Multiple Days/Times July 2-31 JULY 15 & 20
Emergency Food Box Packing—Summer ’19
Helping hands wanted! The St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance of Phoenix is looking for volunteers to sort, pack and distribute meals, which will be distributed to other non-profit organizations that directly impact families throughout the Valley. Volunteers must sign up at https://volunteer.firstfoodbank.org/ and be at least 12 years old. St. Mary’s is located at 2831 N. 31st Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85009. For more information about this event and other volunteer opportunities, visit www.firstfoodbank.org/.
4th of Zooly
Come one, come all! The Phoenix Zoo is holding its annual Independence Day event, 4th of Zooly. The evening is filled with a barbecue dinner, a DJ spinning tunes, sweet treats, and great views of the Tempe Town Lakes Fireworks Spectacular. The 4th of Zooly will be held at the Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, AZ 85008. Admission for those ages 13 and older is $45; children ages 3-12, $35; and children under the age of 2 are admitted free of charge. The 4th of Zooly begins at 7 p.m. and ends at 10 p.m. For more information, visit www.phoenixzoo.org/event-items/4th-zooly/.
July 13 & 27
Yoga at the Museum
On the second and fourth Saturdays of each month, Rooted Community Yoga Project holds a guided yoga practice at the Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85004. All abilities are welcomed and encouraged to attend. The event lasts from 9:30-10:30 a.m. The cost is $10 and includes museum admission. To ensure a spot, those interested are asked to pre-register online. For more information about the event and registration, visit https://heard.org/events/2019-07/. To learn more about Rooted Community Yoga, visit www.facebook.com/RCYProject/.
36th Annual AFHE Convention
As the largest gathering of homeschoolers in the state of Arizona, the AFHE (Arizona Families for Home Education) Convention is the perfect opportunity to inspire and encourage homeschooling to both prospective individuals and current participants. Complete with a dynamic speaker lineup and 140 exhibitors, the convention allows for homeschooling experts and amateurs alike to explore the possibilities that homeschooling can provide. The convention is held in the South Building of the Phoenix Convention Center, 33 S. Third St., Phoenix, AZ 85004. Registration can be purchased online or at the door for $78; however, AFHE membership must be attained prior to purchase. For more information, visit www.afhe.org/convention/.
Real Wild & Woody Beer Festival
Join the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild as it celebrates 30 years of craft beer in Arizona at the Real Wild & Woody Beer Festival. More than 75 of the Southwest’s best craft brewers will be on hand with over 350 craft brews. Visitors can sample the brews, enjoy food from local businesses, listen to live music, and play a variety of games. Arizona’s largest indoor beer festival takes place at the Phoenix Convention Center,100 N. 3rd St., Phoenix, AZ 85004. General Admission is $60; however, VIP options are available as well. For more information, visit www.realwildandwoody.com/.
Nature at Night Walks
On Saturday evenings in the summer, the South Mountain Environmental Education Center invites those of all ages and abilities on a nature night walk. Led by South Mountain park rangers, participants can expect an exploratory walk highlighting nightlife in the desert. Those interested are asked to pre-register for $3 in order to ensure a spot on the tour. The group will depart for the walk at 6:45 p.m., but participants can arrive as early at 6 p.m. to learn more from the park ranger. The event takes place at the South Mountain Environmental Education Center, 10409 S. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85042. For more information, visit https://smeec.org/kid-family-programs/.
Mind Body Fitness Conference
Mind Body Fitness Conferences include five days of trainings held in large cities all over North America. Each day begins with a complimentary Master Class, led by a dynamic YogaFit Trainer followed by trainings which run from noon-8 p.m. on Wednesday and 8 a.m.- 6 p.m. through Sunday. The conference takes place at the Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch, 7700 E. McCormick Pkwy., Scottsdale, AZ 85258. In order to participate, individuals must register and book a room at the resort. Additionally, before making travel arrangements, individuals must email firstname.lastname@example.org to ensure registration completion. For more information, visit www.yogafit.com/yoga-teacher-trainings/mind-body-fitness-conferences/scottsdale-az-july-2019-mbf-conference/.
