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Through July 4
Patriotic PaintScaping (FREE)
Dancers twirl on the balconies and bricks seem to crumble off the wall as this 3-D light show transforms the walls of the resort’s 11-story main building into a living canvas bursting with patriotic colors, imagery and music. The art of “PaintScaping” merges a virtual world with the existing world by projecting 3-D digital mapping onto buildings that act as the canvas for characters, colors and objects as living and moving parts of the facade. Daily, 8-9:30 p.m. every 30 minutes.
The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, 6902 E. Greenway Pkwy., Scottsdale,, 480-624-1000.

Through August 31
Sand Sculpture (FREE)
The Town of Carefree welcomes local artist Ray Villafane, who has created a 30-ton sand sculpture at the garden. The internationally acclaimed artist has traveled throughout the world fashioning exceptional figures and scenes out of pumpkins, sand and snow. Stone-balancing creations also are on display. Daily.
Carefree Desert Gardens, 101 Easy St., Carefree,, 480-488-3686.

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. 

June 2
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.

June 2-July 5
PTSD: The Invisible Scar (FREE)
Christopher Oshana, a retired Navy veteran and photographer, invites viewers to look beyond the facade and into the private lives of a few of our country’s veterans in this photographic and video documentary about servicemen and women who have been diagnosed with PTSD. Call for hours. Public Image, 333 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix,, 602-350-4718.

June 2-30
U-Pick Garden 
Sweet corn, tomatoes, bell peppers, jalapeñ​​os, carrots, green onions, eggplant, four varieties of squash and three types of cucumbers are available for picking. W, F-Sa, 7 a.m.-noon. $1.75 per pound. Tolmachoff Farms, 5726 N. 153rd Ave., Glendale,, 602-999-3276. 

June 3
Atlatl Competition (FREE)
Try your hand at throwing darts using an atlatl (spear-thrower) as Pueblo Grande Museum and the local primitive skills group S.A.L.T. (Study of Ancient Lifeways and Technologies) celebrate World Atlatl Day. An atlatl demonstration and accuracy contest are highlights. 9 a.m.-noon. Pueblo Grande Museum, 4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix,, 602-495-0900. 

June 3
Bite Nite
Top chefs from across the Valley serve signature tastes at this culinary bout, which benefits the Arizona chapter of the ALS Association and its fight against Lou Gehrig’s disease. Live entertainment, cocktails, mystery boxes and silent and live auctions add to the fun. 6-10 p.m. $150. Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, 6902 E. Greenway Pkwy., Scottsdale,, 602-297-3800.

June 3
Golf Outing
Parada del Sol Rodeo hosts this fundraising day on the links. The event includes a putting challenge, hole-in-one shootout, raffle, silent auction and contests for longest drive and closest to the pin. 6:30 a.m. with shotgun start at 7:30 a.m. $100. Starfire Golf Club, 11500 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale, 602-463-4386.

June 3
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. June 3

Woof Down Lunch 
Demonstrations by local dog obedience trainers and K-9 units, an agility course and contests are planned along with live music and children’s activities. The event is free; however, a $20 donation includes a picnic lunch, and choice of a pet bowl or 10 raffle tickets. Proceeds benefit programs to help animals in need. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Courthouse Plaza, 100 Gurley St., Prescott,, 928-778-2924. 

June 4
Antiques on the Square (FREE)
Thumb Butte Questers and Yavapai Questers present this show, which features dozens of 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, 928-443-1862.

June 10
Charity Gala
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Phoenix chapter crowns its LLS Man & Woman of the Year at this fundraiser, which includes dinner, live and silent auctions, music and dancing. The event is a culmination of a spirited 10-week fundraising competition among 15 local candidates who work aggressively and creatively to honor local children who are blood cancer survivors by raising money and awareness for the local chapter. 5:30 p.m. $250. Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale,, 602-567-7604.

June 10
Pineapple Triangle
Handmade crafts, vintage goods and boutique items with a Phoenix vibe are in the spotlight at this event, which features Arizona-exclusive vendors. Live music and food trucks are included. A portion of proceeds benefits Arizona Helping Hands Inc. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $8. The Duce, 525 S. Central Ave., Phoenix,

June 11
Tutta Italia
Guests enjoy a multicourse dinner and wine paired with music by Phoenix Opera as this event celebrates the best of Italy. 5 p.m. $55. Zappone’s, 1625 N. Higley Rd., Gilbert,, 866-673-7248.

June 15
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.

June 17
Backyard Games Day
This family-friendly festival features a variety of hands-on children’s activities for the younger set, along with yard games aplenty and the second annual Arizona State Cornhole Championships. Live music, food and drink vendors, and access to the Front Porch Pickins Vintage & Handmade Market are included. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. $10; free, children 12 and younger. WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale,

June 24
West Valley Gives
This fundraiser kicks off with a 1-mile walk inside the stadium, featuring meet-and-greet opportunities throughout the walk with the Cardinals’ Big Red and mascots from other major league sports teams. A rally follows with live entertainment, hands-on activities, vendor booths and remarks from former Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner and his wife, Brenda. Proceeds benefit Treasure House, a supportive living community for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $45, adults; $35, seniors and military; $25, children 6-12; free, children 5 and younger. University of Phoenix Stadium, 1 Cardinals Dr., Glendale, 623-433-7122.

June 28-July 4
World’s Oldest Rodeo
Old West hospitality and charm dominate as Prescott Frontier Days celebrates 130 years this summer with eight rodeo performances, a parade, Happy Hearts Rodeo for Exceptional Children, dance, cowboy church, and arts and crafts. Call for times, ticket prices and Prescott locations,, 928-445-4320. Legends Live Among Us is the theme of the parade, which kicks off at 9 a.m. July 1 in downtown Prescott.