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9 Days Calendar, week of November 21, 2014

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Friday, November 28

Reformers Unanimous

The addiction recovery program “Reformers Unanimous” meets from 7 to 9 p.m. Fridays at Desert Springs Community Church, 14440 W. Indian School Road, Goodyear. The Christ-centered group is free and open to all adults who struggle with addiction or a “stubborn habit” and their family members. Each class has a nursery and youth programs for family members, as well as free, local transportation. For information, contact Director Mike Hammonds at 602-694-5618 or visit www.gotaddictions.com.

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). 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 benefit local charities. For information, call 623-512-8878.

Saturday 29

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.

Turkey Bowl Mania

The third annual Turkey Bowl Mania will take place from 8 to 11 a.m. at Friendship Park, 12325 W. McDowell Road, Avondale. All proceeds will go to needy families for the holidays. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. Early registration is $25, late registration is $35. The event is open to boys and girls of all ages. Participants get a free T-shirt. For information, call 480-233-9607.

Avondale holiday lights

Holiday lights will be on display from 6 to 9 p.m. along Western Avenue in Historic Avondale.

Sunday 30

Wigwam Farmer’s Market

The Wigwam Farmer’s Market is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays on the front lawn of the Wigwam, 300 E. Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park. Items available for purchase include fresh organic fruits and vegetables, cheese, preserves, bread and wine. For information, visit www.vermillionpromotions.com.

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.

Avondale holiday lights

Holiday lights will be on display from 6 to 9 p.m. along Western Avenue in Historic Avondale.

Monday, December 1

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.

Recycled holiday crafts, gifts

Children 5 and older can learn how to use recycled materials to create holiday gifts at this craft session from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Litchfield Park Branch Library, 101 W. Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park. All materials will be provided. For information, call 602-652-3000 or visit www.mcldaz.org.

 

Tuesday 2

Buckeye City Council meets

The Buckeye City Council meets at 6 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of each month at Buckeye City 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.

Retired school employees group

The Saguaro Unit of the All Arizona State Retirement Association hosts its monthly meeting at noon at Golden Corral Buffet, 420 N. Dysart Road, Goodyear. All retired school employees are welcome to attend. For information, call Patsy Cone at 623-386-3664 or 623-210-4880.

Domestic violence support group

Eve’s Place, a domestic violence education and support group, meets from 9 a.m. to noon every Tuesday in Building B, Classroom C, at Christian Evangelical Lutheran Church, 918 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear. For information, call 623-932-2394.

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 Liberty United Methodist Church, 7598 S. Liberty School Road, Buckeye. The group is studying The Storm Inside by Sheila Walsh. For information, call 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.

Sewing for Babies meeting, luncheon

Sewing for Babies will have its December meeting at 11 a.m. at Barbara Pogue’s home near 107th Avenue and Camelback Road. There will be a potluck Christmas luncheon and a white elephant gift exchange. For directions or information, call Joy Burton at 623-936-3412.

Hearing on Buckeye bus service changes

Valley Metro is holding a public hearing from 5 to 6:15 p.m. at Valley Metro Boardroom, 101 N. First Ave., Phoenix. The hearing will gather feedback and answer questions about changes to bus service in Buckeye. The proposed changes will take effect April 27, 2015. For information, visit www.valleymetro.org/servicechanges.

Alzheimer’s info presentation

The Alzheimer’s Association is hosting a class on caregiver stress from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Avondale Civic Center Library, 11350 Civic Center Drive, Avondale. For information, call 602-528-0545 or visit www.alz.org/dsw.

Wednesday 3

Tolleson Elementary School Board meets

The Tolleson Elementary School District Governing Board meets at 6 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month at the district office, 9261 W. Van Buren St., Tolleson. For information, visit www.tollesonschools.com.

District 29 Democrats meet

The Legislative District 29 Democrats meet at 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the Maryvale Community Center Arts and Crafts Room, 4420 N. 51st Ave., Phoenix.

Family-focused nutrition workshop

Avondale is hosting a free, family-focused nutrition workshop series from 9 to 10 a.m. in English and 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Spanish Wednesdays at the Care1st Avondale Resource & Housing Center, 328 W. Western Ave., Avondale. The series will focus on topics such as food nutrition guidelines, key nutrients, food safety, stretching food budgets, calorie education and osteoporosis prevention. There is no fee, but registration is requested by calling 623-333-2703.

