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Ladies' Day @ the Lake
Desert Outdoor Center
Hey Ladies! Have you ever wanted to learn how to sail? The Ladies' Day at the Lake is a great opportunity to give sailing a try to see if it might be something you would enjoy. This is a day-long, sailing summit designed to introduce women to and/or enhance their skills in recreational sailing through both land-based seminars and on-the-water workshops.

Five packages are available to choose from, each specially designed with classes complimenting each other to give the student a comprehensive day of instruction at their level of sailing experience. Our instructors have been carefully selected for their subject knowledge and instruction skills. A small teacher-to-student ratio in these courses will assure students will receive personal attention.

All instruction, light breakfast, use of boats, water, goodie bag, course materials and a box lunch are included in the $75 ($85 after Sept. 10) fee for the Day@the Lake.

I urge all members and friends to take advantage of this sure-to-be-fun learning opportunity. Remember, course enrollment is limited and registration closes on November 3rd or when a course is full. Don’t be left watching from the shore!

Date: 11/10/2012
Time: 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM    Duration: Morning classes begin 8am; afternoon sessions end around 5pm
Speaker: Sponsored by Lake Pleasant Sailing Club
Registration Required: Yes    
Fee: early registration before Sept. 10=$75; registration after=$85
 
More Info: http://lakepleasantsailing.com/?page_id=226
Contact: info@lakepleasantsailing.com
Location: Desert Outdoor Center at Lake Pleasant
 
Address:
41402 N. 87th Avenue
Peoria, AZ  
85383
Bird Hikes - Estrella Mountain Regional Park
Estrella Mountain Park
Join knowledgeable folks from the Sonoran Audubon Society for an easy hike along the Gila River discovering the bird life of Estrella Park. Between the river habitat, the mesquite bosque, nearby farm fields, and the turf area, over 150 different species have been observed. We are likely to see up to 40 species, including: Herons, Egrets, Kingfishers, Ospreys, Hawks, Ibis, and Stilts. When you think about it, everyone is a birdwatcher-you can do it wherever or whoever you are-but it's more fun if you know what they are. Meet Saturday at the Nature Center. Bring your own binoculars and books if you have them, a limited number will be available if you don't. This hike series will be ending in April. Helpful Information: Rain cancels event.

Date: 11/10/2012
Time: 8:00 AM    
Registration Required: No    
 
Location: Estrella Mountain Regional Park
 
Address:
14805 West Vineyard Avenue
Goodyear, AZ  
85338
Progressive Fitness Hike #2 - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
Want to increase your fitness level and also enjoy the outdoors? Hit the trails with us for a fun way to get back in shape! During this hike series, each hike will increase in length and difficulty in order to help you prepare for the grand finale hike – the 7.5 mile loop trail around Pass Mountain! This is a great way to get in shape and to hike many different trails in Usery Park at the same time. This hike series will take place every Saturday at 8am through December 9. This second hike of the series will be approximately 3.5 miles on fairly level terrain. Please bring water, hats, and closed-toe shoes. Location: Trail Staging Area. Note: Participation in the 4th or 5th hike in this series is required to do the final hike.

Date: 11/10/2012
Time: 8:00 AM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
 
 
Archery 101 - Usery Park***CLASSES FULL***
Usery Mountain Regional Park
Interested in archery? Curious about how to shoot a bow? Come to Usery Park and find out! You will discover how fun archery really is! Participants will experience a fun and safe introduction to recreational and international-style target archery. Equipment will be provided. This class is open to anyone ages 8 and up. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Advanced registration is required. Please call the park at 480-984-0032 to register. Limited to 20 participants. Please bring water, hats, and closed-toe shoes. Meet at the Archery Range. Note: This class is also offered at 10:30am.***CLASSES FULL***

Date: 11/10/2012
Time: 9:00 AM    
Registration Required: Yes    
Fee: $6.00 per car
 
 
Fourth Annual Cave Creek Bicycle Festival
Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area
November 10 Saturday 9:00 am Fourth Annual Cave Creek Bicycle Festival The Town of Cave Creek is engaged in a monumental effort to preserve pristine Sonoran Desert lands north of the Phoenix metropolitan area. Join us November 10, 2012 for a day of fun, discovery, athletic endeavor, and good company. The event includes a 20-mile mountain bike race/ride through Spur Cross and Cave Creek Regional Park. This event is organized by the Town of Cave Creek. For more information and registration, please visit: http://www.cavecreekbicyclefestival.com/

Date: 11/10/2012
Time: 9:00 AM    Duration: 1 Day
Registration Required: No    
 
More Info: http://www.cavecreekbicyclefestival.com/
Location: Town of Cave Creek
 
Address:
44000 N. Spur Cross Road
Cave Creek, AZ  
85331
Saturday Bird Walk - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
How do you tell one brown bird from the next, and what are the first three items to look for as the little rascal flits off? Are you already a novice but interested in keeping a yearly, state or country bird list? Bird expert, Sandy Hornbaker, will talk about bird habitat, behavior, range, etc. as we go in search of the native birds in this area. Please bring binoculars, water, and closed-toe shoes. Location: Nature Center.

