It's frosty brew season
Damn, it's hot here. Better have a beer. Better yet, have 50 different kinds of beer at the Spring Hop Beer Festival II at the Peoria Sports Complex, 16101 North 83rd Avenue. For $20 to $25, you get a collector glass, 14 drink tickets, and live tunes by Poor Alfred. Wash it all down on Friday, April 29, from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. Call 623-878-4337. -- Niki D'Andrea
Steele Park goes to the dogs
When Lois Arnold was told that her dog, Carmel (pictured), had less than six months to live because of heart disease, Arnold said something along the lines of "bull" and took her beloved pup to Colorado to undergo open-heart surgery. Carmel's doing just fine now; in fact, she'll lead the two-mile walk that kicks off the "Heart to Heart Hustle," taking place Saturday, April 30, at Steele Indian School Park, 300 East Indian School. The event also features an animal adoption center, doggy dancing, and the Great Dane Drill Team. Registration for the walk costs $25 to $30. Proceeds benefit the research and treatment of canine heart disease. Visit www.hearttohearthustle.com. --Niki D'Andrea
All Talk . . .
All action at Mesa Slamoff
Whitman and Browning were lyrical wizards, but could they have scribed rhymes that pack a performance-art punch like the Valley's top poets? You be the judge on Friday, April 29, as 10 slam masters compete against one another in the 10th Annual Mesa Slamoff at Del Sol Reception Hall, 243 South Mesa Drive. The top four finalists of the event will represent the Mesa team in August's National Poetry Slam in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The crowd can expect a "totally unique and uncensored event," says participating poet The Klute. "You're going to hear a fair amount of political pieces, introspective readings, moody darkness and humor." Poet Corbet Dean, who finished second in the national competition in 2002, says, "The event promises to be the best poetry slam ever held in the Valley." Slam starts at 8 p.m. General admission is $7. See www.anthology.org or call 480-655-9100. -- Steve Jansen