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On the Go! Calendar, Pages 23-27

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of the microwave. I am not making this up. Otto is like a Walt Disney dog. Always causing mayhem and chaos, but always adorable and funny – and lovable. But unlike the Walt Disney movie dogs, Otto has issues. He also doesn’t get paid for his antics. He can be very bad. He can be very insecure. He can get bored, or curious or something, which causes him to do bad things. But he knows when he has done some-

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We have two big dogs. For 20 years, we have had two big dogs (not the same ones, but always two). I am about ready to be a one-dog family. That doesn’t mean I’m getting rid of anybody (unless Otto eats another oven mitt, magazine or knife), but here’s the thing: Sarah is 13 (91). She is sweet but feeble. I don’t know if she is going to be around for a whole lot longer. That just kills me to say, but she really is old and creaky. Otto is about seven. He was a rescue dog, so we don’t know exactly how old he is, but seven is close. The deal is with Otto is for what Sarah lacks in get up and go, Otto makes up for in get up and where is that darn dog now? When Sarah dies and we don’t have an auxiliary dog, there is no telling what Otto will do. Sarah is definitely Otto’s favorite toy. You can tell when she isn’t feeling well by the number of bad things Otto has done when we get home from work. If Sarah is feeling okay, she keeps him occupied. If not, he is left to his own devices. These are not normal dog devices. Otto was learning to be a helper dog before we got him. He was too rambunctious to get far into the program, but he is smart and knows how to do stuff. Like open drawers regardless of how many baby locks you put on them. Or open the oven door so he can stand on it so he can reach stuff on the top

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thing bad. If Otto has had a good day, he greets us at the door with a toy in his mouth, all wagging and happy. If he had a bad day, he sits off the side with his head down. He is really sorry. He does NOT want to be bad ever. He just gets sidetracked and does dumb stuff. So, even though he should have outgrown his puppy stage about six years ago, he has a screw loose. Fortunately, Sarah, until recently has been able to serve as a catalyst to Otto’s natural exuberance. She could get rowdy and keep him occupied. But poor little girl. As she gets older, tireder, slower, quieter, Otto is feistier, sillier, nuttier. I get it, but I am not getting the part about eating oven mitts whole, chewing up knife handles or throwing a tennis ball in the pool so he can go swimming. Please know that we aren’t throwing the ball in the pool. Otto is. Drying off a wet Golden retriever when it’s cold is not pleasant. So the writing is the on the wall. In the coming months, we will be spending lots of time with the doggies. We will take care of Sarah to be sure she is always comfortable. We’ll keep Otto as worn out as we can by playing with him, running him, walking him. All the things that doggies need anyway. But when the time comes that we don’t have Sarah anymore, as much as I know I don’t want a number two dog, I am pretty sure we will get another one to keep Otto company. Unless the Princess gets her way. Then we’ll get a cat.

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Last MusicFest shows hit stage in March Tickets for the final two programs of Arizona MusicFest are still available. “The Piano Men – The Music of Billy Joel and Elton John – Starring Jim Witter,” is set for Friday, March 1. Michael Martin Murphey with the Rio Grande Band performs Monday, March 4. The March 1 show features songs such as “Your Song,” “Candle in the Wind,” “Crocodile Rock,” “Only the Good Die Young,” “Movin’ Out” and “Just the Way You Are” in a salute to these two pop icons by Jim Witter and his band. Michael Martin Murphey, best known for his “Wildfire” and “Carolina in the Pines,” set records in the 1970s for maximum television and radio airtime. With six Gold Records, every country, western and recording honor imaginable, Murphey is a five-time Cowboy Hall of Fame winner. He is recognized for his prolific songwriting, as well as his performing. Each of the concerts will be held at Highlands Church, 9050 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd., in Scottsdale. Tickets are $45, with premium seating available for $60 per person. Tickets for students in kindergarten

through 12th grade are $5, and those for college students with identification are $10. For tickets and information, call (480)

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488-0806, or visit www.azmusicfest.org. Arizona MusicFest offers a wide variety of music performed each year from January through early March. The organization was conceived 22 years ago to bring music to neighborhoods. The core of the organization is classical music, but it also features Broadway, pop and jazz concerts, youth music education programs and young musicians performance opportunities, competition and college scholarships.

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Advance ticket holders are invited to a reception on Friday March 8, from 5-8 pm at Fountain Hills Artists’ Gallery (#2 on your ticket) to meet and mingle with the artists. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Your Passport Ticket/Map will be available at Gridleys & Fountain Hills Artists’ Gallery, and from members of the Fountain Hills Art League and tour participants. Tickets will also be sold on event days at each venue.

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The 11th annual Basant Mela Kite Flying Festival will be held in Fountain Hills this year. The Pakistan Information and Cultural Organization (PICO) is celebrating the arrival of spring with the festival Saturday, March 23, in Fountain Park. The event will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Colorful handmade kites are flown during the celebration to welcome the new season. Expert kite flyers wearing neon colored vests will be on hand to help novices fly kites, which can be purchased for $5. Plastic kites also will be available for sale at a higher cost. Live music and children’s activities will be featured. Vendors will sell gourmet Pakistani food, kabob rolls, shave ice, water, soda, jewelry, clothing and henna tattoos. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.pakistaninformation.org.

certs in Fountain Park. Three concerts are scheduled, each being held from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at the Park Amphitheater. Admission is free, and visitors are invited to bring chairs or blankets to enjoy the afternoons. Tres Romanico featuring Dave Robinson, Eric Bart and Ronald Jean, lead the series, starting March 3. Their music consists of Latin, Nuevo flamenco, pop, jazz and class rock. The second concert is set for March 10, with pianist Jenny Jarnagin. She is an accomplished musician with a variety of styles, as well as more than 60 original songs to her credit. The last concert in the month features Silhouette with Cornelius Bishop March 24. A vibrant R&B, soul and Motown band formed in 2005 to play at the Barcelona Nigh Club, the band is fronted by vocalist Bishop, who is joined by lead guitarist Anthony Kinchion, saxophonist Alex Holland, keyboardist Tim Forkes and drummer Chris Strong.

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Scottsdale Art Festival Blood drive returns in March Presented in collaboration with Scottsdale Public Art at the 2013 Scottsdale Arts Festival March 8-10, Scott Pennington’s interactive “Pink and Blue Dilemma: The Foam Incident: invites visitors to play in a flood of bubbling soap suds that spill from his pink-and-blue factory. Admission to the art show is $8 for adults, and $5 for students. Food trucks, more than 200 artists, along with entertainment and other activities all will be highlighted at the 43rd annual event.

The Fountain Hills Noon Kiwanis Blood Drive March 28 and 30 is an important one. When winter visitors begin to depart for their summer homes, it means the number of donors begins to wane. The March blood drive organizers hope to achieve a high number of donations to offset the losses as the year goes by. The drive will be held both days at the Fountain Hills Community Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call Dr. Liz Smith, (480) 837-2600, or (480) 206-4785; or Paul Appeldorn, (480) 836-8213 for appointments. United Blood Services sponsors the blood drives in Fountain Hills.

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the phone number is (480) 488-3300. The restaurant is located on the north side of Cave Creek Road. There is plenty of free parking on the east side of the building. Show Times and Tickets: The shows are Thursdays every week with an advertised showtime of 7 p.m. but that is probably a soft time. The show did not start until about 7:30 p.m. the night I was there. You don’t need tickets or reservations and there is no minimum drink requirement. This is a totally free show. Beverage and Food Service: The Tap Haus has a full menu and bar. The menu is posted online if you want to check it out. They have everything from appetizers to burgers to fish to steaks and seem to be very reasonably priced. I thought the service was excellent and enjoyed a nice dinner while waiting for the show. The Venue: As you walk in from the east, you will see a large bar in the center of the room with tables on the north and south sides. There is an adjoining room

Spring coin show March 23 The 2013 Spring Coin Show is set for Saturday, March 23. The event, hosted by Fountain Hills Coin Club and sponsored by Joe Molnar Stamp and Coin in Scottsdale, will be held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church. More than 25 dealers will be on hand to buy, sell and trade coins. The event also

will feature a silent auction, coin raffle and door prizes. Admission is free, and there will be free coins and albums for children. Those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. The 2012 Arizona Centennial Copper Medal will be on sale for $15 each. The Presbyterian Church is located at 13001 N. Fountain Hills Blvd.

