Lots of activities planned this weekend in Queen Creek, nearby

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.

Also, an earlier post stated the Rhythm Cats show band will perform in Mesa. The band has since moved to the Silver Star Theater in Chandler.

NOV. 4-5, 7
QUEEN CREEK — Disney’s My Son Pinocchio Jr.: 7 p.m. Nov. 4 and 7, 2 p.m. Nov. 5, Queen Creek Performing Arts Center, 22149 E. Ocotillo Road in Queen Creek. $12.50. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the box office at 480-987-7469 or visit www.qcpac.com.

NOV. 4-19
APACHE JUNCTION — Centerstage Church/Zao Theatre hosts “1776, the Musical”: Nov. 4-19 is the Tony-award-winning “1776, the Musical” which brings American history to life. It will be held at the Centerstage Church/Zao Theatre, 550 S. Ironwood Drive. “1776” follows John Adams of Massachusetts, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania and Richard Henry Lee and Thomas Jefferson of Virginia as they attempt to convince the members of the second Continental Congress to vote for independence from the shackles of the British monarchy by signing the Declaration of Independence. Tickets may be purchased at the box office or online at http://www.zaotheatre.com/box_office.html.

NOV. 5-SATURDAY
QUEEN CREEK — Olivepalooza: 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Queen Creek Olive Mill, 25062 S. Meridian Road. Free admission. The 2016 harvest season is in full swing so the Olive Mill is throwing a party to celebrate. Activities include food, music, games, crafts, vendors and olives. Tour the back grove and taste extra-virgin olive oil direct from the milling machine, meet local artisans, attend cooking demonstrations and workshops and dance to live music. Blankets and lawn chairs are welcome. No outside food or beverages will be allowed. Dogs on leashes will be allowed outside. For more information, visit www.queencreekolivemill.com or call 480-888-9290.

QUEEN CREEK — Bacon, Blues & Brews Festival: Noon-8 p.m.,  Founders’ Park, 22407 S. Ellsworth Road. Children ages 12 and under admitted free. Ticket costs range from $8 for adance purchase general admission to $65 VIP tickets that include a food voucher, six craft beer and/or wine tickets, seating, private restroom and special area next to the stage, water and soft drinks. A one-day festival to celebrate bacon, blues music and local craft brews. There will be live musical entertainment by country and blues artists, local craft brews to sample, bacon inspired dishes and activities for the kids. Proceeds benefit the East Valley Firefighters Charities. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.baconbluesandbrewsaz.com/.

NOV. 5-6
GOLD CANYON AND APACHE JUNCTION— Artists of the Superstitions Tour: The Artists of the Superstitions’ 10th Annual self-guided studio tour will be 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 5-6. The free tour includes 59 artists at 20 studios. The juried artists offer their creativity in clay, glass, gourds, jewelry, painting, photography, pottery, sculpture, wood and more. Maps are available from the chambers of commerce of Apache Junction and Gold Canyon and from www.artistsofthesuperstitions.com. The map includes the addresses of each studio on the tour, the names of the artists and each artist’s special medium.

NOV. 11-12
APACHE JUNCTION — Festival of the Superstitions: The seventh annual Festival of the Superstitions will be held Nov. 11-12, hosted by the Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce along with the support of the city and sponsors. This free community event adjacent to the chamber, 567 W. Apache Trail, will offer fun for the whole family, including a car show, sports and beverage garden, three inflatables, live reptile exhibits and a petting zoo. There will also be the Apache Junction Parks and Recreation Department’s “Little Buckaroos” event, live music, a veterans tribute immediately following the Veterans Day Parade on Nov. 11, a movie on the back lot and food. For more information, go to www.ajchamber.com/.

APACHE JUNCTION — Season Premiere at Barleens Arizona Opry: The opening show of the 2016-17 season for the Barleens Arizona Opry Dinner and Show, 2275 E. Old West Highway, is Nov. 11-12, with the first two shows featuring a special veterans tribute. Check http://azopry.com or call 480-982-7991 for times and cost.

NOV. 11-13
QUEEN CREEK — 48th Annual Arizona State  4-H Horse Show: Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Centre, 20464 E. Riggs Road.  Events are: Friday, Nov. 11, roping and gymkhana at 8 a.m. and ranch sorting at 2 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 12, Western at 2 p.m., followed by Family Fun Night-versatility, groom squad; and Sunday, Nov. 13, English at 9 a.m. For more information visit www.az4hhorse.org.

NOV. 12-SATURDAY
SAN TAN VALLEY — San Tan Valley Farmers Market and Bazaar/Powwow: J.O. Combs High School, 2505 E. Germann Road. Buy up to 60 pounds of produce for $10. Powwow is open from 7 a.m. until sold out. Held the second Saturday of each month. For more information, visit http://santanvalleyfarmersmarket.com or call 480-788-3648.

QUEEN CREEK — Vintage Roadshow: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Centre, 20464 E. Riggs Road. $5 admission. For more information, visit www.vintageroadshows.com.

NOV. 18-19, 21
QUEEN CREEK — “Hairspray”: Show times are 7 p.m. Nov. 18, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Nov. 19 and 7 p.m. Nov.  21 at the Queen Creek Performing Arts Center, 22149 E. Ocotillo Road. Prices are $15 for adults and $13 for children. The popular Tony Award-winning musical about one girl’s inspiring dream to dance and change the world comes to Queen Creek. For more information or to order tickets, call the box office at 480-987-7469 or visit www.qcpac.com.

NOV. 19-SATURDAY
QUEEN CREEK — American Heritage Festival: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Schnepf Farms, 24610 S. Rittenhouse Road. The 14th Annual American Heritage Festival is an educational living history event. It celebrates American history from the Colonial era to the American Revolution, mountain men, pioneers, the Civil War, Westward Expansion and on through the 20th century. Battles from the revolutionary and civil wars are reenacted, as are live historic music, drama, fashion show, interactive children’s activities, historic speeches, a church service and living history demonstrations. Food and shopping will be offered. Presentations will be offered to school groups only Nov. 17-18. Admission for the public day is $15 at the event. Discount passes are offered through Oct. 31 online. For more information, visit www.americanheritagefestival.com.

DEC. 3-SATURDAY
QUEEN CREEK — Queen Creek Holiday Festival and Parade: Noon-7 p.m., 21802 S. Ellsworth Road. Parade, a tree-lighting ceremony, rides and crafters. Visit www.queencreekparade.org.

ONGOING
APACHE JUNCTION — Lost Dutchman State Park: 6109 N Apache Trail. Check http://azstateparks.com/Parks/LODU/index.html for schedule of events and activities. Call 480-982-4485 for more information.

QUEEN CREEK — Karaoke Nights: With Wanna Sing, 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Wednesday-Sunday; and Friday Night Ultimate Karaoke and DJ Dance Party hosted by Joe C, 9 p.m. Fridays. Queen Creek Cafe and Sports Lounge, 22002 S. Ellsworth Road. For more information, visit http://queencreekcafe.com or call 480-888-9241.

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 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. Olive-harvesting season is taking place through Dec. 11. 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 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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