Saturday, Oct. 17


Dive Into Social Media Symposium: 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Embassy Suites, 1515 N. 44th St. Organized by the Phoenix Business and Professional Women, the event will introduce attendees to social media, with the nuts and bolts about how to start, how to choose among the different options (such as LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube), how to gain from using social media, and how to find new customers and generate business leads. Open to men and women. $39. Gretchen, (602) 614-0014 or


Desert Botanical Garden Fall Plant Sale: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway (east parking lot). Features the largest variety of desert-adapted plants available in one location. Garden horticulturists, volunteers and professional landscape designers will be on hand to answer questions, assist in plant selections and offer advice. Free admission – garden members receive a 10 percent discount on plant purchases. (480) 941-1225 or


Day of Play: 9 a.m. to noon, Tumbleweed Park, 2250 S. McQueen Road, Chandler. Enjoy a variety of fun health booths, sports, games and safety activities. Learn how to stay active year round. Reap the benefits of having happier, smarter and healthier children. Free. (480) 782-2665 or


“Healthy Lifestyle” Education Class: 2 to 3:30 p.m., Ironwood Library, 4333 E. Chandler Blvd. Dr. E. Conrad Hicks, founder of the Phoenix Rejuvenation Center, will share information about the benefits of Bio-Indenticals Hormone Therapy, and Personal Life coach Dana Krals will present information about the amazing brain. Every month the class also explores a group discussion pertaining to nutrition. Free. RSVP appreciated to Christine at (480) 491-9551 or


Roller Derby and Open Skate: 7 p.m., Skateland, 101 W. Ray Road, Chandler. Features two bouts (including the Schoolyard Scrappers vs. the Coffin Draggers) followed by an open skate with the Arizona Derby Dames until midnight. General admission tickets are $5 in advance at or $8 at the box office on event day. Admission includes skate rental.



Monday, Oct. 19


Ahwatukee Little League Annual Board of Directors Meeting and Election: 7:45 p.m., Ahwatukee Board of Management, 4700 E. Warner Road. or



Tuesday, Oct. 20

 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. Heather, (480) 202-4477 or

October Wine dinner: 7 p.m., Ruffino Italian Cuisine, 4902 E. Warner Road. Limited seating. Reservations: (480) 893-8544.



Wednesday, Oct. 21


 Ahwatukee Lions Club: noon, The Grace Inn, 10831 S. 51st St. Visitors welcome. Gene, (480) 893-2525.


Arizona Capitol Museum Lunch Bunch: 12:15 to 1 p.m., First floor Museum Lounge, 1700 W. Washington St. Artist and author Zarco Guerrero explores the evolution of El Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead - Nov. 2) and how it is celebrated in Arizona. Lunch Bunch is a free program about Arizona history and/or current events. Bring your lunch and enjoy coffee and cookies provided by the Museum Guild. Free museum admission and parking. or (602) 926-3620.


Ahwatukee American Legion Post 64 and Veterans Club: 3 p.m. third Wednesdays, Ahwatukee Recreation Center, 5001 E. Cheyenne Drive. Rod, (480) 496-6169.


Halloween “Dress Rehearsal” Party: 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Disney Stores (San Tan Village, Fiesta Mall, Arizona Mills and Scottsdale Fashion Square). Celebrate the Halloween season with games, prizes and a costume parade. Kids ages three and up who show up wearing their favorite costume will receive a free gift (while supplies last). or (866) 902-2798.


Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce After Five Evening Mixer: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., The Bar Fitness Studio, 4425 E. Agave Road, Suite 100. Co-Hosted by Heidi’s Catering & Events. The Oktoberfest party will be complete with food, music and lots of fun. Bring your own stein. The jackpot is $250. or (480) 753-7676.


 Ahwatukee Chat, Chew and Chocolate Signature Event: 6 to 9 p.m., Florencia Pizza Bistro, 3646 E. Ray Road. Colleen Sugden, author of Hatchet Man, will speak. The theme is breast cancer awareness, and guests are encouraged to wear pink. $20 per person or two for $36 online at $25 at the door.


