Gold Canyon Community Connection

At the center of  the Community Connection 
and the center of our lives -- is the sun. Even more than the beauty and majesty of the Superstition Mountains, the sun defines our days.  Ever changing, dominating, it warms our bodies and nourishes our souls. Surrounding the sun and getting their energy from it are happy people -- joyful, energetic, helpful, 
seekers of light.

Calender of Events

For special upcoming EVENTS contact: 
"The Connection" 
(480) 983-2171, fax 983-3325


or Fill out our new Contact us Form


Saturday, November 3rd, Gold Canyon Business Fair & Holiday Showcase
8 a.m./12 p.m. Two amazing events in one day! Local Retail Venders and Holiday Shopping! Start your Day with coffee and a treat at the “Gecko Espresso” Café. The Old School Grub Food Truck will be serving comfort foods such as: grilled cheese, sloppy Joes, fried bologna, cheeseburgers, crinkle cut fries and more - YUM! There will be entertainment on the patio by lovely, talented, engaging vocalist, Tina Vale. Business Fair Participates will have a chance to win a door prize Valued at $25 or more! See you at the Superstition Center & Sunset Center at 5782 S. MountainBrook Dr.

Saturday, November 3rd, Community Wide Patio Sale 
Montesa at Gold Canyon, 7373 E. US Hwy. 60. Get here early for fantastic bargains!

Saturday, November 3rd, SUPERstition Kids' Day 
9:00 a.m./4:00 p.m., The Kick Off Event for the 2018-2019 season at the Superstition Mountain Museum this fall is something new -- a day full of free excitement and fun – even admission to the Exhibit Gallery will be free all day. It will be a special day full of activities and entertainment designed to delight children of all ages!e day of family.The huge G-scale Model Train Exhibit will be up and running. Stamp Mill demonstrations will be staged at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Teton Ken and his animal pals will be on hand to entertain both young and old. Kids can join in the all-day scavenger hunt or pan for gold. Gunfights, staged by the Superstition Mountain Regulators, will be disturbing the peace, and Cowboy Steve will amaze with his rope tricks. There will be ongoing entertainment throughout the day and some special surprises. For additional details: or call 480-983-4888.

Sunday, November 4th, Keaton Fine Art "Paint & Wine" Class Theme: Hummingbirds 
12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Carla Keaton, owner of the Keaton Fine Art Gallery, is leading these classes and Arboretum participants will learn to paint very simplified scenes from the arboretum, taking home with them a piece of memorabilia of their experiences in the lovely gardens." Enrollment of $35 for Arboretum members and $50 for nonmembers includes art supplies to use during the session, plus two hours of coaching and encouragement from Carla Keaton. Signup by emailing Carla at, with the date of attendance and number of people. For more information visit or call (520) 689-2811. You may also email:

​Wednesday, November 7th, Curandero Walk
9:00 a.m., Do you have a stuffy nose? Or, perhaps, a small cut or bruise that needs some attention? Walk the perimeter trail at Smiling Dog Landscapes with plant enthusiasts Tom and Kathy McDonald to learn how early settlers and Native Americans used these native plants to help heal these minor maladies. 2 hours. Space is limited to 16 participants per class. Call 480- 288-8749 or email to reserve your seat. 

Saturday November 8th, Superstition Mountain Astronomical League Star Party
7:00 – 9:00 p.m., The Superstition Mountain Astronomical League is hosting a open house public astronomical observing sessions and demonstrations, commonly called "star parties", to supplement public education, to provide the community with telescopic views of celestial objects and to answer questions about astronomy and astronomical equipment. In short, this is an opportunity to see the moon, planets, stars, star clusters, galaxies and other astronomical phenomena using sophisticated telescopes and to talk with very knowledgeable and experienced amateur astronomers. This event will be at Peralta Trail Elementary School. No fee is required at Peralta Trails. All events are held on a Weather Permitting basis. To be notified of any schedule changes/additions and for detail information including maps and directions, or to contact us, please visit  

Saturday, November 10th, Painting Classes for Everyone with Charles Davison in the Lecture Room 
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Ever wanted to try your hand with a brush and canvas or you just need to fine tune your skills? Enroll in one of these painting classes with accomplished local artist Chuck Davison. They're affordably priced at $35 for Members: $50 Non-Members. Taught in the air-conditioned lecture room of the historic Smith Building, enrollment includes canvas, paint, brushes, embellishments - plus light refreshments. Children are welcome to register along with an adult chaperone; both must be registered and pre-paid for the class. To register call or text the instructor directly at 602-618-3055. For more information visit or call (520) 689-2811. You may also email:

