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Posted: Monday, March 31, 2003 9:48 am | Updated: 1:39 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.


Country gospel concert: The Knox Brothers of Lebanon, Ore., will give a Southern country gospel music concert 7 p.m. Monday at the Lost Dutchman RV Resort, 400 N. Plaza Drive. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the resort’s activity office. (480) 982-1749.

Health and spas: Amanda Soderman will give health tips and speak on “A Time for Us Day Spa” at the monthly meeting of the Apache Junction Christian Women at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the American Legion Hall, 1018 S. Meridian Road. Marilu Vince, a semiretired accountant from Gilbert, will present “How Healing Took Place in a Difficult Relationship.” Singer Nancy Nausolf will entertain. Tickets are $6 at the door; reservations are required by Monday. (480) 671-6420 or (480) 983-6919.


Four chaplains: The Mathew B. Juan Unit 35 of the American Legion Auxiliary will present a “Four Chaplains Memorial Service” at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the post, 2240 W. Chandler Blvd. It will honor four clergymen who sacrificed their lives aboard the USAT Dorchester during World War II. A lunch will follow. The $3 charge will benefit the unit’s community programs. (480) 963-1843.

12-step program: Chandler First Assembly of God offers a Christian 12-step program for anyone trying to overcome an addiction 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the church, 532 W. Ray Road. A divorce recovery program, “Divorce Care,” is 7 to 8 p.m. Thursdays. (480) 963-6868.

Senior Jubilee Chorus: A community choir of 55 voices, the Senior Jubilee Community Chorus, meets at noon Thursdays at Corona Baptist Church, 4450 W. Ray Road. The group is recruiting new members. A desire to sing is the only requirement. The chorus performs at churches, nursing homes, senior centers, relief missions and special community holiday events. Call director David Eckert, (480) 838-4040.

Barbershop harmony: Two Valley barbershop quartets, After Hours and Sequel, will present a chorus and quartet show 7 p.m. April 4 at the Hamilton High School auditorium, 3700 S. Arizona Ave. The Desert Chordsmen Barbershop Chorus of Sun Lakes will also perform during “A Night of Harmony.” Seating is limited to 600. Tickets are $7.


Aglow to meet: Pastor Dave Forrester, whose ministry began in 1973 and who has a singing group called Crossroads will speak and sing at the monthly meeting of Mesa Aglow at 9 a.m. today at the Women’s Club of Mesa, 200 N. Macdonald. Forrester performed for 12 years with the group Soul Seekers, which toured the country. Since 1987, Forrester has been pastor of Wings of Life Worship Center in Apache Junction. (480) 924-8966 or (480) 963-2102.

Concert: The Aaron Weil Band will present a bluegrass concert 6 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church of Mesa, 4801 E. Brown Road. (480) 981-9684.

Valentine’s Day: “The Heart of Love” is the theme of the East Valley Christian Club’s monthly brunch 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Center of Compassion — Love of Christ Lutheran Church, 1525 N. Power Road. Singer Roxane Nelson will perform, and author Barbara Brown, a volunteer trauma counselor for San Diego County, Calif., will speak on “Shopping for Security.” Reservations due Feb. 6. (480) 830-0514.

Cabaret: A Valentine’s Day musical cabaret, “2 + 2 + Who?,” dealing with relationships and how to make the best of them through humor, love and joy, will be presented 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14 at Unity of the Southwest, 1837 W. Guadalupe Road, Suite 105. Entertaining with songs from the musical theater, plus jazz, pop and traditional songs, will be Joe and Lorraine Bousard, Shana Rebilas Bousard, Dominik Rebilas and Lori Elward. Chocolate desserts will be served. Tickets are $15; proceeds benefit the church’s music ministry. (480) 946-9481.

A Course in Miracles: Meets 7 p.m. Tuesdays and 9 a.m. Sunday at Unity of the Southwest, 1837 W. Guadalupe Road, Suite 105. On Feb. 24, Scott Kalechstein will offer a lighthearted musical approach to miracles. The Rev. Julianne Lewis will lead introductory classes 7 p.m. Feb. 16. (480) 946-9481.

Children art therapy: Project GrandCare, an expressive art therapy program for grandchildren being raised by their grandparents, is provided 9:30 a.m. to noon the third Saturday of each month at Sycamore Elementary School, 33 S. Sycamore, sponsored by the Beatitudes Center DOAR — Developing Older Adult Resources. The program, led by Jane Trautmann, seeks to help children ages 3 to 18 to reinforce positive behavior through art, music, dance, drama and photography. (602) 274-5022, Ext. 45.

