Tuesday, Nov. 10
Mathnasium Open House: 4 to 8 p.m., 1345 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 1-201. Free food by Chipotle, free non-alcoholic beverages by Sam’s Club and a great atmosphere on the patio provided by St. Nick’s Decorators. Also fun and prizes from local businesses. Registration: www.AhwatukeeChamber.com or (480) 753-7676.
Wednesday, Nov. 11
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.
Land of the Dragons exhibit public opening: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Parkway. Reaching nearly 10 feet long, the largest lizard in the world makes its public debut. Free with regular paid admission. www.LandOfTheDragons.org.
Veterans Day Gourd Dance and Community Potluck: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Pueblo Grande Museum, 4619 E. Washington St. The community is invited to this annual event honoring the memory of all Veterans who served our nation. Gourd dancing starts at 11:30 a.m. Bring your favorite potluck dish to share. Free. (602) 495-0901.
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, Nov. 12
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.
Girls’ Night Out Ahwatukee: 3 to 9 p.m. every other Thursday at participating businesses throughout Ahwatukee Foothills and surrounding area. Deals on haircuts, eyebrow wax, drinks, food and more. Free to participate. Join mailing list at www.tukeegirlsnightout.com. Anne, (480) 239-8788 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, Nov. 13
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.
Unique Boutique: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. tonight and tomorrow, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, St. Andrew’s the Apostle Catholic Faith Community, 3450 W. Ray Road, Chandler. (480) 899-1990.
Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce Bar Bounce: 6:30 p.m. kick-off happy hour at the Radisson Phoenix/Chandler, then at 8:30 p.m. travel to Hob Nob Sports Grill and Rock Bottom Brewery by bus - no driving! Sports theme. www.ahwatukeechamber.com or (480) 753-7676.
Arizona Society of Astrologers meeting: 7 p.m., (free astrology class at 6:30 p.m.), Scottsdale Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Road., Scottsdale. Donna Stellhorn will present “Feng Shui and Astrology.” www.azastrologers.org.
Second Friday Science Café: 7 p.m., East West Exchange, 2051 W. Warner Road, Chandler. Join Dr. Randy Cerveny, President’s Professor, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at Arizona State University and author of Freaks of the Storm: From Flying Cows to Stealing Thunder: The World’s Strangest True Weather Stories and Weather’s Greatest Mysteries Solved! for a fascinating tour of some of the world’s most perplexing and provocative climate mysteries. www.ScienceCafes.org.
Saturday, Nov. 14
Desert Foothills United Methodist Church Youth Group Yard Sale: 6 to 11 a.m., 2156 E. Liberty Lane. Proceeds will be used for their summer mission trip to Peru and other activities. email@example.com or www.desertfoothills.org.
Garage Sale: 7 a.m., 5693 W. Dublin Lane, Chandler. Sponsored by St. Clare Fraternity, Secular Franciscan Order. All sale proceeds will benefit the fraternity’s charitable works.
Free Spay and Neuter Clinic: 7 a.m. check-in, First Southern Baptist Church, 5230 N. Scottsdale Road, Paradise Valley. First-come, first-served. Do not give food or water to pets after 10 p.m. the night before. No hernias or cryptorchid males, pregnant or in-heat females. Animals must be at least two pounds. Two pets per household limit. Dogs must be on a leash less than 6 feet in length and cats need to be in carriers. Provided by Maricopa County Animal Care and Control’s Uno por Uno program. www.unoporuno.org.
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.
Keeping Your Head Up in Down Times: Winning the Mental Game of Unemployment: 9 to 11 a.m., Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living, 4621 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 160. Trainer, coach, consultant and author Jerry Jerome will share powerful and practical strategies learned and developed while managing his own experience being out of work. Each person attending will get a free copy of Jerome’s motivational book, Instant Inspiration. Limited seating, RSVP required to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Raku Arts & Crafts Festival: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Historic Downtown Chandler and Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, 3 S. Arizona Ave. This Japanese arts & crafts festival features music, demonstrations, food and beverages. Free. (480) 593-8443.
