Community Events

Updated: 3/11/2020

MARCH

Sit. Stay. Have a Drink

PHOENIX – Join Home Fur Good pet rescue for its 2020 “FUNdraiser” where all proceeds go to the Home Fur Good medical fund. The fundraiser is March 14 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Blue Martini, 5455 E. High Street, Suite 101, in City North.

Enjoy food, drinks and lots of raffle options. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. A ticket includes a non-alcoholic drink, numerous appetizers and a very fun night out. Tickets are available online via EventBrite. For more information, go to www.homefurgood.org.

Spring into Peoria’s Second Saturdays

PEORIA – The Second Saturdays festival continues through the spring in Old Town Peoria on Saturday, March 14 from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. There are only three festivals left until summer.

Second Saturdays is free and occurs every second Saturday of the month through May in the heart of Old Town Peoria on 83rd Avenue just West of Grand Avenue.

In addition to local businesses, there will be three upscale, pop-up restaurants at the festival, complete with vintage dishware, linens and centerpieces. For $30, attendees can pick one of three themed dining experiences with a gourmet menu cooked by a professional chef.

Along with the pop-up restaurants, there will made-to-order food.

For more information and to sign up for dinner at the pop-up restaurants, visit www.peoriaaz.gov/specialevents.

Author meet-and-greet March 14, 18

BLACK CANYON CITY – March is meet-and-greet month at Black Canyon City Community Library. Author Wayne Frederick Treptow of Camp Verde will be on site Saturday, March 14 at 11 a.m. Treptow is the author of several books, including the historical fiction novel “Hok a Hey” and the “Fam-Damily Cooks Cook Book.” Treptow will be talking about his time travel novel, “Dog Tags”, and leading a discussion about the writing process. He will also be selling signed copies of his book.

The second author, Jolene Sladekova, will be discussing and selling her debut novel, “The Mouth, the Heat, and a Busload of Hippies,” on Tuesday March 18at 4 p.m. Self-described as “eclectically eccentric,” her book of unexpected adventure and surreal mystery will surely entertain, as will her musical interlude. Read more about her at www.jolenesladekova.com.

Both events are free to attend, and light refreshments will be available at no additional charge.

For more information, call (623) 374-5866 or go to www.yavapailibrary.org/blackcanyon.

New public art to be dedicated March 17

PEORIA – On Tuesday, March 17 at 10 a.m., the Peoria Arts Commission will dedicate a new public art sculpture called “Barrel Cactus” at Deer Village Park, 21217 N. 88th Lane in Peoria. Gordon Huether’s “Barrel Cactus” will be the latest sculpture added to Peoria’s public art collection.

After a City of Peoria Arts Commission selection process, Gordon Huether Studios was selected in September 2017 to create a new public art piece. “Barrel Cactus” is a sculpture that is highly engineered, structurally sound, brushed stainless steel armature that has been welded with colorful, dichroic glass fins, resembling the desert’s barrel cacti. The use of dichroic glass brings multi-colored reflective properties to this installation. Light transmitted through the dichroic glass surface of the panels will appear to be one color and light reflected from it will appear as a complementary color. This creates a dynamic, colorful installation that can be viewed from all angles at Deer Village Park.

For more information about this public art piece and others in the City of Peoria, visit www.peoriaaz.gov/arts.

Learn about challenges facing local wildlife

SCOTTSDALE – On March 18 from 5 to 7 p.m., learn how and why wildlife is monitored by the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy and partners in the more than 30,500 acres of protected Sonoran Desert habitat in Scottsdale. Also find out how the conservancy studies how wildlife is affected by urban stressors and resources with the use of camera trapping and radio telemetry mule deer collars.

This informative seminar on wildlife includes a short tour of Southwest Wildlife followed by a one-hour program by McDowell Sonoran Conservancy biologists. Southwest Wildlife is located at 27026 N. 156th St. in Scottsdale. Register at www.southwestwildlife.org under events or call (480) 471-3621.

Surgical robotics open house cancelled

GLENDALE – The Abrazo Health surgical robotics open house scheduled for March 21 has been cancelled. For more information, go to AbrazoHealth.com/events.

Gem and mineral show March 21, 22

ANTHEM – The Daisy Mountain Rock & Mineral Club is sponsoring the 2020 Anthem Gem & Mineral Show on Saturday, March 21 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, March 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Anthem School, 41020 N. Freedom Way in Anthem. It is easily accessible from the Anthem Way exit off I-17. Just follow the signs.

