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11 Free Things To Do In and Around Phoenix - June 2011

By June 6, 2011

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This week you can see a horse where you wouldn't expect to, attend a tiny beach party, see a movie, meet a wild guy, hear Harry Potter songs, become a green guru, connect with breast cancer survivors, float a rubber duck, see another movie, create a masterpiece from paper and attend a performance.

What: WOW! Wednesday
When: Wednesday, June 8, 2011 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Foothills Library, 19055 N 57th Avenue, Glendale
Love cowboys? Love horses? You will revel in cowboy lore in an interactive, sing-along program featuring Arizona's Singing Cowboy, Gary Sprague, and his horse, Dusty. Don't miss your chance to see a real horse inside the library! Tickets (required) will be distributed from the Youth Department on a first-come, first-served basis at 1:45 p.m. on program day. Space is limited so come early. All ages.

What: Itty Bitty Beach Party
When: Friday, June 10, 2011 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Where: Paradise Valley Pool, Phoenix
CIGNA HealthCare of Arizona, Cigna Medical Group CareToday, and the City of Phoenix Parks & Recreation Department partner to make summers fun and safe for children with free aquatic safety events. This one is a free poolside party for parents, toddlers and preschoolers ages 6 and under, including puppet show, safety lessons, health tips from CIGNA and Cigna Medical Group CareToday, dance contests, swimsuit contests, Hawaiian leis, refreshments, and more.

What: Movie Night at the Ballpark
When: Friday, June 10, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Goodyear Ballpark
Showing "How to Train Your Dragon." Free parking, concessions open for purchasing food and beverage.

What: Wildman Phil
When: Friday, June 10, 2011 at 10 a.m.
Where: Goodyear City Hall, 190 N.Litchfield Rd., Goodyear
Naturalist and humorist Philip Rakoci has a passion and exuberance for all things prickly, pointy, venomous, and desiccated. Arizona native "Wildman Phil" highlights the unique characteristics of various wildlife and the ways the lives of these vastly different animals are interwoven by taking his "pets" on the road across the Southwest to educate and entertain all ages of students.

What: Harry and the Potters
When: Friday, June 10, 2011 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N. Central Ave.
Hailed as the founders of the wizard rock genre, a do-it-yourself music movement of bands playing songs about the Harry Potter books, Harry and the Potters have released more than 10 albums and played more than 500 shows in libraries, rock clubs and bookstores in 49 states and several foreign countries.

What: Green Gurus
When: Saturday, June 11, 2011 at 1:30 p.m.
Where: Mesa Public Library, 64 E. First St.
Earth-friendly advice for your home and garden with expert advice on what it takes to be "green." This workshop will discuss green building, energy and water conservation, green household products, solar, Xeriscape and more. Those who attend will also be eligible for a raffle from REEis, an energy efficiency and home performance service company, which is donating a home energy audit with a value of $99.

What: Survivor Education and Empowerment Conference
When: Saturday, June 11, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Chandler Center for the Arts
Breast cancer survivors and their families learn more about their disease, connect with local resources and network with fellow survivors. Featuring a panel discussion, two breakout sessions and a chance for participants to network over lunch, which will be provided. The sessions are facilitated by representatives of various Valley health and social service agencies. The program includes "Reducing Your Future Risk of Breast Cancer by Nurturing the Mind, Body and Spirit"; Breakout session - "Newly Diagnosed: Financial Assistance Options & Navigating the Resources Available to You and Your Family"; Breakout session - "Breast Cancer and Your Relationships: How to Approach Challenging Emotional, Physical and Sexual Issues". Registration is required. For more information, please contact the Komen Phoenix Affiliate at (602)544-CURE (2873).

What: Waterplay for Tots
When: Monday, June 13, 2011 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.
Where: Foothills Library, 19055 N 57th Avenue, Glendale
Two and three-year-olds will gather on the Youth Patio for bouncy bubbles, sudsy doll washing, a kiddie car wash, a rubber ducky tub, and a fishing game. Dress to get wet; wear shoes and sunscreen. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required.

What: Monday Matinee
When: Monday, June 13, 2011 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Foothills Library, 19055 N 57th Avenue, Glendale
Showing: Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga' (PG). Follow Soren and other young owls on their quest to find the Great Tree and the legendary Guardians. Bring a snack and enjoy a movie. Children ages nine and under must have a parent, teen sibling, or other caregiver at the program. Groups are welcome; please have an adult for every five children.

What: Advanced Origami for Teens
When: Monday, June 13, 2011 at 1 p.m.
Where: Goodyear City Hall, 190 N.Litchfield Rd., Goodyear
Mita Desai, a certified Arizona art teacher, will demonstrate various folds. Teens will make a couple of origami pieces with supplies and materials provided. For ages 12-18. Registration required.

What: Performance with A View
When: Tuesday, June 14, 2011 at 10 a.m.
Where: Tempe Center for the Arts
The "Performance with A View" series, presented by Friends of Tempe Center for the Arts, offers informative, entertaining and informal performances by guest artists from a variety of artistic disciplines. This performance: Bob Ravenscroft.

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