Around Ahwatukee Foothills • Chat, Chew and Chocolate's National Women's Day of Play will be from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 3 at the Farm at South Mountain, 6106 S. 32nd St. There will be yoga from 9:30 to 11 a.m. for $12 and lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, contact Liz Elston at or visit • A free health and wellness seminar "6 Months to a New You...Inside and Out" will be held at the Ironwood Library, 4333 E. Chandler Blvd., from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 5. Contact Rochelle Pannhorst, independent consultant Arbonne International, at (480) 628-0271 or (480) 473-2728 for more information. • The following events take place at GameOn Family Entertainment Center, 15633 S. 32nd St., unless otherwise noted. Kids Night Out monthly event held 7:30-10:30 p.m. March 2 and March 30, $15 per child. PhazerZone tournament March 17 from 4-7:30 p.m. The event is recommended for children ages 10-16 years old. The cost is $15 per person or $40 per team. Entry fee includes a slice of pizza, soft drink and one pod per game. Prizes for the winner includes $50 cash, a team trophy and the next entry fee waived. For more information, call (480) 706-2700 or visit • Desert Vista High School, 16440 S. 32nd St., presents the musical Grease March 1, 2 and 3 at 7 p.m. in the school's auditorium. Tickets are $5 for students and $8 for adults. A silent auction will be held during intermission. All proceeds benefit scholarships for seniors in Thunder Speech Theater and Debate Company. For more information, call (480) 706-7900, ext. 1177. • The following classes are offered by Yoga Youphoria, 4025 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 22. Prenatal Yoga March 3, from 1 to 3 p.m., $35. Chi running March 10, from 1 to 5 p.m., $75. Advanced practice March 17, from 2 to 4 p.m., $15. For more information about any of these classes, visit or call (480) 706-5400. • A community yard sale will be held from 7 to 11 a.m. March 10 at East Cathedral Rock Drive, just west of Marketplace, behind the Safeway shopping center. To raise money for two Ahwatukee Foothills resident Andrea McKeon and Kristi Soerensen for their participation in the 2007 Arizona Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk. All items for the sale have been donated by friends, family, co-workers and neighbors. For more information, contact Soerensen at (480) 229-8948. For anyone who cannot attend, but would like to make a donation online, visit or • Altadena Middle School will be holding a Scholastic book fair March 5-9 in the community room of the school's library, 14620 S. Desert Foothills Blvd. Hours are March 5, 6, 8 and 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and March 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Gift certificates are available in any amount but must be redeemed by 4 p.m. March 9. There will be raffle prizes available daily, including a grand prize drawing live on the morning announcements March 19. They will be collecting new and gently used books during the book fair to donate to the Frank School in Guadalupe. Bring in books for a chance to win prizes in the raffle. • Democrats and Donuts, a series of morning get-togethers featuring candidates, issues and elected officials, has its second event of the year from 8 to 9:30 a.m. March 14 at the Ahwatukee Fire Station 43, 4110 E. Chandler Blvd. The speaker will be Councilman Greg Stanton. The event is free and donations are accepted. For more information or to RSVP, call (480) 706-3741 or e-mail The April 11 Democrats and Donuts will feature Congressman Harry Mitchell. Future events are set for May 9, June 13, July 11, Aug. 15, Sept. 12, Oct. 10 and Nov. 14. • South Mountain Community College Ahwatukee is offering the following language courses: Speedy French II, Wednesdays, March 21-April 25; Speedy French III, Wednesdays, May 2-June 6; Speedy German II, Tuesdays, March 20-April 24; Speedy German III, Tuesdays, May 1-June 5. All class times are from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. at Horizon Community Learning Center, 16233 S. 48th St. Tuition is $65 per class, plus a one-time per-semester registration fee of $15. The following classes are offered at Ottawa University, 10429 S. 51st St., Suite 100: Speedy Spanish I, Tuesdays, May 29-June 3 from 9:15-11:30 a.m.; Speedy Spanish II, Tuesdays, June 10-Aug. 14 from 9:15-11:30 a.m. To enroll, call (480) 659-3070 or visit • Cub Scout Pack 278, serving Colina, Horizon and other Ahwatukee Foothills Elementary schools, is inviting boys in grades K-5 to come to the spring recruitment day and participate in the annual pinewood derby car races from noon to 4 p.m. March 24 at the former senior center, 5051 E. Elliot Road, in the Ahwatukee Plaza. For more