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Zezar Lopez of Casa Grande gets the advantage of Robert Shepardson in the cage. Photo by Jim Headley

Ringside Unified Fighting (RUF) brought mixed martial arts back to UltraStar Multi-tainment Center for a 13-bout event Saturday. The card included fighters from Maricopa and Casa Grande. Maricopa’s Kody Wayne lost his fight with Theodore Nunez, but Zezar Lopez of Casa Grande defeated Robert Shepardson of Avondale.

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Photo by Mason Callejas

RUF Mixed Martial Arts hosted cage fights Friday in the amphitheater in front of UltraStar Multi-tainment Center. The event drew a large fight-night crowd as well as fighters from across Arizona. Despite the cancellation of two main bouts, the fans did get to see Casa Grande’s Jeff Thornton win his weight class. Only one of Maricopa’s Sopi brothers made it into the ring, with Dale failing to make weight. A weigh-in fist fight caused another bout to be cancelled.

DT Comedy Show performers will be (clockwise from left): David Ottley, Big Rob Rodriguez, Andrew Horneman, Eric Barnett and David "DT" Trujillo.

Heading into another season, the DT Comedy Show returns to the UltraStar Multi-tainment Center March 25.

Heading into the fourth year, with host “Big” Rob Rodriguez, the DT Comedy Show will feature award-winning comedians such as David Ottley, winner of Arizona’s Funniest Comedian. UltraStar’s own David Trujillo, the man behind The DT Comedy Show, will also entertain.

Andrew Horneman and Eric Barnett also promise to deliver a lot of laughs. Both comedians got their start in Tucson – Andrew in 2011 and Eric in 1996.

“The DT Comedy show has definitely made its mark in Pinal County and is now one of the most talked about shows in the comedy scene,” said Trujillo, promotions and events manager. “Our unique blend of comedians at our shows reaches all walks of life. Comedy evolves everyday just as jokes do, you can be sure the DT Comedy Show will evolve right alongside for years to come.”

The show is for adults only, age 21 and up. Doors open at 8 p.m., and show time is 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door, with a cash bar available.

The big after-party will again be held upstairs in the Luxe Lounge, where guests can hang out with the comedians after the show. Luxe Lounge features 21 HD flat screen TVs, Big Screen, pool tables, Golden Tee Golf, soft tip darts, and foosball, great food and drinks.

To purchase tickets for the event and for more information on this event and others visit http://www.ultrastaraz.com

A haunted house at UltraStar Multi-tainment Center will be designed as an abandoned insane asylum for Halloween.

For Halloween weekend, UltraStar Multi-tainment Center at Ak-Chin Circle will host a haunted house, vampire laser tag, trick or treating, and an adult party that includes a costume contest.

The Urban Arena Laser Tag arena will transform into “The Menagerie of Madness” Oct. 28-30.

As the story goes, in 1894 the Bellevue Asylum was opened; 250 rooms housed 347 patients, with severe overcrowding. Different violent experiments were performed on several of the patients, living and dead. In 1949, body parts of two serial killers were transplanted to patients, who went on a killing spree. Many received shock therapy; lobotomies left patients in a vegetative or zombified state. In 1972, two doctors accidentally received a high-voltage shock that rewired their brains, and the asylum soon became a bloodbath before it was shut down. At least that‘s the story …

Those who dare to step into the Menagerie of Madness haunted house can do so Oct. 28-29 from 6 to 10 p.m. and Oct. 30 from 5 to 9 p.m. On Oct. 31, attendees can test their skills at dodging vampires in “Vampire Laser Tag.” The cost for both events is $6 per entry.

Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., children are encouraged to dress up and trick or treat at various departments and at the craft fair that is being held the same day. Face painting will also be available in the lobby.

That night, adults can get into costume and gather at Luxe Lounge for the “Halloween Hocus Pocus Party” featuring DJ Jade and a costume contest plus drink specials starting at 10 p.m. for those 21 and older. Ladies will still be able to enjoy regular Saturday Night Ladies Night specials along with additional witchy potions such as The Witches Brew, Poisoned Apple, Soul Sucker and also the mysterious Magic Spell shots. The costume contest will have three categories: Sexiest, Scariest and Best Couple, with $100 prize for all category winners.

Ten Pins Down and 347 Grill will also have specials for Oct. 31.

UltraStar Multi-tainment Center is at 16000 Maricopa Road. Visit  www.ultrastarakchin.com



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Republican Paul Babeu mocks rival Democrat Tom O'Halleran, who again did not participate in a debate for Congressional District 1 candidates at a forum in Maricopa Sept. 17.

Here are some highlights of Saturday’s debate among candidates for five races in the General Election. The debate was sponsored by InMaricopa, Maricopa Monitor and Maricopa Chamber of Commerce at UltraStar Multi-tainment Center.

Adoptable pets on hand for Arizona premier of "Space Dogs: Adventure to the Moon"

Adoptable pets will be available Aug. 27 at UltraStar Multi-tainment Center.

