If you started from the bottom and you're still not on top, don't sweat it. Whether you're well to do or hard up, there's plenty of opportunities for on-the-house events in the Valley. From outdoor movie screenings and poetry readings to cycling seminars, here are our top three picks for free events in metro Phoenix.
Free Movie on Main Street: Up
A Pixar favorite is appearing in a pop-up screening at Mesa's Sliver Lot, 219 West Main Street. The free event, hosted by RAILmesa and Valley Metro, will provide popcorn, but guests are encouraged to bring their own blankets and chairs. Seating is first come, first served. The movie starts at 7 p.m. on Friday, February 13. For details, visit the event on Facebook.
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Let your inner Emily Dickinson out with Uptown P.E.N. at Practical Art. The free spoken-word event, hosted by Jake Friedman and featuring Patience Briggs, gives local poets the chance to share their work out loud. Participation in the open mic is available on a first come, first served basis. The word-slinging runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 10. For details, visit the event on Facebook.
Bike Maintenance Basics
If you're shifting gears into a healthier lifestyle and ditching your four wheels for two, it might help to brush up on the basics of bicycles. Fortunately REI Tempe is teaching a class on how to keep up your ride, everything from lubing a chain to changing a flat. Bike Maintenance Basics runs from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, February 11. Class size is limited. Interested guests must register at www.rei.com.