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cards and paper items were sorted, saved or thrown. A lot of other junk was boxed up and put in storage (I know better than to really throw stuff away; I would NEVER hear the end of it). The first day, I planned to clean the front of the house – living room, kitchen, dining room. At about 2 o’clock in the afternoon I took a BIG load of paper out to the recycling bin, which is around on the side of our house. After dumping everything, I walked back to the house and eek! I had locked myself out. By just forgetting to UNlock the screen. Husband and daughter are 1,000 miles away –with the spare keys in their respective pockets. MY key is in on the hutch in the dining room, where I always keep it when I am at home. After a quick survey to determine my options, I found an old plastic milk crate I thought would give me enough height to stand on to hoist myself up to the TOP of our six-foot wall, then I could just swing over and land in the backyard, which was the convenient location of unlocked doors. Turns out the plastic milk crate wasn’t even close to tall enough for my weakling arms to pull myself up. But, as they say – necessity is the mother of invention (what a great saying), so I figured I could pull the trash can over to the fence, hop up on to the trash can, stand up, sit on the fence, swing my legs over, drop to the ground and walk to the unlocked back door. Voila! Man, am I SHORT. I could kind of leap up on to the trash can pretty well. I had to take a couple of goes at it before I could twist around and land seated. Then I pulled myself up to the fence, had to kind of hop up to sit then swing my legs over. I had forgotten what was on the other side of the wall onto which I needed to jump. My choice of landing pads: a large, stickery agave or a bush of dubious identification. I was unable to tell whether the (cont. on page 19)


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A book written in 1970 called The Greening of America by Charles A. Reich has little to do with today’s “greening,” but its title gave way to a world in the 21st century that has moved to a true greening – a move toward more environmentally favorable building, landscaping and living. The City of Scottsdale, the Town of Fountain Hills and Rio Verde are on that green wave. Fountain Hills is looking ahead to a number of projects that will save money in operations and provide

convenience for residents. Scottsdale, one of the true innovators of the green movement in the southwest, has created a culture of sustainability. The Green Building Program, led by Anthony

Scottsdale’s Fire Station 8 is nearing completion. It and other Scottsdale buildings have been built to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards.

Floyd, Green Building Program Manager, city the first in the nation to adopt a LEED was established in 1998. Gold policy. While neither Fountain Hills nor Rio LEED, for Leadership in Energy and Verde have extensive green programs, Environmental Design, is an internationboth communities are moving ally recognized building certiBy forward with projects that are fication system. Scottsdale has Bob Burns in line with the movement. adopted a resolution requiring all new, occupied city buildings and Scottsdale to be designed, contracted and Linda McThrall built to achieve the LEED Gold In 2005, the Scottsdale City certification. Additionally the Council unanimously approved the Green policy calls for all future renovations and Building (LEED) Policy for new city build- non-occupied city buildings be designed, ings and remodels. The action made the (cont. on page 5)

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contracted and built to include as many principles as possible of both the LEED program and the city’s Green Building Program. The Scottsdale Senior Center on Granite Reef Road is the first LEED Gold city facility. It was completed in early 2006. The downtown fire station 2, along with the city’s Appaloosa Branch Library near Scottsdale and Pinnacle Peak roads, are recently completed buildings using the city’s Green Building Policy. The library earned the Gold LEED certification, while the downtown fire station earned a Platinum certification. Platinum is the highest certification possible through LEED. The Gateway Trailhead in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve also earned a Platinum designation. The city currently is completing construction on Fire Station 1 at the southwest corner of Eldorado Park and Fire Station 8 at Cactus Road and 96th Street. Both stations have been built using LEED standards. These policies are in place for a number of reasons, not the least is economic. “When basic good green building practices are followed, there are many construction cost savings,” according to

Alisa McMahon, a member of the City of Scottsdale Green Building Advisory Committee. “And the cost of a building doesn’t end when construction is completed. Operating costs continue throughout the life of a building. Green buildings cost less to operate (with lower power and water bills).” The city’s Website provides a number of resources for sustainability, green building and other information. Go to www.

