Saturday, Sept. 27
Backpack Weigh-in: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Ahwatukee Foothills Family YMCA, 1030 E. Liberty Lane. Hosted by the Ahwatukee Northwest MOMS Club and the YMCA. Bring your loaded backpack to the YMCA for a weigh-in, ergonomic information, fun and giveaways. The event was organized by Abigail Wool, an occupational therapist concerned about childhood back and shoulder injuries from carrying heavy, poorly packed backpacks.
Botox, Breakfast and Babysitting: 9 a.m. to noon, Deseret Aesthetic and Lifestyle Institute, 1425 S. Greenfield Road, Suite 102, Mesa. A catered healthy breakfast for kids and mom is included. Injection fee is $150, and Botox is $6.50 per unit. Reservations: (480) 832-7546.
Seminar on How to Buy or Sell a Business: 9 a.m. to noon, Arizona Small Business Association, 4130 E. Van Buren, Suite 150. Jim Afinowich of Fox & Fin will explain how to value an ongoing business, negotiate the transaction, finance the purchase, take the most advantageous tax position and how to protect one's self after the sale. $40. Registration: (602) 745-7250 or www.scorephoenix.org.
National Public Lands Day: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., South Mountain Park, 10919 S. Central Ave. Volunteer opportunities, Kids zone, live birds, outdoor clubs and organizations and free family fun. phoenix.gov/parks/npld.html.
SAT Practice Test: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Ironwood Library, 4333 E. Chandler Blvd. The Princeton Review offers a free SAT practice test for ages 12 to 18. Allow four hours for the test. Registration is limited to 30. Registration is limited to 30 and is required by calling 1-800-2REVIEW or online at princetonreview.com/events.
Bicycle Rodeo for Children: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Anytime Fitness, 1420 E. Chandler Blvd. Hosted by Phoenix Police Department and Anytime Fitness. Children are asked to bring their bikes. Free giveaways and prizes. (480) 283-0370.
Brilliant Sky Toys & Books Birthday Party: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 4929 E. Chandler Blvd. The store will celebrate its one-year anniversary with art demonstrations, baby signing play time, Spanish story time, product demonstrations, thousands of dollars in raffle prizes, cake from Lulu's cupcakes, gelato from Dolce Luna and a store-wide sale. (480) 785-8697.
‘Greatest American Hero' William Katt book signing and meet and greet: 3 to 6 p.m., Atomic Comics, Chandler Fashion Center, 3155 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler. Katt is now co-publisher for Catastrophic Comics and author of its debut comic series, Sparks, a superhero noir thriller based in the late 1940s. www.atomiccomics.com.
TukeeFest: 5 to 11 p.m., Ahwatukee Park, 4700 E. Warner Road. Presented by the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce and the Ahwatukee Community Swim & Tennis Center. The evening features live music from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Tasty treats will be available for purchase from local vendors. Admission is free, but tickets will be needed for food, beverages, airbrush tattoos, games and rides. Advance tickets at an early bird rate of 30 tickets for $25 or $15 for a "rides only" wrist band are available by calling (480) 753-7676, (480) 893-3431 or online at www.ahwatukeechamber.com.
Bell'Italia Pizzeria Special Event: 4909 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 506. Starting at 6 p.m., guests will be serenaded by Augie Figurelli on accordian at Ahwatukee's "Little Italy." New menu items will also be available all day. (480) 893-1233.
Sunday, Sept. 28
East Valley Bridal Affair: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Windemere Resort, 5750 E. Main St., Mesa. Features live hair and makeup demos throughout the day, hourly drawings for gifts, two fashion shows featuring couture wedding and evening gowns by designers Jennyvi Dizon and Paul Lee Hazlett and live music by Night Groove and 112 Kilometers. Enter a raffle for a free cruise at www.EastValleyBridalAffair.com. All raffle proceeds will benefit the Arizona Downs Syndrome Network. Laura, (623) 202-6290.
History of Stained Glass presentation: 12:30 to 2 p.m., The Artists Studio, located at the back of the property at The Farm at South Mountain, 6106 S. 32nd St. (northwest corner at Southern Avenue). Presented by Artist In Residence and Ahwatukee Foothills resident Marty Gibson. Free and open to the public. (602) 268-5905 or www.artstudio-thefarm.org.
