Friday, Aug. 15

Arizona Society of Astrologers meeting: 7 to 9:30 p.m. tonight and 1 to 4:30 p.m. tomorrow, Scottsdale Granite Reef Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Road. Free astrology class from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Guests welcome. (480) 802-4357.


Saturday, Aug. 16

Know How to Grow Your Own Garden class: 9 a.m. to noon, University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Office, 4341 E. Broadway Road. Taught by Pam Perry, Master Gardener and director of the demonstration garden at the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Maricopa County office. $20. Information: Kristen, (602) 470-8086, ext. 311 or Registration (due by Aug. 12):">


Desert Botanical Garden Job Fair: 9 a.m. to noon, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Dorrance Hall. Learn more about job openings including positions supporting the upcoming exhibit, Chihuly: The Nature of Glass. Full and part-time day, evening, and weekend schedules available. Take a resume. (480) 481-8116, or">


Free investment seminars for novice investors and seasoned veterans: 9 a.m. today, 5 p.m. Aug. 20 and Sept. 10, 9 a.m. Sept. 13, Keller Williams Realty, 4621 E. Chandler Blvd. The Erik Kelly Group at Keller Williams Realty will present a clear perspective on today's dynamic real estate market. Seating is limited, pre-registration is requested at"> The presentation will be approximately 45 minutes, followed by time for questions. or (480) 706-7226.


Free seminars for first-time homebuyers and those interested in becoming homeowners again: 11 a.m. today, 7 p.m. Aug. 20 and Sept. 10, 11 a.m. Sept. 13, Keller Williams Realty, 4621 E. Chandler Blvd. Hosted by Erik Kelly Group at Keller Williams Realty.  Seating is limited, pre-registration is requested at The presentation will be approximately 30 minutes, followed by time for questions. or (480) 706-7226.


Free cheer/tumble clinic: 1 to 3 p.m. for ages 4 to 8 and 4 to 6 p.m. for ages 9 to 15, Arizona All-Stars, 7425 S. Harl Ave., Suite 3, Tempe. Learn about the world of all-star cheerleading at these clinics, which will teach a mini-routine and include a performance at the end of each clinic. Find out how the sport of cheerleading boosts self esteem and is challenging and fun. Registration: (480) 831-1105 or">


Tuesday, Aug. 19

Serving Customers with Disabilities: Implications for the Hospitality Industry seminar: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Arizona Bridge to Independent Living, 1229 E. Washington St. Explore what is being done to assist businesses in meeting their obligations to customers with disabilities. Guest moderator is Marian Vessels, director of DBTAC-Mid Atlantic ADA Center. Free. RSVP to Andrew Moody at (602) 296-0536.


Arizona Jewish Business Alliance networking meeting: noon to 1:30 p.m., Café Carumba, 7303 E. Indian School Road, Scottsdale. Attendance is open to all Jewish professionals interested in promoting their business."> or


Cub Scouts Pack 478 Fall Recruitment & First Pack Meeting Night: 7 p.m., Kyrene de los Lagos Elementary School multipurpose room, 17001 S. 34th Way, Lakewood. Hosted by Cub Scout Pack 478, servicing Lagos and all other Ahwatukee Foothills schools. Boys in grades one to five and their families are invited. During the meeting families will have an opportunity to meet with leaders and learn about den and pack activities. Applications for new scouts and leaders will be available. Steve, (480) 686-3947 or">


Cub Scouts Pack 178 Fall Recruitment meeting: 7 p.m., Kyrene de las Lomas Elementary School multipurpose room, 11820 S. Warner-Elliot Loop. Hosted by Cub Scout Pack 178, chartered at Mountain View Lutheran Church and servicing Lomas, Horizon Community Learning Center and other programs in the community. For boys in grades one to five and their families. Pack meetings are usually held on the second Tuesday of the month at the school. Bob,


Wednesday, Aug. 20

Democrats & Donuts: 8 a.m., Fire Station, 4110 E. Chandler Blvd. U.S. Congressman Harry Mitchell will speak. Free and open to the public, donations accepted. Additional parking available in the CK Tavern parking lot. Space is limited, and RSVPs are essential. Walk-ins will be accommodated after all RSVPs are seated. RSVP: (480) 706-3741 or email


Free reverse mortgage seminars: 10 a.m. today and Sept. 24, M&I Bank, 4835 E. Warner Road. For reservations or questions, call presenter Jan Meyer at (480) 324-5070.


