9 Days Calendar, Week of April 24, 2015

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Friday 24

Coldwater Springs community garage sale

The Coldwater Springs community will host a community garage sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enter the subdivision from Van Buren Street onto Fairway Drive. You can also enter from Van Buren Street onto Links Drive, or from Avondale Boulevard onto Coldwater Springs Boulevard. For information, call 623-932-2773.

Into the Woods play

Verrado Middle School will present Into the Woods at 5 p.m. at 20880 W. Main St., Buckeye. Adult tickets are $7 and student tickets are $5.

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

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.

Into the Woods play

Verrado Middle School will present Into the Woods at 7 p.m. at 20880 W. Main St., Buckeye. Adult tickets are $7 and student tickets are $5.

Buckeye Farmer’s Market

The Buckeye Farmer’s Market is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Sundance Park, 22865 W. Lower Buckeye Road in Buckeye. The market will feature fresh produce, quality meat and homemade jellies and sauces. For information, call Doug Strong at 623-349-6320 or email dstrong@buckeyeaz.gov.

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.

Sunday 26

Into the Woods play

Verrado Middle School will present Into the Woods at 3 p.m. at 20880 W. Main St., Buckeye. Adult tickets are $7 and student tickets are $5.

Blood drive

United Blood Services is hosting a blood drive from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 13720 W. Thomas Road, 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.

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 27

WV Human Services Alliance meets

The West Valley Human Services Alliance will meet from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Pendergast Learning Center, 3841 N. 91st Ave., Phoenix. The guest speaker will be Catherine Amiot, the executive director of Mission of Mercy. She will talk about her organization’s efforts in the West Valley.

Adult book discussion

Discuss Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Goodyear Branch Library, 14455 W. Van Buren St., Suite C-101., Goodyear. The book discussion group is geared toward adults. Take a lunch. For information, call 602-652-3000 or visit www.mcldaz.org.

Books and brushes

Children will get the chance to listen to a story and paint their own scenes from the story from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Litchfield Park Branch Library, 101 W. Wigwam Blvd. For information, call 602-652-3000 or visit www.mcldaz.org.

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 28

Goodyear is Geared for Growth

Goodyear and the Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce will host “Goodyear is Geared for Growth” from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at Tuscany Falls, 16222 W. Clubhouse Drive in Goodyear. The event will showcase the city’s growth over the past few years, as well as talk about Goodyear’s future growth. Keynote speakers include Mayor Georgia Lord; Chris Camacho, president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council; and Nate Nathan, a land broker of the Phoenix-based Nathan and Associates. Tickets are $25 and include lunch. For information, call the Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce at 623-932-2260.

Toddler story time

Toddlers ages 2 to 3 years old 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, Goodyear. For information, call 602-652-3000 or visit www.mcldaz.org.

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.

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.

Sewing for Babies meets in Phoenix

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

Domestic violence support group

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

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 Group5-6:30 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 29

After-school zone

Elementary and middle school pupils can participate in after-school activities from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Goodyear Branch Library, 14455 W. Van Buren St., C-101, Goodyear. Each month’s activities will have a different theme. For information, call 602-652-3000 or visit www.mcldaz.org.

Internet safety class

Learn Internet safety skills, tips and tricks at 10 a.m. at the Goodyear Branch Library, 14455 W. Van Buren St., Suite C-101, Goodyear. The class will teach strategies to protect yourself, your computer and your privacy when surfing the web. For information, call 602-652-3000 or visit www.mcldaz.org.

Ebook, e-audio help

Get one-on-one help from a library staff member with Overdrive for 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. Registration is required by calling 623-652-3000. For information, visit www.mcldaz.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.

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 30

Project WET Water Festival

The Project WET Water Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Festival Fields, 101 E. Lower Buckeye Road, Avondale. The event is meant to engage children in interactive learning about water supplies, basic water science and water conservation.

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.

Estrella Mountain Park master plan

The Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department is updating its 1988 Master Plan for Estrella Mountain Regional Park and needs input from the community. The goal of the Park Master Plan is to develop a long-range vision for the park that takes into account park visitors’ needs, while also protecting the resources and natural beauty of the park. The public meeting will take place at 6 p.m. at the Estrella Mountain Park’s Nature Center, 14805 W. Vineyard Ave., Goodyear. The public has until May 30 to make additional comments at http://www.maricopa.gov/parks/estrella/emproject.aspx. Click on the “park project” tab.

