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Neighbors Halloween happenings

Where to eat

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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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Mariachi fest celebrates Hispanic culture

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

(CCA), 250 N. Arizona Ave, Chandler. The festival is one of several events to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month sponsored by the City of Chandler see Mariachi Fest page 52

City to host Native artists, performers Native women celebrated in pageant

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.

Zombieland Apocalypse

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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Downtown Spooktacular

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

Howl-A-Ween Open House

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

Spooktacular concert

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.

Treats, not tricks at EEC

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

The Nest at Rawhide

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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www.SanTanSun.com they will see and hear their name, see their photos, receive messages and a few more terrifying surprises. We are truly creating their worst nightmare.” Now in its sixth year in Phoenix, The Nest will be nestled behind the façade of Rawhide’s busy Main Street. General admission is $25, with VIP admission available at $40 that includes front-of-line-privileges. The Nest is not recommended for children younger than 12 or the faint of heart, but Rawhide offer’s Doomtown’s Kreepy Kidz Zone for little ghosts and goblins with arts and crafts, face painting, feeding the monster pumpkin, a mummy race and n glow in the dark candy with trick or treating for those in costume Oct. 2628 and 31. Info: www.frightened.com.

Haunted crypt creeps

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.

Orthodontists buy back Halloween candy

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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 info@solyoga.com.

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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October 6 – 19, 2012

Infant memorial services held

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 amcarthur@aboutcare.org. 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

Hot dog! Woofstock is coming

Dogs rule at BARKtoberfest

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 jpadberg@cox.net. 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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MEET THE NEIGHBORS: The Cove Grill’s owners, Mesquite Grove Estates residents Robert and Breanna Tomfohr, live “basically right across the street” from their restaurant. “We see all our neighbors in here,” says Robert. “We’re here every single day, talking to people, making friends, and trying to make sure everybody’s experience is enjoyable.” STSN photo by Ron Lang

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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BEACHFRONT FARE: Scrumptious fish and chips, and an outstanding Philly steak sandwich keep diners flocking to The Cove Grill at Gilbert and Chandler Heights roads. STSN photo by Ron Lang

Chandler, is open 3 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. To view a menu, visit www.thecovegrill.com. For more information, call 480-802-9070. K. M. Lang lives and writes in Sun Groves. To contact her, email KMLang@SanTanSun.com.

Human Relations Commission and produced by the Chandler Coalition for Civil and Human Rights. The event helps raise money for college scholarships for local students. Preshow and dinner in the lobby of the center will be available for purchase from 6 to 7 p.m. Featured performers include Mariachi Pajarillo, a Los Angeles-based mariachi ensemble, and Mariachi Flores Mexicanas, an all-female mariachi group. There also is a special performance by the dancers of Chandler’s Ballet Folklorico Quetzalli – AZ. Special guest dance groups are Ballet Folklorico Esperanza and Tradiciones Dance Co., which celebrate the colorful tradition of Mexican folkloric dance. Ticket prices range from $20 to $50 and can be purchased online at www.chandlercenter.org, by phone at 480-782-2680 or in person at the CCA.

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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 dweale@cox.net or visit www.GCPAAA.org.



October 6 – 19, 2012

Native artists from page 47

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

Miss Indian Arizona

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

Maricopa Indian Community; Lillian Hunter from the Colorado River Indian Tribes; Angelica Lopez of the Tohono O’odham Nation; Raeging Miles from the Gila River Indian Community; and Desirae Rambler of the San Carlos Apache Tribe. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 12 and younger and can be purchased at the CCA Box Office the night of the event, or online at www.chandlercenter.org. For more information about the pageant, email missindianazassoc@cox.net.


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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Andrews Blvd., at Riggs and McQueen, Chandler. Springfield will have more than 60 vendors filling the hall with fall and holiday gift items. For details, call Donna McCollum 480-883-1291.

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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