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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

Drip Irrigation Design & Installation — May 20, 10:30am-1:30pm at Civic Center Library
Summer Color — June 10, 10:30am-12:30pm at 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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Frontiers of Policy: Science and Humanism at Work in Government

May 27, 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

Phoenix Convention Center North, 132 BC
100 N. 3rd St., Phoenix

Moderator Chad Woodruff, a social neuroscientist at Northern Arizona University, will put a panel of Arizona politicians on the spot about why exactly lawmakers are so bad at considering established science in the policymaking process.

Panelists will advocate for more humanistic and fact-based approaches in government and will address a wide range of political and ethical issues facing our species in the coming decades—including climate change, artificial intelligence, universal basic income, gender abolition, and more.

Cost is included in the regular ComiCon admission. Buy tickets here.

Appreciate, Celebrate and Eat! With Witnessing Nature In Everything

May 28, 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Kitchens Southwest
15685 N Greenway Hayden Loop, Ste 300, Scottsdale

Let’s come together and celebrate the difference that an eco-conscious community can make!
In partnership with:

Jane Got-Kwa Northern Clover
Deb Oberhamer for A New Leaf
Windy Zachek for Oak Craft and Kitchens Southwest
Dorie Morales for Green LIving Magazine
Cheryl Marshall-Scheidel of Direct Cellars And Beauty Counter

RSVP for free tickets here.

CultivEAT Farm-to-Table Dinner

June 4, 7:00 p.m.-10:00p.m. 

Roosevelt Growhouse
1025 N. 2nd St., Phoenix

Connect with your community at the 3rd annual CultivEAT Farm-to-Table dinner in downtown Phoenix. With a menu centered around a locally grown and prepared meal, you won’t be disappointed. Chefs Sacha Levine and Walter Sterling of Ocotillo, Casey Hopkins of Welcome Chicken + Donuts, and Tracy Dempsey of Tracy Dempsey Originals will collaborate to prepare a beautiful meal paired with local beer and wine. Tickets cost $70.00.

Buy tickets here.

Arizona Science Center’s Teen Social

June 9, 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

Arizona Science Center
600 E. Washington Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85004

Get ready for an out of this world event, just for teens! Arizona Science Center’s Teen Advisory Board invites teens ages 13 to 18 for a night of discovery with stellar music, food and intergalactic activities. This summer, teens can make new friends while enjoying a night all to themselves at the Science Center. Explore all four levels of the Center, see flying drones and watch our popular lasers shows in the Dorrance Planetarium.  Build a roller coaster, play video games, see cool science experiments and so much more! Teens will enjoy complimentary Dutch Bros drinks and ice cream sandwiches from Baked Bear.  The evening will end with an epic group rocket launch.

Register for free here to be entered for a chance to win prizes from Urban Outfitters, Dutch Bros, Baked Bear and FOX Restaurants like FlowerChild, True Foods, Zinburger and Juby True.

Prowl And Play At The Phoenix Zoo

June 10, 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Phoenix Zoo
455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix

The night comes alive with music, magic, art and more! Kids will enjoy face painting, juggling lessons, sidewalk chalk art as well as games and prizes at the Street Fest Arcade, plus waterslides, splash zones and Slip ‘N Slides. The cost for members is $6.00, non-members $8.00. Children 2 and under are free.

Buy tickets here.

Experience Brazil

June 10-11, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Musical Instrument Museum (MIM)
4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix

Indulge in the sights and sounds of Brazilian culture at MIM this summer. Enjoy vibrant musical performances, dance workshops and a menu completely inspired by Brazilian fare. You can also purchase Brazilian merchandise from the Museum Store. Ticket is included with $20.00 museum admission price.

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Green Living Launch Party

June 15, 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Cattle Track Arts Compound
6105 N. Cattletrack Rd., Scottsdale

Join us at the Cattle Track Arts Compound in Scottsdale for a night of fun and networking! Meet and mingle with like-minded people in the green industry, enter to win eco-friendly door prizes, buy exclusive film festival tickets and enjoy appetizers and drinks from local vendors. Tickets cost $12.00 online or $15.00 at the door.

Buy tickets here.

Maricopa Master Gardener Class: Raised Bed Gardening

June 18, 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Maricopa County Cooperative Extension Office
4341 E. Broadway Rd., Phoenix

“Raised Bed Gardening” will be presented by the Maricopa Master Gardeners 2-4 pm
Sunday June 18 at the County Extension Office 4341 E. Broadway Rd. Phoenix. The cost to attend is $20.

