All of the following events take place this Saturday, May 7:
WalK WITH ME TO CURE ARTHRITIS
The Arthritis Foundation Greater Southwest Chapter is hosting its annual Walk with me to Cure Arthritis event to raise awareness about arthritis. The leisurely 1.1 mile-walk around the Phoenix Zoo concludes with a DJ, Massage Envy massage chairs and GoDaddy photo opportunity with a motorcycle and a GoDaddy Girl. Registration (free, donations welcome) begins at 7am; walk begins at 8am. Participation gives you free access to the zoo for the rest of the day. 455 N. Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix.
WALK WITH ME
Easter Seals Southwest Human Development hosts Arizona’s third annual Walk With Me event to benefit children with disabilities and support a wide array of developmental programs, therapies and activities for thousands of Arizona children. The 1.25-mile community walk will be followed by a fun-filled morning of entertainment, food and family activities. Registration begins at 7am; walk begins at 8am. Steele Indian School Park, 300 E. Indian School Rd. in Phoenix. Learn more.
PRAY FOR JAPAN – SOUND OF CHERRY BLOSSOM
Xavier College Preparatory will present a special benefit classical concert, “Pray for Japan—Sound of Cherry Blossom.” The two-hour concert features Naoko Garrison and her friends in a classic concert including a piano solo, piano duo, small ensemble and voice solo. 7pm in the Virginia G. Piper Performing Arts Center at Xavier College Preparatory. $15 minimum donation for adults and $8 for ages 18 and under. All proceeds will be donated to Catholic Relief Services to help the victims of the earthquake in Japan.
A DERBY AFFAIR
From 1 to 4:30pm the Kentucky Derby will be coming to Arizona as Homeward Bound hosts its 7th Annual “A Derby Affair.” The Derby Lawn of the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa will be transformed into a day of grand traditions and fashionable hats for this event featuring the South’s finest fare, beverages and the best attire this side of the Mississippi. Money raised will support Homeward Bound’s work with families coping with homelessness and domestic violence.
Guests will mingle in “millionaires’ row” while feasting on southern culinary delights, “betting” on horse races throughout the day, taking part in a “Best Dressed” and “Best Hat” competition, enjoying the cigar lounge, bidding in the silent auction and taking photo ops with the on-site equine. The event will culminate with the Kentucky Derby’s Run for the Roses, which will be simulcast on large screens placed throughout the Derby Lawn for all to enjoy.
Tickets range from $350 to $5,000. ) Learn more. and for more information on Homeward Bound.