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Oct. 20 – Nov. 2, 2012

Council seats, override, more on Nov. 6 ballot

IDs needed to vote on propositions, mayoral term limits by Laurie Fagen

In 17 days, voters will go to the polls to select two Chandler City Council members and vote on propositions, Chandler School Override and for various state and federal elected positions. The general election is Tue., Nov. 6.

Resolution, propositions

Chandler voters will be asked to decide whether to amend the City Charter to change the mayor’s term of office from two years to four years, the same as city councilmembers, and be limited to two consecutive terms. Following recent approval by the Chandler City Council, if passed, Resolution No. 4621 would make Chandler’s mayoral term the same as most other large cities in the area including Tempe, Gilbert, Mesa and Scottsdale. see Vote page 6

KRUSHIN’ GRAPES: Kids get in on the grape-stomping action during Kokopelli Winery & Bistro’s 11th Annual Kokopelli Krush in downtown Chandler Fri. through Sun., Oct. 19-21. Kids and adults can compete for “grapeful fame” and prizes. To read more, turn to Page 48 in the Neighbors section. Submitted photo

Kuiper Dairy sale hits zoning snag Some Price Corridor residents, hotel guests and business owners will hold their noses for at least another year as plans to sell Kuiper Dairy to a corporate office park developer have hit another snag. Representatives from San Diego’s Douglas Allred Co. told residents at a recent community meeting they now need the commercial zoning restrictions changed from single business buildings to multi-business structures before they can complete the sale of one of Chandler’s last remaining dairies. A series of four zoning hearings with the City of Chandler will extend through December. If all are approved, it will take another six months or more to complete the

COWS TO CUBICLES? A portrayal of life at the slated Allred Boardwalk that has some residents preferring the cows over an uptick in cars. Submitted photo

see Dairy page 7

Chess prodigy wields killer instinct by Cody Matera

A 7-year-old Chandler chess genius, whose forks, skewers and pins are so clever he brings some opponents to tears, has been invited to attend the World Youth Chess Championship (WYCC) in Maribor, Slovenia. Kevin Chor, a big fan of “Friday the 13th” horror films, acknowledges that the kill-or-be-killed aspect of the tactical board game appeals to him. “When my opponents make a mistake, some of them cry,” he explains. Kevin, rated the number one chess player among secondgraders in Arizona according to the United States Chess Federation, has quickly become a major contender in the sport, though he took the game up just 18 months ago. “It sat on a shelf for a long time,” says mother Amy Ni of the set he was given for his fifth birthday. “One day Kevin said he was bored and wanted something to do. I opened

the chess set, read the instruction manual and taught Kevin the moves.” To his parents’ surprise, Kevin fell in love with the game and attended an Arizona Chess Central camp a few months later. His aptitude caught the eye of coach Michael Reading, who encouraged Kevin to compete. His first tournament in March 2011 ended in a 4-0 first place victory and qualified him for state, though he chose not to compete. In April 2011, Kevin qualified for the Arizona Governor’s Cup and went on to sweep the tournament 9-0 despite being just 6 years old. Kevin’s talent continues to blossom as evidenced by the numerous trophies lining his bedroom. The Arizona State Grade Championship, Arizona Scholastic State Blitz K-3 section and the American Open in California are just a few of the tournaments he has won in his fledgling career. see Prodigy page 10

PRODIGY: Seven-year-old chess prodigy Kevin Chor. Submitted photo

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Serrano’s site of ‘random’ shooting ‘Miracle’ only one was injured in restaurant It was a busy early Saturday evening in downtown Chandler with the TASTE culinary event in the park and Serrano’s Mexican Food restaurant “busy” at 5:45 p.m. A man goes into the popular eatery with another patron, is seated and ready to eat dinner when he is contacted by another man, who engages in a conversation that leads to a confrontation, according to Chandler police. Surrounded by diners all around, the man, described as a Black male, pulls a weapon from his waistband and fires multiple rounds, hitting the patron. The suspect flees on foot, and police say he may have gotten into a gold-colored vehicle. He is still at large at press time. Ric Serrano, a member of the familyowned chain with seven locations, says it had nothing to do with Serrano’s, and the victim and suspect were not regular patrons. “I believe they ducked into our place to avoid somebody,” Serrano explains. “It appeared they (the victim and his brother) were trying to get away from someone who followed them in the restaurant and confronted them, so it was not as the news first reported. They did have a scuffle inside the restaurant, then the person who followed them in pulled a gun and shot him.” Serrano, who was in another room at the restaurant at the time of the

shooting, says shots were “ricocheting” off floors, through a chair and a table and says it was a “miracle” that nobody was seriously injured. “By the hand of God, nobody else was hurt. It appeared that there were three shots fired. Two of them went in and out of the victim and he was later released from the hospital that same night.” Serrano says the victim was attended to by a staff member “who rushed to the scene” with another patron and the brother of the victim.

Confrontation lasts only ‘seconds’

Chandler Detective Seth Tyler says video surveillance from the restaurant is “very grainy,” and did not show much, except to determine how fast the incident took place. “It happened very quickly – it took less than half a minute,” he says. Even with so many people in the restaurant, Tyler says the timeline is why it’s been difficult getting eyewitness accounts. “Imagine yourself as a patron at a restaurant,” Tyler says. “You’re not looking for any suspicious activity; you’re just looking to enjoy yourself. But it happened so fast, the vast majority probably wouldn’t be able to provide details.” Serrano corroborated the “very, very fast” time element, saying the

OPEN FOR BUSINESS: Serrano’s Mexican Food restaurant is back open following a shooting that left one person injured. STSN photo

gunman shot in quick succession, and within “probably three or four seconds” ran out of the restaurant and across Arizona Avenue. “It was so fast and so unexpected,” Serrano adds. “Everyone tried to get to a safe place as fast as they could. Of course, everyone was calling 911.” With the Chandler Police Department only a few shorts blocks to the east of the restaurant, Serrano says officers were onsite “within a few minutes.” Serrano says staff is handling the incident “as best they can,” saying some were affected more than others by where they were when the event took place. Serrano’s provided counselors that night, and on an asneeded basis since. While staff at the family of restaurants has had to deal with an occasional intoxicated customer or a fight, they’ve never seen anything “even remotely

close to a shooting.” Serrano says they are “extremely blessed and thankful” that no one else was wounded. However, Tyler considers all those in the restaurant as “multiple victims” in this case – while no one else was injured, the other diners are considered “victims of endangerment” because of their close proximity to the shooting incident. Serrano’s was closed for the rest of that evening, but has since reopened for business. Serrano says “it’s amazing” the gunman acted in broad daylight with so many in the restaurant and downtown – and got away. Serrano’s has a “no weapons allowed” notice posted, but adds, “I don’t think the people who would do such a deed would follow a sign on the door.” Chandler Police continue their investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call Chandler Police at 480-782-4130.

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The willingness to embrace business incubation and the entrepreneurial spirit lands the City of Chandler fourth on a list of the nation’s top 10 ranked U.S. cities by technology startups per capita as compiled by SizeUp, a San Francisco-based provider of free business intelligence for small and mid-sized businesses. Chandler’s Innovations Technology Incubator, which gives entrepreneurs access to legal, accounting, marketing and fundraising help, as well as sub-market rent, is home to 20 early-stage companies in biotech, software, hardware, sustainability, mobile devices and other fields. “Startups are a critical piece of the city’s economic development strategy, as we recognize that many of our largest employers, including Intel, Microchip and eBay, began as small startups and grew to be the important economic drivers we know them as today,” says Jane Poston, Chandler’s public information officer. Top-ranked Fremont, CA, has more than 21.5 startups for every 100,000 residents; Chandler has 5.1 startups per 100,000 residents, while Mesa, the only other Arizona city to make the list, ranks eighth with 3.7 startups.


Oct. 20 – Nov. 2, 2012


Spread word about substance abuse

Widows find resources

Underage substance use continues to be a community issue in Chandler, according to ICAN Executive Director Becky Jackson. She says, according to statistics from the Chandler Coalition on Youth Substance Abuse (CCYSA), the top three substances being used by youth in Chandler are alcohol, marijuana and prescription drugs. “The average age for youth to first use alcohol is 13 years old, and 81% of Chandler high school seniors report having used alcohol in their lifetime as compared to 74% of Maricopa County high school seniors,” she says. “Energetic” community members are sought by CCYSA to “help spread the word about the dangers of youth substance abuse in the Chandler area.” Areas in which to get involved include marketing and public information projects, community advocacy and volunteering on the Coalition to help with the strategic planning process and prevention activities. The CCYSA holds monthly meetings to discuss current issues and action plans to address them in the community at 5 p.m. on the third Tuesday at ICAN, 650 E. Morelos St., Chandler. Jackson reports the CCYSA has made “significant strides” in changing favorable community perceptions towards substance abuse through education on related laws and norms. Since its establishment in 2006, she says the Coalition was able to make the following community impact: • 35.2% decrease in alcohol signage in the Chandler area • 20% decrease in the number of merchants willing to sell alcohol to minors • 44.4% decrease in the number of adults willing to buy alcohol for minor For more information or to join the group, contact Jackson at or visit or

After a spouse or partner dies, many widowed individuals are overwhelmed, confused and potentially exposed to various forms of exploitation, according to Sun Groves resident Jim Schwartz, founder and president of Chandler-based nonprofit Widowed Community Education & Support Services, Inc. (WCESS). Widows are invited to share their stories and find helpful resources at a special three-day conference Oct. 26 through 28 at Arizona State University’s Memorial Union Building in Tempe, organized by WCESS. It’s called “Tools for the ‘New Normal’ Journey” and brings together more than 20 speakers covering topics such as grief coping strategies, dating and new relationships, financial security, car care, self-care, men’s grief issues and many other back-to-basics topics. “Dealing with the holidays, maintaining the house, parenting a grieving child, legal and tax issues and the benefits of journaling are also covered in this conference,” adds Schwartz. Conference registration is for either two or all three days with lunch included. Registration information is available at For more details, contact Schwartz atInfo@ or 480-209-0564.



Oct. 20 – Nov. 2, 2012

Vote from page 1

Proposition 204 would renew and make permanent a 2010 voter-approved, one-cent sales tax to provide $1 billion in funding for education, public transportation infrastructure projects, a children’s health insurance program fund and other human services programs. The one-cent tax, scheduled to expire in 2013, was to “stave off drastic cuts to education” during the recent recession, according to Gov. Jan Brewer. 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.

School override

override over seven years. CUSD spokesman Terry Locke says the Legislature made the override an option for school districts during the recession cuts, and a Citizens Budget Committee, a wide cross-section of representation from businesses, retirees, parents and community members, voted unanimously to recommend the 15% approval to help the district recoup some of the $36 million in cuts experienced over the last four years. “This override is essential to help CUSD maintain its strong schools, keep the teacherto-student ratio constant and recruit and retain talented teachers,” says Jim Bishop, chairman of Chandler School Override Yes Committee.

Council hopefuls provide insight Three of the four council candidates provide more information on why they are seeking the office and votes at the polls. The questions asked include professional and personal candidate backgrounds, and why they are running.

Rick Heumann

I came to Arizona in 1972 and attended and graduated from ASU. I moved to Chandler in 1982 with my wife Julie and raised our daughter Kristin here. I served on the City Council since 2009, worked on the city planning commission and parks board and co-chaired the 2007 bond election. My work ethic, honesty and experience on Council and boards have provided me with the tools to continue to represent you in an exemplary manner. Four years ago I ran on a platform of bringing quality jobs and quality neighborhoods to Chandler. In spite of the recession, we have done an excellent job accomplishing this goal. The expansion of Intel, Orbital, Infusion Software and PayPal illustrates our progress. We continue to eliminate blighted properties and provide helpful information for our neighborhoods. Additionally, I am fiscally conservative with your tax dollars. My wife, Julie, and I have been married 29 years and have a daughter, Kristin. Info: 480-961-5455,

2 Chandler Council seats open

Local voters will select two out of four candidates running for Chandler City Council. Facing off Nov. 6 are incumbents Rick Heumann and Jack Sellers with Terry Roe and Scott Taylor. Nora Ellen won the third available Council seat during the primary election. See the sidebar for details about the Council candidates.

Bring ID to vote

Chandler voters will also decide the financial future of the Chandler Unified School District (CUSD) as they determine a $28 million budget

Identification at the polls is required for all Arizona elections, according to the Arizvona Secretary of State’s office, and can be in various forms. One must include the name, address and photograph of the voter; or if a photo is not available, two forms of ID including utility bill, bank statement or others are needed. For a list of possible IDs, visit Prop_200/poll_identification.htm. For more information, go to Laurie Fagen is publisher of the SanTan Sun News, and lives in Fox Crossing with husband Geoff Hancock and two rescue kitties, Jazz and Phantom. Contact her at

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Dairy from page 1

homeowner’s association and a member of the Chandler’s Police Complaints and Use of Force Citizen’s Review Panel. Some of my endorsements include Former Chandler Mayor Jerry Brooks and Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery. My priorities include job creation, quality public safety and safe and clean neighborhoods. If elected, I will not accept a politician’s pension, and I will work with the council and my constituents to make informed decisions. While in office, I will pay back all of my campaign contributors and donate $20,000 to charities that help make a difference in our community. Cheryl and I have lived in Chandler for more than 24 years. We have two children, Paul and Katie. Info:

Jack Sellers

Since my election to Chandler City Council in 2008, many great things have happened. In 2010, Chandler was named An All America City and in 2012 was named the ninth best run city in the US. We have the lowest sales tax rate in the Valley and have created over 9,500 jobs in the last 30 months. I’m proud to represent our city on the Maricopa Association of Governments Economic Development and Transportation Policy Committees and the GPEC International Leadership Council. Chandler has flourished despite a very difficult economy. My focus going forward is to use my business expertise, education partnerships and regional contacts to continue to bring exciting new jobs to our city and improve our transportation systems. My wife, Marie, and I have enjoyed living in Chandler for 18 years. Your vote will help me ensure that Chandler remains an affordable city with a high standard of living. Info:, 602-228-9674.

Scott Taylor

Scott Taylor did not participate in this story.

BOARDWALK: An artist’s rendering of the pending Allred Boardwalk project that would replace the Kuiper Dairy on Price Road. Submitted photo

purchase of the dairy, relocate the cows and the smell, many at the meeting expressed a then spend $2.5 million to clean up the 63-acre preference for the dairy over increased traffic site at Price and Willis roads. and child safety issues, as well as the noise Construction of the first of six, two-story and light pollution expected from a looming office buildings, some as large as 180,000 corporate park. square feet, would then break ground by early Cody Matera of Pecos Ranch is an intern with summer 2013. the SanTan Sun News and student at Arizona Allred representative Michael J. Curley, a State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Phoenix attorney, says if the zoning change isn’t Journalism and Mass Communication. approved, Allred will most likely walk away. “The business climate has changed and Allred needs to be able to lease to more than one business per building to make the project viable,” Curley says. Kevin Mayo, Chandler’s planning manager, says if the rezoning fails, Kuiper Dairy FROM THE AIR: A glimpse of how ON THE BOARDWALK: A conceptual site plan would remain “indefinitely.” the proposed Allred Boardwalk reveals the dimensions of the 63-acre business While a few residents have would blend with the surrounding complex along the Price Corridor. Submitted complained about flies and community. Submitted photo



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Oct. 20 – Nov. 2, 2012

Keep safety in mind for happy holidays Each year more than 3,500 Americans die in fires and approximately 18,300 are injured, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. Many of these fires occurred in homes and could have been prevented with a little planning, good habits and situational awareness. In the coming weeks and months, residents will celebrate several holidays, festive events that can present additional risks to children and families. SanTan Sun area residents can keep them joyful occasions by protecting loved ones and property.


The traditional costumes and jack-o’lanterns remain, and there has been a big increase in the use of electrical lights and decorations for Halloween. Most parents know the importance of purchasing flame resistant costumes for their children, and as a bonus safety feature, many of these include reflective materials to help with nighttime visibility. These same precautions should be considered when making a costume for a child or yourself. Choose the materials carefully. Avoid dangers presented by open flames in decorations, such as jack-o’-lanterns. If using decorative lights, make sure they have been tested for safety by a recognized testing laboratory, check them for frayed wires, and don’t overload extension cords.


The risk of cooking fires increases

on Thanksgiving. With more food preparation and more people in the kitchen comes more potential chaos, and even the best cook can become overwhelmed and skimp on safety. The increase in the use of turkey deep fryers that use a substantial amount of cooking oil at high temperatures is also a concern to firefighting professionals. There are many things that can go wrong when using these turkey fryers and consumers should thoroughly educate themselves about the dangers before using them. The risk of fire or burns from cooking and holiday candles reinforces the importance of having properly maintained fire extinguishers in the home. Consider switching to safer, battery-operated flameless candles.


All of the cooking and candle risks mentioned above also pertain to Christmas and Hanukah, as do the electrical wiring concerns related to indoor and outdoor lights and decorations. But the greatest danger may be from the beautiful Christmas tree that brings so much joy when it’s new, but a big fire risk when it’s allowed to dry out. An analysis by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) shows the number of Christmas tree fires is fairly low, with an average of 210 in the United States each year. However, because of the nature of these fires, the risk to people is

TURKEY TALK: The Chandler Fire Department joined with other Valley fire departments to conduct a demonstration of the dangers of turkey fryers, which are used more during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. The hot oil, open flame and potential instability of the fryer base can make for a dangerous combination and increased risk of fire. Submitted photos

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Bring a canned food item for the local food bank and receive an additional raffle ticket! Questions or to purchase a booth for this event: much higher. The key to preventing these fires is maintaining the moisture content of the tree. Then, once the holiday is over, remove the tree from the home before it gets too dry. The City of Chandler will pick up and recycle holiday trees for free, or residents can drop them off at one of several park sites around town. Visit chandleraz. gov/recycle for details.

Seasonal risks

Finally, as cooler temperatures arrive, remember some of the other seasonal items that pose a fire risk, such as the use of space heaters, fireplaces, outdoor fire pits and chimineas. Most heating-related fires can be prevented with some simple steps. Remember to keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet away from furnaces, wood stoves, fireplaces and portable space heaters. Have heating equipment and fireplace chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional. Always use a fireplace screen to keep sparks from flying into the room, and do not burn paper in a fireplace or chiminea, which can lead to burning embers leaving the containment area. Make sure to turn off portable heaters and to completely douse the flames and embers in fire pits, chimineas and fireplaces when you leave the area or go to bed. Keep a fire extinguisher handy. Finally, educate children about these and other fire dangers and the many precautions they can take to be safe including a home escape plan and how to call 911. For more fire safety tips, visit the Chandler Fire Department home page at Other helpful websites include the U.S. Fire Administration at and the National Fire Protection Association at

City of Chandler Insider

Oct. 20 – Nov. 2, 2012


Change batteries, not clock It’s time to change smoke alarm batteries, says Chandler Fire Department, even if it’s not time to change the clock. At 2 a.m. Sun., Nov. 4, Americans across the country will turn their clocks back as daylight saving time ends. Over the years, the first Sunday in November has become an easy-to-remember day for people to adopt a new habit: changing the batteries in their home smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Because Arizonans don’t change their clocks, they often forget to change their smoke alarm batteries. The Chandler Fire Department is figuratively sounding the alarm. “A properly installed and maintained smoke alarm is a family’s best friend, because it’s always on duty, day and night,” says Chandler Fire Battalion Chief Tom Dwiggins. “Your chances of survival in a house fire increase significantly if you are given a timely warning from a smoke alarm.” There are several types of smoke alarms, and the key to their effectiveness is proper installation and maintenance. Most smoke alarms include a 9-volt battery for regular or backup power. Having a smoke alarm with a dead or missing battery is the same as having no smoke alarm at all. “Replacing these batteries annually – no matter what – is a simple and effective way to protect yourself and your family from a devastating home fire,” Dwiggins says. “A new pack of 9-volt batteries only costs a few dollars, but they could be the investment of a lifetime.” Test alarms monthly, and replace them every eight to 10 years, according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Sharing fire prevention tips and information with the public is part of the job of being a firefighter. Dwiggins was recently assigned to the Prevention and Preparedness division of the department, where he will oversee a variety of public education programs and work with local media to promote fire safety.

