Gold Canyon Community Connection

480-983-2171
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.



January


Wednesday, January 8th, 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 info@smilingdoglandscapes.com to reserve your seat. 

Friday January 11th, George Dyer World Famous Christian Tenor
7:30 p.m. An extraordinary tenor soloist is returning from Branson, MO. at Gold Canyon United Methodist Church. Located at 6640 S. Kings Ranch Road. Everyone is asked to bring a nonperishable food item for the Gold Canyon Food Bank. For more information contact GCUMC (480) 928-3776 or visit www.goldcanyonumc.org.

Saturday January 12th, Superstition Mountain Astronomical League Star Party
6:30 – 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 supermtnastro.com.  

Friday, January 18th, Side Street Strutters Vinyl Jazz: A Century Celebration
7:30 p.m., Travel through a century of Early Jazz, Big Band Swing, and Birdland with one of the USA’s best band playing behind lovely vocalist, Melanie Collins. Feel the rhythms of “Sing, Sing, Sing” and the lush harmonies of “Mood Indigo” and “Stardust”. Powerful arrangements, beautifully crafted for the Strutters, breathe new life into jazz age hits and showcase the extraordinary talents of each performer. 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.

Wednesday, January 23rdCoping 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 info@smilingdoglandscapes.com to reserve your seat

Sunday January 27th, Legacy Quartet
3:00 p.m. Southern Gospel and so much more... World famous! Their 12th appearance! Come early! Located at 6640 S. Kings Ranch Road. Everyone is asked to bring a nonperishable food item for the Gold Canyon Food Bank. For more information contact GCUMC (480) 928-3776 or visit www.goldcanyonumc.org.


February

​Wednesday, February 6th, Garden Walk 
9:00 a.m., Stroll the gardens of Smiling Dog Landscapes with the owner, Tom McDonald, and learn what plants thrive in our Sonoran Desert landscape. This is an opportunity to ask the expert and discover how to keep your plants looking beautiful and healthy! 90 minutes. All classes are held outdoors and are free of charge. Space is limited to 16 participants per class. Call 480 288 8749 or email info@smilingdoglandscapes.com to reserve your seat. 

Friday, February 8th, Rodney Marsalis and the Philadelphia Big Brass
7:30 p.m., In the tradition of the famous horn playing Marsalis brothers, Rodney’s trumpet playing alongside his 6 piece Philadelphia Big Brass ensemble has reverberated throughout the world. Their performances include contemporary popular music, The Power of Love, Brothers on The Battlefield, Baroque-Renaissance, and the John Philip Sousa Project. 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.

Saturday February 9th, Superstition Mountain Astronomical League ‘Star Party’
6:30/9:00 p.m., The Superstition Mountain Astronomical League is hosting an Open House Public Astronomical Observing Session at the Lost Dutchman State Park to augment 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. All events held on a Weather Permitting basis. A $7 per vehicle park entrance fee is assessed by Lost Dutchman State Park, unless you have a pass. To be notified of any schedule changes/additions and for detail information including maps and directions, or to contact us, please visit supermtnastro.com.  

Sunday February 10th, The Incredible Rice Brothers
2:00 p.m. Piano and Cello virtuosi in a “must see” Concert at Gold Canyon United Methodist Church, 6640 S. Kings Ranch Rd. in Gold Canyon. Everyone is asked to bring a nonperishable food item for the Gold Canyon Food Bank. Contact (480) 982-3776 for information.

Sunday, February 17th, Keaton Fine Art "Paint & Wine" Class Theme: Butterflies
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 unpetitmerlot@gmail.com, with the date of attendance and number of people. For more information visit http://ag.arizona.edu/bta/events.html or call (520) 689-2811. You may also email: BTAinfo@ag.arizona.edu.

Sunday February 17th, Erin Downey
2:00 p.m. "The finest handbell soloist I've ever seen!", according to Doug Benton at Gold Canyon United Methodist Church, 6640 S. Kings Ranch Rd. in Gold Canyon. Everyone is asked to bring a nonperishable food item for the Gold Canyon Food Bank. Contact (480) 982-3776 for information.

Wednesday, February 20th, Irrigation Class
9:00 a.m., Tom McDonald and Bill Roe walk participants through the basics of your landscape irrigation system including clock setting, the frequency of watering and small system repairs. 2 ½ hours. Space is limited to 16 participants per class. Call 480 288 8749 or email info@smilingdoglandscapes.com to reserve your seat.

Friday February 22nd, The Lettermen
7:30 p.m. The Letterman are founder Tony Butala, Donovan Tea, and Bobby Poynton. The group's first romantic single, "The Way You Look Tonight," will never be forgotten and their follow-up "When I Fall in Love," reached the Top Ten in late 1961. With their trademark harmony, they have 11 gold records, 5 Grammy Nominations, 32 Billboard Magazine Chart Albums, and over a dozen Top 10 singles. In 1968, the group reached the top again with the medley “Goin' Out of My Head/Can't Take My Eyes Off of You”. 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.

