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Friday 12

Garden Lakes community garage sale

The Garden Lakes community will host its neighborhood-wide garage sale from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Garden Lakes is between Indian School and Thomas roads and 107th Avenue and the Agua Fria River.

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.

Christian singles group

A Christian singles group affiliated with Summit Community Church meets from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Verrado Center, 4239 N. Village St., Buckeye. The group is based on the series When God by Andy Stanley. All ages are welcome. There is no cost to attend. You do not have to be a member of Summit Community Church. For questions or to sign up, contact Lynnette at 623-866-9325 or by email at lynnkwasi@gmail.com.

Friday Business Connections

The Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce is hosting the Friday Business Connections networking group from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the Courtyard Marriott Avondale, 1650 N. 95th Lane, Phoenix. The meetings will feature a keynote speaker covering topics affecting the Southwest Valley. Business owners are welcome to attend even if they are not members of the Southwest Valley Chamber. Tolleson City Manager Reyes Medrano is this week’s speaker. He will talk about Tolleson’s downtown renovation project called “Paseo de Luces” and other city initiatives. To see a speaker schedule, visit www.southwestvalleychamber.org. For information, call 623-932-2260 or email info@southwestvalleychamber.org.

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 13

Garden Lakes community garage sale

The Garden Lakes community will host its neighborhood-wide garage sale from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Garden Lakes is between Indian School and Thomas roads and 107th Avenue and the Agua Fria River.

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.

ESL tutor training workshop

The Southwest Valley Literacy Association will hold an English as a second language tutor training workshop from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Christ Evangelical Church, 918 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear. This will be the first of two workshops. The next will be Sept. 20. Training will be provided for adults who want to become volunteer ESL tutors for the Southwest Valley Literacy Association. At the end of the two-day training, participants will receive a ProLiteracy Certification to teach the Laubach method. Register online at www.swvalleyliteracy.org or by calling 623-695-4321.

Colon awareness, cancer prevention

A colon awareness and cancer prevention event will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Wigwam, 300 E. Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park. RSVP by emailing westernrsvp@ctca-hope.com, or calling Natalie Badolato at 623-207-3027.

Cleat exchange

The West Valley Youth Sports Commission will be holding a free youth cleat exchange from 9 a.m. to noon at Friendship Park, 12325 W. McDowell Road, Avondale. The exchange is free to youths ages 5 to 14. Donations of cleats will be accepted until Sept. 10. Drop-off locations are Litchfield Elementary School District schools, Lanier Insurance in Avondale and Peter Piper Pizza locations in Avondale. Youths at the exchange can participate in a free mini-skills clinic and meet former Super Bowl champion and West Valley resident Mike Bell. For information, visit www.westvalleyyouthsport.org.

MS Hopes golf tournament

A golf tournament benefiting Multiple Sclerosis will be held at 8 a.m. at the Verrado Golf Club, 4242 N. Golf Drive, Buckeye. Proceeds will support fundraising efforts for MS Walks. A team entry fee is $360. Individuals can play for $90 each. Prizes will be awarded to the top teams. For information, call Steve Carr at 602-317-3040.

Water conservation class

The city of Avondale is offering a water conservation and landscaping class titled “Container Gardening” from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Garden Patch Community Garden, 11350 W. Coldwater Springs Blvd. Attendees will learn how to prepare their yards for the upcoming fall gardening season without wasting water. Advanced registration is required. Some classes might be canceled because of low registration. Register by emailing Esmie Avila at eavila@avondale.org or calling 623-333-4422. For information, visit www.avondale.org/water.

Sept. 11 memorial, pancake breakfast

The Goodyear Fire Department is hosting a Sept. 11 memorial service and pancake breakfast at 7:30 a.m. at Goodyear Fire Station No. 183, 3075 N. Litchfield Road. The memorial is open to the public. After the ceremony, a pancake breakfast will be served. Firefighters will have fire apparatuses and police cars on display and give public safety demonstrations. There will be a raffle and a play area for children. Donations will go toward United Goodyear Firefighters Charities.

Early morning hike

A park ranger will guide participants on a hike at 7 a.m. at White Tank Mountain Regional Park in Waddell. The route will cover approximately four miles of easy- to moderate-difficulty trails. Take 1 gallon of water per hiker to drink. Meet in front of the Nature Center. 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 14

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.

Blood drive

United Blood Services is hosting a blood drive from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 pm. at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 13720 W. Thomas Road, Avondale.

Garden Lakes community garage sale

The Garden Lakes community will host its neighborhood-wide garage sale from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Garden Lakes is between Indian School and Thomas roads and 107th Avenue and the Agua Fria River.

Monday 15

Avondale City Council meets

The Avondale City Council meets at 7 p.m. the first and third Monday of the month at 11465 W. Civic Center Drive.

Alzheimer’s support group

The Alzheimer’s Association, Desert Southwest Chapter and attorney Lora G. Johnson have partnered up to offer an Alzheimer’s Support Group for the West Valley. Support group meetings are held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. the first and third Monday of every month at the Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, 918 S. Litchfield Road, in Building A. There is no cost or commitment. Support groups provide a forum to share feelings, concerns, information and as a way of supporting and encouraging each other. For information, call 602-528-0545 or visit www.alz.org/dsw.

