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Valentine Picnic in the Grove: Picnic Lunch at The Farm at South Mountain

February 10 – February 19, 10:00am – 2:00pm

6106 S. 32nd Street
Phoenix, AZ 85042

Named one of the most romantic spots in Phoenix, The Farm at South Mountain presents its annual Valentine Picnic in The Grove. Grab a blanket and your Valentine for a simple and sweet picnic in the pecan grove. The Farm Kitchen will pack up your farm fresh “Love Bird” picnic basket which includes gourmet sandwiches, farm-fresh sides, cupcakes, and a special gift, with wine, mimosas, and a beer garden available for purchase. After lunch, rent a yard game from The Farm Kitchen, visit our on-site garden and chicken coop, or find a local treasure at our shop, Botanica! Vegetarian options can be made available, if noted when making reservation.

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Spring Programming For(u)m to Educate Public & Developers about Importance of the Built Environment

Cultivating Temporary Use  Thursday, February 16, 2017, 4:00pm – 5:30pm

West Camelback Development Bus Tour – Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 3:00pm – 6:00pm

Repositioning Modernism Through Sustainability & High Design Monday, March 27, 2017, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Commercial Tenant Selection – Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Overlay & Character Area Development – Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Subcontractors & Localized Supply Chains – Thursday, June 15, 2017, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Local First Arizona’s For(u)m returns for 2017 with revamped memberships, programming, and an ever-expanding commitment to a responsible built environment in the Valley.

Expanding on its education component from 2016 that highlighted topics ranging from financing creative development to teardown culture, For(u)m’s 2017 spring programming connects with new organizational partners to offer a new suite of workshops, tours, networking events, and more. All events are $10 to attend and are free for members of Local First Arizona’s For(u)m initiative.

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Free Film Screening: The Starfish Throwers

Tuesday, February 21, 2017, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Harkins Valley Art Theater
509 S Mill Ave
Tempe, AZ 85281

The story of a chef, a girl, and a retired school teacher, whose efforts to feed the poor ignite a movement in the fight against hunger.

Non-perishable food items will be collected for Tempe Community Action Agency. Deborah Arteaga, executive director, will lead a post-film discussion.

Arrive early to see two 5-minute films produced by Peter Byck’s Sustainability Story-Form Documentary class. The Student Sustainability Shorts will start at 6:45 p.m. before the main screenings.

This film screening is a program of the 2017 Sustainability Solutions Festival.

View the trailer and learn more about the film.

Free parking at the City Hall Parking Garage. Validate your ticket at the concession stand.

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Case Studies and Cocktails


February 22, 4:00pm – 6:00pm

111 E Taylor St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Join us at our next casual talk and tour with Brian Farling, Principal at Jones Studio, to learn more about the sustainable features of the Beus Center for Law and Society.

BCLS is a high-perfomance building that incorporates energy-efficient technologies and local materials such as sandstone. Design strategies were used throughout the design process to reduce the building’s energy consumption, improve thermal performance and save space.

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Southwest Buildings & Facilities Management Show & Conference 2017

February 22-23

Phoenix Convention Center
100 N 3rd St.
ProExpos Group is proud to present the Southwest Buildings & Facilities Management Show & Conference. This event will feature companies displaying products and services necessary for the operation, management, maintenance and renovation of buildings and facilities in the southwest.
Running concurrently with the trade show is an educational conference featuring 20 individual one-hour talks covering a wide range of topics including: LEED, Green, Sustainability, Energy, Building Commissioning, Facility Maintenance, Construction and Renovation Planning. IFMA – Greater Phoenix provides CFM credits and AFE provides CEU credits for all 20 Conference Talks

Spring Gardening Series with Dig It Urban Gardens + Nursery

All events are from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
February 25 — Houseplant Care
March 25 — Native Plant Selections
April 22 — Water Usage
May 27 — Container Gardening for Small Spaces

Open Air Market
721 N Central Ave. (Central & McKinley)

The Open Air Market at Phoenix Public Market will have a spring gardening series from Dig It Urban Gardens + Nursery. Every fourth Saturday of the month you can learn how to grow your gardening skills by stopping by the Open Air Market!

