Starlight Community Theater Presents “Peter Pan and Wendy”

2015-04-17 | ImagesAZ | Youth

Rediscover the magic of Peter Pan and his enduring friendship with Wendy in this faithful adaptation. 7 p.m., Fridays; 2 and 7 p.m., Saturdays. Starlight Community Theater, 1611 Whispering Wind Dr., Ste. 160, More

Gigi’s Playhouse “I Have a Voice” Gala

2015-04-17 | ImagesAZ | Inspiration

One Drop Reggae performs at this annual party to raise funds and awareness for outreach programs benefitting individuals with Down syndrome. 6:30-10:30 p.m. $60. Windgate Ranch, 10095 E. Windgate Ranch Rd., More

NDP Student Art Showcase

2015-04-13 | ImagesAZ | Youth

Notre Dame Preparatory’s artistic students showcase their best work in photography, computer graphics, ceramics, painting, drawing and mixed media. 3:30-5:30 p.m. Free. Vi at Silverstone, 23005 N. 74th St., 480-634-8200, More

Cave Creek Museum Spaghetti Dinner

2015-04-12 | ImagesAZ | Community

Bring your appetite for this fun spaghetti dinner featuring raffles and a silent auction. Funds help the Cave Creek Museum and its programs. 4-7 p.m. $15, adults; $7, ages 5-11; Free, ages 4 and under. Harold’s Cave Creek Corral, 6895 E. Cave Creek Rd., 480-488-2764, More

Upscale Singers Present “Broadway Tonight!”

2015-04-10 | ImagesAZ | Community

Enjoy a dinner and a show with North Valley’s Upscale Singers as they perform favorite Broadway musical medleys. 5:30 p.m. Check website for ticket prices. April 10 performance at Desert Mountain Golf Club, 10550 E. Desert Hills Dr.; April 17 and 19 performances at Opera House at Carefree Resort, 37220 N. Mule Train Rd., 480-575-0188, More

Desert Foothills Community Spelling Bee

2015-04-08 | ImagesAZ | Community

Audience participation is encouraged in this lively spelling bee featuring members of the community and benefitting Foothills Community Foundation’s Partners in Education program. 6 p.m. Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center, 33606 N. 60th St., 480-488-1090, More

AAS Lecture: Re-excavating the Past: New Work with Ancient Textiles, Baskets, Wood and Hides from Southeastern Utah

2015-04-08 | ImagesAZ | Community

Guest speaker Laurie Webster discusses her research on thousands of prehistoric perishable artifacts excavated from alcoves in Southeastern Utah. 7-9 p.m. Free. Foothills Community Foundation – Holland Community Center, 34250 N. 60th St., Bldg. B, More

Arizona Musicfest Putting Tournament

2015-04-07 | ImagesAZ | Community

Support Arizona Musicfest’s scholarship programs with this putting tournament featuring scenic views, musical entertainment, wine, appetizers, dinner buffet, raffles and prizes. 2:30 p.m. $100 includes golf and party. Tonto Verde Golf Club, 18402 El Circulo Dr., 480-488-0806, More

Passover Seder

2015-04-04 | ImagesAZ | Community

Join the North Valley Jewish Community Association for a traditional Passover Seder featuring cocktails, ceremony, service and buffet dinner. Reservations requested by March 28. 5 p.m. $45; children 5-12, $19.50. Anthem’s Ironwood Country Club, 41551 N. Anthem Hills Dr., 623-322-0957, More

Water Safety Clinic

2015-04-04 | ImagesAZ | Community

Help lower the risk of drowning with these hands-on water safety clinics available for all ages and open to the public. 2 p.m. Free. Desert Foothills Family YMCA, 34250 N. 60th St., Bldg. C, 480-596-9622, More

Cave Creek Trail Run

2015-04-04 | ImagesAZ | Community

Help the Town of Cave Creek preserve more than 6,000 acres of pristine desert land from development in this fundraising event sponsored by REI that features a 2K kids’ fun run, a 5K run/walk and a 10K run. 7 a.m. Spur Cross Ranch, 44029 N. Spur Cross Rd., More


2015-04-04 | ImagesAZ | Community

Get fit with the latest high-energy dance moves set to the beats of Latino and world rhythms while supporting the Foothills Food Bank and Resource Center at this Zumbathon featuring certified Zumba instructors from several gyms and dance studios. 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. $10-$20. Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion, 101 Easy St., 480-488-1145, More

Hidden in the Hills Artist Showcase Winners’ Art Salon

2015-04-03 | ImagesAZ | Community

Hidden in the Hills winning artists Sharon Brening (painter), Roxanne Vise (painter) and Christopher Heede (potter/sculptor) discuss their art and exhibit their work. 4-5 p.m. Free. Desert Foothills Library, 38443 N. Schoolhouse Rd., 480-488-2286,  ... More

New Italian Youth Opera Makes American Debut

2015-04-01 | ImagesAZ | Youth

Writer Rebecca Zaner   “The Toy Factory,” a children’s opera composed and premiered in Italy, makes its American debut in Anthem this April. Based on the children’s book, “The Sword and the Stone,” “The Toy Factory” portrays an updated version of the classic tale through music and theatrical arts.   To debut the opera, Joan Yakkey, composer and librettist of “The Toy Factory,” will travel to Phoenix along with six of her young madrigal singers from the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole. The North American premiere takes place on April 23 and will run through April 25 at Boulder Creek High School.   In partnership with Boulder Creek High School choir students and director, Kirk Douglas, this performance features international as well as local young talent. Students from Canyon Springs Elementary School will also be featured in the program. Generously supported by Arts Council of the North Valley and its president, Mary Sue Hyatt, “The Toy Factory” is a highly... More

Guy Fieri Gives Tom’s Thumb a Thumbs Up

2015-04-01 | ImagesAZ | Culinary

Writer Barb Evans   Fans of the Food Network’s popular series “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” got a taste of Arizona on a recent episode, and they may have noticed that we don’t do things the usual way around here — especially when it comes to getting gas.   One of the restaurants featured on the February 6 “Arizona All-Stars” episode was Tom’s Thumb Fresh Market, an unassuming gas station and car wash on the outside, but a bustling market, gift shop, wine bar, bakery and restaurant on the inside known for serving up a mean barbecue.   “If you got to go get your car washed, and get it filled with gas, and you’re hungry, why not do that all at the same place?” asked owner Kipp Lassetter during a recent interview.   Show host Guy Fieri and his film crew paid a visit to the Northeast Valley eatery last December, where he traded in his iconic red Camaro for a Polaris recreational vehicle and filled up on gas and grits. He joined Lassetter in the kitchen, where they... More