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  • Western

    1. 3rd Annual Lake Havasu Chili Cook-Off : Lake Havasu City

      April 11 to April 11

      928-566-1336 www.chilicookoff.com/Event/Event_Display.asp?EventID=3290

      This homestyle chili cook-off includes an "anything goes" competition. Anyone may enter.

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    2. 8th Annual ARTbeat : Yuma

      April 18 to April 18

      928-373-5202 www.yumaaz.gov/4745.htm

      Enjoy a free, juried outdoor exhibit at Yuma Art Center that's been recognized as one of Arizona's outstanding arts events, filled with an eclectic mix of artists working in a wide variety of media.

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    3. 5th Annual Yuma Tunes & Tacos Festival : Yuma

      April 11 to April 11

      Bring the family to Desert Sun Stadium and enjoy good food and fun, activities, contests, live entertainment, food, craft vendors, Cerveza Garden and Tequila Tent, piñatas, and pony rides.

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    4. 63rd Annual County Fair : Yuma

      April 1 to April 5

      928-726-4420 www.yumafair.com

      Visit the Yuma County Fairgrounds for entertainment, concerts, 4-H and FFA exhibits, livestock show and auction, demolition derby, Yuma Gem & Mineral Society, and a carnival from 8 a.m. to midnight.

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    5. Havasu Marine Association’s 24th Annual Boat Show : Lake Havasu City

      April 10 to April 12

      golakehavasu.com/events/etails/72/

      Lake Havasu State Park, Lot 4, features more than 40 different brands of boats, cruisers and sport boats, plus hundreds of marine accessory products, a chili cook-off and a salsa challenge.

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    6. 35th Annual New Horizons Pro-Am Bass Tournament : Lake Havasu City

      April 11 to April 11

      928-846-1052 www.golakehavasu.com

      Learn from the pros at Lake Havasu State Park during a friendly competition for the Big Fish prize or catch a tagged fish for a chance to win starting at 5:30 a.m.

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    7. Bullhead City/Laughlin River Run : Bullhead City

      April 22 to April 26

      928-754-4121 www.laughlinriverrun.com

      Take part in the annual motorcycle spring rally with a variety of entertainment, food and motorcycle vendors.

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    8. Sounds of Kingman: Concert in the Park : Kingman

      April 12 to April 12

      928-715-0288 www.soundsofkingman.com/

      Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and coolers, and enjoy “some of the best music in Kingman" at Metcalfe Park. Listen to the sounds of the Beale Street Band starting at 2 p.m.

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    9. 13th Annual Home & Garden Expo : Kingman

      April 17 to April 19

      928-753-2636 www.mcfafairgrounds.org

      The Mohave County Fairgrounds features home and garden products, services, demonstrations, and a carnival for children.

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    10. Chillin’ on Beale Street : Kingman

      April 18 to April 18

      928-897-6039 gokingman.com

      This block party/car show takes place every third Saturday of the month, April through October, and includes dash plaques for all participating cars, music with a DJ, and 50/50 raffles beginning at 5 p.m.

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    11. Kelly's 8th Annual Super-Duper Double Wammer-Jammer Biker Palooza Extravaganza : Kingman

      April 25 to April 25

      www.gokingman.com/event-kellys-biker-palooza-apr25-2015

      Enjoy a swap meet, bike smash, burnout box, biker games, beer, live music, vendors, food by 4-H Club and bike show, with trophies awarded at 5 p.m.

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  • Central

    1. Deer Valley Lions Golf Tournament and Fundraiser : Phoenix

      April 11 to April 11

      This event is an 8 a.m. shotgun start and a four-person scramble. The entry fee is $125 per person and includes green fees, carts, range balls, lunch and a raffle ticket. Proceeds benefit the Deer Valley Lions Club.

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    2. Chalk It UP! Prescott : Prescott

      April 18 to April 19

      928-308-9651 www.prescottchalkart.com

      Arizona’s premiere community street-painting event hosts its seventh annual festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Artists of all ages and abilities create a weekend museum of pavement chalk art.

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    3. Redneck Run : Glendale

      April 4 to April 4

      480-609-3978 www.redneckrunaz.com

      At Westgate Entertainment District, participate in a 10K relay where the baton is a toilet plunger, along with a 10K run, 5K run/walk and "Country Mile." The event also includes live country music, carnival games, costume prizes and an after-party.

