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Wednesday 27

Essential oils

Learn about different essential oils from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the White Tank Branch Library, 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road, Waddell. To register, visit www.mcldaz.org.

Pajama book party

Youths are invited to put on pajamas and celebrate Dia de los Ninos with stories, crafts and songs from 5 to 6 p.m. at the White Tank Branch Library, 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road, Waddell. To register, visit www.mcldaz.org.

Make your own piggy bank

Youths 5 to 8 years old are invited to create piggy banks from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Goodyear Branch Library, 14455 W. Van Buren St., Suite C-101, Goodyear.

A trip through the stars

Learn about the stars and space from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Goodyear Branch Library, 14455 W. Van Buren St., Suite C-101, Goodyear.

Puzzle day

Relax and work on puzzles from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Litchfield Park Branch Library, 101 W. Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park.

Celebrating poetry

Celebrate poetry in honor of National Poetry Month at 6 p.m. at the Litchfield Park Branch Library, 101 W. Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park.

Heart disease support group

The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease hosts a support group for women living with heart disease from 2:30 to 4 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of every month at Trinity Lutheran Church and School, 830 Plaza Circle in Litchfield Park.

Estrella Republican Club

The Estrella Republican Club meets at 6:30 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of every month in the lecture room at Estrella Foothills High School, 13033 S. Estrella Parkway, Goodyear.

Converse and immerse

Join in an afternoon of conversation in different languages at 4 p.m. every Wednesday at the Goodyear Branch Library, 14455 W. Van Buren St., Suite C-101, Goodyear.

Fitness in the Park

Buckeye will host Fitness in the Park from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday at Sundance Park, 22865 W. Lower Buckeye Road, Buckeye.

STEAM spot

Youths 7 to 18 years old will be able to explore the ideas behind STEAM: science, technology, engineering, art and math starting at 2 p.m. Wednesdays at the Sam Garcia Western Avenue Library, 495 E. Western Ave., Avondale. For information, visit avondale.org.

More to Explore

Children 6 to 12 years old who are curious about how things work can join an interactive program where they’ll build structures, perform experiments, play games, make crafts and learn starting at 3 p.m. Wednesdays at the Avondale Civic Center Library, 11350 W. Civic Center Drive, Avondale. For information, visit avondale.org.

Domestic violence support groups

New Life Center offers free confidential support groups for those who have experienced domestic violence. The meetings are held Monday evenings, Tuesday mornings, Wednesday afternoons and Friday afternoons, with varying times and confidential locations. For information, call 623-932-4404, Ext. 123.

Story time

Toddlers ages 2 to 4 accompanied by an adult can enjoy interactive stories, songs and games that encourage emerging language skills at 11:15 a.m. every Wednesday at the Buckeye Library Downtown Branch, 310 N. Sixth St., Buckeye. For information, call 623-349-6300.

Baby time

Take your babies from birth to 23 months to enjoy songs, activities, rhymes, books and playtime starting at 10:15 a.m. Wednesdays at the Buckeye Library Downtown Branch, 310 N. Sixth St., Buckeye. For information, call 623-349-6300.

Computer classes

Learn the basics of operating a computer from 6 to 7 p.m. every Wednesday at the Buckeye Library Coyote Branch’s alternate location at 21765 W. Yuma Road, Suite 105, Buckeye. Registration is required. For information, call 623-349-6300.

Job readiness support in Avondale

Avondale, in partnership with Maricopa Workforce Connections, is offering job readiness assistance from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays at the Care1st Avondale Resource Center, 328 W. Western Ave., Avondale. A career guidance specialist will help job seekers gain confidence in their search for employment. Assistance includes resume development, career counseling and job readiness workshops. Anyone interested in the service is asked to reserve time with the career guidance specialist by calling 623-333-2703. The service is available in English and Spanish.

Community Bingo

The Rotary Club of Buckeye sponsors Community Bingo at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays at 3690 S. Estrella Parkway, Suite 108, Goodyear. Doors open at 5 p.m.; cost is $21 per person for all 18 games (paper). Daubers and Power Bingo King electronics are available. Proceeds raised benefit local charities. For information, call 623-512-8878.

