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Find your creative spirit by the lake in the Mill Avenue District

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The Mill Avenue District is located around Mill Ave. between Rio Salado Pkwy. and University Dr., south of State 202. For more information, contact the Tempe Convention & Visitors Bureau (800/283-6734).


I Am the Center Escape the desert heat and pop into the holistic health center for a tai chi class in the silk-curtained studio, where aromatherapy diffusers scent the air. Afterward, hit the shop for yoga mats, or unwind with a massage. INFO: Classes $15, 90-minute massage $120; 21 E. Sixth St., Ste. 114; 480/491-5591.

Tempe Center for the Arts Ponder Masters of Illusion: Unveiling the Mysteries of Trompe L'Oeil (May 3-Aug 2; free) in the gallery, or see Alan Ball's 5 Women Wearing the Same Dress (May 9-11 and 15-18; call for prices) in the theater. INFO: Closed Mon, call for Sun hours; free tour at noon Tue; 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy.; 480/350-2822.

Rio Lago Cruise Rent a two-person pedal boat or a larger electric boat for a sunset cruise on Tempe Town Lake. You're apt to keep company with privately owned sailboats, kayaks, and even outrigger canoes. INFO: Closed Mon; rentals from $12 per hour; 80 W. Rio Salado; 480/517-4050.


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