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Posted: Friday, July 3, 2009 4:28 pm | Updated: 3:07 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

With summer temperatures fully upon us, any chance to cool off is welcome. Monsoon Madness will provide just such an opportunity on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Founders' Park, 22407 S. Ellsworth Road.

Monsoon Madness storms into Q.C.

With summer temperatures fully upon us, any chance to cool off is welcome. Monsoon Madness will provide just such an opportunity on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Founders' Park, 22407 S. Ellsworth Road. Water slides, wading pools, a distance competition on a 100-foot soap and slide and many other ways to beat the heat will all be available. For those who don't mind getting dirty in their quest to keep cool, there will also be mud pits and mud volleyball games.

For additional information and volunteer opportunities, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at (480) 358-3700 or www.queencreek.org.

 Taiko drumming exhibition

Eileen Morgan will demonstrate the ancient Japanese art of Taiko drumming from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday in the Zane Grey Community Room at the Queen Creek Public Library, 21802 S. Ellsworth Road. Tickets for the event will be distributed a half-hour before the show is scheduled to begin. For more information, contact the branch at (602) 652-3000 or www.mcldaz.org.

 Youth center summer programs

From video game tournaments and arts and crafts to field trips and an ice-skating rink, Queen Creek's Youth and Teen Center has a number of activities this summer.

Free drop-in programs are also available at the center. Activities including games, fitness times and more are available at various times of the day for children who fill out a registration card for the program.

The center is also setting up various field trips over the summer, which cost $12 to $20 depending on the location. Registration opens for each field trip two weeks before the trip.

The Youth and Teen Center is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays during the summer at 22407 S. Ellsworth Road. Visit the Web site at queencreek.org/Index.aspx?page=185 for more information.

Craft day for kids

"Wikki Stix" Wednesday will give children ages 7 to 12 the chance to construct a unique project made of wax and yarn that they can take home. The event will run 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday in the Mary Lou Fulton Room at the Queen Creek Public Library, 21802 S. Ellsworth Road. Registration is required, and a maximum of 30 spots are available. Sign up by contacting the library at (602) 652-3000 or www.mcldaz.org.

Moonlight mountain biking

It may be too hot to ride during the day, but evenings offer the perfect opportunity to get some biking done. Enjoy the nighttime beauty of the desert from your bike during an organized four-mile ride along the Goldmine, San Tan and Moonlight trails. Helmets and bicycle lights are mandatory for the trip. Riders must sign in and out as they begin and end their rides. Volunteers will patrol the course to ensure safety. The event is scheduled to run 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday at the San Tan Mountain Regional Park, 6533 W. Phillips Road. The ride is free, but there is a $6 park entry fee per vehicle. Contact the park at (480) 655-5554, ext. 202, or www.maricopa.gov/parks/santan for more information.

Summer reading program for youth

Reading can earn Queen Creek kids and teens prizes this summer.

The Maricopa County Library District's summer reading program runs through July 25, with programs available for babies, kids and teens available.

Participants can track their reading, or parents can track the reading they do with their small children, and then redeem prizes for different amounts read.

Visit the Queen Creek Public Library, 21802 S. Ellsworth Road, or go to www.mcldaz.org to register for the program.

Creature feature

Bring a blanket and watch a family-friendly film in the new nature center from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday at San Tan Mountain Regional Park, 6533 W. Phillips Road. This week's movie will be "Madagascar 2." Concessions will be for sale or visitors may bring their own to enjoy. A ranger will give a short presentation relating to the week's film. The movie is free, but there is a $6 park entry fee per vehicle. Contact the park at (480) 655-5554, ext. 202, or www.maricopa.gov/parks/santan for more information.

Go and Do events are compiled by Tribune writer Chris Adams. If you have a community-related event that you would like to see listed, send the details via e-mail to getout@evtrib.com.

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