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Fabulous Phoenix 4th
6-10 p.m. Friday, July 4
Steele Indian School Park
300 E. Indian School Road
The fireworks display will begin at 9:30 p.m. The free celebration will feature two stages of live, local entertainment, inflatable kids rides, the Phoenix Fire Department’s “Spray Zone” where kids can cool off, informational booths, and a variety of beverage and food for purchase. To avoid traffic congestion and limited parking around the park, use the Metro light rail, with a stop on Central Avenue just north of Indian School Road. Find detailed Metro light rail information at

Memory Loss vs. Alzheimer’s
9-10 a.m. Tuesday, July 8
Fellowship Square Phoenix
2002 W Sunnyside Drive
How can you tell if someone you love is experiencing memory loss? What about Alzheimer’s disease? As our population continues to age, it’s important to know that 10-percent of all adults older than 70 experience some form of severe memory loss—and it doesn’t discriminate. Alzheimer’s is a disease that can be very difficult for families to come to terms with. Some families are in denial and they wait too long, until their loved one is past the point of being able to participate in choosing their future. The seminar costs $2 to attend and includes a continental breakfast. No RSVP is needed.

Duet Volunteer Orientation
4-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 15
Duet offices
555 W. Glendale Ave.
All of the free services provided through Duet are done with the help of volunteers, who serve homebound adults, 18 years of age and older. Volunteers choose to provide service in the areas of transportation, shopping, friendly phoning, friendly visiting, paperwork assistance, handyman services, respite assistance, or computer assistance but must attend an orientation before they can begin. To register for orientation, call or register online at

‘Welcome to India’ Book Signing
12-2 p.m. Saturday, July 19
Desert Song Healing Arts Center
3232 N. 20th St.
Author Victoria Kjos, a longtime Phoenix resident, will give a brief talk and Q & A on her recently published autobiography. She splits her time between Arizona and her beloved adopted India. Come listen to tales of the paradoxes of maneuvering the chaos amidst the intense spirituality of India and life in a magical place. Her book, based on her journals, will be available for purchase and signing after the talk.

American Legion Rib Dinner
5-7 p.m. Saturday, July 19
American Legion Post 75
10625 N. Cave Creek Road
The American Legion Auxiliary will be serving a mouth-watering Rib Dinner featuring a half-rack of beef ribs, a baked potato, corn on the cob, and apple pie a la mode, all for $11. Live entertainment will follow; dancing is encouraged. The public is welcome to attend. Note: this dinner was previously scheduled for June 21 but was postponed.

Phoenix Writers Club
12-2 p.m. Saturday, July 19
Bluewater Grill
1720 E. Camelback Road
Join Phoenix Writers Club for lunch and member stories. Cost is $15 for members and $20 for guests. Reservations must be made by July 16. RSVP to with Phoenix Writers Club in the subject line. Members and the public are welcome.

6-8 p.m. Thursday, July 24
Grand Canyon University
3300 W. Camelback Road
A micro-granting dinner celebrating creative projects in Phoenix. For a donation of $5 and up you receive soup, salad, bread, and a vote; bring your own reusable bowl to save on trash. Youth are welcome to attend. You will hear from presenters who will share their ideas looking to make a difference in the lives of Refugees in Phoenix from arts, urban agriculture, childcare, social entrepreneurship, education, transportation, work readiness etc. Vote on what project you think should win the money gathered from the night. Winners come back to a future IDEA SOUP event to tell the audience how their project went. For more information, visit

New World Archaeology Lecture
12-1 p.m. Friday July 25
Pueblo Grande Museum
4619 E. Washington St.
Major collections donations from throughout the New World have put the Arizona Museum of Natural History in a position to interpret the entire sweep of human history in the New World. These collections include amazing artifacts from North America, Mesoamerica and South America, aiding interpretation of the cultures of West Mexico, the Maya, the Aztec and Inca. This talk presents many of the items recently donated and discusses the ethics considered when acquiring prehistoric items. Admission is free.

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