Goodbye June, hello July.
Here are a variety of events to check out in Chandler this month.
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7/1: Scottsdale Chorus
Enjoy the talents of the Scottsdale Chorus, an all-female barbershop ensemble that has won numerous international competitions, including gold at the Sweet Adelines International Chorus Competition in 2010.
Details: 7 p.m. Saturday, July 1. Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. $18-$38; $8 students. 480-782-2680, www.scottsdalechorus.org.
7/1: Red White & Rawhide Fireworks Spectacular
Celebrate America’s independence at Rawhide, the East Valley’s signature Western town. The celebration will have water slides, bounce houses, live music, stunt shows, unlimited Rawhide rides and fireworks. The Rawhide Steakhouse will offer a special Red White & Rawhide Buffet with top sirloin, St. Louis Ribs, chili bar and dessert station.
Details: 4 p.m. Saturday, July 1. 5700 W. N. Loop Road, Gila River Indian Community. $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Family pack for $60 includes four tickets. Free for kids 5 and younger. Parking, $10. 480-502-5600, rawhide.com.
7/4 Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular
Chandler is celebrating America’s heritage with its annual fireworks show at Tumbleweed Park. Along with food and other vendors, the event will feature performances by a DJ and live musicians, including Blaine Long, who appeared on NBC’s “The Voice.” For kids, the event will have laser tag, inflatables, a video game truck, and a trackless train. There will also be food trucks and a beer garden.
Details: 5-10:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 4. Tumbleweed Park, 2250 S. McQueen Road, Chandler. Free admission, $5 parking per vehicle. 480-782-2735, chandleraz.gov.
7/8: Book Signing for ‘Emmett: A Rescue Dog’s True Story’
Chandler author Kat Cloud will sign copies of her new book “Emmett: A Rescue Dog’s True Story” at Sibley’s West: The Chandler and Arizona Gift Shop. The book is an illustrated tale written through the eyes of Emmett, a rescue dog who went on an incredible journey to find a family.
Details: 10 a.m., Saturday, July 8. Sibley’s West, 72 S. San Marcos Place, Chandler, 85225. Free. 480-899-4480, www.sibleyswest.com.
7/9: Camelback Collectables Coin Show
The Camelback Collectables Show is the longest continuously running monthly coin show in metro Phoenix. The show is for those looking to add to their collections, invest in silver or gold bullion or are new to collecting. Residents interested in selling a collection can visit multiple dealers at one time to get top dollar and on-the-spot cash offers.
Details: 8 a.m. Sunday, July 9. American Legion Post 35, 2240 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler. Free. 480-821-0002, www.legionpost35az.org.
7/15: Reptiles of Arizona
Slither your way in for this fascinating class exploring facts and misconceptions about astonishing snakes in the desert. Learn all about reptile species native to Arizona, their behaviors and habitats, how they affect the ecosystem and most importantly, what to do when you encounter the animals in the wild. The Arizona Herpetological Association will bring a display of animals, venomous and non-venomous, that visitors can see and interact with.
Details: 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 15. City of Chandler Environmental Education Center, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Road, Chandler. $11; $8 Chandler residents. 480-782-2890, www.chandleraz.gov/default.aspx?pageid=682.
7/15: ‘Game of Thrones’ Trivia and Costume Night
Winter is coming and so is the new season of “Game of Thrones.” Get ready for the premiere of the hit HBO show with a night filled with trivia, snow cones, games and costumes. Costumes are encouraged but not required.
Details: 6-9 pm Saturday, July 15. Chandler Public Library-Hamilton Branch Library, 3700 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. Free. 480-782-2828, chandlerlibrary.org.
7/18: Steelin’ the Night Away
This Phoenix-based, all-female steel-drum band will play Calypso- and Caribbean-inspired rhythms, beach/surf tunes and golden oldies. Bring your dancing shoes. The library customer-service desk is giving away free tickets for the event, limit two per person.
Details: 1-2 p.m. Tuesday, July 18. Maricopa County Library District-Ed Robson Branch Library, 9330 E. Riggs Road, Sun Lakes. Free. 602-652-3000, www.mcldaz.org.
