Category Archives: Deals

Big Surf opens season with half-off deal

Photo courtesy of Big Surf Waterpark in Tempe.

Big Surf Waterpark is offering 50 percent off of general admission during the first three weekends of May for guests who bring in at least three non-perishable food items for St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance.

The promotion begins on Saturday, May 5, when Big Surf Waterpark opens for the 2012 season, and continues on Saturdays and Sundays through May 20.

On Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 13, moms get in free when at least three non-perishable food items are donated. Everyone else in the group will receive 50 percent off admission with three or more non-perishable food donations.

‘We’re thrilled to kick off our 43rd season by partnering with the original food bank, St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, and to provide to those in need of food,” said Bob Pena, Big Surf Waterpark General Manager, in a press release.

The waterpark is open weekends only through May 20 and then daily day from  May 25 through Aug. 6. Then it’s back to a Saturday/Sunday-only schedule from Aug. 11 through Sept. 16, when the 2012 season concludes. The park will be open on Labor Day. Season passes are $49.95.

Big Surf has been an Arizona icon for more than 40 years. It is located on 20 acres at 1500 N. McClintock Dr., on the border of Tempe and Scottsdale. 480-994-2297 or


SRP customers can get free light bulbs

Are you an SRP customer? Could you use some free lightbulbs?

While supplies last, SRP is offering a free six-pack of CFLs to customers. Free bulbs, free shipping, no catch. Bulbs will be in a variety of shapes and sizes.

Simply log on at and fill out the form. You will need your SRP account number.

Need more reasons to take advantage of this great offer? CFL bulbs use 75% less energy than regular bulbs — and last 10 times longer. And with lighting accounting for about 10 percent of energy use in Valley homes, CFLs save about $30 or more in electricity costs over each bulb’s lifetime.

SRP offers 50 percent off air conditioner checkup

Photo courtesy of SRP.

SRP customers can make sure their AC units are ready for summer with a 16-point checkup for only $29.95 per working unit. Any repairs performed by the certified contractor will result in additional costs.

Without regular maintenance, an air conditioner loses about five percent of its original efficiency for each year of operation. For example, a 12 SEER unit purchased a few years ago may be functioning as well as a 9 SEER unit if it is not properly maintained. S

SRP customers can take advantage of this offer and be referred to a participating licensed, bonded and insured contractor by calling the SRP Certified Contractor Program at 602-274-6808 or visiting The offer runs through April 30.

SRP is the largest provider of electricity to the greater Phoenix area, serving nearly 950,000 electric customers.

“WICKED” holding daily lottery for $25 tickets

A day-of-performance lottery for a limited number of orchestra seats will be held daily for “WICKED,” which is performing today through March 11 at ASU Gammage.

"WICKED" - photo courtesy of ASU Gammage.

Each day, 2½ hours prior to show time, patrons who present themselves at the ASU Gammage Box Office will have their names placed in a lottery drum. Thirty minutes later, names will be drawn for a limited number of orchestra seats at $25 each (cash only). This lottery is available only in-person at the box office, with a limit of two tickets per person. Lottery participants must have a valid photo ID when submitting their entry form and, if chosen, when purchasing tickets.

“WICKED,” with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (“Godspell,” “Pippin,” “Disney’s Enchanted,” Academy Award® winner for “Pocahontas” and “The Prince of Egypt”) and book by Winnie Holzman (“My So Called Life,” “Once And Again” and “thirtysomething”), is based on the 1995 best-selling novel by Gregory Maguire. The musical is directed by two-time Tony® Award winner Joe Mantello (“Take Me Out,” Love! Valour! Compassion!,” “The Vagina Monologues”) and features musical staging by Tony® Award winner Wayne Cilento (“Aida, “The Who’s Tommy,” “How To Succeed…”).

“WICKED” is the untold story of the witches of Oz, and takes place long before Dorothy drops in, when two other girls meet in the land of Oz. One — born with emerald green skin — is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. “WICKED” tells the story of their remarkable odyssey, how these two unlikely friends grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good.

