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Queen Creek Block Party: 2-7 p.m., Ellsworth Road in Town Center. Celebrate the re-opening of Ellsworth Road in Town Center at the Queen Creek Block Party. Events will include a kid zone, live entertainment and a beer garden. For more information, visit www.queencreek.org.
Girl Scouts Do More Blue Workshop: 9-11 a.m., Queen Creek Branch Library, 21802 S. Ellsworth Road in Queen Creek. The town of Queen Creek will host the Do More Blue recycling workshop for the Arizona Girl Scouts. The girls will participate in a workshop at the Queen Creek library. Each girl will have the chance to earn their East Valley Recycle Alliance patch. During the workshop the Girl Scouts will learn about the recycling process and the importance of reducing, recycling, and reusing items in their own homes. Each participant will create a recycled craft to take home. Register online at http://www.girlscoutsaz.org. The event will repeat Saturday, Aug. 1.
Free Blood Pressure Check: 9-10 a.m., Queen Creek Branch Library Recreation Annex, 21802 S. Ellsworth Road. On the first Wednesday of each month, Queen Creek firefighters provide free blood pressure checks. For more information, visit www.queencreek.org.
Business After Hours: 6-8 p.m., San Tan Valley Chamber of Commerce, 270 E. Hunt Highway in San Tan Valley. For more information, call Stacy Gramazio at 480-788-7516.
Roots ‘N’ Boots Rodeo: This marks the fifth anniversary of Queen Creek’s signature equestrian event, which will take place at the Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Centre, 20464 E. Riggs Road. The event is hosted by the Friends of Horseshoe Park and presented by Banner Ironwood Medical Center. It is a three-day event that offers a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association rodeo, vendors, carnival, entertainment and multiple family activities for all ages. Rodeo performances begin at 7 p.m. March 6-7 and at 3 p.m. March 8. Tickets for the Roots ‘N’ Boots Queen Creek rodeo and carnival, coming March 6-8 to Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Center, are available at Saba’s Western Wear at the Queen Creek Marketplace, Crazy Horse Saddle Shop in Apache Junction or online at QCPAC.com or VisitMesa.com. Tickets will also be sold at the rodeo ticket office, which is open on-site during event hours only. Ticket prices start at $7. A discounted family pack includes general admission tickets for two adults and two children 12 and under for $40. Specially priced general admission tickets are available for active military with valid identification for $10. Parking for the event is $5. Pre-sale wristbands for the carnival are available for $18. Carnival hours are 3 p.m.-midnight on Friday, 9 a.m.-midnight on Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sunday. Visit RootsNBoots.org for more information.
Second Annual Cruise-In for Vets Car and Bike Show and Community Public Safety and First Responder Fair: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Poston Butte High School, 32375 N. Gantzel Road in San Tan Valley. The event will offer displays of cars, trucks, bikes and hot rods of all kinds in the car show and many safety demonstrations and booths for the public to participate in on the safety fair side. There will be a K9 demonstration and bloodhound tracking demonstration from the Arizona Department of Corrections. There will be nonprofit groups, vendors, food trucks and local restaurants on-site, games, prizes, raffles and giveaways throughout the entire day. The kids zone will have five bounce houses, games and prizes for children. The entrance fee to get into the kids zone is a special card children will be given on which they must place stickers obtained at six safety events . In addition, the card will enter the child’s parent into a drawing for a prize. For more information, e-mail Jeffrey A. Kramer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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