Friday, Sept. 18
Desert Vista High School hosting Turtle Race and Water Party: 5 to 10 p.m., Arizona Grand Resort, 8000 S. Arizona Grand Parkway. The goal is to raise funds to improve the school’s athletic facilities. The event features two turtle races (plastic numbered turtles) with the chance to win prizes, a barbecue dinner and use of the Water Oasis. Ray the DJ will provide music. All families and students are welcome. To purchase event tickets, adopt a turtle, donate prizes, sponsor or volunteer, visit http://dvhsfootball.com/turtle-race.htm.
Free landscape seminar: 7 to 8:30 p.m. tonight and again 10:30 a.m. to noon tomorrow (same information both days), Mountain Park Community Church, 2408 E. Pecos Road. Learn how to think like a professional designer and get the tools you need to save thousands on your next project. Also thousands of dollars in door prizes. Free - no obligations. Registration: www.outsidelivingconcepts.com or (602) 369-4198.
Saturday, Sept. 19
Garage sale to benefit the Talia Reese Kovac Foundation: 6:30 to 9:30 a.m., 411 W. Desert Flower Lane. Hosted by Ahwatukee Foothills residents Aaron and Nicole Kovac in honor of Childhood Cancer Month. All proceeds will go to the Talia Reese Kovac Foundation, which the couple recently founded to benefit their 3-year-old daughter, Talia, who last year was diagnosed with Medulloblastoma, a highly malignant brain tumor.
Donations of cash, check or household items may be dropped off at Back in Line Family Chiropractic, 15215 S. 48th St., from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday. (480) 704-8818 or www.caringbridge.org/visit/taliakovac.
Theme days at Brillliant Sky Toys & Books: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and tomorrow, 4929 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 401. Meet Curious George. Guest speakers, animal visits, and more are invited to support the themes - to be a featured guest, e-mail email@example.com. www.brilliantskytoys.com.
Hip, Herp, Hooray: 2 to 4 p.m., Rio Salado Habitat, 2439 S. Central Ave., northeast trailhead. Presented by the Arizona Herpetological Association (AHA) and Phoenix Park Rangers. Get up close and personal with chuckwallas, iguanas, geckos, snakes and even have your picture taken with a non-venomous four-foot gopher snake. Most importantly, discover how you can protect yourself while hiking in their natural environment. (602) 262-6863.
Casino Night – Old West Roundup: 7 to 10 p.m., Arizona American Italian Club, 7509 N. 12th St. Hosted by Arizona Business and Professional Women’s Foundation. Features, casino games, raffle and silent auction. The event will raise scholarship money for women attending over 30 community colleges and technical schools. $40. Roxanne, (480) 821-0034 or www.arizonabpwfoundation.com.
Sunday, Sept. 20
Fifth Annual Fall Tea Party: 3 to 5 p.m., Irish Cultural Center, 1106 N. Central Ave. Ladies, grab your friends and favorite fellow and head on over for sandwiches and desserts. Hats optional. $10. (602) 258-0109 or www.azirish.org/newsletter.
Tuesday, Sept. 22
Ahwatukee Republican Women: 7 p.m., Fire Station Community Room, 4110 E. Chandler Blvd. Mary, (602) 206-1189 or ARWomen@aol.com.
Wednesday, Sept. 23
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. David Christiana will present “World Water Corps: Adventures in Volunteerism.” Free and open to the public. Bring your lunch. RSVP: Nancy, (602) 827-8200, ext. 335 or NCrocker@cals.arizona.edu.
Author Charles Durrett book, lecture event: 7 p.m., Changing Hands Bookstore, 6428 S. McClintock Drive, Tempe. Durrett’s new book, The Senior Cohousing Handbook is a comprehensive senior cohousing guide to joining or creating a cohousing community for those 50 and older. (480) 730-0205 or www.changinghands.com.
Thursday, Sept. 24
Job Fair for Mature Workers: 1 to 4 p.m., GateWay Community College main building, 108 N. 40th St. Features local companies looking to hire mature workers in a variety of positions and areas of expertise. Free and open to the public. Ellen, (602) 286-8152 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Author promotes reading and writing: 3:15 p.m., The CoffeeBuzz, 4804 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 110. Author Ross Anthony will give away hand-signed books and presentations during a stop along his solo cross-country trip on a 1982 dirt bike. www.motobookothon.com.
