Friday, March 12
AZ Ribfest & Cook-off: 5 to 9 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. tomorrow, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Jobing.com Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale. Join the finest Rib Masters of Arizona and the Professional Bull Riders Glendale International as they raise money for the Haiti Relief Effort. Features country music entertainment, family fun zone, appearances by spring training baseball players, western merchandise vendors, plus a meet and greet with the professional bull riders. Proceeds will go to the American Red Cross. $10 for adults; $8 for seniors, military and students; children 12 and under are admitted free. www.ribfestaz.com.
Texas Hold ‘em event: 7 p.m., Foothills Golf Club, 2201 E. Clubhouse Drive.
The annual event will benefit the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer research. A $75 donation includes dinner, raffle tickets and buy-in. Mike, (480) 326-1770 or email@example.com.
Saturday, March 13
Sixth annual Valley of the Sun and Copperstate Regional Chili Cook-Off: noon to 5 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow, Ahwatukee Park, 4700 E. Warner Road. The event is sanctioned by the International Chili Society and presented by the Ahwatukee Community Swim and Tennis Center. Admission is free; tasting kits are $5 for guests that would like to sample and vote on their favorites. Proceeds will benefit the youth programs at the Center. To enter the contest or for more information, visit www.ahwatukeehoa.com.
27th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Irish Faire: parade starts at 10 a.m. and proceeds on Third Street from Virginia south to Margaret T. Hance Park, followed by the Faire at Hance Park on the west side of Central at the Irish Cultural Center. Features two stages of Irish music and dancers, kids’ area, refreshments and crafters. $10 for adults, $1 for ages six to 12, under six are admitted free. Free parking at the garages at 2600 and 2800 N. Central Ave. (602) 280-9221 or www.phxirish.org.
Zeitgeist Day event: 6 to 9 p.m., Madcap Theaters, 730 S. Mill Ave., Tempe. Hosted by Arizona Zeitgeist Movement, the event features a slide show presentation followed by a question-and-answer session. The purpose of The Zeitgeist Movement is to create a global awareness to transition into a new, sustainable direction for humanity as a whole. www.Zday2010.org.
Sunday, March 14
5K, family fun 1 mile run/walk: Ahwatukee Community Swim and Tennis Center, 4700 E. Warner Road. Event starts at 8 a.m. for 5K runners and 8:10 a.m. for 5K walkers and 1 mile run/walkers. A door prize drawing will take place at the completion of the race. Registration begins at 7 a.m. race day. Entry fees are $15 for adults and $10 for children 10 and under. Registration forms are available at the Center and online at www.ahwatukeehoa.com. (480) 893-3434 or Julyannhill@ahwatukeehoa.com.
Laurie’s Laughoholic Club: 2 to 3 p.m. second Sundays, Fire Station 43, Community Room, 4110 E. Chandler Blvd. Practice laughter yoga and laugh for the body, spirit and mind. Everyone can do it - the benefits of laughing are enormous for both our mental and physical well-being. Affiliated with www.worldlaughtertour.com. Laurie, firstname.lastname@example.org or (480) 540-4776.
Parent Talk on Potty Training: 3 to 4 p.m., Brilliant Sky Toys & Books, 4929 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 401. Talk with other parents and get potty training tips from the author of the acclaimed book Max and the Diaper Fairy. Kids may play while parents learn. Free. (480) 785-8697.
Monday, March 15
RSVP deadline for Ahwatukee Foothills Friends and Neighbors fundraising event: set for 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 22 at the Mountain View Lutheran Church Family Life Center, 11002 S. 48th St. AFFAN, a women’s social organization, is hosting the event and all proceeds will go to Crisis Nursery in Phoenix. Non-members are welcome to attend for $15, which includes lunch and bingo. There will also be a raffle for lots of prizes. RSVP by today to Karen at (480) 759-1774.
Tuesday, March 16
Messy Art Class: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Brilliant Sky Toys & Books, 4929 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 104. Kids ages two to nine are invited to discover messy art using a variety of media. Don’t wear good clothes. $8.50. Registration required to (480) 785-8697.
James O. Schroeder American Legion Post 55 meeting: 5:30 p.m., Navajo Room, Sun Lakes Country Club, 25601 N. Sun Lakes Blvd. Celebrate the Post’s annual birthday party with complimentary cocktails, dinner, music, dancing and raffles. Guests welcome. Roger, (480) 802-6759.
