In this issue: see the planets, rock with yoga, make an edible purse, see an amazing pianist, and golf all day long.
This column includes announcements of seminars, workshops, community events, fundraisers and other programs for which there is an admission charge, a donation expected or you are otherwise expected to spend money, such as shopping events. Advance registration is required at some these events, so you might see them listed here weeks before they are scheduled to occur.
If you are looking for programs or activities where there is no charge for admission, you can check my weekly "Free Things To Do" column (it comes out every Monday), or check the monthly calendar of recurring annual events.
Events are presented here in date order.
What: National Astronomy Day
When: Saturday, April 28, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Challenger Space Center Arizona, Peoria
During the day there will be tours and exhibits, simulated space missions, planetarium shows, science demonstrations. In the evening the Center will host a special Family STAR Night with professional stargazer Tony LaConte, including an informative presentation and telescope viewing using large GPS-computer-controlled telescopes. Everyone attending Family STAR Night and staying for the telescope viewing will receive a free sky map. Visitors who bring a digital camera will be assisted in taking pictures of the Moon and Saturn through the telescopes and will be able to get the rings of Saturn in their photos. Regular admission during the day, $7 per person for the evening stargazing.
What: Yoga Rocks the Park
When: Sunday, April 29, 2012 at 2 p.m.
Where: Margaret T Hance Deck Park, Phoenix
Yoga Rocks the Park offers live music, instruction from top local and national instructors, a wellness vendor area along with a children's program, Camp Yoga Rocks (ages 5 - 10). $10 per person if purchased in advance online. Registration opens at 1 p.m. day of event, $15 per person.
What: Create Chocolate Purses for Mother's Day
When: Sunday, April 29, 2012 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr., Glendale
Create beautiful gifts for Mother's Day. Learn to make solid dark chocolate purses. Decorations will be made using fondant. Students will take home their projects. $15 supply fee collected at class. Ages 13 and older. Spanish on request. $34 (nonresident $41). Preregistration required.
What: Katya Grineva performs "Love & Water"
When: Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 7 p.m.
Where: Musical Instrument Museum, Phoenix
World famous concert pianist, Katya Grineva, will perform 'Love and Water' with pieces by Debussy, Schubert, Liszt, Offenbach, Bloch, Tchaikovsky, Ravel, Granados, Rimsky and Korsakov. Originally from Russia, Ms. Grineva has performed all over the world and is a repeat performer (since 1999) in such famous venues as Carnegie Hall's main Stern Auditorium. As a pianist who has earned the Steinway Artist designation, she has performed for numerous heads of State, including President and First Lady George and Barbara Bush. Her involvement in children's benefits has also earned her the Philippine Guzi Peace Prize. Tickets start at $50 and may be purchased online.
What: National Golfathon
When: Monday, June 18, 2012
Where: Gainey Ranch Golf Club, Scottsdale
The Golf Tournament Association of America has announced the first ever National Golfathon at golf courses around the country. Golfers will contact their friends, neighbors and family members asking for pledges of $1, $2 & $5 per hole and then playing 100 holes of golf in one day, raising thousands of dollars for charity. The number of players is limited to 40 allowing golfers to finish 18 holes in 2 ½ hours, easily finishing 100 holes of golf in about 12 hours. Some golfers may play faster and finish more holes. Golfers will receive incentives for reaching their goals. The golfer who raises the most money in each market will receive a set of golf clubs. $100 entry fee. 70% of all money raised goes to charity, 10% for prizes and the balance for the golf course and administrative expenses. You can encourage your favorite charity to sign up at no cost to receive proceeds from the pledges.
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