Friday, March 26
Ani Williams Concert of Sacred Chants: 7 p.m., Shrine of Holy Wisdom, 4625 S. Ash Ave., Suite J-19, Tempe. Features harp and chant in Hebrew, Aramaic, Egyptian, French, Greek and Spanish. $15. Seating limited. Tickets: (480) 219-9633; Rev. Jorge Eagar, email@example.com; or Ani Williams, firstname.lastname@example.org. Information: www.aniwilliams.com.
Sunday, March 28
Palm Sunday Services: 9 and 10:30 a.m., Desert Foothills United Methodist Church, 2156 E. Liberty Lane. Children will join a palm parade to remember Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem to shouts of Hosanna. Holy Week events: Maundy Thursday Service, April 1, 7 p.m. Come for a simple meal to remember the night that Jesus ate his last meal with his disciples, washed their feet and gave them a new commandment to love one another. Communion will be celebrated in a unique way – you will have the opportunity to have your feet washed. Prayer Vigil, April 1 and 2. Good Friday Service, April 2, 7 p.m. Come for a Tenebrae service of scripture, song and darkness, remembering the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Ahwatukee Easter Parade, April 3, 10 a.m. Walk or roll in the parade. Easter Sunday Services, April 4, 6:30 a.m. Sunrise, 9 a.m. Contemporary, 10:30 a.m. Traditional. The youth will lead the Sunrise Service, and the resurrection will be celebrated at all three services. (480) 460-1025 or www.desertfoothills.org.
Monday, March 29
Chabad of the East Valley’s Community Passover Seder: 7 p.m., Chabad Center, 3875 W. Ray Road, Suite 6, Chandler. Features rich discussion about Passover, food and singing. Chabad Rabbi Mendy Deitsch, director of Chabad of the East Valley, will facilitate the inter-generational program. $40 per adult, $25 per child – family plans available upon request (no one will be turned away due to lack of funds). Seats must be reserved in advance by calling (480) 855-4333, e-mailing email@example.com or visiting www.ChabadCenter.com.
Thursday, April 1
CONNECT women’s Bible study fellowship: 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thursdays through May 6, Mountain Park Community Church, 2408 E. Pecos Road. Childcare mornings only. CONNECTwomen@cox.net.
Passion Play: 7 p.m. tonight and tomorrow, Foothills Baptist Church, 15450 S. 21st St. (at Chandler Boulevard). Church members will present a musical and dramatic presentation of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Free reserved seating is available by obtaining tickets at www.foothillsbaptist.org. Free childcare for birth through kindergarten by reservation only to Penny at (480) 759-2118. Easter Sunday services are at 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. April 4. Sunday School is available for children ages 0 to fifth grade during both services.
Sunday, April 4
Easter egg hunt offers chance to win family meal packages: 10 a.m., Calvary United Methodist Church, 7949 W. Indian School Road. Children of all ages are welcome to participate in a chance to win family meal packages from The Treasure Box, an economical meal program that provides quality, nutritious food for everyone trying to stretch their food dollars. While many eggs will be hidden, only 10 will contain Treasure Box coupons. Coffee and snacks will be provided for parents, and everyone is invited to stay for the 11 a.m. worship. Treasure Boxes offer popular food brands in a pre-assembled, frozen food box packed with $75 to $100 worth of high quality food offered to individuals and families for just $30. Each Treasure Box feeds a family of four for up to a week, and an individual for an entire month. www.thetreasurebox.org.
Thursday, April 8
Arizona Ecumenical Council Banquet & Silent Auction: 6 to 9 p.m., St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 10815 N. 84th St., Scottsdale. Silent auction items are being accepted. (602) 468-3818 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, April 9
Yom Hashoah service: 7:30 p.m., Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation Chapel Center, 9240 E. Sun Lakes Boulevard, Chandler. Services under the direction of Rabbi Irwin Wiener. Jews throughout the world will remember all the millions who perished during the horror of the Holocaust. The congregation will also honor Lana Oyer for 18 years of service as choir director, and the choir will present the music from Stephen Spielberg’s epic movie Schindler’s List and Eili Eili, whose words were written by the Jewish martyr poet Hannah Senesh.
