Tuesday, Sept. 16

Free Bilingual Seminar for Entrepreneurs: 5:30 to 7 p.m., South Mountain Community College Guadalupe Center, 9233 S. Avenida del Yaqui (Priest Drive), just south of Guadalupe Road. In addition, SMCC Guadalupe Center will offer an 18-week Entrepreneurship Certificate program this fall, including seven classes, beginning Sept. 23. For more information about this program, visit http://guadalupe.southmountaincc.edu. (602) 243-8217.


Chess Club: 6 to 10 p.m., The CoffeeBuzz, 4804 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 110. (480) 393-3430.


Wednesday, Sept. 17

Democrats & Donuts: 8 a.m., Fire Station, 4110 E. Chandler Blvd. Speakers will be Corporation Commission candidate Paul Newman and Beverly Fox-Miller, chair of Greater Eastern Maricopa Democrats (GEMDEMS), which serves Legislative Districts 18 to 22. Other candidates will be in attendance. Free and open to the public, donations accepted. Additional parking is available to the east of the fire station in the CK Tavern parking lot. RSVP: (480) 706-3741 or pamelajamar@cox.net.


Baby Sign Language Workshop: 10:30 to 11 a.m., Brilliant Sky Toys and Books, 4929 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 401. Come play with Laura as she engages your child and facilitates story time through sign language. See how sign language can facilitate language and communication skills in your children. Free. (480) 785-8697.


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.


Ahwatukee Chat, Chew & Chocolate Signature Event: 6 to 9 p.m., Robert Paul Salon, 4206 E. Chandler Blvd. The theme is energy, health and keeping yourself alive and well. Paula Owens, master of holistic nutrition, professional fitness expert and lifestyle coach, will answer answers about exercise, nutrition, hormones and more. $20 per person or $37 for two. Registration: www.ahwatukeeccc.com or Liz, (623) 505-5300, ext. 3.


Free ‘Eating Locally' workshop: 7 to 8 p.m., Environmental Education Center at Veterans Oasis Park, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Road, Chandler. Free, but pre-registration is required at www.chandleraz.gov/registration. (480) 782-2890 or www.chandleraz.gov/veterans-oasis.


Thursday, Sept. 18

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. mjthomas@letip.com, www.letip.com or Steve, (480) 524-0688.


Can We Talk? Tools for Creating Civil Discourse Conference: 8 to 11:45 a.m., Arizona Biltmore Resort, 2400 E. Missouri Ave. Presented by Association for Conflict Resolution, Arizona Chapter, in collaboration with Project Civil Discourse and support from Arizona State University's Conflict Transformation Project. Learn about methods for cultivating civil discourse in diverse settings. Program may qualify for up to two hours of Continuing Education credit. $60. Information: www.mediate.com/acrarizona, (480) 209-1295 or SBulfinch@aol.com Registration: www.123signup.com/event?id=tsdbc.


Gov. Hunt Chapter of the DAR meeting: 10:30 a.m., Marie Callander's, 865 S. Dobson Road, Mesa. (480) 759-2304.


RSVP by today for AFFAN's Sept. 22 meeting: set for 10:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Sept. 22 at Mountain View Lutheran Church, 11002 S. 48th St. Ahwatukee Foothills resident Michelle May, M.D., of "Am I Hungry?" fame will present "Getting Ready to Thrive, Not Just Survive the Holidays" at the Ahwatukee Foothills Friends and Neighbors general meeting. Women guests are welcome, and each attendee will receive a copy of Dr. May's book, "Am I Hungry? What to Do When Diets Don't Work" and lunch, catered by Tukee's Catering. Your $25 check, payable to AFFAN, must be sent by Sept. 18 to AFFAN, P.O. Box 51012, Phoenix, AZ  85076.


Friday, Sept. 19

RSVP deadline for CCW Securing Connections Series: set for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 23 at the Hyatt Regency Cassidy Room, 122 N. 2nd St. Features a panel of national experts discussing emerging technology opportunities and challenges. Free, lunch provided. RSVP by today to info@connectedwest.org. Information: www.connectedwest.org.


J.W. Robinson Society of Black Fire Fighters Golf Tournament: 1 p.m., Camelback Golf Club, 7847 N. Mockingbird Lane, Scottsdale. $100 per player or $400 per foursome. Proceeds will go toward college scholarships for high school seniors. A donation will also be made to Cheyanne Caldwell, a former Phoenix firefighter injured in the line of duty. Tim, (480) 388-2552.


Saturday, Sept. 20

Free Reverse Mortgage Seminar: 8 to 9 a.m., 4823 E. Ray Road. Wells Fargo Home Mortgage will present this educational seminar dispelling the myths regarding reverse mortgage. Bagels and coffee. Reservations: Leslie, (602) 317-6799.


