October 6 – 19, 2012
Vaccines, booster shots still best medicine by Cody Matera
A nationwide outbreak of pertussis, or whooping cough, has found its way to SanTan Sun area communities. Arizona in particular has felt the effects of the recent resurgence, with ongoing outbreaks in Gilbert and Mesa. Local physicians strongly recommend booster shots for older children and adults, especially those who have contact with unvaccinated infants, for whom the illness can be devastating. An outbreak of mumps at Higley Elementary in Gilbert in February – the first case of mumps at the school in a decade – has also left parents and medical professionals concerned that Valley’s youth are at risk. New studies show that vaccines meant to combat pertussis have substantially decreased in effectiveness over time, leaving even fully vaccinated individuals vulnerable to infection.
TASTE: Chandler’s Culinary Festival is a gourmet food and wine tasting event that features more than 30 SanTan Sun area restaurants. Chef J.F. Conrad of the Cordon Bleu School demonstrates at the 2011 event, which also showcases local businesses and benefits area charities. In addition to food samplings, there will be tastings of fine wines, craft beers and spirits. TASTE is from 5 to 10 p.m. Sat., Oct. 6 in downtown Chandler. For more, see Page 12 or visit www.tastechandler.com. Submitted photo
Time to make Medicare changes by Alison Stanton
“When you first get a vaccine, it alerts your body to that disease and teaches your body how to fight it off once you get it,” says Shoana Anderson, office chief for infectious diseases at the Arizona Department of Health Services. “Basically, as you start to get older, your body starts to forget that vaccine and how to fight that disease.” However, the worst effect of this outbreak is that many adults spending time around infants can potentially pass the illness on to them, because babies
For those already on a Medicare Plan who want to change or drop plans, this year’s Medicare Annual Election Period begins Oct. 15. As an independent broker of Medicare products, Alan Beyerle, CPCU, is expecting a surge in appointments and phone calls as he helps his clients determine which plan is right for them. Beyerle, who owns Alan Beyerle Insurance Agency, Inc. in Chandler, also offers a full array of services to his clients, including commercial, personal, auto, home and health insurance. To help people select their Medicare plans, Beyerle explains the ins and outs of available choices for Medicare Supplement, Medicare Advantage, Medicare Prescription Drugs and Medicare Special Needs. “There are a lot of different plans out there,” he says. “The only way to clearly explain the various choices is to sit down with my clients and go over exactly what their options are. These include rates, co-payments, coverages and exclusions. Only through individual client counseling can they make an informed decision on what is best for them. That’s why it is important to have
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Award-winning coach takes time out Gazing around Bill Morgan’s cozy lakefront home in Chandler, one notices there is no hint of the man’s extraordinary accomplishments. Nothing jumps out to remind visitors of the three state football championships and numerous division titles he can claim as an elite high school football coach. One of the most successful football coaches on any level in Arizona, Morgan, 52, has not coached a team since taking Valley Christian High School to the state title game in 2009, a contest ironically played against St. Johns, a program directed by his brother, Mike. Morgan’s wife, Carla, known around campus and the football stadium for her thick, waist-length mane of blonde hair, was an American Sign Language
teacher at Valley Christian. She currently teaches at Hamilton High. When asked, Morgan retreats to a small table and produces the key to the City of Show Low for leading the football-crazed mountain community to their 1999 state title win. Morgan blushes and seems embarrassed by the honor. “The rivalries are so intense in the mountains.” In 2009, Morgan’s son, Jordan, a quarterback and defensive back, was honored as 2009 Small School Player of the Year by The Arizona Republic. The family returned to their White Mountain roots in 2010 so Jordan could play at Blue Ridge High School his senior year.
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CHAMPION COACH: Coach Bill Morgan, right, celebrates the 2009 Chandler Valley Christian State Championship with his son, Jordan, wife Carla and daughter Nicole shortly after the on-field trophy presentation. Submitted Photo
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Rain brings mosquitoes, bugs residents by Cody Matera
A spike in mosquito activity in Chandler and Gilbert has some residents scratching their heads – and legs and arms – with concern about West Nile virus. A wet, humid summer is the likely culprit for the flourishing mosquito population that has targeted unsuspecting victims, according to Maricopa County authorities. Ron Warring, an avid hunter and camper, was engulfed in a swarm of the tiny creatures as he tried to play a round at the lake-filled Western Sky Golf Club near Warner and Val Vista roads in Gilbert. “Anytime we went off the fairway into the tall grass, the mosquitoes were just all over us,” says Warring. “I ran into one particular rough, slapping and smacking dozens of them, quickly hit my shot without a practice swing and then ran back to the fairway. It was really bad. We eventually had to spray up, but that didn’t stop them. They were determined.” Warring, a transplant from the mosquito hotbeds of Chicago and Kansas City, says the Valley versions are a different breed with itchy, gnat-like bites. “These seem to be smaller, low-flying mosquitoes and don’t go much above the calf. In the Midwest, they’re larger and will bite you at any level – neck, face, up in a hunting tree stand, anywhere. They leave big welts.” These “ankle biters,” called floodwater mosquitoes, have greatly multiplied since
the late summer storms rolled in. Even Warring’s son, Weston, has been pestered numerous times in his lake-dotted Pecos Ranch community south of Chandler Regional Medical Center. “I’ve walked across Pecos Park for the past 10 years to get from my house to a friend’s house. I never noticed mosquitoes, or hardly any bugs, before. This year I’ve had to fight them off.” Customers using a Fry’s water dispenser at the busy shopping plaza at Alma School and Germann roads were seen leaving their water containers in the machine and dashing back to wait in their cars in order to escape a vigorous swarm. Until a few weeks ago, Maricopa
Until a few weeks ago, Maricopa County Vector Control averaged 30 mosquito complaints a day. The figure has skyrocketed to about 300 daily complaints. County Vector Control averaged 30 mosquito complaints a day. The figure has skyrocketed to about 300 daily complaints. “We’ve been experiencing different storms all over Maricopa County,” says Johnny Dilone, Maricopa County Environmental Health’s public information officer. “So obviously, all that water we’ve received has encouraged mosquito breeding, even in areas that are typically very hot.”
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mosquito tests positive for West Nile virus or the total number in the trap is 300 or greater, light insecticide is sprayed throughout the at-risk area in a process called fogging. Though the fogging chemicals are in accordance with Center for Disease Control (CDC) regulations and only sprayed after midnight, residents who are concerned about fogging can call Vector Control. Their names are then added to a list of individuals who automatically receive a notice when fogging is planned in their neighborhoods. While the number of mosquitoes has swelled, reports of West Nile virus
have remained low. Dilone says a major reason is floodwater mosquitoes, though numerous, are unlikely carriers for West Nile. The greatest risk of West Nile comes from the Culex species of mosquito, which is usually active at dawn and dusk. Their discovery in traps triggers action at a much lower concentration. “If we find that it has 30 or more of the Culex species then we will conduct fogging in those areas,” explains Dilone. Even though authorities attribute the increase in mosquitoes to increased rainfall, they are diligent in preventing West Nile from once again posing a serious threat. In 2004, Maricopa County led the nation in incidences of West Nile. “That year, 355 people were reported infected with West Nile virus, and 14 died from the disease,” says Dilone. Cody Matera of Pecos Ranch is an intern with the SanTan Sun News and student at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
‘Chandler in Focus’ features Native American band Proposition 121
Mayor Jay Tibshraeny discusses proposition 121 on his monthly television show “Chandler Inside and Out.” Past episodes can be found on the city’s Web site at www.chandleraz.gov/video. Proposition 121, also known as the Open Elections/Open Government Act, is a ballot initiative to amend Arizona’s Constitution to create an open primary election, in which all candidates would appear together on the same ballot, and voters could vote for either candidate, regardless of party affiliation. The two candidates receiving the highest vote totals for each office would then go on to face each other in the general election. Tibshraeny’s guests included Proposition 121 supporter and former Phoenix Mayor Paul Johnson and Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, who opposes the issue. For a complete listing of when “Chandler Inside and Out” airs, check the schedule guide online at www. chandleraz.gov/content/chandlerchannel-11.pdf.
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Prop. 204, 121 debates on Channel 11 To give residents a chance to learn more about Prop. 204, known as the Quality Education and Jobs Act, Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny is using his monthly television show, “Chandler Inside and Out,” to discuss the pros and cons. Proposition 204 would renew a 2010 voter-approved, one-cent sales tax to provide funding for education, according to City spokesperson Jane Poston. The one-cent increase in state sales tax is scheduled to sunset in the year 2013, and the proposition will be on the ballot in the Nov. 6 general election. Tibshraeny hosts the show and talks about the ballot issue with supporter Ann-Eve Pedersen, president of the Arizona Education Network, and Arizona State Treasurer Doug Ducey, who opposes Prop. 204. “I encourage Chandler residents to research the issues and get out and vote,” says Tibshraeny. “I hope that this gives residents a better understanding of Prop. 204 as they go to the polls in November.” “Chandler Inside and Out” is a monthly show airing on Chandler’s Cable Channel 11 and focuses on current events and topics of interest to Chandler residents as the mayor interviews local, regional and state leaders. The Proposition 204 episode is airing now on Chandler Channel 11, and can also be found on the city’s website at www.chandleraz.gov/video.
October 6 – 19, 2012
Indian Art Market Oct. 12 through 14 in downtown Chandler. “Chandler In Focus” gives a behindthe-scenes look at how the group originated, and how they developed their musical style: an original “electrorock” sound that earned the band a Native American Music Award. Clan/destine received the State of Arizona Governor’s Award of Excellence and has performed for dignitaries including Presidents Bill Clinton and George Bush, Margaret Thatcher and Henry Kissinger, and at both the Republican and Democratic conventions. “Chandler In Focus” is a monthly show hosted on a rotating basis by members of the Chandler City Council. It airs on the city’s Cable Channel 11 and covers community issues of interest to Chandler residents. For a complete listing of airtimes for these and other Chandler Channel 11 shows, check the schedule guide online at www.chandleraz.gov/content/ chandler-channel-11.pdf. In addition, shows are streamed on the city’s website at www.chandleraz.gov/video.
Celebrate your neighborhood and its efforts to “take a bite out of crime” by participating in a community event in your own backyard on Sat., Oct. 20 from 2 to 8 p.m. at the annual Getting Arizona Involved in Neighborhoods (G.A.I.N.) event. The Chandler Police Department encourages all neighborhood groups to register to participate in G.A.I.N., which recognizes crime prevention efforts as well as community support. Registered groups may request a police specialty unit to appear at their block party or neighborhood gathering. Units may include but are not limited to Patrol, K-9s and Community Services. Registration is ongoing and closes about two weeks before the Oct. 20 event or when all the available time slots are full. Contact the Chandler Community Services Unit at 480-782-4967 for more program information.
Chandler libraries close Oct. 8 Because of staff training, all four City of Chandler Public Libraries will be closed Mon., Oct. 8. Library Manager Brenda Brown says library customers are encouraged to use the library’s online databases and other Internet resources, which include free access to thousands of downloadable e-books, audio books, music and videos through the Greater Phoenix Digital Library. Regular hours of operation resume Oct. 9. For addresses, hours of operation and online resources, visit www.chandlerlibrary.org.
October 6 – 19, 2012
City urges residents to control weeds, tall grass Free backyard composting workshop offered their property. For information on how to control weeds, visit the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Service website at www.ag.arizona.edu/urbanipm/weeds/ weedcontrol.html. For more details, call the Chandler Code Enforcement Unit at 480-782-4320.
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PULLING TOGETHER: Volunteers pull weeds during Chandler’s annual “Let’s Pull Together” campaign held each spring. Submitted photo
Weeds are growing fast and furious, thanks to recent rains, and if unchecked, can become a fire hazard, according to the City of Chandler. Chandler’s Code Enforcement Unit is asking residents to make it a priority to get rid of weeds and tall grass over the coming weeks. “City Code requires that all property owners maintain their property, including any abutting rights-of-way such as sidewalks, curbs and the half of any alley next to their property,” says Neighborhood Preservation Manager Malcolm Hankins. “The Code’s intent is to promote well-maintained and safer neighborhoods.” He says the City received 2,514 weed complaints last fiscal year, up 52% from five years ago. Code inspectors will educate, warn and eventually give civil citations to property owners who don’t control weeds or grasses that are more than six inches tall on
Find out how to use those pulled weeds and other plant and organic material in a free backyard composting workshop from 9 a.m. to noon Sat., Oct. 6 at Chandler’s Recycling Solid Waste Collection Center, 955 E. Queen Creek Rd. Residents can learn about the natural process that recycles these materials into a product that can replace fertilizers and reduce the amount of waste going to a landfill, says Recycling Specialist Traci Conaway. “Natural microbial processes convert plant materials such as grass clippings, leaves and kitchen scraps into a beneficial organic soil material that can improve soil texture, increase the ability of soil to absorb water and air, suppress weed growth, decrease erosion and reduce the need for commercial soil additives,” she adds. A June composting workshop attracted 27 residents who got hands-on interactive demonstrations of the tools and techniques used in composting, plus a discussion of various composting methods and the variety of uses for the finished product. The workshop is open to Chandler residents receiving City provided trash and recycling services. Class size is limited to 35 students, and participants must preregister by calling 480-782-3510.
BHS community rallies around injured teacher
Tragedy strikes a local family out for a walk when a truck hit a Basha High School teacher, her husband, newborn child and dog in Tempe recently. BHS science teacher Amy Kiefer-Berard suffered the most injuries and was in RECUPERATING: BHS science teacher critical condition for Amy Kiefer-Berard with her newborn several days, according daughter, Gabriella. to a fellow teacher. Husband Daniel, 4-week-old daughter Gabriella and the family’s dog are back home, and Kiefer-Berard is now in a facility “for therapeutic care.” Kiefer-Berard, who was on maternity leave at the time, has taught science at BHS for five years. A “Celebrate Amy” night was held in late September to send get-well wishes so “Amy knows how much she is missed, and how everyone hopes for her return to health.” To contribute to the family, any current Wells Fargo or Bank of America customer may make an online money transfer into the “Berard Donation Fund” by referencing the email address email@example.com. Or, visit a Wells Fargo branch and make a donation in person with cash or checks, referencing the “Berard Donation Fund” and made payable to either Berard Donation Fund, Daniel Berard or Amy Kiefer-Berard.
October 6 – 19, 2012
Vaccines from page 1
are too young to be vaccinated, say physicians. “Complications of pertussis include pneumonia, seizures, middle ear infection, dehydration, encephalopathy, brain damage and death,” explains Dr. Nilam Khurana of Healing Hearts Pediatrics in Chandler. Though many antibiotics are used to treat whooping cough and prevent it from spreading, reducing the symptoms is much more difficult. Children with whooping cough will still continue to cough severely, sometimes until they vomit or cannot breathe. And, while patients can take antibiotics if doctors suspect whooping cough, they likely aren’t aware they may have the illness until symptoms appear. There is now a vaccine for teenagers and adults that can help the immune system “remember” how to fight off whooping cough, thus reducing the risk of passing the disease to infants and children who are too young to be immunized. However, many parents are wary of vaccines. “I do think we have seen an increase in exceptions to vaccines,” says Anderson. “We’re doing studies right now to see how widespread that is.” Though the popular 1998 British Medical Journal study implying a link between vaccines and autism has since been largely dismissed and its author, Dr. Andrew Wakefield, found to falsify his reports, the damage caused to public trust is still felt 14 years later, according to the Journal’s editorial staff. Despite the fact that vaccines are tested extensively, some parents are still hesitant to permit them for their children or themselves. While Higley Elementary reported lower immunization rates than other schools, Anderson says it is unclear whether the lower rates were responsible for the mumps outbreak, though it is plausible that the rate helped the illness take hold.
Community However, Anderson is confident the drop in immunization rates throughout Maricopa County has likely contributed to the outbreak of whooping cough.
Free, low-cost shots for kids, adults Free immunization clinics for children and low-cost immunizations for adults are available in a variety of locations Oct. 6 through 24, sponsored by Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert Medical Centers’ Community Outreach Immunization Program in collaboration with Arizona’s Vaccine for Children Program. All immunizations for children are free, regardless of insurance status, according to Dignity Health, which owns the two medical centers. This includes children younger than age 19 who are covered by private insurance, AHCCCS, those who do not have insurance or those whose insurance does not cover immunizations, or are American Indian or Native Alaskan. A child’s immunization record and any letters from their school should be brought to the location so staff can determine which immunizations need to be given.
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For now, medical professionals are urging parents to wash regularly, avoid coughing near others, to vaccinate their children and get booster shots. “It is a very good idea for adults who spend time with young children to get vaccinated against whooping cough,” says Dr. Sonal Shah of Sunrise Pediatrics. “What is a mild illness in adults can cause life-threatening whooping cough in young infants.” Cody Matera of Pecos Ranch is an intern with the SanTan Sun News and student at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.tening whooping cough in young infants.”
Sat., Oct. 6, 9-11 a.m., Chandler Regional Medical Center, Morrison Building, 1875 W. Frye Rd., Chandler Tue., Oct. 9, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Mesa Fire Station 217, Community Room, 10434 E. Baseline Rd., Mesa Wed., Oct. 10, 9-11 a.m., Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, flu shots only, 20615 E. Ocotillo Rd., Queen Creek Tue., Oct. 16, 3-5 p.m., Chandler Fashion Center, 2nd floor Community Room, 3111 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler Wed., Oct. 17, 2-4:30 p.m., Gateway Pointe Elementary School, 2069 E. De La Torre Dr., Gilbert For a complete list of pediatric, adolescent and adult immunizations offered and to learn more, visit www.ChandlerRegional.org or www.MercyGilbert.org.
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Help stock shelves for military group The shelves are “completely bare” as are the funds to send care packages to soldiers by the East Valley Military Support Group in Chandler, according to founder Faith Steele. She is requesting the community’s assistance in providing food, toiletries and clothing for troops, many who are in areas with no commissary or PX. “They really appreciate what we send,” says Steele, who has been collecting and sending hundreds of boxes overseas since 2003. She says they are in need of food supplies such as peanut butter and jelly in plastic jars, chips, nachos, hard candy, granola bars, power bars, dried fruit, canned soup and meats, corned beef hash, refried beans, tostado shells, cookies, Little Debbie cakes, small pies, etc. Toiletries for females and men, such as baby wipes, eye drops, lip balm, lotions, toothbrushes and toothpaste are needed. “Christmas is just around the corner, and we will be collecting items such as games, cameras, stress balls, Frisbees, footballs, DVDs and CDs, batteries, small flashlights, white or tan T-shirts and shorts.” The group starts wrapping gifts near the end of October and first of November, and volunteers are needed to help package as well, which will take place at Steele’s home at 10 S. 132nd St., Chandler. Steele says she is willing to speak to any group about her organization. Cash donations to pay for postage for mailing the boxes are also welcomed, and a PayPal site is available online at www.eastvalleymilitarysupportgroup.org. Those interested in helping can contact Steele at 480-963-4462 or 480-540-5883.
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an agent who has current knowledge of the available plans and the Medicare system.” For example, Beyerle notes that people who do a lot of traveling need to know the differences between a Medigap Policy and Medicare Advantage Plan; while others who have specific health issues like diabetes or congestive heart failure may want to consider a Special Needs plan. Beyerle is starting to meet with clients about their plans, as the election period goes through Dec. 7 and takes effect Jan. 1, 2013. For those who are happy with their existing Medicare plans, Beyerle says no further action is needed, and companies will send out their annual notice of change. The annual election period used to begin Nov. 15, Beyerle notes. Last year was the first time it began in mid-October. The date change is another reason Beyerle makes it a point to call his clients to check in. If they wait too long to make changes, he says, they will miss their window of opportunity. This is different from the open, or initial enrollment period, when one first qualifies for Medicare Part A or Part B. That is typically done three months before a person turns 65. Beyerle, who has owned his agency for 16 years, was previously a claims manager for eight years. He says he prides himself on the service he offers his clients. “My business cards include both my office and home numbers, so I’m available to people 24/7,” he says. “If the need arises, my clients can call me for help even on weekend evenings.” Alan Beyerle Insurance Agency, Inc. is located at 2370 W. Ray Rd., Suite 1 in Chandler. For more information, call 480-820-2797 or email Beyerle at firstname.lastname@example.org. Alison Stanton is a freelance writer who lives in the East Valley. She can be reached at Alison@SanTanSun.com.
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Seminars weigh Medicare options
Learn about Medicare options during free seminars in Chandler and Gilbert, courtesy of Dignity Health and local insurance representatives. The first meetings are at Mercy Gilbert Medical Center, 3420 S. Mercy Dr., 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Fri., Oct. 19, 26 and Nov. 16. The last one is 10 to 11 a.m. Sat., Nov. 17 at Hilton Chandler, 2929 W. Frye Rd. The focus is on comparing the 2013 benefits of multiple Medicare plans, drug prescription coverage and cost, money-saving strategies and Medicare Parts A-D and supplemental plans. Seating is limited. For reservations, call 877-728-5414.
Diabetes event supports sufferers Diabetes sufferers are invited to attend a free Lifeprint event open to the public and focused on healthy living and diabetes management 9 a.m. to noon Fri., Nov. 9 at Chandler Community Center, 125 E. Commonwealth Ave. Diabetes ActiveCare will also be there to offer tips and tools for preventing and managing diabetes, such as making your own salt-free spice mixes, finding healthful holiday recipes, participating in a blood-sugar meter giveaway and having pharmacist consultations. Reservations must be made by Fri., Nov. 2 by calling 623-707-2900. For more information, visit www.lifeprinthealth.com/ patients-about-lifeprint.
October 6 – 19, 2012
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Jordan helped lead the Yellow Jackets to the 3A state championship game and earned a full scholarship to the Division I University of California at Berkeley. After sitting out the 2011 season, common with freshmen, he’s currently playing defensive back.
A proud father, Bill says his success at Valley Christian coupled with the state championship in 2009 drew the family back to the Pecos Ranch community, south of Chandler Regional Medical Center. “Valley Christian, in a way, saved our life,” says Morgan. “I was not in a good place before I went there, and the players, teachers and community welcomed us with open arms in 2005. As a whole, it was a great experience.” The “not good place” was the aftermath of the death of his oldest daughter, Mishell, from epilepsy at age 18. He took his first sabbatical from coaching afterward. “Any time you lose a child, it’s the worst thing that can happen to anyone,” says Greg Morgan, one of Bill’s four brothers. “I think coaching was an outlet for him. He’s pretty focused when he’s got his mind set on something.” Morgan says he still thinks of Mishell daily, and he and Carla routinely share stories about her. “We still laugh and tease what Mishell would say or do nearly every day,” says the Missouri native. Morgan’s four brothers and wife all feel he should return to his great love – football – as soon as possible.
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FUTURE CHAMP: Jordan Morgan, right, was the quarterback and defensive back during the 2009 Valley Christian season. Jordan is currently playing for Cal in the Pac 12. Submitted Photo
“I think he’ll eventually get back into coaching, he loves it too much,” Carla says. Brother Tom Morgan, a former high school superintendent, feels his “baby brother” should elevate his skills to a higher level. “I’ve always felt Bill should coach at Arizona State University,” Tom says. When told, Morgan, a devoted family man, shrugs and points out that coaching at the college level would put a tremendous strain on a family. Last year, he passed his time training his youngest daughter, Nicole, then a left fielder for sports powerhouse Hamilton High School’s junior varsity girls’ softball team. Nicole also plays for the club team, Chandler Lady Dragons. “I was just as nervous when she was up at the plate as I used to be when I was coaching Jordan in title games,” Morgan says. This year, Nicole transferred back to
Valley Christian – where it all began. She’s currently a varsity cheerleader and will play on the school’s softball team in the spring. Her father’s break from coaching football the past two seasons has other family benefits. “I just spent a week in California watching Jordan’s practice,” Morgan says. “If I was coaching, I wouldn’t have been able to do that.” Pushed a little harder on his future, Morgan offers a confession that should excite area football fans. “I’d like to coach on the 5A level,” he says with a smile. “One of the Chandler schools, preferably.
CELEBRATING MAGIC: Jordan, Carla and Bill Morgan relive the magical 2009 championship season at a formal banquet. Bill Morgan has since taken a sabbatical from coaching. Submitted Photo
Raising domestic violence awareness October is National Domestic Violence Month, and to raise awareness about the “prevalence of domestic violence in our community,” residents are invited to the free 4th Annual Domestic Violence Awareness Breakfast at 8 a.m. Tue., Oct. 9 at Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. The keynote Speaker is Honorable Judge Elizabeth Finn of Glendale City Court, along with Chandler City Prosecutor John Belatti. The event brings community agency representatives and community members together, and showcases available resources. The Chandler Domestic Violence Commission is one of only a few of the country’s commissions dedicated to domestic violence, according to Commissioner Susan StevensClarke. The members are appointed to the commission and work on two subcommittees: Domestic Violence Public Policy and Education and Public Awareness. While there’s no charge for the breakfast, RSVPs are requested to Katie Cain at Kathleen.Cain@chandleraz.gov.
