Now that the holidays have come and gone, here are some events that you might want to attend:
Jan 10 - For the "green-thumbers", a Phoenix Rose Society Pruning Demonstraton at the Valley Garden Center, 1809 N. 15th Avenue, Phoenix, 623-581-3756.
Jan 10-11: Gathering of the Gunfighters, Yuma. Old West re-enactment groups ride into town for this annual event, at the Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park, 1 Prison Hill Road, 928-783-4771.
Jan 17-18: Superstition Mountain Heritage/Apacheland Days! Western history family fun with Wild West re-enactments, gold panning, Native American artisans, etc. 4087 Apache Trail, 480-983-4888. In Apache Junction (where in hell is that?).
Jan 25: Pro-bowl in Glendale about a mile from my house at the University of Phoenix Stadium.
Jan 26-Feb 1: FanFest, Scottsdale. The ESPN gang broadcasts live as the fans go nuts experiencing culinary delights (what the hell is that?), fashion shows (what the hell is that?), and family fun (what the hell is that?).
Jan 28-Feb 1: Super Bowl Central. Here you'll find live NBC and NFL Network broadcasts, football-themed experiences, autographs, concerts, food trucks (what the hell is that?), and nightly fireworks at downtown Phoenix (3rd Street to Central Avenue and Jefferson to Monroe streets) (where in hell is that?).
Feb 1: Yahoo, the Superbowl at the University of Phoenix Stadium, Glandale. Who will play in it?
Jan 31-Feb 1: Civil War Days, in Yuma at the Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park, 201 N. 4th Avenue, 928-373-5196.
Feb 6-8: Cochise Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering in Sierra Vista, Buena High School Performing Arts Center, 5225 E. Bujena School Blvd, 520-249-3545.
Feb 12-22: Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show at Westworld, 16601 N. Pima Road, 480-515-1500. This will be the 60th year. Wow! Almost as old as I am.
(Thanks to AAA Highroads Magazine.)