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Fabulous Phoenix 4th
6-10 p.m. Wednesday, July 4
Steele Indian School Park
300 E. Indian School Road
The 33rd-annual celebration will feature one of the largest fireworks displays in the Southwest (schedule for approximately 9:30 p.m.) The free and non-alcoholic family event annually attracts thousands of participants. Event details and know-before-you-go information is available at

‘Reducing Waste in Phoenix’
12 p.m. Saturday, July 7
North Mountain Visitor Center
12950 N. 7th St.
In 2013, the Phoenix Public Works Department launched its waste diversion initiative, Reimagine Phoenix, with a citywide goal of diverting 40 percent of trash from the landfill by the year 2020. With two years to go, Alexis Yaple, Zero Waste specialist from the city of Phoenix, will explain how each individual can contribute to this goal by reducing waste, recycling right, and reusing as much as possible. Free and open to the public. Food permitted inside. Pre-registration requested at

Ho! Ho! Hot! Christmas in July
July 10-28
ALP Thrift Boutique
7044 N. 7th St.
It’s summer in Phoenix, and there are plenty of great deals on Christmas décor at the Assistance League of Phoenix Thrift Boutique. You’ll find cool yule summertime bargains, along with the usual great deals on gently used clothing, household items, furniture and more. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; open Thursdays until 6 p.m.

The Art of Glass
5-9 p.m. Friday, July 13
Urban Southwest
1016 E. Camelback Road
A free event featuring local artists specializing in glass art of all kinds: blown, slumped, cast, leaded, jewelry, etc. Enjoy complimentary refreshments while being inspired by these artists. Items will be available for purchase. To RSVP, visit and type in keywords: The Art of Glass.

Rattlesnake Workshop
9-11 a.m. Saturday, July 21
North Mountain Visitor Center
12950 N. 7th St.
Rattlesnake Garage and Save Our Mountains Foundation will offer a live rattlesnake demo that will cover desert conservation, snake recognition, snake encounters, first aid do’s and don’ts and snake myths. Admission $8 adults, $4 children, and free for military with ID.

Duet Volunteer Orientation
9-11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 21
Madison Baptist Church
6202 N. 12th St.
Many isolated elders and homebound adults are without vital services such as transportation to the grocery store and doctor’s appointments this summer. Currently, there are 75 homebound adults waiting to be matched with volunteers through Duet: Partners In Health & Aging. These free-of-charge services include help with grocery shopping, transportation to medical appointments, providing friendly visits, minor home repairs, assistance with basic paperwork, and more. RSVP to Bring a driver’s license and the names and phone numbers of two personal references.

Real, Wild & Woody Indoor Beer Festival
2-6 p.m. on Saturday, July 28
Phoenix Convention Center
100 N. 3rd St.
Presented by the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild. Those in attendance will savor real ales, which are cask-conditioned, barrel-aged or use a wild strain of yeast during the fermenting process. Approximately 65 of the region’s finest breweries will be featured, along with complimentary small-bites from local restaurants. There will also be interactive games to enjoy, an indoor rock-wall and live music from local bands. Advance tickets are $57, which includes 20 beer samples, and $25 for designated drivers. To purchase tickets, visit:

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