On Friday, Aug. 26, otherwise known as National Dog Day, (#NationalDogDay) the movie “Space Dogs: Adventure to the Moon” will land in select theaters throughout Arizona.

Producers decided to take this premiere a step further by making this an opportunity to aid in finding forever homes for some of the area’s homeless pet population. The film is pairing up with animal rescue groups like the Pinal County Animal Shelter, Arizona Animal Welfare League and #LovePup, a group founded by local radio personality Johnjay Van Es and his wife Blake.

Adoptable pets will be on hand on Saturday, Aug. 27, starting at 11 a.m. at the UltraStar Multi-tainment Center at Ak-Chin Circle in Maricopa.

In addition to the adoptable pets on hand, the group has partnered with other pet vendors in the area, to include Pet Planet, Arizona Animal Welfare League and more. A portion of ticket sales from the premier will benefit #LovePup.

“Space Dogs: Adventure to the Moon” is the latest creation from Epic Pictures.  The picture is the third installment in the “Space Dogs” franchise. With the voices of TV and film actress Alicia Silverstone and recording artist and actress Ashlee Simpson, the newest adventure follows the adventures of Pushok the dog and his search for his long lost father on the moon.

In addition to the adoption event, there will be character meet-and-greet photo opportunities, movie promo giveaways and information on the #LovePup, #LoveUp movements as well as the Johnjay & Rich Care for Kids Foundation.

About Space Dogs: “Space Dogs: Adventure to the Moon” will be released at several Harkins and AMC theatres throughout the valley, with a special engagement taking place at UltraStar Multi-tainment Center in Maricopa.

A synthetic ice rink will be set up inside UltraStar Multi-tainment Center July 22-Aug. 15.

By Ethan McSweeney

It’s not a mirage, but it’s also not real ice.

UltraStar Multi-tainment Center will open an ice skating rink, which will use indoor synthetic ice, later this month to give customers a “Christmas in July.” The rink is slated to open on July 22 inside the main lobby at UltraStar and run through Aug. 15, according to Dan Terry, UltraStar’s director of entertainment operations.

The rink will be open on Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 10 p.m. and Thursdays and Sunday from noon to 8 p.m. Tickets for skating will be $5 for unlimited access for the day, or $3 with a wristband purchase. Socks will also be available for $2.

Skaters — who must be at least 42 inches tall — will also need to sign a waiver before getting on the ice, Terry said. Staff members will also be monitoring people out on the ice, he added.

Showings of the movie “Ice Age: Collision Course,” which opens the same day as the ice rink, will add to the Christmas in July theme, Terry said.

The ice rink was donated to the Ak-Chin Community, Terry said, and this will be the first time UltraStar will have an ice rink available.

Terry said the plan is to have the rink out again by November or December for ice skating outdoors when the weather cools down.

There are lots of ways to stay entertained this summer in Maricopa. Photo by Misty Newman

By Misty Newman

Looking for something fun to do with your family and banish those boredom blues away? Maricopa is a great community with numerous fun places, events, and activities for your entire family to enjoy.

Whether you visit beautiful parks, enjoy movies under the stars or go horseback riding, you can stay entertained, excited and engaged all summer long.

1. Copper Sky Recreation Complex

Copper Sky Recreation Complex includes a multi-purpose recreation center, a 98-acre park, and an Aquatics Center.

Hours of countless fun could be spent in the park alone. There are many different activities your family can enjoy at Copper Sky. Some of the park features include:

•    A large covered playground
•    Fishing lake which is stocked with rainbow trout, bass, catfish, bluegill and white amur.
•    Dog park
•    Tennis Courts
•    Skating Park
•    Basketball courts
•    Sand Volleyball courts
•    Soccer and Baseball fields
•    Horseshoe pits

The skate park at Copper Sky. Photo by Misty Newman
The skate park at Copper Sky. Photo by Misty Newman

If you would rather be inside, the multi-purpose recreation center includes weightlifting equipment, fitness classes including Indoor cycle, Total Body Conditioning, Boot camps, Jillian Michaels’ Body Shred, Silver Sneakers and much more.

For those hot summer days, the Aquatics Center is a swimmer’s haven. Your family can enjoy the eight-lane, 25-yard lap pool, waterslide, rock-climbing wall, lazy river, and splash pad.
Daily rates for adults are $4 and $2 for children.

In addition to the many activities provided at this complex, Copper Sky has partnered with the City of Maricopa to offer a multitude of sports, fitness and recreation programs.

In the PLAY Maricopa Guide (Summer 2016), you can find information on swimming lessons, tiny tot fitness, karate, summer reading events, summer camps, dance, Homeschool Fit Program, and youth sports- soccer and softball.

For outdoor enthusiasts, take advantage of the all-inclusive trip packages which include hikes to Fossil Creek and the Grand Canyon, a trip on the Verde Canyon Train or a visit to the Musical Instrument Museum.
For more information or to sign up for an activity through Copper Sky Recreation, visit: www.copperskyrecreation.com.

