Christmas Eve services

Maricopa Community Church, 44977 W. Hathaway Ave., is holding Christmas Eve Candlelight Service and singing of Christmas carols at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 24.

Christmas Day services

Christmas Day services will be held at 10 a.m. at Mountain View Community Church, 50881 W. Papago Road. There will be no Christmas Eve Service.

DSPA hosting annual ‘The Nutcracker’ Sugar Plum Tea ballet

Desert Sun Performing Arts will host excerpts of ‘The Nutcracker’ at 2 p.m. Saturday Dec. 10 at Saddleback Elementary School, 18600 N. Porter Rd. Holiday performances by DSPA’s Rising Stars preschool classes will also delight the audience.

An afternoon tea party, including a choice of hot or iced tea and lemonade with a tasty variety of yummy desserts is provided. A silent auction will also be held. Tickets available through or at the door, if seats still available.

DSPA is seeking donations for scholarships to assist dancers in financial need. All sponsors will receive recognition in DSPA programs, complimentary show tickets and more. The funds will go to DSPA Gems, Inc (501c3). If interested in becoming a sponsor or having DSPA perform at your function, go to For additional information, visit DSPA’s website at

Live entertainment in January at The Lounge

Harrah’s Ak Chin Casino, 15406 N. Maricopa Road, brings great live entertainment to The Lounge in January.

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in The Lounge

n Saturday, Jan. 7, 8 p.m. — 1 a.m. Cold Shott & The Hurricane Horns

n Saturday, Jan. 14, 8 p.m. — 1 a.m. Mogollon

n Friday, Jan. 20, 8 p.m. — 1 a.m. Desert Dixie

n Saturday, Jan. 21, 8 p.m. -1 a.m. Static

n Friday, Jan. 27, 8 p.m. — 1 a.m. Harry Luge Band

n Saturday, Jan. 28, 8 p.m. — 1 a.m. Soundwave

Live DJ in The Lounge

n Friday, Jan. 6, 9 – 10 p.m. & 11 p.m. – 1 a.m. Live DJ

n Friday, Jan. 13, 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. Live DJ

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in The Lounge

Each Wednesday in January, guests are invited to listen to some great live music.

n Tuesday, Jan. 3, 5 – 8 p.m. Karen & Marcus

n Wednesday, Jan. 4, noon – 4 p.m. Bandstand Shows

n Wednesday, Jan. 4, 5 – 9 p.m. Thaddeus Rose

n Thursday, Jan. 5, 5 – 8 p.m. Mike & Ted

n Tuesday, Jan. 10, 5 – 8 p.m. Stanley Serano Trio

n Wednesday, Jan. 11, noon – 4 p.m. Mancini The Band

n Wednesday, Jan. 11, 5 – 9 p.m. Miguel Melgoza Trio

n Thursday, Jan. 12, 5 – 8 p.m. Mike & Ted

n Tuesday, Jan. 17, 5 – 8 p.m. Stanley Serano Trio

n Wednesday, Jan. 18, noon – 4 p.m. Silhouette

n Wednesday, Jan. 18, 5 – 9 p.m. Walkens Trio

n Thursday, Jan. 19, 5 – 8 p.m. 2 Shades of Blue

n Tuesday, Jan. 24, 5 – 8 p.m. Stanley Serano Trio

n Wednesday, Jan. 25, noon – 4 p.m. Yesterday Once More

n Wednesday, Jan. 25, 5 – 9 p.m. Walkens Trio

n Tuesday, Jan. 31, 5 – 8 p.m. John Eric Duo

Gregory Wolfe featured at The Lounge

Harrah’s Ak Chin Casino, 15406 N. Maricopa Road, brings great live entertainment to The Lounge. Gregory Wolfe will be singing at 8 and 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6. Gregory Wolfe began singing at an early age but it wasn’t until his late 20s that he realized he looked and sang like Rod Stewart. He has since taken this act worldwide, from Singapore to South Carolina, from Bangkok to Berlin, and on January 6, he’ll take The Lounge by storm! Join us for an entertaining evening as Gregory Wolfe performs some of Rod Stewart’s most iconic hits.

Timothy B. Schmidt featured at The Lounge

Harrah’s Ak Chin Casino, 15406 N. Maricopa Road, brings great live entertainment to The Lounge. Timothy B. Schmidt will be playing and singing at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13. Best known for his work as the bass guitar player and singer for the Eagles and Poco, as well as having a successful solo career, Timothy B. Schmidt is sure to have The Lounge rockin’ out on January 13. Spend the evening enjoying the four decade career of folk-rocker Timothy B. Schmidt.

Fairchild Blues Tribute featured at The Lounge

Harrah’s Ak Chin Casino, 15406 N. Maricopa Road, brings great live entertainment to The Lounge. The Fairchild Blues Tribute band will be playing at 1 and 3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16. The Fairchild Blues Tribute band has dazzled audiences worldwide with their amazing and uncanny resemblance to John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd. Their slick dance moves and witty banter are guaranteed to have The Lounge rolling with laughter. Come on out and let the popular rhythm and blues tunes of yesteryear take you back in time.

‘The Heart of Christmas’ at Maricopa Lutheran Church

The Maricopa Lutheran Church Choir will present the cantata, “The Heart of Christmas,” by Pepper Choplin, on Sunday, Dec. 18 during the 9 a.m. worship service. The cantata embraces the passion of those who lived the story. The church worships at Desert Wind Middle School, 35565 W. Honeycutt Rd. The event is open to the public and all are invited.

