Community Events


Free Lunch and Learns and Merrill Gardens

ANTHEM – On Thursday October 25, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Merrill Gardens at Anthem will be holding a free event with a guest speaker and lunch provided. The guest speaker will be Ray Lewis, presenting Do you Qualify for VA Benefits. Attendees must register at least three days prior to the event to attend. Register by calling 602-457-6990.


Merrill Gardens at Anthem is located at 2800 W. Rose Canyon Circle, for more information visit


Youth for Troops Community Picnic is being invaded by Star Wars

ANTHEM – The Youth for Troops Community Picnic is on November 3 in Anthem, with special guests from a local costume club dressed as Star Wars characters, and there will be a photo booth too. The event is to help promote ticket sales for the Disney Park Hopper giveaways. We will draw for three Disney packs at the event and the two remaining packs will be drawn at the December Care Packing Event. Tickets are still available but only 500 were printed. All proceeds will support the monthly Care Packages for Deployed Troops event. The event takes place after the Daisy Mountain Veterans Parade.


If you have questions or need more information call 623-986-0128, email or visit the website


Anthem Monster Ball has it all

ANTHEM – Anthem is holding its annual Monster Ball, there will be pizza, snacks and drinks. The fun happens on October 26, from 6-8 p.m. The Cost is $7 per person, but prices will increase the night of the event (if space allows). Don’t miss out on this night of spooky fun! Register now to secure you and your family’s spot – and bring a friend.


For more information or to register for the Monster Ball visit


Starlight Theatre announces ‘A Murder’

ANTHEM – An announcement in the local paper states the time and place when a murder is to occur in Miss Blacklock’s Victorian house. The victim is not one of the house’s several occupants, but an unexpected and unknown visitor. What follows is a classic Christie puzzle of mixed motives, concealed identities, a second death, a determined Inspector grimly following the twists and turns, and Miss Marple on hand to provide the final solution at some risk to herself in a dramatic confrontation just before the final curtain. By Agatha Christie and Leslie Darbon, presented through special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. and directed by Van Rockwell. Performances will be October 12-28 and tickets can be purchased online.


For more information or to purchase tickets visit, or call 623-252-6815.



Dia De Muertos Celebration

WICKENBURG – Join us in the Cultural Crossroads Learning Center for a celebration of Día de los Muertos. Decorate a sugar skull cookie, get your face painted, or try your hand at creating papel picado or scratch art. On October 26, from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Desert Caballeros Western Museum, 21 N. Frontier Street in Wickenburg.


For more information call 928-684-2272 or visit


Shred-a-Thon to benefit Foothills Food Bank

CAVE CREEK – On Saturday, October 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the public is invited to participate in the seventh annual Shred-A-Thon. The shredding event will be held at the Mariachi Plaza, which is located at 7171 East Cave Creek Road. Donations of cash, food and gift cards will benefit Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center. The event is being sponsored by Carefree, Ariz.-based Gustafson & Associates, an accounting and tax business.


The Foothills Food Bank and Resource Center provides emergency food, financial assistance and other life necessities and resources to individuals and families in the desert foothills, which encompasses a 180-square mile area that includes Black Canyon City, Cave Creek, Carefree, Anthem, Desert Hills, New River, north Scottsdale and north Phoenix.


Visit Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center, at or send an email to Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center is located at 6038 E. Hidden Valley Drive in Cave Creek, Ariz., or call 480.488.1145.


Wicked Toad planned

CAVE CREEK – Halloween is here again which means it’s time for “Wicked Toad” at The Horny Toad, Cave Creek’s oldest established restaurant. Join all of the other toads on Saturday, October 27, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. for two pieces of fried chicken and a quarter pound of baby back ribs with coleslaw for a sinister $14.99. Have a dog? Plan to bring your pup in costume for our dog costume contest on the dog-friendly patio from 2-3 p.m. First prize receives a $50 Toad gift certificate and second prize wins a $25 gift certificate.


The Horny Toad offers world-famous signature dishes including made-from-scratch fried chicken, scrumptious barbecue chicken with a homemade secret barbecue sauce, pork ribs and mesquite-grilled burgers, top sirloin and rib eye steaks, prime rib and award-winning strawberry shortcake.


The Horny Toad is open Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The Toad is located at 6738 E. Cave Creek Road. Call 480.488.9542 for reservations or more information.


Montex’s Filiberto’s Lone Mountain offers new Coctel de Camarones

CAVE CREEK – Montex’s Filiberto’s, located at Lone Mountain and Cave Creek Roads, introduces a fresh and filling new entrée known as el Coctel de Camarones. The restaurant is offering the large, mouth-watering meal which is made with fresh shrimp in a Filiberto’s secret base sauce, cilantro, onions, celery, avocado, ketchup and tomatoes with a lime/cilantro garnish for only $12.


