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Tempe museums offer cool programs for kids this summer

June 22, 2017

Keeping the kids occupied during their summer breaks, can be a challenge. However, the Tempe Center for the Arts (TCA) , ASU Art Museum and Halle Heart Children’s Museum are offering some very cool programs that will keep them busy and entertained.  These workshops are a sure way to beat the summer doldrums and have fun making something beautiful to take home. Many are free.  For more things to do in Tempe this summer, visit http://www.tempetourism.com/summer/. Gallery at Tempe Center for the Arts is offering a bunch of cool workshops related to the current exhibition Biomimicry: nature inspired design. Biomimicry is an exciting field that seeks to emulate nature in creating sustainable solutions to human problems. Two examples of biomimicry include Velcro (inspired by plant burr hooks) and solar cells (inspired by photosynthesizing plants). The exhibit will be on display through August 26, 2017. Family Arts & Sciences Workshops, Saturdays, 12-2 p.m.  June 24 – Biomimicry Trading Cards – New Inventions with TCA staff Join the TCA team to learn about famous examples of biomimicry while creating trading card art about your own nature-inspired inventions! July 8 – Sonoran Wildlife- Clay Creatures with Halldor Hjalmarson Hjalmarson is a well known ceramics artist with a long-time interest in local wildlife. Meet the artist and use his hand-made molds with a traditional “sprigging technique” to create your   own clay creature. July 15 – Sustainability with ASU Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability Can you create a sustainable future city? Join ASU’s […]

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Four Peaks Brewing tells us what makes their beer so good

Four Peaks Brewery
June 21, 2017

Summertime in Arizona means frequent trips to the lake with a group of friends and a cooler filled with your favorite Four Peaks beer. Four Peaks Brewing Company has been creating some of Arizona’s most popular local beers since 1996. The first step to making great beer starts with the people who are in charge of the brew process. Andrew Harden has worked at Four Peaks Brewery for 13 years. For the last eight years, he’s been a Head Brewer. His days start when the rest of us are still asleep in bed, usually before the sun comes up. Andrew is in charge of running the production facility at the Wilson Street location. He manages a team where he’ll outline what they have to do and prep them for what needs to be done that day. He’ll make sure they have everything ready to go when it comes to brewing Four Peaks beer. Like every great creation, Andrew says ingredients are very important. When it comes to beer, the secret is to have great hops. About 80%-90% of the hops Four Peaks uses comes form Yakima Valley hops. The Washington company has over 140 varieties of hops that they produce. Chances are the Four Peaks beer you’re drinking right now has hops from Yakima Valley. Four Peaks also sources hops from Hopsteiner or from a farm in Germany. During their busy season (August – May), Andrew states that Four Peaks’s Wilson Street location will produce about 1,900 barrels of beer […]

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Happy Hour in Tempe

Postino Annex
June 21, 2017

Are you visiting us from out of town and meeting up for Happy Hour? We’ve got you covered. Here is your summer guide to some of the best Happy Hour specials in Tempe. Keep this in your back pocket and impress all your friends with these great finds: Postino Annex 615 S. College Ave. Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 927-1111 From 11am to 5pm every day of the week they offer $5 wine by the glass and pitchers of beer. If you are still there after 8pm on a Monday or Tuesday, they have any house bottle of wine and bruschetta for only $20. Save $9 off any bottle of wine to go…take happy hour home with you! This Postino location has a beautiful, huge patio and indoor/outdoor bar. The vibe is perfection. Salut Kitchen Bar 1435 E. University Dr. Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 625-3600 Voted Best Happy Hour in Tempe, how can you go wrong? From 3-6:30pm daily take 50% off bottles of wine, $2 off craft cocktails, house wine and craft beer, and $2 off all tapas and s’mores. They have a cute, dog friendly patio and a long bar inside to cozy up to. Did you read the 50% off bottles of wine part? One of the best deals in town. Bar Louie 2000 Rio Salado Pkwy., Ste. 1220 Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 658-1600 This fun spot at Tempe Marketplace is known for their happy hour specials including $3.50 drafts, $4.50 wines and $5.50 signature martinis. You’ll all […]

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Tempe events: THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
June 20, 2017

