This week you can hold your pencils, make magic in the garden, get your brass on, take a walk outside, have better digestion, get to know your spine and get a free booster seat.
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: Letter Perfect Pencil Holder - Fun with Parks & Recreation
When: Wednesday, September 19, 2012 from 4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Where: Glendale Main Library, Glendale
Children can join us to make a decorated pencil holder, perfect for back to school, in this partnership with the Parks and Recreation side of Parks, Recreation & Library Services. J.B., a recreation programmer, will guide the interactive fun. First come, first served.
What: Intro to Composting
When: Thursday, September 20, 2012 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Avondale City Hall, 11465 W. Civic Center Drive
Compost is the "black gold" essential to successful gardening with many vegetables and herbs. Discover how easy it is to produce your own magical soil amendment and save space in our landfills. Pre-registration is requested to reserve your seat. Call (623) 333-4422.
What: Territorial Brass Band
When: Friday, September 21, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Chandler Center for the Arts in Downtown Chandler
Territorial Brass replicates the brass bands that played during the territorial periods. Dressed in turn-of-the-century costumes, Territorial Brass recaptures the golden age of the American town band. This twelve member ensemble specializes in 19th century American brass band music, playing authentic arrangements from 1835 to 1912, and will include music from their new CD, "Arizona Mosaic," an official Legacy Project for the Arizona Centennial. No tickets required. Foyer doors open at 6:30 p.m. and all seating is first come, first served. Donations accepted.
What: Family Nature Walk
When: Sunday, September 23, 2012 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Where: Veterans Oasis Park, Chandler
Join a naturalist for a guided walk to observe dragonflies and damselflies buzzing about the desert and wetland habitats at Veterans Oasis Park. Bring binoculars, water and wear good walking shoes and a hat. The walks are not fast-paced and the terrain is easy. Participants should meet at the Red-tailed Hawk Ramada in Veterans Oasis Park and may leave at any time during the walk. Pre-registration is not required.
What: Detox and Digestion Lecture
When: Tuesday, September 25, 2012 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Mesa Main Library, 64 East 1st Street, Mesa
There is an epidemic of digestive problems from acid reflux, indigestion, chronic fatigue and colon issues plaguing our society today. Find out how toxins contribute to these problems. Learn about the natural relationship between detoxification and proper digestion. Suggested age 25+. Presented by Dr. Petula Morris, D.C. with AFC Physical Medicine - Mesa.
What: Wellness Seminar
When: Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 6 p.m.
Where: FIX24 Scottsdale Chiropractic, 7000 East Mayo Blvd., Phoenix
A seminar on Spinal Stenosis to questions about spinal injuries and nerve pain. Spinal Stenosis is narrowing of the spinal column that causes pressure on the spinal cord, or narrowing of the openings where spinal nerves leave the spinal column. Neuropathy is a serious disorder of the Peripheral Nervous System. The peripheral nervous system is the network responsible for carrying signals from the central nervous system to the rest of the body. Neuropathy is accompanied by a wide range of symptoms depending on which specific nerves have been damaged. Attendees will have the opportunity to have their health and nutrition questions answered by a local physician who uses a mechanical approach to health care. Dr. Robb is a chiropractic physician with more than 10 years of experience practicing in the metro-Phoenix area. Formerly working in the field of Nuclear Engineering, he returned to school to study human biomechanics. Today, Dr. Robb applies his experience in engineering with bio-mechanics to help improve both the body and mind. Free parking. To RSVP, call 480.419.1500.
What: Free Booster Seats
When: Thursday, September 27, 2012 from p.m. to p.m.
Where: Care1st Avondale Resource and Housing Center, 328 W. Western Avenue, Avondale
The new child restraint law requires children to be properly restrained in a child restraint (car seat/booster seat) appropriate for their height and weight in the backseat until they are 8 years of age. Certified child passenger safety specialists will be available to check booster seats for proper installation and provide hands-on education to parents and caregivers. Free booster seats will be distributed for those who need them. To receive a free booster seat, the parent or caregiver must preregister and participate in a short one hour education program. You must call 623-333-2703 to pre-register and select from a few appointed times that the workshops will be made available on that date. This program is funded by First Things First.
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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