Community Events

Updated: 1/16/2020

Don’t miss Pet Expo and adoption event!

ANTHEM – Join us for another cute and cuddly pet event Saturday, January 25 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Enclave at Anthem Senior Living, 42015 North Venture Drive in Anthem. It’s a great opportunity for adoptions, information, supplies, pets, friends, prizes and fun.

Come and meet the dogs and cats that are ready for adoption and visit with local pet-related businesses. Each adopted pet will go home with an adorable adoption basket created by local businesses. There will be homemade dog treats crafted by the residents for purchase.

We also need a total of four volunteers to assist with handling animals, communicating with potential adopters and overseeing the table. The event begins at 9:30 a.m., but we ask volunteers to arrive at 9 a.m. to set up. They will also be needed to do take down after the expo. This should not take long. For events where we have animals, all volunteers must be 18 years or older. Go to to fill out an application.

For questions or more information, contact Lori at

SCOTTSDALE – Join DreamCatchers on Saturday, January 18 for its second annual Casino Night fundraiser from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Franciscan Renewal Center, 5802 E. Lincoln Drive in Scottsdale. It’s the biggest of the year for DreamCatchers and one of our only national fundraisers to support us through 2020. We will also be announcing a new national partnership at this event, so it’s sure to be exciting.

DreamCatchers is a network of high school or college student clubs dedicated to fulfilling the end-of-life Dreams of hospice patients in their communities. Student chapters work with local hospices in their communities to fulfill the Dreams of their patients, in the form of a memorable experience or event to celebrate that person and their life. For example, a Dream may be a sailboat ride, for a man who loved the ocean and spent years of his life on boats and submarines. Or, a Dream may come in the form of a family reunion celebration, for a patient (“Dreamer”) who rarely gets to see her family anymore and wants to spend some quality time together. 

Single tickets are $50. For tickets or more information, go to

Learn how to save a life

ANTHEM Daisy Mountain Fire & Medical is presenting a FREE CCC (Continuous Chest Compression) CPR, AED and STOP the Bleed class Tuesday, January 28 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Daisy Mountain Fire Administration Building, 41018 N Daisy Mountain Drive in Anthem.

This course follows the Arizona Department of Health Services SHARE curriculum and the American College of Surgeons STOP the Bleed curriculum. The class is part lecture and part hands-on training. No certificate will be issued. No Pre-registration needed.
Please contact Paul Schickel at (623) 465-7400 extension 202 or email if you have questions or you’d like to schedule this class or any of our other classes for your group of eight or more.

Music/Arts series celebrates black history

PEORIA – The city of Peoria is partnering with other West Valley cities to offer a music and arts series in honor of Martin Luther Ling, Jr. Day and Black History Month. There will be live music, artist exhibitions and presentations throughout January and February celebrating the rich history, culture and art of African Americans. Those events include the following:

January 21 at 9:30 a.m. – Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Walk and concert at Centennial Plaza

January 22 at 7 p.m. – An African American Experience concert at the Peoria Center for Performing Arts

February 11 at 2 p.m. – Artist talk from Patricia Bohannon at Sunrise Mountain Library

February 18 at 2 p.m. – Artist talk from Carla Keaton at Sunrise Mountain Library

For more information or to get tickets, visit

BLACK CANYON CITY – The free Smithsonian’s Water/Ways exhibit runs through January 26 at the Cañon Elementary School, 34630 S. School Loop Road in Black Canyon City.

Water/Ways explores the endless motion of the water cycle, water’s effect on landscape, settlement and migration and its impact on culture and spirituality. It looks at how political and economic planning have long been affected by access to water and control of water resources. Human creativity and resourcefulness provide new ways of protecting water resources and renewing respect for the natural environment. For days and hours, go to Turn to page 11, for more information on Water/Ways.

Other free Water/Ways activities include:

  • January 23 from 5 to 6 p.m.: Water/Ways movie nights. Short movies about water at the Cañon Elementary School.
  • January 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: WinterFest and BookFest at the Black Canyon Heritage Park (33955 S. Old Black Canyon Highway) featuring more than 30 conservation, water and history exhibits.
  • Year round: Riparian Preserve with interpretive displays at Black Canyon Heritage Park. Open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

For more, contact Black Canyon Heritage Park at or Ann at (623) 293-8628.

Music classes starting soon

CAREFREE – Registration for music classes for the Spring Semester at Jubilate Conservatory of Music in Carefree is now taking place. Chorus, Strings, Harp and Orchestra classes for children ages 5 to 18 begin January 22.

Saturday music theory class is an opportunity for students to learn to teach as well as learn the structure of the language of music. This class includes toddlers through adults and is offered free of tuition. Private lessons are available for voice, piano, violin, viola, cello, harp, pipe organ, flute, clarinet and saxophone. For information or to register, contact Laya Field at or go to

Aquarium to host Conservation Expo

SCOTTSDALE – OdySea Aquarium Foundation invites you to the Conservation Expo, where you can learn how you can be part of the solution and make a positive change for the planet. This free, family-friendly festival will feature:

•          Opportunity to meet multiple animal ambassadors from several organizations up close and personal.

