Events listed in the Queen Creek/San Tan Valley Independent, March 3, 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


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


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 or 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 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, email Jeffrey A. Kramer at

The Good Life Festival at Encanterra: Encanterra Country Club, 36460 N. Encanterra Drive in San Tan Valley. Parking opens at noon. $35 for general admission and $45-$75 for reserved seating. Pop rock legend Rick Springfield kicks off the 2015 spring concert series. Known for musically wishing he had “Jessie’s Girl,” Mr. Springfield will perform a high-energy concert that will include fan favorite classics as well as music from today. He will take the stage at 6:30 p.m. He will be joined by musician Howard Jones, who will take the stage at 4:30 p.m. The Good Life Festival provides not only a day and evening full of music, but also specialty shopping, wine and craft beer tasting, massage demonstrations and food vendors. For more information, visit


Artists of the Superstition Art Show: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Queen Creek Olive Mill, 25062 S. Meridian Road. Free. Live music by Cleo Corcoran Brazilian jazz band, outdoor bar featuring wine tasting and beer. For more information about the artists, visit For event information, visit


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


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 today and find more energy savings tips at


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 http://santan.

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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