Fountain Hills Fountain Hills Environmental Planner Raymond Rees said Fountain Hills will be a small piece of a much larger test program for electric vehicle charging stations. “Phoenix and Tucson are test markets for a network of charging stations for electric vehicles,” Rees said. “The town has just received a lease agreement for two charging stations here in the community.” Both charging units are to be installed in the civic center, one in the Library/ Museum parking lot and the second near Town Hall, according to Rees. This is a two-year trial program that will provide a site for a “quick charge.” At the end of the pilot program the town will be able to purchase the charging units for

a nominal fee, Rees said. The second energy project the town is working on is implementing a recently completed energy audit that was paid for by stimulus funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). As a result of the audit the town has decided to install a new energy management system for the civic center buildings. There are currently two systems, one that operates the Community Center and Library/Museum and the second for Town Hall. The facilities supervisor currently updates information daily on how the sys-


tem should operate with regard to which rooms need heating or air conditioning and those that can come on later. The new program will allow the system to be updated only on a weekly basis. “The system will also monitor our usage to help make the buildings more efficient,” Rees said. Also, the current system has the technology server and communications rooms connected to a cooling unit that also controls offices. The grant involved with the audit will allow the town to install separate (cont. on page 6)

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“This will allow us to look at what we need to work on going forward,” Rees said. In regard to policies that encourage green building, the town has taken only a few steps. There are policies that expedite permits for solar installations and other green innovations. The town also has stepped up in planning its own facilities. Plans prepared for a new fire station are LEED certified and it will be a green facility when built. That project is on hold currently until funding is available.

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Mel Brooks is a master of comedy. One of his most beloved musical comes to the stage at Fountain Hills Community Theater starting Friday, June 17. The Producers runs through July 3. Outrageous, hilarious, unexpected, a wee bit naughty and ever fun, The Producers follows the adventures and misadventures of Max Bialystock, a washed-up Broadway producer, and Leo Bloom, a meek accountant, who together set out to produce a full-fledged flop – and fleece their investors in the process. Instead, they wind up with a hit on their hands. The pair sing and dance their way through the greatest show business scam of all time. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and at 2 p.m. Sundays. Individual tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for seniors and youth 17 and younger.

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Seussical continues its run at Broadway Palm Dinner Theater through June 18. The next show on the Mesa stage is Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella.

Family fare on tap at Broadway Palm Broadway Palm Dinner Theater has two family musicals playing in June. Seussical, a “fantastical, magical, Broadway musical extravaganza,” continues through June 18. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella opens June 23 and runs through Aug. 6 Special family ticket prices are offered for the two shows. Adults are $35, and children 18 and younger are $18. Ticket prices include dinner and show. Seussical centers around Horton the Elephant, who must protect his tiny friend Jojo and guard an abandoned egg. With plenty of adventures, thrills, danger and laughs, ultimately the powers of friend-

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Wyatt Earp rides at Broadway Palm The great-grand nephew of Wyatt Earp appears at Broadway Palm Dinner Theater June 27 and June 28. The nephew, who shares the name Wyatt Earp, will perform his one-man play reenacting the historic lawman recalling his adventures in the West. Wyatt Earp: A Life on the Frontier will be at 7:30 p.m. in the Marquee Theater, in the Broadway Palm Dinner Theater, 5247 E. Brown Rd. in Mesa.

Tickets are $12. They are available online at, by phone at (480) 325-6000 or at the Box Office. Wyatt Earp has been portraying his famous relative since 1996. The show won an ariZoni award and has been performed more than 670 times. It was written by his wife, Terry, who is an award-winning Arizona playwright.

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n an unassuming strip mall situated out in Northeast Scottsdale where Via Linda and Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard curve and intersect sits a gem of a restaurant. George Yang opened up George & Son’s after the birth of his first and only son. In honor of the special event he named his restaurant accordingly. The restaurant business was familiar to Yang, he grew up in Burma and was exposed to spices, aromas and flavors of many different cuisines. As a result, George & Son’s is a cross-cultural restaurant. George & Son’s most popular dish is Shrimp with Honey Glazed Walnuts. Other signature dishes include Citrus Chicken, Seafood Pockets and Spicy Crackling Calamari. The menu also offers many noodle dishes, a staple in Asian cooking. Lo Mein, Chow Mein and Pad Thai can be found at George & Son’s. Tofu dishes are also available. Spicier dishes include Kung Pao Three Seas, a combination of wonderful shrimp, scallops and fillet of fish and Dragon & Phoenix, a medley of shrimp and chicken all in a spicy sauce.

