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Adventure Begins Here
Spend a day in Glendale and its surrounding West Valley cities and you may feel as though you’ve discovered a playground build to suit your every whim, dream and desire. Spend an evening watching the last ray of sunlight paint our serene landscapes with magnificent purples, oranges and pinks and you’ll begin to believe in magic.
Perfect moments come to be in perfect locations. Feel the buzz of our sleek, contemporary urban meccas. Escape and unwind in our pristine desert sanctuaries. And ramp up your energy while you celebrate camaraderie and competitive spirit at our many professional sports facilities.
We are high-end dining on the terrace after a day of unique Southwestern-style spa treatments and a perfect par out on the links. We are the pages of your scrapbook and your adventure-craving plans for outdoor exploration. We welcome you to discover Glendale and the West Valley.
Start your journey at the Glendale Convention & Visitors Bureau– 5800 W. Glenn Drive, Suite 140 in Historic Downtown Glendale.Call 623-930-4500, or visit www.VisitGlendale.com.
Calendar of Events
For details on each event, visit www.VisitGlendale.com. Start your day at the Glendale Convention & Visitors Bureau for event information.
Puppets @ the Teague! - Wednesday, May 8 and Thursday, May 9
The talented librarian puppeteers will be presenting a story-time puppet show for children beginning at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 8, with an encore performance at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, May 9. Registration is not required. Call 623-930-3437 for more information.
Puppets @ the Teague!
10:30 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, May 8 at the Velma Teague Branch Library, 7010 N. 58th Ave.
The talented librarian puppeteers of the Velma Teague Branch Library will be presenting a storytime puppet show for children. Registration is not required. Call 623-930-3437 for more information.
Brown Bag Booktalk
12 to 1 p.m., Wednesday, May 8 at the Velma Teague Branch Library, 7010 N. 58thAve.
You bring your lunch; we bring the coffee and some fresh-brewed book recommendations. Feel free to bring a book to share with the group during this book discussion time. For more information, call 623-930-3440.
Lions, and Lions and Lions OH MY!
3:30 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, May 8 at the Glendale Main Library, 5959 W. Brown St.
Join us for a roarin' good time as we create artistic lion masks in preparation for the Arizona Broadway Theatre’s Theatre For Young Audiences performance of “Androcles and The Lion” to be held May 9. Space is limited in this craft aimed at school-aged children. Younger children may attend if accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 623-930-3540.
Best of the West Book Discussion Group
2 to 3:30 p.m., Thursday, May 9 at the Glendale Main Library, 5959 W. Brown St.
Join us as we discuss books with Southwest themes. This month's title is “The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl” by Timothy Egan. For more information call 623-594-6030.
Androcles and the Lion
4 to 4:50 p.m., Thursday, May 9 at the Glendale Main Library, 5959 W. Brown St.
Arizona Broadway Theatre returns to the Glendale Main Library auditorium with a classic tale of friendship from their Theatre For Young Audiences season, “Androcles and The Lion.” This fully-staged, fully-costumed performance is designed for ages 5 and up and is sure to delight both children and adults. For more information, call 623-930-3540.
Read Local: Historical Romance!
2 to 3:15 p.m., Saturday, May 11, at the Velma Teague Branch Library, 7010 N. 58thAve.
Shop local, eat local...why not “Read Local”? Find something new to read and show support for local authors while they discuss and sign their small-press and self-published historical romances. Each author will have approximately 5 minutes to promote her book, with a group signing afterward. Authors participating include Linda Andrews, Jennifer Ashley, Jenn Czep, Lori Hines, Marie Patrick, Anna Questerly and Vijaya Schartz. The program is free, but books will be available for purchase and signing. Book prices will vary. For more information, please call 623-930-3431.
Glen Lakes Junior Golf Academy
2 to 3 p.m., Saturdays, May 11, 18, 25 and Aug. 1 at Glen Lakes Municipal Golf Course, 5450 W. Northern Ave.
