9 Days Calendar, Week of August 28, 2015

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Friday 28

Critter riddles

Guess the identities of various desert critters by solving riddles that describe them at 11 a.m. in the Nature Center at the White Tank Branch Library, 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road, Waddell. For information, visit www.maricopa.gov/parks/white_tank/.

Blood drive

United Blood Services will hold a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Bloodmobile at Tonopah Valley High School, 38201 W. Indian School Road. To make an appointment to donate, visit www.BloodHero.com.

Friday Business Connections

The Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce hosts the Friday Business Connections networking group from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. the fourth Friday of the month at Village Inn, 10010 W. McDowell Road, Avondale. The meetings feature a keynote speaker covering topics affecting the Southwest Valley. Business owners are welcome to attend even if they are not members 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.

Domestic violence support groups

New Life Center offers free confidential support groups for those who have experienced domestic violence. The meetings are held Monday evenings, Tuesday mornings, Wednesday afternoons and Friday afternoons, with varying times and confidential locations. For information, call 623-932-4404, Ext. 123.

Texas Hold’em games

Texas Hold’em games are held at 6 p.m. every Friday in the Butler Bistro Room at the American Legion Post 53, 402 E. Narramore Ave. in Buckeye. For information, call 623-327-0227.

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.

Movie Fridays

Enjoy a free movie from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Avondale Civic Center Library, 11350 W. Civic Center Drive, Avondale.

Saturday 29

Music with Scott and Suzie

Scott Hallock and Suzie Kiraly will perform a two-hour musical set for an all-ages audience. They can perform more than 200 cover songs in the genres of acoustic folk, bluegrass, classic rock, alternative, country, tropical rock and reggae, as well as original pieces. The show will be from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Community Room at the Goodyear Branch Library, 14455 W. Van Buren St., Suite C-101, Goodyear.

What about water?

Join Ranger Jessica Bland in the Nature Center Classroom for an interactive program about the past, present and future of water use in the Valley, from the prehistoric Hohokam canals to modern day water delivery systems at 10:30 a.m. at the White Tank Branch Library, 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road, Waddell. For information, visit www.maricopa.gov/parks/white_tank/.

Feeding time

Meet at the Nature Center to watch park staff feed rattlesnakes, scorpions, a gila monster, a black widow and a tarantula at 1 p.m. at the White Tank Branch Library, 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road, Waddell. For information, visit www.maricopa.gov/parks/white_tank/.

Blood drive

United Blood Services will hold a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Bloodmobile at Costco, 10000 W. McDowell Road, Avondale. To make an appointment to donate, visit www.BloodHero.com.

Texas Hold’em games

Texas Hold’em games are held at 6 p.m. every Saturday in the Butler Bistro Room at the American Legion Post 53, 402 E. Narramore Ave. in Buckeye. For information, call 623-327-0227.

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 5 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 benefit local charities. For information, call 623-512-8878.

Sunday 30

Gospel music concert

An acoustic gospel music concert, featuring various local performers, will start at 3 p.m. at the Wildflower School cafeteria, 325 S. Wildflower Drive, Goodyear. For information, call 623-692-6850.

Cub Scout Pack 64 pool party

Cub Scout Pack 64 will be having a registration and season opening pool party from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Litchfield Park Recreation Center, 100 S. Old Litchfield Road, Litchfield Park.

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.

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 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 31

Nutrition classes

A six-week series focusing on topics such as “My Plate” food nutrition guidelines, key nutrients, food safety, stretching the food dollar, calorie and fat intake education and osteoporosis prevention meets from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. (Spanish) and from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (English) Mondays through Sept. 21 at the Care1st Avondale Resource Center, 328 W. Western Ave., Avondale. The class is free. To register, call 623-333-2703.

Domestic violence support groups

New Life Center offers free confidential support groups for those who have experienced domestic violence. The meetings are held Monday evenings, Tuesday mornings, Wednesday afternoons and Friday afternoons, with varying times and confidential locations. For information, call 623-932-4404, Ext. 123.

Computer classes

Go learn the basics of operating a computer from 10 to 11 a.m. every Monday at the Buckeye Library Downtown Branch, 310 N. Sixth St. Registration is required. For information, call 623-349-6300.

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.

Craft it up

Work on your needlework, knitting or crochet project and chat and share tips with fellow crafters. Take your own materials and a coffee mug at 11 a.m. every Monday at the Sam Garcia Western Avenue Library, 495 E. Western Ave., Avondale. For information, visit avondale.org.

SEPTEMBER Tuesday 1

Kinship care month begins

Sixteen Arizona cities will declare September as the Grandfamily/Kinship care month. A proclamation event will begin at 10 a.m. at Buckeye City Hall, 530 E. Monroe Ave., Buckeye.

