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Development restarts between boom, bust by Tracy House

Development is once again underway in the SanTan Sun area, particularly in the unfinished Southern Chandler portion. Residential and commercial projects that halted during the recession are bustling with activity. But the City, once a housing boom hub with national notoriety, will not return to peak construction levels as it jogs, rather than sprints, towards build out. The pickup in construction can be attributed to the lure of relocating to the Valley of the Sun, says Jeff Kurtz, planning administrator for the City of Chandler, who notes Chandler is often near the top of the list. “Chandler tends to be one of their first ‘go-look-ats.’ We’re lucky that

way. It’s because of the planning we’ve done, the community, the council and the expectations. We continue to see successes.”

Residential returns

Chandler saw the bulk of its singlefamily residential family growth prior to 2008. Currently it’s averaging about 50 permits per month in contrast to hundreds of permits per month during the peak. “Chandler’s at a build out stage,” Kurtz explains. “What we have seen is a deletion of available residential land. We are not going to continue to see the single-family growth we used to see.” Kurtz says resurgence is visible see Development page 6

APARTMENT DEMAND: Job growth, high occupancy in single-family homes and a tougher lending climate have resulted in wait lists for apartments in Chandler. LIV Avenida, pictured here, is now open at Arizona Avenue south of Queen Creek Road and is one of several new multi-family projects, and among the first since 2008. Submitted photo

CRMC seeks Level 1 trauma status Top volunteer seeks matches, saves lives of their $1,000 grants, so it was pretty Barbara Lucas understands the lifeamazing.” changing power of a bone marrow Lucas’s work on behalf of marrow transplant. The Paseo Trail resident transplant recipients began in 2005, has seen friends and co-workers when a co-worker’s nephew died after receive desperately needed marrow an unsuccessful search for a marrow donations and go on to lead healthy donor. Around the same time, a friend’s lives. And, she’s watched, heartbroken, young daughter was diagnosed with as others lost their battle with leukemia. leukemia, lymphoma and other ailments “If she didn’t respond to treatment, while waiting for a match that never she’d also need a marrow transplant,” see Marrow donor page 8 materialized. Both scenarios drive Lucas, a registered nurse whose tireless work on behalf of the National Marrow Donor Program’s Be The Match Registry recently earned her the organization’s 2012 Volunteerism Award, as well as top spot in the 2012 Wells Fargo & Company Volunteer Service Awards – an honor that came with a $25,000 grant for Be The Match. “I had about four weeks of being in shock,” recalls the Wells Fargo accommodations consultant, who learned in August she’d been chosen to receive her employer’s award, and in September that she’d be SUPER RECRUITER: Chandler resident and Wells Fargo employee honored by Be The Match. Barbara Lucas began recruiting bone marrow donors in 2005 “Wells Fargo has 270,000 and accepted the Be The Match’s 2012 Volunteerism Award in employees and only one top Minneapolis last fall. Lucas also received Wells Fargo’s top 2012 award. I was hoping to get one by K. M. Lang

GROWING UP: Expansion at Chandler Regional Medical Center means faster, better quality care for area residents. This rendering includes a five-story tower, now under construction. Level 1 trauma services will likely begin later this year, before the tower is complete. Submitted photo by Tracy House

Hoping for the best but preparing for the worst, Chandler Regional Medical Center (CRMC) joins a distinct group of hospitals in the Valley by seeking a Level I trauma designation. As the southeastern-most hospital in the Valley with this merit, CRMC will be able to provide Level I trauma care to the East Valley. Brian Tiffany, M.D., Ph.D., chief of staff and emergency room physician at CRMC and Mercy Gilbert Medical centers, says this is critical for citizens living in the East Valley.

“This matters because of the travel distance that’s involved,” Tiffany continues. “From the time of the initial injury to the time you get into the door at a trauma center matters greatly on your outcome and how you do. You want to spend the first hour of time you’re injured, the ‘Golden Hour,’ being treated, not being transported.” Level 1 traumas, says Tiffany, could include a car accident with a patient with unstable vital signs, someone who has been shot or stabbed, an injury in the trunk or chest, an accident with see Trauma care page 7

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Chandler salutes new citizens

Apply now for Citizens Academy A look inside the day-to-day operations of the Chandler Police Department is offered to applicants accepted for the next Citizens Police Academy, beginning Feb. 6 and running through April 24. The free 13-week program, with classes from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays, is held at the department’s main station, 250 E. Chicago St. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and either work, live or attend school in Chandler. Candidates must also

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Chandler police, firefighters help homeless CITIZENS: More than 200 people became new citizens at a ceremony last year in Chandler. Submitted photo

An outdoor naturalization ceremony welcomes approximately 200 new American citizens at 11 a.m. Sat., Jan. 19 at the Library Plaza – Unity Stage, 125 E. Commonwealth Ave., Chandler, kicking off Chandler’s 18th Annual Multicultural Festival. The ceremony, featuring guest speaker Valley news anchor and new U.S. citizen Brahm Resnik, honors the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

and marks the year that King’s “I Have a Dream” speech turns 50. Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny will proclaim Jan. 19, 2013 Tolerance Day in Chandler. Chandler’s Multicultural Festival, presented by Intel and City of Chandler Friends of the Library, runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and features an array of international foods, entertainers and artisans. For more information, visit

Members of the Chandler Police Department’s Bike Team worked with the Chandler Fire Department during the recent extreme cold snap to deliver extra blankets and warm clothing to the area’s homeless. “This is a wonderful effort of our police officers and firefighters to tend to those in need,” says Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny. “This is just one more example of a truly compassionate team of employees who are on constant lookout for the

wellbeing of our community.” Public safety teams began contacting homeless people prior to the cold snap to assess their needs. Sleeping bags, gloves, clothing and blankets were gathered by the Fire Department and the City’s Public Housing Division and then distributed. The City also identified shelter space for those willing to go. For more information about Chandler’s public safety teams, visit

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Supervisor pledges regulatory flexibility Citizens can give input to regulatory requirements via new website Greater flexibility and transparency to the county’s regulatory system to encourage economic growth is the pledge of District 3 Supervisor Andy Kunasek, newly elected chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors for 2013. “We need regulation that protects us where necessary,” Kunasek says, “but we shouldn’t bury business and individuals in red tape and senseless regulations that exist out of habit, not need.” He also suggests the county follow the lead of the City of Phoenix and encourage the renovation of old buildings for new uses. “Today, we have more new innovative restaurants and businesses than we’ve ever had,” Kunasek says. “This is good for neighborhoods, small business and good for the economy.” Kunasek was chairman four other times as a supervisor, the last time in 2011. For names and photos of the Board of Supervisors, visit

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Development from page 1

at Fulton Ranch on Arizona Avenue between Ocotillo and Chandler Heights roads, Old Stone Ranch at Lindsay Road between Ocotillo and Chandler Heights roads, and Artesian Ranch at Gilbert and Ocotillo roads. “Many of the builders in the area that still existed went back and retooled their housing products, taking some of the cost out of them,” Kurtz says. The Southshore Village project on the northeast corner of Arizona Avenue and Chandler Heights Road was rezoned and Fulton Ranch is building single-family homes in place of the prior multi-use site. Kurtz says this isn’t uncommon. “Most everything in Chandler goes through a rezoning process when a project comes along. Zonings are customized to a specific development request.”

More multiples

A current development trend in Chandler is multi-family housing. There hasn’t been any built since 2008. Kurtz says there are indicators for the need for multi-family housing: occupancies are high in single-family homes, there are waiting lists on apartments and Chandler has had successful job-growth. “All these are going towards the demand for multiple-family. We’ve got a foundation for where multi-family is appropriate. There is a demand for it, we’ve got the workforce for it so we are going to see some more.” The City will become denser as a result of where it is in the growth cycle, adds Kurtz.

SLOWLY BUT SURELY: Residential housing is picking up in Southern Chandler, though the 50 or so permits pulled each month are a fraction of what the City approved during the prerecession building bonanza. STSN photos

“We’re running out of single-family land.” Pockets of construction have started or are zoned for construction to begin. Other sites with multi-family development include: Archstone, north of Queen Creek Road on Arizona Avenue; Almeria, close to Dobson and Queen Creek roads; Parcland Crossing at Willis and Alma School roads; and Aerie on the north side of Pecos Road near Alma School.

Price Corridor

The area along the Price Corridor continues to see outside interest in development. It is a prime location with access to two freeways, ideal for job and office development, and primarily business hotels have sprung up in the area as a function of the employment. “Anyone can stay there, but it is purely indicative of that type of growth,” says Kurtz. “It is a centralized location. Close to freeways, the shopping mall and business. You’ll continue to see development along that corridor.”

Crossroads Towne Center

The industrial area near Germann and Gilbert roads was classically impacted by the recession. Shops closed soon after opening and vacant space is slowly filling back up. “It’s starting to come back now,” Kurtz says. “It is a very large area. It will take time to absorb. Once the absorption is there, we’ll start to see new growth.” Retail growth will come later, if at all. “The world’s just changed so much in retail,” Kurtz comments. “But from employment growth, from the industrial type of growth, we’re well positioned. We’re in the south part of the Valley. We have a freeway connected to us. It’s still likeable for those types of investments.” Slower absorption and lower density typify the southeast portions of Chandler. “Several years back the desire was to have a portion of our community developed in a lower density environment,” explains Kurtz. There are no plans for commercial

development or multi-family builds, according to Kurtz. The population density doesn’t meet the models to support large commercial retail in the area. Tracy House is a freelance writer living in Ironwood Vistas with her husband and four children. She can be reached at

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Trauma care from page 1


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CONSTRUCTION SITE: Work is continuing on a new tower at Chandler Regional Medical Center. STSN photo

an unconscious person, or if a person is killed in an qualified people to deal with Level I trauma.” accident, the other people in the car would need to Several of the staff members are already trauma go to a Level I trauma center, Tiffany adds. capable, though some specialized Construction is under way on a new positions will need to be filled. tower that will better serve the Chandler A letter of intent to pursue trauma community. It adds 96 inpatient care beds, designation was sent to the Arizona bringing CRMC’s bed count to 339 and Department of Health Services in relocates and expands the emergency November 2012. ADHS will then grant department. provisional status after attestation is “It will greatly enhance our capabilities submitted. as a trauma center, though we will “We will not attest until we’re ready to probably be operating as a trauma center do so,” Tiffany says. “Most likely in the late before that is opened,” Tiffany says. “We summer.” ON CALL: Dr. Brian Tiffany are equipped now, in terms of our layout, Tracy House is a freelance writer living is an emergency room to handle trauma.” physician and chief of staff in Ironwood Vistas with her husband “The core of the Level I trauma center at Chandler Regional and and four children. She can be reached at is the people that are in it and the Mercy Gilbert medical capabilities,” Tiffany continues. “The centers. Submitted photo

Plans for proposed new Salt River Project power lines and substations are available for public inspection at two open houses: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. Wed., Jan. 30 at the Holiday Inn, 1200 W. Ocotillo Rd. in Chandler. The project, according to SRP, includes a new singlecircuit power line to connect the Schrader Substation, located east of Arizona Avenue and Ocotillo Road, with a new substation in the southern portion of the corridor; and a new double-circuit power line to connect the Knox Substation, located north of Pecos Road west of 56th Street, with a new substation in the northern portion of the Price Road Corridor. The two new substations would be connected by a doublecircuit line. A single-circuit power line is also needed between the existing Knox Substation and the Kyrene Substation, located on the northeast corner of Elliot and Kyrene roads in Tempe. The new substations are needed, SRP says, because there are a number of large commercial customers currently in that area that require large amounts of electricity to operate and a significant increase in the number of businesses is anticipated there in the near future. Routes for the power lines and the locations for the new substations have not yet been determined, and SRP says all alternatives will be considered. This includes discussions with the Gila River Indian Community for possible routes located west of the Price Road Corridor. A hearing before the Arizona Power Plant and Transmission Line Siting Committee is part of the approval process, and a final decision will be made at an open meeting of the Arizona Corporation Commission. Visit and for more details.

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explains Lucas. “That was the first marrow donor drive I put together. We brought in my friend’s 18-month-old to put a face to the process and help educate people on what it is to be a marrow donor.” Each year, more than 10,000 patients in the U.S. learn that their life depends on a marrow transplant from an unrelated adult donor or umbilical cord blood unit. While Be The Match currently provides access to more than 10 million potential donors, the chances of finding one’s “perfect match” range from 66% for black patients to 93% for white patients. Registration as a potential marrow donor is easy and free for those between the ages 18 and 44, yet misinformation prevents some from signing on to help. “Hollywood has not done a good job portraying

SAVING LIVES: Barbara Lucas and her Brigid’s Brigade volunteers registered more than 5,000 potential marrow donors, and they’re far from finished. “Technically, there should be a match out there for every single person,” says Lucas. “We just haven’t found them yet.” Submitted photo

what it is to be a marrow donor,” says Lucas. “They dramatize it as being excruciatingly painful, and there are a lot of myths out there.” Lucas registered more than 200 donors at her first workplace drive. Her friend’s child, Brigid, was fortunate enough to recover from her disease, and Brigid’s Brigade – Lucas’s dedicated group of volunteers – has gone on to register around 5,000 donors at drives around the Valley. On Labor Day weekend in 2009, Brigid’s Brigade held their first mall event at Chandler Fashion Center, with the Chandler Fire and Police MAKING MATCHES: Chandler firefighters, shown with Molly the Marrow Monkey and 5-year-old Gilbert resident departments pitching in. Maddie Johnson, helped out during the 2012 Labor Day weekend marrow donor registry drive at Chandler Fashion “During our first drive, Center. Maddie has Diamond Blackfan anemia and will continue to receive blood transfusions every two weeks we registered more than until a matching marrow donor can be found. Submitted photo 400,” says Lucas, whose group has made the drive doesn’t matter, because one of those may very well be an annual event, ringing cowbells when a potential a match.” donor is registered, and using Molly the Marrow Be The Match holds donor drives Jan. 22 at Phoenix Monkey, a mascot created by Lucas, to engage children College; Jan. 24 at Keller Williams Realty at 4621 E. and educate their parents. Chandler Blvd., Suite 160, Phoenix; Feb. 4 and May 13 at While she and her fellow volunteers can’t know how Grand Canyon University; and Feb. 23 at Dave & Buster’s many lives their efforts have helped to save, they know in North Scottsdale. they’re making a difference. To learn more about marrow donation, Be The Match “We do once in awhile hear about some of the folks events and volunteer opportunities, visit that we’ve registered coming up as matches and being K. M. Lang lives and writes in Sun Groves. To contact able to donate,” she says. “All it takes is one donor. her, email Even if we only register 10 people after a full drive, it





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To help rebuild the blood supply after the holidays, the Community of Solera hosts a blood drive on Sat., Jan. 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 6360 S. Mountain Blvd., Chandler, near the cross streets of Riggs and Gilbert roads. Donors should look for the Lone Tree Golf sign. Homemade goodies and chiliburgers will be provided. Donors should eat a good meal, drink plenty of water and bring a photo ID on the day of donation. To sign up, call 480-802-6996, ext. 221. Walk-ins are also accepted. Call Phyllis at 480-794-1885 with any questions.

• Each year, more than 10,000 U.S. patients are diagnosed with a condition requiring a marrow transplant from an unrelated donor or umbilical cord blood unit. Around 70% of patients must look outside their family for a donor. • A patient’s likelihood of finding a donor on the Be The Match Registry who is willing and able to help ranges from 66 to 93%, depending on race or ethnicity. • In 2011, the National Marrow Donor Program facilitated more than 5,500 marrow and cord blood transplants. • About 76% of the time, adult marrow donors are asked to provide peripheral blood stem cells during a nonsurgical, outpatient procedure similar to donating platelets or plasma. • About 24% of the time, marrow donors are asked to donate through a surgical, outpatient procedure that takes place at a hospital. General or regional anesthesia is used. • People ages 18 to 44 are most urgently needed for marrow donations. Those between 45 and 60 who wish to join the registry may do so online with a $100 taxdeductible payment. • Other ways to help include direct financial donations to Be The Match, donating cord blood, volunteering or spreading the word. • To learn more about donating, Be The Match events and volunteer opportunities, visit

Annual CEF raffle underway

This year’s winner of the Chandler Education Foundation’s 2013 Winner’s Choice raffle can choose between a 2013 Toyota Scion FR-S or $20,000 cash, courtesy of Chandler Big Two Toyota and Toyota Financial Services. The drawing is scheduled for 5 p.m. Sun., March 10 at Chandler Chamber of Commerce’s 25th Annual Ostrich Festival. Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased online at or at any Chandler Unified School District school or the District office. Proceeds benefit the IMPACT Chandler Scholarship and Scholars program and Teacher/ School Wide grant program; schools and school groups receive $4 for every ticket they sell. The winner need not be present to win. For more information, call the Chandler Education Foundation at 480-224-3030.

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Play bingo to raise money at the San Tan Crown Rotary Club’s third annual “Bingo Bonanza!” from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Fri., Jan. 25 at Holiday Inn Ocotillo, 1200 W. Ocotillo Rd., Chandler. Beneficiaries of the event are St. Peter’s Mission School, Fans Across America, Basha High School Scholarships, ICAN, Local Veterans Relief and UMOM Abused Women’s & Children’s Shelter. Players can win a chance at $1,000 in cash and prizes. The $25 per person tickets include one adult beverage, snacks, an inker and three bingo cards for 10 different games. Contact Terry Lubsen at 480-699-9649 or, Paul Zimmerman at 480-802-4502 or Jim Kame 480-593-4507 for tickets.


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Chandler’s Science Spectacular

NEED FOR SPEED: A solar race track draws participants of the City of Chandler’s Science Saturday, to be held Feb. 16. Submitted photo

Chandler is dedicating three days to the exploration of invention and demonstrating that science is an integral part of the world around us by hosting the Chandler Science Spectacular. The event, which makes science and technology both interesting and accessible, is part of the Arizona SciTech Festival, a statewide movement to promote and celebrate science in daily life. The month-long festival uses engaging and creative activities related to art, food, entertainment and gadgets as an entryway to a



greater understanding and appreciation for science. Education and businesses based around the industries of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), are becoming more critical as communities are competing internationally for economic stability and success. The goal of the AZ SciTech Festival is to brand Arizona internationally as a nucleus for science. This complements the City of Chandler’s strategy of recruiting and retaining companies in the high-tech, high-wage science and technology industries. Chandler fostered its reputation as a high-tech leader in several ways including preserving the prestigious Price Corridor for industry, supporting the growth of small businesses through the Innovations Science & Technology Incubator and developing collaborative partnerships with both Arizona State University and the University of Arizona. The City is beginning to earn recognition for its efforts, most recently being noted as one of the top-four cities in the nation for high-tech startups per capita, along with Fremont and San Jose, CA, and Irving, TX. The Chandler Science Spectacular is spearheaded by Councilmember Rick Heumann’s Education Coalition, and is a collaborative community effort in order to engage a broad range of residents.

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The Wed., Feb. 13 Tech Crawl includes a behindthe-scenes glimpse of some of Chandler’s largest technology companies, such as Intel and Air Products, and an open house at the Innovations Incubator, a secure facility that opens to the public for this event. The Tech Crawl is aimed at giving adults and families insight into the level of

industry being developed right in their own community. A Night of Art & Science on Fri., Feb. 15 is open to families, but geared toward adults as Downtown Chandler’s Third Friday Art walk is transformed into a celebration of science. Artists reveal the scientific methods that go into their creations, ranging from painting, candle making and sculpture to woodwork. Visitors also learn how science relates to the craft of making quality food and drink, as some of Downtown Chandler’s independent establishments showcase the science behind their craft. The festival culminates in Chandler’s Science Saturday, as businesses, schools and professionals offer hands-on activities and creative demonstrations about the daily work they do in STEM fields. The University of Arizona will introduce kids to video game design and give them an introduction to simple programming. Kids can test their skills as crime scene investigators by taking fingerprints or see what it’s like to have a job

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scaling electrical poles as Chandler-Gilbert Community College demonstrates one of its popular job training courses. Visitors can also check out the creative minds of the next generation of inventors, as students from Chandler Unified School District showcase some of the “best of the best” science projects. For detailed information on the 3-Day Chandler Science Spectacular, visit For more information on the Arizona SciTech Festival, visit Information provided by the City of Chandler Communications and Public Affairs Department.

