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: Wine Down, Break Bread & Meet the Cheesemaker
When: Wednesday, September 26, 2012 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Herb Box at Southbridge
Edible Exchange, a local food hub whose mission is to connect communities to local food through education and barter, is partnering with The Herb Box to host and event where guests will be able to meet Farmer Casey from Superstition Farm in Mesa and watch his cheese making demonstration, hear a short presentation from Lori Baker, founder of Edible Exchange, purchase The Herb Box's signature delicacies + wine pairing and artisan bread from Mediterra Bake House. The event will also feature live music and art painting. There is no charge for admission; fresh local products from Superstition Farm and Mediterra Bake House will be available for purchase. Advance registration not required.
What: Battle of the Bands
When: Saturday, September 29, 2012, gates open at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Cityscape in Downtown Phoenix
Phoenix Children's Hospital's own band, Champagne Tap, will battle against Salt River Project's band, Second Shift-in efforts to see who can raise the most money for Phoenix Children's Hospital. Champagne Tap includes Phoenix Children's Hospital's orthopaedic surgeon, Greg White, MD. The band holds the title as undefeated champions and is ready for a new challenge this year. The emcee for the event is Sean McLaughlin, News Anchor/Reporter at CBS 5. Battle of the Bands was a regularly a ticketed event, but this year, all patrons will be asked to make a donation of at least $5 per person. Food, beer, wine and beverages will be available for purchase.
What: Secrets of Getting Published
When: Saturday, September 29, 2012 from 10 a.m. to noon
Where: Rio Vista Recreation Center, Peoria
Writing a story or nonfiction piece is fun, but how do you get published? Do you need an agent? How do you find a reputable agent? What do editors really want? You'll learn everything you need to know to become a successfully published author, including submission procedures, identifying markets for your writing, developing query letters. A $2 supply fee is due to the instructor on first class meeting. Students will receive handouts and a resource folder to take home. Ages 18+. $20 Peoria Residents / $27 Non-Residents. Registration Deadline: 9/25/12.
What: Gold Party Benefiting The Ronan Thompson Foundation
When: Saturday September 29, 2012 from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Where: W Scottsdale, 7277 East Camelback Road, Scottsdale
The Ronan Thompson Foundation and W Scottsdale invite guests to the inaugural "Gold Party" to benefit the Ronan Thompson Foundation. Special guest and actress from ABC Family's "The Lying Game," Charisma Carpenter will host the evening. The event will also host a silent auction where guests will be able to bid on one-of-a-kind items including the Dolce & Gabbana dress that Charisma Carpenter wore to the premiere of the motion picture Expendables 2, valued at $5,000; as well as Jacqueline Nerguizian jewelry valued at $2,500 and a Brett Michaels autographed guitar. Admission: $25. Tickets available online. 21+ only.
What: Instant Guitar for Busy People
When: Sunday, September 30, 2012 from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Rio Vista Recreation Center, Peoria
Do you want to learn how to play the guitar but have trouble finding the time? In just three hours, you can learn enough about playing the guitar to give you years of musical enjoyment. This crash course will teach you basic chords and strumming patterns; how to tune & string your guitar; how to select a guitar. After this one-time workshop, you'll be playing along with simple tunes right away. Bring your own guitar to class. An additional materials fee of $28 is due to instructor for workbook and practice DVD. Ages 18+, $27 Peoria Residents / $34 Non-Residents. Registration Deadline: 9/25/12
What: ASU Concert: European Romance
When: Monday, October 1, 2012. 6:30 p.m talk, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
This concert is a rare opportunity to hear some of the most beautiful European Romantic music performed by double bass and piano, including works by Chopin, Elgar, Rachmaninoff and others. The double bass has been growing in popularity as a solo instrument because of its gorgeous tone, wide range of colors and endless virtuosic possibilities. 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: INFOCUS Photography Exhibition and Silent Auction
When: Thursday, October 4, 2012 from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Phoenix Art Museum
Acclaimed photographers from throughout Arizona and the United States have donated more than 50 signed limited-edition prints and books. Proceeds benefit INFOCUS, a nonprofit support organization of the Museum that fosters the appreciation and advancement of photography through educational programs, exhibitions and publications. The INFOCUS Silent Auction offers museum-quality photographic prints representing a variety of techniques, from black-and-white to color, and traditional to digital. Subjects include landscapes, nudes, abstracts and still lifes, with a range of prices for every budget. Bids start as low as $200 for selected works. A number of artworks in the auction are accompanied by books donated by the photographers. The event also features a raffle with tickets priced at just $20 and special prizes. Auction items may be viewed 24/7 online and in person Sept. 28 to Oct. 4 at Phoenix Art Museum's Norton Photography Gallery. Absentee bids may be placed online until midnight, Arizona Standard Time, Oct. 3. Works also may be purchased outright at any time online or at the event by paying the 'buy-it-now' price. Those bidding at the Oct. 4 silent auction will need to fill out a simple registration form at the event. To save time, guests may pre-register online. There is no admission charge to attend the silent auction.
What: The Science of Sports
When: Saturdays, October 6, 13, 20, 2012 from 9 a.m. to noon
Where: Rio Vista Recreation Center, Peoria
Discover the physics behind America's favorite past time through exciting, hands-on activities. What makes a bat's "sweet spot?" Does a "curve ball" actually curve? Young scientists and baseball lovers will also what players do to compete at the highest levels. Ages: 9-13 years. $40 per Saturday or $100 for all 3 sessions (Peoria Residents.) Non-residents pay additional $7 per class. To register call 623-773-7137.
What: Mesa Sprint Triathlon
When: Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 7 a.m.; Kids Splash and Dash starts at 9:30 a.m.
Where: Skyline Aquatic Center, 845 S. Crismon Rd., Mesa
The triathlon will consist of a 400 yard swim, a 12-mile bike, and a 5K run. A fundraiser for The Foundation for Mesa Parks and Recreation, providing recreational scholarships to Mesa residents. Cost is $125 for a relay team, $75 for adult, $55 for duathlon, and $35 for kids splash and dash. Register online.
What: Ham Shack Amateur Radio Class
When: Every Saturday, October 13 through November 17, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Arizona Science Center in Downtown Phoenix
Interested in getting your amateur radio license? In just six three-hour sessions you can. Under the tutelage of instructor Bob Burleson, students learn to use ham radios to communicate with fellow scientists around the globe. Students are required to complete an Amateur License VE test Sat. Nov. 24 to receive their official license. The class is free, the manual is $25, the License Exam is $15. If you don't want to visit the rest of the Arizona Science center, admission is not required.
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