Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Matta Family History - Matta's Mexican Food at Brown and Higley

I was in Matta's at Brown and Higley the other day and had an opportunity to talk with Chris Matta about his amazing family and Matta's history.  Chris is a great guy and he tells great stories!  The Matta family and Matta's Mexican Restaurant are an important part of Mesa history.

In 1950 Manuel and Marylou Matta hired a Bekins moving truck and driver, they packed all of their belongs, loaded their two children in the car and left Los Angeles. "Where were they headed?" you ask. Safford, Arizona!!? I bet you thought I was going to say Mesa. Manuel worked as a welder and part time at a dairy in Los Angeles. The dairy farmer he worked for convinced him it was a great way to make a living and told him about a great opportunity in Safford, AZ.  So, off they went. Well, as luck would have it, they decided to stop in Mesa for the night and continue on the next day. They stayed at Kohler's Kiva Lodge on Main. David, their youngest at the time, remembers the Kiva as "the coolest place he had ever stayed" in his 5 young years. Mesa left a very favorable impression on the young couple, but they were headed to Safford--so off they went. Well, Safford was a very nice town, but when all was said and done it just wasn't a good fit for them.  Mesa, they thought, was a little more their speed and looked like a wonderful place to raise a family. Small town enough, with lots of possibilities but without the crowding they were starting to see in Los Angeles. So they told the Bekins driver to turn around and head back to Mesa. Manuel found a job in Tempe welding metal door and window frames and Marylou set up housekeeping and settled the family into their new home, Mesa!! "Well, what about the restaurant?" you ask. Well that's still 3 years off. Maybe we can talk about that next time.........if you'd like. Or if you just can't wait that long, come down and see us at the Higley and Brown location. Just ask for Chris. We'll talk. Use the Four Square app on your smart phone to check in while at Matta's @ Higley and Brown and receive a free soft drink with a purchase of anything on the menu. (Not valid at the Riverview location)

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The Dennis Sirrine Train Garden... A MUST See for The Christmas Season!

Dennis Sirrine's Spectacular Garden Railroad!

Dennis Sirrine, owner of the popular Rancho de Tia Rosa restaurant in Mesa, shares his train hobby with the public.

Open House Tours:

Where:  Dennis & Liz Sirrine's Home
                1929 North 24th Street, Mesa
                Between Gilbert Road and Lindsay Road
                Corner of McKellips and 24th Street

When:    December 11, 12, 18, and 19, 2010

Time:    5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Phone:  480 620-9459

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Order Your Tamales for the Holidays

I've ordered mine! I love to have tamales in my freezer year-round, but even more so around the holidays. When I'm busy running errands, shopping, working, going to kids' concerts, OR just too tired to make dinner I pull some tamales out of the freezer and microwave OR steam them up for dinner. When it is a really busy evening e.g. kids' schedules conflicting, I like to steam them. Steaming the tamales keeps them hot and ready to eat any time throughout the evening.

A HUGE BONUS… All of my kids LOVE tamales!

Make sure you get your order in... call today!

Salsa Cabana (480) 854-8286
NE corner Brown/Greenfield

Red shredded beef tamales & green corn - $22 a dozen

My older kids and I love the red shredded beef tamales and my younger kids really like the green corn tamales - not so spicy.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Fundraiser to Save the Pioneer Park Train

A fundraiser will be held Saturday in Mesa’s Pioneer Park for the restoration and relocation of a 1912 steam locomotive. The decommissioned train was placed at the park’s playground in 1958, but has since been fenced off for safety concerns. The Save Our Train Committee is aiming to raise about $80,000 to move the train to a more visible location along Main Street and to restore it.

The fundraiser includes a classic car show, entertainment and food and access to the train. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the park, 526 E. Main St. More information is available at

I LOVED playing on that train when I was a kid!  Very fond memories!  Did you play on the train?  Do you want to save the train?

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Freebies for Veterans!!!

Here are the top Veteran’s Day military freebies and discounts in honor of the November 11, 2010 holiday. Many, many free meals. Remember to bring proof of military status for the freebies!

Matta's @ Riverview for your FREE 2 item combo meal!

Applebee’s – Veterans and active duty eat free on Nov. 11, 2010. The freebie menu has seven options, including a burger, salad, chicken, sirloin, and shrimp. Dine in only. Beverages and tip not included. ID required.

Golden Corral – On Monday November 15, 2010 from 5-9 p.m. veterans, active duty, reserve, and national guard members can get a free dinner buffet. Last year they fed 335,000.

Hooters – Get a free meal from a special menu at participating restaurants when you purchase a beverage. Available for veterans and active military with ID. Dine in only. Cannot combine with other discounts. Up to an $8.50 value.

