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Posted: Monday, September 3, 2012 1:48 pm | Updated: 12:29 pm, Tue Sep 4, 2012.

Vineyard Community Center will host its second annual Queen Creek Arts Festival 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at 21805 S. Ellsworth Road, on the northeast corner of Ellsworth and Ocotillo Roads in the Queen Creek Village Center.

Rose Strehle and Barb Gomez,active members and volunteer at Vineyard Community Center, came up with the idea for the arts festival last year after talking to community members during another event.

“Queen Creek is home to so many talented people,” Strehle said. “What better way to showcase our own talent than an Arts Festival?”

There is a $20 registration fee to set up a booth but the event is free for performers. Registration fees are non-refundable even due to inclement weather. Each artist or vendor must donate one artwork or item worth at least $25 for the Queen Creek Arts Festival Raffle.

Proceeds from the raffle will help the center stock their food pantry and store, which gives out free food boxes every Tuesday to families in the area experiencing hardships.

The Arts Festival will have a stage for musicians, bands, poets and writers to share their work. There is no cost to attend. All ages are welcome to participate.

Gomez and Strehle said the artwork that will be shown will be original and handcrafted works in a variety of mediums. All proceeds will benefit the Vineyard Community Center, a registered 501c3 Nonprofit, and community programs in Queen Creek.

The Queen Creek Arts Festival is just one of many events the center will be holding this year.

For more information, contact Rose Strehle at vccazrose@gmail.com or (480) 619-1833 or Barb Gomez at banddcgomez@aol.com.

• Bridgette Crosby is a writer who lives in and loves the Queen Creek/San Tan Valley area. Reach her at bridgette@crosbycountry.com.

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