Balls Out!

The volleyball's in gay league's court at Steele Indian School Park

 11/29-11/30
Marketing jingles, every sports franchise has got one. With the Suns, it's "Working hard, playing harder." Feh. The D-Backs? They dared ask "Is it a part of you?" Hardly. Arizona Gay Volleyball's war cry? "Balls, Sand, and Sweat." Now that's a slogan. Not only is it laced with double entendre, it perfectly describes the spike-blocking action we'll witness at this week's AZGV playoffs at Steele Indian School Park, 300 East Indian School. On Monday, November 29, the six top teams in the league's six-man division, including the Pink Tornados and Fierce Ruling Divas, face off in best-of-three, single-elimination action, while the leaders in the four-man division (like the Apollo Aces and Jessie's Girls) engage in similar competition on Tuesday, November 30. Winners get gift certificates and next season's registration fees waived, while cellar-dwellers like the Cockblockers and the Manimals will have to wait until next year. Dig in at 7 each night. See www.azgv.org. -- Benjamin Leatherman

Gluttons for Punishment

Turkey-day trot with Arizona Road Racers

Arizona Gay Volleyball spikes it good.
Benjamin Leatherman
Arizona Gay Volleyball spikes it good.
Nocturnal primates invade the Phoenix Zoo beginning November 25.
Mark Poutenis
Nocturnal primates invade the Phoenix Zoo beginning November 25.

Thu 11/25
Admit it: Elevated cholesterol levels and the bulge above your belt threaten to ruin the traditional Thanksgiving feast. Reclaim the holiday with a preemptive morning run in the Arizona Road Racers Thanksgiving Day Classic. The starter's gun goes off at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, November 25, at Thunderbird Park, 59th Avenue and Pinnacle Peak Road in Glendale. For serious runners, there are 10-mile and 8K races; others should opt for the two-mile fun run. As you slather extra gravy on your turkey afterward, you'll be glad you did. Call 602-954-8341 or see www.arizonaroadracers.com. --Douglas Towne

Captivating Display

ZooLights go on again

11/25-1/9
How do Phoenicians turn winter into wonderland? We call up a blizzard of light that shimmers and gleams and bathes the landscape in silvery white. (Uh, if it crunches underfoot, we did it wrong.) From 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, November 25, through January 9, the Phoenix Zoo flips the switch and stays open evenings to display ZooLights, the annual lighted-up-like-Broadway creature feature. Join the flurry of holiday visitors strolling and trolling for a glimpse at otters after hours, monkeys making mischief and zebras forgoing their zzzz's. New to view this year: Night Eyes, a waddle of nocturnal critters that gaze back. Admission is $6 for advance tickets (available online and at Fry's supermarkets) and $7 at the gate. Parking is free. The Phoenix Zoo captivates the human animal at 455 North Galvin Parkway next to Papago Park. Call 602-273-1341 or visit www.phoenixzoo.org. -- Kim Toms

 
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