5 Things to Do This Weekend | Oct 15-17

Judy HarperOctober 14, 2021
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Fulfill Your Need for Speed
Motorists can cruise for a cause with five paced laps around the iconic mile-long oval track that hosts the NASCAR Cup Series Championship during Track Laps for Charity, Oct. 16. Proceeds benefit Arizona Accelerator Charities. Passenger vehicles only; maximum speed of 55 mph. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $25. Phoenix Raceway, 7602 Jimmie Johnson Dr., Avondale, 866-408-7223, phoenixraceway.com/aac/#tracklaps.

Get Wiggy with it at Cancer Fundraiser
Guests are encouraged to wear a wig and costumes from another galaxy – the more outlandish, the better – at this year’s Wig Out, Oct. 16. Revolving around the theme Flying into the Future, the fundraising dinner gala includes a silent auction, dancing and live entertainment. Proceeds benefit Check for a Lump! which provides free wigs to breast cancer patients and free mammograms to women in the community. 6-11 p.m. $175. Hangar 1 Scottsdale, 15220 N. 78th Way, Scottsdale, 602-688-5232, checkforalump.org.

Take One, Leaf One at Community Plant Swap
Green-thumb enthusiasts are invited to bring at least one live and healthy plant or clipping for trading with another plant or clipping of equal size as Hawk Salvage hosts a Plant Swap, Oct. 17. Planting stations and soil are available for use for $3-$10 depending upon the size of the plant. Bring your own pot or peruse the selection of unique pots and glassware at Hawk Salvage, which features a curated selection of vintage, industrial, reclaimed, antique, one-of-a-kind finds and oddities, as well as an extensive selection of rare and unique houseplants. Live music, food trucks and artist demonstrations add to the fun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Hawk Salvage, 1109 Grand Ave., Phoenix, 602-790-8365, hawksalvage.com.

Watch Wiffle Ball Champs Bring the Heat
Long a sport that lived primarily in kids’ backyards, Wiffle ball has gone big league. See for yourself at the Western Wiffle Ball Classic, Oct. 16, where the kids’ game is played with adult intensity. Forty-two teams comprised of three to five players of all ages compete in the second annual tournament. Games last 35 minutes or four innings, whichever comes first, with 16 teams advancing to a single-elimination showdown. Players also compete in a home run derby in between games. Fourteen-year-old Logan Rose, a Valley resident, is the visionary behind the tournament. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. $5 for spectators; free, children 12 and younger. Scottsdale Stadium, 7408 E. Osborn Rd., Scottsdale, 480-423-1414, blwwiffleball.com.

Enjoy a Night of Memories with Sopranos Cast
Cast members Steve Schirripa, Vincent Pastore and Michael Imperioli share stories, memories and slides from when The Sopranos was in production as Mesa Arts Center hosts In Conversation with the Sopranos, Oct. 16. The hit HBO mob series chronicled James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano – husband, father and mob boss. Hosted by comedian Joey Kola, the 90-minute show includes a Q&A with all topics on the table, even theories on the show’s controversial series finale. 8 p.m. $35-$75. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, 480-644-6500, mesaartscenter.com/index.php/shows/performing-live/in-conversation-with-the-sopranos.

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