This week you can make a better brain, create a landscape, reduce gas, pitch and hit, laugh, explore ancient technology, fish, walk the planets, and visit the birds.
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: Power Brain Training Center
When: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Red Mountain Library, 635 N. Power Rd, Mesa
The Brain Education Training Center will offer suggestions on how to improve your child's concentration, memory and enhance their brain's potential. The workshop is modeled after the Brain Education System Training (B.E.S.T), a classical Asian mind-body technique. Children will utilize physical, emotional and cognitive exercises designed to realize their potential. Come and learn how to improve focus, confidence, memory power and creativity. If you can't make this session, another one will take place on April 9th.
What: Landscape Workshops
When: Various dates in 2013, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Via Linda Senior Center, 10440 E. Via Linda, Scottsdale
-Tuesday, March 5: Container Gardening
-Thursday, March 7: Program Your Irrigation Controller
-Saturday, March 9: Learn to Prune
-Tuesday, March 12: Caring for Your Desert Garden
-Thursday, March 14: Permaculture: The Nature of Design
-Saturday, March 16: Drip Irrigation Design & Installation
-Saturday, March 23: Irrigation Maintenance, Troubleshooting, & Repair
-Saturday, March 30: Maximize Landscape Watering Efficiency
-Thursday, April 4: What's Bugging You?
-Saturday, April 6: Scottsdale Xeriscape Garden Tour
What: How to Naturally Cure Digestion Problems
When: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Fix24 - Scottsdale Chiropractic, 7000 East Mayo Blvd, Suite 1058, Phoenix
Many would be surprised to know that all digestive issues, from gas to inflammatory bowel conditions are affected by stress and many other contributing factors. Digestion is controlled by the nervous system which is linked to the central nervous system by millions of nerves. Learn how to naturally cure yourself of stomach issues. Dr. Michael J. Robb of FIX24 is a Chiropractic Physician trained in the science of joint biomechanics and the Gonstead Technique. The event is open to the public with health food samples to try, but seating is limited. Call FIX24 at 480-419-1500 to register.
What: Pitch, Hit & Run
When: Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Hohokam Stadium, Mesa
The City of Mesa and Chicago Cubs present the local level of MLB's Pitch, Hit & Run competition. Events include pitching accuracy, hitting distance and quickness. Kids will compete for a chance to advance to the National Finals. Cubs players will be there to meet and cheer on the kids. Ages 7 - 14, both boys and girls divisions. Registration is on-site the day of the event. Also taking place is the Home Run Derby, a competition for kids to hit as many home runs as possible.
What: Out & About in Avondale
When: Friday, March 8, 2013 - CANCELED
Where: Amphitheater located behind the Randall McDaniel Sports Center, 775 N. 114th Avenue, Avondale
A monthly community event. This month features stand-up comedian, James Hoenscheidt, who has been a regular at the Tempe Improv, The Comedy Spot, and Stand Up Scottsdale. Following the comedy performance, the movie feature for the evening is a popular Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore comedy "50 First Dates," rated PG-13. Bring the family, and your friends. Bring a blanket and or lawn chair to sit on. Avondale Recreation will be providing outdoor heaters and handing out free popcorn, while supplies last.
What: Ancient Technology Day
When: Saturday, March 9, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Pueblo Grande Museum, Phoenix
Visitors can try their hand at throwing an atlatl (spear), creating their own petroglyph, weaving their own cloth, and taste roasted agave slow-cooked the traditional way in an earthen oven. Artists will be on hand to demonstrate how the Hohokam people created various technologies such as flintknapping (making of arrowheads), pottery, shell and stone jewelry, weaving and more. Free craft activities and games for kids. Learn about historic technologies from the Pioneer Days of Arizona such as cotton spinning, weaving, and cooking. Take a behind the scenes tour and archaeology presentation by Museum Curator Holly Young and City of Phoenix Archaeologist Laurene Montero. An official Arizona Scitech Festival event.
What: Fish With Your Kids Day
When: Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 10 a.m.
Where: Scorpion Bay Marina at Lake Pleasant, Peoria
The city of Peoria and Scorpion Bay Marina have teamed up to present a family-friendly fishing event at Lake Pleasant Regional Park. For one day only, kids can fish off the docks of the marina, play in the bouncy house, and get some food at Dillon's Restaurant. Bring a fishing pole (rental poles are available for $10). For more information, call 928-501-2628.
What: Solar System Walk
When: Saturday, March 9, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Where: Veterans Oasis Park, Chandler
Take a guided tour along the new Chandler Solar System Walk, a series of monuments and signs representing the sun, planets and other objects in our solar system, placed at scale distances along the pathway that surrounds the park's lake. While the Walk can be enjoyed as a self-guided journey, this guided tour will include additional information about the solar system, and the inspiration for creating the Solar System Walk at Veterans Oasis Park. This is an easy, 1/2 mile walk. The walk is not fast-paced and the terrain is easy. All ages event. Program may be cancelled due to inclement weather.
What: Bird Walk
When: Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 7:45 a.m.
Where: McDowell Sonoran Preserve, Quartz Trailhead, Scottsdale
A monthly walk that follows the Quartz Trail up Ironwood Wash and allows for seeing and hearing a variety of desert birds. A bird check-list will be provided. Allow 3 hours. Please arrive at the parking lot on the west side of 104th Street, just south of McDowell Mountain Ranch Road, by 7:45 a.m. Appropriate for ages 10 and older.
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