Friday, Nov. 6
Coach Murphy’s Inaugural Charity Home Run Derby & Family Fun Fall Festival: 5 to 9 p.m., Scottsdale Stadium, 7408 E. Osborn Road. Arizona State University Baseball Head Coach Pat Murphy will lead sluggers up to bat. Proceeds will benefit The Crossroads, Inc. transitional living for people in recovery from alcoholism and addiction. $9, free for ages 3 years and under. Sponsorships and VIP tickets available. Brent, (602) 279-2585 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, Nov. 7
Huge parking lot sale: 7 a.m. to noon, Mountain View Lutheran Church, 11002 S. 48th St. Features over 90 booths. Sponsored by Outreach Ministries with proceeds going to local charitable organizations that help the needy, including Family Promise and Advocates for the Disabled. Coffee and baked goods also for sale. Cindy, (480) 893-2579 or email@example.com.
Used Book Sale: 9 a.m. until ?, University Presbyterian Church, 139 E. Alameda Drive, Tempe. Features a wide variety of books (regular and religious, including current best sellers, children’s books and even books in Spanish) as well as CD’s, DVD’s and VHS tapes. Proceeds support mission projects of the Presbyterian Women.
Fourth Annual Province Arts & Crafts Fair: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Province Town Hall, 20942 N. Province Parkway, Maricopa (stop at the guard gate and inform them you are attending the fair). Professional and amateur artists and crafters from throughout Arizona will display and sell their work. Canned food items will also be collected for the F.O.R. Maricopa food bank. firstname.lastname@example.org.
30th annual El Dia de los Muertos/Celebration of Life Festival: noon to 7 p.m., Historic Downtown Chandler and Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, 3 S. Arizona Ave. This free festival includes entertainment, a community altar, ethnic cuisine, folk art vendors and a traditional candlelight procession. The festival showcases performing artists and is best known for its one-of-a-kind masked performances using the masks of Zarco Guerrero. (480) 833-5875.
Popstar Jordin Sparks Hosts charity sleepover for teens: Arizona’s own star and American Idol winner Jordin Sparks hosts America’s Biggest Sleepover, sponsored by Always and Beinggirl.com, a Web site for girls. Girls from Arizona may sign up on Beinggirl.com for exclusive performances from Sparks and fun, interactive content. For every girl that participates, Beinggirl.com and Always will donate $1 to Protecting Futures, a program by Always dedicated to helping girls in developing regions stay in school (up to $25,000 total). Free. www.Beinggirl.com.
Sunday, Nov. 8
Horizon welcomes guest preacher, Doru Butas: 9 and 10:30 a.m., Horizon Presbyterian Church, 1401 E. Liberty Lane. Butas, national director of the International Needs Network Romania, will give an update on ministry opportunities in Romania where the emphasis of I.N. Network focuses on village evangelism, church planting and leadership development. All welcome. (480) 460-1480.
Holiday dog wash: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Malinda’s Pampered Pets, 4302 E. Ray Road (near Jamba Juice and Baja Fresh). For all breeds. $20 for wash and dry ($5 more for long hair); $30 for wash and dry, nail clipping and ear cleaning. Holiday photos available for $10. K9 Partnership will answer training or behavior issues. All proceeds will benefit Boxer Luv Rescue – 100 percent will go to provide medical care, housing and food to over 130 Boxers currently awaiting their forever home. Foster homes and volunteers also needed. www.boxerluv.org or (602) 214-6867.
Pamper ME Pretty: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Radisson – Chandler, 7475 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler. Businesses in Ahwatukee and Chandler have partnered giving women of all ages a chance to mingle, be pampered, shop and learn. Features seminars, fashion shows, literature and more. Fashion shows are hosted by the Purple Skirt and White House Black Market and the models are from Desert Vista High School fashion club. The selected charity this quarter is “My Sisters’ Place,” a domestic violence shelter. To find out more about the needs of the shelter or the event, contact Mary at (623) 341-9242, MarketingWithMary@yahoo.com or www.PamperMeAZ.com.
