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Community Calendar

Melrose Swap Meet
9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3
Jane Mid Century Modern
700 W. Campbell Ave.
Browse vintage and mid-century oddities, furniture, Schwinn bikes, and more. Admission is free. Event will continue the first Sunday of each month. Interested vendors can call for more information.

Coffee With a Cop
8 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6
Elly’s Brunch & Cafe
100E. Camelback Road, #166
Due to the holiday season, there will be a combined Coffee with a Cop event covering both November and December. This is a great opportunity to meet your local police officers and get your questions answered about crime trends and crime prevention. Desert Horizon Precinct’s entire Community Action squad will be on hand to meet with you. Complimentary coffee will be served.

A Visit with Sup. Bill Gates
10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 9
Sunnyslope History Museum
737 E. Hatcher Road
County Supervisor Bill Gates, District 3, will talk about the work of the Board of Supervisors. He will discuss his outreach to the District 3 community. There will be a light lunch following the presentation, a 50/50 raffle and a raffle for an item from the gift shop. Admission is free. For more information, e-mail

Khizr Khan Book Discussion
2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10
Central High School Auditorium
4525 N. Central Ave.
Presented by Changing Hands Bookstore. Muslim American Gold Star father and captivating DNC speaker Khizr Khan shares his book, “An American Family: A Memoir of Hope and Sacrifice,” a story of one family’s pursuit of the American dream. Seating is general admission; will call opens at 1 p.m. outside the auditorium. Tickets are $34 for admission for one and 1 copy of the book; or $40 for admission for two, and 1 copy of the book. Books will be pre-signed. Pick up your book in advance at the store, or between 1-2 p.m. the day of the event. Visit

Volunteer Fair
11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9
The Van Buren
401 W. Van Buren
Learn about available opportunities to serve your community. There will be more than 75 nonprofits present and available to answer your questions. Find an organization you really believe in and connect to your community in meaningful ways. Free and open to the public.

Poinsettia Tea
2-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10
Hyatt Regency Scottsdale
at Gainey Ranch
7500 E. Doubletree Ranch Road
More than 500 guests are expected for a traditional afternoon tea complete with scones, sandwiches, and sweets. Guests also will enjoy the festive sounds of the North Valley Chorale. Proceeds benefit Duet’s broad range of services to homebound adults, caregivers, faith communities, and grandparents raising grandchildren. The cost is $70 per person, $37 of which is tax deductible. Visit

41st Annual Pueblo Grande Indian Market
9 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 9-10
Pueblo Grande Museum
4619 E. Washington St.
Guests will shop more than 100 booths of authentic American Indian fine art and collectibles along an interpretive trail. This 2-day event also offers activities for children and adults, including exceptional music, dance performances, food truck cuisine, and everyone’s favorite, Indian fry bread. Visitors also will be invited to participate in activities such as archery, spear throwing using atlatls, community painting, beading, petroglyph making, corn grinding, and gourd painting. General admission is $10, active duty and retired service members pay $5, and children 12 and younger receive free admission when accompanied by an adult.

Merriment in Melrose
4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16
The Melrose District
7th Avenue south of Camelback Road
Walk the west side of the Melrose District from Montecito south to MacKenzie to shop, eat, listen to music and donate. The evening features three stages with live music, food trucks, 25 local craft vendors, and a 5,000 luminaria walk through the Woodlea Melrose historic neighborhood. Donations will be collected for the Osborn Music programs to purchase and repair student instruments.

BOV Fashion Show & Luncheon
11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16
Arizona Biltmore Resort
2400 E. Missouri Ave.
The 2018 Flower Girls selected fashions from Dillard’s for the 64th Annual Fashion Show Luncheon, “Sparkle and Shine.” The event will include a cocktail hour beginning at 11 a.m., raffle and a fashion show highlighting holiday attire from Dillard’s, modeled by the 2018 Flower Girls. The 2017 grant recipients that benefit from the show include Barrow Neurological Foundation, The Board of Visitors Ryan House, Circle the City, Hacienda Children’s Hospital, Hospice of the Valley and Maggie’s Place, to name a few. For ticket information, visit fashion-show.

Program Helps Working Moms
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19
Beatitudes Luther Life Center
1616 W. Glendale Ave.
The American Association of University Women (AAUW) welcomes Chris Coffman, founder and CEO of Helping Hands for Working Moms. Coffman will discuss the organization’s mission and function. Attendees may want to provide gift cards for the organization’s participants. The meeting begins after an optional dinner at 5:30 p.m. ($15). RSVP for the dinner by Sept. 15. Visitors are welcome.

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