9 Days Calendar, week of April 10, 2015

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Friday 17

BESD spaghetti benefit dinner

The Buckeye Elementary School District will host a spaghetti dinner from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Inca Elementary School, 23601 W. Durango St., Buckeye. Dinner tickets can be purchased from a band student, the front office or Miss Shupe for $5. Prices will increase to $7 at the door. Proceeds will benefit the band and music programs. For information, call Shupe at 623-925-3516 or email ashupe@besd33.org.

Texas Hold’em tournament

The American Legion Post No. 53 will host a Texas Hold’em tournament at 7 p.m. Arrive early at 5 p.m. for a dinner with lasagna, French bread, salad and dessert for $6. The event is open to the public. For information and directions, call 623-327-0227 or email legionpost53@gmail.com.

Black Rock Archaeology Walk

Park Volunteer Joe Weber will lead a 1.5-mile walk to look at ancient petroglyphs at 8 a.m. at White Tank Mountain Regional Park, 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road, Waddell. Weber will discuss early native people of the area and the possible meanings of the rock art they left behind. The walk leaves from Area 4. No dogs are allowed on the hike. Park entry costs $6 per vehicle. For information, call 623-935-2505 or visit www.maricopa.gov/parks/white_tank.

Stay and Play

Children up to age 5 can play together while their parents connect with each other from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. at the Goodyear Branch Library, 14455 W. Van Buren St., Suite C-101, Goodyear. Children will be able to play with a variety of developmentally appropriate toys provided by the Taking Turns Toybrary. Parents will also have the opportunity to check out toys. No registration is required. For information, call 602-652-3000 or visit www.mcldaz.org.

Tolleson’s Whoopee Daze Festival

Tolleson’s Whoopee Daze Festival will take place at 4 p.m. at Veterans Park, 8601 W. Van Buren St., Tolleson. Admission is free. The festival will include carnival rides, tournaments and competitions. For information, visit www.tollesonaz.org/whoopeesaze or call 623-474-4992.

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 18

Bird watching

Enjoy bird watching at 9 a.m. at the Litchfield Park Branch Library, 101 W. Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park. Take binoculars. The event is for people ages 8 and older.

Ladies Auxiliary meets

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 12098 Ladies Auxiliary will host its first meeting at 10 a.m. at the Buckeye Public Downtown Library, 310 N. Sixth St., Buckeye. The group is open to female relatives, such as spouses, mothers and daughters, of someone eligible to join the VFW. For information, email Carolyn Quinton at quintonsc2007@yahoo.com.

Friends of Buckeye Library luncheon

The Friends of the Buckeye Public Library will host its annual spring membership salad luncheon at 11:30 a.m. at the Buckeye Coyote Branch Library, 21699 W. Yuma Road in Buckeye. The event is open to current members or anyone interested in becoming a member. The cost is $5 per person.

Litchfield Elementary rummage sale

Litchfield Elementary School’s rummage sale will take place from 7:30 a.m. to noon at 225 E. Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park. There is no fee; take your own tables and chairs. For information, call 602-690-7311.

ESL tutor training workshop

The Southwest Valley Literacy Association will hold the first part of its English as a Second Language tutor training workshop from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, 918 S. Litchfield Road in Goodyear. The second part of the training will be held at the same time and place April 25. The training will prepare adults who want to become volunteer ESL tutors for Southwest Valley Literacy. At the end of the two-day training, participants will receive a ProLiteracy Certification to teach the Laubach method. Register by visiting www.swvalleyliteracy.org or calling 623-695-4321.

Verse Traverse poetic discovery hike

Celebrate National Poetry Month with a 2.5-mile hike at 9 a.m. at White Tank Mountain Regional Park, 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road, Waddell. Poetic cues will lead participants through the Sonoran Desert to find a unique treasure. The hike is geared toward adults and families with school-aged children. The hike is expected to last two hours and is rated moderate difficulty. Take water and wear closed-toe shoes. No dogs are allowed on the hike. Meet at the Goat Camp Trailhead in Area 1. Park entry costs $6 per vehicle. For information, call 623-935-2505 or visit www.maricopa.gov/parks/white_tank.

Sonoran Audubon bird walk, bird talk

Joe Ford from the Sonoran Audubon Society will lead an early morning bird walk along the Wildlife Trail at 8 a.m. at White Tank Mountain Regional Park, 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road, Waddell. Take your bird book and binoculars. Some binoculars may be available to borrow. No dogs are allowed on the hike. After the walk at 10:45 a.m., Ford will present his program “April Loons” in the Nature Center classroom. Park entry costs $6 per vehicle for the walk. For information, call 623-935-2505 or visit www.maricopa.gov/parks/white_tank.

