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Five Free Things To Do In and Around Phoenix October 25 - November 19, 2008

By October 24, 2008

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When budgets get tight, people are keen on finding things to do that don't cost a lot. Here is information that has come across my desk about activities that you can attend for free. Of course, if you want food and/or beverages you'll have to pay for that. These appear in date order.

What: Fine Art & Furry Friends Festival
When: October 25 and 26, 2008 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: 40th Street and East Bell Road, Phoenix
Bella Angela Plaza businesses are hosting this free event. High School Student Art Contest, demonstrations, doggie games, face painting, a kids art station, and info about pet adoptions. For $5 enter your pet in the doggie costume contest (fundraiser for local animal organizations).

What: Movies in the Park
When: Saturday, October 25, 2008 at 5:45 p.m.
Where: Roadrunner Park, 3502 E. Cactus Road, Phoenix
It's a double feature! Lemony Snicket’s “A Series of Unfortunate Events” and an Alfred Hitchcock classic, “Rear Window” are the films scheduled to be shown. The first feature is based on a popular children’s book about three astute children who lose both of their parents in a fire. The movie follows them through their adventures as they are sent from relative to relative looking for a place to call home. The second film, “Rear Window,” tells the story of a wheelchair-bound photojournalist, L.B. Jeffries (James Stewart), and his beautiful fiancée, Lisa Fremont (Grace Kelly), who witness a murder while spying on their neighbors and attempt to help solve the crime. The free movies are sponsored by Phoenix District 3 Councilwoman Maria Baier.Before the movies begin at 6 p.m. District 3 will hold two costume contests, one for children under age 5 and another for children ages 6 to 12. Paradise Valley Emergency Food Bank will be on site to collect non-perishable food items. For additional information call 602-262-7441.

What: Scottsdale Design Day
When: October 25, 2008
Where: Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Road, Scottsdale
Residents will have an opportunity to learn various ways to improve their properties at free Design Day lectures. There is a choice of two sets of lectures:

Room 11:
9 a.m. Healthy Home Remodeling
10 a.m. Residential Energy Efficiency
11 a.m. The Edible Landscape Project
Noon Environmentally Friendly Kitchen and Bath Remodeling
1 p.m. Remodeling - Getting the Most Bang for Your Buck

Room 12:
9 a.m. Save Energy, Save Money
10 a.m. Home Renovation Permits 101
11 a.m. Envision Your Yard
Noon Home Renovation Permits 101
1 p.m. Solar Electric Systems for Homeowners

Senior Center tours will also be offered.

What: Pumpkin Carving Competition
When: Sunday, October 26, 2008
Where: Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
Bring a pumpkin to design. Meet near the "LOVE" sculpture in the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall park area for carving from 2 to 5 p.m. Complimentary snacks and prizes.

What: Glendale Coffeehouse
When: November 5 and 19, 2008
Where: Glendale Main Library, 5959 W. Brown St.
There is no better place to be at 7 p.m. on the first and third Wednesday of the month than the Glendale Coffeehouse. Performing in the large meeting room on November 5 will be a special evening of Native American flute music with Scott Schaefer, a world music instrumentalist. The crowd gathers in the auditorium on Nov. 19. Giles Cassidy entertains with retro acoustic rock; Mike Kryszton and his guitar remain a Glendale Public Library favorite. As the final act of the evening, the Headline Bluegrass Band play bluegrass with a contemporary sound.

This is by no means everything! Some of the larger, annual festivals and events and also free. You'll find those listed in the monthly calendar. If you've arrived at this page and find that the event dates are past, check my recent blog entries for more Free Things -- I write about free things to do in Greater Phoenix several times per month!

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