‘The Polar Express’ slated as Apache Junction’s free movie in park

The Apache Junction Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting a free Movie in the Park event Saturday, Dec. 8. Residents can bring a blanket and sit with friends and family for an evening outside watching a family movie. This free event will be held at Flatiron Community Park, 100 N. Apache Trail, in downtown […]

‘Superstition Holidays’ museum celebration features special Dec. 8 event

A special “Superstition Holidays” celebration is in full swing at Superstition Mountain Museum, 4087 N. Apache Trail (Highway 88), 3 miles northeast of Apache Junction. The 15-acre site is full of Christmas decorations and attractions appealing to both children and adults, according to a release. “Come and enjoy a step back in time in the […]

17th annual Christmas concerts Dec. 8 at Gold Canyon United Methodist Church

The music ministries of Gold Canyon United Methodist Church will present their 17th annual Christmas concerts at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8. The concerts will be in the 1,200-seat sanctuary at the church, 6640 S. Kings Ranch Road, one block north of U.S. Highway 60 and 4 miles east of Apache […]

6 Superstition Fire and Medical District captains graduate from battalion chief academy

Six fire captains from the Superstition Fire and Medical District recently graduated from a local battalion chief academy. SFMD captains Alex Dupuis, Geof Shively, Tanner Fox, John Walka, Mark Gomez and Jeff Ehrlich graduated in a class of 55 representing several local fire departments. Hosted by the Arizona Fire Chiefs Association, the academy is designed […]

AJ Mounted Rangers donate $1,000 to Community Alliance Against Family Abuse

The Apache Junction Mounted Rangers on Nov. 13 donated $1,000 to Community Alliance Against Family Abuse. From left are Apache Junction Mounted Rangers Irene White, Joan Felkner and Mike Hellberg; CAAFA Executive Director Ray Villa; and AJMR Acting Capt. Roger Matas. The Apache Junction Mounted Rangers is a volunteer peace-keeping organization that supports children and youth […]

East Valley scenic photo: House finch in Sossaman Estates

A house finch snapped by photographer Tom Schuh in his Sossaman Estates yard. The Independent encourages residents to submit their favorite scenic or wildlife photos taken within the community, with a short description of the shot, for publication with photo credit. Do not use a filter on submitted photos. Send submissions with your name to […]

Pearl Harbor Day Remembrance set for Dec. 1 at Mesa Market Place

A Pearl Harbor Remembrance is planned for 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 1 at the Mesa Market Place Swap Meet. According to a press release, the Patriot Youth Corps will remember those who gave their lives by performing the Salt Ceremony. Author Nancy Fassbender will also speak on the lives and service of the local Pinal […]

Are rooftops or open space the future for the Superstition foothills?

Residents and visitors seeking information about the Superstition Mountains and its adjacent foothills will have an opportunity to learn more Wednesday, Dec. 12, at the Apache Junction Multi-Generational Center, 1035 N. Idaho Road. Charlie Goff, Superstition Area Land Trust’s president, will discuss the challenges and opportunities inherent in a collaborative effort to conserve the foothills […]

City selects 2 locations for holiday tree recycling program

Apache Junction will have two locations where holiday trees can be recycled beginning Wednesday, Dec. 26. The sites available to accept trees for recycling will be open 24 hours a day for free drop-off. The recycling effort will continue until Feb. 3 at Paws & Claws Care Center, 725 E. Baseline Ave., and Prospector Park, […]

Canyon Sounds Performance Series presents HarpFusion Dec. 14 in Gold Canyon

HarpFusion performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, in the Canyon Sounds Performance Series hosted by the Gold Canyon Arts Council. The performance will be at Gold Canyon United Methodist Church, 6640 S. Kings Ranch Road in Gold Canyon. Purchase advance adult tickets for $25 and students for $5 at goldcanyonarts.org, or go to ticket […]