County Supervisor Bill Gates: New River Area Plan Meeting April 18
PHOENIX – Join Supervisor Bill Gates and Maricopa County Staff for an information session as we discuss the process for updating the New River/Daisy Mountain Area Plan on Wednesday, April 18 from 6:30 - 8 p.m. at Stepping Stones Academy in the Multi-Purpose Room located at 35812 N. 7th Street.
In this meeting we will provide an overview of current regulatory statutes, an overview of the 1999 Area Plan, and discuss guidelines and a timeline as we move forward.  This meeting will not specifically address any one issue as we will have multiple future meetings to address individual issues as they arise throughout the process.
The normal Tuesday meeting on April 17 at noon has been cancelled and the Wednesday meeting held in its place.
If you have questions, a concern, or need assistance on any issue please contact my office at or call 602-506-7562.

New River Road Safety Study Public Open House
NEW RIVER – The Maricopa County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) is conduction a public open house to gather community input regarding potential safety improvement alternatives to New River Road between Desert Hills Drive and Interstate 17.  The MCDOT study addresses turning movements, sight visibility and general safety along this roadway.
Stop by anytime between 5-7 p.m. on April 18 at New River Elementary School Multi-Purpose Room at 48827 N. Black Canyon Highway, to share your comments with MCDOT team members.
For more information contact Ron Coleman at 602-506-4038 or

Cave Creek Filiberto’s offers Monday Mini Taco Madness
Cave Creek – Every Monday during the month of April 2018, Filiberto’s will offer Mini Taco Madness, five mini tacos filled to the brim and a medium soda for only $8, all day, all night long. In addition, the new restaurant will offer a bean and cheese burrito for only $3.50 during April!

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 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, from 6 a.m.-Midnight. 480-488-3624.

Six Gun Entertainment to entertain at Frontier Town in Cave Creek
CAVE CREEK – The Wild West will come alive with a vengeance on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Frontier
Town in Cave Creek as award-winning Six Gun Entertainment performs a western shootout show known as Frontier Justice at 12 p.m. Admission is free to the public.

Six Gun Entertainment, LLC offers headlining, authentic Wild West theatrical stunt and acting performances for special events, stage, film and television; high quality production services; and acting and stunt coordination and direction for explosive action that mirrors the true Wild West.
Frontier Town, “Where the pavement ends and the West begins,” is located at 6245 E. Cave Creek Road in Cave Creek, Ariz.; for more information visit

NVSO: Announces audition dates for Youth Orchestra and Youth Strings Auditions
PHOENIX - North Valley Symphony Orchestra (NVSO) is pleased to announce the first audition dates for the youth ensembles’ upcoming 2018-19 season. 
Auditions are being scheduled for a variety of time slots on May 20, and June 9-10. Audition instructions and excerpts can be found at the “Join Us” tab at the website, If interested in auditioning, contact Josh Lynch at, or fill out the “Contact Us” page at the website. Schedule your audition as soon as possible – appointments will fill up quickly.
NVSO provides a wonderful opportunity for all levels of youth string players, to include a non-audition beginner’s group (North Valley Symphonettes), and opportunities for intermediate and advanced string players to audition and play in North Valley Youth Strings or North Valley Youth Orchestra. If you can meet weekly to rehearse and are willing to commit to the necessary practice, NVSO wants you in one of their three youth orchestras.
North Valley Youth Orchestra and North Valley Youth Strings rehearse at the North Canyon H.S. band room and choir room Mondays, 5:00-6:30 p.m., beginning August 20.
NVSO also offers a training orchestra, North Valley Symphonettes, that does not require an audition. NVS provides a fantastic way for young string players to experience playing in an orchestral environment, performing outside of school or private lessons. NVS is open to players with at least one year of experience or more, and rehearse Mondays at North Canyon H.S., 5:00-6:30 p.m., beginning August 20. If interested in joining North Valley Symphonettes, contact Music Director Kevin Kozacek at
All three NVSO youth ensembles will perform a free concert Saturday, May 5th, 3:30 p.m., at Cactus Shadows High School.

Daisy Mountain Luau
ANTHEM – Part luau, part carnival, the Daisy Mountain Luau is an island-inspired community party hosted by the Anthem Area Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Mama’s Hawaiian BBQ. The event is ON April 21 from 5-9 p.m. at the Community Park Softball Field #4, 41703 N. Gavilan Peak Parkway. It is open to the public and the budget-friendly admission will allow even the largest of families to get into the Aloha spirit!

Admission includes island lei greeting, dinner catered by Mama’s Hawaiian BBQ, street-carnival themed games, crafts and performers from 5-7 p.m., a 60- minute, live, authentic Polynesian performance by Paradise Island Dancers from 7-8 p.m., and a live DJ to close out the party. Soft drinks, adult beverages, snacks, candies, souvenir t-shirts and novelties will also be available for purchase.

Tickets may be purchased at the Anthem Area Chamber of Commerce, Mama’s Hawaiian BBQ, other local ticket outlets or online at

Attend Peoria’s Old Town Branding Meeting April 25
PEORIA – Earlier in the year, the city held an initial community meeting to discuss iconic imagery and ideas for an Old Town Peoria branding concept. Those ideas were turned into a series of proposed branding and logo designs. On Wednesday, April 25 at Axiom Church (10580 N. 83rd Ave.) from 6 to 8 p.m. the city will be soliciting citizen feedback on the proposed design options. Come to the meeting and voice your opinion on which logo and design you feel best reflects Old Town Peoria.

