Nicholas Allen Lecture on Easter Rising
7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2
Irish Cultural Center
1106 N. Central Ave.
Nicholas Allen explores the impact of the Easter Rising on Ireland’s literature, music, theater and culture with a free talk. The event is part of the Irish Library’s ongoing centennial commemoration of the Easter Rising of 1916 which includes a world-class exhibition. Allen, the director of the Wilson Center and Franklin Professor of English at the University of Georgia, will incorporate works by world-famous Irish authors such as Yeats and O’Flaherty into his talk. Visit www.azirishlibrary.org.
Feb. 4 & 11
300 W. Camelback Road
Arizona Opera Education Manager Joshua Borths hosts a two-session class, with music and video examples, to discuss the history of opera and what you should to listen to when you attend a performance. In the first class learn how opera began in Italy and then took the world by storm, culminating in the classical (and fan favorite) operas of Mozart. In the second class, learn how the operas produced in the nineteenth century were shaped by Romanticism — “the art of wearing your heart on your sleeve.” Cost is $40 for the two session. Admission only available for full class series. Call to register.
Arizona Renaissance Festival
10 a.m.-6 p.m. Feb. 6-March 27
East of Apache Junction,
on US Highway 60
The annual faire runs every Saturday, Sunday, and on Presidents’ Day Monday, Feb. 15. Enjoy 13 stages of live entertainment, food and drink and more than 200 artisan shops. Advanced discount tickets available for purchase and print at home or at Fry’s for $22/adults and $10/kids ages 5-12. Tickets purchased at the Festival Box Office are $2 more. Discounts tickets for seniors (60 and older) are $21, only available at the Festival Box Office. No pets; free parking. Visit www.royalfaires.com/arizona.
Phoenix Corral of Westerners International
5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10
Spoke & Wheel Tavern
8525 N. Central Ave.
Guest speaker is Alice Duckworth, Collections manager of the Arizona Capitol Museum. She will discuss some of the lesser known treasures as well as issues in conserving the collection. The cost of dinner is $20, payable at the door. Meetings are open to anyone interested in history. Reservations requested by Feb. 8; e-mail email@example.com.
World Championship Hoop Dance Contest
2301 N. Central Ave.
This event brings more than 70 top Native hoop dancers from the United States and Canada to the Heard to compete for cash prizes and the World Champion title. Visitors can enjoy dance performances and delicious frybread and other American Indian foods. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Admission is $18 adults; $13.50 seniors (65+); $12 American Indians and Heard Museum members, $7.50 children age 4-12, children 3 and younger admitted for free. Visit www.heard.org/hoop for details.
Parliamentary Unit Meeting
10 a.m.-12 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16
Beatitudes Campus, Board Room
1610 W. Glendale Ave.
Valle del Sol Unit of the National Association of Parliamentarians presents a program each month to help you become a better member of your organization. Programs are presented on parliamentary issues using Roberts Rules of Order. This month’s meeting topic is “Revision of Bylaws.” Plan to attend and find answers to your meetings questions. Visitors’ first few meetings are free.
Community Support of Education
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16
Beatitudes Luther Life Center
1616 W. Glendale Ave.
The Phoenix Branch of AAUW (The American Association of University Women) features Deborah Spotts, Director of Alumni and Development at Phoenix College. She will speak on community engagement in support of student learning and the value of persistence in achieving student success in personal and educational goals. The program will begin at 6:30 p.m. after an optional dinner at 5:30 p.m. RSVP for the dinner ($15) by noon on Feb. 12. Visitors are welcome. NOTE: This is a program change from what ran in the printed edition.
Youth Group Yard Sale
7 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27
Encanto Community Church
2710 N. 7th Ave.
Drop by and check out the array of items available, from the ridiculous to the sublime. All proceeds benefit the Youth Group Camp Fund that helps send kids off to Church Camp.
Heritage & Science Park
115 N. 5th St.
Visitors will enjoy martial arts demos, Taiko drums, Bonsai displays, entertainment on three stages, and audience participation in traditional Japanese folk dances. Back by popular demand is the Haiku Poetry Expo. Admission is free. Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Visit http://www.azmatsuri. org for additional details.
Nature Sketching & Journaling
9 a.m.-4 p.m. March 5-6
North Mountain Visitor Center
12950 N. 7th St.
Elaine Hultgren is a certified botanical artist and illustrator and has several years’ experience teaching nature sketching and journaling as well as botanical drawing and watercolor. Each class includes a half-day sketching in the North Mountain Preserve. Sketchbook, field kit (graphite, watercolor pencils, and tools) and portfolio provided. All skill levels welcome. Cost is $160 total for both days (there is no one-day fee). Proceeds benefit the Save Our Mountains Foundation. Limited to 15 participants. Register online at www.elainehultgren.com.