SCC hosting open house for prospective students Scottsdale Community College is hosting an Open House Wednesday, March 6. The event will introduce prospective students to the offerings at the school. SCC faculty, staff and students will be on hand to answer questions and provide information from 6 to 8 p.m. The event will be held at the SCC Student Center Turquoise Room. The free event is open to all community members interested in learning more about the school’s programs and

services. More than 30 departments will be represented. A “meet-and-greet” will be available with SCC President Dr. Jan Gehler, and campus tours also will be offered. SCC is located at 9000 E. Chaparral Rd. For more information, visit www.scottsdalecc.edu/promo/scc-open-house, or send inquiries to outreach@scottsdalecc. edu, or call (480) 423-6450.

to the west of the bar with a stage at the far west end of that room. Seating in that area would probably accommodate about 50 to 60 if it were full. Lighting and acoustics were fine if you were sitting in the immediate area. The challenge is that the tables to the north and south of the bar were not necessarily there for the comedy show, and patrons kept up a steady chatter during the show which distracted from the comics. I am not sure there is really anything that could be done about it because the restaurant and bar cannot shut down those areas during the show. This is the drawback to comedy shows at bars where the room is not acoustically isolated from the rest of the building. The best you can hope for is that, as the show builds, more patrons will be there to hear the comics and will keep their talking down so they can hear the performance. Attendance at the show was pretty light the night I was there, but it was only the second week for this show. The Comedians: This show is being booked by Valley favorite and professional comic, Mark Cordes. Mark has a very good feel for the level of the comedians in the Valley and I don’t think you are going to see anyone who does not have some comedy chops. He seems to be using local talent rather than out of town comics, but that is

really a pretty large pool to choose from if you know the area. While I would not guarantee the shows will be free from obscenity, I don’t think you are going to be bombarded with foul language or subject matter. Mark hosted and put up three comics the night I was there, and the announced lineup for the following week also contained three comics. My guess is the shows will be over by 9 p.m. so you won’t be out all night. Shows like this can come and go fairly quickly and this column is being written at the beginning of February for publication in March. What I am saying is that you probably need to check with the restaurant if you plan to go to make sure the show is on for that night. If they don’t develop an audience, they may go to once a month or some other schedule. Rating: I give the Tap Haus a rating of CC. The extra bar noise is a bit of a hurdle, but seeing good comedy talent for free is a major plus for this show and you can have nice meal without breaking the bank.

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“Face to Face: The Ultimate Tribute to Billy Joel and Elton John” will be held Tuesday, March 5. Michael Finney brings his comedy and magic to wrap up the series Tuesday, March 19. Shows will be held at Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church. The Billy Joel/Elton John tribute features Michael John and Joey Riedel, who capture both the original artists in a new, high energy, interactive rock ‘n’ roll show. The performances promise an evening of songs, energetic performances, outrageous costumes and rock and roll at its finest. Michael Finney is the winner of the prestigious “Academy of Magical Arts Award.” He was a finalist on “Star Search” with the late Ed McMahon and has appeared in a number of shows on stage and television. Both shows start at 7 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church, 13001 N. Fountain Hills Blvd. Tickets for individual performances are $20, $16 and $10. Tickets are available at the church office from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Payment must be made by cash or check. No credit cards can be accepted.

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Eggstravaganza back for kids’ enjoyment The annual Eggstravaganza egg hunt is set for Saturday, March 23.

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Children seven and younger may participate in the event, which begins promptly at 9 a.m. It takes less than two minutes for the 15,000 treat-filled eggs to be gathered, so children and their families should arrive early. The Fountain Hills Noon Kiwanis host its annual Pancake Breakfast starting at 8 a.m. Both activities take place at Golden Eagle Park on the ball fields. In the event of bad weather or field conditions, the event will be held Saturday, March 30, at the same time. Hoppy Bunny will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies and will be joined by Clucky the Chicken. Both characters will be available for hugs and photos. In addition to breakfast and the Eggstravaganza, the Fountain Hills Fire Department will have fire trucks for children to climb on, and firemen will answer questions. Inflatable bouncers also will be set up. The Town of Fountain Hills sponsors the event.

The annual Easter Sunrise Service will bring worshipers of all denominations to Fountain Park Easter morning, Sunday, March 31. The service gets under way at 6 a.m. Sponsored by the Fountain Hills Ministerial Association, the event is open to the public. The service is an hour in length; most area churches have regular Easter services following the community event. Donations for the Extended Hands Food Bank will be collections, and financial donations will be accepted, as well.

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‘YABOY’ show starts March 15 The YABOY (Young Actors Benefiting Other Youth) production of the season at Fountain Hills Youth Theater gets under way March 15. The show, “The Silence between the Whispers,” is a special presentation addressing issues teens face. This year’s show follows the lives of five high school teens as they deal with the destructive reality of teen physical/emotional abuse and dating violence. The production is an original drama for youth being presented in observance

of National Teen Dating Violence Month. A portion of ticket sales will be donated to EMPACT-SPC Trauma Healing Services, a local non-profit. EMPACT is partner with Fountain Hills Theater in the production. “Silence” will run Fridays and Saturdays, March 15 through 30, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $14 and may be purchased online at www.fhtaz.org, or by calling (480) 837-9661, ext. 3. Fountain Hills Theater is located at 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd.

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Fountain Hills Theater players will entertain the audience at the annual Broadway in the Hills annual fundraising gala. The event is set for Sunday, March 24, starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Community Center.

FH Theater schedules fundraiser for March 24 The biggest fundraiser of the year for Fountain Hills Theater is set for Sunday, March 24. Fountain Hills Theater’s Broadway in the Hills will take place at the Community Center. The evening features entertainment by FHT players, a reception, dinner catered by Redendo’s/Sofrita restaurants and live and silent auctions. KTVK-3TV’s Christine LaCroix hosts. The auctioneer is Terry Gadaire. Entertainment will include numbers

T-bird Artists wins award Thunderbird Artists has been awarded Entrepreneur of the Year by the Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce. Judi Combs and her daughter, Denise Dale, of Fountain Hills have worked together for more than 26 years to create first-class art shows in the far north Val-

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FH Art League brings back Tour d’ Artistes Fountain Hills Art League has scheduled its popular fundraiser for Saturday and Sunday, March 9 and 10. The 2013 Tour d’ Artistes benefits Fountain Hills High School senior art and music students, as well as Fountain Hills Charter School and Fountain Hills Middle School for art and art education, trips and more. Advance ticket holders are invited to a reception hosted by the Fountain Hills Artists Gallery, 16858 E. Avenue of the Fountains Friday, March 8, from 5 to 8

p.m. Tour tickets also will be available for sale at the reception, as well as each studio or gallery. Admission to the tour is $20 per person, or $30 for two when purchased the same time. The self-guided tour takes visitors to 14 venues to view works by 78 different artists. Ticket buyers will receive a passport ticket to provide them with an intimate view of local artists at work. There also will be artist demonstrations, snacks and music at some venues, and art work avail-

able for purchase. Those who have their passports stamped at all the studios are eligible for a drawing for a painting donated by artist Joanne Chaplin-Shuman. Media to be featured include jewelry, acrylic, oil and watercolor paintings, handmade paper, metal works, sculpture, glass, pottery, alcohol transfer, photography, textiles, gourd art, pastel, collage and mosaic. For more information and a list of artists, visit www.fountainhillsartleague.com.

If the Job is Large or Small... GIVE US A CALL! Some 78 artists at 14 venues will be featured at the second annual Fountain Hills Tour d’ Artistes event March 9 and 10. Among those artists are Pat Kenney who painted her “Fire in the Sky,” and Angel Elquest with her painting entitled, “Never Fly Faster than your Angel.”

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Four family-friendly movies are coming out in March with a new one hitting the box office literally every Friday. Jack the Giant Slayer kicks things off March 1, fulfilling the ever-popular role of reimagining a classic fairytale with all of the sizzle and pizzazz of a Hollywood blockbuster. Come March 8, Oz: The Great and Powerful is primed to enchant audiences with a prequel to the classic fantasy, The Wizard of Oz. Before Dorothy or Toto found themselves “not in Kansas anymore,” that same trip through a tornado was first taken by a lowly magician with huge ambitions. Skipping a week in order to save the best for last, The Croods is set to hit theaters on March 22. Nicholas Cage headlines this animated film about a family

of cavemen who have spent their entire lives living within a cave at the bottom of a secluded cavern. When one of the family members decides to explore the world beyond their home, the entire group of Neanderthals go along for the ride, learning that there’s more to the world than what lies outside their own front door… Or cave hole, rather. Finally, on March 15, From Up on Poppy Hill looks to continue Studio Ghibli’s (Spirited Away, Ponyo) tradition of breathtaking animated features with a voice cast featuring Gillian Anderson, Beau Bridges and Jamie Lee Curtis. The highest grossing Japanese film of 2012 finally comes to the states. If it’s anything like Ghibli’s previous work, it will be yet another amazing animated film perfect for the whole family.


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The L. Alan Cruikshank River of Time Museum celebrates its 10th anniversary in March. The Fountain Hills and Lower Verde River Valley Museum and Historical Society has a number of activities planned for the month, including a proclamation from Fountain Hills Mayor Linda Kavanagh declaring the celebration. During the month, two new exhibits will be unveiled. A statue of Jack Swilling, considered the founder of Phoenix, by Rex Witte, will be introduced, along with a replica of Fort McDowell as it looked when it served as an Army outpost. Alan Pape and Mike McWethy are building the replica. The public is invited to a celebration Saturday, March 2, when the museum will be open with free admission, and punch and cookies will be served. The two new exhibits will be featured. A party which started as a celebration for Wisconsin residents has been opened to all. WisconsinFest will be held Saturday, March 16. (See story, this page).

