Upcoming events, from March 17, 2015

Editor’s note: Items on the Upcoming Events page run free of charge as space is available for events in the Mesa area. Please submit items by e-mail to emesanews@newszap.com or post online.

Ongoing
SuperFarm Market: The SuperFarm Market is 4:30-7:30 p.m. every Thursday at Superstition Farm, 3440 S. Hawes Road in Mesa. The market  offers a variety of local goods to sample and purchase including veggies and fruits,  chicken, fresh-baked breads, eggs, salsa, fudge, desserts, and more. SuperFarm dairy products such as ice cream, farmers cheese,  milk and butter will be  available. The farm also offers free admission to its petting zoo during the market, $1 hayrides, $1 feed, as well as corn-hole games and horseshoes. For more information, call 602-438-6865 or visit http://www.superstitionfarm.com.

Spark! Mesa’s Festival of Creativity

Spark! Mesa’s Festival of Creativity

March 18-21
Spark! Mesa’s Festival of Creativity: The free Spark! festival weaves the elements – earth, water, fire and air – into a celebration of the arts. The event is from noon to 5 p.m. on March 18 and 19 and from noon to 10 p.m. on March 20 and 21 at Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St. in Mesa. There will be activities for the whole family, food and musical performances. For more information, contact Casey Blake at casey.blake@mesaartscenter.com or visit the events page on mesaartscenter.com.

March 21, 22
Joint Phoenix Girls and Orpheus Male Chorus Concert: For the second consecutive year, the international award-winning Phoenix Girls Chorus and the Orpheus Male Chorus of Phoenix will hold joint concerts as part of their Legacy Series, basing this year’s music selections on the theme “Back to Nature.” This collaborative event will first showcase the top two performance level choirs-Cantabile and Bella of the Phoenix Girls Chorus-followed by the full, rich sound of the Orpheus Male Chorus. The show will conclude with both groups performing a rendering of Randall Thompson’s suite “Frostiana” based on the writings of poet Robert Frost. The concerts will be held on the following dates and locations: 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 21, at the Velda Rose United Methodist Church, 5540 E. Main St. in Mesa, and 3 p.m. Sunday, March 22, at All Saints Lutheran Church, 15469 N. 7th St. in Phoenix. Ticket prices are: adults $20, seniors/student $15, children $5. Tickets can be purchased online at www.Orpheus.org, by e-mailing office@girlschorus.org or by calling 602-252-5562. Tickets are also available for purchase at the door.

National Geographic: “Chasing Rivers” (Submitted from from MAC)

National Geographic: “Chasing Rivers” (Submitted from from MAC)

March 25-wednesday
National Geographic­—Chasing Rivers: A show put on by photographer and filmmaker, Pete McBride, balances the seriousness of his subject matter with a wry sense of humor. Mr. McBride will share the romance, the present realities and a hopeful future for the great rivers he loves and wants to save. Mr. McBride is an acclaimed photographer and filmmaker with over 15 years of work for National Geographic and an award-winning film, “Chasing Water,” to his credit. Along the way, he has taken pictures from such unusual vantage points as the cockpit of a WWI-vintage biplane and the underside of an iceberg. This show is at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25, at the Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., in Mesa. To purchase tickets, call 480-466-6500 or visit https://boxoffice.mesaartscenter.com.

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. English: March 25-27 (ALS available on these dates), March 31, April 1-4; Spanish: March 28. For more information, call 480-964-7164 or visit www.easterpageant.org.

March 28-Saturday
The Udderly Sweet Vintage Boutique: This free event is 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, March 28, at Superstition Farm, 3440 S. Hawes Road in Mesa. There will be vintage art available, local crafters, hay rides, children’s activities, live music and food trucks. For more information, visit the Udderly Sweet Vintage Boutique Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/Udderlysweetvintageboutique?fref=ts.

March 26-thursday
Boys Choir Free Concert: The Phoenix Boys Choir is offering the East Valley community a free concert at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 26, at Mountain View High School, 2700 E. Brown Road in Mesa.  Enjoy the young and upcoming voices of the Phoenix Boys Choir’s Cadet and Town choirs as they perform a selection of popular and classical songs, including favorites like “Route 66,” “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” The Phoenix Boys Choir is offering this free concert as a way to expand its community outreach initiative to help make music accessible to everyone in the greater Phoenix community. Admission to the Rising Star Showcase concert is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6 p.m. For more details, visit www.phoenixboyschoir.org or call 602-264-5328.

April 4-Saturday
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.

April 4-Saturday
MCC Pow Wow: The spring pow wow at Mesa Community College, 1833 W. Southern Avenue, 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 be taking place on the south end of campus near the tennis courts. For more information, visit the MCC website, http://www.mesacc.edu.

April 7-Tuesday
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.

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.

April 10-April 12
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.

April 11-April 12
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.

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. For more information, show times and to buy tickets visit www.thepalmstheatre.com.

May 2-Saturday
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.

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