am to 5pm on Saturday.

On Tap In December: FestivAle Craft Beer Event

WHAT:     On tap in December: a Saturday evening spent enjoying craft beer and entertainment at a cool historic downtown Phoenix venue. Join the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation on December 6th for the first annual Festiv-Ale event at The Icehouse in Phoenix. Funds raised from ticket sales during the event will be put to work in laboratories, where researchers are working to find a cure for cystic fibrosis, a genetic disease that affects the lives of more than 30,000 children and young adults in the United States.

Distinctive, handcrafted seasonal selections will presented by some of the finest local and national breweries. Representatives from each brewery will be available to answer questions about their creations. Several local restaurants will serve hors d’oeuvres chosen to pair well with the beer selections. The event will also feature live music, a silent auction, and a variety of contests and giveaways throughout the evening.

General admission is $75 and includes 12 tasting tickets, hors d’oeuvres stations and a 4-ounce souvenir tasting glass.

VIP admission is $125 and includes 12 tasting tickets, passed hors d’oeuvres, a 4-ounce souvenir tasting glass, an additional hour of private tasting, up to five unique tastes, two “golden tickets” for full pours of beer, one entry into a “Wall of Beer” raffle, opportunities to meet craft brewers one-on-one and a session with guest speaker Jonathan Buford, owner of Arizona Wilderness Brewing Company.  

Participating breweries include: Arizona Wilderness Brewing Company, Beck’s, Black Diamond Brewing Company, Cismontane Brewing Company, Deschutes Brewery, Firestone Walker Brewing Company, Four Peaks Brewing Company, Goose Island, Mother Road Brewing Company, Mudshark Brewery, Nebraska Brewing Company, Odell Brewing Company, Shock Top, Sleepy Dog Brewery, Unity Vibration and Widmer Brothers.

WHEN:     Saturday, December 6th, 2014, 6:00 – 11:00 PM

WHERE:   The Ice House
429 West Jackson Street, Phoenix AZ, 85003
Jackson in between 4th & 5th Ave, Downtown Phoenix

COST:      General admission tickets: $75, VIP admission tickets: $125

INFO:  For more information visit http://azfestivale.org or contact Tara Hanson at thanson@cff.org or 602.224.0068

GAKU-MC Charity Concert

The Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix is proud to host GAKU-MC for an evening of music, love and candles. GAKU-MC is a world-renowned Japanese recording artist who performs to benefit the survivors of the Great Eastern Japanese Earthquake.

Special candles will be for sale to inspire others with messages. GAKU will be bringing all of the candles back to Japan and the messages will continue to inspire thousands.

After the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, GAKU-MC started a relief project “Akali to Live,” collecting support messages for the survivors from around the world to show that the world hasn’t forgotten about the tragedy and the aftermath.

Your support of this cultural event in the heart of central Phoenix will help to continue these efforts.

Saturday, November 8, 2014
7:30 - 9:00pm (gate opens at 7:00pm)
Ticket Prices:
Students (with ID) $15.00
General $20.00

Tickets are available online and at the gate.

Drinks will be available for purchase (No food or drinks from outside are permitted).

Visit www.japanesefriendshipgarden.org for more information.

Spooktacular Fun at Ghostfest!

Ghostfest is the fourth annual long-form improv comedy marathon and starts on Friday, October 24th at 6pm and runs through the wee hours of Sunday, October 26th. Ghostfest is produced by The Torch Theatre as a fundraiser for the Phoenix Improv Festival, held in the spring.

Ghostfest is 32 hours of non-stop improv action with 100 different shows, from the sublime to the ridiculous! In addition to performances by The Torch Theatre’s mainstay shows and troupes like Apollo 12, Light Rail Pirates, Mail Order Bride, Galapagos, The Neighborhood, Improvised Book Club, The Skewed News Hour, and Unicorn Warpath, Ghostfest will feature groups and shows from all over the city, state, and nation rocking a wide variety of formats and themes to stir up some sidesplitting fun!

Ghostfest will also include improv jams sprinkled throughout the 32 hours of shows and Ghostfest Jr., a Saturday morning programming block of shows just for kids!

The Torch Theatre is located at 4721 N. Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85021. For more information, visit thetorchtheatre.com. ​

Cystic Fibrosis Fundraising Event: Are You Fitter Than A Firefighter?

The Firefighter Challenge is a competition based on fire-fighting tasks commonly performed by firefighters in emergency situations. Spectators are encouraged to come cheer on their favorite city as local firefighters from across the Valley compete head-to-head in teams of three to see which department is the fastest and the fittest. Awards will be given to the top finishers and the firefighters will be available for photos after the event.

Calling all CrossFit junkies and extreme sports enthusiasts: Let’s WOD! New this year, the Civilian Challenge offers individual participants the ability to compete on the same course as the fittest firefighting athletes. Competitors will run up stairs with a water hose, lower the hose several floors, move a steel bar with a mallet, fire a blazing water hose at a small target and haul a 185 pound full-sized dummy 100 feet while wearing a hard hat weighted pack.

