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9 Days Calendar, week of December 12, 2014

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Friday 19

Genealogical research assistance

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

Winter Solstice sunrise hike

Greet the sun and celebrate the coming of the shortest day of the year on a 1.5-mile hike at 7:15 a.m. at White Tank Mountain Regional Park, 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road, Waddell. Hikers will get a chance to see the sunrise and look at ancient petroglyphs along the trail. The hike will leave from Area 4. No dogs are allowed. Entry fee costs $6 per vehicle.

Stories, songs with Mrs. Santa Claus

Mrs. Santa Claus will tell stories and sing songs from 1 to 1:45 p.m. at the White Tank Branch Library, 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road, Waddell. No registration is required.

Healthy home, healthy you

Learn how to keep your house clean with essential oils and other natural products at 2:15 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.

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.

Saturday 20

Christmas 4 Kids

Christmas 4 Kids” will take place from 9 a.m. to noon at River of Life, 3690 S. Estrella Parkway, Goodyear. There will be stories, songs, activities and crafts. The event is geared toward children ages 4 to 10. There is no cost but space is limited. Register at riveroflifeaz.org or call 623-312-8650.

DLRR meeting

The Desert Labrador Retriever Rescue Group will meet from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cabela’s, 9380 W. Glendale Ave., Glendale. The nonprofit group rescues and rehabilitates Labrador retrievers for adoption. All potential adopters are screened and no adoptions will take place on site. To look at dogs for adoption, visit www.dlrrphoenix.org.

A Taste of Christmas

A Taste of Christmas” will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 830 E. Plaza Circle, Litchfield Park. Participants will be able to taste foods from China, Poland, Iraq, Italy, Mexico, Norway, Ireland, Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands, Thailand, the Czech Republic and Korea. There will also be a chance to make Christmas crafts. The event is free and wheelchair and stroller accessible. For information, call Ruth Fisher at 623-935-4665, Ext. 213 or visit www.trinitylcs.org.

Annual Christmas parade

The Savannah Community’s annual Christmas Parade will be at 5:30 p.m. near Camelback and Perryville roads. Up to 45 vehicles, plus a fire truck and ambulance, decorated with festive lights will be in the parade. Take clothing, non-perishable or food donations to give to the Buckeye Valley Fire District’s charity. For information, call Steve at 602-370-0230.

Feeding frenzy

Watch park staff feed rattlesnakes, scorpions, a Gila monster, a tarantula and a black widow spider at 1 p.m. in the Nature Center at White Tank Mountain Regional Park, 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road, Waddell.

Black Rock Luminaria Walk

Hike along a half-mile, barrier-free trail lit with hundreds of luminarias from 7 to 9 p.m. at White Tank Mountain Regional Park, 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road, Waddell. The hike is stroller and wheelchair accessible. A campfire, cocoa and cookies will be provided after the hike. The event is supported by the Friends of White Tank Park. The hike will leave from Area 4. Entry fee costs $6 per vehicle.

Avondale holiday lights

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

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.

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.

Sunday 21

Chabad Goodyear menorah lighting

Chabad of Goodyear will light a public 9-foot menorah at 5 p.m. at the Palm Valley Community Center, 14145 W. Palm Valley Blvd in Goodyear. The menorah lighting will be followed by a community Chanukah celebration. Goodyear Mayor Georgia Lord and business leaders will attend. There will be dancing, singing, latkes, face painting, hot soup, hot cocoa, arts and crafts. For information, call 623-466-6110, email jewishgoodyear@gmail.com or visit www.jewishgoodyear.com.

Jesus and the Light of Chanukah

New Covenant Life Ministry is presenting “Jesus and the Light of Chanukah” from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Homewood Suites and Inn by Hilton, 11450 W. Hilton Way, Avondale. Rabbi Zimmerman from Jewish Voice Ministries International will present information about the connection between Jesus and Chanukah. There will be a question-and-answer session and a Jewish food taster after the event. Admission is free. For information or to RSVP, call 602-441-7438.

Family mystery hike

A family mystery hike will go in search of a monster in Estrella Mountain Regional Park at 10 a.m. The hike will go into parts of the park usually not accessible to the public to look for clues. The hike is appropriate for all ages. Meet at the Nature Center, 14805 W. Vineyard Ave., Goodyear. There is a $6 entry fee per vehicle. For information, call 623-932-3811 or visit www.maricopa.gov/parks/estrella.

Avondale holiday lights

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

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.

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.

Monday 22

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

A computer class will cover the basics of operating a computer from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Buckeye Public Library, 310 N. Sixth St. Registration is required by calling 623-349-6300.

Tuesday 23

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.

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.

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.

Wednesday 24

Candlelight Christmas Eve vigil

The Cornerstone Christian Center will present a candlelight Christmas Eve Celebration from 6 to 7 p.m. at 11301 W. Indian School Road, Avondale. For information, call 623-877-3220.

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.

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.

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.

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Merry Christmas

 

Friday 26

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 27

Outdoor Adventure Family Day

The second annual Outdoor Adventure Family Day will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the White Tank Branch Library, 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road, Waddell. There will be live animals, survival tips, horseback riding specials, youth activities, the Arizona Balloon Lady and food vendors. There will be easy, moderate and challenging hikes available to participants. Take a picnic lunch if you want to stay the whole day.

Avondale holiday lights

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

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.

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.

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.

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