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    4. Easter Eggstravaganza : Prescott

      April 5 to April 5

      928-778-4242 www.heritageparkzoo.org

      This event at Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary features egg hunts for children up to 12 years old. Animals will receive their own special egg hunt, and there will be prizes, along with food and beverages available for purchase.

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    5. 12th Annual Open Studios Art Tour : Sedona

      April 24 to April 26

      503-789-4437 sedonaartistscoalition.org

      This event celebrates the art and artists of the greater Verde Valley, providing thousands of visitors a chance to meet artists and get a firsthand view of their creative processes. More than 40 individual studios will participate. Free.

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    6. 12th Annual Polish Festival : Phoenix

      April 18 to April 19

      480-442-9765 www.polishfestivalaz.org

      At Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish (2828 W. Country Gables Drive), Polish cuisine and beer will complement traditional folk dances, Polish music, a souvenir boutique and fun activities for the whole family. Free admission and parking.

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    7. 40th Annual Maricopa County Fair : Phoenix

      April 8 to April 12

      602-252-0717 www.maricopacountyfair.org

      Celebrate the traditional values and educational opportunities of this grass-roots event at the State Fairgrounds. View agricultural, commercial and youth exhibits, hobbies, motorized events, a variety of foods, and the midway.

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    8. Central Arizona Cactus and Succulent Society Show & Sale : Phoenix

      April 10 to April 12

      480-941-1225 www.centralarizonacactus.org/show.html

      Members showcase their best plants at Desert Botanical Garden and compete for ribbons and trophies. Outstanding cactus and succulent growers from throughout the Southwest offer plants for sale.

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    9. A Gathering of Carvers: Kachina Doll Marketplace : Phoenix

      April 11 to April 11

      www.heard.org/KatsinaDollMarketplace

      The Heard Museum hosts the nation’s largest gathering of Hopi kachina doll carvers. More than 100 artists gather to show and sell their unique creations. Plus musical performances, book signings, carving demonstrations and drawings. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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    10. Earth Day With the Phoenix Zoo : Phoenix

      April 18 to April 18

      www.phoenixzoo.org

      Join the zoo and more than 100 of the top zoos and aquariums as they create the largest combined Earth Day celebration in the country, featuring activities, crafts and music, among some of the planet’s most intriguing and inspiring wildlife.

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    11. Arizona Women’s Expo at Phoenix Convention Center : Phoenix

      April 25 to April 26

      866-618-3434 www.azwomensexpo.com

      Enjoy 565 exhibits representing fashion, home décor, cooking, health, nutrition, fitness, finance, celebrity speakers, fashion shows, decorating, cooking theater, celebrity book signings and a beauty bar. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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    12. Annual Junior Rodeo : Buckeye

      April 11 to April 12

      www.arizonajuniorrodeo.com

      Prepare to be charmed at Buckeye’s Rodeo Grounds as future rodeo champions compete.

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    13. 11th Annual Gilbert Global Village Festival : Gilbert

      April 11 to April 11

      480-503-6224 www.gilbertaz.gov/

      Gilbert North Civic Center features a multicultural celebration with a parade of nations, music, dance, arts and crafts, food and sports of a variety of cultures, hands-on activities and demonstrations from noon to 6 p.m.

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    14. 10th Annual ASU Student Film Festival : Tempe

      April 20 to April 21

      www.herbergerinstitute.asu.edu

      Harkins Valley Art theater hosts Arizona State University students screening their best short films in the AFA Student Film Festival, co-sponsored by the School of Film, Dance and Theatre and the AZ Filmmakers Association, at 7 p.m.

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    15. 11th Annual Pat’s Run at Sun Devil Stadium : Tempe

      April 25 to April 25

      480-507-6754 www.pattillmanfoundation.org/pats-run/

      Participate in a 4.2-mile run, 4.2-mile walk or 0.42-mile kids fun run/walk at Sun Devil Stadium. All events finish on the 42-yard line of the stadium and include entertainment, live music, food, drinks and a carnival-like kids area.

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    16. 13th Season of Native Trails presented by the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation : Scottsdale

      April 2 to April 4

      480-421-1004 www.experiencescottsdale.com

      Enjoy a series of free festivals celebrating Native American culture, highlighting tribes from across Arizona with Native American music and dance, traditional flutes and drums, arts, crafts and jewelry.