Children’s Community Christian Choirs

Chimin’ In Hand Bell — 4:30 to 5 p.m. Fourth- to eighth-graders are invited to participate in a hand chime choir.

Voices in Praise — 5 to 6 p.m. VIP is for third- to fifth-graders.

Joyful Noise — 5:30 to 6 p.m. This group is for children in kindergarten to second grade with an emphasis on musical exploration. Choirs meet at the Church at Litchfield Park, 300 N. Old Litchfield Road, Litchfield Park. For information, call 623-935-3411 or email info@churchatlitchfieldpark.org. There is no fee for participation.

Play time

Children up to 5 years old can join a weekly open-play group to grow their social skills by playing and exploring together from 11 a.m. to noon Wednesdays at the Sam Garcia Western Avenue Library, 495 E. Western Ave., Avondale. For information, call 623-333-2601.

Needle and thread group

Adults are invited to a needleworking/knitting/crochet group to work on projects, chat and share tips with fellow crafters from 10:30 a.m. to noon every Wednesday at the Avondale Civic Center Library, 11350 W. Civic Center Drive, Avondale. Take your own materials and coffee mug. Instruction books will be available. For information, call 623-333-2602.

Thursday 28

What About Water?

Join Ranger Jessica Bland in an interactive program on the past, present and future water use in the West Valley from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the White Tank Branch Library, 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road, Waddell. To register, visit www.mcldaz.org.

Paying for college

Learn about paying for college, including different options for covering costs and other information, from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Goodyear Branch Library, 14455 W. Van Buren St., Suite C-101, Goodyear.

Bringing characters to life

Learn how to bring characters to life in all genres from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Avondale Civic Center Library, 11350 W. Civic Center Drive, Avondale. To register, call 623-333-2665 or email LibraryEvents@avondale.org.

Small business mentoring

Goodyear is offering one-on-one mentoring for business owners and entrepreneurs from 10 a.m. to noon every Tuesday and 1 to 3 p.m. every Thursday. To schedule a mentoring appointment, email darah.mann@goodyearaz.gov.

Fitness in the Park

Buckeye will host Fitness in the Park from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday at Sundance Park, 22865 W. Lower Buckeye Road, Buckeye.

Overeaters Anonymous

Overeaters Anonymous, a 12-step program modeled after Alcoholics Anonymous, meets at 6 p.m. every Thursday at the Buckeye Valley Chamber of Commerce, 508 E. Monroe Ave., Buckeye. The goal of the group is to address and work toward recovery. For information, call 623-693-6244.

Baby time

Take your babies to an interactive program that introduces board books, music and art to babies and toddlers. There will be educational toys, socialization and self-expression in a comfortable environment. Baby time is designed for children from birth to 2 years old. Baby time runs from 10:15 to 11 a.m. Thursdays at the White Tank Branch Library, 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road, Waddell.

Sunset stories

Join in a fun family hour for a free story time program from 5 to 6 p.m. every Thursday at the Avondale Civic Center Library, 11350 W. Civic Center Drive, Avondale. For information, visit avondale.org.

Walking and running group

Join city staff in a bi-weekly running and walking group from 7 to 8 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at Sundance Park, 22865 W. Lower Buckeye Road, Buckeye. For information, contact Corey Parr at 623-349-6330 or cparr@buckeyeaz.gov.

Alcoholics Anonymous meets

The Garden Lakes group of Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. every Thursday at the First Baptist Church of Garden Lakes, 2517 N. 107th Ave., Avondale.

Taking Turns Toybrary

The Care1st Avondale Resource Center opens the doors to its Taking Turns Toybrary from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays at 328 W. Western Ave., Avondale. Families can check out fun, educational toys for up to two weeks with a photo ID. For information, call 623-333-2703.

