Avondale Sunset Service
The American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Scottish American Military Society and the Blue Star Moms of the Southwest Valley will honor fallen soldiers. Ceremonies include candle lighting, wreath laying and posting of the colors. Mayor Marie Lopez Rogers and Col. Douglas R. Miller of Luke Air Force Base are scheduled to speak. Bring lawn chairs or blankets.
Details: 7-8 p.m. Monday, May 30. Outdoor amphitheatre at Avondale Civic Center, 11465 W. Civic Center Drive.
Memorial Day Observance
The Pioneers Cemetery Association presents the 28th annual observance by decorating the historical cemetery with flags and flowers. Civil War organizations and state historians are among the groups that will participate. Visitors can take a guided tour of the 1897 Smurthwaite House.
Details: 9 a.m. Monday, May 30. Pioneer and Military Memorial Park, 1317 W. Jefferson St., Phoenix.
Surprise Memorial Day
A pancake breakfast with sausage or bacon ($3) is served before an 8:30 a.m. parade that will move south from Paradise Lane along Bullard Avenue and turn around at Tierra Buena Lane. Mayor Lyn Truitt and City Council members will lay a wreath in a ceremony after the parade.
Details: 6:30-10 a.m. Saturday, May 28. Surprise Recreation Campus, 15850 N. Bullard Ave.
Salt River Heroes
Memorial Day weekend is one of the lower Salt River's most crowded of the tubing season. As part of the Take Pride in America initiative, tubers will be given a special bag when they board the shuttle bus and asked to pick up any trash they can lift. In the past, Memorial Day weekend tubers have helped collect more than 550 tons of refuse.
Welcome to Snappy Places
You will find information about the West Valley side of the Phoenix Metro area. "Snappy" will also feature attractions and places throughout Arizona.
Arizona is more than the Grand Canyon state, it is a place to embrace and call home. From our famous palm trees to our beautiful pine trees, Arizona's landscape is brimming with nature's grandeur and diversity. Our majestic mountains invite you to climb, our valleys coax you to explore and our plains whisper stories of civilizations past. Saddle up to history-rich towns, breathtaking views and world-class fashion and food.