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Things to do this weekend

The Valley is not resting this Independence Day weekend and neither should you! From a music festival, firework displays at the zoo and Tempe Town Lake, a movie festival and a beer pong tournament, there is no excuse for being bored this holiday weekend.

Independence Day Music Festival with Phillip Phillips
The American Idol will start off this long weekend right, headlining the fourth annual Independence Day Music Festival at Salt River fields.  Phillips won “American Idol” back in 2012 and has been busy ever since. He released a platinum debut, “The World From the Side of the Moon.” He first saw success with his inaugural five-times-platinum breakthrough of his “Idol” single, “Home” and his second single, “Gone, Gone, Gone,” also went platinum.  The opening acts are set to start performing at about 5:30 p.m. and the Independence Music Festival promises the “largest fireworks show in Metro Phoenix,” which is set to start after the show, at about 9:55 p.m.
Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Road Scottsdale, ticketmaster.com, Thursday July 3. 5:30 p.m. $20 to $40

4th of Zoo-Ly
The Phoenix Zoo celebrates Independence Day with a special 4th of Zoo-Ly! There will be plenty of family fun and exclusive evening access to the zoo with fun activities for everyone. The event features a classic summer BBQ, carousel rides, face painting, bounce houses and special animal guests. The evening will close with a bang with a special view of the Tempe Town Lake Fireworks Spectacular at a “VIP” seating area in the back of the zoo.
Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, tickets here , Friday, July 4, 7 to 10 p.m., SOLD OUT

July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festival
The Tempe Town Lake Festival, featuring Tempe’s 63rd annual fireworks display over Tempe Town Lake, is always a major hit on July fourth. The festival features many attractions, including live music, splash park,  a climbing wall, and numerous culinary delights.  People will line the lakeshore and kick back on the grassy “beach” for a fireworks show that cannot be beat in terms of location in the valley.  The fireworks are shot from the Mill Street Bridge and nearby buildings and bridges are strung with colorful lights reflecting in the water. Also, lit-up and decorated boats float on the lake to add more color.
Tempe Beach Park, 54 W. Rio Salado Parkway Tempe, http://www.tempe4th.com/ , Friday July 4. 5 p.m., $ 5 general admission, $30 children’s VIP garden tickets, and  $60 adult VIP garden tickets

Dawn to Dusk Film Festival
Escape the heat this weekend at the Phoenix Art Museum as it says goodbye to its Hollywood Costume exhibit with an all-day film festival! All-day screenings will highlight films from classic to contemporary. Enjoy an entire day of art, cinema, and surprises at the Museum and FilmBar. The schedule: “The Searchers” at 9 a.m., “The Birds” at 11:30 a.m. and “Taxi Driver” at 5 p.m. “Animal House” will also be shown at FilmBar, 815 N. Second St., Phoenix, at 2 and 7 p.m. as part of the festival.
Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave Phoenix, tickets here, Sunday July 6, $20 and $10 for museum members.


Beer Pong Tournament
Fire House in Tempe will be racking up red cups in the classic pyramid formation, so perfect your arch for a beer pong tournament that comes with series prizes.  The second place prize is complimentary bottle service and the first place winners get a cash prize of $150 cash. Even if you do not sink that winning shot, you can still have beer as a consolation prize.
Firehouse Tempe, 4 East University Drive Tempe, Sunday July 6. 2 p.m.

Fountain Park Day

Light Up the Fourth of July at Westgate City Center

The sky will light up over Westgate Entertainment District this Fourth of July during Firework Fest from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. Thursday, July 4 during the West Valley’s largest fireworks show and festival.

Early in the day, bring your blankets or lawn chairs and relax at Westgate’s Fountain Park . While kids play and cool off at the Splash Pad, families can enjoy face painting and live music featuring classic American Rock & Roll tunes, along with an incredible historic military vehicle display featuring a vintage helicopter and more.

Picnic in the park with grab-and-go box dinner deals from participating Westgate restaurants before and during the 25-minute fireworks show. Or, pull up and park in any Westgate parking lot to catch the fireworks and enjoy grab & go dinners “drive-in style.” Then, if you’re 21 or older, stick around after the fireworks show for a fun and festive All-American Pub Crawl (with drink specials!). Military members can show their ID to receive exclusive VIP savings during the event.

