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Upcoming Fundraisers, Activities and Workshops (Issue #58)

By December 4, 2012

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In this issue: mind reading, paintball for girls, fun walk, Santa workshop, bird migration, behind the scenes, discover tortoises, music for a cause, and make tamales.

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: Bewitching Affair
When: Friday, December 7, 2012 from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Arizona Science Center, Downtown Phoenix
As part of its monthly Adults Night Out series, Arizona Science will feature an evening of magic, mind reading, music and merriment. In addition to enjoying music, drinks and hundreds of hands-on exhibits, visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy the magic of magician/mentalist Craig Anthony, one of the most sought after mind reading consultants in the world. Anthony will share the limelight with his magician partner, Richard Steele, who's known for his highly interactive performances. Professor Michael McBeath will delve into the mysteries and science behind perception and illusions. Visit Giant Mysterious Dinosaurs, an interactive exhibit that spotlights the largest touring collection of dinosaur skeletons and robotics, up to 70 feet long and 24 feet tall (additional fees apply). Adults' Night Out access to all four floors of hand-on science is free to anyone 18 and over. Tickets -- $33 for Members and $38 for Non-members -- include access to lecture in the IMAX Theater (seating is limited), magic performance and two drink tickets towards the cash bar. Music will be provided by DJ Smite. 18 years of age and older.

What: Ladies Night at Westworld Paintball
When: Every Friday night from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Westworld Paintball Xtreme Pursuit, 4240 W. Camelback Rd., Phoenix
Free admission and free rental equipment package for Ladies, just buy the ammo (paintballs). $29.95 value. You must be at least 10 years old to play.

What: Family Fun Walk
When: Saturday, December 8, 2012 from 10 a.m. to noon
Where: Tumbleweed Park, Chandler
Entrance fee is $10 per person or $25 per family. Fee includes t-shirts, food and prizes for each participant. Group registration is also available including Silver Sponsor - $250 (up to 25 participants), Gold Sponsor - $500 (up to 50 participants) and Platinum Sponsor - $1,000 (up to 100 participants). Each participant is encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy to Tumbleweed Park on the morning of the Holiday Fun Walk.

What: Santa's Workshop
When: Saturday, December 8, 2012 from 10 a.m. to noon
Where: Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr., Glendale
A store just for the kids up to age 12 will be set up with a variety of items, all priced $3 or less, perfect for little shoppers. Kids can purchase holiday presents at nominal prices for family, friends, teachers or even pets. Photos with Santa will also be available along with Santa's Elves to wrap purchases in holiday wrapping paper. For more information, call 623-930-4600.

What: Mysteries of Migration
When: Sunday, December 9, 2012 at 1:30 p.m.
Where: Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park, Superior
Research biologist and ASU professor Stan Cunningham will share insights into avian migration. Would you believe that of the 850 bird species in North America, more than 300 leave the continent and spend the winter in central and South America and the Caribbean? In preparation, some transform themselves into "super birds:" gorging until they almost double their body weight with fat reserves to have the energy for transcontinental flight. Others take an opposite tact and fly for just a few hours each day. And how do they find their way? Stan is also a professor as ASU Polytechnic - and his presentation will be accompanied by his impressive photography of birds on the wing. Lecture is included with Arboretum daily admission of $9 for adults; or at no charge if you have an Arizona State Parks Annual Pass.

What: Behind the Scenes Tour at Pueblo Grande Museum
When: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 from 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Where: Pueblo Grande Museum, Phoenix
An opportunity to learn about the artifacts that are not on display at the museum and to see how museums care for their collections. First come, first serve. Arrive early because space is limited on the tour. General admission prices apply.

What: Desert Discovery: Tortoises
When: Friday, December 14, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Where: Environmental Education Center at Veterans Oasis Park, Chandler
Discover life in the Sonoran Desert in this class for parents and children (ages 3-4). There will be stories, games, finger plays and crafts all about tortoises and turtles. The fee is $6 ($9 for non-residents) per child with an additional $5 fee due to the instructor at the beginning of class. Pre-registration is required. Parents are admitted free.

What: Rock 'n 4 Recovery
When: Saturday, December 15, 2012 from noon to 6 p.m.
Where: San Tan Village, Courtyard Pavilion, Gilbert
This concert-based event sponsored by Rock n Roll High School, SanTan Village and the American Red Cross will benefit victims of the recent storms in the Northeastern United States, including Hurricane Sandy. Rock 'N 4 Recovery is free to attend and will include more than a dozen youth and established Phoenix bands such as Zero Zero, the Jack Rollers, Johnny Zapp, and the winners of the Alice Cooper Christmas Pudding Opening Act competition, Smokestack. Local comedians will also be entertaining. Performances will go on throughout the afternoon and local restaurants will be onsite serving tastes of their most delicious menu items. In addition to the music, food, and laughs, there will be a silent auction, 50/50 raffle, and fire, police, and military vehicles for viewing. All proceeds from this event will be donated to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.

What: Mexican Tamales Class
When: Sunday, December 16, 2012 from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where: Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr., Glendale
Learn to make homemade beef, chicken and sweet tamales. Participants will make tamales using the traditional masa and a low-fat recipe. Participants will take home 12 tamales. $20 supply fee will be collected at class. Spanish available upon request. Fee is $34 (non-Glendale resident $41). To register or for more information, call 623-930-4600.

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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.

If you have an program or event that is open to the public that you'd like me to consider for this column, complete this form and submit it to me at least 8 days prior to the event (or registration deadline, if applicable).

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

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