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Community Calendar

New Member Coffee
10-11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 12
ALP Philanthropic Center
9224 N. 5th St.
Assistance League of Phoenix will host a coffee introducing its programs, membership and volunteer opportunities at its Phoenix Philanthropic Center. For more information or to RSVP to attend, e-mail

Blood Drive
Thursday, Jan. 12
Abrazo Central Campus, West Auditorium
2000 W. Bethany Home Road
To help replenish blood supplies after the holidays, Abrazo Central Campus is hosting a blood drive. Appointments can be made from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. All donations are encouraged with a special emphasis on O-Negative blood. O-negative blood type donors are universal donors as their blood can be given to people of all blood types. United Blood Services is conducting the blood drive. To sign up to donate blood, call 1-877-827-4376 or go to (Sponsor Code: AbrazoCentral).

Protecting Arizona’s Environment
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17
Beatitudes Luther Life Center
1616 W. Glendale Ave.
The Phoenix Branch of AAUW (The American Association of University Women) hosts Sandy Bahr, director of the Grand Canyon Chapter of the Sierra Club. Her responsibilities have included advocating for environmental protection with State and Federal agencies, conducting research, fundraising, and developing priority projects. She will speak about “Making a Difference for Arizona’s Environment: Opportunities to Protect Our Air, Land, and Water.” An optional dinner ($15) will precede the program at 5:30 p.m. RSVP for the dinner to 602-992-8145 by noon on Jan. 14. Visitors are welcome. Enter the Beatitudes at the gate on Glendale Avenue.

WHS Band Boosters Goodwill Donation Drive
10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21
Washington High School
2217 W. Glendale Ave.
Save your donation items of clothing, shoes, books, electronics, housewares and more, and bring them to the drive. WHS Band earns money for every pound of donated goods. All donations are tax deductible (to Goodwill). To schedule a pick up of larger items such as furniture, call Kathryn Miller at 602-672-1876 and she will coordinate with Goodwill.

Beth El Early Childhood Center Alumni Hoedown
4:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22
Beth El Early Childhood Center
1118 W. Glendale Ave.
602-944-3359, ext. 113
Beth El Early Childhood Center invites all alumni students, parents, teachers, staff, and other friends (adults only) to join in this fun event. Saloon Hour starts in the preschool building at 4:30 p.m., with the main event to follow featuring a Western Style BBQ Buffet, Cowboy Auction, Silent Auction, country music, and more. Tickets are $54 each. Sponsorships and auction donations are appreciated. If you are an alumni of Beth El’s Early Childhood Center, send in copies of any pictures from years past so they can be featured at the event. Contact Alicia Moskowitz or Joanie Charnow for more information.

Scavenger Hunt and Car Rally
9:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28
First Watch
3110 N. Central Ave.
The Phoenix Sister Cities, Catania, Italy committee hosts a Classic and Exotic Car Scavenger Hunt to benefit the Youth Ambassador Exchange Program (YAEP). The program gives Phoenix high school students an opportunity to experience life in one of 10 international sister cities. Upon their return, their counterparts come to Phoenix to experience American life. Check in begins at 8 a.m. All you need is a reliable vehicle and a smart device with Internet access. The entry fee, which goes to support international travel for the students, is $25 for car club members, Phoenix Sister Cities members, and members of the Arizona American Italian Club, and $35 for non-members and includes a gift bag (one per vehicle), prizes and lunch for the participants. Children age 11 and younger admitted for $12. Go to or call for more information and to register.

Chinese New Year of the Rooster Festival
10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28
North Mountain Visitor Center
12950 N. 7th St.
A free event, open to the public, featuring 40+ vendors, food trucks, musicians, Lion Dancers, martial art performers, physic & intuitive readers, healers, massage therapists and Reiki masters. Visitors also can enjoy yoga, Tai Chi, and Qi Gong demonstrations. For more information, visit

Teacher Interview Fair
8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28
WESD Administrative Center
4650 W. Sweetwater Ave.
The Washington Elementary School District (WESD) will hire teachers for the 2017-2018 school year. Interviews will be conducted for those interested in teaching: kindergarten, elementary education, special education, language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, general music, art and special needs preschool. Successful candidates may be recommended for a 2017-18 teaching contract. For more information, contact the WESD Recruitment Office at

All Saints’ Annual Book Sale
Jan. 28-29
All Saints’ Episcopal Church
6300 N. Central Ave.
The book sale benefits the All Saints’ music department. Books are donated by the congregation. Prices are 25 cents to $5. There are CDs and some puzzles. Hours are 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday. Free admission.

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