Things to do in and around Queen Creek

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. (Special to the Independent/QCPAC)

 

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 after dated events.

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.

•QUEEN CREEK — Queen Creek Barrel Racing Association Friday Night Lights: 4 p.m. July 15, Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Centre, 20464 E. Riggs Road. Free spectator admission. This is the QCBRA Friday Night Lights Saddle Series, which takes June-August. The finals and awards will be held in September. Time only runs 4-6:30 p.m., races start at 7 p.m. Peewee, youth and open divisions. Saddles awarded to open 4D winners, buckles awarded to youth 4D winners based on points accumulated per division.  Payout like normal at each race. For more information, visit www.qcbra.com and www.facbook.com/qcbra.

JULY 15-16
•QUEEN CREEK — Chill at the Mill: 5-11 p.m., Queen Creek Olive Mill, 25062 S. Meridian Road. The Olive Mill is offering deals and events on weekend evenings all summer long. Live music inside from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. plus specials on food and merchandise. For more information, visit www.queencreekolivemill.com or call 480-888-9290.

JULY 16-17
•QUEEN CREEK — Quarter Midget Racing: 10 a.m. July 16-17, Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Centre, 20464 E. Riggs Road. Quarter midget racing is a form of automobile racing in which the cars are approximately one-fourth the size of a full size midget car. The adult size midget being raced during the start of quarter midget racing uses an oval track of one-fifth of a mile in length. The drivers are typically restricted to ages 5-16. For spectators 12 and older there will be a $5 admission fee. Spectators under age 12 are admitted free.  Event put on by San Tan Karting. For more information, visit www.santankarting.com.

JULY 20-Wednesday
•QUEEN CREEK — Super Senior Day:  9 a.m.-noon July 20, Queen Creek Recreation Annex, 21802 S. Ellsworth Road. Presented by Queen Creek Parks and Recreation as part of National Park and Recreation Month. Events will include a superhero-themed party and fashion show. The town staff will be representing their favorite crimefighter, and participants are encouraged to do the same. The Senior Program is a free, weekly opportunity for individuals 50 years of age and older to meet new friends, socialize and participate in fun activities. It is held every Wednesday at the Recreation Annex. For more information, visit the town’s website at www.queencreek.org or call 480-358-3700.

JULY 22-Friday
•QUEEN CREEK — 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. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 480-987-7469 or visit www.qcpac.com.

•QUEEN CREEK — Teen Glow Party: 7:30-9:30 p.m. July 22, Founders’ Park, 22407 S. Ellsworth Road. Cree. For teens ages 13-18. As National Park and Recreation Month comes to an end, go out in style at the Teen Glow Party on Friday, July 22. The Queen Creek Branch of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the East Valley is hosting an evening of fun at Founders’ Park. Experience the splash pad at night and play a game of laser tag with local teens. Visit ClubZona.org for more information.

•QUEEN CREEK — Queen Creek Barrel Racing Association Friday Night Lights: 4 p.m. July 22, Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Centre, 20464 E. Riggs Road. Free spectator admission. This is the QCBRA Friday Night Lights Saddle Series, which takes June-August. The finals and awards will be held in September. Time only runs 4-6:30 p.m., races start at 7 p.m. Peewee, youth and open divisions. Saddles awarded to open 4D winners, buckles awarded to youth 4D winners based on points accumulated per division.  Payout like normal at each race. For more information, visit www.qcbra.com and www.facbook.com/qcbra.

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. Friday, July 29, for ages 13-17 at Superstition Shadows Aquatic Center, 1091 W. Southern Ave. (between San Marcos and Ironwood Drive). Cost is $5 per person. For information, 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 online for more details.

•QUEEN CREEK — Karaoke with Wanna Sing: 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Wednesday-Sunday, 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 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, go online 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 online or recorded information (hours, directions, events, etc.) at 520-689-2811.

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