About Town December E-Newsletter
Mammography Screenings Available at Town Hall- Dec. 5
Mobile On-Site Mammography (MOM) will be coming to Queen Creek on Wednesday, Dec. 5 from 6:30 a.m. to noon to offer the newest digital Mammography technology for early detection breast cancer screenings.
Exams will take place at Queen Creek Town Hall, located at 22350 S. Ellsworth Road. Appointments are required; contact MOM at 480-967-3767 to schedule an appointment. Please have your insurance card available when scheduling. Find out more information here.
QC Kid’s Christmas Car Show and Toy Drive- Dec. 8
The Queen Creek Family Resource Center will host the 10th Annual Queen Creek Kid’s Christmas Car Show and Toy Drive on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Desert Mountain Park (22201 S. Hawes Road). Vintage, classic and collectible cars will be featured during the event and proceeds will go towards the Queen Creek Family Resource Center. Learn more.
A Night of Hope- Dec. 13
Calling all tweens and teens for a night of fun in the park! Queen Creek youth is invited to attend a free event hosted by Banner Ironwood Medical Center, the Town of Queen Creek and Teen Link at Mansel Carter Oasis Park (19535 E. Appleby Road) on Thursday, Dec. 13 starting at 6:30 p.m. on the multipurpose field. Participants will be encouraged to meet new friends, participate in team building and discussion activities, all while enjoying free treats and hot cocoa.
Coffee with a Cop- Dec. 15
Come meet your local Maricopa County Deputies at Coffee with a Cop on Saturday, Dec. 15 from 9 -11 a.m. at the Queen Creek Target. Discuss community issues and build relationships while enjoying a cup of coffee. The event will also include festivities for the kids including McGruff the crime dog, operation Child ID fingerprinting, and lots of giveaways. For additional information, please contact MCSO Community Services at 602-876-5055 or MCSO@queencreek.org.
MCSO Provides Holiday Safety Tips
Stay alert and avoid distractions during holiday shopping to reduce your risk of becoming a victim this holiday season.
• Look confident and walk with purpose.
• Keep your vehicle locked and do not leave valuables in your car.
• Be aware of your surroundings, especially when leaving and approaching your vehicle.
• Limit the use of cell phones and devices when in public areas.
• Only do business with companies you know and only shop on secure websites.
Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office – District 6 Queen Creek also encourages residents to be courteous this holiday season. Slow down, especially when driving and use extra caution in parking lots. Leave plenty of room when parking and be patient. The holiday season should be a time of joy and celebration, so look out for one another.
Town Offices Closed – Dec. 25 and Jan. 1
The Town of Queen Creek offices and Recreation Annex will close on Tuesday, Dec. 25 in celebration of Christmas and on Tuesday, Jan. 1 in celebration of the New Year. The closures will not affect any public safety or emergency services. If you have a water, sewer or streets emergency during the closure, please call 480-358-3131.
Trash and recycling services will be impacted by the holidays for residents in Zone 2 and 3:
Residents in Zone 2 will be delayed until Thursday, Dec. 27 and Thursday, Jan. 3
Residents in Zone 3 will be delayed until Friday, Dec. 28 and Friday, Jan. 4
Bulk Trash- Residents in Zone 1 will be delayed until Thursday, Jan. 3
Residents will need to have their carts out by 6 a.m. on their scheduled day for service. As a reminder, bulk trash services can be scheduled online at QueenCreek.org/BulkTrash.
Holiday Recycling- Jan. 5 and 12
Save the date for Christmas tree recycling on Saturday, Jan. 5 and 12. Live Christmas trees, electronics, appliances and latex or water-based paint will be accepted from 8 a.m. to noon at the Queen Creek Field Operations Facility, at 19715 S. 220th St. (off 220th Street, north of Queen Creek Road behind Barney Family Sports Complex). The event is open to Queen Creek residents with a current Town of Queen Creek trash and recycling account- please bring a copy of your water bill. Tires and household hazardous waste (HHW) will NOT be accepted. You can also schedule a bulk pick-up for your Christmas tree online. Learn more.
The Town also offers a free cooking oil recycling program. The used oil is collected and turned into clean biodiesel fuel. The collection receptacle is available year-round at Fire Station 2 located at 24787 S. Sossaman Road.
Bring • Shop • Win
Thousands of paper and plastic shopping bags end up in the landfill every year. You can help reduce that number by bringing your own reusable bags! Take the pledge to bring your own reusable bags when shopping and enter for a chance to win $200 in gift cards from Queen Creek Marketplace. Learn more.
Water-Smart Workshop- Jan. 12
While it’s still cool, learn how to plan and implement the perfect shading techniques for your home, garden or outdoor space on Saturday, Jan. 12 from 9–10:30 a.m. at Historic Town Hall (22358 S. Ellsworth Road). The class is FREE to Town of Queen Creek utility customers, but advanced registration is required as space is limited. Register here.
Maricopa Residents Eligible for a $75 Voucher towards a New Propane Fire Pit
A combination of wood burning and stagnant weather conditions can create poor air quality during the winter season. In an effort to reduce smoke produced by outdoor wood burning fire pits, the Maricopa County Air Quality Department has created a Propane Fire Pit Program in partnership with the Arizona Propane Gas Association and Home Depot. Find out if you are eligible to receive a $75 voucher towards the purchase of a new outdoor propane fire pit. Learn more.
QCFMD Encourages a Safe and Happy Holiday Season
The Queen Creek Fire and Medical Department offers the following safety tips to reduce the risk of fire this holiday season:
Select a fresh tree and water it daily.
Replace lights that are worn or have broken cords.
Turn the tree lights off before leaving or going to bed.
Keep anything that can catch fire away from the stovetop.
If you have a pan fire, place a lid on the pan and turn the burner off.
Never leave space heaters unattended.
Do not plug extension cords into one another.
Install working smoke detectors on every level of the home, and outside of each sleeping area.
As a reminder, sparklers and novelty fireworks are only allowed for use within the Town of Queen Creek from Dec. 24 – Jan. 3. They are only allowed on private property, and individuals who use, discharge or ignite permissible consumer fireworks are responsible and liable for expenses as a result of any emergency response that is required by such use, discharge or ignition. Learn more.
What Not to Flush
Are you guilty of using the toilet as a trashcan? While we know it’s tempting to flush everything down the toilet, doing so causes damage to septic tanks and the Town’s wastewater treatment infrastructure. Nothing but human waste should be flushed down the toilet. It’s as simple as that!
Baby wipes and hygiene wipes are increasingly popular. Although some of these brands might say they are flushable on the box, they are wreaking havoc on sewer systems across the country. If you use these items, please throw them away in the trash can.
Please do not flush these items. Doing so can easily turn into an expensive mistake when you have to call a plumber to snake your toilet. Applying this practice can help reduce the chances of costly repairs to both you and your community!
Dormant Bermuda Watering Guidelines
Dormant Bermuda only requires water once every 15 to 30 days from December through March. Water to the depth of 6 to 10 inches. The trick is to water deeply and less often. Winter Rye grass requires a deep watering once every 7 to 14 days. You can reduce your landscape watering 30 to 50 percent by adjusting your irrigation each season! Learn more.
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