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Nov. 3 – 16, 2012

Healthy food bites into lunch budgets

Food bank donations down, needs up

by Cody Matera

by Cody Matera

With the holidays quickly approaching, local support groups can share plenty of seasonal spirit – but hardly any needed supplies. “We are currently 40,000 pounds below the amount of food we had this same time last year,” says Trinity Donovan, executive director for the Chandler Christian Community Center food bank. “In order to match the pounds of donated food we received last year, we need to receive 250,000 more pounds of food by the end of December. We are in need of both regular and holiday items for our food boxes.”

First Lady Michelle Obama’s campaign to win the war against childhood obesity is making inroads at Chandler schools. New guidelines from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) took effect this fall as part of a healthy school lunch initiative spearheaded by Obama and USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack. As part of this initiative, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act now requires the Chandler Unified School District (CUSD) to provide students with more nutritious meals at breakfast and lunch. “We have the requirement to offer specific fruits and vegetables,” says Wes Delbridge, CUSD nutritionist. “Students have to have a certain amount of those fruits and vegetables with their meal every day. We have an increase in whole grains offerings, we have calorie minimums and maximums, reduction in sodium and limits for fat.” In addition to new menu items and nutritional guidelines, all soda has disappeared and meat, pasta and bread are now heavily regulated. “A lot of the negative student feedback we’ve gotten see School lunches page 6

STOCKING UP: Linda Peterson-Price helps pack up food sacks from the Salvation Army in Chandler for needy families. STSN photo

BETTER CHOW: SanTan Sun area school children are eating more fruits and vegetables with an improved lunch program. STSN photo

STREET FAIR: Live entertainment on three stages, a 12,000-square-foot Kids Zone and much more await visitors of the third annual “Rock the Block!” party from noon to 8 p.m. Sat., Nov. 10 on Arizona Avenue between Chandler Boulevard and Frye Road in downtown Chandler. Last year’s event party drew more than 12,000 folks. See story on Page 49 in Neighbors. Submitted photo

Needy families and individuals turning to the Chandler Salvation Army for assistance may also discover bare shelves at its Saragosa Street facility near Arizona Avenue. “Our pantry has been a bit low,” says Salvation Army Major Robert Deidrick. His colleague and fellow Major Candi Frizzell explains the summer months trigger a steep decline in food donations and deplete inventory. “Once the weather starts getting warm, people begin see Food bank page 8

Legendary band calls S. Chandler home by K. M. Lang

Bill Tole knows the power of music. As director of the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, the Southern Chandler trombonist has seen again and again how a few bars from a great tune can animate an audience. “Probably the most popular is Glenn Miller’s ‘In the Mood,’” he says. “I can play 10 songs, and if the dance floor is empty through those 10 songs – I mean, hopefully that doesn’t happen,” he laughs, “but once I start ‘In the Mood,’ all people need to hear is the first four or five notes, and that floor is immediately filled.” Big Band-era melodies are still delighting audiences some eight decades after they first inspired and entertained. Just as the songs have endured, so have the bands that first produced them, including the

Chandler-based Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra led by Tole and owned by his sister, Nancy Knorr, also the group’s vocalist. The 16-member ensemble recently started a monthly tea dance series at The Castle at Ashley Manor and continues to book shows in the United States and abroad. Although Jimmy Dorsey passed away more than a half-century ago, it’s not surprising his band has survived without him, says Tole. “There’s still interest in the big bands,” he explains, adding that nearly all the name bands have continued to this day. The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra began in the 1930s as the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra, with Jimmy sharing see Orchestra page 10

TEA AND A TWIRL: The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra is performing at monthly tea dances at The Castle at Ashley Manor. “Tea dancing is pretty new to people around here,” says the band’s director, Bill Tole. “We’re trying to introduce something new – and The Castle is a lovely place.” STSN photo

