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Top 10 Things To Do: April 23-29, 2018

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April 26
A Conversation with Linda
Linda Ronstadt talks about her four-decade career, assisted by videos, rare personal photos and music in this multimedia presentation. A question-and-answer session with the iconic singer is included. 7:30 p.m. $45-$90; $100 meet-and-greet after the show. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdalearts.org, 480-499-TKTS.

April 27-29
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 add to the festivities. Visit website for times and ticket prices. WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, junkinthetrunkvintagemarket.com.

April 28
The Good Life Festival
Jake Owen ("Barefoot Blue Jean Night," "Eight Second Ride" and "The One That Got Away") headlines this event, which celebrates food, artisan shopping and great music in an outdoor setting. Specialty shopping, wine and craft beer tastings, massage demos, cooking demonstrations, local vendors and food trucks round out the fun. Noon-7 p.m. $45-$95. Encanterra, 36460 N. Encanterra Dr., San Tan Valley, thegoodlifefest.com.

April 28
The Original Taste
T. Cook's, Tarbell's, Sushi Roku, Postino, Sol Mexican Cantina, Stock & Stable and dozens more of the Valley's top restaurants serve samples of their specialties, paired with more than 100 wines from around the world, and select brands of beer and premium spirits. Live entertainment adds to the festivities. Proceeds benefit Executive Council Charities, which helps fund critical youth programs at a variety of local organizations, including Phoenix Children's Hospital, Ryan House, Child Crisis Arizona, Ronald McDonald House Charities and Sojourner Center. 7-10 p.m., $125; plus VIP after-party 7 p.m.-midnight, $275. Scottsdale Waterfront, 7135 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale, theoriginaltaste.com, 480-420-3270.

April 28
Foothills Animal Rescue Baby Shower
It's another busy puppy and kitten season in the Valley, so non-profit Foothills Animal Rescue is hosting a "baby shower" to recruit volunteer foster families to help care for very young pets until they're ready for adoption. Additionally, the shelter will be accepting donations of supplies. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. FREE. 10197 E. Bell Rd., Scottsdale, foothillsanimal.org.

April 28
Arbor Day at The Farm
The Farm at South Mountain sustainability team will be hosting a Free "Arbor Day Weekend" event with workshops, farm tours and games for all ages. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. FREE. North Grove at The Farm, 6106 S. 32nd St., Phoenix, thefarmatsouthmountain.com.

April 28
Picnic Under the Stars
Guests enjoy an elegant dinner, silent and live auctions, entertainment and dancing as the American Cancer Society hosts this 57th annual fundraising gala. 6 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch, 7700 E. McCormick Ranch Pkwy., Scottsdale, picnicunderthestars.org, 602-952-7509.

April 28-29
Cinderella
Ballet Etudes presents this fan favorite, which follows the classic tale of the kind-hearted Cinderella, her wicked stepmother, two clumsy stepsisters and a loving fairy godmother. Sa, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Su, 3 p.m. $16-$22. Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler, balletetudes.net, 480-782-2680.

April 29
Sausage Fest
The fifth annual Sausage Fest at Brat Haus will include new crow-pleasing festivities like the People's Choice Sausage King and Queen pageant, a top chef cook-off (a sample of participants: Tamara Stanger of Helio Basin and Cullen Campbell of Crudo), and a wiener dog costume contest and race. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Honor Flight Arizona, helping WWII and Korean War veterans. 12-9 p.m. $10 donation. Brat Haus, 3622 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, brathausaz.com.

April 29-30
Damian McGinty
Join Irish singer, songwriter and actor Damian McGinty for his biggest solo tour to date. The Celtic Thunder alum's "The Slow Dance Tour" showcases music and behind-the-scenes insights from his upcoming EP of original songs. Due to high demand, a second Arizona show has been added. 8 p.m., Su-M. $35-$100. The Living Room Phoenix, 4614 N. 7th St., Phoenix, damianmcginty.com.