5 Safe Things to Do This Weekend, Jan. 8-10

Judy HarperJanuary 8, 2021
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Hit the Ice on an Outdoor Rink
Lace up your skates and glide a few laps at Desert Ice Skating Rink, a 6,000-square-foot outdoor rink made with real ice. COVID-19 considerations include timed entry, face coverings and expanded skate change and viewing areas to enable physical distancing. Fire-pit tables with s’mores and blankets are available by reservation, and you can enjoy plenty of holiday lights, cozy igloos and an ice slide before and after. Through Jan. 9, check website for times and prices. Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, 7575 E. Princess Dr., Scottsdale, 480-585-7374, scottsdaleprincess.com/christmas-at-the-princess.

Eat, Drink and Be Merry
Still reveling in the Christmas spirit? Bitter & Twisted has you covered with the extension of its Sippin’ Santa through Jan. 9. The Tiki-Christmas themed pop-up event features festive decorations, custom drink menus and collectible holiday barware. Reservations and facemasks are required, and seating is limited and socially distanced. 1 W. Jefferson St., Phoenix, 602-340-1924, bitterandtwistedaz.com.

Learn to Thrive in a COVID-19 World
Life coach and author Tracey Martin presents The Unseen Effects of COVID, a workshop designed for ages 18-28, on Jan. 9. Participants are coached on mental toughness and mindset conditioning as they learn life skills and coping methods to deal with anxiety, fear, depression, addiction and other effects of the pandemic, lockdowns and isolation. A Q&A session and teen-led panel are included in the interactive program. 9 a.m.-noon. $49. TLM Coaching & Media, 7720 E. Evans St., Ste. 105, Scottsdale, officiallytraceymartin.com.

Head West for a Socially Distanced Art Fest
Put on an artsy face covering and head outside to check out the Surprise Fine Art Festival, Jan. 8-10. Thunderbird Artists hosts the ninth annual event featuring jury-selected artists from around the world, complemented by food trucks and live music. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Three-day pass, $3. Mark Coronado Park, 15960 N. Bullard Ave., Surprise, 480-837-5637, thunderbirdartists.com.

Honk if You Like Old-World Circus Acts
Zoppé Italian Family Circus proves that the show must go on, with extended dates through Jan. 10 of its live, multimedia drive-in circus. Featuring a human cannonball, Tulga the Strong Man, the Wheel of Death, aerial displays, equestrian showmanship and swinging trapeze artists, the novel extravaganza takes place in the Big Surf parking lot on an elevated circus ring viewed from the safety of your own vehicle. Fans can bring chairs and tailgate while the action unfolds in front of them, with sound transmitted via their FM radio. Daily matinees and nightly performances. Tickets start at $49 per carload. Big Surf, 1500 N. Hayden Rd., Tempe, zoppe.net.

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