Photography workshop

Gangplank Avondale is offering a photography workshop from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Mondays at 525 N. Central Ave., Avondale. There is no fee but registration is required. To register, visit www.gangplankavondalefallphoto.eventbrite.com.

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.

Computer class

Learn about the basics of email in a computer class at 10 a.m. at the Buckeye Public Library, 310 N. Sixth St., Buckeye. Registration is required. To register, call 623-349-6300.

Duct tape crafts

Create your own duct tape crafts from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Litchfield Park Branch Library, 101 W. Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park. The event is for youths ages 8 to 18. All materials will be provided. Register by calling 602-652-3000. For information, visit www.mcldaz.org.

Tuesday 16

Historical society guest speaker

The Three Rivers Historical Society is hosting Arnott Duncan as a guest speaker at 3 p.m. at the Goodyear Library in the Goodyear City Hall Complex, 14415 W. Van Buren St., Goodyear. Duncan is a fourth-generation farm owner. The farm specializes in growing organic lettuce.

Grief support group

The GriefShare support group meets from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays at Christ Presbyterian Church, 925 N. Sarival Ave., Goodyear. The 14-week support group will provide support and encouragement for people grieving the death of a loved one. The group will have videos, a workbook, a trained facilitator and discussion. The cost of the workbook is $20 and scholarships are available. For information, call Cheryl at 623-328-5889.

Women’s Bible study

The “Bodacious” women’s Bible study group meets from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays at the Liberty United Methodist Church, 7598 S. Liberty School Road, Buckeye. The group is studying The Storm Inside by Sheila Walsh. For information, contact Jane Fricke at 480-273-4806 or email jane.fricke@cox.net.

Preschool story time

Preschool aged children and their caregivers are invited to enjoy songs, stories and dancing during story time from 10:15 to 11 a.m. in the Community Room of the Litchfield Park Branch Library, 101 W. Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park. 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.

Buckeye City Council meets

The Buckeye City Council meets at 6 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of each month at Buckeye Town Hall, 530 E. Monroe Ave.

Pendergast Elem. School Board meets

The Pendergast Elementary School District Governing Board meets at 7 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of the month at the district office, 3802 N. 91st Ave., Phoenix (the board meets periodically at schools on a rotating basis). For information, visit www.pesd92.org.

Wednesday 17

Litchfield Park City Council meets

The Litchfield Park City Council meets at 7 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month in the Community Room at the Florence Brinton Litchfield Memorial Library, 101 W. Wigwam Blvd., unless otherwise posted. Meeting agendas can be viewed online at www.litchfield-park.org.

Divorce support group for adults, children

The DivorceCare support group meets from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays at the Christ Presbyterian Church, 925 N. Sarival Ave., Goodyear. The 14-week support group will enable divorced and separated people to find help, discover hope and experience healing. The group will have videos, a workbook, a trained facilitator and discussion. The cost of the workbook is $20 and scholarships are available. The DivorceCare for Kids group meets at the same time at the same place. The program is for youths aged 5 to 12 who are struggling with their parents’ divorce or separation. For information, call Carol at 623-340-9205.

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 for participation.

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.

Library book discussion

A book discussion on Where Angels Fear to Tread by E.M. Forster will begin at 1 p.m. at the Buckeye Public Library, 310 N. Sixth St., Buckeye.

Creative writing workshop

Author Betty Webb will host a “ONEBOOKAZ” writing workshop from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Buckeye Public Library, 310 N. Sixth St., Buckeye. Webb is the author of the national best selling Lena Jones and Gunn Zoo mystery series. She teaches master’s level and creative writing workshops at Arizona State University and Phoenix College, and writes reviews for Mystery Scene Magazine.

SW Valley Chamber mixer

Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce members will tour the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix Tri-City West/Thornwood Branch, and then attend a mixer at 2Di4 Gourmet Karmelkorn. The event is open to the public. There will be an open house from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., with a reception from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Clubs Tri-City West/Thornwood Branch, 301 E. Western Ave., Avondale. The mixer will follow at 2Di4 Gourmet Karmelkorn, 506 W. Western Ave., Suite 101, Avondale.

Business mixer

Local First Arizona will host a business mixer from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at 21051 W. Main St. in the Verrado community in Buckeye.

Water conservation class

The city of Avondale is offering a water conservation and landscaping class titled “Vegetable Gardening Part One” from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Avondale City Hall, 11465 W. Civic Center Drive. Attendees will learn how to prepare their yards for the upcoming fall gardening season without wasting water. Advanced registration is required. Some classes might be canceled due to low registration. Register by emailing Esmie Avila at eavila@avondale.org or calling 623-333-4422. For information, visit www.avondale.org/water.

Thursday 18

Buckeye Bookmobile on the move

The Buckeye Bookmobile will visit Festival Sage Rec Center from 9 a.m. to noon and then head over to Festival Ranch Park from 1 to 4 p.m.

