Entertainment calendar for Queen Creek, nearby communities

Disney’s Olivia Holt will perform in concert July 22 during the Back to School Bash at the Queen Creek Performing Arts Center. Fans can purchase tickets for $10 (including ticketing fees) June 28-29 by using the promo code "BASH" when ordering. (Special to the Independent/QCPAC)

Disney’s Olivia Holt will perform in concert July 22 during the Back to School Bash at the Queen Creek Performing Arts Center. Fans can purchase tickets for $10 (including ticketing fees) June 28-29 by using the promo code “BASH” when ordering. To order, visit www.qcpac.com or call 480-987-SHOW.  (Special to the Independent/QCPAC)

 

Special pricing offered June 28-29 on Back to School Bash starring Disney’s Olivia Holt

Editor’s note: Items on the entertainment page run free of charge as space is available for events in the area. Please submit items by e-mail to qcnews@newszap.com. Ongoing events are listed at the end of this post.

THROUGH JULY 4

QUEEN CREEK — Independents Week-Local First: 8 a.m. June 27-10 p.m. July 4, Queen Creek Olive Mill, 25062 S. Meridian Road. Celebrate the local businesses and receive discounts on selected products. More information to come. Note: The new Olive Mill entrance is just east of the old entrance. For more information, visit the Olive Mill website or call 480-888-9290.

JUNE 28-Tuesday

APACHE JUNCTION — Free ‘Olde Tyme’ Westerns: Return to those thrilling days of yesteryear and beat the heat this summer by attending free weekly movies in the air-conditioned Elvis Chapel at the Superstition Mountain Museum, 4087 N. Apache Trail, (SR 88) just northeast of Apache Junction. The movies are at 1 p.m. Tuesdays June 7-July 26. The “olde tyme” Westerns will be shown free to the public. Snacks, including popcorn, candy bars, ice cream and soda, will be available for purchase. The cool matinees will run from June 7 through July 26. An episode or two of the 1939 movie serial starring Rin Tin Tin entitled “The Lone Defender” will begin each matinee, with a main feature classic Western from the 1930s, ‘40s or ‘50s (with one 1971 exception) to follow, running approximately one hour. All scheduled movies are suitable for family viewing. The 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 28, movie is “Death Rides the Range” starring Ken Maynard (1939).  The museum is open 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday-Sunday except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. For more information, go to the museum website or call 480-983-4888.

JULY 1-Friday

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.

JULY 2-Saturday

QUEEN CREEK — Live Music in the Grove: 6-9 p.m., July 2 at the Queen Creek Olive Mill, 25062 S. Meridian Road in Queen Creek. Free admission. Listen and dance to the music of the band Rocket 88’s in the grove. Note: The new Olive Mill entrance is just east of the old entrance. For more information, visit www.queencreekolivemill.com or call 480-888-9290.

JULY 4-Monday
QUEEN CREEK — Fourth of July at Schnepf Farms: 4-10 p.m., Schnepf Farms, 24610 S. Rittenhouse Road. $20 per carload. A portion of proceeds will be donated to the Queen Creek Performing Arts Center. Food trucks, hay rides, amusement rides and fireworks. Unlimited ride wristband costs $12, or $3 per ride. For a list of activities and what cannot be brought into the event, visit http://www.schnepffarms.com.

QUEEN CREEK — July Fourth Pizza Party: 5-10 p.m. July 4, Queen Creek Olive Mill, 25062 S. Meridian Road. The Olive Mill will be grilling outside in The Pit, firing up pizza pies inside and dancing to live music by Rocket 88’s. Free admission. Lawn chairs and blankets welcome. For more information, visit www.queencreekolivemill.com or call 480-888-9290.

JULY 8-Friday
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.

JULY 9-Saturday

QUEEN CREEK — Superhero Party at the Splash Pad: 9-11 a.m. July 9, Queen Creek Splash Pad at Founders’ Park, 22407 S. Ellsworth Road. Celebrate like a superhero at the Queen Creek Splash Pad. Enjoy super sounds from DJ Truth Sound Productions and fun activities for the little ones. Kona Ice, Sweet Kettle Pop and Hot Dog Kings will have refreshments available for purchase. The party not only gives residents an excuse to breakout their favorite superhero cape but it also celebrates the town’s second annual designation as a Playful City. For more information, visit www.queencreek.org.

QUEEN CREEK — Racing at Arizona Speedway: Arizona Speedway, 47346 N. Ironwood Road in Queen Creek, within ET Motopark 4 miles south of U.S. Highway 60, offers events throughout the summer, including the monsoon madness $1,750 ASCS wing sprint cars Saturday, July 9. For more information on events, go to www.Facebook.com/ArizonaSpeedway or www.ArizonaSpeedway.net or call 480-926-6688.

JULY 15-Friday
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.

JULY 22-Friday
Back to School Bash and Concert at the QCPAC: 7 p.m., Queen Creek Performing Arts Center, 22149 E. Ocotillo Road. Tickets are $12.50, $15 and $17.50. Featuring Disney’s “Kickin’ It” star Olivia Holt and special guest Ryland. The Back to School Bash is more than a concert. It’s dancing, singing and getting ready for the school year ahead with clothing, makeup and confidence tips. Queen Creek Marketplace will give away prizes, including two $100 gift cards. SUMMER SPECIAL PRICING: Fans can purchase tickets for $10 (including ticketing fees) JUNE 28-29 by using the promo code “BASH” when ordering. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 480-987-7469 or go online.

JULY 29-Friday
APACHE JUNCTION — Glow Teen Night: The Apache Junction Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a Glow Teen Night 7-9 p.m. for ages 13-17 at Superstition Shadows Aquatic Center, 1091 W. Southern Ave. Go to http://www.ajcity.net/111/Parks-Recreation.

 

Ongoing

APACHE JUNCTION — Lost Dutchman State Park: Check http://azstateparks.com/Parks/LODU/index.html for schedule of events and activities. Call 480-982-4485 for more information.

APACHE JUNCTION — Free admission to Superstition Mountain Museum this summer for military: Superstition Mountain Museum, 4087 N. Apache Trail, is one of hundreds of Blue Star Museums across America and offers free admission to active duty military personnel and their spouses and children this summer through Labor Day, Sept. 5. Admittance is free weekdays and weekends and the museum is open every day this summer from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. ID showing military or a dependent status must be shown at the museum counter. The free admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card, a DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card, which includes active duty U.S. military – Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, as well as members of the National Guard and Reserve, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps. The military ID holder plus up to five family members are eligible to get in free. The holder can either be active duty service member or other dependent family member with the appropriate ID card. The active duty member does not have to be present for family members to use the program. While visiting the Superstition Mountain Museum be sure to see the Blue Star Memorial Marker that is near the entrance drive into the museum. The memorial marker, dedicated on Nov. 5, 2011, was donated by the Gold Canyon Garden Club and stands about 7 feet tall with five cactuses planted near the base to represent the five branches of the armed forces. The museum website is http://www.superstitionmountainmuseum.org/.

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. 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 — 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 historic 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 June 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.

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