Green Scenes: Kick off a New Decade With These Events

Green Scenes Kick off a New Decade

CENTRAL ARIZONA

Jan. 10-12: Maricopa County Home Shows

At the Maricopa County Home Shows you’ll be able to take advantage of visiting hundreds of companies all in one place, displaying the latest and greatest products and designs for homes and gardens just like yours. The shows include not only exhibits, displays and vendors, but also seminars and demonstrations, crafts, “ask the experts” sessions, and more. It will be located at the Arizona State Fairgrounds. For more information, visit www.maricopacountyhomeshows.com.

Jan. 16: Sonoran Sunset Series

The Environmental Education Center at Veterans Oasis Park in Chandler hosts the monthly free music event. The Series provides an opportunity for a family friendly relaxation outing out in nature to listen to local bands and musicians. In January, the theme will be “Rockin’ Memories,” which will feature ’50s and ’60s music across a variety of different genres. Located at Veterans Oasis Park, the musical event will take place 6 to 7 p.m. For more information, visit www.chandleraz.gov/explore/special-events/sonoran-sunset-series.

Jan. 17-19: 27th Annual Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival

The Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival features more than 155 juried fine artisans from throughout the United States and abroad. Artists will participate displaying paintings in oil, watercolor, pastel, acrylic and ink; impressive small, medium and life-sized sculptures; sparkling hand-blown glass, clay, metal, stone, wood, bronze, and one-of-kind handcrafted jewelry; beautiful photography; and much more! From 10 a.m. to 5 PM, the festival will take place in downtown Carefree. For more information, visit www.thunderbirdartists.com/carefree-arizona-fine-art-wine-festival-january

Jan. 24-26: Cave Creek Indian Market

Featuring fine art of the Southwest by over 100 jury-selected fine artists exhibiting a wide variety of original works in all art forms, media and subject matter, including works by distinguished Native American and Western artists. Festival highlights include Native American dancers, musicians and storytellers, as well as art demonstrations. Patrons can stroll through the relaxed open-air plaza while enjoying panoramic views of the desert foothills while listening to the enchanting sounds of the Native flute and drums. The Plaza has several popular restaurants with patio dining, a brewery, and several unique shops and galleries, and great entertainment. Traditional Native fare will also be available to enhance your Southwestern experience. Find more information at www.vermillionpromotions.com/event/cave-creek-indian-market.

Jan. 30: WM Sustainability Forum

Held at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, the Waste Management Sustainability Forum “brings together leading minds to discuss the environmental, social and economic aspects of sustainability. Join us to learn how you can help make the world a better, more sustainable place for 2020 and beyond.” Speakers include John Kerry, 68th Secretary of State; Christiana Figueres, former executive secretary, UNFCCC, founding partner, Global Optimism Ltd. and convenor, Mission 2020; Peter Zeihan, geopolitical strategist/founder of Zeihan on Geopolitics;Natasha Franck, founder/CEO of Eon, trustee to the CircularID Institute; Stacy Flynn, CEO/co-founder of Evrnu; Brent M. Heist, head of global packaging sustainability, Procter & Gamble; and Dana Gunders, executive director, ReFED. Those who can’t attend in person can live stream the event. Register at www.wm.com/us/en/inside-wm/sustainability-forum.

BUSINESS

Jan. 11: Business and Leisure Expo

Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce invites you to its Business and Leisure Expo, where residents, visitors, and local business owners are all encouraged to interact and get to know each other. The chamber is now accepting vendor applications; however, if you would like to simply get acquainted with the businesses, be sure to get your passport cart and punch it at every booth you visit for a chance to win free prizes! For more information, visit www.ajchamber.com/business-fair.

Jan. 16: Business and Education Summit

Engage in an important discussion on how employers, current and future employees, educators and families can all work together to create a stronger workforce. The conversation will be led by longtime educational and community leader Dr. Maria Hesse, and will be held in the Cooley Ballroom at ASU Polytechnic Campus from 7:15 to 9:30 a.m. Learn all about cross-sector collaboration and register today at https://business.gilbertaz.com/events/details/2020-business-education-summit-5250.

Jan. 22-23: Arizona Good Business Summit

The Phoenix Convention Center will be the hub for over 500 business and community leaders this year, and they discuss the ins-and-outs of today’s business world. As the times change, so do the ways we do business, and leaders are constantly learning to overcome and adapt. Speak with like-minded people, listen to keynote speakers, and partake in workshops, trainings, and more. For more information and to register, visit www.localfirstaz.com/good-business.

NORTHERN ARIZONA

Jan. 18: Flagstaff BrewHaHa

Celebrating 10 years of making spirits bright, Flagstaff’s annual winter beer-tasting festival features more than 60 types of brews that even the pickiest of drinkers will enjoy. Bratwursts, live music, a Best in Show beer contest and more will all benefit the Flagstaff Ski Club, so come down and eat, drink, and be hoppy! The event will be held at the High Country Conference Center from 2 to 6 p.m. For more information and ticketing, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/10th-annual-flagstaff-brewhaha-tickets-77060629417.

Jan. 18-19: Sedona VegFest

Partake in a two-day celebration on the endless possibilities of a whole food plant-based lifestyle. Learn from some of the best plant-based nutrition, lifestyle and healthcare experts, and explore all the delicious ways whole foods can be prepared. Come with an empty stomach and an open mind from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Sedona Performing Arts Center. Free for children 12 and under; for ticketing, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/sedona-vegfest-2020-tickets-64205331876.

SOUTHERN ARIZONA

Jan. 19: Dilinger Days at Hotel Congress

Everybody loves a good old-fashioned historical reenactment, which is what has made Dilinger Days a classic event in Tucson. Commemorating the history of the capture of “America’s Most Wanted” gangster John Dilinger, the event features three reenactments, historical artifacts, a vintage car show, and more of the rich history. The event will be at Hotel Congress from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.visittucson.org/event/dillinger-days.

Jan. 10-20: 2020 Tucson Jazz Festival

Jazz in January is the non-profit organization which presents the annual HSL Properties Tucson Jazz Festival each January. The centerpiece of the festival is the free daylong Downtown Jazz Fiesta on MLK day, featuring two outdoor stages and performances at multiple venues in downtown Tucson. World-class jazz acts ranging from straight ahead to contemporary jazz are featured at The Fox Tucson Theatre, Club Congress, and other downtown venues. For more information, visit www.tucsonjazzfestival.org.

Jan. 25: Cave Fest 2020

Kartchner Caverns State Park is rich with historical, cultural and scientific value that intrigues minds of all ages. What may seem like just a mountain from above, houses unimaginable beauty and depth to make you feel as though you have entered another world. Touch real formations, learn from experts about the bats and wildlife inhabiting the cave, and test out a new cave simulator. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is $7. Check out more info at www.sierravistaaz.gov/event/cave-fest-2020/.

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