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High profile crimes rock Chandler

CUSD override fails at polls Heumann, Sellers continue on Council

by Miriam Van Scott

A barrage of crimes in Southern Chandler over the past few months includes vandalism, a series of car arsons, a shooting at Serrano’s restaurant in downtown Chandler, a spate of home burglaries and even a serial flasher who exposes himself to women along the canal path near Elliot and Dobson roads. With some cases yet to be solved, it’s disturbing for many in the SanTan Sun community, but the police department doesn’t believe it’s a call for alarm.

by Laurie Fagen

While some ballots are still being counted, the school budget override will not go into effect, and two incumbent councilmembers will return to Chandler City Council.

‘No’ to early override issue

Crime stats

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EVIDENCE: Police continue to search for suspects in a series of car fires between Southern Chandler and Mesa. Submitted photo see Crime page 6

GOBBLE GOBBLE: Brighton Owens, 8, of Chandler, watches three turkeys his family raised from chicks on their urban farm. The two toms and one hen, acquired in April, will be on the family dining table this Thanksgiving. STSN photo

Voters in last week’s general election said no to Chandler Unified School District (CUSD) No. 80 Question, a $28 million budget override over seven years for the CUSD to help recoup some of the $36 million in cuts experienced during the recession over the last four years. Of ballots counted at press time, 38,081 voted “no” for the override with 34,333 saying “yes,” a 52 to 47 percentage difference. However, CUSD spokesman Terry Locke says the current maintenance and operation override authorization is in place through June 2014, and that the District put the question on the ballot before it expired. “We went to voters one year early in an attempt to better plan for the future and to save money by being included on a general election ballot where the costs are spread out among more entities that have ballot items,” Locke explains. “There is a possibility of asking voters again in 2013 prior to the authorization’s see Election results page 5

Bush pilots soar south for adventure by K. M. Lang

Flying south of the border in a private plane? Chances are, there’s a copy of “Airports of Mexico and Central America” in the cockpit. Since the 1970s, the book’s publisher, Baja Bush Pilots, has given adventurous flyers the tools they need to explore Mexico and beyond. Today the company, based in downtown Chandler, provides pilots with information, travel opportunities and, of course, the book that started it all, now in its 22nd edition. “It’s the only English-written guide there is for Mexico and Central America,” explains Jack McCormick, who owns Baja Bush Pilots with his wife, Karaen. While Jack can’t say just how many volumes are in the hands of pilots, he does know it numbers in the thousands. “Almost anybody who travels south of the border by private plane, whether it be large or small, has one of my books in the cockpit.” Arnold Senterfitt, who began mapping out-of-the-

way Mexican airports in 1965, founded Baja Bush Pilots. The McCormicks purchased the organization in 1996, and it’s since grown from 400 to 4,000 members, whose benefits include travel alerts, forums, information on foreign regulations, fuel and insurance discounts, and group events. “We have a very large and loyal base,” Jack explains. “Everybody pays $50 a year to be able to talk to me, listen to me, get my information – as well as have me lead them on our group trips.” Jack, who operates several businesses from his Boston Street offices, including the estimating software company McCormick Systems, guides five or so trips each year in his Twin Commander aircraft. A two-week tour in January will take pilots from Texas through Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, the Cayman Islands and the Caribbean, finishing in Florida. Jack also leads an annual whale-watching event. see Bush pilots page 10

HELPING HAND: Chandler-based Baja Bush Pilots pitch in when tragedy strikes south of the border. The group can transport 1,400 meals in a load, and typically delivers 200 to 300 loads during its post-hurricane humanitarian missions. Submitted photo


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Military veterans and their families have the opportunity to bond in a pleasant local setting during Veterans Volunteer Day, from 9 a.m. to noon Sat., Nov. 17 at Veterans Oasis Park, a green facility named to honor their service and sacrifice. The event is sponsored by the Chandler Environmental Education Center (EEC). The public is invited to enjoy the day while giving back to the community through environmentally based service projects. Volunteer tasks may include park clean-up activities, gardening, recycling, or basic landscape maintenance. All ages are welcome; however, those younger than 14 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Veterans, their family and friends, and other volunteers are asked to check in first at the EEC, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd. To RSVP, call 480-782-2894. Veterans Oasis Park is open 6 a.m.-10:30 p.m. daily. For more information about the Environmental Education Center or Veterans Oasis Park, call 480-782-2890, email to, or visit

Chandler’s ‘GO’ is good Safe Place for youths Chandler’s fiscal outlook is bright, says Fitch Ratings, which once again awarded the general obligation (GO) and excise tax revenue obligations at AAA with a “stable” outlook. “Fitch views positively the historic conservatism of the city’s planning,” according to the rating agency’s report. It also notes the city’s debt levels are moderate and “conservative fiscal management and strong performance have generated substantial reserves.” Bond ratings on outstanding debt are reviewed by credit rating agencies every one or two years, taking into account changes in the city and economy. Bonds that are rated Aaa or AAA, like Chandler, are considered to be of the highest quality with the smallest degree of investment risk. Fitch identified four factors that reaffirmed the city’s rating. First, the city has manageable debt levels with a capital plan that is heavily focused on infrastructure maintenance, supported by general fund reserves. Second, it employs a well-paid, highly skilled workforce concentrated in high tech manufacturing that contributes to low unemployment levels. Third, two Intel expansion projects – one $5.2 billion, and one $300 million – are expected to add 1,450 high-paying jobs. And fourth, the city operates a balanced fiscal 2013 operating budget that is based on conservative assumptions, and a near term focus on maintaining existing municipal facilities. The city has about $439 million of general obligation bonds and $47 million of excise tax revenue obligations outstanding. “Our strong ratings are a reflection of Chandler’s sound fiscal policies and the long-term planning that has been done to build a diverse workforce within the community,” says Mayor Jay Tibshraeny. “The partnerships that have been developed between the City and our business community have led to new investments that will help ensure our continued economic growth for years to come.” For more information on City of Chandler bonds, call the management services department at 480-782-2250.

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Community Election results from page 1

Jack Sellers

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Rick Heumann

sunset for the 2014-15 school year.” He says they will assemble their annual budget committee to get input from the public, but adds that it’s too early to know the financial impact for schools. “Because our authorization is good until 2014-15 and because we don’t know the outcome of the Legislative session for 2013, it is premature to speculate on what kinds of cuts could be ahead for our schools and programs.”

Incumbents return

Jack Sellers and Rick Heumann, seeking second terms on the Chandler City Council, will continue serving the City. Sellers got 26,906 votes or 27.1% with Heumann receiving 26,601 total votes for 26.8%. Candidates Terry Roe had 23,118 votes or 23.3% with Scott Taylor getting 22,450 or 22.6%. Heumann says he’s “very pleased” he and Jack Sellers were reelected based on the “good things” they’ve accomplished over the past four years, and says for

the next four, his focus is on bringing “quality jobs and quality neighborhoods” to Chandler and on his Chandler Education Coalition. “I really want to continue to do what Chandler has done well for years: our fiscal policies, keeping those alive; investing in the future; and making sure … jobs, neighborhoods and education are there for our citizens.” An upcoming budget challenge Heumann says the City will face is a significant revenue loss when the Gila River Indian Community’s (GRIC) new outlet mall opens. While GRIC has both a Sacaton post office box and a Chandler address, the City will get no tax dollars from sales there. “We’re estimating about a 10 to 20% hit to the (Chandler Fashion Center) mall, which is worth anywhere from a $750,000 to $1.5 million general fund hit. The reservation has been a good partner to the City, but it’s going to be a major hit.” Meanwhile, he says he’s “very excited”

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about the composition of the 2013 council, which includes newcomer Nora Ellen. “The people who won have a vision for Chandler. We have a council that doesn’t always get along in terms of policy – we have disagreements. But at the end of the day, we joke, go have a beer, have a coke, have dinner – we leave it on the dias. I think Nora will fit in really well with that.” He recently spoke to a sixth grade social studies class and drew comparisons to the recent presidential race. “This country needs to learn to work together,” he says. “You can disagree, but when it’s over, you need to learn to do what’s best for the citizens.” Jack Sellers in an email that he is proud of the work he’s done and is “honored” to serve again. “During my first term, in a very difficult economy, we produced very good results in job creation and providing increasingly efficient services,” he notes. “It was a pleasure to run a positive campaign based on accomplishments and vision for the future rather than the personal attacks that characterized so many campaigns. I have worked hard to support our economic development efforts recognizing that a strong economic base makes it easier to accomplish the other things that are important to our residents. I will stay very involved on a regional level to insure that Chandler has a voice in things that are important to all of us.”

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He believes Ellen will be “a great addition” to the Council. Nora Ellen won the third available Council seat during the primary election, and the three start their new terms in January 2013. Chandler’s mayoral term of office will change from two years to four years, the same as city councilmembers, and be limited to two consecutive terms, thanks to Chandler voters’ approval of Proposition 452 by 62 to 37%. The mayor’s term will be the same as most other large cities in the area including Gilbert, Tempe, Mesa and Scottsdale.

Turnout most likely down

So far, preliminary reports to Chandler City Clerk Marla Paddock show 82,876 Chandler voters cast ballots, out of some 240,000 residents. She expects that number to increase. “There are still 200,000 provisional and early ballots yet to be counted county-wide,” she explains. “We don’t know how many specific to Chandler.” However, she doesn’t believe the turnout – currently at 69% – will be as great as during the last presidential election in 2008, when 94,936 voters cast ballots for an 83% turnout. “It obviously will increase, but I doubt as high as the 2008 turnout.” 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



Nov. 17 – 30, 2012

Crime from page 1

has a security rating of just 19 out of 100. The website says chances of becoming a property crime victim are 1 in 31, slightly above the overall Arizona rate of 1 in 28. Annually, 8,244 crimes are reported with 695 considered violent. Police insist the headline-grabbing cases don’t tell the whole story and that the problem is not more crime, but closer scrutiny. “Part 1 crimes – homicide, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, theft, stolen vehicles and arsons – are down in all categories but one – rape – from the previous fiscal year,” says Detective Seth Tyler, spokesman for the Chandler Police Department. “Chandler is now the third largest city in Maricopa County, the fourth largest city overall in Arizona. With this comes a tighter focus on what is occurring in our city.” While unaware how ratings like the one cited are calculated, Tyler says internal numbers show police have adequate resources and are actively responding to the city’s law enforcement needs. “Our department does not directly provide data to this website. While the police department was required to do a little belt tightening, we are fortunate in that the city has a sound financial base. Staffing has not been affected and the design of our patrol schedule allows teams to work details on overlap days. This places additional officers on the street on certain days and times of day, and it allows most of our patrol teams to focus one day on a special project.”

Rarely random

According to Tyler, violent acts between strangers in Chandler are still rare. “Crimes against persons are mostly relationship based and not random acts,” says Tyler. “In most cases, some type of prior relationship existed between the victim and the suspect, which led to the encounter. The shooting at Serrano’s is a good example of this.” In that case, Ric Serrano, a member of the family-owned Mexican food restaurant chain, says it appeared the victim was trying to get away from someone who followed him into the restaurant, confronted and shot him, resulting in injuries that were not life-threatening. No one has been apprehended for the Oct. 6 incident. The detective says with crimes of opportunity, the perpetrator doesn’t usually know the victims personally. “Property crimes, such as burglaries, thefts and fraud, are more random acts,” Tyler notes. “Even though these types of crimes are random, it does not mean they’re not preventable. Many victims of property crimes inadvertently bait the criminal into choosing them as a victim. An example of this would be leaving items of value exposed in a locked vehicle.”

