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: A Streetcar Named Desire
When: Friday, September 14 - Saturday, October 27, 2012
Where: Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre, 4720 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale
The Tennessee Williams drama unravels the complex and haunting emotional battle of a desperate and deluded Blanche DuBois and her ruthless brother-in-law, Stanley Kowalski. Set amidst a steamy summer of a 1940s French Quarter in New Orleans, the heat of the scene's backdrop shrivels when compared to the heat of the tragic, despairing and abrupt twists of this classic's storyline. DST's Actor's Café Series presents the show with a new level of pathos and the intimacy that only the 65-seat Actor's Café can deliver. Tickets online and by phone to 480.483.1664, and at the theatre box office. Tickets are $25 for adults and $22 for seniors and students.
What: Crawlin For A Cause
When: Saturday, September 15, 2012 at p.m.
Where: Mill Avenue, Tempe
An 80's themed pub crawl with 100% of the proceeds benefiting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Upon registration you will receive an email with instructions on where to meet. $20 per wristband. Sample list of participating bars: Rula Bula, Canteen, School of Rock, Blondies, Fat Tuesday. Optional scavenger hunt. Prizes to include 4 Dugout Box tickets to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Register online.
What: Beaded Jewelry Design for Beginners
When: Saturday, September 15, 2012 from 9 a.m. to noon
Where: Rio Vista Recreation Center, Peoria
Create beautiful, sophisticated, jewelry to wear yourself or as a special gift for someone else. Learn concepts of design, how to use tools and findings, beading and wire-wrap techniques while creating a multi-piece set of custom-designed jewelry to take home. Experienced jewelry designer Jill Turrentine shares tips, techniques, and provides all the materials you need for your hands-on learning projects. $20 supply fee due to instructor. Ages 16+. Course #70616. $23 for Peoria Residents, $30 for Non-Residents. Registration deadline: 9/12/12.
What: Pirate Week at Sea Life Arizona
When: September 16 - 22, 2012
Where: Sea Life Arizona, Tempe
SEA LIFE Arizona will be taken over by pirates for a whole week, in celebration of International Talk Like a Pirate Day on September 19th. Family activities during the week include a treasure hunt throughout the aquarium, daily interactive pirate skits, pirate jokes, balloon swords and more. On September 19th there will be an underwater pirate show at 10:30 a.m. Dress like a pirate during Pirate Week and receive $5 off a regular priced admission. Discount cannot be applied to online or pre-purchased tickets.
What: Healing Hands for Arthritis
When: Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Where: Massage Envy, 28 locations throughout Greater Phoenix
Massage Envy and the Arthritis Foundation host this event to build awareness and raise funds to fight arthritis. Massage Envy will donate $10 from every one-hour massage or facial to the Arthritis Foundation. Prices for facials and massages are $49 and $39. Last year, this event raised nearly $500,000 for the Arthritis Foundation. To make an appointment for the Healing Hands for Arthritis event, contact Massage Envy at 602.992.ENVY (3689). Reservations are being accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. All proceeds donated during Healing Hands for Arthritis will support the Arthritis Foundation's nationwide efforts to prevent, control and cure arthritis. Additionally, Murad®, Massage Envy Spa's exclusive skin care partner, will donate 10 percent of all sales from their products sold at Massage Envy Spa locations during the event to the Arthritis Foundation.
What: Arizona Pro Arte Season Opener
When: Friday, September 21, 2012
Where: Paradise Valley United Methodist Church, 4455 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley
Visual artists will display and offer for sale an eclectic mix of works in and around the performance area. Live demonstrations of creating visual art to music. Local, award-winning artists featured include award-winning photographer Lisa A Langell, visual artists Alex Arshansky, Jared Aubel, Geoff Gildner, Adam Hand, Nora L. Ramos, Heather L. Edgar, Beatrice Jacobs Seelig, Stephanie Peters, Stacey True Keane, Julie Parisi, J.Cooper and Jason Lee Davis. Music from Jackson: rushing (World Premiere); Schubert: Unfinished Symphony; Beethoven: excerpts from Prometheus; Conductor: Timothy Verville. The art exhibition opens at 6:45 p.m. and runs throughout the event. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets online or at the door, $15 per adult, $10 for Student/Senior, under 18 free.
What: Herb Gardening
When: Thursday, September 27, 2012 from 6 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.
Where: Environmental Education Center at Veterans Oasis Park, Chandler
Learn step-by-step instructions to create an indoor herb garden, plus tips for planting an outdoor herb garden. Students will create a starter herb garden to take home. The cost is $8 ($11 for non-residents) per person with an additional $15 supply fee due to the instructor at the beginning of the class. Registration is required.
What: FarmTable Brunch at Superstition Farm
When: Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 11:30 a.m.
Where: Superstition Farm, Mesa
Edible Exchange, a local food hub whose mission is to connect communities to local food through education and barter, is hosting the event, featuring food from local celebrity chefs Matt Carter, Zinc Bistro & The Mission; Beau MacMillan, Elements at Sanctuary and Aaron May, Praying Monk & Over Easy. The four-course brunch will feature local dairy products from Superstition Farms and other ingredients from Edible Exchange members. Tickets include cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, sit-down brunch, entertainment, farm games, a photo booth, farm schwag bag and "eco, farm-chic" ambience. The FarmTable Brunch is open to the general public and Edible Exchange members. Guests will be able to meet local dairy farmers, tour the farm, interact with the farm animals, tour the garden, take a hayride and learn how to churn butter. The barn at Superstition Farm will be transformed into a "eco, farm-chic" restaurant complete with comfortable seating areas, dining tables and a full bar. Tickets to this limited-seating event are $75++ per person and a portion of proceeds will benefit the Desert Willow Educational Garden. RSVP to 480.443.0322.
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