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Mission Resource Fair
10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8
CrossRoads United Methodist Church
7901 N. Central Ave.
Learn about volunteer opportunities and available service from dozens of non-profit organizations. CrossRoads United Methodist Church’s young women’s group will provide a free lunch from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. To learn more visit or call Max McQueen at 602-944-1524.

“Mystery & History: Two Pillars of Tradition”
7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11
St. Stephen Byzantine Catholic Cathedral
8141 N. 16th St.
Dr. Sister Vassa Larin, a member of the Catholic Theological faculty at the University of Vienna in Austria and host of an online catechetical program, “Coffee with Sister Vassa,” will discuss the unchangeable and changeable aspects of the church. Tickets are $25 and must be purchased ahead of time. For tickets, visit

Open House
9 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12
Music Works Community, LLC
302 W. Bethany Home Road
Learn about the offerings at Music Works, an association of music teachers offering quality music instruction and providing year-round lessons and classes in piano, guitar, voice and beginning strings for all ages. It is also the home of Prelude: A Musical Beginning, which provides music classes to the very young. To learn more visit

AAUW Hosts Yvonne Pastor
6:15 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17
Beatitudes Luther Life Center
1616 W. Glendale Ave.
The Phoenix Branch of AAUW (The American Association of University Women) will host Yvonne Pastor, Youth and Education Program Manager for the Phoenix City Manager’s Office, who will discuss the Experience Corps and how it functions to increase literacy and fluency for Phoenix’s second and third-graders. There is an optional dinner at 5:30 p.m. Open to the public; RSVP to attend the dinner by calling 602-283-4884 by Sept. 13. The dinner cost is $15.

Desert Horizon Coffee with a Cop
8-9 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18
Christown Spectrum Shopping Center
Costco Food Court Seating Area
1703 W. Bethany Home Road
Ask questions, voice concerns and get to know the Desert Horizon Precinct police officers who patrol the neighborhood over a cup of coffee. Free and open to the public. Visit for more information.

“Advanced Congestive Heart Failure Treatment”
Screenings at 5 p.m.; seminar at 6 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 19
Abrazo Arizona Heart Hospital
Second Floor Conference Room
1930 E. Thomas Road
In this free seminar, interventional cardiologist Dr. Gopi Cherukuri will discuss the causes, risk factors and surgical and non-surgical treatment of congestive heart failure. Free heart health screenings will be offered before the program starts. To register, call 1-833-737-2762 or visit

Civitan Foundation’s Annual Dance-A-Thon
11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 20
Gateway Academy
3939 E. Shea Blvd.
Individual, group and corporate teams can dance for fun with Civitan’s community of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, sponsor a dancer or team or help fundraise by creating an online fun-raiser dancer page. The event includes food, face painting, games and other activities. A $10 donation at the door is requested for those who have not pre-registered. To register or to become a sponsor, visit

Lura Turner Homes 25th Annual Golf Tournament
Starts at 6 a.m.
Saturday, Sept. 21
Raven Golf Club
3636 E. Baseline Road
The annual fundraiser will featured guest Bobby Freeman, Arizona Diamondbacks’ organist. Register, buy raffle tickets, enter a putting contest and enjoy breakfast from 6-7 a.m. A shotgun start will take place at 7:30 a.m. Lunch, raffle prizes and awards begin at noon. All proceeds benefit Lura Turner Homes, which help Valley adults with special needs. Register online at Contact Max McQueen at 602-943-4789 for more information.

Phoenix Writers Club
Noon to 2 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 21
Bluewater Grill restaurant
1720 E. Camelback Road
Author Karen Shiffman Lateiner, who wrote “Timeless Dance: A Story of Change and Loss,” will talk about her writing process. The cost is $20 for club members and $25 for non-members for lunch and the speech. To RSVP, contact Navissa Kaiser at

Valley Young Professionals Happy Hour Golf Clinic
4-7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25
Arizona Biltmore Golf Club
2400 E. Missouri Ave.
The event combines a networking mixer with golf. Check-in is from 4-4:30 p.m. and the program runs from 4:30-7 p.m. Brush up on your golf game, sip drinks from the cash bar and enjoy complimentary appetizers. Free for members of Valley Young Professionals and Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce but $20 for non-members. To register visit For more information contact Ashley Caronna at or 602-495-2194.

‘Some Memories: Growing Up with Marty Robbins’
9:30 a.m.-noon Thursday, Sept. 26
Sunnyslope Historical Society and Museum
737 E. Hatcher Road
Andrew Means discuss his book, “Some Memories {Growing Up With Marty Robbins} as remembered by Robbins’ twin sister, Mamie. Country-Western singer Robbins grew up in Arizona and bought property in Sunnyslope for his mother and sister. Chuck Herrera Band will perform following the talk. Admission is free; the cost of the book is $15 and lunch is $10. Members of the Sunnyslope Historical Society and Museum will receive a 25-percent discount. Seating is limited, RSVP at or call 602-331-3150.

2019 Phoenix Famtastical Festival
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28
Corner of 1st Avenue and Washington Street
There will be lots of family activities, including appearances by P.J. Masks, mystery-solving heroes, on the main stage from 12:30-1 p.m. and 2:30-3 p.m. Support a Back to School Clothing Drive with donations of school supplies or financial contributions at the event or online when ordering tickets. General admission tickets are free for children ages 12 and younger with a downloaded ticket and $5 for those ages 13 and older. Visit for details.

Great American Seed Up
5-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28
North Phoenix Baptist Church
5757 N. Central Ave.
This seed saving festival focuses on seed diversity and education and features presentations and classes. Kimber Lanning of Local First Arizona will discuss the importance of local, healthy food systems, as well as why people should promote local seed saving at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 27. Attendees can buy seeds from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 28. There will be more than 100 varieties of climate-appropriate seeds to take home for planting or saving. Tickets can be bought ahead of time for $7.50 each at

Downtown Phoenix Oktoberfest
3-9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28
Civic Space Park
424 N. Central Ave.
This event for people ages 21 years old and older will feature beer, traditional German food, live polka music and “wurst” Oktoberfest competitions. Single admission is $10 online and $15 the day of the event. Admission includes access to the ground, entertainment, games and contests but food and drinks are sold separately. For tickets and information visit

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