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Arizona Centennial Events: Arizona Centennial Events For This Week

Arizona Centennial Events: Arizona turns 100, if you’re looking for a way to celebrate check out the following events.

Centennial Marriage Event

In honor of the Valentine State, get married on Arizona’s 100th statehood day – Tuesday, February 14, 2012! To celebrate Arizona’s Statehood Centennial, the Arizona Supreme Court and Arizona’s Clerks of Superior Court are co-hosting a marriage event on the grounds of the Arizona Courts Building, across the street from Wesley Bolin Plaza. Arizona State Courts Building, 1501 W. Washington

100 Years of Arizona: Collectibles, Cowboys & Curiosities

Join Grand Canyon Planning Associations on Friday, Feb. 17 between 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. for their grand opening celebration. Guests will have the opportunity to meet the owners, explore the location, enjoy an all day barbeque and see the employer’s collection of Arizona memorabilia filling the halls of their offices. Arizona’s Official State Historian Marshall Trimble will be speaking and in attendance between 4:00 p.m. and 8:00p.m. along with International award-winning trick roper Loop Rawlins performing at 11:00a.m. The celebration will be held at 9035 E. Mountain View Rd., Scottsdale.

100 Years of Arizona at Work

Visit the Alliance Bank Centennial Photographic Exhibit featuring historical photographs depicting 100 years of Arizona’s economic growth. The collection includes small business owners, workers and people entrepreneurs in the industries and infrastructure that has helped shape Arizona into what it is today. Join them in the main floor of their CityScape headquarters located at One East Washington Street, Phoenix open Monday to Friday through February.

14th Annual Square Dance Festival – Happy 100th Birthday Arizona

Dance the weekend away at St Joan of Arc Catholic Church for their 14th Annual Square Dance Festival on Feb. 17 and 18. A special appearance will be made by Rex Allen Jr. who will be singing “I love you Arizona” as part of a mini concert on Saturday night. Tickets are $45 for dancers and $15 for spectators. It’s located at 3801 E. Greenway Road, Phoenix.

Ironic Arizona

Don’t miss Ironic Arizona celebrating the Arizona Centennial with photographs from the Center for Creative Photography.  Take a visual tour of the state’s famous places and iconic symbols, from the Grand Canyon to the Hoover Dam, and from the majestic saguaro to San Xavier del Bac. November 12, 2011 – March 4, 2012 at the Phoenix Art Museum 1625 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix.

Glendale Folk and Heritage Festival

Event hours 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 24-25. A celebration of folk music, its history and culture. Over 150 performers featuring everything from folk and bluegrass music to cowboy poetry and storytelling! Six performance venues including an Arizona Centennial venue. location Sahuaro Ranch Historical Area, 9802 N. 59th Ave. Glendale. Schedule of Events

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Arizona Centennial Events: Where Will You Be?

Arizona is celebrating its 100th birthday February 14, 2012 — so where will you be? Check out what’s happening around the state for the Arizona Centennial.

Arizona Centennial Events:

Central Arizona

Arizona Centennial Best Fest, Phoenix

Arizona Centennial Best Fest will take place in downtown Phoenix and include an “Arizona World’s Fair” exhibit, kids zone, performance stages and food stations hosted by some of the best Arizona restaurants, wineries and breweries. Admission is free.

Saturday, February 11 from noon to 10 p.m.
Sunday, February 12 from noon to 6 p.m.

Arizona State Capitol
1700 W. Washington Street

A Tale of Two Cities Parade & Festival, Goodyear & Avondale

The cities of Goodyear and Avondale will host a joint parade on Saturday, February 25. The parade will celebrate Arizona’s Centennial with floats, bands, vintage cars, horses, gymnastic troops and dance troops and will begin at 10 a.m. on Litchfield Road; travel east on Thomas Road and end at Dysart Road.

Carefree Sundial Centennial Time Capsule, Carefree

The Carefree Sundial is the largest sundial in Arizona. In honor of the Arizona Centennial, Carefree will place a Centennial Time Capsule into the Sundial that will be opened in 2059, the Sundial’s Centennial. The placing of this capsule will be held on February 14th at the Sundial.

Fandango! Arizona Gala

This centennial gala will be held by the Arizona Centennial Commission. Cocktails, dinner, silent auctions and appearances by Hugh Downs, Harvey Mackay, Rex Allen Jr., Gov. Jan Brewer and former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor will be part of this celebration. Tickets start at $250. The gala will take place on Tuesday, February 14 at 5:30 p.m.

Phoenix Convention Center
North Ballroom, Third and Jefferson streets

Mesa Takes Flight Festival

This celebration features aviation and aerospace. Fun activities, such as an interactive Flight-O-Vation performance, a paper-airplane competition and an original play about the Wright brothers, will be part of the festival. Admission is free.

Friday, February 10 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m
Saturday, February 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday, February 12 from noon to 4 p.m.

Mesa Arts Center
1 E. Main Street
(480) 644-6500

Northern Arizona

Arizona Centennial Train and Centennial Sweetheart Dinner, Williams/Grand Canyon

Never been on a train? Never been to the Grand Canyon? This is your chance to ride a 1923 Harriman coach to one of the seven natural world wonders. After the train ride, treat yourself to a Centennial Sweetheart Dinner at the Sultana Theatre, built in 1912. Proceeds from the dinner will be donated to the local Historical Society. Train departs at 9:30 a.m.,  dinner will be held at 6 p.m.

