Heritage, Arts, Culture, Education - Amenities, Attractions and Community Listings

Arizona Broadway Theatre
7701 W. Paradise Lane
Peoria, AZ 85382

Arizona Broadway Theatre is Dinner Theatre Redefined! Each of our shows is complemented by a specially designed menu filled with savory appetizer, entrée and dessert options prepared fresh for each production – all enjoyed in an elegant sit-down dining atmosphere with crisp table linens and a professional wait staff ready to assist you. Our productions are recognized as the best in Arizona with talented performers handpicked from auditions held in New York City and right here in Phoenix. All aspects of our shows are designed and produced in-house, making ABT one of the largest producers of live theatre in the state.

Arizona Broadway Theatre is into their 12th season, including Jesus Christ Superstar, Beauty and the Beast, Shrek the Musical and more!

Brelby Theatre Company
7154 N 58th Drive
Glendale, AZ 85301

Brelby Theatre Company is a place to provide directors, writers, designers and actors with a safe environment to enhance their creative abilities and explore their talents through the creation of live theatre. Brelby produces a variety of styles of theatre, and takes pride in being a resource for local playwrights to showcase their work.

Buckeye Main Street Coalition
423 E. Monroe Ave.
Buckeye, AZ 85326

The Buckeye Main Street Coalition is the organization established under the AZ Main Street program to represent the downtown Buckeye community in all matters relating to revitalization of the downtown area. Its work includes economic development of the area, historic preservation, beautification and business assistance.

The Buckeye Main Street Coalition serves as the voice of the people and businesses of downtown Buckeye in carrying out projects funded from the Town's Revitalization Program, established by ordinance in 1995. Membership is open to any business, individual, institution or organization that supports the objective of creating and maintaining an economically, socially, culturally and historically viable downtown Buckeye.

Cerreta Candy Company
5345 W. Glendale Ave.
Glendale, AZ 85301

Glendale’s hometown Chocolate Company where the owners delight in giving 30-minute tours Monday through Thursday, during which visitors receive samples. Self-guided tours are available every day but Sunday. Just before Valentine's Day, Cerreta sponsors the annual three-day Chocolate Affaire, where the delectable, sweet stuff is on display in many forms, including Arizona's largest chocolate heart, ranging upward of 300 pounds.

Hours: Shop hours Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Watch candy being made Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Challenger Space Center
21170 N. 83rd Ave.
Peoria, AZ 85382

The Challenger Space Center is Arizona's only museum dedicated to space and space exploration. Come view hundreds of artifacts and exhibits from America's past NASA launches and space missions, or take part in one of the center's simulated space missions, where you will assume the roles of mission control specialists and astronauts aboard the Center's $1 million simulated International Space Station, much like the one orbiting Earth today! Monthly themed activities include stargazing, indoor planetarium, family fun days, special guest speakers, summer and holiday day camps and more. Available for private and corporate parties, weddings, anniversary receptions, too!

GFWC Glendale Woman’s Club
7032 N. 56th Ave.
Glendale, AZ 85301
Mailing Address:
PO Box 684
Glendale, AZ 85311

The Glendale Woman’s Club played an important part in the social and cultural development of Glendale. Started in 1901 as the “Self Culture Club,” the Woman’s Club raised money for the first city library and city parks. The Glendale Woman’s Club building is also one of the best examples of the Craftsman Bungalow style in Glendale. The club hired Thornton Fitzhugh, a prominent Arizona architect and brother of the Glendale Methodist Church’s architect, to design the building. Contractors imported California redwood for the building, which the club dedicated in 1913. In addition to Woman’s Club activities, the building was the largest meeting hall in the community. The club still owns and uses the building. The Glendale Woman’s Club is available for events ranging from get-togethers and reunions to meetings and wedding receptions.

Desert Botanical Garden
1201 N. Galvin Parkway
Phoenix, AZ 85008

The Desert Botanical Garden is a living museum featuring more than 50,000 plants including rare, threatened and endangered species. Enjoy the many activities we offer such as specialized workshops, seasonal exhibits, special events, concerts and the opportunity to shop for unique items in our gift and plant shop.


West Valley Arts Council
13243 N. Founders Ave.
Surprise, AZ 85379

The West Valley Arts Council enriches the West Valley by growing a vibrant, connected arts and culture community. WVAC is the only regional organization that focuses on all disciplines of the arts and programs over 100 events annually including: performances, exhibits, lectures and professional development for arts teachers, artists and art organizations.


West Valley Symphony

Led by Maestro Cal Stewart Kellogg, an accomplished symphonic and opera conductor, the West Valley Symphony offers an opportunity to experience fine classical music. Concerts from November through March on Sundays, 3:00 p.m. at Valley Vista Performing Arts Center, 15550 N. Parkview Place in Surprise.

For up to date information, including the 2016-2017 season, visit


WHAM Art Association
16560 N. Dysart Rd.
Surprise, AZ 85374

WHAM (What's Happenin' Art Movement) is a non-profit art organization committed to promote art through exhibits, classes, events, art walks, gallery and public art in the West Valley.

Arizona Doll & Toy Museum
5847 W. Myrtle Ave.
Glendale, AZ 85301
View the wide variety of dolls and toys from yesteryear, as well as familiar modern playthings. Don't miss the authentic schoolroom of 1912 featuring antique doll students. And make your last stop the gift shop filled with specialty items!

