Friday, Dec. 25
Christmas Day Brunch: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., The Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix, bistro 24, 2401 E. Camelback Road. A special holiday brunch featuring three courses and a delightful bakery assortment. Advance reservations required to (602) 468-0700.
Saturday, Dec. 26
Zoppé - An Italian Family Circus: today to Jan. 3, Chandler Center for the Arts, West Lawn, 250 N. Arizona Ave. In Old-World Italian tradition, the circus welcomes guests into its intimate 500-seat tent for a one-ring circus. This magnificent show features acrobatic feats, equestrian showmanship, canine capers, clowning and plenty of audience participation. A special New Year’s Eve performance will include party favors. $15 to $35. Show times vary. www.chandlercenter.org.
Holidays at the Heard: today to Dec. 31, Jan. 2 and 3, Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave. Music and dance performances, film, fry bread and 10 exhibit galleries. Performances at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Artist demonstrations include sculptors and watercolor artists and take place 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (602) 252-8848 or www.heard.org.
Las Noches de las Luminarias: 5 to 9 p.m. various days through Dec. 30, Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 North Galvin Parkway. Experience this unique Southwest holiday tradition as the magic of thousands of hand-lit luminarias cast a soft glow on the Garden’s renowned plant collection. Follow the sounds of valley musicians throughout the Garden trails. Dining is available in Dorrance Hall. (480) 941-1225 or www.dbg.org.
ZooLights at the Phoenix Zoo: 6 to 10 p.m. through Jan. 10, 455 N. Galvin Parkway. To celebrate the opening of the Zoo’s new Komodo Dragon exhibit, a new life size lighted Komodo display will debut this year. Admission is $7 for Zoo members, $9 for non-members. Visit www.phoenixzoo.org for more information.
Tuesday, Dec. 29
Registration deadline for FBR Open Tee Off Luncheon: set for 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 12 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort, Frank Lloyd Wright Ballroom. Special guests: Arnold Palmer, Kenny Perry and Roy Spence. $75 per person, $750 for a table of 10. RSVP: www.PhoenixChamber.com, click on Events Calendar. (602) 495-2182. The 2010 FBR Open will take place Feb. 22 to 28 at the TPC Scottsdale.
Thursday, Dec. 31
10th Annual Noon Year’s Eve Celebration at the Phoenix Zoo: 9 a.m. to noon, 455 N. Galvin Parkway. Presented by Radio Disney AM 1580. Ring in the “Noon” Year with tons of snow including a separate snow area for toddlers; music, games and prizes with Radio Disney; snowball target areas; fun and interactive snow activities for the kids; and much more. Free with regular paid admission. www.phoenixzoo.org.
Noon RSVP deadline for Arizona Association for Economic Development January luncheon: to be held 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Jan. 5 at Phoenix Airport Marriott, 1101 N. 44th St. Dean Martin, Arizona state treasurer, will speak. $40 for members, $50 for non-members and late registrants. (602) 240-AAED (2233) or www.aaed.com.
New Year’s Eve at Rustler’s Rooste: 5 to 11 p.m. dining room hours, 7777 S. Pointe Parkway W. Enjoy dinner, cocktails while the Peso Dollar Band brings in the New Year. Complimentary glasses of champagne and party favors will be handed out at midnight. www.rustlersrooste.com or (602) 431-6474.
Fiesta Bowl New Year’s Eve Block Party: 5 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., Mill Avenue District, Tempe. The Doobie Brothers will headline, along with many stages of musical acts and activities. Tickets: $15 by Dec. 30 at Fry’s, $20 at the gate and www.fiestabowl.org.
New Year’s Eve dinner at Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa: 5594 W. Wild Horse Blvd., Gila River Indian Community. Two dining options: a 12-course menu is offered at the five-star and five-diamond Kai restaurant; first seating is 5 to 6 p.m., second seating is 8 to 9 p.m. $135 to $235. A three-course menu at Ko’Sin restaurant is available 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. $80 for adults, $40 for children 12 & under. Reservations: (602) 385-5726.
Rawhide’s New Year’s Eve Bash - Western Style: 5700 W. North Loop Road, Gila River Indian Community. 5:30 p.m., Town opens for Western activities and fun; 5:30 p.m., Steakhouse opens with regular menu; 9 to 11 p.m., dinner buffet; midnight, fireworks. Tickets - $40 for adults, $20 for ages 12 and under - include buffet, entertainment, party favors an all access town pass and the New Year’s Eve Party. Reservations: (480) 502-5600, ext. 1204 or email@example.com.
