Saturday, February 28, 2015

SPECIAL EVENTS

Group Free

Through March 1
Canal Convergence
Innovative art displays that combine water, art and light are in the spotlight as Scottsdale Public Art presents this annual event.Five large-scale art installments, dance performances and an educational water conservation display are included. Th-F, 5 p.m.-10 p.m.; Sa, noon-10 p.m.; Su, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Scottsdale Waterfront, 4420 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, canalconvergence.com, 480-874-4645.

Through March 1
Dollhouse Miniature Show
Small World Miniature Club hosts this 37th annual show and sale, featuring dollhouses, room boxes and miniature scenes, as well as a children’s “make it and take it” workshop. Sa, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Su, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $5, adults; $2, children 11 and younger. ASU West, 4701 W. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix, phoenixminiatures.com, 480-466-9691.

Through March 1
Parada del Sol Rodeo
This 62nd-annual PRCA-sanctioned event attracts world-class bull riders, ropers, steer wrestlers, bronc riders, barrel racers, rodeo clowns and bullfighters. The adrenaline kicks into overdrive on Thursday with a Champions Challenge event, and Friday with Scottsdale Pro-Bull riding; Western dances follow the Thursday-Saturday evening performances. Th-F, 7 p.m.; Sa, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. Call for ticket prices. WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, paradadelsol.us, 480-990-3179.

Through March 23
Celebration of Fine Art
This annual juried invitational gathering features 100 renowned artists who show and sell their gallery-quality work in an intimate studio setting. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Season pass: $10, adults; $8, seniors and military; free, children 11 and younger. Hayden Road and Loop 101, Scottsdale, celebrateart.com, 480-443-7695.

Through March 29
Arizona Fine Art Expo
Guests can meet and watch more than 100 nationally acclaimed and award-winning artists at work in a studio environment as Thunderbird Artists hosts this art adventure. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $10, season pass; $8, seniors and military. Scottsdale and Jomax roads, Scottsdale, arizonafineartexpo.com, 480-837-7163.

Through March 29
Arizona Renaissance Festival
Foolish pleasures mix with artisan treasures and rambunctious revelry at this celebration, which features a 30-acre festival village filled with castles, cottages and pubs; 2,000 costumed characters; a variety of feasting opportunities; and 13 stages of entertainment, including music, dance, comedy and jousting knights. Sa-Su, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Call for ticket prices. 12601 N. Hwy. 60, Gold Canyon, renfestinfo.com, 520-463-2700.

Through April 4
Native Trails
Celebrate the rich heritage, culture and traditions of Native Americans through the art of song and dance as this event features traditional instruments, colorful dances and customary attire of various Southwestern tribes. Select Th and Sa, noon-1 p.m. Free. Scottsdale Civic Center Mall, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdalenativetrails.com, 480-421-1004.

Through April 30
Artisan Market
This outdoor marketplace features works by dozens of artists, jewelers and crafters, as well as artist demonstrations and live music. Th, 5 p.m.-10 p.m.; Su, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Scottsdale Waterfront, 7134 E. Stetson Dr., Scottsdale, artisanmarketsaz.com, 602-687-7495.

Through May 3
Turned Wood Exhibit
Arizona Indigenous: New Turned Wood by Philip and Matt Moulthrop is a collection of turned wood that reveals the inherent beauty of trees and shrubs native to Arizona. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, dbg.org, 480-481-8188.

Through May 23
Sandra Day O’Connor
An interactive exhibit, The Cowgirl Who Became a Justice: Sandra Day O’Connor demonstrates how a cowgirl from a ranch in Arizona became the first female to serve on the Supreme Court. Call for times and ticket prices. McClelland Irish Library, Irish Cultural Center, 1106 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, azirishlibrary.org, 602-864-2351.

March 1
Coronado Home Tour
A dozen homes of varying architectural styles are open for viewing in this historic district of Phoenix, all within easy walking distance on one street. Focusing on family and fun with a Carnival de Coronado theme, the event kicks off with a kids parade of decorated bikes, wagons and strollers. A street fair, classic car show and live entertainment are included. Tour: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., $13, advance; $15, day of tour; parade, 8:30 a.m.; street fair, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oak and 12th streets, Phoenix, greatercoronado.com, 623-252-6623.