information, contact Chris Sikora at (602) 330-2596. • The Beth Lederman Trio will be performing at 2 p.m. March 25 at the Ahwatukee Recreation Center, 5001 E. Cheyenne Drive. RSVP to or call (480) 785-1278. • If you are interested in becoming a registered nurse and you speak, read and write fluently in both Spanish and English, you will want to attend one of the information sessions of the Bilingual Nursing Fellowship Program (BNFP). The times are March 31 from 10 a.m. to noon, April 3 from 6-8 p.m. and April 14 from 10 a.m. to noon. The sessions will be held in the student union of the South Mountain Community College, 7050 S. 24th St. For more information about the program, call (602) 243-8269 or visit Nearby Events • The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department and Historic Preservation Office will be offering visitors a chance this winter to explore the newly renovated Carraro Cactus Garden surrounding the landmark Tovrea Castle. One-hour guided tours run every other weekend through early May. There will be five tours daily between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. with a maximum of 20 people per tour. Friday tours will be available on selected weekends. There will also be evening tours the second and fourth Fridays in March and April. The cost is $15 per person and proceeds from the tours will help fund future castle and garden rehabilitation and improvements. Those interested can register for the tours online at Walking tours are appropriate for children ages 8 and older and participants should wear proper clothing and footwear for a desert environment. In addition to online registration, those interested can call (602) 256-3220 for more information. • The following events are presented by ASU Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law and are held at 1100 S. McAllister Ave. in Tempe unless otherwise noted: 12:15-1:15 p.m. March 1 free Bender v. Bolick Debate in Armstrong Hall Room 116. 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 2 conference on personalized medicine and molecular diagnostics: legal, regulatory and ethical issues in Armstrong Hall Great Hall room 113. Early registration by Feb. 1 is $150 with CLE credits, $50 without. Registration after Feb. 1 is $200 with CLE credits, $80 without. Student scholarships available and fees will be waived for representatives of sponsors. Http:// (480) 965-6606. 12:10-1 p.m. March 7 Todd Larson gives a free presentation on the WIPO's involvement in administering international intellectual property treaties in Armstrong Hall room 114. Aaron Fellmeth at (480) 727-8575 or Andrew Askland at (480) 965-6606. 6-9:30 p.m. March 22 free Oplinger Closing Argument Competition finals in Armstrong Hall Great Hall room 113. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 23 the Arizona State Law Symposium 2007: Conversations about Justice Sandra Day O'Connor in Great Hall room 113. With CLE credit (6) registration is $100; if not seeking credit, registration is free. Breakfast will be provided. or 4-6 p.m. March 29 the Pedrick Lecture, a free, annual lecture in honor Willard H. Pedrick, founding dean of ASU's law school, will be delivered by Martin D. Ginsburg in Armstrong Hall Great Hall room 113. (480) 965-5259. 12:10-1:10 p.m. April 13 Drew L. Kershen will speak on issues related to law, agriculture and biotechnology in Armstrong Hall room 114. Admission is free. (480) 965-6606 or (480) 965-6181. 1-2:30 p.m. May 11 law graduation ceremony at Gammage Auditorium, 1200 S. Forest Ave. at Apache Blvd. Reception to follow in Armstrong Hall Steptoe and Johnson Rotunda. (480) 965-4637. • The Arizona Alliance for Peace and Justice and the Tempe Friends Meeting House in conjunction with the American Friends Service Committee will honor the sacrifice of fallen National Guard and Arizona soldiers and Iraqi civilians with the Eyes Wide Open: The Human Cost of War in Iraq National Guard Memorial. The exhibit will be on display at Crash Arts at Arizona Testing Laboratories, 817 W. Madison, between 6 and 10 p.m. March 2, between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. March 3 and between noon and 6 p.m. March 4. For more information, call (480) 894-2024. • Marc Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League, will be lecturing from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. March 1 and from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. March 2 at ASU's Memorial Union, Ventana A. Both sessions are free and open to the public. • South Mountain Community College in Laveen is offering a three-part art class, "All About Gourds." The class is offered Feb. 28 from 6 to 8 p.m., March 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. and March 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the