Desert Foothills Library events abound | News


Desert Foothills Library has scheduled a multitude of interesting events for December at its building, 38443 N. School House Road, Cave Creek. All programs are free. The library will be closed Thursday, Dec. 23, to Saturday, Dec. 25, and Friday, Dec. 31. 

For more information, visit RSVP at, too, unless otherwise noted.

Desert Foothills Art Gallery

Hidden in the Hills Art Show, through Jan. 19

Holiday Craft & Bake Sale

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4 

Take care of holiday shopping, have treats, coffee and feel good knowing it all benefits the library. The group celebrates with holiday décor and live music. To become a vendor, contact Ashley Ware at

Featured programs

• 2021 Cyber Security & Windows 11 Q&A

9 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 2

Cave Creek/Carefree sees one cyberattack every day. Learn from Tech 4 Life Computers what will happen with cyberattacks and Windows 11, as the updates are rolling out. RSVP online at


• Take off 15 years with the Right Make-Up with Celebrity Make-up Artist, Charlie Green

1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3

Charlie Green of will demonstrate and share the expert tips and tricks. Consider bringing a nonperishable item for the Foothills Food Bank. 


• What is New in Facebook & Instagram?

9 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7

Learn how to use Facebook and Instagram properly to promote your business. RSVP at


• A Place for Everyone with Denise Inmon

3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17

Live demonstration of favorite family recipes from Denise Inmon’s new cookbook, “A Place for Everyone.” The event features samples and refreshments for participants to try, personal book signing, and free holiday gift wrapping. Her mom, Celeste Flachsbart, is a Desert Foothills Library board member. Cookbooks will be available for purchase; 10% of all sales go to the library. 


• Movie Marathon: “The Santa Clause,” “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” and “White Christmas” (1954)

9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 3 p.m. Monday, Dec. 20

The library will show the three classic holiday movies throughout the day, complete with refreshments. Registration not required.


• Restore with Music & Color

1 p.m. Wednesday Dec. 29

The library hosts a casual adult coloring session. All materials, coffee, water and snacks will be supplied. Registration not required. 

Weekly programs

• Craft N Chat

1 to 3 p.m. Mondays

Those who knit, crochet or practice other table crafts are invited. New crafters and all skill levels are welcome. Registration not required.


• eBook and Online Database Help

11 a.m. to noon Tuesdays

Downloading eBooks and eAudiobooks can be easy through the library’s digital collection. The informal drop-in classes help with Libby, Cloud Library or other library apps. The staff will show how to download the apps to a phone or tablet and how to navigate the digital collection. For Apple users your Apple ID will be needed. Registration not required.


• Alcoholics Anonymous

5 to 6 p.m. Thursdays

AA meetings are being held at Desert Foothills Library on Thursdays. Registration not required.

Monthly programs

• Death Café

12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1

Death Café is a global nonprofit that began in London in 2011. More than 7,000 Death Cafés have been held in 63 countries. Death Café does not promote beliefs, agendas or products, nor is it a bereavement or grief support group. Registration is not required. Visit for more information. 


• Caring for the Caregiver

10 to 11:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 6

The group is led by Hospice of the West facilitators. Registration is not required. 


• Chapter 2 Books Monthly Sale!

Friday, Dec. 10, and Saturday, Dec. 11

Guests can purchase books and other media at even lower prices than the everyday bargain prices in Chapter 2. The monthly book sale is throughout Chapter 2, the Jones/Coates Room, and the patio, weather permitting. Chapter 2 Monthly Sales are offered on the second Friday and Saturday of every month. Those who can’t make a sale can check out Chapter 2’s selection on Amazon. Volunteers are needed; contact Terri Engebretson at, 480-488-2286.


• International Film Series: Women

Directors with Gary Zaro 

2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10

The International Film Series gives patrons a glimpse into other cultures to see what is important to them. A post-film discussion with Gary Zaro follows each screening. This month’s film is “Served Like a Girl.” Reserve a spot at


• Music at the Movies

2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9

Hosted by music enthusiast, Annis Scott, this program is perfect for a music or movie fan. This month’s film is “Scoot and Kassie’s Christmas Adventure.”