The Home Depot – Veterans get a 10% military discount year round. Show your military ID at checkout.

Krispy Kreme – Veterans get a donut of their choice for free at participating locations on Veteran’s Day.

Lowe’s – Just like rival Home Depot, Lowe’s offers a 10% military discount year round. Show your military ID at checkout.

Sam’s Club – Veternas can get a free cane from AMG Medical at participating Sam’s Clubs Nov. 10-12, 2010. They are giving out 36,000 canes total. Membership NOT required.

Sears – Veterans get an extra 10% off regular, sale, and clearance merchandise Nov. 11-12, 2010. The discount is also valid for policemen, teacher, hospital staff, and firefighters. Some exclusions.

Uno Chicago Grill—Get a free meal or pizza when you show up in uniform, have a picture of you in uniform, or have military ID. Nov. 11, 2010 only. No coupon needed.

PhoenixZoo Save $4 off reg admission for active military Veterans & everyone in party. See 4 stipulations

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

FREE Taco Today at Salsa Cabana - Show your "I voted" sticker.

Salsa Cabana at NE Brown & Greenfield is giving away one FREE taco to anyone that has their "I voted" sticker.  Salsa Cabana's fish tacos were voted "Best in the East Valley" by Get Out Magazine!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Will the Diving Lady Return?

Will the Diving Lady return?  Just a few weeks ago during an amazing storm the Diving Lady fell to the ground.

The Diving Lady has been a landmark in Mesa for approx. 50 years.  Many of us remember her from our childhood.  ...fond memories.

We are all wondering:  "Will the Diving Lady return?"

The EV Tribune says:  "the sign currently exists as a 'legal non-conforming sign,' meaning it was grandfathered in before the city put its current sign laws in place in the mid 1990s. The current law requires signs to be no taller than 12 feet and no more than 80 square feet in circumference. It also prohibits animated neon."

Mesa City Councilman Alex Finter told the Tribune on Monday that he suggests the city do “everything possible” and allow an exception for the sign to go back up.

Many Mesa residents have offered to help pay to restore the Diving Lady.

It looks like there is a good chance the Diving Lady will return.  :)

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Haunted House at Golfland Sunsplash

The Gauntlet

What: 5,000 sf Haunted House is based on the Black Death, the plague that ravaged 1300s Europe.

If that is too scary, you can turn to the spooky mini-golf course right next door; it’s perfect for family outings or thrill seekers who turn squeamish at the last minute.

When: 7 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays,
and 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 11-14, 17, 21, 24, 28 and 31. Hours vary for Spooktacular Golf and other park attractions.

Where: Golfland-Sunsplash, 155 W. Hampton Ave., Mesa

Cost: $12 for haunted house admission; $6.25-$7.17 for mini-golf.

Information: (480) 834-8319 or

Monday, October 18, 2010

Wrigleyville West - Proposition 420

The drawings below are from the Keep the Cubs Website and are of the proposed Wrigleyville West...if Proposition 420 (Keep the Cubs) passes.  The stadium near Mesa Riverview would be surrounded by shops, restaurants, sports bars, and other fun places to hang out, creating a unique experience.

The spring training home for the Cubs right now is Hohokam Stadium in Mesa.  It is surrounded by a cemetery and housing developments.  People travel to Arizona to watch the Cubs during Spring Training.  The way it is now, they go to the game then leave Mesa to spend their money in other cities like Scottsdale and Tempe.

Do you want to keep the Cubs?

For more information:

EV Tribune

Keep the Cubs

Friday, October 15, 2010

Ray Road Opens Between Sossaman and Ellsworth Roads

Mesa will celebrate the opening of a new segment of Ray Road on Saturday with an event called “Rockin’ on Ray Road.” The event will take place at Ray and Sossaman roads, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. It will include music, bounce houses, food and a fun run that begins at 7 a.m.

Those who attend the event can park at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport’s administration buildings, or at the Chandler-Gilbert Community College campus. A free shuttle service will run every 10 minutes.

The $12.7 million road project includes two new miles of Ray, between Sossaman and Ellsworth roads. Also, Hawes Road is being extended from Ray to the Santan Freeway stretch of Loop 202. The new segments will be open Monday morning.

Information from EV Tribune:

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Rain, Hail, and High Winds Just Whipped Through Mesa, AZ

WOW!  I have NEVER seen weather like this in Mesa.  I am sure we will hear of some weather related damage by tomorrow.  Take a look at the pictures that I took around 1:30 p.m. today.

 At one point there was so much wind, rain, and hail that I couldn't see across the street.  Amazing!
 Look at the palm trees in the background.  The wind was whipping!
After the storm blew over I went out to hunt down my trash's was half full of water.  I'll wait until it drains.  Good thing today was trash day and it was empty.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Joe's Barber Shop - Cutting Hair for 70 Years!

