Get a Jump on Summer at Free YMCA Family Event

Area families are invited to have fun and gear up for summer at the Desert Foothills YMCA’s (Y) Healthy Kids Day event, Saturday, April 27, 9am–noon. Healthy Kids Day is a national Y initiative to improve the health and well-being of children. During this free event, families can enjoy games and giveaways, as well as discounts on programs like camp, swim and sports and one-day-only membership offers at the Y.

The day’s activities will include water safety demonstrations, Foothills Animal Rescue adoptions, face-painting, a bounce house, a visit from the Phoenix Herpetological Society, Family Fitness Hour at 10am and more.

The Desert Foothills YMCA is a part of the Black Mountain Campus — a partnership with Paradise Valley Community College and the Foothills Community Foundation. This Y opened its doors in October 2009 as a true multi-generational facility, with offerings and services for the entire community — from the youngest member at 3 months and their siblings to adults and active seniors in their 90s. In addition to the health and fitness offerings (including equipment, group fitness classes and personal training), the facility has a heated outdoor pool with zero-depth entry, gender specific and family locker rooms, separate spaces and programs for youth and teens, racquetball courts and a gymnasium. It also offers a dedicated teen center and associated programs, many of which are free to the community, and boasts the largest Teen Leaders Club in the association.

Desert Foothills Family YMCA is located at 34250 North 60th Street in North Scottsdale. For additional information, call 480.596.9622 or visit

Area Organizations Team Up To Offer “A New Tomorrow” Adoption Event

HALO will join the Foothills Community Foundation and Desert Foothills Theater (one of the Foundation’s largest and longest running programs) in welcoming the public to and exciting and heartwarming event where kids and adults alike will have the opportunity to be just like Annie and provide a forever home to a dog in need. Twelve dogs are expected to be up for adoption October 7 at the Desert Foothills Theater (DFT) Annie’s “A New Tomorrow” Adoption Event. The event will feature live performances by the cast of Annie as well as gourmet dog biscuits for both dogs and humans provided by My Sweet Blessings Bakery.

Founded in 1994, HALO (Helping Animals Live On) is committed to providing temporary shelter to abandoned cats and dogs until the animals can be placed in permanent homes. With a no kill policy (meaning they never euthanize animals due to lack of space) HALO has helped 60,000 dogs and cats. Learn more about the organization at

The “A New Tomorrow” event will be held from 10am – 1pm at Foothills Community Foundation Holland Community Center, 34250 North 60th Street, Building B, in Scottsdale. The event is held in conjunction with DFT’s production of Annie, which runs November 10–19. For additional information, visit or

Photo credit: Simply Viola ( Busy +off-on ) via / CC BY-NC-SA

Escape The Heat & Discover The Great Indoors!

Summer classes at Holland Community Center

Foothills Community Foundation (FCF) offers an abundance of ways for residents to beat the heat while having fun and meeting new people this summer. FCF hosts classes and programs at the Holland Community Center year-round, but when the heat is on, a friendly respite may be just what is needed. Here are some of the events taking place in July.


Belly Dancing for Fitness
July 12, 19, 26 and August 2; 10–11am

Suitable for all ages and stages of fitness, belly dancing is low impact and gentle on the joints. It can help strengthen the core, lower body and even arms, while also improving cardio fitness. Music and coin hip scarves provided. Instructor Shoshanna Qamar is an artist, actress and dancer with a background in contemporary dance technique, ballet and international folk. The cost is $60 per student for this four-week class.


Learn to Draw from Life
July 13, 20, 27 and August 3;10am–12pm

Learn to see as never have before, and discover a new talent, or rediscover an old one, by learning to draw from life. Instructor Joan Milman will teach participants to work with charcoal, kneaded eraser and a newsprint pad to bring objects to life. The cost is $125 for four weeks of instruction.


Canvas & Coffee — Southwest Pottery
July 15; 10am–12pm

Join Sunny Hall, owner of Paint and Gogh, for a morning of canvas and coffee. Start the morning with a relaxing and creative painting experience that is guided step-by-step, and take home a 16” x 20” acrylic painting at the end of the class. All supplies are furnished, including easels, paint, canvas, aprons and brushes. No experience necessary. The cost is $40 per student.


In addition to structured classes, bingo is offered every Thursday at 1:30pm, and duplicate bridge (must have a partner) is offered Monday and Friday at 12:30pm.

Holland Community Center is located at 34250 North 60th Street, Building B, in Scottsdale. Online registration and details are available at Call 480.488.1090 for additional information.


DrowsyDesert Foothills Theater (DFT), a division of the Foothills Community Foundation, presents The Drowsy Chaperone November 13-22 on the main stage of Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center, 33606 North 60th Street, in North Scottsdale.

When a die-hard theater fan plays his favorite cast album, the characters come to life in this hilarious musical farce. Winner of five TONY Awards (including Best Book and Best Original Score), The Drowsy Chaperone is a loving send-up of the Jazz age musical featuring one show-stopping song and dance number after another.

Performances are at 7:30pm on Friday and Saturday nights and at 2pm on Sundays.  Tickets range from $26 to $32.50 for adults and $16 to $21 for youth and students. Visit or call 480.488.1981.

DFT Fundraiser To Feature Seth Rudetsky

Big-Fat-BroadwayDesert Foothills Theater (DFT), a division of the Foothills Community Foundation, is bringing Sirius/XM radio’s Seth Rudetsky to Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center, 33606 North 60th Street in Scottsdale, for a special show, “Seth’s Big Fat Broadway Show” at 7:30pm, Sunday, October. 25. The special fundraising event features Seth RudetskyRudetsky’s trademark “deconstructions” in which he uses his audio/video collection to break down performances from Broadway divas such as Patti LuPone and Betty Buckley. He will also showcase mind-boggling videos, like The Osmonds singing a medley from Fiddler On the Roof or Cher performing all of West Side Story.

Tickets range from $45 to $60. For information, call 480.488.1981 or visit

Busy Spring For Desert Committee

Cave Creek metal artist Paul Dief’s artist rendering of the new monument sign for the Gateway Desert Awareness Park.

By Curtis Riggs – Cave Creek’s Desert Awareness Committee is hard at work this season educating the public about the beauty of the Sonoran Desert. It’s reprinting an environmental book, continuing education in Cave Creek Schools as well as maintaining and promoting the 26 acre Gateway Desert Awareness Park in East Cave Creek.

The committee, which joined up with the Foothills Community Foundation in 2010, is updating and reprinting the Fragile Desert, which was first published in 1989. The book is available on the committee’s website, and at the Holland Community Center and the Cave Creek Museum. The committee is also installing new signage at Desert Awareness Park. Cave Creek metal artist Paul Dief has created a new monument sign for the park. The committee is also continuing with its Desert Reach education program in the fourth grades of the Cave Creek Unified School District. The committee has been conducting the outreach sessions since 2004.

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