TOTALLY ’80S NIGHT AT RA SUSHI: RA Sushi invites you to take a step back in time on Thursdays for the best music and movies from the 1980s. Guest DJs perform, so call to see who is on the roster. When: 8 p.m.-midnight. Where: RA Sushi Bar Restaurant, 2905 E. Skyline Drive Price: Various prices Info: 615-3970 www.RAsushi.com All ages in dining room, 21 and older in bar
CHOLLA BUD HARVEST: Participate in a century-old Sonoran Desert springtime ritual of harvesting cholla buds. After collecting this bounty from a site near the museum, the class will prepare it, along with other traditional foods such as tepary beans and nopalitos and will experiment by making drinks with sweet “tunas.” The class concludes with a feast of native foods. When: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Where: Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, 2021 N. Kinney Road Price: $57 Info: 883-3086 www.desertmuseum.org/cen ter/edu/classes.php
EAT DOWNTOWN: This second annual event at Hotel Congress features tastings of signature dishes, complimentary wine samplings from Alliance Beverage distributors and live music. Participating restaurants are: Athens on Fourth, Art’s BBQ Restaurant, Barrio, Café A La C’Art, Casa Vicente, Chris’ Café, The Cup Café, Cushing Street Bar & Restaurant, El Minuto Café, Enoteca Pizzeria Wine Bar and the soon-to-open On a Roll. When: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Where: Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress St. Price: $40 Info: 622-8848 downtowntucson.com/eat_downtown
THE EVENT: More than 35 local restaurants and 30 wineries will be present at this year’s Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson annual outdoor charity fundraiser, now celebrating its seventh year. Besides food and wine tastings, the event (at La Encantada shopping center) will offer live steel drum, jazz and blues performances, beer tastings and the “Martini Experience.” When: 6-9 p.m. Where: 2905 E. Skyline Drive Price: $150 Info: 573-3533, TheEventTucson.com
DINE OUT FOR SAFETY: The 12th annual event supports the Southern Arizona Center Against Sexual Assault. Participating restaurants donate as much as 20 percent of diners’ lunch and/or dinner bills to the SACASA. Times and prices vary by restaurant. A complete list of restaurants and participating times, as well as other details, are on the official Web site. Info: http://dineoutforsafety.com
CELEBRATE CHILDREN 2008: This event in the St. Philip’s Plaza courtyard to benefit StrengthBuilding Partners, features foods from Acacia, Blue House Catering, Blanco Tacos + Tequila, Bluepoint Kitchen, Chris’ Café, Claim Jumper Restaurants, Famous Sam’s, Romano’s Macaroni Grill and Vivace. Wines provided by Fox restaurants. It also will have a silent auction and live music by the Mike Kuhn Band. Alan Michaels of Radio station KWFM-AM (1450) is master of ceremonies. When: 6-9 p.m. Where: 4280 N. Campbell Ave. Price: $50 Info: 546-9296, www.strengthbuilding.org
NOCHE DE LAS ESTRELLAS: This event, in its 17th year and presented by Sunnyside High School at its auditorium, begins with the “Reina y Rey de las Estrellas,” featuring a pageant and talent contest. Festivities begin at 11 a.m. April 19 with Plaza Garibaldi. Students from Sunnyside Unified School District, the Southwest and Mexico showcase their talents. Booths with traditional food and drinks and carnival games are part of the festival. The event closes with the main concert, “Noche de las Estrellas – La … Poca de Oro (The Golden Age).” When: 6-9 p.m. April 18, Plaza Garibaldi 11 a.m.-4 p.m. April 19, concert 6-10:30 p.m. April 19 Where: 1725 E. Bilby Road Price: Free admission to all events, except for concert, which is $8 in advance and $10 at the door Info: 545-5427
Unless noted, no reservations are needed and prices are per person and do not include tax or tip.