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8 Free Things To Do In and Around Phoenix - February 2011

By February 22, 2011

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This week you can peek at a driver, be a fan, become a birder, walk on water, see really smart kids compete, build a fire, learn how to put the fire out and fix a toilet.

What: Driver Appearance & Autograph Signing
When: Thursday, February 24, 2011 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Discount Tire, 9950 W. McDowell Rd., Avondale
Get revved up for NASCAR in Phoenix. Fans can get a sneak peek of the 2010 Nationwide Series NASCAR champion driver Brad Keselowski before the race while he's signing autographs at an Avondale Discount Tire store. No charge for autographs.

What: Peoria Spring Training Fan Fest
When: Saturday, February 26, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Peoria Sports Complex
Team practices, playing catch on the field, running the bases, sports memorabilia on display and the return of the all-age interactive skills area. A free youth clinic hosted by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will be held with registration onsite.

What: Beginning Birder Class
When: Saturday, February 26, 2011 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Where: Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center, 3131 S. Central Ave., Phoenix
Birding 101: Learn about basic bird ID, binoculars, and field guides. RSVP to emorris@audubon.org

What: Paddleboarding Demo Day
When: Saturday, February 26, 2011
Where: Tempe Town Lake
Stand-up paddleboarding is a surface water sport in which the participant stands on a large surf board and uses a paddle to row. The City of Tempe will begin offering instructional classes for stand-up paddleboarding, and stand-up paddle boards will begin to be offered for rent. A free demonstration day is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 26, the first day that stand-up paddleboards are allowed on the water. Instructors will be giving demonstrations and allowing participants to try the new sport free of charge.

What: Arizona Middle School Science Bowl
When: Saturday, February 26, 2011
Where: ASU Tempe Campus - BAC Building, 400 E. Lemon St., Tempe
The Arizona Middle School Science Bowl is an academic competition open to middle school students in the State of Arizona. Winners of this regional event advance to the National Science Bowl® Competition in Washington, D.C. Free for spectators.

What: Chandler Fire Department Open House
When: Saturday, February 26, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Chandler Fire Department, 151 E. Boston St.
Fire Truck displays, Vehicle Extraction and Technical Rescue demonstrations, information booths, and tours of the headquarters, including its collection of Chandler Fire Department memorabilia. Visitors can also learn about the department's programs for senior adults, the Cadet program for students, and the Community Emergency Response Teams. Free balloons, cookies and hats for kids, and appearances by department mascots, Cinder the Dog and I STALO. Food and beverages will be available for a nominal fee through the Cadets. The Chandler Fire Department's Pipes & Drums unit will perform at 10:45 a.m. and noon. Free parking.

What: Fire Building for Kids
When: Monday, February 28, 2011 from 7 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.
Where: Cabela's, Glendale
One session in a new series of outdoor-related activities that are perfect for families. All Cabela's Kid's Kamp events are held at the store, are free, and require no previous skill or experience. The classes are perfect for kids age 9 - 14. Class size is limited to the first 15 who sign up on event day.

What: Basic Home Maintenance
When: Tuesday, March 1, 2011 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Goodyear Venida Office Complex, 95 N. 145th Ave. Building D
Learn basic home maintenance skills covering structural, electrical, heating and air conditioning systems. Plumbing basics will highlight maintaining toilets, tubs, faucets, showers and drains. Registration is required, 623-882-7812. Limited to 25 participants.

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