• The Healing Pathway

9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Mondays Dec. 13 and Dec. 27

The open-ended group provides guests with practical tools and supportive conversation as they are processing grief. Registration is not necessary. 


• Puzzle Exchange

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17

Drop off gently used puzzles and pick out a new one for free. Offered the last Friday of each month. Registration not required.


• Little Known Stories of WWII with Gary Zaro

2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17

This film series offers little-known war stories. At the heart of each one, are the men and women who made World War II modern history’s seminal event. This month: “13 Minutes.” 

Literary programs

• Memoir and Essay Writers’ Group

1:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2

Novice and seasoned writers meet monthly to read stories aloud and receive constructive feedback. Guests are welcome to bring one to two pages of humorous or serious prose to share. Registration is not required. 


• Writer’s Connection

1 to 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3

This month, the group will discuss Fred Krakowiak’s writings and artwork—vibrant paintings and sculptures of wildlife from Africa. Reservations at


• Literate Foodie Club

12:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 6

Literate Foodies focus each meeting on a book and topic for discussion and a rotating team of cooks prepare related recipes. This month: Dave Eggers’ “The Monk of Mokha.” Bring Food Bank donations.

Questions about Literate Foodies, please contact facilitators, Dana Rakinic at & Jan Kruse at

RSVP online at Please register in advance, as seating is limited. | Questions, please call 480-488-2286.

Cost: $10


• Library Book Club

10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Dec. 9

This month’s book is “Holiday Party!” Currently held on Zoom; reserve a spot at


• Get Lit Book Club

5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14 

Weird, odd and unique books are chosen for this happy hour book club held at area restaurants. Books will include nonfiction, classics, contemporary fiction and memoirs, to list a few. This month’s book is “The Woman They Could Not Silence” by Kate Moore at Blu Burger Grille. Reserve a spot at


• Literary Salon

10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 16

An informal discussion of books, film and theater, led by a facilitator. This month, participants are asked to choose a book or film that takes place during a December holiday. RSVP online at to receive the Zoom link.

Health and Wellness Programs

• Gentle Chair Yoga

11 a.m. to noon Mondays

Through a slow flow of poses coordinated with the breath, participants will strengthen their hearts, bones, balance and minds. Marina Kachur has taught locally for seven years. She also offers gentle yoga at 11 a.m. Wednesdays. Chairs are provided. Registration not required. To contact the instructor, call 480-510-6572 or email The cost is $10 cash paid to the instructor.


• Tai Chi: Qigong for Everyone! 

9 to 10 a.m. Tuesdays

Tai Chi and Qigong improves balance, flexibility, brain plasticity, inner peace and overall wellness. This class is offered Tuesdays and Thursdays. Bina Bou is a senior trainer at IIQTC; visit Registration is not required. To contact the instructor, email The cost is $10 cash paid to the instructor. 


• Gentle Yoga

11 a.m. to noon Wednesdays

Through a slow flow of poses coordinated with the breath, guests will begin strengthening their hearts, bones, balance and minds. Marina Kachur has taught locally for seven years. Bring a yoga mat and a blanket. Registration is not required. For more information, contact Kachur at 480-510-6572 or The cost is $10 cash paid to instructor.


• Meditation with Reiki Healing

1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1 and Dec. 15

Meditation and relaxation have been proven to promote mental and physical changes in a person. Come and experience meditation with guidance. Registration not required. To contact instructor the Rev. Dr. Karen Cimaglia, email The cost is $10 cash paid to instructor at each class.


• Reiki Healing

1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8 and Dec. 22

Healing is the focus of Reiki and healing is multilevel. The instructor is the Rev. Dr. Karen Cimaglia. Contact her at; $10 cash paid to her. 


• Yoga Fusion

Noon to 1 p.m. Thursdays

Join Elizabeth Boisson for an intermediate-level course of yoga fusion. The class starts with breathing exercises and continues to stretching and Vinyasa or Flow yoga and several standing sequences, including balance exercises. The class ends with 5 minutes of Savasana. Registration not required. To contact Boisson, call 480-363-5275 or email The cost is $10 cash paid to Boisson.


• Longevity, Healthy Aging and Regeneration

11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 17

Studies reveal the habits of those who have lived into extreme old age. The moderator will discuss this and their effects. Registration is not required. 


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