In Stitches in Goodyear meets

In Stitches in Goodyear meets at 1:30 p.m. every Thursday at the Goodyear Library, 14455 W. Van Buren St., Goodyear. Share ideas, tips and patterns with other crochet, knitting and sewing enthusiasts. Novice to advance needle crafters are welcome. Some basic instruction in needle crafts will be available. For information, call 602-652-3000.

Drug and Alcohol Program

The Drug and Alcohol Program (DAP) meets at 7 p.m. Thursdays at Mount Pleasant Church, 501 E. Mahoney, Buckeye. For information, call Courtney at 623-386-6365.

Boy Scout meeting

Boy Scout Troop No. 263 meets at 7 p.m. Thursdays at First Southern Baptist Church, 405 Third St., Buckeye. The troop is looking for boys between the ages of 11 and 18 who are interested in outdoor activities, learning new skills and becoming leaders. For information, call Trina Stark at 623-693-8624.

Community Bingo

The Goodyear White Tanks Rotary Club sponsors Community Bingo at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays at 3690 S. Estrella Parkway, Suite 108, Goodyear. Doors open at 5 p.m.; cost is $21 per person for all 18 games (paper). Daubers and Power Bingo King electronics are available. Proceeds raised benefit local charities. For information, call 623-512-8878.

Family story time

Children 2 to 5 years old can join in an interactive story time filled with songs, rhymes, flannel stories and finger plays to support and develop literacy starting at 11:15 a.m. Thursdays at the Sam Garcia Western Avenue Library, 495 E. Western Ave., Avondale. For information, visit avondale.org.

Youth activities

Youths 12 to 18 years old can participate in different activities starting at 3 p.m. Thursdays at the Avondale Civic Center Library, 11350 W. Civic Center Drive, Avondale. For information, visit avondale.org.

Friday 29

Come Back Buddy

Come Back Buddy will play from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Tartesso Sports Park, 30300 W. Tartesso Parkway, Buckeye.

Domestic violence support groups

New Life Center offers free confidential support groups for those who have experienced domestic violence. The meetings are held Monday evenings, Tuesday mornings, Wednesday afternoons and Friday afternoons, with varying times and confidential locations. For information, call 623-932-4404, Ext. 123.

Texas Hold’em games

Texas Hold’em games are held at 6 p.m. every Friday in the Butler Bistro Room at the American Legion Post 53, 402 E. Narramore Ave. in Buckeye. For information, call 623-327-0227.

Reformers Unanimous

The addiction recovery program “Reformers Unanimous” meets from 7 to 9 p.m. Fridays at Desert Springs Community Church, 14440 W. Indian School Road, Goodyear. The Christ-centered group is free and open to all adults who struggle with addiction or a “stubborn habit” and their family members. Each class has a nursery and youth programs for family members, as well as free, local transportation. For information, contact Director Mike Hammonds at 602-694-5618 or visit www.gotaddictions.com.

Community Bingo

The Rotary Club of Buckeye sponsors Community Bingo at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m.; cost is $21 per person for all 18 games (paper). The Goodyear White Tanks Rotary Club sponsors late night Community Bingo at 10:30 p.m. Doors open at 9:45 p.m.; cost is $14 per person for all 14 games (paper). Bingo is at 3690 S. Estrella Parkway, Suite 108, Goodyear. Daubers and Power Bingo King electronics are available. Proceeds raised benefit local charities. For information, call 623-512-8878.

Movie Fridays

Enjoy a free movie from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Avondale Civic Center Library, 11350 W. Civic Center Drive, Avondale.

Saturday 30

Avondale Fiesta

Avondale will host a Cinco de Mayo style street festival from 5 to 8 p.m. on Western Avenue in Historic Avondale.

Prescription drug cleanup

The Avondale Police Department will be disposing of unwanted prescription drugs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the CVS parking lot, 280 N. Avondale Blvd., Avondale. Residents can take pills, capsules, tablets and liquid medications of all types to be disposed of. Illegal substances, syringes and inhalers will not be accepted. For information, call 623-333-7217.

