Saturday, April 3
Family Easter Celebration: 9 a.m. to noon, Snedigar Sportsplex, 4500 S. Alma School Road, Chandler. Easter Egg Scrambles start at 10:30 a.m. for children up to 9 years old. Family Easter Basket giveaway at 11:30 a.m. Also information booths, interactive games and performances. Free; nominal charges for some activities and photos with the Easter Bunny. (480) 782-2735.
Linda Straley book signing event: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Barnes and Noble, 2000 E. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe. Straley’s Boundaries is a teacher- and child-friendly resource for children, who will learn who safe people are, where safe places are and how to set healthy boundaries. (480) 894-6954.
Bunny Brunch: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Phoenix, Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Parkway. Features a catered kid-friendly brunch at the Stone House Pavilion catered by Bruce Brown Catering, special animal appearances, a meet and greet with the Easter Bunny, and all day access to the zoo. Tickets: www.phoenixzoo.org.
Skateboarding competition: 1 to 4 p.m., Pecos Skate Park, 17010 S. 48th St. The two major competitions – open run and best trick off the pyramid – are open to all age groups and skill levels. All participants must wear a helmet. Darvis, (602) 534-5298.
Spring Boutique fundraiser for Desert Vista Best Buddies special prom: 1 to 6 p.m., 11827 S. Montezuma Court (in Ahwatukee Custom Estates). The boutique is open to the public and will feature shopping, friends, food and fun. $5 admission at the door. Sarah, (602) 206-3434 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rawhide Stuntman Rodeo: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Rawhide at Wild Horse Pass, 5700 W. North Loop Road, Chandler. Presented by the Arizona Roughriders and the Southwest Stunt Association. Features stunts, live entertainment and networking all in support of stuntman Jayson James, who was injured in the course of performing a dangerous stunt on a movie set. The medical bills for the procedures required to save his life have devastated his family. Performers, talent agencies, casting directors and producers will attend. www.rawhide.com.
Sunday, April 4
Easter brunch: 6:30 to 11:30 a.m., Mountain View Lutheran Church, 11002 S. 48th St. This event, open to the public, has been a church tradition for more than 20 years. The Confirmation youth and their families will prepare and serve the delicious breakfast. Minimum donation of $7 per person at the door. Proceeds will support the Confirmation group. www.mvlutheran.org or (480) 893-2579.
Easter brunch: 8, 10 a.m. and noon seatings, Ahwatukee Country Club, 12432 S. 48th St. (480) 893-1161.
Easter brunch: 8, 10 a.m. and noon seatings, Club West, 16400 S. 14th Ave.
Easter dining: reservations taken for 10:30, 11 a.m., 12:30 and 1 p.m., Grace Inn at Ahwatukee, 10831 S. 51st St. $18 per person (13 and older). Separate children’s menu available for $8 per child (12 and under). (480) 893-3000.
Easter champagne brunch: 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Ko’Sin Restaurant, Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa, 5594 W. Wild Horse Blvd., Chandler. Indoor or outdoor seating, includes complimentary champagne and a visit from the Easter Bunny. $70 per adult, $63 for seniors, $35 for children 12 years and under, free for children four and under. Reservations required: (602) 385-5726.
Easter buffet: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Lobby Grill, Arizona Grand Resort, 8000 S. Arizona Grand Parkway. $49.95 per adult, $22.50 per child age 12 and under. Dining reservations: (602) 431-6476. Resort guests may also enjoy an Easter egg hunt at the Oasis Water Park where they will be greeted by the Easter Bunny. Resort reservations: www.ArizonaGrandResort.com or (602) 438-9000.
Easter brunch: 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. seatings, Verona Chophouse, Lone Butte Casino, 1077 S. Kyrene Road, Chandler. $29.99 per person, reservations recommended. www.wingilariver.com or (520) 796-8952.
Easter Egg-Stravaganza: noon, Rawhide at Wild Horse Pass, 5700 W. North Loop Road, Chandler. Features a variety of family activities, including games for kids, Easter egg hunts, pie eating contests, crafting and a visit from “Cowboy Cottontail,” who will be available for photos ($5 each) until 5 p.m. An Easter brunch runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and family style dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. Children 3 and under eat free. Reservations recommended for brunch and dinner: email@example.com or (480) 502-5600, ext. 1204.
Tuesday, April 6
Arizona Association for Economic Development’s April luncheon: 11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m., Phoenix Airport Marriott, 1101 N. 44th St. Speaker will be Steve Burke, regional manager of industrial development for Union Pacific Railroad. $40 for members, $50 for non-members and late registrants. Registration deadline is noon April 2. (602) 240-2233 or www.aaed.com.
