Friday, Feb. 5
Rummage sale: 7 a.m. to noon today and tomorrow, Bridgeway Community Church, 2420 E. Liberty Lane. Proceeds will support the West family, who is moving to Swaziland, Africa, to build and run an orphanage. (480) 706-4130.
Get the most out of your bedroom layout: 1 to 3 p.m. today and Feb. 19, Bedrooms department, IKEA, 2110 W. IKEA Way, Tempe. Learn how to get the most out of your bedroom layout with free expert advice. Attendees will receive free dessert for their participation.
Saturday, Feb. 6
Persons with disabilities invited to “Fishing with Friends” event: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tempe Beach Park, 80 W. Rio Salado Parkway. Hosted by the Joni and Friends Pro Bass Team, Arizona Bass Federation and Arizona Game and Fish. Have fun learning how to catch the big one. Also food, activities, music and other entertainment. (602) 275-2568 or email@example.com.
Hope for the Animals fundraiser: 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Westin Kierland Resort, 6902 E. Greenway Parkway. PACC911 and FACCs are joining forces to raise money for animals in our community. The event is an art auction and awards ceremony recognizing the hard work and dedication of Valley animal rescue groups. Special guests include Lt. Col. Jay Kopelman, author of From Baghdad, with Love: A Marine, the War, and a Dog Named Lava and Nancy Phelan, founder of Animal Adoption Center of Rocky Point. Tickets are $75 ($35 is tax deductible). (602) 840-2843, www.pacc911.org or www.azfaccs.org.
Kitchen clinics: 10:30 a.m. today and Feb. 20, Kitchens department, IKEA, 2110 W. IKEA Way, Tempe. Meet with representatives from Great Spaces, one of IKEA Tempe’s certified kitchen installers, for free advice on kitchen remodeling.
Back Handspring Boot Camp: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Tumbl-weeds Tumbling and Fitness Studio, 1241 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 124. 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.
Scouting Skill Day: 1 to 3 p.m., Desert Foothills United Methodist Church, 2156 E. Liberty Lane. Hosted by Boy Scout Troop 16. Webelo Scouts and any boys from fourth to eighth grade not currently involved in Boy Scouts are invited. Troop members will demonstrate and teach some of the fun skills that Boy Scouts learn, such as tying knots, administering first aid, using an ax and starting a fire safely. Learn more about Boy Scouts, meet Troop 16 and fulfill some of the requirements for the Webelo Arrow of Light. David, email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 1/2 clock hours will be provided. (602) 674-0911, email@example.com or www.hscseminars.org.
One Community Networking Forum: 4:30 to 7 p.m., Embassy Suites Resort Biltmore, 2630 E. Camelback Road. This diverse networking forum is designed to celebrate diversity while bringing gay, lesbian and allied businesses and professionals together for an opportunity to create stronger business and personal relationships. $5 in advance from www.one-community.us or $10 at the door.
Legislative District 20 meeting: 7 p.m., Fire Station 43, 4110 E. Chandler Blvd. LD 15 State Representative David Lujan, candidate for Attorney General, and our very own LD 20 Representative Rae Waters will give important updates on their campaigns. Rep. Waters will also provide an update on the current legislative session. Meet your Democratic neighbors and candidates at these compelling meetings. CJ, (480) 706-6047.
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.
Founder of Essence magazine to speak: 6 p.m., Arizona State University Polytechnic campus, Aravaipa Auditorium, 7001 E. Williams Field Road, Mesa. Pro-linebacker, entrepreneur, stockbroker and poet Russell Goings will discuss African-American mythology, history, and his epic poem in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s, birthday and Black History Month. Book signing follows. Free. RSVP: Wadell, (480) 727-1165 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) first meeting: 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: 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.
Friday, Feb. 12
Second Friday Science Café: 7 p.m., East West Exchange, 2051 W. Warner Road, Chandler. A panel discussion on “Future Scenarios for Agriculture and Water in Arizona” features graduate students from the School of Sustainability, Arizona State University, moderated by Erin Taylor, Assistant Area Agent, Field Crops, University of Arizona Maricopa County Cooperative Extension. $5 suggested donation. (480) 855-6010.
Saturday, Feb. 13
54th Annual VNSA Used Book Sale: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. today, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow, Arizona State Fairgrounds, Exhibit Building, 1826 W. McDowell Road. Hosted by the Volunteer Nonprofit Service Association, a local, all-volunteer nonprofit corporation, the sale features gently used books, paperbacks, videos, CDs, DVDs, puzzles, books on tape or CD and other book-related items. Proceeds from will benefit Valley nonprofit agencies that serve families and children in need. www.vnsabooksale.org.
Ahwatukee Tidal Waves Summer Recreational Swim Team informational meeting: 9 to 10 a.m., Ahwatukee Community Swim & Tennis Center, 4700 E. Warner Road. Parents interested in having their child on the team are encouraged to attend. Topics include pre-evaluation workouts, the evaluation process, fees, workout schedule and the meet schedule for May, June and July. (480) 893-3431.
