The Queen Creek Performing Arts Center will be the site today of a new monthly free event designed to bring new and old residents together, answer questions and be a fun place to hang out.
"FYI Queen Creek" is a coffeehouse-style gathering where residents can learn more about the town, schools, Chamber of Commerce and the performing arts center with representatives on hand to answer questions.
Then residents can stay and listen to local musicians and enjoy free refreshments, said Molly Jacobs, director of the Queen Creek Performing Arts Center.
"The great thing about our community is we see what the need is, and we try to fill it," Jacobs said. "We don’t have a lot of places in Queen Creek for people to hang out and chitchat."
"FYI Queen Creek" will be at the performing arts center the third Monday of every month, and is open to all residents, even non-Queen Creek residents, Jacobs said.
Today’s program begins at 6 p.m.
"We’re just trying to make sure we have a place available for someone to come and have fun," Jacobs said. "It’s a night to get questions answered and enjoy the atmosphere of our community."
Monday’s performer will be Barbara Huning, a jazz and torch singer.
On Nov. 15, Jill Cohen will sing original contemporary songs.
Too Old to Stand Band with Steve Bodinet of KTVK-TV (Channel 3) will perform contemporary folk and soft rock tunes Dec. 20.
The monthly event began in August as a coffeehouse series before the informational aspect was added to help new and current residents.
The event will go whichever way the crowd wants it to go, Jacobs said.
Queen Creek Mayor Wendy Feldman-Kerr said she is looking forward to the new night because anytime is a good time to get information out about the town and its cultures.
"Anytime we can do that, we’re making great leaps and bounds," Feldman-Kerr said. "It’s very informal, yet they go away with a lot of good information."
For information, visit www.qcpac.com or call (480) 987-5964.
‘FYI Queen Creek’
Where: Queen Creek Performing Arts Center, 22149 E. Ocotillo Road, Queen Creek
When: 6 to 8:30 p.m. today