7/20: Charles James: An Artist Beyond Fashion
Phoenix Art Museum docent Lori Kirkegaard presents a look at Charles James, who is remembered as America’s first couture designer. His creative approach to women’s fashion is evident in his innovative cuts and designs that were wildly popular in the 1930s through the 1950s. The library customer-service desk is giving away free tickets for the event, limit two per person.
Details: 1-2 pm Thursday, July 20. Maricopa County Library District-Ed Robson Branch Library, 9330 E. Riggs Road, Sun Lakes. Free. 602-652-3000, www.mcldaz.org.
7/21: Jonny Lang
Jonny Lang found success at 16 years old with the release of his major-label-debut album “Lie to Me.” The farm boy from Fargo, North Dakota, got his start in the local clubs of Minneapolis. On the way up, he shared the stage with the Rolling Stones, B.B. King, Aerosmith, Sting and Buddy Guy, whom he continues to tour with today.
Details: 7:30 pm Friday, July 21. Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. $38-$68. 480-782-2680, www.chandlercenter.org.
Through 7/27: Alamo Drafthouse Kids Camp
At 10 a.m. daily, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Chandler will show family-friendly movies as part of its Kids Camp promotion. You choose to pay $1, $3 or $5, and 100 percent of ticket sales are donated to Chandler Compadres, a non-profit organization that supports disadvantaged children in the East Valley. The theater will be showing “The Iron Giant” through July 6; “Trolls” July 7-13; “Muppets From Space” July 14-20; and “The Spongebob Squarepants Movie” July 21-27.
Details: 10 a.m. daily through July 27, except July 15. Some movies have other showtimes as well. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 4955 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. $1-$5. drafthouse.com/phoenix.
7/22: Los Angeles Azules
Los Ângeles Azules are an innovative, influential Mexican band that performs cumbia sonidera, a variation of Colombian cumbia with accordion and synthesizer effects. The group formed in 1976, by members of the Mejia Avante family, playing onda grupera.
Details: 8 pm Saturday, July 22. Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler. $30-$80. 800-946-4452 x7370, www.wingilariver.com.
7/22: ‘Best Laid Plans’
Come to the quintessential whodunit thriller at the estate of Sir Warren Peace for a night of mystery, intrigue and murder. Bribe suspects for clues and gather information to uncover the unhinged guest who is killing all of the invitees. Just be careful, because you could be next. Dress your best in evening wear and suits for this refined party.
Details: 7-9:30 p.m. Saturday, July 22. The Old Spaghetti Factory, 3155 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler. $60. 480-786-5705, www.osf.com.
7/29: Get Pop-Cultured
Calling all cosplayers! Celebrate your fan-dom at the next Get Pop-Cultured event at Barnes & Noble. Events will include a “how-to” workshop for novice cosplayers, a cosplay parade and a costume showcase. Come dressed as your favorite character and join the fun.
Details: 11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 29. Barnes & Noble, 3111 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler. Free. 480-792-1312, www.barnesandnoble.com.
Ongoing: Country Swing Workshop
Learn traditional country dance and 21 swing moves and combinations with this monthly country-swing workshop at Minder Binder. Michael Femiano, who directed and developed the National Association of Country Dancers, teaches the class. Singles will rotate partners, and individuals who come with a partner will stay together.
Details: 2-5 p.m. Saturday, July 1, Minder Binder, second floor, 715 S. McClintock Drive, Tempe, 85281. $20.
Ongoing: Kids’ Yoga
Sumits Yoga Chandler will offer an introductory yoga class for children aged 5-10. The 80-minute session will incorporate music, storytelling, yoga games, art and lots of physical activity to introduce kids to the benefits of yoga in a fun, nurturing environment. Bring a yoga mat and comfy clothes.
Details: 4 to 5:20 p.m. Sundays. Sumits Yoga Chandler, 4080 W. Ray Road, Chandler. $10 drop-in. sumits-yoga.com/chandler/classes.
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