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9 Days Calendar, week of August 8, 2014

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Friday 8

LEGO/DUPLO Play Day

The Buckeye Public Library hosts a LEGO/DUPLO play day from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Fridays at 310 N. Sixth St., Buckeye. For information, call 623-349-6300.

Community Bingo

The Rotary Club of Buckeye sponsors Community Bingo at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m.; cost is $21 per person for all 18 games (paper). And the Goodyear White Tanks Rotary Club sponsors late night Community Bingo at 10:30 p.m. Doors open at 9:45 p.m.; cost is $14 per person for all 14 games (paper). Bingo is at 3690 S. Estrella Parkway, Suite 108, Goodyear. Daubers and Power Bingo King electronics are available. Proceeds raised will benefit local charities. For information, call 623-512-8878.

Alzheimer's workshop

The Alzheimer’s Association is hosting a free workshop on understanding mild cognitive impairment from 9 to 10 a.m. at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, 918 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear.

Cell phone awareness training

The Southwest Family Advocacy Center is hosting a free training on cell phone awareness from 11 a.m. to noon at the Care1st Avondale Resource & Housing Center, 328 W. Western Ave., Avondale. The training will cover how to protect youths’ private information on cell phones, how to recognize hidden apps and signs of danger, how to protect children from exploitation and abuse and the dangers of exposure to exploitative material. To register, call 623-333-2703.

Family Moonlight Hike

A Family Moonlight Hike is set for 7:30 p.m. at White Tank Mountain Regional Park in Waddell. Hikers will watch the moon rise and experience the desert at night. No dogs allowed. Take a flashlight and scorpion light and wear closed-toe shoes. Meet at Area 6. To get to the park, take Olive Avenue about four miles west of Loop 303. Entry fee is $6 per vehicle. For information, call 623-935-2505 or visit www.maricopa.gov/parks.

Saturday 9

Frozen’ open house

The Primrose School at Palm Valley will host a “Frozen” themed open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 14260 W. Indian School Road, Goodyear. The event is free and open to the public. There will be a chance to meet characters from Frozen, make crafts and sing songs. For information, call 623-535-1900.

Avondale community garden open house

The Garden Patch Community Garden hosts an open house from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. the second Saturday of the month. The garden is on the east side of the Civic Center Library, 11350 W. Civic Center Drive, Avondale. Garden plots are available for rent. For information, visit gardenpatchcommunitygarden.com.

Buckeye Bookmobile on the move

The Buckeye Bookmobile will visit Verrado from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Buena Vista from 2 to 4 p.m.

Community Bingo

The Rotary Club of Buckeye sponsors Community Bingo at 6:30 p.m. every Saturday at 3690 S. Estrella Parkway, Suite 108, Goodyear. Doors open at 5 p.m.; cost is $21 per person for all 18 games (paper). Daubers and Power Bingo King electronics are available. Proceeds raised will benefit local charities. For information, call 623-512-8878.

Adults-Only Moonlight Hike

An Adults-Only Moonlight Hike is set for 7:30 p.m. at White Tank Mountain Regional Park in Waddell. Hikers will watch the moon rise and experience the desert at night. No dogs or anyone younger than 16 allowed. Take a flashlight and scorpion light and wear closed-toe shoes. Meet in Area 6. To get to the park, take Olive Avenue about four miles west of Loop 303. Entry fee is $6 per vehicle. For information, call 623-935-2505 or visit www.maricopa.gov/parks.

Sunday 10

Group meditation class

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 400 S. Old Litchfield Road, Litchfield Park, hosts a group meditation class from 5 to 6 p.m Sundays. The class is designed for those desiring to learn meditation or deepen their practice. All faiths are welcome. For information, call the Rev. Gae Chalker at 623-935-3279 or visit stpetersaz.com.

Bingo

Buckeye American Legion Post 53 hosts bingo games starting at 1 p.m. every Sunday at 402 E. Naramore Ave., Buckeye. There are four special games and one $200 progressive jackpot. Last game is winner take all. The cost is $14 for all games. For information, call 623-327-0227.

