Wednesday, Sept. 9
Wolfson Properties LLC and JMW Construction ribbon cutting: 5 p.m., 10631 S. 51st St., Suite 5. Features refreshments, prizes and tours of the new office complex. Kathy Wolfson, (480) 736-0690 or the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce, (480) 753-7676.
Foothills Women’s Club meeting: 7 p.m., Club West Golf Course Clubhouse, 16400 S. 14th Ave. Local women are invited. The club meets one Wednesday evening of the month September through May. Kari, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.foothillswomensclub.org.
Thursday, Sept. 10
Weeders Garden Club: Cottonwood Resource Room 9A, 25630 S. Brentwood Dr., Sun Lakes. Members and guests should arrive at 9:30 a.m. if they want to chat over a cup of coffee, welcome back snowbirds and enjoy home baked cake and cookies. The business meeting starts at 10 a.m. Weeders is about friendship, commitment, responsibility, love of nature, awareness of environment and cherishing the feel of dirt in ones hands. For membership information, call Elinor at (480) 759-3335 or Delia at (480) 786-4973.
Carnegie Lunchtime Speaker Series, Poems of Public Purpose: noon to 1 p.m., Carnegie Center, 1101 W. Washington St. Alberto Ríos will talk about his public art in all its forms and show examples from various projects. His memoir, Capirotada, and his most recent book of poems, The Dangerous Shirt, will be available for purchase. Free and open to the public. Bring your lunch – light refreshments will be served. Free parking. (602) 926-3368 or email@example.com.
Ladies Night Out: A.W.E.S.O.M.E. Organizing for Kids’ Rooms: 7 to 8:30 p.m., Montessori Educare Academy, 1244 E. Chandler Blvd. Learn seven simple tips about organizing your kids’ rooms and closets from Totally Transformed and enter to win a free organizing/redesign consultation. Hors d’oeuvres and a chocolate fountain will be provided (or bring your own wine). Free gifts and door prizes. RSVP: (480) 283-8885.
Friday, Sept. 11
Alpha Course dinner: 6:30 p.m., Foothills Golf Club, 2201 E. Clubhouse Drive. Community members are invited for dinner and to learn more about Alpha, which explores the meaning of life. The 10-week course of dinners and discussions, hosted by Mountain Park Community Church, will commence on Tuesday, Sept. 15, and continue every week. RSVP to the kick off dinner to (480) 759-6200 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Second Friday Science Café: 7 p.m., East West Exchange, 2051 W. Warner Road, Chandler. Gail Morris of the Southwest Monarch Study will discuss the unique migration of the Southwest Monarch Butterfly (www.swmonarchs.org). Hosted by Matt Dawson, Assistant Naturalist, Chandler Environmental Education Center. $5 suggested donation. (480) 855-6010.
Saturday, Sept. 12
Free grief workshop for surviving spouses: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Hospice of Arizona, 2222 W. Northern Ave., Suite A-100. Topics: who you are as an individual now, how do you go on and still honor your loved one, how life can be full again and more. RSVP required to Judy at (602) 589-2137.
Grandparent’s Day breakfast with the snakes: 9 to 10 a.m., Environmental Education Center, northeast corner of Lindsay and Chandler Heights roads, Chandler. Grandparents are invited to enjoy a light breakfast with their grandchildren (ages 3 and older) while sharing an experience with nature. $18 per person, free for children under 3. Pre-registration required to (480) 782-2890.
Dragonfly Discovery Walk: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Rio Salado Habitat, 2439 S. Central Ave., northeast trailhead. Learn techniques to help identify local dragonflies. Bring binoculars if you have them. Handouts, binoculars, field guides and snack will be provided. (602) 262-6863.
Free reading screening: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Chandler Sunset Public Library, 4930 W. Ray Road. Offered by Dr. Pamela Rupprecht of Newton Resources in Tempe for children ages five to 15. Individual testing takes approximately 15 minutes. RSVP: (480) 456-0500.
