Thursday, Dec. 3
CONNECT Women’s Bible Study Fellowship: 9 a.m. or 7 p.m. Thursdays through Dec. 10, Mountain Park Community Church, 2408 E. Pecos Road. Currently offering the Beth Moore “Esther” video, a series called “Sonowuts” and a study on the Holy Spirit. All women are invited. Childcare is available mornings only. Details: CONNECTwomen@cox.net.
Friday, Dec. 4
Reservation deadline for Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation’s annual Chanukah Brunch: to be held at 11 a.m. Dec. 13 at Oakwood Country Club, 24218 S. Oakwood Blvd., Sun Lakes. The Tree of Gelt will be raffled. Families are asked to bring their own menorahs for table lighting. There will be a special grab bag for kids, spinning dreidels, sing-a-long led by Rabbi Irwin Wiener, and a magic show by Gary Kanowsky. All children will receive real Chanukah gelt coins from Rabbi Wiener. The brunch is open to the community. Adult guests are asked to bring a wrapped gift for a child, to be collected and distributed through a Jewish charity to needy children. Brunch cost is $22 for adults, $11 for kids six to 12, free for kids five and under. Shirley, (480) 802-0007.
Christmas Spectacular – The Sights and Sounds of Bethlehem: 6 to 9 p.m. tonight and tomorrow, Mountain View Lutheran Church, 11002 S. 48th St. When visitors arrive, they will be a part of the drama of Bethlehem on the night of Jesus’ birth. Guests are first brought to the city gates as the host explains that they are about to enter the city of Bethlehem 2000 years ago. They will then be escorted through Bethlehem where they will be immersed into the sights, sounds, smells and excitement that the townspeople experienced leading up to the birth of the Savior. Each act of the drama includes different trades, shopkeepers, Roman soldiers and villagers where guests become part of the Christmas story. More than 100 actors will be in costume and live animals will be on-site. After walking through Bethlehem, guests will return to the 21st century to see the annual Children’s Christmas Musical and Orchestra Christmas Concert. Tickets are free but required and are available by calling (480) 893-2579 or stopping by the church office. Information: Roger, GraceNotes@mvlutheran.org or www.mvlutheran.org/cs.htm.
Saturday, Dec. 5
Breakfast with Santa: St. Steven’s Catholic Church, 24827 S. Dobson Road, Sun Lakes. Breakfast will be served by the Knights of Columbus from 8 to 9 a.m., and Santa will arrive around 9 a.m. $5 per person includes breakfast, picture and visit with Santa and a special gift. (480) 895-9266 (ask for Santa’s Helper).
Sunday, Dec. 6
Chanukah Wonderland: today to Dec. 16, 3875 W. Ray Road, Suite 6, Chandler. The Chabad of the East Valley project provides children and adults the experience of Chanukah through an intriguing hands-on olive press demonstration, creative crafts corner and a hi-tech computer center. Yehuda Hamaccabi greets the children and guides them through building menorahs and dreidles in Legoland and enjoying a meaningful movie in the Chanukah theater. For all ages. Free. (480) 855-4333 or www.Chabadcenter.com.
Friday, Dec. 11
Inaugural Chanukah dinner at Chompie’s: 3 to 9 p.m., 1160 East University Drive, Tempe. Celebrate the first night of Chanukah with a traditional Chanukah feast. $19.99 for adults, $9.99 for children. RSVP: (480) 557-0700. Reservations taken for parties of six or more.
24th Annual Christmas Concerts: 7 p.m. tonight, 4 and 7 p.m. tomorrow, Scottsdale Bible Church, 7601 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale. “Christmas in Concert: Spreading the Hope of Christ” will feature a wide variety of seasonal music by the church’s orchestra, choir, jazz band and small ensembles. Free. (480) 824-7200.
