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Save the date! On April 11, join the North Valley Jewish Community Association for a traditional Passover Seder in the Ironwood Dining Room at the Anthem Country Club. The evening will include cocktails, a ceremony and service, and a buffet dinner. Reservations are required by April 4. Adults $45.00; children 3-10 $19.50; children under 3 free at 5 p.m. Contact Fran Kesselman at 623-322-0957 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Larsen Gallery Presents Fritz Scholder Exhibition
The annual Fritz Scholder Exhibit is on display at Larsen Gallery, a 5,400 square foot gallery in Scottsdale’s fine art district, from now until March 31. This exhibit includes original paintings, works on paper, sculpture and limited edition graphics of Scholder’s Native American art. Tuesday through Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Larsen Gallery, 3705 N. Bishop Ln., 480-941-0900, larsengallery.com.
March 1-May 31
Wes Grunden Photography
For a real treat, head on over to Krazy 4 Koffee for some great tasting coffee and some great artistic photography. From now until May 31, local photographer Wes Grunden will have his photography on display at the coffee shop. Grunden has won multiple awards for his photography and has appeared in various publications across the country. Krazy 4 Koffee, 711 E. Carefree Highway, Ste. 109, 623-582-9578, krazy4koffee.weebly.com, wesgrunden.com,
Behind the Lens: Kathy McCraine
Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West new series, “Behind the Lens: Photographers of the American West,” will feature photographer Kathy McCraine, who will discuss her experiences documenting and preserving the beauty and heritage of American ranching, particularly the heritage of the hardworking Arizona cowboy. See website for admission prices. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, 3830 N. Marshall Way, 480-686-9539, scottsdalemuseumwest.org.
Center Dance Ensemble Presents Love Stories
Attend Center Dance Ensemble’s Love Stories for an emotional journey through love and relationships. In this beautiful performance, attendees will experience a retelling of the Mexican folktale, “La Llorona,” The is a premiere work choreographed by CDE’s artistic director Frances Cohen and assistant artistic director, Diane McNeal Hunt, will also be included in the show. Adult: $28; senior: $23; student: $14. Thursday through Saturday: 7:30 p.m.; Sun. 2 p.m. Herberger Theater Center Stage West, 222 E. Monroe St., 602-527-5180, centerdance.com.
MTA Presents “Honk!”
A talented cast of award winners and nominees will bring to life an amusing and heartwarming adaptation of “The Ugly Duckling” fable during Musical Theatre of Anthem’s production of “Honk!”. In this play, Ugly, a duckling not endowed with a normal appearance, goes on a journey filled with adventures to find his true self-worth. Adults, $19; students, seniors and children 12 and under, $16. Musical Theatre of Anthem, 42323 N. Vision Way, 623-336-6001, musicaltheatreofanthem.org.
March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13, 20
Daisy Mountain Fire Presents CERT Training
The Daisy Mountain Fire Department Citizen Corps will offer Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training to anyone 18 years and older. The training will be presented over eight sessions and will teach participants various types of hazards in homes and communities, disaster preparation, head-to-toe assessments and much more! Registration is required. Free. 7-10 p.m. Daisy Mountain Fire Department Station 141, 43814 N. New River Rd., 623-695-1424, dmfdcc.org.
McDowell Mountain Music Festival
Enjoy great music during the 14th annual McDowell Mountain Music Festival. This year’s music lineup includes Flume, The Shins, Chromeo, Grouplove, and much more. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation and United Methodist Outreach Ministries New Day Center. Margaret T. Hance Park, 1202 N. 3rd Ave., 602-343-0453, mmmf.com.
The 6th Annual Tour d’ Artistes
Tour d’ Artistes 2017 will feature 60 artists showcasing their artwork in nine artist studios and two galleries across Fountain Hills. In this self-guided tour, the public will have the opportunity to interact with the artists, watch artists demonstrate their artwork and purchase pieces from them. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 480-837-5593, fountainhillsartleague.com.
Victorian Tea at the English Rose
Enjoy an elegant Victorian tea during English Tea Room’s “High Society Victorian Tea.” This special afternoon tea celebrates the new Queen Victoria series on PBS and will include live music, free gifts, photo opportunities, clothing exhibit and carriage rides. And, of course, guests are encouraged to wear Victorian attire. Reservations required: $50., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., English Rose Tea Room, 201 Easy St., Ste. 103, 480-488-4812, carefreetea.com.
NVSO Special Concert
Come and see Philip Johnson, winner of North Valley Symphony Orchestra’s concerto competition, which was held last September. He will perform Franz Strauss’ “Horn Concerto Op. 8” on the French horn. The concert will also feature a performance by the winner of the Summerford Violin Concerto Competition, as well as a beautiful performance by the NVSO Orchestra. Admissions: $5., 7 p.m., North Canyon High School Auditorium, 1700 E. Union Hills Dr., 623-980-4628, northvalleysymphony.org.
8th Annual Rock the District Concert
The Cave Creek Unified Education Foundation presents the eighth annual Rock the District Concert. This year’s exciting show will feature 53 outstanding performers. The event will also include a raffle and silent auction. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Rock the District proceeds benefit Cave Creek Unified School District teachers through CCUEF. Students and faculty $10; adults $20; children 4 and under free, 5-9 p.m. Stagecoach Village, 7100 E. Cave Creek Rd., rockthedistrict.net.
Pinnacle Concert Series: Concordia Choir
Pinnacle Presbyterian Church’s impressive Pinnacle Concert Series continues during the month of March. On March 4, guests will enjoy a cappella music of the Concordia Choir, directed by Rene Clausen. The Concordia Choir is a 72-voice choir that performs across the country in major halls and also tours internationally. Premium seating $40; general admission $25, students free. 7:30 p.m. Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, 25150 N. Pima Rd., 480-502-0061, pinnacleconcerts.com.
Desert Foothills Land Trust Art Exhibition and Sale
It’s Art for Land’s Sake exhibition, and sale will feature artwork celebrating local land conservation. The purpose of this juried exhibit is to bring awareness to the Land Trust’s work, to inspire land and wildlife conservation, and to promote incredible artists and artwork inspired by locally conserved lands. Proceeds will benefit the Desert Foothills Land Trust and the Desert Foothills Library. The exhibition will be held at the Desert Foothills Library, 38443 N. Scottsdale Rd., 480-488-2286, dflt.org.
March 4-April 2
OdySea Aquarium Presents Sports Fin-Atics
OdySea Aquarium’s new Sports Fin-atics Bracket Challenge focuses on the relationship between competitive sports and aquatic animals. Program highlights include appearances by professional athletes, team mascots, Sweet 16 bracelets featuring marine life, animal trading cards and more. Guests are encouraged to wear favorite team jerseys. Photo opportunities with the featured professional athletes will occur during a special meet and greet times. This event is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., OdySea Aquarium, 9500 E. Via De Ventura Ste. A-100, 480-291-8000, odyseaaquarium.com.
March 4-Aug. 31
Sand and Stone Exhibit
Renowned artist and sculptor, Ray Villafane, will return to Carefree to create another sand masterpiece at the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion in the Carefree Desert Gardens. Villafane will be joined by sand sculptor, Nikolay Torkhov. In addition to the amazing sand sculpture, professional stone balancer, Tim Anderson, will create artistic stone stacks from March 17-19 during the Carefree Fine Art and Wine Festival event*. Free. (*event admission $3), Carefree Desert Gardens and Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion, 101 Easy St., 480-488-3686, carefree.org.
5th Annual Hearts and Hands Gala
Enjoy a circus-themed evening at the fifth annual Hearts and Hands Gala. This fun-filled evening includes an open bar, silent and live auction, formal dinner catered by Tonto Bar and Grill, and an exciting show by mentalist Brett Barry. Proceeds from the event will benefit Foothills Community Foundation’s partner programs. Registration is required. $175 per person, 5-8:30 p.m. Holland Community Center, 34250 N. 60th St., Bldg. B, 480-488-1090, azfcf.org.
Arizona Archaeology Society Meeting
Arizona Archaeology Society: Desert Foothills Chapter welcomes Deborah C. Slaney, curator of history at The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History and Casa San Ysidro in Corrales, New Mexico. Slaney presents “The World of Leekya,” which discusses Zuni carver Leekya Deyuse, a preeminent maker of stone figural sculptures, fetishes, mosaic work and figural jewelry in the 20th century. The public is welcome at all meetings. Free. 7:30-9 p.m. Refreshments will start at 7 p.m., Good Shepherd of the Hills Episcopal Church, 6502 E. Cave Creek Rd., azarchsoc.wildapricot.org/DesertFoothills/.
4th Annual STEAMtastic Event
Paradise Valley Community College at Black Mountain will host the fourth annual STEAMtastic. Attendees of the event will discover how science, technology, engineering, art and math are a part of everyday life. Activities for all ages include a potato launcher, magnetic slime, molecular gastronomy, subzero science, exploding chocolate, glow in the dark room and over 70 hands on activities. Beginning at 7 p.m., attendees will enjoy viewing constellations during the Star Party. Volunteers are needed. Free. 4-10 p.m. PVCC at Black Mountain, 34250 N. 60th St., 602-493-2600, paradisevalley.edu/black-mountain/steamtastic.
Pinnacle Concert Series: The Four Freshmen
On March 10, the Pinnacle Concert Series presents The Four Freshmen. During this enjoyable concert, the group will entertain the audience with classic songs, such as “Day by Day” and “Blue World.” In addition to classics, they will perform new arrangements such as “The Girl from Ipanema” and “Stompin’ at the Savoy.” Premium seating $45; general admission $30; students free. 7:30 p.m. Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, 25150 N. Pima Rd., 480-502-0061, pinnacleconcerts.com.
Arizona Wild West Fest
Arizona’s newest and largest Western music festival invites the public to attend this fun, family-friendly event. Some of the Western fun includes bull riding at the Buffalo Chip Saloon and Steakhouse; Kickin’ ‘n Pickin’ battle of the bands; gunfighter performers; period wardrobe contests; Hooligan’s Treasure Hunt; and much more. cavecreeklive.com.
47th Scottsdale Arts Festival
This three-day event will bring 175 juried artists to Scottsdale to display their paintings, sculptures, glasswork, ceramics, jewelry, photography and other forms of artwork. In addition to the high-quality artwork, guests will enjoy live music; gourmet food trucks and eateries; fine wines, beers, cocktails and beverages; creative activities for all ages; and much more! Adults $10; students $5; children 12 and under free; two-day festival pass $15. Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., 480-499-8587, scottsdaleartsfestival.org.
Magic Bird Festivals Features AZ Wild West Treasure Fest
This one-of-a-kind event will bring together 70 local artists and vendors for a shopping extravaganza! Included items are boutique apparel, jewelry designs, original art, Native American crafts and gourmet packaged edibles. Event attendees are also invited to relax at the Cave Creek Roadhouse, which offers classic American fare and a full-service bar in a casual dining environment. Free. Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cave Creek Roadhouse, 6900 E. Cave Creek Rd., 480-488-2014, carefreeazfestivals.com/cave-creek-events.html.
Casting Call for MTA’s Willy Wonka JR.!
The beloved story by Roald Dahl featuring the eccentric candy man, Willy Wonka, comes to Musical Theatre of Anthem’s stage! Those auditioning for this no-cut production for youth ages 6-13, should prepare a musical theater song, 16-32 bars or one minute in length. General vocal auditions will be held March 11 at 10:30 a.m. and the dance call will be held March 12 at 9 a.m. Performances are scheduled for April 20-30. Musical Theatre of Anthem, 42323 N. Vision Way, 623-336-6001, musicaltheatreofanthem.org.
CTL’s A Little Bit O’ Ireland
Christ the Lord Lutheran Church Living Music Performance Series presents “A Little Bit O’ Ireland.” This CTL concert, in partnership with the Phoenix Cultural Center, features the amazing music by Celtica Chorale. Celtica, a chorale of 20 voices, was founded in 2009 to preserve the medieval, traditional and modern music of Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales, Brittany, Germany, Scandinavia and Russia. In addition to Celtica, the concert will also feature several other Irish musicians. $25. 4 p.m. Christ the Lord Lutheran Church, 9205 E. Cave Creek Rd., 480-488-2081, ctlcarefree.org.
March 12, July 10
Casting Call for MTA’s SCHOOL OF ROCK
The Musical Theatre of Anthem announces its audition times for their upcoming production of “School of Rock.” This rock-and-roll musical, based on the film starring Jack Black, will feature 14 new songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber in addition to the great songs from the movie. Instrument auditions are scheduled for March 12, at 2 p.m. General auditions, for all other roles, are scheduled for July 10 at 9 a.m. Musical Theatre of Anthem, 42323 N. Vision Way, 623-336-6001, musicaltheatreofanthem.org.
Miracle Mile Celebrates St. Patrick’s Day
Head to Miracle Mile Deli during the week of March 13-19 to enjoy a delicious St. Patrick’s Day meal that includes corned beef, Irish potatoes, a quarter of cabbage, bread and butter. For catering on St. Patrick’s Day, order by 2 p.m. on March 16. Miracle Mile is a family-owned restaurant which has been serving the Valley for 68 years. $11.50 per person. Mon.-Fri. 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sat.-Sun. 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Miracle Mile Deli, 4433 N. 16th St., 602-776-0992, miraclemiledeli.com.
Re-use, Re-cycle…Re-Create! Exhibit
Bring anything you consider old, broken, ugly, or a piece of junk to On the Edge Gallery during the Re-use, Re-cycle…Re-Create! exhibit. During this special exhibit, artists Vickie Morrow, Betsy Halford and Jane Nassano will take unwanted materials and create works of art from it. Guests who bring an item will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win one of the re-creations. Free. Thursday 6-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. On the Edge Gallery, 7050 E. 5th Ave. 480-265-8991, ontheedgegallery.com.
