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Who’s first? This is a question that may get ignored as we make quick decisions, especially this time of the year. We put on the automatic pilot that often chooses others before ourselves: “Yes, I’ll drop off the kids,” “I can loan you the money,” “I’ll cover your shift at work...” Does this sound familiar? These decisions can fall into a pattern that leaves you stressed, overwhelmed and/or resentful. If you are experiencing these feelings about agreeing or going along, it may be a warning you are not making the best decision at this time.
Recovery from addiction can be complicated for many reasons, grief being one of them. Grief is not reserved for loss of life; we experience grief when experiencing major life changes including relationships with alcohol and drugs.
Gigi Veasey, LCSW, LISAC, CCBT, is executive director of Alcohol Recovery Solutions, Inc. in Ahwatukee Foothills. She has a private practice and specializes in grief and loss. Reach Veasey at (480) 496-9760 or bigsteptorecovery.com.
In today's society of rushing, multi-tasking and high stress, our communities have become less healthy and more inactive.
In today's society of rushing, multi-tasking and high stress, our communities have become less healthy and more inactive.
Are you where you want to be with your career, home life, health and relationships?
It is hard enough to find your way to the realization there is a problem with the way you use alcohol or drugs, but once you get there, there are a number of challenges that can block the road to recovery.
The holiday season has arrived and for most us, our stress levels are rising. Work and family events, school programs, shopping, cooking, out-of-town visitors and traffic all conspire to make the holiday season a challenging time of year.
Around Ahwatukee Foothills • The following classes are offered by Yoga Youphoria, 4025 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 22. Chi running March 10, from 1-5 p.m., $75. Advanced practice March 17, from 2-4 p.m., $15. For more information about any of these classes, visit www.yogayouphoria.com 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 www.the3day.org/arizona07/kristi07 or www.the3day.org/arizona07/andreamckeon. • Altadena Middle School will be holding a Scholastic book fair March 8-9 in the community room of the school's library, 14620 S. Desert Foothills Blvd. Hours are March 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 March 9 at 4 p.m. There will be raffle prizes available daily, including a cool 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 our raffle. • The next Garden Club meeting is at 7 p.m. March 12 at the Firestation at 815 N. Lindsay Road. Bill Caris, president of the Valley of the Sun Garden Club and an American Rose Society Consulting Rosarian and Rose Judge, will present a program on container gardening. For more information, call Barbara at (480) 570-0124. • 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. • 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 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 www.gameonaz.com. • 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. The times are from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. for all the above classes and they are all held 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 www.southmountaincc.edu. • 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-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. • Ahwatukee Foothills Friends and Neighbors will be holding a silent auction and luncheon March 26 at Mountain View Lutheran Church, 11002 S. 48th St. Bidding starts at 11 a.m. and lunch is at noon. People will be able to bid on gift baskets, gift cards, handmade treasures and more. Auction proceeds benefit YOPAS, a senior program in Ahwatukee. Lunch is $12 and must be prepaid to Barb at (480) 704-0727 by March 22. All ladies of the East Valley are invited. For membership information, please call Karen at (480) 759-1774. • MOMS (Moms Offering Moms Support) Club Northwest is having an open house at 9:30 a.m. March 28 at the Thunderhill Park across from Monte Vista Elementary School, 15221 S. Ray Road. The MOMS club is a support group for the mother at home looking to make friends and wanting a variety of activities for both mom and child. MOMS Club Northwest includes all resident that live within the boundaries of 32nd Street and Ray Road to Pecos Road and 24th Street. including the Thunderhill Park area to 18th Street. For more information, call Elizabeth at (480) 544-0737. • 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 www.southmountaincc.edu. 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 will 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 to fund future castle and garden rehabilitation and improvements. Those interested can register for the tours online at www.phoenix.gov/parks. Walking tours are appropriate from 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. • 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 10-11:30 a.m. March 6. The same workshop will be available March 13 from 10-11:30 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 email@example.com. • The following classes are by South Mountain Community College. For more information about any of these classes or to register, call (480) 659-3070. 