It takes balls to fight cancer. This weekend, those balls are of the volley variety. Some 500 players are expected to hit the sand for the Spike Out Cancer Classic Volleyball Tournament, Saturday, April 12, and Sunday, April 13, at Scottsdale Ranch Park, 10400 East Via Linda. Four-person coed teams register at 8 a.m. Saturday; four-man and four-woman open teams sign up at 8 a.m. Sunday. Registration for six-person coed teams follows at noon Sunday. Players pay $30 per day, and proceeds support organizations serving children diagnosed with cancer. Preregister online at www.volleyballarizona.org/spikeout; call 602-212-6774 for details. -- Jill Koch
We love a parade Ė a big, fat, rainbow parade down Central Avenue. This Saturday, April 12, show your colors at the Valley's biggest-ever gay pride fest. Events kick off with a 10K run, starting at Central and Palm Lane at 9 a.m.; registration, $30, begins at 7:30 a.m. The Pride Parade steps off from the same spot at 10 a.m.
Both events culminate at the Party in the Park -- Indian School Steele Park, that is, at Third Street and Indian School. For 10 bucks admission, you can party nonstop 'til 9 p.m. Pointer sisters Bonnie and June will jump for your love, joined by Digital Soldiers, the Aaron Nelson Project, the fine Mark Weigle, R&B man Jeff Krassner, Tucson's Lee Anne Savage and the Audacity, the Grand Canyon Men's Chorale, female illusionists and cloggers. Meet the newly crowned Mr. and Miss Arizona Central Pride, then dance the day away. Beer, vodka and snacks will abound at the food court to keep your energy up, so turn out loud and proud. Forget that tolerance stuff -- too minimal. Everybody hug. See www.azpride.org. -- Kim Toms