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Nov. 3 – 16, 2012

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A community celebration marks the end of eight months of construction at Alma School and Ray roads from noon to 4 p.m. Sun., Nov. 4 near the intersection’s southwest corner. The City of Chandler and Chandler Chamber of Commerce host the family friendly event to introduce new customers to the area’s businesses, while welcoming back those who may have stayed away due to the construction. Event goers are urged to shop at the intersection before and during the event, and turn in their receipts for placement in a raffle for prizes to be awarded at the celebration, including round-trip airfare for two anywhere in the continental U.S., provided by Southwest Airlines. There will also be entertainment by “The Chubby Dog Band” and free activities for kids, such as bounce houses, face painting, pony rides and balloon making. The Chandler Fire Department will have a fire engine for children to tour, and the police department will have a patrol car and SWAT vehicle on display. Staff from the city’s Environmental Education Center will have handouts, crafts and educational materials, and businesses in the area will have coupons and give-a-ways. The intersection improvement project has been underway since March and included the building of dual left-turn lanes, a third auxiliary through lane, right-turn lanes, bike lanes, storm drain, water line, new traffic signals, medians, streetlights and landscaping. The $7 million project was partially funded by a $4.95 million federal Highway Safety Improvement Program grant. Project details and current status can be found on the project website at

Transportation office redirects calls during closure Due to staff training, the offices of the City of Chandler’s Transportation & Development Department at both Buffalo Street and Armstrong Way will be closed 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thu., Nov. 15. Nonemergency service requests involving streetlight outages, street signs and markings can be submitted using the street division’s hotline number, 480-782-3460,

or by completing an online form at Chandler transit customers requiring assistance can call Valley Metro for schedules or with questions about bus routes at 602-253-5000. For more information, call the Chandler Transportation & Development Department at 480-782-3400.

CRMC lung procedure makes history

Cancer patients who need cancerous lung tissue removed may be able to choose a new surgical procedure that reduces the damage to healthy tissue and is now offered in Chandler. The state’s first lung brachytherapy procedure, a form of internal radiation therapy, took place last month at Chandler Regional Medical Center, 1955 W. Frye Rd. It utilizes Cesium-131, a shorter, half-life isotope that minimizes radiation exposure to surrounding tissues. Cardiothoracic surgeon Gyu Gang, M.D., performed the history-making thorascopic surgery to remove the cancerous lung tissue. Radiation oncologist S. Eric Olyejar, M.D., then applied a Cesium-131 brachytherapy mesh implant containing radioactive seeds to the suture line.

“A lobectomy to remove lung tissue in patients with stage one lung cancer is the preferred treatment,” says Olyejar. “However, some patients have severely compromised lung function and are not candidates for this major surgery. The brachytherapy procedure allows for targeted radiation on the cancerous area, decreasing the recurrence rate for early stage lung cancer to just 3 to 4%.” Currently, patients with stage one lung cancer who have limited lung function have less invasive surgery to remove the tumor. These patients have a 16 to 20% chance of their cancer recurring. “In addition to lowering the recurrence rate, the targeted radiation reduces the amount of damage that is done to the rest of the lung,” adds Olyejar. “This exciting treatment option is much more convenient for our patients because they won’t have to make multiple trips to the hospital for radiation treatments,” says Tim Bricker, president and CEO of Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert medical centers. “We are committed to successful patient outcomes and are pleased to offer this new treatment option.” For more details, visit

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RAILCAR RELIC: This historic railcar acquired from Macedonia is showcased at a new Holocaust Museum in Chandler. Submitted photo

A Holocaust-era railcar recently acquired from Macedonia by the East Valley Jewish Community Center (EVJCC) was the topic of a recent “Chandler in Focus,” a monthly show hosted on a rotating basis by city council members. Past shows can be streamed on the city’s website at During the segment, Councilmember Kevin Hartke, along with historian Thomas Troszak and EVJCC Executive Director Steve Tepper, discuss the historical railcar slated to be the cornerstone of a Holocaust Museum

being built in Chandler at Ray and Alma School roads. The EVJCC, in partnership with the city, acquired the railcar earlier this year and commissioned Troszak, an expert in the preservation of artifacts, to research the history and significance of the piece. “Chandler in Focus” airs on the city’s government access cable channel and covers community issues. For a listing of shows airing on Chandler Channel 11, visit

