Apache Junction Parks & Recreation
Programs-at-a-Glance

September 13
Family CPR/AED
This course incorporates the latest science and teaches students how to respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies. Successful students will receive a certificate for Adult/Child/Infant CPR/AED valid for two years. The registration fee is $10 and a $15 supply fee per person is due to the instructor on the day of class. Class is offered to ages 12 years and older and class will run from 6:00pm – 9:00pm.

September 15
Cooking With Kids!
In this class, kids will learn to create easy, homemade dishes they can re-create at home for their families. They also will learn basic nutrition tips & how to set the table correctly. The registration fee is $15 and a $5 supply fee is due to the instructor on the first day of class. Class will run from 2:00pm – 3:30pm and is offered to ages 8-14 years old. The project this week will be home made “uncrustables.”

September 15
Jewerly Making
Let the kid’s creativity run wild with this handmade jewelry class using a variety of materials. Make new friends and some awesome jewelry. Class runs from 4:00pm – 5:00pm and the registration fee is $8. Class is offered to ages 6 to 11 years old.

September 16
Concerts In The Park
Bring your blanket or lawn chair and enjoy a nice evening outside listening to some great music. The Summer Series of Concerts in the Park is providing you with live entertainment. The concert is from 7-8:30pm and is brought to you for FREE by the City of Apache Junction Parks and Recreation and Sonlite Productions. Concerts will be held at Flatiron Community Park at 100 N. Apache Trail Apache Junction, AZ 85119. In the event of bad weather, the concert will be moved to the Multi-Generational Center. For more information on this program or other programs and services, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 480-983-2181 or visit our website at www.ajcity.net/parks.

September 18
Chords Are Key For Piano
In just a few hours, you can learn enough secrets of the trade to give you years of musical enjoyment. While regular piano teachers teach note reading, piano professionals use chords. You can learn all the chords you’ll need to play any song in this one session. The class is a lecture-demonstration (not hands-on, you do not need to bring a keyboard). The registration fee is $30 and a $29 Materials fee for a workbook and practice CD will be collected in class. Class runs from 6:30pm – 9:30pm and class is offered to ages 18 years and older.

September 21
Chords Are Key For Guitar
Have you ever wanted to learn the guitar but simply find it difficult to find the time? In just a few hours you can learn enough about playing the guitar to give you years of musical enjoyment. Bring your acoustic guitar. The registration fee is $30 and a $29 Materials fee for a workbook and practice DVD will be collected in class. Class runs from 6:30pm – 9:30pm and class is offered to ages 13 years and older.

September 22
Cooking With Kids!
In this class, kids will learn to create easy, homemade dishes they can re-create at home for their families. They also will learn basic nutrition tips & how to set the table correctly. The registration fee is $15 and a $5 supply fee is due to the instructor on the first day of class. Class will run from 2:00pm – 3:30pm and is offered to ages 8-14 years old. The project this week will be creating cheesy wontons with an Asian noodle & veggie salad.

September 22
Fit Family Science Lab
Grab your lab coat because it’s going to get messy! Explore all types of fun Science projects! Over 30 different experiments to watch, touch and experience. This is a Free event!!! Participate in the egg drop contest by bringing in your own prototype. Details and rules are available at the Multi-Generational Center.

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Events and programs are held at the Apache Junction Multi-Generational Center unless otherwise specified. Please go to www.ajcity.net/registration for more information on how to register. Pre-registration is required for many of our classes and programs. We are on Facebook and Twitter! Follow us @AJParksandRec on Twitter and “Like” our page on Facebook and stay up to date with upcoming events and programs. For more information on any of our programs, please visit us at www.ajcity.net or call us @ (480) 983-2181.


Concert in the Park September 16

The City of Apache Junction Parks & Recreation department is starting up a free Fall Concerts in the Park series for the first time ever at Flatiron Community Park! The event will take place on Saturday, September 16th, from 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. and will feature Exit 40 performing live.

Exit 40 is not just a freeway off-ramp; it is the name of a local variety band that has enjoye d bringing the sounds of country, old-time rock and roll and standards to many valley clubs over the years.

Healthy Mason Jar & Red Rocket Ice Cream food trucks will be on site as well, selling delicious food and treats from 6pm-9pm in case you are craving some grub or wanting to satisfy your sweet tooth!

So grab a blanket or lawn chair and head down to the park. Don’t forget that the park has plenty of grass area and a splash pad for the kids to play in while you are kicking back enjoying the tunes!

This free concert is brought to you by the City of Apache Junction Parks & Recreation and Sonlite Productions. Flatiron Community Park is located at 100 N. Apache Trail in downtown Apache Junction.


Drowning Impact Awareness in August

The month of August in Arizona means back-to-school and long, hot days. Unfortunately, the hot weather and distraction of back-to-school also spells increased risk for child drownings. Water related incidents tend to peak in the month of August, and every year we work to educate the community so the message stays fresh in late summer.

Superstition Fire & Medical District joins Phoenix Children’s Hospital in asking Arizona families to take the right steps today, to save a child’s life. It’s as easy as ABC:

Active Undistracted Adult Supervision. Reading, texting, or talking while children are in or around water is not active supervision.

Barriers are anything and everything that come between the child and the water. This includes pool fences with self-latching gates, window and door alarms, and you!

Coast Guard Approved Life Vests & Classes. Small children should wear Coast Guard approved life vests anytime they are near the pool, and everyone in your family must know how to swim and know CPR.

Drowning is our nation’s #1 cause of unintentional death of children under the age of five years old. Since January 1, 2017, the Valley of the Sun has already had 32 deaths, including 7 Pets, 1 Child, and 24 Adults, resulting from 77 Water Related Incidents. For every child that dies from drowning, another five receive emergency department care. More than 50% of drown victims treated in emergency departments require hospitalization or transfer for further care. These non-fatal drowning injuries can cause severe brain damage that may result in long-term disabilities.

Join SFMD in this important effort by picking up your free package of drowning prevention material and purple ribbon/wristband at Superstition Fire & Medical District’s Administration office, located at 565 N. Idaho Road, Apache Junction. To find out more about water safety, CPR and swim classes, please call (480) 982-4440, Ext. 104 or visit us at www.sfmd.az.gov


Museum Earns Excellence Award from Travel Website

The Board of the Superstition Mountain Historical Society and staff of the Superstition Mountain Museum announced that the museum has been recognized with a 2017 Certificate of Excellence from Tripadvisor based on “the consistently great reviews earned” from travelers that are sent to the Tripadvisor website.

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