Garage sale

American Legion Post 53 will host a garage sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Setup is at 6:30 a.m. at the Legion Post, 402 E. Narramore Ave., Buckeye. The cost to rent a 12-foot by 12-foot selling space is $10. For information, call Trina Stark at 623-693-8624 or email TLSTARK@cox.net.

Multicultural family story time

Celebrate Dia de los Ninos, or Children’s Day, through cultural songs, stories and activities from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. at the Litchfield Park Branch Library, 101 W. Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park.

Texas Hold’em games

Texas Hold’em games are held at 6 p.m. every Saturday in the Butler Bistro Room at the American Legion Post 53, 402 E. Narramore Ave. in Buckeye. For information, call 623-327-0227.

Goodyear Community Farmers Market

The Goodyear Community Farmers Market is from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays at Goodyear Community Park, 3151 N. Litchfield Road, Goodyear. The market offers locally grown foods, hand-crafted goods and potted plants for sale. Admission and parking are free. For information, visit www.azcommunitymarkets.com.

Community Bingo

The Rotary Club of Buckeye sponsors Community Bingo at 5 p.m. every Saturday at 3690 S. Estrella Parkway, Suite 108, Goodyear. Doors open at 5 p.m.; cost is $21 per person for all 18 games (paper). Daubers and Power Bingo King electronics are available. Proceeds raised benefit local charities. For information, call 623-512-8878.

MAY, Sunday 1

Charity bike ride

The Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America will be stopping at 6 a.m. at The Wigwam, 300 E. Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park. The ride will have several celebrity bike riders.

Divorce support group

The DivorceCare support group will hold the first course of a 13-week program from 1 to 3 p.m. at Christ Presbyterian Church, 925 N. Sarival Ave., Goodyear. The workbook costs $15; scholarships are available. For information, call 623-340-9205.

Kids support group

The DivorceCare for Kids support group will hold the first course of a 13-week program from 1 to 3 p.m. at Christ Presbyterian Church, 925 N. Sarival Ave., Goodyear. The workbook costs $15; scholarships are available. For information, call 623-340-9205.

Group meditation class

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 400 S. Old Litchfield Road, Litchfield Park, hosts a group meditation class from 5 to 6 p.m. Sundays. The class is designed for those desiring to learn meditation or deepen their practice. All faiths are welcome. For information, call the Rev. Gae Chalker at 623-935-3279 or visit stpetersaz.com.

Community Bingo

The Goodyear White Tanks Rotary Club sponsors Community Bingo at 6:30 p.m. Sundays at 3690 S. Estrella Parkway, Suite 108, Goodyear. Doors open at 5 p.m.; cost is $21 per person for all 18 games (paper). Daubers and Power Bingo King electronics are available. Proceeds raised benefit local charities. For information, call 623-512-8878.

Bingo

The Knights of Columbus 4737 of American Legion Post 61 at 35 N. Dysart Road in Avondale hosts bingo games at 6:45 p.m. every Sunday. There are 16 games at a cost of $16, which include Quickies, Early Bird games and a $1,000 progressive game. Proceeds are donated to charity. For information, call 623-877-9732 or 602-316-2886.

Adrenaline Youth Choir

The Church at Litchfield Park invites children in sixth through 12th grades to participate in the Adrenaline Youth Choir from 4 to 5 p.m. every Sunday in the church’s Choir Room at 300 N. Old Litchfield Road, Litchfield Park. For information, call 623-935-3411 or email info@churchatlitchfieldpark.org. There is no fee to participate.

Monday 2

Study session

The Governing Board of the Litchfield Elementary School District will hold a study session on Arizona Proposition 123 at 6 p.m. at the Litchfield Elementary School cafeteria, 255 W. Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park.

Avondale City Council meets

The Avondale City Council meets at 7 p.m. the first and third Monday of the month at 11465 W. Civic Center Drive, Avondale.

