By Elizabeth Liberatore
Feb. 9, Arizona Science Center
Come face-to-face with the largest collection of mummies ever assembled! Attendees of this year’s Galaxy Gala will be the first to experience the newest exhibition at Arizona Science Center, Mummies of the World: The Exhibition. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Center’s Science Teacher Residency (STaR) Program. The gala’s presenting sponsors are Ellie and Michael Ziegler and the evening honors new lifetime trustees, Michael A. DeBell and G. Douglas Young. Exhibition premiere and reception, 6 p.m.; dinner, 7:30 p.m. $150. www.galaxygala.org.
Feb. 10, The Phoenician
One·n·ten’s 10th annual Fresh Brunch puts other brunches to shame. This nearly eight-hourlong celebration kicks off with a delicious brunch and finishes with a fun-filled after-party on the resort’s lush Orchid Lawn. Upon arrival, guests will be greeted with a morning cocktail and listen to stories of resilience and the organization’s plans for the future. There will also be a medley of performances by the organization’s members. one·n·ten unites the city’s LGBTQ and straight alliance community through programs and services that promote self-expression, self-acceptance and self-love, leadership development and healthy life choices. 9:30 a.m. $120. www.onenten.org.
Feb. 23, JW Marriott Camelback Inn
Once Upon a Dream is the theme of this sixth annual event, hosted by Colleen’s Dream Foundation. Guests can expect to learn more about the foundation’s mission, hear personal accounts from guest speakers who have been affected by ovarian cancer and enjoy a cocktail hour, gourmet dinner, evening bites and plenty of dancing. The foundation will also honor the Dreamer of the Year, an individual who went above and beyond in terms of fundraising for the foundation, at the annual gala. 5 p.m. $400. www.colleensdream.org.
Feb. 23, Arizona Biltmore
The Historical League, Inc. – a group of individuals with a zest to preserve Arizona’s history – will honor the 2019 Arizona Historymakers and their contributions to the state’s heritage and culture at this gala. There will be a cocktail reception, silent auction with Arizona-inspired goods and experiences up for sale and a dinner. The attire for the is evening is Western black, and guests will pair their finest tuxedos and gowns with bolo ties and turquoise accents for an elegant, but truly Arizonian, look. Proceeds from the gala benefit The Historical League and the Arizona Heritage Center at Papago Park. 6 p.m. $350. www.historicalleague.org.
Feb. 23-24, Desert Botanical Garden
Devour Culinary Classic is the main event of Devour Week. The classic brings together the creme de la creme in the Valley’s food and beverage industries. Join foodies for a weekendlong feast where local chefs and food artisans will be on-site doling out their flavorful creations. Helen Yung of Sweet Republic, Justin Beckett of Beckett’s Table & Southern Rail and Greg Arias of OHSO Distillery are just a few on this year’s roster. Proceeds from Devour Culinary Classic benefit local organizations, including Local First Arizona, Desert Botanical Garden and Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance. 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The Tasting Package, $105; The VIP Package, $205. www.classic.devourphoenix.com.
March 1-3, Margaret T. Hance Park
The McDowell Mountain Music Festival (M3F) is a 100 percent nonprofit music festival that benefits Arizona nonprofit organizations. It fosters community, culture and charity and is a lot of fun! Margaret T. Hance Park will be taken over by an impressive lineup of artists, including ODESZA, Empire of the Sun, Big Wild, Umphrey’s McGee and many others. The M3F experience encompasses so much more than just music. Other activities include a Kid’s Zone, a drum circle and live art throughout the festival. A bevy of food and drink vendors and a marketplace with one-of-a-kind apparel and art will also be at on-site. Times vary. Starting at $60. www.m3ffest.com.