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Geology of the Valley of the Sun
1:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12
Burton Barr Central Library, 4th Floor Lecture Room
1221 N. Central Ave.
Mountains as high as the Himalayas; valleys more than a mile deep; active volcanoes and lava flows; and seas. These are not the geologic features you see today, but they did exist in the Valley of the Sun and the surrounding area thousands of years ago. Jack McEnroe of the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy leads the discussion of dynamic forces at work—what came before and where we are today. Free; no pre-registration required.

WESD Teacher Hiring Fair
8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12
WESD Administrative Center
4650 W. Sweetwater Ave.
The Washington Elementary School District (WESD) looks to hire teachers for the 2019-2020 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. Apply online prior to the interview fair at Human Resources will contact qualified applicants directly to preschedule an interview.

Crochet Mindfulness
2:30-3:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13
Cholla Library
10050 N. Metro Parkway E.
Join the tradition of using crochet as a mindfulness practice. The repetitive action of crocheting can help relax and let go of stressors. Learn to crochet socks and leave feeling relaxed with a new project! Crochet hooks and yarn will be available to use during the program. If you would like to continue your project after the program, bring yarn of your choice and a hook. Socks are normally created with Yarn Weight 1 and hooks 3.5 to 4.5 mm.

Free Family Sundays
12-5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13
Phoenix Art Museum
1625 N. Central Ave.
Through the generosity of Discount Tire, the museum offers free general admission on the second Sunday of each month, with educational programming, free tours, hands-on activities, collaborations with Phoenix-based artists, and more. This month’s theme is “Space!” Admission to the special-engagement exhibition, “Teotihuacan: City of Water, City of Fire” is discounted to just $5. Visit

How Your Vote is Counted
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15
Beatitudes Luther Life Center
1616 W. Glendale Ave.
The Phoenix Branch of AAUW (The American Association of University Women) hosts Constantin Querard, who will speak on “The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, The Electoral College, and Arizona.” Querard was named Best Campaign Consultant in 2015 by the Arizona Capital Times. He also founded and served as executive director of the nonprofit Arizona Family Project, which is focused on involving families in the public policy process. The program begins after an optional ($15) dinner at 5:30 p.m. RSVP for the dinner by Jan. 12. Visitors are welcome.

Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser
4 & 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26
Madison Baptist Church
6202 N. 12th St.
Lura Turner Homes hosts its 9th-annual spaghetti dinner, with Arizona Diamondbacks’ organist Bobby Freeman and wife Charlene entertaining at both seatings. Tickets are $20 for adults; $10 for children 12 and younger. All proceeds benefit the special needs men and women who live at Lura Turner Homes for Adults with Developmental Disabilities. To RSVP, contact Max McQueen at 602-943-4789 or

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