Nov. 3 – 16, 2012

ICAN provides Pending free Thanksgiving holidays prompt meals blood drives A free Thanksgiving dinner accompanied by live entertainment is open to the SanTan Sun community and hosted by ICAN at 5 p.m. Thu., Nov. 14. The event takes place at ICAN Lon E. Hoeye Youth Center, 650 E. Morelos St., Chandler. “This is one of our staple events,” ICAN Chief Executive Officer Becky Jackson explains. “It provides a free Thanksgiving meal to Chandler families that may not have the resources to participate otherwise. We want families to be able to have an evening of fun and bonding during the holidays and we are humbled that the Chandler Police Department and our Chandler community rally together to make it possible each year.” Last year’s dinner served more than 430 community members, according to program organizers. This year, they expect to feed and entertain 600. The event is designated as part of the 2012 City of Chandler Centennial Events series that celebrates Chandler turning 100. Learn more at


To meet expected needs during the holiday season when blood donor centers usually see a decline of more than 25%, United Blood Services hosts three Chandler blood drives. Prizes and raffle opportunities are available to those who participate. The first blood drive is 8 a.m. to noon Sat., Nov. 3 at LDS Chandler East Stake Cultural Hall, 6345 S. Lindsay Rd. Another is noon to 4 p.m. Mon., Nov. 5 at Solera Chandler ballroom, 6360 S. Mountain Blvd. The last is noon to 5 p.m. Fri., Nov. 9 at Glynlyon, 300 N. McKemy Ave. Those who donate at these drives, or between Fri., Nov. 16 and 30 at one of the Valley’s donor centers, receive a voucher for one free ticket to a concert, donated by The Phoenix Symphony. All November blood donors are entered into a raffle for a chance to win 50,000 Marriott Rewards Points, courtesy of the JW Marriott Desert Ridge. Points can be used at more than 3,600 hotels or toward merchandise in the Marriott Reward Store. Chandler’s donor center is at 1989 W. Elliot Rd., Suite 32. Call 877-827-4376 or visit to make an appointment.



Nov. 3 – 16, 2012

School lunches from page 1

is that meat and meat alternate portion sizes are less,” says Audri Knutson, also a CUSD nutritionist. Although students can eat as many fruits and vegetables as they wish, Knutson says, “for a lot of kids, that’s not what they want. They’d rather have two tacos or two enchiladas instead of one. Unfortunately, we don’t get to make the choice anymore.” Parents are expressing mixed emotions. “There are parents who feel it is not a school’s responsibility to monitor what they are feeding their children, for example, when they pack a lunch from home,” says Ryan Elementary Parent

Teacher Organization (PTO) President Christina Nguyen. “There are other parents who welcome guidelines on how to pack a healthy lunch and limits on acceptable foods on campus.”

Ahead of the curve

The current USDA ruling supports measures CUSD has already begun implementing. “At Chandler, we’ve been doing a lot of this for years,” says Delbridge. “We’ve already been meeting these new requirements. The biggest impact this year is requiring students to take fruits and vegetables, but this has had a positive effect on the kids.”

LUNCH TIME: Two Carlson elementary students chat during their lunch break. STSN photo

Delbridge notes students are selecting the healthy items more frequently than ever before. New prepackaging and portion distribution methods for fruits and vegetables have been praised as more hygienic than the previous self-serve salad bar concept and reduce the risk of tainted food. A dark-green leafy vegetable requirement has also garnered positive response with most parents excited that schools are stepping up efforts to provide quality meals to students. Though the new menus are largely welcomed, the funds needed to implement these changes are a source of concern. Prices for school lunches are rising, up a quarter from last year to $2.50 for elementary, $2.75 for middle and $3.25 for high school lunches throughout Chandler.