Wednesday, March 17
Democrats and Donuts: 8 a.m., Fire Station 43, 4110 E. Chandler Blvd. “Breakfast with the Issues” welcomes Andrei Cherny, candidate for Arizona State Treasurer, who will discuss the Cherny strategy to turn Arizona’s economy around. Free and open to the public, donations accepted. Walk-ins welcome if space permits. RSVP: email@example.com or (480) 706-3741.
Arizona Capitol Museum Lunch Bunch: 12:15 to 1 p.m., first floor museum lounge, 1700 W. Washington St. Celebrate Women’s History Month with Heidi Osselaer, author of Winning Their Place, Arizona Women in Politics – 1883-1950. Bring your lunch and enjoy coffee and cookies provided by the Museum Guild. Free admission and parking in Wesley Bolin Plaza at 17th Avenue and Washington. www.lib.az.us/museum/events.cfm or (602) 926-3620.
Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce After Five Evening Mixer: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., AmTrust Bank, 4025 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 33. The Chamber pot is up to $375 - must be present to win. $5 for members, $15 for non-members. (480) 753-7676.
Complimentary wine tasting: 6 p.m., Caffe Boa, 5063 E. Elliot Road. Taste through several exciting wines. All of the tasting wines will be available by the bottle at half price. Tastings take place first and third Wednesdays. www.caffeboa.com.
Thursday, March 18
Streator, Ill., Reunion: 11 a.m., Desert Breeze Park, 660 N. Desert Breeze Blvd., Chandler. Anyone with a Streator connection is welcome. Participants are asked to bring their own beverage, table service and a covered dish to pass. $1 cover charge for park rental expenses. Games and prizes. Rosemary, (480) 345-6537, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Land Records and Genealogical Research: noon, Polly Rosenbaum History and Archives Building, 1901 W. Madison St. The Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records continues its series of Lunchtime Family History Lessons. Space is limited and registration is required in advance by going to www.lib.az.us, click the link to “Other Resources”, then click on “Genealogy Online Registration.
East Valley’s - Be There meeting: 6 p.m., The Grace Inn, 10831 S. 51st St. www.evbtvpweb.com.
Friday, March 19
Ashton / La Aroma Cigar Tasting: 3 to 7 p.m., Tinder Box, 4611 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 106. (480) 961-7777 or www.totalcigars.com.
“Wings to Fly” culinary event: 5:30 to 8 p.m., The Phoenician Resort, 6000 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale. The “Beautifully Paired” affair offers savory food and beverage pairings along with a benefit auction and raffle. The menu features wines, spirits, beers and non-alcoholic beverages with masterly crafted libations to give guests a one-of-a-kind culinary and learning experience. Proceeds benefit Wings to Fly, a teen girls charity. Tickets are $75 per person or $100 per pair in advance or $85 per person or $120 for a pair at the door. (602) 286-0313 or www.wingstofly.info.
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.
East Valley Democratic Breakfast Club: 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., Denny’s Restaurant, 4403 S. Rural Road, Tempe. (480) 993-8799.
GOP Congressional Candidate Forum: 10 a.m., Mountain View Lutheran Church, 11002 S. 48th St. Hear from the candidates who are running for Congress in your neighborhood. www.ld20gop.com.
Peter Rabbit costume event: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Brilliant Sky Toys & Books, 4929 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 401. Hop on over for a fun day with Peter Rabbit. Lots of fun activities and story times are planned for the kids, and there may even be live bunnies. Free. (480) 785-8697. Easter portraits will be available with the Easter Bunny from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 21 by reservation only to (480) 785-8697.
Basketball Jam Session: 11 a.m., Pecos Community Center, 17010 S. 48th St. The skills competition is for ages 5 and up and will feature an iHoops Skills Challenge (all ages), Basketball “Bump-Out” (ages five to 15) and 3-Point Shooting (ages 16 and up). Prizes will be awarded for the age divisions (five to seven, eight to nine, 10 to 12, 13 to 15 and 16+) and overall winners. Registration is $8 per participant, and all participants will get a T-shirt and a hot dog lunch. To register, visit www.phoenix.gov/parks/registration (course code is 63923). (602) 534-5238.
Kurt Warner autograph signing: 11 a.m. to noon, Paradise Valley Mall (former Old Navy store), 4568 E. Cactus Road. Proceeds benefit Foundation fundraising efforts. Free admission. Autograph fee is $89 to $109, depending on the item autographed. Collectors and fans may bring their own item to be autographed or items will be on sale at the event.
