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January 5 – 18, 2013

School safety concerns spur scrutiny by Laurie Fagen

Local school officials are responding to the recent shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, where 20 children and seven adults were killed last month when a young man opened fire before killing himself. Members of the community, which include former Newtown residents who live in the SanTan Sun area, are providing ways Chandler residents can help.

CUSD security

Saying the tragedy “has had a profound effect on every community across the country,” Chandler Unified School District (CUSD) Supt. Camille Casteel, Ed.D., says there are a number of safety features in Chandler schools

and more are planned. Following phone calls and emails from parents with safety concerns, Casteel sent out a letter to all parents. “I hope this communication will help you understand what is already in place and reassure you that the safety of your children is our No. 1 priority.” Extra Chandler and Gilbert police were present on campuses during the final week of first semester classes in December, and the administration directed all elementary principals to review their site plans and enforce a single point of entry. “In the past, many parents and volunteers were upset due to the inconvenience, so we ask for your

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Local volunteer aids hurricane victims

From feast to fitness by Tracy House

The holidays are over and it’s time to make good on that New Year’s resolution to get in shape in 2013. Losing a few holiday pounds, trimming down for a special occasion or training for a 5K – whatever the reason – taking the first step to better health and fitness is a popular idea this time of year. Eating healthier, getting fit and losing weight are common resolutions year after year, and with 35.7% of adult

“The first couple of weeks the gyms are loaded with people,” says Robert Leasure, trainer and owner of Spartan Training in Chandler. “By the beginning of February the gyms are a ghost town.” “Most people who have a membership have good intentions, but don’t use them or don’t typically get the results they want to get if they do use them,” explains Mark Reavley, trainer and owner of StudioFIT in Chandler.

GETTING FIT: Trainer Jacqui Hanford guides and motivates clients at StudioFIT. Submitted photo

Americans considered obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the growing need for better health and fitness is a concern. While plenty of people will take steps toward fitness this month, according to local experts, for many the plan just won’t stick.

SECURE: Bogle Junior High in Chandler is one CUSD school with tight security at the front of the building. STSN photo

Measuring results

Eating right and exercising needs to become a lifestyle. To achieve results and stay motivated set realistic and measurable short- and long-term goals. “New Year’s resolutions fail because they didn’t have a plan, a system to succeed,” says Leasure.

by K. M. Lang

While carolers were promoting “good will toward men” this recent holiday season, Dobson Place resident Michele Maki was putting the sentiment to practice. The longtime American Red Cross volunteer spent much of the end of 2012 on the East Coast, where she assisted survivors of Hurricane Sandy and witnessed firsthand the storm’s horrific destruction. “I’ve been on several national deployments,” says Maki, “but this is the one that’s really tugged at my heart because the devastation is just so extensive. It covers an area as big as Europe. It’s bigger than Katrina. I just couldn’t wrap my head around that until I got here and saw it myself.” Maki, communications coordinator for the Grand Canyon Chapter of the Red Cross, arrived in New York 10 days after the storm as part of the organization’s public affairs team, and reported damage and needs she saw as “eyes and ears on the ground.” She found empty lots where homes had stood, phone poles snapped like toothpicks and cabin cruisers tossed about like toys. “I went out to Breezy Point, where so many of those homes burned down, and it was such a shock to see how the ocean had brought in all this sand and how many homes were gone. It was just heartbreaking.” Maki and her fellow volunteers aided

AIDING OTHERS: Chandler resident Michele Maki became a Red Cross volunteer in 2005 after retiring from the airline industry. “I’ve been very fortunate,” explains the grandmother of six. “My children are healthy. My grandchildren are healthy. I don’t go hungry. I have a roof over my head. I just think it’s so important to give back.” Submitted photo by American Red Cross

storm victims by passing out hot meals and blankets in the Rockaways, Brooklyn and the Bronx, as well as in the Red Hook housing projects, where residents were still without electricity.

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January 5 – 18, 2013

Ellen joins veteran council by Susan Henderson

The new Chandler City Council to be sworn in Jan. 10 isn’t really that new at all. The recently elected Nora Ellen is the sole rookie on the team, with Mayor Jay Tibshraeny, Vice Mayor Jeff Weninger, Councilmembers Trinity Donovan, Jack Sellers, Rick Heumann and Kevin Hartke all returning to the bench. Councilmember Matt Orlando leaves his post this month, termed out of office after two consecutive four-year stints he began in 2004. It’ll be more of the same for the returning veterans, with the economy, budget preparations, job growth and neighborhood revitalization topping the to-do list for 2013, according to council staff. Ellen already met with city management staff for briefings on the tasks at hand, and says she is ready for the challenges ahead.

Supersized service

Ellen moved to Chandler in 2002, but has lived in the Southeast Valley since 1990. Already an experienced civil servant, she worked as a commissioner for the City of Chandler as well as with the Chandler Chamber of Commerce prior to her candidacy for council. “I was encouraged to run to take what I am doing to the next level in terms of helping our economy to grow.” Ellen has also held leadership positions for several schools, nonprofits, sports clubs and at church. “I have a heart to serve.” Public service runs in the family; Ellen’s

son is State Rep. J.D. Mesnard. She also has a daughter, Juel, now grown and married. In addition to public service and family, Ellen is busy as a real estate investor and self-described “multimillion dollar producer” for Keller Williams Realty East Valley. Ellen says she will spend her time on council helping Chandler transition from high-growth city to build out, something she expects in the next 10 years. The economy and new business are at the forefront too. “A city prospers the most when we have businesses to employ our residents, which brings in revenue for our needs and wants.”

Pressing priorities

Ellen isn’t the only one with economy on the agenda. Tibshraeny puts it at the top of his priority list for 2013. “We will begin budget discussions fairly soon, and we will remain cautious and diligent. While the Intel projects continue to highlight the success we have had in economic development, we will continue to seek new employers to the City.” The City of Chandler experienced fiscal stability amid an epic recession, and the mayor says while the economy is stronger, budget strategy is still critical. “The Council will remain vigilant and make prudent decisions in terms of the upcoming budget process. We have worked too hard over the years to get

COUNCIL 2013: New Chandler Councilmember Nora Ellen, lower right; clockwise, Mayor Jay Tibshraeny, Trinity Donovan, Jeff Weninger, Jack Sellers, Kevin Hartke and Rick Heumann.

where we are to see that slip – AAA Bond ratings, strong reserves and recent honors, including being named one of the best managed cities in the U.S. and fourth best place for tech start-ups.” Tibshraeny says sustainable neighborhoods will continue to be an area of focus. He is also working with the Chamber to initiate a new program and paying attention to ongoing dialogue with all businesses, small business owners and operators in particular. Changes to Tibshraeny’s popular Listening Tour, where he meets with residents, are expected as well.

Predictions, goals

Tibshraeny expects to continue to see the economy return. He says current service levels and infrastructure will be maintained, and where possible, new roads and parks built. Roadrunner Park is next to be developed at Ryan and Gilbert roads. Though not ready to share any announcements, Tibshraeny says residents can expect further job growth in Chandler.

He’ll work with state representatives and Valley mayors on regional issues and concerns. “My main goal is to continue to see improvements in the economy: continued job growth, increased confidence and consumer spending and the return of the housing market.” To achieve those goals, Tibshraeny knows he’ll need help. “I also look forward to working with the City Council and welcoming Nora Ellen. We all have a very good working relationship, a shared vision for our community, and I see that continuing.” To learn more about the City of Chandler, Mayor and Council, visit, attend Council meetings or watch them on Channel 11 or streamed and archived on the website, like the City on Facebook, or follow Tibshraeny, Weninger, Heumann, Hartke and Sellers on Twitter. Susan Henderson lives, writes and raises a family in Old Stone Ranch. Reach her at

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Chandler residents are encouraged to comment on the city’s budget priorities by completing an online survey at through Tue., Jan. 15. Results are presented to Mayor Jay Tibshraeny and the members of the City Council for their consideration as part of the budget development process for the upcoming 2013-14 fiscal year that starts July 1. The survey asks participants to score the relative importance of several programs within the categories of a Safe Community, a Healthy and Attractive Community, a Community with Effective Transportation, a Community with Sustainable Economic Health and a Community with Cultural, Parks and Recreation Opportunities. Another section of the survey asks citizens to score several proposed capital improvement projects in a range of “very important” to “not important.” Part of the budget formulation process to date has been a review by Chandler management of the many programs and services the City provides to residents, businesses and organizations that serve the community. City staff compiled a list of these services and categorized them into the major areas that taxpayers may want or desire their municipal government to provide. Paper copies of the survey are available for those without access to a computer at the Chandler City Hall front desk, Chandler Libraries, downtown Community Center and the Tumbleweed Recreation Center. The public will have several other opportunities in the coming months to share their thoughts about the proposed budget with city leaders and staff prior to the adoption of the budget in June. For information, call 480-782-2252 or visit

A blaze at the East Valley Jewish Community Center (EVJCC) on Dec. 24, 2012, caused the agency to close eight of its preschool rooms, the entire administrative suite, multi-purpose room and kitchen. Executive Director Steve Tepper says there are “numerous expenses that will not be covered by insurance for weeks, if ever.” He is requesting donations to help ensure they can continue to serve “as the core of our community and remain positioned to offer vital services.” “Despite these difficult times, we are asking you to please consider making a meaningful gift and allow us in turn to continue these vital programs,” according to an email. “We can’t fulfill our mission without your support, but with your gift, together we can keep our community strong.” EVJCC, which “promotes and strengthens Jewish values and identity by meeting the needs of individuals and families of all races, religions, and cultures,” is at 908 N. Alma School Rd. Donations may be made online at

Publicize Valentine’s Day events Let the SanTan Sun News help you publicize your Valentine’s Day events. Is your restaurant having a special dinner? Are you creating Valentine’s crafts with children or hosting a Valentine’s Day dance? If so, email your details to including: a brief description of the event, times, days, dates, cost or free, if registration is required, venue and address, publishable phone number and web site if applicable. Include your contact information for verification purposes. We encourage photos, which must be 300 dpi JPEGs or taken on a digital camera on the “best” or “highest quality” setting. Information is due by noon on Jan. 21 for the Feb. 2 issue, which is the only issue before the big day, Feb. 14. Submission does not guarantee placement.

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Sonoran Sunset concerts continue Free musical performances continue to entertain attendees of Chandler’s outdoor Sonoran Sunset concert series, held 6 to 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month, Jan. 17, Feb. 21 and March 21. The Jan. 17 concert features the soothing melodies of local rising star Courtney Castillo. The Dry River Yacht Club provides an eclectic and energetic performance in February. In March, the rousing Irish sounds of The Knockabouts fill the park. Light snacks and beverages are available for purchase, and a local food truck prepares meals onsite. The program takes place at the lakeside amphitheater at Veterans Oasis Park, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd. on the northeast corner of Lindsay Road. In cases of inclement weather, however, performances are held indoors at the park’s Environmental Education Center. For more information, visit

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Don’t stick your head in the sand and miss the 25th Annual Ostrich Festival, Fri., March 8 through Sun., March 10 at Tumbleweed Park, 745 E. Germann Rd., Chandler.

Newer paperback and hardback books, books on CD, DVDs and Blu-ray discs and current issues of popular magazines are now being accepted by Friends of the Chandler Public Library in preparation for its annual Book Bonanza Jan. 18 through 20. All accepted item donations are tax deductible. Proceeds are used to fund library programs and services. Bring donations inside any of the four library branches during regular open hours. For a complete list of acceptable materials, visit friends-of-cpl.cfm. Volunteers are also needed, to sort, price and shelve in the used book department, as well as setting up, arranging books for display, assisting visitors, restocking tables and cleaning up at Half Price Book Sales. For more information, call 480-782-2800.

The festival kicks off with the Mayor’s Fun Run, which starts at 8 a.m. in downtown Chandler, and the parade at 10 a.m., on Sat., March 9. The Ostrich Festival features ostrich races, The Freakshow Deluxe, pig races, Rhinestone Trick Roper, Doggies of the Wild West and comedy by Raymond Marcus. The Chandler Chamber partners with Universal Fairs from Memphis, TN. to create the annual event. For more details, visit

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School safety from page 1

patience and understanding as we require you to walk further than desired,” Casteel says. In addition, the administration will be forwarding a recommendation to the citizen’s budget committee and to the Governing Board to seek additional funding in the November 2013 election to hire additional elementary security staff and to begin installing security card access on exterior doors “which will allow us more control and specific knowledge of who enters / exists and when.” The following are specific points Casteel makes in reference to existing security measures: • All CUSD phones are 911-enhanced which means emergency responders will know the exact location / classroom at the site of an emergency call. • Security fencing and gates provide limited access to our schools. Additional fencing projects are in progress. • Parking lot and exterior lighting has been enhanced at a number of sites that are heavy with evening activities. • Security cameras have been installed at all high school and junior high school campuses. Cameras at elementary schools are currently being installed with 16 sites completed. It is important to note that the police have remote access to our cameras to observe and assess an emergency situation. • Security cameras have been installed on 99% of our bus fleet,

FENCING: Metal fences and gates protect Bogle Junior High in Chandler. STSN photo

which allow us to hear and see what is happening on and near the bus entrance. • High school and junior high school campuses have police and security officers on site. While it is highly unusual that elementary schools have security personnel, we have three safety officers who work with our elementary schools. • Each school has an Emergency Response Plan (ERP) that delineates procedures to follow in an emergency, whether it is an evacuation or lockdown. Those plans are reviewed and revised annually with the assistance of security staff and the police department. • Schools are required to conduct fire drills monthly and at least two lockdown drills each semester. Safety officers, security staff and local law enforcement officers participate in lockdown drills. • Police departments have aerial maps and schematics of all our

sites to assist them in an emergency. Both Gilbert and Chandler police departments have used our schools for Active Shooter Training in order to familiarize themselves with our facilities. • Police Departments have access to master keys to enter the buildings. • District personnel meet monthly with Chandler Police Department and quarterly with Gilbert Police Department to keep open lines of communication. • All employees and volunteers who have unsupervised contact with students are fingerprinted for clearance from DPS. Additionally, all outside contractors and their workers are fingerprinted for clearance as well. • All school district personnel have district issued photo identification badges. • Schools incorporate a visitor sign in / out registry. • An active district Crisis Response Team composed of district counselors, social workers and psychologists are prepared to respond to any emergency in support of our students and staff. “We are looking forward to better understanding the Newtown, CT tragedy and what lessons we can learn from this,” Casteel concludes. “In addition, we will be discussing with our security advisors suggestions for enhancing our safety procedures. In the meantime, your support and understanding is especially appreciated.”

Principals respond

A number of school principals also sent letters to parents of their

students, including Diane Wells of Ryan Elementary School, who calls the shooting a “senseless loss of lives,” and reassures the community that “CUSD takes the safety of its students very seriously.” At Ryan, she says they practice both lockdown drills and fire drills regularly. “These drills are unannounced so that we can prepare both staff and students to react appropriately regardless of where they are on the campus at any given time during the day,” she explains. “We have amazing school safety officers who are quick to respond in any situation. In addition, we recently had security cameras installed on our campus as part of a district-wide initiative.” Ryan also requires all visitors sign in and give their car keys in order to receive a visitor badge. “Parents who try to access the campus at the front gate or playground gate are asked to go through the front office and to sign in,” Wells adds. “This procedure is not designed to frustrate parents, but rather to provide another layer of safety for our students and staff.” Wells says the district’s crisis team provided helpful resources for parents to use in discussing the shooting with children. Information includes “Children’s Responses to Grief,” “Communicating With Children,” “Helping Students With Grief” and “How to Explain Death to a Child” on the Ryan Elementary website, under the Parent Resources tab at domain/5258.


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PROTECTING PRESCHOOLERS: Though they’ve always had strict safety measures in place for their students and the caregivers that drop them off and pick them up, Wee Blessings Preschool owners Phil Chavez and Debi Larkin-Chavez will implement further protocols in light of the Sandy Hook tragedy. Submitted photo

Preschool safety

The administration at Wee Blessings Preschool in Chandler says it was a “very tough” time following the “horrific” school shooting, and their “hearts and prayers go out the victims and their families in this unbelievable tragedy.” Owner Debi Larkin-Chavez says the “safety of your child is our utmost priority” and assures parents of the measures the preschool takes to keep children safe. In late December, a new “lockdown” procedure was implemented, and all staff was briefed on the procedure. “We have also been in contact with the Arizona Department of Health Services Office of Childcare Licensing to make sure that we continue to be in safety compliance with the state,” she notes. In addition, she says they used the Christmas break to purchase a fence

covering for their play yard in the back of the facility. Larkin-Chavez asks parents to do their part by checking their child’s Blue Emergency Card to make sure the appropriate people drop off and pick up their child each day. “We will continue to check ID for folks we do not recognize,” she says. However, Larkin-Chavez says they will not be discussing the shooting in class or on school campus. “School psychologists are urging parents not to discuss this with children unless they bring it up to you,” she explains. “We feel that this topic is inappropriate to discuss with preschoolers and the last thing we want to do is put fear in them.”

How to help

The community organized a variety of ways to help those in Sandy Hook, whether with personal notes or donations to help underwrite support services, immediate needs and funeral expenses for the immediate families and victims.

WORDS OF COMFORT: Santan Elementary PTO President Lyle Bonfigt designed the logo for Hearts & Hugs, a CUSD campaign for Chandler’s children to write letters to Newtown, CT residents. Submitted photo

CLOSE TO HOME: Stepping up to lend a hand to Sandy Hook families are former Newtown residents Pamela and Jon LaBate, who relocated to Chandler six years ago with their children. Lizzie, 11, is a sixth-grade student at Ryan Elementary; Evan is 13 and in eighth grade at Santan Junior High, where his mom is Booster treasurer. Submitted photo

Chandler resident Christina Nguyen, the Ryan Royals PTO president, says CUSD PTOs and Booster Clubs throughout the district are working together to raise money for the Sandy Hook School Support Fund. She and former Newtown resident Pamela LaBate, who moved to Chandler six years ago and is the Booster treasurer for Santan Junior High, have set up a website where donations can be made, and a “Hearts & Hugs” campaign has been set up to write a message to the people of Sandy Hook. “It was just such an unfathomable, devastating event,” says LaBate. “It hit way too close to home. The worst part was that I couldn’t be there to help my friends who were attending funerals of their friends’ babies or helping plan funerals. I had to do something, anything. One of the families had just moved onto our street right before

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we moved here. After a particularly tearful phone call with an old Newtown neighbor, I called Christina and we formulated a plan.” In addition, Nguyen and LaBate say donations can be given to the PTO at each school or dropped off at Santan in an envelope marked Newtown Fund. Money collected will be combined and one check sent to the support fund on behalf of the community and families of the District. To help, visit AZ01001175/Centricity/Domain/7/ Sandy_Hook_School_Support_Fund.pdf. Laurie Fagen is publisher of the SanTan Sun News and lives in Fox Crossing with husband Geoff Hancock and rescue cats Jazz and Phantom. She can be reached at

What do you think? How can we better protect Chandler’s children? Should school staff be trained and armed? Must funding be found for full-time police officers at every school? Or, is Sandy Hook an isolated incident that shouldn’t impact current safety measures? Send your responses to and include your community name for possible inclusion in a future issue of the SanTan Sun News.



January 5 – 18, 2013

Fitness from page 1

Leasure. “If you’re burning more calories than you’re taking in you’re going to lose weight.” Moving it is really the only way to lose it, according to Leasure. “You cannot starve fat off. You have to burn it off,” he says. Leasure suggests combining cardio exercise, resistance training and nutrition to get in shape. “Losing weight doesn’t have to be this hard struggle of seriousness all the time. It can be fun while you do it. That’s what keeps you going.” 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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“What’s your vision of looking and feeling good?” Reavley asks. Whether it’s losing weight or inches, being active with grandkids without getting winded or slipping into a bikini in July, Reavley says you have to have a vision of what you want to accomplish. “How we measure our success is based off of us setting appropriate goals from the beginning. Results should be tied into how you want to look and feel.”

