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Copper Sky Pickleball Courts grand opening

MARICOPA — Construction is completed and Copper Sky has unveiled its new pickleball courts at the Recreation Complex, 44345 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Maricopa Road closing overnight for paving

MARICOPA — Maricopa Road will be closed between SR 347 to the Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway overnight from 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday to 6 a.m. Thursday and Friday. The road will re-open during the day, ensuring businesses along the corridor will remain accessible.

Extended closure planned for Alterra Road

MARICOPA — The Arizona Department of Transportation will close Alterra Parkway at SR 347 through September as crews develop a new intersection at Alterra Parkway. As a result of the closure, drivers will not be able to turn westbound onto Alterra Parkway from SR 347 or access SR 347 eastbound from Alterra Parkway. SR 347 will remain open to both northbound and southbound traffic, and Desert Cedars Drive east of SR 347 will remain open. Drivers will be directed to use Bowlin Road as a detour.

Salsa, Tequila & Taco Challenge

TUCSON — The Salsa, Tequila & Taco Challenge begins at 7 p.m. Sunday at La Encantada Shopping Center, 2905 E. Skyline Dr. The Southern Arizona Salsa, Tequila & Taco Challenge has emerged as one of the region’s largest and most creative culinary competitions. More than 40 chefs and restaurants will show off innovative recipes in 15 categories — from the art of mixology, to traditional and modern salsa recipes, to creative taco creations. Over 1,500 attendees vote on their favorite recipes and dance the night away to support this community fundraising event. SAACA and the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona are the beneficiaries. Tickets $55 each and include libation and menu samplings from over 50 local professional and emerging restaurants and chefs, with custom salsa and tequila cocktails in over 20 categories. In addition, attendees can enjoy beer and menu samplings.

New for 2019 is a VIP hour. Tickets cost $85 and includes one hour early entry into the event (6 p.m.), valet parking, Tequila Toast and commemorative shot glass plus all general admission access. Only 300 VIP tickets will be sold.

Phoenix Art Museum event

PHOENIX — Caregivers and their littlest ones up to 18 months are invited to join educators for art-inspired conversation designed for curious adults and our youngest museum visitors on Sept. 10 at 10:30 a.m. at the Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave. Chatty babies and nursing moms are welcome. RSVP at margaree.bigler@phxart.org or 602-257-2105.

Copa City Dems meeting

MARICOPA — The Copa City Dems’ new meeting date and time is the second Saturday of the month. Join them for their 2020 kickoff potluck social at 4 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Copper Sky Police Substation, 17985 N. Greythorn Dr. For more information, contact: copacitydems@gmail.com.

KiDs DaY MaRiCoPa 2019

MARICOPA — The 12th annual KiDs DaY MaRiCoPa free-event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at Maricopa Wells Middle School, 45725 W. Honeycutt Ave. The event will provide essential information on health, crime prevention, child safety and environmental awareness for children. The Maricopa Police Department will have police demos, cars, motorcycles and more. Smokey Bear, McGruff Crime Dog and other fun loving characters will make an appearance. Other visitors will include “Big Red” from the Arizona Cardinals, the Arizona Rattlers “Striker” and The Sidewinders. The Fire Department will bring a fire truck and teach fire safety. There will be lessons on water safety, bicycle safety, drug awareness, healthy eating, exercise, dental screening, gardening and golf. Opportunities are available for businesses to host a booth or be a sponsor; volunteers are needed. For more info about hosting a booth, being a business sponsor or volunteer opportunities, call 520-494-7788 or email: kidsdaymaricopa@yahoo.com or drjohnd1@yahoo.com.

Master Gardener Course

MARICOPA — Learn the science and art of gardening in the Southwest desert. This comprehensive course runs from Oct. 2-Feb. 5. Classes are on Wednesday night from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Maricopa Agricultural Center, 37860 W. Smith Enke Road in Maricopa. Cost is $150 per individual or $225 for two persons sharing materials. Contact the Master Gardeners at 520-374-6263 or macmastergardener@gmail.com for more information or an application.

Tucson Coin Club holds Coin Show

TUCSON — The Tucson Coin Club will be holding a Coin Show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 20, at the Tucson Jewish Community Center, 3800 E. River Road. Admission and parking are free. There will be 38 tables of dealers with US and world coins and paper money, tokens, medals, gold and silver and numismatic supplies. Several dealers will be available to buy precious metals and there will be free appraisals. For more information, contact Jerry Adamczyk: jerryaz631@gmail.com or call 520-305-5513 or go to www.tucsoncoinclub.com.

City Hall Artists Gallery

The Maricopa Art Committee announces an upcoming art gallery show with artwork to hang on the walls of the Maricopa City Hall from September through mid December. The theme is “Celebrations” for local visual artists. This is a juried gallery of artwork selected by arts advocates and professionals. Celebrating good times with family, events, beautiful Arizona sunsets and anything that inspires your celebration of life is the inspiration for this gallery show. Through the first week of August go to www.maricopa-az.gov, then search, key in ART, and click on City of Maricopa arts display policy. The policy, application and instructions are provided. Each jpeg of the artist’s work must be submitted through individual email. Include in the subject line the artist’s name, artwork title, medium used, dimension and price (if for sale). One application only.

Fiber Optic cables installed in Rancho El Dorado

Fiber optic cables will be installed throughout the Van Loop Residential Area in Rancho El Dorado as part of the ongoing effort to connect the Maricopa Unified School District facilities. This project was awarded to Fatbeam and will be carried out by MPNextlevel. Crews will be accessing utility easements already in place to install new fiber optic cables on existing power poles or placing new conduits underground. Flyers will be distributed to homeowners whose property is near the work zone.Sand bags available

Monsoon season is here, and the 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

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.

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.

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 Monday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. 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 and fourth Thursdays of each month at Copper Sky, Room A, to play a variety of games. 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 Com
  • 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Monday at the Police Substation, 17985 N. Greythorn. 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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