Cody Matera of Pecos Ranch is an intern with the SanTan Sun News and student at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
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Foodies can sample food, beer and wine from more than 30 East Valley restaurants at TASTE. Chandler’s Culinary Festival from 5 to 10 p.m. Sat., Oct. 6 at 3 S. San Marcos Pl., on the west side of Arizona Avenue, in downtown Chandler. Some of the restaurants include Kokopelli, Irish Republic, El Palacio Restaurant & Cantina, AJ’s Café, Floridino’s, Von Hanson Meats, Pearl Sushi, The Hungry Monk, Yoli’s Café, SanTan Brewing Company, Coach & Willie’s and Pittsburgh Willy’s. Others giving tastes are Shimogamo, Superstition Farms, The Keg, Vintage 95, Dos Gringos, Paletas Betty, El Zocalo, Bourbon Jacks, Latitude 8, NYPD Pizza, Grimaldi’s, Le Cordon Bleu, Rubio’s, Whole Foods, Devil’s Kitchen, Nothing Bundt Cakes and Iguana Mack’s. The evening festival, with instrumental jazz guitar music from The Vandal-Hancock Duo, will be more conducive for “a cooler and more romantic culinary event,” according to organizer Landon Evans of HDE Agency. General admission tickets are $35 each, which includes food samplings and 12 drink tickets. Patrons can also cast their votes for the “Best of TASTE.” competition with categories of best American, Asian, Italian, Mexican, Winery, Casual Café, Dessert and Overall “Best Of.” Check the TASTE. Facebook page for updates, details on participating restaurants and opportunities to win tickets at www.facebook.com/tastechandler or to purchase presale tickets, visit www.tastechandler.com.
Irish Sister Cities mixer at Coach & Willie’s 2nd Southwest Tea coming Nov. 3 Be Irish for an evening and join the ChandlerTullamore Sister Cities (CTSC) during its Irish Connection Mixer from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thu., Oct. 11 at Coach & Willie’s, 1 E. Boston St., on the southeast corner at Arizona Avenue in downtown Chandler. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be served, with a cash bar available. “Our Irish Connection Mixer is an informal evening for our members and those interested in all things Irish, and is open to the public,” explains CTSC President Ellen Harrington. CTSC’s mission is to encourage cultural understanding, business-tobusiness development, educational exchanges and community involvement between Chandler and Tullamore, Ireland. Reservations are requested by calling 480-600-8509, emailing chan. firstname.lastname@example.org or visiting www.chandlerirish.org.
The Irish-related Southwest Tea features a light luncheon, live musical entertainment by Irish vocalist Dave Cullen and vocalist Melaney Moore and Irish dancers. The event is open to the public, but reservations are necessary. Cost is $15 for CTSC members, $18 for nonmembers, $10 for children 10 and younger and $20 at the door. Bring a bag of used clothing for CTSC’s “Green for Green” Recycle Project and receive one free raffle ticket, or bring two bags to get two tickets. To purchase tea tickets online, visit www.chandlerirish.org and click on the tea postcard, or send check payable to Chandler-Tullamore Sister Cities to P.O. Box 1474, Chandler, AZ 85244-1474. For more information, contact Southwest Tea Chair Sharon Anderson at 480-229-4924 or email email@example.com.
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Other CTSC events include Green for Green Recycling Event on Wed., Nov. 7 at United Fibers, Chandler; Holiday Self-Defense Class, Sat., Nov. 17 at Chandler Mixed Martial Arts, Chandler; and Holiday Sister Cities Irish Connection Mixer, Thu., Dec. 13 at Coach & Willie’s.
Try an Irish scone topped with prickly pear jelly at the CTSC’s Second Annual Southwest Tea from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sat., Nov. 3 on the Mezzanine of Chandler’s City Hall, 175 S. Arizona Ave., downtown Chandler.
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Help homeless families at wine event A fundraiser to help local homeless families includes an evening of wine tasting, food and entertainment at the Fans Across America “A Night on the Vine” from 4 to 7 p.m. Sun., Oct. 21 at the Vine Expressions Wine Bistro, 1030 S. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert. There will also be a raffle, door prizes and silent auction items, with proceeds going directly to benefit homeless students and families in transition within the Chandler Unified and other East Valley school districts. Fans Across America Charitable Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, nonprofit organization providing daily living necessities for homeless students, homeless families in transition and families with seriously ill or special needs children. Fans Across America is at 78 W. Ray Rd., Suite 3, Chandler. Tickets for the event are $50 per person and are available either online at www.fansacrossamerica.org or http://fansofwine.eventbrite.com, or by calling 480-821-3013.
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Bring the family to the 11th annual Kokopelli Krush, a weekend of Krush grape-stomping competitions, live entertainment, games, a kids’ play area and wine and beer. It kicks off at 5 p.m. Fri., Oct. 19 and runs through 5 p.m. Sun., Oct. 21 at Kokopelli Winery and Bistro, 35 W. Boston St., Chandler. It’s the longest running and KRUSH IT: Two-person teams place fresh most decorated annual wine grapes in tubs to see how much juice they event in Arizona, according to can stomp out of them. Submitted photo Kokopelli owner Dennis “Chief Wine-O” Minchella. The signature event at Kokopelli Krush is the Krush grape-stomping competition, where teams of two compete daily for prizes. Overall winners return for the “ultimate stomp title” in a championship round Sunday, and the winner can choose from a variety of prizes, including a five-day, four-night Carnival cruise for two; round-trip tickets for two on Southwest Airlines; or a two-night trip for two to Las Vegas with flights and hotel included. Attendees can sample wine from a dozen local winegrowers in the Arizona Wine Gallery, sponsored by Mercedes Benz of Chandler. This year’s featured wineries include: Alcantara, Lawrence Dunham, Javelina Leap, Arizona Stronghold, Kief-Joshual, Kieling Schaffer, Su Vino, Studio Vino, Carlson Creek, Page Springs, Callaghan Vineyards and Kokopelli Winery. Live entertainment includes Freddie Duran Plan on Friday night, Notes from Neptune from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, with The 8Teaze on Saturday night. Other Krush sponsors include SanTan Sun News and the Chandler Hilton. A percentage of the proceeds from Kokopelli Krush will go to benefit the American Cancer Society. Stompers can register in advance online for $15 per team or at the door for $20. Admission to Kokopelli Krush is $15 and includes one drink ticket or an Arizona wine tasting. Purchase tickets in advance at Kokopelli. For more information, call 480-792-6927. To purchase ticket packages, visit www.kokopelliwinery.net.
Buy a chance to win a handmade quilt and help uninsured cancer patients and their families at the annual “Learning, Loving and Living with Cancer Luncheon” from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thu., Oct. 25, sponsored by the Desert Cancer Foundation of Arizona (DCFA) at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort, 1 N. San Marcos Pl., Chandler. Chandler Police Chief Sherry Kiyler will emcee the educational event, which enables DCFA to carry out its mission of providing treatment resources for uninsured men and women of Arizona. The Linda Rainford Award and the Edgar H. Hernandez Humanitarian Award will be presented to two deserving members of the community who have shown dedication and commitment in bringing information and awareness for cancer patients. Dr. Edgar Hernandez, breast surgeon, Dr. Ajay Bhatnagar, radiation oncologist and attorney Helen Davis, a cancer survivor, will be guest speakers. A large quilt, entitled “Through Darkness Comes Light” that was made and donated by Judy Androsky, will be raffled, with raffle tickets available online and at the event for $5 each or three for $10. Raffle ticket holders do not need to be present to win. In addition, through a partnership with the Brighton Store at Chandler Fashion Center, Brighton Cancer bracelets will be on sale at the luncheon or online for $50. In addition, the Brighton Store will give DCFA 10% of all proceeds received HEALING: This quilt, from cancer bracelets they sell. made by Judy Androsky, Tickets for the luncheon are $35 will be raffled at per person or $350 for a table of 10, the Desert Cancer and reservations are due by Sun., Oct. Foundation of Arizona 21. For details or to purchase tickets luncheon Oct. 25. online, visit www.desertcanceraz.org. Submitted photo
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Fashion show aids animals See the latest in clothing, hair and make-up at The Studio Academy of Beauty’s annual Fashion Show for Charity at 6:30 p.m. Wed., Nov. 7 at the Chandler Senior Center, 202 E. Boston St., Chandler. The theme is FASHIONABLE: “Music,” and the Clothing, make-up fashion show will and hair will be on the runway at The feature clothes Studio Academy donated by local of Beauty’s annual stores for the Fashion Show for evening. All hair Charity Nov. 7. Ally and makeup will Schmidli modeled be provided by at last year’s event. students from The Submitted photo Studio Academy of Beauty. Refreshments and raffle prizes will round off the evening. All of the proceeds benefit the Kit Kat Foundation, a local animal rescue organization to help find new homes for cats and dogs. Seating is limited, and tickets can be purchased for $10 at The Studio Academy of Beauty, 610 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler. The beauty school specializes in the education of cosmetology and esthetics, and is locally owned and operated by Cathy Koluch. For details, call 480-857-1138 or visit www.thestudioacademyofbeauty.com.
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City of Chandler’s Aquatics Division, Chandler Fire Department and Chandler Channel 11 receive the Media Award from the Arizona Parks and Recreation Association (APRA) for a drowning prevention video produced collaboratively between the departments. The script was written by Aquatic Coordinator Hillary Bellus in partnership with Aquatic Coordinator Traci Tenkely and Fire Battalion Chief Brad Miller. Tenkely and Miller also hosted the show, which was shot and edited by Video Production Specialist Stacy Sacco. The drowning prevention video appealed directly to the public by providing three easy steps to educate parents: secure, supervise and train, and was produced internally in a firefighter’s backyard pool with several children and staff members. The winning video is available on the Chandler Recreation YouTube Channel at www.youtube.com/watch?v=si-MhtV 6A3w&feature=share&list=PL629E699D4911E730. Chandler Center for the Arts receives a $75,000 grant from Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust to fund a formal organizational review of the Center and specifically “identify the organizational capacities and actions needed
to achieve the vision and adapt to the needs of a changing community.” CCA General Manager Katrina Pappas says following approval from the Chandler Cultural Foundation Board, they will release a formal Request for Proposals to select a consultant to perform the work. She says the project’s final phase “will include business planning to address the required resources for implementing key recommendations from the study.” Info: www.chandlercenter.org. Melanie Slate, community outreach coordinator for the City of Chandler Police Department, receives the Lucia Causey Excellence In Volunteer Management Award, Melanie Slate honoring a volunteer program administrator “who reflects the high ideals of the profession and whose dedicated efforts allow volunteers to produce significant achievements.” Named for the former executive director of the Volunteer Center of Maricopa County, the award is given to nonprofit and government volunteer coordinators in central Arizona. ICAN Volunteer Coordinator Marisa Dominguez praises Slate, a 10-year ICAN volunteer, as “a wonderful person, full of compassion and a willingness to devote her time to serving others.” Chandler Police Department Cmdr. Edward Upshaw calls her “a very impressive lady” who is usually the first contact for individuals who wish to volunteer for the Chandler Police Department. “In the five years, I have worked with her she has never said
no to a request or failed to succeed in locating the right person for requested need.” CPD’s Sgt. Greg Howarth says “Her great attitude, dedication and commitment epitomize the success of our volunteer program. ” Dr. Eleanor Jordan, EAJ Institute co-director, presented information on assessing children’s skills at a recent Parent Partnership Institute meeting at the New Vistas EAJ Institute, 670 Dr. Eleanor Jordan N. Arizona Ave., Suite 35, Chandler. She discussed how important accurate assessment of a child’s developmental, cognitive, and relational skills is to future academic decisions by parents and teachers alike. Info: 480-963-2313, www.newvistasaz. com/eajinstitute.html. Maricopa Community Colleges, which includes Chandler-Gilbert Community College, signs a transfer student agreement with Westminster College of Fulton, MO, one of the top liberal arts colleges in the country, making it easier for students to continue their higher education at Westminster. All applicable associate degrees successfully completed at any of the colleges within the Maricopa Community College system will be able to transfer to Westminster, and courses taken at any Maricopa college will transfer. Westminster at Mesa will begin in the fall semester of 2013 at 245 W. 2nd St., Mesa, in a 53,000-square-foot facility that was formerly the Mesa City Court building. Info: www.westminster-mo.edu.
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Brian Cheney of Chandler is selected by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) to represent the United States at the 32nd International Tennis Federation (ITF) SuperSeniors World Team Championships hosted by the Hrvatski Teniski Savez, or Croatian Tennis Association, in Umag, Croatia last month. The tournament is the senior tennis equivalent of the Davis Cup and Fed Cup, with the top American tennis players representing their country in the 60, 65, 70, 75 and 80-and-older age groups. Cheney and team won the Britannia Cup-Men’s 65 & over division. Info: www.usta.com. Garrett Iverson of Chandler competed in the 2012 Santa Ana Star Casino New Mexico Open, New Mexico’s major golf tournament and one of the leading ones in the southwest playing host to some of the nation’s top professional and amateur golfers.
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Innovations opens expanded space Funding options for Several companies are moving small biz over coffee into 24,000 square feet of additional space at Innovations Science & Technology Incubator in Chandler, expanded from the original 38,000 square feet when the space opened in April 2010. The expansion was needed when the incubator reached full occupancy nearly 18 months ahead of projections, according to City of Chandler spokesperson Jane Poston. Now there are 23 companies with nearly 100 employees operating out of the facility including HealthTell, a biotechnology start-up company; along with Serious Integrated, Cummings Engineering, which expanded their old space into the new, Dow Media Group, ZMDI and Invoy Technologies, which is finishing tenant improvements. Last October, the Chandler City Council unanimously agreed to expand the Innovations Incubator. Opening with lease agreements from three companies, Poston says the building owner, Capital Commercial Investments, assumed the cost of the tenant improvements, with no out-of-pocket expenses from the City of Chandler. The first phase of the incubator space continues to serve companies by providing access to specialized lab equipment and facilities, while the expansion space is geared towards technology companies with a greater need for office facilities, with access to the knowledge, collaboration and support provided by Innovations. Chandler expects to benefit as tenants develop supply chains and business relationships, take commercial space and create an employment base in the city. Additionally, Poston says the jobs that are being created have an average salary of about $6,000, well above the national average. Innovations’ state-of-the-art facilities offer wet and dry labs, common lab equipment, office and lab furniture, as well as shared business services, access to capital, scientific and corporate expertise and educational forums. For more information, visit www.chandleraz.gov/ed.
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Small businesses in Arizona can learn how to qualify for some $18.2 million in loans at the next Coffee & Connections from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Thu., Oct. 18 at the Innovations Incubator, 145 S. 79th St., Chandler. Thurston Jennings, vice president of capital strategies for the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) will explain the Arizona Innovation Accelerator Fund (AIAF) program and its requirements. The AIAF’s goal is to help provide financing to small businesses and manufacturers, in collaboration with private finance partners, to foster business expansion and job creation in Arizona. The program targets multiple industries including, but not limited to, aerospace and defense, semiconductors, optics, bioscience, and renewable energy. Jennings manages the AIAF and works with ACA management on their various grant and financial incentive programs. Coffee & Connections is a quarterly series presented by the SBDC in partnership with the Innovations Science & Technology Incubator in Chandler. Dates for the 2013 series are: Jan. 17, April 18, July 18, and Oct. 17. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required due to limited seating. To register, visit www.maricopasbdc.com or call Sanjay Dhole, Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at 480-784-0591.
October 6 – 19, 2012
Dignity Health opening in Maricopa
Two projects on the drawing board could dramatically improve access to health care for the residents of Maricopa. Dignity Health Care plans to open two facilities in the next four years. The first, an urgent care center, is slated to open in early 2013 followed by a planned hospital in 2016. The clinic, housed in a retail center, will be staffed with board certified / eligible physicians and registered nurses, care for patients of all ages and offer on-site radiology and lab capabilities. The Dignity Health Urgent Care Center will be open from noon to 9 p.m. year-round. “Dignity Health’s presence strengthens Maricopa’s health care sector and will provide jobs throughout all of central Arizona,” says Maricopa Mayor Christian Price. In addition, Dignity Health purchased 18.56 acres at the intersection of Maricopa Road State Route 347 and Smith-Enke Road with the intent to build a free-standing emergency hospital. Initial plans call for a 34,800-square-foot, two-story hospital with 22 emergency department treatment rooms, two surgical suites, four patient beds and outpatient imaging. Dignity Health will have invested approximately $33 million at the completion of the first phase of the project. Maricopa is one of the most rapidly growing communities in the country, according to the 2010 U.S. Census. It is the 19th largest city in Arizona with more than 43,000 residents. The health services company currently operates three acute care hospitals: Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert medical centers, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, as well as the St. Joseph’s Medical Group and three Urgent Care Centers in Gilbert, Ahwatukee and Queen Creek. For more, visit www.dignityhealth.org.
October 6 – 19, 2012
Dentist takes bite out of oral angst
NO FEARS: Dentist Dr. Hilarry Douglas, third from left, and staff, help patients not be afraid when coming in for oral care. STSN photo by K. M. Lang
Dental anxiety has likely been around since cave dwellers were breaking their teeth against mastodon bones. Today, however, dentists such as Chandler’s Hilarry Douglas are using modern technology and a little TLC to take the angst out of oral health. “We still see a lot of anxious patients,” says Douglas, explaining that during her 14 years as a dentist, much of the fear she’s encountered has been rooted in unpleasant memories. “For adults, it tends to be when they were kids and the dentist held them down and did something without them being numb,” she explains, adding that fearful children may be reacting to a bad experience, or may simply be too young to understand a dental procedure. Whether patients are young or old, pain is nearly always at the heart of their apprehension, says Douglas. “They don’t want to feel the shots, or they don’t want to feel any pain with treatment.” Today’s dentists can keep uneasy patients comfortable using methods including I.V. sedation and nitrous oxide – or laughing gas – which Douglas has found to “help tremendously.” Improvements in equipment have led to less time in the dentist’s chair, and offices such as Douglas’, located on
Chandler Boulevard near the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort, have none of the austerity associated with dental practices of the past. “I remember my dentist back home,” says Douglas. “His office was white walls, really cold-looking, outdated magazines and you’d hear that zing, zing, zing every time you went there.” While she admits her patients may occasionally hear the “zing” of the drill, “my office overlooks a golf course, so they get to see nature versus white walls. They hear music. We try to make them feel comfortable as soon as they walk in, to create some kind of different atmosphere so patients don’t feel they’re in a dental office.” While a calming environment can ease dental anxiety, empathy on the part of both the dentist and office staff is also important, adds Douglas. “You want somebody who can spend time listening to the patient, finding out their reasons for being so anxious. Usually with our anxious patients, we talk them through the procedures and let them know what we’re doing ahead of time. We make them comfortable, whether it’s giving them a blanket or letting them listen to music or watch a movie.” While treating a nervous patient can require extra effort on the part of a dentist, the real danger is that fear will keep patients from seeking timely treatment. Douglas recommends checkups every three to six months, “depending on the situation,” and emphasizes the importance of preventing the infections, gum disease and other major issues that can lead to the very pain patients’ dread – and hurt their pocketbook, as well. “If we can catch things early, the treatment and the cost will be minimal. But if patients delay, then of course the procedure will be major. I’ll have to do dentures or a crown or a root canal, and all of that does add up. A filling is so much cheaper than a crown, you know?” Hilarry A. Douglas DDS PC practices at 575 W. Chandler Blvd., Suite 223. For information, call 480-855-7888. K. M. Lang lives and writes in Sun Groves. To contact her, email KMLang@SanTanSun.com.
DACA students get in-state tuition at MCCCD
Lower in-state tuition rates will be allowed at Maricopa Community Colleges District (MCCCD) for those granted federally issued employment authorization documents, commonly referred as work permits, obtained by Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Arizona’s education has been affected since 2007 by Prop. 300, which denied in-state tuition for undocumented students, according to an MCCCD news release, forcing thousands of students to reduce the number of credits taken each semester or quit higher education altogether due to the high cost of tuition. “This is one of the greatest days of our lives, because we have been fighting for our education and it is an important component of our advocacy for young immigrant’s rights,” says Dulce Matuz, chairwoman of the Arizona DREAM Act Coalition (ADAC). “Also because we are taxpayers in Arizona and this is an acknowledgement of our monetary contributions.” MCCCD includes Chandler-Gilbert Community College. For details, visit www.cgc.maricopa.edu.
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Doing Business Gentle Care Dental PLLC Owner: David Barela, DDS and Karen Wu, DMD In business: Since June 2010 Unique features: General dental care with a variety of services; unique marketing techniques include a window dressing to see what their “GentleCare Bear” is up to. In this photo, the bear is watching a monsoon storm. Hours: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday Address: 2033 E. Warner Rd., Suite 115, Tempe Phone: 480-345-2165 Website: www.GentleCareDentalAZ.com Email: Contact@AZGentleCare.com
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Send in your business profile for ‘Doing Business’ The SanTan Sun News would like to welcome new area businesses or existing ones that may be new to our readers. Submit information about your business for a “Doing Business” mini-business profile in an upcoming issue of our publication, which is distributed to 35,000 homes, racks and boxes on the first and third Saturdays of the month. Please include all of the following items: Name of
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Additional parking and more shade are two of the benefits of moving the Downtown Chandler Farmer’s Market to its new location in Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, 3 S. Arizona Ave., on the east side of Arizona Avenue. From 3 to 7 p.m. every Thursday, there’s homemade and farm-grown foods and vegetables available for purchase with various other trinkets, jewelry, crafts, pictures and more from local businesses and artists. For more, call 480-855-3539 or visit www.downtownchandler.org
Orchid Society celebrates 50 years Hundreds of exotic orchids will be picked and displayed at the Orchid Society of Arizona Inc.’s Golden Anniversary sale Sat. and Sun., Oct. 20 and 21 at Arizona State Veterans Home, Liberty Hall, 4141 N. S. Herrerra Way in Phoenix. Many of the board members and collectors from the Orchid Society reside in Chandler. Fun facts and educational information will be available at the event, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat., Oct. 20 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sun., Oct. 21. Admission is free, and guests can purchase from hundreds of orchids for sale, each with a unique color, shape and scent. The event will also feature orchid growing supplies, door prizes, raffle items, refreshments and entertainment. For information, call Lou Remeikis, at 602-803-6889, or visit www.orchidsocietyaz.org.
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Chompie’s falls for pumpkin recipes All things orange, including pumpkin bagels and cream cheese and orange-cranberry scones, are part of Chompie’s fall offerings. The restaurant introduces homemade baked treats, such as pumpkin spice muffins, scones and bread, as well as orange-cranberry bagels. Also featured are pumpkin-cranberry-pecan pancakes, cranberrypumpkin waffles and pumpkin crème brûlée. Autumn treats are available for a limited time at all four of Chompie’s locations, including Chandler at 3481 W. Frye Rd. Bakery selections may vary by location. For a complete menu, visit www.chompie’s.com.
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Holiday Enchantment set for Chamber Plus Tech Toys, Chandler 100, SBDC’s HP LIFE, Wake Up Chandler, Tech Corner Kick off the holiday season at the Chandler Chamber of Commerce’s 20th Annual Holiday Enchantment Gala from 6 to 11 p.m. Fri., Nov. 16 at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort, 1 N. San Marcos Pl., Chandler. This year’s theme is a “White Party,” so attendees are encouraged to wear their nicest white attire, as there will be “paparazzi” waiting for the guests. Featuring a taste of Chandler, there will be food vendors from around the area, plus live and silent auctions. Back by popular demand, the Upper East Side Big Band will perform. “This event is a chance for large and small businesses to come together to begin the holiday season all for a great cause and will be a lot of fun,” says Terri Kimble, president and CEO of the Chandler Chamber of Commerce. Tickets are $45 in advance, which includes the food tasting..
Looking for that perfect holiday gift for the techie in your life? Chandler Chamber of Commerce hosts “Technology Toys for 2012,” a 90-minute lunch seminar sponsored by Verizon Wireless and Catalyst Computer Technologies, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thu., Oct. 11 at Chamber headquarters. The event showcases the coolest technology available this holiday season including children and adult tech toys, gifts under $50, gifts over $150 and must-haves, among others. Price is $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers. Reservations are required and
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Celebrate Chandler’s top 100 businesses at a recognition ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Tue., Oct. 16 at the Hilton Phoenix / Chandler, 2929 W. Frye Rd., Chandler. Deadline to register is Thu., Oct. 11. Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny will present an update on the state of the business community, and each stakeholder business will be recognized and featured in a 2012 Chandler 100 publication. The cost to attend is $50 per person and $600 for a corporate table of 10.
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Get help starting a business at AZ SBDC network’s free “HP LIFE - Start-Up Lab” from 2 to 4 p.m. Tue., Oct. 9 at the Chambers Small Business Development Center. Through a donation by Hewlett-Packard Corporation, the program features hands-on use of a computer station, and focuses on the business problem rather than the software with speaker Kristin Slice. Then from 4 to 6 p.m., “HP LIFE Small Business Academy” focuses on web page design and management, where attendees learn about planning, designing, building, positioning, promoting and maintaining a website. Learn how to add, remove and organize content, how to change graphics and navigational elements with Kristin Slice, Nancy Sanders and Mark Engle. While there’s no cost to attend, the session
is limited to the first 24 signups by registering through the SBDC at www.maricopa-sbdc. com/events.htm.
Wake-Up Chandler at Anytime Fitness
Join the morning networking group, Wake-Up Chandler, at the grand opening and ribbon cutting from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Wed., Oct. 10 at Anytime Fitness, 1072 W. Chandler Blvd., west of the northwest corner of Chandler and Alma School roads. The cost is $5 for members, $15 for nonmembers with Chairman’s Circle Passes accepted. Bring business cards and brochures, and be prepared to give a 30-second commercial about your business. Promote a business by bringing a door prize.
Play with toys at Tech Corner
Technology Toys for the 2012 holidays is the subject of a 90-minute lunch seminar from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thu., Oct. 11. Find out about tech toys for kids and adults, those under $50 and over $150, even “eclectic” tech gifts for those who have everything. RSVP is required, and the cost is $5 for members, $10 for nonmembers and includes a deli style lunch and beverage.
