Arizona: Calendar of Events Listings: 2009: February

Arizona Events Calendar for February 2009

This calendar of events for Arizona communities has been produced to assist you in making travel arrangements. It is for information only and does not constitute a recommendation.

Dates for February 2009 Arizona events were correct at time of publication. Since dates are occasionally changed, please confirm them in advance. Updates, additions and corrections to any Arizona events are made at

AZ cities and town filled with activities in February

Since there are so many events and activities being held throughout Arizona communities in February, this calendar of event listings is split into two pages.

February 1-15, 2009 Arizona Event Listings

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February 1 FLAGSTAFF: Cross-Country Ski Race – Flagstaff Nordic Center, 10K classic (Diagonal-stride) style, $40, 8:30 am, 928-220-0550 or

February 1 GREEN VALLEY: Concertmaster Recital – Recital Series – Desert Hills Lutheran Church, the Tucson Symphony Orchestra with guest artists, Seven Moeckel, violin; Paula Fan, piano, 2 pm, 520-882-8585 or

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February 1 PHOENIX: Music in the Garden Winter Concert Series – Desert Botanical Gardens, featuring Novo Mundo, Brazilian World, $14-20, noon, 480-481-8188 or

February 1 SCOTTSDALE: Show Circuit All Breed Horse Show – WestWorld, 480-488-5711 or

February 1 TEMPE: The Music of Bill Evans – Katzin Concert Hall, Bob Ravenscroft, Michael Kocour and piano students in the Jazz Studies Program pay homage to this giant of jazz piano in a multimedia program that surveys music from his entire career, $7-18, 2:30 pm,

February 1 TEMPE: Organ Masterworks – Organ Hall, Yale organ professor Martin Jean presents an eclectic program, including some of the instrument’s most innovative repertoire, $7-18, 2:30 pm,

1 TUCSON: Flute, Viola, Harp Trio – Recital Series – Tucson Symphony Center, the Tucson Symphony Orchestra with guest artists, Paula Karrer, flute; Ann Weaver, viola; and Patricia Harris, harp, 2 pm, 520-882-8585 or

1 VAIL: Fleet Feet Arizona Trail Race: 8 Miles – La Posta Quemada Ranch at Colossal Cave Mountain Park, 7:30 am, 520-886-7800 or

1-6 TUCSON: To Bead True-Blue – Tucson Doubletree Reid Park, a juried bead show, 500 exhibitors, the finest artists, artisans and merchants, artistic suppliers, direct importers, textile arts, jewelry design, lapidary, handmade artistic glass, fused glass, clay arts, metal smith, antiquities, enameling techniques, collectibles, wearable art, interior décor and art jewelry, 530-274-4444 or

1-14 TUCSON: Fine Minerals International Gem & Mineral Forum – offering the finest minerals and gems from all over the globe, including new material from China, Russia and Brazil, 917-295-7141

1-28 FLAGSTAFF: 23rd Annual Winterfest - features more than 100 events including x-country & downhill skiing, winter sports, ice skating, snow sculpture, snow softball, parade, concerts, theater, art shows, historic tours, workshops & winter star gazing, 800-842-7293 or H * y

1-28 TOMBSTONE: 27th Annual Quilt Show & Sale - Tombstone Art Gallery, quilts, quilt tops, small quilted articles for show and sale, seasoned quilters present each day to share in experiences and teach skills, try hand-quilting, free, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm, 520-457-3476 or 520-457-3283 or H

2 CAREFREE/CAVE CREEK: Arizona Musicfest presents Classical Concert Preview with Fran Rosenthal – Terravita Golf & Country Club, spotlighting music for small ensembles, introducing the audience to works for piano trio, organ and brass, and duo pianos, $15, 5 pm, 480-488-0806 or

2 SCOTTSDALE: FBR Open Charity Classic – TPC Scottsdale, Stadium Course, held the day after the FBR Open, this tournament offers avid golfers and golf fans the unique opportunity to play the Stadium Course in tournament ready condition and with Sunday pin placements, $1,500 single, $5,000 foursome, noon, shotgun, 602-224-0598 or

2 SUN CITY: Borealis Wind Quintet – Faith Presbyterian Church, known for detail, precision and virtuosity, $25, 7:30 pm, preview lecture at 6:30 pm, 928-972-0478 or

2-8 PHOENIX: 19th Annual Chinese Week & Culture & Cuisine Festival – Chinese Cultural Center, sponsored by Phoenix Sister Cities Commission, Chinese cuisine, arts & crafts, the dragon and lion dance, folk dances, mah-jong booth, martial arts demos, musical performances, photo exhibit, hands-on activities, free, parking is $5, Fri 9 am – 5 pm, Sat 10 am – 5 pm, Sun 10 am – 4 pm, H *

2-9 TUCSON: Tucson Bead Renaissance Show – between Holiday Inn and Gem Mall, retail & wholesale, vintage-contemporary, gemstone beads, buttons, designer beads and jewelry, bead books, tools and supplies, bead and wire wrap classes offered, 505-894-1293 or

