A few things to do and some other random stuff you might like to know about:
Free clothing swap and book exchange
This Saturday, bring gently-used items (clothing for babies, children, or adults, toys, books, and baby care items) and get a credit for each item that you bring. You can use your credits toward things that you want--the more items you bring the more items you can take home. Located at the Mesa Marketplace Swap Meet, 10550 E. Baseline in Mesa. My friend went last year and loved it. Go here for more information.
Boyce Thompson Evening Event
Take a little trip to the Boyce Thompson Arboretum this Saturday, June 25 for a special evening event. There will be live music and after it gets dark a black-light scorpion walk and stargazing with the East Valley Astronomy Club. Admission is $7.50 for adults and $3 for ages 5-12. The arboretum is located in Superior, less than an hour east of Mesa. Go here for details.
Freeman Corn Patch and farmers market (southeast corner of Brown and Center).
Open Monday–Saturday from 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM until July 4th. Kathryn included this in our summer guide and I'm so glad she did. I've driven by before but didn't realize there is a lot more for sale than just corn. Fresh watermelon, apples, tomatoes, onions, etc. We had some corn last night and it was delicious--I'll definitely make it back before they are closed for the season.
Sign yourself or a kid up for a class at the Mesa Arts Center. Right now they are offering a deal on all kids' classes--when you sign 2 children up for the same July class you get half off for the second child. They have a variety of visual and performing arts classes such as dance, ceramics, or acting. To get the deal, you must sign up by June 27th over the phone or in person and the two kids do not have to be from the same family, so you could team up with a friend to sign both of your kids up and each get 25% off. Go here to see the courses offered and the phone number.
Check out the outdoor concert at Superstition Springs, browse the mall, linger at the bookstore, and maybe try on some leather pants at Hot Topic.
And a heads up for next week: Local First Arizona is hosting Indie Week, a week dedicated to celebrating independently-owned businesses. Over 150 businesses around Arizona are participating in their "Golden Coupon" deal. Print off a golden coupon which you can use for 20% off at a variety of local businesses including everything from plumbing services to stores like Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, Frances in Phoenix, and more. Check out the list, and maybe try a new local business next week at a discount.
And the last bit of randomness is this: If you want to learn more about living a healthy lifestyle, Shillene sent a very enthusiastic recommendation for Erleen Tilton, a teacher who offers both classes in Gilbert as well as 3-day retreats in northern AZ. Check out her website here.
Have a great week,