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Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
11/30/11

Greetings Riders,
 
Well, the calendar turns to December tomorrow and the countdown to Christmas begins. Can you even believe that 11 months of 2011 has gone by already? Amazing how fast time goes the older you get. Seems like only a few weeks ago we were all complaining that it was still 100 degrees. Wait a minute, I think that was actually true! Everyone knew it was Fall except Mother Nature. Now that she finally figured it out, the temps have dropped and the calendar is changing to December, it must be time for motorcycle toy rides and the Cyclerides.com “Toys to Kids” Event.
 
This Saturday, December 3rd, starting at 10:45 AM we will be hosting the 9th Annual “Cyclerides.com Toys to Kids” event which will held once again at Westgate City Center in Glendale, AZ. Since this is a “Ride-In” event, Westgate provides a great venue to park all of the bikes, provides the staging for the event and is easy access from all parts of the Valley at the 101 and Glendale Ave.
 
One of the unique aspects of the Toys To Kids event that all riders enjoy is that we have the kids at the event so that you can enjoy seeing and interacting with them as they enjoy what you are doing for them. We will again be busing in 100 homeless children from the Children First Academy from downtown Phoenix. They will be arriving at 10:15 AM to cheer you on as you lay down your gifts in front of the stage. Everyone in attendance will be entertained and then the kids will each get to pick 3 gifts from the stack of toys that you bring to take home with them. One of the toys that they pick is to give away to another child that could not come. The kids will then be fed by Saddle Ranch. There is no cost for this event. All we ask is that you bring at least one toy or game per person.
 
This year is going to be especially fun as we have Craig Davis for entertainment. Craig is a world class magician that combines the art of illusion, comedy and the spectacle of the circus that is amazingly entertaining. He is sure to entertain the kids as well as the adults. Craig specializes in Original and Unbelievable Grand Magic Illusions, Side-Splitting Comedy, Audience Participation, Trained Tropical Birds, Amazing Juggling and features Original, Exciting Music. This is always a special event and should be especially entertaining this year. Bring the whole family. Craig will start his performance at 10:45 AM. So be sure to be there. See Photos from last year.
 
Another special treat this year is that the event is going to be filmed and will be featured on Roy Garibaldi’s Positive Side which is shown weekly on TV 3 in Phoenix. So be ready, Roy might ask you for some comments about why you enjoy this event. My thanks to Roy for choosing this event to share with the Valley how gracious and giving motorcycle riders are and showing how we all feel after spending some time with these kids to make their Christmas much better. I will post the times and dates the Positive Side with the Toys to Kids segment will be shown.
 
Itinerary of the Day:
The morning will begin at 9 AM at Westgate City Center with Christmas music spun by Big D’s Mobile DJ’s. 
Saddle Ranch will have available an all inclusive $9.99 per person breakfast buffet beginning at 9 am. The kids will be arriving at 10:15 am and all will enjoy some street entertainment as a warm up for the big show. At 10:45 am the Toys to Kids will begin with some amazing comedy, magic and juggling from Craig Davis. Bring the whole family to enjoy this great event. This is usually the best day of the year for these kids and they love to see the riders and bikes. Westgate City Center is located at Loop 101 and West Glendale Ave. in Glendale.
 
As most of you know, the Cyclerides.com Toys To Kids is the favorite event of any that I do the entire year. To be a small part of helping these kids have a special day and to replace an otherwise difficult life with laughter and joy for a few hours is a great feeling and well worth the effort it takes to make it happen. The time I get to spend with these kids and see a somber look in their eyes turn to a glow of hope and joy is absolutely priceless. I know the weather is predicted to be a little difficult, but I would encourage you to put on the leathers and ride in or bring your family in the car with a toy and enjoy the show. We need to make sure there is enough toys to go around. This could be one of the best one’s yet. Thanks again to all for your support of this event every year. I can’t wait!
 
To really get a feel for the Toys To Kids Event, watch this short video featuring the Martina McBride’s song “Do It Anyway” from 2006. The words of the song couldn’t be more appropriate for these kids and for all of us. I’m sure you will enjoy it as much as I do every year.
Click Here to View.
 

