Friday, Nov. 13

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.


St. Benedict’s Fall Festival: 5 to 10 p.m. tonight, 4 to 10 p.m. tomorrow, noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, 16223 S. 48th St. (south of Chandler). Includes carnival rides, food, games, raffles, silent auctions, a beer garden and entertainment all weekend, and a Texas Hold-em tournament Saturday evening. (480) 961-1610.


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 climate mysteries.


Saturday, Nov. 14

Desert Foothills United Methodist Church Youth Group Yard Sale: 6 to 11 a.m., 2156 E. Liberty Lane. Proceeds will be used for their summer mission trip to Peru and other activities. or


Garage Sale: 7 a.m., 5693 W. Dublin Lane, Chandler. Sponsored by St. Clare Fraternity, Secular Franciscan Order. All sale proceeds will benefit the fraternity’s charitable works.


Pancake breakfast celebration: 8 to 10 a.m., God’s Garden Child Development Center, Horizon Presbyterian Church, 1401 E. Liberty Lane. God’s Garden will celebrate its 10-year anniversary with a pancake breakfast, and all former and current students and their families, along with the public, are invited. $5 for families, $2 for a single ticket. Hanna, (480) 460-0081.


Keeping Your Head Up in Down Times: Winning the Mental Game of Unemployment: 9 to 11 a.m., Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living, 4621 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 160. Trainer, coach, consultant and author Jerry Jerome will share powerful and practical strategies learned and developed while managing his own experience being out of work. Each person attending will get a free copy of Jerome’s motivational book, Instant Inspiration. Limited seating, RSVP required to


Family photos: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at Kyrene Akimel A-al Middle School, 2720 E. Liberty Lane, Saturday, Sunday and Nov. 21 at Kyrene School District, 8700 S. Kyrene Road, Tempe. David Stone Photography will take family photos and donate 20 percent of each purchase to the Kyrene Foundation which supports Kyrene Family Resource Center. 25 cards and envelopes are $50, additional orders of 25 are $30. First-come, first-served basis.


Sunday, Nov. 15

Fundraiser: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Nello’s Pizza, 4710 East Warner Road, will be holding a car wash fundraising event in the restaurant’s parking lot to benefit a fellow employee struggling with terminal cancer. Employees have been collecting many items and gift cards to raffle off. Raffle tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. Tickets may be purchased at Nello’s and all proceeds to go directly to the family.


Cheerleading Clinic: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Arizona All-Stars Tumbling and Cheer facility, 7425 S. Harl, Suite 3, Tempe. Professionally trained cheer coaches will teach children ages four and up a choreographed dance and cheer routine to music like routines seen on ESPN. Free with purchase of performance shirt ($25) – each student receives clinic training and entrance into a special performance during the “Spring It On” cheer competition Nov. 21 at the Arizona Grand Resort. Groups will be divided by age. Registration required to (480) 831-1105. Information: or



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


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.


Back Handspring Boot Camp: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Tumbl-weeds Tumbling & Fitness Studio, 1241 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 124 (southwest corner at Desert Foothills Parkway). Learn the proper technique for a safe back handspring with knowledgeable coaching staff. For ages 10 and over. $20 per student. or (480) 203-1108.


“Healthy Lifestyle” Education Class: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Ironwood Library, 4333 E. Chandler Blvd. Dr. Ron Marek, former narcotics detective and martial arts expert, will show attendees how to protect themselves while holiday shopping. Dr. Betsy Yurgel, NMD from the Phoenix Holistic Center, will also discuss how naturopathic medicine can assist with mental depression, clarity, memory and more. Also group discussion on whole food nutrition. Free. RSVP: Christine, (480) 491-9551 or Speaker suggestions welcome for upcoming classes.


