Talk may be cheap, but acting can be even cheaper -- if you know where to go, that is. With so many venues in the Valley catering to the complimentary, it's easy to check in without checking your wallet. From caffeinated history lessons to Jamaican-style spoken word to discussions about the latest in digital technology, here are our top picks for free events this week.
On Wednesday, July 9, at 6:30 p.m. Glendale Foothills Library is giving out some loose leaf lessons on the cultural history of tea with the free library event Tea'Ching History and Tasting. From Buddhist monks to Boston Harbor revolutionaries, discover the numerous roles tea has played throughout the centuries as a remedy, a ritual, and a symbol of political rebellion. This historical timeline will be complimented by tea tastings and appetizers. Class size is limited. For more information and to reserve your spot, visit the Glendale Main Library online or call 623-930-3844.
Stop by Caribbean Spice on Saturday, July 12, between 5:30 and 7 p.m. for a free evening of spoken word performances by Marcus Wright, the author, poet, and host of NPR's Reggae Street. Wright will bring to life his journey from being a Jamaican immigrant to U.S. citizen with the retelling of stories and poems from three of his published works. For details about the event, call 602-696-1989. For a look at Wright's work, visit www.marcuswrightstories.com.
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Downtown designers and the digitally creative are invited The Duce on Wednesday, July 9, for a free evening of Adobe Creative Cloud. At this free software discussion, author and Creative Cloud Evangelist Andrew Trice will be talking about the latest tips, tricks, and capabilities of Adobe Cloud today. Check-in begins at 6 p.m. followed by a presentation by Trice at 6:30 p.m., and then a Q&A and raffle at 8:30 p.m. For more details, visit Creative Cloud Event Phoenix on Eventbrite.