Alzheimer’s support group

An Alzheimer’s support group meets from 3 to 4:30 p.m. the first and third Monday of every month at the Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, 918 S. Litchfield Road, Building A, Goodyear. Support groups provide a forum to share feelings, concerns, information and as a way of supporting and encouraging each other. For information, call 602-528-0545 or visit www.alz.org/dsw.

Crazy 8s club

The Crazy 8s club meets from 4 to 5 p.m. every Monday at the Goodyear Branch Library, 14455 W. Van Buren, Suite C-101, Goodyear. The club is open to third- through fifth-graders who want to learn about math in new ways, including building projects, making music and other techniques.

Fitness in the Park

Buckeye will host Fitness in the Park from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday at Sundance Park, 22865 W. Lower Buckeye Road, Buckeye.

Domestic violence support groups

New Life Center offers free confidential support groups for those who have experienced domestic violence. The meetings are held Monday evenings, Tuesday mornings, Wednesday afternoons and Friday afternoons, with varying times and confidential locations. For information, call 623-932-4404, Ext. 123.

Computer classes

Learn the basics of operating a computer from 10 to 11 a.m. every Monday at the Buckeye Library Downtown Branch, 310 N. Sixth St., Buckeye. Registration is required. For information, call 623-349-6300.

Mental Illness peer support group meets

The mental illness support group “Hope” meets from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Monday at Christ Evangelical Church, 918 S. Litchfield Road, Classroom C, in Goodyear. The group is free to attend, is for adults 18 and older and is open to the public. For information, call Andy Arnowitz at 480-994-4407.

Craft it up

Work on your needlework, knitting or crochet project and chat and share tips with fellow crafters. Take your own materials and a coffee mug at 11 a.m. every Monday at the Sam Garcia Western Avenue Library, 495 E. Western Ave., Avondale. For information, visit avondale.org.

Tuesday 3

Teen chess club

Youths 10 to 17 years old are invited to join in a chess club from 3:45 to 5 p.m. at the Litchfield Park Branch Library, 101 W. Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park.

Buckeye City Council meets

The Buckeye City Council meets at 6 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of each month at Buckeye City Hall, 530 E. Monroe Ave., Buckeye.

Sewing for Babies meets in Tolleson

The Tolleson community sewing group Sewing for Babies meets from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 701 N. 95th Ave., Tolleson. The group makes preemie hospital clothing, quilts for isolettes in the hospital and burial layettes. Participants are asked to take a sewing machine and supplies and food to share for a potluck. For information, call 623-936-3412.

Retired school employees group

The Saguaro Unit of the All Arizona State Retirement Association hosts its monthly meeting at noon the first Tuesday of the month at Golden Corral Buffet, 420 N. Dysart Road, Goodyear. All retired school employees are welcome to attend. For information, call Patsy Cone at 623-386-3664 or 623-210-4880.

Small business mentoring

Goodyear is offering one-on-one mentoring for business owners and entrepreneurs from 10 a.m. to noon every Tuesday and 1 to 3 p.m. every Thursday. To schedule a mentoring appointment, email darah.mann@goodyearaz.gov.

Teen support group

Teens 12 to 19 years old who are affected by a loved one’s drinking or drug use can find a welcoming environment. One adult is present at all meetings to ensure a safe environment. Meetings are held from 7 to 8 p.m. every Tuesday at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 400 N. Old Litchfield Road, Litchfield Park.

Fitness in the Park

Buckeye will host Fitness in the Park from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday at Sundance Park, 22865 W. Lower Buckeye Road, Buckeye.

ESL Cafe

Participants can practice their English or Spanish skills from 5 to 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday at the Buckeye Public Library, 310 N. Sixth St., Buckeye. Spanish will be spoken for the first half and English for the second.

Walking and running group

Join city staff in a bi-weekly running and walking group from 7 to 8 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at Sundance Park, 22865 W. Lower Buckeye Road, Buckeye. For information, contact Corey Parr at 623-349-6330 or cparr@buckeyeaz.gov.

Domestic violence support groups

New Life Center offers free confidential support groups for those who have experienced domestic violence. The meetings are held Monday evenings, Tuesday mornings, Wednesday afternoons and Friday afternoons, with varying times and confidential locations. For information, call 623-932-4404, Ext. 123.

