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The Red Tail Tale on the AZ Trail’
12-1 p.m. Saturday, May 4
North Mountain Visitor Center
12950 N. 7th St.
Join Arizona author Rodo Sofranac for a presentation of his latest book, the story of a young explorer and a red-tailed hawk who meet, bond, and find adventure together on the Arizona National Scenic Trail. Free and open to the public; bring lunch to enjoy during the program.

Phoenix Mountain
Preservation Council
6:30 p.m. Monday, May 6
North Mountain Visitor Center
12950 N. 7th St.
The public is welcome to attend the PMPC’s annual meeting, which includes a free presentation by Scott Covey and Mike Francis about “Camelback Mountain & Silent Sunday in the Phoenix Desert Mountain Preserves.” For more information, e-mail

Legacy Luncheon Featuring Dr. Jill Biden
Friday, May 10
Arizona Biltmore Resort
2400 E. Missouri Ave.
Dr. Jill Biden will be the featured speaker for the annual Sandra Day O’Connor Institute Legacy Luncheon. She will discuss her new book, “Where The Light Enters, Building A Family, Discovering Myself,” a deeply personal exploration of the love that defines family in its many forms. General admission seats are $250. Guests will receive a copy the book. For more information, visit

‘Phoenix Television’ Book Signing
7 p.m. Friday, May 17
Changing Hands-Phoenix
300 W. Camelback Road
KPHO-TV, Channel 5, signed on the air Dec. 4, 1949, with a selection of programs from all four television networks. Channels 12, 10 and 3 were soon to follow, and the lifestyles of the residents of Phoenix would never be the same. Learn more about these early days with “Images of America: Phoenix Television” ($21.99), written by John Craft and Lisa Honebrink, who are donating all royalties from the book’s sales to fund scholarships at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Fundraising Event for LLS
2-5 p.m. Saturday, May 18
The Vig
4041 N. 40th St.
Local Realtor Eric Brown is a fundraising captain for America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride, June 2 in Lake Tahoe. It is his fourth year doing the 100-mile ride with Team In Training, which raises money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). The evening includes music and great raffle prizes. Proceeds will go toward Brown’s team’s fundraising goal. Visit

International Museum Day
9 a.m.-4:45 p.m. May 18
Pueblo Grande Museum
4619 E. Washington St.
Two-for-one admission tickets available all day, purchase online only at The museum also will offer free gallery tours and have artifact show-and-tell stations set-up in the galleries.

‘The State of our State’
6:30 p.m. Tuesday May 21
Beatitudes Luther Life Center
1616 W. Glendale Ave.
The Phoenix Branch of AAUW (The American Association of University Women) hosts Anne Schneider, a retired political science professor who specializes in social justice. She will speak about the state of our state. The program is after an optional dinner ($15) at 5:30p.m. RSVP for the dinner by May 18 at 602-510-1544. Visitors are welcome.

A Discussion of Early TV in Phoenix
10 a.m.-12 p.m. Saturday, May 25
Sunnyslope Historical Society
737 E. Hatcher Road
Discover the memories and magic of early broadcasting in the Valley at this free presentation, open to the public, in which John Craft and Lisa Honebrink will discuss their new book, “Images of America: Phoenix Television.” Offered in partnership with The House of Broadcasting. Lunch to follow. RSVP for lunch.

‘Early Phoenix and Its Pioneers’
1 p.m. Tuesday, May 28
The Palazzo
6250 N. 19th Ave.
In the 1860s, groups of farmers and miners, building on the knowledge of the native peoples of the area, transformed the Valley of the Sun into an agricultural powerhouse. In this presentation by Steve Schumacher, learn about those early pioneers and their colorful stories. Free and open to the community.

‘SIMPLIFY’ Book Launch
5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, May 30
1142 W. Hatcher Road
Do you ever feel cluttered and overwhelmed? Andrea Brundage’s new book, “SIMPLIFY: 8 Simple Principles to Turn Your Chaos into Calm” is full of tips, techniques and exercises intended to guide readers through any organizational challenge. Books will be available for $12.95, with 15% of each book sold at the event going directly to VALLEYLIFE (List price is $14.95). RSVP to Ann Polunsky, 602-216-6385 or by Friday, May 24.

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