This week you can do geeky stuff, learn about fruit, listen to a yacht club, shred papers, walk around art, party with pooches, see classic cars, protect yourself from the doctor, shout BINGO, encounter art, and rhyme like Dr. Seuss.
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: Geeks' Night Out
When: Thursday, February 21, 2013 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: 6th Street Park, Tempe
Apps and microscopes, pop culture and sci fi, video games, robots, live music.
What: Fruits of the Desert
When: Thursday, February 21, 2013 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Public Works Admin Building, 4980 S. 157th Ave., Goodyear
Find out which fruit varieties do well here, what they require to thrive, and what you will see throughout the flower-fruit cycle. Taught by Jonathon Manning, arborist at Elgin Nursery.
What: Sonoran Sunset Series
When: Thursday, February 21, 2013 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Veterans Oasis Park, Chandler
Free outdoor musical entertainment for the entire family. This month the Dry River Yacht Club will perform.
What: Mesa Document Shredding Event
When: Saturday, February 23, 2013 from 8 a.m. to noon
Where: Center Street Facility, 2412 N. Center St., Mesa
Open to Mesa residential customers only. Five box limit on documents to be shredded per household (Max. box size: 12"x12"x18"). Material will not be accepted from commercial or small businesses. Residents are asked to clearly mark their boxes with the words 'To Be Shredded' so event staff can quickly unload their items. Due to anticipated volume, on-site shredding will not be available. Material will be secured at the collection site and transported to an off-site location at conclusion of event for destruction.
What: ArtWalk on Dysart
When: Saturday, February 23, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: 16560 N. Dysart Road, Surprise
Local artists display and sell their creations.
What: Pooch Party
When: Saturday, February 23, 2013 from 9 a.m. to noon
Where: Central Bark Park, 200 E. 8th street, Florence
Pooch Show, grooming services, informational booth, as well as rabies vaccination and pet licensing services provided by Pinal County Animal Care and Control. Plus, there are free hot dogs for everyone (while supplies last). Prizes will be awarded in the Pooch Show in these categories: best dressed pooch, most unusual coat, most unique breed, best trick performed, biggest pooch, smallest pooch, longest tail, shortest tail, and best owner/pooch resemblance!
What: Classic Car Show
When: Saturday, February 23, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Downtown Chandler
In addition to about 250 pre-1980 cars, there will be arts and crafts, car-related vendors, food booths, and a Beer Garden with live entertainment by local bands. A prominent local collector will bring out a few of his most recent purchases from the Barrett-Jackson Car Auction, plus other unique automobiles from his collection. Visitors are encouraged to utilize the two parking structures on the east side of Arizona Avenue (south of Chandler Boulevard), off Buffalo and Boston streets.
What: Protect Yourself From Medical Mistakes
When: Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 2 p.m.
Where: Shepherd of the Desert Church, 9590 E Shea Blvd, Scottsdale
Over 200,000 Americans lose their life every year to medical mistakes and many more are injured, some severely, by those mistakes. There are definitive steps each of us can take to stop many of those mistakes by educating ourselves about our health and health care, boldly asking questions, taking full charge of our own bodies and having an advocate by our side. Learn how you can actively protect you and your family. You will receive resource information and step by step instructions and have an opportunity to become a Patient Advocate for your family and friends, obtain a Patient Advocate for yourself and/or volunteer to be a Patient Advocate for someone else. The presenter, Pat Conrad, has been an RN since 1967 and retired after 30 years as a Medical Malpractice Claim Specialist. Child care is available on request, call 480-451-3280 to arrange.
What: Wild West BINGO
When: Monday, February 25, 2013 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Foothills Library, 19055 N 57th Avenue, Glendale
Ages 3 and over can join the BINGO fun in this wild western-themed activity. Prizes.
What: Art Encounter
When: Monday, February 25, 2013 at 2 p.m.
Where: Valley Vista Performing Arts Center, 15550 N Parkview Place, Surprise
A front-of-house and behind-the-scenes tour of the performing arts venue in Surprise. Part of the Dysart Unified High School District, it is available for other performances including The West Valley Symphony. Come and see how this facility adds to the cultural landscape of Surprise. Refreshments will be provided. Register by calling 623-935-6384.
When: See below
Where: See below
The Seuss event, for ages 0-5, includes story time, rhyming fun, music and a craft. Every child in attendance will receive a new Dr. Seuss book provided by Valley of the Sun United Way:
Wednesday, February 27, at 10:30 a.m., Sam Garcia Library, 495 E. Western Avenue, Avondale;
Thursday, February 28, at 10:30 a.m., Civic Center Library, 11350 W. Civic Center Drive, Avondale
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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