PROFILES OF SUCCESS
Sept. 7, Phoenix Convention Center
Presented each year, the Profiles of Success Hispanic Leadership Awards Celebration recognizes Latino leadership. The luncheon will launch National Hispanic Heritage Month in Arizona and is attended by nearly 1,600 people. Funds raised from this event will provide new hope to the thousands of men, women, children, families and elderly who need Valle del Sol’s help and resources. 12 p.m. Individual, $100-$200. www.valledelsol.com.
Sept. 8, The Farm at South Mountain
Bring your furry friend to doga (dog yoga) with you! Led by Puppies to the Rescue Yoga Project, this class will raise money for Angels with Paws Animal Rescue while bringing awareness to mental health. There will be adoptable pets on site, so join the fun even if you don’t yet have a pup. There will also be a raffle, and all event and raffle proceed will go toward the animal rescue. 8 a.m. $20 cash donation suggested. www.thefarmatsouthmountain.com.
BALLET UNDER THE STARS
Sept. 12-15, various locations
For 21 years, Ballet Arizona’s Ballet Under the Stars has given locals the opportunity to enjoy classical and contemporary works in a unique outdoor setting complete with a stage, lighting and costumes. Performances will take place at four Valley locations: Tempe Sports Complex (Sept. 12), Fountain Park (Sept. 13), Estrella Lakeside Amphitheater (Sept. 14), and Steele Indian School Park (Sept. 15). 7 p.m. Free. www.balletaz.org.
FURRY FRIENDS FINE ARTS FESTIVAL
Sept. 15, Shemer Art Center
This animal-themed arts festival will include paw readings and pet adoptions by the Arizona Humane Society as well as artists showcasing animal-themed artwork. There will also be live music, vendors, food and beverages. 8 a.m.-2 pm. Individual, $5; family, $10; pets, free. www.shermerartcenter.org.
SCOTTSDALE ROSÉ DAY
Sept. 15, Old Town Scottsdale
End summer on a high note by sipping rosé at bars around Old Town, including Bevvy, El Hefe, Goodwood Tavern, Old Town Gringos, Riot House, Wasted Grain, and Whiskey Row. Every bar will feature $7 glasses of rosé for the duration of the event. Tickets will include a commemorative glass and vouchers for three glasses of rose. 1-7 p.m. $20. www.scottsdaleroseday.com.
WAVES OF CHANGE FOR EPILEPSY GALA
Sept. 15, Mountain Shadows
Enjoy a black-tie evening benefiting epilepsy at the 14th annual Waves of Change for Epilepsy Gala hosted by the Epilepsy Foundation of Arizona. This Havana nights-themed gala will include cocktails, a seated dinner, a silent auction and more. 6-10 p.m. $250. www.azepilepsygala.org.
WINE, WOMEN & SHOES
Sept. 15, Chateau Luxe
Slip on your stilettos and help women reach new heights at this annual event, which raises funds for Fresh Start Women’s Foundation. With an excellent selection of local and national vendors, a shopping marketplace will feature chic jewelry, accessories and makeup. The lunch portion of the afternoon will include a glamorous fashion show, an auction, and a chance to win your dream closet. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $150. www.winewomenandshoes.com.
JAY-Z AND BEYONCÉ: ON THE RUN II TOUR
Sept. 19, University of Phoenix Stadium
This summer, husband-and-wife superstars Jay-Z and Beyoncé embarked on their second co-headlining stadium tour, On the Run II, which will take them to stages across the U.S., U.K. and Europe. The powerhouse musicians last toured together in summer of 2014, so this year’s show is much-anticipated by fans. Opening acts will feature R&B duo Chloe x Halle and DJ Khaled. 7:30 p.m. $49-$768+. www.universityofphoenixstadium.com.
OPENING RECEPTION: FOOTPRINTS ON THE DESERT
Sept. 21, Gallery @ the Library
Learn about Frank Lloyd Wright’s impact on Arizona architecture through Footprints on the Desert: Frank Lloyd Wright in Arizona, an exhibit at Scottsdale Civic Center Library running Sept. 15 through Dec. 31 and featuring images and artifacts connected to Wright-designed buildings in Arizona. The opening reception will include keynote speaker Vernon Swaback, a Scottsdale architect, Wright apprentice, and former director of planning for the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. 6:30-8 p.m. Free. www.scottsdalepublicart.org.
