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, firstname.lastname@example.org, or (602) 881-8401 or www.chatchewandchocolate.com.
Ahwatukee Lions Club: noon, The Grace Inn, 10831 S. 51st St. Visitors welcome. Gene, (480) 893-2525. www.lionsclubs.org.
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.
Buzztime’s Wednesday Night Fantasy Football Draft: 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Oct. 28, Native New Yorker, 1339 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 101, 5030 E. Ray Road, and CK’s Tavern and Grill, 4142 E. Chandler Blvd. Free. www.buzztime.com.
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
Employment Fair for people with disabilities: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Gateway Community College, north and south lower cafeteria banquet room, 108 N. 40th St. The event features Arizona employers looking to diversify their employee base by hiring people with disabilities. Emily, (602) 286-8170 or email@example.com.
Theme days at Brillliant Sky Toys & Books: today to Oct. 18, 4929 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 401. The Wild Thing - held in conjunction with the movie opening and featuring lots of Where the Wild Things Are activities. Guest speakers, animal visits, and more are invited to support the themes - to be a featured guest, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. www.brilliantskytoys.com.
Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce Bar Bounce: 6:30 p.m. kick-off happy hour at the Radisson, then travel to Hob Nob and Rock Bottom by bus - no driving! www.ahwatukeechamber.com, (480) 753-7676 or Jackie@ahwatukeechamber.com.
Second Friday Science Café: 7 p.m., East West Exchange, 2051 W. Warner Road, Chandler. Discover Your Fellow Earthlings with Andrew Hamilton, Assistant Professor, International Institute for Species Exploration at Arizona State University. $5 suggested donation. (480) 855-6010 or www.ScienceCafes.org.
Dinner and silent auction to benefit Farm Sanctuary: 7 p.m., Inside The Bungalow, 48 N. Robson, Mesa. Includes dinner, a silent auction and a special guest speaker, with proceeds to benefit Farm Sanctuary, the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization, and their vital rescue, education and advocacy efforts to protect farm animals from neglect and abuse. $40. www.firstgiving.com/azfarmparty. The Farm Sanctuary’s 2009 Walk for Farm Animals will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at Margaret T. Hance Park, just west of Central Avenue on Culver. Meet at the East Ramada. Bagels and vegan cream cheese will be provided. $15 if pre-registered, $20 day of event. www.firstgiving.com/farmsanctuary or email@example.com.
Saturday, Oct. 10
Married with Differences/Financially Together Seminar: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., LifeQuest Church, 14647 S. 50th St., Suite 165. This free seminar helps couples understand their differences and begin using their differences to strengthen their marriages. Whether engaged, newly married, or married 50 years, there is something for every couple. Lunch is included, child care available. RSVP required by calling (480) 763-8210 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
“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.
Clearance sale to benefit ABC Shelter: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today and tomorrow, Max & Lucy, 116 W. McDowell Road (in the After Hours building and gallery). Half of the proceeds will benefit the Animals Benefit Club (ABC) Shelter, one of the oldest no-kill, nonprofit animal shelters in Phoenix. Merchandise will be discounted up to 90 percent, with prices starting at 25 cents. ABC volunteers will be on site to assist shoppers, as well as provide information about the needs of the shelter and adoptable pets. ABC also accepts cash donations and needs individuals to participate in the New Monthly Donor Program. Donations of goods (blankets, food, laundry detergent, bleach, etc.) are also welcome. www.animalsbenefitclub.com.
Annual Arizona-Detroiters Dinner: 5 to 10 p.m., Fiesta Resort Conference Center, 2100 S. Priest Drive, Tempe. Hosted by Detroit Memories. Speakers include Vic Caputo, former WJBK Detroit TV news anchor, and Terry Livingston, daughter of the late Toby “Captain Jolly” David. The evening will include a cash bar, dinner and slide shows. $45 per person in advance, $60 at the door. Seating is limited. email@example.com or www.DetroitMemories.com/Arizona2009.html.
Annual Pasta, Poker and Pets Party: 6 to 11 p.m., DC Ranch Community Center, 18600 N. 98th St., Scottsdale. The event will celebrate animals that have been rescued and call to action for those needing assistance. Features beer, wine, “mutt”ini’s, pasta buffet, silent auction, poker tournament and prizes. Tickets are $40 per person, $75 per couple by Oct. 9, $5 more at the door. www.LostOurHome.org or Valerie, (623) 215-8657 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, Oct. 11
Bark Avenue Adopt-a-thon: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Bark Avenue Pet Supply, 3109 E. McKellips Road, Mesa. Twenty-three animal rescue groups will be in attendance, and hundreds of dogs and cats will be up for adoption. Proceeds from raffles will benefit the Phoenix Animal Care Coalition (PACC911) Emergency Medical Fund – 100 percent goes to help the companion animals of Arizona. Free samples of vegan food will also be available. www.pacc911.org, or Valerie, (602) 340-0415 or email@example.com.
