Events: June 5-June 12

Girl Scouts Twilight Camp

ANTHEM – The twilight camp will be on June 13 and gives unregistered girls a chance to see what Girl Scouts is about. The cost is $35 which includes their membership for the rest of this year and next year. There’s also financial aid to cover the membership fee for girls who need it.

Activities will include: How to set up a campsite; songs; games; and of course S’mores. Parents will learn how to support their daughters with their Girl Scout experience. Registered Girl Scouts can also bring a friend to join.  The camp will take place at Cross of Christ, 39808 N. Gavilan Peak Parkway in Anthem.

For questions call Kim Bartels at 928-202-2153 or email Can’t make it? Contact the Member Placement Team at 1-800-352-6133 or email to find a troop near you.

Youth for Troops: Disneyland Park Hopper raffle

ANTHEM – Win one of 5 Disneyland Park Hopper Fun Packs by entering in Youth for Troops Freedom Isn’t Free Community Service Event.  Each Fun Pack includes four single day Disneyland Park Hopper tickets valued between $588 and $740. All five drawings will occur on July 14, at the event and tickets are $20 each.  Only 500 tickets were printed so get yours soon!

Tickets can be purchased by emailing Youth for Troops, attending any of their events, or stop by Denny’s in Anthem to get your tickets and thank you gift, which is a free Coola Suncare package.  Each ticket purchased will send one care package.

For more information or visit their Facebook page.

NRDHCA Upcoming meetings

ANTHEM – The New River Desert Hills Community Association (NRDHCA) will be holding a community meeting on June 11, from 7-8:30 p.m. It will be held at the Crossroads Fellowship Church, 42425 N. New River Road. The speaker is to be announced.

On June 14, from 9-11 a.m. NRDHCA will hold a Representatives Town Hall Meeting at 3701 W. Anthem Way. The guest speaker will be Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone.

For more information visit or email:

Musical Theatre of Anthem Announces Summer Theatre Programs

ANTHEM – Musical Theatre of Anthem (MTA) announces its 2019 summer camps, productions, and workshops for performers ages 3-adult, including “Freckleface Strawberry,” the very popular Summer Performing Arts Institute (SPAI). Participants will learn from award-winning, experienced directors, vocal directors and choreographers, many of whom will also be directing shows for the upcoming season. 

“Freckleface Strawberry” the musical is for ages 8-14 taking place on June 10-19, (Mon.-Sat.) from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Performances are June 20-22, and the cost is $375.

“Freckleface Strawberry” the musical (Expanded Version), based on the beloved New York Times best-selling book by celebrated actress, Julianne Moore, is a fun and touching family musical. Specifically created to perform for young audiences, families can step inside of the book’s pages with Freckleface and friends as they learn to “love the skin they’re in.” With the help of her loveable schoolmates, including an amazingly talented ballerina, a cutie jock, a charming ditz and a totally kooky teacher, Freckleface learns that everyone is different – and that’s what makes everyone special.

All workshops will be held at Musical Theatre of Anthem, 42201 N. 21st Drive, Suite B100, Anthem, AZ  85086.  Register online at  Payment is due upon registration, and a 10 percent sibling discount is available.  Space is limited. 

New Cave Creek Museum presents Steampunk Science this July

CAVE CREEK – This summer, Cave Creek Museum is offering “Steampunk Science Camp,” a half-day camp  from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday on July 8 – 12, for students entering the fourth through eighth grades. We will be exploring the history of science in Arizona and the innovations that propelled our territory into modern statehood.

Some of the topics we will cover include: regional geology and archaeology; technological innovations that would include the steam locomotive, the gasoline combustion engine; and telecommunications, such as telegraph and telephone; and even space exploration with the discovery of Pluto. Kids will have fun investigating the History of Science in the Desert Southwest, learning how these innovations changed life on the Frontier, and dressing up in Steampunk Style!

Cave Creek Museum is located at 6140 Skyline Drive. For more information call 480-488-2764 or visit

Qigong Class in Carefree

CAREFREE – Qigong practice group has started again and meets every Sunday from 9-10 a.m. and meets at the Sonoran Foothills Community Center. Qigong is a very gentle exercise program that moves to music and is fun. It improves balance, flexibility, strength, heart health, the immune system and mental focus. It promotes relaxation and helps to reduce stress.  All donation will go to the non-profit Healer Within Foundation.  New people are welcome and can attend any session.

The Sonoran Foothills Community Center is located at 31910 N. Foothills Drive  Phoenix, AZ 85085.

County Coffee with Chairman Gates, Phoenix Mayor Gallego

PHOENIX – On Thursday, June 6, from 8 to 9 a.m. Maricopa County Chairman Bill Gates will have special guest Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego for County Coffee.  It will take place at North Mountain Brewing , 522 E. Dunlap Road in Phoenix.  There will be no meeting in July and August for summer break.

For more information call 602-506-7562 or email:

Upcoming MIM 2019 Concerts

PHOENIX – The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) 2019 Concert Series is featuring these upcoming acts.  Tickets are on sale now. The Liz Story and Lisa Downing Piano Experience is on June 14, at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $43.50–$48.50. Two mesmerizing pianists who have performed together for over a decade bring original and imaginative music to the stage.

Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble is on June 16, at 2:00 p.m. and tickets are $38.50–$50.50. They are the “Leader of the ‘first family of Afro-Cuban jazz,’” said New York Times.

