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Santa and Mrs. Claus visits

MARICOPA — Santa and Mrs. Claus are scheduling their visits to UltraStar, 16000 Maricopa Road, between now and Dec. 23. For more information, contact Jennifer Birk: or call 520-233-2441. Their schedule is:

  • 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday
  • 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Dec. 11
  • 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Dec. 13
  • 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 14
  • 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Dec. 15
  • 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Dec. 21
  • 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Dec. 23

Merry Copa Holiday Festival

MARICOPA — Everyone is invited to the annual Merry Copa Holiday Festival from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Copper Sky Regional Park, 44345 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. The event will feature 50 tons of snow, an ice rink, hot air balloons and entertainment.

Toy drive

MARICOPA — The Water & Ice store at 20928 N. John Wayne Parkway is hosting a toy drive from noon-4 p.m. Saturday. Donors are asked to bring untapped toys, games or sports equipment. Donations will benefit The Streets Don’t Love You Back’s toy giveaway.

Oro Valley arts festival

ORO VALLEY — Join friends and family for one of the largest annual holiday celebration of the arts and a holiday tree-lighting celebration in Oro Valley on Saturday and Sunday at the Oro Valley Marketplace, 12155 N. Oracle Road. Art festival is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The tree-lighting festivities will be from 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday. With over 200 arts experiences, this festival has grown to become one of the most exciting events of the holiday season in Southern Arizona. Admission is free. There will be over 150 artisans and exhibitors, over 30 live performances, Tubachristmas, food vendors, wine and beer garden, live art demonstrations, family fun and innovation stations.

Rykert Trio at area church

MARICOPA — The Rykert Trio will be presenting their 2019 Christmas tour at 6 p.m. on Saturday at the Maricopa Community Church, 44977 W. Hathaway Ave. The Rykert Trio’s goal is to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ through their impactful testimony and inspiring music. Coming from a multifaceted background of sacred, classical, musical theatre, jazz and contemporary music, they bring a new approach and sound to the gospel music world. They endeavor to bring hope through their story to the many who may be personally battling an insurmountable mountain in their lives. A love offering will be received.

Calling all artists

MARICOPA — The Maricopa Art Committee announces an upcoming Art Gallery show to hang on the walls of City Hall from January 2020 until April 2020. The theme for this show is “Self Awakening” and is open to local visual artists. This is a juried gallery of artwork selected by Arts advocates and professionals. The theme is purely up to the interpretation through the artists’s eyes. Contact for a copy of the policy and application. The cut off date for art submissions is Dec. 12.

Deaf social get-togethers

The social get togethers for Maricopa’s and Casa Grande’s deaf and hard of hearing community will take a hiatus over the holidays. The last meetings beforehand will be from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, in Maricopa and 5:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, in Casa Grande. Meetings will resume Monday, Jan. 6, and Wednesday, Jan. 8, respectively. The locations are Starbucks on the northeast corner of Routes 238 and 347 in Maricopa and on Peart and Florence in Casa Grande.

Citizens of Glory at Maricopa church

MARICOPA — Citizens of Glory will be performing in concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, at the Maricopa Community Church, 44977 W. Hathaway Ave.. Citizens of Glory is a family band compromising of eight siblings: Holly, Macy, Justus, Elley, Amy, Lilly, Peter and Daniel. They formed in 2008 and have been delighting audiences with their music quality, stage presence and strong message. Their music style is Americana/gospel with original songs and unique arrangements. A love offering will be received.

Rural Arizona Engagement

CASA GRANDE — Rural Arizona Engagement is partnering with Latino Familia Initiative to host a free community screening of Stories Beyond Borders from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 12, at the Casa Grande Recreation Center, 1905 Peart Road. Stories Beyond Borders is an organizing initiative that uses documentary films to show a more complete picture of the attacks on immigrant families and communities. Beyond building empathy, these five short films lift up real stories of resilience and strength, while illustrating some of the ways people can give their time, energy and resources to support organizing led by immigrant communities. After the screening, emcee Natali Fierros Bock, Co-Founder of Rural Arizona Engagement will facilitate a discussion panel with special guests including Civil Rights Activist, Roberto Reveles and CGESD Superintendent Dr. JoEtta Gonzales. Additional panel guests will include a representative from The Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project and the Arizona ACLU. For more information, contact Annie Lamoureaux at 760-784-1563 or by email at:

Sugar Plum Tea

MARICOPA — Sugar Plum Tea, hosted by DSPA Gems, will showcase excerpts of ‘The Nutcracker’, along with other holiday classics at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14, at Maricopa High School’s Performing Arts Center, 45012 W. Honeycutt Ave. This performance is sponsored by the Ak-Chin Indian Community and will be performed by student dancers from Maricopa’s own Desert Sun Performing Arts. The audience will be treated to complimentary refreshments including sweet treats, hot and iced tea, lemonade and water following the performance. There will be a silent auction with proceeds going to DSPA Gems in order to provide tuition scholarships to assist future dancers and fund community outreach. Tickets $10 are available at or $15 at the door. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for future events, contact For more information, visit DSPA Gems website or call 520-483-8915. For information on Desert Sun Performing Arts, visit

Maricopa Historical Society

MARICOPA — The public is invited to a lecture series at the Maricopa City Library, 41600 W. Smith-Enke Road, sponsored by the Maricopa Historical Society from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on the first Monday of the month. Lectures will include a variety of subjects.

MFD offering sand bags to residents

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.

Maricopa Historical Society lecture series

MARICOPA — The public is invited the first Monday of the month from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. to a lecture series at the Maricopa City Library, 41600 W. Smith-Enke Road, sponsored by the Maricopa Historical Society. Lectures will include a variety of subjects. The Dec. 2 program will feature Doug Hocking speaking on the Apache Wars and his new book “Terror on the Santa Fe Trail.”

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.

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.

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 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 or 520-316-6268.

Maricopa Lions Club

The Maricopa Lions Club meets at 5 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of the month 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 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

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 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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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.