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Free Things to Do This Week: Indigenous Peoples Day, Trivia and Taps

party like it’s Indigenous Peoples Day, because it is.
party like it’s Indigenous Peoples Day, because it is. Jessica Obert
Listen up cheapos, there's much to do and so little coin to spend. This week, you can test your smarts at Trivia and Taps, celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day, or attend the Fall Opening Celebration at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. It's all free. For more things to do, visit Phoenix New Times' curated calendar.

Indigenous Peoples Day
Time to party like it’s Indigenous Peoples Day. On Monday, October 9, the Heard Museum’s activities and entertainment run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and include scavenger hunts, the Wellness Warriors obstacle course, printmaking, live music, and way more things involving tepary beans than you ever imagined doing in front of other people.

Keynote speaker Arlene Joyce Hughes will talk about language retention and make you realize you do care about it, and you’ll get to play Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna), the first video game co-created by Alaska’s Iñupiat, on a big screen. At 7 p.m., short film 7th Voice (Sakowin Ho) focuses on indigenous youth protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline. Event admission is free (exhibitions still require regular admission) at 2301 North Central Avenue. Visit the Heard website or call 602-252-8840. Julie Peterson

click to enlarge Drinkers and thinkers rejoice. - COURTESY OF DESOTO CENTRAL MARKET
Drinkers and thinkers rejoice.
Courtesy of Desoto Central Market
Trivia and Taps
Drinkers and thinkers, Tuesdays are about to get a little better.


On October 10, DeSoto Central Market hosts Trivia and Taps. Front Row Trivia Live presents the Q&A session, which also features $5 pitchers of Blue Moon and prizes, at 915 North Central Avenue.

Get ready for a battle of smarts or just stop by to get your drink on starting at 7 p.m.

There is no cover for this all-ages event. For more information, visit the Facebook page. Lindsay Roberts

click to enlarge The Center for Native and Urban Wildlife’s annual plant sale offers different types of desert-adapted plants. - EDWARD WEIGAND
The Center for Native and Urban Wildlife’s annual plant sale offers different types of desert-adapted plants.
Edward Weigand
Annual Plant Sale
The right plant can make all the difference, whether you’re landscaping or sprucing up interior decor. During the Center for Native and Urban Wildlife’s annual plant sale on Wednesday and Thursday, October 11 and 12, you can browse different types of cactuses, shrubs, succulents, custom arrangements, and potted house plants — and get advice on plant care from experts.

The plants available are desert-adapted and help to provide food, nectar, and nesting spots for animals. Proceeds from the biannual sale go to the center, a nonprofit organization that’s part of Scottsdale Community College’s Life Sciences Department. The sale runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day at the SCC Greenhouse, 9000 East Chaparral Road. Plant costs range from $3 to $25, and the center only accepts cash and checks. For more information, see the Scottsdale Community College website. Laura Latzko

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Laura Latzko
Julie has written for the Night & Day events calendar section since 2005. As a student at Arizona State, she received the Glendon and Kathryn Swarthout Creative Writing Award and the Theatre Medallion of Merit.
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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.
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