Does the flair and excitement from last week's holiday have your week feeling bummed?

Then transition from blasts in the sky to having a blast this week with these fantastic events!

Wrapping up on Saturday is All Art Arizona 2017. This art installation celebrates the diversity among all Arizona's artists. Sample work from emerging and well-known artists throughout the various featured mediums including drawing, mixed media, photography and even ceramics, plus much more. Vote for your favorite to win a Viewer's Choice award, which will be announced following the closing. The exhibit is housed at Gilbert's Art Intersection at 201 N. Gilbert Rd., Suite 201 and is open from Tuesday through the final showing on Saturday, July 15, with FREE admission from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Don't miss out on admiring Arizona's art!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Backyard Stargazing for Everyone

  • Where: Auditorium at Glendale Main Library, 5959 W. Brown Street, Glendale
  • When: 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Cost: FREE
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  • Look on up with professional stargazer Tony LaConte as he brings the universe to you.

Kicking it off, LaConte will lead a short lecture followed by discussion inside the library auditorium. After the sun goes down, weather permitting, head out front to observe the night sky with the telescopes for yourself!

 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

DeSoto Team Trivia

  • Where: DeSoto Central Market, 915 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
  • When: 7 p.m. – 9p.m.
  • Cost: FREE, pay for what you purchase

Great minds may think alike whereas greater minds take on the challenge of team trivia.

Gather your group of the brightest "bulbs" and go head-to-head with some of the most brilliant minds. Order a cocktail from the bar and snack throughout the night with DeSoto's finest selection of food vendors. Compete for bragging rights and also prizes for the winning team!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Westgate Wednesdays Super Hero Sensation with Spider-Man and Iron Man

  • Where: Fountain Park at Westgate Entertainment District, 6751 N. Sunset Blvd., Glendale
  • When: 6 p.m. -7:30 p.m.
  • Cost: FREE, pay for what you purchase

Spider-Man and Iron Man are here to save the day... (from boredom, that is!) 

Arrive early to cool off at the splash pads and compete in games to see who is the strongest super hero!

Stop by for a quick downloadable snapshot with your favorite Marvel character. Skip the photo line this week with a valid receipt from Which Wich, dated July 6 - 12, for a purchase of $15 or greater. One receipt per family.  

Friday, July 14, 2017

City Lights Movie Nights feat. “How The Grinch Stole Christmas”

  • Where: Patriots Park at CityScape Phoenix, One East Washington Street, Phoenix 
  • When: 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m., screening at 7 p.m. 
  • Cost: FREE

Ho, ho, ho! Merry Christmas...in July?

That's right! The "big red guy" is expected to make a special guest appearance during his tropical getaway from the North Pole. 

 

Santa's also bringing a dusting of real snow, transforming Patriots Park frightfully frozen, for a showing of "How The Grinch Stole Christmas."

Bring your comfy chairs and picnic blankets to the hottest winter wonderland underneath the city lights for Christmas in July!

Second Friday Night Out

  • Where: Downtown Mesa, on Main between Center and Country Club; Information booth on Main and Macdonald.
  • When: 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Cost: FREE, pay for what you purchase

If you swing 20-sided dice instead of the conventional six-sided, then come out and play for July's Second Friday Night Out. 

Hop aboard the light rail to Downtown Mesa to be in the center of it all! By 6 p.m., the block party begins featuring live music and entertainment, food vendors, over 60 art booths plus you can bring your pooch too! 

Compete in vintage video game contests throughout the evening or test your wits amongst fellow nerdy fanatics for prizes, with a FREE trivia contest at 8 p.m.

 

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Chameleon Carnival

  • Where: Create Academy, 2645 N. 24th Street, Phoenix 
  • When: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Cost: FREE

Come one, come all to the Chameleon Carnival...step right up at Create Academy for educational and engaging fun for everyone.

Cool off with a slip down the inflatable water slides, chow down on your favorite carnival goodies and compete in raffles for prizes!

You're having fun when you're learning something too! Throughout the day, kids are encouraged to participate in activities which demonstrate Create Academy's one-of-a-kind approach to arts integrated education. As summer begins to wind down, families are encouraged to take a tour of the campus or chat with staff to discover the best fit for your child's education! 

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Kristopher Yanez is the proud father of 1-year-old daughter Kennedy, a journalism student at Pima Community College and is also the first-ever Bear Essential News Summer Reporting Intern. When Kris is not doing school work, he is off chasing after young Kennedy.