Downtown Digest: health, storytelling and rappelling

Hello downtown Phoenix people! It’s your guide to downtown events, T.J. Triolo. I’m back with more things for you to do this week. It’s finally not hot out anymore, which means it’s time to break out jackets, hoodies and other cold weather gear and go do things outside. I’ve even got a couple of outdoor events here for you to take advantage of the nice weather!

Wellness Market
Tuesday Dec. 3
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Health Sciences Education Building
435 N. Fifth St.
The University of Arizona is partnering with local organizations to bring you healthy food and free medical screenings. I mean, everyone can use more nutritious food in their lives. I certainly can, and I even make more of an effort than I used to. Chocolate is just too tempting sometimes. Admission is free.

The Whole Story: Part XI
Friday Dec. 6
Starts at 7:30 p.m.
Phoenix Art Museum
1625 N. Central Ave.
The Whole Story isn’t just another storytelling event; all the storytellers are from the African-American community. I remember reporting on one of these events two years ago. Wow, I was just a sophomore at the time … it was a great experience, and it makes you realize that no matter where you come from, we all share experiences that make use human. Tickets cost $15, or $12 if they are bought before the show.

Over the Edge
Saturday Dec. 7
Starts at 8 a.m.
CityScape Phoenix
1 E. Washington St.
Over the Edge is a fundraising event for the Arizona Special Olympics. For people with mental disabilities, competing in sports is a challenge every day. They face their fears and go for it. This is a way for the public to face their fears and go over a literal edge: Participants rappel down a 27-story building in CityScape. If rappelling 300 feet down doesn’t sound like your thing, then you can still volunteer to help with the event or donate to help out! To rappel down, participants must raise a minimum of $1000. Volunteering is free, and donations of any amount are accepted.

Eco Expo
Saturday Dec. 7
9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Roosevelt Mini Park
837 N. Third Ave.
Everyone can stand to improve their environmental impact, and this expo will teach you how. It will also introduce a new apartment complex in the works, ECO PHX, that seeks to be environmentally-friendly. There will also be organic chef demonstrations, yoga and kid-friendly activities. Admission is free.

Japanese Holiday Decoration Workshop
Saturday Dec. 7
10-11:30 a.m. or 1-2 p.m.
Japanese Friendship Garden
1125 N. Third Ave.
We all know what traditional American decorations look like for the holiday season, but how about Japanese ones? This workshop will teach you how to create holiday decorations in the traditional Japanese style, stemming from the form of a moss ball. The workshop includes all materials and instruction necessary, and you get to bring your little moss ball decoration home. I’d probably name mine “Marimo” if I were to create one; I have a marimo moss ball that lives in my aquarium. I’m not sure how it’s still alive given that it’s a lot of years old! This event costs $70.

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