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The Chandler Chamber of Commerce is at 25 S. Arizona Pl., Suite 201, Chandler. Unless otherwise specified, register for any of these programs by calling 480-963-4571 or visiting www.chandlerchamber.com or www.meetup.com/ChandlerChamber.
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Paint colors, accessories and design tips will be on display 10 to 11:30 a.m. Sat., Oct. 20 when interior decorators Christine Hippensteel and Peg Conway present “Dream Room Makeovers” at Chandler Public Library’s Downtown Branch, 22 S. Delaware St. The decorating duo will inspire attendees to consider some stunning and dramatic changes to their home at this interactive workshop featuring a beforeand-after slideshow, paint-color segment, fun decorating-style quiz and numerous samples of decorating items. The event is free. For more information, call 480-821-8020, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the designers’ websites at decdens.com/pegconway and decdens.com/christinehippensteel.
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Veterans or their spouses who write a story in 100 words or less by Sat., Oct. 20 on why converting a fiberglass bathtub to a step-in shower would be beneficial, will be entered to win a free fiberglass tub conversion and two installed safety grab bars, an $885 value, by Todd’s Porcelain & Fiberglass Repair. The winner will be notified by Wed., Oct. 31. Todd’s owner, Gary Farrell of Sun Lakes, says this is the first time the contest has been offered during the 35 years Todd’s has been serving Chandler and the southeast Valley. CONVERTED: A fiberglass tub “This fiberglass tub conversion converted to a step-in shower to a step-in shower and grab by Todd’s Porcelain & Fiberglass Repair. Submitted photo bars are designed to help you live independently longer in the comfort of your own home,” says Farrell. “Bathroom safety is vital, with more than 60% of falls occurring in the bathroom.” Todd’s, a Mesa-based licensed, bonded and insured company, has been fixing “ugly” tubs and showers across Maricopa County since 1978. Farrell says Todd’s enjoys an A+ rating from Arizona Better Business Bureau (BBB) and has several Super Service Awards from Angie’s List. Send a story and contact information to email@example.com or mail to Todd’s Porcelain & Fiberglass Repair, 1829 S. Horne, Suite 14, Mesa, AZ 85204. For more about converting a fiberglass tub or grab bars, visit www.ToddsBathtubs.com or call 480-835-7070.
Sponsors are sought to help continue the efforts of the nonprofit youth program ICAN by donating to the 9th Annual Festival of Trees, to be held Fri., Nov. 30 at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort, 5594 W. Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler. “Paint the Town Red” is the theme for the event, which includes live entertainment, live and silent auctions and a dinner to raise additional funds for the organization’s nationally accredited preventative programming for Chandler youth. ICAN “gives them skills and support needed to make positive decisions when it comes to substance abuse, gang activity and juvenile delinquency” at no cost to the children or their families, according to ICAN CEO Becky CAN BE YOURS: Attendees at the annual Jackson. She says ICAN serves more ICAN Festival of Trees can bid on and than 300 youth daily. take home a heavily decorated holiday “We are excited to celebrate the tree and the swag around it, such as this organization’s accomplishments one with a patriotic theme, donated with the community,” she adds. last year by Kovach, Inc. of Chandler. Current sponsors for the 9th Submitted photo Annual Festival of Trees include Big Two Toyota Scion of Chandler and AlphaGraphics of Gilbert. Individuals or businesses wanting more information or to donate a live or silent auction item, can contact ICAN at 480-821-4207 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Put on some makeup and a pretty dress, and head over to the Melonhead Foundation’s sixth annual “Drag Bingo” at 6:30 p.m. Sat., Oct. 20 at Crowne Plaza San Marcos Resort, 1 N. San Marcos Pl. The event is for ages 21 and older and features dinner, bingo, entertainment and a costume contest. A raffle and silent auction are included, and a cash bar will be available. Tickets are $60 per person or a table of 10 for $500 and can be purchased at www.melonhead. org. Proceeds benefit the Melonhead Foundation, which supports pediatric cancer patients and their families. Info: www. campwannahealyah.org.
In-store shredding services are now offered by The UPS Store, located in the Fry’s Marketplace at 975 E. Riggs Rd., Chandler, along with select The UPS Store locations across the United States, and a shredding party is held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat., Oct. 27. During the event, the first 10 pounds are free and 78 cents per pound after that. The UPS Store added the service to further promote identity protection, based on estimates by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that nearly 9 million Americans have their identities stolen each year, and rummaging through trash is one of the common ways identity thieves victimize consumers. “Securely destroying documents is a critical step in preventing identity theft,” says The UPS Store franchisee Don Pratt. “Recognizing that there is a need for this type of service, we added a secure shredding container at our location. Customers can drop their sensitive documents into the container and our secured shredding service provider Iron Mountain will pick up these documents and shred them at its secure shredding facility.” The FTC encourages consumers to shred charge receipts, copies of credit applications, insurance forms, physician statements, checks and bank statements, expired charge cards being discarded and credit offers received in the mail. The UPS Store also offers mailboxes, packing and shipping services. For information, call The UPS Store at 480-782-9211 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Record, VHS transfer specials To celebrate six years in business in Chandler, Al Robbins of Al’s Olde Record & VHS Transfers at 1175 E. Winchester Pl. offers free transfer during the month of October. “I would like to give back to the community that helped me be as successful as I have been,” Robbins says. Robbins offers free pick-up and delivery. For an appointment, call him at 561-213-5341 or email Swinginpearls@yahoo.com.
Vintage flea market brings unique offerings
OLD IS NEW AGAIN: Findings Vintage Market displays unique repurposed and vintage pieces at its fleamarket sales. Submitted photo
Ocotillo Lakes resident Dana Groom, co-owner of Findings Vintage Market, brings her unique flea-market treasures to the East Valley 4 to 8 p.m. Fri., Oct. 26 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat., Oct. 27. Findings Vintage Market, which features interesting vintage, tatty, shabby and repurposed pieces, will set up shop on the southeast corner of Rural and Warner roads. Its vendors have one-of-a-kind design styles and will showcase industrial decor, vintage jewelry, intricately-painted pumpkins, delicious baked goods, steam punk items and furniture. For more information, visit www.findingsvintagemarket.com, or email email@example.com.
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Enter a local Cruise Planners’ contest by Fri., Nov. 16 for a chance to win an “over-the-top” group celebration to a popular travel destination. Maria Corchuelo, a Cruise Planners – American Express Travel advisor and franchise owner based in Chandler, is launching the first Destination Celebration of a Lifetime Facebook Sweepstakes. To enter, contestants must visit her Facebook page to unlock the sweepstakes for an opportunity to win a trip for an upcoming wedding, anniversary, special celebratory event or just to get away with up to 16 guests in Miami, FL; Cozumel, Mexico; Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands or St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. “Facebook is a wonderful tool for travelers, and my goal is to attract people interested in visiting new places, meeting new people and enjoying the good life,” says Corchuelo. “My Facebook page is a forum for seasoned travelers and newbies alike to learn about the newest travel trends, hot spots and deals. This sweepstakes is just one benefit of being a travel fan and I can’t wait to see who the lucky winner will be.” The recipient of the Destination Celebration of a Lifetime Sweepstakes will receive pre-event planning including unlimited consultant services, complimentary travel gift registry and a personalized website as well as onsite event execution including a professional event coordinator, hors d’oeuvres, cake and elegant floral centerpieces, amongst other prizes. In addition, the winner along with their traveling friends will receive a Cruise Planners – American Express Travel Gift Party Pack with tote bag, Cruise Planners gear and a blue topaz pendant and earring set provided by Effy Jewelry. For a chance to win or for more information, visit www.facebook.com/mariacorchuelo, www.joyatsea. com or call 855-219-7778.
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To celebrate their third anniversary, Chandler’s Luxe Salon & Spa teams with Snapbooth to give away a $1,100 Photo Booth Package for a special event. The promotion runs through Mon., Oct. 29. To enter the “Beauty & the Booth Giveaway” contest, Luxe and Snapbooth bridal clients must book and receive a bridal trial for hair, nails or makeup at Luxe, while current or new clients can earn an entry by purchasing a full-size retail product and “checking in” on the salon’s Facebook page at facebook.com/LuxeSalonandSpaAZ. Luxe, named a Reader’s Choice Award Runner Up for Best Salon/Spa 2012 and Snapbooth, No. 1 photo booth pick from both The Knot 2012 and Wedding Wire 2011, will choose and announce the winner on the salon’s Facebook page and website, and the winner will be contacted directly by phone and / or email. Luxe Salon & Spa is at 2410 S. Gilbert Rd., Suite C-1, Chandler and can be reached at 480-209-1659 and on the web at www.luxesalonspaaz.com.
Cactus Semiconductor holds food drive
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Help the community during National Food Bank Month by bringing nonperishable items to Cactus Semiconductor, Inc., 60 N. McClintock Dr., Suite 1, Chandler by the end of October. Especially needed are peanut butter, macaroni and cheese, jelly and Thanksgiving food items. In addition, owners James McDonald and Nandini Srinivasan will match any items donated by their employees in their efforts to “give back to the community.” For more information about the food drive, contact Michelle Smith at 480-283-7164 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For details about the company, visit www.cactussemi.com.
October 6 – 19, 2012
ACCOUNTING EXCELLENCE: Recognized during a recent Chandler City Council Study Session by Mayor Tibshraeny, far right, and Councilmember Kevin Hartke, far left, were representatives of the Accounting Division, from left: Financial Services Analyst Rob Coryea, Accounting Manager Penny Burczyk, Accounting Supervisor April Wilkerson, Accounting Specialist Anna Wilmarth and Senior Financial Reporting Analyst Derrick Beracy. Submitted photo
City of Chandler’s Accounting Division receives a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association, marking the 30th consecutive year the City has earned the recognition. Chandler received its highest marks ever for its efforts to prepare the comprehensive annual financial report. HDE Agency’s Great American Barbeque & Beer Festival wins Outstanding Event of the Year at the 18th Annual AzTEC Awards. Titled as Arizona’s largest BBQ & Beer fest, in its third year the event drew an increase in patrons, was staffed by more than 500 volunteers and offered twice as much space, food, beer and live entertainment from previous years. The event also raised more than $30,000 to benefit the Downtown Chandler Community
Foundation (DCCF). HDE Agency, a full service agency offering public relations, design, advertising, social media, print collateral and event production, is also one of the largest producers of special events in Arizona with more than a dozen annual signature events including the Downtown Chandler Oktoberfest, TASTE. Chandler’s Culinary Festival, Chandler Summer Splash & Dash and Ameri-CAN Canned Craft Beer Festival. Info: www.hdeagency.com. Valley Metro encourages residents to try transit, carpool, bike, walk and telework during Rideshare Month in October and save time, money and reduce stress. Rideshare Month promotions include a Commute Tracker contest, where prizes can be won by logging daily commute activities at www.SharetheRide. com; and Employer Challenge, where local organizations compete against each other in a Valleywide challenge October 7 through 13 by getting their employees to leave their cars at home at least once a week. Info: www.ValleyMetro.org, 602-262-RIDE.
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Maricopa Community Colleges’ Human Resources (HR) department is profiled in the Fall 2012 edition of The Higher Education Workplace, a national publication of the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources. The publication’s cover article, “A New Direction: How One HR Leader Set the Stage for Change at the Maricopa Community Colleges,” is an interview with Nikki Jackson, vice chancellor for Human Resources, who has led the effort at Maricopa. The article is online at www.cupahr.org/ knowledgecenter/files/heworkplace/ HEWorkplace_Vol4No2_New_Direction.pdf. Toyota Financial Services (TFS) gives the Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley (BGCEV) a new Toyota Sienna Minivan and an $80,000 financial donation. Ramon Elias, CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley, says the donation will “have a direct positive impact on our youth programs and services, especially at the Thunderbird Branch in Guadalupe.” Info: www.clubzona.org. Dr. W. R. Nickel of Chandler is returning to chiropractic work after coming out of retirement. “I just missed it more than I thought I would. I missed helping and fixing people,” he says. Nickel is back at work with Chandler practitioner Dr. Stephen Yeager at 2330 N. Alma School Rd., Suite 124, in the Pollock Alma School Shoppes behind the Oasis Bedrooms between Warner and Elliot roads. His hours will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the first and third Saturday and 2 to 5 p.m. on the second and fourth Saturday. Appointments: 480-216-8811.
Desert Bone & Joint welcomes orthopedic surgeon Dr. Benjamin MacQueen to their practice. MacQueen, with a focus on sports medicine, recently completed a Sports Medicine Fellowship at the Orthopedic Research of Virginia after receiving his medical education from the Medical College of Wisconsin. His special interests are in shoulder and knee reconstructive surgery and general orthopedics. Desert Bone & Joint, formerly UPA Orthopedic Specialists, is at 2175 N. Alma School Rd., Suite A104, Chandler. Info: www.desertboneandjoint.com. Commercial Properties Inc.’s Benham Malcom, 56, of Chandler, died Tue., Sept. 4, of brain cancer. Malcom joined CPI in 2001 with more than 20 years of experience in accounting, finance and Benham Malcom business management. Submitted photo He is survived by two sisters, his wife, Melissa, and daughter, Elly. Tempe-based CPI is a CORFAC International affiliate, full-service brokerage and propertymanagement firm for all product types. Info: www.cpiaz.com. Kohl’s plans to hire more than 52,700 associates this holiday season to support their holiday business in stores and growth in e-commerce in 2012, up more than 10% from last year. Seasonal associates can work anywhere from a few hours to more than 20 hours per week in store jobs that include unloading trucks, freight processing, stocking and cash register duties and at the company’s distribution centers. Hiring is under way, and most jobs will be filled by mid-November. The Southern Chandler Kohl’s is at 1430 S. Arizona Ave. Info: 480-782-5865, www.Kohls.com.
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It’s been five years since The Goddard School of Gilbert opened at 720 E. Warner Rd. in Gilbert, and to celebrate the momentous occasion, SanTan Sun area residents are invited to the school’s Birthday Celebration Open House from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sat., Oct. 6. Children of all ages can enjoy refreshments, bounce houses and games, and families are encouraged to bring friends and extended family. The school will also host Five Star Publications children’s author Conrad Storad and the local Gilbert Fire Department. Onsite owners Misty and Jeremy Sadlon,
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Athlos celebrates good grade An “A” ranking from the Arizona Department of Education goes to Athlos Traditional Academy, a free, public kindergartener through eighth-grade charter school in Chandler. The honor was recently celebrated with a plaque ceremony attended by the school’s founders, superintendent, school administrators, teachers and parents. The Chandler campus is one of seven schools in the “A”-ranked Legacy Traditional School District. In 2011, the Legacy Traditional School District was the only “A”-ranked district in Pinal County, and was in the top 3% of all districts in Arizona. In 2012, the district doubled its size, adding three new campuses, including its Chandler Athlos campus. Enrollment is currently open at the school, which offers a back-to-basics curriculum at an accelerated place in an environment said to promote positive health habits and physical fitness. Athlos Traditional Academy is at 3201 S. Gilbert Rd. in Chandler. To schedule a tour, call 480-270-5422 or visit www.AthlosTraditional.org.
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Taste of Hamilton fundraiser
Try samples of food and help homeless students at the 7th Annual Taste of Hamilton from 6 to 7 p.m. Fri., Oct. 19 in the Hamilton High School parking lot, 3700 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. Participating restaurants include Chompie’s, Uncle Bear’s, Tasti D-lite, Chick-fil-A, Village Inn, Los Favs and Garcias.
In addition, donated toiletries are requested, such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner and soap. All money raised will go directly to the homeless and disadvantaged students in the Chandler Unified School District. The cost for Taste is $5 per person, $10 per family; or $4 for HHS students, and $3 with an activity card. A game against Basha High follows; admission to Taste does not include the football game.
Youth Free evaluations for injured student athletes Free complimentary sports injury evaluations are available from 7 to 9 a.m. Saturdays in October and part of November to SanTan Sun area high school seniors who have been injured in a sporting activity. The exams take place at Arizona Orthopedic Surgical Hospital (AOSH) 2905 W. Warner Rd., Chandler. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. Oct. 6, 13, 20 and 27, and Nov. 3, 10 and 17. In the joint project by Dignity Health and AOSH, orthopedic surgeons specializing in sports medicine conduct the evaluations and give treatment recommendations. Athletes should be accompanied by a parent, guardian, athletic trainer or
coach, and should come prepared with name, address, date of birth, Social Security number, home phone number, parent’s name, employer and work phone number, name of school, name of athletic trainer or coach, proof of insurance and copy of films for any X-rays or MRIs taken prior to the visit. Athletes are responsible for insurance co-pays, deductibles and services not covered by insurance. AOSH will make arrangements for athletes without insurance. Diagnostic testing is not included as part of the evaluation. For more information, call 480-603-9000 or visit www.AZOSH.com.
Chandler celebrates healthy play Experience a variety of fun health and fitness activities during Mayor Tibshraeny’s Day of Play from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sat., Oct. 27 at Tumbleweed Park, 2250 S. McQueen Rd., Chandler. The free, statewide event promotes health, wellness and fitness for all ages, and features mentally and physically stimulating activities for kids as well as informational booths on health, wellness and fitness. The City of Chandler is a winner of the Kaboom! Playful City USA recognition
for the last five consecutive years and is also a repeat winner of the 100 Best Communities for Young People award. Area families who practice healthy habits such as preparing and eating nutritious meals, exercising daily, practicing financial fitness and contributing to a greener planet can enter Arizona’s Healthiest Family Contest by visiting www.ShapeUpUs.org. Visit www.chandleraz.gov/specialevents or call 480-782-2665 for more information.
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Schools employ performancebased initiative
Among the 30 Arizona high schools implementing the Move On When Ready initiative for the 201213 school year are BASIS Chandler and Brightmont Academy Chandler. Move On When Ready is a performance-based education model that aims to prepare students for college and career readiness. Students who enroll in the program are allowed to move at their own pace, advancing based on their mastery of the curriculum rather than time spent in the classroom. Arizona is the first and only state in the nation to pass legislation enabling schools to offer a performance-based high school diploma. For more information, visit www.arizonafuture.org/mowr or email email@example.com.
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Young wrestlers ages 5 to 14 can participate in a Chandler Youth Wrestling Clinic from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Oct. 8 through 12 in the Wrestling Room at Chandler High School, 350 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. The clinic, run by NJCAA runner-up and NCAA Division I qualifier Michael Douglas, offers technical instruction as well as live wrestling drills and games. All experience levels are welcome. The cost is $40. To register, visit https://dcw. cusdcommunity.com/chandler/catalog_ selection.jsp.
SanTan Sun area students can take advantage of a free college funding workshop at 7 p.m. Thu., Oct. 11 at Chaparral High School, 6935 E. Gold Dust Ave., Scottsdale. “How to Pay for College without Going Broke 2012” teaches participants how to fill out the required paperwork for financial aid and offers insider tips and techniques to avoid costly mistakes. Reservations are required. For more information or to make reservations, call 480-654-6266 or visit www.ArizonaCollegePlanners.com.
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Financial aid is sought by a Sun Lakes Life Scout for his Eagle Scout project on international book donations. T.J. Ethington plans to donate a collection of nearly 200 books and audio recordings to Hong Kong-based organization House of Learning, which set up English learning corners in rural villages throughout China to help children read and listen to English. He hopes to have his collection complete for donation by Oct. 10. Financial donations are needed to cover the cost of shipping. Any extra funds will be donated to House of Learning. Donations can be mailed to T.J. Ethington, 1142 E. Lynx Way, Chandler, AZ 85249.
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Deadline nears for youth STEM competition Oct. 21 is the registration deadline for SanTan Sun area sixth-, seventhand eighth-graders who want to compete in this year’s Future City Competition Arizona Region. The event is open to students in all public, private, home and parochial schools. Three-student teams join with a teacher and an engineer volunteer to solve technical challenges presented to them in regional competitions over a four-month season, culminating in a regional finals competition in January. The challenges feature problembased learning including computer simulation, research and writing, presentations, scale models and team building. The national finals are held during National Engineers Week, February 2013, in Washington, D.C. The National Future City Competition aims to help middle school students discover and foster interests in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects and careers during critical years in their education. For additional details, visit www.futurecityarizona.org.
CPR certification classes for area residents ages 16 and older are offered from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sat., Nov. 3 at SWIMKids USA, 2725 W. Guadalupe Rd., Mesa. Registration is due seven days before class, and space is limited. The course teaches how to perform CPR and how to help in other common situations involving illness or choking, and includes a basic skills test and certification. Cost is $60 for the course, a workbook and a pocket mask. Childcare is available for $10 per child. To register, call 480-820-9109 or visit www.swimkidsaz.com/cpr-classes.php.
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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.
Children can be fingerprinted by the Chandler Police Department and adults can have personal documents disposed of at a community event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat., Nov. 3 in the RE/MAX Infinity parking lot at 2450 S. Arizona Ave., Suite 1, Chandler. “As a family run business, we feel a deep connection with our community and the safety of our children, the next generation and future leaders of Chandler,” says longtime Chandler resident and RE/MAX Infinity broker and owner Bill Ryan. Bring the children to help promote child safety with the Chandler Police Crime Prevention unit, and they can also enjoy a bounce house, hot dogs, chips and soda. A shred-a thon is also sponsored by Fidelity National Title Co., for adults. For details, call 480-821-4232 or visit www.ArizonaInfinity.com.
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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Young athlete raising funds for trip Only 300 students are invited to represent their community in the Down Under International Games for Track & Field, taking place summer 2013 in Queensland, Australia, and Queen Creek resident and athlete Cheyenne Clint is one of them. A member of the 2013 USA Track & Field Team, she has until June 2013 to raise approximately $13,000 for the trip. To help, visit www.DownUnderSports.com or email Cheyenne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PATRIOTIC ART: This 3-D LEGO work of art entitled “Happy Birthday America!” is the handiwork of Noah Sherman, a third-grader at Navarrete Elementary School. Submitted photo
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October 6 – 19, 2012
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 www.SanTanSun.com, click on Youth and then on Student Writer Permission Slip to download a submission-permission slip. Complete the form and have a parent sign it so the paper has permission to print the entry and the author or artist’s byline. Then, email the submission-permission slip and writing or artwork to Lynda@SanTanSun.com 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 Lynda@SanTanSun.com.
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LEADING THE WAY: Fifth-grade teacher Fran Verdon introduces dual-sport athlete Brandon Magee, right, and Jason Espinoza of Dream Team Delivers Foundation to her class. Magee is a linebacker for Arizona State University’s football team and has also signed on with Boston Red Sox baseball. Submitted photo
SHOWING RESPECT: Third-grader Abby Burke shows off the certificate she earned at Carlson’s first school assembly for demonstrating respect in her classroom and around the school. Submitted photo
CHAMPION SPIRIT: Principal Leo Schlueter presents the spirit award to kindergartners for showing the most enthusiasm and energy at Carlson’s first school assembly. Submitted photo
Teacher breakfast – PTO is asking for donations for the teacher In-Service Breakfast at 7 a.m. Mon., Oct. 15. If interested in providing continental breakfast items, email CarlsonPTO@ yahoo.com with “In-Service Breakfast” in the subject line. Donations can be dropped off that morning in the multipurpose room. As You Wish – PTO is still collecting registration and payment for participation in the commemorative tile wall that will be displayed in the school with the children’s creations. Students have until Dec. 31 to complete their tiles. Jamba cards – Pick up an order form for the “Buy One, Get One Free” card for Jamba Juice locations throughout the Valley. Cards are $10 each, and proceeds from this fundraiser go to Carlson’s Technology Fund, to support state-ofthe-art supplies for the classrooms. Fresh & Easy – Don’t forget to drop Fresh & Easy receipts in the box at the front office or in to your child’s teacher, so Carlson can receive the proceeds on your purchase. Calendar: Oct. 19: Jamba Juice Fun Friday; smoothies are $3 each Oct. 20: John and Carol Carlson Elementary School dedication ceremony, 2-3:30 p.m., multi-purpose room Oct. 23: Family Food Night at Peter Piper Pizza, 5-8 p.m., Alma School and Queen Creek roads; and cookie-dough sales begin Oct. 25: General PTO meeting, 3:15 p.m., library – Lora Robinson
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Save the date – Join CTA for a fun night of activities and family playtime at Family Fun Night from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Fri., Oct. 26. The event features games, vendors, raffles and more. Families are asked to bring their own food, beverages, chairs and / or blankets. Fun Run – All grades participate in CTA’s first Apex Fun Run on Fri., Nov. 16. More information will come home soon. Heart smart – Thanks to all the families who donated to Jump Rope for Heart. CTA-Independence Hawks raised over $10,000 for the American Heart Association. Calendar Oct. 17: Students return to school Oct. 23: Frio Mio Night Oct. 25: Dad’s Club meeting, 6 p.m. —Wendi Olson
Happy holiday – Hancock wishes all its families a safe fall intersession. Students return to classes at 8:35 a.m. Wed., Oct. 17. Running Club – Hancock’s Running Club begins Mon., Nov. 5. Promoting fitness and encouraging sportsmanship, the club meets after school from 3:10 to 4:10 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays. More information will come home after fall intersession. Green thumbs – Hancock’s Garden Club provides an opportunity for fifthand sixth-graders to design, plant and maintain a real vegetable and flower garden at the school. Students learn about soil preparation, plant selection, seed planting and germination, garden
www.SanTanSun.com maintenance and garden-related ecology. The garden will feature flowers such as petunias, snapdragons, alyssum and more; vegetables like spinach, cabbage, radishes, lettuce, carrots and onions; and herbs including cilantro, dill, parsley and basil. Donations are always needed; seeds, soil, hand tools, garden gloves or any other garden-related materials that can be used to paint or maintain the garden are appreciated. Contact Mr. Landon with questions. Grandparents Day – Hancock recently celebrated its 3rd Annual Grandparents Day with grandparents who came from near and far to visit their grandchildren’s classrooms. Matching Grants – Intel provides funding to schools through its Volunteer Matching Grant Program; any Intel employee is eligible to apply. For every 20 hours an Intel employee volunteers in a local K-12 school, the Intel Foundation donates $200 to the school. Info: www.intel.com/ community/ivmgp.htm. Tax credits – Hancock families are encouraged to consider donating to the school through the tax credit program, up to $400 for married couples or $200 for singles. Donations can be broken down into budget-friendly increments and can be charged to a credit card. The full donation is received back as a tax credit. Hancock uses tax credit money to fund fieldtrips, after-school clubs and assemblies throughout the school year. Thanks to those families who have already donated. —Suzanne Incorvaia
Save the date – The second PTO meeting of the year is at 6 p.m. Wed., Oct. 24 in the Media Center. Upcoming events and fundraising will be discussed. Monster Mash – Join Hull’s PTO from 6 to 8 p.m. Fri., Oct. 26 for a fun Halloween-themed evening. Students can enjoy games, trick-or-treating, a deejay, dancing and a costume contest. All ages welcome; parents must accompany children. Admission is free, with food, games and crafts available for purchase. If interested in volunteering, email hullpto2012@gmail. com. Birthday books – Hull parents have the opportunity to donate money towards a new book in the school library in honor of their child’s birthday. The birthday child gets to choose from a selection of books and gets a bookplate inside dedicating the book to them in honor of their birthday. Thanks due – Leslie Croyle, Hull mom and active PTO participant, donated 11 paintings to the school library that she created from the front covers of books or inspirations from Dewey Decimal categories. Hull is grateful for her generosity with her time and talent. —Kristen Boyd
School Cents – Jacobson is currently ranked third in the Chandler Fashion Center School Cents competition. Families can help Jacobson win $250 to $3,000 by shopping and logging receipts dated between Aug. 15 and
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April 15, 2013 from any Chandler Fashion Center or Boulevard Shops stores and restaurants. Jacobson earns five points per dollar spent, with many additional bonus point opportunities. Receipts can be logged at Guest Services any time during the program. “Liking” School Cents on Facebook can earn 500 points; visit www.facebook.com/ ShopChandlerFashionCenter and click on School Cents to select Jacobson. Box Tops – Jacobson families are encouraged to keep cutting out Box Tops. Box Tops can be glued to the worksheet that came home with students earlier or placed in a baggie and sent to school. Classes are competing every month for Box Tops prizes and parties. Thanks due – Thanks for all the fundraising support in August. Jacobson earned $311 at the Peter Piper Eat Out event, $900 in Box Tops and $500 at the Frio Mio Eat Out Night. “Like” us – Remember to “like” Jacobson Elementary PTO on Facebook to keep current on everything going on at Jacobson. —Blanca Dozal
hands-on learning events possible for Tarwater students. PTO news – The PTO seeks volunteers to donate one hour of time for the Fall Festival on Fri., Oct. 26. Delivery from the Great American Fundraiser is scheduled for Thu., Oct. 18. Athletic shoes will be collected for Run for the Planet; shoes can be in any condition as they are recycled. The PTO’s all-school fundraiser at Peter Piper Pizza was a great success. Class notes – Third-graders worked hard the first quarter learning the new Common Core Curriculum. They studied what plants need to survive, performed a two-week science experiment testing each need and read “Molly’s Pilgrim” by Barbara Cohen to aid in their study of immigration past and present.