The Junior Golf Academy is a fun, interactive approach to growing junior participation in golf, with PGA professionals at the forefront of the experience. The objective is to develop core golfers, ages 7-17, who will continue to play socially or competitively, based on individual desires. Clubs provided if needed. Classes held at the newly renovated Glen Lakes Golf Course. Class is $50 (non-resident $60). For more information or to register, call 623-930-4613.
Mother’s Day Celebration May 11
10 AM - 4PM Saturday, May 11, Glendale Visitor Center.
Annual Mother’s Day Celebration! Start your celebration at the Glendale Visitor Center and pick up a beautiful flower, event map and savings packs for the first 500 moms. Many of the downtown shops and restaurants will feature discounts and giveaways and special Mother’s Day gift ideas. Enjoy a Mother’s Day Tea and make-and-take craft activities. The Glendale Visitor Center will be accepting new and gently read books during the Mother’s Day Celebration. Donations will benefit Glendale libraries. INFO: 623-930-4500 or VisitGlendale.com.
Celebrate Mother’s Day with a day of flowers, deals and meals in Historic Downtown Glendale on Saturday, May 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Mothers, and those who love them, are encouraged to start their day at the Glendale Visitor Center, 5800 W. Glenn Dr., Suite 140, to pick up a beautiful flower for the first 300 moms, an event map and a savings pack.
The Mother’s Day Celebration will also feature special deals, gift ideas, and activities.
Among the highlights are make and take Mother’s Day cards, crafts and tips on rose care from the Glendale Rose Society. Roses have long been associated with motherhood, making this flower a popular choice on Mother’s Day. In addition, The Glendale Convention & Visitors Bureau is collecting new and gently read books to benefit Velma Teague Library in Downtown Glendale.
Books can be dropped off between now and May 11th at the Glendale Visitor Center, located at 5800 W. Glenn Drive, Suite 140 in downtown Glendale. Library staff will be on hand at the event to provide information on library programs.
For more information about the Mother’s Day activities, call 623-930-4500 or go online to www.visitglendale.com. The Annual Mother’s Day Celebration is presented by the Glendale Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Historic Downtown Business Community.
12:30 to 2:30 p.m., Sunday, May 12 at the Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr.
Enjoy a wonderful experience of baking bread. In this class, students learn to make a cool-rise technique wheat bread, jumbo cinnamon rolls and pizza dough. Recipes will be distributed at class. A $5 supply fee collected at class. Class registration is $40 (non-resident $48). For more information or to register, call 623-930-4613.
Real to Reel Book Discussion
1 to 3 p.m., Monday, May 13 at the Glendale Main Library, 5959 W. Brown St.
Join us for a discussion of a book made into a movie. Read the book or see the movie or do both! The selection for May is “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett. For more information, call 623-930-3555.
The Society of Bibliographic Logomachists
1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Monday, May 13 at the Foothills Branch Library, 19055 N. 57th Ave.
Teens, 13-18, are invited to join the Society's exploration of classic literature. Meetings are twice a month on the second and fourth Monday of each month. Contact Tonie at 602-547-5972 for current book title and registration.
6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, May 14 at the Foothills Branch Library, 19055 N. 57th Ave.
Bring your acoustic instrument and play round-robin style. Audience is welcome to attend. For more information, call 623-930-3844.
Dog Behavior Training Class
7 to 8:15 p.m., Tuesdays, May 14, 21, 28 and June 4 at Acoma Park, 5251 W. Acoma Dr.
Train your dog using friendly, nonviolent techniques. Sit; stay; come; down; walking on a leash; behavior topics; solving problems such as chewing, barking, biting, jumping and more are covered. Bring your dog, leash, treats in small pieces, water bowl, water, your dog’s favorite toy and training equipment already in use. Manual and training aid included. Handlers age 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Dogs must be at least five months old and have proof of shots. The four-week class is $59 (non-resident $71). For more information or to register, call 623-930-4613.
