This week you can watch a bowl game that won't be on TV, watch movies, hear mariachis, and plan ahead to say 'ah".
This column includes activities and programs in the Greater Phoenix area that have free admission. If you are looking for fundraisers, seminars, workshops, and other community programs that have an admission charge, or where donations are expected, I have a separate column for those. I call them "Phoenix Area Programs & Events - Fee or Donation" and you can find those listings in my blog. They tend to cover a wider range of dates than a week, because advance registration is often required. For a long list of programs and festivals that are annual events in Greater Phoenix check the calendar.
What: Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl
When: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at 4 p.m.
Where: Chase Field, Phoenix
The inaugural Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl, presented by JuniorRank Sports in partnership with the United States Marine Corps, will deliver a glimpse at the future stars of college and professional football in a traditional East versus West gridiron matchup between some of the most sought-after recruits in the country. Consistent with the Marine Corps motto, "the few, the proud," the student-athletes selected to compete are not only exceptional on the field, but represent the Marine Corps values of honor, courage and commitment in their everyday lives, a true distinction in the world of high school football All-American games.
What: Holiday Children's Film Festival
When: Tue-Fri, December 27th-30th, 2011 at 10 a.m. and at 1 p.m.
Where: Peoria Public Library, 8463 W Monroe Street, Peoria
All the presents have been opened, all the turkey has been eaten. How about a trip to the library? Check out some books, and then relax as the family enjoys newer-release movies in a comfortable mini-theater. Morning movies will appeal to children up to age 8, while afternoon movies will be suited more for tweens ages 8 to 12.
What: Saturdays and Sundays at Fiesta Mall
When: Saturday, December 31, 2011 and Sunday, January 1, 2012
Where: Fiesta Mall, Center Court, 1445 W. Southern Ave., Mesa
Family friendly entertainment and musical performers.
Saturday, Noon - Balloons with DJ the Clown / Performer Freddie Duran
Saturday, 1 p.m. - Kilali's Polynesian Revue
Saturday, 2 p.m. - Performer Andy Gonzales
Saturday, 3 p.m. - JT's Island Steel
Sunday, 1 p.m. - Beatriz Montes
Sunday, 2 p.m. - Mariachi Valle del Sol de Fiesta Mall
Sunday, 4 p.m. - Ballet Folklorico Ollin Yoliztli
What: Free Dental Care for Kids
When: Saturday, February 18, 2012 from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Midwestern University Dental Institute, 19555 North 59th Avenue, Glendale
Join the Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine-Arizona for free dental care and education for children ages 7 to 15. Free dental care will include cleanings, sealants, fillings, and extractions. By appointment only. Call 623.537.6000.
If you've arrived at this page and find that the event dates have past, check my recent blog entries for more Free Things -- I write about free things to do in Greater Phoenix several times per month. Also, check that same blog list for another column on upcoming fundraisers, walks, runs, seminars, workshops and programs that might interest you. It's called Phoenix Area Programs and Events For Daily Living.
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All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.