Phoenix Events

SUNDAY APRIL 1

Happy Easter!

MONDAY APRIL 2

Parkinson’s PWR!Moves 2, noon to 12:45 p.m. Mondays in April, Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, free for members, $8 per class or $50 for 10 classes, registration required, 480-481-7015, healthandfitness@vosjcc.org. This class includes PWR!Moves 1 movements in addition to prone and supine floor exercises. Participants must be able to walk 100 feet on their own with or without a cane or walker; get up and down from the floor on their own with or without the use of a chair; and be able to cognitively follow instructions independently

TUESDAY APRIL 3

Jan Sandwich Band, 7 p.m., Sunland Village Auditorium, 4601 E. Dolphin Avenue, Mesa, $8, 480-832-9003.

Parkinson’s Boxing, noon to 12:45 p.m. Tuesdays in April, Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, $50 for J members, $70 nonmembers, 480-481-7015, healthandfitness@vosjcc.org. This 45-minute class improves stamina, speed, coordination, postural imbalances and encourages deep breathing.

Parkinson’s PWR!Moves 1, noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays in April, Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, free for J members, $5 nonmembers, registration required, 480-481-7090, healthandfitness@vosjcc.org. This entry-level class features tailored exercises that target motor- and nonmotor PD symptoms and improve functional movement.

Let’s Knit, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays in April, Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, free, 480-481-7033, harrietc@vosjcc.org. Help others with projects or work on your own during these meetings.

Speakers’ Series Featuring Distinguished Guests, 1 to 2 p.m., repeats April 13, April 20 and April 27, Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, free, registration required, 480-481-7024, cherylb@vosjocc.org. Speakers’ series featuring distinguished guests discussing a broad range of topics. Each week’s one-hour program begins at 1 and features guests Lindsay Herf, executive director of The Arizona Justice Project; author Dale Stanton; Leisah Woldoff, former editor of the Jewish News; and Jim Small, executive director of Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting.

WEDNESDAY APRIL 4

East Valley Friends and Neighbors, 9:30 to 11 a.m., repeats first Wednesday of each month, Grace United Methodist Church, 2024 E. University (at Gilbert Road), Mesa, 480-848-5146, evfanaz.org, evfanaz@gmail.com. A nonreligious and nonpartisan group, East Valley Friends and Neighbors invites residents who wish to get better acquainted with others and to participate in social and charitable activities.

Parkinson’s Cycle, noon to 12:45 p.m. Wednesdays in April, Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, free for members, $8 per class, or $50 for 10 classes, 480-481-7015, healthandfitness@vosjcc.org. A stationary cycle workout to music that awakens areas of the brain affected by PD while strengthening the lower body and improving motor skills. Participants must be able to walk 150 feet on their own with or without a cane or walker; get up and down from the floor on their own with or without the use of a chair; get on and off equipment independently; and follow group instructions independently.

Let’s Talk Current Events Discussion Group, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, free, 480-481-7033, harrietc@vosjcc.org. Bill Adler leads a discussion each month on current events. Bring your ideas to share with the group.

Gentlemen Enjoying Leisure Group, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, totalexposure2@gmail.com. Meet monthly for discussions and fun extracurricular activities.

Jewish Study Group: Nosh & Knowledge, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays in April, Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, free, registration required, 602-375-3660, joboaz@cox.net. Explore a variety of nonpolitical Jewish topics, including people, history, current events, laws, culture, humor, food and Israel. Each participant reads a section of a select article, which is followed by spirited discussion. No extensive knowledge of Judaism is required.

THURSDAY APRIL 5

Memory Café with The Sunshine Singers, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Beth El Congregation, 1118 W. Glendale Avenue, Phoenix, free, registration required, 602-452-4627, kathy.rood@jfcsaz.org. The Sunshine Singers and Jewish Family & Children’s Services Senior Chorus will host an interactive sing-along. The Memory Café is for those with memory loss and their care partners. Memory Cafés are one way individuals with memory loss and their care companions are coming together to make new friendships and support one another.

Sunland Village Bingo, 4:30 p.m. (doors), 6 p.m. (cards sold) and 7 p.m. play begins, Sunland Village Auditorium, 4601 E. Dolphin Avenue, Mesa, charge for cards, 480-832-9003.

Ostomy Support Group, 2 p.m., Banner Boswell Medical Center, 13180 N. 103rd Drive, Sun City, 623-582-2446.

Parkinson’s PWR!Circuit 3, noon to 1 p.m. Thursday in April, Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, free to J members, $5 for nonmembers, registration required, 480-481-7090, healthandfitness@vosjcc.org. This class includes PWR!Moves 1 & 2 movements for a more advanced workout with instructor-guided exercise stations to improve cardio, strength, agility, coordination and balance. Participants must be able to walk 150 feet on their own with or without a cane or walker.

