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Arizona Events April 2011 Calendar

These events are happening in Arizona communities throughout the month of April 2011.

To make it easier to group hundreds of events throughout Arizona, event listings have been separated by region:

Phoenix Area Events This section includes events for communities that surround the Phoenix metroplitan area, including Chandler, Gilbert, Guadalupe, Mesa, Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe, AZ.

Tucson Events This section of events covers the Tucson metroplitan area that includes Catalina, Marana, Oracle, Saddlebrooke, Sierra Vista and Vail, Arizona.

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The following Arizona events are outside of the above areas or have a major statewide interest.

March 24-April 10, 2011

ATC: LOST IN YONKERS by Neil Simon. Directed by Samantha K. Wyer. Tucson: February 26– March 19, 2011. Phoenix: March 24– April 10, 2011. Meet the Kurnitz family. Grandma is the matriarch with a will of iron and a hardwood cane who spared no rod in raising her four children. When her two teenage grandsons are forced by circumstances to live with her for a year, the clash of generations and battle of wills leads the whole family to learn important lessons about duty, devotion, trust and love.  Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award for Best Play, and as comical as it is poignant, Lost in Yonkers is the masterwork of Neil Simon's career and is certain to leave you spellbound with laughter and tears. More on ATC's 2010-2011 season.

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Saturday, April 2, 2011

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, www.jeromeartwalk.com

MARANA: 2nd Annual Gladden Farms Spring Duathlon Run - Gladden Farms Community Park, 8 am, 520-256-8109 or www.arizonaroadracers.com

MESA: 20th Annual Holualoa El Tour de Mesa – Red Mountain Park, 74- & 26-mile bicycle rides, also 4-mile & 1/4-mile kids fun rides, medallions to all finishers, traffic control, support stations,  $15-55, 7 am, 520-745-2033 or www.perimeterbicycling.com 

PAGE: Friends of the Golf Course Scramble - Open – Lake Powell National Golf Course, 9 am, shotgun, 928-645-2023 or www.golflakepowell.com

SEDONA: Mysteries of the Mogollon – Sedona Heritage Museum, first-person’ style history talk with song, cowboy poetry and humor, with Michael Peach, $6, 1:30 pm, 928-282-7038 or www.sedonamuseum.org

TUCSON: 2011 Living History Program – Tucson Presidio, (133 W. Washington), 18th century soldiering, demos, games for kids, docent tours, storyteller, try on 18th century clothing, free, 10 am - 3 pm, www.tucsonpresidiotrust.org/calendar.html

Yuma- 3:10 to Yuma Celebration held at the Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park. Celebrate the first anniversary of Yumans stepping forward to “save the prison” for the second time – in this case from closing its doors because of the state’s budget shortfalls.  This will mark a full year of operation by Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area, which has since finished major renovations and improvements to the prison museum and the prison grounds. More info, www.historicyumaprison.com, 928-783-4771.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

SIERRA VISTA: TMRC 5-Mile Run/Walk - the course consists of one 5 mile loop and will have one water stop, $15,  6:30 am, 520-378-0814 or www.thundermountainrunningclub.org

TUBAC: 9th Annual Taste of Tubac - Tubac Presidio State Historic Park, tasting of wines and savory cuisine from local restaurants, benefits local charities, 5-8 pm, 520-398-2704 or www.tubacaz.com

Friday April 8, 2011

FLAGSTAFF: American Roots – Ardrey Auditorium, the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra features a program with the Kruger Brothers, Elizabeth Schulze conducting, Music from the Spring, in partnership with Flagstaff Friends of Traditional Music, pre-concert conversation with the conductor at 6:30 pm, $32-57, 7:30 pm, 928-774-5107 or www.flagstaffsymphony.org

Saturday, April 9, 2011

ANTHEM: Emma's Run - Anthem Community Center, 8 am, 623-330-0913 or http://www.arizonaroadracers.com

BISBEE: 10th Annual Copper Classic Car Show - Main Street, classic cars with lots of dazzle and chrome, prizes awarded for various categories, drawings, goody bags, food, music, free, 8 am – 3 pm, 520-432-3554 or 866-2BISBEE or www.beisbeearizona.com 

ELGIN: Dog-Friendly Vineyard Party – Canelo Hills Vineyard & Winery, for the people - vineyard tours, wine tasting, snacks, discounted wine purchases; for the canine guests – treats, ball-tossing and kiddie pool splashing, photos, contest with prizes, $15/person, dogs are free, 3:30-5 pm, 520-455-5499, www.canelohillswinery.com

