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April 15-May 24
Pump Boys and Dinettes: Fresh off a hit Broadway revival, “Pump Boys and Dinettes” is a fun and energetic musical about life on the roadside. The show tells the story of four gas-station attendants (the “Pump Boys”) and two waitresses (the “Dinettes”) and the country, rock and pop music that gets them through the day. This musical is at The Palms Theater, 5247 E. Brown Road in Mesa, until May 24. For more information, show times and to buy tickets visit the website.
Sixth annual East Valley Children’s Theatre golf tournament: The sixth annual East Valley Children’s Theatre golf tournament will start at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 18. The tournament will be at Apache Wells Country Club, 5601 E. Hermosa Vista Drive in Mesa. All proceeds of the golf tournament will benefit programs at East Valley Children’s Theatre, an organization that provides live theatrical experiences for kids ages 5-18, including main stage productions, classes, troupes and summer camps. The cost to play in the golf tournament is $85 per golfer, $315 per foursome, which includes cart, lunch and goodie bag. Lunch will be provided for each golfer but others may also join at noon for lunch only, for $25. Entertainment will be provided by the EVCT company troupe. There will also be a raffle of gift cards, gift baskets and golf outings will also be featured. Registration can be completed online at www.evct.org or by calling Diana at 480-633-1473.
Orpheus Male Chorus: The Orpheus Male Chorus of Phoenix, Arizona’s longest-standing, continuously performing choral arts organization, celebrates “Nature’s Gifts” with a spring concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 26, at Velda Rose United Methodist Church, 5540 E. Main St. in Mesa. Living in Arizona, nature is the theme song of the Orpheus Male Chorus and the melody of their lives. The spring concerts will take patrons on a musical journey of the environment that is cherished, along with nature’s gifts that make us smile. Attendees will be sure to enjoy our songs of mountains, “Gonna Build a Mountain” and water, “Loch Lomond.” For event and ticket information, call 602-271-9396 or visit www.orpheus.org.
The Soul Justice Project: The Soul Justice Project, at the Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St. in Mesa, is at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 1. Tickets for the show are $22. The Soul Justice Project is dedicated to curating interdisciplinary performances that fuse together politics, dance, spoken word, soul music and community partnerships in an effort to combat the silencing of marginalized voices. For more information, call 480-644-6500.
Eastmark Friday Concert Series: The final concert for the Eastmark Friday concert series will be from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at 10100 E. Ray Road in Mesa. On Friday, May 1, DSB: An American Journey Tribute Band will be performing. The concert is free. Patrons are encouraged to bring blankets, low-back chairs and picnic baskets. Dogs must be left at home for general safety. For more information, visit www.eastmark.com.
Pancake Breakfast with Councilman Luna: Join Councilman David Luna for a free pancake breakfast at 7:30 a.m. cooked by the Mesa Fire and Medical Department at Fire Station 214, 5950 E. Virginia St. in Mesa. Attendees can learn about new things going on in the city. For more information, call 480-644-5294.
Phantasies of the Opera: Performances of “Phantasies of the Opera” will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 2, at First United Methodist Church, 15 E. First Ave., in Mesa. The 60-member Sonoran Desert Chorale will perform “Phantasies of the Opera,” where the second half of the concert includes choruses from the well-loved operas of Puccini, Mozart, Wagner, Bizet and more. Tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for seniors, students and groups of 10 or more. Tickets may be purchased online at www.SonoranDesertChorale.org or by calling 480-305-4538.
May 2, June 13
Boating safety course: The Bass Pro Shops at 1133 N. Dobson Road in Mesa will be presenting “American’s Boating Course.” The course, by the United States Power Squadrons, will cover trailering, docking and anchoring, boat handling, equipment, dealing with emergencies and more. This class satisfies Arizona Game and Fish requirements and is certified in all states requiring boating education. The course at Bass Pro Shops will be at 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 2, or on Saturday, June 13. The $25 course charge includs a 250-page full-color reference book, CD, and a six month membership to USPS. USPS is a nonprofit recreational boating organization. To make reservations at 602-908-7380 or e-mail ChuckP7173@gmail.com.
Arizona “Walk of Honor”: Tuskegee Airmen and Women Airforce Service Pilots will be inducted by the Commemorative Air Force Airbase Arizona into the Arizona “Walk of Honor.” The ceremony will be 5-7:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 10, at the ABAZ museum, 2017 N. Greenfield Road in Mesa. This very special event is open to the public. Reservations for the ceremony, dinner and museum exhibits are $50 each and may be purchased online www.azcaf.org. Special rates for multiple tickets or full tables are listed on the website. Exhibits will include fighter and bomber aircraft types flown by Walk of Honor inductees. P-51 Mustangs, and the A-26 medium bomber will be on display along with new aircraft acquisitions such as a replica Nieuport 28 like that flown by past inductee Ralph O’Neill in World War I, and a C-47 used in special operations during World War II (for which a future inductee could be identified). For more information on the Walk of Honor or the Commemorative Air Force visit www.azcaf.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 480-924-1940.
Sonoran Desert Chorale auditions: Auditions for the Sonoran Desert Chorale will be held on Thursday, May 14, at First United Methodist Church in Mesa. All voice parts are welcome; the chorale is open to adults past the age of 19. For more information and to set up an audition contact the Chorale at www.SonoranDesertChorale.org, and click on the Audition tab or e-mail auditionsSDC@gmail.com
“Rising” by Phoenix Ballet: Phoenix Ballet presents “Rising,” a collection of works by internationally sought-after choreographers at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 16, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 17, at the Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., in Mesa. Tickets for this show range in price, and can be purchased online at mesaartscenter.com or by calling the box office at 480-644-6500. This production includes the world premiere of Albert Cattafi’s “String of Thoughts.”
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