AZ Trails Travel is planning two motorcoach tours in the coming weeks. A trip to Bearizona is set for June 16. The cost is $75 per person. The Bearizona trip includes luxury motorcoach transportation, buffet lunch at the Grand Depot Café in Williams, admission and guided tour through the park and all gratuities and taxes. Bearizona features a variety of wildlife including bison, big horn sheep, mountain lions and bears. The bus leaves Fountain Hills at about 8:15 a.m. AZ Trails Travel Bus Series features Durango/Silverton Railway Trip July 10

through 12. The bus leaves Fountain Hills at approximately 7 a.m. The tour includes luxury motorcoach transportation, two-night’s stay in Durango, breakfast daily and two drink coupons, round trip coach class passage on the Durango Silverton train and all taxes and gratuities. The cost is $495 per person based on double occupancy. The booking deadline is June 10. A 25 percent deposit is due at the time of reservation, and the balance must be paid 45 days prior to departure. Call AZ Trails, (480) 837-837-8665 for availability and to register.

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8, releasing June 10. Produced by Steven Spielberg and written/directed by J.J. Abrams, Super 8 looks to carry on the tradition of such films as E.T. and Close Encounters of the Third Kind with a modern flair all its own. Full of aliens, government cover-ups, a little suspense and a group of inseparable friends bent on discovering the truth, Super 8 looks to hearken back to a time when movies encouraged viewers to be amazed by the unknown and find wonder in the world around them. More than my June pick, Super 8 is my standout for the entire summer season.

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Scottsdale Public Library has proposed a reduction of hours of all branches. The proposal is part of what the City Council will consider at its June 7 final budget meeting. The library must trim $1.3 million from its expenses in the upcoming budget year, which starts July 1. Part of the proposal includes a plan to end an intergovernmental agreement between Scottsdale Unified School District and the city. The dissolution of the agreement would close Palomino Library at Desert Mountain High School to the public. The branch would remain in service to the high school. There is some question whether the agreement could be terminated effective July 1 when the fiscal year begins, or if the 18-month notice to terminate the contract must be met. If the library cannot end the agreement this fiscal year, there is a second proposal to shorten library hours at all five branches. The proposal would mean that the Civic Center branch would open later and close an hour earlier six days a week. Appaloosa, Arabian and Mustang branches would close earlier and be closed

on extra day each week. Palomino would have an 18.5 hour reduction in hours under the second proposal. Scottsdale City Council meets Tuesday, June 7, to have its second and final hearing on the proposed FY 2011/2012 operating budget. The budget will be adopted at that meeting. The meeting begins at 5 p.m. at Scottsdale City Hall, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd.

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Fountain Hills Library A day of special events kicks off the Fountain Hills Library Summer Reading Program Thursday, June 2. Children ages 0 through teenage can visit the library to experience various activities. Mother Goose will be at the library at 10 a.m. to bring the joy of reading books with animated storytelling and plenty of audience participation for children 0 to five. At 11:30 a.m., children five to eight can enjoy Chuck Cheesman, who presents “Dancing with No Shoes On!” Chuck is a children’s entertainer and educator who got his start in children’s music as a “Wiggleworms” instructor at Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music. Children nine to 12 can meet Johnny Moon and “The Magic Hats” at 2 p.m. Travel the world and read many stories with the funny and magical Johnny Moon. He will be the travel guide through China, Italy, the USA, Africa and other countries. Joan Langdon will promote the art of face painting with lots of ideas and designs and fun for both the artist and the child. Face painting will be offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Teens will have their kick off event with light refreshments, gaming, prizes and live

music by a local teen band. The teen event starts at 5:30 p.m. The summer reading program is designed for all ages with different themes for each group. For children ages birth to five years old, the theme is “All Aboard at Your Library.” “One World, Many Stories” is for six to 11 year olds, and “You are Here” is the theme for 12 to 18 year olds. Participants in the reading program will earn prizes as they finish books. Visit for more information. Regular library hours are Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call (602) 652-3000 for more information. The Friends of the Library Bookstore, located just outside the library, can be reached at (602) 652-3263. The library is located at 12901 N. LaMontana Drive. For a complete listing of services, visit Other June activities are as follows:

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Flamenco Dancing Wednesday, June 15, 2 p.m. Linda Machado is a professional Flamenco and Spanish dancer who performs regularly in concert halls, theaters, muse-

