By Elizabeth Liberatore
May 5, Turf Paradise
Celebrate the Kentucky Derby and Cinco de Mayo on the same day at Arizona’s only Derby party with live racing and betting. Enjoy the air-cooled Sanderson Lincoln Black Label Lounge along the track near the finish line, betting terminals, a no-host bar, a DJ, and plenty of TVs to watch the Kentucky Derby and live local racing. Upgrade to VIP to partake in private betting terminals, food by M Culinary, up to three beverages, a two-ounce tasting of Dom Pérignon Champagne, and reserved seating in the VIP Lounge. Club opens at 10:30 a.m.; live racing, 11:30 a.m.; Kentucky Derby, 3:46 p.m. General admission, $30; reserved seats, $60; VIP, $115+. www.thepoloparty.com/derby.
May 12, JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa
The Staycay 5K Fun Run/Walk will wind through the picturesque Faldo course at Wildfire Golf Club and will conclude with a celebratory (and complimentary) post-race pancake breakfast buffet. Racers will also receive bottled water, a bracelet, and complimentary self-parking. A portion of all proceeds will benefit Children’s Miracle Network locally to fund critical treatments, healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment, and charitable care. Add a staycation to your 5K, available May 10-13 with rates starting at $179 per night. Registration, 5:30 a.m.; race, 7 a.m. $25. Register at www.register.swcp.net with username and password of cmnfunrun.
May 17, Arizona Biltmore
The Salvation Army is celebrating 125 years of serving Arizona at this event with honorary chair Jerry Colangelo and community co-chairs Kay and Bill Shover. The evening will include a reception, dinner and looking back on memorable moments in the organization’s history. While the event is casual, attendees are encouraged to wear Western attire. Reception, 6 p.m.; dinner, 7 p.m. Individual, $250; table of 10, $2,500. www.salvationarmyphoenix.org.
May 19, English Rose Tea Room
Church bells are ringing for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, and English Rose Tea Room is celebrating their big day with festivities commemorating this milestone moment in English history. Carefree’s elegant teahouse invites guests to don their best formal wear, encouraging them to dress as if they were attending a wedding, to watch the royal union of Prince Harry and Princess Meghan. Attendees will also enjoy formal afternoon tea, savory and sweet bites, wedding cake, souvenirs, photo ops with the happy couple, a chance to watch the wedding itself, and plenty of British pageantry. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $60. www.carefreetea.com.
May 24, The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
Hosted by the American Liver Foundation, Flavors of Phoenix will showcase the diverse flavors that make up the Valley’s ever-expanding food scene, all conveniently located under one roof. Flavors is a culinary experience that goes beyond the traditional gala, providing guests with the unique experience of having a top local chef prepare a multi-course dinner tableside. The evening will fund research, education and advocacy efforts of the American Liver Foundation, which helps improve the lives of people in our community living with liver disease. 6-10:30 p.m. $500. www.alfflavors.org.
June 2, The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
Bite Nite is a fun-filled evening sure to satiate any craving. Ringing in its 10th year, Bite Nite will showcase dishes from the Valley’s top culinary talent while raising funds for the ALS Association Arizona Chapter and awareness for ALS. Other event highlights will include mystery boxes, a raffle, live and silent auctions, and live entertainment. 6-10 p.m. Individual, $150; table of 10, $1,500. www.bitenite.org.