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Butterfly Wonderland Opens

Butterfly Wonderland opened in late May, bringing a lush, indoor rainforest environment to Arizona. Designed to entertain and educate visitors of all ages, the new attraction features the largest butterfly atrium in America and thousands of butterflies from the far reaches of the world.

The self-guided tour begins with a 3D feature film, "Flight of the Butterflies,” which introduces visitors to the fascinating life of butterflies. Next is a visit to the Butterfly Emergence Gallery, where visitors can observe the most dynamic stage of a butterfly life cycle, metamorphosis, in a chrysalis viewing area. Next is the rainforest atrium where colorful butterflies fly freely. From the atrium, visitors continue to exhibits about other natural wonders, from a live ant colony, to honey bees, to the Rivers of the Amazon. The facility has a café’, gift shop, and multi-purpose room that is available for birthday parties, private events, and small receptions.

Butterfly Wonderland is located on the NE corner of the 101 Freeway and Via de Ventura in Scottsdale, within the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. The attraction is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The entrance fee is $18.95 per adult, $9.95 per child, and $16.95 for students and seniors. Group rates, family memberships, and annual passes are available. For information: (480) 800-3000, butterflywonderland.com.
Ongoing
Scottsdale Public Swimming and Fitness Centers.
Scottsdale’s McDowell Mountain Ranch, Eldorado and Cactus aquatic centers open for unstructured public swimming from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday starting May 1. Weekday lap swimming also begins in May at the aquatic centers. And don’t forget, all centers also host swimming lessons. For hours, fees and more information about aquatic programs, call (480) 312-2771 or visit: www.scottsdaleaz.gov/sports/aquatics.

More than water … all Scottsdale aquatic centers have fitness centers. Are you looking for an economical way to get fit? There are fitness centers at all Scottsdale aquatic centers. It’s only $2 to drop in and work out. For hours and more details, log on to www.scottsdaleaz.gov/sports/aquatics or call 480-312-2771.

Ongoing
Scottsdale Indoor Fitness Classes.

There are tons of fun fitness classes offered by Scottsdale Parks and Recreation and senior centers! Take a look at our online listing of great upcoming fitness classes that will whip your heart in shape, strengthen your core, tone your muscles and keep you fit this summer. Classes are offered for all ages, from Itty Bitty Basketball to Senior Strength Training. Contact Leisure Education for class and registration information at (480) 312-7957 or visit recreation.scottsdaleaz.gov.
Ongoing
Heard Museum North.
Ongoing and changing exhibits, weekly daytime and evening programming, and special lectures. Many events free with museum admission. The ongoing exhibit, American Indian Artists in the Southwest, showcases jewelry, sculpture, pottery, and paintings from the Heard's collection that exemplify the innovations and the vast differences in the artists’ personal creations. Information: heard.org/north.
Ongoing, Monday through Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Beyond Geronimo: The Apache Experience exhibit at The Heard Museum.
Curated by the Heard Museum and presented by JP Morgan Chase, the exhibit is an Arizona Centennial Legacy Project, commemorating the 100th anniversary of Arizona statehood in 2012. Unprecedented in scope and depth, this exhibit will combine objects from the Heard’s world-class collection with exemplary pieces from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and National Museum of the American Indian, the Autry National Center, the Oklahoma Historical Society, the Southern Plains Indian Museum, Allan Houser, Inc., the Amerind Foundation, the Arizona Historical Society, the Desert Caballeros Western Museum and a number of private lenders. Combining examples of cultural and fine art, the exhibit will include historic artifacts never before seen by the general public, such as the celebrated Naiche hide painting. Runs through Jan. 20, 2013.The Heard Museum is located at 2301 N. Central Avenue in downtown Phoenix. (602) 252-8824 or www.heard.org.
 