Date: 11/10/2012
Time: 9:00 AM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
 
 
Venomous Creatures - Cave Creek Regional Park
Cave Creek Regional Park
Join us in the Nature Center for a presentation about the venomous creatures you may find around Phoenix! Learn the facts about these wonderful and misunderstood animals and the important roles each plays in the desert ecosystem. As Marie Curie, French Physicist and two-time Nobel Prize recipient said “Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.”

Date: 11/10/2012
Time: 10:00 AM    
Speaker: Ranger Mark
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per vehicle park entry fee
 
Contact: Ranger Mark - markpaulat@mail.maricopa.gov
Location: Meet at the Nature Center
 
Address:
37019 N. Lava Lane
Cave Creek, AZ  
85331
Edible and Medicinal Plants of the Desert at White Tank Park
White Tank Mountains Regional Park
Come to the Nature Center classroom to learn about the many uses of the native plants that grow around us in the desert. Sample Prickly Pear candy and watch a demonstration on the preparation of foods and medicine. Fee is $2.00 per person or $6.00 per carload ($6.00 will get you a Park pass). Nature Center.

Date: 11/10/2012
Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM    Duration: 2 hours
Speaker: Akita Knight
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $2.00 per person or $6.00 per group ($6 will allow you into the Park)
 
Location: Nature Center
 
Live Birds of Prey Program with Liberty Wildlife! – ADA Accessible- McDowell Park
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
Live Birds of Prey Program with Liberty Wildlife! Live hawks and owls visit McDowell Park during this very special annual park event! Learn all about Arizona’s raptors up close! Be sure to bring your camera. Liberty Wildlife is a non-profit organization which provides wildlife rehabilitation and environmental education programs to the Valley. This is an indoor program that takes place in our Visitor Center.

Date: 11/10/2012
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM    Duration: 1 hour
Speaker: Liberty Wildlife
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 per vehicle park entry fee
 
More Info: http://www.libertywildlife.org/about/
Contact: amyburnett@mail.maricopa.gov 480-471-0173 x201
Location: McDowell Mountain Regional Park
 
Address:
16300 McDowell Mountain Park Dr.
Scottsdale, AZ  
85255
All About Birds - "Brown-Bag It" with the Bird Lady - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
What makes birds so special and unique? Which are the most common birds in our area? How do they survive and thrive in our desert? If you would like to know the answers to these questions, or any questions you may have about birds, then this one-hour presentation is for you! Bring your sandwich to the “Brown-Bag It” series inside our nature center as bird expert, Sandy Hornbaker, deepens our understanding and appreciation for our feathered friends. Location: Nature Center.

Date: 11/10/2012
Time: 12:00 PM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
 
 
"Canaries in the Coalmine!" - Cave Creek Regional Park
Cave Creek Regional Park
Bird populations are decreasing throughout North America and locally in the southwest. This program discusses the reasons associated with that decline. Arizona birds of concern are a large part of this program. ***Special Guest Speaker, Joe Ford.*** Joe is a native of Missouri. He holds several degrees in education and a Masters Degree in Natural Science from the University of Oklahoma. He has been an educator on the junior high, high school and college levels. After 42 years in the teaching field he retired to Sun City, Arizona. He is a board member in the Sonoran Audubon Society and a member of the Sun City Rockhounds, among many of his other interests. Meet in the Nature Center.

Date: 11/10/2012
Time: 1:30 PM    
Speaker: Don't miss Joe Ford!
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per vehicle park entry fee
 
Contact: Ranger Mark - markpaulat@mail.maricopa.gov
Location: Meet at the Nature Center in the Classroom
 
Address:
37019 N. Lava Lane
Cave Creek, AZ  
85331
"Just for Kids" - Kid vs. Wild - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
Kids, what would you do if you got lost in the desert? This fun program will teach you what to do! You will learn how to find your way, signal for help, build an emergency shelter, and avoid desert dangers. This program involves a 1-mile hike and is designed for kids ages 7-12. Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Please bring water, hats, and closed-toe shoes. Location: Area 6.

Date: 11/10/2012
Time: 1:30 PM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
 
 
Sunset Over Spur Cross
Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area
November 10 Saturday 4:00 pm Sunset Over Spur Cross (easy) Come with us on a casual stroll along the Metate Trail as the sun sets over the hills of the conservation area. The twilight is a prime time to watch for wildlife and take pictures so bring some binoculars and a camera.

Date: 11/10/2012
Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM    Duration: 2 hours
Speaker: Kevin Smith, Interpretive Ranger
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $3 per person
 
Contact: Kevin Smith, Park Ranger at 480-488--6623 or e-mail kevinsmith@mail.maricopa.gov