Community Events

Community events May 22, 2019

May events at New River Senior Center

NEW RIVER – Here are the upcoming events at the New River Senior Center. Lunch is available, with one day advance notice, for a 5$ donation. On May 22, at 10 a.m. is Music with Jerry Cotter – all kinds of music. On May 28, there will be a gourd workshop to make ornaments – time to think about Christmas.

The center is looking for someone to lead a senior evening exercise class such as Zumba, Jazzercise or any others. Contact the center if you are interested.

Exercise is available on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays at 9:30am. Craft classes are available every Tuesday at 9 a.m. Thursdays are game days – Farkle, Yahtzee, cards and more starts at 9am. Rides to and from the senior center every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Home delivered meals are also available for the seniors too ill to leave their homes and come to the center.

The New River Senior Center is located at 48606 N. 17th Avenue, in the Kiwanis Community Park, and is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to everyone in the surrounding area. More information is available by phone at 623-465-9367, emailing:, or by checking out the New River Senior Center Facebook page. The center is funded in part by Area Agency on Aging, Region one, Inc and is sponsored by the Kiwanis of New River.

Help Youth4Troops distribute Buddy Poppies for Memorial Day

ANTHEM – Youth for Troops will be distributing Buddy Poppies for customers at the Anthem Fry’s location from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 25 and 26. As Memorial Day Weekend approaches, we hope you take a moment to talk to the local veterans and patriots handing out poppies. This is an annual fundraiser for the local VFWs. This tradition is an opportunity to hear the purpose of the poppy and wear it proudly. Adults are needed for each shift.

For more information about volunteering email or find sign-up at Form more information about the Poppy program visit

Anthem: audition to sing the anthem on Independence Day

ANTHEM – The registration deadline to audition to sing the National Anthem at the Independence Day Celebration in Anthem is May 24, at 5 p.m. Visit the website to learn more about the event.

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Memorial Day Ceremony pays tribute to the fallen

ANTHEM – The Daisy Mountain Veterans, VFW Post 12031 and American Legion Post 128 will present “A Day of Remembrance” Monday, May 27, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Anthem Veterans Memorial. The ceremony will include special music, a keynote speaker, and the POW/MIA remembrance, when a bell is rung for each veteran Killed or Missing in Action who is remembered at the Anthem Veterans Memorial. The Arizona Veterans Band and Musical Theater of Anthem will provide special music.

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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.

AARP Smart Driver Course

ANTHEM – Merrill Gardens at Anthem will be holding an AARP Smart Driver Course on May 25, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. You will learn defensive driving techniques, proven safety strategies, new traffic laws and rules of the road. There are no tests to pass. Upon course completion you could receive a multi-year discount on your car insurance. Other restriction may apply, consult your agent for details.

RSVP by May 23, the cost is $15 for AARP members or $20 for non-members. Merrill Gardens is located at 2800 W Rose Canyon Circle in Anthem.

Anthem’s Music in May

ANTHEM – Held every Friday night in May in the Community Park Amphitheater, this FREE family-friendly event invites the community to grab a blanket, bring a picnic dinner and enjoy the diverse sounds of local Arizona bands underneath the Anthem sky. Food trucks will be on site the first week for food purchases. Open to the public; free admission and parking.

On May 24, Rhythm Edition will be playing. Rhythm Edition is an all-variety party and show band with seven lead singers, each with their own style of vocals. This band brings the party to the party! On May 31, is the City Nights Band. This band plays greats from Bruno Mars to the Beatles, Michael Jackson to Journey, and Pink to the Band Perry. Their music is designed for every taste in music, and most of all, keeps you on the dance floor! An evening with this talented and versatile group is the perfect way to close out the 20th anniversary year Music in May series.

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Starlight Theater announces scholarship for 2019 Camp Rising Star

ANTHEM – Starlight Community Theater is proud to announce The Amy Bennett Foundation is offering a Scholarship of $300 for a camper with challenging economic needs. If you or a youth you know would like to participate in Camp Rising Star visit the theater’s website to see if you meet the criteria and find out how to download the application. The application must be received by May 28, 2019.

For more information visit For question email or call 623-252-6815.

Phoenix Planning Commission hearing will review Riverview development

PHOENIX – At the Rio Vista Planning Committee meeting held May 14, the committee voted to not to recommend the request of the Riverview developer to rezone 55 acres of land near Anthem’s west side from rural to higher-density for 170 residential single-family units. The application is now moving forward and the request will be heard by the city of Phoenix Planning Commission at its June 6, meeting at City Council Chambers, 200 West Jefferson in Phoenix.

