Thursday, Feb. 25
CONNECT women’s Bible study fellowship: 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thursdays through May 6, Mountain Park Community Church, 2408 E. Pecos Road. Childcare mornings only. CONNECTwomen@cox.net.
Saturday, Feb. 27
10th Annual Transportation Day: 9 a.m. to noon, God’s Garden Preschool and Child Development Center, Horizon Presbyterian Church, 1401 E. Liberty Lane. A helicopter will land in front of the school at 9 a.m. and several World War II replica airplanes will do fly-bys in formations with smoke trailing at 10 a.m. A wide variety of vehicles will be on display (helicopter, fire truck, ambulance, city bus, police car, police motorcycle, ice cream truck, garbage trucks, UPS truck, street race cars, motorcycles, sail boat, mail truck, limo, horses and more). The event also includes fun activities for kids of all ages, food, face painting, a cakewalk, live entertainment and raffles. Free. Melissa, (480) 460-3960, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.horizonchurch.com.
Concert for Kate, featuring Jonnie and Brookie: 6 to 8:30 p.m., Cornerstone Church, 1595 S. Alma School Road, Chandler. Radio Disney’s Next Big Thing winners Jonnie and Brookie and Mission Six will offer the concert to benefit the 6-year-old fighting cancer at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Music geared toward kids and teens; parents welcome. $2. (480) 688-0336.
Sunday, Feb. 28
Purim in France: 4:30 p.m., Tumbleweed Recreation Center, 745 E. Germann Road, Chandler. This is Chabad of the East Valley’s creative twist to this year’s community Purim celebration. Megillah Reading at 4:30 p.m., dinner at 5 p.m. Features entertainment by Perfection on Wheels BMX Stunt Team; French cuisine; French kosher wine tasting and L’chaim’s; French music, dancing and accordion Player; masquerade in French attire or other; French trivia; and a raffle. $20 per adult, $14 per child in advance; $25 per adult, $18 per child at the door. RSVP necessary by Feb. 24. (480) 855-4333 or www.chabadcenter.com.
Saturday, March 6
Yoga in the park with live music: 9 to 11 a.m., Diamond Ridge 2 Neighborhood, located off Ray Road, between the Ray/Chandler loop and Ranch Circle North. Presented by Mountain Park Yoga Ministry. Live music by Marsh and Lori Hall starts at 9 a.m., followed by an outdoors all levels yoga class led by MPCC yoga instructors 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Beginners welcome. Bring a mat or towel and water. Free. Elena, (602) 625-6617, email@example.com or www.mountainpark.org.
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.
Tempe/Ahwatukee Young Life host “Nite on Broadway:” 7 to 9 p.m., Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway. The variety show will feature performances and appearances from local celebrities and artists. Valley sports legend Jerry Colangelo is the evening’s special guest. As a member of the Young Life Board of Directors, he will share his perspective on how the ministry has impacted his life and the community. Also silent auction, Young Life Club skits and family-friendly performances. Young Life is a non-denominational Christian ministry that reaches out to middle school, high school and college-aged youth. $20. http://tca.ticketforce.com. Troy, firstname.lastname@example.org or (480) 209-2049.
Horizon Presbyterian Church’s 20th Anniversary Celebration: tonight and tomorrow, 1401 E. Liberty Lane. Features dinner tonight and a special celebration worship service at 9 a.m. Sunday followed by a program at 10:30 a.m. to remember the last 20 years and all who were a part of it. Anyone with a connection to Horizon, or interested in one, is invited. For more information or to sign up for the dinner, call (480) 460-1480.
Friday, March 12
Pastor Jim O’Neal will preside over services as part of the Jewish Methodist pulpit exchange event: 7:30 p.m., Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation, 9240 N. Sun Lakes Blvd. Rabbi Irwin Wiener will lead services at 8:15 and 10 a.m. Sunday, March 14, at Sun Lakes Methodist Church, 9248 E. Riggs Road. A potluck follows the 10 a.m. service. Please bring a dish to share (in accordance with the Jewish laws of Kosher, please do not bring anything with pork, shellfish or a dish that mixes meat and dairy products). Reservations: Shelly, (480) 895-8851 or Sharon, (480) 802-8268.
