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•QUEEN CREEK — Queen Creek “Feastival”: 5:30-9 p.m., in the northwest parking lot of the Queen Creek Branch Library, 21802 S. Ellsworth Road (facing Ellsworth Loop). This gathering of food trucks takes place every Friday night. For more information, visit the event Facebook page.
•QUEEN CREEK — Queen Creek Barrel Racing Association Bucks or Buckles Rerun Series: Fridays in September, Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Centre, 20464 E. Riggs Road. Free spectator admission. Rerun rules: If riders hit a barrel or he or she doesn’t like a run, the rider can buy back that run for $20 and run again at the end of the race. Time only runs 4-6:30 p.m., races start at 7 p.m. Peewee, youth and open divisions. 4D winners can choose a custom buckle or cash. For more information, visit www.qcbra.com and www.facebook.com/qcbra.
•QUEEN CREEK — Founders’ Day Celebration: 5-9 p.m. Sept. 24 at Founders’ Park, 22407 S. Ellsworth Road in Queen Creek. For more information, visit www.queencreek.org/foundersday.
•QUEEN CREEK — Joe Nichols: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24, Queen Creek Performing Arts Center, 22149 E. Ocotillo Road in Queen Creek. Tickets are $38, $48, $53 and $63. Joe Nichols is one of country music’s most praised traditional country vocalists. He has six No. 1 hits and eight Top 10 singles to his credit, including chart-toppers such as “Gimme That Girl” and “Brokenheartsville.” For more information or to purchase tickets, call the box office at 480-987-7469 or visit www.qcpac.com.
•QUEEN CREEK — Third Annual Garlic Festival: Queen Creek Olive Mill, 25062 S. Meridian Road. Free admission. Guests can enjoy live music, food trucks, garlic food specials, cooking demos by owner Perry Rea, garlic gelato, a meet-and-greet with the mill’s garlic farmer, games in the grove, tours and much more at this family friendly event. In addition, the mill will sell its organically grown garlic from its garden, while supplies last. Guests may bring blankets and chairs but no outside food or beverages. For more information, visit www.queencreekolivemill.com or call 480-888-9290.
•QUEEN CREEK — Queen Creek Barrel Racing Association Bucks or Buckles Rerun Series Finals: Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Centre, 20464 E. Riggs Road. Free spectator admission. Rerun rules: If riders hit a barrel or he or she doesn’t like a run, the rider can buy back that run for $20 and run again at the end of the race. Time only runs 4-6:30 p.m., races start at 7 p.m. Peewee, youth and open divisions. 4D winners can choose a custom buckle or cash. For more information, visit www.qcbra.com and www.facebook.com/qcbra.
•APACHE JUNCTION — Centerstage Church/Zao Theatre hosts Valley Nights: The Sept. 30 Valley Nights at Centerstage Church/Zao Theatre, 550 S. Ironwood Drive, is an eclectic series of entertainment ranging from a one-man concert to unique theatrical performances, according to http://www.zaotheatre.com. It will be an intimate “coffee house” style evening of musical entertainment with Miguel Alonso and Friends featuring Miguel Alonso (guitar/vocals), Bob Grubb (guitar/vocals), Gerry Denato (sax), Miguel Melgoza (drums/vocals), John Flummerfelt (bass), Elena Alonso (rhythm) and Bill Wiatr (vocals). You may hear some of your favorite light rock songs like the Eagles or the Beatles along with old favorites from the big band era. This event is free to the community. No children under 12 for this event. Learn more at www.zaotheatre.com.
•QUEEN CREEK — Pumpkin and Chili Party: 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Thursdays-Sundays at Schnepf Farms, 24610 S. Rittenhouse Road. For more information, visit www.schnepffarms.com.
SATURDAY, OCT. 1
•MESA — Paula Poundstone at MAC Ikeda Theater: Comedian Paula Poundstone performs Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Ikeda Theater at the Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St. Tickets for the 8 p.m. show cost $30.50-$40.50 and are available at 480-644-6500 or www.mesaartscenter.com/index.php/shows/performing-live/paula-poundstone. Ms. Poundstone tours regularly, performing stand-up comedy across the country. In 2016 she voiced the character “Forgetter Paula” in Disney/Pixar’s Academy Award winning animated feature film, “Inside Out.” For more information on Ms. Poundstone, go to www.paulapoundstone.com.
SUNDAY, OCT. 2
•APACHE JUNCTION — Guided Hike at Silly Mountain: The Superstition Area Land Trust invites past, present and potential volunteers to get out on the trails at Silly Mountain Park on Sunday, Oct. 2. Check out an outreach table for maps, brochures and other SALT materials and to get questions answered. Leader Bonny Knowlton will start the leisurely hike at 7:30 a.m. Bring water and wear comfortable clothing applicable to the weather conditions. Wear good, sturdy shoes; no sandals please. Silly Mountain Park is at mile marker No. 200, just off U.S. Highway 60. SALT is a 501(c)3 nonprofit whose mission is to conserve the natural Sonoran Desert open spaces surrounding the Superstition Wilderness Area. Check out its website at www.azsalt.org.
•SAN TAN VALLEY — J.O. Combs San Tan Valley Home Garden Health and Lifestyle Expo: 10 a.m.-4 .m., Ellsworth Elementary School, 38454 N. Carolina Ave. More than 60 vendors are expected to showcase products for the home, beauty, fitness, health, outdoor decor, business services and more. Vendors can sign up at http://santanvalleyfarmersmarket.com/VendorApplication.html Early bird special is $25 for a 10-foot by 10-foot booth. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/155542601547712/.