Fitness fads

This time of year people are turning to popular trends for getting in shape, from

flipping tires and fitness boot camps to intense video workouts, looking for easy and fast results. Reavley says people get confused by the new fads, gadgets and exercise programs. “The reality is the one that’s going to work is the one that you’re going to do.” Leasure says what people gravitate to and what they have success with are two different things. “To a degree anything you do to lose weight and get in shape is good, but what might be popular and entertaining

might not be the most effective.” In order meet your fitness goals, Leasure says to look for fact- and science-based programs proven to work. “Truth of the matter is, it’s hard to lose weight,” he explains. Indeed, there is no magic to fitness, concurs Reavley. “People are looking for an easy way to look good and feel good,” he says. “The reality is there is no easy way. It’s sound principle nutrition with sound principle exercise and activity.” “Calories in and calories out,” explains

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“Some of them were eight, 10, 15 floors up,” Maki explains. “Elderly folk had been basically isolated up in these cold apartments that whole time. Our team helped carry food and extra blankets up the stairs. These people were so gracious – they were so grateful, too, for a hot meal. They truly felt they had been forgotten.” Maki had been in New York nearly two weeks when illness struck her group. She returned home to recuperate, returning as soon as her health allowed. “This time they sent me to New Jersey because there’s just so much work to be done,” says Maki, describing “pockets of really, really terrible destruction.” “I was down in the Union Beach area. I just wept. I mean, I’d seen these pictures on TV, but to see it in person

– I was just looking at these trees, and I thought, ‘what is this fuzz?’ I got up closer, and it was the insulation blown from the homes. It had literally been blown apart by the fury of this hurricane. I was talking to a resident there, and he said that probably about a third of the homes are gone, and probably about half are red-tagged – they’re going to need to be torn down. When you look around the community, you can see it everywhere.” With initial rescue efforts behind them, groups such as the Red Cross are working to help survivors find permanent housing and get back on their feet. Maki says the process will take months or years and cost the Red Cross an estimated $60 million. Maki finished her deployment and

AFTERMATH: The working-class community of Breezy Point, NY, lost more than 100 homes to the force of Hurricane Sandy and its accompanying fire, says Chandler resident Michele Maki, who witnessed the destruction while aiding storm victims. Submitted photo by Michele Maki, American Red Cross

LEFT STANDING: A statue of St. Anthony, beloved by sailors and patron saint of lost items, is all that remains at a Union Beach, NJ, home site. “Virtually no home that I saw escaped without some kind of damage or impact,” Maki says of the community. Submitted photo by Michele Maki, American Red Cross

my heart. Children bringing in their piggy banks, everybody wanting to help. This event has touched the heart and soul of New Jersey and the New York community. They’re remarkably resilient people. They say, ‘Hey, hey, we’ll move on. We’ll get on. We’ll rebuild.’ They kind of stole my heart.” For information on the American Red Cross’s Hurricane Sandy relief effort, visit K. M. Lang lives and writes in Sun Groves. To contact her, email



January 5 – 18, 2013

Celebrate community’s cultural diversity Music, dance, art, crafts and ethnic foods are part of Chandler’s 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 includes entertainers, artisans and an interactive storytelling area for children. People from various countries will become American citizens at an 11 a.m. naturalization ceremony presided over by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. In addition, winners of a Creative Expression Competition, involving Chandler school-age children who produced artwork, essays and performances centering on the unity theme, will be announced. Other events include “The Power of One: Nicky’s Family” at 7 p.m. on Sat., Jan. 12 at the Chandler Center for the Arts. The program showcases how one person can make a difference in the world and includes a screening of the award-winning film “Nicky’s Family,” the story of one man who quietly rescued more than 600 children before the outbreak of World War II. An awards ceremony accompanies the film and honors Chandler Police and Fire and community volunteers,

including the top young person, adult and senior adult who volunteered the most hours during the City’s recent 100 Hour Centennial Volunteer Challenge. Event proceeds contribute to the building of the Center for Holocaust Education & Human Dignity planned for the property located next to the East Valley Jewish Community Center near the southwest corner of Ray and Alma School roads. Tickets are $9 for adults or $6 for active military and veterans, and can

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be purchased online at or by calling 480-897-0588. Two national acts, The New Directions Veterans Choir and DRUMline Live also come to Chandler’s Center for the Arts in January. The New Directions Veterans Choir performs at 8 p.m. Fri., Jan. 18, singing renditions of doo-wop, soul, traditional gospel and popular music. The choir consists of a group of primarily homeless veterans who have overcome numerous obstacles in life and want to inspire others to do the same. DRUMLine Live, an international tour based on the historically black college and university marching band tradition performs at 7 p.m. Sun., Jan. 20. With riveting rhythms, bold beats and ear-grabbing energy, the show is a synchronized musical showcase incorporating original compositions and soul-infused interpretations of

top-40 hits, plus group performances ranging from colorful, choreographed routines to heavy doses of drum riffs and cadences. The activities are to celebrate the community’s heritage and diversity, along with the spirit and ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement. Everyone can enjoy ethnic foods, information from sponsors and organizations that promote cultural diversity, and arts and crafts that represent various cultures. Volunteers are also needed. To register, go to go/4090A4CACAC2FA57-2013. The Festival is presented by the city’s Diversity Office, with support from Friends of the Chandler Public Library. To learn more, visit aspx?pageid=157.

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Construction Update PRIZE WINNER: Deborah Knox, a preschool teacher from Wee Blessings Preschool & Academy in Chandler, holds one of the prizes given to her during a surprise visit from KNIX morning show host Carolyn Coffee. Knox is the winner of a KNIX Teacher of the Week award, sponsored by Fulton Homes and the Dairy Council of America. Nominated by Nancy Polston, a parent of one of her students, Knox was awarded with $300 cash and other prizes. Submitted photo

Lindsay Road closure

A half-mile stretch of Lindsay Road on Chandler’s eastern border with Gilbert is closed through Jan. 7 to allow for the installation of new water and sewer transmission mains. The road is closed between Queen Creek Road and Appleby Road. Alternate north / south streets are Gilbert Road to the west and Val Vista Drive to the east. Info: 480-797-0525.

The American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter recently provided assistance to an adult and two children displaced by an apartment fire in Chandler. The Red Cross gave them food following the blaze near Pecos Road and Arizona Avenue. Margaret Horn, first president and a creator of the Southeast Valley Arizona branch of American Association of

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Tom Henrickson was attending a reunion in Houston, TX, when something caught his eye: a trackless train. Inspired by the sight of the colorful train, Henrickson decided to learn how to build one that was similar and open his own business that would allow customers to rent it for parties and other events. In the fall of 2011, Henrickson began building his trackless train. “It took about three to four months to go from concept to train,” he says. Last April, Henrickson opened Desert Dwellers Express in Apache Junction. Although his business has been open for less than a year, Henrickson says he has been extremely busy loading up his 50-foot train on a 24-foot trailer and driving it to events held all over the Valley. From birthday parties and grand openings to block parties, homeowners’ association parties, charity events and more, Henrickson says his train is a popular addition to a variety of occasions. In addition to giving people rides, Henrickson’s train has other more practical uses. “Once, at a town party in Freestone Park in Gilbert, I hauled people from the far parking lot to the entrance.” Henrickson’s train includes an engine plus two cars and a caboose. Each car can typically hold four or five adults plus two kids, he says. The cars are all covered, and passengers can enjoy train music as they ride along, plus the sounds of horns, bells and whistles. Everyone who rides gets a boarding pass with a photo of the train as a souvenir. “The reason it is called Desert Dwellers Express is that each car has a different desert animal on it. There is a coyote car, a bighorn sheep car and a roadrunner car,” Henrickson says. His love of trains goes back to when he was a boy playing with scale model trains and cars, and Henrickson says boys and girls are equally excited to ride his

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trackless train. “I always tell people ‘you are never too old to ride a train.’” The vast majority of his business comes via word of mouth, Henrickson says, noting his 2013 calendar is filling up quickly. Watching the reaction of the kids at various events is extremely rewarding, he adds. “When they see the train coming down and I see how excited everyone is, it is well worth all of the effort it took to get everything going.” For more information, call 480-694-7697 or visit Alison Stanton is a freelance writer who lives in the East Valley. She can be reached at

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Explore creative Book an insider’s look at self-publishing chance in the marketplace.” tech sector thinking Topics in the all-day workshop

A celebration of interactive technology experiences, surrounded by food and music, is on the agenda at the 48 West festival Fri., Feb. 15 and Sat., Feb. 16. A recruitment expo also matches attendees with recruiters. It is being held in various locations, including Chandler City Hall at 175 S. Arizona Ave. and at the Continuum Science and Technology Park in the Chandler Price Corridor, 2501 S. Price Rd.

Speakers include Arizona State Senate candidate and SkyMall founder Bob Worsley, and Jaime Casap, the senior education evangelist at Google Inc. Worsley shares his experiences building a startup company in Arizona and his insights on entrepreneurship. Casap will focus on the power and potential of technology and Google tools to transform education. Activities for children include robotics and interactive technology exhibits. Each day ends in Ocotillo at a block party with food and music. Sponsors of the festival are the City of Chandler, Arizona Technology Council, Capital Commercial Investments and Arizona Small Business Development Centers Network. Sponsorship and speaking opportunities are still available for the event. Tickets are $30 for one day and $50 for both. Visit for details.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013 From 6 - 8 p.m. Dinner will be served Hilton Phoenix East / Mesa 1011 W. Holmes Ave. Mesa, AZ 85210

include: setting up a publishing business; securing a copyright, ISBN, barcode and Library of Congress listing; book layout, design and typesetting; editing and proofreading; printing; how to get book reviews and media coverage; eBook conversion; distribution for eBooks and printed editions; marketing plans; book trailers; promotional materials; tradeshows and networking; social media; and website design. Attendees also receive copies of Radke’s books, two hours of followup consultation with her, a 15% discount on any Five Star service, take-home materials, a free listing at either or and qualified publicity and marketing leads. Lunch is provided as well. The seminar can be taken privately or as a group and in full- or half-day increments. Private sessions are available by appointment. The cost varies from $350 to $1,500 depending on whether taken in private or in a group setting and if registering for a half- or fullday session. If anyone attends with a friend, each receives a $50 discount on a full-day or $25 discount on a half-day session. To register, call 480-940-8182 or 866-471-0777. For details, visit or

IRS increases standard mileage rates The 2013 rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes have increased, according to the Internal Revenue Service. As of Jan. 1, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car, as well as vans, pickups and panel trucks, is 56.5 cents per mile for business miles driven, 24 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes and 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations. The rate for business miles driven during 2013 increases 1 cent from the 2012 rate. The medical and moving rate is also up 1 cent per mile from the 2012 rate. The charitable rate remains unchanged at 14 cents per mile. Taxpayers also have the option of calculating the actual costs of using a vehicle rather than using the standard mileage rates. For more information, visit pub/irs-drop/rp-10-51.pdf and pub/irs-drop/n-12-72.pdf.


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January 5 – 18, 2013


Public forum on power lines, substations The public is invited to review plans for proposed new Salt River Project power lines and substations 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. According to SRP, the project 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; 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 double-circuit 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. SRP says 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. No routes for the power lines or the location for the new substations have been determined, and SRP says all alternatives will be considered including discussions with the Gila River Indian Community for possible routes located west of the Price Road Corridor. The approval process includes a hearing before the Arizona Power Plant and Transmission Line Siting Committee with a final decision made at an open meeting of the Arizona Corporation Commission. For more information, visit and



January 5 – 18, 2013

Kick off New Year with Chamber leads groups The PITT weighs Also in Jan.: Tech Corner, Governor breakfast, Young Executive Series

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Meeting with area business owners for leads is one of many programs offered by the Chandler Chamber of Commerce, which also provides information on technology, for young execs and more this month.

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A variety of Chandler Chamber leads groups starts off the new year with networking sessions. The Chandler Chamber Chapter of Success Dynamics meets Monday mornings, with the next session slated for 7:30 a.m. Mon., Jan. 7 at Wildflower Bread Co., on the east side of the Chandler Fashion Center, 3111 W. Chandler Blvd. The Chandler Business Connection Leads Group gathers at 7:30 a.m. Tue., Jan. 8 and every Tuesday at Wildflower Bread Co., on the east side of the Chandler Fashion Center, 3111 W. Chandler Blvd. The Sun Lakes Networking Group meets 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wed., Jan. 9 at La Casa Blanca Restaurant, 24605 S. McQueen Rd., Chandler. Other business networking groups include Go-Getters Leads Group, Professional Business Connection, Networking @ 9 and The “Friday Morning Café” Leads Group. Contact the Chamber for details.

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Learn how to get more sales from your website when the Technology Corner Lunch Seminar Series meets from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thu., Jan. 10 at the Chamber headquarters. Stuart Preston, a web marketing consultant at Crexendo Cloud Business Solutions, and Soraya Ali-Hope, president of Octagon Marketing Group, present “Skyrocket Your Website’s ROI: Secrets to Turning Your Website into a Sales Engine.” The duo break down the key ingredients that make a website search-ready, including the five best practices to convert website traffic into qualified leads, common mistakes that cause a site to be penalized or overlooked by Google, creating and managing content from meta data to blogs and utilization of analytics data. The cost to attend is $5 for Chamber members and $10 for

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer will be in attendance when the Chandler Chamber of Commerce holds its 2013 East Valley Breakfast with the Governor on Wed., Jan. 16 at the Hilton Phoenix East, 1011 W. Holmes Ave., Mesa. Registration is at 7 a.m. and breakfast at 7:30 a.m. The cost is $50 for Chamber members and $60 for nonmembers. The registration deadline is Jan. 10.

Network at Young Executive Series

Join the Young Executive Series, ASU Alumni Association, Arizona State Young Alumni and Barrett, The Honors College, for a professional mixer 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wed., Jan. 16 at SanTan Brewing Co., 8 San Marcos Pl., Chandler. Complimentary appetizers will be served. The Chandler Chamber of Commerce is at 25 S. Arizona Pl., Suite 201. For more information and to register for these programs, call 480-963-4571, visit or meetup. com/ChandlerChamber.

in with new facility The new location of The PITT is now open at 2150 E. Germann Rd. in Chandler, with a facility for group fitness classes, court rentals on basketball and volleyball courts and open gym options. “Our staff consists of former elite athletes who comprehend the pressures of performance on and off the court,” says athletic director Morgan Lee, who spent more than 10 years as strength and conditioning coordinator / coach at Phoenix College, where he was able to tally eight national championships with the college’s softball team. The PITT offers fitness and athletic performance enhancement for youths ages 8 to 18, college and elite athletes, and adults. “We also offer a fitness challenge, which provides each participant with weight-loss goals, individual analysis, encouragement and nutritional guidance,” adds Chief Operating Officer Lynn Achord. For more information, call 480-855-3145 or visit

NYPD Pizza adds local ale

A proprietary beer called Uptown Amber Ale is now available at all 11 NYPD Pizza store locations, including the one at 2580 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler. The recipe was created in partnership with The Phoenix Ale Brewery, which describes the ale as a crisp, full-bodied malty beer that finishes smooth. For more information, call 480-722-0898 or visit


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A variety of musculoskeletal conditions including fibromyalgia, low back pain, shoulder pain, hip pain and neuropathy are now being treated with a procedure called dry needling at Chandler Physical Therapy, 5590 W. Chandler Blvd., Suite 4, Chandler. “Dry needling is an excellent complement to other more standard therapies, and when used

in combination with prescribed exercises, can quickly reduce pain and dysfunction,” says Eric Christensen, Chandler Physical Therapy co-owner. He explains the procedure is inserting a thin needle into a tight or painful muscle to cause it to contract and release. Dry needling differs from acupuncture in that it targets muscular balance and trigger points as opposed to energy flow, commonly referred to as qi in Chinese medicine. Also, while acupuncture needles are inserted superficially, dry needling works deep within the muscle tissue, allowing practitioners to reach muscles that can’t be reached with traditional manual therapies. Christensen says the procedure is an effective treatment for acute and chronic pain, rehabilitation from injury and injury prevention, with few side effects. Results from dry needling are typical within two to four treatment sessions, but can vary depending on cause and duration of symptoms and overall health of the patient. Most insurance plans cover dry needling as part of physical therapy benefits, but out-of-pocket rates are also available. For more information, call 480-786-4969 or visit

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1 YEAR: Headmaster Chun Shim cuts the ribbon with Chamber of Commerce members during Tao Healing Center’s oneyear celebration. Submitted photo

The first anniversary of the Tao Healing Center at 1840 W. Chandler Blvd. in Chandler was recently celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony that featured drummer Ken Koshio and also the drumming group Samulnori. According to headmaster Chun Shim, the Center provides a place to unwind and

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For die-hard SanTan Sun area fans of the Tucsonbased restaurant chain eegee’s, it’s only about a 45-minute trip south to Casa Grande, the company’s 37th location and the first outside of Tucson in almost two decades. The eatery has specials and promos that include the Silver Circle program for seniors and snowbirds where members receive 10% off every order plus a free meal during their birthday month. Customers can sign up in-store. In addition, active military and border patrol receive 10% off every individual meal year round when they show their military ID. eegee’s is also committed to supporting local community organizations and groups through a variety of in-store and sponsorship opportunities. Customers can donate change to “Seeds of Hope” in store coin donation boxes. Schools, churches or community groups can reserve a “fun*raiser” night and receive 10% of the proceeds from the sales from their group. Local events and walk-a-thons are also sponsored throughout the year and participants receive free eegee’s. Customers can also buy gift cards for friends and family. For more than 40 years, eegee’s has been dedicated to “delivering great products and experiences to customers and supporting the local community.” From their namesake signature frozen fruit drinks in lemon, strawberry and piña colada flavors and a unique “flavor of the month,” to made-to-order subs and awardwinning fries, a visit to the eegee’s restaurant in Casa Grande is “worth the trip.” eegee’s, which celebrated its 40th anniversary last year, is located at 1442 E. Florence Blvd., two miles west of I-10 in front of Lowes, and can be reached at 520-426-3553 or at

Live potted Christmas trees can be donated for replanting at City parks by dropping off at the City’s Community Center or can be scheduled for pick up by calling 480-782-2745. Residents can recycle their Christmas trees and the City of Chandler will chip them and reuse the material in park landscaping projects. For safety, remove tree stands, nails, ornaments, lights and garland.

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Corporate Chronicles Chandler Center for the Arts was the venue for 30 students graduating with doctor of naturopathic medicine degrees at the winter ceremony for the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. An honorary degree was also given to Patricia Bragg of Bragg Health Products, daughter of the man credited with founding America’s first health-food store. Nearly 900 doctors graduated from the school since its founding in 1993. HDE Agency, a full-service advertising, marketing and public relations company, represents Grand Canyon Brewing Company in Williams, as it introduces what it is calling the Flavor Bomb, which will be in three brews sold in new 22-ounce bottles. Info:, Chandler Regional Medical Center’s Radiology Department is accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR) for ultrasound imaging. “This recognition shows our dedication to excellence in our field and our constant want to continually strive for the best,” says Brian Galle, director of radiology at Chandler Regional. Chandler Regional received ACR accreditation in January for computerized tomography, followed by accreditation in breast MRI in July and full MRI accreditation in September. Info: Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert medical centers credential seven physicians recently. Credentialed at both are: Irfan Ahmed, M.D., nephrology; Anne Borik, D.O., internal medicine; Kenneth Dizon, D.O., cardiology; Ayman Jamal, M.D., cardiology; and Edward Song, M.D., orthopedic surgery. At CRMC: Mukul Dave, D.M.D., pediatric dentistry. Info: ChandlerRegional. org,, 877-728-5414. Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving celebrates its 45th anniversary Feb. 15 with an invitation-only tribute at Firebird International Raceway in Phoenix. Two

months after the school event, April 27, his wife, Pat, their family, Bondurant School employees and friends will honor the legendary racecar driver on his 80th birthday in Phoenix. The school has been in its current Valley of the Sun location since 1988. Info: Dr. Eva DeCozio of Panacea Animal Wellness Sanctuary (P.A.W.S). receives the third annual 12K’s of Christmas “Spirit of Giving” Award, sponsored by Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. She spearheaded the no-kill “Valentails” weekend, spaying and neutering dogs from area pounds that resulted in more than 150 dog adoptions. She also testifies in court as an expert witness to provide forensic evidence in animal abuse cases. She currently has 14 dogs, eight cats and four horses – all rescues. Info:

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Benjamin Franklin, The Punctual Plumber earns a 2012 Angie’s List Super Service Award for Plumbing and Water Heaters. “We are proud to be recognized by an organization such as Angie’s List for the seventh year in a row,” says Linda Stanfield, owner of Benjamin Franklin in Gilbert. Earlier this year, Benjamin Franklin was honored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce as one of their 100 Blue Ribbon Award Winners, named Ranking Arizona’s #1 Plumber, and Stanfield was among the finalists for the Gilbert Business Woman of the Year. Info:, 480-812-1855. Michael Callison is the new head chef at Encore Catering, 7304 W. Chicago St., Suite 101, Chandler. Callison graduated from Scottsdale Culinary Arts in 2002 and worked as executive chef at a local eatery before opening his own business specializing in New American Cuisine. Encore Catering is a full service catering and event planning company with more than 20 years of experience specializing Michael Callison in weddings, cocktail parties, holiday parties and special events. Info:, 480-961-0300.