March 1
Honor Walk
This family-friendly 5K walk and fun run honors the service of our veterans and active military. A vintage plane flyover, honor wall, military vehicle displays, live music and children’s activities are included. 8:30 a.m. $35. US Airways Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, honorwalk.com, 602-531-5021.

March 1
La Gran Fiesta
A celebration of Latin and Hispanic cultures, this annual festival showcases live Latin music and dance, arts and crafts, food and family activities. Noon-4 p.m. Free. Outdoors next to Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.

March 1
Party Safari
Designed for children of all ages, this family adventure features exclusive animal encounters, family-friendly food and beverage sampling, pony rides, live music and entertainment, food trucks and green activities. Proceeds support the Phoenix Zoo. 4 p.m.-7 p.m. $30-$50, adults; $20-$30, children 3-13. Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, phoenixzoo.org, 602-914-4333.

March 1-29
bRUNch Running
Runners and walkers of all levels are invited to join this social club, which shares a healthy appetite for running and brunch. The group offers both 5K and 10K training runs each week, followed by brunch and post-run chatting. PHOENIX magazine is among the sponsors. A portion of proceeds benefits the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix. 9:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. $25. March 1, Culinary Dropout at The Yard, 5632 N. Seventh St., Phoenix; March 8, Zinburger, 344 N. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert; March 15, Postino’s Annex, 615 S. College Ave., Tempe; and March 29, Culinary Dropout, 149 S. Farmer Ave., Tempe, brunchrunning.com/phoenix.

March 1-29
Sunday A’Fair
Celebrating its 28th season, this outdoor festival features concerts by the Valley’s top musicians, arts and crafts, children’s activities and free admission to Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. Su (except March 15), noon-4 p.m. Free. Scottsdale Civic Center Mall, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale, 480-499-TKTS.

March 5
Native Arts ArtWalk
Scottsdale Gallery Association celebrates indigenous cultures with artist demonstrations, receptions, food samplings and live music. The event is held in conjunction with the Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Free. Main Street and Marshall Way, downtown Scottsdale, scottsdalegalleries.com.

March 5-26
Corner at the Creek
Guests enjoy live music, local artisans, and plenty to eat and drink at this weekly event, which showcases top farmers, artists, bakeries and locally sourced products, complemented by a variety of food trucks. Th, 3:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Free. Across from Rare Earth Gallery, 6424 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek, 480-575-4360.

March 6
Country Western Dance
Western Bred featuring J. David Sloan entertains at this event presented by Sun City Grand Dance Club. 7 p.m.-10 p.m. $10. (Free Arizona two-step lesson, 6 p.m.-7 p.m.) Cimarron Center, 17100 W. Clearview Blvd., Surprise, grandinfo.com, 623-546-7449.

March 6
Teaming Up for Girls
Six-time Olympic champion Amy Van Dyken-Rouen – who became paralyzed last year after severing her spine in an ATV accident – is keynote speaker at this luncheon. A silent auction is included, with proceeds benefiting at-risk youth and young women served by Florence Crittenton. PHOENIX magazine and Phoenix Home & Garden are among the sponsors. 10 a.m. $275. Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, 2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix, flocrit.org, 602-288-4555.

March 6
First Fridays Art Walk
More than 70 art galleries and art spaces participate. 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Free. Maps, parking and shuttle service available at Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, artlinkphoenix.com, 602-256-7539.

March 6
Motorcycles on Main
Roads are closed for this monthly bike night, which features live music, beer gardens and food. 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Free. Main Street, between Robson and Center streets, Mesa, 480-890-2613.

March 6-8
Tour d’Artistes
The spotlight is on innovative media as this self-guided tour showcases 28 artists at 14 studios. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Fountain Hills, fountainhillsartleague.com, 480-837-3284. A reception for the artists takes place March 5, 5 p.m.-8 p.m., Emerson Gallery, 16930 E. Palisades Blvd.

