5 Free Things to Do This Week in Metro Phoenix

With so much to do in Phoenix all the time, it can be hard to pick and choose what to do and where to go. We'll help you narrow done your options to some that are free. This week we've got community mixers, drinks and debates, and a series of lectures if you're looking to learn a little bit.

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Mix and mingle with your fellow Phoenicians on September 15 to discuss the recent influx of apartment complexes and what they mean for the community. Tom Simplot and other local figures will talk about future projects in the Evans Churchill District and on Roosevelt Row. The mixer will take place at the Arizona Multihousing Association at 818 N 1st Street and will begin at 5 p.m. You can find more specifics here, or call 602-296-6200.

Second Republican Debate
Curious what Trump will say next? Luckily, there's another debate coming up. Whether you're interested in the candidate's platforms and policy ideas, or just want to stay afloat on the inevitable insults, Paz Cantina will be screening the second Republican debate on Wednesday, September 16. There will be drink specials, though the debate surely will be entertaining on its own. The event starts at 7 p.m. and is open to the public. See the Facebook page for more information. 

An Evening with Paolo Bacigalupi
Ever wonder what would happen if the Colorado River dried up? Paolo Bacigalupi has, and in fact,  he wrote a novel about it. In his lecture for ASU's Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative, Bacigalupi will discuss his novel The Water Knife and the future of the Colorado River on Thursday, September 17. Bacigaupi is part of a new effort to use "speculative fiction" as way of encouraging an open discussion about climate change. The event is free and will be held at the Tempe Center for the Arts. It begins at 7:30 p.m. Bacigalupi will sign books after the lecture. RSVP here.

Discussion with Robert McWhirter: Just What's So Exceptional About America? 
Criminal defense and constitutional attorney Robert McWhirter will be at Changing Hands in Phoenix on Friday, September 18 to discuss his newest book and discuss the relevance of the Bill of Rights in modern America. The supervising attorney at the ASU Alumni Law Group recently published his book, Bills, Quills and Stills: An Annotated, Illustrated, and Illuminated History of the Bill of Rights. The talk begins at 7 p.m. and is open to the public. Visit Changing Hands' website for more information.

Fry's Free Weekend at the Arizona Science Center
Science fiends take note, admission to the Arizona Science Center will be free this weekend. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, guests will have unlimited access to all four floors of hands-on exhibits. New exhibits include various technology experiments, as well as the totally-mature and fun "Grossology" exhibit that's been drawing crowds all summer. Tickets to IMAX shows will be discounted to $5 and will play throughout the day. It is recommended you order tickets online for quicker entry. For more information, call the Science Center at 602-716-2000. 

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