Story time

Toddlers ages 2 to 4 accompanied by an adult can enjoy interactive stories, songs and games that encourage emerging language skills at 11:15 a.m. every Tuesday at the Buckeye Library Coyote Branch’s alternate location at 21765 W. Yuma Road, Suite 105, Buckeye. For information, call 6230349-6300.

Domestic violence support group

Eve’s Place, a domestic violence education and support group, meets from 9 a.m. to noon every Tuesday in Building B, Classroom C, at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, 918 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear. For information, call 623-932-2394.

Baby time

Take your babies from birth to 23 months to enjoy songs, activities, rhymes, books and playtime starting at 10:15 a.m. Tuesdays at the Buckeye Library Coyote Branch’s alternate location at 21765 W. Yuma Road, Suite105, Buckeye. For information, call 623-349-6300.

Bingo

The American Legion Post No. 61 at 35 N. Dysart Road in Avondale hosts bingo games at 6:45 p.m. Tuesdays. The schedule of 17 games includes Quickies, Early Bird games and a $1,000 progressive game at a cost of $17. Proceeds are donated back to area youths and veterans. Call 623-932-4960 for information.

Toastmasters meeting

Estrella Toastmasters meets at 6:30 a.m. Tuesdays at the Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce, 289 N. Litchfield Road, Goodyear. Toastmasters helps people become more effective speakers and confident leaders. The meetings are open to the public and free to attend.

Wednesday 4

Bookmobile stop

The Bookmobile will be at the Buckeye Community Center, 201 E. Centre Ave., Buckeye, from 11 a.m. to noon.

Goodyear budget forum

Goodyear will host a public forum on the draft for the 2017 city budget at 6 p.m. in the Justice Center, 14455 W. Van Buren St., Suite B101, Goodyear.

Civil Dialogue

Civil Dialogue, a structured format for public dialogue and discussion, will focus on Arizona Proposition 123, which is designed to increase K-12 funding statewide. The discussion will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Goodyear Branch Library, 14455 W. Van Buren St., Suite C-101, Goodyear.

District 19 Democrats meet

The Legislative District 19 Democrats of Maricopa County meets at 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of every month at Tolleson City Library, 9555 W. Van Buren St. Tolleson. The district includes most of Avondale, all of Tolleson and a portion of southwest Phoenix from Interstate 10 up to 35th Avenue. Its purpose is to support the state’s Democratic representatives, senators and all other elected Democrats on city councils and school boards. For information, call Chair Juli Myers at 570-837-9668 or email ld19dems@gmail.com.

Tolleson Elementary School Board meets

The Tolleson Elementary School District Governing Board meets at 6 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month at the district office, 9261 W. Van Buren St., Tolleson. For information, visit www.tollesonschools.com.

District 29 Democrats meet

The Legislative District 29 Democrats meets at 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the Maryvale Community Center Arts and Crafts Room, 4420 N. 51st Ave., Phoenix.

Converse and immerse

Join in an afternoon of conversation in different languages at 4 p.m. every Wednesday at the Goodyear Branch Library, 14455 W. Van Buren St., Suite C-101, Goodyear.

Fitness in the Park

Buckeye will host Fitness in the Park from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday at Sundance Park, 22865 W. Lower Buckeye Road, Buckeye.

STEAM spot

Youths 7 to 18 years old will be able to explore the ideas behind STEAM: science, technology, engineering, art and math starting at 2 p.m. Wednesdays at the Sam Garcia Western Avenue Library, 495 E. Western Ave., Avondale. For information, visit avondale.org.

More to Explore

Children 6 to 12 years old who are curious about how things work can join an interactive program where they’ll build structures, perform experiments, play games, make crafts and learn starting at 3 p.m. Wednesdays at the Avondale Civic Center Library, 11350 W. Civic Center Drive, Avondale. For information, visit avondale.org.

