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Posted: Friday, November 23, 2012 3:00 pm

Saturday, Nov. 24

Young Choreographers Competition

Next Generation of Fine Arts presents a competition for ages 11-19. A live show will take place Feb. 2. To enter email video submissions as a video file to

DETAILS>>Entry deadline is Dec. 3. For more complete rules, visit Tickets go on sale Jan. 7. Competition is free. Tickets for live show available at Dance Studio 111, 4910 E. Chandler Blvd. Suite 111, or at (480) 706-6040. Proceeds from ticket sales to be donated equally to Desert Vista and Mountain Pointe high school dance departments in Ahwatukee.


Monday, Nov. 26

Finding your purpose, passion in life

This one-hour workshop is designed to give participants an overview of how to move towards finding their purpose and passion in life.

DETAILS>>5 to 6 p.m. Nov. 26 at Training Center, 8727 S. Priest Drive, Tempe. Free. 18 and over. RSVP required.; (480) 773-4686.


Wednesday, Nov. 28

Chat, Chew & Chocolate Signature Event

“Let’s all gather and deepen our attitude of gratitude!” Join Irina Baker, M.A., C.H., Master hypnotherapist/person empowerment mentor and author of “Keys to Freedom: The Guide to Personal Power.”

DETAILS>>6 p.m. Nov. 28 at Pita Jungle, 4921 E. Ray Road, in back room. Visit for program details and pricing.


Thursday, Nov. 29

Gentle Yoga series for increasing mobility

Come to this gentle floor class designed to make you feel better through breathing techniques, stretching and strengthening exercises. Suitable for everyone.

DETAILS>>1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 29 (Thursdays) at Inner Vision Yoga Studio, 1949 W. Ray Road in Chandler. Four week series, $20 for 4 classes. Donna DiNunzio, (480) 330-2015.


Friday, Nov. 30

44th Fall Tempe Festival of the Arts

More than 400 fine artists and crafts persons who will participate in the upcoming annual event.

DETAILS>>10 a.m. to dust Nov. 30 to Dec. 2 Tempe’s downtown Mill Avenue District, between 3rd Street and University Drive and between Myrtle and Ash Avenue. For directions and parking, visit


Saturday, Dec. 1

Managing Parkinson’s disease

Presented by the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at St. Joseph’s Barrow. Free and includes lunch. Open to individuals with Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers.

DETAILS>>9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 1 at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Sonntag Pavilion, 350 W. Thomas Road in Phoenix. Space is limited so pre-registration is required. (602) 406-4921.


Junie B. in ‘Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!’

Celebrate the holidays with the irrepressible Junie B. Jones! The kids in Room One are gearing up for a celebration. But when Junie draws tattletale May’s name for the secret Santa giveaway she hatches a plan to leave her nemesis with a stinky old lump of coal.

DETAILS>>1 & 4 p.m. Dec. 1 through Dec. 23 at Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe. (480) 350-2822,


Tuesday, Dec. 4

Take Charge America hosts free workshop for first-time homebuyers

Take Charge America, Inc., a nonprofit credit counseling and housing counseling agency based in Phoenix, is hosting a two-day TCA Homebuyer Education Course. The course will help assess the costs of homeownership, review budgets and credit, determine what they can afford to buy and more. Free.

DETAILS>>4 to 8 p.m. Dec. 4 and 6 at Take Charge America, 20620 N. 19th Ave., Phoenix. Participants need to attend both days. Advanced registration is required. To register (623) 266-6195 or email


Friday, Dec. 7

Las Noches de las Luminarias at DBG

The Desert Botanical Garden celebrates its 35th year of Las Noches de las Luminarias. Each night of Luminaria, the Garden comes to life with the glow from more than 8,000 hand-lit luminaria bags and thousands of white twinkle lights.

DETAILS>>5:30 to 9:30 p.m. December dates vary at Desert Botantical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix. Non-members $25 for adults, $12.50 for children 3-12, children under 3 free.

Tuesday, Dec. 4


Saturday, Dec. 8

ZZ Top at Wild Horse Pass

Known for a blues inspired Texas rock sound, ZZ Top has sold over 50 million albums worldwide. Memorable hits including “Tush,” “Sharp Dressed Man,” “Legs” and “Gimme All Your Lovin’’ gave rise to the band’s signature sound.

DETAILS>>8 p.m. Dec. 8 at Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd. in Chandler. Tickets $60 to $200. or (877) 840-0457.


Sunday, Dec. 9

Bereaved families join worldwide candle lighting

Joining hundreds of organized memorial services around the world, members of the Eastside/Mesa chapter of The Compassionate Friends (TCF, a national self-help support organization for families grieving the death of a child, will light candles in a symbolic remembrance).

DETAILS>>6 p.m. Dec. 9 at Arizona Community Church at 9325 S. Rural Road in bldg. G, Tempe.


Saturday, Dec. 15

Lakewood winter festival, boat parade

A Lakewood annual winter festival and boat parade, which includes a visit from Santa, free food, live entertainment and fun. Vendors and volunteers are needed.

DETAILS>>4 to 8 p.m. Dec. 15 Lakewood neighborhood between the two lakes. Call social chairperson Anders Berg, (480) 759-4120, for directions or text Lakewoodfun90210 for map.


Friday, Dec. 21

Friday, Dec. 21

Ahwatukee Foothills ‘Nutcracker’ ballet

The Ahwatukee Foothills ‘Nutcracker’ Ballet tickets are on sale. The event features dolls that come to life, snow falls in the theater, a Christmas tree grows through the ceiling, and angels dance on clouds.