168658733Fourth of July specials and military deals will include:

Calico Jack’s Cantina
Grab & Go Dinner Deal – $5 “dinner-in-a-bag.” Adult bag comes with a bean & cheese burrito and chips. Kid’s bag comes with a choice of bean & cheese burrito or cheese quesadilla and chips. Create a family of four meal for $20.
All-American Pub Crawl – $1 drinks from 9-11pm and $2 drinks from 11pm-midnight (all drinks are wells, wines, and domestic drafts). No cover.
Military members – Receive 10% off total bill with military ID.
www.calicojacksglendale.com, 623-877-5225

Grab & Go Dinner Deal – $2 hot dogs and $5 pub salads.
All-American Pub Crawl – $1 drinks from 9-11pm and $2 drinks from 11pm-midnight (all drinks are wells, wines, and domestic drafts). No cover.
Military members – Receive 10% off with military ID.
www.mcfaddensglendale.com, 623-872-0022

Saddle Ranch Chop House
Grab & Go Dinner Deal – 2 Chicken Tacos for $5.50.
All-American Pub Crawl – Red, White & Blue Specialty Carafe for $12.
Military members – Receive 10% off with military ID.
www.srrestaurants.com/glendale, 623-889-7770

The Shout! House
Grab & Go Dinner Deal – Burger or foot-long hot dog, fries and soda for $8.
All-American Pub Crawl – $5 Big Ass Leinenkugel Summer Shandy. No cover.
Military members – Receive $2 Domestic Drafts with military ID.
Doors open at 7pm. Pianos at 8pm.
www.theshouthouse.com/az, 623-772-1500

Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville
Grab & Go Dinner Deal – 50% off all to-go appetizers from 4-7pm (excluding Volcano Nachos). Kids eat free with the purchase of two adult entrees (receive one free kids meal with the purchase of two entrees.)
All-American Pub Crawl ­­– 20 oz. Landshark Lager for $4.
Military members – Receive 15% off total bill with military ID.
www.facebook.com/margaritavilleglendale, 623-772-0011

Hell’s Half Acre
All-American Pub Crawl – $3 tall boy cans and $5 Fireball shots all night.
Military members – Receive 25% off total bill with military ID.
www.facebook.com/pages/Hells-Half-Acre, 623-877-8447

Shane’s Rib Shack
Grab & Go Dinner Deal – Three-piece Chicken Tenders with side and 20 oz. drink or Big Dad BBQ Pork Sandwich with side and 20 oz. drink for $6.
All-American Pub Crawl – All Bottled Beer is $2 (Dine in Only).
Military members – Receive 10% off on all regular-priced menu items with military ID.
www.shanesribshack.com, 623-877-7427

Kabuki Japanese Restaurant
Grab & Go Dinner Deal ­- Traditional and combination dinner entrees including soup, salad and rice starting at $11.95.
Military members – Receive 15% off with military ID.
www.kabukirestaurants.com, 623-772-9832

Johnny Rockets
Grab & Go Dinner Deal ­ – Burger, chips and soda for $8.
Military members – Receive 20% off total bill with military ID.
www.johnnyrockets.com, 623-877-2977

Which Wich
Grab & Go Dinner Deal – Regular-size combo meal with a regular ‘wich, chips and fountain drink for $6.50 or get two combos for $12.
Military members – Receive free chips and a drink with a purchase of a ‘wich with military ID.
www.whichwich.com, 623-977-9424

Mama Gina’s
Grab & Go Dinner Deal – Sandwich, chips and 20 oz. beverage for $8.50.
Military members – Receive 20% off total bill with military ID (excludes alcohol).
mamaginaspizzeria.com, 623-872-0300

Cold Stone Creamery
Grab & Go Dinner Deal – 7.5 oz. Cold Stone Creamery Signature Ice Cream Creation along with a bottle of Dasani water for $5 (four flavors to choose from).
Military members – Receive 10% off total bill with military ID.
www.coldstonecreamery.com, 623-877-1580

Just Sports
Military members – Receive 20% off one regular-priced item.
www.justsportsaz.com, 623-872-9490

La Lady Designs
Red, white and blue merchandise is 20% off.
Military members – Receive 15% off all merchandise with military ID.
www.facebook.com/laladydesigns, 623-872-9677

Firework Fest is sponsored by Westgate Entertainment District, BlueCross BlueShield of Arizona, Southwest Ambulance, Century Link, Sanderson Ford and The City of Glendale.