Mattress, comforter and pillow workshops: 9:30 a.m. today and Feb. 27, Bedrooms department, IKEA, 2110 W. IKEA Way, Tempe. Learn how to buy the right mattress, comforter and pillow. Free. Attendees will be entered into a raffle to win a $50 IKEA gift card.
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.
Wednesday, Feb. 17
Democrats and Donuts: 8 a.m., Fire Station 43, 4110 E. Chandler Blvd. “Breakfast with the Issues” welcomes Sam Wercinski, candidate for Secretary of State. Wercinski, a veteran and small business owner, served in Gov. Janet Napolitano’s cabinet as Real Estate Commissioner. He is also actively involved in non-profits and in partnerships that work to promote sustainable growth and industry in our state. Free and open to the public, donations accepted. Walk-ins welcome if space is available. RSVP: email@example.com or (480) 706-3741.
Water Sustainability Program Brown Bag Water Speaker Series: noon to 1:30 p.m., The University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, Maricopa County, Palo Verde Room, 4341 E. Broadway Road, Phoenix. Karl W. Flessa, Director, School of Earth & Environmental Sciences, and Professor and Head, Department of Geosciences, The University of Arizona, will present “Yuma Desalter and the Cienega de Santa Clara.” Free and open to the public, bring your lunch. RSVP: Nancy, (602) 827-8200, ext. 335, or NCrocker@cals.arizona.edu.
Thursday, Feb. 18
SkinCare Product Education Class: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Signature Salon Studios Lobby, 3936 E. Chandler Blvd. Hosted by A-Peeling Faces Skincare and Massage Therapy and PCA Skin. Learn about various skin conditions, treatments and homecare. Raffle and refreshments. RSVP: (480) 540-7555.
East Valley’s - Be There meeting: 6 p.m., The Grace Inn, 10831 S. 51st St. www.evbtvpweb.com.
Saturday, Feb. 20
East Valley Democratic Breakfast Club: 7:30 a.m., Denny’s Restaurant, 4403 S. Rural Road, Tempe. (480) 993-8799.
Tamicia Currie, author of The Juice & Berries, presentation and book signing: historical adventure and book reading 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., presentation at 1 p.m., Arizona Mills Mall, Food Court, 5000 Arizona Mills Circle, Tempe. Free children’s event. Books will not be sold at the event. www.thejuiceandberries.com, (602) 743-7155 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free Women’s Attack Avoidance Class: noon to 1:30 p.m., Curves, 4025 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 74 (in the Safeway Plaza). Ahwatukee Foothills resident Dr. Ron Marek, a former narcotics detective and martial arts expert, will teach women 12 and older how to be more aware, trust their instincts and be prepared to protect themselves from danger. Free. RSVP: Christine, (480) 456-3700 or Christine@ChristineMarek.com.
Tuesday, Feb. 23
Ahwatukee Republican Women: 6:30 p.m. networking and socializing, 7 p.m. general meeting, Grace Inn, 10831 S. 51st St. Candidates for Arizona Corporation Commission - Gary Pierce (incumbent), Brenda Burns and Barry Wong - will debate. Also enjoy a chocolate fountain with a variety of treats for dipping. Arrive early to meet members and candidates. Loraine, (480) 460-7101.
Wednesday, Feb. 24
Driver Safety Class: 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunrise Senior Living, 580 S. Gilbert Road, Gilbert. The AARP Driver Safety Class refreshes driving skills to help participants drive crash free and leads to a certificate which many insurance companies recognize. Registration: Kathy, (480) 545-5401 or email@example.com.
Thursday, Feb. 25
Martini & Massage Night: Hosted by That Italian Place and A-Peeling Faces Skincare and Massage Therapy, 3941 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 107-B. Features complimentary chair massages, half-off martinis and appetizer specials. RSVP: (480) 759-4459.
Saturday, Feb. 27
Annual Classic Car and Hot Rod Show: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Historic Downtown Chandler. The event will showcase pre-1980 cars and hot rods of a variety of makes and models. Also live entertainment with the bands Pan Head Ronny and Star, raffle prizes, a kids’ area, arts and crafts vendors and food and beverage vendors. Proceeds will support I.C.A.N., an organization focused on enhancing opportunities for area youth through family, community and youth programs. www.chandlercarshow.com or Maury, (480) 389-7709.
Raising Arizona Kids Magazine’s seventh annual Camp Fair: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tesseract Middle and Upper School, 3939 E. Shea Blvd., Phoenix. Get information to help plan your child’s summer. Free and open to the public. (480) 991-KIDS (5437) or www.raisingarizonakids.com.
Wednesday, March 3
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.AhwatukeeCCC.com or Liz, firstname.lastname@example.org or (602) 881-8401.
Thursday, March 4
Republican Professionals of Phoenix: 6 to 8 p.m. Group meets first Thursdays. Free. RSVP: www.phxrp.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.