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Greater Phoenix Swing Dance Club
7-9:30 p.m. Sundays
VFW Hall
4853 E. Thomas Road
Learn to dance the West Coast Swing. Free beginning swing lessons for ages 8 and older. Beginning and intermediate lessons start at 6 p.m. Families are encouraged to join in the fun. Weekly dance starts at 7 p.m. First dance is free to newcomers. Regularly $7 for members and $10 for nonmembers. Visit for more information.

State Balladeer Dolan Ellis
7-9 p.m. Saturday, April 8
North Mountain Visitor Center
12950 N. 7th St.
After almost 50 years as Arizona’s official State Balladeer, Dolan Ellis still hangs his professional hat on the title that first came to him in February 1966, as an appointment by Gov. Sam Goddard that has now been endorsed by thirteen consecutive governors. Traveling more than a million Arizona miles in his specially equipped jeeps, Dolan has explored every corner of Arizona. He has written hundreds of songs about Arizona people, places, and things. Tickets are $20 for this event and may be purchased at the NMVC Gift Shoppe.

Maricopa County Fair
April 12-16
Arizona State Fairgrounds
1826 W. McDowell Road
Family fun including carnival rides, livestock shows/petting zoo, fair food, shopping and entertainment. Arena events include Monster Truck Shows, Demo Cross and Freestyle Moto X. There will be a High Dive Show featuring the Human Torch, Superhero BMX Bike Show, Godfrey the Magician, Tiny Model T and Blue Bear-y, and more—all included with your fair admission. Get your free photo with Peppa Pig on April 15. Free admission until 12 p.m. on Easter Sunday, along with free photos with the Easter Bunny, four Easter Egg Hunts (age groups) including one for 18 and over where the top prize is $3,000 cash. The fair opens at 10 a.m. each day, and admission is free until 3 p.m. Wed.-Fri. Otherwise, admission is $9 for ages 8 and older (not including parking fees), and free for ages 7 and younger. Visit

46th Annual Easter Sunrise Service
6 a.m. Sunday, April 16
Steele Indian School Park
300 E. Indian School Road
The public is invited to the service hosted by Central, Crossroads and First United Methodist churches. This intra-church, community-wide service is at the “Neighborhood Mound” section of the park. Visitors should enter the Central Avenue side of the park at Farrington/Glenrosa lanes, two blocks north of Indian School Road.

Separation of Church and State
6:30 p.m. Tuesday April 18
Beatitudes Luther Life Center
1616 W. Glendale Ave.
The Phoenix affiliate of AAUW (The American Association of University Women) hosts host Attorney Dianne Post, who will speak about “Current Issues Concerning Separation of Church and State.” For more than 30 years, she has been providing legal services, technical expertise, and project assistance on gender equality issues, including domestic violence and sex trafficking as well as on discrimination issues for African-Americans and Roma clientele. The program will begin at 6:30 p.m. after an optional dinner ($15) at 5:30 p.m. RSVP for the dinner to 602-992-8145 by noon on April 14. Visitors are welcome. Enter the Beatitudes at the gate on Glendale Avenue.

‘Barney’s Night’
4-10 p.m. Wednesday, April 19
Denny’s Restaurant
5002 N. 7th St.
For 39 years, Barney has been known as the “Best Bus Boy” at Denny’s-Camelback. To celebrate Barney’s hard work and devotion to his job, the popular uptown diner hosts this special event each year. Barney has worked longer at one Denny’s than any other employee in the Southwest. Denny’s will donate 20 percent of all receipts that evening to Lura Turner Homes for Developmentally Disabled Adults. Barney will be on hand to greet his many fans.

A Discussion with Neil Giuliano
7-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 19
Phoenix College, Bulpitt Auditorium
1202 W. Thomas Road
Free and open to the public, this event is part of the Honors Forum Lecture Series presented by the Maricopa Center for Learning and Instruction (MCLI). Neil Giuliano serves as president/CEO of Greater Phoenix Leadership, a forum for corporate leadership to collaborate with government, education, and philanthropy sectors. Prior to joining GPL, Giuliano was the CEO of San Francisco AIDS Foundation, one of the largest AIDS service organizations in the world. He was president of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), and executive producer of GLAAD Media Awards. Giuliano also served as mayor of Tempe, where he was the youngest person ever elected to that position and was the first directly-elected openly gay mayor in the United States.

The Chocolate and Art Show
8 p.m. April 20-21
The Monorchid
214 E. Roosevelt St.
Indulge yourself in some of Phoenix’s finest up-and-coming artists, photographers and creators. There is something for every body including live body painting, face-painting, and of course free chocolate. The show goes until 2 a.m. both nights; live bands beginning at 8 p.m., followed by DJs at midnight. Cost is $10 if you buy online by April 6, $15 online thereafter, and $20 at the door. Visit

Gin & Jazz Preservation Party
7-11 p.m. Saturday, April 22
Heritage Square
113 N. 6th St.
Pull out your flapper dresses, your pearls, feathers, wingtips, and suspenders, and mosey on over for our 1920s themed party. The evening features bathtub gin, live music from the Local Socialites, dance lessons from Savage Rhythm, and hors d’oeuvres from the Herb Box. Period attire is admired, not required. Cost is $35. Presented by Ideas Collide. Visit

10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 22
Fellowship Square Phoenix
2002 W. Sunnyside Drive
Available for anyone who wants to get rid of documents such as junk mail, old tax returns, check stubs, outdated medical records and old bills. A local document shredding company will be on-site to load boxes onto their secure truck, and the documents will be shredded at their facility. The confidential shredding is complimentary, but donations are appreciated.

Community Yard Sale
8 a.m.-3 p.m. April 22-23
Holiday Spa Mobile Home Park
10401 N. Cave Creek Road
There are more than 300 units in Holiday Spa. Residents will offer their gently used treasures on their driveways or patios on this day. The gates will be open for this event. Come and view what residents have to offer and purchase what you just can’t live without.

Mayor’s International Gala
6-9 p.m. Thursday, April 27
Sheraton Downtown Phoenix
340 N. 3rd St.
Hosted by Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and Phoenix Sister Cities. This year’s event celebrates Taipei, Taiwan and honors its 37-year history as a Sister City to Phoenix. The event will feature cuisine of Taiwan and Asian cultural entertainment by Arizona Art Academy, as well as a drawing sponsored by Snell & Wilmer, with first prize of two economy round-trip tickets to any one of Phoenix’s 10 sister cities and $3,000 cash. Second prize is $2,500 cash and third prize is $1,000 gift certificate for Tumi luggage (courtesy of Custom Financial Design). Tickets for the drawing are $20 each and six for $100. Winners need not be present to win. Tickets for the Gala are $150 each. Gala tickets and drawing tickets can both be purchased online at

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