Desert Foothills Library September 2017 Adult Events/Classes

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Information for all events: Contact Destiney Voita or David Court, Desert Foothills Library, 480-488-2286, or,

Where: All events below take place at Desert Foothills Library, 38443 North Schoolhouse Road, Cave Creek, 85331

Cost: All events are free, except where noted.

Library closed September 4th for Labor Day

September 7, 2 – 5 p.m.

Music @ the Movies (1st Thursday)

The Music Man: Confidence man Harold Hill arrives at staid River City intending to cheat the community with his standard scam of offering to equip and train a boy’s marching band, then skip town with the money since he has no music skill anyway. Things go awry when he falls for a librarian he tries to divert from exposing him while he inadvertently enriches the town with a love of music.152 min. Hosted by music enthusiast Annis Scott. No registration.

September 8, 9, & 10th (2nd weekend each month)

Chapter2Books Special Sale!

Biggest used bookstore in the North Valley! More than 15,000 books, as well as DVDs, CDs and audiobooks, starting at just 50 cents! Located inside Desert Foothills Library at 38443 N. Schoolhouse Rd., open 7 days a week, or check us out on Amazon. Donations are welcome, and help support the library! 480-488-2777.

Tuesday, September 12, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Small Changes that Make a BIG Difference

Get educated on what changes can be made in diet, exercise and chemical exposure that will decrease your health risks. Dr. Leisa-Marie Grgula, Chiropractic Physician and Acupuncturist since 1995, will help optimize your health in the quickest and easiest way possible. For information: Register: 480-488-2286.

September 11, 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. (2nd Monday this month due to Labor Day) *Please note new time*

The Literate Foodie Club

Love food, books, cooking and conversation? We will explore all these and more. September Topic: Cooked, by Michael Pollan, one of the preeminent food historians and writers of our time. Come prepared to share tales of your summer adventures, food and otherwise… and sample some Pollan-inspired recipes! Facilitated by Dana Rakinic. Questions? Contact Register: 480-488-2286.

Cost: $10.00.


September 8, 1 – 3 p.m. (2nd Fridays)

NEW! Around the World in 9 Films: the Best in International Cinema

Movies are a great way to learn about different cultures — how people live, love, laugh, and cope with hardships and tragedy. This series will explore films from nine different countries, each one telling the story of individuals caught up in conflicts unique to their culture and country and yet, at the same time, linking a thread of humanity that stretches across the globe. A post-film discussion, facilitated by Gary Zaro, Humanities Professor from Paradise Valley Community College (PVCC), will follow. This Month: Monsieur Hire (81 min.). France. Register: 480-488-2286.


September 15, 3 – 5 p.m. (3rd Fridays)

NEW! Cinematic Reflections on WWI: The 100th Anniversary

Inevitable, but also easily avoidable, World War I is one of the most tragic and unique wars in history. This series will highlight films that define the triumphs, tragedies, innovations, and sacrifices in what was hailed as ‘The War to End All Wars.’ WWI will ultimately cause WWII and shape the entire 20th Century. A post-film discussion, facilitated by Gary Zaro, Humanities Professor from Paradise Valley Community College (PVCC), will follow. This month: The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century: “Explosion” and “Stalemate”. (105 min.). Register: 480-488-2286.

Saturday, September 9, 1 – 4 p.m.

Visions & Variable of Homeschooling

Join Carol Gary from the Home School Foundation, as she helps parents develop their own family vision statement, unpack homeschooling myths, and tackle several big questions that most homeschoolers face at the beginning or during other critical points of their home education journey. This three-hour interactive workshop is the first of the nine sessions of The Balanced Homeschooler virtual mentoring program. Register: 480-488-2286.


Friday, September 29, 2 – 3 p.m.

Arizona’s Greatest Battle

On September 1st, 1857, the biggest, single battle ever fought in Arizona only lasted half an hour. Largely unknown in the annals of Arizona history, it was perhaps the most important battle ever fought by the O’Odham (Pima) and Piipaash (Maricopa) people. Presenter Steve Hoza, currently working at the museum on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, explains how this single engagement ended hundreds of years of attacks from the traditional Piipaash enemies from the West. Register: 480-488-2286.

September 16, 10:30 – 12:30 p.m.

Crafty Card Making

We’ll make cards for every season, every reason! Join in the fun with Card Maker Melissa Sunde, who will have all the supplies cut and ready, and will help guide you in making 3 greeting cards. You’ll learn new stamping techniques and how to use all kinds of new supplies. Don’t worry if you feel you are not creative – it’s a class for everyone! Bring double-sided adhesive tape, or purchase at the class for $3. Registration Required by Wednesday, September 13, to allow time for preparing class supplies: 480-488-2286. Cost: $20.00.

September 25, 1 – 3 p.m. (4th Mondays)

Craft N Chat

Do you knit, crochet, or practice another table craft? Join other local enthusiasts monthly for companionable creating and conversation. New crafters and all skill levels are always welcome!

No registration.

Saturday, September 2, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. OR Wednesday, September 13, 6 – 7 p.m.

Are your Final Issues in Order?

You are invited to the Funeral Advantage Information Seminar to help answer tough questions. Presenter, Bomar Stacy, offers a unique solution to funding and planning your final wishes. Leave Memories, not Bills. Q & A Session. Register: 480-488-2286.