The Breeze, 7 to 9:30 p.m., Las Palmas Grand, 2550 S. Ellsworth Road, Mesa, $7 members, $8 nonmembers, 480-654-1994, dancemm.com.

FRIDAY APRIL 6

Marinette Clay Corner’s Spring Open House and Pottery Sale, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., repeats 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 7, Marinette Recreation Center, 9860 W Union Hills Drive, Sun City, free admission, 623-977-3167. The annual event features handcrafted pottery in free form and on the wheel.

SATURDAY APRIL 7

Karaoke Night, 6 to 9 p.m., Sunland Village, 4601 E. Dolphin Avenue, Mesa, $2 at the door, 480-832-9003.

Lee Rocker, 7:30 p.m., Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Avenue, Chandler, $24-$42, 480-782-2680, chandlercenter.org. Lee Rocker and the Stray Cats sold more than 10 million records, garnered 23 gold and platinum records worldwide, were music video pioneers of the MTV generation and secured their place in the history of rock and roll. During Rocker’s concerts, he tells stories about his time on the road and in the music business for the last 35 years – including sharing stories about his adventures lugging the giant piece of equipment around.

SUNDAY APRIL 8

Cycle the Arts: Downtown Family-Friendly Ride, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Scottsdale Museum of the West, 3830 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale, free, 480-312-2308. Hop on your bike and get a personal look at some of the Valley’s best public art on this family-friendly guided bicycle ride around downtown, the greenbelt and canal paths. Helmets are required.

MONDAY APRIL 9

Never liked your name? You’re in luck! Today is Name Yourself Day!

TUESDAY APRIL 10

Ostomy Support Group, 6 p.m., Elite Home Healthcare Services, 2140 W. Greenway Road, Phoenix, free, 602-246-8221.

WEDNESDAY APRIL 11

Remember these? It’s Eight Track Tape Day!

THURSDAY APRIL 12

Parkinson’s Wellness Day @ The J, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, free, reservations required, 1-877-728-5414. Learn from leading experts in the field and participate in PWR!Circuit class, win raffle prizes, and enjoy light breakfast and refreshments. In partnership with Barrow Neurological Institute’s Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center and Belmont Village Senior Living.

FRIDAY APRIL 13

Dementia 101: Understanding Brain Changes, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Glencroft Senior Living, 8611 N. 67th Avenue, Glendale, $75 (family), $90 (senior industry professional), 602-327-3096, helpmysenior.com. The workshop is led by Teepa Snow, who has been called one of the leading international educators on dementia.

Bridges of Madison County, through May 13, Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria, various prices, 623-776-8400, azbroadway.org. Based on one of the bestselling books of the 20th century (and later adapted into the 1995 feature film starring Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood), The Bridges of Madison County features a Tony Award-winning score by Jason Robert Brown. Experience this timeless tale of yearning and desire set in America’s heartland.

Stars of the ’60s, 7:30 p.m., Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Avenue, Chandler, $42-$68, 480-782-2680, chandlercenter.org. Jay and the Americans, Gary Lewis and the Playboys, The Buckinghams’ original lead singer Dennis Tufano and The Cyrkle are among the performers.

SATURDAY APRIL 14

Scottsdale Culinary Festival, noon to 9 p.m., repeats noon to 6 p.m. April 15, Scottsdale Civic Center Mall, 7380 E. Second Street, Scottsdale, $12 general admission in advance, $15 general admission at the gate, additional charges for beer garden and VIP packages, scottsdalefest.org.

Pancake Breakfast, 7 to 9:30 a.m., Sunland Village Auditorium, 4601 E. Dolphin Avenue, Mesa, $5 at the door, 480-832-9003.

SUNDAY APRIL 15

Scottsdale Philharmonic Concert, 4 p.m., Scottsdale Bible Church, 7601 E. Shea Boulevard, Scottsdale, free, $15 for VIP preferred seating, scottsdalephilharmonic.com. The Scottsdale Philharmonic is a professional symphony orchestra making classical music available to audiences of all ages.

MONDAY APRIL 16

Brandeis National Committee-Arizona Speaker Series, 12:30 to 2 p.m., Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, free for Brandeis members, $5 for guests, 480-296-3355, mskbflo@aol.com. Meet an author who is either from Arizona, resides in Arizona or uses Arizona as a locale for their books.

TUESDAY APRIL 17

Let’s Appreciate Art, 11 a.m. to noon, Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, free, 480-481-7033, harrietc@vosjcc.org. Share the world of art with special visual presentations each month by docents from the Phoenix Art Museum. This month’s topic: Art voluminosos-Fernando Botero.

