Desert Ridge Marketplace to Host Pup-centric Happy Hour Benefiting Arizona Humane Society
Desert Ridge Marketplace is setting the stage for a unique “Paw-ty” on Thursday, Sept. 21, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Organized by the Arizona Humane Society, this event promises fun for both canines and their human companions, all while supporting a charitable cause.

Activities at the marketplace will range from B-A-R-K-O Dog Bingo and trick contests to a pop-up bar by Dave & Buster’s. Guests can enjoy a cocktail or grab a “Pup Cup” for their furry friends. Additionally, the Arizona Humane Society’s Cuddle Bunch Zone will showcase pups ready for adoption.

As a memento, attendees can customize bandanas at the Bandana Bar or collect goodie bags from PetSmart. A dog house photo booth will be available for perfect snapshots.

Though the gathering celebrates dogs, everyone is invited, even without a pet. The event is free, but donations to the Arizona Humane Society are encouraged. For more information, visit
Historic Turf Paradise in Phoenix Slated for Major Redevelopment
Plans have been introduced for the transformation of the historic Turf Paradise horse racetrack in north Phoenix into an expansive industrial center.

CT Realty, a California-based firm, is set to acquire the 213-acre property and has presented a conceptual site plan to the Phoenix city officials. The proposed project, titled “Winner’s Circle Business Park” as per its May 2023 site plans, aims to include roughly eight speculative industrial buildings and two state-of-the-art data centers, spanning about 2.6 million square feet.

The majority of the development, approximately 155 acres, is earmarked for the commerce park. Meanwhile, an adjacent 36-acre plot is designated as “future commercial” in the recent site plans.

Outdoor Skills Network Hosts Educational Event at Ben Avery Shooting Facility
On Saturday, Sept. 30, from dawn to dusk, the Outdoor Skills Network will hold a hands-on event at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility, located at 4044 W. Black Canyon Blvd., in Phoenix.

Endorsed by the Arizona Game and Fish Department alongside an array of partners, this event is designed for those eager to immerse themselves in outdoor activities. Participants will be introduced to a gamut of skills, ranging from hunting, fishing, and trapping to safety protocols and other foundational outdoor proficiencies.

For attendees apprehensive about hunting, the event promises a broader educational experience. Beyond hunting demonstrations, the event will cover topics like wildlife biology, ecology, and habitat understanding. Additionally, attendees can partake in activities such as target shooting, archery, wildlife observation, and camping. Social gatherings will also pepper the day’s agenda, making it a comprehensive introduction to outdoor pursuits. For more information, visit