Situated in a pristine 745-acre country club complete with an intimate outdoor-concert venue, The Good Life Festival concert series showcases legendary performers alongside boutique shopping, wine tastings, fine dining, and more. Best known for the hits "American Woman" and "These Eyes," Canadian classic-rockers The Guess Who will energize eardrums at 4 p.m. Three Dog Night will grace the stage at 6 p.m., breezing through the band's 12 gold records and 21 consecutive top-40 hits—seven of which have become European national anthems—including "Joy to the World" and "Mama Told Me Not to Come." When the festival opens at noon, shopping sages can peruse booths displaying clothing, custom furniture, fine cigars, and more, and culinary connoisseurs can sample tempting gourmet tidbits while partaking in more than a dozen varieties of wine.
Though some participants choose to run and others to walk, everybody who participates in the Color Dash experiences a transformation. As participants make their way through the 5K Color Dash and UVSplash courses they are subjected to bursts of color; additional events include the Bubble Bash by Color Dash and Zombies by Color Dash, which adds the undead to the equation. Though the color will wash away, the memories will remain forever in the minds of all participants who aren't goldfish. Proceeds from Color Dash events benefit local children's charities and organizations.
At Central Arizona Riding Academy, instructors Uli Schmitz, Dorie Schmitz, and Mary Jane Parmentier espouse a simple equestrian system. They believe that by combining positive reinforcement, professional training, and good, old-fashioned family-friendliness, they can groom students to excel as lifelong horseback riders. They accept students of all ages and ability levels into the program at their 10-acre facility, and coach them on building strength and confidence inside a pair of all-weather footing arenas. Students can learn the finer points of dressage and eventing, or stick with basic riding, which comes in handy when the mounted police pull onto the road behind you.