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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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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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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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