42 TO YOU
Sept. 22, The Horny Toad
The Horny Toad, an iconic restaurant in Cave Creek, will celebrate its 42nd anniversary this month with 16-ounce glasses of Horny Toad Golden Ale for $3.42, margaritas for $4.20, house wine $3.42, Coors Light draft for $2.42, and Dos Equis Lager for $2.42. There will be live music from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. featuring singer Lauren Elizabeth. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. www.thehornytoad.com.
BRAZILIAN DAY FESTIVAL
Sept. 22, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
The ninth annual Brazilian Day Arizona Festival is the Valley’s largest, Brazilian Independence Day festival. The all-ages event is a great opportunity for the family to experience a variety of Brazilian culture with hands-on activities, workshops, interactive experiences, and live performances including capoeira, jiu-jitsu, Afro-Brazilian dance, samba, and music. There will also be kids arts and crafts, live artists, and a photo wall. 2-9 p.m. $5-$15. www.braziliandayarizona.com.
Sept. 22, Elegante at Doubletree by Hilton Gilbert
Orange is the color of hunger awareness and September is Hunger Action Month. United Food Bank’s 35th anniversary celebration, The Back to the 80s Orange Ball, will honor the organization’s achievements in helping end hunger throughout the Valley. Guests will begin the night with a cocktail reception and silent auction followed by dinner and programming. Rounding out the festive soiree is a live auction and plenty of live entertainment. 5:30 p.m. $135. www.unitedfoodbank.org.
ANNUAL COMMUNITY LUNCHEON
Sept. 25, Arizona Biltmore
Feeding Matters’ sixth annual luncheon will raise funds to support the organization’s vital programs and initiatives. As the first organization in the world dedicated to furthering advances for pediatric feeding disorders, Feeding Matters unites the field’s leading medical experts, healthcare professionals, and advocates with critical concerns of parents to help develop education, advocacy, treatment and research surrounding pediatric feeding disorders. Registration required. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. www.feedingmatters.org.
LUNCH FOR LOVE
Sept. 26, Arizona Biltmore
Join Child Crisis Arizona at this annual fundraising luncheon, which brings supporters and community leaders together to celebrate the individuals who exemplify Child Crisis Arizona’s vision of safe kids and strong families. 11:30 a.m. Free. www.childcrisisaz.org.
MARIA DE BUENOS AIRES
Sept. 28-30, Herberger Theater Center
The sensual rhythms of tango will combine with operatic passions in this gripping tale that’s sure to move, shock and provoke. The story features Marie, who was born in the slums of Buenos Aires, Argentina. In her quest for freedom, Maria turns her back on her former, innocent life. As her world devolves into darkness, the gritty streets claim her as their own. However, Maria’s spirit survives, returning to haunt the city of her birth. Times and prices vary. www.azopera.org.
BEHIND THE FLAMES SCOTTSDALE FIREFIGHTER CHARITIES DINNER
Sept. 30, Dominick’s Steakhouse
This 18th annual event celebrates Scottsdale firefighters and the charities they support in an evening of drinks and dinner. As part of the festivities, the Scottsdale Firefighters Association will present the Scottsdale Firefighter of the Year Award and honor C.A.R.E. Award recipients Grant Woods, Pastor Warren Stewart and Jerry Colangelo, who are also featured speakers and guests of honor. The award recognizes individuals for “contributing to achievement and redefining excellence.” 5 p.m. $150. www.scottsdalefirefighters.org.
SMILES FOR SUCCESS GALA
Oct. 5, Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch
Celebrate World Smile Day and give the gift of a smile at this gala supporting Smiles Beyond the Bars, which helps provide renewed smiles for formerly incarcerated people and survivors of domestic violence who are committed to a new life. 5:30 p.m. $150-$250. www.smilesbeyondthebars.org.