March 7
Golden Gammage Gala
ASU Gammage celebrates 50 years at this dinner gala, which features entertainment by Tony Award-winning actor, singer and dancer Sutton Foster. 6:30 p.m. $500. Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, 2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix, 480-965-5062.

March 7
Jerome Art Walk
Meet the artists as 20-plus galleries and studios participate in this monthly night of art, music and gallery hopping. 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Free. Jerome, jeromeartwalk.com, 928-634-0774.

March 7
Run for Ryan House
This annual event includes a half marathon, 10K, 5K and 1-mile family fun run, plus a runners’ expo with live music, food, athletic training, retail booths and children’s activities. Proceeds benefit Ryan House, a homelike setting designed to provide short-term overnight respite stays, as well as end-of-life care for Valley children with life-threatening conditions. 7 a.m. Call for participation fees. Market Street at DC Ranch, 20555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, runforryanhouse.org, 480-342-7178.

March 7
Wag & Walk
Take a hike with adoptable dogs from Maricopa County Animal Care & Control. Participants are encouraged to “test drive” the dogs to see how they behave on leash and get along with other dogs on the family-friendly trek. Bring a leash as all dogs are spayed or neutered, vaccinated and ready to go home on the spot. 9 a.m. $6 per vehicle park entry fee. Merkle Trailhead, Usery Mountain Regional Park, 3939 N. Usery Pass Way, Mesa, maricopa.gov/parks/usery, 480-984-0032.

March 7
Waking Up with Butterflies
Photographers are invited to spend a quiet hour photographing awakening butterflies in a tropical rainforest setting. 8:15 a.m. $30. Butterfly Wonderland, 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale, butterflywonderland.com, 480-800-3000.

March 7
Wine, Women & Horses
Guests enjoy horse-racing action at this fundraising luncheon, which benefits Child Crisis Center. A silent auction and hat contest add to the fun. Noon-4 p.m. $75. Turf Paradise, 1501 W. Bell Rd., Phoenix, childcrisis.org, 480-834-9424.

March 7-8
Art Detour
Artlink Inc. invites guests to experience the Phoenix art scene with self-guided tours of art galleries, studios and other art venues. The event, which launched downtown Phoenix’s First Fridays Art Walk phenomenon 27 years ago, features a circulating trolley taking guests to all the action, bike and walking tours, exhibits, hands-on children’s activities, food trucks and more. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Downtown Phoenix, artlinkphoenix.com, 602-256-7539.

March 7-8
Baseball City
Fans of all ages can test their batting, pitching and base-running skills, plus enjoy a hands-on glimpse behind the science of baseball. The fan fest and trade show includes player appearances, live music, food trucks and exhibits of some of the world’s finest baseball memorabilia. 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Free. Scottsdale Civic Center Mall, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale, baseballcityexperience.com.

March 7-8
Devoured Food + Wine Classic
Inspired by Local First Arizona, this culinary extravaganza showcases Arizona’s finest independent restaurants, chefs, wineries and food artisans. 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., (10:30 a.m. for VIP). $90-$150. Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, devouredphoenix.com, 602-257-2124.

March 7-8
Indian Fair & Market
Celebrating the Art of Basketry is the theme as more than 600 top Native American artists exhibit and sell handmade artwork – including jewelry, pottery, paintings, weavings, baskets, sculpture, beadwork and kachina dolls – at the annual Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market. Native foods, art demonstrations, and music and dance performances are included. Sa, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Su, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, heard.org, 602-252-8848.

March 7-8
Salsa Challenge
The Arizona Hemophilia Association cranks up the heat as professional and amateur chefs prepare the hot stuff – and mild – on-site at the 31st-annual My Nana’s Best-Tasting Salsa Challenge. The event expands to two days this year, with a margarita mix-off, cornhole tournament, children’s activities and live music featured both days. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $15-$55. Steele Indian School Park, 300 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, salsachallenge.com, 602-955-3947.