Tidbits and Updates:
If you were out of town and missed the newsletter last week, CLICK HERE. I did a recap on the unveiling of the “Mako Glide” complete with photos and video.
Click Here for the short video of the Unveiling also shot by Rusty Childress.
Click Here for an excellent 360 degree look at the Mako Glide shot by Rusty Childress of Main Event Imaging.
See the Photo Gallery of the completed Mako Glide.
Click Here for the Mako Glide Build Sheet
 

 
Bike Nights

Every Wednesday
 
Irish Republic Bike Night in Downtown Chandler. For those of you in the East Valley, Irish Republic restaurant and bar in downtown Chandler is hosting a bike night on Wednesday nights. There will be motorcycle parking out front with Food and Drink specials. Bike night is from 6 PM – 9 PM. Location is 58 S. San Marcos Place in Chandler, AZ. For more information go to www.irishrepublicaz.com .
 
This Week
 
Saturday, December 3rd
Cyclerides.com Toys To Kids Event.
 
SAVE THE DATE! The Cyclerides.com Toys to Kids event will be on Saturday, December 3rd at Westgate City Center beginning at 10:45 AM. For our 9th year of this event. We will again be busing in 100 homeless children from the Children First Academy from downtown Phoenix. They will be there to cheer you on as you lay down your gifts, then we will entertain them and then they will each get to pick 3 gifts from the stack of toys that you bring to take home with them. One of the toys that they pick is to give away to another child that could not come. The kids will then be fed by Saddle Ranch. There is no cost for this event. All we ask is that you bring at least one toy or game per person.
 
This year is going to be especially good as we have Craig Davis for entertainment. Craig is a world class magician that combines the art of illusion, comedy and the spectacle of the circus that is amazingly entertaining. He is sure to entertain the kids as well as the adults. He specializes in Original and Unbelievable Grand Magic Illusions, Side-Splitting Comedy, Audience Participation, Trained Tropical Birds, Amazing Juggling and features Original, Exciting Music. This is always a special event and should be especially entertaining this year. Bring the whole family. See Photos from last year.
 
The morning will begin at 9 am at Westgate City Center with Christmas music spun by Big D’s DJ. Saddle Ranch will have available an all inclusive $9.99 per person breakfast buffet beginning at 9 am. The kids will be arriving at 10:15 am and all will enjoy some street entertainment. At 10:45 am the Toys to Kids will begin with some amazing comedy, magic and juggling from Craig Davis. Bring the whole family to enjoy this great event. This is usually the best day of the year for these kids and they love to see the riders and bikes. Hope to see you there. Westgate City Center is located at Loop 101 and West Glendale Ave. in Glendale.
 
If you ever wondered what this event was all about, see this inspiring video from 2006. Click Here.
 
Saturday, December 3rd
Smile for Santa at Arrowhead Harley-Davidson. Bring friends, kids or come alone for your free photo with Santa! 11 AM to 2 PM. Free gift wrap with any holiday purchase. Enjoy snacks & drinks while you shop. Free gift with qualifying $300 purchase. (A $75 Value) Win the Ultimate Harley Holiday. Stop in and fill out a want list. Someone will Win! Arrowhead HD is located at 16130 N Arrowhead Fountain Center Drive in Peoria, AZ 85382. 623-247-5542.
 
Sunday, December 4th
The 39th Annual Kicks 4 Kids Toy Run. Phoenix’s Largest & Longest Running Christmas Charity Toy Event is back for 2011, Sunday December 4th, the Kick’s 4 Kids Toy Run will hit the streets to gather up new toys for the Greater Phoenix Toys for Tots. Star Touring and Riding’s Phoenix Chapter #113 in conjunction with Law Tigers and The Army Reserve NCO Council will be hosting the event, beginning at the Phoenix F.O.P. Lodge #2 located at Sweetwater & 19th Ave with sign-ups from 8am to 10am. Hot Beverages, Donuts and a Breakfast Buffet will be offered for purchase by the F.O.P. with the last bike out at 10am for the Law Tigers Trivia Run with your chance at over $500.00 in cash & prizes. The Trivia Run ends at Wildhorse Pass Hotel & Casino with last bike in at 12 noon, where the day’s festivities will continue with the Toy Collection, 50/50, Music, Vendors and a $5.00 BBQ Lunch Poolside. Donation is one Unwrapped Toy $5.00 minimum value and Star Chapter #113 will be giving awards for Largest Club or Organization, Best Decorated Bike, Best Decorated Trike & Sidecar Rig and of course Most New Toys donated. So mark your calendars Sunday December 4th, at 8am for the 39th Annual 2011 Kicks 4 Kids Toy Run and let’s make 2011 our biggest year yet.
 