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. • 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: From 12:10 to 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. From 6 to 9:30 p.m. March 22 free Oplinger Closing Argument Competition finals in Armstrong Hall Great Hall room 113. Amanda.firstname.lastname@example.org. From 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. www.law.asu.edu/symposuim07 or email@example.com. From 4 to 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. 12:15-1:15 p.m. April 4 Drew Ryce speaks on "Financing Films with Someone Else's Money - Attorney's Role" in Armstrong Hall Room 105. Free. For more information or to sign up, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, Scott.Seymann@asu.edu or call (480) 965-6181. 12:10-1 p.m. April 5 Nancy Loftin, vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of Pinnacle West Capital Corporation and Arizona Public Service speaks in Armstrong Hall Room 114. Free. For more information, contact Sandy.Askland@asu.edu or call (480) 965-6606. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 13 Free CLE: "The Law and Ethics of Brain Scanning: The Next Big Thing Coming Soon to a Courtroom Near You?" at Sandra Day O'Connor U.S. Courthouse, Special Proceedings Courtroom, 401 W. Washington St. Prominent scholars will discuss the legal, ethical and philosophical implications of brain scanning technologies and their use inc courts. For more information, visit www.law.asu.edu/brainscanning, email email@example.com or call (480) 965-6606. From 12:10 to 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. From 1 to 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. • South Mountain Community College in Laveen is offering a three-part art class, "All About Gourds." The class is offered March 7 from 6-8 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 www.southmountaincc.edu or by calling (480) 659-3070. • South Mountain Community College is holding a career expo March 7 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 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, part-time, internship 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Jim Lebo at email@example.com. • 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 www.arizonakidscount.org. • 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 touring 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. As a result, all proceeds benefit the AAUW Educational Fund to advance women's education and the San Marcos Elementary School. One-hundred percent of 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. • Flowers and art becomes 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 www.phxartmuseumleague.org. • The Chandler Marketplace, a farmer's market-style event, will be held from 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 Katie@chandlerhchamber.com. • 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. • Tickets are now on sale at www.ticketweb.com for the 19th annual Great Arizona Beer Festival to 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 that prevents them from reading printed material. The festival features more than 100 speciality and microbrewed beers, music, food, games and fun for people 21 and over. 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 www.azbeer.org. • Two ceramic art camps over spring break will be held for kids ages 7-13 old at Snedigar Recreation Center, 4500 S. Basha Road. The camps will be offered March 12-16. One will run everyday from 9-10 a.m. and the other will take place everyday from 10:30-11:30 a.m. For more information, refer to the City of Chandler's Break Time magazine or visit www.chandleraz.gov/breaktime. • The Mesa Women's Connection is hosting its "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 6-9 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 www.acteva.com/booking.cfm?bevaid=126399. 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 www.dbg.org 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 www.classiccarriages.com. • Dr. Baron Smith, adjunct professor of business and CEO/president of Key Solutions Group, Inc., will give a complimentary workshop at Ottawa University's Phoenix campus, 10020 N. 25th Ave., from 10-11:30 a.m. March 15. Open to the business community. For more information or to RSVP, contact Brian Simpson at (602) 749-5178 or firstname.lastname@example.org. • 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 www.festivalofthewest.com. 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 and 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 www.azantiqueshow.com 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 round trip from 2700 N. Central Ave. Hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call (602) 280-9221 or visit www.phxirish.org. • 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 www.festivalofthewest.com 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 any 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 www.superstitionmountain.com or www.safewaygolf.com. • 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 www.adventurebuddies.net or e-mail email@example.com. • The Arizona Association of Industries (AAI) will recognize three Arizona manufacturers at its annual Manufacturer of the Year awards dinner at the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa, 2400 E. Missouri Ave., at 5:30 p.m. March 20. 