Back the Badge Bull Riding
Don’t miss the Back The Badge bull riding event on Oct. 8. Held at Roadrunner Saloon, 47801 N. Black Canyon Hwy, New River. The event features live bull riding, an auction, and performances by Hollywood Yates and headliners Micky and The Motorcars. Doors open at 5 p.m. and live bull riding is from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Back The Badge is a local charity formed in Arizona by a member of the Phoenix Fire Department, who wanted to find a way to help local first responders and their families in need of financial assistance when tragic events occur. Back the Badge has been held annually since 2013. In 2021 alone, Back the Badge raised over $10,000 for first responders in need. A nonprofit charity organization, Back the Badge raises money and works closely with The 100 Club of Arizona. All net proceeds go directly to The 100 Club of Arizona in support of the men and women who stand behind the badge. For more information, visit

Truck or Treat and Car Show
Join the Anthem Area Chamber of Commerce for their annual Trunk or Treat and Car Show hosted by Palmcroft Church on Oct. 28. It’s a night full of candy, cars, music, and more. This family-friendly event is held at 3715 W. Anthem Way and runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, call 623-322-9127 or visit
Plans for 354 Single-Family Build-for-Rent Community Underway in North Phoenix
The Empire Group of Companies recently closed on a 40-acre parcel located in North Phoenix near the site of the $12 billion Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company facility that is projected to open in 2024. Empire Group purchased the land for $14.37 million with plans to build a community of 354 single-family build-for-rent homes, to be named Village at Bronco Trail. The new community is situated at 29th Avenue and Sonoran Desert Drive, just east of the I-17. Empire Group is scheduled to break ground and start construction by late 2022.

Village at Bronco Trail will offer a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom units for lease in a gated community that includes a mix of lifestyle amenities. Each home includes private landscaped backyards with doggy door access, a smart technology home package, open floor plans with spacious living areas and closets with ample storage. To learn more, visit

First Fridays at The Shops at Norterra
Start your engines and head over to The Shops at Norterra on Oct. 7 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. for a free auto show. Held on the first Friday of every month, entry is free and all makes and models of vehicles are welcome to participate. The Shops at Norterra are located at 2460 W. Happy Valley Rd.
Ghosts & Goodies
Get ready ghouls and girls for a chilling day of spooky activities at The Shops at Norterra on Oct. 21 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Well-dressed pirates and pixies, wizards and warlocks of all kinds can indulge in costume contests, fill up treat bags with candy and goodies from participating Norterra restaurants and retailers, while enjoying games, prizes, and entertainment. The little goblins won’t be the only ones going home with bags full of delicious treats, adult trick-or-treaters will be gifted several discount cards from participating Norterra businesses. This event is free to attend with convenient parking. Plus, attendees will receive free treat bags for the ultimate candy crawl around Norterra. The Shops at Norterra is located at 2460 W. Happy Valley Rd. For more information, visit

The Autumnfest Arts & Crafts Fair is a festivalgoer favorite and offers all who attend the opportunity to get a head start on holiday shopping! Held Oct. 22 and Oct. 23 at the Anthem Community Center, 41703 N. Gavilan Peak Pkwy, it features fine arts, crafts, culinary items, and hand-made goods offered for sale by vendors from across the state and region. Learn more at