The annual Hall of Fame dinner, honoring residents who have contributed to the history of the area, is set for Wednesday, March 20. Some eight new members will be inducted in to the hall this year. The class includes Juanita Blose, Jean Boatman, Carole Coates, Walt Franklin, Ron Lemon and Lynn Truby of Fountain Hills; Linda Hefter of Rio Verde and John W. Smith of Fort McDowell. Legacy Awards will be presented to Jenny Willigrod and Jerry Butler. The Hall of Fame dinner will be held at the Community Center. For more information and reservations, visit www. riveroftimemuseum.org. The dinner starts at 6 p.m. The museum also is sponsoring two postcard design contests. There will be a children’s competition, as well as one for high school students and adults. The winning child will receive a book of his or her choosing, while the adult winner will receive a $50 certificate. More details will be announced on the museum’s website.

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Wisconsinites to celebrate Wisconsinites and their friends can help celebrate L. Alan Cruikshank River of Time Museum’s 10th anniversary Saturday, March 16. A special “WisconsinFest” will celebrate Arizona residents and visitors from Wisconsin, as well as others who might wish they were from Wisconsin, who might have been there, or who might go someday. The event will be held at the Fountain hills Community Center, 13001 N. LaMontana Blvd., from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The fest will feature Wisconsin-produced brats, sauerkraut, Wisconsin’s Leinenkugel and Miller Lite beers. A combo, including a jumbo brat, chips, kraut and a beer or soft drink, will be available for $6. Beer sold separately will be $2 for a 16 ounce cup. Admission is free. There also will be entertainment throughout the event. Event Chair Kurt Paré, who originally is from LaCrosse, stressed that everyone is welcome to the party. “While it will have special appeal to former and current Wisconsin residents, it will be fun for everyone,” he said. “Anyone who has ever been in Wisconsin knows it’s easy to have a good time there, and we will have a good time here.” In addition to the food and beer, there will be drawings for valuable door prizes, which are from or about Wisconsin.

“We’re not going to tell what these (prizes) are in advance,” he said, “But I’m sure the winners will be pleasantly surprised and very pleased.” Any proceeds from the fest will benefit the River of Time Museum. The museum is a non-profit organization featuring exhibits, lectures and educational events depicting the history of the area from ancient to modern times. The museum is located next to the community center, and WisconsinFest guests are invited to stop by the museum sometime during the afternoon. For more information, visit www.riveroftimemmuseum.org.

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Play for kids by kids “Beyond the Storybook” is a series of plays performed by kids for kids. The teen production at Fountain Hills Theater provides an opportunity for young children to see some of the favorite fairy tales brough to life, each with fun twists and lots of imagination. FHYT Fable Troupe’s next presentation is Saturday, March 16, at 10 a.m. at Fountain Hills Theater, 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd. The cost is free, but donations are accepted. Call (480) 837-9661, ext. 3, or

visit www.fhtaz.org for more information. Among the fairy tales and fables performed are “Tortoise and the Hare,” “The Three Little Pigs” and “Goldilocks and the Three Bears.” The cast includes Logan Barrett, Summer Beckman, Skye Brewster, Allison Brown, Danie and Jodie Grief, Haylee Klein, Katie Male, Ryan Smith and Molly Stellino. They work with FHT’s Youth Theater’s Artistic/Technical Director Ross Collins.

Chamber Players last show Fountain Hills Chamber Players perform its final concert of the season Sunday, March 10. The show will be held at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church at 3 p.m. The program includes String Trio, D maj., op 8 (Ludwig van Beethoven); Fantasy Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano (Robert Muczynski); Madrigal

Sonata for Flute, Violin, Piano (Bohuslav Martinu); and String Quartet #2, A min., op 35 (Anton Arensky). Tickets are $15. Tickets are available at the door or can be ordered ahead of time by sending a check to FHCP, 17219 E. Hillcrest Dr., Fountain Hills, AZ, 85268. Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church is located at 16150 E. El Lago Blvd.

‘Full Monty’ ends March 10 Tickets are still available for Fountain Hills Theater’s production, “The Full Monty.” The play runs through March 10, with shows each Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. The theater is located at 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd. For tickets and more information, call

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Valley Singles make plans March is a good month to be single. Valley Singles has a number of activities planned throughout the month, giving members a chance to get together, as well as prospective members an opportunity to meet new friends. Upcoming in March: Friday Night Franks, Friday, March 8, 6-10 p.m. Fort McDowell Adventures. Free admission, $10 for hot dogs and trimmings, $15 for brats and trimmings. St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at Fountain Park, Sunday, March 17, noon-6 p.m. Free admission, beer and food available for purchase. March Birthday Celebration at Debbie’s, Saturday, March 23, 3 p.m. $3, plus a dish to share. Monastery, Saturday, March 30, 6 p.m. Lots of things to do, with a great chance to get together with friends.

For all March events, call Debbie, (480) 837-9449 to RSVP and more information.

Desert Stages fundraiser Tickets for Desert Stages Theatre’s annual fund raiser are on sale. Organizers hope to raise more than $60,000 from the “Pink, Black & Blonde: A Pink Carpet Event” Saturday, April 6. The gala will be held from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at the theater, located at 4720 N. Scottsdale Rd. Entertainment, dancing, a casino, along with food and beverages will be featured. There also will be a silent auction. Tickets are $65 before March 1, and $75 after that date. Tickets are available online at http://desertstages.org/annual-galaevent.html, or by calling the box office, (480) 483-1664.

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Spring training in full swing The inclusion of the World Baseball Classic and exhibition games between international squads and Cactus League teams adds an interesting element to this year’s spring training season. Players from Cactus League teams will participate in the tournament, giving fans an extra opportunity to watch great spring baseball. This year’s Cactus League season began earlier than usual to accommodate the first round of the World Baseball Classic tournament and to keep the World Series from running into November. First round pool play is scheduled here in Arizona at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick and Chase Field from March 7 to 10. by Charlie Vascellaro Special for Let’s Go! I am looking forward to the season. A friend of mine in Baltimore recently remarked she thought I looked younger than I did the last time we saw each other. She asked what might be contributing to my youthful appearance. I explained to her that this time of year my mind is elsewhere. You see, even though I live in Baltimore, I spend the fall and winter months thinking and writing about springtime in Arizona. I told my friend even just thinking about the spring makes me feel younger, and when I return to my old home state, when the baseball season begins anew each year, I am in effect, traveling through time, back to when I was two or three hours younger. If I take a hard left at Baltimore and keep heading west faster and faster I get younger as I go. I’m also physically and metaphorically returning to places I discovered in my youth, revisiting ritualistic behavior. Spring Training in Arizona is my own personal Fountain of Youth. Of course, out on the field the players are younger than I, a fact that has taken some time to get used to. One of my favorite current players is San Francisco Giants’ catcher Buster Posey, 25, who was born five years after I graduated high school,

which means he’s younger than the kids I coached in Fountain Hills Little League. San Francisco Giants Entering his fourth big league season, Posey was the National League’s Rookie of the Year in 2010 and the league’s MVP last year and has already played on two World Series champion teams. Third baseman Pablo Sandoval, also 25, hit three home runs in the first game of the World Series against the Detroit Tigers, two of them off American League Cy Young award winner Justin Verlander, and was named Series MVP. Sandoval was one of nine Venezuelans to play for either the Tigers or the Giants in the 2012 World Series and also was named MVP of the Venezuelan championship during the winter. Sandoval and Giants teammates, second baseman Marco Scutaro and pitcher Jose Mijares also are playing for Team Venezuela in this year’s World Baseball Classic, taking place in various international locales during the spring training season. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim The Giants are returning to the Cactus League as reigning World Series champs for the second time in the past three years and opened the season against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, who made the biggest splash of the off-season, signing

free-agent outfielder Josh Hamilton for five years at $133 million. The addition of Hamilton gives the Angels perhaps the most formidable batting order in the major leagues with 2012 Rookie of the Year Mike Trout (30 HR, 83 RBI and a .326 batting average) as well as 26-year-old slugger Mark Trumbo (32 HR, 95 RBI) and last year’s blockbuster acquisition Albert Puols (30 HR, 105 RBI, .285). The Angels play an exhibition game

against The Italian National Team in Tempe March 6. Angels’ players on WBC rosters include shortstop Erik Aybar (Dominican Republic) and pitcher Fernando Cabrera (Puerto Rico). The Angels finished in third place last year, five games behind the A’s, who snatched the division on the last day of the season after sweeping the Texas Rangers in the final three games of the season (cont. on page 17)