Divorce support 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 enables 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 and 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.

Avondale Library holiday event

A free evening of holiday cheer, story time with Santa, family bingo and a holiday craft will take place from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Avondale Civic Center Library, 11350 E. Western Ave., Avondale. For information, call 623-333-2602.

Thursday 4

Quilters Anonymous meets

Quilters Anonymous, a chapter of the Arizona Quilters Guild, meets at 6:30 p.m. the First Thursday of every month at Christ Presbyterian Church, 925 N Sarival Ave., Goodyear.  For information, call Dale Nokes at 623-218-6348.

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.

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.

Local agriculture presentation

R.J. Johnson from Blue Sky Farms will talk about community-sponsored agriculture and the nutritional benefits of eating locally from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Litchfield Park Branch Library, 101 W. Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park. For information, call 602-652-3000 or visit www.mcldaz.org.

Library play session

An occupational therapist will host an unstructured play session with toys from the library twice a month at the Litchfield Park Branch Library, 101 W. Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park. Toys will be able to be checked out for two weeks. For information, call 602-652-3000 or visit www.mcldaz.org.

Winter story time

A free, winter-themed story time with holiday crafts will take place from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Sam Garcia Western Avenue Library, 495 E. Western Ave., Avondale. For information, call 623-333-2400.

Tales of the Sonoran Desert

Joyce Story will tell desert tales inspired by Native American legends at 11 a.m. in the Nature Center Classroom at White Tank Mountain Regional Park, 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road, Waddell.

Friday 5

Free admission to Children’s Museum

The Children’s Museum of Phoenix opens its doors to the general public free of charge from 5 to 9 p.m. the first Friday of the month. The museum is at 215 N. Seventh St. in Phoenix. For information, visit www.childrensmuseumofphoenix.org.

Reformers Unanimous

The addiction recovery program “Reformers Unanimous” meets from 7 to 9 p.m. Fridays at Desert Springs Community Church, 14440 W. Indian School Road, Goodyear. The Christ-centered group is free and open to all adults who struggle with addiction or a “stubborn habit” and their family members. Each class has a nursery and youth programs for family members, as well as free, local transportation. For information, contact Director Mike Hammonds at 602-694-5618 or visit www.gotaddictions.com.

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). 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 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.

Fall prevention presentation

A free presentation on fall preventative education will be presented by Barrow Prevention & Outreach from St. Joseph’s Hospital & Medical Center from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Litchfield Park Branch Library, 101 W. Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park. The presentation will include facts, risks, solutions and information about safety equipment.

Genealogical research assistance

The Buckeye Valley Museum is offering one-on-one assistance with genealogical research from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 116 E. Highway 85, Buckeye. Learn the basics of accurate research to preserve your family history. To make an appointment, call 623-349-6315.

Family moonlight hike

A family moonlight hike will depart at 7:30 p.m. from Area Four at White Tank Mountain Regional Park, 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road, Waddell. The hike will last less than two miles round trip along the Mule Deer Trail. Take a scorpion light, a flashlight and wear closed-toe shoes. No dogs allowed.

Feeding frenzy

Park staff will feed rattlesnakes, scorpions, a Gila monster, tarantulas and a black widow spider at 3 p.m. at White Tank Mountain Regional Park, 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road, Waddell.

Nativity celebration

An inter-faith Christmas celebration and nativity festival will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 425 S. Estrella Parkway, Goodyear. More than 400 nativities will be on display. Various West Valley performing groups will provide music.

Saturday 6

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.

Button Hooks Button Club

The Button Hooks Button Club is hosting its monthly meeting starting at 10 a.m. at the Clubhouse Meeting Room at Good Samaritan Care Center, 10323 W. Olive Ave., Peoria. The meeting is for those interested in collecting and/or learning about buttons. For information, call Mary at 623-972-9028.

Gallery Night

In-Power Boutique is hosting Gallery Night from 5 to 7 p.m. inside of Mosaic Arts Center at 12 E. Western Ave., Avondale. The boutique will be highlighting artwork for a month from featured artists. Attendees can meet the featured artists at the event. Champagne and hors d’oeuvres will be served; there is no charge to attend. Featured artists will also be hosting a free art workshop at a later date. For information about the event or free art workshop, call Christina at 623-565-3958 or visit www.facebook.com/inpowerboutique.