One victim’s story

“I was at work when I got the call that our house had been broken into,” reports a resident of Clemente Ranch who asked not to be identified. “My parents were in town visiting us but had gone out for

ACCUSED: Kilian Hale is thought to be responsible for dozens of Southern Chandler burglaries and more than $100,000 in stolen goods, say Chandler police. The 50-year-old Sun Lakes resident was caught while reportedly trying to sell the items to Valley pawnshops. Submitted photo

coffee, and when they got back, the door had been kicked in and it was clear someone had been inside. They called 911 and were told to wait outside just in case anyone was still in the house.” She says police arrived quickly and searched the home, but the burglar was gone, along with several thousand dollars worth of jewelry, electronics and other goods. “Our bedroom had been ransacked – they grabbed pillowcases right off our bed and filled them with whatever they could find,” the victim recalls. “They took our computers, TV, iPods, my jewelry, my husband’s guitar. My parents weren’t gone more than an hour, an hour and a half maybe, and that’s all it took for them to clean us out.” She was pleased with the police response but is disappointed no personal items were recovered in the six weeks since the burglary occurred. “All the pictures of my kids growing up were on my computer,” she laments. “And all the addresses for our Christmas card list are gone. I keep thinking of so many things that were stored on that computer that are gone now and it’s really upsetting.” One positive development is the arrest of a man believed to be responsible for this and more than 40 similar burglaries in Southern Chandler. “The police told me they have a suspect they’re pretty sure did this,” she notes, “but he won’t give them any information about if anyone else was working with him or what he’s done with all my things.”

Police nab S. Chandler burglar

The man arrested for the Southern Chandler burglaries is Kilian Hale, a 50-year-old resident of Sun Lakes with a criminal record for burglary and trafficking in stolen property. Police believe he invaded dozens of homes in the area, stealing more than $100,000 worth of property over the past few months with a basic system for targeting victims.

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Knowing neighbors and getting involved in the community is a great step towards keeping all residents safe, says Tyler. “The best way for residents to help keep themselves and their neighborhoods safe is through community involvement,” says Tyler. “Get to know your neighbors. Join the neighborhood block watch, and if your neighborhood does not have one, the Chandler Police Department can help you coordinate and put one in place.

Community Communication is a key component to a safe neighborhood.” The Clemente Ranch victim echoes that sentiment. “Pay attention to your neighbors and to what’s going on,” she suggests. “Every one of the houses around us had someone home when we were broken into, and our next door neighbor even told me she heard the crash when the door was kicked in. But she just figured it was landscapers or someone working and didn’t think to get up and look. Keep watch out for the houses around you, and ask them to look out for yours, too.” Miriam Van Scott is a former Kerby Estates resident who can be reached at

What do you think? Have you been the victim of a crime in Chandler? How safe is your community? Send your responses to and include your community name for possible inclusion in a future issue of the SanTan Sun News.

Nov. 17 – 30, 2012


Neighbors celebrate new signage WELCOME: Families in the Orangetree neighborhood in northwest Chandler unveiled new street signs last month that they created. Submitted image

Residents in one Chandler neighborhood welcome visitors with distinctive signs they had a hand in creating. The seven unique and colorful street name signs were designed for major neighborhood entry points and are the first to be installed under a new City grant program intended to help residents of traditional, non-HOA neighborhoods purchase such signs to enhance the character of their neighborhoods and foster a sense of

pride and belonging. Residents marked the occasion with a neighborly gesture in which two children stood on their parents’ shoulders and unveiled the first of the new signs on the corner of West Mesquite Street and North Los Altos Drive. Selected through a neighborhood survey, the sign features the words “Orangetree Neighborhood” above the street name, an image of an orange tree and the words “Welcome to Orangetree.”

CPD gets seatbelt grant Drivers and passengers need to wear their seatbelts. That message is being reinforced thanks to a $60,000 grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety to the Chandler Police Department’s Traffic Unit. The grant encourages seatbelt use and funds additional enforcement of moving violations that contribute to serious injury and fatal collisions including speeding, red light running and

failing to yield properly on a left turn. The grant, which runs through September 2013, intends to combat two consequences of serious injury and fatal collisions: injury and loss of human life and personal and insurance costs related to property damage. Participating officers focus solely on traffic enforcement and are specially trained in collision investigations. The enforcement measures are being enforced throughout the city.

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SHATTERING THE SENSES: After landing their unique glassware in thousands of restaurants across the nation, Peter and Sigrid Sciacca decided to open their first retail store, di Sciacca, in the historic Rowena Theater in downtown Chandler in 2005. City officials are asking residents to shop locally this holiday season to support local businesses while conserving tax dollars for city services. Submitted photo

While the economy is edging toward recovery, many families are still carefully considering every purchase. The City of Chandler and the local business community are encouraging residents to factor where those hard dollars are spent as an important part of the equation. Keeping shopping dollars in Chandler is an integral part of a healthy community that includes residents, businesses, schools, nonprofits and government services. According to the National Retail Federation, the holiday season can account for as much as 40% of annual earnings for a business. That makes the choice to Invest Wisely, Shop Chandler critical in November and December as shoppers spend on gifts, gatherings and groceries. The main benefit for the business community is keeping the local economy running strong through hard fiscal times. Residents are key to making that success a reality. Fortunately, Chandler has a diverse business community that makes it easy to shop locally. In the last year, Pruitt’s Furniture has located in Chandler at the recently improved Alma School and Ray intersection. New restaurants include The Sushi Room, Culvers, Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Can’t Stop Smokin’ and Rudy’s BBQ and Country Store. Chandler Fashion Center has a wide swath of choices including the newly opened H&M. The above join an already vibrant business community that includes downtown restaurants and shops, local farmers markets and unique neighborhood retailers. Maintaining a loyalty to the local business community is more than a show of camaraderie; it’s an investment in the things important to Chandler as a community. Local businesses are often the first to contribute

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to nonprofit organizations, youth sports teams and schools. Shop Chandler is one way to return that support by contributing to the financial health of local businesses.

City of Chandler Insider Mayor Jay Tibshraeny is working to make that community investment even more attractive to residents and businesses. Earlier this year, Tibshraeny launched Health Connect, a threepronged initiative aimed at creating a healthy Chandler, financially, physically and mentally. He is launching the next phase of the program in collaboration with the Invest Wisely, Shop Chandler campaign by offering Chandler businesses the opportunity to showcase their products and services. These businesses can work with the Mayor’s team to implement strategies for a healthier city, while creating community partnerships. Interested business owners can call 480-782-2222. With one of the lowest sales tax rates in the region, it is vital to keep these dollars here at home. Those sales tax dollars stay in Chandler, allowing the City to provide better services such as city parks, police and fire. Businesses remain healthy and can continue to contribute to Chandler’s community and economy. As you shop this holiday season, remember to Invest Wisely, Shop Chandler. Information provided by the City of Chandler Communications and Public Affairs Department.

Linda Ayers says she could talk all day about fitness and nutrition, which makes her a perfect fit for her position as recreation coordinator at the Tumbleweed Recreation Center (TRC). Ayers oversees all the equipment and 46 classes, and makes sure they run smoothly. While the TRC isn’t a body-builder gym, Ayers says it is for just about everyone else. In her opinion, one of the best features of TRC is that it’s not intimidating. The staff works hard to keep it that way for families, people who are new to fitness, and most recently, seniors, says Ayers. TRC is a designated facility for Silver Sneakers, a wellness program that encourages older adults to live healthy, active lifestyles. Ayers believes fitness is something all seniors should be involved in. “I would say it’s crucial because they need to stay strong in functional activities. This program allows them to continue to do things around the house and strengthen themselves.” Part of the TRC’s commitment includes offering two Silver Sneakers classes: Muscular Strength and Range of Motion. However, the program includes much more than that. “A lot of people think they are only eligible for those two classes, but that’s

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not the case,” says Ayers. “If they are eligible for Silver Sneakers, the entire facility and all the classes are available to them.” Seniors can call their insurance company or the TRC to see if they are eligible for the program. Another part of Ayers’ job is finding new ways to motivate people. “We are big on building relationships. We like to create a few competitions to keep people interested throughout the year.” Ayers is also excited about a new class she designed that begins in January 2013. It’s called Strength Training 101, and she developed it to teach people how to create their own workout. TRC doesn’t have personal trainers on staff, and Ayers was concerned about how to meet the needs of people who weren’t familiar with fitness routines. This class will use basic fitness principals to teach people how to meet their goals and make progress. She’s also hoping to bring new fitness advocates through the door. The TRC will host the Mayor’s Health Connect fair in the spring, and Ayers is in charge of showcasing the facility with demos and instructors. She sees this event as a way to encourage people to think about fitness and check out the facility.

FITNESS PHENOM: With 46 classes and scores of equipment to oversee, City of Chandler Recreation Coordinator Linda Ayers helps residents find their way toward a healthier lifestyle. Submitted photo

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Bush pilots from page 1

Blood donations needed A Chandler woman is seeing firsthand the devastation caused in New York by Hurricane Sandy while lending a helping hand to its victims. Michele Maki, a volunteer public information officer for the City of Chandler, is working as a public affairs supervisor based in White Plains. She is one of 12 people deployed to the East Coast by the American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter. Maki has accumulated more than 5,000 volunteer hours with the Red Cross since 2006. Readers wishing to donate blood can learn how to do so locally by visiting or calling 800-REDCROSS. Monetary donations can be made at or by calling 800-HELPNOW or texting “REDCROSS” to 90999. Texters won’t be charged on their wireless bills for the donation text.

OFF THE BEATEN PATH: The Baja Bush Pilots book, “Airports of Mexico and Central America,” now in its 22nd edition, gives flyers the information they need to land at the region’s largest airports, as well as its tiniest air strips. Submitted photo

“I run probably 60 to 80 airplanes on that one,” he says. “We make arrangements for the lodging, make sure there’s fuel available at the fuel stops and provide the meals and some of the entertainment.” While bush pilots have a reputation as hardy adventurers who navigate dangerously primitive airstrips, BUSINESS & PLEASURE: “our definition of a bush pilot Long-time pilot and is that we like to go swear and entrepreneur Jack McCormick runs the Baja Bush Pilots out party,” Jack explains. “We’re of the downtown Chandler tourists. We’re not explorers. offices that house his other We do less and less camping enterprises. “I wear about under the wing and flying in four different hats,” he and out of really bad strips. says. “That’s the fun hat.” Now we go down and we Submitted photo enjoy the pleasures that the countries offer.” Along with providing tourism income to their foreign hosts, the pilots perform humanitarian and search-and-rescue operations in the far-flung areas they’ve come to know.

“We’ve worked three hurricanes down there in the last five years – where they’ve had traumatic loss, not necessarily to life, but to property,” says Jack. “I’ll run down and pick up a Red Cross person or two, and we’ll overfly the area, trying to determine the needs. Then I get back on the website, and I’ll say, all right, I need blankets. I need pots and pans.” Jack himself repairs damaged airstrips so pilots can land, and his members gather supplies, fly them into the affected area and distribute them directly to those in need. “I’ll have maybe 200, 300 flights from the States come in. We’re humanitarians, but it’s a lot of fun. We just really enjoy ourselves. It gives us a chance to use our airplanes like they’re really meant to be used.” Despite border violence and rising fuel costs, Mexico and Central America, with their relaxed aviation rules and uncrowded airspace, continue to have an allure for U.S. pilots, says Jack, who is happy in his role as publisher, mentor and guide. “I enjoy flying, I enjoy Mexico and I enjoy throwing parties – so it all works.” For information on the Baja Bush Pilots, visit K. M. Lang lives and writes in Sun Groves. To contact her, email

WASHED AWAY: Destruction from Hurricane Sandy, like the storm surge damage to this house, is being observed by Michele Maki of Chandler, one of 12 people the Red Cross deployed to the East Coast to help victims. STSN photo


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Restaurant helps food bank during holidays

Volunteer Santas help seniors “Be a Santa to a Senior” kicks off its annual holiday campaign Sat., Nov. 17 at participating Walgreens in Chandler. Residents are encouraged to visit one of the stores, pick an ornament with the name and gift request of a senior, and return it unwrapped to the store between now and Mon., Dec. 10. A community gift-wrapping event, when hundreds of the presents will be wrapped, is Sun., Dec. 11. In the past eight years, the campaign has delivered more than 25,000 gifts to local needy seniors, many of whom face poverty and loneliness, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, which states that 9% of Americans 65 and older are living in poverty and 27% are widowed. The holiday program is sponsored by Home Instead Senior Care network. For more information, visit, or call 480-827-4343.

