Tuesday, March 23

Ahwatukee Republican Women: 6:30 p.m. networking and socializing, 7 p.m. general meeting, Grace Inn, 10831 S. 51st St. Guest Speaker is Michael K. Jeanes, Clerk of the Superior Court. Loraine, (480) 460-7101.


Wednesday, March 24

Valley Metro information session and free light rail ride for persons with disabilities: 1 to 3 p.m., Disability Empowerment Center, Nina Mason Pulliam Conference Center, 5025 E. Washington St. Guest speakers will be Dolores Nolan and Gary Bretz of Valley Metro. A Valley Metro bus will be on site to board and ride the bus stress free. Also take a short ride on the light rail, free of charge. David, (602) 443-0723.


‘Hands-Off!’ women’s attack avoidance class: 5:30 to 7 p.m., A-Peeling Faces, 3936 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 211 (Signature Salon Building Lobby). The personal protection class speaker will be Dr. Ron Marek, a former narcotics detective and martial arts expert. Discover easy-to-use home security measures to keep burglars out of your home without an alarm system, personal awareness strategies guaranteed to instantly repel attackers and proven verbal and physical defensive tactics that drive back would-be muggers. Free, RSVPs requested to Christine at (480) 491-9551 or Christine@ChristineMarek.com.


Ahwatukee Chat, Chew and Chocolate Signature Event: 6 to 9 p.m., Pomegranate Cafe, 4025 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 28 (next to Trader Joe’s). Lenay from Kamalah Tribal Dance Company, a Phoenix-based American Tribal Style Bellydance troupe, will demonstrate and talk about the history of bellydancing and how the moves are empowering to women. Cost: $20 in advance, $25 at the door, includes light meal, wine, chocolate and friends. Come with friend and the cost is two for $36. Registration: www.ahwatukeeccc.com, Liz at lelston721@aol.com or (602) 881-8401. When you register, $1 will go to the YWCA to send a girl to camp.


Cheer tryout prep clinics: 7 to 8:30 p.m. today and March 31, Arizona Allstars, 7425 S. Harl Ave., Suite 3, Tempe. Athletes will work on polishing, performing, selling themselves, enhancing their skills and showing their best selves at tryouts. Mock tryouts are conducted at the end of the clinic. You do not need to be a member of the gym to participate, and the cost is $20 per class. Registration: (480) 831-1105 or www.azallstars.com.


Thursday, March 25

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.


Spanish Story Time: 10 to 10:45 a.m. today, 11 to 11:45 a.m. March 27, Brilliant Sky Toys & Books, 4929 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 401. Learn some of the basic words presented in the fun books Miss Martha reads. She may even have a special craft on-hand. Free. (480) 785-8697.


Friday, March 26

Mothers & More rummage sale: 7 a.m. to noon today and tomorrow, 1302 E. Divot Drive, Tempe (near Elliot and McClintock). Mothers & More is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of mothers. Proceeds will benefit the East Valley Chapter’s activities supporting mothers. (866) 467-0562 or www.mothersandmoreev.webs.com.


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.


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 27

Ahwatukee Lions Club Annual Pancake Breakfast: 7 to 11 a.m., Grace Inn Tent, 10831 S. 51st St. Features all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee. A Mobile Eye Unit will offer free vision screenings and a free raffle will take place all morning. $5 for adults, $3 for children.


Rummage/craft/bake sale: 7 a.m. to noon,  Compadre High School, 500 Guadalupe Road, Tempe. For a small fee of $25 per table and space, community members may sell goods and keep the profit or donate goods to be sold by students and have the profit go directly to Compadre High School. Jan, (480) 752-3565. 


Celebrate orangutan’s 50th birthday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Phoenix, Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Parkway. Help celebrate the 50th birthday of Duchess, the Bornean Orangutan, who arrived at the zoo as a two-year-old in 1962. The celebration includes birthday cupcakes for the first 500 guests, compliments of Fry’s Food Stores, presents for the orangutans to open and a giant birthday card for guests to sign. The groundbreaking of Duchess’ new habitat, Orang-hutan: “People of the Forest,” takes place at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of gifts, donations are requested to the new orangutan exhibit fund at the zoo (visit www.worldclasszoo.org). Free with regular paid admission.


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.


Teen Art Reception: 2 to 3:30 p.m., Ironwood Library, 4333 E. Chandler Blvd. Entries from the library’s teen art and photography contest will be on display, contest prizes will be announced and refreshments will be served. Free and open to everyone.