instructor Shelley Fletcher's art studio, 5039 W. Olney. The cost $35 plus $10 for supplies. There is a $15 one-time per semester registration fee. Students may register for the class (NC 500 9022) online at or by calling (480) 659-3070. • Dr. Robert Waldrip, a well-recognized local orthopedic surgeon, will lecture on osteoporosis and new treatments for severe back pain from 6:30-7:30 p.m. March 1 at the Marinette Auditorium at Arizona State University, 9860 W. Union Drive in Sun City. Admission is free. For more information, call (602) 377-8390. For more information about osteoporosis and newer treatments for back pain go to • The Basha Branch Library, 5990 S. Val Vista Drive, is hosting Margaret Starbird, an internationally known Biblical scholar and author, from 2:30-4 p.m. March 1. She will be discussing the "Many Faces of Magdelene." For more information, call (480) 782-2850. • The following classes are by South Mountain Community College. For more information about any of these classes or to register, call (480) 659-3070. The Art of Belly Dance I Thursdays from 7-9 p.m. March 1-May 5 at SMCC at Ahwatukee Community Swim and Tennis Center, 4700 E. Warner Road. $40. Using Excel: Level II Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 5-7 at SMCC at Ottawa University-Ahwatukee Foothills, 10429 S. 51st St., Suite 100. $47.50. Rich Dad's Real Estate Investing Saturdays from 8-10 a.m. March 17-May 5 at SMCC Guadalupe Center, 9233 S. Avenida del Yaqui. $80. Speedy Spanish I Mondays from 6:30-8:45 p.m. March 19-April 23 or Wednesdays from 6:30-8:45 p.m. March 21-April 25 at SMCC at Horizon Community Learning Center, 16233 S. 48th St. $80. Speedy Spanish II Mondays from 6:30-8:45 p.m. March 19-April 23 or Wednesdays from 4-6:15 p.m. March 21-April 25 at SMCC at Horizon Community Learning Center. $80. Speedy Japanese II Mondays from 6:30-8:45 p.m. March 19-April 23 at SMCC at Horizon Community Learning Center. $65. Using Excel: Level I Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-7:45 p.m. March 20-29 at SMCC at Horizon Community Learning Center. $47.50. Boot camp Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-8 p.m. March 20-May3 at SMCC at Horizon Community Learning Center. $80. Speedy German II Tuesdays from 6:30-8:45 p.m. March 20-April 24 at SMCC at Horizon Community Learning Center. $80. Speedy French II Wednesdays from 6:30-8:45 p.m. March 21-April 25 at SMCC at Horizon Community Learning Center. $80. Speedy Spanish II Wednesdays from 6-8:45 p.m. March 21-April 25 at South Mountain Community College, 7050 S. 24th St. $80. Techniques for Creative Photography Wednesdays from 5:30-6:55 p.m. or from 7-8:24 p.m. from March 22-May 3 at SMCC at Horizon Community Learning Center. $80. Using Excel: Level I Saturdays from 9-12:30 p.m. March 24-March 31 at SMCC at Horizon Community Learning Center. $47.50. Yoga II Mondays from 6-8:30 p.m. March 26-May 21 at SMCC at Horizon Community Learning Center, 16233 S. 48th St. Yoga I Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays from 6-8:30 p.m. March 27-May 22 at SMCC at Horizon Community Learning Center. $80. Tai Chi Tuesdays from 6-8:30 p.m. Mrach 27-May 22 at SMCC at Ahwatukee Community Swim and Tennis Center. $80. Golf - Beginning Saturdays from 8-10:40 a.m. March 24-May 26 at Ahwatukee Country Club, 12432 S. 48th St. $80. Golf - Intermediate Saturdays from 10:45-1:25 p.m. at Ahwatukee Country Club. $80. Golf - Short Game Saturdays from 1:30-4:10 p.m. at Ahwatukee Country Club. $80. • What are your kids doing this summer? It's time to start planning and the best place is Raising Arizona Kids Magazine's 2007 Camp Fair March 3-4. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 3 at All Saints' Episcopal Church and Day School, 6300 N. Central Ave. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 4 Lifetime Fitness, 381 E. Warner Road in Gilbert. The events are free and gives families a chance to meet with camp staff and directors, pick up registration information, ask questions and figure out which camps are best suited to their child's interests and the family budget. Register to win prizes, including one of two C&N Footlocker trunks for packing items to take to sleepover camp. For more information, call (602) 953-KIDS (5437) or visit • St. Joseph the Worker is hosting its ninth annual Hike for the Homeless at 9 a.m. March 3 at Estrella Mountain Regional Park, 14805 W. Vineyard Ave. in Goodyear. Registration is $20 and $10 for students. Be sure to mention at the gate that you've come to "Hike for the Homeless" and you will not be charged the $5 entry fee on the day of the event. For more information, visit or Blue Swadener call (602) 417-9854. • The Arizona Chapter of the Lymphoma Research Foundation is presenting a free educational program, Lymphoma Workshop: Understanding Lymphoma Basics and Latest Treatment Options, March 3 at the Camelback Inn, 5402 E. Lincoln Drive. Doors open at 7:45 a.m. for registration, breakfast and exhibit viewing and the program will conclude by 2:45 p.m. Registration is required. To register, visit, call 1 (800) 500-9976 or e-mail • The Dave Scott hip-hop workshop from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. March 3 at the ASU Main Campus PEBE 143 at Mill Avenue and University Boulevard. Scott co-choreographed Stomp the Yard. Pre-registration is $100 for the entire day and $40 per class. At the door, the cost is $125 for the entire day and $50 per class. For more information, visit or call (602) 469-0626. • The Children's Museum of Phoenix (CMoP) presents the following tour dates for its traveling exhibit program, Museum Without Walls: March 3, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Exclusively Little Festival at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, 7301 E. Indian Bend Road. Free. March 3-4, noon to 5 p.m., Kids Detour at Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N. Central Ave. Free. March 24, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Phoenix WorldFEST Margaret T. Hance Park, 3rd Street and Morleand. Free. March 31 Tempe Music Festival at Tempe Beach Park, 70 W. Rio Salado Parkway and Mill Avenue. Event times and ticket prices to be announced. For more information and a complete listing of school visits and other public events, those interested can contact volunteer manager Kelley de Haan at (602) 253-0501 or visit • The Arizona Association for Economic Development's half-day symposium: Proposition 207 What Impact Will It Have on Your Community's Growth? will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 6 at Phoenix Country Club, 2901 N. 7th St. The cost is 445 for members and $60 for non-members and late registrants. Deadline for registrant is March 2. Please request vegetarian meals in advance. Information is available from the AAED office at (602) 240-AAED (2233) and at • Nancy Harkins, international motivational speaker and facilitator of Life Choices, will give a complimentary workshop at Ottawa University's Phoenix campus, 10020 N. 25th Ave., from 10 to 11:30 a.m. March 6. The same workshop will be available March 13 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Tempe campus, 10429 S. 51st St., Suite 100. For more information or to RSVP, contact Brian Simpson at (602) 749-5178 or • South Mountain Community College is holding a career expo from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 7 in the central plaza of SMCC, 7050 S. 24th St. More than 90 businesses and services will participate, including the Phoenix Police Department, city of Phoenix, Maricopa County Human Resources, Mesa Police Department, IASIS Healthcare, IKEA, Bank of America, Swift Transportation and Value Options. Employers will be accepting applications for full-time and part-time internships and summer employment positions. Job searchers are encouraged to dress professionally and bring plenty of resumes. For more information, call (602) 243-8176. • The annual picnic for former and current Streatorites (Streator, Ill., reunion) will be held at 11 a.m. March 8 at Desert Breeze Park, 660 N. Desert Breeze Blvd. Participants are asked to bring a covered dish and their own beverage and table service. You can also bring a white elephant gift to exchange. For more information, call Rosemary Creamean at (480) 345-6537 or e-mail or Jim Lebo at • Arizona Kids Count 2007, a charity event that will raise money for Phoenix Children's Hospital in addition to other local charities, will take place March 9-10 at Firebird International Raceway, 20000 S. Maricopa Road. There will be an air show, remote controlled race cars, Nascar exhibit, local sports figures autographs, a parade, inflatable rides, magicians and famous stage performers. A family pass is $25. For more information, visit • The Pennsylvania Club meets at 10 a.m. March 10 at L.J.'s Pizza, 1038 E. Main St. in Mesa. Lunch will follow. Current and former residents invited. For more information, call (480) 832-5755. • The Chandler Marketplace, a farmer's market-style event, will be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 10 and April 14 in Historic Downtown Chandler (one-quarter mile south of Chandler Boulevard on Arizona Avenue) in AJ Chandler Park on the west side of Arizona Avenue. Katie, (480) 241-7128 or • Tickets are now on sale at for the 19th annual Great Arizona Beer Festival which will be held March 10 and 11 at Tempe Beach Park, Mill Avenue and Rio Salado Parkway. Hours are 2-6 p.m. daily. The event benefits Sun Sounds of Arizona, a reading service for people who are blind or show disability prevents them from reading printed