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.


Assistive Technology workshop: 1 to 3 p.m., Arizona Bridge to Independent Living 24th Street Office, 2345 E. Thomas Road, Suite 290. Persons with disabilities and caregivers invited to attend. Find out about policies, procedures and processes in Arizona Rehabilitation Services Administration, which administers Arizona's Vocational Rehabilitation and Independent Living programs, along with other assistive technology resources including Arizona OneStops, AzTAP and local AT labs. RSVP required to David Carey at (602) 443-0723. To participate via teleconference in the presentation, contact David no later than Aug. 19.


Ahwatukee Chat, Chew & Chocolate Signature Event: 6 to 9 p.m., Beauty Brands Salon Spa, 5009 E. Ray Road. Ladies, come by yourself or bring a friend for a fun evening out of that much deserved "me time." Special guest is local singer Megan Drescher ("> $20 prepaid, or $37 for two. Registration:"> or Liz, (623) 505-5300, ext. 3.


Language Synergy open house: 7 p.m., 4809 E. Thistle Landing Drive, Suite 100, Conference Room. Learn about its Spanish Conversation classes. Fall classes start the first week of September. Different course levels are available and are designed for adult learning. Classes will meet once a week for 16 weeks., (480) 231-5649 or">


Saturday, Aug. 23

Grow and Preserve Your Own Food workshops: 9 a.m. to noon (Gardening) and 1 to 4 p.m. (Preserving), University of Arizona Cooperative Extension office, 4341 E. Broadway Road. Pre-registration required by Aug. 20. Half-day registration is $20, or you can attend full-day for $35. Register online at"> or download a registration form to mail with your registration fee. (602) 470-8086, ext 341.


Arizona Buckeye Ohio Club meeting: 10 a.m. to noon, Home Town Buffet, 1501 W. Bethany Home Road. All Ohioans and friends invited to luncheon and meeting. Programs planned. (480) 802-0868.


Ahwatukee Girl Scout recruitment event: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Pecos Park Community Center multipurpose room, 17010 S. 48th St. Bring your daughter and learn about Girl Scouts. Girls in kindergarten through 12th grade are welcome, and troops are formed based on the school of attendance and the availability of adult volunteer leadership. Training is provided for adult volunteers. For more information, contact Mag at 602-228-6551 or or visit"> for a volunteer application.


Discount admission to Wave Pool: 1 to 3 p.m., Kiwanis Recreation Center, 6111 S. All America Way, Tempe. Buy one wave pool admission and get the second one half off of equal or lesser value. To print a coupon, visit"> and click on "Special Events/Coming Events." You must bring in the printed coupon to receive the offer. (480) 350-5201, (480) 350-5050 TTY or">


5th Annual Back to School Tea Party: 3 to 5 p.m., Irish Cultural Center, 1106 N. Central Ave. Ladies, put on your fancy hats, grab your friends and favorite fellow and head to the Center. Enjoy sandwiches, desserts and other surprises. Hats optional. $10 per person. (602) 258-0109 or">


Tuesday, Aug. 26

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


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


Cub Scouts informational meeting: 7 p.m., St John Bosco multipurpose room, 16035 S. 48th St. All boys in first through fifth grades (and their families) that enjoy having fun, camping, making new friends, attending sporting events, cook outs, and more are invited to Cub Scout Pack 978's first pack meeting of the year. The meeting will also provide an opportunity for first year Cub Scouts to learn about meetings, activities and experiences boys will encounter as they make their journey to the Arrow of Light. Pack 978 has serviced Kyrene de Esperanza and the surrounding community for several years. Santiago, (480) 753-9489 or


Wednesday, Aug. 27

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.


Saturday, Aug. 30

Saturday Morning Bird Hike: 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. today (42611) , Sept. 6 (50723) and Oct. 4 (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">  under Classes and Programs. (602) 534-9857.