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    17. 2015 Culinary Festival : Scottsdale

      April 7 to April 12

      480-945-7193 www.scottsdalefest.org/

      Scottsdale Center for the Arts presents demonstrations, Great AZ picnic, Le Tour Culinaire, Southwest Festival of Beers, Wine Country Brunch, Best of the Fest, tastings and epicurean events.

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    18. Great Arizona Beer Festival at Sloan Park : Mesa

      April 18 to April 18

      602-271-4000 www.azbeer.com

      Sloan Park features more than 200 specialty craft and micro-brewed beers, food and non-alcoholic drinks, souvenir sampling mug, games and contests, and entertainment to benefit Sun Sounds. 5 to 9 p.m.

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    19. 3rd Annual Picture Perfect Lost Dutchman State Park Wine Tasting : Apache Junction

      April 11 to April 11

      www.pictureperfectpark2.eventbrite.com

      Lost Dutchman State Park hosts tasting and entertainment, a Dr. Sky show, local musical entertainment, prizes and raffle items.

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    20. 2nd Annual Carefree Days : Carefree

      April 10 to April 12

      480-488-2014 www.magicbirdfestivals.com

      Carefree Desert Gardens presents live music and dance performances, hand-selected local, regional and national fine artists and crafts exhibitors, culinary vendors and food options from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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    21. 22nd Annual Beeline Cruise-In and Car Show at Green Valley Park : Payson

      April 25 to April 25

      www.paysonrimcountry.com

      Green Valley Park presents a car cruise, raffles, a 50-50 drawing, judging, music, poker walk, vendors and trophies from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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    22. Peoria Arts & Cultural Festival : Peoria

      April 11 to April 11

      www.visitpeoriaaz.com

      Local students exhibit their artwork, compete in a culinary cook-off and perform dance routines, theater acts, choir and band on seven stages from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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    23. 28th Annual Rose Society of Glendale Rose Show : Glendale

      April 4 to April 4

      www.roseglenaz.com

      Sahuaro Ranch Park hosts the Rose Society of Glendale’s Rose Show with more than 1,000 blooms on exhibit from 1 to 4 p.m. Free.

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    24. 2015 Country Thunder : Florence

      April 9 to April 12

      866-802-6418 www.countrythunder.com

      Enjoy four days of the hottest country acts, including headliners and 20 other national and local country acts.

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    25. 15th Annual Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival : Cottonwood

      April 23 to April 26

      www.BirdyVerde.org 928-282-2202

      Dead Horse Ranch State Park offers field trips, local tours, workshops and seminars, educational activities for kids, exhibits, a keynote speaker and entertainment.

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    26. 14th Annual Jerry Colangelo Sports Legends Golf Classic : Phoenix

      April 13 to April 13

      480-964-3013 www.prostatecheckup.org

      Four amateur players team with a sports legend or celebrity as a team captain. Contests and prizes await all players, and food and beverages are provided. Proceeds benefit the Prostate On-Site Project, which operates mobile cancer-screening units.

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    27. Great Southwest Cajun Fest : Phoenix

      April 18 to April 18

      www.southwestcajunfest.com

      Celebrate Cajun culture and handcrafted beer at this festival, which showcases the heart and soul of New Orleans paired with Arizona fusion and flavor. Entertainment includes headliner Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and other national and local acts.

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    28. Take Back the Night : Phoenix

      April 3 to April 3

      www.facebook.com/tbtnempactspc

      La Frontera Arizona/EMPACT-SPC hosts this event at Civic Space Park in downtown Phoenix from 5 to 9 p.m. It aims to unite communities to speak out against all forms of sexual and domestic violence. Schedule includes live music and food trucks. Free.

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    29. Rodney Strong Winemaker's Dinner : Scottsdale

      April 10 to April 10

      Remington's Restaurant and Lounge hosts this specially prepared dinner created by chef Steven Fowler and his culinary associates. The dinner features selections from Rodney Strong Vineyards. $75 per person, plus tax and gratuity.

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    30. Open House at Mozaik : Scottsdale

      April 19 to April 19

      www.mozaikskin.com

      Mozaik Skin and Body has completed a major relocation and expansion and is hosting an open house at its new location, featuring giveaways, free treatments, free food and drinks, and vendor displays. Free.