Chandler Fire Battalion Chief Tom Dwiggins

A member of Chandler Fire since 1998, Dwiggins is looking forward to his new role as the department’s primary community educator. “We have a lot of programs designed to better protect our residents, and my job is to help spread the word, so we can have a safer community for everyone.” Information provided by the City of Chandler Communications and Public Affairs Department.



Oct. 20 – Nov. 2, 2012

Prodigy from page 1

camp followed by one of Rodger Ferrington’s Reach Basketball sessions. Kevin has also shown an interest in medicine and physiology, collecting and examining scorpions and insects. The prodigy plays golf in an enrichment program at Knox Elementary, where he attends the Knox Gifted Academy. “He wants to be a Grandmaster,” says Michael Chor, Kevin’s father. “He wants to be an NBA player, he wants to be a doctor and he wants to be a math wizard.” Whatever path Kevin pursues, his

parents will be proud. “I just know that I’d like him to find something he’s passionate about,” says Ni. “As long as there’s passion in what anybody does, it brews success.” For now, Kevin’s passion is to become the chess world’s youngest Grandmaster. 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.

MATCH PLAY: Kevin Chor sports the king’s crown on his face in a meet geared for young players. Submitted photo

What’s next?

Kevin is now the youngest player in the state to reach a rating of 1,700 and win an invitation to compete in the WYCC. The family often travels to California to play since there is a shortage of players at his level in Arizona’s Scholastic championships. Unfortunately, due to a month delay in receiving the WYCC invitation, the champion may miss his opportunity to compete overseas. On short notice and without a chance to budget for the trip,

Kevin may be forced to sit out the 2012 tournament and wait for the 2013 WYCC in Al-Ain, United Arab Emirates. However, Kevin has plenty to occupy him until his next WYCC opportunity. When not honing his chess moves, he enjoys studying the fighting skills of Mewtwo and the 600-plus Pokémon creatures as well as perfecting his hoop shots. Kevin’s aptitude for basketball emerged unexpectedly when he defeated everyone in his one-on-one matches at a Chandler Christian Church

TACTICIAN: Kevin Chor concentrates on his next move while the clock ticks. Submitted photo


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Jump on wagon for taste of Old West Street party marks road completion • 6 p.m., Campfire glow, s’mores and cowboy singer • 8 p.m., Event closes for the night Plans for November 10 include: • 9 a.m., Gates open to the public; check out the wagon menus and decide which meal WESTERN CHOW: Eat Old West food, hear cowboy and other music, and more at to try the Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook-off. Submitted photo • 10 a.m., Meal Cooks are circling their wagons – tickets go on sale; get there early as chuck wagons, that is – in preparation tickets go quickly for the third annual Chandler Chuck • Noon, Chuck wagon meals served and Wagon Cook-off on Fri. and Sat., Nov. judged 9 and 10 at Tumbleweed Ranch at • 2:30 p.m., Awards Tumbleweed Park on the southwest • 5 p.m., Event ends corner of McQueen and Germann roads. To participate in the cook-off or as a The popular culinary competition is a vendor at the event, download a form slice of the Old West lifestyle in which at teams prepare meals in their authentic flyer_2012.pdf. First through third place chuck wagons recreating grub from an awards are given in meat, beans, bread, 1880s cattle drive. The Saturday event potatoes and dessert categories, as includes music, vendors, historic displays well as for best overall meal and most and activities for children. authentic wagon and camp. Here is a tentative schedule of events The 2012 Cook-off is an official for Nov. 9: Chandler Centennial event presented • 10 a.m., Gates open to the public; by the Chandler Museum in association interact with the cooking teams with Biscuitflat Chuck Wagon and • 10 a.m., Wagon judging other sponsors. For information or • 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Wagon shuttle to sponsorship, contact Chandler Arizona Railway Museum Museum Administrator Jody Crago at • 4 p.m., Youth Pizza Cook-off begins 480-782-2873 or • 5:30 p.m., judging for Youth Pizza Cook-off

Rediscover businesses along a prime Chandler intersection while listening to live music by the Chubby Dog Band and enjoying family-friend activities during a construction completion celebration from noon to 4 p.m. Sun., Nov. 4 in the parking lot on the southwest corner of Alma School and Ray roads. Kids of all ages can get a close-up look at emergency vehicles and equipment courtesy of the Chandler fire and police departments, and enjoy demonstrations by the Environmental Education Center. There will also be face painting, pony rides and giveaways. The Chandler Chamber of Commerce sponsors the free event to encourage residents to visit the local businesses that may have been difficult to access during construction. Shoppers can turn in their receipts for purchases made Oct.

29 through Nov. 4 and be entered in a drawing for roundtrip airfare for two to anywhere in the continental United States provided by Southwest Airlines and other prizes. The city expects the intersection improvement project to be completed by Thanksgiving. The contractor, Standard Construction Company, began working in early March. The construction included the building of dual left-turn lanes, a third auxiliary through lane, right-turn lanes, bike lanes, a storm drain, water line, new traffic signals, medians, street lights and landscaping. The $7 million project was partially funded by a $4.95 million federal Highway Safety Improvement Program grant. For event and project details, call the event hotline at 602-697-9566 or visit

Golf event supports citizens with disabilities Helping to raise money and support for people with disabilities, the mayor’s committee will host its 16th annual Chandler Golf Challenge, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fri., Nov. 9 at Bear Creek Golf Course, 500 E. Riggs Rd. In the past, proceeds from the event have provided scholarships to the disabled to Therapeutic Recreation Program in Chandler and to Arizona State University. The cost to enter the tournament is $65 per individual or $250 for a

foursome, and lunch is a nominal fee. There will also be a raffle on baskets from local businesses, such as BLD, Floridino’s, Verde Salon, Starbucks, Uncle Bear’s Grill & Bar and My Favorite Thingz. The Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities is a nine-member panel appointed by Chandler’s city council. Businesses interested in donating to the raffle can still do so and can contact Collette Prather at 480-782-2709 or at for more information.


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‘Rock the Block’ celebrates city Entertainment, kid’s activities and food booths will highlight Mark-Taylor’s third annual Achen-Gardner Construction “Rock the Block!” party noon to 8 p.m. Sat., Nov. 10 on Arizona Avenue between Chandler Boulevard and Frye Road in downtown Chandler. Rock the Block! celebrates the “fun, dynamic lifestyle” that Chandler offers, while also promoting local businesses. Last year’s party attracted more than 12,000 guests.

The event will feature live entertainment on three stages; a 12,000 sq. foot-Kids Zone that includes interactive games, face painting, giant inflatables and a zipline hosted by Arizona Bounce Around; and more than 100 retail, arts, crafts, food and beverage vendors, including two beer gardens and a VIP area. For more information, visit chandlerblockparty.

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Enjoy music performed by a local band, children’s games, a raffle, auction and more while helping support our armed forces during the Veterans Day Weekend Concert in the Park from 3 to 9 p.m., Sat., Nov. 10 at Brittany Heights Community Park on the northeast corner of Germann and Ellis roads in Chandler. Chandler’s own GTR Rockband

performs from 6 to 8:30 p.m. A Different Breed opens the live entertainment from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Gregg Paul from KFYI radio is the emcee. Donations of $5 per person or $20 per family are requested. All proceeds will be donated to the Arizona Military Assistance Mission and the Horse Rhythm Foundation. For details, call 480-748-6233.

Dinner, auction raise funds for youth Tickets are still available and auction items accepted for the 35th annual “Bids for Kids” auction and dinner for the East Valley’s Boys & Girls Clubs, held from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Sat., Nov. 3 at Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa, 5594 W. Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler. The event 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. The silent auction is followed by 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 follows. 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 “Bids for Kids” raises money to support the 11 East Valley Boys & Girls Clubs that last year served more than 40,000 local youth. To reserve a table or purchase tickets, contact John Davis at For information, visit

Buy school supplies, help kids Make a difference in the lives of needy kids overseas by maximizing on back-to-school clearance sales and donating those items for Operation Christmas Child, a year-round project by Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization. The initiative is held in anticipation of National Collection Week, Nov. 12 through 19. Local drop-off locations can be found by visiting Participants fill shoeboxes with school materials, toys, hygiene items and letters of encouragement for children in poverty around the world. This shoebox packing effort, requiring months of organization and preparation, is expected to serve more than 9 million children this year suffering the effects of natural disaster, disease, war, terrorism, famine and poverty. For many, the shoebox will be the first gift they have ever received. For information, contact Chandler Program Coordinator Robin Earle at 480-213-3190 or

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Mayor Tibshraeny honored

For his years of leadership in the East Valley during the 2012 Cox Communications / East Valley Economic Forum presented by the East Valley Partnership (EVP), Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny receives the Dwight Patterson Lifetime Achievement Award, one of two 2012 Excel Awards, on Wed., Nov. 5. The award is given to an individual who lives or works in the East Valley, is well respected, has made significant lifelong contributions to their community and exhibits the characteristics of Mayor Jay Tibshraeny a true leader, according to the EVP. A life-long East Valley resident, Tibshraeny began his service to the community in 1980 as a member of the City of Chandler’s Planning and Zoning Commission. Six years later he was elected to the City Council, where he served until he was elected mayor in 1994 for four consecutive terms through 2002. Tibshraeny was then elected to the Arizona State Senate, where he served from 2003 to 2011. He returned as mayor in 2011 to serve a fifth term and was recently reelected. In addition to his most recent appointments, Tibshraeny serves on the Chandler / Gilbert Association for Retarded Citizens Advisory Board, Child Crisis Center Advisory Board and ICAN Site Advisory Committee. The East Valley Partnership is a regional coalition of community, business, educational, and government leaders whose goals are to provide leadership and support in specific areas of focus and to improve the community’s quality of life. For more information, visit

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IAB 30 BBQ, a professional barbecue team from Chandler, competes against an international roster of slow-cooking experts for the grand champion title and a share of $30,000 in cash at the 24th Annual Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue Sat., Oct. 27 in Lynchburg, TN. To be invited, domestic teams must have won an automatic event, such as the American Royal; a state championship with 25 teams; a competition with more than 50 teams; or seven contests in the past barbecue season. Info: Lynda Exley, SanTan Sun News editor, and her co-author, Conrad J. Storad, receive the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards’ silver medal in the “Activity Book - Educational, Science, History” category for their humorous, nonfiction history book, “Arizona Way Out West & Wacky.” An official Arizona Centennial Project, “Arizona Way Out West & Wacky” was also a finalist in the Benjamin Franklin Awards, and the book’s library edition, “Arizona Way Out West & Witty,” is this year’s ONEBOOKAZ for Kids. Info: 480-940-8182, Gilbert Public Schools’ VIK Club is one of nine afterschool programs statewide to receive a $1,500 STEM grant from the Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence and Cox Communications to support creative efforts to incorporate science, technology, engineering and math into today’s curriculum. The VIK Club was recognized for integrating digital photography into six club sites. Winners were selected based on their innovative use of science and technology in an informal learning setting, the involvement of students in designing many of the projects and the maximum utilization of the limited dollars available. Info:

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Bikram Yoga already hot with students by Alison Stanton

As a Bikram yoga teacher, Keri McCook says people often asked her if there was ever going to be a Bikram studio in Chandler. After discussing it with her husband, McCook decided to take the plunge, and her business, Bikram Yoga Chandler, opened last month. “In our first week, we had more than 300 sign-ups, and that confirmed to me Bikram yoga needed to be brought to this community,” says McCook. Bikram Choudhury, the founder of Bikram yoga, personally trained McCook and all the other teachers at her studio during a nine-week intensive program she describes as “grueling.”

GOOD EXERCISE: Yoga enthusiasts strike a pose at Bikram Yoga Chandler. From left: Lance Carlson, owner Keri McCook and Naomi Lang. Submitted photo

Choudhury developed the 26 Bikram yoga postures from Hatha yoga, according to McCook. Doing the series of postures in sequence, she notes, is meant to specifically work every part of the body to give all of the internal organs, veins, ligaments and muscles everything needed to maintain optimum health and maximum function.


While the techniques are similar to other forms of yoga that involve learning different postures and exercises, McCook says there is one key element that sets Bikram apart: heat. “Bikram yoga is the original hot yoga, and was brought to America in the early 1970s,” she says, adding the room is heated to about 105 degrees with 40% humidity. “We add the humidity element to the room to increase the body’s ability to sweat in order to systematically detoxify the body,” McCook says. HOT TIMES: Bikram Yoga Chandler owner Keri McCook offers yoga classes with “We have a state-of-theheat for detoxification in her new business. Submitted photos art heating system. We are the only one in the Valley to have this system in our “Don’t be intimidated if you’ve never practiced studio. It maintains a unified heat throughout the room Bikram before,” McCook says. and purifies the air, getting rid of bacteria with the UV “If you have any injuries, feel out of shape, chronic lights featured in the heating unit. We also have unique pain, high blood pressure, stress, anxiety, insomnia or flooring that is antibacterial and microbial which helps arthritis this is a perfect way for you to heal.” to eliminate odors as well.” McCook is pleased so many of her students already Classes at Bikram Yoga Chandler are designed for see the benefits of the exercise. all abilities and levels of experience. Beginners to “We have received overwhelming response that this advanced practitioners are welcome to attend any yoga has helped them.” class, says McCook, a mother of five with children at Bikram Yoga Chandler is at 1900 W. Germann Rd,, Hamilton High School, Bogle Junior High and Tarwater Suite 3, Chandler. For more information, call Elementary. While current clients range in age from 10 480-656-9060 or visit to seniors, she’d also like to add classes for younger Alison Stanton is a freelance writer who children. lives in the East Valley. She can be reached at Classes are 90 minutes, starting as early as 5:30 a.m. to 8:15 p.m.



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Primavera seeks instructors

Seminars explain Medicare options

Full- and part-time instructors are needed for grades six through 12 at Primavera Online High School, Arizona’s largest public high school. Areas with openings include math and math coaches, special education, science, English, Spanish, French, social studies, electives and health / physical education. Full-time teachers are required to work onsite. Part-time or adjunct faculty have the option to work remotely. Applicants need at least 24 credit

Find out about Medicare options at free seminars in Chandler and Gilbert, courtesy of Dignity Health and local insurance representatives. The meetings are 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Fri., Oct. 26 and Fri., Nov. 16 at Mercy Gilbert Medical Center, 3420 S. Mercy Dr. in Gilbert. The final session is 10 to 11 a.m. Sat., Nov. 17 at Hilton Chandler, 2929 W.

hours in one specialized content area, a current fingerprint card and an Arizona teaching certificate. Primavera Online High School is based in Chandler and serves nearly 6,000 students statewide. Instruction to students is 100% online utilizing cutting edge technology, and students earn their high school diploma outside of a traditional setting. For more information, email or visit

Bread Connection now open Saturdays Danish, bagels, cream cheese, salads and bread are now available for sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays at Bread Connection Cafe & Bakery, 1076 W. Chandler Blvd., Suite 106 in the former Cathy’s Rum Cake in Chandler. The bread making company and café is also open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and owner Becky Smeraldo says they may increase their open store time more as the weather cools, eventually adding Sunday hours as well. The company bakes fresh, preservative-free sourdough loaves, baguettes, ciabatta, kettled bagels, croissants, cinnamon rolls, Danish and muffins. Lunch is also served in the front area of the 7,000-square-foot bakery, featuring Boar’s Head products, and retail baked goods are also available.

In addition, the new artisan bread making company recently added more wholesale clients. Humble Pie, which includes The Living Room, The Sushi Room and soon-to-be Chop, are now providing Bread Connection baked goods, along with Troon North Golf Resort, Tarbell’s and Tomaso’s. For more information, call 480-855-6775.


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Be inspired at 48 West festival Learn about developing partnerships between startups, early-stage and mature ventures at the 48 West festival Fri., Feb. 15 and Sat., Feb. 16, 2013 at the Continuum Science and Technology Park in the Chandler Price Corridor, 2501 S. Price Rd. Speakers include Arizona Senate candidate and SkyMall founder Bob Worsley and Jaime Casap, the senior education evangelist at Google Inc. Worsley will share his experiences building a startup company in Arizona and his insights on entrepreneurship. Casap will focus on the power and potential of technology and Google tools to transform education. Robotics activities and interactive technology exhibits for children

are part of the event, along with a recruitment expo to match attendees with recruiters. Each day ends in Ocotillo at a block party with food and music. Sponsors of the festival are the City of Chandler, Arizona Technology Council, Capital Commercial Investments and Arizona Small Business Development Centers Network. Sponsorship and speaking opportunities are still available for the event. Tickets are $175 for one day and $325 for both. Visit for details.


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Name of owner: Shannon Steemke How long in business: Since 2007 Specialty: Pet Services Unlimited is a full-service pet care provider offering professional pet sitting services for animals of all sizes at pets’ homes or at owners’ residences. Services are tailored to meet specific needs and include daily visits, check-ins, overnight and extended stays, in-home sleepovers, boarding, dog walks, potty removal, transportation, doggie daycare and more. The company is bonded and insured, professionally trained and “totally pet care crazy.” Free consultations available. Unique features: Company donates 50% of its profits back to animal rescue, Cooper’s Chance Animal Rescue, Hours: Various Address: Home based in Chandler Telephone: 480-883-3375 Website:

Owner: Ken Barro How long in business: Since 1980 Specialty: Pizza and wings Unique features: Recipes and family traditions from Sarconi, Italy, with “great prices” all day and delivery services across the Valley. Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Addresses, phones: 1880 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler, 480-917-0077 950 E. Riggs Rd., Chandler, 480-895-2555 3233 E. Chandler Blvd., Ahwatukee, 480-759-4400 Website / email:,

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 business, name of owner(s), how long the business has

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existed, unique features, hours of operation, address, telephone number, website, email address. Also include an at least 300 dpi photo of the business owner or logo. The sooner you submit the information to us, the sooner we’ll be able to profile your business, as it’s on a first-come, first-served basis. Email this information to or visit and click on the “Doing Business” form to submit.