Cathy Rymer has a challenge on her hands. Last year a poll of Americans revealed 77% don’t know where their water comes from. As the City of Chandler’s water conservation coordinator, she must make residents understand and value something they know little about. Along with regular education on the basics, like turning off the faucet when you brush your teeth and training homeowners on how to have beautiful landscaping while using desert-friendly plants, Rymer gets creative. She is working with Project WET, based out of the University of Arizona, to train middle-school teachers on how to incorporate water conservation into their curriculum through a Teacher Academy. “Our goal is to help students make the connection of water from their tap to the sources that provide that water,” says Rymer. “By teaching kids where water comes from, they’ll better appreciate it and become stewards of our resources and protect them in the future.” It’s a timely partnership as in recent years, U.S. employers have reached out internationally in order to fill job vacancies in highly skilled science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. This situation led to calls for better STEM education in the United States. Innovative educational initiatives like the Teacher Academy are emerging to answer the call for more professional competence in these STEM areas. This Academy gives teachers the tools they need to integrate water-related topics in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The implementation of STEM education stresses the interdependence of water within the four subjects, while helping students develop critical thinking skills and become more successful in these topics.

UP FOR THE CHALLENGE: An uninformed audience won’t stop Water Conservation Coordinator Cathy Rymer. She aims to bring her message of resource appreciation to schools throughout the City of Chandler. Submitted photo

Three basic concepts are addressed: water is precious, we must each do our part to use it wisely, and we should support solutions for the future. The concept of “training the trainer” helps Rymer integrate the message of water conservation into the community. “Teachers have access to so many students, and the trickledown effect is amazing,” she says. “It’s a way to tap into that and be able to reach their families, and see them take action.” High school students involved in the program also learn and develop leadership and public speaking skills, and are asked to engage their families and neighbors in what they learn. Information provided by the City of Chandler Communications and Public Affairs Department.

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Libraries host ‘Big Read’ events Photography display, film screenings part of month Celebrate literacy and the arts this month with the Chandler Public and Maricopa County Library District libraries when they offer book and film discussions as part of The Big Read, an annual statewide reading initiative. The Big Read encourages individuals to read and discuss a single book with others and participate in meaningful, multidisciplinary programming. The selected book for 2013 is “The Grapes of Wrath” by Pulitzer Prize winner John Steinbeck.

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To complement this year’s selected title, the Downtown Chandler Library offers a photo exhibit, featuring images of downtown Chandler during the 1930s and the Depression era on display through the end of the month. The library, at 22 S. Delaware St., also hosts film scholar Jeannie Berg at 2 p.m. Sat., Jan. 19. She will show segments of the classic 1940 film of the novel, and then lead a discussion on the book and the impact of the Great Depression on the film. Librarian and filmmaker George Delalis discusses the political climate of Hollywood at the time of the Grapes of Wrath and how this affected the making of the film version of the classic novel at 11 a.m. Fri., Jan. 25 at Basha Library, 5990 S. Val Vista Dr. Check the event schedule at for more information

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The Maricopa County Library District schedule offers guest speakers, an all-day program, book discussions, film screenings and a 1930s theme party for kids as some of its Big Read activities. “The Worst I Ever Seen: The Depression, The Dust Bowl, & The Grapes of Wrath” runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat., Jan. 19 at Queen Creek Branch Library, 21802 S. Ellsworth Rd., Queen Creek. The event celebrates “The Grapes of Wrath” and explores the life, music and stories that populated the depression era and Dust Bowl. Attendees learn how people survived, see interviews and original footage, listen to live and recorded performances, and enjoy music, crafts and a period car show. Also at Queen Creek Library is Just 4 Kids: 1930s Games & Activities from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wed., Jan. 23. In honor of John Steinbeck’s classic novel, kids ages 7 to 11 can party like it’s the 1930s with backyard, party and string games popular with children during the Depression. Children also learn how their grandparents and greatgrandparents had fun when they were

children. Space and supplies are limited, and registration is required. “The Grapes of Wrath” book discussion is at 3 p.m. Wed., Jan. 23 at Southeast Regional Library, 775 N. Greenfield Rd., Gilbert. Brunch and “The Grapes of Wrath” book discussion begins at 10 a.m. Mon., Jan. 28 at Perry Branch Library, 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd., Gilbert. A guest speaker leads the discussion on the time period of the novel and gives insights on John Steinbeck. Brunch is provided. Perry Branch Library also hosts the Perry Film Series: The Big Read title: “The Grapes of Wrath” is at 1 p.m., Tue., Jan. 29. See a special showing of this year’s Big Read, with guest speaker Jeannie Berg, who talks about the making of the film as well as the themes of the timely movie. For more information on MCLD events, visit or call 602-652-3000. The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest and locally presented by the West Valley Arts Council with generous support and sponsorships around the Valley. The full calendar of events is at For more about the Big Read, call the West Valley Arts Council at 623-935-6384, email, or visit

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Individuals with a “passion for the arts” who are available to attend monthly board meetings and participate in fundraising efforts are sought to be on the City of Chandler’s Cultural Foundation Board. Board members review and approve proposed performing arts and other programs at Chandler Center for the Arts, (CCA), raise funds to support the programs and contribute “time, talents and treasures” in fundraising for CCA. Katrina Pappas, general manager of the CCA, says current fundraising efforts consist of Eat Your Art Out, 3 Nights for the Arts, Adopt-A-Seat and an annual membership program. The Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c) (3) organization, and Mayor and Council appoint board members. The board meets monthly at 5:30 p.m. on the fourth Thursday. Pappas says bylaws require that board members attend at least 75% of meetings each year. For details on the current board members and their terms, visit To apply for a position, go to chandleraz. gov/bdapp.


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Irish dancers descend downtown Tartanic concert melds old, new world Celtic music Traditional Irish dancers compete with others from around the world at the 23rd Annual Feis in the Desert Sat. and Sun., Jan. 19 and 20 at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort, 1 N. San Marcos Pl., Chandler. From world championship qualifiers to beginners, all levels of dancers will take part in solo and team dances, with live musicians accompanying the dancers. The Irish dance competition, pronounced “fesh,” is hosted by Chandler’s Bracken School of Irish Dance and sponsored by Damhsa Irish Dance Company, which supports the ChandlerTullamore Sister Cities (CTSC) program. There’s free admission and parking for the event. For a general schedule of events, visit Email with specific questions.

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To raise funds for ChandlerTullamore’s Sister Cities’ pioneer Student Ambassador Program, CTSC hosts the Celtic group Tartanic in concert at 7:30 p.m. Fri., Jan. 25 in the Pavilion at Crowne

Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort Pavilion, 1. N. San Marcos Pl., Chandler. It’s a celebration of Scotland’s National Poet Robert Burns’ birthday, and in addition to “old-world Irish music with some creative modern twists,” Highland Legacy Pipes & Drums, a local pipe and drum band, opens the evening with traditional bagpipe favorites and Master Piper Bernie Flynn reads “Ode to a Haggis.” Tartanic is joined by Chandler’s own bagpiper, Will Thayer. CTSC President Ellen Harrington promises a high-energy performance by band members dressed in kilts and sunglasses. “Take two bagpipers and two drummers, then mix in world percussions and tunes ranging from ‘Scotland the Brave’ to scorching samba-driven numbers that feature half the band leaping off the stage,” she says. “With a bevy of drums featuring world percussion from Arabia, Africa and America, The ‘Tartanic Experience’ is progressive Celtic music, taking tunes out of the session and into the sensational with their unique brand of instrumentation, humor and theatrics.” Tickets, $15 for members, $18 for the general public and $20 at the door, help to underwrite travel expenses for several Chandler students going to

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Finger-lickin’ fun at BBQ fest Pack the picnic blankets and lawn chairs and bring the whole family to the Great American Barbeque & Beer Festival from noon to 10 p.m. Sat., March 23 at Dr. A.J. Chandler Park. The sweet aroma of barbecue returns to downtown Chandler for the fourth time, when Arizona Avenue is closed from Buffalo Street to Boston Street. More than 100 exhibitors and more than 50 vendors from across Arizona serve up more than 20,000 pounds of pork ribs, pulled pork, brisket and chicken, and 200 kegs of beer at the event. There will also be live entertainment featuring two stages with 12 bands, an expanded all day kids zone, Wow Balls, a custom bike show, a farmer’s market and eating competitions. “This festival is about food and fun,” says Landon Evans, creative director at HDE Agency, which produces the event. “No table etiquette needed. You can eat with your hands, wipe your mouth on your sleeve and lick your fingers clean before wiping them on your pants. I just want folks to enjoy the experience and have a great time.” The last festival was designated as an official centennial event in the City of

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SanTan Sun Chronicles Anthony Braaten is the new 2013 chairperson of the Chandler-Gilbert Family YMCA’s Board of Directors. He was previously board vice chairperson and an active board member at the ChandlerGilbert Y for seven years, co-chairing the marketing and membership committees and supporting and leading the Strong Kids and Families Fundraising Campaign, among other responsibilities. Braaten has worked in higher education for over 20 years, currently as residential communication faculty for the Maricopa Community

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Lmage Salon Studios: one-stop beauty mall When Jeanette Aspito was ready to open her own salon two years ago, she wanted it to be in the same area where she had previously worked. When she heard about Lmage Salon Studios, which houses multiple hair, nail and beauty salon tenants all under one roof at Queen Creek and Alma School roads in Chandler, Aspito knew she had found the ideal spot for her new business, G&G Salon Studio. “The first day they opened, I was there working,” Aspito says, adding that she offers a wide variety of hair services including cuts and colors, chemical relaxing, perms and body waves. “I liked the more quiet, personal atmosphere for my clients and myself, and I saw that other businesses there were providing other services for my clients.” Lori Winters, who co-founded and co-owns Lmage Salon Studios with Bret Marino, has worked for more than 35 years in the beauty industry as a hairstylist and manager. In 2003, after years of owning a successful salon in Scottsdale, the pair opened their first Lmage location at Val Vista and Baseline roads in Gilbert. Marino, with more than 30 years experience as a builder, handles the design and development for the various Lmage locations, which each houses

between 20 and 30 studios. Winters and Marino recently opened their fifth location in Tempe. “Lmage Salon Studios was founded on the idea that professional progression is natural for those with motivation in the industry, providing the beauty professional a wonderful atmosphere, with policies and procedures for the building set in place, and each operator owning their own business / salon / boutique, without the huge risk and overhead involved with a large salon,” Winters says. The tenants at Lmage Salon Studios pay a fixed monthly rent that includes utilities and tax. Each studio is completely independent, Winters notes, and is personally decorated and managed to reflect the vision and tastes of the owner / operator. Tenants share common areas, such as break rooms, restrooms and complimentary laundry facilities. Though there are no set building hours, so many studios means services are typically offered seven days a week, with walk-ins welcome.

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PERMS, MORE: Jeanette Aspito, owner of G&G Salon Studio, says she likes the relaxed and quiet atmosphere at Lmage Salon Studios. Richard Sullivan shares her space. STSN photo

people to own their own business without having to contend with a huge amount of overhead. “Many beauty professionals enter this field because they see an obtainable goal of someday having a salon to call their own and doing every day what they have a deep passion for. “This allows the owner / operator to know in advance his or her overhead and therefore manage their business more efficiently and more successfully.” For the clients, Lmage is a one-stop service shop, or what Winters and Marino have nicknamed the “Beauty Mall.”

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Botox and fillers. Marilyn Johnson, RN, owner of Bellissimo Medical Aesthetics, says she is also glad she decided to open her business at Lmage. Johnson offers a wide range of services to her clients including a full line of injectables, medical grade facial peels, laser procedures and fillers. “It was a really good choice for us to be here because of both the amount of customer traffic and the location,” says Johnson. “We get a lot of walk-in clients here.” “Our locations will also offer facial threading and nutrition counseling,” adds Winters. “We are also seeing a great demand for jewelry, handbags and accessories, so basically any business that complements the beauty industry would be a great fit for Lmage.” Jeff Toro, who co-owns Studio 112 Design along with Beth Alben, says it has been “a complete blessing” to have their independent business located at Lmage. Toro and Alben offer precision haircuts, color, highlighting and permanent waves.

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information, call 480-209-7364 or visit G&G Salon Studio can be reached at 480-258-3812; Studio 112 at 480-232-7963; and Bellissimo Medical Aesthetics at 480-620-8121. Alison Stanton is a freelance writer who lives in the East Valley. She can be reached at

One of Arizona’s oldest established jewelry stores is beginning a new chapter. Owners of Walt’s Jewelers of Chandler, Sam and Melissa Odom, are retiring and turning daily operations over to their staff, some of whom have been working with the company for more than 20 years. Walt’s Jewelers was originally established in 1956 in Mammoth, a copper mining town located about 80 miles east of the Valley, by Sam’s father, Walt Odom, under the name “Walt’s Jewel Box.” After relocating to Kearny, Sam became the store’s engraver at age

12. In the ‘70s, Walt Odom retired, and with the failing copper industry in the ‘80s, Sam and Melissa Odom relocated to Chandler, where they operated the family business for 23 years. Five years ago they moved it to the current location on the southeast corner of Gilbert and Germann roads in Gilbert. The Odoms plan to spend time in the White Mountains and to visit their three children and eight grandchildren, and will stop into the jewelry store from time to time to catch up with friends and customers they will miss. Walt’s Jewelers is at 143 E. Germann Rd., Suite 111, Gilbert. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information about Walt’s Jewelers, call 480-899-9199 or visit

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SWEET: Check out classic cars such as this one at the free 10th Annual Chandler Classic Car Show, to be held Sat ., Feb . 23 in downtown Chandler . Submitted photo

The first 150 Classic Cars & Hot Rods built before 1980 may register for the 10th Annual Chandler Classic Car Show, to be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat., Feb. 23 in downtown Chandler. Car clubs may also register up to 25 cars per group. Sponsors and vendors are also being sought for the free event, with sponsor levels from $250 to $15,000, and vendor booths from $125 to $225. The Classic Car and Hot Rod Show was founded in 2003 by the late Jerry Biondi and Maury Williamson, owners of the Country Clipper Barber Shop located in the Chandler historic downtown area. “We founded the car show to bring awareness and

give back to the downtown area, raise money for local nonprofit organizations and have car enthusiasts enjoy some good old classic cars,” Williamson says. The number of cars has tripled since its beginnings, and the event has raised more than $90,000 for local charities. Beneficiaries for this year’s car show were not available at press time. The free family friendly event will include lots of cars, food, games and new this year is a “hot imports car show.” For details, visit or call Williamson at 480-389-7709 or Jeanne Bosarge at 602-692-4386.


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Building a sustainable and profitable real estate business working with golf home buyers and sellers is the focus of a oneday workshop 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat., Feb. 9 at Golf Academy of America, 2031 N. Arizona Ave., Suite 2, Chandler. The program is offered by the Golf Realty Network, a golf and real estate marketing company that is the exclusive real estate source for the Southwest Section PGA and its 390 public and private golf courses. “It’s a lot more than showing a buyer a bunch of homes in golf communities or taking a listing that just showcases the house and forgets the importance of featuring the golf lifestyle,” says Jane Andersen, co-founder and co-owner, who is also writing a book to support the workshop. Registration is $199 and includes a one-year GRN membership. For more information, call 602-684-9300, email or visit

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Soroptimists impact locally, globally

TAKING REINS, PART II: Continuing Soroptimist International of the San Tans President Chris Stage, right, receives a gift and umbrella from member Marian Norris. STSN photo

Celebrating 90 years as an organization, Soroptimist and Soroptimist International of the San Tans in Chandler, a service organization for business and professional women who work to improve the lives of women and girls, are making a difference in the SanTan Sun area as well as internationally. According to a recent year-end report, Soroptimist welcomed 4,313 new members in 1,300 clubs in 19 countries and territories around the world, and 14 new clubs were started. About $2,229,354 was disbursed both directly and through

the clubs, benefiting 7,638 women. The 23 members of the Chandler chapter, under President Chris Stage of Ocotillo, raised and donated more than $10,000 both in the local and international community including an awards program, local nonprofit grants and supporting other Soroptimist projects. At their 2012 Awards Luncheon, the San Tan chapter gave more than $4,000 to six local women dedicated to changing their lives and the lives of others through Women’s Opportunity Awards, Violet Richardson Awards, Ruby

Award and San Tan Awards. Additionally, the club donated 11,500 pounds of nonperishable food to Chandler Christian Community Center, impacting hundreds of local families around the holidays; worked with My Sister’s Place to create a serenity garden at one of the homes in the domestic violence shelter for women and children network and provided the shelter with $2,500 in grant dollars and hands-on support; partnered with other Soroptimist clubs in the Valley to bring attention to the crisis of human trafficking; and internationally, the club donated $900 to Soroptimist International to improve child birth skills of healthcare professionals and midwives in Papua, New Guinea. Along with Stage, the 2013-14 board includes President-Elect Judy Register, Treasurer Lynn Gilreath, Corresponding Secretary Jana Greene, Recording Secretary Beverly Truit, Past-President Deborah Arteaga and Director Luisa Bonillas. The Chandler chapter meets from noon to 1 p.m. Thursdays at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort, 1 N. San Marcos Pl., Chandler. For details, call 602-999-1410, email or visit or

Some City services on hold for holiday

Several City of Chandler services are affected by the Martin Luther King, Jr. / Civil Rights Day on Mon., Jan. 21. City facilities closed for the day include City administrative offices, the Recycling-Solid Waste Collection Facility for residential self-haul, the Environmental Education Center, Snedigar Recreation Center, Senior Center, Downtown Community Center, the Chandler Museum at McCullough-Price House and Chandler Public Libraries. Unaffected services include trash and recycling collection, Tumbleweed Recreation Center and Chandler Tennis Center at Tumbleweed Park, all of which will continue to operate as scheduled. For more information, visit

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BRRR: The recent cold snap saw temperatures dipping to 21 degrees overnight in Chandler, causing ice to form in many areas. Plants were also hit hard by the freeze, but experts say not to trim vegetation until spring when there are no more episodes of below 32 degrees. STSN photo

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New board guides Chandler Chamber Lunch at Dessie’s, new member welcome, 2012 Business Expo The new 2013 board of directors for the Chandler Chamber of Commerce is preparing to set policies, approve and support the budget, receive and act on committee reports and direct the general activities of the organization. The board members are: Mike McClanahan, Walmart; Richard Jordan, Air Products & Chemicals; Dan Kush, Nokia Siemens Networks; Laureen Pugh, Gear Up Promotions; Jon Deiter, B2B CFO; Terri Kimble, Chandler Chamber; Angela Creedon, Arizona State University; Camille Cisek, Orbital Sciences Corporation; Jamie Meyer, Carvalho Real Estate Group; Jeremy McClymonds, FORM Prosperity Wealth Advisors; Ryan McCaigue, Catalyst Computer Technology; Steve Greenhalgh, Arizona Pest Prevention; Jay Curtis, First Credit Union; Cory Braddock, Snell & Wilmer; Jayne Lewis, Salt River Project; Jim Brown, Fish Window Cleaning; J. Green, Hilton Phoenix Chandler; Ralph Guariglio, Arizona Residential and Commercial Realty; Tim Hovik, San Tan Ford; Scott Leckey, Banner Desert Health Center; Eric Linder, Cox Communications; Jane Hanson, Dignity Health/ Chandler Regional Medical Center; Jennifer Lindley, Downtown Chandler Community Partnership; Terry Locke, Chandler Unified School District; Dr. Linda Lujan, Chandler-Gilbert Community College; Victor Napolitano, Alliance Bank of Arizona; Kelly Pike, Paypal; John Simonson, Thorobred Chevrolet; Michele St. Louis-Weber, Intel Corp.; Linda Wade, Toyota Financial Services; Darrell Washington, National Bank of Arizona; Shelly Winson, True Choice Benefits LLC; Mayor Jay Tibshraeny, City of Chandler; Nora Ellen, Keller Williams Realty East Valley; and Joan Saba, Saba’s Western Wear. “I look forward to working with these leaders and continuing to make Chandler and the Chandler Chamber a great place for our members and businesses to live and work,” says McClanahan, market manager at Walmart and chair of the Chandler Chamber board. “I believe with the direction of the board and the Chandler Chamber staff, the Chamber

‘Gambling’ with homes in the desert Protecting one of the most important investment assets of many part-time Valley residents is the goal of ACSA Home Maintenance, owned by Richard Dennis of Countryside Estates in Chandler. He recommends spending a few dollars now to keep homes properly maintained to avoid potentially big bills in the future. “Each year, folks in the Valley walk away from a multi-thousand dollar investment in April or May and don’t bother to check up on it for the next six to eight months,” he says. “This is not something people usually do with

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The next gathering of the Lunch Club, which meets on the third Monday every month at a different Chandler Chamber restaurant, is 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mon., Jan. 21 at Dessie’s Café, 4050 W. Ray Rd., Chandler. Cost is $10 per person and no registration is required. Guests are welcome.

Chamber welcomes new members

Prospective and new members are invited to a free welcome breakfast 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Thu., Jan. 24 at the Chandler Chamber of Commerce offices. Employers with a new employee or a member who would like to meet new members are also invited.

