February 15, 2017

Black Canyon City community cleanup
BLACK CANYON CITY – The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors, working with the Public Works Department, has announced a community cleanup in Black Canyon City.

The cleanup will be at the Black Canyon City Transfer Station, 21000 E. Landfill Rd. The cleanup will be open to Yavapai County residents at no charge on March 1, 3, and 4, and March 8, 10, and 11, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Accepted items include household appliances, bagged trash, automotive batteries, unmounted tires, furniture, and yard trimmings. Items that will not be accepted are loose trash, liquids, hazardous materials, cars, and batteries.

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.


Red Cross blood drive to be held at YMCA
SCOTTSDALE – The American Red Cross urgently needs blood donors to make an appointment to give this winter so that patients can continue to receive lifesaving treatments.

A blood drive will be held on Feb. 27, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Desert Foothills Family YMCA, 34250 N 60th St, Building C, in north Scottsdale.

Blood donations are urgently needed now and throughout the winter to maintain a sufficient blood supply for patients in need. All those who come to donate now through Feb. 26 are eligible to receive a $5 gift card.

To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).


Builders’ Club to be held on Feb. 23
CAVE CREEK – Kids 4 and up are welcome to attend the Desert Foothills Library’s monthly Builders’ Club, to be held this month on Thursday, Feb. 23, 4-5 p.m.

The library has both chunky and regular LEGO blocks available for little builders, and this month’s theme is goofy creatures. Call (480) 488-2286 to register.

For more information on Desert Foothills Library events, see

The Desert Foothills Library is located at 38443 North Schoolhouse Road, in Cave Creek.


Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center hosting educational conference
PHOENIX – The Muhammad Ali All Star Conference for individuals with Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers, as well as health care and wellness professionals, will be held on Saturday, March 4, at North Phoenix Baptist Church.

Attendees can learn about Parkinson’s disease from medical experts at the Muhammad Ali All Star Conference. Presented by the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute and in partnership with the Baehr Challenge, the Muhammad Ali All Star Conference will provide information about the latest advances and opportunities related to research and treatment options, including deep brain stimulation and the importance of exercise, hope and resilience, as well as mental fitness.

The Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center and the Baehr Challenge have joined forces to combine their Annual Morris K. Udall Educational Symposium and the Baehr Challenge All Star Conference, respectively. Both organizations are dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with Parkinson’s disease and their families. An estimated 1 million people in the United States have Parkinson’s disease.

There is no fee to attend, but space is limited. To register, go online to or call 1(877) 602-4711.


Daisy Mountain Veterans to honor Vietnam Veterans
ANTHEM – The Daisy Mountain Veterans has announced they will hold a ceremony honoring DMV Vietnam Veterans. Thirty of its members who served in Vietnam will be honored at the Anthem Veterans Memorial on Saturday, April 8, at 10 a.m.

DMV members noted that some of these veterans hold multiple combat decorations but have never been recognized for their service. This event will offer recognition of their service. Each honoree will receive the Department of Defense 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War Medallion and a commemorative lapel pin.

Presenting the awards will be Admiral Vernon Clark (Retired, USN) former Chief of Naval Operations, and former member of the Joint Chiefs and Major General Louis Prentiss Jr. (Retired, USA).

The event also will include music by The Arizona Veterans Band under the direction of Chief Warrant Officer Tony Gonzalez (Retired, USA) and patriotic pageantry.

The public is invited to attend this ceremony to pay tribute to hometown heroes. Seating and parking are limited; lawn chairs are welcome. The ceremony should conclude before noon.


Survey looks to measure off-highway vehicle financial impact 
NORTH VALLEY – The popularity of off-highway vehicles has exploded throughout the state, and Arizona State Parks and Trails and the Arizona Game and Fish Department are turning to OHV enthusiasts to help shape the future of the activity statewide. 

With scenic trails and great weather, Arizona continues to draw OHV enthusiasts from across the country to access motorized trails. To better plan for the future of the activity statewide, Arizona State Parks and Trails partnered with Arizona State University to produce an economic impact study to measure the broad effect the activity has in our state.

Over the next 12 months, the public is invited to complete a survey, either electronically at or at various riding areas throughout the state. The questionnaire takes about 10 minutes to complete.

The economic impact study was last completed in 2002 and found that OHV recreation in Arizona had a $4.25 billion impact. In addition, the activity supported nearly 37,000 jobs, contributed to $1.1 billion in household incomes and added $187 million to annual state tax revenues. 

For more information on OHV riding in Arizona and to take an online safety course, visit 


ProMusica Arizona presents Moonlight Journey
ANTHEM – ProMusica Arizona will be transporting audiences through a kaleidoscope of adventures at the Moonlight Journey concert, happening Feb. 25 in Anthem.

This experience will be a multimedia adventure featuring breathtaking time-lapse photography accompanied by the music of Beethoven, Ola Gjello, Dvorak, Eric Whitacre, and more. From sunset to daybreak, an exciting Moonlight Journey awaits you. 

Dates and venues for the concerts are Saturday, Feb. 25, 7:30 p.m., at Cross of Christ Lutheran Church, in Anthem, and Sunday, Feb. 26, 3 p.m., at American Lutheran Church, in Sun City.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call (623) 326-5172.


Astronomy Club film to discuss gravitational waves
ANTHEM – The documentary ‘LIGO Detection’ will be shown at the Anthem Civic Building on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 7-9 p.m. This presentation is made possible by the Desert Foothills Astronomy Club.

On September 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 1 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.

Kai Staats, MSc has worked with LIGO as a documentary filmmaker since 2013, producing three NSF funded films. ‘LIGO Detection’ is his third film.  Co-presenter Dr. Michele Zanolin, is head of the LIGO supernova detection team at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott.

Staats recently joined Zanolin's research, leading the application of Machine Learning to isolate the signals of supernovae in gravitational-wave data, a challenging task since those signals are much weaker than any previously detected. Following a brief intro to LIGO, they will present ‘LIGO Detection,’ then conclude with a discussion of current research, along with Q&A.

This presentation is open to the public at no charge, and no RSVPs are required.


Yoga in the Rainforest class to be held at Butterfly Wonderland
SCOTTSDALE – Butterfly Wonderland is inviting guests to experience Yoga in the Rainforest on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

This hour-long class will guide attendees through a series of yoga poses to help build strength and gain flexibility. Modifications and adjustments will be offered so any level of student will feel supported. Breathing and meditation techniques throughout the class will allow students to find peace and steadiness within their personal practice. Students will be invited to enjoy the beauty of butterflies while connecting to the beauty within. This class is recommended for ages 18 years and older.

Cost for the class is $20 per person, and pre-registration is required.

To register, call (480) 800-3000 ext. 210 or go online to


NVCA holding ceremony to celebrate construction progress
ANTHEM – North Valley Christian Academy will hold a ‘topping out ceremony’, scheduled for Feb. 23, at 11 a.m. School leaders, Board of Trustee members, key donors, and construction personnel will meet on-site to celebrate this important milestone in the construction of NVCA’s new 72,000 square foot campus, located at 33655 N. 27th Dr. The event is planned to commemorate the halfway point in completion of the campus for opening fall 2017.

In their new location, NVCA will provide a liberal arts education for 600+ students, grades Pre-K through 12. With the addition of high school classes, the new school will offer an expanded curriculum and a strong technology platform, as well as a full range of athletic programs, performing arts, and STEAM classes.

NVCA is now enrolling for the 2017-2018 academic year. See more details on the school at