9 Days Calendar, Week of June 19, 2015

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Friday 3

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.

Fury Farm’s Farmers Market

Fury Farm’s Farmers Market is open from 4 to 7 p.m. Fridays at 2033 N. 99th Ave., in Phoenix. Produce selections may include watermelons, sweet corn, green chilies, onions, squash, zucchini, cantaloupe, honey dew and tomatoes. Admission and parking are free. For information, visit www.furyfarm.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 4

4 th of July events

Tolleson – Tolleson will host its Independence Day Celebration from 4 to 9:30 p.m. at Veterans Park, 8601 W. Van Buren St., Tolleson. Musical entertainment will be provided by the Rock Lobster Band, a hot dog and apple pie eating contest will be at 5 p.m., watermelon slices will be served at 7 p.m. and a fireworks show will start at 9 p.m. Take blankets and chairs. Parking will be available at City Hall with shuttle service to Veterans Park. For information, visit www.tollesonaz.org/celebrate.

Litchfield Park – Litchfield Park will be hosting its annual 4th of July Splash Bash from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Recreation Center Pool, 100 S. Old Litchfield Road. Admission is $2 per person, or free with a valid Litchfield Park pool pass. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. For information, visit http://www.litchfield-park.org.

Buckeye – Enjoy fun family activities, all-American eats and treats and a fireworks show at 9 p.m. Handicapped parking will be available. The event will run from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at Youngker High School, 3000 S. Apache Road, Buckeye. For information, visit www.buckeyeaz.gov/events.

Tonopah – The Tonopah Valley Community Council will be holding a Fourth of July celebration starting at 5 p.m. at the Tonopah Valley High School library, 38201 W. Indian School Road, Tonopah.

Goodyear – Goodyear’s Star Spangled Fourth of July event will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Goodyear Ballpark, 1933 S. Ballpark Way, Goodyear. There will be a pie and hot dog eating contest, live music by local band Party Crashers, a corn hole tournament and fireworks. Inflatable bounce houses and water slides will be available for children for a small fee. Food will be available for purchase. Admission and parking are free, with overflow parking located at Desert Edge High School, 15778 W. Yuma Road in Goodyear. A free shuttle service will be provided to take people to the event. For information, call goodyearbp.com or call 623-882-3120.

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.

Fury Farm’s Farmers Market

Fury Farm’s Farmers Market is open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays at 2033 N. 99th Ave., in Phoenix. Produce selections may include watermelons, sweet corn, green chilies, onions, squash, zucchini, cantaloupe, honey dew and tomatoes. Admission and parking are free. For information, visit www.furyfarm.org.

Goodyear Community Farmers Market

The Goodyear Community Farmers Market is from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays at Goodyear Community Park, 3151 N. Litchfield Road, Goodyear. The market offers locally grown foods, hand-crafted goods and potted plants for sale. Admission and parking are free. For information, visit www.azcommunitymarkets.com.

Community Bingo

The Rotary Club of Buckeye sponsors Community Bingo at 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 will benefit local charities. For information, call 623-512-8878.

Sunday 5

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.

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 6

White Tank library events

Networking group – Meet and learn about small business owners from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. The networking group will be gathering to advance the common business interests of the community. Education and training will be encouraged. Meet at the White Tank Branch Library.

Purposeful play group – Children ages 1 to 5 can join the purposeful play group led by educators from the Benevilla Family Resource Center from 10 to 11 a.m. at the White Tank Branch Library. No registration is required.

The White Tank Branch Library is located at 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road, Waddell. For information, visit www.mcldaz.org or call 602-652-3000.

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.

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 7

White Tank library events

Yoga class – Take an all-levels yoga class for adults and youths at least 12 years old from 11 to 11:50 a.m. at the White Tank Branch Library. Yoga improves flexibility, strength, concentration, posture and breathing and provides a sense of well-being. Take a yoga mat and a bottle of water. Classes are free of charge.

