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15 Free Things To Do In and Around Phoenix - February 2013

By February 11, 2013

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This week you can crawl around tech, get hugs and kisses, meet innovators, hear an amazing story, learn about architecture, walk around science, get artsy, drop off e-junk, meet inventive students, see martial arts, go to a star party, be an entrepreneur, hear a quartet, protect your eyes, and go behind the scenes.

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: Chandler Science Spectacular: Tech Crawl
When: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Chandler's Innovations Incubator, 145 S. 79th St.; Air Products, 275 S. Price Rd; Intel Demo Center, 5000 W. Chandler Blvd.
Chandler's Innovations Incubator, 145 S. 79th St.: go behind the scenes, as the secured facility opens its doors to demonstrate state-of-the-art technology and inventions being created here. Participants include University of Arizona, Cummings Engineering, Serious Integrated and Chandler-Gilbert Community College. Air Products, 275 S. Price Rd: Air Products is a manufacturer that quite literally pulls their product out of thin air, to produce liquid oxygen, nitrogen and argon. The company has been the foundation for many of the state's largest high-tech companies. Intel, 5000 W. Chandler Blvd. - Building CH6: Bring your questions and curiosity to Intel's Demo Center and see demonstrations of the latest projects featuring Intel Inside.

What: Hugs and Kisses; a Valentine's Day Celebration
When: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Where: Civic Center Library, 11350 W. Civic Center Drive, Avondale
Ages 0-5. Hugs and Kisses includes story time, rhyming fun, music and a craft. Library tours available after program. Every child ages 0-5 will receive a new book provided by Valley of the Sun United Way.

What: Technology Corner Lunch Seminar
When: Thursday, February 14, 2013 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Chandler Chamber of Commerce, 25 S. Arizona Pl., Ste. 201, Chandler
The Chandler Chamber of Commerce monthly Technology Corner Lunch Seminar Series hosts this SciTech Festival event: "Emerging Technologies, Global Economies, Local Business: A Panel Discussion with the Area's Top Innovators." Guest speakers from Arizona's top innovative companies will lead the conversation including individuals from Intel, Advanced Integration Technologies, and Verizon. A deli-style lunch and beverage will be provided. RSVP is required due to limited seating. If you would like to attend, please register online at www.ChandlerChamber.com.

What: Michael Fosberg in Incognito
When: Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 10 a.m.
Where: Chandler-Gilbert Community College Performing Arts Center, 2626 E. Pecos Road, Chandler
Imagine discovering you are not the person you thought you were. That you have a family, a history, an ethnicity you never knew. How would this discovery impact your life, the lives of those around you; your vision of yourself and society? This was the reality of actor, teacher and writer Michael Fosberg, who after growing up in a middle-class white family, discovered that he is African American. Fosberg will bring his story to Arizona for the first time in a performance of his one-man autobiographical play, Incognito. Fosberg inhabits over a dozen characters during the one hour play as he tells the true story of finding his biological father. He challenges audiences to carefully examine their assumptions about others while taking audience members on a compelling journey covering issues of race, identity, diversity, and stereotypes. The event is one of several in February as part of Chandler's Black History Month celebration.

What: Lecture Series: Following the Water: The History of Change in the Valley Landscape
When: Thursday, February 14, 2013 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Burton Barr Central Library, Pulliam Auditorium,
The City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture lecture series, "Art Works, Culture Connects," highlights Phoenix's historic architecture and landmarks. The talks accompany the opening of "Phoenix Icons: The Art of our Historic Landmarks," at the Gallery @ City Hall. Today's lecturer: Edward Lebow, POAC, Public Art Director.

What: Chandler Science Spectacular: A Night of Art & Science
When: Friday, February 15, 2013 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: Downtown Chandler, 3 S. Arizona Avenue
Technology meets the arts as Downtown Chandler transforms its monthly Third Friday Art Walk into a creative look at the science behind the food and drink, beauty, art and invention around us. Participate in discussions, exhibits, hands-on activities, shows and tours of the science behind candle making, glass blowing, oil painting, wood burning, clay molding, and pottery making, kids crafts.