SAFER: Providing prepackaged foods not only controls portions, but makes food handling safer. STSN photo

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School lunch prices were increased as mandated to meet federal standards for funding. The Equity in School Lunch Pricing provision requires schools to, “charge students for paid meals at a price that is on average equal to the difference between free meal reimbursement and paid meal reimbursement.” Schools charging less are required to increase the price of paid lunches. “We raised everything a quarter this year because we had to,” says Knutson. “When we did the equation we were not where we needed to be with our free reimbursement.” Some districts increase prices by a quarter to cover costs for a few years and to avoid yearly visits to school boards for price hikes, says Knutson. While lunch prices are subject to change,







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PACK IT: Many parents are sending lunches from home, and can include anything except soda. STSN photo

the provision does not cover breakfast, which remains $1 for all grades. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act presents PTOs with additional expenses as well. “One of the things we run is our Principal’s Breakfast,” says Nguyen. “It’s a special breakfast that select students are invited to attend. In the past, we’ve offered donuts, juice and coffee since the parents attend with their child. One of the things we tried last year was to have some fresh fruit there, and we also brought in samples of Jamba Juice smoothies. The smoothies were donated, luckily for us. However, fresh fruit would be an additional cost if we were to sustain it.” While “competitive foods,” such as a la carte, vending machine and other products escape mention in the Act, the USDA is drafting guidelines to further regulate what can be served on school campuses. Despite changes to the

system, parents are still allowed to pack lunches for students and can include anything except soda. Though packed lunches enable students to circumvent the new guidelines, officials say there is little reason for concern. “I don’t think that regulating what parents bring from home is the answer,” says Delbridge. “I think the answer to increasing healthy lunches at our schools is education and exposure. I don’t think that a negative response will yield a positive outcome.” 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.

Nov. 3 – 16, 2012

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WOOFSTOCK: Beth Chapman tosses a flying disc to her dog Zima during a performance at a previous year’s Woofstock canine event. Submitted photo

What do you think? What do you think about the healthy school lunch initiatives? Are you OK with paying a little more for a nutritious lunch or will higher prices send you packing? Send your responses to and include your community name for possible inclusion in a future issue of the SanTan Sun News.

Spend the day with your favorite four-legged canine friend at Woofstock – The Great Chandler Dog Walk, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat., Nov. 17 at Tumbleweed Park, 2250 S. McQueen Rd. Now in its fifth year, the event is free for all ages who own or appreciate dogs. Two new events – an appearance by Santa Claus and a demonstration of dog herding by Queen Creek-based Stock Dogs – have been added to the family friendly day of “tail-wagging fun,” according to Hermelinda Llamas,

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Food bank from page 1

volunteers we need, and the more volunteers we have, the more things we can do. So it’s kind of a cycle,” says Frizzell. The Salvation Army also hopes to ensure shelter for the financially distressed. The cities of Chandler and Gilbert are working with the Salvation Army to provide rental assistance to families struggling to keep their homes.

How to help

HELPING OUT: From left, Kylie Knapp, Linda Peterson-Price and Bonnie Ford pause from their volunteer work stocking pantry shelves at the Salvation Army. STSN photo

to put giving food on the back burner,” says Frizzell. People just don’t give food during the summer months.” At a time when the less fortunate seek help to make it through the holidays, those who provide assistance are themselves in need. While turkeys, hams, mashed potatoes, stuffing mix and other seasonal items are desired, even inexpensive foods are in short supply. Macaroni, spaghetti, boxed foods and canned items such as tuna and fruit are in high demand. Soup in particular is a valuable commodity and most often the first item to disappear from Salvation Army shelves.

