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Top things to do this weekend


Here are just some of the events going on around the Valley this weekend. For a full listing, head to

Kentucky Derby Party At Turf Paradise

You can watch and wager on the Kentucky Derby while enjoying local, live horse racing at the same time. Turf Paradise features a full card of live and local racing where fans can watch, cheer and wager.

Last year more than 8,000 fans attended Turf's Derby party.

There is also live music, a "Kids Fun Park" and free Derby glasses to the first 4,000 paid admissions.

Cinco de Mayo Phoenix Festival

Herdez, the number one salsa brand in Mexico, is bringing their authentic salsas, sauces and recipes to the 21st Annual Cinco de Mayo Phoenix Festival, May 3 and 4, in downtown Phoenix. This annual celebration unites Mexican and Latin American traditions and culture with a wide array of local and national entertainment and dance, food, product sampling and fun family activities.

Cinco de Mayo Celebration and Chihuahua Races

Chandler's annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration will be held May 3 in downtown Chandler and will feature food, entertainment and the popular Chihuahua Races and crowning of the King and Queen Chihuahua.

Presented by the Sí Se Puede Foundation, the unique event will be held from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. in the Chandler Public Library Courtyard, 100 E. Commonwealth Avenue. In addition to the popular Chihuahua Races, the event will feature two stages of entertainment, including performances by the Los Chinelos Dancers and the Sí Se Puede Dance folklorico group.

A new beer garden offered by the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership and San Tan Brewing Company will be available for guests 21 years and older from noon to 5 p.m.

A health fair sponsored by the UnitedHealthcare Community Plan will include free health screenings and healthy living information from 9 a.m. to noon and the famous Chihuahua races, sponsored by SRP, will begin at 2 p.m.

Registration for the races begins at noon and is open to the first 150 dogs. The cost to enter a dog is $20. The fee to enter a Chihuahua in the King and Queen coronation is $10. Pre-registration for the races and coronation is available through May 2 by clicking here.

10th Annual Blue Ribbon Event

To celebrate foster care awareness month in May, foster and adoptive parents and child welfare workers and advocates will tie more than 15,000 blue ribbons on the trees and bushes along Jefferson Ave. between 7th St. and 16th St., in a tribute to the more than 15,000 children in foster care in Arizona.

The event will begin with a ceremonial ribbon tying by Charles Flanagan, recently named director of the Child Safety and Family Services Office (formerly Child Protective Services) at 8 a.m. at Historic Tanner Chapel located at 20 S. Eighth St.

Once all of the ribbons have been tied, families and advocates are invited to Eastlake Park where food, entertainment and a foster care resource fair will be featured.

Walk to Cure Arthritis

Help find a cure by participating in and fundraising for the 2014 Walk to Cure Arthritis Saturday, May 3, at the Phoenix Zoo. Formerly Arthritis Walk, Walk to Cure Arthritis is the Arthritis Foundation's signature, national fundraising event to prevent, control and cure the nation's leading cause of disability.

The Arizona Walk to Cure Arthritis will feature local honorees who will share their inspirational stories about their battles with arthritis. The event will recognize Medical Honoree, Nehad Soloman, MD, a leading rheumatologist with Valley Arthritis Care; Jessica Edgar, MSN, CPNP, Adult Honoree who has Rheumatoid Arthritis; and, Ashton Koningsor, age 12, Youth Honoree living with Ankylosing Spondylitis. This year's Honorary Chair is Ed Myers, CEO of St. Luke's Medical Center. Sponsors include Massage Envy, Arthritis Today, Amgen, Gila River Casinos, IASIS Healthcare, and Abbvie.

Arthritis is a disease that impacts more than 50 million adults and 300,000 children.

Water Safety Day

Phoenix firefighters are educating local children and their families about the importance of safety around water. This event is also open to the general public and admission to the River Ranch is complementary during Water Safety Day. The event is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday at Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort and River Ranch Water Park at 7677 N. 16th Street.

So far in 2014, there have been five drownings and 13 near drowning incidents, according to the Phoenix Fire Department.

Fundraiser for Make-A-Wish Band Trip

On Saturday, May 3, the Valley Vista High School marching band, their boosters, their teachers and their family members will host a special car wash at Brake Masters, 13758 W. Bell Road in Surprise, AZ to help high school senior Abby, 17, have her Make-A-Wish wish come true - Abby wishes to play at Disneyland with her high school band.

Through the Make-A-Wish Arizona organization, Disneyland has agreed to have the senior and her band come to the park to play in the evening parade on Wednesday, May 28, a rare occurrence for a high school band.

Abby, who was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis as a toddler, is a drum major in the band. Cystic fibrosis most commonly affects the lungs, so marching and playing the clarinet in the band have been both difficult and therapeutic for Abby.

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