March 22, 2017

Rummage sale to be held at New River Elementary
NEW RIVER – It’s time for spring cleaning! A community rummage sale will be held at New River Elementary on Saturday, April 8, 7 a.m.-12 p.m. Proceeds from the sale will support STEM Club at the school.

Baked goods and beverages will be available for purchase, and vendor setup will start at 6 a.m. that day. You can rent a space at the rummage sale by visiting the school, located at 48827 N Black Canyon Hwy., to pick up a form to rent a space at the rummage sale.


‘Spring Thing’ at Coolwater Christian Church
SCOTTSDALE – The Coolwater Christian Church is holding a ‘Spring Thing’ on Saturday, March 25, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is free, and the community is welcome.

The Spring Thing will include free admission to a vintage camper show, an Art and Handcrafter marketplace, food trucks, Market on the Move until 11, which includes up to 60 lbs. of fresh veggies and fruit for $10, grand opening of Holy Junk thrift store, wholesale flowers and plants, and live music on the patio. Proceeds from this event go to the Homeless ID project.

For more information, see Coolwater Christian Church is located at 28181 N 56th St., in Scottsdale.


D-backs Race Against Cancer to be held April 9
PHOENIX – The Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation will hold the 2017 D-backs Race Against Cancer, presented by the University of Arizona Cancer Center, at Dignity Health St. Joseph's Hospital on Sunday, April 9 in downtown Phoenix, beginning and ending at Chase Field.

The 5th annual event will benefit Arizona non-profit organizations that provide screening, treatment, and support for those dealing with all types of cancer. Join fellow D-backs fans to walk and run together to raise money for this important cause.

The 5K starts at 7:15 a.m., and the 1-mile Banana Boat Family Fun Walk starts at 8:30 a.m. Registration for the 5K is $40 for all ages until March 31, then $50 afterward. Registration for the 1-mile Fun Walk is $20 until March 31, then $30 afterward.

All participants must register by 5 pm. on April 8. There will be no race day registration available. Team registration is welcome.

For more details and to register, see  


Get draw results sooner with AZGFD portal account
NORTH VALLEY – As the Arizona Game and Fish Department completes the random draw process for the 2017 pronghorn and elk seasons, hopeful hunters are being encouraged to open a free AZGFD customer portal account. 

Create a portal account by clicking the “Sign in to Account” button in the upper right-hand corner of the home page and then select the “Create an Account” option, filling in the requested information.

The portal allows customers to create a secure account where they can manage and view their contact information, as well as their license and draw results history and bonus points, in their personal “My AZ Outdoors” section. A portal account is a mobile-friendly, convenient way to access the online license purchase and hunt draw application systems.

Another benefit of having a portal account is the opportunity to sign up for the “I Support Wildlife” program, which helps fund wildlife conservation in Arizona. An annual membership for $25 includes access to the new “premium” version of the Recreational Access Arizona mapping application, the latest fish stocking reports, an “I Support Wildlife” window decal and a one-year subscription to the award-winning Arizona Wildlife Views magazine.

The random draw process remains on schedule. The department will post an announcement on its website and Facebook page when results officially are released. All permit-tags and refunds are expected to be mailed by April 21.


Healing of Memories Workshop, April 7-9
CAREFREE – The first Healing of Memories Workshop for Women Veterans will be held at the Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center in Carefree, April 7-9.

The workshop is devoted to women vets only and will provided them with a safe experiential and interactive way to address anger, loss, grief, and guilt. The workshop is free of charge to any woman service member or veteran, including all meals and two nights lodging. It begins with dinner at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 7 and ends at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 9. People who have attended this workshop say that it was a major step in their healing from their psychological and spiritual wounds. Transportation will be provided to those who need it.

The Healing of Memories Workshop was created by Father Michael Lapsley, an Anglican missionary priest, who in 1990 suffered the loss of his hands and the sight in one eye from a letter bomb that was sent to him in Zimbabwe by a supporter of the pro-apartheid government in South Africa. After a long recovery from the bombing, Father Lapsley decided to dedicate his life to helping victims of emotional, psychological and spiritual wounds inflicted by war, human rights abuses and other traumatic circumstances.

Any woman service member or veteran who is interested in the workshop may find out more information or register free for the workshop by contacting the workshop program manager, Mike Wold, a Navy veteran, at (651) 687-9767 or Space is limited to the first 20 registrants.


Casting call for MTA’s Seussical JR., April 1
ANTHEM – Musical Theatre of Anthem will hold auditions for Seussical JR, a no-cut production for ages 12-18, on April 1, at 10:30 a.m., with callbacks on April 2. Rehearsals begin April 6, with performances May 11-14.

Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat, and all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters spring to life onstage in Seussical JR., a fantastical musical extravaganza from Tony winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty.

Auditions will be held at MTA’s performance space at 42323 N. Vision Way, in Anthem. Those auditioning should have registration materials completed prior to coming to the audition; obtain registration materials online at The tuition and costume fee for this production is $275, with a 10 percent sibling discount.  Scholarships are available for participants who might otherwise not be able to participate. 

