Phoenix Events

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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1

“Kinky Boots,” various times to October 13, Phoenix Theatre, 1825 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, $71-$121, 602-254-2151, phoenixtheatre.com. A good pair of high-heeled boots can do wonders for a man’s career. When things aren’t looking so hot for Charlie Price’s family shoe business, he meets Lola, a cabaret performer and drag queen, whose out-of-the-box ideas are just what he needs to turn his life around. With music by Cyndi Lauper and a book by Broadway’s legendary Harvey Fierstein, it’s a good time guaranteed. 

 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2

Ambiguous Loss: Living Life with Uncertainty, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Banner Sun Health Research Institute, 10515 W. Santa Fe Drive, Sun City, eventbrite.com, free but reservations required. Caring for someone with dementia creates ongoing awareness of loss as the person with dementia is physically present but psychologically different from who they once were. This can be confusing and overwhelming for family members. This class provides strategies to infuse hope and meaning into one’s life while providing care. BAI social worker Susy Favaro, LCSW, will facilitate the class.

The National Organization for Women SC/WV Chapter, 1 p.m., UU Church, 17540 N. Avenue of the Arts, Surprise, free, 623-972-6273, aznow-scwv.org. The group will celebrate its will 40th year and welcome members and guests to the first meeting of the fall. Chapter and state board members will speak about the national convention held last July.  

 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3

“Finding Meaning and Hope” Video Series, 10:30 a.m. to noon to December 12, Faith Presbyterian Church, 16000 N. Del Webb Boulevard, Sun City, free, reservations required, 623-583-4848, 602-616-1476. Sponsored by Duet Partners in Health & Aging, this video discussion series is based on the groundbreaking book, “Loving Someone Who Has Dementia: How to Find Hope While Coping with Stress and Grief” by Pauline Boss, Ph.D. 

Monthly Memory Café presented by JFCS, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Beth El Congregation, 1118 W. Glendale Avenue, Phoenix, free, reservations required, 602-452-4627, kathy.rood@jfcsaz.org. The guest artist is musician and vocalist Joe Bousard. The Memory Café is a meeting place for those with changes in their thinking or memory, mild cognitive impairment or dementia due to Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder, along with their care partners. It is a place to socialize, relax, meet others and have fun through an arts activity.  Coffee and refreshments are provided.

“The Addams Family,” various times through October 6, Phoenix Center for the Arts’ Third Street Theater, 1202 N. Third Street, Phoenix, $5-$25, 480-789-1918, actoneyouththeater.org. This comical feast features an original story and it’s every father’s nightmare: Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents.

 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4

“Become a Dementia Friend: Info Session,” 1 to 2 p.m., Banner Alzheimer’s Institute, 901 E. Willetta Street, Phoenix, free, registration required, Eventbrite.com. Dementia Friendly America is an ambitious initiative to change people’s perceptions of dementia by transforming the way the community thinks, talks and acts about the disease. Attending this session will help you understand what dementia is, how it affects people and how you can make a difference in the lives of people living with dementia. Learn five key messages about dementia, what are the most common types and turn this understanding into an action that will help someone living with the disease. Dementia Friends Arizona is big project that asks for a small commitment: an hour of your time to learn how to become a Dementia Friend. 

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5

Catholic Daughters of the Americas #2278, Our Lady of Lourdes, Fashion Show, 10 a.m., Prince of Peace, St. Michael’s Hall, 14818 W. Deer Valley Drive, Sun City West, $20, 623-544-1932, 623-546-9337, 623-680-4280. The $20 tickets include a salad luncheon and dessert at noon. Clothes will be furnished by New Image Fashions and will be sold from 10 a.m. to noon and then after lunch until around 2 p.m. 

