Daily Archives: December 22, 2008

Hey Phoenix, any significant touristy events in ’09? Tourist bureau wants to know.

The Arizona Office of Tourism is requesting 2009 event information to be considered for their online Calendar of Events.  These items encourage tourists to experience special occasions held throughout Arizona.  For events to be considered, they must be open to the public and of interest to tourists.

Submissions should include the date and year; community in which the event takes place; name of event; venue; venue address; description of event; admission, event time; phone number and/or Web site for the public to obtain additional information.

Please include your contact information along with your submission so that we may reach you with any questions we may have prior to posting your event.  Photography to accompany listings may be included, and we can supply you with an image information form.  If you have questions or would like an event submission form, contact Marjorie Magnusson by e-mail or 602-364-3695.

Bar crowd has tip for metro Phoenix’s light rail: later runs

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Light rail at night (Photo: LightRailBlogger)

[Source: Megan Finnerty, Arizona Republic] — Unless happy hour is your idea of a late night, the trains of Metro light rail will not help you get home from the bars.  While many Valley residents approved light-rail plans assuming the trains would run after last call, restaurant, club, and bar patrons will have to find alternate ways to get home safely.

The $1.4 billion, 20-mile light-rail line launches Saturday.  Starting Monday, the last trains on most nights will leave their stations in Phoenix and Mesa at 11 p.m., finishing their journeys around 11:45 — long before last call at 2 a.m.  Trains begin service again at 4:40 a.m.  The timing has some bar owners apoplectic.  

“Absolutely ludicrous,” said David Wimberley, owner of the George and Dragon English Restaurant and Pub along Central Avenue.  “What’s the point of having it?”  [Note: To read the full article, click here.  To read the Downtown Voices Coalition August 2008 statement on this matter, click here.]