HOTLINE: Friday, April 9Posted: Updated:
Monique Marvez is appearing at the Tempe Improv April 9-10. For more information, visit www.tempeimprov.com or call 480-921-9877.
Jimmy Jean Louis
Jimmy Jean Louis' film will be screened this weekend at the Phoenix Film Festival. The 10th Annual Phoenix Film Festival begins tonight and runs through April 15 at Harkins Scottsdale Cine Capri at Loop 101 and Scottsdale Road. For more information, visit www.phoenixfilmfestival.org or call 602-955-6444.
Bikers' Charity Ride
Bikers reunite to help rebuild Haiti with a charity ride on Sunday, April 11. It begins at 11 a.m. at the Chandler Harley-Davidson and continues to Hideaway at Cave Creek. For more informationn, visit www.ride4haiti.com.
NASCAR Subway Fresh Fit 600
The Subway Fresh Fit 600 takes place Saturday night. For more information, visit www.phoenixinternationalraceway.com.
Varsity Zone -- Game Day
If you would like to submit your school for a Varsity Zone "Game Day," click here.
New Movies -- Craig Outhier, Movie Critic
All movies reviewed open today.
Home Depot Race Car
The Home Depot Racecar will be on display tomorrow at Home Depot, Arrowhead, 59th Avenue and Loop 101, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will feature the car, a kids workshop and the first 50 get to make a replica of the car. For more information, visit www.homedepot.com.
NASCAR INFO YOU SHOULD KNOW IF ATTENDING:
NASCAR's first races of the year at Phoenix International Raceway have begun and thousands of racing fans are navigating the roads to get to the Avondale racetrack and home again.
PIR and the Maricopa County Department of Transportation have set up specific traffic routes on the three evenings of racing: Friday and Saturday.
Expect a 4:30 p.m. start time, an hour earlier than in years past, for Saturday's Subway Fresh Fit 600, the signature event of the weekend and the seventh race of the 36-race NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Motorists traveling to PIR are advised to plan ahead because traffic will be heavy hours before the race, a result of a full day of activities surrounding the 375-mile race.
*Racing fans should consider using the park-and-ride shuttle-bus option available from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. Saturday.
The shuttle-bus service originates at Cricket Wireless Pavilion, two blocks north of Interstate 10 off 83rd Avenue. NASCAR fans should enter at the 83rd Avenue entrance and park on the Pavilion grounds.
The shuttle buses take riders to PIR's Gate 7. Parking and shuttle services cost $7 per car, and bus riders travel on preferential traffic routes. Those with PIR-issued parking passes ride for free.
70 buses will run continually to and from the track throughout the day. The heaviest outbound flow for the weekend is expected from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday.
During this time, the exits on I-10 at Avondale Boulevard may be closed intermittently to allow race traffic to move north and onto the freeway more easily.
Fans driving to the track should remember that having a parking pass determines your route. If you don't have a pass, you must use Litchfield Road or Estrella Parkway.
Fans with special passes and permits use Avondale Boulevard. Motorists who take the wrong routes face major delays as they approach the track.
El Mirage Road south of Southern Avenue is closed because of flooding, so it is not available for use to the track this year.