Carefree Hosts ‘Art In The Garden’ In April

Photo by Vickilyn Hussey

Education and Community Services (ECS), a department of the Cave Creek Unified School District (CCUSD) will host Art in the Garden Saturday, April 8, 8-11am.

The morning of free family art activities, literary and art contest, art exhibitions and entertainment by local school groups, takes place in partnership with the Kiwanis Club of Carefree at Carefree Desert Gardens.

“We love having the opportunity to brag about all of our ECS programs that are offered to our students and community,” says Gina Durbin, ECS director. “Art in the Garden features the amazing art and literary work of our students and community members. Our community partners are fabulous and so supportive that we want to give them the recognition they deserve at this community event.”

Scully Learning Center, Sonoran Arts League, Desert Awareness Committee, Education & Community Services, Cave Creek Museum, Desert Foothills Library, ECS Kid’s Club and Child’s Play Preschool, ECS Enrichment and Summer Programs, ECS Storytellers and Kiwanis Reads will have activities and informational booths.

Black Mountain Elementary drama, dance and chorus students, Desert Sun Academy Chorus, Sonoran Trails Middle School Chorus, Cactus Shadows High School Jazz Band, Cactus Shadows Improv Dance and Improv Drama groups will perform on stage at the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion, while the Carefree Kiwanis serve up the “World’s Best” pancakes at their Pancake Breakfast ($5 children; $8 adults).

Arts and crafts, face painting, sand painting, storytelling, live performances by outstanding youth music, dance and theater ensembles, works by Literary and Art Contest Winners, an art exhibition by CCUSD staff and alumni, and local summer program informational displays and sign-up tables are just a few of the many attractions.

“You can participate in art activities with your kids, enjoy breakfast, be entertained with music, dance, theater and storytelling, view award winning artwork, buy artwork by students and local artists to benefit the Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center renovation, and learn about summer camps and classes,” according to Elaine Adrian, ECS Art in the Garden Coordinator. “This is a wonderful opportunity for young children and their families.”

Carefree Desert Gardens and Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion are located at 101 Easy Street, Carefree. For more information about ECS Art in the Garden, contact Elaine Adrian at eadrian@ccusd93.org. For additional information, visit www.ecsforall.org or www.ccusd93.org.

Celebrate Spring With Art In The Garden

Artist Chela Mischke; photo by VickilynHussey

Artist Chela Mischke; photo by VickilynHussey

Art in the Garden offers the perfect opportunity to celebrate Spring with art, free entertainment and fun family activities at Desert Foothills Library April 18, 10:30am-1:30pm.

Special Art in the Garden events in the library include dynamic storytelling in the Community Room. From 10:30am-11:30am, Fran Rosenthal will tell one of the most popular stories of all time, “Peter and the Wolf.” From 11:30am-1:30pm, school principals and other dignitaries will introduce their favorite books. Out on the Library’s Waterfall Terrace, there will be a continuous flow of music, dance, choral and theatrical performances. Guests are invited to join in the festive atmosphere by dressing creatively or in costume.

There will be an Education & Community Services and Sonoran Arts League “Child’s Play and Kid’s Club Art Contest” Winners Art Exhibition, in addition to a wide array of informational tables hosted by community organizations. Participants include Sonoran Arts League, Education & Community Services (CCUSD), Desert Foothills Library, Scully Learning Center, Desert Artists and Arizona Art Alliance Extra Special Art Classes, Desert Awareness and more.

A highlight of Art in the Garden is the Sonoran Arts League’s “Art Stuff Sale,” which offers everything from art supplies, framing materials, books and props.

Desert Foothills Library is located at 38443 North Schoolhouse Road in Cave Creek. For more information, call 480.488.2286 or visit www.desertfoothillslibrary.org.

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