March

Sunday March 3rd, Mac Framton
2:00 p.m. Outstanding concert pianist - with the church's choir!, 6640 S. Kings Ranch Rd. in Gold Canyon. Everyone is asked to bring a nonperishable food item for the Gold Canyon Food Bank. Contact (480) 982-3776 for information.

Wednesday, March 6th, 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 info@smilingdoglandscapes.com to reserve your seat. 

Saturday March 9th, NAU Shrine of the Ages Chorale & Harter Handbells
7:30 p.m. A truly outstanding and unique performance, 6640 S. Kings Ranch Rd. in Gold Canyon. Everyone is asked to bring a nonperishable food item for the Gold Canyon Food Bank. Contact (480) 982-3776 for information.

Sunday, March 16th, Keaton Fine Art "Paint & Wine" Class Theme: Honey Bees
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 unpetitmerlot@gmail.com, with the date of attendance and number of people. For more information visit http://ag.arizona.edu/bta/events.html or call (520) 689-2811. You may also email: BTAinfo@ag.arizona.edu.

Friday March 22nd, O Sole Trio
7:30 p.m. This uniquely talented classical crossover trio features soprano Erin Shields, baritone Giuseppe Spoletini, and the versatile David Shenon who sings and simultaneously plays piano and violin! O Sole Trio's shows have innovative arrangements and their lush mesmerizing voices breathe new life into popular favorites. They have taken concert halls by storm! 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 March 24th, Annual Spring Concert at GCUMC
2:00 p.m. Featuring all of Doug Benton's musical groups and his final concert at 6640 S. Kings Ranch Rd. in Gold Canyon. Everyone is asked to bring a nonperishable food item for the Gold Canyon Food Bank. Contact (480) 982-3776 for information.

Wednesday, March 27th, 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 info@smilingdoglandscapes.com to reserve your seat. 

Friday March 29th, Bach and Sons Organ & Multimedia Event
7:30 p.m. The Gold Canyon Arts Council is hosting a special event to contribute to the fundraiser for the Pipes for the organ at Gold Canyon United Methodist Church, 6640 S. Kings Ranch Rd. This is a live organ performance with multi-media performed by Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist and David Jordan, media artist. It is the story of Johann Sebastian Bach and his family. David Jordan's media talents bring the story to life visually. Contact Canyon Rose Storage at (480) 983-2171 or the church at (480) 982-3776 for tickets and information.

April

Sunday April 14th, Eggstravaganza!
3:00-5:00 p.m., For kids, families and the entire community at Gold Canyon United Methodist Church, 6640 S. Kings Ranch Rd. in Gold Canyon. Everyone is asked to bring a nonperishable food item for the Gold Canyon Food Bank. Contact (480) 982-3776 for information.

Thursday April 18th, Maundy Thursday Service
7:00 p.m., With special music by the Choir, and Communion at Gold Canyon United Methodist Church, 6640 S. Kings Ranch Rd. in Gold Canyon. Everyone is asked to bring a nonperishable food item for the Gold Canyon Food Bank. Contact (480) 982-3776 for information.

Friday April 19th, Good Friday Service
7:00 p.m., With special music by the Choir and Organ at Gold Canyon United Methodist Church, 6640 S. Kings Ranch Rd. in Gold Canyon. Everyone is asked to bring a nonperishable food item for the Gold Canyon Food Bank. Contact (480) 982-3776 for information.

Sunday April 21st, Easter Sunrise Worship
6:00 a.m., In the north parking lot with Special Music and Communion at Gold Canyon United Methodist Church, 6640 S. Kings Ranch Rd. in Gold Canyon. Everyone is asked to bring a nonperishable food item for the Gold Canyon Food Bank. Contact (480) 982-3776 for information.

Sunday April 21st, Easter Festival Services
8:00 a.m./9:30 a.m., With Choir, Handbells, Brass, Timpani and Organ at Gold Canyon United Methodist Church, 6640 S. Kings Ranch Rd. in Gold Canyon. Everyone is asked to bring a nonperishable food item for the Gold Canyon Food Bank. Contact (480) 982-3776 for information.

Sunday April 21st, Easter Praise Service
10:50 a.m., With Uncommon Grace leading worship at Gold Canyon United Methodist Church, 6640 S. Kings Ranch Rd. in Gold Canyon. Everyone is asked to bring a nonperishable food item for the Gold Canyon Food Bank. Contact (480) 982-3776 for information.

Sunday 21st, Easter Country/Western Service
5:00 p.m., Country/Western Celebration at Gold Canyon United Methodist Church, 6640 S. Kings Ranch Rd. in Gold Canyon. Everyone is asked to bring a nonperishable food item for the Gold Canyon Food Bank. Contact (480) 982-3776 for information.

May

June

Saturday June 1st, Superstition Mountain Astronomical League ‘Star Party’
8:00/10:00 p.m., The Superstition Mountain Astronomical League is hosting an Open House Public Astronomical Observing Session at the Lost Dutchman State Park to augment 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. All events held on a Weather Permitting basis. A $7 per vehicle park entrance fee is assessed by Lost Dutchman State Park, unless you have a pass. To be notified of any schedule changes/additions and for detail information including maps and directions, or to contact us, please visit supermtnastro.com.  

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