2012 Business Expo Feb. 21

Save the date for the free 2013 Chandler Chamber Business Expo, 2 to 6 p.m. Thu., Feb. 21 in the San Marcos Ballroom at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort, 1 N. San Marcos Pl., Chandler. Exhibitor booths are $100 for Chamber members and $140 for nonmembers. Space is limited, so reserve a spot soon. For more information, call Brad Ness at 480-963-4571, ext. 205, or email

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investments, yet here in the Valley that’s exactly what happens when hundreds of homeowners depart our area to avoid the brutal summers.” Between continuous 100-plus degree weather in the summer, frequent and violent monsoon storms and the many varieties of desert insects, reptiles and other animals that inhabit the SanTan Sun area, he says the desert can be a “very unforgiving environment.” He notes it takes “more than removing mail from the mailbox and advertising

fliers from the front door” to maintain a home during a long absence, and a friendly neighbor might not be the best option. He believes to properly care for a home in the Chandler area requires a thorough, weekly inspection, which in his case, is at least a half-hour check of home security, plumbing, electrical, HVAC, landscape, appliances, water barriers and swimming pool operation. “Even the water in a toilet will evaporate in the summer in about three weeks,” he explains. “A good home maintenance service is the solution to avoiding very costly repair bills. I have had homeowners avoid the costly replastering of swimming pools by replacing a simple defective filter because the problem was detected before the plaster had a chance to crack.” He says water damage to the ceilings of homes is often dodged because plugged A/C condensation lines were detected before water damage could occur, which could also damage the electrical system. Other parts of his 24-point inspection include corrective action to tripped electrical circuit breakers to avoid food spoilage in a refrigerator / freezer system; early detection of water leaks in concrete slabs to prevent costly repairs to walls, floors and carpeting; and detection of problems with failing water heaters to circumvent extensive water damages to flooring, baseboards and sheetrock. Dennis says “do your gambling at a casino,” and call him at 480-577-4971 for a personal interview to discuss home maintenance needs.

Showcase products for senior community Vendors are needed for Solera Chandler’s annual Solera Expo, taking place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat., Feb. 2 for the residents of the 1,149-home adult community at 6360 S. Mountain Blvd., Chandler. About 50 businesses, ranging from landscape companies and financial planners, to real estate and health and wellness companies, will educate

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residents about their business, what they have to offer and why they are the best choice. All residents of the Solera community are 55-plus years in age. Vendors in any one category are limited. For more information, call activities director Shannon Johnson at 480-802-6996, ext. 227, or email


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Practical tools to gain control of finances and set up long-term financial success are offered to families and individuals in Chandler. Dave Ramsey teaches a different lesson on DVD each week for nine weeks, followed by a group discussion, at the following locations: • Cornerstone Christian Fellowship at 1595 S. Alma School Rd. Classes begin 11:55 a.m. Sun., Jan. 20. Info: Rick Richards at 480-726-8000. • Faith Family Church at 11530 E. Queen Creek Rd. Classes begin 6:30 p.m. Mon., Jan. 21. Info: Joann Moore at 480-539-8933. • The Springs Church at 6135 W. Detroit St. Classes begin 6:45 p.m. Wed., Jan. 23. Info: Angie Barker at 480-785-1850. “We make learning about money fun and easy to understand so people in every situation can benefit from the information,” says Ramsey, author of four New York Times best-selling books: “Financial Peace,” “More Than Enough,” “The Total Money Makeover” and “EntreLeadership.” “This isn’t a boring financial class.” Topics include budgeting, relationships and money, getting out of debt, saving for emergencies and investing. After purchasing a membership, participants receive a workbook, Ramsey’s “Complete Guide to Money,” an envelope system and an audio CD library. Participants also have access to budgeting forms and an MP3 of all the lessons. To purchase a membership, visit

The long and short golf courses are upgraded at the Bear Creek Golf Complex, 500 E. Riggs Rd., Chandler. Over the past year there was a bunker redesign and improved turf maintenance procedures. Also, the Bear’s Den, the facility’s restaurant and bar, underwent a facelift and implemented new menus. Instructors are now focusing on player development “We have a wide range of programs with classes for beginners, women, juniors, couples and individuals, as well as our Scoring Game Schools,” says Michael Barnett, lifetime PGA member and director of instruction. For more information, visit

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Joe Kittelson of Chandler celebrates 10 years as an exclusive Allstate Insurance agency owner and received the Agency Affiliation award for reaching this milestone. “Time flies. It feels like just yesterday when we opened our doors,” says Kittelson, who owns Allstate offices in Phoenix and Avondale in addition to the one in Chandler at 1351 N. Alma School Rd. Simpson Strong-Tie opens a manufacturing facility at 120 E. Corporate Pl. in Chandler to expand its structural building products operations. The 20,000-sqare-foot facility also has a training center for 200 people to annually attend workshops about products and industry best practices. Info: Stephanie Antoinette heads a new concierge service available in the Chandler area and offered by J’aime la vie by Victoria, a one-stop mother and baby shop. Antoinette helps families find the best nannies, doulas, photographers, pet trainers, nursery and

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Hamilton Huskies honored Hamilton finished 45th in the final rankings and is one of 50 schools honored on this season’s MaxPreps tour. MaxPreps ranks more than 16,000 varsity high school football teams and recognizes the finest high school football teams in the country through various

Chandler preschool hosts open house

Learn about Ray of Light Christian Preschool, 800 W. Ray Rd., Chandler at an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat., Jan. 26. The school offers programs for ages 3, 4 and pre-K. Registration is now open for the 2013-14 school year. For more information, visit or call Director Cristina Haney at 480-963-6105, ext. 211.

GREAT SEASON: Hamilton’s state championship varsity football team finished 45th in the final MaxPreps Football Tour of Champions rankings and is one of 50 schools honored on this season’s MaxPreps tour. Submitted photo

The Army National Guard’s national ranking trophy goes to Hamilton High School’s varsity football team as part of the eighth annual MaxPreps Football Tour of Champions. “For nearly a decade, MaxPreps and the Army National Guard have honored America’s finest high school football teams with the prestigious Army National Guard national ranking trophy,” says MaxPreps President and Founder Andy Beal. “Coach Belles and the Hamilton Huskies have proven on the field that they are among the nation’s truly elite high school football teams.” After losing its first two games of the season, Hamilton scored 12 consecutive wins, including a 31-16 victory over Mountain Pointe High School of Phoenix to capture the state Division I championship, its fourth over the last five years and seventh overall.

TROPHY: Hamilton head football coach Steve Belles, left, receives the prestigious Army National Guard national ranking trophy from Command Sgt. Major Michael Sojourner, center, and Captain John Gehring. Submitted photo

celebrations and formal ceremonies. The award presentation was made at halftime at a recent boys’ varsity basketball game at Hamilton High. “It’s very humbling to have this honor. Being honored for the third time is quite a testament of where our program is and our community is proud. This gives our kids next year something to shoot for as well,” says Hamilton head football coach Steve Belles, who completed his seventh season with a 92-6 record. For more information about MaxPreps, visit

I GREW THIS: Children from Ray of Light Christian Preschool in Chandler show off veggies grown in a garden at the school. Submitted photo

Register for Spring Classes! The spring Break Time magazine outlining all-ages recreation classes and special events for March, April and May is now available at libraries and recreation centers and at Registration will begin Saturday, February 2 at 10 a.m. (Friday, February 8 for non-residents). For more information, call 782-2727.

Sonoran Sunset Series is Feb. 21 Annual Customer Satisfaction Survey is Open Until Jan. 28 The Chandler Recreation Division staff invites residents and non-residents who use the City’s facilities, participate in classes and activities and attend special events to take a few minutes to complete the annual Customer Satisfaction Survey. It is available online at recreation. The survey will end on Monday, January 28. Thank you for your participation and valuable feedback on City facilities and services!

The Environmental Education Center presents the Sonoran Sunset Series on Thursdays in the winter that feature free lakeside entertainment by musicians. The next performances will be Thursday, February 21 and Thursday, March 21 from 6-7 p.m. at 4050 E. Chandler Heights road. The Dry River Yacht Club will provide an eclectic performance in February and the Irish sounds of The Knockabouts will fill the park in March. For more information, visit veterans-oasis or call 782-2890.

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Celebration of Unity is Jan. 19 The 18th annual Chandler Multicultural Festival will be held on Saturday, January 19 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and feature a day of dance, music, art, crafts, and ethnic foods from the courtyard of the downtown Chandler Public Library, at 22 S. Delaware Street. The free festival includes entertainers, artisans and an interactive area for children. For more information, visit or call the Special Event Hotline at 782-2735.

Join in the fun at Family Night at Tumbleweed Recreation Center every Wednesday from 5:30-7 p.m. There is a different activity each week. The fee is $2 ($3 for non-residents ages 1-12) and $3 ($5 for non-residents ages 13-17). Call 782-2900 or visit tumbleweed for more information.

Follow us on Twitter (@ChandlerRec) and Facebook (Chandler Recreation) for the latest news. Check out the January/February episode of the “Come Out & Play, Chandler!” show featuring the Chandler Center for the Arts events and programs. It is now being aired on Channel 11 and on the Chandler Recreation YouTube Channel. You can sign up for the monthly newsletter at For more information, call 782-2727.

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Chandler preschool opens doors

SanTan Sun area families can play in five tons of real snow at a Winter Wonderland Open House, hosted from 10 a.m. to noon Sat., Jan. 19 at the Goddard School, 4080 E. Germann Rd, Gilbert. Children of all ages can meet Goddard School teachers and enjoy refreshments and fun activities. Families are eligible for free registration, a $150 value, when they enroll Jan. 19 through Jan. 31. The Goddard School offers comprehensive, playbased education with half- or full-day schedules and the option of extended care for children from six weeks to six years old. A daily Mandarin immersion program is included for all children ages two and older. Parents are encouraged to drop by for a tour or call on-site owner Penny Mekhanik directly at 480-988-0185 to arrange a personal appointment. For more details, visit

Event raises funds for local families

“Day of Play” is hosted by Chandler’s Bright Beginnings School on Sat., Feb. 2 to benefit two school families with terminally ill family members. Several other charitable projects were recently completed by the school, as well, including a backpack and school supply drive, Phoenix Children’s Hospital drive and a winter wonderland project for Sandy Hook Elementary School. Bright Beginnings School is at 400 N. Andersen Rd. in Chandler. For more information, visit or call John Mahnke at 480-560-5674.

STRETCHING LIMITS: Children stretch their bodies as well as their minds at Curious Kids Preschool. Submitted photo

Curious Kids Preschool, a new, family owned preschool at Dobson Town Place, offers another choice for Southern Chandler parents. The preschool offers half-day programs for 2- to 5-year-olds from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Mondays through Fridays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, or Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. In addition to its core academic program, the school includes yoga, Spanish, art and daily science lessons, each taught by specialized teachers. Physical activity is a focus for the school, with a dedicated

playroom featuring balance beams, jump ropes and an obstacle course. “We’re all about binging to life a wider element of the world around us,” explains owner Ruth Davila. “Curious Kids is for parents who want their kids to be in preschool, not daycare.” Curious Kids Preschool is at 2715 S. Alma School Rd. on the northeast corner of Alma School and Queen Creek roads in Southern Chandler. To learn more, call 480-659-5511, email info@CuriousKidsPreschoolAZ. com or visit


Jan. 19 – Feb. 2, 2013

MCCCD welcomes DACA grantees The Arizona DREAM Act Coalition (ADAC) celebrates the return of in-state tuition at Maricopa County Community Colleges for immigrant youths who are granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status. Those who arrived as children to the U.S. and are eligible for DACA status can now get a work permit and request in-state tuition at Maricopa County Community Colleges including Chandler-Gilbert Community College. To be eligible for in-state tuition at MCCCD, DACA grantees must present their work authorization card (I-766) and other documents that demonstrate their residence in Maricopa County. So far, in-state tuition for such students is only available at MCCCD. Advocates at ADAC are encouraging Arizona Board of Regents and other community colleges in Arizona to find legal tools and grant in-statetuition to DACA grantees. For more information about Maricopa County Community Colleges, visit For more information about the Arizona DREAM Act Coalition, visit


Plastics problem

HEALTH CARE: Nonprofit organization AWAKE, or Arizona Water Activists Karing for the Environment, make a presentation to Chandler Unified School District representatives about reducing the use of Bisphenol A, or BPA, in plastics in schools. BPA is a chemical used in many plastics that is linked to obesity, liver failure, diabetes, neurological disorders and more. The student group, comprised of Chandler students Bharath Tata of Hamilton High, Neel Ramesh of BASIS Chandler, Atreya Tadepalli of Corona Del Sol High and Scottsdale student Vedant Lahoti of Desert Mountain High, partners with numerous local events to educate the community about BPA. Info: Submitted photo


Chompie’s 3481 W. Frye Rd., Chandler 480-398-3008 Here’s the deal: All day Tuesday, children 10 and younger receive one free item from the Kids Meal menu with adult meal purchase of $8 or more. Dine in only. Dilly’s Deli 2895 S. Alma School Rd., Suite 5, Chandler 480-722-0644 Here’s the deal: On weekends, get one free kids meal for each adult meal purchased for $4.79 or more.

El Palacio Restaurant & Cantina 2950 E. Germann Rd., Chandler 480-802-5770 Here’s the deal: Wednesday kids 12 and younger eat free with paid adult. Fat Willy’s 4850 S. Gilbert Rd., Chandler 480-883-1356 Here’s the deal: From 2 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, dine in and get a free kids meal with every adult entrée purchased. Little Leaguers menu only, 12 and younger. Frio Mio Frozen Yogurt 4991 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler 480-609-0007 Here’s the deal: Every day, kids wearing a sports or scouts uniform receive 50% off frozen yogurt and 50 cent all beef hot dogs.

Pittsburgh Willy’s 1509 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler 480-857-2860 Here’s the deal: Every day except Sunday breakfast, kids younger than 10 eat free with each paying adult. Additional kids eat for 50% off; Wee Willy menu only. Planet Sub 1920 W. Germann Rd., Chandler 480-245-6503 Here’s the deal: Monday kids eat free with paid adult. Sidelines Grill 2980 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler 480-792-6965 Here’s the deal: Kids eat free from kids menu after 4 p.m. Thursdays with adult entree. Dine-in only. Cannot be combined with any other offers or specials.

Where kids eat free The SanTan Sun News now has a regular “Where kids eat free” section. Restaurant owners, please email us details such as days of the week kids can eat free at your establishment, and what conditions apply, such as purchase of an adult meal, certain hours, etc., Include your restaurant name, address, phone and website and a contact name for verification. Readers, if you know of a location that has a kids-eat-free program, email us with the restaurant name, a phone and / or email for confirmation and details. Email information to

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The Cove Grill 5070 S. Gilbert Rd., Suite 400, Chandler 480-802-9070 Here’s the deal: Tuesday kids younger than 12 receive one free meal per adult entrée purchased. The Sushi Room 2475 W. Queen Creek Rd., Chandler 480-821-9000 Here’s the deal: Sunday Funday means kids 12 and younger eat free, two kids per paying adult. Uncle Bear’s Grill & Bar 1980 W. Germann Rd., Chandler 480-722-1555 Here’s the deal: Wednesday kids eat free with each full price entrée purchased.

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Prom dress drive begins The “Cinderella Affair,” an annual dress drive to collect new or gently used dresses and shoes for high school junior and senior girls in need, begins Feb. 1 and runs through Feb. 24. Dress collection boxes will be placed at numerous businesses Valley wide. The 2013 dress selection event is held boutique-style from 3 to 7 p.m. Fri., March 22 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat., March 23 at the Pyle Adult Recreation Center, 655 E. Southern Ave., Tempe. SanTan Sun area girls are included among those eligible to come to the boutique during the designated hours, show their high school identification and choose from more than 1,000 dresses, taking home the dress they choose for free. The Cinderella Affair, an all-volunteer project held by the East Valley Women’s League in collaboration with the Tempe Community Council, is now in its 11th year of operation and has helped more than 4,000 young Valley women find dresses for prom. For more information or a list of collection sites, visit

Jan. 19 – Feb. 2, 2013


Young artists sought for contest Young Chandler artists can have their original works considered for inclusion on promotional materials for a miniconvention at the Third Annual LibCon 2013, to be held at the Chandler Public Library. The deadline for submission is Mon., Jan. 28. Youths ages 12 to 18 are invited to design a logo for the mini-convention for fans of comic books, Japanese manga and anime, role-playing games and other fantasy and science fiction entertainment. The winner receives a $50 gift card and his or her logo will appear on all LibCon promotional materials. Logos and applications may be downloaded from and submitted to any of the four Chandler Public Library branches. Digital forms and submissions can also be emailed to

DRESS UP: Through the Cinderella Affair, high school girls have access to free dresses like this one . Submitted photo

Fulton Homes’ ‘Noon Salute’ expands Phoenix Suns score for local charity More area schools and students are now eligible to receive radio airplay and a chance at $1,000 in Fulton Homes’ “Noon Salute” program in partnership with KOOL-FM. The program now allows entries from all ages and types of school music groups including choral groups, junior

high bands and even select top chairs, bands or other school ensembles. Previously, the program only featured high school music programs. Each week during the school year, Fulton Homes and KOOL-FM recognize outstanding performances by area school bands by airing their performances of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” At the end of each month, one band is chosen to receive a $1,000 donation from Fulton Homes. The program is designed to recognize student musicians and their hard work and dedication to their musical studies, as well as the teachers who develop their talents. To enter, mail a CD recording of a school group performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” to KOOL-FM, 840 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85004. To listen to the bands play the national anthem, tune in to 94.5 KOOL-FM at noon every day.

Nearly $10,000 was raised during December 2012 for local nonprofit Youth Assistance Foundation through Fulton Homes’ “Proud to Own the Three-Point Zone” program, a partnership between the Tempe-based homebuilder and the Phoenix Suns. With every three-point basket made by the Suns, the Youth Assistance Foundation receives $100. Since the 2012-13 season began, Fulton Homes’ program has raised $20,300 for the foundation, which aims to prevent youth violence and promote positive interaction with law enforcement. “The Youth Assistance Foundation wins when the Suns are successful on the court, like they were in December,” says Fulton Homes CEO Doug Fulton. “Fulton Homes is dedicated to giving back to the community and expanding the lives of others.” In previous seasons, Fulton Homes donated more than $206,000 over

five years to local charities through Phoenix Suns Charities. This year’s partnership includes all 80 home and away regular season games broadcast on Fox Sports Net. For more information about Fulton Homes, visit



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SanTan Sun area undergraduate students ages 18 and older have until March 11 to apply to the Fulbright Program’s Summer Institute to study at the Globe Theatre in London during the summers of 2013 through 2015. Three Fulbright recipients will attend the American Institute for Foreign Study’s Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre Program each summer from 2013 through 2015. Students spend three weeks at Shakespeare’s historic Globe Theatre in London, where they have the unique opportunity to study intensively with actors, directors and other theatre practitioners.

Those who win the award will have the majority of their program costs covered including roundtrip airfare, tuition and fees, accommodations, insurance, social program and meals. The AIFS’s Globe Theatre Program is one of seven college summer programs designated by the Fulbright Commission as a Summer Institute for U.S. citizens to study in the U.K. The programs provide the opportunity for U.S. undergraduates ages 18 and older with two or three years of college left to complete to go to the U.K. on a three-, four- or six-week academic cultural summer program.

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In addition to Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre Program, AIFS offers study abroad programs in more than 20 other countries around the world. All AIFS programs are comprehensive and include housing, meals, transcripts, insurance and built-in cultural activities and excursions. Additional scholarships and financial aid are also available. For information, application criteria or to apply, visit londonglobe/summer/Fulbright.asp. To learn more about AIFS, contact David Mauro at 800-727-2437, ext. 5163, or at, or visit

In honor of National School Choice Week in January, a free open house for prospective new students and their families is held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tue., Jan. 28 at Tri-City Christian Academy, 2211 W. Germann Rd., Chandler. Families can catch part of a home basketball game and get their questions answered with a personal guided tour of the school with a teacher or staff member. With the open house, school officials aim to help area families learn about school choice options and introduce TCA to the community. “TCA moved to Chandler in 2009 after almost 40 years in Tempe,” says TCA office manager Marianne Domico, “and many parents tell us they had no idea we were here.” A ministry of Tri-City Baptist Church, the private Christian school offers competitive sports, a comprehensive fine arts program, hands-on technology classes, Christian service ministries and an accredited curriculum for pre-K through 12th grades, as well as a focused emphasis on spiritual growth and Biblical training For more information, contact TCA at 480-245-7902 or visit


Kids: Win $15 gift card from Changing Hands Bookstore

Students who either live in Chandler, Gilbert, Queen Creek or surrounding areas or who attend area schools can win $15 gift cards from Changing Hands Bookstore, thanks to a partnership between the bookseller and the SanTan Sun News. This ongoing, monthly promotion awards a $15 Changing Hands gift card to every youth whose article, story, poem, essay, editorial, book review, photo or illustration is chosen to be printed in the SanTan Sun Kids Opportunity section, while supplies last. The Kids Opportunity section is printed in the Youth Section of the first paper of the month, each month. The best news is that even though only one to three submissions are printed per month, all good submissions are held in a file to be printed in future issues. So if an entry doesn’t win this month, it could win next month -- or even the month after that. To enter, visit SanTanSun.

com, click on Youth and then on Student Writer Permission Slip to download a submission-permission slip. Complete the form and have a parent sign it so the paper has permission to print the entry and the author or artist’s byline. Then, email the submission-permission slip and writing or artwork to as a Word file, if writing, or JPEG, if art, or pasted into the email.