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Broadway Boot Camp teaches theatre arts Aspiring stage stars ages 7 to 13 can participate in an eightweek performing arts workshop beginning this month at Chandler Center for the Arts (CCA), 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. The “Broadway Boot Camp,” part of a new workshop series offered by CCA, runs from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Mondays beginning Jan. 28. Students learn audition techniques, improvisation, storytelling and more. The cost is $224 per student, and space is limited. An additional spring break camp focused on dancing and singing takes place March 18 through 22. Cost is $165 per camper. For more information or to register, call 480-782-2689 or visit

Hone SAT test skills A free SAT Diagnostic Practice Test Day for high school juniors and seniors is offered at 11 a.m. Sat., Jan. 5 at Sylvan Learning Center, 4121 E. Valley Auto Dr., Suite 106, Mesa. Students must bring a graphing calculator to the practice test, which follows exact SAT testing rules. The session helps students understand what to expect on the day of the test and allows parents to gauge their students’ readiness for the exam. Students and parents receive a complete scoring analysis within a week of completion. Space is limited. For more information or to sign up, call Sylvan at 480-361-3500.

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Library logo contest open to youths Creative Chandler tweens and teens ages 12 to 18 are invited to design a logo for the Third Annual LibCon 2013, Chandler Public Library’s mini-convention for fans of comic books, Japanese manga and anime, role-playing games and other fantasy and science fiction entertainment. Deadline for submission is Mon., Jan. 28. The winner receives a $50 gift card and his or her logo will appear on all LibCon promotional materials.

Logos and applications may be submitted to any of the four Chandler Public Library branches. Digital forms and submissions can also be emailed to For more information, including complete contest rules and an application, visit or any of the four Chandler Public Library branches. Additional LibCon 2013 details will be available soon at ChandlerPublicLibrary.

Tale of El Tunnél, Part II The second of a two-part story on soccer team Bafana Bafana making its playoff run in the Arizona Sports League men’s tournament at Snedigar Sports Complex in Chandler is in the Neighbors Section on Page 52. Part I was published in the Dec. 15, 2012 issue of the SanTan Sun News. To read it, visit and click on Youth.

Registration for a youth ball program for boys and girls offered by the Gilbert Parks and Recreation Department begins Mon., Jan. 7. Cost for T-Ball, for boys and girls ages 4 to 6, is $56. Cost for all other divisions is $64, including Girls’ Coach Pitch Softball for ages 7 to 9; Girls Slow Pitch Softball for ages 10 to 12; Boys’ Coach Pitch Baseball for ages 7 to 9; and Boys Baseball for ages 10 to 12. Cost includes a T-shirt, hat and pin. Online registration is accepted Jan. 7 through 27; mail-in registration is taken Jan. 7 through 26. For more information, call 480-503-6200 or visit



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Football Foundation honors high school champs Two Chandler high school students will be recognized at the 20th annual Arizona High School Champions Luncheon hosted by the Valley of the Sun Chapter of the National Football Foundation on Fri., Jan. 11 at the HiltonScottsdale Resort, 6333 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale. A social hour begins at noon, followed by player and coach introductions at 1 p.m. The luncheon and program concludes at 2:30 p.m. The 20th annual event honors each of the divisionwinning head coaches from the AIA state championships. Four special Arizona high school football awards will also be presented at the luncheon including the Frank Kush Award for the state’s top interior offensive lineman to Patrick Joseph of Hamilton High School in Chandler, and the Danny White Award for best senior quarterback to Darell Garretson of Chandler High School. Individual tickets are $40 and tables of $10 are $400. For information and reservations, visit or call Joann DeMassa at 602-739-3380, Tom Taradash at 602-300-1219 or Jennifer Pope at 602-430-7531.

Seton hosts free scholarship seminar SanTan Sun area parents interested in enrolling their students in private / preparatory school are invited to attend “How to Apply for Arizona Tuition Tax Credit Scholarships” at 9 a.m. Sat., Jan. 12 in Seton Catholic Preparatory High School’s Fine and Performing Arts Building, 1150 N. Dobson Rd., Chandler. The free public seminar provides an overview of state tuition tax credit scholarships and types of school tuition organizations. Parents learn how to navigate the maze of options and qualify for tuition tax credit assistance and other scholarship programs.

A question and answer session follows the presentation. Student ambassadors are available at the event to provide campus tours for interested parents and students. Families are encouraged to arrive at 8:15 a.m. for a parent reception in the foyer of the Fine Arts Building. A high school placement test for prospective students begins at 8:30 a.m. Seton Catholic Prep is a coeducational college preparatory school open to students of all faiths. For more information, visit or call 480-963-1900, ext. 2355.

CUSD helps college bound tap into financing CUSD Financial Aid Night – Financing Your College Education is open to Chandler Unified School District high school seniors and their parents from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wed., Jan. 16 at Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. Doors open at 6 p.m. Attendees learn about various types of financial aid, from grants and loans to work-study; how to apply for aid; common myths; and the FAFSA, the completion that is the first step in applying for college financial aid. For more information, visit

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Drivers ed taught at Hamilton Students who attend high school in Chandler Unified School District are eligible to attend a 30hour drivers education class, sponsored by Tempe Community Education Program in collaboration with Club CUSD, beginning in January. Classes are held from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays Jan. 22 through Feb. 21 in Room 100 of Hamilton High School, 3700 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. The cost is $279.80. Class content focuses on the essential skills and knowledge a prospective driver needs to secure an Arizona Driver’s Permit,

CHS hosts Casino Night fundraiser Take a gamble on Chandler High School Football Booster Club’s 5th Annual Casino Night Fundraiser from 7 p.m. to midnight Sat., Jan. 19 at Chandler Airpark at the southwest corner of Cooper and Germann roads in Chandler. The event features an evening of casino action including blackjack, craps and roulette, as well as live music, raffles, a silent auction, giveaways, prizes, food, drinks and fun. Guests receive $500 in play money. Tickets are $40 in advance or $45 at the door. Proceeds from the event benefits Chandler High’s football organization. Visit

as well as the mechanics of operating a car safely and responsibly. Coursework includes textbook reading, workbook assignments, group discussion, problem-solving scenarios and three hours of practice on a simulator. No actual driving experience is offered as part of the class. The course is approved by Arizona Department of Transportation / Motor Vehicle Division and Arizona Department of Education. A Certificate of Completion is granted upon successful completion of class requirements, which can be taken to MVD to be considered for a Learner’s Permit. For more information, visit



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CHS hosts Hamilton advances in competition program info night SanTan Sun area students and parents can learn about Chandler High School’s nationally ranked, award-winning International Baccalaureate program and Advanced Placement curriculum at an informational meeting beginning at 5:30 p.m. Thu., Jan. 24 at Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. Chandler High’s 2012 graduating seniors were offered more than $28,000,000 in scholarships and grants, according to the school. Chandler High is at 350 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. For more information, call 480-812-7700.

K.O. SanTan Sun kids have talent! In the first issue of every month, the SanTan Sun News prints the best entries from kids in grades kindergarten through 12th grade in a variety of categories. Congratulations to this month’s winners! Note: If a great entry doesn’t make it into this issue because of space considerations, we will hold it over to run in a future issue. Submissions are minimally edited to preserve the writer’s voice. If your submission appears in this section, compare it to your original to help improve your writing skills.

Fundraiser fun at Chandler school A “Day of Play” fundraiser event is set for Sat., Feb. 2 at Bright Beginnings School, 400 N. Andersen Rd., Chandler. The event benefits two school families with terminally ill family members. Students are also at work making snowflakes for a winter wonderland project at Sandy Hook Elementary School. A backpack and school supply drive and Phoenix Children’s Hospital drive were also recently completed. For more information, visit or call John Mahnke at 480-560-5674.

Hey Kids! Hamilton High School’s Air Force JROTC team is one of the top-scoring teams advancing to the semifinal round in the Air Force Association’s CyberPatriot – The National High School Defense Competition. CyberPatriot is a unique cyber defense competition that aims to help prepare college- and career-ready students with technical skills as well as experience

in teamwork, leadership and critical thinking. CyberPatriot V brought in more than 1,200 team registrations from all 50 states and all over the world. After the semifinal round, the top 26 qualifying teams receive all-expensespaid trips to the CyberPatriot National Championship Competition held in March in Washington, D.C. For more information, visit

Remember that the Kids Opportunity section will eventually print all good entries. That means that if your entry didn’t make it into this issue, it may be slated for a future one. Keep checking back, as we sometimes experience a backlog of submissions.


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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, 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 Lynda@ as a Word file, if writing, or JPEG, if art, or pasted into the email. 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 see Kids Op page 30

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by Erin J. Swain of Gilbert Homeschooled, Grade 8

As I danced in the womb of my mother, even before birth, my reputation unfolded as a fun and outgoing person. My bubbly personality lead me, one day, as a little girl, to spontaneously dance for people in the local Arizona Department of Motor Vehicles. My love and appreciation for dance was exceptionally increased by the influence of local community theatre and Disney princesses dancing with their prince at a ball or in a dream. Around the time my mother was eight months pregnant, she and my dad went to the doctor for a monthly check-up. During the exam, the doctor did a sonogram and took a picture of me. I just happened to be in a perfect Merengue dance position. My legs were crossed and my arms had formed the perfect “L” figure. Ever since then, it has been a joke in my family that I danced the Merengue during the doctor’s appointment. They continuously remind me of it when I join in some sort of Zumba or Mexican dance. It has also been said that this was the start of what they call my “freestyle” dancing that continued through my childhood. As a little girl, I was automatically hooked on song and dance, watching the beautiful flowing dresses during the graceful leaps and turns in the movie “Anastasia.” I fell in love with the upbeat rhythms from the Broadway hits like “Annie” or “The King and I.” I used to watch the Disney princess movies as much as possible. As any little girl would, I found the songs to be the best part. Children’s plays on the other hand, began my inspiration with theatre. Just the thought of entertaining people with my voice and making people smile by simply being myself and having a good time put a spark in my heart. Early on, I wanted to live like a princess, who in the dullest of times would break out in song and dance.

So one time, when my parents took my brother, sister and I to the Department of Motor Vehicles to renew a driver’s license, the building was full of people. It was exceptionally boring and quiet for adults, but especially for a child like myself. While adults saw the place as a dreary waiting space, I saw it as a “perfect stage.” How could a 4-year-old girl resist such a perfect moment to entertain everyone in the Department of Motor Vehicles with a little dance? I could not, and that is exactly what I did. From my young, innocent perspective, I had everyone quite entertained with my princess-like dances. It has become a family story that we tell people we meet from time to time – like the “Merengue” in the doctor’s office – I am constantly reminded of this event. From Spanish dancing in the womb, to being Princess of the DMV, I still have a bit of that girl inside of me. I believe everyone carries a piece of their own fresh and creative childhood with them throughout his or her life. This is something that I think everyone should know: No matter how fast you try to grow up, you will always be a child deep inside. As the author John Connolly once said in “The Book of Lost Things,” “For in every adult there dwells the child that was, and in every child there lies the adult that will be.”* But for me it is “For in every adult there dwells the princess that was, and in every little princess there lies the adult that will be.” *Bibliography: adulthood


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Carlson Champions

Fun run – Students participate in the all-school Boosterthon fundraiser, the largest of the year, beginning Wed., Jan. 9 and culminating in a fun run Fri., Jan. 18 to support new printers and technology for the school. Students are encouraged to gather pledges now. Spring Carnival – Those interested in sharing ideas and resources for the silent auction at Carlson’s first Spring Carnival are invited to a planning meeting at 1:30 p.m. Mon., Jan. 14 in Room 35. Help needed – Cash or check donations are accepted through Fri., Jan. 18 for the Sandy Hook Elementary School Support Fund. Checks should be made payable to “San Tan Booster Club” and turned in to Carlson’s front office in an envelope labeled “Sandy Hook School Support Fund.” Carlson’s deepest and most sincere condolences go out to the families, victims and community of Newtown, CT. Champion cheers – Several special contributors to the school were honored at the District Awards night at Chandler Center for the Arts. Carlson honorees include front office worker Sue Hubbell, Outstanding Staff Member; parent and PTO secretary Deb

Georgvich, Outstanding Volunteer; and sixth-grader Karlee Peterson, Carlson’s Student Citizenship winner. Peace Poster – Sixth-grader Elizabeth Lieber’s “Peace Poster” entry was chosen by Chandler Unified School District and Sun Lakes Red Lions Club to represent Carlson and advance to the next stage of the contest. 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. 9: Boosterthon Fun Run kicks off Jan. 16: General PTO meeting, 6:30 p.m., Library Jan. 18: Jamba Juice Fun Friday, 1:30 p.m., smoothies $3 —Lora Robinson

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Calendar Jan. 17: Science Fair Night; PTO Star Gazing, 7-9 p.m. —Anne Keefer

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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. Snow days – Second-grade students’ study of matter culminated in a celebration of snow with a “Snow Day,” where they built snow forts and enjoyed outdoor snow-related games and warm cups of cocoa. Fourth-graders used glyphs to create festive snowmen and enjoyed winter fun making gingerbread houses, decorating cookies and exchanging gifts. Very poetic – Fifth-graders rotated among the five fifth-grade classrooms to learn about different types of poems. Each student wrote a haiku, a cinquain, a limerick, a free verse poem and a form poem called “The Best Part of Me.” Students put them together in a poetry booklet and presented two of their favorite poems at their classroom “Poetry Cocoa Shack.” Parents received the poetry booklets as a holiday gift. Class notes – Sixth-graders have been busy working on their Science Fair projects in class, coming up with ideas, creating hypotheses and testing their experiments, all of which will be shared in their lab write-ups when they return from winter break. Jingle Jog – Tarwater’s 15th Annual Jingle Jog found students and teachers decked out in holiday colors with Santa hats, reindeer antlers and jingle bells on shoes or necklaces. Students spent two weeks preparing for the fun run by practicing their jogging skills during PE class. —Robyn Kelly

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Bogle Junior High Bulldogs

Knowledge masters – A team from Bogle placed first in the state in the Knowledge Master Open academic competition. More than 2,000 middle school, junior high and high school teams from all over the country and the world answered 200 questions during the event, earning points for the speed and accuracy of their answers. The 20 students on the Bogle team scored 1,414 of 2,000 possible points. Team members, led by captains Rahul Rahesh and Zhengdong Wang, include Xander Huang, Matt Cronin, Sean Kigin, Zane Ghali, Dhruv Madhav, Brandon Bell, Ryan Larson, Momen A., Rajat Arora, Kevin Wang, Leslie Jull, Andrew Alfes, Isaac Dowdle, Andres Gonzalez, Adam Chismar, Terry Kang, Zach Koczara and Diego Lipchak. —Susie Avey, Terry Locke

Knox Knights

Help wanted – Help is needed to plan the Science and Engineering Night on Feb. 20. Contact to get involved. 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. Kudos – Congrats to sixth-grader Caroline P. for outspelling the competition in this year’s spelling bee. Caroline advances to represent Knox at see SCHOOL NEWS page 32



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SCHOOL NEWS from page 31

the District Bee. Chair art – Knox was given three wooden chairs to decorate and participate in the “Chairitable” art auction presented by the City of Chandler’s Arts Commission. Congrats to the 12 winners chosen by a panel of judges from more than 80 entries. —Ximena Rodriguez

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Acts of kindness – Valley Christian High students spent the last few months collecting items to give back to their communities. Students, faculty and staff donated 464 pairs of shoes directly to homeless Phoenix youth in a partnership with Tumbleweed Center for Youth. The NHS students also sponsored an Operation Christmas Child drive in conjunction with Samaritan’s Purse International. A total of 103 shoeboxes were filled with school supplies, toys, hygiene items and personal notes to be sent around the world for Christmas. Students and staff donated dozens of toys to give to the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Drive. The toys were distributed as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community. —Bryan Winfrey

TOP TEEN: Highland High School student Oskar Valasquez is congratulated on his Grand Prize win by Maricopa County attorney Bill Montgomery, left, and Kimber Lambeth, a representative for Cox Communications. Oskar is the top winner of the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office Fall 2012 My Message PSA Contest and recipient of a new Apple MacBook Pro provided by prize sponsor Cox Communications. In addition, his anti-drug video will be broadcast on Cox Cable through the month of January. To view Oskar’s winning video, visit, click on “My Message Fall 2012” and then “Winning Entries.” Submitted photo

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An Evening of Information about Chandler High School’s Nationally Ranked and Award Winning International Baccalaureate Program Advanced Placement Curriculum OVER $28,000,000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS/GRANTS OFFERED TO OUR 2012 GRADUATING SENIORS. For 30 years the IB Diploma Program for 11th and 12th graders and AP Curriculum has been educating CHS to reach success at their university of choice. Chandler High also offers IB instruction through the IB Middle Years Program for 9th and 10th graders that prepares them to seamlessly transition into the IB Diploma curriculum. Come find out why our students are attending Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, University of Pennsylvania, New York University, Columbia, Vassar, Brown, University of Texas, SMU, Berkeley, USC, UCLA, California Institute of Technology, Rutgers, Barrett, the Honors College at ASU, the Honors College at University of Arizona, Northern Arizona University and many more outstanding universities. Our students are National Merit Scholars, FLINN and Baird Scholarship Recipients, receive Military Academy Appointments, and are sought by prestigious universities throughout the United States.

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Caren Coe of Chandler is on the Fall 2012 Dean’s List at Missouri Valley College in Marshall, MO. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, students must maintain a 3.3 or higher grade point average with at least 12 graded hours for the semester. Jaymus Lee of Chandler is a magna cum laude graduate of Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO, with a Bachelor of Science and major in Biology – Cellular and Molecular Biology Option. Christine Moss of Chandler is listed in the 2013 edition of “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.” Christine is a senior at Fort Hays University in Hays, KS. Payne Junior High in Queen Creek is one of the top fundraising schools in Arizona for Pasta for Pennies, a spare change drive benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, collecting a total of $10,909.57. More than 174 elementary, middle and high schools and 123,000 students in Arizona participated in the fundraiser. Z-Ultimate Martial Arts Studios in Chandler entered several students in the Southwest Regional Martial Arts Tournament held recently in Scottsdale. The students had the opportunity to compete in age- and rank-appropriate divisions in sparring, kata and weapon forms, and won several awards. Info:

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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 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.

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.

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.

