9 Days Calendar, week of February 27, 2015

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Friday 6

Wigwam’s Artists in Residence series

West Valley artist Judy Bihary will present some of her mixed media gourd creations and collages as part of the Wigwam’s Artists in Residence series. Bihary’s work will be on display from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Wigwam, 300 E Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park. For information, call Bihary at 623-826-4788.

Doo Wop Sock Hop

The Doo Wop Sock Hop is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Buckeye Community Center, 201 E. Centre Ave. The sock hop is open to anyone 18 and older. The cost is $5 and includes hamburgers, chips, ice cream and entertainment.

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.

Saturday 7

AAUW book discussion, meeting

AAUW will discuss the book The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein at 10 a.m. at Toscano’s Grill in PebbleCreek, 16262 W. Clubhouse Drive, Goodyear. Barbara Bailey will be the guest speaker at the AAUW meeting following at 10:45 a.m. For directions or to RSVP, call Shirley Talley at 623-535-0540.

Mosiac Arts Center craft fair, rummage sale

The Mosaic Arts Center will host its monthly craft fair and rummage sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 12 E. Western Ave., Avondale. For sale will be handmade crafts from the community and the center’s students, items such as video games, books and clothing, snacks, drinks and an activity table for youths. Spaces cost $10 to rent. For information, call 602-510-2678.

Friends of Litchfield Library book sale

The Friends of Litchfield Park Library will host a book sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Community Room at the Litchfield Park Library, 101 W. Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park. Leather-bound classics, cook books, coffee table books and books about art, architecture and travel will be available. All proceeds will go toward programs at the Litchfield Park Library. For information, call Susan at 623-935-4403.

Villa de Paz Elem. rummage sale

Seventh- and eighth-graders from Villa de Paz Elementary will host a rummage sale fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 4940 N. 103rd Ave., Phoenix. Funds raised will go toward a trip to Washington, D.C. Parking lot spaces are available for $10.

Wigwam’s Artists in Residence series

West Valley artist Judy Bihary will present some of her mixed media gourd creations and collages as part of the Wigwam’s Artists in Residence series. Bihary’s work will be on display from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Wigwam, 300 E Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park. For information, call Bihary at 623-826-4788.

Miller Road desert range clean up

Help clean up the Miller Road desert range from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 25805 W. Tonopah Salome Highway in Buckeye. A barbecue lunch will be served. For information, email Kim Bishop at kim@potofgoldestate.com.

Tonopah Rob’s Farmer’s Market

Tonopah Rob’s Vegetable Farm Farmer’s Market will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Tonopah. There will be select seasonal vegetables, leafy greens, grass-fed beef, homemade breads and pastries, homemade jam and jellies, Alaskan salmon and skin care products for sale, live chickens and turkeys and guided farm tours. For information and directions to the farmer’s market, call 623-386-3033 or visit www.tonopahrob.com.

Dog Days of Buckeye

Dog Days of Buckeye is scheduled for 9 a.m. at Sundance Park, near Rainbow and Lower Buckeye roads. The event will include pet vendors, dog gifts, a dog talent show and Chihuahua and wiener dog races. For information, visit www.buckeyeaz.gov.

American Legion Post No. 61 sale

The American Legion Post No. 61 will host a yard sale from 6 a.m. to noon at 35 N. Eighth St. in Avondale. For sale will be arts, crafts and baked goods. The cost is $5 for one table rental or $7 for two for Legion members; and $10 for one table or $15 for two for non-members. For information, call Pam at 623-932-6587.

Tres Rios Nature Festival

A full line up of presentations, fashion shows and Arizona bluegrass, folk and country music groups will perform during the Tres Rios Nature Festival at the Base and Meridian Wildlife Area, just five miles south of Interstate 10 on Avondale Boulevard, near Phoenix International Raceway. At 10 a.m., Greenwood Sidee will perform; at 11 a.m., Human Jones Review; at noon, there will be a recycling fashion show; at 1 p.m., the Back Porch Bandits will take the stage; at 2:15 p.m., the Sonoran Audubon Society will present; and at 2:45 p.m., Blue Moon Trio will play. The event is free to the public and will go on rain or shine. For information, call 623-333-2400 or visit www.tresriosnaturefestival.com.

Litchfield Park Art & Culinary Festival

The 17th annual Litchfield Park Art & Culinary Festival will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in downtown Litchfield Park, 101 W. Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park. There will be arts and crafts, wine, craft beer and food. Admission and parking are free. For information, visit www.vermillionpromotions.com or call 623-935-9040.

ESL tutor training

The Southwest Valley Literacy Center will hold the second part of its ESL tutor training workshop from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at First Southern Baptist Church of Avondale, Building D, 1001 N. Central Ave., Avondale. 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.

Presentations for veterans

Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church is hosting two free programs at 10 a.m. at 918 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear. Participants will have the opportunity to listen to stories honoring veterans during the Salutes program. During the Aid & Attendance program, veterans and spouses can learn about getting assistance at home or in assisted living. For information, call 623-932-2394.

