For some couples, planning a weekly “date night” is a way to keep the “you and me” intact when so much focus and time is directed to the all-consuming demands of family.
What if “date night” had an even larger purpose? What if your evening out involved support for local arts groups, innovative education programs or the struggling families of Japan?
Here are some opportunities and upcoming events to consider.
Champagne & Crepes
Arizona Museum for Youth is holding a “Champagne & Crepes” fundraiser from 6 to 9pm Saturday, March 26. Enjoy champagne and local microbrews, an assortment of sweet and savory crepes, entertainment by Phoenix jazz artist Lyn Jackson, beautiful artwork and hands-on activities from the “Once Upon a Time” exhibition and nostalgia in the new presentation of “Play Ball! The Cactus League Experience.” Ages 21 & up only. March 26. $75 per person with proceeds benefiting educational programs, exhibitions and general operating costs at the Museum. 35 N. Robson St., Mesa. 480-644-5564 or arizonamuseum foryouth.com.
Jazz It Up For Literacy
In Arizona, four students in a standard class of 27 have reading
disabilities, such as dyslexia. If not properly diagnosed and treated, a learning disability can impact a child’s life forever. Whether helping a child overcome a disability or offering free literacy classes to adults, Arizona Literacy & Learning Center works to change lives.
A March 27 benefit concert, “Jazz It Up For Literacy,” will feature vocalist Dennis Rowland, trumpeter Jesse McGuire and Clark Krueger’s Extreme Decibel Big Band. The event takes place Sunday, March 27, at the Herberger Theater Center in downtown Phoenix. Enjoy an elegant hors d’oeuvre reception and silent auction from 5:30 to 7pm, followed by the concert performance at 7:15. Admission is $50 for orchestra-loge-mezzanine seats and $40 for upper balcony seating. Learn more or purchase tickets.
Stingray Sushi in Old Town Scottsdale has added the Recovery Roll to its menu, all proceeds from which benefit Red Cross support of the recovery efforts in Japan. The Recovery Roll consists of spicy tuna and avocado, topped with seared salmon and spicy sesame honey mustard sauce and scallions. It’s available now for $12. 4302 N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale. 480-941-4460 or stingraysushi.com.