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10 Free Things To Do In and Around Phoenix - March 2012

By March 12, 2012

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This week you can see a movie, enjoy fine art in a garden, rock presidents, break rocks (but not presidents), listen to music, learn nutrition, cook healthy, live with cancer, learn to swim and see student art.

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, Fundraisers & Events" 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: Community Cinema
When: Thursday, March 15, 2012 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Where: Mesa Arts Center, Dobson Lecture Hall
Showing Revenge of the Electric Car. Emmy-award winning filmmaker Chris Paine goes behind closed doors with the CEOs of major car manufacturers to explore the global resurgence of electric cars, and the future of the automobile itself. The film is open-captioned. Following the screening, there will be a half hour discussion featuring Frank McRae, City of Mesa Energy Resources Department Director. Mr. McRae will highlight Mesa's energy conservation efforts; including providing charging stations in Mesa and providing efficient electric and natural gas utility services to over 15,000 electric and 53,000 gas utility customers. The Phoenix Electric Auto Association will have several electric cars on display. Presented by The City of Mesa Office of Diversity, the Human Relations Advisory Board and the Mesa Arts Center.

What: Fine Art in the Garden
When: Saturday, March 17, 2012 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Shemer Art Center, 5005 E. Camelback Rd, Phoenix
Now in its 47th year, this spring tradition features 20 artists working in watercolor, oil, pastels, printmaking, jewelry, ceramics, glass, quilting and metal sculpture. Artwork will be for sale. There will be live music, light refreshments and psychic readings by Sandra Cousins. A raffle of 20 special works will be held to benefit the Shemer Art Center.

What: Rock the Presidents
When: Monday, March 19, 2012 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Foothills Library, 19055 N 57th Avenue, Glendale
Theatre troupe, Childsplay, presents Rock the Presidents, a high octane, multi-media-filled musical revue spanning 223 years of the American presidency-- from George Washington to Barack Obama. The 44 men who rose to the highest office in the land are brought to life through all-new rock, pop and folk music. Recommended for grades 2-12, audience members of all ages are welcome. No registration.

What: Arizona Tameshiwari (Rock Breaking)
When: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Mesa Martial Arts Center, 60 W. Baseline Road, Mesa
Soke Hausel will demonstrate rock breaking methods and then his students, most who have never broken a rock, will get a chance to break rocks with their hands. Spectators welcome.

What: Performance with A View
When: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 10 a.m.
Where: Mesa Martial Arts Center, 60 W. Baseline Road, Mesa
Qingqing Ye performs, presented by Friends of Tempe Center for the Arts. Optional TCA Gallery & facility tours follow the performance. Coffee service begins at 9:30 a.m. Admission is free; seating is limited.

What: Healthy Nutrition for Seniors
When: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Where: SCAN Connections Resource Center, 1313 E. Osborn Road, Phoenix
In honor of National Nutrition Month in March, SCAN Health Plan Arizona invites seniors to take part in one or all of its nutrition-related presentations. This program takes look at the role of nutrition, portion distortion and nutritional guidelines for seniors in maintaining a healthy weight. Space is limited, reservations are required. Call 602-778-3420.

What: Get Your Plate in Shape
When: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: SCAN Connections Resource Center, 1313 E. Osborn Road, Phoenix
In honor of National Nutrition Month in March, SCAN Health Plan Arizona invites seniors to take part in one or all of its nutrition-related presentations. This program covers portion control, a healthy cooking demonstration and sampling. Space is limited, reservations are required. Call 602-778-3420.

What: Living with Myeloma Conference
When: Saturday, March 24, 2012 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where: Chaparral Suites Ballroom, 5001 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale
Cutting edge information about the latest myeloma research and the newest and most exciting therapies for myeloma cancer patients. The conference is an important opportunity for patients and families to learn about this rare form of blood cancer. The medical faculty for the conference includes Dr. Robert Kyle, Mayo Clinic, Rochester; Dr. Bart Barlogie, UAMS Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy; Dr. Cristina Gasparetto, Duke School of Medicine; Dr. Bodour Salhia, Translational Genomics (TGen); Dr. Jeffrey Schriber, Scottsdale Health Care/Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center. The conference is regional and is open to all patients, caregivers, family, friends and health care providers. Registration is available online and on site registration is offered at the conference until 9 a.m. Free continental breakfast and lunch will be provided, and 5.5 CME credits will be available to medical professionals.

What: SWIMkids USA Water Safety Day
When: Saturday, March 31, 2012 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: SWIMkids USA, 2725 West Guadalupe Road, Mesa
Free swimming lessons for all ages. Info about drowning prevention. Water slide. Free food. Call to reserve your spot.

What: Art6
When: Now through May 9, 2012
Where: Edna Vihel Activity Center lobby gallery, 3340 S. Rural Road, Tempe
Featuring the artwork of more than 100 students from Tempe high schools. The exhibition represents the 39th year of collaboration between the city and the schools and includes a variety of media including photography, painting, drawing, digital art and ceramics. More than 3,000 Tempe students participate in fine art classes in the district. This annual exhibition gives audiences a sampling of some of the talented students and engaging programs happening in Tempe high schools. The participating schools are: Corona Del Sol, Desert Vista, Marcos de Niza, McClintock, Mountain Pointe and Tempe High. Exhibition Hours: (when classes are in session) 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday; closed on city-observed holidays.

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