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 your tickets online www.azind.org/events.php. • 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 Schoo, 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 www.phoenix.gov/parks. • 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 azentrepreneur.com. • 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. • 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 March 21 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Fair Trade Coffee Gallery, 1020 N. 1st Ave. For more information, contact Brandy Howard at (602) 973-2212, extension 226 or visit www.makeadifference.org. • 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 www.dbg.org or call (480) 941-1225 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. • The Children's Museum of Phoenix (CMoP) presents the following tour dates for its traveling exhibit program, Museum Without Walls: 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, contact volunteer manager Kelley de Haan at (602) 253-0501 or visit www.childmusephx.org. • "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 e-mail email@example.com. • 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. • 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 www.bannerpoisoncontrol.com 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 email@example.com. All proceeds go back into the Adobe Mountain Park for improvement and maintaining the nonprofit clubs. • Beagles and their families are invited to join in the celebration at Beaglefest 2007 from noon to 4 p.m. March 25 at the Arizona Humane Society's Nina Mason Pulliam Campus for Compassion, 1521 W. Dobbins Road in Phoenix. The event is the sixth annual fundraiser. There will be contests, games, services, exhibitors, raffles and a silent auction. For more information, visit www.azhumane.org, www.azbeaglerrescue.com or call (623) 977-1355. • 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 @makealeader.net. • 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 www.healingroomsaz.com 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 www.tempemusicfestival.com 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 www.ls-hf.org. Entry fee is $20 and all proceeds benefit Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation. •Teen Trend Magazine and Not My Kid, Inc., have joined forces to present the 2007 Prom Showcase Finale at Monterra at WestWorld, 16601 Pima Road, in Scottsdale March 1 from 1-5 p.m. Not My Kid, Inc., is dedicated to facilitating improved understanding about youth behavioral health issues including suicide, drug abuse, eating disorders and depression. Tickets can be purchase through the Teen Trend Magazine Web site at www.teentrendmagazine.com, where you are also able to make a separate donation for this cause in case you are not able to attend the event. Individual tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. For a family up to five people. a group ticket is available for $100 in advance or $125 at the door. For more information, call (888) 249-9341 ext. 104. • 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 www.rotaryriverrally.com 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 www.mda.org. • 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 www.jazzinaz.org 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 www.meetingsmarket.com/PDFs/registration/2007/attendeeregistrationform.pdf. 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 www.americasfamilyexpo.com or call (866) 238-8600. Out of Town • The following are outdoor activities and hikes by Sacred Land Tours. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call (480) 277-1924 or visit www.sacredlandtours.com. These activities are intended for adults of all ages, singles and married (no children) who are in excellent health. March 11 Sedona scenic tour and hike. $145 roundtrip from Phoenix, includes transportation, lunch and guided hike. March 18 and April 15 White Water Rafting on the Salt River. $179 roundtrip. per person includes transportation, full day rafting, hot lunch. March 25 at 2 p.m. hike around Saguaro lake, a three to five hour hike. $10 per person. April 20-22 scenic tour of Mounument Valley and Lake Powell leaving Phoenix April 20 at 7:30 a.m. $449 including two nights hotel accommodations, roundtrip transportation from Phoenix, Jeep tour with Navajo guide, Navajo dinner, three-hour boat tour on Lake Powell. April 28 Sedona Vortex and medicine wheel tour for the spiritually oriented. $145 per person, includes roundtrip transportation from Phoenix, Sedona guide full day, entrance fees. Health and Support • Daughters Without Mothers Support Group, Changing Hands Bookstore, 6428 S. McClintock Drive, Tempe, 1-2:30 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of every month. Sponsored by Hospice of the Valley for women who have lost their mothers at any time during their life. All are welcome. Jacqui, (480) 491-0546 or Hospice of the Valley, (602) 530-6970 or 6971. • Hospice of the Valley offers a Grief Support Group from 1-2:30 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of every month at Sun Lakes Health Center, 10440 E. Riggs Road, Community Room, Sun Lakes. Drop-in, no registration required. (602) 636-5390. • East Valley Positive Parenting (EVPP), a nonprofit, educational-based moms' group, meets 9:15-11:15 a.m. the first and third Wednesdays of every month at Desert Cross Lutheran Church, 8600 S. McClintock Drive, Tempe. Parenting