Adopt seniors for holidays TURKEY TIME: El Palacio’s kitchen staff prepares holiday favorites to benefit St. Mary’s Food Bank Community Kitchen this month. Submitted photo

With donations of green beans, turkeys and boxes of stuffing rolling in to St. Mary’s Food Bank Community Kitchen this month, El Palacio owner and head chef Anthony Serrano will demonstrate what can be made with these staples during the “Top Chef Thanksgiving Fundraiser” throughout November. Serrano will create affordable recipes for families using items available at the food bank this holiday, while teaching students in its training program how to prepare each dish on a budget. Recipes will include dishes like pumpkin soup, mango salsa stuffing, turkey and churro rolls. “My passion is cooking,” explains Serrano. “I love coming up with new recipes and dishes

to serve in my restaurant and to my family. I’m also a big fan of cooking-competition shows and wanted to challenge myself to be innovative in the kitchen while teaching others and supporting the community.” Throughout November, El Palacio will also donate $2 to St. Mary’s Food Bank Community Kitchen from the sale of every Thanksgiving menu item, which includes such specials as cranberry salad, Pipian chicken and its award-winning chocolate taco for dessert. Proceeds will help St. Mary’s provide foodservice training and life skills to low-income adults in the community as part of its 16-week program. Over the past 10 years, Community Kitchen provided more than 125,000 meals to the area’s hungry.

Wish lists for Gilbert’s low-income, homebound and disabled seniors, are ready to be picked up by SanTan Sun area residents during the fifth annual Adopt-A-Senior program, sponsored by the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce and the Gilbert Senior Center. An average list has items that cost $25 to purchase. Items that would be useful or appreciated by a senior are also needed in quantities of 50 or more to make up bags that will be distributed to lowincome seniors at a holiday party hosted by the Chamber. To request a wish list or donate a larger quantity of items, call Sara Clifton at 480-941-6350, ext. 115 or send an email to Also, a check to purchase gift cards for unfulfilled wish lists can be mailed to the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 527, Gilbert, AZ 85299.

Brighten a soldier’s holiday Give back to members of the Armed Forces, veterans and their families this holiday season by sending messages of support and holiday cheer through the American Red Cross’s Holiday Mail for Heroes program. Through Dec. 7, SanTan Sun residents can send cards to Holiday Mail for Heroes, P.O. Box 5456, Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456. Pitney Bowes screens, packages and ships the cards, which are then sorted and delivered by Red Cross volunteers across the country and on overseas installations.


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Locals sweep children’s category in AzAA contest All three places in the Children’s Literature category of the recent 2012 Arizona Authors Association’s (AzAA) Literary Contest had SanTan Sun area ties. “Cheery: The true adventures of a Chiricahua Leopard Frog” written by Elizabeth W. Davidson, Ph.D., and published by Chandler’s Five Star Publications, took first place, netting Davidson $100. “Tales of A Tombstone, AZ Tortoise,” written by Heather Smith and Illustrated by her husband, Tad Smith, who is also the graphics designer for the SanTan Sun News, took second place. For their win, the Gilbert couple was awarded $50. “I wrote ‘Tales of a Tombstone, AZ Tortoise’ because it had always been on my bucket list to write a children’s book,” says Heather.”I found that reading the book in classrooms across Arizona, talking to students about creative writing and getting them excited about Arizona’s ‘Wild West’ history, was the best part of my journey as an author.” Finally, “Arizona Way Out West & Wacky,” written by Conrad Storad and Lynda Exley, who is the editor for the SanTan Sun News, took third place. AZWOWW was also published by Five Star Publications. Storad and Exley split the $25 win. Storad received an additional $50 for a second-place win in the Published Nonfiction category for “Your Circulatory System.” Info:

Construction Update Roadwork on East Ocotillo

Drivers should avoid a half-mile section of Ocotillo Road between Arizona Avenue and McQueen Road in Chandler through March 1 due to a sewer and water line project by the city. The closure is from west of the Union Pacific Railroad tracks to east of the SRP Consolidated Canal. The full closure was needed because of the complexity of the work, the

narrowness of the roadway and the need to maintain a safe work area. The project involves two pipelines – a 36-inch diameter sewer force main and 24-inch diameter water main – that need to pass beneath a railroad track and the canal. Traffic is being detoured to Chandler Heights Road on the south and Queen Creek Road on the north. Ocotillo Road, east of the SRP Canal, is open to local traffic only to provide access to Kerby Estates residents and their visitors. Pine Lake Estates residents do not have access to or from Ocotillo Road; instead, travelers need to use Chandler Heights Road. For project questions or comments, call the project hotline at 480-898-4060 or visit

Seeking holiday events Early deadlines for SanTan Sun News The deadline for news and advertising is noon, Tue., Nov. 20 for the Dec. 1, 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@ For full rate and deadline information, visit 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.”

To publicize seasonal events and activities, the SanTan Sun News runs holiday listings. To have an item considered, submit the following: • Holiday events and activities: Send event name, brief description, times and dates, venue and address, if reservations are required, publishable phone number and website address. • Charity collections: Name of charity being benefited; name of organization doing collection; brief list of items being collected; locations and addresses of drop-off sites; times and dates to donate. Items are due by noon Nov. 19 for the Dec. 1 issue and Dec. 5 for the Dec. 15 issue. Submissions must include daytime phone number and contact name for verification. Photos are encouraged; submit 300 dpi jpegs. Send all to; submission does not guarantee inclusion.

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NEW CAR: The Grieves family checks out their new refurbished Toyota Matrix, given to the family courtesy of Caliber Collision and Esurance. Submitted photo

A former homeless family of four is receiving a refurbished Toyota Matrix from Caliber Collision and Esurance as part of the national Recycled Rides program. Phil Grieves, a teacher, was unable to find employment since his layoff and soon after his wife, Beth, lost her job as a nurse. Last year, after exhausting savings and losing everything, the couple and their two sons, Daniel, 12, and David, 9, found themselves homeless and living out of their car. The Grieves turned to Family Promise of Greater Phoenix, whose mission is to provide homeless families with a safety net of services so they can become independent as a family unit. “We are pleased to provide this

Recycled Rides vehicle to a hardworking family like the Grieves who have demonstrated incredible spirit and resiliency,” says Michael Quinn, spokesman for Caliber Collision at 876 N. Abalone Dr. in Gilbert. “Our goal is to repair vehicles to restore our customers to the rhythm of their lives, and we hope this vehicle will do the same for the Grieves family.” Esurance donated the vehicle, which was refurbished by Caliber Collision team members who volunteered their time to repair the vehicle as well as collect gift certificates, toys and other gifts for the Grieves family. For more information, visit

Nov. 17 – 30, 2012

Suns charity grants money to nonprofits

Piper Trust awards goes to NWC

Several Chandler and Gilbert nonprofits, including ICAN, were among more than 100 charities that received funding from “Phoenix Suns Charities” as part of its 25th anniversary, which also includes a raffle open to the public. “Drive to 25,” a car raffle designed to raise funds for the group, runs through Fri., Dec. 14, giving the winner an orange Scion iQ donated by Big Two Toyota Scion of Chandler. Raffle tickets are $25 and can be purchased online at With more than $1 million in grants to 120 different charitable organizations throughout Arizona this year, Phoenix Suns Charities marks a milestone of more than $13 million in donations since its 1988 inception. Nonprofits applied for funding through the foundation’s grant-application process. Program grants ranged from $1,000 to $100,000.

A $5,000 Piper Trust Encore Prize goes to Neighbors Who Care in recognition of its volunteers – all at least 50 years old – who provide free services to homebound and disabled residents in Southern Chandler and Sun Lakes. Established in 1994, NWC has 550 volunteers serving more than 600 clients. The Encore concept engages people who are 50 and older in roles that combine personal meaning with social impact and results in clients reporting they can remain in their homes for four additional years. “The U.S. is poised to invent an entirely new stage of life between the middle years and anything resembling traditional retirement,” says Marc Freedman, CEO and founder of Encore. org, a San Francisco-based nonprofit think tank focused on baby boomers, work and social purpose. “Maricopa County has emerged as a beacon for this new vision, career trajectory and lifestyle for the years beyond midlife.” The grant is awarded through a competitive process, with a panel of local and national judges reviewing applications submitted by local nonprofits. Criteria for an award include proving that the program exemplifies intent, impact, social purpose, creativity and replicability. Piper Trust Encore Prizes are awarded every other year. To learn more, visit

Other local organizations receiving grants include Canyon State Academy for a basketball court renovation, United Food Bank to support its Kid’s Life Program and Helen Hope Chest to provide pajamas for foster children. ICAN will use its money for a new basketball court.

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Jazz party showcases traditional band

SanTan Sun Chronicles Mayor’s leadership lauded

HITTING THE NOTES: Hailing from California, Cell Block Seven Jazz Band performs at Arizona’s Classic Jazz Society winter party. Submitted photo

California-based “Cell Block Seven Jazz Band” headlines Arizona’s Classic Jazz Society winter party from 1 to 4 p.m. Sun., Dec. 2 at Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort, 1 N. San Marcos Pl. Favoring the traditional, 1950’s jazz sounds of Lu Watters, Turk Murphy and the Bay City Jazz Band, Cell Block Seven’s lineup includes two cornets, as well as three double-bell euphoniums that enable them to produce unique sounds from fast, exciting trios to smooth, mellow blues. Cost is $10 for members, $15 for nonmembers and free for students younger than 18 when accompanied by an adult. Membership fees begin at $25. ACJS will collect unwrapped toys or monetary gifts for Salvation Army pickup at the end of the event. For more information, visit or call 480-620-3941.

For his long-time leadership in the East Valley, Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny is the recipient of the Dwight Patterson Lifetime Achievement Award from the East Valley Partnership. The award, one of two Excel Awards presented at the 2012 Cox Communications / East Valley Economic Forum, is given to an individual who lives or works in the East Valley, is well respected, Mayor Jay Tibshraeny has made significant lifelong contributions to their community and exhibits the characteristics of a true leader. 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. Since then, Tibshraeny has focused on keeping neighborhoods strong, developing partnerships with both Arizona State University and the University of Arizona in downtown Chandler, retaining and attracting high wage jobs, and enhancing regional cooperation. The Chandler native has a lifetime of public service in the SanTan Sun area. 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. HealthTell LLC, a start-up company in Chandler’s Innovations incubator, is the Innovator of the Year for the 2012 Governor’s Celebration of Innovation (GCOI) Awards. Presented by Avnet, Inc. with the Arizona Technology Council and Arizona Commerce Authority, the awards spotlight “how innovations in science and technology are applied to build a sustainable economy for Arizona’s future.” HealthTell combines the invention of immunosignaturing diagnostics with its development of a new chip technology to create a new approach to diagnostics and health monitoring. For a list of all winners, contact


Nov. 17 – 30, 2012 Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny, Police Chief Sherry Kiyler and Fire Chief Jeff Clark are the newest honorary members of Chandler Elks Lodge #2429. The trio was recognized during the Elks’ recent annual awards ceremony, during which the fraternal order also named Chandler Police Detective Wayne Thiry and Chandler Firefighter Richard Weyenberg their police officer and firefighter of the year, and presented them an award plaque in appreciation of their service. The Elks Lodge organization has nearly a million members and a 141-year history in communities all over the country. Its charitable foundation gives millions in scholarships, and supports youth, veterans and more. John Lampignano, a Chandler resident and director for the Center for Teaching and Learning at GateWay Community College, is a guest lecturer in La Plata, Argentina at the 30th Argentine Congress of Radiology Technician and Graduates. Lampignano has gained international notoriety as the co-author of the Textbook of Radiographic Positioning and Related Anatomy, John Lampignano a procedure book that is used in a number of schools throughout the United States. “I’m honored to have been invited to this event,” says Lampignano. “I love discussing these topics with students, whether here in the U.S. or in other countries, and I am sure this will be a lifelong memory.” Info: Jason McKinley of Chandler, manager of ABC Supply Co. Inc. in Mesa, is promoted to managing partner of the one of the largest wholesale distributors of roofing in the United States and one of the nation’s largest distributors of siding, windows and other select exterior building products. McKinley joined ABC Supply in 2005 and was named manager of the Mesa branch in Jason McKinley 2009. As a managing partner, McKinley continues to oversee the Mesa branch while taking on additional responsibilities, including as a member of ABC Supply’s National Branch Advisory Board, which advises senior management on a wide range of topics. Info:




Nov. 17 – 30, 2012

Subaru Superstore of Chandler drives ‘boutique’ feel ‘Share the Love’ holiday program starts Nov. 21 by Alison Stanton

Since the day Subaru Superstore of Chandler opened for business in October of 2009, Richard Cvijanovich, owner and general manager, strives to offer his customers a friendly and welcoming atmosphere combined with first-rate service and an outstanding selection of vehicles.

