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Posted: Wednesday, March 26, 2008 11:00 pm

Friday, March 28

Arizona All-Stars Fly School Boot Camp: 5-6:30 p.m. or 6-7:30 p.m., 7425 S. Harl Ave., Suite 3, Tempe. The camp will cover basics of Level 1 stunts like half cradles up to Level 5 single leg stunts with double down cradles. Strong and experienced bases provided. Learn to fly or improve your skills. Limited to 25 participants in each session. $25. Reservations: (480) 831-1105. Registration forms available at www.azallstars.com (under the "What's New" Section).

 

Registration deadline for the 2008 Freedom of Information Awards: to be held April 4 at Heard Museum, Steele Auditorium, 2301 N. Central Ave. Presented by The Valley of the Sun Pro Chapter Society of Professional Journalists. The event honors journalists who protect our First Amendment rights and access to public records. Keynote speaker: Andrew Leckey, director of the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism. Cocktails at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. $50 for members, $60 for nonmembers, $40 for students, $480 for table of 8. RSVP by March 28 to www.spj.org/arizona.

 

Saturday, March 29

Annual Hot Church Garage Sale: 6 a.m.-1 p.m., Mountain Park Community Church, 2408 E. Pecos Road. (480) 759-6200 or www.moutainpark.org.

 

Fundraiser for Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk: 6-11 a.m., 1608 W. Amberwood Drive. The Amazing Moms team is hosting a massive multi-family garage sale to raise funds for the 2008 Arizona 3-Day Walk for breast cancer, benefiting the Susan G. Komen Foundation. All proceeds from the sale will go directly to charity. Donations for the sale and shoppers are equally welcome. Kimberly, (480) 663-3025 or kmicheau@spongusa.com.

 

Seventh Annual Arizona Epilepsy Walk: Kiwanis Park, 6111 S. All American Way, Tempe. 8:30 a.m. begin check-in, 9 a.m. fun run, 9:30 a.m. 3K and 5K walk, 10:30 a.m. food and fun. Corporate sponsors, team captains, walkers and day of walk volunteers needed. www.azepilepsywalk.org or (602) 406-3581.

 

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) 4th Annual 4K Walk: 9 a.m., Arizona State Capitol, 1700 W. Washington St. The walk will raise awareness and funds to continue the programs of education, support and research involving major depression, bi-polar, schizophrenia and other mental illnesses. "Dolly's Divas and Dons.... and Dogs" invite you to join their team (if you have a socially acceptable four-legged "kid," bring ‘em along). Secretary of the State of Arizona Jan Brewer will give a proclamation followed by Sydney Kennedy singing the National Anthem. There will be clowns, face painters, flamenco dancers, belly dancers, dancing Grannies, live music and much more. Dolly, (602) 494-7435 or dolly85024@qwest.net.

 

Contreras State Farm Agency Sixth Annual Spring Fling Event: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 2145 E. Warner Drive, Tempe. Hosted by State Farm Agent Mary Contreras. Free professional 10-by-13 inch family photographs courtesy of Studio Creations and free auto windshield chip repair by Desert Breeze and T&S glass companies. The fun-filled day will include vendors, a charity car wash and activities for the kids. A BBQ lunch will be served between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Call (480) 967-8749 to schedule your free portrait sitting. New teddy bears (no taller than 12") will also be collected to support the Tempe Fire Department's Trauma Teddy Program.

 

Phoenix School of Law's annual "Minority Law Day:" 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., 4041 N. Central Ave., Suite 100. Meet faculty members, speak to admissions recruiters, hear from minority student leaders and learn how the school's mission pillars help students achieve academic success. There will be two panel discussions, "What is Law School Really Like?" and "Minorities: Underrepresented in the Legal Profession," a lunchtime reception, testimonials from minority students and attorneys, admissions advice and optional tours of the campus. Registration: (602) 682-6800 or http://www.phoenixlaw.edu./

 

Phoenix Fire Station 61 Open House: 10 a.m.-1 p.m., 1925 E. Indian School Road. Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon, District 4 city Councilman Tom Simplot and Phoenix Fire Chief Bob Khan will be on hand to dedicate the station at 11 a.m. Meet the firefighters, take a tour, pick up safety information and enjoy refreshments and activities. Children can also get their pictures taken in front of 61's fire engine.

 

American Indian Art and Artifacts Appraisal Day at Heard Museum: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 2301 N. Central Ave. Leading Native art traders will examine your treasures and offer information about materials, dates, artists and traditions. $30 for the first item, $25 for the second item and $20 for the third and subsequent item(s). Limit 10 items per person. (602) 258-8848 or www.heard.org.

 

Ahwatukee Republican Women "Eat, Meet & Greet" Barbeque Fundraiser: 11:30 a.m., Curtis and Mary Baumbach home, 4025 E. Tamaya St. Meet other republicans and several political figures. Tickets: $15. A "Petition Walk" will start at 9:30 a.m. to gather signatures for candidate petitions prior to the barbecue fundraiser. Participants will be assigned areas to walk and a candidate to walk with. Mary, (602) 206-1189.