Kindie classes – Kindergartners take a fieldtrip to Vertuccio Farms on Thu., Oct. 18 to learn about nutrition and tour a “pizza farm,” where each ingredient of a pizza is from a farm. The students also enjoyed an earlier fieldtrip to Stuffington Bear Factory. Thanks to families for their support through tax credit donations that make
ADVENTURE CAMP: Sixth-graders recently returned from Science Camp in Prescott, where they spent three days exploring the pines, participating in an owl pellet study, hiking mountains, learning basic survival skills such as building a shelter and a campfire and learning about geometry through archery lessons. Left to right: Mike Mittun, Collin Lei, Skylar Miller, Carson Mittun, Cole Webster and Scott Webster enjoy Prescott Pines Camp. Submitted photo
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Fall Festival – Any business or individuals interested in donating items to Ryan’s Fall Festival Silent Auction held Fri., Nov. 2 should contact Cynthia Villelo at email@example.com or Amanda Ramirez at firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteers are needed to help make the festival fun for the whole family. Contact Janice Frye at janicefrye@ hotmail.com or Chris Delasandro at email@example.com. Fall Break – Students return to school from fall break Wed., Oct. 17 at which point Fall Festival presales and Harkins 2013 Movie Loyalty Cup sales begin. School Cents – Ryan most recently ranked third out of 20 schools with 252,000 points in the School Cents program. To earn easy points for Ryan, visit www.shoppingpartnership.com/ points/santanvillage.htm. Kudos – Ryan is one of 25 runner-up schools in the Avery Give Back to Schools contest. Thanks to everyone who voted every day. Ryan will be credited with 10,000 Box Tops worth $1,000. —Traci Lepacik
School Cents – Help CTA-Goodman earn $250 to $3,000 by participating in the School Cents program at Chandler Fashion Center between now and April 15, 2013. Sign up for School Cents email reminders and earn up to 2,000 points instantly for the school. Bring receipts from Chandler Fashion Center or Urban Villages to Guest Services at the mall or drop receipts in the box in the school office to be logged in and returned. —Kathie Butters
Fall fun – Knox’s Fall Festival is from 4 to 7 p.m. Fri., Oct. 26. Spirit Days – Fridays are Knox T-shirt days. Students are asked to wear their Knox T-shirts and show their school pride. Fundraising fun – Knox families are encouraged to send in Fresh & Easy receipts for more than $20 and to link Fry’s and Target cards to Knox. Tax credit – Donate to the school through the Arizona Tax Credit program. Up to $400 per married couple or $200 per single can be donated. Full donations are returned via tax credit. —Ximena Rodriguez
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Youth Chronicles Jackson Caldwell, Jake Faust, Megan Mahalovich, Alexa Moser and Kyle Niemtschk, all of Chandler, are enrolled as freshmen at Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO. Chris Metzger, son of Ana and Richard Metzger of Chandler, is a Maine Conservation Corps team member and AmeriCorps volunteer for the fall season. Chris is a 2011 graduate of Hamilton High School. Katie Wilkinson of Chandler is the Distinguished Young Woman of Arizona award winner for 2013 in a statewide scholarship program for high school girls held at Gilbert High School. Katie receives $6,800 in cash scholarships and will represent the state throughout the next year at various public events, spreading the program’s national outreach message of “Be Your Best Self.” Katie is the daughter of David and Cherie Wilkinson and is a senior at Corona del Sol High School in Tempe. Paul Elvira of Chandler, a senior at Marcos de Niza High School in Tempe, is planning to attend the University of Arizona in Tucson on a full athletic scholarship offered by the Wildcats’ head football coach Rich Rodriguez, pending final grades. He also received invitations from Brown, Stanford, UCLA and Princeton. A four-year starter, Paul plays wide
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Halloween is a few weeks away, and SanTan Sun area kids are busy planning the perfect costume. For many, this traditionally means wearing a mask. But Jamie Hixon, an actor with Copperstar Repertory Company in Chandler, notes that masks can be uncomfortable, hot and can cause impeded vision, which can be a safety issue. Plus, she adds, it’s hard to tell which little neighborhood ghosts and ghouls are standing at the door when their faces are totally covered. Hixon says with just a few basic supplies purchased at the local Halloween supply store and a little practice, any parent can transform his or her child’s face with makeup into whatever their Halloween heart’s desire happens to be. Recently, Hixon met with Old Stone Ranch siblings Brooke, Ryan and Mackenzie Henderson, and taught a fun lesson on how even the most inexperienced adults can learn to successfully apply Halloween makeup on their child’s face. Those who are unsure of their skills READY FOR HALLOWEEN: Mackenzie, Ryan and Brooke Henderson of Old Stone Ranch can first practice on a piece of paper or themafter their Halloween make-up session. STSN photo selves, she says.
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1. Use a foam wedge to apply white cream makeup around the child’s mouth to create the puppy’s snout. Go over the white area again a second time to give the makeup more of a 3-D effect. Hixon says it is fine if the lines are not perfect, as it will eventually be outlined in another color. 2. Dip the paintbrush into the brown cream makeup and outline the white area. Paint a brown puppy nose on the child, and draw a line from under the nose down to the top lip. 3. Use the tip of the paintbrush to add dots for Supplies: White, deep red, brown and black cream makeup, foam whiskers in the white wedges and a thin paintbrush. areas around the child’s mouth. 4. Use either the brown or deep red cream makeup to paint the child’s lips. 5. Use a foam wedge to apply a circle of white makeup around one eye, including the eyelid. Then, using the paintbrush, outline the white circle first in brown and then black.
Stupendous Superhero, with Ryan, age 5 1. Use a foam wedge to create a general mask shape with the red cream makeup. Apply the makeup all the way over to the side of the face and over the eyebrows. 2. Using the paintbrush, outline the mask with the brown makeup. 3. Go over the outline again with black. 4. Using the brush, add in “squint” lines and other lines that give detail to the mask. Hixon advises looking at a photo of the desired superhero to see where to place the lines. 5. With the child’s eyes closed, paint black on the eyelids and around the eyes a bit to create the illusion of eyes inside a mask.
Scars and wounds For those looking for a more gruesome look this Halloween, Hixon offers these tips: Supplies: Scar wax, available from the Ben Nye company or local Halloween supply store, red, pink, purple and/or black cream makeup and/or eye shadow and eye liner. 1. Apply the scar wax in the desired shape and location. 2. Cover it with makeup that matches the skin color. 3. Add in red, pink, purple and black to crevices. 4. If desired, add in some fake blood.
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16 Monsters & Mayhem
Pumpkin Patch Wiggle Worms Movie Madness
Pumpkin Patch Wiggle Worms Go Steampunk
Paws to Read Farmtable Brunch Pumpkin & Chili
21 Charity Skate
Pumpkin & Chili Arizona State Fair Kokopelli Krush
Wow 28 Pow Pumpkin Fest
Pumpkin & Chili Arizona State Fair 5K Walk and Run
22 Monsters & Mayhem Pumpkin Patch Wiggle Worms Zombie Cookie
Monsters & 29 Mayhem Pumpkin Patch Wiggle Worms Grossed Out!
Monsters & Mayhem Pumpkin Patch Wiggle Worms
Monsters & Mayhem Pumpkin Patch Wiggle Worms “Hunger Games”
East and West Germany United (1990) Plate 10 Boo Family Night Baby Time Monsters & Mayhem Pumpkin Patch
17 Monsters & Mayhem Vampire Craft Family Night Baby Time
Tree 24 Fall Family Night
Monsters & Mayhem Pumpkin Patch Arizona State Fair
31 Farmers Market
Fairy & Pixie Spooky Species October Rest
World Teacher's Day
Mariachi Festival Garibaldi Night Monsters & Mayhem Pumpkin Patch The Nest
Nest Nest Market 11 Farmer’s 12 The 13 The Indian Art Pumpkin & Chili Flamenco Putt Fore Magic Knit Happens Pre-K Storytime
Farmer’s 18 Market
Pumpkin & Chili Monsters & Mayhem Pumpkin Patch
25 Market Spooktacular Farmers
Sunset Monsters & Mayhem Pumpkin & Chili Knit Happens
Indian Art Monsters & Mayhem Pumpkin Patch
Monsters & Mayhem Pumpkin Patch Miss Indian AZ
Art 19 Zombie 20 Kokopelli Krush Pumpkin Patch
Pumpkin & Chili Halloween Luminary Kokopelli Krush
Pumpkin Patch Solar System Walk Paws for Reading
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Fest 27 Fall Day of Play
Pumpkin Fest Pumpkin Patch Pumpkin & Chili
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13th Annual Chandler Mariachi Festival, 7-10 p.m. Chandler Center for the Arts. Enjoy several Mariachi bands perform and celebrate the colorful tradition of Mexican folkloric dance as part of National Hispanic Heritage Month at the City of Chandler’s signature event, which honors the many contributions of Chandler's Hispanic founders and residents through the years. Presented by the Chandler Coalition for Civil and Human Rights. Tickets: $20-$50. 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. 480-782-2680, www.chandlercenter.org, www.c3hr.org.
Garibaldi Night, 6-10 p.m. Chandler Gilbert Community College. Family event presented by the Chandler Coalition for Civil and Human Rights providing entertainment and informational booths for the community in education, health and community services. Free. 2626 E. Pecos Rd., Chandler. www.chandleraz.gov/special-events.
“Things That Go Bump in the Night!” An Exhibition of Monsters and Mayhem, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., through Nov. 3. Vision Gallery. “Things that Go Bump in the Night!” is an exhibition of artworks that evoke childhood memories of the monsters and mayhem of a child’s imagination. 10 E. Chicago St., Chandler. 480-782-2695, www.visiongallery.org.
Pumpkin Patch at Mother Nature’s Farm, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily, except Halloween, when it closes at 3 p.m., through Nov. 2. Mother Nature’s Farm. Enjoy fall-related activities at the Pumpkin Patch, stocked with fresh pumpkins daily, weighing from 1 ounce to 500 pounds. Admission: $10 per child, which includes a pumpkin, individual bag of stickers to decorate the pumpkin, an air bounce, hayride, straw bounce, feeding the animals and Alexander’s Adventure maze; $3 Adults, includes hayride. All ages. 1663 E. Baseline Rd., Gilbert. 480-892-5874, www.mothernaturesfarm.com. The Nest Haunted House, 7-10 p.m. Thu., Sun. and Halloween; 7-midnight
Fri., Sat., Rawhide. Guests begin their nightmare on Rawhide’s Main Street with a “Monster Midway” where they are greeted by roaming freakish characters. Families with young children may stay in town for family-friendly attractions like the Kreepy Kidz Zone, the Train of Lost Souls and the Legend of the Zombie Hunter. The Nest features special effects and animatronics including Turmoil 3D, a maze that disrupts perception and mesmerizes the senses, as well as Bleak, Mirror Mania and its signature attraction. The Nest is not recommended for children younger than 12. General admission: $25, VIP FastPass: $40; group discounts online. 5700 W. North Loop Rd., Chandler, www.Frightened.com.
18th Annual Pumpkin & Chili Party, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thu. and Sun., 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri. and Sat.. Schnepf Farms. Featuring Hillbilly Bob's pig races, spooky train rides, live entertainment, carousel, petting barn, 4-acre and celebrity 10-acre maize, bon fires, pumpkin patch, hayride, pig races, fireworks and food for sale. $16 per person; ages 2 and younger free. 24810 S. Rittenhouse Rd., Queen Creek. 480-987-3100, www.pumpkinandchiliparty.com.
7 Symphony Concert, 3 p.m. Chandler Center for the Arts. “Classic Classicals” is the next performance by the Chandler Symphony Orchestra. All ages. Free; donations accepted. 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. 480-899-3447, www.ChandlerSymphony.net.
8-9, 15-16, 22-23, 29-30 Wiggle Worms, 10:30-11 a.m. Perry Branch Library. Tots have fun with flannel board rhymes, songs, shakers, bubbles, parachute play and age-appropriate books. Ages 18 months to 3-½ years with a parent. Free. 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd. at Perry High School, Gilbert. 602-652-3000, www.mcldaz.org.
10 Boo Plate – Glass Technique Class, 6:30-8:30pm. As You Wish. Create a Halloween plate using glass pieces. Basic glass techniques will be taught. Ages 10 and older, $15 plus glass base of your choice. Locations: Crossroads Towne Center in Chandler, 480-899-1231; Ahwatukee, 480-753-9500; Tempe Marketplace,
10, 17, 24, 31 Family Night, 5:30-7 p.m. Tumbleweed Recreation Center. Enjoy themed recreational activities and entertainment each week. All ages. $2-$5. 745 E. Germann Rd., Chandler. 480-782-2900, www.chandleraz.gov/tumbleweed.
10, 17, 31 Baby Time, 10:30 a.m.-11:15 a.m. 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, www.mcldaz.org.
11 Flamenco Performance, 2 p.m. Chandler Downtown Library. Yumi La Rosa Flamenco Dance and Music will be performing flamenco to the public and provide education about flamenco. No preregistration required. Free. All ages. 22 S Delaware St., Chandler. 480-782-2800. www.chandlerlibrary.org.
Putt Fore Magic Fundraiser, 4-9 p.m. Golfland Sunsplash. Enjoy a magical night of mini-putt golf, a magician and other entertainment while raising funds to help grow the Arizona Magic of Music & Dance theatre camp program and provide more special needs youths with scholarships to attend. Play 54 consecutive holes of mini-putt golf and compete for prizes. Find sponsors to pledge per hole, and anyone raising over $100 will receive gift cards from generous sponsors equal to 10% of the total funds raised. All pledges and cash donations are tax deductible. Registration is $20, including golf, dinner, entertainment and special goodie prize. 155 W. Hampton Ave., Mesa. Info: Susan at 602-909-4332, firstname.lastname@example.org; http://azmagic.org.
11, 25 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, www.mcldaz.org.
11, 18, 25 Farmer’s Market, 3-7 p.m. Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, in its new location on the east side of Arizona Ave. Come experience homemade and farm grown foods and vegetables available for purchase. Various other trinkets, jewelry, crafts, pictures and more are on sale from local businesses and artists. Free. 3 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. 480-855-3539, www.downtownchandler.org.
Pre-K Storytime, 10:30-11 a.m. Perry 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, www.mcldaz.org.
under the sponsorship of the Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona. Association members work throughout the year to raise funds to produce the Scholarship Program, which provides scholarships to young American Indian women, allowing them to pursue their educational goals. Tickets are $5-10. 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. www.chandleraz.gov/special-events.
Paws to Read, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 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 the day of the program. Free. 775 N. Greenfield Rd., Gilbert. 602-652-3000, www.mcldaz.org.
Family Storytime, 6-6:30 p.m. Perry 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, www.mcldaz.org.
12, 13, 14 Chandler Indian Art Market, 3-9 p.m. Fri., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat., noon-4 p.m. Sun. Dr. A.J. Chandler Park. A weekend event in collaboration with the Miss Indian Arizona Scholarship Program, filled with entertainment, food and authentic Native American art. Artists from all over the Southwest will be featuring authentic artwork including jewelry, photography, pottery, paintings, Katsina carvings, sculptures, weavings, clothing and tribal arts and crafts. Free. 3 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. www.chandleraz.gov/special-events.
12-31 Arizona State Fair, gates open noon weekdays, 10 a.m. weekends; closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Arizona State Fairgrounds. The 128th annual Arizona State Fair hosts a variety of fun-filled attractions, activities, concerts and rides for all ages at its traditional location at 19th Avenue and McDowell Road in Phoenix. Admission: $10 adults; $5 ages 55 and older and 5-13, free ages 4 and younger. 1826 W. McDowell Rd., Phoenix. 602-252-6771, www.azstatefair.com.
13 Miss Indian Arizona Scholarship Program, 6:30 p.m. Chandler Center for the Arts. The Miss Indian Arizona Association is a nonprofit organization
13-14 Railfair 2012, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park. All Aboard! This free event features model train displays and exhibits, the park’s new 10,000 square foot Model Railroad Building displaying O, N and HO scale trains, moonwalks and other entertainment. Free tours through the Roald Amundsen Pullman car, a former presidential car. Many of the park’s seldom seen railroad equipment is on display. Train and carousel rides are $2 each. Children younger than 3 ride free with paid adult. 7301 E. Indian Bend Road, Scottsdale. 480-312-2312, www.therailroadpark.com.
14 FarmTable Brunch, 11:30 a.m. Superstition Farm. Hosted by Edible Exchange, the event features a fourcourse brunch from three local celebrity chefs. Guests can meet local dairy farmers, tour the farm and garden, interact with animals, take a hayride and learn to churn butter. Open to the general public. Tickets are available online at $75 per person plus gratuity. A portion of proceeds benefits the Desert Willow Educational Garden. Tickets include cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, sit-down brunch, entertainment, farm games, a photo booth, farm schwag bag and “farm-chic” ambience. 3440 S. Hawes Rd., Mesa. Members of Edible Exchange or The Barter Group RSVP to Lori Baker at 480-443-0322, http://superstitionfarm.com.
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Calendar, From Page 3 15 Movie Madness: It Came From The Library! 2:30-5 p.m. Perry Branch
Perry High School, Gilbert. 602-652-3000, www.mcldaz.org.
Library. Watch the movie based on the book “Hunger Games” and enjoy popcorn. Library staff offers suggestions for other great movies that began as fantastic books, or check out the book. Ages 12-18. 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd. at Perry High School, Gilbert. 602-652-3000, www.mcldaz.org.
19 Chandler Zombie Art Walk,
16 Go Steampunk for Halloween, 2:30-5 p.m. Perry Branch Library. Make steampunk goggles or a medallion necklace to top off costumes. Get creative and inspired by your favorite steampunk titles. Registration needed. Ages 12-18. 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd. at Perry High School, Gilbert. 602-652-3000, www.mcldaz.org.
17 I Think I Got Bitten By a Vampire, 2:30-5 p.m. Perry Branch Library. Celebrate Teen Read Week with a vampire necklace craft and booklist. Ask for a vampire pack at the customer service desk, while supplies last. Ages 12-18. 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd. at Perry High School, Gilbert. 602-652-3000, www.mcldaz.org.
18 Bookhype! 3:30-4:30 p.m. Perry Branch Library. Teens evaluate YA books from more than 30 participating publishers. 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd. at
6-10 p.m. Historic Downtown Chandler. Visitors are encouraged to dress like zombies and get in the Halloween spirit. The event features more than 60 artists and Halloween- and fall-themed decorations. Presented by the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership, the Art Walk provides a fun, family atmosphere with a variety of art available from local artists and a chance to visit unique establishments in downtown Chandler. Live music from local talent is featured throughout the evening. Free. 480-855-3539, www.downtownchandler.org.
Halloween Luminary – Glass Class, 7-9 p.m. As You Wish. Decorate a bottle with mosaic glass pieces and create Halloween creatures. Use as a decorative piece or votive. Ages 10 and older. $15 all inclusive. Locations: Crossroads Towne Center in Chandler, 480-899-1231; Ahwatukee, 480-7539500; Tempe Marketplace, 480-5579100; www.asyouwishpottery.com.
19-21 Kokopelli Krush, 5 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Fri, 11 a.m.-12:30 a.m. Sat., 11 a.m.4:30 p.m. Sun. Kokopelli Winery & Bistro. Teams of two crush grapes for fun and prizes in the largest, original grape crushing event in Arizona at Arizona’s
oldest and largest operating winery. There is live music and entertainment including a kid’s zone, great food and wine tasting all weekend long. Entry fee $10 per teams of two. 35 W. Boston St., Chandler. www.kokopelliwinery.com.
20 Solar System Walk, 8-9 a.m. EEC at Veterans Oasis Park. Take an easy guided tour along the new Chandler Solar System Walk, a series of monuments and signs representing the sun, planets and other objects in our solar system, placed at scale distances along the pathway that surrounds the park’s lake. While the walk can be enjoyed as a self-guided journey, this guided tour includes additional information about the solar system. All ages. Free. Registration is not required. Meet inside the EEC. 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. 480-782-2890, EEC@chandleraz.gov; www.chandleraz.gov/veterans-oasis.
Pumpkin Patch and Windshield Repairs, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Contreras State Farm Agency. State Farm Agent Mary Contreras hosts her 10th Annual Pumpkin Patch Event. The event brings awareness to the community through consumer education and helps guests reduce the cost of their auto insurance with windshield chip repair paid for by Mary and provided by Desert Breeze Glass LLC, Reliable Auto Glass and Burton Auto Glass. The “Good Neigh Bear” will be there, along with other entertainment for children including a
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pumpkin decorating contest, Tempe Fire Department and Driving MBA. 2145 E. Warner Rd., Tempe. 480-775-7788, www.marycontreras.com. Paws for Reading Paws for Reading, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Perry Branch Library. Join a registered therapy dog that loves stories. Children 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, www.mcldaz.org.
21 Tara Taylor Quinn Charity Skate, 7-10 a.m. Tumbleweed Park. A 10K skate, 5K skate and 5K walk to raise money to benefit the fight against domestic violence. All proceeds are split between a local valley shelter and the National Domestic Violence Hotline. Admission: $25. 2250 S. McQueen Rd., Chandler. www.tarataylorquinn.com/Charity%20Sk ate.html.
22 Zombie Cookie Decoration, 6-7 p.m. Queen Creek Branch Library. Celebrate the season of spooks and ghouls. Decorate and eat your own zombie gingerbread man cookies. Space and supplies limited. Registration required. Ages 12-18. 21802 S. Ellsworth Rd., Queen Creek. 602-652-3000, www.mcldaz.org.
24 Fall Tree Platter – Beginning Technique Class, 6:30 -8:30 p.m. As You Wish. Learn basic techniques used in creating a trendy fall platter. Ages 12 and older. $15 plus pottery of your choice. Locations: Crossroads Towne Center in Chandler, 480-899-1231; Ahwatukee, 480-753-9500; Tempe Marketplace, 480-557-9100; www.asyouwishpottery.com.
25 Spooktacular Sonoran Sunset Series, 6-7 p.m. EEC at Veterans Oasis Park. The Sonoran Sunset Series presents a free, lakeside concert featuring instrumental Halloween songs. Kids wear costumes, and dinners and snack items are available for purchase. Attendees may bring blankets, chairs and food. Free. 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. 480-782-2890, EEC@chandleraz.gov, www.chandleraz.gov/veterans-oasis.
