Friday, Feb. 26
Author, military wife book signing: 6:30 p.m. today, Barnes and Noble, 1758 S. Val Vista Drive, Mesa; 1 p.m. Feb. 27, Bookstar, 8919 E. Indian Bend Road, Scottsdale. Author Linda J. Johnson, wife of a military contractor, sets the record straight about military contractors in her book, Living in the Shadow of the Iraq Conflict Our Story – From a Military Contractor’s Wife. www.shadowsofiraq.com.
“Corks for a Cause” wine and beer tasting event: 6:30 p.m., Inspirador, 63 E. Boston St., Chandler. Hosted by the East Valley Women’s League, the event features tasting of multiple wines and beers, silent and live auctions. Proceeds will benefit Women Veteran’s Project, EVWL scholarship programs, Children’s Cancer Network and Cinderella Affair. $65. Reservations required to Heather at firstname.lastname@example.org or (602) 318-4830. www.eastvalleywomensleague.org.
Teen Night at the YMCA: 7 to 9 p.m., 1030 E. Liberty Lane. With a DJ, dancing, pizza and drinks, Teen Nights have become a big hit for fifth to eighth graders in the community. And for only $5, it’s a great deal for parents, too.
Volunteers are always needed. email@example.com.
Local to Global Justice Teach-In: today to Sunday, Farmer Education Building, Arizona State University. This year’s theme, “Re-Storying Community,” addresses the need for re-imagining new possibilities for restoring communities and social networks, fueled in large part by the recent economic crisis. Event schedule, directions, parking information available at www.localtoglobal.org.
Saturday, Feb. 27
Raising Arizona Kids Magazine’s seventh annual Camp Fair: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tesseract Middle and Upper School, 3939 E. Shea Blvd., Phoenix. Get information to help plan your child’s summer. Free and open to the public. (480) 991-KIDS (5437) or www.raisingarizonakids.com.
Walk for Values USA: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza, 1700 W. Washington St. Check-in begins at 9 a.m. The walk will bring awareness to the universal human values of truth, right conduct, peace, love and nonviolence. Walkers pledge to “adopt a value” that they will practice themselves to help bring about this awareness. Free. www.walkforvaluesusa.org.
Free Zumba Class and Open House: 10:15 a.m., Phoenix Holistic Health Center, 4747 E. Elliott Road. (480) 753-0888 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Back Handspring and Tuck Boot Camp: 10:30 a.m. to noon, Arizona All-Stars, 7425 S. Harl, Suite 3, Tempe. Get ready for cheer tryouts. Participants will work towards a back handspring and learn many basic skills needed to perform this popular skill. This boot camp with improve strength, coordination and self-esteem. Other basic tumbling skills will also be worked. $15 in advance. (480) 831-1105 or www.azallstars.com.
Sunday, Feb. 28
Meet Cat in the Hat (costume event): 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Brilliant Sky Toys & Books, 4929 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 401. Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday and Read Across America Week with the Cat in the Hat. Free. (480) 785-8697.
Tuesday, March 2
Legislative District 20 Democrats Meet and Greet: 6:30 p.m., Deb Papaleo’s, 13044 S. 46th Way. Meet the Democratic Exploratory Committee Senate candidate, Rodney Glassman. RSVP: email@example.com or (480) 705-7235.
Wednesday, March 3
Ahwatukee Chat, Chew and Chocolate morning coffee: 9 a.m. All women are invited to start the morning off with friends, fun and inspiration. Free. No need to register, just show up to sip and chat. www.AhwatukeeCCC.com or Liz, firstname.lastname@example.org or (602) 881-8401.
Mocha Moms open house: 10 a.m. to noon, Whitton Avenue Bible Church, 2601 E. Whitton Ave. The support group for moms of color will share information about the many ways they are there for moms, whether they choose to stay home, work outside of the home or work flexible schedules. Moms and children are welcome. www.mochamoms.org or Charalotte, email@example.com or (602) 451-5938.
Thursday, March 4
Women in Business Lunch & Learn: noon to 1 p.m., Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce, 10235 S. 51st St., Suite 185. Vicki Sandler, author, speaker and highly accomplished executive in the energy area, will kick off the agenda by introducing her newly released book, Find Your Scream, Live Your Dream. $5. Pre-register at info@AhwatukeeChamber.com or by calling (480) 753-7676. Feel free to bring your lunch.
