If we learned anything in Gamma Delta Phi, it's that fish don't like beer. Since the usual Oktoberfestivities won't do, the mayor, along with the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department and Arizona Game and Fish, present Octoberfish, a morning of free fun to usher in fishing weather from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, October 11. All summer long, fish languish at the bottom of tepid lakes, wishing someone would drop in a snow cone. Cooler nights bring tail-slapping vigor and awesome appetites, making this the perfect weekend to introduce youngsters to angling. Arrive early to borrow a pole while supplies last, and don't worry: No fishing license is required for registered participants. Feel free to catch and release, or take your fish home for dinner. (We hear they're partial to bacon and niblet corn.) Four urban lakes celebrate Octoberfish: Encanto Park, 2605 North 15th Avenue; Roadrunner Park, 3502 East Cactus; Cortez Park, 3434 West Dunlap; and Cesar Chavez Park, 7858 South 35th Avenue. For more information, call 602-261-8082. - Kim Toms
Annual race raises funds
The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation depends on its yearly race/walk event to fund a majority of its research. This year, Sunday, October 12, marks the day for the Susan G. Komen Phoenix Race for the Cure. Organizers ask that you only walk a distance for the many women who depend on this event to make their futures a little brighter. Activities are broken up into competitive race and walking events for families and athletes alike. Everything takes place downtown, starting at the intersection of Central and Adams in Patriots Square Park. The first events begin at 6:30 a.m.
Proceeds fund breast cancer education, screening and treatment projects throughout Arizona, as well as research programs through the foundation's grant program. Fees differ depending on the portion of the event you participate in. Call the "Race Line" at 602-346-CURE (2873) or visit www.race4curephx.org for more information. - Maidi Terry
Walk on the Wild Side
Raising funds for farm animals
Kari Nienstedt remembers how the Walk for Farm Animals started out. "It was me and my family and friends walking around the park the first year," she says. But the walk has grown since Nienstedt, a 10-year volunteer for the event's sponsor, Farm Sanctuary, first organized the fund raiser to promote fair and humane treatment of farm animals.
Nienstedt insists that a lack of pledges should not dissuade you from walking. "I have people who are new to town who don't get pledges," she says. "One woman I know pledges for each of her eight cats." This year's walk is at Tempe Beach Park at 9 a.m. Saturday, October 11, and features games, balloon animals, face painting and vegan snacks afterward. For information, contact email@example.com or download a form at www.walkforfarmanimals.org.- Quetta Carpenter