Here's Ropin'

Memorial Rodeo hits the ring

11/8-11/9
It's fitting that the Honeywell rodeo team (yes, the Honeywell rodeo team) honors aerospace cowboy Cliff Garrett each year in a memorial event for charity. Garrett tamed the young, rip-snorting field of aviation with inventions such as pressurized cabins and auxiliary power. This year, the Cliff Garrett Memorial Rodeo busts out of the chutes at Scottsdale's Rawhide, 23023 North Scottsdale Road, at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 8, and high noon Sunday, November 9. In addition to bull and bronc riding, catch the VIP Calf Scramble, wherein top execs from each Honeywell facility don jeans and chase calves around the arena, trying to snatch ribbons off the bovines' rumps. Friendly competition? Hardly. Gladiators at the 19th Avenue and Deer Valley Road facility have already cleared a spot in their trophy case for this year's award.

Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for youngsters 6 to 12; cowpokes 5 and younger get in free. Tickets to the dance at 7 p.m. Saturday are $5. For more information, call 480-502-5600.- Kim Toms

Beasts Of Burden

Sun 11/9
Comrades with paws join the cause this Sunday, November 9, when the 16th Annual AIDS Walk Arizona introduces the Pet Paws Parade for AIDS, welcoming pets as sponsored walkers. Registration for the parade, 5K walk and fun run begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Phoenix Symphony Hall Terrace, Second Street and Monroe. See www.aidswalkaz.com. - Jill Koch

Hits Like a Glove

Thu 11/6
A sugar ray of sunshine, the Valley's own Sunshine Fettkether, boasting four knockouts, takes on L.A. woman Fredia Gibbs in a six-round welterweight bout this Thursday, November 6, at the Celebrity Theatre, 440 North 32nd Street. Six other bouts round out the evening of pro boxing in the round, as the boys duke it out in weight classes cruiser, feather, welter, junior middle, heavy and super fly. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; the first fist flies at 7:30. Call 602-267-1600 for tickets -- $35, $75 and $150. - Jill Koch

A Dam Good Time

11/8-11/9
Why spend two days perched atop a tiny bike seat in the MS 150 Best Dam Bike Tour? Because you can, of course. On Saturday, November 8, and Sunday, November 9, cyclists of all ages and abilities are invited to support multiple sclerosis research while enjoying catered meals and a scenic ride to Gila Bend. Beginning at 35th Avenue and Baseline, riders thread through Estrella Mountain Park, follow U.S. 80 past historic Gillespie Dam, and finally stop at the Bend, where they'll party on Saturday night before returning on Sunday. A $50 registration fee and $200 in pledges reserves a spot. For more information, call 480-968-2488 or visit www.dsw.nmss.org. - Kim Toms

 
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