DETAILS>>7 p.m. Dec. 21 and 2 p.m., 7 p.m. Dec. 22 at Desert Vista High School, 16440 S. 32nd St. Limited seats available. (480) 706-6040 or online at for tickets.


Friday, Dec. 28

WAR at Wild Horse Pass

With a blend of funk, jazz, rock, rhythm and blues, and reggae, WAR has an unmistakable sound. The band is known for memorable hits including; “Low Rider,” “Spill the Wine,” “The Cisco Kid” and “Why Can’t We Be Friends.”

DETAILS>>8 p.m. Dec. 28 at Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd. in Chandler. Tickets are $25 to $60.; (877) 840-0457.




Power  Networking Group at Chamber

Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce networking and leads group. Get involved and network. Open to chamber members and non-members. 

DETAILS>>Noon every Monday, Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce, 4435 E. Chandler Blvd. #140, Shannon Kinsman (480) 753-7676


Legislative District – Dems. 20 meeting

DETAILS>>6 p.m. social hour, meeting at 7 p.m. second Mondays, The Old Spaghetti Factory at Chandler Mall, 3155 W. Chandler Blvd, Suite 9, Chandler.


Multiple Sclerosis self help support group

This group addresses the informational, emotional and social support needs of the MS community. People with MS, care partners and spouses are welcome to participate. To mobilize people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS.

DETAILS>>10 a.m. to noon, 3rd Monday of each month, Dignity Health Urgent Care Ahwatukee, conference room, 4545 E. Chandler Blvd.  free; Lynn Grant, (480) 414-7172.



Ahwatukee Republican Women general meeting

DETAILS>>6:30 p.m. on fourth Tuesday each month, social networking, 7 p.m. meeting, Grace Inn, 10831 S. 51st St. Loraine, (480) 460-7101,  or


Chambiz Group at Chamber

Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce networking and leads group. Get involved and network.

Open to chamber members and non-members.

DETAILS>>8 a.m. every Tuesday, Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce, 4435 E. Chandler Blvd., #140 Shannon Kinsman (480) 753-7676


Ahwatukee’s financial and executive resource group

Meets every Tuesday.

DETAILS>>8 to 9 a.m. every Tuesday, Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce, 4435 E. Chandler Blvd., #140 Contact Joseph Ortiz, (480) 753-7664.



Chambiz groups at chamber

Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce networking and leads group. Get involved and network.Open to chamber members and non-members.

DETAILS>>8 a.m. every Wednesday, Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce, 4435 E. Chandler Blvd,, #140 Shannon Kinsman (480) 753-7676.


The Women’s Networking League

DETAILS>>6:30 to 8 p.m. first Wednesday of every month, Mimi’s Café, 4901 E. Ray Road and 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. last Thursday of every month, Spinato’s Pizzeria, 4848 E. Chandler Blvd. Kathy H. (480) 460-1109


Grief support in Ahwatukee

Hospice of the Valley offers a free ongoing grief support group for adults and is open to any adult who has experienced a loss through death. No registration required.

DETAILS>>6 to 7:30 p.m. first and third Wednesdays, Pecos Community Center, 17010 S. 48th St.

(602) 636-5390 or


The Foothills Women’s Club

An informal, relaxed social organization of about 90 women living in the Ahwatukee Foothills/Club West area. A way to escape once a month to have fun and meet with other ladies in the area. Guest speaker or entertainment.

DETAILS>>7 p.m. on second Wednesday at Foothills Golf Club, 2201 E. Clubhouse Drive. or


The Parent Connection

Invites parents to join a drop-in group who want to ask questions, share ideas or just listen to what’s going on with today’s teenagers.

DETAILS>> 5:30 to 7 p.m. second Wednesday. Maricopa Cooperative Extension, 4341 E. Broadway Road, Phoenix, Cost is free. RSVP (602) 827-8200 ext. 348 or


Ahwatukee Tea Party

Updates on county, state and federal issues.

DETAILS>>6:30 to 8:30 p.m. third Wednesday of each month, Pecos Community Center, 17010 S. 48th St. Visit for more information.


Democrats and Donuts

Free and open to the public. Donations accepted. Walk-ins welcome if space permits.

DETAILS>>7:30 to 9 a.m. third Wednesday, Biscuits Restaurant, 4623 E Elliot Road, Phoenix RSVP: or (480) 592-0052



Nothing  but Net(working) at Chamber

Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce networking and leads group. Get involved and network.

Open to chamber members and non-members.

DETAILS>>8 a.m. every Thursday, Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce, 4435 E. Chandler Blvd. #140,  Shannon Kinsman (480) 753-7676.


MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers)

Free child care for ages 0 to 5.

DETAILS>> 9 a.m. second and fourth Thursday, Foothills Baptist Church, 15450 S. 21st St.

Kim (480) 759-2118, ext. 218.



Sun Lakes Parkinson’s support group - care partners only

A care partners meeting each month. This format provides the opportunity for those caring for someone with Parkinson’s to meet with others in like situations. Kristina Watts, Patient Services Coordinator from the Muhammad Ali Parkinson’s Center facilitates this group session. This group is for caregivers only.

DETAILS>>3 p.m. first Friday of each month, Card Room at the Sun Lakes Country Club, 25601 North Sun Lakes Blvd. Grace Roth, (480) 895-1734 or Susan Uhrich, (480) 305-0031.



Bosom Buddies of Arizona support group

Ahwatukee/Chandler non-profit breast cancer support group

DETAILS>>10 a.m. to noon, second Saturday of every month, Morrison Boardroom next to Chandler Regional Medical Center, 1875 W. Frye Road in Chandler; Patti Lynch (480) 893-8900 or Cele Ludig (480) 330-4301.


Beverly Stidham, (480) 898-7924 or

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