Aglow to meet: June Volk, a Messianic Jew, will speak to the March meeting of Mesa Aglow — Community Lighthouse for Women at 9 a.m. March 6 at the Women’s Club of Mesa, 200 N. Macdonald. Volk and her husband, who was once pastor of Phoenix Messianic Congregation, work for Jewish Voice Broadcast. Their show, “The Zion Sake,” airs at 9:15 a.m. weekdays on KXEG (1280 AM). Volk also leads retreats and Bible studies. (480) 924-8966 or (480) 963-2102.

DivorceCare: A weekly divorce recovery and support group, DivorceCare, will meet 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. Wednesdays through April 7 at Red Mountain Community Church, 6101 E. Virginia St. Cost of the series is $11, which includes materials. Child care is available. To register, visit or call (480) 807-5868.

Quilting for poor: The Ugly Quilt Group, volunteers who take discarded material and clothing to make sleeping bags for the homeless, gathers 8 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and Thursdays at First United Methodist Church, 15 E. First Ave. Information: Laverne Nohren, (480) 892-5305.


Evil and hope: An “Interfaith Hexalogue,” featuring a panel of representatives from Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Sikhism, Buddhism and Hinduism, will exchange ideas on basic theological values 7:30 p.m. Feb. 19 and 26 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 4027 E. Lincoln Drive. The Feb. 19 topic is “How does my faith tradition describe and explain evil in the world?” The Feb. 26 topic is “What in my faith gives people reason for hope?” Tickets are $10 for members of Friends of Arizona Foundation for Contemporary Theology or $12 for nonmembers. The second night is $8 when both nights are purchased. (480) 488-6453.

Together Time: The Solel Preschool of Temple Solel, 6805 E. McDonald Drive, will offer its Together Time program for children who are 2 years or older by Sept. 1, plus a significant adult such as a parent, grandparent or caregiver. Classes are 9:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays through May 18. Tuition for the 19 classes is $265 for temple members, $300 for nonmembers. (480) 991-4545.


Torah for Tots: Families are invited to take part in “Torah for Tots,” a service for young Jewish children ages 2 to 6, at 11 a.m. today and the first Saturday of every month at Chai Childhood Center of Temple Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn Road. Songs, stories, dance, eating of challah and celebration of Shabbat are included. (602) 923-3619.

Valentine’s Day dinner: Catholic Renewal Ministries will hold a fund-raising Valentine’s Day dinner 5 to 9 p.m. Feb. 14 at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 909 S. First Ave. Its theme is “Love and Friendship,” and tickets are $5. (480) 949-0335.

Parenting Bible study: A program has begun at 9:45 a.m. Sundays at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 3030 E. Thunderbird Road. A Book of Matthew Bible study is led by the Rev. Mike Sheldon 9:45 a.m. Sunday. Young adults ages 18 to 26 are invited to a Snowbowl ski trip on Feb. 14. (602) 992-1980.

Recovery support: The Celebrate Recovery support group meets 6 p.m. Fridays at Ahwatukee Assembly of God, 11832 S. Warner-Elliot Loop, Phoenix. It begins with dinner, followed by a large group meeting at 7 p.m., a small group meeting at 8 p.m. and a cafe at 9 p.m. (480) 893-6189.

Business women: Cathi Herrod will speak on “Standing for Righteousness in Public Policy” at a meeting of the Christian Business Women’s Association at noon Monday at North Phoenix Baptist Church, 5757 N. Central Ave. Tickets are $13, including lunch or $5 for the program only. Speaking Feb. 23 will be Sandy Wilson talking about the “Heart to Heart With God.” Reservations are due five days before luncheons. (480) 948-2292.

Rebuilding lives: A Jewish support group for divorced, separated and widowed men and women, “Rebuilding Our Lives,” led by Lois Goldblat, meets 7 to 8:30 p.m. the first and third Thursdays in the youth lounge of Temple Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn Road. “Caring for Our Aging Loved Ones: A Jewish Support and Education Group for Families and Caregivers” meets 7 to 8:30 p.m. the second and fourth Mondays. Cost for either group is $5 per sessions for members and $10 for nonmembers. (602) 971-1234. (602) 971-1234.

Cancer support: “Coming Alive in the Spirit,” a ministry to those with cancer and other life-altering illnesses, meets 10 a.m. to noon the first and third Wednesdays of each month at Living Streams Christian Church, 5811 N. 20th St. (602) 234-6508.

Yoga to begin: Various levels of yoga are being offered at Temple Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn Road. The At One Yoga faculty is offering “Introduction to Yoga” and “Intermediate/Advanced Yoga.” Classes are at 7 p.m., and sessions will be Feb. 26 and March 24. Cost is $7 per session. For more information, call Rabbi Lisa Tzur at (602) 971-1234; to register, call Lynda at the same number.

