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5 Things to Do in Metro Phoenix for $8 or Less, January 6 to 8

Party of 6 by Five15 Arts artist collective member Wendy Willis.
Party of 6 by Five15 Arts artist collective member Wendy Willis. Wendy Willis
New year, new budget? We get it. January spending diets are all the rage, and — lucky for you belt tighteners out there — experiencing Phoenix on the cheap is pretty easy. In fact, here are five things to do in the Valley this weekend that will cost you no more than $8. And just in case you're ready to break your resolution already (no judgment!), the New Times' calendar's full of things to do beyond that dollar amount. Just sayin'.

"Changing Spaces"
The Five15 Arts artist collective lost its gallery space in the Flowers building at Fifth and Roosevelt streets in late August. The building that housed it was sold, and developers announced plans for a major makeover. But Five15 Arts lives on, and will hold several free exhibitions at Phoenix Center for the Arts, 1202 North Third Street, during 2017.

Five15 Arts opens “Changing Spaces” on First Friday, January 6, from 6 to 9 p.m., when most of its artists will be on hand. Founder Mary Shindell and Henry Belavia are no longer with Five15 Arts, but the collective has welcomed three new artists: Turner G. Davis, Daniel Friedman, and Katy O’Connor.

Other Five15 Arts members are Deborah Hodder, Wendy Willis, Marlys Kubicek, Joan Thompson, Michelle Terry-Helmick, Ann Howey Falvey, and Susan Risi. “Changing Spaces” features new works, including painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics, photography, and sculpture. Visit Five 15's website for details. Lynn Trimble

Courtesy of Mesa Community College
Flagg Gem and Mineral Show
Forget tailgating the football game. Instead, check out the 2017 Flagg Gem and Mineral Show, a three-day event where local mineral and lapidary clubs — and enthusiastic collectors, of course — showcase their assortments of rocks and minerals for children, teachers, and rockhounds, in an informal and traditional tailgate-style atmosphere. The show is the largest fundraising event for its sponsor, the Flagg Mineral Foundation.

Leave your face paint at home for the 45th annual Flagg Gem and Mineral Show from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, January 6 (same time for Saturday and Sunday, January 7 and 8), in the West Parking Lot at Mesa Community College, 1833 West Southern Avenue. Parking and admission are free. Visit the Flagg Show website for more. Lauren Cusimano

click to enlarge Lend a hand at the Growhouse. - COURTESY OF ROOSEVELT GROWHOUSE
Lend a hand at the Growhouse.
Courtesy of Roosevelt Growhouse
Final Community Days
It’s always awesome to watch a neighborhood change and grow. But when that prices out the places that made it unique to begin with, that is a real bummer.

The Roosevelt Growhouse’s Final Community Days offer a chance to celebrate one of those places. Currently looking for a new location, the urban farm and clothing boutique that Kenny Barrett and Joshua Hahn founded back in 2008 brought something new and distinct to the downtown area. It boasts community gardening plots, a chicken coop, and an aquaponics system, along with its retail offerings. Say goodbye or get your hands dirty while helping with the moving process from 10 a.m. to noon on Sunday, January 8, at Roosevelt Growhouse, 902 North Sixth Street. Admission is free. Visit Roosevelt Growhouse on Facebook. Amy Young

Read on for a couple more cheap things to do this weekend.
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Becky Bartkowski is an award-winning journalist and the arts and music editor at New Times, where she writes about art, fashion, and pop culture.
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Lauren Cusimano was the Phoenix New Times food editor from 2018 to 2021. Joys include eating wings, riding bikes, knowing everyone at the bar, talking too much about The Simpsons, and falling asleep while reading.
Rob is a Phoenix native, husband, dad, and an active member in the local music scene. He's written original songs for feature films.
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Lynn Trimble is an award-winning freelance writer and photographer specializing in arts and culture, including visual and performing arts
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Amy Young is an arts and culture writer who also spends time curating arts-related exhibits and events, and playing drums in local bands French Girls and Sturdy Ladies.
Contact: Amy Young