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Run the Runway
Participants enjoy a one-of-a-kind view as they run alongside planes in a 5K, 10K and kids’ 1-mile mascot dash. A vendor expo and guest appearances by professional sports team mascots add to the fun. Proceeds benefit Playworks Arizona. 6-10 a.m. $15-$60. Scottsdale Airport, (park and ride at 13665 N. Airport Dr.), Scottsdale, runtherunwayaz.com.
Disney on Ice: Frozen
Be part of Anna’s fearless adventure to find her sister, Queen Elsa, in this ice skating spectacular, which includes appearances by stars from Toy Story, Finding Dory, The Lion King and the Disney princesses. Th-F, 7 p.m.; Sa, 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.; Su, noon and 4 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
Vino con Stelle
Guests enjoy an exclusive evening of fine wine, cuisine and entertainment by Brian McKnight, Heather Headley and Billy Gilman at this fundraiser for Gateway for Cancer Research. A live auction is included. 6 p.m. $1,250. Wrigley Mansion, 2501 E. Telewa Trail, Phoenix, gatewaycr.org, 602-618-1595.
The Arizona Hemophilia Association cranks up the heat as professional and amateur chefs prepare the popular condiment on-site at the annual My Nana’s Best-Tasting Salsa Challenge. A margarita mix-off, live music, children’s activities and a Too Hot to Trot 5K race add to the festivities. Sa, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Su, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $15-$55; free, children 11 and younger. Sloan Park, 2330 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Mesa, salsachallenge.com, 602-955-3947.
Scottsdale Culinary Festival
Scottsdale League for the Arts presents this culinary extravaganza, which features interactive experiences to taste, sip and celebrate Arizona food culture. Forty local restaurants, dozens of craft breweries, a teen cooking challenge, chef demos, 20 bands and family activities are among the highlights. PHOENIX magazine is among the sponsors. Sa, noon-9 p.m.; Su, noon-6 p.m. Visit website for ticket prices. Scottsdale Civic Center Mall, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdalefest.org. Festivities kick off with The Cocktail Society, an exclusive night of cocktails, whimsical entertainment and elegant tastings, 7 p.m., April 13, $85-$100, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale.
Watch celebrities hit home runs and catch pop flies where the pros do as the Larry Fitzgerald Double Play Celebrity Softball Game gets underway. Proceeds benefit Fitzgerald’s First Down Fund, which supports nonprofit organizations assisting children and families throughout the country. Gates open at 5 p.m., homerun derby begins at 6 p.m., and game starts at 7 p.m. $20, with four exclusive tickets available in either the first- or third-base dugouts for $500 each. Nonperishable food donations requested to benefit United Food Bank. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, saltriverfields.com.
More than 35,000 runners and walkers participate in this annual 4.2-mile run/walk honoring late football star Pat Tillman. The race, which winds through downtown Tempe and finishes at the stadium, includes a 0.42-mile kids’ run. The distance pays tribute to Tillman’s Sun Devil jersey number. Proceeds support the Tillman Military Scholars program. 7:05 a.m. Visit website for race fees. ASU Sun Devil Stadium, 219 S. Packard Dr., Tempe, patsrun.com.
Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers
The hometown favorites play a rich set list that includes such perennial gems as “Americano!” “Switchblade,” “Mexican Moonshine” and “Banditos,” along with tracks from their latest album, Native Heart. 8 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, talkingstickresort.com, 480-850-7734.
Tao: Drum Heart
The percussion artists combine physical large-scale drumming with contemporary costumes, precise choreography and innovative visuals in this high-energy performance showcasing the ancient art of Japanese drumming. 7:30 p.m. $19-$39. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
Picnic Under the Stars
Guests enjoy an elegant dinner, silent and live auctions, entertainment and dancing as the American Cancer Society hosts this 57th annual fundraising gala. 6 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch, 7700 E. McCormick Ranch Pkwy., Scottsdale, picnicunderthestars.org, 602-952-7509.