Toddler, preschooler story time – Toddlers, preschoolers and their caregivers can hear stories, sing songs and say rhymes from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at the White Tank Branch. No registration is required.

Summer family movie – Beat the midday heat by watching a showing of the National Geographic nature documentary The Wild West: High Noon. Learn about some of the Sonoran Desert animals in the spirit of an old western starting at high noon at the White Tank Branch Library. No registration is required.

The White Tank Branch Library is located at 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road in Waddell. For information, call 602-652-3000 or visit www.mcldaz.org.

Unity initiative meeting

Join in an open community meeting to encourage social diversity in the community for reducing maladies of racism and bigotry. The meeting will be happening from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at St. Peters Episcopal Church, 400 S Old Litchfield Road, Litchfield Park. For information, visit www.UnityInitiative.org or email info@unityinitiative.org.

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.

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.

Sewing for Babies meets in Tolleson

The Tolleson community sewing group Sewing for Babies meets the first Tuesday of the month from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the LDS Church, 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 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 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.

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 8

Ice cream social, cool science

Library staff will host an ice cream social while guests from the Arizona Science Center demonstrate what happens to solids, liquids and gases when they’re introduced to -320 degrees Fahrenheit. The event is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Avondale Civic Center Library, 11350 W. Civic Center Drive, Avondale. Pre-registration is requested by calling 623-333-2602.

Street renovation meeting

Avondale residents will be able to attend an open house on the reconstruction of various streets and waterlines. Residents will have a chance to ask questions on the remodeling at 6 p.m. at the Sam Garcia Western Avenue Library, 495 E Western Ave., Avondale. For information, visit www.avondale.org/traffic&construction.

Animal adaptations

Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium will be holding a face-to-face experience with some of the animals from the zoo from 10 to 11 a.m. at the White Tank Branch Library, 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road, Waddell. For information, visit www.mcldaz.org.

Agua Fria Union High School Board meets

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

Job readiness support in Avondale

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

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 9

Superhero Academy

Children can participate in a nine-week program that includes creating hero costumes, designing an enemy and creating a comic strip at 10:30 a.m. Thursdays at the Buckeye Coyote Library, 21699 W. Yuma Road, Suite 116. The last day will be July 30. Call 623-349-6300 to register.

Cartooning for teens

Byran Kilgore will be teaching teens about drawing cartoons. All materials will be provided. The session will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the Litchfield Park Branch Library, 101 W. Wigwam Blvd. Registration is required. For information, visit www.mcldaz.org or call 602-652-3000.

White Tank library events

Baby time – Meet for baby time from 10:15 to 11 a.m. The interactive program introduces board books, music and art to babies and toddlers. There will be fun time with educational toys. Baby time is designed for children ages 2 years and younger. Meet at the White Tank Branch Library.

Summer Sonoran Series – Join Ranger Jessica Bland and park volunteers for the Summer Sonoran Series. Each program in the series will explore a unique facet of the natural and cultural history of the Sonoran Desert, including plants, animals, archaeology and petrogylphs. Programs may include crafts, games or hands-on activities. Participants will also earn 10 points in the Summer Reading Program just for attending the event. Meet from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the White Tank Branch Library.

The White Tank Branch Library is located at , 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road, Waddell. For information, visit www.mcldaz.org.

Union Elementary School Board meets

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

Support group for caregivers

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

American Legion Post No. 143 meets

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

Veterans’ Association ‘meet, greet and eat’

The nonprofit Madison Street Veterans’ Association is a peer-run group of homeless and formerly homeless veterans. The association provides personalized service, basic resources and advocacy fro veterans. Director Terry Araman will talk about the organization’s Veterans’ Outreach Center, transition living center and Mobile Outreach program from noon to 1 p.m. There will be a free potluck lunch at 11:30 a.m. The “Meet, Greet and Eat” event meets the second Thursday of every meeting at Christ Community United Methodist Church, 104 W. Western Ave., Avondale. For information, call 623-932-3480, or visit www.myccumc.com.