Tempe events include THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME at ASU Gammage from June 20-25. Winner of five 2015 Tony Awards® including Best Play, THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME was praised as “One of the most fully immersive works ever to wallop Broadway” by The New York Times. The play was adapted from Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel about fifteen-year-old Christopher who has an extraordinary brain and is exceptionally intelligent, but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor’s dog, he sets out to identify the real culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever. THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME is the final show in the 2016-17 ASU Gammage season. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 480-965-3434, or visit http://asugammage.com/shows. Tempe’s calendar is full of exciting events this week. See what’s happening below and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call (480) 894-8158 for more information. June 20: Morbid Angel The Marquee June 20: Robert McWhirter: Discussion on The Constitution v. Donald J. Trump Changing Hands Bookstore June 20-25: THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME ASU Gammage June 21-24: 3-D Astronomy Shows ASU Marston Exploration Theater June 22: Summer Splash Thursdays: Frozen Fever (Anna & Elsa) Tempe Marketplace District Stage June 22: Mr. Big The Marquee June 22: Steve “Short Bus” Krause Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre June 22-September 2: Desert […]

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Add spice to your life at Tempe’s Thai restaurants

Smile Lao Thai
June 20, 2017

When my tummy tells me it’s time for Thai, I don’t have to go far to find my favorite authentic Thai dishes.  Tempe has so many great family-owned and operated restaurants that making a choice is the main challenge. You can be sure that the food is authentic, fresh and prepared from favorite family recipes. The menus offer a variety of dishes with and without meat.  This means that vegetarians can enjoy a great meal with their meat lovin’ friends and/or family members, and vice versa. You can also find plenty of gluten-free options. There may be similarities among these restaurants, but each one has its own unique take on Thai. They all deliver a rich blend of hot, sour, sweet, salty and smidge of bitter. Here are a few of my favorites, but this by no means is a complete list. If you have a favorite Thai place, please let us know so we can experience it too. Smile Lao Thai 2107 S. Rural Rd., Tempe, AZ 85282 (480) 894-5495 Smile Lao Thai is one of Tempe’s newest restaurants to open. It’s located at the end of a strip mall on Rural and Broadway. When you walk through the door you’ll notice how fresh and new the decor is. The menu offers several options to choose from including curry dishes, noodle dishes, stir-fry and house favorites. I love curry, so on my first visit, I decided to order the Sweet Pa-Nang Curry for lunch. It was delicious with lots […]

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Craft Breweries in Tempe

Four Peaks Tempe
June 19, 2017

What’s the true taste of Arizona? In Tempe, it’s all about craft beer. Tempe has a vast culinary scene that extends from college town staples of pizza and burgers to upscale dining at House of Tricks and Top of the Rock. One trend that ties all of Tempe’s eateries together is the growing variety of excellent microbrews. With multiple craft breweries in Tempe, our city is producing some of the best of suds in the Southwest. Four Peaks Brewing Company is the original destination for great Tempe craft beer. Their signature brews, including the Scottish style Kilt Lifter, 8th Street Pale Ale and Hop Knot IPA, can be found all of over town, but they are best experienced at their location on 8th Street in Tempe. Originally a creamery building that dates back to the 19th century, this charming red brick structure seems custom made for their brewing operations, large bar and sunny outdoor patio. You can take a tour of this historic building and their brewing operations every Saturday. And, they were recently named America’s favorite craft brewery as part of the Travel Channel’s inaugural Microbrew Madness. While beer is the main draw to this neighborhood hangout, food comes in a close second. The Four Peaks beer bread sandwiches, perfectly seasoned fries, enchiladas and pizzas are some of the best around. And, if you don’t get a chance to visit their original location, don’t worry. You can get a taste of Four Peaks on your way home. Traveling out of town? No […]

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Tempe events: Family Arts & Sciences Workshop at TCA

Tempe Center for the Arts
June 13, 2017

This week’s events include a Family Arts & Science Workshop at the Gallery at Tempe Center for the Arts on June 17. Artist-in-residence Alexandria Bowers will conduct the free workshop titled, Dandelion Wishes Coloring Book. Participants will create their own coloring books and learn a thing or two about dandelions in the process. Alexandra Bowers has always been fascinated with nature and enjoys making art about plants and animals. This summer, she is researching dandelions and their unique way of dispersing their seeds with the wind. The Family Arts & Sciences Workshops are a fun, free and a great way to escape the summer heat and create your own works of art. They take place in the Gallery at TCA every Saturday thorough July 22 from 12- 2 p.m.  For more information, visit The Gallery at TCA website, or call (480) 350-2822. Tempe’s calendar is full of exciting events this week. See what’s happening below and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call (480) 894-8158 for more information. June 14: Class Clowns Comedy Showcase Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre June 14-24: 3-D Astronomy Shows ASU Marston Exploration Theater  June 15: KNIX Acoustic Summer The Marquee June 15: Summer Splash Thursdays: Princess & Pirate Party (Belle & Rapunzel) Tempe Marketplace District Stage June 15: Jillian Cantor: The Lost Letter Changing Hands Bookstore June 15-17:  EDGE happy hour Tempe Center for the Arts June 15-18: Comedian Jonathan Kite Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre June 15-September 2: Desert Botanical Garden Flashlight Tours Desert […]