Wednesday, April 7
Ahwatukee Chat, Chew and Chocolate morning coffee: 9 a.m. All women are invited to start the morning off with friends, fun and inspiration. Free. No need to register, just show up to sip and chat. www.chatchewandchocolate.com/ahwatukee/ or Liz, firstname.lastname@example.org or (602) 881-8401.
Sonoran Sunset Series: 6 to 7 p.m., Environmental Education Center, northeast corner of Lindsay and Chandler Heights roads. Step’s Junk Funk band merges percussion and movement arts, making music with found and recycled objects. Junk Funk gives new life and a performance career to items that otherwise would end up in the trash. S’mores, hot chocolate and other beverages will be available for a small fee. Free admission. (480) 782-2890 or www.chandleraz.gov/veterans-oasis.
Thursday, April 8
MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers): 9 a.m., Foothills Baptist Church, 15450 S. 21st St. Free child care for ages 0 to 5. Meetings are second and fourth Thursdays. Jennifer, (480) 759-2118, ext. 205.
Weeders Garden Club: today the group will tour the Mesa Community College Rose Gardens. 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 email@example.com.
Saturday, April 10
Rummage Sale: 6 to 11 a.m., Desert Foothills United Methodist Church, 2156 E. Liberty Lane. Proceeds will support the church’s Mission projects, including this year’s mission trip to Peru. Team members will serve at the Refuge of Hope in Pucallpa, Peru - a school, rehabilitation center and vocation-training center for children and young adults of Peru with disabilities. For $15, space will be available for small businesses who would like to promote or sell items; vendors will need to bring their own tables. If you have any items to donate for the sale or would like to reserve a space, e-mail Jamie@desertfoothills.org.
Church parking lot sale: 7 to 11:30 a.m., Friendship Community Church Main Parking Lot, 9807 S. 48th St. Proceeds will benefit the annual mission project in Nogales, Mexico, and the student ministry. If you have any items you would like to donate, contact Travis at (480) 598-1922 or firstname.lastname@example.org. All donated items are tax deductible.
Community garage/yard sale: 7 a.m. to noon, Edward Jones parking lot, Liberty Lane and Desert Foothills Parkway (across from the YMCA). To reserve a selling area (two parking stalls in size), call (480) 460-1149. A donation of pet food for the Arizona Animal Welfare League would be greatly appreciated.
Petroplyph Discovery Hike: 7 to 10 a.m., Box Canyon, Holbert Trail, South Mountain Park, 10919 S. Central Ave. An experienced Pueblo Grande Museum guide will lead participants on a three-mile, three-hour interpretive hike. $10 for adults. Discounts applied at registration - $3 for Recreation Card holders, 25% for Phoenix residents. Register online using class number 62724 at www.phoenix.gov/parks, choose classes & programs.
High Noon Chili Shoot Out: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Rawhide at Wild Horse Pass, 5700 W. North Loop Road, Chandler. Hosted by Collins College, Le Cordon Bleu and Sanford Brown College to benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix. Two hundred top chefs and cooks will vie for the honor of having the best chili in the valley. Celebrity judges from around the valley will assist with the judging, and the public will provide a popular vote selecting ‘People’s Choice.’ Free to attend, $5 sampling fee. www.rawhide.com.
Animal Welfare donation drive: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Foothills Baptist Church, 15450 S. 21st St. Ahwatukee Junior Girl Scout Troop 2163 will be collecting items to donate to AZ Animal Welfare League as part of a community service project to earn a Bronze Award, the highest honor a Jr. Girl Scout can earn. Needed animal items include cat litter, canned dog and cat food, litter pans, office supplies, etc. Free popcorn and games will be available when you deliver your supplies. Joanna, (480) 586-5223 or email@example.com.
Exploring Ourselves and Our Relationships With Others: 2 to 5 p.m., Chandler Sunset Library, 4930 W. Ray Road, Chandler. Oscar Crawford and Bonnie Crawford will present best practices for individual and organizational relationship development and discuss the effect of humor across the spectrum of a diverse community. Free. RSVP: (480) 553-1905 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, April 11
Phoenix Psychic/Holistic Fair: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites, Superstition Ballroom, 1600 S. Country Club Drive, Mesa. Premier psychics from Phoenix, Sedona and Tucson will be on hand for readings. Also free lectures every hour, live music, drawings for free sessions with a psychic, CD and DVD giveaways, drawings for books and more. Vendors will be sell books, aromatherapy items, crystals and gemstone jewelry, candles, feng shui items, mystical gifts and more. $5 admission. www.phoenixpsychicfair.com.