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.

SW Specialty Foods farmer’s market

A farmer’s market is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays at Southwest Specialty Foods, 700 N. Bullard Ave., Goodyear. The market features locally grown food, organic food, kettle corn, Ass Kickin’ hot sauce, coloring for children and donkey feeding. Admission and parking are free. For information, visit www.furyfarm.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 8

Friends of LP Library book sale

The Friends of Litchfield Park Library will host a book sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Community Room at the Litchfield Park Library, 101 W. Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park. Half-price, leather-bound classics, cook books, coffee table books and books about art, architecture and travel will be available. All proceeds will go toward programs at the Litchfield Park Library. For information, call Susan at 623-935-4403.

Wigwam’s Artists in Residence series

West Valley artist Judy Bihary will present some of her mixed media gourd creations and collages as part of the Wigwam’s Artists in Residence series. Bihary’s work will be on display from noon to 4 p.m. at the Wigwam, 300 E Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park. For information, contact Bihary at 623-826-4788.

Tres Rios Nature Festival

A full line up of presentations, fashion shows and Arizona bluegrass, folk and country music groups will perform during the Tres Rios Nature Festival at the Base and Meridian Wildlife Area, just five miles south of Interstate 10 on Avondale Boulevard, near Phoenix International Raceway. At 10 a.m., Dowling Duo will perform; at 11:15 a.m., Human Jones Review will play; at 12:15 p.m., Back Porch Bandits will take the stage; at 1:30 p.m., Henry & Joel will perform; at 2:30 p.m., the Sonoran Audubon Society will present; and at 2:45 p.m., Blue Moon Trio will take the stage. The event is free to the public and will go on rain or shine. For information, call 623-333-2400 or visit www.tresriosnaturefestival.com.

Litchfield Park Art & Culinary Festival

The 17th annual Litchfield Park Art & Culinary Festival will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in downtown Litchfield Park, 101 W. Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park. There will be arts and crafts, wine, craft beer and food. Admission and parking are free. For information, visit www.vermillionpromotions.com or call 623-935-9040.

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.

Adrenaline Youth Choir

The Church at Litchfield Park invites children in sixth through 12th grades to participate in the Adrenaline Youth Choir from 4 to 5 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 9

Crazy 8s Math Club meets

The Crazy 8s Math Club meets at 1 p.m. every Monday at the Litchfield Park Branch Library, 101 W. Wigwam Blvd. Pupils in third through fifth grades will have the opportunity to build stuff, run, jump, make music and experience math in fun and crazy ways. Materials are provided. Registration is required by calling 602-652-3000. For information, visit www.mcldaz.org.

Buckeye Union High School Board meets

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

Arlington Elementary School Board meets

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

Liberty Elementary School Board meets

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

Palo Verde Elem. Board meets

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

Saddle Mountain School Board meets

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

Mental Illness peer support group meets

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

Tuesday 10

The Readiness Basket

Parents can learn about early childhood development for their children ages newborn to 5 years old at this class from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Care1st Avondale Resource & Housing Center, 328 W. Western Ave., Avondale. Find practical and fun ways to nurture the brain development of your child to get him ready for kindergarten. Books and materials are free. Free child care is available. Registration is recommended by calling 623-333-2703.

Spring training game trip for seniors

The Avondale Senior Center will sponsor a trip to see the Cubs play the Indians in a spring training game from noon to 3 p.m. The cost is $15 and includes tickets and a ride to and from the center. For information or to reserve your seat, call 623-333-2401.

Sewing for Babies meets in Peoria

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

Way Out West

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

Tolleson City Council meets

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

Tolleson Union High School board meets

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

Litchfield Elementary School Board meets

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

Meet with Congressional Rep.

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

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.

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.

Wednesday 11

SciSpace: Exploring STEM workshop

The Arizona Science Center, Phoenix Zoo and Challenger Space Center will host a workshop about science, technology, engineering and math at 2 p.m. at the Sam Garcia Western Avenue Library, 495 E. Western Ave., Avondale. The workshops are geared toward children ages 7 to 12 years old. Registration is required by calling 623-333-2665.

Arizona Kith & Kin Project

Friends and family can learn all the important aspects of providing child care at this free class from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Care1st Avondale Resource & Housing Center, 328 W. Western Ave., Avondale. Training topics include child development, guidance and discipline, health and safety, language and literacy and brain development. Free child care is available. Registration is required by calling 623-333-2703.

Robotic basics for tweens, teens

Robot Ambassador Eric Ose will teach hands-on robotic basics to tweens and teens from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at the Litchfield Park Branch Library, 101 W. Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park. The program will share online resources and kits for learning about different aspects of electronics, robotics and programming. It is open to youths ages 10 to 18 years old.