material. The festival feature more than 100 speciality and microbrewed beers, music, food, games and fun for people age 21 and over. The all-inclusive admission price is $35 in advance for general admission and $40 at the gate. VIP tickets are $75 in advance and $80 at the gate. General admission and VIP tickets include entrance to the event, a souvenir tasting mug, 24 sampling tickets and enjoyment of live music on stage. In addition, VIP tickets include a private VIP seating area with catered food, shade, separate restrooms, early one hour admittance and a gift bag. Designated driver tickets will be available for $20 each day ($25 if you are the designated driver for a VIP). Admission for non-drinkers is $20 each day and nonacholohic drinks will be available. For more information, call (480) 774-8300 or visit • Flowers and art become one at the third annual Arts and Flowers show at the Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., March 9-11. A preview cocktail party will be held in the museum's Dorrance Sculpture Garden from 6:30-9:30 p.m. March 8. Tickets are $110. A brunch and lecture featuring Ann Connor will be held at 11 a.m. March 11. Tickets are $75. For more information or tickets about these events, call (602) 307-2050 or visit • The American Association of University Women is planning a spring benefit at the Zelma Basha Salmeri Gallery of Western and Native American Art. The event, which begins at 6 p.m. March 9, will feature a tour of the gallery in addition to wine and heavy hors d'oeuvres. Tickets are $35 per person. The event is hosted and underwritten by Bashas' and AJ's Fine Foods. All proceeds benefit the AAUW Educational Fund to advance women's education and the San Marcos Elementary School. One-hundred percent of the ticket purchase price is tax deductible. The reservation deadline is Feb. 28. The gallery is located 22402 S. Basha Road in Chandler. Tickets can be purchased by calling Carol at (480) 883-3482. • Two ceramic art camps over spring break will be held for kids ages 7-13 at Snedigar Recreation Center, 4500 S. Basha Road. The camps will be offered March 12-16. One will run everyday from 9 to 10 a.m. and the other will take place everyday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. For more information, refer to the city of Chandler's Break Time magazine or visit • The Mesa Women's Connection is hosting their "Once Upon a Time" brunch from 10-11:30 a.m. March 12 at the Windemere Conference Center, 5750 E. Main St. Adults are $16 (inclusive with reservation). For reservations, call Judy at (480) 830-9136. Cancellations must be made no later than March 9. Reservations not cancelled must be honored. • Byte Night 2007 is from 6 to 9 p.m. March 13 at the Camelback Inn, 5402 E. Lincoln Drive. The event is a fundraiser for local technology nonprofits. The price is $250 for individual attendees or $2,500 for corporate tables of 10. To register for this event, visit This event is designed to bring together the Arizona technology community and the social sector to celebrate the ties between business and philanthropy and is in support of two of Arizona's nonprofit technology leaders: the Arizona Technology Council and NPower Arizona. All proceeds of Byte Night Arizona will go directly to these organizations. • The Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, will host a pollination party during its Spring Eco Camp. The camp is designed for children in grades K-5. There is a limit of 15 children per class. Session I is March 14-16, Session II is March 21-23 and Session III is March 28-30. All session are held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $120 for garden members (25 percent discount available for additional siblings) and non-members are $160. For more information, call (480) 481-8123 or visit and click on "children's programs." • The Classic Carriage Collector Car Auction and Show is March 14-18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the University of Phoenix Stadium, 1 Cardinals Drive. For more information, call (877) 999-0900 or visit • The following events will be held at Rawhide, 5700 W. North Loop Road: March 15-18, Festival of the West with over 200 exhibitors, cowboy entertainment and continuous Western music. For a full listing of events, visit Admission to Rawhide is $12 for adults, $11 for seniors and $4 for children. A four-day pass is $40. On March 15, special senior pricing is $6 and on March 16, children 12 and under are free. For more information about any of these events, call (480) 502-5600. • The Phoenix Antique Market takes place March 17 and 18 at the Arizona State Fairgrounds, 19th Avenue & McDowell Road. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 17 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 18. Admission is free and parking is $6. For more information, visit or call (602) 717-7337. • Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at the 24th annual St. Patrick's Day Parade and Irish Faire March 17. The parade is at 10 a.m. at 3rd Street south to Hance Park. The fair is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Hance Park (west side of Centeral Avenue at Culver). Admission is $10 for adults (ages 12 and over) and $1 for kids ages 6-12, kids under 6 are free. There is free parking at 2600, 2700 and 2800 N. Central Ave. Ride the free shuttle bus to the fair, which is round trip from 2700 N. Central Ave. The hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call (602) 280-9221 or visit • Actress Shirley Jones, from the classic 1955 movie Oklahoma!, will be appearing at Rawhide's 17th annual National Festival of the West March 15-18. A special presentation will be made at 2 p.m. March 17. The Festival of the West is held at Rawhide Western Town south of Phoenix, at Wild Horse Pass, located off Interstate 10 at exit 162. Admission is $12 for adults, $11 for seniors and $4 for children, with those under age 5 admitted free. Special discounts will be available. For more information, view or call (602) 996-4387. • The 2007 Safeway International LPGA Golf Tournament will be held March 19-25 at the Prospector Golf Course, 8000 E. Club Village Drive. General admission, good-any-day tickets are available at all Arizona Safeway locations for $20. Children 17 and under are admitted for free. Weekly tournament tickets (admission all week Monday through Sunday) is $50. Through March 25, Safeway is offering a two-for-one promotion, Purchase good-any-day general admission ticket for $20 and receive the second one free. There will be free off-site parking and tournament shuttles available. For more information, call (602) 495-GOLF (4653) or visit or • The Arizona Association of Industries (AAI) will recognize three Arizona manufacturers at its annual Manufacturer of the Year awards dinner at 5:30 p.m. March 20 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa, 2400 E. Missouri Ave. Tickets are $200 per person and tables of eight at $1,600. Contact the AAI at (602) 252-9415, ext. 1000 for more information or purchase tickets online at • Local author and speaker, Jana Conrad, will be presenting a one-hour "Save Perfection for Heaven: Down to Earth Interior Design" March 21 at Arizona Community Church, 9325 S. Rural Road in Tempe, at either 8:45 a.m. or 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact Janet Drez at (480) 491-2210 or • This spring Make A Difference invites Valley residents to help tackle environmental and consumer issues with three special workshops: Black Gold: Watch the Coffee Industry Unfold free film screening and discussion from 6:30-8:30 p.m. March 21 at Fair Trade Coffee Gallery, 1020 N. 1st Ave. For more information, contact Brandy Howard at (602) 973-2212, ext. 226 or visit • Arizona nonprofit Agave Productions, Inc., together with the Arizona Historical Society (AHS), is seeking Arizona history enthusiasts to assist with an important film preservation project. Volunteers are needed to sort more than 200 film tapes holding KOOL-TV news and documentary film footage. Volunteers are invited to sign up to help sort and inventory film at one or more Saturday workshops scheduled March 24. Contact David Tatum at (480) 929-0292, ext. 130. The volunteer workdays will be held at the AHS Museum at Papago Park, 1300 N. College Ave. in Tempe. Free parking is available. • The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department is offering a series of classes for people looking to improve their personal finances and money management skills. Paradise Valley Community Center, 17402 N. 40th St., (602) 495-3777: Fundamentals of Retirement Income Planning March 20 from 6-7 p.m. Quarterly Market Update April 24 from 7-8 p.m. Goelet A. Buef Community Center, 3435 W. Pinnacle Peak Road, (602) 534-4754: Credit Report Mystery April 11 from 6-7 p.m. Cesar Chavez High School, 3921 W. Baseline Road, (602) 764-4080: Family Budgeting Workshop Feb. 28 from 7-8 p.m., Responsible Credit Use March 14 from 7-8 p.m. Identity Theft Prevention and Recovery April 25 from 7-8 p.m. and the Keys to Purchasing a Car (Without Getting Taken for a Ride) May 9 from 7-8 p.m. To register for these classes, visit • Jayah Faye Paley will have a free seminar on poles for hiking, walking and trekking at 6:30 p.m. March 20 at the Phoenix REI, 12634 N. Paradise Village Parkway. For more information, visit or e-mail • AZ Entrepreneurs meets the third Tuesday of every month at La Quinta Inn, 8888 E. Shea Blvd., from 8:30-10 a.m. The cost is $5. March 20: Do We Have Barriers Hindering our Entrepreneurial Success, April 17: Branding Yourself, May 15: Identifying Your Best Clients, June 19: Referral Marketing. For more information, visit • "Tales of Polynesia from Tonga to Hawaii" is the topic of the 2007 Spring Storytelling Festival at South Mountain Community College March 21-24. The "Traditional Polynesian Storytelling" workshop will take place March 21 from 6-8 p.m. at the SMCC Performing Arts Center, 7050 S. 24th St. Cost is $50 and $25 for students. There will be a free community storytelling festival in the student union March 22 9:30-10:45 a.m. and a second session from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. The "Developing a Storytelling Persona" workshop takes place in the student union March 22 form 2 to 4 p.m. The cost is $50 and $25 for students. The storytelling concert "Tales of Polynesia from Tonga to Hawaii" will take place in the SMCC Performance Hall March 23 from 7-9 p.m. The cost is $7 at the door. In addition, a one-credit special projects class "Tongan and Polynesian Myths" (STO 298AA, Section 3440) will be offered March 24 and 31 and April 4 from 1-4 p.m. March 28 and April 4 from 6-9 p.m. in PAC classroom 740. The cost is $65 plus a one-time per semester registration fee of $15. To learn more about the festival, contact LynnAnn Wojciechowicz at (602) 243-8022 or email • Maricopa Stage Coach Days presents its fourth annual golf tournament March 23 at Rancho El Dorado, 42660 W. Rancho El Dorado Parkway. The tournament begins with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. The event is sponsored by the Maricopa Rotary Club and all proceeds from the golf tournament will be used for the betterment of the Maricopa Community Youth Activities. They are also looking for tournament sponsors, tee sponsors, prize donations and golfers. Contact Misty McWherter, tournament coordinator, at (520) 568-2031 or • The Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, presents its annual Jazz in the Garden 2007 Concert Series on Friday evenings, March 23-May 25, from 7-9 p.m. and June 1-22 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Tickets are $14 for members and $20 for non-members. Must be 21 years or older to attend. To purchase tickets, visit the box office from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily,, visit or call (480) 941-1225 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. • The third annual Critter Crawl, a family fun walk, will be held March 24 to raise funds benefitting the Banner Poison Control Center. Registration begins at 7 a.m. and the walk starts at 8 a.m. at the Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Parkway. The walk is $20 for adults and $5 for children under 18. Family four packs are available for $40 ($10 savings). Pre-registration at is strongly encouraged. Complimentary face painting and refreshments are will be offered to walk participants. All registered walkers will receive a Critter Crawl T-shirt and free admission to the zoo on the day of the event. • The Adobe Mountain Model Railroad Adventures will host an all-family event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 24 at the Adobe Mountain Railroad Park, 22822 N. 43 Ave. There will be an all-railroad swap meet, eight miles of track, door prizes, raffle and indoor and outdoor operating train layouts. The entry fee is $4 per person while children 12 and under are free with an adult. For more information, contact Larry Hatch at (602) 493-0461 or All proceeds go back into the Adobe Mountain Park for improvement and maintaining the nonprofit clubs. • A one-time luncheon for business owners and executives will be held at the Ritz Carlton, 2401 E. Camelback Road, at noon March 29. For more information, contact Zita Chambers at (480) 704-3899 or zita • The Arizona Diamondbacks are hosting Evening on the Diamond, a fundraising event benefiting the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation, March 30 at Chase Field, 401 E. Jefferson St. The event begins at 6 p.m. There will be a cocktail hour, dinner on the field and live performances by Grammy Award-winning recording artist Kenny Loggins and the Phoenix Symphony. Tables are available from $10,000 to $50,000, with many featuring a D-backs player, coach or VIP seated at the table during dinner. Additional benefits associated with select table purchases include tickets to an exclusive VIP pre-party in the D-backs clubhouse, autographed D-backs jerseys, dugout seats for a 2007 regular season home game and much more. For more information or to purchase a table, contact Maxine Royer at (602) 462-6573. • A Healing Rooms Regional Training Conference conducted by Dan and Sarah Shepler will be held March 30 from 2 to 9 p.m. and March 31 from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Calvary Church of the Valley, 6107 N. Invergordon Road in Paradise Valley. Advanced