Mighty Mud Mania June 11 It is that time of year when a nice dip in the mud sounds perfect. The City of Scottsdale delivers its annual Mighty Mud Mania just in time to fulfill that fantasy. Activities are planned for two age groups on the Saturday, June 11, event. Children six and younger can play in the mini-mud obstacle course, mud pits , sand castle building and an area called “Mudville.” Those seven to 17 will have the opportunity to enjoy a mud obstacle course, waterslides and mud pits. The event is free, but participants are asked to bring a non-perishable food item for donation to Vista del Camino food bank. Additionally, Scottsdale Solid Waste Services and Parks and Recreation are partnering to promote recycling. Event sponsors include RedLeaf Water, SRP, Radio Disney and Clif Kid. Activities will be at Chaparral Park, 5401 N. Hayden Rd. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Participants must bring signed permission slips or have a parent or guardian on-site to sign one. Children also are required to wear lace-up or Velcro-close shoes. Sandals and flip-flops are not allowed. Scottsdale firefighters and city plumbers will provide a “kidwash” and portable

showers so participants can go home clean. Fully-rinsed children who bring clean swimsuits and towels and towels can swim at Chaparral Pool from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for $1. For more information, visit www. or call (480) 312-2771.

Kool Band at Broadway Palm Arizona’s favorite oldies cover band, “That Kool Band,” will appear at Broadway Palm Dinner Theater Monday, June 6. The high energy rock ‘n’ roll show begins at 7:30 p.m. Great harmonies, flashy guitar work and danceable fun is all part of the show. Buffet service will not be available, but beverages will be sold. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at the Box Office, 5247 E. Brown Rd. in Mesa, online at or by calling (480) 325-6700. Classic hits by the Beach Boys, The Beatles, Del Shannon, The Box Tops, Neil Diamond, The Doors, Jay and The Americans, the Turtles, Elvis and more will be performed.

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Happily Ever after on Thursday June 2, 9, 16, 23 -- 10 a.m. Story time especially for toddlers to age three. Stories, finger plays, rhymes and crafts for fun and for skill development of this age group. “All Aboard at your Library” is June’s theme. Conference Room. Once upon a Monday June 6, 13, 20, 27 -- 10 a.m. Preschoolers are invited each Monday for stories, activities and crafts. The theme this month is “One World Many Stories.” Conference Room. Great Arizona Puppet Theater Tuesday, June 14, 2 p.m. For ages toddler through preschool. The mission of the Great Arizona Puppet Theater is to advance and promote the art of puppetry while educating children and their families and making a positive impact on the cultural climate of Arizona. Lightbulb Lab Saturday, June 18, 3 p.m.


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John O’Flynn Senior Activity Center A number of regularly scheduled activities at John O’Flynn Activity Center for Seniors and Boomers will be on hold through the summer. Those activities include the Sherlock Holmes Book Club; Line Dancing, Spanish II, Celiac Support Group (will meet June 8 and be on break in July and August), Caregivers Support Group (will meet June 6 and be on break July through September); Hearing Screenings; Hearing Loss Support Group; and Legal Consultations. Chef Matt Hastings from Fountain View Village will offer a class called Healthy Bones June 13. Preregister by calling the center and referencing course #5690. The class is from 11:30 a.m. to

12:30 p.m. the class is limited to 20 participants. The senior center provides hundreds of opportunities each year for seniors to prove that age is only a number. The Center has an annual membership of $15 effective Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2011, entitling members to participate in a wide variety of activities. Membership is not limited to “seniors.” All adults 18 and over are eligible to join. The Center is located in the Fountain Hills Community Center, 13001 N. La Montana Drive. Call (480) 816-5226 for information and to register for classes. Durable medical equipment is available to borrow free. Donations of wheelchairs are requested. Please stop by the Activity

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Your guide for places to go and things to do in the Northeast Valley and around the state. Information is accurate to the best of our knowledge, but dates and times are subject to change without notice.

air Shows High Country Warbirds Air Display

Valle Grand Canyon Planes Air Museum Williams June 25 8 a.m. Features antique and war bird fly-bys by a P-51 Mustang, P-40, B-25 and the Ford Tri-motor along with craft and food vendors. or $2-$8


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The Art of Ceremony – American Indian Painting of the 20th Century