Buckeye DAR chapter meets

Daughters of the American Revolution, Buckeye Chapter, meets the first Saturday of the month at the Buckeye Valley Chamber of Commerce, 508 E. Monroe Ave. Contact Linda Davis at GDavis1003@aol.com if you are interested in attending, becoming a member or learning more about the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Goodyear Community Farmers Market

The Goodyear Community Farmers Market is from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays at Goodyear Community Park, 3151 N. Litchfield Road, Goodyear. The market offers locally grown foods, hand-crafted goods and potted plants for sale. Admission and parking are free. For information, visit www.azcommunitymarkets.com.

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.

Goodyear’s Home Plate for the Holidays

Goodyear’s Home Plate for the Holidays will take place from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at the Goodyear Ballpark, 1933 S. Ballpark Way, Goodyear. This year’s event includes a tree lighting ceremony, pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus, inflatable activities, arts and crafts vendors, reindeer games, school choir performances and 40 tons of snow. Parking and admission are free. There are fees for some activities. For information, call 623-882-3120 or visit www.goodyearbp.com.

Adult moonlight hike

An adult moonlight hike will depart at 7:30 p.m. from Area Four at White Tank Mountain Regional Park, 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road, Waddell. The hike will last less than two miles round trip along the Mule Deer Trail. Take a scorpion light, a flashlight and wear closed-toe shoes. No dogs allowed. The hike is only open to people 16 and older.

Avondale holiday lights

Holiday lights will be on display from 6 to 9 p.m. along Western Avenue in Historic Avondale.

Nativity celebration

An inter-faith Christmas celebration and nativity festival will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 425 S. Estrella Parkway, Goodyear. More than 400 nativities will be on display. Various West Valley performing groups will provide music.

American Legion yard sale

The American Legion Post No. 61 is holding a yard sale with arts, crafts and baked goods from 7 a.m. to noon at 35 N. Eighth St. in Avondale. The cost to rent a table is $5 a table or $7 for two tables for Legion members and $10 a table or $15 for two tables for non-members. For information, call Pam at 623-932-6587.

Blood drives

United Blood Services is hosting a blood drive from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 4239 N. Village St., Buckeye; and the American Red Cross is hosting a blood drive from noon to 6 p.m. at Desert Hills Baptist Church, 1945 S. Verrado Way, Buckeye.


Friday 21

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.

Reformers Unanimous

The addiction recovery program “Reformers Unanimous” meets from 7 to 9 p.m. Fridays at Desert Springs Community Church, 14440 W. Indian School Road, Goodyear. The Christ-centered group is free and open to all adults who struggle with addiction or a “stubborn habit” and their family members. Each class has a nursery and youth programs for family members, as well as free, local transportation. For information, contact Director Mike Hammonds at 602-694-5618 or visit www.gotaddictions.com.

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). 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 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.

Genealogy assistance

The Buckeye Valley Museum will offer genealogy assistance from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 116 E. Highway 85. Learn the basics of accurate research one on one. Call the museum at 623-349-6315 to make an appointment.

Blood drive

West Valley Hospital is hosting a blood drive from 6:45 to 11:15 a.m. at 13677 W. McDowell Road, Goodyear.

Thanksgiving food drive

Families-In-Need will sponsor a food drive to benefit All Faith Community Services and the Buckeye Food Bank from 8 to 11 a.m. in the Sundance Active Adult parking lot, 930 Sundance Parkway, Buckeye. The food banks need help supplying more than 400 families in need with food for Thanksgiving.

Mayors’ Challenge Golf Tournament

Mayors from the Southwest Valley will participate in the 19th annual Mayors’ Challenge Golf Tournament at 8:30 a.m. at Coldwater Golf Club, 100 N. Clubhouse Drive, Avondale. The tournament will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix Tri-City West/Thornwood Branch. Tournament participants will have the opportunity to win prizes. Tickets are $600 per foursome and include lunch, the greens fee, a golf cart, range balls and awards festivities. For tickets, information or sponsorship opportunities, call 602-954-8182 or visit http://give.bgcmp.org/mayorschallenge.

Saturday 22

Feed a friend event

The Family Worship Center is hosting its fifth annual “Feed a Friend” event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 9156 W. Van Buren St., Tolleson. For information, call 602-205-5580 or visit www.fwct.org.