Joe's Barber Shop = A Little Bit of Mesa History

Joe graduated from Mesa High School in 1940.  That's when he started cutting hair.  He and his shop are part of Mesa's history.

For many many years my dad and brothers got their hair cut at Joe's Barber Shop.  The boys would come home with their hair slicked back and a treat in hand.  I have never been inside of Joe's, but I do love the outside of the shop.  It's a little pink building with beautiful pink flowers surrounding it.

For more info:

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Mesa High School Presents "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat"

"Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat"

Performance Dates:

Wed. November 3, 2010

Thu. November 4, 2010

Fri. November 5, 2010



Sat. November 6, 2010

@ 2pm & 7pm

Become a fan of Mesa H.S. Theater Arts on Facebook!!/pages/Mesa-HS-Theater-Arts-Presents/147390068615619

TICKETS ONLY $5.00 When you bring in this ad.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Mesa Falls from 38th Largest City to 39th Largest City

Mesa use to be one of the fastest-growing cities in the country.

The U.S. Census Bureau estimates Mesa to be the 38th largest city in the nation - down from the 39th.

The census shows that Mesa is still growing in numbers (maybe babies being born?), but figures from the city utilities show a 12 percent drop in trash collections between July 2007 and July 2010.  Apartment rentals have declined, and students in Mesa Public Schools have declined (maybe from Mexican families leaving due to SB 1070?).

Population is important for federal and state funding from roads to schools.

For more see the EV Tribune.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Mesa, AZ - History - Founders' Day

My mother keeps EVERYTHING!

For example:  the below program from the Mesa Founders' Day Celebration - 100 Years of Growth and Progress 1878 - 1978.  That's right... she has had this program for 32 years!

The good thing about a mother that keeps EVERYTHING is that every now and then something really interesting surfaces... like this program.

The program lists several of the Mesa's Founding Families from 1878 through the turn of the century.  My mom put a little red dash next to our family.  Do you have family on the list?

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Mesa Mexican Food - Salsa Cabana

50% Off A Combo Meal with Purchase of A Combo Meal

(Excludes lunch and daily specials)

Expires 9/15/2010

Must present this coupon       COUPON

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Mesa Museums - FREE Admission - Mesa, AZ

Get into downtown Mesa’s Arizona Museum of Natural History, Arizona Museum for Youth and Mesa Contemporary Arts galleries at no cost, thanks to a grant from Target.

Noon to 5 p.m. on the first Sunday of each month.



Monday, August 9, 2010

Mesa Public Schools - Late Start for High Schools - Dobson, East Valley Academy, Mesa High, Mountain View, Red Mountain, Skyline, and Westwood

Late Start for Mesa High Schools

Dobson, East Valley Academy,
Mesa High, Mountain View, Red Mountain,
Skyline, and Westwood

For your high school's time schedule go to MPS site:

Mesa Public Schools - First Day of School August 11, 2010 - Early Release

It's here!  The first day of school for all Mesa Public School students is Wednesday August 11, 2010.

All elementary and junior high students will have early release on the first day of school and every Wednesday throughout the school year.

Elementary schools that begin at 7:45 a.m. will be released at 1:45 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Elementary schools that begin at 8:25 a.m. will be released at 2:25 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Junior high students will be released at 3:20 p.m. every Wednesday.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Chiropractor Mesa, AZ

Chiropractor Mesa, AZ

Offers:  Back to School Sports Physicals  Only $25.00

Advanced Spine & Rehab and Advanced Family Health Care
4121 E. Valley Auto Dr. # 110
Mesa, AZ 85206

Phone: 480 892 1122

School Starts Wednesday August 11, 2010

Advanced Spine and Rehab, P.C.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

NED'S Krazy Sub - Mesa, AZ

Celebrate NED'S Krazy Sub 33rd Anniversary!

August 3rd thru 7th

$2.99-8 inch Samich - ALL DAY!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Matta's Mesa Riverview is Now OPEN

 The pictures below hang in the lobby of the new Matta's at Riverview in Mesa, AZ.

Matta's Grill & Cantina

1033 N.Dobson Rd
Mesa,AZ 85201

(480) 964-7881
(480) 964-TOGO

 Matta's has been a Mesa tradition since 1953

My favorite memories of Matta's:

For my eighth birthday, my parents took me to Matta's for dinner. The Mariachis sang Happy Birthday to me and they also sang La Cucaracha. LOVED it!

When my middle daughter turned eight years old she requested that we go to Matta's for her birthday dinner. The Mariachis sang to her Happy Birthday and La Cucaracha.  Fun memories!

What are your favorite memories of Matta's?

