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: Dive In Movie at Wet 'n' Wild
When: Friday, July 27, 2012
Where: Wet 'n' Wild, Phoenix
Catch great movies while floating under the stars at Wet 'n' Wild's wave pool - Monsoon Bay or simply lounge around on a deck chair. The movie begins shortly after sundown. Dive 'n' Movies are free with park admission. Showing this Friday: Dolphin Tale, rated PG. (More about Wet 'n' Wild)
What: Rock Wall Adventures
When: Saturday, July 28, 2012 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr., Glendale
Ages 10-17 get to work directly with the climbing professionals from Arizona Hiking Shack. This program is great for first-time climbers or anyone who wants to learn more about the sport of rock climbing. Highlighted topics include climbing technique, knot tying, belaying, strategy and safety. Participants should bring a water bottle and wear comfortable workout attire and tennis shoes. No jeans, dresses or open toe/heel shoes. Price is $50 (non-resident $63). To sign up, call 623-930-4600. For more information, call 623-930-4610.
What: Scorpion Hunt
When: Saturday, July 28, 2012 at 8 p.m.
Where: Usery Mountain Regional Park, 3939 N. Usery Pass Road, Mesa
Join Ranger B as he leads us on this fun and safe night walk to find these elusive desert dwellers (using our eyes only). You will learn cool facts about these amazing creatures and sharpen your spotting skills. All ages. A casual one-hour/one-mile walk. Wear closed-toe shoes and bring water and a flashlight (blacklights are recommended and are for sale for $10, batteries and tax included). No pets. Location: Trail Staging Area. Join the "All About Scorpions" program inside the Nature Center at 6:30 p.m. and our snake feeding at 7:30 p.m. Registration not required. Fee: $6 per car.
What: AZ Air Time Birthday Bash
When: Saturday, July 28, 2012 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: AZ Air Time, 13802 N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale
For $5 an hour party-goers can enjoy lots of food, fun and jumping. Guests will mix and mingle during a Coca Cola and Pop Chips tasting, and have the chance to participate in games with Remix Watches to win prizes. There will be a face painter and giveaways, including free jump time, hats, tee shirts, and even a birthday party. The event will also feature a performance, meet-and-greet and photo session with a Lady Gaga lookalike performer. No birthday party would be complete without a cake, so AZ Air Time has enlisted local bakery 21 Cakes to create an enormous sweet treat. 21 Cakes cake designer Cisco Zazueta, winner of the first season of Cupcake Wars on Food Network will create a special trampoline and dodgeball themed cupcake cake that is nearly three-feet high and will feed 500 people. AZ Air Time has reason to celebrate, as they have had a hugely successful first year. It is a family owned trampoline center celebrating their one-year anniversary. All are welcome to participate. Because the party is expected to be full, guests are asked to call 480.427.2000 to reserve jump time before July 28th.
What: Monsoon Madness Golf
When: July 29 through August 31, 2012 from p.m. to p.m.
Where: Select City of Phoenix Golf Courses
Several city of Phoenix golf courses will be offering discounted rates every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Twilight rates apply all day long, $10 to walk and $18 with a cart. Golfers can book tee times online at phoenix.gov/golf. The offer is valid at the following courses: Aguila, 8440 S. 35th Ave.; Cave Creek, 15202 N. 19th Ave.; Maryvale, 5902 W. Indian School Rd.; Encanto, 2745 N. 15th Ave.
What: Sonoran Desert Adventure
When: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Where: Environmental Education Center at Veterans Oasis Park, Chandler
During this fun program parents and children ages 3-6 will discover the unique animals and habitats of the desert while enjoying a story-time, arts and crafts, taking a short nature walk in the park, and playing fun games. Cost is $6 ($9 for non-residents) per person with an additional $3 supply fee due to the instructor at the beginning of the class. This fee is per child, with one unpaid adult permitted per child. Registration is required at www.chandleraz.gov/registration.
What: Mystery Dinner Theater
When: Saturday, August 11, 2012. Doors at 7 p.m.
Where: Dave & Buster's Tempe at Tempe Marketplace
Appetizers served at 7 p.m. (Assorted Cheese, Crackers and Fresh Fruit); Dinner served with the show (Caesar Salad Italian Rosemary Chicken Breast, Baked Cavatappi Marinara, Seasonal Vegetable, Fresh Baked Rolls); Dessert (Chocolate Mousse) and unlimited soda, coffee or iced tea. $48.05 per person inclusive. Performance and dinner at 8 p.m. As you dine the play unfolds around you. Select number of guests will be chosen for character roles becoming the suspects to the crime. Make reservations prior to 5 p.m. on 08/10/12.
What: Fiddler on the Roof
When: August 16, 17, 18, 19, 2012
Where: Phoenix Country Day School, 3901 E. Stanford Drive, Paradise Valley
Scottsdale Musical Theater Company presents one of the most beloved musicals of all time, Fiddler on the Roof, for a special engagement. This full production of Fiddler on the Roof will feature a full live orchestra. Reserved seating tickets are on sale for $24.50 with senior and student discounted tickets available for $19.50. SMTC also offers $10 tickets for military/veterans and their families. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling (602) 909-4215.
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