In this issue: see a small mermaid, adopt a pet, have a family fun day, listen to a choir concert, hear a chamber orchestra, hear songs from the theatre, do an indoor triathlon, train your palate, ride for charity and be a better babysitter.
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: Desert Stages Theatre presents The Little Mermaid
When: now through March 24, 2013
Where: 4720 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale
The audience meets the adventurous mermaid, Ariel, with her curiosity of life on land. Ariel is joined by her friends, reggae-singing crab Sebastian and Flounder the fish, as she follows her dreams. A protective father, King Triton, and an encounter with Prince Eric, a human, only intensify Ariel's curiosity. In a twist of events, she must overcome obstacles to defeat the sneaky sea witch Ursala. Tickets are available online or by phone, 480.483.1664, and at the theatre box office. Tickets are $15.
What: Spring Fling Adopt-a-Thon
When: Saturday, March 2, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Franciscan Renewal Center, 5802 E. Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale
hosted by Phoenix Animal Care Coalition (PACC911) and sponsored by PetSmart Charities. Over 60 rescue groups will participate where healthy dogs, cats, bunnies and horses in search will be available for adoption (fees vary). A dog wash, as well as vet onsite vaccinating and rescue onsite microchipping will be offered. Food, vendors, entertainment. Free admission.
What: Over the Rainbow Family Fun Day Fundraiser
When: Saturday, March 2, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Estrella Mtn. Church, Goodyear
Over the Rainbow Butterfly Garden Inc. is a 501c (3) non-profit organization existing for the purpose of providing scholarships for children with learning challenges. Family games, bounce house, bake sale, kid crafts, face painting, games and prizes, raffle, food.
What: Pops Concert "Dance on My Heart"
When: Saturday, March 2, 2013 at 7 p.m.
Where: Church of the Beatitudes, 555 West Glendale Ave, Phoenix
A spring pops concert with the Arizona Girlchoir. $12 admission at the door, children 5 and under free. Parking is free.
What: ASU Concert: ASU Chamber Orchestra
When: Monday, March 4, 2013. 6:30 p.m talk, 7:30 p.m. concert
Where: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Maestro Timothy Russell and the ASU Chamber Orchestra will offer an evening of classic masterworks, including Mozart's charming overture to The Impresario and his beloved Clarinet Concerto with world-renowned clarinetist Robert Spring as soloist, as well as Mendelssohn's glorious Symphony No. 4 ("Italian"). Tickets are $10 each, free for all students with a current I.D.
What: Sonoran Desert Chorale presents An American Songbook
When: March 9 and 10, 2013
Where: Mesa and Paradise Valley
A salute to the royalty of American jazz and musical theater. Includes songs such as Ain't Misbehavin', Begin the Beguine, and 'S Wonderful and some favorites from My Fair Lady, Paint Your Wagon, and Camelot, as well as selections from Stephen Sondheim and Leonard Bernstein from A Little Night Music, Into the Woods, and West Side Story. March 9 at 7:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 15 E. First Avenue, Mesa; March 10 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 at or by calling 480-305-4538.
What: Scottsdale Lifetime Indoor Triathlon
When: Sunday, March 10, 2013 from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Where: Lifetime Athletic, 6850 East Chauncey Lane, Phoenix
The Indoor Triathlon is based on time rather than distance; you receive points for going further in a specific period of time, not going faster over a fixed distance. Participants are graded on a curve. The furthest distance in each category gets the most points. All three disciplines count equally toward the final score. The total event will be 75 minutes: 10 minutes in the pool, a 10-minute transition, 30 minutes on a spin bike, a 5-minute transition and 20 minutes on a treadmill. Transition times are fixed between events and do not count toward participants' scores. I-Pods are allowed during this event. Register online, deadline March 9. $25 for Lifetime members, $30 for non-members. Free parking.
What: Spring Palate Training
When: Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 11 a.m.
Where: Salt River Fields, Scottsdale
The Arizona Stronghold Vineyards team will be taking over one of the ballpark's party decks where Ambassador of Wine Education Justin Ove will lead attendees through an hour-long palate training with five of ASV's wines. Then everyone will be treated to lunch and invited to watch the Los Angeles Dodgers vs. home team Colorado Rockies from VIP seats.
What: Forgotten Heroes Charity Observation Ride
When: Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 7 a.m.
Where: the MANA House, 755 E. Willetta, Phoenix
Valley Dogs Rescue, Veterans and Their PetsSM, and Madison Street Veterans Association/MANA House are partnering with Superstition Harley-Davidson to host the First Annual Forgotten Heroes Charity Observation Ride in Phoenix. Participants will ride all over the valley to collect visual scavenger hunt clues - the route will eventually conclude at Superstition Harley-Davidson in Apache Junction, Arizona, where a BBQ, live music, raffle, and auction will take place. Register online.
What: Child Care & Babysitting Workshop
When: Saturday, March 16, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr., Glendale
Ages 12 to 18 can get training on safe and fun ways to babysit and care for children. This one-day workshop covers CPR, first aid, techniques for active children and how to have a successful babysitting adventure. Build confidence, self-esteem and skills necessary to care for infants and children on a daily basis and in emergency situations. Bring a sack lunch. Workshop fee is $65 (non-Glendale residents are $78). For more information or to register, call 623-930-4613.
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