FLAGSTAFF: Slush Cup - Arizona Snowbowl, fun race, requiring helmets for all fast skiers, all ages, costumes encouraged, $15, 8:30 am - 2 pm, 928-773-9707 or www.flagstaffskiclub.org

GILBERT: 7th Annual Gilbert Global Village Festival - Gilbert North Civic Center, (50 E. Civic Center Dr.), a multi-cultural celebration, features a parade of nations, music, dance, arts & crafts, food and sports of a variety of cultures, two stages of  performances, hands on activities & demonstrations, free, 9:30 am - 4 pm, 480-503-6224 or http://www.ci.gilbert.az.us/parks/gvf.cfm

KINGMAN: Public Star Party – Walleck Ranch Park, (3851 N. Willow St.), with High Desert Astronomy, view through their telescopes or bring your own, viewing begins at sundown, 928-753-9979 or 928-753-6744 or http://www.hdac-az.com

LAKE HAVASU CITY: Havasu Half Marathon – also on-site music, vendors, food and drink, and 5K, 7:30 am, 928-885-4887 or 928-435-4936 or www.HavasuHalf.com

LAKE HAVASU CITY: Havasu 95 Speedway Race – SARA Park, ASA Speed Trucks, Modifieds, ASA Street Stocks, Bandolero Championship & Factory Stocks, 6 pm, 928-716-6300 or www.havasu95speedway.com

MESA: Mesa Sprint Triathlon - Kino Aquatics Center, 7 am, 602-885-6882 or http://www.arizonaroadracers.com

MORRISTOWN: 4th Annual Grand Desert Days Festival – (25920 W. Rockaway Hills Dr. 85342) classic car displays, parade, arts and crafts, regional fire dept. Chili Cookoff, live entertainment, old fashioned games for all ages, Arizona authors, reading and book signings, free, 9 am – 4 pm, 623-341-5977 or www.gfwc-morristownaz.org

PATAGONIA: Mariachi Festival – Patagonia Lake State Park, (400 Patagonia Lake Rd. 85624), enjoy mariachi music and dancing, food and beverage vendors on-site, 10 am – 5 pm, 520-287-6965 or www.AZStateParks.com

PHOENIX: Silent Sundays at the Orpheum – Orpheum Theatre, featuring Madge Bellay in Secrets of the Night, with the “Mighty Wurlitzer” theatre organ accompaniment by internationally renowned theatre organist Ron Rhode, $10-15, 2:30 pm, http://silentsundays.info

SCOTTSDALE: Chef Wine Dinners – various restaurants, award winning chefs at some of the Valley’s top restaurants offer a four-course meal with rich vintage wines, $125, 6:30 pm, 480-945-7193 or www.scottsdaleculinaryfestival.org

SEDONA: The Metropolitan Opera Live in HD - Rossini’s Le Comte Ory - Red Rock Center for the Performing Arts, (995 Upper Red Rock Loop Rd, 86336), Rossini’s comedy stars bel canto sensation Juan Diego Flórez in the title role of this Met premiere production. He vies with mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, in the trouser role of Isolier, for the love of the lonely Countess Adèle, sung by soprano Diana Damrau, $18-22, 10 am, 928-204-2415 or http://www.chambermusicsedona.org/

SUPERIOR: Annual Herb Festival - Boyce Thompson Arboretum, live music, herbal cooking demonstration, tours, children's games and crafts, exhibits by local herbalists, herbs for sale, $3-7.50, 11 am - 3 pm, 520-689-2811 or  http://arboetum.ag.arizona.edu

TUCSON: Catalina State Park 5.2 & 10.35 Mile Trail Run & Walk – Catalina State Park, 7:30 am, 520-797-7867 or http://www.arizonaroadracers.com

YUMA: Gila Ridge HS Spring Challenge 5K – Gila Ridge High School, 520-559-4803 or www.arizonaroadracers.com

April 16, 2011

BUCKEYE: 13th Annual Spring Celebration – Earl Edgar Recreation Facility, (Miller Rd. & Beloat), bunny photo patch, petting zoo, entertainment, egg decorating, egg hunt, craft vendors, food on “Bunny Brunch Blvd.” and carnival games on “Cottontail Lane”, 9 am – noon, 623-349-6354\

COTTONWOOD: 3rd Annual Brian Mickelsen Memorial Half-Marathon, 10K, 2 mile run/walk –Riverfront Park, 7:30 am, 928-639-3200 or www.getsetaz.com

