Hunched over your Cheerios in the morning, staring at the 2 percent milk, ever find yourself thinking, "I could build a boat out of this here milk carton . . ."? Us neither. But some brainiac in Seattle did, and the city now hosts an annual milk carton boat derby that raises a million dollars a year for child abuse prevention. Knowing a good idea when they hear one, the folks at Tempe Town Lake have teamed with Child Abuse Prevention Arizona to hold their own Milk Carton Boat Derby, 8 a.m. Saturday, October 18. Companies including SRP, Microsoft and Wells Fargo have entered teams that will attempt to keep their self-engineered carton boats afloat while spectators cheer them on or participate in a 5K fun walk (admission is free; the fun walk requires a $20 donation). For more information, call 480-635-8452 or visit www.milkcartonboatderby.com. - Brendan Joel Kelley
Catch A Wiff
The Wiffle Ball World Series gets underway
It's a whole new ballgame this Saturday, October 18, as Glendale Parks and Rec stages its annual Wiffle Ball World Series. Players from throughout the Valley take a swing at Glendale's Sahuaro Ranch Park, 63rd Avenue and Mountain View. Call 623-930-2820 for more information. - Jill Koch
The Civic Plaza is puttin' on the kicks
Downtown Phoenix will be alive with kicking this weekend, when the 36th Annual Western States Karate Championship brings individual and team fighting to Phoenix Civic Plaza. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, October 18, in the South Ballroom, 111 North Third Street; competition follows from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $3.50 for students, and free for fans 5 and younger. Proceeds benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Call 602-274-1136 or see www.arizonakarate.com for more information. - Jill Koch
Man's Dressed Friend
Halloween goes to the dogs
Don't leave your pooch out of the Halloween festivities. Dress him up like George W. Bush (Karl Rove's lapdog) and enter him in the costume contest at the Arizona Animal Welfare League's 27th Annual Mutt Show and Fun Walk. Show up at Papago Park at 8 a.m. Saturday, October 18, to cruise the park, check out the bitches, and compete for prizes in the Best Kisser, Best Smile, Trickiest Mutt and Best Costume categories. Plus, the AAWL will have some 20 shelter dogs available for adoption. Registration for the walk is $30 in advance, $40 day of show, and entry is $10 for each of the competitive categories. Preregister at www.aawl.org . - Brendan Joel Kelley
A Call to Farms
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Ride benefits nonprofits
Sign up for a tour of beauty: The 13th Annual Tour de Farm Bicycle Ride wraps around orchards, cotton fields, volcanic formations and vineyards, with the San Tan mountains rising in the near distance. On Saturday, October 18, participants pedal to benefit -- through Cooley Charities -- a handful of Arizona nonprofits, including the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and the Diabetes Exercise & Sports Association.
Each of the day's three events -- the 62.5-mile Metric Century Ride, the 30-mile Weekend Athlete Ride, and the 12-mile Family Fun Ride -- starts and finishes at Schnepf Farms, 22601 East Cloud in Queen Creek. After the event, participants are encouraged to stick around for Schnepf's annual Pumpkin and Chili Party (mention Tour de Farm for an admission discount).
Event registration, beginning at 6:30 a.m., is $40 for single riders, $55 for tandem. See www.tourdefarm.com or call 602-271-0734 for more information. - Jill Koch