Thursday, Dec. 17
Jewish Alcoholics, Chemically Dependent Persons, and their Families (JACS) meeting: 6 p.m., Temple Emanuel of Tempe Multipurpose Room, 5801 S. Rural Road, Tempe. Meetings provide hope, strength and support in a safe and comfortable setting. Use entrance directly into room by north parking lot. For assistance (in confidence), contact Rabbi Andrew Straus or Nanci Wilharber at (480) 838-1414. Inquiries and JACS group meetings are anonymous.
Friday, Dec. 18
‘Kabba-Latke’ Shabbat: 5:30 p.m., Temple Emanuel, 5801 S. Rural Road, Tempe. Bring your own dairy dinner – latkes, drinks and dessert will be provided. Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. followed at 6:30 p.m. by the Kabbalat Shabbat service. (480) 838-1414.
Jazz Vespers: 7 p.m. third Fridays, Ascension Lutheran Church, 7100 N. Mockingbird Lane, Paradise Valley. Experience this artistic and contemplative worship encounter for the soul and spirit. Features the musical talents of Bob Ravenscroft on keyboards, Dwight Kilian on bass and Rob Moore on percussion, with the spoken word by Rev. Richard Parrish and visuals by Mario Barnabe. Free and open to the public. (480) 948-6050 or www.ascensionparadisevalley.org.
Wedneday, Dec. 23
RSVP deadline for Christmas Day South Mountain hike: set for 10 a.m. Dec. 25 with the Temple Emanuel of Tempe Hiking Club. Meet at the Altadeña Middle School upper parking lot, 14620 S. Desert Foothills Parkway. The relatively easy hike will include some petroglyphs, and a more strenuous spur to the lookout tower on the top of South Mountain is planned. Bring water. A dairy potluck lunch is planned after the hike. (480) 838-1414.
Sunday, Jan. 10
Pre-tour meetings for Ecumenical Lenten Pilgrimage: 4 p.m. today and Feb. 21, Interchurch Office Building, 4423 N. 24th St. The meetings are for those interested in the March 12 to 23 tour with the Rev. Jan Olav Flaaten, executive director of the Arizona Ecumenical Council. The tour will visit Caesarea, Mt. Carmel, Megiddo, Capernaum, Mt. of Beatitudes, Nazareth, Bet Shean, Qumran, Masada, Dead Sea, Jerusalem and Bethlehem. (602) 468-3818 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For a brochure, visit http://aecunity.net/ConferencesandEvents/AECEvents/2010TourtoIsrael/tabid/47002/Default.aspx.
Coffee Break Women’s Ministry: 9:15 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 3550 E Knox Road. Scripture study, prayer and fellowship. Loraine, (480) 893-1160 or CoffeebreakMin@aol.com.
Teen Night: 6:30 to 9 p.m., Mountain Park Community Church, 2408 E. Pecos Road. Open to middle and high school students in the community. Each week, teens meet for an action-packed program that includes dinner, music, games, dessert, videos, skits, guest speakers and more. It’s real, relevant and relaxed. Friends welcome. Free. (480) 759-6200 or email@example.com.
T.N.T. (Teens N Torah) for Jewish teenagers: 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., Chabad Center for Jewish Life, 3855 W. Ray Road, Suite 6, Chandler. Offered by Chabad of the East Valley for teens ages 13 to 17. The program combines education and social interaction with videos followed by discussion, fun, trips, games, community service projects and thought-provoking discussions. Shternie, (480) 753-5366 or www.chabadcenter.com.
Man Church: doors open 6 a.m., message at 6:30 a.m. Thursdays, Cornerstone Christian Fellowship, 1595 S. Alma School Road, Chandler. Man Church offers coffee, donuts and straight talk for men in a language they understand in just 15 minutes. No women, no singing, no organ and no long sermons. Bob, (480) 726-8000 or www.cschandler.com/manchurch.
Christ-centered Yoga: 6 to 7 p.m., Mountain Park Community Church, 2408 E. Pecos Road. Have a spiritual experience disguised as exercise! Elena or Rosie will teach a level 1 class, and all you need is a yoga mat or beach towel. Free and open to the community. Greg Battle, (480) 759-6200 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holy Yoga: 6 p.m., Horizon Presbyterian Church, 1401 E. Liberty Lane. Led by Holy Yoga Founder Brooke Boon. (480) 460-1480.
