Desert Foothills Library January 2018 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

Cost:  All events are free, except where noted.

Library closed January 1st & 15th due to New Year’s Day and Martin Luther King Day


Saturday, January 13, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Wildenstein and Rosenberg Fortunes and their Legacy

An Unbelievable Story about two art dealers with galleries in Paris and New York City, one who hated the Nazis, and one who dealt with them, and got rich…

Last Year a door opened on the secret history of the art world’s richest and most powerful family, the Wildensteins of Paris and New York City. From the accusations they collaborated with the Nazis, to the legendary contents of their bank vaults in New York and Switzerland, this story explores three generations of a secretive art-dealing dynasty whose $5 billion fortune, Gulf Stream IV, racing stable, 66,000 acre ranch in Kenya, and mansions and galleries in Paris and New York City cannot erase the rancorous legacy handed down from father to sons and grandsons. This true story is waiting to be a movie.  Mary F. Cook will tell the story.  She is a member of the International Foundation for Art Research, and lectures on the subject of Art Theft and Fraud. All proceeds benefit the LibraryRegister: 480-488-2286.
Cost: $6

January 12, 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: Coming Home (109 min.). China. Register: 480-488-2286.

January 19, 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 monthBeneath Hill 60 (120 min.).  Register:  480-488-2286.


Thursday, January 18, 10 -11:30 a.m.

From Under the Russian Snow

Author Michelle Carter will discuss her second book, From Under the Russian Snow, a memoir of the remarkable and challenging year she served as the USIA’s Journalist-in-Residence in Russia, midwifing newspaper professional through the birth of an independent press in the post-Soviet, pre-Putin bubble of freedom. Books will be available at $25 cash for hard cover (or $14.95 for paperbacks) Part of the proceeds of book sales will be donated to the Library by the author. Register: 480-488-2286.


Wednesday, January 10, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Detoxification: Achievable Resolution to Your New Year

Poor skin, fatigue, irregular digestion, weight gain, and the increase in the need for medication — are just some of the ways that show how toxic our bodies have become. We breathe toxins in our air, drink toxins in our water, ingest toxins through our food, and even absorb toxins through our skin with the products we use. Enjoy a live demonstration, informative discussion, and SAMPLE three easy ways to detoxify and allow our body to heal, repair, and shed excess weight. Presenter Haley Cloud is a raw Vegan Chef, personal coach and author. For more information, visit Register: 480-488-2286.
Cost: $10

Fridays, January 12 & 26, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Music Appreciation @ the Library

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

January 12: “A Bernstein Celebration… it is the composer’s 100th Birthday year”  

January 26: A look at Wagner’s “Siegfried Idyll” and Richard Strauss’ Tone Poem, “Don Juan”

January 12, 13, & 14th (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, January 27, 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Vision Board Party

A vision board is a collage representing things you would like to attract to your life. We will begin with a short guided meditation to get grounded – clear of our intentions and dreams for 2018. Please be punctual as to not disturb the group meditation. You’ll cut pictures and phrases out of our huge assortment of magazines (or your own magazines and photos). Glue the images and words onto a piece of poster board and place it somewhere you can see it on a regular basis — then watch the magic happen! A special bonus: enjoy a lesson in using the power of Feng Shui on your vision board with Ro Rusnock, owner of Elements and Energy. BRING: poster board (maximum size 22 x 28) glue sticks and scissors (labeled with your initials).
BRING To Share: Yummy and healthy lunch item. We will provide: magazines, water and iced tea, plates, utensils. Limited seating.  Register: 480-488-2286.
Cost: $25.


Tuesday, January 30, 1 – 2 p.m.

Tango: The Art History of Love

The dance that teaches the world to love and live in the idiom of Buenos Aires.”

This presentation hopes to spread the joy of social Argentine tango. Somatic Brain Health Coach, Judah Page, takes you on a journey through tango’s cultural origins. From Africa to Europe, on the shores of the port cities of South America, to tango’s evolution that gave rise to its popularity around the globe. She explains how tango is not just a dance of the body but also an expression of the soul and how this art has the power to transform individual lives. Judah aims to intrigue and delight all who are fascinated by tango’s beauty and mystery. For more information, visit  Register: 480-488-2286.