Annual Girl Scout Father Daughter Rocket Launch: 1 to 3 p.m., Desert Foothills Park basin, 1010 Marketplace SW. Participants include Horizon Community Learning Center registered Girl Scouts and their dads (or an important male in their lives). Girls will have the opportunity to enjoy some bonding time while learning the science behind rocket launching in a safe and fun manner.
Monday, Nov. 9
Legislative District 20 Democrats: 7 p.m. second Mondays, Fire Station 43, 4110 E. Chandler Blvd. Meetings feature guest speakers and updates. CJ, (480) 706-6047 or www.maricopadems.com (look under LD20).
Free Rabies Vaccination Clinics: 8 to 11 a.m. today, Nov. 18 and 23, Paradise Valley Municipal Complex, 6401 E. Lincoln. Animals must be in good health and at least three months old. Dogs must be on a leash less than six feet in length and cats need to be in carriers. Two pets per household limit. Provided by Maricopa County Animal Care and Control’s Uno por Uno program. www.unoporuno.org.
Tuesday, Nov. 10
Registration deadline for Living in the Shadow of the Ghosts of Grief Workshop: set for Nov. 19 at Orange Tree Golf Resort, 10601 N. 56th St., Scottsdale. This informative conference will help members of the caregiving community who want to further develop their knowledge and skills surrounding grief and loss. Registration is $25 and includes lunch. Prepayment is required. Judy, (602) 589.2137.
Wednesday, Nov. 11
LeadzSmart Marketing Education Class: 7:30 to 9 a.m. Wednesdays, Marie Callendar’s, 7455 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler. Attendees learn current marketing strategies that generate qualified leads and more sales conversions. Community outreach program, free to all. DrRon@DrRonMarek.com or (480) 456-3700.
Veterans Day Gourd Dance and Community Potluck: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Pueblo Grande Museum, 4619 E. Washington St. The community is invited to this annual event honoring the memory of all Veterans who served our nation. Gourd dancing starts at 11:30 a.m. Bring your favorite potluck dish to share. Free. (602) 495-0901.
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, Nov. 12
Weeders Garden Club: 9:30 a.m. second Thursdays, Cottonwood Country Club, 25630 S. Brentwood Dr., Sun Lakes. Elinor, (480) 759-3335 or Delia, (480) 786-4973.
Friday, Nov. 13
Holiday Boutique: 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. today, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow, Arizona Community Church, 9325 S. Rural Road, Tempe. (480) 491-2210.
Unique Boutique: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. tonight and tomorrow, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, St. Andrew’s the Apostle Catholic Faith Community, 3450 W. Ray Road, Chandler. (480) 899-1990.
Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce Bar Bounce: 6:30 p.m. kick-off happy hour at the Radisson Phoenix/Chandler, then at 8:30 p.m. travel to Hob Nob Sports Grill and Rock Bottom Brewery by bus - no driving! Sports theme. www.ahwatukeechamber.com, (480) 753-7676 or www.AhwatukeeChamber.com.
Arizona Society of Astrologers meeting: 7 p.m., (free astrology class at 6:30 p.m.), Scottsdale Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Road., Scottsdale. Donna Stellhorn will present “Feng Shui and Astrology.” www.azastrologers.org.
Second Friday Science Café: 7 p.m., East West Exchange, 2051 W. Warner Road, Chandler. Join Dr. Randy Cerveny, President’s Professor, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at Arizona State University and author of Freaks of the Storm: From Flying Cows to Stealing Thunder: The World’s Strangest True Weather Stories and Weather’s Greatest Mysteries Solved! for a fascinating tour of some of the world’s most perplexing and provocative climate mysteries. www.ScienceCafes.org.
Saturday, Nov. 14
Garage Sale: 7 a.m., 5693 W. Dublin Lane, Chandler. Sponsored by St. Clare Fraternity, Secular Franciscan Order. All sale proceeds will benefit the fraternity’s charitable works.