Lending a hand

While pantries remain thin, Deidrick says the situation has improved since September. Volunteers are also stepping up to help this season with hundreds

estimated to aid low-income families. “CCCC is fortunate to have had more than 700 volunteers contribute 14,500 hours last year,” says Donovan. “We welcome additional volunteers who help us meet our mission of changing lives by nourishing minds and bodies to create a connected, thriving community.” The Salvation Army reports its seasonal ranks have risen in the past two years and Deidrick says they expect up to 850 volunteers Thanksgiving Day alone. In addition to providing food, clothing and toiletries to the community, the Salvation Army is preparing to open a new Chandler warehouse and will require several volunteers to help store, bag and label supplies. “For volunteers, I think the more the Salvation Army does, the more

Donors can contribute money to food banks and the Salvation Army directly or via the Army’s red Christmas kettles that dot local shopping centers. Those who prefer to give presents this holiday season can spread their good will through the Angel Tree and Operation Santa programs. The Angel Tree at Chandler Fashion Center allows shoppers to select gift tags from its branches then purchase a gift and return it unwrapped to

Salvation Army volunteers who will deliver the presents. Popular gift requests include dolls, bicycles, electronics and video games. “Any and all toys are welcome,” says Frizzell. “We’re always short of gifts for teenagers, but we use everything.” The CCCC food bank oversees the Operation Santa program in which community members can fulfill the wish lists of local children. “We accept toys and also match donors to families if they would like to adopt the wish list of an entire family,” says Donovan. “Blankets are also welcome. We also provide hygiene kits to homeless individuals through our food bank.” 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.

Help kids at Salvation Army program About 40 high-risk children spend afternoons at the Salvation Army in Chandler, doing homework and getting help with math, reading and other skills. There are also special craft activities for the youth to express their creative talents, outside activities to keep them fit and they’re provided a meal and a snack. It’s a free “After School” program, but it needs assistance from area businesses and individuals, says Salvation Army Youth Director Antonio Romero. “We need to revamp our game room and classroom area to adequately continue teaching and equipping these children,” he says. To donate to this cause, or for more information, call 480-963-2041., ext. 203, or email

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Learn how to tell your rod from your reel during the Urban Fishing Clinic and Outdoor Safety Event 8:30 a.m. to noon Sat., Nov. 10 at the Environmental Education Center (EEC) at Veterans Oasis Park, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. EEC hosts the free, family friendly event, which is open to people of all ages and abilities. The EEC, Chandler Heights Police Substation and the Arizona Game and

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Chandler Police Department holds an open house from 8 a.m. to noon at the Chandler Heights Substation, 4040 E. Chandler Heights Rd., in conjunction with the fishing clinic. The event

features safety-themed information, activities, a specialty vehicle display and demonstrations by the Crime Prevention and K-9 units. This year, CPD has two additional free programs that coincide with the event: Chandler Police Prescription Drug Take-Back, where people can safely dispose of unwanted, unused and expired prescription drugs; and a document shred-a-thon to give people an opportunity to securely dispose of private information. The shred-a-thon event benefits Arizona Special Olympics, and donations can be made at the event. For more information about the event at CPD Substation, call 480-782-4967.



Nov. 3 – 16, 2012

Orchestra from page 1

band The Airmen of Note, a continuation of Glenn Miller’s Army Air Corps band, Tole worked in recording studios in New York and California, often performing with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra. “If they came out to work in Disneyland for a week or two and they were short a trombone player, I would get a call to come in and sub,” he says. “So I’ve been involved with the Dorsey bands – both of them – for probably 50, 60 years.”

Spreading the music

ALL IN THE FAMILY: Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra’s owner and vocalist, Nancy Knorr, is the sister of the band’s director, Bill Tole. The Chandler residents come from a family of talented musicians, including both parents. Submitted photo

the spotlight with his brother, Tommy. In 1936, the gifted brothers quarreled over a song’s tempo and Tommy left the stage – and the band – to his brother, founding his own successful ensemble. The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra went on to record 11 number-one hits, including “The Breeze and I,” “Green Eyes” and “Amapola.” The band also appeared in movies such as “The Fleet’s In” and “Lost in the Harem” with Abbot and Costello. After Dorsey’s death in 1957, the orchestra continued for 36 years under the leadership of his childhood friend, Lee Castle. After Castle’s passing, Jim Miller purchased the band, and when he retired in 2002, Knorr took ownership and Tole took the director’s baton. The son of a high school band director and a pianist, Tole has been a professional musician his entire adult life. “After college, I toured with the Tommy Dorsey band for about a year and half, then I got a draft notice to join the army.” After four years in the Air Force