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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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Letters to the editor

Shop local in 2013

As 2012 comes to a close, many of us will make resolutions to lose weight, read a book, learn a language or one of a million other goals we have put off to improve our wellbeing. However, there is something we can do to make a far greater impact on our own lives and in our community: pledge to shift 10% of the money you spend from national chains to independent businesses. Studies show that for every $100 spent at a chain, only $13 stays and benefits the local community. Conversely, $100 Kimber Lanning Submitted photo spent at local businesses keeps $45 in the local economy. It is estimated that if an average American city shifted 10% of their spending from national chains to local businesses, it would bring an additional $235 million per year to the community’s economy. This equates to more jobs created, dependable services and an improved standard of living. Easily shift 10% of your spending this year by pledging to lose that weight at a local gym, buy that book at an independent bookstore or learn a new language from a local instructor. Find other ways to shift and 2,200 independent businesses at Kimber Lanning, founder and director, Local First Arizona

New taxes fund healthcare

Remember “Obamacare?” Well, it’s in the news again but this time it has nothing to do with healthcare. Part of the bill Congress passed includes various tax increases, including surtax on investment income. The surtax, an additional tax in addition to anything else paid by the individual, is 3.8% of income derived from investments like stocks and bonds and applies to any individual whose modified adjusted gross income exceeds $200,000 or $250,000 for a couple. If you suspect this surtax will apply to you, give some serious thought to doing a little tax planning for 2013. Consider cutting your losses on underperforming stocks that could offset gains. If you don’t think the surtax applies to you, you’ll still want to keep your eye on changes Congress is making. The bill for “Obamacare” is expected to be huge and Congress is busy right now attempting to figure out how to fund it further. One thing’s for certain – taxes are on the rise. Evan Nielsen, Nielsen Law Group, PC, Queen Creek

What do you think? How can we better protect Chandler’s children? Should school staff be trained and armed? Must funding be found for full-time police officers at every school? Or, is Sandy Hook an isolated incident that shouldn’t impact current safety measures? Send your responses to and include your community name and ZIP code for possible inclusion in a future issue of the SanTanSun News.

Time to reflect on 2012 by Mayor Jay Tibshraeny

Wrapping up our community’s Centennial Anniversary year, this is a good time to reflect on the many positive things Chandler experienced in 2012. We kicked off our 100th anniversary in February and held a number of great events in May to honor the founding of this great city. It was heartening to see thousands of residents not only turn out for the events, but also volunteer at the many activities held. We announced that both the University of Arizona and Arizona State University will have a presence in downtown Chandler; in fact, U of A is already holding classes in our newly refurbished Community Center. Chandler received a number of awards and accolades in 2012. We were named one of the top 50 places to live in the United States by Money Magazine; we made the top 10 best run cities in the U.S. by the 24/7 Wall Street website; and we were recently Mayor Jay Tibshraeny listed as the fourth best city in America for tech company startups. This past year, many companies announced they were expanding or moving to Chandler, bringing thousands of new jobs to the community. We maintained focus on our neighborhoods, continuing a number of programs like our Traditional and HOA Academies, my Listening Tour stops, a voluntary demo program for substandard structures and a virtual online forum to connect residents with their elected officials during budget time. So as you get ready to celebrate the holidays with family and friends, take some time to reflect on how well we have progressed as a community. But also remember that many in the community have not fared as well. If you can, please donate some time or make a donation to one of the many nonprofit agencies in Chandler who help those in need now and throughout the year. A good place to find information is through Community Information and Referral Services at They list a number of local charities that need your help. Remember to follow me on Twitter at @jaytibshraeny and visit the City’s awardwinning website for more. Mark your calendar now for my 2013 State of the City address, scheduled for the evening of Feb. 21 in the City Council Chambers. I hope you will take the time to attend and learn more about our great city and the many exciting things that lie ahead.

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Perfect timing for “Power of One” by Councilmember Kevin Hartke

Like many of you, my heart this holiday season has been bruised and my mind numbed by the horrific events at Sandy Creek Elementary School in Newtown, CT. I can imagine nothing more senseless or tragic than what occurred in that small suburban community. And I wrestle with emotions that range from sorrow to frustration, anger to resignation. It’s as if I need to do something, say something. Something that can help, that can make a difference. Something that can make me feel better. Experts tell us to seek out our friends, embrace our families, express

LIFE ON FILM: The story of Nicholas Winton, who rescued hundreds of children just prior to World War II, is told in the film “Nicky’s Family,” screening at Chandler Center for the Arts Jan. 12. Submitted photo

our feelings. Good advice for sure, but it’s going to take a while to calm the turbulence within me. And I would bet that I am not alone. The community in Newtown will rally around each other and provide comfort. We can do the same here. I wish to share something I just became aware of that offers the opportunity for personal involvement in something positive and emotionally nourishing. The Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival and East Valley Jewish Community Center (EVJCC) are bringing an event called “The Power of One” to the Chandler Center for the Arts at 7 p.m. Sat., Jan. 12. The event includes a screening of the film “Nicky’s Family,” the story of one man, Nicholas Winton, who quietly organized the rescue of more than 600 children before the outbreak of World War II. An accompanying awards ceremony will honor Chandler Police, Fire and community volunteers and include a call to action as attendees have the opportunity to connect with community organizations during a pre-event fair. It is the kind of event that celebrates the goodness in people and our ability to make a positive difference in the lives of others. The critically acclaimed film has won 29 awards, including 12 audience awards from U.S. film festivals.

SIR WINTON: In addition to formal recognition from the U.S. House of Representatives, Nicholas Winton was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in honor of his heroic deeds. Submitted photo

Dozens of Winton’s “children” have been found and to this day his family has grown to almost 6,000 people, many of whom have gone on to achieve great things themselves. Proceeds from the event will contribute to the building of the Center for Holocaust Education & Human Dignity planned for the property located next to the EVJCC near the southwest corner of Ray and Alma School roads. Tickets are $9 for adults and $6 for active military and veterans, available at, or by calling 480-897-0588. Kevin Hartke is director of For Our City-Chandler

SAVIOR: Nicholas Winton pictured as a young man with one of the children he rescued and more recently with a group of his survivors. Submitted photo

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Helping socially struggling child by Alison Stanton

Spend a few minutes on the playground of any elementary school, and it is easy to see children, just like adults, have all sorts of different personalities. While some kids are quiet and shy, others are outgoing. Although some students breeze through their days at school with nary a concern, others can struggle socially. Cassie Curran, a fifth-grade teacher at Jacobson Elementary School in Chandler, says from observing both her own students and others around campus, children from all Cassie Curran, grade levels can be Jacobson challenged socially. Elementary She says especially SHY: Some children struggle with social skills if they are not as outgoing as others. difficult times for these students are during recess or when they need to choose a partner to work with. speak or play with other students. students to take pride in the hard work Because every child is unique and “This way it breaks the ice and then they put forth.” comes from a different background, the student doesn’t have to worry about Curran says there is not a one-size-fits-all asking to join a group, because the group Alison Stanton is a freelance writer who description of a socially struggling child. has already been made,” she says. lives in the East Valley. She can be reached at “It can be from family issues at home, Curran, who says she was very shy as a acting out in class, not knowing how to child, remembers how much she loved make and keep a friend or simply the being part of an extracurricular dance student is struggling in their academics,” Resources class. The experience helped make Curran Books: she explains. a “firm believer” in extracurricular sports. • “The Unwritten Rules of Friendship: Simple “I truly believe it helped me overcome Strategies to Help Your Child Make Friends,” Talk, listen my shyness and gain confidence in not by Natalie Madorsky Elman and Eileen When she notices one of her students only my dancing, but also schoolwork Kennedy-Moore is having some difficulties with social and in everyday life.” • “How to Make & Keep Friends: Tips for Kids interactions, Curran says she starts by to Overcome 50 Common Social Challenges,” having a talk with him or her. Parents by Nadine Briggs and Donna Shea who notice the same issues in their child Trio of traits • “Raise Your Child's Social IQ: Stepping Stones should do the same, she adds. Sherri Beck, student services coordinato People Skills for Kids,” by Cathi Cohen “Always make sure you are there for tor at Jacobson Elementary, says within your child,” she says. “Once you know the Chandler Unified School District she what is going on, communicate that with and other staff memWebsites: the teacher. The teacher will do their best bers look at three com- to make sure they are doing everything ponents that can help article/10786-help-your-child-fit-in-at-school they can to help your child to be successchildren reach their ful in the classroom and with friends.” full potential. The main advice she offers parents is “We believe the tridoes-your-child-struggle-socially/ to make sure they keep the line of comangle consists of social munication open with their children at skills, academic skills times. and behavioral skills,” friendships/201108/what-are-social-skills BALANCING ACT: “That way your child will always feel she says. Successful stucomfortable talking to you and know “Social skills come dents are those that find and they can come to you with any type of from participating in develop a healthy groups with their feelings they may be experiencing.” balance between Curran says she also works hard to peers, sharing ideas, social, academic make sure socially struggling students feel and behavioral accepting different comfortable talking to her about anyskills, says Sherri viewpoints, listening Beck, student ser- to others and working thing from homework to a funny thing vices coordinator together in and out that happened over the weekend. at Jacobson “From what I have experienced, once of the classroom,” Elementary. that feeling of comfort is in place, it can she says. Submitted photo make it easier for the student to start to Academic skills open up.” come from setting high expectations and helping students fulfill them, Beck adds. For example, in the early years the district Peers help focuses on the foundations of reading, Other students can be quite adept at writing and math. As for behavior skills, identifying children who are struggling Beck says the district set clear rules and socially, Curran says. Sometimes they take it upon themselves to include them in expectations. class activities or during recess time. Overall, social growth is equally as “If the students don’t pick up on the important as academic growth, Beck adds. student, teachers may then ask certain “At Jacobson we have a variety of students to talk or ask that child to play.” social events which encourage students to In addition to speaking one-on-one be involved,” she says. “Our teachers use SOCIALLY STRUGGLING: It’s harder for some with a student who is struggling socially, social opportunities in their classrooms children to get involved with others due to Curran says she also tries to set up situaand on the playground. We celebrate our family issues, academics or other reasons. tions that give the child the chance to academic successes and encourage our



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January 6

Plant Walk Winter Visitors “Cinderella” Gourd Art


Cinderella’s Ball Sunday A’Fair


Walking Tour Family Storytime

14 LEGO Kit Club Family Storytime

20 Sunday A’Fair

21 Walking Tour

Puppet Show DRUMline Live

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day


28 LEGO Club

Sunday A’Fair Puppet Show Camera class

Babysteps Mommy & Me Family Storytime






Visitors 5 Winter “Cinderella”


SanTan Family Fun Arrives!

Happy New Year!


Knit Happens Magic Treehouse Wiggle Worms


Wiggle Worms Toddler Time Storytime

“Cinderella” Baby Time

16 Baby Time Toddler Time

“Cinderella” Pre-K Storytime Family Storytime

17 Pre-K Storytime

Storytime Wacky Wednesday

Family Storytime Sonoran Sunset Paper Adventures

Wiggle Worms 22 Knit 23 Baby Time Happens

Pre-K 24 Storytime Family Storytime

Toddler Time Storytime Toddler Storytime

Toddler Time Storytime Cake Stands

Storytime Wiggle Worms Toddler Time Toddler Storytime

Baby Time Toddler Time Storytime



Puppet Show Toddler Storytime


“Cinderella” Glass Class


Burrowing Owls Veterans Choir Puppet Show


Puppet Show Pottery Pals


“Cinderella” Free Concert Geocaching Paws to Read Walk 19 Plant Puppet Show Multicultural Fest Paws 2 Read


Puppet Show Geology Walk


Pre-K Storytime Family Storytime Toddler Storytime

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FAMILY FUN 5 SanTan Family Fun Arrives! Pick it up the first Saturday of each month in the center spread of the SanTan Sun News to plan your month.

5, 6 Welcome Winter Visitors Weekend, tours each day at 11 a.m., concerts at 1 p.m. Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park, 45 minutes east of Mesa on US-60 near Milepost 223. Show your out-of-state license with pride and get a special 2-for-1 admission discount on a weekend featuring guided tours and afternoon concerts both days featuring Minnesota humorist Mark Fogelson and Arizona singer-songwriter Eric Laubach. Open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Admission $9 adults, $4.50 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and younger. Annual memberships start at $45 per couple or $60 for a family. All ages. 520-689-2811,, boycethompsonarboretum.

5-6, 9-12 “Cinderella” Puppet Show, 10 a.m. Wed.-Friday; 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sat. Great Arizona Puppet Theater. A beautiful girl, a wicked step-family, a fairy godmother, a handsome prince and transparent footwear all add up to true love, lots of laughs and happily ever after in this popular version of the famous fairytale. Recommended for preschoolgrade four. $6 ages 2-15, $9 adults. 302 W. Latham St., Phoenix. 602-262-2050,

6 Gourd Art Class, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park, 45 minutes east of Mesa on US-60 near Milepost 223. Learn to make original gourd art with paints, etching and woodburning tools and coaching from expert gourd artists. $30-39. Registration includes gourd, instruction, use of tools and paints. Ages 10 and older, enrolled along with a parent or adult chaperone. 520-689-2811,,

6, 19 Plants of the Bible Walk, 1:30 p.m. Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park, 45 minutes east of Mesa on US-60 near Milepost 223. Queen Valley Bible scholar Leda Fide leads a walking

9, 16, 23, 30 Baby Time, 10:30 a.m.-11:15 a.m.

tour to see figs, palms, pomegranates and pines. Stroll through Arboretum gardens. $9 adults, $4.50 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and younger. 520-689-2811,, boycethompsonarboretum.

Perry Branch Library. Introduce baby to books, songs and fingerplays. Ages newborn-20 months. Free. 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd. at Perry High School, Gilbert. 602-652-3000,

7, 21 Walking Tour, 11 a.m. daily. Boyce

10, 17, 24, 31 Pre-K Storytime, 10:30-11 a.m. Perry

Thompson Arboretum State Park, 45 minutes east of Mesa on US-60 near Milepost 223. Learn about botany and natural history during a relaxing guided walking tour of the Arboretum. All ages. $9 adults, $4.50 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and younger. 520-689-2811,, boycethompsonarboretum.

Branch Library. Preschoolers have fun with flannel board rhymes, dancing, songs, shakers, bubbles, parachute play and age-appropriate books. Ages 3-5 with a parent. Free. 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd. at Perry High School, Gilbert. 602-652-3000,

7, 14, 28 Family Storytime, 6:30 p.m. Basha

Branch Library. Enjoy stories, songs and finger plays for the whole family. All ages. 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd. at Perry High School, Gilbert. 602-652-3000,

Library. Families enjoy stories, songs, fingerplays, flannel board stories and puppets. Free. 5990 S. Val Vista Dr., Chandler. 480-782-2850,

8 Magic Treehouse Book Club, 4-4:45 p.m. Southeast Regional Library. Read the selected book “Christmas in Camelot” before the club meets and come ready to talk about the book and make a fun craft. Preregistration required online. Ages 7-9. 775 N. Greenfield Rd., Gilbert. 602-652-3000,

8, 15, 22, 29 Wiggle Worms, 10:30-11 a.m. or 11:15-11:45 a.m. Perry Branch Library. Tots have fun with flannel board rhymes, songs, shakers, bubbles, parachute play and age-appropriate books. Ages 18 months-3½ years with a parent. Free. 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd. at Perry High School, Gilbert. 602-652-3000,

8, 22 Knit Happens, 2:30-3:45 p.m. Perry Branch Library. Teens earn community service hours while knitting or crocheting and continue the tradition of fun, food and friendship. All levels welcome. The current service project is lap-sized blankets for Project Linus. Free. 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd. at Perry High School, Gilbert. 602-652-3000,

10, 17, 24, 31 Family Storytime, 6-6:30 p.m. Perry

11 Glass Class, 7-9 p.m. As You Wish. Learn glass fusing techniques while making a glass clock. $15 plus glass base of your choice. Ages 10 and older. Locations: Crossroads Towne Center in Chandler, 480-899-1231; Ahwatukee, 480-753-9500; Tempe Marketplace, 480-557-9100;

12 Free Symphony Concert, 2 p.m. Chandler Center for the Arts Hal Bogle Theater. Chamber Music Series performance by the Chandler Symphony Orchestra. All ages. Donations accepted. 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. 480-899-3447,

Geocaching, 9-11 a.m. Veterans Oasis Park. Learn how to use a GPS unit to engage in the sport of geocaching from a pro. Geocaches are hidden worldwide, and now the park has some of its own. GPS units are provided. Sun protection, closed-toe footwear and drinking water are recommended. Preregistration is required. Ages 6 and older. Cost $9-$13. 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. 480-782-2890, veterans-oasis.

Paws to Read, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Southeast Regional Library. Paws to Read pairs Delta-registered therapy animals and their handlers with young readers,

which increases reading levels and word recognition, and gives kids a higher desire to read and write. Registration is on a first-come, first-served-basis on program day. Free. 775 N. Greenfield Rd., Gilbert. 602-652-3000,

13 Cinderella’s Ball & Puppet Show, 2 p.m. Great Arizona Puppet Theater. Dress up like a prince or princess for this special event. After the performance of "Cinderella" puppet show, stay for games, activities, face painting and more fun. $10 per person includes both the show and the Ball. Reservations and advance payment required. 302 W. Latham St., Phoenix. 602-262-2050,

13, 20, 27 Sunday A’Fair Concert, noon-4 p.m. Scottsdale Civic Center Park. Bring blankets, lawn chairs or picnic baskets and enjoy a relaxing afternoon of musical entertainment with friends and family. Each Sunday A’Fair features two bands along with a fine arts and crafts market, fun activities for kids and free admission to Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. Grilled foods, crepes from Nosh and cocktails, beer, wine and soft drinks are available for purchase. Free guided tours of the Museum are offered at 1:30 p.m. and of the sculptures in the park at 3 p.m. Band schedule includes: Jan. 13, Marty & The Party Band, noon-1:30 p.m.; Tesoro, 2-4 p.m.; Jan. 20, Peace and Community Day, RastaFarmers, noon1:30 p.m.; Jan Sandwich Band, 2-4 p.m.; Jan. 27, Silver Thread Trio, noon – 1:30 p.m.; The Big Fellahs, 2-4 p.m. 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale. 480-499-TKTS (8587),

14 LEGO Kit Club, 4 p.m. Basha Library. The library supplies a variety of skill level kits for kids to put together during this hour of fun. Ages 5-12. Free. 5990 S. Val Vista Dr., Chandler. 480-782-2850,

15-16, 22-23, 29-30 Toddler Time, 10:15-11 a.m. Queen Creek Branch Library. Books, songs, finger plays and a special friend are featured at every event. Wednesday is a repeat of Tuesday's story time. Ages 18 months-4 years. Free. 21802 S. Ellsworth Rd., Queen Creek. 602-652-3000,


15-16, 22-23, 29-30 Storytime with Miss Karrie, 11:1511:45 a.m. Queen Creek Branch Library. Stories, songs, rhymes, games, videos, finger plays and crafts. Wednesday story time is a duplicate of Tuesday story time. Ages 3-6 years. Free. 21802 S. Ellsworth Rd., Queen Creek. 602-652-3000,

16 Wacky Wednesday, As You Wish. Free studio time all day. Pottery not included, not valid with any other offer or coupon. Locations: Crossroads Towne Center in Chandler, 480-899-1231; Ahwatukee, 480-753-9500; Tempe Marketplace, 480-557-9100;

17 Sonoran Sunset Series Concert, 6-7 p.m. Environmental Education Center. Live, lakeside entertainment suitable for the entire family, featuring the music of singer songwriter Courteney Castillo. Participants may bring blankets, chairs and food. Dress warmly during cooler months. Program may be moved indoors or canceled due to inclement weather. Beverages and snacks are available for purchase, and a local food truck prepares meals. Free admission. 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. 480-782-2889,

Continuing Adventures with Paper for Kids, 4-5 p.m. Southeast Regional Library. Learn how to transform paper into homemade paper toys. Registration needed. Ages 8-12. 775 N. Greenfield Rd., Gilbert. 602-652-3000,

18 Desert Discovery: Burrowing Owls, 10-11 a.m. Veteran’s Oasis Park. Visit a known Burrowing Owl Habitat. Wear good shoes for walking on the trails and bring a water bottle. There will be stories, games, finger plays or crafts all about owls. Fee is per child, with 1 unpaid adult permitted. Preregistration is required. Ages 3-4 years with parent. $11-$14. 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. 480-782-2890,

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Calendar, From Page 3 18 New Directions Veterans Choir, 8 p.m. Chandler Center for the Arts. A performance in conjunction with the City’s Celebration of Unity, honoring the community's heritage, diversity, spirit and ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement. An award-winning a cappella group that sings renditions of doo-wop, soul, traditional gospel and popular music, consisting of current and former residents of New Directions' transitional facility, a Veterans Administration drug rehabilitation program. Tickets: $18-24. 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. 480-782-2680,

18-20, 24-27 “Two Bad Mice” Puppet Show, 10 a.m. Wed.-Fri.; 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Great Arizona Puppet Theater. Two bad mice make big trouble and a big mess in a dollhouse when a little girl and her dolls go out to play. This funny show, full of slapstick action, is based on the story by Beatrix Potter. Recommended for grades K-3. $6 ages 2-15, $9 adults. 302 W. Latham St., Phoenix. 602-262-2050,

19 Chandler Multicultural Festival, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Chandler Public Library Courtyard. Chandler’s 18th Annual Multicultural Festival highlights the cultural diversity of our community through music, dance, art, storytelling children’s area and more. Winners of the

Creative Expression Competition will be announced. Free. 22 S. Delaware St., Chandler.

