Tuesday, Dec. 8

Learn about alternatives to foreclosure: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Windmill Suites, 3535 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler. Presented by the United Brokers Group Elite Short Sale Team. Homeowners will have the opportunity to ask the experts about their options if they are upside down in a home they can no longer afford. Refreshments will be served. RSVP: www.shortsaleazteam.com or (480) 664-4077.


College Admissions/Financial Assistance Seminar: 7 to 8:30 p.m., Mountain View Lutheran Church, 11002 S. 48th St. High school seniors and parents are invited to learn about college admissions, scholarships, grants, and other financial aid. Hear from Arizona State University professors, admissions representatives and financial aid representatives on what you need to do now to prepare for your first year at college. Free. Colin, (480) 893-2579 or cnoonan@mvlutheran.org.


RSVP deadline for James O. Schroeder American Legion Post 55 Holiday Party: set for Dec. 15 at Sun Lakes Country Club, Navajo Room, 25601 N. Sun Lakes Blvd., Sun Lakes. 5:30 p.m. cocktails, 6:15 p.m. catered dinner. Entertainment, prizes, raffles and fun for all. Personal items will be collected for hospitalized veterans and donations of coupons for food and household items will be accepted to send to military families overseas. (480) 821-8971.


Wednesday, Dec. 9

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. Community outreach program, free to all. DrRon@DrRonMarek.com or (480) 456-3700. 


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, jstowe2@cox.net.


Persons with disabilities invited to attend health care reform workshop: 10 a.m. to noon, Disability Empowerment Center, 5025 E. Washington St. Protecting Arizona’s Family Coalition (PAFCO) wants to work with you and community leaders in creating solutions to the health care crisis through effective public policy civic engagement. Guest speaker will be Timothy J. Schmaltz, CEO of PAFCO. In order to attend via teleconference call, call David Carey at (602) 443-0723 no later than Tuesday, Dec. 8.


Thursday, Dec. 10

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.


Persons with disabilities invited to attend credit workshop: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Disability Empowerment Center, 5025 E. Washington St. This session will teach you what factors go into creating your credit rating and how you can improve your score over the next 45 days. Guest speaker will be Starla McHatton of Fairway Independent Mortgage. In order to attend via teleconference call, call David Carey at (602) 443-0723 no later than Wednesday, Dec. 9.


Santa’s House: Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, 3 S. Arizona Ave. Get a free picture taken with Santa from 6 to 8 p.m. today and noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 12 and 19. (480) 782-2735.


College Financial Aid Planning Night: 7 p.m., Mountain Pointe High School, 4201 E. Knox Road. Parents of freshman, sophomore and junior students from all schools are invited to learn about the FAFSA form and other information to help maximize the amount of financial aid you are eligible to receive. Even if not eligible for need-based aid, the best strategies for paying for college on the most efficient basis will also be discussed. Reservations required to (480) 654-6266.


Las Noches de las Luminarias: 5 to 9 p.m. various days today to 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, and plan to dine in Dorrance Hall with family and friends. New this year, explore the Berlin Agave Yucca Forest and admire the sculptures of Native American artist Allan Houser. 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.


Friday, Dec. 11

Second Friday Science Café: 7 p.m., East West Exchange, 2051 W. Warner Road, Chandler. Science Pub Quiz hosted by Matt Dawson from the Chandler Environmental Education Center - answer science questions and compete for prizes. Fun for everyone with snacks and drinks available for purchase. $5 suggested donation. (480) 855-6010.


Saturday, Dec. 12

12K’s of Christmas run: 8 to 9:45 a.m. registration, 10 a.m. race begins, Freestone District Park, 1045 E. Juniper Road, Gilbert. Runners will race in a 12K run in a “Sea of Santas” with Santa Hats for each participant and caroling groups at every K. Prizes for the top three places and for the best “Christmas-themed” running outfit. A 1.2K Santa “Sled Run” (walk/stroll) for families and kids features teams of four competing for the best decorated entry (bike, wagon, stroller), cutest pet entry and Christmas spirit awards. Also a Christmas Bazaar and a Santa’s Pet Village where Maricopa County Animal Care & Control and other local shelters and adoption groups will be on hand. (480) 609-3978 or www.12krun.com.


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.


Health & Wellness class: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Ironwood Library, 4333 E. Chandler Blvd. Dr. Walter Rapacz, DDS, FAGD, will explain and show attendees the newest dental implant possibilities for people of all ages, and Dr. Betsy Yurgel, RN, NMD, from the Phoenix Holistic Center, will discuss and examine attendees’ mouths and tongues. A group discussion will relate to whole food nutrition. Free and open to the public. RSVPs appreciated to Christine at (480) 491-9551 or Christine@ChristineMarek.com


Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce Christmas Golf Tournament: noon shotgun start, Club West Golf Course, 16400 S. 14th Ave. Dinner follows. www.ahwatukeechamber.com or (480) 753-7676.


Holiday Marketplace: 1 to 5 p.m., along the streets of Downtown Chandler. Features more than 40 vendors selling a variety of unique gifts and live entertainment all afternoon, including the Dickens Carolers from 3 to 5 p.m. Santa’s House will be open from noon to 5 p.m. Non-perishable food items will also be collected to help those less fortunate. (480) 855-3539 or www.downtownchandler.org.


Festival of Lights: 3 to 8 p.m., Fiesta del Tlaquepaque, Sedona. (928) 282-4838 or www.tlaq.com.


Arizona Big Train Operators annual Christmas Train Open House Tours: 4 to 8 p.m. today and tomorrow, Dec. 19 and 20, various locations. Most layouts will be well lit in Christmas themes. Families and enthusiasts of all ages are welcome. Donations will be accepted at tour sites to benefit the Phoenix Children’s Hospital. ABTO is a non-profit club for anyone interested in garden-scale trains Information, maps: www.azbigtrains.org.


APS Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade, 7 p.m., Tempe Beach Park and Tempe Town Lake. Features free hands-on kids activities, special “Town Lake Turns 10” birthday celebration displays and activities, live entertainment, food and beverage vendors, Santa’s arrival, a concert by as many as 85 tuba players who comprise “Tuba Christmas,” Light-Up-A-Luminaria display throughout the park, METRO Light Rail’s grand illumination of the Tempe Town Lake bridge and the Lighted Boat Parade showcasing dozens of festively-decorated and lighted boats. Free. www.downtowntempe.com, click on “FOL.”


Sunday, Dec. 13

Rawhide Rumble: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Rawhide at Wild Horse Pass, 5700 W. North Loop Road, Chandler. Car show, swap meet, entertainment, food and beverages, awards and street dance. Awards for top 100 entries. Spectator admission is $5, two cans of food or an unwrapped new toy. Proceeds benefit Toys for Tots and Valley food banks. Vendor, swap meet, car show information, vehicle registration: Beth, (480) 705-2931 or www.rawhide.com.


Monday, Dec. 14

Movie Mondays: 1:30 p.m. today and Dec. 21, Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave. Today features Christmas in the Clouds, and Dec. 21 features Christmas at Wapos Bay. (602) 252-8848 or www.heard.org.


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).


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. Bring your lunch and enjoy coffee and cookies provided by the Museum Guild. Free museum admission. 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 anne@mailboxrunner.com


“East Valley’s - Be There” Professional networking event: 6 to 8:30 p.m., The Grace Inn, 10831 S. 51st St. 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

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 lane@mesadisabledsports.com.


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.


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.


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.


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 three 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.


Thursday, Dec. 31

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 laurie52@cox.net.


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, liz@chatchewandchocolate.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.


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. 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 ncrocker@cals.arizona.edu.


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.

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