This week you can see stars, see a cat with shoes, watch a fishy movie, learn about sprawl, get balanced and save water.
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: STAR Party
When: Saturday, April 28, 2012 from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Where: Thunderbird Conservation Park, 67th Ave. and Patrick Ln. (north of Loop 101), Glendale
Hosted by the Saguaro Astronomy Club. Telescopes large and small that you may use to view the moon, planets and stars. Club members will be available to answer questions.
What: Movie Night at Surprise Stadium
When: Saturday, April 28, 2012. Gates open at 6:30 p.m., movie at 7 p.m.
Where: Surprise Stadium
This event features the PG-rated "Puss in Boots" movie on the Video Board inside the Surprise Stadium. Bring your blankets and pillows, stretch out on the stadium grass, and enjoy the free show. Stadium food and beverage policy is in effect. Ice chests and lawn chairs are not permitted. Concessions will be available for purchase.
What: Family Flicks
When: Saturday, April 28, 2012 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Copper Basin YMCA, 28300 N. Main Street, San Tan Valley
Central Arizona College sponsors free PG and PG-13 rated movies to generate awareness of the different CAC Centers and Campuses, and the college in general. This showing: Dolphin Tale. This feel-good film centers on the friendship between a boy and a disabled dolphin. Popcorn provide while supplies last. Register online.
What: Zócalo in Phoenix: Can Sprawling Cities Find Their Centers?
When: Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix
Zócalo Public Square, a roving lecture series and web magazine hosts author and urbanologist Alan Ehrenhalt. Seating is limited so a reservation is recommended.
What: Finding the Perfect Balance
When: Friday, June 15, 2012 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Sagewood, 4555 East Mayo Boulevard, Phoenix
Sagewood, a retirement community featuring resort-like amenities is offering a free event on learning how to improve balance for fall prevention. Sagewood Fitness Instructor Kimberly Morris from the National Institute for Fitness and Sport (NIFS) will be providing a fitness demonstration and advice on how to improve balance to aid in preventing falls. Morris also will be giving strength and balance assessments. Attendees will receive a free copy of the book "Age-Defying Fitness: Making the Most of Your Body for the Rest of Your Life" by Marilyn Moffat and Carole B. Lewis on overcoming aches, stiffness and unsteadiness. Seating is limited and reservations are required by calling 480-948-1398.
What: Landscape Watering/Water Scheduling and Controller Programming
When: Thursday, May 3, 2012 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Avondale City Hall, 11465 W. Civic Center Drive
Hands-On instruction creating a schedule to meet your plants watering needs. Watering efficiently is the easiest way to reduce your water bill. Pre-registration is requested to reserve your seat. Call (623) 333-4422.
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.
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All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.