Hymn Sing: 7 p.m., Scottsdale Bible Church, 7601 E. Shea Blvd. Join voices of all ages and abilities as the congregation becomes the choir and sings joyfully to the Lord. Organ, piano, violins and brass instruments will accompany the congregation, with stories told of the origins and history of favorite hymns. Free. (480) 824-7200.
Sunday, March 14
African Children’s Choir to perform benefit concert: 7 p.m., Mountain View Lutheran Church, Worship Center, 11002 S. 48th St. The choir, consisting of 23 children from Uganda, will perform a mixture of well-loved children’s songs, traditional African songs and dances and favorite gospel tunes. No admission fee, but tickets are available to assure seating. Donations will be accepted to help defray the costs associated with bringing the choir to the church. Suggested donation: $5 for individuals, $15 for families (three or more). A free-will offering will be taken during the concert to help provide education, care and emergency relief for over 7,000 children in Uganda, Kenya, South Africa, Sudan, Rwanda, Nigeria and Ghana. Tickets are available at the church office, before and after weekend services and at the door the day of the concert. Jennifer, (480) 893-2579 or email@example.com.
Thursday, March 18
Jewish Alcoholics, Chemically Dependent Persons, and their Families (JACS) meeting: 6 p.m., Temple Emanuel of Tempe Multipurpose Room, 5801 S. Rural Road, Tempe. Meetings provide hope, strength and support in a safe and comfortable setting. Use entrance directly into room by north parking lot. For assistance (in confidence), contact Rabbi Andrew Straus or Nanci Wilharber at (480) 838-1414. Inquiries and JACS group meetings are anonymous.
Friday, March 19
Jazz Vespers: 7 p.m. third Fridays, Ascension Lutheran Church, 7100 N. Mockingbird Lane, Paradise Valley. Experience this artistic and contemplative worship encounter for the soul and spirit. Features the musical talents of Bob Ravenscroft on keyboards, Dwight Kilian on bass and Rob Moore on percussion, with the spoken word by Rev. Richard Parrish and visuals by Mario Barnabe. Free and open to the public. (480) 948-6050 or www.ascensionparadisevalley.org.
Thursday, April 8
Arizona Ecumenical Council Banquet & Silent Auction: 6 to 9 p.m., St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 10815 N. 84th St., Scottsdale. Silent auction items are being accepted. (602) 468-3818 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, April 16
Cal Baptist University Choir and Orchestra in concert: 7 p.m., Scottsdale Bible Church, 7601 E. Shea Blvd. Enjoy an evening of hymns, classics and spirituals. Free. (480) 824-7200.
eXpresso event: 7 p.m., Cornerstone Church, Student Center, 1595 S. Alma School Road, Chandler. eXpresso is an evening for women of all ages to come and hear a panel of women share their personal life stories of how God brought them to where they are today. Today’s topic is “Boundaries.” Free. Tanya, (480) 251-0850 www.cschandler.com/expresso. Upcoming events will take place Aug. 23 (“Labeled”) and Oct. 25 (“Stuck”).
Coffee Break Women’s Ministry: 9:15 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 3550 E. Knox Road. Scripture study, prayer and fellowship. Loraine, (480) 893-1160 or CoffeebreakMin@aol.com.
Teen Night: 6:30 to 9 p.m., Mountain Park Community Church, 2408 E. Pecos Road. Open to middle and high school students in the community. Each week, teens meet for an action-packed program that includes dinner, music, games, dessert, videos, skits, guest speakers and more. It’s real, relevant and relaxed. Friends welcome. Free. (480) 759-6200 or email@example.com.
T.N.T. (Teens N Torah) for Jewish teenagers: 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., Chabad Center for Jewish Life, 3855 W. Ray Road, Suite 6, Chandler. Offered by Chabad of the East Valley for teens ages 13 to 17. The program combines education and social interaction with videos followed by discussion, fun, trips, games, community service projects and thought-provoking discussions. Shternie, (480) 753-5366 or www.chabadcenter.com.
Man Church: doors open 6 a.m., message at 6:30 a.m. Thursdays, Cornerstone Christian Fellowship, 1595 S. Alma School Road, Chandler. Man Church offers coffee, donuts and straight talk for men in a language they understand in just 15 minutes. No women, no singing, no organ and no long sermons. Bob, (480) 726-8000 or www.cschandler.com/manchurch.