Community Bingo

The Goodyear White Tanks Rotary Club sponsors Community Bingo at 6:30 p.m. Sundays at 3690 S. Estrella Parkway, Suite 108, Goodyear. Doors open at 5 p.m.; cost is $21 per person for all 18 games (paper). Daubers and Power Bingo King electronics are available. Proceeds raised will benefit local charities. For information, call 623-512-8878.

Bingo

The Knights of Columbus 4737 of American Legion Post 61 at 35 N. Dysart Road hosts bingo games at 6:45 p.m. every Sunday. There are 16 games at a cost of $16, which include Quickies, Early Bird games and a $1,000 progressive game. Proceeds are donated to charity. For information, call 623-877-9732 or 602-316-2886.

Children’s Christian Community Choir

The Church at Litchfield Park invites children in sixth through 12th grades to participate in the community choir from 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. every Sunday in the church’s Choir Room at 300 N. Old Litchfield Road, Litchfield Park. For information, call 623-935-3411 or email info@churchatlitchfieldpark.org. There is no fee to participate.

Bluegrass Gospel Festival

The Bluegrass Gospel Festival will take place at 6 p.m. at the Wildflower School Media Center, 325 S. Wildflower Drive, Goodyear. Nehemiah and Jason Donne and the Open Graves will be featured. Admission is free, but an offering will be received for the bands. For information, call Mike Cahill at 623-692-6850.

Monday 11

Computer class

The Buckeye Public Library is offering a basic computer class at 10 a.m. at 310 N. Sixth St., Buckeye. This week’s topic is email. Call 623-349-6300 for information.

Buckeye Union High School Board meets

The Buckeye Union High School District Governing Board meets at 6:15 p.m. the second Monday of the month at the district office, 1000 E. Narramore, Buckeye. For information, visit www.buhsd.org.

Arlington Elementary School Board meets

The Arlington Elementary School District Governing Board meets at 6 p.m. the second Monday of the month at 9410 S. 355th Ave., Arlington. For information, visit www.arlingtonelem.org.

Liberty Elementary School Board meets

The Liberty Elementary School District Governing Board meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Monday of the month at the district office, 19871 W. Fremont Road, Buckeye. For information, visit www.liberty.k12.az.us.

Palo Verde Elem. Board meets

The Palo Verde Elementary School District Governing Board meets at 5:45 p.m. the second Monday of the month at the district office, 10700 S. Palo Verde Road, Palo Verde. For information, visit www.paloverdeschools.org.

Saddle Mountain School Board meets

The Saddle Mountain Unified School District Governing Board meets at 6 p.m. the second Monday of the month at the district office, 38201 W. Indian School Road, Tonopah. For information, visit www.smusd90.org.

Mental illness peer support group meets

The Mental Illness Support Group “Hope” meets from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Monday at Christ Evangelical Church, 918 S. Litchfield Road, Classroom C, in Goodyear. The group is free to attend, is for adults 18 and older and is open to the public. For information, call Andy Arnowitz at 480-994-4407.

Early Bird Walk and Program

White Tank Mountain Regional Park in Waddell will host the Early Bird Walk and Program at 6 a.m. Participants will join a member of the Sonoran Audubon Society for an early morning bird walk along Ford Canyon Trail. A short classroom program on “Bird Weirdness” will follow at 9 a.m. at the Nature Center. Participants can take part in the walk, program or both. Take a bird book if you have one and binoculars. No dogs are allowed. Meet at Area 9 for the walk. To get to the park, take Olive Avenue about four miles west of Loop 303. Entry fee is $6 per vehicle. For information, call 623-935-2505 or visit www.maricopa.gov/parks.

Free family nutrition workshop series

The city of Avondale is hosting its last workshop on family nutrition. The class is from 5 to 6 p.m. in English and 6 to 7 p.m. in Spanish. The series will cover topics including key nutrients, food safety and osteoporosis prevention. The program is held at the Care1st Avondale Resource & Housing Center, 328 W. Western Ave., Avondale. Registration is required by calling 623-333-2703.

Tuesday 12

Meet with Congressional Rep.