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Back to School Sports Physicals

Sports Physicals
Only $25.00

Advanced Spine & Rehab and Advanced Family Health Care

4121 E. Valley Auto Dr. # 110
Mesa, AZ 85206

Phone: 480 892 1122

For More Info: Advanced Spine & Rehab, PC

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Cicadas = Familiar Summer Sound in Mesa, Arizona

I was in my backyard yesterday and heard the familiar sound of summer in Mesa, Arizona.  (The sound brought back a few childhood summer memories.)  Cicadas are what cause all that loud buzzing during the month of July. The noise that you hear from the trees is from Male Cicadas trying to catch the attention of female Cicadas. Often times several males will congregate in one tree to maximize their volume.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

MEXICAN FOOD -- Lunch for UNDER $5.00

Salsa Cabana Mexican Grill - NE corner of Brown and Greenfield

Lunch for UNDER $5.00!  AMAZING!!!


If you haven't been to Salsa Cabana... do yourself a favor and GO...

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Mesa's Downtown Preacher "Dizzy" Dies

Many of All About Mesa Az's readers have informed us of the passing of Dizzy.  Anyone that has lived in Mesa for any length of time knows Dizzy.  He was the street preacher that stood, walked, and road his bike on Main Street near Stapley.  Dizzy will be missed by many.

More Information Click Here - EV Tribune

Monday, July 5, 2010

Academic Accolades - Register NOW for 2010/2011 School Year

Sessions Offered

For Three and Four Year Olds looking for a Kindergarten Preparatory Program:
Mon./Tues./Weds. 10:30 - 1:00
Thursday/Friday 10:00 - 1:00

For Four and Five Year Olds looking for a 1st Grade Preparatory Program:
Mon. through Fri. 1:00 - 3:30

Specialty Programs for Home School Students:
Monday - Friday 7:30 - 11:00

Learn Spanish Class:
Fridays 3:30 - 4:30

Also available: tutoring K-adult; special seminars and camps; home-school facilitation; Parent Classes.


Saturday, June 26, 2010

Fourth of July Mesa, AZ - Fireworks 2010

July 2-3, 2010
Arizona Celebration of Freedom
Downtown Mesa
Various locations including Heritage Lane and Mesa Arts Center

Classic car show, musical performances, and family fun. Pyrotechnic display Friday night. Fireworks Saturday night.
Sponsoring Agency: City of Mesa

Music, games, food and fireworks are all part of the two-day Arizona Celebration of Freedom on Friday, July 2 and Saturday, July 3 in Downtown Mesa.

From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Downtown Mesa will transform into the Arizona's premiere salute to America. Catch the music at Stage America, sign the Declaration of Independence on Heritage Lane and visit Freedom Plaza at the Mesa Arts Center. Bring the kids to the Family Fun Zone for traditional county fair games and contests and make a splash at the Wet Zone.

Downtown businesses, including restaurants and other retail outlets, will stay open to provide opportunities for unique shopping and dining.

Admission and parking are free! Bring your friends and family for two evenings of entertainment, fireworks and fun for all ages.

For more info.:

July 4, 2010
Please call for a schedule of events
Fourth of July Fireworks Extravaganza
Living Word Bible Church
3520 E Brown Rd

Carnival games, music, food, and a fireworks display.
Sponsoring Agency: Living Word Bible Church

Looking for another Arizona city's firework schedule?  See Below:

Fourth of July Celebrations - See Below Schedule for Arizona Fireworks

Arizona Fireworks Schedule 2010

July 4, 2010
Benson 4th of July Celebration
Parade starts on 5th Street to Gila to 7th Street
Events at Lions Park
Parade in the morning followed by live entertainment and music, and fireworks. Free
Sponsoring Agency: Town of Benson

July 3, 2010
Gates open at 6pm
4th of July Celebration
Youngker High School
3000 S Apache Rd
Fireworks start at dark Free
Sponsoring Agency: City of Buckeye

Bullhead City
July 4, 2010
Rockets Over the River
Best viewing is along the Colorado River south of the bridge
Fireworks display choreographed to music over the river visible from Bullhead City. Free
Sponsoring Agency: Laughlin Chamber of Commerce

Casa Grande
July 4, 2010
Starts at 6:30pm
Red, White and Blue Family Parade
Paul Mason Park
2525 N Pinal Ave
Families are invited to decorate bikes, scooters, kids, and dogs for a family parade. Other festivities and fireworks to follow at the park. Free
Sponsoring Agency: City of Casa Grande

July 4, 2010
4th of July 7UP Fireworks Spectacular
Tumbleweed Park
2250 S McQueen Rd
Family fun and games, entertainment, food and drinks, carnival, with a fireworks display at 9:30pm. Free
Sponsoring Agency: Chandler Lions Club, the City of Chandler, and Kalil Bottling Company

