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Come See Ahwatukee Get the "small town" feeling you crave, with the "big city" convenience you love. The Ahwatukee Foothills area of Phoenix, tucked back in the beautiful foothills of South Mountain, is known for its friendly faces, fine restaurants, and easy access to all that the area has to offer. Ahwatukee is proud of its natural beauty, its beautiful parks and hiking trails, and bountiful business community.
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Today, the population exceeds 85,000 with the anticipated population reaching 100,000 by 2010. There is a good mix of people and housing, as well as many places for visitors and neighbors to come together and enjoy the Arizona outdoors. The Foothills is distinguished by its scenic desert-mountain landscape offering more than 40 miles of recreational trails. Golf is also a major attraction for both winter visitors and those that live there year around. The Foothills features some of the world’s finest golf courses offering lush fairways and the opportunity to test one’s abilities to the fullest. In 1994, a group of business people believed that, while the Village of Ahwatukee Foothills was indeed a part of the City of Phoenix, they were unique and independent enough to benefit from the focus of having their own Chamber of Commerce. The organization, then managed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors, grew steadily over the next two years reaching a total membership of 75. Today, the Chamber has a staff of five and is close to 500 members strong! In fact, this year the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce celebrates its 10th anniversary! The Chamber will host a series of events in commemoration of this special occasion. For more information call 480-753-7676.
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musical acts including Grammy Award Winner Little Joe y la Familia and 2003 Grammy Award Winner Emilio. The site of the 2004 Ostrich Festival is the City of Chandler’s beautiful new Tumbleweed Park located on the southwest corner of Germann and McQueen Roads south of downtown Chandler. The new Price (101) and San Tan (202) Freeways make the Festival “freeway close” to the entire Valley. The 2004 Ostrich Festival will again celebrate Chandler’s rich agricultural past, Hispanic roots and hometown ambiance. With the return of the Birds, new activities, and more participants the 16th Annual Ostrich Festival promises to be the best in the history of the event. For more information call 800-963-4571 Festival Hours: Friday 3pm - midnight. Saturday: Parade 9am, Festival 11am - midnight Sunday: 11:am - 11pm Ticket Prices (per day): Adults: $3.00. Children (6-13) & seniors (55+): $2. Adults (after 6p): $6
Fast Growing Valley Community
Ahwatukee Foothills Village is named after the once existing Ahwatukee Ranch, a very beautiful and lavish house, which was built in 1922. The word “Ahwatukee” (AH-WA-TOOKEE) is derived from the Crow Indian language meaning “House of Dreams.” The Ranch’s landscaping included cacti, citrus, date palms and flowers. However, there is nothing left of the original ranch residence. In the late 1950s, International Harvester purchased acreage in the area to use as a proving ground that was later acquired for development. Ahwatukee has been one of the fastest growing communities in the Valley.
The Ostrich Festival is “one of the ten most unique festivals in the country” and one of the most popular family events in the Valley of the Sun. The 16th annual festival on March 12-14 has big news - the Birds Are Back! After a one-year absence the namesakes of the Festival will again be the stars of the Exotic Animal Races, offering thousands a chance to see these gangly birds in action! Despite its inability to fly, the ostrich is the second fastest animal in the world next to the cheetah and can reach speeds of up to 40 miles per hour! In addition to the Ostrich Races, Festival-goers will enjoy more than 150 arts vendors, a parade with over 75 entrants, 25 state-of-the-art carnival rides, a corporate village and a wide selection of foods and beverages. Live entertainment from national headliners such as War and Freddy Fender will be featured on the Main Stage. Fiesta Sunday celebrates the area’s rich Hispanic heritage with dancers and renowned
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Festivals, Award-Winning Wines in Chandler Kokopelli Winery, located in Chandler, AZ, is the largest and most decorated winery in the state (53 medals and counting). Open daily, the winery offers wine tastings, lunch and “noshing,” private events after hours and retail and wholesale wine sales. They appear at festivals statewide and from time to time present their own exciting events. One of these is coming up soon and if you have a sweetheart in your life, you won’t want to miss it! The 4th Annual Days of Wine and Roses Festival takes place from Feb 13-15 at the winery, which is found at 35 W. Boston Street in Historic Downtown Chandler. You and your darlin’ will enjoy award-winning food, free Champagne and Beaujolais tasting, music on Friday evening and Saturday, tours of the production facility AND... your date receives a beautiful rose along with your meal. What a great idea for Valentine’s Day! The vineyard that makes all this possible was planted in 1991, and it produces 14 varietals of organically grown grapes. Bonita Valley Vineyard is located approximately 20 miles north of Willcox at an elevation of about 4500 feet. The
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combination of class A1A soil, abundant water and a near perfect microclimate make this an ideal place for wine grape production. The Bonita Valley area is one of the largest organically certified fruit producing areas in the Southwest. Vineyard owners Don and Carol Minchella and 5th and 6th generation winemakers Herve and Florent Lescombes have combined their Italian and French heritage and their areas of expertise to produce 24 awardwinning wines of Arizona. The Winery is open Monday through Saturday from 11:30am to 6pm and on Sundays from Noon to 5pm. You’ll find that the Bistro menu is sure to please with soups, salads, panini, bruchetta, crostini and nosh plates - cheeses, olives, dried fruits, nuts and Chilean chocolate... umm, what could be tastier? Kokopelli Winery is also known for its hand painted and personalized bottles for special occasions. Plan ahead for the Kokopelli Jazz, Blues and Wine Festival on March 1921. Enjoy live jazz, blues, great wine and food for an entire weekend! For more information call 480-792-6927 or visit www.kokopelliwinery.com.
Don’t Miss the 56th Annual Gold Rush Days Wickenburg celebrates Feb 12-15. The many activities include: • Western entertainer Michael Martin Murphey on Thursday, Feb 12 at the Del E. Webb Center for Performing Arts. • Parade on Saturday, one of the largest in Arizona, with over 125 entries including 1,000 horses, classic autos, floats and marching bands. • Main festival area open daily 9-6 beginning Friday with over 200 arts & crafts exhibitors, carnival, gem & mineral show, free stage entertainment and gold panning.
• Friday only - Classic Car Show on Frontier Street from 10-3. • Saturday - Beard Contest, Western Barbecue, and 1st performance of the Senior Professional Rodeo. • Sunday - Young Life Pancake Breakfast, traditional mining events - Mucking & Drilling Contest and the Arizona Gold Panning Championship, rodeo continues.
For more information visit www.wickenburgchamber.com or call the Chamber at 928-684-5479.