Heritage Days celebration adds evening musical showcase

Superstition Mountain Heritage Days, an annual two-day celebration of the history and lore of the Superstition Mountains, has added an event to this year’s celebration. An evening musical performance featuring the Native American flute and guitar duos of Tony Duncan and Darrin Yazzie, who perform on Canyon Records, and Randy Kemp and Dean Yazzie, better […]

Dutton family celebrates golden milestone

The Dutton Family is bringing its musical variety show to Mesa for another season. This year, the group marks the occasion of Dean and Sheila Dutton’s 50th wedding anniversary with a twist on the usual schedule of shows, according to a release. Every week throughout the season, they will be joined onstage by a different […]

Merry Main Street Nov. 23-Jan. 4 in downtown Mesa

For the fourth consecutive year, Merry Main Street will bring thousands of holiday revelers to downtown Mesa. The celebration of the season will be held Nov. 23 through Jan. 4. The festivities begin 5-10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, with an evening of music, food, and fun for everyone. Beginning with a program and tree lighting […]

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 […]

Fireworks, volleyball, swimming highlight AJ Fourth of July

A variety of events are planned Wednesday, July 4, in Apache Junction, capped off by fireworks at 8:30 p.m. Evening events will be at the Apache Junction High School football field where gates will open at 6 p.m. Earlier in the day, the 4th of July Volleyball Tournament will take place at Superstition Shadows Aquatic […]

Spiders, scorpions at arboretum’s June 30 family night

Parents can bring their kids for a special after-hours family evening June 30 at Boyce Thompson Arboretum to learn fact from fiction about scorpions and spiders. The special “creepy crawlies” evening is open to all, not just BTA annual members. Non-member signup is $20 for adults and $10 for ages 5-12. Arboretum annual members and […]

‘Celtic Woman Homecoming’ May 16 at Mesa Arts Center

On a winter’s night in Dublin 14 years ago…an idea. To create a musical show with exceptional talent. Classically and traditionally trained Irish female musicians. Celtic Woman was born. The group performs at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, at the Ikeda Theater at at the Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St. Tickets $50-$115 at […]

Dinosaur dominates wall of Mesa museum

A life-size sculpture of a dinosaur appears to break out of a wall at the Arizona Museum of Natural History, leaving shattered masonry crumbling under its power as she makes her escape from the Mesa building. The sculpture of the Acrocanthosaurus was unveiled recently at the museum, 53 N. Macdonald in Mesa. “Students from across […]

Childsplay show promises ‘wacky, larger-than-life’ world

An unlikely superhero is coming to the area as Childsplay Theatre brings Kate DiCamillo’s Newberry Award-winning book “Flora & Ulysses” to the Tempe Center for the Arts stage on weekends April 22-May 20. After getting sucked up by a vacuum cleaner, the story goes, a (now hairless) squirrel is rescued by Flora Belle Buckman, at […]

Arboretum tour packs 2 billion years into 1 hour

Scott McFadden will lead a geology walking tour 1:30-2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum, 37615 E. U.S. Highway 60 in Superior. The cost is $12.50 for adults, $5 for children 5-12, free for children under 5, arboretum members and Arizona State Parks pass-holders. Mr. McFadden will discuss rocks and volcanic formations […]