25-28 Great Pumpkin Festival, 8:30 a.m.noon Thu. and Fri., 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Sat. and Sun., Desert Botanical Garden. The event includes a hayride to the Garden’s pumpkin patch, where kids 12 and younger can choose a free pumpkin. It also features the Amazing Hay Bale Maze, petting zoo, carnival games, country and western entertainment and more. Free with paid garden admission: $8-18, free for ages 2 and younger. 1201 N. Galvin
FAMILY FUN Pkwy., Phoenix. 480-481-8188, www.dbg.org/events-exhibitions/ the-great-pumpkin-festival.
26 Downtown Spooktacular, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Downtown Chandler Library Courtyard. Local ghosts, ghouls and goblins can enjoy an evening of familythemed activities at the Halloween Spooktacular. The free event features games like pumpkin bowling and cupcake walks, a haunted house, face painting and a costume contest. Everyone who plays a game gets candy, so pack trick-or-treat bags. 22 S. Delaware St., Chandler. 480-782-2735, www.chandleraz.gov/special-events.
26-28 29th Roy Track Memorial Pow Wow, 7-10 p.m. Fri., 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. Pioneer Park. East Valley's longest running annual Native American inter-tribal celebration. The Mesa Pow Wow is a yearly gathering of Native American men, women and children from throughout the western U.S. The event features Gourd Dance, a prayer presentation by Veterans in native language, a dance competition, Indian arts vendors and Native American foods. All ages. Free. 525 E. Main Street, Mesa. 602-799-0260.
27 Halloween Gourd Art Class, 9-10:15 a.m. EEC at Veterans Oasis Park. Pumpkins, ghosts and goblins are a sam-
pling of the creative ways children can decorate gourds. Pumpkins and supplies are provided. Ages 7-10. $12-$15 per child with one unpaid adult permitted. Preregistration required. 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. 480-782-2890, EEC@chandleraz.gov; www.chandleraz.gov/veterans-oasis.
27 Mayor Tibshraeny’s Day of Play, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tumbleweed Park. Enjoy free activities to get the kids playing and keep their minds active while parents explore various booths. Spend the morning at Tumbleweed Park as the City promotes heath, wellness and fitness for kids of all ages. Free. 2250 S. McQueen Rd., Chandler. www.chandleraz.gov/special-events.
Fall Rhythm Fest, 5:30-9:30 p.m. Tumbleweed Park. Enjoy an evening of family fun at the annual Fall Rhythm Fest. Some of the Valley’s hottest bands entertain, and vendors offer a variety of tasty food and beverages. In addition, there will be interactive amusements for children, along with music contests for all ages. Bring lawn chairs and blankets, and spend a family friendly, alcohol-free evening listening to the music and watching the grand finale fireworks. Free admission. 2250 S. McQueen Rd., Chandler. www.chandleraz.gov/ special-events.
Fall Festival, 5-9 p.m. Faith Family Church. This year’s theme is “Arizona
Jones in Search of Lost Traditions.” Parents and kids can enjoy classic and traditional carnival games and activities including pony rides, hay rides, a campfire, petting zoo and more. Chandler BBQ will sell hot food, including a $1 menu. Costumes are welcome. Free. All ages. 11530 E. Queen Creek Rd., Chandler. 480-539-8933, www.faithfc.org.
Fall Music and Halloween Festival, noon-9 p.m. Freestone Park. The annual event features stages of music and family entertainment, games for people of all ages, face painting, vendors, food, beverages and more. Admission: $5; children 3 and younger are free. Activity tickets are $1 each or $15 for a wristband. Discount packages are available Oct. 1 through 25 at www.gilbertrecreation.com. 1045 E. Juniper Rd., Gilbert. 480-503-6200, www.gilbertaz.gov/events.
28 Third Annual LUNGevity 5K Walk and Fun Run Charity Event, 10 a.m. Kiwanis Park, Ruben Romero Ramada Area. Enjoy a Halloween-themed 5K fun run and family walk to benefit LUNGevity Foundation, the nation’s leading private supporter of lung cancer research. This Halloween-themed event is stroller-, wheelchair-, bicycle- and pet-friendly. Expect a Halloween costume contest for adults, kids and pets, plus kiddie train rides, photo booth, carnival games, kids Halloween crafts and more fun. Awards are given to the top three individual fundraisers. Refreshments, music and a
photographer are part of the fun, and all participants receive a LUNGevity T-shirt and chances to win giveaways, such as a cruise, two-night stay at W Scottsdale, Southwest Airlines airfare, family passes to the Phoenix Zoo, spa day at Green with Envy Organic Salon and Spa, dinner at Sassi Restaurant and more. 6111 S. All American Way, Tempe. To register, visit www.lungevity.org/phoenix.
29 Grossed Out! 6 p.m. Perry Branch Library. Listen to some gross books and jokes, play a disgusting facts game and make some slime! Grades 1-3. Registration needed. 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd. at Perry High School, Gilbert. 602-652-3000, www.mcldaz.org.
30 “Hunger Games” Reaping Ball, 6-8 p.m. Southeast Regional Library. Join friends in your favorite “Hunger Games” attire for a fun evening of trivia, games, crafts, snacks, music and dancing. Prizes are awarded for the best costumes. Ages 13-18. 775 N. Greenfield Rd., Gilbert. 602-652-3000, www.mcldaz.org.
31 Halloween Fairy and Pixie Party, 9-10 a.m. EEC at Veterans Oasis Park. The party features stories and the chance to make a tiara or sparkly wand. Ages 3-6. Preregistration required. $9-12 per child with one unpaid adult permitted. 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd.,
Chandler. 480-782-2890, EEC@chandleraz.gov; www.chandleraz.gov/veterans-oasis.
31 Spooky Species, 11-11:45 a.m. EEC at Veterans Oasis Park. Celebrate Halloween and discover spooky animal species and creepy-crawlies. Children get up close and personal with live animals while receiving a fun lesson in wildlife rescue and conservation. Ages 2 and older. Preregistration is required. $6-9, free ages 1 and younger with a paid adult. 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. 480-782-2890, EEC@chandleraz.gov, www.chandleraz.gov/veterans-oasis.
31 October Fest, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Corona Baptist Church. Families are welcome to attend October Fest. The free fun includes carnival games, bounce houses, food, music and a “trunk or treat.” Attendees may come in costume. 4450 W. Ray Rd., Chandler. 480-838-4040, email@example.com.
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1. Using a makeup sponge, apply a couple of coats of white makeup down the middle of the face. Cover the entire nose with white and extend it out on the forehead to create a heart shape. 2. With another makeup sponge, first go around the sides of the white in yellow, and then use the yellow to cover the remainder of the face, including the eyelids. 3. Using the paintbrush, paint the lips black and paint a black nose. Hixon says to be sure to paint the underside of the nose as well. Go over the nose a few times to add depth. 4. Use the paintbrush to outline the eyes in black, extending the lines out to the side to create a feline look. Use the tip of the paintbrush to apply dots around the nose area for the whiskers. 5. With the paintbrush, start to paint stripes across the yellow and continue applying them across the cheeks and up on the left and right sides of the forehead. Hixon says it’s okay to have the lines be broken a bit, so they look more like fur. Use the tiger costume as a guide for the way the stripes look. 6. Go over the black lines with the paintbrush dipped in a bit of brown.
Alison Stanton is a freelance writer who lives in the East Valley. She can be reached at Alison@SanTanSun.com.
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The fall Break Time magazine outlining all-ages recreation classes and special events for October and November is now available at libraries and recreation centers and at www.chandleraz.gov/breaktime. Registration is open for residents and non-residents. The winter Break Time will be available beginning Friday, October 19. For more information, call 782-2727.
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The City of Chandler Recreation Division TRC Toddler Activities Tumbleweed Recreation Center (TRC) will host its popular fall parent and toddler drop-in activities from 9-11 a.m. “Bubble Blast” will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 10 and “Tunnels, Tikes and Tunes” will be on Wednesday, Oct. 24. There is a $2 fee ($3 non-resident) per child. Call 782-2900 for more information.
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Special Events in October The Environmental Education Center hosts its Sonoran Sunset Series outdoor entertainment on Thursday, October 25 with a Halloween-themed concert. The series features FREE, live, lakeside entertainment suitable for the entire family! Beverages and snacks will be available for a small fee. Participants may bring blankets, chairs, or food and should dress warmly during the cooler winter months. For details on scheduled performers, please visit www.chandleraz.gov/veterans-oasis. The Halloween Spooktacular will be Friday, October 26 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Downtown Chandler Library Courtyard. Join us in costume for a FREE family-friendly, safe alternative to trick or treating. There will be a costume contest, haunted house, souvenir photos, games, and arts and crafts! Light food and refreshments will be available for purchase. For more information call 782-2730 or visit www.chandleraz.gov/breaktime. Mayor Tibshraeny’s Day of Play event will be on Saturday, October 27 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Tumbleweed Park, located on McQueen and Germann roads. This FREE community event features a variety of health and wellness activities that celebrate Chandler’s selection as a “Playful City USA” winner for the fifth consecutive year. For more information visit, www.chandleraz.gov/special-events. Fall Rhythm Fest is Saturday, October 27 from 5:30-9:30 p.m. at Tumbleweed Park. Bring your family and friends along with your favorite blanket or lawn chair. Enjoy food, music contests, video and interactive games for all ages. Admission is FREE, however there are charges for food and children’s activities. FREE parking! No alcohol please! For more information call 782-2735 or visit www.chandleraz.gov/special-events.
Wednesday Family Night Activities at Tumbleweed Recreation Center 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 www.chandleraz.gov/tumbleweed for more information.
October 6 – 19, 2012
Veterans deserve honor, support by Councilmember Matt Orlando
Serving our country through the military is a great honor and our soldiers deserve to be treated with respect. That is why I often write about the importance of supporting and honoring our military personnel. Many soldiers find it painfully difficult to adjust back into society upon their return from service. Some may experience physical handicaps, others may have financial burdens and some may struggle emotionally or psychologically. Regardless of the situation, there is a great need for veterans to connect with the services most beneficial to them. A few years ago, the Arizona Department of Veterans Services opened an office in Chandler to serve the veterans of our community. Two veteran benefit counselors are available to provide claims assistance, guidance on securing discharges, referrals to other agencies and information about federal and state benefits. The office at 3130 N. Arizona Ave., Suite 114, is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call 480-558-2052. Veterans’ services connections are also available at the annual Military and Veterans Benefit Expo sponsored by the City of Chandler and the Arizona Department of Veterans Services from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sat., Oct. 20, at the Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave. Dozens of service providers will be available to promote programs and address questions. One of the agencies on hand at the Expo is Operation Freedom Bird.
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The nonprofit organization was founded in 1988 by Patrick Lynch, a pilot and decorated Vietnam veteran, to offer trips to memorial sites in Matt Orlando Washington, D.C. Combat personnel who experience posttraumatic stress disorder can receive counseling and be selected to travel on the healing journey to pay tribute to fallen heroes and share memories in a supportive setting. Over the years, I have become familiar with Operation Freedom Bird’s impact on veterans. I have heard powerful testimonies of soldiers who have started to heal from their traumatic experiences, which sometimes occurred decades ago. It is a true privilege to support this organization’s mission. Like many other nonprofit organizations, Operation Freedom Bird is funded solely by donations. Many other worthy organizations will be present at the expo. I encourage all military personnel to attend and take advantage of these services. As a past member of the U.S. Air Force and Arizona Air National Guard, I wholeheartedly support efforts to assist fellow service members and their families. We should never forget the sacrifices of those who died in combat and remain committed to ensuring those who have served receive the benefits they need and deserve.
Oops – In the Sept. 15 issue, we inadvertently included incorrect information about tickets for the Fans Across America “A Night on the Vine” fundraiser for homeless families. Tickets are $50 each, and are available either online at www.fansacrossamerica.org, at http://fansofwine.eventbrite.com or by calling 480-821-3013. We apologize for the error.
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by Councilmember Kevin Hartke
Earlier this year, the City of Chandler – in partnership with For Our City – launched a Centennial challenge to track volunteer hours within the community. The initiative aims at encouraging residents to contribute at least 100 hours of volunteer service in Chandler as a way to commemorate the City’s 100th birthday. With the challenge nearing conclusion, all volunteers are reminded to submit their hours by Oct. 31 for inclusion in the final count. Total hours can be reported online at www.chandleraz.gov/ volunteer100 or by contacting Niki Tapia, community resource coordinator at niki. email@example.com. So far, the challenge is proving to be a success in terms of participation and benefits to our community. As of the end of August, a total of 608 volunteers have reported contributing more than 40,259 hours of service. Individuals, families, groups representing faith-based agencies, nonprofit organizations, schools and businesses have demonstrated great interest in the initiative. Not only has the challenge benefited those being served, but in many instances it also contributed to improving organizational accountability for participating agencies. In fact, the initiative called for tracking mechanisms, which can continue to be beneficial for organizations in the long run. The Mayor and Council will recognize the top 100 volunteers during a special reception in December. Several awards will be granted to volunteers in the following categories: Youth, Adult, Senior, Small Business, Large Business,
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Nonprofit, Faith Community, Centennial Volunteer, Chandler Nonprofit Coalition (CNPC) Member and CNPC Volunteer. Aside from these categories, all participating volunteers will be acknowledged by the Mayor and Council and receive a token of appreciation. Residents who wish to remain anonymous are still encouraged to report their hours to be taken into consideration in the final challenge count. I extend my gratitude to all involved with this worthwhile project and hope that it will inspire many more to continue contributing in the future. As successful as this initiative has been, it only represents a fraction of the volunteerism that occurs in making our city a great place to live, work, serve and play. Please consider joining our celebration of volunteerism by contacting the information provided above. Celebrating our City’s 100th anniversary with 100 hours of service, or more, has represented more than a symbolic act of kindness. It demonstrates the generous qualities of our residents and businesses that make up our community.
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HOMEWORK: Volunteers from CrossRoads Nazarene Church located near Ray and Price roads complete home painting and cleanup projects on California Street near downtown Chandler. Submitted photo
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More to job creation than tax cuts by bILL GATES
Sen. Steve Yarbrough asks, “What are Arizona leaders doing to create jobs and bring back the economy?” His answer is the so-called Arizona Competitiveness Package the Republicandominated legislature passed last year. Legislators rushed through huge corporate tax cuts in February 2011 amid a massive budget deficit and statewide unemployment hovering around 10%. Combined with a smaller package of business tax cuts approved this year, legislators are gambling these measures will dramatically stimulate Arizona’s economy. It’s a gamble because the cuts will reduce state tax revenues by more than $600 million a year when fully implemented in 2018-19. Republicans, including Yarbrough, my opponent for State Senate in District 17, treat business tax cuts as the holy grail of job creation. A business-friendly tax structure is a factor in attracting out-of-state companies, but not the only factor. A well-educated workforce is crucial to global economic competitiveness. Yet the legislature continues to shortchange public education. Earlier this month, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities pegged Arizona as the state making the biggest cuts in k-12 funding during the last five years. I would have fought for a commitment to education as part of the competitiveness package. Instead, Yarbrough and his fellow Republican legislators slashed educational funding at all levels. No wonder Arizona voters appear ready to extend the 1% sales tax. They don’t trust this legislature to protect education.
Infrastructure – our roads, bridges, public transit, broadband access and other systems important to economic development – are also a concern. Delays in new projects and maintenance of existing Bill Gates, Democratic ones push us further behind each year. A fast-growing state candidate Senate Dist. 17 Submitted photo needs to stay current. I also worry about Arizona’s image. It’s good to be known as a low-tax state. But what impact does our reputation have on our ability to attract business? If all a business owner hears is Arizona is a laughing-stock, he or she is apt to think twice about locating here. We know that Arizona is a whole lot better than its governor and legislature, but that business owner doesn’t. When the Senate Economic Development and Jobs Creation Committee cancel nine of the 10 meetings it scheduled for this year’s legislative session, well, forgive me for wondering where the commitment to job creation is. Yarbrough says it is “crystal clear that Arizona is now a business friendly state.” This is only a beginning. If we want high-paying, sustainable jobs, we have to commit to an exceptional public school system, meaningful workforce training and infrastructure development – things this legislature has balked at doing, especially if it costs more. Until we invest in our workers as freely as we invest in business tax cuts, Arizona’s quest for highquality jobs will remain elusive and haphazard. Bill Gates is the Democratic candidate for State Senate District 17, which includes eastern Chandler, Sun Lakes and northwest Gilbert.
Letters to the editor Neighborhoods support Taylor Scott Taylor is one of a few potential city council candidates who vigorously supports the development and improvement of the older and traditional neighborhoods of Central Chandler. He was instrumental in creating a nonprofit organization to help residents improve their property’s appeal with paint and landscaping. The goal was neighbors helping neighbors. The results made a huge impact in the neighborhoods. As a volunteer project manager, Taylor found residents who needed financial assistance or who were not physically able to do it on their own. He is a person who is not just a talker but a doer. He is willing to get out and physically assist with various projects himself. As a 40-year resident, I feel this illustrates he is a hands-on candidate, which Chandler needs. In Carla Vista and Jasper neighborhoods he took first place in the recent Chandler Council election because these residents have seen him in action. They have met him, shared their concerns with him and experienced firsthand his ability to make things happen. If elected, Taylor will be an active and aggressive councilman for all Chandler neighborhoods. Rita Ford, 85225
Vote yes for schools It is an honor and privilege to serve as the Mayor of Chandler. I take immense pride in the accomplishments occurring throughout our community. The Chandler Unified School District is an organization that has been a part of Chandler’s success for many decades, and that is why I encourage residents to support the Override in November. CUSD has a history of top-rated academic accomplishments and wise use of its financial resources. A thriving school district is an essential element in the formula for a prosperous city. It helps create an educated populace which lends itself to a thriving community. The entire population benefits when we invest in our children by investing in their education. As a former student of the District, I understand the high quality of education that is available to every student attending CUSD schools. A “Yes” vote on the November Override will help assure a bright future for the district and for Chandler. Mayor Jay Tibshraeny, Chandler
October 6 – 19, 2012
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The Cove offers tasty refuge by K. M. Lang
Flip-flops, sand between one’s toes, a wind-burnt forehead and sun-pink nose – Southern Chandler can’t offer a day at the seashore, but it does have The Cove Grill, the quintessential beachfront bistro without the beach. “We’ve always been around water,” says Robert Tomfohr, who owns The Cove with his wife, Breanna. “We grew up in Washington State, then moved to Arizona and there wasn’t so much water around. A lot of people here are from around the water. This is kind of like their watering hole in the desert.” The eatery, located on the southwest corner of Gilbert and Chandler Heights roads, was called the Boatzhouse when Robert and Breanna purchased it in 2010. Earlier this year the young couple changed the grill’s name to reflect its tucked-away location and the
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experience they hope to give diners. “We thought The Cove was more fitting,” Robert explains, referring to the menu’s definition of “cove” as “a small bay or coastal inlet that has a narrow or restricted passageway – a cove provides shelter and escape to boaters from prevailing winds and currents.” The grill’s decor is all about the shore, with seashells, fishing nets, ocean images and a blue marlin watching over the dining room. The walls are the color of sea and sky, and the reasonably priced sandwiches, burgers and wraps are just what one craves after an invigorating day of wind and waves – or following a long workday in the desert. Diner favorites include the truly delectable Philly steak sandwich, pasta Alfredo, the California club wrap and, of course, seafood. see The Cove page 52
BELLO DANCERS: Chandler’s own Ballet Folklorico Quetzalli-AZ is performing at the 13th annual Mariachi Festival in Chandler. Submitted photo
October is Hispanic Heritage Month, and there is no better way to celebrate in Chandler than the 13th Annual Mariachi Festival from 7 to 10 p.m. Sat., Oct. 6 at Chandler Center for the Arts
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SEASHORE CHIC: Nets, seashells, oars and a big blue marlin add to The Cove Grill’s relaxed ocean ambiance. STSN photo by Ron Lang
Native American artists and performers from throughout the Southwest are featured at the Chandler Indian Art Market, 3 to 9 p.m. Fri., Oct. 12; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sat., Oct. 13; and noon to 4 p.m. Sun., Oct. 14 at Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, 3 S. Arizona Ave, Chandler. The City-sponsored event is in collaboration with the Miss Indian Arizona Scholarship Program. It’s a weekend event filled with entertainment, food and authentic Native American art. Artists offer authentic artwork
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Frightfully fun Halloween happenings Big and little ghosts, goblins and their families will find plenty of friendly mischief to get into as Chandler and nearby cities in the Valley get in the Halloween spirit.
A maze, live actors, zombie-infested grounds and more are part of the fun at the new Zombieland Apocalypse in Market Square at The Shops on Wall Street, 232 Wall St., west of Arizona Avenue, behind Planet Subs, downtown Chandler. The haunted house will be open on the following dates and times: 8 p.m. to midnight Fri. and Sat., Oct. 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 and 27; and from 8 to 10 p.m. Oct. 28 through 31. Admission is $15, and portion of profits goes to the American Red Cross and to help area schools. Best for ages 12 and older, or younger than 12 with parents. Info: www.facebook.com/ ZombielandApocalypse and www.zombielandapocalypse.com.
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Kids in costumes can enjoy an evening of family-themed activities at the Halloween Spooktacular 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Fri., Oct. 26 in the plaza in front of the downtown Community Center at 125 E. Commonwealth Ave., Chandler, or inside in case of inclement weather. The free event features carnival games like pumpkin bowling and cupcake walks, face painting and a costume contest, which will have winners in various age groups for Best Family / Group, Scariest, Best Superhero, Best Cartoon Character, and Best Princess. Everyone who plays a game will get candy, so pack trick-ortreat bags. There will be souvenir photos with a “special spooky guest,” and a Haunted House makes for a scary tour through a custom made maze. For those
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Take your costumed pet to a HowlA-Ween Open House from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat., Oct. 20 at Riggs Road Veterinary Clinic, in the Fry’s Plaza at 975 E. Riggs Rd., Suite 4, Chandler. October is also National Pet Wellness Month, so find out what the October vaccination specials are and join the vets and their staff for a “spooktacular” open house that includes a pet costume contest, raffles, vendors, games with prizes, face painting, balloons, food and
SPOOKED: The Downtown Spooktacular is one of many Halloween events for Chandler families to enjoy. Submitted photo
not into scary surprises, the Chandler Lions Club will be selling treats, or visit a crafts booth to create a picture frame, or paint a pumpkin to take home. Info: 480-782-2735, www.chandleraz.gov/ special-events.
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A trio of Halloween-themed classes are planned at the Chandler Environmental Education Center, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. From 9 to 10:15 a.m. Sat., Oct. 27, a Halloween Gourd Art class gives kids the chance to create festive gourds by decorating them to look like pumpkins, goblins, ghosts and more. The class is for ages 7 to 10, and costs $7 for Chandler residents and $10 for nonresidents with a $5 supply fee. Fees are per child, with one unpaid adult permitted. From 9 to 10 a.m. on Wed., Oct. 31, the Halloween Fairy and Pixie Party features stories and the chance to make a tiara or sparkly wand. The event is for ages 3 to 6 and costs $6 for residents and $9 for nonresidents with a $3 supply fee. Fees are per child, with one unpaid adult permitted. A Spooky Species class is held from 11 to 11:45 a.m. on Wed., Oct. 31. Kids 2 and older celebrate Halloween by discovering spooky animal species and creepy crawlies. Children younger than 2 are free with a paid adult. Fees are $6 for residents and $9 for nonresidents. Preregistration is required. Info: 480-782-2890, www.chandleraz.gov/registration.
The music gets creepy at the city’s free Spooktacular Lakeside Concert 6 to 7 p.m. Thu., Oct. 25 at Veterans Oasis Park, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. As part of the Sonoran Sunset Series, the performance features instrumental Halloween songs such as “Ghostbusters” and “Adam’s Family” themes. Kids are encouraged to wear costumes. Dinner and snacks will be available for purchase. The event is free for all ages. Info: www.chandleraz.gov.
WATCHING YOU: The “all seeing eye” looks down at zombies and frightened visitors alike at The Nest at Rawhide. Submitted photo
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Fear is redefined by The Nest, a 50,000-square-foot haunted attraction at Rawhide at Wild Horse Pass, 5700 W. North Loop Rd., Chandler, through Oct. 31. The Nest integrates social media to give its guests a personal experience. “By integrating Facebook Connect we are taking the entire haunt experience to a new level and redefining this industry,” says Steve Kopelman, producer of The Nest. “As guests walk through The Nest,
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Cryptic Illusions brings back The Crypt Haunted Attraction at Fiesta Mall in Mesa through Wed., Oct. 31. This adrenaline-infused experience gives visitors spine-tingling thrills with the return of the Nightmare Edition of the Crypt and Asylum Haunted Houses. This year’s theme is “Even Evil Has Bad Dreams,” and the new attraction is the Chaos Maze. On Fri., Oct. 12, give blood to the American Red Cross from 5 to 10 p.m. and receive free donor passes to the “Haunts-Give Blood get in Free.” Fiesta Mall is located at U.S. 60 and Alma School Road. Info: www.HauntedAZ.com.
