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Community Calendar

21st Annual High Tea
12 p.m. Saturday, March 2
Crossroads UMC
7901 N. Central Ave.
“Around the World” is the theme for Lura Turner Homes’ annual fundraiser. Entertainment is by Heat Wave, an acapella quartet. Tickets are $35 for adults; $25 for children 12 and younger. All proceeds go toward Lura Turner Homes for Adults with Developmental Disabilities, which has been serving Phoenix’s special needs adults since 1965. To RSVP, call LTH at 602-943-4789.

Melrose Street Fair
11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, March 2
7th Ave., from Campbell Ave.
to Indian School Road
A free event to the public, featuring over 200 local and independent artisans, more than a dozen food trucks, live music, a craft beer/margarita garden, and the ever-popular Chester’s Classic Car Show. Children will enjoy a Kids Zone with face painting, bounce houses and a video game truck. The road will be closed to pedestrian traffic only; parking available in adjacent neighborhoods, and pedicabs will be available (for a fee). Leashed, friendly pets welcome. Hosted by the Seventh Avenue Merchants Association. Visit

Stories in Ink Open Mic Event
6:30 p.m. Sunday, March 3
Beyond Autism School,
Assembly Hall
555 W. Glendale Ave.
Church of the Beatitudes, a progressive Christian faith community, has partnered with Torch: A Radical Humanist Collective to create a safe and inspiring evening of storytelling about that first tattoo. Enjoy light refreshments and listen to stories that run the gamut from silly and humorous to heartfelt and authentic. If interested in sharing your story a photo to project, contact: Parking is off Glendale or 7th Avenue.

Digital Bookmobile
10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, March 7
Burton Barr Central Library
1221 N. Central Ave.
Try ebooks and audiobooks, available through the Greater Phoenix Digital Library, via interactive workstations featuring video tutorials, touchscreen activities, devices to sample titles and more. Free, but you need a Phoenix library card.

Community Flea Market
7 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, March 9
Faith United Methodist Church
8640 N. 19th Ave.
The church is providing its parking lot for free to area residents to hold their own mini “yard sales” at no charge. There also will be a variety of local craft vendors. Admission is free.

Speaker Series: Lin Sue Cooney
2-4 p.m. Sunday, March 10
Beth Ami Temple
3535 E. Lincoln Drive
Hospice of the Valley executive and former longtime Channel 12 newscaster Lin Sue Cooney will discuss her transition from journalism to hospice care, and the services HOV offers. A question-and-answer session will follow. Free, but reservations requested.

International Cultural Potluck
12-2 p.m. Saturday, March 9
Sunnyslope Historical Society,
737 E. Hatcher Road
Meet new friends and neighbors at this free event, held in the adjacent courtyard. Bring a dish typical of your early upbringing and share and your history while learning about other cultures.

Spaghetti Supper
5-7 p.m. Friday, March 15
Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church
1212 E. Glendale Ave.
All are invited to a spaghetti dinner featuring three types of sauces, salad, garlic bread and dessert. Free-will donations will be collected to support the Our Saviour’s Youth Group.

New Member Coffee
10-11 a.m. Tuesday, March 19
ALP Philanthropic Center
9224 N. 5th St.
Assistance League of Phoenix, a volunteer-driven nonprofit serving children living in poverty through partnerships with Title I schools, will host a coffee introducing its programs, membership and volunteer opportunities. If you would like more information or to RSVP to attend, e-mail

Terry Mills Book Launch – **DATE CHANGE
7 p.m. Thursday, March 21
Changing Hands-Phoenix
300 W. Camelback Road
Phoenix native Terry Mills, a poet, presenter and author, has published a book titled, “A Hospice Heart: The Painful Journey to Joy.” Mills, who worked in hospice for 12 years, shares the stories of her patients’ journeys and the original poetry she wrote for them. Mills will be available to sign copies of her book ($14.95, paperback).

North Mountain Spring Art Show
March 23-34
North Mountain Visitor Center
12950 N. 7 St.
Arizona artists and photographers will have their works on exhibit and for sale during the show, set for 8 a.m.-4 p.m. both days. See painters at work in the beautiful setting at the trail head at the base of the mountain. Enjoy complimentary refreshments and live music. Admission is free.

Travel In Time to Early Sunnyslope
10 a.m.-12 p.m. Saturday, March 30
Sunnyslope Historical Society
737 E. Hatcher Road
Enjoy a look at the early settlers in the Phoenix area, and learn about the Sunnyslope Desert Mission from inception to 1945. The program is free; lunch will be available $2 current member, $5 non-members, following the presentation. Don’t forget to check out the gift shop while there.

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