Opportunities abound to experience the arts close to home if you live in the Estrella community. Estrella has long been a supporter of the arts and 2014 is no exception. This past March, the community was proud to host the first Goodyear Lakeside Music Fest at Estrella. Designed to be a true celebration of music and art, the day-long festival featured more than half a dozen live bands spanning a variety of genres including: Country, Jazz, Celtic Rock, and Reggae. As a partnership with the City of Goodyear and West Valley Arts Council (WVAC) the music fest was open to the public and also featured several local acts on a secondary stage such as: Harmonic Edge—a singing trio of seniors from Desert Edge High School and Littleton Elementary School District’s Mariachi Band. The festival also included an art expo as well as a beer and wine garden, and food vendors. Look for this fun event next year as we hope to grow the music fest into an annual event.
The Estrella Yacht Club hosts regular social events for residents with music and festivities featuring a variety of engaging themes. Events have included: Halau Pili Hana—a full Polynesian review, featuring 10 dancers and three musicians and Electric Blue—a one man music, comedy, and variety show. The community is also looking forward to Ballet Arizona’s return to Estrella this fall for its 17th annual Ballet Under the Stars series. The popular, free event is open to the public and magically transports the ballet’s spectacular production of classical and contemporary dance to a unique outdoor setting. Keep up to date on Estrella events at Estrella.com.
Those looking for more hands-on arts experiences are encouraged to head over to the Creative Arts Academy at Estrella Mountain Church. The Academy offers a wide variety of art classes for all ages—from preschool to senior adults. Classes feature many types of art including: painting and sculpting, photography, culinary arts, drama, and writing. The Anderson Institute of Music & Performing Arts, located in Mountain Ranch Marketplace, specializes in professional level education and professional level performance opportunities in voice, all instruments, acting, music theatre, and songwriting for all skill levels.