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St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations Across the Valley

St. Patrick’s day is this Saturday, March 17th, and there is no shortage of festivals and celebrations to attend. Here are just a few to check out. Pot of Gold Music Festival March 16 – 18, Chandler This three day music festival starts March 16th and features the Dirty Heads, Rebelution and over 30 more musical acts over three days. In between acts check out the regional and local art festival or visit Arcade Alley and put your pinball skills to the test. And don’t forget to stop by Vendor Village to refuel with tasty snacks and drinks. Visit the

March Madness Begins March 11th

Now that it’s March, the madness can begin. The annual basketball tournament begins with Selection Sunday on March 11th, when the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee reveals which 68 teams have made the field for that year’s basketball championships. In addition to the selection, the 2018 NCAA March Madness Selection Show, televised on TBS at 6pm ET, will feature the exclusive live first-time announcement of pairings for the 2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship. Since the tournament began in 1939, UCLA has the most titles with 11, followed by Kentucky with eight and North Carolina with six. Will

Hayden’s Ferry Days, March 2 – 4

Hayden’s Ferry Days is what it has come to be called — honoring one of our community’s first businesses. Introduced in 1971 for Tempe’s centennial year, it proved to be a wildly popular six-month celebration of our city’s heritage and history. In 2016, Peggy Bryant, Tempe Historical Society member and former Tempe Daily News reporter and editor who worked on the 100th birthday event, suggested reviving the spirit of ’71 and turn it into annual tradition. So March 2-4, the Tempe Historical Society, along with numerous community partners, hosts the 3rd Annual Hayden’s Ferry Days – a lively, family-friendly, citywide festival paying homage

Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Challenge

They are as much of an American tradition as apple pie – Samoas, Thin Mints and the chocolate-coated, peanut butter-filled Tagalongs. Girl Scout cookies, around over 100 years, have become the must-have dessert this season. In Arizona, chefs are reimagining the traditional Girl Scout cookies – and whipping up their own versions of the timeless classics. #DessertChallenge was started by the Arizona Cactus-Pine Council troop five years ago and as part of the competition, chefs are turning the famous cookies into shakes, cakes and even pops, with an added twist. At least 25 local restaurants in the state are participating in the

Spring Training Soon to Begin

Athletes and coaches are already making their way to Arizona to get a head start on spring training. Games officially begin February 23rd across different stadiums in the Valley, so there is no shortage of baseball for the next few weeks. Members of the Cactus League include: Arizona Diamondbacks Chicago Cubs Chicago White Sox Cincinnati Reds Cleveland Indians Colorado Rockies Kansas City Royals Los Angeles Angels Los Angeles Dodgers Milwaukee Breweres Oakland Athletics San Diego Padres San Francisco Giants Seattle Mariners Texas Rangers   See schedules, games and buy tickets at the official spring training site here.

Arizona Beer Week Starts February 8

Today is the first day of Arizona Beer Week, a statewide celebration of local beer culture. Arizona Beer “Week” consists of 11 days of events focused mostly around the local craft brew scene. This year’s festivities will last from February 8 to 18. There will be more than 200 events, so no matter where you live or what you like to drink, there will probably be something to suit your needs. Breweries will be hosting events. They will be collaborating with other breweries and getting their beers in front of us drinkers. Breweries from near and far will be pouring

Construction to Begin on the University of Arizona’s $15M Indoor Football Practice Facility

The University of Arizona is expected to break ground on a $15 million practice facility for its football program in April and the architect recently released some possible renderings of the project. The schools plans to have the 65-football tall facility finished by the beginning of 2019. Arizona describes the project on its construction website: “The proposed new building would provide safe all-weather practice for football and other sports. The multi-use facility is envisioned to benefit multiple sports and could also possibly serve as an additional game day venue.” Details on the facility: Arizona hasn’t announced its final plan for the

Tempe Past & Present

Distinct, diverse, dynamic and entrepreneurial are characteristics that have defined the City of Tempe since prehistoric times when the resourceful Hohokam people lived here for about 1,500 years until sometimes around 1450. The Hohokam were farmers and engineering geniuses who developed a system of irrigation canals that carried Salt River water to their crops. The canals were so well built that they were excavated hundreds of years later and became the foundation for today’s irrigation system. Take a 400 year leap forward to 1865 when things started picking up with the arrival of another group of enterprising farmers who moved

ASU Open Door 2018

Arizona State University hopes to spark the next generation’s imagination with ASU Open Door, a signature event of the Arizona SciTech Festival. During the free Open Door events, adults and children of all ages are invited to take a sneak peek at the learning spaces that help make ASU the most innovative university in the nation. The four-campus event celebrates the power of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) with more than 340 hands-on activities, performances, demonstrations and games. The campuses open their doors on different nights: • Jan. 26 — Polytechnic campus • Feb. 2 — Downtown Phoenix campus • Feb. 10 —

Tempe Public Market Cafe Opens January 12th

Hang in there, South Tempe. It’s almost ready. “We’re having almost a hundred people a day try to come and have food,” says Aaron Chamberlin, chef and owner of Tempe Public Market Cafe. “They’re seeing us training, they’re seeing people on the patio drinking wine and thinking it’s open.” It isn’t. Not just yet. But on Jan. 12, it will be. And based on the buzz around the neighborhood, the joint will be hopping. “Out of all the restaurants I’ve opened, this has had the most community outreach,” Chamberlin says. “I am getting bombarded by people that are so excited for

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