Basic Estate Planning – An Introduction
6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 15 at the Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr.
Establish or refine your financial and estate planning goals. Learn to avoid probate; the ins and outs of wills, trusts, living wills and powers of attorney; how to protect your assets and more. Class is for ages 18 and older and is $19 per person or couple (non-residents $23). For more information or to register, call 623-930-4613.
A Novel Approach Book Discussion Group
7 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, May 15 at the Foothills Branch Library, 19055 N. 57th Ave.
Join us on the third Wednesday of every month to discuss engaging and thought-provoking popular fiction. This month's selection is “Where’d You Go Bernadette” by Maria Semple. Call Sarah at 623-930-3844 for a list of discussion titles and more information.
Story Time @ Velma Teague Branch Library – Wednesdays, May 15, 22 and 29
Preschoolers can visit the library from 10:30 to 11 a.m. for a 30-minute program that may include stories, songs, fingerplays and short movies. An adult must accompany those under three years old. Registration is not required. For more information, call 623-930-3437.
Baby Time @ Velma Teague Branch Library – Wednesdays, May 15, 22 and 29
Parents/caregivers and infants, newborn to 18 months, can participate in Baby Time. The programs include a 20-minute introduction to books, fingerplays, action rhymes and puppets. Registration is not required. For more information, call 623-930-3437.
Careers in Nursing! - Thursday, May 16
The library will present the first in a series of panels on choosing a future career at 6:30 p.m. This panel will feature professional and student nurses discussing their experiences in the nursing field. Take this opportunity to discover what is involved in the various educational paths, pre-admission program testing, as well as course and fieldwork. Teens and adults of all ages are welcome. The event is free and open to all Maricopa County residents. Registration is required. Register online by visiting the library’s event calendar atwww.glendaleaz.com/library or call 623-930-3431.
A Day in the Life of a Nurse – Choosing a Career in Nursing
6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 16 at the Velma Teague Library, 7010 N. 58th Ave.
Velma Teague Library presents the first in a series of panels on choosing a future career. This first session features both graduate and student nurses discussing their experiences in the nursing field. Take the opportunity to discuss the various educational paths and real-life experiences of professional nurses. Teens and adults of all ages are welcome. The event is free and open to the public and registration is recommended. Call 623-930-3431 for more information.
6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 16 at the Glendale Main Library, 5959 W. Brown St.
Join us the third Thursday evening of every month for acoustic music from area musicians. Call 623-930-3573 for more information.
Star Viewing Event May 18 at Thunderbird Conservation Park
Glendale, Ariz. –– Bring out the family to get a close-up view of the moon, planets and other galaxies at the 36th Annual Public Star Party from 7 to 9 p.m., Saturday, May 18, at Thunderbird Conservation Park, 67th Avenue and Patrick Lane.
The Saguaro Astronomy Club hosts this event in which members bring out their large and small telescopes, set them up and make them available to the public to view the celestial objects in the universe.
The club members will show a variety of astronomical objects including the moon, planets, stars and other deep sky wonders. Members will also answer questions and provide general information about astronomy.
Child Care & Babysitting Workshop
9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, May 18 at the Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr.
Ages 12-18 can get training on safe and fun ways to babysit and care for children. Class covers CPR, first aid, techniques for working with active children and how to have a successful babysitting adventure. Build confidence, self-esteem and skills necessary to care for infants and children on a daily basis and in emergency situations. Bring a sack lunch. The workshop is $65 (non-resident $78). For more information or to register, call 623-930-4613.
9 to 11 a.m., Saturdays, May 18 - July 13 at Glenfair Lanes Bowling Alley, 6110 N. 59thAve.
This bowling program is specially designed for individuals with physical, mental, emotional or social disabilities. Ages 8 and older can make new friends, improve their bowling game and enjoy the support of other participants. Bowling ramps are available to registered bowlers. Instruction is not provided. The league is $23 (non-resident $30) and includes a bowling ball and shoes. For more information, contact Anthony Garcia at 623-930-4335 or email@example.com.
