The Valley of the Sun will be hot this summer, but the Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix will continue to provide an oasis downtown.

The garden will be open this month Saturdays and Sundays, from 7-11 a.m., and in the cool of the evening from 6-9 p.m. It will then close July-September.

Programs at the garden this month include a Mindfulness Workshop, set for 8:30-9:30 a.m. Sundays, June 3 and June 10. Cost is $20, and includes admission to the garden. Instructor Jin Sokushin will show you simple ways to relax your mind and body.

Come back the evenings of June 3 & 10 to enjoy Sunday Jazz and Wine in the Garden, 6-9 p.m. The event includes live jazz, wine sampling, lantern display and happy hour. Hiro Sake also will present samplings of Watermelon Saketinis and Sake Mules. Cost is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and $5 for members of the military, and includes one sampling ticket. Extra tickets will be available for purchase.

Space might still be available for the Public Tea Ceremony set for Saturday, June 16. Cost is $30 general admission, $25 for seniors. Call for more information.

The Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix is located at 1125 N. 3rd St. Call 602-274-8700 or visit



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