Solar electricity seminar: 7 p.m., Oakwood Country Club, 24218 S. Oakwood Blvd., Sun Lakes. Installers will set up displays and speak with residents. The presentation will include slides, charts and easy-to-understand facts and figures. A question and answer period will follow. (480) 895-8194.


James O. Schroeder American Legion Post 55 meeting: 7 p.m., Sun Lakes Country Club, Navajo Room, 25601 N. Sun Lakes Blvd., Sun Lakes. New members welcome. (480) 821-8971.



Thursday, Oct. 22


Great Pumpkin Festival: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today to Sunday, Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway. Features pumpkins, hayrides, country-western entertainment, carnival games, hay bale maze and the Arizona Big Train Operators’ interactive exhibit. All activities are included with Garden admission. (480) 941-1225 or


Arizona’s Original Scream Park: various times and dates to Nov. 1, Loop 101 and McDowell Road, Scottsdale. Includes four haunted attractions – Alice’s House of Nightmares, 3-D Fear Factory, Castle of Darkness and Goldminers Revenge., (480) 444-2590 or


Martinis and Massage night: 5 to 8:30 p.m., That Italian Place, 3941 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 107. Hosted by That Italian Place and A-Peeling Faces SkinCare & Massage Therapy every fourth Thursday. Receive complimentary chair massages from A-Peeling Faces as well as half off martinis and appetizer specials. The full dinner menu is also available. RSVP: (480) 759-4459.


 Downtown Chandler Farmers Market: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays, Dr. A. J. Chandler Park, just south of Chandler Boulevard, west side of Arizona Avenue. Features fresh, local produce, jams, honey, salsas, artisan breads, frozen salmon, hummus and crafts vendors.


Get Involved Extravaganza: 6 to 8 p.m., REI, 1405 W. Southern Ave., Tempe. Held in celebration of the new Ken Burns documentary series, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, the event will help the community “Get Involved” with preserving shared public spaces. Representatives from nonprofit groups and organizations that work to preserve Arizona’s wilderness, public lands, and open spaces – and access to them – will share stories and answer questions, a clip from the documentary will be shown and information will be provided on volunteer opportunities. Free refreshments. (480) 967-5494 or



Friday, Oct. 23


Registration due for Desert Vista High School Hockey’s annual golf classic: to be held Nov. 8 at the Foothills Golf Club, 2201 E. Clubhouse Drive. Registration begins at 11 a.m. with a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start, four-person scramble format. The cost is $85 per player or $300 for a team, and sponsorships are also available. Heather, (602) 739-9300.


 Monster Ball, Family Fun Night: 6 to 8:30 p.m., Ahwatukee Foothills YMCA, 1030 E. Liberty Lane. Windy City DJ’s will emcee, and guests are invited to come dressed in costume. The evening includes dance games, prizes, two haunted houses for young and older children and “trunk-or-treating.” The cost is $5 for the entire family and includes a slice of pizza, drink, popcorn and the haunted houses. The trunk-or-treating is free and will only run from 6 to 7:30 p.m. (guests do not have to pay the $5 fee to the Monster Ball if they will only do the trunk-or-treat). Guests that volunteer to decorate their trunks will receive free admission into the Monster Ball. Proceeds will support the YMCA “Strong Kids Campaign.” (480) 759-6762.


 Eighth Annual Haunted House and Hayride: 6 to 10 p.m. tonight through Sunday, Ahwatukee Community Swim and Tennis Center, 4700 E. Warner Road, just west of 48th St. behind Blockbuster. A special time slot, 6 to 7:30 p.m., is designated as a “less scary” time for all the younger goblins. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for kids two to 12. Concessions will also be available. All proceeds will benefit the Center’s youth programs. Tickets are available at the Center in advance or at the door. (480) 893-3431 or (480) 893-1942. 


Amelia Earhart book event: 7 p.m., Changing Hands Bookstore, 6428 S. McClintock Drive, Tempe. Author Susan Wels will discuss her new book, Amelia Earhart: The Thrill of It, which will be published to coincide with this month’s release of the Hollywood biopic starring Hilary Swank in the title role, alongside Richard Gere and Ewan McGregor ( (480) 730-0205.