Republican Professionals of Phoenix: 6 to 8 p.m., White House Bar and Restaurant, 4225 N. Craftsmans Court, Scottsdale. Former six-term congressman and radio talk show host JD Hayworth will discuss his conservative viewpoints, the direction that he wants to lead Arizona and the heated race between himself and Sen. John McCain. Group meets first Thursdays. Free. RSVP: www.phxrp.com.
Saturday, March 6
Huge Spring Rummage Sale: 7 a.m. to noon, Congregational Church of the Valley, 240 S. Cooper Road, Chander. Presented by Desert Sky Mothers of Multiples. Features children’s clothes, toys, books, strollers, car seats, furniture, household items and more.
12th Annual Motorsports Day: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Arizona Community Church, 9325 S. Rural Road, Tempe. Features 350 performance and specialty vehicles on display, radio controlled action area, special kids activity area with bounce house, ‘50s music, raffle prizes and drawings and free tote bags for the first 300 participants. All children receive a free Hot Wheel car and goodie bag. Free. Lunch tickets available for $5. www.accmsd.org.
Tearing Down the Walls of Hate to Build a Better Future: noon registration, 1 p.m. opening cermemonies, 5 p.m. conclusion, Kiwanis Park north soccer field, Baseline Road west of Mill Avenue, Tempe. “Walls” will be set up and decorated with symbolism representing the various forms of hate. As the event progresses, the walls will literally be torn down. www.tearingdownthewallsofhate.com.
Sunday, March 7
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.
Monday, March 8
17th Annual Courage Awards: 6 p.m., Marriott Buttes Resort, Kachina Ballroom, 2000 Westcourt Way, Tempe. Hosted by the Tempe Sports Authority. Includes a cocktail reception, silent and live auction, dinner and awards ceremony. The event honors exceptional men and women who inspire young people nationwide. Emcee is Daron Sutton, television play-by-play voice of the Arizona
Diamondbacks and Arizona State Sun Devils men’s basketball. Proceeds are used to fund community youth-oriented non-profit organizations and scholarship programs at Arizona colleges. (480) 940-8666.
Wednesday, March 10
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, email@example.com.
Thursday, March 11
MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers): 9 a.m., Foothills Baptist Church, 15450 S. 21st St. Free child care for ages 0 to 5. Meetings are second and fourth Thursdays. Jennifer, (480) 759-2118, ext. 205.
Weeders Garden Club: 9:30 a.m., meet at the Sun Lakes Health Center at Riggs and Alma School roads for a visit to the Native Heritage Seed Garden at the Hyatt Scottsdale. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, March 13
Zeitgeist Day event: 6 to 9 p.m., Madcap Theaters, 730 S. Mill Ave., Tempe. Hosted by Arizona Zeitgeist Movement, the event features a slide show presentation followed by a question-and-answer session. The purpose of The Zeitgeist Movement is to create a global awareness to transition into a new, sustainable direction for humanity as a whole. www.Zday2010.org.
Tuesday, March 16
James O. Schroeder American Legion Post 55 meeting: 7 p.m., Navajo Room, Sun Lakes Country Club, 25601 N. Sun Lakes Blvd. The Ladies Auxiliary will serve refreshments following the meeting.
Wednesday, March 17
Arizona Capitol Museum Lunch Bunch: 12:15 to 1 p.m., first floor museum lounge, 1700 W. Washington St. Celebrate Women’s History Month with Heidi Osselaer, author of Winning Their Place, Arizona Women in Politics – 1883-1950. Bring your lunch and enjoy coffee and cookies provided by the Museum Guild. Free admission and parking in Wesley Bolin Plaza at 17th Avenue and Washington. www.lib.az.us/museum/events.cfm or (602) 926-3620.
Thursday, March 18
Streator, Ill., Reunion: 11 a.m., Desert Breeze Park, 660 N. Desert Breeze Blvd., Chandler. Anyone with a Streator connection is welcome. Participants are asked to bring their own beverage, table service and a covered dish to pass. $1 cover charge for park rental expenses. Games and prizes. Rosemary, (480) 345-6537, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
East Valley’s - Be There meeting: 6 p.m., The Grace Inn, 10831 S. 51st St. www.evbtvpweb.com.