Laurie’s Laughoholic Club: 2 to 3 p.m. second Sundays, Fire Station 43, Community Room, 4110 E. Chandler Blvd. Practice laughter yoga and laugh for the body, spirit and mind. Everyone can do it - the benefits of laughing are enormous for both our mental and physical well-being. Affiliated with www.worldlaughtertour.com. Laurie, email@example.com or (480) 540-4776.
“Wine and Old Bags” fundraising event: 2 to 5 p.m., Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort, One San Marcos Place, Chandler. Enjoy wine and decadent desserts while shopping for new and gently used designer purses. $10. All proceeds benefit Chandler Service Club’s charitable program contributions. www.chandlerserviceclub.org.
Tuesday, April 13
“The Stand” seminar: 6 to 9:30 p.m., Biltmore Resort, 2400 E. Missouri Ave. Co-founded and hosted by renowned public speakers and life coaches Mike Lindstrom and Justin Fatica, the event benefits the Kurt Warner First Things First Foundation. This motivating integrity-driven event presents a straight-forward approach to empowering individuals to stand up and reach out to others in their lives. www.thestandnow.com.
Wednesday, April 14
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Legislative District 20 Republicans monthly meeting: 7 p.m., Grace Inn, 10831 S. 51st St. Featured speaker is Buz Mills, candidate for Arizona Governor. Open to the public. www.ld20gop.com.
Thursday, April 15
East Valley’s - Be There meeting: 6 p.m., The Grace Inn, 10831 S. 51st St. www.evbtvpweb.com.
Friday, April 16
Montecristo / Romeo Cigar Tasting: 3 to 7 p.m., Tinder Box, 4611 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 106. (480) 961-7777 or www.totalcigars.com.
Saturday, April 17
East Valley Democratic Breakfast Club: 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., Denny’s Restaurant, 4403 S. Rural Road, Tempe. (480) 993-8799.
Tuesday, April 20
James O. Schroeder American Legion Post 55 meeting: 7 p.m., Navajo Room, Sun Lakes Country Club, 25601 N. Sun Lakes Blvd. The Ladies Auxiliary will serve refreshments following the meeting.
Friday, April 21
Arizona Capitol Museum Lunch Bunch: 12:15 to 1 p.m., first floor Museum Lounge, 1700 W. Washington St. Topic: “From Cowboys to Cavalrymen, Rough Riders of the Arizona Territory.” Bring your lunch and enjoy coffee and cookies provided by the Museum Guild. Free admission and parking in Wesley Bolin Plaza at 17th Avenue and Washington. www.lib.az.us/museum/events.cfm or (602) 926-3620.
Saturday, April 24
Dinner on the Desert: 6 p.m., Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway. Includes a signature cocktail and final glance at the Allan Houser: Tradition to Abstraction exhibit; hors d’oeuvres and bidding on plants, pots and garden art; a Native-American inspired dinner; and entertainment and dancing under the stars. Proceeds support the Garden’s mission. Tickets start at $500, and space is limited. Reservations: Esther, (480) 481-8182.
6 Mile Mud Run: 9 a.m., Rawhide at Wild Horse Pass, 5700 W. North Loop Road, Chandler. Challenge yourself by running, climbing and crawling through an obstacle course. Participants must successfully complete nine obstacles over six miles, facing a wall of water, cargo netting, inflatable mazes and giant slip n slides, a river crossing, hill climb and a dip in the huge mud pit. A shorter kids race for those 14 years and younger follows the main event, and parents may join their kids on this free mini-mud run. Registration: http://dcbadventures.com/dcb/DCB/DIRTY_6.html.
Tuesday, April 27
Ahwatukee and Gilbert Republican Republican Women to host GOP Gubernatorial Primary Debate: 7:30 to 10 a.m., Grace Inn, 10831 S. 51st St. East Valley residents will have the opportunity to get to know the gubernatorial candidates in the Republican primary. Local attorney John Munger, state Treasurer Dean Martin and weapons training facility owner Owen “Buz” Mills are scheduled to attend. Nationally-syndicated radio personality Tom Liddy will moderate. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., breakfast and debate runs 8 to 10 a.m. Cost: $20 in advance. Loraine, ARWomen@aol.com.
