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You have to admit, Arizona’s home to some odd animals: the Gila monster and chuckwalla, the coatimundi and the javelina — and at one time, to a greater extent than it is now — the ostrich.
The Chabad of the East Valley will have an open house for its new preschool program on March 9 from 2 to 4 p.m. at 875 N. McClintock Drive.
Eating well can be hard to do — but not because of a lack of options. Farmers markets make finding fresh-picked produce (and a variety of locally made specialty foods and products, like hummus and bath soaps) convenient in and around the East Valley.
In this Dec. 18, 2013 photo provided by the San Diego Zoo Global wildlife conservancy, park ambassador Rick Schwartz introduces Rady Children's Hospital patients Ashley Rendon and Jorge Baron to Baba, a pangolin from the zoo in San Diego. The meeting was part of a news conference to launch San Diego Zoo Kids, a television network that will carry webcam footage of zoo animals, information about the animals and up-close introductions to the animals, hosted by Schwartz. (AP Photo/San Diego Zoo Global, Ken Bohn)
In this Dec. 18, 2013 photo provided by San Diego Zoo Global wildlife conservancy, 11-year-old Alondra Hernandez, a patient at Rady Children's Hospital, poses with Denny Sanford, a philanthropist whose donation paid for the San Diego Zoo Kids television network in San Diego. While learning about the animals, children will be distracted from the reasons they are in the hospital and medical experts say that's good medicine. (AP Photo/San Diego Zoo Global, Ken Bohn)
In this Dec. 18, 2013 photo provided by San Diego Zoo Global wildlife conservancy, Dr. Donald B. Kearns, acting president of Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego, gives a preview of what people can expect from San Diego Zoo Kids, a television network all about wild animals originating from the zoo. At the launch news conference, he described how sick or injured children need more than medical care to heal. The TV channel is one of those things because it will entertain, educate and distract patients. (AP Photo/San Diego Zoo Global, Ken Bohn)
In this Dec. 18, 2013 photo provided by the San Diego Zoo Global wildlife conservancy, zoo ambassador Rick Schwartz shows Baba, a pangolin from the zoo, to children from Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego. A news conference was held on Dec. 18, 2013, at the hospital to launch San Diego Zoo Kids, a network that can be seen on televisions in every room and waiting area at the hospital for children. There are just four hours of programming now, running in a loop, but Schwartz is working on new material he hopes will stretch the loop to 24 or 48 hours. (AP Photo/San Diego Zoo Global, Ken Bohn)
Dinosaur Petting Zoo, ERTH, Carriageworks
ERTH Petting zoo, Carriageworks
Reindeer-schmeindeer. Santa’s pets aren’t nearly as popular in the Valley this time of year as the scaley, slithering creatures at Phoenix Herpetological Society. The non-profit throws open its doors for holiday tours, which often sell out.
The Town of Gilbert is set to host its “All American” Red White and Blue Gilbert Days parade and festival on Nov. 23.
Halloween is the last day to catch most fall festivals around the East Valley.
Plan now for an autumn full of fun in the East Valley.
Chandler Chamber-run event — and its feathered stars — featured in ostrich-themed video
Have a seat in the shade and under the misters while the kids run, play and pet some animals on an old-fashioned milk farm.
As the bleachers next to the arena are raised at Welcome Home Ranch, it signals the beginning of not only a new era for the farm at Val Vista Drive and Hunt Highway, but a new beginning for the long-standing East Valley tradition that is Gilbert Days.
The Phoenix Symphony gives a concert for kids, performing selections from “The Lion King,” “Carnival of the Animals,” and “Flight of the Bumble Bee,” among others. Arrive an hour early and participate in face painting, a zoo craft and the “instrument petting zoo.” Attendees are encouraged to dress up as their favorite animal or bring their favorite stuffed animal.
Easter offers an ideal opportunity to enjoy family, faith and our beautiful spring weather, especially with the plethora of activities going on around town this weekend. Events ranging from a dino egg hunt to an Easter brunch “down on the farm” provide locations and price points to suit almost everyone.
Families looking for a fun event Friday can visit Mesa's Superstition Farm 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
From a petting zoo in your backyard to a bounce house at your neighborhood park, celebrations of all kinds this time of year are hosted outdoors to take advantage of Arizona’s spring weather.
As staff at the Mesa Arts Center began preparation for its second “Festival of Creativity,” MAC executive director Cindy Ornstein said the group was looking for something to pique their interests — a spark, of sorts.