Saturday, May 9
Walk in the Wild: Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Parkway. The inaugural event is a 5K run/walk (7:30 a.m.) or one-mile family fun walk (8:30 a.m.). Each walker receives a commemorative T-shirt, entrance into the Walk in the Wild post-party and admission into the Zoo. Proceeds benefit the Phoenix Zoo. Register individually or as a team. www.phoenixzoo.org.
Car Wash to support local volleyball team's trip to Jr. Olympics: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Taco Bell, Chandler Boulevard and 40th Street. The East Valley Juniors 14-1's Club Volleyball Team qualified to play in the Jr. Olympics National Volleyball Tournament over the July Fourth weekend in Miami, Fla., and proceeds will help defray travel costs. (480) 227-4139.
SEV (Southeast Valley) youth football (flag and tackle) and cheer early registration: 9 a.m. to noon, Desert Vista High School, 16440 S. 32nd St. Early registration for the fall season. www.sevyf.com.
Kabbalat Shabbat: 7:30 p.m., Eitz Chaim, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler (in the Goodwill shopping center). Features a discussion on life, followed by an Oneg Shabbat. Rabbi Beck, (602) 595-3618 or www.eitzchaimphx,org.
Newborns in Need hosting large baby shower: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Esperanza Lutheran Church, 2601 Thunderhill Place. Gift suggestions include newborn-sized diapers, Ivory bar soap, baby clothes or blankets. Gently-used items are also accepted. All donations are tax deductible. The group meets 10 to 11:30 a.m. third Fridays at Esperanza Lutheran Church, 2601 E. Thunderhill Place. Doris, (480) 460-0265.
Mountain Pointe alumni golf tournament: 1 p.m. shotgun start (check in 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.), Ahwatukee Country Club, 12432 S. 48th St. Hosted by the school's boys and girls golf teams. Four-player scramble. Entry forms available at www.freewebs.com/pridegolf/ or at the Ahwatukee Country Club. Tony, firstname.lastname@example.org or (480) 510-2930.
Latin Luau Fundraiser for Dr. Marlo Archer: 7 to 10 p.m., Dr. Kristina and Steve Welker residence, 13649 S. 33rd St. The evening will feature salsa performances, Salsa lessons, a silent auction, photo booth and more. All proceeds will help pay the staggering medical bills Archer incurred after a debilitating accident last summer. $40 per person, $70 per couple, includes admission, appetizers and one complimentary beverage. Donations are also being accepted. Steve, (480) 730-6200.
Monday, May 11
Understanding Your State Legislature workshop: 5 to 6:30 p.m., Burton Barr Central Library, Pulliam Auditorium, 1221 N. Central Ave. The free workshop will help demystify the lobbying process and encourage public involvement from neighborhood groups and residents to create public policy. Seating is limited. Registration: (602) 262-1833 or phoenix.gov/intergov/workshop.html.
Desert Vista Grad Night meeting: 6:30 p.m., DVHS Room H106, 16440 S. 32nd St. Parents are invited. Terri, (480) 278-9637 or email@example.com.
Tuesday, May 12
Arizona Helping Hands golf tournament: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Arizona State University Karsten Golf Course, 1125 E. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe. $125 per player, includes barbeque awards dinner; $25 per non-golfer. Registration: (480) 889-0604. Arizona Helping Hands is a volunteer organization committed to helping kids, families and others in need. www.azhelpinghands.org.
Meet Clifford The Big Red Dog: 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 17, Brilliant Sky Toys & Books, 4929 E. Chandler Blvd. "Clifford The Big Red Dog" from Scholastic Publishing will be on hand to promote reading this summer. Today Clifford will read and take pictures with children four and under (preschools are welcome but must call ahead). There will be picture time, stories, art projects, face painting, music, story signing, bilingual story time, raffle drawings for free books and a 10% discount on any book purchased in the store. The May 17 event is family day, open to kids of all ages and features story times, art projects for young and older children, a book raffle, face painting and more. (480) 785-8697.
