January Breezes in the Calm for Weekend Events After the Holidays
by Lisa Racz~ The holiday candles are snuffed, the Christmas trees have been debulbed and the surrounding of family members has subsided. Now its time to take a more casual stroll through this months events, take a little time for yourself and slow it down a notch, and what better way to do this with than “First Friday’s.” which has become a favorite family event among Arizona residents along with other inviting events for the month.
The following are weekend events and other events for January 2012, throughout Arizona, that you can enjoy on your own at your leisure or enjoy with your family.
First Friday’s in downtown Phoenix
The First Friday art walk in downtown Phoenix is held on the first Friday of every month, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Every first Friday evening of each month you can take a free self-guided tour of downtown Phoenix galleries, studios and art spaces and enjoy different types of music throughout your walk. There are now more than 100 participants in the First Friday art walk that run from Indian School Road to Buchanan Street, from 12th Street to 17th Avenue. A free Shuttle-Link service allows Phoenix First Friday visitors to see most of the exhibits. For more information about First Friday, contact Artlink at 602-256-7539.
First Friday Art Walk in Flagstaff
Take a casual pace through the downtown artist galleries during the First Friday Art Walk in Flagstaff. Meet local artists and view some artist displaying their talent and they create right before your eyes. You will enjoy live music and an assortment of refreshments to satisfy your palate. This event takes place from 6 to 9pm and it’s FREE! For more information on the Flagstaff Art Walks, please call 928-773-0958 or visit www.flagstaffartwalk.com
In Jerome, their Art Walk is on “First Saturdays” instead of Fridays
Take the convenient shuttle throughout the town of Jerome to visit the 25 galleries and studios or grab a map and walk off your lunch and begin your walk at the Old Jerome High School. During the January 7th Jerome Art Walk, Pura Vida Gallery debuts new work by Hawaiian jewelry artist Mary Darwall. Mary uses glass and Austrian crystal beads to create her jewlery and don’t forget to indulge in Pura Vida’s infamous champagne and chocolates! The festivities are from 5:00 to 8:00PM every first Saturday. For more information visit www.jeromeartwalk.com or call Donna at 649-2277.
Scottsdale Art Walk – Thursday evenings
Scottsdale ArtWalk is a 30-year tradition. A casual open house for the Scottsdale Arts District located along Main Street and Marshall Way in Downtown Scottsdale . This weekly tradition of “America’s Original ArtWalk” takes place every Thursday evening (year-round, except Thanksgiving) between 7 and 9 pm and what better way to stroll off dinner with a warm drink at hand and enjoy the historical ambiance and art of scottsdale. For Special Event ArtWalks the Scottsdale Gallery Association will host live music along the streets and special themed events. For more information call 480-377-9366 or visit www.scottsdalegalleries.com/events
First Fridays in Sedona
On Friday, January 6th, 2012, Sedona host their First Friday Gallery Tour from 5pm to 8pm free of charge. Sedona Gallery Association Members host art openings and events the first Friday of every month. For your convenience, the Sedona Trolley provides free transportation about every 20 minutes to take you art gallery along highway 89A . Also with the first Friday of every month Tlaquepaque Art and Craft Village presents Sedona’s finest galleries, including Eclectic Image Gallery, Renee Taylor Gallery, Andrea Smith Gallery, Mountain Trails Gallery, Rowe Gallery and Kuivato Glass Gallery host a monthly event featuring special visiting artists or special events. The galleries will be open until 8:00pm. Enjoy music in the courtyards, peruse art or enjoy a taste of Arizona wine at the Wild West Wine Store. For more details on this Sedona event call 928.282.7390 for information. For gallery map visit www.sedonagalleryassociation.com
Winter Wonderland at Schnepf Farms - Friday, 1/6 and Saturday 1/7/ 2012 in Queen Creek
Enjoy a day of ice skating, hay rides out to feed Santa’s deer, vegetable picking, train rides and hot chocolate at Schnepf Farms located at 24810 S. Rittenhouse Road. Admission is FREE! Ice skating for about 45 minutes is $8 per person with Skates included; Train rides for $3; Hay rides for feeding the deer is $3; For a package of ice skating and unlimited rides is $15 per person. For hours and more information visit www.schnepffarms.com
Home & Garden Show – January 13,14, and 15, 2012 in Phoenix
The annual Home and Garden Show is held at the Arizona State Fairgrounds located at 19th Avenue and McDowell Rd. and begins 10 am each day. where you can get home decor ideas for an interior change or for new landscaping ideas for your yard. You can stroll through the 14th annual Peoples choice landscape display competition of nine lovely landscape displays where you can vote on your favorite or participate in a FREE home improvement seminar and you can even meet the famous Dave the Garden Guy from 3TV and get some tips. There will be several booths displays to visit and receive giveaways at this event! Admission is $5.00 per adult, $2.00 ages 3-12 years and 2 and under Free. Free admission on Senior Day, Friday the 13th. For more information visit www.MCHomeShows.com.