Tuesday, March 30

Art Show and Bake Sale Fundraiser: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m., Disability Empowerment Center, 5025 E. Washington St. The event, presented by the Arizona Spinal Cord Injury Association, focuses on the works of disabled

artists and also features baked goods, live music and prize drawings. Artwork will be for sale, and proceeds will support vital peer mentoring programs and outreach. (602) 507-4209, info@azspinal.org or www.azspinal.org.


Foreclosure options seminar for homeowners and investors: 6:30 p.m., Brown and Memmmott law offices, 1820 E. Ray Road, Chandler. Learn what loan modification programs are really doing, the new HAFA program, what a shortsale is, foreclosures, what deficiency liability is and the taxable consequences of the various options. Free. Reservations: (480) 628-5262 or tami@hillazhomes.com. The next seminar will be April 13.


Wednesday, March 31

 Arizona Community Listening Session: 6 to 8 p.m., 4341 E. Broadway Road. The Arizona Community Listening Sessions are an undertaking of the Arizona Cooperative Extension, the outreach arm of The University of Arizona. Arizonans will be invited to identify, discuss and define their community’s current and future water issues. RSVPs encouraged to Nancy at NCrocker@cals.arizona.edu or (602) 827-8200 ext. 335.


Thursday, April 1

Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce Women in Business event: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Aji Spa at Wild Horse Pass, 5594 W. Wild Horse Blvd., Chandler. Relax, socialize by the candlelit pool and indulge in a taste of luxury during the private spa party. Spa samplings include chair massages, hand massages, mini manicures, mineral make-up applications and Aji wellness and home spa classes. Sample delicious and healthy cuisine prepared by Aji Spa Chef. $35. Registration: www.ahwatukeechamber.com.


Republican Professionals of Phoenix: 6 to 8 p.m. Group meets first Thursdays. Free. RSVP: www.phxrp.com.


Saturday, April 3

Family Easter Celebration: 9 a.m. to noon, Snedigar Sportsplex, 4500 S. Alma School Road, Chandler. Easter Egg Scrambles start at 10:30 a.m. for children up to nine years old. Family Easter Basket giveaway at 11:30 a.m. Also information booths, interactive games and performances. Free; nominal charges for some activities and photos with the Easter Bunny. (480) 782-2735.


Bunny Brunch: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Phoenix, Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Parkway. Features a catered kid-friendly brunch at the Stone House Pavilion catered by Bruce Brown Catering, special animal appearances, a meet and greet with the Easter Bunny, and all day access to the zoo. Tickets: www.phoenixzoo.org.


Sunday, April 4

Easter champagne brunch: 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Ko’Sin Restaurant, Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa, 5594 W. Wild Horse Blvd., Chandler. Indoor or outdoor seating, includes complimentary champagne and a visit from the Easter Bunny. $70 per adult, $63 for seniors, $35 for children 12 years and under, free for children four and under. Reservations required: (602) 385-5726.


Easter buffet: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Lobby Grill, Arizona Grand Resort, 8000 S. Arizona Grand Parkway. $49.95 per adult, $22.50 per child age 12 and under. Dining reservations: (602) 431-6476. Resort guests may also enjoy an Easter egg hunt at the Oasis Water Park where they will be greeted by the Easter Bunny. Resort reservations: www.ArizonaGrandResort.com or (602) 438-9000.


Easter brunch: 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. seatings, Verona Chophouse, Lone Butte Casino, 1077 S. Kyrene Road, Chandler. $29.99 per person, reservations recommended. www.wingilariver.com or (520) 796-8952.


Wednesday, April 7

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.chatchewandchocolate.com/ahwatukee/ or Liz, liz@chatchewandchocolate.com or (602) 881-8401.


Sonoran Sunset Series: 6 to 7 p.m., Environmental Education Center, northeast corner of Lindsay and Chandler Heights roads. Step’s Junk Funk band merges percussion and movement arts, making music with found and recycled objects. Junk Funk gives new life and a performance career to items that otherwise would end up in the trash. S’mores, hot chocolate and other beverages will be available for a small fee. Free admission. (480) 782-2890 or www.chandleraz.gov/veterans-oasis.


Thursday, April 8

Weeders Garden Club: today the group will tour the Mesa Community College Rose Gardens. 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 anne@mailboxrunner.com.


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 pastortravis@friendshipchurchonline.org. All donated items are tax deductible.


Petroplyph Discovery Hike: 7 to 10 a.m., Box Canyon, Holbert Trail, South Mountain Park, 10919 S. Central Ave. An experienced Pueblo Grande Museum guide will lead participants on a three-mile, three-hour interpretive hike. $10 for adults. Discounts applied at registration - $3 for Recreation Card holders, 25% for Phoenix residents. Register online using class number 62724 at www.phoenix.gov/parks, choose classes & programs.


