Smiling Dog Learning Center’s third season of classes and events kicks off Oct. 3 with Catherine Crowley’s class “Ground to Table: How to Have a Bountiful Garden.”Crowley, also known as The Herb Lady, offers seasonal transition tips, the basics of soil, sun and water and, most importantly, why you can grow just about everything edible in the desert if you understand the climate.
Hoofbeats with Heart is a non-profit organization offering equine-assisted activities and therapies for individuals with special challenges.
Come participate in the fundraising event held on Saturday, Sept. 29 and Sunday, Sept. 30 for the Hoofbeats with Heart children's charity. Taking place at Horseshoe Park & Equestrian Centre, 20464 E. Riggs Road in Queen Creek, there will be a children's corner with drafts from 2-5 p.m., horse jumping for local and national competitors' gala event, complete with dinner and poker night, a silent auction, and performances from the band, Park the Ford. Tickets may be purchased at the door for $25.
The sixth annual Gold Canyon Day of the Cowboy Celebration will be held Saturday, Oct. 13, and Sunday, Oct. 14, in Gold Canyon.
Cowboys and cowgirls of all ages are encouraged to join in the festivities honoring the contributions the American cowboy has made to this region’s rich Western culture.
Attendees are encouraged to don their most comfortable western wear and come out to join in the revelry. The weekend will include a golf tournament, family fun and fireworks. Most of the activities are free.
Ahoy mates! Looking to cool off outside but don’t want to wait until November? Then the short drive to Saguaro Lake and a cruise aboard The Desert Belle is just what you need. Located in the Tonto National Forest, the Saguaro Lake marina, where folks board the Desert Belle, is about 30 minutes from Queen Creek.
The two-level Desert Belle boat holds about 140 people and has upstairs open air seating for a real outdoor experience. It also has a downstairs air conditioned section with seating, tables the bar and snacks. Beer, wine, water and soft drinks are available for purchase, but there are NO credit card services available on the boat –cash or check only.
As the temperature slowly begins to drop, signifying a new season in the Grand Canyon State, Central Arizona College’s Visual Arts Gallery will welcome in a new wave of works featuring sculptures.The public is invited to take in the unique stylings of Carefree, Ariz., sculptors Les and Jaye Lawrence during an opening reception sscheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 9, 6-8 p.m. Les, known more for his work with clay, and Jaye, known for sculptures featuring fragmented illusions, will have their work on display until Nov. 9.
Summer Survivors’ Day will be celebrated on Saturday, Sept. 22, when the Superstition Mountain Museum welcomes fall with the initial “Artists on the Patio” event.
There will be free admission to the museum for the whole family. The museum hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saint Michael the Archangel Parish will be hosting its first-ever “Community Talent Show” on September 14th at 7:30 pm in the Copper Basin Elementary School cafeteria, 28682 North Main Street, San Tan Valley. Admission is $5 (ages 5 and under FREE).
Bring one canned food donation, and receive a ticket for a FREE concession item.The talent show will serve as a stewardship opportunity to benefit the church’s building fund.
Who says nothing in life is free? Not Maricopa County’s Parks and Recreation Department! Beginning October 1 through November 11, park visitors who pay the camping fee for one night or more at a desert mountain County park will receive one night of equal or lesser value for free at any of the County’s desert parks during that stay.
Expect to see colorful rust-orange Queens, iridescent blue-black Pipevine Swallowtails, bright yellow Sulphurs and many more butterflies during the sixth annual butterfly census at Boyce Thompson Arboretum starting at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15.
The arboretum is in Pinal County at U.S. Highway 60, milepost No. 223, near the town of Superior.