 

Back Handspring/Jump Clinic Days: noon-1:30 p.m. today and 5-6:30 p.m. April 4, Arizona All-Stars 7425 S. Harl Ave., Suite 3, Tempe. The clinics will focus on standing and running tumbling and jumps. $25 per clinic. Reservations: (480) 831-1105. Registration forms available at www.azallstars.com (under the "What's New" Section).

 

Celebrate a Wave of Birthdays: 1-3 p.m., Kiwanis Recreation Center, 6111 S. All America Way, Tempe. If your birthday is March 1-31, you qualify for free admission to the heated indoor wave pool. (480) 350-5201, (480) 350-5050 TTY or www.tempe.gov/kiwanis.

 

Bike MS Round Up Ride: today and tommorow, Florence. The 22nd annual event, hosted by the National MS Society, supports local programs and research for more than 8,000 Arizonans living with the devastating effects of multiple sclerosis. The ride will include a figure-eight route that travels through Florence, Coolidge, Casa Grande, Sacaton and Queen Creek. Today the ride begins at Heritage Park in Florence and cyclists can choose from four available mileage options: a 35-mile route, a 75-mile route, a one-day 100-mile route, or the two-day 150-mile route. To help cyclists prepare for the event, the Arizona Chapter will be hosting weekly training rides in various cities. To learn more or to register, visit http://bikeaza.nationalMSsociety.org or call 1-800-344-4867.

 

Sunday, March 30

Nia: Strength & Your Bodies Way: 2-4 p.m., The Balanced Buddha, 1801 S. Jentilly Lane, Suite B-8, Tempe. Taught by Tara Huberdeau. $20. (480) 804-1111 or www.thebalancedbuddha.com.

 

Tuesday, April 1

Registration deadline for 4th Annual Arizona Bunco For Breast Cancer Event: event to be held 2:30-5:30 p.m. April 13 at Macayo's Depot Cantina, 300 S. Ash Ave., Tempe. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. for registration and appetizers. Women of all ages are invited. Two ways to support the cause: register to play or make a donation as an absentee participant. To participate, women do not have to know how to play Bunco nor do they need to register as a group of four. Raffle tickets will be available for the chance to win more than a dozen gift baskets each valued at $50 or more. All supporters will receive a 501(c)(3) receipt. Donation: $30 per person. All proceeds benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Registration: Brenda, (480) 759-2854, newyoungster@hotmail.com or visit www.bcrfcure.org/part_comm_gr_bfbcarizona.html for a registration form.

 

Wednesday, April 2

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.-1 p.m. Wednesdays, Va Bene, 4647 E. Chandler Blvd. Business professionals exchange referrals to help each other build successful businesses. Shelley, (480) 820-8694, ext. 3.

 

Thursday, April 3

Second annual Martinis & Masterpieces: 5:30-8 p.m., First Studio, 631 N. 1st Ave. Presented by The Arts & Business Council of Greater Phoenix and The Junior League of Phoenix. This whimsical event showcases the talent of celebrity, business leaders and professional sports personalities through their everyday "doodles." A variety of these doodles by television and sports stars, AZ corporations, chefs and more, will be auctioned off. Guests will be treated to "signature" martinis from several of the Valley's premiere restaurants, along with micro-brews and heavy hors d'oeuvres. Corporate sponsorships available. All proceeds will benefit programs of the Arts & Business Council and The Junior League of Phoenix. Tickets, starting at $50, available at www.martinisandmasterpieces.org or (602) 364-7453.

 

 

Banner Thunderbird Medical Center Job Fair:  9 a.m.-2 p.m., Conference rooms 2 and 3, 5555 W. Thunderbird Road, Glendale. Geared towards health care professionals with particular emphasis on nursing. (602) 865-5700 or www.BannerHealth.com.

 

University of Delaware alumni meeting: 6-8 p.m., Wrigley Mansion Club, Geordie's Lounge, 2501 E. Telawa Trail. The University of Delaware and the Phoenix Alumni Club invite alumni and friends to meet UD President Patrick T. Harker. $25, includes refreshments and a buffet dinner. Reservations: www.udel.edu/alumni. Information: AlumNet@udel.edu or (302) 831-2341.

 

Women's Self Defense Class: 8-9:30 p.m. tonight, 9-10 p.m. tomorrow, The Balanced Buddha, 1801 S. Jentilly Lane, Suite B-8, Tempe. The Gung-Fu Academy of AZ will teach techniques to help you prevent becoming a victim. Learn the secrets behind basic punches and discover the mindset to diffuse any situation. $40. RSVP: (480) 804-1111 or www.thebalancedbuddha.com.

 

Ageless Beauty Studio Workshops: ongoing, 15022 S. 47th Way. Presented by celebrity makeup artist CeCe Mack. Understand the skin's aging process, cause and effects. Identify and correct uneven skin tone, loss of radiance. Class times varies. $20 per person. RSVP required to cecemack@cox.net or (480) 330-5821.