Paws 2 Read, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Perry Branch Library. Join a registered therapy dog that loves stories. Ages 5 and older are invited to read their favorite book to the special library dog. 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd. at Perry High School, Gilbert. 602-652-3000,

20 DRUMline Live, 7 p.m. Chandler Center for the Arts. DRUMLine Live is an international tour based on the Historically Black College and University marching band tradition. With riveting rhythms, bold beats and ear-grabbing energy. The staged show is a synchronized musical showcase of the HBCU experience. Equally at home performing the hottest hip hop, R&B and classic Motown tunes, the group’s performances range from colorful, choreographed routines to heavy doses of drum riffs and cadences with the rousing sound of the great brass tradition. Tickets: $38-46. 250 N. Arizona Ave. 480-782-2680,

22-23, 29-30 Preschool Storytime, 11:30 a.m. Southeast Regional Library. Preschoolers enjoy storytime including books, songs and finger plays. Ages 3-5. Free. 775 N. Greenfield Rd., Gilbert. 602-652-3000,

22, 24, 29, 31 Toddler Time Storytime, 10:30 a.m. Southeast Regional Library. A fun storytime including stories, finger plays and songs. Toddlers learn letters, sounds and have fun with music and movement activities. Toddlers up to age 3 with adult. Free. 775 N. Greenfield Rd., Gilbert. 602-652-3000,

23 Beginning Technique Class – Cake Stands, As You Wish. Learn basic painting techniques and how to fuse pottery pieces together to create a cake stand. Ages 12 to adult, $15 plus pottery of your choice. Locations: Crossroads Towne Center in Chandler, 480-899-1231; Ahwatukee, 480-753-9500; Tempe Marketplace, 480-557-9100;

25 Pottery Pals – Cupcake Time Clock, As You Wish. Create a whimsical clock featuring cupcake add-ons that can be switched out for different add-ons throughout the year. Ages 5 and older. $25 all inclusive. Locations: Crossroads Towne Center in Chandler, 480-899-1231; Ahwatukee, 480-753-9500; Tempe Marketplace, 480-557-9100;

26 Geology Walking Tour, 1:30 p.m. Boyce Thompson Arboretum, 45 minutes east of Mesa on US-60 near Milepost 223. This guided walk teaches about the

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rocks and volcanic formations seen along the main trail, spanning almost two billion years of geologic history. Learn why the rocks make this region one of the world’s richest in copper and how an active geologic past shaped the landscape of today. All ages. $9 adults, $4.50 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and younger. 520-689-2811,,

27 Camera Basics Photography Class, 1-3 p.m. Boyce Thompson Arboretum, 45 minutes east of Mesa on US-60 near Milepost 223. Learn basic photography skills including composition, lighting, white balance and aperture-exposure. Scottsdale artist Tom Boggan helps improve camera skills on a relaxed outing surrounded by beautiful gardens, with plenty of chances to ask questions about the dials, settings and controls on cameras. Ages 12 and older. $20-29. 520-689-2811,,

28 LEGO Club, 4 p.m. Basha Library. The library supplies the LEGOs and kids supply the imagination to engineer creations. Ages 5-12. Free. 5990 S. Val Vista Dr., Chandler. 480-782-2850,

Mommy & Me – Love Prints, As You Wish. Using your child’s hand and footprint create a whimsical platter expressing your love. Preschooler / toddler and a

parent, $20 all inclusive. Locations: Crossroads Towne Center in Chandler, 480-899-1231; Ahwatukee, 480-753-9500; Tempe Marketplace, 480-557-9100;

Babysteps, 9:30-9:55 a.m. Queen Creek Branch Library. Share stories, finger plays and movement to help baby wiggle, giggle and grow through brain-developing activities. Ages newborn-22 months with parent or caregiver. Free. 21802 S. Ellsworth Rd., Queen Creek. 602-652-3000,

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IQ controversy Can schools, parents make a difference? by Dr. Eleanor Jordan and Carol Elias

The topic of IQ growth in children can be loaded with controversy. For decades researchers pondered whether Intelligence Quotient – the figure derived through testing that purports to measure an individual's "intelligence" – can be manipulated or is it simply a static product of our DNA and therefore unalterable. New Vistas' directors have longsuspected IQ is not a predetermined number solely, but one that parents and educators can influence in positive ways. Noted psychologist and education researcher, Dr. Richard Nesbit, asked a simple question concerning IQ: "Is it nature, nurture or a combination of the two that fosters IQ growth?" "His findings and ours may surprise you," says Carol Elias, co-director of Carol Elias New Vistas Center for Education with Eleanor Jordan. "You may ask why New Vistas would even be interested in exploring the answer to such a question. Quite simply, because we have repeatedly demonstrated that certain environments and input can positively influence a child's IQ. "Yearly, we have marveled as children dramatically increase their ability to reason, solve problems and think abstractly – all essential skills that are basic to IQ levels," continues Elias. "We wanted to understand the science behind our results at New Vistas, namely, that our children consistently perform on average two to six years above grade level. It is here that we must rely on Dr. Nesbit's research to help us explain what we have already seen and experienced

in our own students, namely, children's brains are not the product of a genetic lottery, but of environment coupled with heredity. So, schools and how they teach, as well as parents and how they parent, count." Here are the common threads that seem to link what New Vistas' parents and teachers do on a daily basis with Nesbit's research and findings, according to Elias and Jordan. In each case, New Vistas' co-directors agree all three – parents, teachers and Nesbit's conclusions – point to the fact that adults in positions of influence to a child can indeed influence a child's IQ, as well as contribute to the child's ability to acquire life-long skills; thus, serving as facilitators of overall academic success. Here is a partial list of the adult behaviors that make a difference: • Adults who model that there is a positive correlation between rewards and a high quality of performance. Praise is linked to effort not outcome. • Adults who "encourage" children. • Adults who utilize and encourage high levels of vocabulary and actively engage children in adult conversations. • Adults who encourage analysis and evaluation of interesting aspects of the world. • Adults who openly model organizational skills and expect organization from their children. • Adults who allow time for creativity in problem solving. • Adults who model the value of delayed gratification and patience. • Adults who praise children for effort, not intelligence. • Adults who encourage children to solve problems and

model constructive ways of handling frustration. • Adults who offer games and activities that foster focus memory, listening, concentration, conflict resolution and inhibitory control. • Adults who encourage physical activity and value recuperative rest. In short, the adults in a child's life can help to enhance not only learning, but increased cognitive ability simply by offering new challenges in an encouraging, supportive environment. "Neuroscientists from Columbia University in New York and Harvard University have discovered that the brain can, and will, adjust itself when confronted with new challenges, even through adulthood," concludes Elias. Founded in 1979, New Vistas Center for Education was named a Top Ten School by Johns Hopkins University CTY. The private school, serving preschool through sixth grade school August through May and preschool through high School June through August, is at 670 N. Arizona Ave., Suite 35, Chandler. Info:, This article was contributed by New Vistas Center for Education in Chandler.

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The winter Break Time magazine outlining all-ages recreation classes and special events for January and February is available at libraries and recreation centers and at Registration is open for residents and non-residents. For more information, call 782-2727.

Teen Talent Competition Chandler Teen Programs presents the ninth annual Teen Talent Competition at the Chandler Center for the Arts on Friday, Jan. 11 from 6-9 p.m. Applications for singers and musicians to audition are available at Admission for the show is $5. For more information, call 782-2711.

Sonoran Sunset Series 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 Jan. 17, Feb. 21 and March 21 from 6-7 p.m. at 4050 E. Chandler Heights road. The January 17 concert features the melodies of local rising star Courtney Castillo. The Dry River Yacht Club will provide an eclectic performance in February and the rousing Irish sounds of The Knockabouts will fill the park in March. For more information, visit or call 782-2890.

Stay Connected! Follow us on Twitter (@ChandlerRec) and Facebook (Chandler Recreation) for the latest news. Check out the January episode of the “Come Out & Play, Chandler!” show on the Chandler Recreation YouTube Channel. Sign up for the monthly e-newsletter at For more information, call 782-2727.

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.

Wednesday Family Nights 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 nonresidents ages 1-12) and $3 ($5 for non-residents ages 13-17). Call 782-2900 or visit for more information.


January 5 – 18, 2013


Neighbors Free e-reader classes

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Nando’s brings family fare to Chandler by K. M. Lang

Nando’s Mexican Café is truly the restaurant that family built. When the eatery’s third location opened recently at The Shops at Pecos Ranch, owners Tim Shaughnessy, Fernando Rios and Sean Whalen put their relations to work. “My brother-in-law painted a lot of the tables,” says Whalen. “Tim’s dad did a lot of the iron work, and Tim’s brother did a lot of our painting, as well. A good friend of ours did finish work and fabric

work. Nando’s is really a big extension of everyone’s family.” Nando’s first opened its doors nine years ago in Gilbert, adding a Mesa location five years later. Its motto, “Family is Our Main Ingredient,” refers not only to the kith and kin who work in and on the restaurants, but to the Sonoron-style dishes it serves. “Fernando is the inspiration behind Nando’s,” Whalen explains. “These are see Nando’s page 50

DRINK DESTINATION: Generous portions and pleasing prices make Nando’s happy hour one of the best in the Valley, says owner Sean Whalen. STSN photo by Ron Lang

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GOOD DOGS: Watch dogs perform their agility skills and tricks at the Annual Pet Festival at Sun Lakes Cottonwood Palo Verde community. Submitted photos

Animal lovers are invited to Cottonwood Palo Verde’s Recreation Department and Committee’s Annual Pet Festival at 10 a.m. Sat., Jan. 12 at the Greenbelt across from the Cottonwood Tennis courts, 25630 Brentwood Dr., Sun Lakes. The free event is open to all Sun Lakers and guests, who are invited to watch, or register their pet as a participant by Jan. 10. Registration forms are in Cottonwood’s Homeowner Services. Check in time is between 9:15 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. on Jan. 12. Participants can compete in one of the following categories: Best Trick, Best

Dressed, Pet / Owner Look-A-Like or Just Loved Pet. Good Dog Agility Club will demonstrate their well trained dogs as they do tunnels, dog walk, jumps, A-frame and weave poles. The club will have a try-out area to see if you and your dog will enjoy the sport of agility. The event also features dog adoptions, vendors, a veterinarian, additional demonstrations from the Service Dog Organization, Maricopa Sheriff’s K9 Drug Unit and the Sun Lakes Fire Department will be on site to share the many services they provide to the community.

BIG WINNERS: Chandler East Valley Baseball’s Rookie Team, the Phillies, bring home the division championship title. The team was 10-0 for the season and 3-0 for the division championship tournament. First row, left to right, Tyler Heinrich, J.T. Wong, Rafael Munoz and Noah Saavedra; second row, left to right, Brandon Ridgway, Robby Hernandez, Chris Collins, Jordan Person, Nathan Greer, Braeden Schnabel, Cole Davies and Jackson Larkin. Coaches, left to right, are Darrell Wong, Dave Schnabel, Bobby Hernandez, Kevin Ridgway, Matt Larkin and Orlando Saavedra. Submitted photo

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January 5 – 18, 2013


Be ambassador for arts promotion Local author talks grief

Those wishing to help support the arts in Chandler can sign up to be an Arts Ambassador during the 2nd annual Eat Your Art Out Chandler fundraiser. The role of Arts Ambassadors 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 Tue., Feb. 26. Restaurants participating for 2013 so far 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 Cafe-India 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. Each 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 chandlercenter. org/eat/restaurant-sponsors.html. Money raised will go toward Chandler Center for the Arts’ (CCA) Connecting Kidz programs, headline acts and the free summer concert series. This is the second year of the event, which raised nearly $12,000 in 2012. The SanTan Sun News is a sponsor. Prospective ambassadors and restaurants wishing to take part can sign up at html or contact Judi Johnson at 480-782-2674 for more details.

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Sun Lakes children’s book author Sheri Sinykin presents “Good Grief: How to Talk to Your Child about Death,” an informational PowerPoint session for adults, at 2 p.m. Sun., Jan. 6 at Changing Hands Bookstore, 6428 S. McClintock Rd., Tempe. Sinykin is a former hospice volunteer who cared for her dying mother and researched the topic of talking to children about death as part of her MFA critical thesis. Sinykin’s new picture book, “Zayde Comes to Live,” published by Peachtree Publishers, is the winner of a Parents’ Choice Recommended Award and was also named to Tablet Magazine’s Best Children’s Books of 2012 list. The program closes with a reading of Sinykin’s book and an opportunity to purchase signed copies.

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Rotary hosts bingo fundraiser Enjoy an evening of bingo while raising money for a variety of organizations when the San Tan Crown Rotary Club holds its third annual “Bingo Bonanza!” from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Fri., Jan. 25 at Holiday Inn Ocotillo, 1200 W. Ocotillo Rd., Chandler. St. Peter’s Mission School, Fans Across America, Basha High School Scholarships, ICAN, Local Veterans Relief and UMOM Abused Women’s &

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Children’s Shelter are the beneficiaries of the event. Players can win a chance at $1000 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 480-5934507 for tickets.


January 5 – 18, 2013

Free e-reader library classes Did you get a new e-reader for the holidays? Want to learn how to download library books to your new device? The Chandler Public Library offers free classes to answer their customers’ questions, assist them with their devices and teach them how to download e-books through the library’s website. “Last year we had a significant number of people come in the week after Christmas with their devices, wanting to learn how to download materials. With more devices to choose from, and a drop in price for some e-readers, we know that more of our customers will receive devices as gifts this year and we want to be ready for them,” says Rosanna Johnson, marketing assistant for the Chandler Public Library. Chandler Public Library cardholders can access more than 75,000 unique e-book titles for all age groups from classics to bestsellers and from the Greater Phoenix Digital Library and Axis 360. In addition to best-selling fiction, Axis 360 also includes more than 1,000 highly illustrated children’s books, graphic novels and nonfiction titles with diagrams. The library’s e-books can be downloaded and borrowed at no charge for up to 14 days. In addition to their e-reader or tablet, all customers need to download e-books is a valid library card and access to the Internet. Library customers can register for any of the classes below, as well as access links


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to instructional videos and printable instructions for popular e-readers and tablets at For hands-on assistance in downloading to e-readers, attendees should bring their devices and any other additional cables or equipment required for downloading files to the training session. In addition to these classes, Sunset Library has staff available for drop-in assistance from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Mon., Jan. 7, and the Downtown Library offers drop-in assistance weekly from 2 to 3:30 p.m. n Wednesdays.

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• Wed., Jan. 2, 6 p.m., Basha Library, 5990 S. Val Vista Dr.: General • Thu., Jan. 3, 10 a.m., Basha Library: General • Thu., Jan. 3, 10 a.m., Hamilton Library, 3700 S. Arizona Ave.: General • Thu., Jan. 3, 10:30 a.m., Sunset Library, 4930 W. Ray Rd.: iPad • Mon., Jan. 7, 1 p.m., Basha Library: General • Mon., Jan. 7, 6 p.m., Hamilton Library: General • Tue., Jan. 8, 1 p.m., Downtown Library, 22 S. Delaware St.: iPad • Tue., Jan. 8, 1 p.m., Sunset Library: Nook and devices other than Kindles or iPads • Wed., Jan. 9, 10:30 a.m., Sunset Library:

Kindle • Wed., Jan. 9, noon, Hamilton Library: General • Thu., Jan. 10, 10 a.m., Downtown Library: Kindle • Thu., Jan. 10, 1 p.m., Downtown Library: Nook and devices other than Kindles or iPads • Mon., Jan. 14, 6 p.m., Hamilton Library: General For more information, contact the Chandler Public Library at 480-782-2800 or visit

HAIR CARE: Luxe Salon & Spa of Chandler recently provided hair and makeup for the guests of Arizona Cardinal’s Sam Acho at his charity fundraiser “Living Hope Ministries” held at the Ritz-Carlton Phoenix. The stylists worked with Cardinals players, as well as Little Miss AZ, Miss Preteen AZ, Miss Teen AZ and Miss Arizona of the Arizona United States Pageant circuit. The silent and celebrity auction raised more than $80,000, and Larry Fitzgerald offered a “take Larry to school with your child” package that raised $10,000 alone. From left to right: stylist Abby Schreck, Arizona Cardinal Sam Acho, stylist Meg Ryan and stylist Janelle Williams. Submitted photo

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January 5 – 18, 2013

Groups offer support for grievers

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A new round of grief group support meetings offered by Banner Health is set to begin in Gilbert. The Gilbert group is held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday evenings Jan. 7 through March 25, open to new participants through Jan. 28, at Banner Gateway Medical Center’s Grand Canyon Conference Room, Ground Floor, 1900 N. Higley Rd., Gilbert. The 12-week educational programs are designed to help guide participants in the return to a full life. Participants follow a structured format using a textbook with reading and writing activities. In each module, only the first few meetings are open to new participants. The materials fee is $15. For more information or to reserve a space, call 480-657-1167 or visit and click on Support Groups.

Gilbert resident Kathy Webb Penrod signs copies of her book, “Tumptin’s Sneeze,” from 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 5 at Yogurtopia, 2206 E. Williams Field Rd., Suite 118, Gilbert. “Tumptin’s Sneeze” is the story of a little elephant and the determined

Hearing loss meeting “Hearing Aids: Demystified, Debunked and Deeply Important” is presented by Asleigh Lewkowitz, AuD, CC-A, at the next meeting of the Sun Lakes Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America, 1 p.m. Thu., Jan 10 at the Ed Robson Branch Library Lecky Center, 9330 E. Riggs Rd., Sun Lakes.

Pottery shop offers helping hands Help Camp Soaring Eagle, which provides seriously ill children the opportunity to attend camp in a medically safe environment, by joining As You Wish in January to raise funds with a Tiles For Smiles program. For $10, any customer at As You Wish can paint a tile for Camp Soaring Eagle; $7 of the $10 will go directly toward sending a child to camp. The average cost to send a child to camp is $1,500.