Tuesday, March 23
Arizona Community Listening Session: noon to 1:30 p.m. today or 6 to 8 p.m. March 31, 4341 E. Broadway Road. The Arizona Community Listening Sessions are an undertaking of the Arizona Cooperative Extension, the outreach arm of The University of Arizona. Arizonans will be invited to identify, discuss and define their community’s current and future water issues. RSVPs encouraged to Nancy at NCrocker@cals.arizona.edu or (602) 827-8200 ext. 335.
Ahwatukee Republican Women: 6:30 p.m. networking and socializing, 7 p.m. general meeting, Grace Inn, 10831 S. 51st St. Loraine, (480) 460-7101.
Wednesday, March 24
Cheer tryout prep clinics: 7 to 8:30 p.m. today and March 31, Arizona Allstars, 7425 S. Harl Ave., Suite 3, Tempe. Athletes will work on polishing, performing, selling themselves, enhancing their skills and showing their best selves at tryouts. Mock tryouts are conducted at the end of the clinic. You do not need to be a member of the gym to participate, and the cost is $20 per class. Registration: (480) 831-1105 or www.azallstars.com.
Thursday, March 25
MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers): 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 Story Time: 10 to 10:45 a.m. today, 11 to 11:45 a.m. March 27, Brilliant Sky Toys & Books, 4929 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 401. Learn some of the basic words presented in the fun books Miss Martha reads. She may even have a special craft on-hand. Free. (480) 785-8697.
Friday, March 26
Agave on the Rocks: 6 p.m., Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway. Comprised of gourmet cuisine prepared by renowned Valley restaurants and caterers, hot music and scrumptious margaritas, this event is not your ordinary Garden party! Must be 21 or older, no children admitted. Tickets must be purchased in advance. www.dbg.org or (480) 481-8188.
Arizona Society of Astrologers meeting: 7 to 9:30 p.m., Scottsdale Granite Reef Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Road. Ray Merriman will speak on “The Economy and 2010 Predictions.” www.asastrologers.org or Kay, (480) 802-4357.
Saturday, March 27
Ahwatukee Lions Club Annual Pancake Breakfast: 7 to 11 a.m., Grace Inn Tent, 10831 S. 51st St. Features all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee. A Mobile Eye Unit will offer free vision screenings and a free raffle will take place all morning. $5 for adults, $3 for children.
Arizona Beta Sigma Phis Against Domestic Abuse 11th annual “Share the Magic” Luncheon: 10:30 a.m. silent auction, lunch and fashion show at noon, Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort, 7677 N. 16th St. Fashions provided by The Dress Barn. $45. Proceeds benefit Faith House in Glendale and My Sister’s Place in Chandler. Tickets, sponsorships, donations: Shirley, (602) 626-7819 or www.sharethemagicada.org.
Teen Art Reception: 2 to 3:30 p.m., Ironwood Library, 4333 E. Chandler Blvd. Entries from the library’s teen art and photography contest will be on display, contest prizes will be announced and refreshments will be served. Free and open to everyone.
Thursday, April 1
Republican Professionals of Phoenix: 6 to 8 p.m. Group meets first Thursdays. Free. RSVP: www.phxrp.com.
Wednesday, April 7
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.chatchewandchocolate.com/ahwatukee/ or Liz, firstname.lastname@example.org or (602) 881-8401.
Thursday, April 8
Weeders Garden Club: 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 email@example.com.
Saturday, April 10
Church Parking Lot Sale: 7 to 11:30 a.m., Friendship Community Church Main Parking Lot, 9807 S. 48th St. Proceeds will benefit the annual mission project in Nogales, Mexico, and the student ministry. If you have any items you would like to donate, contact Travis at (480) 598-1922 or firstname.lastname@example.org. All donated items are tax deductible.
Tuesday, April 13
“The Stand” seminar: 6 to 9:30 p.m., Biltmore Resort, 2400 E. Missouri Ave. Co-founded and hosted by renowned public speakers and life coaches Mike Lindstrom and Justin Fatica, the event benefits the Kurt Warner First Things First Foundation. This motivating integrity-driven event presents a straight-forward approach to empowering individuals to stand up and reach out to others in their lives. www.thestandnow.com.
Wednesday, April 14
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.
Friday, April 16
Montecristo / Romeo Cigar Tasting: 3 to 7 p.m., Tinder Box, 4611 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 106. (480) 961-7777 or www.totalcigars.com.
Tuesday, April 20
James O. Schroeder American Legion Post 55 meeting: 7 p.m., Navajo Room, Sun Lakes Country Club, 25601 N. Sun Lakes Blvd. The Ladies Auxiliary will serve refreshments following the meeting.
