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Through September 2
Bring a Flashlight 
Guests experience a magical twilight adventure during self-paced Flashlight Tours, which provide an opportunity to see, hear and feel the desert night, including nighthawks, snakes, insects and night-blooming flowers. Th and Sa, 7-9:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix,, 480-941-1225. 

Through September 2
Bring a Flashlight 
Guests experience a magical twilight adventure during self-paced Flashlight Tours, which provide an opportunity to see, hear and feel the desert night, including nighthawks, snakes, insects and night-blooming flowers. Th and Sa, 7-9:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix,, 480-941-1225. 

September 1
First Fridays Art Walk (FREE)
More than 70 Downtown art galleries and art spaces are featured. 6-10 p.m. Maps, parking and shuttle service available at Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix,, 602-256-7539.

September 2
Cars & Coffee (FREE)
Motorcycles are in the spotlight as Scuderia Scottsdale hosts its monthly Scottsdale Motorsports Gathering. The event typically features 400 to 600 or more high-performance and exotic vehicles ranging from multimillion-dollar Ferraris on down. 7-10 a.m. Scottsdale 101 shopping center, northwest corner of Scottsdale Road and Mayo Boulevard, Scottsdale,

September 2
Jerome Art Walk (FREE)
Meet the artists as 20-plus galleries and studios participate in this monthly night of art, music and gallery-hopping. 5-8 p.m. Jerome,, 928-634-0774.

September 2
Phoenix Cooks!  
It’s a foodie paradise as this interactive gourmet food and kitchen show celebrates the pleasures of the culinary lifestyle. Chef duels and demonstrations are among the highlights, plus delicacies from some of the city’s best chefs and restaurants, complemented by dozens of wine, beer and cocktail sampling booths. Proceeds benefit Special Olympics Arizona. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $85, advance; $100, at the door; $60, designated driver. Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, 6902 E. Greenway Pkwy., Scottsdale,

September 2-4
Faire on the Square (FREE)
More than 100 vendors share artwork, crafts and food. Sa-Su, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; M, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Courthouse Plaza, 100 Gurley St., Prescott,, 928-445-2000.

September 3
Salsa, Tequila & Tacos
Top local chefs and mixologists join forces as Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance and the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona host this community fundraiser, which includes more than 100 samples of signature salsa recipes, tequila tastings, tacos, Mexican beer and live music on multiple stages. 7-10 p.m. $55. La Encantada Shopping Center, 2905 E. Skyline Dr., Tucson,, 520-797-3959.

September 3, 10
Summer Cocktail Camp
PHOENIX magazine welcomes guests for an exclusive opportunity to sip on some of the season’s most refreshing mixed drinks while interacting with the state’s top bar talent. The series of cocktail-crafting classes is hosted by Craig Outhier, editor of PHOENIX magazine. Belly up to the bar and grab a glass as he mixes things up with Travis Nass, Sept. 3 at FnB Restaurant, 7125 E. Fifth Ave., Scottsdale, 480-284-4777; and Brandon Casey, Sept. 10 at The Ostrich, 10 N. San Marcos Pl., Chandler, 480-917-4903. 1-3 p.m. $30 (includes three to four cocktails and recipes).

September 9
Going to the Dogs
Fashion runways will never be the same after the Scott Foundation and Arizona Golden Rescue present Sir Bark A. Lot’s Fashion Paw Tea. A cocktail reception, brunch, silent auction and raffle are included, along with a unique show featuring foster youth and rescue dogs sporting fashions from Spiritual Gangster and Fancy Paw Boutique. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $45-$65. Monterra at WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale,, 480-688-9800.

September 15
Science with a Twist
Adults 21 and older are invited to dress in their ’80s best as they regress to 1987 for a high school reunion gone bad. Participants investigate a murder scene, compare blood spatters, process fingerprints and analyze handwriting as they use their science smarts to figure out who is guilty: the prom queen, stoner, football captain or class president. Music and a cash bar add to the fun. 6-10 p.m. $12. Arizona Science Center, 600 E. Washington St., Phoenix,, 602-716-2000.

September 15-17
Junk in the Trunk
All things chippy, rusty, vintage and handmade are in the spotlight as more than 170 vendors share their treasures. Local musicians and food trucks add to the festivities. Call for times and ticket prices. WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale,

September 16
Epilepsy Gala
Guests enjoy a Great Gatsby/1920s theme as the Epilepsy Foundation of Arizona hosts its 13th annual Waves of Change for Epilepsy Gala. The black-tie event includes cocktails, a seated dinner and silent auction. 6-10 p.m. $250. Mountain Shadows, 5445 E. Lincoln Dr., Paradise Valley,, 602-406-3581.

September 16
Furry Friends Art Fest
Pets and their owners enjoy a tranquil art setting as they shop for a variety of pet paintings, ceramics, photography, clothing, furniture and other items specifically created for pets by Arizona artists. Entertainment, food vendors and pet adoptions are included. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. $5; $10 maximum per family; free for pets. Shemer Art Center, 5005 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix,, 602-262-4727.     

September 16
Arizona Cancer Foundation for Children raises awareness of pediatric cancer with this fundraiser. Guests enjoy complimentary champagne, with 20 percent of sales during the event benefiting the foundation. 1-4 p.m. Donations. Kendra Scott, Scottsdale Quarter, 15147 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale,, 480-350-7055.

September 16
Wine, Women & Shoes
Fresh Start Women’s Foundation hosts this seated luncheon and fashion show with styles from Marissa Webb. Marketplace vendors, wine samples, a live auction and “Key to the Closet” fundraiser are highlights. 11 a.m. $125. Chateau Luxe, 1175 E. Lone Cactus Dr., Phoenix,, 602-261-7169.