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Mother, daughters hosts info meeting The oldest and largest motherdaughter volunteer organization in the nation, National Charity League, Inc. (NCL), hosts an informational meeting for prospective new members at 3 p.m. Sun., Jan. 13 at Chandler United Methodist Church, 450 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. NCL is a nonprofit national organization of mothers and daughters who join together in community involvement within local chapters

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January 5 – 18, 2013



Sun Lakes Breakfast Lions Club Banner Desert Medical Center will present a • 8-10 a.m. third Tuesday of the month: 8 a.m. second and fourth Wednesdays of program on voice and speech that can help Auto check the month the Parkinson’s community. Sun Lakes Country Club Phase 1 Call ahead to confirm information, as details occasionally change 25425 S. Sun Lakes Blvd., Chandler For those who like to help others. Sun Lakes Country Club, Mirror Room Sun Lakes Country Club 25601 Sun Lakes Blvd., Sun Lakes Info: 480-895-7133,, after print. To list a recurring monthly meeting in Neighborhood 25601 N. Sun Lakes Blvd., Sun Lakes Info: Grace Roth, 480-895-1734 Networks, email complete details to Info: Jim Brotherton, 480-802-7318 Ocotillo Breakfast Club Toastmasters Sun Lakes Republican Club Sun Lakes Chapter of the Hearing Loss 7:45-9 a.m. Wednesdays 6:30 p.m. Tue., Jan. 8 Alzheimer’s Association Desert Southwest Grand Canyon Conference Room, Ground A weekly “learn by doing” workshop on “American Exceptionalism: The Second Floor Association of America Chapter, Chandler public speaking and leadership abilities; Amendment,” with guest speaker Alan 1900 N. Higley Rd., Gilbert 1 p.m. Thu., Jan. 10 5:30 p.m. second Thursday of the month new members welcome. Korwin. The public is invited. Presentation by Asleigh Support group for caregivers of people with Info: Rev. Cindy Darby, 480-657-1167, Gold Canyon Candle Sun Lakes Country Club, Arizona Room Lewkowitz,AuD,CC-A; “Hearing Aids: dementia. Free; no preregistration required. 6205 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler 25601 S. Sun Lakes Blvd., Sun Lakes Demystified, Debunked, and Deeply Chandler Regional Hospital, Morrison Chandler Young Professionals: Kiwanis Info: Info: Mike Tennant, 480-802-0178, Important.” Building, Learning Resource Room 6-8 p.m. second and fourth Thursdays of Ed Robson Library, Lecky Center 1875 W. Frye Rd., Chandler Ocotillo Chamber of Commerce TEENS 4 Teens the month 9330 E. Riggs Rd., Sun Lakes Info: Mindy, 602-528-0545, ext. 201 9-10:30 a.m. second Monday of the month 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursdays For busy professionals who volunteer to Business networking coffee & learn meeting Info: Liz Booth at, Offers support and guidance to teen moms American Society of Women Accountants, primarily help the children of the world. Regina Milgroom at and their babies. Ocotillo Golf Resort Mimi’s Café Mesa East Valley Chapter or call Scott Sjoin at 602-652-3000 3751 S. Clubhouse Dr., Chandler Chandler Regional Medical Center, 2800 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler 5:30 p.m. fourth Tuesday of the month Info: Marion, 480-363-0014, Morrison Building Info: Jeremy McClymonds, 480-241-7256, Sun Lakes Democratic Club Nonprofit organization holds monthly 1875 W. Frye Rd., Chandler, facebook. 7 p.m. Mon., Jan. 14 networking and educational sessions for Info: Lindsay Robertson, 480-728-3918, com/KiwanisCYP, Scandinavian Club of Southeast Valley Guest speaker will be Luis Heredia, women in accounting. Executive Director of the Arizona State Landmark Restaurant Jan. 20, 5 p.m. social hour; 6 p.m. Neighbors Who Care Democratic Party since June 2009, with an 809 W. Main St., Mesa TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) smorgasbord; 7 p.m. Musical program Grassroots nonprofit serving homebound analysis of past election results relative to 5:15 p.m. Thursdays Info: Shelby, 602-430-8834, elderly in Southern Chandler and Sun Lakes featuring Mike and Gayle Riggert-Harris. Arizona and looking forward to 2014 and Weight-loss support group general meeting. Sun Lakes Country Club, Arizona Room since 1995. Arizona Business Connection Networking 2016. Refreshments will be served. Kon Tiki Mobile Home Village 25601 N. Sun Lakes Blvd., Sun Lakes • 1 p.m. fourth Thursday of the month: Group Bring nonperishable food items to the 555 W. Warner Rd., Chandler Info:, New volunteer orientation 7-8:30 a.m. Wednesdays club meetings for the Matthew’s Crossing Info: Jackie, 480-206-9078 10540 E. Riggs Rd., Sun Lakes Networking / referral group holds Southeast Valley Women’s Club Food Bank. Collections take place in the • 1 p.m. Mondays: Caregiver discussion weekly breakfast meetings with member 10:30 a.m. first Thursday of the month Veterans of Foreign Wars group presentations and marketing training Nonprofit, nondenominational, nonpolitical west parking lot from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. A 7 p.m. Wednesdays donation box is also at the north entrance Risen Savior Lutheran Church sessions. Guests are free. Call in advance. The VFW hosts a bingo night with proceeds and volunteer-run social club of women of the Sun Lakes Cactus Corner lobby. 23914 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler Dobson Ranch Golf Course Restaurant benefiting disabled or homeless veterans. wanting to meet other women. Annual Sun Lakes Country Club, Navajo Room • 9 a.m. third Tuesday of the month: 2155 S. Dobson Rd., Mesa Win as much as $500. All are welcome. dues $25. 25601 N. Sun Lakes Blvd. Info: Danny, 602-363-0147, Danny.Balanon@ Educational workshop; call for details Sun Lakes Country Club Gilbert Historical Museum Info: Ruth Kloner, 480-895-1378 or Grace Sun Lakes United Methodist Church 25801 N. Sun Lakes Blvd., Sun Lakes 10 S. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert Roth, 480-895-1734 9248 E. Riggs Rd., Sun Lakes Info: 480-895-2257; Commander Gene Info: Sylvia, 480-821-8693 Banner Health Grief Recovery Group • 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays: Educational Sun Lakes Parkinson’s Support Group Nelson, 480-659-5510 6:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays beginning Jan. 7 workshop for caregivers 1 p.m. Thu., Jan. 17 through Mar. 25. Registration open until 10540 E. 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his family recipes – the recipes that his mother cooked for him when he was a child.” Nando’s menu includes a variety of enchilada, relleno, tamale and taco dishes, as well as the deliciously rich pollo rico, available for lunch or dinner. “It’s a chicken burro that we deep fry,” says Whalen. “Then we smother it in our homemade jalapeno cream cheese and melt cheddar cheese over the top of it. It’s our number-one seller.” Chandler diners can enjoy Nando’s fare in the comfortable dining room or on the spacious patio, complete with a new fireplace and heat lamps. Whether eating inside or out, guests should take a moment to notice the large wroughtiron tree separating the restaurant’s bar

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from its dining room. “Those trees go in every one of the restaurants,” explains Whalen. “They’re kind of a focal point. Tim’s father made OUTDOOR EATING: Nando’s spacious patio features heat lamps and a beautiful fireplace, making it a popular choice on chilly Chandler nights. STSN photo by Ron Lang

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them all. They’re very, very cool.” Nando’s offers takeout and catering, kids’ plates, daily lunch specials from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and happy hour specials from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. “We’ve been nominated several times for best happy hour in the Valley,” says Whalen. “We give generous portions at really good prices, and the quality is just second to none. We do a happy hour nacho with fresh guacamole, sour cream, fresh jalapenos, grilled steak or chicken with whole beans on it that we sell for $7. You just can’t beat it.” Nando’s first two locations earned them a loyal following of repeat customers who come back for both the food and the friendly faces, says Whalen, who looks forward to adding Chandler

diners to the restaurant’s circle of family and friends. “Chandler has always been on our radar for expansion if we ever had the opportunity,” he says. “The community has been nothing but gracious in welcoming us to the neighborhood, and we’re excited to be here.” Nando’s Mexican Café at 1890 W Germann Rd. is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For information, call 480-855-4344 or visit K. M. Lang lives and writes in Sun Groves. To contact her, email


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A series of tai chi classes, titled “Hello Tai Chi, Goodbye Stress,” is facilitated by Sun Lakes resident and certified Tai Chi-Qi Gong Practitioner Kim Kubsch from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. or 3 to 4 p.m. on Mon., Jan. 7, 14, 21 and 28 at an outside garden in Sun Lakes. Through a series of low-impact movements, participants explore gentle exercises to relax the mind and body, restore health and harmony after the hectic holiday season, lessen stress and enhance mood. Tai Chi is based on nature and harmony, does not require equipment and can be done sitting or standing by people of any physical condition. The ancient practice of gentle flowing movements and deep breathing also helps improve mental balance and releases physical tension. The workshop costs $50 per person and includes Kubsch’s DVD “Hello Tai Chi, Goodbye Stress.” RSVP early, as space is limited. Email or call 480-392-3436 to register.

Spend a unique evening that blends practicing modern tai chi and sipping organic tea at a cancer charity event Wed., Jan. 9 from 6:30 to 9 the Tryst Art Gallery at Inspirador, 65 E. Boston St. in historic downtown Chandler. Similar to a wine tasting, attendees can first nibble on “light, healthy bites” while sampling a variety of high quality tea. Then, they learn how to properly prepare a great cup of tea and experience green, white and herbal teas. After the tea tasting, the health benefits of tai chi are discussed, and a short sequence of tai chi movements

scientifically proven to lower blood pressure, reduce stress and release tension are taught. Proceeds of the event benefit the nonprofit Inner Peace for Inner Tough Project, which provides stress management programs through movement and meditation for cancer survivors. No experience, mats or equipment are needed, but comfortable clothing and an open mind are recommended. Reservations are required, and $30 per person tickets are limited. Contact Angella Hamilton at or visit events-classes for more details.

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times between Christmas and New Years and dedicates approximately two hours each service to help Cosmo maintain its top dog position. “We are so happy to have this nationally recognized dog park in our community,” says Sandy Aaron, Pet Butler owner. “It only makes sense for us to partner with the Town of Gilbert. It’s our way of helping the park keep its esteemed reputation and become one

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Tale of El Tunnél, Part II by Jourdan Rodrigue

This is the second of a two-part story on soccer team Bafana Bafana making its playoff run in the Arizona Sports League men’s tournament at Snedigar Sports Complex in Chandler. Part I was published in the Dec. 15, 2012 issue of the SanTan Sun News. To read it, visit and click on Youth.

The Half

With 10 minutes left in the BafanaCeltic championship, neither team has scored and play borders on dangerous. Celtic and Bafana have attempted to force the action offensively but each team has gotten less than five shots on goal. “We’re freakin’ out, I don’t know why,” says captain Sean Nonnemacher as he subs out for a breather. Across the field, midfielder Michael McGowan has the ball. A Celtic defender barrels toward him and McGowan deftly pulls back the ball. Instinctively, the Celtic player drops into a slide tackle, but as he hits the ground he pulls his foot back in an attempt to spike McGowan’s knee with his cleat. The sideline howls in outrage – even Rudy paces and screams at the referee – but a yellow card is instead pulled three minutes later when Bafana forward Rafael Garcia is knocked to the ground. The half ends. The score is still 0-0. Bafana jogs off, no longer smiling — until the players see the orange slices Nonnemacher’s mother has brought

them. Collazo jogs down the sideline to get advice from Rudy as the team talks strategy and Celtic’s size. “They’re not necessarily tall, but they’re pretty wide dudes,” McGowan says drily. “And they’re really strong. And I actually got laid out by one of them and it hurt … welcome to the NFL, right?” They start the second half the same way as the first. Rejuvenated by the refreshments, the Bafana players again jog out laughing. It’s a subconscious tactical move that incenses Celtic. Collazo is the only one not laughing. He was hit hard in the first half and showed a rare burst of anger as he yelled and threw his hands in the air. His eyebrows knit together and his jaw is set as he takes his place as left midfielder and the half begins.

The Decision

“I was recruited by several small schools, but two big ones were Long Island University and Brown,” Collazo says, looking down and playing with the hem of his Arizona State Intramural Champion shirt. “I didn’t think I was good enough. I know a lot of people go to out of state schools and they have these giant rosters and it’s really hard to be one of the starting 11.” It’s a mystery to Collazo’s mother why he didn’t even approach the Brown recruiter when the man appeared at one of Collazo’s tournament games.

“I said, ‘QuiQue, he’s here to see you, go talk to him!’” Rosalinda recalls. “But I don’t know why, he just didn’t go. I don’t think he thought he was good enough … we all know he was.” Collazo thought about four more years of structure and seriousness, of competing for a spot and a scholarship and made a decision as quickly as pulling a move. He chose to leave competitive soccer behind and attend Arizona State University. “I realized that once I decided not to play competitive soccer, that was it for me. I’d still be able to play for fun, but realizing it … well, it sucked at first. That’s 10 years I played competitively every day and then it just stopped,” he says. He filled his schedule with soccer anyway — this time just for fun. He plays on seven teams with assorted members throughout the year including the Arizona State club team. “I like Bafana the best. It’s just fun, that’s it. We just wake up and play, there’s no pressure,” he says. “I’ll keep playing for fun as long as I can keep walking.” Collazo started college as an aerospace engineering major. The choice of major paralleled with his past in competitive soccer, channeling his energy into a tunnel with a strict schedule and tough mental regimen. Again, he instinctively chose to do what he loved for the sake of loving

it. He switched into construction management with hopes of creating beautiful buildings in the future. He pushed himself through and away from the confinement and restriction and pressure that comes with great talent, both mental and physical. It was as instinctive to Collazo as flicking a ball through a defender’s legs and darting past to open field and freedom. And he has no regrets.

The Goal

The game clock ticks away, and with each second the intensity and physicality of the game increases. Suddenly, Bafana forward Garcia slips past his defender and speeds toward the goal. Collazo senses an opportunity and begins to sprint up the field, digging into the dry turf. There is a perceptible emotional shift from everyone present as the Celtic keeper screams for help and the crowded sideline rises to its feet. A Celtic defender hits Garcia from the side, knocking him down and desperately thrusting his foot at the ball. The keeper moves from the net to fall on the ball, but the defender nicks it with the end of his cleat and it rolls out of his grasp directly into Collazo’s left foot. He shifts his weight to his right, a small, calm smile on his face. There is no graceful dance this time. He simply

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the middle of the field, a laughing, high-fiving blob of yellow. Rosalinda and Rudy wear identical grins as they watch their QuiQue from their lawn chairs just as they have for 15 years. Collazo grabs the shimmering trophy and he’s a kid again, playing for fun without restraint, through el tunnél to the open field. Jourdan Rodrigue, formerly of Chandler, is a student at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, writing for class credit.

Weight loss challenge kicks off Jan. 17 Lose weight and win big in Orangetheory Fitness’ six-week national weight loss challenge beginning Jan. 17. Orangetheory Fitness is a group interval fitness concept with nearly 50 locations around the nation and six in Arizona including its Chandler location at 1900 W. Germann Rd., Suite 6, on the northeast corner of Dobson Rd.

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The goal is to show the greatest improvement over six weeks, measured by percentage of weight loss. “We are extremely excited to kick off the National Weight Loss Challenge here in Arizona at our six Orangetheory Fitness studios,” says Becky Renner, Orangetheory Fitness Arizona area developer and co-owner of two studios located in Gilbert and Chandler. “There is always an amazing amount of energy at the studios, but these challenges bring that energy and excitement up to a whole new level. Our trainers do a fantastic job motivating our members and really pushing them to go beyond their comfort zone.” By design, the Orangetheory workout uses heart rate monitored interval training and short bursts of exercise to maximize the Orange Effect, which adds extra caloric burn for up to 36 hours after the workout. Participants burn an average of 900 calories per 60-minute class. For more information about Orangetheory Fitness or participating in the Six Week National Weight Loss Challenge, call or visit the Chandler location at 480-699-6115 or the Gilbert location at 480-350-7750, or visit

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Spiritual Reflections

Church hosts interfaith dialogue

Welcome to 2013! by Chandler Christian Church Senior Pastor Roger Storms

It is a “clean slate” thus far. We carry into it hopes and fears. It begins with some baggage — the end of 2012 was shocking. So what is in store for us? No one on earth knows! Oh, there will be those that tell you they know — the talking heads on TV, the book writers, even those in Hollywood. The fact is, they have no clue. Solomon, the world’s wisest man outside of Jesus wrote: “Enjoy prosperity while you can, but when hard times strike, realize that both come from God. Remember that nothing is certain in this life.” (Ecclesiastes 7:14 New

Living Translation) Now this doesn’t mean that God causes evil and pain, rather He allows natural courses to take place. As Jesus says, “For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike.” (Matthew 5:45) In many ways what happens in our 2013 is what we make happen in our 2013! The Psalmist writes: “Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.” (Psalm 90:12) In other words, think before you live! Don’t just let life happen – make plans and then follow them. Otherwise, your life will slip away and you’ll wonder where the time went! Remember

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those resolutions you made in 2012!!! The Apostle Paul wrote: “So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days.” (Ephesians 5:15-16) So, how do we do this: grow in wisdom” and “live like those who are wise” and “make the most of every opportunity?” By knowing what the Word of God says – I just quoted four verses – understanding what they mean, then putting them into practice! That is what our upcoming program “40 Days in the Word” is all about. Helping each of us be wise as we live out our 2013 by living it according to the truth —God’s Word. I encourage all reading this to fully engage in this program. I promise that when we are done in 40 days, you will be able to understand your Bible better than you ever have before. Jesus said – Bible quote No. 5 – “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock.” (Matthew 7:24) Let’s build our 2013 – and beyond – on the solid rock!

Senior Pastor Roger Storms of Chandler Christian Church, 1825 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler, can be reached at 480-963-3997. Info:

A seven-week dialogue between Pastor Jay Cooper and guests representing Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Mormonism and atheism starts at 10:30 a.m. Sun., Jan. 6 at Jacob’s Well United Methodist Church, 250 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. Attendees can ask questions at “Jesus, Mohammed & Friends: An Interfaith Dialogue.” For information email or visit

Spanish immersion at Christian academy A new Spanish immersion class for 4and 5-year-old children starts Wed., Jan. 9 at Chandler Christian Academy, 301 N. Hartford St. Taught by Marylou Godinez, the Spanish Immersion Early Learning Class is for children who do not yet understand or speak Spanish, as well as for children who are more proficient in Spanish. In this dual-language program, children learn developmentally appropriate, functional use of the Spanish language. The “Lunch Bunch” class is from noon to 1 p.m. and the “Spanish Champs” from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Students currently enrolled in the morning preschool pay an additional $225 per month; Spanish Champs is $285 a month. For details, call 480-963-0748 or visit

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Change your financial future A nine-week course to provide families and individuals with practical tools to gain control of their finances and set themselves up for long-term financial success is offered at various locations in Chandler. The course meets weekly, with a different lesson taught by Dave Ramsey on DVD, followed by a group discussion at the following locations: • Chandler United Methodist Church at 450 E. Chandler Heights Rd. Classes begin 6:30 p.m. Wed., Jan. 9. Info: Steve Gregory at 480-963-3360. • Crossroads Church of the Nazarene at 2950 W. Ray Rd. Classes begin 4 p.m. Sun., Jan. 13. Info: Ed Dean at 480-722-0700. • 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. For 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. “This isn’t a boring financial class,” says Ramsey, author of four New York Times best-selling books: “Financial Peace,” “More Than Enough,” “The Total Money Makeover” and “EntreLeadership.” “We make learning about money fun and easy to understand so people in every situation can benefit from the information.” Lessons include budgeting, relationships and money, getting out of debt, saving for emergencies and investing. The course is offered through churches and community centers. After purchasing a membership, participants receive a workbook, Dave 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. For more information or to purchase a membership, visit

Spirituality Surefire, chili at St. Steven’s One-woman play about martyred nun The 3rd Chili Cookoff at St. Steven’s Catholic Church starts at 5 p.m. with a social cash bar, chili tasting at 6 p.m. and features Arizona country band Surefire from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Fri., Jan. 18. Tickets are now available for $12 per person, or cost $15 at the door. St. Steven’s Church is at 24827 S. Dobson Rd. in Sun Lakes. For more information, contact the church office at 480-895-9266 or visit

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Martyred Sister Dorothy Stang is portrayed by Sister Nancy Murray in a story she wrote from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sun., Feb. 3 at St. Steven’s Church. Refreshments follow, with a meet and greet with Murray, a Dominican sister in Adrian, MI, who is the sister of actor and comedian Bill Murray. Stang, one of nine children raised on an Ohio farm in a traditional Catholic family, began her ministry in 1966 in

Coroata in the state of Maranhao, Brazil. Before her murder in 2005, 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 and can be purchased at the church or online at

Learn lifesaving hospital safety tips Learn how to survive a hospital stay from Pat Rullo, author of “Speak Up and Stay Alive,” 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thu., Jan. 24 in the Great Hall at St. Steven’s Church, 24827 S. Dobson Rd., Sun Lakes. Participants are encouraged to bring their medications for a one-on-one

review by a Walgreen’s pharmacist. There will also be handouts, a raffle and book signing. The program is free but a reservation is required. Call Diane Gray at 480-895-9266, ext. 107, or email

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VUU adds weekly Saturday service To provide flexibility for the congregation, a weekly Saturday afternoon service will start at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation (VUU), 6400 W. Del Rio, Chandler. The regular Sunday morning services continue to be held at 10:30 a.m. There will be a variety of options for youths, according to Director of Lifespan Religious Education Marci Beaudoin, including where families can feel comfortable attending the intergenerational Saturday afternoon worship service together. A “Children’s Chapel,” she says, where children and youth can participate and lead a Unitarian Universalist worship in a setting that is developmentally appropriate, is a second option “for children 6 to 99.” “During the Children’s Chapel experience, children lead and are led in singing and movement, lighting the chalice, sharing joys and sorrows, collecting a ‘button’ offering, hearing a story and sharing their feelings,” she adds. “They will be given the opportunity to participate in the ritual elements of worship in a meaningful way.” As a third option, there will be childcare for children during the Saturday service, for infants to age 8, in room six of the RE complex. For more information, visit



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SLJC Sisterhood news Women in the military and the distinct and separate issues they face in the service is the topic for guest speaker Gabe Forsberg, strategic planner / women veteran coordinator for the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services, 1 p.m. Thu., Jan. 17 in the SLJC Chapel House at 9240 E. Sun Lakes Blvd., Sun Lakes. Cards to play Mah Jongg in 2013 can be ordered until Jan. 31. Cards are $7 for regular-sized print and $8 for large print. Send

a check made out to SLJC Sisterhood to 9201 E. Crystal Dr., Sun Lakes, AZ 85248. Include the names and addresses of each person who is getting a card if ordering more than one. Also, note cards are 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. For more details, call Carol at 480-895-3168 or Geri at 480-305-0123.