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In recent years, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra performed everywhere from international cruise ships to Mississippi paddleboats. While the band’s original members traveled together in buses or cars, far-flung performances and increased airport security have posed a unique challenge for bands like Tole’s. “We used to fly a lot,” he says, “and flying with 16 musicians is really very difficult since 9/11. Musicians are very particular about checking their instruments in under the plane, so you have 14 or 15 musicians

SHOW BIZ: Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra director Bill Tole, pictured with Liza Minnelli and Robert Deniro on the set of the movie, “New York, New York,” has made a living from music his entire adult life, starting with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra after college. Submitted photo

carrying instruments on the plane. It’s panic time for TSA and airlines.” In order to overcome such hurdles, Tole and Knorr assembled 12 bands across the United States, all rehearsed

PRESERVING HISTORY: Traditionally, big bands are made up of three or four trumpets, three or four trombones, five saxophones, a piano, bass and drums. The current Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, which has 16 members – 14 in the band, plus vocalist Nancy Knorr and director Bill Tole –“is the size it’s been since around 1857,” says Tole. STSN photo


and ready to play at performances in their geographic regions. “If we work down in Florida or South Carolina or anywhere in that area, we’ll have a band come up out of Orlando. Here in Arizona, there’s a band that we’ve worked with for years. Everywhere we go, we try to get the best musicians.” The Castle’s tea dances give the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra a chance to strut their stuff in front of a local crowd that includes those who remember the Big Band era, as well a whole new generation of fans. “A lot of young people just enjoy swing dancing,” Tole explains. “We’re picking highlights of a lot of the great bands so people can hear some of their favorite songs.” And music lovers aren’t the only ones enjoying the performances. “I’m glad we’re able to work at home,” says Tole. The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra’s tea dance series is held the second Tuesday of each month from 1 to 3:30 p.m. To learn more, visit K. M. Lang lives and writes in Sun Groves. To contact her, email

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Nov. 3 – 16, 2012

‘Green’ event helps sister cities Annual tea, self-defense workshop, trivia fun, Tartanic concert on tap Donate recyclable items, help reduce waste and learn how recycling protects our environment by participating in the new “Green for Green” program from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Wed., Nov. 7 at United Fibers, 390 E. Ray Rd., Chandler. The event is presented by ChandlerTullamore Sister Cities (CTSC) and their partner United Fibers, a nationally recognized Chandler-based leader in municipal recycling, as part of National Recycling Month 2012. Individuals may contribute such recyclable items as cardboard, aluminum, newspapers, plastic containers, uncoated papers and textiles, including clothing, shoes, towels and linens, to United Fibers’ recycling center to be weighed and converted into a cash donation for CTSC. The funds will help underwrite educational and cultural exchanges, and host delegations for business-to-business exchanges between Chandler and Tullamore, Ireland. Group tours of the facility will be conducted. Free refreshments, including green ice cream, and an interactive children’s play area will be offered. For details, visit united-fibers.html.

Southwest tea is Nov. 3

Sample the food and music of Ireland at the Chandler-Tullamore Sister Cities’ (CTSC) Second Annual Southwest Tea from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sat., Nov. 3 on the mezzanine level of Chandler’s City Hall, 175 S. Arizona Ave., downtown Chandler. Live musical entertainment by Irish vocalist Dave Cullen, vocalist Melaney Moore, Gaelic harpist Hana Halverson, bagpiper Will Thayer, as well as Irish dancers and raffle prizes lend an Irish flair to a light luncheon from Coach & Willie’s that includes desserts. The event is open to the public. 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 CTSC’s “Green for Green” recycling project and receive one free raffle ticket, or bring two bags to get two tickets. Visit and click on the tea postcard to purchase tickets online.

