About Town December E-Newsletter
Drive to Arrive in Queen Creek
Distracted, aggressive driving and speeding are three of the most common factors in traffic collisions in Queen Creek. Don't end up on Santa's naughty list. Slow down, avoid distractions and use common courtesy to drive to arrive!
Holiday Festival and Parade- Dec. 7
Presented by Rodeo Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Ram, an Earnhardt Dealership, this annual community event, hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Queen Creek and Queen Creek Chamber of Commerce, is a family friendly way to celebrate the season with friends and neighbors! Attendees will enjoy craft vendors, food vendors, live entertainment, activities, an exciting parade, photos with Santa and so much more. Learn more.
QC Kid's Christmas Car Show and Toy Drive- Dec. 14
Visit Desert Mountain Park (22201 S. Hawes Rd.) on Saturday, Dec. 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a vintage, classic and collectible car show to benefit less fortunate children with toys for Christmas. This event is hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Queen Creek and the Family Resource Center.
Winter Reading Program at the Queen Creek Library- Starts Dec. 16
Discover new things as you Branch Out with Maricopa County Library District’s Winter Reading Program for adults. From Dec. 16 until Feb. 16, read 500 minutes to be automatically entered for a chance to win prizes! Sign-up online at winter.mcldaz.org or in-person at the Queen Creek Library. ¡También en español!
Play Pickleball at the QC Parks & Rec Annex- Dec. 17
What's all the racket about? Drop-in for a game of pickleball from 10 a.m. until noon at the QC Parks and Recreation Annex (21802 S. Ellsworth Rd.). Spots are available on a first-come first-served basis, so get there early! Learn more.
Town Offices Closed- Dec. 25 and Jan. 1
The Town of Queen Creek offices and Recreation Annex will close on Wednesday, Dec. 25 in celebration of Christmas and on Wednesday, 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. 26 and Thursday, Jan. 2
Residents in Zone 3 will be delayed until Friday, Dec. 27 and Friday, Jan. 3
Bulk Trash- Residents in Zone 1 will be delayed until Thursday, Jan. 2
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.
QC Recycles- Jan. 4 & 11
Mark your calendars for Saturday, Jan. 4 and Saturday, Jan. 11 from 8 a.m to noon and drop off the following items:
- Live Christmas trees
- Latex & acrylic paints
- Documents to shred
The QC Recycles events will be located 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.
Smart Controller Workshop- Jan. 25
Registration is now open for the free Smart Controller Water-Smart Workshop on Saturday, Jan. 25 from 9 a.m. until noon. A new generation of products are available that will automatically adjust your irrigation schedule based on actual site and weather conditions. These controllers can prevent irrigation when it rains, apply more water to your landscape during unexpected hot and dry spells and automatically adjust watering to reduce runoff from slopes. Learn how this new technology can help save up to 30% on your landscape watering. This class will show you how the different models work and how they are set up so you can feel confident you’ll choose the best one for your landscape needs. Register today!
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. All aerial fireworks are illegal. Learn more.
Paying Your Utility Bill Online
The Town does not charge a fee to process online utility payments. You can access the Town’s payment portal from QueenCreek.org. The Doxo Utility site is not affiliated with the Town. This is a third-party payment processing vendor. If you use this service, or any other third-party site, you may be charged a fee by that site and also may experience a delay in processing your payment.
$75 Voucher Towards 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 by visiting cleanairmakemore.com.
What Not to Flush
Are you guilty of using the toilet as a trash can? 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 and toilet paper 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!
- Cooking grease
- Dental floss
- Q-tips/cotton balls
- Paper towels/tissues
- Cat litter
- Acidic or caustic substances
- Cigarette butts
Kindergarten Countdown Begins- Jan. 23
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