September events in Apache Junction include belly dancing, desert scorpion hunting

Dance barefoot or in dance shoes at belly dancing classes at the Apache Junction Multi-generational Center. (File photo)

From watching teen anime (Sep. 10) at the Apache Junction Public Library to a belly dance class on Thursdays (Sept. 12, 19 and 26) at the Apache Junction Multi-generational Center and desert scorpion hunting (Sept. 22) at Lost Dutchman State Park, there’s a lot going on in Apache Junction. Events include:

  • BELLY DANCE CLASS: 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 12, 19 and 26 at Apache Junction Multi-generational Center, 1035 N. Idaho Road. A multi-level class 5:30-6:25 p.m. teaches the moves needed to start dancing; and intermediate/advanced dancers learn more technique challenges. Dance barefoot or in dance shoes. A hipscarf is recommended but not required; wear comfortable clothing. $40 for four weeks. Register at bit.ly/ajbellydance. Hosted by Lenora Noire Belly Dance. Tickets: apm.activecommunities.com.
  • TEEN ANIME: 5 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 10 at the Apache Junction Public Library North Wing Program Room, 1177 N. Idaho Road. Teens in grades seven and up are invited to watch anime on Crunchyroll.com and see shows like My Hero Academia and Black Clover.
  • WRITING BOXES: 4-5 p.m., Sept. 10 at Apache Junction Public Library, 1177 N. Idaho Road. Writing Boxes is a nonjudgmental writing program for ages 6-14 and their parents. More information and tickets available at AllEvents.in.
  • BOOK CLUB: 1: 30 p.m., Sept. 10 and Sept. 24 at the Apache Junction Public Library, 1177 N. Idaho Road. The Classic Novel Group meets to discuss “Lord Jim” by Joseph Conrad. Call 480-474-8555.
  • JOB EXPO: 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Friday, Sept. 13 at Central Arizona College’s Superstition Mountain Campus, 805 S. Idaho Road, Room F-115, Apache Junction. The public, community members, alumni and high school seniors can attend the 10th Annual Job Expo. For more information contact Ann Mitchell at 520-494-5428 or email ann.mitchell@centralaz.edu.
  • WINDOWS CLASS: 10 a.m., Sept. 14 at JOBS Training Center Apache Junction Public Library, 1177 N. Idaho Road. Registration required. Call 480-474-8555.
  • CONCERT IN THE PARK: 6:30-8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 14 at Flatiron Community Park, 180 N. Apache Trail. Kyle Phelen will kick off the fall concert series. Bring families, friends and blankets. Free. For more information, call 480-474-5240.
  • FULL MOON HIKE: 7:30-9:30 p.m., Sept. 14. There will be a guided 2.5-mile hike on Jacob’s Crosscut Trail at the base of the Superstition Mountains. Appropriate dress and trail shoes or boots required. Bring a flashlight for possible cloudy conditions but no headlamps. Parts of the trail are rocky and uneven with some steep grades (elevation gain: 120’). Participants should be in good health with no walking or night vision difficulties. Trail is unsuitable for strollers or walkers. No pets. Meet at Palo Verde at the Lost Dutchman State Park, 6109 N. Apache Trail in Apache Junction.
  • STRANGER THINGS: 5 p.m., Sept. 17 at the Apache Junction Public Library North Wing Program Room, 1177 N. Idaho Road. Teens 12-17 years old enjoy various activities centered around the popular show Stranger Things. Free.
  • COMPUTER SECURITY CLASS: 10 a.m., Sept. 19 at JOBS Training Center Apache Junction Public Library, 1177 N. Idaho Road. Learn about basic computer and internet security, safer browsing, avoiding online scams and identity theft. Registration required. Call 480-474-8555.
  • MONTHLY MIXER: 5:30-7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 19 at 575 N. Idaho Road, Suite 701, Apache Junction. Chamber of Commerce Monthly Mixer hosted by AJ Food Bank showcases “Alice Cooper Solid Rock” performer Richard Williams. Benefits a 50/50 raffle and the Chamber scholarship fund. Bring a prize for more raffle tickets; $5 per person includes six raffle tickets. Two representatives per business member allowed. Non-members attend one mixer a year. RSVP: ajchamber.com; or call Heidi Geldis-Young at 480-982-3141.
  • IPAD CLASS: 10 a.m., Friday, Sept. 20 at JOBS Training Center Apache Junction Public Library, 1177 N. Idaho Road. Registration required. Call 480-474-8555.
  • STAMP MILL DEMO: 10-10:45 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 21 at Superstition Mountain Historical Society and Museum, 4087 E. Apache Trail, Apache Junction. The newly-restored Cossak 20-stamp Ore Mill will run, sounding the old steam whistle and allowing participants five minutes to get up to the mill. Free. Go to: superstitionmountainmuseum.org/events/stamp-mill-demo.
  • SMITHSONIAN MUSEUM DAY: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 21 at Superstition Mountain Museum, 4087 E. Apache Trail, Apache Junction. Museum Day is an annual celebration hosted by Smithsonian magazine at participating museums/cultural institutions across the country offering those with a Museum Day ticket free entry for two people. Go to smithsonianmag.com/museumday. One ticket is permitted per email address.
  • DESERT SCORPION HUNTING: 6:30-7:30 p.m., Sept. 22 at Lost Dutchman State Park. Following brief information on scorpions with a ranger, head to the desert to search for scorpions. Bring a camera, a flashlight and water. Wear sturdy closed-toed shoes, and bring a black light if accessible. No pets. Meet at Palo Verde day use area at the Lost Dutchman State Park, 6109 N. Apache Trail in Apache Junction.
  • MAD SCIENCE NIGHT: 6-10 p.m., Sept. 27 at the multi-generational center, 1035 N. Idaho Road, Apache Junction. While parents enjoy a night out, kids have a night cap filled with “kooky” experiments, “zany” science projects plus games, sports, arts, and crafts, contests, prizes, snacks and more. The cost is $8 per youth; $4 with MGC membership. For children 5-12 years old. Registration required. Call 480-983-2181. Go to ajcity.net.

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