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Kids can bowl free all summer at AMF

Kids 15 and younger get two free bowling games a day all summer long with AMF Bowling’s Summer Unplugged.

From May 14 through Sept. 3, kids can bowl free at all locations from opening until 8pm, seven days a week. It will only cost parents the price of shoe rentals.

Just visit freebowling.amf.com to register and get downloadable coupons each week. AMF will send out email reminders to print the vouchers.

To find the closest AMF Bowling, visit amf.com.

Don’t want to wait until May? AMF Squaw Peak Lanes at 3049 E. Indian School Rd. in Phoenix is currently offering a weekend special: all-you-can-eat pizza and two hours of bowling – shoes included – for $14.99 a person from 11am to 8pm each Saturday and Sunday.  No coupons necessary. — Amy Vogelsang


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 savewithsrp.com. The offer runs through April 30.

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

Enchanted Forest portrait sessions are back March 16-18

Enchanted Forest Fantasy portrait by Allen Patrou.

It only happens twice a year and your next opportunity is coming soon. Apatrou Photography of Phoenix is booking Enchanted Forest Fantasy portrait sittings March 16-18.

Imagine a little girl’s delight as she dons a fairy dress and wings and steps into the Enchanted Forest. The special portrait that results will become an enduring memory of a magical moment.

Enchanted Forest portrait sessions for girls age 4 to 9 will be held on Friday March 16 (all day), Saturday March 17 (all day) and Sunday March 18 (afternoon only). The portrait session includes use of hand made, one-of-a-kind fairy dresses and wings, an exclusive Enchanted Forest Set and one 8×10 print for $49 plus tax.

Photographer Allen Patrou is a nationally certified professional photographer who specializes in creating custom environmental portrait photography, high school senior portraits and Enchanted Forest Fantasy children’s portraits.

Patrou was awarded the prestigious Emil Eger Photographer of the Year Award for 2012 by the Arizona Professional Photographer Association (AZPPA) at its annual convention last month.

His studio is located in the Sunnyslope area of North Central Phoenix. The recipient of numerous photography awards during his seven years in business, he is working on his third book cover for Developing the Art of Equine Communication, by Lee Anderson. Patrou also created an image with Anderson for the September, 2009 cover of True West Magazine entitled, “500 Years Before the Cowboy.”

Contact Patrou at 602-821-5307 or allen@apatrouphotography.com. View his portfolio at apatrouphotography.com and arizonaseniorphotoscom and follow his blog at blog.apatrouphotography.com .

Me The Artist proves that anyone can paint

Co-founders Ruby Farias (left) and Danna Gabardy. Photo courtesy of Me the Artist.

Two former Valley banking executives have launched a new business that shows people how to explore their creativity and relax through painting.

Me The Artist provides instructor-led group painting activities for artists and non-artists alike at its new studio space at CityCenter of CityNorth, and at private locations like corporations, private homes and resorts. Private events have included corporate trainings or retreats, baby/bridal showers, children’s birthday parties, hotel guest activities and more.

“If you had asked me two years ago to sit down and paint a picture, I would have laughed at you,” says Danna Gabardy, founder and business manager of Me The Artist. “I was not born with an ounce of natural creative ability, but one class with Ruby, my co-founder and creative director, and I realized that I could paint. It felt amazing and I wanted to share that feeling with others.”

Gabardy and and long-time artist Ruby Farias launched the concept in early 2011 by hosting what they call “Me’vents” (Me The Artist + Events) at various Valley locations.

The studio is hosting a grand opening event from 5:30 to 8:30pm Tuesday, Oct. 25.

Group painting sessions will be held at 6 and 7pm. Light refreshments and complimentary beer and wine will be served. The cost is just $5, and 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit Wings to Fly, a national non-profit organization that promotes lifelong self esteem in young women through a one-week educational camp.

The studio can host regular Me’vents for up to 70 people at a time. Me The Artist encourages a social atmosphere while painting and the end result — a frame-ready work of art — is always finished at the end of the session. The new studio location also allows attendees to “BYOB.” Walk-ins will be welcome during public classes that offer an alternative to date night or girls night out.

Me The Artist is located at 5355 E High St., Space 109, in Phoenix. 480-822-7999 or metheartist.com.

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 azstatefair.com for more information and a complete schedule of all Fair attractions and activities.

All photos courtesy of the Arizona State Fair

Everything that’s happening at Everything Kids Fest

Join us this weekend at Everything Kids Fest! The family festival is happening from 10am to 4pm Saturday, Oct. 8 and Sunday, Oct. 9 at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick (spring training home of the Arizona Diamondbacks), located at 7555 N. Pima Rd. in Scottsdale. Everything Kids Fest features entertainment, activities, workshops and resources for parents, expecting parents and kids of all ages.

Here’s the schedule for Saturday’s performances and appearances. Bring your camera!

Main Stage

11:30am-noonLiberty Arts Academy

12:15-12:45pmArizona Science Center

1-1:30pm – Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics & Dance

2:30-3pm – Harmony Hub

…plus performances throughout the day by Foot Klan Dance Troupe

Photo Opp Area (south of the main stage)

Scooby-Doo – 11-11:30am, 12-12:30pm, 2-2:30pm and 3-3:30pm

“Max” from Max and Ruby – 10:30-11 am and 2:30-3pm

Clifford the Big Red Dog – 11:30-12pm and 1-1:30pm

Curious George – 12:30-1pm and 3:30-4pm


All day – Clifford the Big Red Dog, Curious George and “Max” from Max and Ruby will be appearing all day.

11am-12pm – Scorch from the Phoenix Mercury

12-2pm – Arizona Rattlers will hold an interactive football zone

11am-3pm – Bearemy from Build-A-Bear Workshop

12-1pm – Baxter from the Arizona Diamondbacks

1-2pm – the Phoenix Suns Gorilla

1-3pm – Sharky from SEA LIFE Arizona

The event will support two nonprofit organizations: The Baby Diaper Drive, which helps families served by Homeward Bound; and Ryan House, which provides support and care for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. Bins will be located near the main entrance of Salt River Fields on both days of the event so families can drop off diaper donations. Ryan House will conduct a raffle at the event from which it will receive 100 percent of the proceeds.

More info: 480-626-8289 or everythingkidsfest.com.

Giddyup! Cave Creek Trailrides reopens for the season

Trailriders can get into the Western spirit with optional cowboy gear: hats, boots and chaps. Photo courtesy of Cave Creek Trailrides.

You know fall has arrived when outdoor programs that have been hunkered down during the scorching summer months finally start to reopen.

Cave Creek Trailrides opens its season today, offering family-friendly guided horseback rides through the desert. In honor of the program’s 13th year, a 13 percent discount on fees will be offered on the 13th day of every month.

Rides range from one to two hours and are offered at several times throughout the day, including sunset. Prices range from $43 to $73 per adult and $38 to $68 for children ages 6 to 12. All children are required to wear equestrian rider helmets, which are provided.

Rides showcase views of Phoenix and the surrounding desert as cowboy/cowgirl guides describe the mining history of Cave Creek and the types of flora and fauna in the area.

Cave Creek Trailrides operates out of the Cave Creek Recreation Area, located at 37019 N. 32nd St. in Cave Creek (32nd Street north of the Carefree Highway, midway between Interstate 17 and Scottsdale Road). The park has a $6 entry fee that goes toward upkeep at the park and trail maintenance.

For more information and ride times, call 623-742-6700 or visit cavecreektrailrides.com.