Exploring Ourselves and Our Relationships With Others: 2 to 5 p.m., Chandler Sunset Library, 4930 W. Ray Road, Chandler. Oscar Crawford and Bonnie Crawford will present best practices for individual and organizational relationship development and discuss the effect of humor across the spectrum of a diverse community. Free. RSVP: (480) 553-1905 or crawfordanddienst@crawfordanddienst.com.


Sunday, April 11

Laurie’s Laughoholic Club: 2 to 3 p.m. second Sundays, Fire Station 43, Community Room, 4110 E. Chandler Blvd. Practice laughter yoga and laugh for the body, spirit and mind. Everyone can do it - the benefits of laughing are enormous for both our mental and physical well-being. Affiliated with www.worldlaughtertour.com. Laurie, laurie52@cox.net or (480) 540-4776.


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.


Wednesday, April 14

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.


Thursday, April 15

East Valley’s - Be There meeting: 6 p.m., The Grace Inn, 10831 S. 51st St. www.evbtvpweb.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 17

East Valley Democratic Breakfast Club: 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., Denny’s Restaurant, 4403 S. Rural Road, Tempe. (480) 993-8799.


Tuesday, April 20

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.


Friday, April 21

Arizona Capitol Museum Lunch Bunch: 12:15 to 1 p.m., first floor Museum Lounge, 1700 W. Washington St. Topic: “From Cowboys to Cavalrymen, Rough Riders of the Arizona Territory.” 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.


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.


Friday, April 30

El Dia De Los Niños: Celebrates All Children: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Margaret T. Hance Park, Second Street and Moreland. The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department’s Latino Institute will celebrate the joys and wonders of childhood, regardless of linguistic and cultural background. This day is set aside to promote the importance of literacy and education for children. More than 50 booths hosted by schools, colleges, youth and nonprofit organizations, and city libraries will offer interactive games, hands-on art activities, a reading village, live entertainment, giveaways and lots of fun. Free. Carmela, (602) 495-3791 or carmela.ramirez@phoenix.gov.


Saturday, May 1

Cinco de Mayo Celebration and Chihuahua Races: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., Downtown Library Courtyard, 22 S. Delaware St. The event honors the Hispanic community’s contributions to the City of Chandler. Features Chihuahua races, the crowning of the King and Queen Chihuahua, music and entertainment. Free admission; food and beverages available for purchase. Alberto, (480) 206-2292.


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 nwhite@dbg.org.


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.


Thursday, May 13

Weeders Garden Club: Cottonwood Country Club, 25630 S. Brentwood Drive, Sun Lakes. Elinor, (480) 759-3335 or Delia, (480) 786-4973.


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.


Saturday, May 15

Maricopa Republican Club Golf Tournament: 6 to 7:30 a.m. registration, 6:30 to 8 a.m. continental breakfast, 8 a.m. shotgun start, The Duke At Rancho El Dorado, 42660 W. Rancho El Dorado Parkway, Maricopa. Lunch, raffle and prizes follow play. Funds support Maricopa Police Explorers, 100 Club and Maricopa Little League. Marty, (480) 440-4050 or Martyhermanson@yahoo.com.


Sunday, May 16

City of Maricopa “Tea Party:” 4 to 6 p.m., Pacana Park, 19000 Porter Road, Maricopa. Sponsored by the Maricpa Republican Club. Speakers are JD Hayworth, Frank Pratt, John Fillmore, Mayor Tony Smith, Sheriff Paul Babeu, Don Goldwater, Lance Hurley and Pinal County Republican Chairman Marty Hermanson. Free. Brenda, (480) 250-9085 or brendahermansongarza@yahoo.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.


Saturday, May 22

Star Party: 7 to 10 p.m., Veterans Oasis Park, northeast corner of Lindsay and Chandler Heights roads, Chandler. Members of the East Valley Astronomy Club will bring telescopes for visitors to explore Arizona’s night sky. An astronomy presentation will take place 7 to 8 p.m. inside the Environmental Education Center, with telescope viewing outside at the east end of the parking lot from 8 to 10 p.m. Free; a $5 donation is requested for the presentation. www.chandleraz.gov/veterans-oasis or (480) 782-2890.


Monday, May 31

26th Annual Memorial Day Observance: 9 a.m., Pioneer & Military Park, 14th Avenue and Jefferson Street. The event honors our city’s pioneers and military veterans. After, there will be a fun historical activity for children, program participants in historic dress and opportunities to tour the 1897 Smurthwaite House and historic cemeteries. (602) 534-1262, www.azhistcemeteries.org or http://phoenix.gov/PARKS/pioneer.html.


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.


Saturday, Oct. 16

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.  


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.

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