Desert Foothills Library’s Cinematic Reflections on WWII
This month’s Cinematic Reflections will focus on the little-known stories of WWII and features the film, “Operation Sussex.” Following the film, there will be a time for a discussion facilitated by Gary Zaro, faculty WWII expert from Paradise Valley Community College. Registration required. Free. 3-5 p.m. Desert Foothills Library, 38443 N. Schoolhouse Rd., 480-488-2286, desertfoothillslibrary.org.
Fountain O’Green Artisan Market
The first-ever Fountain O’Green Artisan Market, presented by Magic Bird Festivals, brings a family-friendly St. Patrick’s Day event to the Avenue of Fountains near the famous Fountain Hills Fountain. The fun includes live music: art exhibits featuring sculptures, paintings, handcrafted jewelry, apparel and more; dance performances; and Irish food from local Arizona vendors. Free. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fountain Hills Fountain,16705 E. Avenue of the Fountains, 480-816-5185, carefreeazfestivals.com/fountain-hills-events.html.
The Rotary Club of Scottsdale North Annual Fundraiser
The Rotary Club of Scottsdale North will hold their annual fundraiser benefiting Soldier’s Best Friend, an organization that provides the United States military veterans living with Post Traumatic Brain Injury with service or therapeutic companion dogs. The cost of admission provides guests with a tasting of two glasses of wine or beer and a delicious dinner. There will also be a live and silent auction. $40 per person. 5:30-8:30 p.m. General Store Patio at Pinnacle Peak Village, 8711 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd., 602-548-3256, rotaryscottsdalenorth.org.
Gallery Andrea’s Spring Wildflower Show
Come out to Gallery Andrea in Scottsdale beginning March 21 to admire the artistic works of mother-daughter duo, Andrea de Kerpely-Zak and Andrea Zakrzewski. During their Spring Wildflower Show, guests will see their impressive artwork that specifically depicts the amazing beauty of Arizona wildflowers, including the African daisies and Mexican gold poppies. Gallery Andrea, 7019 E. Main St., 480-481-2530, artandrea.com.
Date Night at Butterfly Wonderland
Enjoy a one-of-a-kind date night during the “Set Your Hearts Aflutter” couples event. This romantic evening will include delicious wine and hors d’oeuvres. A special screening of the full-length version of the movie, “Flight of the Butterflies,” will also be shown in Butterfly Wonderland’s comfy 3D theater. Registration required. Ages 18 and older. $25 per couple. 6-9 p.m. Butterfly Wonderland, 9500 E. Via de Ventura, 480-800-3000, butterflywonderland.com.
La Mirada Center’s Celebration of Appreciation
The public is invited to the La Mirada Center in Scottsdale for the Celebration of Appreciation event. The La Mirada Center is a convenient lifestyle center, which provides 30 shopping, dining, beauty, fitness, health and well-being businesses in one location. This event will include refreshments, special pricing, extended happy hour pricing and more. 4-7 p.m. La Mirada Center, 8852 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd., lamiradacenter.com.
13th Annual Taste of the Foothills Fundraiser
The Taste of the Foothills annual fundraiser, benefiting the Foothills Caring Corps, returns for another entertaining evening. The event will include delicious food, wine and craft beer tastings; classic and new country music from Pick O’ the Litter; cash prize drawings; and live and silent auctions. Admission: $100 for two adults, includes one cash and caring raffle entry; VIP Admission: $500.00 for 10 adults, includes five raffle entries and a reserved table, 4:30-7:30 p.m. Stagecoach Village, 7100 Cave Creek Rd., 480-488-1105, foothillscaringcorps.com.
Pinnacle Concert Series: Mark Hayes and Stephanie Ann Ball
The last March concert in the Pinnacle Concert Series will showcase the talents of jazz-influenced pianist Mark Hayes and soprano Stephanie Ann Ball. Hayes is an award-winning concert pianist, composer, arranger and conductor. Ball, an up-and-coming classical singer, will capture the audience with her warm voice. Premium seating $40; general admission $25; students free. 7:30 p.m. Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, 25150 N. Pima Rd., 480-502-0061, pinnacleconcerts.com.
March 24-April 2
Modern Phoenix Week
Modern Phoenix returns for its 13th year and will once again provide Valley residents with award-winning tours, educational talks and exciting mixers. This one-of-a-kind week, for design professionals and enthusiasts alike, is an ultimate discovery into midcentury modern homes within the Phoenix area. The event will end with the Modern Phoenix Home Tour in Paradise Gardens on April 2, modernphoenix.net.
Carefree Desert Gardens’ Honey Bee Discussion
This month’s Carefree Desert Gardens discussion will focus on the biology of bees, their behavior and the role of Arizona’s native plants in a bee’s life. Mike Hills and Lee Ann Aronson discuss how people contribute to the decline of bees and how they can provide a healthy yard environment instead. Honey sampling will be included. Arrive early. Seating limited. A suggested donation is $5 or more. 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. The Speakeasy on Easy Street, 100 Easy St., Ste. 2, 480-488-3686.
Car Corral and Swap Meet
The Car Corral and Swap Meet, sponsored by Knights of Columbus, Our Lady of Joy Catholic Church, Hagerty Insurance and Core Fitness, makes for the perfect place to sell or buy a vehicle with no sales tax, an up-close vehicle inspection and a safe and friendly location. Registration proceeds go to the OLOJ preschool and other charities. Free admission. To sell: $45 per single show space; RV, boats and larger vehicles: additional $15. 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Our Lady of Joy Catholic Church, 36811 N. Pima Rd., 480-488-2229, carcorralscottsdale.com.
Coolwater Christian Church Spring Event
The public is invited to celebrate spring during Coolwater Christian Church’s “Spring Thing” event! This new, fun-filled festival includes vintage campers, food trucks, arts and craft vendors, music, “Market on the Move” (60 lbs. of veggies for $10), and much more. Proceeds from this event will go to Coolwater’s newest outreach program: The Homeless I.D. Project. For more information on this project, visit azhomeless.org. To be a vendor at the event, contact Renee at 602-499-0532. Free admission. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Coolwater Christian Church, 28181 N. 56th St., 480-585-5554, coolwaterchurch.org.
Anthem Days 2017
Head to Anthem Community Park for a fun, family-friendly event. Beginning March 25, Anthem Days features a business expo, craft vendors, salsa contest, live music, beer garden, kid’s zone, multi-sport competition, trail mix station, egg hunt and the Frazier Shows Carnival. New this year: an egg hunt exclusively for children with special needs, a petting zoo and pony rides. To participate in the salsa contest, enter recipe by March 17. Free. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Anthem Community Park, 41703 N. Gavilan Peak Pkwy, 623-742-6050, onlineatanthem.com/anthem-days.
2017 Anthem Gem and Mineral Show
The 2017 Anthem Gem and Mineral Show will feature 30 vendors showcasing gems, minerals, beads, lapidary work, jewelry, geodes, fossils and meteorites. Additionally, a specialized Kid’s Corner will provide a fun educational experience. This event is sponsored by the Daisy Mountain Rock and Mineral Club, a non-profit organization promoting geology, mineralogy and lapidary arts. Adults $3; seniors and students $2; children 12 and under free. Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Boulder Creek High School, 40404 N. Gavilan Peak Pkwy., 978-460-1528, dmrmc.com.
March 25-April 2
Cave Creek Rodeo Days
Bring the whole family to Cave Creek for the exciting Cave Creek Rodeo Days! The fun, weeklong event Celebrates Arizona’s Western heritage through a parade, mutton busting, rodeo dance, Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association rodeo events, golf tournament and much more. Events will be held at various Cave Creek locations, such as the Buffalo Chip Saloon, Harold’s Corral and Cave Creek Memorial Arena. For a complete schedule of events, visit cavecreekrodeodays.com.
Scottsdale Philharmonic March Concert
Enjoy an evening with the exquisite sounds of the Scottsdale Philharmonic and a special appearance by pianist Walter Cosand. The program will include Brahms: Tragic Overture; Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor; and Mozart’s Symphony No. 25 in G minor, K 183. Scottsdale Philharmonic, a nonprofit founded in 2012, desires to provide the community with classical music performed by professional musicians. General admission: Free, VIP preferred seating: $15 donation. 4-6 p.m. Scottsdale Bible Church, 7601 E. Shea Blvd., 480-951-6077, scottsdalephilharmonic.com.
Zuva Gallery’s Stewart Chapenga Opening Event
Stewart Chapenga, known as the “Stone Weaver,” sculpts amazing abstract pieces that are inspired by the mysteries of daily life. His extraordinary pieces will be featured at Zuva Gallery from now until April 1. The opening event on March 28 will include complimentary South African wine and delicious hors d’oeuvres. RSVP. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Zuva Gallery, 8900 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd., Ste. C5, 480-488-6000, zuvagallery.com.
David Jonason Exhibition Opens
A series by artist David Jonason, “Desert Fauna,” will open to the public during the ArtWalk on March 30. Jonason creates powerful artwork that combines cubism and realism to explore the Southwest. The artist will personally meet and greet patrons during this opening night. 7-9 p.m. The Marshall Gallery of Fine Art, 7106 E. Main St., 480-970-3111, themarshallgallery.com.
Gallery Andrea’s Romantic Ladies and Flowers Show
During the month of February, Gallery Andrea showcases works by Joanna Zjawinska and Andrea de Kerpely-Zak. Zjawinska, a Polish figurative artist with more than 40 years experience, will exhibit her “Romantic Ladies” artwork. De Kerpely-Zak, a Hungarian artist, has created a special series of romantic floral paintings. Gallery Andrea, 7019 E. Main St., 480-481-2530, artandrea.com.
Behind the Lens: Laura Wilson
Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West’s new series, “Behind the Lens: Photographers of the American West,” will feature photographer Laura Wilson, who will discuss her photography depicting the stark realism of small Western communities. Following the discussion, she will sign copies of her latest book, “That Day: Pictures in the American West.” See website for admission prices. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, 3830 N. Marshall Way, 480-686-9539, scottsdalemuseumwest.org.
Magic Bird Festivals Spring Treasure Fest
This one-of-a-kind event will bring together 70 local artists and vendors for a shopping extravaganza! Included items are boutique apparel, jewelry designs, original art, Native American crafts and gourmet packaged edibles. Event attendees are also invited to relax at the Cave Creek Roadhouse, which offers classic American fare and a full-service bar in a casual dining environment. Free. Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cave Creek Roadhouse, 6900 E. Cave Creek Rd., 480-488-2014, carefreeazfestivals.com.
Desert Foothills Theater Presents Unnecessary Farce
The hilarious play “Unnecessary Farce” brings confusion to a whole new level. Directed by Eric Schoen, the play follows an embezzling mayor, his female accountant, two undercover cops and a lot of confusion about who’s taking the money, who’s hired a hit man and who’s in which motel room. Don’t miss this play and all the confusing fun. Adults: $26-$32.50; youth: $16-$21. See website for show times. Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center’s Black Box Theater, 33606 N. 60th St., 480-488-1981, dftheater.org.
3rd Annual Brewers Bowl
The third annual Brewers Bowl celebrates at least 20 great local breweries of Arizona. Prior to the event, a competition will crown one of the breweries as the 2017 beer champion. Included in this fun event will be live music and food trucks. The Brewers Bowl benefits the Paradise Valley Emergency Food Bank. General admission: $35 (20 sample tickets); VIP admission: $55 (25 sample tickets with gates opening at 4 p.m.). 5-10 p.m. Old Town Scottsdale, 4216 N. Brown Ave., 602-730-6361, brewersbowl.com.
Arizona Fine Art EXPO Presents Royal Arabian Horses
The Arizona Fine Art EXPO invites the public to a special event, “Up Close with Royal Arabian Horses.” This event features Royal Arabian horses that guests can see up close. During this two-hour event, artists will be drawing or painting pictures of the horses. Season passes: $10; seniors/military: $8; children under 12: free. 1-3 p.m. Arizona Fine Art EXPO, 26540 N. Scottsdale Rd., 480-837-7163, arizonafineartexpo.com.
Super Bowl Sunday at Roaring Fork and Salty Sow
Roaring Fork and Salty Sow’s annual Dinner on Us promotion is back with a buy one, get one free entrée. The mouthwatering food at Salty Sow includes crisp chicken thighs, rainbow trout almondine, Asiago-crusted halibut; Sunbru beer-battered fish and chips, and much more! Roaring Fork’s delicious menu includes their “Big Ass” burger, grilled fish tacos, boneless buttermilk fried chicken and more. The special will begin at 4 p.m. at both locations. saltysow.com, roaringfork.com.
Purses for a Purpose Charity Event
Hosted by the Anthem Giving Circle, this fundraiser will auction off nearly 100 purses. There will also be a raffle of two designer bags: the MCM “Medium Liz” Reversible Shopper ($590 value) and a Marc Jacobs Recruit Nomad Pebbled Leather Crossbody Bag ($375 value). The event will also include hors d’oeuvres and a complimentary drink. Proceeds will be used for AGC’s charity work throughout the year. Event tickets: $40; raffle tickets: $5 each or $20 for 5. 5-8 p.m. Ironwood Country Club, 41551 N. Anthem Hills Dr., 623-551-2898 or 480-229-0006, facebook.com/anthem.givingcircle.