Chandler Chic Boutique: today, tomorrow, Nov. 21, 22 and Dec. 6, Holiday Inn, 1200 W. Ocotillo Road, Chandler. Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Fun holiday shopping and a raffle benefiting The Boys and Girls Club of Chandler. (480) 704-0534.
Cheerleading Clinic: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Arizona All-Stars Tumbling and Cheer facility, 7425 S. Harl, Suite 3, Tempe. Professionally trained cheer coaches will teach children ages four and up a choreographed dance and cheer routine to music like routines seen on ESPN. Free with purchase of performance shirt ($25) – each student receives clinic training and entrance into a special performance during the “Spring It On” cheer competition Nov. 21 at the Arizona Grand Resort. Groups will be divided by age. Registration required to (480) 831-1105. Information: email@example.com or www.azallstars.com.
Chiles and 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. Also cooking demonstrations, children’s activities and lively entertainment. Flamenco dance instruction and the sounds of DJ World Famous Rani “g” will keep the weekend sweet and sizzlin’. (480) 941-1225 or www.dbg.org.
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.
“Healthy Lifestyle” Education Class: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Ironwood Library, 4333 E. Chandler Blvd. Dr. Ron Marek, former narcotics detective and martial arts expert, will show attendees how to protect themselves while holiday shopping. Dr. Betsy Yurgel, NMD from the Phoenix Holistic Center, will also discuss how naturopathic medicine can assist with mental depression, clarity, memory and more. Also group discussion on whole food nutrition. Free. RSVP: Christine, (480) 491-9551 or Christine@ChristineMarek.com. Speaker suggestions welcome for upcoming classes.
Phoenix Zoo Auxiliary Holiday ZooTique: 455 N. Galvin Parkway. Features unique holiday gifts from pottery, jewelry, dolls, home decor, photography, wall art, Christmas cards and more. Meet local artisans, purchase raffle tickets, find a good used book or even bid at the auction. Proceeds support the Phoenix Zoo volunteers. Admission is free with regular paid admission. www.phoenixzoo.org.
Sunday, Nov. 15
National Charity League, Ahwatukee Foothills Chapter informational meeting: 3 to 4 p.m., Arizona Community Church, 9325 S. Rural Road, Tempe. The oldest and largest mother-daughter volunteer organization in the nation gives mothers and daughters unique opportunities to strengthen their bond while growing together, sharing of themselves and improving their communities. To be eligible for membership, daughters must currently be in sixth or seventh grade. RSVP with name and daughter’s grade level to Sally at (480) 759-3416 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, Nov. 16
Peace Corps meeting for Boomers: 5:45 to 7:30 p.m., Temple Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn. Join Boomerz, Peace Corps Recruiter Kevin Elliott and a number of Peace Corps veterans who joined as boomers for a first-hand look at today’s Peace Corps and the many options open to Baby Boomers and others who want to make the world a better place. Information, registration: info@BoomerzAZ.com or (480) 990-1450.
Tuesday, Nov. 17
Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) meeting: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. third Tuesdays, theSprings Church, 6135 W. Detroit St., Chandler. Mothers of children ages newborn through kindergarten are invited for a time of authentic community, personal growth, practical help and spiritual hope. Meetings and childcare are free. MOPS International in Denver requests that moms sign up for an annual membership, and for the yearly $23.95 fee they will receive a book, a bi-monthly magazine and weekly mom e-mails. Heather, (480) 202-4477 or email@example.com.
Understanding Your State Legislature workshop: 5:30 to 7 p.m., Pecos Community Center, 17010 S. 48th St. Join city legislative liaisons and invited members of the Arizona State Legislature to learn more about the state legislative process. Hear how you can become involved in the decisions being made by your state government. Free. Limited seating. RSVP: Lorizelda, (602) 262-1833 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free Networking Through Linkedin Seminar: 7 to 9 p.m., Mountain Park Community Church, 2408 E. Pecos Road. The seminar is a “must” for job seekers and will be beneficial for anyone interested in expanding his/her business resource network or in learning how to use LinkedIn. Free and open to the public. Childcare will not be provided. RSVP to Denise at email@example.com.
