Activities in the local area

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Moderator Bob Morris

2019 District Conference

November 8-10, 2019

Registration opens September 2nd: (link to come)
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After 10/15/2019, late fees = $25 Individuals, $50 Families
Late registration after October 15 has:
NO meal purchase
NO nursery or childcare activity registrations
NO youth activity registrations

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Activities at Hillcrest (sheets at Information Table)

Local Parks & Institutions (sheets at Information Table)

  • Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden: Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, established in 1927, is the largest botanic garden dedicated to California native plants.
    • 4.3 miles from Hillcrest (map link) A short drive. Entrance Fee.
  • Kuns Park: Located at 1600 Bonita Avenue (between Bonita Ave. and Magnolia St.) in the original Lordburg Tract, Kuns Park is the oldest park in the City. This 2.5-acre neighborhood park contains amenities for passive recreation: six sheltered picnic tables, seven open-air picnic tables, five barbecues, an ADA accessible restroom facility, and an ADA accessible tot lot.
    • 0.3 miles from Hillcrest (map link) A short walk. Free.
  • Bonelli Park (regional county): The 1,975 acres of park facilities surrounding the lake offer a variety of recreational  activities: family and group  picnicking, sight seeing, hiking, horseback riding, jogging, nature walks, recreational vehicle (RV) and group camping, a water-theme park,  calf-roping, bird watching, spa facilities, golfing and bicycling.
    • 2.6 miles from Hillcrest (map link) A short drive. Some areas are free, others have a fee.
  • ULV: University of La Verne: Do your own campus tour  Campus Map PDF
  • ULV: University of La Verne: Science Museum. (top floor south in Mainiero building)
    • 0.3 miles from Hillcrest (map link) A short walk. Free.
  • Nearby Attractions
    Nearby Attractions within 10 minutes of the Franciscan Renewal Center


    Hiking at Camelback Mountain – 5 minute drive
    Hiking Piestewa Peak – 10 minute drive
    McCormick Ranch Golf Club – 8 minute drive
    Shopping & Dining

    Old Town Scottsdale – 10 minute drive
    Scottsdale Fashion Square – 10 minute drive
    Biltmore Fashion Park – 12 minute drive

    Old Town Art Walk – 10 minute drive
    Scottsdale Stadium – Spring Training (San Francisco Giants) – 12 minute drive
    Talking Stick Fields – Spring Training (Arizona Diamondbacks) – 10 minute drive
    For more regional attractions and events, visit the Scottsdale Convention & Visitor Bureau website.