FAMILY OWNED: Richard Cvijanovich, shown here with family dog Buddy, wife Lisa and son Ryan, is owner and general manager of Subaru Superstore of Chandler. Submitted photo

Customers who come into the showroom can choose from a variety of new and pre-owned Subarus, as well as pre-owned vehicles made by other companies. The dealership sells all makes and models of Subarus, he says, including Imprezas, Legacys, Foresters, Outbacks, and the new and alreadypopular BRZ sports car and XV Crosstrek.

“The XV Crosstrek is a brand new model for us, and we are selling them as quickly as we can get them in,” Cvijanovich says. While his showroom features the traditional rows of shiny vehicles, all waiting to be test-driven, Cvijanovich says the family-owned and operated business is different than many other car dealerships. “We have an upscale, boutique feel to our store, where the attention is completely on our clients,” he says. “It is like going to Nordstrom versus Walmart.” Customers shopping for a vehicle or getting one serviced may help themselves to complimentary fresh-baked cookies, fresh fruit and Starbucks beverages. “And no matter what service a vehicle needs, whether it’s a lube, oil and filter or working on the engine, we also wash, clean windows, dress the tires and vacuum out the car for our clients,” he says. Customers seem to notice and appreciate Cvijanovich’s commitment to outstanding service. Sales are up 43% over last year, and the business is ranked 85 out of the 675 Subaru dealerships nationwide in sales volume. Subaru Superstore of Chandler is also Subaru dealership of the year for 2012 according to, says Cvijanovich. “We see a lot of repeat business from

BOUTIQUE-STYLE DEALERSHIP: Subaru Superstore of Chandler features new and pre-owned Subarus as well as other makes and models of pre-owned vehicles in a customer service-oriented environment. Submitted photo

our customers. One client has purchased a total of six vehicles from us over the past three years.”

Giving back

Of the 50 or so Subaru employees, many have been with Cvijanovich for years. Many, like himself, live in Chandler and are active members of the local community. In order to help give back and assist charitable organizations during the holiday season, Cvijanovich says the dealership

ACCESSORIES ABOUND: Subaru Superstore of Chandler stocks a wide variety of accessories for various makes and models of Subarus. Submitted photo

will be part of the upcoming Subaru of America’s Share the Love program. For every vehicle purchased between Nov. 21 and January 2, 2013, $250 will be donated to the customer’s choice of one of five charities. Cvijanovich says people may select from the ASPCA, Alzheimer’s Association, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Meals on Wheels and the USO. “We try to give back to our military,” he says, adding the ASPCA is always a popular choice with customers, since research shows 70% of Subaru owners also have pets. Subaru Superstore of Chandler is at 1050 S. Gilbert Rd., Chandler. Hours are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call Sales at 888-859-6735; Service at 888-621-6827 or visit Alison Stanton is a freelance writer who lives in the East Valley. She can be reached at



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Professionals, Six are on Chandler’s list peers offer advice

Entrepreneurs around the state learn from subject matter experts and industry peers at the TechEDge2012 Conference 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fri., Dec. 7 at the Chandler City Council Chambers, 88 E. Chicago St. TechEDge2012 is designed to equip technology entrepreneurs and emerging growth companies with the practical tools and innovative resources they need to succeed. It features real-life stories from business owners, partnered with practical tips from experts. Keynote speaker Tom Wujec presents “Fostering Innovation in Turbulent Times,” discussing how great companies come up with new ideas and bring them to market. Other topics include incubator advantages, how to win Small Business Innovation Research awards and commercialization through strategic partnerships, crowd funding and the JOBS Act, Internet Protocol / patents, resource pitches and an interactive lightning round. TechEDge2012 is hosted by Chandler’s Innovations Incubator in partnership with the Arizona Business Incubation Association. It is supported by the title sponsor, Fennemore Craig and event sponsor Arizona State University. The cost for the full-day interactive event is $50, with fees waived for students and incubator clients. For more information, visit

Designers of four projects are winners of the City of Chandler’s Architectural Excellence Awards, created in 2003 to honor the architects, developers, designers and owners of some of Chandler’s most impressive buildings. This year’s winners are Wesley Balmer of the Balmer Architectural Group for The Kovach Building, Philip A. Carhuff of Krebs Carhuff Architects Inc. for the Basis Charter School, James Lloyd and Steve Barduson of the Barduson Group for the Chandler Care Center and Kent Willcox and Mark Roddy for Chandler City Hall. Each received a handcrafted award designed by local contemporary glass artist Joyce van Loben Sels. “This marks the eighth time Chandler has honored the tremendous work of our architectural community,” says Mayor Jay Tibshraeny. “This year’s projects have added a significant contribution to the architectural landscape of our community.” Projects were chosen by members of the city’s Architectural Excellence Awards Committee, a group composed of Chandler residents and architects who judge projects on

GREAT DESIGNER: Accepting the Architectural Excellence Award for designing the Kovach building in Chandler is Wesley Balmer, architect for Balmer Architectural Group, center. With him, from left, are Councilmember Rick Heumann, Councilmember Kevin Hartke, Balmer, Mayor Jay Tibshraeny and Councilmember Trinity Donovan. Submitted photo

their design, landscaping, use of materials, site planning and relationship to surroundings. This year the committee reviewed 34 potential projects.

Free adjustment works kinks out

SNIP IT: Anyone who visits the newly opened The Joint Chandler Mall with a copy of this SanTan Sun News article receives a free adjustment. The chiropractic clinic is located in the Boulevard Shops at Chandler Fashion Center, 3305 W. Chandler Blvd. The offer is valid at the new facility or the Foothills location and for new patients only. Shown cutting the ribbon at the grand opening are Sydney Grace and Reese, children of Mark and Lisi Sennett of Riggs Country Estates, co-owners of The Joint Chandler Mall. Also in attendance are Chandler Councilmember Rick Heumann, members of the Chandler Chamber of Commerce and patients of the clinic. Info: 480-855-6000,, Submitted photo



Nov. 17 – 30, 2012

New procedure rids patient of pain

A doctor at Mercy Gilbert Medical Center is the first in Arizona to use a new device to perform an alternative procedure to cervical spine fusion. The first patient, according to Dr. Marco Marsella, the physician who operated, was discharged within 23 hours and was pain-free and significantly improved despite having permanent spinal cord damage. “Spinal fusions can limit neck movement and may put additional stress on the discs above and below the fusion,” says Marsella, who noted the procedure he performed was previously only used in clinical trials in Arizona. He says the new cervical disk system is “designed to retain motion very much like a healthy disc, and provides shock absorption similar to the natural disc.” In addition to Marsella, Dr. Taro Kaibara also received special training in use of the new device, called the BRYAN Cervical Disc System. Neurosurgical services are available 24 hours, seven days a week at Mercy Gilbert Medical Center. To learn more, visit

Free spine checks

A mini health fair to promote health and wellness runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sat., Dec. 1 at The Joint Ocotillo, located next to Chipotle at 2895 S. Alma School Rd., Suite 6, Chandler. There will be free spine checks, giveaways from local businesses and complimentary snacks and refreshments. For more information, call 480-656-3967, email or visit

Brooksies more than just propane Adds line of electric fireplaces

CLEAN FIREPLACES: The latest in electric fireplaces that are cost-effective to run and safe for the environment can be found at Brooksies Propane in Chandler. There are traditional flames as well as cool, blue-colored ones. Brooksies also sells outdoor wood-burning fire pits, along with barbecue and camping supplies. STSN photos by Laurie Fagen

The go-to guy for propane in Chandler has been Jerry Brooks of Brooksies Propane since 1999. But Brooks expanded his offerings as a barbecue specialty supply store and includes Weber grills, smokers, barbecue supplies, barbecue sauces and rubs plus camping gear. He also sells firewood – juniper, pecan, oak and mesquite – in bundles, loose logs and chips, chunks or pellets. Now the latest addition to his product line is electric fireplaces that look like the real thing and even put out warmth. According to his supplier, Modern Flames, electric fireplaces don’t produce smoke and ashes like gas ones, and are easier to install.

The new electric fireplaces work in homes, offices, restaurants or commercial settings and include the latest built-in Ambiance CLX with LED lighting that uses only 25 watts of electricity and comes in a variety of sizes. Wall mounted electric fireplaces range from 3- to 8-feet in size. Standard coal media comes with the products, or consumers can upgrade to glacier crystal glass, polished beach stones or blue flame with glacier crystal glass. To see working electric fireplaces, visit Brooksies Propane at 19039 S. Arizona Ave., south of the Santan Loop 202 Freeway between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, or visit For details, call 480-782-6848 or go to

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A new Oasis Gold & Silver is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 10325 E. Riggs Rd., Suite 103, at the southwest corner of Riggs and Alma School roads next to Bashas’ Supermarket. The new business handles any size transaction and is buying all forms of used, broken or unwanted gold jewelry including rings, chains, bracelets and earrings, as well as collector’s coins, collector’s paper money, foreign coins and sterling flatware. Call 623-428-1594 for Saturday hours and more information.

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H&M draws crowd to mall opening What’s up with healthcare? Registrations are now being accepted to attend “Gazing into The Abyss – The Future of Healthcare Reform,” an employer seminar presented by Shelly Winson of True Choice Benefits, at 8 a.m. Tue., Nov. 27 at the Chandler Chamber of Commerce. The cost to attend is $5 for Chamber members and $10 for nonmembers. Register online at

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An economic update starts with breakfast and then a double-decker bus tour of Chandler, when the Chamber hosts Christine Mackay, Chandler’s NEW FASHION CHOICE: It was standing room only at H&M during its recent grand opening. Submitted photo

There were lines out the door as sought-after H&M fashion retailer made its debut at Chandler Fashion Center recently. With 18,500 square feet, it’s the sixth anchor at the mall, joining Dillard’s, Harkin’s Theatres, Macy’s, Nordstrom and Sears. Known for offering the fashionable trends for every budget, the European department store caters to women, men and kids, and features in-demand accessories as well as clothing. The new two-level H&M will be near Macy’s. “Adding a retailer like H&M reflects the sustained appeal of this property and this market,” says Christina Lanoue, senior property manager of Chandler Fashion Center. “We continue to attract

the finest national and international brands, as well as local retail concepts to bring Chandler’s guests a one-of-a-kind shopping experience.” Guests can find fall fashion items that include dresses from $24.95, blouses starting at $14.95 and trousers for $12.95. Men will be able to purchase shirts starting at $14.95, trousers from $19.95 and jackets from $34.95. The store will also offer a “store within a store” for accessories, lingerie, sports apparel and maternity, and will carry the Swedish retailer’s children’s collection, which features quality clothing for kids ages newborn to 14. For details, visit or


director of economic development, 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Wed., Dec. 5, beginning with breakfast at Brunchies, 17 E. Boston St. The cost is $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers. The tour is sponsored by SRP, East Valley Tribune, APS, Cox Communications and Rogers Corp. The Chandler Chamber of Commerce is at 25 S. Arizona Pl., Suite 201, Chandler. For information, call 480-963-4571 or visit or meetup. com/ChandlerChamber.

