Feb. 14, 2018

Anthem Cares Through Service (ACTS) 2018 Silent Auction & Raffle

ANTHEM – The 8th Annual ACTS Silent Auction & Raffle has been set for February 16, 2018.
This year’s event will be held at the Ironwood Clubhouse Ballroom from 5 to 7:30 p.m.  Open to the public and free, this popular annual fundraiser has become the party to attend!

Each year, the line-up of items donated to the auction gets better, and this year is no exception! A preview of an exciting line-up of silent auction items will include wine, art, dining, travel, entertainment, tennis, golf, jewelry, business services, hosted dinners (wildly popular, so watch your bid sheets), and so much more.

Don't Forget the popular RAFFLE! This year, a total of $2,750 in CASH PRIZES are available - and you don't need to be present to win. Raffle tickets are on sale now, call Bob Bergin at (623) 337-4040 to purchase your tickets.

If you’d like to donate to the Silent Auction, ACTS Silent Auction Donation forms are available now. To obtain a form, donate an item, or to get more information on how you can help, contact Deb Rice, Silent Auction Procurement Chair, by email at  
Lunch and Learn featuring habits coach Erik Swanson
ANTHEM – The Young Professionals Lunch and Learn takes place on Feb. 15 at noon, and features best-selling author and speaker, Erik Swanson, of Habitude Warrior International.  The lunch takes place at the Anthem Area Chamber of Commerce at 42101 N. 41st Drive, Suite 148, Anthem. 

Registration is opens to anyone regardless of age or chamber affiliation, and the fee is $10 including lunch.  Chamber members apply 50% discount code MEMBER2018 at check out.  Register online at

Ryan’s Race 10K run, 5K run/walk
PHOENIX – Ryan's Race is a family friendly event for all ages and fitness levels. It includes a 10k Run, 5k Run/Walk and there's even a free lollipop run for the little ones. Our purpose is to promote mental wellness through physical activity and community support. Proceeds are used to support the Andy Hull Sunshine Foundation, the Eagle Pride Marching Band and to establish a giving fund in remembrance of Ryan Edwards. Register at, product/ryans-race-2018-5k-1-mile-fun-run/

The race takes place on Feb. 17, 8 am is race check-in, and 8:30 am is race time, and it takes place at Sandra Day O’Connor High School, 25250 N 35th Avenue. Prices for the 10K Run is $43.44, 5K Run/Walk is $32.58 and tax is included, registration is non-refundable. Family discounts available for 3 or more registrations in one cart.  The 10K, 5K and 1-mile Fun Run will take place on the grounds of the Sandra Day O’Connor Campus.

Time for an Italian Spaghetti Western
CAVE CREEK –The Horny Toad, Cave Creek’s oldest and famous restaurant, will host Time for an Italian Spaghetti Western on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 from 11:00 AM-9:00 PM.
During the one-of-a-kind event, The Horny Toad will feature several mouth-watering Italian specials, including pasta marinara, fettuccini and spaghetti and meatballs, garlic bread, a side salad and more. In addition, westerns will be shown all day long.
The Horny Toad is located at 6738 E. Cave Creek Road. Call 480.488.9542 for reservations

Arizona Authors Speaker Series: Katrina Shawver
SCOTTSDALE – Katrina Shawver, author of HENRY: A Polish Swimmer’s True Story of Friendship from Auschwitz to America (Köehler Books, November 2017) will be the presenter at the Arizona Authors Speaker Series, sponsored by the Brandeis National Society – Phoenix Chapter, on February 19, 2018 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm. The event will be held at the Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center, 12701 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale AZ 85254. Guests are welcome but are asked to RSVP to Merrill Kalman at The charge for guests is $5 at the door.

"HENRY," offers a view of the Holocaust as seen through the eyes of a Polish Catholic political prisoner and is told with a pragmatic gallows humor. This unique bridge to history includes more than 75 original photos and rare German documents. Both the book and Shawver are receiving high praise locally and nationally.