A very limited amount of regular tickets to “WICKED” are still available at through Ticketmaster (1-800-982-2787) or at ASU Gammage is located on the main campus of Arizona State University in Tempe at Mill Avenue and Apache Boulevard.

Spring Saver Specials at UltraStar’s UltraLuxe Cinema

Spring Saver Specials go into effect Friday at UltraLuxe Cinemas, the flagship Arizona location for UltraStar Cinemas.

A Daily Early Bird Special is a chance to see the day’s first matinee showing for just $5. After the first matinee showing, all seats are $6 until 4 p.m. (Additional upcharges for 3D films, D-BOX motion seats & Star-Class auditoriums for ages 18 and over still apply.)

Movie lovers can also frequent UltraLuxe Cinemas on Tuesdays and Thursdays, when Discount Days feature $5 admission for select films all day.

Admission is $5 and $6 for students, military and seniors all day, every day.

“Movie going has always been a beloved pastime enjoyed by all ages, but in this economy, it can be difficult to budget for recreational activities,” says Julie Bravo, vice president of advertising and marketing for UltraStar Cinemas. “Our Spring Saver Specials are meant to make movie going as affordable as possible to the communities that we serve, so guests can continue to enjoy a well- deserved day or night out at the movies.”

UltraLuxe Scottsdale Pavilions is located at 9090 E. Indian Bend Rd. in Scottsdale at the Pavilions at Talking Stick. The theater offers a wide array of amenities, including 11 luxurious auditoriums, D-BOX motion seats, star class auditoriums for guests 18+ with in-seat food service, and a full- service Cinema Café serving gourmet movie fare, beer and wine. For a listing of movie show times, visit

Stroller Strides opens Central Phoenix franchise

Photo courtesy of Stroller Strides.

Stroller Strides, the nation’s largest fitness program for new moms, has arrived in Central Phoenix.

“Stroller Strides is a great way to get back in shape and stay in shape,” says Kristy Clay, owner of Stroller Strides of Central Phoenix. “We present a fun opportunity for the moms of the Central Phoenix community to turn their strollers into a workout.”

The franchise grand opening event is at 9:30am tomorrow (Oct 19) at Granada Park, 6505 N. 20th St. in Phoenix.

Stroller Strides is a fitness program moms can do with their babies. It includes power walking and intervals of body toning using exercise tubing and the stroller. Taught by nationally certified instructors, it is flexible enough for any level of exerciser. The 60-minute workout improves cardiovascular endurance, strength and flexibility.

The classes are beneficial for babies, too, because instructors weave songs through the workout and incorporate activities to make it fun.

In addition to the fitness classes, Stroller Strides offers playgroups and moms’ nights out.

To celebrate the new Central Phoenix franchise, free registration (a $75 value) will be offered to the first 10 moms who join. Participants will get a challenging and fun workout plus goody bags, refreshments and a chance to win raffle prizes.

“We provide the outlet that moms need to enjoy time with other moms, while also focusing on the much needed exercise to fuel their demanding lives,” says Clay. “You can make new friends, get into shape and enjoy time with your baby.”

Stroller Strides programs operate around the Valley. For information on class schedules and locations near you, call 800-971-5594 or visit

It’s a party at the Arizona State Fair

This year’s Arizona State Fair is an early Centennial celebration with gripping rides, thrilling spectacles and almost any kind of food you can imagine to eat on a stick.

Find out about deals and discounts on admission.

An oldie but goody: the giant slide is a popular State Fair attraction.

All the favorite traditions are on hand, along with some all-new marvels and activities. Fairgoers will be treated to Arizona-themed events, including Passport to Culture and Celebrate the Arizona Experience. Part of Arizona’s Fair-time Birthday Bash, these events will take place in the Arizona Lottery Backyard on Saturday, Oct. 22 and Sunday, Oct. 23. The two-day celebration of 100 years of Arizona’s heritage and history will include VIP appearances, historical and educational exhibits and entertainment.