Tuesday, Sept. 2

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


Wednesday, Sept. 3

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.">


Think & Grow Rich In-Depth Mastermind Study Group: 7 p.m. at a private office near Elliot Road and 51st Street. Like-minded people wanted for a 10-week program with weekly meetings lasting 75 to 90 minutes. $25 for book and handouts. Limited space. Reservations: Elvire Smith, Bob Proctor Consultant, (480) 899 4474 or


Friday, Sept. 5

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">


Saturday, Sept. 6

Grandparents get in free at wave pool: 1 to 3 p.m., Kiwanis Recreation Center, 6111 S. All America Way, Tempe. In celebration of Grandparent's Day, all grandparents will be admitted to the indoor pool for free with a youth's paid admission. The pool is open from 1 to 5 p.m. (480) 350-5201, (480) 350-5050 TTY or">


Sunday, Sept. 7

Scrapbooking fundraiser: 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Phoenix Children's Hospital, Building E, Cohen Conference Room, 919 E. Thomas Road. Scrapbook all day in a fun environment. Vendors will set up starting at 10 a.m., and creative activities will be held for kids over the age of 12. Proceeds will directly support the Phoenix Children's Hospital General Pediatric Outpatient Clinic's Teen Tot Clinic. $40. Additional classes and make-and-takes will be available, and costs range from $3 to $15 per class. Donations and food sponsorship sought. Sign up at the event, or contact DeAnn Davies at (602) 546-0235.


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">, a global organization. Donations are accepted, with a portion being donated to local charity. Laurie, (480) 540-4776 or


Tuesday, Sept. 9

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


Wednesday, Sept. 10

Jewish Women International Avodah Chapter 1581 luncheon meeting: 11:30 a.m., San Marcos Resort, 1 San Marcos Place, Chandler. Reservations: Margo, (480) 895-3226 or Martha, (480) 895-9004.


Thursday, Sept. 11

Dispelling the Myths of Hospice: 4 p.m., Ahwatukee Recreation Center, 5001 E. Cheyene Drive. Information includes who pays for Hospice, why choose Hospice services and when to ask for Hospice assistance. (480) 893-2549 or">


Friday, Sept. 12

PetSmart fall adoption event: today through Sunday, 855 N. 54th St., Chandler, and 1315 W. Elliot Road, Tempe. More than 2,000 animal-welfare organizations in North America are expected to participate in PetSmart Charities' annual Fall Adoption Weekend, with the goal of placing 15,000 homeless pets with new families. Adoptions are handled by participating animal-welfare groups. Every dog and cat adopter will receive a free "Welcome to Pet Parenthood" guide, which includes information about caring for a new pet and valuable savings offers on needed supplies and services. or">


Saturday, Sept. 13

Dare to Be Bold Fashion Show: 2 to 6 p.m., Six Lounge, 7316 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale. Members of Beauty Behaviors are committed to raising awareness of domestic violence and hope to raise $10,000 for The Chrysalis Shelter for battered women at this event. Sponsors and donations needed. Registration:">


‘Yappy Hour' adoption event: 5 to 8 p.m., Dolce Luna Gelato, 4647 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 10. Presented by The Canine Connection and Dolce Luna Gelato. Maricopa County Animal Care and Control will be on site with its adoption bus filled with dogs and cats hoping to find a new home. Enjoy a gelato (dog-friendly varieties available) while listening to bedtime stories read by Pre-K teacher Mr. Harank and 8-year-old author Maren Bussey. Massages will be available for you and your canine buddy by Triquetra Therapeutic Massage. The Canine Connection will offer DNA testing so you can find out what breeds are in your mixed breed. Brilliant Sky will have animal toys and books available. Other participants include Malinda's Pampered Pets, Trader Joes, Desert Roots Farm and Desert Sawdust. or">


Tuesday, Sept. 16

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


Saturday, Sept. 20

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">


Tuesday, Sept. 23

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


Saturday, Sept. 27

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.


TukeeFest: Rockin' in the Park: 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. Rock out to 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">


Tuesday, Sept. 30

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


Saturday, Oct. 4

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 ( 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"> or contact Janet Drez at (480) 491-2210 or


Thursday, Oct. 9

Healthcare Decisions: 4 p.m., Ahwatukee Recreation Center, 5001 E. Cheyene Dr. Learn about living wills and medical powers of attorney, why they are important and when they should be completed. (480) 893-2549 or">


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"> 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"> Mags, (602) 297-3800 or


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:"> 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.


Saturday, Oct. 18

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">


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.">,">, or Andy Dzurinko (Kush Foundation) at (480) 921-9341 or


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


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


Thursday, Nov. 13

What is Dementia?: 4 p.m., Ahwatukee Recreation Center, 5001 E. Cheyene Drive. Learn about how dementia progresses and what services are available. (480) 893-2549 or">


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">, 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.

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