Category Archives: Family

Evans Churchill Interesting Interiors Tour, Nov. 3

Updates from the Midtown Museum District Neighborhood Association

Our friends and neighbors to the north in the Midtown Museum District have sent out an update of things happening in their neighborhood:

July is National Hot Dog Month and National Ice Cream Month. Three cheers for July!

Tomorrow, July 17th is National Ice Cream Day. The Pink Spot at 49 W Thomas is celebrating with Lobster Ice Cream, but they do still have other flavors.

Next Saturday, July 23rd is National Hot Dog Day. Johnnie’s Chicago Red Hots at 53 W Thomas is open Saturday from 10am – 3pm.

Also next Saturday evening, July 23rd at 8:00pm Councilman Michael Nowakowski is sponsoring a Movie in Hance Park (west side) for the whole family. Before the movie at 7:00 there will be a craft project of making owl puppets. Bring your blanket or chairs for Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole.

And starting next Saturday through September 10th, there will be a Summer Chef Series at the Phoenix Public Market, Central and Pierce. Devour Phoenix and the Phoenix Public Market will bring you some of the Valley’s finest chefs for Saturday afternoon cooking classes. Reservations are required for these two hour classes. The cost is $45 per class, which includes tastings and recipes.

Jane’s Walk celebrates community art, architecture

[Source: Sadie Jo Smokey, The Arizona Republic]

Next weekend, Valley residents will take to the streets to learn about art and architecture in their community, and honor Jane Jacobs.

Jane’s Walk is a series of free neighborhood walking tours that takes place around the world on the first weekend of May to coincide with Jacobs’ birthday, May 4, 1916.

Former Phoenix resident Yuri Artibise, who relocated to Canada this month, helped organize Jane’s Walks the past few years. Artibise said Jacobs was an activist who championed the interests and knowledge of residents over a centralized approach to city building.

“It’s meant to promote and celebrate walkable urbanism,” Artibise said. “Last year the walk in Phoenix’s warehouse district had 90 people.”

Christina Plante and Ed Lebow are guiding the walk in Sunnyslope on May 7.

Plante, who lives and works in Sunnyslope, and Lebow, Phoenix’s public art director, will offer a personal take on the history and planning of public art in north central Phoenix.

The 2-mile walk begins at the Sunnyslope Transit Center, 8927 N. Third St.

Besides offering a look at public art along Dunlap and Central avenues, the walk will provide a lesson on the history of city-financed public art.

In the late 1980s, the Junior League of Phoenix initiated a canal beautification project. Financial support came from a National Endowment for the Arts grant, Salt River Project, Phoenix, Tempe, Mesa, Scottsdale, Chandler and Gilbert. Phoenix committed to five demonstration projects along canals.

“The canal project came out of a long, long effort,” Lebow said. “The Junior League of Phoenix wanted to show how the canal banks could be better public space for the public. It took a lot of planning for Sunnyslope residents to accomplish that.”

The Calle 16 Jane’s Walk will feature an up-and-coming arts and culture district on 16th Street, focusing on the Hispanic population of the surrounding neighborhoods.

The Mesa Jane’s Walk will highlight downtown and historic Mesa.


Jane’s Walk Details

Three walks will take place May 7 and 8th:

  • Sunnyslope: May 7th, 8 to 10 a.m., Sunnyslope Transit Center, 8927 N. Third St. Information: christina. or 602-870-6060, Ext. 1174.
  • Mesa: May 7th, 9 to 11 a.m., meet at the south end of the Mesa Arts Center’s Shadow Walk, 1 E. Main St. Information:
  • Calle 16: May 8th, 8 to 10 a.m., begin at Way Cool Hair, 1524 E. McDowell Road, and end at Barrio Café, 2814 N. 16th St.

D-backs & Downtown Phoenix Ready for Opening Day

D-backs & Downtown partners invite public to party and help Foundation for Blind Children

There is nothing in America like Opening Day of a new baseball season and there is no better way to celebrate it than gathering with friends and family to tailgate before the first pitch. CityScape in downtown Phoenix will be the center of activity all week long, culminating in a Friday afternoon tailgate party as the Arizona Diamondbacks open the home season against the Cincinnati Reds at 6:40 p.m. on April 8 at Chase Field.

The warm-up begins Monday when the D-backs open a three-game series in Wrigley Field against Chicago Cubs. The three day-games will be televised daily beginning at 11 a.m. on a large-screen television in Patriots Square at CityScape.

On Friday, the party really begins. D-backs fans who are attending the game, or who just want to be close to the action and enjoy the festivities associated with Opening Day, are invited to attend a free public celebration in downtown Phoenix.

Friday’s events at CityScape begin at 11 a.m. with live music, including a 30-minute musical set by Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers from 12-12:30 p.m. T-shirt giveaways will occur throughout the day, along with interactive speed pitch and t-ball activities.