Register here.

Valley of the Sun Clean Cities Coalition Plug-in Hybrid Demonstration

June 20, 9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Skysong 1
1475 N Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, 2nd Floor, North Buildingvalley-of-the-sun-300x210

Valley of the Sun Clean Cities Coalition is turning the page to public and fleet participation. They are hosting a hands-on review of electric driving without the concern of limited range. The new Electric Plug-in Hybrids are affordable and offer the best of both worlds, for personal use — not limited to fleet operation.

They will provide Power Point presentations of these vehicles at 9:00 a.m., and the Ride-&-Drive will begin at 11:30 a.m. If some guests are not interested in the technical details, they can hop in with a ride-along and put the vehicles to the test instead. The entire event will be free of charge, including convenient parking.

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Nature Film Festival & Silent Auction

June 21, 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Harkins Theatres Shea 14
7354 E Shea Blvd, Scottsdale

Desert Discovery Center Scottsdale invites you to the screening of two inspiring, award-winning films at its 2017 Nature Film Festival. Join us on Wednesday, June 21st, the Summer Solstice, as we experience the beauty and wonder of the newly released BBC Planet Earth II -Deserts production, PLUS the award-winning “Desert Dreams: 5 Seasons in the Sonoran Desert”.

Come ready to bid on an impressive array of one-of-a-kind art, jewelry, sporting and cultural events and valuable travel-themed packages, including Scottsdale resort staycations and two thrilling African safaris!

Your Festival ticket donation includes two hour-long documentaries, a delicious picnic dinner, popcorn and beverage. A ‘VIP’ donation of $100 also includes premium reserved seating and express auction checkout. Seating is limited!

Buy tickets here.

Free Muscle Health Seminar

June 22, 6:00 p.m.

TriVata Event Center auditorium
16100 N. Greenway Hayden Loop, Suite G104, Scottsdale

The seminar will define the importance of EAAs and the role they play in keeping us healthy, why dietary protein supplements are insufficient and how healthy muscles can help us look, feel and stay younger and more vibrant. In addition, every attendee will receive a free copy of Dr. Wolfe’s new groundbreaking book, “Playing for Keeps.”

TriVita’s mission is to help people everywhere achieve greater physical, emotional and spiritual wellness through a full line of premium-quality products that support whole person wellness by taking a comprehensive approach to a wide range of health concerns. Committed to meeting the highest standards in quality assurance and control, TriVita adheres to a strict code of safety, integrity and innovation. For more information, visit or call 1-800- 991-7116.

Women on Fire: Nourishing Spirit, Mind and Body

June 23, 7:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Marriott McDowell Mountain
16770 N Perimeter Dr, Scottsdale

This event attracts successful entrepreneurs, CEO’s, domestic engineers – women who are busy building empires of various sorts who desire time to be nourished in a fun & genuine environment! As busy women, we run with our hair on fire juggling career, family & lifestyle often leaving little time to nourish ourselves. This 1/2 day conference provides the ultimate atmosphere to do just that! The day includes expert speakers, complimentary yoga, healthy continental breakfast & great shopping! Share the day with friends & daughters – the day is packed full of useful takeaways, education & inspiration. Early bird tickets on sale now! Discounted tickets for ages 13-25 as well! Spend the morning nourishing yourselves and leave feeling educated, refreshed & inspired!

Find more information and tickets here.

Purple Lotus: “Embracing Your Journey” Expo

July 9, 9:00am-5:00pm

Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort – Anasazi Ballroom
7677 N 16th St, Phoenix

Purple Lotus Productions offers a large variety of  products, services, workshops and events to help you on your Mind – Body – Spirit journey. The April expo will feature lectures, workshops, and vendors. Come learn, grow, explore and discover with us.

More information.

Scottsdale Philharmonic Free Concert Series

Scottsdale Bible Church
7601 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale

October 8, 4:00 p.m. – Compositions by Berlioz, Saint-Saens & Beethoven and pianist Qingqing Ye.
November 19, 4:00 p.m. – Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9

VIP Preferred seating is available with a $15 donation.

