North Central News

Community Calendar

‘Frontier Life’
Noon Saturday, May 2
North Mountain Visitor Center
12950 N. 7th St.
Wonder what life was like in Phoenix in the mid-1870s? Local author Patrick Grady surveys pioneer life—farming, canals, town site, politics, law and order. Learn about the Swillings, Hancocks, Grays, Osborns and other Phoenix founders. Grady’s book—Out of the Ruins—provides new perspectives, even a few surprises. It is available in the NMVC Gift Shoppe. The program is free and open to the public. Bring your lunch. To RSVP, e-mail Brown bag lunches are monthly and last about an hour.

Free Comic Book Day
10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, May 2
All About Books and Comics
5060 N. Central Ave.
The shop will celebrate the 14th Annual National Free Comic Book Day by giving away thousands of free comics and hosting a free Comic Book Day Party. There also will be free photo opps with superheroes like Spider Man, Captain America, Ms. Marvel, Scarlet Witch, Green Lantern, Deathstoke, and more. Discounts will be given on all merchandise with a $5 cash donation to support Gabriel’s Angels, which delivers pet therapy to at-risk children. Free face painting from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Visit

Phoenix Corral of Westerners International
6 p.m. Wednesday, May 4
Spoke & Wheel Tavern
8525 N. Central Ave.
Westerners are those interested in learning about and promoting the history of the western United States. Socializing begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner and a program. Guest speaker is Doug Duffy, a native Phoenician. His talk is entitled, “Patton’s Training Camps in AZ and CA.” The cost of dinner is $20, payable at the door. Meetings are open to anyone interested in history. Reservations requested. This is the last meeting until October.

Intro to Yoga Series
10 a.m.-noon May 7, 14 & 21
Desert Song Healing Arts Center
3232 N. 20th St.
The class is designed for students new to yoga. The series focuses on primary yoga postures, principles of safe alignment, breathing techniques and yoga philosophy. Students will enjoy personal attention and hands-on adjustments and refinements from the same instructor each week. Cost is $55 per person, or $90 for two people. For more information or to register, visit

‘You-Have-a-Choice’ School Fair
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, May 9
Park Lee Apartments,
Community Center
1600 W. Highland Ave.
In an effort to help parents pick the right school for their elementary students, Midtown Primary is sponsoring a school fair. Five local schools and two neighborhood daycares will be there to help families and answer questions. The Yucca Library’s children’s librarian and a city of Phoenix Neighborhood Specialist will also be available. Family and children’s needs of all ages will be represented. There will be pizza and door prizes.

ALP Membership Coffee
10 a.m. Wednesday, May 13
ALP Philanthropic Center
9224 N. 5th St.
Assistance League of Phoenix seeks individuals who want volunteer opportunities, personal growth and leadership skills. An informational coffee will be held as part of an ongoing commitment to introducing ALP to people in the community. This event gives potential volunteers an opportunity to learn about the organization and meet members. Members set their own volunteer scheduled, and many volunteer opportunities are available. For questions, call or e-mail

Phoenix Writers Club
Noon-2 p.m. Saturday, May 16
Bluewater Grill
1720 E. Camelback Road
Guest speaker is North Central resident and self-published author Barbara Hinske, whose contemporary romance novel “Coming to Rosemont” inspired the Little Free Library that Hinske and her husband installed at the entrance to their 13-home condominium community. She recently released her second novel, “Weaving the Strands.” Cost is $15 members and $20 guests. Reservations must be made by May 13. RSVP to with Phoenix Writers Club in the subject line. Members and the public are welcome.

Protect Loved Ones ith Special Needs
10 a.m.-12 p.m. Saturday, May 16
Gompers Habilitation Center
6601 N. 27th Ave.
A free community education workshop for care providers and families with loved ones with disabilities. Hosted by Gompers Habilitation Center and VALLEYLIFE. Learn from an expert guest panel how to protect and provide for loved ones with special needs, when you are no longer able to do so yourself. Refreshments will be provided. RSVP to

Arizona Military Women’s Luncheon
10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 16
Carl B. Hayden VA Medical Center
650 E. Indian School Road
Enjoy lunch, a guest speaker and raffles. The program takes place in the basement conference room. Cost is $20 per person. For a registration form, contact Lou Ann Huskisson at, or 623-972-7369.

‘Indigenous Issues in Education’
6:30 p.m. Tuesday May 19
Beatitudes Luther Life Center
1616 W. Glendale Ave.
The Phoenix Branch of AAUW (The American Association of University Women) hosts Daryl Melvin, current CEO of Fort Yuma Health and former CEO for Hopi Health. He will discuss his visions for ensuring educational opportunities for the Hopi people, with emphasis on financial assistance to Hopi students of all ages, educational research, educational programs, and charitable and educational activities. The program will begin after an optional dinner ($15) is served at 5:30 p.m. RSVP for the dinner by noon on May 15. Visitors are welcome. Enter the Beatitudes at the gate by the flagpole.

‘Write Here, Right Now: Journaling, Meditation & Yoga’
6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 19
Changing Hands-Phoenix
301 W. Camelback Road
Cultivate a sense of curiosity and tap into your inner wisdom through yoga, meditation and journaling. Instructors from Desert Song Healing Arts Center will help attendees explore how journaling about what’s happening in this moment can help create the way we choose to live each day, creating the life we want. Cost is $30. Bring a notebook, pen and yoga mat. Pre-register by calling, or visit the Events Calendar on the Changing Hands website:

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