Ongoing, Wednesday, July 31 (Submission Deadline)
Summer Fun Tony Nelssen Photography Contest.
 Have fun, gain recognition, and win prizes, enter our 10th annual photography contest. There are more chances to win than ever before. Read More.
Ongoing. Wednesday, July 31 (Submission Deadline)
Summer Fun Write Stuff Contest.
Have fun, gain recognition, and win prizes, enter our 10th annual writing and poetry contest. There are more chances to win than ever before. Read More.
Saturday, Sep. 7, 6 p.m.
Summer Fun on Display.
Be part of the Summer Fun at the Summit Diner on Saturday, September 7th at 6 p.m. ALL the photographs entered in the Summer Fun photo  contest will be on display, selected writing contest entries will be presented, and contest winners will be introduced. This will be a relaxed, informal event. Everyone is welcome, whether they entered the contests or not. Order food and beverages from the menu at the standard prizes, enjoy a relaxing meal with friends and neighbors, and invest in a 50/50 raffle. Proceeds will be used to help repair the Desert Foothills Scenic Drive monument sign that was recently vandalized. The Summit Diner is located 32531 N. Scottsdale Road in north Scottsdale.
June & Beyond. Support the businesses and organizations that make our community publications possible. Visit Marketplace for a list of supporting advertisers.
Friday, June 14, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Archaeology and Cultures of Arizona.
Many people have made Arizona a unique cultural place. Archaeologist Allen Dart summarizes and interprets the archaeology of Arizona from the earliest “Paleoindians” through Archaic period hunters and foragers, the transition to true village life, and the later prehistoric archaeological cultures. He explores connections between archaeology and history and provides an overview of the Native American, European, Mexican, African, and Asian peoples who have formed our state’s more recent history. Venue: Desert Foothills Library, 38443 North Schoolhouse Road, Cave Creek. For information, call David Court or Dereth DeHaan, (480) 488-2286 or visit desertfoothillslibrary.org.
Tuesday, Jun 18, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
An Exciting New Approach to Total Hip Replacement Surgery
, Scottsdale Healthcare Thompson Peak Hospital, 7400 E. Thompson Peak Parkway, Scottsdale, free, visit azhipreplacement.com or call (480) 882-4636 to register.
Wednesday, Jun 19, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Osteoporosis Support Group
, Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center, 9003 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, free, call (480) 882-4636 with questions.
Wednesday, Jun 19 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
 Is Weight-loss Surgery Right for You?
Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center, 7301 E. 4th St., Ste. 4, Scottsdale, free, call (480) 882-4636 or visit bariatricsurgeryaz.com to register.
Wednesday, Jun 19, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Ask the Healthcare Expert, Exercise to Fight Aging
, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 10500 N. 90th St., Scottsdale, free, call (480) 882-4636 to register.
Thursday, Jun 20, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Ask the Healthcare Expert: Stress Less: Building Resilience for Stressful Times
,  Desert Foothills Library, 38443 N. Schoolhouse Rd., Cave Creek, free, call (480) 882-4636 to register.
Thursday, June 20, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Stress-Less: Building Resistance for Stressful Times.
Learn about the use of biofeedback and other techniques to manage stress, including components of Heart Math. Part of the Ask the Expert Series, presented by Scottsdale Healthcare. Limited seating. Register: (480) 488-2286. For information, call David Court or Dereth DeHaan, (480) 488-2286 or visit desertfoothillslibrary.org.
Friday, Jun 21, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Easier Eating: Mouth Sores & Swallowing Difficulties
, for cancer patients and caregivers, Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Healthcare, 10460 N. 92nd St., Scottsdale, free, visit shc.org/events or call (480) 882-4636 to register.
Saturday, Jun 22, 8:30 p.m.
Racin’ at the Basin.
Looking to run your first 5K or improve your fitness? You will enjoy this event at the beautiful Scottsdale Sports Complex, 8081 E. Princess Drive. Chip-timing equipment tracks the two-loop run over the fun and challenging course. Participation is $15 in advance or $20 race day. Online registration closes 48 hours prior to race times. Other evening runs take place July 20 and August 24. Register at ScottsdaleAZ.gov/parks/ssc.