FLAGSTAFF: 14th Annual Northern Arizona Book Festival – Coconino Center for the Arts, includes readings, workshops, panel discussions, literary events, www.nazbookfest.com

FLAGSTAFF: Flagstaff Earth Day 2011 – City Hall South Lawn, live bands, local food, free bike valet, vendors and exhibitors, free, 11:30 am – 4 pm,  928-213-3612 or http://www.flagstaff.az.gov/index.aspx?nid=1439

LITCHFIELD PARK: Sprint in the Park Triathlon – www.litchfield-park.org

PAGE: 10th Cuddle Scramble Golf Tournament – Lake Powell National Golf Course, 928-645-2023 or www.golflakepowell.com or www.pagelakepowellchamber.org

PAYSON: 21st Annual 2011 Zane Grey Highline 50 Mile Trail Race – beautiful, challenging and unique trail run, the trail lies entirely in the Tonto National Forest and runs from just south of Pine to several miles east of the town of Christopher Creek, designated a National Recreation Trail in 1979, a scenic and historic trail, 5 am, www.zanegrey50.com

PRESCOTT: Get Out…Get Into It! Discover Prescott’s Natural History – includes interpretive walks at Willow and Watson Lakes and Watson Woods Preserve that highlight the riparian area’s birds, plants, geology, archeology an trail system, showcases ongoing Granite Creek restoration and demonstration of Rambling River, an interactive watershed model, nature-related vendors at Heritage Park Zoo, http://www.cityofprescott.ne

SONOITA: 33rd Annual Blessing of Sonoita Vineyards, HC1 Box 33, 290 Elgin-Canelo Road, Elgin, AZ  85611. Call 520-455-5893. More on Sonoita Vineyards.

WICKENBURG: Nature Fest – Hassayampa River Preserve, (4961 N. Hwy 60, 85390), a day of outdoor fun for the entire family, touch a non-venomous snake, go eye-to-eye with a live bird of prey and other wildlife, get ideas on recycling and water conservation, take a guided  hike along the Hassayampa River, and enjoy hands-on activities, $5 adults, kids are free, 9 am – 3 pm, 928-684-2772 or www.nature.org/arizona/preserves 

YUMA: ARTbeat 4 – Yuma Art Center, outdoor juried show, eclectic mix of recognized and emerging local, regional and international artists working In a variety of mediums from pottery to painting and sculpture, 928-373-5202 or www.yumaaz.gov/4745.htm

April 17, 2011

CHANDLER: Spencers Theatre of Illusion - Chandler Center for the Arts, be prepared to participate in magical illusions, such as levitation, walking through walls, vanishing and reappearing, $22-36, 3 pm, http://www.chandlercenter.org/

April 18, 2011

NOGALES: Charles Mingus Hometown Jazz Festival – includes a free concert on Fri. night, special Buffalo Soldier presentation, jazz for Kids and jazz for adults sessions, arts & crafts, kids games, art exhibit, Charles Mingus Film Festival, Big Band Gala Concert, margarita jazz brunch, www.mingusproject.com

April 21, 2011

SCOTTSDALE: Virginia G. Piper Piano Series: Nobuyuki Tsujii - Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, the first Japanese and the first blind pianist to win the coveted Van Cliburn International Piano Competition award, Tsujii is a phenomenon on the classical music scene, $25, 7:30 pm, 480-994-2787 or http://www.ScottsdalePerformingArts.org

April 23, 2011

CAVE CREEK: Cave Creek Trail Run – Cave Creek by Spur Cross Conservation Ranch, 2K kids, 10K and 5K, 7:30 am, 415-606-1946 or http://www.arizonaroadracers.com

GLENDALE: “Run for Character” 5K Run/Walk and Kids Dash – Thunderbird Paseo Park, 8 am, 602-803-7596 or http://www.arizonaroadracers.com

PEORIA: Dolly Sanchez Memorial Easter Egg Hunts – Peoria Sports Complex, candy hunts, carnival games, rides, visits with the Easter Bunny, free, 8:20 am, 623-773-7564 or www.peoriaaz.gov/specialevents

SEDONA: The Metropolitan Opera Live in HD – Strauss’s Capriccio - Red Rock Center for the Performing Arts, (995 Upper Red Rock Loop Rd, 86336), Renée Fleming performs the entire work, in which the composer explores the essence of opera itself, Matthew Polenzani and Sarah Connolly also star, and Andrew Davis conducts, Joseph Kaiser, Russell Braun, Morten Frank Larsen, Peter Rose, $18-22, 10 am, 928-204-2415 or http://www.chambermusicsedona.org/ 