Desert Foothills Woman’s Club Annual Fundraiser
Mark your calendar for the Desert Foothills Woman’s Club’s fundraising event, The Big Easy. This fun Mardi Gras night will include live music, dancing, food, silent auction and a cash raffle. All proceeds will benefit student scholarships and local area nonprofit organizations. Seating is limited. $75. 5-9:30 p.m. The Speakeasy on Easy Street, 100 Easy St., Ste. 2, Barbara McKenney at 602-403-0698 or Vivian Florit at 602-432-8228.
Arizona Archaeology Society Meeting
Arizona Archaeology Society: Desert Foothills Chapter welcomes Dr. Jesse Ballenger, principal investigator and project manager at EcoPlan Associates in Tucson. Ballenger will present “Mammoth Hunters, Water Tables and the Demise of the Murray Springs National Historic Landmark as a Record of Human Colonization, Climate Change and Extinctions in the American Southwest” during the next meeting. The public is welcome at all meetings. Free. 7:30-9 p.m. Refreshments at 7 p.m. Good Shepherd of the Hills Episcopal Church, 6502 E. Cave Creek Rd., azarchsoc.org/desertfoothills.
Bourbon and Beef
Enjoy some delicious food and drink at FCF-Holland Community Center. This special food presentation will serve three brands of bourbon from Cartwright’s Sonoran Ranch House bar manager Lance Carver and three types of beef from Cartwright’s executive chef, Brett Vibber. $30 registration fee. 3 p.m. Holland Community Center, 34250 N. 60th St., Bldg. B, azfcf.org.
Carefree Artisan Gifts and Chocolate Festival
Celebrate Valentine’s Day early at Magic Bird Festivals’ sixth annual Carefree Artisan Gifts and Chocolate Festival. This delicious event features some of the best chocolate and confection vendors in the Southwest, including fresh-dipped fruits by the San Francisco Chocolate Factory, handmade truffles by Jason Wasser of Xocolatl and European-inspired sweets from It’s a Divine Bakery. The show also includes packaged culinary offerings, handcrafted gifts, original artwork and live music. Free. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Carefree Desert Gardens, 101 Easy St., 480-488-2014, carefreeazfestivals.com.
Desert Foothills Lutheran Church Book Sale
Desert Foothills Lutheran Church invites the public to attend their 10th annual book sale. Proceeds from the sale will benefit DFLC’s outreach programs. To help support the book sale, DFLC is accepting print and audiobook donations, which can be dropped off at the church between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays. DFLC is also looking for local charities, nonprofit organizations and/or area community groups that could benefit from book donations. Friday and Saturday: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Desert Foothills Lutheran Church, 29305 N. Scottsdale Rd., 480-473-0551, dflc.org.
6th Annual Waterfront Fine Art and Wine Festival
This exciting event, produced by Thunderbird Artists, features the works of artists from around the world, as well as live musical entertainment featuring pianist Brandon Gaesser, Native World Flute player Peter Kendzia and Chapman Stick extraordinaire Michael Kollwitz. Attendees will also enjoy wine tasting from delicious wineries. Adult admission: $3; wine tasting (includes a souvenir wine glass and six tasting tickets): $10; additional tasting tickets: $1. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Scottsdale Waterfront, 7135 E. Camelback Rd., 480-837-5637, thunderbirdartists.com.
Black Theatre Troupe Presents Broke-ology
“Broke-ology,” the acclaimed play from Nathan Louis Jackson, deals with the struggle to break free from poverty and the impact that it has on family dynamics. This will be Black Theatre Troupe’s first production of “Broke-ology” and will be directed by Anthony Runfola. This dynamic play is one not to be missed. $36. Helen K. Mason Performing Arts Center, 1333 E. Washington St., 602-258-8129, blacktheatretroupe.org.
Desert Foothills Library 9th Annual Gala
The community is invited to attend Desert Foothills Library’s ninth annual gala, All That Jazz. This event serves as the library’s largest fundraiser of the year and will include hosted cocktails, gourmet dinner, silent auction and a champagne and wine event. Jo Gemmill, library board member and owner of the English Rose Tea Room, will emcee the event. A special performance from celebrated pianist Nicole Pesce and the Rhys Kelso Quartet will follow the festivities. All proceeds benefit Desert Foothills Library. Limited seating. $175 per person. 5:30 p.m. Desert Foothills Library, 38443 N. Schoolhouse Rd., 480-488-2286, dfla.org.
Scottsdale Philharmonic February Concert
Enjoy an evening with the exquisite sounds of the Scottsdale Philharmonic. The program for the event will include Wagner’s “Overture to Tannhäuser;” Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 in G Minor and Respighi’s “Pines of Rome.” Scottsdale Philharmonic, a nonprofit founded in 2012, desires to provide the community with classical music performed by professional musicians through free concerts. General admission: free; VIP preferred seating: $18. 4-6 p.m. Scottsdale Bible Church, 7601 E. Shea Blvd., 480-951-6077, scottsdalephilharmonic.com.
Feb. 13-March 5
Our Lady of Joy Catholic Preschool Open Enrollment
Our Lady of Joy Catholic Preschool open enrollment for the 2017-18 school year will be from February 13 to March 5. The preschool, which is located in Carefree, will be accepting children between the ages of 3 and 5. Our Lady of Joy Catholic Preschool has been recognized as a leading early childhood learning program in a faith-filled environment. Space is limited, so call today to schedule a tour. Our Lady of Joy Catholic Church, 36811 N. Pima Rd., 480-595-6409, oloj.org/preschool.
Feb. 16-Mar. 23
Lotus Contemporary Art’s Within from Without Exhibition
The public is invited to Lotus Contemporary Art in Scottsdale to view the “Within from Without” Exhibition, which will feature new works by Larry Ortega, Onna Voellmer and Denise Fleisch (owner of Lotus Contemporary Art). Ortega’s work focuses on dark and light, while Voellmer’s work focuses on the connection between nature and self. A reception will be held on March 30 from 6-9 p.m. Lotus Contemporary Art, 7077 E. Main St., Ste. 6, 602-525-0643.
Hidden in the Hills Reception
The community is invited to the Hidden in the Hills reception at the Desert Foothills Gallery. For the past few months, the Desert Foothills Gallery has displayed the showcase works of Sonoran Arts League members who participated in the 2016 Hidden in the Hills Studio Tour. The reception will include refreshments for guests as they peruse the artwork. RSVP required. 4-5:30 p.m. Desert Foothills Library, 38443 N. Schoolhouse Rd., 480-488-2286, dfla.org.
Carefree Desert Gardens Welcomes Tom Gatz
Need landscape tips and ideas? A Carefree Desert Gardens Q-and-A session with Tom Gatz is the perfect opportunity. Tom, a retired wildlife biologist and certified desert landscaper, will share his 20 years of landscaping experience. Specifically, he will discuss improving smaller areas by planting with year-round color and contrast. Seating is limited. $5 or more donation. 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. The Speakeasy on Easy Street, 100 Easy St., Ste. 2, 480-488-3686.
BC Glow Run
Participate in the inaugural BC Glow Run, a charity 5k fun run, scheduled for Feb. 18. This family-friendly event, put on by Boulder Creek High School, will raise funds for We Care Anthem – a non-profit financially supporting local children struggling with illnesses. Race begins at 7:30 p.m. Register online. $35-$45. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Boulder Creek High School, 40404 N. Gavilan Peak Pkwy., 623-445-8600, bcstugo.weebly.com/upcoming-events.html
Musical Theatre of Anthem Presents Winnie the Pooh KIDS
Travel to the Hundred Acre Wood during Musical Theatre of Anthem’s production of Disney’s “Winnie the Pooh KIDS.” This wonderful performance, based on the beloved characters of A.A. Milne and the 2011 Disney animated feature film, will be a hit with the whole family. Adults: $19; students, seniors and children 12 and under: $16. See website for show times. Musical Theatre of Anthem, 42323 N. Vision Way, 623-336-6001, musicaltheatreofanthem.org.
North Scottsdale Estate Auction
The public is invited to attend a North Scottsdale estate auction, conducted by J. Levine Auction & Appraisal. This magnificent collection features hundreds of museum-quality fine art pieces amassed over a 30-year period, including original paintings by Paul Strisik, Ken Davies, Dan Mieduch, James Ayers and Buck McCain; and sculptures by David McGary, Harry Jackson, Ken Rowe, Vala Ola, Richard MacDonald, Paul Rhymer, Bryce Pettit, Scott Rogers and Paige Bradley. The collection also includes a rare Márton Váró Carrara marble torso of a woman. RSVP required for preview on Feb. 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Auction on Feb. 25 begins at 9 a.m. For more information, visit jlevines.com or call 480-496-2212.
Car Corral and Swap Meet
The Car Corral and Swap Meet, sponsored by Knights of Columbus, Our Lady of Joy Catholic Church, Hagerty Insurance and Core Fitness, makes for the perfect place to sell or buy a vehicle with no sales tax, an up-close vehicle inspection and a safe and friendly location. Registration proceeds go to the OLOJ preschool and other charities. Free admission. To sell: $45 for single show space; $100 for the four remaining shows. 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Our Lady of Joy Catholic Church, 36811 N. Pima Rd., 480-488-2229, carcorralscottsdale.com.
Daisy Mountain Veterans Ceremony
Daisy Mountain Veterans will present a deserving Veteran with a car. Ryan Ockomon, this year’s recipient, has served nine years with the Army National Guard as a Tanker; served on Active Duty with his unit to secure the United States/Mexican border; and has worked at the Prescott National Cemetery through the VA’s Community Work Therapy (CWT) program since April 2016. Dennis Hider, President of the Daisy Mountain Veterans, will present the car. Many thanks to Texas Roadhouse and its patrons, The Crossroads Church, American Legion Post 128 and VFW Post 12031 for making this event possible. 10 a.m. Anthem Veterans Memorial, 41703 N. Gavilan Peak Pkwy., 707-601-3444, daisymtnvets.org.
PHX Vegan Food Festival 2017
Presented by Davisson Entertainment, the second annual PHX Vegan Food Festival will bring back the family-friendly event featuring vegan and vegan-friendly food trucks, restaurants and products. The event will also feature demonstrations and presentations by chefs and vegan experts, a kids’ activity area and three entertainment stages with live and local music. General admission: $25; VIP admission: $50; kids 12 and under: free. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Rd., phxveganfest.com.
Cave Creek Museum Artist Reception
Talented wildlife artist and Cave Creek resident Linda Budge will be showcasing her award-winning artwork for the rest of the season at Cave Creek Museum. To celebrate Budge’s work, Cave Creek Museum invites everyone to her artist reception. Free. 5-7 p.m. Cave Creek Museum, 6140 E. Skyline Dr., 480-488-2764, cavecreekmuseum.org.
Eastwood in Carefree Pre-Grand Opening Preview Event
Keystone Homes invites the public to an event celebrating their new luxury homes located in the scenic town of Carefree. Eastwood is a beautiful gated community featuring contemporary ranch-style homes available in four floorplans, ranging in size from 1,900-2,200 sq. ft. and starting from the high $400s. The event will include catered appetizers, flatbread pizza, wine and music by a local pianist. RSVP online. 1-4 p.m. Eastwood Keystone Homes, 8601 E. Cave Creek Rd., 480-266-8599, eastwoodlife.com.
7 Fingers: Cuisine and Confessions
For a truly remarkable sight, head to the latest creation by The 7 Fingers of the Hand. In their Cuisine and Confessions performance, attendees will be amazed by the acrobatic choreography that is skillfully performed in an iconic kitchen set. Cuisine and Confessions desires to bring about the joy of cooking in an unconventional way. Tickets: $29, $39, $49. Feb. 25: 8 p.m.; Feb. 26: 2 p.m. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia G. Piper Theater, 7380 E. Second St., 480-499-8587, scottsdaleperformingarts.org.
PMAZ Presents Moonlight Journey: Songs of Twilight, Dreams and Awakening
ProMusica Arizona Chorale and Orchestra has created a magical concert performance unlike any other. Attendees will experience a party, falling asleep, dreaming and awakening — all aspects of an entire night in the life of a city. PMAZ makes this possible through a multimedia experience of time-lapse photography accompanied by the music of Beethoven, Ola Gjello, Antonin Dvorak, Eric Whitacre and more. Adult/senior premium tickets: $22; general seating: $18; students (16-22): $12; children 15 and younger: free with paid adult. pmaz.org.
Harold’s Mardi Gras Party
Come out to Harold’s Corral Cave Creek’s eighth annual Mardi Gras party, which will include an authentic Mardi Gras buffet of crawfish, fresh Gulf Coast oysters, jambalaya and much more. There will also be drink specials and live music by the 52nd Street Jazz Band. Swing dance lessons begin at 7 p.m., a crawfish-eating contest begins at 8:30 p.m. and a Mardi Gras costume contest begins at 9 p.m. Admission: free; buffet: $18.99. 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Harold’s Corral Cave Creek, 6895 E. Cave Creek Rd., 480-488-1906, haroldscorral.com.
New Year’s Treasure Fest
Celebrate the new year by attending Magic Bird Festivals’ one-of-a-kind New Year’s Treasure Fest. The event showcases 70 local artists and vendors and features an eclectic collection of boutique apparel, jewelry designs, original art, Native American crafts and gourmet packaged edibles. Event attendees are also invited to relax at the Cave Creek Roadhouse, which offers classic American fare and a full-service bar in a casual dining environment. Free. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cave Creek Roadhouse, 6900 E. Cave Creek Rd., 480-488-2014, carefreeazfestivals.com.
