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