Wednesday, Dec. 16
Arizona Capitol Museum Lunch Bunch: 12:15 to 1 p.m., first floor Museum Lounge, 1700 W. Washington St. Jeff Kida, photographer for Arizona’s Scenic Seasons, offers insight into his craft and Arizona Highways publications. Free. www.lib.az.us/museum/events.cfm or (602) 926-3620.
Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce Holiday Open House: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Chamber offices, 10235 S. 51st St., Suite 185. (480) 753-7676 or www.ahwatukeechamber.com.
Thursday, Dec. 17
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 www.tukeegirlsnightout.com. Anne, (480) 239-8788 or email@example.com.
East Valley’s - Be There Charity/Holiday Event: 6 p.m., The Grace Inn, 10831 S. 51st St. The group will celebrate its 12th month of business networking and hosting a “Toys for Tots” charity event. Each attendee is asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy for less fortunate children. Door prizes from local businesses will also be drawn. www.evbtvpweb.com.
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.
Saturday, Dec. 19
East Valley Democratic Breakfast Club: 7:30 a.m., Denny’s Restaurant, 4403 S. Rural Road, Tempe. Congressman Harry Mitchell will speak and answer questions about what is going on in Washington, D.C., and State Senator Garcia, Senate Democratic Leader, will discuss Arizona issues. (480) 993-8799.
Breakfast with Santa: 9 to 11 a.m., Phoenix Zoo, Stone House Pavilion, 455 N. Galvin Parkway. Celebrate Christmas with Santa and enjoy breakfast at the Zoo. $25 for adults, $10 for children 3 to 12, includes Zoo admission and a photo op with Santa. Space is limited, reservations required. www.phoenixzoo.org.
Holiday bowling tournament for persons with physical disabilities: AMF Mesa Lanes, 2115 E. Southern Ave., Mesa. 11:30 a.m., athlete check-in and lunch (pizza); 11:45 a.m., practice; noon, tournament begins. $5. Lane, (480) 835-6273 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Santa’s House: noon to 5 p.m., Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, 3 S. Arizona Ave. Get a free picture taken with Santa. (480) 782-2735.
Sandra Day O’Connor book signing: 1 to 3 p.m., Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave. Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor will sign a number of her books including her latest children’s book, Finding Susie. www.heard.org.
Las Noches de las Luminarias: 5 to 9 p.m. various days through Dec. 30, Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 North Galvin Parkway. Experience this unique Southwest holiday tradition as the magic of thousands of hand-lit luminarias cast a soft glow on the Garden’s renowned plant collection. Follow the sounds of valley musicians throughout the Garden trails. Dining is available in Dorrance Hall. (480) 941-1225 or www.dbg.org.
ZooLights at the Phoenix Zoo: 6 to 10 p.m. 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.
Sunday, Dec. 20
Teddy Bear Tea in the Grand Ballroom: noon and 3 p.m. today to Tuesday, The Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix, Tea Lobby, 2401 E. Camelback Road. This holiday tradition features story time with Mrs. Claus, a visit from the Teddy Bear, a puppet show, balloons and greetings from Santa Claus. $35 for adults, $25 for children ages one to 12. Advance reservations required to (602) 468-0700.
Monday, Dec. 21
“Zoo To You” program: 10 to 11 a.m., city of Chandler Environmental Education Center, northeast corner of Lindsay and Chandler Heights roads, Chandler. Live animals from the Phoenix Zoo will be on display and zoo staff will discuss the wonders of our desert and its animals. Payment and pre-registration required for adults and children four and older; children under four may attend for free and need not register. $8. (480) 782-2890 or www.chandleraz.gov/veterans-oasis.
Movie Monday: 1:30 p.m., Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave. Today features Christmas at Wapos Bay. (602) 252-8848 or www.heard.org.
Tuesday, Dec. 22
Ahwatukee Republican Women: 7 p.m., Fire Station Community Room, 4110 E. Chandler Blvd. Mary, (602) 206-1189 or ARWomen@aol.com.
Wednesday, Dec. 23
Basic computer class for persons with disabilities: 12:30 to 2 p.m., Disability Empowerment Center, Room 210 (computer lab), 5025 E. Washington St. Presented by Community Living Options and Arizona StRUT. Registration: Liticia, (602) 443-0715 or email@example.com.
Thursday, Dec. 24
Christmas Eve Dinner: 4 to 8 p.m., The Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix, bistro 24, 2401 E. Camelback Road. A festive four-course holiday dinner amidst the holiday spirit and decor of bistro 24. $65 per adult, $32 per child 3 to 12. Prices do not include beverages, tax or gratuity. Advance reservations required to (602) 468-0700.
Friday, Dec. 25
Christmas Day Brunch: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., The Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix, bistro 24, 2401 E. Camelback Road. A special holiday brunch featuring three courses and a delightful bakery assortment. $42 per adult, $22 per child three to 12. Prices do not include beverages, tax or gratuity. Advance reservations required to (602) 468-0700.
Saturday, Dec. 26
Holidays at the Heard: today to Dec. 31, Jan. 2 and 3, Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave. Music and dance performances, film, fry bread and 10 exhibit galleries. Performances at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Artist demonstrations include sculptors and watercolor artists and take place 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (602) 252-8848 or www.heard.org.
