To some, a "nighttime art run" consists of a mobile graffiti spree with the intent of tagging the maximum number of block walls before dawn. But don't expect many aerosol paint-toting runners at the Night Run for the Arts, since the event is not about turf boundaries, but rather funding for the Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts. There's an 8K run for those more into sculpting their bodies, and a docent-led, 45-minute stroll for those more into the sculptures located in the plaza. Three- and one-mile walks/runs are also offered. Registration is $25 on the day of the race. The starter's pistol goes off at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at the Scottsdale Center for the Arts, 7380 East Second Street. Call 480-948-4436 or see www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org. -- Douglas Towne
Sizzling baseball action on deck
Which team's the bigger shocker? The Washington Nationals -- a.k.a. the former Montreal Expos -- who actually have more fans attending games in D.C. than Canada has right-wing conservatives? Or is it the hometown Diamondbacks, who (at the beginning of the week) had as many wins as Randy Johnson and the New York Yankees had losses? Let's call it a draw, and admit that we're stunned this is actually a series to watch beginning Monday, May 9, at Bank One Ballpark, 401 East Jefferson, at 6:40 p.m. For tickets, $8 to $110, call 602-462-6500 or see www.azdiamondbacks.com. -- Joe Watson
Wells leads Devils one last time
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Before coming to Arizona, ASU softball coach Linda Wells led University of Minnesota teams to national championships in women's basketball, softball, and volleyball. Her Sun Devil sluggers broke the school's home-run record twice in three years, played in the College World Series twice, and made it to the NCAA regionals seven years running. Wells ends her 16-year ASU career this spring, and her last regular-season home stand begins on Friday, May 6, when the Sun Devils go up against Washington at 7 p.m. They face UCLA at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 7, and 1 p.m. Sunday, May 8. Games are played at the Alberta B. Farrington Softball Stadium, on the northeast corner of Sixth Street and Rural Road in Tempe. For tickets, $4 to $5, call 480-965-2381. -- Julie Peterson