What: Free Art Friday
When: Friday, February 15, 2013 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Where: Edna Vihel Activity Center, 3340 S. Rural Road, Tempe
Preschoolers get artistic!

What: E-Junk Dropoff
When: Saturday, February 16, 2013 from 8 a.m. to noon
Where: Municipal Operations Center, 8850 N. 79th Avenue, Peoria
Unwanted residential electronics may be dropped off by Peoria residents. Televisions, computers, monitors, printers, batteries, chargers, cell phones, VCRs, CD and DVD players, fax machines, small appliances, cables and cords will be recycled. Also, residents can shred up to five boxes of paper documents. Call for info 623-773-7160.

What: Chandler Science Spectacular: Science Saturday
When: Saturday, February 16, 2013 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Downtown Chandler, 22 S. Delaware Street
Science converges in Downtown Chandler with interactive demonstrations and activities by Chandler's technology companies, along with a showcase presentation of the most inventive student projects. Visit interactive booths and activities in historic Downtown along Commonwealth Avenue.

What: Grand Opening - North American Kajukenbo Martial Arts Center
When: Saturday, February 16, 2013 from noon to 6 p.m.
Where: NAK Martial Arts Center at 745 N. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert
Elektrolytes dance classes, martial arts demonstrations, food, raffles, DJ. The new facility features two training floors, boxing ring, and homework stations for the kids and is also home to local celebrities the Elektrolytes, 2012 America's Best Dance Crew winners.

What: Star Party & Solar System Walk
When: Saturday, February 16, 2013 from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Veterans Oasis Park, Chandler
The East Valley Astronomy Club will bring their telescopes for visitors to explore Arizona's amazing night sky. Enjoy views of the moon, planets, double stars, nebulae, star clusters and more. Starts at 6:30 p.m. Hot beverages will be available for purchase. At 5:30 p.m., prior to the telescope viewing, take a guided tour of the new Solar System Walk in Veterans Oasis Park. The walk is not fast-paced and the terrain is easy. All ages event. Program may be cancelled due to inclement weather.

What: EO Arizona Entrepreneur Panel
When: Monday, February 18, 2013 at 4 p.m.
Where: ASU SkySong Convergence, Room 150 1475 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO) Arizona, a group of 150 local entrepreneurs, is hosting the event that will give Arizona State University students, and other people interested in starting a business, an honest and insightful glimpse into entrepreneurship. Students with an interest in someday launching their business will be able to ask questions to a panel of EO Arizona members, all of whom own $1 million-plus businesses. Attendees will also have an opportunity to meet with the panelists to discuss internships, network and gain tips for starting and growing a business.

What: Performance with A View
When: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 10 a.m.
Where: Tempe Center for the Arts
Tetra String Quartet. Performance with A View is presented by Friends of TCA. These informative, entertaining and informal performances feature guest artists from a variety of artistic disciplines. Coffee service (not free) begins at 9:30 a.m.

What: Mature Vision: Protecting Your Eyes as You Age
When: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Foothills Library, 19055 N 57th Avenue, Glendale
Join Dr. Michael Kozlowski, O.D., Ph.D. of Midwestern University Eye Institute and Arizona College of Optometry, as he brings into focus what Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is, how you can detect its signs and how it can be avoided. Dr. Kozlowski will also address current treatments for AMD as well as new kinds of treatments that will be available in the future.

What: Science of the City of Scottsdale
When: Saturday, February 23, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Various
Participants will get a rare chance to tour the highly-secured Advanced Water Treatment Facility, see how Traffic Management Center employees move traffic citywide from the push of some buttons and learn how the city is going green to help our environment. The program is being held in conjunction with the statewide Arizona SciTech Festival, a state-wide celebration of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) held annually in February and March. The Science of the City of Scottsdale will reveal how STEM is at work every day to keep the city running safely and smoothly. Register for one or more of these tours/programs: Traffic Management Center; Scottsdale Fire Hazardous Materials; Police and Fire Museum; Water Resources Scavenger Hunt and Tour; Solid Waste Transfer Station & CNG Garbage Truck Display; Scottsdale Library; Irrigation Control and Aquatics System. Advance registration required for all programs.

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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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