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City Park, Show Low June 3-5 More than 100 vendors of arts and crafts, food, business expo, Sat. morning fly-in. or Free

Greer Days

The Village of Greer June 3-4 7 a.m. Arts and crafts, parade, talent show, horseshoe tournament, barn dance, pancake breakfast. Free

38th Annual Folk Arts Fair

Sharlot Hall Museum, Prescott June 4-5 10 a.m. Celebrates traditional arts, crafts and entertainment of central territorial Arizona. Emphasizes demonstrations and education, hands-on opportunities to make and try frontier crafts, entertainment by fiddle bands, folksingers and dancers. $3-$5

31st Annual Territorial Days Arts and Crafts

Courthouse Plaza, Prescott June 11-12 9 a.m. Annual arts and crafts festival, food,

Payson Public Library June 25-30 Smithsonian exhibition of our country’s diverse regional cooking and eating traditions, includes exhibits, oral history projects and publications,

car Shows Route 66, Williams June 3-5 Join hundreds of Corvette enthusiasts from across America for a Corvette tour to Grand Canyon and Sedona. Includes a 2-day guided tour, tour cap, participation memento, poker walk and prizes, Route 66 Corvette display in Williams, Indy 500 staging and launch, detailed route book, limited to Corvettes 1953 to 2011. $

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Jesse Monomgye: Opal Bears and Lapis Skies Heard Museum, Phoenix Through June 26 More than 200 pieces of Monongye’s work spanning more than 30 years of his career. Works also by Monongye’s principal mentors, his father Preston, and famed jeweler Charles Loloma. $

Heard Museum, Phoenix Through June 30 Artists from many different regions have attempted to convey the power and beauty of ceremonies that are central to their lives, offers insight into the artists’ visions. $


Courthouse Square, Prescott June 4 10 a.m. Presented by the Prescott Auto Enthusiasts, 10 classes, 50/50, prizes, first 150 dash plaques, trophies. Free to view cars.

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Downtown Superior, Superior June 4 Cruise downtown Superior and see classic cars, entertainment and fun. free

comedy Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage Christ’s Church of Scottsdale June 10 Two day video seminar on Friday, June 10, from 7-10 p.m. and Saturday, June 11, from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., then click on  ‘Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage’ in the middle of the page to register. $35/couple, $18/single

culinary 2nd Annual Flagstaff Wine & Food Festival

Pine Mountain Amphitheater June 11-12 Noon. Celebration of regional wines and local foods, local food creations by some of Northern AZ’s finest restaurants, music performances, art and local food vendors, and silent auction, benefits Friends of Coconino

food festivals and cook-offs. Free.

cultural Native American Dances

Historic Courthouse Square, Holbrook June 1 through July 31 6:30 p.m. A variety of authentic dances and involve the members of the public who wish to participate. Weekdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m., (928) 524-6558 or (800) 524-2459 or Free.

5th Annual Summer Navajo Rug Auction

Museum of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff June 4 9 a.m. Cultural Partners and Museum of Northern Arizona, features 300 vintage and contemporary Navajo weavings in a variety of styles, many local weavers attend to present their works, specialists and experts will talk with consignors about their items, auctioneers from R.B. Burnham and Co. Trading Post. Free

Navajo Textiles: 100+ Years of Weaving

Heard Museum, Phoenix June 11-12 Navajo weaving has changed over the past century but has retained its beauty, quality and vitality while allowing freedom for innovation, view some of the best pieces from the late 19th century to the present of this living art form drawn from the Heard Museum’s collection and other important loaned collections. $

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trail run 5 miles, USAT sanctioned. $

Desert Dance Theatre Celebrates Marion Kirk Jones’ 90th Birthday!

Multi-Event Center, Payson June 4-5 Celebrate Payson’s logging heritage, contestants participate in a variety of events that test their accuracy, skill and endurance. $5

Tempe Center for the Arts, Tempe June 4 Desert Dance Theatre and Friends combine forces to celebrate to Marion Kirk Jones’ 90th Birthday, Jones is Desert Dance Theatre’s Artistic Director Emeritus, and has been an integral part of Desert Dance Theatre since the company’s beginnings in 1979. $

Rodeo Dance

M&I Bank Parking Lot, Prescott June 30 8 p.m. June 30th is family night; July 1 and 2 are for for 21 and older. $

family Fun 11th Annual Family Farm Day

Tolmachoff Farms, Glendale June 4 8 a.m. Children’s activities including u-pick garden, train rides, corn husking and watermelon eating contest, crafts, food samples, farm theme games. $5.

