This week you can meditate, meet an author, get an autograph, ride your bike, listen to classical, hear about history, make a puppy, prepare your toddler, eat from the garden and protect your investments.
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: Meditation Workshops
When: See below.
Where: See below.
One-hour workshops on reducing stress through meditation. Learn a simple, yet powerful technique to reduce stress, improve concentration, and enhance clarity of thought and mental equilibrium. Workshops are presented by retired Army Lieutenant Colonel William Smith, director of Darshan Meditation Children's Camp and a practitioner for more than 30 years. 6 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 6 at Ironwood Library, 4333 E. Chandler Blvd.
6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 7 at Mesquite Library, 4525 E. Paradise Village Parkway N.
2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 9 at Juniper Library, 1825 W. Union Hills Dr.
7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 12 at Agave Library, 23550 N. 36th Ave.
What: Author J.A. Jance
When: Friday, February 8, 2013 at 1 p.m.
Where: Foothills Library, 19055 N 57th Avenue, Glendale
J. A. Jance is the New York Times bestselling author of the J. P.Beaumont series, the Joanna Brady series, the Ali Reynolds series and three stand-alone thrillers. She visits the library to talk about her writing and read from her latest book.
What: Arizona Diamondbacks Visit Wild Horse Pass
When: Friday, February 8, 2013 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, Ocotillo Ballroom, Chandler
The 2013 Arizona Diamondbacks will stop at Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino. Josh Collmenter, Adam Eaton, David Hernandez and Wade Miley will participate in a free autograph session in the conference center. The D-backs request guests only bring one item to be autographed by each player. Photos permitted.
What: Bike Rodeo
When: Saturday, February 9, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Peoria Sports Complex
More than 3,000 people are expected to fill the complex for young riders to practice their bike skills on an obstacle course, meet Peoria motorcycle officers, and to get a free bicycle helmet with fitting. Other activities include raffling off 50 children's bicycles, climbing walls, bounce houses, police demonstrations and free food and drinks.
What: Scottsdale Philharmonic
When: Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 4 p.m.
Where: Sahuaro Auditorium, 6250 N. 82 St., Scottsdale
The Scottsdale Philharmonic is a non profit organization made up of professionally trained musicians that donate their time to provide classical music concerts to the public free of charge. Today's concert features Von Weber: Overture to Euryanthe; Cowell: Old American Country Set; Schubert: Symphony No. 8 in B Minor.
What: Black History Month
When: Monday, February 11 at 10:15 a.m.
Where: Chandler Senior Center, 202 E Boston St, Chandler
February is Black History Month. Motivational speaker and Chandler Senior Center patron Barbara Turner will be presenting.
What: Sweetheart Puppies
When: Monday, February 11 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
h Where: Foothills Library, 19055 N 57th Avenue, Glendale
Ages 6 to 11 can celebrate Valentine's Day by making adorable sweetheart puppy bags. To register, call 623-930-3837 or stop by the youth reference desk.
What: 1 2 3 Math & Science
When: Thursday, February 14, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Where: Care1st Avondale Resource and Housing Center, 328 W. Western Avenue, Avondale
Learn fun math and science activities that you can do at home with your preschooler to prepare for school and a future of success. The workshop is intended for parents and caregivers of children 0 to 5 years-old. Register by calling (623) 333-2721.
What: Water Wise Edible Gardening
When: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Where: Chandler's Main Library, 22 S. Delaware Street
Learn how to prepare beds, choose plants, and care for vegetables, herbs, fruits and citrus for a bountiful harvest. Free for Chandler utility customers. Register by calling 480-782-3580.
What: Pros & Cons of IRAs & 401Ks Workshop
When: Thursday, February 21, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Where: Public Safety Building (Police Department), 14250 W. Statler Plaza, Surprise
The workshop will cover: What are IRA's and 401Ks? How is a traditional IRA different than a Roth IRA? What are the tax advantages and disadvantages of IRA's and 401ks for you and your heirs? How are IRAs and 401ks regulated by the Federal Government? Do IRAs and 401ks pass tax-free to your heirs? Call to register 623.222.3242. Space is limited.
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