Wednesday, May 13
Democrats & Donuts: 8 a.m., Fire Station, 4110 E. Chandler Blvd. State Rep. Rae Waters will talk about the budget and other issues before the legislature and take questions from the audience. Free and open to the public; donations accepted. Additional parking available east of the fire station in the CK Tavern parking lot. RSVP: (480) 706-3741 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to Stay Positive in a Negative World - How to Laugh in the Face of the Challenging Economy: 11:30 a.m. (registration starts at 11 a.m.), South Mountain Community College, 10429 S. 51st St., Suite 101. Dave Sherman from The Phoenix Business Journal will speak at the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce brown bag lunch workshop. $5 for members, $15 for non-members. RSVP: Jackie@ahwatukeechamber.com or (480) 753-7676.
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. Kari, email@example.com or www.foothillswomensclub.org.
Legislative District 20 Republicans meeting: 7 to 8:30 p.m., Fire Station, Community Room, 4110 E. Chandler Blvd. Anthony, firstname.lastname@example.org or (480) 766-9429. Meeting dates are subject to change, please call for confirmation.
Friday, May 15
Best of Fundraising workshop: 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (registration at 8:15 a.m.), Phoenix Catholic Diocese Center, Room 157, 400 E. Monroe St. Designed for nonprofit professionals and volunteers looking to strengthen their fundraising skills. $75 per person, $55 for additional people from the same organization. Registration required by calling (602) 265-6680.
Saturday, May 16
2009 Global Gala: 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., Arizona Center, 400 E. Van Buren St. Hosted by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix, Branch Development Board. Proceeds benefit the kids and programs of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix. $100. Reservations: (602) 954-8182.
Wednesday, May 20
Ahwatukee Chat, Chew and Chocolate Signature Event: 6 to 9 p.m., third Wednesday. Open to the public. No membership required. No drama. No business. No men.
Ahwatukee Board of Management meeting: 6:30 p.m. third Wednesday, Ahwatukee Community Swim and Tennis Center, 4700 E. Warner Road. Open to ABM residents only. www.ahwatukeehoa.com.
Thursday, May 21
"East Valley's - Be There" network event: 6 to 8:30 p.m., Grace Inn, 10831 S. 51st St. This monthly professional networking event is for business owners, enterpreneurs, VPs, C-level executives and investors in a mix and mingle business casual atmosphere. Business professionals from surrounding cities and companies with a vested business interest within Arizona are also invited. www.evbtvpweb.com.
Thursday, May 28
Wine Dinner: 7 p.m., Caffe Boa of Ahwatukee, 5063 E. Elliot Road. Caffe Boa and BR Cohn Winery offer a three-course dinner paired with wines, live music and more. $39.95 per person. Reservations: (480) 893-3331, email@example.com or www.caffeboa.com.
Friday, May 29
Blood Drive: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, Sandstone Conference Room, 1111 E. McDowell Road. Free valet parking is available. Appointment: Linda, (602) 239-4380.
Saturday, May 30
Golfin' in the Desert golf tournament: 7:30 a.m. shotgun scramble start, Arizona State University Karsten Golf Course, 1125 E. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe. Hosted by Desert Botanical Garden's Volunteers in the Garden to help raise scholarship funds for Title 1 students to participate in the Garden's Sonoran Desert Adventure Field Trip Program. Fees, $125, include cart, range balls, green fees, two raffle tickets, gourmet lunch and a goody bag. www.dbg.org.
Tuesday, June 2
Bilingual Story Time: 10 a.m. first Tuesday, Brilliant Sky Toys and Books, 4929 E. Chandler Blvd. (480) 785-8697.
Wednesday, June 3
Ahwatukee Chat, Chew & Chocolate monthly coffee: 9 a.m. 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.
Sunday, June 7
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 email@example.com.