The Phoenix City Council is expected to hear the case on July 3, 10 a.m. at City Council Chambers, 200 West Jefferson, Phoenix.Public comments ahead of these open meetings can be directed to Ms. Wilson via email or by calling 602-262-6949.

For more information about agendas, meetings or other inquiries visit

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:

ProMusica Arizona Presenting Free Ireland Send-off Concert

PHOENIX – Under the direction of Artistic Director Patti Graetz, 21 ProMusica Arizona singers and an accompanist will be traveling to Ireland in mid-June for a singing tour where they will perform in cathedrals around the Emerald Isle. The concert titled Americana will feature Broadway tunes, jazz, popular music, folk songs and spirituals.

The ensemble will present a free performance of Americana in Phoenix before departing for Ireland. Everyone is welcome to attend the bon voyage concert on June 2, at 4 p.m. at All Saints Lutheran Church, 15649 N. 7th Street in Phoenix. Admission is free. Tax-deductible donations to ProMusica Arizona will be accepted.

For more information, call 623-326-5172.

Starlight Theater’s Camp Rising Star

PHOENIX – Starlight Community Theater’s (SCT) Camp Rising Star will take place from June 10-22, and features the musical, Willy Wonka KIDS. The camp is for youth ages 7-17. It takes place from 9 a.m. to noon, Monday – Friday. Auditions for named lead roles will take place from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on the first Monday, June 10. Dress Rehearsal is on the last Friday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on June 21. There is a 2 p.m. show and a 5 p.m. show on Saturday, June 22.

Registration fees are: $295 per person; $275 for SCT members; $275 for second or third camp per person; $275 for second or more person(s) in family household. Location is 1611 W. Whispering Wind Drive #9 in Phoenix (1 block SW of Happy Valley & 16th Ave., W of I-17).

For more information or to register visit

Summer Fun at MIM

PHOENIX – Enjoy Signature Events, concerts, holidays, and more this summer at the Modern 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.

Visit for a full list of events and more information.

Dreamcatcher’ at FCF’s Community Center

SCOTTSDALE – On Saturday, June 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lynda’s June class will be lots of fun as you create dream catchers out of a unique plant pod called a devil’s claw. Bring your favorite beads, feathers and charms to embellish your dream catcher. Lynda will supply the pods, linen thread, some embellishment items and instruction. Please check Lynda Abare’s website for more information and a full supply list at The cost is $35 and registration is required.

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Visit the West Valley Art Museum Exhibit ‘A Colorful Abstract World’

PEORIA – Join us for “A Colorful Abstract World” showcased at the West Valley Art Museum gallery on the first floor of Peoria City Hall through the months of May and June. Featuring an extensive array of fine art prints by regional, national and international notable artists, visitors will be intrigued, curious and captivated by the vibrant colors and patterning of these diverse art works on loan from a private collection. This special exhibit is free to the public. The WVAM gallery is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Thursday from noon to 6 p.m.

For group tour arrangements or additional information, visit

Attend the Peoria Old Town Community Meeting on May 28

PEORIA – A community meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 28, at 5 p.m. to discuss the future of Peoria’s historic Old Town area. Residents will learn about proposed new concepts to reimagine 83rd Avenue and Old Town Peoria, the grand opening of a new Community Resource Center, and upcoming special events and community engagement.

Old Town Peoria is the heart of the community, serving as a point of pride and is home to many Peoria signature events and programming. With a renewed emphasis on the revitalization of Old Town, the city has continued to the enhance the area with the infusion of art, shade structures and special events.

The meeting will take place at the Peoria Community Center, located at 8335 W. Jefferson Street.

Peoria Main Library Hosts LGBTQ: A History in Arizona Event

PEORIA – In celebration of our summer reading program, to support our fantastic Alphabet Soup teen crew and to kick off pride month with a bang, the Peoria Main Library is bringing beloved Arizona historian, Marshall Shore, the Hip Historian, to share his knowledge about LGBTQ history in our state. The event will be held on Thursday, June 6, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Peoria Main Library, 8463 W. Monroe Street.

For more information, visit

The Prescott Antique Show & Vintage Market

PRESCOTT – The Prescott Antique Show & Vintage Market is on June 2, and is a one-day event held at the historic Prescott Rodeo Grounds. Our second year at this venue is even bigger and better. The show has expanded to three buildings and added additional outside vendor areas.

This show not only offers fine quality antiques and collectibles in a multitude of categories, it also offers architectural and barn relics from the 50s, 60s and mid-century modern, vintage fashion, furniture, decor, funky stuff and lots of trendy items appealing to the ever growing secondhand market. Free parking, the entry fee is $3. Exhibits are conveniently located in close proximity to one another. Plan to come and spend the day. Bring a lunch or visit one of our food vendors.

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