July 4, 2010
Train leaves the station at 1pm.
July 4th Celebration and Firecracker Express
Verde Canyon Railroad
300 N Broadway
Barbecue and live music followed by a train ride through the Verde Canyon. Call or visit the website for rates.
Sponsoring Agency: Verde Canyon Railroad

July 4, 2010
Starts at 7am
Old Fashioned Fourth of July
Clarkdale Town Park
Main Street
Flag raising ceremony and pancake breakfast followed by the Children's Parade at 9am. Entertainment including patriotic music and family activities follow. Free admission. Food, soft drinks, and arts and crafts available for purchase.
Sponsoring Agency: Town of Clarkdale

July 4, 2010
Activities start at 3:30pm with fireworks at 8:45pm
Annual Independence Day Fireworks Extravaganza
Cottonwood Kids Park
800 E Cherry St
Water slides, giant inflatable rides, watermelon and pie-eating contests, and other family and children's activities. Food served 4pm-6pm with soft drinks and roasted corn available for purchase throughout the event. Fireworks start at 8:45pm. Free admission
Sponsoring Agency: Cottonwood Parks and Recreation Department

July 3-4, 2010
Independence Day Rendezvous
Pioneer Museum
2340 N Fort Valley Rd
Living History reenactors including artillery demonstrations, traditional crafts, and camp cooking demonstrations. Free admission age 11 and younger, $3 admission age 12 and older
Sponsoring Agency: Pioneer Museum

July 4, 2010
Freedom Fest
Heritage Park
600 N Main St
Horseshoe tournament, the Florence "fiery salsa" challenge, a red, white and blue parade, and a fireworks display at night. Free
Sponsoring Agency: Town of Florence Parks & Recreation

July 4, 2010
Star-Spangled Fourth
Goodyear Ballpark
1933 S Ballpark Way
Call for details
Sponsoring Agency: City of Goodyear

July 2-4, 2010
July 4th Celebration
Festival at Tall Timbers Navajo County Park
Fireworks at Mogollon High School
Parade (July 3 at 11am), arts and crafts, family fun, and fireworks (July 3 in the evening). Arts and crafts all weekend. Call for parking prices
Sponsoring Agency: Heber-Overgaard Chamber of Commerce

Litchfield Park
July 3, 2010
Fourth of July Splash Bash
Litchfield Park Recreation Center
100 S Old Litchfield Rd
Coin toss, greased watermelon toss, wet t-shirt swimming contest, and more. $2 per person
Sponsoring Agency: City of Litchfield Park

July 3, 2010
BBQ & Fantastic Fireworks Display
Wigwam Golf Course Driving Range
300 E Wigwam Blvd
Food, music, and fireworks. Free admission to the public fireworks viewing area starts at 6pm. Admission to BBQ and seating for fireworks is $15 age 13 and older, $9 ages 5-12, free for children age 4 and younger. No coolers or outside food or alcohol allowed.
Sponsoring Agency: City of Litchfield Park

July 3, 2010
Star Spangled Spectacular
Crossroads at Silverbell District Park
Food, games, arts and crafts, and contests, with fireworks at 9pm. Free
Sponsoring Agency: City of Marana

July 4, 2010
Annual Great American BBQ
Pacana Park
19000 S Porter Rd
Family fun, hot dog eating contest, information booths, food vendors, and fireworks. Visit the website for a list of park and ride locations. Free admission.
Sponsoring Agency: City of Maricopa

July 2-3, 2010
Arizona Celebration of Freedom
Downtown Mesa
Various locations including Heritage Lane and Mesa Arts Center
Classic car show, musical performances, and family fun. Pyrotechnic display Friday night. Fireworks Saturday night. Free
Sponsoring Agency: City of Mesa

July 4, 2010
Please call for a schedule of events
Fourth of July Fireworks Extravaganza
Living Word Bible Church
3520 E Brown Rd
Carnival games, music, food, and a fireworks display. Free
Sponsoring Agency: Living Word Bible Church

July 3, 2010
Gate open 8pm, show starts 9pm
Fourth of July Celebration
Blue Water Resort & Casino
11300 Resort Dr
888-243-3360 / 928-669-7000
"TNT" AC/DC tribute concert followed by fireworks. $10 in advance, $15 day of show
Sponsoring Agency: Blue Water Resort & Casino

July 4, 2010
Starts at 11am
Annual 4th of July Celebration
Town Gazebo for daytime activities
Patagonia High School for fireworks
520-394-0060 / 888-794-0060
Parade at 11am. Food, music, dancing, BBQ, and vendors during the day. Fireworks display at 8pm. Free
Sponsoring Agency: Town of Patagonia

