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Desert Foothills Library has scheduled a multitude of interesting adult events for February at its building, 38443 N. School House Road, Cave Creek. All programs are free. 

For more information, call 480-488-2286 or visit to RSVP for all free programs unless otherwise noted. Library is closed on Monday, Feb. 21, for Presidents Day.


Featured programs

VITA Tax Program 

11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays from Feb. 1 to April 15

The IRS and Masters of Coin-sponsored Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help for low- to moderate-income families, elderly persons, persons with disabilities, and limited English-speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals. 

To make an appointment, call 480-488-2286. Forms to be filled out are available for pick up prior to appointment. Participants are asked to bring Social Security card, all 2021 tax forms, 2020 tax return, and photo identification card. 

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Estate Planning Made Simple

10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 5

Stephanie and Mike Maloney will cover the basics of estate planning. They have been educating the public on estate planning for about 35 years. Reservations required; call the library.


French Class

10 a.m. to noon Fridays Feb. 11 to April 1

This beginner class meets once a week for eight weeks. The focus is on conversation, using practical vocabulary for everyday situations. Handouts will be provided. Those with questions can email To reserve one of the eight spots, visit the website. Cost: $80.


Advanced IRA Strategies: Secrets of Roth, Multigenerational and Self-Directed IRAs

10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 19

Discover rarely used advanced strategies to optimize IRAs. Discover how Roth IRA conversions can produce unlimited earnings and multigenerational IRAs can multiply income for heirs. Reservations required.


Welcome to Desert Foothills Library Happy Hour

5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22

Learn more about the library and meet neighbors. This is a family-friendly event and refreshments will be served. 

Bikers Against Child Abuse 

2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25

Bikers Against Child Abuse will discuss how they empower children to not be afraid of the world, the requirements to be a member, and how to help. Woodstock has been a patched member since January 2017. As the chapter’s agency liaison, he contacts agencies and therapists who have been in contact with abused children. Woodstock has presented to various audiences of various sizes and backgrounds.


Weekly programs

eBook and Online Database Help

11 a.m. to noon Tuesdays

Each week is an informal drop-in class for anyone with questions about Libby, Cloud Library or any apps the library offers. Volunteers will show visitors how to download the apps to a phone or tablet and how to navigate the digital collection. 

Mahjongg 103: Unsupervised Play

1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursdays

Groups, individuals and recent students of Mahjongg 101 and 102 looking for a place to come and enjoy playing with people in the community. This group is unsupervised. Participants must bring their own sets. Cost is $5. 


Alcoholics Anonymous

5 to 6 p.m. Thursdays

AA meetings are held at Desert Foothills Library on Thursdays.


Craft N Chat

1 to 3 p.m. Mondays

Knit, crochet and practice other table crafts with fellow enthusiasts.


Monthly programs

Death Café

12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2

Death Café is a gathering to talk about death and dying. The aim is to increase awareness of death to help people make the most of their lives. 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. Info:


Music at the Movies

2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10

Celebrate “The Pink Panther” with music enthusiastic Annis Scott. 


Chapter2Books Monthly Sale

Friday, Feb. 11, and Saturday, Feb. 12

Monthly book sales give patrons the chance to purchase quality books and other media at low prices. The monthly book sale is throughout Chapter 2, the Jones/Coates Room, and the patio, weather permitting. 


International Film Series: Women Directors with Gary Zaro 

2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11

The International Film Series offers a glimpse into other cultures. This month’s movie is 2012’s “Wadjda” (PG) from Saudi Arabia. 


Medicare 101 with ASC Insurance

4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17

Topics include: the correct time to enroll in Medicare; what Medicare does and does not cover; Medicare Advantage; Medicare Supplement insurance; Medicare review for post 65 beneficiaries and Medicare Part D. RSVP: Derrick Cooper at 480-648-5052 or, or Michael Smith, 602-793-1925 or


Puzzle Exchange

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25

Drop off gently used puzzles and pick out a new one for free.