Bill Clinton live via satellite: 8 p.m., Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road. Join former President Bill Clinton and Matthew Bishop of The Economist as they discuss "The Business of Giving in the 21st Century" live via satellite from Manhattan's 92nd Street Y. If planning to attend, contact the JCC on or before Sept. 25 at (480) 483-7121, ext. 1205, with questions and to reserve your free seat.
Tuesday, Sept. 30
Chess Club: 6 to 10 p.m., The CoffeeBuzz, 4804 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 110. (480) 393-3430.
Merrill lecture at the Cronkite School: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Room 444, Cronkite School, 555 N. Central Ave. Dr. Bruce Merrill, professor emeritus at the Arizona State University Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and director of the Cronkite/Eight poll, will speak on "Journalism and the Role of Polls: An Election-Year Guide to Separating the Reliable from the Deniable." He will present Valley journalists and journalism students with ways to tell legitimate, scientifically produced polls from polls with an agenda. Free. Parking available in the adjacent University Center garage. Mark, (480) 970-2351 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, Oct. 1
Ahwatukee Chat, Chew & Chocolate monthly coffee: 9 a.m. Start your morning off with friends, fun and inspiration - no need to register, just show up to sip and chat. All are welcome. www.ahwatukeeccc.com.
Arizona Business Circle, a networking group: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays. Business professionals exchange referrals to help each other build successful businesses. Shelley, (480) 820-8694, ext. 3.
Southeast Valley Chapter of Le Tip networking lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays, Native New Yorker, 5030 E. Ray Road. Network and build your business. $10 for lunch. Carol, (602) 295-4027.
The Politics of Criminal Justice: 6 p.m., Burton Barr Library, 1221 N. Central Ave. Meet dedicated citizens working for a better and fairer criminal justice system. Hear professional speakers who will address how the system is broken. Participate in small group discussions leading to an action plan. Sponsored by the UUC Prison Reform Committee
Arizona Citizens Oversight Coalition for Prisons and Jails. (623) 583-5473.
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 from September through May. Tonight features a fashion show. Kari, email@example.com or www.foothillswomensclub.org.
Thursday, Oct. 2
Chandler LeTip meeting: 7:01 a.m. to 8:31 a.m., Marie Callender's Restaurant, 7455 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler. Premier business leads organization meets every Thursday. firstname.lastname@example.org, www.letip.com or Steve, (480) 524-0688.
Friday, Oct. 3
MOMS (Moms Offering Moms Support) Club of Ahwatukee - East: 9:30 a.m., Mountain Park Community Church, 2408 E. Pecos Road. MOMS Club is a support group for stay-at-home moms who live within the boundaries of Interstate 10, 24th Street, Pecos Road and Chandler Boulevard. The group meets the first Friday of each month. Children are welcome. Lara, (623) 217-3352 or www.ahwatukeemoms.com/east.
Saturday, Oct. 4
Saturday Morning Bird Hike: 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. (class number 50717), 2439 S. Central Ave. - Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Project. Participants will learn basic skills of binocular use, then practice bird watching and identification using field guides. This one- to two-mile walk on even surfaces will be taken at a leisurely pace with numerous stops. Bring binoculars and bird guides if you have them. All participants must register online using class number at www.phoenix.gov/PARKS under Classes and Programs. (602) 534-9857.
Annual Women's Business Conference: 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m., Arizona Community Church, 9325 S. Rural Road, Tempe. The event is targeted to Christian women who own small businesses with less than 10 employees and those women looking to start their own businesses. Includes continental breakfast, boxed lunch, two keynote presentations, powerful networking opportunities and two additional speaker sessions on Marketing and Praying for Your Business - all from a Christian perspective. Crossroads Youth Intervention (cryi.org) is the charity beneficiary of this event. Attendees are encouraged to bring an unwrapped Christmas gift for a child age 3 to 12 (value $5 to $10) to be donated to CYI. The mission of CYI is to help children, youth, families and individuals overcome the challenges of life in the inner-city. Registration is $35 for attendees, and exhibit spaces are available for $50 (which includes one attendee admission). To register, visit www.azcc.org/awe07_08_cwbc.html or contact Janet Drez at (480) 491-2210 or email@example.com.
Family Fire Safety Class: 9 to 11 a.m., Home Depot, 650 N. 54th St., Chandler. Local firefighters will demonstrate how to use a fire extinguisher in the parking lot and local police officers will review additional safety precautions. Barbara, (480) 753-3320, ext. 453.
