This week you can be amazed, get wild about Germany, see a wild man, hear about what never happened, make something for Dad, see a sweet movie, watch a treasure hunt, take a trip on Main Street, get into Facebook, get buggy, plan for later and be smart with money.
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: WOW! Wednesday: The Magic of Richard Steele
When: Wednesday, June 13, 2012 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Foothills Library, 19055 N 57th Avenue, Glendale
All ages. Tickets (required) will be distributed from the Youth Department on a first-come, first-served basis at 1:45 p.m. on program day for these very well-attended events. Space is limited so come early.
What: Wild Wednesdays
When: Wednesday, June 13, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Tempe History Museum, 809 E. Southern Ave., Tempe
Drop in Wednesdays and learn about Tempe's Sister Cities through a variety of activities, games, crafts and performances. This Wednesday: Regensburg, Germany. An annual summer program, Wild Wednesdays is presented by the Tempe History Museum and provides parents and children an educational and entertaining learning opportunity. Created for children in pre-school through sixth grade, this series features a different theme each year. This year's theme introduces families to Tempe's eight sister cities and each week celebrates a different culture.
What: Wildman Phil
When: Thursday, June 14, 2012 from 11 a.m. to noon
Where: Red Mountain Library, 635 N. Power Rd, Mesa
All ages. Phil Rakoci shares his love for all things prickly, pointy, and venomous.
What: Noontime Speakers' Series: Frank Lloyd Wright's Vision for an Arizona State Capitol
When: Thursday, June 14, 2012 at noon
Where: Arizona Capitol Museum, 3rd Floor, Phoenix
Lloyd Clark, a noted Arizona journalist, will share memories of his February 1957 interview with Frank Lloyd Wright. During the interview Mr. Wright spontaneously drew two sketches for an inspiring new Arizona State Capitol. The final design, called "Oasis," was never built. The 9 foot by 12 foot OASIS model was recently installed at the Arizona Capitol Museum. In 1990 it was on display at the Capitol when Governor Rose Mofford proclaimed a celebration of Wright's architecture and Arizona's heritage. Now OASIS returns to the Capitol. Thanks to the Frank Lloyd Wright Archives, the model along with images of Mr. Wright's "sketches" and a series of OASIS drawings will be on display for a long-term exhibit. Joyce B. Buekers, Founder and Executive Director of the Harp Foundation, will provide music before and after the program. Since its inception, The Harp Foundation has provided over 50,000 hours of therapeutic harp music to individuals and their families in the Greater Phoenix area and throughout Maricopa County.
What: Free Art Friday
When: Friday, June 15, 2012 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Where: Edna Vihel Activity Center, 3340 S. Rural Road, Tempe
Preschoolers get artistic! Theme: Do It For Dad.
What: Southwest Saturday Cinema
When: Saturday, June 16, 2012 at 2 p.m.
Where: Dobson Library, 2425 S. Dobson Road, Mesa
Showing: "The Apple Dumpling Gang" (PG). The Southwest Cinema Series was made possible by a generous grant from District 3 Councilmember Dennis Kavanaugh. The grant allowed the library to publicly screen the films.
What: Monday Matinee: "The Adventures of Tintin"
When: Monday, June 18, 2012 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Foothills Library, 19055 N 57th Avenue, Glendale
Rated PG. Every Monday in June bring a snack and enjoy a movie with your friends. Children ages nine and under must have a parent, teen sibling, or other caregiver at the program. Groups are welcome; please have an adult for every five children.
What: Art Lecture: "Arizona's Main Street: Historic Highway 89"
When: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Total Wine and More, 1416 N. Litchfield Rd., Goodyear
Over a period of 10 years, photographer James Cowlin documented one of the most scenic drives in Arizona - U.S. 89. Called the "Main Street of Arizona," this highway connects almost all major towns and cities from Nogales to Flagstaff and further north. Driving this highway is a journey through history, culture and geography. Cowlin will present images from this project and discuss his adventures. Coffee courtesy of Starbucks. This program is presented by the Maricopa Library District, Friends of the Goodyear Library and the Goodyear Arts and Culture Commission.
What: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn
When: Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 2 p.m.
Where: Sunrise Mountain Library, 21109 N. 98th Ave., Peoria
Learn the basics of how to use Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn. Help to set up accounts with these services if you don't have one. Registration required as space is limited, call 623-773-8650.
What: McDowell Sonoran Field Institute Lecture
When: Wednesday, June 20, 2012 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Palomino Library, 12575 E. Via Linda, Scottsdale
This week, Insects and Arachnids: A look up into the sky at butterflies, wasps and bees, followed by an exploration on the ground for beetles, scorpions, spiders, ants, centipedes and how the urban-wildland interface affects the bug community's everyday life. Featuring: Ron Rutowski, Arizona State University School of Life Sciences and Stevan Earl, Central Arizona Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research. Register online.
What: Wills and Trusts Workshop
When: Wednesday, June 20, 2012 from p.m. to p.m.
Where: of City Hall, Room 150, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza, Surprise
Learn the proper planning so that you can preserve your assets and provide for your loved ones. The workshop, given by Mark Melkowski and Bobby King of the Society of Financial Awareness (SOFA), will cover: The four main estate documents every individual should have; The difference between a will and a trust; Pros and cons of the probate process; Key points about the 2009 Arizona Trust Code. Registration required, call 623.222.3242.
What: Money Management for Teens Seminar
When: Wednesday, June 27, 2012 from noon to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Rio Vista Recreation Center, Peoria
This seminar teaches financial responsibility and ways to avoid becoming the victim of predatory lending. Other topics will focus on how to spend and save responsibly, how to shop and compare financial products, and help to develop sound credit and budget management skills. Teens will also learn tips to get a good deal when buying a car. Pizza lunch included. Pre-Registration required. Call Rio Vista Recreation Center at 623-773-8600.
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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