Apache Junction Parks & Rec.

11/18- FIT FAMILY 2 MILE TRAIL RUN
The 2-Mile Trail Run is an easy 2-mile trail loop on a trail behind the MGC. Participants of all ages are welcome. Afterwards, participate in the Wellness Event, visit vendors, take a class or receive a massage. This free event runs from 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.

11/18- HEAL YOURSELF, HEAL YOUR WORLD, WELLNESS EVENT
This is one event you can't afford to miss. The MGC will host vendors, non-profits, city agencies, healers and providers from all over the Apache Junction area. With over 80 booths, educational classes, art classes, demonstrations, handouts, give-a-ways, sampling food, family activities and much more you will definitely go home with something! Bring in your old tennis shoes, cell phones, batteries and children's books. All items will be recycled. A bloodmobile will be on-site. Admission to the event is free; however a can food donation is suggested. Items will be available for purchase. All MGC Memberships will be discounted 15 percent on this day.

11/18 – FALL 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 7-8:30 p.m. and is brought to you for free by the City of Apache Junction Parks and Recreation and Sonlite Productions. Concert 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.

11/29 – BEGINING/INTERMEDIATE ACRYLIC PAINTING
This class is designed for those who have taken the beginning acrylic painting, class one or are already painting with acrylics. Emphasis will be on composition and value scale within the painting, and critiques will be ongoing and on an individual basis. Use basic and heavy body paint. Bring your own photo to work from, paint from your imagination or work plein aire (outdoors on the patio). An optional still life with demonstration will be set up for two of the classes for those who want to learn to paint glass reflection, water and tonal gradation. The registration fee is $60 and an additional $45 supply fee is due the first day of class.

11/29 – 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.

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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

The City of Apache Junction Parks & Recreation department is hosting their monthly free Fall Concert in the Park event on Saturday, November 18th and will feature One Minute Millionaires performing live. This will be a great show that will feature the sounds of some classic rock from the band that helped kick off the Grand Opening of Flatiron Park! Continue reading...


Hawk Release Scheduled

On Saturday, November 25th, bring your children to visit the Lost Dutchman State Park to watch the release of one of two hawks by local Liberty Wildlife volunteers. Liberty Wildlife guardians are committed to the well-being of native wildlife in Arizona. The volunteers rescue injured animals, enable their rehabilitation, and share release of the animal into the wild. Through their education programs, Liberty Wildlife works to instill compassion and stewardship in young minds. Continue reading...


Canyon Sounds presents Jácome Flamenco

The Canyon Sounds Artist Series opens with Jácome Flamenco, an exciting combination of musicians and dancers. The concert begins at 7:30 pm on Friday, November 17 at Gold Canyon United Methodist Church, 6640 S Kings Ranch Road in Gold Canyon. Bringing the best of Southern Spain, Jácome Flamenco is a world renowned tour group that creates an exciting combination of Spanish guitar playing, vocalizations, and passionate dancing. Continue reading...


Gold Medal for AZ Parks and Trails

Accepting the Gold Medal on behalf of Arizona State Parks were (left to right) Ken Sliwa, community relations administrator; James Keegan, deputy director; Sue Black, executive director; Debby Lopez, team management leader; Skip Varney, chief of development.

Arizona State Parks and Trails won the Gold Medal for best managed state park system in the nation from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). The award was announced during the national NRPA conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.

“This is a tremendous achievement that benefits everyone in our state – from residents to tourists,” said Governor Doug Ducey. “Winning the Gold Medal is a testament to the hard work, collaboration and innovation that Arizona State Parks and Trails demonstrated to get us to this point.”

Arizona State Parks and Trails was selected as a Final Four candidate in May, along with Tennessee State Parks; Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission; and Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites, and Trails. Over the last two years, Arizona State Parks and Trails has established a self-sufficient funding structure, achieved record visitation and revenue and implemented a plan to reinvest in the system and create new parks.

“This Gold Medal win is not just about the staff of Arizona State Parks and Trails,” said Sue Black, Executive Director of Arizona State Parks and Trails. “This is about everyone in Arizona who contributes to our success or gets to enjoy our beautiful parks. It’s a huge honor to be considered the best-managed state park agency in the country, and we hope everyone will get out and see these amazing parks first-hand.”

To celebrate making it to the Final Four and hear the Gold Medal winner announced, agency partners, stakeholders and constituents gathered at the Arizona State Parks and Trails Outdoor Recreation Information Center on Tuesday morning as the event was live-streamed on Facebook from New Orleans. Executive Director Black accepted the award. Continue reading...