Territorial Capital Days Pancakes & Parade

In need of some small-town Americana? Take a Saturday morning jaunt to Chino Valley’s annual Territorial Days celebration — themed this year around the town’s railroad history — which kicks off with a down-home pancake breakfast (served from 6 to 11 a.m.), followed by a parade (starting at 9:15 a.m.) and a day full of activities, food and vendors at Memory Park. If you’re an early riser, you can also participate in the 7:15 a.m. 2-mile or 10K races that benefit the Chino Valley High School cross country team. The Chino Valley Lions and Lionesses sponsor the event in conjunction with the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce.

DETAILS >> Pancake breakfast from 6 to 11 a.m., parade at 9:15 a.m., with activities and food available until 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30. Parade begins near the Heritage Middle School, 1076 N. Road 1 W. with festivities continuing throughout the day at Memory Park, 1020 W. Palomino Road. (928) 636-2493 or


Wildlife and Science Festival

Get back to nature with an interactive day at the White Mountain Wildlife & Nature Center, where you can enjoy close-ups of wildlife (including wolves), try your hand at archery or fishing, browse a variety of science-themed booths, displays and exhibits and — for a nominal fee — enjoy special presentations from the Wildlife World Zoo. There will also be organized hikes, games and a scavenger hunt geared toward kids with additional programming and presentations offered by Liberty Wildlife, Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary and the White Mountain Reptile Rescue.

DETAILS >> 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30. 425 S. Woodland Road off Highway 260 in Lakeside. Free admission; additional fee for entrance into the Wildlife World Zoo demos. (928) 358-3069 or

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