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In-store paper shredding is 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. The next shredding party is 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat., Oct. 27, and the first 10 pounds are free. The UPS Store added the service to 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. “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,” says The UPS Store franchisee Don Pratt The FTC encourages consumers to shred charge card receipts, copies of credit card applications, insurance forms, physician statements, checks and bank statements, expired charge cards being discarded and credit offers received in the mail. For information, call 480-782-9211 or email



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‘Love, Hope & Pizza’ at Hungry Howie’s Pizza chain supports National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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 the area, plus live and silent auctions. The Upper East Side Big Band is back to perform by popular demand. “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. The Chandler Chamber of Commerce is at 25 S. Arizona Pl., Suite 201, Chandler. For more information, call 480-963-4571 or visit or

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A lack of space at the Ahwatukee headquarters of seenBEST Web Design and my PC Techs is Chandler’s gain with the Internet marketing company’s move to the Reliance Build Inc. facility. More than $1,000 in door prizes will be given out when the Chandler Chamber of Commerce celebrates the opening from 2 to 6 p.m. Wed., Nov. 7 in seenBEST’s new location at 281 N. Roosevelt Ave., Suite 1, Chandler. “The increased space will allow us to host a wider variety of Internet and social media marketing workshops and training seminars,” says Andre Morris, seenBEST president. Visit for more details.

Join the fight against breast cancer this October with Hungry Howie’s Pizza & Subs, Inc., during their Love, Hope & Pizza campaign. For every pizza purchased throughout the month, Hungry Howie’s will make a donation to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. The pizza chain raised almost $500,000 for the foundation over the last three years. For their fourth year, Hungry Howie’s hopes to raise $250,000. The originator of the “Flavored Crust Pizza,” Hungry Howie’s has added a new tag line: “Hope comes in many flavors.” At all participating locations, all pizzas will be served in bright pink boxes emblazoned with breast cancer awareness ribbons instead of the classic Hungry Howie’s yellow boxes. Customers can add a $1 donation to their pizza order, which will go directly to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Donators receive a pink Love, Hope & Pizza wristband as a token of appreciation. “The Love, Hope & Pizza campaign has become something we are known for in the restaurant and franchising industries, and we are so proud of what we have accomplished over the last several years,” says Jeff Rinke, vice president

Ocotillo owner changes name of biz Buon Gusto Gourmet Pizzas and Salads is the new name of Picazzo’s of Tempe, which is owned by Ron Evezich of Ocotillo. “You will still receive the best gourmet pizza and salads,” he says. “We offer organic, glutenfree and use local products to create our amazing pizzas.” Located at 440 W. Warner Rd., Suite 101, on

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Forensic CPA helps in divorce cases

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How to verify assets when two people divorce can require the use of a financial forensics expert, which is not limited to “NCIS” crime shows. Randall Sorensen, a CPA with more than 30 years of experience, recently opened a new business,, to ensure his clients’ success and financial protection during a divorce process. Sorensen, who lives in Chandler’s Heatherbrook subdivision, is certified in financial forensics and has served as an expert in more than 1,500 litigation cases, including as a key expert witness in the Senate impeachment trial of former Arizona Gov. Evan Mecham. His professional experience includes bankruptcy, business interruptions, commercial litigation, contractor disputes, insurance, real estate transactions, tax fraud and divorce. “ is a small group founded on honesty and integrity who strive to minimize the financial outlays and burdens that a divorce can place on a person and their family,” says Sorensen. “The staff at personally identifies with the emotional and financial trying situations facing individuals during the process of divorce.” The company’s core focus is to work with both individuals representing themselves and to partner with family law attorneys to provide critical financial information early in the stages of the divorce process. “Although both parties in a divorce are required to complete an Affidavit of Financial Information, it is difficult to be certain that all assets have been disclosed,” Sorensen adds. “Therefore, this group wants to ensure that those involved in the divorce process are placed in a strategic position to obtain and ensure financial protection, especially for the children who are most impacted by a divorce.” Another goal is to protect their clients from becoming a victim of fraud, by checking for outstanding tax delinquencies or refunds that may be due. If tax delinquencies are not disclosed prior to the divorce, Sorensen says both parties will continue to be liable for the delinquencies even after the divorce is final. A new website has been launched at and the company can also be found on Facebook.

Legacy Family Medical, PC, a family clinic owned and run by Gilbert resident and Nurse Practitioner Vicki Marquart, FNP-C, is open at 4902 S. Val Vista Dr., Suite 110, on the southwest corner of Queen Creek Road in Gilbert. Marquart, in the medical field for nearly 30 years with 10 years as a family nurse practitioner, has experience in critical care, emergency department, urgent Vicki Marquart, FNP-C care, occupational health and clinic medicine in family practice and allergy and asthma. “I believe in exceptional customer service along with high quality care with affordable pricing,” Marquart explains. “I believe each patient deserves the time and attention to have their concerns adequately expressed, and listened to.” She says she believes in patient conveniences such as drawing lab work onsite so patients don’t have to wait at the lab. The clinic welcomes appointment and walk-in patients needing care for colds, flu, sore throats, eye complaints, allergy and asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, ear and sinus infections, urinary tract infections, vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, skin disorders and female and male disorders. In addition, patients with orthopedic injuries such as sprains, strains, minor fractures, wounds requiring sutures, glue, staples or steri-strips and minor burns can be seen. Other services include chronic disease management such a hypertension, asthma and diabetes, as well as all types of physicals including well woman exams, sports physicals and annual exams. Testing for TB, ECG and spirometry, cholesterol and blood sugar is available, and various immunizations can be given at Legacy, with flu shots currently offered for $20. Hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday; and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. For information or to make an appointment, call 480-766-8485 or visit

City helps neighborhoods install signs A new City of Chandler grant program is helping residents of Orangetree in northwest Chandler show their neighborhood pride by installing unique and colorful street name signs at major subdivision entry points. The signs are the first to be installed under the new program intended to help residents of traditional, nonHOA neighborhoods purchase signs to enhance the character of their subdivisions and foster a sense of pride and belonging. The sign design was selected through a neighborhood survey and features the words “Orangetree Neighborhood” above the street name and an image of an orange tree at the end of the sign with the words “Welcome to Orangetree.” Sign grants have also been awarded to Chandler’s Pamela Park and San Mateo Estates neighborhood, which will both have their signs installed Mon., Oct. 22.

Give ‘gift of life’ Donate blood and give the “gift of life” from 12 to 4 p.m. Mon., Nov. 5 at United Blood Services Blood Drive at Solera Chandler Community Center’s Ballroom, 6360 S. Mountain Blvd., Chandler. Sign up in advance by calling 480-8026996, ext. 221. Walk-ins are taken on a space available basis. For questions concerning eligibility, call 480-675-5497.

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Dana Law gives estateplanning tips, free wills For help with estate planning and wills, attend a free seminar this month with Dana Law Firm to learn about integrating IRAs into your estate plan and how to provide creditor protection for your kids. The seminars are at 2 p.m., Wed., Oct. 31 at the Hampton Inn, 1231 S. Spectrum Blvd. in Chandler, and at 10 a.m. Tue., Oct. 23 at the firm’s Mesa office, 1234 S. Power Rd., Suite 102. Also, in honor of Veterans Day, the law firm’s six Valley locations offer free wills Mon., Nov. 12, to those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. To reserve a seat, for more information on all events or to find the nearest location, visit, or call 480-515-3716.

Sun Lakes gains ActiveRx Preventative senior health care is available at the newly opened ActiveRx at 10440 E. Riggs Rd., Suite 120, Sun Lakes. The company offers evaluations, chronic disease prevention and management programs, physical therapy and rehabilitation, and strength therapy. “It provides me a great deal of satisfaction to bring our innovative care to the community of Sun Lakes, where many friends and family members reside,” says Chandler native Matt Essex, ActiveRx founder and chief executive officer. “We hope this will be the first of many centers throughout the Valley,” adds Holly Weidner, managing partner of Arizona Active Aging, operator of ActiveRx in Arizona. For details, visit

Business Divorce seminar at Thompson Law With Arizona’s divorce rate nearing 40%, Thompson Law Firm, 101 W. Commonwealth Ave. in downtown Chandler, will host a free “Divorce and Family Law” seminar at 10:30 a.m. Fri., Oct. 26. The firm recently added divorce mediation as an area of expertise offered by its attorneys. “Divorce doesn’t have to be adversarial,” explains founder Christy Thompson. “In fact, couples who communicate well, understand how to state their position, want what’s best for the children and can go into the process positively, will often find the results better than expected.” At the seminar, attorney Carissa Seidl will discuss divorce in Arizona and address issues such as child custody, spousal maintenance and how long the divorce process takes. In addition, she will answer questions about divorce mediation. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 480634-7480 or emailing Christy@

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Reverse osmosis facility conserves 5 billion gallons The five-billionth gallon of recycled water was pumped back into the ground last month by Chandler’s Reverse Osmosis Facility, which equates to enough water to supply 45,000 Chandler households for a year or fill Tempe Town Lake six times. The facility also celebrated 15 years without a lost day due to injury, a significant accomplishment for an industrial business that runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Intel and the City of Chandler have been innovators in the water treatment

industry by using the latest technology in microfiltration, nanofiltration and reverse osmosis to treat industrial process water from Intel’s FAB 12, FAB 22 and FAB 32 facilities to drinkingquality standards. The water is then recharged back into the ground providing a renewable resource for the community. “This facility was the first of its kind in the U.S. and continues to set the example not only for conservation but also as a successful public-private partnership and outstanding example of corporate citizenship,” says Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny. Intel’s semiconductor manufacturing plants in Southern Chandler use large amounts of Chandler tap water in their manufacturing processes. The R.O. Facility is designed to treat Intel’s industrial wastewater and recharge it into the aquifer using injection wells. Intel donated the land for the plant, paid to have the facility constructed and also pays Chandler to operate it. In addition to reclaiming the water from its industrial processes, Intel also uses recycled water in its cooling towers and effluent from the nearby Ocotillo Water Reclamation Facility to irrigate landscaping. The Chandler R. O. Facility is at Dobson and Queen Creek roads.



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Corporate Chronicles

NEW DIGS: Netzel Financial owner Steven Netzel and Diane Netzel, office and marketing manager, cut a ribbon to officially open their new, larger office. Netzel, who offers securities and advisory services via Madison Avenue Securities, Inc., says they outgrew the previous office space, and with larger quarters, will be able to offer a variety of educational classes. The new address is 10450 E. Riggs Rd., Suite 101, Sun Lakes. Netzel Financial’s phone number stays the same at 480-219-0657. STSN photo

Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert medical centers announce that 18 physicians were credentialed last month, including Rajan Bhatt, cardiology and interventional; Ross Bremner, thoracic surgery; Christopher Bryce, orthopedic surgery; Lauran Byrne, urology; Lafe Carroll, pediatrics; Marquia Grier, obstetrics and gynecology; Nathan Jeppesen, podiatry; Elbert Kuo, thoracic surgery; Jason Lake, orthopedic surgery; Allen Liu, hand and plastic surgery; Ashish Mogal, pathology; Spencer Niemann, podiatry; Punal Patel, internal medicine;

Dave Constance of Chandler Unified School District is the new principal of Chandler’s Chief Hill Learning Academy, taking over the top spot after Saunders Montague died of a sudden heart attack in August. Constance, with CUSD since 2002, served as assistant principal for Hamilton High, Payne Junior High and Chandler High. He has Bachelor’s and Post-Baccalaureate degrees from Arizona State University, as well as a Master’s degree from the University of Phoenix in Administration and Leadership. Info:

William Paterson, orthopedic surgery; Yessica Ramos Sachdeva, internal medicine; Dyanne Tappin, obstetrics and gynecology; Maxwell Thomas, orthopedic surgery; and Stephen Whipp, obstetrics and gynecology. There are currently more than 900 credentialed physicians that practice at Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert medical centers. Info: 877-728-5414. Allstate exclusive agency owner Jason Thorpe is named Allstate Premier Service Agent for 2012, one of few in

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Corporate Chronicles Arizona to receive this level of achievement based on sales for auto, property, commercial and power sports insurance and financial services. He has also been awarded the Chairman’s Conference Award, bestowed upon less than one-third of the company’s agency force, for high standards in customer satisfaction, customer retention and financial-services sales. Info: 480-732-9696. Maricopa Community Colleges Division of Business Services’ Associate Vice Chancellor Gaye Murphy receives an Outstanding Business Officer award by the Community College Business Officers organization. Each year, CCBO highlights individuals who demonstrate exceptional organizational strategy, resource and financial management, communication, collaboration, community college advocacy and professionalism. Murphy has a master’s in Public Administration from The University of Kentucky. She was Assistant Budget Director for Arizona State University for 15 years before joining Maricopa community colleges in January 2005. She has worked in finance for higher education for over 30 years. Info: Chandler-based Lee’s Cattle Co. ranks third largest in registering the most Angus beef cattle in Arizona. “Our year-end statistics continue to demonstrate strong demand for Angus genetics and solidify our long-held position as a leader in the beef cattle industry,” says Bryce Schumann of the American Angus Association. The American Angus Association, headquartered in Saint Joseph, MO., is the largest beef registry association in the world for both annual registrations and active members. Info: Good Sound Audiology, a provider of comprehensive hearing evaluations and hearing aids for all ages, is now open in Sun Lakes under the direction of Drs. Tina Jessee and Anna Bzdok and is accepting donations of working and nonworking hearing aids to send to the Starkey Hearing Foundation’s “So The World May Hear” charity. Info: 10450 E. Riggs Rd., Suite 116; 480-398-6531;

Christine Freeland, founder of Christine Z. Freeland, CPA, PC receives the 2012 Accountant of the Year Award from the National Society of Accountants in recognition of outstanding achievement and service to NSA, the accounting and tax profession, the state society and the community. Freeland has been Christine Freeland an NSA state director, president of Submitted photo the Arizona Society of Practicing Accountants and has served on NSA committees, serving for two years as administrative chair of NSA’s Leadership Development Committee. She was also elected to serve on the NSA Board of Governors and is Governor of District X. Freeland has been in practice for 30 years and holds the credentials of certified public accountant, accredited business accountant, certified senior advisor and accredited retirement advisor. Info: 480-899-6672. Papa Joe’s Barbershop moves to a new location in Palm Court Centre in Chandler. Info: 393 W. Warner Rd.; 480-963-2112; Linda Hunt, CEO of Dignity Health Arizona, and Dr. Jack Dillenberg, dean of the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health at A.T. Still University will be honored as East Valley Man and Woman of the Year at the East Valley Fresh Start’s fourth annual dinner, Thu., Nov. 1 at the Hilton Phoenix East / Mesa, 1011 W. Holmes Ave., Mesa. Hunt oversees the operations of Dignity Health Arizona’s service area, which includes St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Mercy Gilbert Medical Center and Chandler Regional Medical Center. Dillenberg initiated programs to improve the oral health of disadvantaged women in the Phoenix area and secured foundation support to assist them in rehabilitating their smiles. Hand-crafted masquerade masks will be sold at the event with proceeds benefitting East Valley Fresh Start. Info: Cynthia Wrasman, 602-261-7159 or,

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Hamilton reigns supreme after rough start by Brent Goodrich

LEAD DOGS: Hamilton’s standouts this season include, from left, Luke Parrish, AJ Thigpen, Patrick Joseph, Cole Luke, Qualen Cunningham, Frankie Felix and Casey Tucker. STSN photo by Miachelle Depiano

How soon they forget. Hamilton started the season surprising many with two losses, and observers began writing the Huskies off as a statetitle contender. Just seven weeks later, many of those same observers are tabbing Hamilton as a strong favorite to claim its seventh state championship in 10 years. The Huskies rebounded from the rough start with five consecutive wins including back-toback wins over rival Chandler and Desert Vista, who stopped Hamilton’s 53-game win streak in last season’s Division I state championship game. For coach Steve Belles, now in his seventh year with the Huskies, the improvement in his team’s play comes down to a simple fact. “When you’re minus seven in turnovers like we were the first two games, you’re not going to win many ball games. The biggest difference is we’re protecting the football and playing good defense.” The Huskies defense, which starts seven juniors and a sophomore, played more aggressively in recent weeks, Belles says. Leading the youthful unit are a pair of seniors, all-state cornerback Cole Luke and linebacker Luke Parrish. Luke matches up against the opponent’s top receiver and is also seeing playing time on offense, while Parrish tops the team in tackles. Linemen Qualen Cunningham, a junior, and Caleb Peart, a sophomore, see Hamilton page 30

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streak but focused on executing better. “We didn’t have too much in the game plan,” he says. “It just wasn’t being done right. We still have a lot of room for improvement, but we’re getting better.” Hamilton rolled up 244 yards on the ground against Chandler, following center Bryce Holland, guards Devon Finai and Josh Mageo and tackles Casey Tucker and Patrick Joseph. Seniors Kevin Walters and Frankie Felix, along with junior Stevon Adams, all display big-play ability in the backfield. Thigpen, a first-year starter, was increasingly effective during the first four games of the win streak. He completed nearly 75 of his passes with five touchdowns and also added five rushing touchdowns. Thigpen spreads the ball around to a tall, fast group of receivers led by juniors Israel Simpson and Elijah Williams and senior Tyler Eggers. At print time for the SanTan Sun News, the Huskies still have regular season games with Basha Oct. 19 and Corona del Sol Oct. 26 before the

see Hamilton page 31

COACH ‘EM UP: Hamilton coach Steve Belles has the Huskies football team back on top after opening the season 0-2. STSN photo by Miachelle Depiano

anchor the run defense, while junior safeties Juwan Jones and Josiah Pola are both attracting attention from college recruiters. Junior twins Levi Sterling, a cornerback, and Santana Sterling, a linebacker, were also key to holding opponents to 11 points a game during

the win streak. Offensively, the Huskies overcame the early struggles behind an experienced line and improved play from senior quarterback A.J. Thigpen. Belles notes they didn’t change much of the offensive game plan to spur the win

PACK MENTALITY: The Hamilton defense has developed into a championship-caliber unit. STSN photo by Miachelle Depiano


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TOP 20: Senior linebacker Luke Parrish, a two-year starter, leads a stingy Hamilton defense. STSN photo by Miachelle Depiano

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Chandler, Perry, Basha and Hamilton high school students are eligible to participate in a driver training course offered by Tempe Union High School District’s Community Education Program from 4 to 7:45 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays Oct. 23 through Nov. 15 at Hamilton High School, 3700 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. The 30-hour course, approved by ADOT/MVD and authorized in conjunction with Arizona Department of Education, focuses on the essential skills and knowledge a prospective driver needs to secure an Arizona driver’s permit, as well as the mechanics of operating a car safely and responsibly. Coursework includes textbook reading, workbook assignments, group discussions, problem-solving scenarios and at least three hours’ practice time of driving simulators during a fieldtrip to the Tempe Union High School District. A Chandler Police Department officer will visit the class to speak about driving safety and responsibility. For more information or to sign up, call 480-345-3763 or email

Chandler parents have until Oct. 26 to participate in Hulafrog’s annual “Subscribe for Schools” event to help raise funds for his or her local elementary school. Every parent who subscribes to Hulafrog’s free email newsletter earns $1 for his or her local elementary school’s PTA. The contest ends Oct. 26 or when 1,600 parents have subscribed. The school with the most subscribers by midnight on Oct. 26 receives a $100 bonus. Parents can keep tabs on the fundraiser by checking the website’s live leader board, with up-to-the-minute subscriber tallies by school. The contest page can also be shared with family and friends via email or Facebook. All private and public elementary schools in Chandler are eligible. Hulafrog is a web guide for local events, activities and deals for kids and families in the SanTan Sun area. The donations are made possible in part by subscribe drive sponsor Kids First Pediatric Dentistry of Chandler. For more information about Hulafrog’s Subscribe for Schools fundraiser, visit subscribeforschools.