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at Oakland, finishing the year with a sixgame winning streak and eight wins in their last nine games. Texas Rangers The Rangers fell into the wild card playoff game and were defeated by manager Buck Showalter’s upstart Baltimore Orioles. The loss of Hamilton and veteran infielder Michael Young certainly doesn’t improve the team’s chances in a very competitive AL West. Rangers’ all-stars shortstop Elvis Andrus and third-baseman Adrian Beltre are playing for their respective Venezuela and Dominican Republic home countries in the WBC. Outfielders Nelson Cruz and Alexi Ogando also are playing for the Dominican Republic while outfielder Engel Beltre is with the Spanish International Team and infielder Jurickson Profar is playing for The Netherlands. Oakland A’s The relatively anonymous Oakland A’s young pitching staff was pieced together through deals engineered by General Manager Billy Beane, at a minimal cost and posted a second-best in the American League 3.50 ERA. Beane also beat all bidders signing Cuban defector outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, to a four-year, $36 million contract making him the highest paid player on the team. Cespedes paid immediate dividends, leading the team with a .292 batting average while hitting 23 home runs with 82 RBI in 129 games. Seattle Mariners Despite improving by eight games,

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the Seattle Mariners finished dead last in the AL West for the third straight year. In one of the most surreal moments of the season, Seattle traded franchise player Ichiro Suzuki to the New York Yankees prior to a game between the two teams last July 23. The Mariners’ all-time leader in batting average, (.322) hits, (2,533) triples (79) and stolen bases in his 12 years with Seattle, Ichiro’s work ethic, hustle and consistency endeared him to Mariners fans and established him as one of the game’s most exciting players. Just prior to the opening of spring camps, the Mariners signed staff ace Felix Hernandez to a seven-year, $175 million contract, making him the highest-paid pitcher in major league history. Among the few bright spots for the Mariners last season, Hernandez went 13-9 with a 3.06 ERA and a league-leading five shutouts including a perfect game against Tampa Bay Aug. 15. Mariners participating in the WBC include third baseman Alex Liddi, (Italy) left-handed pitcher Oliver Perez, (Mexico) and outfielder Mike Saunders, (Canada). Chicago White Sox Like the Texas Rangers, the Chicago White Sox occupied first place in the American League central division for most of the season only to be supplanted by the Detroit Tigers down the stretch. Designated hitter Adam Dunn had a remarkably strange season, hitting 41 home runs with 96 RBI, registering one of the lowest batting averages (.204) by a player with enough plate appearances to be eligible for the batting title while leading the league in both walks (105) and strikeouts (222), narrowly missing the all-time mark of 223 set by current

Diamondbacks Catcher Miguel Montero is back this year. He plays for Team Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic. (Photo by John Antonoff)

Cleveland Indians’ free-swinging slugger Mark Reynolds. The White Sox appear to be a team in transition. After eight memorable seasons on the south side, catcher A.J. Pierzynski signed as a free-agent with the Texas Rangers making Chaparral High School graduate Paul Konerko, (37 and in the final year of his contract) the last player left from the White Sox’s 2005 World Series champion team. White Sox outfielder Alex Rios, pitcher Hector Santiago and third-baseman Andy Gonzalez are playing for Puerto Rico in the WBC, while RHP Jesse Crain and RHP Andre Rienzo will represent Canada and Brazil, respectively.

Cleveland Indians The Cleveland Indians burst out of the blocks last year and were in first place as late as June 23 before fizzling down the stretch but have plenty of reasons for optimism entering the 2013 season. New manager Terry Francona leads a batch of fresh faces, including highly sought after free-agent outfielder Michael Bourn, veteran outfielder Nick Swisher and pitchers Scott Kazmir and Daisuke Matsuzaka. Indians on WBC rosters include shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, (Venezuela) catcher Carlos Santana, (Dominican Republic) shortstop Mike Aviles, (Puerto Rico) and (cont. on page 18)

 

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pitchers Chris Perez and Vinnie Pestano (USA). Cleveland and the Cincinnati Reds opened the Cactus League season with a three-game, all-Ohio series from Feb 22 to 24 and will play each other twice more at home March 17 and on the last day of the spring season March 30. Kansas City Royals A retooled Kansas City Royals pitching rotation is the best chance the team has of emerging from a nine-year funk, during which the Royals have finished no better than last year’s third place in the American League central division, while averaging 95 losses per season. Seven-year veteran James Shields went 15-10 with a 3.52 ERA in 227 innings for Tampa Bay last year and was acquired in a trade with reliever Wade Davis for a handful of minor leaguers. Ervin Santana is coming off a sub-par 9-13 season with the Los Angeles Angels but is a battle-worn veteran with 96 wins in eight years under his belt. At $13 million for the year, Santana is the Royals highest paid player. Veteran left-handed pitcher Bruce Chen (China) is one of six Royals representing six different countries in the WBC. The others include Southpaw hurler Tim Collins, (USA) second-sacker Irving Falu, (Puerto Rico) RHP Kelvin Herrera,

Los Angeles Dodgers The Los Angeles Dodgers responded to a disappointing second-place finish in the National League western division last year with the biggest spending spree in club history, moving in front of the New York Yankees with a payroll in excess of $200 million for the 2013 season. The Dodgers’ new ownership group actually began spending midway through the 2012 season with the acquisition of shortstop Hanley Ramirez and his $45 million, three-year contract in a trade with the Miami Marlins and continued with a blockbuster deal that brought first baseman Adrian Gonzalez (seven years - $154M), pitcher Josh Beckett (three years - $46 million) and outfielder Carl Crawford (five years, $102M) from the Boston Red Sox for first baseman James Loney and a handful of minor leaguers. During the off-season, the Dodgers signed free-agent pitcher Zack Greinke to a six-year, $147 million deal. The atmosphere should be pretty electric when Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and shortstop Luis Cruz suit up for Team Mexico in an exhibition game against their own team at Camelback Ranch March 5. Infielder Nick Punto (Italy) and third baseman Hanley Ramirez (Dominican Republic) will also be participating in the WBC. Colorado Rockies It’s been a tough two to three years for the Colorado Rockies who have fallen below expectations since its last post-season in 2009. Last year’s 64-98 record was the worst in the 20-year history of the Rockies’ franchise. Plagued by a series of injuries to both their long-time hometown hero, first baseman Todd Helton and his heir apparent shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado never figured in the National League western division race last year. New manager, former Rockies shortstop Walt Weiss, takes over a team that has nowhere to go but up. The Rockies did not make a lot of off-season moves, hoping a healthy team can return to the form that saw it make two wild card playoff appearances from 2007-2009. Left hander Jorge De La Rosa is returning from a season-and-ahalf lost to an elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery. Outfielder Carlos Gonzalez and catcher Ramon Hernandez join a star-studded Venezuelan team and Colorado plays Team USA in an exhibition game at Salt River Fields March 6. Arizona Diamondbacks Hopes were high for the Arizona Diamondbacks coming off a 94-win National (cont. on page 19)


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League western division winning title in 2012, but the team finished third with an 81-81 season. After posting a career-year with 31 home runs, 88 RBI and a .289 average in 2011, outfielder Justin Upton fell back to earth hitting .280 with 17 home runs and 67 RBI last year. Still just 25, Upton was dealt with third baseman Chris Johnson to the Atlanta Braves for starting pitcher Randall Delgado, Infielder Martin Prado and a handful of minor leaguers. Outfielder Chris Young was having a pretty good start to the season but slumped dramatically in the second half finishing with career lows across the board, 14 home runs, 41 RBI and a .231 average. Young was traded during the off-season in a three-team deal that brought infielder Chris Pennington from the Oakland Athletics and relief pitcher Heath Bell from San Diego. The Diamondbacks will have a tough time keeping up with the Dodgers and Giants in a tough NL west this year. Newly acquired reliever Heath Bell and infielder Willie Bloomquist will play for Team USA while Catcher Miguel Montero and outfielder Gerardo Parra are two more major leaguers on the powerhouse Venezuelan team. Diamondbacks’ right-handed pitcher David Hernandez will suit up for the other guys when Arizona plays team Mexico in an exhibition game at Salt River Fields March 5. San Diego Padres Quick! Name three players on the San Diego Padres roster. The increasingly anonymous Padres keep

plodding along in the NL west, as the team’s surprising 90-win, 2010 season fades farther back in the rearview mirror. The Padres finished fourth in the division last year at 76-86, 18 games back of the first place Giants and 12 games in front of the last place Rockies. The biggest news for the Padres last year was the long-awaited sale of the franchise by former owner John Moores to a group of investors, which includes the descendants of the O’Malley family who once owned the Los Angeles/ Brooklyn Dodgers. The one Padres player fans should know is third baseman Chase Headley, who led the National League with 115 RBI and hit a career high 31 home runs. Headley also won the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards at his position and finished fifth in MVP award voting. RHP Edinson Volquez (Dominican Republic) and RHP Luke Gregerson (USA) are the Padres representatives in the WBC. Chicago Cubs The Chicago Cubs hope they hit rockbottom last year in a continued free-fall that has seen the team lose more games than the previous season for the last four years. Only the lowly Houston Astros lost more games than the 101 games the Cubs dropped last year. A punchless Cubs lineup’s .240 team batting average was second lowest to Houston’s .236 in the National League while the pitching staff ’s 4.51 ERA was the league’s third highest. It’s not all bad news for the Cubs. Second-year second-baseman Darwin Barney broke the National League record for consecutive errorless games at the position previously set by former Cub Ryne Sandberg (123) and tied the Major League mark of 141 set by Placido Polanco of Detroit in 2007. First baseman Anthony Rizzo, who is also on the Italian National Team, hit 15 home runs with 48 RBI and a .285 average in 87 games. The Cubs began their final spring season at Hohokam against the World Series champion San Francisco Giants Feb. 24 and are scheduled to move into a brand new Riverview Park in Mesa in time