36th Annual Mighty Mud Mania

Chaparral Park, Scottsdale June 11 8:30 a.m. Includes mud obstacle courses for 1-6 yr olds and 7-17 yr olds, and a mud puddle pool for tiny tots, also sandcastle building, giant waterslides, giant water cannons and a swim. Free with non-perishable food item

festivals 20th Annual Wool Festival

Pioneer Museum, Flagstaff June 4-5 10 a.m. Celebrate the tradition of sheep ranching and fiber craft in Northern Arizona. Live sheep, goats and alpaca, herding dog and shearing demonstrations, fiber craft demonstrations by Navajo and other local artisans, living history sheep camp, sample traditional sheep camp cooking, fleece and fiber crafts for sale. $3

8th Annual Deuces Wild Triathlon Festival

Fool Hollow Lake, Show Low June 4-5 Olympic course is swim 1500 meters, bike 24.9 miles and run 6.2 miles, Deuce Man Long course is swim 1.2 miles, bike 56 miles, run 13.1 miles, Xterra Deuces Wild Off-Road Triathlon: a Nissan Xterra Points Series Race, swim 800 meters, mountain bike 14.9 miles,

Arizona Loggers Sawdust Festival

Strawberry Patchers 15th Annual Quilt Show

Cultural Hall, Pine June 10-12 9 a.m. Bring a can/package of non-perishable food and be entered into the drawing held June 12 for a comfort quilt. The show is in conjunction with the Strawberry Festival, set for June 11 and 12.We will have quilts and wearable items on display for viewers choice voting on Friday and Saturday. Ribbons will be in place for Sunday attendees. Berry Patch Boutique filled with quality hand made items, a vendor mall and quilt appraisals. We will be selling tickets for our beautiful opportunity quilt drawing that will be held Dec. 1, 2011. $2, children under 12 free

21st Annual Strawberry Festival Downtown Strawberry June 11-12 9 a.m. Music, crafts, food. Ends at 3 p.m. Sunday. or $

16th Annual Juneteenth JAZZ SPLASH Festival & Ethnic Arts Fair

Arcosanti, Cordes Junction June 17-19 11 a.m. Celebrate freedom through music and art, ethnic arts fair will feature music, workshops, guest speakers, art shows, dancing, children’s theatre and food vendors. Live entertainment includes gospel, jazz, blues, Reggae/ funk. Friday opening at Hassayampa Inn in Prescott, then continues on Sat. and Sun. at Arcosanti. $5-$10

Juneteenth Celebration

Cogdill Recreation Center, Flagstaff June 18 1 p.m. Entertainment, information booths, activities for kids, catfish, hotdogs and burgers. $

8th Annual Lavender Festival in the White Mountains Red Rock Lavender, Concho June 23-25 9 a.m. Arizona’s First Lavender Farm Laven-

Pops Series. 8 and 2 p.m. der Festival Lavender Tours, U-cut Lavender, Cooking Demonstrations, Lavender Plants and $18 and up Products for Sale, box lunches available online. $5. Mamady Keïta and

10th Annual Flagstaff Folk Festival

Coconino Center for the Arts June 25-26 10 a.m. More than 150 musicians perform on four different stages, live acoustic music by individual, group acts, fiddlers, folk singers, string bands, jam sessions, workshops for playing, song writing, and more. $3, $9 for family

motorcycles Route 666 Run

Springerville June 4 10 a.m. A 265-mile ride on one of the most scenic stretches of highway, one named Route 666 and nicknamed “The Devil’s Highway.”  It is now Route 191. $

11th Annual AZ Hog (Harley Owners Group) Rally

Downtown Williams June 9-11 Harley riders from all around the state gather, motorcycle-themed happenings, live bands, street dances, poker runs, organized rides, street dance, vendors. www.azstatehogrally. com or $

music Annual Music in the Garden Spring Concert Series Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix June 3, 10, 17, 24 7 p.m. Desert beauty and the sounds of the Valley’s premier musicians. Reservations recommended. $15-$21

Summer Concerts in the Park

McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, Scottsdale June 5, 12, 19, 26, July 3 7:30 p.m. Live performances, variety of local bands, train and carousel. Free

