This week you can concentrate better, take pictures with royalty, walk around art, and celebrate a city.
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: Concentrate Better in the New Year
When: Thursday, January 3, 2013 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Center for Attention Deficit and Learning Disorders, 10229 N. 92nd St., Suite 101, Scottsdale
This new year, make a resolution to focus better and sharpen your ability to concentrate. Whether at home with the family, in the workplace, or in general day-to-day tasks, find useful tips to improve concentration and to help you grow personally and professionally in 2013. Free parking. Registration required.
What: Food City Supermarket Celebrates Three Kings Day
When: Saturday, January 5, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Food City Supermarket, 845 W. Southern, Phoenix
The Food City supermarket at 7th Avenue and Southern in Phoenix, will celebrate Three Kings Day with a special family event featuring toy giveaways for children, live entertainment, food sampling and children's activities. All children attending the celebration will receive a free toy and have the opportunity to take pictures with the Three Kings.
What: First Saturday Arts in the Park
When: Saturday, January 5, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: 12645 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills
Enjoy the work of local artists on the patio of Plaza Fountainside. Free Parking.
What: Celebration of Mesa
When: Tuesday, January 8, 2013 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Mesa Arts Center, Virginia G. Piper Theater
community leaders and residents are invited to attend a program, ceremony and reception. The program will include photos, videos and music about Mesa and the State of Arizona and will be hosted by KTAR's Ned Foster. Entertainment will include Marshall Trimble, author, storyteller and Arizona's Official State Historian; and the State's Official Historical Brass Band, the Territorial Brass Band. At the conclusion of the swearing-in ceremony, guests are invited to a reception in honor of the Mayor and the City Council.
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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All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.