Free Spay and Neuter Clinic: 7 a.m. check-in, First Southern Baptist Church, 5230 N. Scottsdale Road, Paradise Valley. First-come, first-served. Do not give food or water to pets after 10 p.m. the night before. No hernias or cryptorchid males, pregnant or in-heat females. Animals must be at least two pounds. Two pets per household limit. Dogs must be on a leash less than 6 feet in length and cats need to be in carriers. Provided by Maricopa County Animal Care and Control’s Uno por Uno program. www.unoporuno.org.
Free urban fishing clinic: 8 a.m. to noon, Environmental Education Center, northeast corner of Lindsay and Chandler Heights roads, Chandler. Sport fishing instructors from the AZ Game and Fish Department will provide a limited supply of bait and loaner rods. Participants who register at the AZGFD booth during the event may fish without a license during clinic hours. Suitable for all ages. (480) 782-2890.
Keeping Your Head Up in Down Times: Winning the Mental Game of Unemployment: 9 to 11 a.m., Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living, 4621 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 160. Trainer, coach, consultant and author Jerry Jerome will share powerful and practical strategies learned and developed while managing his own experience being out of work. Each person attending will get a free copy of Jerome’s motivational book, Instant Inspiration. Limited seating, RSVP required to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Raku Arts & Crafts Festival: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Historic Downtown Chandler and Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, 3 S. Arizona Ave. This Japanese arts & crafts festival features music, demonstrations, food and beverages. Free. (480) 593-8443.
Chandler Chic Boutique: today, tomorrow, Nov. 21, 22 and Dec. 6, Holiday Inn, 1200 W. Ocotillo Road, Chandler. Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Fun holiday shopping and a raffle benefiting The Boys and Girls Club of Chandler. (480) 704-0534.
Cheerleading Clinic: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Arizona All-Stars Tumbling and Cheer facility, 7425 S. Harl, Suite 3, Tempe. Professionally trained cheer coaches will teach children ages four and up a choreographed dance and cheer routine to music like routines seen on ESPN. Free with purchase of performance shirt ($25) – each student receives clinic training and entrance into a special performance during the “Spring It On” cheer competition Nov. 21 at the Arizona Grand Resort. Groups will be divided by age. Registration required to (480) 831-1105. Information: email@example.com or www.azallstars.com.
Chiles and 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. Also cooking demonstrations, children’s activities and lively entertainment. Flamenco dance instruction and the sounds of DJ World Famous Rani “g” will keep the weekend sweet and sizzlin’. (480) 941-1225 or www.dbg.org.
Pennsylvania Club meeting: 10 a.m., L.J.’s Pizza, 1038 E. Main St., Mesa. Current and former residents invited. Lunch follows. (480) 832-5755.
“Healthy Lifestyle” Education Class: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Ironwood Library, 4333 E. Chandler Blvd. Dr. Ron Marek, former narcotics detective and martial arts expert, will show attendees how to protect themselves while holiday shopping. Dr. Betsy Yurgel, NMD from the Phoenix Holistic Center, will also discuss how naturopathic medicine can assist with mental depression, clarity, memory and more. Also group discussion on whole food nutrition. Free. RSVP: Christine, (480) 491-9551 or Christine@ChristineMarek.com. Speaker suggestions welcome for upcoming classes.
Tuesday, Nov. 17
Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) meeting: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. third Tuesdays, theSprings Church, 6135 W. Detroit St., Chandler. Mothers of children ages newborn through kindergarten are invited for a time of authentic community, personal growth, practical help and spiritual hope. Meetings and childcare are free. MOPS International in Denver requests that moms sign up for an annual membership, and for the yearly $23.95 fee they will receive a book, a bi-monthly magazine and weekly mom e-mails. Heather, (480) 202-4477 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Understanding Your State Legislature workshop: 5:30 to 7 p.m., Pecos Community Center, 17010 S. 48th St. Join city legislative liaisons and invited members of the Arizona State Legislature to learn more about the state legislative process. Hear how you can become involved in the decisions being made by your state government. Free. Limited seating. RSVP: Lorizelda, (602) 262-1833 or email@example.com.