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.
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.
Sarah Vowell book signing: 7 p.m., Changing Hands Bookstore, 6428 S. McClintock Drive. Tempe. She will read and sign her acclaimed book, The Wordy Shipmates. (480) 730-0205.
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.
Valley Metro information session and free light rail ride for persons with disabilities: 1 to 3 p.m., Disability Empowerment Center, 5025 E. Washington St. David, (602) 443-0723.
Wednesday, Oct. 14
ARTiculating Disability: Words, Film, Visual Images – Breaking Stereotypes: 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., Disability Empowerment Center, 5025 E. Washington St. Hosted by the Arizona Bridge to Independent Living and Statewide Independent Living Council. Includes a performance by Carolan Quenneville of the Improbable Theatre Company, a screening of the Academy Award-winning documentary King Gimp and a conversation with Dan Keplinger, also known as the King Gimp. The event will be audio described and ASL interpreted. Seating is limited. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Doomtown at Rawhide - “Refuge of the Unwanted:” Wednesday to Sunday evenings, Exit 162 off Interstate 10 east. Extra goblins and goo have been added this year to complement the already haunting experience. The Rawhide Roughriders bring you the ultimate Halloween show, with fantastic stunts and bone rattling explosions plus the spine chilling Train of Terror and the Haunted Hike. Rawhide is decorated in Halloween theme. Children and adults alike are invited to experience two spine-chilling haunted houses this year, The Crypt and The Asylum, brought together by Cryptic Illusions. www.Rawhide.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.
Rodney Strong Wine Dinner: 7 p.m. tonight, Caffe Boa, 5063 E. Elliot Road. The restaurant will host the Rodney Strong winery with a four-course dinner, live music and more. $45 per person. A Halloween Wine Dinner will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, featuring Vampire wines, live music and more. $39 per person. Reservations: email@example.com or (480) 893-3331.
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.
The NEST Haunted House: tonight to Sunday, Oct. 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, Oct. 17
Desert Botanical Garden Fall Plant Sale: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway (east parking lot). Features the largest variety of desert-adapted plants available in one location. Garden horticulturists, volunteers and professional landscape designers will be on hand to answer questions, assist in plant selections and offer advice. Free admission – garden members receive a 10 percent discount on plant purchases. (480) 941-1225 or www.dbg.org.
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.
19th Annual Empty Bowls Event: 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Arizona Center (in the Grotto), 400 E. Van Buren. Hosted by Waste Not, a Phoenix-based organization dedicated to collecting and distributing perishable food to a diverse network of agencies that feed the hungry. The event features a wide array of one-of-a-kind bowls made by the Arizona Clay Association, most available for a $12 donation which helps support Waste Not’s food recovery and delivery program. Sam’s Café will supply lunch to those that purchase a bowl. www.wastenotaz.org or (480) 941-1841.
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.
Ahwatukee Little League Annual Board of Directors Meeting and Election: 7:45 p.m., Ahwatukee Board of Management, 4700 E. Warner Road.
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.
Solar electricity seminar: 7 p.m., Oakwood Country Club, 24218 S. Oakwood Blvd., Sun Lakes. Installers will set up displays and speak with residents. The presentation will include slides, charts and easy-to-understand facts and figures. A question and answer period will follow. (480) 895-8194.
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.
Ahwatukee American Legion Post 64 and Veterans Club: 3 p.m. third Wednesdays, Ahwatukee Recreation Center, 5001 E. Cheyenne Drive. Rod, (480) 496-6169.
Halloween “Dress Rehearsal” Party: 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Disney Stores (San Tan Village, Fiesta Mall, Arizona Mills and Scottsdale Fashion Square). Celebrate the Halloween season with games, prizes and a costume parade. Kids ages three and up who show up wearing their favorite costume will receive a free gift (while supplies last). www.disneystore.com or (866) 902-2798.
Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce After Five Evening Mixer: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., The Bar Fitness Studio, 4425 E. Agave Road, Suite 100. Co-Hosted by Heidi’s Catering & Events. The Oktoberfest party will be complete with food, music and lots of fun. Bring your own stein. The jackpot is $250. www.ahwatukeechamber.com or (480) 753-7676.