Ahwatukee Biz MeetUp: 5 p.m., Va Bene Restaurant, 4647 E. Chandler Blvd. Social networking, excellent resource for great referrals and advice between members. Free. Group meets in the back of the lounge. www.meetup.com/ahwatukee-biz-meetup-group.
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.
Friday, Sept. 25
“Black Out” YMCA Teen Night: 7 to 9 p.m., Ahwatukee Foothills Family YMCA, 1030 E. Liberty Lane. Teens in grades five to eight are encouraged to wear black and enjoy an evening of fun with a DJ, music, dancing and food. Admission, $5 at the door, includes pizza and a drink. Members and non-members welcome. (480) 759-6762.
The NEST Haunted House: tonight, tomorrow, Oct. 2, 3, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 25, 29, 30 and 31, CJS Film Studios, 2005 N. 103rd Ave., Avondale. 7:30 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 to 10 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays. Scream your head off as more than $250,000 in special effects and 70 actors and stuntsmen bring to life the legend of Arizona’s most notorious serial killer at its new 22-acre location. As part of America’s Best Haunts $1 million Scare Stimulus Package, complimentary tickets will be provided to the unemployed and their families and active military, fire and police families. General admission, $25; VIP FastPass, $35. www.frightened.com.
Saturday, Sept. 26
Tukeefest “Rockin’ in the Park:” 5 to 11 p.m. Ahwatukee Community Swim & Tennis Center, 4700 E. Warner Road. Bring your family, friends, neighbors, blankets and chairs out for a night under the stars. Enjoy fantastic music by A Boy Named Sioux, “B” Platinum and The LineUp, food, rides and games. $5 for adults, free for kids.
Walk with the butterflies and dragonflies: 8 to 11 a.m., Environmental Education Center, northeast corner of Lindsay and Chandler Heights roads, Chandler. See which beautiful and fascinating butterflies, dragonflies and damselflies have found the park’s 113 acres of Sonoran Desert and wetlands habitat. Bring binoculars, water and hat. Free, (suggested $5 donation). From noon to 1 p.m., join the Arizona Herpetological Association for a presentation about the fascinating reptiles that call Arizona home. Features live animal demonstrations of snakes, chuckwallas and other na tive reptiles. $8, free for children under 6. Both programs suitable for all ages. (480) 782-2890.
Monday, Sept. 28
The Heart Link Network Women’s networking group: 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. second and fourth 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: www.85044.theheartlinknetwork.com.
Friday, Oct. 2
ZooFari – Phoenix Zoo Black-tie Fundraiser: 7 to 11 p.m., 455 N. Galvin Parkway. Adventure awaits with unique performances, cultural sounds and music that will make your heart beat. Feast on fine delicacies, desserts, wines and fine liquors. Bid on unusual and intriguing items at the Silent Auction and the Exotic Raffle. $225 general admission, $325 VIP. www.phoenixzoo.org.
Saturday, Oct. 3
Holistic Education Conference: Working Wonders – Wonder as a Foundation for Living Education: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., South Mountain Community Church, 717 E. Southern Ave. The conference is for parents, teachers and caregivers and features a keynote talk by local author and educator Shea Darian and several workshop options to explore how wonder can enliven teaching and learning for all ages. Optional afternoon activities. Childcare available. $25 to $35. (602) 315-8481, email@example.com or www.gileadpress.net.
Desert Vista High School Hockey Club hosting car wash: 8:30 to 11 a.m., Taco Bell by Fry’s on Chandler Blvd. Proceeds will help defray team expenses for the upcoming season.
Sunday, Oct. 4
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.
Wednesday, Oct. 7
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. DrRon@DrRonMarek.com 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, email@example.com, or (602) 881-8401 or www.chatchewandchocolate.com.
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, Oct. 8
Weeders Garden Club meeting: 10 a.m., Tumbleweed Park, 2250 S. McQueen Road, Chandler, near the McCroskey House. At the “Orange Blossom Special” meeting, James Truman of the Maricopa County Master Gardeners Program will speak about planting and growing citrus in the low desert. Bring a friend! Box lunches ($8.50) will be served. To order lunch or for more information, call Elinor at (480) 759-3335.
An Evening With Leslie Marmon Silko: 7 p.m., Steele Auditorium, Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave. The internationally acclaimed author will deliver the fall Simon Ortiz and Labriola Center Lecture on Indigenous Land, Culture and Community. The evening begins with a reading by the author from her forthcoming memoir, Turquoise Ledge, followed by an informal discussion with the audience and a booksigning. Free and open to the public. www.heard.org.