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    31. Larry Fitzgerald Double Play Celebrity Softball Game : Scottsdale

      April 25 to April 25

      www.saltriverfields.com

      From 6 to 8:30 p.m., watch celebrities hit home runs and catch pop flies at Salt River Fields. The event benefits the Larry Fitzgerald First Down Fund, which supports nonprofit organizations assisting children and families around the country.

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  • Southern

    1. Archaeological Lecture : Tucson

      April 20 to April 20

      www.az-arch-and-hist.org

      The Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society presents "The Great Battle of 1698 on the San Pedro River," Deni Seymour's lecture on a clash between Apache and Sobaipuri-O'odham Indians, at 7:30 p.m. in DuVal Auditorium. Free.

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    2. March for Mental Health : Sierra Vista

      April 25 to April 25

      www.marchformentalhealth.org

      Get on your sneakers and join this fundraiser, a 3-mile walk in support of individuals and families facing the hardship of mental illness. The walk begins at Apache Middle School (3305 E. Fry Boulevard) at 8:30 a.m. Registration begins at 7 a.m.

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    3. 33rd Annual Festival of the Sun, Solar Potluck and Exhibition : Tucson

      April 11 to April 11

      520-883-8880 www.citizensforsolar.org/

      Visit Catalina State Park for exhibits and demonstrations of all types of solar energy, devices including ovens, cookers, water heaters, photovoltaics, solar-powered music, and children's activities starting at 10 a.m.

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    4. 104th Annual Pima County Fair : Tucson

      April 16 to April 26

      520-762-9100 www.pimacountyfair.com/

      Pima County Fairgrounds presents 4-H animals, home arts and fine arts, entertainment, horse shows, concerts, games and rides, educational exhibits, and a gem and mineral show. Info line: 520-762-3247.

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    5. 30th Annual Chevy Showdown : Tucson

      April 25 to April 25

      520-721-9541 www.classicchevycluboftucson.com

      The Classic Chevy Club of Tucson presents a show and shine open to all pre-1973 Chevrolet cars and trucks. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Proceeds benefit Community Food Bank.

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    6. Charles Mingus Hometown Jazz Festival : Nogales

      April 24 to April 25

      520-287-3585 www.mingusproject.com

      This music festival commemorates the April birthday of world-renowned jazz composer, band leader and jazz bassist Charles Mingus in his hometown of Nogales at various locations.

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    7. 5th Annual Copper City Classic Vintage Base Ball Tournament : Bisbee

      April 11 to April 11

      520-432-3813 www.friendsofwarrenballpark.com

      Historic Warren Ball Park presents old-style baseball played by 1860 rules. Join cranks — the 1800’s term for fans — as the teams take the field wearing old-style uniforms. The gate opens at 9:30 a.m.

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    8. 24th Annual Marty Robbins Tribute : Willcox

      April 4 to April 4

      www.friendsofmartyrobbins.org

      Willcox High School honors and celebrates the music and memory of Marty Robbins – singer, songwriter, author, actor, NASCAR driver and father of Western gunfighter ballads.

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    9. 2015 Rose Tree Festival : Tombstone

      April 10 to April 10

      520-457-3326 www.tombstonechamber.com

      Celebrate the 129th blooming of the world’s largest rose tree. Events include the Rose Tree Parade, Rose Queen Coronation, pet parade, folklorico dancers and the Nogales Arizona Mariachi Apache Band. Free.

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    10. 13th Annual Taste of Tubac : Tubac

      April 4 to April 4

      520-398-2704 www.tubacaz.com

      Tubac Golf Resort hosts wine-tasting and savory cuisine from local restaurants, benefiting local charities from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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    11. 4th Annual Southeast Arizona Wine Growers Festival : Elgin

      April 18 to April 19

      520-455-5582 www.kj-vineyards.com

      Kief-Joshua Vineyards features 20 Arizona wineries and winemakers, four bands and a professional chili cook-off from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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    12. 37th Annual Blessing of the Sonoita Vineyards Festival : Elgin

      April 25 to April 25

      520-455-5893 www.sonoitavineyards.com

      No reservations are needed at Sonoita Vineyards Festival. Admission includes wine-tasting with souvenir glass and corkscrew, food and wine pairings, winery tours and horse-drawn wagon ride through the vineyard from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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    13. 29th Annual Oracle Spring Run Car Show & Model Fest AZ : Oracle

      April 18 to April 18

      520-896-9609 www.oraclehistoricalsociety.org

      Oracle Historical Society presents this car show and model fest at Pinal County Courthouse Park. Included are a swap meet, a craft fair, a book sale and a parade. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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    14. Beer With the Bard: A Shakespeare-Themed Pub Crawl : Tucson

      April 25 to April 25

      520-975-2633 www.tucsonfringe.org

      Join local up-and-coming actors, along with Tucson favorites, on a tour of four local watering holes, with a Shakespeare performance in each venue. Venues include the Hotel Congress, The Shanty, the Surly Wench and Flycatcher.