SUPERIOR: Artisans at The Arboretum - Boyce Thompson Arboretum, co-sponsored with Soroptimists International of Gold Canyon, $3-7.50, 9 am - 4 pm, 520-689-2811 or http://arboetum.ag.arizona.edu

TEMPE: 15th Annual ASU Art Museum Short Film and Video Festival - Nelson Fine Arts Plaza, celebrates the artistic & creative endeavors of individuals with different visions & levels of experience, bring lawn chair or blanket, free, 8 pm, 480-965-2787 or http://asuartmuseum.asu.edu/filmfest

TUCSON: 3rd Annual Valley Animal Hospital Tucson Canine Classic – University of Arizona Mall, 3 pm, 520-270-0763 or http://www.arizonaroadracers.com

TUCSON: Spring Cross Country Classic - Lincoln Park, 5K, features a challenging two-loop course with rolling hills through the desert, separate races for men and women, $7-10, 7:30 am, 520-326-9383 or www.azroadrunners.org

April 29, 2011

PAYSON: 19th Annual Beeline Cruise-In and Car Show – Old Main Street between Meadow and South Mclane, celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Beeline Highway, includes a car cruise, raffles, a 50-50 drawing, judging, music, poker walk, vendors, trophies, 10 am – 4 pm 928-472-3236 or 928-595-1980 or www.paysonrimcountry.com

SCOTTSDALE: Jesse Cook - Scottsdale Civic Center Amphitheater, Juno Award-winning musician, his exotic rumba flamenco is a fusion of sounds from cultures as diverse as Spain, Africa, Cuba, Egypt, France and Brazil, $38, 7:30 pm, 480-994-2787 or http://www.ScottsdalePerformingArts.org

TUCSON: The Espectacular Concert - TCC Arena, the best mariachi musicians performing before standing room crowds, this year’s performers are Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan, Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano, Mariachi Cobre and Pedro Fernandez, $35 and up, 7:30 pm, 520-838-3908 or www.tucsonmariachi.org

April 30, 2011

CAVE CREEK: 12th Annual Celebration of Dance – Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center, dancers from around the valley perform in a mix of dance styles celebrating our diverse dance culture in the Southwest, includes Hip Hop, ballet, jazz, modern, tap Flamenco, contemporary, belly dance, salsa, E. Indian, Celtic and others, $16-25, 7:30 & 2 pm, 602-254-2151 or www.goldenlionproductions.com

CHANDLER: 13th Annual Napa Auto Parts Monster Truck Nationals - Firebird International Raceway, one of Arizona’s largest fields of Monster Trucks competing side-by-side in an all-out freestyle competition, also some of the world’s fastest jet cars reach speeds approaching 300 mph, 602-268-0200 or www.firebirdraceway.com

CHANDLER: Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars - Chandler Center for the Arts, $28-36, 8 pm, http://www.chandlercenter.org/

FLAGSTAFF: Arbor Day Celebration – The Arboretum at Flagstaff, (4001 S. Woody Mountain Road, 86001), hands-on tree planting in the gardens, learn how to landscape with native species to attract wildlife and conserve water, free, 9 am – 5 pm, 928-774-1442 or www.thearb.org

ELGIN: 33rd Annual Blessing of the Sonoita Vineyards Festival - Sonoita Vineyards, (290 Elgin-Canelo Rd., 85611), ministers and priests bless the grape vines at noon to foster a bountiful crop at harvest time, admission includes wine tasting with souvenir glass, food and wine pairings, winery tours with the winemaker and vineyard tours, $15, 10 am - 4 pm, 520-455-5893 or http://www.sonoitavineyards.com

MARICOPA: 7th Annual Salsa Festival - Pacana Park, salsa, guacamole and bean dip competition, live music, a beer and margarita garden, free tortilla chips, kids zone, junior salsa bar and salsa lessons for everyone, $1,000 for the best overall salsa, also an artist’s alley, free, 5-9 pm, 520-568-9098 or520-568-9573 or  www.maricopasalsafestival.com

MESA: Crossing Paths – First United Methodist Church, the Sonoran Chorale offers music inspired by the great European crossroads of Vienna and Budapest, $12-15, 7:30 pm, 480-305-4538 or http://www.sonorandesertchorale.org