K.O. Those who don’t have access to email, or prefer to send submissions on disk, may send a hard copy of the form with the entry in a Word file or JPEG on a CD via postal mail to Lynda Exley, Kids Op Page, SanTan Sun News, P.O. Box 23, Chandler, AZ 85244-0023. For more information on the Kids Op page, or to have SanTan Sun News Editor Lynda Exley speak at your school to rev students up about writing and publishing, email

Chandler Unified School District

Jan. 21: Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday; no school Feb. 18: Presidents Day holiday; no school

Carlson Champions

Fundraising fun – Carlson families and friends can support the school by purchasing a “Buy One, Get One Free” card for $10 each for Jamba Juice locations throughout the Valley, turning in Fresh & Easy receipts, linking Fry’s frequent-shopper cards to the special barcode provided by the school and registering Target Red cards to the school. Calendar: Jan. 22: Running Club meet, 3:45 p.m., Tumbleweed Park; Junior Achievement volunteer training, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., library Jan. 23: Family Food Night, 5 to 7 p.m., Chik-fil-A at Germann and Gilbert roads Jan. 30: Carlson Site Council, 6 to 7 p.m., library Jan. 31: Running Club meet, 3:45 p.m., Tumbleweed Park —Lora Robinson

Jacobson Jets

School Cents – Families are asked to donate receipts from Chandler Fashion Center to the School Cents program to benefit Jacobson. Receipts submitted in January earn double points. Receipts can be brought to the Guest Services counter at the mall to be stamped and returned or to the school no later than Fri., Jan. 25 and dropped off in the basket with the big red bow in the front office. Receipts submitted to the office will not be returned.

Jan. 19 – Feb. 2, 2013


Save the date – The PTO looks forward to seeing Jacobson parents at 3:15 p.m. Tue., Jan. 29 for the first meeting of the spring semester, during which arrangements will be made and committees formed for the big spring carnival. Information will also be given about the upcoming Fun Run Fundraiser. Facebook fun – Take the time to “like” the Jacobson Elementary PTO on Facebook. —Susan Jehowski

Hull Heroes

Save the date – Join Hull PTO at 6 p.m. Wed., Jan. 23 in the Media Center for a chance to win a $25 Albertsons gift card. Meeting topics include the current budget, upcoming events and fundraisers. Running Club – The first Running Club meet of the year is at 3:30 p.m. Thu. Jan. 24 at Tumbleweed Park. Parents are responsible for transportation to and from meets. Additional parent volunteers are needed at all practices on Tuesdays and Thursdays to help sign kids in and out of practices and track each student’s laps. Email Doug Lincoln at or check in with Mr. Lincoln or another volunteer before practice. Help wanted – A coordinator is needed for the planned Muffins for Moms event on May 10. Email if interested or for information. Big winners – Hull Elementary is the winner of the Albertsons Community Recycling Challenge and a $400 gift card. Thanks to everyone for keeping recyclable plastic bags out of the garbage and bringing them in. —Kristen Boyd

Microchipping, open house at Friends for Life Animals “looking for new beginnings” will be available for adoption during an open house and microchipping event from 4 to 8 p.m. Sun., Jan. 27 at the Friends for Life Adoption Center, 143 W. Vaughn Ave., Gilbert. Low-cost microchipping from the Higley Road Pet Clinic will be offered, and attendees can tour recently remodeled areas at the Center. In addition, there will be a bake sale,

multiple vendors and free coffee and tea provided by Starbucks. All funds raised will help Friends for Life provide shelter and medical attention for homeless cats and dogs. Friends for Life Animal Rescue is a 501(c)(3) registered nonprofit, volunteer-run, no-kill shelter. For more information call 480-497-8296, email or visit

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Jan. 19 – Feb. 2, 2013

Perry High Pumas

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School Cents – School Cents offers double points in January. Holiday receipts can be kept until then and logged at Guest Services at Chandler Fashion Center or turned into the school and logged by the PTO and returned. Salvation Army angels and Santa photos are worth 1,000 points. —Robyn Kelly

Knox Knights

Help wanted – Help is needed to plan the Knox Science and Engineering Night on Feb. 20. Contact knoxelementarypto@gmail. com to get involved. The second annual event will deliver science fun for the whole family. Fundraising fun – Fresh & Easy receipts dated on or before Dec. 31, 2012 can still be sent to the classroom. Old clothing, Box Tops, juice pouches and Labels for Education are also still being collected and should be sent in to teachers. —Ximena Rodriguez GOOD SHOWING: Perry High wrestlers tour Lambeau Field in Green Bay, WI, during a recent trip to a five-state tournament held in Oshkosh, WI. The Perry High wrestling team finished 21st out of 64 teams at the tournament. Perry’s 120-pound wrestler, Arch Ratliff, won the tournament and was named the tournament MVP. D.J. Serrano and Justin Parada both placed seventh out of 64 wrestlers in their weight. Also winning matches and scoring team points were Jack Long, Luke Calteux, Aaron Ratliff, Christian White and Deano Motes. Submitted photo

Youth Chronicles Patrick Joseph of Chandler’s Hamilton High School receives the Frank Kush Award as the state’s top interior offensive lineman at the Valley of the Sun Chapter’s 20th annual National Football Foundation Arizona High School Champions Luncheon at the Hilton-Scottsdale Resort. The national organization was founded in 1947 with early leadership from General Douglas MacArthur, Hall of Fame Army head coach Earl “Red” Blaik and immortal sports journalist Grantland Rice. Joshua Garrett of Chandler is on the Dean’s List for the fall 2012 semester at University of Evansville in Evansville, IN. Joshua is majoring in theatre. To make the Dean’s List, a student at UE must earn at least a 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Makensie Kraft of Chandler, a senior biology major, is on the Dean’s List for the fall 2012 semester at York College of Pennsylvania. To be eligible, a student must be registered for at least 12 academic credit hours and earn a semester grade point average of 3.5 or higher. Christine Moses of Chandler, an elementary education major, is on the Dean’s List for the fall 2012 semester at Fort Hays State University in Hays, KS. To be eligible, undergraduate students must be enrolled full-time and carry at least a 3.6 grade point average for the semester. Amanda Norris of Chandler is on the Dean’s List for the fall 2012 semester at Harding University in Searcy, AR. To be eligible, a student must carry 12 or more hours with a 3.65 or higher grade point average and no incompletes.

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What’s going on

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Finally, maybe we can get back to whatever “normal” might be, now that the election is over, the doom of the fiscal cliff is delayed and the holidays are behind us. Thank goodness it’s January and a new year, and we can actually answer Marvin Gaye’s question in his popular song, “What’s Going On,” with “a lot” – indeed, there’s quite a bit happening in the SanTan Sun Laurie Fagen area. Photo by It is quite refreshing to see housing construction under way again, and we welcome Tracy House of Ironwood Vistas to the SanTan Sun News as she takes a look at residential, multi-family and commercial development in our cover story. The new LIV apartments on Arizona Avenue are already open and ready for renters, and there’s another huge construction site just north of it. That’s got to be a good sign that there is improvement in our economy. Tracy also writes about Chandler Regional Medical Center going after a Level 1 trauma status, which will cut down the drive for those in need of major emergencies. K.M. Lang features award-winning volunteer Barbara Lucas, who helps register bone marrow donors. The Paseo Trail resident’s work is so inspiring. Alison Stanton writes about Lmage Salon Studios, a group of individual business owners under one roof providing a variety of beauty services. That concept seems to be another trend in the SanTan Sun area. She also writes about Kokopelli Winery & Bistro and its owner, long-time Chandler businessman Dennis Minchella and all the activities he holds at his downtown location. Chandler’s Science Spectacular, the Arizona SciTech Festival, is back next month, and the City’s Communications and Public Affairs Department has a preview. From naturalization ceremonies to police officer recruitment; from preschool open houses to The Big Read; from Feis in the Desert to the Chandler BBQ fest – the SanTan Sun News team works hard to bring you all kinds of news, activities, information and more from right in your own proverbial “backyard.” We hope you had a lovely holiday season, and that you are raring to get back to work, school, travel, retirement or whatever it is you do best. We truly appreciate your reading the SanTan Sun News and shopping locally by supporting our advertisers.

We know you have an opinion! Share it with the SanTan Sun News. Unless you’re the Mayor, however, please keep your Letters to the editor around 200-300 words, or they may be edited for length. Include your first and last name, community or development name in Southern Chandler (Cooper Commons, Ocotillo, Sun Groves, etc.) or ZIP code and daytime phone number for verification. Anonymous letters are not typically accepted. Email is the preferred submission method, to All submitted Letters to the Editor and Community Commentaries become the property of the SanTan Sun News and may be reprinted in part, quoting the letters’ authors, or in their entirety. Your submission to the SanTan Sun News is considered your permission to print your written opinion. Opinions expressed in Community Commentaries, Letters to the Editor or cartoons are those of the author, and not that of the SanTan Sun News.

I recently had the opportunity to attend the City’s 100 Hour Centennial Volunteer Challenge Breakfast to help recognize more than 100 wonderful volunteers from the community. It was truly a privilege for me to help honor these individuals and acknowledge their contribution to our community. Recently, I learned of another opportunity where volunteers can participate in a study by the American Cancer Society. Most of us have been touched by cancer, either personally or through someone we know. When the news of a cancer Trinity Donovan diagnosis is delivered it can be very frightening for the individual and those closest to him or her. The good news is there is hope. Nearly 13.7 million people in the U.S. have survived cancer. The American Cancer Society’s Epidemiology Research Program is providing a unique opportunity for individuals to take part in an important Cancer Prevention Study, also known as CPS-3. This study is intended to help researchers better understand the environmental and lifestyle factors that cause or prevent cancer. The purpose of the study is to eliminate cancer as a major health issue in the future. Men and women who are interested in participating must be between the ages of 30 and 65 years old, have no personal history of cancer and be able to commit to a long-term study, which involves completing a questionnaire every two years over the course of 20 to 30 years. Appointments are available between Jan. 29 and Feb. 16 at several Phoenix area locations. As part of the enrollment, participants will be asked to read and sign an informed consent form and complete a survey. The participant will provide a blood sample, a waist circumference measurement and have his or her blood pressure and heart rate taken. The information collected is confidential. Registration for the study is scheduled to take place in Chandler Feb. 8 and 9, at Chandler Fashion Center, 3111 W. Chandler Blvd. To schedule an enrollment appointment, visit or call 1-888-6045888. Once enrolled, participants will receive annual newsletters with study updates and results. Enrollment for the study is free and the initial appointment takes about 30 minutes. During the next year, one of the objectives is to register at least 300,000 individuals with varying ages from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds across the U.S. The diversity of the participants is important because it will provide researchers with the necessary data to look for certain risk factors that may impact a particular region or ethnic/racial populations. Data collected from participants who might develop cancer or another disease over the course of the study will be compared with those who do not to identify potential risk factors and learn how to possibly prevent cancer. This Cancer Prevention Study is the third of its kind to be performed by the American Cancer Society. The first study was conducted in the 1950s and the second during the 1980s. The previous two studies resulted in the discovery of a link between cigarette smoke and lung cancer and also a correlation between obesity and cancer. It’s quite apparent that these types of studies can provide vital information for research. Volunteers often donate their time because they want to make a difference. Participants who choose to take part in this worthwhile study can feel good in knowing that their contribution has the potential to make a difference in the lives of many and quite possibly help put an end to this dreadful disease.


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Jan. 19 – Feb. 2, 2013

Community Commentary

CRMC expansions benefit many by Councilmember Jack Sellers

Chandler Regional Medical Center recently announced plans to bring a Level I trauma center to its campus in 2013. This is exciting news for Chandler and will be of great benefit to the community on a Councilmember Jack Sellers number of levels. Because of the lack of Level I facilities in the Southeast Valley, individuals facing lifethreatening injuries from vehicle accidents, gunshot wounds, burns or other traumatic events must be transported by ambulance or flown by emergency helicopter to one of the seven Level I facilities in the Valley prepared to treat such injuries. The treatment of a serious injury is most critical within the first hour and can often make the difference between life and death. Currently, the closest Level I facilities to Chandler are located in the Phoenix area and in Scottsdale. The differences between a trauma facility and a regular hospital are significant. Essentially, a trauma center has the necessary resources and capabilities to provide total care for every aspect of a patient’s injury. The trauma center has a team of medical staff, including specialized surgeons, available 24/7 to respond to emergency calls.

Now, when a patient with a life-threatening injury is taken to a hospital that does not have a trauma facility, medical staff works to stabilize the injured patient and transfer him or her to a facility that is better equipped to handle the injury. This new trauma facility will provide more comprehensive medical treatment for patients. And, from a financial standpoint, it will serve as a strong economic engine for Chandler. The facility will create more jobs in the medical field and will likely further enhance development in the area. Hospital officials estimate an investment of more than $5 million annually to earn the designation of a Level 1 facility. It also has the potential to become a regional draw for bringing other office and medical development to Chandler and the Southeast Valley. And when working to attract significant corporations, cities that have a hospital with a Level I trauma facility tend to be more attractive to employers. With growing medical demands, CRMC has continued to increase its services during the past several years. First came an expansion to its cardiac catheterization laboratories, and now, construction of a five-story inpatient tower. The tower expansion will result in more than 200 jobs and an additional 96 beds, six operating suites and expansion to the emergency department. The project will include a new chapel, dining room, a second helipad and 275 additional parking spaces.

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Tax prep volunteers needed It’s nearly tax time and Catholic Charities Community Services is seeking volunteers to help those in need with free tax preparation. Last year, volunteers completed 891 returns for vulnerable individuals and families in Arizona. We hope to do even more this year. We need volunteers as tax preparers, greeters and site coordinators. No experience is necessary. As an IRS-partner Volunteer Income Tax Assistance provider, all training and materials are provided. Tax preparation services are part of EmpowerU, a Catholic Charities program to help vulnerable individuals and families to permanently improve their financial situations and achieve longterm prosperity through education, skill and resource building, planning and mentorship. Catholic Charities Community Services helps people of all faiths, backgrounds and abilities and has been serving Central and Northern Arizona since 1933. We will begin providing free income tax preparation in early February, so we urgently need volunteers now. Contact Diali Avila at or 602-650-4853. Diali Avila, EmpowerU VITA coordinator, Catholic Charities Community Services

What do you think? Are you happy with the pace of residential and commercial development in Southern Chandler? What is the area missing? Is there anything specific you hope to see as build out nears? Send your responses to and include your community name and ZIP code for possible inclusion in a future issue of the SanTanSun News.


Jan. 19 – Feb. 2, 2013


Neighbors Exotic meat at DownUnder

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Where to eat

Neighbors page 44

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Kokopelli’s serves wine, food and fun by K. M. Lang

For more than a decade, Kokopelli Winery & Bistro has encouraged area diners to explore the relationship between great food and local wines. This month, taste buds will travel further abroad during Kokopelli’s 8th annual Italian-American Festival, when, for the first time, the bistro’s chef will join forces with the chef from Scottsdale’s Crust Pizza & Wine Café to create an event where the wine will shine and the food will dance the tarantella. “The two executive chefs are going to produce an authentic Italian-American menu,” explains Kokopelli’s owner, Dennis Minchella. “Of course, we’ll feature Italian wines, we’ll have specials on wine tasting, and what would an Italian-American weekend be without Italian-American music?” The festival, to be held Jan. 25 through 27, is just one of many annual events Kokopelli hosted since opening its

doors in historic downtown Chandler. The establishment began as a tasting room featuring Kokopelli’s wines from Willcox in southern Arizona. Over time, the vineyard’s offerings expanded from “soft, easy-drinking, entry-level wines,” to “high-end wines that are a little more challenging and great with different foods,” says Minchella. “So the tasting room evolved into a restaurant,” he adds. “We decided it would be kind of cool to create food to pair with the wines, but also in the reverse. Because we produce wines, we’re able to create wines that pair well with food, too.” Annual events such as the ItalianAmerican Festival, as well as Kokopelli’s Days of Wine & Roses and Wine Makers dinners – both held the week of Valentine’s Day – give guests an opportunity to explore diverse wine and food combinations in the old-world atmosphere of a 1918 Boston Street bank building.

YESTERYEAR ATMOSPHERE: Kokopelli Winery & Bistro, housed in a 1918 bank building in historic downtown Chandler, beguiles diners with its aura of old-world charm. STSN photo by Ron Lang

Nine years ago, Minchella added live entertainment on weekends, and more recently the bistro began creating customized wine-centered events for corporate and private guests. But it’s the food, prepared by Chef Erik West, that keeps wine lovers – and those indifferent

to the drink – coming back for more. “The number-one product year after year is the merlot-braised pot roast,” says Minchella. “We braise the pot roast, then cook it for seven hours at a low temperature, and we make homemade

see Kokopelli page 46

Multicultural fest unites Chandler ‘Chairitable’ fundraiser for youth arts

GLOBAL CREATURES: Lisa’s Creatures, featuring such wild animals as Raspberry, a red tegu lizard from South America and a young Alpaca, are returning to Chandler’s Multicultural Festival Jan. 19 to delight young and old visitors. Submitted photos

Experience all the diversity Chandler has to offer with music, dance, art, crafts, ethnic foods and information from sponsors and organizations that promote cultural diversity at the 18th Annual Multicultural Festival 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat., Jan. 19 in the Chandler Public Library Courtyard, 22 S. Delaware St. The free festival is presented by the city’s Diversity Office, with support from Friends of the Chandler Public Library. Two stages showcase a multitude of multicultural performances throughout the day.

The Celebration Stage highlights the rich talents of Kriti Dance; the Creative Expression Competition, where winners involving Chandler school-age children who produced artwork, essays and performances centering on the unity theme, will be announced; the Yellowhouse Dancers, a team of some of Native America’s most distinguished and talented intertribal dancers from the Southwest Navajo Nation who keep tradition and culture alive through music and dance; traditional Hawaiian Hula dancers Ho’okahi I Ka Hula and Na

see Multicultural Fest page 47

About 50 artists are embellishing chairs and tables, including a wheelchair, for an upcoming fundraiser and free event called “Chairitable,” held from 6 to 9 p.m. Fri., March 15 at Chandler Center for the Arts (CCA), 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. Artists include Bonnie Lou Coleman of Chandler, who created “The Peacock Chair,” a mixed media piece with the painted eye of a peacock and actual peacock feathers. All the chairs and tables will be sold in online, silent and live auctions to raise money for youth arts education in Chandler. Honorary “Chair” Patti Bruno says she’s excited to be involved in the Chandler Arts Commission project. “Funding for arts continues to be cut in the schools, and this is a great way to raise awareness of the need for youth arts,” she explains. “It will also bring much-needed arts education to Chandler specifically.” Nonprofits that benefit from artists in residence or arts education programs include The Salvation Army, ICAN and My Sisters Place. In addition, students from three schools – Galveston, San Marco and Seton Catholic – are working

see Chairitable page 48

FLOCKING TOGETHER: Actual peacock feathers decorate this wooden chair painted by Chandler artist Bonnie Lou Coleman. It will be available by auction at Chairitable on March 15 at Chandler Center for the Arts. STSN photos


Jan. 19 – Feb. 2, 2013


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Women-focused divorce topics are presented at a free seminar 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Fri., Jan. 25 by Thompson Law Firm at 101 W. Commonwealth Ave. in downtown Chandler. “Women enter the divorce process in different ways. Some women initiate it themselves while others are forced into it by a spouse, often suddenly and unexpectedly,” says attorney Christy Thompson, who leads the seminar. “Either way, the one thing they both need is a strong understanding of what they’re facing, a way to separate fact from myth and answers to their questions. Our seminars are designed to begin that education process.” Call 480-634-7480 to make a reservation.

The Sonoran Sunset free concert series continues 6 to 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month at the lakeside amphitheater at Veterans Oasis Park, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd. in Chandler. Dry River Yacht Club provides an eclectic and energetic performance on Feb. 21, and the rousing Irish sounds of The Knockabouts fill the park on March 21. Light snacks and beverages are available for purchase, and a local food truck prepares meals on site. The park is located on the northeast corner of Lindsay and Chandler Heights roads. In the event of bad weather, performances are held indoors at the park’s Environmental Education Center. For more information, visit

Kathy Webb Penrod, a resident of Gilbert, holds a signing event for her book “Tumptin’s Sneeze” from 1 to 3 p.m. Sat., Jan. 19 at TopIt Cupcakes, 1030 S. Gilbert Rd., Suite 101, Gilbert. “Tumptin’s Sneeze” is the story of a little elephant and the determined girl, Kiya, who befriends him. Tumptin provides good luck to the village by keeping their crops healthy from the abundant moisture of his sneezes. Contact Traci Jones Nix at 888-361-9473 or for more information.

