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Community Calendar

Goodwill Hiring Fest
10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3
Various locations
Approximately 70 hiring employers will be spread out among each of the participating Goodwill Career Centers and other locations around the Valley. They all have immediate hiring needs for open positions across a variety of industries and skill levels. Job seekers are encouraged to arrive early, bring resumes, dress professionally and be prepared to talk to hiring managers. For more information visit: hiring-fest/.

Coffee & Conversation
10-11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 20
All Saints’ Episcopal Church
6300 N. Central Ave.
Guest speaker is Abby Losa from the ICM Food & Clothing Bank, who will discuss the invaluable assistance ICM provides to more than 100 families and individuals each day, thanks to the generosity of members of the community. You are invited to be part of this important work by bringing a bar of soap or unbreakable bottle of shampoo to the program. This event, presented by Central Village, is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required.

Brown Bag Painting Workshop
12-1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20
North Mountain Visitor Center
12950 N. 7th St.
Join Marsha Bennett, volunteer with Save Our Mountains Foundation, and Gi Gi Wilson, botanical artist, for a free Painting Party. You will illustrate either a Mexican gold poppy or saguaro fruit as you learn the basics of botanical art and illustration. This session is designed for any art experience level—most importantly for beginners. It’s fun and free. All art items will be provided.

Free Summer Sundays
Sunday, Aug. 28
Heard Museum
2301 N. Central Ave.
Each fourth Sunday through September, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Heard Museum will offer free admission for all. And don’t forget to stop in at the Courtyard Café and the Coffee Cantina at Heard Museum Phoenix for some great lunch items. The Aug. 28 edition includes a performance by hoop dancer Derrick Suwaima Davis (Hopi/Choctaw) and an artist basketry demonstration by Lakota Scott. Summer Sundays will be filled with performances at 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m., with artist demonstrations from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Don’t forget to try a make-and-take craft in the It’s Your Turn: A HOME Studio exhibit.

E. Sunnyslope Neighborhood Association & Block Watch
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30
North Valley Baptist Church
1010 E. Alice Ave.
This growing group of community activists is focused on the area of Dunlap to Northern avenues, and from 7th Street to the SR-51. Anyone living in those boundaries is welcome to attend and share ideas, concerns, questions, etc. The group meets the last Tuesday of the month. For more information, e-mail

Sandra Day O’Connor Institute Distinguished Speakers Series
12-1:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26
Omni Resort & Spa at Montelucia
4949 E. Lincoln Drive
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and former President of South Africa F.W. de Klerk, who shared the 1993 Nobel Prize with Nelson Mandela for his role in the ending of apartheid, will be the featured guest. As president of South Africa, de Klerk brought apartheid to an end and opened the way for the drafting of a new constitution for the country based on the principle of one person, one vote. The topic will be “Developing World-Developing Leaders.”Tickets begin at $75, and are expected to sell out quickly. Table sponsorships and general admission tickets are available online at

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