Fall Plant Sale: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Arizona Cooperative Extension Office, 4341 E. Broadway Road. Sponsored by the Maricopa County Master Gardeners in conjunction with the Arizona Cultivar of the California Rare Fruit Growers (AZCRFG). Free admission. http://cals.arizona.edu/maricopa/garden/.
‘Start Smart' Pre-Business Planning Seminar: 9 a.m. to noon, Arizona Small Business Association, 4130 E. Van Buren St., Suite 150. Fulfill your dreams of starting your own business. Attend the "Start Smart" seminar presented by Greater Phoenix SCORE, which will include input from the Arizona Department of Commerce for people who have an idea, service or product and want to start a business. Free. Seating is limited and advance registration is recommended by calling (602) 745-7250 or online at www.scorephoenix.org.
Seventh Annual Candle Light Walk: 7 to 9 p.m. starting in the Discount Tire parking lot, 5131 McDowell Road. Registration starts at 6:30 p.m. Catholic Charities' DIGNITY Program invites the public to join them in commemoration of the Seventh Annual International Day of No Prostitution. About 300 women, activists and city officials will hit the pavement to bring attention to the growing crisis. Each will carry a candle (glo-stick for safety purposes) to represent the number of women and girls who have died as a result of prostitution. One mile walk. Diane, (602) 285-1999, ext. 51903.
Mystery Wine Tasting scholarship benefit: 7 to 10 p.m., New Vision Center, 9659 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale. Features varieties of wines from five countries along with hors d'oeuvres, desserts and a raffle. Scholarship money will be raised for women returning to school while facing life transitions. The women attend over 30 community colleges and technical schools in Arizona. $40 admission. Raffle tickets are $5 each or five for $20. Roxanne, (480) 821-0034 or www.arizonabpwfoundation.com.
Sunday, Oct. 5
Ahwatukee First Sundays - Let's Laugh Through Life Laughter Club: 2 to 3 p.m. first Sundays, Fire Station 43, Community Room, 4110 E. Chandler Blvd. Presented by certified laughter coach Laurie Nathanson and affiliated with www.worldlaughtertour.com, a global organization. Donations are accepted, with a portion being donated to local charity. Laurie, (480) 540-4776 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, Oct. 10
Arizona Association of Chicanos for Higher Education 25th Annual Conference: 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Arizona State University at the West Campus, 4701 W. Thunderbird Road. at www.aache.org.
Trilogy Farmers Market Grand Opening: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Encanterra, A Trilogy Country Club, 1035 E. Combs Road, Queen Creek. Hosted by Trilogy by Shea Homes. Open to the public. Continues the second Friday each month. www.TrilogyLife.com or (800) 685-6494.
Saturday, Oct. 11
Hunter's Moon Sunset Hike: 6 to 9:30 p.m., Mormon Trailhead, 8610 S. 24th St., south of Baseline Road on 24th Street. Hunt and gather with the animals of South Mountain Park by the light of the Hunter's Moon. Approximately 3.7 miles round-trip. Hike pace will be steady with short, infrequent stops along the way. Bring a flashlight or headlamp. All participants must register online using class No. 50953 at www.phoenix.gov/PARKS under "Classes and Programs." (602) 262-7393.
Texas Hold 'em Poker for Charity Fund Raiser: 1 p.m. Second Saturday starting today, Luna Fitness, 975 E. Elliot Road, Tempe. The cost is $10, with 100 percent going to local charities. The tournament winner will choose the charity and wear the winner's badge for bragging rights for the month. The event is open to women age 21 and over. Membership at Luna Fitness is not required. (480) 456-5767 or www.lunafitnessoftempe.com.
Sunday, Oct. 12
Walk to Defeat ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease): 9 a.m. registration, walk starts at 10 a.m., Tempe Town Lake (South Beach Park). Sponsored by the ALS Association Arizona Chapter, the Walk is designed to raise awareness and funds for ALS research and patient services programs. No registration fee, but donations will be accepted. The Walk is 5K in length and is wheelchair accessible. Register at http://walkaz.alsa.org. Mags, (602) 297-3800 or email@example.com.
Tuesday, Oct. 14
Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) Group: 9 a.m., second and fourth Tuesdays, Corona Baptist Church, 4450 W. Ray Road, Chandler. (480) 838-4040.
Wednesday, Oct. 15
Central Phoenix Women breakfast meeting: 7:30 a.m., The Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix, 2401 E. Camelback Road. The featured presenter is Joelle Hadley, the sponsor is BlueCross BlueShield of Arizona and the favor partner is Jeffrey's Tea. Information: www.centralphoenixwomen.org or (602) 263-3589.
