Five Summertime Fixes for Geeks in Phoenix

Just because school's out doesn't mean you have to be caught home alone with only your Wii to keep you company.

Whether you're a word nerd, techie, or science dweeb, put the summer reading list down, the video games away, and try out these local ways to get out this summer.

1. Hacknight at Gangplank
260 South Arizona Ave.
Sometimes it's hard to break away from the daily grind of being huddled up in a work cubicle. Gangplank, which offers free workspace, mentoring, and workshops Monday through Friday, dedicates each Wednesday night for the tech community to connect and create.

2. Trivia nights at George and Dragon
4240 North Central Ave.
Remember who shot J.R.? Can you name the Yankee's starting lineup? Do your friends count on you for an on-demand index of Pokémon characters? If so, you might want to try your luck at George and Dragon's Thursday trivia nights beginning at 9 p.m. And don't worry, the pub lets you play for free.

3. Scrabble nights at Urban Beans
3508 N. 7th St., Suite 100
It's OK to admit -- you're dying to show off a few new vocab words. (Come on, we all know a big word can impress.) Meet up with other word fiends at Urban Beans each Monday night from 6 to 9 p.m. and put all that "Words with Friends" app practice to use.

4. Adults' Night Out at Arizona Science Center
600 E. Washington St.
If you're home for summer without a science kit or out of baking soda for your homemade volcano, head downtown to the Arizona Science Center the first Friday of each month for Adults' Night Out. The activities kick off at 5:30 p.m. and additional exploration (for a fee, of course) can happen through the center's IMAX movie or planetarium presentation.

5. Fight Klub (aka Mortal Kombat tournament) at CADE Gallery
722 N. 4th St.
We saved the best (and nerdiest) for last. Just north of the downtown ASU campus, walking by the CADE gallery you might hear a few screams and you're likely to see someone named Barka with a few swords. No biggie, this is all a part of the Mortal Kombat tournament on Friday, June 10 and Friday, July 8.

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