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PINK SOX FOR CANCER: The Yankees, a Chandler National Little League 8U Coach Pitch baseball team led by Christopher DeRosa, shown back-center, all sport their pink socks to raise awareness of breast cancer month and support a player’s mom. Pam Coakley, inset, a three-year breast cancer survivor, is the mother of Jake Coakley, second from right. Coach DeRosa, who is Jake’s stepdad, and the team also take part in breast cancer events. STSN photo

As part of New Vistas’ Parent Partnership Institute’s ongoing series, SanTan Sun area parents are invited to join Keri Maughan, an authority on child behavior, when she speaks at 8 a.m. Tue., Oct. 23 at New Vistas Center for Education, 670 N. Arizona Ave., Suite 35, Chandler. The presentation provides parents and teachers with a preview of resources to help prevent discipline problems, enhance pro-social behavior and nurture responsibility in children. Attendees learn how to set clear behavioral limits while recognizing the child’s humanity with empathy and compassion. “Educators and parents alike have experienced frustration with the old paradigms of punishment-based discipline,” says Dr. Eleanor Jordan, director of EAJ Institute and the Parent Partnership Institute. “In fact, research shows this method actually increases disruptive behavior, academic failure and other negative outcomes. Parenting should not be a constant struggle. Our goal is to provide parents with tools that restore the joy and excitement of parenting.” Maughan, president of KSM Enterprises, LLC, uses real-life stories to drive home principles for growing healthy parent-child relationships. Parents are taught to avoid rescuing children from the logical consequences of their mistakes and to guide them through brainstorming techniques to solve problems. For reservations, call New Vistas Center for Education at 480-963-2313.

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Boutique raises funds for preschool A three-day fundraising boutique and community event catered by Robert’s Catering of Chandler and hosted by Dayspring Preschool and Kindergarten offers food, live entertainment, a silent auction and more than 80 vendors. The event runs 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 at the school’s

campus at 1365 E. Elliot Rd., Tempe. Be the Match National Bone Marrow Registry will be on site Friday, offering screening and cheek swabbing for those who wish to be part of the registry. The boutique is Dayspring’s main fundraiser. For more information, call 480-838-9097 or visit

Fingerprint for safety at shredding event A community event offers fingerprinting for children and personal document shredding for adults 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. The event also features a bounce

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South Chandler FAST makes strides The success of local sports teams is being impacted by South Chandler FAST, a division of Foothills Sports Medicine Physical Therapy at 2860 S. Alma School Rd., Suite 32, Chandler, according to company officials. The sports performance training program joins with Tempe’s Aspire Volleyball Club this fall to provide onsite training for Aspire’s players. Aspire Volleyball Club recently celebrated its fifth club season, offering camps and clinics for beginner, intermediate and advanced players. South Chandler FAST also works with the San Tan Legacy 02 Red Team, part of San Tan Soccer Club, which was recently awarded the gold at Flagstaff Soccer at the Summit Tournament. Experienced staff led by South Chandler FAST Program Director Travis Cummings works with all ability levels of athletes ages 7 and older including soccer, volleyball, softball, baseball and football players. Training focuses on conditioning, as well as change of direction, running biomechanics and strength. To learn how to enroll in sports performance or personal training, visit or call 480-963-2180. For more information about Aspire Volleyball club, visit

Youth Chronicles Sudhanshu Ambadipudi, Erika Clasby and Lichen Shen, all of Chandler, are freshmen at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA, this fall. Sudhanshu and Erika are majoring in aerospace engineering. Lichen is majoring in industrial engineering. Meera Kumar of Chandler receives a Johnson Scholarship to attend Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA. Johnson Scholarships provide tuition, room and board and are awarded for exceptional academic and personal promise. Meera, a graduate of Horizon Community Learning Center in Ahwatukee, begins classes this fall. Tempe Dollars for Scholars Annual Fall Wine Party & Fundraiser is from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Sun., Nov. 11 in the Tempe History Museum Community Room, 809 E. Southern Ave., Tempe. Enjoy wine, appetizers and silent auction prizes while helping deserving Tempe students attend college. As of April, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit chapter has awarded 122 scholarships totaling $126,000. Tickets are $50 per person. Register by Sat., Nov 3. Info: Alice Goitia, 480-967-0355 or or

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


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Spook-tacular – Student Council sells Hall-o Grams before school Mon., Oct. 22 through Fri., Oct. 26 for $1. All cards come with a spooky rubber ducky. gift cards – Families shopping at Fry’s can take the barcode for Carlson’s link to Fry’s school fundraising program and ask a cashier to make the link. Carlson receives $500 per $50,000 in VIP purchases through the end of April 2013. Also, families can 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 go to Carlson’s technology fund to support state-ofthe-art supplies for the classroom. Fresh & easy – Drop off Fresh & Easy receipts in the box in the front office or with a teacher. Memory wall – PTO is still collecting registration and payment for participation in the commemorative tile wall to be displayed in the school with the students’ creations. Students have until Dec. 31 to complete their tiles. rainy day fund – The PTO accepts gently used or new books and games for the school library and game room to be used during rain day or heat day recesses. Collection boxes are set up in

Youth the workroom. All donations are greatly appreciated. tax credits – Carlson welcomes tax-credit contributions to assist in the support of extracurricular activities and fieldtrips for the upcoming school year. Donations can be accepted online at “Like” us – Liking Carlson Elementary PTO on Facebook can help families stay in the know and connect with Champion families. Calendar Oct. 20: John and Carol Carlson Elementary School dedication ceremony, 2-3:30 p.m., Multipurpose Room Oct. 22-26: Hall-o Gram sales before school Oct. 23: Family Food Night, 5-8 p.m., Peter Piper Pizza at Alma School and Queen Creek roads; cookie dough sales begin Oct. 25: General PTO meeting, 3:15 p.m., Library Nov. 2: Jamba Juice Fun Friday, smoothies $3 each —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.

Oct. 20 – Nov. 2, 2012

Fun run – All grades participate in CTA’s first Apex Fun Run Fri., Nov. 16. More information will come home soon. Calendar Oct. 23: Frio Mio Night Oct. 25: Dad’s Club meeting, 6 p.m. —Wendi Olson

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running Club – Hancock’s Running Club begins Mon., Nov. 5. Promoting fitness and encouraging sportsmanship, the club meets 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 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. Matching grants – Intel provides

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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. Visit 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

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restaurant night – A portion of sales on Oct. 23 at Subway on Gilbert and Riggs roads will be donated to Hull. Restaurant Night earns money for teachers and classrooms. 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. Cookie money – Watch for information coming home about the Otis Spunkmeyer cookie dough sale. Money earned from the fundraiser

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helps pay for the Muffins for Mom and Donuts for Dads events. Monster Mash – Join Hull’s PTO from 6 to 8 p.m. Fri., Oct. 26 for a fun Halloween-themed evening. Students 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 Birthday books – Hull parents have the opportunity to donate money toward 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. —Kristen Boyd

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 this semester, or placed in a baggie and sent to school. Classes are competing every month for Box Tops prizes and parties. “Like” us – Remember to “like” Jacobson Elementary PTO on Facebook to keep current on everything going on at Jacobson. —Blanca Dozal

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PRIZE PRIDE: Ryan students Kenneth Su, Ben Johnson, Chloe Dasilva, Jenna Popovich, Maddie Woods, Nathan Groenwald, Jason Thorpe and Isaac Leung receive prizes for turning in Box Tops. A total of 5,540 Box Tops were collected for Ryan in September. Box Tops can be exchanged for prizes at Ryan’s Fall Festival on Nov. 2. Another contest will be announced in November. Submitted photo

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School Cents – Families can help Jacobson win $250 to $3,000 by shopping and logging receipts dated between Aug. 15 and 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 ShopChandlerFashionCenter and click on School Cents to select Jacobson.

Fall Festival – Any business or individual interested in donating items to Ryan’s Nov. 2 Fall Festival Silent Auction is welcome to contact Cynthia Villelo at or Amanda Ramirez at Volunteers are needed to help make the festival fun for the whole family. To volunteer, contact Janice Frye at janicefrye@hotmail. com or Chris Delasandro at coffee. School Cents – To earn easy points for Ryan, visit shoppingpartnership. com/points/santanvillage.htm. —Traci Lepacik

SO COOL: Ryan students Montana Galbraith, Allison Benlty, Megan Mansfield and Rylee Johansen cool off during a recent Jamba Juice Fun Friday event. Jamba Juice will be back on campus Fri., Oct 26. Submitted photo

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Bully free – Santan Elementary hosted an Olweus Bully Prevention Program kick-off assembly, which included the reading of the Olweus Pledge, a chant / cheer from each grade level, recognition for students who have shown excellent character, a skit by Student Council representatives, a performance by the Santan Junior High Drum Line and dance team and entertainment from teachers in a “Faculty Folly.” Santan implemented the Olweus program at the beginning of the 2012-13 school year to reduce any existing bullying among students, prevent the development of new bullying problems and to achieve better peer relations at the school. During the week of Oct. 22, students participate in a themed Spirit Week to continue the celebration of Olweus and Red Ribbon Week. Events include a T-shirt design contest, signing the bully-free banner and a culmination assembly from Motivational Small Talk speaker Mark Trombino. —Justin Sremba

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PTO news – The PTO seeks volunteers to donate one hour of time for the Fall Festival on Fri., Oct. 26. Athletic shoes will be collected for Run for the Planet; shoes can be in any condition as they will be recycled. —Robyn Kelly

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WELL WISHES: Dan Berard, husband of Amy Kiefer-Berard, speaks at a recent gathering of Basha High faculty and friends to honor the recently injured teacher and wish her health on her road to recovery. Friends and students took turns at the podium to tell stories of Kiefer-Bernard’s courage and creativity both inside and outside the classroom. Submitted photo

Safe travels – Basha students recently pledged to put their cell phones down while driving as part of Allstate’s national “X the TXT” distracted driver awareness campaign. Presented by the Allstate Foundation’s local partner Health World, the program aims to raise awareness of the dangers of texting and driving. Local Allstate Exclusive Agency owner Jacque Riggs discussed the dangers of texting while driving, and participants added their thumbprints to an oversized pledge banner to symbolize their promise not to text and drive. —Renee Clancy

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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

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Fall fun – Knox’s Fall Festival, featuring games, food and fun for the whole family, is 4 to 7 p.m. Fri., Oct. 26. Spirit Week – Spirit Week and the Scholastic Book Fair are Oct. 22 through 26. Classroom libraries welcome book contributions. 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

ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE: Children from the Child Crisis Center are invited to have lunch, ride a horse, bob for apples and enjoy other Halloween-themed activities when the Southwest Arizona Sisters Inc. (SASI) equestrian drill team hosts the SASI Pony-Up Event on Sun., Oct. 28 at J-Bar Farm, 12045 S. 70th St., Tempe. SASI is an all-female drill team with members from in and around the SanTan Sun area. When not practicing routines at Horseshoe Park in Queen Creek, they ride in rodeos, parades and events across the state. Submitted photo


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Zombieland haunted house in downtown Chandler Students from Hamilton and other high schools play zombies, ghouls and goblins in Zombieland Apocalypse in Market Square at The Shops on Wall Street, 232 Wall St., west of Arizona Avenue behind Planet Subs in downtown Chandler. It runs from 8 p.m. to midnight Sat., Oct. 20; Fri., Oct. 26; Sat., Oct. 27; and from 8 to 10 p.m. Oct. 28 through 31 and includes a maze, live actors and animatronic devices. A portion of proceeds goes to the American Red Cross and to help area schools. Recommended for ages 12 and older, or younger than 12 with parents. Info: and

Winter Break Time is Here! The winter Break Time magazine outlining all-ages recreation classes and special events for December, January and February is now available at libraries and recreation centers and Registration will begin on Saturday, November 3 at 10 a.m. (Friday, November 9 for non-residents.) For more information, call 782-2727.

Upcoming Special Events The Environmental Education Center hosts its Sonoran Sunset Series outdoor entertainment from 6-7 p.m. on Thursday, October 25 with a Halloween-themed concert with a Halloween-themed concert. The series features free 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 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 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, 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 The fifth annual Woofstock event will be Saturday, November 19 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Tumbleweed Park. Admission is free for this all-ages, dog-friendly festival with a variety of activities and entertainment. For more information, visit

Watch “Come Out & Play Chandler” The October episode of the "Come Out & Play Chandler!" show is airing on Channel 11 and the Chandler Recreation YouTube Channel. It features the Chandler Museum and Arizona Railway Museum.

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Oct. 20 – Nov. 2, 2012

Community Commentary

Letters to the editor

Amenities, workforce, water supply fuel success

Heumann best for Chandler Early ballots and Election Day will soon be upon us. We will be faced with a long list of decisions and choices including the race for Chandler City Council. This choice should be easy and hopefully not overlooked because it is in the shadow of a hotly contested national election. Two qualified incumbents will face off against challengers with minimal credentials. The person standing far above the challengers and who has given a tremendous amount of time, effort and dedication during his first term in office is Rick Heumann, a longtime

by Mayor Jay Tibshraeny

Intel’s recent announcement to build a $300 million research and manufacturing facility in Chandler is encouraging news, reinforcing the long and mutually beneficial relationship we’ve shared for more than 30 years. Throughout that time, the city has worked judiciously to support the operations of Intel and other employers, creating a community where companies and their employees can flourish. We have a solid reputation as a fair place to do business, supported in part by the fact we have been named one of the Top 10 best managed cities in the country by a Wall Street insider website this past year. Intel’s new facility is being built in west Chandler at its original campus. Its Ocotillo campus and chip fabrication plants, including FAB 42, a $5 billion project currently under construction there, anchor the Price Corridor in Southern Chandler. Companies like Intel create a significant cottage industry of firms that supply them with parts and supplies. At last count, 47 such companies are located here in Chandler alone. One such company, Air Products, is also undergoing a major expansion here. It is estimated that for every job Intel creates, the trickle-down effect adds three to four additional jobs to the economy. What attracts the great companies like Orbital Sciences, Microchip and Freescale to Chandler? Many things: Great schools, an educated workforce, quality recreational amenities, weather and access to transportation corridors play major roles. As one of just two Valley cities that possess AAA bond ratings from the three national rating agencies, we also have relatively low debt and dependable operations. That translates to a stable environment in which to operate. Companies looking to do business in Arizona also see that Chandler and most other Valley cities enjoy very attractive utility rates for electricity and water.

Heumann, Sellers worthy candidates Mayor Jay Tibshraeny

While we have a reliable and healthy inventory of water, we are very cautious in how we use it. Some high-tech industries like Intel can be very water intensive. Working with them early on, we partnered on a reverse osmosis water treatment plant in Southern Chandler to recycle the water they use in their daily processes and operations. We are quickly approaching a milestone of five billion recycled gallons of water – enough to fill Tempe Town Lake about six times – from that plant. That attention to detail, accompanied by a long-term vision, has allowed Chandler to remain a global competitor and will for generations to come. The Price Corridor continues to be one of the most attractive employment corridors in the western U.S. and we have plenty of room to grow. The Airpark surrounding Chandler Municipal Airport will also continue to attract great jobs to our borders. Companies will continue to look at Chandler as a great place for commerce. Whether the quality of life their employees crave, or the water and other critical resources needed to operate, we will remain a competitive place to do business.

I was one of a handful of citizens who attended the Chandler City Council debates and I was very excited to see so many enthusiastic candidates that want to work hard for our city. Councilmembers Rick Heumann and Jack Sellers were able to best address the concerns and issues the Chandler community will face over the next four years, and for many years into the future. Both have worked tirelessly and relentlessly to bring new businesses and more than 9,500 jobs to Chandler. Chandler has a bright future thanks to

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their hard work bringing ASU and U of A here as well. Over the last four years I have had the privilege to work with both candidates directly via my involvement in humanitarian organizations and as a member of the Chandler Airport Commission. I believe the best way to determine what kind of job someone will do is by evaluating what kind of job they have done. Heumann and Sellers have proven they are the best candidates for Chandler City Council. Chelle Daly, Saguaro Canyon

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Chandler resident and an enthusiastic community volunteer. He has served on City boards and commissions, which have given him history, insight and leadership experience. He is conscientious and researches issues thoroughly prior to casting a Council vote. He votes according to what he sees as best for the City and its citizens. Rick has a tremendous work ethic exceeded only by his integrity and fiscal conservatism. He has a sense of responsibility to those who elected him. Bob Caccamo, 85286, former Chandler vice mayor



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Oct. 20 – Nov. 2, 2012


Letters to the editor

Chandler breeds success

No kids, still yes vote

I have lived in Chandler since I was in grade school, and am a 1995 graduate of Chandler High School, which prepared me well for Stanford University, where I earned two degrees. The broad-based, challenging education I received in Chandler helped inspire me to community service. After earning my master’s degree, I returned home to Chandler and my chosen field of nonprofit work, serving as executive director for ICAN, vice president for Valley of the Sun United Way and currently as executive director for Chandler Christian Community Center. CUSD has earned our trust. Judicious

A strong, vibrant, successful school system is a necessary element of any community and democracy as a whole. As Sun Lakes residents, we continue to be active CUSD supporters. It makes no difference to us that we no longer have children in school. We are firmly aware of the importance of all taxpayers supporting public education. Taxpayers in Chandler and Sun Lakes have consistently supported CUSD with successful passages of bonds and overrides. CUSD has responded by being responsible stewards of the taxpayer funds and has built the best school

use of taxpayers’ money has built a school district that perennially receives accolades. A yes vote for the override will help CUSD continue its long-term commitment to educating tomorrow’s leaders. I have had the privilege of serving on Chandler’s City Council for two terms, including as vice mayor. I believe one of my primary responsibilities is to foster a bright, sustainable future for Chandler. The health of a school district is a reflection of the health of the City. Councilmember Trinity Donovan, 85286

district in Arizona. Financially it just makes sense to support schools. A well-educated populace will be more productive in the work place, generate more revenue for local business, require less welfare assistance and have a much lower incarceration rate. Public schools were there for me when I was a student and a parent. I want to do the right thing and guarantee a successful future for subsequent generations. Clem and Dotty Deschenes, Sun Lakes

Students today, leaders tomorrow CUSD continues to be recognized with great distinction and awards from independent agencies and is currently rated “A” and a “Top 10” district by the Arizona Department of Education. This doesn’t happen by accident. As a lifelong Chandler resident and local business owner, I cannot overstate the importance of a financially stable

and successful school district. It is paramount that we provide our students with educational opportunities that prepare them to meet the business, health, educational and civic challenges of our ever-changing global economy. The CUSD students of today will be tomorrow’s leaders. CUSD continues to operate in a

fiscally efficient and prudent manner, which would be the envy of any business. Yet, no level of deft budgeting can overcome the $36 million that has been cut from CUSD to help balance the state budget over the past four years. Therefore, it is imperative that we come together as a community and voice our support for Chandler Schools

by exercising our right to vote. All citizens benefit from a welleducated workforce. Please join me in supporting our students, schools and community by voting yes Nov. 6. Eddie Basha, 85244



Oct. 20 – Nov. 2, 2012

Letters to the editor

Vote yes, keep CUSD great I volunteer as a member of the Chandler Schools Override Yes Committee and as co-president of the PTO for Hancock Elementary. I am a parent of two school age children here in Chandler and am continually inspired and amazed at the hard work and dedication I witness from all the teachers and staff at our schools. I have lived in Arizona my entire life and completed all of my schooling through college from our educational institutions. I have experienced firsthand the devastating effects of the loss of talented teachers in our schools due to the continual budget cuts that occur to education in our state. It distresses me that my children may have to experience the same loss I did and is one of the primary reasons our

family has chosen to live in this district. I commend CUSD for striving for continual excellence as shown by another A rating. Our district has worked diligently to manage itself like a business and to save money to build a contingency fund and not spend every dollar provided. Passage of this override will help the district make up for losses in state funding and replenish its contingency fund so it can plan for our future. It will also facilitate a small raise for our deserving teachers. Every member of our community should be proud of our district and its accomplishments. Please join us in voting yes on the override. Elicia Bivins, Arden Park

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Schools good investment I am a retiree choosing to live in Chandler. I find the climate and community to be a perfect fit for me. I believe one of the greatest assets of our community is CUSD. Though retired, I serve on the CUSD budget committee and Chandler Education Foundation board of directors. Through my involvement, I have garnered a deep sense of respect for the way the district manages its resources. I have a profound feeling of pride in the caliber of education provided by CUSD.

