Getaway Around Rim Country


Boyce Thompson Arboretum

General Tour, 11 a.m. daily: Learn new facts about Arboretum gardens, plants and critters on a guided tour led by our knowledgeable resident volunteer park hosts. Walking tours circle the main trail, stopping at points of interest to look for colorful Northern Cardinals, to share anecdotes about BTA’s past eight decades and interpret natural history of the plants and animals here.

Wildflower Walk, 11 a.m., March 27 with Cass Blodgett. Look for Desert Marigold, Wild Hyacinth, penstemon, filaree, Western Dayflower and more on wildflower walks on alternating weekend days in March.

Junior Ranger program, 2 p.m. Saturdays: Arizona State Parks’ Junior Ranger program invites kids to have a more interactive experience as they walk the trails and explore the gardens here at the Arboretum — a treasure hunt and an hour of learning, and a chance for their trip here to mean something special. No pre-registration’s required.

Bird Walks, 8:30 a.m., through April 24: Cindy Marple does the honors March 27.

Edible and Medicinal Desert Plants Guided Walk, 1:30 p.m., March 27: This tour explores the Curandero Trail, which has steep sections that are not suitable for visitors who use wheelchairs or walkers.

Sunday Stories, 2 p.m., March 27: Readings are followed by a participatory craft activity. “How Jackrabbit Got His Very Long Ears” will be read March 27.

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Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Betty Buckley: Broadway by Request

8 p.m., Saturday, March 26

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts will present Betty Buckley in Broadway by Request at 8 p.m., Saturday, March 26 in the Virginia G. Piper Theater.

Tickets are available for $39 and $49 online at or through the Patron Services Box Office at (480) 994-ARTS (2787), ext. 2. 

For this one-night engagement, Buckley sings some of her most-requested Broadway songs interspersed with backstage anecdotes. The New York Times called her concert an “artful blend of storytelling and picture-painting that reaches high and goes deep.”


Photo courtesy of Arizona Opera

Arizona Opera Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts will present a free screening of Arizona Opera’s La bohème in Scottsdale Civic Center Amphitheater on March 26.

Scottsdale Civic Center Amphitheater (outdoors)

Opera in the Park: La bohème

7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 26

Free admission

Arizona Opera and Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts will present a free outdoor screening of Arizona Opera’s production of Puccini’s La bohème, one of the best-loved operas of all time. Filmed live in 2010 at Symphony Hall in Phoenix, Arizona Opera’s La bohème recreates 19th-century Paris as the setting for the romance of the beautiful and frail seamstress Mimi and the poet Rodolfo. Arizona Opera singers will perform live prior to the screening.

Scottsdale Civic Center Amphitheater is located at 75th and Main Street, a short walk from Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Free parking is available in the public parking garages located to the west of Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and at Civic Center Library on Drinkwater Boulevard at East Second Street. Additional information is available through or (480) 994-ARTS (2787), ext. 2.

Low-rise lawn chairs, pillows and blankets are welcome in designated areas. Picnic food and beverages (including beer and wine) are available for sale on the Amphitheater grounds. Outside food and beverages (with the exception of water in plastic containers) may not be brought into the Amphitheater. Pets, skateboards, roller skates and bicycles also are not permitted.

Opera in the Park is presented with support from Scottsdale League for the Arts.


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