Santa’s Workshop shopping event

The home-based businesses of the Maricopa Welcome Service would like to invite you to join them for some holiday fun and pick up your last minute, unique holiday gifts at Santa’s Workshop from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18 at The Villages Clubhouse, 20991 N Butterfield Prkwy. You will be able to pick up your cookie trays for Santa, home decor, hair accessories, cosmetics and skin care, kitchen tools and containers, essential oils, books and bags, infinity scarfs and a variety of jewelry. Gift drawings will be held every half hour. Bring in non-perishables for our local food bank and receive an additional entry into the gift drawing. For more information, go to or call 520-483-3394.

Maricopa Lions meet

The first meeting of the new year for the Maricopa Lions will be January 10th at 7:00 p.m. in the police substation by Cooper Sky. We invite all who have been Lions before or are interested in finding out what we do to join us. If you have questions or need directions, call Berta Bock at 360-303-8504.

Christmas concert fundraiser for MCT set for Dec. 17

Come celebrate the Christmas Season as Maricopa Community Theatre welcomes back Matt Ortega in a private concert entitled “I’ll Be Home For Christmas.” Join us for an evening of food, laughter and fun!

Matt has performed in several groups both in and out of Arizona and has received numerous awards for his singing and acting. Some of his stage credits include: Harold Hill in The Music Man; Sky Masterson in Guys & Dolls; Scrooge in A Christmas Carol: The Musical; and many more!

Let Matt’s voice guide you on a journey through some of your favorite holiday songs and show tunes. Along the way you will discover his passion for singing and performing as his voice leads you on a musical adventure through smooth jazz and Broadway belting — his style is illustrated in a charming array genres. Matt has opened up his home for a holiday salon concert.

Live music will be performed by Matt, accompanied by the incomparable Mary Ellen Loose.

Ticket price ($50) includes all food and an intimate concert at the beautifully decorated Casa de Ortega. Tickets can be purchased at

Dance concert performed

“Middle of Somewhere” will be performed by the Central Arizona College Dance Company from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14 in the Pence Center, 8470 N. Overfield Road. The show is free and open to the public.

Choral and handbell concert

Central Arizona College’s vocal and handbell choirs will perform a concert from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 in the Pence Center, 8470 N. Overfield Road. The show is free and open to the public.

Flying schedule for Casa Grande RC Flyers

The Casa Grande RC Flyers is now on their winter flying schedule. Visitors are welcome to watch the flying on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings starting about 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. on most non windy mornings. The club also welcomes guests at their Fun Fly contests and swap meets on the second Saturday of each month through March. Food service is offered. Directions to the club field are found on the club web site at

Salvation Army utility assistance

The Salvation Army of Maricopa assists with past due utility bills. Appointments can be made by calling (520) 705-6509.

Addiction recovery groups meet

A Ray of Hope meeting of Narcotics Anonymous meets on Sundays and Mondays at 7 p.m. at Maricopa Community Church located at 44977 W. Hathaway Avenue. Enter through door on right side of building) and Thursdays at 7 p.m. at the Ak-Chin Social Services Bldg.

Maricopa Celebrate Recovery is a Christian based recovery group for a multitude of hurts, habits and hang-ups. This group meets on Tuesday at Maricopa Community Church located at 44977 W. Hathaway Avenue. From 5-7 p.m. there is an open mic, coffee and music time and from 7-9 p.m. there is general group assembly and small groups.

Copa Seniors meeting and events

Copa Seniors, a social club that is open to all seniors 55 plus who reside in Maricopa and the surrounding area, meets the second Thursday of the month at 9:30 a.m., at the Copa Center, 44585 W. Honeycutt Ave.

On the fourth Thursday of the month, the group meets for socializing at 9:30 a.m. at the Copa Center, where tables are set up for a variety of cards, games and conversation. Holiday parties and events are in the works and all seniors are encouraged to help plan and attend these events.

For additional information contact or 602-377-2284.

Medicare Information Seminar at Maricopa Library

Gloria Smith, of Insurance and Consultant Services, LLC, invites Maricopa seniors age 65 or older to the Medicare information seminar on the second and third Tuesday of each month at 10 a.m. located at the Maricopa Library, 41600 W Smith-Enke Rd.

For more information or to sign up contact Gloria Smith 520-568-6750 or e-mail

R.C. group seeking new members

The Maricopa Radio Control Club is looking for new members to join our model flying club. Radio control car enthusiasts are also welcome.

The group has found a field in the Maricopa area. Anyone looking to join or has information regarding an available site should contact Ron Vance, club president at (520) 350-2712 or Bob Puzsik, club Vice President at (520) 494-2992.

Farmers Market open twice a week

The Maricopa Farmers market is open Friday evenings from 5pm until 8pm and Saturday mornings from 7am until 12pm noon. Farm fresh eggs and local produce from SLAW, Bootleggers BBQ sauce, Gattens local Honey, Hot food from Soul Food Shak and Hot SOS taco truck are available to purchase.

The market is located at Stagestop Marketplace at 44301 Maricopa/Casa Grande Hwy.

New vendors always welcome, contact for more information, type Farmers Market in the subject line.

American Legion Post 133 meetings

The local American Legion Post 133 holds it regular meetings on the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Maricopa Veterans Center located at 44240 W Maricopa-Casa Grande Hwy. Meetings present topics of interest that support veterans and the community.

Guests are welcome and are encouraged to share ideas, comments or suggestions to benefit veterans and the community.

For more information, please visit

Blue Star Mothers meet

Blue Star Mothers of Maricopa,AZ #7 meets the 3rd Wednesday each month at 6:30 p.m. at The MCE Office located on 20800 John Wayne Parkway Ste 108. Blue Star Mothers is a local chapter of Blue Star Mothers of America. Our membership is comprised of moms of active duty military members and veterans.

For more information please contact Chapter President Tracy Davis;, or by phone (520) 709-0539.’