Wednesday, Nov. 18
Brown Bag Water Speaker Series: noon to 1:30 p.m., University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, 4341 E. Broadway Road. Grant McCormick, Campus Planner, Department of Planning, Design & Construction, The University of Arizona, will present “Water in the Sustainable Landscape.” Free. RSVP: Nancy, (602) 827-8200, ext. 335, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Caffe Boa Wine dinner: 6 p.m., Caffe Boa of Ahwatukee, 5063 E. Elliot Road. Caffe Boa will host the Bonterra Organic wine dinner, featuring a four-course dinner paired with wines, live music and more. $45 per person. Reservations: (480) 893-3331, email@example.com or www.caffeboa.com.
Thursday, Nov. 19
Maricopa County Animal Care and Control Mobile Adoptions Bus: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Petco, 5011 E. Ray Road. Features low cost dog and cat adoptions. (602) 506-3471 or www.pets.maricopa.gov.
“East Valley’s - Be There” Professional networking event: 6 to 8:30 p.m., The Grace Inn, 10831 S. 51st St. www.evbtvpweb.com.
Author Jackie Dishner signs and discusses her new book, Backroads & Byways of Arizona: 6 to 9 p.m., Studio Vino, 1825 E. Guadalupe, Tempe. Learn about interesting and lesser known Arizona travel treasures and enjoy wine tasting. $30 per person includes wine tasting, appetizers and autographed copy of the book. (480) 897-1800.
Friday, Nov. 20
Freestyle Dance Frenzy: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Fire Station 43, Community Room, 4110 E. Chandler Blvd. Dance, laugh and get healthy. The event is for adult men and women and is hosted by Laurie Nathanson from Ahwatukee First Sundays – Laurie’s Laughoholic Club, which meets 2 to 3 p.m. first Sundays at the same location. (480) 540-4776 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, Nov. 21
Kiwanis Club Rummage and Craft Sale: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Mountain View Lutheran Church, 11002 S. 48th St. All proceeds will benefit the children’s charities of The Kiwanis Club of Ahwatukee. Andi, (602) 402-6267 or email@example.com.
Dash for MASH: 8 a.m., Kiwanis Park, Ramada 8, 6111 S. All American Way, Tempe. Proceeds from the non-competitive 5K walk/run will benefit MASH (Maricopa Animal Safe Hospice - Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s No-Kill Animal Shelter). $25 entry fee. All participants will receive a “Jail Tails” T-shirt. A raffle will also be held. If you can’t make it, do a “shadow walk” and still receive a T-shirt. Registration: Orla, firstname.lastname@example.org or (520) 440-6591.
Woofstock: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tumbleweed Park, 2250 S. McQueen Road, Chandler. Join the city of Chandler and its partners, the American Service Animal Society and Maricopa County Animal Care and Control for the “Great Chandler Dog Walk,” contests for critters, owner and pet contests, raffle prizes and other tail wagging treats. Bring your canines for a day of fun for the whole family. Free admission. www.chandleraz.gov/woofstock.
Fragrance Festival: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Nordstrom, Chandler Fashion Center, 3111 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler. Representatives from major and specialty fragrance lines will be on site. Valued gift sets, samples and gift with purchases available (while supplies last). A D.J. will entertain and Ahwatukee Foothills Ballet will present a special preview performance of The Nutcracker. Light refreshments. (480) 855-2500, ext. 1071.
Tuesday, Nov. 24
Ahwatukee Republican Women: 7 p.m., Fire Station Community Room, 4110 E. Chandler Blvd. Mary, (602) 206-1189 or ARWomen@aol.com.
Thursday, Nov. 26
Family-style Thanksgiving Feast: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., The Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix, 2401 E. Camelback Road. bistro 24 offers a four-course, plated, family-style Thanksgiving experience. $59 for adults, $29 for children 12 and under. Reservations required: (602) 468-0700 or www.opentable.com.