2. Play Disc Golf

Disc golf at Maricopa Meadows.
Disc golf at Maricopa Meadows.

Try something different and enjoy a round or two of disc golf at Maricopa Meadows Community. On this challenging and fun disc golf course, you can spend quality time with your family outdoors and get great exercise at the same time.

The course in Maricopa Meadows was established in 2012 and redesigned in 2015. It is a 21 Mach 3 hole course with concrete pads at each launching station.

The moderately hilly course is designed strategically requiring you to throw over the lakes and around the trees. The baskets are in excellent condition and are set in a counter clockwise direction for an optimum flow.
You will find that playing disc golf is not just a “walk in the park.” Throwing the disc from basket to basket and concentrating to get there in a certain amount of throws takes a lot of physical and mental energy.

Disc golf is a fun and convenient activity because you can play anytime and (other than the initial equipment), there is no cost involved.

3. Dining with Antiques

Raceway Bar & Grill. Photo by Misty Newman
Raceway Bar & Grill. Photo by Misty Newman

Looking for a restaurant where you can get a great outdoor dining experience? The Raceway Bar & Grill has a one-of-a-kind spacious outdoor patio your entire family can enjoy.

This restaurant has a unique atmosphere. In the outdoor dining area, antique cars, signs and other memorabilia the owner has collected over the years are nestled among the tables, chairs, and outdoor bar. These collectibles are so well known that a few years ago the television show “American Pickers” filmed at Raceway and even bought some of the antiques.

Raceway not only has a great atmosphere, but also a delicious menu. Live music every other Friday night from 10 p.m. to 2 p.m. will keep you entertained and is a great accompaniment to your dining experience.

4. UltraStar Multi-tainment Center

UltraStar Multi-tainment Center has movies, bowling, laser tag, dining, bars and a video arcade.
UltraStar Multi-tainment Center has movies, bowling, laser tag, dining, bars and a video arcade.

UltraStar is an excellent choice in Maricopa when you want to be entertained, dine or have fun indoors. Grab a bite to eat from the elegant 347 Grill or Luxe Lounge before watching a movie or enjoying one of the many game and entertainment options.

Movie Series: Pull up a lawn chair and watch a movie under the Stars. Every Friday night in May and June 2016, a different movie will be featured. Concessions are available for an additional cost.

Ten Pins Down: Bowl at one of the most advanced bowling alleys in this area. Enjoy leather couch seating, 20-foot video screens and food and beverage service. Ten Pins Down has 16 standard lanes and eight VIP Lanes.Ultra Stars and Little Star bowling is open to kids every Saturday morning from 10 a.m. to noon.

Urban Arena Laser Tag: This is a great event for the entire family or for parties. Get your heart pumping in this 3,000-square-foot, two-story arena. Using the latest laser technology, there is a vast number of programmable games to choose from. You can play from eight-minute rounds up to 20 minutes and play as a team or individually.

5. Horse Back Riding

The Hunters lead trail rides in Hidden Valley. Submitted photo
The Hunters lead trail rides in Hidden Valley. Submitted photo

For that country feeling, strap on your boots, grab a hat and take a trail ride or get a riding lesson with Hangin’ Saddle Ranch. Trail rides on the BLM land are $55 for one hour. According to the owner, Glenn Hunter, the trail rides often go 2-3 hours.

If you need to get more comfortable on a horse first, you also have the option of taking horse riding lessons. In addition to learning how to ride, you will learn about the equipment, how to saddle a horse, and even learn about the horses anatomy and basic physiology. Children as young as 4 years of age can begin training.

Hunter has trained and won over 30 ribbons and 13 trophies with his winning show horse, Sonny. Being a “seasoned veteran cowboy,” he trains his horses using The Natural Horse Method. In addition to riding lessons and trail rides, Hangin’ Saddle Ranch also offers horse training and boarding.

Hangin’ Saddle Ranch is located in Hidden Valley in the Sonoran Desert nestled among Haley Hills, Papago Butte, and the Palo Verde Mountains, and is open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

So get outdoors this summer and enjoy one of the many activities we have right here in our community.

Misty Newman grew up in Idaho and was raised in the outdoors. She loves to go camping, hiking, fishing, & rafting. In her past life, two of her favorite recreational activities included bungee jumping and rock climbing. She was a ranger for a state park, a Recreation Coordinator for the Boys and Girls Club, and the photo editor at the College of Southern Idaho. She moved from Idaho in 2007 and has lived in Maricopa since. She now enjoys exploring AZ with her two beautiful children. Visit http://www.maricopaoutdooradventures.com/

See her previous InMaricopa Outdoors stories:

Relive the Old West with Maricopa Mounted Shooters

Residents grow with Master Gardener course

Gun-safety tips from Maricopa Shooting Service

Avid adventurer changes life, now helping others

Hang gliding over Maricopa

Pacana Park remains in the heart of Maricopa

Introduction to InMaricopa Outdoors