Phoenix Events

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1

Artists of the Superstitions Holiday Art Show, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Gold Canyon Golf Resort, 6100 S. Kings Ranch Road, Gold Canyon, free admission, artistsofthesuperstitions.com. This diverse group of more than 30 artists represents all types of art media, including painting, photography, wood, jewelry, pottery and glass.

Rhythm Cats Christmas, 5:30 p.m. Sundays (11:30 a.m. as well on December 15), Silver Star Theater, 5247 E. Brown Road, Mesa, starts at $37.85, 480-288-0300, silverstartheater.com.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 2

Bible Club, 10:30 a.m., Avondale Community Center, 1007 S. Third Street, Avondale, free, 623-333-2705.

Masato Tachi, noon to 1 p.m. Mondays, Birt’s Bistro, 16752 N. Greasewood Street, Surprise, free admission, 623-584-0065, birtsbitro.com.

“A Christmas Carol: The Musical,” 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in December, Silver Star Theater, 5247 E. Brown Road, Mesa, starts at $37.85, 480-288-0300, silverstartheater.com.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3

Let’s Knit, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, free, 480-481-7033, birtsbitro.com.

All About Arizona Tax Credits Workshop, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Hellen and John M. Jacobs Independence Plaza, 16752 N. Greasewood Street, Surprise, free, reservations required, 623-584-4999.

Community Choir at Estrella Mountain Community College, 7 p.m., Estrella Mountain Community College’s Performing Arts Center, 3000 N. Dysart Road, Avondale, free, 623-935-8000. The group will perform “Holiday Harmonies” featuring newer renditions of familiar songs.

Kent Schmitt, noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays, Birt’s Bistro, 16752 N. Greasewood Street, Surprise, free admission, 623-584-0065, birtsbitro.com.

Rhythm Cats Christmas, 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays in December, Silver Star Theater, 5247 E. Brown Road, Mesa, starts at $37.85, 480-288-0300, silverstartheater.com.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4

It’s Not Just Lunch, noon to 1:30 p.m., Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, $5 donation, 602-492-7670, chani@sosaz.org.

Let’s Talk: Current Events Discussion Group, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, free, reservations required, 480-481-7033, harrietc@vosjcc.org.

Jocelyn Obermeyer, noon to 12:30 p.m., Birt’s Bistro, 16752 N. Greasewood Street, Surprise, free admission, 623-584-0065, https://birtsbistro.com

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5

Sunland Village Bingo, 4:30 p.m. doors open, 6 p.m. cards sold, $7 play begins, Sunland Village, 4601 E. Dolphin Avenue, Mesa, charge for cards, 480-832-9003.

AAUW December Rummage Sale, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., repeats December 6 and December 7, private home, 14217 W. Via Tercero, Sun City West, free admission, 785-213-6396, sharon.astle1963@gmail.com. The AAWU is raising general revenue funds to support its mission of “gender equity for women and girls through research, education and advocacy.” The sale will feature household goods, sports gear, books, clothing, jewelry, collectibles, furniture, tools, games and toys and holiday décor.

Ken Frerichs, noon to 1 p.m. Thursdays, Birt’s Bistro, 16752 N. Greasewood Street, Surprise, free admission, 623-584-0065, birtsbitro.com.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6

AAUW December Rummage Sale, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., repeats December 7, private home, 14217 W. Via Tercero, Sun City West, free admission, 785-213-6396, sharon.astle1963@gmail.com. The AAWU is raising general revenue funds to support its mission of “gender equity for women and girls through research, education and advocacy.” The sale will feature household goods, sports gear, books, clothing, jewelry, collectibles, furniture, tools, games and toys and holiday décor.

“A Christmas Carol: A Musical,” various times, Fridays in December, except December 27, Silver Star Theater, 5247 E. Brown Road, Mesa, starts at $37.85, 480-288-0300, silverstartheater.com.

Art, Wine and Conversation: Bus Trip to the Phoenix Airport Museum, 11:30 a.m., Holland Community Center, 34250 N. 60th Street, Scottsdale, email for charge, artbus@azfcf.org. The Phoenix Airport Museum has become one of the largest art programs in the country. It boasts 900 works, more than 40 exhibit spaces in six buildings to showcase Arizona’s artistic and cultural heritage.