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Name of owner: Cindy L. Mulgrew How long in business: 3 years Unique features: Hand-painted wooden benches for extra seating in entry ways, at dining tables, in bedrooms, kid’s rooms or even on covered patios. Sofa tables are also offered to match or coordinate with custom colors and designs. Specializes in “The Safari Series” animal print designs, including leopard, zebra, giraffe, tiger and snow leopard. Different sizes available. Reasonable pricing. Hours: Showings by appointment Address: Home-based business Phone: 480-895-7159 Email:

Name of owner: Marille Brickey How long in business: More than 30 years of photography experience Unique features: Specializes in family and boudoir photography; also has packages for high school seniors, kids, maternity and engagement photography. Hours: Appointments available upon request Address: Chandler Phone: 480-452-5554 Email: Website:

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Personalized self-defense training programs are discounted over the Black Friday weekend of Nov. 23 and 24 at Z-Ultimate Self Defense Studios, 4991 S. Alma School Rd. in Southern Chandler’s Fulton Ranch Promenade Shopping Center. “It doesn`t matter if you are looking to get into better shape, become more self confident or just to find an activity to fill up your free time,” says Brad Bennett, Z-Ultimate spokesman. For more information, call 480-895-4466, email chandler@, or visit


Nov. 17 – 30, 2012

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Part-time freelance job openings Freelance independent contract writer for hard news and general assignment stories sought for twice monthly, award-winning community newspaper. Prefer a reporter who lives in the SanTan Sun News coverage area of Southern Chandler or west Gilbert who can interview, research and write one to three news stories per issue. Must follow AP style, have great attention to detail and be able to work a flexible schedule. Access to email imperative. Solid copyediting skills a plus. Competitive pay, and great people to work with. Email resume and clips to Section Editor/Copyeditor sought for twice-monthly SanTan Sun News. Involves rewriting and copyediting electronic news releases to fit SanTan Sun News and AP styles. Must be experienced, with strong command of AP knowledge and high attention to detail. Proficiency exam required. Pays hourly; flexible hours. Send email with note of qualifications to

JOINT EFFORT: Staff and family of Jungle Roots Children’s Dentistry and Team Orthodontics show off their new combined practice at the SanTan Village mall in Gilbert. Hundreds attended the grand opening, which featured a free children’s fair and tour of the kid-friendly office featuring state-of-the art technology, an Indiana Jonesthemed video arcade and a colorful school shuttle that picks kids up for appointments. Info:, Submitted photo



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Nov. 17 – 30, 2012

NYPD Pizza debuts ‘Veganizza’

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Just in time for World Vegan Month in November, a specialty vegan pizza made with Daiya dairy-free cheese and topped with spinach, garlic, Roma tomatoes and fresh basil is now available at NYPD Pizza. Called The Veganizza, it is sold at all store locations. In addition, NYPD Pizza rolled out a gluten-

free menu in eight of its 10 store locations. The food is prepared in dedicated gluten-free ovens. The SanTan Sun area NYPD is on the northeast corner of the Price Road Loop 101 Freeway and Chandler Boulevard. For more information, call 480-722-0898 or visit

Toliver’s premieres design podcast A new podcast series, “Beautiful Design Made Simple,” is now available online courtesy of Toliver’s Carpet One Floor & Home, 275 W. Warner Rd. in Chandler. The first episode introduces Tracy Bross, principal stylist for Tracy Bross Decorating and Styling. “We’re excited to be able to provide a resource to our customers that gives them credible design advice from a veteran of

the style industry,” says John Toliver. “With Tracy’s knowledge of style and our expertise in flooring, we feel like we have all the bases covered for our customers.” In her premiere, Bross shares tips on finding inspiration for a room and examples of how to turn inspiration into a design. To see the podcast series, visit

Electric bill is eye opener When Tamee and George Simbles recently moved into their new 3,100-square-foot home in Whispering Heights at Lindsay and Chandler Heights roads in Chandler, they couldn’t believe their eyes. “We moved from Austin, Texas, and we’ve lived here before and know bills can be expensive in the summer,” Tamee Simbles says. “When we saw what our average monthly bill would be for electricity, we were shocked. The average monthly bill should be $197 a month. That’s almost half of what our old bill used to be.” The Simbles are the first family to reside in a Maracay Homes’ SRP ENERGY STAR Home. SRP partners with Maracay Homes and other local builders to help ensure the homes are built and certified to the ENERGY STAR level of energy efficiency. The homes are 30% or more energy efficient than homes built to standard code and save $1,400 or more per year compared with typical existing homes. “When we found out our house was going to be the first one to be completed, we were so excited,” Tamee says. “It’s neat being a pioneer and coming back to Arizona. It’s a nice welcome home.” To learn more, visit

Restaurant plan could earn free rent The keys to a 3,600-foot, fully-equipped restaurant space in downtown Tempe are being offered to the chef who presents the best cover letter, proposal, menu and meal to a panel of industry professionals, according to an announcement by Salt, a marketing and public relations company. “This neighborhood has a built-in base of business professionals and foodie folks looking for an amazing meal,” says Ty Largo, Salt’s creative director. “So I’m looking for more than just bars, pizza and wings.” The winner will receive six months of free rent for the restaurant space and six months of free public relations and marketing services from Salt. Entries are accepted until Dec. 31, with three finalists announced on Jan. 2, 2013. For more information, email



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SWIMkids USA at 2725 W. Guadalupe Rd., Mesa is the Best of Aquatics Swim School in the November / December issue of “Aquatics International Magazine,” and owner Lana Whitehead is named the U.S. Swim School

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Nov. 17 – 30, 2012

Info:, 480-820-9109. Von Hanson’s Meats & Spirits co-owner Martha Neese is the 2012 Palo Verde Business Woman of the Year award winner. The award was given by the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce at the Palo Verde Gala hosted by the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber Women in Business at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Martha Neese Resort. While her business is in Chandler, she lives in Ahwatukee with her family and refers to this time in her life as her “retirement years.” Neese is also an attorney with the Beauchamp Law Office in Ahwatukee. She is a nationally certified trial attorney and a certified civil trial specialist. Info: Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert Medical Centers credential 20 physicians: Rasheedat Arojojoye, M.D., internal medicine; Fatima Avendana-Guerrero, M.D., obstetrics and gynecology; Vijaya Avija, M.D., internal medicine; Eva Condon, M.D., neonatology; Abdul Hashimi, M.D., thoracic surgery; Jasmine Huang, M.D., thoracic surgery; Chris Murphy, M.D., obstetrics and gynecology; Charlotte Richards, M.D., obstetrics and gynecology; Jason Richardson, M.D, general surgery; Michael Smith, M.D., thoracic surgery; Priya Vannarath, M.D., pediatrics; Sami Victor, M.D., psychiatry; Pridhvi Yelamanchili, M.D., cardiology, interventional; and Joseph Zabramski, M.D., neurosurgery. At CRMC: Andrea Chen, M.D., obstetrics and gynecology. At MGMC: Sarim


Ahmed, M.D., orthopedic surgery; Marc Dinowitz, M.D., orthopedic surgery; Cynthia Kooima, M.D., orthopedic surgery; Kipling Sharpe, M.D., orthopedic surgery; and Ralph Wilson, M.D., orthopedic surgery. Info:,, 877-728-5414. The Goddard School - Gilbert III at 4080 E. Germann Rd., Gilbert is accredited by the National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs. The process included a self-study evaluation and an onsite observation. Info: Commercial Properties Incorporated announces the sale of a 19,008-square-foot property in the San Tan Technology Park of Chandler, 6915 W. Frye Rd. for $1.3 million by Domestic Investment Properties, represented by Darin Edwards and Leroy Breinholt of CPI. Kai, the restaurant at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa at 5594 W. Wild Horse Pass Blvd. in Chandler, is a 2013 Five Diamonds Restaurant, according to an AAA Arizona announcement. This is the seventh year Kai, which features a menu using locally farmed ingredients from the Gila River Indian Community, received a Diamond Award. Reservations: 602-385-5726, 602-225-0100. In addition, The Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa receives the Four Diamond award for the 10th consecutive year.


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Holiday classes, workshops at CCC

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Holiday arts and crafts classes and workshops for all ages are held at Chandler Community Center, 125 E. Commonwealth Ave., Chandler. A Parents’ Morning Out for “Black Friday” shopping is from 5:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Fri., Nov. 23. Activities for kids include breakfast, arts and crafts, movies, sports activities and pizza for lunch. Building Blocks - Holiday Arts and Crafts, for children ages 3 and older by Dec. 3, runs from 9 to 11 a.m. or noon to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday, beginning Dec. 3. Children must be toilet-trained; no diapers or pull-ups are allowed. Children create 12 days of fun holiday arts, crafts and other activities. For all ages, a variety of one-time workshops or short-term classes to create holiday gifts is also offered by the Community Center including Holiday Pottery, Gingerbread Baby, Little Elves’ Workshops and more. Visit or call 480-782-2727 to learn more.

ALTAR IMAGES: Students from Chandler-Gilbert Community College’s Mexican American History and Culture class display colorful altars honoring departed loved ones in celebration of Día de los Muertos. The altars, on display through Mon., Nov. 19 in the lobby of the CGCC Library, 2626 E. Pecos Rd., Chandler, feature photos of the deceased, brightly colored paper, flowers, skulls, candles and other symbolic decorations, honoring historical figures in Mexican and Mexican American history, as well as deceased family members and friends. Día de los Muertos is a traditional Mexican holiday dedicated to remembering friends and family members who passed away, and to bring their spirits back to visit on the day. Submitted photo

Winter Break Time Registration is in Progress! The winter Break Time magazine outlining all-ages recreation classes and special events for December, January and February is available at libraries and recreation centers and Registration is in progress for residents and non-residents.

Woofstock Returns to Tumbleweed Park The fifth annual Woofstock event will be Saturday, November 17 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

Parent & Toddler Activity at TRC Tumbleweed Recreation Center will host its parent and toddler drop-in activity “Bikes, Bounce & Boogie” on Wednesday, November 21 from 9-11 a.m.. There is a $2 fee ($3 non-resident) per child. Call 782-2900 for more information.

Tumbleweed Tree Lighting is Dec. 1 The 56th annual Tumbleweed Tree Lighting Ceremony and Parade of Lights will be held in historic downtown Chandler on Saturday, Dec. 1 from 4:30-9 p.m. Enjoy the music, entertainment, arts and food. The Parade starts at 7 p.m. followed by the lighting of the Tumbleweed Tree. For more information, visit

Watch “Come Out & Play Chandler” The November episode of the “Come Out & Play Chandler!” show is airing on Channel 11 and the Chandler Recreation YouTube Channel. It features previews of upcoming holiday events.

Sonoran Sunset Series Starts Dec. 20 The Environmental Education Center presents the Sonoran Sunset Series on Thursdays in the winter that feature free lakeside entertainment by musicians suitable for all ages. The performances will be Dec. 20, Jan. 17 and Feb. 21. For more information, visit or call 782-2890.