Visit the West Valley Art Museum Watercolor Exhibit 
PEORA – The Arizona Watercolor Association is hosting a reception and awards ceremony featuring 60 paintings on exhibit in a variety of water media styles. The reception will be held on Thursday, April 19 from 4 to 6 p.m. with light refreshments available.  The exhibit will be on display from April 16 to May 24 and is free to the public. The West Valley Art Museum is located in Peoria City Hall (8401 W. Monroe St.) and is open Monday through Wednesday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Thursday noon to 6 p.m. For more information, visit .

Participate in a Recycle Fashion Show during Planetpalooza Festival
PHOENIX – WHAM Art Association and the city of Peoria are hosting a student and adult fashion show during the 3rd Annual Planetpalooza Earth Day Festival Saturday, April 21, 2018, at Westwing Park, 27100 N. Westwing Pkwy. This year, the festival will feature a Recycle Fashion Show where youth and adults can create high fashion looks using recycled materials, walk the runway and compete for prizes. For more information and for entry forms, visit 

Trunk show at the Gallery at el Pedregal
SCOTTSDALE – The Sonoran Arts League will be hosting a trunk show at the Gallery at el Pedregal, 34505 N. Scottsdale Road on the second floor on April 21, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is free. For more information call 480-575-6658.
Friday, April 20, 2018

In search of scorpions at Cave Creek Regional Park
CAVE CREEK – Meet at the Nature Center on April 20 from 7-8:30 p.m. as the Ranger leads you into the desert darkness in search of Scorpions! Bring your camera, a flashlight, and water! Wear sturdy shoes. This is no time for flip-flops! Bring a black-light, if you have one. No pets, please!

The Cave Creek Regional Park is located at 37900 E. Cave Creek Parkway for more information call 623-465-0431.


Pop-Up Shop, Fashion Show Head to Outlets at Anthem

ANTHEM – Milan, Paris and New York are generally considered the fashion capitals of the world but what about Anthem, Ariz.? For April 20-22, MadaLuxe Vault is making Anthem a fashion center with its exclusive high-end designer accessories pop-up shop at Outlets at Anthem.

As North America’s largest distributor of luxury fashion, MadaLuxe Vault is known for its close partnerships with Europe’s most iconic design houses including Gucci, Saint Laurent, Versace, Fendi, Alexander McQueen and many more. The online boutique shopping destination unlocks luxury lifestyle at discount pricing.

In addition to the pop-up shop, on Sat., April 21, Outlets at Anthem will host a handbags and heels fashion event, “BRANDED.” The fashion event benefits Soroptimist International, a global volunteer movement working to transform the lives of women and girls around the world through education, empowerment and enabling opportunities.

The fashion event, hosted by Sonoran Living Host, Terri Ouellette, will take place from 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. and include chocolate and champagne tastings. The cost for the event is $5 per person and tickets are available online at

For additional information, please visit

Take a Break & Educate at the Enclave
ANTHEM – The Enclave at Anthem Senior Living is offering April education courses.  On Friday, April 20 join us for Better Balance with Healthsouth of Scottsdale, and on Friday, April 27 for Nutrition Educations with Sante Homehealth.  RSVP by calling 623-745-3677.
10th Anniversary Decades Bash & Car Show

10th Anniversary Decades Bash & Car Show
PHOENIX – Help us celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Shops at Norterra with an epic DECADES BASH on April 20th from 6-8 p.m. at the Shops at Norterra, 2460 W Happy Valley Road!  The cost is Free and includes a special decades themed car show on Main Street, a decade’s dance party and costume contest, a fun photo booth with props, live music, FREE food samples, plus giveaways, prizes and some BIG SURPRISES!

For more information call 623-582-9599 or visit


It’s an Italian spaghetti western!
CAVE CREEK – The Horny Toad, Cave Creek’s oldest and famous restaurant, will host It’s an Italian Spaghetti Western on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 from 11 a.m. -9 p.m. During the one-of-a-kind event, The Horny Toad will feature several mouth-watering Italian specials, including pasta marinara, fettuccini and spaghetti and meatballs, garlic bread, a side salad and more. In addition, westerns will be shown all day long.

The Horny Toad is located at 6738 E. Cave Creek Road. For more information, call 480.488.9542.

Put some YEEHAW with your AMEN! 

PHOENIX – Come down to the Bluegrass Gospel Sunday at North Valley Christian Church with Coldwater Canyon Bluegrass Band on April 21. Service starts at 9:30 a.m. in the Opera House at Pioneer Living History Museum, 3901 W. Pioneer Road, Phoenix.  Free to public.  For more information got to .

April Lunch and Learns at Merrill Gardens
ANTHEM – Merrill Gardens at Anthem is hosting free Lunch and Learn workshops on Thursdays from April 12-26 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  This month’s topics are: April 19, John Drew, Desert Foothills Landscape; April 26, Michael Otradovec, Ameriprise Financial Services.

You must RSVP three days prior to the event, by calling 602-457-6990 or visiting  Merrill Gardens is located at 2800 W. Rose Canyon Circle.