 

Friday, April 4

2008 Desert Dreams Writers' Conference: Today through Sunday, Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort and Hotel, One San Marcos Place, Chandler. Hosted by the Phoenix Desert Rose RWA chapter. Learn from top-selling authors and meet with some of the leading editors and agents in the industry. www.desertroserwa.org or Susan, desertdreams@desertroserwa.org.

 

Saturday, April 5

Boy Scout Troop 14 Rummage Sale and Car Wash: sale starts at 7 a.m., car wash at 8 a.m. in the parking lot of Esperanza Lutheran Church, 2601 E. Thunderhill Place. Both will end at noon. Funds raised support troop activities. For more information or to donate items for the sale (such as furniture, toys, books, electronics, and especially clothing), call Lyle at (480) 229-9119 or 480-441-5101. People can also drop off donated items at Esperanza Lutheran on Friday, April 4, between 6 and 8:30 p.m.

 

Entry deadline for Bright Beginnings PTA Golf Tournament: set for April 12 at Ocotillo Golf Resort. Noon registration, 1:30 p.m. shotgun start. Contests, awards, new car raffle (2008 Ford Edge Crossover) and silent auction. $140 individual players, $500 fourseome, $400 contest sponsor, $1,000 hole sponsor. Fees include golf, cart, gift bag, dinner voucher, full use of practice facility, yardage guide and ball mark repair tool. Contributions are tax deductible. Brad, (480) 726-2951 or bneubauer720@aol.com. New car raffle tickets available at www.brightbeginnings.k12.az.us/pta/CarRaffleTicket.pdf.

 

3 Day Breast Cancer Orientation: 10-11:30 a.m., Anthem Community  Center, 41130 N. Freedom Way, Anthem. Learn about the 3 Day, 60-mile breast cancer walk in November. Members are from all over the state, and many who walk alone, don't have to. www.teamwisharizona.org.

 

Law of Attraction Seminar: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Radisson Hotel Conference Center, Chandler. Presented by Nicholas Tutora, certified LifeSuccess consultant with Bob Proctor, featured teacher in The Secret. $89, limited seating. RSVP: (480) 768-3235, ntutora@cox.net or www.nicholastutora.com.

 

Arizona Beta Sigma Phis Against Domestic Abuse Ninth Annual Share the Magic Luncheon & Silent Auction: Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort, 7677 N. 16th St. Silent auction opens at 10:30 a.m., lunch and fashion show begin at noon. Tickets: $45. Proceeds benefit three domestic abuse shelters - Chrysalis in Phoenix, Autumn House in Mesa and New Life Center in Goodyear. To purchase a ticket, sponsor a table or to make a donation, contact Joan at (623) 934-9579 or visit www.sharethemagicada.org.

 

Akimel A-al Hands Across the Border 15th Anniversary Picnic: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Akimel A-al Middle School courtyard, 2720 E. Liberty Lane. All current and past HATB students and their families are invited to attend a catered barbecue lunch, which coincides with this year's visit by the students and their adult chaperones from Esperanza, Mexico. There will be food, music and performances by Akimel students, as well as face painting, music, games and more. Tickets: $5 per person, $20 maximum per family - available at the school's front office. Details: www.kyrene.org/staff/lvanov, select HATB information, and click on the information for the 15th Anniversary Picnic.

 

Military Service Academies conference: 1-3 p.m., Gilbert High School, 1101 E. Elliot Road, Gilbert. Hosted by Sen. Jon Kyl, Rep. Jeff Flake and representatives of the Air Force, Coast Guard, Merchant Marine, military and naval academies. All Arizona high school students and their parents will have the opportunity to meet with representatives who will explain the academic, career and military opportunities that each school offers. Congressional staff will also be present to explain the required congressional application and nomination process. For more information or to RSVP, call Sen. Kyl's Phoenix office at (602) 840-1891 or visit online at kyl.senate.gov/rsvp.

 

Green Event: 1-7 p.m., Glow Skin & Body Studio, 4350 E. Ray Road, Suite 108. The local spa is celebrating its one-year anniversary with an all organic, totally natural Green Event. Learn what going green can mean for your overall health and lifestyle. Stephanie, (480) 297-8744 or sgoff424@gmail.com.

 

Block party to raise funds for Breast Cancer 3 Day: 2-6 p.m., 4121 E. Walatowa St. to the end of the street. Hosted by Lisa Marie Rosson, who will walk in the Breast Cancer 3 Day, a 60-mile walk over the course of three days in November. Net proceeds benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure and National Philanthropic Trust, funding important breast cancer research, education, screening and treatment. feature an inflated jumper, a fire truck, face painting, games, live music by Miniature Tigers and Spitting Image, a DJ, an art sale by Whitedove Studio, massages by Natural Touch Massage, drown prevention water safety by Splash Babies, hamburgers, hot dogs, popcorn, beer and more. The Boys and Girls Club, the Humane Society, Cookie Lee, Gold Canyon Candles, Pampered Chef and others will also have booths on site. If you are unable to attend but would like to make a donation, visit

http://08.the3day.org/site/TR/Walk/ArizonaEvent?px=1804953&pg=personal&fr_id=1180.