Christ-centered Yoga: 6 to 7 p.m., Mountain Park Community Church, 2408 E. Pecos Road. Have a spiritual experience disguised as exercise! Elena or Rosie will teach a level 1 class, and all you need is a yoga mat or beach towel. Free and open to the community. Greg Battle, (480) 759-6200 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holy Yoga: 6 p.m., Horizon Presbyterian Church, 1401 E. Liberty Lane. Led by Holy Yoga Founder Brooke Boon. (480) 460-1480.
DC4K – DivorceCare for Kids: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Chandler Christian Church, room C202, 1825 S. Alma School Road, Chandler. Support group for children ages 6 to 12 coping with a separation or divorce in the family. One-time $10 fee includes snacks and workbook. Pastor Larry Daily, (480) 963-3997, ext. 141, email@example.com or www.chandlercc.org.
Weight Watchers: 9 a.m., Desert Foothills United Methodist Church, 2156 E. Liberty Lane. www.desertfoothills.org or (480) 460-1025.
Holy Yoga: 9:15 a.m., Horizon Presbyterian Church, 1401 E. Liberty Lane. Led by Holy Yoga Founder Brooke Boon. (480) 460-1480.
Toddler Shabbat: 9:30 a.m., Temple Emanuel, 5801 S. Rural Road, Tempe. Celebrate Shabbat with a service, music, and a craft project designed for children 0 to 5 years old and their parents or other adult. (480) 838-1414 or www.emanueloftempe.org.
Torah Tots: 10:15 to 11 a.m., members’ homes. Hosted by Chabad of the East Valley for children ages 2 to 5. Features hands-on activities about the Shabbat, songs, stories and crafts, and all children will make and braid their very own challah. (480) 785-5831.
Celebrate Recovery Support Group: 6 p.m., Ahwatukee Assembly of God, 11832 S. Warner-Elliot Loop. Addressing all types of habits, hurts and hang-ups. Starts with dinner, large group meeting at 7 p.m., small group meetings at 7:45, café at 9 p.m. (480) 893-6189.
Shabbat services: first Fridays, Temple Emanuel, 5801 S. Rural Road, Tempe. “Nosh” at 6 p.m. and then enjoy the Shir Shabbat service led by the Shabba-Tones, the Shabbat musical group, at 6:30 p.m. (480) 838-1414 or www.emanueloftempe.org.
Shabbat Services: 6 p.m. Fridays, except on the Second Friday of each month at 8 p.m., Temple Beth Sholom of the East Valley, 3400 N. Dobson Road, Chandler. Shabbat Morning and Torah Service, weekly at 9 a.m. (480) 897-3636 or www.templebethsholomaz.org.
“Nosh” and worship: third Fridays, Temple Emanuel, 5801 S. Rural Road, Tempe. “Nosh” at 6 p.m., worship at a Kabbalat service at 6:30 p.m. The service is followed by an congregational dinner (by reservation only.) Optional Israeli dancing rounds out the night after dinner. (480) 838-1414 or www.emanueloftempe.org.
Tots N’Torah: 6:30 p.m. second Fridays, Temple Emanuel, 5801 S. Rural Road, Tempe. Designed for children 0-5 and their parents or other adult. Following the service is an Oneg Shabbat, a time for a snack and to meet other families with young children. (480) 838-1414 or www.emanueloftempe.org.
Congregation Eitz Chaim of Ahwatukee shabbat services: 7:30 p.m., services held at 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Congregation Eitz Chaim is traditional and egalitarian. Newcomers are always welcome. Rabbi/Cantor Victor I. Beck, (602) 595-3618, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.eitzchaimphoenix.org.
Shabbat: 7:30 p.m. second, fourth, and fifth Fridays, Temple Emanuel, 5801 S. Rural Road, Tempe. Traditional service followed by an Oneg Shabbat. (480) 838-1414 or www.emanueloftempe.org.
Men’s program: 8 a.m., Arts and Crafts Room, Sun Lakes Country Club (Phase One). Men learn how to achieve greater joy in their lives ... joy that they can share with others. A byproduct of this program is fellowship - men of God with men of God.