3 TEMPE: Faculty Artists Recital Series: Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy’s 200th Birthday Gala – Katzin Concert Hall, $4-8, 7:30 pm,

3-6 TUCSON: Create Your Style with Swarovski – Omni Tucson National Golf Resort & Spa, a hands-on, creative forum for retailers, designers and the do-it-yourself jewelry, accessories and clothing artist, 401-463-4787 or or

3-8 TUCSON: 31st Annual Gem & Lapidary Dealers Association – Starr Pass Marriott Resort & Spa, gemstones, diamonds, pearls, finished jewelry, designer jewelry section, 520-792-9431 or or

4 CAREFREE/CAVE CREEK: Arizona Musicfest presents The Three Phantoms in Concert – Scottsdale First Assembly Dream Center, 28700 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale 85262, features guest artists Craig Schulman, Kevin Gray and Cris Groenendaal, with songs from Les Miserables, Man of la Mancha, The Phantom of the Opera and others, $35, 7:30 pm, 480-488-0806 or

4 CHANDLER: Moscow Cats Theatre – Chandler Center for the Arts, 35 cats, 1 dog, 5 clowns, death defying balancing acts, dancing and acrobatics, features non-stop action by a group of talented felines performing original and astounding acrobatic feats, $22-28, 7 pm,

4 SAFFORD: St. Petersburg String Quartet – EAC Lee Little Theater, from swinging sambas and sizzling salsa to soothing bossa novas and romantic ballades, traditional music from Brazil and Cuba seasoned with a jazz flavor, $5-15,

4-5 SCOTTSDALE: The Jazz Divas – Kerr Cultural Center, with Delphine Cortez, Nancy Gee, Margo Reed and Sherry Roberson, $24-29, 7:30 pm, 480-596-2660 or

4-8 TUBAC: 50th Annual Tubac Festival of the Arts – Arizona’s longest running art festival, showcases the work of hundreds of visiting juried artists, craft persons and musicians from around the country, horse-drawn trolleys, roving entertainers and a food court, free, $6 parking, 10 am - 5 pm, 520-398-2704 or H z

4-8 TUCSON: Crystal Myths Inc. Best Bead Show - Kino Veterans' Memorial Community Center, beads made of glass, porcelain, brass, silver, findings, tools and stringing supplies, 505-883-9295 or

4-9 TUCSON: American Gem Trade Association – Tucson Convention Center, primarily high-end loose colored gemstones and pearls, with some finished jewelry, designer jewelry section, MJSA jewelry suppliers, gem instruments, 800-972-1162 or or

4-9 TUCSON: The Whole Bead Show - The Windmill Inn, features beads of precious/semi-precious gems, silver/gold, vintage/contemporary glass and crystal, handmade/hand blown, natural/plastic; buttons; findings; charms; pendants; pre-made jewelry, 10 am – 6 pm, until 9 pm on Friday, 530-265-2544 or

4-3/1 CAREFREE/CAVE CREEK: 18th Annual Arizona Musicfest 2009 – features Classical, Broadway and Jazz in 13 concerts over 5 weeks in venues through North Scottsdale and Carefree, chamber ensembles, solos & vocalists, $30-40, 480-488-0806 or H

5 CHANDLER: Matt Dusk – Chandler Center for the Arts, Canadian singing sensation, with timeless songs, stylish arrangements, cutting-edge production and powerhouse vocals, $24-32, 7:30 pm,

5 QUEEN CREEK: BYU’s Living Legends – Queen Creek Performing Arts Center, 22149 E. Ocotillo Rd., 85242, dance and music bring to life the beauty of traditional cultures often forgotten in today’s modern world, from Hawaiian Hula and Mexican Fiesta to Native American Pow Wow, 7 pm, 480-987-7469 or

5-7 PHOENIX: Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 - Symphony Classics Concert No. 8 – Symphony Hall, Louis Lortie, piano, with the Phoenix Symphony Chorus and Gregory Gentry, chorus master, Michael Christie conducts, 7:30 & 8 pm, and 11 am, 602-495-1999 or

5-8 PARKER: Parker Best in the Desert 425 Off Road Race - "The Legend Lives On", an array of trucks and buggies will race from downtown to the Bluewater Resort & Casino, 928 669-6511 or

5-8 PHOENIX: 19th Annual High Noon Western Americana Weekend Event - Phoenix Convention Center, Halls F & G, more than 200 quality Western Indian & Fine Art dealers, fine Western art, bits, boots, advertising, saloon, Indian rugs and beadwork, Charro, Vaquero, historical firearms, Hollywood cowboy, western books & photography, historic & silver saddles, with a special Al Luevand Day and Auction on Friday, an antique show on Sat & Sun, $10/day, $15/weekend, show: Fri 9 am preview and 2 pm auction, preview: Fri 9 am – 5 pm, Sat 9 am – 4:30 pm, auction: Sat 5 pm, 310-202-9010 or H