That Kool Band

Broadway Palm Dinner Theater, Mesa June 6 7:30 p.m. Arizona’s favorite oldies band will perform their high energy rock ‘n’ roll show. $15

Live & Let Die

Phoenix Symphony Hall June 10 With the Phoenix Symphony and conductor Michael Krajewski, guitar/piano/vocals of Tony Kishman, guitar/keyboards/vocals of Jim Owen and drums/vocals of Chris Camelleri, in the music of Paul McCartney. Part of the APS

Famoudou Konaté

Musical Instrument Museum Music Theater Phoenix June 10 7 p.m. A film screening and a hands-on opportunity for newcomers and devotees to experience the drumming traditions of West Africa, by grand masters of the djembe drum. $25

9th Annual Flagstaff Music Festival

Heritage Square, Flagstaff June 18-19 Noon. Promotes local Flagstaff and Northern Arizona bands and musicians. Closes at 8 p.m. Sunday. Free

Sheryl Bailey and Friends

Musical Instrument Museum Music Theater Phoenix June 18 7 p.m. Sizzling guitar goddess. $25-$30

Kuniko Yamamoto: Magical Mask, Mime, and Music of Japan

Musical Instrument Museum Music Theater Phoenix June 19 7 p.m. Dramatic storytelling using myths and fables from ancient and modern Japan, spiced with traditional Japanese music, handcrafted masks, and a touch of magic. $25-$30

30th Annual Bluegrass Festival

Courthouse Plaza, Prescott June 25-26 10 a.m. Four top bands, jam sessions, workshops. Sunday, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Free

Celtic Spring

Musical Instrument Museum Theater Phoenix June 25 7 p.m. A journey through the music of Ireland, Scotland, and Canada’s Cape Breton. $32-$36


Dragonfly Walk

Boyce Thompson Arboretum Superior June 4 9:30 a.m. Parents and kids can learn to identify colorful dragonfly species during a one-hour walk. $3-$7.50

National Trails Day

Williams June 4 Includes trail maintenance, educational hike, afternoon BBQ. $

Let’s Go! June 2011

Learn Your Lizards

Boyce Thompson Arboretum, Superior June 11 8:30 a.m. Educates participants how to identify common species such as Western whiptails, Tree Lizards, Side-blotched and Greater Earless, family-friendly walk, meet at the visitor center. $3-$7.50

21st Annual Grand Canyon Star Party

South Rim of the Grand Canyon, Grand Canyon June 18-25 8 p.m. Sponsored by National Park Service and the Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association, amateur astronomers from across the country will be volunteering their expertise, numerous telescopes set up to view, on the South Rim. The event includes a slide show at 8 pm, or $

Plants-of-the-Bible Guided Tours

Boyce Thompson Arboretum, Superior June 18 9:30 a.m. Learn about botany, history and scripture on a walk alongside volunteer and Bible scholar David Oberpriller. $3-$7.50

Butterfly Walk

Boyce Thompson Arboretum, Superior June 25 9:30 a.m. Learn to identify common species of butterflies and about the insects’ life cycles on a two-hour walk, a few butterflies are netted for a short while to give kids a close up look. $3-$7.50

rodeos 14th Annual Cowpunchers Reunion Rodeo

Williams Rodeo Grounds June 17-19 1 p.m. The real working cowboys get together and put on a big rodeo for themselves. Rodeo performances start daily at 1 p.m. Dance Friday and Saturday. $5; kids 10 and younger free.

124th Annual Prescott Frontier Days & World’s Oldest Rodeo Prescott Rodeo Grounds June 29 through July 4 Eight rodeo performances, Arizona’s largest rodeo parade, kiddie parade, arts and crafts show, food, rodeo dances, 7:30 and 1:30 pm select days.

