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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

Photo Credit: Meagan Carlton

Grand Canyon: Witnessing Two Memorable Wonders

Whenever out-of-state relatives visited, my family would always take them on a weekend trip to give them a chance to see a different part of Arizona other than the valley. It would be an adventurous activity up north, in an attempt to prove to them that Arizona isn’t all saguaros and dirt like most perceive it to be. One year, we took a friend on the must-see Pink Jeep Tour where we went deep into red-rock country for some bumpy four-wheeling fun. Another time we took our grandparents on the Verde Canyon Railroad, which is known as the longest-running nature show in the state. The train weaves through a valley at 12 mph, allowing passengers to see the flora and fauna in between Clarkdale and Perkinsville. All the trips are filled with gorgeous sights and  long-lasting memories.

However, the number one most memorable moment was during a trip to the Grand Canyon with our aunt, uncle and cousins who were visiting from Indiana.We made the drive in two cars via the Flagstaff route. Once we reached the park, we settled into our two cabins before going to see one of the world’s wonders. The best part of taking friends or family that have never been to the Grand Canyon is watching their face when they finally see it. Their eyes grow twice their normal size as if trying to take in the entire vastness of the canyon, and their mouths drop open saying “wow” in a non-verbal way. After the initial shock-and-awe wore off, we took them down the Bright Angel trail a bit. We walked down the trail that was no wider than arm’s length, hugging the side of the canyon wall and moving out of the way of the donkeys. When we felt we had gone far enough, we turned around to make the tiring hike back up.

We went to bed early because we were all tired, but also because we planned to catch the sunrise the next morning. You cannot visit the Grand Canyon and not watch the sunset or sunrise. It let’s you see the shadows slip away and the shades of red painting the walls and valleys. We drove to the lookout where a bundled-up crowd had slowly started growing. Right before the sun began to crest, we saw a light in the distance grow brighter and brighter. You could hear surprised gasps escape the mouths of everyone around you once they realized what the light was that they were seeing. It was a meteorite falling into the earth’s atmosphere right over the Grand Canyon. The flaming fireball zoomed right at us and many ran to hide while other tourists began snapping pictures. I clung to my father, as I watched my life flash before my eyes – literally. However, we were lucky that day. The meteorite disintegrated as it flew through the atmosphere and disappeared right over the forest behind us.

A quiet had enveloped the crowd. Everyone was looking at each other with large eyes and open mouths wondering if they had really witnessed what they just had. The sun rose over the horizon in a silence, as all the minds were still replaying that morning’s site that was now burned into memory.

Photo Credit: Meagan Carlton