Small Business HR 101: Wage & Hour Compliance (Webinar)
Designed for business with less than 50 employees, this live webinar, facilitated by Niki Ramirez, a certified HR professional and small business consultant, will provide a comprehensive orientation to wage and hour rules and regulations. Don’t be caught off-guard by the many complex wage and hour requirements set forth by federal and state regulations! Highlights include top tips for getting in and maintaining compliance with standard pay regulations, a small business compliance worksheet, and a live Q&A. Topics covered include timekeeping rules, on-the-clock vs. off-the-clock time, minimum wage and overtime,”salary” vs. “hourly” pay, and basic recordkeeping rules that all businesses must follow (employee file requirements). The event is 9-10 a.m. online. For those who can’t join the live session, register for the event and receive a link to the recorded session. $99; local First Arizona members receive a 5% discount. To register, visit https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8550309691747155724.
Flagstaff Festival in the Pines
Festival in the Pines is back for its 24th year! This Flagstaff favorite is a three-day festival, showcasing live music, local art, international food, an interactive family area, and more. More than 100 artists from across the country will offer one-of-a-kind pieces for sale. This event takes place at Coconino County Fort Tuthill Fairgrounds, 2446 Fort Tuthill (Flagstaff Urban-University Heights to Fort Tuthill), Flagstaff, AZ 86001. Admittance is $10 a person, and children under age 12 are admitted free of charge. For more information, visit www.888artfest.com/flagstafffestivalinthepines/.
Hopi Festival of Arts & Culture
The 86th Annual Hopi Festival of Arts & Culture is a great way to learn about and commemorate one of Arizona’s Native American cultures. The festival is a two-day celebration of the heritage, art, music, food, performance, and culture of the Hopi people. Daily admission costs $12 for adults and $8 for those under the age of 18. Weekend passes are available as well for $18 and $12. The festival takes place at the Museum of Northern Arizona, 3101 N. Fort Valley Road, Flagstaff, AZ 86001. For tickets and information, visit https://musnaz.org/heritage/hopi-festival/.
Arizona Highland Celtic Festival
Presented by the Northern Arizona Celtic Heritage Society (NACHS), the Arizona Highland Celtic Festival calls any and all to join in this two-day celebration of Celtic Heritage. The festival includes performances from numerous Celtic bands, traditional Scottish competitions, reenactments, workshops, and a kid’s corner. Admission into the festival is $20 for one day or $30 for a two-day pass. For those participating in any of the competitions, registration is $35. The festival is at 2446 Ft. Tuthill Loop, Flagstaff, AZ 86005. For further information, visit www.nachs.info/festival.shtml.
Arizona Sunrise Series—Heritage River Park Run
Calling all Arizona runners! In partnership with the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, First Watch Daytime Cafe is sponsoring a summer-long event for runners of all levels to enjoy. Runners and walkers, wheelchairs and strollers are all welcome. In order to participate, runners must register online. With registration, participants receive a medal, shirt, pre and post-race snacks, as well as photo opportunity. All funds generated by the series supports the Food Bank of Southern Arizona, which seeks to restore dignity, health, opportunity and hope to people living in poverty. On the day of the run, participants are asked to meet at Marana Heritage River Park,12375 N. Heritage Park Drive, Marana, AZ 85653. Runners will depart at 6:30 a.m. and are asked to arrive as early as one hour prior. For more information and to register for this run or other runs in the series, visit: https://raceroster.com/events/2019/21660/az-sunrise-series-heritage-river-park.
Archaeology, Paleontology, and Environmental Sciences Laboratory Tour
Presented by the Old Pueblo Archaeology Center, guests are invited to take part in an interactive tour of various science laboratories in Tucson. The tour begins at 8 a.m. at the Mercado San Agustin, 100 S. Avenida del Convento, Tucson, AZ 85745. Over the course of four hours, participants will visit both the Desert Laboratory at Tumamoc Hill and the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research. Although there is not necessarily a cost for admittance on the tour, a $20-$25 donation is requested to continue proper funding of the Old Pueblo Archaeology Center. For more information, visit www.oldpueblo.org/event/archaeology-paleontology-and-environmental-sciences-laboratories-tour-2/.
July 31-Aug. 3
Southwest Wings Birding and Nature Festival
Voted one of the top five nature festivals in the nation, the Southwest Wings Birding and Nature Festival calls all those interested to take part in this unique experience. The Southwest Wings’ mission is to promote nature-based tourism and environmental awareness in southeastern Arizona. As an educational celebration, the event includes free programs, wildlife exhibits, local vendors, guided trips, and more. For an entire day pass, admission is $90. Half-day trips, either in the morning or the evening, can be purchased for $45. Overnight passes are $250.Participants depart from Building 900 of the Sierra Vista Campus of Cochise College, 901 Colombo Ave., Sierra Vista, AZ 85635. For further information, visit www.swwings.org/main-festival.