Tuesday, Aug. 26

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


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 kiddonsant@qwest.net.


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.


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.


‘Back-to-school' synchronized swim clinics: 5 to 6:30 p.m. today and Sept. 4, Folley Pool, 600 E. Fairview St., Chandler. Offered by Chandler Synchrocats and the city of Chandler Aquatics Program. Swimmers ages 8 to 12 will have an opportunity to experience the sport of synchronized swimming in a one-session program. $3 registration fee, $8 instructor fee (paid at time of class). Register online with Chandler Parks and Recreation, class code 2025, at www.chandleraz.gov. Badge and patch opportunities are available for Girl Scout troops. Sign-up and information for the new swim season will begin at 8 a.m. Sept. 13 at Folley Pool. The Chandler Synchrocats is a nonprofit, year-round synchronized swim team. DeAnna, (480) 232-9442, or www.chandlersynchrocats.com.


Thursday, Aug. 28

Cub Scout Pack 78's first meeting of the year: 7 p.m., Monte Vista Elementary School multipurpose room, 15221 S. Ray Road. Boys who attend Monte Vista or Estrella elementary schools and are in grades 1 through 5 are invited to attend for lots of fun activities and a chance to learn more about scouting. Jeny, (480) 704-0537.


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 www.phoenix.gov/PARKS  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. www.ahwatukeeccc.com.


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 tagr@elviresmith.com.


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 www.ahwatukeemoms.com/east.


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 www.tempe.gov/kiwanis.


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 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.


Monday, Sept. 8

Emergency preparedness workshop for people with disabilities: 10 a.m. to noon, ABIL (Arizona Bridge to Independent Living) 24th Street Office, 2345 E. Thomas Road, Suite 290. Robert Malone will give tips to make it easy to implement a plan. RSVP required to David Carey at (602) 443-0723.


EMA (Entrepreneurial Mothers Association) dinner and discussion: 6:30 to 9 p.m., 7475 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler. Susan Brooks of Cookies From Home will share her service enthusiasm principles and challenges to help in serving customers better. She will bring her famous cookies as samples as well as copies of her book, Serves You Right! $22 for members and guests - $25 for late RSVP or at the door. Reservations due by Sept. 4 to Julie at (602) 679 7653 or JulieWatsonRealtor@cox.net.


Tuesday, Sept. 9

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


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


Wednesday, Sept. 10

Greater Phoenix SCORE seminar on marketing goods and services: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Western International University, 9215 N. Black Canyon Highway, Room 208. Topics: identifying your primary customer, analyzing the competition, choosing an advertising medium and completion of an action-oriented plan. This seminar is part of a four-part Small Business Survival series which include the topics of Business Plans, Cash Flow, Accounting and Record Keeping and Financial Survival. $40, or $105 for all four seminars. Registration: (602) 745-7250 or www.scorephoenix.org.


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.


Free seminars for first-time homebuyers and those interested in becoming homeowners again: 7 p.m. today and 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 www.eksells.com. The presentation will be approximately 30 minutes, followed by time for questions. eksells@kw.com or (480) 706-7226.


Small business taxes seminar: 7 to 9 p.m., Maricopa Community College Education, Downtown Center, 145 N. Centennial Way, Room 47639, Mesa. Sponsored by Greater Phoenix SCORE. Designed for the small business owner and independent contractors who have special needs in their tax strategy. $25. Registration: (602) 745-7250 or www.scorephoenix.org.


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 www.arcaz.net.


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. www.PetSmart.com or www.PetSmartCharities.org.


Saturday, Sept. 13

Officers Assistance Fund "Wings of Hope" Celebrity Golf Tournament: 7 a.m. shotgun start, Augusta Ranch Golf Club, 2401 S. Lansing, Mesa. The Mesa Police Association established the Officer Assistance Fund to assist police officers injured or killed and their families. (480) 354-1234.


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: www.beautybehaviors.com.


‘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. Dolce Luna will serve gourmet desserts, including authentic hand-made German pastries and a gelato especially for dogs. Andrew Harank, pre-K teacher from Horizon Community Learning Center, and 8-year old author Maren Bussey will read "bedtime" stories, and Billy, a local musician, will be play acoustic guitar and sing. Local photographer Rachel Jake will take photographs of people and their pets. "Couples massages" will be available for people and their pooches from Triquetra Therapeutic Massage. DNA tests will also be offered for people with mixed-breed dogs to determine "Who's their daddy?" stefanie@azcanineconnection.com or www.azcanineconnection.com.


Tuesday, Sept. 16

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


Wednesday, Sept. 17

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.


Thursday, Sept. 18

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.


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 www.Shows.OurHouseAntiques.com.


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.


Tuesday, Sept. 23

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


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.


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. phoenix.gov/parks/npld.html


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.


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.


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.


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 (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.


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 www.arcaz.net.


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.


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 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.


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.


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 www.arcaz.net.


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.

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