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.

AAUW meeting, guest speakers

The West Valley branch of the American Association of University Women will host guest speakers Ron Rayner, who is a noted cotton farmer, and Margaret Baker, who is an amateur historian. They will talk about what it was like growing up in the West Valley when farms were flourishing. The event will take place at 10:30 a.m. at Toscano’s Grill in the PebbleCreek community, 16262 W. Clubhouse Drive, Goodyear. For information or to RSVP, call Shirley Talley at 623-535-0540.

M.A.S.H. Food Distribution

Turning Leaf Community and West Valley Family Church host a M.A.S.H, or Miracles Are Still Happening, food distribution from 7 to 11 a.m. the fourth Saturday of each month at West Valley Family Church, 6115 N. 91st Ave., Glendale. Seventy to 80 pounds of food will be available for a donation of $5. The event runs on a first-come, first-served basis.

Grandchildren raising support group

Duet is hosting its monthly Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Goodyear, 918 S. Litchfield Road. The group meets the fourth Saturday of every month. For information, call 602-274-5022 or visit www.duetaz.org.

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.

Public art 101

An artist development class on “public art 101” will take place from 9 a.m. to noon in the Goodyear Ballpark Conference Room, 1933 S. Ballpark Way. For information, call Guylene Ozlanski at 623-882-7530 or email guylene.ozlanski@goodyearaz.gov. Workshops are $10 each. Register by stopping by the Goodyear Recreation Office, 3075 N. Litchfield Road.

Insurance enrollment info session

Abrazo Health is offering a free “Path to Health” information session about enrolling for insurance through the Affordable Care Act Marketplace. The session will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. at West Valley Hospital, 13677 W. McDowell Road, Goodyear. For a schedule and more information, visit AbrazoHealth.com/PathToHealth. To register for a Path to Health seminar, call 1-866-893-8446.

Feeding frenzy

A snake feeding will take place at 1 p.m. in the Nature Center at White Tank Mountain Regional Park, 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road, Waddell. Attendees can watch staff feed rattlesnakes, scorpions, a Gila monster, a tarantula and a black widow. For information, call 623-935-2505 or visit www.maricopa.gov/parks/white_tank.

White Tank ecosystems, plant life

Researcher Matt Haberkorn from the Phoenix College Bioscience Department will discuss his work on the relationship between soil types, wash formation and plant communities in the White Tank area. The program will take place in the Library Classroom at White Tank Mountain Regional Park, 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road, Waddell. For information, call 623-935-2505 or visit www.maricopa.gov/parks/white_tank.

Bee Brave Car Smash

The Bee Brave Car Smash is scheduled for 2 to 4 p.m. at the Helzapoppin’ Rodeo Arena, on Miller Road south of Baseline Road in Buckeye.

Demolition Derby

The annual fall Demolition Derby will take place at 7 p.m. at the Helzapoppin’ Rodeo Arena, on Miller Road south of Baseline Road in Buckeye. Gates open at 5:30 p.m.

Avondale holiday lights

Holiday lights will be on display from 6 to 9 p.m. along Western Avenue in Historic Avondale.

Sunday 23

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 music concert

A free Bluegrass Gospel Music Concert will begin at 5 p.m. in the Wildflower School Cafeteria, 325 S. Wildflower Driver, Goodyear. Featured bluegrass bands include Cinder Mountain and Brush Arbor Revival. For information, call 623-692-6850.

Avondale holiday lights

Holiday lights will be on display from 6 to 9 p.m. along Western Avenue in Historic Avondale.

Monday 24

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.

W.V. Human Services Alliance meeting

The West Valley Human Services Alliance will meet from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Pendergast Learning Center, 3841 N. 91st Ave., Phoenix.

STOPP town hall meeting

Tonopah STOPP will have a town hall meeting at 7 p.m. at Ruth Fisher Elementary School, 38201 W. Indian School Road, Tonopah. A speaker from the Maricopa County Department of Transportation will talk about road care and county road maintenance. Donations will be collected for the local food bank and Christmas toy drive.

Computer class

A computer class covering keyboard shortcuts will begin at 10 a.m. at the Buckeye Public Library, 310 N. Sixth St., Buckeye. Registration is required by calling 623-349-6300.