Call for Artists: Art in Public Places Exhibit
Artists are invited to submit artwork for the Sonoran Arts League’s Art in Public Places program, a rotating exhibit that moves throughout the year to the Gallery at Desert Foothills Library, the Gallery at el Pedregal and in the towns of Cave Creek and Anthem. The next juried exhibit will be displayed at the Anthem Civic Building beginning January 27. To submit, artists must be 18 years or older and located in Anthem or any North Valley location. There is a $25 non-refundable entry fee for submissions, which can be made via the Sonoran Arts League website. Jury day is January 19. Sonoran Arts League, 480-575-6624, sonoranartsleague.org.
Jan. 3, 10, 17, 24
HCC’s Introduction to Watercolors
In this four-week course titled “An Introduction to Watercolors,” class attendees will explore materials and techniques used in watercolor painting; learn about types of watercolor paper, paints and brushes; and will practice with different brush strokes and techniques. Materials will be provided for this class. $125 registration cost; $5 material charge per class. 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. FCF-Holland Community Center, 34250 N. 60th St., Bldg. B, 480-488-1090, azfcf.org.
New Art Show at the Holland Gallery of Fine Art
The Mountain Top Experience art show displaying abstract paintings will reopen on January 3 after closing for the holidays. This show features a four-person exhibition by Karen Brace Adams, Dennis Kleidon, Elizabeth Moore and Judith Visker. On January 14, the public is invited to attend the artists’ reception from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Gallery hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Holland Gallery of Fine Art, 34250 N. 60th St., Bldg. B, 480-488-1090, azfcf.org.
Pinnacle Presbyterian Presents “January Series”
The public is encouraged to attend the award-winning “January Series” of Calvin College, which will be streamed live at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church. Topics of the series include global governance, human rights, race relations, healthcare reform and the gender gap in technology. Some of the presenters will be Doris Kearns Goodwin, Gary Haugen, Eugene Cho and Matthew Desmond. A schedule of the series can be found on the church’s website. Free. 10:30-11:30 a.m. (MST). Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, 25150 N. Pima Rd., 480-585-9448, pinnaclepres.org.
Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26, Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23
DMFD Presents Citizen Fire Academy
For eight consecutive Thursday nights, community members at least 18 years or older can enroll in the Daisy Mountain Fire Department’s Citizen Fire Academy. In this class, participants will experience firefighter training firsthand, learn how calls are dispatched, visit a fire station and learn how to use their equipment. CPR and First Aid certification will be available. $25. Daisy Mountain Fire Department, 43814 N. New River Rd., 623-465-7400, goo.gl/SgyoPl.
ProMusica Arizona Chorale and Orchestra Auditions
ProMusica will be holding auditions for both the Chorale and Orchestra. Vocalists need to read music, have choral singing experience and prepare a one-minute song. Instrumentalists need to have an intermediate/advanced skill level and prepare a one-minute piece. Accompanist will be provided for vocalists and instrumentalists. For an audition appointment, contact Patti Graetz at email@example.com. 7-9 p.m. Crosswinds Presbyterian Church, 20125 N. 15th Ave., 623-326-5172, pmaz.org.
Itty Bitty Open 2017 Registration
Now is the time to register for the Itty Bitty Open, a free event for ages 3-5 hosted by the Junior Golf Association of Arizona. This special event, which takes place on January 14, will include golf clinics taught by qualified PGA and LPGA professionals, Best Dressed Golfer and Caddie Team prizes, and conclude with non-competitive golf games and tournaments. Participants will take home a set of plastic golf clubs, balls, a bag and a visor. The event will be held at 14 Valley-wide locations. Space is limited. The registration deadline is January 7. To register, call 602-944-6168 or visit jgaa.org.
Catherine Jones, A Pistol Packing Momma
Come to Cave Creek Museum’s Family Fun Workshop and learn about the unofficial “Queen of Cave Creek,” Catherine Jones. While serving as a deputy game warden in the 1920s and homesteading the 1,280-acre Cahava Ranch, she also spent her time as an artist and poetess. This workshop includes activities of Cave Creek life in the 1920s. Free with admission. See website for admission prices. 1:30-3 p.m. Cave Creek Museum, 6140 E. Skyline Dr., 480-488-2764, cavecreekmuseum.org.
Zuva Gallery’s Isaac Choloka Exhibit
The Eight Powerful Sculptures Exhibit by Isaac Choloka will showcase one of Africa’s most talented stone sculptors. These beautiful creations will be on display at Zuva Gallery from January 1 through February 30. African wine and delicious hors d’oeuvres will be served during the opening event on January 10. Please RSVP. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Zuva Gallery, 8900 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd., Ste. C, 480-488-6000, zuvagallery.com.
Jan. 10-Apr. 30
The Artists of Taos Exhibition
The public is invited to Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West’s exhibition, “The Artists of Taos.” Presented by Scottsdale Art Auction, this exhibition highlights the careers and artwork of the Taos Society of Artists and features their best works. Free with admission. See website for admission prices. 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, 3830 N. Marshall Way, 480-686-9539, scottsdalemuseumwest.org.
Arizona Archaeology Society Meeting
The first society meeting of the new year features Carrie Calisay Cannon, who has a bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology and a master’s in resource management, and is a member of Oklahoma’s Kiowa tribe with Oglala Lakota descent. She will present “Plants, Inspiring the People: Reflections on Hualapai Ethnobotany of the Grand Canyon.” The public is welcomed at all Arizona Archaeology Society: Desert Foothills Chapter meetings. Free. 7:30-9 p.m. Reception at 7 p.m. Good Shepherd of the Hills Episcopal Church, 6502 E. Cave Creek Rd., azarchsoc.org/desertfoothills.
Artist Fred Tieken’s LA Art Show
Fred Tieken, of Tieken Studio and Gallery AZ in Paradise Valley, will exhibit his latest artwork with Coagula Curatorial at the LA Art Show. There he will present a series of portraits of famous artists along with his latest installation, “UNO’s GMO Beach Party.” Tieken is known for his love of color, bold lines and mixed media that expresses his social commentary and symbolism. The LA Art Show will be located at the Los Angeles Convention Center and Tieken’s work will be at Booth 113 curated by Mat Gleason. For more information on Fred Tieken, visit fredtieken.com.
Erica Vhay Exhibition: 6th and Main
Arizona artist Erica Vhay will debut her “6th and Main” exhibition at The Marshall Gallery of Fine Art during the January 12 Scottsdale ArtWalk. With a history in various art forms, Vhay now skillfully creates expressive figurative and cityscape paintings. 7-9 p.m. The Marshall Gallery of Fine Art, 7106 E. Main St., 480-970-3111, themarshallgallery.com.
Fountain Hills Sculpture and Wine Festival
Another great show from Thunderbird Artists will bring more than 60 acclaimed sculptors to Fountain Hills to showcase works comprised of bronze, stone, copper, clay, wood, metal, glass, gourd, steel, found objects and mixed media. The event will include wine tasting and delicious food from vendors and surrounding restaurants. The host charity for this event is the International Cancer Advocacy Network. Adult tickets (18 and over): $3; wine tasting (6 tickets): $10. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fountain Hills Fountain, 16810 E. Avenue of the Fountains, 480-837-5637, thunderbirdartists.com.
Desert Foothills Theater Presents All Shook Up
Desert Foothills Theater presents “All Shook Up,” a youth production that tells the story of a guitar-playing roustabout who changes a little town in 1955. With songs like “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Jailhouse Rock” and “Don’t Be Cruel,” audience members will enjoy every second of this fun musical. Adult tickets: $16-$21; youth tickets: $14-$16. Fridays and Saturdays: 7 p.m.; Sundays: 2 p.m. Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center’s Black Box Theater, 33606 N. 60th St., 480-488-1981, dftheater.org.
Carefree Desert Gardens Welcomes Greg Starr
Author, speaker and agave specialist Greg Starr, owner and operator of Tucson’s Starr Nursery, will be the guest speaker for the first program during the winter 2017 season at the Carefree Desert Gardens. Greg will speak on agaves; specifically, how to plant and care for them to ensure success and companion plantings. A plant raffle will be included in the program. Plants will also be available for purchase. Seating is limited. $5 or more donation. 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. The Speakeasy on Easy Street, 100 Easy St., 480-488-3686.
Kent Camerata at CTL
Come enjoy wonderful music at Christ the Lord Lutheran Church. The Kent Camerata, a vocal and instrumental international touring ensemble, will perform unique arrangements of voice with viola, bassoon and piano. Don’t miss out on the beautiful performance. 4 p.m. Christ the Lord Lutheran Church, 9205 E. Cave Creek Rd., 480-488-2081, ctlcarefree.org.
5th Annual Shred-A-Thon
Safely and securely shred your unwanted documents at the fifth annual Shred-A-Thon sponsored by Freeman Income Tax Service and the local Anthem Girl Scouts. Shredding is provided by Shred-IT document management company. Limited to five banker-size boxes of paper. As a Girl Scouts service project, donations are accepted but not required. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Freeman Income Tax Service, 41111 N. Daisy Mountain Rd., Ste. 113, 623-518-2157, freemanincometaxservice.com.
NSDAR Ocotillo Chapter Meeting
The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution’s Ocotillo Chapter invites the public to hear guest speaker and former Air Force Staff Sgt. Mike Spinelli. With a background as a still photographic specialist in the Air Force, Spinelli will present “A Photographer’s Varied Perspective of Wartime Vietnam.” The Ocotillo Chapter is a commemorative partner of the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration 50th Anniversary. Meetings and programs are open to non-members. Free. 9:30 a.m. Outlets at Anthem, Community Room 435, 4250 W. Anthem Way, 623-229-6330, ocotillo.arizonadar.org.
Itty Bitty Open 2017
Now is the time to register for the Itty Bitty Open, a free event for ages 3-5 hosted by the Junior Golf Association of Arizona. This special event will include golf clinics taught by qualified PGA and LPGA professionals, Best Dressed Golfer and Caddie Team prizes, and conclude with non-competitive golf games and tournaments. Participants will take home a set of plastic golf clubs, balls, a bag and a visor. The event will be held at 14 Valley-wide locations. Space is limited. The registration deadline is January 7. Junior Golf Association of Arizona, 602-944-6168, jgaa.org.
Casting Call for MTA’s Winnie the Pooh
Musical Theatre of Anthem has scheduled auditions for Disney’s “Winnie the Pooh KIDS,” based on the beloved characters of A.A. Milne and the 2011 Disney animated feature film. There will be no-cut auditions for youth ages 6-10. Those auditioning should prepare a musical theater song, 16-32 bars or one minute in length. Auditions will be January 14 at 11 a.m. with performances on February 23-26. Musical Theatre of Anthem, 42323 N. Vision Way, 623-336-6001, musicaltheatreofanthem.org.
Jan. 14, 15
Casting Call for MTA’s Honk!
Auditions have been scheduled for MTA’s “Honk!,” based on the beloved fable, “The Ugly Duckling.” This call is for ages 11 to adult, with no-cuts for ages 11-19. General vocal auditions will be held January 14 at 1:30 p.m., with dance auditions on January 15 at 1 p.m. The performances are scheduled for March 2-12. Musical Theatre of Anthem, 42323 N. Vision Way, 623-336-6001, musicaltheatreofanthem.org.
Jan. 14, 15, 21, 22
Butterfly Wonderland’s Native American Cultural Experience Days
Join Butterfly Wonderland during their Native American Cultural Experience Days, which allow guests to experience special storytelling and entertainment. The month also includes free face painting every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and caricatures in the courtyard every other Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. beginning on January 14. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Butterfly Wonderland, 9500 E. Via de Ventura, 480-800-3000, butterflywonderland.com.
Jan. 14, 15, 22, 29
Arizona Bach Festival
The 8th annual Arizona Bach Festival will feature wonderful performances of the rich music of Johann Sebastian Bach by top artists and instrumentalists. The Arizona Bach Festival is led by founder and artistic director Scott Youngs. The performances will be split between two locations: Central United Methodist Church and All Saints’ Episcopal Church. Single ticket: $23 in advance, $25 at the door; student ticket: $15 at the door with valid ID. arizonabachfestival.org.
Jan. 14, 23
Roberta Kritzia Exhibition
The Holland Gallery of Fine Art proudly showcases the work of classical artist Roberta Kritzia, who creates one-of-a-kind art pieces using oil, pastel, pen, ink and mixed media that represent her travels in Europe over the past 31 summers. A reception will be held on January 14 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Then Roberta will present a lecture titled “A Life of Art and Travel” on January 23 at 3:30 p.m., with a cost of $12 per ticket. Holland Gallery of Fine Art, 34250 N. 60th St., Bldg. B, 480-488-1090, azfcf.org.
AZ Jet Center Lifestyle Event
The inaugural AZ Jet Center event, produced by Jet Center Events, will bring luxury aircraft, exotic cars, fine food, fine wine and top shelf spirits to Jet Linx Aviation at the Scottsdale Airpark on Jan. 18. In addition, the event will include a presentation by select artists from the Celebration of Fine Art. Attendees will have the opportunity to obtain artwork through a silent auction that will benefit JDRF, a local company researching cures for Type 1 Diabetes. The silent auction will also include items from sponsors and local businesses. A standard ticket includes event admission, Valet parking and an event gift bag. Standard ticket: $115. 4-7 p.m. Jet Linx Scottsdale, 7916 E. Beck Ln., 425-775-5600, jetcenterevents.com.
Pinnacle Concert Series – Piano Man
Head to Pinnacle Presbyterian Church on Jan. 20 and enjoy the music of Billy Joel and Elton John. Their famous songs, like Piano Man, New York State of Mind, Rocket Man and Candle in the Wind, will be performed by British entertainer Terry Davies who will be backed by an extraordinary nine-piece band. Premium Seating: $45; General Admission: $30; Student: Free. 7:30 p.m. Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, 25150 N. Pima Rd., 480-303-2474, pinnaclepres.org.
