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Social Events!

Check out what our Social Committee has in store for you! They work tirelessly to bring us interesting and informative tours and events. They also feature a monthly lunch gathering to bring members together. Review what is currently in store, make your reservation (if needed), and enjoy the company of other New Frontiers members.

Interesting Tours

Our Social Committee seeks out interesting and unique places to visit around the Phoenix Metropolitan area. If there is a place of interest you care to share, please contact the Social Committee.


Wednesday, October 23, 2019 @ 12 noon

Nestled in the heart of the Superstition Mountains lies spectacular Canyon Lake, home to the Dolly Steamboat Tour. We may see majestic desert bighorn sheep, bald eagles and a host of other wildlife, waterfowl, and birds.

Nearby places for lunch after cruise: Canyon Lake Marina or 4 miles down the road is Superstation Restaurant & Saloon at Tortilla Flats. I will make reservations for lunch at Canyon Lake Marina after the boat ride if you want to have lunch there. (Please let me know)

Cost for Boat Ride is $23.00 per person: Make check payable to Mary Kay Owen: Mail to 310 N. Harris Dr., Mesa, Az 85203.  She must receive payment no later than Saturday, October 19, 2019. 

All passengers must check at ticket booth 30 minutes prior to departure time and pick up a boarding pass.

A snack bar is available on board with water, sodas, snacks, and alcohol.  Cash or check only.

Directions:  Take Hwy 60 to Apache Junction, turn north on Idaho Rd. to the Apache Trail Hwy 88, travel 16 miles NE on the paved Apache Trail; just past the second one-lane bridge, turn left into the Canyon Lake Marina parking lot. There is plenty of free parking. 

We will carpool from MCC Red Mountain Campus, parking lot #3 (map), leaving by 10:00 AM. Please be advised the road is very windy and scenic with a lookout point as you near the lake.  It is a perfect time to take a picture of the lake.

Please see the flyer for additional information.

Contact persons:  Mary Kay Owen  (preferred) or cell #480-216-6446 or Marie-France Ganansia at 480-244-2976 or email

Soleri Bell Foundry

Thursday, November 21, 2019 @ 11 am.


A visit to the Cosanti Bronze Foundry is a bit like stepping back into the 1960s. According to the Cosanti website, the foundry, in Paradise Valley, Ariz., is the residence and sculpture studio of Italian-American artist Paolo Soleri and his staff. Soleri (later joined by his students) began work on the experimental buildings in the mid-1950s.

Please see the flyer for additional important information.

Some of the paths are not paved and are uneven so it may be a little hard for people with canes. There is a charge of $15.00 per person (make the checks out to Helen Dodds.) The deadline is 11/14/19 and needs to be sent to:

Helen Dodds
PO Box 2435
Gilbert, AZ 85299

If you have any question please contact Helen Dodds at 480-821-4727 or Please remember to wear your name badge.

Soleri Bell Foundry, 6433 E. Doubletree Ranch Rd, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253 Google Map

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"Out-to-Lunch Bunch"

The "Out to Lunch Bunch" generally meets for lunch on the 2nd Friday of the month. Meeting times and locations are subject to change. Please check back frequently.

It is required that you make your reservations to the contact person by noon the day before the luncheon.

Carrabba's Italian Grill
Friday, October 11, 2019  @ 11:30 am

   They do not open until 11:30 am   

Carrabba's Italian Grill
1740 S. Clearwater
Mesa, AZ 85206
Google Map
They offer AARP discount with a valid AARP card. Must show card to receive the discount.
Contact: Sissy Riley 480-892-3542 or

George's Wildberries
Friday, November 8, 2019  @ 11:30 am

George's Wildberries
745 W. Baseline
Mesa, AZ 85210
Google Map
Contact: Peggy Schulz 480-962-9593 or mschulz291@yahoo.

December Holiday Party
Thursday, December 12, 2019 @ 11:30 am

Mesa Country Club
660 W. Fairway Drive
Mesa, AZ 85201

Entrée Selections (choose one)

  1. Sliced Tenderloin in Bordelaise Sauce
  2. Grilled Salmon with dill sauce on the side
  3. Chicken Marsala
  4. Vegetable Lasagna

This year’s menu includes:  Garden salad, with choice of ranch or balsamic dressing, cheddar scalloped potatoes, green beans almandine, house made rolls with sweet cream butter. For dessert: White Chocolate mousse with raspberry puree. Coffee, tea and lemonade will be served though the entire event.

Canned/packaged food donations are requested and again this year will be donated to MCC’s Food Pantry (for students).  Our thanks again to Janice Overdorff for donating two of her handmade quilts for a raffle with proceeds going to the United Food Bank. Raffle tickets are $3 each or 4/$10. Our program will conclude with a few door prize drawings.

To reserve your seat, please mail a check made payable to: Mesa Community College to Lois Schaffer 2051 E. Laguna Dr. Tempe, AZ 85282.  On the “Memo” line print your entrée choice(s): beef, salmon, chicken, or lasagna. If you are bringing a guest, include their name and meal choice. All payments received will be confirmed by phone or email. If you don’t get a call or email, Lois hasn’t received your money.

Checks must be received by December 1st. Reservations made after the close date will cost an additional $5.00 per person.

Cost for members is $22.00, guests $35.00 (one guest per member). A portion of members’ meal is subsidized by NFLL.

Please see the holiday flyer for additional information

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