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Docent Training
Info Session
10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6
Heard Museum,
Encanto Room
2301 N. Central Ave.
Tour guides, or docents, are the portals through which Heard Museum visitors view its many exhibits. The Heard Museum Guild welcomes applicants to become a qualified member of the Heard’s docents, called Las Guias (or, “the Guides”). Classes begin Oct. 4 and on each Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., through April 25, 2017, with classes suspended during the holiday season. Graduates of the class will begin to lead tours in mid-2017. To be eligible, one must first be enrolled as a member of the Heard Museum Guild. The $200 class fee also covers the cost of a required criminal background check. To receive an application, e-mail class facilitator Jim Szabo at

Hike & Write Class
8-11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 16
North Mountain Visitor Center
12950 N. 7th St.
The North Mountain Hike and Write Group meets every Friday beginning Sept. 16. After a short hike on one of the beautiful trails for inspiration, the group meets indoors at the Visitor Center to write, share written material and respond to one another’s work. The fee for Hike and Write is $5 per session. To join the group, RSVP to Karen at 973-997-7204.

Wine & Cheese Open House
6-7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16
Beth Ami Temple,
inside Palo Cristi Church
3535 E. Lincoln Dr.
Beth Ami Temple invites the community to an open house that will offer the public the opportunity to meet Rabbi Arthur Abrams and Cantorial Soloist Pam Beitman, learn about the centrally located congregation’s many social groups and enjoy complimentary wine and cheese. The temple’s Friday night services will follow the open house. For more information, visit

Coffee & Conversation
10-11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 17
All Saints’ Episcopal Church
6300 N. Central Ave.
Central Village hosts Heather Mulder of Banner Health, who will discuss dementia, its impact on the community and available support and resources. Central Village offers a meaningful network of resources, social opportunities and the exchange of services through a time bank, as well as partnerships with Duet, Osher Lifelong Learning and others. The event is free to the public. Visit

Phoenix Writers Club
12-2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17
Bluewater Grill
1720 E. Camelback Road
Guest speaker is Windy Lynn Harris, founder of Market Coaching for Creative Writers and author of the upcoming book “Write It Short: How to Craft and Sell Short Stories and Personal Essays” (Writers Digest Books, August 2017). She has had more than 70 bylines in literary, women’s and trade magazines. Cost is $17 members/$20 guests. RSVP to with Phoenix Writers Club in subject line.

Duet Volunteer Orientation
9-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 17
Orangewood Presbyterian Church
7321 N. 10th St.
Learn how you can help a homebound elder or adult with disabilities in your neighborhood by providing free-of-charge services such as rides to appointments, grocery shopping, friendly phoning or visiting, paperwork assistance, handyman services, respite or computer assistance. Duet’s free-of-charge services are available in the greater Phoenix area. Visit

Sunnyslope Historical Society Meeting
2-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18
Sunnyslope History Museum
737 E. Hatcher Road
There will not be a speaker at this “soft opening,” but it’s a great opportunity to learn more about the museum, the Historical Society, volunteer opportunities, and fall programs. Free and open to the public; refreshments will be served. Entertainment provided by John and Bella Smith (guitar and banjo).

A Review of November Ballot Measures
6:30 p.m. Tuesday Sept. 20
Beatitudes Luther Life Center
1616 W. Glendale Ave.
The Phoenix Branch of AAUW (The American Association of University Women) hosts Eric Ehst, who will present a comprehensive review of the measures on the November ballot. He has served with the Valley Citizens’ League, Arizona Advocacy Network and Arizona Editorial Forum and for three years was executive director of the Clean Elections Institute. The program will begin after an optional dinner ($15), which starts at 5:30 p.m. RSVP for the dinner to 602-992-8145 by noon on Sept.16. Visitors are welcome.

NCPHA Annual Meeting
6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22
All Saints Episcopal Day School, Manning Hall
6300 N. Central Ave.
Residents living between 7th Avenue and 7th Street, Missouri to Northern avenues, are invited to attend the North Central Phoenix Homeowners Association (NCPHA) Annual Meeting. Doors open at 6 p.m. Guest speakers include Mayor Greg Stanton, Police Commander Greg Carnicle, Councilman Sal DiCiccio and other city departments. For further information or to make a contribution, visit

Shoes and the City
5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22
Saks Fifth Avenue, Shoe Dept.
Biltmore Fashion Park
2446 E. Camelback Road
This event helps start AWEE participants on the path to economic independence and self-sufficiency. The evening features the latest fashions in shoes and the chance to buy them (and donate a portion to Arizona Women’s Education & Employment), fabulous prizes and more. Tickets are $85 per person and, because space is limited, registration is required. To register and purchase tickets, call AWEE at 602-223-4333.

Maricopa County Home & Landscape Show
Sept. 23-25
AZ State Fairgrounds
1826 W. McDowell Road
Get your one-stop home improvement shopping done with more than a thousand exhibits, thousands of products and services for your home improvement needs, displays, free consultations, outdoor kitchen ideas, pool & spa displays, an “Ask the Experts” information area, master gardener seminars and more. Admission is $3 for children ages 3-12 and $8 for adults; discount tickets available on the website. Seniors 60 and older get in for $1 on Friday from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Show hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Visit

9 a.m.-12 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1
Metrocenter Mall, South End
28th Ave. & Dunlap Avenues
Presented by the Phoenix Police Department. Residents can have up to five bankers boxes shredded for free. Remove all binder clips and paperclips; staples are OK. No electronics or hazardous waste will be accepted.

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