Chandler Multicultural Festival – Saturday, January 14, 2012
At this 17th annual cultural festival you will enjoy celebration of diversity of cultures to appease the eye as well as your adventurous side all for FREE. Valley cultural groups perform their traditions through dance such as Folk performances and hoop dancers. You will listen to drum circles, see colorful flamenco dancers and listen to storytellers by Native American’s. There are plenty of places to choose to eat from throughout the market place at this festival. For more information call 480-782-2727 or visit www.chandleraz.gov.
Glendale Glitters and Glow Block Party – Saturday, January 14, 2012
This is the 16 annual holiday finale where Glendale toasts off the season with their magnificent glow party of more than 20 colorful hot-air balloons and millions of lights that illuminate the city’s downtown area that can’t be missed. There will be live music bands playing throughout the festival, a variety of food beverages to enjoy and vendor booths to choose from. This FREE festival is located at 58th Avenue and Glendale in downtown Glendale and begins from 4pm to 11pm. for more information visit www.visitglendale.com. or call 623-930-2299.
Bird Watching at Boyce Thompson Arboretum – Monday, January 16, 2012 in Superior, Arizona
Joanne Barr will lead a special bird walk on Monday, January 16, starting at 8:30 am from the visitor center lobby. Boyce Thompson Arboretum is located at 37615 U.S. Highway 60. For more information visithttp://arboretum.ag.arizona.edu/events/birdwalks.html. For admission and map visit http://arboretum.ag.arizona.edu/location.html.
Astronomy Nights at Pinnacle Peak Park – Saturday, January 21, 2012 in Scottsdale, Arizona
Discover the deserts sky at night as you venture into educational talks of solar systems and multiple star systems. You will observe our neighbor the moon, distant planets and view the wonders of nebulae clusters through professional telescopes. this event begins at 6:00 pm and continues for proximately 1 1/2 hours. You will need to register at least a week in advance so there are enough telescopes. Participants must be 8 years or older. For more information and to register call Pinnacle Peak Park at 480- 312-0990.
Cave Creek/Carefree Balloon Festival – Saturday, January 21, 2012
The glow of hot air balloons brings magic to any evening and enlightens the spirit at the night becomes filled with the excitement of glow and hissing of flames up into each colorful balloon! during this lighted event at the Carefree Resort & Conference Center located at 37220 Mule Train Road in Carefree (You can park along Cave Creek road and take the shuttle to the gate of the festival), you will enjoy music from live bands, showers of fireworks, entertainment for the kids and an assortment of food and beverage from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Don’t forget to bring the camera for this special photo-op. Ticket prices are $8 for each adult, $5 for each child, with children age 2 and under admitted free. Bring cash for food inside. For more information visit www.cavecreekballoonfestival.com.
Desert Botanical Garden’s Design for a Living World – Saturday, January 21, 2012 through to April 1, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona
This exhibit portraits the connection we have with the natural world of human, animals, plants and places across the globe. This event is developed by The Nature Conservancy that tells the relevant story of the life-cycle of materials end the importance of conservation in buildings and landscape design and the movement to use sustainable materials from around the world. For more information call 480-941-1225 or visit dbg.org/events-exhibitions/design-for-a-living-world.
Phoenix Coyotes Carnival – Sunday, January 22, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona
Any Hockey fans? If you like Hockey then this event is for you. Fans get to meet their favorite Phoenix Coyotes players, talk with the coaches and watch the broadcasters on this day of indoor fun and games while raising money for charity. Classic carnival games such as the “coke bottle ring toss,” “milk can knock-down,” “the wrecking ball” and more will be available for fans to try their luck for a donation. You can have your picture taken with one of the clowns or have your favorite design painted on by face painters. This carnival begins at 12:30 pm and runs til 3:30 pm. and is at the Jobing.com Arena located at 9400 W. Maryland Avenue in Glendale, Arizona. Tickets are $10 per person, while children aged 2 and under are free. for more carnival information or to purchase tickets visit www.phoenixcoyotes.com/coyotescarnival.