U.S. Rep. Ed Pastor, D-District 7, has a representative from his office available from 9 to 11 a.m. the second Tuesday of each month at Tolleson City Hall, 9555 W. Van Buren St. For information, call 602-256-0551.

Sewing for Babies meets in Peoria

The Tolleson community sewing group Sewing for Babies meets from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month at the JoAnn Etc. store, 8915 W. Bell Road in Peoria. The group makes preemie hospital clothing, quilts for isolettes in hospitals and burial layettes. For information, call 623-936-3412.

Way Out West

The Way Out West Coalition meets from noon to 1 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month at the Buckeye Valley Chamber of Commerce, 508 E. Monroe Ave. Way Out West is dedicated to creating a safe, unified, drug-free community.

Tolleson City Council meets

The Tolleson City Council meets at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of the month in the Park and Recreation Center, 9555 W. Van Buren St.

Tolleson Union High School board meets

The Tolleson Union High School District Governing Board meets at 6 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at the district office, 9801 W. Van Buren St., Tolleson. For information, visit www.tuhsd.org.

Litchfield Elementary School Board meets

The Litchfield Elementary School District Governing Board meets at 6 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month at Western Sky Middle School, 4095 N. 144th Ave., Goodyear. For information, visit www.lesd.k12.az.us.

Preschool story time

Preschool story time will take place from 10:15 to 11 a.m. at the Litchfield Park Branch Library, 101 W. Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park. Preschool aged children and their caregivers are invited to enjoy songs, stories and dancing. No registration is required. For information, visit www.mcldaz.org or call 602-652-3000.

Buckeye Library events

Babies and Books — 9:15 a.m. Babies birth to 23 months and their caregivers are invited for a fun and age-appropriate story time. Bond with your baby through books, rhymes, bubbles and more. Learn tips on building a foundation for reading.

Terrific Tales for Toddlers — 10:15 a.m. Introduce a love of books and reading through stories, rhymes and music. This is a special story time for children ages 2-4 and their caregivers. Learn tips on building a foundation for reading.

ESL Conversation Group — 5-6:30 p.m. Practice and improve your knowledge of English and American culture by conversing with other learners in a friendly group setting. Different topics will be discussed each week. All levels are welcome and registration is not required. Adults only. The library is at 310 N. Sixth St., Buckeye. Call 623-349-6300 for information or visit www.buckeyeaz.gov/library.

Bingo

The American Legion Post No. 61 at 35 N. Dysart Road hosts bingo games at 6:45 p.m. Tuesdays. The schedule of 17 games includes Quickies, Early Bird games and a $1,000 progressive game at a cost of $17. Proceeds are donated back to area youths and veterans. Call 623-932-4960 for information.

Toastmasters meeting

Estrella Toastmasters meets at 6:30 a.m. Tuesdays at the Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce, 289 N. Litchfield Road, Goodyear. Toastmasters helps people become more effective speakers and confident leaders. The meetings are open to the public and free to attend.

Child sexual abuse prevention training

The Southwest Family Advocacy Center will host a free training on preventing child sexual abuse from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the White Tank Branch Library at 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road, Waddell. The class is open to all parents or adults who care for children. Call 623-333-7942 to reserve your seat.

Joint pain presentation

Orthopedic Surgeon Christina Khoury will discuss and answer questions about joint health, osteoarthritis and ways to treat joint pain from 3 to 4 p.m. at La Loma Care Center, Community Education Room, 14260 Denny Blvd., Litchfield Park. Space is limited. Register by calling 623-455-5633 or visiting www.sunhealth.org and clicking on “Community Education” at the top of the page.

Wednesday 13

Agua Fria Union High School Board meets

The Agua Fria Union High School District Governing Board meets at 5 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month at the district office, 1481 N. Eliseo Felix Jr. Way, Suite 110, Avondale. For information, visit www.aguafria.org.

Support group for mothers

Circle of Mothers is hosting a free meeting from 10 a.m. to noon inside the conference room of Goodyear Fire Station No.183, 3075 N. Litchfield Road. The program is for expectant and new mothers with children 3 years and younger. The group provides support and discusses educational topics. For information, email circleofmothers@hotmail.com or visit www.Facebook.com/CircleofMothers.

