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9 Days Calendar, week of December 26, 2014

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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. Participants are welcome to hike on one of the park’s easy, moderate or challenging trails. 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.

Sunday 28

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.

Non-verbal communication presentation

The Jewish Connection of the West Valley will meet at 2 p.m. at the SCW Foundation, Building 14465, R.H. Johnson Blvd. in Sun City West. David Gershaw will present a program on non-verbal communication titled “That isn’t what I meant to say.” Gershaw is a retired professor of psychology from the Western College in Yuma. Refreshments will be served. The presentation costs $3 per person. For information, call 623-444-5829 or 623-584-1977.

Avondale holiday lights

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

Monday 29

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

Blood drive

The American Red Cross is hosting a blood drive from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Avondale Public Library, 11350 W. Civic Center Drive, Avondale.

Tuesday 30

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.

Blood drives

United Blood Services is hosting a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Walmart, 13055 Rancho Santa Fe Blvd., Avondale.

United Blood Services is hosting another blood drive from noon to 4 p.m. at the Wigwam, 300 E. Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park.

Wednesday 31

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.

Ariz. Wildlife myth busting program

Meet live animals native to Arizona and take a short hike during a program at 11:30 a.m. at Estrella Mountain Regional Park’s Nature Center, 14805 W. Vineyard Ave., Goodyear. For information, call 623-932-3811 or visit www.maricopa.gov/parks/estrella.

Penguin-themed New Year’s celebration

Dress in black and white for a penguin-style New Year’s celebration at 11:15 a.m. at the Litchfield Park Branch Library, 101 W. Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park. There will be stories, music, crafts and a special countdown with an apple juice toast. All materials will be provided. Registration is required by calling 602-652-3000 or visiting www.mcldaz.org.

January, Thursday 1

Getting fit on Ford Canyon

Start the new year off right with a 7 a.m. six-mile hike along Ford Canyon Trail at White Tank Mountain Regional Park, 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road, Waddell. Portions of the hike are rated extremely difficult and involve hiking and climbing through a rugged canyon with large boulders and slick rock areas. The hike is not appropriate for young children or pets. Take a snack and at least one gallon of water. The hike will meet at Area 9. Call 623-935-2505 with questions. Park entry costs $6 per vehicle.

Friday 2

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.

Feeding frenzy

Watch staff feed rattlesnakes, scorpions, a Gila monster, a black widow and a tarantula at 3 p.m. at White Tank Mountain Regional Park’s Nature Center, 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road, Waddell. For information, call 623-935-2505 or visit www.maricopa.gov/parks/white_tank.

Family moonlight hike

Take a 1.5-mile moonlight hike along the Black Rock Long Loop Trail with the family at 7 p.m. at White Tank Mountain Regional Park, 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road, Waddell. Take a scorpion light and wear close-toed shoes. No dogs are allowed on the hike. For information, call 623-935-2505 or visit www.maricopa.gov/parks/white_tank. Park entry costs $6 per vehicle.

Saturday 3

Gallery Night

In-Power Boutique is hosting Gallery Night from 5 to 7 p.m. at Mosaic Arts Center, 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.

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.

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.

Genealogical research assistance

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

Avondale holiday lights

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

Bird walk, program

Joe Ford from the Sonoran Audubon Society will lead an 8:30 a.m. bird walk along Ford Canyon Trail at White Tank Mountain Regional Park, 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road, Waddell. After the hike, Ford will present his program “Canaries in the Coal Mine” at 11 a.m. at the park’s Nature Center. The program discusses the decline of bird species in North America. The hike will leave from Area 9. No dogs are allowed on the hike. Take a bird book and binoculars. For information, call 623-935-2505 or visit www.maricopa.gov/parks/white_tank. Park entry costs $6 per vehicle.

Adult moonlight hike

Adults are invited to go on a 1.5-mile walk along the Black Rock Long Loop Trail at 7 p.m. at White Tank Mountain Regional Park, 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road, Waddell. Take a scorpion light and wear close-toed shoes. No dogs are allowed on the hike. The hike is for people ages 16 and older. For information, call 623-935-2505 or visit www.maricopa.gov/parks/white_tank. Park entry costs $6 per vehicle.

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