SEDONA: The Metropolitan Opera Live in HD – Verdi’s Il Trovatore - Red Rock Center for the Performing Arts, (995 Upper Red Rock Loop Rd, 86336), David McVicar’s stirring production of Verdi’s intense drama is lead by James Levine, starring four singers—Sondra Radvanovsky, Dolora Zajick, Marcelo Álvarez, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky, $18-22, 10 am, 928-204-2415 or http://www.chambermusicsedona.org/ 

SIERRA VISTA: 14th Annual Combat Medic Memorial Run – Fort Huachuca, 6 am, 520-533-8726 or http://www.arizonaroadracers.com

TUCSON: The Fiesta de Garibaldi - DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center, a traditional re-creation of the sights and sounds of the Garibaldi Plaza in Mexico City, features daylong party on two stages, with live mariachi music and baile folklorico acts from all over the Southwest, Mexican food and arts-and-crafts vendors, $8, 10 am - 10 pm, 520-838-3908 or www.tucsonmariachi.org 

Phoenix Area Events This section includes events for communities that surround the Phoenix metroplitan area, including Chandler, Gilbert, Guadalupe, Mesa, Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe, AZ.

Tucson Events This section of events covers the Tucson metroplitan area that includes Catalina, Marana, Oracle, Saddlebrooke, Sierra Vista and Vail, Arizona.

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Highlighted Arizona Events on April 1-3, 2011

AMADO: Overland Expo - an international event that educates and inspires people to get out and explore the world, by bike and vehicle, features 70 different classes, workshops, and roundtable programs,100 exhibitors ~ 4WD & adventure motorcycles, accessories, camping gear, experts, authors, & videographers from around the world, music, food, film festival, & happy hours, 1000s of overlanders from around the world, http://www.overlandexpo.com

PHOENIX: Central Arizona Cactus and Succulent Society Show & Sale - Desert Botanical Garden, Society members showcase hundreds of their best plants competing for ribbons and trophies with the public invited to choose their favorite, also outstanding cactus and succulent growers from throughout the Southwest present plants for sale, 480-941-1225 or www.dbg.org

PRESCOTT: Becoming an Outdoors Woman - Camp Friendly Pines, 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, $235 includes meals, lodging and classes, 480-644-0077 or www.azwildlife.org

TOMBSTONE: 2011 Tombstone Old West Founders Days featuring the Rose Tree Festival – celebrating the 124th blooming of the world’s largest rose tree with a rose parade, Taste of Tombstone, mining displays and contests, stick pony races, concerts, variety show at 1881 Scheiffelin Hall, www.tombstonechamber.com

TUCSON: 41st Annual Fourth Avenue Spring Street Fair – between 9th St. and University Blvd. on Fourth Ave., 400 arts & crafters, food vendors, street musicians and performers, 3 stages with live entertainment, children's activities, free, 10 am - 6 pm, 520-624-5004 or www.fourthavenue.org 

April 2-3, 2011

SIERRA VISTA: The Arizona Folklore Preserve Presents Call of the West – (56 E. Ramsey Canyon Rd.), Jeanne Cahill and Jerome Campbell,  reservations required, $6-15, 2 pm, 520-378-6165 or www.arizonafolklore.com

TUBAC: Hidden Treasures of the Santa Cruz Valley Open Studio Tour 2011 – Tubac Center for the Arts, see and experience the creative process at work in the studios of artists throughout the Santa Cruz Valley in Amado, Elgin, Green Valley, Nogales, Patagonia, Rio Rico, Sonoita and Tubac, 520-398-2371 or www.tubacarts.org

April 6-10, 2011

CAVE CREEK: Cave Creek Fiesta Days – Cave Creek Memorial Arena, ( 37201 N. 28th St. 85331), includes golf tournament, rodeo action, rodeo parade, dances, mutton bustin’, Miss Rodeo Arizona Pageant, youth events and kids games and more, 480-488-4043 or www.cavecreekrodeo.com

April 7-10, 2011

FLORENCE: 2011 Country Thunder 2011 – 4 days of the hottest country acts, this year headliners include Toby Keith, Martina McBride, Jason Aldean, Sawyer Brown in addition to 20 other national and local country acts, 866-802-6418 or www.countrythunder.com 

SCOTTSDALE: Arizona Paint Horse Spring Fling – WestWorld, 480-241-5705 or www.azpaints.org or www.scottsdaleaz.gov/westworld/events.asp

TUCSON: ASUA Spring Fling – Rillito Park Race Track, nation’s largest student-run carnival features fun rides, midway games, food and amateur and professional entertainment, $5, 520-621-5610 or http://springfling.arizona.edu