Saturday, September 23, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Dream Big

Come see what all the buzz is about! Presenter, Ron Walker, will introduce enticing details on the building of his project, The Star Barn Planetarium. Familiar to many locals, the planetarium has become a popular attraction, dedicated to education and introducing individuals to the wonders of the night sky.

Register: 480-488-2286.

Saturday, September 30, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Estate Planning: Don’t Make Your Family Fill in the Blanks

Nicole Pavlik of Nicole Pavlik Law Firm, PLC will host a FREE Estate Planning Workshop, providing a small group setting for retired men and women to learn the essentials of developing an estate plan. A solid plan is essential to make sure your family is not left filling in the blanks. Attendees will learn:

* Powers of Attorney – why they are important and what you should have in them

* Probate – what it is and how to avoid it

* Trusts – what it is and how is it different from a Last Will and Testament

* Taxes – who has estate or inheritance tax

* Beneficiary designations – why these need to be updated

Attendees will have the opportunity to actively learn, plan, and ask questions in a supportive and engaging environment.

Register: 480-488-2286.

September 7th & 21st, 9:30 – 11 a.m. (1st Thursdays)

Remembering our Stories – A Writing Group

Experience connection and get inspired in a writing group that will nurture your heart and spirit, as well as spark your creativity. Absolutely no writing experience needed! Questions? Contact Life and Wellness Coach, Sharon Spector, at (512) 460-9108. Register: 480-488-2286.

Fridays, September 1st – 29th, 10 – 11 a.m. (5-week series)

NEW! Natural Body Movement

Discover untapped vitality. Classes are a hybrid of movement forms designed to bring out our innate self-awareness, flexibility, and healing. Emerging from the wisdom of yoga, mindfulness, nature and the sciences. Learn to trust gravity and movement as our teachers while nourishing body, brain and mind. Bring a blanket, water and curiosity. Questions? Contact instructor Judah Page at 602-931-2865 or

Register: 480-488-2286.

Cost: $50 for 5-week series

Saturday, September 23rd, Noon – 2 p.m. (4th Saturdays)

NEW! Creating Glatitude

Digging deep doesn’t mean you have to get and keep your hands dirty. Get involved with what’s making and keeping you stuck. See how you’ll shine inside and out. Questions? Contact Life Coach, Raleigh Pinskey, at 480-488-4840 or Registration Required: 480-488-2286.

Cost: $15


Every Tuesday, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Mahjong Club

Must have basic knowledge of the game. Limited space. Registration required: contact Club Director Andrea Korff at or 480-650-5199. Cost: $4 cash per session. Pay to Andrea Korff at class.


Every Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. – Noon

Intermediate Conversational Spanish

Informal chat session using various books, flashcards, etc. Some weeks may feature a half-hour episode of the Destinos DVD series, followed by discussion in Spanish. No instructor. No registration.

Spanish Classes

All Spanish Classes below are taught by Alina Lowen, a native speaker who has taught for 30+ years. Class sizes are limited. Please call the instructor directly with questions about which class level to join, at 480-595-5500. Limited class sizes, register early! Registration required at least 2 days prior to class start: 480-488-2286.

Cost: $54 for 6-week series.

Spanish Level 1

Wednesdays, September 6 – October 11, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

No knowledge necessary, or take this class as a refresher. Oral skills will be emphasized; students learn basic grammatical structures to communicate on everyday topics.

Spanish Level 2

Wednesdays, September 6 – October 11, 10:40 – 11:40 a.m.

Spanish Level 3

Wednesdays, September 6 – October 11, 11:50 a.m. – 12:50 p.m.

Spanish Level 4

Tuesdays, September 5 – October 10, 10:40 – 11:40 a.m.

Spanish Level 5

Tuesdays, September 5 – October 10, 11:50 a.m. – 12:50 p.m.


Every Sunday, 11 a.m. – Noon

Gentle Yoga

You are only one yoga class away from a good mood! Yoga for Every Body: through a slow flow of controlled poses you’ll begin strengthening your heart and bones, improving balance, and sharpening the mind. Please bring a yoga mat. Registration Required: Contact instructor, Marina Kachur, at 480-510-6572 or Cost: $8 cash, paid to instructor at each class.

Every Thursday, Noon – 1 p.m.

Restorative Yoga

Great for beginners! Improve your ease of movement, flexibility, breathing and meditation. Please bring a yoga mat and light blanket. Registration Required: Contact instructor Elizabeth Boisson: 480-363-5275 or

Cost: $8 cash, pay to instructor at each class

September 6th, 2 – 3 p.m. (1st Wednesdays)

Guided Meditation

In this practice, we lie on the floor with closed eyes and relax in the space just before sleep. Please bring a yoga mat or blanket. Registration required: Contact instructor Payton Cooper at 480-540-1577 or

Cost: $6 cash, pay to instructor at each class.


September 11 & 25, 9:30 – 11 a.m. (2nd and 4th Mondays)

“The Healing Pathway”, After the Loss of a Spouse or Partner

Join us on this Journey that will guide you to find a “NEW NORMAL” as you process through your personal grief journey. Led by Hospice of the West facilitators. No registration.

Every Monday, 3 – 5 p.m.

Monday Movies at the Library

New Releases, with a Foreign Film once each month! Check our website for titles.

September 14, 10 – 11:30 a.m. (2nd Thursdays)

Library Book Club

Discussion of The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See. Everyone is welcome!

Desert Foothills Library

38443 North Schoolhouse Road

Cave Creek, Az 85331

P.O. Box 4070 85327

Phone: 480-488-2286

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