Desert Vista High School hockey team car wash: 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Applebee's, 4609 E. Chandler Blvd. Proceeds will help defray expenses for the upcoming hockey season.


Girl Scouts hosting food drive: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Foothills Baptist Church, 15450 S. 21st St. Ahwatukee Foothills Girl Scouts are hosting a food drive to benefit the Rio Vista Center, and canned and other non-perishable food donations will be gratefully accepted at the church.

If you'd like to make a food donation but are unable to deliver it to the church, call Rozanne at (480) 940-9300 and she will make arrangements for someone to pick it up.


Phoenix Glass, Pottery and Dinnerware Show and Sale: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, 11 a.m. to 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.


Quick Books featured at Business Seminar: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Maricopa Community College Education, Downtown Center, 145 N. Centennial Way, Room 47933, Mesa. Sponsored by Greater Phoenix SCORE. Designed to teach small business owners how to use Quick Books Pro for financial management. $25. Registration: (602) 745-7250 or www.scorephoenix.org.


Free Wave Pool Admission for Boy Scouts: 1 to 3 p.m., Kiwanis Recreation Center Wave Pool, 6111 S. All America Way, Tempe. Boy Scouts wearing their uniform or official T-shirt get free admission to the indoor pool. (480) 350-5201, (480) 350-5050 TTY or www.tempe.gov/kiwanis.


Sunday, Sept. 21

Free Cinderella Youth Development Workshop: 3:30 p.m., Ahwatukee Foothills Family YMCA, 1030 E. Liberty Lane. This workshop will help prepare interested girls between the ages of 3 and 26 for the second Southeast Valley Cinderella Youth Development Scholarship Pageant, set for Nov. 8. The pageant also includes a baby pageant for babies 0 to 35 months. A panel of judges will select the winner in each division: Cinderella Tot (ages 3 to 6), Cinderella Miniature Miss (ages 7 to 9), Cinderella Miss (ages 10 to 12), Cinderella Teen (ages 13 to 17), and Cinderella Woman (ages 18 to 26). All girls who enter receive participation awards and invitations to attend the State Finals. Andrea, (602) 469-2287 or fynangirls@aol.com or Kimberly, (480) 236-1169 or fantixs@msn.com.


Tuesday, Sept. 23

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


Cash Flow and Financial Survival for Small Businesses seminar: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Western International University, 9215 N. Black Canyon Highway, Room 208. The Greater Phoenix SCORE experts will aid current business owners, as well as those contemplating going into business, in the following categories: determining cash requirements, forecasting profits and cash flow, and collecting accounts receivables. $40.  Registration: (602) 745-7250 or www.scorephoenix.org.


Chess Club: 6 to 10 p.m., The CoffeeBuzz, 4804 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 110. (480) 393-3430.


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


Registration deadline for ‘Chip In For Waste Not' Night Golf Tournament: set for Sept. 25 at Continental Golf Club, 7920 E. Osborn Road, Scottsdale. 6 p.m. dinner and check-in, 7:30 p.m. tee time. Registration - $75 for individuals, $300 for foursomes - is available online at www.wastenotaz.org or by calling (480) 941-1841.


Wednesday, Sept. 24

Free reverse mortgage seminar: 10 a.m., M&I Bank, 4835 E. Warner Road. For reservations or questions, call presenter Jan Meyer at (480) 324-5070.


‘Freedom to Work' Work Incentives Planning and Assistance Workshop for Service Providers: 10 a.m. to noon, Arizona Bridge to Independent Living (ABIL), 24th Street Office, 2345 E. Thomas Road, Suite 290. There will be an overview of both Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplementary Security Income (SSI). RSVP required to David Carey, (602) 443-0723.


Dine to Donate event: 4 to 9 p.m., Applebee's Restaurant, 4609 E. Chandler Blvd. Ten percent of your bill will be donated to the Arizona Hockey Union Under 16 1992 ice hockey team to help defray costs for the upcoming season. For a flier to present to the server, visit www.arizonahockeyunion.com/newsarticle.aspx?nid=70.


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.


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.


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 phoenixspj@cox.net.


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.


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, karijolindner1@cox.net or www.foothillswomensclub.org.


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 jdrez@azcc.org.


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/.


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 laurie52@cox.net.


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.


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 mags@alsaz.org.


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.


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 dzurinko@juno.com.


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.


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. joe@wildplanetpaintball.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 tpyke1@aol.com.


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 bjefferson2@cox.net.


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 ecurran@freeartsaz.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.


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