New Year’s Eve Dinner: 6 p.m. to 1 a.m., The Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix, bistro 24, 2401 E. Camelback Road. A festive evening for all ages, including four-course dinner, party favors, cordials and an irresistible dessert station. A jazz trio entertains. Advance reservations required to (602) 468-0700.
New Years’ Celebration at 98 South: 6 p.m. to 1 a.m., 98 South Wine Bar and Kitchen, 98 S. San Marcos Place, Chandler. Live music, gourmet three-course dinner (seatings at 6 and 9 p.m.) and a bottle of champagne. $65 per person (plus tax/tip), includes one bottle of champagne per couple. Lyn Jackson and Trio Three Eighty (www.myspace.com/trio380) will present romantic background music during the early seating, but will gear up the excitement to create a party and dance celebration as the midnight hour approaches. Reservations: (480) 814-9800 or www.98south.net.
The Phoenix Symphony’s New Year’s Eve Gala: 7:30 p.m., Grand Ballroom of the Westin Kierland Resort and Spa, Grand Ballroom, 6902 E. Greenway Parkway, Scottsdale. Revel in an evening filled with dancing, dining, unique entertainment and fabulous auction items. $600. (602) 452-0425.
Sunday, Jan. 3
Ahwatukee First Sundays – Laurie’s Laughoholic Club: 2 to 3 p.m. first Sundays, Fire Station 43, Community Room, 4110 E. Chandler Blvd. Laughter is a positive way to deal with life’s challenges. Wear comfortable clothes, step out of your comfort zone, re-connect with your inner child and laugh for the health of it. It’s free, it’s fun and everyone is welcome. Affiliated with www.worldlaughtertour.com. Laurie, (480) 540-4776 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, Jan. 5
Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce Women in Business Luncheon: noon to 1:30 p.m., Ahwatukee Country Club, 12432 S. 48th St. $35 for members, $45 for non-members. (480) 753-7676 or www.ahwatukeechamber.com.
Wednesday, Jan. 6
LeadzSmart Marketing Education Class: 7:30 to 9 a.m. Wednesdays, Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce, 10235 S. 51st St., Suite 185. Attendees learn, share and tweak current marketing strategies that generate qualified leads and more sales conversions. Free, everyone welcome. DrRon@DrRonMarek.com or (480) 456-3700.
Ahwatukee Chat, Chew & Chocolate monthly coffee: 9 a.m. Start your morning off with friends, fun and inspiration. Free – no need to register, just show up to sip and chat. All are welcome. Liz, email@example.com, or (602) 881-8401 or www.chatchewandchocolate.com.
Downtown Chandler Art Walk: 5 to 9 p.m., in Historic Downtown Chandler along the sidewalks in front of the stores. The juried event is open to all artists in the Valley who would like to exhibit, free of charge. To receive an application to exhibit or for more information, call (480) 855-3539.
Thursday, Jan. 7
Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce Women in Business luncheon: noon to 1:30 p.m., Ahwatukee Country Club, 12432 S 48th St. Theme: Be the Bulb! with branding expert and author Lori Martinek. Learn how to apply proven Attraction Marketing concepts to “amp up your profile” and put passion and power into your branding and marketing efforts. www.ahwatukeechamber.com or (480) 753-7676.
Girls’ Night Out Ahwatukee: 3 to 9 p.m. every other Thursday at participating businesses throughout Ahwatukee Foothills and surrounding area. Great deals on haircuts, eyebrow wax, drinks, food and more. Free to participate. Join mailing list at www.tukeegirlsnightout.com. Anne, (480) 239-8788 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Republican Professionals networking event: 6 to 8 p.m., Suede Lounge, 7333 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale. State Treasurer Dean Martin is featured guest speaker. Free. RSVP: www.phxrp.com or email@example.com.
Saturday, Jan. 9
Pennsylvania Club meeting: 10 a.m., L.J.’s Pizza, 1038 E. Main St., Mesa. Current and former residents invited. Lunch follows. (480) 832-5755.
Back Handspring Boot Camp: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Tumbl-weeds Tumbling & Fitness Studio, 1241 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 124. Learn the proper technique for a safe back handspring with knowledgeable coaching staff. For ages 10 and older. $20. www.tumbl-weeds.com or (480) 203-1108.
