Community Events

Community events Sept. 18-25, 2019:

New River Senior Center: September events

NEW RIVER – The New River Senior Center is collecting gently used items (no big furniture) for a yard sale to benefit the center on Sept. 27, from 8 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and Sept. 28 from 8 a.m. to noon.  Space is available for free is you wish to bring your own items to sell.  Please call for more information.

The New River Senior Center is holding a meeting on September 26, at 10:00 a.m. for anyone interested in setting up a Bunco group to play at the senior center.   Anyone interested is invited, no matter the age.  We would be playing on Thursday. Please come and input your ideas.

The New River Senior Center, located at 48606 N 17TH Ave, in the Kiwanis Community Park, is open Monday thru Friday 9am to 3pm to everyone in the surrounding area.  Lunch is available, with one day advance notice, for a 5$ donation.

Exercise is available on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays at 9:30 a.m.  Craft classes are available every Tuesday at 9 a.m. Rides to and from the senior center are available every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The center is looking for entertainment, musicians, etcetera to volunteer to come to the center.

Home delivered meals, both government sponsored and private pay, are available for the seniors too ill to leave their homes and come to the center.

More information is available by calling 623-465-0367, email: 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.

Let New River Decide PAC meetings

NEW RIVER – The Let New River Desert Hills Decide Political Action Committee (PAC) is conducting weekly updates and Q & A meetings about annexation and incorporation each Wednesday at 7 p.m. The meetings will be held at the Daisy Mountain Fire and Medical Station 145, 1120 W. Desert Hills Road in Desert Hills. All interested residents of the area are invited to attend.

For more information about the Let New River Decide PAC visit the web site at:

Anthem ‘Go Green’ recycling event

ANTHEM – On September 28, from 8-11 a.m. Anthem will hold its “Go Green” recycling event for residents at the Community Park in the lower parking lot, 41703 N. Gavilan Peak Parkway. Anthem residents only (proof of residency required).

The Anthem Community Council teams up with Republic Services, ProShred, MCSO and other community partners to offer Anthem residents the opportunity to recycle electronics, personal documents, bulk cardboard, paint and other items.

Vehicles must be in line by 10:45 a.m. to participate. Enter the lower lot from Freedom Way to Whitman Drive only, then exit onto Gavilan Peak Parkway only.

For more information about items being accepted visit

Krav Maga: Ultimate Youth Self-Defense

PHOENIX – Bullying is every child’s and parent’s reality these days. Bullying is defined as an unwanted and aggressive behavior among school-aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. Sometimes, it includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors and/or attacking someone physically or verbally.

So, what can be done? Krav maga is the ultimate form of self-defense, in that it is not just a high-level self-defense system suitable to any situation; but also, its anti-bullying techniques focus on keeping your kids safe. Get your child in shape through self-defense training as they build confidence in all their abilities. Their flexibility, agility, and speed will be enhanced as well, which can help them in other sports.

Here is what one will learn from the Self-Defense Class in Krav Maga:

  • Learn anti-bullying techniques that focus on verbal de-escalation
  • Build confidence and self-esteem
  • Get fit through realistic self-defense training, no experience necessary
  • Discover simple self-defense moves that work against adult attackers
  • Develop flexibility, agility and speed that can help in other sports

Phx Krav Fit will be having Youth Anti-Bullying Krav Maga Class (ages 8-12) every Thursday, during the month of September, from 6:15-7:00 p.m. for $97.

For more detailed information about the class or to register please call or text Matt Numrich at 623-300-6114 or email him at matt@PhxKravFit.

 Qigong is Expanding to Anthem!

ANTHEM – There is a new exercise class expanding to Anthem!  It is called Qigong.  It is fun, relaxing and a great stress reducer.  Qigong is about deep breathing, moving meditation, stretching and healing energy.  Qigong is done to music and can be done sitting or standing.  It helps promote balance, flexibility, strength, heart health, the immune system and mental focus.  Qi gong is a very gentle exercise program and is good for adults of all ages.  New people are always welcome and can attend any session.