Paws for Reading Story Hour

Meet therapy dogs and enjoy books from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Goodyear Branch Library, 14455 W. Van Buren St., Suite C-101, Goodyear. Library staff will present stories while participants visit with therapy dogs. Registration is required by calling 602-652-3000. For information, visit www.mcldaz.org.

Video games for youths

Youths ages 12 to 18 years are invited for a video game play session from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Goodyear Branch Library, 14455 W. Van Buren St., Suite C-101, Goodyear. For information, call 602-652-3000 or visit www.mcldaz.org.

Sage Creek garage sale

The Sage Creek community near Dysart and Osborn roads in Avondale will host a community garage sale from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Softball camp

Millennium High School will host a softball camp from 9 a.m. to noon at the school softball field at 14802 W. Wigwam Blvd. in Goodyear. All phases of the game will be covered during the camp. Participants will need to take a fielding glove, bat, comfortable shoes or cleats and appropriate clothing. Everyone will receive a camp T-shirt. The cost is $25. For information or to register, call Clayton Gene White at 801-390-4509.

SW Valley HOA Academy

Avondale, Buckeye and Goodyear will present the Southwest Valley HOA Academy Spring Session from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Avondale City Hall, 11465 W. Civic Center Drive, Avondale. The cost is $5, and includes lunch. The program will include topics presented by local professionals. Discussions include fundamental principles of the Federal Fair Housing Act, implementing rental restrictions, understanding hoarding and an update on legislative impacts on community associations. For information, call 623-333-2720 (Avondale), 623-349-6459 (Buckeye) or 623-882-7801 (Goodyear). Registration is required by visiting www.avondale.org/playnow. Enter session code 7111.

Tolleson Whoopee Daze Festival Parade

Tolleson will host its annual Whoopee Daze Festival Parade at 10 a.m. The parade will feature equestrian displays, marching bands, floats and cars and travel along Van Buren Street from 91st Avenue to Veterans Park. The festival will continue throughout the day and evening with entertainment, contests and a carnival. For information, visit www.tollesonaz.org/whoppeedaze or call 623-936-2748.

USMC Southwest Detachment meets

The Marine Corps League, Southwest Valley Detachment No. 1245 meets from 8 to 10 a.m. the third Saturday of every month at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 420 N. Dysart Road, Goodyear. All present and former Marines and FMF Corpsmen are welcome. The detachment is involved with various programs that assist veterans. For information, contact Detachment Commandant Herb Cato at 623-853-5685, or email hcato@cox.net.

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 19

Community communion worship

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church will hold a community communion worship service at 2 p.m. at 18431 W. Paseo Way in Goodyear.

Desert Wash Discovery Hike

Interpretive Ranger Jessica Bland will lead a discovery walk through one of the larger washes normally closed to hiking at 8 a.m. at White Tank Mountain Regional Park, 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road, Waddell. Most of the walk will be in the wash’s bottom, which has a rocky, uneven surface. No dogs are allowed on the hike. Meet at Area 9. Park entry costs $6 per vehicle. For information, call 623-935-2505 or visit www.maricopa.gov/parks/white_tank.

Whoopee Daze softball tournament

The Whoopee Daze softball tournament will take place at 8 a.m. at Veteran’s Park, 8601 W. Van Buren St., Tolleson. Entry fee costs $150 per team. Check-in time is 7:30 a.m. The festival will continue throughout the day and evening with entertainment, the Whoopee Factor contest and a carnival. For information, visit www.tollesonaz.org/whoopeedaze.

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 20

Every Child Ready to Read workshop

The “Every Child Ready to Read” workshop will take place from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Spanish and from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in English at the Care1st Avondale Resource & Housing Center, 328 W. Western Ave., Avondale. The workshop is for families and caregivers of children from infancy to 5 years old. Each participant will receive information and tips on developing early literacy skills at home, simple and fun take-home literacy activities, free books and a music CD. Registration is required by calling Jennifer Griffin at 623-333-2703 or emailing jgriffin@avondale.org.

Genealogical library tour

Learn about the genealogy resources available during a free library tour from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the West Valley Genealogical Society & Library, 12222 N. 111th Ave., Youngtown. Registration is required by calling 623-933-4945. For information, visit www.azwvgs.com.

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.

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.

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 21

Three Rivers Historical Society meeting

The Three Rivers Historical Society will meet from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Goodyear Branch Library, 14455 W. Van Buren St. Guest speakers from Phoenix’s Water Services Department will talk about the operations of the 91st Avenue Wastewater Treatment Plant and its role in Tres Rios and the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station.

