The Secret Life of Pets

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Mark your calendars; here's what's happening in Scottsdale this week.

Sunday, May 26

Kids in Focus

Kids in Focus is a non-profit organization that mentors at-risk children ages 10 to 14 by sharing the art of photography. See the children’s exhibit from 1 to 5 p.m. at Scottsdale Civic Center Library, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd.

Information: 480-312-7323

Story stop (Ages 0-5)

Build children’s literacy with a free picture book program from 2 to 2:15 p.m. at the Scottsdale Civic Center Library, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd.

Information: 480-312-7323

Monday, May 27

New Faces AA meeting

Find recovery from alcohol addiction alongside this support group at 7:45 a.m. at North Scottsdale Fellowship Club, 10427 N. Scottsdale Road Club membership is not required to attend meetings.

Tuesday, May 28

Let’s knit

Learn or practice knitting with others from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road Free.

Information: 480-483-7121

Film series: ‘A Dog’s Way Home’

Enjoy the heartwarming film, “A Dog’s Way Home,” from 5 to 7 p.m. at Mustang Library, 10101 N. 90th St.

Information: 480-312-7323

Drop-in e-reader help

Receive help with downloadables. Bring your device, library card and questions from noon to 1 p.m. at Mustang Library, 10101 N. 90th St.

Information: 480-312-7323

Mustang writers’ critique

Meet with other writers to share and critique writing in a pressure-free and supportive group from 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at Mustang Library, 10101 N. 90th St.

Information: 480-312-7323

Etsy 101

Learn how to start a part-time or full-time business selling handmade or vintage products on Etsy from 1 to 4 p.m. at Scottsdale Civic Center Library, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd.

Information: 480-312-7323

Wednesday, May 29

ESL classes

All conversation levels are encouraged to practice the English language from 1 to 3 p.m. at Mustang Library, 10101 N. 90th St. Free.

Information: 480-312-7323

Open cards and games

Enjoy a variety of games including card games from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Appaloosa Library, 7377 E. Silverstone Dr.

Information: 480-312-7323

Tail waggin’ tales (Ages 6-10)

Children can practice their reading skills with a certified therapy dog from 2 to 2:45 p.m. at Appaloosa Library, 7377 E. Silverstone Dr.

Information: 480-312-7323.

Speedy bridge

Join others in a fast round of bridge at 10:30 a.m. at Via Linda Senior Center, 10440 E. Via Linda. Registration is required.

Information: 480-312-5810

Thursday, May 30

Piano Fusion

Piano Fusion is a nonprofit keyboard group that rehearses from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. each Thursday at Scottsdale Neighborhood Arts Place, 4425 N. Granite Reef Road The group is open to all levels of piano playing. $10 monthly donation requested.

Information: 480-276-2425

Stay and play (Ages 0-5)

Give children an opportunity to explore, create and investigate with a play-based learning environment program from 10 to 11 a.m. at Scottsdale Family Resource Center, 6535 E. Osborn Road While children play, caregivers can learn about a variety of early childhood topics from local resource professionals.

Information: 480-312-0038

Musical storytime

This program is a fun, interactive way for families to bring music into their home. Using children’s stories, each child and caregiver duo will learn how to play together in ways that will enhance their child’s musical and general development. Learn new songs and games, and play music on child friendly instruments from 11 to 11:45 a.m. at Scottsdale Civic Center Library, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd.

Information: 480-312-7323

Introductory English

Learn English from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Scottsdale Civic Center Library, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd. No prior experience necessary.

Information: 480-312-7323

Friday, May 31

In stitches knitters

Gather with other knitters to work on individual projects, share advice and talk with others from 1 to 3 p.m. at Scottsdale Civic Center Library, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd.

Information: 480-312-7323

Advanced beginner bridge

Join others in playing a fun game of bridge from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Appaloosa Library, 7377 E. Silverstone Dr.

Information: 480-312-7323

Story stop (Ages 0-5)

Build children’s literacy with a free picture book program from 10:30 to 10:45 a.m. at the Scottsdale Civic Center Library, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd.