March 7-28
Food Truck Caravan
A variety of food trucks rolls into downtown Scottsdale for a weekly celebration featuring gourmet street foods complemented by top local musicians. Sa, 6:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Free. Fifth Avenue and Goldwater Boulevard, Scottsdale, foodtruckcaravan.com, 480-251-1769.

March 7-May 10
Spring Butterfly Pavilion
A butterfly lover’s paradise, this exhibit features lush gardens full of flowers that are home to hundreds of colorful butterflies. Garden volunteers, or “flight crews,” are on hand to answer questions and share information about the butterflies and plants. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Call for ticket prices. A Breakfast with the Butterflies takes place March 14-15, 10 a.m.-noon, $35-$40, featuring a catered breakfast, followed by children’s entertainment and activities. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, dbg.org, 480-941-1225.

March 8
Art in the Olive Grove
Artists of the Superstitions hosts this show featuring works by more than 30 artists, complemented by music and wine tasting. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Queen Creek Olive Mill, 25062 S. Meridian Rd., Queen Creek, artistsofthesuperstitions.com, 480-888-9290.

March 10
The Wonders of Children’s Books
The North Scottsdale chapter of Philanthropic Educational Organization hosts this annual brunch, bridge and bunko event benefiting women’s education. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $50. Troon Country Club, 25000 N. Windy Walk Dr., Scottsdale, 602-524-9092.

March 10, 24
Yoga in the Rainforest
Participants enjoy the beauty of butterflies while being guided through a series of yoga postures that build strength and flexibility. Recommended for ages 18 and older of all skill levels, the class features Vinyasa-based yoga geared toward connecting breath with movement. 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. $20. Butterfly Wonderland, 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale, butterflywonderland.com, 480-800-3000.

March 11
Spring Mixer
Single seniors enjoy games, entertainment and refreshments. 6 p.m. $5-$7. Granite Reef Senior Center, 7700 N. Granite Reef Rd., Scottsdale, 480-312-1700.

March 12
Meet the Masters
Phoenix Home & Garden hosts this annual celebration to salute Masters of the Southwest featured in the magazine’s March issue. The spotlight is on individuals who have enhanced the Southwest home or garden with a body of exemplary work. This year’s class includes residential, interior and landscape designers, a fine artist and an artistic blacksmith. 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Scottsdale Design Center, 15125 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 480-664-3960.

March 13-15
The Artistry of Mexico
Mexican artists and their creations are in the spotlight, including Mata Ortiz pottery, jewelry from Taxco, Oaxacan woodcarving in the folk tradition and traditional weaving. Artist demonstrations add to the festivities. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Superstition Mountain Museum, 4087 N. Apache Trail, Apache Junction, superstitionmountainmuseum.org, 480-983-4888.

March 13-15
Chandler Ostrich Festival
Watch these gangly birds in action as this 27th-annual event includes a parade, fun run, carnival rides, children’s activities, ostrich races and live entertainment. F, 2 p.m.-midnight; Sa, 10 a.m.-midnight; and Su, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. $10, adults; $7, seniors and children 5-12; free, children 4 and younger. Tumbleweed Park, 2250 S. McQueen Rd., Chandler, ostrichfestival.com, 480-963-4571.

March 13-15
Fine Art & Wine Affaire
Thunderbird Artists hosts this gathering of award-winning artists, with live music, food and wine tasting rounding out the festivities. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $3, adults; free, children 17 and younger. 16810 E. Avenue of the Fountains, Fountain Hills, thunderbirdartists.com, 480-837-5637.

March 13-15
Scottsdale Arts Festival
This award-winning festival features 175 jury-selected artists from throughout the U.S. Live entertainment, gourmet food trucks and an interactive art experience are included. F-Sa, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Su, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $10, adults; $5, students; free, children 12 and younger. Scottsdale Civic Center Mall, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.

