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ChandlerLifestyle.com

JULY 2019

The Summer Issue

ZERO EDGE SPAS

WATERMELON CREATIONS

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES


LIFESTYLE LETTER

JULY 2019 PUBLISHER

Joyce Selk | joyce.selk@lifestylepubs.com EDITOR

Michelle Glicksman | michelle.glicksman@lifestylepubs.com ACCOUNT MANAGER

Cheers to Summer! SUMMERTIME IS A MAGICAL SEASON. The kids are out of school, the sunshine seems never-ending, and there’s no shortage of adventures that await. For many, summer evokes fond memories of childhood—sleepaway camp, family vacations, and swimming until your fingers are shriveled like prunes. I know for our family, most of summer is spent in the pool!

Kat McMahon | kat.mcmahon@lifestylepubs.com INTERN

Annemarie O'Donnell CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

Michelle Guerrero, Staci Hauk, Denise McCreery, Teaya Vicente, Georgann Yara CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS

Lindsay Borg

Of course, summer and sunshine also go hand-in-hand with everyone’s favorite summer fruit—watermelon. Though it’s wonderful to eat simply sliced up, there are also so many creative recipes that incorporate watermelon. On page 34, Denise McCreery shares three that are sure to become staples in your summer rotation (and mine!). In fact, I’m making her Thai Shrimp & Watermelon Salad at a pool party I’m hosting this month! Of course, while I do have a pool, I don’t have a spa. After reading the article on page 22 though, I want one! We showcase a few of California Pools & Landscape’s drool-worthy zero edge spa creations—and boy, are they gorgeous!

CORPORATE TEAM CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER Steven Schowengerdt

Although it’s tempting to stay in air-conditioning or my pool all summer, Chandler Parks

CHIEF SALES OFFICER Matthew Perry

& Recreation reminds us that even though it’s hot out, summer is still the perfect time to

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER DeLand Shore

get outdoors and take advantage of everything our city has to offer. Celebrate Park and

ART DIRECTOR Sara Minor

Recreation Month this month with Chandler Parks & Recreation’s many outdoor activity

OPERATIONS DIRECTOR Janeane Thompson

ideas, programs and events (page 42), and really make the most of your summer. As for me, I’m planning to do it all—eat watermelon, relax in my pool, take in a concert at Gila River Hotels & Casino, spend time with my family, and just enjoy the season.

EDITORIAL MANAGER Nicolette Martin AD MANAGER Chad Jensen REGIONAL SALES DIRECTOR Eric Williams WEB APPLICATIONS Michael O’Connell

Have a wonderful month! Yours,

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INSIDE THE ISSUE JULY 2019

FEATURES 16 Boulder Boats Get Out on the Water in Luxury and Comfort with These Custom Picks

22 Zero Edge Spas The Rise in Popularity of These Stunning Backyard Elements

34 Wonderful Watermelon 3 Must-try Recipes

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38 Winning in the Game of Fun Gila River Hotels & Casinos Kicks Off Its 25th Anniversary

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DEPARTMENTS 4

Lifestyle Letter

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Good Times

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Around Town

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30 DIY 34 Culinary Creations 38 Local’s Choice 40 Lifestyle Calendar 42 Local Limelight


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32nd Annual Chandler Chamber Community Awards The Chandler Chamber of Commerce honored Chandler’s businesses, educators, public servants and community members for their contributions to the community at this event, held at Gila River Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino. This year, Chandler Lifestyle was honored to be amongst the winners, receiving the Micro Business of the Year award. PHOTOGRAPHY BY EVERARDO KEEME PHOTOGRAPHY, LLC

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The Henrys Classic The Henrys Classic cornhole tournament took place on May 10  at Quarthaus in downtown Chandler, and was presented by BOK Financial. The event was a fundraiser for ICAN: Positive Programs for Youth and was put together by The Henrys leadership group. There were over 184 attendees and 45 competing cornhole teams. The event raised over $11,000 for ICAN programs. 

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GOOD TIMES

Chandler Chamber of Commerce's Women in Leadership Luncheon The Chandler Chamber of Commerce held its Women in Leadership Luncheon in late May at Soho63. At the event, not only were Chandler Lifestyle's 2019 Women of Chandler recognized, but the magazine's publisher, Joyce Selk, was surprised with the 2019 Micro Business of the Year award from the Chamber. 