 

"Raising an Exceptional Child" workshop series for parents with an overweight child: 2-5 p.m. (six-week series begins today), 835 W. Warner Road, Chandler. Presented by the Child Obesity Center. Curriculum is accredited through the Pediatric Weight Management Program - the nation's leading weight management program for children and teens. $100, includes workbook and workshop materials. Registration: (602) 843-8333 or register@ChildObesityCenter.com.

 

Dine With Your Dog Event: Sniff ‘N' Greet begins at 5 p.m. The evening benefits the Animal Assisted Therapy Program at Phoenix Children's Hospital and includes dinner for two (you and your dog), a dog fashion show, specialty vendors, live auction and raffle and doggie activities. $75 per person with one leashed dog. Registration, location and sponsorship opportunities: Julie, (602) 944-9552.

 

Benefit Lenten Dinner: 7 p.m., Macayo's Mexican Kitchen, 12637 S. 48th St. The charitable dinner will benefit Project Mexico and the St. Innocent Orphanage, a boys' orphanage in Rosarity, Baja California, Mexico. His Grace, the Right Reverend Benjamin will bless the event. $35. Rom, romulo.w.gayoso@intel.com, (480) 704-0238 or www.projectmexico.org.

 

Sunday, April 6

Beginner Athletic Yoga Classes: 9-10 a.m. Sundays, Body Firm Fitness Center, 4405 E. Ray Road, Suite 5. Taught by certified yoga instructor Julia Bullock, who has 13 years of experience. Benefits of Athletic Yoga include fat loss, muscle tone, core strength and increased flexibility. $60 per month. Registration: (480) 705-9801.

 

Rescue A Golden of Arizona's 8th Annual Hearts of Gold Wine Tasting and Auction: 1-6 p.m., Corona Ranch and Rodeo Grounds, 7611 S. 29th Ave. (at Baseline in Laveen). Features a raffle, silent and live auctions, a variety of wines and beers to sample as well as great food. $30 per person, $50 for a couple. (602) 290-9787 or www.golden-retriever.org.

 

Laughter Fitness Program: 2-3 p.m. first Sundays, Fire Station 43, Community Room, 4110 E. Chandler Blvd.. Presented by local resident Laurie Nathanson. Laugh your way to a healthier you. For all ages and any level of mobility. Free, donations accepted (10 percent of all proceeds go to charity). Affiliated with www.worldlaughtertour.com. Laurie, (480) 540-4776 or laurie52@cox.net.

 

Monday, April 7

Hospice Volunteer Training: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. today, April 9 and 11, Merrill Gardens Mesa, 7231 E. Broadway, Mesa. Hospice of Arizona is looking for warm and caring people to share their time and hearts with terminally ill patients. Bilingual Spanish speaking volunteers are also needed. Volunteers can spend time with patients in their homes, group homes or inpatient units, and can provide socialization and companionship, bereavement and spiritual support. Free. Registration: (602) 678-1313.

 

Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. to present "Race, Politics and the Drama of Obama:" 7 p.m. April 7, Gammage Auditorium, Arizona State University, Tempe. The lecture is for the 2008 A. Wade Smith Memorial Lecture on Race Relations, which annually honors the memory and life work of its namesake. The A. Wade Smith Community Award for Advancement of Race Relations also will be presented at the lecture to an Arizona resident whose efforts contributed to the improvement of race relations in the community. Free and open to the public; tickets are required and available online at clas.asu.edu/smithlecture or at ASU Bookstores. Additional information is available at ASU's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, (480) 965-1441.

 

Tuesday, April 8

Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) Group: 9 a.m., second and fourth Tuesdays, Corona Baptist Church, 4450 W. Ray Road, Chandler. (480) 838-4040.

 

National Prison Reform Day Outdoor Rally: 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Arizona State Capitol (east lawn), 1700 W. Washington Ave. Problems from declining public safety, to revolving door prisons, to excessive prison costs are just a few of the many issues that will be addressed. (623) 875-2550 or theglassprisonproject@cox.net.

 

Thursday, April 10

Authors Letty Cottin Pogrebin and Abigail Pogrebin Headline Challenges 2008: 10:30 a.m., Arizona Biltmore, 2400 E. Missouri Ave. Women's Philanthropy of the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix will feature the mother-daughter team of Letty Cottin Pogrebin and Abigail Pogrebin at Challenges, the largest annual fund-raising event organized by the Women's Philanthropy of the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix. Challenges provides women the opportunity to connect with other women and share a unique experience that nourishes the soul and the spirit. Luncheon: $60 (dietary laws observed). Information: (480) 634-4900, ext. 1104 or womensphilanthropy@jewishphoenix.org Registration: www.jewishphoenix.org.

 

Solutions to Turbulent Economic Times - First in a Series: 7:15 p.m., Primerica Financial Services, 1625 W. University Dr., Suite 117, Tempe. Presented by Kevin Zirk.