March 14
Discovery Day
Participants learn about treatments used by naturopathic doctors, including botanical medicine, homeopathy, nutrition and acupuncture. Keynote speakers, “Ask the Doctor” sessions, yoga classes, cooking demonstrations, tea tastings, goodie bags and a vendor fair featuring green and natural products are included. 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Free. Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, 2140 E. Broadway Rd., Tempe, scnm.edu, 480-858-9100.

March 14
Food Truck Experience
Filipino street food, gourmet sandwiches, Arizona-inspired Mexican food, and natural and organic sweet treats are among the offerings as 12 food trucks dish out samples of their specialties throughout the community of Vistancia. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Vistancia Information Center, 12026 W. Lone Mountain Pkwy., Peoria, vistancia.com, 623-933-6233.

March 14
Garden Tour
Maricopa County Master Gardeners hosts its annual Real Gardens for Real People Tour, which offers inspiration and instruction for gardeners of all ages and experience levels. The self-guided tour includes seven gardens, with experts on hand to offer interactive demonstrations of gardening techniques and answer questions. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $25. El Mirage, Peoria, Sun City West and Surprise, realgardensforrealpeople.com, 602-827-8211.

March 14
Irish Parade & Faire
Marching bands, Irish step dancers, bagpipers, government dignitaries and a variety of floats highlight this annual St.  Patrick’s Day parade, which is followed by a festival of music and dance, children’s activities, food and drink. 10 a.m. Parade: free, Third Street from Sheridan Street, south to Moreland Street, Phoenix. Festival: $10, adults; $8, seniors; free, children 12 and younger, Margaret T. Hance Park, 1106 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, phxirish.org, 602-280-9221.

March 14
Kiss Me I’m Irish Run
Celebrate St. Patty’s Day with a 17K run, 8K and 4K run/walk, and an “Irish K for the wee ones.” Participants enjoy lucky shamrocks on the course (redeemable for prizes), as well as chocolate kisses at the finish line, Irish music and a costume contest. A portion of proceeds supports the Prostate On-Site Project and Hope for Hunger Food Bank. Strollers and leashed pets are welcome. 7:17 a.m. $10-$50. Westgate Entertainment District, 6770 N. Sunrise Blvd., Glendale, irishrunaz.com, 480-609-3978.

March 14
St. Patrick’s Day Dance
Hillcrest Dance and Social Club of Sun City West presents this dance featuring a dessert buffet, and music by Michael & Manuel. 7 p.m.-10 p.m., with complimentary West Coast Swing lesson at 6:15 p.m. $6. R.H. Johnson Social Hall, 19803 R.H. Johnson Blvd., Sun City West, 623-544-0574.

March 14
Wine Tasting
Foothills Animal Rescue is the beneficiary as Rotary Club of Scottsdale North hosts this event, which includes wine, appetizers and live music by The New Deal. 5 p.m.-8 p.m. $20. Wine Warehouse, 17025 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, 602-548-3256.

March 14-15
Apache Leap Mining Festival
A mining competition, parade, carnival, street dance, Old West shootouts and live entertainment highlight this family festival. Sa, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Su, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Superior Chamber of Commerce, 165 W. Main St., Superior, superiorarizonachamber.org, 520-689-0200.

March 14-15
Tucson Festival of Books
Authors, reading and literacy are in the spotlight as this event features book signings, panel discussions, staged entertainment, children’s activities, and countless opportunities to meet authors, poets, screenwriters and journalists. A culinary tent featuring national chefs and cookbook authors is a highlight. 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Free. University of Arizona Mall, Tucson, tucsonfestivalofbooks.org, 520-907-9191.

March 15
Fight for Air Climb
Participants test their endurance as they scale two buildings for a total of 53 floors while raising money for the American Lung Association. 7 a.m. $100 minimum donation. Renaissance Square, 2 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, lungarizona.org, 602-258-7505.

March 15
Homes Through Time
Cave Creek Museum hosts this self-guided tour, which features four unique homes that range from Western traditional to unconventional, as well as a prehistoric Hohokam home site. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $35-$40 (available online or at the museum, 6140 Skyline Dr.). Cave Creek area, cavecreekmuseum.org, 480-488-2764.