36th Annual Public Star Party
7 to 9:30 p.m., Saturday, May 18 at Thunderbird Conservation Park, 67th Avenue and Patrick Lane
Members of the Saguaro Astronomy Club will have telescopes, both large and small, set up and available for public viewing. They will show a variety of astronomical objects including the Moon, planets, stars and deep sky wonders. Members will be glad to answer questions you may have about the heavens and astronomy in general. Please join us for a night under the stars! Hosted by the Saguaro Astronomy Club.
Soups for Spring and Summer Class
12:30 to 3:30 p.m., Sunday, May 19 at the Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr.
Master a few basic cooking skills, learn a few tricks of the trade and start to enjoy cooking in your own kitchen. For a light lunch, a family dinner, steaming hot or icy cold, seasonal soups are a great way to feed a hungry family. Taught by Kent McDonald a certified personal chef. A $10 supply fee collected at class. Class is for ages 16 and older and is $50 (non-resident $60). For more information or to register, call 623-930-4613.
Convert Older Technology to New
10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday, May 20 at the Glendale Adult Center, 5970 W. Brown St.
Do you have cassette tapes and no cassette player to play them? Do you have 35mm film and slides that you want prints of but cannot get them processed at a reasonable cost? Learn how easy it is to do it yourself. Convert cassette tapes to CDs (MP3) and 35mm film and slides to digital. Time will be allotted in class to work with the instructor’s units. Please bring negatives/slides and/or cassette tapes along with a blank USB flash drive (music) and an SD card (digital prints). This one-day class is $35 (non-resident $42). For more information or to register, call 623-930-4613.
The 58th Avenue Book Group
10:15 to 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 16 at the Velma Teague Branch Library, 7010 N. 58th Ave.
Join us for coffee, donuts and great discussion. May’s selection is “The Light Between Oceans” by M.L. Stedman. A limited number of copies will be available at the Velma Teague Reference Desk. For more information, please call 623-930-3431.
More than Cold Feet: Peripheral Vascular Disease
6:30 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, May 21 at the Foothills Branch Library, 19055 N. 57th Ave.
Kelley A. Gillroy, D.P.M. of Midwestern University Foot and Ankle Clinic and Arizona School of Podiatric Medicine will present this lecture. Poor circulation in the legs is more than just an inconvenience. It can be a sign of a more serious condition, which requires medical intervention. Join Dr. Gillroy as she takes you through the symptoms of Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD) and Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD), how the conditions can be diagnosed and the latest treatments that help offset symptoms and restore quality of life. For more information, call 623-930-3868.
Teen Library Council Meeting - Thursday, May 23
Are you looking for something fun to do that can actually make a difference? By becoming a Teen Library Council member, you can earn volunteer service hours, have a good time and meet new people, all while helping to make the library a better place for teens. The library is currently recruiting teens, ages 12-18, to provide input on the selection of books and music for the branch’s teen collection. Council members also participate in the planning and presentation of library teen events. The meeting will be held from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. For more information or to register, call Greg at 623-930-3441.
Getting Crafty with Miss Janet – Thursday, May 23
Children ages 11 and younger are invited to some creative fun with Miss Janet at 3:30 p.m. This month children will learn to make a butterfly picture frame. Adult helpers must accompany children ages 6 and under. Registration is not required. Call 623-930-3437 for more information.
Mastering Math with Misty! – Thursdays, May 23 and 30
School-aged children and teens can drop by for free math help from 6-7:30 p.m. Misty can help with math homework including general math, algebra, geometry and trigonometry. Be sure to bring your textbook with you. Registration is not required. Call 623-930-3437 for more information.
Ebook Reader Lab
1 to 2:30 p.m., Thursday, May 23 at the Glendale Main Library, 5959 W. Brown St.