Animal Guardian Network’s inaugural Art for Animals Fundraiser: noon to 4 p.m., Gleason Studio-Showroom, 371 N. Carriage Lane, Chandler. Hosted by Quan’tum Art, Inc. Features the artwork of nationally recognized and collected artists John Gleason and Jacque Keller. Twenty percent of sales will be donated to the Animal Guardian Network. Pet food and Costco gift card donations will be gladly accepted and appreciated. Refreshments served. Dennis, or


Phoenix Zoo Auxiliary Holiday ZooTique: 455 N. Galvin Parkway. Features unique holiday gifts from pottery, jewelry, dolls, home decor, photography, wall art, Christmas cards and more. Meet local artisans, purchase raffle tickets, find a good used book or even bid at the auction. Proceeds support the Phoenix Zoo volunteers. Admission is free with regular paid admission.


Sunday, Nov. 15

Fundraiser: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Nello’s Pizza, 4710 East Warner Road, will be holding a car wash fundraising event in the restaurant’s parking lot to benefit a fellow employee struggling with terminal cancer. Employees have been collecting many items and gift cards to raffle off. Raffle tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. Tickets may be purchased at Nello’s and all proceeds to go directly to the family.


Ahwatukee Chat, Chew and Chocolate Calendar Photo Shoot: 8:30 a.m., Desert Foothills Park, Desert Foothills Parkway and Chandler Boulevard. All ladies that have been a part of CCC or have ever wanted to be are welcome to be a part of the first Ahwatukee CCC calendar. Wear pink or chocolate top, blue jeans and comfortable shoes.


National Charity League, Ahwatukee Foothills Chapter informational meeting: 3 to 4 p.m., Arizona Community Church, 9325 S. Rural Road, Tempe. The oldest and largest mother-daughter volunteer organization in the nation gives mothers and daughters unique opportunities to strengthen their bond while growing together, sharing of themselves and improving their communities. To be eligible for membership, daughters must currently be in sixth or seventh grade. RSVP with name and daughter’s grade level to Sally at (480) 759-3416 or


Monday, Nov. 16

Peace Corps meeting for Boomers: 5:45 to 7:30 p.m., Temple Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn. Join Boomerz, Peace Corps Recruiter Kevin Elliott and a number of Peace Corps veterans who joined as boomers for a first-hand look at today’s Peace Corps and the many options open to Baby Boomers and others who want to make the world a better place. Information, registration: or (480) 990-1450.


Tuesday, Nov. 17

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. MOPS International in Denver requests that moms sign up for an annual membership, and for the yearly $23.95 fee they will receive a book, a bi-monthly magazine and weekly mom e-mails. Heather, (480) 202-4477 or


Understanding Your State Legislature workshop: 5:30 to 7 p.m., Pecos Community Center, 17010 S. 48th St. Join city legislative liaisons and invited members of the Arizona State Legislature to learn more about the state legislative process. Hear how you can become involved in the decisions being made by your state government. Free. Limited seating. RSVP: Lorizelda, (602) 262-1833 or


Free Networking Through Linkedin Seminar: 7 to 9 p.m., Mountain Park Community Church, 2408 E. Pecos Road. The seminar is a “must” for job seekers and will be beneficial for anyone interested in expanding his/her business resource network or in learning how to use LinkedIn. Free and open to the public. Childcare will not be provided. RSVP to Denise at


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


Wednesday, Nov. 18

Democrats & Donuts: 8 a.m., Fire Station, 4110 E. Chandler Blvd. Two members of Congressman Harry Mitchell’s staff are featured guests. Decorated combat veteran Cory Harris, the congressman’s Veteran’s Outreach Coordinator, and Reed Adamson, Health Care Liaison, will speak and answer questions. Free and open to the public; donations accepted. Additional parking available east of the fire station in the CK Tavern parking lot. RSVP: (480) 706-3741 or e-mail


Free Rabies Vaccination Clinics: 8 to 11 a.m. today and Nov. 23, Paradise Valley Municipal Complex, 6401 E. Lincoln. Animals must be in good health and at least three months old. Dogs must be on a leash less than six feet in length and cats need to be in carriers. Two pets per household limit. Provided by Maricopa County Animal Care and Control’s Uno por Uno program.