Agua Fria Union High School Board meets

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

Job readiness support in Avondale

Avondale, in partnership with Maricopa Workforce Connections, is offering job readiness assistance from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays at the Care1st Avondale Resource & Housing Center, 328 W. Western Ave., Avondale. A career guidance specialist will help job seekers gain confidence in their search for employment. Assistance includes resume development, career counseling and job readiness workshops.  Anyone interested in the service is asked to reserve time with the career guidance specialist by calling 623-333-2703. The service is available in English and Spanish.

Children’s Community Christian Choirs

Chimin’ In Hand Bell — 4:30 to 5 p.m. Fourth- to eighth-graders are invited to participate in a hand chime choir.

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

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

Thursday 12

Teddy bear picnic, story time

Children ages 2 to 6 years old can enjoy a special story time with teddy bear friends and a picnic at 11:15 a.m. at Sernas Plaza, next to the Sam Garcia Western Avenue Library, 495 E. Western Ave., Avondale. Take your blanket and a favorite teddy bear. Snacks will be provided while supplies last.

Free casino games, refreshments

Spend an afternoon playing free casino games from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Avondale Community Center, 1007 S. Third St., Avondale. Free refreshments will be available. For information, call 623-333-2401.

Meet, Greet and Eat

Victoria Gray, an outreach specialist with Duet, will speak about grandparents raising grandchildren from noon until 1 p.m. at Christ Community United Methodist Church, 104 W. Western Ave., Avondale. Duet is an interfaith, nonprofit organization devoted to providing resources such as support groups, workshops, respite assistance, legal guidance, family activities and referrals to support relatives who are raising grandchildren. A free potluck lunch will be at 11:30 a.m. Meet, Greet and Eat meets every second Thursday at Christ Community United Methodist Church. For information, call 623-932-3480 or visit www.myccumc.com.

Toybrary at the Library

Children are invited to play with high-quality educational toys provided by the Taking Turning Toybrary from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. at the Litchfield Park Branch Library, 101 W. Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park. Children will be able to check out toys for a loan period of up to two weeks. No registration is required. For information, visit www.mcldaz.org or call 602-652-3000.

Free landscaping class

Join a free landscaping class from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Avondale City Hall, 11465 W. Civic Center Drive, Avondale. Register by calling 623-333-4422 or emailing eavila@avondale.org.

Job readiness skills program for teens

Avondale Library is partnering with Maricopa Workforce Connections to offer LIFE+, a job readiness skills program for teenagers from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Sam Garcia Western Avenue Library, 495 E. Western Ave., Avondale. The program helps teenagers ages 12 - 18 gain confidence in skill development, job readiness, personal development and technical support. There is no cost but space is limited. Register by calling 623-333-2601.

American Legion Post No. 143 meets

American Legion Post No. 143 meets at 5:30 p.m. the second Thursday of the month at Rudy’s Barbeque Restaurant, 845 N. Litchfield Road, Goodyear. The post is made up of Legion members, Auxiliary members, Sons of the American Legion and Riders. The post is non-smoking. For information, visit www.alpost143.org or email Director Barbara Gile at azfuzzball@aol.com.

Union Elementary School Board meets

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

Support group for caregivers

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

Taking Turns Toybrary

The Care1st Avondale Resource & Housing Center will open the doors to its Taking Turns Toybrary from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays at 328 W. Western Ave., Avondale. Families can check out fun, educational toys for up to two weeks with a photo ID. For information, call 623-333-2703.

In Stitches in Goodyear meets

In Stitches in Goodyear meets at 1:30 p.m. every Thursday at the Goodyear Library, 14455 W. Van Buren St. Share ideas, tips and patterns with other crochet, knitting and sewing enthusiasts. Novice to advance needle crafters are welcome. Some basic instruction in needle crafts will be available. For information, call 602-652-3000.

Drug and Alcohol Program

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

Boy Scout meeting

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

Community Bingo

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

Friday 13

Healing prayer service

Vineyard Church in Goodyear is hosting a communitywide healing prayer service for those in need of physical or emotional healing at 7 p.m. at 255 N. Litchfield Road in Goodyear. For information, call 623-932-2500.

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 Village Inn, 10010 W. McDowell Road, Avondale. The meetings will feature a keynote speaker covering topics affecting the Southwest Valley. Business owners are welcome to attend even if they are not a member of the Southwest Valley Chamber. To see a speaker schedule, visit www.southwestvalleychamber.org. For information, call 623-932-2260 or email info@southwestvalleychamber.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.

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Coffee with the Chiefs

Talk with neighbors, police officers and firefighters at 9 a.m. at the Verrado Coffee Co., 1829 N. Verrado Way, Buckeye during Coffee with the Chiefs.

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.

Southwest Specialty Foods farmer’s market

A farmer’s market is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays at Southwest Specialty Foods, 700 N. Bullard Ave., Goodyear. The market features locally grown food, organic food, kettle corn, Ass Kickin’ hot sauce, coloring for children and donkey feeding. Admission and parking are free. For information, visit www.furyfarm.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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