The 2011 annual Arizona State Fair, running from through Nov. 6 (closed on Mondays and Tuesdays), hosts a variety of fun-filled attractions, activities and rides for all ages at its traditional location at 19th Avenue and McDowell Road in Phoenix.

The ferris wheel is the fair's iconic image.

This year’s list of new attractions includes:

OUR BODY: The Universe Within exhibit, presented by Maryvale Hospital and Phoenix Baptist Hospital, educationally and artfully displays approximately 200 organs, human bodies and other anatomical specimens. Open daily, admission is $5 and children 5 and under are free when accompanied by a paid adult. (Does not include Fair admission.) The exhibit does contain actual human bodies, with eyes and genitals intact, as well as a section about the urinary and reproductive system, with specimens pertaining to those areas. The exhibit is recommended for children 12 and older and parental discretion is advised.

Butterfly Adventure – Surround yourself with hundreds of colorful free-flying butterflies that create a magical experience for children and adults of all ages. This exhibit will be open daily during the fair, and a professional butterfly wrangler will be on hand to educate visitors about the butterflies.

The Big Aerial Show features juggling, hand balancing and trapeze, with a jaw-dropping performance atop an 80-foot-high sway pole.

Slack-wire Sam’s one man acrobatic comedy show is family friendly entertainment at its best. Unicycling, juggling, and hand balancing are all done on a slack-wire while providing clever commentary that entertains audiences of all ages.

Valentine’s Performing Pigs showcases Nellie, “The World’s Smartest Pig,” and her friends performing amazing and athletic feats three times daily at the Fair. The swiners will dance, jump in the air, play catch with the audience, run up teeter totters, slam dunk basketballs, pop balloons, roll barrels and madly roar across the stage on scooters and skateboards! After all of their performance, guests will have the ability to meet all of the performing pigs.

Sean Michael Mireau and the “Volcano Island Band” will perform lively calypso/island/luau/reggae/steel drum music live daily at the Fair. Some of their most requested songs include “Margaritaville,” “One Love,” “Red Red Wine,” “Brown Eye’d Girl,” “Kokomo,” “Stir it Up” and “Hot Hot Hot.”

Catherine Hickland THE HYPNOTIST will give you tears-rolling-down-your-cheeks laughter as you watch your friends and family do things you never imagined possible. Hilarious Hypnotist Catherine Hickland is also known for her roles in “One Life to Live” and “Knight Rider.” Hickland will also display an actual “KITT” car from the show.

XBOX 360 Kinect Experience – In this mobile demo tour experience at the Fair from Oct. 14 – Oct. 16, you can jump in and play Kinect for Xbox 360®, the revolutionary way to play games and connect with friends using your whole body. It’s hands-free, controller-free, carefree fun! Jump right into the action to play great new Kinect games and get exclusive offers on Kinect.

Break Shop is a high-energy presentation of head-spinning acrobatics and all-out break-dancing performed up close and at eye level. In step with a family-friendly tempo, a team of five break-dancers present a variety of acrobatics, dance and costuming that aim to inspire and entertain audience of all ages.

Procrastinators – These outrageous drummers turn five-gallon water bottles, barstools and pots & pans into legitimate musical instruments while jumping, sliding, twisting and stomping their way through fast and furious rhythmic fun.

Thrill The World – Thriller Dance – Fairgoers can watch as zombies attempt a world record for the Largest Simultaneous Worldwide Dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” at 7pm Saturday. Oct. 29  on the North Box Office Plaza. Brought to you by the Phoenix Valley Thrill The World group and MOViN 97.5.

Watch "zombies" try to recreate Michael Jackson's "Thriller."

With the exception of OUR BODY: The Universe Within, all attractions described above are free with Fair admission. Visit for more information and a complete schedule of all Fair attractions and activities.

All photos courtesy of the Arizona State Fair