Public education is an American tradition. We as a country achieved our place in the world as a direct result of our educational system. I am indebted to others for the education my children and the education my grandchildren are now receiving. I want future generations to have the same opportunities. Support the override this November. Let’s invest in our children; they are our best hope for the future. Marvin D. Arnpriester, 85249

CUSD education a bargain CUSD has received the prestigious “A” rating from the state for two straight years. These outstanding educational opportunities come at a bargain price. Even with the override, those who live in Chandler will pay far lower taxes than most East Valley residents.

Everyone benefits from a successful and highly performing school district. I am thankful for the first rate education my sons are receiving. Join me in helping CUSD remain the finest district in the state and vote yes on the override. Suzie Witt, 85286

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New crop at Chandler Farmers Market by K. M. Lang

Goodbye summer heat, hello Chandler Farmers Market. With Valley temperatures falling, local vendors are once again setting up tents and tables, offering their tasty and unique wares from 3 to 7 p.m. each Thursday, this year on the east side of downtown’s Dr. A.J. Chandler Park. The market, which got its start 18 years ago, has blossomed into a delightful, delicious destination for local residents and commuters alike. “Just over the past three years it’s grown considerably,” says Marnie Brookins, special events coordinator for the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership (DCCP). “We definitely have a lot more food varieties than we’ve had in years past. It used to be that whoever wanted to participate could, and so we had a lot more arts and crafts. Now our focus is more on the food side of things. It is a farmers market. It should

be about the food.” Wilcox farmer Jeff Scott of Jeff Scott Farms planted the seed for the market when he first began selling his fresh produce in downtown Chandler 18 years ago. “He comes up from Wilcox every Thursday,” Brookins explains. “He makes deliveries to a couple of different restaurants – Serrano’s is one of them – and then he has restaurants that come to him at the market to get their fresh produce for the weekend. At some point, the DCCP got involved and decided to turn it into a more formal event.” Scott, says Brookins, “has an amazing following – hundreds of people who show up just for his produce alone.” This year, 34 additional vendors offer everything from raw honey and handcrafted cheese to salsa and barbecue sauce. Italian ices, paletas and gelato provide a cool treat on warm see Farmers Market page 52

DOWNTOWN DEALS: The Chandler Farmers Market is up and running again in Dr. AJ Chandler Park – this year on the east side of Arizona Avenue, where more parking means extra convenience for after-work shoppers. The market is open from 3 to 7 p.m. each Thursday. STSN photo by Ron Lang

Ghoulishly great Halloween events Autumn harvest activities continue

SPOOKS IN CHANDLER: More than $25,000 in ghoulish props, animatronic characters and costumes are part of the first Zombieland Apocalypse in Market Square in downtown Chandler. STSN photo

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“Make wine” the old-fashioned way by stomping grapes with your bare feet while competing for prizes at the familyfriendly 11th Annual Kokopelli Krush, at 5 p.m. Fri., Oct. 19 through 5 p.m. Sun., Oct. 21 at Kokopelli Winery & Bistro, 35 W. Boston St., Chandler. According to Kokopelli owner Dennis “Chief Wine-O” Minchella, Kokopelli Krush is the longest running and most decorated annual wine event in Arizona. The weekend event features live entertainment, games, a kids’ play area, local wine and beer and the signature Krush grape-stomping contests, where teams of two, including from the Chandler Chamber of Commerce, compete daily for prizes. Overall winners return for the “ultimate stomp title” in a championship round Sunday, and the champion 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. Listen to the sounds of Freddie Duran Plan on Friday night, Notes from Neptune from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and The 8Teaze on Saturday night. Wine tastings will be available 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,

Get motivated to “make stunning and dramatic changes” to your home when interior decorators Christine Hippensteel and Cauleen Autery of Decorating Den present “Dream Room Makeovers” at a free interactive workshop 10 to 11:30 a.m. Sat., Oct. 20 at Chandler Public Library’s Downtown Branch, 22 S. Delaware St. The event features a before-and-after slideshow, paint-color segment, decorating-style quiz and numerous samples of decorating items and accessories will be on display. Call 480-821-1080 or email for more details. Visit the designer’s website at

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NO SHOES ALLOWED: Contestant hopefuls compete for prizes in the 11th Annual Kokopelli Krush. STSN photo

Arizona Stronghold, Kief-Joshual, Kieling Schaffer, Su Vino, Studio Vino, Carlson Creek, Page Springs, Callaghan Vineyards and Kokopelli Winery. Kokopelli Krush is also sponsored by SanTan Sun News and the Chandler Hilton, and a percentage of the proceeds of the event 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. To purchase ticket packages and for more information, call 480-792-6927 or visit

Practice back bends and other “asanas,” or yoga postures, at “The Power of Your Heart,” an all-levels yoga workshop from 1 to 4 p.m. Sun., Oct. 21 at Sol Yoga & Zumba Studio, 985 W. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. Alvaro Laguna of Flagstaff, who has studied and practiced yoga for 11 years and has taught since 2004, leads the fullspectrum practice. The cost is $35. Participate in an ancient call-andresponse practice with live music during “Asana & Kirtan,” 7 to 9 p.m. Fri., Oct. 26, led by Sol Yoga owner and Brooks Ranch resident Claudia Schroeder. Monica Page and Jeff Merkel provide the music for a “Kirtan” during the 45-minute Asana yoga class. Refreshments are provided, and the cost is $10 for the entire evening. Bring the whole family in costume to Zumba together at a “Family Halloween Zumba Party” from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sun., Oct. 28. The party, hosted by Chandler

REACH FOR THE SKY: Yoga students hold a pose at Sol Yoga in Chandler. Submitted photo

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Drink specials, pumpkin carving and eating will highlight the event menu at El Palacio’s grand opening to celebrate its new outdoor dining patio from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sun., Oct. 21 at its Chandler location, 2950 E. Germann Rd. The new dining space on the east side of the restaurant will be dog friendly and will feature square tables, a misting system and umbrellas in the summer, heaters during the cooler months and festive décor. It

will also be full service, so guests can order food and drinks. “We’re excited about the expansion and giving our guests a place that is dog friendly where they can enjoy the Arizona weather,” explains owner Anthony Serrano. In addition, El Palacio is launching “Tequila Sunrise Saturdays,” featuring drink specials from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with rotating signature cocktails. These changes to El Palacio come on

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Clinics offer free, cheap vaccines Free immunizations for children and low-cost immunizations for adults are available at two clinics from 3 to 5 p.m. Tue., Oct. 23 at Kyrene Family Resource Center at Kyrene de los Niños Elementary School, 1330 E. Dava Dr., Tempe, and also from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wed., Oct. 24 at Chaparral Elementary School, 3380 E. Frye Rd., Gilbert. The clinics are sponsored by Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert Medical Centers’ Community Outreach Immunization Program in collaboration with Arizona’s Vaccine for Children Program. All vaccinations 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. Bring a child’s immunization record and any letters from their school to the location so staff can determine which vaccinations need to be given. For a complete list of pediatric, adolescent and adult immunizations offered and to learn more, visit or

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Free seminar on macular degeneration Learn about treatment options for adult macular degeneration at a free seminar given by Karim Jamal, M.D., from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wed., Oct. 24 at Mercy Gilbert Medical Office Building, McAuley Conference Rooms A and B, 3420 S. Mercy Rd., Gilbert. Jamal is board certified in ophthalmology, and practices at Retinal Consultants of Arizona in Phoenix. He is also a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Retina Specialists. Information discussed during the seminar includes past, current and future treatment and management; clinical research being done by Retinal Consultants and by others; and percentage of adults who are diagnosed and how it is determined. Refreshments are provided. Registration is required for this event, sponsored by Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert medical centers and Dignity Health. RSVP to ResourceLink at 480-728-5414.

‘Day of Play’ promotes healthy fun

ON GUARD: Young fencers perform during Day of Play. Submitted photo MARTIAL ARTS MOVES: Kids demonstrate their moves at Chandler’s Day of Play. Submitted photo

Frolic in the park the healthy way at Mayor Tibshraeny’s Day of Play 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sat., Oct. 27 at Tumbleweed Park, 2250 S. McQueen Rd., Chandler. Engage in a variety of fun health, wellness and fitness activities for all ages during this free, statewide event. Learn about healthy lifestyles at informational booths, while kids participate in mentally and physically stimulating play. As a winner of the Kaboom! Playful City USA recognition for the last six consecutive years and a repeat winner of the 100 Best Communities for Young People award, the City of Chandler promotes and recognizes the value and importance of healthy residents. The event is hosted by the Chandler Community Services Department and its five divisions, in partnership with, and sponsored by Chandler Unified School District. Area families who practice healthy

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SWIMkids classes take load off CPR course offered, Santa visits Senior “kids” can join Arthritis Foundation-certified fitness classes 12:15 to 1 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at SWIMkids USA, 2725 W. Guadalupe Rd., Mesa. Those suffering from arthritis or other movement limitations can benefit from the classes, which aim to improve cardiovascular fitness, stamina, joint mobility, body awareness, balance, coordination and overall health through nonweight bearing exercise. The cost is $35 a month for the twice-weekly classes, plus a $12 annual registration fee. Participants must have doctor’s approval and the ability to stand in four feet of water unassisted.

USA include a visit from Santa and a CPR Class Get certified in CPR and learn how to help in other common situations involving illness or choking from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sat., Nov. 3. The class is for ages 16 and older. Registration is due seven days before class, and space is limited. The cost is $60 for the course and includes a basic skills test and certification, workbook and a pocket mask. Childcare is available for $10 per child. Finally, Santa arrives on a fire truck from 2 to 4 p.m. Sat., Dec. 8. The free event features firefighting games and firefighter gear to wear. To register for an event, call 480-820-9109. For information, visit

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Prostate cancer screening offered With prostate cancer affecting one out of every six men, according to the American Cancer Society, Chandler Regional Medical Center and Ironwood Cancer and Research Center will hold a screening event, “Know Your Stats about Prostate Cancer,” 8 a.m. to noon Sat., Nov. 3 at the Halsted Clinic, 1727 W. Frye Rd., Suite 110. The screening, also put on by the

American Urological Association, offers patients a prostate-specific antigen blood test, digital rectal exam by a doctor and prostate-related education. Light refreshments will be served. Cost is $5 per participant, and appointments are required. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact ResourceLink at 877-728-5414.

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Farmers Market from page 47

FIRST FARMER: For 18 years, Jeff Scott of Jeff Scott Farms has been traveling from Wilcox to sell his fresh produce in downtown Chandler. The Farmers Market has grown up around Scott’s Thursday-afternoon offerings. STSN photo by Ron Lang

days, and the baked goods, including whoopie pies and croissants, are almost too pretty to eat. Jewelry, apparel and natural body-care products make the market a smart destination for savvy gift seekers, and one vendor, says Brookins, “is just dedicated to dog treats.” “We have some award-winning vendors,” she adds, “and some who are unique to us – they don’t do any other shows or any other markets. Everything is pretty local. Most of the vendors are from the East Valley.” Weekly activities include musical entertainment, children’s events and an ongoing book exchange. The Thursday before Halloween the market hosts a costume parade and vendor trick-or-

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treating, and Santa visits in December. “We expect to have activities specifically for kids at least once a month,” says Brookins, “and on the third Thursday of every month we’re going to have two food trucks join us. That’s something we’ve never had before.” The market’s biggest change this year, however, was the move across Arizona Avenue from the west to the east side of Dr. AJ Chandler Park. “It was a tough decision for us,” explains Brookins, “but a lot of people were finding parking was really difficult on the west side. Now people are able to just pull right up, park and do their thing without having to drive around in

Sat., Oct. 27; and from 8 to 10 p.m. Oct. 28 through 31 at the new Zombieland Apocalypse in Market Square at The Shops on Wall Street, 232 Wall St., west of Arizona Avenue behind Planet Subs in downtown Chandler. The haunted house features a maze, live actors, zombie-infested grounds and more. Admission is $15, and $3 discounts are available at Garden Smoothies and Yoli’s Café. A portion of profits goes to the American Red Cross and to help area schools. Recommended for ages 12 and older, or younger than 12 with parents. Info: and SWEET TEMPTATION: This is the first year that Elizabeth Rakestraw of Elizabeth’s Moments of Joy is selling her whoopie pies, twisted scones and cookies at the Chandler Farmers Market. STSN photo by Ron Lang

LOVIN’ THE LOCAL: Tom Garrett of Arizona Cheese Co. sells artisan cheeses, handmade in Tempe, at the Chandler Farmers Market. STSN photo by Ron Lang

circles for 10 minutes.” The change made life easier for vendors, too, whom Brookins calls a phenomenal group. “Most of them have been around for several years,” she says, “and they’re just amazing as far as helping one another out and taking care of one another. They’re kind of like a family.” The Chandler Farmers Market is at 3 S. Arizona Ave. from 3 to 7 p.m. every Thursday except Thanksgiving through mid-May. To learn more about vendors, vendor opportunities and events, visit K. M. Lang lives and writes in Sun Groves. To contact her, email

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LIL’ PUMPKIN: Dress up the kiddies and take them to downtown Chandler’s Spooktacular event for a costume contest, pumpkin bowling and more. Submitted photo

5:30-8:30 p.m. Fri., Oct. 26 Free activities such as carnival games, pumpkin bowling, cupcake walks, face painting, costume contest, souvenir photos, haunted house, maze, treats and pumpkins for sale. Downtown Library Plaza and Community Center 125 E. Commonwealth Ave., Chandler Info: 480-782-2735, special-events

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6-9 p.m. Fri., Oct. 26 Halloween dance for teens and adults with special needs featuring a costume contest, haunted house and spooky refreshments. For ages 14 and older. Cost is $5, and preregistration is required. Gilbert Community Center 130 N. Oak St., Gilbert Info: 480-503-6290,,

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7-10 p.m. Thursdays, Sundays and Halloween; 7-midnight Fridays, Saturdays through Oct. 31 Rawhide offers Doomtown’s Kreepy Kidz Zone for little ghosts and goblins with arts and crafts, face painting, feeding the monster pumpkin, a mummy race and glow in the dark candy with trick or treating for those in costume Oct. 26-28 and 31. The Nest is a haunted attraction that integrates social media to personalize the fear experience. General admission is $25, with $40 VIP admission available that includes front-of-line-privileges. The Nest is not recommended for children younger than 12. Rawhide at Wild Horse Pass 5700 W. North Loop Rd., Chandler Info:,


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7-10 p.m. Sundays, Wednesdays, Thursdays; 7-midnight Fridays, Saturdays through Wed., Oct. 31 Features Nightmare Edition of the Crypt and Asylum Haunted Houses and new attraction Chaos Maze, with the theme “Even Evil Has Bad Dreams.” Fiesta Mall U.S. 60 and Alma School Road, Mesa Info:

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Harvest Festival

Celebrate abundancy, harmony and good fortune at the Harvest Festival, 6 to 8 p.m. Wed., Oct., 31, at Greater Phoenix Chinese Christian Church, 890 W. Ray Rd., on the northeast corner of Alma School and Ray roads in Chandler. This free celebration for children features snacks, fun entertainment, games, informational booths, free professional photography and portraits, storytelling and playacting. Children and adults are encouraged to dress up in non-scary costumes. Info: Jennifer at 480-786-4877 or or

the pumpkin, an air bounce, hayride, straw bounce, feeding the animals and Alexander’s Adventure maze. Adults are $3 including the hayride. Mother Nature’s Farm 1663 E. Baseline Rd., Gilbert Info: 480-892-5874 or

Great Pumpkin Festival

8:30 a.m.-noon Oct. 25-26; 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 27-28 Features a hayride to the garden’s pumpkin patch, where kids 12 and younger can choose a free pumpkin, the Amazing Hay Bale Maze, petting zoo,

Family Fun Night

6-8:30 p.m. Wed., Oct. 31 Family-friendly fall festival with food, pony rides, face painting, balloon animals, game booths, prizes, moon bounce and cakewalk. All children 12 and younger receive a free bag of candy. Activity game tickets are $5 for 40; 20 free activity game tickets per family who register. Tri-City Baptist Church 2211 W. Germann Rd., Chandler Info: 480-245-7900, info@,

Fall Festival

5-9 p.m. Sat., Oct. 27 Families enjoy classic and traditional carnival games, activities, pony and hayrides, a campfire, petting zoo and more. “Arizona Jones in Search of Lost Traditions” is the theme. Chandler BBQ will sell hot food, including a $1 menu. Costumes are welcome. Faith Family Church 11530 E. Queen Creek Rd., Chandler Info: 480-539-8933,

Fall Music and Halloween Festival

Pumpkin Patch

9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily, except Halloween when it closes at 3 p.m., through Sun. Nov. 4 Stocked with fresh pumpkins daily, weighing anywhere from one ounce to a mammoth 500 pounds. Entrance fees are $10 per child, which includes a pumpkin, individual bag of stickers to decorate

carnival games, country and western entertainment and more. Entrance to the festival is included with a paid garden admission: $18 for adults, $15 ages 60 and older, $10 ages 13 to 18 and $8 ages 3 to 12. Free admission for members and kids younger than 3. Desert Botanical Garden 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix Info: 480-481-8188 or

SO MANY PUMPKINS: The pumpkins are free while supplies last at the Desert Botanical Garden’s pumpkin patch. Submitted photo

Noon-9 p.m. Sat., Oct. 27 Annual event featuring stages of music and family entertainment, games for all ages, face painting, vendors, food, beverages and more. Admission is $5; children 3 and younger are free. Activity tickets are $1 each or $15 for a wristband. Discount packages are available online through Oct. 25. Freestone Park 1045 E. Juniper Rd., Gilbert Info: 480-503-6200, events,


October Fest

6-8:30 p.m. Wed., Oct. 31 Family-friendly free fun includes carnival games, bounce houses, food, music and a “trunk or treat.” Attendees may come in costume. Corona Baptist Church 4450 W. Ray Rd., Chandler Info: 480-838-4040,

Fall Carnival

11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., Nov. 3 Carnival games, farmers market, craft vendors, food and other fun activities. Free admission and parking, but there is a charge for activity tickets. American Leadership Academy Gilbert Campus 3155 S. SanTan Village Pkwy., Gilbert Info: 480-988-3204



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Kids can sell unwanted Halloween candy to certain area dental providers this season.