Owl Tales

Joyce Story, an award-winning author and storyteller, will tell owl stories inspired by Native American legends and the Sonoran Desert at 10 a.m. at White Tank Mountain Regional Park, 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road, Waddell. The story time is appropriate for young children and their caregivers. For information, call 623-935-2505 or visit www.maricopa.gov/parks/white_tank.

Toddler story time

Toddlers ages 2 to 3 are invited to listen to stories and participate in songs, finger plays and movement activities from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. at the Goodyear Branch Library, 14455 W. Van Buren St., C-101. For information, call 602-652-3000 or visit www.mcldaz.org.

Weight-loss surgery info session

Banner Estrella Medical Center will offer a free weight-loss surgery information session from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at 9201 W. Thomas Road in Phoenix. The sessions are designed for patients whose body mass index and health problems qualify them for surgical intervention to lose weight. The sessions will be conducted by bariatric surgeons and staff. For information, call 623-327-8200 or visit www.bannerhealth.com/estrella.

Blood drive

United Blood Services is hosting a blood drive from 7:45 to 11:45 a.m. and from 1:15 to 5:15 p.m. at Universal Technical Institute, 10695 W. Pierce St., Avondale.

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.

Buckeye City Council meets

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

Pendergast Elem. School Board meets

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

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. Another story time takes place at 1 p.m. at the Goodyear Branch Library, 14455 W. Van Buren St., C-101. 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 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 22

Earth Day showing of The Lorax

Celebrate Earth Day with a showing of The Lorax at 4 p.m. at the White Tank Mountain Regional Park Nature Center, 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road, Waddell. Popcorn will be provided. Participants can take their own snacks, but no glass bottles. Each family will receive a packet of wildflower seeds. For information, call 623-935-2505 or visit www.maricopa.gov/parks/white_tank.

Books and Brushes

Agua Fria Community Artists will host “Books and Brushes” from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Goodyear Branch Library, 14455 W. Van Buren St., Suite C-101, Goodyear. Children ages 6 to 12 will have the opportunity to create paintings based on books presented by a story teller. Registration is required by calling 602-652-3000. The event is limited to 12 participants. For information, visit www.mcldaz.org.

Intro to social media

Get an introduction to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at 10 a.m. at the Goodyear Branch Library, 14455 W. Van Buren St., Suite C-101, Goodyear. For information, call 602-652-3000 or visit www.mcldaz.org.

Ebook, e-audio class

Learn how to check out eBooks and e-audio from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Goodyear Branch Library, 14455 W. Van Burn St., Suite C-101, Goodyear. Take your storage device and USB cord, as well as your library card. Take your Amazon account number and password if you’re using a Kindle. For information, visit www.mcldaz.org or call 623-652-3000.

Blood drive

United Blood Services is hosting a blood drive from 7:45 to 11:45 a.m. and from 1:15 to 5:15 p.m. at Universal Technical Institute, 10695 W. Pierce St., Avondale.

Avondale Senior Center craft, bake sale

The Avondale Senior Center & Active Adult Program will host a craft fair and bake sale at 10 a.m. at 1007 S. Third St., Avondale. For information, call 623-333-2401 or email esparks@avondale.org.

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.

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.

Estrella Conservative Republican Club

The Estrella Conservative Republican Club meets at 6:30 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of every month in the lecture room at Estrella Foothills High School, 13033 S. Estrella Parkway, Goodyear.

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 23

Mayor Marie High School Art Show

Avondale will host an art reception from 6 to 7 p.m. to honor teens who submitted art for the third annual Mayor Marie High School Art Contest. The art will be on display and college scholarship prizes will be awarded to teenagers who placed first, second and third in the contest. The event is free and open to the public and will be held at the Avondale Civic Center Library, 11350 W. Civic Center Drive in Avondale. For information, call 623-333-2787 or email publicart@avondale.org.

Bugsy Malone Jr. musical

Westar Elementary School will present its first full-scale musical, Bugsy Malone Jr., at 7 p.m. at 17777 W. Westar Drive in Goodyear. The musical is set in America during the 1920s. The event is free and open to the public, although donations are appreciated.

Baby Time

Parents and caregivers can help their babies explore their senses through books, music and movement at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. at the Goodyear Branch Library, 14455 W. Van Buren St., Suite C-101, Goodyear. Meet at the west side of the library by the Programming Room. Doors will open at 8:50 a.m. for the early session. For information, call 602-652-3000 or visit www.mcldaz.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.