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 email@example.com. All donated items are tax deductible.
St. Benedict Parish Springtime Luau: 6 p.m., St John Bosco Interparish School Grounds, 16035 S 48th St. Features entertainment, silent auction, delicious food, raffle, contests and more. All are welcome. Tickets - $20 for adults and $5 for children under 12 - available by calling (480) 961-1610.
Thursday, April 15
Jewish Alcoholics, Chemically Dependent Persons, and their Families (JACS) meeting: 6 p.m., Temple Emanuel of Tempe Multipurpose Room, 5801 S. Rural Road, Tempe. Meetings provide hope, strength and support in a safe and comfortable setting. Use entrance directly into room by north parking lot. For assistance (in confidence), contact Rabbi Andrew Straus or Nanci Wilharber at (480) 838-1414. Inquiries and JACS group meetings are anonymous.
Friday, April 16
Cal Baptist University Choir and Orchestra in concert: 7 p.m., Scottsdale Bible Church, 7601 E. Shea Blvd. Enjoy an evening of hymns, classics and spirituals. Free. (480) 824-7200.
eXpresso event: 7 p.m., Cornerstone Church, Student Center, 1595 S. Alma School Road, Chandler. eXpresso is an evening for women of all ages to come and hear a panel of women share their personal life stories of how God brought them to where they are today. Today’s topic is “Boundaries.” Free. Tanya, (480) 251-0850 www.cschandler.com/expresso. Upcoming events will take place Aug. 23 (“Labeled”) and Oct. 25 (“Stuck”).
Friday, April 16
Jazz Vespers: 7 p.m. third Fridays, Ascension Lutheran Church, 7100 N. Mockingbird Lane, Paradise Valley. Experience this artistic and contemplative worship encounter for the soul and spirit. Features the musical talents of Bob Ravenscroft on keyboards, Dwight Kilian on bass and Rob Moore on percussion, with the spoken word by Rev. Richard Parrish and visuals by Mario Barnabe. Free and open to the public. (480) 948-6050 or www.ascensionparadisevalley.org.
Coffee Break Women’s Ministry: 9:15 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 3550 E. Knox Road. Scripture study, prayer and fellowship. Loraine, (480) 893-1160 or CoffeebreakMin@aol.com.
Teen Night: 6:30 to 9 p.m., Mountain Park Community Church, 2408 E. Pecos Road. Open to middle and high school students in the community. Each week, teens meet for an action-packed program that includes dinner, music, games, dessert, videos, skits, guest speakers and more. It’s real, relevant and relaxed. Friends welcome. Free. (480) 759-6200 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
T.N.T. (Teens N Torah) for Jewish teenagers: 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., Chabad Center for Jewish Life, 3855 W. Ray Road, Suite 6, Chandler. Offered by Chabad of the East Valley for teens ages 13 to 17. The program combines education and social interaction with videos followed by discussion, fun, trips, games, community service projects and thought-provoking discussions. Shternie, (480) 753-5366 or www.chabadcenter.com.
Man Church: doors open 6 a.m., message at 6:30 a.m. Thursdays, Cornerstone Christian Fellowship, 1595 S. Alma School Road, Chandler. Man Church offers coffee, donuts and straight talk for men in a language they understand in just 15 minutes. No women, no singing, no organ and no long sermons. Bob, (480) 726-8000 or www.cschandler.com/manchurch.
Christ-centered Yoga: 6 to 7 p.m., Mountain Park Community Church, 2408 E. Pecos Road. Have a spiritual experience disguised as exercise! Elena or Rosie will teach a level 1 class, and all you need is a yoga mat or beach towel. Free and open to the community. Greg Battle, (480) 759-6200 or email@example.com.
Holy Yoga: 6 p.m., Horizon Presbyterian Church, 1401 E. Liberty Lane. Led by Holy Yoga Founder Brooke Boon. (480) 460-1480.