All in Cash—Johnny Cash Tribute with Steve Christiansen, 5 to 7 p.m., Birt’s Bistro, 16752 N. Greasewood Street, Surprise, free admission, 623-584-0065, birtsbitro.com.

Rolf Benson, noon to 1 p.m. Fridays, Birt’s Bistro, 16752 N. Greasewood Street, Surprise, free admission, 623-584-0065, birtsbitro.com.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7

Songsters Christmas Concert, 7 p.m., repeats 2 p.m. December 8, Sunland Village Auditorium, 4601 E. Dolphin Avenue, Mesa, $7, 480-832-9003.

Colour Blinde, 5 to 7 p.m., Birt’s Bistro, 16752 N. Greasewood Street, Surprise, free admission, 623-584-0065, birtsbitro.com.

AAUW December Rummage Sale, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., private home, 14217 W. Via Tercero, Sun City West, free admission, 785-213-6396, sharon.astle1963@gmail.com. The AAWU is raising general revenue funds to support its mission of “gender equity for women and girls through research, education and advocacy.” The sale will feature household goods, sports gear, books, clothing, jewelry, collectibles, furniture, tools, games and toys and holiday décor.

Sun City West Beaders Bling Fling, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sun City West Beardsley Recreation Center’s Sagebrush and Agave rooms, 12755 W. Beardsley Road, Sun City West, free admission, 623-606-0840. More than 40 beaders will be displaying and selling their bracelets, necklaces and earrings.

“A Christmas Carol: A Musical,” various times Saturdays in December, Silver Star Theater, 5247 E. Brown Road, Mesa, starts at $37.85, 480-288-0300, silverstartheater.com.

Rhythm Cats Christmas, 5:30 p.m., Silver Star Theater, 5247 E. Brown Road, Mesa, starts at $37.85, 480-288-0300, silverstartheater.com.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8

Art Appreciation 101 Fieldtrip, 12:30 to 2 p.m., Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, museum entrance fee may apply, reservations required, 480-481-7033, harrietc@vosjcc.org. Through the Valley of the Sun JCC. Learn about art from Leia Steingart on a fieldtrip to the Phoenix Art Museum. Steingart has been teaching fine art, art theory and art history for more than 10 years. Meet at the museum inside the main entrance. Arrive 15 minutes early so the tour can begin at 12:30 p.m.

Songsters Christmas Concert, 2 p.m., Sunland Village Auditorium, 4601 E. Dolphin Avenue, Mesa, $7, 480-832-9003.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 9

Unorthodox Podcast Live at the J!, 7 p.m., Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, $30 members, $45 guests, $18 under 30, register by December 2, 480-481-7033, harrietc@vosjcc.org.

The West Valley Genealogical Society & Library Meeting, 1 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 12225 N. 103rd Avenue, Sun City, free, 623-933-4945, azwvgs.org. The guest speaker is Kathleen Goodrich and her topic is “Maybe I’m Amazed: My Love Affair with Family History.” 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10

Discussion with the Rabbi, 11 a.m. to noon, Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, free, reservations required, 602-492-7670, chani@sosaz.org.

League of Women Voters, Northwest Maricopa County Meeting, noon, Universalist Unitarian Church, 17540 Avenue of the Arts, Surprise, free, lwvnw19@gmail.com. The organization is a nonpartisan political group that encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. The league also welcomes men as members. The Northwest Maricopa County chapter meets twice a month, on the second Tuesday of the month at noon, and the fourth Monday of the month at 6 p.m. between September and April.

Scottsdale Civil War Roundtable, 5:40 p.m., Scottsdale Civic Center Library Auditorium, 3839 N. Drinkwater Boulevard, Scottsdale, free, 480-699-5844, scottsdalecwrt.org. The speaker is Dr. Peter Carmichael, director of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College, will discuss “The War for the Common Soldier.” The Scottsdale Civil War Roundtable meets the third Tuesday of every month (except July, July and August). The group supports battlefield preservation.