Zoppé - An Italian Family Circus: today to Jan. 3, Chandler Center for the Arts, West Lawn, 250 N. Arizona Ave. In Old-World Italian tradition, the circus welcomes guests into its intimate 500-seat tent for a one-ring circus. This magnificent show features acrobatic feats, equestrian showmanship, canine capers, clowning and plenty of audience participation. A special New Year’s Eve performance will include party favors. $15 to $35. Show times vary. www.chandlercenter.org.
Tuesday, Dec. 29
Registration deadline for FBR Open Tee Off Luncheon: set for 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 12 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort, Frank Lloyd Wright Ballroom. Special guests: Arnold Palmer, Kenny Perry and Roy Spence. $75 per person, $750 for a table of 10. RSVP: www.PhoenixChamber.com, click on Events Calendar. (602) 495-2182. The 2010 FBR Open will take place Feb. 22 to 28 at the TPC Scottsdale.
Thursday, Dec. 31
10th Annual Noon Year’s Eve Celebration at the Phoenix Zoo: 9 a.m. to noon, 455 N. Galvin Parkway. Presented by Radio Disney AM 1580. Ring in the “Noon” Year with tons of snow including a separate snow area for toddlers; music, games and prizes with Radio Disney; snowball target areas; fun and interactive snow activities for the kids; and much more. Free with regular paid admission. www.phoenixzoo.org.
New Year’s Eve Dinner: 6 p.m. to 1 a.m., The Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix, bistro 24, 2401 E. Camelback Road. A festive evening for all ages, including four-course dinner, party favors, cordials and an irresistible dessert station. A jazz trio entertains. $125 per adult, $65 per child three to 12. Prices do not include beverages, tax or gratuity. Advance reservations required to (602) 468-0700.
New Years’ Celebration at 98 South: 6 p.m. to 1 a.m., 98 South Wine Bar and Kitchen, 98 S. San Marcos Place, Chandler. Live music, gourmet three-course dinner (seatings at 6 and 9 p.m.) and a bottle of champagne. $65 per person (plus tax/tip), includes one bottle of champagne per couple. Lyn Jackson and Trio Three Eighty (www.myspace.com/trio380) will present romantic background music during the early seating, but will gear up the excitement to create a party and dance celebration as the midnight hour approaches. Reservations: (480) 814-9800 or www.98south.net.
The Phoenix Symphony’s New Year’s Eve Gala: 7:30 p.m., Grand Ballroom of the Westin Kierland Resort and Spa, Grand Ballroom, 6902 E. Greenway Parkway, Scottsdale. Revel in an evening filled with dancing, dining, unique entertainment and fabulous auction items. $600. (602) 452-0425.
Sunday, Jan. 3
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.
Tuesday, Jan. 5
Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce Women in Business Luncheon: noon to 1:30 p.m., Ahwatukee Country Club, 12432 S. 48th St. $35 for members, $45 for non-members. (480) 753-7676 or www.ahwatukeechamber.com.
Wednesday, Jan. 6
LeadzSmart Marketing Education Class: 7:30 to 9 a.m. Wednesdays, Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce, 10235 S. 51st St., Suite 185. Attendees learn, share and tweak current marketing strategies that generate qualified leads and more sales conversions. Free, everyone welcome. DrRon@DrRonMarek.com or (480) 456-3700.
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.
Saturday, Jan. 9
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 older. $20. www.tumbl-weeds.com or (480) 203-1108.
Monday, Jan. 11
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 www.maricopadems.com (look under LD20).
Tuesday, Jan. 12
Environmental Education Center Seasonal Open House: 5 to 7:30 p.m., 4050 E. Chandler Heights Road, Chandler. Free sampling of activities from regularly-scheduled classes, programs, parties and special events. (480) 782-2890 or www.chandleraz.gov/veterans-oasis.
Wednesday, Jan. 13
Jewish Women International Avodah Chapter 1581 meeting: 11:30 a.m., Coco’s, 1862 W. Baseline Road, Mesa. Reservations: Lucille, (480) 634-5032.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, Jan. 14
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.
Saturday, Jan. 16
East Valley Democratic Breakfast Club: 7:30 a.m., Denny’s Restaurant, 4403 S. Rural Road, Tempe. (480) 993-8799.
Wednesday, Jan. 20
Brown Bag Water Speaker Series: noon to 1:30 p.m., University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, 4341 E. Broadway Road. Jim Field, Professor, Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, The University of Arizona, “Nanoparticle Interaction with Biological Wastewater Treatment Processes.”Free. RSVP: Nancy, (602) 827-8200, ext. 335, or email@example.com.
Saturday, Jan. 23
East Valley Citrus Clinic: 9 a.m. to noon, Greenfield Citrus Nursery, 2558 E. Lehi Road, Mesa. Sponsored by The University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Maricopa County Master Gardeners. Homeowners will learn about the care of citrus, apples, peaches, dates and other fruit crops. Coffee and light refreshments will be available for a nominal cost. $8 in advance, $10 at the gate. www.maricopamastergardener.com/citrusclinic.htm.
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.