Information: 480-312-7323

Saturday, June 1

Books 2 boogie (Ages 0-5)

Children and their caregivers are invited to participate in music, movement and song from 10:30 to 11 a.m. at Mustang Library, 10101 N. 90th St.

Information: 480-312-7323

Family storytime (Ages 0-5)

Children and their caregivers can listen to stories and music and participate in rhyming activities from 10:30 to 11 a.m. at the Scottsdale Civic Center Library, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd.

Information: 480-312-7323

Prequels to the Sequels

Stop by the Mustang Library at 10101 N. 90th St. for a free film screening of “The Secret Life of Pets” from 1:30 to 4 p.m. before the sequel, “The Secret Life of Pets 2,” release date on June 7.

Information: 480-312-7323

The MUFON recipe

Meet the members of the Mutual UFO Network as they seek to learn where humans stand in the universe from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Scottsdale Civic Center Library, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd.

Information: 480-312-7323

Scottsdale summer reading

Stop by the library between June 1 and Aug. 1 to register for the Summer Reading Program. Participants can register in-person on June 1 to receive an extra prize and enter a raffle. Locations include Appaloosa Library, 7377 E. Silverstone Dr., Arabian Library, 10215 E. McDowell Mountain Ranch Road, Scottsdale Civic Center Library, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd. and Mustang Library, 10101 N. 90th St.

Information: 480-312-7323

Taiko Extravanganza

Ken Koshio will bring together a diverse group of music and artistic groups combined with Japanese Taiko Drumming at 7 p.m. at Virginia G. Piper Theater, 7380 E. 2nd St. Ticketes are $25 to $55.

Information: 480-499-8587

Lambslide storytime

Children can enjoy storytime activities and a reading of “Lambslide” at 11 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, 10500 N. 90th St. Attendance includes a coupon from the Barnes & Noble Café for a grilled cheese sandwich with milk or juice for $4.

Information: 480-391-0048

Sunday, June 2

Balloons and Screamery

The Screamery ice cream parlor will kick off the summer with an ice cream party from 1 to 3 p.m. at 10625 N. Tatum Blvd., Suite 136, Phoenix. A professional balloon artist will be on-site creating free balloons for all the kids. Special ice cream deals will be offered as well including $2 kid-size ice cream cones and $5 ice cream sundaes.

Information: 602-368-1362

Story stop (Ages 0-5)

Build children’s literacy with a free picture book program from 2 to 2:15 p.m. at the Scottsdale Civic Center Library, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd.

Information: 480-312-7323

Becky Masterman book signing

Becky Masterman will sign “We Were Killers Once” from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Poisoned Pen Bookstore, 4014 N. Goldwater Blvd. The book is available for sale.

Information: 480-947-2974

Monday, June 3

Business Energizer

Learn about setting weekly goals and generate business ideas with fellow business owners from 9 to 10 a.m. This group meets virtually. To join, meet the group online through the “Monday Business Energizer” group LinkedIn page. Free.

Information: edgar@compasscbs.com

Guitar club (ages 8-11)

Learn guitar basics including warm-up techniques, tuning, hand positions, note-reading and more from 3 to 4 p.m. at Scottsdale Civic Center Library, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd. No prior experience needed. Participants are encouraged to attend the class for four weeks.

Information: 480-312-7323

Mark Carter science (ages 5+)

Mark Carter will demonstrate amazing magic tricks with ceramic, neodymium and electromagnets from 2 to 3 p.m. at Arabian Library, 10215 E. McDowell Mountain Ranch Rd.

Information: 480-312-7323

Reach for the Stars storytime (ages 2-5)

Enjoy a story and make a simple craft to take home from 10 to 10:30 a.m. at Scottsdale Civic Center Library, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd. Caregivers must accompany children.

Information: 480-312-7323

Writer conversation

Robrt Pela will share “Ten Things No One Will Tell You About Being a Writer” from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Arabian Library, 10215 E. McDowell Mountain Ranch Rd.

Information: 480-312-7323