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Garden & landscape short course

CASA GRANDE —The University of Arizona Cooperative Extension is starting the Garden & Landscape Short Course in Casa Grande from Wednesday, Jan. 8, to May 13. Classes will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at the UofA Extension Office, 820 E. Cottonwood Lane, building behind Safeway in the County Complex in Casa Grande. The cost of the class is $150 for one or $225 per two sharing materials. Pre-registration is encouraged. If you are interested, please call BJ Seemuth at 520-431-6167, Terry at 520-709-1840, or the Extension office at 520-836-5221 x 0 or email

Concerts at Maricopa Community Church

MARICOPA — Maricopa Community Church, 44977 W. Hathaway Ave., has scheduled concerts for January. No ticket is needed. A love offering will be received. Lauren Talley will perform at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 11. Keepers of the Faith will take the stage at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 16.

Copa Glow, Night Market, Hot Air Balloon Festival

MARICOPA — Join your friends and neighbors from 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, for Maricopa’s first Copa Glow, Night Market and Hot Air Balloon Festival at Copper Sky Regional Park, 44345 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Stay tuned for details and vendor opportunities. For more information, contact: or call 520-316-4600.

Maricopa Republican Club

The Maricopa Republican Club meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, at the Village Clubhouse, 20991 N. Butterfield Parkway. The guest speaker will be Mayor Christian Price. For more information, contact:

Women’s Real Estate Investment Hour

PHOENIX — Atlas Real Estate is hosting a free catered lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 31, at 335 E. Palm Lane in Phoenix. Come hang out with successful women in real estate, and network with other investors. Join our investor community. For more information, contact Andrea Mazzola at

Maricopa Lions Club meetings

MARICOPA — The Maricopa Lions Club meets at 5 p.m. every second and fourth Tuesdays in the meeting room at the Maricopa Public Library, 41600 W. Smith-Enke Road, Building #10. Interested in what we do or are interested in becoming a member, we would love to have you attend. For more information, contact Dave Bock at 360-303-8018 or Ron Robbins at 614-738-8312.

Social evenings for deaf

The free social get-together evenings for people who are deaf and hard of hearing in Maricopa and Casa Grande return on Mondays and Wednesdays. They begin at 5:30 p.m. through closing. The locations are: Maricopa, 21423 N. John Wayne Parkwkay at Route 238, 480-320-9248, and Casa Grande, 1485 E. Florence Blvd. at Peart, 520-836-0351. No admission. No purchase necessary.

Living with diabetes workshop

ELOY — The Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens is hosting a Healthy Living with Diabetes Workshop from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays between Jan. 7 and Feb. 11 at St. Helen of the Cross Catholic Church-Parish Hall, 205 W. Eighth St. in Eloy. Learn how to take control and manage your health. The Diabetes Self-Management Workshop can teach you the skills that you need to manage your condition and get your life back. Workshop is free, seating is limited and meets once a week for 2.5 hours for six weeks. Participants will receive a free workbook and relaxation CD. Register by Jan. 6. For more information, call 520-836-2758 or email

Charity Sprint Triathlon/ 5K

MARICOPA — The second annual Maricopa Memorial Events Sprint Triathlon & 5K at Copper Sky Recreation Complex, 44345 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., will take place at 7 a.m. on Sunday, March 15. Join us for a morning of fitness activities and challenge your family, friends and neighbors. This event will raise funds for several local Maricopa groups including police and fire, veterans center and youth scholarships. Registration and more information can be found at or email Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

MFD offers sand bags to resident

MARICOPA — With strong storms pushing through the area, the Maricopa Fire and Medical Department is offering sandbags to help residents prevent flooding. Piles of sand have been placed at the intersection of Wilson and Madison Avenues. Residents will be required to bring bags and a shovel to the pile site in order to fill the bags. Bags are available at the Fire Administration Complex, as well as local fire houses. Calling each station ahead of time to check inventory is recommended. Note: Residents are limited to eight bags of sand each. MFD recommends filling bags only half way as they are more effective against preventing floods than a completely filled bag.

Sisterhood of Traveling Quilts

MARICOPA — The Sisterhood of the Traveling Quilts Guild meets at 9 a.m. the second and fourth Friday of the month at Villages Clubhouse, 20991 Butterfield Pkwy. The next meeting will be Nov. 8. Call Lynn Grant at 480-414-7172 for further information.

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 or 520-316-6268.

Business networking

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

ASU Open Door 2020

Once a year, ASU Open Door invites the local community, adults and children of all ages, to experience ASU and discover why it was named one of the most innovative universities in the nation for four years in a row. ASU Open Door welcomes visitors to our four campus locations, allowing visitors to explore spaces that are normally closed to the public. Visitors have the opportunity to participate in hundreds of interactive, hands-on activities and talk to students, faculty and staff. All of these events are free and open to the public. All ages are welcome. The ASU Open Door 2020 calendar schedule is from 1 to 5 p.m.:

  • Feb. 1 — West Campus, 4701 W. Thunderbird Road, Glendale
  • Feb. 8 — Downtown Phoenix Campus, 411 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
  • Feb. 22 — Tempe Campus, Tempe
  • Feb. 29 — Polytechnic Campus, 7001 E. Williams Field Road, Mesa

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 for more information or visit

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

PAL meetings

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

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 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

RC Club seeks 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.

Medicare info 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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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 or visit