Jewish Women International Avodah Chapter 1581 luncheon meeting: 11 a.m., Zorba's Greek Cafe, 1964 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Reservations: Dorothy, (480) 883-1503 or Marilyn, (480) 802-9727.
Arizona Capitol Museum Lunch Bunch meeting: 12:15 to 1 p.m., 1st floor Museum Lounge, 1700 W. Washington St. Author Frank M. Barrios, Phoenix native, president of First Families of Arizona and board member of the Phoenix Museum of History, will discuss Mexicans in Phoenix, a history of the Mexican-American community. He will sign copies of the book after the program. Free. Bring your lunch and enjoy coffee and cookies provided by the Museum Guild. Free parking. www.lib.az.us/museum/ or (602) 926-3620.
Thursday, Oct. 16
Gov. Hunt Chapter of the DAR meeting: 10:30 a.m., Marie Callander's, 865 S. Dobson Road, Mesa. (480) 759-2304.
Saturday, Oct. 18
Breast Cancer 3-Day Yard ‘Boutique' for the Cure: 6 to 10 a.m., grassy area on East Cathedral Rock Drive, behind Safeway at Chandler Boulevard and Desert Foothills Parkway. The yard sale is hosted by Kristi Soerensen and her Ahwatukee Foothills-based team, Babes BUST'in Out!, to raise money for their participation in the 2008 Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk for the Cure. For yard sale donations, contact Soerensen at (480) 229-8948. For information, visit www.the3day.org/goto/kristi180.
Desert Botanical Garden Fall Plant Sale: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway. Features the largest variety of arid-adapted plants available in one location. Garden volunteers, horticulturists and professional landscape designers are all on hand to answer questions, assist in plant selections and offer advice. No admission charge. (480) 941-1225 or www.dbg.org.
17th annual Frank Kush Family Fun Run & Walk: Tempe Town Lake. The affordable, family-oriented event promotes physical activity and healthy lifestyles and benefits Arizona youth groups through the Frank Kush Youth Foundation. Open to all ages. Features a 5K Run, 5K Walk, 1 mile Fun Run, 1 mile Walk and popular Dog Walk. There also will be martial arts and other fitness-oriented demonstrations. Advance registration: $10 for adults, $5 for children 16 and under. Special $20 family package available (four family members, $5 for each additional child). All participants receive a race T-shirt, all children who run or walk the 5K or 1-mile event receive medals and all dogs are given ribbons. www.frankkush.org, www.arizonarunningeventsco.com, or Andy Dzurinko (Kush Foundation) at (480) 921-9341 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fifth Annual Native American Farmers Market: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., 4619 E. Washington St. Free and open to the public. (602) 495-0191.
Sunday, Oct. 19
Sweet Tomatoes' Pajama Party: 9 a.m. to noon, 4723 E. Ray Road. Children 12 years old and younger are invited to wear their pajamas to receive a free meal with the purchase of an adult meal, in celebration of National Pajama Month. www.sweettomatoes.com.
Saturday, Oct. 25
"Journey of Hope" memorial service for family and friends who have lost loved ones: 1 p.m., Unity of Phoenix Church, 500 E. Greenway Parkway. Hosted by Hospice of Arizona. The service is open to all community members who have suffered the loss of a loved one and will include live music, a butterfly release, a meditation garden, a community resource table, a photograph slide presentation and a tribute to our fallen soldiers. Feel free to bring a photo of your loved one to display. Diane, (602) 589-2130.
Tuesday, Oct. 28
Employment Fair for people with disabilities: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Gateway Community College, north and south lower cafeteria banquet room, 108 N. 40th St. Hosted by Magellan Health Services of Arizona. The free event will feature Arizona employers looking to diversify their employee base by hiring people with disabilities and will give people with disabilities the opportunity to learn more about the employment process, enhance their interview skills and receive resume assistance. Businesses throughout Maricopa County are encouraged to register for a table at the event by Oct. 17 by calling Ann MacNeil at (602) 797-8276.
Ahwatukee Republican Women General Meeting: 7 p.m., Phoenix Fire Station 43, 4110 E. Chandler Blvd. (480) 460-7101 or ARWomen@aol.com.
Sunday, Nov. 2
Eighth annual One on One Paintball Tournament: 10 a.m., Wild Planet Paintball, 4517 N. Curry Road, Casa Grande. Prizes for first, second and third place. email@example.com or www.wildplanetpaintball.com.