The Graves Disease & Thyroid Foundation Patient Seminar, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sheraton Phoenix Airport Hotel Tempe, 1600 S. 52nd Street, Tempe, call for charge, 877-643-3123, gdatf.org. The keynote speaker is Terry J. Smith, MD from University of Michigan Medical School.  Smith served as the principal investigator for new research into teprotumumab, a potential treatment for active thyroid eye disease that has received “breakthrough” status from the Food and Drug Administration. Additional presenters will be announced. 

 

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6

“Night in Vienna” Concert, 2 p.m., Scottsdale Civic Center Library, 3839 N. Drinkwater Boulevard, Scottsdale, free, fourseasonsorchestra.org. “Night in Vienna” will feature light classical works by Mozart, Haydn, Schubert, Beethoven and Johann Strauss Jr.  This performance includes Myra Lin and Vickie Thai violinists, Carolyn Broe violist, and Renée Rechlin cellist. 

 

MONDAY, OCTOBER 7

It’s National Frappe Day! Go grab one!

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8

Sun Lakes Republican Club Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Sun Lakes Country Club’s Arizona Room, 25601 S. Sun Lakes Boulevard, Sun Lakes, free, 480-802-0178. Guest speaker is Rep. Andy Biggs, who will share his perspective on national legislation and “what’s really going on” in Washington, D.C. Rep. Jeff Weninger will provide a forecast of the upcoming legislative session and review recent accomplishments for the legislative district. 

 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9

“Fact or Fiction: The Truth about Alzheimer’s Disease,” 11 a.m. to noon, Banner Sun Health Research Institute, 10515 W. Santa Fe Drive, Sun City, free, registration required, eventbrite.com. 

“Debunking the Myths of Hospice Care,” 1 to 3 p.m., Benevilla Main Campus, Hellen and John M. Jacobs Independence Plaza, 16752 N. Greasewood Street, Surprise, free, reservations required, 623-584-4999.

Arizona Archaeology Society – Desert Foothills Chapter Meeting, 7:30 p.m., Community Room (Maitland Hall) at The Good Shepard of the Hills Episcopal Church, 6502 E. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek, free, azarchsoc.wildapricot.org/desertfoothills. Ken Zoll will discuss “Prehistoric Southwest Infrastructure and Movement.”

 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10

Know a drummer? Go hug him or her! It’s National Hug a Drummer Day!

 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11

Four Peaks Oktoberfest, various times, Tempe Town Lake, 80 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, $69-$75, fourpeaksoktoberfest.com. Break out the lederhosen! Tempe’s festival for all ages is back and it’s time to eat, drink and be merry. The annual event hosts the finest offerings in Four Peaks beers, brats and entertainment with a 5K, Dachshund races, carnivals and kick ball. The packed concert lineup includes performances by Black Bottom Lighters, Instance Classics, Wyves, Banana Gun and, of course, tons of polka!

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12

Arizona Taco Festival, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., repeats October 13,  WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale, $10-$220, 480-312-6802, aztacofestival.com. 

 

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13

Memories Swing Band, 6 to 9 p.m., Sun Lakes Cottonwood Country Club, 25630 S. Brentwood Drive, Sun Lakes, $12, 480-699-7334, sunlakes-sundaydanceclub.com. Cheryl Thurston and her Memories Swing Band will perform music for a variety of dances, including foxtrot, waltz, swing, cha cha, rhumba, classic rock, classic country, an occasional polka and line dance. 

 

MONDAY, OCTOBER 14

The Sun Lakes Democratic Club Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Sun Lakes Country Club, 25601 E. Sun Lakes Boulevard North, Sun Lakes, free, 480-200-3322, craftidoll1@gmail.com. The guest speaker is Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone, who will discuss the office’s recent successes, including instituting a breakthrough drug recovery program designed to reduce recidivism, creating a $20 million budget surplus for Maricopa County taxpayers, and assembling a specialized task force focused on apprehending the most dangerous felons with outstanding warrants. 