Get defensive

Women can learn how to recognize and avoid dangerous situations, how not to become a victim and how to fight off an assailant if confronted. These valuable skills are taught at a selfdefense workshop hosted by Chandler

Mixed Martial Arts from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sat., Nov. 17 inside the Polar Ice building, 7225 W. Harrison St., Chandler. This two-hour workshop covers avoidance and awareness tactics, understanding fear and adrenaline, close-range tactics, stun and run moves, and promotes integrity, discipline, selfesteem and respect. Chandler Mixed Martial Arts, owned by Tullamore natives and long-time Chandler residents Master Paul McGowan and wife Kara, is a corporate business sponsor of Chandler-Tullamore Sister Cities. Proceeds support Chandler-Tullamore Sister Cities’ efforts to underwrite educational and cultural exchanges, and host delegations for business-tobusiness exchanges between Chandler and Tullamore. This event is open to women, ages 12 years and older. The cost is $20 per person, and reservations are necessary. Registration can be made online by clicking on the Chandler MMA card, or mail a check made out to “ChandlerTullamore Sister Cities” and send registration form and fee to P.O. Box 1474, Chandler, AZ 85244-1474. For further class information, contact McGowan at 480-234-3683

or visit For information on CTSC, contact President Ellen Harrington at 480-600-8509 or

Irish Pub quiz

Test your knowledge of current events, high culture to pop culture with Irish and Arizona questions during Pub Quiz at 6 p.m. Sun., Dec. 2 at Coach & Willie’s, 1 E. Boston St., Chandler. Trivia novices and experts can enjoy an evening filled with fun, a private room with bar and food access featuring Tullamore Dew. Tables of four can register as a team, or come solo and join up with new friends. The entry fee is $20; register online.

Bagpipes and drums

Celebrate Robert Burns’ birthday in 1759, with Tartanic in concert 7:30 p.m. Fri., Jan. 25, 2013 in the Pavilion at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Resort, 1. N. San Marcos Pl., Chandler. Tartanic’s bagpipers and drummers dressed in kilts and sunglasses perform popular favorites from “Amazing Grace” to the band’s own sounds. For more information about any of these events and to register online, visit


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Celebrate National Sandwich Day Sat., Nov. 3 at Chompies, which offers double rewards points on favorites like its famous Jewish sliders, which was featured on Travel Channel’s “Man vs. Food,” the colossal Rueben or mile-high sandwich varieties. Rewards members earn points for every dollar spent. For every 75 points accumulated, patrons get $5 off their next visit. For a limited time, get 50 free

Beginning Nov. 16, U.S. military veterans, whether on active duty or retired, receive 50% off their own individual entree when they dine at one of Chompie’s four Phoenix area, restaurants, including the one at Chandler Village Center south of Chandler Fashion Mall at 3481 W. Frye Rd., 480-398-3008. To claim their discount, veterans must show their military IDs at the time of ordering. The discount is good for 50% off the military veteran’s individual entrée, and is not valid with promotional gift cards or any other coupons, offers or discounts. This excludes tax and gratuity, and the limit is one military discount per check.

Help animals find homes

Homeless animals are the beneficiary of a music-themed fashion show that aids Kit Kat Foundation, a rescue organization dedicated to finding homes for cats and dogs. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. Wed., Nov. 7 at the Chandler Senior Center, 202 E. Boston St., Chandler. Fashions from local retailers One Wing Boutique, Runway Fashion Exchange and Lizard Thicket are part of The Studio Academy of Beauty’s annual Fashion Show for Charity. Musically inspired hair and makeup are

general admission ticket to the museum to each person who donates three nonperishable food items or one gentlyused pair of shoes, any size, at any Valley-area Ford dealership, including the Chandler and Gilbert offices. The ticket will be redeemable at the museum during the month of December when Ford has an exhibit on display. Earnhardt Ford in Chandler is at 7300 W. Orchid Ln., and San Tan Ford in Gilbert is at 1429 Motorplex Loop.

provided by students from The Studio Academy of Beauty. There will also be refreshments and raffle prizes. 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, which specializes in the education of cosmetology and esthetics, is locally owned and operated by Cathy Koluch. For details, call 480-857-1138 or visit