DC4K – DivorceCare for Kids: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Chandler Christian Church, room C202, 1825 S. Alma School Road, Chandler. Support group for children ages 6 to 12 coping with a separation or divorce in the family. One-time $10 fee includes snacks and workbook. Pastor Larry Daily, (480) 963-3997, ext. 141, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.chandlercc.org.
Weight Watchers: 9 a.m., Desert Foothills United Methodist Church, 2156 E. Liberty Lane. www.desertfoothills.org or (480) 460-1025.
Holy Yoga: 9:15 a.m., Horizon Presbyterian Church, 1401 E. Liberty Lane. Led by Holy Yoga Founder Brooke Boon. (480) 460-1480.
Toddler Shabbat: 9:30 a.m., Temple Emanuel, 5801 S. Rural Road, Tempe. Celebrate Shabbat with a service, music, and a craft project designed for children 0 to 5 years old and their parents or other adult. (480) 838-1414 or www.emanueloftempe.org.
Torah Tots: 10:15 to 11 a.m., members’ homes. Hosted by Chabad of the East Valley for children ages 2 to 5. Features hands-on activities about the Shabbat, songs, stories and crafts, and all children will make and braid their very own challah. (480) 785-5831.
Celebrate Recovery Support Group: 6 p.m., Ahwatukee Assembly of God, 11832 S. Warner-Elliot Loop. Addressing all types of habits, hurts and hang-ups. Starts with dinner, large group meeting at 7 p.m., small group meetings at 7:45, café at 9 p.m. (480) 893-6189.
Shabbat services: first Fridays, Temple Emanuel, 5801 S. Rural Road, Tempe. “Nosh” at 6 p.m. and then enjoy the Shir Shabbat service led by the Shabba-Tones, the Shabbat musical group, at 6:30 p.m. (480) 838-1414 or www.emanueloftempe.org.
Shabbat Services: 6 p.m. Fridays, except on the Second Friday of each month at 8 p.m., Temple Beth Sholom of the East Valley, 3400 N. Dobson Road, Chandler. Shabbat Morning and Torah Service, weekly at 9 a.m. (480) 897-3636 or www.templebethsholomaz.org.
“Nosh” and worship: third Fridays, Temple Emanuel, 5801 S. Rural Road, Tempe. “Nosh” at 6 p.m., worship at a Kabbalat service at 6:30 p.m. The service is followed by an congregational dinner (by reservation only.) Optional Israeli dancing rounds out the night after dinner. (480) 838-1414 or www.emanueloftempe.org.
Tots N’Torah: 6:30 p.m. second Fridays, Temple Emanuel, 5801 S. Rural Road, Tempe. Designed for children 0-5 and their parents or other adult. Following the service is an Oneg Shabbat, a time for a snack and to meet other families with young children. (480) 838-1414 or www.emanueloftempe.org.
Congregation Eitz Chaim of Ahwatukee shabbat services: 7:30 p.m., services held at 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Congregation Eitz Chaim is traditional and egalitarian. Newcomers are always welcome. Rabbi/Cantor Victor I. Beck, (602) 595-3618, email@example.com or www.eitzchaimphoenix.org.
Shabbat: 7:30 p.m. second, fourth, and fifth Fridays, Temple Emanuel, 5801 S. Rural Road, Tempe. Traditional service followed by an Oneg Shabbat. (480) 838-1414 or www.emanueloftempe.org.
Men’s program: 8 a.m., Arts and Crafts Room, Sun Lakes Country Club (Phase One). Men learn how to achieve greater joy in their lives ... joy that they can share with others. A byproduct of this program is fellowship - men of God with men of God.
The men who wish to come early for breakfast do so around 7:30 a.m. All men are welcome.
Optional study session, Shabbat service: Temple Emanuel, 5801 S. Rural Road, Tempe. Optional study session at 8:20 a.m., Shabbat morning service at 9:30 a.m., followed by a kiddush. (480) 838-1414 or www.emanueloftempe.org.
