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3 Free Things To Do In and Around Phoenix - December 2012

By December 17, 2012

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This week you can see a classic, sing along, and have some jazzy music with your lunch.

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 are in full swing, and activities for the two weeks are often holiday-related. Many of them are free to attend; you can find those in the Big Holiday Festival List here.

What: Movie: Holiday Inn
When: Tuesday, December 18, 2012 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Where: Scottsdale Public Library, Mustang Branch
With music by Irving Berlin, singing by Bing Crosby and dancing by Fred Astaire, Holiday Inn is one of the most delightful and memorable musicals of all time. It's an unforgettable grab bag of Irving Berlin's hit songs including the one and only "White Christmas." Register online.

What: Sonoran Sunset Series
When: Thursday, December 20, 2012 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Veterans Oasis Park, Chandler
Free outdoor entertainment for the entire family. This month features a holiday sing-a-long and light jazz music featuring local Jazz vocalist Laurie Fagen who will be accompanied by the Vandal-Hancock Duo. Participants may bring blankets, chairs, and food and should dress warmly during the cooler months. Program may be moved indoors due to inclement weather.

What: Out to Lunch Concert
When: Thursday, December 20, 2012 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Mesa Arts Center
Bad Cactus Brass Band featuring the Mikel Landers & Meridith Moore Duo performs "New Orleans Jazz, Blues, Americana" at the Wells Fargo Garden performance area on the Shadow Walk at the Mesa Arts Center. Limited seating available. Folding chairs, cushions and blankets are welcome. Bring your own lunch or purchase from the onsite food vendor.

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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