Exotic meat, Valentine’s dinners at DownUnder

Take a tour around the world with an exotic wild game dinner 7 p.m. Thu., Jan. 31 at DownUnder Wines & Bistro, 1422 W. Warner Rd., Gilbert. The six-course gourmet exotic meat dinner costs $95 and includes crocodile, kangaroo, lion, giraffe, zebra, python and the finest beer from Sierra Nevada. There will also be a representative present discussing the beers, prize giveaways, raffles and more. Seating is very limited, so reserve early.

The wine bar and bistro is also offering a five-course Valentine’s Day dinner on Thu., Feb. 14 with various selections including wine for $65. Required dinner reservations are from 5 to 9 p.m. Other upcoming events are Comedy Night on Fri., Jan. 25; Doggie Day, featuring the Kit Kat Rescue from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sun., Feb. 3; and live music on Fridays and Saturdays, which includes the Vandal-Hancock Duo of jazz guitars on Fri., Feb. 8 and March 8. DownUnder offers private party hosting

with several types of food specials and tastings, as well as happy hours with specially priced appetizers and wine. Military troops and law enforcement members can show ID to receive 10% off. Business hours are: 4 to 9 p.m. Monday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. Call 480-545-4900 or email to make reservations. Visit to learn more.

Valentine’s dinner, dance for dads, daughters

Fathers and their favorite little girls can create special memories at the City’s annual Daddy & Daughter Valentine’s Dance from 6 to 8 p.m. Fri., Feb. 8 at Chandler Community Center, 125 E. Commonwealth Ave. There will be music, dancing, contests, crafts and a pasta dinner. In addition, each couple will take home a keepsake photograph. The dance, presented by the Chandler Recreation Division, is intended for fathers and their daughters ages 4 to 10. If dad is unavailable, moms or guardians are welcome to attend. The cost is $25 per couple for residents and $34 for nonresidents, plus $10 for each additional daughter for residents and $14 for nonresidents. Space is limited, so parents are encouraged to register early online at registration or in person at the Community Center. For more information, call 480-782-2641.


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Belly dancers try to shake competition

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Film examines lives of adopted Chinese girls

Chandler resident Mj Nguyen hosts a special presentation of the award-winning documentary, “Somewhere Between,” 5:30 to 7:28 p.m. Thu., Jan. 24 at the AMC Arizona Center 24 Theatre in downtown Phoenix. The film, directed by Linda Goldstein Knowlton, is about four teenage girls who live in different parts of the United States in different kinds of families, but have one thing in common: all four were adopted from China as a result of China’s “One Child Policy” and their birth parents’ inability to keep them. Although typical American teens, these four young women reveal a heartbreaking sense of selfawareness and grapple with issues of race, gender and identity more acutely than most their age. There will be a brief introduction preceding the film by Nguyen, an adult transracial adoptee who writes about adoption at, and a discussion period afterward. Due to the sensitive subject matter, the film is not recommended for ages 13 and younger. Tickets are $10 per person and must be purchased in advance by visiting

Jan. 19 – Feb. 2, 2013

‘Round-up’ change at Fry’s for youths Customers at Fry’s Food Stores can “make a change” for local children through Sat., Feb. 2 when they “round-up” their purchases to the nearest whole dollar and donate the difference to the Boys & Girls Clubs of The East Valley, which has branches in Chandler, Gilbert, Queen Creek, Apache Junction, Guadalupe, Mesa, Tempe and the Gila River Indian Community. Fry’s partnered with the Boys & Girls Club to provide children in need with access to life-changing programs and services that supports and fosters their academic, physical and social environment. “The availability of affordable after-school and summer programs continues to be an important community objective in order to meet the needs of working-poor families,” says Shawn Duncan, Chairman of the Board of the Boys & Girls Club of The East Valley. “As customers shop at Fry’s, we hope they will keep our mission and our more than 40,000 youths and teens in mind by rounding-up their purchases to benefit a great local cause.” Funds raised from Fry’s “Round-Up” campaign help make it possible for even more local youth to participate in the Club’s after-school programming, which includes career and leadership development, healthy life choices and fitness – all in a safe environment. Recent studies show more than 25% of Arizona’s school children are on their own between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. each day. Visit to learn more about Boys & Girls Clubs. Fry’s Food Stores was recently awarded the Arizona Fundraising Professionals “2012 Outstanding Corporation Award” for the company’s generosity to the Arizona community. For information, visit

SunBird Kare Bears host fundraiser A Movie and Pizza Night fundraiser is hosted by SunBird Kare Bears from 5 to 8 p.m. Wed., Jan. 30 at SunBird Golf Resort Ballroom, 6240 S. SunBird Blvd., Chandler. A screening of “Trouble with the Curve,” starring Clint Eastwood, begins at approximately 6 p.m. Cost is $5 for pizza, drink and popcorn. The SunBird Kare Bears celebrates its 20th year of operation this year. The organization supports its own HOA as well as community organizations Neighbors Who Care, Clothes Cabin, Basha High and Hamilton High Leos, My Sister’s Place and more. Visit for more details.


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Kokopelli from page 43

El Palacio hosts indie group AS GOOD AS IT LOOKS: Along with its own locally produced wines, Kokopelli offers a variety of delicious menu items, including tasty bruschetta samplers, pictured. STSN photo by Ron Lang

WALL OF WINE: Kokopelli Winery & Bistro opened in 2001 as a tasting room for its vineyard in Willcox. The restaurant still offers tastings from open to close, as well as private and off-site tastings and retail wine sales. STSN photo by Ron Lang

mashed potatoes to go with it. It’s comfort food – Americana with a little bit of a French twist to it.” Other winners are West’s mac & cheese – which has diners fighting over the last bite – the bistro’s lightly creamed pasta Roban and its tasty lavosh pizzas. Most of the dishes are priced under $15, and the quality and diversity of the menu reflects Kokopelli’s dedication to its diners. “We really do try to produce very good food at very reasonable prices,” says Minchella, “and we try to make wine approachable.” Kokopelli Winery & Bistro, 35 W. Boston St., is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For reservations, call

480-792-6927. For event information, to view a menu or to receive Kokopelli’s newsletter, visit K. M. Lang lives and writes in Sun Groves. To contact her, email

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LUNCH BUNCH: El Palacio Chef Anthony Serrano, far back left, hosts more than a dozen local business owners during a Local First Arizona noonday event at the Crossroads Towne Center eatery. Attendees included Maureen Campbell, right front, former owner of a Gymboree franchise in Chandler and now sales representative for Chandler’s Five Star Publications; Jennifer Pruitt of HDE Agency, second on left, along with her boss, Landon Evans, who was not available for the photo. Others were Jennifer Nielson of Element Plumbing in Chandler; Scott Boettcher of Veteran Tinting & Blinds; Tod Dennis of SCF Arizona, Phoenix; and Ivan Morales of Communication Concepts, Scottsdale. Margaree Bigler of Local First Arizona, a nonprofit group to support local businesses and encourage buying locally, organized the luncheon. Founded originally as Arizona Chain Reaction in 2007, the organization expanded and changed its name. SanTan Sun News is a founding member. Info: STSN photo


Jan. 19 – Feb. 2, 2013

Multicultural Fest from page 43

and the mayor’s welcome, The Mashino School of Highland Dance, Arizona Turkish Folk Dancers, The Hollands family musical group and Cool Hands take the Unity Stage. In addition to an interactive storytelling area for children, Lisa’s Creatures returns this year, presenting live animals from all over the world. The animals are the private collection of Lisa Limbert, educational coordinator for East Valley HIGH STEPPIN’: The Mashino School of Highland Dance takes the Wildlife, a network of wildlife Unity Stage at the Multicultural Festival to dazzle audiences with rehabilitators who care for their stamina, grace and strength while dancing on the balls of injured and orphaned wild their feet. Submitted photo animals. Leo Kupono; the Chandler Community Individuals of all ages and skill levels Celebration Choir; and Si Se Puede Ballet are encouraged to try Zumba, the Folklorico. popular fitness program consisting A special naturalization ceremony of short dance and aerobic exercise begins at 11 a.m. on the Unity Stage, routines performed to Latin-American conducted by U.S. Citizenship and music, during demonstrations Immigration Services (USCIS), where 200 throughout the day. people from different countries around A performance by the world will become DRUMLine Live, an American citizens. international tour based The Unity events on the historically honor Dr. Martin Luther black college and King who worked university marching tirelessly to ensure band tradition rounds equality of opportunity out the Celebration of and to make the American Dream a Unity weekend at 7 p.m. Sun., Jan. 20 reality. These new citizens will have at Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. the opportunity not only to benefit Arizona Ave. With riveting rhythms, bold from being an American but also to beats and ear-grabbing energy, the show play a role in shaping and enriching is a synchronized musical showcase our nation. incorporating original compositions Following the naturalization ceremony

and soul-infused interpretations of top-40 hits, plus group performances ranging from colorful, choreographed routines to heavy doses of drum riffs and cadences. More information is available at or by calling the Special Event Hotline at 480-782-2735.

Quick guide to festival entertainment Celebration Stage Noon-12:30 p.m. Kriti Dance 12:40-12:55 p.m. Creative Expression Competition 1-1:45 p.m. Yellowhouse Dancer 1:55-2:35 p.m. Ho’okahi I Ka Hula & Na Leo Kupono 2:45-3:05 p.m. Chandler Community Celebration Choir 3:15-3:55 p.m. Si Se Puede Ballet Folklorico

Transitional rehab discussed at Iron Oaks For those in need of short-term inpatient rehabilitation care, such as following an illness or injury, a transitional rehabilitation center may be the answer. Find out more about Santé of Chandler, a rehabilitation facility, during a presentation from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thu., Jan. 24 at Iron Oaks Country Club, 24218 S. Oakwood Blvd, Sun Lakes. Dana Tate, Santé director of business development, will speak on behalf of the company. The director of rehab and doctors will also be on hand. For more information about Santé of Chandler, call 480-630-3676 or visit

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11 a.m.-noon Naturalization Ceremony, presented by USCIS 12:10-12:25 p.m. Mayor Jay Tibshraeny welcome 12:40-1:20 p.m. The Maschino School of Highland Dance 1:30-1:50 p.m. Arizona Turkish Folk Dancers 2:10-3 p.m. The Hollands 3:15-3:55 p.m. Cool Hands

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Chairitable from page 43

with their art teachers to decorate their own chairs. “The funds will also generate job opportunities for artists to educate and inspire youth to think about the world in a new and visual way, to help them understand the importance of art in our everyday lives,” says City of Chandler Visual Arts Coordinator Eric Faulhaber, who is staff liaison for the Arts Commission and oversees the Vision Gallery in downtown Chandler. A wheelchair has been donated for decoration by Sante rehabilitation services of Chandler. “We want people to know that we are sensitive to those with disabilities, whether temporary or permanent, and the need for art in their lives as well,” says Judy Polidori, a member of the Chairitable committee.

Sponsors still being accepted

Some title sponsor positions are still available, including a “Club Chair” sponsor for $500 to a “Wingback Chair” for $1,000, a “Captain’s Chair” for $2,500 or the “Throne” sponsor for $5,000. Title sponsors who

confirm by the end of January can work with an artist to have a chair or table created for their business and can display it in their location prior to the event. In addition to Chandler Arts Commission, Vision Gallery, Chandler Center for the Arts, Wood Creations Furniture and SanTan Sun News, other in-kind, financial or auction item sponsors to date include Alliance Beverage; Bashas’; Durant’s; In Pockets; KBAQ, KJZZ and KUPD; Kent Miller; Porkopolis; Santa Barbara Catering; Serrano’s; and Slingshot Photography.

Art demos, food, wine at free event

In addition to light hors d’oeuvres and wine to be served at the free event, there will be more than 30 artists displaying or demonstrating their art. The interactive evening includes a table on CCA’s patio where attendees can select items to creatively affix to the surface, and children from the Vision Kidz art programs will work on an art table. There will also be live entertainment by a trio featuring Charles Lewis on piano and vocalist Laurie Fagen.

How to help youth arts

BE ‘CHAIRITABLE:’ Art patrons help youth arts in Chandler by attending and bidding on decorated chairs and tables at the Chairitable fundraiser on March 15. SanTan Sun News’ graphic designer Tad Smith of The Design Idea Graphics created the Chairitable logo. STSN image

A pre-event web-based silent auction is available at the Chairitable website, where a select number of items will be available for purchase online. The rest of the chairs and tables will be acquired in silent and live auctions at the event, and there will also be a pick-a-prize raffle, where participants may bid on specific items with tickets. For more information, visit or call 480-782-2695.

Volunteers needed to promote the arts Area residents with a love of the arts and a little free time on their hands are being sought to serve as an Arts Ambassador, with sign-ups being taken for the second annual Eat Your Art Out Chandler fundraiser Tue., Feb. 26. The role of Arts Ambassador includes inviting coworkers, family and friends to dine out at their specific Eat Your Art Out Chandler location and serve as a liaison at that location that day, which Mayor Jay Tibshraeny will proclaim as Eat Your Art Out Chandler Day. Ambassador training sessions of about 40 minutes will take place at noon Mon., Jan. 28; 5:30 p.m. Tue., Jan. 29; or Thu., Jan. 31, all at the Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler.

How it works

Each participating restaurant will donate 25 to 100% of the day’s proceeds to Eat Your Art Out, and eateries will be part of a more than $100,000 community-wide marketing effort. For specifics of the offers, locations and hours, visit

So far, the 15 participating restaurants that day include: for breakfast, AJ’s Cafe at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort; for lunch, Bourbon Jack’s Bar & Grill, Can’t Stop Smokin’ BBQ, Dilly’s Deli, Floridino’s, Kokopelli Winery & Bistro, The Living Room, El Palacio Restaurant & Cantina, Pittsburgh Willy’s, SanTan Brewing Co., Serrano’s Mexican Food Restaurant, The Sushi Room; for dinner, Bay Leaf CafeIndia Cuisine, Bourbon Jack’s Bar & Grill, Can’t Stop Smokin’ BBQ, Dilly’s Deli, Floridino’s, Iguana Mack’s, The Living Room, Serrano’s Mexican Food Restaurant, The Sushi Room, Vintage 95. Money raised will go towards Chandler Center for the Arts’ Connecting Kidz programs, headline acts and the free summer concert series. This is the second year of the event; the SanTan Sun News is a sponsor. Prospective ambassadors and restaurants wishing to take part can sign up at eat/index.html or contact Judi Johnson at 480-782-2674.

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Basha High host benefit concert To raise funds for cancer research, the Basha High School Performing Arts Club and National Honor Society chapter hold a concert from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Fri., Jan. 25 at Basha High School auditorium, 5990 S. Val Vista Dr., Chandler. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Barrow Neurological Institute of the Phoenix Children’s Hospital, which collaborates with the Medical Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders to combine the “most superlative, cutting edge innovations and experienced doctors” in programs such as the Jaydie Lynn Neuro-oncology Program. Performers ages 15 to 18 will showcase talents including, but not limited to, playing the piano, flute, cello, violin, dancing and singing. According to event organizers, the concert promises to be a family friendly event and awe-inspiring end to the evening with acts to include interpretations of songs such as “Gangnam Style” by PSY and “Jardins sous la pluie” by Claude Debussy. The Performing Arts Club was formed by sophomore Elizabeth Sun in September 2012 with one goal in mind: to bring together students to benefit the community. After holding a successful benefit concert for the Basha High’s Math Club, DECA and general school fund last year, Sun decided to try to design a more grandiose event. Since then, she and many other students have carefully worked to become representatives of Basha High’s motto of “Benevolence, Honor and Scholarship.” She says she hopes children will learn to understand that there is no greater power than compassion, and sharing talents is the best way to assist the community. It is the hope of the Performing Arts Club that the event will not only spread musical appreciation throughout the community and assist in funding research for neurological maladies, but will also empower other youths to take action in the future. Tickets are $6 per person and $15 per family of three or more people. For information, call 480-797-3797 or email

Jan. 19 – Feb. 2, 2013

Donors get Barrett-Jackson tickets, BOGO Suns vouchers

Blood donors get Renaissance Fest tickets

January is National Blood Donor Awareness Month, and Ford Motor Company and all 11 metro Phoenix-area Ford dealerships are teaming up with the American Red Cross to host a series of “Go Further With Ford” blood drives through Jan. 26. The SanTan Sun area blood drive is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tue., Jan. 22 at San Tan Ford, 1429 Motorplex Loop, Gilbert. All blood donors receive two free tickets to the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, good for admission Monday through Thursday and Sunday. They also receive a buy-one-get-one-free voucher to select Phoenix Suns games. “Our partnership with the American Red Cross aligns with Ford’s commitment to go further in the communities we do business in,” says Mark Witthar, Phoenix regional manager for Ford Motor Company. “Each donation can save up to three lives and truly makes a difference in times of need.” Ford’s goal is to register approximately 500 donors to ensure a minimum of 330 units of blood is collected for local hospitals. “Blood donors play an integral role in the delivery of modern healthcare. Many life-saving medical treatments and procedures involve blood transfusions and would not be possible without a safe and reliable blood supply,” says Natalie Leon, donor recruitment representative for American Red Cross Blood Services. To participate in any of the blood drives, contact a local Ford dealership or register online via yourlocalforddealers. com. Call 480-621-3700 for information on San Tan Ford. Visit or to learn more about the American Red Cross.

Every two seconds someone requires blood, according to United Blood Services. Premature babies, trauma victims, as well as patients suffering from cancer, leukemia and heart disease, all receive lifesaving blood transfusions. Currently, donors of all blood types are needed, especially O-negative, the universal blood that can be substituted for all other types in emergencies. UBS donors who take the extra time to give an automated “MAX” donation at one of the six Valley donor centers receive a voucher for a free admission to the Renaissance Festival, courtesy of Royal Faires. The Chandler Donor Center, at 1989 W. Elliot Rd., Suite 32, near Elliot and Dobson roads, is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The Chandler public blood drives are: • Fri., Feb. 1, Noon to 4 p.m., Bus at Glynlyon, 300 N. McKemy Ave. • Sat., Feb. 2, 8 to 11:30 a.m., “Ray Building” Cultural Hall at LDS Chandler Stake, 1115 E. Ray Rd. • Tue., Feb. 19, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Quiet Room at Safelite Auto Glass, 2080 W. Chandler Blvd. • Tue., Feb, 26, 7:30 to 11:30 a.m., Lower Level Conference Rooms 1 and 2 at Chandler Regional Medical Center, 475 S. Dobson Rd. Gilbert’s public blood drives are: • Fri., Feb. 1, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Bus at MAPFRE USA, 15555 N. Fiesta Blvd. • Sun., Feb. 17, 7 to 11 a.m., Activity Center at First United Methodist Church of Gilbert, 331 S. Cooper Rd. • Sun., Feb. 24, 7 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Church Hall at St. Anne Knights of Columbus, 440 E. Elliot Rd. To make an appointment to donate blood, call 877-UBS-HERO (877-827-4376) or visit and enter your ZIP code.

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Jan. 19 – Feb. 2, 2013

Spiritual Reflections

CUMC celebrates centennial

Resolutions versus ‘riskolutions’ by Lynne Hartke

I pulled into the driveway the other day at the same time my neighbor was getting her mail out of her mailbox. We exchanged pleasantries and soon she was sharing some struggles she was having with her family. “I should offer to pray for her.” The thought kept running through Lynne Hartke my mind, but my tongue seemed to be glued to the top of my mouth. “I’m not in church. I’m standing in front of the mailbox. She’ll think I’m weird. I have ice cream melting in the car.” I was still making excuses and overanalyzing things in my brain when she walked back into her house. I’ll have no way of knowing what might have happened if I had listened to the promptings of my heart. Has this happened to you? A blog from a group, Dare to Share, mentioned the differences between resolutions and “riskolutions.” According to them, resolution means “resolving to

change through your own willpower.” Riskolution means “offering God 365 opportunities to use you in ways you never thought possible.” The Bible is full of people no different, better, smarter or more spiritual than you or me. The difference is they opened up their lives to be used by God. 1 Corinthians 2:9 says,


“No eye has seen, no ear has heard and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” My riskolution this year is to say “yes” to those God-promptings inside my heart. I’m curious what unimaginable things I will discover. Lynne Hartke is the wife of Pastor Kevin Hartke of Trinity Christian Fellowship, 50 S. McQueen Rd., Chandler. She blogs at For more information, call 480-963-7698 or visit

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The 100th anniversary of Chandler United Methodist Church in Chandler is celebrated at a worship service from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Sun., Jan. 20. The congregation’s first preaching service was held in Chandler the first week of January 1913; on Jan. 20, a Methodist Episcopal Church was formally organized as Chandler Methodist Community Church. Dr. A.J. Chandler donated a large lot on the southeast corner of Chandler and California roads for the church, a wood building with no windows and canvas flaps around the entire structure. The structure went through several renovations and transformations, before moving in March 2008 to its new location at 450 E. Chandler Heights Rd. CUMC is a full-service, multigenerational, multicultural church, with ministry, services, programs and small groups for every age group and interest. All are welcome. Sunday School for children, youth and teens is 9:10 and 10:40 a.m. Sundays; two adult Sunday School classes are at 9 and 10:30 a.m. Sundays. Traditional Sunday worship services are at 9 and 10:30 a.m. Sundays; a fellowship hour with light refreshments is enjoyed between the two services. For a complete listing of activities and services the church offers, visit or call 480-963-3360.

