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13 Free Things To Do In and Around Phoenix - November 2012

By November 12, 2012

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This week you can hear the big band, walk around the block, see hungry birds, take your pooch to a party, try to remember, get dirty, clean up, destroy stuff, enjoy fall, enjoy nature, see snow, hear voices and stop snoring.

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: Sonoran Sunset Series
When: Thursday, November 15, 2012 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Veterans Oasis Park, Chandler
Free outdoor entertainment for the entire family. This month the Chandler Gilbert Community College Big Band will perform.

What: Casa Grande Block Party
When: Thursday, November 15, 2012 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Historic Downtown Casa Grande
Come celebrate the completion of the downtown streets project. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 6:00 p.m. at the corner of 3rd and Florence Streets with free food and refreshments. Take a stroll down the streets and see the new changes. Meet local downtown merchants. New trees have been planted, wider sidewalks have been installed, new benches line the streets, and the new plaza design is complete on Second and Florence Streets. The project incorporates Pueblo Deco style, similar to the style of the 1939 Southern Pacific train depot. Pueblo Deco combines the traditional New Mexico Pueblo Indian design with the modernistic Art Deco design of the 1930s. Downtown Casa Grande is home to many shops and restaurants, an Art in the Alley monthly event from September through June, an annual Street Fair/Car Show in January, and a year round Farmers Market held every Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

What: Birds of Prey
When: Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 4 p.m.
Where: Scottsdale Public Library, Appaloosa Library, 7377 E. Silverstone Drive, Scottsdale
Bring your 6-12 year olds to meet some Arizona birds of prey and learn about their history, habitat and preservation. Presented by Liberty Wildlife. No registration required.

What: Pre-Pilgrim's Day Pooch Party
When: Thursday, November 15, 2012 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Hayden Square Amphitheatre, 404 S. Mill Avenue in Downtown Tempe
Featuring the return of the popular pop-up pooch park, dog costume contests, pet rescues, and musical performances by Ladylike and What Laura Says. Rescues include Lost Our Home, Lost Paws, Mayday Pitbull Rescue, AZ Great Pyrs, and the English Springer Spaniel Rescue.

What: Memory Screening
When: Friday, November 16, 2012 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Banner Alzheimer's Institute, 901 E. Willetta Street, Phoenix
Are you concerned that you may be experiencing memory loss and wonder if the changes are normal? Have you had your memory tested recently? Banner Alzheimer's Institute is celebrating National Memory Screening Day. Banner Alzheimer's Institute is conducting the memory screenings in collaboration the ASU College of Nursing & Healthcare Innovation. Participants will receive a confidential 20-minute memory screening, obtain tips on brain health and find information about where to get help with memory symptoms or concerns. Call (602) 230-CARE to register for an appointment.

What: Conservation Workdays
When: Saturday, November 17, 2012 from 8 a.m. to noon
Where: Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center, Phoenix
Get your hands dirty while giving back. This month, install plants and work the land to attract important pollinators to the Rio Salado habitat. Come prepared to work outside. All tools provided. Ages 10 and up welcome.

What: Veterans Volunteer Day
When: Saturday, November 17, 2012 from 9 a.m. to noon
Where: Environmental Education Center at Veterans Oasis Park, Chandler
Veterans and their family members and friends are invited to gather at the Environmental Education Center to participate in fun, environmentally-based service projects. Volunteer tasks may include park clean-up activities, gardening, recycling, or basic landscape maintenance. All ages are welcome; however, those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Please call 480-782-2894 to pre-register.

What: Shred-A-Thon
When: Saturday, November 17, 2012 from 8 a.m. to noon
Where: East Mesa Service Center, 6935 E. Decatur St., Mesa
The City of Mesa hosts this event, and the following conditions apply: event is open to Mesa residential customers only; five box limit on documents to be shredded per household (Max. box size: 12"x12"x18"); material will not be accepted from commercial or small businesses; residents are asked to clearly mark their boxes with the words 'To Be Shredded' so event staff can quickly unload their items. Due to anticipated volume, on-site shredding will not be available. Material will be secured at the collection site and transported to an off-site location at conclusion of event for destruction. The event is being sponsored by the City of Mesa Solid Waste Management Department and Arizona Center for the Blind Document Destruction and Recycling Services.

What: Fall Festival
When: Sunday, November 18, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: 5415 High Street (Off Loop 101 at 56th St. and Deer Valley Dr.), Phoenix
Stilt walkers, jugglers and street performers; interactive demonstrations and safety exhibits with the Phoenix Fire and Police Departments; live music from Ruby City; free activities for kids and families (face painter, balloon animals, bounce house); giveaways. Held in conjunction with the farmers market. Donation to the Phoenix Children's Hospital required for 150' Mega Slide. There may be a charge for some games.

What: Family Nature Walk
When: Sunday, November 18, 2012 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Where: Environmental Education Center at Veterans Oasis Park, Chandler
The habitats at Veterans Oasis Park are a haven for a variety of wildlife, especially birds and insects. Join a naturalist for a guided walk that explores the plants and animals of the park's desert and wetland habitats. 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.

What: First Snow Fall
When: Monday, November 19, 2012 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Desert Ridge Marketplace
With Radio Disney.

What: Performance with A View
When: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 10 a.m.
Where: Tempe Center for the Arts
Voice students of Anne Koptka. Performance with A View is presented by Friends of TCA. These informative, entertaining and informal performances feature guest artists from a variety of artistic disciplines. Coffee service (not free) begins at 9:30 a.m.

What: How Snoring Affects Your Health
When: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Foothills Library, 19055 N 57th Avenue, Glendale
Snoring and obstructive sleep apnea are conditions that represent more than simple irritants; they can have a real impact on your overall health and well-being. Dr. Azfar Siddiqui, B.D.S., D.M.D., M.S.C. of Midwestern University will explore the causes and effects of obstructive sleep apnea, share methods of diagnosis, and talk about how these conditions can be treated and prevented. For more information, call 623-930-3868.

More Freebies

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.

If you know about a free event that's open to the public that you'd like me to consider for this weekly column, complete and submit this form at least 8 days prior to the event and I'll consider it.

All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.

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