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October 6 – 19, 2012
Fun fitness for all at Sol Yoga A Zumba and yoga camp for kids and an all-levels yoga workshop are on the October agenda at Southern Chandler’s Sol Yoga & Zumba Studio, owned by Brooks Ranch resident Claudia Schroeder. Kids ages 4 to 12 can explore new fitness activities in “Zumbatomic,” a kids’ Zumba and yoga camp from 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 8 through 11. The camp is instructed by Christina Ivanhoe and Kerri McEntire. The cost is $48 per student with a 20% discount for siblings. Alvaro Laguna of Flagstaff leads “The Power of Your Heart,” an all-levels yoga workshop from 1 to 4 p.m. Sun., Oct. 21. The full-spectrum practice
CASH FOR CANDY: Aspen Orthodontics and Impressions Dental team together to gather candy for the troops. Submitted photo
For kids who’d rather have cash than candy, three practices in the SanTan Sun area, Aspen Orthodontics, Impressions Dental and Chamberlain Orthodontics, will buy back trick or treat candy from kids and then donate the sugary treats to charity. Aspen Ortho holds its fifth annual candy buy back from 4 to 7 p.m. Thu., Nov. 1 at Impressions Dental, 5970 S. Cooper Rd., Chandler. Kids can earn $1 per pound with no limit. An additional 50 cents per donated pound will be sent to Chandler Unified School District. The candy collected will go to Operation Gratitude, a program run by the California Army National Guard. For information visit www.aspenortho.com. Chamberlain Orthodontics buys back collected candy for $1 a pound, with a 5-pound limit. The candy will be donated to troops overseas. Chamberlain’s buy back is from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mon., Nov. 5 at 1055 W. Queen Creek Rd., Suite 5, Chandler, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tue., Nov. 6 at 3800 W. Ray Rd. For information call 480-899-9423 or visit www.smilestraight.com.
GET FIT: Southern Chandler’s Sol Yoga hosts several October camps and clinics. Submitted photo
emphasizes back bends. The cost is $30 with preregistration by Oct. 7 or $35 thereafter. Laguna has studied and practiced yoga for 11 years and has taught since 2004. Sol Yoga & Zumba Studio is at 985 W. Chandler Heights Rd. on the southeast corner of Alma School and Chandler Heights roads in Southern Chandler. For more details, call 480-802-3774, visit www.solyogaaz.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Getting fit begins today Start getting in shape with the grand opening of Anytime Fitness in the Chandler Plaza, set for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat., Oct. 6 at 1072 W. Chandler Blvd. at Alma School Road, Chandler. The coed fitness club offers a security access key to enter the club even when it is not staffed, says manager Cindy Kjos. Once inside, members have full use of state-of-theart strength training and cardiovascular equipment. Anytime Fitness also offers membership reciprocity among its clubs, which allows members to use any of the more than 1,400 clubs in the United States, Canada and Australia.
The equipment options at the new Chandler location include a variety of cardio machines, circuit and crosstraining machines and free weights. More than 50 free fitness classes are available 24/7 through the club’s Fitness on Request program. Private showers and dressing areas are available, too. There’s also an Anytime Fitness at 3990 S. Alma School Rd. at Ocotillo Road in Southern Chandler. Club tours and membership specials are available during the grand opening celebration. Membership information is available at the club, by calling 480-917-0005 or visiting www.anytimefitness.com.
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To comfort and support families who have suffered miscarriages, stillbirth or neonatal complications, two SanTan Sun area hospitals hold bereavement services to mourn and remember the babies this month. At 5:30 p.m. Sat., Oct. 13, Mercy Gilbert Medical Center offers a service
at its Healing Garden, 3555 S. Val Vista Dr., Gilbert. At 7 p.m. Mon., Oct. 15, Chandler Regional Medical Center holds a service in its cafeteria, 1955 W. Frye Rd., Chandler. Refreshments are provided following the services. For information, call ResourceLink at 877-728-5414.
Medical centers gets PAD patients moving Nearly 8 million people in the United States suffer from Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) each year, but Chandler Regional and Gilbert Mercy medical centers are hoping to decrease that number by identifying the problem early, relieving the symptoms and treating the causes. PAD is when fatty deposits accumulate in the arteries that supply oxygen to the arms, legs and feet. This causes blockages that restrict blood flow to various parts of the body. Because the symptoms are similar to other ailments like muscle fatigue and arthritis, people are often unaware they have PAD. “Most of the time, people don’t realize that anything is wrong and instead attribute their symptoms to aging or arthritis,” explains Dr. Georges Nseir, chairman of the Cardiovascular Department at the nearby medical
centers. “It is important to understand that serious complications, such as heart attack and stroke, can result if PAD is left untreated.” One of the most common symptoms of PAD is leg pain and cramping during exercise, with the pain subsiding after rest. Other symptoms include muscle fatigue, a feeling of heaviness in the legs and feet, cold or numbness in the limbs and foot pain that interrupts sleep. Doctors suggest those at risk lead a heart-healthy lifestyle, which includes following an exercise regimen and low-fat diet, and taking prescribed medication. To be assessed for PAD, contact your doctor to ensure early diagnosis and treatment. For a free doctor referral, call ResourceLink at 480-728-5414. For additional information on PAD, visit www.AmericanHeart.org.
Free author visits, books for schools Nov. 1 is the deadline to apply for Five Star Centennial Legacy Project grant packages, which award K-8 schools in Arizona free author visits and books. Nine grants for a free author visit plus two Centennial Legacy Project books and five grants for four free Centennial Legacy Project books are available from Five Star Publications, Inc. The combined total value for all the Five Star Centennial Legacy Project grant packages is more than $4,000. Only one grant is awarded per winning school. Five Star’s Centennial books and authors covered by the grant include “Addie Slaughter: The Girl Who Met Geronimo” by Susan L. Krueger, Ed.D. with Reba Wells Grandrud, Ph.D.; “Cheery: The True Adventures of a Chiricahua Leopard Frog” by Elizabeth W. Davidson, Ph.D.; and two books by co-authors Conrad J. Storad and Lynda Exley: “Arizona Way Out West & Wacky” and “Arizona Way Out West & Witty,”
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Fall events at Tumbleweed Park Spend all day at Tumbleweed Park as the City of Chandler promotes heath, wellness and fitness for kids of all ages at Mayor Tibshraeny’s Day of Play, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sat., Oct. 27. Free activities will get kids playing and their minds active, while parents can explore various booths. Bring lawn chairs and blankets and spend a family-friendly, alcohol-free evening listening to the music at the Fall Rhythm Fest from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Smokestack Lighting performs at 5:45 p.m., and Outside the Line at 7:30 p.m. In addition, vendors will offer a variety of food and beverages available for purchase, and there will be interactive amusements for children, along with music contests for all ages. For details, visit www.chandleraz.gov/specialevents or call the Chandler Special Events Hotline at 480-782-2735 for more information.
Artists help those who served To honor those who volunteer and served in the U.S. military and now need help, local artists can donate their creations to the About Care Annual Veterans Day Holiday Event, set for Fri., Nov. 9 at the Vision Gallery located in the City of Chandler building, 10 E. Chicago St., Chandler. The majority of About Care’s clients are Chandler and Gilbert neighbors who served in the military or are their family members. Artists willing to donate works are asked to contact Ann Marie McArthur, About Care executive director, at 480-802-2331 or email@example.com. If you are unable to make a donation, About Care is always looking for volunteers with big hearts who really want to help others. For more information or to obtain a volunteer application, visit www.aboutcare.org.
October 6 – 19, 2012
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One of Chandler’s popular events for dog lovers and their four-legged canine friends, Woofstock – The Great Chandler Dog Walk, returns for its fifth year from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat., Nov. 17. The free event is held at Tumbleweed Park, 2250 S. McQueen Rd. The family friendly day of “tail wagging fun” for adults, kids and well-mannered and leashed dogs includes a series of charity dog walks. In addition, Woofstock features food and beverages, a small off-leash dog park, vaccinations, pet adoptions, musical entertainment, demonstrations, a pet parade and a variety of pet-friendly vendors. Woofstock is presented by the American Service Animal Society, Maricopa County Animal Care & Control and the City of Chandler. More information is available at www.chandleraz.gov/woofstock.
Dogs and their owners can hang at Friends for Life Animal Rescue’s 13th annual BARKtoberfest from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sat., Oct. 13 at Gilbert Town Square at Gilbert and Warner roads. Recently voted “Best Place to Hang Out With Your Dog” by “East Valley Tribune,” BARKtoberfest has grown each year as more than 2,500 people attend the event to enjoy such activities as shopping, fine arts and crafts, live entertainment, dog wash, Lure Course, dog art, dog adoptions, raffles and contests for best pet and owner look-alikes, best trick and best costumes. Those who have adopted a dog from Friends for Life will participate in the alumni parade at noon. This is a free event, though some activities require a nominal donation to participate. Proceeds support Friends for Life Animal Rescue in Gilbert, a 501(c)(3) registered nonprofit, volunteer-run, no-kill shelter “dedicated to ending the suffering of homeless dogs and cats in the area.” For additional information, contact Friends for Life at 480-497-8296, PR@azfriends.org or visit www.azfriends.org.
Volunteers needed for ‘fur’ever homes Furry, four-legged lovers are needed to volunteer up to eight hours per week at Chandler Fashion Center’s new animal adoption facility, PetMatch, opening this month. Volunteers will be trained in animal handling and care, as well as retail skills, and are expected to assist in finding families for rescue pets, as part of The Arizona Animal Welfare League & Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. For more information, or to register to volunteer, contact Joe Padberg at 480-980-2880 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information is posted at www.AAWL.org.
Blood donors get chance at Cardinals tix Give blood in October, and you could be sitting on the 50-yard line when the Arizona Cardinals take on the St. Louis Rams next month. Scottsdale Insurance Company donated two pairs of Ring of Honor-level tickets to the football game Sun., Nov. 25, which will be raffled among all United Blood Services blood-drive and center donors throughout October. Chandler’s nearest blood drives are 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sun., Oct. 7 at Cornerstone church, 1595 S. Alma School Rd.; 8 a.m. to noon Sun., Oct. 28 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 739 W. Erie St.; and 8 a.m. to noon Mon., Oct. 29 at CTA-Liberty Campus, 550 N. Emmett Dr. In addition, donors who give an automated MAX donation at a Valley donor center receive a free tire rotation and fall checkup, courtesy of Advanced Auto Service & Tire Centers. To schedule a blood-donor appointment, call 1-877-UBSHERO or 877-827-4376, or visit www.UnitedBloodServicesAZ. org and enter your ZIP code to find the nearest location.
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Wednesdays, when diners can enjoy beef, chicken, fish and shrimp tacos, along with drink specials; and half-off drinks for ladies on Thursdays. The Cove also offers a daily happy hour from 3 to 7 p.m. With its domestic and imported beers, and signature drinks such as The Sand Pail, Life’s a Peach, Pearl Diver and The Light House, the grill has evolved into the gathering place its owners envisioned, and the Tomfohrs, who live in nearby Mesquite Grove Estates, have enjoyed watching their restaurant become a safe haven from the rough seas of daily life. “We get neighbors who come out and want to talk and hang out, and we like that,” says Robert. “It’s a place to escape and enjoy your time and not have to worry about everything else.” The Cove Grill, at 5070 S. Gilbert Rd.,
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“We have people who come in at least once a week for our fish and chips,” says Robert. “We’ve also just added a bunch of new entrees and sandwiches with fish and shrimp and scallops, so we’re really excited about that.” The family friendly eatery offers an inexpensive children’s menu, and kids eat free on Tuesday with the purchase of an adult entrée. Other weekly specials include a Cove Burger and Bud Light Draft for $5.99 on Mondays; Taco
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Hit the links to raise money for the Gilbert Police Department (GPD) Sat., Oct. 27, with check-in at 6:15 a.m., and tee-off at 7:30 a.m. The Gilbert Citizens’ Police Academy Alumni Association (GCPAAA) is holding its 14th annual golf tournament at Western Skies Golf Club, 1245 E. Warner Rd., Gilbert. GCPAAA is a nonprofit organization that raises funds to benefit GPD. It also accepts donations from companies and individuals for projects like the purchase and training of K-9 units. The last three K-9 dogs were acquired through help from the organization and a fourth dog is on its way. The cost, which includes green fees, golf cart, range balls, continental breakfast and lunch, is $75 per person. For information, call Dan Weale at 480-203-3712 or 480-899-3919, email email@example.com or visit www.GCPAAA.org.
October 6 – 19, 2012
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including jewelry, photography, pottery, paintings, Kachina carvings, sculptures, weavings, clothing and tribal arts and crafts. Native American performers include: • Yellow Bird Indian Dancers: This family group is full-blooded San Carlos Apache. Fluent in the Apache language, they are storytellers, lecturers and flute players. This summer, Yellow Bird toured Bolivia, Paraguay and Brazil as U.S. ambassadors. • Gila River Indian CommunityDistrict 7 Pee-Posh Bird Singers and Dancers: The group shares their culture of bird singing and dancing, which are traditional songs of the Pee-Posh Maricopa tribe. Bird songs are common among all Yuman family tribes. Some of the dancers and singers also compete in traditional contests. • The Maldonados: Alex Maldonado is a tribal member of the Pascua Yaqui Nation who lives in Mesa. He is a Native American flute player whose performances have captivated audiences throughout the country. He received nominations in the Native American Music Awards for two of his three recordings. • Moontee Sinquah: Sinquah is a champion hoop dancer from the village of Shungopavi in northern Arizona. Moontee has been performing traditional Hopi songs and dances, as well as the occasional set of Native American bluesrock, with his two sons, Sampson and Scott, for more than a decade. For information about the festival visit www.chandleraz.gov/indianaz.
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PROUD WOMEN: Last year’s winners in the Miss Indian Arizona 2011-12 Scholarship Program are, from left: Martha Martinez, 1st Attendant, from Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community; Jaymee Li Moore, Miss Indian Arizona 2011-12, from Colorado River Indian Tribes; and Edith Star, 2nd attendant, from the San Carlos Apache Tribe. Photo courtesy of the Miss Indian Arizona Association
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Five outstanding American Indian women vie for the title of Miss Indian Arizona during the 51st Annual Miss Indian Arizona Scholarship Program at 6:30 p.m. Sat., Oct. 13 at the CCA. The Miss Indian Arizona Scholarship Program is presented by the Miss Indian Arizona Association and the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona. This year’s theme is “Celebrating the Strength of Native Women.” The five American Indian women from across Arizona vying for the title of Miss Indian Arizona are: Devanie Duwyenie of the Salt River Pima
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Help raise money for the East Valley’s Boys & Girls Clubs and have fun at the same time during the 35th annual “Bids for Kids” auction and dinner 5:30 to 10 p.m. Sat., Nov. 3 at Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa in Chandler. “Bids for Kids,” which raises money to support the 11 East Valley Boys & Girls Clubs that last year served more than 40,000 local youth, kicks off with a silent auction expected to include more than 300 items from family outings and sports tickets to electronics and restaurant gift cards. Following the silent auction is dinner and entertainment provided by the Mesa Arts Academy Performing Arts Club kids dance group. A live auction of about 25 items ranging from jewelry to international travel packages caps off the evening. Auction items are still being accepted. Silent auction items must have a minimum value of $50, and those for the live auction must be at least $1,500. To donate, contact Kristen Burnside at Kristenb@clubzona.org. To reserve a table or purchase tickets, contact John Davis at Johnd@clubzona.org. For information, visit www.clubzona.org/bfk/.
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WISHES COME TRUE: Children enjoy a make-believe visit to the North Pole at Sky Harbor Airport. Submitted photo
A $5 raffle ticket could net you $787 and help a jet filled with needy kids visit the North Pole this Christmas. Each year Phoenix-area pilots, flight attendants, employees and retirees volunteer their time to provide a Fantasy Flight to the “North Pole” for underprivileged elementary school children. The flight departs from Terminal Two at Sky Harbor International Airport and, after a brief flight, returns to a special gate decorated for Christmas as if it were the North Pole where the kids visit with Santa, receive gifts and enjoy the spirit of Christmas. The goal of Fantasy Flight to the North Pole, a nonprofit in operation for 17 years, is to provide the memory of a lifetime for 120 children each Christmas. Many of the pilots, flight attendants and retirees live in the Chandler area. Funds can be sent to United Airlines Fantasy Flight, 737 E. Runaway Bay Pl., Chandler, AZ 85249. All donations are tax deductible. The drawing is held Jan. 7 and the winner need not be present to win. For information, visit www.unitedfantasyflight.com.
Neighbors ‘12 K’s of Christmas’ seeks elfin helpers
Volunteers are needed to help run Gilbert’s “12K’s of Christmas,” which includes a 12K, 6K and 1.2K run / walk with Christmas carolers providing cheer at every “K.” The event is 7 a.m. to noon Sat., Dec. 15 at Freestone District Park, 1045 E. Juniper Ave. Musicians and singers are needed, as well as volunteers to hand out food and water to runners, work at registration and packet pick-up tables, and help with general event support. Shifts are four hours, and all ages are welcome. Volunteers receive
SANTA’S HELPERS: Volunteers assist Santa at last year’s “12K’s of Christmas” run in Gilbert. Submitted photo
a “Santa’s Helper” T-shirt and raffle tickets. Caroling groups and performers compete for the Pam Johnson State Farm Caroling Award. Also featured at the event are a Christmas Bazaar and Santa’s Pet Village with more than 30 local animal rescue groups. Kids can also enjoy free admission on bouncies. Last year, more than 120 pets found homes the day of the event and more than $12,000 was donated to Maricopa County Animal Care & Control and Phoenix Animal Care Coalition PACC 911. For more information, visit www.12krun.com or call Kathleen at 480-609-3978.
Dentists offer hope to children in Mexico Three Valley dentists will make their annual pilgrimage to Rocky Point, Mexico, this month to donate dental services to children ages 5 to 18 at Esperanza Para Los Niños, which means “Hope for the Children.” The nonprofit agency provides homes for kids SAVING SMILES: Dr. R. Kris Putrasahan and whose parents are unable his daughter, Marisa, stand at the entrance to to care for them. Esperanza on a previous trip. Submitted photo “It’s difficult to describe the joy and satisfaction of being able to help others in need,” says dentist R. Kris Putrasahan, owner of Logos Dentistry, 3195 W. Ray Rd. in Chandler. “Every time we make this trip to Mexico, we come away with a sense that we have been the recipients of tremendous blessings from these children.” Putrasahan, along with general dentist Richard Martin of Glendale and endodontist Steven Swager of Phoenix, will offer the children a free regular checkup and cleaning and, if necessary, sealants. In the United States, a general dentist’s fee for this kind of service would cost about $300. Occasionally, one of the children will need a filling or even an extraction. More extensive work is referred to local dentists, many of whom offer a reduced fee, but the trio from Arizona has been known to donate their own money for the treatments they refer out. In addition, Esperanza staff members and their children are also seen by the dentists. All supplies and products are donated by the dentists’ practices. For more information on Logo Dentistry, call 480-788-3627, or visit www.logosdentistry.com.
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Arts, crafts fair at Springfield Shop for handmade crafts, decorative holiday items and more at the Springfield Adult Community’s Arts & Craft Fair from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat., Oct. 27 inside Springfield’s San Tan Ballroom and activity rooms, 6495 S. St.
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YMCA seeking adult mentors Let your “inner kid” plan some fun activities – go to the park, play basketball, go on a hike or fly a kite – by mentoring a youth through the YMCA. The Valley of the Sun YMCA, of which the Chandler-Gilbert Y at 1655 W. Frye Rd., Chandler, is a member, reaches out to 200 at-risk children with Building Futures, a oneto-one mentoring program. The free program is ongoing through 2013 and provides youth from over-stressed families a chance to build a positive relationship with an adult mentor. Building Futures program is currently looking for volunteer mentors to work with youth in Maricopa County. Building Futures is a one-to-one therapeutic mentoring program where adult volunteers are matched with at-risk youths ages 6 to 18. Through building safe, consistent and fun relationships, mentors can help youths develop healthy social skills, improve academics, increase self-esteem, enhance decision-making and cope with family and peer conflicts. The position requires that mentors desire to work with at-risk youth, are at least 23 years old, pass a fingerprint security screen with no prior felony conviction, have a clean DMV
Shop and eat at a boutique that offers more than 80 vendors, some from Chandler and Gilbert, at Dayspring Preschool and Kindergarten, 1365 E. Elliot Rd., Tempe from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Thu., Nov. 1; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fri., Nov. 2; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat., Nov. 3. The event BOUNTIFUL BOUTIQUE: Dayspring is catered by Robert’s Catering of Preschool and Kindergarten holds Chandler. a three-day boutique as its 28th There will be live entertainment, fundraiser and community event. a silent auction and exclusive Submitted photo shopping. On Friday, Be the Match National Bone Marrow Registry will be on campus, screening and cheek swabbing anyone who would like to be a part of the registry. Saturday brings family activities, school performances and a cafe. In its 28th year, the boutique is Dayspring’s main fundraiser and community event. For details, call 480-838-9097 or visit www.dayspringpreschool.com.
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Spiritual Reflections Lost and found time by Lynne Hartke
When my oldest son was in elementary school, he lost a jacket, so I stopped in the school office to go through the lost and found. The secretary pointed me to a large cardboard box in the corner of the back room — a really big cardboard box. I felt like I was dumpster diving as I moved aside a Spiderman lunchbox and a basketball. I shook a Beauty and the Beast thermos and hoped it didn’t contain week-old chunky milk. I tossed aside hats and school binders, until finally I found my son’s blue sweatshirt. I wish I could find lost time as easily.
The 45 minutes I waited at the doctor’s office. The 30 seconds I spent behind each red light on the way to work. The 10 minutes in the checkout lane. The half-hour wait each week for music lessons. We live in a culture that doesn’t like to waste time. We view waiting as lost time and do everything to avoid it, filling the space with multitasking, impatience and snapping at those who slow us down. What if instead of losing time, we found it? All those minutes when we are forced to wait due to circumstances
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Lynne Hartke with husband Pastor Kevin Hartke of Trinity Christian Fellowship. Submitted photo
beyond our control? What if we viewed it as found time? Found time to pray. Reflect. Sit in silence. Found time to read a magazine. Or a book. Found time to talk to a friend. Or a spouse. Or a child. Found time to listen to God. Psalm 90:12 says, “Teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” Next time you find yourself waiting, choose to embrace the found time. Lynne Hartke blogs at www.lynnehartke.com. She is the wife of Pastor Kevin Hartke of Trinity Christian Fellowship in Chandler, 50 S. McQueen Rd. For information, visit www.tcfchandler.org or call 480-963-7698.
October 6 – 19, 2012
Church hosts blood drive
Help save a life by giving blood at Chandler Christian Church’s blood drive. The blood drive will be from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sat., Oct. 6 at 1825 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler. One blood donation can help as many as three people. To schedule an appointment, visit www.bloodhero.com and enter the sponsor code ChandlerCC.
Desert Cross holds community festival
Food, retail vendors, children’s activities, raffles and a silent auction highlight Desert Cross Lutheran Church’s community festival from 5 to 9 p.m. Fri., Nov. 2 at 3225 S. Lindsay Rd., Gilbert. Donations benefit a youth mission trip to Honduras, church ministries and other outreach programs. Nonperishable food items are also being collected for a local food bank. For more information, contact Lisa Derra at 480-895-9923 or lisaderra@ gmail.com. Visit www.desertcross.org for church details.
October 6 – 19, 2012
St. Steven’s celebrates 25 years Homecoming dance, casino night to benefit church In celebration of its 25th anniversary, St. Steven’s Catholic Church hosts a concert series beginning Fri., Oct. 5 with bluegrass music performed by Copper River Band. Chandler Children’s Choir performs Fri., Nov. 9, and Tetra String Quartet highlights the Fri., Dec. 7 performance. The St. Steven’s choir’s Christmas concert is Thu., Dec. 20. All shows are $10 per person, and tickets can be purchased online or in the church office. For more information, call 480-8959266, or visit www.StStevensaz.org.
Enjoy dinner and dancing as part of the 25th anniversary celebration of St. Steven’s Catholic Church. The “Homecoming” dance is from 5 to 9 p.m. Fri., Oct. 26. The band “Come Back Buddy” provides the music. A spaghetti dinner prepared by the Knights of Columbus will be served and a host bar will be available. Organizers are also putting together a slide show with prom
pictures of parish members. Pictures will be scanned at the church and returned. Tickets for the dinner and dance are $20 per person and must be purchased in advance. Proceeds go toward the church’s statue project. For more information, call 480-895-9266, ext. 107.
Enjoy games, gambling, food and drinks at the second annual Casino Party Night in St. Steven’s Catholic Church’s Great Hall. The party, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Council #9678, is 5 to 10 p.m. Fri., Nov. 16. Casino games include blackjack, roulette and craps. Tickets are $25 per person, which includes an all-youcan-eat gourmet hot dog meal and $200 worth of casino chips. There will also be a cash bar. Proceeds go toward a St. Steven’s statue for the church grounds. To purchase tickets, call Dennis at 480-802-0775 or Al at 480-895-3955. St. Steven’s Catholic Church is at 24827 S. Dobson Rd. in Sun Lakes.
Temple gets piece of Torah history
The community is invited to honor a part of history at a rededication ceremony for a Torah that survived the Holocaust. The ceremony, held during Temple Havurat Emet’s regular service, is at 7:30 p.m. Fri., Oct. 5 at the Lecky Center of the Robson Library, 9330 E. Riggs Rd., Sun Lakes. The Torah’s history dates back to 1650 in Czechoslovakia and is on long-term loan from the Memorial Scrolls Trust in London. The Torah “is a powerful symbol of the determination of so many who risked their lives and those who gave their lives so that a culture and religion could survive.” Info: visit www.templehavuratemet.org.