Sunday, Jun 23, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Is Weight-loss Surgery Right for You?
Brady Conference Center, Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center, 9003 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, free, call (480) 882-4636 or visit bariatricsurgeryaz.com to register.
Monday, Jun 24, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Living With Lymphedema.
Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Healthcare, 10460 N. 92nd St., Scottsdale, free, visit shc.org/events or call (480) 882-4636 to register.
Tuesday, Jun 25, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Bone Density Screening
, Women's Diagnostic Center, Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center, 9003 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, $20, call (480) 882-4636 to register.
Wednesday, Jun 26, 8 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Heart Health Evaluations
, Women's Diagnostic Center, Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center, 9003 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, $20, call (480) 882-4636 to register
Thursday, Jun 27, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Ask the Healthcare Expert, Face the Sun Without Fear
, Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Rd., Scottsdale, free, call (480) 882-4636 to register.
Thursday, Jun 27, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Find Out if Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery is Right for You
, Scottsdale Healthcare Thompson Peak Hospital, 7400 E. Thompson Peak Parkway, Scottsdale, free, visit shc.org/events or call (480) 882-4636 to register.
July & Beyond. Support the businesses and organizations that make our community publications possible. Visit Marketplace for a list of supporting advertisers.
July through August, Valley-wide Jazz Events and Venues, an extensive calendar. Visit gppaaz.org (Community Events, Jazz Events Calendar).
July through August, American Indian "Ledger Art" Exhibit, Heard Museum North.  As Indians were moved onto reservations and the buffalo herds were destroyed, their stories were portrayed on skins and the lined sheets of paper in the ledger books brought to the Plains by whites to keep records. This collection includes drawings and a few hide paintings. $5 adults, $4 seniors 65 and older, $2 students with ID, and children ages 6-12; free for children 5 and younger, Heard Museum members and Native Americans. Heard Museum North Scottsdale, 32633 N. Scottsdale Road (at Ashler Hills Drive), Scottsdale. Information: (480) 488-9817, heard.org/north.
July through August, Heard Museum North. Ongoing and changing exhibits, weekly daytime and evening programming, and special lectures. Many events free with museum admission. The ongoing exhibit, American Indian Artists in the Southwest, showcases jewelry, sculpture, pottery, and paintings from the Heard's collection that exemplify the innovations and the vast differences in the artists’ personal creations. Information: heard.org/north.
July through August, Home: Native People in the Southwest. Artist voices combine with more than 2,000 of the museum's finest pieces to tell the stories, past and present, of Southwestern Native people. See a spectacular display of Hopi kachina dolls, a Navajo hogan, four video presentations, interactive sound and video stations, a media room, and frequent artist demonstrations. For information: (602) 252-8824 or heard.org.
July through August, Pinnacle Peak Park. Hiking and other activities. Information: (480) 312-0990.
July through August, Desert Foothills Library. Looking for youth activities, summer reading, arts and crafts, Lego Club, and more? Interested in joining an adult book club, watching a Monday Movie at the Library, learning how to use that new computer tablet, or download library books? There’s a variety of adult and youth activities available at the library. Your best bet is to review the events section of dfla.org or David Court or Dereth DeHaan at (480) 488-2286, dcourt@dfla.org, ddehaan@dfla.org. Desert Foothills Library, 38443 Scottsdale Road, Cave Creek.
July through August, McDowell Sonoran Conservancy. Hikes, conservation talks, and other McDowell Sonoran Preserve activities. Information: mcdowellsonoran.org (Activities).

