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CSR Meeting Planner blog
December 13, 2016

Throughout the year, the Tempe Tourism Office gives back to our community through volunteer service and other community efforts.  In addition to feeling good, we like to see firsthand the impact good deeds have in changing people’s lives. We know it takes a lot of planning to create a memorable meeting or a successful event.  Planners already have a full slate of important details to take care of for their guests. But what is a planner to do when asked to find a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activity that mirrors your organization’s mission? The Tempe Tourism Office has assembled a list of organizations and local agencies that welcome the spirit of altruism in all its many forms.  Whether it be serving meals, providing educational materials for children, or fundraising for cultural programs, we have a variety of options to choose from throughout the year to meet your CSR goals and needs. Local organizations like the Tempe Community Action Agency (TCAA), Kitchen on the Street, Tumbleweed, Feed My Starving Children and Hotels for Hope are just a few agencies here in Tempe whose missions are to give back and help improve the lives of members in our community. Tempe Community Action Agency (TCAA) – Provides education, stability, and advocacy to working poor families, children, seniors, homeless and disabled adults by helping to obtain food and shelter. Wide-ranging volunteer opportunities are available from homeless shelter programs, senior programs, community gardens, food pantries and other programs. Kitchen on the Street – Founded in […]

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Tempe events: Holiday fun at SEALIFE & LEGOLAND®

Holiday Bricktacular
December 13, 2016

Tempe events include a bunch of fun holiday activities at SEALIFE Arizona Aquarium and LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Arizona the next two weekends in December 2016. From now through December 24, Fishmas at SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium is bubbling over with daily events including a holiday scavenger hunt, holiday ornament decorating and Wish for the Fish Christmas. Underwater Santa Dives take place at 1 p.m. on December 17, 18 and 24. Holiday Bricktacular at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Arizona has themed activities which include: Christmas in Miniland®; build a LEGO® ornament; deck out Santa’s sleigh; LEGO® Winter Wonderland; and holiday decorations. Holiday Bricktacular takes place December 17-18, 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. and December 24-25, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium and LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Arizona are located at Arizona Mills Mall, 5000 S. Arizona Mills Circle in Tempe. Tempe’s calendar is full of exciting events this week. See what’s happening below and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call (480) 894-8158 for more information. December 13: Anne Rice: Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis: The Vampire Chronicles Changing Hands Bookstore December 14-17: 3-D Astronomy Shows ASU Marston Exploration Theater December 14-January 8: ZooLights Phoenix Zoo December 15: Beyond the Bricks: Thursday Night Live: The Black Moods Hayden Square Amphitheater December 16: Holiday Pop up Gallery at Tempe Center for the Arts Tempe Center for the Arts December 16: hello Friday Tempe Center for the Arts December 16: The SunPunchers Tempe History Museum December 16: Good Boy Daisy Tempe Marketplace […]

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Holiday Menus and Craft Cocktails in Tempe

Gertrudes Tundra
December 7, 2016

With the holiday season upon us, now’s the perfect time to seek out special holiday menus and craft cocktails to get in the festive mood! Here are just a few of the Tempe restaurants offering special holiday menus and/or holiday drinks we think you’ll love. Culinary Dropout at The Yard Tempe – 149 S Farmer Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281 Warm up from the chilly winter weather with Culinary Dropout’s holiday Christmas Whiskey. On tap at the Tempe location, the Christmas Whiskey consists of Jameson Irish Whiskey, infused with toasted cinnamon sticks and Madagascar vanilla. Yum. If whiskey isn’t your thing, Culinary Dropout has an incredible beer and wine menu that’s highlighted by some great brews that are made locally. While you’re there enjoying your holiday drink, sit, relax and enjoy some yummy food and a game of corn-hole. Rustler’s Rooste – 8383 S 48th St, Phoenix, AZ 85044 Rustler’s Rooste, one of the valley’s best restaurants for food and views, has a special holiday menu offering traditional favorites, just like mom used to make. They’ll be open Christmas Day from 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. with country music from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Menu items include a traditional turkey dinner or baked ham dinner. Both are priced at $19.95 for adults and $8.95 for kids 10 and under. In the mood for a  Prime Rib dinner? You can get prime rib (starting at 8 oz. up to 24 oz. with varying prices for each) served with candied yams and corn on the cob, starting at just $19.95. After dinner, […]

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Tempe events: Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade

Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade
December 6, 2016

Tempe events include a Tempe home town holiday favorite, the annual Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade at Tempe Town Lake on Saturday, December 10, 2016. Tempe Town Lake will be all aglow with as many as 50 aquatic floats all decked out in a dazzling array of colored lights. You’ll see everything from great big boats to little single seat kayaks, all looking so fancy and festive.  I’m always impressed at how creative people are when it comes to decorating their boats. The festivities start at 4:30 p.m. with live music, selfies with Santa, food trucks, face painters and more! After dark, a special display provided by Tempe South Rotary will feature more than a thousand luminaria that will illuminate the sidewalks and paths of Tempe Beach Park. The parade begins at 7 pm and ends with a colorful fireworks display. You won’t find anything else like the Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade in our area and it’s a wonderful way to spend a beautiful balmy December evening. Admission is free for spectators. Tempe’s calendar is full of exciting events this week. See what’s happening below and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call (480) 894-8158.   December 6-10: ASU Art Museum Stores Holiday Sale ASU Art Museum & ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center & Brickyard Gallery  December 6-11: MAMA MIA! ASU Gammage December 7-10: Stray Cat Theatre: Anything You Hear and Only Half of What You See Tempe Center for the Arts  December 7-17: 3-D Astronomy Shows […]

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Check out the newest Downtown Tempe events

6th Street Market in Downtown Tempe
December 6, 2016

There’s always something to do in Downtown Tempe. You can ease into the day with a hearty breakfast or strong coffee, take a quick hike up “A” Mountain, practice yoga, shop for a new outfit or Arizona State University fan gear and have a great lunch, dinner or cocktails with friends – all in Downtown Tempe. This fall, the Downtown Tempe Authority (DTA for short) added two new events that will give you even more reasons to come to downtown each week: the 6th Street Market and Beyond the Bricks concert series. Here are details about each one. Beyond the Bricks – Thursday Night Live If you’re looking for a way to kick start your weekend, then Beyond the Bricks is for you. Taking place every Thursday night from 5:30-7:30 p.m., this free concert is a great way to relax with coworkers, family or friends. Some of Tempe’s best local bands fill the Hayden Square Amphitheater at 4th Street and Mill Avenue with live music beginning at 6 p.m. Guests 21 and over can purchase beer and wine inside the event. And, you can grab dinner or a bite to eat at Blasted Barley Beer Company. You can also enjoy the music from the patios of Blasted Barley and Moonshine, which are adjacent to the concert stage. So far, bands have included local favorites Walt Richardson, Rock Lobster, Chuck E. Baby and Banana Gun. Check the website for the schedule of performers. 6th Street Market If you’re like me, you […]

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Day Trip From Tempe: Jerome

November 29, 2016

Jerome is one of my favorite towns to visit; with its eclectic feel, artistic shops, and all around beautiful scenery, it is without a doubt an exciting place to explore. Located atop the Cleopatra Hill (5,200 feet) between Prescott and Flagstaff, this old mining town is filled with personality and character. Tired of the same old dinner and movie gig, my boyfriend Tauren and I decided Jerome would make a fun day date. Being that it is only two hours from Tempe, it definitely made for a perfect place to explore for the day. We started our day off eating breakfast at Snooze A.M. Eatery. Located adjacent to the Arizona State University Tempe Campus, Snooze is a must eat spot around here. Putting their own flare on American breakfast classics there is something for anyone and everyone. Being that Tauren is a vegetarian and I am a meat lover; we both chose dishes that left us more than satisfied, and our bellies full. I went with the Corned Beef Hash, and Tauren went with the Tofu Scramble with a pancake on the side. We both genuinely enjoyed every bite! After breakfast it was time to head out on the open road.  I’ve always loved a good road trip and this one was no exception. The tall trees, green grass, and mountains made for an easy, enjoyable ride. Once we made it to Jerome, we noticed a huge building on the corner of the street as we entered the downtown area.  […]

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Tempe events: Tempe Festival of the Arts

Tempe Festival of the Arts
November 29, 2016

Tempe events include the Tempe Festival of the Arts in Downtown Tempe from December 2-4, 2016. This popular event brings more than 300 artisans who display and sell hand-made works of art in a multitude of media, including photography, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics and lots more. You’re sure to find a few of your favorite things and unique holiday gifts for others on your shopping list. In addition to the artists’ booths, the festival features live music, street performers, food and beverage vendors, sponsor exhibits, entertainment booths and three beer and wine gardens. New this year, kids can see works by their peers and create their own works of art in the Kids Block. The Tempe Festival of the Arts takes place in in Downtown Tempe along Mill Avenue and the adjacent streets, December 2-4, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., rain or shine. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://www.tempefestivalofthearts.com/. Tempe’s calendar is full of exciting events this week. See what’s happening below and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call (480) 894-8158 for more information. November 30: Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Night Tempe Center for the Arts  November 30-December 17: 3-D Astronomy Shows ASU Marston Exploration Theater November 30-January 8: ZooLights Phoenix Zoo December 1: Beyond the Bricks: Thursday Night Live – Rock Lobster Hayden Square Amphitheater December 1-10: Stray Cat Theatre: Anything You Hear and Only Half of What You See Tempe Center for the Arts December 1-10: ASU Art Museum Stores Holiday Sale ASU Art Museum & ASU Art […]