Carefree Fine Art and Wine Festival
Produced by Thunderbird Artists, the 24th annual Carefree Fine Art and Wine Festival will feature more than 165 award-winning fine artists, including featured artist Terry Meyer. The event will also include live music by Moodafaruka, pianist Brandon Gaesser, Chapman Stick artist Bob Culbertson, guitarist and songwriter Nina Curry, and Whiskey Kiss. A huge selection of domestic and imported wines will be available for tasting. Admission: $3; wine tasting (6 tickets): $10; additional wine tickets: $1. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Downtown Carefree, 101 Easy St., 480-837-5637, thunderbirdartists.com.
Cave Creek Museum’s Antique Appraisal Day
Appraiser Sean Morton, a member of the Antiques Appraisal Association of America, will examine treasures, discuss their origins and assess their value. Morton has more than 20 years of experience in the fine arts and antiques field. Please note, there is a limit of two items per person, per session. Attending more than one session is allowed. $20 per item. 9:30 am to 4:30 p.m. Cave Creek Museum, 6140 E. Skyline Dr., 480-488-2764, cavecreekmuseum.org.
Hitler’s Art Thief at the Desert Foothills Library
Hear Mary F. Cook, award-winning author and international lecturer, speak of an amazing story about the 1,400 paintings worth $1.4 billion that were recovered in an 83-year-old recluse’s home. Find out how this man came to have these paintings, which were originally plundered for Hitler. Cook has focused 30 years of research on the subject of art theft, including the Nazi plundered art of World War II. Free. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Desert Foothills Library, 38443 N. Schoolhouse Rd., 480-488-2286, desertfoothillslibrary.org.
Foothills Academy College Preparatory Open House
Foothills Academy College Preparatory is adding a state-of-the-art STEAM lab on their North Scottsdale campus, thanks to funding provided by the Kiwanis Club of Carefree. STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) is a curriculum that teaches students how to become producers and not just consumers, as well as teaching them to make deep connections across multiple disciplines. The new STEAM lab provides students with access to 3-D printers, KEVA planks, littleBits, mechanics tools, virtual stimulation and bioengineering and design process. The open house will be from 5-6:30 p.m. at both the elementary and college preparatory campuses. Foothills Academy, 7191 E. Ashler Hills Dr., 480-488-5583, foothillsacademy.com.
Car Corral and Swap Meet
The Car Corral and Swap Meet, sponsored by Knights of Columbus, Our Lady of Joy, Hagerty Insurance and Core Fitness, makes for the perfect place to sell or buy a vehicle with no sales tax, an up-close vehicle inspection and a safe and friendly location. Registration proceeds go to the OLOJ preschool and other charities. Free admission. To sell: $45 for single show space; $100 for four shows. 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Our Lady of Joy Catholic Church, 36811 N. Pima Rd., 480-488-2229, carcorralscottsdale.com.
Pinnacle Concert Series – The 3 International Tenors
On Jan. 27, Pinnacle Presbyterian will pay tribute to three of the most well-known and talented tenors in the world, Luciano Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli and Enrico Caruso. The concert will feature many beautiful songs, like Time to Say Goodbye, Ave Maria and Nessun Dorma. With the sounds of opera, musical theatre and pop opera, it will be an evening not to miss. Premium Seating: $45; General Admission: $30; Student: Free. 7:30 p.m. Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, 25150 N. Pima Rd., 480-303-2474, pinnaclepres.org.
Jan. 27-Mar. 10
Arizona Musicfest Winter Festival
The 26th annual Arizona Musicfest Winter Festival is here once again and will delight audience members all over. The festival opens on January 27 with Grammy Award-winning trumpet sensation Chris Botti, and will go until March 10 with Decades of Divas: From Billie and Aretha to Celine and Barbra. There will be other performances by Manhattan Transfer, Cantus, Midori, Mavis Staples and Patti Austen with the Festival Orchestra. Check website for ticket prices, show times and locations. Arizona Musicfest, 480-840-0457, azmusicfest.org.
Doggie Street Festival
The 2nd annual Doggie Street Festival Dog and Cat Adopt-A-Thon and Companion Animal Celebration invites the public to enjoy a day dedicated to our furry friends. The event will include animal adoption, shopping deals and samples from pet specialty vendors, music, food, auction prizes and more. Pets are welcome to attend with their companions. Free admission. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Steele Indian School Park, 300 E. Indian School Rd., doggiestreetfestival.org.
Health and Resources Expo 2017
Bring the family out to the Health and Resources Expo and connect with more than 40 local health and wellness resources. The expo offers education and activities for all ages, including interactive demonstrations, speakers, pneumonia and flu immunizations from Walgreen’s, fitness activities and much more. A food truck will offer some healthy lunch options. Free. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center, 33606 N. 60th St., 480-488-1105, foothillscaringcorps.com.
WinterFest at Heritage Park
Head to Heritage Park for the inaugural WinterFest to enjoy activities focusing on the area’s cultural, historical, recreational and environmental offerings. The event includes food, crafts and informational booths and will celebrate the installation of interpretative displays on the visitor center walls. Heritage Park is a thirty-acre park located in Black Canyon City designed for conservation and restoration. Free. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Heritage Park, 33955 S. Old Black Canyon Highway, 623-374-5282, blackcanyonheritagepark.org.
Inaugural Fountain Hills Indian Market and Cultural Festival
Magic Bird Festivals presents the first-ever Fountain Hills Indian Market and Cultural Festival, a Southwest-inspired, family-friendly show featuring 100 arts and crafts exhibitors. In addition to the amazing art, the event will include local food vendors, live music, traditional hoop-dancing performances and much more. Free. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fountain Hills Fountain, 16705 E. Avenue of the Fountains, 480-488-2014, carefreeazfestivals.com.
Market Street’s Hot Cocoa Stroll
Come out and experience Christmas at Market Street at DC Ranch. Watch Santa arrive, admire the beautiful tree lighting on the plaza, drink delicious hot cocoa, enjoy the music of carolers and much more! Free. 5:30-8 p.m. Market Street at DC Ranch, 20645 N. Pima Rd., beonmarketstreet.com.
Sister’s Christmas Catechism Fundraiser
Guests of all ages and faiths are welcome to attend a fun holiday and fundraising event, Sister’s Christmas Catechism: The Mystery of the Magi’s Gold. This comedy, featuring a nun set on finding the Christmas caper who stole the gold given to baby Jesus by the Three Wise Men, will give you laughter and cheer while enabling you to support street children in Ethiopia. All profits will go directly to Hope for the Hopeless. $45. 7:30-10 p.m. North Scottsdale United Methodist Church, 11735 N. Scottsdale Rd., 480-948-0529, nsumc.com.
Sedona’s Tree Lighting and Santa Visit
Celebrate the holiday season out of town! Travel to Sedona and enjoy a tree-lighting ceremony, holiday caroling, hot cocoa, cookies, a visit with Santa and more. While there, guests can explore Main Street’s specialty stores and then dine at one of the many great restaurants located in Sedona. Free. 5-7 p.m. Canyon Breeze Plaza, Uptown Sedona, 928-204-2390, sedonamainstreet.com.
Holiday Art Market
Forty local artists will showcase their work at the Holland Community Center during the juried Arizona Sage Art Market. The event features reasonably-priced jewelry, glass, bronze, mixed media, fiber art, oils and acrylics, photography, gourds and much more — a perfect holiday shopping experience! Twenty percent of proceeds will support the Foothills Community Foundation. Free. Friday: 4-7 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. FCF-Holland Community Center, 34250 N. 60th St., Bldg. B, 480-488-1090, azfcf.org.
Stagecoach Village Christmas*
Come out and enjoy the holidays with Watson’s Hat Shop and the rest of Stagecoach Village. There will be fun for the whole family, including face painting and other activities at the Sonoran Art League’s new studio location; photos with Santa taken by Bryan Black (Black Swan Photographers); live music, homemade chocolate cookies provided by Indigo Crow; and hot cocoa and coffee from The Village Coffee Shop. Free. Friday: 5-8 p.m.; Saturday: 12-5 p.m.; Sunday: 12-4 p.m. Stagecoach Village, 7100 E. Cave Creek Rd., 480-595-9777, watsonshatshop.com.
*The December print issue stated incorrect times and activities. This updated event listing includes all correct information.
NVSO Presents A Santa Claus Symphony
Enjoy classical holiday music with the whole family at North Valley Symphony Orchestra’s “A Santa Claus Symphony,” which will include a photo opportunity with Santa Claus. NVSO Youth Orchestra will open the concert with Glazunov’s “Russian Christmas Festival: Carolers.” $5. 7 p.m. North Canyon High School Auditorium, 1700 E. Union Hills Dr., 623-980-4628, northvalleysymphony.org.
Carolyn Eynon Singers Music of Celebration
Favorite holiday songs, both old and new, will be sung by the outstanding Carolyn Eynon Singers, a 24-voice chamber choir. The celebration will be a delight for any age and will close with a traditional “Hallelujah Chorus” sing-along. Adults: $15; students 18 and under: $10; children under 5: free. 7 p.m. Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, 25150 N. Pima Rd., 480-529-2630, carolyneynonsingers.com.
Brynne Smith Memorial Campus Grand Opening
Join Foothills Animal Rescue at 9 a.m. as they unveil their brand-new Brynne Smith Memorial Campus in Scottsdale. The state-of-the-art facility will provide animals with comfortable housing and personal attention as they wait for their forever home. In attendance will be VIPs, local dignitaries and canine ambassadors. Please RSVP to Gail Manginelli at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Santa and Friends Holiday Evening
Join Santa and his helpers for a holiday event at Las Tiendas. Guests will meet local artists at Bryan’s Black Mountain Barbecue, Western Delights, Saddle Up Gallery and Etania Gems and Jewelry. Guests will also enjoy the baked goods of Las Tiendas newest addition, It’s a Divine Bakery. And kids will love meeting the mobile minis, tiny horses all dressed for the holiday season. 6-8 p.m. Las Tiendas Center, 6130 E. Cave Creek Rd., lastiendascavecreek.com.
7th Annual Library Craft and Bake Sale
Start your holiday shopping before the rush! Desert Foothills Library’s annual fundraising event makes it easy to find the perfect gift. After shopping, enjoy delicious treats and coffee while surrounded by the beautiful holiday decorations and live music. Free. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Desert Foothills Library, 38443 N. Schoolhouse Rd., 480-488-2286, desertfoothillslibrary.org.
Dec. 3-4, 10-11, 17-25, 31
Butterfly Wonderland’s Winter Wonderland
Butterfly Wonderland transforms into a winter wonderland with blue, white and silver decor. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday (and every day from December 19-23), 7-foot living angels will spread their wings, and guests will be awestruck by the magical sight! Butterfly Wonderland will also play the serene sounds of the season by musical groups Nouveau Papillon, the Scottsdale String Quartet and Native American flutist Aaron White. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Butterfly Wonderland, 9500 E. Via de Ventura, 480-800-3000, butterflywonderland.com.
Pinnacle Presbyterian’s Celebration of Christmas
Pinnacle Concert Series presents its “Celebration of Christmas,” during which attendees will enjoy the inspirational and joyous holiday music performed by the Pinnacle Chancel Choir, Pinnacle Pealers and special instrumental guests. A special offering will be received to further the fine arts program. Free. 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, 25150 N. Pima Rd., 480-303-2474, pinnacleconcerts.com.
Dec. 4, 11
Desert Foothills Lutheran Christmas Cantata
Join Desert Foothills Lutheran Church for a presentation of “Night of the Father’s Love: A Christmas Cantata with Orchestra, Children and Sanctuary Choirs.” Located in the church’s sanctuary, guests will be moved by a beautiful Christmas story cantata and are encouraged to bring family, friends and neighbors to experience the event. Free. 8:30 a.m. (Dec. 4); 11 a.m. (Dec. 11). Desert Foothills Lutheran Church, 29305 N. Scottsdale Rd., 480-585-8007, dflc.org.
NDP to Host Annual Charity Golf Tournament
The 15th annual Notre Dame Preparatory Golf Tournament will be held at the Troon North Golf Course in Scottsdale and will raise money for the Saints’ Fund, which provides scholarships for students needing financial assistance. In addition to the game, there will be putting and driving contests, a ball launcher, raffles, silent auction, drinks and hors d’oeuvres. Regular registration will continue through November 30. Individual registration, $350; foursome registration, $1,400. Check in: 8 a.m. Shotgun start: 10 a.m. Troon North Golf Course, 10320 E. Dynamite Blvd., 480-634-8284, ndpsaints.org/golf.
Holiday Music with Arizona’s Official State Balladeer
Celebrate the Christmas season with Dolan Ellis, Arizona’s Official State Balladeer since 1966. On December 7, he’ll not only delight audiences with holiday music and Arizona legend and lore, but will also give a special tribute to our Pearl Harbor veterans. Free with admission. See website for admission prices. 1-2 p.m. Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, 3830 N. Marshall Way, 480-686-9539, scottsdalemuseumwest.org.
Christmas Event at the SHOPS at Gainey Village
Christmas is in full swing at the SHOPS at Gainey Village! This event includes live holiday music by the band Affinity as well as Disneyland’s Goode Time Carolers. There will be pictures with Santa, horse and carriage rides, a trackless train for children and more! Cookies, baked goods, coffee and tea will be provided by Panera Bread Company. Free. 5-8 p.m. The SHOPS at Gainey Village, 8777-8989 N. Scottsdale Rd., theshopsgaineyvillage.com.
