Events in Queen Creek through Aug. 31 include ‘Mama Mia!’ at PAC, scorpion stories

“Mama Mia!” is 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23; 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24; and 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26 at the Queen Creek Performing Arts Center, 22149 E. Ocotillo Road. Ticket prices vary.

From learning fascinating stories about scorpions (Aug. 2) to morning hikes at San Tan Mountain Regional Park (Aug. 9 and 30) and Mama Mia! at the Queen Creek Performing Arts Center (Aug. 23) there’s a lot going on in Queen Creek. Events include:

  • FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHT SERIES: 5-10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2 at Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Centre, 20464 E. Riggs Road. Free to spectators. Races have various costs. This event is a series of barrel races for riders of varying skill level. For more information, visit queencreek.org/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/27408/124?curm=8&cury=2019.
  • ALL ABOUT SCORPIONS AND SCORPION WALK: 7-9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2 at the San Tan Mountain Regional Park, 6533 W. Phillips Road. During a short indoor presentation, learn some fascinating stories about these mysterious creatures and find out which ones are fact and which ones are fiction. After that you will be ready to meet them “face to face” on an exciting Scorpion Search walk starting at 8 p.m.. Indoor class limited to 50 people.
  • BEGINNER MOUNTAIN BIKE CLINIC AND RIDE: 6-8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3 at San Tan Mountain Regional Park, 6533 W. Phillips Road. This introductory 30 min class is also followed by a short 3-4 mile ride to practice what you just learned. A helmet is required for safety reasons and please bring plenty of water, and an extra tube and tools to change a flat tire. Meet at the Main Trailhead.
  • BREASTFEEDING CLASS: 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6 at Banner Ironwood Medical Center, 37000 N. Gantzel Road. $25. This one day prenatal class covers all the information you need to get started nursing your baby including breastfeeding techniques, nutrition, breast milk production and going back to work. Please register expectant mom only; one spouse/birth partner is automatically included. Register at bannerhealth.com/calendar/event-detail?id=B20068VX& sessionId=B20068VY.
  • NIGHT SHREDDERS MOUNTAIN BIKING: 7-9 p.m. every Wednesday in August at San Tan Mountain Regional Park, 6533 W. Phillips Road. It is mandatory to wear a helmet and please bring plenty of water, an extra tube and tools to change a flat tire, and two sources of light; LED rechargeable lights with at least 650 lumen. Why? The desert gets very dark at night. Riders under 18-years of age must complete a Parental Consent form. Meet at the flagpole at 6:50 p.m.
  • PLAY SPOT: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 7-11 and 21 at the Queen Creek Library, 21802 S. Ellsworth Road. Come enjoy an interactive time where families engage in developmentally age appropriate play that encourages healthy brain development. There will be hands-on activities for parents and children 0-5 years of age, as well as take-home activities, brought to you by Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest. No registration required, but space is limited. Please contact Maria Martinez at 480-489-5773 or mamartinez@lss-sw for more information.
  • MORNING HIKE: 6-8 a.m. Friday, Aug. 9 and 30 at San Tan Mountain Regional Park, 6533 W. Phillips Road. Start your day with an early morning guided hike with the Ranger. Our journey will be 4-5 miles long on moderate terrain. We’ll stop along the way for water breaks and to talk about critters and plants of interest. What to bring: Water, hat, sunscreen, closed-toe shoes. Meet at the Main Trailhead map kiosk.
  • BARREL RACING: 5-10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16 at Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Centre, 20464 E. Riggs Road. Free to spectators. For more information, visit qcbra.com.
  • BEGINNER SKILL LEVEL MOUNTAIN BIKE RIDE: 6-8 a.m. Saturdays, Aug. 10, 17, 24 and 31 San Tan Mountain Regional Park, 6533 W. Phillips Road. Join us for an exciting beginner mountain bike ride among the beautiful San Tan Mountains. This 5.5-mile ride is open to all ages and skill levels. Our local experts will be available to help you understand your bike’s features and learn the ins and outs of safe riding. Under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Essentials: water, helmet, extra tube, tools to change a flat tire. Meet at the San Tan Trail sign at the main trailhead.
  • OB CHILDBIRTH PREP CLASS AND TOUR: 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20 and 27 at Banner Ironwood Medical Center, 37000 N. Gantzel Road. $70. This is a 2-week class that meets two consecutive Tuesdays. Topics include preparing for L&D, body changes, stages of labor, positions for L&D, as well as medical options & practices. Please arrive 15 minutes early and bring a pen. Register at bannerhealth.com/calendar/event-detail?id=B20067XJ&sessionId=B20067XH
  • OB TOUR: 6 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22 at Banner Ironwood Medical Center, 37000 N. Gantzel Road. Free. Your tour will cover areas such as Labor & Delivery, Recovery Rooms, Nursery and patient rooms. Please register each adult and any child, 13 years or older, who will be attending this free tour of the Labor and Delivery department at Banner Ironwood Medical Center. Register at bannerhealth.com/ calendar/event-detail?id=B20067Y7& sessionId=B20067Y3.
  • SUNSET PHOTOGRAPHY WALK: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22 at San Tan Mountain Regional Park, 6533 W. Phillips Road. This is generally an out-and-back walk that covers no more than two miles round trip. We go out as a group and meander back at our own pace. Have $7 exact cash for the self-pay station or your annual pass. What to bring: Closed-toe shoes, water, camera. Tripods are welcome. Meet at the Main Trailhead map kiosk.
  • QUEEN CREEK BARREL RACING ASSOCIATION: 5-10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23 at Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Centre, 20464 E. Riggs Road. Free to spectators. For more information, visit qcbra.com.
  • MAMMA MIA!: 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23; 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24; and 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26 at the Queen Creek Performing Arts Center, 22149 E. Ocotillo Road. Ticket prices vary. The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, creating an unforgettable show. Over 60 million people worldwide have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that make Mamma Mia! the ultimate feel-good show. Contact QCPAC for more information at 480-987-SHOW(7469).
  • DESERT SNAKES: 10-11:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 23 at San Tan Mountain Regional Park, 6533 W. Phillips Road. This indoor class will shed light on both types of snakes: their anatomy, behaviors and important place in the food chain. You’ll even have an opportunity to meet the snakes who serve as Animal Ambassadors in our critter room. Meet in the Nature Center.
  • TORTOISE FEEDING AND CLASS: 9:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24 at the San Tan Mountain Regional Park, 6533 W. Phillips Road. Join the Ranger as she introduces you to resident tortoises Santana and Shelly and gives them their crunchy green breakfast. After that, enjoy a presentation in the classroom to learn all about desert tortoises and how they survive in the wild. (We’ll be outdoors for approximately 15 minutes). Be sure to bring water and a hat.
  • ALL ABOUT SUMMER MONSOONS: 2-3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24 at the San Tan Mountain Regional Park, 6533 W. Phillips Road. This indoor presentation will explain some of the conditions that bring about this weather, why this season is important to desert plants and animals and how you can stay safe when Mother Nature livens things up. Meet inside the Nature Center.
  • RAPTORS RULE THE SKY: 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31 at the San tan Mountain Regional Park, 6533 W. Phillips Road. Learn about some of the coolest birds in our desert skies – raptors. We’ll discuss the characteristics that birds of prey such as owls, hawks and falcons have in common and how they differ in their habits and behaviors. After the talk you can meet and greet some of the Animal Ambassadors in our Critter Room. Meet inside the Nature Center.

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