Congregation Eitz Chaim of Ahwatukee Sabbath morning services: 9 a.m. first Saturdays, Ahwatukee Foothills Prep School, 10201 S. 50th Place. Congregation Eitz Chaim is traditional and egalitarian. Newcomers are always welcome. Rabbi/Cantor Victor I. Beck, (602) 595-3618, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.eitzchaimphoenix.org.
Christ-centered Yoga: 9 to 10 a.m., Mountain Park Community Church, 2408 E. Pecos Road. After a long week, or to start your weekend off with a spiritual start, try the beginning/gentle yoga class taught by Rosie. This class is free and open to the community and is a great intro into Christ Centered yoga. Greg Battle, (480) 759-6200 or email@example.com.
Holy Yoga: 9 a.m., Horizon Presbyterian Church, 1401 E. Liberty Lane. Led by Holy Yoga Founder Brooke Boon. (480) 460-1480.
Sunday school classes: Barness Family East Valley Jewish Community Center, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Offered by Or Adam Congregation. Grades Pre-K through 10, teen youth group, adult education programs, holiday celebrations and monthly Shabbat services. (480) 663-7788 or www.oradam.org.
Horizon Presbyterian Church Youth groups: 4:30 to 6 p.m. (middle school), 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (high school), Horizon Presbyterian Church, 1401 E. Liberty Lane. “Collision” is the middle school youth group and “Remedy” is the high school youth group. Relax, eat snacks, play games, have fellowship and hear topical messages relating to issues in their lives. All area youth are invited. Information: (480) 460-1480 or check out the youth section of the Web site at www.horizonchurch.com.
Desert Foothills United Methodist Church Youth group for sixth to 12th grades: 5 to 7 p.m. For information, visit www.desertfoothills.org (go to the youth page), call (480) 460-1025 or e-mail Jamie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gamblers Anonymous: 7:30 p.m., Mountain View Lutheran Church, 11002 S. 48th St. (480) 893-2729 or (480) 598-1226.
Holy Yoga “Slow Flow” classes: 8:45 to 10 a.m., Esperanza Lutheran Church, 2601 E. Thunderhill Place. Led by certified and registered Holy Yoga instructor Kathy Marcucci. Donation based. email@example.com or (602) 617-2407.
Mah Jongg: 9:30 a.m., Temple Emanuel, 5801 S. Rural Road, Tempe. (480) 838-1414 or www.emanueloftempe.org.
Christ-centered Yoga: 6 to 7 p.m., Mountain Park Community Church, 2408 E. Pecos Road. This is a Flow 1-2 class (intermediate and taught by Elena) and is free and open to the community. Greg Battle, (480) 759-6200 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
DivorceCare and DivorceCare for Kids: 6:30 p.m., Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 739 W. Erie St., Chandler. Classes for those grieving over death or divorce. (480) 963-4127.
GriefShare: 7 p.m., Chandler Christian Church, room C201, 1825 S. Alma School Road, Chandler. Support group for those struggling with how to deal with a loss in life, meets at Free. Pastor Larry Daily, (480) 963-3997, ext. 141, email@example.com or www.chandlercc.org.
Holy Yoga: 9 a.m., Horizon Presbyterian Church, 1401 E. Liberty Lane. Led by Holy Yoga Founder Brooke Boon. (480) 460-1480.
Seniors Terrific Tuesdays: 10:30 a.m. to noon, Barness Family East Valley Jewish Community Center, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. The program is free and includes bagels and coffee and a different speaker or theme each week. See old friends and make new ones. Registration not needed. www.evjcc.org or (480) 897-0588.
GriefShare: 2 and 6:30 p.m., Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 739 W. Erie St., Chandler. (480) 963-4127.
Bible reading sessions for pleasure: 7 to 8 p.m., Chandler Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1188 W. Galveston St. Bring a Bible, or Bibles are available at the sessions. Free. Lori, (480) 917-3593.