In this issue: be a survivor, jazz masquerade, archery 101, run for disabled sports, homemade hygiene, wind symphony, Hitchcock parody, geocaching, a film about Nicky, and a film screening of Bully.
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.
Events are presented here in date order.
What: Kids vs. Wild
When: Friday, January 4, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Where: San Tan Mountain Regional Park, Queen Creek
Venture out into the wild of the Sonoran Desert for a survival challenge that will put your skills to the test. Use your brains, brawn and the special skills you will learn from Ranger Adam, to make it through a top secret trail full of surprises at every bend. Once you make it out of the wild, you will get a chance to meet a real life desert survivor who has never slept in a bed, never taken a shower and is covered in scales. Kids are encouraged, but not required, to pack a survival backpack full of survival gear they think they may need during the hike (about 0.75 miles). Wear closed toed shoes, bring water and pack only what you can carry on the hike. This hike is not intended for strollers. $6 per vehicle park entry fee. No registration required.
What: New Year's Jazz Masquerade
When: Saturday, January 5, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Musical Instrument Museum, Phoenix
MIM is hosting a family-friendly day full of the vibrant sights and sounds of American jazz and Caribbean masquerade traditions. Enjoy mini tours, make drums from recycled materials, create festive masquerade masks, participate in a jazzy story time, and march (or dance) into 2013 by joining a performance with the ASU Dixie Devils (12:30 p.m. & 2 p.m.). A docent led tour of the MIM's jazz exhibit takes place at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Story Time: The Jazz Fly at 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m., & noon. Free with museum admission.
What: Archery 101
When: Saturday, January 5, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Where: Lake Pleasant Lake Pleasant Regional Park Group Campground, Peoria
Learn to shoot a recurve, compound, and cross bow. This 1.5 hour class is the first step in learning archery. Wear comfortable clothes, closed toe shoes and bring some cold water. All equipment is provided. Call 602-372-7460 x 202 , and leave name, phone number, and how many people wish to attend. Ranger will call to let you know if thre is room in the class (only 12 people per class). Follow the "Archery 101" signs from the main contact station to the group campground. $6 per vehicle park entry fee.
What: Run, Walk and Roll
When: Saturday, January 5, 2013 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Tempe Beach Park
Presented by Arizona Disabled Sports. A 5k, 10k, 1 mile fitness walk, and a .5 mile kids fun run. All proceeds from the event will go towards Arizona Disabled Sports. The Run, Walk and Roll supports adaptive sports programs by providing opportunities for new uniforms, upgraded adaptive equipment, special event support and more.
What: Homemade Hygiene
When: Monday, January 7, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Where: Environmental Education Center at Veterans Oasis Park, Chandler
Want to eliminate harmful petroleum products from your daily personal hygiene routine? Join this class for adults to learn ten easy ways to make your own beauty products, the benefits of using toxic-free beauty products, and make your own in class. The fee is $9 ($13 for non-residents) per person with an additional $3 fee due to the instructor at the beginning of class. Registration required.
What: Arizona Wind Symphony Concert
When: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Tempe Center for the Arts
The Arizona Wind Symphony, an 80 member symphonic band, will present "Cornerstones", featuring major works for wind symphony plus performances by student winners of the AWS's annual small ensemble competition. Dr. Wayne Bailey, ASU Professor of Music, will be a guest conductor. Tickets are $6 plus $1 convenience/service fee per ticket sold via the box office phones or windows, or $3 per ticket sold online. Parking is free.
What: The 39 Steps
When: January 11 - 27, 2013
Where: Fountain Hills Theatre, 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd.
A hysterical parody adapted from the 1915 John Buchan novel of the same name and subsequent film by Alfred Hitchcock. This quick-paced production involves dastardly murders, dazzlingly beautiful women and razor-sharp double entendres and puns, which play off the titles other Hitchcock films, including Psycho, Vertigo and North by Northwest. Tickets can be reserved at online or by calling 480-837-9661.
What: Geocaching at Veterans Oasis Park
When: Saturday, January 12, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Where: Environmental Education Center at Veterans Oasis Park, Chandler
Learn how to use a GPS unit to enjoy the sport of geocaching. Geocaches are hidden worldwide, and Veterans Oasis Park has some of its own. If you want to know where they are and learn the basics of geocaching, sign up for this class. This program is for all ages and is a great family activity. The fee is $9 ($13 for non-residents) per person, including children ages 6+. GPS units are provided.
What: The Power of One: Nicky's Family
When: Saturday, January 12, 2013
Where: Chandler Center for the Arts
Nicky's Family is the story of one man, Nicholas Winton, who quietly organized the rescue of more than 600 Czech and Slovak children before the outbreak of WWII. The film has won 29 film awards, including 12 audience awards from U.S. film festivals. Dozens of Winton's "children" have been found and to this day his family has grown to almost 6,000 people. Winton, now 103 years old, did not speak about these events for more than half a century. Today the story of this rescue is known all over the world. The Chandler event includes a call to action as attendees have the opportunity to connect with community organizations during a pre-and-post event fair. An awards ceremony will accompany the film and honor Chandler Police, Fire and community volunteers, including the top young person, adult, and senior adult who volunteered the most hours during the City's recent 100 Hour Centennial Volunteer Challenge. Event proceeds will contribute to the building of the Center for Holocaust Education & Human Dignity planned for property located near the southwest corner of Ray and Alma School Roads. Tickets are $9 for adults/$6 for active military and veterans and available at www.evjcc.org, or by calling (480) 897-0588.
What: Movie Screening: Bully
When: Monday, January 21, 2013 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Where: AMC Ahwatukee 24, 4915 East Ray Rd., Phoenix (map)
This year 13 million American kids will be bullied, and 3 million students will be absent because they feel unsafe at school. Join local students and educators on Martin Luther King Jr. day to learn about bullying and how you can make a difference. Action Kit, flyers and additional resources will be provided for those interested in participating in dialogues, discussions, and community events. RSVP at http://www.tugg.com/events/2330. Deadline is 1/14/2013. Must have 70 people interested in seeing Bully for the screening to happen.
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