- Author: Leah LeMoine
- Category: Things to Do in Phoenix
- Issue: Nov 2014
1. Kenny Rogers - April 25
A legendary artist with one of the most recognized voices in country music, Rogers shares his larger-than-life storytelling with songs such as "The Gambler," "Lady" and "Love Will Turn You Around." 8 p.m. 64-$124. Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler, wingilariver.com, 877-840-0457.
2. Dinner on the Desert - April 25
Celebrate the essence, culture and beauty of the desert at this 29th-annual fundraising gala, which features cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, a silent auction, dinner and live music under the stars. 6 p.m.-11 p.m. $600. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, dbg.org, 480-481-8182.
3. Lisa Loeb - April 25
Known for her wit, wacky humor and creativity, the singer, songwriter and storyteller performs a family-friendly concert under the stars. 7:30 p.m. $19-$149. Scottsdale Civic Center Amphitheatre, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
4. Arizona Ultimate Women's Expo - April 25-26
NeNe Leakes is keynote speaker at this event, which features cooking and design demonstrations, fashion shows and more than 550 exhibits focusing on fashion, beauty, health, fitness, home decor, careers, financial planning and education. Admission includes an array of complimentary spa services, including makeovers, haircuts, manicures, massages and facials. Sa, 10 a.m.; Su, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $5, advance; $10 at the door. Phoenix Convention Center, 111 N. Third St., Phoenix, azwomensexpo.com, 866-618-3434.
5. Pat's Run - April 25
This 11th annual 4.2-mile run/walk celebrates the life of Pat Tillman and honors his legacy of leadership and civic action. The race, which also features a .42-mile kids' run, finishes on the 42-yard line of the stadium, paying tribute to Tillman's jersey number. Call for fees; preregistration required. ASU Sun Devils Stadium, 2195 S. Packard Dr., Tempe, pattillmanfoundation.org, 480-621-4074.
6. Wanderlust 108 - April 26
Redefining the traditional triathlon, this "mindful" event includes a 5K run, guided meditation session and large-scale 90-minute yoga class featuring the country's leading instructors. Musical entertainment, lawn games, craft vendors and local food purveyors offering healthy options add to the fun. 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $50-$60. Tempe Diablo Stadium, 2200 W. Alameda Dr., Tempe, wanderlust.com
7. Picnic Under the Stars - April 25
Guests enjoy a glamorous Hollywood-themed picnic dinner, silent and live auctions, entertainment and dancing as the American Cancer Society hosts this 54th-annual fundraising gala. 6 p.m. $350. Phoenix Country Club, 2901 N. Seventh St., Phoenix, picnicunderthestars.org, 602-952-7509.
8. Duet Cabaret - April 26
Jazz artists Diana Lee, Dennis Rowland and special guests entertain guests at this fundraising dinner, which includes cocktails, silent and live auctions, and dancing. Proceeds benefit Duet, a local nonprofit providing free health and aging services. 1:30-5:30 p.m. $125. Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia, 4949 E. Lincoln Dr., Paradise Valley, duetaz.org, 602-274-5022.
9. Chocolate Tour of Scottsdale - through April 30
Participants enjoy chocolate samples in a variety of forms – including truffles, cupcakes and other baked goods, ice cream and hot chocolate – during this 2.5-mile walk through the streets of downtown Scottsdale. Th-Sa, 3 p.m. $45. Gloria's Café (inside Steven Paul's Salon & Spa), 7045 E. Third Ave., Scottsdale, chocolatetourofscottsdale.com, 602-540-4261.
10. Standard Wax House Party - April 23
Standard Wax hosts this soiree to debut its new production space for its hand-poured, clean-burning soy candles housed in handmade, reusable ceramic containers. Light bites, cocktails and fun surprises will be provided during this open house. Adults only. 4-8 p.m. 941 S. Park Ln., Tempe, standardwax.com/houseparty