Digital Librarian Marlene Jacobson will help you with your digital reader. Bring your own eReader for specific advice. An assortment of the most popular readers will also be available for you to explore. No registration is necessary. For more information, call 623-930-3531.
Getting Crafty with Miss Janet!
3:30 to 4 p.m., Thursday, May 23 at the Velma Teague Branch Library, 7010 N. 58thAve.
This month Miss Janet will be helping you create a beautiful butterfly picture frame. Crafters younger than 6 years old will need an adult helper. Registration is not required. For more information, call 623-930-3437.
Live at the Library
6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 23 at the Glendale Main Library, 5959 W. Brown St.
Enjoy a live musical concert. For more information and details on the performance, call 623-930-3573.
6:30 to 9 p.m., Friday, May 24 at the Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr.
Experience Ballroom, Jazz and more. Highlights include an instruction session and dance performances. Admission is $7 at the door (non-resident $9). For more information, call 623-930-4613.
Sahuaro Ranch Licensed G.R.A.S.P.
7 a.m. to 6 p.m., May 28 - August 6, Monday – Friday, at Sahuaro Ranch Elementary, 10401 N 63rd Ave.
This licensed summer recreation program for children features arts and crafts, games, sports activities and more. The registration fee is $30 (non-residents $40). The weekly rate is $100 (non-residents $125), the daily rate is $25 (non-residents $30) and the half day rate is $15 (non-resident $18). To register or for more information, call 623-930-2820.
1 p.m., Wednesday, May 29 at the Glendale Adult Center, 5970 W. Brown St.
Enjoy entertainment from the Senior Fiesta Dancers plus a dessert! Sponsored by CAREMORE. For more information, call 623-930-4321.
Writers Group Workshop
6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, May 29 at the Foothills Branch Library, 19055 N. 57th Ave.
Join us the final Wednesday of each month to meet fellow writers and hear thoughtful feedback on your work. All genres and writing styles welcome. New attendees must call to register. For more information or to register, call 623-930-3853.
"Get Graphic!" Teen Book Club
6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 30 at the Velma Teague Branch Library, 7010 N. 58th Ave.
Manga and comic book fans will not want to miss this monthly opportunity to talk with other teens about their favorite graphic reads. Upcoming movies and video games are also discussed. Bring along a graphic novel or comic book of your choice. Snacks will be provided. Open to ages 12-18. Register atwww.glendaleaz.com/Library/LibraryEvents.cfm or call 623-930-3437.
“Get Graphic” Teen Book Club - Thursday, May 30
The monthly meeting of the “Get Graphic!” Teen Book Club will be held at 6:30 p.m. Manga and comic book fans, ages 12-18, will not want to miss this monthly opportunity to talk with other teens about their favorite graphic reads and view anime! Upcoming movies and video games are also discussed. Bring along a graphic novel or comic book of your choice. Snacks will be provided. Register online by visiting the library’s event calendar atwww.glendaleaz.com/library or call 623-930-3437.
AZ Watermelon Festival
Saturday, June 8th
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
5812 W Glendale Ave, Glendale, AZ 85301
Downtown Glendale will be bringing part of it's storied history back to life with the 2013 Watermelon Festival. The festival will highlight a crowned and Miss Arizona-qualifying Miss Arizona Festivals along with a multitude of watermelon centric activities and games to entertain the whole family. INFO: azmelonfestival.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Royal Baby Shower to Benefit West Valley Child Crisis Center
Sunday, June 9th
11:30 am- 2:00pm
7141 N 59th Ave Glendale, AZ 85301
Live like royalty for a day for a good cause at the Royal-Tea Baby Shower in honor of the Duchess and Duke of Cambridge (Kate and William), who will be parents to a prince or princess soon. This event will be held at The Spicery in Downtown Glendale on Sunday, June 9 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and will benefit the West Valley Child Crisis Center (WVCCC).
