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Things to do this week: Jan. 19 to 25

Flag Football

In the spirit of the Super Bowl coming to the valley this week, why not get out and play some football for yourself? The city of Peoria is hosting flag football games in honor of the Super Bowl. Teams can consist of 8-14 players 18 years old and up for adult teams. Each team is guaranteed to play in at least three games and have a chance to play for the first place trophy. Registration is currently open online, but there is a mandatory coach’s meeting Wednesday January 21 at the Development of Community Services Building.

Pioneer Community Park, 8755 N 83rd Ave., Peoria, Friday January 23 – Sunday, January 25, $150 per team

David Spade at Stand Up Live

Rules of Engagement actor David Spade comes to Stand Up Live in downtown Phoenix. Spade is a regular at Stand Up Live with a show that’s sure to have you laughing. Bring your friends and head downtown for a night of drinks and giggles. If you enjoy Stand Up Live, this will be one of your last chances to catch a show before the venue closes to special events for the Super Bowl.

Stand Up Live, 50 W. Jefferson St., Phoenix, Thursday January 22-Friday January 23, $42.50, 2 drink minimum

Meteorite Display

For a limited time, the Challenger Space Center has partnered with Arizona State University to bring a new experience of meteorites. Thirteen meteorites are currently on loan from the ASU Center for Meteorite Studies. ASU has one of the largest collections of meteorites on the planet. Visitors to the Challenger Center have the chance to view a small sample of the meteorites the ASU Meteorite Center has to offer.

Challenger Space Center, 21170 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria, Monday January 19- Saturday February 28, closed Sundays, Included with admission ($8)

Dogs’ Day in the Garden

Canine companions are welcome to the Desert Botanical Garden for a special day just for them. Dogs’ Day in the Garden gives pet owners a chance to bring their tail-wagging pals along to enjoy a beautiful day in the garden. There will be vendors to cater to canines and humans alike as well as presentations and photo opportunities.

Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, Saturday January 24, $22 plus $4 per dog

U-Pick Citrus

Take advantage of the cool weather and embrace the outdoors. Cotton Lane Citrus U-Pick offers the opportunity to pick a variety of in season fruits. Customers have the option to pick from lemons, grapefruits, oranges, tangerines, and more in the citrus grove. Bags are provided. Citrus pricing comes in at $10 for 15 lbs. and $20 for 40 lbs.

Cotton Lane Citrus U-Pick, 14014 N. 174th Ave., Surprise, Monday January 19- Sunday March 1, free

Top 5: Family Fun Spots - Experience AZ Fall-Winter 2012

Top 5: Family Fun Spots (Fall-Winter 2012)

The Top 5 Family Fun Spots — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Amazing Jakes

1830 E. Baseline Rd.,
Mesa, AZ 85204
(480) 926-PIZZA (7499)
amazingjakes.com
All-you-can eat pizza, pasta and salad, train riding, carousel, go-karts, laser tag, rock wall, bumper cars and 12 lanes of galaxy bowling.


Out of Africa Wildlife Park

3505 Camp Verde Bridgeport Hwy.,
Camp Verde, AZ 86322
(928) 567-2840
outofafricapark.com
At Out of Africa, you get a different view of wildlife. Exotic animals roam in spacious habitats, so you can see their natural behavior up-close. And, with exciting shows like the Tiger Splash and the Predator Feed, Out of Africa is like nothing you’ve ever seen.


Castles ~n~ Coasters

9445 N. Metro Parkway East,
Phoenix, AZ 85051
(602) 997-7575
castlesncoasters.com
More than 18,000 square feet of arcades, 300 games, roller coasters, water rides, a miniature golf course and an old-fashioned carousel.


Rawhide Western Town At Wild Horse Pass

3505 W. Highway 260,
5700 W. North Loop Rd.,
Chandler, AZ 85226
(480) 502-5600
rawhide.com
Arizona’s largest Western-themed attraction, with desert stagecoach and train rides, rock climbing, mechanical bull and more. Theatrical performances include shootouts, gun twirling and musical performances.


Challenger Space Center

21170 N. 83rd Ave.,
Peoria, AZ 85382
(623) 322-2001
azchallenger.org
An exciting space-themed learning environment where students, families and others fly simulated space flight missions and more.

Experience AZ Fall-Winter 2012

 

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Glendale CVB Rising in the West

Game on!

Cities like Glendale, Peoria, Goodyear, Surprise, and the other 14 cities that make up the West Valley are capitalizing on the rapid expansion of tourism and hospitality amenities — particularly spring training baseball facilities and other sports-related events — to grab a bigger share of the $18 billion that Arizona’s 37 million annual visitors spend.

