Stargazing with experts
Join experts Tony and Carole La Conte and explore the wonders of the nighttime sky via an outdoor slideshow. The program is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Usery Mountain Regional Park, 3939 N. Usery Pass Road.
Learn about the stars, constellations and planets. Telescopes will be available to help you put your newfound knowledge to use. Don't forget to bring chairs or blankets to sit on.
The program 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.
'Second Friday' in downtown Mesa
Businesses in downtown Mesa will stay open late to celebrate the monthly "Second Friday" event. This month's theme is "Dog Days of Summer," meaning downtown will be transformed into a pooch-friendly area. Activities will include dog-friendly games, contests, adoption centers, live music, raffles and more. The festivities will run from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. in downtown Mesa, 58 W. Main St.
For more information, contact (480) 890-2613 or visit www.downtownmesa.com/friday_night.htm.
Tennis center offering free lessons
The Gene Autry Tennis Center, 4125 E. McKellips Road, is offering free tennis lessons to adults and children 8 and up. The classes will be offered in two sessions, either Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday, beginning Monday through Aug. 20. The youth session will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and the adult session will meet from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Tennis racquets and balls will be provided for participants. Registration is required and spots are limited.
For more information or to register, call (480) 654-3787 or visit MesaTennis.com.
Are you looking for others who share your interest in reading? The PageTurners Book Group will meet and discuss "Luncheon of the Boating Party" by Susan Vreeland. The group will meet from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Mesa Library, 64 E. First St.
For more information, call (480) 644-2207.
Get up early for morning fitness hike
For those early risers looking for some exercise, this is for you. Come take part in a three-mile group hike along mostly level trails at 6:30 a.m. Thursday in Usery Mountain Regional Park, 3939 N. Usery Pass Road.
Make some new friends while trekking through spectacular scenery. Park entry fee is $6 per vehicle. Contact the park at (480) 984-0032 or www.maricopa.gov/parks/usery for more information.
Improv comedy performance
The National Comedy Theatre presents an improvised comedy show based on audience suggestions. Two teams of comedians will compete to see who can generate more laughs from the audience. There will be two shows Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. at the National Comedy Theatre, 1111 S. Longmore Road, Mesa. Admission is $10 to $12. Call (602) 374-5638 or visit www.nctphoenix.com for more information.
'My Favorite Monster' exhibit
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. Admission is $6.50. For more information, contact the museum at (480) 644-2467.
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 email@example.com.