CCJH Drama Class to Debut Holiday Play

Gold Canyon resident Jane Gerencher’s award-winning children’s book, Santa’s Sugar, has been adapted into a play and will have its debut performance by members of the Advanced Drama Class of Cactus Canyon Junior High under the direction of Lisa Schroeder on Thursday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center, 2525 S. Ironwood Drive in Apache Junction.

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AJ Open Mic Night!

Another AJ Open Mic Night hosted by the Rhino ReCreation Center will be held on Saturday, November 17 from 6-9 p.m. at the Horizon Health and Wellness Earth Heart Park! If you are 14 or older, come on out and show off your musical talents on a stage. You will be able to perform two songs, and don’t worry, hook ups for your instrument to a sound system will be available.

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Parks & Recreation

Events and programs are held at the Apache Junction Multi-Generational Center unless otherwise specified. Visit www.ajcity.net/registration for more information on how to register. Pre-registration is required for many of our classes and programs. For more information on any of our programs call us at (480) 983-2181.

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Free Fall Concerts

The city of Apache Junction Parks & Recreation department is starting the 2018 Fall Concerts in the Park series this weekend! Grab your friends and family, along with a blanket or lawn chair, to enjoy a nice afternoon outside with some great music! The Fall Series of Concerts in the Park will be bringing you the musical sounds of three different bands!

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Bull Riding Comes to AJ

Wow, I would have never believed it, but bull riding has come to Apache Junction. Not a bull riding machine, but professional rodeo bulls and bull riding cowboys on a weekly basis. This Apache Junction event occurs every Saturday evening at 8:00 p.m. at the Hitching Post on the Apache Trail and Lost Dutchman Blvd.

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New Director at Museum

The Board of Directors for the Superstition Mountain Historical Society has announced that Annie Vaugier has been named the new Executive Director for Superstition Mountain Museum, replacing Liz Nicklus who is retiring. Board President Vicki McLaughlin said, “We are excited to welcome her, and we are anticipating great possibilities ahead with Annie in the leadership position."

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Zao Theatre

Yes, Apache Junction does have its own full-fledged community theatre. Zao Theatre occupies the Superstition Mountain Elementary School (SMES) complex. As a part of this community, it has always been our desire to engage, inspire, entertain and challenge audiences with theatrical productions that range from the classics to new works.

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New Bike Trail

On Sunday, Feb. 11, Lost Dutchman State Park hosted a grand reopening of the mountain bike trail with an accompanying mountain biking skills clinic. In attendance was Deputy Director of AZ State Parks, Jim Keegan, the Superstition Mountain Bikers trail builders, and 25 plus riders.

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Blues & Brews Fest Brings It Down Home

For six hours on an overcast, but pleasant Saturday afternoon, blues fans filled Flatiron Community Park to near capacity to enjoy the second annual Superstition Blues & Brews Festival – and the first one at Flatiron. Promoter John Chavez didn’t have a precise count for attendance, but noted, “It definitely exceeded my expectations."

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Star Parties

The Superstition Mountain Astronomical League is a group of amateur astronomers in the Gold Canyon/Apache Junction, Arizona area. Each year, members of the “League” conduct a series of open house public astronomical observing sessions and demonstrations, commonly called “star parties,” to supplement public education, to provide the community with telescopic views of celestial objects and to answer questions about astronomy and astronomical equipment. In short, this is an opportunity to see the moon, planets, stars, star clusters, galaxies and other astronomical phenomena using sophisticated telescopes and to talk with very knowledgeable and experienced amateur astronomers. No fee is required at Peralta Trail Elementary School. A $7 per vehicle park entrance fee is assessed by Lost Dutchman State Park, unless you have an Arizona State Parks park pass, which can be used at all Arizona state parks. The remaing schedule for this year’s observing season (winter, spring) is shown below. All events are held on a weather permitting basis: i.e., we need clear skies; no rain, or a few clouds at most.

2018
Sat. Sep 1 Flatiron Park, Apache Junction 7:30 – 9:30pm
Sat. Sep 15 Peralta Trail Elementary School 7:30 – 9:30pm
Sat. Oct 13 Lost Dutchman State Park 7:00 – 9:00pm
Sat. Dec 8 Lost Dutchman State Park 6:30 – 9:00pm

2019
Sat. Jan 12 Peralta Trail Elementary School 6:30 – 9:00pm
Sat. Feb 9 Lost Dutchman State Park 7:00 – 9:00pm
Sat. Jun 1 Lost Dutchman State Park 8:00 – 10:00pm