This week you can stroll through nature, learn to save a life, stop arguing, discover yoga, be brave, spend time with Shakespeare, see a movie, be a better babysitter, check your health, and take a walk.
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: Guided Nature Tours at Pinnacle Peak
When: Tuesdays through Sundays, now through April, at 10 a.m.
Where: Pinnacle Peak Park, 26802 N. 102 Way, Scottsdale
Hit the trail Tuesdays through Sundays beginning at 10 a.m. Tours are available on a drop-in basis, no reservations needed. The hike to and from Grandview Overlook will take up to two hours, a distance of about 1.5 miles. Hike leaders will provide insights into the plants, animals, history, geology and archaeology of the park and the Sonoran Desert. Tours are not offered during inclement weather, holidays or holiday weekends. For more information, call 480-312-0990.
When: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Fire Station 172 in Avondale, 1825 North 107th Ave.
Avondale Fire-Rescue will be offering a Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) course for adults. Those who successfully complete the course will receive an American Heart Association (AHA) Heartsaver certificate. If you have taken this course in the past, the AHA recommends the renewal of the Heartsaver course every two years. No prior first aid or CPR/AED knowledge is needed to take this course. Seating is limited. For more information and to pre-register call 623-333-6112.
What: Child Behavior Workshop
When: Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 10 a.m.
Where: : Care1st Avondale Resource & Housing Center, 328 W. Western Ave, Avondale
Are you tired of arguing with your child? Would you like to see changes in your child's behavior? Parents and caregivers of children 0 to 5 years-old are invited to a Love & LogicŪ workshop to learn about child behavior, and how implementing simple and practical techniques can empower you as a parent and help your child grow into a responsible adult. For more information or to register, please call (623) 333-2721.
What: Yoga in the Park
When: Thursday, January 10, 2013 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Dr. AJ Chandler Park, Chandler
Yoga instructor Jan Baker will be teaching beginning yoga for all ages and levels. Bring your own equipment.
What: Monday Matinee: "Brave"
When: Friday, January 11, 2013 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Foothills Library, 19055 N 57th Avenue, Glendale
Rated PG. This month enter the hidden world of 12-year old Hugo, living secretly in the walls of a Paris train station. Based on Caldecott Medal winner, The Invention of Hugo Cabret. Bring a snack and enjoy a movie with your friends. Children ages nine and under must have a parent, teen sibling, or other caregiver at the program.
What: The Bard's New Yeare
When: Friday, January 11, 2012 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: Downtown Mesa
An outdoor mini-festival featuring Shakespearean vignettes & song and Renaissance music. Performances will include selections from "The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (abridged)", and songs from "The Tempest." The Taylor Family Circus will entertain with fire juggling and stilt-walking. Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum will be open that evening and admission there is also free.
What: "The Lorax" at Avondale Out & About
When: Friday, January 11, 2012 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Avondale City Hall Outdoor Amphitheater, 11465 W. Civic Center Drive
Avondale Recreation will be providing outdoor heaters and handing out free popcorn so your family can come out to enjoy a showing of Dr. Seuss's "The Lorax" as part of the Out & About Event. Bring a blanket to sit on. Food and warm hot drinks will be available for purchase. Prior to the movie entertainment will be provided by James Reid, Juggler Extraordinaire.
What: Child Care Provider Seminar for Teens
When: two consecutive Saturdays, January 12 and January 19, 2013 from 8 a.m. to noon
Where: Fire Station 172 in Avondale, 1825 North 107th Ave.
This class is designed to enlighten teens as to the common hazards found in the home and how to prevent potential life threatening situations from occurring. Topics will include CPR instruction, first aid, home hazard recognition, drowning awareness and prevention, child rearing basics, fire safety, and a personal safety module, which will include some self-defense tips. Registration is required, call 623-333-6112.
What: Health & Wellness Fair
When: Saturday, January 12, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr., Glendale
Become healthier while getting free services such as chair massages and blood pressure checks. Find out more about natural and organic products, dentists, local cancer advocates, personal trainers, chiropractic services, holistic services, energy drinks, area health care professionals and many more all in one location. For more information, call 623-930-4608.
What: Family Nature Walk
When: Sunday, January 13, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Where: Veterans Oasis Park, Chandler
The habitats at Veterans Oasis Park are a haven for a variety of wildlife, especially birds and insects. Join a naturalist for a guided walk that explores the plants and animals of the park's desert and wetland habitats. Bring binoculars and water and wear good walking shoes and a hat. The walks are not fast-paced and the terrain is easy. Participants should meet at the Red-Tailed Hawk Pavilion which is just east of the Environmental Education Center. Pre-registration is not required.
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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