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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 downtownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Just over the past three years itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grown considerably,â&#x20AC;? says Marnie Brookins, special events coordinator for the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership (DCCP). â&#x20AC;&#x153;We deďŹ nitely have a lot more food varieties than weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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.â&#x20AC;? 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. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He comes up from Wilcox every Thursday,â&#x20AC;? Brookins explains. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He makes deliveries to a couple of different restaurants â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Serranoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is one of them â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 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.â&#x20AC;? Scott, says Brookins, â&#x20AC;&#x153;has an amazing following â&#x20AC;&#x201C; hundreds of people who show up just for his produce alone.â&#x20AC;? 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


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 ďŹ rst Zombieland Apocalypse in Market Square in downtown Chandler. STSN photo

Get in the Halloween spirit at a multitude of spooky and fun events for trick-or-treaters of all ages in Chandler and surrounding areas.

Zombieland Apocalypse Begin by walking among the undead and be prepared to be scared 8 p.m. to midnight Sat., Oct. 20; Fri., Oct. 26; SEE Halloween PAGE 52

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DOWNTOWN DEALS: The Chandler Farmers Market is up and running again in Dr. AJ Chandler Park â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 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

Aviation and helicopter enthusiasts alike can get up close and personal with an AH-64D Apache Longbow helicopter, courtesy of the Arizona Army National Guard (AZARNG), 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thu., Oct. 25 through Sat., Oct. 27 during the 2012 COPPERSTATE Fly-In & Aviation Expo, at Casa Grande Municipal Airport, 3225 N. Pinal Ave., Casa Grande. AZARNG Capt. Jack H. Denton explains that having an Apache helicopter â&#x20AC;&#x201C; one of the most technologically advanced attack helicopters in the world â&#x20AC;&#x201C; on static

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Make wineâ&#x20AC;? 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 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chief Wine-Oâ&#x20AC;? Minchella, Kokopelli Krush is the longest running and most decorated annual wine event in Arizona. The weekend event features live entertainment, games, a kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 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 â&#x20AC;&#x153;ultimate stomp titleâ&#x20AC;? in a championship round Sunday, and the champion can choose from a variety of prizes, including a ďŹ ve-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 ďŹ&#x201A;ights 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 yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s featured wineries include: Alcantara, Lawrence Dunham, Javelina Leap,

Get motivated to â&#x20AC;&#x153;make stunning and dramatic changesâ&#x20AC;? to your home when interior decorators Christine Hippensteel and Cauleen Autery of Decorating Den present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dream Room Makeoversâ&#x20AC;? at a free interactive workshop 10 to 11:30 a.m. Sat., Oct. 20 at Chandler Public Libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 designerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website at

Open chakras at Sol Yoga Asanas with ancient music, Zumba in Halloween costumes 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 beneďŹ t 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 â&#x20AC;&#x153;asanas,â&#x20AC;? or yoga postures, at â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Power of Your Heart,â&#x20AC;? 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 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Asana & Kirtan,â&#x20AC;? 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 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kirtanâ&#x20AC;? 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 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Family Halloween Zumba Partyâ&#x20AC;? 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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COLORFUL SURROUNDINGS: Patrons at El Palacio enjoy a clean and colorful environment. Submitted photo

Drink specials, pumpkin carving and eating will highlight the event menu at El Palacioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 dĂŠcor. It

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DINING AL FRESCO: Workers pour concrete for an outdoor patio opening at El Palacio Sun., Oct. 21. Submitted photo


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 NiĂąos 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 Centersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Community Outreach Immunization Program in collaboration with Arizonaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 OfďŹ ce Building, McAuley Conference Rooms A and B, 3420 S. Mercy Rd., Gilbert. Jamal is board certiďŹ ed 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.

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Frolic in the park the healthy way at Mayor Tibshraenyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 ďŹ tness 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 ďŹ ve divisions, in partnership with, and sponsored by Chandler UniďŹ ed School District. Area families who practice healthy

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Senior â&#x20AC;&#x153;kidsâ&#x20AC;? 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 beneďŹ t from the classes, which aim to improve cardiovascular ďŹ tness, 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 doctorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s approval and the ability to stand in four feet of water unassisted.

USA include a visit from Santa and a CPR Class Get certiďŹ ed 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 certiďŹ cation, workbook and a pocket mask. Childcare is available for $10 per child. Finally, Santa arrives on a ďŹ re truck from 2 to 4 p.m. Sat., Dec. 8. The free event features ďŹ reďŹ ghting games and ďŹ reďŹ ghter 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, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Know Your Stats about Prostate Cancer,â&#x20AC;? 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-speciďŹ c 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.

