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Judy Hedding

Upcoming Workshops, Fundraisers and Activities (Issue #54)

By November 6, 2012

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In this issue: a friendly movie, meet the racers, concert in a rabbit hole, all that jazz, learn to sail, star party, composer performs, a benefit for kids, music in a garden, golf for K9s, make jewelry, family recreation, bird tours, wine soiree, songwriting workshop, Mardi Gras-style fundraiser, make a tamale, Balinese music, dogs in the garden and get to know hair.

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: Among Friends
When: Thursday, November 8, 2012 at p.m.
Where: Monsterland Bar & Grill, 18 West Main Street, Mesa
Come enjoy a special screening of "Among Friends", the directorial debut of Danielle Harris, who recently appeared in Rob Zombie's Halloween. Harris and writer/actress Alyssa Lobit will be in attendance for a Q&A following the screening. It is a twisted horror tale about a dinner party gone wrong. This film is filled with fun, intensity, and blood. Tickets are available online for $10.

What: NASCAR at Octane Raceway
When: Friday, November 9, 2012 at from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: Octane Raceway, Phoenix

The evening kicks off with Octane's Phoenix International Raceway Pit Crew Challenge, where five pre-selected teams go head-to-head completing a full, four-tire pit stop on an actual NASCAR racecar. After the Pit Crew winners are crowned, it's time for NASCAR fans to mingle with the athletes for a NASCAR meet-and-greet, along with photos and autographs with the NASCAR drivers and their teams. Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series drivers in attendance will be #87 Joe Nemecheck, Nationwide Series #39 Dexter Stacey and Nationwide Series, former six-time World Karting Champion #08 Paulie Harraka. Octane Raceway is also offering $12 kart racing for the evening in addition to their other super-charged activities including Octane's Segway Performance Course, video games, billiards, and rock-climbing wall. For event entry, attendees are asked to bring ten canned food items which will be donated to KNIX's Million Can Crusade benefitting St. Vincent de Paul Food Banks.

What: Arizona Pro Arte presents Down the Rabbit Hole
When: Friday, November 9 and Saturday, November 10, 2012, both at 7:30 p.m.
Where: November 9 at Paradise Valley United Methodist Church, 4455 East Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley; November 10 at Victory Lutheran Church, 5946 East University Drive, Mesa
Two fantastic trips packed into one concert. First explore Haydn's journey around London with projections of period artwork of famous sites within the city. Then trace the imaginative footsteps of Alice in the 1900 silent film "Alice in Wonderland" brought to life by musical selections performed during the movie. Concert program: Haydn, Symphony 104 "London"; Film, Alice in Wonderland, featuring the music of Beethoven, Brahms, Dvorak, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky and others. Tickets are $15, $10 Student/Senior under 18 free available at the door or online. Help support this unique ensemble by bidding on the items offered in the silent auctions during these concerts. For more information, call 623-282-AZPA (2972).

What: All That Jazz
When: November 9-11, 2012 during regular MIM hours
Where: Musical Instrument Museum, Phoenix
An extraordinary way to experience jazz culture, the weekend will highlight the music, musicians, musical instruments, and stories behind MIM's jazz exhibits. Curatorial talks, presentations by specials guests from the Smithsonian Institution and the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation, and live music by local jazz groups will be available throughout the weekend, all free with museum admission. One event of note is a lecture about Louis Armstrong by Dr. John Edward Hasse, curator of American music at the National Museum of American History, on Saturday afternoon. Another not-to-be-missed curatorial talk, led by MIM curator Dr. Daniel Piper, will discuss the intersection of jazz and Afro-Cuban music, with special guests Juno Award winner Jane Bunnett, Cuban piano virtuoso Hilario Durán, and 93-year-old legendary Cuban conguero Candido on Sunday afternoon. Full schedule available online.

What: Ladies' Day @ the Lake
When: Saturday, November 10, 2012
Where: Desert Outdoor Center at Lake Pleasant, 41402 N. 87th Avenue, Peoria
Have you ever wanted to learn how to sail? This is a great opportunity to give sailing a try to see if it might be something you would enjoy. This is a day-long, sailing summit designed to introduce women to and/or enhance their skills in recreational sailing through both land-based seminars and on-the-water workshops. Five packages are available to choose from, each specially designed with classes complimenting each other to give the student a comprehensive day of instruction at their level of sailing experience. Instructors have been carefully selected for their subject knowledge and instruction skills. A small teacher-to-student ratio in these courses will assure students will receive personal attention. All instruction, light breakfast, use of boats, water, goodie bag, course materials and a box lunch are included in the $85 fee for the Day@the Lake. Course enrollment is limited.

What: Fall Star Party
When: Saturday, November 10, 2012 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix
Join members of the Phoenix Astronomical Society for a family friendly evening of exploring the night sky with high powered telescopes and interactive activities. Learn to identify constellations like Cassiopeia and Andromeda, and view the largest planet in our solar system-Jupiter! This program is geared towards families with children ages 6 - 13, but all ages are welcome. $18 per person ($15 for members).

What: Jason Robert Brown
When: Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 7 p.m.
Where: Playhouse on the Park, 1850 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
Broadway composer and lyricist performs. $36.50 per ticket.

What: PLAY
When: Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 6:45 p.m.
Where: Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, Scottsdale
Check out the music and food and spirits event benefiting the Boys & Girls Club of Scottsdale. Featuring "Two Tickets to Paradise" singer Eddie Money where he kicks off the night with a fireworks show in the desert sky. Enjoy more than 20 restaurant and spirit vendors offering a variety of epicurean foods with food and wine tasting. Tickets start at $20; Food & spirit tastings start at $75. Photo ID required for drink tasting.