Come join us at the following locations:

  • North Valley Regional Library on Monday evening from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. located at 40410 N. Gavilan Peak Parkway. There is no charge for the class.
  • Sonoran Foothills Community Center on Sunday morning from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. located at 31910 N. Foothills Drive. The cost is $5.00 per class.

For more information or questions email

Pounding the Pavement for Voters

LD1 Democrats’ second annual Voter Registration Event is set for Sept. 24 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The event celebrates National Voter Registration Day and aims to register new voters. If you’re interested in volunteering in the morning, be at Amped Coffee in Anthem at 9 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. If you are interested in volunteering in the afternoon, be at the Starbucks at Carefree Highway and North Cave Creek Road at 2 p.m. or 4:30 p.m. Volunteers can expect a brief training on the dos and don’ts of registering people to vote and will be equipped with registration forms and instructions. Everyone will be registering in pairs.

For more information or to sign up ahead of time, visit

Empty Bowls Lunch & Art Auction slated for October

CAVE CREEK – Arizona citizens know more about giving back than anyone, so several industrious volunteers are planning to come together at a Cave Creek art studio to design beautiful glass bowls that will help hungry neighbors in need.

Carole Perry, who created the festival in the northern desert foothills more than 19 years ago, says 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center, and will support its ongoing effort to provide emergency food and services to area families in need of assistance.

On Friday, October 18, 2019, the annual Foothills Empty Bowls Lunch & Art Auction to honor World Hunger Day will be held at Harold’s Corral, Ariz., in Cave Creek, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Sonoran Arts League of Cave Creek, Ariz., sponsors the event.

Lunch will be served in handmade ceramic or glass bowls. Individuals are encouraged to donate $15 to the cause and select their own unique bowl made by Arizona artists, and keep it as a lasting reminder of world hunger.

For more information, call 480.488.6070. Proceeds benefit the Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center. Harold’s Corral is located at 6895 E. Cave Creek Road.

DFT presents Pirate events this fall

SCOTTSDALE — The Desert Foothills Theater (DFT) will celebrate Pirates this fall with several special productions and events. The Theater will present the “Pirates of Penzance Jr.” Sept. 27 to Oct. 6. The production is directed by Terry Temple of Temple Music, whose daughter Emily is Choreographing.  This is a youth production, featuring kids ages 10 – 18 years old, and will be presented in the Cactus Shadows Fine Art Theater, 33606 N. 60th St., Scottsdale, AZ 85266.

The performances include a special needs event, where the flashing lights are taken out, the volume of the music is lowered a bit, the scary parts are softened, and complete black-out between any scenes are eliminated. Anyone interested in attending the special needs performance should contact Tia Wooley, managing director of the Desert Foothills Theater, or 480-488-1981.

For tickets and more information about upcoming events, visit or call 480-488-1981.

Holland Center’s September events

SCOTTSDALE – Asian Brush Painting: Gnarly Pine will be on Thursday, Sept. 26, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The revered Pine Tree is often a subject in traditional Asian Brush Paintings. Frequently, it carries cultural symbolism and is usually depicted with an abundance of character and energy. Join the Gnarly Pine workshop and explore some basic elements and techniques of this ancient, meditative, yet spontaneous art form as you also learn about the lore surrounding Pine. The cost is $70.

The application to be a participant in the fifth annual AZ Sage Art Market is now online at This fine art, juried show, takes place at the Holland Community Center, 34250 N. 60th Street in Scottsdale, and will include up to 40 artists. The show will take place on Friday, Jan. 31, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., and on Saturday, Feb. 1st from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  It’s an indoor show, with plenty of energy. The application period closes on Sept. 30.  We hope you can join us!

For more information or to register for classes visit or call the office at 480-488-1090.

Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival

FLAGSTAFF – Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival presents William Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale at Museum of Northern Arizona from now until September 22. “Exit: Pursued by a Bear” — thus begins the second half of The Winter’s Tale, a story of a family torn apart by jealousy and separated by oceans. Through powers both human and mystical, and situations both dire and zany, the characters journey through their own vices to find love and forgiveness.