September 21
Birds ’n’ Beer (FREE)
Sip on a Four Peaks brew while enjoying an entertaining presentation on wildlife. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center, 3131 S. Central Ave., Phoenix,, 602-468-6470.

September 21-23
Taste America 
The James Beard Foundation festival makes a stop in the Valley for a cocktail and tasting reception (Th, 6 p.m., $75, Little Cleo’s, 5632 N. Seventh St., Phoenix) and a celebratory Night of Culinary Stars dinner prepared by Traci Des Jardins, Nobuo Fukuda and Charles Wiley. The event includes cocktails and hors d’oeuvres created by local chefs and restaurateurs, including Aaron Chamberlin, Dustin Christofolo, Lori Hashimoto, Branden Levine and Beau MacMillan; and desserts by Tammie Coe, Country Velador and Cassie Weisz. F, 7 p.m. $275. Mountain Shadows, 5445 E. Lincoln Dr., Paradise Valley,, 480-951-2950. The fun continues Sa, 10 a.m., at Sur La Table, 7014 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale, with free cooking demonstrations by Des Jardins and Chris Bianco, cookbook signings and tastings.

September 22
Catch a Crook Tourney
Silent Witness hosts this 15th annual golf tournament, which features a four-person scramble format. A catered lunch, raffle prizes and silent and live auctions are included. 6:30 a.m. with 7 a.m. shotgun start. $250; $900 per foursome. Grand Canyon University Golf Club, 5902 W. Indian School Rd., Phoenix,, 602-363-2310.

September 22
Charity Golf Tourney
Ability360 Sports & Fitness Center hosts this best-ball tournament where golfers with and without disabilities play side by side. The event encourages conversation about the importance and value of inclusion in sports and the group’s role in providing resources and expertise to help the disabled achieve health and fitness goals. 8 a.m. shotgun start. $200. Longbow Golf Club, 5601 E. Longbow Pkwy., Mesa,, 602-256-2245.

September 22
Chef Robert Irvine
The award-winning chef cooks up his favorite dishes at this interactive culinary experience. Irvine is host of Food Network’s Restaurant: Impossible and author of Fit Fuel: A Chef’s Guide to Eating Well and Living Your Best Life. 8 p.m. $39-$79. Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler,, 800-WIN-GILA.

September 23
Brazilian Day
Paying tribute to 100 years of samba music and dance, this cultural festival and carnival-style party features live music, costumed dancers and performers, a samba workshop, capoeira demonstrations, hands-on activities and children’s crafts. 2-9 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale,, 480-499-TKTS.

September 23
Decoding Annie Parker
Guests enjoy a private screening of the movie, which is based on the true story behind the BRCA gene, and meet Annie Parker, who lived the nightmare that led to its discovery. “Annie Parker Decoded,” an inspiring book about her life and successful battles with cancer, is available for sale at the event, with book signing opportunities during a reception. 6:30 p.m. $22. Venue 8600, 8600 E. Anderson Dr., Scottsdale,

September 23
Smithsonian Museum Day Live! (FREE)
Hundreds of museums nationwide open their doors to the public for free as Smithsonian magazine hosts this annual event. Visit to download the required ticket and for a list of participants, including Pueblo Grande Museum, Rosson House Museum and Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.

September 23
UMOM Walk for Homeless
The women’s auxiliary of UMOM New Day Centers hosts a 1K and 5K walk/run on zoo trails to benefit homeless families and youth in the community. Festivities begin with children’s activities, carousel rides and snacks. 6:30 a.m. $20-$35, includes zoo admission for the day. Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix,, 602-275-7852.

September 23-24
Sedona Winefest
Arizona wines are in the spotlight, with music, food and mini wine-education seminars adding to the festivities. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $35, advance; $40 at the gate. Posse Grounds Park, 525 Posse Grounds Rd., Sedona,, 928-301-0398.

September 24
Antiques on the Square (FREE)
Thumb Butte Questers and Yavapai Questers present this show, which features more than 70 vendors displaying a variety of antiques and collectibles, including glass, pottery, furniture, art, jewelry, primitives and textiles. Proceeds benefit historic renovation projects in the Prescott area. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Courthouse Plaza, 100 Gurley St., Prescott, 928-443-8909.

September 24
Wander the Wild
Highlands Center for Natural History hosts this fundraising dinner, which includes live music, appetizers, Arizona wines and a live auction. Proceeds benefit children’s educational programs. 2:30-6:30 p.m. $100. Capital Canyon Club, 2060 Golf Club Ln., Prescott,, 928-776-9550.

September 29
Date Night with Butterflies
Guests enjoy wine, hors d’oeuvres and a showing of the full-length version of Flight of the Butterflies. The documentary follows the yearlong migration of the monarch butterfly from the volcanic forests of Mexico all the way to Canada. 6-9 p.m. $30 per couple. Butterfly Wonderland, 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale,, 480-800-3000.

September 29-October 1
Zoppè Italian Family Circus
Presented in an intimate 500-seat tent, this one-ring circus honors the Old World Italian tradition, where guests come in as strangers and leave as family. F, 7 p.m.; Sa, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Su, 1 p.m. $25-$30, adults; $10-$15, students. Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts, 1090 S. Vulture Mine Rd., Wickenburg,, 928-684-6624.

September 30
Church Stars Awards (FREE)
The Christian arts industry celebrates excellence with 25 awards given to individuals in faith-based films, gospel stage plays, gospel comedy, TV and digital TV, as well as those individuals who work behind the scenes in makeup, hair, wardrobe and production. 6 p.m. El Bethel Auditorium, 6902 E. Heatherbrae Dr., Phoenix,, 602-697-9695.