4th of July Rodeo

Kayenta Community Rodeo Grounds June 30-July 3 Includes all Indian Rodeo, Junior Rodeo, country western dances, roping classic, celebrating Kayenta’s 100 year anniversary. www. $

roller Derby Roller Derby

Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum, Phoenix June 19 7 p.m. $12; free for 12 and younger

runs / Walks 28th Annual NACA Sacred Mountain Thorpe Park, Flagstaff June 4 6 a.m. 10K/5K Prayer Run and 2K Fun Run/ Walk - highlights the Native American significance of running for good mental and physical health, benefits Native Americans for Community Action, moderately difficult, on cinder trails within Coconino National Forest. $

sports Phoenix Volleyball Festival

Phoenix Convention Center/US Airways Center, Phoenix June 23-27 More than 7,000 players from more than 700 teams from more than 25 states, players aged 12-18 play across 140 courts. Free

44th Annual Firecracker Sports Festival

Rose Mofford Sports & Papago Softball , Phoenix June 24-26 7 p.m. Longest running softball tournament in the state, also slow pitch youth, fast pitch, adult slow pitch, senior, men’s, women’s. Fireworks at 9 p.m. Free to spectators

theater Seussical

Broadway Palm Dinner Theater, Mesa Through June 18 A fantastical, magical Broadway musical. $

Willy Wonka Jr.

Scottsdale Desert Stages Through June 19 Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays at 1 and 3 p.m. $

Abraham Lincoln’s Big Gay Dance Party

Tempe Performing Arts Center, Tempe June 1-11 Comedy of politics and political values, contains adult content, 8 p.m. and 2 p.m. $12-25

Les Miserables

ASU Gammage, Tempe June 7-12 A brand new 25th anniversary production of Boublil and Schönberg’s legendary musical, new staging and spectacular reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo. $


Herberger Theater Center, Phoenix June 10-26 By Valley Youth Theatre, experience the magic as Annie and Daddy Warbucks discover that the Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow. Visit website for production days and times. $17-$33

The Producers

Fountain Hills Community Theater June 17 through July 3 The funniest, most honored musical in the history of Broadway returns to the Fountain Hills stage. $

And Then There Were None

Scottsdale Desert Stages June 17 through Aug. 21 Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 p.m., Sundays, 2 p.m. $A

Short Stuff (cont. from page 2)

bush had stickers, but since I knew the agave definitely would hurt if I jumped on it, I chose the bush. Two things: Jumping from a six foot wall – even if you are sitting down -- is far. FAR. Two: the bush, while it had no stickers, also had NO resistance to break my fall. I just crashed through it. Ever cognizant of my image, I tried really hard to look cool. Nobody could see me. I was behind the stupid six foot block wall. But I have some pride here. So I kind of landed on my feet – not like a cat, mind you – but I was upright. Until I wasn’t. That was when I fell backwards and bonked my head on the gate. Except for a few scrapes and scratches and a relatively small knot on the back of my head, I was unscathed AND in the backyard, closer to the unlocked back door



Throw Papa ON the Train

Verde River Railroad, Clarkdale June 19 Take Dad on a train ride on his special day. $

Grape Train Escapes/Starlight Ride/ Tequila Train Verde River Railroad, Clarkdale June 18 Verde Canyon Railroad, wine tasting trains, featuring unique wines and food from around the world. $


8th Annual Deuces Wild Triathlon Festival

Fool Hollow Lake, Show Low June 4-5 Olympic course is swim 1500 meters, bike 24.9 miles and run 6.2 miles, Deuce Man Long course is swim 1.2 miles, bike 56 miles, run 13.1 miles, Xterra Deuces Wild Off-Road Triathlon: a Nissan Xterra Points Series Race, swim 800 meters, mountain bike 14.9 miles, trail run 5 miles, $

Payson Sprint Triathlon

Rumsey Park & Taylor Pool, Payson June 11 6 a.m. Swim 500 yards, bike 15 miles, run 5K, pre-registered participants receive a race shirt. $

than I had been seconds earlier. My immediate problem was to be able to get up and walk to the back door. When I landed, my nearly 59-year-old bones kind of compressed together. I think I am now under five feet tall. But to make a long story longer, I was able to get up and walk to the back door and blithely walked in as if I had been in the backyard all day. Just another hop over the fence. All in a day’s work. I finished the big cleaning project without being hospitalized. The family got back from Denver and was duly impressed with how clean the house was AND that I had just organized everything instead of throwing everything away. I have to admit I feel pretty proud of myself for not really hurting myself. I HATE experiencing the vestiges of age, but I LOVE that I am semi-old and I still believe I won’t hurt myself. Of course, that could come from some kind of judgment defect. Boy, I hope not.


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Let's Go in the Northeast Valley - June 2011  

Monthly newspaper covering Fountain Hills, Northeast Scottsdale and surrounding areas.