Participants will enjoy an afternoon tea, scones, shortbread and bite-sized assorted sandwiches, baby shower games, royal trivia, a fashion show, delicious desserts and raffle prizes. To create the royal experience, guests are encouraged to come dressed in fine clothes, including their best hats and gloves, and to bring a gift-wrapped donation to benefit WVCCC. The organization is in need of new infant supplies, including clothing, bottles, blankets, wipes, new or like-new baby furniture, new toys, books and plush animals. For more details on these items, visit www.wvcc.org. The gift donations will be opened during the event. The WVCCC provides education, prevention programs and safe placement services to promote healthy family environments for the future of Arizona's children.
“With so much attention on the royal baby, we thought it would be fun to create an event to help support a need in the community,” said Lorraine Pino, tourism manager with Glendale Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Reservations and pre-payment are required. Tickets are $27.95 per person (includes tax and tip). A portion of the proceeds will also be donated to the WVCCC. Ticket sales close on June 1. For reservations and information, call 623-930-2955 or go to www.visitglendale.com.
This event kicks off the summer lineup of downtown Glendale events. Following the Royal-Tea Baby Shower will be Christmas in July on July 20 and Dog Days of Summer on Aug. 3. For more information on all the summer downtown events, call 623-930-4500 or visit www.glendaleaz.com.
Glendale Community Band Brings Music to Downtown Glendale Summer Evenings
8PM - 10PM Thursdays between June 6 through July 25, Murphy Park Amphitheatre
Glendale’s favorite summer tradition is back for its 47th season beginning June 6 in downtown Glendale.
The eight-week concert series takes place each Thursday at 8 p.m. June 6 through July 25, in the Murphy Park Amphitheater, located at 59th Avenue and Glenn Drive; with the exception of the holiday week in July, when the concert will be held Wednesday, July 3. Music lovers of all ages will be entertained by this community band of approximately 100 musicians with its renditions of marches, ballads and show tunes.
The Glendale Summer Band is the longest- running community band in Arizona. The ages of the volunteer band members span several generations. The band was formed in 1966, originally playing at O’Neil Park, and moving to Murphy Park when the amphitheater was built.
These free concerts are the perfect night out for the entire family, or bring your friends, neighbors, the whole gang! Bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating. Food, snacks and refreshments will be available for purchase at the concerts, which will go on through July 25. The series will feature a special Patriotic performance on Wednesday, July 3, in celebration of Independence Day.
Can’t make a show? Check out the concert from the comfort of home with our live web stream. Find the link to the stream on the GlendaleAZ.com home page or www.glendaleaz.com/video, where you will find a full library of Glendale 11 programming to watch on demand.
The Glendale Summer Band concert series is sponsored by Glendale Civic Pride. For more information, call the Glendale’s Special Events hotline at 623-930-2299, or visitwww.glendaleaz.com/events.
Christmas in July
10 am – 4 pm Saturday, July 20
Historic Downtown Glendale and Catlin Court
Santa is making an early stop in Historic Downtown Glendale on Saturday, July 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants will enjoy a fun-filled day of holiday crafts, sweet treats and exclusive deals in Historic Downtown Glendale, while having the opportunity to give back during a special Food Bank charity drive.
With only 158 days left to get all of your shopping for gifts and decorations complete, start early and avoid the rush! Christmas cheer begins at the Glendale Visitor Center, where you’ll pick up your holiday map, coupons and gift bag (for the first 300 visitors) and take a spin on the prize wheel.
Santa himself will take a break from making toys to make a stop in downtown Glendale, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at A Mad Hatter’s, located at 5734 W. Glendale Ave. Photos are available for a nominal fee or shoppers are welcome to take their own pictures with Santa.
For more information, call 623-930-4500 or www.VisitGlendale.com. The Glendale Visitor Center is located at 5800 W. Glenn Dr., Suite 140.
For more information, call the Special Events Hotline at 623-930-2299 or click here.
***Event dates are subject to change.