Tuesday, February 14
Call (928) 635-0273 for reservations
Tickets are $50 per person

Great Pine Cone Lowering for Centennial Statehood Day, Flagstaff

On February 14, the Weatherford Hotel will repeat its New Year’s Eve festivities by lowering the Great Pine Cone at 7 p.m. This will be followed by a LED light show of the state colors in celebration of Arizona’s 100th birthday.

Arizona Centennial Quilt Project 100 Years — 100 Quilts Exhibit, Sedona

The 100 Quilts Exhibit will showcase 100 quilts entered from around the state. Each quilt is unique and most represent the communities the quilters live in. The highlight of the exhibit will be the Arizona Centennial Quilt.

February 18, 2012 – December 2012

Arizona Historical Society Museum
949 East Second Street

Sedona International Film Festival

The Sedona International Film Festival will feature “100 Years of Film in Arizona.” The film festival is a celebration of independent film from around the world. More than 145 films will be featured during this nine-day festival (February 18-26). For ticket information call (928) 282-1177.

Southern Arizona

Tucson Symphony Orchestra: Arizona Centennial Celebration

The Tucson Symphony Orchestra will celebrate Arizona’s 100th birthday with a program of music, dance, spoken word and a performance by R. Carlos Nakai — the world’s premier performer of the Native American flute.

Friday, February 10 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, February 12 at 2 p.m.

Tucson Symphony Center
2175 North Sixth Avenue
(520) 882-8585

Arizona’s Centennial Celebration, Tucson

Taste colonial food and listen to historical stories about Tucson. Parking will be free on the nearby streets. This event takes place on Saturday, February 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Tucson Presidio
133 W. Washington

Tucson Gem & Mineral Show

The largest gem and mineral show in the United States will celebrate the Arizona Centennial the weekend of February 9 – 12. The show is open to the public and will offer educational exhibits. Proceeds from the show will be used to support mineral knowledge and appreciation. Tickets may be ordered through ticketmaster.com] or by calling (800) 745-3000.

Thursday, February 9 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday, February 10 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday, February 11 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, February 12 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Tucson Convention Center
260 South Church Avenue

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Gov. Brewer Kicks Off Year-Long Countdown To Centennial

Gov. Jan Brewer today recognized Arizona’s 99th Statehood anniversary and formally launched the Countdown to Centennial campaign Celebrate the Arizona Experience,” a year-long commemoration with activities and events that will culminate on Arizona’s official centennial date, Feb. 14, 2012.

Brewer, along with state dignitaries, business leaders and community representatives, kicked off the event at the State Capitol.  Local students were also present to show support of the CENTennial Penny Drive, a children’s legacy project to raise funds to shine the Arizona Capitol Dome to its original luster.

Additionally, more than 60 exhibitors were on the Senate Lawn to provide the public with a look into the variety of statewide activities planned for Arizona’s centennial celebration.

“I invite all Arizonans to participate in the state’s Centennial Countdown that begins today with our 99th Statehood Day,”  Brewer said. “I encourage you to take a moment to learn about Arizona history, enjoy our beautiful parks, and explore the vast beauty of our rural and Native American communities.

“Like our ancestors, we, too, have a responsibility to secure the legacy of an independent, healthy and spirited Arizona for our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren for another hundred years. ”

Arizona Business Magazine, AZRE Magazine and Aznow.biz also plan to celebrate Arizona’s centennial with special features and on-line content over the next year.

Statewide centennial preparations currently underway include:
  • Arizona Centennial Museum. In conjunction with the State of Arizona and the Arizona Historical Society, the interactive museum will showcase the past, present and future of Arizona.
  • Washington Street as Centennial Way. In conjunction with the City of Phoenix, this project enhances Washington Street highlighting many of the historical elements and buildings along the path.
  • CENTennial Penny Drive. Arizona’s K-12 school children and their teachers save pennies to clean the Capitol’s copper dome to its original shine.
  • Centennial Tree Project. This project engages cities, counties, schools, churches organizations and citizens to plant trees that will last into the next century.
  • Centennial Challenge. A volunteer service campaign project in collaboration with the Governor’s Office of Children, Youth and Families and its Volunteer Commission.
  • Team Centennial. Offering patches and pins to high school and college students awarded for participating in activities commemorating the Centennial.

Events include:
  • Arizona Centennial Copper Chopper. Designed by renowned, Phoenix-based Paul Yaffe, the Arizona Centennial Copper Chopper is currently touring the state.
  • Union Pacific Steam Locomotive Tour. The historic locomotive No. 844 will roll through Southern Arizona and Phoenix in November.
  • Centennial Best Fest. A “Best of Arizona” series of festivals to honor the state’s diverse culture, art and more, to be held in Prescott, Tucson and Phoenix.
  • Mormon Tabernacle Choir. The choir will perform Feb. 10 and 11, 2012, commemorating Arizona’s Centennial.
  • Happy Birthday Arizona! A day long series of events and commemorations on Arizona’s 100th Statehood Day – Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012.

For more information and opportunities to participate, please visit www.AZ100YEARS.org.