registration fee is $15 per person and $25 per couple. The cost is $20 per person at the door. For more information and a brochure, visit or call (602) 230-4325. • The 2007 Circle K Tempe Musical Festival is March 30 from 5 p.m. to midnight, March 31 from noon to midnight at Tempe Beach Park, Rio Salado Parkway and Mill Avenue. For more information, visit or call (480) 970-FEST (3378). • The Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation will host a one-hour Walk 4 Sight at several statewide locations on from 7 to 8 p.m. March 31. The walk will take place in Payson, Peoria, Phoenix, Mesa and Tucson. The foundation provides eyeglasses, eye surgery and clinical care for eye emergencies to permanent Arizona residents who are indigent and have no health insurance. For more information, call (602) 954-1723 or visit Entry fee is $20 and all proceeds benefit Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation. • An RV show will be held April 13-22 at Tempe Diablo Stadium, 2200 W. Alameda Drive. The show is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Parking is free. The event is sponsored by the Arizona RV Dealers. • The eighth annual Rotary River Rally is April 20-21 at Tempe Town Lake. On April 20 from 2 to 7 p.m. is the boat preview party at Tempe Beach Park. Admission is free. The party provides the first chance to view what is in store for the next day's race. On April 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. is the Great Cardboard Boat Regatta at Tempe Town lake. Witness the community coming together as teams of all ages race their individual boats in the 200-yard course on the lake. Proceeds support children's charities in Tempe. For more information about any of these events, visit or call (480) 905-5944. • The seventh annual Stride and Ride to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association April 21 at Tempe Town Lake. Registration begins at 7 a.m., the warm-up is at 8:40 a.m. and the walk begins at 9 a.m. For more information, call (480) 496-4530 or visit • Jazz in AZ will open the celebrations of its 30th anniversary by looking to the future at the Jazz in AZ family picnic and battle of youth jazz bands from noon to 4 p.m. April 29 at the Scottsdale Center for the Arts Performing Arts Ampitheatre, 7380 E. 2nd St. Admission is free. Food, beverages and jazz-related memorabilia will be available for purchase. Youth jazz bands are encouraged to submit an application and audition tape, which must be postmarked by March 16 or delivered by 5 p.m. that day to the Jazz in AZ office, 7320 E. Shoeman Lane, Scottsdale, 85251. Application forms are available at or by calling (480) 994-0807. Bands selected will be notified by March 30. • Meetings Market Academy + Exhibition is a one-day, highly-educational training and exhibition event for anyone involved in planning meetings and will be held May 17 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Buttes Resort, 2000 Westcourt Way. Full registration is $129, advanced registration is $109 and ends April 20, and on-site registration is $139. To register, visit For more information, call Jessica Roberts at (410) 255-7167. • Arizona's largest children's and family event is taking place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 2-3 at the University of Phoenix Stadium, 1 Cardinals Drive. Kidsfaire, America's largest family expo offers over 250 interactive exhibits and non-stop family entertainment. Admission is $8 for adults and $4 for children ages 2-12 and parking is free. For more information, visit or call (866) 238-8600. Lectures, Seminars and Classes • The Final Word is an unconventional lecture series featuring student-nominated Arizona State University professors held Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. at the Kerr Cultural Center, 6110 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Single tickets: $6.50. March 20, Prof. Paul Privateer, 1997 honoree, Department of English - "How Evolutionary Biology Shapes the Post Modern World." • Line dance lessons with Judee Curtis at the Sunbird Community Clubhouse ballroom, 6250 Sunbird Blvd., Chandler: Basics, Mondays and Fridays, noon-2 p.m. Beyond Basics, Mondays 6-9 p.m. and Fridays 2:15-4:15 p.m. $3 per person, per session. No age limit. Judee, (480) 802-0201. • Intermediate Duplicate Bridge plays at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at the Oakwood Country Club in the Kingston Ballroom, 24215 S. Oakwood Blvd., Sun Lakes. A partner is needed. Novice Duplicate Bridge plays at 8:30 a.m. Thursdays with a mini lesson and duplicate play until noon. Questions welcome concerning bidding and play. No partner needed. Newcomers welcome. Janis, (480) 895-6123 or Nancy, (480) 895-0324 or

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