303 Messenger This Weekend Around the 303 (2/17-2/19)

Weekend Weather

  • Friday- Cloudy and windy 73°F
  • Friday Night-50% chance of showers 55°F
  • Saturday-Windy 80% chance of rain 65°F
  • Saturday Night-80% chance of rain 51°F
  • Sunday-50% Chance of Rain 61°F
  • Sunday Night-30% Chance of Rain 48°F
  • Monday President's Day-Sunny 70°F

White Tanks Mountain Park

20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road Waddell, AZ 85355

Park Entry Fee $6.00 Nature Center Phone Number-(623) 935-2505

Saturday, February 18th

Living with Urban Wildlife Hummingbirds, 10-11AM-Join us for our new speaker series, Living with Urban Wildlife, which focuses on our relationships with various wildlife and how we can coexist in our urban environment. This month's presentation focuses on hummingbirds, the tiny wonders we see zip through our yards. The presenter will discuss biology and behavior of hummingbirds, as well as how you can attract these amazing birds to your yard. This speaker series will be held in the Nature Center classroom and is supported by Maricopa County Parks and the White Tank Mountains Conservancy.

Estrella Mountain Park

14805 W. Vineyard Ave. Goodyear, AZ 85338

Entry Fee-$6.00 Phone Number (623)932-3811

Friday, February 17th

Meditation Night Hike, 7-9 PM-We’ll work on being present, connected and on quieting the internal chatter on this easy 3.3 mile guided meditation hike. The peacefulness of nature will help us on the way. Bring water, wear comfortable close-toed shoes and meet at the Nature Center.

Sunday, February 18th

  • The Desert Dance, 12-12:45 PM-Let’s learn the desert dance! We’ll learn about different desert animals and even meet some up close, all while learning how to do the desert dance! This program is ideal for families with young children (7 and under) as a way for them to start learning about the desert environment. We will reinforce basic lessons learned in pre-K-1st grade while having tons of fun!! Meet at the Nature Center.
  • Investigating the Past, 1-3:00 PM-How do we discover what we know about cultures and civilizations of the past? This program will explore the science of archeology and the techniques used by archeologists to piece together the evidence they painstakingly uncover. How can we learn about the history of an area from hundreds or even thousands of years ago? What do we know about rock art? What have we discovered about the history of our local region? After the indoor portion of our program, we’ll take a short hike to see real rock art from the Hohokam and put your new knowledge to the test! Meet at the Nature Center and bring good shoes and water

Sunday, February 19th

Your Inner Snake, 12:30-1:30 PM-Can you imagine what the world would be like if you were a snake? These snake-y activities will help you get in touch with your inner snake and to imagine what it’s like to experience the world from their perspective! We’ll also get to meet a real snake friend up close! Slither into the Nature Center and we’ll meet you there.

Lake Pleasant Park

41835 N. Castle Hot Springs Rd., Morristown, AZ 85342

Entry Fee $6.00 (928) 501-1710

Friday, February, 17th

  • Exploring the Past in Morgan City Wash Hike, 9 AM-12 PM-Let’s go explore the past in this very cool area! The ranger will guide you on a 4 mile moderate hike, along an old stagecoach route, through a desert forest and back up trails that bare the names of places and people of the past. Follow the in-park “Hike” signs to the start of the hike.
  • The Men behind the Building of the Old Lake Pleasant Dam, 2-3 PM-This program will talk about the people who started this thing called “Lake Pleasant.” They had different abilities and interest, but they all had one dream, together they made it happen!

Saturday, February, 18th

  • Hit the Target! Archery 101, 9-10:30 AM-Archery 101 is for ages 8 and above that are new to archery, including adults. This class will teach you about basic archery, using a recurve and compound bow (provided). Please wear closed toe shoes. You must be present at the start of this class, no late starters to this class, so come early. The class is 1.5 hours. Bathrooms are available, bring cold water. Just show up early, no pre-registration. Cost is the park entry fee only. Follow in-park “Archery” signs to program.
  • Exploring the Cottonwood Trail, 12-2PM-Hike along with Naturalist Frank as you explore this fun area of the park. Wildlife generally like this part of the park. This hike is around two miles and will take about two hours with stops to explore nature. Bring water and a snack. Meet Frank at the north area of the park in the Cottonwood Day Use Area and Trailhead, at the end of Cottonwood Lane.

