‘Rec Connect’Your local Recreation Division is challenging you to get active this spring! The town of Florence is now accepting Rec Connect registrations, an active tri-community collaboration! This program aims to achieve 200,000 active minutes collectively between Florence, Queen Creek and Apache Junction in 13 weeks from March 1 through May 31.

Registered participants will receive a weekly survey to track their active minutes. Any participant who completes 120 active minutes for the week will be entered into a drawing for weekly prizes. QR codes at various facilities in Florence, Queen Creek, and Apache Junction will allow non-registered participants to scan the code and contribute to that city’s active minutes.

Rec Connect is a FREE and fun way to enjoy the beautiful spring weather, enjoy your local parks, trails, programs and get active. Your community will be right by your side to encourage you along the way. Click the link to register: https://bit.ly/37o4uKo . For more information, call (520) 868-7040.

Spring Pickleball League

The town of Florence Recreation Division will begin accepting team registrations for the upcoming Spring Pickleball League. League play will start in March on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Morning League starts at 9 a.m. and the evening league starts at 6 p.m. There is a fee of $15 per team, and the deadline to register is Friday, March 5. Social distancing guidelines will be in effect. For more information on COVID-19 procedures, click on the link https://bit.ly/376i7hc.

To register for the morning League, click on https://bit.ly/3apUO3V. For the Evening League, click on https://bit.ly/37jy6Zn. For more information, call Erasmo at (520) 868-7040.

Hip Hop’s Egg DropThe Recreation Division is proud to announce a new eggciting opportunity. Hip Hop the Bunny will be doing a personal egg drop in front yards of registered participants in the Florence and Anthem! If you are interested in having prize-filled eggs fill your front lawn, be sure to register your house for this eggciting surprise.

Once registered, the Recreation division will communicate the egg drop’s date and time. Due to COVID-19, this will be a contactless egg drop, and we are limiting Hip Hop’s exposure and ask that all registrants stay in their homes while eggs are being delivered. The Recreation Division will email a picture of Hip Hop delivering the eggs to the registrants’ front yard to share this unique experience with the family.

For more information, call (520) 868-7040.

Hip Hop’s Hop AroundThe town of Florence Recreation Division is proud to announce the arrival of Hip Hop the Bunny in Florence! Hip Hop will be cruising Florence and Anthem’s streets on the morning of Saturday, March 27. He will begin his trip in Florence at 11 a.m. before heading out to Anthem. Follow the town of Florence on social media for detailed information and route information. Also, to keep a live location of Hip Hop on this day, download the Glympse app on your smartphone. For more information, call (520) 868-7040.

Over the Line Spring LeagueThe town of Florence Parks and Recreation will begin accepting team registrations for the upcoming Over the Line “OTL” 4 vs.4 Spring League. League play will start in March on Sunday afternoons. There is a team fee of $50 per team, and the deadline to register is Wednesday, March 3. Social distancing guidelines will be in effect. For more information on guidelines, click on the link http://www.florenceaz.gov/organizedpublicevents/

Not sure what Over the Line “OTL” is? Visit https://www.ombac.org/over-the-line/otl-rules-of-the-game/ to learn more about the game.

Click the link to register your team. https://bit.ly/2OrvYrW

For more information, call Erasmo at (520) 868-7040.

Sand Volleyball 3 vs. 3 League

The town of Florence Recreation Division will begin accepting team registrations for the upcoming Spring Sand Volleyball 3 vs. 3 League. League play will start in March, with games being played on Sunday afternoons. There is a team fee of $30 per team, and the deadline to register is Wednesday, March 3. Social distancing guidelines will be in effect; click on the following link for more COVID-19 protocols http://www.florenceaz.gov/organizedpublicevents/ .

This league is purely recreational as teams will keep their score, and games will not be officiated, though standings are maintained.

To register your team, click on the following link https://bit.ly/3b7PEcb . For more information, call (520) 868-7040.

Rec on The GoThe town of Florence Recreation Division wants you to get out and get active! Sports equipment is available for use for free. Items available include basketballs, tennis equipment, pickleball equipment, over the line equipment, flag football equipment, soccer equipment and horseshoes. Get out and play! To reserve equipment, call the Recreation Division office at (520) 868-7040.

Lil Tykes T-ball and Coach PitchThe town of Florence Recreation Division is excited to announce the start of registration for the upcoming Lil Tykes T-ball & Coach Pitch League. This league is for boys and girls. Divisions include Rookie (ages 3 to 4), T-ball (5 to 6) and Coach Pitch (6 to 8). Note: 6-year-olds have the option to play T-ball or Coach Pitch at parents’ discretion and playing experience.

This league’s registration deadline is Wednesday, March 10, with a $40 resident fee and $50 for non-residents. Registration will only be held online. Visit https://bit.ly/3rFi1F5 to register. COVID-19 protocols will be in effect for the successful operation of this program. Visit http://www.florenceaz.gov/organizedpublicevents/ for information on protocols. Volunteer coaches are needed! For more information, call (520) 868-7040.

‘Food of Arizona’

Pinal County Historical Society Museum is hosting an AZ Speaks Program titled, “The Food of Arizona” by Greg McNamee this Saturday, Feb. 27, at 2 p.m. This program is made possible by Arizona Humanities and is offered at no charge to the public. Visit pinalcountyhistoricalmuseum.org to register for this Zoom program.

Virtual Book Club ‘Trunk Murderess’

Join PCHS Museum’s next Book Club discussion of “The Trunk Murderess: Winnie Ruth Judd” at 6 p.m. March 2. The book tells the story of one of Arizona’s most notorious female murderers. Grab a copy of this book in the museum’s gift shop and discover Winnie Ruth Judd’s sensationalized murder case and its complexities. Donations are appreciated for book club; call 520-868-4382 to RSVP.

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Mark Cowling is the county reporter for PinalCentral and covers the town of Florence, San Tan Valley and the surrounding area. He can be reached at mcowling@pinalcentral.com.