OLOJ Gingerbread Open House
For families interested in learning about Our Lady of Joy Catholic Preschool, the Gingerbread Open House makes for the perfect opportunity to learn about their highly-rated program while enjoying a school tour, refreshments and a gingerbread house building event for each child who attends. RSVP is required. Free. 10 a.m. Our Lady of Joy Catholic Church, 36811 N. Pima Rd., 480-595-6409, oloj.org/preschool.
MTA Presents Elf the Musical, Jr.
“Elf the Musical, Jr.,” based on the fun holiday movie about Buddy the Elf (played by J.R. Momeyer) comes to the Musical Theatre of Anthem. The cast, which includes award winners and nominees 6-18 years of age, will bring delight and merriment to all who attend. Adults, $19; students, seniors and children 12 and under, $16. See website for show times. Musical Theatre of Anthem, 42323 N. Vision Way, 623-336-6001, musicaltheatreofanthem.org.
Carefree Christmas Festival
Save the date! The ninth annual Carefree Christmas Festival will return the second weekend in December. This family-friendly event offers a magical winter holiday in the Arizona desert. There will be a stunning display of lights, an appearance by Santa, real snow, a holiday gift market, nighttime carriage rides and much more. Free. Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Carefree Desert Gardens and Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion, 100 Easy St., 480-488-2051, carefreechristmasfestival.com.
Dec. 9, 13
Upcoming New River/Desert Hills Community Association Meetings
The New River/Desert Hills Community Association will hold a representative town hall meeting on December 9 from 9-11 a.m. at the Anthem Civic Building, located at 3701 W. Anthem Way. Speakers will include Bill Gates, Maricopa County supervisor-elect for district 3, and Joe Klima, reserve commander for the Phoenix Police Department. On December 13 from 7:30-9 p.m., NR/DHCA will hold a community meeting at Daisy Mountain Fire Department 141, located at 43814 N. New River Rd. The meeting will also include speaker Bill Gates and sponsors’ night for NR/DHCA. For more information on NR/DHCA, visit nrdhca.org.
Holiday Concert with Esteban
Don’t miss out on a holiday musical performance by the renowned classical guitarist, Esteban. He will play at Tempe’s Arizona Heritage Center and will be accompanied by his daughter, violinist Teresa Joy. Prior to the concert, a reception of delicious tapas, Spanish wines and sangria will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Premium tickets (includes an Esteban Christmas CD): $100; level 2 tickets: $85; level 3 tickets: $70. 7-9 p.m. Arizona Heritage Center at Papago Park, Steele Auditorium, 1300 N. College Ave., 480-563-8539, historicalleague.org.
Museum of the West Holiday Movie Event
Bring the kids to Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West for a holiday-filled event, beginning with a screening of “The Polar Express.” A silver bell scavenger hunt, as well as make-and-take crafts and games will then ensue. The event will end with OK Chorale members performing holiday songs and stories. Free with admission. See website for admission prices. 10 a.m. Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, 3830 N. Marshall Way, 480-686-9539, scottsdalemuseumwest.org.
NSDAR Ocotillo Chapter Meeting
The Ocotillo Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution invites the public to hear guest speaker Evelyn Johnson, executive director for the Cave Creek Museum. She will discuss the modern history of the Cave Creek area, including the tubercular cabin located at the Cave Creek Museum. With its members and chapters worldwide, the NSDAR promotes patriotism, preserves American history and supports better education for children. Meetings and programs open to non-members. Free. 9:30 a.m. Outlets at Anthem, Community Room 435, 4250 W. Anthem Way, 623-229-6330, ocotillo.arizonadar.org.
Phoenix Symphony Presents Handel’s Messiah
Handel’s “Messiah,” one of the most famous oratorios, will be performed by the Phoenix Symphony during the Pinnacle Concert Series. The Phoenix Symphony will be joined by the Phoenix Symphony Chorus and soloists. Please note, tickets are available only through the Phoenix Symphony box office at 602-495-1999, 800-776-9080 and phoenixsymphony.org. General admission: $49. 3 p.m. Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, 25150 N. Pima Rd., 480-303-2474, pinnacleconcerts.com.
Cave Creek Museum’s Cowboy Christmas
Cave Creek Museum invites the whole family to their annual Cowboy Christmas Holiday Party. There will be an appearance by Arizona’s Singing Cowboy, Gary Sprague, and his horse, Dusty. The event also includes learning about holiday traditions of early Cave Creek, gold panning and cookie decorating! Free. 1:30-3:30 p.m. Cave Creek Museum, 6140 E. Skyline Dr., 480-488-2764, cavecreekmuseum.org.
Cave Creek Museum’s Kokedama Workshop
Come learn how to make a kokedama, a traditional Japanese art form that displays string-and-moss balls nestled in a bowl, resting on a slate tile or suspended from a tree limb. During the workshop, participants create their own kokedama with the help of instructor Paige Coniglio. Kokedamas will make a great and unusual holiday gift! The instruction fee includes plant, planting materials and slate display. Reservations are required. $35 instruction fee. 6 to 8:30 p.m. Cave Creek Museum, 6140 E. Skyline Dr., 480-488-2764, cavecreekmuseum.org.
Desert Foothills Library Mrs. Claus Holiday Party
Children will have some holiday cheer when they meet Mrs. Claus in the story time room at the library! There will be holiday magic, crafts and treats. The event is geared toward ages 2.5 to 6, but siblings are welcome, as well. Call to register. Free. 10-11:45 a.m. Desert Foothills Library, 38443 N. Schoolhouse Rd., 480-488-2286, desertfoothillslibrary.org.
Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Christmas Concert
“A Peter White Christmas” concert brings the sounds of the season and smooth jazz to Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa. The holiday concert features world-renowned acoustic guitarist Peter White, along with trumpet and flugelhorn player Rick Braun and saxophonist Euge Groove. Ticket prices: $55, $75, $100. Doors open: 6 p.m.; concert: 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch, 7500 E. Doubletree Ranch Rd., 949-360-7800, hyattscottsdale.tix.com.
Car Corral and Swap Meet
The Car Corral and Swap Meet, sponsored by Knights of Columbus, Our Lady of Joy, Hagerty Insurance and Core Fitness, makes for the perfect place to sell or buy a vehicle with no sales tax, an up-close vehicle inspection and a safe and friendly location. Registration proceeds go to the OLOJ preschool and other charities. Upcoming dates: Dec. 16, Jan. 27, Feb. 24, March 24, April 28 and May 26. Free admission. To sell: $45 for single show space; $100 for four shows. 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Our Lady of Joy Church, 36811 N. Pima Rd., 480-488-2229, carcorralscottsdale.com.
Phoenix Chorale Presents A Chorale Christmas
Celebrate the 200th anniversary of “Silent Night” during Phoenix Chorale’s “A Chorale Christmas: Silent Night.” The Grammy award-winning Phoenix Chorale will delight guests with beautiful performances of hymns and carols sung by the 28 highly-trained singers of the group. See website for prices, show times and location details. 602-253-2224, phoenixchorale.org.
A ProMusica Arizona Christmas
Enjoy a Christmas musical celebration with ProMusica Arizona, one of the Valley’s leading chorale and orchestra groups. The concert will include a mixture of Christmas favorites and modern masterpieces, a reading of the Christmas story and the popular audience sing-along. See website for prices, show times and location details. 623-326-5172, pmaz.org.
Esteban and Teresa Joy at the MIM
Make your December extra special by attending this musical event featuring world-famous classical and flamenco guitarist Esteban. Joining him will be the talented violinist Teresa Joy. The event will have two performances. $38-$53. First show: 6-7 p.m.; second show: 8-9 p.m. Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., 480-478-6000, mim.org.
MTA’s 2016 Holiday Show
Performed by Musical Theatre of Anthem’s Outreach Group (award-winning performers who tour the Valley to serve the community), the 2016 Holiday Show will feature a concert-style performance filled with the sounds of the season, classic carols and popular holiday music. General admission seating. $15. 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., Musical Theatre of Anthem, 42323 N. Vision Way, 623-336-6001, musicaltheatreofanthem.org.
Enjoy a holiday party with more than 1,000 of your closest Jewish friends at the 18th annual Mazelpalooza. The event, which is located at the Maya Day and Nightclub in Scottsdale, will feature music by DJ Soloman; a cash bar serving beer, wine and cocktails; a photo booth and plenty of places to relax and have fun with friends. Eighteen dollars of each ticket benefits the annual campaign of the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix. You must be 21 to attend and able to show a valid over 21 ID at the door. $36 advance, $45 at the door. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Maya Day and Nightclub, 7333 E. Indian Plaza, 480-481-7010, mazelpalooza.org.
Hanukkah Feast at Miracle Mile
Miracle Mile Deli invites you to a feast honoring Hanukkah. The local restaurant will offer a special dine-in meal called the brisket plate. This delicious holiday meal will be served with a potato pancake with applesauce or sour cream and a cup of matzo ball soup. Miracle Mile Deli, a locally-owned restaurant, has been serving the Valley for 67 years. $12. Monday through Friday: 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Closed Christmas. Miracle Mile Deli, 4433 N. 16th St., 602-776-0992, miraclemiledeli.com.
NVJCA Hanukkah Celebration
The North Valley Jewish Community Association invites you to celebrate Hanukkah. The celebration will include cocktails, a candle-lighting ceremony and a traditional buffet. For reservations, mail check payable to NVJCA, 39506 N. Daisy Mountain Dr., Ste. 122-198, Anthem, 85086. RSVP by Dec. 19. $30 per adult; $13 per child ages 3-10 years; free for children under 3. 5 p.m. Ironwood Grille, Anthem Country Club, 2708 W. Anthem Club Dr., 623-322-0957, nvjca.org.
Dec. 30-Jan. 1
New Year’s Treasure Fest
Celebrate the new year by attending Magic Bird Festival’s one-of-a-kind New Year’s Treasure Fest. The event showcases 70 local artists and vendors and features an eclectic collection of boutique apparel, jewelry designs, original art, Native American crafts and gourmet packaged edibles. Event attendees are also invited to relax at the Cave Creek Roadhouse, which offers classic American fare and a full-service bar in a casual dining environment. Free. Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cave Creek Roadhouse, 6900 E. Cave Creek Rd., 480-488-2014, carefreeazfestivals.com.
2016 Halloween Candy Buyback
Save your Halloween candy for a special cause! Candy brought to Sheppard Pediatric Dentistry on Nov. 1 will be put into care packages for the troops. Please separate chocolate from the candy. Dr. Sheppard will also pay $1 per pound of candy. 3-7 p.m. Sheppard Pediatric Dentistry, 41930 N. Venture Dr., 623-551-2992, drsheppard.com.
13th Annual Cave Creek Wild West Days
Hosted by the Cave Creek Merchants and Events Association (CCMEA), this family-friendly event will feature all sorts of fun-filled activities, including bathtub races, mutton bustin’, pig racing, cornhole, bull riding, a horseback poker ride and half pie-eating contest. There will also be a bachelor/bachelorette auction with proceeds benefitting CCMEA, a Miss Wild West Days contest, gun raffle, parade and motorcycle run. With music by Jan Marrou and a special performance from the Prescott Regulators and Their Shady Ladies, it’s sure to be a wild good time. Free. 480-437-1110, wildwestdayscavecreek.com.
Sips and Sounds 2016
The SHOPS at Gainey Village are excited for the next installment in the Sips and Sounds concert series. This event will feature live music from the band Rock Lobster, an Arizona ‘80s retro music cover band. Guests are encouraged to relax under the evening sky while enjoying food and drinks from the many restaurants located in the shopping center. Free. 6-8 p.m. The SHOPS at Gainey Village, 8777-8989 N. Scottsdale Rd., theshopsgaineyvillage.com.
Arizona Animal Hospital Open House
Come out to Arizona Animal Hospital’s open house and enjoy free tacos from the Taste of New Mexico food truck, live music featuring Dave Sheehy and raffle items with proceeds benefiting TGen, a Phoenix-based nonprofit dedicated to improving pet health. Free. 5-7:30 p.m. Arizona Animal Hospital, 31313 N. Scottsdale Rd., Ste. 160, 480-686-8083, arizonaanimalhospital.com.
10th Annual Holiday Bazaar
The annual holiday bazaar at Our Lady of Joy Catholic Church in Carefree will feature more than 70 vendors selling items of pottery, jewelry, artwork, fashions and accessories. Additionally, there will be a Book Nook of gently used books, a Corner Café with breakfast and lunch options, and a Sweets and Treats Shop selling delicious home-baked goodies. Proceeds from the bazaar will go to community projects focused on making a positive difference. Free. Our Lady of Joy Catholic Church, 36811 N. Pima Rd., 480-575-5238, oloj.org.
Camelback Studio Tour and Art Sale
Returning for its eighth year, the Camelback Studio Tour and Art Sale promises once again to showcase the wonderful art of local artists. Participants are encouraged to walk, drive or bike to visit more than 25 local artists in six different home studios in the Sherwood Heights neighborhood. Free. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 480-215-5975, camelbackstudios.com.
Magic Bird Festival’s Wild West Treasure Fest
Come out for a great shopping experience in Cave Creek! The event showcases 70 local artists and vendors and features an eclectic collection of boutique apparel, jewelry designs, original art, Native American crafts, and gourmet packaged edibles. Event attendees are also invited to relax at the Cave Creek Roadhouse, which offers classic American fare and a full service bar in a casual dining environment. Free. Friday & Saturday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cave Creek Roadhouse, 6900 E. Cave Creek Rd., 480-488-2014, carefreeazfestivals.com.