Seasonal crafts

Children ages 2 to 4 can make some seasonal crafts from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Litchfield Park Branch Library, 101 W. Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park. All materials will be provided. Registration is required by visiting www.mcldaz.org or calling 602-652-3000.

Tuesday 25

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.

Support groups for kinship caregivers

Duet, a support group for grandparents raising a grandchild or taking care of a relative’s child, meets from 9:30 to 11 a.m. the fourth Tuesday of the month at the Care1st Avondale Resource & Housing Center, 328 W. Western Ave., Avondale; and from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Buckeye Community Center, 201 E. Centre Ave. Duet helps keep children out of foster care by providing support to the relatives who are raising them. There is no cost to attend. For information, call 602-274-5022.

Roadrunner Needlers

The Roadrunner Needlers, a chapter of the American Needlepoint Guild, meets at 11 a.m. the fourth Tuesday of the month at the Sun City West Foundation Building, 14465 R.H. Johnson Blvd. For information, email cccpuckett@gmail.com.

Sewing for Babies meets in Phoenix

The Tolleson community sewing group Sewing for Babies meets from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of the month at JoAnn’s Etc., 21001 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix, in the Desert Ridge Market Place. The group makes preemie hospital clothing, quilts for the isolettes in the hospital and burial layettes. For information, call 623-936-3412.

Domestic violence support group

Eve’s Place, a domestic violence education and support group, meets from 9 a.m. to noon every Tuesday in Building B, Classroom C, at Christian Evangelical Lutheran Church, 918 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear. For information, call 623-932-2394.

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 Liberty United Methodist Church, 7598 S. Liberty School Road, Buckeye. The group is studying The Storm Inside by Sheila Walsh. For information, call 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.

W.V. Astronomy Club

The West Valley Astronomy Club will meet at 7 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 17540 Avenue of the Arts, Surprise. Guest speaker Paul Knauth from Arizona State University will talk about “the smashed up universe” and the chaotic history of nature and the universe. For information, call Steve at 623-824-8658.

Ariz. Corp. Commission meeting

A special open meeting of the Arizona Corporation Commission will take place at 6 p.m. at Palo Verde Energy Education Center, 600 N. Verrado Way, Buckeye. The commissioners will be able to hear questions about EPCOR Water Arizona.

Wednesday 26

Family-focused nutrition workshop

Avondale is hosting a free, family-focused nutrition workshop series from 9 to 10 a.m. in English and 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Spanish Wednesdays at the Care1st Avondale Resource & Housing Center, 328 W. Western Ave., Avondale. The series will focus on topics such as food nutrition guidelines, key nutrients, food safety, stretching food budgets, calorie education and osteoporosis prevention. There is no fee, but registration is requested by calling 623-333-2703.

Divorce support 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 enables 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 and 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.

Heart disease support group

The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease hosts a support group for women living with heart disease from 2:30 to 4 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of every month at Trinity Lutheran Church and School, 830 Plaza Circle in Litchfield Park.

Thursday 27

American Legion Thanksgiving dinner

The American Legion Crandel/Palmer Post No. 61 in Avondale is hosting its annual Thanksgiving dinner from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a free, full Thanksgiving dinner, including turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, corn, rolls and dessert. Everyone is invited. Volunteers and donations are welcomed. For information or to volunteer, call Helen at 623-203-8606.

Friday 28

Reformers Unanimous

The addiction recovery program “Reformers Unanimous” meets from 7 to 9 p.m. Fridays at Desert Springs Community Church, 14440 W. Indian School Road, Goodyear. The Christ-centered group is free and open to all adults who struggle with addiction or a “stubborn habit” and their family members. Each class has a nursery and youth programs for family members, as well as free, local transportation. For information, contact Director Mike Hammonds at 602-694-5618 or visit www.gotaddictions.com.

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). 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 benefit local charities. For information, call 623-512-8878.

Saturday 29

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.

Turkey Bowl Mania

The third annual Turkey Bowl Mania will take place from 8 to 11 a.m. at Friendship Park, 12325 W. McDowell Road, Avondale. All proceeds will go to needy families for the holidays. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. Early registration is $25, late registration is $35. The event is open to boys and girls of all ages. Participants get a free T-shirt. For information, call 480-233-9607.

Avondale holiday lights

Holiday lights will be on display from 6 to 9 p.m. along Western Avenue in Historic Avondale.

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