classes are taught by highly qualified instructors. Infant and Pre-K topics include potty training, discipline and nutrition. Playgroups and special activities held alternate Wednesdays. Drop-in childcare available. First class is free. Join anytime. Dawn, (602) 769-9207 or www.evpp.net. • The Alzheimer's Association, Desert Southwest Chapter, Central Arizona Region, 1028 E. McDowell Road, will hold a class on Understanding Alzheimer's Disease - An Orientation from noon to 2 p.m. the third Thursday of every month. Classes are held the third Thursday of each month. Free. Pre-registration: (602) 528-0545. • Desert Sky Mothers of Multiples, 7 p.m. the third Thursday of every month. Arizona Community Church, 9325 S. Rural Road, Tempe. (480) 871-8441. • A free walking group, for race-walkers and beginners ages 50 and above, meets at 8 a.m. on the third Friday of every month at the Arizona Senior Olympics office at 2705 N. 15th Ave. To sign up, call (602) 261-8765. www.seniorgames.org or (602) 534-3500. • Twinless Twin Support Group International, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. the third Saturday of every month, 1112 W. Camelback Road. Family and friends welcome. Bring pictures of your twin if you have them. Lunch: $5; contact Dorothy Mullen, (602) 944-6129 or e-mail email@example.com for reservations. For information on TTSGI, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. • Hospice of the Valley offers a grief support group from 9-10:30 a.m. the second and fourth Monday of every month at Superstition Mental Health Center, 1784 W. Superstition Blvd., Apache Junction. Drop-in, no registration required. (602) 636-5390. • Support group for adoptive families, 6:30 p.m. the fourth Monday of every month, Desert Palm United Church of Christ, 1230 E. Guadalupe Road, Tempe, led by Holly Mull. Focuses on mutual support and the sharing of ideas, information, resources and experiences. Childcare provided. RSVP: (480) 345-9555. • Epilepsy Foundation parent support group, 7 p.m. the last Wednesday of every month, Phoenix Children's Hospital, 1919 E. Thomas Road, Neuroscience Conference Room, Building B, fourth floor. (602) 406-3581. • Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, 2140 E. Broadway Road, Tempe, offers "The Doctor Is In" series 7-9 p.m. on the last Wednesday of every month. Free, refreshments. Salina, (480) 858-9100, ext. 222. • Neurological Support Group, sponsored by Muhammed Ali Research Center, 2-3:30 p.m. the last Tuesday of every month, Solera Del Webb Community, 6360 S. Mountain Blvd., Chandler. Refreshments served. (480) 803-6996. • MOMs Club of Ahwatukee-North meets monthly at 8:30 a.m. the first Wednesday of every month at Ahwatukee Foothills Medical Center, 4545 E. Chandler Blvd. Kelly, (602) 400-4807 or email@example.com. • Parents for Responsible Sex Education, a volunteer group of Planned Parenthood of Central and Northern Arizona, 6-7:30 p.m. the first Thursday of every month, Planned Parenthood, 5651 N. Seventh St. Erin, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.ppaction.org/campaign/p4rlrt_2005. • MOMs Club of Ahwatukee-East, a support group for stay-at-home moms who live west of Interstate 10, south of Chandler Boulevard, east of 32nd Street and north of Pecos Road, will meet at 10 a.m. the first Friday of every month at Esperanza Lutheran Church, 2601 E. Thunderhill Place. Sarah, (480) 657-8668, email@example.com or ahwatukeeeast.org. • Pet Grief Support Service meeting, sponsored by the Companion Animal Association of Arizona and conducted by a professional counselor, 9-10:30 a.m. the first Saturday of every month, Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix. (602) 995-5885. • Mountain Park Community Church offers free Christ-centered yoga classes that are open to the public. Intermediate flow 1-2 class is Mondays from 6-7 p.m., beginner/intermediate flow 1 class is Thursdays from 6-7 p.m. and a beginner gentle class is Saturdays 9-10 a.m. The church is located at 2408 E. Pecos Road. Hionlife5@aol.com. • National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, "NAMI S.E. Valley of the Sun," support group for Southeast Valley friends and family of the mentally ill, 7-9 p.m. the first and third Mondays of every month, Value Options conference room A-208, 1930 S. Alma School Road, Mesa. Lois, (480) 946-1660 or Mary, (480) 895-2513. • Congregation Har Zion, 6140 E. Thunderbird Road in Scottsdale, has formed a support group for parents and families of children struggling with alcohol and drug addictions. Confidentiality and anonymity are assured. Meets second Wednesdays of every month, 7-8:30 p.m. Ellen, (480) 991-0720. • Stroke Support Group for patients and their families, 2:30-4 p.m. the second Thursday of every month, Chandler Regional Hospital, 475 S. Dobson Road, Chandler. Leti, (480) 728-3828. • The Compassionate Friends, 7 p.m. the second Thursday of every month, College View Baptist Church, 1810 S. Longmore, Mesa. Non-denominational, self-help support organization for families that have experienced the death of a child at any age, from any cause. www.tcfphoenix.org or (480) 659-7575. • Crohn's and Colitis Support Group, 7 p.m. the second Thursday of every month, Mesquite Room at Banner Desert Medical Center, 1400 S. Dobson Road, Mesa. All are welcome. Janice, (480) 288-4312 after 5 p.m. or www.ccfa.org/chapters/southwest/#groups. • Amputee Support Group, 10 a.m. the second Friday of every month, Greenbrier Room at Oakwood Clubhouse, 24215 S. Oakwood Blvd., Sun Lakes. Amputees with family members and friends welcome. Guest speaker will be Laurie Lamb from APRIA Health Care. Beverly, (480) 895-4166. • Bosom Buddies, a breast cancer support group, will meet from 10 a.m.