Sun Lakes Republican Club Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Sun Lakes Country Club, 25601 S. Sun Lakes, free, 480-802-0178, slgop.org. The meeting’s guest will be Dr. Craig Idso, who will discuss “CO2 and the Climate Crisis: The Greatest Scientific Fraud of Our Day.” Sen. J.D. Mesnard will discuss the 2020 state legislative session.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11

Senior Fair and Blood Drive, 2 to 7 p.m., Westchester Senior Living, 6100 S. Rural Road, Tempe, free, 480-831-8660, or 1-800-733-2767, redcrossblood.org. Vendors include Area Agency on Aging, Jackson White Law, Arizona Medicare, Covenant Home Health, The Doctor is In, Aviant Hospice, AZ MediQuip and Bayada Home Care. Appointments encouraged for blood drive; use the keyboard Westchester.

City of Avondale Neighborhood and Family Services Department Active Adult Program Holiday Luncheon, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Avondale Community Center, 1007 S. Third Street, Avondale, $2 suggested donation for seniors, $5 other guests, 623-333-2705.

When is the Right Time Workshop, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Hellen and John M. Jacobs Independence Plaza, 16752 N. Greasewood Street, Surprise, free, reservations required, 623-584-4999. Discussions include when to move a loved one to independent, assisted or memory care living facilities.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12

Blood Pressure Checks, various times, Avondale Community Center, 1007 S. Third Street, Avondale, call for charge, 623-333-2705.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13

Christmas Craft, 9:30 a.m., Avondale Community Center, 1007 S. Third Street, Avondale, call for charge, 623-333-2705.

Priscilla Rose Band, 5 to 7 p.m., Birt’s Bistro, 16752 N. Greasewood Street, Surprise, free admission, 623-584-0065, birtsbitro.com.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14

Hometown Christmas Parade, 11 a.m., Historic Downtown Glendale, free, hcparade.org. Al McCoy is the grand marshal.

Sentimental Journey, 5 to 7 p.m., Birt’s Bistro, 16752 N. Greasewood Street, Surprise, free admission, 623-584-0065, birtsbitro.com.

Rhythm Cats Christmas, 5:30 p.m., Silver Star Theater, 5247 E. Brown Road, Mesa, starts at $37.85, 480-288-0300, silverstartheater.com.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15

Hearty Instant Pot Recipes, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, $45 members, $55 guests, reservations required, 480-481-7033, harrietc@vosjcc.org. Register by December 12 for this program.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 16

The Sun Cities Saddle Club Meeting, 10 a.m., SCW Christian Church, 20803 N. 151st Avenue, Sun City West, free, 319-560-1768, suncitiessaddleclub.com, suncitiessaddleclub@gmail.com. This trail riding and social club is for seniors who love horses. The trail rides—using rental horses or personal horses—are held every Thursday at stables around the Valley. Horse ownership is not required. Ride schedules are available at the meetings. Membership is open to residents of Sun City, Sun City West, Sun City Grand and Corte Bella.

Nutrition Bingo, 10 a.m., Avondale Community Center, 1007 S. Third Street, Avondale, call for charge, 623-333-2705.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17

Music with Zack, 10:30 a.m., Avondale Community Center, 1007 S. Third Street, Avondale, free, 623-333-2705.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18

Wii Bowl, 8:30 a.m., Avondale Community Center, 1007 S. Third Street, Avondale, call for charge, 623-333-2705.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 19

Let’s Eat: Mature Mavens Dinner, 5 p.m., restaurant revealed upon reservations, 602-371-3744.

Desert Valley Orchid Society Meeting, 6:45 p.m., The Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 3641 N. 56th Street, Phoenix, free, dvos-az.com.

Home Instead Care’s Alzheimer’s Support Group, 12:30 to 2 p.m., Avondale Community Center, 1007 S. Third Street, Avondale, free, 623-333-2705. Group meets the third Thursday of the month.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20

Sunland Village Winter Dance, 6 to 9 p.m., Sunland Village Auditorium, 4601 E. Dolphin Avenue, Mesa, $7 in advance, $8 at the door, 480-832-9003. Marlin Zimmerman and His All-Star Band perform.