Literary programs

Memoir & Essay Writers’ Group

1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3

Novice and seasoned writers meet monthly to read aloud stories and receive constructive feedback. Participants can bring one to two pages of humorous or serious prose to share.


Writer’s Connection

1 to 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4

Write the memoir to remember with Patricia Brooks, who will inspire writers to complete their manuscript, and discuss why they should keep a writing journal, do the necessary research, write goals and make no excuses about writing. Learning objectives: understand the real theme of the memoir; learn to dig deep to get to the soul of the story; discover the depth and challenge of the memoir; and speaking the truth. RSVP required.


Literate Foodie Club

12:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 7

This month’s discussion focuses on “Vegetables Unleashed” by chef/restaurateur Jose Andres. His World Central Kitchen brings nutrition to victims of natural disasters worldwide. Questions: Dana Rakinic, or Jan Kruse, $10.


Get Lit Book Club

5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8

This happy hour book clubwill focus on “Yale Needs Women” by Anne Gardiner Perkins at Oregano’s. RSVP required. Free; charge for drinks/food.


Library Book Club

10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Feb. 10, and Tuesday, Feb. 22

This month’s focus at this Zoom get-together is “The Soul of an Octupus” by Sy Montgomery. RSVP required. 


Literary Salon

10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 17

Discussion focuses on cookbooks with facilitator Jay Keene. 


Health and wellness programs

Tai Chi, Qigong for Everyone

9 to 10 a.m. Tuesdays

Tai Chi and Qigong improve balance, flexibility, brain plasticity, inner peace and overall wellness. This class is offered every Tuesday and Thursday. Bina Bou is a senior trainer at IIQTC. To learn more about her classes, visit Questions: Bina Bou, Cost is $10 paid to instructor.

Gentle Yoga

11 a.m. to noon Wednesdays

Strengthen the heart, bones, balance and sharpen the mind. Marina Kachur started practicing yoga in 1995. Marina also offers chair yoga at 11 a.m. Mondays. Bring a yoga mat and blanket. Questions: Marina Kachur at 480-510-6572, Cost is $10 paid to instructor.


Meditation with Reiki Healing

1 to 2 p.m. Wednesdays Feb. 2 and Feb. 16

Experience meditation with guidance and discuss the experience. Questions: the Rev. Dr. Karen Cimaglia at Cost is $10 paid to instructor.


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 with stretching movements and vinyasa or flow yoga and several standing sequences. They finish with 5 minutes of Savasana. Questions: Elizabeth Boisson at or 480-363-5275. Cost is $10 paid to instructor. 


Caring for the Caregiver

10 to 11:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 7

Hospice of the West facilitates this support group. 


Gentle Chair Yoga

11 a.m. to noon Mondays

Guests will strengthen their heart, bones, balance and sharpening the mind. Chairs are provided. Questions: Marina Kachur, 480-510-6572 or Cost is $10 cash, paid to instructor.


Reiki Healing

1 to 2 p.m. Wednesdays Feb. 9 and Feb. 23

Learn and explore through a variety of energy healing methods, including reiki. Healing is the focus of reiki. Questions: the Rev. Dr. Karen Cimaglia at Cost is $10 cash, paid to instructor. 


The Healing Pathway

9:30 to 11 a.m. Mondays Feb. 14 and Feb. 28

The open-ended group provides guests with practical tools and supportive conversation as they process grief. 


Longevity, Healthy Aging, and Regeneration

11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 18

Learn the habits of those in extreme old age.


Nutrition Over 50

Noon Friday, Feb. 18

Learn and discuss nutrition and how it changes with age. Discuss healthy food options and a menu for a week. Learn the philosophy behind fasting and intermittent fasting, create a plan to change your eating patterns. Questions: the Rev. Dr. Karen Cimaglia at, 602-721-7714. Cost is $10. 


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