-noon the second Saturday of every month in the conference room at the Ahwatukee Foothills Family YMCA, 1030 E. Liberty Lane. Patti, (480) 893-8900 or Cele, (480) 330-4301. • Prostate Cancer Support Group, 7-9 p.m. the third Monday of every month, Navajo Room of Sun Lakes One Country Club, 25601 N. Sun Lakes Blvd., Sun Lakes. (480) 821-7327. • Spiritually Based Cancer Support Group, 7 p.m. the third Monday of every month, Mountain View Lutheran Church, 11002 S. 48th St. (480) 961-9918. • Epilepsy Foundation of Arizona East Valley Parent Support Group, 7 p.m. the third Monday of every month, Palo Verde Room, Banner Desert Medical Center, 1400 S. Dobson Road, Mesa. (602) 406-3581. • Reaching Out Breast Cancer Support Group, 6:30-8:30 p.m. the second Monday of every month, Ahwatukee Foothills Health Center, 4545 E. Chandler Blvd. (480) 917-1655. • Grief Support Group, 7-8:30 p.m. the second Monday of every month. Epiphany Lutheran Church, 800 W. Ray Road, Chandler. Facilitated by Diana Cunningham, director of grief education and bereavement services with RTA Hospice. Reservations: Rachel, (480) 963-6105, ext. 204. Banner Desert Medical Center will launch the new Hope and Healing support group for women diagnosed with any gynecologic cancer 7-8:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month in the hospital's Radiation Oncology Department, 1400 S. Dobson Road, Mesa. Facilitated by Patricia DeBruhl, oncology counselor. (480) 512-5578. • Alzheimer's Association Information and Support Group, 10 a.m. the first Saturday of every month, Mountain View Lutheran Church, Room 8, 11002 S. 48th St.; 3:30 p.m. Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 3550 E. Knox Road. 1-(800) 272-3900. • The Wellness Community of Central Arizona provides free professional educational and support programs for people with cancer and their loved ones. Newcomer orientations introducing and providing background on the free programs offered are held at 6 p.m. Mondays and 10 a.m. Wednesdays at 360 E. Palm Lane. www.thewellnesscommunity.org, www.twccaz.org or (602) 712-1006. • Board Certified Therapist Adele Tartaglia offers a "Stop Sabotaging Your Life" events at 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Come talk about your issues. Location, RSVP: (480) 706-8137, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.tools2changeyourlife.com. • Gee Wigz/fittings by Nickie, 4025 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 5, hosts an uplifting support experience from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays for those going through or having gone through chemo/radiation treatment. Share your stories, experience and knowledge while making friends, helping friends and being a friend. Enjoy the techniques for stress reduction and pain management shared by Carol-Ann Henritze, a clinical hypnotherapist who has worked with oncology patients for the past five years. (480) 759-9433. • Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 739 W. Erie St., Chandler, hosts non-denominational support classes to those grieving over death or divorce. GriefShare meets at 6:30 p.m. Mondays. DivorceCare and DivorceCare for Kids meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays. (480) 963-4127. • Ahwatukee Psychological Services offers free screening for preschool and kindergarten readiness and Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD). Appointments: (480) 275-2249. • Grief Share, a special help seminar and support group for people experiencing grief and loss, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays, Mountain Park Community Church, 2408 E. Pecos Road. Nationally recognized experts on grief and recovery topics will speak on "When Your Dreams Fall Apart," "The Seasons of Grief," "Emotions of Grief" and "Growing Through Grief." (480) 759-6200. • Moms In Touch International is a Christian prayer organization that meets weekly (some bi-weekly) to pray for students, teachers and schools. Kyrene de los Cerritos Elementary School, (480) 460-1964; Kyrene de la Colina Elementary School, (480) 598-8616; Kyrene de la Esperanza Elementary School, (480) 706-8443; Kyrene de la Estrella Elementary School, (480) 706-2776; Kyrene de los Lagos Elementary School, (480) 759-1084; Kyrene de las Lomas Elementary School, (480) 598-0444; Kyrene del Milenio Elementary School, (480) 704-1419; Kyrene Monte Vista Elementary School, (480) 759-0745; Kyrene de la Sierra Elementary School, (480) 759-1084; Kyrene Akimel A-al Middle School, (480) 704-1419; Kyrene Altadena Middle School, (480) 706-8895; Kyrene Centennial Middle School, (480) 598-8616; Desert Vista High School, (480) 759-1084; Horizon Community Learning Center, (480) 730-5603; Mountain Pointe High School, (480) 598-8616; Mountain Pointe/Centennial Evening Group, (480) 785-4885; Valley Christian High School, (480) 893-3089; St. John Bosco, (480) 460-8685; College Group, (480) 283-9995; Homeschool Group, (480) 759-5162. For information or to start a group, call (480) 759-1084, (480) 598-8616 or visit www.momsintouch.org. • Gamblers Anonymous, 7:30 p.m. Sundays, Mountain View Lutheran Church, 11002 S. 48th St. (480) 893-2729 or (480) 598-1226. • AARP Grief and Loss Programs Widowed Persons Support Group (WPS) helps newly widowed persons recover from the trauma of a spouse's death and rebuild successful lives. Group meets from 2-4 p.m. Sundays at Mountain View Lutheran Church, 11002 S. 48th St. Group limited to widows/widowers of all ages. Other WPS activities are open to the public, single or married, at 5 p.m. Wednesdays, "out to dinner" (various locations), noon-3:30 p.m. Thursdays, game day/brown-bag lunch followed by bridge/pinochle/dominoes; 10 a.m.