2nd Annual MMA Motorcycle & Classic Car Show @ Mesa Market Place Swap Meet
Oct 7 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

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Modified Motorcycle Association hosts combination motorcycle and classic car show

The Modified Motorcycle Association, also known as the MMA has a new district here in Arizona, called the Superstition District, and they are jumping right in to start raising money for MMA’s mission and for Arizona StandDown (www.arizonastanddown.org), a veteran-oriented non-profit.

They are hosting a show called the ‘MMA Motorcycle & Classic Car Show’ on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017 from 9:00am to 1:00pm at Mesa Market Place Swap Meet, at the intersection of Signal Butte Rd. and East Baseline Rd. in Mesa, AZ. It is designed to be a family and community event.

Both the MMA and Arizona StandDown are non-profit organizations. Arizona StandDown will receive 20% of all the show’s proceeds with the MMA receiving 80%.

The MMA is not just a riding group like so many others but has serious and substantial safety and educational goals. The MMA teaches education of drivers toward awareness of motorcycles, motorcycle safety and the group has their own legislative action committee.

They even have a successful outreach campaign to educate school children about motorcycle safety because the MMA is a member of AMSAF, the Arizona Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Federation (amsaf.org).

Their website is http://mma-az.org where you’ll find more information. The Arizona branch of the MMA also has four other districts: the Eagle/Leather District, the Rim Country District, the Verde Valley District, and the White Mountain District.

All of MMA’s districts will participate in the Superstition District’s October 7st Motorcycle & Classic Car Show, so there will be quite a few motorcycles and trikes at this show.

Each vehicle will have a collection bin in front of them.  The goal of the show is to collect as much money because the ten vehicles that collect the most money will win engraved remembrances.

“We expect more than 200 motorcycles, vintage, classic, and modified cars and trucks to participate in the hope that enthusiasts will stuff dollar bills into money bins set in front of each vehicle,” said Dawn Kackley, MMA, Superstition District’s Show Director.

Exhibitors are even encouraged to solicit votes (money) before the car show begins. The goals of the show are straight forward: to get together with other aficionados, to have a good time, and to raise as much money as possible for the MMA and for Arizona StandDown. It’s all in good fun because 100% of the money the vehicles raise will be donated to these non-profit organizations.

And there will be a real treat for military collectors at the show, too. Dr. Baron Smith is bringing in his Vietnam era helicopter (1970), a Series III OH-6A Hardbelly and a ‘Deucy’ M35 triple-axle 2 ½ ton cargo truck.

There is a $20. charge per vehicle to register to exhibit ($25.for registering after September 29, 2017.) Special accommodations can be made if entire car clubs or motorcycle clubs want to exhibit in a group together.

So if you have a vehicle you’d like to enter, big or little, no matter how many tires, you can get more information by contacting Dawn Kackley: 480-213-1184 and soloridergal@aol.com. Information will also be available at www.mesamarket.com.

The event is free to the public (except for donations they choose to make.) Parking and admission is always free at the Mesa Market Place.

The event runs from 9:00am to 1:00pm. Mesa Market Place is open 7am to 4pm Signal Butte & Hwy 60. 10550 E. Baseline Rd.  Mesa.  480.380.5572. www.mesamarket.com.







Beirut Barracks Remembrance @ Mesa Market Place Swap Meet
Oct 21 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

The public and all service people are invited to participate in Mesa Market Place Swap Meet’s Beirut Barracks Bombings Remembrance at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 21. The POW MIA KIA Honor Guard will officiate and lead the remembrance.

The event is free, and will take place in the Main Food Court in the middle of the second row: Row B.

Before and after the remembrance, adults and children are invited to write notes and color pictures to go into ‘Packages From Home’ care packages headed to service people serving in the Middle East.

Here is some background information about the Beirut Barracks Bombings.  On October 23, 1983, in Beirut, Lebanon, during the Lebanese Civil War, two truck bombs struck separate buildings housing United States and French military forces—members of the Multinational Force (MNF) in Lebanon—killing 299 American and French servicemen.

In the attack on the building serving as a barracks for the 1st Battalion 8th Marines (Battalion Landing Team – BLT 1/8), the death toll was 241 American servicemen: 220 Marines, 18 sailors and three soldiers, along with 60 Americans injured, representing the deadliest single-day death toll for the United States Marine Corps since World War II’s Battle of Iwo Jima, the deadliest single-day death toll for the United States military since the first day of the Vietnam War’s Tet Offensive, and the deadliest single attack on Americans overseas since World War II.

The Mesa Market Place is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 7:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and is at 10550 E. Baseline Rd., Mesa, AZ 85209, at exit 193 Signal Butte Rd. and Hwy 60. Info: 480-380-5572 and www.mesamarket.com. Fully handicapped accessible. Free Parking, admission, and entertainment.

2017 Safe Haven Trick or Treat Family Event @ Mesa Market Place Swap Meet
Oct 28 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

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Saturday, October 28, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.:

A free family event: Safe Haven Trick or Treating at the Mesa Market Place Swap Meet!

Bring all your ghosts and goblins in costume and let then trick or treat their way through 1600 booths starting at the Food Court! Trick or Treaters will each get a trick or treat bag and will enjoy contests, surprises and treats throughout the day.

Entertainer Linda Keith will be in the Food Court creating fun for Trick or Treaters and parents, alike. She’ll deliver music, dancing, free goody bags, contests from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

Merchants join in the festivities, too, by offering up candy, treats, and toys! “We have 900 merchants stocking 1600 shop spaces! I think this is the biggest daylight trick or treat event in the state of Arizona,” said Joan Wells, Market Place event organizer.

Both young people and their parents are also invited to color pictures and write notes to be included in Care Packages destined to go to Armed Forces personnel stationed in the Middle East. Packages From Home (www.packagesfromhome.org) sends out thousands of Care Packages annually, and insists that each package has a handwritten note or colored picture inside. Each artist and note-writer will get an ice cream sandwich.

The Mesa Market Place is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 7:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and is at 10550 E. Baseline Rd., Mesa, AZ 85209, at exit 193 Signal Butte Rd. and Hwy 60. Info: 480-380-5572 and www.mesamarket.com. Fully handicapped accessible. Free parking, admission, and entertainment.