This production features live music, spectacular aerial work and some of the greatest poetry in the English language. Shakespeare’s greatest gift to us may be his stories of redemption; nothing, not even a very hungry bear, should keep you away from this one! Directed by Amie Bjorklund whose most recent directing credit is “Taming of the Shrew” for Southwest Shakespeare Company.

For more information or to purchase tickets visit

Mark Your Calendars for Somos Peoria

PEORIA – The City of Peoria invites everyone to come and enjoy a fun-filled event, Somos Peoria. The event will take place on Saturday, September, 28 from 2-10:30 p.m. in Old Town Peoria, located at 83rd and Peoria Avenues. There are specialty food, beer, margaritas, and vendors selling handmade gifts, art and crafts. There is a basketball tournament being held for past players, recreation only athletes, and youth and adults of all ages. To register for the basketball tournament, visit

Event admission is $5 before 5 p.m. and $10 after 5 p.m. Children ages 12 and under are free. A limited number of VIP tickets are available for $35. Parking is free with several parking garages available on the city hall campus. POGO, Peoria’s free circulator bus, will be on hand to transport attendees for free from the garages to the Somos Peoria festivities.

For additional information regarding the event, visit

Neighborhood Grants Program is now open

PEORIA – The City of Peoria is now accepting Neighborhood Grant Program applications for fiscal year 2020. Applications will be accepted between Sept. 9 and Oct. 21 at 5 p.m. The grant program is designed to assist HOAs with projects that engage, revitalize and/or provide safety to the community. The maximum grant amount is $10,000 per year. Every community submitting an application must appear before the Neighborhood Grants Committee. This is an opportunity to ensure that the committee fully understands the application and the community needs. The grant interviews will be held in mid-November.

For more information, call 623-773-5140.

Peoria Launches Code Compliance 101 Program

PEORIA – Some of the most popular questions that the city receives are related to code compliance. To connect residents with experts and get their questions answered, the city of Peoria created the Code Compliance 101 program.

Code Compliance 101 is a series of education and training sessions where code officers will discuss common code violations and provide an overview of the complaint process. The most common violations in Peoria are RV and trailer storage, weeds and grass, material and debris, dead vegetation, and signs.

The code compliance team is dedicated to protecting the public’s health, safety and welfare, while ensuring every citizen the right to a clean, enjoyable neighborhood by enforcing the City of Peoria’s codes and ordinances. There are three sessions scheduled.

  • Saturday, Oct. 12 at 9:30 a.m. at Ira A. Murphy Elementary School, 7231 W. North Lane, Peoria.
  • Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, at 6 p.m. at Zuni Hills Elementary School, 10851 W. Williams Rd., Sun City.
  • Thursday, May 14, 2020, at 6 p.m. at Paseo Verde Elementary School, 7880 W. Greenway Rd., Peoria.

For more information about the sessions or the code compliance process, contact the team at 623-773-7162 or

Foothills Food Bank Seeks Volunteer Van Drivers

CAVE CREEK – Foothills Food Bank seeks volunteer drivers to conduct food pick-ups at local stores (Fry’s, Safeway, Sprouts, Trader Joe’s and others). Many of the food bank’s volunteers vacation in the summer, which creates a critical need for back-up drivers.

Volunteers must be able to drive a van and be able to lift at least 40 pounds. This commitment is for approximately two hours per day, one to two days per week between the hours of 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. with an alternate shift on Monday and Wednesday at 11 a.m. Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center is located in Cave Creek where all deliveries take place.

For more information or if you are interested in volunteering as a driver, contact Tom Kilwein at 480-747-7250.

Be Prepared, Not Scared

National Preparedness Month (NPM), recognized each September, is an opportunity to learn how to prepare for disasters and plan for an emergency. This NPM will focus on planning, with an overarching theme of “Prepared, Not Scared.” Annual wildfires and monsoons every year are a reminder of the importance of preparing for disasters. Often, residents in their communities will be the first ones to take action after a disaster strikes and before first responders arrive, so it is important to prepare in advance to help yourself and your community. Peoria will be providing emergency preparedness tips throughout the month of September on social media and our website.

For more information on preparing for an emergency, go to