July through August, Desert Foothills Land Trust. Visitors are welcome to enjoy trails at the Jewel of the Creek, PA Seitts Preserve at Go John Canyon, and Saguaro Hill. Preserves are open year-round, dawn to dusk. It’s hot so hike early and take plenty of water. Information: dflt.org.

July through August, Musical Instrument Museum. A variety of musical events, some free, some free with admission. Information: themim.org.
July through August, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. A variety of performances and events, including Discovery Film Series, and Lit Lounge. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, AZ, Box Office: (480) 994-ARTS (2787), ext. 2, ScottsdalePerformingArts.org, info@sccarts.
July through August, WestWorld. Hosts various horseshows and other events. Information: Scottsdaleaz.gov/events.   
July through August, Scottsdale Healthcare. If you or someone you care about has a health concern or you’re simply interested in learning more about some aspect of healthcare, look into the variety of medical-related presentations and screenings available from Scottsdale Healthcare. For example, there are various support groups available, heart health evaluations, bone density screening, and more. Most of the programs are free or very affordable and are offered at convenient times to fit busy schedules. For a schedule of programs, including cost, if any, review Scottsdale Healthcare’s extensive calendar at www.shc.org (Events) or call (480) 882-4636.
July through August. Scottsdale Downtown Update. Get details on all the goings-on in Downtown by subscribing to the city’s Downtown Update enewsletter: https://eservices.scottsdaleaz.gov/listserve/.

July through August. City of Scottsdale Information. With just a phone call to (480) 312-3111, you’ll be connected to a live operator who has event, traffic, department, meeting information, and other assistance. The line is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and for special events as publicized.

 July through August.  Water, Use it Wisely, Get Free Report! The next time you add or replace a flower or shrub, choose a low-water use plant for a colorful landscape all year and save up to 500 gallons of water annually. For more ways to save water, visit wateruseitwisely.com/arizona. Scottsdale residents can learn how the city ensures tap water is safe to drink, where city water comes from, and get water conservation tips: (480) 312-8732, ScottsdaleAz.gov/water/quality.

Sunday, July 7, 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Free Sunday Concert, McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park.
Bring a blanket or chair, and enjoy a local band. The park is on the southeast corner of Indian Bend and Scottsdale Roads, 7301 E. Indian Bend Road. For information: (480) 312-2312, scottsdaleaz.gov/sports.
 
Thursday, July 11, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
 
Laughter Club, Desert Foothills Library.
Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Dereth DeHaan demonstrates how laughter exercises, yoga breathing, and relaxation combine to help you feel refreshed and revitalized. Limited to 25. Register: (480) 488-2286, Desert Foothills Library, 38443 North Schoolhouse Road, Cave Creek, dfla.org.
Thursday, July 11, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Summer Spectacular ArtWalk.
It’s summertime's annual cooldown in the Scottsdale Arts District. Presented by the Scottsdale Gallery Association in conjunction with City of Scottsdale. 24th annual! Scottsdale ArtWalk – Since 1976, "America’s original ArtWalk" takes place on the streets of Scottsdale Downtown. Free! Hosted by the Scottsdale Gallery Association in conjunction with City of Scottsdale.
Saturday, July 13 and August 10
Prowl & Play, Summer Saturday Nights at the Phoenix Zoo.
Experience the zoo in a whole new light…or dark! Something for everyone in the family: Leapin' Lagoon, Yakulla Caverns splash pads, Critter Chats, ASU Astronomy Open House, sidewalk chalk art, face painting, Giraffe Encounter, Camel Rides, Stingray Bay, Safari Train, carousel rides. Information: (602) 273-1341, phoenixzoo.org.
Wednesday, July 17, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
I am Hip-Hop: the Legacy of an International Youth Movement, Desert Foothills Library.
Join educator, writer, and consultant Lasana Hotep for an in-depth, multi-media look into the history of the hip-hop movement. Highlights include rappers from Cuba, breakers from Japan, and DJs from the Philippines. You'll experience the many ways hip-hop has permeated American popular culture and higher education. Limited seating. Register: (480) 488-2286, Desert Foothills Library, 38443 North Schoolhouse Road, Cave Creek, dfla.org.
Wednesday, July 17, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Better Cholesterol Management: Yes You Can! Scottsdale Healthcare.
Do you have high cholesterol? Find out about lifestyle changes, the latest research, and medication options, risks, and benefits. Join a Scottsdale Healthcare primary care physician for important information and answers to your questions. Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 10500 N. 90th St., Scottsdale. Information: shc.org (Events) or call (480) 312-0990.
Tuesday, July 23, 3:30 p.m.
Book Discussion: Sherman Alexie's Blasphemy, Heard Museum North Scottsdale.
Enjoy a discussion of award-winning author Sherman Alexie's new book, Blasphemy. Amazon.com notes, "Included here are some of his most esteemed tales, including, 'This is What It Means to Say “Phoenix, Arizona”' and 'War Dances.' Alexie's new stories are fresh and quintessential -- about donkey basketball leagues, lethal wind turbines, the reservation, marriage, and all species of contemporary American warriors." For information: heard.org (Events).
 