Friday, Oct. 9
Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce Bar Bounce: 4 p.m. Happy Hour at Radisson, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Party Bus. This month features a Halloween theme. Ride the Ahwatukee Party Bus from the Radisson to VaBene, Hooters and A-Town Tavern and Eatery. Food and drink specials, prizes and no worries about driving! Must be 21 with I.D. to prove it. $10 presale wristbands, $20 night of event. www.ahwatukeechamber.com, (480) 753-7676 or Jackie@ahwatukeechamber.com.
Saturday, Oct. 10
“Perennial Divide” Fall Plant Sale: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Office, 4341 E. Broadway Road. Master Gardeners will provide information about the on-site demonstration gardens and offer free gardening advice. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase. Free admission. www.maricopamastergardeners.com/plantsale.htm.
Monday, Oct. 12
13th annual Sandra Day O’Connor Awards Luncheon: 10 a.m. reception and vignettes, 11 a.m. program, Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa, Frank Lloyd Wright Ballroom, 2400 E. Missouri Ave. Hosted by Arizona Foundation for Women. Three outstanding women, including Dr. Madeleine Albright, will be honored for their significant contribution to society and their inspiration to women. Sponsorships, reservations: www.azfoundationforwomen.org.
Tuesday, Oct. 13
Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce Wake Up Ahwatukee Mixer: 7 a.m., New Paths to Healthcare held at CK’s Tavern & Grill, 4142 E. Chandler Blvd. $5 for members, $15 for non-members. www.ahwatukeechamber.com.
Thursday, Oct. 15
“East Valley’s - Be There” Professional networking event: 6 to 8:30 p.m., The Grace Inn, 10831 S. 51st St. www.evbtvpweb.com.
Friday, Oct. 16
Sherman Alexie to Speak at NU (Native + You): 5:30 to 9 p.m., Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave. At 6 p.m., Alexie will discuss and sign his newest book, War Dances. Tickets for the speaker are $7 and will come with a $7 voucher toward the purchase of the book from Changing Hands. Tierra del Fuego will perform in the courtyard and young Pueblo women artists will have work on display and for sale. Free admission. (602) 252-8848 or www.heard.org/NU.
Saturday, Oct. 17
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 www.chandleraz.gov/special-events.
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 www.bpwphoenix.org.
Monday, Oct. 19
“Zoo To You” program: 10 to 11 a.m., Environmental Education Center, Veterans Oasis Park, northeast corner of Lindsay and Chandler Heights roads, Chandler. Live animals from the Phoenix Zoo will be on display and zoo staff will deliver a presentation to engage audiences about the wonders of our earth and the animals with whom we share it. $8, free for ages four and under. Pre-registration required to (480) 782-2890.
Tuesday, Oct. 20
Mothers of Preschooleres (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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, Oct. 21
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. www.lib.az.us/museum/events.cfm or (602) 926-3620.
Friday, Oct. 23
Monster Ball, Family Fun Night: 6 to 8:30 p.m., Ahwatukee Foothills YMCA, 1030 E. Liberty Lane. The event is a Halloween dance, trunk or treat and haunted house family fun event all rolled up into one. Enjoy games, prizes, a kid-friendly haunted house, “trunk-or-treating” and another opportunity to wear your Halloween costume. Windy City DJ’s will emcee. The cost is $5 per family, and the event is open to the community. (480) 759-6762.
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. www.phoenixzoo.org.
Community Fair: Bigger and better than ever! For sponsorship or booth information, call the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce at (480) 753-7676.
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.
Thursday, Oct. 29
Halloween Wine Dinner: Caffe Boa, 5063 E. Elliot Road. Features Vampire wines, live music, prizes and more. $45 per person. Reservations accepted anytime to email@example.com or (480) 893-3331.
Friday, Oct. 30
Howl-O-Ween at the Phoenix Zoo: 6:30 to 9:30 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 www.phoenixzoo.org for more information.
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 www.chandleraz.gov/special-events.
Saturday, Oct. 31
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 www.phoenixzoo.org for more information.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Wednesday, Nov. 11
Foothills Women’s Club meeting: 7 p.m., Club West Golf Course Clubhouse, 16400 S. 14th Ave. Local women are invited. The club meets one Wednesday evening of the month September through May. Kari, email@example.com or www.foothillswomensclub.org.
Friday, Nov. 13
Eighth Annual 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.
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.
Thursday, Nov. 26
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 www.phoenixzoo.org for more information.
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.