•QUEEN CREEK — Trunk or Treat Community Halloween Party: 5-9 p.m. Oct. 22 on 21802 S. Ellsworth Road in Queen Creek Town Center. For more information, visit www.queencreek.org/trunkortreat.
NOV. 4-5, 7
•QUEEN CREEK — Disney’s My Son Pinocchio Jr.: 7 p.m. Nov. 4 and 7, 2 p.m. Nov. 5, Queen Creek Performing Arts Center, 22149 E. Ocotillo Road in Queen Creek. $12.50. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the box office at 480-987-7469 or visit www.qcpac.com.
•APACHE JUNCTION — Centerstage Church/Zao Theatre hosts “1776”: Nov. 4-19 is the Tony-award-winning “1776,” which brings American history to life. It will be held at the Centerstage Church/Zao Theatre, 550 S. Ironwood Drive. “1776” follows John Adams of Massachusetts, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania and Richard Henry Lee and Thomas Jefferson of Virginia as they attempt to convince the members of the second Continental Congress to vote for independence from the shackles of the British monarchy by signing the Declaration of Independence. Tickets may be purchased at the box office or online at http://www.zaotheatre.com/box_office.html.
•APACHE JUNCTION — Festival of the Superstitions: The seventh annual Festival of the Superstitions will be held Nov. 11-12, hosted by the Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce along with the support of the city and sponsors. This free community event adjacent to the chamber, 567 W. Apache Trail, will offer fun for the whole family, including a car show, sports and beverage garden, three inflatables, live reptile exhibits and a petting zoo. There will also be the Apache Junction Parks and Recreation Department’s “Little Buckaroos” event, live music, a veterans tribute immediately following the Veterans Day Parade on Nov. 11, a movie on the back lot and food. For more information, go to www.ajchamber.com/.
•APACHE JUNCTION — Season Premiere at Barleens Arizona Opry: The opening show of the 2016-17 season for the Barleens Arizona Opry Dinner and Show, 2275 E. Old West Highway, is Nov. 11-12, with the first two shows featuring a special veterans tribute. Check http://azopry.com or call 480-982-7991 for times and cost.
•SAN TAN VALLEY — San Tan Valley Farmers Market and Bazaar/Powwow: J.O. Combs High School, 2505 E. Germann Road. Buy up to 60 pounds of produce for $10. Powwow is open from 7 a.m. until sold out. Held the second Saturday of each month. For more information, visit http://santanvalleyfarmersmarket.com or call 480-788-3648.
•QUEEN CREEK — Vintage Roadshow: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Centre, 20464 E. Riggs Road. $5 admission. For more information, visit www.vintageroadshows.com.
APACHE JUNCTION — Lost Dutchman State Park, 6109 N Apache Trail: Check http://azstateparks.com/Parks/LODU/index.html for schedule of events and activities. Call 480-982-4485 for more information.
MESA — Salt River Tubing: It costs $17 a person to ride a tube at Salt River Tubing on the Lower Salt River. Cost includes tube rental, shuttle bus ride and free customer parking at Salt River Tubing in Tonto National Forest, seven minutes from Loop 202 East on north Power Road. Salt River Tubing will be open 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. seven days a week, weather and water flow permitting, through Sept. 25. Sunblock, tennis shoes, cap or visor should be worn. A minimum 30 SPF is recommended. Tennis shoes or closed toes are also recommended while tubing. A valid driver’s license is required for a tube rental deposit per five tubes rented. Children must be at least 8 years or older and 4 feet tall for tubing and shuttle bus service. Life vests are recommended for children, non-swimmers and inexperienced swimmers. Go to www.saltrivertubing.com for more details.
QUEEN CREEK — Karaoke Nights: With Wanna Sing, 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Wednesday-Sunday; and Friday Night Ultimate Karaoke and DJ Dance Party hosted by Joe C, 9 p.m. Fridays. Queen Creek Cafe and Sports Lounge, 22002 S. Ellsworth Road. For more information, visit http://queencreekcafe.com or call 480-888-9241.
QUEEN CREEK — San Tan Historical Society Museum: Open 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays at 20425 S. Old Ellsworth Road. Free admission. The museum is inside the historic Rittenhouse Elementary School house, one of the last landmarks in the Queen Creek area. The San Tan Historical Society meets at the museum at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month. Members and guests alike are welcome to join these public meetings. For more information, visit www.santanhistoricalsociety.org or call 480-987-9380.
QUEEN CREEK — Queen Creek Olive Mill: 25062 S. Meridian Road. Learn the history of the Olive Mill’s company and olive oil production during the 30- to 45-minute tours offered at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. daily. Admission is $5 person. Children under 12 are admitted free. Reservations are not required for groups of eight or fewer. For more information, visit www.queencreekolivemill.com or call 480-888-9290.
QUEEN CREEK — Schnepf Farms: Schnepf Farms, 24610 S. Rittenhouse Road. Home to U-pick veggies, country store, bakery, train rides, hayride tours, petting zoo, museum and holiday events. For more information, including hours, visit http://www.schnepffarms.com.
SUPERIOR — Boyce Thompson Arboretum: Summer hours returned in May (6 a.m.-3 p.m.) Check the event pages at http://ag.arizona.edu/bta/events.html or recorded information (hours, directions, events, etc.) at 520-689-2811.