Next Week
 
Saturday, December 10th
Operation Toy Ride. Operation Toy Ride is an all-ages, non-competitive motorcycle ride to benefit Operation Homefront Arizona. Operation Homefront Arizona supports our local needy military families during the holidays and all year long.  Join us on Saturday, December 10 at Schumacher European (Loop 101 and Scottsdale Road) and we'll head out to The Hideaway Grill in Cave Creek.  Meet up with a new, unwrapped toy donation at Schumacher European between 10:00 and noon.  Last kickstands are up at noon. The first 200 registrants get an Operation Toy Ride T-shirt. There will be food, fun and a great ride for a good cause. For event details and to register, please go to our website: SchumacherToyRide.org.
 
Saturday, December 10th
2011 United States Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation Toys For Tots. This is the 4th Annual Toys for Tots fundraiser.
It will be the same as years past at Fuzzy's Southwest Sports Grill on Reems & Grand, in Surprise. This year it will be Saturday, Dec 10th., from 9am to 3pm. We will be in the streets & parking lots along with the Marines, accepting cash & new unwrapped toys. All donations go directly to the USMC Toys for Tots Foundation, & stay in Maricopa county. We're not asking for a lot of your time- this isn't an organized "Toy Run" or "Ride", we just hope folks will ride over & drop off a donation, visit for awhile, if you'd like, then be on your merry way. For more info, contact Nick at nickp67@yahoo.com
 
Saturday, December 10th
Sunshine Acres Toy Run. Sign in at 10:30 AM at the Monastery in Mesa, AZ. KSU at 11:30 AM to Sunshine Acres Noon to 2 PM. Cost of the ride: A Toy Donation. Please bring a helmet and give the kids a ride! Huge after ride party at What The Hell Bar & Grill, Apache Junction. Raffle and Silent Auction prizes donated from Harley Davidson stores, Arizona Cardinals, Phoenix Suns, Philosophy-Upscale Cosmetics and Skin Care, Petco, Gift certificates to various local restaurants and Hot Rod Tattoo. As a bonus, there will be one free raffle ticket given to each person who participates in the ride. More raffle tickets will be for $1.00 each at the after ride party. Hawg Wild and friends will be donating their playing time! Food and drink specials! More information email sassyladynaz@gmail.com.
 
Saturday, December 10th
Smile for Santa at Chandler Harley-Davidson. Bring friends, kids or come alone for your free photo with Santa! 11 AM to 2 PM. Free gift wrap with any holiday purchase. Enjoy snacks & drinks while you shop. Free gift with qualifying $300 purchase. (A $75 Value) Win the Ultimate Harley Holiday. Stop in and fill out a want list. Someone will Win! Chandler HD is located at 6895 W. Chandler Blvd. in Chandler, AZ. 480-496-6800.
 
Extras

Mid Week Updates will be made on the Cyclerides.com Facebook. New Easy to remember Facebook address. Go to Cyclerides.com Facebook. Over 3500 FANS! Take a look at all the new photos posted on the wall. If you are not on Facebook, you can still view the page, but you will not be able to post. There will be a link there for you to sign up for Facebook if you are inclined. Click the LIKE button!

This is some incredible video work on the MINI commercial. Fun to watch. Click Here to View.

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This is one White Knuckle helicopter pilot. It is stressful just watching him trying to land this thing on a small ship in rough waters. Click Here to View.

Video of the Week: OH MY! There is a surprise ending on the one. See this Chihuahua Playing with English Mastiff. Click Here to View. Click on the Video of the Week graphic on the page.
 
 
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Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,

Barry Caraway
"The Road Is Yours - Take The Ride"
www.cyclerides.com

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