Events listed in the Queen Creek/San Tan Valley Independent, March 11, 2015

Editor’s note: Items on the Upcoming Events page run free of charge as space is available for events in the communities of Queen Creek and San Tan Valley. Please submit items by e-mail to or post online at


Network QC Luncheon: Noon-1:15 p.m., Queen Creek Branch Library, Zane Grey Room, 21802 S. Ellsworth Road in Queen Creek. Monthly membership meeting presented by the Queen Creek Chamber of Commerce. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with other members and present a 30-second verbal commercial to the group. Cost to attend is $5 for chamber members and $10 for future members. Fee can be paid by cash or check at the door. For more information, call the chamber office at 480-888-1709.

MARCH 12-15

Southern Arizona Quarter Horse Association Shamrock Show: Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Centre, 20464 E. Riggs Road in Queen Creek. SAQHA was founded in 1972 as an organization to support the needs and interests of those who own, ride, raise, train or appreciate quarter horses. For more information, visit


Young At Heart Expo: 9 a.m.-noon Queen Creek Branch Library Recreation Annex, 21802 S. Ellsworth Road. Free. The senior health and wellness expo is open to the entire community, with participants invited to take advantage of health screenings, educational displays, information tables, lectures, community resources and demonstrations. For more information about the expo or vendor opportunities, call Christina Lopez at 480-358-3718 or e-mail her at Christina. The town’s recreation division offers a variety of classes and programs for all ages and interests. Class offerings include dance, fitness, art, photography, preschool, tumbling, cheerleading, music, drama, sports and workshops. For details about these programs, visit


Lunch n’ Learn: noon-1 p.m., San Tan Valley Chamber of Commerce, 270 E. Hunt Highway in San Tan Valley. For more information, call 480-788-7516.


Salt River Project Shade Tree Program: 8-10 a.m., Queen Creek Branch Library, 21802 S. Ellsworth Road in Queen Creek. Free to SRP customers. Desert-adapted shade trees not only reduce cooling costs but also improve air quality and lower the urban heat effect without using a lot of water. To get started, attend an SRP Shade Tree Program workshop and receive up to three desert-adapted trees free. Learn how to best select, plant and care for trees. Register for a workshop and find more energy savings tips at


Spring Into QC: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Desert Mountain Park, 22201 S. Hawes Road in Queen Creek. Get ready for a hoppin’ good time at this free signature event celebrating Queen Creek’s families. With live entertainment, bunny boot camps, color splash, a community yard sale, a kids’ marketplace, and an egg hunt, Spring Into QC will be fun for all ages. In addition to lots of opportunities to play, families can get a “Taste of the QC” with samples from local restaurants. Free shuttle service will be offered from the Queen Creek Branch Library, 21802 S. Ellsworth Road, to the event site. For more information, visit the town’s website at


Queen Creek 4-H Club Western Show: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Centre, 20464 E. Riggs Road in Queen Creek. For more information, visit


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


Friday Night Lights Gymkhana: 6 p.m. registration, 7 p.m. events begin. Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Centre, 20464 E. Riggs Road in Queen Creek. Free spectator admission. Full scale of normal gymkhana events including pole bending and barrel racing. Time-only barrel racing is offered for a small fee; it enables a rider and his or her horse to run a pattern, get timed and train the horse. For more information, call event producer Hoofbeats with Heart at 602-421-7718.

San Tan Valley Farmers Market and Bazaar: 8 a.m.-2 p.m., 1572 E. Ocotillo Road in San Tan Valley. Open every Saturday until spring. Local vendors, food, crafts, children’s activities and fresh produce. For more information, call 602-684-5489 or visit Bazaar.

San Tan Historical Society: Open to the public 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturdays. Admission is free. The San Tan Historical Society, 20425 S. Old Ellsworth Road in Queen Creek, was established in 1990 and consists of a small group of volunteers who preserve the history of the area. For more information or to volunteer, call 480-987-9380 or visit

San Tan Toastmasters: 7 p.m., every Tuesday, Salt River Project Pinal Customer Center, 3735 E. Combs Road in San Tan Valley. For people ages 18 and older. For more information, visit

San Tan Leads, San Tan Valley Chapter: 7:30-9 a.m., location to be announced, San Tan Valley. San Tan Leads is a one-person per industry business leads group that meets each Tuesday. For more information or to register if interested in visiting as a guest, call Dewayne at 602-443-0073 or RSVP online at For meeting locations, visit the website.

Networking San Tan Valley: 8-9 a.m. every Friday at Lavelle’s Deli and Ice Cream Shoppe, 2510 E. Hunt Highway Suite 22 in San Tan Valley. Networking San Tan Valley is a referral group that brings successful business people together to share knowledge, ideas and referrals in order to help each other to become more successful. Networking San Tan Valley only allows one person per industry spot. Call Jonathan Gephart at 480-209-5401 if interested in visiting the group to make sure an industry spot is vacant.

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