Saturday, November 10th, Trio Rio at The Picnic Grounds
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Invite friends to pack a cooler and join you in the picnic area and you'll agree that these accomplished musicians stage a high-energy concert. Trio Rio is Ronnie Glover on guitar and vocals, Ron Rutowski on fiddle, Don Paddock on bass and Billy Parker on mandolin. Yes, it can be a four-person trio, and they dub their music "acoustic Americana." For more information visit or call (520) 689-2811. You may also email:

Saturday, November 10th, Edible & Medicinal Desert Plants Walk
1:30 at Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Have you tasted the sweet, unique flour that can be ground form mesquite pods? How about prickly pear cactus fruit jelly, or a nopalito; the pickled strips of a prickly pear cactus pad? Choctaw Nation member and ethno-botanist Dave Morris guides this one-hour walk where you'll see prickly pear cacti, the towering stalks of our native Agave chrysantha, and mesquite trees, with a chance to taste a few 'desert edible' samples ranging from prickly pear jelly to nopalitos, mesquite flour, and agave nectar. Ethno-Botany is the study of edible, medicinal and practical uses for desert plants that have fed, clothed and healed desert dwellers for 1,000 years. Note: this guided tour explores the Curandero Trail, which has steep sections that are not suitable for visitors who use wheelchairs or walkers. For more information visit or call (520) 689-2811. You may also email:

​Sunday, November 11th, Celebration of Veterans at GCUMC
3:00 p.m., Featuring guest speaker Lt. Col. Thomas E. Collins, U.S. Air Force. Nancy Fassbender, author of My Fallen Hero will also speak. Music by Agape Brass Quintet, baritone Don Engbrecht and Howard Schneider, from Barleens Dinner Theater. There will be a combined massed choir of the Chancel choir from GCUMC, the MountainBrook Village Voices, and the Choir from Our Savior's Lutheran Church singing The Battle Hymn of the Republic! The event is open to the public at no charge. Everyone is asked to please bring at least one non-perishable food item per person. The Gold Canyon United Methodist Church is located at 6640 S. Kings Ranch Road. For more information contact (480) 982-3776 or visit

Sunday, November 11th, Veterans Day Concert Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the WWI Armistice Agreement 
4:00 p.m at the Queen Valley Recreation Hall, 1464 E. Queen Valley Dr. Queen Valley, AZ 85118. The Broken Chair Band presents internationally recognized and acclaimed Mary Kaye in Concert (, a thank you to Veterans! Funds to benefit the 501c3 Freedom-Reins( an equine assisted program that promotes healing for Veterans, active military, first responders, or anyone coming out of human trafficking situations. The Broken Chair Band, known for their original songs from their ranching perspective, calls their music ‘Americowboyfolkgrass’, and will open for Mary Kaye. Available also are merchandise from both artists, representatives and information about Freedom-Reins, and a silent auction of various items, with refreshments before and during intermission. Tickets only at the door, first 300 $10, and children under 12 $5. Doors open at 4 p.m. with first come, first served seating. 

Wednesday, November 14th, Coping With Critters
9:00 a.m., Is your landscape a feast for bugs, birds, rodents, and javelinas? Frustrating as it may be, coping with hungry critters is a part of every garden and landscape. Tom McDonald has years of experience fending off these invasions. Learn what works and what doesn’t in this 90-minute session. All classes are held outdoors and are free of charge. Space is limited to 16 participants per class. Call 480 288 8749 or email to reserve your seat. 

Wednesday, November 14th, Food Truck Roundup
3:30/6:30 p.m., Featuring: The Lobster Lady, Pura Vida, Luna Street Taco, Three Dogs Eatery, and Whip It Good. Visit the Executive Suite's Businesses and Vendors. 6589 S. Kings Ranch Rd.

Friday November 16th, Russian String Orchestra
7:30 p.m., Under the creative baton of founder and music director, Misha Rachlevsky, the Russian String Orchestra creates high energy performances that stay with listeners long after the last note has been played. The audience is uniquely engaged as concertgoers select the compositions and even solists. In addition to playing for their Moscow patrons, the orchestra performs internationally. Presented by the Gold Canyon Arts Council, Canyon Sounds at the Gold Canyon United Methodist Church, 6640 S. Kings Ranch Rd. Contact Canyon Rose Storage for tickets and information (480) 983-2171.

Sunday, November 25th, “Museum Store Sunday”
9:00 a.m./4:00 p.m., Superstition Mountain Museum located at 4087 North Apache Trail will be participating in an international campaign to encourage shoppers to do their holiday shopping at their local museum. The gift shop will be offering a 25 per cent off discount on all types of jewelry, including Native American investment quality pieces that make such special gifts. Combined with the savings in sale taxes at the non-profit museum, this adds up to significant savings. For additional details: or call 480-983-4888.

November 3rd Business Fair
Two Major Celebrations for Veterans
November 11th
November 14th
Food Truck Roundup.