Aspen Ortho, Impressions

Kids can get $1 per pound of sugary candies from Aspen Orthodontics, Impressions Dental, who will then donate the treats to charity. The fifth annual candy buy back for Aspen Orthodontics is from 4 to 7 p.m. Thu., Nov. 1 at Impressions Dental, 5970 S. Cooper Rd., Chandler. In addition, several surrounding Chandler businesses, banks, local area attractions and well-known corporations will be offering certificates, coupons and fun freebies for kids’ meals, cookies, ice cream and more. The candy buy back event will also be attended by local firefighters, police officers and active and retired military men and women. Each participant will also sign a personalized card for the troops. The participating children will also leave with dental items, including toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss and more. “We understand that Halloween is a time for fun, but we want to add a different dimension to Halloween,” says Dr. Stephen D. Hunsaker of Aspen Orthodontics. “We want to help children keep their beautiful smiles, but also reach out to the military who so graciously serves our country.” There is no limit at Aspen’s candy buy back, and an additional 50 cents per donated pound will be sent to Chandler Unified School District. The candy collected will go to Operation Gratitude, a care package program run by the California Army National Guard. Visit for information.

Chamberlain Ortho

Chamberlain Orthodontics’ candy 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. There is a 5-pound limit at Chamberlain’s candy buy back. The candy will be donated to troops overseas. Call 480-899-9423 or visit to learn more.



Spice up a Halloween costume while raising money for Down syndrome with the “Fangs for Friends” promotion offered by Mountain View Family Dental, 2820 E. University Dr., Mesa. For a donation of $50, life-like, custom-fitted fangs are available from the office through Nov. 16. Donations in their entirety go to the nonprofit organization Sharing Down Syndrome Arizona located in Gilbert. The custom-fitted fangs require a 15-minute in-office visit by the person who will wear them, then take an hour to create. Appointments must be made in advance for fittings. “We always love doing things to give back to the community,” says Dr. Shayne Guffey, owner of Mountain View Family Dental, “but this year we wanted to do something different and fun.” The Fangs for Friends promotion is made possible by a generous donation from Patterson Dental Supply, Inc. of Mesa. For more information or to schedule a fitting, call 480-830-0262, or visit

Seasonal pumpkin treats at Chompie’s

Fall is here and with Halloween just around the corner, pumpkin is on the menu at Chompie’s, Arizona’s New York Deli, 3481 W. Frye Rd., Chandler. Specials through Oct. 23 include pumpkin bagels and orange-cranberry bagels. Featured from Oct. 24 through Oct. 31 are pumpkin loaf, pumpkin spice muffins, gourmet pumpkin or orange-cranberry scones and autumn colors “black & white” cookies. They’ve also introduced salted caramel cream cheese. Every Wednesday, buy one dozen bagels and get a half dozen free. Autumn treats are available for a limited time at all four of Chompie’s locations. Bakery selections may vary by location. Full menus can be found at


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display helps increase awareness of the Arizona National Guard’s mission, while simultaneously maintaining a strong relationship with the community. “Our pilots and mechanics will be on hand to talk to those interested in what we do and potentially give more insight to those who may be interested in joining the Guard,” says Denton. The expo also features a showcase fly-by, a diverse blend of aircraft on display, informative workshops, aviation products, exhibits, airplane rides, a silent auction, food vendors, build-a-wing-rib activity for kids and more. Although no showcase fly-by is scheduled for the Apache, those who want to see the helicopter in flight should arrive early or stay late. Denton says his team plans to arrive at 2 p.m. on Thu., Oct. 25, the first day of the fly-in. The plan is to depart at 4 p.m. on Sat., Oct. 27, the last day of the fly-in. He points out that both times are approximate and could vary due to weather, maintenance and other air traffic. Admission is $5 per person on Thursday; $15 per person Friday and Saturday; $13 for active duty and retired military with ID; or $25 for to attend the entire event. Both parking and children 12 and younger are free. For more details, visit

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Oct. 20 – Nov. 2, 2012

Fashionistas help animals find homes

STYLIN’: Students from the Studio Academy of Beauty give models musically inspired hair and makeup for the Fashion Show for Charity. Submitted photo

Clothing from One Wing Boutique, Runway Fashion Exchange and Lizard Thicket are part of a music-themed fashion show that aids a local animal rescue group 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. Models will wear items from the locally owned shops, and musically inspired hair and makeup are provided by students from The Studio Academy of Beauty. Refreshments and raffle prizes complete the evening. All of the proceeds benefit the Kit Kat Foundation, a rescue organization dedicated to finding 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

‘Paint the Town Red’ for Festival of Trees Wear red to the 9th Annual Festival of Trees fundraiser and nonprofit youth program ICAN at 6 p.m. Fri., Nov. 30 at Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa, 5594 W. Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler. With the theme “Paint the Town Red,” the black-tie-optional gala includes live entertainment, live and silent auctions and a threecourse dinner for the organization’s nationally accredited preventative programming for Chandler youth. “Festival of Trees showcases the amazing progress ICAN has made with youth and families, which is why we continue to participate,” says Patti Bruno, a former ICAN board member. “We get to see how our contributions in different aspects have made real, positive changes. It’s also a whole night to celebrate and have fun with others who have made ICAN what it is today.” The organization, with uses nationally accredited preventative programming for Chandler youth, provides 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 Jackson. Current sponsors include Big Two Toyota Scion of Chandler, AlphaGraphics of Gilbert, Dignity

BID ON IT: Bring home a themed tree such as this donated by Big Two Toyota of Chandler and support ICAN’s youth programs. Submitted photo

Health, 360 Vantage of Chandler and U.S. Trust, and other sponsorships opportunities are available. Tickets are $125 per person, and discounted room rates are available by calling the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa at 602-225-0100. To buy tickets, donate a live or silent auction item, donate to the organization and for more information, contact ICAN at 480-821-4207, email or visit

Free breast cancer exams Free breast cancer screenings via mammography trucks are offered 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sat., Oct. 20 outside the Cox Solutions Store, 2150 E. Williams Field Rd., Gilbert. In partnership with Sistas of AZ’s Pink 365 campaign and in conjunction with October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, these mammograms are being sponsored for those women without insurance by AZ Cardinal Larry Fitzgerald First Down Fund and AZ Community Foundation and hosted by Sistas of AZ’s partner Cox Communications. To qualify, women must be ages 40 or older and meet income guidelines, be uninsured or unable to pay a high insurance copay over $100, not have had a mammogram within the past year, not be breastfeeding or pregnant, live in Maricopa County and not be eligible for AHCCCS. To schedule an appointment, call 888-233-6121. This event is also open to those with insurance. For details, call 480-695-2615 or visit or


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‘Vine’ fundraiser benefits homeless families

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Savor an evening of wine tasting, food and entertainment from 4 to 7 p.m. Sun., Oct. 21 at the Fans Across America “A Night on the Vine” fundraiser to help local homeless families at Vine Expressions Wine Bistro, 1030 S. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert. Proceeds of the raffle, door prizes and silent auction items go directly toward helping homeless students and families in transition within the Chandler Unified and other East Valley school districts.

Discover unusual and interesting items at Findings Vintage Market, presented by Ocotillo Lakes resident and co-owner Dana Groom, 4 to 8 p.m. Fri., Oct. 26 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat., Oct. 27 on the southeast corner of Rural and Warner roads in Tempe. The unique flea market features vintage, tatty, shabby, upcycled and

Fans Across America Charitable Foundation, 78 W. Ray Rd., Suite 3, Chandler, is a nonprofit organization providing daily living necessities for homeless students, homeless families in transition and families with seriously ill or special needs children. Visit or, or call 480-821-3013 to purchase the $50 per person tickets for the event.

Lose weight, win big, help others Enter BFit4Life Boot Camp’s Little Black Dress Challenge for women through Nov. 19 for a chance to win a $100 gift card. Then donate your newly ill-fitting clothing to Dress for Success Phoenix, at one of BFit4Life Boot Camp’s two Chandler locations: The Bridge at Alma School and Germann roads and The Training Zone at Arizona Avenue and Ocotillo Road. The 30-day weight loss challenge kicks off with a team running in the Neon Splash Dash at Firebird Raceway on Sat., Oct. 20. The winner of the weight loss challenge receives a $100 gift card to White House Black Market to purchase a “little black dress” for the holidays and a ladies night out celebration on Fri., Nov. 30. Dana Ward As soon as they begin to see a difference in their waistline, Chandler owner Dana Ward is encouraging boot camp members and challenge participants to donate clothing that no longer fits to Dress for Success Phoenix, an organization that promotes “the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.” BFit4Life Boot Camps of the East Valley is a four-week, indoor, metabolic training and nutritional program designed for men and women who are serious about their fitness goals. For more information, email or visit

repurposed pieces. Its vendors have oneof-a-kind design styles and showcase industrial decor, vintage jewelry, trinkets, intricately-painted pumpkins, baked goods, steampunk items and furniture. Email or visit for more details.

Luxe presents photo booth promotion Win a chance to capture all the fun at an upcoming special event by entering the “Beauty & the Booth Giveaway” through Mon., Oct. 29., sponsored by Snapbooth Entertainment and Chandler’s Luxe Salon & Spa, 2410 S. Gilbert Rd., Suite C-1. The companies are teaming up to offer a $1,100 Photo Booth Package for a wedding, anniversary party or other celebration of the winner’s choosing. To enter the 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 The winner will be chosen and announced on the salon’s Facebook page and website, and will be contacted directly by phone and / or email. Luxe Salon & Spa can be reached at 480-209-1659 and on the web at

Donate food at Cactus Semiconductor Bring nonperishable food items through the end of October to support Cactus Semiconductor, Inc.’s food drive to 60 N. McClintock Dr., Suite 1, Chandler. Peanut butter, macaroni and cheese, jelly and Thanksgiving food items are in high demand. In their efforts to “give back to the community” during National Food Bank Month, owners James McDonald and

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Connect with CCC classes Find out more about Chandler Christian Church at the Christian Life and Service Seminar “Connecting Point,” 3:30 p.m. Sun., Oct. 21 at Chandler Christian Church, 1825 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler. Attendees learn about the beliefs of CCC members and have the opportunity to join the church at the event. In addition, discover how to improve

marriage at the church’s Re-Engage marriage ministry, which meets at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays in Room C100. The class includes stories from couples who have overcome difficult situations, small group time and prayer. Preregistration is encouraged. For details, call 480-963-3997 or visit

Make clothes for African kids Help make dresses and shorts for children in impoverished areas around the world at the 2nd Annual Little Dresses For Africa event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat., Oct. 20 at Chandler Presbyterian Church, 1500 W. Germann Rd., Chandler. Last year, more than 500 dresses and pants for children were made and personally delivered to children in Nicaragua and Saba. “Come be part of this fun event that will brighten the lives of children in need and

bring joy to hearts,” says organizer Kathy Nyetrae. Sewers can bring portable sewing machines and/or irons or ironing boards, scissors and brightly colored cotton/ cotton blend material. Non-sewers can also help by cutting material or ironing seams and hems. Children age 10 and older are welcome. Childcare will be provided for younger children. Call Nyetrae at 480-529-4262 with questions.

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., 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. 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.

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Match food with fun at Temple A pasta dinner under the stars is open to the entire SanTan Sun community at 6 p.m. Sat., Oct. 27 at Temple Beth Sholom of the East Valley, 3400 N. Dobson Rd., Chandler. Attendees can play a game called Punem Bingo in which the object is to match members’ baby faces, or punem, to their adult faces. Prizes are awarded to those who find the most matches. “The Pasta-Punem night is a great opportunity to gather new, long-time and prospective members for a wonderful

evening of fun, food and friendship,” according to Temple Beth’s Barbara Tricoci. Admission at the door is $10 for adults. The cost for children ages 6 to 12 is $5 and those younger than 5 are free. To make reservations, send a check, noting it is for Pastafest, to Temple Beth Sholom, 3400 N. Dobson Rd., Chandler, AZ 85224. To use a credit card, call 480-897-3636 or email the number of attendees to Michele at For more information, call 480-632-0603.

Festival benefits church outreach Enjoy food, retail vendors, children’s activities, raffles and a silent auction as part of Desert Cross Lutheran Church’s community festival from 5 to 9 p.m. Fri., Nov. 2 at 3225 S. Lindsay Rd., Gilbert. Proceeds benefit a youth mission trip to Honduras, church ministries and other

outreach programs. Nonperishable food donations will be collected for a local food bank. For more information, contact Lisa Derra at 480-895-9923 or Visit for church more details.

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Oct. 20 – Nov. 2, 2012

Unity hosts metaphysical seminar, services Sunday services announced

Discussions also include “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. An $11 donation is requested.

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AT UNITY: Maria Lucia, author of “Liberation, Book One of the Andrusian Chronicles” will give a metaphysical seminar. Submitted photo Is Dec. 21 really the “end of the world” according to the Mayan calendar? Find out at a seminar 7 p.m. Wed., Oct. 24 at Unity of Chandler, 325 N. Austin Dr., Suite 4, Chandler.

Hear inspirational messages and music at Unity of Chandler’s services from 10 to 11 a.m. Sundays. On Oct. 21, the guest speaker is K.C. Morgan of Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, and Oct. 28 brings in guest speaker Rev. Renee Morgan Brooks. Rev. Lori Fleming is the church’s minister. Sunday school for children is from 10 to 11 a.m. Sundays. For more information, call 480-792-1800 or visit

Rabbi examines life in class series By examining what it means to be human and incorporating those ideas into your daily life through recipes and lifestyle advice, The Rohr Jewish Learning Institute will present “The Kabbalah of You: A Guide to Unlocking Your Hidden Potential,” the institute’s new six-session fall course beginning at 7:30 p.m. Mon., Oct. 29. Rabbi Mendy Deitsch of Chabad of the East Valley will conduct the courses every Monday at 3875 W. Ray Rd., Suite 6.

The courses are designed to appeal to people at all levels of Jewish knowledge, including those without any prior experience or background in Jewish learning. All JLI courses are open to the public, and attendees need not be affiliated with a particular synagogue, temple or other house of worship. For more information, call 480-855-4333, or visit

Book fair raises money for youth Celebrate the magic of reading at the annual Scholastic Book Fair Nov. 5 through 9 at the East Valley Jewish Community Center (EVJCC), 908 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler. Books and other items are 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 receive a free ticket to the puppet show. For more information, call 480-897-0588, visit or email

Sisterhood announces meetings, programs Learn how women leaving the prison system transition to life outside prison at the Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation Sisterhood’s meeting at 1 p.m. Thu., Nov. 8 in the Chapel House, 9240 N. Sun Lakes Blvd., Sun Lakes. Sue Ellen Allen, author and founder of the organization Gina’s Team, is the guest speaker. 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

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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. Call Mary at 480802-9855 or Susie at 480-883-7117 to donate. To learn more, contact Carol at 480-8953168 or Geri at 480-305-0123.


Dance, casino night to raise money Bless pets; concerts mark 25th anniversary Bring domestic animals for Blessing of Pets at 10 a.m. Sat., Oct. 20 in the courtyard of St. Steven’s Catholic Church, 24827 S. Dobson Rd. in Sun Lakes. In addition, members of St. Steven’s will participate in a 2.9K run/walk at 11:45 a.m. Sat., Oct. 20 at the state capitol, 1700 W. Washington St. in Phoenix. Busses depart the church at 10:30 a.m. and will return by 2:30 p.m. Registration forms can be picked up in the social office. For more information, call Mary Sample at 480-895-2513. Then, dinner, dancing and live music highlight the “Homecoming” dance from 5 to 9 p.m. Fri., Oct. 26 at St. Steven’s. Come Back Buddy provides the music, and the Knights of Columbus prepare a spaghetti dinner. A host bar is 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 a St. Steven’s statue for the church grounds.

Casino night

Try your hand at casino games and enjoy an all-you-can-eat gourmet hot dog meal 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 from 5 to 10 p.m. Fri., Nov. 16. Casino games include blackjack, roulette and craps. Tickets are $25 per person, which includes the hot dog meal and $200 worth of casino chips. There is also a cash bar. Proceeds go toward the church’s statue project. For tickets, call Dennis at 480-802-0775 or Al at 480-895-3955.

Find gifts for the holidays and support local businesses at the Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) Holiday Boutique in the courtyard of The Grove Church, 2777 S. Gilbert Rd., Chandler. The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat., Nov. 17. To learn more, email

Anniversary concerts

Enjoy a variety of music as part of a concert series hosted by St. Steven’s Catholic Church to celebrate its 25th anniversary. Chandler Children’s Choir performs Fri., Nov. 9, and Tetra String Quartet performs Fri., Dec. 7. 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 480-895-9266, or visit

Church organizes craft sale Find unique crafts made by vendors from around the state 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. 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 details, call 480-227-1442.

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SHOPPERS: Visitors peruse the merchandise at last year’s Arts and Crafts Fair at Chalice Christian Church. Submitted photo

Oct. 20 – Nov. 2, 2012


Israel Center brings play to Valley Discover a new appreciation for Israel through the one-woman show “New Eyes.” The show is open to the community at the 7 p.m. Mon., Oct. 29 showing and free for teens only at the 7 p.m. Tue., Oct. 30 showing. Both showings are at the Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center, 12701 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale. The play stars Israeli actress Yafit Josephson, who plays more than 18 characters from more than five different countries. In the show, Josephson comes to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting after serving in the Israeli army. But when she continues to be cast as a Middle Eastern villain, she must make some difficult decisions. Tickets are $18 per person. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Israel Center at 480-483-7121, ext. 1109 or email

Church hosts boutique Find one-of-a-kind gifts and support local charities at Hope’s Treasures Holiday Boutique at Hope Covenant Church, 1770 S. Dobson Rd., Chandler. The event is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thu., Nov. 15 and Fri., Nov. 16 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat., Nov. 17. The sale features handcrafted items and homemade baked goods. On Saturday, there is a youth-sponsored barbeque from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and a cookie walk to benefit Chandler charities. Donations of gently used clothing are also accepted for The Clothes Cabin. For more details, call 480-899-7255 or visit

PLAYING THE PART: Among other characters, Yafit Josephson portrays an Israeli army officer and a Persian matchmaker in the one-woman show, “New Eyes.” Submitted photos



Oct. 20 – Nov. 2, 2012

Sale raises funds for chapel Find furniture, knickknacks, books, CDs and more at the eighth annual treasure sale benefiting the Chapel Center in Sun Lakes. 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. Sale items are donated by people in the Sun Lakes area. 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 has also organized their second annual restaurant raffle. First prize is dinner for two at seven different restaurants. Second through sixth prizes are dinner for two at five, four, three, two and one restaurants, respectively. Six additional prizes of restaurant

gift certificates are awarded. Tickets are $1 each, seven tickets for $5 or 15 tickets for $10 and can be purchased Oct. 20 at Oakwood Country Club, 24218 S. Oakwood Blvd.; Oct. 20 at the flea market at Phase One, 25601 N. Sun Lakes Blvd; or in front of the Chapel Center from noon to 2 p.m. Sat., Nov. 3 and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sun., Nov. 4. Tickets can also be purchased at the treasure sale. Winners will be chosen on the last day of the 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.