WHITERIVER: Canyon Day Open Show Rodeo & Fair – Community parade, carnival, country western dance, horseshoe tournament, open rodeo, 928-594-0316 or http://www.canyondayrodeo.com/home

April 7-17, 2011

PHOENIX: Rumors – Paradise Community College, Center for the Performing Arts, (18401 N. 32nd St. 85032), a comedy by Neil Simon, 602-787-7738 or www.paradisevalley.edu/cpa

PRESCOTT: The Artist’s Path Festival – Elks Opera House, Prescott College, this inaugural event is the playwright’s response to conflict and social crisis, hear new plays, enjoy established plays, music, poetry, visual art, 928-771-2554 or www.TheArtistsPath.org

April 8-9, 2011

PARKER: 10th Annual All Indian Golf Tournament –Emerald Canyon Golf Course, sponsored by Blue Water Resort & Casino, 928 669-6511 or http://parkerareatourism.com

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LAKE HAVASU CITY: Lake Havasu Grand Prix – The Nautical (1000 McCulloch Blvd.), Pacific Offshore Powerboat Racing Assn. boat race on a closed course, 8 am – 6 pm, 530-525-1638

LAKE HAVASU CITY: LH Marine Assn’s 21st Annual Boat Show – LH State Park Windsor, Fri noon – 6 pm, Sat. 10 am – 6 pm, Sun 10 am – 3 pm, 928-208-2442 or http://golakehavasu.com

TUCSON: Tucson Glass Festival - Viva el Vidrio - glass artists from around the Southwestern United States as well as Mexico, Central, and South America turn molten glass into beautiful works of art, themed "Viva el Vidrio" the three-day event is presented by the Sonoran Glass Art Academy, and will take place in various galleries and exhibit spaces throughout Tucson, http://www.sonoranglass.org/events/tucsonglassfestival.html

TUCSON: Spring Home & Patio Show - TCC, building, landscaping and home decorating, $7, children 12 & under free, Fri-Sat 10 am – 8 pm, Sun 10 am – 6 pm, 520-795-3025 or www.sahba.org

April 8-23, 2011

MESA: Man of La Mancha – Mesa Arts Center, by Mesa Encore Theatre, $25, 480-644-6500 or www.mesaartscenter.com

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ELGIN: 28th Annual Blessing of the Vine Festival – Village of Elgin Winery, includes lunch, souvenir wine glass, sample tasting of world class Arizona wines, live music, competition and crowning of Arizona’s King and Queen of Grape Stomping, arts & crafts, $18, 11 am – 4 pm, 520-455-9309 or www.elginwines.com

GLENDALE: 28th Annual Glendale’s Jazz & Blues Festival - Murphy Park, two stages, one of jazz performers and the other showcasing blues bands, also food, craft artisans, wine tasting, children’s activities, free, noon – 10 pm, Sun noon – 6 pm, 623-930-2299 or www.visitglendale.com 

KINGMAN: Kingman Annual Rock & Gem Show - Kingman Academy of Learning HS, (3420 N Burbank St., 86401), sponsored by: Mohave County Gemstoners, displays, silent auction, dealers, demos, raffle, and door prizes, free, Sat. 9 am – 5 pm, Sun. 9am – 4 pm,  928-757-8121 or 928-846-0927 or www.gemstoners.org

MARANA: Crossroads at Marana Fine Art Festival - Silverbell Park, features up to 80 artists and craftspeople in nearly all mediums, including sculpture, jewelry, digital media, textiles and pottery; live concerts on an outdoor stage; a full schedule of entertainment; family events such as hands-on art projects, children’s entertainers; and food vendors, Sat 9 am – 4 pm, Sun 10 am – 4 pm, http://www.maranafestival.org/

SIERRA VISTA: The Arizona Folklore Preserve Presents Gary and Jean Prescott – (56 E. Ramsey Canyon Rd.), multiple award winning singer/songwriter, with her singer/songwriter husband,  reservations required, $6-15, 2 pm, 520-378-6165 or www.arizonafolklore.com

April 9-May 14, 2011

FLAGSTAFF: 9th Annual Recycled Art Exhibition – Coconino Center for the Arts, promoting conservation by inspiring environmentally-friendly techniques to creatively reuse, recycle, rethink and remake into art, artists from all over Coconino County come together to promote recycling through this creative, fun and inspiring exhibition, artist demos and workshops on Saturdays,  928-286-9088 or http://www.flagstaff.az.gov/

April 13-16, 2011

Yuma Birding & Nature Festival. Pivot Point Conference Center and various area locations. Because of its location along the Colorado River flyway, and its unique mix of desert, mountain and riparian habitat, the Yuma area is home – or vacation spot – to more than 400 species of birds.  This annual festival sponsored by the Yuma Visitors Bureau provides a great introduction to the wide variety of outdoor adventures available in the area and in 2011 will feature photography seminars and field trips by the Friends of Arizona Highways. www.yumabirding.com, www.visityuma.com, 1-800-293-0071, 928-783-0071.