Children’s Christian Community Choirs

Joyful Noise — 5:30 to 6 p.m. This group is for children in kindergarten to second grade with an emphasis on musical exploration.

Voices in Praise — 5 to 6 p.m. VIP is for third- to fifth-graders.

Chimin’ In — 4:30 to 5 p.m. Fourth- to eighth-graders are invited to participate in a hand chime choir. Rehearsals for all three choirs are on Wednesdays at the Church at Litchfield Park, 300 N. Old Litchfield Road. For information, call 623-935-3411 or email info@churchatlitchfieldpark.org. There is no fee to participate.

Litchfield Park Library events

Baby Time Story Time — 9:15 to 10 a.m. This program is for babies birth to 24 months with a parent or caregiver. Introduce the library and books to your baby as library staff shares stories, finger plays and movement activities. This is a lap-sit program for babies.

Pre-K Story Time — 10:15 to 11 a.m. Share great stories, silly songs and fantastic finger plays. The Litchfield Park Branch Library is at 101 W. Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park. For information, call 602-652-3000 or visit www.mcldaz.org.

Buckeye Library events

Babies and Books — 9:15 a.m. Babies birth to 23 months and their caregiver are invited for a fun and age-appropriate story time. Bond with your baby through books, rhymes, bubbles and more. Learn tips on building a foundation for reading.

Terrific Tales for Toddlers — 10:15 a.m. Introduce a love of books and reading through stories, rhymes and music. This is a special story time for children ages 2-4 and their caregiver. Learn tips on building a foundation for reading. The library is at 310 N. Sixth St., Buckeye. Call 623-349-6300 for information or visit www.buckeyeaz.gov/library.

Community Bingo

The Rotary Club of Buckeye sponsors Community Bingo at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays at 3690 S. Estrella Parkway, Suite 108, Goodyear. Doors open at 5 p.m.; cost is $21 per person for all 18 games (paper). Daubers and Power Bingo King electronics are available. Proceeds raised will benefit local charities. For information, call 623-512-8878.

Community Bingo

The Veteran of Foreign Wars Post No. 40 sponsor Community Bingo at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays at 35 N. Dysart Road in Avondale. The schedule of games include: odd/even, double action and a $1,000 progressive game. Cost is $20 per person. Proceeds are donated to cancer research and veterans in the community. For information, call 623-932-4960.

Senior Elvis party

Seniors are invited to take their blue suede shoes and dance the afternoon away at an Elvis party at 10:30 a.m. at the Avondale Community Center, 1007 S. Third St., Avondale. There is no cost for admission but a $3 donation for lunch is recommended. For information, call 623-333-2401.

Thursday 14

Union Elementary School Board meets

The Union Elementary School District Governing Board meets at 6 p.m. the second Thursday of the month at the district office, 3834 S. 91st Ave., Tolleson. For information, visit www.unionesd.org.

Support group for caregivers

Duet is hosting a monthly support group from 10 to 11 a.m. at Skyway Church of the West Valley, 14900 W. Van Buren St., Goodyear. The support group is for individuals who are caring for an aging parent, friend, partner or relative. There is no cost to attend. For information, call 602-274-5022.

Drug and Alcohol Program

The Drug and Alcohol Program (DAP) meets at 7 p.m. Thursdays at Mount Pleasant Church, 501 E Mahoney, Buckeye. For information, call Courtney at 623-386-6365.

Boy Scout meeting

Boy Scout Troop No. 263 meets at 7 p.m. Thursdays at First Southern Baptist Church, 405 Third St., Buckeye. The troop is looking for boys between the ages of 11 and 18 who are interested in outdoor activities, learning new skills and becoming leaders. For information, call Trina Stark at 623-693-8624.

Community Bingo

The Goodyear White Tanks Rotary Club sponsors Community Bingo at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays at 3690 S. Estrella Parkway, Suite 108, Goodyear. Doors open at 5 p.m.; cost is $21 per person for all 18 games (paper). Daubers and Power Bingo King electronics are available. Proceeds raised will benefit local charities. For information, call 623-512-8878.