Heroes Youth Zone at Chabad It’s “the coolest Jewish club for Jewish kids” where youth in first- through sixthgrades can learn about the Heroes in this religion’s history from 12:15 to 2 p.m. monthly on Sundays at Chabad Center for Jewish Life, 3875 W. Ray Rd., Suite 6, on southeast corner at McClintock, Chandler. “Chabad Youth Zone is an innovative, unique and exciting program that gives your child the opportunity to participate in fantastic activities and outings, have lots of fun, and make great new friends,” says Rabbi Mendy Deitsch. “Most importantly, the club focuses on teaching children how to make this world a better place for all. Children

get to be a part of monthly social action adventures, and learn to share their kindness with others both locally and globally.” He encourages children to bring a sack lunch.

Kids entertain seniors

Children can learn from Avraham and Sarah’s hospitality by preparing a lunch and host the residents of a local senior home from 12:15 to 2 p.m. Sun., Jan. 13. It includes a cookie decorating presentation for firstthrough sixth-graders. RSVP by emailing Masha@chabadcenter. com or call 480-855-4333 for details.

TCF raises funds for AidChild A fundraising dinner for charitable organization AidChild, featuring speaker and AidChild founder Nathaniel Dunigan, is at 6:30 p.m. Fri., Feb. 1 at Trinity Christian Fellowship (TCF), 50 S. McQueen Rd., Chandler. Dunigan testified before the U.S. Congress as an expert witness in the identification of best practices of care for orphans living with AIDS and other vulnerable children in Africa. He was nominated for the World of Children

Award in 2004. AidChild has been chosen by the Ugandan and American governments as a model of pediatric HIV/AIDS care for the entire continent of Africa. Two centers and a treatment laboratory serve the needs of more than 3,000 children and adults living with AIDS. Tickets are $15. For To reserve a seat, call the church at 480-963-7698 or visit

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Spiritual Connections

Hearing God’s Voice 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. Sundays, Jan. 6-March 10 For ages from junior high to adult. Call ahead to confirm information, as details occasionally change after print. If Childcare available. No charge. you have a recurring monthly support group or meeting you would like listed in Trinity Christian Fellowship Spiritual Connections, email complete details to 50 S. McQueen Rd., Chandler Info: 480-963-7698, The Big D Chandler Christian Church, Room B202 H.O.P.E. – Help Overcoming P 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sundays 1825 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler ainful Experiences This program is designed to encourage Info: Maia, 480-425-0624, 7 p.m. Tuesdays and empower teens to deal with their Free weekly small-group sessions helping feelings and the challenges raised Christian Business Networking, people overcome emotional pain caused during the divorce or separation of their East Valley Chapter by divorce, grief, addictions and more; parents. 7:30 a.m. Wednesdays free childcare for children ages 10 and Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Offers members the opportunity to younger. 739 W. Erie St., Chandler share ideas, contacts and business Desert Springs Church, Room 106 Info: 480-963-4127, referrals. 19620 S. McQueen Rd., Chandler Celebrate Recovery Mission Church Seminar Room Info:, 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays 4450 E. Elliot Rd., Gilbert Join in fellowship and celebrate God’s Info: Maia, 480-425-0624, Jewish Women International, Avodah healing power in our lives through the 12 Chapter 1581 steps and Eight Recovery Principles. The DivorceCare for Adults Monthly luncheon group addresses all types of habits, hurts 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sundays Iguana Mack’s and hang-ups. Dinner at 6 p.m. followed Holy Trinity Lutheran Church 1371 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler by meetings at 6:30 p.m. Free childcare 739 W. Erie St., Chandler RSVP: 480-802-9304, 480-655-8812 for children ages 12 and younger. Info: 480-963-4127, JumpStart CrossRoads Nazarene Church, Ministry DivorceCare for Kids 11:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturdays Center Rooms 101-103 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sundays JumpStart is a sidewalk Sunday school 2950 W. Ray Rd., Chandler Holy Trinity Lutheran Church community outreach program serving Info: 480-722-0700, 739 W. Erie St., Chandler “some of the poorest neighborhoods” Celebrate Recovery Info: 480-963-4127, in Chandler, offering snacks, games and 6 p.m. Fridays teachings about Jesus to area children. East Valley JCC Parent & Child For those with chemical dependencies Participants meet at Faith Family Church Playgroup or other issues. Dinner followed by 11530 E. Queen Creek Rd., Chandler 9:30-10:30 a.m. Fridays meetings at 7 p.m. Dinner: $3 adult, $1 Info: Joanne Sweeney, 480-539-8933 Playgroup for parents with children ages child. Free childcare for children ages 12 12 months to 2-1/2 years old. Kid’s Sunday School and younger. East Valley JCC 10-11 a.m. Sundays Chandler Christian Church, Room B200 908 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler Unity of Chandler 1825 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler Info: Emily Malin, 480-897-0588, maline@ 325 N. Austin Dr., Suite 4, Chandler Info: 480-963-3997, Info: 480-792-1800, Christian Business Networking, Tri-City East Valley Jewish Couples Club Lift Your Spirit Chapter – Chandler, Tempe, Mesa Offers once-a-month social activities 10 a.m. Sundays 7:15 a.m. Tuesdays such as dining, movies, plays, etc. for Hear inspirational messages and music. Offers members the opportunity to Jewish couples in the 45- to 65-year-old Unity of Chandler share ideas, contacts and business age range. 325 N. Austin Dr., Suite 4, Chandler referrals. Info: Melissa, 480-785-0744, Info: 480-792-1800, Crackers & Co. Café 535 W. Iron Ave., Mesa Moms in Prayer International GriefShare Info: Maia, 480-425-0624, A group of mothers who meet one hour 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays each week to intercede for their children A seminar / support group geared and schools through prayer. Christian Business Networking, toward adults who have suffered the loss Info: Liane Wright, 480-699-7887, Chandler Bi-Monthly Chapter of a loved one. 7:30 a.m. second and fourth Tuesdays of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church the month Monthly Women’s Fellowship 739 W. Erie St., Chandler Offers members the opportunity to 6:30 p.m. fourth Tuesday of each month Info: 480-963-4127, share ideas, contacts and business The monthly fellowship Bible study of referrals. 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. six Tuesdays, beginning Jan. 8 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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Veteran band, Western legend to CCA The award-winning a cappella group that first gained notoriety on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” New Directions Veterans Choir, performs at 8 p.m. Fri., Jan. 18 at Chandler Center for the Arts (CCA), 250 N. Arizona Ave. in Chandler. The group inspired audiences not only with their renditions of doo-wop, soul, traditional gospel and popular music, but their personal stories of hope and redemption. The choir is comprised of current and former residents of New Directions’ transitional facility, a VA drug rehabilitation program. These are men and women who served in the U.S. Military and following their service, became homeless. George Hill, choir founder and director, was homeless for 12 years and is a graduate of New Directions. “Through singing,” Hill says, “we hope to let veterans who may be suffering know that there is hope for them.” Ticket prices are $18, $22 and $24.

Famous dentist

After performing “Wyatt Earp … Life on the Frontier” to a full house last year, Valley actor Wyatt Earp returns to CCA to play Doc Holliday at 3 p.m. Sun., Jan. 27. “The Gentleman Doc Holliday” was written by Terry Earp, who collaborated with Karen-Holliday Tanner, the closest living relative of Doc Holliday and author of the book, “Doc Holliday – A Family Portrait,” which the play is primarily based on. This is the story of the West’s most famous dentist. The setting is in a Denver, CO, jail cell, where Bat Masterson and Gov.

Frederick W. Pitkin put Doc in protective custody for a few hours. This is after Doc and the Earps have left Arizona for Colorado. Unfortunately for Doc, a few hours have turned into a few days. To say the least, Doc is not very happy about it. Out of boredom and frustration, he begins bantering with the other “prisoners,” who are in fact the audience members. Hear the story of the man who went from, as Doc liked to put it, “one who heals to one who keals” – kills.

Season continues at CCA

Winter is a busy season at Chandler Center for the Arts, with a diverse array of performances scheduled for January through April. Additional January events include a performance by Drumline Live at 7 p.m. Sun., Jan. 20; and An Evening with Cesar Millan, renowned dog behavior specialist, at 8 p.m., Sat. Jan. 26. 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. Taking the CCA stage in March and April are former SNL stars Jon Lovitz, Tim Meadows and Chris Kattan, for mature audiences only, 8 p.m. Fri., March 1; John Schneider and Tom Wopat, former stars of “The Dukes of Hazzard,” 7:30 p.m. Sat., March 2; Classic

FAMOUS DENTIST: Local actor Wyatt Earp portrays the West’s most famous dentist, Doc Holliday, in “The Gentleman Doc Holliday,” on stage Jan. 27 at the Chandler Center for the Arts. Photo courtesy of the CCA Albums Live – The Beatles, 8 p.m. Sat., March 9; the National Dance Company of Ireland in “Rhythm of the Dance: The Irish Dance Spectacular! ,” 3 p.m. Sun., March 10; Roots & Boots featuring country stars Sammy Kershaw, Joe Diffie and Aaron Tippin, 7:30 p.m. Sat., March 16; Tony Orlando In Concert, 7:30 p.m. Sat., March 23; Hotel California’s “A Salute to the Eagles,” 8 p.m. Fri., April 5; and Scorpius Dance Theatre in “Dreaming In Water,” 3 and 8 p.m. Sat., April 13. For more information or tickets, visit or call 480-782-2680.


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Enjoy ‘feis’ in desert See dancers from across the globe compete in traditional Irish dances at the 23rd Annual Feis in the Desert, set for Sat. and Sun., Jan. 19 and 20 at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort, 1 N. San Marcos Pl., Chandler. All levels of dancing will be on display from beginners to world championship qualifiers. The schedule includes solo and team dances, as well as 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 Chandler-Tullamore Sister Cities program. Admission and parking are free to the event. For a general schedule of events, visit, where visitors can learn more about the feis and special rates at the San Marcos. Email with specific questions.


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No kilts required Family show Enjoy old-world Irish music and some creative modern twists as Chandler-Tullamore Sister Cities (CTSC) hosts music group Tartanic, in celebration of Robert Burns’ birthday, 7:30 p.m. Fri., Jan. 25 in the Pavilion at Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort Pavilion, 1. N. San Marcos Pl., Chandler. Master Piper Bernie Flynn reads “Ode to a Haggis” and then Highland Legacy Pipes & Drums, a local pipe and drum band, opens the evening with traditional bagpipe favorites. Tartanic, a regular performer at renaissance festivals, plays popular favorites from “Amazing Grace” to the band’s own unique sounds. For this lively Celtic concert, Tartanic is joined by Chandler’s own bagpiper, Will Thayer.

Tickets are $15 for members, $18 for the general public and $20 at the door. The concert benefits Chandler-Tullamore’s Sister Cities’ Pioneer Student Ambassador Program. The proceeds helps underwrite travel expenses for several Chandler students who are planning a trip to Tullamore this summer. CTSC’s partner, the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort, offers a special rate for the night of the concert for $99. Mention “Tartanic” when reserving a room by calling 480-812-0900. For additional details, call 480-600-8509, email or visit

‘Plaid’ performers Celebrate Jewish kicks off Chinese take encore culture in film New Year Ring in the Chinese New Year with Chandler’s annual variety show featuring traditional 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. The show features traditional Chinese dance, martial arts and instrumental and vocal performances. Co-presented by ASU Confucius Institute and Chandler’s Eastern Art Academy, 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. Eastern Art Academy 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 Eastern Art Academy at 602-490-8613 or at For additional information, visit

Take a trip to the ‘50s with Sparky, Jinx, Smudge and Frankie, a fictional 1950’s boy band, Jan. 8 through Feb. 6 at the Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert.

CROONERS IN PLAID: The cast of the original production of “Forever Plaid,” staged by the Hale Centre Theatre in 2007, included from left: Jere Van Patten as Jinx, Jordan Bluth as Frankie, Brad Repp as Smudge and Steve Hassmer as Spark. Van Patten will return in the 2013 production. Submitted photo courtesy of The Hale The Plaids were tragically – and inconveniently struck down before their first big gig. The group is brought back to Earth to take the stage one last time in this critically acclaimed musical that celebrates the precision harmonies and well choreographed moves that were the epitome of 1950’s traditional values, home and harmony. Tickets are $10 for ages 6 to 18, and $24 for adults. For tickets, call the box office at 480-497-1181 or visit

For the past 17 years, the Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival celebrated Jewish culture through film, bringing an extensive lineup of films to Arizona honoring Jewish traditions and heritage. The festival returns to Chandler Feb. 10 through 24 at Harkins Chandler Crossroads 12, 2980 E. Germann Rd. More than 2,500 movie minutes will be shown, featuring comedies, dramas and documentaries including the Phoenix premieres of: “My Best Enemy,” 3 p.m. Sun., Feb. 10; “Kaddish for a Friend,” 7 p.m. Wed., Feb. 13; “Mabul” (The Flood), 7 p.m. Thu., Feb. 14; “Melting Away,” 7 p.m. Thu., Feb. 21; and “Hava Nagila,” 3 p.m. Sun., Feb. 24. Other films include “The Other Son,” 7 p.m. Mon., Feb. 11; “AKA Doc Pomus,” 3 p.m. Sun., Feb. 17; and “The Day I Saw Your Heart,” 7 p.m. Tue., Feb. 19. Several of the films feature special guest lecturers who discuss the films after they are shown. Additional films are screened at Harkins Camelview 5, 7001 E. Highland Ave., Scottsdale. Tickets for the film festival are $10 for adults in advance, $11 at the door and $5 for students with ID. To order tickets or view the film schedule, locations and trailers, visit For festival passes and general information, call 602-733-1278.



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Lend your voice to local chorale Find camaraderie and an outlet for that song in your soul by joining the San Tan Chorale for its winter concerts. No experience is necessary to join this nonaudition choir, which serves the East Valley and rehearses in Gilbert. “Glorious Music,” featuring more than a dozen selections spanning three centuries, is the centerpiece of the chorale’s seventh season. The concerts are Feb. 23 and 24 at venues in Mesa.

Chorale rehearsals are held from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays at Christ’s Greenfield Lutheran Church, 425 N. Greenfield Rd. in Gilbert. The chorale’s winter concerts are held at 7:30 p.m. Sat., Feb. 23 at St. Luke Lutheran Church, 807 N. Stapley Dr., Mesa; and 3 p.m. Sun., Feb. 24 at First United Methodist Church, 15 E. 1st Ave., Mesa. For more information, visit or email

‘Blonde’ beauty makes law funny Sorority President Elle Woods is anxiously awaiting a marriage proposal when her boyfriend, Warner, breaks up Kathy Fitzgerald instead in “Legally Blonde.” See it on stage at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 11, 12, 18 and 19 at the Queen Creek Performing Arts Center, 22149 E. Ocotillo Rd., Queen Creek. In this musical comedy featuring Broadway

star Kathy Fitzgerald, Elle devises a plan to follow Warner to Harvard and prove that she is more than just a pretty face. Fitzgerald got her Great White Way start playing multiple roles in the Johnny Burke revue “Swinging on a Star,” and juggled several characters during her six-year stint in “The Producers.” Other Broadway credits include malicious headmistress Madame Morrible in “Wicked.” Tickets are $17.50 to $27.50, including fees. For details, call 480-987-7469.

New dance company performs at TCA “Found (Seeking Refuge on Solid Ground)” is performed by the Perfectly Imperfect Dance Company at 7 p.m. Sat., Jan. 19 at the Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy. Perfectly Imperfect Dance Company was founded in the spring of 2012 by Arizona State University School of Dance alumni and artistic director, Latefia Bradley.

Seating is general admission. Tickets are $11 for students and children, and $14 for adults, not including service and convenience fees. Tickets for children ages 5 and younger are $5 plus fees, and children age 1 and younger are admitted free; some box office fees may apply. For tickets, visit the box office in person, order online at or call 480-350-2822.

Barnyard animals go on strike Go down on the farm with Childsplay’s “Click Clack Moo: Cows that Type,” featuring wacky barnyard animals who protest their living conditions, Jan. 20 through March 3 at the Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe. The hens are demanding more blankets and are threatening an egg strike. The cows

Free Sunday concerts in Scottsdale and soft drinks are available The 26th season of for purchase. Free guided Scottsdale Center for the tours of the museum are Performing Arts’ free Sunday offered at 1:30 p.m. and of A’Fair outdoor concert the sculptures in the park series opens on Jan. 13 with at 3 p.m. performances by Marty & Highlights of the 2013 The Party Band and Tesoro Sunday A’Fair season from noon to 4 p.m. include Peace and Sunday A’Fair concerts Community Day on Jan. take place on selected 20 with the RastaFarmers Sunday afternoons through and Jan Sandwich Band, the winter and spring in and a St. Patrick’s Day Scottsdale Civic Center Park, Jan Sandwich Submitted photo Celebration on Mar. 17 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd., with the Bad Cactus Scottsdale. All are invited Brass Band and Keltic Cowboys. A special to bring blankets, lawn chairs or picnic community celebration, OrigiNation: A baskets and enjoy an afternoon of great Festival of Native Cultures takes place entertainment with friends and family. April 7 in conjunction with Scottsdale Each Sunday A’Fair features two bands Center for the Performing Arts’ Discovery along with a fine arts and crafts market, India Series. fun activities for kids and free admission The 2013 Sunday A’Fair concert schedule is to Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary available at or Art. Foods from the grill, sweet-and-savory by calling 480-499-8587. crepes from Nosh and cocktails, beer, wine



are organizing their own protest and say they will withhold milk until their demands are met. What’s a farmer to do? The show is appropriate for ages 3 and older. Tickets start at $12 and are available at or by calling 480-350-2822, ext. 0. All tickets for the 1 p.m. show on Jan. 20, the Storybook Preview Performance, are $12.