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PHX Vegan Food Festival

February 25, 11 am-5 pm (VIP admission 10 am)

Phoenix Theatre & Phoenix Art Museum Campus
100 E McDowell Rd, Phoenix

Join us for the 2nd annual PHX Vegan Food Festival in Phoenix!  The event showcases some of the state’s best vegan and vegan friendly restaurants, food and beverage purveyors, as well as clothing, accessories, personal care products, household items, and more. This year’s event promises to be even bigger and better, with a larger event space, more vendors, numerous bars and beverage stations, two stages of live music, an improved kids zone, additional demonstrations and presentations by chefs and industry experts, plus lower ticket prices!

Door admission: $25. VIP admission: $50.

Don’t miss the Green Living AZ booth!

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30th Annual Coronado Historically Modern Home Tour and Street Fair

February 26, 10am – 4pm

Coronado Park
1717 N 12th St.
Phoenix, AZ 85006

The Coronado Home Tour and Street Fair is an opportunity for neighbors to gather, spend a day together, and celebrate the history of a local neighborhood. This family-friendly event will showcase local bands, food trucks, a vintage bike and car show, and an artisan craft market. Funds from this event will be used to support neighborhood-based programs such as Block Watch, the Coronado Community Garden, Community Toolshed, The Dispatch magazine, and the launch of a community center in the heart of the neighborhood.

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Savor the Lifestyle at the Sycamore Party: See Arcadia’s New Semi-Custom Community

March 1, 5:00pm – 7:00pm

37th Street and Campbell

You’re invited to step inside Arcadia’s brand new semi-custom gated community for a night of Sips and Snacks. Located in the western portion of the popular Arcadia residential neighborhood in Central Phoenix, The Sycamore is surrounded by some of Central Phoenix’s finest amenities, including walkable access to premier eateries such as La Grande Orange, Postino, North, and Chelsea’s Kitchen. Open to the public. Please RSVP by February 28th to Corrie Wichterman at

Assistance League of Phoenix Presents Havana Nights!

April 1, 5:30 p.m

Omni Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Montelucia
4949 E. Lincoln Dr.
Scottsdale, AZ 85253

Join us at the 46th Annual Celebration of Caring Gala benefiting Phoenix children. This year we are honoring two caring couples dedicated to improving our community: The Honorable Ed Pastor and Mrs. Verma Mendez Pastor as well as Dr. Lattie Coor and Mrs. Elva Wingfield Coor. The hosted reception and silent auction begins at 5:30 p.m. with dinner, program and live auction beginning at 7:00 p.m. Attire is cocktail/formal. Join us for an elegant evening of fun!

Tickets are $200 and can be purchased at

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FitnessFest Conference & Expo

April 21-23, 5:30 p.m.- 7:30 p.m.
Friday & Saturday: 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Sunday: 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

663 W. 2nd Ave., Ste. 14, Mesa

The FitnessFest Conference & Expo is back!  Head on over to Mesa to check out conferences on nutrition, fitness and well-being headed by experts in the industry. There are workshops to participate in such as Pilates or yoga. You can walk around to find health fitness clothing to purchase, as well as exercise equipment and nutrition supplements too!

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“Junk in the Trunk” Vintage Market

April 28-30, 2017

WestWorld at Scottsdale
16601 North Pima Road
Scottsdale, AZ

The Southwest’s original vintage shopping experience is returning to Scottsdale with all of its chippy goodness.  Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market’s spring show, which will showcase over 200 of the finest vintage and handmade vendors selling all things chippy, rusty, vintage and handmade.  Known for the quality of its vendors and the curation of the items being sold, Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market will once again combine one-of-a-kind vintage shopping with live local music, food trucks, and a lounge for nursing moms to create an inspiring atmosphere and fun-filled event.

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Sonoran Collaborative Living Building Challenge

lbclogoEvery third Tuesday of the month, 5:30 p.m.

