2-day East Valley summit to focus on healthy aging in Arizona

The Arizona Association of Area Agencies on Aging is conducting a summit Thursday-Friday, Sept. 20-21, at the Mesa Sheraton at Wrigleyville West, 860 N. Riverview in Mesa. Aging Well in Arizona, the summit’s theme, presents an opportunity for professionals and those interested in aging issues to gain insight and knowledge about a variety of topics […]

Maricopa County brings back free parks camping promotion

Beginning Oct. 1, the Buy One, Get One camping promotion returns to several locations managed by the Maricopa County’s Parks and Recreation Department. The promotion allows park visitors who pay the camping fee for one night, or more, at a desert mountain county park to receive one night of equal or lesser value for free […]

American Heritage Festival comes to East Valley

The 16th annual American Heritage Festival returns to Queen Creek in November. Billed by organizers as the “the largest and most diverse educational living history event to take place in the Southwest,” it will be open to the public Saturday, Nov. 17, at Schnepf Farms, 24810 S. Rittenhouse Road. Thursday-Friday, Nov. 15-16, the event is […]

Book club examines lives of African American women pioneers

“African American Women of the Old West” by Tricia Martineau Wagner will be the subject of Arboretum Book Club Friday, 9 a.m. Aug. 3. “The brave pioneers who made a life on the frontier were not only male – and they were not only white. The stories of 10 African-American women are reconstructed from historic […]

Butterfly walk Aug. 25 at Boyce Thompson Arboretum

Ron Rutowski, an Arizona State University research professor, is hosting a butterfly walk at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum in Superior. He is adept at finding Aristolochia watsonii (Dutchman’s Pipe) and the striking Pipevine Swallowtails that associate with it, according to a release. People on the walk will learn the […]

Fine art ‘paint and wine’ classes at Boyce Thompson Arboretum

The Boyce Thompson Arboretum in Superior offers a chance to experiment with art noon-2 p.m. Sundays, Aug. 12 and Sept. 9, with an engaging teacher who is known to share a glass of wine with her students to help inspire creativity. Carla Keaton, owner of the Keaton Fine Art gallery, launched a new series of […]

Photos tell story of William Boyce Thompson and his arboretum

Phoenix historian and author Sylvia Lee will present a slideshow 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 2, of vintage photos to familiarize visitors to the Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park with its landmarks and man for whom it is named. Ms. Lee, who guides monthly walking tours narrating nuggets of arboretum history and putting her anecdotes in […]

Arizona Game and Fish to offer Becoming an Outdoors Woman workshop

For women who want to learn more about the outdoors experience, signing up for a Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) workshop is where they can start. The Arizona Wildlife Federation, in partnership with the Arizona Game and Fish Department, will conduct its next BOW workshop Sept. 7-9 at Friendly Pines Camp near Prescott, according to […]

Apache Junction landfill to host Free Dump Week

Residents of Apache Junction can junk a load of trash during Free Dump Week from Monday, Aug. 6 to Saturday, Aug. 11. During that week, the landfill offers Apache Junction residents a drop off opportunity at no cost in partnership with Republic Services, which owns and operates the landfill, according to a press release. City […]

Guests to see birds of the summer at arboretum

A guided bird walk conducted by a representative of the Arizona Game and Fish Department will take place 6:30-8:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park, 37615 E. Arboretum Way, Superior. Chrissy Kondrat-Smith guides the search for violet-green swallow, blue-gray gnatcatcher, yellow warbler and other colorful species on the bird walk […]