Wednesday, April 28
Hero Day: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Applause Full Service Salon, 7246 E. First Street, Scottsdale. All Maricopa County Police, Fire, Sheriff Department and EMT employees, including all administrative and ancillary employees, will receive complimentary haircuts and styles, manicures, chair massages and facial waxing. Free food from area restaurants. Suzanne, (480) 330-5228.
Spring Fishing Frenzy: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Papago Park , 625 N. Galvin Parkway. Bring the family out for a fun-filled evening of fishing under the light of the full moon with Papago Park Rangers. Participants will receive instruction and guidance on basic angling techniques used for fishing urban waters. Fishing poles, tackle and bait will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own. $10. Discounts applied at registration - $3 for Recreation Card holders and 25% for Phoenix residents. Register online using class number 62706 at www.phoenix.gov/parks, click classes & programs.
Friday, April 30
El Dia De Los Niños: Celebrates All Children: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Margaret T. Hance Park, Second Street and Moreland. The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department’s Latino Institute will celebrate the joys and wonders of childhood, regardless of linguistic and cultural background. This day is set aside to promote the importance of literacy and education for children. More than 50 booths hosted by schools, colleges, youth and nonprofit organizations, and city libraries will offer interactive games, hands-on art activities, a reading village, live entertainment, giveaways and lots of fun. Free. Carmela, (602) 495-3791 or email@example.com.
Saturday, May 1
Cinco de Mayo Celebration and Chihuahua Races: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., Downtown Library Courtyard, 22 S. Delaware St. The event honors the Hispanic community’s contributions to the City of Chandler. Features Chihuahua races, the crowning of the King and Queen Chihuahua, music and entertainment. Free admission; food and beverages available for purchase. Alberto, (480) 206-2292.
Thursday, May 6
Republican Professionals of Phoenix: 6 to 8 p.m. Group meets first Thursdays. Free. RSVP: www.phxrp.com.
Saturday, May 8
Golfin’ in the Desert: 7:30 a.m. shotgun start, Arizona State University Karsten Golf Course, 1125 E. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe. Hosted by Desert Botanical Garden volunteers, the fun day of golf will support Title I schools. $100 per person, includes golf, cart fees and lunch. Registration: www.dbg.org/golftournament or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, May 9
Mother’s Day Lunch and Concert With Estéban: Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway. Two concerts are offered: the 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. show features Esteban in concert with a delicious catered brunch (table seating only) for $85; the 4 to 6 p.m. show features Esteban in an intimate concert setting (auditorium style seating only) for $50. Space is limited. Reservations: www.dbg.org or (480) 481-8188.
Thursday, May 13
Weeders Garden Club: Cottonwood Country Club, 25630 S. Brentwood Drive, Sun Lakes. Elinor, (480) 759-3335 or Delia, (480) 786-4973.
Friday, May 14
CAO Tasting: 3 to 7 p.m., Tinder Box, 4611 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 106. (480) 961-7777 or www.totalcigars.com.
Saturday, May 15
Maricopa Republican Club Golf Tournament: 6 to 7:30 a.m. registration, 6:30 to 8 a.m. continental breakfast, 8 a.m. shotgun start, The Duke At Rancho El Dorado, 42660 W. Rancho El Dorado Parkway, Maricopa. Lunch, raffle and prizes follow play. Funds support Maricopa Police Explorers, 100 Club and Maricopa Little League. Marty, (480) 440-4050 or Martyhermanson@yahoo.com.
Sunday, May 16
City of Maricopa “Tea Party:” 4 to 6 p.m., Pacana Park, 19000 Porter Road, Maricopa. Sponsored by the Maricpa Republican Club. Speakers are JD Hayworth, Frank Pratt, John Fillmore, Mayor Tony Smith, Sheriff Paul Babeu, Don Goldwater, Lance Hurley and Pinal County Republican Chairman Marty Hermanson. Free. Brenda, (480) 250-9085 or email@example.com.
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.
Saturday, May 22
Star Party: 7 to 10 p.m., Veterans Oasis Park, northeast corner of Lindsay and Chandler Heights roads, Chandler. Members of the East Valley Astronomy Club will bring telescopes for visitors to explore Arizona’s night sky. An astronomy presentation will take place 7 to 8 p.m. inside the Environmental Education Center, with telescope viewing outside at the east end of the parking lot from 8 to 10 p.m. Free; a $5 donation is requested for the presentation. www.chandleraz.gov/veterans-oasis or (480) 782-2890.
