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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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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

pass a basic background check in order to participate. Students will be introduced to topics on media and the law, firearms training, gang awareness, patrol functions, K-9 functions, criminal investigations, school violence, traffic law and use of force. Instruction in police procedures and theory is combined with practical, hands-on scenarios. Applications are online at chandlerpd. com/community/citizens-academy. For more information, call 480-782-4521.

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 chandleraz.gov.

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 chandleraz.gov.

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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.”

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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 Tracy@SanTanSun.com.

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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 Tracy@SanTanSun.com. capabilities,” Tiffany continues. “The centers. Submitted photo

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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 bethematch.com. 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 KMLang@SanTanSun.com. 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 bethematch.com.

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 CEF-Raffle.com 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 tlubs44@yahoo.com, 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

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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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Conservation takes education, care

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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 chandleraz.gov/default.aspx?pageid=584. For more information on the Arizona SciTech Festival, visit azscitechfest.org. 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.

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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 chandlerlibrary.org 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 mcldaz.org 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 bigreadaz.org. For more about the Big Read, call the West Valley Arts Council at 623-935-6384, email admin@westvalleyarts.org, or visit facebook.com/westvalleyarts.

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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 chandleraz.gov/default.aspx?pageid=254. 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 brackenirishdance.com/fitd. Email feisinthedesert.jackie@gmail.com 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

students from the Seton Catholic Sister School Connection Club hope to travel to Chandler’s Sister City of Tullamore this June. Receipts dated from Aug. 15, 2012 through April 15 will be counted, and for receipts logged during January, double points are given at the Guest Services Desk. “The school is guaranteed $300, but with help from Chandler shoppers, the total could reach $3,000!” says JIG IS UP: An Irish dancer competes in an earlier Feis in the Desert Harrington. competition. Submitted photo For more information, contact CTSC’s Education Tullamore in the summer of 2013. Chair, Barbara Olivieri, at chandler_ The San Marcos, CTSC’s partner, offers tullamore_education@yahoo.com. a $99 rate for the night of the Chandler-Tullamore Sister Cities’ concert. Mention “Tartanic” mission, as Chandler’s First Sister City when reserving a room by organization, is to encourage cultural calling 480-812-0900. understanding, business-to-business development, educational exchanges, School cents and community involvement between program at mall Chandler and Tullamore, Ireland. Another program to raise Buy Tartanic tickets on the CTSC money for the Ambassador website at chandlerirish.org. For Program is by logging receipts from more information, call 480-600-8509, Chandler Fashion Center and The email chan.to.tull@gmail.com or visit Boulevard Shops to credit Seton tartanic.net. Catholic High School, where several

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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

Chandler for 2012, and it won the title of Outstanding Event of the Year at the 18th Annual AzTEC Awards. It was also recognized by “CNN Money Magazine” as a contributing factor in recognizing Chandler as 49th out of 100 for best places to live in America. Proceeds of the event benefit the Downtown Chandler Community Foundation. Tickets are $10 for general admission and kids 12 and younger are free. Visit chandlerbbq.com for details.

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Cancer relay registration discount available Team registration is half price during January and February for American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life Chandler, an all-night community event taking place 6 p.m. Fri., May 3 to 6 a.m. Sat., May 4 at Basha High School, 5990 S. Val Vista Dr., Chandler. Cost to register a team is $75 until March 1, when the price increases to $150. All ages are welcome for the event, which is held as a reminder that “cancer

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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

College District at Chandler-Gilbert Community College. Ellen Mahaney of Chandler, a volunteer for American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter and leader of an East Valley Disaster Action Team, was redeployed to North Brunswick, NJ, to provide relief for Hurricane Sandy as a caseworker. Mahaney logged more than 9,000 volunteer hours with the Red Cross since 2006. The Grand Canyon Chapter has sent 31 people and two emergency response vehicles for Sandy.

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