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BeautifulMaricopa Photo Contest

MARICOPA — Maricopa needs your help to capture, in photo, beauty throughout the city. Photos of any kind that represent the landscape or life in Maricopa can be submitted. No need to be a professional photographer to participate. Submit up to three images to media@maricopa-az.gov for a shot at prizes, recognition at a City Council meeting and the opportunity to have your images turned into a calendar. The top 12 photos will be featured in the Maricopa calendar. Photos submitted in the contest may be used to tell the city’s story in marketing and communications materials, including the city’s website, Facebook page and elsewhere. Proper credit will be given. The contest runs from Oct. 15 to Nov. 15. Visit adam.wolfe@maricopa-az.gov for more information.

Pickleball Courts to close

MARICOPA — The Pickleball Courts at Copper Sky Recreation Complex will be closed from Tuesday-Friday for the installation of lights around the court. Once completed, the lights will provide residents and visitors with extended court hours and improved safety in the complex. Reach out to Community Services Director Nathan Ullyot at Nathan.Ullyot@maricopa-az.gov with any questions you may have.

Adopt a wild horse or burro

FLORENCE — There will be a Florence Facility Open House on Friday and Saturday at 17989 E. Butte Ave. There is a $25 adoption/sale fee for untrained animals and a minimum $200-$700 fee for trained animals. The Arizona inmate training program will hold demonstrations from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. At 11 a.m. Saturday, the auction for trained animals will begin. There will also be hay rides and food vendors Friday. Ask about how you can earn up to $1,000 when you adopt an untrained wild horse or burro.

Veterans Day activities

MARICOPA — Join us for a fun filled morning to honor our Veterans on Saturday. There will be a pancake breakfast, flag raising ceremony, 5K Run/1 Mile Walk and parade. Most of the activities will be centered around the south end of Pacana Park, 19000 N. Porter Road. A pancake breakfast for $5 will be available from 6:30 until 10:30 a.m. The flag raising ceremony will be at 6:50 a.m. The 5K Run/1-mile walk will begin at 7 a.m. The parade will start at 9 a.m. with the route along Bowlin Road east of Porter Road and continuing north on Porter to Adams Way. Registration and more information can be found at www.mmeinc.org or by emailing race@mmeinc.org. We are currently seeking event sponsors and those who are interested are asked to contact us at race@mmeinc.org.

Copa City Dems

The Copa City Dems (Democrats) next meeting is at 4 p.m. Saturday at Copper Sky Substation, 17985 N Greythorn Dr. Please join us for discussion of community interests with outstanding speakers and positive social interaction. Contact Linda James, lloujames@gmail.com, for more information.

Robson Ranch Arts & Crafts Fall Sale

ELOY — The Robson Ranch Arts & Crafts Fall Sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16. Robson Ranch’s finest artists and crafters will have their work on display for sale in the Robson Ranch Hermosa Ballroom, 5750 W. Robson Blvd. This is a great opportunity to purchase one of a kind gifts for yourself and friends. Admission and parking are free and open to the public. Food and drinks will be available for purchase at the Ballroom bar. Come join us and bring your friends. Come early for best selection. For more information, call 619-672-7316.

UltraStar’s 7th anniversary bash

MARICOPA — UltraStar will hold it’s seventh anniversary bash from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16, at 16000 Maricopa Road. For more information, contact Jennifer Birk: jbirk@ultrastarmovies.com or call 520-233-2441.

All about Jesus seminars

Lee Venden, a pastor, educator and author, will present seminars all about Jesus later this month at the Abundant Life Seventh-day Adventist Church, 45295 W. Honeycutt Ave. Venden’s presentations will be at 6:30 Nov. 14; 9:45 a.m., 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Nov. 16; 6:30 p.m. each day from Nov. 17-22; and 9:45 a.m., 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Nov. 23. For more information, call 520-450-3381.

UA, MAC Family Farm Day

MARICOPA — The University of Arizona, MAC Family Farm Day runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23, at 37860 W. Smith-Enke Road. This is a free event for the whole family. For more information, contact Cody Jackson: codyj@ag.arizona.edu or call 480-201-3665.

Prince & Princess Tea Party

MARICOPA — A Frozen 2: Prince & Princess Tea Party is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23, at UltraStar, 16000 Maricopa Road. For more information, contact Jennifer Birk: jbirk@ultrastarmovies.com or call 520-233-2441.

Chihuahua Fest & Car Show

MARICOPA — The Chihuahua Festival & Car Show will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23, at UltraStar, 16000 Maricopa Road. For more information, contact Jennifer Birk: jbirk@ultrastarmovies.com or call 520-233-2441.

Santa and Mrs. Claus visits

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

  • 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 23
  • 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Nov. 29
  • 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Dec. 7
  • 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

Reliance Trio at Maricopa Community Church

MARICOPA — Reliance Trio will be performing at 8 and 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 24, at Maricopa Community Church, 44977 W. Hathaway Ave. Group founder, pianist and manager Ken Hurley has been singing Gospel Music for over four decades. Tyson Harness sings tenor. He is the son of the late John Harness, one of the original members of Reliance. For Stephen Anastasia, singing lead with Reliance cumulates his deeply seated love for Christ, a call to music ministry and a lifetime love for singing harmony. No ticket needed. A love offering will be received. For more information, contact Robin at 602-390-8999.

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.

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.

City Hall artists gallery

The Maricopa Art Committee is putting on an art gallery show with artwork to hanging 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.

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 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 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.

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 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.v

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.

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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