Water Walk and Water Safety Day As part of Chandler Aquatics and Fire’s new Water You Going To Do About It? water safety campaign, they recently headed to a west Chandler neighborhood and went door-to-door with their signature ABCs of Water Safety door hangers. City staff spoke with residents about drowning prevention, and provided water safety resources. PHOTOGRAPHY BY SEALY MEDIA

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GOOD TIMES

8th Annual Ultimate Client Appreciation Event FORM Prosperity Wealth Advisors, Chandler Falls: Office Suites at Price Corridor and several other businesses come together each year to throw a themed celebration for their clients, associates, network, friends and family.

Fit Society's 4th Annual Crib Crawl Fit Society exists to Connect, Challenge and Inspire people to be better together, and that's exactly what happened at its 4th Annual Crib Crawl. This adult-only event allowed members and friends to enjoy fellowship, sunshine, biking and fun. It kicked off at Fit Society with a pre-game party, then progressed to a ride to a handful of themed "host houses."  

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AROUND TOWN renovating his Paseo Del Oro shopping center at the northeast corner of Alma School and Elliot, located at 3029 N. Alma School Road. Crews began work in mid-May on the 125,000 square-foot center,  which holds national retailers like Zia Records and Compass Bank, to name a few. The renovations include new stone design work, awnings, a repaved parking lot, updated landscaping and new painting. The renovations are expected to take 90 days.

DONATIONS AND SPONSORS NEEDED FOR ANNUAL OPERATION BACK TO SCHOOL The City of Chandler Diversity Office, along

CHUCK FAZIO, ONE OF CHANDLER LIFESTYLE'S 2019 MEN OF CHANDLER

mittee, is gearing up for another Operation Back to School event on Sat., July 20, at Chandler High

Chuck Fazio is one of Chandler Lifestyle's 2019

School, 350 N. Arizona Ave. Operation Back to

Men of Chandler. There was incorrect information

School (OBTS) is a one-day event where kids

included in his write-up in the June 2019 issue. We

receive a free, brand-new backpack filled with

sincerely regret the error and urge our readers to

school supplies to ensure Chandler students are

read the correct copy below.

ready with the supplies they need for the first day

CHUCK FAZIO

of school. Haircuts, uniforms, socks, shoes and

Owner, Revelation Real Estate, the Chandler

underwear also are a few of the freebies students

Real Estate Training Center, The Forum Coworking

may receive during the event. There are several

+ Events, and The Forum Business School

ways to get involved, including corporate sponsor-

“I want my companies to bless our local com-

ships, individual donations, donating supplies, vol-

munity by providing a great place to connect and

unteering to assist with inventory or day-of-event

practical training to the business community for

assistance, donating a new backpack filled with

both business and personal growth,” explains

supplies or hosting a backpack drive, and hairstyl-

Chuck Fazio.

ists are needed to cut hair at the event.

Chuck (along with his wife, Angela) owns four Chandler-based

businesses:

Revelation

Nearly 2,200 families and students from 43 (of

Real

the 47) Chandler Unified schools attended last

Estate, the Chandler Real Estate Training Center,

year, and more are expected to attend this com-

The Forum Coworking + Events and The Forum

ing year. To view a complete list of sponsorship

Business School.

opportunities, school supplies needed or volunteer

“My wife and I run businesses in order to serve people and bring the community together,” he says. These businesses exist to establish environments where people are free to grow and thrive financially, professionally, personally and spiritually together.

opportunities, visit bit.ly/2019OBTSChandler. 

CLASSIC IMAGE DANCE BECOMES FIRST LOCAL YPAD-CERTIFIED DANCE STUDIO Classic Image Dance recently became the first

When asked what words Chuck tries to live by,

YPAD certified dance studio in the Valley—and

he quoted Proverbs 27:17, “As iron sharpens iron,

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with For Our City-Chandler and a volunteer com-

or certification for dance studio owners or dance instructors, being a YPAD-certified studio means they hold themselves to the highest standard of

Known for his retail center renaissance, Michael

integrity and accountability by implementing safe

Pollack, the owner of Pollack Investments, is

boundaries and healthy artistry within their dance

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settings. Being a YPAD certified studio means all staff and faculty are background checked; CPR certified; mandated reporters/trained in prevention of abuse; positive role models in body image, language and behavior; trained in emotional health, physical safety and psychology of injury; understanding of nutrition and eating disorders; committed to age-appropriate artistic choices in music, costumes, movement and concepts; and trained and abide by healthy and safe social media practices. YPAD dictates what can and cannot be used with regards to costuming,

