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The 9 Days calendar is a listing of entertainment events such as concerts, theatrical performances, events for schools, churches, county parks and not-for-profit groups. Submissions must reach our office by 5 p.m. Tuesday to be considered for Friday’s publication. Meetings and support groups held on an ongoing basis are found at Understand, submit- ting information is not a guarantee that it will appear in the newspaper. Submit information by email at or by fax to 623-935-2103.

APRIL Friday Friday 27 fingerprinting

In recognition of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (April 22-28), the Avondale Police Department, in partnership with the Tri-City West Thornwood Branch Boys & Girls Club of Avondale, is hosting a free child fingerprinting and Bullying Pre- vention Event from 3:30 to 6 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club, 301 E. Western Ave.

An invitation to women

Creative Women of the South- west, a group whose goal is to support charities against poverty and domestic violence, is invit- ing women who are interested in joining to a meeting at 3 p.m. at the Cracker Barrel restaurant at 1209 N. Litchfield Road, Goodyear.

Blood drive in Tonopah

A United Blood Services blood drive will run from 3 to 8 p.m. at Tonopah Valley High School, 38201 W. Indian School Road. The Bloodmobile will be by the football field. To set an appoint- ment time, call 1-877-827-4376 or visit

Litchfield Park Branch Library events

Be Your Own Boss — 3 to 4:15 p.m. Ready to start your own small business? Cheryl Lopez, Small Business Services pro- gram manager with the Arizona Department of Commerce, will discuss the many resources available to help you get started. Registration needed. It will be in the library’s Community Room. The Litchfield Park Branch Library is at 101 W. Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park; 602-652- 3000 or

Buckeye Library events

Lego/Duplo Playday 3 to 4:30 p.m. — Children young and old are invited to play and create with the Buckeye Public Library’s collection of Legos and Duplos. Please leave your own Legos at home and take your imagination. No registration is required — just drop in from 3 to 4:30 p.m. each

Free child

Friday. The library is at 310 N. Sixth St. Call 623-349-6300 for information or visit www.buck-

White Tank Library programs

Story time for toddlers and preschoolers — 10:15 to 11 a.m. Children will be introduced to reading and language in a fun way in the Program Room of Maricopa County Library Dis- trict’s White Tank Branch Library, 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road, Waddell; 602-652-3000,

White Tank Mountain Regional Park events

Desert Wash Hike – 9 a.m. The hike is 1.5 miles total. Some rock hopping and climbing. The desert washes are critical to the well being of the desert. They provide shelter for the inhabit- ants, channel storm runoff and reveal a cutaway view of the geology of the area. Join the staff on a walk through one of the park’s more interesting washes. There is some rock hopping and climbing on this one and most of the walk is in sand so it can be a little too strenuous for small children and those with physical limitations. Plan accordingly. No dogs. Meet near the Area 9 rest room at 9 a.m. The park is about 4.5 miles west of Loop 303 on Olive Avenue. Park admission is $6 per vehicle. For information, call 623-935-2505.

Public art dedication

Phoenix artist Mary Shindell is scheduled to be on hand as Goodyear dedicates the newest public artwork “Air, Earth, Water” at 6:30 p.m. at Community Park, 3151 N. Litchfield Road. The event is free to the public. Tying her artwork to Goodyear’s early history of raising Egyptian cotton, Shindell created three Egyptian-style obelisks, 3½ feet tall, for the roundabout at the entrance to the park. Each obelisk holds granite plaques with terrazzo inlay featuring images of sports paraphernalia, desert animals, and Egyptian symbols. Painted steel fences with artistic cutout designs con- nect the obelisks.

All Through the Night at Theater Works

Theater Works’ production of All Through the Night runs through May 13 with performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sun- days. Winner of the Best New Play in Chicago Award, All Through the Night asks the question “What would YOU do if the Nazis came to power?” Tickets are $29 for adults and

Theater Works photo by Bo Allen

TRACY PAYNE (FRAU LEHERIN/FRAU DIREKTORIN/FRAU FUHRERIN/FRAU OBERAUFSEHERIN), left, Colette D’Antona (Ludmilla) and Meg Sprink (Gretchen) star in the Theater Works production of All Through the Night. See the Friday listing for details.

$19 for students. Tickets can be purchased online at www. or at the box office, which is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily and can be reached at 623-815-7930. Theater Works is in the Peoria Center for the Performing Arts (the theater with the copper roof) at 8355 W. Peoria Ave., Peoria.

Saturday Saturday 28

Prescription drug disposal program

Residents of the West Valley can participate in a free prescription drug disposal program from 9 a.m. to noon in the Litchfield Elementary School parking lot at 255 E. Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park. This is an opportunity to drop off unused or expired pre- scription drugs. The program is being offered by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and the Litchfield Park Community and Recreation Services Depart- ment. MCSO officers will be present to collect the expired and unused drugs and will remove them for safe disposal.

Healthy Kids Day at the Y

As part of the YMCA’s commit- ment to strengthen community by addressing critical gaps in health and education, the Southwest Family YMCA at 2919 N. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, is hosting a Healthy Kids Day from 9 a.m. to noon. To learn more about water safety, Splash month and Healthy Kids Day, call 602-404-9622 or log onto www. Each neigh- borhood branch has individual times and activities planned for Healthy Kids Day. To view a full menu of camp options, visit Camp.cfm.

Free concert in Verrado

The Verrado community in Buck- eye presents a free concert by Cold Shott and the Hurricane Horns, a mainstay in the Arizona R&B, blues, funk and soul music circuits, from 3 to 5 p.m. on Ver- rado’s Village Green. Verrado’s Village Green is just east of Ver- rado Way on Main Street.

