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Greater Phoenix Swing Dance Club
7-9:30 p.m. Sundays
VFW Hall
4853 E. Thomas Road
Learn to dance the West Coast Swing. Free beginning swing lessons for ages 8 and older. Beginning and intermediate lessons start at 6 p.m. Families are encouraged to join in the fun. Weekly dance starts at 7 p.m. First dance is free to newcomers. Regularly $7 for members and $10 for nonmembers. Visit for more information.

Girl Scouts Critter Art Show
12-3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 7
North Mountain Visitor Center
12950 N. 7th St.
Local Girl Scouts have created art made from recycled items found in the desert, including items dating from the early 1900s. Enter the exhibit gallery for just $1; all proceeds benefit the Save Our Mountains Foundation.

‘Remembrance of Mothers’
1-3 p.m. Saturday, May 13
Hospice of the Valley
1510 E. Flower St.
F or those grieving the loss of a mother, Hospice of the Valley offers an afternoon of reflection and sharing. Bring a photo of your mother and a personal memento to display on a remembrance table. RSVP requested by May 5.

Kiwanis 100th Anniversary Celebration
6:45 p.m. Monday, May 15
Phoenix Country Club
2901 N. 7th St.
The Kiwanis Club of Phoenix celebrates a century of service with a special meal, accompanied by Kiwanis dignitary presentations, state and local proclamations and 100 years of Kiwanis memorabilia and history. An abridged 100-year history will also be provided to each guest. The cost for dinner is $50 and all current and former Kiwanians are especially invited to attend. A reception begins at 5:30 p.m. To receive an electronic invitation to register and make entree selection, contact Doug Dunipace at

Author + Talk: Dr. Jerry Garcia
6:45-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 16
Arizona Humanities
1242 N. Central Ave.
Explore the Japanese Mexican experience during World War II and learn how it was markedly different than the Japanese American experience in the United States, as author Jerry Garcia discusses his book, “Prisoners Without Chains: The Forced Relocation of Japanese Mexicans, 1942-1945.” The Northern Arizona University professor shares how the Japanese negotiated a distinct space within Mexican culture where Japanese identity and ethnicity was maintained and rarely challenged due to a perception that the Japanese displayed markers of whiteness that were associated with western imperialism and power. The event is free, and light refreshments will be served. If you are interested in purchasing Dr. Garcia’s book visit UA Press and use the discount code AZHUM17 for a special offer.

Government Policies on Aging Issues
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 16
Beatitudes Luther Life Center
1616 W. Glendale Ave.
The Phoenix Affiliate of AAUW (The American Association of University Women) hosts Dana Kennedy, state director for AARP. She will speak about challenges of the Arizona State Legislature on aging issues. 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 on Glendale Avenue.

International Museum Day
9 a.m.-4 p.m. May 18
Pueblo Grande Museum
4619 E. Washington St.
Free museum admission all day. The museum also will offer free gallery tours and have artifact show-and-tell stations set-up in the galleries where guests can see up close, touch, and ask questions about different artifacts. Visit

‘Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present’
8 p.m. Thursday, May 18
The Trunkspace at
Grace Lutheran Church
1124 N. 3rd St.
No Festival Required presents this documentary film examining the pioneering life and works of artist, musician, and educator, Tony Conrad. Since the early 1960s, Conrad’s films and compositions have been the stuff of legend for artists and musicians everywhere. His vast, inter-disciplinary repertoire has influenced major film and compositional movements. Advance tickets are $10 (plus service charge), day of show tickets are $12. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Visit

Spring Music Festival
3-5 p.m. Sunday, May 21
Crossroads United Methodist Church
7901 N. Central Ave.
A free jazz concert featuring composer and pianist Ioannis Goudellis, and popular Valley singer Francine Reed. Reed has appeared with Miles Davis, Stanley Jordan, Smokey Robinson, Etta James, and The Crusaders. In 1985, she began recording and touring with Lyle Lovett and His Large Band Seating is limited in the Sanctuary; donations gratefully accepted.

Phoenix Union High School Class of ‘67 Reunion
Sept. 29-30
Four Points by Sheraton
2532 W. Peoria Ave.
The class is ready to mark this important milestone—50 years since graduation—and excited to be able to meet up with as many schoolmates as possible. There will be a Friday night mixer followed by a dinner/dance on Saturday. If you, or anyone you know, is a PUHS classmate and has questions or need more information, visit or call 602-494-8110. Other PUHS graduates also are welcome to attend.

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