Ian Kennedy

D-backs announce 2013 promotional schedule

The Arizona Diamondbacks have announced the 2013 promotional schedule, which includes three bobbleheads, a Wade Miley Garden Gnome and more than a dozen additional promotional items throughout the season. Individual tickets for each of these games, including Opening Day on April 1 vs. the St. Louis Cardinals, will go on sale on Mar. 4. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Chase Field Ticket Office, online at dbacks.com or by calling 602.514.8400. Fans can also access exclusive presale opportunities by becoming a D-backs Insider at dbacks.com.

The first of the three bobbleheads is the Aaron Hill #BiCycle Bobblehead that will honor Hill for his two cycles last season (June 8). The other two bobbleheads will feature fan favorites Paul Goldschmidt (Aug. 10) and Miguel Montero (Sept. 14). The Montero bobblehead will be given away on Hispanic Heritage Day.

New this year, the D-backs will host a street festival prior to three games throughout the season (Apr. 1, Apr. 13, May 11, Sept. 14) that will feature food trucks, D-backs inflatables and several activities before fans enter the stadium.

Also on the promotional schedule are several $5 College Nights, School Family Nights, Choir Nights and Senior Days as well as Stitch & Pitch (April 13), four educational field trip days (April 29-May 2) and events for the Girl Scouts (May 11), a Camp Day (June 19), Cheer Night (August 31) and a Band Night (September 28). Three Mystery Ball events are also planned for April 27, June 8 and August 10. The club will host post-game fireworks shows, presented by Gila River Casinos, following 10 Friday night home games.

The D-backs 2013 promotional dates are available at dbacks.com/giveaways, with highlights below:

· 2013 Magnet Schedule, courtesy of Pepsi (First 50,000 fans on April 1 vs. Cardinals)
· APS Green Series (April 12-14 vs. Dodgers)
· Beat LA T-shirt, courtesy of Gila River Casinos (First 20,000 fans on April 13 vs. Dodgers)
· Jackie Robinson Day (April 25 vs. Rockies)
· D-backs Outdoor Recreation Night (April 27 vs. Rockies)
· Wade Miley Garden Gnome, courtesy of Sanderson Ford (First 20,000 fans on April 27 vs. Rockies)
· Faith & Family Night Concert, presented by Grand Canyon University (May 10 vs. Phillies)
· Mother’s Day Tote Bag, courtesy of Pepsi (First 5,000 moms on May 12 vs. Phillies)
· Boy Scout Night Sleepover (May 24 vs. Padres)
· D. Baxter Fan, courtesy of CenturyLink (First 10,000 fans on May 25 vs. Padres)
· D-backs Memorial Day Doubleheader (May 27 vs. Rangers)
D-backs Snapback Cap, courtesy of Budweiser (First 5,000 fans 21 and older at the 12:40 p.m. game on May 27 vs. Rangers)
· Aaron Hill #BiCycle Bobblehead, courtesy of Arizona Sports 620 (First 20,000 fans on June 8 vs. Giants)
· Bark in the Park, presented by Pet Club (June 9 vs. Giants)
· MLB Network Drawstring Bag (First 20,000 fans June 22 vs. Reds)
· D-backs Stars and Stripes T-shirt, courtesy of Ram Trucks (First 15,000 fans on July 5 vs. Rockies)
· D-backs Playing Cards, courtesy of Gila River Casinos (First 5,000 fans 21 and older on July 12 vs. Brewers)
· Native American Recognition Day (July 13 vs. Brewers)
· D-backs Beach Towel, courtesy of Gila River Casinos (First 20,000 fans on July 13 vs. Brewers)
· Back-To-School Backpack, courtesy of Cox Communications (First 5,000 kids on July 14 vs. Brewers)
· D-backs Luchador Mask (First 20,000 fans on July 27 vs. Padres)
· Paul Goldschmidt Bobblehead (First 20,000 fans on August 10 vs. Mets)
· Miguel Montero Growth Chart, courtesy of Arizona Milk Producers (First 5,000 kids on August 11 vs. Mets)
· D-backs Alumni Night (August 31 vs. Giants)
· Labor Day Game (September 2 vs. Blue Jays)
· Faith & Family Night Concert, presented by Grand Canyon University (September 13 vs. Rockies)
· D-backs Hispanic Heritage Day, presented by Budweiser (September 14 vs. Rockies)
· Miguel Montero Bobblehead, courtesy of Subway (First 20,000 fans on September 14 vs. Rockies)
· D-backs Luchador Cape, courtesy of Circle K (First 5,000 kids on September 15 vs. Rockies)
· Bark in the Park, presented by Pet Club (September 15 vs. Rockies)
· Roberto Clemente Day (September 18 vs. Dodgers)
· D-backs Car Show Street Festival (September 29 vs. Nationals)
· 2014 Magnet Schedule (First 20,000 fans on September 30 vs. Nationals)

