Turning 10 this year, The Tradition at Desert Mountain, a Senior PGA Tour stop, features a field that includes defending champ Gil Morgan, Jack Nicklaus, Hale Irwin, Chi Chi Rodriguez, and Ray Floyd (Arnold Palmer and Lee Trevino were unconfirmed at this writing). Practice rounds start at approximately 9 a.m. Monday, March 30; and the same time Tuesday, March 31; and Wednesday, April 1; tournament play starts with tee times at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, April 2, and continues through Sunday, April 5, on the Nicklaus-designed Cochise Course at Desert Mountain, Pima and Cave Creek roads in Scottsdale. Badges start at $100; daily tickets for practice rounds are $10. 595-4070, 503-5555.
Long referred to as "Jim Croce's son," A.J. Croce is entitled to his own renown. The singer/songwriter takes the stage at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, at the Cajun House, 7117 East Third Avenue in Scottsdale. Tickets are $5. 945-5150.
Unable to win taxpayer support for his ballpark shuttle-bus service, Jerry Colangelo now turns to the private sector, hosting the inaugural Bank One Ballpark Celebrity Cockfight Challenge. Valley celebs like Jake Plummer, Stevie Nicks, Kerri Strug, Alice Cooper, Grant Woods, Pat McMahon and Joe Arpaio strap the spurs onto fighting roosters to see who's most "game" on Wednesday, April 1, at Bank One Ballpark, 401 East Jefferson. Naked-heeled pittings begin at 7:30 p.m.; gaffed pittings at 9 p.m. Tickets for the black-tie event, if any are still available, start at $1,000 per table; proceeds benefit the Bank One Ballpark Shuttle Service Fund.
Also for April Fools' Day, you may want to learn at the knee of a specialist in the art of fooling Father Time, Tova Borgnine. Best known as the wife of Ernest, and second-best known as a hawker of anti-wrinkle methods, Madame Borgnine speaks and autographs her new book Being Married Happily Forever at a luncheon at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, April 1, at the Wigwam Resort, 300 East Indian School in Litchfield Park. Watch Ernest in The Wild Bunch, and then say that the woman who's been married to him for 25 years doesn't know something we don't. Tickets are $35; proceeds benefit the Litchfield Park Library Children's Program. 935-3811.