-noon second Saturday monthly, general meeting with guest speakers. All groups are non-denominational. Arelene, (480) 893-1661. • Ahwatukee Al-Anon, 8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at Ahwatukee Community Center, 4700 E. Warner Road. (480) 496-4535. • Overeaters Anonymous, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesdays, St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church, 3450 W. Ray Road, Room C, Chandler. Childcare provided. Francene (480) 839-2968 or Cynthia (480) 704-7233. • TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Country Inn & Suites, Country Club Room, 1660 W. Elliot Road, Tempe. Nancy, (480) 802-2794 or Terri, (480) 893-6742. • Christ-based Recovery Groups are meetings not just for people with addictions. Men's 12-step, 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays; Women's 12-step, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays. Mountain Park Community Church, 2408 E. Pecos Road. Free. (480) 759-6200. • Cancer Support Group, 2-3:30 p.m. Thursdays, East Valley Regional Cancer Center, 1875 W. Frye Road, Chandler. (480) 917-1655. Clubs • Southeast Valley Business and Professional Women's Organization, the fourth Thursday of every month, Garcia's, 2394 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Networking begins at 6 p.m., program at 6:30 p.m. Guests welcome ($15). Reservations: Rose, (480) 802-0775. • Arizona Buckeye Ohio Club, 9:30 a.m. the fourth Saturday of every month, Home Town Buffet, 1501 W. Bethany Home Road. All Ohioans and friends are invited to luncheon and meeting. (480 802-0868 or (602) 274-8536. • Central Arizona Cactus & Succulent Society, 2 p.m. the last Sunday of every month, Webster Auditorium at the Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway. Free. Judy, (480) 481-8129. • Changing Hands Bookstore, 6428 S. McClintock Drive, Tempe, offers a new book group, Community Talking About Books, featuring a different community leader at 7 p.m. on the last Monday of every month to discuss a favorite book. (480) 730-0205. • Mothers & More, Ahwatukee/East Valley chapter, 7-9 p.m. the first and third Mondays of every month, room C-1, Arizona Community Church, 9325 S. Rural Road, Tempe. The national mothers group provides social activities for moms and group activities for children. All kinds of moms welcome. Elizabeth, (480) 940-0528; email@example.com or www.azmothersandmore.com. • Creative Writers Critique Group seeks new members and meets at 6:30 p.m. first and third Mondays at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 4847 E. Ray Road. Barry, (480) 893-6109. • The bilingual La Voz de Oro Toastmasters Club will host an open house at 7 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of every month in the second floor conference room, Good Samaritan Rehabilitation Center, 1012 E. Willetta St. Learn about the Mexican holiday, Dia de los Muertos and how to improve bilingual speaking skills. Meets 7-8:30 p.m. first and third Wednesdays. www.lavozdeoro.org or Mary, (480) 610-7842. • Prime Time Jewish Singles, ages 40-65, 10:30 a.m. first Sunday of every month for breakfast at Chompie's, 1160 E. University Drive, Tempe. Linda, (480) 777-9361. • Sun Lakes Lions Club, 7 p.m. the first and third Thursdays of every month, Sun Lakes Clubhouse, Arizona Room, 25601 N. Sun Lakes Blvd. (480) 802-7757. • East Valley Entrepreneurial Mothers Association, 6:30-9 p.m. the first Monday of every month, Prime Suites Hotel, 7475 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler. Cost: $22 members with reservation, $25 non-members and walk-ins. RSVP: Deb, (602) 920-8470 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Information: www.emausa.org. • East Valley Friends and Neighbors (EVFAN) Club holds a get-acquainted coffee and short meeting at 9:30 a.m. on the first Wednesday of every month. Enjoy book discussions, bowling, cards, computer lessons, games, genealogy, golf, eating out, needlework, trips, tours and more. Community members invited. (480) 396-3629 or (480) 832-1371. • Fiction Readers Book Group, 7:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of every month, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 4847 E. Ray Road. Free. (480) 940-7136. • The Women's Exchange of Ahwatukee, the first Wednesday of every month, Ironwood Branch Library, 4333 E. Chandler Blvd. 6:30 p.m. meet and greet, 7 p.m. meeting. Women 18 to 108 are invited to connect with other women, make new friends, learn new things, listen to speakers and explore new possibilities. $5. RSVP: Sherry, (602) 273-6891. • East Valley Chapter of the Family History Society of Arizona, the first Wednesday of every month, Fellowship Square, Building B, 6945 E. Main St., Mesa. Beginner's class at 6 p.m., program at 7 p.m. (480) 325-3173. • Chandler Regional Hospital Foundation FounderCircle, 6-8 p.m. the first