Refreshments provided as well as free chair massages from 5:30-7 p.m. Special guest speakers from Legg Mason and Citicorp Trust Bank will share helpful ideas to get you through these economic times. RSVP: (480) 491-4194.

 

Friday, April 11

Fifth Annual Ahwatukee Lacrosse Bowl: 7-9 p.m., Mountain Pointe High School Stadium, 4201 E. Knox Road. The Pride Lacrosse Club takes on the Desert Vista Lacrosse Club. Free admission. pridelacrosse@hotmail.com or www.pridelax.com.

 

Source Trainings seminar, "Welcome to Living the Life You Want:" 7-10 p.m., Sheraton Phoenix Airport Hotel Tempe, 1600 S. 52nd St., Tempe. Features Dr. Matt Mannino. Source Trainings offer scientifically-based, spiritually emphasized personal growth seminars serving body, soul and spirit in truth, principle and source. Scott, (480) 907-9466, sgource@yahoo.com or www.sourcetrainings.com.

 

Saturday, April 12

Fifth Annual Church Parking Lot Sale: 7-11 a.m., Friendship Community Church, 9807 S. 48th St. Benefits Youth Ministry Scholarships and Nogales Mission. Donated items are now being collected, and donors will receive a tax-deductible receipt. travis.dale@juno.com or www.friendshipchurchonline.org.

 

YMCA 5K Run/Walk: Ahwatukee Foothills Family YMCA, 1030 E. Liberty Lane. 8 a.m., 5K Run Run Start Time; 8:07 a.m., 5K Walk Walk; 9 a.m., Healthy Kids One Mile Fun Run. This race helps raise money for the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign. Race day registration begins at 6:30 a.m. The course is flat and fast, out and back. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three overall men and women. www.active.com/page/Event_Details.htm?event_id=1544282&assetI or David, (480) 326-1495.

 

National Speakers Association - Arizona Chapter meeting: 8:30 a.m.-noon, 1500 S. Priest Drive, Tempe. Karen Ruth White will speak on "Sponsorships: How Experts Get Big Fees in this Lucrative Market." Prospective member meeting follows at 12:15 p.m. $30 for members, $45 for nonmembers. Register by 5 p.m. April 9 at nsa-arizona.org or call Gwen at (480) 968-7443. Add $10 after Wed. at 5 p.m. and at the door. 

 

Grief Workshop For Surviving Spouses: 9 a.m.-noon, Hospice of Arizona, 2222 W. Northern Ave., Suite A100. Free. Space is limited and RSVP is required to Judy at (602) 589-2137.

 

Beginning Gardening class: 10 a.m., Gardener's World, 3401 E. Baseline Road. Informative beginners class on the basic principles of gardening. Free. www.gardenpro.net. RSVP to (602) 437-0700, ext. 120.

 

Charter School Teacher Recruitment Event: Sessions run hourly 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. (last session starts at 1 p.m.), AmeriSchools Academy, 1333 W. Camelback Road. The informational sessions are open and free to anyone who wants to find out more about becoming a charter school teacher in Arizona. Colleen, (202) 261-2636.

 

Houseplants & Container Gardening class: 11 a.m., Gardener's World, 3401 E. Baseline Road. Everything you need to know to be successful  with indoor plants and growing in pots. Free. www.gardenpro.net. RSVP to (602) 437-0700, ext. 120.

 

Growing Tomatoes class: noon, Gardener's World, 3401 E. Baseline Road. Learn the best techniques for growing them as well as the best varieties for our area. Free. www.gardenpro.net. RSVP to (602) 437-0700, ext. 120.

 

Millionaire's Club Meeting: 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Garduno's Restaurant, Chandler Fashion Center, 3155 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler. Valley professionals Brett Tanner and Jim Engel are striving to turn 1,000 entrepreneurs into millionaires by 2013 through their new organization. No cost to join, nothing to buy and membership benefits include direct access to documented millionaires in a mastermind format that allows participants to learn about the entrepreneurial process. $10, includes lunch buffet. www.1000millionaires.org or (480) 505-2530.

 

T & J Instruction offering CPR certification class: 1-3 p.m., The BAR Fitness, 44th Street just north of Ray Road. The CPR certification is valid for two years. Open to the public; participants must be at least 14 years old. $35. Space is limited; reservations:  (480) 961-5411. 

 

Sujeet Desai presents a Benefit Concert For Sharing Down Syndrome Arizona: 7 p.m., Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. Desai is a talented and inspirational 26-year-old accomplished musician and a speaker born with Down syndrome whose mission is to send a message across the world that "Given opportunities for their abilities, individuals with disabilities can ‘Make It Happen!'" He plays six instruments, is the recipient of eight international awards and has been the subject of two documentaries. Tickets: (480) 926-6500 or email Polly at polly@sharingds.org. Information: (480) 782-2680, www.chandlercenter.org, www.sharingds.org or www.sujeet.com.

