In this issue: book signings, support for people entering the workforce, the Sonoran Desert Chorale, cool critters, Judaica art, a Chef's studio, desert flower tour, golf benefitting single parents with cancer, a century ride and kart racing for chairty.
This column includes announcements of seminars, workshops, community events, fundraisers and other programs for which there is an admission charge, a donation expected or you are otherwise expected to spend money, such as shopping events. Advance registration is required at some these events, so you might see them listed here weeks before they are scheduled to occur.
If you are looking for programs or activities where there is no charge for admission, you can check my weekly "Free Things To Do" column (it comes out every Monday), or check the monthly calendar of recurring annual events.
Events are presented here in date order.
What: March at The Poisoned Pen
When: Various dates, various times
Where: The Poisoned Pen Bookstore, 4014 N Goldwater #101, Scottsdale
February 29 at 7 p.m. - Melanie Rawn signs TOUCHSTONE
March 1 at 7 p.m. - James Carlos Blake signs COUNTRY OF THE BAD WOLFES
March 3 at 2 p.m. - Frederick Ramsay signs THE EIGHTH VEIL
March 5 at 7 p.m. - Lisa Lutz signs THE TRAIL OF THE SPELLMANS; Deb Coonts signs SO DAMN LUCKY; Josh Bazell signs WILD THING A sequel to Beat the Reaper
March 6 at 7 p.m. - Clive Cussler and Justin Scott sign THE THIEF An Isaac Bell Adventure
March 7 at 7 p.m. - Thomas Perry signs POISON FLOWER A Jane Whitefield Novel 7th in the series
March 8 at 7 p.m. - Charles Todd(s) signs THE CONFESSION, Ian Rutledge
March 12 at 7 p.m. - Cara Black signs MURDER AT THE LANTERNE ROUGE; Rhys Bowen signs HUSH NOW, DON'T YOU CRY
March 13 at 7 p.m. - David Rosenfelt signs HEART OF A KILLER
March 14 at 7 p.m. - Philip Connors signs FIRE SEASON; Mary Doria Russell signs DOC A Novel of Tombstone and Doc Holliday
March 16 at 7 p.m. - Randy Wayne White signs CHASING MIDNIGHT A Doc Ford Thriller
What: Cocktails & Clothes
When: Tuesday, March 6, 2012 from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: The Adobe Restaurant at the Biltmore Golf Club, 2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix
Cocktails & Clothes encourages donations of gently used or new clothes, briefcases and shoes to restock the free Career Clothing Boutique for women, men and young adults re-entering the workforce through Arizona Women's Education & Employment. Clothing can be dropped off at trucks parked at the Adobe Restaurant beginning at 4 p.m. Tax receipts will be available. Admission to the event is $50 and includes 2 drink tickets, appetizers, silent and live auctions.
What: Passages of the Spirit
When: Saturday and Sunday, March 10 and 11, 2012
Where: See below
The Sonoran Desert Chorale presents Passages of the Spirit featuring sacred music from the Baroque cathedrals of Germany and Austria to moving contemporary settings of sacred texts. Performances of Passages of the Spirit will be held March 10 at 7:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 15 E. First Avenue, Mesa and March 11 at 3 p.m. at Valley Presbyterian Church, 6947 E. McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley. Tickets are $15 for adults/$12 for seniors, children and groups of 10 or more. Tickets may be purchased online or by calling 480-305-4538. Passages of the Spirit will include J. S. Bach's Cantata No. 150, Nach Dir, Herr, verlanget mich, (Lord, I Long for You!), written for chorus, soli, solo bassoon, violin I and II and basso continuo, including harpsichord. In addition, the Chorale will perform Franz Shubert's Offertory, Intende voci orationis mea for tenor solo, chorus and organ. Following intermission, the Chorale will present Denice Rippentrop's Desert Trilogy, written for the Sonoran Desert Chorale and premiered in 2001. The Chorale continues with a Rene Clausen setting of Ubi Caritas. The Chorale will conclude the concert with three American roots selections, beginning with Lord, We Give Thanks To Thee (based on Leviticus 25:9) by Undine Smith Moore, the female African-American composer (1904-1989) who attended Julliard School of Music after completing her undergraduate work at Fisk University in Nashville. Then the Chorale will perform The Road Home by Stephen Paulus, set to the tune "Prospect" from Southern Harmony of 1835, and close with the ever-popular Elijah Rock, arranged by Moses Hogan.
What: Cool Critters!
When: Saturday, March 10, 2012 from 9 a.m. to noon
Where: Rio Vista Recreation Center, Peoria
Explore critters big and small found in Arizona. How do owls find food? What's so cool about dirt? Who glows in the dark? Led by an experienced Arizona Science Center instructor, students engage in captivating projects and educational activities geared to stimulate interests in science, technology, engineering, and math. Course #69276. Ages 9-13 yrs. $40 Peoria Residents / $47 Non-Residents. Registration deadline March 6th. Register online or call 623.773.7137.