WEDNESDAY APRIL 18

Lunchtime Theatre: American Voices, 12:10 p.m., repeats April 18, Kax Stage, Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe Street, Phoenix, $7, 602-252-8497, herbergertheater.org. Center Dance Ensemble’s annual celebration of National Poetry Month will feature new choreography. Enjoy this Lunchtime Theatre production, an abridged version of the evening performance, during a midday break.

Godspell, times vary through May 13, Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Road, Phoenix, $35-$90, 602-254-2151, phoenixtheatre.com. A group of ordinary people, led by John the Baptist, help Jesus Christ tell his life’s story. The message of love and tolerance, combined with a chart-topping soundtrack, has made this one of the best well-known and loved musicals.

THURSDAY APRIL 19

Ostomy Support Group, 12:30 p.m., La Casa de Cristo Lutheran Church, 6300 E. Bell Road, Scottsdale, 623-580-4120.

Discussion with the Rabbi, 11 a.m. to noon, Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, free, 602-492-7670, chani@sosaz.org. Gather together with Rabbi Levi Levertov for a stimulating discussion on an issue relevant to Judaism in contemporary society.

Let’s Eat: Mature Mavens Dinner, 5 p.m., location TBA, 602-371-3744. Make new friends as you meet for dinner and socialize. Dinner is separate checks.

FRIDAY APRIL 20

Gilbert Spring Garden & Fun Fest, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., repeats April 21 and April 22, Gilbert Civic Center, 50 E. Civic Center Drive, Gilbert, free admission, 480-488-2014, magicbirdfestivals.com. The festival focuses on everything related to home and landscape.

SATURDAY APRIL 21

Spring Fling Craft Walk, 6 to 9:30 p.m., outside Sunland Village Auditorium, 4601 E. Dolphin Avenue, Mesa, free admission, 480-832-9003.

SUNDAY APRIL 22

TAO: Drum Heart, 7:30 p.m., Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main Street, Mesa, $19-$39, 480-644-6500, mesaartscenter.com. Join the more than 8 million spectators around the world who have experienced the art of Japanese drums. Be amazed as internationally acclaimed percussion artists deliver an energetic and unforgettable evening that showcases drumming along with contemporary costumes, precise choreography and innovative visuals.

MONDAY APRIL 23

Eat up! It’s National Zucchini Bread Day!

TUESDAY APRIL 24

Consumer Scams & Identity Theft, 1 to 2 p.m., Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, 480-481-7024, vosjcc.org/scams. Register by April 22. Today’s scammers and identity thieves are more technologically advanced and aggressive. Anyone can be a victim. Learn the red flags to watch out for, steps you can take to prevent becoming a victim and what to do if you have. Join us for this free program as Betty Delano, senior outreach coordinator for Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, offers the latest information and answers your questions.

WEDNESDAY APRIL 25

Senior Center Entertainment Extravaganza, 1 p.m., Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second Street, Scottsdale, free with one canned food donation, scottsdaleaz.gov/seniors/talent-show. Entertainment Extravaganza showcases senior talent.

THURSDAY APRIL 26

Scottsdale ArtWalk, 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, throughout downtown Scottsdale, free, scottsdalegalleries.com. Celebrate an American original – the Scottsdale ArtWalk. Restaurants, museums and free trolley and/or horse-drawn carriage rides are available during ArtWalk to transport folks from numerous free parking areas throughout the Scottsdale Arts District and Scottsdale Downtown.

FRIDAY APRIL 27

Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market, 5 to 9 p.m., repeats 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 28 and April 29, WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale, $8-$65, junkinthetrunkvintagemarket.com. More than 170 vintage, antique and handmade vendors are returning to Scottsdale.

SATURDAY APRIL 28

ameriCAN Canned Craft Beer Fest, 3 to 7 p.m., Margaret T. Hance Park, 67 W. Culver Street, Phoenix, $35 in advance, $45 at the gate, cannedcraftbeerfest.com. Find out which craft beers the judges enjoyed the most during this competition/festival.

Karaoke Night, 6 to 9 p.m., Sunland Village Auditorium, 4601 E. Dolphin Avenue, Mesa, $2 at the door, 480-832-9003.

Mesa Art League’s Artist Market, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Red Mountain Event Center, 6655 E. McDowell Road, Suite 112, Mesa, free admission, mesaartleague.com. Several artists from the Mesa Art League will host an artisan market, with artists selling their original works.

SUNDAY APRIL 29

Beth Emeth Congregation’s Rummage Sale, 9 to 11:30 a.m., Beth Emeth Congregation, 13702 W. Meeker Boulevard, Sun City West, free admission, 623-584-7210. The organization is seeking and selling gently used and workable items.

MONDAY APRIL 30

We could all use a little of this: It’s National Honesty Day!