Join the City of Apache Junction Parks & Recreation on Saturday, December 5th for a NEW take on our annual FREE Light Parade! We are switching up our annual Light Parade this year due to the current situation, but we are keeping our Holiday Spirit and are just going to host a Reverse Light Parade! The event will take place on North Apache Trail in front of Flatiron Community Park from 7:00pm - 8:30pm. This will be a drive-thru experience for families with all of the floats staged on both sides of the road in the adjacent street parking.

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Saturday, December 5, 2020 (All day)
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Date: 
Wednesday, November 25, 2020 - 5:00pm to 10:00pm

The dazzling Glendale Glitters lights are up and ready to shine during this upcoming holiday season. We’re excited for everyone to come to downtown Glendale, walk around and enjoy our spectacular display of 1.7 million lights illuminating 16 blocks. The lights will twinkle nightly from  5 p.m. – 10 p.m. starting 11/25/2020  through 1/9/2021.

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Saturday, December 12, 2020 - 9:00am to 6:00pm
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 Have you ever wondered why leaves change color in the fall? Have you ever noticed that when they change color they flutter to the ground? Well, behind all the color changing there is some science involved.

First, the pigments (yellow, orange and other colors in a leaf) have been there the whole time, but the chlorophyll (the green color in a leaf) takes over and the pigments become invisible because green is the strongest color. In fall, the chlorophyll breaks down and you can see other colors or pigments.

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 I enjoyed interviewing a veteran and I learned a lot. In the military, he is known as Chaplain (Major) Danny Hughes, United States Army. One becomes a veteran after they have served a deployment. A deployment is serving the military in a different country. This can be a war zone, where fighting is taking place.

Chaplain Hughes is active duty (still in the Army), has served in the Army for 12 years and was deployed for one. He served in Jordan, Syria and Kuwait. His call to serve was in response to the 9/11 attacks in 2001. He wanted to help defend his country.

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Shannon Yturraspe from Coyote Ridge Elementary - Teacher of the Month
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Shannon Yturraspe is a special education teacher at Coyote Ridge Elementary. Yturraspe has been a teacher for four years and has worked at the school for over 10 years. She was an educational assistant in the autism program, then decided to get her teaching degree. 

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Doing our part to reduce, reuse, recycle header. globe art blending into grassy field.
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10 RECYCLING ACTIVITIES FOR FAMILIES

Play a game to practice which items can be recycled and which are waste. Make a bird feeder from recycled materials. Paint the Reduce Recycle Reuse symbol. Make recycling bins and practice sorting. Use cereal boxes or greeting cards to make a... Read more

Cardboard cutout of reindeer.Whether you are looking for something fun to do at home, or you are planning your holiday gifts, now is a perfect time to get crafty! A handmade gift shows you care and lets the recipient enjoy a unique creation that has your personal stamp on it.

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Amy Coney Barrett in judge's robe
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Image: wikimedia.org/Rachael Malehorn

Amy Coney Barrett was sworn in as the newest justice of the United States Supreme Court on Oct. 27.

The Supreme Court dates all the way back to 1789! Article III of the United States Constitution establishes the federal judiciary and allows... Read more

Nitrogen shoots from the collection head to stir things up!
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Nitrogen shoots from the collection head to stir things up!

After almost two years of orbiting and carefully studying Bennu, an ancient asteroid that’s 205 million miles from Earth, the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has DEFTLY reached out and grabbed a sample of dirt and rock on Oct... Read more

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