Wednesday, April 21
Democrats and Donuts: 8 a.m., Fire Station 43, 4110 E. Chandler Blvd. Speakers are Jess Morales Ruan, Kyrene school board candidate, and Felicia Rotellini, candidate for Arizona Attorney General. Free and open to the public, donations accepted. Walk-ins welcome if space is available. RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org or (480) 706-3741.
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.
Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce After Five Evening Mixer: 5:30 p.m., A-Peeling Faces Skincare & Massage Therapy. Darla Salem is celebrating four years in business and will reveal her makeover candidate. PCAskin product representatives will also answer questions on professional grade skincare products. www.ahwatukeechamber.com or (480) 753-7676.
Dr. Ken Jackson reads from and signs his first novel, Manifest West: 7 to 8:30 p.m., Changing Hands Bookstore, 6428 S. McClintock Dr. in Tempe. The contemporary Southwestern suspense novel takes the reader deep into the heart and soul of the Apache people in a tale of passion, medical mystery and redemption in the American Southwest. www.manifestwest.net.
Thursday, April 22
Tumbling and cheer informational meeting: 7 p.m., Arizona All stars Tumbling and Cheer Gym, 7425 S. Harl Avenue, Tempe (I-10 and Elliott). Check out something new and fun that your children will love. Performance and competitive teams are available for children ages four to 18 at all ability levels. Clinics and tryouts will be the week of May 3. (480) 831-1105.
Friday, April 23
Golf Fest: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday, Raven Golf Club at South Mountain, 3636 E Baseline Road. Features incredible deals from top golf companies plus great values on clothing, golf resorts, golf tee times, emerging golf company products and services and more. $10 admission, free for children under 10. www.golffestshow.com.
AAF Metro Phoenix hosts Phoenix Golf Tournament: 11 a.m. registration, free golf clinics and free range practice; 1 p.m. tournament - shotgun start, Club West Golf Club, 1640 S. 14th St. $135 per person, $540 per foursome. Carol, (602) 218-5052, email@example.com or www.aafmetrophoenix.com.
Computer basics class for persons with disabilities: 12:30 to 2 p.m., Disability Empowerment Center, Room 210 (computer lab), 5025 E. Washington St. Offered by Community Living Options and Arizona StRUT. The class will cover basic systems setup, how to access the Internet, free virus protection and ways to clean your computer system to make it to run more efficiently. Registration: Liticia, (602) 443-0715 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ladies shopping night for AZWMI: 6 to 9 p.m., 1234 E. Cottonwood Lane. Shop and socialize with friends while helping the AZ World Music Initiative raise funds to take their interactive music awareness program into local schools. Vendors include Partylite, Sashay, Pampered Chef, Tastefully Simple and more. email@example.com or www.azwmi.org.
Saturday, April 24
Mrs. Fisher Cat (costume event): 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Brilliant Sky Toys & Books, 4929 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 401. The ever-popular Calico Critter, Mrs. Fisher Cat, will visit and have story time with the kids. Also special Calico Critter-themed activities. (480) 785-8697.
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.
Sunday, April 25
7th annual Día del Niño celebration: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Parkway. This Hispanic holiday celebrates the richness and diversity of Latin American children, culture and wildlife. Bring the whole family to enjoy music, dance, crafts and animals of Latin American countries. Free with regular paid admission. www.phxzoo.org.
Messy Art Class: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Brilliant Sky Toys & Books, 4929 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 104. Ages two to nine will discover messy art using a variety of media. Prepare to have fun, but don’t wear your good clothes! $8.50. Registration required to (480) 785-8697.
Monday, April 26
New York Times bestselling author Patrick Carman discusses book: 7 p.m., Changing Hands Bookstore, 6428 S. McClintock Drive, Tempe. Carman explores what people would do if they had the power to be indestructible in his chilling gothic superhero story Thirteen Days to Midnight. (480) 730-1142.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Sunday, May 2
Golf tourney supports fight against cancer: 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. (players may participate at either time; two-man scramble format), Foothills Golf Club, 2201 E. Clubhouse Drive. The golf club and Ahwatukee Hooters have joined together to create a day filled with great golf, food, fun, and prizes. $69, includes golf, food, music, contests, prizes and a donation to the Lance Armstrong Foundation. (480) 460-4653 or www.thefoothillsgc.com.
Wednesday, May 5
Ahwatukee Chat, Chew and Chocolate morning coffee: 9 a.m. first Wednesdays. 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, email@example.com or (602) 881-8401.
Thursday, May 6
Republican Professionals of Phoenix: 6 to 8 p.m. 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 Champagne Brunch: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Top of the Rock Restaurant at The Buttes Resort, 2000 Westcourt Way, Tempe. $64.95 for adults, $29.95 for children ages 5 to 12 years, free for children 4 and under. Reservations: (602) 431-2367.
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.
Mother’s Day Brunch: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Parkway. Make Mother’s Day a unique and memorable experience with an elegant brunch, all day access to the Zoo, raffle prizes and more. Tickets: $35 for adults (13 and up), $15 for children three to 12, free for ages two and younger. Space is limited. Reservations: (602) 914-4333.
Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch: 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., http://www.wildhorsepassresort.com/dining-wild-horse-pass.html"> Ko’Sin restaurant, Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa, 5594 W. Wild Horse Blvd., Chandler. $70 per adult, $63 for seniors, $35 for children ages five to 12, free for children four and under. Includes a complimentary rose for each mother. Reservations required to Rosina Dee at (602) 385-5726. Several spa package options are available at Aji Spa throughout Mother’s Day week. (602) 385-5759.
Wednesday, May 12
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, May 13
MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers): 9 a.m. second and fourth Thursdays, 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: second Thursdays Sept. to May, 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. second Thursdays 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.
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.
Tuesday, May 18
James O. Schroeder American Legion Post 55 meeting: 7 p.m. third Tuesdays September to May, Navajo Room, Sun Lakes Country Club, 25601 N. Sun Lakes Blvd. The Ladies Auxiliary will serve refreshments following the meeting.
Thursday, May 20
East Valley’s - Be There meeting: 6 to 8:30 p.m. third Thursdays, Arrivederci Trattoria, 4221 E. Chandler Blvd. Business casual open forum. www.evbtvpweb.com. Upcoming charity events: July 15, Back to School; Oct. 21, Honor Our Troops; Dec. 16, Toys For Tots.
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, fourth Tuesdays (except Dec.), 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.
Sunday, June 13
Laurie’s Laughoholic Club: 3 to 4 p.m. second Sundays, Curves Ahwatukee, 4025 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 74. 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, firstname.lastname@example.org or (480) 540-4776.
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.