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.

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.

Friday 10

Meet Darth Vader

Children and families will get a chance to meet and take pictures with their favorite characters for free from 6 to 8 p.m. every Friday at the Central Plaza of Paseo de Luces, 9261 W. Van Buren St., Tolleson. There will be music, games, prizes, free Wi-Fi and water. This week will be an intergalactic party with Darth Vader from Star Wars. For information, visit www.tollesonaz.org/event.

Cartooning for kids

Byran Kilgore will be teaching children about drawing cartoons. All materials will be provided. The session will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Litchfield Park Branch Library, 101 W. Wigwam Blvd. Registration is required. For information, visit www.mcldaz.org or call 602-652-3000.

A Conservation Conundrum

Guest speaker Ian Dowdy will unveil some of the major driving influences on Arizona's next-generation economy and the tools that can and must be applied toward conserving the landscape. The event will start at 6:30 p.m. at the White Tank Branch Library, 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road, Waddell. For information, visit www.mcldaz.org.

Friday Business Connections

The Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce is hosting the Friday Business Connections networking group at 7:30 a.m. at West-MEC, 5487 N. 99th Ave., Phoenix. The meetings will 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.

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.

Fury Farm’s Farmers Market

Fury Farm’s Farmers Market is open from 4 to 7 p.m. Fridays at 2033 N. 99th Ave., in Phoenix. Produce selections may include watermelons, sweet corn, green chilies, onions, squash, zucchini, cantaloupe, honey dew and tomatoes. Admission and parking are free. For information, visit www.furyfarm.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 11

Water Safety Day

The city of Buckeye Fire Department, along with the United Buckeye Firefighters Union Local 4311, invites everyone to the annual Water Safety Day at the Buckeye Aquatics Center. The event will start at 1 p.m. at 207 N. Ninth St. in downtown Buckeye. Firefighters will give water safety tips and free hot dogs. At 2 p.m., there will be a “mock drowning” when lifeguards will demonstrate how they rescue a drowning person and how firefighters would respond to provide medical treatment, followed by Air Evac arriving to fly the patient away.

White Tank library events

Photo organizing workshop – Learn how to sort through your memories, selecting the right photos to keep. A presenter will discuss storage options for both hard copy and digital photos. The workshop runs from 11 a.m. to noon at the White Tank Branch Library.

Master Gardener Q & A – Master Gardener volunteers will be available to answer your desert gardening questions, including plant selection, irrigation, fertilization, pruning, pest management and problem diagnosis. The Q&A goes from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the White Tank Branch Library.

Super scorpion search – How many scorpions can you count? Walk the Black Rock trail (short or long loop) on your own and look for scorpions with a black light (take your own or purchase one at the Nature Center). Then meet at the ramada to share and complete a scorpion project to take home. Closed toe shoes are needed, and pets are not allowed. The short loop is wheelchair and stroller friendly. The search starts at 7:30 p.m. at the White Tank Branch Library.

The White Tank Branch Library is located at 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road, Waddell. For information, visit www.mcldaz.org.

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.

Fury Farm’s Farmers Market

Fury Farm’s Farmers Market is open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays at 2033 N. 99th Ave., in Phoenix. Produce selections may include watermelons, sweet corn, green chilies, onions, squash, zucchini, cantaloupe, honey dew and tomatoes. Admission and parking are free. For information, visit www.furyfarm.org.

Goodyear Community Farmers Market

The Goodyear Community Farmers Market is from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays at Goodyear Community Park, 3151 N. Litchfield Road, Goodyear. The market offers locally grown foods, hand-crafted goods and potted plants for sale. Admission and parking are free. For information, visit www.azcommunitymarkets.com.

Community Bingo

The Rotary Club of Buckeye sponsors Community Bingo at 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 will benefit local charities. For information, call 623-512-8878.

 

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