•          Engage in interactive, hands-on activities

•          Learn about more than 40 organizations that are making a difference

•          Meet pets available for adoption through The Arizona Humane Society

•          Enter a raffle for exciting prizes

Local organizations that will be represented at the Conservation Expo include: Phoenix Herpetological Sanctuary, Liberty Wildlife, Arizona Humane Society, Arizona Game & Fish Department, Salt River Wild Horse Management Group, The Phoenix Zoo, Heritage Park Zoo, Fallen Feathers, Southwest Wildlife, Butterfly Wonderland, Dane Haven, Inc. and many more. The Expo will be held January 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the OdySea Desert Courtyard. Donate to one of these organizations and get $5 off a general admission ticket.

For more information, go to

Everyone counts for Census 2020

The census is coming in 2020. The U.S. Constitution requires the federal government to conduct a census count every 10 years. Cities and states rely on these population counts to determine what state-shared revenue they will receive. This money is used to fund essential city services like public safety, roads, parks, hospitals and schools. Each person counted is worth $3,000 in public services. For the first time ever, individuals can respond to the census online and by phone or mail. Counts begin on Wednesday, April 1, which is National Census Day.

For more information, visit For Spanish speakers, visit

Classic car/airplane show coming to

CAREFREE – Mark your calendar for March 7 to attend the Carefree Classic Wheels and Wings Show at Sky Ranch Airport in the Town of Carefree. Classic, vintage, sports and exotic cars from pre-1980 will be on display, along with a great collection of vintage and historical airplanes.
This show is free to the public. There will be food, music and an amazing drone demonstration by the Embry-Riddle Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) team. Gates open at 8 a.m. Parking is free.

Visit to register your car or
plane, volunteer or join the list of show sponsors.

Holland Gallery
Presents Photography Workshop

SCOTTSDALE – The Holland Gallery of Fine Art will hold a photography workshop called “F-stops & Shutter Speeds” through January 24. In this one-man show, photographer Scott McKay will amaze you with his photographs, which are all one-exposure, no computer manipulation and no color changes. They are taken at various f-stops and shutter speeds.

Devour the World comes to Peoria 

PEORIA – Devour the World, one of three signature events at Devour Week (February 15 to 23), will bring international flavors and one of Arizona’s popular food events to Peoria on Saturday, February 15 at Centennial Plaza, 9875 N. 85th Avenue.

Devour the World celebrates international cuisine with cultural music and dance performances from around the world. This is the first year Devour the World is in the Northwest Valley, making this unique cultural festival more accessible to West Valley residents.

Devour Week aims to elevate Arizona’s culinary and cocktail culture and spotlight the region as a world-class destination for food and dining. Tickets are on sale for $55. For more information or tickets, visit

MIM anniversary events

PHOENIX – Join the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) for family-friendly signature events throughout 2020 as well as special anniversary celebrations in March and April filled with music and dance performances, engaging demonstrations, workshops and more.

As MIM approaches its tenth anniversary in 2020, we continue striving to be the best museum ever for you, our community and our world. We welcome you to celebrate not only MIM’s tenth anniversary, but also the very best of humanity – music. Come see, hear and feel the powerful and uniting force of music and join us for family-friendly signature events, special anniversary celebrations and Global Masters concerts throughout the New Year.

January 18 and 19 – Celebrate Hip Hop

February 22 and 23 –  Ella Fitzgerald

CAVE CREEK – The Cave Creek Museum’s 2019- 2020 featured exhibit, “The Legacy of Gerry Jones,” will be on display through the end of May. Workshops and special events will be held at the Museum and other locations during January, February and March.

The Cave Creek Museum is located at 6140 Skyline Drive in Cave Creek, just south of Cave Creek Road as it winds through town. For a map and directions, please visit or call (480) 488-2764.

Maricopa County Attorney, County Planner to Speak in Anthem

ANTHEM – The featured speakers at the Friends of Daisy Mountain Trails Representatives Town Hall Meeting on February 14 will be Maricopa County Attorney, Allister Adel, and Maricopa County Department of Transportation Planner, Angela Horn. Adel was appointed October 3, 2019 by the Maricopa Board of Supervisors. Horn is the Planning Project Manager for the Transportation System Plan 2040.

The meeting will be from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Anthem Civic Building, 3701 W. Anthem Way in Anthem. For more information, go to

SCOTTSDALE – The Desert Foothills Theater (DFT) has announced productions for January and February.

Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None” is opening January 17. Christie published the world’s best-selling mystery novel in 1939. “And Then There Were None” tells the story of 10 people who were lured onto Indian Island by a man named U. N. Owen. Once all 10 people were in the house on the island, the story picks up when someone is poisoned. Will they discover who it is or will everybody die before they can figure it out?

“And Then There Were None” plays Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. on January 17 to 18 and January 24 to 25, and on Sundays at 2 p.m. on January 19 and 26. Performances will be held in the Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center Blackbox Theater, 33606 N. 60th St., Scottsdale. Tickets are $25.

In February, DFT will run “Honk! Jr.,” which is based on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Ugly Duckling. The production tells the story of an odd-looking baby duck, Ugly, and his quest to find his mother. Soon after Ugly is born, he is seduced away by a wily Cat who wants to eat Ugly for dinner.

Performances of “Honk! Jr.” are Fridays and Saturdays, February 14 to 15 and February 21 to 22 at 7 p.m. and Sundays, February 16 and 23, at 2 p.m. in the Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center Blackbox Theater.

The award-winning DFT has been presenting live performances in the far north valley since 1975. For tickets and more information about upcoming events, visit or call (480) 488-1981.

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