A new hobby can be like a mail-order bride -- before you know you like 'em, you're committed. The prospect of pricey lessons and equipment, not to mention a whole new sports trousseau, can keep you from an activity you just might love. Problem solved at Come Out and Play America, a free weeklong event at Tempe's Kiwanis Recreation Center, 6111 South All-America Way, where you can sample more than a dozen activities you've been meaning to try. From Monday, September 8, through Sunday, September 14, refresh body and mind with lap swimming, Pilates, tennis and more. There are health and wellness seminars, too, and kids' activities such as volleyball, karate and parent/child yoga. On Wednesday, September 10, instructors preview special programs, including jewelry-making, gardening and science camp for kids. There's even a class on clipping coupons.
See the schedule at www.tempe.gov/pkrec/KRC/america_schedule.htm; register online or call 480-350-5711 for more information. - Kim Toms
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The Arizona State Sun Devils' football season opens this Saturday, September 6, and here's the kicker: Families can buy up to four tickets for $5 each. ASU meets the NAU Lumberjacks at 7 p.m. at Sun Devil Stadium, Fifth Street and College Avenue in Tempe. Call 480-965-2381 or see http://tickets.asu.edu for tickets. - Jill Koch
Triathletes flex their iron wills
Adversity always strikes in threes -- and generally in the early morning. At 6:30 a.m. this Sunday, it takes the forms of swimming, running and biking, as the Fourth Annual Firebird Triathlon charges into Chandler's Firebird International Raceway. Register at Tempe's Landis Cyclery, Rural and Warner, from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, September 6, or at www.tucsonracing.com. - Jill Koch