MARCH 25-APRIL 4
Mesa Easter Pageant: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is offering many services for its Easter pageant in the Mesa Arizona Temple Visitors’ Center at 525 E. Main St. in Mesa. No tickets required. All shows are at 8 p.m. on March 31 and April 1-4. For more information, call 480-964-7164 or visit www.easterpageant.org.
MARCH 28-APRIL 5
Celebrate Easter at Bass Pro Shops: All Bass Pro Shops will be holding free Easter activities at their stores. In addition to free 4-inch by 6-inch pictures with the Easter Bunny, kids can decorate items and participate in an old-fashioned Easter egg hunt. For more information visit http://www.basspro.com/easter and click on the local store link for more details.
•Free photo with Easter Bunny: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on April 4, 5; 6-8 p.m. on March 30-April 2; 2-8 p.m. on April 3.
•Old-fashioned Easter egg hunt: 2-3 p.m. on April 4 and 5; For kids ages 2-10, registration will begin at 1:30 p.m.
•Color a wooden bunny: 4-7 p.m. on April 3
•Color a wooden chick: 1-4 p.m. on April 4-5 (while supplies last).
Wingstock 2015: Wingstock: “Where music and chicken meat,” is the only chicken wing festival in the Valley. The fifth annual event will be held 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, April 4, at Mesa Amphitheatre, 263 N. Center St. in Mesa. The festival brings together valley restaurants, competing for the title Wingstock King of Wings, live music, beer, contests, a kids zone and more. The event kicks off at 10:30 a.m. with an Easter egg hunt with the Easter Bunny and Hendrix, the Wingstock mascot. Tickets are $5 in advance or $8 at the door; kids 10 and under are free. Wing coupons are available for purchase at the event. Wingstock is presented by the city of Mesa, and benefits Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock charity and AZ Disabled Sports. For more information, visit the Mesa Amphitheater website, www.mesaamp.com.
MCC Pow Wow: The spring pow wow at Mesa Community College, 1833 W. Southern Ave., in Mesa, will feature American Indian dancers, drummers and authentic food. Proceeds from the pow wow will be awarded to several deserving members of MCC’s Inter-Tribal Student Organization, the sponsor of the event. The pow wow will be 11 a.m.-10 p.m. on April 4. A gourd dance will be at 11 a.m. and again at 6 p.m. Grand entry of the dancers will be at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. The pow wow also features Miss Native MCC, Breana Allen, a freshman who plans to major in physical therapy. Miss Allen serves as a liaison between the students and the American Indian Institute, balancing her traditional and modern sides to positively influence her peers. She has both Hopi and Navajo heritage. The pow wow will take place on the south end of campus near the tennis courts. For more information, visit the MCC website, http://www.mesacc.edu.
Under the Stars with the Vincent Gardner Quartet: Enjoy a special outdoor performance starting at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7, at the Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St. in Mesa. Tickets are $50 and include admission to the performance, one beverage and a fruit, cheese and dessert sampler. Vincent Gardner is featured on many notable recordings, completed a world tour with Lauryn Hill in 2000 before joining the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Visit the Mesa Arts Center website, www.mesaartscenter.com for more information and to buy tickets.
APRIL 7-APRIL 12
“In the Mood:” Much more than just a concert, “In the Mood” is a fully staged tribute to Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman and all the big band greats of the ‘40s. “In the Mood” is at the Mesa Arts Center April 7-12. Prices range from $34 to $59. To buy tickets or for more information, call 480-644-6500.
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