Play & Learn — Brain Time

Play & Learn — Brain Time is a program for infants to 5-year-olds and their parents or caregivers that provides caregivers the opportunity to socialize with other parents in a supportive environment. Staff provides access to child development and parenting information, community resources and parenting workshops. Youths socialize with other children and practice developmental skills, while playing in a fun, safe, and caring environment. Play & Learn — Brain Time is offered at 9:30 a.m. for children up to 18 months; 10:30 a.m. for children who are 19 months to 3 years old; and 11:30 a.m. for all ages the first, third and fourth Thursdays of each month at the Care1st Avondale Resource & Housing Center, 328 W. Western Ave., Avondale. The program is free. For information, call 623-333-2703.

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 24

School Readiness Kit workshop

The “School Readiness Kit” workshop will take place from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in English and from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Spanish at the Care1st Avondale Resource & Housing Center, 328 W. Western Ave., Avondale. The workshop is for families and caregivers of children ages 3 to 5. Each participant will receive a school readiness kit with skill-building activities to prepare children to enter school ready to succeed. Registration is required by calling Jennifer Griffin at 623-333-2703 or emailing jgriffin@avondale.org.

Bugsy Malone Jr. musical

Westar Elementary School will present its first full-scale musical, Bugsy Malone Jr., at 7 p.m. at 17777 W. Westar Drive in Goodyear. The musical is set in America during the 1920s. The event is free and open to the public, although donations are appreciated.

Call to Art Spring Show

Call to Art will host its spring show “Inspired” from 7 to 9 p.m. at Desert Springs Community Church, 14440 W. Indian School Road in Goodyear. The juried artwork will include acrylics, oils, water colors and photos from more than 30 artists. The featured artist is Rob Varella. A free drawing will be held for some of Varella’s work and passes to the Desert Botanical Gardens and the Phoenix Art Museum. The show will also feature complimentary desserts and beverages. Admission is free. For information, visit www.calltoart.com or email az.calltoart@gmail.com.

Buckeye Concerts in the Park series

Come back Buddy will perform ’50s music from 7 to 9 p.m. at Festival Foothills Park, 26252 W. Desert Vista Blvd., Buckeye.

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.

Saturday 25

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.

POWWOW

Buckeye Outreach For Social Services sponsors Produce On Wheels — With Out Waste from 8 to 11 a.m. at 501 E. Mahoney Ave., Buckeye. Community members can get up to 60 pounds of produce for a $10 donation. For information, visit www.borderlandfoodbank.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.

Spring concert

A spring concert will be held at Goodyear Community Park, 3151 N. Litchfield Road. Call 623-882-7525 for information.

Arbor Day Expo

Buckeye will host an Arbor Day Expo from 8 to 10 a.m. at Town Park, 207 N. Ninth St. The expo will offer tree planting and pruning demonstrations, irrigation demonstrations, raffles and giveaways. For information, visit www.buckeyeaz.gov/events.

Jazz concert

Jazz*Times*Three will play from 1 to 2 p.m. at the White Tank Branch Library, 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road in Waddell. The concert is being held to celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month.

Bugsy Malone Jr. musical

Westar Elementary School will present its first full-scale musical, Bugsy Malone Jr., at 4 p.m. at 17777 W. Westar Drive in Goodyear. The musical is set in America during the 1920s. The event is free and open to the public, although donations are appreciated.

Play with LEGOS

Children can build their own creations with LEGOS from 10 a.m. to noon at the Litchfield Park Branch Library, 101 W. Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park. No registration is necessary.

ESL tutor training workshop

The Southwest Valley Literacy Association will hold the second part of its English as a Second Language tutor training workshop from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, 918 S. Litchfield Road in Goodyear. The training will prepare adults who want to become volunteer ESL tutors for Southwest Valley Literacy. At the end of the two-day training, participants will receive a ProLiteracy Certification to teach the Laubach method. Register by visiting www.swvalleyliteracy.org or calling 623-695-4321.

Paws for Reading Story Hour

Meet therapy dogs and enjoy books from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Goodyear Branch Library, 14455 W. Van Buren St., Suite C-101, Goodyear. Library staff will present stories while participants visit with therapy dogs. Registration is required by calling 602-652-3000. For information, visit www.mcldaz.org.

Video games for youths

Youths ages 12 to 18 are invited for a video game play session from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Goodyear Branch Library, 14455 W. Van Buren St., Suite C-101, Goodyear. For information, call 602-652-3000 or visit www.mcldaz.org.

Peace Corps info session

Learn about the Peace Corps and how you can be part of it from 1 to 2 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.

Free landscaping class

Learn about eating homegrown vs. GMO-modified food during a free landscaping class from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Garden Patch Community Garden, 11350 W. Coldwater Springs Blvd., Avondale. Register by calling 623-333-4422 or emailing eavila@avondale.org.

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