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 […]

Houser concert caps Superstition Mountain Museum series

A concert of country, western, bluegrass and gospel music performed by Ron Houser and Tara Houser-Jones will close this season’s free lecture series 2 p.m. Thursday, April 5, at the Superstition Mountain Museum, 4087 N. Apache Trail, north of Apache Junction. The local entertainers will combine their voices and their guitar and fiddle play in the concert, which will take place […]

Arts and entertainment events through April 1

Apache Junction Rock, Gem and Jewelry Show 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Feb. 17, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 18 Fun for all ages at Skyline High School, 845 S. Crismon Road in Mesa. Bring the kids and browse original jewelry, gemstones, and beads, as well as rare and unusual crystals, minerals, and fossils. See the wonders […]

MountainBrook Village Theatre returns with comedy Feb. 25-28

Yes, it’s time to lower the lights, open the curtain, light up the stage and enjoy a performance of “Where There’s A Will There’s A Relative,” a comedy in two acts by Roger Karshner. The play will be performed at 7 p.m. Feb. 25-28 on the Superstition Center stage in MountainBrook Village, three blocks north […]