Queen Creek Wash Ribbon Cutting
Members of Town Council celebrated the ribbon cutting of the new Queen Creek Wash Trail with residents on Oct. 17. Vice Mayor Julia Wheatley gave opening remarks on how the trail helps encourage a healthy lifestyle.
"I am so excited for the next extension of the Queen Creek Wash Trail. My family and I really enjoy using the wash trail system and I know many residents do as well. The trail connects over 20 areas of our Town including Town Center, employment and academic areas, schools, the municipal complex, 2 town parks, 3 subdivision parks, and 10 subdivisions representing over 15,000 residents. This extensive trail system allows residents to enjoy the outdoors and stay active which results in a healthier community." - Vice Mayor Wheatley
Queen Creek Performing Arts Center Celebration
Vice Mayor Wheatley and Council members Craig Barnes, Robin Benning, Jeff Brown and Emilena Turley celebrated the new renovations at the Queen Creek Performing Arts Center on Oct. 19. The event, which was open to the public, featured a performance by the band Firefly.
Trunk or Treat
Nearly 10,000 people attended the Town's annual Halloween festival Trunk or Treat and members of Town Council were there to help celebrate. Mayor Gail Barney and Vice Mayor Julia Wheatley presented the annual Trunk awards at the end of the night and Council member Jeff Brown was a judge for the Canine Costume Contest. Council members Craig Barnes, Dawn Oliphant and Emilena Turley were also in attendance.
Vintage & Vino
Mayor Barney and Council members Craig Barnes, Robin Benning, Jeff Brown and Dawn Oliphant attended Vintage & Vino at Horseshoe Park & Equestrian Centre.
Visit Mesa in China
Mayor Barney with Kin Moy, the U.S. Ambassador to Taiwan
"From October 10 through 20, I joined a delegation representing Visit North America on a sales mission to China and Taiwan. Marnie Schubert, our director of Communications, and Kimberly Freer, the Senior Vice President of Visit Mesa were also part of the group, which also included representatives from states like Georgia, Minnesota and Louisiana, cities including Monterey, San Francisco, Syracuse, and Atlanta, and organizations including Macy's, Mall of America and Universal Studios. We had meetings with around 100 travel operators in the cities of Shanghai, Chengdu and She-an in China, as well as in Taipei, Taiwan.
"The Asian market has great potential for us to grow our tourism base, which means the possibility of tremendous visitation to our local businesses and sales tax revenue for our community. I have to say that my Western wear was a big attraction to the groups we met with since the Chinese have a fondness for American cowboys. They were very excited to learn about our community, and we received commitments from several of the companies to feature Mesa/Queen Creek as a destination on their websites. In partnering with Mesa and Gilbert, we're able to package the American Southwest as a premier destination for visitors, which is a wide-open opportunity as they weren't familiar with our state.
"Our efforts to attract visitors to the community have been well-received, and I would expect to start seeing quite a few more tourists to Queen Creek very soon. I'm excited for all of us to welcome them with open arms and show them some of our Queen Creek hospitality!"
Pan de Vida Celebration
Vice Mayor Julia Wheatley at the Pan de Vida Celebration on Oct. 10
Crowning of America's US Miss
"On October 3, I attended the crowning for America’s U.S. Miss Scholarship Program. It was a great event to honor, recognize, and encourage several young ladies for their academic achievement, volunteer service, and character." - Council member Jeff Brown
Coffee with a Cop
"I spoke with McGruff the Crime Dog at the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Coffee with a Cop event and he wanted me to remind folks to be sure their car doors are locked every night! He said that would help 'Take a Bite Out of Crime!'" - Council member Jeff Brown
Pita Pit Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Council member Dawn Oliphant celebrating Pita Pit's ribbon cutting