 

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15

“Behaviors and Communication: Dementia,” 1 to 2:30 p.m., Banner Sun Health Research Institute, 10515 W. Santa Fe Drive, Sun City, free, registration required, eventbrite.com. 

Scottsdale Civil War Roundtable, 5:45 p.m., Scottsdale Civic Center Library Auditorium, 3839 N. Drinkwater Bouelvard, Scottsdale, free, 480-699-5844, scottsdalecwrt.org. Linda Barnickel, Civil War historian, will speak about “Milliken’s Bend: Forgotten Battle on the Mississippi.”     

 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16

Kiss up to the boss. It’s National Boss’ Day!

 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17

Sun City West’s Newcomers Coffee, Orientation, 9 a.m., R.H. Johnson Social Hall, 19803 R.H. Johnson Boulevard, Sun City West, free, suncitywest.com. Residents new to Sun City West, as well as those who want a refresher, are invited to attend this orientation.  

 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18

The Sun Lakes Chapel and Chapel Center’s Treasure Sale, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., continues 7 a.m. to noon, at the chapel, 9240 N. Sun Lakes Boulevard, Phase One, free admission, 612-743-5998, butchhall43@yahoo.com. All the money from this event will go to support the Sun Lakes Chapel and Chapel Center, which hosts four congregations: The Sun Lakes Community Church, The Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation, The Sun Lakes Lutheran Church and The Sun Lakes United Church of Christ.

First United Methodist Church of Sun City Fall Festival/Rummage Sale, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., repeats October 19, at the church, 9849 N. 105th Avenue, Sun City, free admission. Browse through the selection of jewelry, linens, household items, furniture, books, small appliances, tools, puzzles and miscellaneous items. Homemade pies and cookies will be available at the bake sale. Sloppy joe lunch will be served both days.

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19

First United Methodist Church of Sun City Fall Festival/Rummage Sale, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., repeats October 19, at the church, 9849 N. 105th Avenue, Sun City, free admission. Browse through the selection of jewelry, linens, household items, furniture, books, small appliances, tools, puzzles and miscellaneous items. Homemade pies and cookies will be available at the bake sale. Sloppy joe lunch will be served both days.

First United Methodist Church of Sun City Fall Festival/Rummage Sale, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., repeats October 19, at the church, 9849 N. 105th Avenue, Sun City, free admission. Browse through the selection of jewelry, linens, household items, furniture, books, small appliances, tools, puzzles and miscellaneous items. Homemade pies and cookies will be available at the bake sale. Sloppy joe lunch will be served both days.

 

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20

The West Valley Genealogical Society Annual Open House, 1 to 4 p.m., at the society, 12222 N. 11th Avenue, Youngtown, free admission, azwvgs.org. Meet lineage organization representatives from across the Valley. Learn about classes, the annual seminar, three research trips and tour the library, which holds 20,000-plus books, 1,100 maps, 3,400 media and 1,919 periodicals. 

Motors and Meals, noon to 4 p.m., Beardsley Park, 20011 N. 128th Avenue, Sun City West, free admission, northwestvalleyconnect.org/motorsandmeals. Benefitting Northwest Valley Connect, the event features a collector’s car show, beer and wine garden, food trucks, farmers market, local vendors, costume contest, music and local entertainment for the whole family. 

 

MONDAY, OCTOBER 21

Medicare Seminar, 10 a.m., Village Inn, 6813 E. Main Street, Mesa, free, 480-830-4691, nancy@azinsurance4u.com. Puzzled? Questions? Concerns? Costs? Changes? Updates? for 2020? Join Nancy Foxen, certified senior adviser, insurance broker, specializing in Medicare for the past 30-plus years as she shares how Aetna Medicare Insurance could be the right fit. Annual enrollment period is October 15 to December 7.

 

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22

It’s National Nut Day! 

 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23

Enjoy something sweet for National Boston Cream Pie Day!