Monday, Jan. 11
Legislative District 20 Democrats: 7 p.m. second Mondays, Fire Station 43, 4110 E. Chandler Blvd. Meetings feature guest speakers and updates. CJ, (480) 706-6047 or www.maricopadems.com (look under LD20).
Tuesday, Jan. 12
Environmental Education Center Seasonal Open House: 5 to 7:30 p.m., 4050 E. Chandler Heights Road, Chandler. Free sampling of activities from regularly-scheduled classes, programs, parties and special events. (480) 782-2890 or www.chandleraz.gov/veterans-oasis.
Wednesday, Jan. 13
Jewish Women International Avodah Chapter 1581 meeting: 11:30 a.m., Coco’s, 1862 W. Baseline Road, Mesa. Reservations: Lucille, (480) 634-5032.
Foothills Women’s Club: 7 to 9 p.m. second Wednesdays September to May, Club West Golf Course Clubhouse, 16400 S. 14th Ave. Guests and new members are invited for fun and friendship. Jacque, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, Jan. 14
Weeders Garden Club: 9:30 a.m. second Thursdays, Cottonwood Country Club, 25630 S. Brentwood Dr., Sun Lakes. Elinor, (480) 759-3335 or Delia, (480) 786-4973.
Saturday, Jan. 16
East Valley Democratic Breakfast Club: 7:30 a.m., Denny’s Restaurant, 4403 S. Rural Road, Tempe. (480) 993-8799.
Wednesday, Jan. 20
22nd Annual Lovin Life Expo: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Mesa Convention Center, 201 N. Center St., Mesa. Entertainment includes the Dutton Family from Branson, Mo., at 10 a.m., magician Mike Fisher at 11 a.m., former lead singer of the Persuasions and A cappella sensation Jerry Lawson at noon and bingo at 1 p.m. Booths will include many products and services available to the over-50 resident. Activities include door prizes and an hourly drawing for $100 in cash. Free admission and parking. Lovin Life Expos is a part of Lovin Life After 50. Bob, (480) 348-0343, ext. 109, or www.lovinlifeafter50.com.
Brown Bag Water Speaker Series: noon to 1:30 p.m., University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, 4341 E. Broadway Road. Jim Field, Professor, Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, The University of Arizona, “Nanoparticle Interaction with Biological Wastewater Treatment Processes.”Free. RSVP: Nancy, (602) 827-8200, ext. 335, or email@example.com.
Arizona Capitol Museum Lunch Bunch: 12:15 to 1 p.m., First Floor Museum Lounge, 1700 W. Washington St. Features an Arizona Legislative Overview - a panel of Capitol reporters will discuss issues and personalities for the coming year. Free. www.lib.az.us/museum/events.cfm or (602) 926-3620.
Thursday, Jan. 21
East Valley’s - Be There meeting: 6 p.m., The Grace Inn, 10831 S. 51st St. www.evbtvpweb.com.
Saturday, Jan. 23
ARC Open House: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Ahwatukee Recreation Center, 5001 E. Cheyenne Dr. Learn about a new club, enjoy refreshments and entertainment and participate in a new activity. Most of the clubs will either demonstrate what their club does (Woodshop, Stained Glass, Lapidary) or provide instructions (Lawn Bowling, Shuffleboard). A new fitness class, Circuit Sampler, will be showcased. Pickleball will be offered, as well as guided tours of the facility. Open to the public. (480) 893-2549.
East Valley Citrus Clinic: 9 a.m. to noon, Greenfield Citrus Nursery, 2558 E. Lehi Road, Mesa. Sponsored by The University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Maricopa County Master Gardeners. Homeowners will learn about the care of citrus, apples, peaches, dates and other fruit crops. Coffee and light refreshments will be available for a nominal cost. $8 in advance, $10 at the gate. www.maricopamastergardener.com/citrusclinic.htm.
Tuesday, Jan. 26
Ahwatukee Republican Women: 7 p.m., Fire Station Community Room, 4110 E. Chandler Blvd. Mary, (602) 206-1189 or ARWomen@aol.com.
Monday, May 17
American Solar Energy Society hosts SOLAR 2010 – the National Solar Conference: today to Saturday, Phoenix Convention Center, 111 North Third St. Includes sessions on technology, buildings, policy, professional education, workforce development and consumer education. Also features a renewable energy products and services trade show. Many sessions will offer continuing education credits for architects, installers and engineers. www.solar2010.org.