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Life skills for youth through golf Character education through the game of golf is now offered to 7- to 17-year-olds at the Lone Tree Golf Club at 6262 South Mountain Blvd., Chandler. The First Tee of Phoenix is providing the year-round program, which includes special outreach programs in the community with Allied Organizations and the First Tee National School Program in the Chandler Unified School District. “The First Tee of Phoenix is well known in the golf industry as one of the best chapters of The First Tee in the country,” says Greg Avant, owner and operator of Lone Tree. “We are very excited about the partnership and view this as a way to share our passion for the game of golf and bring their outstanding youth development programs to our facility and the Chandler area.” Summer, fall and winter programs are modified according to weather and school schedules. The cost is $60 per year. For more details, call 602355-7655 or email Eric Kulinna at SWING: Kids tee off during the recent launch of Lone Tree Golf Club’s First Tee of Phoenix youth developmental program. Submitted photo

Informational meetings for incoming freshmen Current eighth-graders planning to attend Hamilton High School next year and their parents are invited to “Freshman Priority Registration Meetings” beginning Tue., Nov. 27. The purpose of the sessions is to meet with administrators and counselors, choose classes, tour the school and learn about additional programs and opportunities. The meetings are at 4:30 and 6 p.m., and will also be offered Tue., Dec. 4 and Tue., Dec. 11. To register, visit For more information, call 480-883-5041.

Kids get free shots at clinics

Free immunizations for all children are offered this month throughout Chandler, Gilbert and the Ahwatukee area, thanks to Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert medical centers in cooperation with Arizona’s Vaccine for Children program. The program applies to children younger than 19 who are covered by private insurance or AHCCCS, those who do not have insurance or whose insurance does not cover immunizations, or those who are American Indian or Native Alaskan. Children should bring their immunization records and any letters from school indicating which shots need to be given. Clinics are offered at area elementary schools, Chandler Regional Medical Center and Chandler Fashion Center. Immunizations at a reduced cost are offered for adults. For details, times and locations, visit or

Youth Scouts’ honor

MEET & GREET: Girl Scout Troops 936, 746 and 956 met Chandler City Councilmember Trinity Donovan in the Council Chambers. Donovan spoke to the girls about local government and what decisions are made at the local level. As a result of their meeting, the girls earned their Inside Government badges. Info: Submitted photo

Nov. 17 – 30, 2012

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A Basha High School senior is hoping to raise $1,000 for abused children this month, and is looking for assistance from the community. Samantha Clark is working with Fitness Works, which is donating half of the sale of three-month memberships so the other half can go to the Mesa Child Crisis Center. “During my four years at Basha High, my research has been centered around child abuse,” Clark explains. “My heart is saddened by the mere statistics shown for the rate of incline for reported child abuse. I want to help educate people on the damage and long lasting effects child abuse has on society.” She will make a presentation to her senior English class on her findings, and hopes the cash donation to the children will help “these displaced children have a holiday that will prove to be more special than the center could have originally anticipated.” Clark is selling three-month Fitness Works memberships for $20, and $10 per coupon will go to the children. Memberships need to be activated by Nov. 30. To make arrangements to meet at the Basha Library, on the northwest corner of Riggs and Val Vista to make the cash transaction, Clark says those wishing to help can call or text 480-235-1140 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. any day of the week.



Nov. 17 – 30, 2012

K.O. 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. To enter, visit, click on Youth and then on Student Writer Permission Slip to download a submission-permission slip. Complete the form and have a parent sign it so the paper has permission to print the entry and the author or artist’s byline. Then, email the submission-permission slip and writing or artwork to Lynda@ as a Word file, if writing, or JPEG, if art, or pasted into the email. Those who don’t have access to email, or prefer to send submissions on disk, may send a hard copy of the form with the entry in a Word file or JPEG on a CD via postal mail to Lynda Exley, Kids Op Page, SanTan Sun News, P.O. Box 23, Chandler, AZ 85244-0023. For more information on the Kids Op page, or to have SanTan Sun News Editor Lynda Exley speak at your school to rev students up about writing and publishing, email

Summit celebrates, inspires teen girls The first Girls Rule! “Teen and Women’s Summit” is open to SanTan Sun area girls ages 13 to 17 and their mothers, mentors or guardians from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat., Dec. 1 at ASU Polytechnic Campus, 7001 E. Williams Field Rd., Mesa. The event includes breakfast and lunch, inspirational speakers, workshops, entertainment and an awards presentation recognizing extraordinary teen girls who make a difference in their

communities. Tickets are $59 through Fri., Nov. 30 or $69 at the door. Girls Rule! is a foundation that aims to help teenage girls realize their dreams and celebrate their successes by teaching healthy, wise life choices, building self-esteem and promoting leadership skills. For more information, visit or

CUSD teachers, schools benefit from CEF grants Eighty-three grants totaling more than $41,000 were given by the Chandler Education Foundation to teachers and schools throughout the Chandler Unified School District. Generated by funding through the CEF’s 100% Awareness Campaign conducted at the beginning of each school year, the grants enable teachers and staff to purchase items for their classrooms and conduct innovative projects to enrich the educational experience for students. Thanks to contributions from students, families and CUSD staff, CEF awarded nearly $10,000 more this year than the previous year. Teachers and administrators were surprised with news of the grants

on their campuses by celebratory groups called “Woo Hoo Patrols.” CEF staff and volunteers congratulated the unsuspecting grant winners with balloons, certificates and ribbons. The CEF is the premier nonprofit partner to the Chandler Unified School District, providing community support for excellence in education and promoting lifelong learning and responsible citizenship for CUSD students. In addition to teacher grants, CEF provides private donor scholarship opportunities as well as scholarship opportunities through their IMPACT Chandler Scholars program. For more details, visit


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as you Wish – PTO is still collecting registration and payment for participation in the commemorative tile wall to be displayed in the school with the children’s creations. Students have until Dec. 1 to register and until Dec. 31 to complete their tiles. Fresh & easy – Receipts can be turned in to the front office or to teachers by Dec. 31 to help PTO earn money for Carlson. Jamba cards – Order forms for the “Buy One, Get One Free” card for Jamba Juice locations throughout the Valley are still available for $10 each. Proceeds from the fundraiser go to Carlson’s Technology Fund to support state-of-the-art supplies for the classrooms. calendar Nov. 21: Champions assembly, 2 p.m., Multipurpose room —Lora Robinson

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book it – Volunteers are needed for the Book Fair Nov. 27 through Dec. 4 in the Library. Anyone available to help should contact Mrs. Hyman. Parents are welcome to shop from 3 to 4 p.m. daily. great strides – Running Club practice began recently and continues to meet after school twice weekly

GREAT LENGTHS: Fifth-grader Reilly Babcock, a student in Mrs . Sung’s class, donates 10 inches of her hair to Locks of Love . Thanks to Reilly for demonstrating true CTA-Independence character . Submitted photo

to build endurance, confidence, friendships and team spirit. During third quarter, club members compete against other schools in the Chandler Unified School District. Fun run – Thanks to the entire Hawk community for making the Apex fundraiser a success. Much hard work and enthusiasm went into the event and the results were evident. Kudos – Congrats to CTAIndependence students and staff for earning recognition as a 2012 National Center for Educational Achievement Higher Performing School. Schools earning this designation are identified by two measures: consistent improvement in student achievement from previous years and / or absolute student achievement using the school’s

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Exceeds Performance results on the spring 2012 Arizona AIMS. cereal Drive – Student Council thanks CTA-Independence families and friends for their generous donations to the Cereal Drive held for Chandler Care Center. A large donation was made to the food bank. tax credit – CTA-Independence families and friends can visit the school website and click on the “Our School” tab for information on tax credit donations, with an option to donate online. Every dollar spent is returned at tax time and goes directly to the school – not the state or district. calendar Nov. 29: PTO General Meeting, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Nov. 30: Movie Night, 6:30-8:30 p.m. —Wendi Olson

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DRESSING UP: Intel employee and first-grade Junior Achievement volunteer Derek Witt and teacher Mrs . Ferber wear clean-room suits as part of a Junior Achievement lesson about jobs . Submitted photo

HELLO MUMMY: First-grader Kash Bohn with a stuffed animal she “mummified” in class as part of her class’s study of ancient Egypt . Submitted photo

checkmate – Four Fulton students participated in the recent “Hurricane” chess tournament. Adrian “A.J.” Zvada came in 59th in the K-3 U600 section. Mitchell Steddom earned a first-place trophy in the K-6 U700 section, and Joshua Gataric and Parker Stahl came in second and 19th, respectively, in the K-6 champ sections. Fulton came in second place out of 20 schools represented in the K-6 champ section. Food Drive – Fulton Student Council recently wrapped up a food drive for the C.A.R.E. Center. —Sarah O’Brien




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RUN FOR IT: Haley Elementary hosted a “fun run” as its main source of fundraising for the 2012-13 school year. Students earned pledges per lap to raise money for their school. The money will be used to purchase content-area reading materials and fieldtrips. Prior to the run, the Apex Fun Run crew was on campus for two weeks teaching students how to be leaders in their community and preparing for the upcoming run, using character traits of a superhero to outline lessons for the students. On the day of the run, students and staff members wore their own superhero capes. Submitted photo

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Character Counts – The Character Counts program at Hancock emphasizes six pillars of character, focusing on a different pillar each month in the classroom and schoolwide. The character trait for November is “caring.” Class notes – Fifth-graders can experience the Civil War through a “Traveling Trunk” sent from Gettysburg National Park in Pennsylvania. Students will analyze and interpret many artifacts from the Civil War era, comparing and contrasting with similar articles from the present. Play by ear – Hancock’s Library received a grant to purchase

audiobook CDs to accompany student novels and Battle of the Books titles. Students listen to the books on CDs as they read along. Garden Club – The Garden Club is a science club that provides an opportunity for fifth- and sixthgraders to design, plant and maintain a real vegetable and flower garden at Hancock. Thanks due – A sincere thanks on behalf of the 100% Awareness Campaign to Hancock families and friends who generously supported the Chandler Education Foundation, allowing Hancock teachers to apply for and receive grants. Tax credits – Hancock families are encouraged to donate 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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Jacobson Jets

Terrific totals – Thanks to Jacobson families and friends for their fundraising support: the Charleston Wrap Fall Fundraiser raised more than $12,000, and Eat Out Nights raised more than $1,000. Several new color printers were purchased for the school. School Cents – At last count, the Jets were in third place in the School Cents program. Receipts from Chandler Fashion Center or surrounding stores can be stamped at the mall’s information desk or sent with students to school, with child’s and teacher’s names on the envelope. Receipts can be returned if so marked on the envelope. Box Tops – Shop online for the holidays earning Box Top points for Jacobson: go to boxtops4education. com, click on “Marketplace” and follow the steps to shop online at many stores. The next classroom Box Top contest is at the end of November.

