9 Days Calendar, Week of May 15, 2015

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Friday 22

Feeding frenzy

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

Dutch oven cooking introduction, sampler

Learn about Dutch oven cooking and taste some samples at 5:30 p.m. at White Tank Mountain Regional Park, 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road, Waddell. Take a chair, a picnic dinner or food to cook. The program will be held at Area 7. Call Ranger Jessica Bland at 623-935-2505 or email jessicabland@mail.maricopa.gov if you’re interested in participating as a cook.

Bachelor auction

A bachelor auction to benefit a Tonopah community center is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Co-Op Grill, 18300 S. Old Highway 80, Arlington. Area bachelors ages 22 to 72 will be auctioned along with a date of their choice to the highest bidders. Volunteers and nominations for bachelors are being accepted. For information, call Sharine Endersen at 623-393-0215.

Friday Business Connections

The Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce is hosting the Friday Business Connections networking group at 7:30 a.m. at WestMEC, 5487 N. 99th Ave., Glendale. 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.

Saturday 23

Tales of the Sonoran Desert

Litchfield Park resident Joyce Story, an award-winning author and storyteller, will tell desert tales inspired by Native American legends at 2 p.m. at White Tank Mountain Regional Park, 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road, Waddell. Meet in the Nature Center classroom. For information, call 623-935-2505 or visit www.maricopa.gov/parks/white_tank.

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 24

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.

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 25

Splash party

The Buckeye Aquatic Center will kick off its summer season with a Memorial Day “Splash Party” from noon to 5 p.m. at 207 N. Ninth St., Buckeye. The party will feature music, snow cones and an ice cream sundae bar, family games, raffles and water activities. The cost is $2 per person; free to military members with identification. For information, visit www.buckeyeaz.gov/recreation, call 623-349-6350 or email recreation@buckeyeaz.gov.

Memorial Day ceremonies

Avondale’s Memorial Day event will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Avondale Civic Center Amphitheater, 11465 W. Civic Center Drive. The event will honor those who have served with music, special tributes and a candlelight vigil. For information, call 623-333-1000 or visit www.avondale.org.

Buckeye will host a Memorial Day observance ceremony at 9 a.m. at Louis B. Hazelton Memorial Cemetery, 23100 W. Broadway Ave., Buckeye. The event is free and open to the public, and joint-sponsored by the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Elks Lodge. The ceremony will honor the 44 soldiers who were killed during the Vietnam War and buried in the Louis B. Hazelton Memorial Cemetery. A color guard presentation, a 21-gun salute and taps will follow.

Litchfield Park will hold a Memorial Day Ceremony at 7 a.m. in front of the World War II Memorial on the west side of Litchfield Elementary School, 255 E. Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park. The ceremony will be led by Litchfield Park Mayor Thomas L. Schoaf and will include placing a floral tribute, a prayer and a moment of silence. Taps will be played. The ceremony is open to the public and refreshments will be served. For information, call Assistant City Manager Sonny Culbreth at 623-935-9040.

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 26

Blood drive

United Blood Services will host a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Larry H. Miller Dodge Ram, 10101 W. Papago Freeway.

Litchfield Library youth volunteer orientation

Youths interested in volunteering to help with the Litchfield Park Branch Library’s summer reading program must attend one volunteer orientation. The first orientation opportunity is scheduled for 4 p.m. today at the Litchfield Park Branch Library, 101 W. Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park. Youths ages 12 to 18 can volunteer. Visit the library or download an application at www.mcldaz.org to sign up for the orientation.

Online caregiver support group

Duet will host an online support group for caregivers of an aging parent, friend, partner or relative from 7 to 8 p.m. The support group is free. Register at duetaz.org by clicking on “Online Caregiver Networking Group” under the events tab. For information, call 602-274-5022.

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.

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 27

Litchfield Library youth volunteer orientation

Youths interested in volunteering to help with the Litchfield Park Branch Library’s summer reading program must attend one volunteer orientation. The last orientation opportunity in May is scheduled for 4 p.m. today at the Litchfield Park Branch Library, 101 W. Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park. Youths ages 12 to 18 can volunteer. Visit the library or download an application at www.mcldaz.org to sign up for the orientation.

Critter Investigations

SciSpace offers a series of hands-on workshops for youths ages 7 to 12. A workshop titled “Critter Investigations” will take place at 3 p.m. at the Avondale Civic Center Library, 11350 W. Civic Center Drive in Avondale. Register by visiting the library or calling 623-333-2665.

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.

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.

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 28

Valley Metro comment session

Valley Metro is asking riders to give their opinions on proposed changes to bus service from 5 to 6:15 p.m. at the Valley Metro Boardroom, 101 N. First Ave., 10th floor, Phoenix. The proposed changes affect routes in Goodyear, Chandler, Mesa, Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe and are planned to be finalized Oct. 26.

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.

Alcoholics Anonymous meets

The Garden Lakes group of Alcoholics Anonymous will meet 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.

Friday 29

Despicable Me 2

A free showing of Despicable Me 2 will play at dusk at Festival Foothills Park at 26252 W. Desert Vista Blvd., Buckeye. Take a picnic, blankets and chairs. Food vendors will sell snacks on site.

Reformers Unanimous

The addiction recovery program “Reformers Unanimous” meets from 7 to 9 p.m. Fridays at Desert Springs Community Church, 14440 W. Indian School Road, Goodyear. The Christ-centered group is free and open to all adults who struggle with addiction or a “stubborn habit” and their family members. Each class has a nursery and youth programs for family members, as well as free, local transportation. For information, contact Director Mike Hammonds at 602-694-5618 or visit www.gotaddictions.com.

Community Bingo

The Rotary Club of Buckeye sponsors Community Bingo at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m.; cost is $21 per person for all 18 games (paper). The Goodyear White Tanks Rotary Club sponsors late night Community Bingo at 10:30 p.m. Doors open at 9:45 p.m.; cost is $14 per person for all 14 games (paper). Bingo is at 3690 S. Estrella Parkway, Suite 108, Goodyear. Daubers and Power Bingo King electronics are available. Proceeds raised benefit local charities. For information, call 623-512-8878.

Saturday 30

Blood drive

United Blood Services will host a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 13055 W. Rancho Santa Fe Blvd., Avondale.

Creative car world

Children can take their toy cars and trucks to the library to design a car track, roads and tunnels using creative materials from 10 a.m. to noon at the Litchfield Park Branch Library, 101 W. Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park. No registration is needed. For information, call 602-652-3000 or visit www.mcldaz.org.

LEGO playtime at Litchfield Library

Children can play with LEGOs from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Litchfield Park Branch Library, 101 W. Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park. No registration necessary. For information, call 602-652-3000 or visit www.mcldaz.org.

POWWOW

The Church at Litchfield Park will host POWWOW (Produce on Wheels Without Waste) from 7 to 10 a.m. in the church’s parking lot at 300 N. Old Litchfield Road in Litchfield Park. POWWOW provides fresh produce to communities at churches, schools and other entities. People can buy up to 60 pounds of fresh, nutritional and rescued produce for $10. For information, call 623-935-3411 or email info@churchatlitchfieldpark.org.

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 features fresh produce, quality meat and homemade jellies and sauces. For information, call Doug Strong at 623-349-6320 or email dstrong@buckeyeaz.gov.

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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