What: Live Music Festival
When: Sunday, November 11, 2012 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Boyce Thompson Arboretum, Superior
Stroll through unique collections of desert plants and arid ecosystems -- while also being treated to five hours of song and music from Arizona musicians playing intimate sets in the demonstration garden, herb garden, rose garden and other beautiful locations throughout the grounds.

What: Goodyear Police Dept. K-9 Unit Annual Charity Golf Tournament
When: Sunday, November 11, 2012 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Eagles Nest At Pebble Creek, 3645 Clubhouse Drive, Goodyear
Presented by Pebble Creek Pet Companions Club. Golf is $30/per person which includes one mulligan, paid at check in. Call Chrissy at 623-935-9710. K-9 Demo Golf at 11 a.m., tournament starts at 12:20 p.m. Prizes.

What: Glass Fusion Jewelry
When: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr., Glendale
Create a set of jewels as unique as you. Colored glass is layered and kiln fired to create a beautiful glass pendant and set of matching earrings. $20 supply fee will be collected at the first class. Preregistration required. Fee is $58 (non-Glendale resident $70).

What: Tumbleweed Recreation Center Family Night
When: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Tumbleweed Recreation Center, Chandler
Every Wednesday Tumbleweed Recreation Center host Family Night for kids of all ages. Each Wednesday's activities vary from theme nights to arts and crafts to performances and more. Ages 1 to 12: $2 for residents/$3 for non-residents; ages 13 to 17: $3 for residents/$5 for non-residents.

What: Desert Bird Tours
When: Wednesday, November 14 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Where: Deer Valley Rock Art Center, Phoenix
Join docent Jo Brookshier for a walk along the Center's trail and learn about the Sonoran desert birds that make this nature preserve their home. Reservations are required, call (623) 582-8007. Free with museum admission.

What: Under the Stars Wine Soiree
When: Friday, November 16, 2012 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Clarion Hotel Scottsdale, 5101 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale
Take a tour of some of the world's most renowned wine regions. Sit under the stars of the courtyard, allow yourself to explore the flavors of the Mediterranean Sea, Chilean soils and Spanish terrains. Your evening is enhanced with live music while you enjoy beautiful wines paired with our own Chef Jade's creations. Test your luck and arrive early as we raffle off several prizes including, wines, complimentary hotel rooms, dining gift cards and more. $25 per person, $99 Couples Package With Hotel Room.

What: Mike Aiken Songwriting Workshop & Concert
Where: Chandler Center for the Arts
Workshop covers: Approach to songwriting; The art of storytelling through music and lyrics; Co-writing; The business of being a professional songwriter; Tools to help the process. The purpose of the workshop is to teach and entertain, give real answers to attendees' questions and leave everyone with the feeling they can go home and write a song. An interest in songwriting. No musical proficiency required. For ages high school and older. Bring an open mind, and interest in songwriting, a notebook/pen and your questions. $40 per ticket.

What: Bad Cactus Brass Band
When: Friday, November 16, 2012 at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Audubon Arizona, Phoenix
Audubon Arizona's fall-time fundraiser party featuring the Mardi Gras-style, Bad Cactus Brass Band. Support Audubon Arizona's education and conservation efforts while enjoying a night of music, bites, and drinks in the Rio Salado habitat. See a rehabilitated wilidlife release into a habitat, stop by our alchemy seed bar for guerilla gardening tips and tricks, have a drink, and enjoy the music. $12 advance admission, $15 at the door.

What: Mexican Tamales
When: Friday, November 16, 2012 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Where: Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr., Glendale
Learn to make homemade beef, chicken and sweet tamales. Make tamales using both the traditional masa recipe and a low-fat recipe. Participants will take home 12 tamales. A $20 supply fee will be collected at class. Spanish instruction available upon request. Preregistration required. Fee is $34 (non-Glendale resident $41).

What: Balinese Gamelan Workshop
When: Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 2:30 p.m.
Where: Musical Instrument Museum, Phoenix
Led by Assistant Curator Colin Pearson, this workshop includes an introduction to Balinese culture and music, and experience playing authentic Balinese instruments. Guests will be asked to sit cross-legged on the floor and remove their shoes during the workshop. If you require extra accommodations or are unable to sit cross-legged, please email colin.pearson@themim.or prior to your arrival. Best for ages 8 and older. Tickets $12 per class ($10 per class when purchased with museum admission).

What: Dogs' Day in the Garden
When: Saturday, November 17, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix
A special opportunity to bring the whole family, dogs included, to the Garden. Humans pay regular Garden admission. All dogs $1 with proceeds benefiting Arizona Humane Society. Sit and listen to special presentations ranging from making treats to keeping dogs safe in the desert environment. Spend time in the "doghouse" with vendors sampling the dog foods and treats. Go for a walk on Garden trails and heel for family photo opportunities, pet-friendly landscaping tips, and craft activities for both children and dogs.

What: The Naked Truth Hair Show & Expo
When: Saturday, November 17, 2012 from noon to 7 p.m. - CANCELED
Where: American Sports Association, 755 W. 114th Ave., Avondale
The First of it's kind Hair Show and Beauty Expo in Arizona featuring custom wigs and extensions right along side the latest hair trends. This unique hair show and beauty expo will bring medical and hereditary hair loss to the forefront. A segment of the show will be dedicated to females of all ages who have hair loss concerns by letting them "Rip the Runway" wearing custom wigs. There will be floor demonstrations, before & after makeover and a seminar on hair loss and what the options are in today's hair industry. Advance ticket purchase buy one get one free for $15; day of the event $15 per person

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