Desert Foothills November Library Adult Events/Classes

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 November 23rd for Thanksgiving Day

Thursday, November 9, 4 – 5 p.m.
Lifelong Vitality Happy Hour

Mingle and meet new friends. Singles and couples welcome! Phyllis Strupp, award-winning author and brain training expert, will briefly speak about the A-B-Cs of brain health and the best forms of brain training to improve neuroplasticity and get better with age. Her latest book is Better with Age: The Ultimate Guide to Brain Training. Learn more at Q & A to follow. Complimentary wine and cheese platter will be included in this delightful gathering. RSVP requested for planning; space is limited. RSVP: 480-488-2286.

Monday, November 13th & 20th, 10 a.m. – Noon
Sketching & Drawing: 2 – Part Series

Get your artistic juices going! This is not “Art for Art’s Sake.” Roberta Kritzia, noted Art Instructor, will introduce the group to a Classical approach to Rendering in Fine Art. Don’t put this off…it’s better than therapy and you can’t buy the feeling of creativity at the pharmacy. Register: 480-488-2286 Cost: $39 (includes materials).

November 10, 1 – 3 p.m. (2nd Fridays)
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: The Lunchbox (104 min.). India. Register: 480-488-2286.

November 17, 3 – 5 p.m. (3rd Fridays)
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 Sinking of the Lusitania: Terror at Sea. (90 min.).  Register:  480-488-2286.

Thursday, November 16, 2 – 3 p.m.
Life-Giving Chocolate

Do you ever feel guilty about eating chocolate?  Would you like to enjoy chocolate regularly but are worried about your health and/or your figure? Learn more about the history of Chocolate and Cacao, and how to easily prepare it in order to receive its amazing benefits and improve your health! Enjoy a live demonstration and Chocolate Truffle samples with Presenter Haley Cloud, raw Vegan Chef, personal coach and author. For more information, visit Register: 480-488-2286.
Cost: $10

November 10, 11, & 12th (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.

Saturday, November 18, 11 a.m. – Noon
Antiques in the Lodge: The Folk Art of American Fraternal Societies

Join us for a unique presentation on antiques and folk art once used by American Fraternal Societies (Odd Fellows, Freemasons, Elks, etc.). The focus will be on the significant role played by these Societies in the United States during the 1800’s and early 1900’s, not only in fostering moral values and providing opportunities for their members to socialize, but also as providers of medical care and a retirement safety net for their membership.   To illustrate the talk, real objects used in lodge meeting halls and in public parades will be shared from the personal collection of Greg Hoffman, a local antique aficionado. Register: 480-488-2286.

November 2nd, 2 – 5 p.m.
Music @ the Movies (1st Thursdays)

Cabaret: A female girlie club entertainer in Weimar Republic era Berlin romances two men while the Nazi Party rises to power around them. Starring Liza Minelli. 124 min. Hosted by Music enthusiast Annis Scott. No Registration.

Tuesday, November 7th, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Business Continuation and Exit Strategies

Jo-Ann M. Humphrey a Private Wealth Advisor with Lincoln Financial Advisors Corp, a broker-dealer (member SIPC) and registered investment advisor fosters a team environment to establish a milieu of collaboration and solidarity to bring positive change to individuals and business owners. By implementing solutions attained through intense analytical and research skills, Jo-Ann helps business owners clarify and toward reaching their goals.

Lincoln Financial Advisors Corp:
* Understanding the depth of your business plan.
* Discussing ways to improve business plans and toward reaching their goals.
* The consequences of not having a business plan: effects on yourself, family, employees  and the community.
Register: 480-488-2286

Saturday, November 4th, 10:30 a.m. – 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.

Friday, November 10th, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Music Appreciation @ the Library (2nd Friday)

Fran Rosenthal, Music Enthusiast, will educate and entertain, as she takes us on a tour of music throughout our history. Register: 480-488-2286

Topic:  “What is a classical concerto and why are they so special?” We will hear examples of a piano, a horn, a woodwind, and two string concertos: all masterpieces of the genre.”

Saturday and Sunday, November 25 and 26
Nativities of the World Exhibit

Hundreds of nativities on display, during library hours. Sponsored by the Foothills Food Bank and Resource Center. Donations of canned goods are welcome! For more information, contact the organizers at

Monday, November 6, 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. (1st Mondays)
The Literate Foodie Club

Love food, books, cooking and conversation? We will explore all these and more. November Topic: Climbing the Mango Trees: A Memoir of a Childhood in India, by Madhur Jaffrey. Come enjoy a sampling of India-inspired foods! Facilitated by Jan Kruse. Questions? Contact Register: 480-488-2286.
Cost: $10

Thursday, November 30, 10:30 -11:30 a.m.
Judith: Changing Views of a Jewish Hero

We will look at paintings, sculptures and other depictions of the Orthodox Christian Old Testament story of Judith and Holofernes, from the 1100s to the present time, to see how different the same story can be in the hands of different artists. Sometimes the differences are due to changing styles through art history and sometimes they are due to changing views of women. Presented by Lisa Spahr, docent of The Phoenix Art MuseumRegister: 480-488-2286.