Thursday of every month, various locations. Guests and new members welcome. (602) 930-8098 or (480) 917-1685. • Southeast Valley Women's Club, the first Thursday of every month. If you're interested in meeting new friends; playing bunco, canasta or dominoes; or joining friends for breakfast or lunch and a movie, call Nancy at (480) 350-7122. • Arizona Herb Association, 7-9 p.m. the first Thursday of every month, Maricopa County Cooperative Extension, 4341 E. Broadway Road. (602) 470-8086, ext. 830 or www.azherb.org. • Mathew B. Juan Unit 35, American Legion Auxiliary, 7:30 p.m. the first Thursday of every month, American Legion Post Home, 2240 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler. (480) 821-0002 or (480) 963-1843. • Ahwatukee Foothills Lions Club, noon first and third Wednesdays of every month, Best Western Grace Inn at Ahwatukee, 10831 S. 51st St. Gene, (480) 893-2525. • East Valley Jewish Networking Association, 7 a.m. the first and third Wednesdays of every month. Chompie's Restaurant, 1160 E. University Drive, Tempe. Jewish business professionals networking through referrals. One person per profession. $125 per quarter, includes breakfast. First visit complimentary. Agnes, (602) 405-6320. • Legislative District 20 Democrats, 7 p.m. the second Monday of every month, Fire Station 43, 4110 E. Chandler Blvd. Mike, (480) 759-2265 or email@example.com. • Tempe Chapter of the Family History Society of Arizona, also serving Ahwatukee Foothills and Chandler, 7 p.m. the second Monday of every month, Pyle Adult Recreation Center, 655 E. Southern Ave., Tempe. 6:15 p.m. lesson: Searching census records 1850-1930. (480) 705-0927. • East Valley Chapter of American Business Women's Association (ABWA), the second Monday of every month, Sheraton Mesa Hotel and Convention Center, 200 N. Centennial Way, Mesa. Networking begins at 6 p.m., meeting at 6:30 followed by dinner. $15. Reservations: (480) 964-1603. • Friends of the Library, Ironwood Chapter, 7 p.m. the second Monday of every month at the Ironwood Branch Library, 4333 E. Chandler Blvd. (602) 534-1900. • East Valley Gardeners' Club, 7 p.m. the second Monday of every month, Fire Station 6, 815 N. Lindsay Road, Mesa. Visitors welcome. Barbara, (480) 570-0124 or www.geocities.com/azgardener. • Sun Lakes Democratic Club, 7 p.m. the second Monday of every month, Navajo Room, Sun Lakes Country Club 1, 25601 N. Sun Lakes Blvd. Refreshments. (480) 895-1378. • Business & Professional Women-Superstition Unit, the second Tuesday of every month, San Marcos Resort & Conference Center, 1 San Marcos Place, Chandler. Networking begins at 6 p.m. followed by the meeting, dinner and program. $20. Reservations: Tressa, (480) 940-1109. • Main Street Mavericks, art quilt chapter of Arizona Quilters Guild, 7 p.m. the third Wednesday of every month, Hatton Hall, 634 S. Myrtle Ave., Tempe. (480) 496-6169. • Gov. George W.P. Hunt Chapter of NSDAR, 10:30 a.m. the third Thursday of every month. Ranch House Restaurant, 2155 S. Dobson Road, Mesa. Lunch served at noon. Guests welcome. Reservations: Anne, (480) 964-9007. Information: Pat, (480) 759-2304. • Arizona Quilter's Guild, 7-9 p.m. the third Thursday of every month, Desert Foothills United Methodist Church, 2156 E. Liberty Lane. Free, snacks served. Ken, (480) 759-6069. • Black Family Genealogy and History Society, noon-2 p.m., third Saturday of every month, Roosevelt Technology Center, 6029 S. Seventh St. Everyone welcome. Henrietta, (480) 854-2504 or Mary (480) 883-0409. • No Kidding!, a social club for couples and singles who have never had children, meets the third Saturday of every month at rotating locations. Activities include happy hours, comedy clubs, dinners, bowling, horseback riding and more. www.geocities.com/nokiddingphoenix or firstname.lastname@example.org. • Jewish Women International Avodah Chapter 1581 luncheon, 11:30 a.m. the second Wednesday of every month, Black Angus Steakhouse, 2770 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler. Reservations: Lola, (480) 802-3938. • American Business Women's Association Foothills Chapter, 6 p.m. the second Wednesday of every month, Park Plaza Hotel, 7475 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler. Sharon, (480) 883-5687. • East Valley Entrepreneurs, 9 a.m. the second Friday of every month, First Congregational Church of Tempe, 101 E. Sixth St. (480) 967-8749. • Pennsylvania Club, 10 a.m. the second Saturday of every month, L.J.'s Pizza, 1038 E. Main St., Mesa. Lunch will follow. Current and former residents invited. (480) 834-9167 or (480) 832-5755. • Phoenix Friends of Old Time Music, the second Saturday of every month, Kenilworth School, 1210 N. Fifth Ave. Enjoy contra dancing, a type of New England barn dancing that uses a live band and a caller (similar to square dancing). Lesson 7 p.m., band 7:30-10:30 p.m. No partner needed; find one there. $6 members, $8 non-members. (480) 759-2382. • Jewish War Veterans & Auxiliary Ladies of Red Mountain Post 128, noon the third Sunday of every month, American Legion Hall, 2240 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler. (480) 460-8808 or (480) 899-4206. • National Association of Retired Federal Employees (NARFE), Chapter 1505, 11 a.m. the third Monday of every month, Shalimar Country Club, 2032 E. Golf Ave., Tempe. Cost: $10.50 per person. Reservations: (480) 964-3101. • Southeast Valley Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of