Saturday, Oct. 24


Sports Explosion: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Steele Indian School Park, 300 E. Indian School Road. The day of play and fun for the entire family features professional athlete appearances, autographs and clinics; sports demonstrations; interactive games and fitness activities; club sports and health and wellness booths; music and entertainment. Free. Shawna, (480) 947-0369.


Bashas’ Boo! At the Zoo: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and tomorrow, Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Parkway. Families are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes to enjoy the fun. Activities include the popular pumpkin stomp and chomp, mascot parades featuring costumed characters, and numerous kids’ activities throughout the Zoo. Free with regular admission.


Butterfly Walk: 9:30 to 11 a.m., Boyce Thompson Arboretum Visitor’s Center, Highway 60, Milepost 223, near Superior. Learn about and look for a variety of common species of butterflies, such as Queen, Painted Lady and Pipevine Swallowtail on this guided walk. (520) 689-2723 or


Complimentary bra fitting: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Dillards, Chandler Fashion Center, 3101 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler. Hosted by Wacoal. For every woman that participates, Wacoal will donate $2 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure for breast cancer research and community health programs. Wacoal will also donate an additional $2 for every Wacoal bra, shapewear piece or b.tempt’d bra purchased at this event. (480) 735-2060.


Live SMART Expo: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., St. John Bosco School, 16035 S. 48th St. The largest business showcase in Ahwatukee, featuring over 100 exhibitors and approximately 1,000 attendees, serves as an ideal way for you to promote your products and/or services, highlight new brands or names, network, promote a new address or just offer the public a glimpse at who you are and what you do. Get photos with Ahwatukee’s own Max Crumm. Also great food, entertainment, free health tests, flu shots, sports games, raffles, live music, crafters, Karaoke and more. Sponsorship, booth information: (480) 753-7676.


Tumble Clinic: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Arizona All-Stars, 7425 S. Harl Ave., Suite 3, Tempe. The clinic will provide drills and techniques that build confidence and help athletes master their standing back handpsrings and standing tucks. $15 if pre-registered, $20 day of clinic. Registration forms: Information: (480) 831-1105 or


 Free Star Party: 5:30 to 9 p.m., Environmental Education Center, northeast corner of Lindsay and Chandler Heights roads, Chandler. Members of the East Valley Astronomy Club will bring their telescopes to Veterans Oasis Park to allow visitors to explore Arizona’s amazing night sky! From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., astronomer Howard Israel will give a presentation titled “Astronomy on the Cheap.” Telescope viewing takes place outside from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Halloween-themed activity tables, information booths, refreshments and live animal displays will also be featured. Suitable for all ages. Free. If weather is questionable, call (480) 782-2890.


 Friends of Animal Care & Control’s 7th Annual PetSmart Hero Awards: 6 p.m. reception and auction, 7 p.m. dinner and award ceremony, JW Marriott Desert Ridge, 5350 E. Marriott Drive. Presented by My Sister’s Closet and My Sister’s Attic. The Hero Awards were created to celebrate the accomplishments of local animal heroes. Tables of 10 are $2,500 to $15,000; individual tickets are $225. Proceeds benefit Friends of Animal Care & Control in its efforts to pets in Maricopa County. (602) 626-5073.



Monday, Oct. 26


The Heart Link Network Women’s networking group: 11 to 1 p.m. second Mondays. The networking group for women helps them strengthen and expand their businesses and link hearts in the community. Details: Johnnie, (480) 275-2121. Registration:



Tuesday, Oct. 27


Arizona Grantmakers Forum 3rd annual Art of Giving Luncheon: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Arizona Biltmore, 2400 E. Missouri Ave. Theme: Multi-Generational Philanthropy. Author Nathan Dungan will discuss new ways to talk and think about money among family members and between generations.


 Ahwatukee Republican Women: 7 p.m., Fire Station Community Room, 4110 E. Chandler Blvd. Mary, (602) 206-1189 or



Thursday, Oct. 29


 Halloween Wine Dinner: 7 p.m., Caffe Boa, 5063 E. Elliot Road. Features Vampire wines, live music, prizes and more. $39 per person. Reservations: or (480) 893-3331.