5-8 TUCSON: Bolero, Tango & Dance – Tucson Music Hall, showcases Latin passion at its symphonic best, the Tucson Symphony Orchestra presents this classic program as part of its Fiesta Series, with a performance by members of the University of Arizona School of Dance, 8 & 2 pm, 520-882-8585 or

5-22 MESA: The Golden Butterfly – Mesa Arts Center, by East Valley Children’s Theatre, twins, Cody & Caitlyn with the help of Art, a Windian prince and their Cat, Friskas, find a cure for their grandmother’s illness and also reunite an ancient kingdom and find peace for their worlds, a story of courage and determination, $11, 7 & 4 pm,

5-22 PHOENIX: A Raisin in the Sun – Herberger Theatre Center, an explosive tale of one family living and learning together on the South Side of Chicago in the 1950s, it was the first authentic voice of an African American playwright to hit the Broadway stage, an award-winning drama, a co-production with the Cleveland Play House and Penumbra Theatre Company, 602-256-6995 or

6 CAREFREE/CAVE CREEK: Arizona Musicfest presents Banu Gibson & The New Orleans Hot Jazz – Scottsdale First Assembly Dream Center, 28700 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale 85262, with special guest Dan Levinson, $30, 3 & 7:30 pm, 480-488-0806 or

6 CHANDLER: Chandler Symphony – Chandler Center for the Arts, free or donations, 8 pm, 480-899-3447 or or

6 FLAGSTAFF: First Friday Art Walk – The Artists Gallery, free, 6:30 pm, 928-773-0958 or or H

6 FLAGSTAFF: Hawk Walks – The Arboretum at Flagstaff, learn how to fly live birds of prey with raptor rehabilitators, small groups of 4-8 participants work directly with hawks, falcons and owls, 9:45 am, 928-774-1442 or not H

6 LAKE HAVASU CITY: Test & Tune – Havasu 95 Speedway, free, 6-9 pm, 928-716-6634 or

6 PHOENIX: Mark Grace Celebrity Invitational – Camelback Golf Club, more than 200 golf enthusiasts and local and national celebrities, benefits the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale, 480-860-5520 or

6 PHOENIX: Artlink First Fridays - self-guided art tour of central Phoenix, galleries, art spaces, studios, first Friday of each month, free shuttle rides, free, 6-10 pm, 602-256-7539 or H

6 PRESCOTT: Aida – Yavapai College Performance Hall, a classic love story involving an Ethiopian princess and a military commander who struggles to choose between his love for her and his loyalty to the Pharaoh, $38-42, 7:30 pm, 928-776-2000 or 877-928-4253 or

6 SCOTTSDALE: World Premiere of “Love Letters: From Beethoven to Bernstein” – Kerr Cultural Center, starring Michael Learned, the passionate letters and writings for more than 12 composers from three centuries, interwoven with the composers’ equally impassioned music, $17-21, 8 pm, 480-596-2660 or

6 SIERRA VISTA: The Arizona Folklore Preserve presents – four shows in celebration of the Cochise Cowboy Poetry & Music Gathering, 10 am “The Little Girl with the Big Voice” Peggy Malone; 11:15 am Cowgirl Poet Doris Daley; 12:45 pm Joyce Woodson, presenting Western and Folk Music; 2 pm The "Cutting Edge" Western Music of Prickly Pair, reservations required, 520-378-6165 or

6 WICKENBURG: Matt Dusk – Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts, hot young crooner following in the tradition of Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra, $28, 7:30 pm, 928-684-6624 or

6-7 AJO: Ajo Piecemakers Quilt Show “Quilting in the Sonoran Desert” – Curley School Auditorium, showing quilts, judging, old & new, $2, 9 am – 3 pm, 520-387-4407 or or

6-7 SCOTTSDALE: 4th Annual Phoenix Experimental Arts Festival – Paradise Valley Community College, featuring an evening of modern dance, an evening of contemporary theatre and an evening of experimental music, $12, 7:30 pm, 602-787-7783 or

6-8 CAREFREE: 14th Annual Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival - Downtown, wine tasting event featuring first class wines from all over the world, live musical entertainment, gourmet food, fine arts, unique shops, restaurants, $2, 10 am - 5 pm, 480-837-5637 or H z

6-8 CASA GRANDE: 6th Annual Wuertz Farm Gourd Festival – “Running of the Gourds” - Pinal County Fairgrounds, dedicated to the world of gourds, gourd art, jewelry and even mini-gourd races, $5, 520-723-4432 or

6-8 COOLIDGE: Cotton Days - San Carlos Park, parade, arts & crafts, food, car show, carnival, fun run, volleyball & horseshoe tournaments, cotton displays, cotton bale rolling contest, entertainment, free, 520-723-3009 or H * x