What: The Jewish Collection Grand Opening
When: Sunday, March 11, 2012 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: 10820 N. 71st Place, Scottsdale
The Jewish Collection will celebrate the move from Scottsdale Road and Shea Boulevard to their new space just across the road at near the northwest corner of Shea and Scottsdale. The public is invited to meet renowned Judaica artist Gary Rosenthal and participate in an interactive fundraiser. Rosenthal will present his recent creations and exclusive Judaica made only for the Jewish Collection at this trunk show. There will be food from the kosher dairy café, Mozart Cafe & Bakery and drawings for 50 free prizes all day Sunday at the store. Attendees will have the opportunity to show-off their own artistic abilities, working alongside Rosenthal. Those interested may register in advance at The Jewish Collection's current location or with one of the participating Synagogues or Schools to create their own fused glass mezuzah, Kiddush cup, menorah or Seder plate. Prices for the custom Judaica will range from $30 to $250, with proceeds benefiting a variety of Jewish charities. The budding artists will make their individual pieces at the event under Rosenthal's guidance, and their finished work will be available for pick-up a week or two later at The Jewish Collection after it is sent for firing. The Jewish Collection hopes to raise $5,000 for the Jewish Community groups participating in the opening celebrations, including Congregation Beth Israel, Har Zion congregation, Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center Early Childhood Center and Congregation Or Chadash.
What: Inside the Chef's Studio
When: Saturday, March 17 or Sunday, March 18, 2012 at noon
Where: The Arizona Biltmore, Phoenix
The Arizona Biltmore invites guests and local residents to learn how to prepare delicious gourmet meals from Christina Tosi, author of "Momofuku Milk Bar Cookbook." In this highly anticipated complement to the New York Times best selling Momofuku cookbook, Momofuku Milk Bar reveals the author's recipes for the innovative, addictive cookies, pies, cakes, ice creams and more from her wildly popular bakery. The class combines demonstration and hands-on learning. Open to resort guests and non-guests alike, the classes are $50 per person and include the author's cookbook and lunch (the meal prepared during the class and wine). Space is limited. Register for the classes online. For more information and reservations, contact the Arizona Biltmore at 602-381-7632 or 800-950-0086.
What: Desert Flowers Tours
When: Every Wednesday starting March 21 through April 18, 2012 from 11 a.m. to noon
Where: Deer Valley Rock Art Center, Phoenix
Join educator Elizabeth Alexander for a tour of multicolor wildflowers and flowering trees in the Sonoran Desert preserve. Tour admission (includes museum admission): Adults $7, Seniors $4, Children $3. Reservations are required, call (623) 582-8007.
What: Singleton Moms Golf Tournament
When: Monday, March 26, 2012
Where: Blackstone Country Club, Peoria
An event to raise funds for single parents who are battling cancer. The tournament can accommodate 25 teams of four players each. Each team must consist of either all ladies or any combination of men and ladies. Cost to enter is $150 per player. Registration and a continental breakfast are scheduled from 7-8:30 a.m. Putting and bucket shot competitions are from 7:30-8:45 a.m. The event gets underway with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. A silent auction and prize drawings of items donated by local businesses and other organizations will be held throughout the day. Registered players can participate in special contests including the putting and bucket competitions, beat the pro, closest to the pin and others. For registration and sponsorship information call 847-769-4008.
What: Chandler Century Ride
When: Saturday, March 31, 2012
Where: Start and finish at Tumbleweed Park, Chandler
The all-ages event will celebrate Chandler's 100th birthday with three non-competitive bike rides to promote bicycling in the community. The Century Ride will include a family-friendly 7.4-mile ride along the Consolidated Canal on the City's Paseo Trail, a 39-mile intermediate route, and a 65-mile advanced bike route through Chandler and adjacent communities. Maps for each of the rides are online. Rain or shine event. The 39-mile and 65-mile rides begin at 7 a.m., and the 7.4-mile family ride begins at 9 a.m. Since these rides are not races, there will be no police escorts, no road closures and cyclists must obey all traffic laws. To enter complete the online registration form and waiver prior to March 28 at midnight. There is no fee to participate in the 7.4-mile family ride. The fee for the 39- and 65-mile rides is $35 per person. Day of registration is from 5:30-6:30 a.m. at Tumbleweed Park, and the participation fee increases to $45. The Chandler Century Ride will also include a vendor expo at the park, including refreshments, information booths and activities. In previous years, this event was called the Chandler Family Bike Ride. It was expanded this year in honor of the City's centennial celebration.
What: Drive To Succeed
When: Saturday, March 31, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving, Chandler near Firebird Raceway
The Drive To Succeed is an event hosted by the UTI Foundation, featuring Valley companies competing against each other in SuperKarts with students from the Universal Technical Institute serving as the race team crew chiefs. The event is open to families, and features with bounce houses, face painting, remote-controlled car racing, and a silent auction among the activities available. Admission: One canned or non-perishable food item per attendee. All food items will be donated to local UTI/MMI campus student pantries to help students throughout the year.
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