every month, San Tan Ballroom in Cottonwood, 25630 Brentwood Drive, Sun Lakes. Kathy Schwarz from the League of Women Voters will speak on the November ballot initiatives. Guests welcome. Judi, (480) 895-6129. • Shalom Chapter of Hadassah will meet at 1 p.m. the third Tuesday of every month at the Oakwood Golf Club, 24218 S. Oakwood Blvd. in Sun Lakes. (480) 802-9455. • Chat, Chew & Chocolate, 6-9 p.m. the third Wednesday of every month, Coffee Plantation, 4740 E. Warner Road. Women connect for fun, inspiration and friendship. Life Coach Tiffany Weis will speak on making good choices. $20 or two for $37. Space is limited. Register in advance at www.chatchewandchocolate.com or call Liz at (623) 505-5300, ext. 3. • Gray Hair Management (created to help senior executives with career changes), 7-9 a.m. the third Wednesday of every month, Hampton Inn, 16220 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Registration: $18 in advance at www.grayhairmanagement.com/event.asp or $25 at the door. Each event includes a breakfast buffet and networking rounds. Richard, (480) 575-2705. • Valley Brain Exchange, 6:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of every month. Tempe. Come together with a group of people to brainstorm solutions to personal and professional questions. Nancy, email@example.com, (480) 940-4562 or www.BrainExchange.com. • Desert Sleuths Chapter of Sisters in Crime, 7 p.m. the third Wednesday of every month Cafe Carumba, 7303 E. Indian School Road, Scottsdale. Psychologist and writer Karen Peterson will speak on overcoming writer's block. angelfire.com/az2.sinc or (602) 485-4640. • Baby boomers that would like to join a new social club are needed. Those born between 1946 and 1964 who want to explore the Valley, have social get-togethers, organize short road trips, fit in a picnic, concert or dance and make new friends are invited to send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. • Success Dynamics Performance Group, Chandler Chamber of Commerce chapter, 7:30-8:30 a.m. Mondays, Perkins Restaurant, 2041 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. Brenda, (480) 345-7511. • 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 email@example.com. • Ahwatukee Toastmasters, 7:10 a.m. Tuesdays, Community Room, Ahwatukee Foothills Medical Center, 4545 E. Chandler Blvd. Andy Neal, (602) 510-5797. • Leads Club, Chandler Chapter, 7:15 a.m. Tuesdays, Mimi's Cafe, 2800 W. Chandler Blvd. Bill, (480) 288-8660 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. • Kiwanis Club of Ahwatukee, 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sonoma Rotisserie & More, 1285 W. Elliot Road, Tempe. (480) 330-4496 or (602) 402-6267. • The Choralaires of Phoenix Men's Chorus performs a variety of traditional, contemporary, show tunes, patriotic and/or classical tunes and meets at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at Orangewood Presbyterian Church, 7321 N. 10th St. Ted, (602) 971-4014 or Fred, (602) 789-8825. • Ahwatukee Foothills Networking Group, 7:15-8:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Mimi's Cafe, 4901 E. Ray Road. Kristi Williams, (480) 820-7676. • Ahwatukee Foothills Rotary Club, 6:15 p.m. Tuesdays, Best Western Grace Inn at Ahwatukee, 10831 S. 51st St. (480) 893-3000 or www.ahwatukeefoothillsrotary.org. • Chandler West Rotary Club, 6:15 p.m. Tuesdays, Park Plaza Hotel, 7475 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler. (480) 720-2200. • Chandler Mustangs Young Marines unit, 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays, Chandler National Guard Armory at the end of South Cooper Road near the Chandler airport. (480) 897-8835. • Business Network International Foothill Power Alliance, 7:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Mimi's Cafe, 4901 E. Ray Road. New visitors welcome. (602) 614-7477. • BusinessAmbassadors.com, 8-9 a.m. Wednesdays, Sonoran Coffee Company, 1100 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. The group offers member businesses opportunities to gain ongoing exposure for their businesses through networking events, the Web site and the Monthly Business Review newspaper. Coffee provided. Free for members, $5 non-members. Janet, (480) 776-7761 or email@example.com. • Arizona Business Circle, 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Havana Cafe, 4232 E. Chandler Blvd. Business professionals exchange referrals to help each other build business. Cindy, (602) 332-6270. • Chandler Ocotillo Rotary Club, 11:45 a.m. Wednesdays, Ocotillo Golf Resort, 3751 Clubhouse Drive, Chandler. Malcolm, (602) 402-2904 or firstname.lastname@example.org. • Class Act Toastmasters, noon-1 p.m. Wednesdays, University of Phoenix, 4635 E. Elwood St., Room 112, Phoenix. Alan Southergill, (602) 387-6499. • Tempe/Chandler Small Business Networking Group, 11:30 a.m. Thursdays, Denny's, 4403 S. Rural Road, Tempe. No fee. (480) 777-9045. • Speaking First Toastmasters, 6:15 p.m. Thursdays, Direct Alliance Corp., 8123 S. Hardy Drive, Tempe. (480) 854-1352. • Lamplighter's (Men's) Barbershop Chorus, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Thursdays, New Hope Community Church, 1380 E. Guadalupe Road, Gilbert. (480) 615-SING (7464) or visit www.mesalamplighters.org. • Power Networking, Chandler Chapter, meets at noon Fridays, King Buffet, 2994 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. (623) 521-4643 or www.powernetworkingworks.com.