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.
Spanish and Me classes: 9 to 9:45 a.m. Thursdays today through March 4, Brilliant Sky Toys & Books, 4929 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 401. Presented by Language Synergy. Children ages 3 to 6 will learn basic Spanish vocabulary and phrases through music, songs, games and crafts. $48, includes materials. Registration required to firstname.lastname@example.org or (480) 231-5649.
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.
YMCA Montessori Preschool open house: 10 to 11 a.m., 1241 E. Chandler Blvd. Parents and children are encouraged to attend to learn about Montessori education. Vickee, (480) 283-9999 or email@example.com.
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 and 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.
Monday, Feb. 15
GEMDEMS Annual Meeting: 7 p.m., GEMDEMS Office, 7152 E. Main St., Mesa. Elections will take place for GEMDEMS chair, first vice chair and second vice chair, and statewide and local candidates will speak. (480) 924-3367 or www.gemdems.org.
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 nonprofits and in partnerships that work to promote sustainable growth and industry in Arizona. 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 of the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, and professor and head of the Department of Geosciences at 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.
Author event and book signing: 7 p.m., Shambhala Center, 1202 E. Maryland Ave. Features Susan Piver, author of Wisdom of a Broken Heart. Julie, firstname.lastname@example.org or (602) 910-1418.
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 email@example.com.
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.
Sunday, Feb. 21
“I Do” Bridal Fair: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Poenix Zoo, Stone House Pavilion, 455 N. Galvin Parkway. Learn everything about coordinating the wedding of your dreams from local experts on catering, floral arrangements, music, photography, table décor, accessories and more. Guests will have a chance to win raffle prizes from participating vendors. First 50 brides receive complimentary favor bags. Tickets are $5 each by Feb. 19, $10 each at the door. www.phoenixzoo.org.
PetSmart Charities PetWalk: activities begin at 1 p.m., followed by the walk at 2:30 p.m., Tempe Town Lake. Presented by Purina Pro Plan. Features 5K and one-mile walks, plus contests and pet-themed events for the whole family (two- and four-legged alike). $25 registration fee in advance, $30 event day. Participants are also asked to collect pledges to support the participating Arizona animal-welfare agency of their choice or PetSmart Charities. www.mypetwalk.org or 1-800-423-PETS (7387).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Networking meeting for special needs families: 8:30 p.m., St. Benedict Church, 16223 S. 48th St. Presented by SEPACK (Special Education Parents Advisory Council of Kyrene). A representative from Raising Special Kids will discuss the purpose of Individual Education Programs and how to actively participate. Free.
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, email@example.com 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.
Sunday, March 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.
Saturday, March 20
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.
Wednesday, April 28
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.
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.