Calendar Nov. 20: Eat Out Night, Blu Burger Grille, 4-8 p.m. Nov. 30: BMX show; Winter Wonderland Boutique, 6-8 p.m. Dec. 10-14: Holiday Shop —Blanca Dozal

Ryan Royals

Thanks due – Thanks to the PTO, vendors, student and parent volunteers, and donors for the silent auction and raffle baskets for making Ryan’s annual fall festival a huge success. Fresh & Easy – Ryan families and friends are encouraged to save and turn in receipts dated through Dec. 31 and valued at $20 or more for the Fresh & Easy fundraiser. School Cents – Original receipts from San Tan Village can still be turned in. The receipts from stores south of Williams Field Road, including Costco, Sam’s Club and Walmart, do not count this year. Box Tops – More than 1,700 Box Tops were collected at the Fall Festival. Details for the November contest will be announced soon. Check the weekly Monday Morning Message, the Ryan Facebook page and the Daily Video announcements. Fun Run – Canine Companions for Independence Fun Run are held at the school on Nov 21. Run and support a great local charity. —Traci Lepacik

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ROCK THE VOTE: Santan Elementary students cast their votes as part of Arizona’s Kids Voting, a nonprofit, nonpartisan grassroots effort to involve young people in democracy and the voting process. Students were supplied with Kids Voting pamphlets, ballots, student IDs, “I Voted” stickers and private booths to vote in. Submitted photo

—Mary Logan

Tarwater Toros

What’s the matter – First-graders are exploring liquids, solids and gases in a study of matter. They mixed liquid water with solid dry ice to create a reaction of gases. Each child got to feel and touch the gas as it escaped from the vase. VIP visitor – Third-grade students learned about the three branches of government from Chandler City Council member Jeff Weninger, who

visited Tarwater to speak about how government affected his life and why he is involved at the local level. He encouraged all third-grade students to vote when they turn 18. Class notes – Tarwater fourthgraders are writing poetry, learning about figurative language, studying the three ancient tribes of Arizona and continuing research on Arizona’s Native American tribes. A trip to the Heard Museum in Phoenix allowed students to enjoy the rich history Arizona offers. Coin Drive – Toro Ambassadors partnered with Student Council to collect loose change for the Tempe branch of “Feed My Starving Children,” an organization with facilities across the U.S. Students spent many hours helping pack nutritional packets and standing with picket signs in the parent drop-off / pick-up areas and playgrounds. Funds collected help pay for the cost of food and shipping costs to some of the world’s most malnourished children. —Robyn Kelly

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Winter Wonderland – Weinberg holds its first annual “Winter Wonderland” from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Fri., Nov. 30. The event features entertainment by the school’s band, orchestra and chorus students; a silent auction; photographer for family holiday photos; and a train to ride around campus. Vendors can reserve a spot for $25 plus an auction item

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TEAM WORK: Taryn Marton of Basha High jumps to spike the ball in a recent game against Rincon High in Tucson. Basha High’s girls’ volleyball team made it to the playoffs seven of the last eight years. Coach Jim Kann attributes the team’s success to teamwork and dedication. With 16 teams in the playoffs this year and an overall record of 29 and 10, Basha hopes to continue their successful season. Submitted photo

Elite athletes – Congrats to four distinguished Basha athletes who signed national letters of intent with major universities on Athletic Signing Day. McKayla Ferris will play women’s volleyball for Gonzaga University. Jamie Westbrook will play baseball for Pepperdine. Maurice Kirby will play men’s basketball for Virginia Tech, and Allan Bower will participate in men’s gymnastics at University of Oklahoma. —Brent Rincon

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Relay for Life – Andersen Elementary teachers joined thousands of people participating nationwide in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life event. On May 3 and 4, Andersen staff will walk all night in the fight against cancer. To support the Andersen team, visit main.acsevents. org/goto/AndersenElem. Door décor – Andersen students participated in a door-decorating contest for Red Ribbon Week to show off anti-drug messages. Congrats to grades K-2 winner Mrs. Morgan’s class with “Keep Your Mind and Body Healthy” and grades 3-5 winner Mrs. Young’s class with “We Don’t Give a Hoot about Drugs.” Dance fever – More than 300 students and almost as many parents participated in Andersen’s first Glow in the Dark Dance, a fundraiser for the music program. Thanks to Mrs. G. for organizing the event. Kids Voting – Andersen students see Andersen Astronauts page 34


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Poll positions – Approximately 25 Hamilton High students from Abby Dupke’s Advanced Placement U.S. Politics and Government classes trained to be election workers and assisted voters at a variety of Chandler sites on Election Day. Legally, teens not yet eligible to vote are allowed and encouraged to work the polls in Arizona on Election Days. —Abby Dupke

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participated in Kids Voting on Election Day. Every student got the chance to go to the computer lab and cast their vote for president. At the end of the day, students nationally had elected Obama as president with 56% of the votes. Music notes – The Andersen PTO donated 30 beautiful guitars to the music program. Fourth- and fifthgraders started learning to play them, and by the end of the year thirdgraders will as well. Thanks to the PTO for providing this opportunity. Wishes granted – Congrats to the kindergarten team for winning a CEF grant for $500 and to Mrs. G. for winning a $300 grant for music. Calendar Nov. 21: Turkey Trot Dec. 3-18: Giving Tree Drive Dec. 14: Spelling Bee —Kathryn Perry

CTA-Goodman Gators

Sports Day – Student Council encourages all students to show their school spirit by wearing their favorite sports team’s shirt on Wed., Nov. 21. Pi Day – CTA-Goodman’s fifthgrade mathematicians organized a Pi Day to celebrate their studies. Students estimated, measured and calculated a variety of circular objects, and estimated and measured the circumference, diameter and radius of a circle made by the entire school – all 710 students.

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. Calendar Nov. 19: Flag ceremony presented by fourth grade, 8 a.m., Amphitheater; Fall Orchestra Concert, 6:30 p.m., Multipurpose Room Nov. 21: Student Council Spirit Day—Sports Day; Sixth Grade/ Staff Volleyball Game, 1:15 p.m., East Basketball Court Nov. 27: Spelling Bee, 12:30 p.m., Media Center; Site Council meeting, 3:15 p.m., Conference Room Nov. 30: Geography Bee, 8:30 a.m., Media Center —Kathie Butters

Knox Knights

Turkey Drive – Knox families and friends are encouraged to donate to the school’s Turkey Drive, running through Nov. 21. Running Club – The Club is open to all Knox students. Its goal is to have students get and stay active. Thanks to Mrs. Nowlin and Mr. Durham for “running” the club. Thanks due – Thanks to the families

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who participated in the Fresh & Easy Shopping Night. Families are encouraged to keep sending in receipts of $20 or more. Fundraising fun – Knox is collecting old clothing, box tops, juice pouches, Sunny D labels and Labels for Education, and selling Harkins cups. 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

D’Amani Grayer of Chandler, a senior at Brophy College Preparatory in Phoenix, is a National Achievement Scholarship Semifinalist. Paine Harris of Chandler, a senior at Brophy College Preparatory in Phoenix, is a National Achievement Scholarship Participant. Rand Hawk of Gilbert and Courtney Jackson of Queen Creek are among 20 of Arizona’s top scholar-athletes named as State Finalists for the 2012 Wendy’s High School Heisman Award. The finalists were narrowed down from a pool of 45,000 seniors who applied nationwide, including 727 applicants from Arizona. Basha High National Honor Society coordinates a blood drive with United Blood Services Fri., Nov. 30 and Sat., Dec. 1 for ages 16 and older. Appointments encouraged. Info:, Programs tab, NHS.

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Full STEM ahead – San Marcos students were treated to stimulating talks on STEM, or Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, by female presenters in STEM fields, including a nutritionist, an ornithologist, a veterinarian and several ASU engineering professors. The talks were accompanied by hands-on activities. The STEM program at San Marcos is under the direction of Sun Lakes members and American Association of University Women (AAUW) member Diane Beatty, and aided by a grant from the state branch of AAUW. Science books for the school library have also been purchased with grant funds. For more information on AAUW, visit —Marcia Wagoner

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For those of us who did our civic duty by turning in our early ballots prior to the election, Chandler City Clerk Marla Paddock assures me that they are not among the more than 200,000 provisional and early ballots yet to be counted in Maricopa County as of press time. Paddock, who has been doing elections for more than two decades, Laurie Fagen says the early ballots not tabulated are those received on Photo by election day, either by being dropped off at the polls or via postal mail the day before or day of the election. If you got yours in early enough, she says it was included in the early ballot totals. If not, and if you thought you helped elect a number of people in the general election, there’s a good chance your ballot is still sitting in a pile waiting to be calculated. Yes, it’s a little discouraging. Fortunately, most of my candidates won anyway, so I guess that’s all that matters. We recap the local election news on the cover, along with a story about a variety of crimes taking place in our area. Kelli Lang talks to Jack McCormick of Baja Bush Pilots, and her “foodie” story this issue is about the New Mexican Grill. Alison Stanton writes a business profile on Subaru and has both a Thanksgiving and start of a holiday round-up story of activities in the area. Meanwhile, we welcome Steven Solomon as Business, Spirituality and Community Editor. We bid Marissa Freireich farewell, and thank her for her work on the Spirituality pages. We wish her great luck in her new newspaper job in Williams. Meanwhile, our crack proofreader, Kristen Sherman, is also taking on the Neighbors Editor position as well, and has been doing a great job. With Sharon McCarson on Youth, Susan Henderson on Opinion and Teri Carnicelli on Arts, we have a great team of copyeditors who work with Managing Editor Henderson and Editor Lynda Exley to bring you all the many “relentlessly local” stories – large and small – from a variety of voices in our neighborhood. And I’m personally excited to be part of a new fundraising event for Chandler youth arts called “Chairitable,” the logo you see also designed by our own graphics genius, FOR CHANDLER YOUTH ARTS Tad Smith. Nearly 50 artists will be decorating, embellishing, painting and creating works of art out of chairs and tables for a live and silent auction that will take place Fri., March 15, 2013 at the Chandler Center for the Arts. We’re just in the initial planning stages, but we’ll pair artists with business sponsors so they get their own chair to display in their work place. In addition, there will be live music, more than 20 artist demonstrations, raffle prizes, food and drink and the best part: it’s free. There’s even talk of a musical chairs game and an interactive art project, all under the auspices of the Chandler Arts Commission, to raise money for arts programming for kids in Chandler. Watch these pages for lots more to come, or to get involved as a sponsor, email me at and we’ll get you teamed up with an artist. This month, as always, we are thankful for our great team at the SanTan Sun News and for you, our readers and advertisers. Happy Thanksgiving to all of you! And ready or not: Christmas is next!


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Picture a community where old and unsafe structures are regularly torn down, new street lights are installed to improve visibility, street work is done to slow traffic near schools, people facing foreclosure are given a new path to hope and others in need have plenty of places to turn for help. It’s happening throughout Chandler neighborhoods, with the help of federal funds from the United States Department of Housing and Development (HUD). These projects help to create a healthier community and Kevin Hartke are vital to the quality of life for all our residents, regardless of income levels. It is why so much work has and continues to be done in Chandler neighborhoods. Through HUD funding, the City has placed a renewed focus on neighborhood revitalization for low-to-moderate income neighborhoods. A Blight Elimination Program allowed us to perform enhanced code enforcement, resulting in hundreds of additional inspections and the boarding of 23 vacant and deteriorating structures. The City established a process for a Voluntary Demolition Program through Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. This program is designed to assist with the removal of dilapidated buildings. Staff marketed the availability of this federally funded rehabilitation program, particularly to homeowners who were faced with code violations. This past year, five dilapidated buildings were demolished. Through CDBG funds 685 energy-efficient streetlights were installed, significantly improving the lighting quality and safety for residents. Funding covered the costs of a traffic-calming project on Knox Road to slow traffic near Knox Elementary School. Financing was also secured for an expansion currently under way at the Chandler Christian Community Center in Downtown Chandler. This will result in additional space for food storage and program operations to serve more families in need. Programs were provided to families facing foreclosure and assistance was given to those in need of emergency shelter and transitional housing. Program advocates worked with local nonprofits, faith-based communities and the City of Chandler to identify homeless individuals in the community. Through a combination of local and federal funding, six chronically homeless persons were housed and approximately 100,000 food boxes distributed. The City also participated in new homeownership opportunities for 12 first-time buyers, in cooperation with Newtown Community Development Corporation. Additionally, 88 low-to-moderate income homeowners received housing rehabilitation and assistance for emergency home repairs. This funding helped to improve the living conditions for the residents while working to stabilize neighborhoods and create greater pride in ownership. These projects are all part of a four-year plan detailed in the Chandler Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report. The report helps to measure Chandler’s successes in community development priorities and includes all activities achieved with federal dollars during the last fiscal year. The City of Chandler continues to maintain strong partnerships with many organizations in an effort to provide the best possible services. It is important to support these federally funded programs that make Chandler a great place to live. Such collaboration helps to maximize resources at minimized costs and comes as a great help to us as we continue to work with residents as we emerge from the sluggish economy.