March 15
Quilt Show
Las Sendas Quilt Club hosts its annual show of quilts, purses and wall hangings. Proceeds benefit Sunshine Acres Children’s Home. 1 p.m.-4 p.m. $1. Trailhead Members Club, 7900 E. Eagle Crest, Mesa, 480-360-0644.

March 15
Spring Fashion Show
Xavier Mothers’ Guild hosts this luncheon and fashion show, which features styles by Saks Fifth Avenue worn by professional models, as well as Xavier and Brophy students from the Class of 2015. The theme is Tapestry, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the school’s iconic plaid skirt. Proceeds provide scholarships for Xavier students. 10:30 a.m. $150. The Phoenician, 6000 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale, 602-240-3147.

March 16
Meet the Authors
Brandeis University National Committee, Phoenix chapter, hosts its 25th-annual book and author luncheon, featuring a variety of guest authors, including Cary Elwes, Anita Diamant, Greg Iles, Chris Tomlinson and Garth Stein. Book signings, boutique shopping and a silent auction are included. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $125. The Phoenician Resort, 6000 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale, 480-948-9236. A Bookmark Donor cocktail reception takes place March 15, 5 p.m.-7 p.m., $175, at a private residence, providing an opportunity to mingle with the authors, 480-451-9511.

March 18-21
Spark!
This festival of creativity features a variety of artists, musical groups and performances, as well as collaborative art and participatory projects. W-Th, noon-5 p.m.; F-Sa, noon-10 p.m. Free. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

March 19
Birds ’n’ Beer
Sip on a Four Peaks brew while enjoying an entertaining presentation on wildlife. 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Free admission. Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center, 3131 S. Central Ave., Phoenix, az.audubon.org, 602-468-6470.

March 19
Taste of the Foothills
The Foothills Caring Corps hosts this fundraiser, which features tastings from local eateries, as well as live music by Affinity, a raffle, and silent and live auctions. 5 p.m.-9 p.m. $40. el Pedregal, 34505 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, foothillscaringcorps.com, 480-488-1105.

March 20
Contemporary Forum
Nearly 60 pieces of contemporary art from some of the nation’s finest artists are available for purchase at this dinner and auction. A cocktail reception and silent auction are included. Proceeds support the museum’s contemporary art collection and provide grants for emerging and mid-career artists. 6 p.m. $250. Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, contemporaryforum.org, 602-257-1222.

March 20
Flash Park Friday
This family-friendly monthly event features live music, art, shopping, games and activities. 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Free. Main Street, Mesa, downtownmesa.com/flashparkfriday, 480-890-2613.

March 20
Fore a Good Cause
Xavier College Preparatory’s Dads’ Club hosts its annual Heather Farr Memorial Co-Ed Golf Tournament. 10:30 a.m. pre-tournament activities and lunch; shotgun start at noon. $250. Arizona Biltmore Golf Club, 2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix, 602-695-1959.

March 20
Golf Tourney
Hit the links for a good cause as the Dave Trout Charity Golf Tournament gets under way. The tournament features a scramble format, with hole-in-one and raffle prizes adding to the fun. Proceeds benefit ICAN youth programs and New Pathways for Youth. PHOENIX magazine and Phoenix Home & Garden are among the sponsors. 8:30 a.m. shotgun start. $300. Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, 2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix, dtroutfoundation.org, 480-940-4039.

March 20
Objects d’Art Auction
This evening of visual art, cuisine by Il Tocco, and music and entertainment by Dennis Rowland with the Greg Warner Trio benefits Herberger Theater’s arts education and outreach programs for youth. Silent and live auctions are included. 6:30 p.m. $75. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, herbergertheater.org, 602-254-7399.

March 20-22
Sonoran Arts Festival
Sonoran Arts League presents this festival, which features more than 100 juried fine artists exhibiting a variety of original works. Live music, wine, food and interactive art experiences add to the fun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Downtown Carefree, sonoranartsleague.org, 480-575-6624.

