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Road restrictions continue in Overpass Phase II

The Arizona Department of Transportation is advising drivers to slow down and use caution through the areas surrounding the intersection of State Route 347 and the Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway as construction continues. Northbound SR 347 will remain narrowed to one lane between Honeycutt Road and Hathaway Avenue until July 3. Head to www.OverpassTracker.com for more information.

New building codes now required for plans

Beginning this month, Maricopa will require 2018 building codes be featured on all plans submitted to the city. The most significant changes include new requirements for smoke alarms, circuit protection, and air duct installation. For more information, contact Maricopa’s Development Services Department at 520-316-6920.

Healthy Living with Diabetes Workshop

The Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens is holding a six-week Healthy Living with Diabetes Workshop beginning on July 24.

Participants will meet every Wednesday from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Copper Sky Recreation Center, 44345 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Participants will also make a weekly action plan, share experiences, and help each other solve problems they encounter in creating and carrying out their self-management program. The workshop is free, and each participant will receive a copy of the companion book “Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions” and an audio relaxation compact disc.

Classes are highly participative so that mutual support and success builds participants’ confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling lives.

Seating is limited. Deadline to register is July 19. To register, call 520-316-4600 or email maryg@pgcsc.org.

Great American 4th Celebration

The Great American 4th of July Celebration this year will include the debut of tailgating and another fireworks show. Normal festivities start at 5 p.m., and the new Great American Tailgate will start at 1 p.m. at Copper Sky Regional Park, 44345 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. The celebration includes a freestyle motocross show and first-ever tailgating feature in lieu of a beer garden. A prelude to the fireworks show starts at 7:45 p.m. with an hourlong freestyle motocross performance courtesy of famed pro rider Vince Morgan of Brigade FMX, a former Maricopa resident.

Family festivities commence at 5 p.m. and include VIP pool party, giant water slides and inflatables, an interactive disc jockey, various family fun and games, food trucks and vendors. The event concludes with fireworks at 9 p.m., though guests are encouraged to arrive at least 15 minutes early. Go to www.ga4th.com for more info.

Sand bags in case of monsoon storms

Monsoon season is officially here, and the City of Maricopa Fire/Medical Department will provide sand bags to residents should the need arise.

Game night at Copper Sky

Multigenerational Game Night will be held at the Copper Sky Multigenerational Center, 44345 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., on the last Friday of each month through October. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.

I-11 Tier 1 Study documents available

After years of work on the Interstate 11 Tier 1 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), the Arizona Department Of Transportation recently announced a 2,000-foot recommended corridor between Nogales and Wickenburg. This “recommended corridor” is depicted in study documents as passing through Maricopa’s planning area. If this corridor is ultimately selected, it could stimulate economic activity in Maricopa and provide a direct connection to the west Phoenix metropolitan area.

Study documents can be viewed at https://bit.ly/2WWiW4O and comments submitted on the I-11 website.

CAC offers summer online webinars

Central Arizona College will offer student success workshops in a live online webinar format during July and August. These free informational sessions will focus on topics that are important to students and their families. They can be accessed from any computer or mobile device with internet access.

The dates are:

  • Monday, July 15, 5 p.m. Topic: Parent Orientation—Supporting Your Student Through the College Experience
  • Tuesday, July 23, 3 p.m. Topic: Understanding Financial Aid
  • Thursday, August 1 to 4 p.m. Topic: Study Strategies & Tutoring from the Learning Center

To register visit www.centralaz.edu/studentsuccess, or for additional information email orientation@centralaz.edu.

Music Circle orchestra seeks musicians

Maricopa Music Circle chamber orchestra is planning to expand by adding new members for the 2019-20 season. Up to four varied programs are being scheduled, beginning in early fall. Especially needed are performers on violin, cello, flute, clarinet, trombone or tuba, piano, string bass and bassoon. Percussion is a plus. No guitars, please.

Musicians should be comfortable with sight-reading and be at an advanced enough level to be comfortable playing an orchestral part from a Mozart or Mendelssohn symphony. Auditions mid-July through early August will include sight-reading, performing a prepared piece, and sitting in for a full rehearsal. Performers must commit to weekly Monday night rehearsals and will pay no dues. For more information or to schedule an audition, reach MMC at MaricopaMusicCircle@yahoo.com or 520-316-6268.

Maricopa Historical Society meeting

The Maricopa Historical Society will continue to meet the first Monday of the month throughout the summer. The meetings will include informal discussions of events and activities of historical interest.