DC4K – DivorceCare for Kids: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Chandler Christian Church, room C202, 1825 S. Alma School Road, Chandler. Support group for children ages 6 to 12 coping with a separation or divorce in the family. One-time $10 fee includes snacks and workbook. Pastor Larry Daily, (480) 963-3997, ext. 141, email@example.com or www.chandlercc.org.
Weight Watchers: 9 a.m., Desert Foothills United Methodist Church, 2156 E. Liberty Lane. www.desertfoothills.org or (480) 460-1025.
Holy Yoga: 9:15 a.m., Horizon Presbyterian Church, 1401 E. Liberty Lane. Led by Holy Yoga Founder Brooke Boon. (480) 460-1480.
Toddler Shabbat: 9:30 a.m., Temple Emanuel, 5801 S. Rural Road, Tempe. Celebrate Shabbat with a service, music, and a craft project designed for children 0 to 5 years old and their parents or other adult. (480) 838-1414 or www.emanueloftempe.org.
Torah Tots: 10:15 to 11 a.m., members’ homes. Hosted by Chabad of the East Valley for children ages 2 to 5. Features hands-on activities about the Shabbat, songs, stories and crafts, and all children will make and braid their very own challah. (480) 785-5831.
Celebrate Recovery Support Group: 6 p.m., Ahwatukee Assembly of God, 11832 S. Warner-Elliot Loop. Addressing all types of habits, hurts and hang-ups. Starts with dinner, large group meeting at 7 p.m., small group meetings at 7:45, café at 9 p.m. (480) 893-6189.
Shabbat services: first Fridays, Temple Emanuel, 5801 S. Rural Road, Tempe. “Nosh” at 6 p.m. and then enjoy the Shir Shabbat service led by the Shabba-Tones, the Shabbat musical group, at 6:30 p.m. (480) 838-1414 or www.emanueloftempe.org.
Shabbat Services: 6 p.m. Fridays, except on the Second Friday of each month at 8 p.m., Temple Beth Sholom of the East Valley, 3400 N. Dobson Road, Chandler. Shabbat Morning and Torah Service, weekly at 9 a.m. (480) 897-3636 or www.templebethsholomaz.org.
“Nosh” and worship: third Fridays, Temple Emanuel, 5801 S. Rural Road, Tempe. “Nosh” at 6 p.m., worship at a Kabbalat service at 6:30 p.m. The service is followed by an congregational dinner (by reservation only.) Optional Israeli dancing rounds out the night after dinner. (480) 838-1414 or www.emanueloftempe.org.
Tots N’Torah: 6:30 p.m. second Fridays, Temple Emanuel, 5801 S. Rural Road, Tempe. Designed for children 0-5 and their parents or other adult. Following the service is an Oneg Shabbat, a time for a snack and to meet other families with young children. (480) 838-1414 or www.emanueloftempe.org.
Congregation Eitz Chaim of Ahwatukee shabbat services: 7:30 p.m., services held at 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Congregation Eitz Chaim is traditional and egalitarian. Newcomers are always welcome. Rabbi/Cantor Victor I. Beck, (602) 595-3618, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.eitzchaimphoenix.org.
Shabbat: 7:30 p.m. second, fourth, and fifth Fridays, Temple Emanuel, 5801 S. Rural Road, Tempe. Traditional service followed by an Oneg Shabbat. (480) 838-1414 or www.emanueloftempe.org.
Men’s program: 8 a.m., Arts and Crafts Room, Sun Lakes Country Club (Phase One). Men learn how to achieve greater joy in their lives ... joy that they can share with others. A byproduct of this program is fellowship - men of God with men of God.
The men who wish to come early for breakfast do so around 7:30 a.m. All men are welcome.
Optional study session, Shabbat service: Temple Emanuel, 5801 S. Rural Road, Tempe. Optional study session at 8:20 a.m., Shabbat morning service at 9:30 a.m., followed by a kiddush. (480) 838-1414 or www.emanueloftempe.org.