Pennsylvania Club meeting: 10 a.m., L.J.’s Pizza, 1038 E. Main St., Mesa. Current and former residents invited. (480) 832-5755.
Mission Africa Bowl-a-Rama: noon to 3 p.m., Kyrene Lanes, 6225 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler. Mission Africa (www.missionafrica.org) is a multi-church, multi-denomination effort to help change an African community. The Bowl-a-Rama, sponsored by Functional Performance Centers, will raise money to ship medical supplies to the village of Sapele, Nigeria. A silent auction and raffle will also be held. The $25 cost per person includes bowling, T-shirt, pizza and soda. All proceeds go to Mission Africa’s medical supply program. Information, registration: Karen, email@example.com or (602) 218-6421. Donations may be sent to Mission Africa, 11002 S. 48th St., Phoenix, AZ 85044.
Third Annual Corks and Chords: An Evening of Wine and Music to end MS: 6 to 9 p.m., Mayo Clinic, 13400 E Shea Blvd., Scottsdale. Features wine tasting, food, music, silent and live auctions. Individual tickets are $75; corporate sponsorships available. Proceeds benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Brandee, (480) 968-2488, ext. 218 or http://aza.nationalmssociety.org.
Monday, Sept. 14
RSVP deadline for Tukee Community Day at Chase Field: set for 1:10 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27, 401 E. Jefferson St. The Ahwatukee Chamber of Commerce invites all Ahwatukeeans to support their community and the Arizona Diamondbacks as they take on the San Diego Padres in their last home game of the regular season. Kids will also get to run the bases after the game. Tickets are $15 each, and proceeds from every ticket purchased will go back to the chamber. To purchase tickets online or to print order form, visit the events section at www.ahwatukeechamber.com.
The Heart Link Network Women’s networking group: 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. second and fourth Mondays. The networking group for women helps them strengthen and expand their businesses and link hearts in the community. Details: Johnnie, (480) 275-2121. Registration: www.85044.theheartlinknetwork.com.
Tuesday, Sept. 15
“Accommodating Students with Autism, Intellectual Disability and Other Emerging Groups Within Post Secondary Education” teleconference for those with disabilities: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Disability Empowerment Center, 5025 E. Washington St., Classroom B. Learn more about how some institutions have implemented programs that have effectively been able to accommodate and integrate individuals with a variety of disabilities not traditionally served. RSVP to Andrew Moody at (602) 296-0536. To participate via teleconference, visit http://www.ada-audio.org.
James O. Schroeder American Legion Post 55 meeting: 7 p.m., Navajo Room, Sun Lakes Country Club, 25601 N. Sun Lakes Blvd., Sun Lakes. Andres (Andy) Jaime, Commander of Post 44, will be guest speaker. Refreshments by the Ladies of Auxiliary Post 55 follows. New members welcome.
Wednesday, Sept. 16
DV Key Club, United Blood Services blood drive: 7 to 11:30 a.m., Desert Vista High School small gymnasium, 16440 S. 32nd St. Those 18 or older may register for an appointment at www.bloodhero.com. Click “Donate Blood” and Enter “thunder” for the sponsor code. Donors should eat a good breakfast that morning, drink plenty of water and bring a picture ID with them to the drive. DV students must sign up in their English classes. For information about donor eligibility, visit www.unitedbloodservices.org. For information on the drive, e-mail Jared Naimark at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arizona Capitol Museum Lunch Bunch: 12:15 to 1 p.m., 1st floor Museum Lounge, 1700 W. Washington St. Grady Gammage Jr. will discuss the Central Arizona Project, a 336-mile canal that brings 2.8 million acre feet of water from the Colorado River to central and southern Arizona. Gammage, former president of the CAP board of directors and a Senior Fellow at Arizona State University’s Morrison Institute, talks about the events leading to the construction of the canal and issues pertinent to the CAP today. Lunch Bunch is a free program about Arizona history and/or current events. Bring your lunch and enjoy coffee and cookies provided by the Museum Guild. Free museum admission and parking. www.lib.az.us/museum/events.cfm or (602) 926-3620.
