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: Corral West Fall Festival
When: Wednesdays through Sundays, October 5th-31, 2012
Where: Corral West Horse Adventures, Estrella Mountain Regional Park, 14401 W. Arena Dr., Goodyear
A variety of games including sack races, a hay maze, horseshoes, redneck horseshoes, stick horse rodeo games, outhouse golf, chicken chuck, and a ball toss. Wagon rides, pony rides, a pumpkin patch, and pumpkin decorating all at the same location. Scarecrow contest - they have the materials or you can bring your own. Park Entry per Vehicle: $6; Festival Entrance: $6; Ages 3 & younger free. Additional charges apply for some activities.
What: Encanto Laughter Club
When: Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 9 a.m.
Where: Amphitheater Island at Encanto Park, 2605 N. 15th Avenue, Phoenix
Join others and enjoy using laughter as a form of exercise. Playfully express yourself, release stress, recharge and glean powerful health benefits. All ability levels are welcome. Please dress comfortably and come willing to have a great time. We will close the session with a laughter meditation and a wish for peace. Free, donations accepted. RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/Phoenix-Laughter-Club/events/79804542/
What: Tumbleweed Recreation Center Family Nights
When: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Tumbleweed Recreation Center , Chandler
Arts and crafts, performances and more presented by Chandler Recreation Division. Ages 1 to 12: $2 for Residents/$3 for Non-Residents; Ages 13 to 17: $3 for Residents/$5 for Non-Residents.
What: Under 21 Goes Deco
When: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix
This event open to all teens and young adults under 21 provides a chance to make new friends, while design and drawing an art deco style poster inspired by Modern Spirit: Fashion of the 1920s. Free with paid admission.
What: How I Became a Pirate
When: October 12 through October 28, 2012
Where: Valley Youth Theatre, 525 N. First St., Phoenix
The Arizona musical premiere of "How I Became a Pirate" debuts at Valley Youth Theatre, based on the best-selling book written by Melinda Long and illustrated by Caldecott Honor-winning artist David Shannon. It is the story of a boy named Jeremy Jacob who is recruited by Captain Braid Beard and his merry band of pirates. He learns that life on the high seas is not all fun-and-games. How I Became A Pirate runs Oct. 12 through 28 with Friday performances at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 12 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., and Sundays at 12:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tickets are $20 each and available online or by calling 602.253.8188 x2.
What: Play Piano in a Flash!
When: Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 9:30 a.m.
Where: Musical Instrument Museum, Phoenix
Workshop with Scott Houston. Scott can show anyone what he or she needs to know to play the piano in just a single 3-hour workshop. Scott has brought this seldom taught and highly desired information to more than 17,000 people in person and to millions on TV over the last nine years. Aimed squarely at non-accomplished musicians and beginners, this highly comedic yet extremely educational look at learning to play piano is a hit with all adult audiences. Tickets: $95, call 480-478-6073 to register.
What: Beading Workshop
When: Tuesday, October 16 and 23, 2012 from 10 a.m. to noon
Where: Pueblo Grande Museum, Phoenix
Join artist Melanie Sainz who will provide students, ages 14 and older, with an understanding of adornment and cultural items of Native Peoples and the history of beads and porcupine quills. Ms. Sainz will instruct students how to blend old and new methods for applying beads and quills and apply their skills in the creation of a unique drawstring pouch. Pre-registration is required, online or call 602-495-0901. The class sizes are limited. $40 per person.
What: 5K Devil Dash
When: Saturday, October 20, 2012 from p.m. to p.m.
Where: Camelback Ranch-Glendale
Thousands of fearless runners will tackle the intense 3.1-mile obstacle course through Purgatory, running through fun challenges and celebrating with friends and family during an all-day festival with live music, food and suds in the Beer Garden of Eden. Participants will leap through fire, crawl through mud pits, climb over cargo nets, jump over tire mounds, scale Satan's Tower and work their way through additional grueling obstacles themed after the Seven Deadly Sins. The race's first wave begins at 9 a.m., followed by waves of racers challenging the course every half hour throughout the day. Registration price $69 (by October 8) and $75 (by close of registration on October 15). A $5 discount is being offered for racers who sign up for the Camelback Insider online newsletter (http://web.camelbackranchbaseball.com/news/devildash.jsp). Discounts also are offered to military, groups of 10 or more, and "likes" of the Devil Dash Facebook page (Facebook.com/DevilDash). Beer and food will be available for purchase in the Beer Garden of Eden. Spectators are welcome to enjoy the live music playing throughout the day and watch the racers tackle several obstacles near the finish line. Lifequest Transitions (LQT) is Devil Dash's Official 2012 charity partner. LQT provides adventure programs for injured military members and hosts a variety of programs to help wounded warriors transition back to civilian life.
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If you've arrived at this page and find that the event dates have past, check my recent blog entries for more fundraisers, seminars and programs happening around town.
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