 

Register by today for "The Power of 4" discount: scheduled for 9 a.m.-1 p.m. May 3, Sunlight Alliance, 4640 W. Redfield Road, Glendale. Presented by Paula Owens, Holistic Nutritionist, Professional Fitness Expert and Lifestyle Coach. $109. Two may attend for $150 if registered by April 12. Registration: paula@paulaowens.com. Information: (480) 706-1158 or www.paulaowens.com.

 

Sunday, April 13

ESS EXPO.08 Business Conference and Workshop: through April 17, Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort and Spa, 5594 W. Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler. Conference for ESS, the leading provider of Environmental, Health & Safety and Crisis Management software for corporate Governance, Risk and Compliance. www.ess-expo.com or (800) 289-6116, ext. 5519.

 

3rd Annual Family Zoo Day: 12:30 p.m. registration, 1 p.m. program, Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Parkway. The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation is hosting a family networking event to increase diabetes knowledge for families affected by the disease and others looking to find out more. "Family Zoo Day" will include a research update on the past, present and future of JDRF-funded research in the area of type 1 diabetes. Kids will have fun participating in adult-supervised activities around the park and child care will be provided during the presentation. Free. www.jdrf.org. RSVP: Sara, (602) 224-1823 or ssparman@jdrf.org.

 

Tuesday, April 15

Family Circle: 6-7:30 p.m. today and May 20 on the grounds of The Wellness Community, 360 E. Palm Lane. All adults with cancer and children ages 5-15 are invited. The event will utilize art therapy and other techniques to help adults and children explore the difficult emotional issues that arise when one or more family member has cancer. Parents and children will join together at the end to share their experiences, thoughts and feelings. Dinner will be provided. Free.  RSVP: (602) 712-1006 or www.twccaz.org.

 

Wednesday, April 16

Chat, Chew & Chocolate: third Wednesdays 6-9 p.m. Serving fun, friendship and inspiration with a side of chocolate. Standing for more fun in women's busy lives. No drama. No snobs. No gossip. No negativity. Just Fabulous Women. $20. www.AhwatukeeCCC.com or Liz, (623) 505-5300, ext. 3.

 

"Living with Grief: Children and Adolescents" teleconference: Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St. Produced by the Hospice Foundation of America, the teleconference is for professionals and the public who want to help grieving children and adolescents cope with loss and grief. It will focus on the most current theories, practices and academic research on the topic, as well as suggesting hands-on ideas to use in support groups and other settings. $35, includes the conference, book and lunch. Limited seating. Reservations required: (602) 636-5390.

 

Thursday, April 17

"D.C. v. Heller - The D.C. Gun Ban Litigation:" 12:15-1:15 p.m., Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, Armstrong Hall, 1100 S. McAllister Ave., Room 105, Tempe campus. Presented by Robert Levy, senior fellow in constitutional studies and a member of the board of directors at the Cato Institute, who also serves as a member on the boards of the Institute for Justice, the Federalist Society, and the George Mason University School of Law. Free. Joseph.Giles@asu.edu or (480) 620-4282.

 

CHW Foundation - East Valley 2008 Drive for Mercy George Rozsa Golf Classic: Whirlwind Golf Club at Wildhorse Pass Resort, 5692 W. North Loop Road (I-10 and Wildhorse Pass Boulevard), Chandler. 11 a.m. registration and lunch, 1 p.m. shotgun start, followed by dinner and awards. Proceeds will benefit Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert Medical Centers. (480) 728-3931.

 

2008 Drive for Mercy George Rozsa Golf Classic: 11 a.m. registration and lunch, 1 p.m. golf classic shotgun, followed by dinner and an awards presentation, Whirlwind Golf Club at Wildhorse Pass Resort, 5692 W. North Loop Road, Chandler. Proceeds will benefit Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert Medical Centers. CHW Foundation - East Valley: (480) 728-3931. 

 

Saturday, April 19

3rd Annual Modern Design Showcase: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today and tomorrow, The Icehouse, 429 W. Jackson St. Phoenix Contemporary Design Fair (formerly contactdesign) will host this event that puts design enthusiasts in touch with actual furniture makers, designers and innovators who lead the way in modern design. Attendees and exhibitors can expect a design competition for independent furniture designers and a competition for collegiate interior design students. Free and open to the public. (602) 324-8957.

 

Landscape Maintenance for Homeowners class: 10 a.m., Gardener's World, 3401 E. Baseline Road. A good beginner's class, or a great refresher for the experienced gardener. Free. www.gardenpro.net. RSVP to (602) 437-0700, ext. 120.

 

Gardener's Eden Landscape Design class: 11 a.m., Gardener's World, 3401 E. Baseline Road. For the new homeowner or anyone who wants to improve their landscape. Free. www.gardenpro.net. RSVP to (602) 437-0700, ext. 120.

 

Wine Tasting Event: 2-4 p.m., Fine's Cellar Patio, 7051 E. Fifth Ave., Scottsdale. Guests will savor 30-40 wines imported from regions in Spain, each selected by Fine's Cellar owner and wine aficionado Michael Fine. Each guest will receive a souvenir tasting glass and a $10 gift certificate good towards a $20 minimum purchase of food or wine that day. $20. (480) 994-FINE (3463).

