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Friday Friday 11
EMCC commencement ceremony
Estrella Mountain Community College will have its 16th annual commencement ceremony starting at 6:30 p.m. at Goodyear Ballpark, 1933 S. Ballpark Way, Goodyear. The ceremony will recognize the students who completed their studies in fall 2011, plus the students who are expected to complete their spring 2012 semester, for a combined total of 1,250 degrees and certificates, representing the accomplishments of nearly 600 students. U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis will be the commencement ceremony speaker.
White Tank Mountain Regional Park events
Black Rock archeology hike — 9 a.m. On this 1.5-mile hike, on an easy trail (with some climbing)
you will get to view evidence left by people who lived in the Valley long before any European saw it. Rangers will take you to areas not usually accessible to the public. There is some rock climbing involved so wear good shoes. Meet at Area 4 at 8:30 a.m. No dogs. The park is about four miles west of Loop 303 on Olive Avenue. Park entry fee is $6 per vehicle. For information, call 623-935-2505.
All Through the Night at Theater Works
Theater Works’ production of All Through the Night runs through May 13 with performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Winner of the Best New Play in Chicago Award, All Through the Night asks the question “What would YOU do if the Nazis came to power?” Tickets are $29 for adults and $19 for students. Tickets can be purchased online at www.th
eaterworks. org or at the box office, which is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily and can be reached at 623- 815-7930. Theater Works is in the Peoria Center for the Performing Arts (the theater with the copper roof) at 8355 W. Peoria Ave., Peoria.
THE BUCKEYE VALLEY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE’S Spring Demolition Derby gets under way at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Helzapoppin’ Rodeo Arena, on Miller Road just south of Baseline Road in Buckeye. This year, the Arizona Lawn Mower Racing Association will be featuring a “monster mobility scooter.” See the May 12 listing for details.
Buckeye Library events
Lego/Duplo Playday — 3 to 4:30 p.m. Children young and old are invited to play and create with the Buckeye Public Library’s collection of Legos and Duplos. Please leave your own Legos at home and take your imagination. No registration is required — just drop in each Friday. The library is at 310 N. Sixth St. Call 623-349-6300 for information or visit www.buckeyeaz.gov/
White Tank Library programs
Story time for toddlers and preschoolers — 10:15-11 a.m. Children will be introduced to reading and language in a fun way in the Program Room of Maricopa County Library District’s White Tank Branch Library, 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road, Waddell; 602- 652-3000, www.mcldaz.org
Estrella Mountain Regional Park events
Sunset Bingo Hike — 6:30 p.m. Meet at the Coldwater Trailhead for this informative 2.5-mile hike. Take a friend, plenty of water, sturdy close- toed shoes, and a flashlight. The park is at 14805 W. Vineyard Ave. in Goodyear. There is a $6 per vehicle park entry fee. For information, call 623-932-3811.
Saturday Saturday 12
It’s Demolition Derby time
HILDA L. SOLIS, the U.S. Secretary of Labor, will be the keynote speaker at tonight’s Estrella Mountain Community College commencement ceremony in Goodyear. See the May 11 listing for details.
The Buckeye Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Spring Demolition Derby gets under way at 7 p.m. at the Helzapoppin’ Rodeo Arena, on Miller Road just south of Baseline Road in Buckeye. This year, the Arizona Lawn Mower Racing Association will be featuring a “monster mobility scooter.” Food vendors and a children’s area will be available. Tickets can be purchased at the Buckeye Valley Chamber of Commerce, 508 E. Monroe Ave., Buckeye or at the gate. Admission is $10 for adults (14 and older); $5 for children 6-13; and free for children 5 and younger. Family passes are $25 for two adults and up to three children. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and derby events begin at 7. For information, call Jan at 623-386-2727.
Child safety event in Buckeye
Store More! Self Storage and the Buckeye police and fire departments are hosting a Child Safety event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 596 S. Watson Road, on the southwest corner of Yuma and Watson next to Fry’s. There will be free car seat inspections and free child I.D. kits for parents, free goody bags, balloon animals, face painting, food, music and other activities for children. Cost of admission is a canned food donation.
Litchfield Park Branch Library events
Saturday movie matinee for teens — 2 to 4:30 p.m. Watch a new on DVD PG-13 rated movie in the Litchfield Park Branch Library’s Community Room. The library is at 101 W. Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park; 602-652-300 or www.mcldaz.org
White Tank Branch Library events
Celebrate Mom — 11 a.m. to noon. Celebrate Mother’s Day at the White Tank Library with fun games led by a Disney princess in the library’s Program Room. Maricopa County Library District’s White Tank Branch Library is at 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road, Waddell; 602- 652-3000 or www.mcldaz.org
Master Gardener Q&A — 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Master Gardener volunteers will answer your desert gardening questions, including, but not limited to, plant selection, irrigation, fertilization, pruning techniques, pest management and problem diagnosis.