Friday, Oct. 30


Halloween Spooktacular: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Downtown Library Plaza, 125 E. Commonwealth Ave., Chandler. Trick or Treat with the city of Chandler. Dress to impress and participate in the annual costume contest, visit arts and craft booths and explore the pumpkin patch and haunted house. Various food vendors will be onsite along with a night full of music. $2 admission for ages 15 and younger. (480) 782-2730 or


Howl-O-Ween at the Phoenix Zoo: 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. today and tomorrow, 455 N. Galvin Parkway. The event will offer experiences sure to terrify those looking for a good scare, but younger ghosts and goblins will have their own merry-not-scary pathways where they’ll find more treats than tricks. Guests are asked to arrive in their scariest or favorite costume. Activities include DJ music, ghostly storytelling, outdoor movies, trick or treating and more! Admission is $6, $8 for non Zoo members, free for ages two and younger. Visit for more information.



Saturday, Oct. 31


 Peek-a-Boo at Pecos: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Pecos Community Center picnic area, 17010 S. 48th St. Family Halloween carnival fun featuring costume contests with prizes for all ages, free carnival games, fun houses (inflatable bouncies) and a craft area for youths. Refreshments will be available for purchase. (602) 534-5252.


 Dia de los Muertos celebration: 10 a.m. to 5 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 via song, dance and storytelling. (480) 941-1225 or


Halloween Night Golf at Palo Verde: 5 p.m., 6210 N. 15th Ave. The course will be lined with glow lights, and glow balls will be provided. Costumes are encouraged. $25 per person – one child plays free when playing with paying adult. $15 for each additional child. (602) 249-9930.



Sunday, Nov. 1


ZooRide – Phoenix Zoo Motorcycle Poker Run: 7 a.m. to noon. The second event, presented by the Wildest Club in Town, is the poker run of the season. Check in at Chandler Harley Davidson, 6895 W. Chandler Blvd. The ride ends at the Phoenix Zoo for an after party where guests will enjoy delicious food, live entertainment, raffle and more. Admission is $25 for drivers, $15 for riders, or $40 per couple. Visit for more information.


 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 Laurie, (480) 540-4776 or



Wednesday, Nov. 4


 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. The community outreach program is free to all. or (480) 456-4700.


 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,, or (602) 881-8401 or


 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.



Thursday, Nov. 5

Anti-Defamation League Torch of Liberty Award Dinner: 6 to 8:30 p.m. All proceeds go to benefit the ADL’s 2009 Community Partnership to Fight Hate. $375 per person; tables start at $3,750. (602) 274-0991.



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, Scottsdale. Arizona State University Baseball Head Coach Pat Murphy will lead sluggers up to bat. Special guests and celebrities will participate and root on contestants as they swing for the fences. Entertainment will be featured, and attendees may also enjoy dinner options, a silent auction, raffle drawings and a Kid Zone. 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



Saturday, Nov. 7


 Rent-A-Space Parking Lot Sale: 7 a.m. to noon, Mountain View Lutheran Church, 11002 S. 48th St. The sale is sponsored by Outreach Ministries, who will also hold a coffee and bake sale. Booths, 9’ x 16’, available for $25 each. Reservations: (480) 893-2579.


 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.



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 (look under LD20).



Wednesday, Nov. 11


 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,



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., (480) 753-7676 or


 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 Rd., Scottsdale. Donna Stellhorn will present “Feng Shui and Astrology.”


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.



Saturday, Nov. 14


 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.


 Raku Arts & Crafts Festival: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Historic Downtown Chandler and Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, 3 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. This Japanese arts & crafts festival features music, demonstrations, food and beverages. Free. (480) 593-8443.


 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



Thursday, Nov. 15


 “East Valley’s - Be There” Professional networking event: 6 to 8:30 p.m., The Grace Inn, 10831 S. 51st St.



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



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


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 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.



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.



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



Saturday, Dec. 5


 Tumbleweed Tree Lighting & Parade of Lights: Historic Downtown Chandler and Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, 3 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. 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., Chandler.

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.

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