Thursday, Oct. 22
Great Pumpkin Festival: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today to Sunday, Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway. Features pumpkins, hayrides, country-western entertainment, carnival games, hay bale maze and the Arizona Big Train Operators’ interactive exhibit. All activities are included with Garden admission. (480) 941-1225 or www.dbg.org.
Arizona’s Original Scream Park: various times and dates to Nov. 1, Loop 101 and McDowell Road, Scottsdale. Includes four haunted attractions – Alice’s House of Nightmares, 3-D Fear Factory, Castle of Darkness and Goldminers Revenge. www.azscreampark.com, (480) 444-2590 or email@example.com.
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.
Get Involved Extravaganza: 6 to 8 p.m., REI, 1405 W. Southern Ave., Tempe. Held in celebration of the new Ken Burns documentary series, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, the event will help the community “Get Involved” with preserving shared public spaces. Representatives from nonprofit groups and organizations that work to preserve Arizona’s wilderness, public lands, and open spaces - and access to them - will share stories and answer questions, a clip from the documentary will be shown and information will be provided on volunteer opportunities. Free refreshments. (480) 967-5494 or www.rei.com/tempe.
Friday, Oct. 23
Monster Ball, Family Fun Night: 6 to 8:30 p.m., Ahwatukee Foothills YMCA, 1030 E. Liberty Lane. Windy City DJ’s will emcee, and guests are invited to come dressed in costume. The evening includes dance games, prizes, two haunted houses for young and older children and “trunk-or-treating.” The cost is $5 for the entire family and includes a slice of pizza, drink, popcorn and the haunted houses. The trunk-or-treating is free and will only run from 6 to 7:30 p.m. (guests do not have to pay the $5 fee to the Monster Ball if they will only do the trunk-or-treat). Guests that volunteer to decorate their trunks will receive free admission into the Monster Ball. Proceeds will support the YMCA “Strong Kids Campaign.” (480) 759-6762.
Amelia Earhart book event: 7 p.m., Changing Hands Bookstore, 6428 S. McClintock Drive, Tempe. Author Susan Wels will discuss her new book, Amelia Earhart: The Thrill of It, which will be published to coincide with this month’s release of the Hollywood biopic starring Hilary Swank in the title role, alongside Richard Gere and Ewan McGregor (www.foxsearchlight.com/amelia/). (480) 730-0205.
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.
Butterfly Walk: 9:30 to 11 a.m., Boyce Thompson Arboretum Visitor’s Center, Highway 60, Milepost 223, near Superior. Learn about and look for a variety of common species of butterflies, such as Queen, Painted Lady and Pipevine Swallowtail on this guided walk. (520) 689-2723 or http://arboretum.ag.arizona.edu.
Live SMART Expo: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., St. John Bosco School, 16035 S. 48th St. The largest business showcase in Ahwatukee, featuring over 100 exhibitors and approximately 1,000 attendees, serves as an ideal way for you to promote your products and/or services, highlight new brands or names, network, promote a new address or just offer the public a glimpse at who you are and what you do. For sponsorship or booth information, call the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce at (480) 753-7676.
Tumble Clinics: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Arizona All-Stars, 7425 S. Harl Ave., Suite 3, Tempe. The clinic will provide drills and techniques that build confidence and help athletes master their standing back handpsrings and standing tucks. $15 if pre-registered, $20 day of clinic. Registration forms: www.azallstars.com. Information: (480) 831-1105 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Tuesday, Oct. 27
Arizona Grantmakers Forum 3rd annual Art of Giving Luncheon: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Arizona Biltmore, 2400 E. Missouri Ave. Theme: Multi-Generational Philanthropy. Author Nathan Dungan will discuss new ways to talk and think about money among family members and between generations. www.azgrantmakers.org.
Ahwatukee Republican Women: 7 p.m., Fire Station Community Room, 4110 E. Chandler Blvd. Mary, (602) 206-1189 or ARWomen@aol.com.
Thursday, Oct. 29
Halloween Wine Dinner: 7 p.m., Caffe Boa, 5063 E. Elliot Road. Features Vampire wines, live music, prizes and more. $39 per person. Reservations: 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
Dia de los Muertos celebration: 10 a.m. to 5 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 via song, dance and storytelling. (480) 941-1225 or www.dbg.org.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 www.dbg.org.
Thursday, Nov. 26
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 www.opentable.com.
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.
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. www.jlp.org/VILuncheon.
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.