Brown Bag Water Speaker Series: noon to 1:30 p.m., University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, 4341 E. Broadway Road. Grant McCormick, Campus Planner, Department of Planning, Design & Construction, The University of Arizona, will present “Water in the Sustainable Landscape.” Free. RSVP: Nancy,  (602) 827-8200, ext. 335, or


Cocktails for Change: 5:30 to 7 p.m., Tempe. Hosted by Arizona List, a committee for pro-choice Democratic women in Arizona. Learn how you can help develop the next generation of political leaders. $5 for members, $10 for non-members. RSVP: (520) 327-0520 or


Caffe Boa Wine dinner: 6 p.m., Caffe Boa of Ahwatukee, 5063 E. Elliot Road. Caffe Boa will host the Bonterra Organic wine dinner, featuring a four-course dinner paired with wines, live music and more. $45 per person. Reservations: (480) 893-3331, or


Ahwatukee Chat, Chew and Chocolate Signature Event: 6 to 9 p.m., Arrivederci Trattoria, 4221 E. Chandler Blvd. Bobbi Bennet will get a make-over by Signature Salon and Bar Fitness and perform her stand up comedy routine. Open to women in the community. $20 per person in advance, two for $36, $25 at the door.

Door prizes welcome to showcase your business. Registration, door prizes:, or (602) 881-8401.


Thursday, Nov. 19

Maricopa County Animal Care and Control Mobile Adoptions Bus: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Petco, 5011 E. Ray Road. Features low cost dog and cat adoptions. (602) 506-3471 or


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 Anne, (480) 239-8788 or


Grand opening event at the Inspiration Lounge at Inspirador: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., 63 E. Boston St., Chandler. Features a Paparazzi Walk, live music, champagne arrival, hors d’ouevres, live music, raffle, sweet tastings and a night “capp”ucinno. A wine tasting benefits two charities - Blind Dog Wines and their guide dog program called Dogs for the Deaf, and Watts Winery for their important work with childhood cancer research. Free with the donation of any art supply item to be donated to Free Arts of Arizona. RSVP: or (480) 244-4775.


Holiday Shopping Boutique: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., CrossWoods Indoor Golf, 6170 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler. For both men and women. Features jewelry, candles, perfume, home décor, purses , hair accessories, golfing gift certificates, food, massages, travel and more. Tee times for golf are available at


Wine tasting fundraiser: 6 p.m., My Wine Cellar, 5030 E. Warner Road. Proceeds will help defray costs for a United Airlines-sponsored “Fantasy Flight” for homeless children on Dec. 4. Enjoy a “flight” of red wine along with pizza for only $20 (cash or check only, please). For non wine drinkers, bottled beer will also be available. United Airlines Fantasy Flight is a 501(C) 3 designated charity, and all donations are tax deductible. Fundraiser information: (480) 598-9643. Fantasy Flight information:


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


Author Jackie Dishner signs and discusses her new book, Backroads & Byways of Arizona: 6 to 9 p.m., Studio Vino, 1825 E. Guadalupe, Tempe. Learn about interesting and lesser known Arizona travel treasures and enjoy wine tasting. $30 per person includes wine tasting, appetizers and autographed copy of the book. (480) 897-1800.


Award-winning photographer from Ground Zero to speak: 7:30 p.m.,  Arizona State University Tempe campus, Music Building, Katzin Concert Hall. Joel Meyerowitz is an acclaimed photographer who gained unlimited access to Ground Zero to create a record in the aftermath of the World Trade Center attack. Free. Tickets available at the front office of Barrett, the Honors College, and also a limited number at the door.