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for the 2014 Cactus League season. Milwaukee Brewers Last year started on a pair of sour notes for the Milwaukee Brewers following a franchise-record 96 win season: first, when the most prolific slugger in team history, Prince Fielder was lost to free-agency and second, when it was announced the 2011 National League MVP tested positive for elevated amounts of testosterone in his system. Although Braun’s 50-game suspension was overturned on appeal, it still cast a cloud over the start of the (cont. on page 20)

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Meet Charlie Vascellaro Baseball enthusiast Charlie Vascellaro, former Valley resident and a vagabond baseball traveler who returns to Arizona just after the pitchers and catchers arrive each Spring Training season, will talk about the evolution of the Cactus League and its six plus decades in the Valley, the teams, the players, their wins and losses and more. His baseball-related travel stories have appeared in The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, U.S. Airways in-flight magazine, for The San Francisco Giants Spring Training Magazine since 1998 and for the last 20 years, a frequent contributor to the Cactus League Team programs. Join Charlie at Scottsdale’s Civic Center Library Friday, March 15, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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Cactus League season and the Brewers never seemed to find their footing, finishing third in the National League central division with an 83-79 record, 14 games behind division winning Cincinnati. Many thought Braun only escaped suspension through a loophole in the procedural handling of his urine specimen, and he played the entire season under suspicion. Braun still had a great year leading the league with 41 home runs while finishing second with 112 RBI and third with a .319 batting average finishing a distant second to Buster Posey for the National League MVP award. Braun is one of a major league high 11 Milwaukee Brewers participating in the World Baseball Classic joined by catcher Jonathon Lucroy on Team USA. Right-handed relief pitcher John Axford,

Junior golf deal offers Eagle Mountain Eagle Mountain Golf Club is offering a Junior Golf Card for young duffers. For an annual fee of $49, the card permits juniors to play year-round one hour

after twilight for $10 green fees, along with an adult guest who may play for $25. Rates drop in July and August. Junior card members must be 17 years of age or younger.

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Play is limited to twilight, and the time is determined by Eagle Mountain Golf Club and varies seasonally. Reservations may be made on the day of play only. Players must wear proper golf attire and practice golf etiquette at all times. Junior cards are non-transferrable and non-refundable. Junior card members must have a valid driver’s license to operate golf carts. Visit www.eaglemtn.com and click on “card programs,” or call the golf shop at (480) 816-1234. Eagle Mountain Golf Course is located on Eagle Mountain Drive off of Shea Boulevard in Fountain Hills. The 18-hole, par 71, Scott Miller-designed golf course is the quintessential Sonoran Desert course.

second baseman Talyor Green and RHP James Henderson will suit up for Canada in an exhibition game against the Brewers at the Maryvale Baseball Park March 5. Cincinnati Reds The most recent addition to the Cactus League, the Cincinnati Reds 2012 National League central division flag is the second the team has brought back since joining the Cleveland Indians at the Goodyear Ballpark in 2010. Unfortunately the Reds were eliminated from the post season in the first-round division series in both seasons. Right-handed pitcher Johnny Cueto reached a career high 19 wins with nine losses and 2.78 ERA in 217 innings pitched and finished fourth in NL Cy Young award voting. Reds’ pitchers surrendered the fewest runs (588) in the National League and tied the Washington Nationals with a league-best 3.34 ERA. The Reds’ 97 wins were the most by the team in 36 years and marked an 18-game turn-around from the previous season. In his five-and-a-half seasons with the club, first baseman Joey Votto has become the face of the franchise and was handsomely rewarded with a $225 million, 10-year extension running through the 2023 season, with a $20 million option for 2024, the largest contract in club history. At the time of this writing Team Canada was reserving its last roster spot for Votto pending a physical examination of his surgically repaired knee. Second baseman Brandon Phillips is on the Team USA roster and former Reds shortstop Barry Larkin is managing Team Brazil.

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n an unassuming strip mall situated out in Northeast Scottsdale where Via Linda and Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard curve and intersect sits a gem of a restaurant. George Yang opened up George & Son’s after the birth of his first and only son. In honor of the special event he named his restaurant accordingly. The restaurant business was familiar to Yang, he grew up in Burma and was exposed to spices, aromas and flavors of many different cuisines. As a result, George & Son’s is a cross-cultural restaurant. George & Son’s most popular dish is Shrimp with Honey Glazed Walnuts. Other signature dishes include Citrus Chicken, Seafood Pockets and Spicy Crackling Calamari. The menu also offers many noodle dishes, a staple in Asian cooking. Lo Mein, Chow Mein and Pad Thai can be found at George & Son’s. Tofu dishes are also available. Spicier dishes include Kung Pao Three Seas, a combination of wonderful shrimp, scallops and fillet of fish and Dragon & Phoenix, a medley of shrimp and chicken all in a spicy sauce.

Tiffany & Co. salutes Major League Baseball and Spring Training with a display of the Tiffany crafted Arizona Diamondbacks’ World Series Trophy. The prize will be on view at Tiffany & Co. in Scottsdale Fashion Square from March 15 through March 25. MLB commissioned Tiffany to create the World Series Trophy in 2000; the Diamondbacks won their trophy in the 2001 series.


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Memorial Championship

Disc golf tourney to honor co-founder by Nicole Hellwig Special for Let’s Go! The Memorial Championship presented by Discraft returns to Arizona for its 25th year to kick off the PDGA National Tour Series. This is one of the biggest tournaments of the year, with many of the top disc golf professionals competing for their share of the $45,000 prize money. More than 340 professional and amateur competitors have registered to play in this four-day tournament from Wednesday, Feb. 27, to Saturday March 2. The Memorial Championship brings competitors from all over the world. Returning this year will be Paul McBeth, current world champion and Memorial Championship winner for the past two years. Twelve-time Disc Golf World Champion Ken Climo returns this year as well. About 70 percent of the world’s best players travel to Scottsdale and Fountain Hills every year to play in this tournament. The event takes place at two courses: Fountain Park and Vista del Camino Park. Fountain Park, located in Fountain Hills, is a scenic 64-acre park with a wellgroomed lawn and plenty of trees. The park surrounds Fountain Lake, known for its 300-foot fountain and stunning mountain views. Located in south Scottsdale, Vista del Camino Park, also known as Shelly Sharpe Memorial DGC, is a beautiful 71acre course that is mostly flat and lightly wooded with a creek running through its

center. “We actually needed to move to another course,” said tournament director Dan Ginnelly. “We have 200 people and do tee times on each course, must like ball golf, so we can take 400 competitors.” Disc golf is a low impact sport that found popularity in the 1970s. Ed Headrick of Wham-O Manufacturing Company saw that a huge interest in the game was emerging in the northeastern part of the country and included it in his 1975 World Frisbee Championships. Disc golf has continued to grow over the years and is now played in about 40 countries around the world. Players throw a disc at a target, and according to the Professional Disc Golf Association’s website, “The object of the game is to traverse a course from beginning to end in the fewest number of disc throws.” Ginnelly is no stranger to disc golf, having been among the top players in the world through the mid-1980s and ‘90s. With 30 world-class wins, Ginnelly is Arizona’s top disc golfer and was inducted in to the Disc Golf Hall of Fame in 2008. After traveling the world competing, Ginnelly settled down in Arizona with his wife, Sue, and started a family. Ginnelly wanted a big event here, and with the help of his wife started The Memorial Championship in 1988. They began hosting the event over Memorial Day Weekend, but as the event began to grow, they began to wonder why they weren’t doing it in the winter when the weather was nicer. It was an easy decision to move the tournament to the first weekend in March.

The tournament continued to grow and, after realizing how large the event could be, the PDGA began using The Memorial Championship as the kick off to the National Tour. The Memorial Championship is put on mostly through the efforts of volunteers, with financial support from various sponsors, including the primary sponsor, Discraft. In further support of the game, the Ginnellys opened Spinners on the Green eight years ago to sell Frisbees and other disc golf equipment to players of all levels. Ginnelly prides himself on giving quality service you won’t find when purchasing One of the largest disc golf tournaments in the world from online retailers. returns to Fountain Hills and Scottsdale starting Feb. “They hear about it 27 and continuing through March 2. (equipment) and buy off somebody from eBay, and they don’t get that hands-on event what it is today. “She was pretty much the heart and information. Ginnelly said. “People get to come in and talk to us, and we make sure soul,” Ginnelly said. “I was the Frisbee they get into the right plastic because not junkie and a wanted a big event here, and she didn’t even play the game. She just every Frisbee is good for a beginner.” This year’s Memorial Championship loved me. If it wasn’t for her, we wouldn’t is being held in memory of someone very be where we are.” For further information on The Memonear and dear to the Championship, Sue Ginnelly. Sue passed away last fall but she rial Championship, visit the website, www. was a major component in making the memorialchampionship.com.

