Seems not all the polo in Scottsdale comes courtesy of Ralph Lauren. This Sunday, December 14, the North Scottsdale Polo Club saddles up for the Polo Benefit for Homeless Horses. The Club, which has been playing the old "hockey on horseback" for 20-some years, has teamed up with Gilbert's Wildhorse Ranch Rescue for the event; proceeds will help the horse sanctuary get struggling steeds up to speed. In addition to the match, the field day features lunch, a cash bar and silent auction. The hot-to-trot can bid on items such as a one-week stay at a luxury vacation home in Santo Tomas, Mexico; a ring designed by Scottsdale's Paul Johnson Jewelers; and a painting by Alicia Van Noy. The mane attraction runs from noon to 4 p.m. at WestWorld of Scottsdale, located at Frank Lloyd Wright and Pima. Admission is $8 at the gate; advance tickets are available at www.ticketweb.com. See www.mudpony.com for details.- Jill Koch
Motorcycles are on display
The motorcycle has proven a seductive mistress to many a man and woman -- from scary biker dudes straight out of central casting to straight-laced types that don the leather for weekend rides. Embrace the power of the steel horse in its various incarnations at the Second Annual Arizona Motorcycle Expo, Friday through Sunday, December 12 through 14, at Phoenix Civic Plaza, 111 North Third Street. An endless array of bikes, quads, RVs and gear is certain to bring tears of joy to even the toughest biker's eye. Admission is $8 for adults, children under 13 admitted free. For details visit www.azmotorcycle expo.com. - Craig Wallach
Take a night hike
It's the most wonderful climb of the year. From 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, December 12, the City of Phoenix Parks and Rec Department invites night owls to make the most of the moonlight and scale South Mountain. Participants in the annual Holiday Hike can exercise one of two options. A "moderate-to-difficult" trek up the Holbert Trail (five miles round trip) rewards hard-core hikers with Valley views, live entertainment and hot chocolate at the summit, while little legs can conquer a one-mile family fun hike. Rated "easy-to-moderate," it sets a playful pace with holiday storytelling around an open fire.
Both routes begin at the South Mountain Park Activity Complex, 10909 South Central Avenue. Cost is $5 per person or $15 per family (up to five people), and participants are asked to bring flashlights. Pre-registration is required; call 602-495-0222. - Jill Koch