Bereavement support: Living Through Loss, a Jewish bereavement support group led by Douglas Jardine, meets 7 to 8:30 p.m. the first and third Mondays in the youth lounge of Temple Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn Road. Cost per session is $5 for members, $10 for nonmembers. (602) 971-1234.

Arts and crafts: Creative Living Fellowship (Church of Religious Science) will kick off spring with an arts and crafts fair 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 20 on its campus, 1241 E. Northern Ave. Materials will range from pottery to paintings, and baked goods will be sold. (602) 912-9880.


Rummage sale: The annual church rummage sale will be 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. today in the parking lot of St. Anthony on the Desert Episcopal Church, 12990 E. Shea Blvd. The high school youth group will sponsor the parishwide sale to raise money for its summer mission trip to Wisconsin. (480) 451-0860.

Journaling: “The Artist’s Way — Journaling for Personal and Spiritual Growth,” developing self-guidance in journal writing, will be offered in a six-week workshop that begins Monday. Sessions, taught by Shirley Cunningham, a certified counselor and author of “Chasing God,” will be 9 to 11 a.m. at a Scottsdale location. Cost is $100 and includes her book. A $50 deposit reserves a place in class. Mail it to Box 15563, Scottsdale, AZ 85267-5563. (480) 998-3081.

Meeting site change: Via de Cristo United Methodist Church, led by the Rev. David Felton, has moved its meeting place to the Thunderbird Boys and Girls Club, 20199 N. 78th Place. Worship is 9:30 a.m. Sundays, with adult education and children’s ministry at 10:50 a.m. (480) 515-4490.

Chabad auction: Chabad Lubavitch, an Orthodox Jewish congregation, will benefit from its 27th annual auction and dinner 5:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at Chaparral Suites Resort, 5001 N. Scottsdale Road. Puppy Puppets will be for sale, with one containing a key to a mystery gift treasure chest. Andy Luper, canine behaviorist with the title of “Arizona’s Dogs’ Best Friend,” author of “Never, Never Hit Your Dog” and director of A Canine Academy, will conduct a live auction, and Ehud Segev — The Mentalizer — will entertain. The dinner will honor Arnold and Vered Diamond, and Dr. Michael Markson will be given the Rofeh Yidid Award. Chabad has six centers and 12 rabbis and is the largest Jewish outreach organization in the world. (602) 944-2753.

Bible study: “A Mother’s Legacy” is offered at 10:30 a.m. Sundays at Scottsdale Presbyterian Church, 3421 N. Hayden Road. Led by Adrianne Grimaldi, the focus is on 10 women in the Bible and how their struggles apply to today. A men’s Bible study, examining several Bible books, is 7 p.m. Tuesdays in the church lounge, led by Austin Erwin. (480) 946-4207.

Inner peace: The Scottsdale Study Circle holds classes 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sundays in the Malachite Room at Scottsdale Civic Center Library, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd. Weekly discussion and circles help participants find inner peace. (480) 922-7320 or (480) 620-9544.


Artist series: A Jewish Artist Series will be presented periodically through March at Tri-City Jewish Community Center, 1521 S. Indian Bend Road. Phoenix Art Museum docents will examine the lives and art of prominent Jewish artists at 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays: Feb. 10, Elsa Schiaparelli; Feb. 24, Mark Rothko; and March 9, Ben Shahn. It is free. Refreshments will be served. (480) 897-0588.

Jewish teaching: Hadassah, a Jewish women’s organization, and the Bureau of Jewish Education will offer the “Wheeling On” program four times in the coming months to give Jewish children ages 6 to 10 and their parents hands-on instruction on Jewish tradition and values through singing, discussion, crafts, a monthly Shabbat and more. Sessions will be 5:30 to 7 p.m. Feb. 26, March 25 and April 29 at the Tri-City Jewish Community Center, 1521 S. Indian Bend Road. Cost is $65. (480) 782-8236 or

Book fair: Clifford the Big Red Dog, the book and cartoon character, will be the celebrity guest at a pancake breakfast and Scholastic Book Fair 9 to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 15 at Tri-City Jewish Community Center, 1521 S. Indian Bend Road. Also planned are Clifford crafts and photos, a Clifford video, face painting, story time and treats. Tickets are $5. (480) 897-0588.

Thin Within: A Christian approach to weight loss is offered 7 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays at Desert Cross Lutheran Church, 8600 S. McClintock Drive. The “grace-oriented” program is a nondiet approach in which calories and fat grams are not counted and food is not weighed or measured. Workbook and materials are $85 for a 12-week session. (480) 966-5135.

CONTACT: Lawn Griffiths

P.O. Box 1547, Mesa, AZ 85211

Fax: (480) 898-6362


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