This week you can say slam poetry, celebrate an anniversary, ride a bike, watch shuffleboard, take a tour and make cookies in a jar.
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.
The holidays have arrived, and activities for the next month are often holiday-related. Many of them are free to attend; you can find those in the Big Holiday Festival List here.
What: Poetry Slam
When: Friday, November 30, 2012 at 5:15 p.m.
Where: Mesa Arts Center
Local poets of Phonetic Spit bring Spoken Word to students valley wide in the MAC's artist-in-residence program. Watch them showcase their talents during the All City SLAM Championship.
What: McCormick Ranch 40th Anniversary
When: Saturday, December 1, 2012 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: McCormick Ranch, Scottsdale Road and McCormick Parkway, Scottsdale
A community gathering celebrating the 40th Anniversary of McCormick Ranch and the Holiday Lighting. The event will include free refreshments and cookies, face painting, local school choirs, a visit from Santa, fireworks and a big pile of fresh snow. Free parking and free "Ollie The Trolley" transportation from the parking facilities to the event.
What: Ready-To-Ride Bicycle Workshop
When: Saturday, December 1, 2012 from 9 a.m. to noon
Where: Rio Vista Recreation Center, Peoria
Reconnect with the outdoors, leave your car behind and pedal your way to a healthier lifestyle while improving air quality by attending this bicycle workshop. Learn about bike safety, Arizona traffic laws and the various opportunities to travel by bicycle to your favorite amenities and leisurely trips.
What: Wilf Clark Mixed Doubles ShuffleBoard Tournament
When: December 3 - 6, 2012. Opening ceremony at 8:15am and play will begin at 8:30am.
Where: Mesa Spirit RV Resort, 3020 E. Main St, Mesa
Spectators are welcome and there is no fee to cheer on the teams.
What: Senior Tour of SMoCA
When: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 1:30 p.m.
Where: Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
Explore two of our current exhibitions with other seniors led by a SMoCA Docent and enjoy light refreshments after the tour. RSVP to 480-874-4641.
What: "Mix It Up!" Cookies in a Jar
When: Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 6 p.m.
Where: Velma Teague Branch Library, 7010 N. 58th Ave., Glendale
Create an edible masterpiece by filling an ordinary glass jar with decorative layers of chocolate chip cookie mix. Ages 12-18. Call 623-930-3431 or go online for more information and to register.
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.
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