The Mariposa Monarca Monarch Butterfly exhibit runs from Saturday, September 27, through Sunday, November 23, from 9:30 a.m to 5 p.m. daily at the garden. Admission is an additional $3.50 after regular garden admission, which ranges from $10 to $22. For more information, visit www.dbg.org or call 480-941-1225. Katrina Montgomery
Most Arizona sports fans probably checked out on Major League Baseball a while ago. With a bizarre two-game stint Down Under that put the D-Backs on the books at 0-2 before the regular season had even begun, the team seemed doomed from the get-go. A tumultuous, injury-plagued season ensued. But don't fret. If a Diamondbacks playoff berth was supposed to be your summer's silver lining, perhaps you might consider some Arizona Fall League action.
The AFL boasts many of the nation's top minor league prospects, all of whom will be duking it out during October and November in hopes of keeping their MLB stock on the rise. Translation: good baseball in good weather, two things the Diamondbacks were unable to offer this year. The Salt River Rafters will host the Scottsdale Scorpions at Scottsdale's Salt River Fields, 7555 North Pima Road, at 6:35 p.m. on Tuesday, October 7. Ticket prices range from $4 to $8. Visit mlb.mlb.com/mlb/events/afl/ or call 480-990-1005 for details. Rob Kroehler