Service Times: Sat. 5 p.m., Sun. 8:15 a.m., 9:45 a.m., 11:15 a.m. Servicio en español: Domingo 11 a.m. NE corner of Alma School Rd. & Germann Rd. 1825 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler AZ 85286 480-963-3997



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Chandler church honors MLK, hosts special study

With Martin Luther King, Jr. Day coming up Mon., Jan. 21, on “MLK Sunday,” Jan. 20, Chandler Presbyterian Church will kick off a preaching series on “Christian character” which will take them to Holy Week in March. “It will be a journey of selfdiscovery and growth, so make sure you’re here every week,” according to the website. In addition, the Tuesday Morning Adult Bible Study Group at Chandler Presbyterian begins a study of Paul’s letter to Rome at 11 a.m. Tue., Jan. 22 The group will use Max Lucado’s study guide, and the cost is $10. Signup sheets are available in the Narthex at the church. Under the leadership of Pastor George Saylor, Chandler Presbyterian Church is at 1500 W. Germann Rd. in Chandler. Call 480-963-3821 or visit

Have pro check meds

ICU surgeon talks about miracles, Movie Night, play Receive a one-on-one medication review by a Walgreen’s pharmacist, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thu., Jan. 24 in the Great Hall at St. Steven’s Church, 24827 S. Dobson Rd., Sun Lakes. Pat Rullo, author of “Speak Up and Stay Alive,” also talks about surviving a hospital stay. There will be handouts, a raffle and book signing. A reservation is required for the free program. Call Diane Gray at 480-895-9266, ext. 107, or email For more information, visit


Learn about medical and personal miracles when Dr. Bryan Thatcher, an intensive care unit surgeon from Tampa, FL, discusses his personal conversion, Sat., Jan. 26 in the Centre at St. Steven’s Catholic Church. Sign-in begins at 8 a.m., and the program starts at 9 a.m. Thatcher’s first presentation ends at 11:30 a.m., followed by a luncheon and his second presentation beginning at 12:30 p.m. and concluding at 3 p.m. Thatcher, founder and director of the Marian Fathers’ apostolate Eucharistic Apostles of The Divine Mercy, speaks on the “Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist” and the message of Divine Mercy as a “Way of Life.” EADM is now active in 35 countries and

received three special apostolic blessings from the late Pope John Paul II for its work. Thatcher traveled across the United States, as well as to Cuba, South America, Africa, Europe, India, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore and the Samoan Islands to talk. He co-hosted a series, “Cenacle of The Divine Mercy” and is the author of several books on Divine Mercy and The Eucharist. Registration is required. For more information or to register, call Jill at 480-895-9266, ext. 0 or Anne at 480-802-9127 by Jan. 24.

movie night

The life of the Rev. Carlo Gnocchi, an Italian priest who labored heroically to minister to the wounded and dying soldiers during World War II, is the feature for movie night in “Father of Mercy,” 6 to 9 p.m. Mon., Jan. 28. The event takes place in the Great Hall at St. Steven’s Catholic Church, 24827 S. Dobson Rd., Sun Lakes. For information, visit or call 480-895-9266.

martyred nun portrayed in play

A meet and greet with Sister Nancy Murray, a Dominican sister in Adrian, MI., who is the sister of actor and comedian Bill Murray, follows a presentation of her one-woman play about martyred Sister Dorothy Stang, 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sun., Feb. 3. Refreshments follow the event, which

takes place at St. Steven’s Church, 24827 S. Dobson Rd., Sun Lakes. Stang was one of nine children raised on an Ohio farm in a traditional Catholic family and began her ministry in 1966 in Brazil. Before her murder in 2005, when she was reading the Bible, she was named “Woman of the Year” by the state of Para for her work in the Amazon region. She was posthumously awarded the U.N. prize in the field of human rights and was formally recognized by the Vatican as a modern day martyr. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and children and can be purchased by calling Diane at 480-895-9266, ext. 107, Jill at 480-895-9266, ext. 0, or Anne at 480-802-9127.

3C seminars at Chandler Christian Church Pastor Storms reveals secrets For an “ever-deepening relationship with Christ,” sign up for one of the 3C seminars: “Connecting Point,” “Changing Course,” or “Caring Bridge.” The programs begin at 3:30 p.m. Sun., Jan. 20 at Chandler Christian Church, 1825 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler. For more information, visit


Anyone confused about the Bible when trying to study it is invited to the “40 Days in the Word” program at Chandler Christian Church. Groups begin

the week of Jan. 21. “People tend to think that the Bible is some sort of a mystery maze of information that you have to use a secret decoder ring to make any sense of it,” says Senior Pastor Roger Storms. “It just isn’t.” Optional participant workbooks are $5 and Bible study methods books are $10 at the Resource Center. Small group leader DVDs are free. For more information, visit chandlercc. org/2013/01/pastor-rogers-secretsrevealed. Find a group at chandlercc. org/1-in-1-catalog.

Centennial Sunday: January 20, 2013

Celebrating 100 Years in Chandler

CENTENNIAL SUNDAY January 20, 2013 Worship............................................9:30 a.m.


Traditional Worship ..........................9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.


For Children, Youth & Teens............9:10 a.m.

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL .........9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

All Are Welcome. Making and Deploying Disciples Who Put God First, Since 1913


AidChild fundraiser at TCF AidChild founder Nathaniel Dunigan is the featured speaker at a fundraising dinner for the charitable organization, 6:30 p.m. Fri., Feb. 1 at Trinity Christian Fellowship (TCF), 50 S. McQueen Rd., Chandler. As an expert witness, Dunigan testified before the U.S. Congress about best practices of care for orphans living with AIDS and other vulnerable children in Africa. In 2004, he was nominated for


SLJC Sisterhood hosts card party

the World of Children Award. The Ugandan and American governments chose AidChild as a model of pediatric HIV / AIDS care for the entire African continent. Two centers and a treatment laboratory serve the needs of more than 3,000 children and adults living with AIDS. Tickets are $15. To reserve a seat, call the church at 480-963-7698 or visit

Fresh fruit and dessert will be served with a trio salad at the Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation Sisterhood’s annual card party, 10 a.m. Tue., Feb. 12 at the Oakwood Clubhouse in Sun Lakes. The cost is $25 per person. Send checks, made out to SLJC Sisterhood, to 570 N. Scott Dr., Chandler, AZ 85225. Indicate which game you are playing and ensure all checks for lunch and game tables are sent in one envelope. Anyone who is unable to put together a full game table will have it done for them. An assortment of baskets will be raffled and a silent auction for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital will feature, along with several other items up for bid, a reconditioned golf cart with bidding starting at $4,000. There will also be

Snow predicted at CCCC Families in Chandler can enjoy a day in the snow with sledding, slides and snowball fights when five tons of snow is delivered for a free community event from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sat., Jan. 26 at Chandler Christian Community Center (CCCC) at 345 S. California St., Chandler. The Winter Wonderland event is followed with a warm community meal, available from 3 to 5 p.m. and sponsored by Touch of Love Ministries and in collaboration with Arizona

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Community Church. CCCC has supported Chandler families in need for more than 40 years. Located in the redevelopment district of Chandler, one of the fundamental components of the Family Resource Center is providing opportunities for families to grow and play together. For additional details, contact Family Resource Center Director Lori Tapia at 480-963-1423, ext. 106.

door prizes, cash awards and a bake sale. Call Myra at 480-305-0533 for details about donating baked goods. In addition to St. Jude’s, all profits from card party are going to local charities, including the Sun Lakes Fire Department, the Sheriff’s Posse and Frye Elementary School. Credit cards are not accepted by SLJC; only cash or checks. To learn more or to donate new merchandise for baskets, call co-chairs Mary at 480-802-9855 or Susie at 480-883-7117. Blank note cards are also for sale at all Sisterhood meetings for $10 for a packet of 10. Cards can be ordered by mail by sending a check, made out to SLJC Sisterhood, to 6400 S. Granite Dr., Chandler, AZ 85249.

Islam, Christianity subject of talk Nationally known speaker and professor of Ancient History at Western Michigan University, Dr. Paul Maier, will speak at a seminar on Islam and Christianity at 9:30 a.m. Sat., Jan. 26 at Mountain View Lutheran Church, 2122. S. Goldfield Rd., Apache Junction. Maier is a much-published author of both scholarly and popular works who

lectures widely; appears frequently in national radio, television and newspaper interviews; and has received numerous awards. The program, sponsored by the Arizona District Lutheran Ministries, includes a free-will offering lunch, but reservations are necessary by calling 480-802-1008.

Christian Academy holds open house

Youth Zone continues at Chabad

Find out about new tuition discounts at a Chandler Christian Academy open house from 6 to 8 p.m. Thu., Jan. 24 at 301 N. Hartford, Chandler. The school, which offers preschool to eighth-grade classes, is keeping the same tuition as last year, and a $150 discount on the initial tuition fee of $300 will be given

Kids can learn about Jewish heroes from 12:15 to 2 p.m. monthly on Sundays at Chabad Center for Jewish Life, 3875 W. Ray Rd., Suite 6, on the southeast corner at McClintock, Chandler. Designed for first- through sixth-graders, Youth Zone is a program for children to participate in activities, outings and meet

for those who register by Jan. 31. A $1,000 credit is also available for new students referred for the 2013-14 school year. New students can participate in a “Shadow Day” to visit classrooms on Wed., Jan. 30. For more information, call 480-963-0748 or visit

new friends, says Rabbi Mendy Deitsch. An upcoming event is called “Moses in a limo,” where kids ride in a limo like a modern day Moses and deliver handmade Matzoh to local senior residents. Children should bring a sack lunch. RSVP by emailing Masha@chabadcenter. com or call 480-855-4333 for details.

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Jan. 19 – Feb. 2, 2013

Spiritual Connections

Call ahead to confirm information, as details occasionally change after print. If you have a recurring monthly support group or meeting you would like listed in Spiritual Connections, email complete details to The Big D 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sundays This program is designed to encourage and empower teens to deal with their feelings and the challenges raised during the divorce or separation of their parents. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church 739 W. Erie St., Chandler Info: 480-963-4127, Celebrate Recovery 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays Join in fellowship and celebrate God’s healing power in our lives through the 12 steps and Eight Recovery Principles. The group addresses all types of habits, hurts and hang-ups. Dinner at 6 p.m. followed by meetings at 6:30 p.m. Free childcare for children ages 12 and younger. CrossRoads Nazarene Church, Ministry Center Rooms 101-103 2950 W. Ray Rd., Chandler Info: 480-722-0700, Celebrate Recovery 6 p.m. Fridays For those with chemical dependencies or other issues. Dinner followed by meetings at 7 p.m. Dinner: $3 adult, $1 child. Free childcare ages 12 and younger. Chandler Christian Church, Room B200 1825 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler Info: 480-963-3997, Christian Business Networking, Tri-City Chapter – Chandler, Tempe, Mesa 7:15 a.m. Tuesdays Offers members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and business referrals. Crackers & Co. Café 535 W. Iron Ave., Mesa Info: Maia, 480-425-0624, Christian Business Networking, Chandler Bi-Monthly Chapter 7:30 a.m. second and fourth Tuesdays of the month Offers members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and business referrals. Chandler Christian Church, Room B202 1825 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler Info: Maia, 480-425-0624,

Christian Business Networking, East Valley Chapter 7:30 a.m. Wednesdays Offers members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and business referrals. Mission Church Seminar Room 4450 E. Elliot Rd., Gilbert Info: Maia, 480-425-0624, DivorceCare for Adults 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sundays Holy Trinity Lutheran Church 739 W. Erie St., Chandler Info: 480-963-4127, DivorceCare for Kids 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sundays Holy Trinity Lutheran Church 739 W. Erie St., Chandler Info: 480-963-4127, East Valley JCC Parent & Child Playgroup 9:30-10:30 a.m. Fridays Playgroup for parents with children ages 12 months to 2-1/2 years old. East Valley JCC 908 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler Info: Emily Malin, 480-897-0588, East Valley Jewish Couples Club Offers once-a-month social activities such as dining, movies, plays, etc. for Jewish couples in the 45- to 65-year-old age range. Info: Melissa, 480-785-0744, GriefShare 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays A seminar / support group geared toward adults who have suffered the loss of a loved one. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church 739 W. Erie St., Chandler Info: 480-963-4127, Hearing God’s Voice 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. Sundays, through March 10 For ages from junior high to adult. Childcare available. No charge. Trinity Christian Fellowship 50 S. McQueen Rd., Chandler Info: 480-963-7698,

H.O.P.E. – Help Overcoming Painful Experiences 7 p.m. Tuesdays Free weekly small-group sessions helping people overcome emotional pain caused by divorce, grief, addictions and more; free childcare for children ages 10 and younger. Desert Springs Church, Room 106 19620 S. McQueen Rd., Chandler Info:, Jewish Women International, Avodah Chapter 1581 Monthly luncheon Iguana Mack’s 1371 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler RSVP: 480-802-9304, 480-655-8812 JumpStart 11:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturdays JumpStart is a sidewalk Sunday school community outreach program serving “some of the poorest neighborhoods” in Chandler, offering snacks, games and teachings about Jesus to area children. Participants meet at Faith Family Church 11530 E. Queen Creek Rd., Chandler Info: Joanne Sweeney, 480-539-8933 Kid’s Sunday School 10-11 a.m. Sundays Unity of Chandler 325 N. Austin Dr., Suite 4, Chandler Info: 480-792-1800, Lift Your Spirit 10 a.m. Sundays Hear inspirational messages and music. Unity of Chandler 325 N. Austin Dr., Suite 4, Chandler Info: 480-792-1800, Moms in Prayer International A group of mothers who meet one hour each week to intercede for their children and schools through prayer. Info: Liane Wright, 480-699-7887, Monthly Women’s Fellowship 6:30 p.m. fourth Tuesday of each month The monthly fellowship Bible study of the East Valley Chapter of Christian Women’s Devotional Alliance “ministers to women’s spiritual, emotional and physical needs.” Best Western-Mezona 250 W. Main St., Mesa Info: 480-232-3773 National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) – Chandler Chapter 10 a.m.-noon first and third Wednesday of each month Faith-based “Caring Connection” for those who have loved ones with a mental illness, i.e., schizophrenia, depression, bipolar or anxiety disorder. Find support and share experiences with others. Risen Savior Lutheran Church 23914 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler Info: Joan, 480-883-8871 The Problem of Evil 9-11 a.m. Tuesdays, through Feb. 12 Explore the objections to God’s existence and seek some solutions. Presented via the Internet from a previously recorded live class in partnership with the Parish of St. Thomas the Apostle’s Institute of Catholic Theology. $25 per person. St. Steven’s Church, Great Hall 24827 S. Dobson Rd., Sun Lakes Revive, Rebuild and Re-Engage 9:45 a.m. Sundays Class helps struggling couples to cope with marital issues and build their relationships with Christ. Chandler Christian Church 1825 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler Info and registration: Rosary Prayer 3 p.m. second Friday of each month St. Steven’s Catholic Church 24827 S. Dobson Rd., Sun Lakes Info: 480-895-9266 Spiritual Chat 7-8 p.m. second Thursday of each month Spiritual topics such as awareness, lucid dreaming, near-death experiences, outof-body experiences, past lives, living gracefully, reincarnation, karma and divine guidance are discussed during Arizona Satsang Society’s Spiritual Chat sessions. Unity Church of Divine Love 325 N. Austin Dr., Suite 4, Chandler Info:, 877-300-4949


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Author discusses CCA offers diverse lineup Western films, book Free jazz, symphony concerts A third-generation Mesa resident, Charlie LeSueur, presents a program of Western movie history and signs his Five Star Publications’ book, “Riding The Hollywood Trail,” Charlie LeSueur at 2:45 p.m. Sun., Jan. 20 during Superstition Mountain Heritage Days in the Elvis Chapel at the Superstition Mountain Museum, 4087 N. Apache Trail, Apache Junction. LeSueur, whose great-greatgrandfather was mayor of Mesa, studied acting and appeared in many television shows and live theatre productions over the years. He brings his insights and firsthand knowledge of early cowboy film stars, singing cowboys and Arizona film cowboys. Published by Five Star Publications of Chandler, “Riding the Hollywood Trail” will be available for purchase during Superstition Mountain Heritage Days. Info: 480-983-4888.

The winter chill isn’t slowing down the hot performances on stage at Chandler Center for the Arts (CCA), which continues to offer a diverse lineup of concerts, plays and more. See the famed Historically Black College and University marching band tradition come to the theatrical stage in “DRUMline Live,” 7 p.m. Sun., Jan. 20, and get invaluable dog training – and people training – advice from renowned dog behavior specialist Cesar Millan at 8 p.m., Sat. Jan. 26. Valley actor Wyatt Earp returns to CCA to play Doc Holliday at 3 p.m. Sun., Jan. 27. “The Gentleman Doc Holliday,” written by Terry Earp, is the story of the West’s most famous dentist. February offers “Cirque Ziva” performed by the Golden Dragon Acrobats, 7 p.m. Sat., Feb. 2; Las Vegas showman Wayne Newton & Friends, 7:30 p.m. Sat., Feb. 9; humorist Jeanne Robertson, 8 p.m. Fri., Feb. 15; the Pushcart Players in “Happily Ever After … A Cinderella Tale,” 11 a.m. Sat., Feb. 16; and “Vicki Lawrence & Mama: A Two Woman Show,” 7:30 p.m. Sat., Feb. 23. For tickets, visit or call 480-782-2680.

Free jazz concert

Big-band sounds and sizzling jazz syncopation highlight a free concert with The ASU Concert Jazz Band, along with the award-winning Willis Junior High Jazz Band featuring soloist Michael Kocour on piano, 7 p.m. Wed., Jan. 30 at CCA. The concert is presented in cooperation with Chandler Unified School District. The ASU Concert Jazz Band performs choice selections spanning the history of big band music and beyond. The Willis Junior High Jazz Band consistently receives outstanding awards at state band festivals. The group’s most acclaimed recognition was its performance at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago in 2009. This international clinic only features one junior high jazz ensemble internationally and is attended by more than 15,000 musicians every year.

Writers’ conference showcases Chandler author

Janette Rallison

The 21st Annual American Night Writers Association (ANWA) Writers Conference: Time Out For Writers, set for Feb. 21 through 23 at the Hilton Phoenix / East Mesa, 1011 W. Holmes Ave., Mesa, features Chandler resident and ANWA Executive President Elect Janette Rallison as the emcee, hostess and speaker. Rallison is a multiaward winning author whose 19 novels have sold more than a million copies. She also writes under

the pen names C. J. Hill and Sierra St. James. Her latest book is a time travel dystopia called “Erasing Time.” She will present a workshop at the conference about romance writing. The weekend-long conference offers authors a chance to sell their books at the onsite conference bookstore, as well as a multitude of classes, workshops, pitch sessions and fun networking opportunities for authors and writers of all stages, genres and platforms. Teachers and educators can earn up to 17 professional development hours that can be applied toward the renewal of their Arizona educators licensing. Registration for the conference is open to the public, and teachers, authors and writers, whether novice or published, are invited to develop writing and teaching skills, marketing knowledge, a networking base and creativity. ANWA, Inc. is a nonprofit organization founded in 1986 to support LDS women writers. Registration fees vary depending on registration date, if a member or not and whether critique sessions are included or not. Visit janetterallison. com or janette-rallison. for more about Rallison. Visit conference to register for the conference.

Seating is first come, first served. The main stage auditorium seats 2,000 people.