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THE RISE IN POPULARITY OF THESE STUNNING BACKYARD ELEMENTS

Zero Edge Spas

ARTICLE MICHELLE GUERRERO | PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED

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JEREMY SMITH, THE OWNER OF CALIFORNIA POOLS & LANDSCAPE, HAS SEEN A RISING POPULARITY OF ZERO EDGE SPAS. They differ from the traditional variety for several reasons, but perhaps most notable is the aesthetics. Water floats over its edges into a hidden trough, giving the illusion of a vanishing edge. They can also be built above ground, creating a waterfall feature as water flows into the channel below. “It looks really great with high-powered LED lights going around the whole spa. It’s spectacular,” Jeremy says. “We’re kind of geeks when it comes to spas. People can use them year-round and we like to trick them out and make them different.” A positive to zero edge spas is the freedom of design. They don’t have to sit right on the pool, therefore creating a destination area elsewhere. Also, the pool’s equipment can be used for the spa, eliminating the need for a separate system. “I can take that water in the trough and circulate it back into the pool,” Jeremy explains. “Some people like to separate the spa from the pool, and the zero edge concept makes that more economical.” Zero edge spas are often used as a decorative feature, as well as a place to relax. According to Jeremy, users are more comfortable because their arms are always submerged with the water level up to the edge and there’s no deck hitting them at the back of the head. California Pools (CalPool.com) has created outdoor living spaces for 31 years and is fully licensed to build backyard spaces from outdoor kitchens to bathhouses.

“This is a great example of an overall backyard,” says Jeremy. “You can tell on that particular project they don’t have water features. The spa is the focal piece and the water feature.” This is truly the quintessential zero edge spa, with all glass tile making the light inside visible. The home itself has many windows, which seamlessly merges it with the outdoors. The outdoor kitchen and seating area create additional living areas for the family.

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ZERO EDGE SPAS

(CON TI N U ED)

They used small glass tiles around the spa and placed them vertically to create a smoother, rounded look. This spa doubles as a water feature, adding ambiance with the sound of the water as it flows over the edge, hitting the trough below. This spa is framed with the fire pods that fill with water, and after dark, it’s lit by LED lights, bathing the water in light all the way up to the edge. “Spas make yards aesthetically pleasing and add function,” Jeremy says.

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The customer who built this spa wanted an area where the family could enjoy time together and have movie nights from the comfort of the water. The swim-up bar is accessible from both locations and there are stools on the other side for non-swimmers, as well.

This was a remodel. California Pools & Landscape did some work to the pool, added new decking, fountains, a BBQ, and the zero edge spa. Instead of tile, this spa is surrounded by concrete cladding. It sounds like rain when the water trickles down the sides and into the basin below.

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ARTICLE GEORGANN YARA PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED

Yes, You Can COCKTAIL SQUAD’S LIBATIONSIN-A-CAN PUT PREMIUM CLASSIC COCKTAILS IN EASY REACH

IT ALL STARTED WITH A RARE DATE NIGHT AT A COCKTAIL BAR. Lauren and John Maggio were in the throes of the early years with their four children and had the opportunity to be spelled by a sitter for the evening. They each ordered the same cocktail that was well-balanced and hit all the perfect notes that a perfected libation aims to reach. Because this night out was a luxury that would not be repeated regularly, they asked their bartender to share his recipe. He was happy to do so, down to the measurements of each spirit and accoutrement so they could recreate this experience at home. And they were able to do just that—trips to three different liquor stores and $103 in receipts later. With her stash of ingredients, Lauren replicated that recipe a few times at home. But by the end of the season, she had moved on to another cocktail of choice. She thought there had to be an easier—and more economical way—to enjoy a bar-quality drink at home. Six years later, the magic in a glass that Lauren and her husband experienced is available in a can for Arizonans to enjoy. “I had this lightening-bolt moment that there are plenty of people like us who are busy and working hard that would appreciate the ease and portability of a premium cocktail that’s more accessible and ready-made,” Lauren says. From that spark emerged their Boulder-based beverage company Cocktail Squad and its lineup of six classic cocktails ready-to-go and ready-to-drink in a sleek, yet convenient can. Cocktail enthusiasts will be tempted by the Gin & Tonic, Margarita, Vodka Soda and Greyhound varieties. Brand new additions are a Bourbon Smash and Whiskey Sour, which is produced under nitro so it has a creamy mouthfeel and a luscious finish that mimics the profile of an egg white without it. Lauren, CONTINUED >

