Here's the pitch
In an era in which video games and short attention spans rule, it's hard for kids to find both the time and the requisite nine for a good old-fashioned game of baseball. The game's always on, however, at the Kiwanis Park Batting Range, where ballplayers young and old can swing at an endless array of fastballs for a fee. It's been 15 years since the range opened, and the City of Tempe marks the occasion with the Kiwanis Park Grand Slam Bash from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, October 15. The event features free batting for all, T-ball for the younger kids, food, raffle prizes and more. The batting range is located 6005 South All-America Way. Call 480-350-5717 or visit www.tempe.gov/pkrec/krc/kpbr. -- Craig Wallach
Do the Monster Mash
What the truck?
4x4 fanatics skip Halloween and go directly to Christmas at the Truckin' & 4x4 Aftermarket Expo, which features gifts galore for the truck connoisseur. The event, scheduled Saturday and Sunday, October 15 and 16, features a freestyle monster-truck show, rock-crawl competitions, and, of course, the Miss TruckinÕ Nationals pageant. The madness ensues at 9 a.m. each day at Firebird International Raceway, 20000 South Maricopa Road in Chandler. Tickets are $24 per day, $38 for the weekend, and $3 off with advance purchase. Call 602-268-0200 or 480-784-4444, or visit www.firebirdraceway.com. -- Clay McNear