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Summer Savings and Starry Nights Equal a Vacation in Tempe, Arizona

Boating at Tempe Town Lake
June 13, 2017

Arizona is known for warm, sunny days. But, Tempe might be the best spot to enjoy the stars – in the night sky and on stage in some of the best entertainment venues. This summer, the fun starts when the sun goes down. Some of Tempe’s coolest events are happening now. Combine these fun-filled events with Tempe’s money-saving summer hotel specials, and you have a perfect summer vacation destination, whether you’re here with your family or looking to stay a few extra days after a conference or business trip. The Desert Botanical Garden is offering Flashlight Discovery Tours on Thursday and Saturday nights from 7-9:30 p.m. through September 2nd. Observe how the desert comes to life after dark. You might see nighthawks, snakes and rare night blooming flowers. August 17-20, the Tempe Center for the Arts (TCA) is hosting West Side Story, one of the greatest American musicals of all time. Also enjoy Edge Happy Hour at the TCA, every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 6-8 p.m.  Enjoy live entertainment and $20 “board & bottle” wine specials. At Tempe Marketplace, live music adds to the festive atmosphere on Friday and Saturday nights. There are a variety of acts, from folk to alternative rock, accompanied by dancing fountains and laser light shows. Comfy couches and fireplaces make for the perfect spots to relax and listen to your favorite tunes. If you’d rather laugh than groove, Tempe Improv is a must. One of the premiere comedy clubs in the country, the Tempe […]

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There’s so much to do at Tempe Town Lake

Tempe Town Lake paddleboarding
June 12, 2017

Tempe Town Lake is the perfect spot to experience some fun and enjoy the outdoors this summer. Located on the northwest corner of Mill Ave. and Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe Town Lake is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Arizona. This two mile long lake is so much more than just something nice to look at when you’re driving on the 202. Tempe Boat Rentals, located on the south shore at Tempe Beach Park, offers visitors the opportunity rent boats, kayaks or paddleboards. If you’re with a group of friends, I suggest checking out the electric boats. They can hold up to 10 people and come equipped with a radio and dining table. It costs $90/hour, which is a pretty good deal if you split the cost amongst the people in your group. But some of the more popular rentals are kayaks and stand-up paddleboards. There are two kayak options to choose from: single and double. They are sit-on-top kayaks, kind of similar to how a canoe might look. Kayak rentals range from $23/hour (single) to $33/hour (double) and both come with lifejackets. My personal favorite is the stand-up paddleboard (SUP). I know, it looks difficult and everyone thinks they’ll fall off, but I’m here to tell you it’s easier than you think. All the paddleboards have a traction grip that you stand on. Yes, it’s a bit of a balancing act but it’s pretty easy to stay on. Paddleboard rates start at $23/hour. You can find a full list of boats and rental […]

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Get Happy at Happy Hour in Tempe!

La Bocca Urban Pizzeria and Wine Bar
June 8, 2017

Happy hours are always so much fun. It’s a time to relax after work and enjoy time with friends – add in delicious food and drinks at happy hour prices, and you have yourself a party! What can be better than that to make your work week fly by! Below is a list of some of my favorite Tempe restaurants for happy hour, and the happy hour specials you’ll find there. What are your some of your favorites? I’m always excited to add new spots to my list! C.A.S.A. – 5 E. 6th St., Tempe, AZ 85281 Happy hour daily 3:00-7:00 p.m. (patio only) $1 off well drafts | $5 fireball | $3 bean dip | $6 don julio | $5 (wells & domestics) bucket refills before 5:00 p.m. free chips & salsa with beverage Culinary Dropout – 149 S. Farmer Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281 Monday-Friday 2:00-5:00 p.m. $2-$3 light snacks | $6-$8 entrees | $4-$5 drinks Four Peaks Brewery – 1340 E. 8th St. #104, Tempe, AZ 85281 Happy hour daily 2:00-6:00 p.m. & 10:00-close Enjoy a special “small bites” menu available from 2:00-6:00 p.m. – $4 to $7 Main beers – $1 off pints, $4 off pitchers $3 well spirits | $4 local AZ spirits | $6 glasses of wine Handlebar Tempe –  680 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281 Happy hour specials every day 3:00-6:30 p.m. $2 off select beer | $4 well drinks | $6 wine by the glass La Bocca Urban Pizzeria – 699 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281 Happy […]

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