23rd Annual Carefree Fine Art and Wine Festival
More than 150 award-winning fine artists will showcase their artwork in the 23rd annual Carefree Fine Art and Wine Festival. Paintings, drawings, charcoals, pastels, sculptures, bronzes and hand-blown glass are just some of the work that will be displayed. Featured artist will be oil painter Darrell Thomas. Attendees will also enjoy live music and the tasting of delicious wines, rums and microbrews. Adults, $3; children 18 and younger, free; wine tasting, $10. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Carefree Desert Gardens and Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion, 101 Easy St., 480-837-5637, thunderbirdartists.com.
2nd Annual Grand Prix of Scottsdale Gatsby Weekend
The Roaring ‘20s are back! The public is invited to attend this Gatsby-themed weekend, which includes period 1920s dress and a black-tie gala; a lawn party with wine, spirits, craft beer and restaurant tastings; an exhibition and race of open-wheeled vintage mini racers; a kids’ race and special kids’ zone; and Charleston competitions. The event proceeds will benefit early childhood programs. 480-527-9779, grandprixscottsdale.com.
7th Annual Herberger Theater Festival of the Arts
The Festival of the Arts is a family-friendly event and will include live music, theater and dance performances, a children’s activity area, film shorts, food, pet adoptions, craft beer tasting and more! Proceeds will benefit the Herberger Theater’s youth outreach programs. Free. 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., 602-254-7399, herbergertheater.org.
12th Annual Certified Local Fall Festival
Presented by Local First Arizona, this event will celebrate all things local. With more than 100 vendors from around Arizona, attendees can sample and peruse various products, foods and drinks. All ages are encouraged to attend. Admission is free and tickets for food sampling and activities will be available for purchase. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Margaret T. Hance Park, 1134 N. Central Ave., 602-956-0909, localfirstaz.com/fall-festival.
Light the Night Fundraising Walk
This year’s Light the Night Fundraising Walk is hosted by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and will celebrate the survivors of blood cancers through music, entertainment and the carrying of illuminated lanterns. The night, dedicated to bringing awareness to blood cancers, will end with a showstopping display of fireworks. 5-7 p.m. Phoenix Municipal Stadium, 5999 E. Van Buren St., lightthenight.org.
ProMusica’s The Masters at the Movies
ProMusica Arizona’s first concert of the season is dedicated to great composers who have scored music for famous motion pictures, including “The King’s Speech,” “Apocalypse Now,” “The Big Lebowski” and many more! The concerts will be performed at Cross of Christ Lutheran Church in Anthem and American Lutheran Church in Sun City. See website for prices, show times and location details. 623-326-5172, pmaz.org.
Nov. 5-Sept. 4
Special MIM Exhibition: Dragons and Vines
This never-before-seen special exhibition will provide an opportunity to see more than 30 exquisite inlaid guitars, banjos and a ukulele. The inlaid artwork is created using various materials, including abalone shells, mother-of-pearl, gold, copper and wood. $10, exhibition only; $7 with general admission purchase. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., 480-478-6000, mim.org.
American Heroes: Portraits of Service Exhibit
Belmont Village Senior Living Scottsdale unveils an amazing and historical exhibit on Nov. 9. The exhibit features current portraits of veterans taken by photographer Thomas Sanders, which then have been superimposed in front of historic backdrops. The unveiling event will also include a reception and recognition ceremony for WWII-Era Veterans and beyond. Special guest will be Arizona State Rep. John Kavanagh. Open to the public. Reservations suggested. 2-4 p.m. Belmont Village Senior Scottsdale, 13850 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., 480-945-3600, belmontvillage.com.
Arizona Archaeology Society Meeting
The latest society meeting features Todd W. Bostwick, Ph.D., RPA, who was a Phoenix city archaeologist for 21 years at Pueblo Grande Museum and is currently the director of archaeology at the Verde Valley Archaeology Center in Camp Verde. He will be presenting “The Megalithic Temples and Tombs of Malta: Early Religion and Ritual in the Mediterranean, 3,600 B.C.-2,500 B.C.” Reception begins prior to the meeting at 7 p.m. Free. 7:30-9 p.m. Good Shepherd of the Hills Episcopal Church, 6502 E. Cave Creek Rd., azarchsoc.org/desertfoothills.
Charles Schwab Cup Championship
The championship returns to the beautiful and award-winning Cochise golf course, a Jack Nicklaus Signature course at Desert Mountain in Scottsdale. The event will allow fans to watch the 36 top points leaders of the PGA Champions Tour. Daily tournament grounds tickets start at $30 and weekly passes are $70. Youth 18 and under are free all week when accompanied by a ticketed adult. Desert Mountain Golf Club, 10550 Desert Hills Dr., schwabcup.com.
MTA Presents To Kill a Mockingbird
The American masterpiece, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” defined by author Harper Lee as a simple love story, comes to the Musical Theatre of Anthem and prepares to wow audiences through an award-winning cast and production staff. Adults, $19; students, seniors and children 12 and under, $16. See website for show times. Musical Theatre of Anthem, 42323 N. Vision Way, 623-336-6001, musicaltheatreofanthem.org.
Anthem Veterans Memorial Ceremony
Hosted by the Anthem Community Council and the Anthem Veterans Memorial support team, the Veterans Day ceremony will pay tribute to the many veterans who have dedicated their lives to this country. The keynote speaker will be retired Adm. Paul David Miller, who had a naval career spanning 30 years. Prior to the ceremony, a special fundraising breakfast will begin at 8 a.m. The ceremony will then start at 10 a.m. Anthem Community Park, 41703 N. Gavilan Peak Pkwy., onlineatanthem.com/avm.
Carefree’s Veterans Day Celebration
The eighth annual Veterans Day Celebration in Carefree will feature exciting patriotic and military music by Don Morosic and his Main Event Swing Band. The event will also include life stories from veterans of the armed forces. Light refreshments will be served and Packages from Home will also collect items to send to troops. Free. 3-5 p.m. Carefree Desert Gardens and Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion, 101 Easy St., 480-488-3686, carefree.org.
Nov. 11-12, Dec. 2-3
Etania Gems and Jewelry Trunk Show
The November 11-12 trunk show at Etania Gems and Jewelry will feature local jewelry artist Jennifer Hanscom, who beautifully creates sterling silver pieces that are timeless and elegant. The December 2-3 trunk show will feature Tumblestone Gems and Jewelry, which makes one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces from tumbleweeds found around the state. 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Etania Gems and Jewelry, 6140 E. Cave Creek Rd., 602-429-0505, etaniagems.com.
Nov. 11, Dec. 4
Joye DeGoede – Book Signing
The Head Artist in Residence at the Gallery at el Pedregal, Joye DeGoede, has published an adult picture book for grownups titled, The JoyEful Party Animals – The Celebration Begins. This book is the continuation of her popular JoyEful Party Animals series, which are surrealist paintings of animals imitating human habits. There will be two book signings: Nov. 11, from 4-7 p.m., at the Spotted Donkey, 34505 N. Scottsdale Rd. and Dec. 4, from 3-6 p.m., at The Boulder’s Resort, 34631 N. Tom Darlington Dr. For more information, visit joyesart.com.
Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration
Kick off the holiday season by attending The Outlets at Anthem’s Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration. The event will display the beautiful lights and decorations on the tallest fresh-cut decorated Christmas tree in Arizona! Free. 5-8:30 p.m. Outlets at Anthem, 4250 W. Anthem Way, 623-465-9500, outletsanthem.com.
NDP’s Culinary Festival
Notre Dame Preparatory’s annual Culinary Festival is here! This year, the event will celebrate and serve delicious food from 14 local restaurants, including Ciao Grazie, Grimaldi’s Coal Brick-Oven Pizza, The Capital Grille, Tom’s Thumb Fresh Market and more. There will also be awesome live music from the band Elvis Before Noon. The event is for adults 21 and older and attire is casual. Advance ticket price, $100; door ticket, $125. 6 p.m. Notre Dame Preparatory, 9701 E. Bell Rd., 480-634-8284, ndpsaints.org/culinaryfest.
The Healthy Brain Expo
Need a brain boost? Then head to the Healthy Brain Expo at the Holland Community Center this November. The expo will feature nine workshops, speakers and exhibits all geared toward teaching how to keep the brain engaged, creative and strong. Adults, $20; seniors, $15; students, $5. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Holland Community Center, 34250 N. 60th St., Bldg. B, 480-488-1090, azfcf.org.
Chapter2Books Special Sale
Don’t miss out on the special sale from the biggest used bookstore in the North Valley! With more than 50,000 books to choose from, book lovers will be in paradise. Along with the books, there will be DVDs, CDs and audiobooks for sale. Items start at just 50 cents! Chapter2Books is located inside the Desert Foothills Library. Free. Check website for library times. Desert Foothills Library, 38442 N. Schoolhouse Rd., 480-488-2777, chapter2booksaz.com.
TRRFCC Family Fun Night
The annual TRRFCC fundraiser will be held at The Buffalo Chip and will include a bake sale, face painting, raffles, horse painting, silent auction and a chuck wagon dinner. TRRFCC, which stands for Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship, is a nonprofit organization working to make a difference in the lives of K-8 students through horsemanship. Free. 5-8 p.m. 480-272-0929, trrfcchorsemanship.org.
FCC Charity Golf Tournament
The 6th annual charity golf tournament at Mirabel Golf Club in Scottsdale raises funds for the Foothills Caring Corps, a nonprofit organization supporting older residents in the Northeast Valley. The event will also include hole-in-one prize opportunities, raffle prizes, auction items, drinks and hors d’oeuvres. $400. 8:30 a.m. Mirabel Golf Club, 37100 N. Mirabel Club Dr., 480-488-1105, foothillscaringcorps.com.
Cave Creek Museum’s Miner’s Dinner
A beautiful night under the stars awaits guests as they dine outside by the historic Golden Reef Stamp Mill at the Cave Creek Museum. After the chuck wagon dinner, guests will be able to see the stamp mill in action, along with watching blacksmiths at work, panning for gold and enjoying the music of Down Home Arizona. The night will also include a silent and live auction. Reservations requested. $55 per person. 4-8:30 p.m. Cave Creek Museum, 6140 E. Skyline Dr., 480-488-2764, cavecreekmuseum.org.
Ladies’ Bunco Night
It’s ladies’ night! Sponsored by Soroptimist International of Saguaro Foothills, the night will include a fun bunco game, appetizers and refreshments. Proceeds will support various community programs, like scholarships for women returning to school and Bobcat’s Closet, which provides free clothing and shoes to area school-age children in need. $20. 6 p.m. Coolwater Christian Church, 28181 N. 56th St., 602-568-5005.
Understanding Flavored Oils and Vinegars
Presented by Merle Lehman, owner of Gourmet Blends AZ, this class will discuss the best barrel-aged balsamic vinegars and citrus- or herb-infused olive oils, plus how to purchase them locally. The class will also include tastings of different oils and vinegars. $19.99. 3 p.m. Holland Community Center, 34250 N. 60th St., Bldg. B, 480-488-1090, azfcf.org.
The Big Heap Returns to Cave Creek
The Big Heap will return for its last show in Cave Creek and will feature urban and boho furniture, clothing, accessories and exotic relics — something you won’t see at every show. The event will also include artists, live music, gourmet food trucks and performances. $7; kids 12 and under, free. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Big Heap, 3841 N. Schoolhouse Rd., 480-329-6118, thebigheap.com.
Nov. 18-20, 25-27
20th Annual Hidden in the Hills
The much anticipated Hidden in the Hills Studio Tour and Sale of Cave Creek, Carefree and North Scottsdale is back and celebrating its 20th year. With more than 180 local artists in 47 studio locations, this year is sure to be a hit! Participants can expect to admire and buy impressive paintings, sculptures, jewelry and more. Free, self-guided tour. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 480-575-6624, hiddeninthehills.org.
Desert Discovery Day
Bring the family to the 5th annual Desert Discovery Day and explore the beautiful Sonoran Desert. Throughout the Harry Dalton Trail, children will stop at stations where there will be live animals, crafts and activities. Free. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jewel of the Creek Preserve, 44029 N. Spur Cross Rd., dflt.org/desert-discovery-day.
Musical Concert at Desert Foothills Lutheran Church
Desert Foothills Lutheran Church presents a concert by organist/pianist HaeJu Choi. She will be joined on stage by guest vocalist Christie Fletcher, pianist Dongfang Zhang and local performer D. Justin Carpenter. The concert will feature the music of Debussy, Barber and Ralph Vaugh Williams. Free. 3 p.m. Desert Foothills Lutheran Church Sanctuary, 29305 N. Scottsdale Rd., 480-585-8007, dflc.org.
3rd Annual American Made Matters Day
Support American-made products during Watson’s Hat Shop’s third annual American Made Matters Day. The event will showcase the high-quality hats manufactured and built right inside Watson’s Hat Shop, and will also feature American-made watches by professional watchmakers A.M. Cook Wristwatch. Also included in the evenings activities will be raffle prizes and food and drink selections by Indigo Crow. Watson’s Hat Shop is the Arizona ambassador for the American Made Matters organization. Free. 4-8 p.m. Watson’s Hat Shop, 7100 E. Cave Creek Rd., Ste. 148, 480-595-9777, watsonshatshop.com.
AZDance Presents A Joyous Christmas
A joyous Christmas it will be when guests attend AZDance’s holiday event. Many talented dancers will dance to favorite Christmas and holiday music under the artistic direction of Kenda Newbury. AZDance is a nonprofit professional dance company that integrates professional dancers with those who have different abilities. Check website for ticket prices, show times and location. 602-787-7738, azdance.org.