Estrella Mountain Regional Park events
Bird Walk With Sonoran Audubon — 8 a.m. This is one of the best places to see birds in the Phoenix area. You can easily see roadrunners and maybe juvenile bald eagles. Between the river habitat and the mesquite Bosque on the turf area, it’s possible to see well over 160 different species. Meet at the Nature Center. Take your own binoculars and books if you have them; a limited number will be available if you don’t. Rain cancels.
There’s Hope! — 9 a.m. Meet Sarah Moesbergen, Phoenix dog whisperer, of America’s Canine Academy. Take your dog for a free evaluation and learn what you can do to improve life with your pet. All dogs must be on a leash. Meet at the Softball Complex, Field No. 2. Be sure to take plenty of water for you and your pets. Hats are a good idea, as well.
Geology Underfoot — 10:30 a.m. Explore the local geology with Joe Ford, who will lead a short hike with an emphasis on rock types, alluvial fill analysis, explanations related to strata present, and discussions on the erosion from water in forming sediment deposits and undercuts as a result of flash flood events. Some introduction to the earth’s geologic history will be done before the walk to observe local features that are the result of erosion activity. Meet at the Coldwater Trailhead. Sturdy shoes, hat and plenty of water are highly recommended.
Survival Basics — 11 a.m. You’re in trouble, do you know what to do? You’re cell phone is dead, are you next? The wilderness doesn’t tolerate the unprepared. Ranger Mark will show you some basic things you need to know in order to “make it back, alive.” Join him in the Nature Center.
They’re big! They’re hairy! They’re scary! They’re ...Tarantulas! — 1 p.m. Are they truly dangerous? Can they carry small cars on their backs? Go out to the Nature Center and join Ranger Mark to learn more about these fascinating, frightening, and fuzzy characters.
The park is at 14805 W. Vineyard Ave. in Goodyear. There is a $6 per vehicle park entry fee. For information, call 623-932-3811.
Buckeye Bookmobile on the move
The Buckeye Bookmobile will visit Verrado from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Buena Vista from 2 to 4 p.m.
Wash Mom’s car
A Mothers Day car wash will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Tom Jones Ford, 23454 W. Hwy. 85, Buckeye, to benefit the student ambassador from Buckeye Union High School on the European Odyssey Good will Excursion. A free carnation will be given for every car washed.
White Tank Regional Park events
Venomous creatures and other things — 10 a.m. Go to the Nature Center for a talk about cold blooded creatures that inhabit our desert. This is not a hiking event but you are welcome to hike any one of our many trails after the talk. On display will be some venomous creatures and a few other creepy crawlies of the desert. The park is about 4.5 miles west of Loop 303 on Olive Avenue. Park entry fee is $6 per vehicle. For information, call 623-935-2505.
Sunday Sunday 13 HAPPY MOTHERS DAY
On this date in history On May 13, 1846, the United States officially went to war with Mexico after Congress approved President James K. Polk’s request for a declaration of war. The two nations were mainly disputing over Texas.
Monday Monday 14 performs at Westview
The West Valley Youth Orchestra will return to Westview High School for its annual Spring Concert at 7 p.m. Westview High School is at 10850 W. Garden Lakes Parkway in Avondale. Tickets will be available at the door or can be purchased in advance from orchestra members and staff. Cost is $5 per person with proceeds going to help finance the Orchestra’s Los Angeles trip. For information, call Shauna Smith at 623-535-7213.
Litchfi eld Park Library events
Children’s Developmental Playgroup — 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. Phoenix Children’s developmental playgroups are intended for young children, birth to 5 years with a parent and/or caregiver. These groups promote appropriate developmental skills, socialization, and self- expression in a safe, comfortable environment.
Pajama Storytime — 6:30 to 7 p.m. Parents and children are invited to wear their pajamas when they go to the Litchfield Park Branch Library from 6:30 to 7 p.m. to enjoy songs, finger plays and stories. The library is at 101 W. Wigwam Blvd.
Avondale Civic Center Library events
Babies and Books — 10:30 a.m. Share books and rhymes with caregiver, child interaction. For children ages 0-2 years.
(See 9 Days Page 17) Youth Orchestra
West Valley View, Avondale, Arizona, Friday, May 11, 2012
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