Brett’s Barn at WestWorld in Scottsdale will be a mix of cowboy and culture for Saturday’s Children’s Art & Literature Luncheon to benefit the Arizona Kidney Foundation.
"We’re going for a cowboy country fair theme," said Cecily Maniaci, event chairwoman. "There will be lots of fun activities geared toward children from toddlers to 12-year-olds. They will also get exposure to authors so they can understand what it takes to write a book and illustrate it."
Three authors and an illustrator, who combined have created more than 200 children’s books, will lead interactive presentations. The artists participating are Larry Brimner, author of "Sidewalk Patrol" and "Cat on Wheels"; Susan Lowell, author of "Boy With Paper Wings" and "Tortoise and the Jackrabbit"; David Schwartz, author of "G is for Googol" and "On Beyond a Million"; and Lynne Cravath, illustrator for "Tomboy Trouble " and "The Two Sillies."
Other entertainment includes a petting ranch, clowns, face painting, book signings, a performance from The Great Arizona Puppet Theater and demonstrations from 11-year-old chef Rio Bowerman, a fifth-grader at Kiva Elementary School.
"Events like this are important to promote reading and writing to children," Maniaci said. "It’s important to give them exposure to art and literature and for them to learn that writing a book is a complicated process so they appreciate them more."
Proceeds from the event will help fund programs to improve the quality of life for Arizona children and adult kidney dialysis patients and transplant recipients. It will also help fund education about organ donation and kidney disease prevention and research to move toward curing kidney disease.
"I think it’s an important message for the kids to know that they’re going to the luncheon to help other children," Maniaci said. "They learn that you have to give a little to get a little."
What: Seventh annual Children’s Art & Literature Luncheon
When: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday
Where: Brett’s Barn at WestWorld, 16601 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale
Cost: $30 for children, $45 for adults
Reservations: (602) 840-1644 or www.azkidney.org