April 16-17, 2011

PARKER: SCSC Spring Power Boat Classic – Blue Water Resort & Casino, GN boats, tunnel boats, mini boats compete for points & cash prizes, 7 am - 7 pm, 928 669-6511 or http://parkerareatourism.com  H  w

PHOENIX: 17th Annual Arizona Asian Festival – features ethnic cuisine, arts and crafts, and entertainment, martial arts demonstrations, cultural dances and music from nearly a dozen Asian countries, include Japanese Taiko drums and a fashion show with traditional Asian costumes, Children’s Wonderland, crafts for kids, free, Sat 9 am – 7, Sun 9 am - 6 pm, 602-712-8889 or www.aaaa-az.org

PRESCOTT: Chalk It Up! Prescott – Summit Bank, (201 N. Montezuma, 86301), individual or group artists, live entertainment, free, 10 am – 4 pm, www.mountainartistsguild.org/links.htm or http://www.prescottchalkart.com/

SEDONA: Art & Craft Show - Bell Rock Plaza, between 35-55 artists with paintings, leather, jewelry, wood, metal, fountains, carvings and many Native American artists too, 928-284-9627 or http://www.bellrockartshows.com

SIERRA VISTA: The Arizona Folklore Preserve Presents Dolan Ellis – (56 E. Ramsey Canyon Rd.), reservations required, $6-15, 2 pm, 520-378-6165 or www.arizonafolklore.com

WILLCOX: Annual Junior Rodeo –Rodeo Grounds, see the future rodeo champions, www.arizonajuniorrodeo.com

April 17-18, 2011

ORACLE: 19th Annual Oracle Artist Studio Tour – (1880 W. American Ave.), more than 60 artists and artisans will present their classic, contemporary, clever, and collectible works at home studios, galleries, and historic-site venues in this well-known artist community, self-guiding map and full artist listing at the tour welcome center, 1880 American Ave., free, 10 am – 4 pm, http://www.oraclestudiotour.com

April 19-24, 2011

PHOENIX: Favorites – Herberger Theater Center, (222 E. Monroe St.), Center Dance Ensemble joins the annual celebration of National Poetry Month with new choreography to the words of America’s great poets, 602-252-8497 or www.herbergertheater.org

TUCSON: Burn the Floor – Tucson Music Hall, international dance sensation, live on stage, all the passion, the dram and sizzling excitement of 20 gorgeous champion dancers, a theatrical experience that takes audiences on a journey through the passionate drama of dance, 866-821-2929 or http://www.broadwayintucson.com

April 20-23, 2011

HOENIX: American Voices – Herberger Theater, Center Dance Ensemble joins the annual celebration of National Poetry Month with new choreography to the words of America’s great poets, $6.50-11.50, 602-252-8497 or www.centerdance.com

April 22-24, 2011

BISBEE: 33rd Annual La Vuelta de Bisbee - three day staged cycling event for all age groups, includes time trials, a circuit race and a road race through Bisbee and nearby towns of Cochise County, 520-432-5795 or www.discoverbisbee.com or www.lvdb.info/

PARKER: 15th Annual Open Golf Tournament – Emerald Canyon Golf Course, sponsored by Blue Water Resort & Casino, http://parkerareatourism.com

April 22-May 15, 2011

PEORIA: The Full Monty – Arizona Broadway Theatre, (7701 W. Paradise Ln, 85382), based on the hit film, this grin and bare-it-all musical comedy tells of a disheartened group of unemployed steelworkers in Buffalo, NY in desperate need of a new source of income, 623-776-8400 or http://www.azbroadwaytheatre.com

April 23-24, 2011

SEDONA: Art & Craft Show - Bell Rock Plaza, between 35-55 artists with paintings, leather, jewelry, wood, metal, fountains, carvings and many Native American artists too, 928-284-9627 or http://www.bellrockartshows.com