James O. Schroeder American Legion Post 55 meeting: 7 p.m., Sun Lakes Country Club, Navajo Room, 25601 N. Sun Lakes Blvd., Sun Lakes. Ladies Auxiliary of Post 55 will provide refreshments. New members welcome. (480) 821-8971.
Wednesday, Nov. 18
Free Rabies Vaccination Clinics: 8 to 11 a.m. today and Nov. 23, Paradise Valley Municipal Complex, 6401 E. Lincoln. Animals must be in good health and at least three months old. Dogs must be on a leash less than six feet in length and cats need to be in carriers. Two pets per household limit. Provided by Maricopa County Animal Care and Control’s Uno por Uno program. www.unoporuno.org.
Brown Bag Water Speaker Series: noon to 1:30 p.m., University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, 4341 E. Broadway Road. Grant McCormick, Campus Planner, Department of Planning, Design & Construction, The University of Arizona, will present “Water in the Sustainable Landscape.” Free. RSVP: Nancy, (602) 827-8200, ext. 335, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Caffe Boa Wine dinner: 6 p.m., Caffe Boa of Ahwatukee, 5063 E. Elliot Road. Caffe Boa will host the Bonterra Organic wine dinner, featuring a four-course dinner paired with wines, live music and more. $45 per person. Reservations: (480) 893-3331, email@example.com or www.caffeboa.com.
Ahwatukee Chat, Chew and Chocolate Signature Event: 6 to 9 p.m., Arrivederci Trattoria, 4221 E. Chandler Blvd. Bobbi Bennet will get a make-over by Signature Salon and Bar Fitness and perform her stand up comedy routine. Open to women in the community. $20 per person in advance, two for $36, $25 at the door.
Thursday, Nov. 19
Maricopa County Animal Care and Control Mobile Adoptions Bus: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Petco, 5011 E. Ray Road. Features low cost dog and cat adoptions. (602) 506-3471 or www.pets.maricopa.gov.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
“East Valley’s - Be There” Professional networking event: 6 to 8:30 p.m., The Grace Inn, 10831 S. 51st St. www.evbtvpweb.com.
Author Jackie Dishner signs and discusses her new book, Backroads & Byways of Arizona: 6 to 9 p.m., Studio Vino, 1825 E. Guadalupe, Tempe. Learn about interesting and lesser known Arizona travel treasures and enjoy wine tasting. $30 per person includes wine tasting, appetizers and autographed copy of the book. (480) 897-1800.
Award-winning photographer from Ground Zero to speak: 7:30 p.m., Arizona State University Tempe campus, Music Building, Katzin Concert Hall. Joel Meyerowitz is an acclaimed photographer who gained unlimited access to Ground Zero to create a record in the aftermath of the World Trade Center attack. Free. Tickets available at the front office of Barrett, the Honors College, and also a limited number at the door.
Friday, Nov. 20
Freestyle Dance Frenzy: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Fire Station 43, Community Room, 4110 E. Chandler Blvd. Dance, laugh and get healthy. The event is for adult men and women and is hosted by Laurie Nathanson from Ahwatukee First Sundays – Laurie’s Laughoholic Club, which meets 2 to 3 p.m. first Sundays at the same location. (480) 540-4776 or email@example.com.
Saturday, Nov. 21
Kiwanis Club Rummage and Craft Sale: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Mountain View Lutheran Church, 11002 S. 48th St. Proceeds will benefit the children’s charities of The Kiwanis Club of Ahwatukee. For item donations or to reserve a booth, contact Andi at (602) 402-6267 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The Key Clubs from Desert Vista and Mountain Pointe high schools will also participate and share in the proceeds.
Dash for MASH: 8 a.m., Kiwanis Park, Ramada 8, 6111 S. All American Way, Tempe. Proceeds from the non-competitive 5K walk/run will benefit MASH (Maricopa Animal Safe Hospice - Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s No-Kill Animal Shelter). $25 entry fee. All participants will receive a “Jail Tails” T-shirt. A raffle will also be held. If you can’t make it, do a “shadow walk” and still receive a T-shirt. Registration: Orla, email@example.com or (520) 440-6591.