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Photo by Michelle Glicksman


“I had this l i g h t e n i n g - b o lt m o m e n t t h at there are plenty of people like u s w h o a r e b u sy and working h a r d t h at w o u l d a p p r e c i at e t h e e as e a n d p o r ta b i l i t y of a premium c o c kta i l t h at ’ s more accessible a n d r e a dy- m a d e .”

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YES, YOU CAN

(C ON TI N U ED)

“Consumers t o d ay wa n t t o experience life and adventures. T h e y d o n ’ t h av e to sacrifice on quality while going on l i f e ’ s e x p e r i e n c e s .” who is personally a big bourbon fan, advises shaking the can before popping it open to get the full impact. Each 12-ounce can offers two servings with a 10% ABV. Recipes use premium real spirits and natural and organic ingredients, and all non-whiskey cocktails are gluten-free. It retails for $4.99 a can and can be found locally at select grocers like AJ’s Fine Foods. The Maggios may have come up with a new kid on the cocktail block, but they are no strangers to the food and beverage market and what makes a successful business in this space tick. John is the co-founder of Boulder Canyon Chips. Lauren has a background in investment banking and interior design. The combination of an elevated cocktail in an easily totable vehicle makes these beverages ideal companions on quests where their glass counterparts cannot venture. “We are the solution for modern luxury in today’s cocktail industry,” Lauren says. “Consumers today want to experience life and adventures. They don’t have to sacrifice on quality while going on life’s experiences.” This spring, Cocktail Squad cocktails made their debut in Arizona, making it the second state to carry the brand. For its creators, this makes perfect sense. “Our premium cocktails are perfect for the seasons in Arizona and perfect for golf courses, pools, hiking, rafting… all of the great adventures Arizona offers,” Lauren says. For more information, visit CocktailSquad.com. 28

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Cocktail Squad Founders John and Lauren Maggio.


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DIY

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ADULT- AND KID-FRIENDLY NATURAL BUG REPELLENTS FROM A BEAUTIFUL MESS

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WHAT YOU NEED: + 10 drops lemon essential oil ARTICLE AND PHOTOGRAPHY A BEAUTIFUL MESS

+ 10 drops lemongrass essential oil

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+ 8 drops lavender essential oil + 8 drops eucalyptus essential oil + 1 ½ ounces distilled water (minus 1 teaspoon to make room for the essential oils in the bottle) + ½ ounce 95% proof grain alcohol* WHAT YOU DO: In a 2-ounce spray bottle, add the grain alcohol (or Solubol) and drop in essential oils. Swirl to combine. Place the cap back on the bottle. Allow the oils to disperse in the alcohol for about 1 hour, then add distilled water, swirling again to combine.

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K I D ’S WHAT YOU NEED: + 10 drops lemon essential oil + 10 drops lemongrass essential oil + 4 drops lavender essential oil + 1 ½ ounces distilled water (minus 1 teaspoon to make room for the essential oils in the bottle) + ½ ounce 95% proof grain alcohol* WHAT YOU DO: In a 2-ounce spray bottle, add the grain alcohol (or Solubol) and drop in essential oils. Swirl to combine. Place the cap back on the bottle. Allow the oils to disperse in the alcohol for about 1 hour, then add distilled water, swirling again to combine.

*The grain alcohol is used as a preservative as well as a carrier for the oils, but you can also use a product like this instead of grain alcohol at a 1:4 ratio (1 drop essential oil to 4 drops Solubol) if you’d rather and then just fill the rest with water to fill the 2-ounce spray bottle.