Tuesday, May 25
Ahwatukee Republican Women: 6:30 p.m. networking and socializing, 7 p.m. general meeting, Grace Inn, 10831 S. 51st St. Loraine, (480) 460-7101.
Monday, May 31
26th Annual Memorial Day Observance: 9 a.m., Pioneer & Military Park, 14th Avenue and Jefferson Street. The event honors our city’s pioneers and military veterans. After, there will be a fun historical activity for children, program participants in historic dress and opportunities to tour the 1897 Smurthwaite House and historic cemeteries. (602) 534-1262, www.azhistcemeteries.org or http://phoenix.gov/PARKS/pioneer.html.
Thursday, June 17
Brickhouse Cigar Tasting: 3 to 7 p.m., Tinder Box, 4611 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 106. (480) 961-7777 or www.totalcigars.com.
Friday, June 25
Itty Bitty Beach Party: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Pecos Pool, 17010 S. 48th St. The free poolside party for parents, toddlers and preschoolers ages 6 and under includes a puppet show, safety lessons, health tips from CIGNA, dance contests, swimsuit contests, Hawaiian leis, refreshments and more. (602) 534-9255.
Wednesday, June 30
Givers Day: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Applause Full Service Salon, 7246 E. First Street, Scottsdale. All Maricopa County volunteers from any walk of life (Hospice, Red Cross, etc.) will receive complimentary haircuts and styles, manicures, chair massages and facial waxing. Free food from area restaurants. Suzanne, (480) 330-5228.
Tuesday, Aug. 31
Angel Day: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Applause Full Service Salon, 7246 E. First Street, Scottsdale. All Maricopa County medical personnel from hospitals, nursing homes, etc., will receive complimentary haircuts and styles, manicures, chair massages and facial waxing. Free food from area restaurants. Suzanne, (480) 330-5228.
Friday, Sept. 24
Biergarten: Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway. The beer tasting event fuses old world charm with a modern flair in a spectacular outdoor setting. For the refined beer connoisseur, this event offers craft and domestic brews to sample and authentic German fare prepared by Atlasta Catering & Event Concepts. All beer sampled will be available for purchase. $70 for members, $75 for non-members. www.dbg.org or (480) 481-8188.
Saturday, Oct. 16
Spring Plant Sale: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow, Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway. Garden volunteers, horticulturists and professional landscape designers will be on hand to answer questions, assist in plant selections and offer advice. Purchase pottery and other garden accessories from specialty retailers and visit the Farmer’s Market. No admission fee to enter the plant sale. www.dbg.org or (480) 941-1225.
Thursday, Oct. 21
The Great Pumpkin Festival: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today to Sunday, Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway. Take a hayride to the pumpkin patch, where children ages 12 and under may choose their own free pumpkin. Children will enjoy face painting, the Amazing Bale Maze, balloon artistry, pumpkin decorating and carving demonstrations and more. Fabulous Food will offer a baked goods and fall harvest market, where visitors can purchase fresh produce such as unique pumpkins, gourds and chili ristras. Festival is included with paid Garden admission. www.dbg.org or (480) 481-8188.
Saturday, Oct. 30
Dia De Los Muertos Celebration: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and tomorrow, Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway. The colorful Mexican and Native tradition honors and celebrates departed loved ones in a festival setting. Enjoy entertainment that will bring the history of this holiday to life with song, dance and storytelling. www.dbg.org or (480) 481-8188.
Saturday, Nov. 6
Native American Recognition Days: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and tomorrow, Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway. The festival is dedicated to Native American culture. www.dbg.org or (480) 481-8188.
Saturday, Nov. 13
Chiles & Chocolate Festival: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and tomorrow, Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway. Delight your taste buds at this culinary festival with flavors both spicy and sweet. Celebrate the unique taste of the Southwest as you meander through a breezy open air market while enjoying cooking demonstrations and entertainment. All products available for purchase from local vendors. www.dbg.org or (480) 481-8188.
Thursday, Dec. 2
Las Noches de las Luminarias: 5:30 to 9:30 pm. various days today through Dec. 30, Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway. Thousands of hand-lit luminarias provide a warm and inviting setting to spend a cheerful holiday evening. More than 10 musical acts provide the musical backdrop and strategically located fire pits provide warming stations or romantic settings. Food, wine, cocoa, cider and other non-alcoholic beverages available. Tickets: $20 for adults, $10 for children (members); $25 for adults, $12.50 for children (non-members). Children two and under are admitted free. www.dbg.org or (480) 481-8188.