Sept 20, 2017

Youth theater holding pancake breakfast
SCOTTSDALE – Support the Desert Foothills Youth Theater and enjoy a great breakfast at DFYT’s pancake breakfast on Sept. 24. The breakfast runs 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

The breakfast includes pancakes, juice, and live entertainment. Tickets are $10. The event will be held at the Holland Community Center.

For more information, call the Desert Foothills Theater at (480) 488-1981.


NVCC holding Bluegrass Sunday Service
PHOENIX – North Valley Christian Church is having a Bluegrass Sunday Service on Sunday, Sept. 24, starting at 9:30 a.m.

The service will feature Karmann’s award-winning bluegrass band. Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the message and the music. The church does not pass a collection plate. See more service information in the NVCC ad on pg. 3 of The Foothills Focus.

NVCC is located in the Opera House at the Pioneer Living History Museum.


New art exhibition features Burton Barr Library works
PHOENIX – The art exhibition ‘Gems from the Burton Barr Library Art Collection,’ which highlights seventeen artworks from the Burton Barr Central Library, is now on view at The Gallery @ City Hall, 200 W. Washington Street.

The art collection at the Burton Barr Central Library is stunning. Shown in one space for the first time, these works are typically hung on walls throughout the library’s five floors. Together, these artistic gems accentuate the history, beauty, and grandeur of Phoenix’s rich cultural landscape.

Artists included in the exhibition are Shonto Begay, George Elbert Burr, Marc Chagall, Ronald Cruickshank, John Farnsworth, Dale Kennington, Merrill Mahaffey, Ed Mell, Joan Miró, Gayle Novak, Howard Post, Genevieve Reckling, Pat Scheurich, and Fritz Scholder.

Located on the ground floor of City Hall, The Gallery @ City Hall is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The artwork will be on display until May 25, 2018.

The Gallery @ City Hall is supported and operated by the Friends of Phoenix Public Art. The Friends of Phoenix Public Art is currently looking for new Gallery volunteers. Selected volunteers will participate in a ninety-minute training program to learn about the gallery exhibits and works in the Phoenix Municipal Art Collection. For more information, email

For more information on Friends of Phoenix Public Art, visit



Grand Canalscape project construction underway
PHOENIX – Canal redevelopment project is part of a larger regional trail and crossing initiative to enhance recreation and transportation. City crews and contractors have initiated construction on the first phase of the Grand Canalscape project – a project which will ultimately result in a nearly 12-mile continuous trail system along the Grand Canal from Interstate 17 to the Phoenix/Tempe border.

Over the next year, paved pathways, landscaping, lighting, and artistic elements will be constructed along the Grand Canal. Phase one includes the uptown Phoenix area between 15th Avenue and 16th Street and the Gateway area near Sky Harbor Airport between 36th and 40th streets. This phase of the project is funded by the city of Phoenix and the Salt River Project’s municipal aesthetics program. Phase two of the project begins next year.

Canal improvements to the uptown Phoenix area include a multi-use path along the north bank, lighting, landscaping, public art features, and neighborhood links to local streets. To improve trail crossing safety at busy streets, new traffic signals and crosswalks will be installed at Seventh Street and Seventh and Central avenues and pedestrian controlled traffic lights will be installed at 12th Street and 15th Avenue. The Gateway area canal improvements, near Sky Harbor Airport, include a neighborhood path primarily along the south bank with neighborhood links to the local streets and public art and landscaping elements along the pathway.

While construction is underway, various sections of the canal trail will remain temporarily closed. Signage will be placed onsite to inform the public about these closures. The public is advised to obey all work zone signage. 

As work progresses, periodic updates will be posted at


Merrill Gardens holding benefit for hurricane victims
ANTHEM – Merrill Gardens at Anthem is hosting a fundraiser on Friday, Sept. 22 to raise money for those in need after the recent hurricanes.

Residents of Merrill Gardens developed this fundraiser idea as a way to offer aid to those in need. The lunch fundraiser runs 12-4 p.m. on Sept. 22, and everyone is invited. The suggested donation is $10. All funds raised will be donated to the Salvation Army for hurricane relief.

The lunch menu includes a Texas pulled pork sandwich, kettle chips, and a homemade chocolate chip brownie, with the options of takeout or dine-in.

For more details, call (602) 457-6990.


Fall butterfly exhibit begins Sept. 30
PHOENIX – The fall butterfly exhibit opens Sept. 30 at Desert Botanical Garden.

The monarch butterflies are returning and bringing along fall friends. The exhibit invites visitors to take a closer look at these unique insects. Visitors are also invited to become a plant protector to support and help protect beneficial insects and pollinators.

For more information, call (480) 941-1225 or visit


Triathlon/Duathlon at Bartlett Lake, Oct. 1
NORTH VALLEY – The 14th Annual Bartlett Lake Olympic & Spring Triathlon/Duathlon will be held on Oct. 1 at Rattlesnake Cove.

This challenging race has several options from which registrants can choose. Fees and race distances vary.

See more information at


Stargazing event at Lake Pleasant, Sept. 23
PEORIA – Join local astronomy experts Tony and Carole La Conte, from Stargazing for Everyone, on Saturday, Sept. 23, 6:30-9:30 p.m., at the Desert Outdoor Center at Lake Pleasant for a unique stargazing experience.

Participants will learn about the planets, star clusters and nebulas as they peer through large telescopes and binoculars, while enjoying stories about the night sky. The two-hour stargazing event is a great way to learn about the autumnal equinox night sky, nebula, and distant galaxies. This year, participants will also have an opportunity to enjoy a guided hike through a scale model of the solar system.

After the presentation, guests are invited to meander over to the telescopes where they can view the moon and stars close-up. In addition to the stargazing program, this family-friendly event will feature crafts for kids and viewing time with the Center’s desert animal exhibits. The Friends of the Desert Outdoor Center will be grilling up and selling hamburgers and hot dogs, as well as chilled beverages.

Attendees are encouraged to bring digital cameras and cellphones to take photos of the moon through the telescopes. Additional items guests may want to bring include binoculars, lawn chairs, and blankets. The park entrance opens at 6:30 p.m., and the presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. There is a $6 per vehicle park entry fee for the event, and reservations are not required. Participants need to bring cash for entrance fees and refreshments.

The Desert Outdoor Center at Lake Pleasant is located at 41402 N. 87th Ave., in Peoria. For more information on this event and additional stargazing opportunities, visit