This week you take control of your water, go to Timbuktu, hear cool sounds, see cool cars, have some brass, get ideas for your class and see a movie about a game.
This coming weekend is also the kickoff for Independence Day/4th of July events, with Mesa having their big celebration on Friday and Saturday evenings. Let's start the party!
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: Set Your Timer - Water Conservation Class
When: Tuesday, June 26, 2012 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Public Works Admin Building, 4980 S. 157th Ave., Goodyear
As much as 70% of an Arizona household's water can be used outdoors. Learn how to minimize water use and still have a beautiful landscape. Practice setting efficient watering schedules on irrigation timers. Receive scheduling guidelines. Call to register 623-882-7510.
What: Wild Wednesdays
When: Wednesday, June 27, 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: Skopje, Macedonia & Timbuktu, Mali. 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: In the Spotlight
When: June 29, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Tempe Center for the Arts
Walt Richardson plays host to the event, which features alternative/acoustic rock favorite Shawn Johnson; Songwriters' Showcase veterans Teneia Sanders and Jason Messer; and Walk-in Wednesday Open Mic Night and Valley favorites Nina Curri and the duo of Gabe and Chanelle Williams. There is no cover charge; light food and beverage will be available for sale.
What: High Octane Car Show
When: Friday and Saturday, June 29 and 30, 2012 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: Downtown Mesa, on Main St. between Robson and Macdonald.
Classic, custom, hotrod, and low rider cars and trucks. This event is part of The Southwest Ambulance Arizona Celebration of Freedom, Mesa's Independence Day event.
What: Territorial Brass Band
When: Saturday, June 30, 2012 at 7 p.m.
Where: Tempe History Museum, 809 E. Southern Ave., Tempe
A one-hour brass band concert following "Arizona in Full Blast," a short presentation on the history of brass bands. Territorial Brass is a group that recaptures the golden age of the American town band. The twelve member ensemble specializes in 19th Century American brass band music, playing authentic arrangements from 1835, through the Civil War, up to Arizona's year of statehood. This concert occurs as part of Tempe History Museum's continuing Performances at the Museum series, which features numerous productions throughout the year.
What: Educator Appreciation Month at MIM
When: July 2012
Where: Musical Instrument Museum, Phoenix
The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) invites Arizona K-12 educators to explore more than 5,000 instruments and artifacts from every country in the world for free during July. Current Arizona teachers, school and district administrators, teacher's aides, and homeschool educators will be granted complimentary admission with a school- or district-issued ID, or (for homeschool educators) an affidavit of intent. MIM is also hosting three Educator Preview Days (July 28 and 29 and August 25) where educators will not only have a chance to experience the museum, but will also get a sneak peak at an upcoming Artist In Residency program and preview the museum's newest school tour option. Registration is required for participation in Educator Preview Days: http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22FVU6SQ7J8.
What: Monday Matinee: "Jumanji"
When: Monday, July 2, 2012 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Foothills Library, 19055 N 57th Avenue, Glendale
Rated PG. When two kids play an old magic board-game they found, they release a man trapped for decades in it and creatures of the jungle who get loose in the city, causing dangers that can only be stopped by finishing the game. Based on the book by Chris Van Allsburg. Every Monday in July, 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.
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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