It's official, triple-digit temperatures are here to stay for the next few months. Just because we're smack in the middle of another blazing Arizona summer doesn't mean you have to be confined in the house until fall rolls around.
It's official, triple-digit temperatures are here to stay for the next few months. Just because we're smack in the middle of another blazing Arizona summer doesn't mean you have to be confined in the house until fall rolls around. Here are a few excuses in Mesa to get out of the house while staying at least somewhat cool:
Experience the beauty of the desert without the scorching temperatures. Get some exercise while seeing a different side of nature on this trek along a 2.5-mile trail under the glow of a full moon at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Usery Mountain Regional Park, 3939 N. Usery Pass Road. Volunteers will be positioned along the route to ensure everyone's safety. Remember to bring sturdy shoes, a flashlight and plenty of water. There is a $6 park entry fee per vehicle. Contact the park at (480) 984-0032 or www.maricopa.gov/parks/usery for more information.
Learn to draw comics
Cartoonist Bryan Kilgore will teach those 12 and older how to draw characters through his easy method. The number of participants is capped at 30. The workshop is scheduled for 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at the Mesa Main Library, 64 E. First St., and 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at the Red Mountain Library, 635 N. Power Road. For more information, contact the library at (480) 644-4089, (480) 644-3184 or www.mesalibrary.org.
Register for a lifeguard training class
Feel like beating the heat while picking up some valuable knowledge? Hit the pool for this course, which will teach lifeguard responsibilities and rescue skills. It will also cover CPR/automated external defibrillator instruction. 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Monday through Friday, July 13-24, at Stapley Aquatic Complex, 3250 E. Hermosa Vista. Registration is $125 and ends on Thursday. Sign up online at www.mesaaz.gov/timeout. For more information, call (480) 644-2352.
Spend time with your inner artist in this hands-on course. Students will learn how to create hand-formed clay projects and vessels that will be glazed and fired. The class will cost $85 and will run 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays in July and August, at the Red Mountain Multigenerational Center, 7550 E. Adobe St. Register at www.mesaaz.gov/timeout.
'My Favorite Monster' exhibit at youth museum
The Arizona Museum for Youth takes a lighthearted look at monsters created by a variety of artists. Kids can explore a monster's castle, star in a monster movie and even make a monster of their own. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and is located at 35 N. Robson St. Admission is $6.50. For more information, contact the museum at (480) 644-2467.
Bring a pillow and watch a family-friendly film in the new nature center from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday at Usery Mountain Regional Park, 3939 N. Usery Pass Road. This week's movie will be "Kung Fu Panda." Concessions will be for sale or visitors may bring their own to enjoy. A ranger will give a short presentation relating to the week's film. The movie is free, but there is a $6 park entry fee per vehicle. Contact the park at (480) 984-0032 or www.maricopa.gov/parks/usery for more information.
Hit the water park
There's not much that beats a cool water slide on a hot summer day. Head to Golfland Sunsplash, 155 W. Hampton Ave., and check out the numerous exciting slides and relaxing pools they have to offer. Prices for attractions vary. The park is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Call (480) 834-8319 for more information.
Improv group offers comedy workshop
Learn to laugh at the heat. National Comedy Theatre presents this class designed to sharpen your comedic skills while exploring the fundamentals of improvisation. The program costs $25 and is scheduled for 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at The National Comedy Theatre, 1111 S. Longmore Road. For more information, call (602) 374-5638 or visit www.nctphoenix.com.
Go and Do events are compiled by Tribune writer Chris Adams. If you have a community-related event that you would like to see listed, send the details via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.