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Tempe events – STEAM exhibition opening reception

May 24, 2016

Tempe events this week include the opening reception of the STEAM exhibition at the Gallery at TCA on May 28, 2016. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics. It is a movement inspired by the popularity of STEM-based education that encourages creative thinking and collaboration between the disciplines of science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics. The STEAM exhibition melds art and interactive scientific displays which explore these connections. It also highlights the individuals who are using the various disciplines to transform and make the lives of everyday people better. The opening reception takes place on May 27, 2016 from 6-9 p.m. and is free and open to the public. STEAM will be on view at the Gallery at TCA from May 28-September 17, 2016. The exhibition also features a series of free family workshops from May 28-July 22, 2016. The first workshop, Recycled Cardbird Looms, will cover basic tapestry weaving techniques using a cardboard loom. For more information on the STEAM exhibition and free family workshops, call (480) 350-2867 or visit the Gallery at TCA website. Tempe’s calendar is full of exciting events this week. Check out this list and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call 480-894-8158 for more information. May 24: Elsie Szecsy: The Cadet Nurse Corps in Arizona Changing Hands Bookstore May 25: Holly Madison: The Vegas Diaries Changing Hands Bookstore May 25: Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Night Tempe Center for the Arts May 25: Tyler, The Creator The Marquee May 25-29: […]

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Day Trips from Tempe: Apache Trail Loop

Goldfield Ghost Town
May 24, 2016

It’s a Tuesday morning, which would normally be a work day. But not today; today we’re on vacation! Since we have two little ones under the age of three, we wanted to go somewhere close enough that it wouldn’t be too exhausting for them, but also something far enough away that we got to get out and see the beautiful Sonoran Desert. We decided to go on a day trip from Tempe along the Apache Trail Loop out to the funky, tiny town of Tortilla Flat. It’s a quick jaunt outside the Phoenix Metro area, with fun places to stop in between. View our road trip on Google maps to get a glimpse of which roads we took, and how long our drive was from destination to destination. Our first stop for the day was, of course, for breakfast! P. Croissant is a fabulous little local bakery and cafe in Tempe. My daughter loves croissants, so we figured this was a good choice (she’s a notoriously picky eater). P. Croissant has an abundant variety of croissants and baked goods to choose from, great coffee and excellent service. Once we all had our fill of flaky goodness, we hopped in the car to begin our journey. Our first stop would be to Goldfield Ghost Town, about a 40 minute drive from Tempe. We’re greeted at Goldfield Ghost Town with a load train horn blowing and my kids squealing with delight. There’s ample parking which is always a bonus. This little town got its start in […]

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Enjoy great food at these Tempe restaurants with a view

May 19, 2016

One of the best things about Arizona is the abundance of restaurants that have great views of the city or our distinctive Sonoran Desert landscape. There are several Tempe area restaurants that serve up excellent views with tasty dishes. Few things in life are more enjoyable than sitting outside in a unique spot with some good food and drinks surrounded by friends or family. This is also the time of year when the sunny weather showcases flowers blooming and those famous orange, pink and yellow Arizona sunsets. Seriously, is there anything better? Here are a few restaurants in Tempe and Phoenix I’ve been to recently that I really loved. If I missed one of your favorite spots that overlooks the city, feel free to mention it in the comments below. Top of the Rock Restaurant 2000 W. Westcourt Way Tempe, AZ 85282 (602) 431-2370 Located at the Phoenix Marriott Tempe at The Buttes resort in Tempe, Top of the Rock Restaurant has been recognized as one the most romantic dining destinations in the country by the Huffington Post and Open Table. The restaurant interior is surrounded by windows which offer diners a 360 degree of Phoenix, Tempe and Scottsdale. If the weather is nice enough, sit outside on their patio around a fire pit with a nice glass of wine and watch the sunset over the valley. Gertrude’s Restaurant 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy. Phoenix, AZ 85008 (480) 719-8600 Named after Desert Botanical Garden founder Gertrude Divine Webster, the quaint little restaurant is located inside the […]

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Tempe events: PERFORMANCES at the MUSEUM  