Verrado fire station opens

The Buckeye Fire Department will have a grand opening starting at 8 a.m. for the new fire station

in Verrado, located just north of Interstate 10 on Verrado Way. Fire Chief Bob Costello will be on hand to answer questions.

training seminars

Learn how homeowner asso- ciations work, and how yours can operate more efficiently by attending the Southwest Valley HOA Academy Spring Seminar Series. The second of this two-part series is offered from 8:30 a.m. to noon in Room 117 of Goodyear City Hall, 190 N. Litchfield Road. Today’s session is titled “Energize Your Community Association Board PLUS Review Legislation under consideration at the Arizona Legislature,” and includes the following:

• Learn about board member responsibilities and what boards should do to assure the associa- tion’s business is conducted in an efficient, legal and profes- sional manner. Includes how to run board and annual meetings and share tips on how to reduce apathy and increase homeowner participation.

• Be updated on HOA bills in the 2012 Arizona Legislature.

• Q&A session/free legal answers to your questions by an HOA attorney.

The program, which is designed for individuals and presented by the cities of Goodyear, Avondale and Buckeye, costs $5 per ses- sion, and includes refreshments. Space is limited. Register online at or call 623-333-2720.

Teen Outdoor Survival Camp

Avondale Fire-Rescue is offering a unique overnight experience where teens ages 12-17 will learn to identify the dangers associated with being in a desert environment and learn to respond appropriately to hazard- ous situations to achieve the best possible outcome. Training will emphasize sheltering skills, sig- naling techniques, emergency first aid, survival psychology and situational awareness. The Teen Outdoor Survival Camp is scheduled to start at noon today and conclude at noon Sunday. Skills will be taught by Randy Anglin of Lionstrike Training Group, Avondale Fire-Rescue Community Services Coordina- tor Sue Pistoia, and profession- als from Avondale Fire-Rescue. The camp will be conducted at the Avondale Fire Training Facility, 399 E. Lower Buckeye Road. Registration is required, space is limited. Cost is $50, which includes meals. Students

HOA Academy presents

are encouraged to take personal tents and sleeping bags to this overnight training. Call Avondale Fire-Rescue at 623-333-6112 or email to make a reservation.

Desert Thunder Spring Fling

Desert Thunder Elementary School, 16750 W. Garfield St., Goodyear, is having a Spring Fling from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Blood drive in Buckeye

Buckeye Outreach for Social Services is hosting a blood drive 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 501 E. Mahoney, Buckeye.

Litchfield Park Library book/yard sale

The Friends of Litchfield Park Library is holding a book/yard sale from 7 a.m. to noon on the front lawn of the library, 101 West Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park. In case of rain, the event will be held in the library’s Community Room. The sale is held in conjunction with a citywide Litchfield Park yard sale event. For information, contact Susan at 623-935-4403.

Safety seminar for children

Starworld Martial Arts Academy is hosting a free community Child Abuse Prevention Safety Semi- nar from 1 to 2 p.m. at 13235 W. Thomas Road, Goodyear. April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. The event will focus on social skills for children such as building self confidence, disci- pline, better focus, safety and awareness. Community leaders and other business owners will be on hand to share information on the six protective factors. To reserve a spot at the event and for more information, contact Starworld Martial Arts Academy at 623-535-0053.

West Valley Recreation Family Fun Expo

The Luke West Valley Recreation Committee (a subcommittee of the Luke West Valley Council) is holding its sixth annual Rec- reation Expo from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Gateway Park, 10100 N. El Mirage Road, El Mirage. The event will feature displays and informational booths that are focused on fun, healthy ways to enjoy recreation in the West Valley. Admission is free. For information, call Deanna Ortiz at 623-930-2842 or visit

Free health fair

The nonprofit IMS Health Foun- dation is sponsoring a free health

fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Avondale Walmart Supercenter at 13055 W. Rancho Sante Fe Blvd., Avondale. The fair will provide free screenings for blood pressure, HbA1c, cholesterol, sleep evaluation and glucose.

Bowling and family fun

Youth4Youth is sponsoring a bowling tournament to sup- port the Youth4Youth Greater Buckeye Valley Project. Y4Y aims to build character, confi- dence, respect and self-esteem in diverse groups of youths by developing their decision- making, leadership and success skills. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the bowling starts at 9 at Tri-City Bowling, 1425 N. Central Ave., Avondale. Cost is $50 per team of five (two hours bowling and shoe rental for all team members) or $10 per person. Interested bowlers, sponsors, or those looking to donate to the raffle can contact Larry Tracey of Youth4Youth at 623-208-3230 or

Relay for Life Concert in Peoria

Musician Matt Farris, a former Avondale resident who now lives in Nashville, will be performing at the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life Benefit Concert at 2:30 p.m. at the Peoria Sports Complex on 83rd Avenue south of Bell Road. Tickets are $17. Gates open at 1 p.m.

Celebration of the Young Child

Stillpointe Early Education Services, LLC., is having a “Celebration of the Young Child” from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sixth Street Plaza in Buckeye. The flier they sent us didn’t explain exactly what it is, but they said it’s free and “fun for the whole family.”

Allenville homecoming

Former residents of Allenville, a community that once existed near Buckeye, are gathering for a reunion “from 9 a.m. until the fun ends” at Buckeye Town Park, 207 N. Ninth St. Food fare will be a “potluck menu,” so take a dish, drinks, lawn chairs and blankets.

Buckeye Bookmobile on the move

The Buckeye Bookmobile will visit Verrado from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Buena Vista from 2 to 4 p.m.

Livestock sanctuary holds yard sale

New Dawn Livestock Rescue & Sanctuary Inc., 8909 N. 387th

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West Valley View, Avondale, Arizona, Friday, April 27, 2012


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