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Mayor Giles: It’s time to get outside in Mesa

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Annual Roy Track Memorial Mesa Pow Wow. (City of Mesa)

Are you ready Mesa? Because it’s our time to get outside. When I start to see people around the country heading indoors because temperatures are dropping, I know it’s time for Arizona to shine.

Mesa Mayor John Giles. (City of Mesa)

October in Mesa is full of outdoor festivals, farmers markets and community celebrations that foster pride in our city and highlight our unique heritage. Events like these are important for a big city like ours, there are obvious economic benefits but more importantly, they connect people socially and engage them in the community. I’m thrilled that Mesa has so much to offer and I hope that you’ll take full advantage of our beautiful fall weather and try to attend a few events this month.

The Mesa Grande Cultural Park opens for the season on Oct. 18. Tour one of the largest temple mounds of the Hohokam people used as their public and ceremonial village center.

Also celebrating Mesa’s Native American heritage is the 34th Annual Roy Track Memorial Mesa Pow Wow Oct. 27-29 at Riverview Park. This is a new location while downtown’s Pioneer Park is under renovation. The Pow Wow celebrates and honors Native American arts, dance and food.

Spark! After Dark at Mesa Arts Center returns on Oct. 21 with an artist take-over of the campus that features live music, live art, food and drinks.

Celebrate Mesa at Red Mountain Soccer Complex, also on Oct. 21, is a family event that brings the community together to enjoy games, carnival rides, live music and a movie.

Oct. 28 is an exciting day in Mesa. There is so much to do. The Dia de los Muertos Festival at Mesa Arts Center kicks off with the Mercado marketplace, community altar, artist demos, live music and performances. The Mesa Association of Hispanic Citizens’ Latino Town Hall is also at Mesa Arts Center and this year’s theme is “Rise Above It – Resurgiendo.”

If you are looking to get in a little exercise and a lot of fun, the Mesa Adventure Challenge in downtown on Oct. 28 is for you. Solve clues, complete challenges, take photos and hit all the checkpoints to win prizes.

National Make a Difference Day is also on Oct. 28 and it’s huge in Mesa. More than 1,500 volunteers are expected to work on over 50 projects throughout the city. From painting walls and curb numbers, to cleaning up parks, alleys and canals, Make a Difference Day is designed for neighbors to help neighbors.

And this is just the month of October! Stay tuned because the Veterans Day Parade, Mesa Music Festival, Main Street Prototyping Festival, Mesa Feastival Forest and Merry Main Street are just around the corner.

For more information about all of these events and more, check out the city of Mesa’s event calendar: www.mesaaz.gov/things-to-do.

– John Giles is the mayor of Mesa.

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