6-8 GLENDALE: 15th Annual Chocolate Affaire - Murphy Park, a festival of chocolate & romance, gourmet cuisine & beverage, horse drawn carriage rides, national entertainment and tours of Cerreta's Candy Company, free, Fri 5-10 pm, Sat 10 am – 10 pm, 623-930-2299 or H * y

6-8 PHOENIX: Becoming an Outdoors Woman – Saguaro Lake Ranch, offers adventure and life skills, for women age 18 and older to learn to camp, fish, rappel, hike, cook with Dutch ovens, photograph wildlife & a range of outdoor recreation skills, "hawk talks" and nature hikes, $420 includes meals, lodging and classes, 480-644-0077 or

6-8 SCOTTSDALE: 18th Annual Scottsdale Fine Art & Chocolate Festival - Scottsdale Pavilions, more than 150 juried fine arts, entertainment, more than 20 chocolatiers, $2, 10 am - 5 pm, 480-837-5637 or H

6-8 SIERRA VISTA: 17th Annual Cochise Cowboy Poetry & Music Gathering – Buena Performing Arts Center, family-oriented celebration of Western culture, history and folklore presented through the song and verse of real cowboys, this year’s theme is “Territorial Ranches,” more than 50 artists will perform at three headliner shows on Friday and Saturday evenings at 7 pm and Sunday matinee at 1 pm, $6-18, free thematic shows are Sat. 10 am - 5 pm, 520-249-2511 or 800-288-3861 or H

6-8 TUCSON: Tucson Southwest Jewelry, Gem and Bead Show – wholesale and retail exhibitors at one of 200 indoor booths, gems, jewelry, beads, fossils, findings, equipment, 10 am – 6 pm,

6-9 TUCSON: Tucson Westward Look Mineral Show – Westward Look Resort, fine mineral specimens and meteorites from top dealers all over the world, special lobby display on Saturday and Sunday evening program, 509-458-2331 or or

6-9 TUCSON: Rio Grande Catalog in Motion – Hilton Tucson East, gem- and jewelry-related tools, products, services, demonstrations, 800-396-9896 or or

7 ANTHEM: Anthem Adventure Race – Anthem Community Center, 10 am, 623-330-0913 or

7 BISBEE: Chocolate Tasting - sponsored by the Copper Queen Library, the oldest public library in Arizona, revolves around the most decadent chocolate desserts and is for serious chocolate lovers, $10, 6-9 pm, 520-432-4232 or H

7 CHANDLER: Preservation Hall Jazz Band of New Orleans – Chandler Center for the Arts, the music embodies a joyful, timeless spirit, $28-38, 8 pm,

7 JEROME: Jerome Art Walk – visit more than 30 of the unique art studios and galleries, meet the artists and see handcrafted art including jewelry, pottery, glass, leatherwork, clothing, paintings and sculpture and more made both locally and internationally, free, 5-8 pm,

7 KINGMAN: 17th Annual Wine & Cheese Tasting Event - Powerhouse Visitors Center, $25, 6 pm, 928-753-6253 or

7 LAKE HAVASU CITY: Snowbird Appreciation Night – Havasu 95 Speedway, Modifieds, Modlites, ASA Street Stocks, Bandoleros & Factory Stocks, 928-716-6634 or

7 MESA: Melissa Manchester – Mesa Arts Center, Grammy-award winner and one of the most compelling singer/songwriters in contemporary music, $47, 7:30 pm, 480-644-6500 or

7 MESA: Schimmel Winners Concert: Romance Is In The Air! – Mesa Arts Center, by Symphony of the Southwest, $9-25, 8 pm,

7 PHOENIX: 26th Annual Colleen Pageant - St. Paul's Fellowship Hall, $20-40,

7 PHOENIX: 57th Annual Great Canadian Picnic – South Mountain Park, celebrate all things Canadian, with free entertainment, games, prizes and meet a real Canadian Mountie, 11 am – 3 pm, 480-255-5865 or

7 PHOENIX: 17th Annual Chinese New Year, Year of the Ox 5K Run/Walk – Ramadas 9 & 10 at Papago Park, $18-23, 8 am, 480-413-1125 or

7 PHOENIX: Soirée de Café – Herberger Theater Center, featuring Triple Espresso, a highly caffeinated comedy presented by Actors Theatre, cocktail reception, coffee lounge, cigar parlor, music & raffle, entertainment by the “Anita B” Project, $100, 6:30 pm, 602-254-7399 or

7 PHOENIX: Motoring Thru Time – Heritage & Science Park, antique and classic vehicles of all shapes and sizes (cars, trucks, motorcycles, vintage travel trailers and others), on exhibit courtesy of Valley enthusiasts, free, 10 am – 4 pm, 602-262-5071 or

7 PRESCOTT: Matt Dusk – Yavapai College Performance Hall, with a live 6-piece band and a repertoire that includes timeless songs, stylish arrangements, and cutting-edge production with vocals, $28-30, 7:30 pm, 928-776-2000 or 877-928-4253 or

