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Fabulous Phoenix Fourth
6-10 p.m. Saturday, July 4
Steele Indian School Park
300 E. Indian School Road
Featuring one of the largest fireworks displays in the Southwest. The free and non-alcoholic family event includes two stages of local entertainers, a variety of vendors offering festival-style food and beverage, arts and crafts, interactive exhibits and a classic car display. Youth activities, rides and inflatables, and a water spray zone will be part of Kids World. A new feature this year is a Veterans Village, which will pay tribute to military veterans and include resources such as a job fair, and family, health and finance workshops.

Independence Day Celebration
Through July 4
Pueblo Grande Museum
4619 E. Washington St.
As in years past, the museum offers its $4 for the Fourth admission promotion for all adults and seniors. As a Local First Arizona member, this promotion also coincides with celebrating National Independents Week, encouraging people to “go local” by supporting as many locally owned businesses as possible. The Museum Store is celebrating Independents week by participating in the LFA Golden Coupon promotion, offering 20% off all purchases over $20 (excluding some books) to anyone who brings in a Golden Coupon. Museum hours are 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on July 3 and 4.

AABC Grand Opening
11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, July 4
All About Books & Comics
24 W. Camelback Road, Ste. G
Longtime Valley business All About Books and Comics has finished its move. Opening day is officially 10 a.m. July 1, with goody bags for the first 100 people. But if you don’t make it then, take advantage of the July 4 special events and 25-percent off entire inventory sale. A balloon artist will be there from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., and Spiderman will make an appearance for photo ops with the kids. Don’t forget to check out the Discount Hub, where all comics are 99 cents. The Focosso Pizza Truck will be on site from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Free Summer Sundays
July 5, 12, 19 & 26
Heard Museum
2301 N. Central Ave.
Each Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the museum will offer free admission for all, thanks to support of the National Endowment for the Arts and Cox Charities. On these days, children can be creative in designing their own super hero costume (while supplies last) and join in a “super” scavenger hunt to search for other super heroes in the museum. Kids of all ages can enjoy performances in the Steele Auditorium at 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. See artists at work during artist demonstrations from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. A schedule of performing and demonstrating artists is at Note: a $5 gate fee per person will be charged for admission to the exhibit “Super Heroes: Art! Action! Adventure!”, on view through Aug. 23.

Plaster Press Mold-Making Workshop
10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 10-11
Shemer Art Center
5005 E. Camelback Road
Students will bring one Tupperware container from home and up to three simple found objects they will create a mold from that explores the concept of identity or are intriguing forms. While the mold is drying students will have the opportunity to make clay-sculpted objects they can add on to their molded form. Then, on the second day they will create a 3-dimensional object with their mold. There will be a slideshow, demonstrations, and discussion. Class fee is $130, with a $5 materials fee paid directly to the instructor on the first day. To register, visit, select “Happenings” and “Class & Event Registration.” Note: works can be picked up a week later after they have been bisque fired.

Orpheum Theatre Free Public Tour
July 14 & 28
Orpheum Theatre
203 W. Adams St.
Travel back in history at a free public tour of the Orpheum Theatre. Listen to stories about the performers who have graced the iconic theater’s stage, see the ornate architecture and hear music from the Wurlitzer pipe organ to experience the historic charm of downtown Phoenix’s oldest operating theater. There are two hour-long, docent-led tours beginning at 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. RSVP is not required.

How to Make Probiotic Foods
8:30 a.m. Saturday, July 18
Fellowship Center,
North Phoenix Baptist Church
5757 N. Central Ave.
Suzette Smith with Garden Goddess LLC ( will teach you how to make your own probiotic foods at home, including the basics of kefir and sauerkraut. She will have starter culture and kefir grains available for purchase. The class is part of the Vendor Education program of Uptown Farmers Market. Cost is $10 per person, payable when you check in. You also will receive a complimentary Uptown Farmers Market bag. RSVP to

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