HOTLINE: Friday, Feb. 17

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Skateboarding Competition
Mesa's Kids That Rip! Skateboard School is hosting the final qualifying event for King of the Groms, a national youth skateboarding competition. The competition will be held through Sunday, Feb. 19. Winners will advance to the finals in June. The public is invited to watch the tournament and participate in open skate sessions throughout the weekend. For more information, call 480-844-9600 or visit www.kidsthatrip.com.

Range Rover Evoque -- New Compact Crossover SUV
For more information on AAA Arizona, including recent auto reviews, visit
www.aaa.com. To get an update on daily gas prices and find the cheapest gas stations in your area, click on "aaa news."

Home Depot -- DIY iPad covers
You can find Debbie Hernandez at the Home Depot located at Arrowhead, off the Loop 101 and 59th Avenue. For more information visit www.homedepot.com.

Italian Car Show
The Le Bellezze d' Italia Charity Italian Car Show takes place Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at 7509 N. 12th St., Phoenix. Free admission, donations for Operation HomeFront will be accepted. Spectator parking will be at the Our Saviour's Lutheran Church at 12th Street and Glendale Avenue or behind the Plaza Shopping center at 12th Street and Northern Avenue with free shuttle service from 9:30 a.m to 2:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.Italiancarshow.com.
 
SeaWorld -- Pilot Whales
For more information about SeaWorld and their Blue Horizons show, visit www.seaworld.com.

Jackson Galaxy aka The Cat Whisperer
Join 3TV's April Warnecke, Royal Norman, Brittney Shipp and thousands of our friends (humans and their four-legged companions) as we walk to celebrate the compassion we have for pets! The People Saving Pets Walk powered by PetSmart Charities is Sunday, Feb. 19, 9 a.m., at Tempe Town Lake. To join us or learn more, click here.

Opening Day Hot Wings -- Erika Monroe and Matt Williams 
Follow Erika Monroe Williams on twitter: @ErikaWilliamsAZ.

Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show
The Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show runs through Feb. 25 at Westworld, 16601 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale. For more information go to www.scottsdaleshow.com.

NHRA Arizona Finals
The NHRA Arizona Finals will be held Friday, Feb. 17, through Sunday, Feb. 19, at Firebird International Raceway located at 20000 S. Maricopa Road in Chandler. For more information, call 602-323-2000 or go to www.nhra.com.

2012 GilbertFest Music & Arts Festival
The 2012 GilbertFest Music & Arts Festival will take place on Friday, Feb. 17, and Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Higley Center for the Performing Arts located at 4132 E. Pecos Road in Gilbert. For more information, go to www.gilbertfest.org.

Arizona Beer Week
Arizona Beer Week runs from Saturday, Feb. 18, through Sunday, Feb. 26. The festivities kick off with the 12th Annual Arizona Strong Beer Festival on Saturday, Feb. 18, at Steele Indian School Park located at Third Street and Indian School Road in Phoenix. For more information, go to www.arizonabeerweek.com.

Harlem Globetrotters
The Harlem Globetrotters will perform Friday and Saturday, Feb. 17-18, at US Airways Center in Phoenix. For more information, go to www.harlemglobetrotters.com.

Toni Braxton
Singer Toni Braxton will perform on Friday, Feb. 17, at the Salt River Grand Ballroom at Talking Stick Resort located at 9800 E. Indian Bend Road in Scottdsale. Tickets range from $45 to $100/per person. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 480-850-7734 or go to www.talkingstickresort.com.

 

Mardi Gras Celebration
Downtown Phoenix Hosts Second-Annual Mardi Gras Celebration on Saturday, February 18th at CityScape in Downtown Phoenix and includes an all-day festival, a massive parade and an all-night pub crawl. Participation is free and open to the public. The parade will begin at 5:30 p.m. The festival will be held at CityScape from 4-10 p.m.
The event will feature multiple bands, including Bad Cactus Marching Band, performing in the Parade and at the Festival.
For more information about Downtown Phoenix Mardi Gras, bar and drink specials, parade participants and more visit www.phxmardigras.com