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Grid Bikes make it easy to explore Tempe

Grid Bike in Kiwanis Park
August 23, 2017

Tempe recently joined Phoenix and Mesa in the Grid Bike Share program, with Tempe offering 300 bikes spread across 30 stations. I don’t own a bicycle but felt like going for a ride this weekend. Grid Bikes are a fun, stress-free way to explore the city. Here’s how it works. First, you have to download the free Social Bicycles app (it’s a white box with a blue bicycle inside). Next you have to set up your account by providing some basic info: your name, email and credit card information. You’ll also have to create a pin number. Once you have the app installed, you’ll get a couple of emails that confirm your membership, provide your account number and pin, and give you directions on how to use the bikes. Watch this Social Bicycles video to get a better idea about how to rent a bike in Tempe. Renting a Grid Bike is really simple. You can either reserve a bike ahead of time by using the app, or just show up at a Grid Bike station, choose a bike and enter your account number and pin on the keypad that is located behind the seat. There are a couple of fare options that are all explained on the Grid Bike website and the app. You can pay as you go for $7 hourly, or if you’re a visitor to Tempe, you can choose the 7-day pass for $10 a week. That will give you 180 minutes over 7 days. Once […]

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Tempe events: MAC 3.0 featuring Andrew’s Dream Adventure

Tempe Center for the Arts
August 22, 2017

Tempe events include MAC 3.0 featuring Andrew’s Dream Adventure at Tempe Center for the Arts on August 26. Andrew’s Dream Adventure is an original story and composition by the company’s resident composer Jeffrey Ouper.  You’ll meet Andrew and his imaginary friend, Figgy, and see what mischief ensues from one bedtime story gone awry. The first half of the program will premiere a wide range of smaller works choreographed by company members. MAC & Company was founded by Micaela Church and Li Pei Khoo in 2014. Church and Khoo are full-time dance educators, who are committed to the creative process and practice of dance as a performing art. Being both dancers and musicians, they have a particular interest in exploring the different processes that have been used in the integration between dance and music. For more information about and to purchase tickets to Andrew’s Dream Adventure, visit the Tempe Center for the Arts website. Tempe’s calendar is full of exciting events this week. See what’s happening below and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call (480) 894-8158 for more information. August 23: Class Clowns Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre August 23-September 27: 3-D Astronomy Shows ASU Marston Exploration Theater August 24: The Brilliance of Nature: Just When We Need It the Most Tempe Center for the Arts August 24-26: EDGE happy hour Tempe Center for the Arts August 24-September 2: Desert Botanical Garden Flashlight Tours Desert Botanical Garden August 25: Hello Swindon Tempe Marketplace District Stage August 25-27: Mark Normand and Joe […]

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Tempe events: SMTC presents Westside Story at TCA

Tempe Center for the Arts
August 15, 2017

Tempe events include Scottsdale Musical Theatre Company’s (SMTC) production of Westside Story at Tempe Center for the Arts, August 17-20. West Side Story is one of the most memorable and revered musicals of all time. Arthur Laurents’ book is as powerful, poignant and timely as ever. Leonard Bernstein’s and Stephen Sondheim’s score is widely regarded as one of the best ever written. The world’s greatest love story takes to the streets in this landmark Broadway musical that is one of the theatre’s finest accomplishments. West Side Story’s rich score features hit songs like “Somewhere,” “America,” One Hand, One Heart” and “Something’s Coming,” performed by SMTC’s 20+ piece live orchestra and some of the Valley’s best talent. The orchestra will be conducted by Kevin Hayward. SMTC presents affordable theatrical productions of well-known Broadway shows in their entire original Broadway versions with sets, fully costumed and featuring the best of Phoenix area talent along. The productions also feature a full live orchestra so that these shows can be heard and appreciated as they were originally meant to be. For more information and to purchase tickets to West Side Story, call the SMTC box office at  (602) 909-4215 or visit http://www.scottsdalemusicaltheater.com.  Tempe’s calendar is full of exciting events this week. See what’s happening below and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call (480) 894-8158 for more information. August 15: Gente de Zona The Marquee August 16-September 27: 3-D Astronomy Shows ASU Marston Exploration Theater August 17-19: Steve Byrne Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre August […]

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Tempe Fall Festivals You Won’t Want to Miss