July 4, 2010
Patriotic ceremony at 8am, parade at 9am, festivities throughout the afternoon, and fireworks at 9pm
4th of July Celebration in the Pines
Parade on Main Street
Other events in Green Valley Park 1000 W Country Club Dr
Patriotic ceremony starts the day followed by a parade, kids games and entertainment in the afternoon from Johnny Anonymous topped off by a fireworks show. Free
Sponsoring Agency: Town of Payson

July 4, 2010
5pm-10pm with fireworks starting at 9:15pm
July 4th All American Festival
Peoria Sports Complex Mariners Practice Field
16101 N 83rd Ave
Entertainment, children's activities, a water zone, food, vendors, F-16 flyover, fireworks, and more. Free admission age 12 and younger, $5 admission age 13 and older
Sponsoring Agency: City of Peoria

July 2, 2010
Light Up the Sky Festival
Maryvale Baseball Park
3600 N 51st Ave
Musical entertainment, kids' rides and craft activities, topped off with fireworks. Free
Sponsoring Agency: City of Phoenix

July 4, 2010
Freedom Wireless Fabulous Phoenix Fourth
Steele Indian School Park
Indian School Rd & 3rd St
Entertainment, Kids World area, classic car exhibit, refreshment vendors, and more topped off by fireworks at 9:20pm. Free
Sponsoring Agency: City of Phoenix

July 4, 2010
4th of Zoo-Ly
Phoenix Zoo
455 N Galvin Pkwy
BBQ dinner, narrated Safari Train tours, family activities, and a view of the Tempe fireworks show. $35-$40
Sponsoring Agency: Phoenix Zoo

Queen Creek
July 4, 2010
4th of July Fireworks and Independence Day Celebration
Schnepf Farms
22601 E Cloud Rd
Family activities and fireworks display. $10 per carload
Sponsoring Agency: Queen Creek Chamber of Commerce

Saint Johns
July 4, 2010
5am-after dark
City BBQ & Fun in the Park
City Park for daytime activities
Lyman Lake State Park starting at 5pm
Starts with cannon firing at 5am followed by pancake breakfast 6am-9am, patriotic program 10am-11am, BBQ at 11:30am foot races, and free swimming. Rubber duck races at Lyman Lake at 5pm followed by fireworks after dark. Carpooling to Lyman Lake recommended. Event and admission costs vary. Call or visit website for details.
Sponsoring Agency: City of Saint Johns

Show Low
July 3, 2010
Call for the full schedule
Freedom Fest
Various locations throughout Show Low
Concert and fireworks at Show Low High School
Annual biscuits and gravy breakfast, parade, concerts and family activities throughout the day topped off by a fireworks show. Call for a full schedule of events and admission fees information.
Sponsoring Agency: Show Low Parks and Recreation Department

Sierra Vista
July 2-4, 2010
Call or visit website for event schedule
Annual Fourth of July Celebration
Veterans Memorial Park and surrounding area
3105 E Fry Blvd
520-417-6960 / 800-288-3861
Call or visit the website for event details. Free
Sponsoring Agency: Sierra Vista

July 4, 2010
Annual 4th of July Celebration
Surprise Stadium
15850 N Bullard Ave
Rookie baseball game between the Royals and Padres, Kid Zone games, family fun, and fireworks. Free with a canned food donation for Valley View Community Food Bank and Saint Mary's Food Bank Alliance. Tickets required for entry. Pick up tickets in advance at the Community & Recreation Services Office at 15960 N Bullard Ave.
Sponsoring Agency: City of Surprise

July 4, 2010
Call for event schedule
4th of July Celebration & Rodeo
Taylor Rodeo Complex
Flag raising ceremony, traditional firing of the anvil, BBQ, rodeos, dancing, patriotic program, and fireworks after dark. Free
Sponsoring Agency: Town of Taylor

July 4, 2010
Gates open at 4pm
CBS5 July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festival
Tempe Beach Park
Rio Salado Pkwy
Family activities, entertainment, fireworks over Tempe Town Lake. Tickets on sale at any Fry's Food store in advance starting June 4 for $6/age 13 and older. Tickets at the gate $8/age 13 and over or $15 for two. Free admission for children age 12 and younger and anyone showing a current military ID.
Sponsoring Agency: City of Tempe and the Kiwanis Club of Tempe

July 4, 2010
3rd Annual BBQ Bash
Rolling Hills Golf Course
1415 N Mill Ave
BBQ dinner and access to the 19th Tee restaurant for dine-in and takeout followed by a view of the fireworks over Tempe Town Lake. $5 parking, $5 BBQ. 19th Tee prices vary.
Sponsoring Agency: City of Tempe

