Wednesday, Dec. 2
“Designing Fire Safety into Residential Construction: Perspectives, Ideas, and Trends” symposium: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and tomorrow, Arizona Grand Resort, 8000 S. Arizona Grand Parkway. Presented by Underwriters Laboratories in partnership with the Phoenix Fire Department. The goal is to share ideas and foster discussion among interested parties who want to learn more and share ideas about designing fire safety into residential buildings in North America. www.ul.com/fireservice or (602) 495-7398.
Ahwatukee Chat, Chew & Chocolate monthly coffee: 9 a.m., Coffee Buzz, 4804 E. Chandler Blvd, Suite 110. 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.
Holiday Expo: 4 to 8 p.m., Tumbleweed Recreation Center, 745 E. Germann Road, Chandler. Local businesses will showcase and sell food, gifts and decorations. The TRC’s own “Frosty” mascot will be available for photos with children for a small fee to benefit the Mayor’s Youth Commission. (480) 782-2900.
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.
Girls’ Night Out Ahwatukee: 3 to 9 p.m. every other Thursday at participating businesses throughout Ahwatukee Foothills and surrounding area. Great deals on haircuts, eyebrow wax, drinks, food and more. Free to participate. Join mailing list at www.tukeegirlsnightout.com. Anne, (480) 239-8788 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holiday party: 5 to 9 p.m., That Italian Place, 3941 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 107-B. Hosted by That Italian Place & A-Peeling Faces Skincare & Massage Therapy. Features half off martinis, appetizer specials, raffle, and free chair massages. RSVP: (480) 759-4459. Information: www.thatitalianplace.com, www.a-peelingfaces.com.
College Financial Aid Planning Night: 7 p.m. today and again Dec. 10, Mountain Pointe High School, 4201 E. Knox Road. Parents of freshman, sophomore and junior students from all schools are invited to learn about the FAFSA form and other information to help maximize the amount of financial aid you are eligible to receive. Even if not eligible for need-based aid, the best strategies for paying for college on the most efficient basis will also be discussed. Reservations required to (480) 654-6266.
Friday, Dec. 4
Rummage Sale: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Pecos Senior Center, 17010 S. 48th St. Door prizes, clothes, household goods and loads of fun.
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.
The Polar Express holiday event: 7 p.m., Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 4847 E. Ray Road. Children of all ages are invited to don their pajamas and “wind their way to the North Pole” through a reading of the holiday classic. Cookies, hot cocoa, crafts and other activities will round out the festivities. The first 20 kids to arrive will receive commemorative jingle bells and Polar Express postcards. Free and open to the public. (480) 940-7136 or www.bn.com.
Saturday, Dec. 5
Christmas boutique, food drive and electronics recycling: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (boutique), 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (food drive and recycling), Gethsemane Lutheran School, 1035 E. Guadalupe, Tempe. Over 30 vendors will offer a variety of items. Old electronics (anything with a plug) may be dropped off for recyling by Westech Recycling, and a food drive will benefit St. Vincent de Paul. A receipt for electronics donations will be given for tax purposes. www.glstempe.com.
Pet holiday photos with Santa provided by Arizona Golden Retriever Connections Rescue: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Malinda’s Pampered Pets, 4302 E. Ray Road. A basic photo package is a $25 donation and includes two prints of the best photos and a CD featuring all the photos of your pet. All donations go directly to help rescue, rehabilitate and place golden retrievers in new homes. (480) 515-9018 or www.AZGRC.org.
Back Handspring Boot Camp: 11 to 12:30 p.m., Tumbl-weeds Tumbling & Fitness Studio, 1241 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 124. Knowledgeable coaching staff will teach the proper technique for a safe back handspring to children ages 10 and older. $20. www.tumbl-weeds.com or (480) 203-1108.
Create Your Own Edible Housing and Other Creations: 2 to 3:30 p.m., Ironwood Library, 4333 E. Chandler Blvd. Create your own cottage, condo or high-rise with edible building parts. Be creative and enjoy some delicious graham cracker and gingerbread snacks. Supplies will be provided but feel free to bring items to personalize your creation. Free, no registration required. Sponsored by the Ironwood Library Teen Council and Friends of the Phoenix Public Library. (602) 262-4636.
16th Annual Chocolate Lover’s Walk: 4 to 8 p.m., Main Street, Old Town Cottonwood. Features free samples, music, holiday lights and more. $15. (928) 639-0676 or www.oldtown.org.
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.
Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development Holiday Cultural Fest: 5:30 to 7 p.m., Mesa Community College, 1833 W. Southern Ave. Features pipe bands, Scottish and Irish dancing, Native American dancers, Japanese Taiko drumming, Polynesian Hula and Fire dancing, Hip-Hop, Latin, food vendors and photos with Santa. $15 for adults, $5 for K to 12 students, free for children four and under. Proceeds benefit Tumbleweed’s Safe Place program, which provides access to immediate help and support resources for young people in crisis. www.TumbleweedEvents.com.
City of Phoenix Fiesta of Light: Electric Light Parade: 7 p.m., Central Avenue from Montebello to Camelback, east on Camelback to Seventh Street, south to Indian School. Spectacular display of lighted floats, marching bands and performance groups. (602) 262-6862 or www.phoenix.gov/parks.
Rides for Toys Event: 4 to 8 p.m., Target, 2727 W. Agua Fria Freeway. The city of Phoenix will trade a ride in a fire truck or police car for a new, unwrapped toy or clothing item (size newborn to 8-year-old boy or girl). The donations will go to at-risk children at valley charities. Volunteers with Traveler’s Protective Association will be assisting the program. www.phoenix.gov/fire.
F.Q. Story Historic District 25th Annual Christmas Home Tour: 6 to 9 p.m. tonight, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow, Seventh to 15th Avenues on West Willetta (two blocks south of McDowell Road). Features 10 examples of Tudor, Spanish Revival, Bungalow and English Cottage homes dating from the early-1920s decorated for the holidays. $15, $1 discount with canned food donation. www.fqstory.org or Sharon, (602) 258-9282.
Sunday, Dec. 6
Chandler Chic Boutique: 1 to 5 p.m., Holiday Inn, 1200 W. Ocotillo Road, Chandler. Fun holiday shopping and a raffle benefiting The Boys and Girls Club of Chandler. (480) 704-0534.
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, Dec. 7
Pearl Harbor Remembrance: noon to 1 p.m., Arizona Capitol Museum, Historic Senate Chamber, 1700 W. Washington St. Fourteen-year-old Joseph Johnson joined the U.S. Army in 1941. He saw action at Bataan and Corregidor and in 1942 became a prisoner of the Japanese. He survived, returned home and served several more enlistments. He will speak about his experiences and his book, The Baby of Bataan, to help us remember those who served in the Pacific as a result of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Free museum admission and parking. www.lib.az.us/museum/events.cfm or (602) 926-3620.
Tuesday, Dec. 8
Seton Catholic Preparatory High School Annual Holiday Bazaar: follows the 1 p.m. Mothers’ Mass, 1150 N. Dobson Road, Chandler. A variety of local vendors will be on site with jewelry, candles, pottery, religious gifts, lotions, “blessing pillows,” gourmet treats, unusual Christmas gifts and more. Raffle tickets for great prizes will also be available. www.setoncatholic.org.
Valley metro information session and free light rail ride for persons with disabililties: 1 to 3 p.m., Disability Empowerment Center, Nina Mason Pulliam Conference Center, 5025 E. Washington St. David, (602) 443-0723.
Snap-on Tools No Compromise Tour: 4 to 8 p.m. today and tomorrow, Chapman Commercial Truck Service Center, 6011 S. Kyrene Road, Tempe. Features interactive tool demos, displays and Snap-on’s one-of-a-kind show car, the Glo-mad ’57 Chevy. www.snapon.com/nocompromisetour.
College Admissions/Financial Assistance Seminar: 7 to 8:30 p.m., Mountain View Lutheran Church, 11002 S. 48th St. High school seniors and parents are invited to learn about college admissions, scholarships, grants, and other financial aid. Hear from Arizona State University professors, admissions representatives and financial aid representatives on what you need to do now to prepare for your first year at college. Free. Colin, (480) 893-2579 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
RSVP deadline for James O. Schroeder American Legion Post 55 Holiday Party: set for Dec. 15 at Sun Lakes Country Club, Navajo Room, 25601 N. Sun Lakes Blvd., Sun Lakes. 5:30 p.m. cocktails, 6:15 p.m. catered dinner. Entertainment, prizes, raffles and fun for all. Personal items will be collected for hospitalized veterans and donations of coupons for food and household items will be accepted to send to military families overseas. (480) 821-8971.
Wednesday, Dec. 9
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.
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.
