Thanks for tuning into Episode 13 of The WOA Show. This week, we take a look at the Mesa Arts Center, some November fall festivals, an Arizona Scorpion Exchange-O-Gram, and some hilarious spider face videos!
Cooper: But first, let’s squeeze in a quick plug for Hometown Hawk. This past summer, we created a platform dedicated to local Arizona businesses. It’s an e-commerce marketplace and business directory that work seamlessly together. So you can shop for local products and find local businesses all in one place. The platform is called Hometown Hawk.
Amber: It’s designed for consumers to discover local businesses via search, the marketplace, the directory, and by location.
Cooper: So yeah, if you hit the location button located at the top right of any page, it will open a window with a list of Arizona locations. The first row lists the most populous cities. Then, it lists a handful of iconic towns, followed by a button at the bottom that takes you to a list of every town and city in Arizona.
Amber: So when we click on a location, it takes us to that city dashboard. This is where you’ll find a mini-sliding photo gallery of the city, a quick link menu, and featured products and businesses located in that city. If we keep scrolling, we’ll find more good stuff, like articles and videos related to the location.
It’s gonna be a great place to find local stuff once we start getting it filled out. We’ll keep you posted as it progresses.
Google Data Center Coming To Mesa
Google is launching its first physical presence in the Valley by building a $600 million data center in Mesa. The first 250,000 square feet is scheduled for July 2025. Google is expected to spend $1 billion to build 750,000 square feet by July 2029.
Javelina’s Cause Damage To Sedona Golf Course
In case you missed this viral video, Javelina’s in Sedona tore up the greens and fairways of the Seven Canyons Golf Club. The Javelinas are looking for protein like the kind worms provide. Part of the problem appears to be related to residents feeding the wild animals.
Arizona Governor Ends Controversial State Land Lease With Saudi Farming Company
The Saudi farming company uses the land in the desert west of Phoenix to grow alfalfa and ships the hay back to the Middle East to feed their livestock. They use enough water to supply a city of more than 50,000 residents for a year. They operate here in Arizona because it’s actually illegal to grow alfalfa in Saudi Arabia due to excessive water usage.
Mesa Arts Center | Dia De Los Muertos Festival
Amber: We just posted a new article on World of Arizona featuring the Mesa Arts Center in downtown Mesa. I happened to stop by for an event a few weeks ago.
Cooper: You know, I’ve never actually been there for an event. I did last year’s Downtown Holiday Lights and captured some of that area at night, but never an event during the day.
Amber: Well I caught their annual Dia de los Muertos festival. It was super fun with tons of food trucks, live music, costumes, local vendors, a beautiful remembrance altar, flowers, and, of course, all different kinds of art.
Amber: That was a good day; it was still pretty hot but so worth it. I met new friends and got my photos for the article.
Cooper: OK, let’s move on to Exchange-O-Gram. First, we need to get connected on the line and start searching the hashbrown Arizona Scorpions and AZ Creatures. So what’s the story here?
Amber: Well, we’re in the eighth astrological sign of the zodiac, Scorpio, plus we’re in Arizona so it seems fitting to feature Arizona Scorpions. Isn’t the scorpion our state mascot? Also, we have lots of different kinds of creatures here in the desert.
The List | Fall Festivals
Water Lantern Festival – Tempe – Kiwanis Lake – November 10-11, 2023
Water Lantern Festival is filled with fun, happiness, hope, and great memories that you’ll cherish for a lifetime. This is a family-friendly event that can be shared by everyone. Friends, families, neighbors, and lots of people that you haven’t met can come together to create a peaceful, memorable experience. While they’re called many things such as lantern festivals, lights festivals, floating lanterns, water fest, or Chinese lanterns – only Water Lantern Festival allows you to Light The Water in a way you’ll never forget. Now you can experience the magic of thousands of lanterns as the soft lights reflect upon the water.
Canal Convergence | The Power of Play – Scottsdale – Waterfront – November 3-12, 2023
Canal Convergence is an internationally recognized, free, 10-night public art event that takes over the Scottsdale Waterfront each November. This entirely outdoor, immersive event features large-scale, light-based artworks, as well as educational workshops, family-friendly activities, art tours, live music and dance performances, a beer and wine garden, food trucks, and more!
Large-scale public artworks created by local, national, and international artists will illuminate the Scottsdale Waterfront each evening from Friday, Nov. 3, through Sunday, Nov. 12, 2023.
Fall Fountain Festival of Fine Arts & Crafts – Fountain Hills – November 10-12, 2023
It’s the perfect place to do holiday shopping or just purchase art that speaks to you. Many of the artists at the Fountain Hills Festival of Fine Arts & Crafts offer unique holiday themed ornaments and artwork, making it easy to check off gifts for your family and friends. We ask as a consideration of others, please leave your pets at home for everyone’s safety and enjoyment during the fair! SINCE THE INAUGURAL FOUNTAIN FESTIVAL OF FINE ARTS AND CRAFTS WAS HELD IN 1974, THE EVENT HAS GROWN TO MORE THAN 500 ARTISTS AND ARTISANS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD.
Phoenix Pizza Fest – Phoenix – Margaret T. Hance Park – November 11-12, 2023
At the 8th annual Phoenix Pizza Festival, local pizza makers sell all types of pizza slices, full pies and other unique pizza inspired creations. Other foods will also be available like pasta, meatballs, french fries and a variety of desserts. The event also features performances by some of Phoenix’s best local bands, plus lawn games, local market vendors, kid’s activities, and more. Bars will offer a selection of wine, beer, cocktails and N/A beverages. All tickets are General Admission, and all food/drink items cost extra once inside. The event benefits Downtown Phoenix, Inc. It is the mission of the Phoenix Pizza Festival to provide a signature community event for downtown Phoenix and become an annual celebration of the most perfect food ever – PIZZA!
Herberger Theater Center Festival of the Arts – Phoenix – November 18, 2023
Celebrate the arts in our community! Featuring performances, dance, live music, hands-on activities for kids, vendor market, food, artist demos, beer & wine garden, and more! FREE ADMISSION!
Autumn Rising Festival – Wickenburg Community Center – November 18, 2023
Join the Soul SiSTARS from Branches of Vibrational Healing, as we host our 2nd epic holistic health & wellness expo in the West Valley! Given the success of our “Spring Awakening Festival 2023” we’ve decided to create another enlightening event for the Fall! From an indoor wellness clinic to outdoor vendors & a dog-adoption event with K9 Konnection Dog Shelter, we’ve merged ALL of our passions into ONE empowering event for the public! Entrance is FREE!
Tucson Museum of Art Fall Artisans Market – November 17-19, 2023
Our markets feature more than 100 unique and local artists and artisans with crafts, original artwork, pottery, glass, jewelry, textiles and gift items in an outdoor street fair setting. Organized by TMA’s Museum Store, the event is an annual fundraiser for Southern Arizona’s oldest visual arts institution located in downtown Tucson, Arizona.
Tempe Festival of the Arts – Tempe – Mill Ave – December 1-3, 2023
Tempe Festival of the Arts has a 50+ year history in Tempe and takes place in early December and late March each year. It is one of the oldest festivals in the Southwest. The festival has grown to become a Tempe point of pride and a favorite of our residents and visitors. Guests enjoy artists from around the country, local music, a Kids Block and many great food options – all located on the streets of historic Mill Avenue.