At 3:30 p.m. the public is invited to attend an Opening Day tailgate party, “Ditch the Grind For the Blind” – presented by the D-backs, FOX Sports Arizona, the Downtown Phoenix Partnership, and CityScape’s RED Development.

For a $100 donation to Foundation for Blind Children, fans can get a ticket to the game, free food, beer and/or sodas, parking, live music and pre-game festivities. If you already have a ticket to the game, a $50 donation is accepted for the VIP party, parking and fun. People can reserve a spot by contacting Barbara Smith at 602-331-7901.

“We’re proud to have such wonderful community partners where we can enjoy America’s pastime while helping Arizona’s blind children,” said Marc Ashton, CEO of Foundation for Blind Children.

Even if fans do not choose to make a donation to the charity, the public can enjoy food from Oakville Grocery, listen to live music, enjoy the Beer Garden and celebrate Opening Day before heading to the game. For those who don’t have tickets, the party will continue and the FOX Sports Arizona game broadcast will be shown live on a large-screen television in the park at CityScape. Post-game festivities will begin following the final out, including an extended Opening-Night fireworks display from Chase Field.

“CityScape was built with this kind of day in mind,” said Jeff Moloznik of RED Development. “We are happy to provide the location to host this event and support the D-backs, their great fans, and help everyone share in the fun of Opening Day, while supporting a great cause like Foundation for Blind Children. We want to make this an annual tradition.”

Downtown Phoenix’s Japanese Garden Hosts Day of Hope; Evening of Remembrance

The Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix invites the public to a day-long Open House in suppor of Japan relief efforts and closes the day with a candle-light ceremony in remembrance of the earthquake and tsunami victims.

Waiving its customary admission fees for the day, the Garden invites the public to make donations to various relief agencies with computer assistance provided on site, or cash donations for victim relief efforts, which will be sent to the Japanese Consulate in Los Angeles.

Garden visitors will have the opportunity to fold origami paper cranes, a Japanese symbol of hope, or leave a written note on the Garden’s Wish Trees, thereby sending their thoughts and prayers through the wind and across the globe. The Garden welcomes musicians to bring acoustic instruments for brief interludes of music throughout the day.

Starting at 6:00 pm, a Remembrance Service will be conducted honoring the victims through words and music.  Banshiki, a ceremonial song to assist the soul on its journey, will be played by Bobby Avstreih on the Japanese Shakuhachi (bamboo flute).

A Toro Nagashi, or floating lantern, will be lit and set adrift while attendees begin a silent candle-light procession around the Garden’s one acre koi pond.



Saturday, March 26: 10:00 am Garden Open House – 6:00 pm Remembrance Ceremony


Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix, located in Margaret T. Hance Park, 1125 North 3rd Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85003 (Third Avenue, ½ block north of W. Portland Street)


Moonlight Movie at Steele Indian School Park on Saturday

Phoenicians are invited bring their family, friends, a blanket and a snack to join Councilman Tom Simplot for the first 2011 Moonlight Movie in the Park at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 26, at Steele Indian School Park, 300 E. Indian School Road.

The evening’s presentation will be Disney-Pixar’s UP.

For more information, contact the District 4 office at 602-262-7447 or

Phoenix Sister Cities WorldFEST this Weekend in Downtown Phoenix

Celebrate the world we live in at the 7th annual Phoenix Sister Cities WorldFEST, held in collaboration with Alliance Beverage Distributing Company. WorldFEST is a celebration of diversity featuring the cultures, arts and food of Phoenix’s sister cities and much more. Visitors can see, hear, smell, taste, touch and actively participate in this hands-on, multicultural festival with FREE ADMISSION.


Heritage & Science Park
115 North 6th Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85004
Map of Heritage & Science Park }


FRIDAY, MARCH 18th: 4pm – 10 pm

  • 4:00pm: Happy Hour
  • 4:00pm-10:00pm: World of Beers, Food and Live Entertainment
  • 4:00pm-10:00pm: SRP WorldSTAGE Live Entertainment

SATURDAY, MARCH 19th: Noon – 11pm
KidsWORLD and Sister Cities Village

  • Noon: WorldFEST opens
  • 1:00pm: Sister Cities Parade
  • Noon-5:00pm: Kids’ passport tour of Sister Cities Village; KidsWORLD
  • Noon-5:00pm: FriendshipSTAGE live performances
  • Noon-11:00pm: World of Beers, food and WorldSTAGE Live Entertainment

SUNDAY, MARCH 20th: Noon – 5pm

  • Noon: WorldFEST opens
  • Noon-5:00pm: Kids’ passport tour of Sister Cities Village; KidsWORLD
  • Noon-5:00pm: FriendshipSTAGE live performances
  • Noon-5:00pm: Hospitality Industry Sunday with World of Beers and WorldSTAGE Live Entertainment

Learn more about our Sister Cities — Click on the flags below:

Phoenix Sister Cities to Host Sixth Annual Worldfest 2011

[Source: City of Phoenix]

Celebrate the diverse cultures of Phoenix’s nine sister cities at WorldFEST, a free event that offers music, the arts and food from around the world from March 18 to 20, at Heritage and Science Park, 115 N. Sixth St..  Event hours are 4 to 10 p.m. Friday, March 18; noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, March 19; and noon to 5 p.m. March 20.