Tempe History Museum
May 17, 2016

Tempe events include free performances by two of the Valley’s most popular bands: Dry River Yacht Club and Ghetto Cowgirl at the Tempe History Museum. Both groups will perform this weekend as part of the PERFORMANCES at the MUSEUM Series.  This free series is fun, informal and free. Dry River Yacht Club will perform their artful mix of dark gypsy, Bohemian, eastern European, Americana and world music on May 20 at 7 p.m. This one-of-a-kind band features an acoustic guitar with violin, percussion, bass, bassoon and trombone. They create an artful mix of dark gypsy, Bohemian, eastern European, Americana and world music. Ghetto Cowgirl is a straight-up rock and roll band featuring Marc Norman, one of the best front men in Tempe. His frenzied stage presence and booming voice make the band a must-see live act. You can see Ghetto Cowgirl on May 21 at 7 p.m. For more information visit the Tempe History Museum website or call (480) 350-5100. Tempe’s calendar is full of exciting events this week. Check out this list and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call 480-894-8158 for more information. May 17: Ballet Arizona at Desert Botanical Garden Desert Botanical Garden  May 17: Filter The Marquee May 17:  Victor Peskin: Hiding in Plain Sight Changing Hands Bookstore May 17:  Weiss Soflin Duo Saxophone & Percussion Tempe Center for the Arts May 18: Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Night Tempe Center for the Arts May 18: International Museum Day Pueblo Grande Museum May 18: Third […]

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LEGOLAND Discovery Center Arrives in Tempe

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Arizona
May 11, 2016

The wait for LEGOLAND Discovery Center Arizona in Tempe is over. This cool new indoor family attraction opened in April 2016 at Arizona Mills. I went with my family and we were super excited to see it. I had heard lots about it and we’ve been to LEGOLAND in California, but I wasn’t sure what to expect about Tempe’s newest destination for fun. From the bright yellow outside entrance, you’ll know that you’ve arrived somewhere special. Merlin Entertainments owns both LEGOLAND Discovery Center and SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium, located right next door. They’ve capitalized on this great partnership between these two family friendly attractions with a giant fountain just outside the mall entrance made of LEGOs, featuring a red octopus and a few deep sea divers. When we saw how much work and detail went into the outside, we knew we were in for something special. From the outside, it looks large but not over-sized. From the inside however, it is organized into specific experiences full of bright colors and activities that make it appear larger than life. Once you step through the doors, you’re transformed into a world of LEGOs. Everyone starts their visit by posing for a few fun photos, followed by the Kingdom Quest Laser Ride. Here, you’ll climb into a chariot to help save a princess who has been captured. Your job? Shoot your laser to zap the mean guys. Let’s just say that I didn’t have the highest score out of my family, but it […]

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Tempe events: Celtic Woman – DESTINY World Tour

ASU Gammage
May 9, 2016

Tempe events include the return of global music sensation Celtic Woman presenting DESTINY, their new show and world concert tour at ASU Gammage on May 15 at 3 p.m.  The program features music from their new album and DVD, Destiny, a mix of timeless Irish traditional and contemporary standards wrapped in the group’s celebrated style. Celtic Woman is comprised of three glorious vocalists and a brilliant Celtic violinist who are accompanied by a group of equally talented musicians and dancers. Their exceptional skills and high energy bring a fresh fusion to centuries of musical and cultural tradition. This unforgettable live concert experience features all new stage designs, stunning wardrobes and beautiful arrangements with superb choreography.  On the heels of their successful 10th Anniversary World Tour that captivated millions of fans, Celtic Woman’s DESTINY tour begins the next chapter of their musical journey – a true destiny to be shared by all! For more information and to purchase tickets to Celtic Woman, visit the ASU Gammage website. Tempe’s calendar is full of exciting events this week. Check out this list and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call 480-894-8158 for more information. May 9: Lacuna Coil The Marquee May 10: Brendan McDonough: My Lost Brothers Changing Hands Bookstore May 11: Art After Work: Saguaro Summer Blooms Tempe Center for the Arts May 11: Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Night Tempe Center for the Arts May 11: John Tenney: Baseball in Territorial Arizona Changing Hands Bookstore May 11-30: 3D Astronomy Shows […]

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Celebrate this Mother’s Day in Tempe

House of Tricks
May 4, 2016

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 8 and that’s just four days off. There’s still time to plan something special for that incredible person who does so much for everyone in the family throughout the year.  Here are some suggestions for places to take mom and grandma to show them how appreciated they are, especially for sticking it out during your adolescence. Keep in mind that Mother’s Day is one of the busiest days of the year for many restaurants, so be sure to make reservations. For more information about restaurants in Tempe, visit the Tempe Tourism Office website. Culinary Dropout Mother’s Day Brunch at Culinary Dropout will feature yummy Grilled Asparagus Toast with smoked ham, crispy potato, sunny side up eggs and black truffle emulsion for $13 and Crepe Cake with lemon mascarpone, blueberries and roasted pistachio brittle for $10. For reservations call 480-240-1601. 149 S. Farmer Ave., Tempe, Arizona 85281 / 480-240-1601 Four Peaks Brewing Company From 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Four Peaks Brewing Company will delight mom and her entourage with brunch featuring fabulous food and Mother’s Day drink specials, including MOM-osas and of course, their own Four Peaks brews. Reservations are on a first come, first serve basis. To make a reservation, send an email to 1340 E. 8th St., Tempe, AZ 85281 / 480-303-9967 Gertrude’s at Desert Botanical Garden Mom will love dining in the beautiful desert surroundings of Gertrude’s at Desert Botanical Garden. In addition to the regular brunch menu, the Mother’s Day offerings will […]