July 2-4, 2010
Visit the website for schedule of events
4th of July
Various Locations
Visit website for a schedule of events. Highlights include gem & mineral show, presenting of the colors, contests and demonstrations, parade, and fireworks display. Admission varies by event.
Sponsoring Agency: Tombstone Knights of Columbus and Tombstone Vigilantes

July 4, 2010
Fourth of July
Tubac Village for daytime activities
Tubac Golf Resort for the fireworks show
520-398-2704 for information / 520-398-2211 for fireworks updates
Family activities, games, prizes, shopping, food vendors, facepainting, entertainment, and fireworks. Call for admission prices and parking information.
Sponsoring Agency: Tubac Chamber of Commerce

July 4, 2010
7pm-9pm for activities followed by fireworks at 9:15pm
4th of July Celebration
Tucson Convention Center Parking Lot B (off Granada between Congress and Cushing St)
260 S Church Ave
Food drinks, and a car show by the Southern Arizona Mustange Club. Fireworks over "A" Mountain, conditions permitting. Call for parking fee information.
Sponsoring Agency: City of Tucson

July 4, 2010
Fireworks go off after dark
4th of July Fireworks
Butterfield Park
10234 Dome St
Food booths and fireworks. Free
Sponsoring Agency: Town of Wellton Parks and Recreation Commission

July 3, 2010
Annual Fireworks & Family Fun
Sunset Park
Vendors and service clubs, entertainment, food and beverages, and fireworks. Free
Sponsoring Agency: Town of Wickenburg and Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce

July 1-4, 2010
Call or visit website for event schedule
Home Town 4th of July
Various locations
Chamber office is at 200 W Railroad Ave
Call or visit website for event information. Free
Sponsoring Agency: Williams Chamber of Commerce
July 4, 2010
Call for departure schedule
Celebrating Independence Day
Grand Canyon Railway
200 W Railroad Ave
Ride the Cataract Creek Rambler, a special train pulled by a steam engine on hourly short runs. $10-$15
Sponsoring Agency: Grand Canyon Railway

July 4, 2010
After dusk
Email Nasser Stadium
Fireworks display. Free
Sponsoring Agency: Town of Winslow

July 4, 2010
Early morning. Call for details.
Annual Independence Day Flag Raising Ceremony
Friendship Tower at the Ray Kroc Complex
Friendship Park
Flag raising ceremony with military color guard and firing party, patriotic music, and guest speaker. Free
Sponsoring Agency: Caballeros de Yuma

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Friday, June 25, 2010

Riverview Fountains... FREE fun for the kids!

This morning I took my daughter to play in the Riverview fountains.  She had a blast!  She got to cool down, play with other children, and best of all she burned some energy... great morning!  The fountains are located right in front of the Cinemark movie theater.  The great thing about Riverview is that it is NEVER least not when we have been there.  Last weekend we saw Toy Story 3 at the Cinemark and it wasn't crowded at all... pretty great for a new release like Toy Story 3.  By the way, it was a great movie!  ...we laughed, we cried... it was GREAT! ... the kids liked it too :D

Thursday, June 17, 2010

We Have Hungry Children in Mesa, AZ

Arizona Brainfood is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, whose goal is to discreetly provide a backpack of food to feed hungry children on the weekends. By so doing, they hope that each child will return to school every Monday morning mentally aware and physically able to concentrate.

Quick Facts:

Over 60% of Mesa, AZ students are eligible for free or reduced lunch.

Many of these children have very little or no food to eat on the weekends. They often go to bed hungry!

It has been proven, children that lack proper nourishment have lower test scores and more behavioral problems in school.

For more information, please go to AZBrainfood's website:

Monday, June 7, 2010

FREE Doughnuts!

Hey Parents and Kids:
Did you know that you can take your report card to Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and get a FREE doughnut for every A...? (Up to 6 FREE doughnuts)

Friday, June 4, 2010

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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Enroll NOW for MPS Summer Music Program

Enroll NOW for Mesa School District’s Summer Music Program
For: Elementary and Junior High String and Band
When: Monday – Thursday, June 1-17.
How Much: $60.00
Where: Locations Will Vary
Orchestra students must be going into 4th grade or above
Band students must be going into 5th grade or above

Information: or the district music office at (480) 308-7350.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Mesa Public Schools to Pilot Online Homework Program

Mesa Public Schools is planning to pilot an online homework program... The Google based program will include e-mail, calendar, and spreadsheet programs. Mesa Academy for Advanced Studies will start in the fall, with plans to roll out to all secondary schools as soon as teachers and students can be trained.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Arizona Academy of Youth Soccer - Presents: FREE Soccer Clinics!