This year’s event promises to be the largest and most exciting show in North Phoenix with more than 30 vendors displaying hand-crafted jewelry, gems, minerals, beads, lapidary work, geodes, fossils and meteorites. There will also be a specialized kid’s corner providing a fun and educational experience. Proceeds will help fund a scholarship for a graduating student within the Deer Valley Unified School District who will be pursuing studies in science.

Adults are $3, seniors and students are $2. Children 12 and under are free.

Find more information at www.dmrmc.com, on Facebook or by calling Ed Winbourne at (978) 460-1528.

Learn how to save a life

BLACK CANYON CITY – Daisy Mountain Fire and Medical will host a CPR and AED class March 23 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Black Canyon Fire Station, 35050 S. Old Black Canyon Highway in Black Canyon City. The cost is $25 per person, and certification is good for two years.

The class covers adult, child and infant CPR, AED and choking.

Register online at https://goo.gl/r79fv1 or call (623) 465-7400, ext. 202.

AZGFD presents outdoor expo

PHOENIX – The largest hands-on outdoor expo in Arizona is set for March 28 to 29 at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department’s (AZGFD) annual outdoor expo will feature everything from wildlife exhibits and family fishing tanks to kayaking at the 90,000-gallon “Lake Paddlemore” and trying out firearms in a safe, controlled environment on the range.

Last year’s expo drew the largest two-day crowd in the event’s 15-year history. More than 52,000 people visited the expo and participated in the myriad activities available. More than 150 exhibitors, including outdoor recreation and conservation groups, government agencies and commercial vendors of outdoor products and services, will be on hand. For more information, visit azgfd.gov/expo

Anthem Days returns March 28, 29

ANTHEM – Anthem Community Park will be abuzz with residents and visitors from around the Valley next month for Anthem Days, the business expo and festival, March 28 and 29.

This free, family-friendly event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Admission and parking are free. Highlights of the two-day event include: live musical entertainment, food court and Rotary beer garden; kids’ zone with inflatables (fees apply); and a free egg hunt for kids (Sunday) which is hosted by Christ’s Church of the Valley. An egg hunt exclusively for special needs children will precede the public egg hunt, at 10:15 a.m. Sunday, on Softball Field #4.

Anthem Community Park is located at 41703 N. Gavilan Peak Parkway in Anthem. For more information visit OnlineAtAnthem.com/anthem-days. For questions, contact a member of our special events staff at (623) 742-6050 or send an email to dpulido@anthemcouncil.com.

APRIL

Garden event includes art and music

CAREFREE – For the third year, Sights and Sounds of the Gardens is returning to Carefree Desert Gardens on Saturdays in April and early May. The event will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 4, 11, 25 and May 2. Come and wander the Desert Gardens and watch artists crafting their art, musicians filling the gardens with their music and a wandering mime that is sure to delight and tickle your fancy.

The event is located at 101 Easy St, in Carefree. For more information, visit Carefree.org or call (480) 488-3686.

“The Last Supper” brought to life

SCOTTSDALE – Living Water Lutheran Church will celebrate Maundy Thursday with a dramatic portrayal of the Last Supper on Thursday, April 9 at 7 p.m.

Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” painting will spring to life as a cast of 18 reenacts the evening that Jesus and his 12 disciples gathered in the Upper Room. The Living Last Supper drama spotlights the disciples’ reaction when Jesus announces one of them will betray him. One by one, his followers express their innermost thoughts and feelings upon hearing his disquieting words. This special dramatic presentation on Maundy Thursday is the first of a series of Holy Week services.

Living Water is located in Scottsdale at 9201 E. Happy Valley Road (on the south side of Happy Valley just east of Pima Road). For more information, call the church office (480) 473-8400 or visit www.lwlcaz.org

Passover Seder

ANTHEM – The North Valley Jewish Community Association will sponsor a traditional Passover Seder on Thursday, April 9beginning at 5 p.m. at the Ironwood Dining Room at the Anthem Country Club. There will be cocktails and service followed by a buffet dinner. A cash bar will be available. Adults Are $48 per person and children ages 3 to 10 are $24 per person. Children under 3 years old are free.

For reservations, please call or email Fran Kesselman at (623) 322-0957 or fkesselman@cox.net. Make checks payable to NVJCA and mail to NVJCA, 39506 N. Daisy Mountain Dr., Suite 122-198, Anthem, AZ 85086. Please RSVP by April 6.

Crepes and Cocktails event benefits wildlife

PHOENIX – Who doesn’t love champagne, hats, brunch and baby animals? The Wild Ones Crepes & Cocktails Baby Shower on April 19 will feature a variety of crepes and cocktails with other brunch delights. There will also be music by Jeordie Schekeryk, a best-hat competition, vendors, games and much more. This event will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Liberty Wildlife, 2600 E. Elwood in Phoenix. 