Domestic violence support groups

New Life Center offers free confidential support groups for those who have experienced domestic violence. The meetings are held Monday evenings, Tuesday mornings, Wednesday afternoons and Friday afternoons, with varying times and confidential locations. For information, call 623-932-4404, Ext. 123.

Story time

Toddlers ages 2 to 4 accompanied by an adult can enjoy interactive stories, songs and games that encourage emerging language skills at 11:15 a.m. every Wednesday at the Buckeye Library Downtown Branch, 310 N. Sixth St., Buckeye. For information, call 623-349-6300.

Baby time

Take your babies from birth to 23 months to enjoy songs, activities, rhymes, books and playtime starting at 10:15 a.m. Wednesdays at the Buckeye Library Downtown Branch, 310 N. Sixth St., Buckeye. For information, call 623-349-6300.

Computer classes

Learn the basics of operating a computer from 6 to 7 p.m. every Wednesday at the Buckeye Library Coyote Branch’s alternate location at 21765 W. Yuma Road, Suite 105, Buckeye. Registration is required. For information, call 623-349-6300.

Job readiness support in Avondale

Avondale, in partnership with Maricopa Workforce Connections, is offering job readiness assistance from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays at the Care1st Avondale Resource Center, 328 W. Western Ave., Avondale. A career guidance specialist will help job seekers gain confidence in their search for employment. Assistance includes resume development, career counseling and job readiness workshops. Anyone interested in the service is asked to reserve time with the career guidance specialist by calling 623-333-2703. The service is available in English and Spanish.

Community Bingo

The Rotary Club of Buckeye sponsors Community Bingo at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays at 3690 S. Estrella Parkway, Suite 108, Goodyear. Doors open at 5 p.m.; cost is $21 per person for all 18 games (paper). Daubers and Power Bingo King electronics are available. Proceeds raised benefit local charities. For information, call 623-512-8878.

Children’s Community Christian Choirs

Chimin’ In Hand Bell — 4:30 to 5 p.m. Fourth- to eighth-graders are invited to participate in a hand chime choir.

Voices in Praise — 5 to 6 p.m. VIP is for third- to fifth-graders.

Joyful Noise — 5:30 to 6 p.m. This group is for children in kindergarten to second grade with an emphasis on musical exploration. Choirs meet at the Church at Litchfield Park, 300 N. Old Litchfield Road, Litchfield Park. For information, call 623-935-3411 or email info@churchatlitchfieldpark.org. There is no fee for participation.

Play time

Children up to 5 years old can join a weekly open-play group to grow their social skills by playing and exploring together from 11 a.m. to noon Wednesdays at the Sam Garcia Western Avenue Library, 495 E. Western Ave., Avondale. For information, call 623-333-2601.

Needle and thread group

Adults are invited to a needleworking/knitting/crochet group to work on projects, chat and share tips with fellow crafters from 10:30 a.m. to noon every Wednesday at the Avondale Civic Center Library, 11350 W. Civic Center Drive, Avondale. Take your own materials and coffee mug. Instruction books will be available. For information, call 623-333-2602.

Thursday 5

Star Wars Zentangle

Youths 12 to 17 years old are invited to join in Star Wars themed Zentangle art from 3:45 to 5 p.m. at the Litchfield Park Branch Library, 101 W. Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park.

Child caregivers

Learn about healthy relationships with children for professional caregivers, such as teachers or babysitters, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the White Tank Branch Library, 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road, Waddell. To register, visit www.mcldaz.org.

Meet with Rep. Ruben Gallego

U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-District 7, has a representative from his office available from 9 to 11 a.m. the first Thursday of each month at Tolleson City Hall, 9555 W. Van Buren St., Tolleson. For information, call 602-256-0551.

Quilters Anonymous meets

Quilters Anonymous, a chapter of the Arizona Quilters Guild, meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Thursday of every month at Christ Presbyterian Church, 925 N Sarival Ave., Goodyear. For information, call Janet at 623-478-8052.