Visit for more information.


Golf tournament fundraiser at Tatum Ranch Golf Club
CAVE CREEK – The Tatum Ranch Golf Club will hold a golf tournament, as one of Cave Creek Rodeo Days’ weeklong events, on Monday, March 27.

The scramble format fundraiser begins with sign-in at 10:30 a.m. and tees off at 12:30 p.m., with awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, and Hole-in-One, Longest Drive, and Closest to the Pin prizes.

Following the tournament, a prime rib dinner, silent auction and golf award presentation will be hosted by Harold’s Corral. Tickets are $560 a foursome, or $140 per person, and includes green fees, cart, and range balls. Additional dinner tickets can be purchased for $25. Sponsorships are available.

Cave Creek Rodeo Days is slated to take place Saturday, March 25 through Sunday, April 2, celebrating the town’s Western heritage, and the 40-year anniversary of continuous Pro Rodeo Cowboy Association events in Cave Creek. The all-volunteer community celebration and weeklong event brings together local friends and neighbors to raise money for charity, and to assist the town with the continued maintenance and enhancement of the Cave Creek Memorial Arena through the professional sport of rodeo.

Highlights include the PRCA rodeo events, a parade, mutton busting, a golf tournament, two rodeo dances and much more. For information, a full calendar of events, or tickets, visit

The Tatum Ranch Golf Club is located at 29888 N. Tatum Ranch Dr.


Desert Hills Presbyterian Church celebrates 50th anniversary
SCOTTSDALE – Desert Hills Presbyterian Church is celebrating 50 years in the community on Sunday, April 2, at 3 p.m. The church will honor the occasion with prayer, fellowship, music, and worship.

On April 2, 1967, at 3 p.m., a service and organization of the Desert Hills Presbyterian Church was held at the Carefree Inn. Construction of the church sanctuary began in 1971, and the first sanctuary was dedicated the following year. In 1981, Christian Education Annex was added. The current sanctuary was dedicated on Easter Sunday, 1989 with the first sanctuary becoming the Fellowship Hall. A major addition was completed in March of 1996, which provided additional classrooms and administrative space. In 2004, plans were in process to replace the former Fellowship Center with a new, multi-purpose building which would include classrooms, offices, kitchen, stage, and seating space. The current Fellowship Center was dedicated in April 2008. 

See more about the Desert Hills Presbyterian Church at The church is located at 34605 N. Scottsdale Rd., in north Scottsdale.


Arizona Winds to present Broadway Showstoppers concert
GLENDALE – Arizona Winds will hold a free concert on April 2, 3 p.m., at Cactus High School, in Glendale. The concert theme is “Broadway Showstoppers”, and the program will feature many of the most memorable tunes from over a century of Broadway musicals by composers Stephen Sondheim, Jule Styne, Lerner and Loewe, Irving Berlin, Leonard Bernstein, Cole Porter, and George Gershwin.

Local vocalist Anna Nyhart will perform with the band. She will sing a medley of Cole Porter tunes, as well as multiple other well-known songs.

The Arizona Winds’ season concludes on May 21 with an Armed Forces tribute, featuring the music of John Williams, John Philip Sousa, Sammy Nestico, Julie Giroux, and film composer Bruce Broughton.

For further information about this concert and future concerts, visit


Carefree Kiwanis presents Brilliant Futures Initiative
SCOTTSDALE – The Kiwanis Club of Carefree will present the Brilliant Futures Initiative at Holland Community Center, on Saturday, April 1, from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

The Kiwanis Club of Carefree is inviting the community to an Open Space Meeting to speak to this question: “What is necessary for the youth of our community to have a brilliant future?” Kiwanis invites you to identify the questions, ideas, and stories that keep you up at night. Come prepared to lead and/or participate in conversations about the central question.

Space is limited, and RSVPs are required. Refreshments and box lunch are provided. Please RSVP to

The Holland Community Center is located at 34250 N 60th St. Bldg. B, in north Scottsdale. 


Yavapai County holding free slash drop-off
BLACK CANYON CITY – The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors has announced the annual free slash drop-off program at county transfer stations, beginning April 1 and running through June 1.

County transfer stations are located in Black Canyon City, Camp Verde, Congress, Mayer, Paulden, Seligman, and Skull Valley.  Free slash drop off will be held during normal operating hours. For locations and hours, The Black Canyon City station is open Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday and can be reached at (928) 713-8847.

This free slash drop-off program will assist residents in creating defensible space around their homes and other structures. Cutting away vegetation 5-30 feet from all structures and removing all debris and dead vegetation from roofs, decks, and the ground can reduce the potential of a wildfire spreading to your home. 

The following items only will be accepted: brush, branches, grass, leaves, and yard trimmings. Items not accepted: lumber, stumps, roots, cactus, metal, and garbage. All slash must be removed from plastic bags. This program is for residential use only. Commercial loads will not be accepted.

For additional information, contact the Yavapai County Public Works Department at (928) 771-3183.