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: Brunch and Burn
When: Sunday, September 9, 2012 at 9 a.m.
Where: American Junkie, 4363 N. 75th St., Scottsdale
A new program hosted by celebrity fitness trainer Jolene Goring that mixes fitness training with socializing at restaurants and bars around town. Starting September 9th, each event will consist of an intense-hour long group fitness training session, followed by a healthy brunch and social hour at a Scottsdale venue. Fitness enthusiasts of all skill levels are invited to the American Junkie patio to learn the secret 'Tight End' butt training techniques of the stars, and afterwards enjoy brunch to relax and refuel. Prizes will also be awarded for the best 'tight end.' The Brunch and Burn program will continue at American Junkie over a series of weeks including September 9, 16, 23 and 30 so participants have the opportunity to work out in the high-impact program and meet new people once a week. Each event will be $30 per person, with 40 total spots available. Men and women are invited to participate, and a special emphasis will be placed on butt workouts for women. For $30, you get an awesome workout and a delicious meal, and a VIP wristband that provides bottomless mimosas all day.
What: Sake and Sushi 101 Class
When: Sunday, September 9, 2012 (Tempe) and Sunday, September 16, 2012 (Scottsdale) at 11:30 a.m.
Where: RA Sushi, Scottsdale and Tempe
In an interactive class participants will learn about the history of sushi, the different types of sake, plus test their skills in the art of sushi rolling. Guests will enjoy an assortment of tasty appetizers and fresh sushi. Two different packages are available: $40 per person with sake or $35 without sake (does not include tax and gratuity). Both packages include sushi rolling lessons, a non-alcoholic beverage, miso soup, edamame, two maki (rolls), two pieces of nigiri, a sushi rolling mat, plus a voucher good for a complimentary lunch on a return visit. The higher priced package also includes a sake pairing flight. Registration is required. For the September 9 event, call RA Sushi in Tempe at 480-303-9800. For the September 16 event, call RA Sushi at Kierland Commons at 480-951-5888.
What: ASU Concert: Claude Debussy, 150th Anniversary
When: Monday, September 10, 2012. 6:30 p.m talk, 7:30 p.m. concert
Where: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
One of the most brilliant and original composers in history, Claude Debussy was born 150 years ago. Professor Cosand will perform an evening of Debussy's piano music, including his celebrated Children's Corner and the technically demanding Étude Book 2. Pianist Uni Choi will join Cosand for the Petite Suite for four hands, and Associate Professor of Cello Thomas Landschoot and Cosand will perform Sonate. ASU Concerts at the Center showcases the many musical endeavors pursued at Arizona State University. Each event includes a pre-concert talk as part of the Center's innovative Arts-Connect program. Tickets are $10 each, free for all students with a current I.D.
What: The Price of Freedom at Hale Centre Theatre
When: Mondays and Tuesdays, September 11 to October 30, 2012 at 7 p.m.
Where: Hale Centre Theatre, Gilbert
Go back in time to WWII to recount the lives of four soldiers through the letters they wrote to the ones they left behind. The musical production serves as a theatrical tribute to remember the humanity and stories behind those who have fought for our freedom and the sacrifices they made. Lyrics are based on actual correspondence between soldiers and their loved ones. The reality of these letters adds to the emotional depth the show has to history and the toll it played on American families. Archival film footage from the war will be displayed on both walls of the Hale Centre Theatre stage. Prices range from $10 for youth (ages 6-18) to $24 for adults. Reservations may be made by calling the box office at (480) 497-1181 or by visiting the website.
What: "Back to School & More" Autism/Asperger's Conference
When: Thursday and Friday, September 13-14, 2012 from p.m. to p.m.
Where: Phoenix Convention Center, West Building
Topics covered over the two days include: teaching literacy strategies, training about acting in the natural environment (kids act how they feel), watching movies to build social understanding, communication options using electronic media. Attendees will walk away from the conference with knowledge on unique motivational approaches to teaching and interacting with children and adults in the Spectrum, strategies for teaching social skills, biomedical problems and possible dietary solutions and educational opportunities. Registration fees from $25 to $130 per day, two-day package offered. Financial aid available for families with income under $50,000/year. For more information call us at (480) 831-2047.
What: Tortoise Time
When: Saturday, September 15, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
Where: Environmental Education Center at Veterans Oasis Park, Chandler
In this interactive program parents and children will enjoy discovering several different species of real, live tortoises. Learn the difference between turtles and tortoises. Get up close with these unique animals while learning about their habitats, diet and behaviors. The cost is $5 ($7 for non-residents) per person. Children under age 3 are permitted free with a paid adult. Registration is required.
What: A Night of Vaudeville
When: Saturday, September 15, 2012 at p.m.
Where: Mijana, 1290 N. Scottsdale Road, Tempe
Join Provocatease for a night of dinner theater as you dine on Mediterranean cuisine, showcasing the Vaudevillian side of the troupe in this all ages event. Thrilling sideshow, mind reading & magic, fire, aerial feats, humor from MC extraordinaire, sultry songs and dancers. $25 includes dinner and show.
What: Arizona Walk from Obesity
When: Saturday, September 29, 2012. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m., walk from 9 a.m.
Where: Gilbert Civic Center 50 E. Civic Center Drive, Gilbert
This is a 1 mile awareness walk. All registrations include an official Walk from Obesity t-shirt. Registration also includes an optional free one year membership into the Obesity Action Coaltion (OAC). On-site registration $35; online registration: $25, children under the age of 12 are free, with a paid parent or guardian. Deadline to register: Friday September 28th, 2012.
What: Zoo Walk for Autism Research
When: Saturday, October 6, 2012 from 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Where: Phoenix Zoo
The Zoo Walk for Autism Research is an annual walk held to raise funds for Autism/Asperger's Research program at ASU. The walk is a family-oriented gathering that anyone can join, including children, adults, grandparents, students, corporate teams and more. This year's Zoo Walk is dedicated to raising funds for a 1-year multi-treatment study for children and adults with autism. This study will involve a combination of special vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, carnitine (to boost energy metabolism), and special diet (gluten-free, casein-free) that may significantly help many individuals. $25 adults, $15 teens, free for 12 and under, includes all day admittance to the Zoo.
What: Junior Archaeologist Field Day
When: Saturday, October 13, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Where: Deer Valley Rock Art Center, 3711 W. Deer Valley Road, Phoenix
For children ages 8-12 years old. Advance registration is required. Please call (623) 582-8007 for questions or download and complete the registration form online. The Work as a Junior Archaeologist in the field, participate in a simulated dig, and learn about ancient skills and technologies. Junior Archaeologist Field Day fulfills 8 of 11 Boy Scout archaeology badge requirements, and all Girl Scout archaeology patch requirements. Please note that the Center does not issue merit badges or patches. Cost: $12 Members, $15 Non-members. Registration Deadline: September 28, 2012.
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