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.
When: Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 7 p.m.
Where: Tempe History Museum, 809 E. Southern Ave.
Acclaimed as America's premiere post-classical string quartet, ETHEL invigorates contemporary concert music with refreshing exuberance and fierce intensity. Formed in 1998, this group features Juilliard-trained artists. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Tempe Historical Society and the Grand Canyon Music Festival. Founded in 1983, the Grand Canyon Music Festival brings world-renowned artists to Arizona for performances, outreach and education programs. It has been recognized nationally for its programs, which give students opportunity to compose and perform original works. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the Tempe History Museum or by calling (480) 350-5100.
What: Toad Encounter! - Nursery Tank Trail
When: Friday, August 24, 2012 from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: McDowell Mountain Regional Park, 16300 McDowell Mountain Park Dr., Scottsdale
Explore the secret life of desert toads and nocturnal birds as we walk less than 1/2 a mile to Nursery Tank Pond to listen to their curious summer songs by the full moon. See and hear several species of desert toads and unique insect-eating night birds at the pond. All ages. Bring flashlights and/or blacklights and meet at the Nursery Tank Trailhead. No pets. $6 per vehicle park entry fee. No registration required.
What: Tailgate with Sparky
When: Saturday, August 30, 2012 from p.m. to p.m.
Where: A.S.U., Tempe
Sun Devil football fans can tailgate with the best of them for season opener - inside - and still hang out with Sparky, the new Tempe City Council and your friends and neighbors. The Tempe Tailgate happens inside the cool air conditioning of Old Main on campus. Have a barbecue dinner. Meet Sparky. Listen to music by Carol Pacey and the Honeyshakers and get to know about City of Tempe programs and services. You'll get fired up for the game and learn how to save money and have fun in your hometown. $10 for adults, kids under 12 are $5. Tempe residents can purchase tickets to the game at a discount by calling 480 727-3521.
What: Little Shop of Horrors
When: Friday, August 31 - Sunday, September 16, 2012
Where: Peoria Center for the Performing Arts
Theater Works is proud to announce the YouthWorks season opener, a rock musical and comedy about a hapless florist shop worker who raises a plant that feeds on human blood. Performances Fridays and Saturdays at 6 p.m. and a Sunday matinees at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $13 per person plus fees.
What: How To Build a World-Class Resume
When: Thursday, August 30, 2012 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Ritz Carlton, 2401 East Camelback Road, Phoenix
If you're unhappy at work or unemployed, you can learn a process to make a world-class resume. $15, pay at the door.
What: Introduction to Kayaking
When: Classroom - one hour: August 24 or September 7, 2012; On the water - three hours: September 8 or Sept 22 (pick a 7a.m. or 9 a.m. arrival time)
Where: Classroom segment at Cabela's, on water segment at Desert Outdoor Center at Lake Pleasant
Everything you need to know about flat-water kayaking. Lake Pleasant Regional Park, the Desert Outdoor Center, and Cabela's is presenting a free one-hour informational classroom session that will be held at the Glendale on Friday evening (you will not get wet). No registration is necessary to attend the classroom sessions. Then if you wish to try your skills in a kayak, you may sign up for one of the on-the-water sessions that will be held at the Desert Outdoor Center at Lake Pleasant. The boat dock is about a 1/4 mile from the facility, so be prepared for a short hike. There is no boat ramp access to launch a kayak at this facility, so please do not bring your personal kayaks. The $35 registration fee for the on-the-water portion will be collected before the evening classroom session at Cabela's. Registration will begin at 6 p.m. on first come, first serve basis. Cash or check only. Ages 12 & up, call 602-372-7470 for more information.
What: Walk For POP
When: Saturday, September 22, 2012. 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Registration; 8:30 - 10 a.m. Walk; 10 -11 a.m. Celebration Ceremony
Where: Kiwanis Park, Tempe
Join prostate cancer survivors and their families to celebrate prostate cancer survivors and honor those who lost their lives to this silent killer disease. The first 100 men that register for the walk will receive a free prostate cancer screening from the mobile screening unit at the event. Music, food, and other entertainment will be in the vendor village. Proceeds from this event will benefit "POP" Prostate On-Site Project, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit foundation whose mission is to improve the quality of life for men and their families through awareness and early detection of prostate cancer. Register online or by phone 480-964-3013.
What: FASTER Gran Fondo
When: Saturday, October 27, 2012 from p.m. to p.m.
Where: FASTER, 16414 N. 91st Street, Scottsdale
The inaugural FASTER Gran Fondo, benefiting the American Diabetes Association, will feature two route distances including a 55-mile and a 100-mile course with timed climbs for a chance to win prizes. Registration for the 55-mile ride is $74.99 and $99.99 for the 100-mile ride. With registration, all riders receive a FASTER Gran Fondo jersey by Pactimo, a FASTER water bottle, a goodie bag packed with local and national discounts, access to fully supported aid stations and products from Cliff Bar and Fluid. At the finish line, participants have the option to purchase food, beer and wine from local and national vendors. For a limited time, VIP registration is available for $399 and includes everything mentioned above as well as two tickets to the VIP reception dinner on October 26th with guest speaker, Bob Roll, a former American professional cyclist, author and television sports commentator. VIP participants will also receive a signed copy of Bob's book, Bobke II: The Continuing Misadventure of Bob Roll and one admission ticket for the exclusive VIP tent located at the finish line on October 27. There, VIP riders will have access to complimentary lunch, beer, wine and a photo opportunity with Bob Roll. VIP riders will start the ride ten minutes prior to the general start time alongside the legend himself, Bob Roll. Day of check-in begins at 5 a.m. The VIP 100-mile ride starts at 7:20 a.m. with the rest of the 100-mile registered riders following behind at 7:30 a.m. Then, at 7:40 a.m. the 55-mile ride begins.
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