Foothills Academy Enrollment Open House

2016-01-30 | ImagesAZ | Community

Learn about the great programs offered at Foothills Academy for students in grades K-12. Free. 5-6:30 p.m. Foothills Academy, elementary campus: 4720 E. Lone Mountain Rd.; middle and high school campus: 7191 E. Ashler Hills Dr., More

Fostering Hope: A Fine Wine Auction

2016-01-29 | ImagesAZ | Community

Wine enthusiasts and distinguished collectors can spend an elegant evening bidding on classic, vintage and modern bottles of wine while raising much-needed funds for nonprofit OCJ Foster Kids. $100; $125 at the door. 6-10 p.m. J. Levine Auction and Appraisal, 10345 N. Scottsdale Rd., 480-496-2212, More

MIM Concert: Charles Lloyd and Friends

2016-01-28 | ImagesAZ | Community

Tenor saxophonist Charles Lloyd brings together a fellowship of his favorite musical partners, including guitar luminary Bill Frisell, drummer Eric Harland and bassist Reuben Rodgers. $48.50-$73.50. 7 p.m. Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., 480-478-6000, More

Hooray for Old Hollywood Fundraiser

2016-01-28 | ImagesAZ | Community

Don your fancy frocks, furs, diamonds and high heels for this evening of old Hollywood glamour featuring food, music, dancing and fundraising for area nonprofits and scholarships. Presented by the Desert Foothills Woman’s Club. $60. 5:30-9 p.m. The Speakeasy on Easy Street, 100 Easy St., 480-595-5388, More

DFC-AAS Lecture: “Tales from the Dark Side: Cave Archaeology in Western Belize and its Implications for the Decline of Maya Civilization”

2016-01-27 | ImagesAZ | Community

Dr. Jaime Awe discusses the dark and sacred subterranean caves revered by the Maya civilization. Free. 7:30 p.m. Good Shepherd of the Hills Episcopal Church, 6502 E. Cave Creek Rd., More

Hands On History

2016-01-26 | ImagesAZ | Community

Celebrate the birthday of Arizona and Valentine’s Day by making your own special valentines, and taste some treats from the early 1900s that are still popular today. Registration required. 1:30-3 p.m. Cave Creek Museum, 6140 E. Skyline Dr., 480-488-2764, More

Antique Appraisal Day

2016-01-23 | ImagesAZ | Community

Appraiser Sean Morton will be on hand to examine your treasures, discuss their origins and assess their value. $20 per item; limit of two items per person, per session. 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cave Creek Museum, 6140 E. Skyline Dr., 480-488-2764, More

A Magical Evening: Desert Foothills Library 8th Annual Gala

2016-01-23 | ImagesAZ | Community

Help the Desert Foothills Library celebrate 62 years as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with this gala featuring a silent auction, wine raffle, hosted cocktails, dinner and live entertainment from renowned chanteuse Khani Cole. $175. 5:30 p.m. Desert Foothills Library, 38443 N. Schoolhouse Rd., 480-488-2286, More

Carefree Indian Art Market and Cultural Festival

2016-01-22 | ImagesAZ | Community

Experience authentic Native American culture and artistry with 100 highly acclaimed artists displaying their traditional and contemporary creations. Free. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Carefree Desert Gardens, 101 Easy St., 480-488-2014, More

Stradivarius Strums Through the Valley

2016-01-20 | ImagesAZ | Community

Stradivarius. The name is synonymous with one-of-a-kind musical perfection, along with a healthy dose of mystery and intrigue. And now through June 5, the Musical Instrument Museum will be the only location in the world to host “Stradivarius: Origins and Legacy of the Greatest Violin Maker,” an exhibit that traces the origins of the violin from the 16th century onward and includes a 1728 Stradivarius violin on public display in the United States for the first time ever.   From Cremona, Italy to the United States and across the globe, the legend of master violin maker Antonio Stradaveri continues to compel and thrill the public, as well as inspire musicians, collectors, artisans, scientists, authors — even fraudsters. Of the approximately 1,000 instruments made over his long career, 600 legitimate Stradivarius instruments still survive today, and each is a testament to the genius of the man who made them, the technical secrets of their unparalleled sound and form still locked... More

Music Be The Food of Love

2016-01-20 | ImagesAZ | Community

Practicing and singing under the baton of founding artistic director Carolyn Eynon, the 24-plus basses, tenors, altos and sopranos who comprise the Carolyn Eynon Singers — CE Singers — can be heard harmonizing on an array of North American choral music around the Valley, from performances at hospices, hospitals and Phoenix Suns’ games to a full-blown concert series.   For Carolyn, music was in the genes. Having grown up in a very musical family, she was playing piano before turning 5 years old.   “My parents thought music was a part of our gifts,” she says. “I heard them play their instruments every night before bed and was lulled to sleep by the music of Debussy and Chopin.”   At age 17, she received a scholarship to study in France, where she spent six weeks studying in an organist’s private home.   “I was so honored to be allowed to do that,” she says. “A wealthy family donated to the arts and every year at my school, two people were selected as winners to... More

Parada Del Sol

2016-01-20 | ImagesAZ | Community

Celebrating 63 years of Western heritage, Scottsdale’s annual parade and rodeo, Parada del Sol, returns for another cowboy showdown.   Parada del Sol (translated from Spanish, it means “walk in the sun”) is a nonprofit corporation that provides financial and volunteer support to various charities through an annual parade and rodeo. The charities served by Parada del Sol provide healthcare, resources and community programs for those who are less fortunate.   Visitors to the events can expect fun and exciting activities that showcase Western charm. This Scottsdale tradition is a fun and unique way for the community to support charities while experiencing true cowboy customs.   Parada del Sol officially started in 1952 as the Sunshine Festival, founded by a group of cowboys who wanted to share their Western pride with the community. Before the late 1950s, Scottsdale was a true Western town with dirt roads and stop signs at every intersection. The town was full of cowboys and had... More

Scottsdale Philharmonic

2016-01-20 | ImagesAZ | Community

The Scottsdale Philharmonic, a symphony orchestra comprised of 92 professionally trained musicians, has made it their mission to make classical music accessible to all.   Young and old, rich or poor, everyone can enjoy the timeless beauty of classical music by attending one, or all, of the orchestra’s first-rate performances — for free.   “The Philharmonic does not charge admission,” says volunteer Fran Droll. “They want to reach an audience that includes everyone, from young people and families to senior citizens. The musicians perform for free, giving their love of music and extraordinary talents as an act of philanthropy.”   The nonprofit is strictly volunteer only and funded by the contributions of the general public and business community.   “This is a unique orchestra,” says executive director Carl Reiter. “It’s a group of professional musicians who dedicate their time and talent, and are eager to present the finest quality concerts to the... More

Carefree Festival of Fine Chocolate and Fine Art

2016-01-19 | ImagesAZ | Community

Take a decadent escape on Valentine’s weekend to this yearly festival showcasing scrumptious confections, handcrafted designs, live music and entertainment. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Carefree Desert Gardens, 101 Easy St., 480-488-2014,  ... More