Friday, March 19
Ashton / La Aroma Cigar Tasting: 3 to 7 p.m., Tinder Box, 4611 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 106. (480) 961-7777 or www.totalcigars.com.
“Wings to Fly” culinary event: 5:30 to 8 p.m., The Phoenician Resort, 6000 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale. The “Beautifully Paired” affair offers savory food and beverage pairings along with a benefit auction and raffle. The menu features wines, spirits, beers and non-alcoholic beverages with masterly crafted libations to give guests a one-of-a-kind culinary and learning experience. Proceeds benefit Wings to Fly, a teen girls charity. Tickets are $75 per person or $100 per pair in advance or $85 per person or $120 for a pair at the door. (602) 286-0313 or www.wingstofly.info.
Saturday, March 20
East Valley Democratic Breakfast Club: 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., Denny’s Restaurant, 4403 S. Rural Road, Tempe. (480) 993-8799.
Friday, March 26
Arizona Society of Astrologers meeting: 7 to 9:30 p.m., Scottsdale Granite Reef Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Road. Ray Merriman will speak on “The Economy and 2010 Predictions.” www.asastrologers.org or Kay, (480) 802-4357.
Saturday, March 20
Spring Plant Sale: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow, Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway. Garden volunteers, horticulturists and professional landscape designers will be on hand to answer questions, assist in plant selections and offer advice. Purchase pottery and other garden accessories from specialty retailers and visit the Farmer’s Market. No admission fee to enter the plant sale. www.dbg.org or (480) 941-1225.
Tuesday, March 23
Ahwatukee Republican Women: 6:30 p.m. networking and socializing, 7 p.m. general meeting, Grace Inn, 10831 S. 51st St. Loraine, (480) 460-7101.
Friday, March 26
Agave on the Rocks: 6 p.m., Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway. Comprised of gourmet cuisine prepared by renowned Valley restaurants and caterers, hot music and scrumptious margaritas, this event is not your ordinary Garden party! Must be 21 or older, no children admitted. Tickets must be purchased in advance. www.dbg.org or (480) 481-8188.
Saturday, March 27
Arizona Beta Sigma Phis Against Domestic Abuse 11th annual “Share the Magic” Luncheon: 10:30 a.m. silent auction, lunch and fashion show at noon, Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort, 7677 N. 16th St. Fashions provided by The Dress Barn. $45. Proceeds benefit Faith House in Glendale and My Sister’s Place in Chandler. Tickets, sponsorships, donations: Shirley, (602) 626-7819 or www.sharethemagicada.org.
Tuesday, April 13
“The Stand” seminar: 6 to 9:30 p.m., Biltmore Resort, 2400 E. Missouri Ave. Co-founded and hosted by renowned public speakers and life coaches Mike Lindstrom and Justin Fatica, the event benefits the Kurt Warner First Things First Foundation. This motivating integrity-driven event presents a straight-forward approach to empowering individuals to stand up and reach out to others in their lives. www.thestandnow.com.
Friday, April 16
Montecristo / Romeo Cigar Tasting: 3 to 7 p.m., Tinder Box, 4611 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 106. (480) 961-7777 or www.totalcigars.com.
Saturday, April 24
Dinner on the Desert: 6 p.m., Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway. Includes a signature cocktail and final glance at the Allan Houser: Tradition to Abstraction exhibit; hors d’oeuvres and bidding on plants, pots and garden art; a Native-American inspired dinner; and entertainment and dancing under the stars. Proceeds support the Garden’s mission. Tickets start at $500, and space is limited. Reservations: Esther, (480) 481-8182.
Wednesday, April 28
Hero Day: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Applause Full Service Salon, 7246 E. First Street, Scottsdale. All Maricopa County Police, Fire, Sheriff Department and EMT employees, including all administrative and ancillary employees, will receive complimentary haircuts and styles, manicures, chair massages and facial waxing. Free food from area restaurants. Suzanne, (480) 330-5228.