Mexican Independence Day event: 4 to 7 p.m., Aunt Chilada’s, 2021 W. Baseline Road, Tempe. Features a buffet with seasonal specials and menu favorites. (602) 431-6470.
Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce After Five Evening Mixer: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Fierro Law, in association with Advantage Office Suites, 4425 E. Agave Road, Suite 110. Chamber pot is $225. $5 for members, $15 for non-members. www.ahwatukeechamber.com or (480) 753-7676.
“The Secret of Attracting the Life You Want” seminar: 7 p.m., Ritz Carlton, 2401 E Camelback Road. Presented by James Arthur Ray, internationally-renowned success strategist, visionary and New York Times best-selling author. His most recent book, Harmonic Wealth: The Secret of Attracting the Life You Want, reached number five on the New York Times Best Sellers list. Free. Registration: www.jamesray.com/events.
Thursday, Sept. 17
Unlock It! Forum: 2 to 5:30 p.m., Desert Willow Conference Center, 4340 E. Cotton Center Blvd. Designed for business leaders needing to do more with fewer resources. $125, includes forum, a copy of Dr. Mary O’Hara-Devereaux’s latest book Navigating the Badlands: Thriving in this Decade of Radical Transformation, Dr. Deborah Peck’s (Knowledge, Experience, Skills) K’S Network Analysis booklet and refreshments. Registration: www.seity.com/eventregistration. Details: Deborah Peck, (480) 922-7102 or email@example.com.
Wall Street veteran and author to speak: 3 to 4 p.m., Center for Health Careers Education Auditorium, GateWay Community College, 108 N. 40th St. Harris will share her tips for success in her new book Expect To Win. Free and open to the public. (602) 286-8900.
“East Valley’s - Be There” Professional networking event: 6 to 8:30 p.m., The Grace Inn, 10831 S. 51st St. www.evbtvpweb.com.
Mountain Biking 101 - Dirt Don’t Hurt! class: 6:30 p.m., REI, 1405 W. Southern Ave., Tempe. Three-part series on mountain biking for beginners led by Cat 1 Mountain Biker Dave Benjes of DCB Extreme Adventures. There will be an entertaining talk, short movie and discussion on what to plan for at the Stage II clinic. Free. www.REI.com/tempe, click “Stores & Events.”
Friday, Sept. 18
Free landscape seminar: 7 to 8:30 p.m. tonight and again 10:30 a.m. to noon tomorrow (same information both days), Mountain Park Community Church, 2408 E. Pecos Road. Sponsored by Mike Alexander (Forever Lawn AZ), Rick Chafey and Brett Blauvelt (Red Rock Pools), Ed Timmerman (Rock N Roll Building Materials), Mike West (BBQ Island), Steve Deubel (Image Home Improvement) and Curt Havens (Outside Living Concepts & Prestige Spas). Learn how to think like a professional designer and get the tools you need to save thousands on your next project. Also thousands of dollars in door prizes. Free - no obligations. Registration: www.outsidelivingconcepts.com or (602) 369-4198.
Saturday, Sept. 19
Theme days at Brillliant Sky Toys & Books: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and tomorrow, 4929 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 401. Meet Curious George. Guest speakers, animal visits, and more are invited to support the themes - to be a featured guest, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. www.brilliantskytoys.com.
Kidsfaire; America’s Family Expo: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and tomorrow, University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale. Celebrate 10 years of Kidsfaire magic with hundreds of interactive children’s activities, fun family booths and non-stop children’s entertainment, including a Wiggles character show and Yo Gabba Gabba live on stage. Proceeds benefit Ronald McDonald House of Phoenix. Admission is $8 for adults, $4 for children two to 12. Parking is free. www.americasfamilyexpo.com or (866) 283-8600.