Call 480-951-6077 or visit

Southern Arizona

Arizona Forward Tucson Luncheon: Change Agents, How They Shake Up the Status Quo

June 22, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Arizona Inn
2200 E. Elm Street, Tucson

Change is difficult, but not changing is fatal.

These powerhouses have embraced change to boost economic, environmental and social development in Southern Arizona.

Come meet the women who act as catalysts for change…

Member seat: $60, non-member seat: $65, student seat: $40

Buy tickets here.

Pima County Home & Garden Show

June 26-28

Friday: 12:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Sunday: 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Tucson Convention Center
260 S. Church Ave., Tucson

Get to know the companies around your city; learn from the latest strategies for green building, remodeling, gardening; and save some money with show-only discounts. You can see demonstrations and seminars by the leading experts in home remodeling, landscaping, cooking and more. Admission is $8.00.

More information.

Sustainable Living Forum: Water Harvesting

June 28, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Laura Tanzer Atelier
410 N. Toole Ave. #110, Tucson

There is a lot to take from this free 10-part series of speaking events where experts in the community share their thoughts and encourage discussion. This month’s event focuses on how to live a more sustainable lifestyle by harvesting rainwater. Refreshments provided. Admission is free.

Register here.

8th Annual Garlic Festival and Benefit

June 29-30, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Triangle T Guest Ranch
4190 Dragoon Rd., Dragoon

Indulge in not only food, fun and games, but also in helping a cause. This year’s Garlic Festival will benefit the Wounded Warrior project and Emilio “Memo” Vasquez who was diagnosed with a rare type of cancer called Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma. There will be prizes, crafts, a garlic cooking contest, farmer’s market and more!

More information.

Northern Arizona

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May 26, 1:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
May 27, 9:30 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
May 28, 9:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

Sedona Creative Life Center
333 Schnebly Hill Road, Sedona

The Cosmic Origins conference will take place in Sedona, Arizona the weekend of May 26-28th. Cosmic Origins will explore the questions “Who are we?” and “Where do we come from?” to truly uncover “Where we are going”. The speakers in this event will include some of the top minds in the field of ancient civilizations in order to share new science about the cosmology of the world. They will discuss the Egyptian Pyramids, ancient civilizations, what lies beyond the Milky Way, and more ancient mysteries.

For more information on the Cosmic Origins weekend conference, the speakers, the schedule of events, and to purchase tickets, click here.

White Mountain Forest Fair

June 10, 10:00 a.m.

The White Mountain Wildlife & Nature Center
425 S. Woodland Rd., Pinetop

To promote healthy forests for safe communities, the White Mountain Wildlife & Nature Center will be holding presentations and demonstrations on the benefits of thinning our forests to protect communities and the ways thinning material is put to use in local industries. Admission is free.

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Sunset Crater Volcano Solar and Star Party

June 24,  1:00 p.m.-10:30 p.m.

Solar Viewing 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Astronomy Presentation 8:00 p.m.-8:45 p.m.
Telescope Viewing and Constellation Tours from 8:45 p.m.-10:30 p.m.

Coconino National Forest
6082 Forest Service 545 Rd., Flagstaff

Whether you are a stargazing aficionado or want to add it to your list of hobbies, this event will help you get the most out of night skies. Admission is free.

More information.

Miracle of Mariposa – 2nd Anniversary Celebration

June 24, 7:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

Mariposa Latin Inspired Grill
700 West State Route 89A, Sedona

In celebration of the restaurant’s second anniversary and benefiting the National Kidney Foundation of Arizona, the evening will feature live Latin American music and dancing, stargazing and a decadent spread of regional cuisine and wine. Chef Dahl will serve a collection of Mariposa’s most popular menu selections via food stations including traditional handmade empanadas, grilled meats, ceviche, salads, decadent desserts and a selection of wines.

Tickets are $125 (plus tax).

Buy tickets here.

The Art of Brewing Your Own Kombucha

July 22, 9:00 a.m.

219 W. Gurley Street, Prescott

This fun and unique workshop explores the whys, how-tos and benefits of this DIY ancient elixir and helps save money. A delicious taste-testing, starter kit ($25 value), step-by-step instructions and recipes for creating marvelous twists to your brew are included.

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION SPECIAL:  Register by July 1st and get a Free One Gallon Brewing Jar on the day of the class!

$30 Pre-registration Required by July 15th.

Register online here, or call 928.445.4565, or stop by 219 W. Gurley Street in Prescott.