 

Arizona-Detroiters Dinner: 5-10 p.m., Grace Inn at Ahwatukee, 10831 S. 51st St. Hosted by Detroit Memories. Tom Shannon, a former Detroit radio and television personality, is guest speaker, and Robin Seymour, a former Detroit disc jockey, will be special guest. $42. Limited seating. www.DetroitMemories.com/Arizona.html.

 

Sunday, April 20

Earth Day at the Garden: 1-3 p.m., Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway. Diane MacEachern, author of Big Green Purse: Use Your Spending Power to Create a Cleaner, Greener World, will share eco-conscious ideas in sensible, time-saving ways to "go green" now, with either small changes or bigger lifestyle alterations. The event also includes fun for kids and families with live interactions with wildlife and craft activities, such as Eco-Man, that support environmental awareness for children. Each guest will also receive a pass into the Spring Butterfly exhibit. Sponsorships, information: Thom, (480) 921-3942 or thulen@azclv.org.

 

Tuesday, April 22

Cocktails & Clothes Reception: 4:30-7 p.m., Hotel Valley Ho, 6850 E. Main St., Scottsdale. Annual fundraising event for Arizona Women's Education & Employment (AWEE) to replenish AWEE's Clothing Boutique, which provides women with appropriate attire for job interviews and the workplace. Features networking, raffle prizes, appetizers and wine. Attendees are asked to donate gently-worn professional clothes that have been pressed and then placed on hangers. Gift certificate will also be accepted for the raffle. A tax-deductible entry fee of $50 will be collected at the door. RSVP: (602) 223-4345 or www.awee.org.

 

Ahawtukee Republican Women General Meeting: 7 p.m., Phoenix Fire Station 43, 4110 E. Chandler Blvd. (480) 460-7101 or ARWomen@aol.com.

 

Wednesday, April 23

"Creating an Outdoor Living Space" decorating workshop: 7-8:30 p.m., The Grace Inn at Ahwatukee, Saguaro Room, 10831 S. 51st St. Presented by Ahwatukee Foothills resident Cynthia Hammersley of Interiors by Decorating Den. Free, but space is limited and registration is required to (480) 855-1600. Information: www.decdens.com/chammersley or decoratingdenteam@cox.net.

 

AZ All-Star Cheer Try-Outs Informational Meeting: 7 p.m. today or April 30,

Arizona All-Stars 7425 S. Harl Ave., Suite 3, Tempe. Tryouts are May 6-10.  (480) 831-1105 or www.azallstars.com.

 

Saturday, April 26

Walk Like MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) event: 7:40 a.m. ceremonies, 8 a.m. Walk, Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Parkway. The "Let's Eliminate Drunk Driving" signature fundraiser walk is a fun, community-walk like driven 5K event that raises funds and saves lives. Every step taken and every pledge made supports MADD in fighting for victims of drunk driving, tougher enforcement, stronger laws and new technologies that keep drunk drivers from starting a vehicle.The event also includes face painting, arts and crafts, tours of police vehicles, music, ignition interlock demonstrations and more. Walkers receive free all-day zoo admission. www.walklikemadd.org.

 

Casa Hogar Claret Benefit Luncheon: 1 p.m., Macayo's Mexican Kitchen, 12637 S. 48th St. The luncheon will benefit the Casa Hogar Claret, a girls' orphanage in Navojoa, Sonora, Mexico. Sister Martha Olivia Garcia will bless the event. $35. Rom, romulo.w.gayoso@intel.com, (480) 704-0238 or www.projectmexico.org.

 

Girl Scouts - Try-It event: 3-5 p.m., Desert Foothills United Methodist Church, 2156 E. Liberty Lane. Girls in kindergarten through third grade interested in joining or learning more about Daisy or Brownie Girl Scout troops are invited to discover the fun, exciting and educational experiences of Girl Scouting. Parents need to attend the first gathering to complete registration form. The cost is $20 (financial assistance is available) for Girl Scout membership and program materials. Registration: Susan, (480) 460-1025 or susan@desertfoothills.org.

 

Sunday, April 27

Cussler to autograph books at luncheon: 11 a.m.-2:15 p.m., Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, 6902 E. Greenway Parkway. Scottsdale. New York Times best selling author and marine archaeologist Clive Cussler will be a guest presenter at the Arizona Kidney Foundation's 12th Annual Children's Art and Literature Luncheon. Festivities will include several celebrated children's authors and illustrators holding interactive presentations, book sales and signing, a kid's mart, a silent auction, live animal presentations and more. $70 for adults, $35 for children, patron tables start at $1,000. (602) 840-1644 or www.azkidney.org.

