This week you can attend a family party, have an adult night out, enjoy Brazil, watch a zookeeper, celebrate an anniversary, hear global music, visit the Capitol, kickoff with the Cardinals, go out with the girls, feel good and laugh and get a boost.
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: CityCenter of CityNorth's Friday Family Night
When: Friday, September 7, 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 (Sharks Tale) at about 8 p.m.
What: Adults' Night Out at the Arizona Science Center
When: Friday, September 7, 2012 from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Arizona Science Center, Phoenix
Explore the Center's exhibit galleries from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Please leave children at home. Hear a lecture presentation at 7 p.m. (free for 18+). Additional fees apply for entrance to standard exhibitions. This month's lecture: Brian David Johnson, Futurist for Intel Corporation, has been pioneering development in artificial intelligence, robotics, and using science fiction as a design tool. He speaks and writes extensively about future technologies in articles and scientific papers as well as science fiction short stories and novels.
What: Performances at the Museum: Brasil, Brasil
When: Friday, September 7, 2012 at 7 p.m.
Where: Tempe History Museum, 809 E. Southern Ave., Tempe
Celebrate Brazil's Independence Day with a free concert featuring the music of Brazil's culture. Explore the sounds, instruments, musical traditions and stories of Brazil and Latin America with Poranguí and the Liberdade Ensemble. This high-energy group performs a wide variety of folkloric and contemporary musical styles, from Samba and Reggae to Salsa and Cumbia.
What: Tempe Center for the Arts' Fifth Anniversary
When: Saturday, September 8, 2012 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Tempe Center for the Arts
Enjoy performances by Teneia Sanders, Desert Dance Theatre, Childsplay and CONDER/dance. Meet 24 Arizona artists at the Gallery Opening of TCA Juried Biennial: Wood. Sign a giant birthday card, be on hand to win tickets to performances and eat birthday cake compliments of Friends of TCA.
What: Chandler's 3rd Annual September Concert
When: Saturday, September 8, 2012 from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Where: Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort Main Ballroom in Downtown Chandler
A free community concert featuring professional and semi-professional musicians playing all types of music at venues around the world during the annual global day of music in "celebration of peace and humanity." In addition to the music and dance, the event will include guest speakers, a raffle and silent auction. Presented by the Chandler, AZ - Tullamore, Ireland Sister Cities.
What: Family Fun Days at the Capitol
When: Saturday, September 8, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Arizona Capitol Museum, Phoenix
Celebrate the opening of our new State Mine Inspector Exhibit, make your own mining hardhat and learn about mine safety, meet Arizona State Mine Inspector Joe Hart, explore hands-on mine safety artifacts, see a recreated entrance to an abandoned mine, create your own mine safety bill and see if it becomes a law. The
What: Cardinals Kick Off
When: Sunday, September 9, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Westgate City Center in Glendale
The Arizona Cardinals will host the Seattle Seahawks for their home opener at University of Phoenix Stadium on Sunday, September 9 at 1:25 pm and fans can enjoy free activities at WaterDance Plaza in the Westgate Entertainment District including face painting, corn hole and ladder ball. Red Bull will host a Pop Up Show with DJs spinning music in its Thre3style Neo Booth featuring DJ JR, DJ Circle and DJ Cutswell. KTAR Sports will be broadcasting live at Westgate. They aren't free, but Westgate stores and restaurants -- The SHOUT! House, Just Sports, Which Wich, Mama Gina's Pizzeria, Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville, Calico Jack's Cantina and Saddle Ranch Chop House -- are offering football fans specials all day long.
What: Girls' Therapeutic Night Out
When: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Elements Therapeutic Massage, Scottsdale Promenade, 16255 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale
Vendors will showcase their products for client sampling! Massages, yoga, acupunctures, chiropractics, jewelry, facials, and skin care are some of the services that will be available to test. Along with these free samples, there will also be swag bags with goodies to take home as well as raffles for a chance to win more free products.
What: SWIHA-HA Laughter Club
When: Friday, September 14, 2012 at p.m.
Where: Southwest Institute of Healing Arts 1100 E. Apache Blvd. Tempe
SWIHA-HA Laughter Club meets the 2nd Friday of each month. The meeting is free and lasts approximately an hour. Join others for laughter yoga (intentional laughter exercises), laughter meditation and discussion of the Principles of Good-Hearted Living, which will help you make more room in your life for laughter. Registration is not required, however participants are encouraged to RSVP.
What: Barnyard Booster Bash
When: Saturday, September 22, 2012 from 9 a.m. to noon
Where: Progressive Insurance, 4550 S. 44th Place, Bldg 17, Phoenix
A new child restraint law for cars went into effect last month. Parents can register for a free booster seat if the child's height and weight are appropriate. Booster seats are for children that weigh between 40 - 100 pounds and are under 4 feet 9 inches tall and over age four. The Booster Bash will teach families how to install booster seats and help identify which passenger seats are right for the child's height, weight, and age. The Booster Bash is a safety event that's fun for all ages! Booster Barnyard has fun, food, and games. Children can decorate their booster seat and meet the Booster Rooster. Families must register online or call (602) 933-0960
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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