7 QUARTSZITE: 4th Annual Willpower Incorporated ATV & Off-Road Vehicle Parade & Poker Run – lineup at 8 am at the Quartzsite Fire Station, contests for best poker hand, most original ATV rider and best-dressed pet, prizes, raffles, presentation on off-road trails and safety, $10 per rider, 928-916-0657 or

7 SCOTTSDALE: The Nigerian Spam Scam Scam – Theater 4301, outrageously funny, two-person, multi-media comedy, $32-38, 8 pm, 480-994-2787 or

7 SEDONA: 4th Annual Sedona Marathon - Dry Creek and 89A, marathon, half marathon and 5K, city and forest roads, elevations from 4100 to 4650 feet, 8 am, 800-775-7671 or or

7 TUCSON: Art Safari – Central Tucson Gallery Association, walking tour of central Tucson warehouse and storefront galleries, featuring exhibit openings and artist receptions, presented by Central Tucson Gallery Association, 520-629-9759 or

7 TUCSON: Tchaikovsky & Licad – Concert Specials – Tucson Music Hall, the Tucson Symphony Orchestra with guest artists, Cecile Licad, piano, George Hanson conducts, and the TSO Chorus, 8 pm, 520-882-8585 or

7 WILLCOX: A Weekend of Wine and Chocolate – Coronado Vineyards, sample specialty crafted chocolates prepared to pair with wines, $5, 10 am – 4 pm, 520-384-2993 or

7-8 CHANDLER: 35th Annual Fiesta Bowl Women’s Gymnastics Meet – Rawhide Western Town, more than 800 gymnasts from around the country compete, hosted by Desert Lights Gymnastics, Gymnasts Level 4 through Elite, $5-10, 8 am – 9 pm, 480-940-4041 or

7-8 LAKE HAVASU CITY: 24th Annual Winterfest Festival - Main Street, day of appreciation for the community's winter visitors, entertainment, contests, prizes, info booths, main street arts & crafts fair, free, Sat. 10 am - 5 pm, Sun. 10 am - 3 pm, 928-855-4115 or 800-242-8278 or H

7-8 LAKE HAVASU CITY: 5th Annual RC Model Boat Race – Bridgewater Channel, 9 am – 4 pm, 928-855-6631 or

7-8 PHOENIX: 19th Annual World Championship Hoop Dance Contest - Heard Museum, top American Indian and Canadian First Nation hoop dancers vie for the title of World Champion Hoop Dancer, amazing performances of the intertribal hoop dance where each dancers weaves in aspects of his or her distinct tradition and culture, more than $30,000 in prize money, fry bread & Mexican food, $4-10, 9:30 am - 5 pm, 602-252-8848 or H * y

7-8 SURPRISE: Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Quarterfinal – Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex, USA vs. Argentina, $50-200, or

7-12 SCOTTSDALE: 13th Annual Phoenix Jewish Film Festival - United Artists Theaters, features six films, one each evening at 7 pm, also a Gala, films aimed at both younger and older audiences, 480-451-1788 or

7-3/29 APACHE JUNCTION: 21st Annual Arizona's Annual Renaissance Festival – 20 Years of Cheers! - 16th Century European Village celebrating romance & revelry of Renaissance Europe, music theater, comedy, hearty food & drynk, crafts, games & knights jousting, $8-18, 5 & under free, weekends, 10 am - 6 pm, 520-463-2700 or H * z

8 CAREFREE/CAVE CREEK: Arizona Musicfest presents Misha & Cipa Dichter – Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, piano virtuosos, $30, 3 pm, 480-488-0806 or

8 CHANDLER: Salt River Brass – Swingsational! - Chandler Center for the Arts, homage to Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Stan Kenton and all the greats of the Big Band Era, guest soloist, composer and percussionist Dan Bukvich offers a tribute to the Swing Era’s greatest dancers, 3 pm, or

8 FLAGSTAFF: Stories to Life – Harlem Renaissance Program – Coconino Center for the Arts, this week features stories by Langston Hughes, Contee Cullen, Zora Neale Hurston and others with actors from Theatrikos and music by Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra, free, 4 pm, 928-779-2300 or

8 FLAGSTAFF: Eat, Drink & Ski Merry – Flagstaff Nordic Center, a three-course meal and wines while skiing and snowshoeing along scenic, groomed trails, pre-register, $65 single, $115 couple, 1 pm, 928-220-0550 or

8 LAVEEN: 17th Annual Laveen Country Challenge - Laveen Elementary School, metric Century Ride, 30-mile ride and 15-mile family ride, followed by Pit BBQ,

8 ORO VALLEY: Riverfront Park Cultural Concert Series –

8 PHOENIX: 21st Annual Willo Historic Home Tour & Street Festival – west of Central Avenue between Thomas and McDowell Roads from 1st-7th Avenues, a variety of homes from Tudor to Spanish Revival, Bungalow to Ranch, from the 1920-1940’s, trolley cars provide transportation, or you may walk, also a street fair, $15, 10 am – 4 pm,

