Get your geek on with the members of the United Federation of Phoenix, the nation's second-oldest continuous Star Trek fan club, as they party poolside on Saturday, July 9, sipping sodas and swapping stories of Klingon valor. The universe may be a lonely place for some people, but not like-minded fans of intergalactic entertainment who band together. Discuss the demise of the Enterprise over hot dogs at 1601 North Tamarisk Court in Chandler; or, better yet, share tales of Shatner sightings and indulge in Patrick Stewart fantasies. If the banter gets too heated, as happens when dedicated fans dicker, simply take a dip; after all, it's a pool party! The United Federation of Phoenix gathers every two weeks. You can attend your first two meetings at no cost before you become a member of the club. For an annual fee of $15, you get a newsletter and a whole bunch of friends to road trip with to science-fiction conventions. Call 602-242-9203 or visit www.u-f-p.org to RSVP (required if you wanna attend the pool party). -- Lee Quarrie
Statues of limitations in photo show
Photographer Bill Fuller peeked under the sheets for his upcoming show. On Thursday, July 7, Fuller's "Figures in a Landscape," which captures those pesky nude sculptures in capital buildings in their natural state, opens at 7 p.m. at Gold Bar Espresso, 3141 South McClintock in Tempe. Call 480-839-3082. -- Joe Watson
Taste of the Good Life
Double your pleasure at Wrigley
You won't exactly get the keys to the Mansion -- the Wrigley Mansion, that is -- but for $15 (and a couple of hours), you can dream, at least. Starting Sunday, July 10, the Wrigley Mansion, 2501 East Telawa Trail, hosts the first of its summer wine tastings from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with "a variety of wines from different countries" and self-guided tours of The House Wrigley Built. Live as the "gum magnate" would have, again, on July 24, August 7 and August 21. Call 602-553-7382. -- Joe Watson
Epicure for Hunger
Wine snob lesson at elements
For those who can't tell their Asti from their Elba when it comes to international wine regions, elements (Sanctuary Resort's Asian-inspired eatery) kicks off its fourth annual Summer Lunch & Learn Series with a salute to Washington wineries. Executive chef Beau MacMillan demonstrates the fine art of wine pairing, proving the classic "red with meat, white with fish" rule isn't always true. At $38 per person -- including instruction, a three-course meal, wine, tax and gratuity -- it's a bargain rarely seen this side of the Biltmore. Catch the culinary delights at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 9, at elements, 5700 East McDonald in Paradise Valley. The series continues through August 27. Call 480-607-2300. -- Wynter Holden
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Thirty years of gallery-hopping
For those lacking the gumption or energy to make it out to First Friday, the Scottsdale Gallery Association offers its annual Summer Spectacular ArtWalk as an environment for the sights, sounds and activities associated with "America's Original ArtWalk." Started in 1975, the Scottsdale ArtWalk continues to celebrate its 30th anniversary of weekly ArtWalks with the "coolest ArtWalk with the hottest sounds." From 6 until 9 p.m. Thursday, July 7, attendees can stroll through the participating art galleries at their own pace and see the works of local and national artists. The whole extravaganza is free and takes place in the Main Street and Marshall Way Arts District. The event also features music from locals Walt Richardson and the Peaceful Warriors, free food and drink samples, and the "Cold Cash Ice Sculpture Contest," where entrants can win $250 by guessing the amount of money frozen inside the sculpture. Call 480-990-3939. -- Chris Fanning
Get "Danger" in Mesa
The Valley's burgeoning indie music scene now offers scenesters another place to drink and dance -- Hollywood Alley's new "Gimme Danger" shindig. The indie rock night at the Alley, 2610 West Baseline in Mesa, debuts Tuesday, July 12, with a pair of bands that -- if appearances are any indication -- lend immediate street cred to the weekly gig. "Gimme Danger" DJ Sleazy Sean (Hot Pink!) will spin your indie, glam and rock favorites, while live bands shake up the mix. This week, the pure punk fury of Sex Pistols wanna-bes Glass Heroes and the crunchy raunch 'n' roll of locals White Demons will hit the stage decked out in black tees, studded belts and smeared eyeliner. It's a 21-and-over kind of fun that starts at 9 p.m. Cover is $5, and ladies get in 2-for-1, so bring a friend. Call 480-820-7117. -- Chelsea Ide