SIERRA VISTA: The Arizona Folklore Preserve Presents Juni Fisher – (56 E. Ramsey Canyon Rd.), award-winning Western Artist and Western Music Association 2009 Female Performer of the Year reservations, required, $6-15, 2 pm, 520-378-6165 or www.arizonafolklore.com

April 27-30, 2011

LAKE HAVASU CITY: 13th Annual Desert Storm Poker Run & Shootout – see some of the fastest, most impressive boats to grace the wave, the events include a show and shine on Main Street, view the boats up close and take a look at the massive motors putting out thousands of horsepower, talk to the drivers, 602-578-5975 or www.lakeracerllc.com

April 27-May 1, 2011

COTTONWOOD: 45th Annual Verde Valley Fair - Fairgrounds, old time fair, free entertainment, carnival, livestock show & sale, fine art, homemaking arts, crafts, horticulture & floriculture, $4-10, 928-634-3290 or http://verdevalleyfair.com  

April 27-May 8, 2011

TEMPE: Billy Elliot The Musical – ASU Gammage, Set in a small town, the story follows Billy as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class, discovering a surprising passion that inspires his family and his whole community, http://asugammage.com

April 28-30, 2011

KINGMAN: Kingman Hog Days – includes a poker run with various stops around Kingman, live music, beer garden, fun & games, biker vendors and more, Harley Davidson demo trailer, see what’s new and take a test drive, 9 am – 5 pm, 928-757-1166 or http://www.motherroad.com

April 29-May 1, 2011

BENSON: 6th Annual Benson Bluegrass in the Park – Lion’s Park, workshops, jams, vendors, $15-25, 520-586-2842 or www.arizonaoldtimefiddlers.org or www.bensonvisitorcenter.com or www.bensonchamberaz.com

KINGMAN: Historic Route 66 Fun Run – more than 900 classic show cars cruise Route 66 from Seligman to Topock, Kingman includes a huge show-n-shine, musical performances, vendors and food, 928-753-5001 or http://kingmantourism.org/ or http://www.azrt66.com

PRESCOTT: Whiskey Off Road Mountain Bike Event - Historic Whiskey Row, endurance mountain bike including technical single track, smooth fire roads and quality climbing with great views, 15-, 25- & 50-miles, at the end is a community concert, 8 am, http://www.epicrides.com

SIERRA VISTA: The Arizona Folklore Preserve Presents Tom Hiatt – (56 E. Ramsey Canyon Rd.), reservations required, $6-15, 2 pm, 520-378-6165 or www.arizonafolklore.com

SELIGMAN/TOPOCK: 24th Annual Route 66 Fun Run – 140 mile road rally of approx. 800 vehicles of all descriptions & ages on the longest remaining stretch of historic Rt. 66, open to all vehicles, Saturday the parade of vehicles leaves Seligman, festivities include the Show-N-Shine, music, dancing, cruise nites, food and fun, overnight in Kingman before continuing to Topock for awards, raffle and farewell ceremony, 928-753-5001 or www.azrt66.com

SUNSITES: Cochise Days 2011 – parade, street vendors, talent show, BBQ, car show, street dance, art display, wine tasting and golf tournament, continuous entertainment, free, 520-507-3520 or www.PearceSunsitesChamber.org

TEMPE: A Taste of Greece – Tempe Beach Park, Greek dancing, music, food & fun, performances by costumed Greek dancers, Greek wine tasting, carnival rides, $2, Fri. &  Sat. 11 am - 11 pm, Sun. 11 am - 7 pm, 480-899-3330 or http://atasteofgreeceaz.webs.com

April 30-May 1, 2011

PARKER: 6th Annual Cinco de Mayo Golf Tournament – Parker Police Department fundraiser, supports Christmas for Children program, http://parkerareatourism.com

TUCSON: Women’s Senior National Invitational - Omni Tucson National Resort Catalina Course, a unique two-day event format, attracting 18 top Legends of the LPGA, the sixth event on The Legends Tour, features practice rounds on the 23, a Legends Pro-Am on the Catalina Course the 23rd and an 18-hole Legends Shootout on the 24th, www.thelegendstour.com

April 30-May 22, 2011

TEMPE: The Borrowers – Tempe Center for the Arts, (700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy, 85281), enter the miniature world of the Clock family, who live under the floorboards and survive by “borrowing” what they need from the “human beans” who live above them, extraordinary adaptation of Mary Norton’s classic book, by Childsplay, $12-25, 4 & 1 pm, 480-350-2822 or http://childsplayaz.org