This week you can play safely in water, plant cool veggies, manage ADD, see a fashion show and watch a documentary.
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: Water Safety Day
When: Wednesday, August 29, 2012 from 9 a.m. to noon
Where: Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort
Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak will host 200 children from Valley elementary schools for a day of swimming excitement and education at the resort's renowned Hole-In-The-Wall River Ranch water park. During Water Safety Day at the River Ranch kids and their parents will be able to enjoy cascading waterfalls, shimmering pools and a 130-foot waterslide - all back dropped by dramatic mountain scenery. The Singing Firefighters rom the Phoenix Fire Department will provide entertainment with water safety songs and activities. An ambulance and fire truck will be on display. The event will include a realistic water rescue demonstration. The event is also open to the general public and admission to the River Ranch is complimentary during Water Safety Day.
What: Cool Season Veggies
When: Thursday, August 30, 2012 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Avondale City Hall, 11465 W. Civic Center Drive
Learn the importance and details of soil preparation, planting seasons, and strategies to overcome the challenges of our environment. Pre-registration is requested to reserve your seat. Call (623) 333-4422.
What: Managing ADD without Medication
When: Thursday, September 6, 2012 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Center for Attention Deficit and Learning Disorders, 10229 N. 92nd St., Suite 101, Scottsdale
Learn the methods available for managing ADD and ADHD without medication. This seminar is ideal for parents of children and adults with Attention Deficit Disorder and provides a variety of practical strategies for managing ADD and ADHD in everyday life. Free parking. Registration required.
What: Fashion's Night Out
When: Thursday, September 6, 2012 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Neiman Marcus at Scottsdale Fashion Square
Neiman Marcus' Fashion's Night Out will include a judged dog fashion show competition, "Project Ruff-way", a fall trends runway fashion show highlighting the season's top looks, a premier showing of an exclusive Neiman Marcus Scottsdale collection presented by artist John Ross Palmer and a meet and greet with designer Oday Shakar. Several elite trunk shows will be at the event, including YSL and Valentino in the Shoe Salon, and Alice & Olivia in CUSP. To reserve a spot for the "dogwalk", please call 480.425.1505. (Unless you are registered to participate in the dog fashion show, pets should be left at home.)
What: Arizona Jewish Historical Society Presents a Documentary Film Screening
When: Thursday, September 6, 2012 at 7 p.m.
Where: Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center, 122 E. Culver Street, Phoenix
A one-hour film chronicling the tragedy that forever changed the relationship between labor and industry in the United States: "American Experience: The Triangle Fire." The fire that tore through the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City on March 25, 1911, was the gruesome culmination of years of unrest in America's most profitable manufacturing industry. Two years earlier, led by a spontaneous walkout in the same factory, twenty thousand garment workers, in the largest women's strike in American history, took to the streets of New York to protest working conditions. But it took the tragedy at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, the death of one hundred and forty-eight young Jewish and Italian immigrant women, to force government action. RSVP to 602-241-7870.
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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