All are invited to attend the meetings in the Maricopa Library, 41600 W. Smith Enke Road, at 5:30 p.m.

Copa City Dems meeting

Copa City Democrats meet the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Copper Sky Police Substation meeting room, 17985 N. Greythorn Drive.

Maricopa Lions Club

The Maricopa Lions Club is on summer break. It will reconvene in September and will meet every second and fourth Tuesday at 5 p.m. in the community room at the police substation by Copper Sky. Interested in what the club does or are interested in becoming a member? For more information or an immediate answer, contact Dave Bock at 360-303-8018 or Ron Robbins at 614-738-8312.

Business networking

Business Networking International holds chapter meetings every Wednesday from 7:30 to 9 a.m. in the conference room at Global Water, 22590 Powers Parkway S. All business owners are welcome.

Blue Star Mothers

The Blue Star Mothers of Maricopa meet at 6:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month at the Maricopa Veterans Center, 44240 W. Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway.

The countywide organization is a local chapter of Blue Star Mothers of America, and membership is made up of mothers of active-duty military members and veterans throughout Pinal County. Contact Vero Sanchez at maricopaaz7@gmail.com for more information or visit www.bluestarmothersofmaricopa.org.

Maricopa veterans

At the end of every month, the Maricopa Veterans Care Center will give a homeless veteran a life pack (toiletries, socks, underwear and more). Anyone who knows a veteran in need can email Master Sgt. Kent O’Jon at kentojon@gmail.com.

Parents of Addicted Loved Ones

Parents of Addicted Loved Ones (PAL) meets every week From 7 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays at 21300 N. John Wayne Parkway, Suite 103, to provide continuing education and support for parents trying to save a son or daughter from addiction to alcohol or drugs.

PAL can also help spouses who are forced to act like the parent to their addicted partner who is abusing alcohol or drugs. All other family members and friends are also welcome to attend meetings as long as they are at least 18 years old. There is no charge.

For more information, visit www.palgroup.org.

Salvation Army utility help

The Salvation Army of Maricopa assists with past-due utility bills. For help, call 520-705-6509 and leave a message. Calls are returned on Mondays or Tuesdays.

Blanket drive for Animal Care and Control

Chitwood Feed, 19884 N. John Wayne Parkway, is having a blanket drive to benefit animals at the Pinal County Animal Care and Control.

Donations needed are blankets and towels, new or used. Items can be dropped off at Chitwood Feeds during business hours.

Maricopa Healing Rooms

Maricopa Healing Rooms is a Christian organization serving the community’s physical, emotional and financial needs. It is located at 19997 N. Justin Drive. Appointments are accepted for 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays. For more information, contact Janet Owens at iahr.az@cox.net or 480-231-6490.

Copa Seniors meet

Copa Seniors, a social club open to those 55 and older who reside in Maricopa and the surrounding area, will meet at 9:30 a.m. the second Thursday of each month at Santa Cruz Elementary School, 19845 N. Costa Del Sol Blvd., to play a variety of games.

The center is open for games and socialization for any senior Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, call Helen Brown at 520-868-6111 or email her at helenhfb@q.com.

Maricopa AA meets

A Maricopa Alcoholics Anonymous group meets at Mountain View Community Church, 50881 W. Papago Road, at the following times:

  • Monday at noon.
  • Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.
  • Friday at 7 p.m.

For more information visit www.maricopaaa.org.

Other AA meetings

Maricopa Alcoholics Anonymous groups meet according to the following schedule:

  • Monday at 5:30 p.m. at Ak-Chin Social Services, 48227 W. Farrell Road.
  • Monday at 6 p.m. at Community of Hope Church, 45295 W. Honeycutt Avenue
  • Thursday at 7 p.m. at Community of Hope Church, 45295 W. Honeycutt Avenue.

Al-Anon meetings

Al-Anon is for those who have been affected by the problem of drinking of someone close to them. Strength and Hope Al-Anon Family Group meets on Friday at 7 p.m. at Community of Hope Church, 45295 W. Honeycutt Ave.

Volunteers needed

Hospice Family Care is seeking volunteers to provide companionship to patients and their families. Volunteers are also needed to help for music therapy, group home and special events. If you are a good listener, can read to a patient, play cards or a game, watch TV, listen to music or just hold someone’s hand, then you are needed. You are qualified if you have a desire to help. Training and mileage are provided.

For more information, contact Cheri Horton at 421-2455 or chorton@curohs.com.

