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: Help Send The Irish Cultural Center's Irish Class To Ireland
When: Saturday, July 14, 2012 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Irish Cultural Center, Phoenix
A fundraising event for the Irish Language Class' Study Abroad Program. Celebrate the rich culture, traditions, and lifestyles of Ireland to raise funds to send our students abroad to the county of Donegal, for an intensive training course of the Irish language. Local celebrity Chef Michael Snoke (Executive Chef for Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks) will be preparing an array of gourmet hors d'oeuvres. Traditional Irish music by The Big Fellahs and The Irish Cultural Center Academy Band. Performances by The Maguire Academy of Irish Dance and The Phoenix Irish Step Dancers. $25.00 per person.
What: Watercolors In Bloom
When: Saturday, July 14, 21 & 28, 2012 from 9 a.m. to noon
Where: Rio Vista Recreation Center, Peoria
From first sketch to final brushstroke discover various watercolor techniques while painting floral subjects. All supplies provided in class. Additional $20 supply fee due to instructor. Taught by professional artist and published author Lindy Schneider. Ages 16+, 3 classes. $55 Peoria Residents / $62 Non-Res. Registration Deadline: 7/11/12.
What: Hawaiian Day Luau
When: Saturday, July 14, 2012 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Eldorado Aquatic Center, Scottsdale
Come frolic in the beach-front entry and have fun in the water-play features. Games, give-a-ways and live demonstrations are all part of the activities. Regular pool admission fees apply.
What: Family Star Night
When: Saturday, July 14, 2012 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Challenger Space Center, Peoria
Led by professional stargazer Tony LaConte. Telescope viewing will be available as weather permits. Other activities inside such as telescope demonstrations, Scout Corner, night sky folklore and family activities will go on rain or shine. $7 per person, $10 per Scout (includes packet & patch).
What: Foothills Family Swim Night
When: Saturday, July 14, 2012 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, Glendale
Enjoy the three swimming pools, water slides, lazy river and more. Admission includes hot dog and lemonade. Parents/Guardians must be present. Limited to the first 350 people. Admission is $4/person (non-residents $6/person).
What: Extreme Pets Family Day
When: Saturday, July 14, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Arizona Museum for Youth, 35 North Robson, Mesa
Enjoy a fun-filled day of pet antics and art activities! Presentations by Phoenix Herpetological Society, Lisa's Creatures, Desert Sounds Mariachi's & "Ask-the-Vet" with Veterinarian: Jaime Glasser, DVM. Free with paid museum admission.
What: Scorpion Scavenger Hunt
When: Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: McDowell Mountain Regional Park, Fountain Hills
Scorpions are a lot more fun to find when you spot them glowing under a blacklight, scavenger-hunt style (outside, rather than in your house)! Learn all about these venomous creatures and what makes them so well-adapted to life in the Sonoran Desert. Did you know that we commonly see three different species? And that all scorpions--even fossils of scorpions--glow under a black light? Bring a flashlight or a blacklight, and wear sturdy shoes. At the end of the program, a four-pack of tickets to Wet and Wild Waterpark will be given away. This walk will be less than a mile in length. Meet at the Trailhead Staging Area. Vehicle entry fee $6.
What: Class Clowns Comedy Showcase
When: Thursday and Fiday, July 19 and 20, 2012 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Where: Tempe Center for the Arts, Tempe
Join host Tony Vicich as stand-up comics perform a live, taped show in the TCA Studio. Arizona's best Stand Up comics and rising stars vie for your laughter. The July 19 show features National Treasure Gert, the 90-year-old joke lady and class Clown alumnus Chris Bennett (Jimmy Kimmel Show). On July 20 Tony Vicich and class Clowns alumnus Jon Jesmer headline. Seating is general admission. Prices range from $10 to $15, not including service or convenience fees.
What: Friday "Fun Club"
When: Friday, July 20, 2012 from 9:30 a.m. to noon
Where: Make Meaning, Scottsdale Quarter, 15257 N Scottsdale Road, Building F, Scottsdale
The Big Chill - Got a smoothie or an ice cold drink that needs a coaster? Using our colorful variety of glass pieces, stringers, and glass fit, design a beautiful place to rest your summer drinks. We will make eye-catching ceramic ice cream bowls using special under glaze paints, sponges, brushes, stickers and more for a totally cool creation. Open to ages 5+. Register online. Seats are limited. $48 for non-members, $42 for members.
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