Fridays, July 26 through August 30, 10:30 a.m. to Noon.
Desert Foothills Library Independent Film Festival 2012.
Popcorn and soft drinks provided! A selection of award winners from film festivals around the world. Coming soon: check dfla.org or stop by the library for a flyer with film descriptions at the library, 38443 North Schoolhouse Road, Cave Creek, (480) 488-2286, dfla.org.
 
Wednesday, July 31
Your Story Ledger Art Contest Submission Deadline, Heard Museum North.
Tell your story and show off your flair and style by submitting your own ledger art. For information: heard.org (Events).
Tuesday, August 27, 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
“A Thriller of a Tea!” with Deborah J. Ledford.
Enjoy iced tea and cake in a beautiful social setting at our informal talk and book signing, free! Join award-winning Native American author Deborah J. Ledford as she discusses CRESCENDO, the latest in her Steven Hawk/Inola Walela thriller series. Register: (480) 488-2286, Desert Foothills Library, 38443 North Schoolhouse Road, Cave Creek, dfla.org.
Wednesday, July 31 (Submission Deadline)
Summer Fun Tony Nelssen Photography Contest.
 "Phillip will be quite proud when I win." Have fun, gain recognition, and win prizes, enter our 10th annual photography contest. There are more chances to win than ever before. Read More.
Wednesday, July 31 (Submission Deadline)
Summer Fun Write Stuff Contest.
"You don't have to be a genius to enter." Have fun, gain recognition, and win prizes, enter our 10th annual writing and poetry contest. There are more chances to win than ever before. Read More.
Saturday, Oct. 12, 7:45 a.m.
Scottsdale Road Scenic Drive Roadside Cleanup. Support Keep Scottsdale Beautiful Cleanup.

Picking up litter is more enjoyable than you would expect, and there will be at least 13 miles of roadside (6 1/2 miles on each side) that will look terrific. New volunteers are welcome. Join 20-50 other Friends of the Scenic Drive volunteers. Friends mans two sign-in locations: #1. northern Scenic Drive entry sign (located on the west side of Scottsdale Road south of Carefree Highway, immediately south of Terravita Marketplace), #2. Scenic Drive monument sign area (located on east side of Scottsdale Road 3/4 mile north of Happy Valley Road, across from MacDonald's Ranch). Safety vests, pickup "sticks," and plastic trash bags will be provided. Complimentary coffee, and water are available. Gloves and long pants recommended. When you sign-in you will be assigned a specific roadside area to cover. For information and to register, visit the EVENT HOME PAGE

For information about the Desert Foothills Scenic Drive, visit www.scenicdrive.org or call (480) 361-6498.

2013-2014 Cleanup Schedule

Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, 7:45 a.m.
Saturday, Nov. 16,2013, 8 a.m.
Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, 8 a.m.
 Saturday, Mar. 15, 2014, 7:45 a.m.

*Dates are subject to change, so please check this calendar from time-to-time.

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