Experience the Wild West at Rawhide Western Town and Event Center
Now open! Your visit includes stunt shows by the Rough Riders in the Six Gun Theater, the Rawhide Honky Tonk, and The Widowmaker Mechanical Bull. Also, you can take part in an authentic Rough Rider Shoot Out. There is a Barnyard Express Kiddie Train and food will be available from Rawhide’s Steakhouse, as well as its new Pizza Tavern. The center also has specialty shops offering seasonal gifts like leather goods, jewelry, apparel, and home décor. Rawhide is open Fridays from 5 to 10 p.m., Saturdays from noon to 10 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 8 p.m. Rawhide is located at 5700 West North Loop Road For more information about Rawhide, visit Rawhide.com.
Chandler Farmers Market
The sun has finally cooled its hot ways, which means The Chandler Farmers Market is now open for the new season. Fresh and local produce are the name of the game every Thursday afternoon from 3 to 7 p.m. The market, serving residents for 10+ years is held at Dr. A.J. Chandler Park at 3 South Arizona Avenue. The market is seeking both agriculture vendors (seeds, sprouts, meats, goat cheese, herbs, citrus, dates, flowers, and fruits among other specialties) and prepacked/ready-to-eat food vendors. The market is also looking for guest chefs for special demonstrations. Along with these demonstrations will be community services and children’s dance groups. Volunteers are always welcome to help manage the children’s craft table, work information booths, and conduct surveys. More information, including vendor applications can be found at CFM’s website, DowntownChandler.org.
Dia de los Muertos Festival
The Day of the Dead is upon us and spirits will unite at the Mesa Arts Center. The Dia de Los Muertos Festival will have a colorful Mercado of jewelry, merchandise, and arts and crafts, as well as tasty foods. The festival will also feature live entertainment by noted local and regional acts, including: Ballet Folklorico Amistad, Mariachi Corazon de Phoenix, and Nosotrosound. This fun event takes place Saturday, October 24, at 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sunday, October 25, from noon until 5 p.m. For more information, visit MesaArtsCenter.com.
Indian Art Market
The City of Chandler hosts the Chandler Indian Art Market from October 10 to 11. The event is in collaboration with the Miss Indian Arizona Scholarship Program. Food, entertainment, and authentic Native American art, including pottery, jewelry, photography, and Katsina carvings will all be a part of the family-friendly weekend. The event is free and will start on Saturday at 10 a.m. The Market will be held at AJ Chandler Park, 3 South Arizona Avenue. For times and more information about the Indian Art Market, please visit ChandlerAZ.gov.
Myths & Masks: Creative Aging Program
A free series of weekly workshops for senior adults takes place at the Chandler Downtown Library. Myths and Masks incorporates art, poetry, and mask-making to stimulate creativity and encourage social interaction. This program serves as a wonderful opportunity for seniors, as for many the public libraries and their programs serve as a lifeline for this often neglected population.
“This is a highly engaging opportunity for older adults to learn from a renowned arts educator of the highest caliber,” says Chandler Librarian Ted Liebler.
The event runs for eight weeks ending with a public performance from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 21. The Chandler Downtown Library is located at 22 South Delaware Street. For more information, visit ChandlerLibrary.org or call 480.782.2800.
Social Box Neighborhood Eatery, called SoBo by those who know, opened their doors with a notion: provide delicious comfort food while giving back to the community. And SoBo has followed through with that concept. The eatery donates a portion of their monthly revenue to non-profits helping children and veterans, among other causes. Currently they have specials that gives an opportunity for everybody to experience their tasty treats. Their current specials include: Monday-Kids 10 and under eat free; Tuesday-$10 Burgers; Wine Wednesday-$2 off glass and $5 off bottle; Thursday-Ladies Night specials; Friday-half off desserts with the purchase of an entree; Saturday-12 oz. prime rib plus two sides for $20; Sunday-brunch and NFL special. Monday through Friday include lunch specials from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. Social Box Neighborhood Eatery is located at 1371 North Alma School Road in Chandler. To see SoBo’s menu and learn more about the restaurant, visit SoBoEatery.com.
8th Annual SanTan Brewing Oktoberfest
It’s October which means it’s Oktoberfest time! The 8th Annual SanTan Brewing event will take place on Saturday, October 3 from 3 to 11 p.m. Matisyahu, headlines the event where Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers will also perform. San Tan’s Oktoberfest will feature a Bavarian-style beer garden, which will showcase their core beers, as well as other seasonal ales. Other highlights include a beer pong tournament, bag toss, the buddy carry, keg stacking, tricycle races, and a brat eating contest. Day of general admission is $15 and kids 12 and under are admitted for free. A portion of Oktoberfest’s proceeds will go to St. Joseph the Worker, an organization focused on helping the homeless and other disadvantaged individuals by helping them to become self-sufficient with quality employment. So, break out the lederhosen and dirndl and stop by Dr. A.J. Chandler Park for a fun time. To learn more about the event, visit SanTanOktoberfest.com.
CGCC Latino American Grant
Chandler-Gilbert Community College (CGCC) has been awarded a $10,000 grant to produce public programming about Latino history and culture. The Latino Americans: 500 Years of History grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA) will allow community members to learn about the history and culture of Latinos in the United States. Part of this programming will be a six-part documentary, “Latino Americans,” created for PBS in 2013. The series is an account of Latinos in the United States from the 16th century to present day. Parts of the documentary will be screened with scholar-led discussions following the screenings. Donna Thompson, Humanities and Woman Studies Faculty and grant co-director explains that,
“An essential feature of CGCC’s grant events is the focus on creating space for conversation, debate among students, scholars, and community members around significant concerns and issues in our region like immigration, the Dream Act, migrant workers, cultural conflicts and citizenship.”
Oral histories from local Latino American artists and other community members will be collected and displayed at CGCC, as well as at Chandler Public Library. To learn more about the grant, please call Dean of Arts and Sciences, Chris Schnick at 480.732.7274, or visit ALA.org/LatinoAmericans.
Chandler Mayor’s Day of Play
Enjoy a day at Tumbleweed Park focused on fitness and health for children. Parents can explore the different booths while kids enjoy all the free activities. The day will include a Foam Fun 5K Run with five foam stations, wild obstacles, and a huge Slip ‘n’ Slide. The event also offers a 1-mile run for those not ready to take on the longer course. This year’s run benefits Recreation and Athletics for Individuals with Disabilities. This non-profit partner of the City of Chandler’s Recreation Division assists those with disabilities to play sports and participate in athletic activities. The day will also include a Youth & Teen Fitness Challenge, Move to Play, and Team Play Sports Slam. The foam run starts at 9:30 a.m. on October 24 and the day continues on until 1 p.m. To learn more about Chandler Mayor’s Day of Play, visit ChandlerAZ.gov.