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“The Last of the Red Hot Lovers,” through Jan. 13, DST – AC. Barney Cashman, a middle-aged married man, undergoes a lustful mid-life crisis and attempts to take part in a sexual revolution before it is too late. Cashman’s gentle nature leaves the crowd roaring with laughter at his efforts to seduce the women he manages to encounter. Decidedly Digital, through Jan. 6, MAC. Known for his distinctive fusion of new media with traditional glass techniques, Tim Tate incorporates audio and video apparatuses with found objects and blown and cast glass elements. These reliquaries encase “cultural specimens” that provide an insightful and often times humorous commentary on contemporary social issues. Fire & Sand: Contemporary American Glass, through Jan. 6, MAC. Representing a wide variety of glass media, including blown, cast, cut, lampworked, neon, painted, stained and woven, this exhibition features the work of Matt Eskuche, Eric Franklin, Tom Philabaum, David Schwarz, Paul Stankard, Stephanie Trenchard and more. “The Hit,” through Feb. 9, HCT. You’ll meet daft antique collectors, potential romantic partners and eastern European gangsters in this laugh-out-loud comedy of love, family and attempted assassination. “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. Opera dell’Arte, 10:30 a.m. Wed., Jan. 9, KCC. This daytime music and lecture series delves into the history, story, value and behind-the-scenes details of each opera in Arizona Opera’s 2012-13 season. Free to the public with reservation. Disney on Ice’s “Dare to Dream,” Jan. 9-13, USAC. This brand-new ice spectacular features scenes from “Tangled,” “The Princess and the Frog” and “Cinderella.” Film: “Contemporary Days: The Designs of Lucienne and Robin Day,” 7:30 p.m. Thu., Jan. 10,

BRASS MEN: Spanish Brass Luur Metalls Quintet is considered to be one of the top three brass quintets in the world. The versatile and creative programming of Spanish Brass breaks the boundaries between pop, classical, Latin and traditional music. They perform Jan. 18 at the Gold Canyon United Methodist Church, presented by the Gold Canyon Arts Council. Photo courtesy of Spanish Brass SMoCA-LG. Presented by No Festival Required. The Days transformed British design after World War II with striking furniture and textiles that signaled a new era of modernist sensibilities for everyday living. The film traces the Days’ personal and professional progression for more than 70 years. Tickets are $7 at the front desk. Doors open at 7 p.m. Disney’s “The Little Mermaid Jr.,” Jan.11-20, 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. “Late Night Catechism” & “Late Night Catechism III: ’Til Death Do Us Part,” Jan. 12-April 27, SCPA. Starring Patti Hannon as Sister, the comedies return for a limited engagement. Each performance is unique and will appeal to people of all ages and faiths. Tickets are $39. Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel, SCPA – VGPT. Offering concerts with commentary: Claude Debussy: The Passionate Sensualist Jan. 15; The Greatness of Chopin Feb. 19; and Listen to the Dance!

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and Sound Effects Man Fred Newman, the Guy’s AllStar Shoe Band and Garrison’s signature monologue, “The News from Lake Wobegon.” Tickets start at $20. “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. DRUMline Live, 7 p.m. Sun., Jan. 20, CCA. Drumline Live’s cast of 30+ musicians and dancers have trained in marching band programs across the southern United States presenting dynamic, athletic performances to the rousing sounds of the great brass tradition, as well as contemporary, hip-hop, Motown and gospel music. “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. An Evening with Cesar Milan, 8 p.m. Sat., Jan. 26, CCA. “The Dog Whisperer” himself will share his secrets on how to transform dogs and their owners in this unique and new live event.

Arts Chronicles Scottsdale Arts District 1st annual Collector’s ArtWalk, 7 to 9 p.m. Thu., Jan. 17, along Main Street and Marshall Way in Old Town Scottsdale. Free to the public, the event features local fine artists including painters, sculptors, glass artists and more. For a list of participants, visit

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Sprinkler and Drip Repair and Installation No job too small or too big! Residential Irrigation Audits Soil Testing Free Estimates Water Conservation

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Affordable, Eco Friendly House Cleaning Services • Residential and commercial cleaning • Move-in and out • Window and carpet cleaning • Organization: closets, cabinets, garages and more! • 20 years of experience Impeccable references • Business owned and operated • Same day service offered • Licensed. Bonded. Insured.

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We Actually Show Up! Providing Reliable, Friendly, Honest Service for over 10 years.

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Yard Maintenance - Weekly, Bi-weekly or Monthly


Winter Special! Complete Lawn Service:

$80 PER MONTH Includes: Mowing/edging turf areas. Blowing gravel areas, walkways, driveway and patio’s. Weed control, trimming bushes once per month during the growing season. $80 per month offer is a service every two weeks for lots under 7,000 sq. ft. Call for quote on larger lots. LICENSED • BONDED • INSURED ROC#281191


Painters 10% OFF our Low Prices! Must present ad for savings. STSN



January 5 - 18, 2013

PLUMBING FREE ESTIMATES in Gilbert and Chandler All plumbing & Rooter Service Repairs, Service and Installs

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Hennessy Pools, LLC • Tile Cleaning / Acid Wash • Vacation Service • Free Estimates • Weekly Service & Repair • Filter Clean (All Types) • Salt Systems Service, Repair • Sand Change • Green Pool Fix or Filter Clean With mention of this ad. • Insured

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Your pets will be happy in the comfort of your home. 20+ years experience Lots of TLC Reasonable rates References

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Emergency Flood and Plumbing Services



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Readers Notice: Under Arizona Law, all residential and commercial contractors are required to be licensed by the state unless they fall under the handyman exemption for projects which require no building permit and are less than $750 for the total contract price. In addition, homeowners using licensed residential contractors may have access to the Residential Contractors’ Recovery Fund, if the contractor is unable and/or unwilling to perform the job and if alternative dispute resolutions available through the Registrar are unsuccessful. For more info or to verify the license status of an Arizona contractor call 602-542-1525 or visit

Publisher's Notice: All real estate advertised herein is subject to the Federal Fair Housing Act, which makes it illegal to advertise “any preference, limitation or discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin, or intention to make any such preference limitation or discrimination.” We will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. All persons are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised are available on an equal opportunity basis.

SanTan Sun News ONLINE Classified Ads Each ad starts at $22 plus Chandler tax per issue Special: Buy 3, get 4th for free for only $66 You get up to 50 words - more than other classifieds! All classified ads entered online by the customer. Choose from a variety of options and other attention-getting online icons. Your online ad will be published on the website within two business days of your submission ~ and it will also appear in the printed version of the paper as well (“start date” refers to next newspaper distribution day; format of the printed ad will vary). All on secure, encrypted and SSL secured sites for your protection. All sales final. Questions? Phone: 480-732-0250; Email:

NOTICES ANNOUNCEMENT CUDDLE KITTY NEEDS NEW HOME Handsome cuddle kitty needs quieter home. Abandoned when my first owner went to assisted living, taken in by a busy family with kids, dogs and 4 other cats. Needs a quieter home. Neutered adult male, loving, vaccinated, microchipped, healthy, box trained, comes with food and litterbox. Call 602-791-3067.


Classifieds SHAMROCK ROOFING SERVICES Specializing in Residential Reroofing and Repair. Shingles, Tile, Shakes, Foam and Flat Roofs. ROC# 244567 042, Bonded, Insured. 480-888-6648.

MOVERS IN OR OUT MOVERS Professional, hard working, excellent service. No hidden fees. Whether you are moving in or moving out LEAVE THE LIFTING TO US! Serving the East Valley. Call Terry at 602-653-5367.

PLUMBING PLUMBING MEDIC LOCAL PLUMBING COMPANY. 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. Call a Plumber who cares. No Job Too Big Or Too Small. Free Estimates available in Gilbert & Chandler area. Mention SanTan Sun News for an Additional Discount at Time of Service, Guaranteed! 480-734-1745. Licensed Contractor, ROC257806.

A1 AFFORDABLE PLUMBING SERVICE IF WATER RUNS THROUGH IT, WE FIX IT! SAVINGS ON ALL SERVICES $$$ QUALITY, GUARANTEED WORK. $150 off any water heater and installation. Plus 30% off any service with this ad. Family owned and operated. Avoid high prices due to BIG overhead. 480-307-6130.

ELECTRICAL 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

EARN UP TO $15/HR OR MORE Domino’s Pizza is now hiring pizza delivery drivers. Cash paid nightly. Go to and apply today! Fun, part time job! Alma School & Queen Creek location.


OHERREN ELECTRIC Our Work is Our Advertising! Electrical Contracting. Service, Repair, Troubleshooting. Certified Apprenticeship Trained. BBB Accredited Business. A+BBB Rating. MasterCard, Visa. ROC K-11160755. 480-855-1403.



Currently expanding operations in SE Valley. Dedicated career path and personal development offered. With a good attitude and high work ethic you can expect $50,000+ first year. 480-422-1337.


SERVICES ROOFING THE ROOF MEDICS Residential/Commercial. Repairs and Reroofing. Tile, Shingles, Flat, Walk-Decks. Licensed, Bonded, Insured. ROC #256001, K-42. 480-284-7338

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.

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.

PEST CONTROL VARSITY TERMITE & PEST CONTROL Termite and Pest Control. Home Sealing and Pigeon Control. Residential and Commercial. Over 21 years of experience. AZ License #8918 Tony 602-757-8252.

TRANSPORTATION YOTA PROS Tired of HIGH PRICES!? Want personable, reliable, honest service for your TOYOTA/LEXUS!? Come visit the guys at Yota Pros: 7144 S. Priest Ste 101. Great Service. Certified Factory Trained Technicians. Friendly Atmosphere. Located on Priest Dr. just north of Elliott Rd. 480-699-2880.

HOME REPAIRS OLD FASHIONED HOME CARE Quality Home Repairs and Installations, Plumbing, Electrical, Carpentry. No Job is Too Small! 35 years experience. Unlicensed, not required by law. Bob White, 480-963-0707.

MIDWEST PERFECTION Home Maintenance Services. Quality home repairs at Midwestern prices. Plumbing & Electrical. Tile & Laminate Flooring. Light remodeling. Small Job—No problem. Cell: 480-234-7750, Home: 480-629-8932. Chandler & Sun Lakes Areas.

RICK’S HANDYMAN SERVICE Over 30yrs Experience in All Types of Home Repairs and Installations. Such as Roofing, Carpentry, Electrical, Plumbing, Painting, Drywall, Complete Kitchen & Bath Remodels and Much More! Call Rick Today for Your Free Estimate at 480-258-2910. Now accepting all major credit cards!

ALL HONEY-DO LISTS! 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.

POOL SERVICES 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.

HENNESSY POOLS LLC Tile Cleaning/Acid Wash. Vacation Service. Weekly Service & Repair. Filter Clean (All Types). Salt Systems. Sand

January 5 - 18, 2013

Change. Green Pool Fix. FREE Estimates. Insured. $40 OFF Service, Repair or Filter Clean with Mention of this Ad., 480-577-2719.

APPLIANCE REPAIR TIP | TOP APPLIANCE REPAIR Providing quality service and repair on all major brands of Washers, Driers, Refrigerators, Ovens, Microwaves and Dishwashers. We provide a full 1 year warranty on all repairs. Certified, Licensed, Insured. Visit us at For service call: 480-907-4080.


HOME SERVICES JUNK REMOVAL 480-306-1986 $20 Christmas Tree Removal and Disposal. Same Day Service!! Need it hauled? No job too big or too small at "Come N Get It". We do it all. Locally owned and operated. We understand times are tight. Our pricing won’t be beat. We want your business. We will Match or Beat any price with SAME DAY SERVICE! Just Call 480-306-1986. We’ll "Come N Get It!" Furniture, debris, rubbish, demolition projects, fill dirt, concrete, clean outs, move outs, residential and commercial.

CHILDCARE TANNA CONSTRUCTION SNUGGLEABLE CHILDCARE SERVICE Welcome to Family Childcare. Home for little ones to Cuddle, Laugh & Learn through Play! Homemade meals ‘n snacks. Pre-K activities. M-F, 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Opening for infants thru 3 yrs. 480-699-7354.

PET SERVICES DARLENE’S PAMPERED PET CARE Pet Sitting. 20+ yrs experience. Your pets will be happy in the comfort of your home. Lots of TLC! Reasonable rates. References available. Call Darlene 480-857-2713.

CINDY THE CRITTER SITTER, LLC 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!

GAIL’S PET SITTING SERVICE Family owned and operated with 20 years experience providing loving care for your pets in their home. Services include dog walks, playing, feeding, litter box cleaning, retrieving mail and newspaper, plant care, etc. Licensed and insured, references available. Free initial consultation. Call Gail at 480-444-9057 or email

DIRTY DAWG SALON 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. 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.

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,

D & L CHANDLER GLASSWORKS 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.

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! Please see website. Specializing in “The Small Job”. Call Gerald Fox, owner, 480-278-5529.


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.

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.

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.

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 **

CARPET CLEANING BIG JOHN’S CARPET CLEANING 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.

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 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.

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.

WINDOW CLEANING 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 15% OFF 1st 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.

job. Commercial/Residential. 30 years experience. Licensed-Bonded-InsuredROC 257167. MENTION this ad to receive 5% OFF! 480-244-9119

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.

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

BRIGHT-N-SHINE *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.

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

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.

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!





Over 15 years experience. Interior, Exterior Painting and Remodels. Call Chris, 480-415-9430.

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-of-State Investors. Call today for your free, no obligation initial consultation. Also ask about our SNOWBIRD SPECIAL before March 1, 2013. Website: 480-319-4167.

ART BY ANUSHKA Creating custom murals and faux finishes to meet our client’s taste. Experienced Chandler artist, skilled in numerous techniques and styles. Quality work at reasonable prices. References available. Call Ann for a free estimate, 480-209-2107.

LANDSCAPING UNLIMITED YARD CLEAN-UP & TREE We do Weeds, Trees, Pruning, Shaping, Tree Removal. Total Clean up & Hauling. You Name it & We do it! Reasonable. Call Vuna 480-600-7357. DO IT TODAY!



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.

JOHN’S WINDOW CLEANING 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


- 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.

**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.

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





January 5 - 18, 2013


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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

January 5 - 18, 2013


Come enjoy our newly expanded patio!



A Taste of Italy in Your Neighborhood

Thank you Ch andler!

Steak • Seafood • Chops • Wine • Cocktails

Assorted wines, draft and bottled beer at affordable pricing

Serving Midwestern beef in the Midwest for over 25 years Now serving Midwestern beef in Chandler for over two years.

Daily Specials • Catering • Patio Seating

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

Dine-in or take-out. With coupon only. Not valid with any other offer. One coupon per table. One coupon per visit. Expires 1-31-13 STSN

4991 S. Alma School Road, #12, Chandler, AZ 85248 NE Corner of Alma School Rd. & Chandler Heights • Open 7 Days 11:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.

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

FREE Gyoza With your purchase of $25 or more May not be combined with any other offers. Expires 2/19/2013. STSN

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15%OFF Your Entire Bill

WE NOW SER V BEER & SAKE E ! Mon. - Sat. 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday Noon - 8 p.m.

May not be combined with any other offers. Expires 2/19/2013. STSN Expires: 1-31-13

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

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

Arizona Ave. & Ocotillo 480-802-0440

Gilbert & Germann 480-786-4577


Where to Eat

January 5 - 18, 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

$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 1/31/2013

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 1/131/2013


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

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

Where to Eat

January 5 - 18, 2013


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

15%OFF Your Total Bill Not valid with any other offer.

Extensive Menu Featuring:

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

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




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Discounts: • 10% off Dinin g at Bernard’s • 10% off Regu larly Priced Gol f Merchandise Significant Gre en Fee discou nts Information: See our websit e or call the ad ministration of for information fice on how to ge t your Ocotillo Resort Card. www.Ocotillo 480.917.6660

Ocotillo Golf Resort 3751 S Clubhouse Drive Chandler, AZ 85248


January 5 - 18, 2013

Where to Eat






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

Hang out, relax and watch a movie on our new big screen TV!


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

Plan your special event between 10 a.m. - noon and have the whole store to yourself! Packages now available. Contact Mark at 480-248-7721

For reservations, call 480-883-3773 or visit

Free Wi-fi and Apple Station

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4991 S. Alma School Rd., Suite 101 480-883-3773 NE corner of Alma School and Chandler Heights

12 Flavors of Yogurt and Sorbet... 50 delicious toppings!

COMING SOON! Frappuccinos, Smoothies, Cupcakes and Yogurt Shakes

480-248-7721 | 1900 W. Germann Rd. | Located at Germann & Dobson in Chandler OPEN: Sun. - Thurs. 11 a.m. - 9:30 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Finally a Solution for Peripheral Neuropathy GET RID OF THE PAIN IN YOUR LEGS, ARMS, HANDS, AND FEET “More than 20 million Americans suffer from this debilitating pain caused from damage to their nerves. We understand how much this pain limits people’s quality of life. There is now technology that can get rid of your pain and get you your life back. It is being used in military hospitals across the country, and we are excited to be one of the first stand alone clinics in the country to offer this exciting therapy. We are so confident that we can help you that we are offering A No-Cost, No-Obligation Consultation AND First Treatment. This treatment is completely safe, pain free, and non-invasive. It takes about 45 minutes and you will feel the difference in your pain after just one treatment!” —Dr. Ryan Wade, DC

Symptoms of Neuropathy: • • • • • •

Numbness Burning Pain Leg Cramping Sharp Electrical-Like Pain Pain when you walk Difficulty sleeping from leg and foot discomfort • Prickling or tingling of the feet or hands

Have you tried medication or injections? Until now, the most common treatment options or Peripheral Neuropathy have been potentially addictive narcotics and injections. Some have found temporary relief but most have been frustrated with these remedies because they only mask the pain. None of them address the cause of the pain. We have great success with patients who have not been helped by any other treatment. Most of these are desperate to find something that will eliminate their pain. If you fall into this category, we offer you hope. Patients travel hundreds of miles to visit our clinic. Doctors who are out of treatment options refer patients to our clinic. Ask yourself this question: If there is a solution to address the cause of your pain, would it be worth exploring? Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy is a nerve disorder caused by diabetes. Over time, uncontrolled sugar levels can damage your nerves. Nerve damage causes different symptoms and the problems first

appear in the toes, feet, and hands. Many patients have been frustrated by traditional care because their symptoms keep getting worse. Our therapy is an effective solution for those who suffer from Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy. Chemotherapy-induced Peripheral Neuropathy Many people who undergo chemotherapy develop neuropathic pain. Patients can experience sensory symptoms such as numbness, tingling, or burning sensations. They may also notice that regular every day activities that weren’t painful before are now very painful. This can be anything from touching a cold surface to feeling a breeze on the skin. Symptoms typically develop in the extremities such as Fingertips and work their way inward. You don’t have to suffer with this pain. Neuropathy may contribute to emotional stress and depression Many people suffering with pain don’t realize that the symptoms could be due to Peripheral Neuropathy. It is a condition that can be misdiagnosed or ignored until it is unbearable. This can affect all aspects of your life and may even cause emotional stress or depression. Why suffer longer than you need to? If you feel that your symptoms may be caused by Peripheral Neuropathy, call today and schedule a no risk treatment at our office. If you are experiencing severe pain, take action now! Don’t let neuropathy pain control your life! The Solution: The Latest FDA Cleared Neuropathy treatment Our new program for treating Peripheral Neuropathy is a treatment we are proud to introduce the Calmare MC-5A device. After careful study and incredible success, this medical device has been cleared by the

FDA. The Calmare is different from other treatments in that it doesn’t just mask neuropathic pain. Instead it delivers “non pain” information across the pain dermatomes to effectively re-train the nervous system. Essentially this treatment eliminates the phantom pain signals and replaces them with non-pain signals. Regardless of pain intensity, a patient’s pain can be completely removed for immediate relief by manipulating how your body interprets what’s happening in the peripheral nerves. Instead of using drugs to chemically mask the pain, the Calmare targets the electrical system to correct the cause of the pain. Are you a candidate for treatment? There are many more pain conditions other than Peripheral Neuropathy that this device treats. People have also received complete pain relief from: • Failed back surgery • Chemotherapy associated pain • Phantom limb syndrom • RSD • Sciatica • CRPS • and more... No Risk, Free Treatment “There is no reason to continue with your excruciating pain for even one more day. Calmare Therapy has successfully treated some of the most extreme conditions of neuropathic pain, sciatica, phantom leg pain, shingles pain, and failed back surgery pain. Many people have given up hope, but they walk out the door with tears in their eyes because the pain is gone, and they now have restored hope. We are opening our schedule for longer hours this week to be able to accommodate those who want to come visit us for their NO COST, OR OBLIGATION treatment.” —Dr. Ryan Wade, DC

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