Symphonic sounds

Check out the “Classic Classicals” series by the Chandler Symphony Orchestra, celebrating its two-decade milestone with free concerts and guest appearances by favorite orchestra alumni at Chandler Center for the Arts. Enjoy a nighttime concert at 7:30 p.m. Fri., Feb. 1, followed by a concert at 3 p.m. Sun., March 24 and concluding with a performance at 3 p.m. on Sun., May 5. The orchestra also sponsors a Chamber Music Series during the season at 2 p.m. Saturdays, Feb. 23 and April 13, in CCA’s Hal Bogle Theater. In keeping with the underlying premise of the Chandler Symphony Orchestra, admission to all of the concerts is free. Donations are accepted to help defray the symphony’s operating costs. For information, call 480-899-3447 or visit



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Costumes optional at Mardi Gras event

Family show kicks off Chinese New Year Ring in the Chinese New Year with Chandler’s annual variety show featuring traditional Chinese dance, martial arts and instrumental and vocal performances at 4 p.m. Sun., Feb. 10 at Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave. Co-presented by ASU Confucius Institute and Chandler’s Eastern Art Academy (EAA), the show combines Oriental and Western elements with performers as young as kindergarten from EAA, using typical Chinese props such as floating ribbons, lanterns, silk

fans and more. EAA is an arts organization that provides Chinese arts and cultural training programs for youth and adults including such topics as Chinese dance, fine arts, martial arts, Tai Chi, traditional Chinese painting and bilingual language programming. The family friendly outing is $15 per person. Tickets are available at Chandler Center for the Arts by calling 480-782-2680, at EAA at 602-490-8613 or at For information, visit

Magic comes to Mesa SONGBIRD: Cheryl Thurston, pianist and vocalist with 52nd Street Jazz Band, sings up a storm while wearing her Mardi Gras colors of purple, gold and green. Photo courtesy of the Arizona Classic Jazz Society

Beads are provided and costumes optional – but could win a prize – during the Arizona Classic Jazz Society’s Mardi Gras Celebration, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun., Jan. 27 in the San Marcos Ballroom at Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort, 1 N. San Marcos Pl., Chandler. Enjoy New Orleans-style music from



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Las Vegas entertainers Garry and Mihaela Carson bring their “Magical Mystery Show” to the East Valley with a performance at 7 p.m. Fri., Feb. 1 at Rhodes Junior High, 1860 S. Longmore in Mesa. The Carsons’ Vegas show won critical acclaim from audiences around the world. The show includes comedy, magic and grand illusions appropriate for the whole family. What makes the Carsons stand out is their modern-day approach to the age-old art of stage trickery. Their

“unique and charming” personalities combined with grand illusions create an unforgettable theatrical journey of the imagination. Also starring on stage is the Carsons’ 12-year-old daughter, Shany, who dances. Tickets are $25 each or 10 for $200. All proceeds go directly to Baio Institute, which provides therapy to children and adults in Chandler, Gilbert, Tempe, Mesa, Ahwatukee and Phoenix. For more information, call 602-214-6564 or email


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Drama club gets wacky with ‘Wonka’ Celebrate film history in Gold Canyon

CRAZY CANDY: The “Knights at the Theater” drama club at Arizona College Prep takes on the mischievous mayhem of Willy Wonka Jan. 30 through Feb. 2. Photo courtesy of Arizona College Prep

Get your sweet tooth ready for some no-calorie treats as the “Knights at the Theater” drama company from Arizona College Prep (ACP) presents “Willy Wonka,” Jan. 30 through Feb. 2 at Hamilton High School, 3700 S. Arizona Ave. in Chandler. Show times are 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday. The talented cast from ACP’s

musical theatre department recreates the timeless story of the worldfamous candy man and his quest to find an heir. The play features memorable songs including “Candy Man” and “Pure Imagination.” Tickets are available at the door for $8 for students and $10 for adults. For more information, email

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Celebrate nearly 50 years of film history during the Gold Canyon Film Festival & 4th Apacheland Days, set for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 19 and 20 at the Gold Canyon Community Church, 5810 S. Alameda Rd., Gold Canyon. Decades ago film crews were sited in Gold Canyon, shooting movies at Hang Town. By 1959, Apacheland Studios had a sound stage towering 40 feet high. Many Western television series were filmed at the studio including “Have Gun Will Travel” and “The Rifleman,” as well as feature-length movies like “Guns of a Stranger” starring Marty Robbins, “Charro” starring Elvis Presley and “Gambler II.” The festival begins with the opening ceremony and posting of the colors at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Activities and entertainment are available throughout both days, including gourd dancing, musical tributes to Elvis and Marty Robbins, movies, lectures, “meet-andgreets” with various Apacheland Studios stars, live music, look-alike and singing contests, a celebrity auction and more. Arizona’s official state historian, Marshall Trimble, will share songs and stories from Arizona’s Wild West days. In addition, Marty Haggard performs a tribute to his father, Merle, on Sunday morning. Visitors can also enjoy Native American arts vendors, a barbecue lunch, Indian Fry Bread and more. The festival is adjacent to the Gold

ORAL HISTORY: Cowboy singer, humorist and storyteller Marshall Trimble, known as the state’s official historian, shares stories and songs during the Gold Canyon Film Festival & 4th Apacheland Days, Jan. 19 and 20. Photo by Kevin Schirmer

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Gala event aids art Evening of dance education for kids awaits Sun Lakers

An Evening of Musical Magic, a gala fundraiser in support of children’s art education, is set for 6 p.m. Sat., Feb. 2 at Mesa Arts Center (MAC), 1 E. Main St. in Mesa. The night begins with a reception of hearty appetizers and beverages in the lobby, followed by a concert at 7:30 p.m., featuring some of the area’s most prominent leaders, backed by a swinging jazz band under the direction of Barb Catlin. There also will be a live auction and raffle items. “Arts education is vitally important for our children so come on out and enjoy jazz, bluegrass, comedy and more in support of a great cause,” says Mesa Mayor Scott Smith. Dress is cocktail attire, black tie optional. Tickets are $150 per person, with $125 being tax deductible. To purchase tickets, call the Mesa Arts Center Box Office at 480-644-6500 or visit

Dance to the music of Thaddeus Rose at a Sun Lakes Dance Party Thu., Feb. 7 at the Oakwood Ballroom, 24218 S. Oakwood Blvd., Sun Lakes. The evening opens with a dance lesson at 6:30 p.m., followed by open dance from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Newcomers are welcome; dress is casual. A no-host bar, door prizes, snacks and water will be provided. For more information, contact Del Ziegler at 480-802-7127 or

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Playwrights sought by EVCT East Valley Children’s Theatre (EVCT) seeks aspiring playwrights to become a part of the theatre’s future seasons of performances by submitting their original works for consideration by March 15. All plays must be suitable for children to perform for children and must be one hour to one-and-a-half hours long. Plays and musicals should not have been previously performed. They must be original and unpublished. Cash prizes will be given for the first-, second- and third-place entries. In addition to the cash prize, the first-

place win will be produced by EVCT in its upcoming season, if it meets all the criteria for performance. All plays must be submitted to EVCT, P.O. Box 20514, Mesa, AZ, 85277-0514 or via email to Submissions must include a cover sheet with name, address, phone number and email address. For questions or additional information, contact EVCT at 480-756-3828 or visit

Gilbert author Linda Jones’ debut book, “Alphabet Anatomy: Meet the Capital Letters,” was designed to help children who are visual learners better comprehend letter concepts. The book examines letters’ shapes and sounds through rhyming verses that provide a visual of each letter and illustrations that provide a look into the letters’ “lives.” According to Jones, “Alphabet Anatomy” aims to develop children’s listening and thinking skills, build vocabulary and develop sound discrimination, learn sentence structure and basic memory skills and develop phonological and phonemic awareness. The book is available at

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Teen Talent contest winners Cash prizes were awarded to winners of the 9th Annual Teen Talent Competition, recently held at the Chandler Center for the Arts. Chandler area youths ages 12 to 19 sang and played instruments in front of an audience of more than 400. Judges included Clemente Ranch’s Lyn Jackson and Fox Crossing’s Laurie Fagen, both area singers. The vocalist competition had the most entries, and judges unanimously awarded Nicole Knox first place with her performance of “The Girl in 14G,” with Phoebe Koyabe coming in a close second. In the group category, Amanda and Jonah took first place, with Gloss coming in second. Winners for the instrumental division were Sydney Nielson taking top honors and Sarah Wright winning second place. In the band category, Lane Change won first and A Moment’s Notice took second.

Jan. 19 – Feb. 2, 2013


New Year comes up roses local residents

JOIN THE PARADE: Chandler’s Suzie Lines went to Pasadena, CA to help decorate floats for the 2013 Rose Parade. Suzie spent most of her time helping with the HGTV float. Submitted photo

How did Chandler’s Suzie Lines and Gilbert’s Lee and Karen Humbert prepare to ring in the New Year? Not by watching television as a glass ball descended a pole in Times Square. Not by watching fireworks or by clinking champagne glasses, either. They celebrated the week leading up to the New Year by getting glue on their fingers and “pushing petals.” The trio belongs to the Petal Pushers, an elite corps of volunteers who travel from all over the country to gather in Pasadena, CA, each year. The volunteers spend the week attaching thousands of roses, carnations, lilies, mums and other flowers, as well as natural materials such as seeds, coffee beans and leaves, to floats to create

the majestic beauty and splendor of the floral spectacles riding down Pasadena’s Colorado Boulevard during the annual Rose Parade on New Year’s Day. “This is our second time decorating floats for the parade,” says Karen Humbert. “We came in 2009 and had a great time, so we decided to come back this year.” “This is my first year involved with the parade,” says Lines. “It has been a lot of fun working on the floats and watching how all of the intricate detail on what will be the finished product comes together.” Many of the Petal Pushers come to decorate the Lutheran Hour Ministries float, a Tournament of Roses perennial for 63 years and the only Christian-themed float in the parade. The float’s sponsor, St. Louis-based Lutheran Hour Ministries, is a Christian outreach organization named for The Lutheran Hour, the world’s longestrunning Gospel-centered radio program. A large number of the 5,000-memberplus Petal Pusher organization’s volunteers help out on other Rose Parade floats as well – turning the week into one of the largest servant events in the country. It’s an opportunity for many to make new friends, network and share expressions of the faith. “It’s amazing to see how the floats come into the warehouse with nothing and transform into a beautiful finished product,” says Humbert. “The amount of details involved behind the scenes in building these floats is something you don’t completely understand until you see it in person.” “I have spent most of my time working

PETAL PUSHERS: Gilbert’s Lee and Karen Humbert were among the thousands of volunteers who helped decorate floats for the 2013 Rose Parade. Submitted photo

on the HGTV float,” says Lines. “It is such a team effort and everyone takes such pride in what they are doing. I have loved getting to know the other volunteers from all across the country.” The 124th Rose Parade presented by Honda, under the theme “Oh, the Places You’ll Go,” was watched live on television by approximately 40 million Americans and by millions more around the world. The New Year’s Day parade this year featured 42 floats composed of around 40 million flowers among the 91 units that also included marching bands and equestrian units. For more information about Lutheran Hour Ministries, visit For more on the Petal Pushers and its volunteer opportunities, visit



Jan. 19 – Feb. 2, 2013

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Disney’s “The Little Mermaid Jr.,” through Jan. 20, GPYT. Travel to a magical kingdom fathoms below, where the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. But first, she’ll have to defy her father, King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch, Ursula, and convince Prince Eric that she’s the girl with the enchanting voice. “Two Bad Mice,” through Jan. 27, GAPT. Two bad mice make big trouble –and a big mess – in a dollhouse when a little girl and her dolls go out to play. Based on the story by Beatrix Potter. Recommended for children in kindergarten through third grade. “Forever Plaid,” through Feb. 6, HCT. An affectionate homage to the close-harmony male singers of the 1950s. Monday and Tuesday evening performances. “The Hit,” through Feb. 9, HCT. You’ll meet daft antique collectors, potential romantic partners and eastern European gangsters in this laughout-loud comedy of love, family and attempted assassination. “Sunset Boulevard,” through Feb. 10, DST. The story of faded silent screen starlet Norma Desmond, who lives as a recluse in a crumbled mansion on that famed street. Still centered in the fantasy of her past fame, Desmond meets young screenwriter Joe Gillis and sees an opportunity to regain the limelight. The drama descends into madness and murder. “Les Miserables: A Revolution of Comedy,” through Mar. 2, SSP. A comedic parody of the classic tale with funny songs, outrageous French accents and a not-so-tragic ending. “Late Night Catechism” and “Late Night Catechism III: ’Til Death Do Us Part,” through April 27, SCPA. Starring Patti Hannon as Sister, the comedies

MUSICAL DREAM: Making their musical dreams come true in a previously touring production of “Dreamgirls” are, from left: Candida Mosoma as Lorrell Robinson, Tracey Lee Oliver as Deena Jones, and Lindiwe Bungane as Effie White. Theater League and Big League Productions present “Dreamgirls” Jan. 22 and 23 at Mesa Arts Center. Photo courtesy of Theater League

return for a limited engagement. Each performance is unique and will appeal to people of all ages and faiths. Native Trails, 12-1 p.m. Jan. 19, 24 and 26, SCPA – Outdoors. A cultural journey to the First Nations of Arizona and North America through traditional native music, dance and art. The free event also features American Indian artisans selling specialty items. Bring blankets, lawn chairs or picnic baskets. Peace And Community Day Concerts, Sun., Jan. 20, SCCA. Featuring the RastaFarmers 12-1 p.m., and jazz standards from the Jan Sandwich Band

Arts Chronicles The 13th-annual Canyon Arts Festival is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat., Jan. 26 on the grounds of the United Methodist Church, 6641 Kings Ranch Rd. in Gold Canyon. The festival, sponsored by the Gold Canyon Arts Council, includes musical entertainment throughout the day, a juried art show featuring more than 80 artists, food available for purchase, free parking and admission. Attendees are asked to bring a nonperishable food item to donate at the Gold Canyon Food Bank’s booth. Info:

2-4 p.m. Part of the Sunday A’Fair concert series; admission is free. “Click, Clack, Moo,” Childsplay, Jan. 20-March 3, TCA. When the animals of

Farmer Brown’s farm get fed up with their working conditions, they take to their typewriters and turn the barn upside down.


“Shatner’s World: We Just Live in It,” 7:30 p.m. Sun., Jan. 20, MAC-Ikeda. Opening to the familiar theme from “Star Trek” because he says he wants to make a “recognizable entrance,” pop cultural icon William Shatner’s 100-minute show is part self and part self-parody. “Dreamgirls,” Jan. 22-23, MAC. Inspired by the career of Diana Ross and The Supremes, this production tells the story of “The Dreams,” an up-andcoming 1960s girl singing group, as they experience the triumphs and tribulations that accompany their pursuit of fame and fortune in the music industry. Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, 8 p.m. Jan. 25-26, SCPA. Hubbard Street Dance Chicago is among the most original forces in contemporary dance, critically acclaimed for its exuberant, athletic and innovative performances. Comedian Richard Lewis, Jan. 2526, SUL. Comedy Central recognized Richard Lewis as one of the top 50 stand-up comedians of all time. In HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” he plays true-to-life as one of star Larry David’s closest friends. Desperado Film Festival, Jan. 25-27, PVCC – PAC. Marriage equality, cultural conflicts and the search for love are topics highlighting this LGBT film fest. Tickets are $10 general, $8 students and seniors. Visit for a full list of shows and times. George Benson Tribute to Nat King Cole, 8 p.m. Sat., Jan. 26, MAC –

Ikeda. Benson, the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra and choir bring the beauty of Nat King Cole’s music to life again for an “Unforgettable” experience. Sunday A’Fair Concerts, Sun., Jan. 27, SCCA. Featuring the Silver Thread Trio 12-1 p.m., and the Irish sounds of The Big Fellahs 2-4 p.m. Admission is free. Mandy Patinkin, Feb. 2, 2013, SCPA. TV and stage star performs some of his Broadway favorites as well as songs from his own albums. Grand Piano Trios by Schubert and Beethoven, Feb. 6, 2013, SCPA – VGPT. Part of the Close Encounters with Music chamber series, led by cellist Yehuda Hanani. Paco Peña: Flamenco Vivo, 8 p.m. Fri., Feb. 8, 2013, SCPA – VGPT. Spanish guitarist Peña brings his fiery flamenco to Scottsdale, along with dancers and singers. Originally from the city of Córdoba, Spain, Peña has transformed perceptions of this classic Spanish art form. “Rapunzel,” Feb. 8-24, VYT. This hairraising Brothers Grimm fairytale is VYT’s only nonmusical of the season. Tickets are $20 each. Hal Holbrook in “Mark Twain Tonight,” 8 p.m. Sat., Feb. 9, 2013, MACIkeda. This one-man show features topical material gleaned from Mark Twain’s writings, and reveals Holbrook’s rare ability to portray both the wit and wisdom of one of the country’s finest authors.

Jan. 19 – Feb. 2, 2013

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SCCA – Scottsdale Civic Center Amphitheater 75th & Main streets, Scottsdale Box office: 480-994-2787, ext. 2 SCPA – Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts VGPT – Virginia G. Piper Theater 7380 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale Box office: 480-499-8587, SMoCA – Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art LG – Lounge 7373 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale Tickets: 480-874-4666 SSP – Silver Star Playhouse 5247 E. Brown Rd., Mesa Info: 480-325-6700, SUL – Stand Up Live comedy club 50 W. Jefferson St. Level 2, Phoenix Box office: 480-719-6100 TCA – Tempe Center for the Arts Gallery; Studio 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe Tickets: 480-350-2822, VYT – Valley Youth Theatre 525 N. 1st St., Phoenix Tickets: 602-253-8188, ext. 2,


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MUSIC LESSONS CHRISTIAN PIANO TEACHER OFFERS PIANO AND VOICE LESSONS. $10 per month to start. Ages 3 through adult. All levels. Warner/101. Please call Michelle 480-628-6812.

HOME SERVICES DRAPERIES & MORE Specializing in custom window treatments: Draperies, valances, cornices, bedding, pillows and sew much more. From fabrics to drapery hardware to installation, let this be your one stop shop. For a free consultation call: Tracy Marquez 480-895-2094 SATISFACTION GUARANTEED! **I accept VISA, MC **

BBB DRYWALL, LLC Remodeling, Drywall Repairs, Garages, Patios, Additions, Entertainment Centers, Popcorn Removal, Water Damage. Residential and Commercial. Lowest Prices Guaranteed. Licensed, Bonded, Insured. ROC254546. 480-223-2816,, www.

FOX HOME MAINTENANCE REPAIR BACK IN THE EAST VALLEY. General Handyman Repair - Doggie Door Installation (doors and walls) - Electrical (Minor) - Plumbing (Minor) - Drywall Repairs - Stucco Repairs - Door & Trim - Paint - and more! Specializing in “The Small Job”. Gerald Fox, owner, 480-278-5529. Please see website: Not a licensed contractor.



General Handyman Services. One Call, We Do It All! Owner does all work. Free Estimates with Pride & Prompt Service. Licensed, Bonded, Insured. ROC 118198. S&I General Contracting, Inc. Steve 602-339-4766.

Compassionate care: specializing in elderly, fearful, and sensitive pets. Now offering boarding and daycare. Check in on your pet on our Dirty Dawg Salon Facebook page! Very flexible scheduling!! Evening hours and weekends by appointment. 602-622-0971



Remodels, Additions, Window Replacement, Granite, Tile, Cabinets, Drywall, Interior and Exterior Painting, Electrical, Plumbing, All types of Sewer and Pressure Lines Repaired or Replaced. 40 gal. electric water heaters starting at $409. Complete Landscape, Irrigation, Outdoor Environments, Pavers, Masonry, Stucco, Concrete, All types of Roofing, Gates. Insurance Claims Welcome. 5% Discount for Senior Citizens and Military. Major Credit Cards Accepted. BBB. ROC275630. Licensed, Bonded, Insured. Tony Lara 480-612-5246.


SPECIAL OCCASIONS... Women’s and Men’s Attire. ABC Alterations can handle them all. 20+ years of experience, located on Chandler/Gilbert border. Alterations and mending. Rush service available. Call Denise 480-794-0400 for appointment.




AL DAVIS ELECTRICAL SERVICES All types of electrical work: Additional Fixtures, Service Changes, Extra Circuits, Repairs. Residential, Commercial. FREE Estimates! Licensed, Bonded, Insured. ROC 192047. 602-549-1869

Jan. 19 - Feb. 2, 2013

DM POOL SERVICE AND ESTATE MAINTENANCE. Owner Operator. Weekly Pool Service. Equipment Repair. Filter Clean (all types). Household Repairs. Landscape Lighting. Many Other Services. $25 towards 1st Service or Repair. 480-295-2617.

Will take care of your furry babies as you would with in-home visits — daily or overnight — walks, playtime, or quiet companionship. Daily visits are from 30 to 45 minutes and include feeding/watering, playing/walking, brushing and waste disposal. Pet transportation and concierge services also are available. Cindy is a PSI Certified Professional Pet Sitter and is certified by the American Red Cross in dog and cat first aid and CPR. Call 480-580-6981, or email for a free consultation today!

