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Local Color: Valley Coloring Nights Spur Creativity for Adults

Written by Marilyn Hawkes Category: Culture Issue: July 2016
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Adobe Stock ImageColoring books are not just for kids anymore. Adults are forming coloring meet-ups and clubs to practice the fine art of coloring, which has been touted to promote relaxation, mindfulness and ease stress.

The adult coloring craze is gaining steam, as evidenced by Amazon’s 2015 sales: At year end, nine of 20 books on Amazon’s bestseller list were adult coloring books. So if you’re looking for a relaxing activity where you can be creative and connect with likeminded folks, we’ve rounded up five places where you can color in between the lines. Or maybe you’re one of those rogues who enjoys blurring the borders…

Chandler Public Library
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Contact: Chris Koethe, 480-782-2838
From 10 a.m.–noon on the first and third Wednesdays of every month, the downtown branch of Chandler Public Library hosts the Outside the Lines adult coloring group. They provide coffee, coloring pages and colored pencils, but you can also bring your own. Free.

Changing Hands Bookstore
300 W. Camelback Rd., Phoenix
602-274-0067, changinghands.com
If you’re looking for a way to relax after a long day, check out Unwine-d adult coloring night at Changing Hands in Phoenix from 5-7 p.m. on July 17. For $5 you get coloring tools and paper. Wine, beer, coffee and tea are available. Bonus: 20 percent off coupon for any coloring book in the store.

Glendale Public Library
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At Glendale Public Library, you can bring your own art supplies or the staff will supply coloring pages and colored pencils for your drawing pleasure. Foothills branch: 6:30 p.m. Aug. 2 in the Hummingbird Room; Main Library: 5:30-7:30 p.m. July 7 and Aug. 4 in Creative Space; Velma Teague branch: 1 p.m. July 18 and Aug. 15 in the meeting room. Free.

Peoria Public Library
library.peoriaaz.gov/polaris
Looking for a relaxation break? Join the Peoria Public Library’s adult coloring club. The group meets from 3-4 p.m. July 9 and 23; and Aug. 13 and 27. Pencils, markers, crayons and pages provided. For ages 18 and older. Seating is limited; first come, first served. Peoria Public Library will also offer Zentangle, structured doodling, which has been dubbed “yoga for the mind,” 3-4p.m. July 16. All classes take place at the main library. Free.

Phoenix Public Library
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The Phoenix Public Library offers Color to Calm classes at the Burton Barr Central Library as well as the Agave, Cholla and Desert Sage branches. The library provides all materials, but feel free to bring your own. Advanced artists may want to take the Adult Dot to Dot class, where you can make scenes from classic art works by connecting 1,000+ dots. Check website for dates and locations for all classes. Conversation and coffee provided.