While there can be concern about citrus oils on the skin when exposed to sunlight, lemongrass isn’t a photosensitive oil, and if lemon essential oil is steam-distilled rather than cold-pressed (Oui Fresh essential oils are cold-pressed) it can be used on the skin. So just make sure to note which one your lemon oil is and only spray on clothes if you don’t have a skin-safe lemon oil (which is an application method a lot of people prefer anyway if they are more sensitive to oils). July 2019 | Chandler Lifestyle

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CULINARY CREATIONS

WONDERFUL WATERMELON ARTICLE DENISE MCCREERY PHOTOGRAPHY LINDSAY BORG

3 MUST-TRY RECIPES

THE TEMPERATURES ARE RISING, AND NOTHING SAYS SUMMER IN THE KITCHEN LIKE THE COOL, JUICY TASTE OF WATERMELON! This versatile annual fruit has many places at the table, from breakfast to dessert, sweet to savory, and salads to slushies—there’s almost no summer dish that isn’t enhanced by the watery bite of this ancient melon. When picking a watermelon, try to find one that is heavy for its size and has a yellow-ish patch on one side; it should sound loud and hollow when thumped. For recipes, almost anything goes with watermelon; try pairing with creamy foods like feta cheese and cucumbers, or sharp/acidic flavors such as balsamic, mint or black pepper to keep the contrasts interesting.

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ingredients

Shrimp

Red Onions

Watermelon

Scallion

Cilantro

Serrano chiles

Mint

Peanuts (optional)

Thai Shrimp & Watermelon Salad + 1 ½ pounds medium large shrimp, shelled and deveined + 3 cups of watermelon cubes, no seeds (about a 2-3 lb. melon) + ½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped + ½ cup fresh mint, chopped + ¼ cup red onion, thinly sliced + 3 scallions, white and light green parts only, thinly sliced + 1 Serrano chile, thinly sliced (use red Thai chile for more heat) FOR THE DRESSING + ¼ cup rice wine vinegar + 4 tsp. fresh lime juice + 1 garlic clove, minced + 1 one-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and grated + Salt and pepper to taste Whisk all dressing ingredients together in a large, non-metal bowl and set aside. Grill or sauté the shrimp until pink throughout, let cool then toss in bowl with dressing. Add all other ingredients to bowl and mix well. Serve with mint garnish or optional diced peanuts. CONTINUED >

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CULINARY CREATIONS

(CON TI N U ED)

Mediterranean Summer Skewers Assemble a black olive, square of Manchengo cheese, watermelon chunk, and basil onto a skewer. Drizzle or serve with aged balsamic vinegar.

ingredients

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Manchengo cheese

Watermelon

Basil


Melon Berry Cooler + 1 bottle of Moscato or other sweet, bubbly wine + ½ cup diced watermelon + ½ cup diced strawberries + Juice of one small lime

ingredients

Muddle the berries and watermelon at the bottom of a glass pitcher; fill with half the bottle of Moscato and let sit for 15-20 minutes for the flavors to merge. Pour into 4 large wine glasses, fill with ice, and top off with the rest of the Moscato. Squeeze fresh lime juice on top and garnish glass with lime wheel and strawberry.

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LOCAL’S CHOICE

Winning in the Game of Fun GILA RIVER HOTELS & CASINOS KICKS OFF ITS 25TH ANNIVERSARY

THIS SUMMER HAS SPECIAL MEANING TO MANY MEMBERS OF THE GILA RIVER INDIAN COMMUNITY—THAT’S BECAUSE GILA RIVER HOTELS & CASINOS WILL KICK OFF ITS 25TH ANNIVERSARY WITH A SERIES OF SPECIAL EVENTS AND PROMOTIONS OVER THE NEXT SIX MONTHS. This celebration will culminate with a massive party and concert on New Year’s Eve at Gila River Hotels & Casinos – Wild Horse Pass. “Looking back, it’s remarkable how our community has grown,” says Kenneth Manuel, CEO of Gila River Hotels & Casinos. “When our first casino, Lone Butte, opened in 1994, it was just a modest building. Now, we have three spectacular properties that we’re very proud of: Gila River Hotels & Casinos – Wild Horse Pass and Lone Butte are both in Chandler, and Gila River Hotels & Casinos – Vee Quiva is in Laveen.”