The D-backs 4-Pack will be available starting March 4 and will allow fans to choose any four games with affordable seating options in all levels at Chase Field. Also on March 4, the D-backs Value Pack will be available for single-game purchase.  For $21, fans will receive a game ticket in the bleachers, a regular size hot dog, a 24 ounce drink, and a special offer from Subway®. For more information on ticket packages, visit www.dbacks.com/tickets.

Seven Top Summer Events in Phoenix

Summertime is officially upon us, which means it’s time to relax and enjoy all that Phoenix has to offer. Phoenix has fun and exciting ways to celebrate the weekends during those hot summer months, whether it’s for a holiday or for no reason at all. These seven events are sure to get your mind off the scorching sun and the triple digits, and each are (thankfully) timed just right, when the sun is just beginning to set.

1. Music in the Garden

From 7:30-9:30 p.m. on June 10, 17 and 24, head over to the Desert Botanical Garden, where live bands play and guests the chance to dance under the moonlight as well as indulge in the beautiful night weather on the professional ballroom dance floor.

Admission: $21 General, $15 for DBG members

[stextbox id=”grey”]Desert Botanical Garden
1201 N. Galvin Parkway
Phoenix, AZ 85008
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2. Hot Summer Nights Concert Series

Come hear live bands for free on High Street at CityCenter of CityNorth. A Kids Club Zone is also available with face painting and balloon artists, while adults can take advantage of exclusive restaurant and shopping deals. Open to the public from 6:30-9:30 p.m. on June 11 and 25 and July 9 and 23.

Admission: Free

[stextbox id=”grey”]CityCenter of CityNorth
5455 E. High St., Suite 115
Phoenix, AZ, 85054

3. Prowl and Play at the Phoenix Zoo

Kids and adults have the chance to experience the zoo like never before! Guests can enjoy animal meet and greets, take part in Squirt Gun Water Wars, and even visit the sting ray exhibit. When the sun begins to set, you can sign up for a guided night hike where you can visit some of your favorite animals and see what they do during the night. Prowl and Play is available from 6-9:30 p.m. on June 11, July 9 and August 13.

Admission: $6

[stextbox id=”grey”]Phoenix Zoo
455 North Galvin Parkway
Phoenix, AZ 85008
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4. 5th Annual Bloomin’ Beerfest

This festival celebrates Irish author James Joyce and his novel, Ulysses, with Irish food and music, readings from the novel, and of course, beer tasting. The event runs from 7-10 p.m. at the Irish Cultural Center in downtown Phoenix on Saturday, June 11.

Admission: $25 presale, $35 at the gate
Price includes all activities plus 16 token tickets which can be used towards food and beer.

[stextbox id=”grey”]Irish Cultural Center
1106 North Central Avenue
Phoenix Arizona 85004

5. After Dark in the Park

From 7-9 p.m. on June 25, community members and families are invited to celebrate an evening full of live music, enjoy cuisine from local food vendors, and watch fireworks.

Admission: Free

[stextbox id=”grey”]Maryvale Baseball Park
4420 N. 51st Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85031

6. Light Up the Sky

At the Maryvale Sports Complex, guests are able to enjoy a night full of different activities, food, entertainment and an outstanding fireworks display to end the night. This is a family oriented and non-alcoholic event and is free to the public. Light Up the Sky takes place on Friday, July 1 from 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Admission: Free

[stextbox id=”grey”]Deer Valley Park
19602 N 19th Ave
Phoenix, AZ, 85027

7. Fourth of July Fireworks in Tempe

The Tempe Town Lake offers a patriotic and fun-filled Fourth of July. The event promises local live entertainment, face painters and the Splash Playground for children, as well as a rock climbing wall and rides. The Budweiser Beer Garden will also be open to adults. A spectacular 40-minute firework show will take place from the Mill Avenue Bridge and will be choreographed to patriotic music. The event starts at 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 4.

Admission: $6 at all Fry’s Food Stores, $8 at the gate

[stextbox id=”grey”]Tempe Town Lake
S Rural Rd & E Rio Salado Pkwy
Tempe, Arizona 85281