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Oracle, Payson and Prescott host car shows this weekend.

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Weekend Events
April 25-27

Northern

Grand Canyon Guitar Society Concert; April 26; Flagstaff; 928-213-0752; www.canyonguitar.org. Massimo Delle Cese, internationally renowned guitarist, performs at Shepherd of the Hills Church from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. He was just 15 when ranked first at the Ancona National Guitar Contest.

Western

Bullhead City/Laughlin River Run; April 23-27; Bullhead City;
928-754-4121 or 800-987-7457; www.laughlinriverrun.com. This annual motorcycle spring rally includes numerous entertainment events and food and biker vendors.

Desert Storm Poker Run and Shootout; April 23-26; Lake Havasu City; 602-578-5975; www.lakeracer.com. One of the top poker runs in the nation, this event features world-class performance boats racing on Lake Havasu, along with an April 24 display of racing boats on Main Street.
 
Home & Garden Expo; April 25-27; Kingman; 928-753-2636; www.mcfafairgrounds.org. Mohave County Fairgrounds features home and garden products and services, demonstrations, and a carnival for the kids.
 
Made in Yuma Movie Marathon; April 26; Yuma; www.yumafilmfestival.com. NexGen presents this special centennial edition of the Yuma Film Festival, showcasing movies that were shot on location in and around the Yuma area.

Central

Sedona Open Studios; April 25-27; Sedona;
503-789-4437; www.sedonaartistscoalition.org. This nonprofit, artist-run event provides thousands of visitors a free, unique opportunity to meet artists and gain a firsthand view of their creative processes. This self-guided tour allows visitors the opportunity to meet and talk with artists in their daily workspaces.
 
Beeline Cruise-In and Car Show; April 25-26; Payson; www.paysonrimcountry.com. Stop by Green Valley Park for a car cruise, raffles, a 50-50 drawing, judging, music, a poker walk, vendors and trophies from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Car Show; April 26; Prescott; 928-713-0978; www.arizonacarshows.com. The third annual “Cruise-In for the Veterans” features classic cars, hot rods and other vehicles, along with a raffle, a silent auction and food vendors, at Frontier Village Shopping Center.

Walk for the Animals; April 26; Prescott; www.yavapaihumane.org/walk. Join 500-plus animal lovers for a doggone good time at this Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University event, which includes a 5K walk and run (dogs welcome), local vendors, health resources and more.

Arizona Women’s Expo; April 26-27; Phoenix; 866-618-3434; www.azwomensexpo.com. The Phoenix Convention Center features 565 exhibits representing fashion, home décor, cooking, health, nutrition, fitness and finance, along with celebrity speakers, fashion shows and more.

Eastern

National Arbor Day Celebration; April 25; Pinetop-Lakeside;
928-368-8696; www.pinetoplakesideaz.gov. Celebrate the Earth with a tree planting, the presentation of the Tree City USA Award and a brief education program at Blue Ridge Junior High School.

Southern

Charles Mingus Hometown Jazz Festival; April 26; Nogales;
520-287-3585; www.mingusproject.com. This music festival commemorates the April birthday of world-renowned jazz composer, bandleader and bassist Charles Mingus in his hometown of Nogales, with free and ticketed events at varied locations.

Spring Run Car Show & Model Fest; April 26; Oracle; 520-896-9609; www.oraclehistoricalsociety.org or www.cruisinarizona.com. Stop by Pinal County Courthouse Park for the Oracle Historical Society’s annual car show and festival. See cars from various Southern Arizona towns. Also includes food, the Oaks Festival craft fair, a book sale and a parade.

April and May Events
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Annual Folk Festival in Tucson, May 3-4.

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Grand Canyon Guitar Society Concert; April 26; Flagstaff; 928-213-0752; www.canyonguitar.org. Massimo Delle Cese, internationally renowned guitarist, performs at Shepherd of the Hills Church from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. He was just 15 when ranked first at the Ancona National Guitar Contest.

12th Annual Recycled Art Exhibition; April 26-May 24; Flagstaff; 928-522-6969; www.flagstaff-arts.org. Coconino Center for the Arts promotes conservation through environmentally friendly techniques that creatively reuse, recycle, rethink and remake art. This creative, fun and inspiring exhibition includes artist demos and workshops on Saturdays.

College of Arts and Letters Film Series; April 29-30; Flagstaff; 928-523-8632; www.nau.edu/CAL/Events/Event-Pages/College-of-Arts-and-Letters-Film-Series. Each evening, the Northern Arizona University College of Arts and Letters will present a different film at the Cline Library Assembly Hall.

Nampeyo :: Namingha: Tradition and Transition; Through May 4; Flagstaff; 928-774-5213; www.musnaz.org. The Museum of Northern Arizona presents ceramics, paintings, drawings, sculptures and conceptual art inspired by the traditions and landscapes of the ancient Hopi and Tewa villages of Northern Arizona.

Black Holes: Space Warps and Time Twists Exhibit; Through May 4; Flagstaff; 928-233-3211; www.lowell.edu. Developed by educators and scientists at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, this Lowell Observatory event teaches visitors all about black holes with interactive stations, excursion pods and exhibits.

First Friday Art Walk; May 2; Flagstaff; 928-773-2300; www.FlagstaffArtWalk.com. Presented by Flagstaff Cultural Partners, this event lets visitors enjoy downtown Flagstaff with live music and refreshment, meet local artists and shop for original artwork. Free.

27th Annual Route 66 Fun Run; May 2-4; Seligman; 928-753-5001; www.azrt66.com. More than 800 vehicles of all descriptions and ages cruise this 140-mile road rally on the longest remaining stretch of Historic Route 66. Also includes live music, dancing and a raffle.
 
12th Annual Soar Into Spring Kite Festival; May 10; Flagstaff; 928-213-2300; www.flagstaff.az.gov/recreation. Soar into Spring at Foxglenn Park with kite-flying, arts and crafts, carnival games and rides, bounce houses, face-painting, library activities, food, prizes and giveaways.
 
8th Annual Armed Forces Day Parade; May 17; Flagstaff; 928-220-1288. Historic downtown Flagstaff hosts this event honoring the men and women of the United States military and American veterans.
 
Grand Canyon Half Marathon; May 17; Grand Canyon South Rim; www.grandcanyonhalfmarathon.com. While there are no views of the Grand Canyon from the course, it is a gorgeous run through the Kaibab National Forest. After the race, you can enjoy the park with your family and friends.
 
Overland Expo; May 16-18; Flagstaff; www.overlandexpo.com. This international event educates and inspires people to get out and explore the world by bike and vehicle. The event features 70 different classes, workshops and roundtable programs, along with music, food, a film festival and more.
 
24th Annual Zuni Festival of Arts and Culture; May 24-25; Flagstaff; www.musnaz.org. See traditional Zuni artists ­— weavers, inlay jewelers, fetish carvers and painters — and learn about the shaping, forming and painting of traditional Zuni pottery.


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