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Gila River Hotels & Casinos – Wild Horse Pass

Kenneth credits the enormous growth of Gila River Hotels & Casinos to his tribe’s culture of collaboration. “Many people don’t realize that our community is an alliance of two tribes, the Akimel O’otham and Pee-Posh, also known as Pima and Maricopa,” he says, adding that the Gila River Indian Community was established in 1859. “Now we are the largest indigenous population in the Phoenix metropolitan area, with our borders expanding more than 600 square miles from Phoenix to Florence.” Early on, tribal leaders recognized the importance of collaborating with others outside of their community. “Much of our success can be credited to our strong relationships with local and national business and civic leaders,” he says. “From an industry standpoint, our two hotels at Wild Horse Pass and Vee Quiva provide first-rate service and accommodations. Our dining facilities at all three properties have received many accolades, and we’re constantly upgrading our technology to bring the most exciting gaming opportunities to our casinos.” Giving back to the community is also a priority. “We’re proud of our Gila River Cares program, which supports local non-profits with grants throughout the year,” he says. “In addition, through our partnerships with the Arizona Cardinals, Arizona Diamondbacks and Arizona Coyotes, we are able to provide unique and once-in-a-lifetime experiences to children in the community, which has a profound impact on not just their lives, but their families as well.” Highlights for summer include staycation deals, an Independence Day weekend of fun, giveaways and fireworks, and an exciting lineup of entertainment. To book a staycation, reserve tickets to a show or learn more, visit PlayAtGila.com. July 2019 | Chandler Lifestyle

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JULY

LIFESTYLE CALENDAR

JUL 1-AUG 1

Tumbleweed Park with music and food

an evening of unforgettable songs and

vendors, and a big boom sky-illuminat-

new music from her recent album The

SUMMER READING CHALLENGE

ing fireworks display that kicks off at 9

Medicine Show. ChandlerCenter.org

p.m. Bring games and activities or take

Chandler Public Library

advantage of Tumbleweed’s many park

It’s not too late to earn points to win

amenities. ChandlerAZ.gov

prizes by reading or being read to, completing challenges, and attending fun library programs. Create a login to track your reading and discover loads of prizes, then visit your nearest Chandler Public Library to claim your prizes and attend programs. ChandlerLibrary.org

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STAND UP NIGHT AT THE FORUM

SUMMER SPECTACULAR ART WALK

Ben Anderson, Kerri Gallagher, Mo

The Forum

Scottsdale’s Arts District

Art

galleries

in

entertainment

by

comedians

Kitazumi and Richard Prange during

Arts

this fun Saturday night out. The headliner is Michael Longfellow, who has

JUL 1-AUG 25

Scottsdale Road west to Goldwater

been a regular at the Tempe Improv and

Boulevard, and on Marshall Way north of

Stand Up Live. The event is 21+ only.

FANTASTICAL BOTANICALS

Indian School Road to Fifth Avenue—will

TheAZForum.com

feature exhibits by various international while

Scottsdale’s

Enjoy

from

District—along

Main

Street

Vision Gallery

artists

Arizona is known for its iconic saguaro

entertainment and decorations. There's

hosting

refreshments,

cacti that populate much of the state, but

plenty of free parking, as well as free trol-

it is also home to a wide variety of other

ley and/or horse-drawn carriage rides.

plant life. This juried exhibition features

ScottsdaleGalleries.com

dia works inspired by botanicals from inside and outside the state. The work of 17 artists will be on display in this exhibition. VisionGallery.com

17 FAMILY NIGHT – EMOJI EXTRAVAGANZA Tumbleweed Recreational Center

Express yourself at this month’s Emoji

paintings, ceramics, and other multi-me-

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Extravaganza! Whether you’re into the

SALT RIVER KAYAK EXCURSION

with a little creativity and fun crafts.

City of Chandler Environmental

4, 11, 18, 25

Education Center

NIGHT SPLASH WITH 88.7 THE PULSE

the day paddling along the lush green

Kayaking is the perfect way to cool off on a warm Arizona desert day. Spend

heart eyes or the shocked face, you and your little ones can make it happen ChandlerAZ.gov

20 COFFEE 101

Golfland-Sunsplash

riverbanks and towering red cliffs of

88.7 The Pulse will be broadcasting live

the Salt River. Keep alert for sightings

every Thursday night during the summer

of wild horses, bald eagles and Arizona

A one-hour tasting that will take you

at Golfland-Sunsplash in Mesa. Night

wildlife as you gain a unique perspec-

around the world with a sampling of

Splash will be open from 5-10 p.m. and

tive of the Sonoran Desert scenery.

