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Community Calendar

First Sundays Concert Series
3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4
First United Methodist Church
5510 N. Central Ave.
Marshall Trimble, Arizona’s official State Historian, is an entertainer who has written more than 20 books on Arizona history. As a storyteller and singer of the American West, he has opened for many entertainers including Waylon Jennings and Jerry Lee Lewis. A free will offering will be collected. A reception follows.

Trains, Stacks & Spaghetti
9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 10
Burton Barr Library
1221 N. Central Ave.
Take the light rail from the 3rd Avenue and Camelback station at 9 a.m. and meet at the Burton Barr Library to learn the “Mystery of the Stacks.” Then finish with lunch at the newly remodeled Old Spaghetti Factory across the street and learn more about the light rail and library programs. Cost for seniors on the light rail is $2, and $4 for a regular all-day pass. Lunch is optional and no-host. RSVPs appreciated but not required. E-mail

Native American Connections Parade
9-11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 10
Central Phoenix
The theme for this year’s parade is “The Beauty of Native American Culture.” The parade will include performance and school groups, veterans groups, other nonprofit agencies, local businesses, and more. It will travel from 3rd Street and Oak to the Steele Indian School Park at 3rd Street and Indian School Road. All alumni of Phoenix Indian School are invited to serve as Grand Marshalls; call for details. Visit

Antique Appraisal Event
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10
Antiques on Central
730 E. Missouri Ave.
Curious as to what that old family heirloom might be worth? Verbal appraisals will be done by Sean Morton, a member of the Antique Appraisal Association of America. Cost is $15 per item and there is no limit on the number of items you can bring. First come, first served, so line up early. No coins, stamps or firearms, and furniture is appraised by photo only. Visit

Phoenix Corral of Westerners International
6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14
Spoke & Wheel Tavern
8525 N. Central Ave.
Westerners are those interested in learning about and promoting the history of the western United States, with emphasis on Arizona. Socializing begins at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and a program. Guest speaker is Tom Jonas, who will discuss “Exploring Arizona: Then and Now.” The cost of dinner is $20, payable at the door. Meetings are open to anyone interested in history. Reservations requested by Oct. 13; e-mail

Phoenix Writers Club
12-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17
Bluewater Grill
1720 E. Camelback Road
Guest speaker is Marcia Fine, OneBookAZ Author. Cost is $15 members and $20 guests, lunch included. RSVP by Oct. 14 to with Phoenix Writers Club in subject line. All are welcome.

More than a Rummage Sale
6 a.m.-12 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17
Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church
1212 E. Glendale Ave.
The sale takes place in the parking lot, and there will be a kids craft/coloring corner to keep them entertained while parents browse the selection of bargains. Proceeds benefit the James Foley Scholarship Fund, which seeks to create educational opportunities for the families of economically disadvantaged young people from Lowell Elementary School in Phoenix. Presented by the Phoenix Foley Alliance, and in honor of the memory of slain journalist, James Foley.

District 3 Coffee Chat
7:30-8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20
Northtown Clubhouse
2202 E. Waltann Lane
Phoenix Councilman Bill Gates welcomes the community to enjoy coffee and get updates about news and events from District 3. Special guest speaker is Burke Lokey, Flood Control District, National Weather Service. Free and open to the public.

The Pros and Cons of Privatization
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20
Beatitudes Campus, Luther Life Center
1616 W. Glendale Ave.
The Phoenix Branch of AAUW (American Association of University Women) hosts attorney Dianne Post. Her topic for AAUW will be “The Privatization of Hospitals, Schools, and Prisons.” Does it save taxpayers money and produce a superior product? Or is it a wrongful delegation of government responsibility? Come and discuss these questions with Post. An optional dinner ($15) will be served at 5:30 p.m. RSVP for the dinner by noon on Oct. 16. Visitors are welcome. Enter the Beatitudes by the gate at the flagpole on Glendale Avenue.

First Female Navajo Surgeon
7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22
Steele Auditorium,
Heard Museum
2301 N. Central Ave.
Hear Dr. Lori Arviso Alvord speak about her life and the issue of healthcare in American Indian communities in this free program presented by ASU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ American Indian Studies Department. Alvord is the first female Navajo board certified surgeon and former associate dean of the University of Arizona’s Tucson medical school. She currently is chief of surgical services and practice general surgeon at Banner Health Page Hospital in Page, Ariz. The free program is part of the Simon Ortiz and Labriola Center Lecture Series. No RSVP required.

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