Chinese New Year Festival – Friday, January 27 – Sunday, January 29, 2012 in Downtown Phoenix, Arizona
Happy Chinese New Year! This year represents the year of the Dragon. The animal totem for the year 4710 of the Yellow Sovereign, Huangdi, inventor of the cycle of 60 years. Friday is the official grand opening ceremony of the Chinese Culture and Cuisine Festival featuring the lion and dragon dances and live entertainment. You will be amazed at the color and graceful dance movements throughout this festival along with Eastern smells, tastes, entertainment and sounds of China right in Phoenix’s own backyard. This festival includes Taipei Dragon Boat Display (donated by the city of Taipei, Taiwan to the city of Phoenix in honor of the historic and strong relationship as sister cities) , the Children’s Pavilion (origami (paper-folding), folk art, Chinese calligraphy and much more fun hands-on activities reflecting 5,000 years of Chinese culture), the Food Pavilion, Chinese culture and history booth “Chinese Cultural Village” (displaying traditional Chinese attire, pictures, inventions and Chinese puppets), Photo Exhibit and a Mahjong Booth (tile art). What ever you fancy, there’s no running out of fun at this Chinese festival. this festival takes place at the Chinese Cultural Center located at 668 North 44th Street (cross streets: 44 street and Van Buren) in downtown Phoenix. For more information visit phoenixchineseweek.org. For general information contact CC Center 602-273-7268.
“Organics” Exhibition- Friday, January 27, 2012 – April 4, 2012 in Tempe, Arizona
The “Organics” exhibit displays how shapes, color and subject matter, all from nature, gives inspiration for creation for two local artists, Kimberly Harris and Stacy Marko. The focus of this exhibit is on how natural organic elements and the details of nature have been an influence in artists’ works throughout history. the exhibit is on display at Connections Cafe’ in the Tempe Public Library located at 3500 S. Rural Road. For more information call 480-350-2829 or visit www.tempe.gov/arts/exhibitions/library.htm.
Arizona Sun Circuit Quarter Horse Show – Saturday, January 28 through February 5, 2012 in Scottsdale, Arizona
Like to horse around? Well, trot on into this event of horses strutting their moves. Multiple Arenas and events will be showing each day. Most days events will begin approximately 7:30 am and finish around 7 pm. Visit over 100 diverse vendors around the show grounds. In addition to the large vendor tent, you will find food, clothing, gear, trailers and more to purchase around the Wendell Arena, and the Equidome. This Sun Circuit event is held at West World located at 16601 N. Pima Rd in North Scottsdale. This event has free parking and admission for everyone. for more information please call 602-853-6764.
Cavalliere’s Family Farmers market – Sunday, January 29, 2012 in Scottsdale, Arizona
Come and visit this indoor farmers market at Cavalliere’s Reata Pass (Scottsdale’s most historic and iconic eating spot) every Sunday for a fresh assortment of local vegetables, locally raised organic meats, fresh nest eggs, fresh assortment of Alaskan fish, assortment of olive oils, home-made breads, granola, tasty pies, tamales, fresh salsa and even home-made dog biscuits for our best friend. Vendors have fresh products weekly along with a few fine arts and crafts vendors with new pieces of art. This event is located at the Reata Pass Steakhouse large outside patio from 10 am to 3 pm located at 27500 N. Alma School Pkwy. For more farmers market information call 480-585-PASS
*JANUARY – BALLET/PLAYS/OPERA/THEATER PERFORMANCES*
Madama Butterfly/Opera – Friday, January 27 – Sunday, January 29, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona
This Arizona Opera production displays the heartbreak of a lovely Geisha whose heart flutters for a Pinkerton and weds only to find he has married another after she and their daughter, Sorrow wait three years for his return. For all who witness this performance of joy, tenderness and sorrow, you will see how this Geisha gains back her honor. This opera is Sung in Italian with English surtitles. Performing at the Phoenix Symphony Hall located at 75 North Second Street (north from Washington Street). To contact Phoenix Symphony call 602-495-1117. For tickets visit https://secure.azopera.com/tickets.php or call 602-266-7464 (9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. weekdays)
SHEN YUN/Dance & Orchestra Performance – Friday, January 27 – Sunday 29, 2012 in Tempe, Arizona
Shen Yun takes you on a magical journey into ancient dynasties and ethnic regions of China through mesmerizing dance. You will inhale a sense of wonder, magic and divine as you melt into another world of rich culture of classical china brought to life through brilliantly colored costumes and dance. This ancient dance is so powerfully breathtaking that is touches your soul. This enchanting performance is at ASU Gammage Theater located at 1200 South Forest Avenue (on the Tempe Campus of ASU at Mill Avenue & Apache Boulevard)
Tempe, AZ 85287-0105
My Fair Lady/Play – Tuesday, January 31 – February 1, 2012 in Mesa, Arizona
“The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plane.” Most of us remember this famous saying from the play My Fair Lady. If you want to relax Theater style for a classical performance than this humorous play is for you and it will be in performance at the Mesa Art Center located at One East Main Street in Downtown Mesa which is located at the southeast corner of Main and Center Streets. Call 480-644-6500 for ticket times and costs. For directions visit http://www.mesaartscenter.com/index.php/visitmac/directions.
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