 

Wednesday, April 30

7th Annual AZCREW Golf Classic: Arizona State University Karsten Golf Course. 7:30 a.m. shotgun start, 8:30 a.m. business-golf seminar (for non-golfers), 12:45 p.m., awards luncheon. Arizona Commercial Real Estate Women (AZCREW) golf classic. Play in the tournament or attend the awards luncheon. $200, includes greens fees, lunch and awards; $40 for luncheon only; $125 for the business-golf seminar. RSVP: (623) 581-3591 or www.arizonacrew.org.

 

Saturday, May 3

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Annual Hope Ball: 6 p.m., Herberger Ballroom, Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, Scottsdale. The evening will include a silent auction, dinner, live auction as well as entertainment with Alice Tatum and dancing. Attire is black tie. Event information can be found at www.hopeballaz.org.

 

The Power of 4: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Sunlight Alliance, 4640 W. Redfield Road, Glendale. Presented by Paula Owens, Holistic Nutritionist, Professional Fitness Expert and Lifestyle Coach. $109. Two may attend for $150 if registered by April 12. Registration: paula@paulaowens.com. Information: (480) 706-1158

or www.paulaowens.com.

 

Sunday, May 11

Y-ME's Annual Walk to Empower: 7:30 a.m., Tempe Beach Park, 80 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe. More than 1,600 walkers and volunteers will gather for the three-mile non-competitive walk. Honor the breast cancer survivors, commemorate your own diagnosis and remember those who are no longer with us. Raise funds in support of Y-ME's free-of-charge programs and services offered to all those touched by breast cancer. Registration: www.y-me.org or (877) YME-7223, ext. 2730.

 

Saturday, May 17

Girl Scouts - Try-It event: 3-5 p.m., Desert Foothills United Methodist Church, 2156 E. Liberty Lane. Girls in kindergarten through third grade interested in joining or learning more about Daisy or Brownie Girl Scout troops are invited to discover the fun, exciting and educational experiences of Girl Scouting. Today girls will participate in engaging hands-on projects. Adult helpers can join in, too. Parents need to attend the first gathering to complete registration form. The cost is $20 (financial assistance is available) for Girl Scout membership and program materials. Registration: Susan, (480) 460-1025 or susan@desertfoothills.org.

 

Saturday, May 24

"Raising an Exceptional Child" workshop series for parents with an overweight child: 2-5 p.m. (six-week series begins today), 835 W. Warner Road, Chandler. Presented by the Child Obesity Center. Curriculum is accredited through the Pediatric Weight Management Program - the nation's leading weight management program for children and teens. $100, includes workbook and workshop materials. Registration: (602) 843-8333 or register@ChildObesityCenter.com.

 

Wednesday, May 28

"Pulling Your Room Together with Drapery" decorating workshop: 7-8:30 p.m., The Grace Inn at Ahwatukee, Saguaro Room, 10831 S. 51st St. Presented by Ahwatukee Foothills resident Cynthia Hammersley of Interiors by Decorating Den. Free, but space is limited and registration is required to (480) 855-1600. Information: www.decdens.com/chammersley or decoratingdenteam@cox.net.

 

Wednesday, June 25

"Creative and Functional Children's Rooms" decorating workshop: 7-8:30 p.m., The Grace Inn at Ahwatukee, Saguaro Room, 10831 S. 51st St. Presented by Ahwatukee Foothills resident Cynthia Hammersley of Interiors by Decorating Den. Free, but space is limited and registration is required to (480) 855-1600. Information: www.decdens.com/chammersley or decoratingdenteam@cox.net.

 

Wednesday, Aug. 27

"Decorating with Leather" workshop: 7-8:30 p.m., The Grace Inn at Ahwatukee, Saguaro Room, 10831 S. 51st St. Presented by Ahwatukee Foothills resident Cynthia Hammersley of Interiors by Decorating Den. Free, but space is limited and registration is required to (480) 855-1600. Information: www.decdens.com/chammersley or decoratingdenteam@cox.net.

 

Saturday, Sept. 20

Phoenix Glass, Pottery and Dinnerware Show and Sale: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. tomorrow, El Zaribah Shrine Auditorium, 552 N. 40th St. Features American-made glassware, dinnerware and pottery, made from the 1800s through the 1990s. $6 admission. 800-357-7169 or www.Shows.OurHouseAntiques.com.

 

Wednesday, Sept. 24

"Furniture Arrangement" decorating workshop: 7-8:30 p.m., The Grace Inn at Ahwatukee, Saguaro Room, 10831 S. 51st St. Presented by Ahwatukee Foothills resident Cynthia Hammersley of Interiors by Decorating Den. Free, but space is limited and registration is required to (480) 855-1600. Information: www.decdens.com/chammersley or decoratingdenteam@cox.net.

 

Wednesday, Oct. 22

"5 Easy Take Home Decorating Tips" workshop: 7-8:30 p.m., The Grace Inn at Ahwatukee, Saguaro Room, 10831 S. 51st St. Presented by Ahwatukee Foothills resident Cynthia Hammersley of Interiors by Decorating Den. Free, but space is limited and registration is required to (480) 855-1600. Information: www.decdens.com/chammersley or decoratingdenteam@cox.net.

 

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