2020 Phoenix St. Patrick’s Day Faire
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 14
Margaret T. Hance Park
67 W. Culver St.
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day a wee bit early with live Irish music and stepdancing; food and drinks, Irish crafts and merchandise for sale; a children’s area and other entertainment. General admission is $12 purchased online, $25 for general admission and VIP tickets (for those 21 years age and older), $10 for seniors ages 55 and older with ID and $10 for military members with ID. For tickets, visit www.eventbrite.com.
7th Annual Italian Festival of Arizona
11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 14
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 15
Jackson Street between 1st & 4th streets
Purchase pizza, pasta, sausage sandwiches, desserts and other Italian food and drinks. There will be cooking demonstrations, pizza making and pasta-eating contests, performances by traditional Italian flag wavers and other artists, and displays of Italian artwork and automobiles. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the non-profit Italian Association of Arizona. General admission tickets are $15; admission for children ages 12 and under is free. For tickets, visit italianfestivalaz.com.
10th Annual Kino Border Initiative Dinner
5 p.m. Saturday, March 14
Brophy College Preparatory’s Harper Great Hall
4701 N. Central Ave.
The cocktail reception and entertainment start at 5 p.m. and the program and dinner begin at 6 p.m. The event raises money and awareness for the Kino Border Initiative (KBI), which was founded to address the basic needs of hundreds of migrants deported every day to the U.S.-Mexico border in Nogales, Sonora. It offers warm meals, clothes, pastoral support, first aid and referrals to migrants, education on border and migration topics, research and advocacy. Tickets are $250 per person or $2,500 for a table sponsor. For tickets, visit aesaz.co/ELP/KINO2020.
AAHA! An Art, Food and Wine Experience
6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, March 14
JW Marriott Camelback Inn
5402 E. Lincoln Drive
Enjoy dinner and silent and live auctions. Chef Mark Tarbell, the 2020 honoree and a longtime supporter of Hospice of the Valley, will donate his popular Tarbell’s Table One, a dinner for eight people including wine pairings. Proceeds benefit Hospice of the Valley’s charity care programs for patients and families, community programs and its Dementia Care & Education Campus. Tickets are $350 per person or $300 for guests ages 40 years old and younger. For tickets, visit hov.org.
Phoenix AAUW Meeting and Dinner
5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 17
Beatitudes Luther Life Center
1616 W. Glendale Ave.
The American Association of University Women will host Tracey Benson of the Arizona School Boards Association to talk about “Education Equity: Arizona Schools and School Boards.” There is an optional dinner for $15 at 5:30 p.m.; the program starts at 6:15 p.m. The program itself is free. RSVP for the dinner by March 13 by calling 602-283-4884. The program and dinner are open to the public.
Jimmy Santiago Baca Live Reading
6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 18
The Clarendon Hotel & Spa Skydeck
401 W. Clarendon Ave.
PC (Phoenix College) Rising Creative Writing Department will host Jimmy Santiago Baca, who will read from his new book, “When I Walk Through That Door, I Am: An Immigrant Mother’s Quest for Freedom.” The Pushcart Prize-winning poet in his new book puts a human face on the issue of families being separated at the United States-Mexico border, alternating between prose poetry and more traditional verse. This event is open to the public. The cost is $8.
Haru In The Garden – A Spring Celebration
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 22
Japanese Friendship Garden
1125 N. 3rd Ave.
Explore the cultural traditions of Children’s Day, Ohina Matsuri (Doll Festival for Girls) and Ohanami (Cherry Blossom Viewing). There will be an internationally known Japanese puppet group, live traditional Japanese music and dance performances and traditional Japanese toys. General admission is $20; $15 for members of the garden; and $10 for children. Experience the Hina Ningyo Display and drink tea in the Tea Garden for an additional $5. For tickets, visit japanesefriendshipgarden.org.
Beth Ami Temple Speakers Series
3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 22
Beth Ami Temple
3535 E. Lincoln Drive
Valley broadcast veteran Kent Dana and the state’s first news pilot and reporter Jerry Foster will talk about their careers in journalism at this event. Dana worked for 30 years on the air, starting in 1974 at KOOL TV and then spent 25 years at 12News before retiring from KPHO-TV. Foster was hired by KOOL Radio & TV in 1971 as a helicopter pilot reporting on traffic and weather. He worked on the Phoenix airwaves for decades as a pilot for Sky 12, getting involved in police chases, desert searches and river rescues. The event is free and open to the public but reservations are required. RSVP to Bobbi Lazaus at 602-956-0805 or email@example.com.
Annual FSL Hope in Motion Breakfast and Lunch
8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 25
Phoenix Country Club
2901 N. 7th St.
Learn about the Foundation for Senior Living (FSL)’s programs and services and listen to clients and caregivers talk about how it has helped them gain, maintain and boost their independence. Admission is free. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m., with the breakfast and program from 8 to 9 a.m. The lunch program runs from noon to 1 p.m. Lin Sue Cooney, director of community engagement for Hospice of the Valley and former news anchor at 12 News/KPNX, will emcee the breakfast and Carey Pena of Inspired Media 260, a journalist, TV personality and podcast host, will emcee the lunch. RSVP to attend the event by calling Megan Word at 602-285-0505, extension 327, or emailing her at mword@FSL.org.
Boy Scout Troop 41 Rummage Sale
6 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 4
First United Methodist Church
5510 N. Central Ave.
Shop for clothes, books, shoes, household goods and other treasures to help raise money for Boy Scout Troop 41 to support summer camp and other adventure activities. Families of troop members will bring items to be sold. The Boy Scouts are ages 11 to 18 years and most attend North Central Phoenix schools.
‘Slope Fest 2020 & Tour de Sunnyslope
8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 4
12th Street and Dunlap Avenue
Tour de Sunnyslope 2020 is a bicycle ride for people of all ages on a pre-designated route starting at Palma Park Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. and the ride starts at 9 a.m. A Phoenix Police Bike Squad will ride with residents through Sunnyslope and patrol cars with flashing lights will escort bicyclists. ‘Slope Fest will feature food, animals, arts and crafts, games, demonstrations and special guests from the city of Phoenix and state. Admission is free. For details, visit slopefestaz.org.
2nd Annual Gala: Imagination 2020 NOLA
Madison Education Foundation
6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 4
The Madison Center for the Arts
5601 N. 16th St.
Travel to the “Big Easy” in spirit to help support the more than 6,000 students in the Madison School District. The event includes a silent auction and raffle and, new this year, the foundation will honor the first ever Heart of Madison Award winner. The event includes hors d’oeuvres, music and dance performances by district students, and an after-party with whiskey tasting, desserts, and dancing. Proceeds from the event support the Madison Education Foundation. Tickets are $100 general admission and $150 each for VIP admission. For tickets, visit themadison.org.