ZooLights at the Phoenix Zoo: 6 to 10 p.m. today through Jan. 10, 455 N. Galvin Parkway. To celebrate the opening of the Zoo’s new Komodo Dragon exhibit, a new life size lighted Komodo display will debut this year. Admission is $7 for Zoo members, $9 for non-members. Visit www.phoenixzoo.org for more information.
Saturday, Nov. 28
14th Annual Festival of Lights Kick-off Party: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Desert Foothills Park, 1010 Market Place SW. Features carnival games, rides and inflatables, community entertainment, craft fair with 100 crafters, photos with Santa, charity wreath auction and a Harley-Davidson parade. Free admission. (480) 460-6169.
Monday, Nov. 30
Debbie Macomber signs One Simple Act: 7 p.m., Changing Hands Bookstore, 6428 S McClintock Dr, Tempe. (480) 730-0205.
Wednesday, Dec. 2
Ahwatukee Chat, Chew & Chocolate monthly coffee: 9 a.m. Start your morning off with friends, fun and inspiration. Free – no need to register, just show up to sip and chat. All are welcome. Liz, email@example.com, or (602) 881-8401 or www.chatchewandchocolate.com.
Downtown Chandler Art Walk: 5 to 9 p.m., in Historic Downtown Chandler along the sidewalks in front of the stores. The juried event is open to all artists in the Valley who would like to exhibit, free of charge. To receive an application to exhibit or for more information, call (480) 855-3539.
Nick Kelsh photography lecture: 7 p.m., Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave. Learn tips on how to transform your average pictures to stunning portraits. www.PhxArt.org or (602) 257-1222.
Thursday, Dec. 3
Valley Impact Luncheon hosted by The Junior League of Phoenix: 10:30 a.m. silent auction and raffle, noon luncheon, The Camelback Inn Resort and Spa, 5402 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley. Allison DuBois, a medium and author who has worked to promote the welfare of Arizona children and whose life is the inspiration for the hit television show Medium, will speak. $125. www.jlp.org/VILuncheon.
Holiday party: 5 to 9 p.m. Hosted by That Italian Place & A-Peeling Faces Skincare & Massage Therapy. Features half off martinis, appetizer specials, raffle, and free chair massages. RSVP to (480) 759-4459. Information: www.thatitalianplace.com, www.a-peelingfaces.com.
Friday, Dec. 4
Golf Blowout Sale: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Phoenix City Hall, 200 W. Washington St., Assembly Room A. Apparel and golf merchandise from all of the city golf courses will be on sale. (602) 262-5088 or www.phoenix.gov/golf.
Holiday Shopping Boutique and Open House: 5 to 9 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow, Deseret Aesthetic & Lifestyle Institute, 1425 W. Greenfield, Mesa. A portion of proceeds will benefit the Run from the Sun Foundation (non-profit devoted to fighting skin cancer) and Crisis Nursery (Mesa). www.deseretskin.com or (480) 832-7546.
Saturday, Dec. 5
Tumbleweed Tree Lighting & Parade of Lights: Historic Downtown Chandler and Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, 3 S. Arizona Ave. The festival is from 4:30 to 9 p.m., the Parade of Lights is at 7 p.m. and the lighting of the tree will follow at approximately 8 p.m. This year marks the 52nd Tumbleweed Tree built in Historic Downtown Chandler.
Santa’s House: Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, 3 S. Arizona Ave. Get a free picture taken with Santa from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. today; 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec 10; and noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays Dec. 12 and 19. (480) 782-2735.
City of Phoenix Fiesta of Light: Electric Light Parade: Features a spectacular display of lighted floats, marching bands and performance groups. Route: Central Avenue from Montebello to Camelback, east on Camelback to 7th Street, 7th Street south to Indian School. (602) 262-6862.
Sunday, Dec. 6
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.