Teen Konnect

Avondale teens can earn volunteer hours for school by helping to plan and be part of different programs and special events for the library. Meetings are held from 4 to 5 p.m. the first Thursday of the month at the Avondale Civic Center Library, 11350 W. Civic Center Drive, Avondale. For information, visit avondale.org.

Small business mentoring

Goodyear is offering one-on-one mentoring for business owners and entrepreneurs from 10 a.m. to noon every Tuesday and 1 to 3 p.m. every Thursday. To schedule a mentoring appointment, email darah.mann@goodyearaz.gov.

Fitness in the Park

Buckeye will host Fitness in the Park from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday at Sundance Park, 22865 W. Lower Buckeye Road, Buckeye.

Overeaters Anonymous

Overeaters Anonymous, a 12-step program modeled after Alcoholics Anonymous, meets at 6 p.m. every Thursday at the Buckeye Valley Chamber of Commerce, 508 E. Monroe Ave., Buckeye. The goal of the group is to address and work toward recovery. For information, call 623-693-6244.

Baby time

Take your babies to an interactive program that introduces board books, music and art to babies and toddlers. There will be educational toys, socialization and self-expression in a comfortable environment. Baby time is designed for children from birth to 2 years old. Baby time runs from 10:15 to 11 a.m. Thursdays at the White Tank Branch Library, 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road, Waddell.

Sunset stories

Join in a fun family hour for a free story time program from 5 to 6 p.m. every Thursday at the Avondale Civic Center Library, 11350 W. Civic Center Drive, Avondale. For information, visit avondale.org.

Walking and running group

Join city staff in a bi-weekly running and walking group from 7 to 8 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at Sundance Park, 22865 W. Lower Buckeye Road, Buckeye. For information, contact Corey Parr at 623-349-6330 or cparr@buckeyeaz.gov.

Alcoholics Anonymous meets

The Garden Lakes group of Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. every Thursday at the First Baptist Church of Garden Lakes, 2517 N. 107th Ave., Avondale.

Taking Turns Toybrary

The Care1st Avondale Resource Center opens the doors to its Taking Turns Toybrary from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays at 328 W. Western Ave., Avondale. Families can check out fun, educational toys for up to two weeks with a photo ID. For information, call 623-333-2703.

In Stitches in Goodyear meets

In Stitches in Goodyear meets at 1:30 p.m. every Thursday at the Goodyear Library, 14455 W. Van Buren St., Goodyear. Share ideas, tips and patterns with other crochet, knitting and sewing enthusiasts. Novice to advance needle crafters are welcome. Some basic instruction in needle crafts will be available. For information, call 602-652-3000.

Drug and Alcohol Program

The Drug and Alcohol Program (DAP) meets at 7 p.m. Thursdays at Mount Pleasant Church, 501 E. Mahoney, Buckeye. For information, call Courtney at 623-386-6365.

Boy Scout meeting

Boy Scout Troop No. 263 meets at 7 p.m. Thursdays at First Southern Baptist Church, 405 Third St., Buckeye. The troop is looking for boys between the ages of 11 and 18 who are interested in outdoor activities, learning new skills and becoming leaders. For information, call Trina Stark at 623-693-8624.

Community Bingo

The Goodyear White Tanks Rotary Club sponsors Community Bingo at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays at 3690 S. Estrella Parkway, Suite 108, Goodyear. Doors open at 5 p.m.; cost is $21 per person for all 18 games (paper). Daubers and Power Bingo King electronics are available. Proceeds raised benefit local charities. For information, call 623-512-8878.

Family story time

Children 2 to 5 years old can join in an interactive story time filled with songs, rhymes, flannel stories and finger plays to support and develop literacy starting at 11:15 a.m. Thursdays at the Sam Garcia Western Avenue Library, 495 E. Western Ave., Avondale. For information, visit avondale.org.

Youth activities

Youths 12 to 18 years old can participate in different activities starting at 3 p.m. Thursdays at the Avondale Civic Center Library, 11350 W. Civic Center Drive, Avondale. For information, visit avondale.org.

 

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