Enjoy scones and hot Irish beverages served in china teapots at the ChandlerTullamore Sister Citiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; (CTSC) Second Annual Southwest Tea from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sat., Nov. 3 on the Mezzanine level of Chandlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s City Hall, 175 S. Arizona Ave., downtown Chandler. A light luncheon from Coach & Willieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, including desserts, will be served. Live musical entertainment by Irish vocalist Dave Cullen, vocalist Melaney Moore, Gaelic harpist Hana Halverson, bagpiper Will Thayer, as well as Irish dancers and rafďŹ&#x201A;e prizes highlight the Irish-infused Southwest Tea. The event is open to the public, but reservations are required. The cost is $15 for CTSC members, $18 for nonmembers, $10 for children 10 and younger, and $20 at the door. Bring a bag of used clothing for CTSCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Green for Greenâ&#x20AC;? Recycle Project and receive one free rafďŹ&#x201A;e ticket, or bring two bags to get two tickets. Visit and click on the tea postcard to purchase tickets online, or send a check payable to Chandler-Tullamore Sister Cities to P.O. Box 1474, Chandler, AZ 85244-1474.

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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 Scottâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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, â&#x20AC;&#x153;is just dedicated to dog treats.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have some award-winning vendors,â&#x20AC;? she adds, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and some who are unique to us â&#x20AC;&#x201C; they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do any other shows or any other markets. Everything is pretty local. Most of the vendors are from the East Valley.â&#x20AC;? Weekly activities include musical entertainment, childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We expect to have activities speciďŹ cally for kids at least once a month,â&#x20AC;? says Brookins, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and on the third Thursday of every month weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to have two food trucks join us. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never had before.â&#x20AC;? The marketâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s biggest change this year, however, was the move across Arizona Avenue from the west to the east side of Dr. AJ Chandler Park. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a tough decision for us,â&#x20AC;? explains Brookins, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but a lot of people were ďŹ nding parking was really difďŹ cult 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 Yoliâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s CafĂŠ. A portion of proďŹ ts 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 ďŹ rst year that Elizabeth Rakestraw of Elizabethâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Moments of Joy is selling her whoopie pies, twisted scones and cookies at the Chandler Farmers Market. STSN photo by Ron Lang

LOVINâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 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.â&#x20AC;? The change made life easier for vendors, too, whom Brookins calls a phenomenal group. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Most of them have been around for several years,â&#x20AC;? she says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just amazing as far as helping one another out and taking care of one another. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re kind of like a family.â&#x20AC;? 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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LILâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; PUMPKIN: Dress up the kiddies and take them to downtown Chandlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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

â&#x20AC;˘ 9-10:15 a.m. Sat., Oct. 27 Halloween Gourd Art class: create festive gourds by decorating them to look like pumpkins, goblins, ghosts and more. For ages 7-10; cost is $7 for Chandler residents and $10 for nonresidents with a $5 supply fee. Fees are per child, with one unpaid adult permitted. â&#x20AC;˘ 9-10 a.m. Wed., Oct. 31 Halloween Fairy and Pixie Party: features stories and kids make a tiara or sparkly wand. For ages 3-6; cost is $6 for residents and $9 for nonresidents with a $3 supply fee. Fees are per child, with one unpaid adult permitted. â&#x20AC;˘ 11-11:45 a.m. Wed., Oct. 31 Spooky Species class: discover spooky animal species and creepy crawlies. Fees are $6 for residents and $9 for nonresidents. Children younger than 2 are free with a paid adult. Preregistration required. Chandler Environmental Education Center 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler Info: 480-782-2890,

Haunted Hayride 6-9 p.m. Fri., Oct. 26 through Sun., Oct. 28 Take a family friendly, spooky ride on a horse-drawn wagon through Box Canyon at South Mountain Park/ Preserve, presented by South Mountain/ Laveen Village Festivals Inc. Cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 3-12. South Mountain Environmental

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Special needs Halloween Ball 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,,

Doomtownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kreepy Kidz Zone at Rawhide, The Nest 7-10 p.m. Thursdays, Sundays and Halloween; 7-midnight Fridays, Saturdays through Oct. 31 Rawhide offers Doomtownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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:,


The Crypt Haunted Attraction 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 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Even Evil Has Bad Dreams.â&#x20AC;? 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 Alexanderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Adventure maze. Adults are $3 including the hayride. Mother Natureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 gardenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 campďŹ re, petting zoo and more. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Arizona Jones in Search of Lost Traditionsâ&#x20AC;? 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,