Maricopa Warriors PTSD

All military veterans, first responders and others affected by post-traumatic stress disorder are welcome to join a group for free, Christ-centered discussions and solutions for combat trauma sponsored by the Church of Celebration Maricopa.

Meetings are from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Monday at 21300 N. John Wayne Parkway, No. 120, in the Ahwatukee Realty Building.

For more information, contact Scott Summers at 520-509-5541.

Free chronic pain support

Are you looking for support for your chronic pain? Join a new pain management support group meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesdays at the Maricopa Community Church, 44977 W. Hathaway Ave., Maricopa. For more information, call Mary at 520-208-0526.

Women’s health and wellness classes

The public is invited the second Monday of every month from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Sun Life Maricopa Center for Women, 44765 W. Hathaway Ave. in Maricopa, for “It’s That Time of the Month — Well Women 101.”

Join Danielle Jennings, WHNP-BC, as she provides free education, gives health tips and answers questions focusing on health, wellness and prevention activities.

For more information, call 520-788-6100.

Addiction recovery meetup

A Ray of Hope meeting of Narcotics Anonymous is held at 7 p.m. on Sundays and Mondays at Maricopa Community Church, 44977 W. Hathaway Ave. (enter through the door on the right side of building) and 7 p.m. Thursdays at the Ak-Chin Social Services Building.

Recovery group for hurts, hang-ups

Maricopa Celebrate Recovery is a Christian-based recovery group for a multitude of hurts, habits and hang-ups.

This group meets on Tuesdays at Maricopa Community Church, 44977 W. Hathaway Ave. From 5 to 7 p.m. there is an open mike, coffee and music time, and from 7 to 9 p.m. there is general group assembly and small groups.

Creative Sisterhood

The Creative Sisterhood will meet 9 a.m. to noon every Wednesday at Santa Cruz Elementary School, 19845 N. Costa Del Sol Blvd.

For more information, contact Helen Brown at 520-868-6111 or helenhfb@q.com.

VFW meets

The local Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 12043 holds regular meetings at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month. The meetings are held at the Maricopa Veterans Center at 44240 W. Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway.

American Legion Post 133 meetings

The local American Legion Post 133 holds regular meetings at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month at the Maricopa Veterans Center, 44240 W. Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway.

Meetings focus on topics of interest for the benefit of veterans and the community. Guests are welcome and encouraged to share ideas, comments or suggestions to benefit veterans and the community.

For more information, visit www.alpost133az.org.

Medicare information seminar

Gloria Smith of Insurance and Consultant Services invites Maricopa residents 65 or older to a Medicare information seminar at 10 a.m. on the second Tuesday and third Saturday of each month at the Maricopa Library, 41600 W. Smith Enke Road.

For more information or to sign up, contact Smith at 520-568-6750 or by email at askwoman1123@aol.com.

Meet pediatricians from Sun Life

Sun Life Family Health Center presents Dr. Stella Raposas, MD, FAAP, and Dana Rodriguez, Ph.D, APNP-BC, on the first Wednesday and third Thursday of every month from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. at the Maricopa Public Library, 41600 W. Smith Enke Road. This event will provide story time for the children and an opportunity for parents and adult family members to meet with local health care providers. Children, parents, grandparents and caregivers are all welcome. For more information, call 520-568-2926.

Sun Life and the library are partnering to promote early learning literacy and educational programs in Maricopa.

FOTL events at public library

The Friends of the Maricopa Public Library is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization dedicated to the service and support of the library with reading programs, fundraisers, a book club, scholarships and book sales. Everyone is welcome.

The group meets at 5:30 p.m. on the second Monday of every month.

There is also Coffee with Friends of the Public Library, which meets 1:30 to 3 p.m. every Tuesday. Everyone is welcome to enjoy refreshments and conversation and to get acquainted with the library.

Finally, there is an ongoing book sale every day at the library. Various types of books, including hardcover, paperback, children’s, and audio, are for sale. Videos are also for sale. Books are located inside the main entrance of the library. Donations are always welcome.

For more information, email maricopafriendsofthelibrary@gmail.com or visit maricopafriends.yolasite.com.

Radio Control Club seeks new members

The Maricopa Radio Control Club is looking for new members. Anyone interested in joining should contact Gary Brewer at 971-563-7452.

Volunteer drivers needed

Seeds of Hope is looking for volunteer Hot Lunch program drivers.

If you are available from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. and have a clean driving record, call Mark at 520-560-3612.

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