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. Mr. Gardner has also been an instructor for The Juilliard School, Florida State University, Michigan State University and The New School. Visit the Mesa Arts Center website, www.mesaartscenter.com for more information and to buy tickets.
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“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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CycloMesa: The fourth annual downtown Mesa bicycle festival is returning to the Mesa Convention Center, 201 N. Center St. in Mesa. The free three-day event begins at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 10. Attractions include a beer garden, food trucks, bicycle games, BMX stunt show, kids bicycle rodeo, zip line, rock wall and more. Friday features a fast-paced race called El Tour Criterium, followed by the Tour de Mesa on Saturday and more criterium racing on Sunday for the Mesa Adventure Challenge. For a complete list of events and attractions, visit http://www.cyclomesa.com.
Animal Flashlight Walk: Join Ranger B on the animal flashlight walk at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 10. Ranger B will take guests on a one-hour, one-mile walk along Merkle Trail. Merkle Trail offers universal access and the smooth surface of this trail can accommodate wheelchairs and strollers. Bring water, a flashlight and closed-toe shoes. No pets. The walk will take off from Area 6, at the Usery Mountain Regional Park, 3939 N. Usery Pass Road in Mesa. Entry fee is $6 per car. For more information, call 480-984-0032.
Movie Night in the Park— “Toughest Desert Animals”: Visit Usery Mountain Regional Park, 3939 N. Usery Pass Road in Mesa, for a movie night in the park at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 11. This film showcases some of the toughest desert animals; including a roadrunner taking on a rattlesnake and a group of hawks hunting like a wolf pack. Included in this movie is a rarely-seen rattlesnake fight which was filmed in Usery Park. After the movie, watch park employees feed snakes. Feel free to bring snacks and drinks along (no glass bottles.) Concessions will be available. The movie in the park is at the Nature Center. Entry fee is $6 per car. For more information, call 480-984-0032.
Build It workshop: Children ages 7-12 can come to the i.d.e.a. Museum at 150 W. Pepper Place in Mesa, from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 11, for a multigenerational Build It workshop. Future engineers and architects can engage the spirit of curiosity about the science of the environment around them. Experiment using engineering skills by building a sample catapult, building a skyscraper and testing its stability during an earthquake, and discovering plastic milk. Light refreshments will be available for caregivers. Children must register with an adult. Cost is $12 per person for members, and $20 per person for nonmembers. For more information call 480-644-2468, or visit online at ideamuseum.org.
Beer and Donut Pairing: il Vinaio is hosting its next Beer and Donut Pairing, 2-5 p.m. on Saturday, April 11. il Vinaio is at 270 W. Main Street, in Mesa. Reservations are mandatory as seating is limited. There will be four craft beers from Founder’s Brewing Co. in Grand Rapids Michigan paired with four gourmet house made donuts for $16. The menu includes: cheesecake donut with “All Day” India Pale Ale, bacon bleu cheese beignet with “Red’s” Rye India Pale Ale, orange zested chocolate cake donut with “Dirty Bastard” Scotch Ale, gingerbread donut with “Curmudgeon” Old Ale. Come to this all day party with live music and lots of free giveaways. For more information call 480-649-6476.
Wings Over Arizona: The 2015 Wings Over Arizona starts at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 11. It will be at Superstition Air Park, between Meridian Road and Levee Drive, 1/2-mile north of Brown Road in Mesa. Admission is $6 per carload. For more information call 480-209-7081.
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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. For more information, show times and to buy tickets visit www.thepalmstheatre.com.
Sixth annual East Valley Children’s Theatre golf tournament: The sixth annual East Valley Children’s Theatre golf tournament will be start at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 18. The tournament will be at Apache Wells Country Club, 5601 E. Hermosa Vista Dr. 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 us 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 Street 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, One E. Main Street 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.
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 Saturday, May 2, at 7:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 15 E. First Avenue, 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.
“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, One E. Main Street, in Mesa. Enjoy Phoenix Ballet’s diverse, award-winning, talented dancers as they bring passion, beauty and pure expression to the stage. 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,” the U.S. premiere of Slawomir Wozniak’s “Only Love” and Francisco Gella’s modern, dreamy “Solstice”. This ballet is for ballet lovers and people new to the art form alike. It combines beautiful classical ballet with new, modern steps. Just weeks after this premiere, the Company and this production will make its international debut in Poland.
Nutrition workshops: 12:30-3 p.m. Wednesdays in January at the Mesa Active Adult Center, 247 N. Macdonald St. in Mesa. The workshop is a self-management course hosted by two trained leaders and features interactive learning through group participation. The classes will help participants make a difference in their lives by learning how to take charge of their well-being. The class will not meet on Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve.
Board game night: 6-9 p.m. every Thursday at Gotham City Comics & Coffee, 46 W. Main St. in Mesa. Play board games old and new at this weekly game night. Guests can bring their favorite game but it is not required. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Desert by Night Tours: 8:15-9:45 p.m. on the Desert Belle Tour Boat, 14011 N. Bush Highway in Mesa. Enjoy a 90-minute tour while cruising on Saguaro Lake under the stars. Admission starts at $12. For more information, call 480-984-2425 ext. 701 or visit www.desertbelle.com.
Downtown Mesa Kiwanis Club meetings: 6-7:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at Alta Mesa Golf Club, 1460 N. Alta Mesa Drive. Kiwanis International is a service organization dedicated to projects serving children both locally and internationally. For more information, call Clint Fontaine at 480-580-1448.
Free yoga class: 7-8 p.m. on the second Friday of each month at Mesa Urban Garden, 212 E. First Ave. in Mesa. Bring a mat and participate in this all-levels slow flow yoga class led by Megan Kobzeff. The class guides participants through basic breathing techniques, proper alignment and pose modifications for all ages, body types and experience levels. Guests should also bring water, a small towel and any other yoga equipment they own. Visit www.mesaurbangarden.com.
Coast Guard Auxiliary Band: The U.S. Coast Guard Auxilliary Band in Mesa is looking for members to perform for veterans and the community. U.S. citizens over 17 who play an instrument can join the 35,000 nationwide auxiliary volunteers and play in the marching band, concert band, brass ensemble, chamber group or bugle corps. There is no need to go on a boat or in the water. For more information, call Bob Williams at 480-626-1727 or e-mail email@example.com.
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