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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 Gardenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 â&#x20AC;&#x153;trunk or treat.â&#x20AC;? 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 ďŹ fth 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 certiďŹ cates, coupons and fun freebies for kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; meals, cookies, ice cream and more. The candy buy back event will also be attended by local ďŹ reďŹ ghters, police ofďŹ cers 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, ďŹ&#x201A;oss and more. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We understand that Halloween is a time for fun, but we want to add a different dimension to Halloween,â&#x20AC;? says Dr. Stephen D. Hunsaker of Aspen Orthodontics. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to help children keep their beautiful smiles, but also reach out to the military who so graciously serves our country.â&#x20AC;? There is no limit at Aspenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s candy buy back, and an additional 50 cents per donated pound will be sent to Chandler UniďŹ ed 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 Orthodonticsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 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 Chamberlainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fangs for Friendsâ&#x20AC;? promotion offered by Mountain View Family Dental, 2820 E. University Dr., Mesa. For a donation of $50, life-like, custom-ďŹ tted fangs are available from the ofďŹ ce through Nov. 16. Donations in their entirety go to the nonproďŹ t organization Sharing Down Syndrome Arizona located in Gilbert. The custom-ďŹ tted fangs require a 15-minute in-ofďŹ ce visit by the person who will wear them, then take an hour to create. Appointments must be made in advance for ďŹ ttings. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We always love doing things to give back to the community,â&#x20AC;? says Dr. Shayne Guffey, owner of Mountain View Family Dental, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but this year we wanted to do something different and fun.â&#x20AC;? 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 ďŹ tting, call 480-830-0262, or visit

Seasonal pumpkin treats at Chompieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fall is here and with Halloween just around the corner, pumpkin is on the menu at Chompieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Arizonaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 mufďŹ ns, gourmet pumpkin or orange-cranberry scones and autumn colors â&#x20AC;&#x153;black & whiteâ&#x20AC;? cookies. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 Chompieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s locations. Bakery selections may vary by location. Full menus can be found at


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Fashionistas help animals ďŹ nd homes

STYLINâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;: 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 Beautyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 beneďŹ t the Kit Kat Foundation, a rescue organization dedicated to ďŹ nding 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


â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Paint the Town Redâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; for Festival of Trees Wear red to the 9th Annual Festival of Trees fundraiser and nonproďŹ t 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 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Paint the Town Red,â&#x20AC;? the black-tie-optional gala includes live entertainment, live and silent auctions and a threecourse dinner for the organizationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nationally accredited preventative programming for Chandler youth. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Festival of Trees showcases the amazing progress ICAN has made with youth and families, which is why we continue to participate,â&#x20AC;? says Patti Bruno, a former ICAN board member. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We get to see how our contributions in different aspects have made real, positive changes. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a whole night to celebrate and have fun with others who have made ICAN what it is today.â&#x20AC;? The organization, with uses nationally accredited preventative programming for Chandler youth, provides skills and support â&#x20AC;&#x153;needed to make positive decisions when it comes to substance abuse, gang activity and juvenile delinquencyâ&#x20AC;? 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 ICANâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 AZâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pink 365 campaign and in conjunction with Octoberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 AZâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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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Savor an evening of wine tasting, food and entertainment from 4 to 7 p.m. Sun., Oct. 21 at the Fans Across America â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Night on the Vineâ&#x20AC;? fundraiser to help local homeless families at Vine Expressions Wine Bistro, 1030 S. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert. Proceeds of the rafďŹ&#x201A;e, door prizes and silent auction items go directly toward helping homeless students and families in transition within the Chandler UniďŹ ed 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 ďŹ&#x201A;ea market features vintage, tatty, shabby, upcycled and

Fans Across America Charitable Foundation, 78 W. Ray Rd., Suite 3, Chandler, is a nonproďŹ t 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 Campâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Little Black Dress Challenge for women through Nov. 19 for a chance to win a $100 gift card. Then donate your newly ill-ďŹ tting clothing to Dress for Success Phoenix, at one of BFit4Life Boot Campâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 â&#x20AC;&#x153;little black dressâ&#x20AC;? 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 ďŹ ts to Dress for Success Phoenix, an organization that promotes â&#x20AC;&#x153;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.â&#x20AC;? 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 ďŹ tness goals. For more information, email or visit bďŹ

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 ďŹ or visit ďŹ for more details.

Luxe presents photo booth promotion Win a chance to capture all the fun at an upcoming special event by entering the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beauty & the Booth Giveawayâ&#x20AC;? through Mon., Oct. 29., sponsored by Snapbooth Entertainment and Chandlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 winnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 â&#x20AC;&#x153;checking inâ&#x20AC;? on the salonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Facebook page at The winner will be chosen and announced on the salonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 â&#x20AC;&#x153;give back to the communityâ&#x20AC;? during National Food Bank Month, owners James McDonald and

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