This week you can hear Chopin, do hot yoga, prepare for the future, meet your sister, celebrate a city, see a movie, explore your consciousness, operate your camera, make art with paper and talk about health care.
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: Performance with A View
When: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 10 a.m.
Where: Tempe Center for the Arts
The "Performance with A View" series, presented by Friends of Tempe Center for the Arts, offers informative, entertaining and informal performances by guest artists from a variety of artistic disciplines. This performance: The Rice Brothers perform "Chopin's Heart, Your Heart."
What: Hot Asana
When: Wednesdays, June - July 2012 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: CityScape, Phoenix
Poolside in the heart of downtown Phoenix at the new Hotel Palomar CityScape. A free 6-week summer yoga series, Hot Asana, hosted by Lululemon and CityScape Phoenix. Local yoga instructors will lead you through a hot flow series:
June 20th: Jordan Levine (Sumits)
June 27th: Danielle Campagna (Sutra Midtown)
July 4th: Max Cohen* (The Village) - this will be a donation based class benefitting Central Arizona Shelter Services
July 11th: Tristan Gandolfi & Max McPhail (Madison Improvement Club)
July 18th: Rebecca Lammersen (Yogalution)
July 25th: Angela Russell & Jami Hill (Sumits)
Complimentary underground parking available for all attendees. Happy hour food and drink specials will be available for purchase following the event.
What: Wills and Trusts Workshop
When: Wednesday, June 20, 2012 from noon to 1:30 p.m.
Where: City Hall, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza, Surprise
Without a will and/or a trust, you can't control what happens to your property if you become incapacitated or die. Learn the proper planning so that you can preserve your assets and provide for your loved ones. The workshop 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. To register call 623.222.3242.
What: Wild Wednesdays
When: Wednesday, June 20, 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: Beaulieu sur Mer, France. 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: Celebrate Mesa
When: Thursday, June 21, 2012 from p.m. to p.m.
Where: Pioneer Park, 526 E. Main St., Mesa
Games, music, a zip line ($2 charge), bounce houses, a kids water zone, food vendors. Numerous City departments will have displays, information and fun activities. Mesa Police will have their helicopter, police cruisers and motorcycles on display; Mesa Fire and Medical will have an antique fire truck and a Transitional Response Vehicle (TRV); Mesa Solid Waste will have a collection truck; METRO will display a LINK bus, and Southwest Ambulance will have a camouflage support the troops vehicle. Celebrate Raffle with prizes, including museum and pool passes, restaurant coupons and a $100 gift card to Fiesta Mall.
What: Southwest Saturday Cinema
When: Saturday, June 23, 2012 at 2 p.m.
Where: Dobson Library, 2425 S. Dobson Road, Mesa
Showing: "Fire in the Sky" (PG-13). 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. Due to space limitations this event is a "first-come, first-served" program.
What: Conscious Living: Lessons in Lifeology
When: Sundays, June 24, July 8 and July 22, 2012 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Where: Storm Wisdom, 3375 East Shea Blvd., Phoenix
A community based evening focused on exploration of personal beliefs, consciousness and spirituality. This is a judgment free, non-denominational gathering that was created for those people who are interested in developing their own personal relationship with their consciousness/spirituality. Madison Miles will lead you through exercises and discussions that will help you explore your beliefs in an interactive and fun way allowing you to come to an understanding of what consciousness means to you.
What: Digital Photography Downloads
When: Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at 1 p.m.
Where: Sunrise Mountain Library, 21109 N. 98th Ave., Peoria
Learn how to get pictures off of your camera, basic editing of your photos and how to attach to an email. You can bring a camera and the cord or an SD card with pictures on it to work with in class. Registration required as space is limited, call 623-773-8650.
When: Tuesday, June 26, 2012 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Where: Foothills Library, 19055 N 57th Avenue, Glendale
Teens, 12-18, make your own paper art decoupage. You can use the paper images provided for your design and/or bring some of your own. All materials provided. Registration is required.
What: Challenges in Health Care Seminar
When: Wednesday, June 27, 2012 from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Where: Phoenix Country Club, 2901 N. 7th St., Phoenix
MJ Insurance is co-hosting a seminar discussing healthcare challenges employers are facing in the current challenging economic environment. Attendees will hear from industry veterans on ideas, strategies and issues facing employers in the healthcare industry including topics such as Health Care Reform, compliance issues facing employers in 2012, Supreme Court updates, alternative funding strategies and technology's role in benefits delivery. The seminar is co-hosted by ADP and CIGNA. Complimentary breakfast will be provided.
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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