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H.O.P.E. Support Meeting
7 p.m. Mondays
Longview Community Church
1301 E. Whitton Ave.
H.O.P.E. stands for Help in Overcoming Painful Experiences. H.O.P.E. is a Christ-centered non-profit organization that is open to anyone who needs support and encouragement in any area of life through a program of praying, sharing and healing. You do not need to be a Christian to attend. Meetings are free open to everyone who wishes to develop a healthy, sustainable life.

‘Sunset Palettes’ Painting Classes
5:30-7 p.m. Thursdays in April
The Terrace Room,
Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs
11111 N. 7th St.
Join artist Dina Murphy from The Painter’s Lounge for a one-of-a-kind painting class held 1,800 feet above the city skyline on the patio. During the class, guests will be guided through replicating a painting of the very view they are enjoying from the top of Tapatio Cliff, while socializing and enjoying specialty priced wines and appetizers. The class is available for $35 per person, is open to the public and is designed for guests with little to no artistic experience. Reservations are required.

Spring Bazaar
8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 5
Holiday Spa Mobile Home Community
10401 N. Cave Creed Road
The community-wide sale features arts and crafts, rummage items and a bake sale. Look for gently used treasures while enjoying tasty treats. This is a gated community, however, the gates will be open during this event.

AAUW Garden Party
10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 5
Beatitudes Luther Life Center
1616 W. Glendale Ave.
The Phoenix Branch of AAUW (The American Association of University Women) is hosting its 7th Annual Garden Party. It will include a buffet with chefs preparing made-to-order omelets, entertainment, and door prizes. Proceeds to benefit the Scholarships Fund, which provides two $750 scholarships to women students at Phoenix College. Tickets are $20 each. Call or e-mail Mary Beth, Enter the Beatitudes at the gate by the flagpole.

Grant Writing Workshop
9 a.m.-12 p.m. Saturday, April 5
Burton Barr Library
1221 N. Central Ave.
Know of a great project for your neighborhood, but aren’t sure from where the money is going to come? Interested in applying for a grant, but aren’t sure where or how to start? The city’s Neighborhood Services Department is hosting a free grant writing workshop where participants will explore the fundamentals of the process and learn the “who, what, where and how” of grant writing. The free class is open to all Phoenix residents. Registration is required. For more information, visit

‘Madison Bash’
12-4 p.m. Saturday, April 5
Madison No. 1 School
5525 N. 16th St.
A free community event featuring works of art from classes at each Madison school, and more than a dozen student groups and performers providing continuous live music and entertainment on two stages. A Silent Auction will offer a selection of highly sought after items including vacation packages, entertainment outings, autographed sports memorabilia, vouchers for summer camps and children’s programs, gift baskets and gift certificates for local restaurants. Bring gently used musical instruments to donate. Food trucks will be on site for food purchases and there will be other vendor booths as well. Visit

Phoenix Pride Festival & Parade
April 5-6
Steele Indian School Park
300 E. Indian School Road
A celebration designed to bring the Valley’s diverse LGBTQ and allied communities together for a weekend of camaraderie and celebration of the past, present and future while raising funds for the Phoenix Pride Community Foundation and programs. The parade begins at 3rd Street and Thomas Road at 10 a.m. on Saturday and ends at the park. Festival hours are noon to 9 p.m. both days. Festival admission prices vary. Visit

‘Life Reimagined’ Lecture
6 p.m. Tuesday, April 8
Arizona Science Center
600 E. Washington St.
“What’s Next?” Whether life is changing, a chapter is closing or something is shifting, you just know it’s time to move into the next phase of life, but you don’t know what that means. “Life Reimagined” author Richard J. Leider offers a simple and smart approach that helps you rediscover what really matters to you so you can do what you really want to do. Tickets are $25 or $35 with an autographed book, and include one free pass to the Arizona Science Center for future use. Visit

Maricopa County Fair
April 9-13
Arizona State Fairgrounds
1826 W. McDowell Road
An annual occasion to celebrate and pursue the traditional values of educational opportunity, agricultural prosperity, and love of family. Enjoy midway vendors, commercial exhibits, hobbies, agriculture & youth exhibits, motorized events, and more. Gates open at 10 a.m. Admission is $9, and children age 7 and younger get in for free. For a complete schedule, visit

Understanding Credit
6 p.m. Thursday, April 10
Cholla Library
10050 N. Metro Parkway E.
Do you know what can negatively impact your credit score? Learn how to read a credit report and how to build and repair your credit. Refreshments will be provided and participants are eligible to win giveaways. RSVP requested.