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Tempe events: ANNIE opens at ASU Gammage

May 2, 2016

Tempe events include the brand new production of ANNIE, one of the world’s most loved musicals. ANNIE opens at ASU Gammage in Tempe, Arizona on May 4, 2016 and runs through May 8, 2016. Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin and choreographed by Liza Gennaro, this production of the iconic original features book and score by Tony Award®-winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin. ANNIE includes such unforgettable songs as “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything but You,” and the eternal anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow.” The heartwarming story, wonderful score, ANNIE is truly a show for the whole family.  For more information and to purchase tickets, visit  Tempe’s calendar is full of exciting events this week. Check out this list and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call 480-894-8158 for more information. May 3: Violent Femms The Marquee May 4: Matthew Pearl: The Last Bookaneer Changing Hands Bookstore May 4: Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Night Tempe Center for the Arts May 4: Speakeasy@ The Improv featuring Comedian Alingon Mitra Tempe Improv May 4-8: ANNIE ASU Gammage May 5-8: Carly Aquilino Tempe Improv May 6: Fear Factory The Marquee May 6: Spring Music in the Garden: Guitarras Latinas Desert Botanical Garden May 6: Movies in the Park: Inside Out Kiwanis Park May 6: First Saturday for Families at the ASU Art Museum ASU Art Museum May 6: hello Friday: Billy Cioffi Tempe Center for the Arts May 6: Tempe Comedy […]

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Best Museums for Kids

Hall of Flame Fire Museum
April 25, 2016

Gone are the days of keeping quiet and not touching anything at a museum. I remember going on field trips to museums when I was a kid. They were fun, but I wouldn’t exactly say it was the best day of my life. It was hard to relate to and nothing felt like it was designed with kids in mind. Flash forward a few decades and there are both new museums to explore in metro Phoenix, and traditional museums that have put more thought into how children can experience their collections. While many items can’t be touched, they are interpreted in exciting new ways. Here are some of my favorite museums for kids in Phoenix, Tempe and Mesa. A few are along the Valley Metro Rail line and I’ve indicated the stops to get to those. For even more activities and attractions for the whole family such as the The Phoenix Zoo, hiking information and a variety of family dining options, visit Tempe: LEGOLAND Discovery Center Arizona Who doesn’t love playing with legos? Located inside Arizona Mills, LEGOLAND® Discovery Center is where families with children aged 3 to 10 can enjoy a world of creativity, color and building fun in the ultimate indoor LEGO playground. Get hands-on with the thousands of LEGO bricks in themed build and play areas where kids’ imaginations can run wild with the endless possibilities that LEGO offers. Kids (and adults too) will be endlessly entertained by two LEGO rides, a 4D Cinema, massive, large-scale models, building areas […]

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Tempe events: Pete, or the Return of Peter Pan

Pete or the Return of Peter Pan by Chilsplay
April 25, 2016

Tempe events include Childsplay’s brand new production: Pete, or the Return of Peter Pan that has the boy who never grows up and his good friend Wendy returning like you’ve never seen them before! In this delightful production, it’s 2016, and Wendy is ready for an adventure. She has grown up hearing stories about her grandmother’s childhood adventures in Neverland, but never really believed them. Then, one day Peter Pan arrives and whisks Wendy and her brother off to Neverland where they battle pirates, ninjas and even get in trouble with a pterodactyl! Along the way they learn about friendship and the precious nature of time and memory. Pete, or the Return of Peter Pan is perfect for ages 6 and up. Performances take place at the Tempe Center for the Arts on weekends through May 22. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Tempe’s calendar is full of exciting events this week. Check out this list and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call 480-894-8158 for more information. April 25: ASU Mariachi Spring Concert Katzin Concert Hall April 27: ASU Symphony Orchestra with guest conductor Tito Muñoz ASU Gammage April 27: Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Night Tempe Center for the Arts April 27-30: 3D Astronomy Shows ASU Marston Exploration Theater April 28: ASU Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Choral Union and Chamber Winds: Arthur Honegger’s King David ASU Gammage April 28: Amy Goodman: Democracy Now!: Twenty Years Covering the Movements Changing America Changing Hands Bookstore April 28: […]

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