March 21
Appraisal Day
Heard Museum Council hosts its annual American Indian Art & Artifacts Appraisal Day as leading art traders offer information about materials, dates, artists and traditions. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Call for appraisal fees. Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, heard.org, 602-252-8848.

March 21
Arts and Crafts
Members of the Sun Lakes Arts and Crafts Association present handmade cards, jewelry, beadwork, stained glass, gourds, ceramics, quilts, leather-tooled items and other crafts. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Oakwood Country Club, 9645 E.J. Robson Blvd., Sun Lakes, sunlakesartsandcraftsassociation.net, 480-895-1431.

March 21
Art Show
Artists of the Superstitions hosts this show featuring paintings, photography, pottery, jewelry, woodworking and gourds by more than 30 artists. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Gold Canyon Golf Resort, 6100 S. Kings Ranch Rd., Gold Canyon, artistsofthesuperstitions.com, 480-982-9090.

March 21
Barbecue & Beer
More than 60 pit masters from across the nation prepare ribs, pulled pork, brisket and chicken for the Great American Barbecue & Beer Festival. Craft beer, an eating competition, March Madness lounge, children’s activities, farmers market and live music add to the festivities. Noon-10 p.m. $12, advance; $15, at the gate. AJ Chandler Park, 3 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler, chandlerbbq.com, 480-234-4232.

March 21
Baroque Ball
The Jolee-Jaffe Music Foundation presents this inaugural charity dinner gala. Proceeds provide music lessons and instruments to the underprivileged, and promote the health benefits of daily music-making for all ages. 6:30 p.m. $50. The Trailhead at Las Sendas Mountain, 7900 E. Eagle Crest Dr., Mesa, j-jmf.org, 480-307-9109.

March 21
Boogie Nights Rock ’n’ Roll
Sun City West Dance for the Health of It Club hosts this dance featuring hits from the ’70s and ’80s with DJ Kort Kurdi. 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. $8. Palm Ridge Summit Hall, 13800 W. Deer Valley Rd., Sun City West, scwdanceforhealth.com, 602-679-4220.

March 21
MDA Muscle Walk
This family-friendly 1.5-mile walk pays tribute to and raises funds for children and adults served by the Muscular Dystrophy Association. 7 a.m. Donations. Tempe Beach Park, 54 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, mdamusclewalk.org, 480-753-9084.

March 21
A Night at the Museum
Entertainment, food, history and art are in the spotlight as Gilbert Historical Society and Museum hosts “A Night at the Museum – Gilbert Comes Alive.” 6 p.m. $75-$100. Gilbert Historical Museum, 10 S. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert, gilbertmuseum.org, 480-926-1577.

March 21-22
Italian Festival of Arizona
Italian culture, food, music, arts, fashion and commerce are in the spotlight, including live music by La Ziarella from Benevento, a city in the Campania region of Italy. Sa, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Su, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. $10, adults; free, children 11 and younger. SouthBridge, southwest of Scottsdale and Camelback roads, Scottsdale, italianassociation.org, 480-745-7020.

March 21-22
Scottish Gathering
Highland athletes and dancers are in the spotlight as the Caledonian Society of Arizona presents its 51st annual Scottsdale Gathering & Highland Games. Competitive highland dancing, pipe bands, country dancing, historical re-enactments, a genealogy tent, vintage British car exhibition, children’s activities, and representative from more than 50 clans are among the highlights. Sa, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Su, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Steele Indian School Park, 300 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, arizonascots.com, 480-788-6694.

March 22
Cheery Lynn Tour
The Cheery Lynn Historic District hosts its second home and garden tour, with eight homes and gardens open for touring. The neighborhood was first developed in the mid-1920s. A classic car show and baked goods add to the fun. 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. $12, advance; $15, day of tour, available at 1544 E. Earll Dr., Phoenix, cheerylynnhistoricdistrict.org, 602-818-1515.

March 22-29
Wickenburg Fine Art Show
Works by more than 30 artists are in the spotlight as Wickenburg Art Club hosts this show. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Wickenburg Art Center, 188 S. Tegner St., Wickenburg, 928-684-0483.