Arizona Flycasters Club
709 p.m. Thursday, April 10
Sunnyslope Community Center
802 E. Vogel Lane
The Arizona Flycasters Club is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the sport of fly fishing. Guest speaker Ed Lawrence from Bozeman, Mt., will give his presentation entitled “Fishing the Missouri River in Montana.” There is no charge for this event and the public is welcome. For more information about the Arizona Flycasters Club, visit

Paper-Shredding Event
8 a.m.-12 p.m. Friday, April 11
White Dove Thrift Shoppe
5035 N. 7th Ave.
ABCO Recycling & Shredding Services will hold a paper-shredding and electronics-recycling event. The cost starts at $5 per box or bag (based on size) and all proceeds benefit not-for-profit Hospice of the Valley, which provides end-of-life care. ABCO also is accepting electronics. The cost for hard drive destruction and CRT monitor recycling is $10 each, with $5 donated to the agency. Cash only for all services.

Steps to Financial Recovery
10 a.m. Saturday, April 12
Burton Barr Central Library
1221 N. Central Ave.
Do you have financial goals but find that bad credit holds you back? Learn the steps you can take to recover financially and rebuild your credit after experiencing a financial setback. Credit Counselors will be available at this event to discuss credit repair, foreclosure prevention and homeownership options. Refreshments will be provided and participants are eligible to win giveaways. RSVP requested.

AAUW hosts Director of Sierra Club
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 15
Beatitudes Luther Life Center
1616 W. Glendale Ave.
The Phoenix Branch of AAUW will host Sandy Bahr, director of the Sierra Club-Grand Canyon Chapter. She will speak on “The Top Ten Ways the Arizona Legislature is Harming Our Environment.” When the legislature is in session,
Bahr spends her days there. Learn how to help her. An optional dinner ($14) will be served at 5:30. RSVP for the dinner only. Visitors are welcome. Enter at the gate by the flagpole.

Buzy Bee’s Spring Bazaar
10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, April 16
Plaza Bistro Patio,
Beatitudes Campus
1610 W. Glendale Ave.
Beatitudes’ residents make all of the items for sale, including knitted and crocheted hats and scarves, dishcloths, towels, afghans, hand-woven table runners and place mats. There also will be Easter and spring gift items, visors, caps, jewelry, hand-made cards, notepads, a Bake Sale and a raffle. All of the proceeds go to the Resident Appreciation Fund.

Creativity in the 21st Century
2-3 p.m. Thursday, April 17
Saguaro Library
2808 N. 46th St.
Jocelyn Hanson, executive director of the Shemer Art Center, will discuss the changing role of creativity in the world. Sponsored by the Friends of the Phoenix public Library, Saguaro Chapter. Admission is free. Visit

Phoenix Writers Club
12-2 p.m. Saturday, April 19
Bluewater Grill
1720 E. Camelback Road
Whether you are a published author or just beginning to put your ideas on paper, come join Phoenix Writers Club for lunch. Guest speaker is Gini Koch, Sci-Fi paranormal romance author. Cost is $15 for members and $20 for guests. Reservations must be made by April 16. RSVP with Phoenix Writers Club in the subject line. Members and the public are welcome.

Earth Day Phoenix
10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, April 22
Cesar Chavez Plaza,
East of Phoenix City Hall
2nd Ave. & Jefferson St.
Featuring nearly 100 exhibitors with a core message of sustainability. Attendees learn about a variety of eco-friendly topics from recycling to solar energy to gardening. They also receive unique giveaways and practical tips on how to live a more sustainable life. The event is free to the public. Visit

‘The Image of the Enemy’
6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, April 24
Burton Barr Central Library
1221 N. Central Ave.
Dr. David Welch (University of Kent) will discuss how different countries have targeted enemies, both within and without, in the 20th century using film and television. The free presentation is part of the traveling exhibit from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, “State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda” which is on display at the library through June 1.

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