Garage sale, clothes swap at Lutheran Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church is holding its annual Garage Sale and Clothing Swap Saturday, March 2. The public is invited to participate in the sale and encouraged to bring clothing for the swap. A limited number of tables will be available for sellers. To reserve space, send e-mail requests to julia@sothaz.com. The community event will be held from 7 a.m. to noon. There is no charge for table space. The clothing swap also is open to the public and will take place

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Your guide for places to go and things to do in the Northeast Valley and around the state. Information is accurate to the best of our knowledge, but dates and times are subject to change without notice.

Avenue of the Fountains - Fountain Hills Thursdays Stroll the median on the Avenue of the Fountains and enjoy a rich talent of artists, jewelers, photographers and more. Farmers Market offers fresh produce and more. Held most Thursdays through April. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Ninth Annual Arizona Fine Art Expo Southwest Corner of Jomax and Scottsdale (480) 837-7163 www.arizonafineartexpo.com Through March 24 100 nationally acclaimed fine artisans working in studio-environment. Hands-on demonstrations and workshops, entertainment, café. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. $8.

23rd Annual Celebration of Fine Art Scottsdale Road and Loop 101 Freeway (480) 443-7695 www.celebrateart.com Through March 24 In the big white tents are more than 100 juried artists creating and selling their works. Entertainment, food, art. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $8.

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Plaza Fountainside - Fountain Hills www.fountainhillsartleague.com/artwalk.html March 2 Enjoy the work of local artists on the patio overlooking the Fountain. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free.

18th Annual Spring Paintout Art Show & Sale Desert Botanical Garden Phoenix (480) 941-1225 www.dbg.org March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 More than 40 Scottsdale Artists League members paint onsite. Benefits the garden. Art show and sale March 30 and 31. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. each week.

Second Annual Tour D’Artistes Fountain Hills Artist Studios www.fountainhillsartleague March 9-10 Self-guided tour of working studios and local galleries. Artist demonstrations, snacks, some music. Art works will be available for sale. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $20

12th Annual Sonoran Arts League Festival of Fine Art Stagecoach Village Carefree (480) 575-6624 www.sonoranartsleague.org/festival March 15-17 A juried show featuring 150 local and nationally-acclaimed artists with a variety of work from traditional to contemporary. 10 a.m.5 p.m. Free.

Ninth Annual Fountain Hills Fine Art & Wine Affaire Avenue of the Fountains (480) 837-5637 www.thunderbirdartists.com March 15-17 More than 100 artists will be featured, displaying paintings, bronzes, stone, clay, copper, wood, mixed media and more. Live musical entertainment, wine tasting, gourmet food, chocolates. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $5 ($1 will be donated to American Healing Arts Foundation).

Eighth Annual Cowgirl Up! Desert Caballeros Western Museum (928) 684-2272 www.cowgirlupart.com March 22 through May 5 Art from the Other Half of the West Invitational Exhibition & Sale. Opening weekend includes artists’ and patrons’ party, bash ‘n bid gala, chuck wagon breakfast and artists’ quick draw and auction.

Fine Art Show and Sale Rio Verde Community Center March 23 A variety of fine art media will be featured. Noon-5 p.m. Free admission.

Annual Native Art Appraisal Day Heard Museum - Phoenix (602) 252-8840 www.heard.org March 23 Art dealers will examine artwork and cultural materials for educational information (not insurance purposes). 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. $30 for first item; $25 for the second; $20 for third and subsequent item(s). Limit 10 items per person.

Bicycles 10th Annual Tour de Cure Reach 11 Sports Complex Phoenix (888) DIABETES, ext. 7093 www.diabetes.org/tour March 16 Ride includes a 10-mile family and novice friendly ride, a 35-mile route and Metric Century route of 62.5 miles. Benefits Americans with diabetes.

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Blood Drive Fountain Hills Noon Kiwanis Blood Drive Fountain Hills Community Center (480) 836-8213 (480) 837-2600 www.bloodhero.com, (sponsor code: Kiwanis) March 29 and 30 Give blood and earn reward points. Redeem points for movie tickets, t-shirts and more. 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Cars Cruz’N at Phil’s Car Show Phil’s Filling Station - Fountain Hills (480) 816-5620 Every Sunday October through May Enjoy food, beverages and stories. Noon-3 p.m. Free.

9th Annual Catch-A-Wave Car Show Tempe Kiwanis Park www.kiwanisnuevo.org March 23 Presented by Kiwanis Nuevo Tempe to benefit the East Valley Boys and Girls Club. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $40 per vehicle to show, free to public.

Bug-O-Rama Firebird International Raceway - Chandler (602) 268-0200 www.bugorama.com March 24 America’s longest running and most famous VW event, features VW drag racing, the world’s largest VW only swap meet, show and shine and a vendor alley.

Comedy The Sandra Bernhard: I Love Being Me, Don’t You Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts (480) 499-8587 www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org March 16 Edgy and outrageous, Bernhard is an alumna of Scottsdale’s Saguaro High School. 8 p.m. $49-$79.

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Chocolate, Chili and Cochineal Heard Museum - Phoenix www.heard.org Through Oct. 27 Explore chocolate, chili and cochineal dye through art and special programs.

11th Annual Agave on the Rocks Desert Botanical Garden - Phoenix (480) 481-8188 www.dbg.org March 22 Celebrate Sonoran roots, gourmet cuisine


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Cultural Events Picture This! Navajo Pictorial Textiles Heard Museum - Phoenix www.heard.org Through Sept. 3 Showcasing the technical mastery as well as creativity and imagination used in Navajo weaving.

Third Annual Native Arts ArtWalk Scottsdale Arts District (480) 990-8989 www.scottsdalegalleries Feb. 28 Celebrating Arizona’s indigenous cultures, hosted by the Scottsdale Gallery Association in conjunction with the Hopi Education Endowment Fund and the Heard Museum’s famed weekend Indian Fair. 7-9 p.m. Free.

19th Annual Aloha Festival Tempe Town Lake (602) 697-1824 www.azalohafesti.org March 9-10 A celebration of Hawaiian culture featuring music, entertainment, island crafts, games, Hawaiian foods. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free.

49th Annual Arizona Scottish Highland Games Steele Indian School Park Phoenix (602) 431-0095 www.arizonascots.com March 23-24 Competition, demonstrations, Highland dancers, ancient athletic events, children’s games, clan booths, food, artificats, vendors, reenactment groups, massed pipes and drums. 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. $5-$15.

Dance Nrityagram Dance Ensemble Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts (480) 499-8587 www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org March 8 Classical Indian dance with modern twist is performed. 8 p.m. $29-$49.

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts (480) 499-8587 www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org March 22-23 One of the country’s preeminent touring contemporary ballet companies. 8 p.m. $29-$59.

Dog Shows Irish Setter National “Red Tails in the Sunset” Scottsdale WestWorld www.irishsetterclub.org March 1

Duathlons Desert Classic Duathlon McDowell Mountain Park Fountain Hills www.desertclassicduathlon.com March 3 The run/bike/run event features trails through the Sonoran Desert. The trail run is 3.5 miles, road bike is 21 miles and trail run is 2.7 miles. Kids’ run also. 8 a.m.

Easter

Jesus the Christ Easter Pageant Mesa, Arizona, Temple Grounds (480) 964-7164 www.easterpageant.org March 19-30 Drama, dance and musical story about the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Presented in Spanish some nights, and English some nights. 8 p.m. Free.

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Fountain Park Fountain Hills www.fh.az.gov March 31 Fountain Hills Ministerial Alliance invites the community to participate in the annual Sunrise Service to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus.

Fort McDowell Adventures - Fort McDowell (480) 816-6465 www.formcdowelladventures.com Every Friday, Labor Day through Memorial Day Live entertainment, horseshoes, games, wagon rides, hot dogs, brats, beer, s’mores available for purchase. Groups of 10 or more can call for reserved seating and package options. The last Friday of each month is Adult Education from 8 p.m. to midnight (must be 21 or older). 5-10 p.m. Free admission.

Expos The BIG Spring Maricopa County Home & Garden Show University of Phoenix Stadium - Glendale www.maricopacountyhomeshows.com March 1-3 Thousands of products and services for home improvement needs. Landscape displays. Garden seminars, how-to seminars, one-stop home improvement shopping. Friday, Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $2-$5.

