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International Folk Dancing
7-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays in June
Irish Cultural Center
1106 N. Central Ave.
All ages and dance levels are welcome; no partners are needed. Circle, line, couple and solo dances include dances from Greece, Bulgaria, Turkey, Romania, Macedonia, Armenia, Israel, Serbia, Croatia, Hungary, Russia, United States and more. Instruction is provided by local and visiting teachers. Dances are open to the public, and a $3 or $5 donation per person is requested to help cover expenses. Visit for the full schedule.

Author + Talk: Jana Rivers Norton
6-8 p.m. Thursday, June 8
Arizona Humanities
1242 N. Central Ave.
Dr. Jana Rivers-Norton will discuss novelist Edith Wharton, who was profoundly shaped by family discord and a war-torn world, and often courted humiliation and consequent exile by voicing what others in her family did not want to acknowledge. Wharton continuously recast painful experience as fodder for the imagination to forge a lasting literary career. Free event; light refreshments included. RSVP requested at:

Rattlesnake Workshop
9-11 a.m. Saturday, June 10
North Mountain Visitor Center
12950 N. 7th St.
Rattlesnake Garage has teamed up with Save Our Mountains Foundation to offer its live rattlesnake demo to the public. Experience what EMS professionals have been learning for the past two years. Rattlesnake Garage will cover desert conservation, snake recognition, snake encounters, first aid do’s and don’ts, snake myths, and answer as many questions as you can think of. Plus, there will live snakes to view. Admission is free, however, donations would be greatly appreciated.

Redwork Hand Embroidery & English Paper Piercing Club
9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Wednesday, June 14
North Mountain Visitor Center
12950 N. 7th St.
Meets the second Wednesday of the month. Relax while stitching away and sharing ideas. The projects vary; individuals work on their own. Show and share your projects; lead Sharron Meyer will distribute a new embroidery pattern each month. She also can supply a simple beginner’s kit. Cost per class is $8.

Murder Mystery Dinner
6:30 p.m. Friday, June 16
ARCH Building
1550 W. Colter St.
A fundraiser for Lura Turner Homes, in collaboration with Arizona Recreation Center for the Handicapped (ARCH). Enjoy a southern Italian dinner and a “Mafioso Murder” presented by Murder Ink Productions. Tickets are $35 per person. There will be a cash bar and silent auction. Make reservations by June 14.

Legislative Wrap Up
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 20
Beatitudes Luther Life Center
1616 W. Glendale Ave.
The Phoenix Affiliate of AAUW (The American Association of University Women) hosts Mary Jo Pitzl, legislative reporter for The Arizona Republic, who will offer a summary of legislative activities for the past year. The program begins after an optional dinner ($15) at 5:30 p.m. RSVP for the dinner to 602-992-8145 by noon on June 16. Visitors welcome.

Craft Rave
6-11 p.m. Friday, June 23
Changing Hands-Phoenix
300 W. Camelback Road
Enjoy five nonstop hours of crafting, featuring one-on-one instruction from Arizona artisans, as well as music and more. Admission is $5 per person. Exchange a set number of $5 tickets to participate in each crafter’s 15-25 minute project. Food and drink will be available for purchase. To register, visit

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