- Category: Things to Do in Phoenix
- Issue: Jul 2014
Explore Space with Dr. Sky
Steven Kates, a NASA solar system educator also known as Dr. Sky, brings outer space inside the library, showing guests how to use telescopes and binoculars, and find great locations to observe the sky. Beginner’s tips on star charts and telescopes are included, as well as how to identify the major planets, stars and satellites. 6:30 p.m. Free. Tempe Public Library, 3500 S. Rural Rd., Tempe, tempe.gov/library, 480-350-5500.
This month’s programs focus on root vegetables, landscape watering basics, succulent bonsai, frozen treats, rabbit-resistant plants, figs, creating slideshows with Photoshop elements, doves, nocturnal moths and other insects, maximizing an irrigation system, vintage botanicals, meal planning with wraps, twilight photography, astronomy, monsoons and haboobs, walnut shells and gourds, and gluten-free cooking. Call for times, dates and registration fees. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, dbg.org, 480-481-8146.
July 9, 23
Food and Wine Series
Guests explore the regional flavors of Italy while learning to prepare authentic Italian dishes with executive chef Chris Nicosia. Designed for home chefs, each class includes a light, one-course meal featuring the dishes presented during the demonstration and wine pairings. This month’s focus is on Sicily, July 9; and Calabria, July 23. 6 p.m. $59 per class. Sassi, 10455 E. Pinnacle Peak Pkwy., Scottsdale, sassi.biz, 480-502-9095.
Understanding Mutual Funds
A representative from the Arizona Corporation Commission’s securities division provides free resources at this seminar, which offers information on the various types of mutual funds and how they work. The program includes an analysis of the expenses of mutual funds that can affect overall investment returns, and how to assess a fund’s performance versus its risk. 2 p.m.-3 p.m. Free. Desert Foothills Library, 38443 N. Schoolhouse Rd., Cave Creek, dfla.org, 480-488-2286.
This nonprofit organization connects professionals to high-quality resources and hiring companies, with information provided on networking, résumé help, career coaches and business portraits. 8:30 a.m.-noon. Free. July 10, Highlands Church, 9050 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd., Scottsdale; July 16, North Phoenix Baptist Church, 5757 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; and July 22, Central Christian Church, 965 E. Germann Rd., Gilbert, careerconnectors.org, 480-442-5806.
Slammin’ in Suburbia
Participants join the group Phonetic Spit in a creative experience involving spoken word poetry; then tour Bill Owens: Suburbia, take part in an interactive writing workshop and share their voice on an open mic. 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Free. Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 7374 E. Second St., Scottsdale, smoca.org, 480-874-4666.
To Infinity and Beyond
Whether you are thrilled or confused by technology, this tech fair has something for everyone, including a chance to try out a variety of e-readers and tablets, learn about the library’s e-book and audiobook collections, and get an overview of popular websites. Participants also can find out how 3-D printing works and see what’s under the lid of a computer. Storytime and arts and crafts for the kids are included. 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Free. Tempe Public Library, 3500 S. Rural Rd., Tempe, tempe.gov/library, 480-350-5500.
Urban Sprawl in Phoenix
How and why do people choose to live in Phoenix? Architect/artist Matthew Salenger and ASU art professors John Risseeuw and Dan Mayer talk about Individualocracy: Urban Sprawl in Phoenix, a unique publication that grew out of their five-year collaborative effort to answer this question. 7 p.m. Free. Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 7374 E. Second St., Scottsdale, smoca.org, 480-874-4666.