Four Peaks Octoberfest
August 11, 2017

With 330 days of sunshine each year and a vibrant downtown community, Tempe is the perfect festival location. Fall through spring, you will find a variety of fun festival events in our city. In Tempe for a meeting? Don’t forget to check the calendar and make it a point to mix in a little entertainment as you take a break from a busy day of meetings. Festival season kicks off with the annual Four Peaks Octoberfest at Tempe Town Lake, October 13-15, 2017. A tradition in Tempe going back more than 40 years, this three-day outdoor festival at Tempe Town Lake features beer (of course!), polka dancing and lots of food! What more could you ask for?   Fall brings cooler days to Tempe and it is the perfect time to enjoy the beauty of the Sonoran desert at the Desert Botanical Garden.  They welcome fall with a Dia de los Muertos celebration on November 4 and 5, 2017 which offers fun for the whole family. On November 11, 2017, the garden spices things up with the Chiles and Chocolate Festival – offering the best chiles, chocolates, salsas and other Southwestern favorites.  And in addition to tasty treats the festival also has a bar, DJ and live performances. The holiday season kicks off just after Thanksgiving with our annual Fantasy of Lights Opening Night Parade, November 24, 2017, and the lighting of the Christmas tree. On December 9, 2017, enjoy dazzling lighted boats float across Tempe Town Lake at the […]

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Healthy Restaurants in Tempe

Original Chop Shop
August 10, 2017

I love to go out to eat – it’s relaxing, convenient and fun! But, I also like to eat relatively healthy, if possible. For those of you that try and keep it healthy when dining out, here’s a list of of my favorite healthy restaurant options in Tempe that won’t let you down when it comes to fresh ingredients and flavor. d’Lite Healthy on the Go – 1135 E. Apache Blvd., Tempe, AZ 85281 d’Lite is the perfect spot when you need something quick but you want to keep it healthy.  Their menu offers something for everyone including vegans, vegetarians, carnivores, kids and coffee lovers.  The Kitchen Sink Salad and the Humanitarian Wrap are my two faves on the menu. Loose leaf tea and coffee beans are also available for you to buy and take home. And you can dine in, or go through the convenient drive thru (easy peasy!) Green New American Vegetarian – 2240 N. Scottsdale Rd., Tempe, AZ 85281 Green is a 100% vegan restaurant serving delicious comfort foods with an international twist. This walk-up and order restaurant has a casual, trendy vibe with affordable prices. Po-boys, crisp salads and noodle bowls are made with fresh, vegan ingredients, including 100% vegan cheeses and mock meats. My favorites include the balsamic picnic salad and the coconut curry bowl – but everything I’ve ever tried here is good. There are also several sweet treats to choose from (bonus!). MAD Greens – 2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy. #1215, Tempe, AZ 85281 MAD Greens […]

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Tempe events: Monica Shriver at Tempe History Museum

Tempe History Museum
August 8, 2017

Tempe events includes Monica Shriver’s Abstract Art & Creative Music Experience at the Tempe History Museum, August 11 at 7 p.m. This unique multi-sensory experience features colorful abstract art pieces on canvas, wood, and other found objects combined with experimental jazz, much of it inspired by the art itself. The event explores the relationship and connection between improvisation and abstract art. There will also be a discussion on the inner-workings of a free jazz ensemble and how we make spontaneous music together followed by Q&A with the two main composers, Monica Shriver and Stan Smith. Monica Shriver is a musician, clinician and teaching artist based in Phoenix. She has performed in big bands, jazz combos, pit orchestras for more than 40 musicals, rock bands, chamber ensembles and orchestras. She plays  saxophones, flute, alto flute, piccolo, clarinet, bass clarinet and bassoon.  In addition to freelancing, she leads three of her own groups: Doublers Collective, the Monica Shriver Jazz Project and the Monica Shriver and Stan Smith Be Free Ensemble, with Columbus-based guitarist Stan Smith. She is the saxophone professor at Phoenix College. This event is free, fun and family friendly. For more information on Monica Shriver, visit http://www.monicashriver.com. Tempe’s calendar is full of exciting events this week. See what’s happening below and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call (480) 894-8158 for more information. August 8: Primus The Marquee August 9-September 27: 3-D Astronomy Shows ASU Marston Exploration Theater August 10: Summer Slaughter Tour The Marquee August 10-13: Mitch […]

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Dining at Tempe Marketplace – So Many Options!

August 8, 2017

Tempe Marketplace, located at McClintock Drive and Rio Salado Parkway, has a little bit of everything when you are in need of some good grub. Whether you are ready for a sit-down, relaxing dinner or a quick grab-n-go meal or snack, you will find what you are looking for in their extensive list of dining options. Bar Louie 2000 Rio Salado Pkwy. #1220, Tempe, AZ 85281 480-658-1600 Eat. Drink. Be Happy. That is the motto at Bar Louie and once you get there, you will do just that. The menu features something for everyone including, flatbreads, pasta, burgers, salads and desserts. Drink selections include beer, wine, martinis, margaritas and sangria. Happy hour is offered Monday-Friday from 4-7 p.m. California Pizza Kitchen 2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy. #1253, Tempe, AZ 85281 480-967-0498 California Pizza Kitchen, or CPK as most of us know it, is perfect for a quick yummy lunch or a fun family dinner. Their extensive menu includes pizzas, pastas, salads, power bowls and lunch specials. They have a nice selection of cocktails and don’t forget the amazing butter cake for dessert. Dave & Busters 2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, AZ 85281 480-281-8456 Eat, drink and play your day (or night) away! Dave & Busters is a prime spot for fun with lots of arcade games, plenty of televisions to watch sports, and great food and drinks. Kabuki Japanese Restaurant 2000 Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, AZ 85281 480-350-9160 If you are in the mood for Japanese, make your way […]