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Tempe events: Celebrate the holidays in Tempe

Downtown Temp Fantasy of Lights Parade
November 22, 2016

Tempe events include a host of holiday celebrations that are bound to put you in the holiday spirit. Art lovers will find thoughtful and unique gifts at the ASU Art Museum Stores Holiday Sales. The sale takes place every week, Tuesday through Saturday from November 26-December 10, 2016 at two Museum Store locations — ASU Art Museum, at the Nelson Fine Arts Center, 51 E. 10th St. and ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center & Brickyard Gallery, 699 S. Mill Ave. #108. Childsplay’s happy holiday show, A Very Hairy Javelina Holiday will deck the Tempe Center for the Arts stage with weekend performances through December 27, 2016. Check out our blog for all the details about even more seasonal festivities, including these favorites. The Phoenix Zoo November 23, 2016-January 8, 2016. Tempe Marketplace and 99.9 KEZ will launch its big season on November 23 with the annual Holiday Tree Lighting and First Snowfall. Kids five and older can enjoy free holiday skating from November 25-27, 2016. Desert Botanical Garden’s Las Noches de las Luminarias celebrates the season with Southwestern flair from November 25-December 31, 2016. The Fantasy of Lights Opening Night Parade kicks off a big season of holiday events in downtown Tempe on November 26, 2016.   Tempe’s calendar is full of exciting events this week. See what’s happening below and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call (480) 894-8158 for more information. November 22-27: BEAUTIFUL – THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL ASU Gammage November 23: Holiday Tree […]

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Tempe Festival of the Arts: Art, music, food and fun for all

Tempe Festival of the Arts
November 17, 2016

I love Tempe during the holidays. There are so many great events and activities going on from now through the New Year. One of my favorites is the Tempe Festival of the Arts, which is December 2-4. It’s just two weeks away and I can’t wait! The Tempe Festival of the Arts is tops on my list of favorite Tempe events and I have a lot of company with more than 250,000 people attending  each year. More than 300 artists are selected to display their works from booths that line Mill Avenue and the surrounding streets. Their unique, hand-made works include art pieces, jewelry, home décor, local wines, beer and food. I know I’m going to find some special one-of-a-kind gifts for those lucky people on my shopping list, which includes me as well as my favorite peeps. A new addition to the festival is the Sixth & Mill Makers with nearly 30 local artisans who will feature buttons, cards, ceramics, children’s clothing, concrete planters, floral arrangements, hand-made jewelry, letterpress stationary, upcycled furniture, watercolors, woodworks and more. This special artisan zone will be located at 6th Street and Mill Avenue. It will also include a lounge and “make and take” booth for those crafty types who want to create something on the spot. In addition to the popular cottage edibles section offering the best packaged hand‐made gourmet foods, seasonings, cottage crafts and remedies, I’ll find all my favorite festival food and snack vendors selling kettle corn, cotton candy, fudge, roasted […]

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Day Trip From Tempe: Payson

Tonto Natural Bridge
November 15, 2016

My husband and I recently took a day trip to Payson with our two toddlers for a day of outdoor fun. And what fun we had! Pine trees, open spaces, funky restaurants and majestic mountains – just an hour and a half drive from Tempe.  Being a small town, the Payson area is really easy to navigate, and everyone you meet is so nice. Not far from town are lots and lots of hiking trails. Casual relaxing trails to strenuous hiking adventures await visitors to this area. View our road trip on Google map to get a glimpse of the route we took, and how long our drive was from destination to destination. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so we started our day out Great Harvest Bread Co. with some morning treats. All of their bread and baked good are scratch made, with no chemicals, artificial preservatives or high fructose corn syrup. My daughter and I shared a cinnamon roll that was fresh from the oven, and my husband ordered one all for himself (smart man). It was Heaven for my taste buds. My son opted for the Morning Glory muffin – a bran muffin and carrot cake all in one. He ate the whole thing, and he’s only one year old, so that’s saying something. Once our tummies were full, we hopped in the car to begin our drive. Our first destination was to the Tonto Natural Bridge, about twenty minutes beyond Payson. The road into the valley is beautiful and lush, surrounded by […]

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