Buckeye City Council meets

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

Sewing for Babies meets in Tolleson

The Tolleson community sewing group Sewing for Babies meets from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 701 N. 95th Ave., Tolleson. The group makes preemie hospital clothing, quilts for isolettes in the hospital and burial layettes. Participants are asked to take a sewing machine and supplies and food to share for a potluck. For information, call 623-936-3412.

Retired school employees group

The Saguaro Unit of the All Arizona State Retirement Association hosts its monthly meeting at noon the first Tuesday of the month at Golden Corral Buffet, 420 N. Dysart Road, Goodyear. All retired school employees are welcome to attend. For information, call Patsy Cone at 623-386-3664 or 623-210-4880.

Domestic violence support groups

New Life Center offers free confidential support groups for those who have experienced domestic violence. The meetings are held Monday evenings, Tuesday mornings, Wednesday afternoons and Friday afternoons, with varying times and confidential locations. For information, call 623-932-4404, Ext. 123.

Story time

Toddlers ages 2 to 4 accompanied by an adult can enjoy interactive stories, songs and games that encourage emerging language skills at 11:15 a.m. every Tuesday at the Buckeye Library Coyote Branch’s alternate location at 21765 W. Yuma Road, Suite 105, Buckeye. For information, call 6230349-6300.

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 Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, 918 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear. For information, call 623-932-2394.

Baby time

Take your babies from birth to 23 months to enjoy songs, activities, rhymes, books and playtime starting at 10:15 a.m. Tuesdays at the Buckeye Library Coyote Branch’s alternate location at 21765 W. Yuma Road, Suite 105, Buckeye. For information, call 623-349-6300.

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 2

Lunch and Bunco

Lunch and Bunco will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Goodyear Library Community Room, 14455 W. Van Buren St., Suite C102, Goodyear. The lunch menu will feature food from a local Goodyear restaurant. Registration is $13 for food and prizes. To register, visit https://apm.activecommunities.com/cityofgoodyear/Home.

Healthy touch for youths

Participants will learn about healthy sexual development of their children and how to talk to them about it from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Buckeye Family Resource Center, 210 S. Sixth St., Building 700, Buckeye.

District 19 Democrats meet

The Legislative District 19 Democrats of Maricopa County meets at 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of every month at Tolleson City Library, 9555 W. Van Buren St. Tolleson. The district includes most of Avondale, all of Tolleson and a portion of southwest Phoenix from Interstate 10 up to 35th Avenue. Its purpose is to support the state’s Democratic representatives, senators and all other elected Democrats on city councils and school boards. For information, call Chair Juli Myers at 570-837-9668 or email ld19dems@gmail.com.

Tolleson Elementary School Board meets

The Tolleson Elementary School District Governing Board meets at 6 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month at the district office, 9261 W. Van Buren St., Tolleson. For information, visit www.tollesonschools.com.

District 29 Democrats meet

The Legislative District 29 Democrats meets at 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the Maryvale Community Center Arts and Crafts Room, 4420 N. 51st Ave., Phoenix.

Domestic violence support groups

New Life Center offers free confidential support groups for those who have experienced domestic violence. The meetings are held Monday evenings, Tuesday mornings, Wednesday afternoons and Friday afternoons, with varying times and confidential locations. For information, call 623-932-4404, Ext. 123.

STEAM spot

Youths 7 to 18 years old will be able to explore the ideas behind STEAM: science, technology, engineering, art and math starting at 2 p.m. Wednesdays at the Sam Garcia Western Avenue Library, 495 E. Western Ave., Avondale. For information, visit avondale.org.

More to explore

Children 6 to 12 years old who are curious about how things work can join an interactive program where they’ll build structures, perform experiments, play games, make crafts and learn starting at 3 p.m. Wednesdays at the Avondale Civic Center Library, 11350 W. Civic Center Drive, Avondale. For information, visit avondale.org.

Story time

Toddlers ages 2 to 4 accompanied by an adult can enjoy interactive stories, songs and games that encourage emerging language skills at 11:15 a.m. every Wednesday at the Buckeye Library Downtown Branch, 310 N. Sixth St., Buckeye. For information, call 623-349-6300.

Baby time

Take your babies from birth to 23 months to enjoy songs, activities, rhymes, books and playtime starting at 10:15 a.m. Wednesdays at the Buckeye Library Downtown Branch, 310 N. Sixth St., Buckeye. For information, call 623-349-6300.

Computer classes

Go learn the basics of operating a computer from 6 to 7 p.m. every Wednesday at the Buckeye Library Coyote Branch’s alternate location at 21765 W. Yuma Road, Suite 105. Registration is required. For information, call 623-349-6300.

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 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.

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 benefit local charities. For information, call 623-512-8878.

