In this issue: red hot lovers, storytelling, a smelly party, tailgate games, rock guitar, family recreation, accept yourself, make tamales, run from the cops, an excavation, mystery shopping and tenors.
Aside from these activities, you'll find holiday performances all over town. Check the big Christmas Concert and Shows list.
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: Desert Stages presents Last of the Red Hot Lovers
When: Now through January 13, 2013
Where: Desert Stages Theatre, 4720 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale
A Neil Simon comedy classic. Barney Cashman, a middle-aged married man, undergoes a lustful mid-life crisis and attempts to take part in a sexual revolution before it is too late. Cashman's gentle nature leaves the crowd roaring with laughter at his efforts to seduce the women he manages to encounter. DST's Actor's Café Series presents the show in the intimate 65-seat Actor's Café. Tickets are available online or by phone, 480-483-1664, and at the theatre box office. Tickets are $25 for adults and $22 for seniors and students.
What: Storytelling & Song
When: Opening night, Thursday, November 15, 2012 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa, Chandler
This unique program aims to protect and share the ancient cultures, traditions and meaningful history of the Pima and Maricopa people. The program, managed by the Resort's Cultural Concierge, Rosie Rivera, features storytellers from the Gila River Indian Community. Enrolled members tell a combination of ancient Pima and Maricopa legends based on desert wildlife, typically with a moral lesson, as well as personal stories about their experiences growing up on the surrounding Tribal lands. Traditional and social songs are also shared during the one-hour presentation. The program will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday through Saturday evenings. Beginning on January 8, 2013, "Storytelling & Song" will increase to five nights a week, Tuesday through Saturday evenings. The traditional storytelling will open with a ceremonial blessing by venerated Storyteller and Pima Native, Tim Terry on Thursday, November 15 and will continue until the closing blessing on the last day of winter in March 2013. "Storytelling & Song" is held at the Resort's outdoor fire pit and is complimentary for all Resort and Resort restaurant guests.
What: Pheromone Party
When: Friday, November 16, 2012 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Red Revolver, Scottsdale
Fascinations has partnered with Phoenix Mingles, a company that hosts events for single professionals, to present the pheromone party. Attendees will get an opportunity to meet other singles in an unusual way and hear from pheromone expert Dr. Shannon Chavez of SHE (Sexual Health Experts) as well as Krein about the difficulties of dating in a digital age. Registrants will be asked to wear a T-shirt to bed for three days, foregoing all scented products, and freeze it during the day to keep their scent locked in. At the party, each shirt will be given a number to identify its owner and a color based on their gender. Participants will sniff different bags to see what scent they are most attracted to. They will then take a picture with the numbers they like and hope the owner comes to find them when it flashes on the TV screens at the venue. Tickets are $35 (pruchase online) and include one raffle ticket, one drink and appetizers. Space is limited and registrants must be 21 or over.
What: Tailgate Games Driven by Discount Cab
When: Saturday, November 17, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, Scottsdale
Participants can compete in a variety of games - Ladder Golf, Bags Tournament, Grass Volleyball, Pong, and more - and also enjoy live entertainment, plus big-screen TVs tuned in to the day's hottest games. Tournaments have cash prizes. Registration online required for some activities: 10am - Volleyball; 11am - Bags Tournament; 2pm - Ladder Golf; 4pm - Pong. The volleyball tournament will be among the largest - 42 teams competing throughout the day. Two nine-by-six foot LED screens will be in the Cricket Cabana and Discount "Cab-ana" with the day's games. Kids are welcome to enjoy a day of sports in the Play Zone area. Fitness celebrity and model Amanda Adams courtesy of OhYeah! Nutrition will make an appearance. DJ SoulMan will be rocking all day long. Tickets are $5; all ages. Kids Zone tickets range in cost, based on the activity; some adult games may require a fee to participate.
What: Tempe City Limits: Grant Ferguson and Carol Pellatt & Boneyard
When: Saturday, November 17, 2012 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: TCA Studio at Tempe Center for the Arts
Featuring original rock and music by guitar greats Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan and others. Seating is general admission. Tickets are $15, not including service or convenience fees. Order online or call 480-350-2822.
What: Tumbleweed Recreation Center Family Night
When: Wednesday, November 21, 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: Don't Change - 3 Simple Tips to Accept Yourself Right Now
When: Thursday, November 29, 2012 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: The Wrigley Mansion, Phoenix
Women think they need to change themselves in order to be happier. But, according to Self-Esteem expert, author, and Identity Energizer Susan Vernicek, self-help programs aren't the answer, at least not at first. Self-reflecting is where to start in order to understand what you need to focus on in order to achieve your best self as a whole. As the editor of Identity Magazine, Vernicek has mentored thousands of women to increase their confidence, and suggests journaling as the entry point to happiness. This Arizona workshop is number eight of tour stop of a 48-state touring workshop. Includes a book, wine, water, snacks. Register online. Early bird (by Nov. 18): $49, after early bird $79.
What: Mexican Tamales
When: Friday, November 30, 2012 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr., Glendale
Learn to make a terrific pizza, and you'll never do delivery again. Also master a few basic cooking skills, learn a few tricks of the trade and start to enjoy cooking in your own kitchen. Instructed by Kent McDonald, a certified personal chef. $10 supply fee collected at class. Preregistration required. Fee is $40 (non-Glendale resident $48).
What: Tempe Run from the Cops 5K
When: Saturday, December 1, 2012. Register at 7 a.m., run at 9 a.m.
Where: Arts Park at Tempe Town Lake
The 5K is a single loop around Tempe Town Lake and will be chip timed. Advance registration is $25, which includes a commemorative Run from the Cops t-shirt. Day of registration is $40. Activities include an event expo with police vehicles, including the SWAT Armored Vehicle, Police Motorcycle, Patrol Squad Car, Police Command Van and free 1/2K Fuzz Run for children 10 and under. The Fuzz Run begins at 8:30 a.m. All proceeds will benefit the nonprofit Tempe Police Foundation, established to support and strengthen the services, programs of the Tempe Police Department.
What: Archaeology for Kids
When: Saturday, December 1, 2012 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Where: Pueblo Grande Museum, Phoenix
Children ages 7 to 12 can become a Junior Archaeologist and discover the science of archaeology by doing a simulated excavation of a Hohokam pit house. Advanced registration is required by November 29. Course #88995 Cost: $15
What: Mystery Shopping Workshop
When: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Where: Glendale Adult Center, 5970 W. Brown St., Glendale
Learn what mystery shopping is, how to get started, get assignments and evaluate places such as restaurants, movie theaters, etc. Class is based on instructor's 15 years experience in the field. Class open to ages 18 and older. Fee is $34 (Non-Glendale resident $41). To register or for more information, call 623-930-4600.
What: The Hits@TCA: Le Grandi Voci - The 3 International Tenors
When: Friday, December 7, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Tempe Center for the Arts
Features stirring renditions of some of the most memorable songs ever written including Time To Say Goodbye, Ave Maria and Nessun dorma, along with a very special appearance from Korean soprano, Michele Oh. The show is comprised of multiple genres, Opera, Musical Theatre and Pop Opera, or as it is sometimes called, POPERA. Tickets start at $20 (additional service fees may apply). Students reeive a $5 discount. Through Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 22) purchase a $30 ticket for $20 use promo code: Tenor.
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