Persons with disabilities invited to attend health care reform workshop: 10 a.m. to noon, Disability Empowerment Center, 5025 E. Washington St. Protecting Arizona’s Family Coalition (PAFCO) wants to work with you and community leaders in creating solutions to the health care crisis through effective public policy civic engagement. Guest speaker will be Timothy J. Schmaltz, CEO of PAFCO. In order to attend via teleconference call, call David Carey at (602) 443-0723 no later than Tuesday, Dec. 8.
Thursday, Dec. 10
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.
Persons with disabilities invited to attend credit workshop: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Disability Empowerment Center, 5025 E. Washington St. This session will teach you what factors go into creating your credit rating and how you can improve your score over the next 45 days. Guest speaker will be Starla McHatton of Fairway Independent Mortgage. In order to attend via teleconference call, call David Carey at (602) 443-0723 no later than Wednesday, Dec. 9.
Las Noches de las Luminarias: 5 to 9 p.m. various days today to Dec. 30, Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 North Galvin Parkway. Experience this unique Southwest holiday tradition as the magic of thousands of hand-lit luminarias cast a soft glow on the Garden’s renowned plant collection. Follow the sounds of valley musicians throughout the Garden trails, and plan to dine in Dorrance Hall with family and friends. New this year, explore the Berlin Agave Yucca Forest and admire the sculptures of Native American artist Allan Houser. 480-941-1225 or www.dbg.org.
ZooLights at the Phoenix Zoo: 6 to 10 p.m. 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, Dec. 12
12K’s of Christmas run: 8 to 9:45 a.m. registration, 10 a.m. race begins, Freestone District Park, 1045 E. Juniper Road, Gilbert. Runners will race in a 12K run in a “Sea of Santas” with Santa Hats for each participant and caroling groups at every K. Prizes for the top three places and for the best “Christmas-themed” running outfit. A 1.2K Santa “Sled Run” (walk/stroll) for families and kids features teams of four competing for the best decorated entry (bike, wagon, stroller), cutest pet entry and Christmas spirit awards. Also a Christmas Bazaar and a Santa’s Pet Village where Maricopa County Animal Care & Control and other local shelters and adoption groups will be on hand. (480) 609-3978 or www.12krun.com.
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.
Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce Christmas Golf Tournament: noon shotgun start, Club West Golf Course, 16400 S. 14th Ave. Dinner follows. www.ahwatukeechamber.com or (480) 753-7676.
Festival of Lights: 3 to 8 p.m., Fiesta del Tlaquepaque, Sedona. The cherished tradition involves the lighting of 6,000 luminarias in the courtyards and walkways. Dozens of entertaining events, including performances by carolers, musicians and dancers, will take place, along with a visit by Santa. Hear the River of Life Tabernacle Choir at 5:30 p.m. Specially designated luminarias honoring cancer survivors and victims may be purchased in advance. (928) 282-4838 or www.tlaq.com.
Arizona Big Train Operators annual Christmas Train Open House Tours: 4 to 8 p.m. today and tomorrow, Dec. 19 and 20, various locations. Most layouts will be well lit in Christmas themes. Families and enthusiasts of all ages are welcome. Donations will be accepted at tour sites to benefit the Phoenix Children’s Hospital. ABTO is a non-profit club for anyone interested in garden-scale trains Information, maps: www.azbigtrains.org.
APS Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade, 7 p.m., Tempe Beach Park and Tempe Town Lake. Features free hands-on kids activities, special “Town Lake Turns 10” birthday celebration displays and activities, live entertainment, food and beverage vendors, Santa’s arrival, a concert by as many as 85 tuba players who comprise “Tuba Christmas,” Light-Up-A-Luminaria display throughout the park, METRO Light Rail’s grand illumination of the Tempe Town Lake bridge and the Lighted Boat Parade showcasing dozens of festively-decorated and lighted boats. Free. www.downtowntempe.com, click on “FOL.”
Monday, Dec. 14
Movie Mondays: 1:30 p.m. today and Dec. 21, Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave. Today features Christmas in the Clouds, and Dec. 21 features Christmas at Wapos Bay. (602) 252-8848 or www.heard.org.
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).
Wednesday, Dec. 16
Arizona Capitol Museum Lunch Bunch: 12:15 to 1 p.m., first floor Museum Lounge, 1700 W. Washington St. Jeff Kida, photographer for Arizona’s Scenic Seasons, offers insight into his craft and Arizona Highways publications. Free. Bring your lunch and enjoy coffee and cookies provided by the Museum Guild. Free museum admission. www.lib.az.us/museum/events.cfm or (602) 926-3620.
Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce Holiday Open House: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Chamber offices, 10235 S. 51st St., Suite 185. (480) 753-7676 or www.ahwatukeechamber.com.
Thursday, Dec. 17
“East Valley’s - Be There” Professional networking event: 6 to 8:30 p.m., The Grace Inn, 10831 S. 51st St. www.evbtvpweb.com.
Holiday Open House and Service: 7 p.m., Carr Tenney Mortuary, 2621 S. Rural Road, Tempe. Features an inspirational message, special music, moment of reflection, a gift of remembrance, light refreshments and an opportunity to share with others. Contribute to the Carr Tenney Family Tree. Come expecting to discover a new normal with family and friends. Open to all. RSVP: (480) 967-2104. If you need transportation, please let them know.
Sunday, Dec. 20
Teddy Bear Tea in the Grand Ballroom: noon and 3 p.m. today to Tuesday, The Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix, Tea Lobby, 2401 E. Camelback Road. This holiday tradition features story time with Mrs. Claus, a visit from the Teddy Bear, a puppet show, balloons and greetings from Santa Claus. $35 for adults, $25 for children ages one to 12. Advance reservations required to (602) 468-0700.
Monday, Dec. 21
“Zoo To You” program: 10 to 11 a.m., city of Chandler Environmental Education Center, northeast corner of Lindsay and Chandler Heights roads, Chandler. Live animals from the Phoenix Zoo will be on display and zoo staff will discuss the wonders of our desert and its animals. Payment and pre-registration required for adults and children four and older; children under four may attend for free and need not register. $8. (480) 782-2890 or www.chandleraz.gov/veterans-oasis.
Tuesday, Dec. 22
Ahwatukee Republican Women: 7 p.m., Fire Station Community Room, 4110 E. Chandler Blvd. Mary, (602) 206-1189 or ARWomen@aol.com.
Thursday, Dec. 24
Christmas Eve Dinner: 4 to 8 p.m., The Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix, bistro 24, 2401 E. Camelback Road. A festive four-course holiday dinner amidst the holiday spirit and decor of bistro 24. $65 per adult, $32 per child three to 12. Prices do not include beverages, tax or gratuity. Advance reservations required to (602) 468-0700.
Friday, Dec. 25
Christmas Day Brunch: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., The Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix, bistro 24, 2401 E. Camelback Road. A special holiday brunch featuring three courses and a delightful bakery assortment. $42 per adult, $22 per child three to 12. Prices do not include beverages, tax or gratuity. Advance reservations required to (602) 468-0700.
Saturday, Dec. 26
Holidays at the Heard: today to Dec. 31, Jan. 2 and 3, Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave. Music and dance performances, film, fry bread and 10 exhibit galleries. Performances at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Artist demonstrations include sculptors and watercolor artists and take place 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (602) 252-8848 or www.heard.org.
Zoppé - An Italian Family Circus: today to Jan. 3, Chandler Center for the Arts, West Lawn, 250 N. Arizona Ave. In Old-World Italian tradition, the circus welcomes guests into its intimate 500-seat tent for a one-ring circus. This magnificent show features acrobatic feats, equestrian showmanship, canine capers, clowning and plenty of audience participation. A special New Year’s Eve performance will include party favors. $15 to $35. Show times vary. www.chandlercenter.org.
Thursday, Dec. 31
New Year’s Eve Dinner: 6 p.m. to 1 a.m., The Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix, bistro 24, 2401 E. Camelback Road. A festive evening for all ages, including four-course dinner, party favors, cordials and an irresistible dessert station. A jazz trio entertains. $125 per adult, $65 per child three to 12. Prices do not include beverages, tax or gratuity. Advance reservations required to (602) 468-0700.
The Phoenix Symphony’s New Year’s Eve Gala: 7:30 p.m., Grand Ballroom of the Westin Kierland Resort and Spa, Grand Ballroom, 6902 E. Greenway Parkway, Scottsdale. Revel in an evening filled with dancing, dining, unique entertainment and fabulous auction items. $600. (602) 452-0425.
Wednesday, Jan. 6
LeadzSmart Marketing Education Class: 7:30 to 9 a.m. Wednesdays, Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce, 10235 S. 51st St., Suite 185. Attendees learn, share and tweak current marketing strategies that generate qualified leads and more sales conversions. Free, everyone welcome. DrRon@DrRonMarek.com or (480) 456-3700.
Wednesday, Jan. 20
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, Jan. 23
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.
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.