March 3-April 6
This month’s programs focus on moonscape photography, vegetable gardening for beginners, nature journaling, cooking with desert plants, watercolor techniques, plants for spring color, hummingbird photography, vegetable container gardening, caves of Arizona, herb propagation, main-course salads with herbs, and home landscape design basics.
This nonprofit organization connects professionals to high-quality resources and hiring companies, with information provided on networking, résumé help, career coaches and business portraits. 9 a.m.-noon. Free.
North Phoenix Baptist Church, 5757 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; March 19, Highlands Church, 9050 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd., Scottsdale
Central Christian Church, 965 E. Germann Rd., Gilbert, careerconnectors.org, 480-442-5806.
Green Building Lecture
Participants learn about the “Tiny House Movement” at this program, which is presented by the city of Scottsdale. Tiny houses – which come in all shapes, sizes and forms – focus on smaller spaces and simplified living. 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Free. Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Rd., Scottsdale, 480-312-3111.
March 10, 24
Aging with Grace
This month’s lecture topics include: “Breast Cancer Treatment Options,” March 10, 9 a.m., and “Tale of Two Cases: Radiosurgery for Lung Cancer,” March 10, 10:15 a.m., both with oncologists Shervin “Sean” Shirvani, M.D., and Rachit Kumar, M.D.; and “Don’t Let Stroke Define Your Life Story,” March 24, 9 a.m., and a stroke panel, March 24, 10:15 a.m., both led by Deb Liable, clinical stroke program manager. Free. Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center, 14502 W. Meeker Blvd., Sun City West, 602-230-2273.
Nurse practitioner Amy McLean leads a program on dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Topics include the difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s, prevention and early warning signs of dementia, how to move a loved one from their home to assisted living, and respite care for care providers. 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Free. Anthem Civic Building, 3701 W. Anthem Way, Anthem, onlineatanthem.com/anthem-civic-building-programs, 623-742-6000.
Steve Priebe, certified arborist, presents Tree and Shrub Planting: How to Cut, Where to Cut. The program focuses on the best principles and practices for pruning desert trees and shrubs, as well as top priorities for determining if a tree or shrub requires pruning. 9:30 a.m.-noon. $5. Town Council Chambers, U.S. Post Office Building, 100 Easy St., Carefree, 480-488-3686.
A Last Drop spirit guide leads a crash course on tequila-based cocktails, sharing information on its history, styles, recipes and brands. Guests enjoy two cocktails, with ample time for questions. Noon-2 p.m. $30. Last Drop at The Hermosa Inn, 5532 N. Palo Cristi Rd., Paradise Valley, lastdropbar.com, 602-955-7878.
Bike, Lunch & Learn
Participants are invited to bike to the Old Town Scottsdale Farmers Market with Chef Massimo De Francesca, who will shop with them for fresh produce and other gourmet items, and then use the ingredients in an interactive cooking class to prepare a three-course lunch with Arizona wines. 10 a.m. $75. Taggia Scottsdale, FireSky Resort & Spa, 4925 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, taggiascottsdale.com, 480-424-6095.
Practical Culinary Series
Chef/owner Pascal Dionot leads a comprehensive 24-week program focusing on basic skills, stocks, soups, sauces, eggs, vegetables, meal fabrication, fish and shellfish, grains, pasta, pastry, hors d’oeuvres, Asian techniques, dessert and chocolates. Call for times and fees. Classic Cooking Academy, 10411 E. McDowell Mountain Ranch Rd., Scottsdale, ccacademy.edu, 480-502-0177.