Sun, July 21

La Barranca grand opening Saturday

Sharing with the community is the theme of La Barranca’s grand opening celebration Saturday.

The entire family is invited to enjoy free food and activities at La Barranca, located off Arizona 179 and Jacks Canyon Road in the Village of Oak Creek.. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

La Barranca, marketed by Harvard Realty, offers custom view lots priced from the mid-$100,000s to over $300,000.

Beth Gold, owner of Culinary Creations, will prepare a delicious barbecue with her staff, known as much for visual artistry as culinary delights. Kids will enjoy a jumping castle, kiddie train, face painting and a pumpkin painting patch. There will also be an opportunity to pet llamas, which reside right in the VOC neighborhood.

At noon, the VFW Post 7400 will have a special tribute to veterans. At 12:15 p.m., there will be an official ribbon cutting ceremony with the Sedona-Oak Creek Canyon Chamber of Commerce.

Immediately following this ceremony, Wade Cunningham, project manager of La Barranca and Back O- Beyond developments, will announce the gifting of a living pine tree to Weber’s IGA Plaza Community Holiday Tree Lighting, which takes place Dec. 1. This tree, presently living on the grounds of La Barranca, is a "thank you" gift to the Village of Oak Creek.

Signs at the grand opening will point out the tree, which will be transplanted again after the holiday season to the Big Park Elementary School.

Barring rain, Red Rock Balloon Adventures will inflate one of its colorful balloons at the grand opening. There will be a unique opportunity to observe artists crafting with sculptor Kim Kori and sketch artist Eric Joyner.

Kori, whose sculpture is showcased at Exposures Gallery, strives to entwine magic with reality. She draws upon her youthful play days in the Pennsylvania farming community where she grew up to sculpt field mice, birds, frogs and people with butterfly wings into her whimsical art.

Joyner, a fresh new talent, has been sketching since he was 13 years old. His pen-and-ink sketches combine reality with a touch of Picasso-like impressions.

Guitar virtuoso John Spannagel will perform from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Studying and teaching guitar for many years, he has become well known by performing with John Conlee, Marshall Tucker and Michael Martin Murphy. Spannagel’s artist talents flow through his music but also his original oil paintings, currently displayed in the Navarro Gallery at Tlaquepaque.

From 2 to 3 p.m., the Sedona Big Park School Steel Drum Band, affectionately called the "Garbage Can Band," will perform the Caribbean sounds of Latin and Reggae music. The musicians from grades six, seven and eight play steel drums under the direction of Deanna Branaman.

Hayrides and the Sedona Trolley will transport he public to each activity located throughout the entire La Barranca development.

In case of rain, events will be under tents. For more information, call 284-2220.