Don't wear tiaras
Take away that hip-swinging glam-gam strut, and many beauty pageant contestants would be at a loss for merit. But the Ms. Wheelchair Arizona Pageant, taking place at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 19, at the Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 North Central, isn't a beauty contest. To qualify, contestants must be females between the ages of 21 and 60 and use a wheelchair as their primary source of mobility. Contestants are judged in three areas: personal interviews, platform speech presentation, and onstage interviews. And the stock "I'd wish for world peace" answer won't work here. Contestants must present a plan of action for educating the public about disability issues, and whoever wins the title of Ms. Wheelchair Arizona will put her advocacy plan into action through public speaking engagements and fund raising. Tickets cost $10. Call 602-952-8474. -- Niki D' Andrea
Poker? I Just Met Her!
Choppers pursue luck of the draw
The leather-clad easy riders of Hardtailz Bar & Grill and Glendale Active 20/30 are making a "Poker Run" across the West Valley on Sunday, March 20. What's that, you ask? Well, 200-plus bikers, and their babes, set out on a motorcade stopping five places to get a playing card. At the finish line, a poker hand emerges. "The high/low hand wins a cash prize," says Bob Allard, a coordinator for the event. Lunch, a raffle, and live music with Shut Up and Drive follow the run. But this gang of hawg hounds isn't just ridin' for fun -- all proceeds go to local children's charities. It's always nice to see tough guys with big hearts. Tickets are $15 to $25, and the run starts at 10 a.m. Call 602-863-4374 or see hardtailzbar.com. -- Austin Head