Pre/Post Events


Join fellow NCSC West attendees for fun and fellowship before and after the conference!


Events are being hosted by local NCSC volunteers/attendees for Thursday night, Friday and Sunday afternoon. 




Thursday, September 28th

Scavenger Hunt and Dinner (with Bowling Option!) at Westgate Entertainment District (all ages!):


Those departing from the hotel will gather in the hotel lobby at 5:00pm for a prompt 5:10pm departure (hopefully carpools). We will meet in front of Dave and Busters about 6-6:15pm to start the scavenger hunt. Groups will hunt for an hour to an hour and a half, depending on how long it takes people to figure out the fun clues.

After the Scavenger Hunt the two options are Tavern + Bowl (bowling at a brewery!) or dinner by the fountain in Waterdance Plaza (restaurant TBA). Please indicate which you want to do when you RSVP so we have a head count for bowling. Click here to RSVP.

Transportation via carpool or uber/lyft for those staying at the hotel. If you’re local, please consider helping with the carpool for those coming in from out of town.

Please bring cash to pay your group leader. Bowling lanes and Uber/lyft will be paid for on site. It is $20/lane/hour for bowling (the cost will be split amongst 3-6 people), $4 for the shoe rental and you can choose to bring a pair of your own socks or buy a pair for $3. For Uber/Lyft expect to pay approximately $20 round trip.

Dave and Busters

9460 W Hanna Ln

Glendale, AZ 85305

(623) 759-7800  


West Coast Swing Night (all ages!):

6:45pm – 10:30pm

Fatcat Ballroom, 3131 E Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix, AZ

Come out and join us for an evening of West Coast Swing: 2 lessons, followed by open dancing to your favorite West Coast Swing, Night Club and Hustle tunes.  All are welcome, no partner necessary.Meet in the lobby at 6:45pm to carpool over or grab an Uber. To RSVP, click here!

7:00PM Basic West Coast Swing Lesson

7:45PM Intermediate West Coast Swing Lesson

8:30 – 10:30PM Open Dancing

Price: $7/person, entire evening


Young Adult Social (20’s-30’s):

6pm – ?

Young adults, join us at Outrageous Homebrewer’s Social Outpost! This restaurant/brewery has 36 beers on tap, 24 different wine selections, and several signature cocktails. The menu offers burgers and sandwiches as well as gluten-free and vegan options. Come eat, socialize, and add some fun to the evening by trying out the variety of yard games available. To RSPV, click here!


35+ Happy Hour and Dinner:

We’ll be meeting in the lobby of the hotel at 5 pm to take a short walk over to the restaurant. Those who are local may feel free to meet us there. The restaurant is an American gastro pub that serves contemporary farmhouse fare from local farms. Come join us for socializing and delicious food! Happy Hour is from 4 – 6:30 pm. To RSVP, click here!


Friday, September 29th

Please note that for those who might be interested, Mass is available at 8am at St. Joseph Parish (6 minute drive from the hotel). There are also other Masses around the city for those who would like to attend for the Feast of the Holy Archangels.


Musical Instrument Museum and Lunch

9:30am – 3pm

Spend the day with attendees and visit the Musical Instrument Museum!

We will meet in the hotel lobby at 9:30am for a 9:45am departure (or meet at the MIM at 10am). We will browse the exhibits for a couple hours. Around noon we will break for lunch and dine at Café Allegro (the museum restaurant). After lunch, we will have a couple more hours to continue our visit to the museum exhibits. Our visit will wrap up around 3pm and we head back to the hotel. To RSVP, click here!

The Music Instrument Museum (MIM) opened in April 2010 and is the largest museum of its type in the world. It has over 15,000 musical instruments, more than you even knew existed. They describe where they originated and a history of each one. Even for the non-musical person there is something to enjoy and learn.

Cost: $20 general admission (not including lunch)

Transportation: Carpool and/or using Uber/Lyft.


Dixie Mountain Loop Hike

9am – 2pm

We will meet in the lobby of the hotel at 9am and be at Dixie Mountain by 10am, if some want to meet there. This is the newest area in Phoenix’s desert preserve system and it offers a rolling loop trail through wild and undeveloped desert, notable for its diversity of plant life. There are two trails one rated moderate, Western Vista Trail is .34 miles to the top and the other difficult, Dixie Mountain Summit is .22 miles to the top. We can discuss which to take or spilt up and meet for a late lunch after. The hike will take about 2 hours, and then we can get lunch at Smash Burger (2470 W Happy Valley Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85085.)  Smash Burger has great burgers, including veggie burgers! After lunch we will head back to the hotel for conference check-in at 3pm. To join us, please RSVP!


Sunday, October 1st

Afternoon in Historic Scottsdale

2pm – 8pm

At 2pm we will meet in the lobby to head over to Old Town Scottsdale.  We will be starting our excursion near Grimaldi’s Pizza, 4000 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251 where we will return at 6pm for dinner (not your ordinary pizza, very yummy). The afternoon will include a wine and cheese event at the new Sacred Art Gallery. After dinner, around 8pm, we will head back to the hotel. To reserve your place, please RSVP!

Old Town is located on the original townsite of Scottsdale. This district offers boutique shopping alongside souvenirs, jewelry and art with a Southwestern flair. Old Town Scottsdale has fine art galleries, for a self-guided art tour and free trolley and horse-drawn carriage transportation around the Arts District. The area is also home to hip eateries, fine dining and a vibrant nightlife scene.


Glow Putt Mini-Golf

2:30pm – 8pm

Have you ever played mini-golf on a glow-in-the-dark course? If not, then now is your chance! We will meet in the hotel lobby at 2:30pm and head over to Glow Putt Mini-Golf for some indoor fun (with air conditioning!) Afterward we’ll eat dinner together – restaurant location TBA. To join us, please RSVP!


Hike Pinnacle Peak Trail

2pm – 8pm

We will meet in the hotel lobby at 2pm and head directly from there to the trailhead. We will hike for a couple hours and then have an early dinner at Pinnacle Grille at 10428 E Jomax Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85262 around 4:30pm. After dinner we can head to Old Town Scottsdale to possibly meet up with the other group or just check out the shops.  Lastly, there will be the option to have dessert at the Sugar Bowl (est.1958) located at 4005 N Scottsdale Rd Scottsdale, AZ 85251, after which we will head back to the hotel. To join us, please RSVP!

The Hike:  A groomed pathway provides easy footing for soaking up the scenic views, spotting wildlife and greeting passerby.  This is a popular trail and fun to hike. The 2,750 foot incline is gradual and well-maintained.  At the top you take or just take int he panormic view of our beautiful desert.



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