Arts & Culture Deal Family Featured Sports Fara Illich August 2, 2010

Hope you enjoyed the beautiful weekend.
gonzoThis week, baseball fans have it good. The Diamondbacks take on the Nationals tonight thru Thursday before the division-leading Padres come to town for a weekend series. There are plenty of “extras” to make this the week you go see a game. There’s the postgame fireworks show Friday night and on Saturday, the first 15,000 fans will receive a Luis Gonzalez bobblehead. Gonzo is getting his No. 20 retired in what should be a great night at the ballpark. Then, on Sunday, the first 5,000 kids receive a back-to-school kit.
If baseball’s not your game, the Phoenix Mercury have you covered on Friday against the San Antonio Silverstars or Sunday afternoon against the Indiana Fever.
Want to do something different with the kiddos this weekend?  Or maybe you’d rather call the babysitter and enjoy a night out. Either way, First Friday’s has something for everyone. The Children’s Museum of Phoenix is free with great activities for the kids. The Arizona Science Center is free too, and Friday night is Adults Night Out, so you can play like a kid, without the kids around. The Arizona Latino Arts and Cultural Center has a new locals only show called “La Phoeniquera,” and everyone is welcome. Remember, even without the Roosevelt street closure, First Fridays is alive  in Downtown Phoenix!
Start your art viewing early this week at the Phoenix Convention Center. The Art of Miniature Modeling National Convention is in town and open to the public. You can feel like you’ve become Lemuel Gulliver amongst all the miniatures Wednesday 2 p.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. General admission is $5 per day to view the models and visit the world’s largest mobile hobby shop. If you want learn from the top modelers in attendance, spring for the $20 ticket and attend various seminars. Download your What’s Happening for details.
Have a great week!