Third Street Jazz, 5 to 7 p.m., Birt’s Bistro, 16752 N. Greasewood Street, Surprise, free admission, 623-584-0065, birtsbitro.com.

Hanukkah Lunch, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Center for Senior Enrichment in The Palazzo, 6250 N. 19th Avenue, Phoenix, $10, 602-943-2198, carol.goldstein@jfcsaz.org. The lunch will be coupled with a menorah lighting with Rabbi Nitzan Stein Kokin from Beth El Congregation and musical entertainment by Gal Drimmer, an Israeli guitarist and vocalist. Reservations required.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21

Hillcrest Dance and Social Club’s Holiday Dance Semiformal, 7 to 9:30 p.m., R.H. Johnson Social Hall, 19803 R.H. Johnson Boulevard, Sun City West, $4 Hillcrest Dance club members, $6 SCW nonmember with valid rec card, $6 Sun City members with SC reciprocal dance club membership, $8 other guests, 303-618-5243, john.ashton11142@gmail.com. Dancer-furnished cheese and crackers; BYOB.

A Christmas Special by John Hodgson, 5 to 7 p.m., Birt’s Bistro, 16752 N. Greasewood Street, Surprise, free admission, 623-584-0065, birtsbitro.com.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 22

Happy Hanukkah!

MONDAY, DECEMBER 23

Nails with Vivian, 10 a.m., Avondale Community Center, 1007 S. Third Street, Avondale, call for charge, 623-333-2705.

League of Women Voters, Northwest Maricopa County Meeting, 6 p.m., Universalist Unitarian Church, 17540 Avenue of the Arts, Surprise, free, lwvnw19@gmail.com. The organization is a nonpartisan political group that encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. The league also welcomes men as members. The Northwest Maricopa County chapter meets twice a month, on the second Tuesday of the month at noon, and the fourth Monday of the month at 6 p.m. between September and April.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 24

Have a Merry Christmas Eve

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 25

Merry Christmas!

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 26

Sewing Club, 10 a.m. Avondale Community Center, 1007 S. Third Street, Avondale, call for charge, 623-333-2705.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 27

Movie at the Center, 9:30 a.m., Avondale Community Center, 1007 S. Third Street, Avondale, call for charge, 623-333-2705.

Todd Kruger and John Hodgson, 5 to 7 p.m., Birt’s Bistro, 16752 N. Greasewood Street, Surprise, free admission, 623-584-0065, birtsbitro.com.

Early New Year’s Eve with Tom LaGravinese, 1 p.m., Center for Senior Enrichment in The Palazzo, 6250 N. 19th Avenue, Phoenix, free, reservations reqired, 602-943-2198, carol.goldstein@jfcsaz.org.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 28

Hillcrest Dance and Social Club’s Early New Year’s Party, 7 to 9:30 p.m., R.H. Johnson Social Hall, 19803 R.H. Johnson Boulevard, Sun City West, $4 Hillcrest Dance club members, $6 SCW nonmember with valid rec card, $6 Sun City members with SC reciprocal dance club membership, $8 other guests, 303-618-5243, john.ashton11142@gmail.com. Club-furnished cheese and crackers; BYOB.

Pre-New Year’s Eve Bash with John Leo Group, 5 to 8 p.m., Birt’s Bistro, 16752 N. Greasewood Street, Surprise, $5, 623-584-0065, birtsbitro.com. Reservations required.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29

Jim Brickman, through December 31, Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Boulevard, Phoenix, tickets start at $48.50, mim.org.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 30

New Year’s Party, 10 a.m., Avondale Community Center, 1007 S. Third Street, Avondale, call for charge, 623-333-2705.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31

New Year’s Eve Dinner Dance, 6 p.m. dinner, 7:30 p.m. dancing, Sunland Village Auditorium, 4601 E. Dolphin Avenue, Mesa, $50, 480-832-9003. The theme is “Roaring into the ’20s,” with music by Gordy and Debby.

Crochet and Knitting Club, 10 a.m., Avondale Community Center, 1007 S. Third Street, Avondale, call for charge, 623-333-2705.