Hip, Herp, Hooray: 2 to 4 p.m., Rio Salado Habitat, 2439 S. Central Ave., northeast trailhead. Presented by the Arizona Herpetological Association (AHA) and Phoenix Park Rangers. Get up close and personal with chuckwallas, iguanas, geckos, snakes and even have your picture taken with a non-venomous four-foot gopher snake. Most importantly, discover how you can protect yourself while hiking in their natural environment. (602) 262-6863.
Casino Night – Old West Roundup: 7 to 10 p.m., Arizona American Italian Club, 7509 N. 12th St. Hosted by Arizona Business and Professional Women’s Foundation. Features food, fun, casino games, raffle and silent auction. The event will raise scholarship money for women attending over 30 community colleges and technical schools in Arizona. $40. Roxanne, (480) 821-0034 or www.arizonabpwfoundation.com.
Tuesday, Sept. 22
Ahwatukee Republican Women: 7 p.m., Fire Station Community Room, 4110 E. Chandler Blvd. Mary, (602) 206-1189 or ARWomen@aol.com.
Wednesday, Sept. 23
Author Charles Durrett book, lecture event: 7 p.m., Changing Hands Bookstore, 6428 S. McClintock Drive, Tempe. Durrett’s new book, The Senior Cohousing Handbook is a comprehensive senior cohousing guide to joining or creating a cohousing community for those 50 and older. (480) 730-0205 or www.changinghands.com.
Thursday, Sept. 24
Author promotes reading and writing: 3:15 p.m., The Coffee Buzz, 4804 E. Chandler Blvd, Suite 110. Author Ross Anthony will give away hand-signed books and presentations during a stop along his solo cross-country trip on a 1982 dirt bike. www.motobookothon.com.
Martinis and Massage night: 5 to 8:30 p.m., That Italian Place, 3941 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 107. Hosted by That Italian Place and A-Peeling Faces SkinCare & Massage Therapy every fourth Thursday. Receive complimentary chair massages from A-Peeling Faces as well as half off martinis and appetizer specials. The full dinner menu is also available. RSVP: (480) 759-4459.
Downtown Chandler Farmers Market: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays, Dr. A. J. Chandler Park, just south of Chandler Boulevard, west side of Arizona Avenue. Features fresh, local produce, jams, honey, salsas, artisan breads, frozen salmon, hummus and crafts vendors.
Saturday, Sept. 26
Tukeefest: 5 to 11 p.m. Ahwatukee Community Swim & Tennis Center, 4700 E. Warner Road. Bring your family, friends, neighbors, blankets and chairs out for a night under the stars. Enjoy fantastic music by A Boy Named Sioux, “B” Platinum and The LineUp, food, rides and games. $5 for adults, free for kids.
Walk with the butterflies and dragonflies: 8 to 11 a.m., Environmental Education Center, northeast corner of Lindsay and Chandler Heights roads, Chandler. See which beautiful and fascinating butterflies, dragonflies and damselflies have found the park’s 113 acres of Sonoran Desert and wetlands habitat. Bring binoculars, water and hat. Free, (suggested $5 donation). From noon to 1 p.m., join the Arizona Herpetological Association for a presentation about the fascinating reptiles that call Arizona home. Features live animal demonstrations of snakes, chuckwallas and other na tive reptiles. $8, free for children under 6. Both programs suitable for all ages. (480) 782-2890.
Friday, Oct. 2
ZooFari – Phoenix Zoo Black-tie Fundraiser: 7 to 11 p.m., 455 N. Galvin Parkway. Adventure awaits with unique performances, cultural sounds and music that will make your heart beat. Feast on fine delicacies, desserts, wines and fine liquors. Bid on unusual and intriguing items at the Silent Auction and the Exotic Raffle. $225 general admission, $325 VIP. www.phoenixzoo.org.