four distinctly different coffees. The

will feature the seven-story high Double

ChandlerAZ.gov

coffee experts at Press will guide you

Stormrider, Sidewinder, The Revolution slides, The Thunder Bay Wave Pool, and a Lazy River. Golfland.com

4 JULY 4TH FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR

Press Coffee

through a brief history of each coffee

Dare slide, Thunder Falls family raft ride,

13 MELISSA ETHERIDGE – THE MEDICINE SHOW

Chandler Center for the Arts

Known for her confessional lyrics and smoky vocals, Melissa Etheridge has

and how the journey, from seed to cup, has created the flavors you taste today. PressCoffee.com

24 QUARTERLY CONNECTOR MIXER

Tumbleweed Park

remained one of America’s favorite

Celebrate freedom, fireworks and fun at

female singer-songwriters for more than

It’s that time again for the Chandler

Chandler’s Independence Day celebra-

two decades. Join Chandler Center for

Innovations quarterly connector event.

tion. The party in the park reigns across 40

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The Local Chandler

This quarter’s event will be at The Local


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party is murdered. With a raging bri-

CAPTURING SUNSETS AND LIGHTING: FEATURED CLASS

after in this nuptial nightmare. Trade

dezilla and an unenthused groom on the scene, it may be happily never clues with your guests and help the

Desert Botanical Garden

hapless couple figure out whodunnit

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During the summer monsoon season

so they can say I do. The evening

sunsets glow with vibrant colors that

includes an Italian buffet, as well.

PHOENIX FAIRYTALE BALL

photographers dream about, and the

TheAZForum.com

garden offers a great vantage point to

NOAH’s Event Venue

capture them. Learn the best settings

Little princesses and friends are

and techniques for photographing

invited to enjoy a candy buffet, cre-

sunsets from instructor Joanne West.

ate magical tiaras, take professional

DBG.org

portraits and enjoy activities at a Fairytale Ball. Attendees will meet Disney princesses and their favorite fairytale friends during an elegant event complete with musical performances, stories, song and dance. PrettyPrincessPartiesmn.com

AUG 1 CABI FALL COLLECTION LAUNCH The Park at Copper Creek

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This

MURDER MYSTERY AT THE FORUM

For RSVPs and questions, email

fashionable

event

features

the Cabi Fall Collection Launch.

The Forum

Free,

but

reservations

required.

LisaOHearn01@gmail.com.

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LOCAL LIMELIGHT FIGHT THE INDOOR EPIDEMIC WITH PARK AND RECREATION MONTH'S FUN AND GAMES

Be an 'Outsider' This Summer ARTICLE CHANDLER PARKS & RECREATION | PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED

WHETHER YOU CONSIDER YOURSELF OUTDOORSY OR NOT, THE SUMMER SHINE MAKES THE WHOLE FAMILY EXCITED TO STRETCH THEIR LEGS AND GET SOME FRESH AIR—ESPECIALLY KIDS. But when summer temperatures get in the way of fun, sometimes it’s easier to turn on the TV and stay inside. As Americans, we spend an average of 95% of our lives indoors. Our health could be affected. This summer, #BeAnOutsider as you get your Game On and play it cool. In this tech-driven world, it’s no surprise that Americans see more screen than green, explains Chandler Parks & Recreation Manager Joe Petrella. “We are in the midst of an indoor epidemic due to Arizona summers and our digital and sedentary lifestyles. Recreation is all about the power of play and adventure, and Park and Recreation Month provides us with the perfect opportunity to be part of the solution,” says Joe. “Studies have confirmed that parks and recreation, community green space, and time outdoors is critical for creating healthy, active and sustainable communities. Some have even suggested that people feel reduced stress, improved mood, and increased

+ On average we spend 95% of our lives indoors

energy the more time they spend outside.”

+ By the time you’re 35 years old, you’ve spent

So this July—and all summer long—Chandler Parks & Rec is

the equivalent of about 33 years indoors

leading initiatives and providing opportunities for the community

+ We spend almost 4x more time watching TV

to achieve healthier lifestyles through a variety of programs, special

than going outdoors

events and services. Whether it’s summer camp, an adult sports league, learning to swim, exploring nature, or meeting friends in the

TOP ACTIVITIES KEEPING US INDOORS

park, parks and play go hand-and-hand in helping you live well.

+ 4.75% Relaxing & Leisure

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