Saturday, Jan. 16
East Valley Democratic Breakfast Club: 7:30 a.m., Denny’s Restaurant, 4403 S. Rural Road, Tempe. Featured speaker is Rodney Glassman, who is running for the U.S. Senate against John McCain. Local East Valley candidates running for state Legislature will also speak. (480) 993-8799.
Free Personal Protection Class: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Ironwood Library. 4333 E. Chandler Blvd. Dr. Ron Marek, a former narcotics detective and martial arts expert, has been teaching this “Hands-Off!” class to students for more than 20 years and has hundreds of testimonials citing how helpful and useful the information is for females 12 years and older. RSVP: Christine, (480) 456-3700 or Christine@ChristineMarek.com.
Monday, Jan. 18
Networking through LinkedIn Seminar: 7 to 9 p.m., Mountain Park Community Church, 2408 E. Pecos Road. Back by popular demand for the third time, the seminar is free and open to the public. The seminar is a “must” for job seekers and will be beneficial for anyone interested in expanding his/her business resource network or in learning how to use Linked In. Childcare will not be provided. RSVP: Denise, email@example.com.
Tuesday, Jan. 19
“Service Animals – Unraveling Difference and Best Practices:” noon to 1:30 p.m., Disability Empowerment Center, Classroom B, 5025 E. Washington St. This session will provide information about the definition of service animals and the rights of service animal owners under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Air Carrier Access Act and the Fair Housing Act. The differences in how the various laws treat service animals versus emotional support or therapy animals will be discussed, as well as model service animal policies for educational institutions and healthcare facilities. RSVP: Andrew Moody, (602) 296-0536. To participate via teleconference, visit www.ada-audio.org/.
Family Connections Tour with Allison DuBois: today to Thursday, Phoenix Airport Marriot, 1101 N. 44th St. 6 to 7 p.m. VIP admission only, 7 to 9 p.m. seminar. DuBois is a three-time New York Times best-selling author and the inspiration for the hit TV series Medium on CBS and soon-to-be-piloted Soul Evidence on SyFy. VIP ticketholders have exclusive access to a book signing and meet-an- greet with DuBois prior to the seminar. Tickets – $95 for general admission, $150 for VIP – available at www.allisondubois.com.
Wednesday, Jan. 20
Democrats & Donuts: 8 a.m., Fire Station, 4110 E. Chandler Blvd. Edwina Vogan of CODE PINK, a non-partisan, anti-war women’s group, will discuss why “The U.S. Military Involvement in Afghanistan is the Wrong Approach to Fighting Terrorism and Will Bankrupt The U.S.” Free and open to the public, donations accepted. Walk-ins are welcome if space is available. RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org or (480) 706-3741.
22nd Annual Lovin Life Expo: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Mesa Convention Center, 201 N. Center St., Mesa. Entertainment includes the Dutton Family from Branson, Mo., at 10 a.m., magician Mike Fisher at 11 a.m., former lead singer of the Persuasions and A cappella sensation Jerry Lawson at noon and bingo at 1 p.m. Booths will include many products and services available to the over-50 resident. Activities include door prizes and an hourly drawing for $100 in cash. Free admission and parking. Lovin Life Expos is a part of Lovin Life After 50. Bob, (480) 348-0343, ext. 109, or www.lovinlifeafter50.com.
Brown Bag Water Speaker Series: noon to 1:30 p.m., University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, 4341 E. Broadway Road. Jim Field, Professor, Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, The University of Arizona, “Nanoparticle Interaction with Biological Wastewater Treatment Processes.”Free. RSVP: Nancy, (602) 827-8200, ext. 335, or email@example.com.
Arizona Capitol Museum Lunch Bunch: 12:15 to 1 p.m., First Floor Museum Lounge, 1700 W. Washington St. Features an Arizona Legislative Overview – a panel of Capitol reporters will discuss issues and personalities for the coming year. Free. www.lib.az.us/museum/events.cfm or (602) 926-3620.
Ahwatukee Chat, Chew and Chocolate: 6 to 9 p.m., Bell’Italia Pizzeria, 4909 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 506. Karen Aldridge will speak on how she went from being a 4.0 honor student and varsity soccer player to being a struggling bulimic and meth addict to creating a life she now loves. Donate a door prize if you want a mention of your business. Registration: www.ahwatukeeccc.com.
Thursday, Jan. 21
East Valley’s - Be There meeting: 6 p.m., The Grace Inn, 10831 S. 51st St. www.evbtvpweb.com.
Saturday, Jan. 23
ARC Open House: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Ahwatukee Recreation Center, 5001 E. Cheyenne Drive. Learn about a new club, enjoy refreshments and entertainment and participate in a new activity. Most of the clubs will either demonstrate what their club does or provide instructions. A new fitness class, Circuit Sampler, will be showcased. Pickleball will be offered, as well as guided tours of the facility. Open to the public. (480) 893-2549.
East Valley Citrus Clinic: 9 a.m. to noon, Greenfield Citrus Nursery, 2558 E. Lehi Road, Mesa. Sponsored by The University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Maricopa County Master Gardeners. Homeowners will learn about the care of citrus, apples, peaches, dates and other fruit crops. Coffee and light refreshments will be available for a nominal cost. $8 in advance, $10 at the gate. www.maricopamastergardener.com/citrusclinic.htm.
Annette Y. Britton book signing: 2 to 4 p.m., Borders Books & Music, 870 N 54th St., Chandler. The Phoenix resident will sign 25 Short stories – Five Black Women. (480) 961-4915 or www.borders.com.
