Sporting players from Serbia-Montenegro, Italy, Brazil, Australia, Russia and the U.S., the Mercury is more than a ball club -- it's a global village. Support progressive international relations: Call 602-252-WNBA (9622) or log on to www.phoenixmercury.com for tickets, ranging from $8 to $100.- Jill Koch
View art on the run
Culture and cramps collide at the EarthWise Night Run for the Arts, Saturday, May 17, in Scottsdale. While the athletic compete in the 8K race, one-mile fun run and three-mile family walk, the artistic can conquer a docent-led tour of the sculptures on the Civic Center Plaza. The action begins and ends in the Center for the Arts Amphitheater, 75th Street and Main. Participants may register as individuals or teams; proceeds benefit the Center for the Arts and Museum of Contemporary Art. Registration -- $18 in advance, $20 the day of the race -- begins at 5:30 p.m. Sign up at www.scottsdalearts.org/mse/nightrun.asp. - Jill Koch
In the Fast Lane
Bowling for charities
A group of young women wants you to look like an ass in public this weekend. More specifically, the Venture Club of Phoenix (sponsored by Soroptimist International) wants you to attend its annual Bowl-A-Rama event, lately becoming a place to be seen among young professionals.
The Venture Club is an organization of working women ages 18 to 40 who spend time volunteering for local charities. This event is their chance to have some fun, raise some money for charity, and laugh at your attempts to bowl.
So pull that Hawaiian shirt out of the closet and show up at Frontier Lanes, 73rd Street and Thomas in Scottsdale, at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 17. Adult tickets, which include dinner, shoes and three games of bowling, are $25; children's tickets are $12; and those under 5 get in free. Call 602-570-6723 for more information or to purchase tickets in advance. -Maidi Terry