Queen Creek/San Tan Valley Independent
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Michael Madsen will coach a Memorial Day weekend class for novice photographers at Boyce Thompson Arboretum in Superior. The class is limited to 10 enrollees. Registration is $30 for arboretum annual members and $39 for non-members.Call 520-689-2723 to enroll. See more of the artist’s work at www.heartsrock.org, or e-mail him questions at madsen56@hotmail. com The Independent caught up with the Gilbert pro photographer for more info about his workshops.
Guided 11 a.m. walking tours of the main trail at Boyce Thompson Arboretum, 37615 E U.S. Highway 60 in Superior, continue daily in April, but end May 1 with the onset of BTA’s summertime schedule. That’s when daily hours move to 6 a.m.-3 p.m. for May, June, July and August. Guided tours are included with daily admission of $9.Saturday, April 13, brings the popular afternoon “Edible and Medicinal Desert Plants” walk with Apache Junction author Jean Groen, leading a one-hour walk that explaining the ways desert plants fed, healed and clothed Sonoran native people for more than 1,000 years. ‘Season finale’ for this popular walk will be April 28 at 1:30 p.m. when Ethno-botanist, Choctaw Nation member and raconteur Dave Morris returns as guide April 28 – and Dave returns June 23 when this tour moves to its 8 a.m. start time.
You overhear your children or their friends talking about suckers and bath salts.
That’s nice, you think.
Maybe not.In November, teens at Apache Junction High School made headlines when they were arrested for possession of lollipops laced with hash. Prior to the arrests, the sale of the illicit sweets was advertised on Twitter: “ Yooo (expletive deleted), #HashCandy on deck! $12. Good 8 to 10 hour high! Hit me up ASAP!,” said one of two Tweets, which were later removed, found by the Independent.
Stella Bock, 5, of San Tan Valley has been chosen as a state finalist in the National American Miss Arizona Pageant to be held June 28-29 at the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Paradise Valley-Scottsdale, according to a press release from the pageant organization. She is the daughter of Natali Bock of San Tan Valley.
Stella’s favorite activities include art, music, dance and reading. She also enjoys playing with her sisters and cousins, and taking pictures.
Proud San Tan Valley Chamber of Commerce member, Arizona Speedway is at 47346 N. Ironwood Road in San Tan Valley.
Upcoming events include:
6:30 p.m., Friday, April 5: Dirt track practice 7 p.m., Saturday, April 13: Spring Fling USAC Non-Wing Spring Cars. Pure Stocks, Mod Lites, Bombers 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 20: IMCA, Supers, X- Mods, Bombers Admission for racing events is $12 adults;$10 seniors and $5 children; kids 6 and under are admitted free. For more information; visit www.arizonaspeedway.net.
Air Force Airman Zachary A. Brester has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.The airman completed an intensive eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills.
The year 2012 marked a milestone in terms of passenger traffic for Phoenix- Mesa Gateway Airport.
For the first time in the airport’s history, the airline passenger count for 2012 topped one million, totaling 1,377,205, a 44 percent increase from the 956,665 passenger total for the previous year, according to a press release.
The count is more than triple that of 2008, when 357,165 passengers used the airport, located southeast of Power Road and Loop 202 in east Mesa.
Queen Creek residents are giving a thumbs up to a proposed movie theater megaplex with an adjoining entertainment district and hotel in the downtown area.
“I’m really excited to have it super close,” Kyndra Westover, 14, a student at Queen Creek High School, told the Independent, referring to the movie theater during a phone interview Wednesday. “It is kind of a hassle to travel so far.”
Tom Shanley calls himself a political junkie. Or at least that’s what he used to be.
For the past year, he has been having difficulty remembering things, like names and dates, even words.“I find myself more and more lacking in conversation because I can’t think of a word that’s as simple as my name,” the 79year- old San Tan Valley man told the Independent during a phone interview. “I’m a political junkie and now I can’t remember what I want to tell the guy I’m arguing with over certain points. It’s frustrating.”
Shelle Hamilton of Apache Junction loves dirt – racing along at 80 miles per hour around a dirt race track, that is. She has a lot in common with Danica Patrick, the professional race car driver. Both are competitive, love to drive fast and are able to compete with and even beat the men at a traditionally male dominated sport.Ms. Hamilton has been a dirt track race car driver for two years. For her it is a way to stay close to her husband, Jason, who also races a dirt track race car.