March 25
Artist in Residence Dinner
Mingle with world-renowned pianist Jeffrey Siegel during this intimate wine reception and four-course dinner. The event includes a short performance as Siegel shares his insight and stories about various composers and their music. 6:30 p.m. $99. Lon’s at the Hermosa, 5532 N. Palo Cristi Rd., Paradise Valley, lons.com, 602-955-7878.

March 27
Agave on the Rocks
This tasty event features gourmet cuisine prepared by renowned Valley restaurants and caterers, along with music and margaritas. 6 p.m.-10 p.m. $75. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, dbg.org, 480-481-8188.

March 27-29
Tempe Festival of the Arts
More than 350 artisans display and sell their original work amid a street festival atmosphere that includes wine and beer tastings, live entertainment, a chalk mural and children’s activities. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Free. Mill Avenue District, downtown Tempe, tempefestivalofthearts.com.

March 28
Royal Baby Shower
Celebrate the impending birth of Prince William and Princess Kate’s second child with tea sandwiches, scones, petite fours, tea and a “royal” goody bag. Guests are encouraged to bring gifts for new mothers and newborns, to be donated to the UMOM New Day Center in Phoenix. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $45. English Rose Tea Room, 201 Easy St., Carefree, carefreetea.com, 480-488-4812.

March 28
Southwest Maker Fest
This second-annual festival includes exhibits, workshops and demonstrations by inventors, artists and makers of every kind. Noon-8 p.m. Free. Main Street, downtown Mesa, southwestmakerfest.com.

March 28
ThrillSeeker Stunt Run
Developed by Hollywood stunt producers, this adrenaline-packed race features professional-grade stunts, including the globe’s largest inflatable waterslide, a giant-trike rally, pole vault, stuntman freefall and eight other obstacles. A portion of proceeds benefits Be the Match bone marrow registry. 8 a.m. $70. Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, 20000 S. Maricopa Rd., Chandler, stuntrun.com, 469-215-5386.

March 28-29
Design Show
Top-of-the-line home furnishings, materials and professional services are in the spotlight as the Home Furnishings & Design Show gets under way. Exhibits focus on kitchen amenities, outdoor products, pools, flooring, bathroom upgrades, solar products and more. Sa, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Su, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $5; free advance tickets available online. WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, exposaz.com, 602-277-6045.

March 28-29
Trains in the Garden
Train enthusiasts open their gardens to share train layouts featuring cities, towns and landscaped gardens. Presented by Arizona Big Train Operators, the annual open-house tours take place at more than 10 homes. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free, donations appreciated to support Cardon Children’s Medical Center. Greater Phoenix area. Map available at azbigtrains.org, 480-248-9130.

March 28-30
Student Art Show & Sale
Visitors can view and purchase work by hundreds of students as the Heard Museum Guild American Indian Student Art Show & Sale celebrates the achievements of young Native American artists. Proceeds benefit the students. Sa, M, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Su, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free; museum admission additional. Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, heard.org, 602-252-8848.

March 29
Encanto-Palmcroft Home Tour
Ten homes are showcased, plus a street fair with live music, vintage car show, food from local restaurants and food trucks, and arts and crafts. Many of the estate-like homes were built in the 1920s and ’30s, with architectural styles including Spanish Colonial, Tudor Revival and Ranch. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $18, advance; $20, day of event. Parking and shuttle service at Phoenix College, 1202 W. Thomas Rd., Phoenix, encantopalmcroft.org, 480-842-1601.

March 29
OrigiNation
Celebrating indigenous cultures of Arizona, Spain and Portugal, this festival features music, dance, arts and crafts, children’s art activities, and native-inspired food and beverages. Noon-4 p.m. Free. Outdoors next to Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.

March 31
Independent Women Luncheon
Alexa Hampton – who leads the New York design firm of her father, the late Mark Hampton, and is known for her role on PBS’s This Old House – is guest speaker at this celebration of style and design. Centerpieces created by top local designers are available for purchase. Noon. $250. Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, phxart.org, 602-257-2101.

 

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