Spring Fishing Frenzy: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Papago Park , 625 N. Galvin Parkway. Bring the family out for a fun-filled evening of fishing under the light of the full moon with Papago Park Rangers. Participants will receive instruction and guidance on basic angling techniques used for fishing urban waters. Fishing poles, tackle and bait will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own. $10. Discounts applied at registration - $3 for Recreation Card holders and 25% for Phoenix residents. Register online using class number 62706 at www.phoenix.gov/parks, click classes & programs.
Saturday, May 8
Golfin’ in the Desert: 7:30 a.m. shotgun start, Arizona State University Karsten Golf Course, 1125 E. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe. Hosted by Desert Botanical Garden volunteers, the fun day of golf will support Title I schools. $100 per person, includes golf, cart fees and lunch. Registration: www.dbg.org/golftournament or email@example.com.
Sunday, May 9
Mother’s Day Lunch and Concert With Estéban: Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway. Two concerts are offered: the 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. show features Esteban in concert with a delicious catered brunch (table seating only) for $85; the 4 to 6 p.m. show features Esteban in an intimate concert setting (auditorium style seating only) for $50. Space is limited. Reservations: www.dbg.org or (480) 481-8188.
Friday, May 14
CAO Tasting: 3 to 7 p.m., Tinder Box, 4611 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 106. (480) 961-7777 or www.totalcigars.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.
Thursday, June 17
Brickhouse Cigar Tasting: 3 to 7 p.m., Tinder Box, 4611 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 106. (480) 961-7777 or www.totalcigars.com.
Wednesday, June 30
Givers Day: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Applause Full Service Salon, 7246 E. First Street, Scottsdale. All Maricopa County volunteers from any walk of life (Hospice, Red Cross, etc.) will receive complimentary haircuts and styles, manicures, chair massages and facial waxing. Free food from area restaurants. Suzanne, (480) 330-5228.
Tuesday, Aug. 31
Angel Day: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Applause Full Service Salon, 7246 E. First Street, Scottsdale. All Maricopa County medical personnel from hospitals, nursing homes, etc., will receive complimentary haircuts and styles, manicures, chair massages and facial waxing. Free food from area restaurants. Suzanne, (480) 330-5228.
Friday, Sept. 24
Biergarten: Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway. The beer tasting event fuses old world charm with a modern flair in a spectacular outdoor setting. For the refined beer connoisseur, this event offers craft and domestic brews to sample and authentic German fare prepared by Atlasta Catering & Event Concepts. All beer sampled will be available for purchase. $70 for members, $75 for non-members. www.dbg.org or (480) 481-8188.
Thursday, Oct. 21
The Great Pumpkin Festival: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today to Sunday, Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway. Take a hayride to the pumpkin patch, where children ages 12 and under may choose their own free pumpkin. Children will enjoy face painting, the Amazing Bale Maze, balloon artistry, pumpkin decorating and carving demonstrations and more. Fabulous Food will offer a baked goods and fall harvest market, where visitors can purchase fresh produce such as unique pumpkins, gourds and chili ristras. Festival is included with paid Garden admission. www.dbg.org or (480) 481-8188.
Saturday, Oct. 30
Dia De Los Muertos Celebration: 10 a.m. to 3 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 that will bring the history of this holiday to life with song, dance and storytelling. www.dbg.org or (480) 481-8188.
Saturday, Nov. 6
Native American Recognition Days: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and tomorrow, Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway. The festival is dedicated to Native American culture. www.dbg.org or (480) 481-8188.
Saturday, Nov. 13
Chiles & 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. Celebrate the unique taste of the Southwest as you meander through a breezy open air market while enjoying cooking demonstrations and entertainment. All products available for purchase from local vendors. www.dbg.org or (480) 481-8188.
Thursday, Dec. 2
Las Noches de las Luminarias: 5:30 to 9:30 pm. various days today through Dec. 30, Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway. Thousands of hand-lit luminarias provide a warm and inviting setting to spend a cheerful holiday evening. More than 10 musical acts provide the musical backdrop and strategically located fire pits provide warming stations or romantic settings. Food, wine, cocoa, cider and other non-alcoholic beverages available. Tickets: $20 for adults, $10 for children (members); $25 for adults, $12.50 for children (non-members). Children two and under are admitted free. www.dbg.org or (480) 481-8188.