Arizona Game & Fish Department Outdoor Expo

Exclusively Little 2013 McCormick Stillman Railroad Park - Scottsdale (480) 312-2312 www.therailraodpark.com March 2 For children six and younger. Games, arts and crafts, clown face-painting, entertainment. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free.

Farmers Market Farmers Market & Art on the Avenue Avenue of the Fountains Fountain Hills Thursdays Farmers Market offers fresh produce and more. Stroll the median on the Avenue of the Fountains and enjoy a rich talent of artists, jewelers, photographers and more. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Ben Avery Shooting Facility - Phoenix (602) 942-3000 www.azgfd.gov/expo March 23-24 Hands-on activities, demonstrations, exhibits on hunting, fishing, recreational shooting, archery, off-highway vehicle (OHV) and watercraft recreation, conservation and wildlife education, camping and other outdoor elements. Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free.

Festivals 25th Annual Arizona’s Annual Renaissance Festival

Family Fun Adventure at Fort McDowell Adventures Fort McDowell (480) 816-6465 www.formcdowelladventures.com Fridays Each Friday afternoon, Fort McDowell Adventures offers a variety of fun events including cattle drives, Jeep tours, cultural tours, kayaking and more. 4 p.m.

Apache Junction (520) 463-2600 www.renfestinfo.com Through March 31 A medieval amusement park. 10 a.m. -6 p.m. weekends. $12-$22.

25th Annual Ostrich Festival Tumbleweed Regional Park - Chandler (480) 963-4571 www.ostrichfestival.com March 1-3 Ostrich races, carnival rides, live headline

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LET’S GO! March 2013 entertainment daily, exotic petting zoo, camel and pony rides, much more. Friday, noonmidnight; Saturday, 10 a.m.-midnight; Sunday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. $7-$9.

Sunday A’Fair Outdoors at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts (480) 499-8587 www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org March 3, 17, 24, 31 The 26th season of this family event features outdoor concerts, fine arts and crafts, food and fun. Noon to 4 p.m. Free.

Great Arizona Beer Festival Tempe Town Lake (480) 342-7178 www.sunsounds.org March 2 Features more than 200 specialty craft and microbrewed beer, food and non-alcoholic drinks, souvenir sampling mug, games and contests. Etnertainment. Benefits Sun Sounds. 2-6 p.m. $35-$40.

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Fountain Park - Fountain Hills www.fh.az.gov/special-events.aspx March 17 Watch as the world famous Fountain turns emerald green. Festival stage features traditional Irish music, local entertainment, kids’ activities, food, beer, more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Festival of the West WestWorld (602) 996-4387 www.festivalofthewest.com March 21-24 Celebrate all things western. Entertainment for the whole family, Western music, Western film and TV celebrities, cowboy poetry, costume contest, food, demonstrations, more than 200 exhibitors. $10.

Cave Creek Fiesta Days Cave Creek Memorial Arena (480) 488-4043 http://cavecreekprorodeo.com March 22-24

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Fountain Park - Fountain Hills www.pakistaninformation.org March 23 A seasonal festival celebrated at the end of winter to welcome spring. Cultural festival celebrates Pakistan and its traditions. 11 a.m-5 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Heritage/Folk Festival Sahuaro Historical Park Glendale (623) 930-4200 http://glendaleaz.com March 23-24 Some 150 performers from folk and bluegrass to cowboy poetry and storytelling. Historic site tours, blacksmith demonstrations, children’s area. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free.

10th Annual Arizona Dragon Boat Festival Tempe Town Lake www.azdba.com March 23-24 Some 50 dragon boat racing teams from all over the world are expected to compete. Races, demonstrations, music, food, vendors, performances. 9 a..m-4 p.m.

Fundraisers

Third Annual Wine Women & Horses Turf Paradise - Phoenix www.childcrisis.org March 2 The day features, lunch, goody bags, raffle prizes, hat contest, horse racing. Benefits Child Crisis Center. Noon-4 p.m. $65.

Broadway in the Hills Fountain Hills Community Center (480) 837-9661, ext. 3 www.fhtaz.org March 24 The annual fundraiser features silent and live auctions, dinner and entertainment.

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36th Annual Small World Miniature Doll House Show & Sale ASU Western States Publishers Inc. Glendale (480) 488-7074 www.phoenixminiatures.com March 9-10 Exhibits, sale of furniture, accessories, dolls. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $2-$5.

2013 Spring Coin Show Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church (480) 226-0151 March 23 More than 25 coin dealers will be on hand to buy, sell and trade. Silent auction, coin raffle, door prizes. Free coin evaluations and free coins and albums for children. 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Free admission.

Horses 26th Annual Touch of Class Miniature Horse Show Scottsdale WestWorld (602) 326-7230 http://azminis-mhaa.com March 23-24 An exhibition of registered miniature horses in halter and performance classes, harness driving, obstacle driving, hunter jumper. 8 a.m. Free.

Marathons Phoenix Marathon Usery Pass Mesa (801) 472-7866 www.getsetaz.com March 2 Marathon, half-marathon, 10K, kids’ 1K fun run/walk. Spectacular scenery, USATF Certified Boston Qualifier. 7 a.m.

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Run for Ryan House DC Ranch Scottsdale (480) 342-7178 www.getsetaz.com March 2 Half-marathon, 5K, 10K, one mile family fun run/walk. 7 a.m.

Music All American Sports Grill Fountain Hills (480) 816-4625 Every Friday and Saturday Live music each weekend featuring various genres. Fridays, 8:30-11:30 p.m., Saturdays, 9 p.m.-midnight.

Flamenco Dancing Sofrita Fountain Hills (480) 816-5613 Every Thursday Music of Brio Flamenco and the Flamenco por la Vida dancers. 6-8 p.m.

Jazz in the Hills Alchemy at CopperWynd - Fountain Hills www.jazzinthehills.info Every Friday Fridays, join jazz lovers in an intimate setting for great music and company. Show starts at 7:30 p.m.

Wine and Music Grapeables Fountain Hills (480) 816-5959 Different musicians play at the local wine shop. Perfect for listening and dancing. 7:30-11 p.m. Call for individual performance information.

Live Music on the Sunset Cruise Desert Belle Saguaro Lake Cruises (480) 984-2425 www.desertbelle.com Live music every Friday and Saturday. 5 p.m. Sunset cruise only. $20.

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Music in the Garden Winter Concert Series Desert Botanical Garden (480) 481-8188 www.dbg.org March 1, 8, 15, 29 Each concert features a different artist. Advance purchase recommended. 1-3 p.m. $15-$21.

Danu Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts (480) 499-8587 www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org March 1 Traditional Irish band returns for a night of Celtic music and song. 8 p.m. $49-$79.

John Schneider and Tom Wopat Chandler for the Arts http://chandlercenter.org March 2 Known best for their roles as Bo and Luke Duke from the TV series “The Dukes of Hazzard,” this pair brings with them a total show with stories, music and more. 7:30 p.m. $36$48.

Concerts in the Park Fountain Park Fountain Hills www.fh.az.gov March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Free concerts in the park featuring a variety of area and local bands. Bring blankets, chairs, friends and family 2:30-4 p.m.

ASU Concerts at the Center Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts (480) 499-8587 www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org March 4 ASU Chamber Orchestra March 25 “Opera Extravaganza” celebrates the diviersity of vocal music through the centuries from the stage of grand opera, operetta and musical theater. Both programs: Pre-talk, 6:30 p.m., Concert, 7:30 p.m. $10. Free for students.

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Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts (480) 499-8587 www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org March 10 Featuring leading cast members from the Broadway hit, Jersey Boys. 7:30 p.m. $29-$49.

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts (480) 499-8587 www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org March 23 Canadian guitarist brings his toe-tapping rumba flamenco. 7:30 p.m. $39-$59.

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Comerica Theatre - Phoenix www.ivenation.com March 11 And the Waltz Goes On tour. An all-ages event. 8 p.m. $61-$162.50.

MIM http://herbergerinstitute.asu.edu March 27 Music for solo piano, piano for four-hands and piano chamber music. 10:30 a.m.

Eric Clapton US Airways Center - Phoenix www.livenation.com March 14 With special guest The Wallflowers. $49$80.

26th Anniversary – A Night in the ‘40s Big Band Dance and USO Show CAF Aircraft Museum - Mesa (480) 924-1940 www.bigbanddance.com March 16 A 1940s musical followed by a big band orchestra playing the sounds of the era to dancing men and women dressed in the period in the shadow of the vintage B-17. Costume contest, dance contest. 4:15 p.m. $35-$40.

10th Annual McDowell Mountain Music Festival Scottsdale 101 Plaza (602) 343-0453 www.mmmf.net March 22-24 Eclectic music festival with a mixture of music acts including bluegrass, reggae, jazz, rock and more. Food, kids’ zone, marketplace, silent auction.

Tony Orlando Chandler Center for the Arts http://chandlercenter.org March 23 One of the country’s most endearing and enduring stars. 7:30 p.m. $34-$46.

