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courtesy of Mary Masters

Crunch Time

SAT 4/23
When it comes to the Tostitos Southwest Salsa Challenge, these chips crunch some high numbers.
"We have 63 contestants, and some of them enter more than one salsa," says Mary Masters, the event organizer. "For each recipe, they have to make 13 gallons of salsa." That's more than 819 gallons, folks. Good thing Tostitos is donating more than 2,500 pounds of dippin' chips. The salsa showdown takes place at Scottsdale Stadium, 7408 East Osborn, and is expected to draw more than 20,000 people, which translates to approximately 200,000 taste buds. And if a spicy salsa should sear any of them? "You can get a real nice margarita with fresh fruit," says Masters. "We always sell more than 5,000 margaritas." There will also be four live bands, and attendees can vote for their favorite salsa for a dollar a ballot. The battle rages from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 23. Admission is $10. Proceeds benefit the Hemophilia Association. Call 602-955-3947 or visit -- Niki D'Andrea

Strung Out
Weave a bangled web

SUN 4/24
If you're not sure how those "special beads" from Castle Megastore are going to go over as a Mother's Day present, get schooled and make your own beaded gifts at reZurrection Gallery's Bead Party on Sunday, April 24. From noon to 4 p.m., instructor Heather O'Flaherty will show participants how to craft bead necklaces, bracelets and earrings. Beads of every sort will be provided, and when you're done creating your masterpieces, the instructor will finish them up with clasps. Refreshments will also be provided. Registration costs $5, and fees for individual pieces range from $5 to $15. ReZurrection is located at 602 West University in Tempe. Call 480-377-9080. -- Niki D'Andrea

Blast From the Past
Help keep history alive

SAT 4/23
There'll be trouble a-brewin' at that there Pioneer Arizona Living History Museum, 3901 West Pioneer Road, on Saturday, April 23. Set among the museum's authentic Western frontier, the Arizona Gunfighters and five other historical reenactment groups will be firing blanks at one another during the seventh annual "Rendezvous of Gunfighters." Along with food and wagon rides for the kids, them fightin' words will escalate into battle skits every hour on the hour. Shootout reproductions include the villainous O.K. Corral and the comical Trail Dusters to the fur-trading Mountain Men and illustrious Civil War confrontations. "It will definitely be a great day of gunfightin'," says gunfighter and Rendezvous coordinator Todd Hollinger. Proceeds from the shootout will benefit the museum, as it risks being shut down permanently. Gates are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Take I-17 north to exit 225. Admission is $7, with discounts for children and seniors. Call 623-465-1052. -- Steve Jansen


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