The men who wish to come early for breakfast do so around 7:30 a.m. All men are welcome.
Optional study session, Shabbat service: Temple Emanuel, 5801 S. Rural Road, Tempe. Optional study session at 8:20 a.m., Shabbat morning service at 9:30 a.m., followed by a kiddush. (480) 838-1414 or www.emanueloftempe.org.
Congregation Eitz Chaim of Ahwatukee Sabbath morning services: 9 a.m. first Saturdays, Ahwatukee Foothills Prep School, 10201 S. 50th Place. Congregation Eitz Chaim is traditional and egalitarian. Newcomers are always welcome. Rabbi/Cantor Victor I. Beck, (602) 595-3618, email@example.com or www.eitzchaimphoenix.org.
Christ-centered Yoga: 9 to 10 a.m., Mountain Park Community Church, 2408 E. Pecos Road. After a long week, or to start your weekend off with a spiritual start, try the beginning/gentle yoga class taught by Rosie. This class is free and open to the community and is a great intro into Christ Centered yoga. Greg Battle, (480) 759-6200 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holy Yoga: 9 a.m., Horizon Presbyterian Church, 1401 E. Liberty Lane. Led by Holy Yoga Founder Brooke Boon. (480) 460-1480.
Sunday school classes: Barness Family East Valley Jewish Community Center, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Offered by Or Adam Congregation. Grades Pre-K through 10, teen youth group, adult education programs, holiday celebrations and monthly Shabbat services. (480) 663-7788 or www.oradam.org.
Horizon Presbyterian Church Youth groups: 4:30 to 6 p.m. (middle school), 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (high school), Horizon Presbyterian Church, 1401 E. Liberty Lane. “Collision” is the middle school youth group and “Remedy” is the high school youth group. Relax, eat snacks, play games, have fellowship and hear topical messages relating to issues in their lives. All area youth are invited. Information: (480) 460-1480 or check out the youth section of the Web site at www.horizonchurch.com.
Desert Foothills United Methodist Church Youth group for sixth to 12th grades: 5 to 7 p.m. For information, visit www.desertfoothills.org (go to the youth page), call (480) 460-1025 or e-mail Jamie at email@example.com.
Gamblers Anonymous: 7:30 p.m., Mountain View Lutheran Church, 11002 S. 48th St. (480) 893-2729 or (480) 598-1226.
Holy Yoga “Slow Flow” classes: 8:45 to 10 a.m., Esperanza Lutheran Church, 2601 E. Thunderhill Place. Led by certified and registered Holy Yoga instructor Kathy Marcucci. Donation based. firstname.lastname@example.org or (602) 617-2407.
Mah Jongg: 9:30 a.m., Temple Emanuel, 5801 S. Rural Road, Tempe. (480) 838-1414 or www.emanueloftempe.org.
Christ-centered Yoga: 6 to 7 p.m., Mountain Park Community Church, 2408 E. Pecos Road. This is a Flow 1-2 class (intermediate and taught by Elena) and is free and open to the community. Greg Battle, (480) 759-6200 or email@example.com.
DivorceCare and DivorceCare for Kids: 6:30 p.m., Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 739 W. Erie St., Chandler. Classes for those grieving over death or divorce. (480) 963-4127.
GriefShare: 7 p.m., Chandler Christian Church, room C201, 1825 S. Alma School Road, Chandler. Support group for those struggling with how to deal with a loss in life, meets at Free. Pastor Larry Daily, (480) 963-3997, ext. 141, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.chandlercc.org.
Holy Yoga: 9 a.m., Horizon Presbyterian Church, 1401 E. Liberty Lane. Led by Holy Yoga Founder Brooke Boon. (480) 460-1480.
Seniors Terrific Tuesdays: 10:30 a.m. to noon, Barness Family East Valley Jewish Community Center, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. The program is free and includes bagels and coffee and a different speaker or theme each week. See old friends and make new ones. Registration not needed. www.evjcc.org or (480) 897-0588.
GriefShare: 2 and 6:30 p.m., Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 739 W. Erie St., Chandler. (480) 963-4127.
Bible reading sessions for pleasure: 7 to 8 p.m., Chandler Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1188 W. Galveston St. Bring a Bible, or Bibles are available at the sessions. Free. Lori, (480) 917-3593.