5 Safe Things to Do This Weekend, Jan. 15-17

Judy HarperJanuary 15, 2021
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Let the Dogs Out at the Garden
Visitors and their leashed dogs can stroll and sniff the trails as Desert Botanical Garden hosts Dogs’ Day in the Garden, Jan. 16. Dogs must be on leash, licensed and up-to-date on vaccinations. Bring your own bowl to fill at hydration stations located at five points throughout the garden, and waste bags to clean up after your pet. Facemasks are required for humans 2 and older. Sa, through Jan. 30, 8-11 a.m. Guests are encouraged to dress their fur babies in their best outfits Jan. 16 to celebrate National Dress up Your Pet Day. Included with regular admission; dogs are free. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, 480-941-1225, dbg.org.

Experience an Outdoor Concert in Royal Style
Snuggle up on a couch, lounge chair or pouf – all arranged in socially distant seating pods – and let the Karen Holloway Duo entertain you, Jan. 16. Originally from Detroit, Holloway’s repertoire includes everything from pop and classical, to country and rhythm and blues. You can hear the soul and power in her classically trained voice when she sings silky ballads or belts out vocal acrobatics the likes of Chaka Khan. Savory and sweet gourmet snack boxes, wine and cocktails are available for purchase. Admission is free, first come, first served. 6 p.m. Vernadero Lawn at Royal Palms Resort and Spa, 5200 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, royalpalmshotel.com.

Enjoy a Date Night that Packs a Punch
Swing by Chandler Museum and pick up the new Museum in a Box Date Night Edition, which complements the exhibit, Bigger than Boxing: Zora Folley and the 1967 Heavyweight Title. The package boasts four rounds of fun, from jump-rope challenges and conversation cards to artistic activities, boxing style. Movie suggestions, drink recipes and a sweet treat add to the fun. Designed for adults, the Sweat and Spar: Boxing Fun for Two boxes are available in the Museum Store. $24. Chandler Museum, 300 S. Chandler Village Dr., Chandler, 480-782-2717, chandleraz.gov.

Meet the Artists and Watch Them Work
The big white tents are back as the Celebration of Fine Art returns for its 31st annual juried invitational gathering, Jan. 16-March 28. The show features 100 renowned and emerging artists from across the country who show and sell their gallery-quality work in an intimate studio setting. Face coverings, social distancing and enhanced sanitation procedures are in place to protect the health and safety of artists and guests. An online marketplace also is available. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Season pass: $10, adults; $8, seniors and military; free, children 11 and younger. 18400 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale, 480-443-7695, celebrateart.com.

Brighten Your Night at the Zoo’s Winter Wonderland
Grab the family and enjoy some animal-themed new year’s cheer at ZooLights. Focusing on the theme Together We All Shine, the luminary spectacle glows with millions of LED lights and includes lakeside music-in-motion shows, 3D light sculptures and life-size animal lanterns. A drive-through Cruise ZooLights experience is new this year, complementing the classic walk-through event. 5:30-10:30 p.m. on select nights through Jan. 31. $16-$75. Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, 602-286-3800, phoenixzoo.org.


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