There are 4 more FREE Soccer Clinics this summer: June 8th @ 5pm, 21st @ 5pm, July 24th @ 6pm, and 31st @ 6pm. (Each one teaches a new skill and prizes are given out.)
Check it out!

For more info go to:

Congratulations MPS Graduates!

Graduation ceremonies will be Thursday, May 27.

The Class of 2010 has received more than $51 million in scholarship offers.

The seven high schools of Mesa Public Schools will honor nearly 4,100 students at commencement ceremonies.

Dobson High School
7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 27
1501 W. Guadalupe Road, Mesa

East Valley Academy
7 p.m., Thursday, May 27
Ikeda Theatre, Mesa Arts Center
1 East Main Street, Mesa
(Downtown Mesa, at the southeast corner of Main and Center Streets)

Mesa High School
7 p.m., Thursday, May 27
1630 E. Southern Ave., Mesa

Mountain View High School
8 p.m., Thursday, May 27
2700 E. Brown Road, Mesa

Red Mountain High School
7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 27
7301 E. Brown Road, Mesa

Skyline High School
7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 27
845 S. Crismon Road, Mesa

Westwood High School
7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 27
945 W. 8th St., Mesa

Helpful Hints
Arrive early for best parking and seating.
Bring the camera to record memories of this proud moment.
For optimal photo opportunities, find out where your graduate will be seated.
Decide before the ceremony where family and friends will meet with the graduate after commencement.
Plan for the Arizona heat, especially with out-of-state visitors. Wear sunscreen.
Take bottled water. Some schools may have beverages for purchase.
Be courteous. No foghorns or other loud devices – allow all graduates’ names to be heard. Turn cell phones to silent.


Friday, May 21, 2010

Arizona Celebration of Freedom

Music, games, food and fireworks are all part of the two-day Arizona Celebration of Freedom on Friday, July 2 and Saturday, July 3 in Downtown Mesa.

From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Downtown Mesa will transform into the Arizona's premiere salute to America. Catch the music at Stage America, sign the Declaration of Independence on Heritage Lane and visit Freedom Plaza at the Mesa Arts Center. Bring the kids to the Family Fun Zone for traditional county fair games and contests and make a splash at the Wet Zone.

Downtown businesses, including restaurants and other retail outlets, will stay open to provide opportunities for unique shopping and dining.

Admission and parking are free! Bring your friends and family for two evenings of entertainment, fireworks and fun for all ages.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Advanced Spine and Rehab

If you ever need a chiropractor, Advanced Spine & Rehab is definitely the place to go! I hurt my back a few weeks ago while working in my father's garden. I was in so much pain that I thought I was going to pass out. My first thought was to see Dr. Crismon at Advanced Spine & Rehab. Not only did I not have an appointment, Dr. Crismon and Dr. Graham treated me during their lunch hour. Their compassion was unbelievable! I have an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for them! I am feeling much better now. Thanks does not even begin to cover it, but thanks!!!

Vito's Summer Menu

Light fare menu

“Ideal portions, great prices”

Served Sunday through Thursday,
starting with an appetizer of Quattro Bruschetta for $3,
Penne Caprese with Chicken and fresh mozzarella $9
or try our homemade Tiramisu for only $2

· Tuesday: ½ price bottle of wine with purchase of two entrée’s or Large Pizza

· Wednesday: Buy One Entrée and receive ½ off second entree

· Sunday: Kids eat for $1.99 plus FREE Ice Cream Sunday

Thursday, May 13, 2010

City of Mesa Pools Open May 29th!

Pools Open May 29th!
Summer Swimming Lessons Begin June 1st
Registration for Summer Classes has started
Sign Up Today!

Family Pass Half Price Sale!
Buy your Family Pass during Memorial Day Weekend and get 1/2 off the regular price!
(does not included FlowRider Session admission)
Sale prices
$105 for pass valid at all pools
$65 for pass valid at Fremont and Taylor only

For more info.:

Sesame Street Live at the Mesa Arts Center


When:Jun 22 - Jun 24, 2010
Where:Ikeda Theater
Start time:Multiple Start Times
Public tickets on sale:Now
Ticket Price:$37/$27/$22/$17

Imagine singing and dancing with Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird and all your favorite Sesame Street Live Friends! It's as easy as counting "1-2-3 Imagine!" This high-energy musical will transport audiences to far away places as Ernie captains the high seas, Elmo dances to the rhythm of the African rainforest and Bert meets and octopus who has the blues. It's a story of adventure and fun that teaches children they can be anyone, do anything and go anywhere with the power of imagination. - Mesa Arts Center

"Children who have celebrated their first birthday are required to purchase a ticket"

Tickets on sale now.

Box Office: 480-644-6500 Administration: 480-644-6501
One East Main Street Mesa, AZ 85201

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