Open Tuesday through Saturday 10am – 4pm

Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve (formerly Rock Art Center)

This archaeology museum and 47-acre Sonoran Desert preserve is home to one of the largest concentration of Native American petroglyphs in the Phoenix area. Explore the interpretive center to learn about the petroglyphs and the people who created them; then, follow the ¼ mile trail to view the spectacular rock art. Open to the public, the Will Bruder-designed facility serves as the primary exhibition space for Arizona State University’s Center for Archaeology and Society. Open Tues-Sat 9 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

Hours: October-April: Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (last admission for trail is 3:45 p.m.), May-September: 8:00 a.m.-2 p.m. (last admission for trail at 1:15)

Info: 3711 W. Deer Valley Rd, Phoenix 623-582-8007,

Admission: Adults $7, Seniors/Students $4, Children 6-12 $3, Children 5 & under free

Glendale Arizona Historical Society

Discover Glendale's Best Kept Historic Secrets and enjoy outstanding tours of two National Register sites - the 1897 Manistee Ranch and the 1898 Guest House at Sahuaro Ranch.

Hours: October to mid-May: Manistee Ranch Noon-4 p.m. first and third Saturdays of each month; Guest House office open M-F 10 a.m. – 2 pm, tours on Sundays 1 pm- 3:30 pm October- Mid May
Info: Manistee Ranch, 5127 W. Northern Ave., 623-435-0072
Sahuaro Ranch Guest House, 9802 N. 59th Ave., 623-435-0072


Glendale Police Museum

Dedicated to Glendale's finest, the exhibit spans police history from the early days of the territorial sheriff to the present day. View early police equipment and items.

Hours: The exhibit is located in the lobby of the Glendale Police Dept. Hours are Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.
Info: 6835 N. 57th Drive

Manistee Ranch

Discover one of Glendale’s best-kept historic secrets, operated by the Glendale Historical Society. Enjoy an outstanding tour of Manistee Ranch, a National Register of Historic Places site. Built by Herbert W. Hamilton in 1897 as a home for his family, the house is better known as the residence of Louis M. Sands, who purchased it in 1907 and named it Manistee Ranch after his hometown in Michigan.

Hours: October to mid-May: Manistee Ranch Noon-4 p.m. first and third Saturdays of each month; Guest House 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., Thursday and Sunday 1-4 p.m.
Info: Manistee Ranch, 5127 W. Northern Ave., 623-435-0072
Sahuaro Ranch Guest House, 9802 N. 59th Ave., 623-435-0072


Murphy Park

Originally known as the town or city park, Murphy Park has always been the center of downtown Glendale and has a special connection to Glendale’s founder, W. J. Murphy. Murphy encouraged settlers to the area and he donated the park to Glendale in 1909. Glendale residents closely protected the park, allowing only a public library to be built here (the first in 1917 and the current one in 1971). Motivated by patriotism in 1912, residents installed a 110-foot wooden flagpole in the park. The tallest flagpole in the state stood until 1964, that same year the Glendale City Council renamed the park for Murphy.

Info: 58th and Glendale Avenues., 623-930-2820


Sahuaro Ranch Park Historical Area

Enjoy the 1886 homestead that is one of the oldest and best-preserved examples of early ranches in the Salt River Valley. All the original restored buildings are open to the public October-May. The lush grounds and gardens are open each day for walking tours dawn to dusk. Sahuaro Ranch invites the visitor to explore adventures in history.

Hours: Dawn to Dusk
Info: 9802 N. 59th Ave., 623-930-4203,


Xeriscape Botanical Garden/Glendale Main Library

Award-winning garden contains over 1,000 trees, shrubs, cactus and more. Listening wands can be checked out inside the library for a self-guided garden tour. Plants are identified by common and botanical names. Many are low-water use and excellent for Arizona gardens. Free landscaping brochures are available inside the library. Check out the water conservation Web site for an online tour of the garden.

Hours: Open to the public dawn to dusk.
Info: 5959 W. Brown, 623-930-3596,



Glendale Community College
6000 W. Olive
Glendale, AZ 85302
Last year, more than 32,000 students enrolled in a wide variety of degree and certificate programs on their way to achieving personal goals that are as diverse as the people themselves. From learning more on a particular subject to earning a degree or certificate to preparing for a new career or transfer to a university, GCC students are hard at work, making life happen. GCC has three locations: main campus and GCC North and Communiversity in Surprise. It’s our goal to provide each student with the knowledge, skills and support they need to succeed in the classroom and the world beyond.

ASU West Campus
4701 W. Thunderbird Rd.
Glendale, AZ 85306

From the moment you step onto ASU’s West campus, you will know what a special place it is, from well-manicured courtyards and shaded breezeways to the inviting nooks and crannies that invite you to curl up with a book or discuss life with a classmate.

ASU’s West campus serves a diverse student body of nearly 9,000 students. The campus is nestled on 300 acres in the heart of northwest Phoenix – the centerpiece of a burgeoning region representing a new frontier of commerce, sports, recreation, arts, and lifelong learning opportunities. Las Casas, a beautiful apartment-style residential complex on the campus’ west side, features on-site recreation facilities, including a community center, modern computer lab, tutoring lab, swimming pool, and sand volleyball court.

Midwestern University
19555 N. 59th Ave.
Glendale, AZ 85308
Together, we’ll build your future. Educating tomorrow’s healthcare team:

  • Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • College of Pharmacy-Glendale
  • College of Health Sciences
  • College o Dental Medicine-Arizona
  • Arizona College of Optometry
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