Love is in the Air! ProMusica’s “Dearly Beloved” Concert Is a Journey of a Couple’s Love and Marriage
ANTHEM – Since Valentine’s Day makes us think of all things romantic, don’t miss ProMusica Arizona’s February concert, Dearly Beloved: A Lifetime of Love, as it takes you on a journey of love and marriage. The concert follows the evolution of a couple from courtship through their lifetime together with all its ups-and-downs -- the kids, the in-laws, the fights, along with the romance and adventure through the reading of letters and poems by acclaimed actors Dan Meiller and Pat Drapac. 
Since music is the language of love, the readings will be surrounded and enhanced by ProMusica Arizona Chorale and Orchestra’s performance of beautiful songs by Eric Whitacre, Hector Berlioz, Paul Sjolund, and Broadway greats, Alan Jay Lerner & Frederick Loewe. At the end of this inspiring concert, you’re sure to discover that love truly does conquer all!
Dates and venues include:  Saturday, Feb.  24, 2018 - 7:30 p.m. Cross of Christ Lutheran Church, 39808 N Gavilan Peak Pkwy, Anthem 85086; and Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018 - 3:00 P.M. American Lutheran Church, 17200 N Del Webb Blvd, Sun City 85373. Ticket Prices: Adults -$20; Seniors (65+)/Military - $18; Students (16-22) $12; Children 15 and younger free with a paid adult. Free student rush tickets are available 15 minutes before each performance, based on availability. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call 623-326-5172.
Chocolate and Wine Tasting at Merrill Gardens
ANTHEM – Join us at Merrill Gardens for our Happy Hour featuring chocolate and wine tasting! Enjoy a variety of wines, delicious chocolate, and live music by Dusty Tiles on Friday, Feb. 23 from 3-5 p.m. This is a free event, RSVP by February 21, we hope you can join us!  For more information call 602-457-6990 or visit
Open Door @ Thunderbird Campus at Arizona State University -Feb. 17, from 1pm-5pm 
PHOENIX – What happens every day at the most innovative university in the nation? This is your chance to experience Arizona State University at the Thunderbird School of Global Management! Visitors have the opportunity to participate in tons of interactive activities and talk to students, faculty and staff. Come tour a unique campus that started on a former fighter pilot training base and evolved into the premier graduate school for global management. With students from over 50 countries, ASU Open Door @ Thunderbird promises to be an international family experience. Sample a global leadership class taught by Thunderbird’s world-class international faculty, learn a new language, participate in Chinese New Year Celebrations, scale the rock wall, learn how to play rugby, get a Henna tattoo, and meet T-bird students and staff and see for yourself what is known worldwide as the “Thunderbird mystique.”

The Vagina Monologues and V-Week, Conversations and Performances with Women
PHOENIX– Phoenix Center for the Arts invites the community to a week of programming centered around women. V-Week will be held February 13-17 at the Center’s downtown Phoenix campus at 1202 N Third Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004. This inaugural event seeks to delve deeper into conversations and movements that society has largely avoided or suppressed in the past. All proceeds will be donated to Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence and Spotlight on the Resistance.

V-Week events will start at 7:00pm each day, with an additional matinee performance at 3:00pm on February 17. Each event will feature a different topic and group of women, followed by a performance with all female performers, including music and comedy. The week will be capped by performances of The Vagina Monologues in Spanish and English. The cost for tickets to each event is $10, available at the door or in advance and a weeklong pass is available for just $30. The Center also offers “pay what you can” ticketing at the door.

For more information, program schedules and tickets please visit

Intro to STEM using LEGO
ANTHEM – Let your imagination run wild with tens of thousands of LEGO parts!  Build projects such as motorcycles, castles, airplanes and monorails.  Design and build as never before and explore your craziest ideas with on-site mentors!  You must register to attend by Feb. 12, the cost is $40 and takes place from 10a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday Feb. 17. For more information visit or email

Small Business Development Center Hosts Workshop Feb. 22
PEORIA –The Small Business Development Center is hosting a workshop, Raising Capital Insights, on Feb. 22. West Valley lenders have been invited to share information related to the types of businesses they serve, loans available, credit worthiness and suggestions for meeting with future lenders. The workshop will be 9 to 11:30 a.m. at Huntington University, located at 8385 W. Mariners Way. There is no fee to attend the workshop, but space is limited. To register, visit, or call 480-784-0590.

Cave Creek seeks Queen and Teen Pageant for Rodeo Days

CAVE CREEK – Cave Creek Rodeo Days is seeking all young ladies who want to promote the sport of rodeo and the Western way of life. For queen eligibility, the contestant must be between the ages of 18 to 23, and for teen eligibility, the contestant must be between the ages of 13 to 17. A princess program is also available for the younger girls who desire to participate in certain rodeo promotional activities.

The entry deadline is March 3, 2018, and the competition will take place on March 10.  This is a one-day competition in the Town of Cave Creek at Outlaws, followed by a coronation dinner that evening. There will be a horsemanship pattern and interviews. The horse you compete on should be the same horse you use throughout the year. There will be a dinner at Frontier Town to showcase your speech, modeling and extemporaneous questions. Contestants will compete in horsemanship, appearance, personality and most photogenic.

Visit our website for more information and application at

Second Annual Golf Classic to benefit youth soccer
ANTHEM –  Come play the beautiful, private Anthem Persimmon golf course on Feb. 18 starting at 1 p.m. (registration 11am) to support Anthem’s largest soccer club, Arizona Revolution. This tournament raises funds to continue to obtain the highest quality coaches and instructors available for Revolution youth soccer.
The Golf Classic will offer: 4-person scramble with 1st, 2nd, 3rd place prizes; longest drive, closest to the pin, Mulligan package and a raffle.  There will be dinner and awards ceremony at the Country Club following the tournament. Sponsorship and donation opportunities are still available.  Donate basket items for the live auction or sponsor a hole by supplying free samples of food or beverages from your business to golfers.
For more information please visit or call 602-300-5400.