Friday 15

Novice genealogy class

Learn how to research your family’s roots. Class meets from 1 to 3 p.m. the third Friday of the month at the West Valley Genealogy Library, 12222 N. 111th Ave., Youngtown. Registration is required and applicable fees apply. For information, call 623-933-4945 or visit www.azwvgs.org.

Community Bingo

The Rotary Club of Buckeye sponsors Community Bingo at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m.; cost is $21 per person for all 18 games (paper). And the Goodyear White Tanks Rotary Club sponsors late night Community Bingo at 10:30 p.m. Doors open at 9:45 p.m.; cost is $14 per person for all 14 games (paper). Bingo is at 3690 S. Estrella Parkway, Suite 108, Goodyear. Daubers and Power Bingo King electronics are available. Proceeds raised will benefit local charities. For information, call 623-512-8878.

LEGO/DUPLO Play Day

The Buckeye Public Library hosts a LEGO/DUPLO play day from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Fridays at 310 N. Sixth St., Buckeye. For information, call 623-349-6300.

The Sound of Music

The Sound of Music will be shown at 6 p.m. at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 400 S. Old Litchfield Road, Litchfield Park. Admission is free and free popcorn and a cookie will be offered during intermission. Take pillows and blankets.

Banjo Jack performs

Banjo Jack will perform banjo music from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Buckeye Community Center, 201 E. Centre Ave., Buckeye.

Medicare insurance referral seminar

A free independent Medicare insurance referral resource seminar will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Holiday Inn, 1188 N. Dysart Road, Goodyear. The seminar is geared toward case workers, social workers, church leaders, financial counselors, outreach coordinators, housing administrators and hospital administrators. Register by calling Yvett Hernandez at 602-955-5353, Ext. 302, or emailing yvett@westernasset-us.com.

Live snake feeding

White Tank Mountain Regional Park in Waddell will show a snake feeding at 3 p.m. Participants will learn about the habits of some of the creatures of the desert by going to the Nature Center during feeding time. Caution: Live creatures are fed to animals so this could be upsetting to some. To get to the park, take Olive Avenue about four miles west of Loop 303. Entry fee is $6 per vehicle. For information, call 623-935-2505 or visit www.maricopa.gov/parks.

Saturday 16

Buckeye Bookmobile on the move

The Buckeye Bookmobile will visit the Sundance Active Adult Center, 930 S. Sundance Parkway, from 9 a.m. to noon and Tartesso Community Park from 1 to 4 p.m.

M.A.S.H. Food Distribution

Citrus Road Nazarene Church hosts M.A.S.H, or Miracles Are Still Happening, food distribution from 6 to 8 a.m. the third Saturday of each month at the church, 418 S. Citrus Road, Goodyear. Thirty to 50 pounds of food will be available for a $10 donation. The event runs on a first-come, first-served basis; food supplies vary each month.

Desert Mariners of Arizona meeting

The Desert Mariners of Arizona hosts its monthly chapter meeting at 11 a.m. the third Saturday of the month at the American Legion Hall, 7145 E. Second St., Scottsdale. The chapter is part of The American Merchant Marine Veterans of World War II. For information, email Norman at npalmer8@cox.net.

Blood drive

United Blood Services is hosting a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Kohl’s, 1611 N. Dysart Road, Avondale. The bus will be parked between Kohl’s and Big 5.

Books and brushes

Children are invited to listen to a story and paint their own scenes from the story at 3 p.m. at the Litchfield Park Branch Library, 101 W. Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park. All materials will be provided. Registration is required. For information, visit www.mcldaz.org.

Stargazing for Everyone

White Tank Mountain Regional Park in Waddell will present Stargazing for Everyone at 7:30 p.m. Participants will learn some of the constellations and listen to stories of the night sky. Take a chair for the 45-minute presentation and arrive by 7:15 p.m. Meet in Area 4. To get to the park, take Olive Avenue about four miles west of Loop 303. Entry fee is $6 per vehicle. For information, call 623-935-2505 or visit www.maricopa.gov/parks.

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