It’s hard to believe that we are already entering holiday season 2018! It seems like just yesterday that we were counting down the clock to celebrate the New Year. With so much action occurring over the course of 2018, it’s no wonder time has seemingly flown by. As this year draws to a close, we’re showing no signs of slowing down our activities. If you have family and friends in town, be sure to bring them to some of the great festivities the city has planned throughout November:
AZ Humanities – Specters of the Past: Arizona’s Ghost Towns – November 7th, 11:00 a.m. in the City Council Chambers
Speaker: Jay Mark
The promise of unimagined riches is what brought many of the earliest colonizers to the Arizona Territory. Following the trail to the discovery of the mother lode, they built, then dismantled and finally abandoned communities when mines played out – leaving behind tantalizing clues of difficult hardships. Some towns survived like Bisbee, Jerome, Tombstone and Oatman. Most disappeared, gradually becoming absorbed back into the desert from which they arose. This presentation explores more than a decade of historian Jay Mark’s journeys to these fascinating ghost places, along with their stories – long-forgotten places like Charleston, Contention City, Mowry, Fairbank, Gleeson and Congress.
Veterans Day Parade – November 12th, Pancake Breakfast from 7 – 9 a.m., Parade starts at 9:30 a.m.
Join us as we honor the service and sacrifices of our Veterans at the 4th Annual Veterans Day Parade. All activities will take place along Bullard Avenue, near Surprise Stadium. Please note that city offices will be closed in observance of Veterans Day.
Police and Fire-Medical Charity Softball Game – November 12th at Surprise Stadium. Gates open at approximately 10:30 a.m., game begins at 11:30 a.m.
Immediately following the Veterans Day Parade, the Surprise Police and Fire-Medical Departments will face off in a charity softball game. Admission is free, and food will be provided; however, donations will be accepted and will benefit the 100 Club, Special Olympics Arizona, and the Marine Corps League.
Sunday in the Park – November 18th, 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Surprise Stadium
Bring the whole family to enjoy live music by 80’s cover band Flashback and a selection of food trucks, including one from local brewery State 48! The best part is that admission is free!
Surprise Party – November 30th & December 1st at Surprise Recreation Campus
Admission is free with a canned food or toy donation to benefit Sanderson Ford Operation Santa! November 30th, 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. It’s time to party in Surprise! Live music by The Chadwicks, Balloon glow (weather permitting), skydivers, tree lighting ceremony, Santa’s workshop, roaming entertainment, and fireworks.
December 1st, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Live music by SMASHED, Car show, arts and crafts festival, pony and camel rides, roaming entertainment, petting zoo, great food and more!
I hope you and your family are able to make it to some or all of the events! Please note that City offices will be closed November 12th in observance of Veterans Day, and November 22nd and 23rd in observance of Thanksgiving Day. Have a safe and happy holiday season!