Temple Emanuel celebrates holidays Wrap up the High Holiday season, a time of “prayer, self-reflection and repentance,” with services at Temple Emanuel of Tempe, 5801 S. Rural Rd. The holiday season concludes with Yizkor at 9:30 a.m. Sat., Oct. 6; Sukkot at 7:30 p.m. Sat., Oct. 6; and Simchat Torah at 6 p.m. Sun., Oct. 7. Temple Emanuel serves Reform Jewish families. To purchase tickets, call 480-838-1414 or visit www.emanueloftempe.org.
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SLJC to hold services, sisterhood events Sisterhood plans meetings, donations Donate to those in need and hear informative guest speakers as part of Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation Sisterhood’s upcoming programs. On Thu., Oct. 18, Nancy Brandon of Scottsdale Healthcare talks about improving brain function and keeping a sharp memory. On Thu., Nov. 15, Sue Ellen Allen of Gina’s Team speaks about how women leaving the prison system transition to life outside prison. Meetings are held at 1 p.m. in the Chapel House at 9240 N. Sun Lakes Blvd., Sun Lakes. The Sisterhood is also accepting donations for their “Toys From the Heart” program, which provides underprivileged children with gifts for the holidays. To donate, send a check made out to SLJC Sisterhood to 3495 E. County Down Dr., Chandler, AZ 85249. In addition, the Sisterhood seeks donations for baskets and auction items for their Card Party in February. Proceeds from the auction go to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and proceeds from the basket raffles go to local charities. To learn more, contact Carol at 480-895-3168 or Geri at 480-305-0123.
Unity presents seminar, services Metaphysical seminar planned Learn more about what may happen Dec. 21, reportedly the “end of the world” according to the Mayan calendar, at this seminar at Unity of Chandler Wed., Oct. 24 from 7 to 9 p.m. Find out about “interdimensional races of love, what they are planning, what a gateway is and how this new and powerful Divine Love entry is bringing new clarity to the changes necessary in the current planetary course.” Maria Lucia, author of “Liberation, Book One of the Andrusian Chronicles” and founder of two Spiritual Heart
schools presents the seminar. The talk is for metaphysical audiences. A love offering of $11 is requested.
Sunday services announced
Listen to inspirational messages and music at Unity of Chandler’s services. Rev. Lori Fleming leads the services from 10 to 11 a.m. Sundays. Sunday school for children is at the same time. Unity of Chandler is at 325 N. Austin Dr., Suite 4, Chandler. For details, call 480-792-1800 or visit www.unityofchandler.org.
Krafty bazaar in Sun Lakes A wide variety of handmade items will be on sale during the Sun Lakes United Methodist Church Krafters’ annual bazaar from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat., Nov. 3 at Lindsay Hall, 9248 E. Riggs Rd., Sun Lakes. All items are made by the Krafters, many in fall and winter colors, including floral wreaths and arrangements; doll clothing and doll beds to fit American Dolls; large exterior home wooden candles; carriers for any electronic reader; table linens, some geared
towards the Jewish holidays; wooden pumpkins and more. Simple Treasures Boutique includes crystal, china and silver items and other household pieces. There’s also a jewelry section with an assortment of trinkets for personal use or as gifts. Homemade food will be part of the bake sale, which organizers say “is always a major draw.” “Our jalapeno jelly is always in big demand,” says publicist Sharon Slocum. Refreshments will also be available.
‘50s Sock Hop, services at VUU Dig out bobby socks and pleated skirts and join the Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation at a 1950s Sock Hop from 7 to 9 p.m. Sat., Oct. 6. It’s part of the annual Cabaret entertainment with singers, musicians and dancers performing. Refreshments, including root beer floats, served from a ‘50s era soda fountain are included in the price of the ticket, which is $8 for adults, $6 for ages 12 and younger or $20 for a family in advance; at the door, cost is $12 for adults, $6 for ages 12 and younger and students with family price of $25. Babysitting is available with a suggested donation of $5, although Cabaret organizers say school-aged children will probably enjoy at least the first half of the show.
New minister Rev. Andy Burnette’s service for 10:30 a.m. Sun., Oct. 7 is “I Think You’re Using That Word Wrong: The Ugly Legacy of the Doctrine of
Discovery.” It’s also Indigenous Peoples’ Day, and Burnette will explore the history of The Doctrine of Discovery, which he says is “the foundation for a system of discrimination which is thriving in the U.S. today.” A choral ensemble from the choir will sing a Holly Near piece. Then on Sun., Oct. 14, Mary Rothschild of the congregation will lead the service with “We’re All Values Voters!” by examining “the world of voting our Unitarian Universalist principles, what it entails and what it demands.” The Adult Choir will sing. VUU is located at 6400 West Del Rio St., south of Ray at McKemy, in Chandler. Sunday service is at 10:30 a.m. For more information, visit www.vuu.org or call 480-899-4249.
Temple Beth hosts Pastafest An evening of pasta dining under the stars with a face-matching game called Pasta-Punem Bingo is open to the community at 6 p.m. Sat., Oct. 27 hosted by Temple Beth Sholom of the East Valley, 3400 N. Dobson Rd., Chandler. Attendees will match members’ baby faces, or punem, to their adult faces, with prizes for those who identify the most correct punems. “The Pasta-Punem night is a great opportunity to gather new, longtime and prospective members for a wonderful evening of fun, food and friendship,” according to Temple Beth’s Barbara Tricoci. Cost is $7 for per adults by Oct. 12 and $9 by Oct. 14. Cost for children
ages 6 to 12 is $5, and children younger than 5 are free. Admission at the door is $10 for adults. Make reservations by sending a check, noting it is for Pastafest, to Temple Beth Sholom, 3400 N. Dobson Road, Chandler, AZ 85224. If using a credit card, call 480-897-3636 or email number of attendees to Michele at Pastafest@tbsev.org. Temple Beth Sholom of the East Valley is a conservative congregation founded more than 60 years ago and includes a sanctuary, social hall, religious school, Sholom Preschool, youth lounge, administrative offices and a Judaica shop. For more information, call 480-632-0603.
Congregation recognizes B’Nai Mitzvah class
Celebrate the 2012 B’Nai Mitzvah class in a service officiated by Rabbi Irwin Wiener Fri., Oct. 12 at Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation, 9240 N. Sun Lakes Blvd., Sun Lakes. Celebrants include Adrian Bendick, Arleen and Jeff Berke, Carol Biales, Myra Buckner, Arleene Forgang, Karen Hasenfus, Phyllis Novy, Irma Shapiro, Susie and Larry Shapiro, Mary Swerdloff, Judy Weissman and Judy Wolin. An Oneg Shabbat follows the services. Students may honor a loved one by wearing one of their tallits or other garb that was used by them or another family member at a previous mitzvah. For more information, call Gail at 480-802-1832.
October 6 – 19, 2012
Church addresses uncertainties
Clear up spiritual doubts at the “YouTube Atheist” series at Freshwater Church. The series is from 10 to 11:15 a.m. Sundays through Oct. 14 at Centennial Elementary, 3507 S. Ranch House Pkwy., Gilbert. Each Sunday, Pastor Jeff Jibben presents a clip from a YouTube atheist talking about a common religious doubt, followed by a researched response. For more details, visit www. freshwaterchurch.net or call 480-559-9137.
Meetings encourage learning, friendship Girls can participate in fun activities and projects while learning about their heritage at Girls Night Out meetings at Chabad of the East Valley, 3875 W. Ray Rd., Suite 6, Chandler. Attendees learn about the “positive contributions they can make to themselves, their families and the
Jewish community at large.” The meetings are for girls ages 11 to 13 and are held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays. Upcoming meetings are Nov. 1 and Dec. 6. The cost is $10 per meeting. To learn more, email Masha at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 480-855-4333.
October 6 – 19, 2012
Raffle, sale to benefit chapel
Do some bargain shopping and support the Chapel Center in Sun Lakes at the eighth annual treasure sale. The sale is from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fri., Nov. 16 and from 7 a.m. to noon Sat. Nov. 17 at the Chapel Center, 9240 N. Sun Lakes Blvd., Sun Lakes. The sale includes a large selection of items donated by people in the Sun Lakes area, including furniture, knickknacks, books and CDs. To donate, leave items, excluding clothing and large electronics, on the back porch of the Chapel Center. For assistance with large items, call Harold at 480-326-1299. The Chapel Board also organized a restaurant raffle. First prize is dinner for two at seven different restaurants. Second through sixth prize is dinner for two at five, four, three, two and one restaurants, respectively. Six additional prizes of restaurant gift certificates will be awarded. Tickets are $1 each, seven tickets for $5 or 15 tickets for $10. Tickets may be purchased Oct. 20 at Oakwood Country Club, 24218 S. Oakwood Blvd., or Oct. 20 at the flea market at Phase One, 25601 N. Sun Lakes Blvd. Winners will be chosen on the last day of the treasure sale and do not have to be present to win. Proceeds from both events benefit the Sun Lakes Chapel, which hosts four congregations: Sun Lakes Community Church, Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation, Sun Lakes Lutheran Church and Sun Lakes United Church of Christ. For details, call 480-326-1299 or 480-802-3281.
Spirituality Craft sale planned at church Start your holiday gift shopping at Chalice Christian Church’s second annual Arts and Crafts Fair. The event runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sat., Oct. 27 at the church, 15303 S. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert. The fair will feature crafts from vendors from around the state. In addition to arts and crafts, there will be a food vendor, bake sale and bounce house for children. Admission and parking are free. For more information, call 480-227-1442.
SHOPPERS: Visitors peruse the merchandise at last year’s Arts and Crafts Fair at Chalice Christian Church. Submitted photo
Book fair to benefit youth Everyone is welcome to celebrate reading with the annual Scholastic Book Fair Nov. 5 through 9 at the East Valley Jewish Community Center, 908 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler. Books and other items will be for sale with proceeds going to the Early Childhood Learning Center at the EVJCC. The week culminates with a performance of “Old MacDonald” by Arizona Puppet Theater as part
of EVJCC’s literacy project. The show is at 3:30 p.m. Wed., Nov. 7 in the multipurpose room. Tickets are $5 for children ages 1 and older and adults are free. Snacks will be provided. For each book purchased at the book fair, buyers will receive a free ticket to the puppet show. For more information, call 480-897-0588, visit www.evjcc.org or email email@example.com.
For a complete list of Spiritual Connections, SanTan Sun area monthly support groups, study groups and spiritually stimulating meetings, visit www.SanTanSun.com and click on “Spirituality.”
Reserve spot at Hanukkah celebration Enjoy an evening of food and entertainment with friends at Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation’s Hanukkah celebration Sun., Dec. 16 in the ballroom of Oakwood Country Club, 24218 S. Oakwood Blvd., Sun Lakes. Doors open at 6 p.m. with a cash bar and hors d’oeuvres. Dinner starts at 7 p.m. and includes a salad, a choice of baked Dover sole almondine or chicken piccata and dessert. The cost is $45 per person and the dress code is cocktail attire. To make a reservation, send a check made out to Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation to 25803 Eastlake Dr., Sun Lakes, AZ 85248, and include your entree choice. For details, call Judy at 480-802-4944 or Marcia at 480-802-9455.
Church coffee shop now open Students are invited to grab some coffee while they study or relax Thursday evenings from 7 p.m. to midnight at the Oasis Coffee Shop on the patio of Chalice Christian Church, 15303 S. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert. Oasis Coffee Shop offers a complimentary espresso drink, coffee or tea. There is free Wi-Fi. For more information, call 480-227-1442 or visit www.chalicechristian.com.
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October 6 – 19, 2012
Five Star publishes Navajo herbal Nighttime creations come to life
Herbal remedies known to many generations of the Navajo people can now be found in “Nanisé, A Navajo Herbal: One Hundred Plants from the Navajo Reservation,” published by Chandler’s Five Star Publications, Inc. “Nanisé” is a Navajo word meaning “vegetation.” Navajo plant uses have been transcribed since explorers, missionaries, traders and soldiers first encountered the Navajo people. But their reports, and those of early scientists, were published in limited scholarly editions. “Nanisé,” co-authored by Vernon O. Mayes and Barbara Bayless Lacy with illustrations by Jack Ahasteen and Jason Chee, details plant species found on the Navajo Reservation – a 25,209-square-
mile area that covers portions of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah. The herbal book provides the Navajo name for each plant and explains how the Navajos used them in everyday life, whether for ceremonial, medicinal or household purposes. The plants were selected from the reservation flora of more than 1,500 species by the Navajo Health Authority, Ethnobotany Project staff and approved by the Navajo Medicine Men’s Association. The book is designed for the classroom as well as a field guide for hikers, botanists and those interested in Navajo culture. “This book is a wonderful collection of plant descriptions and habitats that are native to the beautiful Navajo Reservation,” says Linda F. Radke, president of Five Star Publications, Inc. “It gives the reader not only a complete botanical understanding of the plants and their uses, but a glimpse into Navajo culture as well.” Scheduled for release this month, “Nanisé, A Navajo Herbal: One Hundred Plants from the Navajo Reservation,” will be available in traditional print as well as through electronic media, with distribution through Midpoint Trade Books and www.eStarPublish.com. For more information, visit www.NaniseNavajoHerbal.com.
Childhood fantasies of monsters and creatures that go bump in the night have come to life in an exhibit of fun and creative artwork Oct. 5 through Nov. 3 at Vision Gallery, 10 E. Chicago St., Chandler. An opening reception for artists takes place 6 to 8 p.m. Fri., Oct. 19. “The artworks relay stories and cultural folklore passed down through generations,” says Visual Arts Coordinator Eric Faulhaber. Artists participating in the “Things That Go Bump In The Night” exhibit
include: Taylor Atchley, Carol Balyozian, Sue Berzelius, Sandra Branjord, Brian Carroll, Elaine Pilbrow-Cash, Linda Chappel, Craig Cheply, J. Connelly, Emily Costello, Sue Cullumber, Breana Curtis, Lee Davis, Paula DeBenedetto, Sherry Drzal, Kathleen Escobedo, Jeff Falk, Sue Falkner, Cheryl Juracich, Linh Lam, George Lenz, Susan Lenz, Spencer Mahaffey, Rodney McLellan, Mark A. Molina, J. Pierce, Christy Puetz, Mary Ann Rodriquez-Veatch, Tony Rosano, Illa Ross, Helen Rowles, Jay Stewart, Mary Lou Stewart, Hank Tusinski, Steven Velazquez, Lorraine Whitt and Timothy Wong. Children’s art projects are provided by Vision Kidz Program and Galveston Elementary. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. For details, call 480-782-2695 or visit www.visiongallery.org.
Jazz heats up cool autumn nights Live jazz music is back at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort, 1 N. San Marcos Pl. in downtown Chandler, from October to May 2013. Laurie Fagen & Friends, Vandal Hancock Duo and others will perform in AJ’s Café and the 1912 Lounge during the restaurant’s all-you-can-eat prime rib buffet from 6 to 9 p.m. Items may also be ordered off the menu as well.
Laurie Fagen performs on the first and third Saturdays, and on Oct. 6 with Charles Lewis at the keyboard. The Vandal Hancock Duo of instrumental jazz guitars plays on the second and fourth Saturdays, Oct. 13 and 27. For details, visit www.LaurieFagen.com. For reservations, call 480-857-4422 or visit www.sanmarcosresort.com.
October 6 – 19, 2012
Swing band features Chandler resident
BIG BAND: Chandler resident and internationally known trombonist Bill Tole leads the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, which will perform on select Tuesdays at The Castle. Photo courtesy of the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra
Have a cup of tea and listen to the nostalgic sounds of the Big Band era as Chandler resident and internationally known trombonist Bill Tole leads the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra on select dates October 2012 through March 2013 at The Castle, 1300 S. Price Rd. in Chandler. The afternoon Tea Dance Series features the orchestra, fronted by vocalist Nancy Knorr. The orchestra plays Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey hits and other music of the 1940s, some with a modern twist. Tunes made famous by the Dorseys include “Amapola,” “The Breeze and I,” “Maria Elena,” “Green Eyes,” “Tangerine,” “Besame Mucho,” “Lullaby of Birdland,” “So Rare” and more. Tea Dances take place 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 9, Nov. 13, Dec. 11, Jan. 8, Feb. 12 and March 12. The cost is $16 in advance, $18 at the door or $90 for a series of six. Purchase tickets by calling 480-786-8847 or online at www.jimmydorseyorchestra.com.
Art quilts grace CCA with paradox Holiday ‘spirit’ to CCA Quilts made for art, not beds More than 60 representations in fabric, many hand-quilted, printed, handembellished or picturesque, comprise the exhibit, “Art Quilts Year XVII – Integrating a Paradox,” Nov. 2 through Jan. 19, 2013 at the Chandler Center for the Arts (CCA), 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. A Meet the Artists Reception will take place 6 to 8 p.m. Fri., Nov. 2. All quilts are accompanied by a story and artist biography. The “paradox” theme encouraged textile artists to explore duality, according to curator Adriene Buffington. She says a paradox “can express the tension between ideas that are contradictory, and yet both are true. Integrating a paradox is not blending these opposites into some neutral compromise, but joining them in a way so that each element retains its unique character – yet somehow working better together than apart.” Textile art is not always synonymous with traditional quilting, notes Vision Gallery’s Eric Faulhaber. “Although the traditional forms and stitching are ever present, the compositions tend to reach toward the dramatic,” he explains. “Art quilts are representations of ideals and stories that stir the imagination. The elements of storytelling and composition blend into these canvases of fabric.” In addition to the exhibit, there will
be an Art Quilt Invitational Exhibit of 25 selections by national art quilters. This portion of the exhibit will be held at the Vision Gallery, 10 E. Chicago St., Chandler. For more information, call 480-782-2695. Admission to all Visual Arts events is free to public. CCA’s Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays. For additional details, call 480-782-2680 or visit www.chandlercenter.org.
“The Spirit of Christmas,” an energetic variety show featuring a cast of more than 100 dancers and singers, takes the stage Dec. 8, 9, 15 and 16 at the CCA. Matinees are at 2:30 p.m. and evening performances are at 7:30 p.m. The production is presented by The Christian Dance Company and Tempe Dance Academy and is hosted by Tom Booth. The show features a horse and carriage, a living Nativity with a flying angel and a champion hoop dancer. In addition, dancers perform original Radio City Music Hall Rockettes choreography including the world-famous “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers” along with other excerpts from “The Nutcracker.” Performers from the Chandler area include: Ella Gunkel, Hannah Burns, Carly and Delaney Hudson, Arica Ares, Allison Doak, Gabby Otis, Jessica Thomas, Olivia Kramb, Judy Alcala, Claire and Anna Cortabitarte, Elan Morriis, Georgia McCook, Michael Richards, Chloe Roskos, Erin Broas, Danielle Bowen, Irelan Inoshita, Bethany Haskin, Anthony and Phillip Giandiletti, Tatum Graham, Katelyn Reiland, Tatum Rooney, Isabelle Peyton, Aimee Paredes, Emily Lenz, Erina Ueda and Ashley Wellik. Tickets are $24 to $28 and a portion of the proceeds benefits the Child Crisis Center. Buy tickets at the CCA Box Office at 480-782-2680 or online at www.chandlercenter.org or www.ticketmaster.com.
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Enjoy handcrafted fine art and craft featuring painting, glass-making, jewelry, photography and much more! At Mesa Arts Center
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The Wizard of Oz (RSC) is licensed by HUSD through TAMS-WITMARK MUSIC LIBRARY, INC., 560 Lexington Ave., NY 10022. Irving Berlin's White Christmas is is licenced by HUSD and presented through special arrangement with R & H Theatricals: www.rnhtheatricals.com. Legally Blonde are licensed by HUSD and are presented through Musical Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance material is also supplied by MTI. 421 W. 54th Street, New York, NY 10019 Phone: 212-541-4684 Fax: 212-397-4684. www.MTIshows.com.
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October 6 – 19, 2012
Grant funds long-range plans
Tickle your toes with musical, pedi
A $75,000 grant for a professional organizational assessment and creation of a long-range blueprint for the 23-year-old Chandler Center for the Arts (CCA) was given to Chandler Cultural Foundation. The grant was provided by The Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust. The nonprofit Chandler Cultural Foundation is contracted by the city to raise funds for the CCA. A facility review study was conducted five years ago to evaluate the facility improvement needs of the center. It was the 2007 study that guided the scope of renovation work that was completed in 2010. A long-range facilities plan was generated to address the longer-term facilities and resources expansion needs at the center. “The center still operates on an organizational framework from 23 years ago, when it was first built,” says Katrina Pappas, general manager at the CCA. “In 1989, Chandler was a very different town with a much smaller population.” Today,
Tap your toes during the ASU Gammage performance of “Anything Goes,” then give those little piggies a pedicure as part of the “Anything Toes” Spa Package offered by the Aji Spa in conjunction with ASU Gammage, Nov. 1 through 18. The Aji Spa at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort, 5594 W. Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler, provides a 50-minute spa pedicure including aromatic blue foot soak, gentle exfoliation, relaxing foot massage and a therapeutic paraffin treatment at the discounted price of $60 Monday through Thursday and $70 Friday through Sunday when booked in advance. As a special gift, all guests who receive the “Anything Toes” pedicure will be given
the center often struggles to meet the growing demands of an expanding city and the increasing needs for multi-use space, enhanced technology and resources. In 2011 the Long-Range Planning Committee, launched by former Mayor Jerry Brooks and currently chaired by Barbara Meyerson, hosted six professionally facilitated focus groups with patrons, volunteers, user groups, youth groups, community leaders, the staff and the board to determine the blueprint for what the center will look like to meet the needs of the growing and expanding city of Chandler. “The support from Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust is a tremendous benefit to the Center,” adds Pappas. “This grant is a crucial step in furthering our movement towards the goal of being a major cultural and gathering destination for the Valley.” A Request for Proposals will be issued by the Chandler Cultural Foundation soon to select a consultant for the project.
Olive Mill hosts art, wine event
Sample local wines and peruse an art show during a special event hosted by The Artists of the Superstitions from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sun., Oct. 21 at the Olive Mill, 35062 S. Meridian Rd., off Combs Road in Queen Creek. Visitors can enjoy a picnic lunch on the shaded grounds, experience wine tastings and examine works from a diverse group of artists representing
all types of media, including painting, photography, wood, jewelry, pottery, glass, clay and more. The Olive Mill has a restaurant and coffee bar for the public to enjoy as well as tours of the Olive Mill facility, for a fee. For more information about the mill or to schedule a tour, call 480-888-9290. For more details about the event, visit www.artistsofthesuperstitions.com.
a complimentary gift bag, complete with an “Anything Goes” CD sampler, nautical-inspired treasures and an Aji Spa Indigenous lotion at check-in. Make a day of it and stay for lunch in Aji Café and full access to the spa’s amenities including a private swimming pool, instructor-led fitness classes, steam room and sauna. All guests who book and receive their “Anything Toes” pedicure by Nov. 9 are entered to win two tickets to the Nov. 13 opening night show of “Anything Goes” at ASU Gammage. The show runs through Nov. 18. Winners will be announced on Nov. 12 and contacted by email. For more information and to make a reservation, call 602-3855759 and mention promotional code: “Anything Toes.”
Murder mystery comes with dinner Solve a murder while enjoying dinner as the Sun Lakes Community Theatre presents an interactive mystery dinner show, “Murder at Café Noir,” Oct. 29 through Nov. 2 in the Oakwood Ballroom of the Oakwood Country Club, 24218 S. Oakwood Blvd. in Sun Lakes. This Casablanca-style mystery with a humorous twist is written by David Landau, and includes laughs, suspense, murder, music and romance. The tale follows Rick Archer, a private investigator
who comes to an island in the Caribbean to find a runaway who has taken up residency on the small island of Mustique – a place that is stuck in a black, white and gray era. To get in the “noir” mood, audience members are encouraged to dress in black, white and / or gray. Show tickets are $35 and include dinner. Doors open at 5 p.m., and the show starts at 6 p.m. Come early for cocktails and music. For tickets, call 480-895-1026.
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October 6 – 19, 2012
Cost of freedom explored Scrooge and cast to audition at Hale
IN HONOR: “Jack,” a U.S. soldier played by actor Michael Sackett, bows his head at an image of fellow soldiers’ graves in “The Price of Freedom,” on stage at the Hale Centre Theatre. Photo by Daniel Sontag, Hale Centre Theatre
“The Price of Freedom,” showing through Tue., Oct. 30 at the Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave. in Gilbert, is an inspiring musical tribute dedicated to all of those who have served – and sacrificed – in the U.S. Armed Forces. The play returns to World War II to recount the lives of four soldiers through the letters they wrote to the ones they left behind. The production serves as a theatrical tribute to remember the humanity and stories behind those who have fought for the nation’s freedom and the sacrifices they made. “The Price of Freedom” features an original score composed by Rob Gardner
that serves as a moving underscore to the stories of the men and women of the “Greatest Generation.” McKane Davis’ lyrics are based on actual correspondence between soldiers and their loved ones. Displayed on both walls of the Hale Centre Theatre stage will be archival film footage from the war. The musical tribute plays at 7 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays. Tickets are $24 for adults and $10 for ages 6 to 18. Reservations can be made through the box office by calling 480-497-1181. For more details about the show, visit www.haletheatrearizona.com.
Festival features art, music, more Enjoy an array of music, dance and cultural presentations by local performers, as well as works by local artists and artisans, during the 5th Annual Fall Festival of the Arts. The event is held from noon to 4 p.m. Sun., Oct. 28 in the courtyard at the Arizona Historical Society Museum at Papago Park, 1300 N. College Ave. in Tempe. The free festival includes activities for children, live painting, jewelry making, food booths by local nonprofit and community organizations and more. There also will be a “Cosplay” costume contest conducted by Touch of Creation Cultural Events (TCCE), featuring an appearance by LRS Tokyo Girls and Guys. Stop by the TCCE booth to get all information regarding the contest at the festival and meet their special guests. This is the introduction to the TCCE’s spring 2013 new theatre production and they will be recruiting Cosplay artists and theatre performers.
