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Community Calendar

Discover the ‘Slope
10:15 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, March 10
Sunnyslope Community Center
802 E. Vogel Ave.
The city of Phoenix Parks and Human Services Departments host a free open house, with class demonstrations (Tai Chi, Zumba, Pilates, Ballet, etc.) and information about youth, adult and senior programs offered at the center. There will be complimentary refreshments, and free health screenings provided by Maricopa Integrated Health.

Authors’ Day Festival
9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, March 17
North Mountain Visitor Center
12950 N. 7th St.
Meet some of Arizona’s most popular Western authors as they chat about their works and sign copies of their books, including: Marsha Bennett; Dennis Ellingson; Lisa Liddy; Gregory McNamee; Kathy Peach; Pam Sears; Conrad Storad; Ted Tenny; and Janet Witzeman. Event and parking is free. Books must be purchased in the Center’s Gift Shoppe for the authors to sign. All proceeds from the sale of books benefit the Save Our Mountains Foundation for the operation and programs at the North Mountain Visitor Center.

Phoenix Writers Club
12-2 p.m. Saturday, March 17
Bluewater Grill
1720 E. Camelback Road
Guest speaker is Valerie Foster, Memoirist, recipient of the Shofar Zakhor award for Holocaust Education for her first book, “The Risk of Sorrow: Conversations with Holocaust Survivor, Helen Handler.” A second memoir, “Dancing with a Demon,” was named the 2017 Best Non-Fiction: Narrative by the American Book Fest. Foster will speak about “The Transformative Power of the Memoir.” Cost of the luncheon program is $20 members/$25 guests. RSVP to with Phoenix Writers Club in subject. All are welcome.

An Inside Look at the O’Connor Institute
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 20
Beatitudes Luther Life Center
1616 W. Glendale Ave.
The Phoenix Branch of AAUW (The American Association of University Women) hosts Sarah Suggs, president and CEO of the Sandra Day O’Connor Institute, who will describe its mission, scholarships and opportunities, and benefits of membership as well as the life and legacy of Arizona’s Sandra Day O’Connor. The meeting begins after an optional dinner at 5:30 p.m.; cost for the dinner is $15. RSVP for the dinner by March 16. Guests are welcome.

‘Judaism and the Environment’
7:30 p.m. Friday, March 23
Beth Ami Temple/
Palo Cristi Church
3535 E. Lincoln Drive
Professor Hava Tirosh-Samuelson, the director of Jewish Studies at Arizona State University, will explore how the imperative of responsibility has been translated into a program of Jewish environmental activism, illustrating the Jewish ideal of Tikkun Olam. A brief Shabbat service will be held before Tirosh-Samuelson speaks, followed by a question-and-answer session. The public is invited to attend. Light refreshments will follow. The program is free, however, an RSVP is requested; call or e-mail

Music in the Park
5-8 p.m. Saturday, March 31
Los Olivos Park
2802 E. Devonshire Ave.
This annual, free family event sponsored by the city of Phoenix will have loads of fun with games, disc golf, and face painting for the kids. Teens will have a blast in the mobile vans with video games. Adults will be interested in the many information tables. There will be food and beverages for sale, and live music. Bring your blankets and chairs and enjoy the great outdoors. No glass containers allowed in city parks.

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