Steve Tyrell is on June 17, at 7:00 p.m. and on June 18, at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $43.50–$48.50. He is “A gruff, gabby charmer who has amassed a loyal following, Mr. Tyrell has the gnarly lived-in voice of an itinerant roustabout familiar with New Orleans blues traditions,” said New York Times.

For tickets or more information visit or call 480.478.6000. The MIM is open Daily 9 a.m.–5 p.m. and is located at 4725 E. Mayo Blvd in North Phoenix.

NAWBO Desert Diamonds Awards

PHOENIX – Phoenix Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) is hosting the annual Desert Diamonds Awards honoring NAWBO and community members. It takes place on Wednesday, June 12, at 6 p.m. at Chateau Luxe, 1175 E. Lone Cactus Drive, Phoenix. Registration  cost is $105 for members and $115 for guests. Tickets are available online.

For more information or to register visit

Summer Fun at MIM

PHOENIX – Enjoy Signature Events, concerts, holidays, and more at the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM).  As temperatures soar this summer and you’re looking for something fun to do, MIM has you covered with family-friendly activities and events for all ages. Stay cool while exploring the world’s music in MIM’s galleries, seeing a concert in the MIM Music Theater, playing global instruments in the Experience Gallery, and attending engaging MIMkids classes.

Summer activities include: Family Drumming Workshop on June 16, Father’s Day at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.  Mandy Harvey on July 20, at 7:30 p.m.

For more information visit Open Daily 9 a.m.–5 p.m. 480.478.6000,4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix.

Camp Rising Star Returns for Another Season of Summer Fun

PHOENIX – Starlight Community Theater Camp Rising Star is back for the 2019 Summer Season and we are inviting youth ages 7 – 17 to join us center stage! Willy Wonka KIDS is the delicious adventures experienced by Charlie Bucket on his visit to Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory light up the stage in this captivating fantastical tale.  This Camp Rising Star session will go from Jun 10 – 22, Monday through Friday from 8 am to 12 pm. Auditions for named lead roles will take place on Monday, June 10 from 1 pm – 2 pm, extended rehearsal including dress rehearsal on Friday, June 21 until 4 pm, and performances on Saturday, June 22 at 2 pm and 5 pm.

For more information or to register for Starlight Community Theater’s 2019 Camp Rising Star, visit us at

FCF Summer Camp Act One

SCOTTSDALE – Act One! Camp: A two week camp for kids K-3rd grades. Campers will create a script drawing inspiration from a book, create characters, an entire play! They’ll learn beginning basics on acting – all before lunch! After lunch, they’ll do some creating of art related to their production! Culminates with a performance on the final day of class.  It takes place on June 17 – 28, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  and the cost is $325.

For more information visit

Don Bluth Theater: ‘Deathtrap’ a thriller

SCOTTSDALE – When once-successful playwright of Broadway thrillers, Sidney Bruhl (Jim Coates) sees his latest effort bomb on its opening night, he tumbles into despair — until he receives a package from his former student Clifford Anderson (James Gerardi). Clifford sent him an unproduced script that’s better than anything Sidney has written in years. At the urging of his wife, Myra (Janet McClellan), Sidney undertakes a plan to lure Clifford to his country home. Suspense mounts steadily as the plot begins to twist and turn with devilish cleverness. Filled with an abundance of thrills and laughter, audiences will be enthralled until the final, startling moments of the play.

Playing from now to June 29, at Don Bluth Front Row Theater 8670 E. Shea Boulevard Suite 103 · Scottsdale. For more information or tickets visit

4th Annual Peoria Reads: Today a Reader, Tomorrow a Leader

PEORIA – The free program was created to encourage Peoria’s future workforce to read 20 minutes a day over the summer. Peoria residents can sign up at Peoria libraries, Peoria Main Library at 8463 W. Monroe St. or Sunrise Mountain Library at 21109 N. 98th Ave., to receive a bookmark to track their reading. The bookmark can be turned in at the end of summer for a chance to win numerous prizes, including Barnes and Noble gift cards, digital reading tablets, and one of three complete book sets.

The fun does not stop in the reading adventures; however, to encourage participation along the way, Mayor Carlat is inviting Peoria readers to fun events throughout the summer. Attendance is tracked on the participant’s bookmark and can be counted as additional entries for prizes. Children who complete their reading and attend all five free events will earn six entries to be submitted for the final program drawing.

The next event is Thursday, June 13, “Reading is Hot” at Sunrise Mountain Library, 21109 N. 98th Ave. from 9 – 10 a.m. Be a junior firefighter and spray a real fire hose.

For more information, visit your local Peoria library or

Remember These Tips as Temperatures Rise

PEORIA – Despite heat-related illnesses being preventable, more than 2,800 heat-related illness emergency department visits occurred last year in Arizona. While out on the trails or playing in the park, remember to stay cool, hydrated, and informed of the signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses.

For more information, visit

Ride POGO with Prickly Pete

PEORIA – Prickly Pete is at it again. This time Peoria’s favorite cactus mascot, is bouncing around town on POGO, the city’s newest free circulator bus. Hop on one of the buses throughout the week of June 3-6, grab a selfie with him, post it on Facebook or Instagram and you could win a prize. Be sure to use the hashtag #pricklypete and tag the city of Peoria in your pictures.

To find the schedule and route for POGO to get your picture with Prickly Pete, visit or download the TSO POGO app.