As tourism in the West Valley continues to grow, the Glendale Convention & Visitor’s Bureau (CVB) is playing a bigger and more vital role to help drive visitors to West Valley hospitality businesses.

“The region provides the local and out-of-state traveler with an experience like no other,” says Lorraine Pino, Glendale CVB manager. “We are home to nine Cactus League spring training teams, the Arizona Cardinals and Phoenix Coyotes, Phoenix International Raceway, Wildlife World Zoo and Aquarium, great outdoor festivals, historic districts in each of our cities, performing arts centers and unique shopping venues. And, of course, you can be an astronaut for the day at our Challenger Space Center.”

Despite this diverse range of attractions, tourism is a relatively new industry in the West Valley. As a result, not every community in the area is equipped to implement independent marketing and promotion initiatives. Glendale CVB organizes and facilitates these initiatives, partnering with more than 100 restaurants, shopping malls, sports facilities, resorts and hotels, and service organizations.

“We work closely with our hotels — such as the Renaissance Glendale Hotel & Spa, Wigwam Resort, Hilton Garden Inn Avondale and many more — to provide lead generation and conference assistance,” Pino says.

Glendale CVB also serves as a liaison to large-scale entertainment such as Cirque du Soleil, which was held at University of Phoenix Stadium this summer, and mammoth events such as the Super Bowl, which will return to Glendale in 2015.

“When the Super Bowl was last held in Glendale in 2008, the Glendale CVB was not yet in existence,” Pino says. “But now that our bureau is in place for the 2015 game, the region will be in a better position to capture a greater share of visitor spending.”

Economists estimate that hosting a Super Bowl has an economic impact of $300 million-$500 million on the region.

“In addition, realizing that this mega event impacts the entire metro area and several destinations statewide, the Glendale CVB will be working with other tourism and hospitality organizations throughout the Valley to ensure that we provide the greatest fan experience possible, and to host the best Super Bowl possible,” Pino says.

By the end of 2012, Glendale will welcome yet another visitor destination when the Tanger Outlets Westgate is completed. The 328,000-square-foot retail development will feature 85 brand-name outlet stores and is expected to bring an additional 5 million-6 million annual visitors to the area.

With economic growth in the West Valley expected to continue its upward trend for years to come, Pino insists that communities must work together to realize the greatest benefit from an increasing number of visitors.

“It’s important that we all work together and pool our resources to achieve economies of scale,” Pino says. “This is the very reason the Glendale CVB came into existence: to serve as a regional organization to promote and showcase the 14 West Valley cities and to bring tourism business to the area. This regional approach is what will be needed for our hospitality businesses to continue to grow.”

Top 5 Family Fun Spots (Spring-Summer 2012)

Top 5: Family Fun Spots (Spring-Summer 2012)

The Top 5 Family Fun Spots — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Amazing Jakes

1830 E. Baseline Rd.,
Mesa, AZ 85204
480-926-PIZZA (7499)
amazingjakes.com
All-you-can eat pizza, pasta and salad, train riding, carousel, go-karts, laser tag, rock wall, bumper cars and 12 lanes of galaxy bowling.


Castles N’ Coasters

9445 N. Metro Pkwy. East, Phoenix, AZ 85051
602-997-7575
castlesncoasters.com
More than 18,000 square feet of arcades, 300 games, roller coasters, water rides, miniature golf course and an old-fashioned carousel.


Challenger Space Center

21170 N. 83rd Ave.,
Peoria, AZ 85382
623-322-2001
azchallenger.org
An exciting space-themed learning environment where students, families and others fly simulated space flight missions and more.


Out Of Africa Wildlife Park

3505 Camp Verde Bridgeport Hwy.,
Camp Verde, AZ 86322
928-567-2840
outofafricapark.com
At Out of Africa, you get a different view of wildlife. Exotic animals roam in spacious habitats, so you can see their natural behavior up-close. And, with exciting shows like the Tiger Splash and the Predator Feed, Out of Africa is like nothing you’ve ever seen.


Rawhide Western Town At Wild Horse Pass

5700 W. North Loop Rd., Chandler, AZ 85226
480-502-5600
rawhide.com
Arizona’s largest Western-themed attraction, with desert stagecoach and train rides, rock climbing, mechanical bull and more. Theatrical performances include shootouts, gun twirling and musical performances.

Experience AZ Spring-Summer 2012