MAKING MUSIC: An array of music, including performances by local youths, will entertain visitors to the 5th Annual Fall Festival of the Arts, taking place Sun., Oct. 28 at the Arizona Historical Society Museum at Papago Park in Tempe. Photo courtesy of the Arizona Consortium for the Arts
The Fall Festival of the Arts is in collaboration with the Arizona Historical Society Museum at Papago Park and the Arizona Consortium for the Arts, a nonprofit community organization. For information, visit www.artizona.org.
Monthly art event set in Gilbert Local artists are provided with a platform to exhibit their works to the public at the Gilbert Art Walk, an outdoor event held at 45 W. Page Ave. in Gilbert. The Art Walk is set up Saturdays beneath the water tower located west of Gilbert Road on Page Avenue, across from the Hale Centre Theatre. Participating artists come together in one place to show off their talents,
and the community is welcome to come stroll around their exhibits for free. The Art Walk will take place 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, Oct. 6 and 20, and will continue from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, Nov. 3 and 10, Dec. 1 and 15, Jan. 5 and 19, Feb. 2 and 16 and March 2 and 16. For more information, visit www.gilbertartwalk.com.
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Youths review Childsplay’s shows In addition to the Kid Reporters, Childsplay also has launched a Mom Blogger page for moms to give their perspective on the performances and how theatre impacts their children. Childsplay’s Mom Blogger page is at www.childsplaymoms. wordpress.com. Lizzie Stewart
Local youths will write and post reviews of Childsplay’s 2012-13 season performances through the new Kid Reporter program. Plus, the reporters receive an exclusive backstage tour and interview with cast members. Four kids were selected from more than 100 entries submitted from aspiring young journalists from across the Valley. Among them were Lizzie Stewart, 12, of Chandler and Bryn Creek, 9, of Gilbert. Lizzie will review “The Giver” and “Wrinkle in Time,” while Bryn will critique “Rock Paper Scissors” and “Recipe for Disaster.” Children from the community are encouraged to read and comment on reviews to keep the conversation going. Each performance during the season will be reviewed by at least one Kid Reporter, with all entries posted and open for commentary at www. childsplaykidreporters.wordpress.com. The Kid Reporter program is part of Childsplay’s new initiative to bring the community closer to its performances.
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Childsplay’s next production, “The Giver,” set for Oct. 21 through Nov. 11, creates the uneasy feeling that something is wrong with main character Jonas’ “perfect world” – a world without war, fear or pain. All of the world’s problems have been eliminated, including making choices or feeling emotion. But when Jonas turns 12, he is selected to receive special training from The Giver. Soon a new world opens up to him, exposing harsh truths about his society. Audiences discover what it means to grow up and take charge of their own future. Performances take place at 1 and 4 p.m. Saturdays and 1 p.m. Sundays at the Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe. All tickets for the Oct. 21 Storybook Preview Performance are $12 and come with a complimentary book for all families who attend. Tickets start at $12 and are available at www.childsplayaz.org or by calling 480-350-2822, ext. 0.
Artists sought for Scottsdale event SanTan Sun area artists working in all media are invited to exhibit at the 43rd annual Scottsdale Arts Festival, March 8 through 10, 2013 at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale. Applications must be submitted online at www.zapplication. org before Oct. 14. A jury of arts professionals selects the artists to participate in the festival and awards prizes in numerous categories including painting, sculpture, glass, ceramics, jewelry, photography, printmaking, textiles, woodworking and more. Founded in 1971, the event showcases the creativity of nearly 200 juryselected artists from throughout North America. Works of art are available for purchase directly from the artists and through the festival’s online art auction. Those attending the festival can enjoy local cuisine from the food trucks of the Phoenix Street Food Coalition, wine tastings, live music and entertainment from Arizona bands and performers, creative activities for children and families at Imagine Nation and more. The Scottsdale Arts Festival is produced by Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, a division of the nonprofit Scottsdale Cultural Council. Proceeds benefit the center’s arts and youth education programs. For information, visit www.ScottsdaleArtsFestival.org.
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Country stars shine this month Arizona native Dierks Bentley headlines the all-day KNIX Country Fest on Sat., Oct. 27 at Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino Resort, 15406 N. Maricopa Rd. in Maricopa. Harrah’s is partnering with 102.5 KNIX to bring top-named entertainment for this first-time, outdoor event. Taking the stage is country music stars Kristen Kelly, Easton Corbin and Gloriana, along with Bentley. Kelly, known for her debut single “ExOld Man,” kicks off the concert at 3 p.m. Her music mixes rock and blues, while staying true to her country roots. Hitting the charts with their latest
song, “Kissed you Goodnight,” Gloriana will entertain the audience with other favorites such as “Can’t Shake You” and “Wanna Take You Home.” Easton Corbin has drawn the attention of the country music world with hits like “A Little More Country than That” and “Roll with It.” Bentley is among country’s most versatile artists and is known for his hits “Home,” named the official song of the Arizona Centennial Celebration, as well as chart-toppers “Come a Little Closer” and “5150.” In, addition, Bentley recently was nominated for three Country Music Awards.
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LOCAL BOY: Valley singer Dierks Bentley is one of many country music stars on the rise who performs during the KNIX Country Fest on Sat., Oct. 27. Photo courtesy of Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino Resort
Harrah’s is constructing the temporary amphitheater, for seating up to 4,000. Tickets start at $49 and can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com. For more information about Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino Resort, visit www.harrahsakchin.com or call 480-802-5000.
A costume contest, games and more entertain all ages during the East Valley Children’s Theatre’s fall fundraiser, “The Ghostly Gala”, on Sat., Oct. 13 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Arizona Museum for Youth, 35 N. Robson in Mesa. Activities at this family friendly event include DJ music, a raffle, food and drink. Tickets are $50 for adults 21 and older, $25 for ages 13 to 20 and $10 for children ages 12 and younger. Proceeds benefit EVCT, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides live theatre experiences for children ages 5-18. EVCT offers classes, workshops, troupes, spring and summer camps, as well as four main stage productions at the Mesa Arts Center. For more information about The Ghostly Gala and to purchase tickets, go to www.evct.org.
Learn skills from top talents Seven dancers / actors and choreographers from Los Angeles share their knowledge and moves during a special weekend Master Class Oct. 20 and 21 at Dance Studio 111, 4910 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 111 in Phoenix. Kimberly Lewis, owner of Dance Studio 111, is bringing in Cris Judd, choreographer for Jennifer Lopez and Janet Jackson as well as movies and music videos, and Dave Scott, choreographer for the “Step Up” movies. Joining them will be “So You Think You
Can Dance” alums Ivan Koumaev and Ade Obayomi, and Kenny Wormald from the recent remake of the movie “Footloose.” This two-day Master Class workshop is open to the public. No previous Dance Studio 111 connection is required. The workshop runs from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday. For more information or to register, visit www.dancestudio111.com or call 480-706-6040.
Arts Chronicles Bart Evans, a veteran music teacher in Arizona, brings his experience and talent to the Sun Lakes Chorale as its new performance coordinator, engaging venues, overseeing sound, lighting and recording environments prior to Bart Evans performances and supervising concert support activities. Evans taught music for 36 years, including instrumental and choral music in Mesa and Snowflake. He recently retired as the choral director at Dobson High School, where he taught for 30 years. He currently conducts an evening community choir at Mesa Community College and is the interim conductor of the Concert Choir at Arizona State University. He will interact with the Sun Lakes United Methodist Church staff for the chorale’s Holiday Concert on Dec. 13 and the Spring Concert on March 21, 2013. Info: www.sunlakeschorale.com. Hale Centre Theatre in Gilbert wins seven awards during the annual ariZoni Theatre Awards, Arizona’s version of the Tony Awards. The theatre received the most earned in its category and includes: Actress in a Supporting Role-Play, Charlotte Strayhorne for “To Kill a Mockingbird;” Actor in a Supporting Role–Musical, Rob Stuart for “Little Shop of Horrors;” Director–Play, D. Scott Withers for “To Kill a Mockingbird;” Director–Musical, Cambrian James for “Crazy for You;” Choreography, Cambrian James for “Crazy for You;” Actor in a Major Role–Play, Rob Stuart for “To Kill a Mockingbird;” and Overall Production–Musical, “Crazy for You.”
DEFYING GRAVITY: Performed by disciples of the Shaolin schools, known throughout the world for their disciplined and deadly martial-arts prowess, the Shaolin Warriors bring the remarkable skill and stunning movement of Kung Fu to the Mesa Arts Center stage Sat., Oct. 20. Photo courtesy of MAC
“Little Bunny’s Halloween,” through Oct. 31, GAPT. Little Bunny’s mother helps him to get over his fear of Halloween by having fun in this “non-scary,” musical show. For ages 2 and older; all matinee shows. “Rock, Paper, Scissors,” Childsplay, Oct. 6-14, TCA. The adventures of Ollie and Yuki bring together two complete opposites in this hysterical squabble of old versus new. Their two worlds collide, as Yuki’s high-voltage antics disturb the quiet creations Ollie makes with only paper and scissors. Pianist Murray Perahia, 7:30 p.m. Sun., Oct. 7, SCPA-VGPT. This Grammy Award-winning artist performs Haydn’s Sonata in D Major, H 24; Schubert’s Moments Musicaux, Op. 94; Beethoven’s Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 2 and more. “Monsters, Mutants and Other Tales of Love,” Oct. 11-13, 18-20, S55. The end-of-theworld premiere features five short comedies set in a post-apocalyptic world crawling
October 6 – 19, 2012 with cannibals, cyborgs, zombies, mutants, Frankenstein sisters and crafty panhandlers. Rated PG-13 for some “comedic” violence. Blue Collar Comedy Tour veteran and “here’s your sign” slogan creator Bill Engvall, 7 and 10 p.m. Fri., Oct. 12, SCPA. Engvall brings his biting humor and everyday insights; comedian Gary Brightwell opens the performances. “How I Became A Pirate,” Oct. 12-28, VYT. Based on the bestselling children’s book written by Melinda Long and illustrated by David Shannon, this Arizona musical premiere is about a young boy recruited by pirates to help them find the perfect spot to hide their treasure. FearCON V, Fear Film Festival and Convention, noon-midnight Sat., Oct. 13, USCS. An all-day event showcasing the best horror cinema from around the world. Cast and crew of many of the films will be in attendance for Q & A and panel discussions. Other highlights include Zombie Dancers, a Zombie Fashion Show, live “Fear Factor” games, an artists’ and vendors’ area and more. Bellydance Superstars: The Magic Of Dance, 7:30 p.m. Tue., Oct. 16, MAC-Piper. The culmination of 10 years of touring the world – over 800 shows in 25 countries – to capture the artistry, magic and passion of this unique dance form. “Annie,” Oct. 18-Nov. 24, HCT. A musical set in the Great Depression and based on the comic strip, Little Orphan Annie.
An Evening of Story Telling Featuring Donald Davis, 7:30 p.m. Fri., Oct. 19, MACPiper. Featuring a youth teller, an Arizona teller and Donald Davis, whose masterful storytelling captures the real and daily adventures of life in an entertaining and engaging way. “The Servant of Two Masters,” Oct. 19-20, Oct. 26-27, SCCPAC. The 16th century commedia dell’arte masterpiece where identities are mistaken, engagements are broken and lovers are reunited when the wily and chronically hungry servant Truffaldino hatches a zany scheme to double his wages – and his meals – by serving two masters at once. Free. Comedian Al Del Bene, Oct. 19-21, CSCC. Born near the end of the 20th century, Del Bene started doing comedy in Boston at the age of 18, then quickly became a staple of New York City’s underground comedy scene. The Daily Show Live: Indecision Tour 2012, 8 p.m. Sat., Oct. 20, SCPA. Join correspondents Rob Riggle and Al Madrigal, writer/Executive Producer Rory Albanese and Supervising Producer Adam Lowitt from Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” for a night of political satire. Greg Proops is “The Smartest Man In The World,” 7:30 p.m. Sat., Oct. 20, MAC-Piper. Best known for his appearances on “Whose Line is it Anyway,” Proops’ show is based on his podcast of the same name. Adult themes and language.
For the On stage venue index, visit www.SanTanSun.com and click on Arts.
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A PERSONAL TOUCH CLEANING We’ll clean your house, and you enjoy your family. Honest, dependable and thorough house cleaning. Excellent references and 13 years of experience. Residential, commercial; weekly, biweekly, monthly and reasonable rates! Call Rosie at 480-326-0299.
AFFORDABLE AND ECO FRIENDLY 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. 15% OFF 1st service with mention of this ad. Alert Cleaning Services, Inc. Ecoquality Cleaning Every Time! www.alertcleaning.com firstname.lastname@example.org 480-786-3838.
HOUSE CLEANING 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.
SIMPLY GRAND CLEANING SERVICES Housekeeping specialists offering weekly, biweekly, monthly, one time cleanings, move in/out, windows and patios. We only use GREEN environmentally friendly products. High quality services at an excellent price. Very dependable, insured and with excellent references. $10 off first service with mention of this ad. Call for free estimate. Wendy, 480-802-1992 or Lisa, 602-358-3006 www.simplygrandcleaningaz.com
FINISHING TOUCH INDEPENDENT OWNER expanding 17 year Cleaning Service in Chandler and Gilbert. METICULOUS, w/an EYE 4 DETAIL, we provide the “FINISHING TOUCH” in your home CONSISTANTLY with every cleaning. XLNT long term Client References available. We love Pets! Call Rita 480-250-9744.
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.
CARPET CLEANING 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 locallyowned in Chandler. Call for an estimate at 480-370-3333.
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.
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.
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
PAINTING SERVICES 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.
KUTTINGEDGE LANDSCAPE A Professional and Reliable Maintenance company. We offer weekly and biweekly service, one time clean ups, weed control, tree work and more. Call Rick for free estimate 480-250-6608 or email Kuttingedgelandscape@cox.net Visit www.kuttingedgelandscape.com.
KAI KANE LANDSCAPES Weekly Maintenance. Clean Ups. Irrigation Repairs. Competitive Prices. FREE Estimates. www.kaikanelandscapes.com. ROC 271526. email@example.com 602-677-6550.
COMPLETE YARD CARE - Yard Maintenance - Weekly, Biweekly or Monthly. We Actually Show up! Providing reliable, friendly, honest service for over 10 years. English speaking crews. Credit cards accepted. Please call Complete Yard Care for a Free Estimate. 480-897-8807.
PAINTING AND REMODELING. Over 15 years experience. Interior, Exterior Painting and Remodels. Call Chris, 480-415-9430.
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
Your quality repaint specialist. Interior/Exterior. Epoxy Floors. Roof Coatings. Stained Concrete. New Construction. FREE ESTIMATES! References available. Owner will be on job. Commercial/Residential. 30 years experience. Licensed-Bonded-InsuredROC 257167. MENTION this ad to receive 5% OFF! 480-244-9119
LANDSCAPING www.aplussprinklerrepair.com 15 years experience repairing valves, drip systems, wire troubleshooting, timers. All Repairs! Honest and Reliable. East Valley Native. Call and Compare Prices! 602-826-4717.
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**SPRINKLER REPAIR** BY FERNIEHonest 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.
HOMES HOMES FOR SALE ONLY $500 DOWN! Own your home in
A CUT ABOVE PAINTING, LLC
GET YOUR BUSINESS NOTICED
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.
VEHICLES PREOWNED CARS 1989 JEEP WRANGLER $1,950 automatic 68,500 miles 6 cyl 4.2L injected engine ww.tcho.net/4x4 623-980-3057
Contact SanTan Sun News for details. 480-732-0250 email: ads@SanTanSun.com
FALL IS WINDOW CLEANING TIME Dirty Windows, Filthy Screens. Call FISH WINDOW CLEANING 480-962-4688 WINDOWS interior and exterior. SCREENS sunscreens and regular. TRACKS. CEILING FANS. LIGHT FIXTURES. POWER WASHING driveways, sidewalks and patios. Accredited Member BBB.
“MAID FOR YOU” WILL CLEAN YOUR HOME * Weekly * Bi-Monthly * Special Occasions. No size limit, 3 hour service, no contracts, $79. Same Day Service. 480-201-6471
FREE Estimates. Call Bright-n-Shine 480-557-0831
Oct. 6 - 19, 2012
We Do Inserts!
THE LANDSCAPE PRESCRIPTION All Phases of Landscaping, Irrigation, Masonry. Landscape Design Services also available. Bonded. Insured. Residential License ROC278958. Call today for a FREE estimate, 480-201-3503.
ADVERTISING THAT WORKS! BUSINESS DIRECTORY ADS
SCULPTURED GROUNDS 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.
Hardscape Specialists. Need A New Look? We do ALL types of Decking for Driveways, Patios, Walkway Pavers, Travertine Pavers, Monarch Stone, Flooring. We build walls, benches, fireplaces, BBQs, water features. www.sculpturedgrounds.com ROC209334 Call Larry for a FREE Estimate 480-329-5225.
Four ads for only: $115 + Tax Contact SanTan Sun News for details. 480-732-0250 email:ads@SanTanSun.com
Where to Eat
Oct. 6 - 19, 2012
CELEBRATING 2 YEARS OF BUSINESS!
Thank you Ch andler!
Steak • Seafood • Chops • Wine • Cocktails Serving Midwestern beef in the Midwest for over 25 years Now serving Midwestern beef in Chandler for over two years.
Ask about our Early Happy Hour Open 7 Nights A Week Prime Rib & Live Music on Saturdays 98 S. San Marcos, Chandler, AZ 85225 Sinatra ’s Favorite Plac e in Chandler 480-899-4400 www.dc-steakhouse.com
Amalfi Pizzeria ITALIAN RESTAURANT A Taste of Italy in Your Neighborhood
Assorted wines, draft and bottled beer at affordable pricing Daily Specials • Catering • Patio Seating
480-895-8200 Dine-in or take-out. With coupon only. Not valid with any other offer. One coupon per table. One coupon per visit. Expires 10-31-12 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.
HOLIDAY PARTIES WEDDINGS CORPORATE EVENTS Buy One Entree and Get One FREE
$1.00 OFF Any Lunch or Dinner Entree
With the purchase of two large drinks. Excluding ribs. Cannot be combined with any other offer.
With the purchase of two large drinks. Excluding ribs. Cannot be combined with any other offer.
Relax, while we handle the details of planning the food for your big event.
Call and schedule an appointment to bring your vision to life. 602-615-1540 firstname.lastname@example.org
WeddingWire.com Bride’s Choice 2012 Award for Catering
Fresh,Tasty, Healthy Choices for Everyone!
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Your purchase of $25 or more
May not be combined with any other offers. Expires 11/15/2012. STSN
Noew ! op n Mon. - Sat. 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday Noon - 8 p.m.
15%OFF Your Entire Bill
May not be combined with any other offers. Expires 11/15/2012. STSN
4015 S. Arizona Ave. #5, Chandler, AZ 85248 | 480-895-5569 | www.yogisgrill.net
Where to Eat
Oct. 6 - 19, 2012
LIVE ELVIS IMPERSONATOR EXTRAORDINAIRE!
Coming to Natalia’s Restaurant
FRI. & SAT., OCT. 19 & 20, 7 P.M. SHOW TIME
ELVIS MENU SPECIALS YOUR CHOICE $17.95 EACH Prime Rib with a baked potato and vegetables
Reservations Only: Back by Popular Demand! Be there or be square!
Veal or Chicken Parmigiana your choice of pasta Wiener Schnitzel with potato and cabbage slaw Chicken Schnitzel with potato and cabbage slaw Baby Beef Liver with baked potato and vegetables
Last event SOLD OUT!
Scampi or Scallops your choice of pastas Full Bar Service • Desserts Coffee and Cappuccinos
—No Split Dishes or Substitions Please—
Natalia’s 1912 Restaurant
3140 S. Gilbert Rd., Chandler
SW Corner Gilbert and Queen Creek Rd. in the Glenwood Plaza
Now open Sundays 4:30 to close
AJ’S CAFE AT THE CROWNE PLAZA SAN MARCOS GOLF RESORT
Award-Winning Our Lavish Buffets Have Become Legendary
njoy each of these great dining opportunities at the Award-Winning AJ’s Cafe at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort. We’ve been Chandler’s Place to Meet and Eat Since 1912
Sunday Champagne Brunch S U N D AY S 1 0 : 0 0 A M - 2 : 0 0 P M
Chandler’s Best Sunday Brunch with Your Favorite Breakfast Offerings & Lunch Entrees, Omelet Station, Prime Rib Carving Station, Array of Salads, Complimentary Glass of Champagne & Desserts.
One San Marcos Place, Chandler, AZ 85225 (Chandler Blvd & Arizona Ave) 480.857.4422 877.766.3387 | sanmarcosresort.com Approx. 5 miles E. of the Loop 101 & 1.5 Miles N. of the Loop 202 at the Southwest corner of Chandler Blvd. & Arizona Ave.
BECOME A FAN
Any Full Sized Burrito
Good through 11/6/2012. One coupon per order, cannot be combined with other offers.
Where to Eat
NEW OWNERSHIP, YOLOVE OUR IMPROVEMENTS!
Oct. 6 - 19, 2012
BEST Doggone Grill & Bar in the East Valley! Family friendly, upbeat atmosphere
15%OFF Hang out, relax and watch a movie on our new big screen TV!
20% OFF your entire order! Must present coupon. Not valid with othe offers. Expires 11/5/12.
Your Total Bill
12 Flavors of Yogurt and Sorbet... 50 delicious toppings!
Free Wi-fi and Apple Station
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
your entire order! Monday - Wednesday
Mon.-Fri. 3-7p.m., Sun.-Thurs. 10p.m.-Close
Must present coupon. Not valid with othe offers. Expires 11/5/12.
Plan your special event between 10 a.m. - noon and have the whole store to yourself! Packages now available. Contact Watchuree@hotmail.com or 480-248-7721.
COMING SOON! Frappuccinos, Smoothies 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.
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
Present An Evening of Local Arizona Products...
Please join us
Thursday, October 18th at 6:00 p.m.
Five Course Meal Expertly Paired with SanTan Brewing Company’s Finest Brews See our website for the complete menu www.OcotilloGolf.com Call for Reservations: 480-917-6660
Ocotillo Golf Resort 3751 S Clubhouse Drive Chandler, AZ 85248
Where to Eat
Oct. 6 - 19, 2012
Sunset Menu 5 - 6 p.m. evenings Tuesday through Sunday
first course: soup of the day or organic greens salad second course: fish of the day or prime hanger steak third course: créme brûlée or flight of sorbets includes a glass of house red or white wine $30 The Promenade at Fulton Ranch
4991 S. Alma School Rd., Suite 101 480-883-3773 NE corner of Alma School and Chandler Heights
Happy Hour: Tuesday - Friday 5 - 6:30 p.m. Sunday and Monday: CLOSED • Tuesday - Saturday 5 - 10 p.m.
For reservations, call 480-883-3773 or visit www.corkrestaurant.net
Get a great deal on your next visit to SUBWAY® Restaurants!
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FREE SUB! Buy a 30 oz.oz. drink, Buy any anyfootlong footlongsub suband and a 32 drink, and regular footlong footlong sub and get getaregular subofof equal or lesser price FREE.
Good at participating restaurants. Plus tax, where applicable. No cash value. One coupon, per customer, per visit. May not be combined with coupon offers or discount cards. Coupon must be surrendered with purchase. ©2009 Doctor’s Associates Inc. SUBWAY® is a registered trademark of Doctor’s Associates Inc. “Coca-Cola” and the Dynamic Ribbon are registered trademarks of The Coca-Cola Company. All rights reserved Market #033.
AVAILABLE AT THE Alma School & Queen Creek 480-726-9015 FOLLOWING LOCATIONS:
Arizona Ave. & Ocotillo 480-802-0440
Gilbert & Germann 480-786-4577
Local Furniture AND Delivery Removal
*Free local delivery and free furniture removal valid with minimum of $1,000 purchase. Must present ad. Not valid with any other offer or coupon. Offer expires 10/31/2012. Previous purchase does not apply.
480-786-0777 1980 N. Alma School Road, Chandler, AZ 85224
Hours: Monday-Friday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.,
9130 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85250 480-270-5680
Sunday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
(NW corner 101 & Indian Bend between Home Depot & Target)
Cachet H O M E S
B U I L D I N G R E L AT I O N S H I P S
GATED COMMUNITY • From Low $200’s • 8 Single and Two Story Plans to Select From • Homes From 1,613 to 2,631 sq. ft. • Fully Landscaped Front Yards • New Home Warranty!
Inventory Homes Under Construction
Close-Out! Inventory Homes Available!
Lock and Leave Luxury Townhomes • From the high $200’s • 1,797 to 2,287 sq. ft. • Gated Community • Pool, Ramada and BBQ area • Fully Landscaped and Maintained Front Yards • New Home Warranty!
Encore at Grayhawk
Bel Canto at Mirabel
Tranquil Trail Estates
From the 300’s Luxury Condominiums Pima Rd. & Thompson Peak Pkwy. Scottsdale 480-556-7038 Almost Sold Out!
From the Low $500’s Semi-Custom Homes Cave Creek Rd. & Pima Rd. Scottsdale 480-556-7051 or 480-748-9195
2,820 sq. ft. completed home From the Low $500's Cave Creek Rd. West of Pima Carefree 480-556-7051 or 480-748-9195
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Prices, plans, incentives, availability and programs are subject to change daily without prior notice or obligation. Public Reports are available on the ADRE website.