The event will help support the upcoming baby and orphan care season, where Liberty Wildlife will help thousands of injured baby wildlife. Liberty Wildlife is an Arizona local non-profit that specializes in wildlife rehabilitation, natural history education and conservation services to the community.

Tickets are $45 per person for early birds and $50 per person after April 5. The event is for adults 21 or older only. To purchase tickets, go to https://tinyurl.com/WildOnes-BabyShower

Admission per person includes your entry into the event, two adult beverages, crepes and delicious brunch delights and live entertainment. For more information, contact Melissa Hughes at withatwistmh@gmail.com or (602) 568-5313.

Acoustic concert supports desert preserves

PHOENIX – Jack Williams, described by American singer-songwriter Tom Paxton as “one of my favorite pickers,” will perform on Sunday, April 19 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the North Mountain Visitor Center, 12950 North 7th Street in Phoenix. The concert is a fundraiser for Save Our Mountains Foundation, which is dedicated to facilitating the improvement of the mountains and desert preserves in Phoenix. It provides sanctuary for wildlife in unique, vanishing Sonoran Desert habitat. 

Williams’ music, rooted in his native South Carolina, was shaped by a 61-year career of playing folk, rock, jazz, R&B, classical and the popular music of the ‘30s, ‘40s and ‘50s. Williams has 11 CDs of original music on the Wind River (folk era) label.

Tickets for the performance are $20 at the North Mountain Visitor Center or $25 online at www.saveourmountains.org. For more information and a map, go to northmountainvisitorcenter.org or call (602) 343-5125. 

Community open forum

CAREFREE – The Kiwanis Schools/Education Committee is reaching out to the community so it can identify concerns and ideas that will assure a bright and successful future for area children.

An open forum will be held Saturday, April 25 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Desert Foothills Library, 38443 N. Schoolhouse Road in Cave Creek.

Historically, Kiwanis has funded STEM programs, Chrome books for students, student health and safety programs and pre-school opportunities. The committee is funded from the Kiwanis Market Place. Community participation is vital. All voices need to be heard. Register online at Kiwaniscarefree.org.

Desert Foothills Theater presents “Steel Magnolias”

SCOTTSDALE – The Desert Foothills Theater (DFT) announces the opening of the popular “Steel Magnolias” Friday, March 27. The main female characters encounter tragedy and good fortune, growing stronger and closer in the process.

Performances will be Fridays and Saturdays, March 27 to 28 and April 3 to 4, at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays, March 29 and April 5, at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $25 (dftheater.org) and performances will be held at the Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center, 33606 N. 60th St. in Scottsdale.

The award-winning Desert Foothills Theater has been presenting live performances in the north valley since 1975. For tickets and more information about upcoming events, visit www.DFTheater.org or call (480) 488-1981.

APRIL

ProMusica presents Latin Spice

Anthem – The ProMusica Arizona Chorale and Orchestra, joined by the Carolyn Eynon Singers, will present Latin Spice featuring Misa Azteca, a symphonic oratorio in a modern Mariachi-style mass setting for choir and orchestra, ethnic percussion and classical guitar. This multi-cultural music celebration will be sung in Latin, Spanish and Nahuatl (native Aztec) and will include translations and beautiful visuals on large video screens. 

The performances will be on Saturday, April 4 at 7 p.m. at the Cross of Christ Lutheran Church, 39808 N. Gavilan Peak Pkwy. in Anthem and Sunday, April 5 at 3:30 p.m. at American Lutheran Church, 17200 N. Del Webb Blvd. in Sun City.

To purchase tickets, go to www.pmaz.org.

Sedona-area artists open their studios

SEDONA – Over the weekend of April 24 to 26, 50 working artists in the Verde Valley will open their private studios to the public for the 17th Annual Sedona Spring Open Studios Tour. Presented by the Sedona Visual Artists’ Coalition (SVAC), this biannual event offers attendees the opportunity to visit with artists in their studios and purchase unique works of art while enjoying the stunning scenery of Sedona and the Verde Valley. The tour, which is always free to the public, will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. all three days.

Artists participating in the tour specialize in a wide variety of mediums, including glass, ceramics, sculpture, jewelry, painting, photography, digital painting, weaving, mixed media and more, allowing attendees to learn about the creation of their favorite types of art or explore a new medium.

For complete information, including artists’ names and mediums, studio locations and a downloadable map, please visit the SVAC website: https://sedonaartistscoalition.org/os.html or contact Mike Upp at mjupp10@gmail.com or (503) 789-4437.