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Stay fit in Tempe, from outdoor activities to spinning classes

Tempe Town Lake paddleboarding
August 7, 2017

There are lots of ways to be active in Tempe, Arizona. It’s a fun college town with hiking and running trails, miles and miles of bike paths, and lots of sunshine to go around. Staying fit just goes with the territory. Here are a few of our favorite ways to do just that, from a cool new spin class to outdoor activities in Tempe. Spin classes at The Madison Sometimes it takes a bit of distraction for me to finish a workout. That’s where The Madison comes in. This new cycling studio is located at First Street and Farmer Avenue in Downtown Tempe in The Yard at Farmer Arts District. They have classes daily, ranging in start times from 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Their high-energy studio, complete with floor to ceiling bright lights that pulse with the beat of the music, features 60 bikes. Their instructors are top-notch and really know how to motivate you during your 50-minute class. Their slogan “Party on a bike” is really true. It feels more like a dance party than a workout. And, first timers (including non-Arizona residents) only pay $15 per class. And, if you plan ahead, stop by the Culinary Dropout for post-workout nosh. This cool new gastropub is located in the same building. Paddle boarding at Tempe Town Lake Stand-up paddle boarding is my favorite way to explore Tempe Town Lake. It’s easier than you might think to balance on these over-sized surfboards. And, it’s a great workout to boot. […]

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Weekly events: Prowl & Play at the Phoenix Zoo

Prowl & Play at Phoenix Zoo
August 1, 2017

Tempe events include Prowl & Play at the Phoenix Zoo on August 5 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. In this evening at the zoo, you’ll get to party hardy with the dinosaurs.  There will be loads of giant fun things to do all with a dinosaur theme. Get ready to ROAR and explore at this epic night of giant fun! Activities and events include, interactive dinosaur meet & greets, baby velociraptor encounter,  mobile fossil dig, Jurassic jeep motor pool photo ops, mega-awesome animal discoveries and  music and games with DJ Rockin’ Rob.  Cool down at the water slides and foam pit,  Yakulla Caverns and Leapin’ Lagoon Water Areas and Splash Zone Water Target. Food and beverages may be purchased at the Thunder Lizard Lounge and select eateries. For more information, visit http://www.phoenixzoo.org. Tempe’s calendar is full of exciting events this week. See what’s happening below and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call (480) 894-8158 for more information. August 1: Chevelle The Marquee August 2-September 27: 3-D Astronomy Shows ASU Marston Exploration Theater August 3-5: Preacher Lawson Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre August 3-September 2: Desert Botanical Garden Flashlight Tours Desert Botanical Garden August 4: Vemensia Tempe Marketplace District Stage August 4-5: Joan Waters 7th Annual Dog Days of Summer Open Studio Joan Waters Studio August 5: Prowl & Play Phoenix Zoo August 5: Ratio Tempe Marketplace District Stage August 5-December 30: Creative Saturdays at the ASU Art Museum ASU Art Museum August 6: Rajiv Satyal Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre August 7: George […]

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Tempe events: Gina Brillon at Tempe Improv

July 25, 2017

Tempe events include comedian and writer Gina Brillon performing at the Tempe Improv Comedy Club, July 27-29.  Gina has been a standup comic since she was 17 years old. She’s made appearances on Comedy Central’s “Live at Gotham,” E!’s “Chelsea Lately,” AXS’ “Gotham Comedy Live” and “The View.” She’s the first (and only) Latina winner of NBC’s “2012 Stand up for Diversity Showcase.” Gina is also an accomplished singer, published writer and poet. Her works have appeared in the New York Post and Daily News and other publications. For more information on her appearance at the Tempe Improv Comedy Club, visit http://tempeimprov.com/enhancedCalendar.cfm Tempe’s calendar is full of exciting events this week. See what’s happening below and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call (480) 894-8158 for more information. July 25: UB40 Legends The Marquee July 26: John Hughes Movie Series: Planes, Trains & Automobiles Graduate Tempe July 26-September 27: 3-D Astronomy Shows ASU Marston Exploration Theater July 27: Summer Splash Thursdays: Frozen Fiesta (Anna & Elsa) Tempe Marketplace July 27-29: Gina Brillon Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre July 27-September 2: Desert Botanical Garden Flashlight Tours Desert Botanical Garden July 28: Pyrotechnica Tempe Marketplace District Stage July 29: Lane Change Tempe Marketplace District Stage July 29-December 30: Creative Saturdays at the ASU Art Museum ASU Art Museum July 30: Shapel Lacey Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre July 31: Off the Cuff Comedy Show Changing Hands Bookstore Read our blog for information on fun and interesting summer programs for kids taking place at Tempe museums […]

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