January 8th, 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. January Topic: Goldy’s Kitchen Cookbook: Cooking, Writing, FamilyLife by Diane Mott Davidson. Feel free to bring/discuss your own favorite Diane Mott Davidson culinary mystery. Facilitated by Dana Rakinic. Questions? Contact Register: 480-488-2286. Cost: $10.

Saturday, January 6, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Employee Financial Crimes

Jo-Ann M. Humphrey has an international credential for the detection and prevention of financial crimes. She helps businesses protect themselves from the devastating effects of various types of financial crime. 

  • Tax Saving Solution for Medical Expenses

  • Protecting growth for Self Employed Business Owners

Register: 480-488-2286.

Saturday, January 27, 12 – 2 p.m.

Creating Gladitude

Digging deep doesn’t mean you have to get and keep your hands dirty. Get involved with what’s making and keeping you stuck.  Author & Life Coach, Raleigh Pinskey, helps you establish credibility, prosper, and even surpass your goals. Questions? Call 480-488-4840 or Registration Required: 480-488-2286.
Cost: $8

Wednesday, January 24, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

How Women, Widows, and Couples Can Increase Income & Reduce Taxes

  • Create a larger retirement income you can’t outlive

  • Decrease financial worries and stock market losses

  • Help send grandkids to college

  • Research on women’s financial concerns

Presented by Dr. Harold Wong, PhD Economics (UC Berkeley), the long-time financial columnist for The AZ Republic. Register: 480-488-2286.

January 18th, 10:00 a.m. – Noon (3rd Thursdays)

Literary Salon: Not Your Typical “Book Club”

January Topic: Characters We Love to Hate and Hate to LoveWhat makes some characters utterly detestable and others charmingly reprehensible? We will explore the psychology of characters in literature and film who use manipulation and power as a means to their unscrupulous ends. Discussion led by Andrea Markowitz. No Registration.

Saturday, January 13th, 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. Questions? Call 480-392-1040 or email Registration Required by Wednesday, January 10, to allow time for preparing class supplies: 480-488-2286. Cost: $20.00.

January 22, 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 Dates in January TBD. Contact Brandon Holmes: 480-695-2638.

Sunday Dates in January TBD. Contact Bo Manuszak:

Teen Tech Help Desk

Get help with e-mail accounts, apps, downloading e-books, setting up devices, Windows 10, websites & more!  Bring your device or use a library computer to get your questions answered. Contact Brandon or Bo for more information. No appointments needed; 1st-come, 1st-served.


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.

Monday, January 22nd, 1 – 4 p.m.

NEW! Siamese Mahjong Class

An extrapolation of the original game of Mahjong developed in the past 3 years or so. Enables people of pairs and odd number groups to play the game with slightly different rules and scoring. Limited seating. Register with Andrea Korff: 480-650-5199. Cost: $25.

January 16 * 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. * January 17 – 19th * 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

January 25th & 26th, 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


Password Management and Security 101

Frustrated with a million passwords? Worry about credit card fraud? Has someone called you about your computer being hacked? Is your data safe? Show up and we’ll explain all of this and more! Lecture and Handout provided, no computers.


January 8th, 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, January 10 – February 14, 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, January 10 – February 14, 10:40 – 11:40 a.m.

Spanish Level 3

Wednesdays, January 10 – February 14, 11:50 a.m. – 12:50 p.m.

Spanish Level 4

Tuesdays, January 9 – February 13, 10:40 – 11:40 a.m.

Spanish Level 5

Tuesdays, January 9 – February 13, 11:50 a.m. – 12:50 p.m.


Every Friday, 8:45 – 9:45 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. 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

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 mkachur01@hotmail.comCost: $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

Every Sunday, 1 – 2 p.m. (no class 1/21)

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


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.

January 8th & 22nd, 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. (No Movie 1/1 & 1/15)

Monday Movies at the Library 

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

January 11th, 10 – 11:30 a.m. (2nd Thursdays)

Library Book Club

Discussion of A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline. Everyone is welcome!