Avondale Play & Learn – Brain Time

Avondale is hosting a free Play & Learn – Brain Time play group for children and their parents and caregivers. Brain Time is an interactive series where a parent or caregiver and child are learning together. The play group starts at 9:30 a.m. for children 18 months and younger, 10:30 a.m. for children 19 months to 3 years and 11:30 a.m. for family time for children 5 years and younger. The group is offered the first, third and fourth Thursday of every month at the Care1st Avondale Resource & Housing Center, 328 W. Western Ave. For information, call 623-333-2703.

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.

Litchfield celebrates Air Force’s birthday

Litchfield Park will celebrate the 67th anniversary of the Air Force with a flag-raising ceremony at 8:15 a.m. on the front lawn of City Hall, 214 W. Wigwam Blvd. Vice Mayor Paul Faith will present a special proclamation. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served after the ceremony. For information, call 623-935-5033.

Water conservation class

The city of Avondale is offering a water conservation and landscaping class titled “Vegetable Gardening Part Two” from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Avondale City Hall, 11465 W. Civic Center Drive. Attendees will learn how to prepare their yards for the upcoming fall gardening season without wasting water. Advanced registration is required. Some classes might be canceled due to low registration. Register by emailing Esmie Avila at eavila@avondale.org or calling 623-333-4422. For information, visit www.avondale.org/water.

Friday 19

Novice genealogy class

Learn how to research your family’s roots 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.

Hermansky-Pudlak benefit concert

The 15th annual benefit concert for Hermansky-Pudlak Syndrome will be held at 7 p.m. at Desert Springs Community Church, 14440 W. Indian School Road, Goodyear. Hermansky-Pudlak Syndrome is a genetic, metabolic disorder that causes albinism, visual impairment, platelet dysfunction and prolonged bleeding. Progressive symptoms include pulmonary fibrosis, inflammatory bowel disease and kidney disease. For information, call 623-435-2105, or visit www.dscchurch.com.

Christian singles group

A Christian singles group affiliated with Summit Community Church meets from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Verrado Center, 4239 N. Village St., Buckeye. The group is based on the series When God by Andy Stanley. All ages are welcome. There is no cost to attend. You do not have to be a member of Summit Community Church. For questions or to sign up, contact Lynnette at 623-866-9325 or by email at lynnkwasi@gmail.com.

Library database training

Learn how to use the library’s new database with this training session from 1 to 2:15 p.m. at the Litchfield Park Branch Library, 101 W. Wigwam Blvd. Registration is required by calling 602-652-3000. For information, call www.mcldaz.org.

Saturday 20

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 7 to 9 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.

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.

Youth soccer challenge

The Knights of Columbus will host a soccer challenge for youths ages 9 to 14 from 10 a.m. to noon at the St. John Vianney School playground, 539 E. La Pasada Blvd., Goodyear. Hot dogs and drinks will be served. For information, call Ruben at 623-877-9732, or email Henry at Henqui@aol.com.

Association of University Women program

The West Valley Branch of the American Association of University Women will host a free program at 10:30 a.m. at 1149 Acacia Circle, Litchfield Park. Local Attorney Rita Daninger will talk about the elements of real estate planning. To RSVP, call Shirley Talley at 623-535-0540.

ESL tutor training workshop

The Southwest Valley Literacy Association will hold an English as a second language tutor training workshop from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Christ Evangelical Church, 918 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear. This will be the last workshop. Training will be provided for adults who want to become volunteer ESL tutors for the Southwest Valley Literacy Association. At the end of the two-day training, participants will receive a ProLiteracy Certification to teach the Laubach method. Register online at www.swvalleyliteracy.org or call 623-695-4321.

HOA Academy

The Southwest Valley HOA Academy will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Goodyear City Hall, 190 N. Litchfield Road. The cost is $5 and includes lunch. The program will cover topics presented by local city representatives on how to create a successful neighborhood event, city event permit requirements, developing a neighborhood block watch and the fundamentals of being an HOA board member. For information in Avondale, call 623-333-2720. For information in Buckeye, call 623-349-6459. For information in Goodyear, call 623-882-7801. To register online, visit www.avondale.org/playnow and use reference session bar code 6760.

Teen Club

Youths ages 12 to 18 are invited to join Teen Club from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Litchfield Park Branch Library, 101 W. Wigwam Blvd. For information, call 602-652-3000 or visit www.mcldaz.org.

Japanimation Club

Teenagers are invited to watch more than 100 anime series and discuss cosplay creations from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Litchfield Park Branch Library, 101 W. Wigwam Blvd. No registration is required. For information, call 602-652-3000 or visit www.mcldaz.org.

Early bird walk

Joe Ford from the Sonoran Audubon Society will take participants on a bird walk at 7 a.m. along the Mesquite Trail at White Tank Mountain Regional Park in Waddell. A presentation on night birds will be given after the hike at 9:30 a.m. at the Nature Center. Binoculars may be available to borrow. No dogs allowed. Take a bird book if you have one. Meet at Area Seven. 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 before the walk.

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