Filiberto’s Cave Creek, owned by parent restaurant holding company Montex, is located at 31414 N. Cave Creek Road. The hours of operation are Monday-Thursday and Sunday from 6 AM to 11 PM and Friday and Saturday, from 6 AM-12 PM. 480.488.3624.


Model train swap meet

PHOENIX – Arizona Model Railroaders Society (AMRS) and Saguaro Central is holding its fall swap meet focused on model train related items and has expanded the swap meet by 25 percent this year. It takes place on Saturday, October 27, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is held at the AMRS train park on 43rd Avenue and Pinnacle Peak Road in North Phoenix (across from the water park). There is a $5 admission donation, with all proceeds for park improvements for this non-profit organization. Parking is free.

Train related items will be for sale, a raffle with great prizes, watch model trains run, explore the park and enjoy concessions. Because it’s more than a swap meet, families will enjoy the event too.

More details and contact info available at

HOWL-o-ween at Southwest Wildlife

SCOTTSDALE – On Saturday, October 27, from 5-7 p.m. join us for the wildest Trick-or-Treat ever! This year marks the fourth annual trick-or-treat at Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center (SWCC). Little ghosts and goblins can trick-or-treat at our wildlife sanctuary by visiting each wildlife habitat where they will receive a treat from the animals. This is a self-guided adventure with family-friendly surprises around every corner. Hot chocolate, hot apple cider and snacks provided. The event take place at SWCC, 27026 N. 156th Street in Scottsdale. The cost is $30/adult, $20/child (ages 3-12).

Registration is required, to register go to:

Walk with Wildlife Tours at SWCC

SCOTTSDALE – Whether you’re an Arizona resident or visiting from out of town, our Walk with Wildlife tour of our nature center is a unique opportunity to learn about our magnificent native wildlife. Guided tours allow you to get an up-close view of some of our permanent sanctuary animals as we share their compelling stories. Tours take place at Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center (SWCC), 27026 N. 156th Street in North Scottsdale. The cost is $25/adult, $15/child (ages 3-12).

Registration is required, to register go to:

Free Phantom of the Organ concert

SCOTTSDALE – The whole family is invited to the Pinnacle Sanctuary (following Trunk-or-Treat) to experience “Phantom of the Organ.” Kristen Hertzenberg, who portrayed Christine in the Las Vegas production of “Phantom of the Opera,” will be joined by Pinnacle soloists to present a truly unique experience. Enter the closed opera house and experience it come alive with organ music, audience participation, and sightings of the Phantom! This is an event you will not want to miss! Come if you dare!


It is a free concert, but a donation is requested, and will take place on October 27 at 6:30 p.m. at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, 25150 North Pima Road, Scottsdale (NW corner of Pima & Happy Valley roads). Donation will help further the fine arts program of Pinnacle Presbyterian Church.


Tickets and Information: or at the door. For more information call 480-303-2474.


You’re Hired!

SCOTTSDALE – This is a motivating and interactive career workshop uncovering personality traits, related careers, designing targeted resumes, attention getting cover letters and confident interviewing skills all leading up to the much-anticipated words “You’re Hired”. Individuals will receive a 12-page booklet covering topics. The teacher has 25+ years of experience hiring, staffing and training. Good for those starting out and retirees who want to go back to work! This event takes place on Saturday, November 3, from 9:30-11 a.m., at the Holland Community Center and the cost is $55.


For more information or to register for this course visit or call 480-1090.


Team Peoria Special Olympics Presents 20th Annual Golf Tournament

PEORIA – Help support Team Peoria by taking part in the 20th annual Special Olympics golf tournament held Sunday, Nov. 4 at Palmbrook Country Club. Special Olympics is an internationally recognized sports program open to intellectually disabled individuals eight years and older. The city of Peoria’s Adaptive Recreation Program provides one of the largest Special Olympics training programs in Arizona, training more than 225 athletes with intellectual disabilities. To register or sponsor, call 623-773-7436.


Creating a Side Hustle: Peoria Panel Discussion by ASU Entrepreneurship + Innovation

PEORIA – Today’s greatest businesses started as a “side hustle.” Come connect with fellow Peoria leaders who have turned their side hustle into a thriving business, and be part of the Peoria Forward Fresh Innovators Series. Peoria Froward is a high-impact partnership between ASU Entrepreneur + Innovation (E+I) and the city of Peoria, to grow and scale the entrepreneurial ecosystem within the city and accelerate the economic development with the launch and support of high-growth, innovative companies. The event will be held Tuesday, October 23, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Sunrise Mountain Library (21109 N. 98th Ave.).


To register, go to




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