Phoenix local news includes local events like new craft stores, art shows, and conservation challenges by Goodyear ballpark demonstrate why now is a great time to live in in Palm Valley.

Litchfield Park Hosts Winter Trout Derby

Have family fun at the Kiwanis Litchfield Park Winter Trout Derby on January 23. Be sure to gather the kids and bring along a picnic lunch and your fishing poles. You won’t need a fishing license to angle for the 700 pounds of 8 to 17 inch long trout that will be stocked in Tierra Verde Lake that day. Compete for prizes like “Longest Trout” or “Most Trout Caught.” What to use as bait? Try salmon eggs, cheese or lures.

Repurposed Crafts Store Open and Offering Classes

Designer Bridget Foster has recently opened the Grungy Galz in Goodyear at 540 N. Bullard Avenue.  The store showcases Bridget Foster’s repurposed furniture, shabby chic gifts and craft items.  As a mother of five, Foster loves to find unusual items and give them a new life.  Handmade jewelry and soaps are also sold in the shop, which offers items from other local vendors as well as Foster’s own creations. Feeling crafty?  Grungy Galz also will be offering workshops for adults and children.  Topics will vary and include chalk painting on wood and metal, and fabric painting.

Skyline Regional Park Opening in January

Important Phoenix local news is that the 8,675 acres Skyline Regional Park finally is opening this January, complete with new biking, hiking and horseback trails.  The park will feature a number of trails of different lengths and difficulty for everyone to enjoy as well as camping underneath the desert stars. For horseback riders, the park will have equestrian parking, hitching posts and water troughs.

Fix a Leak and Get Ballgame Tickets

A unique public service program in Phoenix local news is the “Fix a Leak NOW” challenge at Goodyear Park.  Residents who fix a leak or make other home changes to save water can get complimentary tickets for a March 14-20 Spring Training Game at The Goodyear Ballpark. During the 2015 challenge, 727 households saved over 11,000,000 gallons of water and took home complimentary tickets. That was a great win for everyone. Join the challenge, save water, and enjoy a game too.