Youth & Teens Invited to Explore Desert Foothills Library This Month

The Desert Foothills Library offers a host of programming this month for area children and teens (and adults, too). From craft projects to science exploration, area residents are invited to join in the free programs offered at the library. All events are free, and no registration is needed, except where noted. Here are just a few of the events taking place in November.

Nov. 6: Dancing On Your Toes with Miss Megan
Join Miss Megan from Adaptive Force Performing Arts (AFPA), for a half hour of dancing, making music with rhythm sticks and playing with magical ribbons. AFPA is a North Valley’s dance studio, created with a family-first environment in mind. AFPA welcomes all skill levels from ages two and a half and up. Classes are taught by friendly and knowledgeable faculty, who work tirelessly to provide dance education in a safe, positive and fun atmosphere. Ages 2–6. Call or visit the library online to register.

Nov. 9: Saturday Family Storytime & Craft
Bring the whole family to celebrate the autumn season with stories, songs and a fun craft at this special family storytime.

Nov. 13: Teen Game Day
Gear up for some friendly competition at the library with Mario Kart for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 games like Madden, Call of Duty and Overcooked, just to name a few. Classic board games like Scrabble, Life and Clue will also be on hand. Pizza and snacks will be offered.

Nov. 14: Bubble-ology with Arizona Science Center
Explore the scientific thinking process using bubbles. Observe attributes and actions of bubbles, test unique bubble wands and create gigantic bubbles large enough to fit a child inside. Call or visit the library online to register — registration will be limited to 25 children.

Nov. 19: Full STEAM Ahead! Armpit Fudge
Using their armpit, attendees will use force to mix up ingredients, and create a batch of tasty science. Ages 8 and up. Call or visit the library online to register — registration is limited to 12 children.

Nov. 22: Get Cooking: Teen Bake & Chat
Join library staff in their new kitchen and will test out a couple different recipes, and chat about upcoming teen events. For teens ages 11–18.

Nov. 26: Fall Storytime & Craft
Join library staff to make Thanksgiving themed art. This event will feature stories, crafts, and treats. Call or visit the library online to register.

The library will be closed Nov. 11, in observance of Veteran’s Day, and Nov. 28, for Thanksgiving. Desert Foothills Library is located at 38443 North Schoolhouse Road in Cave Creek. For additional information, call 480.488.2286 or visit


Blast Off With Arizona Science Center

Celebrate 50th anniversary of Apollo 11

The partly illuminated Earth rising over the lunar horizon; Photo courtesy of NASA

Arizona Science Center is celebrating one of the greatest achievements in science — human’s first steps on the moon.

Apollo 11 launched from Cape Kennedy July 16, 1969, carrying Commander Neil Armstrong, Command Module Pilot Michael Collins and Lunar Module Pilot Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin into an initial Earth-orbit of 114 by 116 miles. An estimated 650 million people watched Armstrong’s televised image and heard his voice describe the event as he took “…one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind” July 20, 1969.

All month long, the Science Center will be commemorating this historic mission with events and space-themed programming. All leading to a 50th anniversary celebration Saturday, July 20, when residents are invited to join the Science Center for an out-of-this-world celebration of man’s first steps on the moon on that monumental day in 1969 as part of NASA’s Apollo 11 lunar mission. From exploring the Sun, Earth, Universe exhibit to engaging in hands-on space and moon-themed activities, the Science Center hopes to spark curiosity in what’s next in innovation and exploration through a fun-filled day for the entire family.

Apollo 11 liftoff from launch tower camera; Photo courtesy of NASA

The month-long Apollo 11 50th anniversary celebration includes the following events and programming:

  • July 16: Global Rocket Launch Day
    10am–5pm — Rocket building and launches in CREATE at Arizona Science Center
    5–9pm — Observe the Moon Family Night
  • July 19: Apollo 11 Anniversary Family Celebration; 10am–5pm
  • July 19: Science with A Twist; 6–10pm (adult 21 and over event)
  • July 20: Continuing Apollo 11 Anniversary Family Celebration; 10am–5pm
  • July 27: Teen Night at CREATE; 6–10pm

Arizona Science Center is located at 600 East Washington Street, Phoenix. For additional information, call 602.716.2000 or visit

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