Monday, Jan. 25
Heart Link Networking for Women Event: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 15017 S 46th Place. Hosted by Johnnie Rider, the networking program is specifically designed to support and nurture women in business. Meetings are a way to combine work and play. Johnnie, (480) 275-2121, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.theheartlinknetwork.com.
Tuesday, Jan. 26
Ahwatukee Republican Women: 7 p.m., Fire Station Community Room, 4110 E. Chandler Blvd. Mary, (602) 206-1189 or ARWomen@aol.com.
Thursday, Jan. 28
MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) first meeting: 9 a.m., Foothills Baptist Church, 15450 S. 21st St. (at Chandler Blvd.). Free childcare for ages 0 to 5. Meetings are second and fourth Thursdays. Jennifer, (480) 759-2118, ext. 205.
Friday, Jan. 29
Dinner Theater, Wind in the Magnolias: A Melodramatic Spoof of Gone With the Wind: 6 p.m. tonight, 5 p.m., tomorrow, Foothills Baptist Church, 15450 S. 21st St. The event is a fundraiser for the mission trip of Living Water, the church’s high school choir. Tickets, $20, may be purchased at the church office or online at www.foothillsbaptist.org.
Saturday, Jan. 30
Paula Owens book signing: noon to 2 p.m., Barnes and Noble, Chandler Fashion Center, 3111 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler. The Phoenix author will autograph copies of her book, The Power of 4 ~ Your Ultimate Guide Guaranteed to Change Your Body and Transform Your Life. www.PaulaOwens.com.
Free Parents’ Night Out: 5 to 9:30 p.m., Mountain Park Community Church, 2408 E. Pecos Road. Care will be provided for children ages six months to 12 years. Space is limited. Lori, email@example.com.
Friday, Feb. 5
Chamber Breakfast of Champions: 8 to 10 a.m., Arizona Grand Resort, 8000 S. Arizona Grand Parkway. The Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce will award the Business of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Educational Mentor of the Year and New Business of the Year. Buffet breakfast will be served. $28 for members, $35 for non-members. (480) 753-7676 or www.ahwatukeechamber.com.
Saturday, Feb. 6
Back Handspring Boot Camp: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Tumbl-weeds Tumbling & Fitness Studio, 1241 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 124 (southwest corner at Desert Foothills Parkway). Ages 11 and older are invited to learn the proper technique for a safe back handspring with knowledgeable coaching staff. $20. www.tumbl-weeds.com or (480) 203-1108.
58th Annual Great Canadian Picnic: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., South Mountain Park Preserve, 10919 S. Central Ave. Features games for the kids (snow golf, roping, hockey and curling), live music from Jack Jackson and his country band, raffles, door prizes and a 50/50 raffle. Free. Lunch available for purchase from Earls Restaurant, or bring your own. Penny, (602) 765 0431 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.canadianpicnic.com.
Sunday, Feb. 7
Ahwatukee First Sundays – Laurie’s Laughoholic Club: 2 to 3 p.m. first Sundays, Fire Station 43, Community Room, 4110 E. Chandler Blvd. Laughter is a positive way to deal with life’s challenges. Wear comfortable clothes, step out of your comfort zone, re-connect with your inner child and laugh for the health of it. It’s free, it’s fun and everyone is welcome. Affiliated with www.worldlaughtertour.com. Laurie, (480) 540-4776 or email@example.com.
Monday, Feb. 8
“Conversations Managers Don’t Want to Have” workshop: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. (lunch on your own noon to 1 p.m.), Holiday Inn (near airport), 3220 S. 48th St. Presented by Penny Altman and HSC Workshops. Learn how to effectively resolve difficult problems in face-to-face meetings with employees, work teams and even your own manager. Designed for managers, supervisors, team leaders and others in leadership positions who work in government offices and agencies. $136, includes refreshments and materials. Certificate of Attendance for 5.5 clock hours will be provided. (602) 674-0911, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.hscseminars.org.
Wednesday, Feb. 10
Jewish Women International Avodah Chapter 1581 meeting: 11:30 a.m., Mimi’s Cafe, 2800 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler. Reservations: Paula, (480) 705-0333.. Reservations: Lucille, (480) 634-5032.
Foothills Women’s Club: 7 to 9 p.m. second Wednesdays September to May, Club West Golf Course Clubhouse, 16400 S. 14th Ave. Guests and new members are invited for fun and friendship. Jacque, email@example.com.
Thursday, Feb. 11
Weeders Garden Club: 9:30 a.m. second Thursdays, Cottonwood Country Club, 25630 S. Brentwood Drive, Sun Lakes. Elinor, (480) 759-3335 or Delia, (480) 786-4973.
Girls’ Night Out Ahwatukee: 3 to 9 p.m. at participating businesses throughout Ahwatukee Foothills and surrounding area. Great deals on haircuts, eyebrow waxes, tanning, drinks, food and more. Free to participate. Join mailing list at www.tukeegirlsnightout.com. Anne, (480) 239-8788 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, May 17
American Solar Energy Society hosts SOLAR 2010 – the National Solar Conference: today to Saturday, Phoenix Convention Center, 111 North Third St. Includes sessions on technology, buildings, policy, professional education, workforce development and consumer education. Also features a renewable energy products and services trade show. Many sessions will offer continuing education credits for architects, installers and engineers. www.solar2010.org.