Saturday, April 24
Dinner on the Desert: 6 p.m., Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway. Includes a signature cocktail and final glance at the Allan Houser: Tradition to Abstraction exhibit; hors d’oeuvres and bidding on plants, pots and garden art; a Native-American inspired dinner; and entertainment and dancing under the stars. Proceeds support the Garden’s mission. Tickets start at $500, and space is limited. Reservations: Esther, (480) 481-8182.
Wednesday, April 28
Hero Day: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Applause Full Service Salon, 7246 E. First Street, Scottsdale. All Maricopa County Police, Fire, Sheriff Department and EMT employees, including all administrative and ancillary employees, will receive complimentary haircuts and styles, manicures, chair massages and facial waxing. Free food from area restaurants. Suzanne, (480) 330-5228.
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.
Saturday, May 8
Golfin’ in the Desert: 7:30 a.m. shotgun start, Arizona State University Karsten Golf Course, 1125 E. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe. Hosted by Desert Botanical Garden volunteers, the fun day of golf will support Title I schools. $100 per person, includes golf, cart fees and lunch. Registration: www.dbg.org/golftournament or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, May 9
Mother’s Day Lunch and Concert With Estéban: Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway. Two concerts are offered: the 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. show features Esteban in concert with a delicious catered brunch (table seating only) for $85; the 4 to 6 p.m. show features Esteban in an intimate concert setting (auditorium style seating only) for $50. Space is limited. Reservations: www.dbg.org or (480) 481-8188.
Friday, May 14
CAO Tasting: 3 to 7 p.m., Tinder Box, 4611 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 106. (480) 961-7777 or www.totalcigars.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.
Thursday, June 17
Brickhouse Cigar Tasting: 3 to 7 p.m., Tinder Box, 4611 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 106. (480) 961-7777 or www.totalcigars.com.
Wednesday, June 30
Givers Day: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Applause Full Service Salon, 7246 E. First Street, Scottsdale. All Maricopa County volunteers from any walk of life (Hospice, Red Cross, etc.) will receive complimentary haircuts and styles, manicures, chair massages and facial waxing. Free food from area restaurants. Suzanne, (480) 330-5228.
Tuesday, Aug. 31
Angel Day: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Applause Full Service Salon, 7246 E. First Street, Scottsdale. All Maricopa County medical personnel from hospitals, nursing homes, etc., will receive complimentary haircuts and styles, manicures, chair massages and facial waxing. Free food from area restaurants. Suzanne, (480) 330-5228.
Friday, Sept. 24
Biergarten: Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway. The beer tasting event fuses old world charm with a modern flair in a spectacular outdoor setting. For the refined beer connoisseur, this event offers craft and domestic brews to sample and authentic German fare prepared by Atlasta Catering & Event Concepts. All beer sampled will be available for purchase. $70 for members, $75 for non-members. www.dbg.org or (480) 481-8188.
Thursday, Oct. 21
The Great Pumpkin Festival: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today to Sunday, Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway. Take a hayride to the pumpkin patch, where children ages 12 and under may choose their own free pumpkin. Children will enjoy face painting, the Amazing Bale Maze, balloon artistry, pumpkin decorating and carving demonstrations and more. Fabulous Food will offer a baked goods and fall harvest market, where visitors can purchase fresh produce such as unique pumpkins, gourds and chili ristras. Festival is included with paid Garden admission. www.dbg.org or (480) 481-8188.
Saturday, Oct. 30
Dia De Los Muertos Celebration: 10 a.m. to 3 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 that will bring the history of this holiday to life with song, dance and storytelling. www.dbg.org or (480) 481-8188.
Saturday, Nov. 6
Native American Recognition Days: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and tomorrow, Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway. The festival is dedicated to Native American culture. www.dbg.org or (480) 481-8188.
Saturday, Nov. 13
Chiles & 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. Celebrate the unique taste of the Southwest as you meander through a breezy open air market while enjoying cooking demonstrations and entertainment. All products available for purchase from local vendors. www.dbg.org or (480) 481-8188.
Thursday, Dec. 2
Las Noches de las Luminarias: 5:30 to 9:30 pm. various days today through Dec. 30, Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway. Thousands of hand-lit luminarias provide a warm and inviting setting to spend a cheerful holiday evening. More than 10 musical acts provide the musical backdrop and strategically located fire pits provide warming stations or romantic settings. Food, wine, cocoa, cider and other non-alcoholic beverages available. Tickets: $20 for adults, $10 for children (members); $25 for adults, $12.50 for children (non-members). Children two and under are admitted free. www.dbg.org or (480) 481-8188.