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You and a guest are cordially invited to attend a special event next Friday, February 21st! ASU Film Spark & Hollywood Invades Tempe present “OUR QUINCEAÑERA”, a documentary about a high school principal in a small town in Texas who hosts a yearly quinceañera for students who can’t afford it. This will take place Friday, February 21st, 6:30pm-9pm at the Marston Exploration Theater (781 S. Terrace Rd, Tempe). Admission is FREE, but you do have to RSVP HERE: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfWNXSlrz7AogTJe7SxWxFNmQuARy7LgZqml1WIjpEXI3HSlg/viewform A pre-screening reception will be held at 6:30pm with complimentary food & refreshments and Director/Producer Fanny Veliz Grande will participate in a post-screening Q&A. Fanny is an award winning filmmaker and actress and recently produced John Leguizamo’s Road to Broadway documentary. Check-in begins at 6pm. Space is limited. Seats are "first come-first served." Trailer: https://youtu.be/0eSnxxlGDmw NOTE: Once you successfully rsvp at the link provided, the screen will appear as “RSVP: OUR QUINCEAÑERA Your response has been recorded”.
Are you up for a difficult hike of about 14 miles out to Dripping Springs and back on the Coffee Flat trail? It has a rolling terrain with an accumulated EG of 1693'. It is a beautiful area but you definitely need to be used to the long distance. We'll hike at a comfortable steady pace, not fast, but steady at around 2.5 mph. Starting at the Peralta Trailhead, we will go out on the Dutchman's trail to Coffee Flat, past Reed's water (the windmill) and on to Dripping Springs at the junction of Red Tanks. The section along the sometimes running river bed to DS could be overgrown or at a minimum debris filled from the past rains. We'll eat lunch at our turnaround point, hopefully by running water. Leave your furry babies and children at home, grab your water, boots, and map/GPS and let's go! READ THE FOLLOWING: The Organizer of this trip is a VOLUNTEER, not a "leader". The organizer IS NOT trained in first aid and is not a bonded expert mountain guide. You will need to bring your own experience and judgment. If you want to enjoy the benefits of traveling in a group, then we suggest that you stay with the group on the trip. Assess the route and conditions as if you were going to do this trip solo. Make sure you carry a map and/or an Alltrails type GPS route finder, water, snacks, and a first aid kit.
Our penultimate 9:00 am start. Nice casual easy going fitness hike where we try to meet up at set points, and sometimes we splinter. Sometimes the group is fast, sometimes there are some slower hikers. Be prepared to hike happily if you find yourself by yourself for a bit. No sweep. Length: 7.3 miles out and back Elevation gain: 1738 feet Steepness: It starts off nicely upward to ease into the day and then switchbacks into very steep before we reach the saddle. Difficulty: If you hike the likes of Camelback or Piestawa or Pinnacle regularly, you'll probably like this. Time: about 3 hours. Water: 1 liter or so Dog friendly: I love dogs on our hikes! Just be sure yours can handle the terrain and that, of course, you have water for her. We'll leave right at 9:00, so if you're late, follow Gateway Loop right to Bell Pass turn off and catch up.
Hey folks, we are going to meet at the 40th Street Trailhead for our hike this Sunday. South Mountain closes off access to my original planned hike all day on the fourth Sunday of the month. I was not aware of this, so I had to move the hike. The 40th Street Trailhead offers all sorts of options for hiking, and I can take a the group on a 3 mile loop, followed by a 2 mile out and back. The area is really pretty. The 3 mile loop hike is a beginner/intermediate hike, while adding the 2 miles makes it an intermediate hike. I organized a hike here before, but we'll be doing different mountains. The trailhead is popular, so there is parking on the street, but only so much. So, get here with plenty of time to find parking. We'll start the hike by 10am, but meet at 9:45am. If you show up at 9:55am and cannot find parking, you may miss out. READ THE FOLLOWING: The Organizer of this trip is a VOLUNTEER, not a "leader". The organizer IS NOT trained in first aid and is not a bonded expert mountain guide. You will need to bring your own experience and judgment. If you want to enjoy the benefits of traveling in a group, then we suggest that you stay with the group on the trip. About your organizer: My name is Dan. I have organized over 150 hikes for various groups – both in Arizona and in the Sierra Nevada region and in Northern Nevada.