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: Armed Forces Day at Big Surf
When: Saturday, May 19 , 2012 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Big Surf Waterpark, Tempe
Big Surf Waterpark will honor all active and retired military members with free admission on Armed Forces Day, May 19th. Everyone else attending that day can receive 50% off of general admission when donating three non-perishable food items to St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance's on-site collection boxes. General admission prices are normally $26.95, plus tax. Military, VA, VFW or American Legion ID will need to be provided at the ticket windows to receive this special, free offer. In addition to Armed Forces Day, active and retired service men and women can enjoy the discounted admission price of $19.95 to Big Surf Waterpark all season long.
What: Fun with Bows and Arrows, Archery 101
When: Saturday, May 26, 2012 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Where: Lake Pleasant Regional Park, Peoria
A fun "Intro to Archery" program. Learn the basics of archery and practice your skill of the art of international archery. Are you curious as to how it feels to shoot a compound or recurve bow, how about a crossbow? This archery program is open to anyone ages 8 and older. Equipment is provided. Please bring a water bottle and wear closed-toe shoes. Look for the "Archery 101" signs that lead to the group campground area. Registration is required for this program. Call Ranger Terry Gerber at 602-372-7460 x 202 and leave a message with name, phone number, and how many people. Limited to 24 people per program. Ranger will return call to confirm. $6 per vehicle park entry fee.
What: The Mom Prom Phoenix
When: Saturday, June 2, 2012 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Where: The Phoenix Place Hotel and Suites (former Radisson Hotel), 3600 N. 2nd Avenue, Phoenix
The Mom Prom Phoenix is The Life Junkies' inaugural fundraiser. A ladies night out (all ladies-not just moms) where women wear old bridesmaids or prom dresses, dance to music from their high school years, and raise money for charity. The event is for women 21 and over to relive their prom days or a chance to attend a prom they were never able to attend because, for one reason or another, life got in the way - plus an opportunity for one well deserving lady to be elected Prom Queen. It's KITSCHY. TACKY. GAUDY. FUN! and will have an over-the-top 80's theme. The Life Junkies is a 501(c)(3) that addresses unplanned pregnancy in the 18-29 population by using social media to advocate for the use of more effective/longer lasting contraception, the development of problem-solving skills and the creation of life plans.
What: A Spring Festival of Song
When: Sunday, June 3, 2012 at 4 p.m.
Where: Tempe Center for the Arts
The Tempe Community Chorus performs a wide variety of selections, ranging from "fanfare for a Festival" to "Born to Hand Jive" from Grease. Tickets are $10 for 12 and older, free for under 12 through the box office. Additional fees apply when purchasing online. Seating is general admission.
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