Friday, Feb. 19
Oliva Cigar Tasting: 3 to 7 p.m., Tinder Box, 4611 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 106. (480) 961-7777 or www.totalcigars.com.
Arizona Society of Astrologers meeting: 7 to 9:30 p.m., Scottsdale Granite Reef Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Road. Laura DesJardins will speak on “Cosmobiology and the 90° Wheel.” $5 for members, $10 for guests – free 6:30 p.m. astrology class. DesJardins will also give a workshop on the same subject 1 to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 20. $10 for members, $15 for guests. www.asastrologers.org or Kay, (480) 802-4357.
Saturday, Feb. 20
East Valley Democratic Breakfast Club: 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., Denny’s Restaurant, 4403 S. Rural Road, Tempe. Speaker is Arizona Democratic House Caucus Whip Chad Campbell. (480) 993-8799.
View a rare original copy of the Declaration of Independence: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today only, Arizona Capitol Museum, 1700 W. Washington St.
Tamicia Currie, author of The Juice & Berries, presentation and book signing: historical adventure and book reading 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., presentation at 1 p.m., Arizona Mills Mall, Food Court, 5000 Arizona Mills Circle, Tempe. Free children’s event. Books will not be sold at the event. www.thejuiceandberries.com, (602) 743-7155 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Max and the Diaper Fairy author event: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Brilliant Sky Toys & Books, 4929 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 401. Author Melissa L. Hart discusses and signs her picture book, Max and the Diaper Fairy, in which the task of potty training becomes a magical journey for toddlers and parents alike. This is a wonderful opportunity to introduce young children to potty training. New diapers will be collected for the Diaper Bank. Free. (480) 785-8697.
Free Women’s Attack Avoidance Class: noon to 1:30 p.m., Curves, 4025 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 74 (in the Safeway Plaza). Ahwatukee Foothills resident Dr. Ron Marek, a former narcotics detective and martial arts expert, will teach women 12 and older how to be more aware, trust their instincts and be prepared to protect themselves from danger. Free. RSVP: Christine, (480) 456-3700 or Christine@ChristineMarek.com.
Sunday, Feb. 21
“I Do” Bridal Fair: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Poenix Zoo, Stone House Pavilion, 455 N. Galvin Parkway. Learn everything about coordinating the wedding of your dreams from local experts on catering, floral arrangements, music, photography, table décor, accessories and more. Guests will have a chance to win raffle prizes from participating vendors. First 50 brides receive complimentary favor bags. Tickets are $5 each by Feb. 19, $10 each at the door. www.phoenixzoo.org.
PetSmart Charities PetWalk: activities begin at 1 p.m., followed by the walk at 2:30 p.m., Tempe Town Lake. Presented by Purina Pro Plan. Features 5K and one-mile walks, plus contests and pet-themed events for the whole family (two- and four-legged alike). $25 registration fee in advance, $30 event day. Participants are also asked to collect pledges to support the participating Arizona animal-welfare agency of their choice or PetSmart Charities. www.mypetwalk.org or 1-800-423-PETS (7387).
Tuesday, Feb. 23
Freestyle/Greco-Roman wrestling informational meeting: 6 to 7 p.m., Desert Vista High School Wrestling Room, 16440 S. 32nd St. The Thunder Wrestling Program is open to boys and girls in kindergarten through 12th grade and teaches the fundamentals of Olympic Style Wrestling. Dick, email@example.com; Rob, firstname.lastname@example.org; or David, email@example.com or (480) 706-7900, ext. 1540.
Ahwatukee Republican Women: 6:30 p.m. networking and socializing, 7 p.m. general meeting, Grace Inn, 10831 S. 51st St. Candidates for Arizona Corporation Commission - Gary Pierce (incumbent), Brenda Burns and Barry Wong - will debate. Also enjoy a chocolate fountain with a variety of treats for dipping. Arrive early to meet members and candidates. Loraine, (480) 460-7101.
Wednesday, Feb. 24
Driver Safety Class: 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunrise Senior Living, 580 S. Gilbert Road, Gilbert. The AARP Driver Safety Class refreshes driving skills to help participants drive crash free and leads to a certificate which many insurance companies recognize. Registration: Kathy, (480) 545-5401 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Networking meeting for special needs families: 8:30 p.m., St. Benedict Church, 16223 S. 48th St. Presented by SEPACK (Special Education Parents Advisory Council of Kyrene). A representative from Raising Special Kids will discuss the purpose of Individual Education Programs and how to actively participate. Free.
Thursday, Feb. 25
MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) first meeting: 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.
Magic with Mike Fisher: 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursdays today to April 1, Brilliant Sky Toys & Books, 4929 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 401. Learn tricks to amaze your friends and family. This series includes personal lessons, tricks and an instructional DVD. Class designed for ages seven to 14. Space limited. Registration required to (480) 785-8697.
Martini & Massage Night: Hosted by That Italian Place and A-Peeling Faces Skincare and Massage Therapy, 3941 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 107-B. Features complimentary chair massages, half-off martinis and appetizer specials. RSVP: (480) 759-4459.
Napa Valley Wine dinner: 7 p.m., Caffe Boa, 5063 E. Elliot Road. Features a four-course dinner paired with Napa Valley wines, prizes, live guitar/vocalist and more. Seating limited. Reservations: (480) 893-3331 or email@example.com.
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. tomorrow, 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.
Saturday, Feb. 27
Annual Classic Car and Hot Rod Show: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Historic Downtown Chandler. The event will showcase pre-1980 cars and hot rods of a variety of makes and models. Also live entertainment with the bands Pan Head Ronny and Star, raffle prizes, a kids’ area, arts and crafts vendors and food and beverage vendors. Proceeds will support I.C.A.N., an organization focused on enhancing opportunities for area youth through family, community and youth programs. www.chandlercarshow.com or Maury, (480) 389-7709.
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.
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.
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
Republican Professionals of Phoenix: 6 to 8 p.m. Group meets first Thursdays. Free. RSVP: www.phxrp.com.
Saturday, March 6
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, 50’s 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
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.
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.
Friday, March 26
Arizona Society of Astrologers meeting: 7 to 9:30 p.m., Scottsdale Granite Reef Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Road, Scottsdale. 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.
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.
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.