8 PHOENIX: Runner’s Den Classic Road Races – Paradise Valley Mall, 10K run, 5K run, 5K walk, 1 mile fun run/walk, 7 am, 602-277-4333 or

8 PHOENIX: Music in the Garden Winter Concert Series – Desert Botanical Gardens, featuring Back Porch Bandits, bluegrass, $14-20, noon, 480-481-8188 or

8 SCOTTSDALE: Music of the Southwest – Featuring Arpeggio and Friends – Kerr Cultural Center, John Friedeman, bassoonist and Lisa Tharp, flautist perform as “Arpeggio,”, $15-19, 3 pm, 480-596-2660 or

8 SCOTTSDALE: 4th Annual ISES Run or Walk for Your Life – Phoenician Resort, 3.3 mile run, 1 mile fun run/walk, benefits the underserved in the local community for vascular disease testing,

8 SEDONA: Magical Music in the Red Rocks – Chamber Music Afternoons – Saint John Vianney, featuring Trio da Salo with violinist Ani Kavafian, violist Barbara Westphal and cellist Gustav Rivinius & Jeffery Swann, piano, $25-35, 2:30 pm, 928-204-2415 or H

8 TUCSON: Love Letters: From Beethoven to Bernstein – Berger Center for the Performing Arts, Chamber Music Plus Southwest presents four-time Best Actress Emmy Award-winner, Michael Learned, in a musical and theatrical production featuring love letters of some dozen famous composers, 520-400-5439 or

8 TUCSON: Piano and Friends Concert – Leo Rich Theatre, Arizona Friends of Chamber Music's "Piano and Friends" matinee series presents a concert by the award-winning, young duo from the Czech Republic: Martin and Kristina Kasik, both on piano, 520-577-3769 or

9-16 PHOENIX: Estrella War XXV - Estrella Mountain Regional Park, by the Society for Creative Anachronism, medieval re-enactment group, more than 6,000 members of the SCA will come from all over the world, visitors welcome,

10 MESA: KODO – Mesa Arts Center, the great Taiko drum group brings its explosive and thunderous powering an exhilarating display of this ancient art form, $34-66, 8 pm, 480-644-6500 or

10 SCOTTSDALE: ASU Chamber Players – Kerr Cultural Center, free but RSVP, 10:30 am, 480-596-2660 or

10 SCOTTSDALE: 4th Annual 2009 Arizona's Bicycle Criterium - Downtown Scottsdale,

10 TUCSON: Fiesta! Salon – Tucson Symphony Center, George Hanson, host, Dan Coleman, composer-in-residence and special guests, 7 pm, 520-792-9155 or

10-11 CAREFREE/CAVE CREEK: Arizona Musicfest presents Swing Is Here! Dick Hyman & Peter Appleyard – Fairway House at Grayhawk, “Professor Emeritus of Jazz Piano” and vibraphonist, optional buffet on the 10th, $30, 3 pm, 480-488-0806 or

11 BULLHEAD CITY: Colorado River Bluegrass Festival – Bullhead Chamber of Commerce, featuring James King, Blue Grass Patriots, Lost & Found, Rarely Heard and more, $5-15, 8 am, 928-201-5919 or 928-751-4121 or

11 PRESCOTT VALLEY: Rhinos vs. Salt Lake City – Tim’s Toyota Center, ABA basketball, $15 and up, 6:30 pm, 866-443-8849 or

11 SCOTTSDALE: The Arizona Opera – Kerr Cultural Center, intro to Don Giovanni, bring canned food or personal item for Vista del Camino food bank, free, but RSVP, 10:30 am, 480-596-2660 or

11 SCOTTSDALE: ASU Jazz Combos – Kerr Cultural Center, $5, 7:30 pm, 480-596-2660 or

11-15 LAKE HAVASU CITY: Winter Blast XX - Annual Western Pyrotechnics Convention - Spectator Point, public debut of many of the latest technological innovations in this field, free, dusk, 800-242-8278 or or

11-16 CLARKDALE: Chocolate Lovers Festival - Verde Canyon Railroad, enjoy delicious chocolates and flavored coffees, 928-639-0010 or 800-293-7245 or

11-3/1 TUCSON: Camping with Henry and Tom – Invisible Theatre, inspired by an actual camping trip taken by President Harding, Henry Ford and Thomas Edison, Off-Broadway hit with surprising relevance and evocative insight into today’s politics, 520-882-9721 or

12 MESA: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields – Mesa Arts Center, with Julia Fischer, violin, $32-72, 8 pm, 480-644-6500 or

12-13 SIERRA VISTA: 16th Annual High on the Desert Master Gardeners Conference - 22 sessions featuring experts covering gardening, 520-485-8278 ext, 2176 or or

12-13 WICKENBURG: Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts, country rockers with huge hits, $45, 7:30 pm, 928-684-6624 or