SLJC plans Hanukkah event

Concert features oldies

Celebrate the Festival of Lights with an evening of food and entertainment 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. If putting together a table, send all checks in the same envelope. For details, call Judy at 480-802-4944 or Marcia at 480-802-9455.

Listen to old favorite songs at a concert by vocal impressionist Tom Wolf at 3 p.m. Sun., Dec. 2 in the Arizona Room of Sun Lakes Country Club, 25425 N. Sun Lakes Blvd., Chandler. The event is a fundraiser for Temple Havurat Emet. Also known as “The Wolfman” and Tommy Fontaine, Wolf performs rock ‘n’ roll, country and disco songs during his three hour performance. He also performs songs by Elvis, Johnny Cash, Etta James, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, and takes requests. Tickets are $10 and will be sold through November Mondays and Fridays at the Arizona Room entrance and Tuesdays at Ace Hardware, 9666 E. Riggs Rd., Sun Lakes. Tickets can be delivered to Sun Lakes addresses by calling Jean at 480-802-0185.

Kids get in hero zone Have fun at the “coolest Jewish club for Jewish kids,” learn about the heroes of history and discover how to make an impact on the world at Chabad Youth Zone for children in grades one through six. The group meets Sundays from 12:15 to 2 p.m. at Chandler’s Chabad Center for Jewish Life, 3875 W. Ray Rd., Suite 6, with Rivka being the subject on Oct. 28. Students should bring a sack lunch. “Chabad Youth Zone is an innovative, unique and exciting program that gives your child the opportunity to participate in fantastic activities and outings, have lots of fun and make great new friends,” says


Rabbi Mendy Deitsch. “Most importantly, the club focuses on teaching children how to make this world a better place for all. Children get to be a part of monthly social action adventures, and learn to share their kindness with others both locally and globally.” Attendees learn how to manage their money wisely and be generous like Rivka with a presentation by MidFirst bank. Children can visit Rivka’s well and have a wet and wild time with water balloons, thirsty camel races and buckets of fun. Send RSVPs to For information, call 480-855-4333.

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Artists sought for public art Artists are needed to fill three vacant storefront spaces, including the former Blue Peacock shop on Boston Street, the former ICAN youth center on Washington and one other located in Chandler’s historic downtown as the City joins the IN FLUX temporary public art program for the first time. The deadline for submission is Fri., Oct. 26, and two remaining “coffee talk” sessions for artists are slated for 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tue., Oct. 23 at Orange Table Scottsdale, 7373 E. Scottsdale Mall, Scottsdale; and 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wed., Oct. 24 at Songbird in monOrchid Phoenix, 214 E. Roosevelt. The Chandler Arts Commission joins six other Valley cities including Tempe, Mesa and Scottsdale, where a total of 17 artist opportunities are available to “showcase Arizona artists creating original site-specific artworks presented within the context of viewing the Valley as one community while providing artists with a unique opportunity to expand their skill-sets, showcase their creativity and garner public recognition for their work.” According to the call for artists, Scottsdale Public Art launched the IN FLUX initiative in October 2010 to “connect with and support local artists, merchants, and property owners – bringing renewed vitality to downtown Scottsdale through a series of multi-disciplinary temporary art installations in vacant storefronts.” Selected artists receive a “variable range” of $4,000 to $7,000 per temporary project that remains on view for a maximum of 10 months starting in December. Budgets are all-inclusive of labor, transportation, equipment rental, shipping and material costs, as well as artist fees for installation and de-installation. A selection panel representing all seven cities assigns artists to specific project opportunities. Eric Faulhaber, visual arts coordinator for the Vision Gallery and staff liaison to the Arts Commission, is the Chandler contact and can be reached at The details of the call are available at or via email at

Arts Fall fest features musical entertainment

RHYTHM AND BLUES: Smokestack Lightning performs a mix of musical genres, including rock and roll, at “Fall Rhythm Fest.” Submitted photo Musical entertainment, food, activities for children and fireworks are part of SRP’s “Fall Rhythm Fest” at 5:30 p.m. Sat., Oct. 27 at Tumbleweed Park, 2250 S. McQueen Rd., Chandler. Admission and parking for the family-friendly event is free, though there is a nominal fee for food and children’s games. Music begins at 5:45 p.m. with Smokestack Lightning, which performs a mix of rhythm and blues and rock and roll, followed by the soulful sounds of Outside the Line at 7:30 p.m. The evening concludes with a fireworks grand finale at 9 p.m. The fest is presented by SRP and City of Chandler, with the support of the Chandler Lions Club, Honey Bear’s BBQ and Venezia’s Pizzeria. For more information on city events, visit, or call 480-782-2735.

Oct. 20 – Nov. 2, 2012


Oldies orchestra performs at season opener Oldies but goodies like “Chattanooga Choo Choo” and “Tuxedo Junction” will be showcased during Chandler Center for the Arts’ season opener “Jukebox Junction” concert featuring the Glenn Miller Orchestra and The Diamonds 3 p.m. Sun., Oct. 28. The show will feature more than 40 jukebox classics spanning four decades of America’s favorite music, from bigband hits to doo-wop and rock and roll. The present Glenn Miller Orchestra was formed in 1956 and has been touring consistently since, playing about 300 live concerts a year all over the world and continuing the recognizable music style that set the

original band apart from the rest in the 1930s and ‘40s. The Diamonds has been performing since the late 1950s and prides itself on its diverse group of performers, including tenor Sean Sooter, lead singer Jerry Siggins, bass singer Jeff Dolan and baritone Gary Owens. Tickets range from $28 to $38 and can be purchased by visiting or by calling 480-782-2680.

Quilts show life in paradox A Meet the Artists Reception for the exhibit “Art Quilts Year XVII – Integrating a Paradox” takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. Fri., Nov. 2 at Chandler Center for the Arts (CCA), 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. The exhibit runs Nov. 2 through Jan. 19, 2013. 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.” 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 is 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 more information, call 480-782-2680 or visit



Oct. 20 – Nov. 2, 2012

Rwandan refugee shares story at CCA

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Show sparkles with holiday ‘spirit’ A survivor of the genocide in Rwanda, Immaculee Ilibagiza, shares her story of faith, hope and forgiveness at 11 a.m. Tue., Oct. 30 at the Chandler Center for the Arts (CCA), 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. The event is presented by Seton Catholic Preparatory High School, in collaboration with the City of Chandler and the Chandler Unified School District. Ilibagiza is the author of “Left to Tell,” an account of her survival during the genocide in Rwanda. In 1994, Rwanda’s population of 7 million was composed of predominantly two ethnic groups: approximately 85% Hutu, and 15% Tutsi. In the early 1990s, Hutu extremists within Rwanda’s political elite blamed the entire Tutsi minority population for the country’s increasing social, economic and political pressures. On April 6, 1994, a plane carrying President Habyarimana, a Hutu, was shot down. Violence began almost immediately after that. In the weeks after the plane crash, 800,000 men, women and children perished in the Rwandan genocide, perhaps as many as three quarters of the Tutsi population, including Ilibagiza’s entire family. A local pastor and family friend hid Ilibagiza, along with seven other women, in a bathroom for 90 days

until they were rescued by French forces. Members of the community are invited to attend a light luncheon followed by an opportunity to hear firsthand Ilibagiza’s inspirational story. Tickets can be purchased for $35 through the CCA’s website at, or sponsors can purchase tables for 10 at $500 through Seton Catholic Prep at 480-963-1900, ext. 2006.

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A variety show featuring a cast of more than 100 dancers and singers takes the stage Dec. 8, 9, 15 and 16 at the Chandler Center for the Arts. The “Spirit of Christmas” is presented by The Christian Dance Company and Tempe Dance Academy. 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 Chandler include Ella Gunkel, Carly and Delaney Hudson, Arica Ares, Allison Doak, Gabby Otis, Jessica Thomas, Olivia Kramb, Judy Alcala, Claire and Anna Cortabitarte, Elan Morriis, Georgia


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SOUL SURVIVOR: Immaculee Ilibagiza, author of “Left to Tell,” an account of her survival during the genocide in Rwanda, shares her story Tue., Oct. 30 at the Chandler Center for the Arts. Submitted photo McCook, Michael Richards, Chloe Roskos, Maizie Baker, 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, Ashley Wellik, Hannah Burns. Matinees are at 2:30 p.m. and evening performances are at 7:30 p.m. 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 at or

Help families dealing with cancer by purchasing raffle tickets for a handmade quilt, buying Brighton cancer bracelets and attending the 15th annual Learning, Loving and Living with Cancer Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thu., Oct. 25 at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort, 1 N. San Marcos Pl., Chandler. The reservations deadline is Oct. 21. Desert Cancer Foundation of Arizona (DCFA) sponsors the educational event which enables it to carry out its mission of providing treatment resources for uninsured men and women of Arizona. Chandler Police Chief Sherry Kiyler will emcee the luncheon, which honors two deserving members of the community who have shown dedication and commitment in bringing information and awareness for cancer patients with the Linda Rainford Award and the Edgar H. Hernandez Humanitarian Award. Guest speakers include Dr. Edgar Hernandez, breast surgeon; Dr. Ajay Bhatnagar, radiation oncologist; and attorney Helen Davis, a cancer survivor. Raffle tickets for Judy Androsky’s large donated quilt, “Through Darkness Comes Light,” are available online and at the event for $5 each or three for $10. Raffle ticket holders do not need to be present to win. Brighton cancer bracelets are also on sale at the luncheon or online for $50, and the Brighton Store at Chandler Fashion Center gives DCFA 10% of all proceeds received from cancer bracelets they sell. Reserve luncheon tickets for $35 per person or $350 for a table of 10 can be made online at


Jazz fest boasts 12-plus performers

JAZZ IT UP: The 52nd Street Jazz Band, based in Mesa, plays “Chicago Style” jazz which is often attributed to the sound of Chicagoans Eddie Condon, Muggsy Spanier and Bud Freeman. Photo courtesy of Joe Hopkins. Submitted photo More than a dozen jazz and swing bands from around the country kick off the Arizona Classic Jazz Festival Thu., Nov. 1 at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort, 1 N. San Marcos Pl. in Chandler. The event continues through Sun., Nov. 4. Now in its 23rd year, the festival opens with The Pieter Meijers Quintet at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, followed by Wally’s Warehouse Waifs and the All Stars. Leading off Friday evening’s events is an umbrella parade headed by 52nd Street Jazz Band and Original Wildcat Jass Band. The

parade begins on patio at 5 p.m. Bring an umbrella and join in on the fun. Other bands performing on Friday include the Sun City Stomperz, Ray Skjelbred & The Cubs, Rhythm & Rhyme, High Sierra, Ivory & Gold, Titan Hot Seven, Tom Rigney & Flambeau, Blue Street, Louis Ford and the New Orleans Flairs, Nicki Parrott and Her Jazz Pirates and the Dave Bennett Quartet. The schedule for Saturday and Sunday has many of the bands returning. In addition, Sherri Colby presents a lecture on her Ph.D. dissertation conclusions at 2:15 p.m. Saturday. An all-event badge is $95 per person. Day-only badges are $45 Friday, $50 Saturday and $35 Sunday. Note that Thursday evening’s concert is open to any badge holder. To purchase badges in advance, send a check payable to ACJF 2012 to: ACJF 2012, 10918 E. Michigan Ave., Sun Lakes, AZ, 85248. Include the number of badges being purchased, which days the purchase is for, names and contact information. Only day badges will be sold at the door. For more information, including the full schedule of performances, go to or call Helen Daley at 480-620-3941.

Holiday boutique held at Solera Find unique handmade crafts and decorative items while supporting a local food pantry as Solera Chandler, an active adult community, presents its fifth annual Marketplace, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at 6360 S. Mountain Rd., Chandler. Solera’s Marketplace features more than 50 vendors selling items ranging from quilts,

paintings and ceramics to candles, crystal jewelry and treats. Door prizes are awarded throughout the event. Bring a nonperishable item for the Chandler Care Center and receive an extra raffle ticket. For more information, contact Shannon Johnson at 480-802-6996, ext. 227, or

Oct. 20 – Nov. 2, 2012

Fox Crossing resident star of ‘Lunch Time’ play

WOMAN’S BEST FRIEND: A chihuahua leads two women on the brink of life back home. Submitted photo Fox Crossing resident Karen Burns writes and stars in “...and the chihuahua,” an Herberger Theater lunchtime play featuring two women overcome by the possibilities of life, who find themselves dangling perilously close to the edge of the world with only each other, their laptops and a lost chihuahua to guide them back home. The heartfelt monologues, which preview at 7 p.m. Mon., Nov. 5, portray a dynamic Jewish businesswoman who meets a hippie Christian ex-Rockette in a most unlikely locale. The Lunch Time Theater runs at 12:10 p.m. Tue., Wed. and Thu., Nov. 6 through 8 and Nov. 13 through 15. Tickets are $6 per person for the play. Lunches can be preordered by 5 p.m. the day before the show for $6 to $8 each. Patrons may also bring their own lunch. Tickets can be purchased online at or by phone at 602-252-8497. For more information, visit

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Music, weavers, more at fair Shop more than 75 vendors while enjoying live music and Navajo weaver demonstrations during Springfield Adult Community’s Arts & Craft Fair. It all takes place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat., Oct. 27 inside Springfield’s San Tan Ballroom and surrounding activity rooms at 6495 S. St. Andrews Blvd., at Riggs and McQueen roads, Chandler. The event also offers a men’s cave of collectibles, handmade crafts and decorative holiday items. Coffee and doughnuts, hot dogs, chips and soda will be for sale. For details, call Donna McCollum at 480-883-1291 or Ann Myers at 664-7456.

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Oct. 20 – Nov. 2, 2012

‘Fun’-raiser kicks off Chandler filmmaker’s latest

Waiter, there’s a gun in my soup An interactive mystery dinner show, “Murder at Café Noir,” awaits eager sleuths when the Sun Lakes Community Theatre presents it Oct. 29 through Nov. 2 in the Oakwood Ballroom of the Oakwood Country Club, 24218 S. Oakwood Blvd. in Sun Lakes. This Casablanca-style whodunit includes laughs, suspense, murder, music and romance. To get in the “noir” mood, audience members are encouraged to dress in black, white, gray or a combination thereof. Show tickets are $35 and include dinner. Doors open at 5 p.m., and the show starts at 6 p.m. Arrive early for cocktails and music. For tickets, call 480-895-1026.

NEW FLICK: A scene from the independent film “Women in Love” features the character Ophelia, “drifting peacefully down the river, hiding the anguish within.” Submitted photo

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Help support the feature film, “Women in Love,” written and directed by Chandler resident and award-winning director Gita Farid of Gita Farid Productions, at a Fun”-raiser at 7 p.m. Sat., Oct. 27 at The Original Hamburger Works, 2801 N. 15 Ave., Phoenix. Music, a comedian, food, beverages, a raffle and a silent auction are part of the free event for those interested in supporting local businesses and/or the film. “Women in Love” is a historically based drama about the failed loves of three different women in three different times. Farid is also the writer, director and producer of “Duchess” and “It’s Over.”

More than 20 artists are scheduled to show and sell their works during The Artists of the Superstitions Art Show 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. For details about the event, visit To contact the mill, call 480-888-9290 or visit

Handmade crafts fit for fall Decorate your home in fall colors with handmade items created by the Sun Lakes United Methodist Church Krafters, who host their 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 handmade, many in fall and winter colors, including floral wreaths and arrangements, large exterior home wooden candles and wooden pumpkins. In addition, shoppers will find doll clothing and doll beds to fit American Dolls, carriers for any

electronic reader, table linens and more. There also will be a Simple Treasures Boutique, with crystal, china and silver items and other household pieces, as well as a jewelry section with an assortment of trinkets for personal use or as gifts. After working up an appetite shopping, purchase some homemade baked goods and other assorted food gift items. Admission to the sale is free. Complimentary refreshments will be available.

Car show added to art event Combining the natural beauty of classic cars and vibrant art, the Islands Annual “Art in the Park” adds “Cars in the Park” to its event Nov. 3 and 4 in the waterfront park in the Islands Community on Warner Road east of McQueen Road in Gilbert. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, featuring the art show and classic car show, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, showcasing the art only. The “Cars in the Park” is a classic car show with awards presented for Best of Show, Best Pre-’50s, Best ’50s, Best ’60s and Best ’70s / ’80s. The cost is $10 per entry.

Complimentary registration is provided to any club registering eight or more cars. The art festival features a large selection of fine arts and crafts chosen through a jury process, with awards for both art and cars being presented on Saturday evening. In addition, there will be a wine and beer garden, gourmet food vendors and live entertainment. Proceeds benefit the East Valley Boys & Girls Clubs. Additional information can be found at, or by calling Larry Hanken at 480-926-0550.

Hale Theatre holds auditions Try out for a part in “The Hit” on Wed., Oct. 24 at Hale Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert. Auditions are by appointment with call backs on Sat., Oct. 27. “The Hit” plays Dec. 29 through Feb. 9, 2013. Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, with Saturday

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‘Four Seasons’ at DBG Four 15-foot fiberglass sculptures by American artist and filmmaker Philip Haas will be on display Oct. 26 through April 28, 2013 in the Desert Botanical Garden’s Stardust Foundation Plaza, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, inside Papago Park. The large-scale sculptures, inspired by Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s renaissance paintings of the four seasons, comprise Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. “The colossal size of Haas’s sculpture accentuates the visual puzzle of natural forms – flowers, ivy, moss, fungi, vegetables, fruit, trees, bark, branches, twigs – as they are recycled to form four human portraits, each representing an individual season,” according to a DBG news release. “The result is at once grotesque, earthy and exuberant.” The exhibit is included with admission to the Garden, and rates are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for students with ID and $8 for children ages 3 to 12; Garden members and children 2 and younger are admitted free. The Garden is open every day, except Thanksgiving, Dec. 25 and July 4, between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Call 480-941-1225 or visit www.dbg. org for more information.



