We hope your Fourth of July was filled with life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness just as our Founding Fathers intended, but now it's time to get back to business. And for us, that business is finding cool, entertaining things to do around the Valley that won't cost you a cent. We've got an enchanted exhibit opening, a one-night-only art show, and the chance to get intellectual with a diverse crowd of Phoenicians all to help you declare financial independence. We think the Founding Fathers would be pretty down with that, too.
"Forest Floor" Opening Reception
Tempe artist Melissa Martinez has brought the fairy tale world we read about as children to life at Scottsdale Civic Center Library, 3839 North Drinkwater Boulevard, with the immersive installation "Forest Floor." Giant mushrooms offer shelter to read under, a garden is waiting for you to create and add more flowers and butterflies, and a charming cottage welcomes guests of all ages. Be one of the first to explore this world during the opening reception on Thursday, July 9, from 4 to 7 p.m. Visit scottsdalepublicart.org for more information.
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Mesa Entrepreneurial Class Alumni Art Show
For one night only, alumni of the Mesa Entrepreneurial Class put on by the Neighborhood Economic Development Corporation (NEDCO) will be showcasing pieces at Imagination In Focus Gallery, located at 126 West Main Street in Mesa. As part of Mesa's Second Friday on July 10, artists including photographer Jim Hesterman, painter Tiffiny Lilley, sculptor Mildred Gil Parad, and more will be exhibiting their most recent work from 7 to 10 p.m. The Mesa Entrepreneurial Class helps artists learn more about the business side of being an artist. For more information, visit the Facebook event or www.nedco-mesa.org/artists.html.
Downtown Theology Pub
Grab your big ideas and your most polished rhetoric skills and head to Angels Trumpet Ale House, 810 North Second Street, on Sunday, July 12, from 6 to 8 p.m. for City Square Church's Downtown Theology Pub. Everyone, regardless of their beliefs, is welcome to discuss some of the harder questions in life over some good drinks and eats. Past topics have included the afterlife, building community, and spiritual practices. If you're ready to get a little theological and probably a little philosophical, too, get all the information you need on the event's Facebook page.