 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24

Know your Benefits: VA and ALTCS, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Red Mountain Branch – Mesa Public Library, 635 N. Power Road, Mesa, free, eventbrite.com. There are options to assist patients and families in offsetting the cost of long-term care for those who qualify. These sessions help to dispel common myths, learn eligibility criteria, and steps needed to apply for Arizona Long Term Care System (ALTCS) or Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits. These sessions are facilitated by MaryLou Hernandez, LCSW, Social Worker for Banner Alzheimer’s Institute. 

 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25

Banner Brain Health Program, 9:30 a.m. to noon, Banner Sun Health Research Institute, 10515 W. Santa Fe Drive, Sun City, free, eventbrite.com. Your brain is so much more than memory! In this program, learn about the different domains of your brain, such as cognition, language, attention, visuospatial, executive function, and, of course, memory. By starting with a discussion of the difference between “normal aging” & something more serious & a self-assessment, the Brain Health Program can act as your personal trainer by teaching you activities to aid in strengthening domains that you want to improve.

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26

Spooktacular Hot Air Balloon Festival, 5 to 9:30 p.m., Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale, $10-$15, 480-270-5000, bit.ly/2lJ4WxM. 

Día de los Muertos Festival, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., repeats noon to 5 p.m. October 27, Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main Street, Mesa, free admission, 480-644-6500, mesaartscenter.com. Mesa Arts Center pulls out all the stops for its annual Day of the Dead celebration. With free admission and parking, visitors can revel in a weekend-long authentic celebration of the Mexican holiday with delicious food, artistic altars on display, over a dozen cultural performances, and an artisan market. 

 

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27

Día de los Muertos Festival, noon to 5 p.m., Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main Street, Mesa, free admission, 480-644-6500, mesaartscenter.com. Mesa Arts Center pulls out all the stops for its annual Day of the Dead celebration. With free admission and parking, visitors can revel in a weekend-long authentic celebration of the Mexican holiday with delicious food, artistic altars on display, over a dozen cultural performances, and an artisan market. 

 

MONDAY, OCTOBER 28

Medicare Seminar, 10 a.m., Golden Corral, 1868 N. Power Road, Mesa, free, 480-830-4691, nancy@azinsurance4u.com. Puzzled? Questions? Concerns? Costs? Changes? Updates? for 2020? Join Nancy Foxen, certified senior adviser, insurance broker, specializing in Medicare for the past 30-plus years as she shares how Aetna Medicare Insurance could be the right fit. Annual enrollment period is October 15 to December 7.

 

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29

“Anastasia,” various times to November 3, ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Avenue, Tempe, prices vary, 480-965-3434, asugammage.com. Inspired by the beloved films, comes a romantic and adventure-filled new musical. This dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love, and family. 

Medicare Seminar, 2 p.m, Black Bear Diner, 1809 E. Baseline Road, Gilbert, free, 480-830-4691, nancy@azinsurance4u.com. Puzzled? Questions? Concerns? Costs? Changes? Updates? for 2020? Join Nancy Foxen, certified senior adviser, insurance broker, specializing in Medicare for the past 30-plus years as she shares how Aetna Medicare Insurance could be the right fit. Annual enrollment period is October 15 to December 7.

 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30

It’s almost Halloween!

 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31

Tim Burton’s “A Nightmare Before Christmas,” times vary to November 3, Phoenix Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second Street, Phoenix, $25-$93, 602-495-1999, phoenixsymphony.org. This Halloween weekend, join Stuart Chafetz, conductor and the entire Phoenix Symphony as they celebrate Tim Burton’s wildly inventive multi-holiday classic. While the film is shown in its entirety, Danny Elfman’s rambunctious, colorful score soars to life as you follow Jack the Pumpkin King’s quest to seize Christmas on the big screen above the full orchestra. The film is rated PG, and the performance is family-friendly (open to audiences age 5 and older). Patrons of all ages are welcome to come dressed in Halloween costumes. Presented by Phoenix Symphony.