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Coffee with Kate
8-9 a.m. Monday, Feb. 9
Phoenix Police Sergeants & Lieutenants Association Office
8821 N. 7th St., Suite 210
The 52nd legislative session has begun. Catch up with Rep. Kate Brophy McGee with an update on what to expect this year. Enjoy complimentary coffee and pastries. McGee also is accepting donations for the 100 Club of Arizona to honor police and first responders. If you wish to contribute, bring your donation to the meeting and receive a free “Coffee With Kate” mug.

Phoenix Chinese Week Culture & Cuisine Festival
Feb. 13-15
Margaret T. Hance Park
1202 N. 3rd St.
480-352-3467
Celebrate the Chinese New Year 4713, “The Year of the Ram,” with live entertainment including the dragon and lion dances, martial arts demonstrations, folk and traditional dances, musical performances, mahjong booth, children’s pavilion, Chinese culture and history booth, photo exhibit and art displays, Chinese food and more. Admission and parking are free. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Visit phoenixchineseweek.org.

Valentine’s Dinner & Dance
5-7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14
VFW Post 9400
804 E. Purdue Ave.
This special event is being presented by the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 75; the VFW has offered the use of its dining hall. The menu includes steak and all the trimmings. Following dinner there will be music by Mykel Montana. Cost is $15 per person or $25 per couple. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling Crystal at 602-647-2298 and leave a message and she will return your call. There also will be two gift baskets raffled off that evening.

A Discussion About Common Core
6:30 p.m. Tuesday Feb. 17
Beatitudes Luther Life Center
1616 W. Glendale Ave.
602-992-8145
The Phoenix Branch of AAUW (The American Association of University Women) hosts Heidi Huusko, who will present a program on Common Core. Huusko, an AAUW member, is a Common Core math teacher at Oakwood School in the Peoria Unified School District. She is a math coach, grade level chair, and is highly qualified in both math and science. An optional dinner ($15) will be served at 5:30 p.m. RSVP for the dinner to Sue at 602-992-8145 by noon on Feb. 13. Visitors are welcome.

Spring Fling
5-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20
First United Methodist Church
5510 N. Central Ave.
602-263-5013
The church and the Weekday School host this free event, which includes face painting, a petting zoo, bounce houses, a balloon artist, a trackless train, silent auction, and more. There will be four food trucks on site for food purchases. For more information, visit www.firstchurch.church.

Phoenix Writers Club
12-2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21
Bluewater Grill
1720 E. Camelback Road
Guest speaker is Gayle Shanks from Changing Hands Bookstore. Cost is $15 for members and $20 guests. Reservations must be made by Feb 18. RSVP to neeliepubl@aol.com with Phoenix Writers Club in the subject line. Members and the public are welcome.

Nature Sketching & Journaling
9 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 21-22
North Mountain Visitor Center
12950 N. 7th St.
480-659-7211
Elaine Hultgren is a certified botanical artist and illustrator and has several years’ experience teaching nature sketching and journaling as well as botanical drawing and watercolor. Each class includes a half-day sketching in the North Mountain Preserve. Sketchbook, field kit (graphite, watercolor pencils, and tools) and portfolio provided. All skill levels welcome. Cost is $160 total for both days (there is no one-day fee). Proceeds benefit the Save Our Mountains Foundation. Register online at www.elainehultgren.com.

Greater Phoenix Career Expo
12-4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24
Phoenix Convention Center
100 N. 3rd St.
Goodwill of Central Arizona is teaming up with local organizations to bring thousands of job seekers to one hiring event. Hundreds of companies with immediate hiring needs will be in attendance, along with thousands of job seekers. Goodwill will host pre-expo workshops in advance of the event where anyone in need of assistance in finding a job can come to develop skills for the expo, such as resume writing, how to make a positive impression with a recruiter, and professional attire do’s and don’ts. Workshop dates and locations are available at www.goodwillcareerexpo.com.

Graffiti 101
6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24
All Saints’ Episcopal Church
6300 N. Central Ave.
602-550-1050
Have you ever been curious about the different types of graffiti you may see in your neighborhood and the meaning behind it? Are you interested in how the city fights back against graffiti, and how you can make a difference in those efforts? Learn the history of graffiti, links between graffiti and crime, the penalties associated with graffiti, resources for removal, and much more. Refreshments will be served and there is no fee for this event. Presented by Central Village. For more information and to RSVP, e-mail cvadmin@centralvillaglephx.org or call.

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