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


Saturday, Nov. 21

Kiwanis Club Rummage and Craft Sale: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Mountain View Lutheran Church, 11002 S. 48th St. Proceeds will benefit the children’s charities of The Kiwanis Club of Ahwatukee. For item donations or to reserve a booth, contact Andi at (602) 402-6267 or The Key Clubs from Desert Vista and Mountain Pointe high schools will also participate and share in the proceeds.


Dash for MASH: 8 a.m., Kiwanis Park, Ramada 8, 6111 S. All American Way, Tempe. Proceeds from the non-competitive 5K walk/run will benefit MASH (Maricopa Animal Safe Hospice - Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s No-Kill Animal Shelter). $25 entry fee. All participants will receive a “Jail Tails” T-shirt. A raffle will also be held. If you can’t make it, do a “shadow walk” and still receive a T-shirt. Registration: Orla, or (520) 440-6591.


Woofstock: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tumbleweed Park, 2250 S. McQueen Road, Chandler. Join the city of Chandler and its partners, the American Service Animal Society and Maricopa County Animal Care and Control for the “Great Chandler Dog Walk,” contests for critters, owner and pet contests, raffle prizes and other tail wagging treats. Bring your canines for a day of fun for the whole family. Free admission.


Fragrance Festival: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Nordstrom, Chandler Fashion Center, 3111 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler. Representatives from major and specialty fragrance lines will be on site. Valued gift sets, samples and gift with purchases available (while supplies last). A D.J. will entertain and Ahwatukee Foothills Ballet will present a special preview performance of The Nutcracker. Light refreshments. (480) 855-2500, ext. 1071.


Sunday, Nov. 22

Pet Fair: 2 to 4:30 p.m., Foothills Baptist Church, 15450 S. 21st St. Features pet adoptions, ask the vet, ask the pet trainer, pet contests and an agility course. Friendly, well-mannered pet companions welcome - must be vaccinated and on a leash or safely contained. Free, pet food donations requested. or (480) 759-2118.


Tuesday, Nov. 24

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


Wednesday, Nov. 25

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. or (480) 456-3700. 


Thursday, Nov. 26

Thanksgiving Dinner at Rawhide: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Rawhide Western Town & Steakhouse, 5700 W. North Loop Road, Chandler. Three course seated dinner and live entertainment. $24 for adults, $12 for children 11 and under. The Rawhide Western Town will be open all day for family fun. Reservations: (480) 502-5600 or


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.


Teddy Bear Tea: noon and 3 p.m. Fridays to Sundays through Dec. 13, The Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix, Tea Lobby, 2401 E. Camelback Road. A charming Victorian-style tea, complete with a visit from Mr. Ted E. Bear, story time, holiday carols and Teddy Bear dance. $35 for adults, $25 for children ages one to 12. Advance reservations required to (602) 468-0700.


Spiderman and Sakura personal appearance at grand opening: 1 p.m., Mesa Comics & Collectibles, Fiesta Marketplace, 1360 W. Southern Ave., Suite D-16, Mesa. Free.


Monday, Nov. 30

Debbie Macomber signs One Simple Act: 7 p.m., Changing Hands Bookstore, 6428 S McClintock Dr., Tempe. (480) 730-0205.


Tuesday, Dec. 1

Yuletide Tea: noon and 3 p.m. Tuesdays to Thursdays today to Dec 10,

Tuesdays to Sundays Dec. 15 to 30 (except Dec. 25), The Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix, Tea Lobby, 2401 E. Camelback Road. Traditional three-course holiday tea and a generous selection of teas presented in a luxurious and holiday festive setting. Music presented at the piano by Nicole Pesce. $35 per person. Advance reservations required to (602) 468-0700.


Wednesday, Dec. 2

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,, 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.


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. 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.


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:,


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


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). or (480) 832-7546.


Saturday, Dec. 5

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.


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.


Sunday, Dec. 6

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, Dec. 9

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,


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.


Monday, Dec. 14

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).


Thursday, Dec. 17

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.


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.


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