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: Brian Haner at Stand-Up Scottsdale
When: Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2, 2012. Two shows, 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Where: Stand-Up Scottsdale Comedy Club
Brian Haner is best known as Guitar Guy from The Jeff Dunham Show, a skilled guitar player and stand-up comedian. $15 cover charge, two item minimum. 21+ only.
What: Free Family Fishing Fun Day - Lake Pleasant
When: Saturday, June 2 and Saturday June 9, 2012 from 7 a.m. to noon
Where: Lake Pleasant Regional Park
There is a $6 per vehicle + $4 per watercraft charge to enter the park. Follow the signs "Free Family Fishing Fun Day" to an area where the park ranger will have on loan fishing poles, and tackle. Bring some bait and enjoy fishing. On this "Free Fishing Day" you do not need a fishing license. Bring the family, a picnic, bait and some shade and enjoy the morning fishing. No registration necessary.
What: Venus Transit
When: Tuesday, June 5, 2012 starting at 2 p.m.
Where: Challenger Space Center Arizona, Peoria
During Venus Transit, the planet Venus will pass directly between the Earth and Sun, appearing as a small dot gliding slowly across the face of the Sun. Historically, this rare alignment was used to measure the size of our solar system. This once-in-a-lifetime event will not occur again in this century; the next Venus Transit will take place in the year 2117. With the guidance of professional stargazer Tony LaConte, visitors to the Center will be able to observe the Venus Transit through special solar-filtered telescopes and to photograph the event through telescopes using their own digital cameras. Free with paid general admission to Challenger Space Center (the Center opens at 10 a.m.). Venus Transit starts at 3:08 p.m. Paid admission also includes the opportunity to visit the displays and exhibits at the Space Center, including the Smithsonian exhibit, "An Astronaut's Life - Articles Flown in Space," on loan from the National Air and Space Museum. The presentation and telescope viewing is appropriate for people of all ages and a wheelchair-accessible telescope will be available.
What: The Return
When: Tuesday, June 5, 2012 - doors at 6 p.m., concert at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, Mesa
An authentic and entertaining Beatles tribute band. These four lads have carefully and skillfully recreated the Beatles experience by not only performing all the great songs of the original four, but also by sporting the same suits, boots, mop-tops, musical instruments, and gear. The Return make it possible for music fans from every generation to experience the same thrilling rush felt by fans who were fortunate enough to attend an actual Beatles concert in the early sixties. $39 includes dinner and show. Show only, $20.
What: Spring Bling Charity Pool Party
When: Saturday, June 9, 2012 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: The Clarion Hotel Scottsdale, 5101 North Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
Professional athletes, prominent members of the community celebrities and the general public will all be joining together for this pool side event to raise money for a great cause. Guests will enjoy the music of a well known dj, enjoy limited hosted bar, watch cutting edge, bikini contest, participate in our live auctions, cool off in the refreshing pool and of course opportunities to mingle with celebrities. The proceeds benefit the Garrett Robinson Foundation. $50 for men, $25 for women (ladies get in free when you wear Bikini & Heals). 21+ only.
What: Time Traveling Jesus: The Burlesque Joyride!
When: Saturday, June 9, 2012 - 8 p.m. doors, 9 p.m. show
Where: Goat Head Saloon, 1423 S. Country Club Dr, Mesa
Provocatease brings you a live Vaudevillian cabaret stage show of saucy burlesque starlets, dancing dames, hunky strongmen, cheeky comedians, sketch comedy, singers, impersonators, tantalizing magic, death-defying sideshow acts, and amazing circus arts! Get to know a whole different Jesus. Hitch a ride with Jesus and Provocatease as you time travel throughout The Past, stopping to visit with our favorite saints and sinners along the way! Mostly sinners. Dress up as your favorite historic sinner and receive $5 off at the door. $10 presale/$15 at the door. 21+ only.
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