FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8
5pm | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | JAN BRETT | THE MERMAID | The beloved author-illustrator shares her latest picture book, a striking under-the-sea version of Goldilocks as only Jan Brett could create. Vibrant, intricate scenes of an underwater paradise transport this classic fairy tale to a magical setting inspired by the seas off the coast of Okinawa, Japan. Along with fun details that enrich the storytelling in Brett's trademark borders, this visual treat will enchant readers of all ages. More »
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | COSTUME STORYTIME: CORDUROY | Bring the kiddos and your camera for pictures and a storytime with the classic children's book character Corduroy the bear. More »
3-4pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | TEEN HOLIDAY BOOK SWAP | Bring a friend and a favorite book from home (or purchase a copy at Changing Hands) to swap with a fellow book lover. And don't forget to slip a note inside the book describing why it's your favorite, then gift wrap it for a fun white elephant-like exchange! Presented by our Teen Advisory Board (T.A.B.). More »
5:30-8:30pm | TEMPE | TAROT READINGS | Mystic Journeyz with Suzi Coggins. "Your Angels Are Waiting." Cost $20 for 15 minutes. Registration at 480.730.0205. More info: mysticjourneyz.com.
7pm | TEMPE | STEVEN COOPER | DESERT REMAINS | Cooper visits with his fourth novel, in which detective Alex Mills turns to psychic Gus Parker to help solve a series of murders by a killer who leaves his victims—and taunting clues—in the desert surrounding Phoenix. When Parker is brought to the crime scenes, he sees visions of a house on fire and a screaming child. But what does it mean? He struggles to interpret his psychic messages, knowing that the killer is one step ahead, and that in this vast desert the next murder could happen anywhere. More »
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10
11am-12pm | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | HANUKKAH STORYTIME WITH TEMPLE EMANUEL | Please join Temple Emanuel and the Yad B' Yad Children's Center for a lively Pre-Hanukkah Story and Song Time! We'll read stories, sing songs, and spin the dreidel. You can even shop for some new books to take home with you, 20% of the proceeds will go towards the purchase of books for Temple Emanuel's libraries. More »
2pm | OFFSITE | KHIZR KHAN | AN AMERICAN FAMILY: A MEMOIR OF HOPE AND SACRIFICE | Muslim American Gold Star father and captivating DNC speaker Khizr Khan shares his memoir, a story of one family's pursuit of the American dream. In this urgent and timeless immigrant story, we learn that Khizr Khan has been many things. He was the oldest of ten children born to farmers in Pakistan, and a curious and thoughtful boy who listened rapt as his grandfather recited Rumi beneath the moonlight. He was a university student who read the Declaration of Independence and was awestruck by what might be possible in life. He was a hopeful suitor, awkwardly but earnestly trying to win the heart of a woman far out of his league. He was a brilliant and diligent young family man who worked two jobs to save enough money to put himself through Harvard Law School. He was a loving father who, having instilled in his children the ideals that brought him and his wife to America—the sense of shared dignity and mutual responsibility—tragically lost his son, an Army captain killed while protecting his base camp in Iraq. He was and is a patriot, and a fierce advocate for the rights, dignities, and values enshrined in the American system. An American Family shows us who Khizr Khan and millions of other American immigrants are, and why—especially in these tumultuous times—we must not be afraid to step forward for what we believe in when it matters most. Location: Central High School Auditorium 4525 N Central Ave, Phoenix 85012. More »
2-3:30pm | TEMPE | CHANTING WORKSHOP WITH PINNA JOSEPH | HEALING CHANTS AND DEVELOPING REPERTOIRE | Chanting vibrates the body, mind and spirit. Experience the healing power of sound with chantress, sound artist, Yoga of the Voice™ instructor and Somatic Sounding™ co-founder Pinna Joseph, who conducts a workshop focusing on the breath, vibrational seed mantras, and developing repertoire of call-and-response chants from various world cultures. No previous singing experience is necessary. Cost $25. Register at 480.730.0205 or online. More »
MONDAY, DECEMBER 11
6:30-9:30pm | PHOENIX | DRINK AND DRAW | First Draft Book Bar presents a night of drinking and drawing for all skill levels, featuring a local model for a three-hour pose. Bring your own supplies. Cost $8. Registration at 602.274.0067 or online. More »
6:30-8:30pm | TEMPE | POETRY ROUNDTABLE | Workshop one of your poems with a group of peers. More info: email@example.com.
7pm | TEMPE | JAY MARK AND RONALD L. PETERS | BUCKHORN MINERAL BATHS & WILDLIFE MUSEUM | Local historian Jay Mark and preservation architect Ronald L. Peters present their book about the iconic local resort. From fire to empire, the story of the Buckhorn baths is a rags-to-riches tale. After a disastrous 1935 Christmas Eve fire destroyed their small country gas station/taxidermy business, a new, unimagined door opened for Ted and Alice Sliger. In 1936, the Sligers began turning tragedy into triumph, transforming a dusty patch of scrub-covered desert eight miles east of Mesa into a legendary roadside oasis. Their chance discovery of mineral-laden hot springs led to the valley's first therapeutic spa. With the New York Giants' initial attraction to Buckhorn's mineral baths, a decades-long association with Major League Baseball helped pave the way to Cactus League baseball. By the time it closed in 1999, the Sligers had built the Buckhorn into an iconic, quintessential roadside business along the route of four federal highways. It was renowned for its celebrity guests, eclectic architecture, colorful neon, mineral spa, retreat for baseball players, wildlife museum, and wide-ranging collection of memorabilia. More »
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | BILINGUAL STORYTIME | Interactive bilingual storytime for preschoolers and kindergarteners, every second Tuesday. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | DR. MONA MORSTEIN | MASTER YOUR DIABETES | Naturopathic physician and diabetes expert Dr. Mona Morstein shares her new guide. Master Your Diabetes shows how people with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes can gain and maintain excellent control of their blood sugar levels, preventing and even reversing existing complications through education combined with medical support and encouragement. More »
TUESDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 12 | HANUKKAH BEGINS AT SUNDOWN
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14
9:15am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | BABY TIME | An Early Literacy Specialist from Phoenix Public Library visits every Thursday to share songs, rhymes, books, and activities to promote movement in toddlers and infants. More »
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15
7pm | TEMPE | FRIDAY POETRY | MICHAEL BROOKS CRYER: SELECTED PROVERBS | Join us for Friday Poetry at Changing Hands Tempe. Featured reader Michael Brooks Cryer reads from his award-winning book of poems Selected Proverbs. Open reading follows. More »
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16
8am | PHOENIX / TEMPE | Both Changing Hands locations open early at 8am.
5:30-8:30pm | TEMPE | INSIGHTS TAROT READINGS | James R. Betz offers advice on life, relationships, and career choices. Cost $20 for 15 minutes. Registration at 480.730.0205. More info: 602.840.2222.