Saturday, Oct. 3
Holistic Education Conference: Working Wonders – Wonder as a Foundation for Living Education: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., South Mountain Community Church, 717 E. Southern Ave. The conference is for parents, teachers and caregivers and features a keynote talk by local author and educator Shea Darian and several workshop options to explore how wonder can enliven teaching and learning for all ages. Optional afternoon activities. Childcare available. $25 to $35. (602) 315-8481, email@example.com or www.gileadpress.net.
Desert Vista High School Hockey Club hosting car wash: 8:30 to 11 a.m., Taco Bell by Fry’s on Chandler Blvd. Proceeds will help defray team expenses for the upcoming season.
Sunday, Octt. 4
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, Oct. 7
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. The community outreach program is free to all. DrRon@DrRonMarek.com or (480) 456-4700.
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, Oct. 8
An Evening With Leslie Marmon Silko: 7 p.m., Steele Auditorium, Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave. The internationally acclaimed author will deliver the fall Simon Ortiz and Labriola Center Lecture on Indigenous Land, Culture and Community. The evening begins with a reading by the author from her forthcoming memoir, Turquoise Ledge, followed by an informal discussion with the audience and a booksigning. Free and open to the public. www.heard.org.
Friday, Oct. 16
Sherman Alexie to Speak at NU (Native + You): 5:30 to 9 p.m., Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave. At 6 p.m., Alexie will discuss and sign his newest book, War Dances. Tickets for the speaker are $7 and will come with a $7 voucher toward the purchase of the book from Changing Hands. Tierra del Fuego will perform in the courtyard and young Pueblo women artists will have work on display and for sale. Free admission. (602) 252-8848 or www.heard.org/NU.
Saturday, Oct. 17
Day of Play: 9 a.m. to noon, Tumbleweed Park, 2250 S. McQueen Road, Chandler. Enjoy a variety of fun health booths, sports, games and safety activities. Learn how to stay active year round. Reap the benefits of having happier, smarter and healthier children. Free. (480) 782-2665 or www.chandleraz.gov/special-events.
Monday, Oct. 19
“Zoo To You” program: 10 to 11 a.m., 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 deliver a presentation to engage audiences about the wonders of our earth and the animals with whom we share it. $8, free for ages four and under. Pre-registration required to (480) 782-2890.
Saturday, Oct. 24
Sports Explosion: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Steele Indian School Park, 300 E. Indian School Road. The day of play and fun for the entire family features professional athlete appearances, autographs and clinics; sports demonstrations; interactive games and fitness activities; club sports and health and wellness booths; music and entertainment. Free. Shawna, (480) 947-0369.
Bashas’ Boo! At the Zoo: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and tomorrow, Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Parkway. Families are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes to enjoy the fun. Activities include the popular pumpkin stomp and chomp, mascot parades featuring costumed characters, and numerous kids’ activities throughout the Zoo. Free with regular admission. www.phoenixzoo.org.
Community Fair: Bigger and better than ever! For sponsorship or booth information, call the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce at (480) 753-7676.
Free Star Party: 5:30 to 9 p.m., Environmental Education Center, northeast corner of Lindsay and Chandler Heights roads, Chandler. Members of the East Valley Astronomy Club will bring their telescopes to Veterans Oasis Park to allow visitors to explore Arizona’s amazing night sky! From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., astronomer Howard Israel will give a presentation titled “Astronomy on the Cheap.” Telescope viewing takes place outside from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Halloween-themed activity tables, information booths, refreshments and live animal displays will also be featured. Suitable for all ages. Free. If weather is questionable, call (480) 782-2890.
Thursday, Oct. 29
Halloween Wine Dinner: Caffe Boa, 5063 E. Elliot Road. Features Vampire wines, live music, prizes and more. $45 per person. Reservations accepted anytime to firstname.lastname@example.org or (480) 893-3331.