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Fountain Hills Chamber Players Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church Fountain Hills www.fountainhillschamberplayers.org March 10 Music by Beethoven, Muczynski, Martinu and Arensky. 3 p.m. $15

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San Franciscso Opera Grand Opera Cinema Series Richard Strauss’ Salome Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org March 27 This erotically charged opera centers on a tangled triangle. 7 p.m. $12.

Tommy Tune: Steps in Time Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts (480) 499-8587 www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org March 30 The Broadway legend’s story in song and dance. 8 p.m. $59-$89.

Phoenix International Raceway - Avondale (602) 252-3833 www.phoenixraceway.com March 2 NASCAR Nationwide Series race.

Subway Fresh 500 Phoenix International Raceway (866) 408) 7223 www.phoenixraceway.com March 3 Stars of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Nature & Science 30th Annual Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month

National Performing Artists Series Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church (480) 837-173 March 5 Face to Face (The Ultimate Tribute to Billy Joel and Elton John) 7 p.m. March. 19 Michael Finney (Comedy and Magic), 7 p.m. Tickets range from $10 to $20.

Munch and Music Fountain Hills Community Center Feb. 1, OK Chorale Cowboy Trio Feb. 8, Fountain Hills High School Jazz Band, under the direction of Lynn Truby. Feb. 15, Al Roselieb and the Fountain Hills Brass All programs start at 12:15 p.m. are 30

Statewide (602) 542-4174 www.azstateparks.com March 1-31 Special events in towns around the state focus on current efforts to preserve the past by protecting the fragile and non-renewable cultural resources. Hikes, site tours, lectures, demos.

12th Annual Spring Butterfly Exhibit Marshall Butterfly Pavilion Desert Botanical Garden - Phoenix (480) 941-1225 - www.dbg.org March 2 through May 12 Special display features butterfly host plants, enabling visitors to see the butterflies up close. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. $3.50 for garden admission.

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LET’S GO! March 2013 Archaeology EXPO at Spur Cross Cave Creek (480) 488-2764 www.cavecreekmuseum March 2 Cave Creek Museum is taking part in Archaeology Month with its event March 2. 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Astronomy Open House Bateman Physical Sciences ASU - Tempe (480) 965-0665 http://astopenhouse.com March 29 Look through telescopes, learn about meteorites and much more. 8 p.m. Free.

Rodeos 60th Annual Parada del Sol Rodeo Scottsdale WestWorld (480) 990-3179 www.paradadelsol.org March 1-3 Rodeo, dances, concerts, live country western music, children’s activities. Friday and Saturday, 1 and 7 p.m. Sunday, 2 p.m.

Runs/Walks Stride for Sight Tempe Kiwanis Park www.getsetaz.com March 3 An event for all ages and abilities, with blind, blindfolded and sighted runners competing together. Helps fund the comprehensive programs at the Foundation for Blind Children. Features a timed 5K run and a one-mile walk (wheelchair accessible). 9 a.m.

Survivor Mud Run Phoenix ET MotoPark - Mesa http://survivormudrun.com March 9 Test your ability to run, climb, jump, crawl and muscle your way through an extreme 5K mud run. 9 a.m. $43-$67.

Bandidos Mountain to Fountain 15K Run Fountain Hills (602) 538-0786 http://bandidos15k.com March 10 The first 5K is downhill in McDowell Mountain Regional Park, followed by a rolling 5K, and finished by some gentle uphill, followed by the final stretch of downhill. 8 a.m. $30-$50.

8th Annual Phoenix Brain Tumor Walk Steele Indian School Park (866) 455-3214 - www.phoenixwalk.org March 16 A fundraiser and community day to support brain tumor research and patient services. $25-$35.

Seventh Annual St. Patrick’s Day Four Mile Run/Walk Old Town Scottsdale (623) 330-0913 www.getsetaz.com March 16 Celebrate your inner Irish spirit. The course follows the banks of the Arizona Canal between 56th Street and Goldwater Boulevard. 5 p.m.

Seventh Annual Laura’s Run Scottsdale Sports Complex (480) 220-2019 www.getsetaz.com March 23 5K run, 1 mile fun run/walk, kids’ dash, live music and raffle prizes, benefits the Laura Burdick Foundation to help families of transplant recipients in need at St. Joseph’s Hospital Heart/Lung Institute Transplant Center. 9 a.m.

Phoenix Start! Heart Walk Tempe Beach Park (602) 414-5320 www.phoenixheartwalk.org March 23 A 5K or one-mile noncompetitive fundraising event followed by a Heart Healthy Festival. Health screenings, interactive and educational booths, live bands, kids’ games. Celebrity appearances. 8 a.m.-noon. Free.

Sports Phoenix Suns USAirways Center - Phoenix www.suns.com March 1 vs. Atlanta Hawks, 7 p.m. March 6 vs. Toronto Raptors, 7 p.m. March 9 vs. Houston Rockets, 7 p.m. March 11 vs. Denver Nuggets, 7 p.m. March 18, vs. Los Angeles Lakers, 7 p.m. March 20 vs. Washington Wizards, 7 p.m. March 22 vs. Minnesota Wolves, 7 p.m. March 24 vs. Brooklyn Nets, 6 p.m. March 28 vs. Sacramento Kings, 7 p.m. March 30 vs. Indiana Pacers, 7 p.m.

2013 Memorial Championship Disc Golf Tournament Fountain Park, Fountain Hills Vista del Camino Park, Scottsdale http://memorialchampionship.com Feb. 27 through March 2 More than 200 professionals and 200 amateurs compete for cash prizes and trophies. Spectators welcome.

Theater

Les Miserables – A Revolution of Comedy Silver Star Playhouse - Mesa (480) 325-6700 www.silverstarplayhouse.com Through March 2 A parody of the classic tale complete with

humor and hilarious French accents. $18.95; dinner is available.

Click, Clack Moo Tempe Center for the Arts Theater (480) 921-5700 www.childsplayaz.org Through March 3 Animals get fed up with their working conditions. Recommended for children three and up. 1 and 4 p.m.

The Elephant Man Desert Stages Theater - Scottsdale (480) 483-1664 www.desertstages.org Through March 3 Actor’s Café production of the remarkable story of John Merrick, who lived in 19th century London as a man deformed, and facing a brutal society, confronts a lifetime of betrayal, rejection and exploitation. 7:30 and 2 p.m. $22$25.

Wrong Window Desert Foothills Theater (480) 488-1981 www.desertfoothillstheater.com Through March 3 A suspenseful and funny play spoofing Alfred Hitchcock’s “Rear Window.” ThursdaySaturday, 7:30 p.m., Sunday, 2 p.m. $25-$30 adults, $15-$18 students and youth.

The Full Monty Fountain Hills Theater (480) 837-9661, ext. 3 www.fhtaz.org Through March 10 Unemployed steelworkers in Buffalo, N.Y., come up with a way to make some quick cash – as male strippers. Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. $25.

The Little Mermaid, Jr. Desert Stages Theater - Scottsdale (480) 483-1664 www.desertstages.org Through March 24 The beloved musical occurs in the depths of the sea with the adventurous mermaid, Ariel. Performances are at 7:30, 1 and 3 p.m. $12$15.

Memphis ASU Gammage - Tempe (480) 965-3434 http://asugammage.com March 5-10 A thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love about a white DJ who wants to change the world and a black club singer who is ready for her big break.

Butch Cassidy and the SunBurnt Kid Silver Star Playhouse - Mesa (480) 325-6700 www.silverstarplayhouse.com March 14 through May 4

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Chapters: The Silence Between the Whispers Fountain Hills Youth Theater (480) 837-9661 www.fhtaz.org March 15-31 This year’s Y.A.B.O.Y. production is an original drama written by Ross Collins. The production examines the tragic cycle of date physical abuse and the devastating consequences to all involved. Fridays and Saturdays, 7 p.m., Sundays 2 p.m. $15 for adults; $12 for youth 17 and younger.

TheatreLAB Spring 2013 Tempe http://herbergerinstitute.asu.edu March 21-27 The new series provides a second stage designed to help playwrights and collaborative ensembles develop projects. Two workshop productions, four staged readings provides a way for audiences to participate in creation of the theater of the future. 7:30 p.m. $8.

A Steady Rain Herberger Theater Center Phoenix www.atphx.org March 22 through April 7 Chicago police officers Joey and Denny always have each other’s backs until an unfortunate decision tests their loyalty and pits one against the other. A harrowing tale of guilt, fear and corruption, puts friendship to the ultimate test in the face of unthinkable adversity.

The Foreigner Desert Stages Theater Scottsdale (480) 483-1664 www.desertstages.org March 22 through May 19 An Actor’s Café production is the story of a man’s lack of words that yields an abundance of knowledge when he and a friend lie about his native language. 7:30 and 2 p.m. $22-$25.

Boats Tempe Center for the Arts Studio (480) 921-5700 www.childsplayaz.org March 30-31 Direct from Tasmania this story is about two life-long friends cast adrift on the open ocean. From the renowned Terrapin Puppet Theater. Recommended for ages seven and up. 1 and 4 p.m.


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