Judy Harper, Author at PHOENIX magazine

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Share Your Creativity on the Concrete Stop by Chandler Center for the Arts Jan. 23 for some community chalk-coloring on the terrace. Artist Edith Castro – whose cubist-inspired compositions are featured in The Gallery at the CCA through Feb. 26 – has created a 10-by-20-foot chalk outline in her geometric style, and the gallery invites guests of all ages to help color in the lines. Bring a friend, bring a mask; the gallery provides the chalk. While there, be...

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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...

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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...

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Experience Old-World Circus Acts  Zoppé Italian Family Circus proves that the show must go on with the debut 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 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...

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December 25-27    Celebrate Peace in Tempe  Valley artists Edgar Fernandez, Shachi Kale, Nick Rascona, Kaori Takamura and Annie Lopez share their visions for Peace in an outdoor exhibition at Tempe Center for the Arts. Located on the east side of the venue through January 24, the project includes a 75-foot-long text wall along the exterior windows of the center’s sculpture garden and a mini art exhibit that is visible from the gallery windows that face the east breezeway entrance. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy.,...

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Check Your Pocket Watch and Don’t Be Late! Wonderland has been taken over by the Mouse King and is stuck in an eternal winter in A Curiouser Nutcracker, a holiday version of Theater Works’ popular Curiouser & Curiouser. Filled with snow and the traditional music of Tchaikovsky, the family-friendly production catapults patrons into the worlds of Alice in Wonderland and The Nutcracker. With only 12 guests per performance, the multisensory experience invites audience members to investigate rooms, discover...

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Get in Style with the Latest Fashion Trends Guests are treated to six runway fashion shows from the comfort of their homes as Fall Into Fashion, the Phoenix Fashion Week style trend show, goes virtual Nov. 21. Tickets include fashionable giveaways, voting challenges, live digital meet-and-greets, behind-the-scenes storylines, digital pop-up shopping and a digital swag bag. 7 p.m. $40. Find tickets at styletrendshow2020.eventbrite.com. Learn about Love with a Hip-Hop Beat While awaiting its return to...

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Meet Some Genuine Superheroes Ten Phoenix Children’s Hospital patients debut custom-designed outfits that reveal their true superhero identities during a Power Play virtual video premiere Nov. 13. With a mission to help these pint-size patients feel happy and strong, 10 ASU fashion design students swooped in to create custom styles that capture the fighting spirit and unique superhero strength, power and bravery of each child. Watch their stories unfold at powerplaypch.org at 5 p.m. Typically...

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Reconnect with Art in Old Town Scottsdale Innovative art displays that combine water, art and light are in the spotlight Nov. 6-15 at Canal Convergence. Focusing on the theme, Reconnect, the experience aims to find common ground and shared humanity through public art, addressing themes of communication, collaboration and community engagement. The large-scale art installments can be found along the Arizona Canal, as well as multiple locations in nearby Old Town Scottsdale, with many of...

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Snap a Selfie with a Spider Get tangled up in a web of creepy crawlers at Oh, Snap… A Spider. The art installations are on display through Oct. 31 near AMC Theatres at Desert Ridge Marketplace, 21001 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix, shopdesertridge.com; and outside Harkins Theatres at Tempe Marketplace, 2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, tempemarketplace.com.  Cruise the Boo Bash Pile in the car for a spirited Drive-Through Boo Bash at Park West. Musical entertainment...

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1. Pink Out Your Car and Cruise the Valley Decorate your car in all things pink as the American Cancer Society hosts its inaugural Strides Ride from 7 to 10 a.m. Oct. 24. The drive-through event follows a route through the Greater Phoenix area with stops at various locations along the way for sponsor giveaways, music, pink ribbon photo ops and a tribute garden honoring and celebrating those impacted by breast cancer  Donations support the...

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With the suspension of large events and many of our favorite venues shut down until further notice, it’s time to get creative when it comes to things to do. Here are five virtual and socially distant activities to enjoy this weekend. Check out the Picasso of Pumpkin Carvings Internationally acclaimed sculptor, pumpkin carver and creative installation designer Ray Villafane’s Strange Encounters exhibition takes over downtown Mesa, Oct. 17-Nov. 8. The display features Halloween carvings, humorous vignettes...

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Positive Memories in 2020 is the theme of this family festival, which offers a bounty of fun for everyone including corn mazes, hayrides, pig races, amusement rides, bonfires, country line dancing, miniature golf, chili dinners and a pumpkin patch. Tickets are limited to ensure social distancing. Curbside service also is available for chili, pies and pumpkins. Call for times and ticket prices. Schnepf Farms, 24610 S. Rittenhouse Rd., Queen Creek, pumpkinandchiliparty.com, 480-987-3100.

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With the suspension of large events and many of our favorite venues shut down until further notice, it’s time to get creative when it comes to things to do. From a socially distant music festival to a fall-centric celebration, here are five safe ways to welcome the weekend in the Valley. 1. Dance Like You Haven’t Danced in Six Months Enjoy a socially distanced experience in your own pod as Relentless Beats – Arizona’s leading...

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Enjoy a bird’s-eye view at Arizona Snowbowl Ski Resort with one of the resort’s off-season lift rides. The lift line ascends the western side of the San Francisco Peaks to an elevation of 10,800 feet, affording views of the red rocks in Sedona, a cinder cone volcanic field and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily through Aug. 15; F-Su, Aug. 16-Sept. 27 (weather permitting). $16-$20; free, children 5 and younger....

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