Saturday, Jan. 2
Car wash to benefit partially paralyzed resident: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Burger King, 4805 E. Warner Road. Ahwatukee Foothills resident Mackenzie Saunders, 11, was partially paralyzed Dec. 19 after being struck in the back during a soccer game. Donations are being accepted at any Bank of America branch for the “Mackenzie Saunders Medical Fund” and will also be accepted at the Ahwatukee Foothills Soccer Club’s annual club 3 v 3 tournament being held 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at Horizon Charter School, 16233 S. 48th St.
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.
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.
Thursday, Jan. 7
Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce Women in Business luncheon: noon to 1:30 p.m., Ahwatukee Country Club, 12432 S 48th St. Theme: Be the Bulb! with branding expert and author Lori Martinek. Learn how to apply proven Attraction Marketing concepts to “amp up your profile” and put passion and power into your branding and marketing efforts. $35 for Chamber members, $40 for non-members ($5 of every ticket will be donated to the Women in Business Scholarship Fund). Go to http://www.ahwatukeechamber.com/node/778 to purchase tickets online, or call (480) 753-7676.
Republican Professionals networking event: 6 to 8 p.m., Suede Lounge, 7333 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale. State Treasurer Dean Martin is featured guest speaker. Free. RSVP: www.phxrp.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, Jan. 8
Mesa Coin, Currency & Stamp Expo: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Holiday Inn & Suites, Superstition Ballroom, 1600 S. Country Club Drive, Mesa. Qiality dealers from across the country will exhibit, buy, trade and sell a wide variety of U.S. and worldwide investment grade and collector merchandise. Admission: $3 for adults, $2 for seniors, free for children under 14. www.bickinternational.com, 818-997-6496 or email@example.com.
Second Friday Science Café: 7 p.m., East West Exchange, 2051 W. Warner Road. Tonight features Dr. Christopher Wharton, assistant professor, Nutrition Program, Healthy Lifestyles Research Center at Arizona State University. Hosted by Matt Dawson, assistant naturalist, Chandler Environmental Education Center. $5 suggested donation. (480) 855-6010.
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. 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.
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.
Friday, Jan. 15
Women’s Courage Convention: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., The Casa at The Franciscan Renewal Center, 5802 E. Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale. Held in partnership with the Arizona Foundation for Women and presented by renowned speaker and author Judy Pearson, founder of Courage Concepts. www.courageconventions.com.
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
22nd Annual Lovin Life Expo: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Mesa Convention Center, 201 N. Center St., Mesa. Entertainment includes the Dutton Family from Branson, Mo., at 10 a.m., magician Mike Fisher at 11 a.m., former lead singer of the Persuasions and A cappella sensation Jerry Lawson at noon and bingo at 1 p.m. Booths will include many products and services available to the over-50 resident. Activities include door prizes and an hourly drawing for $100 in cash. Free admission and parking. Lovin Life Expos is a part of Lovin Life After 50. Bob, (480) 348-0343, ext. 109, or www.lovinlifeafter50.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arizona Capitol Museum Lunch Bunch: 12:15 to 1 p.m., First Floor Museum Lounge, 1700 W. Washington St. Features an Arizona Legislative Overview - a panel of Capitol reporters will discuss issues and personalities for the coming year. Free. www.lib.az.us/museum/events.cfm or (602) 926-3620.
Thursday, Jan. 21
East Valley’s - Be There meeting: 6 p.m., The Grace Inn, 10831 S. 51st St. www.evbtvpweb.com.
Saturday, Jan. 23
ARC Open House: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Ahwatukee Recreation Center, 5001 E. Cheyenne Dr. Learn about a new club, enjoy refreshments and entertainment and participate in a new activity. Most of the clubs will either demonstrate what their club does (Woodshop, Stained Glass, Lapidary) or provide instructions (Lawn Bowling, Shuffleboard). A new fitness class, Circuit Sampler, will be showcased. Pickleball will be offered, as well as guided tours of the facility. Open to the public. (480) 893-2549.
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.
Annette Y. Britton book signing: 2 to 4 p.m., Borders Books & Music, 870 N 54th St., Chandler. The Phoenix resident will sign 25 Short stories - Five Black Women. (480) 961-4915 or www.borders.com.
Tuesday, Jan. 26
Ahwatukee Republican Women: 7 p.m., Fire Station Community Room, 4110 E. Chandler Blvd. Mary, (602) 206-1189 or ARWomen@aol.com.
Friday, Feb. 5
Chamber Breakfast of Champions: 8 to 10 a.m., Arizona Grand Resort, 8000 S. Arizona Grand Parkway. The Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce will award the Business of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Educational Mentor of the Year and New Business of the Year. Buffet breakfast will be served. $28 for members, $35 for non-members. (480) 753-7676 or www.ahwatukeechamber.com.
Saturday, Feb. 6
58th Annual Great Canadian Picnic: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., South Mountain Park Preserve, 10919 S. Central Ave. Features games for the kids (snow golf, roping, hockey and curling), live music from Jack Jackson and his country band, raffles, door prizes and a 50/50 raffle. Free. Lunch available for purchase from Earls Restaurant, or bring your own. Penny, (602) 765 0431 or email@example.com or www.canadianpicnic.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.