PROGRAMMING

The ACC offers a variety of programs at the Anthem Civic Building. Past programs have included a Summer Teen Series, financial planning, safe driver presentations, estate planning, social media for businesses, personal branding, Alzheimer's/Dementia informational sessions and more.

For more information on programming, contact Civic Building Meeting & Program Manager Taylor McCulley at tmcculley@anthemcouncil.com.

The ACC welcomes input on programming that is useful and invites residents to complete an online programming survey.


SENIOR CINEMA WEDNESDAY | May 17, 2-4 p.m. "Letters to Juliet": In Verona, Italy - the beautiful city where Romeo first met Juliet - there is a place where the heartbroken leave notes asking Juliet for her help. It's there that aspiring writer Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) finds a 50-year-old letter that will change her life forever. As she sets off on a romantic journey of the heart with the letter's author, Claire (Vanessa Redgrave), now a grandmother, and her handsome grandson (Christopher Egan), all three will discover that sometimes the greatest love story ever told is your own. (credit iTunes)

Cost is $5 and covers snacks/beverages. Ages 50+. Pay at the door; no registration required. Closed captioning provided. The program will occur the third Wednesday of each month in 2017 (except February and November). April and May cover charge is being waived, thanks to a sponsorship from The Enclave at Anthem.

Upcoming features:

June 21: "The Blind Side"


ANTHEM MIND QUEST | Think TED Talks, Anthem-style. This monthly program will feature high-caliber, university-style speakers on diverse topics including cyber crime, international relations, genetics, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, etc. Any topic someone is an “expert” in will be considered for the series.

May 4, 6:30 p.m.: Henderly Ramsey will present "Prickly Pear - Propagation, Transplanting and Harvesting." What parts are edible? How do you eat the cactus? These questions are answered, plus many more, and the presentation includes safety tips on handling the prickly pear. Henderly is the owner of Phoenix Rising Wellness, LLC, and is a hiking enthusiast. She loves the outdoors and makes her own natural body care products. She believes we can all make wellness a way of life, thinks it is a good idea to prepare for critical incidents and enjoys helping others achieve their goals. 

Register to attend. >> or Apply to be a speaker. >>


ANTHEM MIND QUEST MINI-SERIES | Thursdays in April, 6:30-8 p.m. This four-week series presented by Torben Riise is an extension of the speaker's Quantum Physics Mind Quest presentation last fall. Each week will delve deeper into a theory or position, and give attendees much to think about long after they leave the Civic Building!

April 6: Consciousness, Living In Non-Location. The one phenomenon in Quantum Physics that is the hardest to comprehend is that of non-locality; that objects exist not in one place but everywhere, that existence really is “a tendency to exists,” and that events happen not in “one moment” but exist in the past, present and future – simultaneously. Examples from daily lives will be discussed from this extraordinary viewpoint.

April 13: Chaos Theory. Daily occurrences like weather, fluctuations in animal population, placement of leaves on trees and highway traffic all seem chaotic; but in the light of chaos theory, they reveal an underlying order. The theory of chaos twists and bends many concepts: How long is the coast line of England? Is the Earth’s annual orbit around the Sun predictable? The answers are not obvious, and when illustrated, reveal a stunning beauty.

April 20.: Anthropomorphism. Based on Stewart Guthrie’s bold and provocative studies into the characteristics of how man creates images of human form out of objects that are non-human; see how and when this serves us well and not so well, and how anthropomorphism defines religion – the most widely shared phenomenon in human culture.

April 27: Hyperspace – A World in 10 Dimensions. Did the universe start as a tear in the space-time fabric? As a quantum particle that sprang into existence? We will take a look at why physicists find it necessary to describe the universe in more than four dimensions and look at what it means for understanding black holes, worm holes, parallel universes and time travel. How can we even “see” a universe with more than three dimensions? Be prepared to stretch your imagination.

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JEWELRY MAKING | 2017: Taught by Denise Paradis, classes are 2-3 hours in length; prices vary by class. All tools & materials are provided. Ages 16+ only, please. Classes are limited to six participants.

April 22, 9 a.m.: Cha Cha Ring (see example); $45

May 6, 2 p.m. or June 3, 9 a.m. or July 29, 9 a.m. (choose the one that works for you!): Intro to Wire Working (see example): $40

May 11, 6 p.m.: Encrusted Bracelet (see example): $45

June 17, 9 a.m.: Funky Wire Bead Cuff (see example): $45/copper or $55/silver

July 8, 9 a.m.: Kumihimo (see example): $60

Aug. 12, 9 a.m.: Flower Power (see example): $48

Aug. 26, 9 a.m.: Big Swirl Bracelet (see example): $40

Register at the Civic Building.


TWO DESERTS, ONE SKY: ARAB OBSERVATIONAL ASTRONOMY AND STAR LORE | May 11, 7-9 p.m.: The desert sky we see here in Arizona is the same desert sky Arabs have observed for millennia. Two Deserts, One Sky (onesky.arizona.edu) is a new initiative intended to bring the richness and depth of observational astronomy in ancient Arab cultures to modern awareness. Danielle Adams will use ancient poetry and star calendars to show us how various Arab societies constructed the night sky before they adopted Greek astronomy. There will be an outside viewing session (weather permitting) where she'll identify some of the ancient constellations.

Danielle is a PhD Candidate at the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies and the School of Anthropology at UofA. She's also a 2015-2017 NASA Space Grant Fellow. This event is hosted by the Desert Foothills Astronomy Club, your North Valley astronomy resource.

No cost to attend. Open to the public. Arrive early for good seats.


IMPROVING THE MIND | May 3-17 (Wednesdays), 6-7 p.m.: Gain an insightful understanding of how to develop and maintain a light, positive mind – by learning to recognize and abandon states of mind that harm us, and to replace them with peaceful and beneficial ones. Presented by the Kadampa Meditation Center Phoenix.

May 3: Humility vs. Pride
May 10: Rejoicing vs. Jealousy
May 17: Wisdom vs. Ignorance

$36 per person for the 3-week series. Register in person at the Anthem Civic Building.

RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE | May 9: 12:30-6:30 p.m. Blood donation is an integral part of the health and well-being of every community. The need is constant, and there is no substitute for volunteer blood donations. Visit the Civic Building to donate blood and make a difference in the lives of others.

Select a donation time. >> (enter 85086 and select Anthem Civic Building)


PARENT SUMMER SERIES | June 8 (internet safety) and July 6 (substance abuse): 6:30-7:30 p.m. Part of the Teen Summer Series, these two parent/guardian/adult-only sessions are open to any adult who interacts with teens, not just parents - and not just those whose teens are registered for the summer program. These courses are designed to help parents understand the daily challenges faced by their kids. Moreover, they will be informed about the signs of potential problems before they occur. Presenters must have completed training at notMYkid, where they consistently work with local law enforcement agencies (police and FBI) to update and improve the presentations based on current trends. Sessions with parent and faculty groups last one hour with ample time for questions. Attendees at every parent substance abuse program leave with a complimentary home drug testing kit provided by First Check and a personalized family prevention plan.

June 8, 6:30-7:30 p.m.: Internet Safety | Register to attend. >>

July 6, 6:30-7:30 p.m.: Substance Abuse | Register to attend. >>

More about the Teen Summer Series >>