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Community Calendar

Mother’s Day Remembrance
1-3 p.m. Saturday, May 7
Hospice of the Valley
1510 E. Flower St.
Participants are asked to bring a photo of their mothers and a personal memento to display on a “memory table.” Participants will engage in sharing what we learned about the “art of living” from our mothers, as well as other memorable stories. An honoring ritual and light refreshments will close the afternoon. There is no charge to attend. RSVP to: 602-636-5390.

Free Comic Book Day
10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, May 7
All About Books and Comics
24 W. Camelback Road
The shop will celebrate the 15th Annual National Free Comic Book Day by giving away thousands of free comics and hosting a free Comic Book Day Party. There also will be a sidewalk sale and free photo opps with superheroes like Spider Man, Captain America, Dr. Strange, Deadpool, and more. Discounts will be given on all merchandise with a $5 cash donation to support Hospice of the Valley. Free superhero balloon twisting from 12-2 p.m. Visit

Phoenix Chapter Westerners International
5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 11
Spoke & Wheel
8525 N. Central Ave.
The Westerners International is an organization dedicated to studying western history. The Phoenix Chapter focuses mainly on Arizona history. This month’s speaker is Doug Hocking, an independent scholar of American history, ethnology and historical archaeology. He will speak about Thomas Jonathan Jeffords, a United States Army scout, Indian agent, and later a stagecoach driver in the Arizona Territory. His friendship with Apache leader Cochise was instrumental in ending the Indian wars in the region. Jimmy Stewart played Tom Jeffords in the 1950s move “Broken Arrow.” Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $20 per person. RSVP by May 10 to This will be the last meeting until fall.

Pentecost Jazz Sunday
9 a.m. Sunday, May 15
Church of the Beatitudes
555 W. Glendale Ave.
Worship at Church of the Beatitudes will feature some of the most prominent jazz musicians in Arizona including: Brice Winston, saxophone; Russell Schmidt, piano; Dwight Kilian, bass; and Robby Carrillo, drums. After worship, enjoy food, drink, and fellowship in Nelson Hall as these fine musicians give a free concert over the brunch hour, from 10:30-11:15 a.m. All are welcome.

Meet Sandy Bahr of the Sierra Club
6:30 p.m. Tuesday May 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 (Arizona) Chapter of the Sierra Club. Her responsibilities have included advocating for environmental protection with state and federal agencies, conducting research, fundraising, and organizing and developing priority projects. She will speak to AAUW on Climate Change, Arizona Environmental Problems, and Water. The program will begin after an optional dinner ($15) at 5:30 p.m. RSVP for the dinner to 602-992-8145 by noon on May 13. Visitors are welcome. Enter the Beatitudes at the gate by the flag on Glendale Avenue.

History of the White Tank Mountains
12-1 p.m. Saturday, May 21
North Mountain Visitor Center
12950 N. 7th St.
Bootleggers, bank robbers, and horse thieves? They were all here in the White Tank Mountains at one time or another. Historian Karen Krause offers a free presentation on the fascinating history of the White Tank Mountains, which were “on the map” before Phoenix even existed. This is a “brown bag” event, feel free to bring a lunch to enjoy during the program. No RSVP required.

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