Desert Vista High School Hockey Club's Fourth Annual Charity Golf Classic: 12:30 p.m. shotgun/scramble start, Foothills Golf Club, 2201 E. Clubhouse Drive. Registration and sign-in start at 11 a.m. Funds earned will help defray ice costs and other expenses associated with running the program. $95 per player, $350 per team. Sponsorships are available, and raffle and silent auction prizes and donations are needed. To sponsor, donate or sign up to play, contact Tina at (480) 633-5773 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, Nov. 5
Sixth annual Veterans Medical Leadership Council ‘Heroes One and All' Luncheon: 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. VIP reception, 10:45 a.m. to noon registration and raffle, noon-1:30 p.m. luncheon and program, Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, 2400 E. Missouri Ave. The event honors veterans and helps raise funds to promote public awareness and financial support for veterans in need. Funds are given directly to the veterans needs at the Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center and Arizona State Veterans Home. Luncheon, $100; luncheon and VIP reception, $200. For individual or corporate sponsor opportunities or to reserve table seating, contact Bette at (866) 553-1797 (toll free) or email@example.com.
Thursday, Nov. 6
St. Vincent de Paul's Annual Community Breakfast, ‘Restoring Hope through Faith and Love:' 7 a.m. registration, 7:30-8:45 a.m. breakfast and program, JW Marriott Camelback Inn, Arizona Ballroom, 5402 E. Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale. This breakfast raises funds to benefit the comprehensive services the Society provides to help the homeless and working poor throughout central and northern Arizona. Free, but reservations required and donations requested. Leslie, (602) 261-6837 or www.stvincentdepaul.net.
Sunday, Nov. 9
Palette of Homes Tour: Explore exclusive private residences in Paradise Valley and network with artisans involved in the building of each home on the tour, sample gourmet fare by some of the Valley's most acclaimed chefs and restaurants and bid on silent auction packages. Tickets: Elizabeth, (602) 258-8100 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, Nov. 12
12th annual Sandra Day O'Connor Awards Luncheon: 10 a.m. reception and vignettes, 11:15 a.m. program, Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa, Frank Lloyd Wright Ballroom, 2400 E. Missouri Ave. Hosted by Arizona Foundation for Women. Visit www.azfoundationforwomen.org for sponsorship and reservation information.
Friday, Nov. 14
Herberger Theater's Seventh Annual Cabaret: 7 p.m. cocktail reception, 8 p.m., show, Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St. Tickets: $600 for a table of four (includes two drink vouchers per person), $300 for a table of two (includes two drink vouchers per person), $65 per person for mezzanine seating, and $40 per person for balcony seating. Proceeds benefit the Herberger Theater Center's Outreach Programs for Children and helps keep costs as low as possible for resident and non-resident performing companies. For sponsorship, contact Laurene Austin at (602) 254-7399 ext. 105. Tickets are available www.herbergertheater.org, click on "Special Events."
Saturday, Nov. 15
Crossroads hosts ‘Roads of Hope 2008' charity dinner event: 5:30 to 9:15 p.m., Arizona Biltmore Hotel & Spa, 2400 E. Missouri Ave. Benefits the Seed Fund for the Women of Crossroads and its women's facility and programs. Crossroads, Inc., is a network of six transitional living facilities for individuals struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. $125. Individual and corporate sponsorships are available. All proceeds raised will directly benefit Crossroads programs. Brent, (602) 279-2585.
Monday, Nov. 24
Visions of Sugarplums Holiday Lunch: 9:30 a.m., Westin Kierland Resort, 6902 E. Greenway Parkway, Scottsdale. The 28th annual holiday event and luncheon of the Auxiliary of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale includes the luncheon, a silent auction, handmade gifts, a live auction, homemade baked goods, Designer Decor from top interior designers, vintage treasures and a professional fashion show by Dilliard's. Proceeds directly support Angels for Kids, the annual giving campaign of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale. Tickets start at $85. Judy, (480) 585-9177.
Monday, Jan. 12
National Council on Disability's winter meeting: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Wednesday, Chaparral Suites Hotel, 5001 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Free and open to the public. Advance registration not required. (292) 272-2008.
Saturday, Feb. 14
53rd Annual VNSA Used Book Sale: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. today, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow, Exhibit Building, Arizona State Fairgrounds, 1826 W. McDowell Road. VNSA collects books all year long, and donations can be made by calling (602) 265-6805 or visiting www.vnsabooksale.org.