Mesa Arts Center reception
The Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., will host a kickoff for its fall exhibition season. Events will include live performances by affiliate organizations in all the theaters, various demonstrations and activities in the art studios, live music and more entertainment. The reception will run from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday night.
For more information, call (480) 644-6500 or visit www.mesaartscenter.com.
Youth flag football registration
Sign-ups for the Mesa Parks and Recreation Department's youth flag football league will open Monday. There will be five divisions for boys and girls ages 6 to 14. Games will be played on Saturdays, beginning Oct. 17, at Mountain View Park, 845 N. Lindsay Road.
The cost to play is $50 and includes at least six games and a jersey. There are also openings for volunteer coaches and assistants.
To register or for more information, call (480) 644-3040 or visit www.mesaaz.gov/parksrec/youth.
'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 "Motorcycles on Main." All motorcyclists are invited to show off their bikes during this cruising event. Activities will include contests, 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.
Eco-friendly energy lecture
Mesa continues its Living Green Workshop series with "How to Go Solar: Renewable Energy for Your Home." Solar consultant Rhonda Lester will present ideas and strategies for converting to solar power from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Red Mountain Library Branch, 635 N. Power Road.
For more information, call (480) 644-3184 or visit www.mesaaz.gov/sustainability.
'All About Desert Tortoises' lecture
How do these reptiles survive in the harsh desert climate? What do they eat? How rare are they? Learn the answers to these questions and more in this hourlong lecture about these astounding creatures. The event is scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday at Usery Mountain Regional Park, 3939 N. Usery Pass Road.
After the presentation, there will be a nighttime wildlife safari. Attendees will seek out animals that live in the park on this ranger-guided hike. Learn all about the park's wildlife, including the secret spots where they like to hide. Don't forget to bring a flashlight!
The park entry fee is $6 per vehicle.
Contact the park at (480) 984-0032 or www.maricopa.gov/parks/usery for more information.
PageTurners Book Group
Are you looking for others who share your interest in reading? The PageTurners Book Group will meet and discuss "Loving Frank" by Nancy Horan. The group will meet from 10:30 a.m. to noon Thursday at the Mesa Library, 64 E. First St.
For more information, call (480) 644-2207.
'My Favorite Monster' art 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 in Mesa.
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 an event that you would like to see listed, send the details via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.