This week you can follow the code, take a night out, party before the game, make a fish print, see sweet rides, check out classic cars, take a hike, go to a western museum, start a business, walk for unity, see where art meets environment, see a museum, be like Mike, go solar and make your pitch.
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. 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 the long list of activities and festivals that are annual events in Greater Phoenix check the calendar.
What: Code Compliance 101
When: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Desert West Community Center, 6501 W. Virginia Ave., Phoenix
Are you concerned about trash, high weeds, dead trees, graffiti, deteriorated fences or open/vacant properties in your neighborhood? The city of Phoenix Neighborhood Services Department is hosting a class on how the code compliance process works to address violations in your community.
What: Adults' Night Out at the Arizona Science Center
When: Friday, February 1, 2013 from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Arizona Science Center, Phoenix
Free lecture: The Science of Golf with PING® with Eric Morales, PING Research Engineer, at 7 p.m. Explore the Center's exhibit galleries from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Ages 18+ only. Additional evening options include an IMAX film or planetarium presentation at 8:15 p.m. (Regular admission fees apply for film and planetarium presentations.) Additional fees apply for entrance to featured exhibitions.
What: Super Bowl Pre-Party
When: Friday, February 1, 2013 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Tumbleweed Recreation Center, 745 E. Germann Road, Chandler
Students in grades 7 through 12 are invited to the 2nd Annual Super Bowl XLVII Pre-Party. The fun-filled night will include free food provided by Chipotle Mexican Grill, plus activities such as bungee runs, video game tournaments and strength and agility challenges. Students must present a student I.D. for admission and are encouraged to wear their favorite team jersey. For more information, call (480) 782-2909.
What: Beneath the Ice: The Folk Art of Robert A. Schwartz
When: February 1 - 28, 2013
Where: Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N. Central Ave., 2nd Floor, Phoenix
The exhibit features more than 60 hand-crafted ice spearfishing decoys, a life-size ice spearfishing house, and photos and information about the sport. The exhibit opens with a celebration for the entire family 6 - 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1 in the exhibit space. Meet the artist and watch a live demonstration of his hand-carving techniques. Make fish prints from real fish and play fish-focused games. Learn about native and sport fish in the state from an Arizona Game and Fish Department expert. Programs continue on select Saturdays throughout the month.
What: Motoring Through Time - Where the Transportation Past Meets the Future
When: Saturday, February 2, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Heritage & Science Park, Phoenix
Valley car enthusiasts can take a step back in time at a classic vehicle exhibit featuring more than 100 classic and antique cars, trucks, travel trailers, motorcycles and more dating from the early 1900s to the mid-1980s, including Model Ts, Packards and Corvettes.
What: Pre-Wildflower Hike
When: Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 8:45 a.m.
Where: McDowell Sonoran Preserve, Scottsdale
Go looking for signs of early wildflower blooms and discuss the strategies used and prerequisites needed by wildflowers to insure a successful blooming season. Allow 2½ hours for a moderate 3-mile loop. Meet at the Lost Dog Trailhead on 124th St. north of Via Linda. Appropriate for ages 10 and older.
What: Desert Caballeros Western Museum
When: Saturday, February 2, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Desert Caballeros Western Museum, 21 N Frontier Street, Wickenburg
To celebrate the successful completion of the "Live it, Love it, Make it Last" Capital Campaign, all of the exhibits, and a special Mary-Russell Ferrell Colton Symposium, are included with the free admission.
What: Start Your Own Business
When: Saturday, February 2, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
A workshop for people interested in starting their own business, presented by SCORE with funding from APS, the recurring workshop (first Saturday of each month) covers myths about starting and running a small business, common mistakes that small businesses make, the importance of a business plan, critical success factors and adequate capital, researching a business idea, knowing the competitors, investors and funding, and finding a competitive advantage. Presenters also discuss nonprofits, home-based and online businesses.
What: Regional Unity Walk & Festival
When: Saturday, February 2, 2013 from 10 a.m. to noon
Where: Various starting locations
Join the participating cities of Chandler, Guadalupe, Mesa, Phoenix, Scottsdale, and host city Tempe walking for unity to promote mutual respect and understanding. Families, community organizations, scout groups, schools, and faith groups are encouraged to participate. Walkers are encouraged to carry signs and banners representing their groups. Walkers should arrive at their assembly point by 10 a.m., and the walk begins at 10:30 a.m. Assembly points are as follows: Cities of Chandler, Phoenix and Scottsdale will meet at the Tempe Lake Marina; the cities of Tempe, Guadalupe and Mesa will meet at the Tempe Beach Park Amphitheater. The diversity festival, which will begin as walkers arrive, will feature a welcome by dignitaries, entertainment, jump houses for the kids, and free hot dogs while supplies last. No registration required.
What: Art and Sustainability
When: Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 1 p.m.
Where: Deer Valley Rock Art Center, Phoenix
Julie Anand will discuss the ways that artists engage with environmental issues. She will highlight local, national, and international examples. For example, the audience may be surprised to learn that artist Mel Chin used plants to extract heavy toxic metals from the ground, likening his subtractive process to using a chisel on marble. Beatriz da Costa fashioned air quality data-sensing backpacks for pigeons to wear that send information to a blog accessible by the public. Natalie Jeremijenko created buoys that light up when fish swim beneath them in the Hudson River, alerting the public who then feed the fish specially-engineered food that cleans their bodies of water pollutants. Learn what art can be and do in the world.
What: Bank of America presents Museums on Us
When: Saturday and Sunday, February 2 and 3, 2013
Where: Phoenix Art Museum, Children's Museum of Phoenix
Bank of America/Merrill Lynch credit or debit card holders get a free admission to the two museums mentioned. Photo ID and a valid Bank of America/Merrill Lynch credit or debit card must be presented. One free general admission limited to cardholder at participating institution, excluding fundraising events, special exhibitions and ticketed shows. Not to be combined with other offers.
What: Developing Mental Toughness: How to "Be Like Mike"
When: Tuesday, February 5, 2013 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Foothills Library, 19055 N 57th Avenue, Glendale
This lecture is part of the Get in the Game: Preparing for Athletic Success lecture series, is presented by Angela Breitmeyer, Psy.D., CC-AASP of Midwestern University Multispecialty Clinic. The best athletes know how to turn anxiety into opportunity to improve their focus and confidence. Learn from Dr. Breitmeyer's experience working with competitive athletes to use visualization and self-talk to enhance your skills under pressure.
What: Going Solar Workshop
When: Saturday, February 9, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Where: Rio Vista Recreation Center, Peoria
Learn how to save money and by incorporating the power of the sun in your home. Topics covered include how solar works; environmental benefits; roofing needs; system design; tax exemptions; financial benefits; how to choose a contractor. Space is limited, call 623.773.7785 to register.
When: Saturday, February 9, 2013 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
Randomly selected writers get one minute (and one minute only) to present their best "elevator pitch" to a panel of book experts. One lucky author will win an introduction to a literary agent in their genre. The panel of judges includes author David Henry Sterry, literary agent Arielle Eckstut, Poisoned Pen Press acquisitions editor Annette Rogers, Changing Hands Bookstore co-founder Gayle Shanks and Knopf Random House Canada senior editor Paul Taunton. Pitchapalooza follows an Indie Author Publishing Conference, offered by Changing Hands Bookstore, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. That conference is not free, and you don't have to attend it to participate in Pitchapalooza.
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.
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