Festival of Trees goes red O TANNABAUM: Bid on highly decorated holiday trees and other silent and live auction items at the 9th annual Festival of Trees Nov. 30. Submitted photo

Ford collects shoes, food for needy

Five hundred pairs of gentlyused shoes and 10,000 pounds of nonperishable food items are hoping to be collected now through Sun., Nov. 18 by local Ford Motor Co. dealerships to provide support to St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance and Walk Away Barefoot, which supplies footwear to the 1.2 billion people in third world countries who go without shoes. As a thank you, The Children’s Museum of Phoenix will donate one free

“Paint the Town Red” and wear the theme color to the 9th Annual Festival of Trees fundraiser for 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. The black-tie optional gala includes live entertainment, live and silent auctions and a three-course dinner for the organization’s nationally accredited preventative programming for Chandler youth.

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. Sponsors include Big Two Toyota Scion of Chandler, AlphaGraphics of Gilbert, Dignity Health, 360 Vantage of Chandler and U.S. Trust. 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


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SanTan Sun Chronicles Deadlines for SanTan Sun News The deadline for news and advertising is noon, Wed., Nov. 7 for the Nov. 17, 2012 issue of the SanTan Sun News. All news must be submitted to by that day to be considered for the next issue or by filling in the “submit a news release” form on the newspaper’s website at To send an item for consideration in the SanTan Family Fun, email it directly to Send advertising files and information to account reps or contact Ads@SanTanSun. com. For full rate and deadline information, visit SanTanSun. com and click on “About us,” or scroll to the bottom to the bottom of the home page to download the advertising packet at “Advertise with us.”

Sarah Burgess, 11thgrade U.S. history teacher at Chandler’s Hamilton High School, is one of five semifinalists for Arizona Educational Foundation’s 2013 Ambassadors for Excellence program. She joins four finalists and the teacher of the year recipient to be honored at the AEF Arizona Teacher of the Year awards luncheon, which celebrates the exceptional efforts of teachers in Arizona’s public schools on Wed., Nov. 14. All 10 teachers will march in the 2012 Fiesta Bowl Parade, and Blue Bell Ice Cream will Sarah Burgess present them with an ice cream party for their schools. Info: James Moyer, a 10-year resident of the Chandler and Gilbert areas and U.S. Army veteran, receives the Graduate REALTOR Institute (GRI) designation by the Arizona Association of Realtors. He completed more than 95 hours of schooling, learning the fundamentals of brokerage and other areas of real estate specialization, taught by real estate instructors from around the state to earn the designation. Carole Mellody, past president of the Chandler Service Club and Vangie Blake, publicity and marketing vice president of Chandler Service Club, along with Jennifer Blackmon, sales and marketing director for The Ritz-Carlton, and Irene Morgan, catering sales manager for the Ritz-Carlton, are recognized for their commitment to community service by the Society of Chairs.

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Debbie Butler of Gilbert is Chandler Fashion Center’s Ben Bridge Jewelers’ “Story of Your Life” winner earning her a sterling silver Rembrandt Charms bracelet, which she described in her entry as representing her extensive travel abroad with her husband’s military career. The national monthly contest invites consumers to tell their life stories through charms. Each month Rembrandt selects one winner and several runners-up. The winner receives a free sterling silver bracelet and all 10 charms from her story. The Seattle-based company turns 100 this year. Info: Theresa McManus of Gilbert is a winner of Project Imaginat10n, a photography contest conducted by Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard and Canon U.S.A., Inc. McManus’s photo, “Little Girl and the Storm,” is one of 10 images selected by Howard, Canon and the public in the Mood category. As such, her photo could inspire one of five celebrity directors – actors Eva Longoria and Jamie Foxx, Marchesa co-founder Georgina Chapman, LCD Soundsystem founder James Murphy and Twitter co-founder Biz Stone – to direct a short film based on her image. The winning photographs can be viewed at imagination. The “10” in “Imaginat10n,” represents 10 films that will ultimately be produced. Five additional directors will be announced at a later date. James Moyer

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