12-15 PHOENIX: Romeo and Juliet – Symphony Hall, by Ballet Arizona, Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers are back for Valentine’s Day weekend, extravagant sets and costumes, one of the greatest ballet scores ever created, with musical accompaniment by the Phoenix Symphony, $15-115, 602-381-1096 or

12-15 TUCSON: 55th Annual Gem & Mineral Show – Mineral Oddities. - Convention Center, exhibits of mineral specimens from the world's finest museums & private collections, world's largest show featuring mineral, gem, jewelry, lapidary & book dealers, $7, under 14 free with adult, Thu-Sat 10 am - 6 pm, Sun 10 am - 5 pm, 520-322-5773 or or

13 TEMPE: Faculty Artists Recital Series: Albie Micklich, bassoon – Katzin Concert Hall, $4-8, 7:30 pm,

13-14 CASA GRANDE: American Indian Music Fest – Casa Grande National Monument, celebrating the connection and continuity of prehistoric and current American Indian cultures through concert and demonstration, a blend of prehistoric and modern instrumentation, music, dance, storytelling and poetry, also crafters and artisans, authentic American Indian foods and dance to the rhythms of the past and present, 9 am – 7:30 pm, 520-723-3172 or

13-14 SUPERIOR: The Language of Flowers, February Flower Show - Boyce Thompson Arboretum, living display of plants and their blossoms designed to interpret the language of flowers, $3-7.50, 8 am - 4 pm, 520-689-2811 or H

13-15 CAMP VERDE: 9th Annual Pecan/Wine & Antique Festival - Community Center, features more than 30 antique booths, Arizona wineries, pecan pies made with pecans grown locally, live music, $5 for antiques, $10 for antiques & wine tasting, Fri noon - 6 pm, Sat 9 am - 5 pm, Sun 10 am - 4 pm, 928-567-0535 or H * x

13-15 GLENDALE: Hard Rock Invitational – University of Phoenix Stadium, featuring women’s competition at all levels, 1500 gymnasts, teams from more than 30 states, 3 live bands, $11-16, weekend passes are $25, 480-784-4444 or

13-15 MESA: Defending the Caveman – Mesa Arts Center, Rob Becker’s play highlighting the differences between men and women, comedy, contains adult content, $37-42, 7:30 & 4:30 pm, 480-644-6500 or

13-15 SAFFORD: 30th Annual Eastern Arizona Old Time Fiddler's Contest - Fairgrounds, BBQ, fiddle contest, gospel, 928-428-3413 or 888-837-1841 or or

13-15 SCOTTSDALE: 3rd Annual Scottsdale 5th Avenue Fine Art & Wine Festival – Downtown Scottsdale, more than 150 juried artists from throughout the world, live musical entertainment, fine wines, 10 am - 5 pm, 480-837-5637 or H

13-15 TUCSON: Last Call Gem & Jewelry Show – Tucson Expo Center, manufactured jewelry, silver, gems, pearls, gem décor, 818-996-0044 or or

13-15 TUCSON: TSO Pops! The Broadway Tenors – Tucson Music Hall, Tucson Symphony Orchestra as part of the Pops Series presents The Broadway Tenors with Albert-George Schram, guest conductor, Brent Barrett, Hugh Panaro, and George Dvorsky, tenors, with the best-loved songs of the Great White Way, 520-882-8585 or

13-15 WICKENBURG: 61st Annual Gold Rush Days - senior pro rodeo, gold panning, carnival, western dances, arts & crafts, BBQ, gem show, mucking & drilling contest, contests, 4th largest parade in the state on Sat. morning, 928-684-5479 or 800-942-5242 or

13-16 CASA GRANDE: 42nd Annual O'odham Tash - a "Celebration of the people", traditional ceremonial dances, parade, Pow Wow, rodeo, fine arts & crafts, $2-8, 520-836-4723 or 800-916-1515 or H * z

13-21 PHOENIX: Gooney Bird – Herberger Theater, suddenly, the classroom door bursts open and there – wearing pajamas and cowboy boots – stands red-headed Gooney Bird Greene, by sparking their imaginations, Gooney shows the students that their lives are as unique as hers, as they cast themselves as the heroes in their own tales of discovery, presented by Stageworks,

13-22 MESA: I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change! – Mesa Arts Center Studio, by Mesa Encore Theatre, hilarious musical about relationships, the road to coupledom and all of its trials and tribulations are explored in this musical celebration of the modern-day mating game, 7 & 2 pm,

13-22 SCOTTSDALE: 54th Annual Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show - WestWorld, 2,200 of the world's most beautiful Arabians, Half-Arabians & National Show Horses in competition, celebrities, barn parties, exhibitors sell artwork, jewelry, equine gifts, horse care products, $7-10, 8 am – 10 pm, 480-515-1500 or H z

13-22 TEMPE: Murder Among Friends – Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W Rio Salado Parkway, by Tempe Little Theatre, take an aging, exceedingly vain actor; his very rich wife, and a double dealing, double loving agent, plunk them down in an elegant NY duplex and add dialogue crackling with wit and laughs, comedy mystery thriller, $18-20, 8, 2 & 7 pm, 480-350-2822 or