Hassayampa River Preserve

49614 U.S. Hwy. 60 89 Wickenburg, AZ 85390 (928) 684-2772 $5 Entry Fee

Sunday, February, 19th

Nature Ranger Program: Ladybug Release, 1-2PM-Learn about ladybugs and how helpful they are. After a short presentation, we will be releasing ladybugs into the garden. Program will be held in the historic Sanger Building, adjacent to the Visitor Center, and in the Interpretive Garden. Registration is required for all programs. Please call the Visitor Center to register or for more information, 928-684-2772. There is no fee to attend the Nature Ranger program, but regular entry fees of $5/adult (age 13 and up) apply if you would like to visit the Preserve before or after the Nature Rangers program.

The Nature Ranger Program is structured to give children ages pre-school to 12 a meaningful outdoor experience. Nature Ranger programs are open to all children, and all children must be accompanied by an adult during the program.

West Valley Events

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Food Truck Friday West, 5 PM-9 PM,

Sam's Club (Glendale, AZ) 18501 N 83rd Ave, Glendale, Arizona 85308-

  • Cousins Maine Lobster
  • Costantino's Kitchen
  • Fantasy Funnel Cake
  • Big Red Pizza Wagon
  • Grilled Addiction
  • Oh So Good Mini Donuts, LLC
  • @Tots n Tots of burgers
  • Circle R Farm
  • Modern Tortilla Food Truck and Catering
  • Pour Jo Coffee
  • Chicken And Waffles For The People
  • The American Poutine Co.
  • Cheese Love & Happiness Grilled Cheese Truck
  • K Star BBQ
  • Arizona Wings N' More

7th Annual Wigwam Festival of Fine Art February

Free festival open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 17th-19th in downtown Litchfield Park

The Wigwam Festival of Art will provide you with three days of world-class art and exciting entertainment, all in an elegant outdoor setting. This event draws award-winning master artist of Western, Native American and Southwestern genres. You’ll find contemporary bronze sculptures by Kim Obzut, one of the first American Indian women to work in bronze, western bronze sculptures by Tim Harmon, and beautiful bronze and stone sculpture creations from Mike Greenfield, which reveal the soul of the stone and the spirit of the people.

Child Passenger Safety Seat Inspection

Sat, February 18, 9am – 11am

Surprise Fire-Medical Station 303, 15440 N Cotton Ln, Surprise, AZ 85388, USA

Surprise Fire Department offers free child safety inspection. To Schedule and Appointment at 623-222-5000

Farmers Markets

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Weekend Freeway Closures from ADOT

Note: Schedules are subject to

postponement or other changes due to

inclement weather

1 I-17 NB narrowed to one lane between 19th

Ave and Van Buren St for construction. I-17

SB narrowed to two lanes (left lane closed)

in same area. Please consider alternate

routes, including I-10 in the downtown

Phoenix area. Allow extra travel time and

watch for highway workers and equipment

in work zones.

10 p.m. Friday – 5 p.m. Sunday (Feb. 19)

2 US 60 EB (Superstition Freeway) closed

between Greenfield and Higley roads for

traffic-flow sensor installation. US 60 EB

on-ramp at Val Vista Dr also closed. Please

consider exiting freeway ahead of closure

and using EB Baseline Rd or Southern Ave to

Higley Rd to access US 60.

10 p.m. Friday – 9 a.m. Saturday (Feb. 18)

US 60 EB (Superstition Freeway) closed

between Higley and Power roads for trafficflow

sensor installation. US 60 EB on-ramps

at Val Vista Dr and Greenfield Rd also closed.

Consider exiting freeway ahead of closure

using EB Baseline Rd or Southern Ave to

Power Rd to access US 60.

10 p.m. Saturday – 9 a.m. Sunday (Feb. 19)

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