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 ManagerTaylor 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 | March 15, 2-4 p.m. "Guardians of the Galaxy": After stealing a mysterious orb in the far reaches of outer space, Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) from Earth, is now the main target of a manhunt led by the villain known as Ronan the Accuser. To help fight Ronan and his team and save the galaxy from his power, Quill creates a team of space heroes known as the "Guardians of the Galaxy" to save the world. (credit IMDb).

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).

Upcoming features:

April 19: "Captain America: The Winter Soldier"
May 17: "Letters to Juliet"
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.

March 2, 6:30 p.m.: Cat Thor returns with "Know Thine Enemy: A Class Primer on Criminal Deviancy." In this session, get an incisive look into the disturbing world of the criminal mind and how you can prepare for the worst. Learn the dark side of human nature, the reality of violence, the crime triangle, the criminal mindset, situational awareness, the criminal assault paradigm, predictive profiling fundamentals and more. 

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 makesher 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 >>


LIGO DETECTION: A FILM PREMIERE | Feb. 21, 7-9 p.m. On Sept. 14, 2015, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) detected a signal that was later confirmed to be from a pair of merging black holes over one-billion light years from Earth. It confirmed Einstein's 1905 prediction of gravitational waves, one of many stemming from his theory of general relativity. This event marked the first direct detection of black holes and the culmination of nearly 40 years of work by a global team of physicists. This NSF-funded film premiere is presented by the Desert Foothills Astronomy Club. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Free.


BUSINESS ROUNDTABLE | March 1, 7:30-10 a.m. The ACC's Economic Development Committee hosts this semi-annual gathering for community property owners and/or operators. Marissa O'Connor, Social Media Manager for the Arizona Coyotes, will present "Make Great Social Media Your 'Goal'" as a keynote address, followed by small group discussions on getting started with social media (Eric Twohey, moderator), reputation management via social media (Nicole Simons, moderator) and growing your business with social media (Chris Prickett, moderator). Breakfast is included, at 7:30 a.m., followed by the presentations and discussions starting at 8 a.m. Participants will be registered to receive a free pole banner sponsorship for Anthem Days.

Register to attend >>


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 | Jan/Feb 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 15, 9 a.m. or May 6, 2 p.m. (choose the one that works for you!): Intro to Wire Working (see example); $35.

Feb. 21, 10 a.m. or May 11, 6 p.m.(choose the one that works for you!): Encrusted Bracelet (see example); $45.

March 18, 9 a.m.: Byzantine Chainmaille Bracelet (see example); $50

March 23, 6 p.m.: Big Swirl Bracelet (see example); $40.

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

Register at the Civic Building.


AARP TAX SERVICES | Feb. 1-April 12: AARP will offer tax preparation services every Wednesday in February and March, through April 12, from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Anthem Civic Building. No appointments are taken; services are first-come, first-served. This service is free and open to the public.


MEDITATION - STEP BY STEP | March 8-22 (Wednesdays), 6-7 p.m.: Learn the basics of meditation practice for developing wisdom, compassion and peace of mind. A practical guide to meditation teaches participants how to make themselves and others happy by developing inner peace; and in this way, making lives more meaningful. Presented by the Kadampa Meditation Center Phoenix.

March 8: Tools to Transform the Mind

March 15: Improving Concentration & Mindfulness

March 22: Meditation & Mantra

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


RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE | March 7: 10 a.m.-4 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. The next blood drive will be May 9,12:30-6:30 p.m.

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