Play time

Children up to 5 years old can join a weekly open-play group to grow their social skills by playing and exploring together from 11 a.m. to noon Wednesdays at the Sam Garcia Western Avenue Library, 495 E. Western Ave., Avondale. For information, call 623-333-2601.

Needle and thread group

Adults are invited to a needleworking/knitting/crochet group to work on projects, chat and share tips with fellow crafters from 10:30 a.m. to noon every Wednesday at the Avondale Civic Center Library, 11350 W. Civic Center Drive, Avondale. Take your own materials and coffee mug. Instruction books will be available. For information, call 623-333-2602.

Thursday 3

Protecting their innocence: Prevention

Participants will learn the basics of child sexual abuse prevention safety and how to talk with their children about sexual abuse. Participants will learn how child sexual abuse impacts the community, families and victims and the role of the advocacy center from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the White Tank Branch Library, 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road, Waddell.

Code club

Youths 8 to 13 years old can learn how to make computer games and web sites. No experience is needed; beginners are welcome. The class will be held today and Sept. 10, 17 and 24 at the Goodyear Branch Library, 14455 W. Van Buren St., Suite C-101, Goodyear. Registration is required. To register, visit http://www.mcldaz.org/.

Quilters Anonymous meets

Quilters Anonymous, a chapter of the Arizona Quilters Guild, meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Thursday of every month at Christ Presbyterian Church, 925 N Sarival Ave., Goodyear. For information, call Janet at 623-478-8052.

Teen Konnect

Avondale teens can earn volunteer hours for school by helping to plan and be part of different programs and special events for the library. Meetings are held from 4 to 5 p.m. the first Thursday of the month at the Avondale Civic Center Library, 11350 W. Civic Center Drive, Avondale. For information, visit avondale.org.

Sunset stories

Join in a fun family hour for a free story time program from 5 to 6 p.m. every Thursday at the Avondale Civic Center Library, 11350 W. Civic Center Drive, Avondale. For information, visit avondale.org.

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 Center opens 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 benefit local charities. For information, call 623-512-8878.

Family story time

Children 2 to 5 years old can join in an interactive story time filled with songs, rhymes, flannel stories and finger plays to support and develop literacy starting at 11:15 a.m. Thursdays at the Sam Garcia Western Avenue Library, 495 E. Western Ave., Avondale. For information, visit avondale.org.

Youth activities

Youths 12 to 18 years old can participate in different activities starting at 3 p.m. Thursdays at the Avondale Civic Center Library, 11350 W. Civic Center Drive, Avondale. For information, visit avondale.org.

Friday 4

Super scorpion search

Take a scorpion light or buy one at the park and walk the Black Rock trail to look for scorpions and join park staff back at the ramada area to tell your stories and complete a scorpion craft starting at 7:30 p.m. at the White Tank Branch Library, 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road, Waddell. Wear closed-toed shoes and leave your dog at home. Park entry costs $6 per vehicle. For information, visit www.maricopa.gov/parks/white_tank/.

Texas Hold’em tournaments

The American Legion Post 53 hosts Texas Hold’em tournaments at 7 p.m. the first and third Friday of the month in Hazelton Hall at 402 E. Narramore Ave. in Buckeye. For information, call 623-327-0227 or email legionpost53@gmail.com.

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.

Texas Hold’em games

Texas Hold’em games are held at 6 p.m. every Friday in the Butler Bistro Room at the American Legion Post 53, 402 E. Narramore Ave. in Buckeye. For information, call 623-327-0227.

Domestic violence support groups

New Life Center offers free confidential support groups for those who have experienced domestic violence. The meetings are held Monday evenings, Tuesday mornings, Wednesday afternoons and Friday afternoons, with varying times and confidential locations. For information, call 623-932-4404, Ext. 123.

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.

Movie Fridays

Enjoy a free movie from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Avondale Civic Center Library, 11350 W. Civic Center Drive, Avondale.

Saturday 5

Free movie with a message

Meet at the Nature Center for a showing of the animated family film Over the Hedge. Take your own snacks or purchase some at the Nature Center. No glass bottles are allowed. The film is rated PG. The show starts at 1 p.m. at the White Tank Branch Library, 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road, Waddell. For information, visit www.maricopa.gov/parks/white_tank/.

Saturday services at Temple Beth Shalom

Temple Beth Shalom offers a 10 a.m. Shabbat Morning Service every Saturday at Temple Beth Shalom, 12202 N. 101st Ave., Sun City.

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.

Button Hooks Button Club

The Button Hooks Button Club is hosting its monthly meeting starting at 10 a.m. the first Saturday of the month 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.

Texas Hold’em games

Texas Hold’em games are held at 6 p.m. every Saturday in the Butler Bistro Room at the American Legion Post 53, 402 E. Narramore Ave. in Buckeye. For information, call 623-327-0227.

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 5 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 benefit local charities. For information, call 623-512-8878.

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