Various Locations

The Sonoran Collaborative’s lineup this season is an exciting mix of conventional presentations and on-site tours, covering a variety of topics from the Living Building Challenge Certification Program using real-world solutions.

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2017 Water Efficiency Workshop Series

Rainwater Harvesting — February 18, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Civic Center Library
Plant Care in the Desert — February 24, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Civic Center
Learn to Prune — March 17, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Scottsdale Xeriscape Garden in Chaparral Park
Efficient Lawn Care & Outdoor Leaks — March 25, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Granite Reef Senior Center
Landscaping for Small Spaces & Patios — March 29, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Mustang Library
Xeriscape 101 — March 31, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Mustang Library
ABCs of Watering — April 1, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Mustang Library
Scottsdale Xeriscape Garden Tour — April 1 & April 23, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Scottsdale Xeriscape Garden in Chaparral Park
Learn to Prune — April 22, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Scottsdale Xeriscape Garden in Chaparral Park
Drip Irrigation Design & Installation — May 20, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Civic Center Library
Summer Color — June 10, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Mustang Library 

Looking to give your landscape a refresh this spring? Sign up now for one of Scottsdale’s Water Efficiency Workshops or Xeriscape Garden tour and learn ways to enhance the beauty of your landscape while saving water and money!

Classes and tours are free, open to all Scottsdale residents and appropriate for all levels of skill and experience. The current series runs February through June and covers topics from rainwater harvesting to drip irrigation design and repair.

During the tour of the Scottsdale Xeriscape Garden at Chaparral Park, Garden Caretaker Bill Casenhiser will guide you through the 5.5-acre desert oasis near Hayden and McDonald roads. The garden is home to over 7,000 beautiful, water-thrifty plants of 200 different species.

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Southern Arizona

STYLE SALON with Laura Tanzer

February 25, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Atelier Laura Tanzer
410 N. Toole Avenue, Suite 110
Tucson, Arizona 85701

Laura Tanzer will be hosting their first ever Style Salon, “a workshop that helps you to become more in tune with your own sense of style, with the help of a style savvy expert.” Bring your absolute most favorite garment, and a few garments to exchange at the clothing swap at the end of the session.

Each style salon is limited to 12 people for the benefit of each participant. The style salon lasts approximately 1.5- 2 hours. Buy tickets here.

For any questions, please call (520) 981-9891 or visit Atelier Laura Tanzer.

Spring Eco-Art Workshop

March 31-April 2

Sonoran Desert Inn & Conference Center
55 Orilla Ave., Ajo

In this weekend workshop led by Dr. Lee Ann Woolery, participants will immerse themselves in the dramatic landscape of Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument and engage their creativity to study the Sonoran Desert. You will learn Art-Based Perceptual Ecology methods, using art & science to discover place-based stories of this ancient desert landscape. Lodging and meals are here at the Conference Center, so you know you’ll sleep and eat well.

WITH LODGING: includes a full weekend of instruction in the Sonoran Desert, all meals (Friday evening to Sunday breakfast) and 2 nights of accommodations at the Conference Center in a Standard or Deluxe room. Early bird rate before February 2nd: $490. After February 2nd: $525.

WITHOUT LODGING: includes a full weekend of instruction in the Sonoran Desert and all meals (Friday evening to Sunday breakfast).  Early bird rate before February 2nd: $284. After February 2nd: $319.

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Northern Arizona

Mu’uputs Canyon Paiute History & Life-Ways Guided Hike

March 11, 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
March 25, 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Pipe Spring National Monument
406 N. Pipe Spring Rd, Fredonia

March is Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month! Pipe Spring National Monument shares in the state-wide celebration by offering two very special guided hikes, highlighting local geology, archaeology, and history. Both hikes take place in cooperation with the Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians. A tribal fee of $10 per person will be collected in addition to the regular momentum entry fee of $7.00. Reservations are strongly recommended, as space is limited for both of these hikes. Call (928) 643-7105 for reservations and hike information.

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