GLASS, MIRRORS, SHOWER DOORS Family Owned with 33 years EXPERIENCE. Shower and tub enclosures. Install new one or repair what you have, insulated units, window glass, mirrors, patio door glass, table tops to protect table. QUALITY SERVICE at Competitive Prices. FREE Estimates. WESLEY’S GLASS & MIRROR Call 480-306-5113,


Honest, Reliable and Simply the Best! Family Owned and Operated. 7 days a week/24 Hour Emergency Service. Licensed, Bonded, Insured. ROC243721. AFFORDABLE - Price Match Any Licensed Competitor. ANY make or model of Door/Opener. Spring Replacement. FREE Safety Inspection. $50 OFF ANY REPAIR. CALL 480-361-9700.

The lowest prices in the valley. We provide all cleaning supplies. 10 years experience. Trustworthy and dependable. We pay attention to details. Excellent references. Call Vicky 480-227-1890.

Full Service Glass Shop. Window Replacements, Shower Enclosures, Custom Mirrors, Table Tops, Insulated Windows. Residential and Commercial. 24 Hr. Emergency Service. Insurance Approved. FREE Estimates. Family Owned and Operated. 480-899-1656. Insured. Not a licensed contractor.

CARPET CLEANING MUSTANG CARPET & TILE CLEANING Carpet, Tile & Grout, and Upholstery Cleaning. Family owned, truck-mounted steam cleaning. We offer 1/2 hour appt time frame, so no waiting around. We include pre-spraying, mild deodorizer and degreasers for high traffic areas at no charge. Member BBB with A rating! “We clean like it’s our own”! 480-688-3003.

HOUSE CLEANING BIG JOHN’S CARPET CLEANING JENNIFER’S HOUSE CLEANING Call for a free phone quote. Super dependable. Weekly, Bi-weekly, Monthly. References avail. 16 years experience. Bonded AG0601, Insured 46871. It’s a CLEAR Choice!!! CALL 480-833-1027.

ANNABEL’S CLEANING SVC. LLC is a licensed and fully insured house cleaning service company. In business since 2002. We use employees exclusively and pay all applicable employment taxes. One time, move in/out, weekly, bi-weekly, monthly. Hourly rates available for move out/in. No contracts ever. Please call us at 480-326-3885 for a free estimate.

FINISHING TOUCH INDEPENDENT OWNER expanding 17 year Cleaning Service in Chandler and Gilbert. METICULOUS, w/an EYE 4 DETAIL, we provide the ”FINISHING TOUCH” in your home CONSISTANTLY with every cleaning. XLNT long term Client References available. We love Pets! Call Rita 480-250-9744.

CLEAN CASA CLEANING Reliable house cleaning done right the 1st time!! One-time, weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, move-in/move-out, etc. Same 2 person crew every time at your house! We bring all our own supplies and equipment. Will customize. References. Take $10 off your first cleaning. Call today!! Amy 602-284-3579.

AFFORDABLE AND ECO FRIENDLY HOLIDAY SPECIALS! $25 OFF 1st Service; $15 OFF 2nd Service; $10 OFF 3rd Service. House Cleaning Services. Residential and Commercial Cleaning. Move-In/Out. Window and Carpet Cleaning. Organization: closets, cabinets, garages and more! 20 years of experiene. Impeccable references. Business owned and operated. Same Day Services available. Licensed. Bonded. Insured. Alert Cleaning Services, Inc. Ecoquality Cleaning Every Time! 480-786-3838.

Our truck-mounted steam cleaning system will deep clean your carpets, ridding them of unwanted dirt, bacteria, fungus and chemical residues. Upholstery cleaning also available. Tile and grout cleaning. For a clean and healthy carpet, call 480-786-6610 or 602-989-8311. John Downs, Owner/Operator, Ocotillo Resident. Call for monthly specials.

MAGIC TOUCH CARPET CLEANING Deep Steam Cleaning of Carpeting, Area Rugs, Tile/Grout & Upholstery for residential and commercial. Carpet stretching and hot water pressure washing also available. Expect quality service with no hidden fees. Steam cleaning of baseboards included. We are locally-owned in Chandler. Call for an estimate at 480-370-3333.

experience. Licensed-Bonded-InsuredROC 257167. MENTION this ad to receive 5% OFF! 480-244-9119

EAST VALLEY PAINTERS Voted #1 Repaint Specialists! Clean, Friendly Crews. Interior/Exterior. Drywall Repairs. Textures. Concrete Staining. Pool Deck Coatings. Garage Floors. Free Estimates. All Credit Cards Accepted. ROC 153131. 480-688-4770

TYLER’S DECORATING Specializing in complete interior painting, faux finishes, Venetian plasters, textured wall finishes, repainting cabinets, crown moldings, and wallpaper removal. Color specialist/consultations available. Over 20 yrs. experience. Excellent workmanship/references. For a FREE estimate, call Tyler at 480-940-7775.

LANDSCAPING 15 years experience repairing valves, drip systems, wire troubleshooting, timers. All Repairs! Honest and Reliable. East Valley Native. Call and Compare Prices! 602-826-4717.

SPRINKLER & DRIP REPAIRS Aqua Masters. System Check-Ups, Troubleshooting, Repairs, Maintenance, Leak Detection, Low Pressure, Valves, Timers, Heads, System-Add-ons. Call 480-478-0073. 30 YRS EXPERIENCE.


1-story=$115; 2-story=$135. Price includes removing all screens, cleaning windows, inside and out, with screens replaced. Screens cleaned $2.50 each. Sunscreens and rescreening. Same day service. Call 480-839-8929

Time for that Spring Clean Up! Let us get your yard ready for the Summer. We will REMOVE all weeds, TREAT your yard to prevent more, TRIM all bushes and shrubs, PRUNE your trees, check and set your IRRIGATION and MAINTAIN your property on a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly basis! (starting at $25/week). Call, email or check our website for all of the services we offer TODAY! Mention San Tan Sun for Special Package Discounts! Licensed, Bonded and Insured for YOUR protection. ROC274002 Call Jeff at 480-518-3223 (English only) www.



*10% OFF Window Cleaning, Tracks included. *Sunscreens - FREE UV Protection. *2 week Rain Guarantee. *Gutter Cleaning. *Power / Pressure Washing: Homes, Driveways, Patios. Owner Operated. Quality Work. Satisfaction Guaranteed. FREE Estimates. Call Bright-n-Shine 480-557-0831.

- Yard Maintenance - Weekly, Biweekly or Monthly. We Actually Show up! Providing reliable, friendly, honest service for over 10 years. English speaking crews. Credit cards accepted. Please call Complete Yard Care for a Free Estimate. 480-897-8807.


PAINTING SERVICES A CUT ABOVE PAINTING, LLC Your quality repaint specialist. Interior/Exterior. Epoxy Floors. Roof Coatings. Stained Concrete. New Construction. FREE ESTIMATES! References available. Owner will be on job. Commercial/Residential. 30 years

DESERT OASIS LANDSCAPE Offering very competitive prices on Weekly/BiWeekly/Monthly Maintenance, One-Time Cleanups, Fertilization and Tree/Palm Trimming. ENGLISH SPEAKING! Call now for a FREE estimate! LICENSED and INSURED. We do not use blue weed killer, because no one wants blue spots all over their yard. Albert 480-290-0717. Beautifying the desert, one yard at a time!

KAI KANE LANDSCAPES Weekly Maintenance. Clean Ups. Irrigation Repairs. Competitive Prices. FREE Estimates. ROC 271526. 602-677-6550

**SPRINKLER REPAIR**BY FERNIE Honest service including Leak Repair, Timer Repair and Setting, Troubleshooting, Valves and Diaphragms. Same day and next day service. Serving Chandler for 18 years. Honest Prices. 480-250-5594.






Jan. 19 - Feb. 2, 2013

ROOMS FOR RENT TEMPE - NEAR ASU 2 bedrooms for rent. Share 4 bedroom home with 2 male ASU students. Prefer male roommates. $450 a month plus sharing misc. utilities. On Priest between Broadway and University. Call: 480-751-9827 or 480-940-8182 for additional information.

GET YOUR BUSINESS NOTICED Go to: and click on “Submit a News Release”

REAL ESTATE PROTECTING YOUR INVESTMENT Arizona East Valley Home Watch. Bonded, Insured. When selecting a Home Watch/House Sitting Service, choose one that has extensive experience in security and housing matters. We provide full exterior only or full exterior and Interior inspection to your vacant home. We will send photos of any problems that we encounter. We are a locally owned and operated company. List of who may need our service: Realtors, Home/Condo Owners (vacation or seasonally), Out-ofState Investors. Call today for your free, no obligation initial consultation. Also ask about our SNOWBIRD SPECIAL before March 1, 2013. Website: 480-319-4167.

HOMES FOR SALE ONLY $500 DOWN! Own your home in 2 years. $495/mo plus utilities, includes space rent. 55-plus mobile home park in Chandler. Clean, active, friendly park with many amenities. Call Kim at 480-233-2035.



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ADVERTISING THAT WORKS! BUSINESS DIRECTORY ADS Four ads for only: $115 + Tax Contact SanTan Sun News for details. 480-732-0250

Where to Eat

Jan. 19 - Feb. 2, 2013



Thank you Ch andler!

Steak • Seafood • Chops • Wine • Cocktails Serving Midwestern beef in the Midwest for over 25 years Now serving Midwestern beef in Chandler for over two years.

Ask about our Early Happy Hour Open 7 Nights A Week Prime Rib & Live Music on Saturdays 98 S. San Marcos, Chandler, AZ 85225 Sinatra ’s Favorite Plac e in Chandler 480-899-4400

Fresh,Tasty, Healthy Choices for Everyone! n mso g

$5 OFF

With your purchase of $25 or more May not be combined with any other offers. Expires 3-20-2013. STSN

$1 OFF Any Premium Fruit or Light Smoothie

DQ / ORANGE JULIUS 3107 S. Gilbert Rd. • Gilbert (NE corner Gilbert/Pecos) 3303 E. Queen Creek Rd • Gilbert (SE corner Higley/Queen Creek)

Limit one coupon per customer, per visit. Not valid with other offers, promotions, or discounts. Void if altered, copied, sold, exchanged or where restricted by law. No cash value. Plus tax if applicable. All trademarks owned or licensed by Am. D.Q. Corp ©2012. ®, ™ and ©2012 O.J. of Am. Valid at DQ / ORANGE JULIUS 3107 S. GILBERT RD, GILBERT, 3303 E. QUEEN CREEK RD., CHANDLER. Expires 2/16/2013

DQ / ORANGE JULIUS 3107 S. Gilbert Rd. • Gilbert (NE corner Gilbert/Pecos) 3303 E. Queen Creek Rd • Gilbert (SE corner Higley/Queen Creek)

Limit one coupon per customer, per visit. Not valid with other offers, promotions, or discounts. Void if altered, copied, sold, exchanged or where restricted by law. No cash value. Plus tax if applicable. All trademarks owned or licensed by Am. D.Q. Corp ©2012. ®, ™ and ©2012 O.J. of Am. Valid at DQ / ORANGE JULIUS 3107 S. GILBERT RD, GILBERT, 3303 E. QUEEN CREEK RD., CHANDLER. Expires 2/16/2013

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15%OFF Your Entire Bill

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May not be combined with any other offers. Expires 3-20-2013. STSN

4015 S. Arizona Ave. #5, Chandler, AZ 85248 | 480-895-5569 |

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Thanks to everyone for supporting CHEF A GOGO in 2012, it was an amazing year! In 2013 we are dedicated to improving everything we do and know to make your experience with us shine. For those who are looking to save time and money in the kitchen or those wanting to improve their diets, we are here to help you make that goal as easy as possible. If you're planning a big event or special occasion, our expertise and commitment to excellent service will make the event very easy to navigate and in the end, very memorable.

CALL OR MAKE AN APPOINTMENT TO DISCUSS YOUR NEEDS TODAY! Personal Chef Service Catering for Special Events Home Pantry Service • Cooking Instruction Gourmet Gifts & Desserts Bride’s Choice 2012 Award for Catering

Bob Harrison | 602.615.1632 |






Where to Eat

Jan. 19 - Feb. 2, 2013


Thank you Ch andler!

Steak • Seafood • Chops • Wine • Cocktails

BOOK YOUR HOLIDAY PARTIES WITH US—CALL TODAY! Ask about our Early Happy Hour Open 7 Nights A Week Prime Rib & Live Music on Saturdays 98 S. San Marcos, Chandler, AZ 85225 Sina tra’s Favorite Pl ace in Chandler 480-899-4400



Thank you Ch andler!

Steak • Seafood • Chops • Wine • Cocktails

BOOK YOUR HOLIDAY PARTIES WITH US—CALL TODAY! Ask about our Early Happy Hour Open 7 Nights A Week Prime Rib & Live Music on Saturdays 98 S. San Marcos, Chandler, AZ 85225 Sina tra’s Favorite Pl ace in Chandler 480-899-4400


2010, 2011 Best Happy Hour -andBest Mexican Restaurant

Located in the Pecos Ranch Shopping Plaza at Dobson and Germann

Where to Eat

Jan. 19 - Feb. 2, 2013


BEST Doggone Grill & Bar in the East Valley! Family friendly, upbeat atmosphere


Extensive Menu Featuring:

Gourmet Burgers, Pastas, Pizza, Fajitas, BBQ and a Full-Service Bar

Your Total Bill Not valid with any other offer.

Your Place For All Your NFL & College Games Breakfast 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Saturday & Sunday

Karaoke Every Saturday Happy Hour Mon.-Fri. 3-7p.m., Sun.-Thurs. 10p.m.-Close

We support our local breweries: Four Peaks • SanTan Brewing Company • Oak Creek




NE Corner of Dobson & Germann

SW Corner of Baseline & Ellsworth

NW Corner of Rittenhouse & Ocotillo




5@ 5

Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 5 pm $5 Wines & $5 Plates

Complimentary bread service from Bread Connection.

Ocotillo Bridal Open House January 27th 2 pm - 5 pm

AVAILABLE AT THE Alma School & Queen Creek 480-726-9015 FOLLOWING LOCATIONS:

Arizona Ave. & Ocotillo 480-802-0440

Gilbert & Germann 480-786-4577

Valley’s Best 19th Hole 3 Years in a Row!

Ocotillo Golf Resort 3751 S Clubhouse Drive Chandler, AZ 85248 480.917.6660


Jan. 19 - Feb. 2, 2013

Where to Eat

January 25-27

Sunset Menu 5 - 6 p.m. evenings Tuesday through Sunday

first course: soup of the day or organic greens salad second course: fish of the day or prime hanger steak third course: créme brûlée or flight of sorbets includes a glass of house red or white wine $30 The Promenade at Fulton Ranch 4991 S. Alma School Rd., Suite 101 480-883-3773 NE corner of Alma School and Chandler Heights

Happy Hour: Tuesday - Friday 5 - 6:30 p.m. Sunday and Monday: CLOSED • Tuesday - Saturday 5 - 10 p.m.

For reservations, call 480-883-3773 or visit

Cooler temps brings out the best in all of us.

Enjoy our patio with great food, wine and cool Jazz.

Friday, Feb. 8 7-9:30 p.m.

Photos by Miachelle DePiano

Dueling Pianos: January 5th • February 9th • March 2nd • April 20th

Vandal‐Hancock Duo


1422 West Warner Road — N.E. Corner of Warner & McQueen


Do you know?

You could qualify for

• What your home is worth? • Prices have increased up to 37% in the past 12 months. * $2,500 to $35,000 is contingent on your lenders different programs and subject to homeowners lender or banks final approval.

Upside Down?

$2,500 to $35,000 in Relocation Assistance for the successful completion of a short sale!* Find out about your options. For a FREE one on one confidential consultation call 480-221-1332.




BRAND NEW 2,148 SQ FT FOR UNDER $135,000!

If you've been looking for an eye popping “wow” house, this is it. 5 BIG BEDROOMS, 3 BATHS and a study are just the beginnings. The circular foyer leads you to the huge FORMAL DINING ROOM, living room, family room, and a grand piano shaped island kitchen, including a breakfast bar. Upstairs features an enormous 15x22 loft and a dramatic master suite with 2 walk in closets. Don’t wait!

This 2,049 SQ FT home has no wasted space and boast both a huge family and living room, CHEF’S SIZE KITCHEN, A SPLIT MASTER BEDROOM, vaulted ceilings and a LARGE POOL AND WATERFALL on a cul-de-sac lot right here in CHANDLER AT $225,000!

NO ENDLESS FIX UP! All you get is new and warranted. 3 BEDROOMS plus a DEN option, separate living room and family room, ISLAND KITCHEN, and a huge master suite. They’ll even include the COVERED PATIO or yard landscaping PLUS 4% IN CLOSING COSTS.

OVER 5,650 SQ FT, 6 bedrooms, one with its own play room. Enjoy entertaining from your CHEFS KITCHEN, formal dining room, family room, or living room. SEPARATE DEN, game room and media rooms are all standard. All 6 bedrooms have walk in closets for tons of storage. Plans up to 8 bedrooms are available. IN GILBERT AT$499,900.

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AN ASTONISHING 1,892 SQ FT AT $131,490! It’s an unbelievable special 4 BEDROOM at $131,990. Featuring a gourmet wrap around ISLAND KITCHEN, spacious family and living rooms. Get your choice of a 4’ GARAGE EXTENSION, window coverings, COVERED PATIO or landscaping. Plus, 4% in incentives.

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Why buy used? These terrific new homes are available on a first come first served basis. 4 HUGE BEDROOMS, 3 FULL BATHS, ISLAND KITCHEN, enormous laundry rooms, and a phenomenal area and subdivision with parks and playgrounds. Only $353,900 and $8,000 IN INCENTIVES, plus $2,500 landscaping allowances, and fans and window coverings are included. Don’t be late!

Extremely popular 2,766 SQ FT floor plan. You’ll love this 4 BEDROOMS, den, bath, formal dining, circular entry, study and HUGE ISLAND KITCHEN and NOOK. Enjoy all the amenities, CLUB HOUSES plus 3 additional POOLS, LAKES, FISHING, TENNIS courts, VOLLEYBALL courts and $5,000 in incentives! Just $297,990 in GILBERT.

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Located in wonderful SUN GROVES right here in CHANDLER. At $269,950 this 3,200 SQ FT features 5 BIG BEDROOMS, 3 baths and a 3 car garage. Staggered CHERRY CABINETS, huge island kitchen exquisitely finished in GRANITE and diagonally laid tile, formal dining room, fully landscaped at a bargain price.

This gorgeous Hacienda styled residences are built in GILBERT on 1/2 ACRE LOTS and this one offers 3,680 SQ FT, 4 BEDROOMS, a study, 4.5 baths and a 4 CAR GARAGE. With a split master and split guest area, everyone will share the elegance and relish the privacy. Just $529,950!

If you’ve been looking for a GREAT ROOM floor plan with plenty of room that’s all on one floor than here it is. Your 2,134 SQ FT, 3 BEDROOM, HUGE DEN, lots of kitchen space with GRANITE COUNTERS, upgraded flooring and TOTALLY LANDSCAPED dream home is finally here. Located IN CHANDLER at $235,000!

You’ll love living on a CUL-DE-SAC LOT with 4 big bedrooms, 2.5 baths, WOOD and TILED FLOORS, open kitchen, and a HUGE MASTER BEDROOM WITH ITS OWN BALCONY over looking the 9,400 SQ FT HOMESITE.

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Do You Have Your Down Payment But Can’t Qualify? Call Us Today On A New Buy Now Program!

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OVER 1,600 SQ FT IN GILBERT AT $113,500!



And its built in Power Ranch with 2 CLUBHOUSES, POOLS, TENNIS, VOLLEYBALL AND MUCH, MUCH MORE. 3 big bedrooms, 2.5 baths, custom paints, fans, GRANITE COUNTERS at a price that’s “CHEAPER THAN RENT.”

Better yet, IT’S IN GILBERT on a great big CUL-DE-SAC home site. A great big island kitchen with GRANITE COUNTERS with pantry and STAGGERED CHERRY CABINETS. A large loft, big master and A HUGE BACKYARD are all included.

You won’t believe these 3,500 SQ FT. Homes at $379,900. 4 BEDROOMS, 2.5 baths and 4 CAR GARAGE, all standard! You can expand to 6 bedrooms, 4 1/2 baths and 6 garage spaces with a maximum of 4,207 SQ FT all on one floor. RV GARAGES are limited and free! 17,000 SQ FT LOTS and $10,000 in OPTIONS are included. IN QUEEN CREEK.

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480-582-9777 Toll-Free 877-630-7581

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*Subject to qualifying terms conditions and availability of loan program. *All new homes are subject to price adjustments and incentive reductions until time of accepted contract. Homes pictured may be the actual model homes offered by the builder and are for illustration purposes only.

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