Woofstock: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tumbleweed Park, 2250 S. McQueen Road, Chandler. Join the city of Chandler and its partners, the American Service Animal Society and Maricopa County Animal Care and Control for the “Great Chandler Dog Walk,” contests for critters, owner and pet contests, raffle prizes and other tail wagging treats. Bring your canines for a day of fun for the whole family. Free admission. www.chandleraz.gov/woofstock.
Fragrance Festival: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Nordstrom, Chandler Fashion Center, 3111 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler. Representatives from major and specialty fragrance lines will be on site. Valued gift sets, samples and gift with purchases available (while supplies last). A D.J. will entertain and Ahwatukee Foothills Ballet will present a special preview performance of The Nutcracker. Light refreshments. (480) 855-2500, ext. 1071.
Tuesday, Nov. 24
Ahwatukee Republican Women: 7 p.m., Fire Station Community Room, 4110 E. Chandler Blvd. Mary, (602) 206-1189 or ARWomen@aol.com.
Thursday, Nov. 26
Family-style Thanksgiving Feast: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., The Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix, 2401 E. Camelback Road. bistro 24 offers a four-course, plated, family-style Thanksgiving experience. $59 for adults, $29 for children 12 and under. Reservations required: (602) 468-0700 or www.opentable.com.
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, Nov. 28
14th Annual Festival of Lights Kick-off Party: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Desert Foothills Park, 1010 Market Place SW. Features carnival games, rides and inflatables, community entertainment, craft fair with 100 crafters, photos with Santa, charity wreath auction and a Harley-Davidson parade. Free admission. (480) 460-6169.
Monday, Nov. 30
Debbie Macomber signs One Simple Act: 7 p.m., Changing Hands Bookstore, 6428 S McClintock Dr, Tempe. (480) 730-0205.
Wednesday, Dec. 2
Ahwatukee Chat, Chew & Chocolate monthly coffee: 9 a.m., Coffee Buzz, 4804 E. Chandler Blvd, Suite 110. 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
Nick Kelsh photography lecture: 7 p.m., Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave. Learn tips on how to transform your average pictures to stunning portraits. www.PhxArt.org or (602) 257-1222.
Thursday, Dec. 3
Valley Impact Luncheon hosted by The Junior League of Phoenix: 10:30 a.m. silent auction and raffle, noon luncheon, The Camelback Inn Resort and Spa, 5402 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley. Allison DuBois, a medium and author who has worked to promote the welfare of Arizona children and whose life is the inspiration for the hit television show Medium, will speak. $125. www.jlp.org/VILuncheon.
Holiday party: 5 to 9 p.m., That Italian Place, 3941 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 107-B. Hosted by That Italian Place & A-Peeling Faces Skincare & Massage Therapy. Features half off martinis, appetizer specials, raffle, and free chair massages. RSVP: (480) 759-4459. Information: www.thatitalianplace.com, www.a-peelingfaces.com.
Friday, Dec. 4
Golf Blowout Sale: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Phoenix City Hall, 200 W. Washington St., Assembly Room A. Apparel and golf merchandise from all of the city golf courses will be on sale. (602) 262-5088 or www.phoenix.gov/golf.
Holiday Shopping Boutique and Open House: 5 to 9 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow, Deseret Aesthetic & Lifestyle Institute, 1425 W. Greenfield, Mesa. A portion of proceeds will benefit the Run from the Sun Foundation (non-profit devoted to fighting skin cancer) and Crisis Nursery (Mesa). www.deseretskin.com or (480) 832-7546.
Saturday, Dec. 5
Tumbleweed Tree Lighting & Parade of Lights: Historic Downtown Chandler and Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, 3 S. Arizona Ave. 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. 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.
City of Phoenix Fiesta of Light: Electric Light Parade: Features a spectacular display of lighted floats, marching bands and performance groups. Route: Central Avenue from Montebello to Camelback, east on Camelback to 7th Street, 7th Street south to Indian School. (602) 262-6862.
Sunday, Dec. 6
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 email@example.com.
Monday, Dec. 14
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).