In this issue: meet the author, smile bright, sing praise, funny guy, get ready for prom, three pianos, woodwinds, a nurse on an island, man with a big back, casino night, discover hummingbirds, lots of volleyball, blues in a garden and a fishing derby.
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.
If you are looking for programs or activities where there is no charge for admission, you can check my weekly "Free Things To Do" column (it comes out every Monday), or check the monthly calendar of recurring annual events.
Events are presented here in date order.
What: February at The Poisoned Pen
When: Various dates, various times
Where: The Poisoned Pen Bookstore, 4014 N Goldwater #101, Scottsdale
Every signing consists of a 1 hour interview with the author. The programs are free to attend and the author's latest book will be on sale. Arrive at least 15 minutes early to get a good seat.
Tues. Feb. 5: JA Jance, 7 p.m.
Sat. Feb. 9: Lisa Gardner, 2 p.m.
Sun. Feb 10: Frederick Ramsay, 2 p.m.
Thurs. Feb. 13: Patricia Bracewell and Dina Nayeri, two debut authors, 7 p.m.
Sat. Feb. 16: Ed Kovacs, 2 p.m.
Mon. Feb. 18: Maureen Jennings, 7 p.m.
Wed. Feb. 20: Deborah Crombie, 7 p.m.
Mon. Feb. 25: John Joseph Adams/Diana Gabaldon, 7 p.m.
Tues. Feb. 26: Dana Stabenow Launch Party, 7 p.m.
Wed. Feb. 27: Sara J Henry, 7 p.m.
What: Children's Dental Health Month at Children's Museum of Phoenix
When: February 7, 8, 14, 15, 16, 18, 21, 22, and 23, 2013
Where: Children's Museum of Phoenix, Phoenix
Sarabelle Toothington, the Tooth Fairy, will visit the museum to brighten kids' smiles with her NEW puppet show called "Bucky Battles Sweet Tooth and the Sugar Bugs" from The Adventures of Bitesize Bucky series. Shows at 9:30am,10:30am, and 11:30am; February 22nd and 23rd will also have afternoon shows at 1:30pm and 2:30pm. Free with museum admission.
What: Gospel Gala
When: Friday, February 8, 2013 at 7 p.m.
Where: SMCC Performance Hall, 7050 S. 24th Street, Phoenix
General Admission $10, children and students $5. Tickets available at the door. In celebration of Black History Month, South Mountain Community College presents a tribute to gospel artists the late Mahalia Jackson and Walter Hawkins. Up to twelve local artists and groups will perform old spirituals, hymns, gospel, anthems and praise music that is a part of African-American history. Co-sponsored by SMCC's Black Student Union and Love Images. Proceeds from the event will be used for scholarships.
What: Greg Hahn at Comedy Spot Comedy Club
When: February 8 - 10, 2013 from p.m. to p.m.
Where: Comedy Spot Comedy Club, Scottsdale
Stand-up comedy for adults (21+). General admission tickets are $20 each.
What: Prom Fair
When: Saturday, February 9 and 16, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday February 17, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Metrocenter Mall, South Entrance, Phoenix
High school junior and senior girls shop for a new or gently used prom gown for $10, and accessories for $2 to $6. No appointment necessary, but selection and appointments are first come, first served. Open to high school junior and senior girls only with a valid student ID. After signing into the event, students are assigned a "personal shopper" to assist with the selection of their gown and accessories, and final purchase. All purchases are cash only. Hosted by Metrocenter mall and organized by Fairy Godmothers of AZ, a local nonprofit that provides this special experience for high school girls whose financial situations would otherwise preclude them from attending their prom. Gowns provided by local retailers and through gown drives. Donations of gently used gowns accepted at the mall at Guest Services.
What: Sonoran Chamber Music Series
When: Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 2:30 p.m.
Where: Tempe Center for the Arts
Ridge Piano Trio. Individual tickets are $25, which includes a drinks reception (one drink per person) in the TCA Lounge with the artists following the concert. Student tickets are $10 through the box office, in person, with appropriate ID.
What: ASU Concert: Ocotillo Winds and ASU Graduate Woodwind Chamber Groups
When: Monday, February 11, 2013. 6:30 p.m talk, 7:30 p.m. concert
Where: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
The Ocotillo Winds are a refreshingly entertaining breeze from the desert Southwest. Their fast paced programs are packed with the dynamic energy of four virtuosos: flutist Elizabeth Buck, oboist Martin Schuring, clarinetist Robert Spring and bassoonist Albie Micklich. The program also includes ASU graduate students in a variety of chamber-music settings. Tickets are $10 each, free for all students with a current I.D.
What: Hale Centre Theatre presents South Pacific
When: February 14 to March 30, 2013
Where: Hale Centre Theatre, Gilbert
Set on a tropical island during World War II, the musical South Pacific tells the sweeping romantic story of two parallel couples who are threatened by the dangers of racial prejudice and war. Show dates are Wednesday and Thursday 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday at 3 p.m. Prices are $10 for children(ages 6-18), $24 for adults.
What: Desert Stages Theatre presents The Elephant Man
When: February 8 - March 10, 2013
Where: 4720 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale
The true story of John Merrick, a deformed man, takes the audience on a journey through his life-long battle with exploitation, betrayal and abuse amidst the veneer of Victorian society. Tickets are $25 for adults and $22 for seniors and students.
What: Dinner on the Diamond & Casino Night
When: Friday, February 15, 2013 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: Peoria Sports Complex
A benefit for the the Peoria Diamond Club. Two separate events: Dinner on the Diamond (6 p.m. to 8 p.m.) is $25 per person; Casino Night (8 p.m. to 10 p.m.) is $25 per person. Both events together, $40 per person. Registration required.
What: Desert Discovery: Hummingbird
When: Friday, February 15, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Where: Environmental Education Center at Veterans Oasis Park, Chandler
Search for hummingbirds in Veterans Oasis Park. Wear good shoes for walking on the trails and bring a water bottle. During this fun program for parents and children (ages 3-4), there will be stories, games, finger plays and crafts all about hummingbirds. The fee is $6 ($9 for non-residents) per child with an additional $5 supply fee due to the instructor at the beginning of class. Pre-registration is required.
What: Festival Fiesta Classic Volleyball Tournament
When: Saturday, February 16 - Monday, February 18, 2013
Where: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale
Daily: $6 kids (ages 6-12), $10 adults, 5 and under free. Weekend: $15 kids (ages 6-12), $25 adults. Kids Zone $15 per day (ages 3-13) or $40 for 3-day pass. Local young athletes compete against national competition while also having exposure to college coaches. The Festival Fiesta Classic Volleyball Tournament provides several family-friendly activities, including a Kids Zone, Friday night welcome reception, golf tournament, Premier Volleyball League professional matches featuring the Arizona Sizzle, University of Phoenix Stadium tours, player showcase sessions, and recruiting workshops.
What: Music in the Garden
When: Sunday, February 17, 2013 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix
Big Nick & the Gila Monsters - Blues. $21 per person ($15 for members), $8 for children ages 3-12. Tickets are limited and advance purchase is recommended. General seating only. Ticket price includes Garden admission.
What: Maricopa Fishing Derby
When: Saturday, March 9, 2013 from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Pacana Park, Maricopa
Registration will open on Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 7 a.m. Each participant will have 90 minutes to try and catch the most fish in the "total catch" tournament. Children ages 5-12, who pre-register for the event, will be eligible to participate. The cost is $5 per child. Register on-line or at City Hall (Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m.-6 p.m.). Registration is limited to the first 150 children.
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