Zuva Gallery Presents Sculptures by Euwitt Nyanhongo
Zuva Gallery showcases the work of Zimbabwe’s Euwitt Nyanhongo on Nov. 22. His sculptures represent man’s affinity with nature, animals, birds, spirits and the Shona culture’s mythological beliefs. Complimentary South African wine and appetizers will be served. RSVP requested. Free. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Zuva Gallery, 8900 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd., Ste. C, 480-488-6000, zuvagallery.com.
Hyatt Regency’s Thanksgiving Buffet
Come to SWB, a Southwest bistro located in the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch, to celebrate Thanksgiving with a special holiday buffet. The buffet will include a carving station of turkey, ham and prime rib. There will also be delicious desserts such as bananas foster and pumpkin, pecan and apple pies. Adults, $87; with champagne, $97; children 6-12, $43.50; children 5 and under, free (all price excludes tax and gratuity). 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch, 7500 E. Doubletree Ranch Rd., 480-444-1234, scottsdale.regency.hyatt.com.
NDP’s 6th Annual Bemis Bowl
The annual Bemis Bowl brings the community together while raising funds for the Scot A. Bemis Fund. This event is played on Bemis Field at Notre Dame Preparatory and honors NDP’s late football coach, Scot A. Bemis. His fund provides yearly scholarships to four NDP students. 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Notre Dame Preparatory, 9701 E. Bell Rd., 480-634-8235, ndpsaints.org.
Butterfly Wonderland’s Winter Wonderland
Butterfly Wonderland will transform into a winter wonderland with blue, white and silver decor. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday (and every day from December 19-23), 7-foot living angels will spread their wings, and guests will be awestruck by the magical sight! Butterfly Wonderland will also play the serene sounds of the season by musical groups, Nouveau Papillon, the Scottsdale String Quartet and Native American flutist Aaron White. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Butterfly Wonderland, 9500 E. Via de Ventura, 480-800-3000, butterflywonderland.com.
Magic Bird Festival’s Southwest Art & Indian Market
Over 100 Native American artists will showcase their traditional and contemporary Southwest-inspired jewelry, sculpture, paintings, mixed-media, custom apparel, and more at the 2016 Southwest Art & Indian Market. There will also be a food court, packaged edibles cuisine selections, live music by country and western singers and live entertainment of hoop dancers, jugglers, singer-songwriters, and Native American musicians and storytellers. Free. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Carefree Desert Gardens and Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion, 101 Easy St., 480-488-2015, carefreeazfestivals.com.
MTA Presents 13 the Musical
Evan Goldman, a middle school student from New York, is trying to find his place at his new school in Indiana following his parents’ divorce. Will he fit in or will he end up an outcast? Come see “13 the Musical” presented by the Musical Theatre of Anthem and find out Evan’s fate. Adult tickets, $19; students, seniors and children 12 and younger, $16. See website for show times. Musical Theatre of Anthem, 42323 N. Vision Way, 602-743-9892, musicaltheatreofanthem.org.
Art in pARTnership II Exhibit
Come and see the amazing artwork at this year’s Art in pARTnership II event. This juried fine art exhibit and sale will be located at the Holland Gallery of Fine Art in North Scottsdale. Make sure to attend the artist reception and award presentation, which will be held on October 8 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Holland Gallery, 34250 N. 60th St., Bldg. B, 480-488-1090, azartalliance.com.
Solo Art Exhibition by Joan Maureen Collins
Cave Creek resident and artist Joan Maureen Collins will showcase new work in her “Flow” exhibition in Harumi Maejima’s Community Gallery. Collins is an abstract landscape painter whose technique results in striking contours made of heavy, opaque color and texture against thin, filmy transparency. Harumi Yoga+ Holistic Healing House, 8787 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd., Ste. 206, 480-292-9493, visit artatblackmountain.com.
Pink Drink at Salty Sow
Salty Sow, an American gastropub serving contemporary farmhouse fare, will be offering a “pink drink” during the month of October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This specialty drink is their house blanche margarita, made with gold tequila, triple sec, margarita mix and blood orange puree, and will have a special price of $5. Salty Sow, 4801 E. Cactus Rd., 602-795-9463, saltysow.com.
Sips and Sounds 2016
The SHOPS at Gainey Village are excited to bring back the Sips and Sounds concert series. This event will feature live music from the band Marmalade Skies, which will perform songs from the Beatles. Guests are encouraged to relax under the evening sky while enjoying food and drinks from the many restaurants located in the shopping center. Free. 6-8 p.m. The SHOPS at Gainey Village, 8777-8989 N. Scottsdale Rd., theshopsgaineyvillage.com.
Oct. 7, 8, 9, 15, 16
The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley, Jr.
Desert Foothills Theater presents “The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley, Jr.,” based on the book “Flat Stanley” by Jeff Brown. On October 9, tea, finger sandwiches and dessert will be provided by the English Rose Tea Room during a special Hawaiian Happiness Tea Party with Flat Stanley. See website for prices and show times. Desert Foothills Theater at Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center Black Box Theater, 33606 N. 60th St., 480-488-1981, dftheater.org.
Arizona Ultimate Women’s Expo
Located at the Phoenix Convention Center, the Arizona Ultimate Women’s Expo hopes to inspire and motivate women with this year’s celebrity speakers, Erin Brockovich and Christina Milian. In addition, there will be areas designated for beautifying women, do-it-herself workshops, cocktail instruction and recipes, the latest fashion trends, shopping boutiques and much more! Advance tickets are $5 when purchased online. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Phoenix Convention Center South Building, 33 S. Third St., 866-618-3434, azwomensexpo.com.
Soroptimist Spaghetti Dinner
The 39th annual Spaghetti Dinner, presented by Soroptimist International of Saguaro Foothills, will benefit women and children of the community. The delicious and filling dinner will include spaghetti, garlic bread, salad, coffee, tea and lemonade. This family-friendly event includes a silent and live auction. Adult tickets, $15; child tickets, $7; children under 5, free with paid adult ticket. Harold’s Cave Creek Corral, 6895 E. Cave Creek Rd., 480-861-4188, sisaguarofoothills.org.
Arizona Archaeology Society Meeting
The public is invited to attend this Desert Foothills Chapter of the Arizona Archaeology Society meeting, which is titled “From Rock Art Ranch to Homol’ovi: 13,000 Years of Migration in the Middle Little Colorado River Valley.” The meeting will be presented by Dr. Charles Adams, who will discuss the research and findings on the Rock Art Ranch in Winslow. Reception begins prior to the meeting at 7 p.m. Free. 7:30-9 p.m. The Good Shepherd of the Hills Episcopal Church, 6502 E. Cave Creek Rd., azarchsoc.org/desertfoothills.
SkinRevision Open House
Come to SkinRevision’s open house to celebrate the new location! There will be light food and drinks, a raffle drawing every 15 minutes and a mini massage. The open house will also feature SkinRevision’s partners: senior injection specialist Debra Herbold, fashion feng shui and body style analyst Clarisse Ringwald and mineral makeup.
Wine Education and Tasting
The mysteries of wine enjoyment and appreciation can be yours by attending Holland Community Center’s Enjoying Wine class. Sam Pillsbury, owner of Pillsbury Wine Company located in Cottonwood, will teach participants where wine comes from, why and how to handle it, and how to drink and enjoy it. $29.99. 3 p.m. Holland Community Center, 34250 N. 60th St., Bldg. B, 480-488-1090, azfcf.org.
Annual Undy Run/Walk
Pull out those silly boxers, briefs or costumes and put them on for Colon Cancer Alliance’s annual Undy Run/Walk! Held in the state capitol district in Phoenix, this lighthearted event raises money for the Arizona Department of Health Services’ FIT at Fifty Health Check program. Advance registration is $35 for adults and $30 for kids. Race day registration is $40 for adults and $35 for kids. Run/walk begins at 9 a.m., undyrunwalk.org.
16th Annual Foothills Empty Bowls Project Lunch
In an effort to fight hunger and to support the Foothills Food Bank and Resource Center, participants can purchase one of the 2,000 beautifully handcrafted ceramic and glass bowls made for this event. Sponsored by the Sonoran Arts League and Harold’s Cave Creek Corral, the Empty Bowls Project Lunch will also include a silent auction and pasta lunch. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. $15 requested donation will go toward artisan bowl and lunch. Harold’s Cave Creek Corral, 6895 E. Cave Creek Rd., 480-488-1145, sonoranartsleague.org.
NVSO’s Three Bs: Bach, Beethoven and Brahms
North Valley Symphony Orchestra’s first concert of the season, “Three Bs: Bach, Beethoven and Brahms,” features Phoenix violists Craig and Jessica Triplett. $5 per ticket, $15 for a full season pass. North Canyon High School Auditorium, 1700 E. Union Hills Dr., 623-980-4628, northvalleysymphony.org.
Etania Gems and Jewelry Trunk Show
The first show in Etania’s monthly trunk show will feature Stagecoach Bags and Collectibles, which was founded by three Arizonan sisters from Sonoita. Each bag that is sold is an original, handcrafted, one-of-a-kind bag that is produced using a gently worn pair of cowboy boots. Etania Gems and Jewelry, 6140 E. Cave Creek Rd., Ste. 5, 602-429-0505, etaniagems.com.
Celebrate the change in seasons at this year’s Autumnfest, held at Anthem Community Park. In addition to the wonderful arts and crafts being sold, there will also be carnival rides and games, a kids’ zone and family activities, pumpkin patch, photo booth, food court, rotary beer garden, live entertainment and Smokey Bear (Saturday only)! Free admission. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Anthem Community Park, 41730 N. Gavilan Peak Pkwy., onlineatanthem.com/autumnfest.
Sedona Red Rock Artists Open Studio Tour
Twenty-seven professional artists in Sedona and Cornville will open their private studios to the public to showcase their artwork during the Sedona Red Rock Artists Open Studio Tour. This free, self-guided event will give visitors the opportunity to admire and purchase ceramics, paintings, jewelry, photography, digital art, mixed-media pieces and much more. Free. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., redrockartists.com.
Oct. 22, 23
Casting Call for MTA’s Elf the Musical Jr.
Auditions are now scheduled for Musical Theatre of Anthem’s “Elf the Musical, Jr.,” based on the fun holiday movie about Buddy the Elf. There will be no-cut auditions for youth ages 6-18. Those auditioning should prepare a musical theater song, 16-32 bars or one minute in length. Vocal auditions will be October 22 at 11 a.m. and the dance call will be October 23 at 9 a.m. Musical Theatre of Anthem, 42323 N. Vision Way, 623-336-6001, musicaltheatreofanthem.org.
BGCMP’s Dish It Out Event
The Boys and Girls Club of Metro Phoenix is hosting its annual Dish It Out event to help end childhood hunger. This 21 and older event will include delicious food from top-rated restaurants like Ocean Prime, The Gladly and the Wild Thaiger. Live music and a culinary competition by local chefs desiring to be the Dish It Out champion will also be included in the night’s activities. Event tickets start at $75 per person and VIP tickets are $500. 5-8 p.m., dishitoutaz.org.
The YMCA’s Family Carving Night with Ray Villafane
Come out and carve the perfect pumpkin! The Desert Foothills Family YMCA will put on a special two-hour carving experience with world renowned pumpkin carver Ray Villafane. There will also be food from Harold’s Cave Creek Corral and drinks at the Witch’s Brew beverage area. Proceeds go to the Desert Foothills Family YMCA. Reservations are encouraged as space is limited. Single pumpkin, two chairs & carving tool set: $50 (reservation price). 6-8 p.m. For more information, visit valleyymca.org/event/family-carving-nights or carefreepumpkingarden.com.
The Art of Fearlessly Doing Business
Presented by the Gallery at el Pedregal and Fearlessly Deliver, this event is for entrepreneurs, C-suite executives, sales managers and any others ready to be fearless in business. There will be guest speakers, appetizers and an opportunity to view artwork in the gallery, as well as paintings and drawings from “The Art of Fearlessly Doing Business” project. Registration required by October 26. Free. 5-7:30 p.m. The Gallery at el Pedregal, 34505 N. Scottsdale Rd., sonoranartsleague.org, fearlesslydeliver.com/fearlessart.
Greet and Treat
This year’s Anthem Community Council business trick-or-treat will be a much larger event with the addition of businesses in Anthem, New River, Desert Hills and Tramonto. It will also include home-based businesses that plan to host trunk or treat activities at the Outlets at Anthem. This community event is sure to be a hit with the kids! Free. 4-6 p.m., Anthem Area Chamber of Commerce, 3701 W. Anthem Way, Ste. 202-1, 623-322-9127, onlineatanthem.com.
Cave Creek Wicked
Arizona’s only all-day, all-night Halloween event is back! The family-friendly part of the event is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will include community-wide trick-or-treating, a petting zoo, games for kids, a bounce house, face painting, live music and more. The nighttime portion of the event, from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m., will be a costume contest pub crawl. Participants in the pub crawl will be transported by creepy custom-designed and fabricated tractors and trailers. 602-400-3330, cavecreekwicked.com.
Starry Knights Fundraiser
Camelot Therapeutic Horsemanship is a nonprofit organization that teaches horsemanship free of charge to children and adults who have physical disabilities. To help raise funds for this program, this year’s Starry Knights fundraising event will include a dinner, silent auction and live auction. In addition to the auction, the event will also feature two exceptional students from Camelot, Paolo Contu-Owen and Sydney Morrison. 6-9:30 p.m. Single ticket, $125; table (eight tickets), $900. 6-9:30 p.m. The Scottsdale Plaza Resort, 7200 N. Scottsdale Rd., camelotaz.org.