Friday, Oct. 30
Howl-O-Ween at the Phoenix Zoo: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. today and tomorrow, 455 N. Galvin Parkway. The event will offer experiences sure to terrify those looking for a good scare, but younger ghosts and goblins will have their own merry-not-scary pathways where they’ll find more treats than tricks. Guests are asked to arrive in their scariest or favorite costume. Activities include DJ music, ghostly storytelling, outdoor movies, trick or treating and more! Admission is $6, $8 for non Zoo members, free for ages two and younger. Visit www.phoenixzoo.org for more information.
Halloween Spooktacular: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Downtown Library Plaza, 125 E. Commonwealth Ave., Chandler. Trick or Treat with the city of Chandler. Dress to impress and participate in the annual costume contest, visit arts and craft booths and explore the pumpkin patch and haunted house. Various food vendors will be onsite along with a night full of music. $2 admission for ages 15 and younger. (480) 782-2730 or www.chandleraz.gov/special-events.
Saturday, Oct. 31
Halloween Night Golf at Palo Verde: 5 p.m., 6210 N. 15th Ave. The course will be lined with glow lights, and glow balls will be provided. Costumes are encouraged. $25 per person – one child plays free when playing with paying adult. $15 for each additional child. (602) 249-9930.
Sunday, Nov. 1
ZooRide – Phoenix Zoo Motorcycle Poker Run: 7 a.m. to noon. The second event, presented by the Wildest Club in Town, is the poker run of the season. Check in at Chandler Harley Davidson, 6895 W. Chandler Blvd. The ride ends at the Phoenix Zoo for an after party where guests will enjoy delicious food, live entertainment, raffle and more. Admission is $25 for drivers, $15 for riders, or $40 per couple. Visit www.phoenixzoo.org for more information.
Thursday, Nov. 5
Anti-Defamation League Torch of Liberty Award Dinner: 6 to 8:30 p.m. All proceeds go to benefit the ADL’s 2009 Community Partnership to Fight Hate. $375 per person; tables start at $3,750. (602) 274-0991.
Saturday, Nov. 7
Rent-A-Space Parking Lot Sale: 7 a.m. to noon, Mountain View Lutheran Church, 11002 S. 48th St. The sale is sponsored by Outreach Ministries, who will also hold a coffee and bake sale. Booths, 9’ x 16’, available for $25 each. Reservations: (480) 893-2579.
30th annual El Dia de los Muertos/Celebration of Life Festival: noon to 7 p.m., Historic Downtown Chandler and Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, 3 S. Arizona Ave. This free festival includes entertainment, a community altar, ethnic cuisine, folk art vendors and a traditional candlelight procession. The festival showcases performing artists and is best known for its one-of-a-kind masked performances using the masks of Zarco Guerrero. (480) 833-5875.
Friday, Nov. 13
Eighth Annual Holiday Boutique: 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. today, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow, Arizona Community Church, 9325 S. Rural Road, Tempe. (480) 491-2210.
Saturday, Nov. 14
Free urban fishing clinic: 8 a.m. to noon, Environmental Education Center, northeast corner of Lindsay and Chandler Heights roads, Chandler. Sport fishing instructors from the AZ Game and Fish Department will provide a limited supply of bait and loaner rods. Participants who register at the AZGFD booth during the event may fish without a license during clinic hours. Suitable for all ages. (480) 782-2890.
Raku Arts & Crafts Festival: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Historic Downtown Chandler and Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, 3 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. This Japanese arts & crafts festival features music, demonstrations, food and beverages. Free. (480) 593-8443.
Thursday, Nov. 26
ZooLights at the Phoenix Zoo: 6 to 10 p.m. today 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.
Saturday, Dec. 5
Tumbleweed Tree Lighting & Parade of Lights: Historic Downtown Chandler and Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, 3 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. The Festival is from 4:30 to 9 p.m., the Parade of Lights is at 7 p.m. and the lighting of the tree will follow at approximately 8 p.m. This year marks the 52nd Tumbleweed Tree built in Historic Downtown Chandler.
Santa’s House: Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, 3 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler.
Get a free picture taken with Santa from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. today; 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec 10; and noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays Dec. 12 and 19. (480) 782-2735.