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    15. Viva La Local Food Festival and Cyclovia Tucson : Tucson

      April 18 to April 19

      www.livingstreetsalliance.org

      On Saturday, celebrate the joyous local flavors of Baja Arizona at Rillito Park. On Sunday, explore Tucson via bike on streets that are closed to car traffic.

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    16. Easter Festivities at Westin La Paloma : Tucson

      April 3 to April 5

      520-742-6000 westinlapalomaresort.com

      The iconic Westin La Paloma Resort and Spa invites families to celebrate with egg hunts, lawn games, live music and special menus. Among the highlights are an Easter brunch and an Easter dinner.

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  • Eastern

    1. 31st Annual Historic Home Tour & Antique & Quilt Show : Globe

      April 11 to April 12

      800-804-5623 www.globemiamichamber.com

      Don’t know your way around Globe? Transportation is provided by tour guides through each home, beginning in downtown Globe and ending at the antique show and quilt show. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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    2. Boyce Thompson Arboretum Terrarium Workshop : Superior

      April 4 to April 4

      520-689-2723 www.ag.arizona.edu/bta/

      Get your hands a little dirty when you create your own low-maintenance and completely portable indoor garden in a drum-style glass fishbowl from 9 to 11:30 a.m. All materials included with registration fee.

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    3. Boyce Thompson Arboretum Butterfly Gardening : Superior

      April 4 to April 4

      602-438-4003 www.ag.arizona.edu/bta/

      Volunteers with the Superstition Mountain Master Gardeners program resume their once-a-month Saturday series of seminars on the first Saturday of each month. This month, learn about butterfly gardening.

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    4. Boyce Thompson Arboretum Thursday Craft Workshop: Tipsy Pots : Superior

      April 9 to April 9

      520-689-2723 www.ag.arizona.edu/bta/

      Artists-in-residence Vicki and Gerald Johnson offer this new class in ways to "faux finish" terra cotta pots, then use those pots to create a whimsical tabletop tower planter that appears to defy gravity. All materials included.

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    5. 17th Annual Women's Health Conference - Who Let the Girls Out? : Hon-Dah

      April 24 to April 24

      Invite your mom, sisters, daughters and friends to share in this special day for women! Now is your time to enjoy the luxury of relaxing, laughing and learning at Hon-Dah Resort Casino from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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    6. Snowflake Easter Egg Hunt : Snowflake

      April 4 to April 4

      Children from 1 to 8 years of age are welcome to participate in this Easter egg hunt at Snowflake Municipal Golf Course, 90 W. Country Club Drive, Snowflake, from 10 to 11 a.m.

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    7. April Pool’s Day : Show Low

      April 11 to April 11

      Show Low Family Aquatic Center will open its doors for a day of games and swimming from 1 to 3 p.m.

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  • Northern

    1. 2nd Annual Wild Canyon Games : Williams

      April 24 to April 26

      www.wcglostcanyon.org/events

      Teams of six will push their limits during this intense competition, featuring competitive trail-running, mountain-biking, geocaching, kayaking, zip-lining, a high-ropes course and an obstacle course.

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    2. Steam to the Canyon : Williams

      April 25 to April 25

      www.thetrain.com

      Ride the historic Locomotive 4960 to the Grand Canyon for Earth Day.

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    3. French Theater Guild: “Un après-midi théâtral” : Flagstaff

      April 4 to April 4

      928-523-2361 928-523-2361

      This 3 p.m. performance at Firecreek Coffee Co. will include scenes from theatrical works and dramatic adaptations performed in French and in English translation by Northern Arizona University students and faculty as well as members of the community.

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    4. Flagstaff Sports Foundation 7K @ 7K at Forest Highlands Golf Club : Flagstaff

      April 4 to April 4

      This is your one opportunity to run through Forest Highlands’ winding pathways and fairways. This scenic run is a great way to begin the racing season. Check-in at 7:30 a.m. for a 9 a.m. race.

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