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5 Free Things to Do This Week in Metro Phoenix

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Merry Christmas and Happy Festivus to those who celebrate. While we're sure you're having a grand time celebrating, we want you to have plans outside of the traditional gift-opening and grievance-airing that will likely take place — though hopefully you'll have one less grievance after reading through these five free events happening around Phoenix this week.

Craftagious at HeatSync Labs
Mesa's HeatSync Labs has provided local techies and crafters with the space and tools they need since 2009. Every two weeks, the lab and its tools are made available to all Phoenicians looking to make real their most ridiculous and creative ideas. You can bring your ideas to Craftagious on Monday, December 21, from 7 to 9 p.m. Hint: This could be your chance to create the perfect, last-minute homemade gift. Visit heatsynclabs.org for more information.

Laurence Karasek Paintings: A Holiday Viewing Party
Laurence Karasek's bright and distinct landscapes are coming to Phoenix, and so is the artist. Kasarek, who is relocating to the Valley, will show his work at Harder Development, which is located at 335 W. McDowell Road in downtown Phoenix. The welcome and opening party will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, December 22. Refreshments will be available. Visit the event's Facebook page for more information.

FunFit
There's no sense in denying that the impending holidays bring delicious, high-calorie foods, and there's no sense in denying you will partake in feasting on them. So why not get ahead of it and head over to the Lululemon at the Biltmore this Tuesday, December 22, for a complimentary workout? From 6 to 7 p.m., you can attend a Mint Body fitness class and walk into your kitchen on Christmas morning feeling totally guilt-free. FunFit is a weekly activity, which you can learn more about on the Lululemon Athletica Phoenix Facebook page.

Luminaria Ride
On that note, a leisurely bike ride before the dinners, desserts, and drinks couldn't hurt either. Phoenix Spokes People is hosting its annual Luminaria Ride through the Willo Neighborhood on Wednesday, December 23, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The Spokes People recently acquired an alcohol permit for the ride, so be sure to bring a can of your favorite brew for a secret Santa exchange. Light refreshments will be made available. Visit the ride's Facebook page for more information. 

The Ugliest Christmas Sweater Party Ever
Celebrate Christmas Eve and Christmas evening, December 24 and 25, with Dos Gringos in Mesa at the Ugliest Christmas Sweater Party Ever. There will be plenty of drink deals, DJs, dancing, and prizes for the tackiest sweaters beginning at 10 p.m. both nights. Call 480-633-5525 for more information.

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