Also taking place is the 34th Annual StairClimb event, in which participants conquer more than 35 floors of the Snell & Wilmer building at the Arizona Center. Teams are encouraged, but individuals may participate as well. Those who are not looking for an athletic event but still wish to support the cause can join as “no-sweat” climbers and help fundraise to cure CF without taking a step.

Attendees and kids of all ages will enjoy the morning festivities including food and beverage, games, kid’s corner, plus music and massages in the courtyard of the Arizona Center in Downtown Phoenix.

Funds raised during the StairClimb, Firefighter Challenge and Civilian Challenge will be put to work in laboratories, where researchers are working to find a cure for this genetic disease affecting the lives of more than 30,000 children and young adults in the United States.

WHEN: Saturday, October 4th, 2014
Registration: 8:00 – 9:00 AM
StairClimb Event: 9:00 – 11:00 AM
Firefighter Challenge: 9:30 – 11:00 AM
Civilian Challenge: 9:30 – 11:00 AM


WHERE:   Arizona Center
400 East Van Buren Street, Phoenix AZ, 85004
Van Buren & 5th Street, Downtown Phoenix


COST: StairClimb: Individual Entry Fee: $25, Minimum Fundraising Amount: $75 
Civilian Challenge: Individual Entry Fee: $75, Minimum Fundraising Amount: $750

INFO:  For more information visit http://azstairclimb.org or contact Lori Nelson at lnelson@cff.org or 602.224.0068

Herberger Theater Festival of the Arts

Saturday, November 1, 2014
11:30am - 5:00pm
Herberger Theater Center
222 E. Monroe Street in downtown Phoenix

A fun, family-friendly event that celebrates the arts and our community with live music, theater and dance performances, great food, children’s activities, rescued pet adoptions, vendors, tequila tasting, film shorts, Lunch Time Theater excerpts and more! Admission is only $5, free for children 12 and under and active military/veterans.

To commemorate the 25th anniversary, this year’s theme is Let’s Go Retro - 80s Style. It was not only an era of iconic fashion, music and trends, but also historic decade for downtown Phoenix with the planning and construction Herberger Theater Center. Guests are welcome to have fun with the theme and dress to impress - 80s style! There will be costume contests for children and adults.

Free parking provided by the Arizona Center (Fillmore, just west of 5th St). This event is sponsored by APS (presenting sponsor), National Bank of Arizona, frontdoors news, Apatrou Photography, Arizona Center, Snell & Wilmer, Put A Fork In It Catering, Raising Arizona Kids, TicketForce, Mardi Gras Costume Shop, SRP and Billie Jo and Judd Herberger.

For more information, to purchase tickets and see a list of all participants, click here. Proceeds benefit the Herberger Theater Youth Outreach Programs

PARTY for a CAUSE: Costumes & Cocktails Play Date at the Children’s Museum of Phoenix

Friday, September 26th, 7pm - 11pm

Dress up and play like a kid…eat and drink like a grown up!

Grab a BITE at the Food Trucks: Buzznbeez Food Truck, Luncha Libre and Phoenix Phreeze. Cool off with a beverage from one of the cash bars including signature cocktails featuring Deep Eddy Vodka. Dance! Enjoy Halloween-themed Activities & Retro Games. Strut Your Stuff in the Costume Parade & Contest  Dare to Enter the Haunted Noodle Forest sponsored by Easley’s Fun Shop. Strike a pose in the Photo Booth sponsored by Snap Booth Entertainment AZ

Play Date attendees are welcome to wear costumes and strut their stuff during the COSTUME PARADE AND CONTEST! Participants can enter to win a ticket to the next Play Date Adult Night. Costume contest categories include “sexiest costume,” scariest costume,” “most original costume,” and “best couple costume.”

$15 in advance ($20 at door)
http://tinyurl.com/
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This is a 21 & over event. ID required.

Proceeds help the Children’s Museum of Phoenix fulfill its mission to engage the minds, muscles and imaginations of children and the grown-ups who care about them.

Local First Arizona will host the 10th Annual Certified Local Fall Festival on Saturday, November 8, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Portland Parkway (10 W Portland St, Phoenix, AZ 85003) in the heart of Downtown Phoenix. The Certified Local Fall Festival is a free family-friendly event for all ages and an annual celebration of all things local to Arizona. http://localfirstaz.com/fall-festival/

Local First Arizona will host the 10th Annual Certified Local Fall Festival on Saturday, November 8, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Portland Parkway (10 W Portland St, Phoenix, AZ 85003) in the heart of Downtown Phoenix. The Certified Local Fall Festival is a free family-friendly event for all ages and an annual celebration of all things local to Arizona. http://localfirstaz.com/fall-festival/

Local First Arizona has released the fifth edition of the Phoenix Small Wonders map, a pocket-sized guide featuring nearly sixty local restaurants, galleries, boutiques, venues, and experiences located in the central Phoenix area. All of the businesses included in the guide are independently owned and operated.

Local First Arizona has released the fifth edition of the Phoenix Small Wonders map, a pocket-sized guide featuring nearly sixty local restaurants, galleries, boutiques, venues, and experiences located in the central Phoenix area. All of the businesses included in the guide are independently owned and operated.