Congregation Eitz Chaim of Ahwatukee Sabbath morning services: 9 a.m. first Saturdays, Ahwatukee Foothills Prep School, 10201 S. 50th Place. Congregation Eitz Chaim is traditional and egalitarian. Newcomers are always welcome. Rabbi/Cantor Victor I. Beck, (602) 595-3618, email@example.com or www.eitzchaimphoenix.org.
Christ-centered Yoga: 9 to 10 a.m., Mountain Park Community Church, 2408 E. Pecos Road. After a long week, or to start your weekend off with a spiritual start, try the beginning/gentle yoga class taught by Rosie. This class is free and open to the community and is a great intro into Christ Centered yoga. Greg Battle, (480) 759-6200 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holy Yoga: 9 a.m., Horizon Presbyterian Church, 1401 E. Liberty Lane. Led by Holy Yoga Founder Brooke Boon. (480) 460-1480.
Sunday school classes: Barness Family East Valley Jewish Community Center, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Offered by Or Adam Congregation. Grades Pre-K through 10, teen youth group, adult education programs, holiday celebrations and monthly Shabbat services. (480) 663-7788 or www.oradam.org.
Horizon Presbyterian Church Youth groups: 4:30 to 6 p.m. (middle school), 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (high school), Horizon Presbyterian Church, 1401 E. Liberty Lane. “Collision” is the middle school youth group and “Remedy” is the high school youth group. Relax, eat snacks, play games, have fellowship and hear topical messages relating to issues in their lives. All area youth are invited. Information: (480) 460-1480 or check out the youth section of the Web site at www.horizonchurch.com.
Desert Foothills United Methodist Church Youth group for sixth to 12th grades: 5 to 7 p.m. For information, visit www.desertfoothills.org (go to the youth page), call (480) 460-1025 or e-mail Jamie at email@example.com.
Gamblers Anonymous: 7:30 p.m., Mountain View Lutheran Church, 11002 S. 48th St. (480) 893-2729 or (480) 598-1226.
Holy Yoga “Slow Flow” classes: 8:45 to 10 a.m., Esperanza Lutheran Church, 2601 E. Thunderhill Place. Led by certified and registered Holy Yoga instructor Kathy Marcucci. Donation based. firstname.lastname@example.org or (602) 617-2407.
Mah Jongg: 9:30 a.m., Temple Emanuel, 5801 S. Rural Road, Tempe. (480) 838-1414 or www.emanueloftempe.org.
Christ-centered Yoga: 6 to 7 p.m., Mountain Park Community Church, 2408 E. Pecos Road. This is a Flow 1-2 class (intermediate and taught by Elena) and is free and open to the community. Greg Battle, (480) 759-6200 or email@example.com.
DivorceCare and DivorceCare for Kids: 6:30 p.m., Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 739 W. Erie St., Chandler. Classes for those grieving over death or divorce. (480) 963-4127.
GriefShare: 7 p.m., Chandler Christian Church, room C201, 1825 S. Alma School Road, Chandler. Support group for those struggling with how to deal with a loss in life, meets at Free. Pastor Larry Daily, (480) 963-3997, ext. 141, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.chandlercc.org.
Holy Yoga: 9 a.m., Horizon Presbyterian Church, 1401 E. Liberty Lane. Led by Holy Yoga Founder Brooke Boon. (480) 460-1480.
Seniors Terrific Tuesdays: 10:30 a.m. to noon, Barness Family East Valley Jewish Community Center, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. The program is free and includes bagels and coffee and a different speaker or theme each week. See old friends and make new ones. Registration not needed. www.evjcc.org or (480) 897-0588.
GriefShare: 2 and 6:30 p.m., Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 739 W. Erie St., Chandler. (480) 963-4127.
Bible reading sessions for pleasure: 7 to 8 p.m., Chandler Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1188 W. Galveston St. Bring a Bible, or Bibles are available at the sessions. Free. Lori, (480) 917-3593.