This week you can improve your digestion, discover a creature, attend a Disney party and transform your family photos.
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: Detox and Digestion Lecture
When: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 from 5:45 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Phoenix Cholla Branch Library. 10050 N Metro Pkwy E, Phoenix
There is an epidemic of digestive problems from acid reflux, indigestion, chronic fatigue and colon issues plaguing our society today. Find out how toxins contribute to these problems. Learn about the natural relationship between detoxification and proper digestion. Target Audience: Ages 25+.
What: Dragonfly Discovery Walk
When: Wednesday, August 1, 2012 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Where: Veterans Oasis Park, Chandler
Join a naturalist for a guided walk to observe dragonflies and damselflies buzzing about the desert and wetland habitats. Bring binoculars, water and wear good walking shoes and a hat. The walks are not fast-paced and the terrain is easy. Participants should meet at the Red-tailed Hawk ramada in Veterans Oasis Park and may leave at any time during the walk. Pre-registration is not required.
What: CityCenter of CityNorth's Friday Family Night
When: Friday, August 3, 2012 from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Where: High Street at CityCenter of CityNorth, 5515 E. Deer Valley Dr., Phoenix at Fountain Court
Begins with an indoor party, crafts and giveaways hosted by Radio Disney AM 1580. Bring a lawn chair for a free outdoor movie (Cars) at about 8 p.m.
What: Free Art Workshops
When: Saturday, August 4, 2012 from noon to 4 p.m.
Where: Tempe Center for the Arts
A walk-in workshop where participants work with an artist on an artistic endeavor. This week: Family Role Reversal with Shannon Smith. Alter photos turning brothers into rock stars and mothers into tattooed ladies. Bring favorite family photos that can be transformed into drawings.
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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