Alcoholics Anonymous meets

The Garden Lakes group of Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. every Thursday at the First Baptist Church of Garden Lakes, 2517 N. 107th Ave., Avondale.

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.

May Friday 1

Family moonlight hike

Take a family moonlight hike at 7:30 p.m. at White Tank Mountain Regional Park, 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road, Waddell. The hike will be a one- to two-mile walk along the Mule Deer and Bajada trails to look for scorpions and experience the desert at night. Take a flashlight and a scorpion light if you have one. Wear close-toed shoes. No dogs are allowed on the hike. Meet at the front of the Nature Center. Park entry costs $6 per vehicle. For information, call 623-935-2505 or visit www.maricopa.gov/parks/white_tank.

Stay & Play group

Newborns and children up to 2 years old are invited to join a free play group from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. at the Goodyear Branch Library, 14455 W. Van Buren St., Suite C-101, Goodyear. Parents can connect with others during the play group to learn more about child development skills. Age-appropriate toys will be provided by the Taking Turns Toybrary. No registration is required. For information, call 602-652-3000 or visit www.mcldaz.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 tacos, refried beans, rice and dessert for $6. The event is open to the public. For information and directions, call 623-327-0227 or email legionpost53@gmail.com.

Avondale Fiesta

The Avondale Fiesta will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn & Homewood Suites, 11460 W. Hilton Way in Avondale. The Cinco de Mayo inspired event is part of Avondale’s Out and About series. The fiesta will feature food, drinks, live music and dancing. Power Drive, Mariachi Aguila and Ballet Folklorico will perform. Local businesses are invited to compete in a salsa-making contest. For information, call 623-333-2400 or visit www.avondale.org/events.

Buckeye Concerts in the Park series

The Swing Tips will perform swing music from 7 to 9 p.m. at Tartesso Sports Park, 30300 W. Tartesso Parkway, Buckeye.

Community Center Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

The Avondale Community Center will host a Cinco de Mayo Fiesta from 5 to 8 p.m. at 1007 S. Third St., Avondale. The fiesta will feature authentic Mexican food, music by DJ Guapo and dancing. Tickets are $5 if purchased in advance, or $7 at the door. For information, call 623-333-2401.

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 2

Avengers party

Teens are invited to an Avengers party from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at the Goodyear Branch Library, 14455 W. Van Buren St., Goodyear. The Avengers will be shown on a projector screen.

10 Fine Art exhibition

10 Fine Art, a collective of West Valley artists, will wrap up its 2015 season as artists in residence at the Wigwam with a group exhibition from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 300 E. Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park. The exhibition is open to the public and will feature more than 100 works of art, including watercolors, oils, acrylics, printmaking, scratchboards, jewelry, gourd art, collages and mixed media.

Adult moonlight hike

Take an adult moonlight hike at 7:30 p.m. at White Tank Mountain Regional Park, 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road, Waddell. The hike will be a one- to two-mile walk along the Mule Deer and Bajada trails to look for scorpions and experience the desert at night. Take a flashlight and a scorpion light if you have one. Wear close-toed shoes. No dogs are allowed on the hike. Hikers must be at least 16 years old. Meet at the front of the Nature Center. Park entry costs $6 per vehicle. For information, call 623-935-2505 or visit www.maricopa.gov/parks/white_tank.

Youth gaming

Youths ages 12 and older are invited to play video games 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.

Paws for Reading

Children can meet and read to therapy dogs at 2 p.m. at the Goodyear Branch Library, 14455 W. Van Buren St., Suite C-101, Goodyear. Registration is required by calling 602-652-3000 or visiting www.mcldaz.org.

Grandparents raising grandchildren

Duet will host a support group for grandparents raising grandchildren from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, 918 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear. The support group is free and geared toward grandparents or kinship caregivers. RSVP by calling 602-274-5022.

Tolleson yard sales

Eight Tolleson communities will host yard sales beginning at 6 a.m. in Tolleson. The communities are located between 79th and 105th avenues and Buckeye and Heber roads. Signs will be posted at community entrances. For information and a map, visit www.fphoa.wordpress.com/links/yardsale.

Racing for Hope’ HYC benefit

A “Racing for Hope” benefit for the Homeless Youth Connection will take place from 1 to 4:30 p.m. at the Wigwam, 300 E. Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park. For information, call Dawn Bogart at 602-565-3218 or email dbogart@hycaz.org.

American Legion Post No. 61 sale

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

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.

 

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