Judy Harper, Author at PHOENIX magazine

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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...

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Come for the Food and Stay for the Dancing at Greek Fest Baklava is back as the 60th annual event Phoenix Greek Festival returns Oct. 8-10, with a full weekend of Greek music, art and children’s activities complemented by such ethnic favorites as gyros, spanakopita, baklava, ouzo and imported Greek beer and wine. Opa! Friday, 5-10 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. $5, adults; free, children 11 and younger. Holy Trinity Greek...

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Settle in for Some Ballet Alfresco Ballet Arizona continues its annual season-opening tradition with Ballet Under the Stars, through Oct. 2. This free series of intimate outdoor performances of classical and contemporary ballet is complete with professional staging, lighting and costumes. Sept. 30, Sahuaro Ranch Park, 9802 N. 59th Ave., Glendale; Oct. 1, Estrella Lakeside Amphitheater, 10300 S. Estrella Pkwy., Goodyear; and Oct. 2, Steele Indian School Park, 300 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix. 7...

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Celebrate Fall at a Not-so-Spooky Pumpkin Festival Fairmont Scottsdale Princess marks the spookiest time of year with its festive Pumpkin Nights, through Oct. 31. Highlights include a pumpkin patch; a multiacre labyrinth hay maze; amusement rides, fireworks on select nights and a bounty of German beers and seasonal foods at the resort’s Plaza Bar and restaurants. 6-10 p.m. Tickets start at $18. Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, 7575 E. Princess Dr., Scottsdale, 480-585-4848, scottsdaleprincess.com/pumpkin-fest. Get Your Taco Fix...

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Photo by Matthew Murphy   Drop Your Anchor in Margaritaville Featuring the island tunes of hit-maker Jimmy Buffet, Escape to Margaritaville, Sept. 16-19, serves up a slice of paradise with original songs and such beloved classics as “Fins,” “Volcano,” “Cheeseburger in Paradise” and “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere.” The tequila-infused jukebox musical is set in the Caribbean – on island time, of course – and tells the story of a singer-bartender who falls for a career-driven...

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September 8-October 10 Hamilton Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, rhythm and blues and Broadway, this revolutionary musical features a cast of non-white actors to tell the story of the founding of America in a way that looks very different from conventional textbooks. It’s the story of America then, told by America now.Call for times. $49-$299. ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe, 480-965-3434, asugammage.com.

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Step Up to Honor the Fallen Firefighters in full gear, police, military and bomb squad personnel march alongside civilians of all ages, abilities and backgrounds as they climb 2,071 steps representing the 110 floors of the twin towers in the 9/11 Tower Challenge, Sept. 11. Participants pause briefly to view photographs of fallen heroes that line the stairs, vowing to “never forget” as they honor those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001, and...

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Drive Among the Dinos More than 70 photorealistic dinosaurs return from extinction at the Jurassic Quest Drive Thru, which continues through Sept. 5. The experience is complete with lifelike dinosaurs, a baby dino, trainer meet-and-greets, photo opportunities and an audio soundtrack to help navigate the herd and learn little-known dino facts. Animatronic creatures are displayed in realistic scenes that allow guests to experience them roaring and moving as they drive through the 60-minute tour. Thursday,...

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  Photo by Michael Brosilow   Step into “Starry Night” and Other Masterpieces The legendary works of Vincent Van Gogh come to life in Immersive Van Gogh, Aug. 26-Nov. 28. The digital art installation merges state-of-the-art technology, theatrical storytelling and world-class animation, illuminating the painter’s artistic genius with a curated selection of images from Van Gogh’s 2,000-plus lifetime catalog of masterpieces complemented by classical music. The hour-long, timed-entry, walk-through experience features digitally projected social distancing...

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Photo courtesy Authentik Vision   Enjoy a Mimosa with Your Yoga Start your weekend with a Saturday morning yoga flow at Kähvi Coffee + Cafe in Downtown Phoenix. Afterward, yoga participants and other guests enjoy $6 mimosas, plus $2 off wine and $1 off beer during the Aprés Yoga Happy Hour. Hosted in partnership with monOrchid, classes take place inside the gallery space. The Aug. 21 class is led by Bonnie Love, with a rotating...

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Explore the Beauty of the Desert at Night 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. Socially distanced activities for all ages are offered, including “Painting with Light.” A nighttime farmers’ market is new this year, featuring locally grown produce, local honey, handmade soaps and artisanal crafts. Saturdays through Sept. 4, 7-9:30 p.m. Bring...

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Test Your Pedal Power in Tempe It’s the hottest time of the year so why not hop on your mountain bike for a Day Drinker Devil Ride, Aug. 7? The grueling, 10-mile gravel/mountain bike course features eight landmarks in and around Mill Avenue, Papago Park and Tempe Town Lake. Riders receive a raffle ticket for each of the landmarks they take a selfie at on the day of the ride, plus two bonus raffle tickets...

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Storm Large | Photo by Laura Domela   Listen to a Powerhouse Vocalist Storm Large shares her story of hope, love and loss during the pandemic in Make It Home, a documentary concert film recorded at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Part road movie, part intimate concert experience, the online performance is presented by Chandler Center for the Arts and includes a live post-concert Q&A. The musician, actor and author tours with Pink Martini as...

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Enjoy a Musical Slice of the South Get ready for some Southern charm, song and dance with Pump Boys and Dinettes, July 21-Aug. 22. The celebrated jukebox musical tells the tale of four redneck gas station attendants and two waitresses at the Double Cupp diner next door who trade jokes and songs as they go about their simple lives off Highway 57. With heartbreak and hilarity, they perform on guitars, piano, bass and even kitchen...

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Celebrate Lions and Tigers and Suns Fans, Oh My!  Grab your favorite Suns gear and decorate your car in all things orange as the Phoenix Zoo rallies the Valley during its summertime Cruise the Zoo, July 18. The drive-through experience allows guests to see flamingos, giraffes, elephants, tortoises, zebras, monkeys and more from the comfort of their own air-conditioned car. Designed to be approximately 30 minutes in length, the narrated tour offers insights, information and facts about...

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