WorldFEST is hosted by Phoenix Sister Cities and presented by The Arizona Republic, in collaboration with Alliance Beverage Distributing Company.

“WorldFEST is a not-to-be-missed, family-fun experience,” said Paula West, executive director of Phoenix Sister Cities:

It’s a hands-on experience for kids of all ages to learn about diverse cultures in the world and enjoy ongoing entertainment and great food and beverages.

At the Sister Cities Village, kids 12 and under will receive a Passport to the World.  They will visit each sister cities booth, learning how to write their name in Chinese characters, make fairy wreaths in Irish colors, create carnival masks from Italy and compete in a Japanese chopstick challenge.  Live entertainment will be offered on two stages and Tastes of the World will showcase palate-pleasing international dishes.

In partnership with the ASU Parks and Recreation Management School, an interactive educational playground, KidsWORLD, will invite children to travel to seven continents to explore a South American rain forest, see the pyramids, visit the Australian Great Barrier Reef, take a mini safari through an African jungle and more.  For adults, there is a World of Beers that offers an extensive variety of unique beers and micro-brews, all on tap as well as wine, sodas and cider.

For more information and event schedule, visit or call 602-534-3751.

Downtopwn Phoenix’s CityScape Mardi Grad Festival TOMORROW

[Source: CityScape]

Explore Downtown Phoenix’s nightlife and celebrate the spirit of Mardi Gras with the Downtown Phoenix Mardi Gras Parade, Festival & Mardi Crawl.

Spend some time in different Downtown Phoenix bars and restaurants and enjoy entertainment, food samples, and drink specials only available to Mardi Crawl participants. Mardi Gras regalia strongly encouraged!

The Festival begins TOMORROW at 6pm in Patriots Square at CityScape. The floats will also be on display along Central Avenue after the parade ends.  The Mardi Crawl starts at 9pm. Trolleys will run until 1am to get crawlers to and from participating locations.


$7 & $10 (including breakfast) in advance or $10 & $15 (including breakfast) the day of the event.

Click here to get more information about the event.


Explore Downtown Phoenix’s nightlife and celebrate the spirit of Mardi Gras with the Downtown Phoenix Mardi Gras Parade, Festival & Mardi Crawl.

Spend some time in different Downtown Phoenix bars and restaurants and enjoy entertainment, food samples, and drink specials only available to Mardi Crawl participants. Mardi Gras regalia strongly encouraged!

The Mardi Crawl will start from CityScape at 9 p.m. Trolleys will run until 1 AM to get participants to and from participating locations.

Tickets are $7 & $10 (including breakfast) in advance or $10 & $15 (including breakfast) the day of the event. You must check-in at the Mardi Crawl event (near the trolleys) to receive your wristband. Must be 21+ to participate in the Mardi Crawl.


  • Participation is free and open to the public.
  • Groups (floats, dancers, etc) must register. Click here for the form.
  • Staging will begin at 5 p.m. on First Street between Jefferson and Madison.
  • The parade will begin at 7 p.m. and will take approximately 1 hour to complete.
  • The route is just over 2 miles long and circles through the core of Downtown Phoenix.


  • The festival will be held at CityScape from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m.
  • The event is free, but there will be a charge for drinks in the beer garden.
  • The event will feature multiple bands, including Bad Cactus Marching Band, performing in the Parade and at the Festival.
  • There will be food vendors, artists, fortune tellers and more at the Festival.
  • Businesses interested in becoming a vendor should contact Samantha Jackson at 602.744.6415.

Mardi Crawl:

  • Mardi Crawl will run from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. and will visit Seamus McCaffrey’s, Rose & Crown, Bar Smith, Coach & Willie’s and Ghost Lounge.
  • Trolleys will take teams to each bar.
  • Limited tickets available.
  • Advance tickets can be purchased online at
  • Advance tickets are $7 or $10 (includes breakfast).
  • Tickets purchased the day of the event are $10 or $15 (includes breakfast). Discount tickets for parade participants!
  • Breakfast will start at 1 a.m. at Steve’s Greenhouse Grill.

Reminder: The 2011 Melrose on 7th Ave Street Fair is Saturday

Join the fun this Saturday, March 5, 2011 from 11am until 5pm