Saturday, November 25, 12 – 2 p.m. (4th Saturdays)
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

November 16th, 10:00 a.m. – Noon (3rd Thursdays)
Literary Salon: Not Your Typical “Book Club”

November Topic: November Topic: Women Authors. Who are some of your favorite writers and why? Examples include The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck, Beloved by Toni Morrison and the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. No Registration.

Saturday, November 11, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Medicare Drop-In Clinic

Do you have questions about reviewing your current coverage? AHCCS (Medicaid) or how to apply for extra help with prescriptions? Whether to get a supplement or Medicare advantage? Licensed Insurance Agent, Debra Sahlin, who specializes in senior products will be available to answer all your questions and more, for free! No Registration.

Saturday, November 18, 10:30 a.m. – 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, November 15, to allow time for preparing class supplies: 480-488-2286. Cost: $20.00.

November 27, 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, November 4th & 18th, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Questions? Contact Brandon Holmes: 480-695-2638.

Sunday, November 12th, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Questions? Contact Bo Manuszak:

Teen Tech Help Desk
Having trouble understanding your smartphone or computer?  Do you need help setting up accounts or using websites/apps?  Let our tech-savvy teen volunteers help you with these and other technology-related questions. Just bring your device or use a library computer to get your question answered. No appointments needed; first-come, first-served.

Sunday, November 5, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Lunch Buffet! Raffles & Prizes! Game Surprises! High Point Cash Prize Winners! Limited seating. For Other Questions & Location Information: Contact Andrea Korff at 480-650-5199 OR Cost: $65 pre-paid

Every Tuesday, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. & NEW Every Sunday (Beginning November 12th), 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 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.

November 6 * 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. * November 8, 9 & 10 * 1 – 4 p.m.
4-Day Beginner’s Class Series

Want to learn to play Mahjong? Instructor Andrea Korff has been playing Mahjong for almost 30 years and has enthusiastically taught the game for 8. She guarantees a solid foundation for playing this exciting and challenging game. Limited Space. Register with Andrea Korff at 480-650-5199.

Cost: $80

November 16 & 17, 1 – 4 p.m.
2-Day Refresher Course

Tips/Strategies and increasing speed and odds for winning! Limited space. Register with Andrea Korff at 480-650-5199.

Cost: $45

Class below taught by Tech4Life. Registration Required: 480-488-2286
November 2nd, 9:30 – 11 a.m. (1st Thursdays)

Home Automation

Amazon Echo, Google Home, Nest, Wink, Video. Unlock your doors, close the garage, change the temp, be notified of water leaks, see AND talk to someone at your door from ANYWHERE! Experience real practical applications of today’s products.

November 3, 1 – 3 p.m. (1st Fridays)
Writers Connection: Editing Tips to Wow a Publisher

This workshop details, and provides examples for, the writing issues Ann Videan changes the most in editing manuscripts for book publishers and her author clients. Any aspiring or established author with books in progress can use these vital editing techniques to make both writing and editing more vibrant and compelling. Register: 480-488-2286.

November 2nd, 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.

November 13th, 10 – 11:30 a.m. (2nd Mondays)
Memoir Writing Group

Meet monthly to share stories and receive constructive feedback. Organized by Elena Pavlova. No registration.

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, November 1 – December 6, 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, November 1 – December 6, 10:40 – 11:40 a.m.

Spanish Level 3

Wednesdays, November 1 – December 6, 11:50 a.m. – 12:50 p.m.

Spanish Level 4

Tuesdays, October 31 – December 5, 10:40 – 11:40 a.m.

Spanish Level 5

Tuesdays, October 31 – December 5, 11:50 a.m. – 12:50 p.m.

November 1st, 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 480-513-0701 or
Cost: $6 cash, pay to instructor at each class.

Every Friday (No class 11/17)
REGULAR Class 8:45 – 9:45 a.m.; GENTLE Class 10:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Qigong/Tai Chi Easy

A discipline that can be practiced and benefits gained at any age – you are never too old! This class is a blending of Qigong and Tai Chi, with deep breathing and repeated gentle motions and stretches to improve health, balance, agility and flexibility. Gentle class is for anyone who wants to take it extra slow and easy. Wear loose clothing and bare feet. Registration Required: Contact instructor Bina Bou: 480-284-1300 or

Cost: Prepay instructor $35 cash for 5 classes; or $10 drop-in.

Every Sunday, 11 a.m. – Noon (No class 11/5)
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 and light blanket. 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. (No class 11/23)
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

Every Sunday (Beginning November 19th), 1 – 2 p.m.
NEW! Natural Body Movement

Classes are a gentle approach to movement. Emerging from mindfulness, learn to trust the bodies sensations while increasing strength, flexibility and mental clarity. Release stress, tension and chronic pain. Please bring a light blanket. Registration required: Contact instructor Judah Page: 602-931-2865 or
Cost: $10 cash, pay instructor at each class

November 6th, 10 – 11:30 a.m. (1st Mondays)
Caring for the Caregiver

Taking care of yourself is essential in being able to take care of your loved one. Join us for this opportunity to fellowship with other caregivers.  Led by Hospice of the West facilitators.  No registration.

November 13th & 27th, 9:30 – 11 a.m. (2nd & 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.

November 9th, 10 – 11:30 a.m. (2nd Thursdays)
Library Book Club
Discussion of The Other Einstein  by Marie Benedict. Everyone is welcome!