Learn of vanishing peoples at MAC Honor the dead Oct. 27-28

Witness the culture and traditions of African peoples rarely seen by the outside world as photographers and filmmakers Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher share their images, videos and stories 7:30 p.m. Wed., Oct. 24 at the Mesa Arts Center (MAC), 1 E. Main St., Mesa. “African Ceremonies: Documenting a Vanishing World” is presented as part of the 2012-13 National Geographic Live Arizona Speaker Series. Fisher and Beckwith view Africa’s cultures as threatened, the ancient ways in danger of being lost in a vast melting pot of modernity. Their 30 years of work have taken them across 270,000 miles, through remote corners of 40 countries and in contact with more than 150 WORLDS APART: Photographer and filmmaker Angela Fisher visits with the Karo people in 2011 African cultures. The duo authored 15 as part of her and partner Carol Beckwith’s travels in documenting African cultures rarely seen by books and created four films about the outside world. Submitted photo traditional Africa. Tickets are $26 to $38 and are and crafts from local artisans and vendors, children’s available through the Mesa Arts Center Box Office at activities, five contemporary altars designed by artist or by calling Juan Olalde and more. 480-644-6500. In the spirit of traditional Dia de los Muertos festivities,

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DWARFED: Artist Philip Haas stands with his sculptural creation, The Four Seasons, coming to Desert Botanical Gardens. Submitted photo

Oct. 20 – Nov. 2, 2012

Celebrate the memory of departed loves ones during the sixth annual Dia de los Muertos Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sat., Oct. 27 and noon to 5 p.m. Sun., Oct. 28 at MAC. The community celebration includes live entertainment, food, a Mercado with traditional and contemporary merchandise, jewelry, Mexican arts

the community altar is the festival’s centerpiece, where attendees can leave mementos in honor of their loved ones who have passed. In addition, MAC asks the community to create paper flowers and deliver them to be used to embellish the final altar. Admission and parking are free. Complete details, instructions on how to make paper flowers and the entertainment lineup can be found at



Oct. 20 – Nov. 2, 2012

Travel the yellow brick road with Copperstar Show will go on following fire thanks to donations Flying monkeys will take the stage when “The Wizard of Oz” runs through Oct. 27 by Copperstar Repertory Co. at the Higley Center for the Performing Arts, 4132 E. Pecos Rd., Gilbert. Despite a devastating fire in early September which destroyed the scene shop, offices and costume shop in Chandler, Copperstar’s Artistic Producing Director Mary-Jo Okawa says she received many calls, emails and donations. She says Michael Pollack Real Estate Investments donated shop space to build their sets for the show. “Mr. Pollack was gracious, kind and generous in his donation of shop space for ‘Oz’ and we are extremely grateful!” she says. The show will go on with the efforts of dozens of crew members and scores of actors, with hundreds of costumes, sets and props, many of which were loaned to Copperstar by various Valley’s theatre companies including Arizona Broadway Theatre, Theater Works, Valley Youth Theatre, Themers Events Planning, Spotlight Youth Theatre and Queen Creek Community Theatre. “We were contacted by the artistic directors of so many wonderful companies that simply opened their doors to us to help,” says Okawa. “I have been doing theatre


my whole life and I have never seen anything like it. It completely restored my faith in the kindness and generosity of the theatre community! We will be eternally grateful.”

When monkeys fly

It’s the theatre troupe’s first show with actors who sail through the air, and Okawa says “it is amazing.” “We have flying effects by ZFX and several characters fly throughout the show. There are also a number of special effects in the show making it the most complicated and fantastic show we have ever done.” The cast includes Jamie Hixon as the evil Wicked Witch, Kylee Toon as Dorothy, Richard Jones as Tin Man, Rick Wilson as Lion and Tanino Privitera as Scarecrow with flying monkeys Myles Vann and Marcet Roberts.

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Okawa says the community can continue to help Copperstar overcome “this horrible setback” by making tax deductible donations through PayPal, which allows for nonprofit organizations like Copperstar to raise funds online. Tickets are $15 to $19 and are available at

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FLY, FLY, FLY: Flying Monkeys, played by Myles Vann and Marcet Roberts, soar above the Wicked Witch Jamie Hixon in Copperstar’s “The Wizard of Oz” opening this weekend at Higley Center for the Performing Arts in Gilbert.

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480-907-7294 Licensed & insured. References upon request.

Licensed • Bonded • Insured

Tai Chi Qigong (18 movements)

• Improves Health • Increases Energy, Agility and Flexibility • Loosens and Strengthens Joints and Muscles • Controls Weight • Rejuvenates Body, Mind and Spirit • Reduces Stress • Improves Concentration and Intuitive Abilities • Controls Emotions • Easy to Learn




Cleaning, Sealing and Restoration of Grout, Tile and Stone. Floors! Counters! Showers!


$50 off





The Landscape Prescription LLC

Sprinkler and Drip Repair and Installation

ALL PHASES OF: • Landscaping • Irrigation • Masonry

Residential Irrigation Audits Soil Testing Free Estimates Water Conservation

Landscape Design Services Are Available Call today for a free estimate!

(480) 201-3503 LANDSCAPING

DBA Irrigation Contractor

Licensed Insured Bonded ROC #280671



We do All types of: Decking for Driveways, Patios, Walkway Pavers, Travertine Pavers, Monarch Stone, Flooring.

When you mention this ad.


Sculptured Grounds Hardscape Specialists

We build walls, benches, fireplaces, BBQs, water features.

Call Larry for a FREE Estimate

480-329-5225 ROC# 209334


No job too small or too big!

Bonded & Insured Residential License ROC#278958

Need A New Look?

10% OFF

Oct. 20 - Nov. 2, 2012


Landscapers Who Care ... Landscapers You Can Trust! “We are Re-Scape Specialists with 18 years of Happy Clients.”

480-893-6161 “Value Design with You in mind.” ROC C21 2655023R



We Do Inserts! Contact SanTan Sun News for details. 480-732-0250

Ryegrass Overseed Package Seeding Starts Week of Sept. 24 • Lawn prep (Dethatch or Scalp) • Golf course quality rye seed • Starter fertilizer, 3 growth fertilizers

Fall Tree & Shrub Feeding From $40

Desert Weed Control 6-Month, From $100





Yard Maintenance - Weekly, Bi-weekly or Monthly We Actually Show Up! Providing Reliable, Friendly, Honest Service for over 10 years.

English Speaking Crews

480-897-8807 HOUSE CLEANING


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

480-786-3838 olga@alertcleaning


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Oct. 20 - Nov. 2, 2012 PET SITTING




Pampered Pet Care Your pets will be happy in the comfort of your home. RESIDENTIAL/COMMERCIAL REPAIRS AND REROOFING

20+ years experience Lots of TLC Reasonable rates References

Tile, Shingles, Flat, Walk-Decks


$99 Drain Cleaning Special*


*Call for details. Expires: 12/31/12

ROC#256001, K-42, Licensed, Bonded, Insured


$100 gift card to with any Completed Job.* *Call for details. Expires: 12/31/12


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

$40 off


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

No job too big or small!

$33 OFF Any Plumbing Service and Complimentary Water Heater Flush * C A L L F O R D E TA I L S

100% Customer Satisfaction Guarantee Major Credit Cards — Financing Available

480-734-1745 LOCALLY OWNED & OPERATED A RATING WITH BBB • 24/7 Service Available Licensed Bonded Insured ROC257806



Harness the power of the first impression!

480-460-0044 E-mail:

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

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

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

EMPLOYMENT HELP WANTED CHANDLER PUBLISHER NEEDS BOOK PROJECT MANAGER with great organizational and multi-tasking skills. Computer and editing skills required. QuickBooks experience a plus. Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Send resume, salary history and requirements to:

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

MERCHANDISE FOR SALE HCG1234 DIET DROPS - UNLIMITED SUPPORT - Authorized Seller - Raspberry Ketones 1234 - Dr Millers Holy Tea FREE S/H - Contact Judy @ 480-237-9393 or

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

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

A1 AFFORDABLE PLUMBING SERVICE IF WATER RUNS THROUGH IT, WE FIX IT! SAVINGS ON ALL SERVICES $$$ QUALITY, GUARANTEED WORK. $100 off any water heater and installation. Plus 30% off any service with this ad. Family owned and operated. Avoid high prices due to BIG overhead. 480-307-6130.

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

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


Brand new and still in the plastic. Must Sell $150. Call 847-612-6513.

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






offers PIANO and VOICE lessons. $10 per month to start. Ages 3 through adult. All levels. Warner/101. Please call Michelle 480-628-6812.


Residential/Commercial. Repairs and Reroofing. Tile, Shingles, Flat, WalkDecks. Licensed, Bonded, Insured. ROC #256001, K-42. 480-284-7338.

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

Licensed-Bonded-Insured. ROC#088929. 480-839-4452.





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

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





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

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

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


Oct. 20 - Nov. 2, 2012

RICK’S HANDYMAN SERVICE Over 30yrs Experience in All Types of Home Repairs and Installations. Such as Roofing, Carpentry, Electrical, Plumbing, Painting, Drywall, Complete Kitchen & Bath Remodels and Much More! Call Rick Today for Your Free Estimate at 480258-2910. Now accepting all major credit cards!

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

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

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

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

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

PERSONAL SERVICES FITNESS TRAINING/NUTRITION Lose weight, tone, build and get a nutritional plan to keep the weight off. Experienced trainer with over 15 years exp. Less than the gym and double the value. 480-440-3737


Tile Cleaning/Acid Wash. Vacation Service. Weekly Service & Repair. Filter Clean (All Types). Salt Systems. Sand Change. Green Pool Fix. FREE Estimates. Insured. $40 OFF Service, Repair or Filter Clean with Mention of this Ad., 480-577-2719.


HOME REMODELING CAFARELLI CONSTRUCTION Residential since 1974. Interior/Exterior, Kitchen & Bath, Room Additions. Dedicated to the beauty of your home.

Insured. ROC254546. 480-223-2816,, www.

A2Z GARAGE DOOR SERVICES, LLC Honest, Reliable and Simply the Best! Family Owned and Operated. 7 days a week/24 Hour Emergency Service. Licensed, Bonded and Insured. ROC243721. AFFORDABLE - Price Match Any Licensed Competitor. ANY make or model of Door/Opener. Spring Replacement. FREE Safety Inspection. $50 OFF ANY REPAIR. CALL 480-3619700.

DJ’S DISCOUNT SUNSCREENS Call me for the best prices on all your sunscreen, re-screens, patio screen doors and bug screen needs. Professional consultation/installation and “old fashioned” customer service. I use the best materials on the market today. Call me for a FREE ESTIMATE today!! 480-570-4274.

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

JUNK REMOVAL 480-306-1986


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


HOME SERVICES BBB DRYWALL, LLC Remodeling, Drywall Repairs, Garages, Patios, Additions, Entertainment Centers, Popcorn Removal, Water Damage. Residential and Commercial. Lowest Prices Guaranteed. Licensed, Bonded,

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

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

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

Oct. 20 - Nov. 2, 2012

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.

“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.

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.

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.

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! 480-786-3838.

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.

“JENNIFER’S HOUSE CLEANING” Not enough time in a day?? Call for a free phone quote. Super dependable. Weekly, Bi-weekly, Monthly. References avail. 16 years experience. Bonded- AG0601, Insured-46871. It’s a CLEAR Choice!!! CALL 480-833-1027.

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

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.


each. Sunscreens and rescreening. Same day service. Call 480-839-8929

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.

PAINTING SERVICES A CUT ABOVE PAINTING, LLC Your quality repaint specialist. Interior/Exterior. Epoxy Floors. Roof Coatings. Stained Concrete. New Construction. FREE ESTIMATES! References available. Owner will be on job. Commercial/Residential. 30 years experience. Licensed-Bonded-Insured-ROC 257167. MENTION this ad to receive 5% OFF! 480-244-9119

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

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



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.

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

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.


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

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.

SCULPTURED GROUNDS 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. ROC209334 Call Larry for a FREE Estimate 480-329-5225.

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

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

EAST VALLEY PAINTERS **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.


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

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

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




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

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.

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

We Do Inserts!


Contact SanTan Sun News for details. 480-732-0250 email:

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

Where to Eat Chinese Restaurant New Management, New Atmosphere


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

Limit 1 per customer. With coupon. Not valid with any other coupons or offers. Expires 11/15/2012.

$5 OFF


Any Purchase of $30 or More

NW corner of Queen Creek Rd., Next to Taco Bell

DELIVERY AVAILABLE! Call 480-899-4929 |


Limit 1 per customer. With coupon. Not valid with any other coupons or offers. Expires 11/15/2012.


2950 S. Alma School Rd. #2

Specializing in Artisan Breads

$2 OFF


One coupon per person. Not valid with other offers. Expires 11/5/12

98 S. San Marcos, Chandler, AZ 85225 Sinatra ’s Favorite Plac e in Chandler 480-899-4400

Any Deli Sandwich

Starting at

With Any Purchase of $20 or More

Ask about our Early Happy Hour Open 7 Nights A Week Prime Rib & Live Music on Saturdays

When you purchase one of equal or greater value.

$4.95 $6.99 Starting at

2 Liter Soda, -or- 2 Egg Rolls

Steak • Seafood • Chops • Wine • Cocktails


Lunch Dinner Dine-in Specials Combos Special


Thank you Ch andler!

FREE Loaf of Bread or Pastry Item

Oct. 20 - Nov. 2, 2012

With coupon. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Expires 11/16/2012.


1076 W. Chandler Blvd. #106 N.W. corner of Alma School and Chandler Blvd.

Open: M-F 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Closed Sunday

HOLIDAY PARTIES WEDDINGS CORPORATE EVENTS Call and schedule an appointment to bring your vision to life.

Relax, while we handle the details of planning the food for your big event.

602-615-1540 Bride’s Choice 2012 Award for Catering


Where to Eat

Oct. 20 - Nov. 2, 2012


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

Prime Time Prime Rib Buffet S AT U R D AY S 5 : 0 0 - 9 : 0 0 P M




Your Favorite Succulent Cut of Prime Rib With Great Sides, Salad & Dessert. All-You-Eat at One Great Price.



One San Marcos Place, Chandler, AZ 85225 (Chandler Blvd & Arizona Ave) 480.857.4422 877.766.3387 | 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.

Regularly priced $6. One coupon per order, cannot be combined with other offers. Good through 11/30/2012.


Friday, 6-8 p.m. Marshmallow roast by the campfire! Bring your own fixins’ or buy DIY ’smores.



NOV. 9

10 NOV. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Sponsored by SDB

— FREE ADMISSION! — A slice of old west lifestyle on display at Tumbleweed Ranch At Tumbleweed Park, SW Corner of McQueen and Germann Roads

LIVE MUSIC Sat., 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Pioneer Pepper and The Sunset Pioneers

Gunfights Family GameS Wagon Rides Historic Home Tours PRESENTED BY Mayor Jay Tibshraeny and the Chandler City Council

SATURDAY ONLY CHUCK WAGON MEALS $10 Tickets on sale at 10 a.m. and sell out FAST! Please be in line at 10 a.m.


Arizona Beef

For event schedule visit:, or call 480-782-2717.

Where to Eat

Oct. 20 - Nov. 2, 2012


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

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

Extensive Menu Featuring:

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

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

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

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

1920 W. Germann Rd. NE Corner, Chandler 480-779-8646

OPEN DAILY 7a.m.-4p.m.




NE Corner of Dobson & Germann

SW Corner of Baseline & Ellsworth

NW Corner of Rittenhouse & Ocotillo




sort Card e R lo il t o The Oc

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

Ocotillo Golf Resort 3751 S Clubhouse Drive Chandler, AZ 85248


Where to Eat

Oct. 20 - Nov. 2, 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

Cooler temps brings out the best in all of us.

Friday, Oct. 26 7-9:30 p.m.

Photos by Miachelle DePiano

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

Vandal‐Hancock Duo


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

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

Arizona Ave. & Ocotillo 480-802-0440

Gilbert & Germann 480-786-4577

Do you know? • What your home is worth? • Prices have increased up to 37% in the past 10 months.


Are you “upside down”? You could qualify for

$2,500 to $35,000 in Relocation Assistance for the successful completion of a short sale!*


* $2,500 to $35,000 is contingent on your lenders different programs and subject to homeowners lender or banks final approval.

Find out about your options. For a FREE one on one confidential consultation call 480-221-1332.

EXCEPTIONAL 2,053 SQ FT AT $120,000!




Call now as this won’t last long. This exceptional home features mature landscaping, an open kitchen, wood and tiled floors, extra cabinets, 2 tone paint, built in shelving and an entertainment area. Prices are moving fast.

Over 5,650 SQ FT, 6 bedrooms, one with its own play room. Enjoy entertaining from your chef’s kitchen, formal dining room, family room, or living room. Separate den, game room and media rooms are all standard. All 6 bedrooms have walk in closets for tons of storage. Plans up to 8 bedrooms are available. In Gilbert at $481,900.

You’ll love this award winning Gilbert neighborhood that offers something for everyone. There’s 2 clubhouses, 2 lakes, 2 community pools, tennis, sports field, biking paths, boating and terrific schools. You’ll enjoy it all from your spacious 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath and 3 car tandem garage. Just $190,000.

These gorgeous Hacienda styled residences are built in Gilbert on 1/2 acre lots and this one offers 3,680 SQ FT, 4 bedrooms, a study, 4.5 baths and a 4 car garage. With a split master and split guest area, everyone will share the elegance and relish the privacy. Just $529,950!

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HARD TO FIND TERRITORIAL IN MOUNTAIN PARK! Original owner is offering this uniquely styled home at 40th Street and Chandler Blvd. It’s 1,710 SQ FT and features 3 big bedrooms, 2.5 baths, a large island kitchen and a huge vaulted great room. All on a cul-de-sac lot. Just $214,900.

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ESTATE SAYS... “SELL IT AT $150,500!” This home is close to the 60 Freeway, restaurants and shopping. Relax in an open floor plan and enjoy the holidays next to your romantic fireplace. All 3 bedrooms are a great size and you’ll love the overall layout. Located in Gilbert. Don’t wait!

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Here’s a chance to have it all at a real deal price! Just $178,000 buys a lifestyle rarely available! There are 2 clubhouses, lakes, fish, pools, sport and tennis courts, and you will love this great 1,890 SQ FT, 4 BDR on the greenbelt featuring plantation shutters, island kitchen w/granite counters, cherry wood cabinets and more. In Gilbert!

If you’ve been looking for a great room floor plan with plenty of room that’s all on one floor then here it is. Your 2,134 SQ FT, 3 BDR, huge den, lots of kitchen space w/granite counters, upgraded flooring and totally landscaped dream home is finally here. Located in Chandler at $235,000!

You won’t believe these 3,500 SQ FT homes starting at $367,900. 4 BDR’s, 2.5 baths and 4 car garage, all standard! You can also expand to 6 BDR’s, 4 1/2 Baths and 6 garage spaces with a maximum of 4,207 SQ FT all on one floor. RV garages are selling like hotcakes! 17,000 SQ FT Lots and $10,000 in options are also included. Move in ready!

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Well here’s your chance at a rare valley lakefront home. This special home features a split floor plan, meticulously cared for with phenomenal private views from the kitchen, family room, and master. You’ll also love the gorgeous community pool, tennis court, parks and excellent fishing lakes. In Chandler at $269,900!

Wow! You’ll love all the space in this wonderful 4 BDR, 2,492 SQ FT home. Both the living room and family room are huge and lead to a great big island kitchen w/ granite counters and walk in pantry. Everything looks out to a large covered patio and a sparkling pool and spa. This home on a 10,000 SQ FT lot is just $339,900!

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AN ASTONISHING 1,892 SQ FT AT $130,490! It’s unbelievable you can own this special 4 bedroom at $130,490. Featuring a gourmet wrap around island kitchen, spacious family and living rooms. Get your choice of a 4’ garage extension, window coverings, covered patio or landscaping. Plus 4% in incentives. Call The Pete Dijkstra Team today!

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

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