Apache Junction Parks & Rec.

1/19 – Ballet& Jazz Combo (Grades K-3rd And 4th-6th)
This class will be centered on understanding classical ballet positions as well as expressive movement across the floor. Students will gain chorography skills and be able to articulate with the body how dancers move in time to music. The dancers will stretch and become more flexible while also pushing themselves to learn entirely new ways in which to shape their bodies. Classes will alternate between focusing on ballet and stretching strength and jazz movements. The 4th -6th grade class will run each Friday from 1:00pm – 2:00pm until March 30th. The registration fee is $50. The K-3rd class will run each Friday from 2:00pm – 3:00pm until March 30th. The registration fee is $50

1/19 – Cup Cake Class
Make, bake, and take! Fancy cupcakes, kids can make, eat or share! This one day class will make and decorate their own cupcake creations. Class will run from 4:00pm – 5:00pm and the fee is $10. Class is offered to ages 8 – 13 year olds.

1/23 & 1/30 – Eat Smart, Live Strong – Colorful/Classic Favorites
Eat Smart, Live Strong is a nutritional workshop geared towards seniors. The 4 topics include: Reaching You Goals, Step by Step- learning how to eat for your age; Challenges and Solutions- learn how small changes based on your needs and abilities can make a difference; Colorful and Classic Favorites- how to adapt a classic recipe into a healthier one and Eat Smart, Spend Less-learn about programs and resources that are available to help you reach your goals. Sessions are FREE; attend 1 or attend them all. This workshop will run from 10:15am – 11:00am.

1/24 – Salt Speaker Series
Want to learn more about the natural history of the Sonoran desert surrounding our beautiful Superstition Mountains? The Superstition Area Land Trust (SALT) presents the “The Superstitions: The Nature of Place” speakers series. The talks, which are offered in collaboration with the Apache Junction Recreation Department, are free and geared to a general audience. They reflect SALT’s mission “...to conserve the natural Sonoran Desert open spaces surrounding the Superstition Wilderness Area for this and future generations.
The lecture on the 24th will be focused on “Birds of the Sonoran Desert” and run from 6:30pm-8 pm at the AJ Multi-Gen Center, Rm B117. This is a free lecture.

1/25 – Acrylic Painting For Beginners
In this class you will learn to mix and use paint as well as be able to select proper brushes for usage. The instructor will explain the value theory and you will create an abstract painting to take home. Class will run from 8:45am – 1:30pm and is offered to ages 18 years and older. The registration fee is $35. ***An additional materials fee of $25 is due to the instructor on the day of class.

1/25 – Living Healthy With Diabetes
During this workshop, folks with type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetic will learn techniques to deal with the symptoms of diabetes; appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength and endurance; healthy eating habits; appropriate use of medication and how to work more effectively with health care providers. This 6 week workshop is FREE however, pre-registration is required. Workshops will run from 12:30pm – 3:00pm.

1/25 – AARP Smart Driver
This course provides research-based information to help you update your driving knowledge and skills. Bring driver’s license, AARP membership card and a pen/pencil to class. Class will run from 1:00pm – 5:00pm in the Apache Junction Parks and Recreation Conference Center. Class is offered to ages 16 years and older.

1/26 – Senior Trail Walk & Speaker Series
Start your Friday morning with a 2 mile power walk on the desert trails behind the MGC, followed by an educational speaker and refreshments. Walk begins at 8:30am; speaker at 9:30am. Stop by the front desk for a list of topics or call 480-474-5240 for more information.

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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.


Lions Share a Show

On Friday, January 26, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., at the Apache Junction High School Performing Arts Center, you will have an opportunity to enjoy a great evening of music and humor while helping multiple high school students reach their goal of a college education. The 21st Annual Lions/Leos Music and Variety Show will open with the highly acclaimed and decorated Apache Junction  High School Navy JROTC Color Guard, followed by an evening of great entertainment. Continue reading...


Gold Canyon Arts Festival

Nestled in the foothills of the beautiful Superstition Mountains, the 18th annual Gold Canyon Arts Festival will be held on Saturday, January 27, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the grounds of the Gold Canyon United Methodist Church at 6640 S. Kings Ranch Road in Gold Canyon, AZ. The festival, a gift to the community from the non-profit Gold Canyon Arts Council and their sponsors, features no admission fee and free parking. Continue reading...


Master Gardener Classes

Join the 2018 Superstition Mountain Master Gardeners Training Class. Classes will be held on Tuesdays from 1-4 p.m. from Jan. 16 – May 8, 2018, at Central Arizona College, Superstition Mountain Campus. You’ll learn what plants do well in our desert, why October is the best planting month of the year and, yes, you really can grow vegetables in your desert garden. Continue reading...