13-3/15 SCOTTSDALE: My First Time – Theater 4301, four actors will relay real stories about first sexual experiences, from the hysterical to the heartbreaking, $32-38, 7:30, 8 & 2 pm, 480-994-2787 or

14 CAREFREE/CAVE CREEK: Arizona Musicfest presents Romance & Song with Barbara Fasano & Eric Comstock – Fairway House at Grayhawk, with one of today’s hottest cabaret couple, piano and vocalist, a gourmet candlelit dinner sets the mood before the show, $85, 5:30 pm, 480-488-0806 or

14 FLORENCE: 24th Annual Tour of Historic Florence - Saints & Sinners - Florence has more buildings in the National Historic Register than any other town its size in Arizona, tour features public & private buildings built between 1868 and 1930, transportation provided, special exhibits, living history demonstrations, entertainment, $10-12, 9 am - 4 pm, 520-868-4496 or 800-437-9433 or

14 MARICOPA: 4th Annual Fuzzy Sweetheart Horse Show – Thunderbird Farms Arena, Halter, Showmanship, Lunge line, English, Western, Driving, Trail and fun classes, benefits Equine Eden Rescue Center, boot scramble is free to enter, classes are $5 each, pre-register, 8 am, 520-568-9315 or

14 MESA: Quinn Lemley The Heat is On! – Mesa Arts Center, A Life in Concert Celebrating Rita Hayworth, celebrating the life, loves and career of Hollywood’s most electrifying redhead, a step back in time to the golden age of Hollywood with America’s favorite star, $30-45, 8 pm, 480-644-6500 or

14 MESA: St. Valentine’s Day Music-Art Expo 2009 - Mesa Convention Center, 80-100 vendors, live music, raffles, $15-20, under 12 are free, 11 am – 11 pm, 480-635-6264 or

14 PARKER: Parker Rotary Desert Dash - walk, run or bike 5 miles to the Nellie E. Saloon (The Desert Bar), 928 669-6511 or

14 PHOENIX: 50th Anniversary Gala: “Sing to Love” – Phoenix Art Museum, a romantic evening filled with dining, dancing and music featuring jazz by some of the Valley’s best along with the world renowned Phoenix Chorale, $200, 602-253-2224 or

14 SIERRA VISTA: The Arizona Folklore Preserve presents Arizona: The Valentine State – with Dolan Ellis, Arizona’s Official State Balladeer, reservations required, $6-15, 2 pm, 520-378-6165 or

14 SUNRISE: Night Skiing - Sunrise Park Resort, $15-21, free for guests staying at the Sunrise Lodge, 4:30-9 pm, 800-772-7669 or

14 TUCSON: Kona 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo – Willow Springs Ranch, bike ride, limited to 1,400, benefits Copper Corridor Economic Development Coalition,

14 TUCSON: 27th Annual La Reunion de El Fuerte - Old Fort Lowell Neighborhood, free, self-guided walking tour to historic sites, free maps of the tour route & free shuttle, 12:30 - 4 pm, 520-318-0219 or

14 YUMA: Yuma Crossing Days – Yuma Prison & Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Parks, historic presentations and old west reenactments, displays will be featured and many activities for children, tours of the Quartermaster Depot, 928-783-4771 or

14-15 BOUSE: WWII Camp Bouse Memorial & Military Display - annual event that brings WWII veterans who trained at Camp Bouse, a top training area in 1942-43, noon, 928-851-2498 or 928-851-2509 or H

14-15 PHOENIX: 53rd Annual VNSA Used Book Sale - State Fairgrounds, more than 600,000 books, paperbacks, videos, CD's, DVD's, record albums, puzzles and book-related items, most books are half price on Sunday, free admission, $7 parking, Sat 8 am - 6 pm, Sun 8 am - 4 pm, 602-265-6805 or H y

14-15 PHOENIX: Fairgrounds Antique Market - AZ State Fairgrounds, featuring verbal appraisal clinic $5 per items proceeds benefit National Alliance of Mental Illness, free workshops & seminars, $4, Sat 9 am - 5 pm, Sun 10 am - 4 pm, 602-717-7337 or

14-15 SCOTTSDALE: North Scottsdale Polo Club Tournament – WestWorld, 1 pm, 480-678-1329or 480-312-6802 or or

14-5/24 SCOTTSDALE: Seriously Funny – Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, ten artists celebrate its 10th year anniversary, this exhibition has been cultivated around the belief that some of the sharpest seers have been those whose job it is to make us laugh, explores the ways artists use humor today as a basic means of human connection, artists who utilize humor to get to the truth of the matter,

This calendar has been produced to assist you in making travel arrangements. It is for information only and does not constitute a recommendation. Dates for events were correct at time of publication. Since dates are occasionally changed, please confirm them in advance.

Continued Arizona Event Listings for February 16-28, 2008

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