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4 March 2012


9-18 CREATIVITY FEST Mesa Festival of Creativity, noon-9 p.m. Mesa Arts Center. Enjoy Architects-of- Air’s giant inflatable sculpture MIRAZOZO, live entertainment, music, food and more. Most activities are free; there is a $5 fee to visit MIRAZOZO or to take a Studio Sampler class. Children younger than 3 are free with an adult. 1 E. Main St., Mesa. 480-644-6500, www.MesaArtsCenter.com.


10 ANCIENT TECHNOLOGY Ancient Technology Day, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Pueblo Grande Museum. Families get hands-on experience with the technology used by the ancient Hohokam. Visitors throw an atlatl (spear), create a petroglyph, weave cloth and try roasted agave. Demonstrators show visitors how prehistoric people created various technologies like flintknapping, pottery, shell and stone jewelry, weaving and more. There are free craft activities for kids. Also sample food from the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community’s traditional kitchen. Free Admission. 4619 E. Washington St. Phoenix. 602-495-0901, www.pueblogrande.com.


10, 11 ALOHA FESTIVAL Arizona Aloha Festival, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tempe Town Lake. Celebrates the history and traditions of Hawaii and Polynesia.


Highlights include three stages of nonstop entertainment, “Hale Mana O’ Educational Workshop Area, Island music, Polynesian dance and shopping. Dine on Island cuisine such as laulau, poi, kalua pork and manapua, as well as Hawaiian- style teriyaki, island wings and Hawaiian barbeque chicken. Free youth activity area with craft making for children. Admission is free. 602-697-1824, www.azalohafest.org.


10, 17, 24 JUNIOR RANGERS Junior Rangers, 2 p.m. Boyce Thompson Arboretum, located 45 minutes east of Mesa on U.S. 60 near Milepost 223. Kids of all ages find out if they can get water from a barrel cactus, how to tell which direction is north and much more via guided activities designed to give them confidence when outdoors. Admission: $9 ages 13 and older, $4.50 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and younger. 520-689-2723, http://arboretum.ag.arizona.edu.


11, 17, 25, 31 WILDFLOWER WALK Wildflower Walk, 11 a.m. Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Learn to identify common Sonoran Desert flowers and some unusual rarities, too, on a guided tour with Cass Blodgett, the co-president of the Phoenix Chapter of the Arizona Native Plants Society. All ages. $9 ages 13 and older, $4.50 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and younger.


Located 45 minutes east of Mesa on U.S. 60 near Milepost 223. 520-689-2723, http://arboretum.ag.arizona.edu.


12 SCIENCE SATURDAY Science Saturday, noon-4 p.m. presented by the Chandler Museum on the porch of the 1917 McCroskey House. Explore chemical reactions while making baking soda rockets and visit historic homes and gardens at this free event for children and families that combines science experiments with historic home tours at Tumbleweed Ranch. The 12-acre ranch features a collection of historic homes, active planting fields, unique agricultural equipment and animals. It serves as a living classroom engaging learners of all ages in an outdoor setting to connect with science, history and the art of farming. The science experiments are held at 2250 S. McQueen Rd., Chandler. 480-782-2717, www.chandleraz.gov/museum.


12-15, 19-23 ‘GLEE’ INTENSIVE Spring Break ‘Glee’ Intensive, 9 a.m.-noon, Chandler Center for the Arts. During each week-long intensive, campers learn pop songs and hip dance moves under the direction of Kristen Drathman and staff. Camp concludes with a short presentation for friends and family. Ages 8 and older. $160 per week. Preregistration required. 250 N. Arizona


Ave. in downtown Chandler. 480-782-2680, visit www.chandlercenter.org


14, 28 TUMBLEWEED TOTS Tumbleweed Tots, 9-11 a.m. Tumbleweed Recreation Center. Children ages 5 and younger with an adult enjoy a safe play space with toys, equipment and activities. $2 to $3 per day. 745 E. Germann Rd., Chandler. Info: 480-782-2900, Registration: 480-782-2641, www.chandleraz.gov/tumbleweed.


16 NIGHT CAMP Night Camp, 5:45 p.m.-9 a.m. Arizona Museum of Natural History. Ages 6-12 and their chaperones spend a night at the museum. See the new exhibit “Rulers of the Prehistoric Skies: The Pterosaurs.” Complete details available at www.AzMNH.org. $35-$45. Preregistration required. 53 N. Macdonald, Mesa. 480-644-3553.


17 ST. PAT’S FAIR Local Lily St. Pat’s Street Fair, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Whole Foods Market. This free event for adults and kids offers interactive events in celebration of the season and green living. Highlights include the Kids Planting Event, a coloring pages play area, local vendors featuring food locally


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FAMILY FUN


made items, St. Patty’s Day Menu and a photo booth. Free admission. 2955 W. Ray Rd., Chandler. Info: info@locallily.com.


ST. PATTY’S PARADE 29th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Irish Faire, 10 a.m., Margaret T. Hance Park. Parade Route: 3rd Street from Sheridan south to the park. Faire imme- diately follows and features two stages of Irish Music and Dancers, a special kids area, food and beverage, crafters and more. $10 ages 13 and older, $8 military and seniors, free ages 12 and younger. 1106 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. 602-280-9221, www.phxirish.org.


DOG WALK Dog Socialization Walk, 7-9 a.m. Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Bring your leashed canine friend for a guided tour with Lynn and her dog, GoodBoy. Ages 10 and older. $9 ages 13 and older, $4.50 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and younger. Located 45 minutes east of Mesa on US-60 near Milepost 223. 520-689-2723, http://arboretum.ag.arizona.edu.


FLOWER PLAQUE Flower Pot Plaque, 7-9 p.m. As You Wish. Ages 10 and older make a flower garden plaque or suncatcher and learn the basics of cutting and gluing glass plus noodles, stringers and glass frit. $45. Preregistration recommended. Locations: Ahwatukee, 480-753-9500; Tempe Marketplace, 480-557-9100.


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