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Domestic violence victims get ‘Fresh Start’ Fearing dentist no more by Susan Berman

Jennifer’s exboyfriend held a gun to her head when she was six months pregnant. The abuse had been going on for a while, but that was the moment she knew Susan Berman she had to get out. She waited until her son was born; she was completely on her own with no family to turn to. She fled Las Vegas with her baby, $50 and the cheapest bus ticket out of state, to Flagstaff. Some quick luck landed her at a shelter in Phoenix where she was referred to Fresh Start Women’s Foundation for counseling and career support. Jennifer and her son are doing great now, thanks to her perseverance and strength – but there are so many like her who never make it that far. Each year, the statistics seem to get grimmer. Did you know that one in four women experiences domestic violence in her lifetime? Domestic violence is an epidemic, affecting women in every community, regardless of age, economic status, race, religion, nationality or educational background. At our Women’s Resource Center

in Phoenix, Fresh Start Women’s Foundation sees new cases every week. We have visits from approximately 25,000 women every year and almost 40% of the women we see have experienced some kind of abuse. The ones that make it through the doors of Fresh Start are usually the lucky ones. They have gotten to the point in their life where they are ready to make a change. Unfortunately, there are so many that don’t make it to us. An intimate partner kills almost one-third of female homicide victims reported in police records. There are so many women like Jennifer that we see at Fresh Start each week. Fresh Start supports these women with counseling, education, career services, legal services and support groups. I hope you will join Fresh Start in spreading the word about this cause. It is so important and critical to get these women out of their situation. We hope to help more women every year who have the courage to make a positive change in their life. Learn more about Fresh Start at Susan Berman is the president and CEO of Fresh Start Women’s Foundation.

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Neighbors Tumbleweed tradition

Paradox art quilts

Where to eat

Neighbors page 42

Arts page 55

pages 67-72

New Mexican Grill sauces up Chandler by K. M. Lang

Move over, Mexican – New Mexican cuisine has arrived in Southern Chandler. The New Mexican Grill, which opened its second location earlier this year on the southwest corner of Queen Creek and Gilbert roads, offers a tasty twist in traditional fare. And just what gives Mexican food a New Mexican flair? “A lot of it comes down to the sauces,” says owner Sydney McKinney, explaining that most local Mexican fare is served with Sonoran-style sauces, which are “a lot milder” than New Mexican recipes. “What makes it New Mexican style is really the chiles,” she adds. “We use the red Hatch and green Hatch in our cooking. It is hotter – the New Mexican has a bite to it.” It was McKinney’s own fondness for Hatch chiles that led her to open her first restaurant less than two years ago at Pecos and Lindsay roads. “I was really shocked at the amount of people who loved that roasted green chile taste,” she says. “We’ve gotten just an overwhelming response to it. People literally say they’ve been looking for a place like this.” McKinney is still working to install a sign above her new location, but anonymity hasn’t kept diners away. The New Mexican Grill, open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner,

Thanksgiving feasts aplenty

offers a self-serve chip and salsa bar in the dining room, and everything on the menu including the chorizo and chile relleno is made fresh. The result is delicious traditional Mexican fare – served, of course, with the New Mexican Hatch chile sauce. McKinney points to the restaurant’s fry bread specialties, chile rellenos, green chile stew and enchiladas as popular examples of the different types of sauces and soups they have. Along with superb food, the eatery offers friendly service, catering, party platters and takeout – which means that weary Gilbert Road commuters can pick up New Mexican meals on their way home from work. “We have a huge takeout business specifically for that,” says McKinney. Another unique aspect of the New Mexican Grill is McKinney’s altruistic business model. All tips collected at the restaurant are donated to local grassroots agencies. Matthew’s Crossing Food Bank will benefit from tips collected throughout this holiday season, and a food donation box sits in the corner of the dining room. “Next to having a great meal, there is no greater gift than helping others in need,” reads a sign above the grill’s see New Mexican Grill page 44

TURKEY TAKEOUT: Order ahead of time for a complete Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings prepared by Chompie’s. Photo courtesy of Chompie’s by Alison Stanton

While some enjoy preparing turkeys with all the trimmings on Thanksgiving, others are happy to let someone else do all the cooking. For tasty Thanksgiving Day meals that don’t require any time or energy to prepare, consider these local options.


By popular demand, Chompie’s features both traditional Thanksgiving meal packages as well as individual items for takeout. The meal packages, made from scratch, feed 12 to 15.

The Basic package at $119.95 features one whole oven-roasted turkey, homemade stuffing and gravy, freshbaked dinner rolls, cranberry relish, one fresh-baked pumpkin pie and one homemade apple pie. The Traditional version includes everything in The Basic package plus mashed potatoes, candied yams and string beans almandine for $159.95. Complete Thanksgiving dinners are also available for $14.95 per person for dine-in or takeout, with a six-person minimum. To preorder, contact the restaurant. see Thanksgiving page 44

Entertainment abounds for holidays by Teri Carnicelli

It really is the most wonderful time of the year – especially if you love music, the theatre and the spirit of the holiday season. The SanTan Sun News has put together a list of holiday-themed entertainment options for adults or families to enjoy. From traditional to satirical and musical to dramatic, there’s something to suit every sugarplum’s fancy.

Your choice of ‘Nutcracker’

BRAND NEW MEXICAN: Southern Chandler is home to New Mexican Grill’s second location on the southwest corner of Gilbert and Queen Creek roads between Prestige Pet Salon and Natalia’s. Native American décor adorns New Mexican Grill’s dining room, which features a self-serve chip and salsa bar. STSN photo by Ron Lang

HOLIDAY CLASSIC: Charles Schulz’s beloved “Peanuts” Ballet Etudes presents its 26th characters discover the true reason for the season in “A Charlie anniversary production of “The Brown Christmas,” a live stage production presented by Desert Nutcracker” Nov. 25 through Dec. Springs Church. Photo courtesy of Kelly Chambers 4 at Chandler Center for the Arts, in the Casa Paloma Pavilion at El Chorro 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. Lodge, 5550 E. Lincoln Dr., Paradise Valley Follow Clara on her magical journey for those looking for a more interactive as she encounters life-size mice, swirling “Nutcracker” experience. This special snowflakes, dancing confections and family festival includes arts and crafts, the Sugar Plum Fairy. Enjoy colorful educational activities, a holiday brunch and imaginative costumes paired and performances by The School of with Tchaikovsky’s original score. Info: Ballet Arizona and Ballet Arizona. Info: 602-343-6520. Ballet Arizona hosts its Nutcracker Festival from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sun., Dec. 2 see Holiday entertainment page 46



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Tumbleweed tradition tops holiday lineup coordinator for the City of Chandler. This year’s festivities begin at 4:30 p.m. with musical and dance entertainment, activities for the kids and visits with Santa Claus in Dr. A.J. Chandler Park. The Parade of Lights starts at 7 p.m., and features more than 60 entries including 23 floats. After the parade concludes, the tumbleweed tree will be lighted.

HOLIDAY NOTES: A lone saxophonist performs holiday music next to the famous Tumbleweed Tree in downtown Chandler. Submitted photo

STREET DANCIN’: Dancers, decorated with cheerful red lights, makes their way down the parade route. Submitted photo

The holiday lights are already on in downtown Chandler, and the 2012 holiday season officially kicks off in Chandler on Sat., Dec. 1 with the 23rd Annual Parade of Lights, followed by the 56th Annual Tumbleweed Tree Lighting Ceremony. More than 12,000 people are expected to join in the city’s unique southwestern holiday tradition, which started back in 1957, according to Hermelinda Llamas, special events

The parade begins at the corner of Arizona Avenue and Frye Road, heading north on Arizona Avenue and continuing through the downtown area before turning right on Buffalo Street and then right onto Arizona Place, and ending at Boston Street. Arizona Avenue closes from 4 to 10 p.m. on event day between Chandler Boulevard and Frye Road. Frye will also be restricted from Arizona Avenue east to Delaware Street from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. A map showing street closures and


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Santa Claus makes an appearance at SWIMkids USA in Mesa from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Sat., Dec. 8. He arrives in style on a fire truck at the free event, which also features firefighting-themed games and firefighter gear to wear. An optional photo package is $12. SWIMkids is at 2725 W. Guadalupe Rd., Mesa. Info: 480-820-9109,

Holiday Fun Walk

HAPPY BIRTHDAY AZ: The Parade of Lights features many floats with different themes, like this one celebrating Arizona’s Centennial. Submitted photo

In continuation of Chandler’s holiday celebration, boys and girls can meet Father Christmas in person at Santa’s House at Dr. A.J. Chandler Park in Downtown Chandler. Presented by the Chandler Recreation Division, the Jolly Ol’ Elf is available for visits and free photos from 5 to 7 p.m., Thu., Dec. 6; and noon to 5 p.m. Sat., Dec. 8 and Sat., Dec. 15. Dr. A.J. Chandler Park is located at 3 S. Arizona Ave. in Chandler. Info:

Families can exercise together in the cool December air from 9 to 11 a.m. Sat., Dec. 8 during the 2012 Holiday Fun Walk at Tumbleweed Park in Chandler. Entrance fees are $10 per person or $25 per family, which includes a T-shirt, food and prizes for each participant. Group and business registrations start. Everyone who participates in the 1.5-mile walk is encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy. Proceeds from the event benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley, Chandler CARE Center, Chandler Chamber Community Foundation, Chandler Christian Community Center, Chandler-Gilbert Family YMCA, Chandler Service Club, Chandler Unified School District Schools, Fresh Start Women’s Foundation and ICAN. Chandler Compadres host the event. The park is at 745 E. Germann Rd., Chandler. Info:

Cookies ‘n’ cocoa with Santa

Enjoy a tasty sweet treat with Santa Claus at the Chandler YMCA. The free event is from 9 to 11 a.m. Sat., Dec. 8 at 1655 W. Frye Road in Chandler. Info:

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Neighbors Dine with Santa

Santa Claus stops at St. Steven’s Church in Sun Lakes for the annual Breakfast with Santa event. From 8 to 9 a.m. on Sat., Dec. 8, the Knights of Columbus serve pancakes, sausage, eggs, juice, coffee and hot chocolate. St. Nicholas is on hand from 9 to 10 a.m. with gifts for the kids and time to hear their wish lists. The cost is $8; ages 3 and younger are free. The church is at 24827 S. Dobson Rd., Sun Lakes. Info: 480-895-9266, ext. 107.

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The Arizona Big Train Operators (ABTO) Christmas Open House offers self-guided tours from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sat. and Sun., Dec. 8 and 9, 15 and 16.

on display. Donations are accepted and used to support ABTO activities. Information and a map are available at

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A winter wonderland filled with snow, enjoyable bounce houses and games are all part of the holiday-themed Arizona Giving Challenge, a three-day community program that supports nonprofits and individuals’ charitable missions across the state. The event, which happens in the Power Ranch Community Park in Gilbert, features hot air balloon and train rides, vendors, artists, crafters and entrepreneurial young people. Friday Nite Bites, a chili cook-off on Saturday and a Community Cookie & Cupcake Exchange on Sunday offer attendees tasty food choices. Hours: 4 to 10 p.m. Fri., Nov. 30; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sat., Dec. 1; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sun., Dec. 2. The park is at 4444 E. Haven Crest, Gilbert. Info:

Holiday Night of Lights

ALL ABOARD: Train fans of all ages can see impressive displays like the one at Jack Johnson’s Chandler home during the Arizona Big Train Operators Annual Open House Tour. Submitted photo

Fifteen homes throughout the Valley including two in Chandler and one in Gilbert, as well as the Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa, will have G-scale garden railroads

Three large pine trees festooned with lights take center stage at the Town of Gilbert’s 5th Annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony from 6 to 9 p.m. on Fri., Nov. 30 at the Gilbert Civic Center North Campus. In addition to lighting the three trees, the lake will be outlined in lights and the Civic Center lawn decorated. The family friendly event offers horse-drawn carriage rides, live entertainment, food and holiday treats, pony rides and

sponsor booths. Santa will be available for photos, so attendees are encouraged to bring their cameras. Parking and admission are free. The trees and light displays remain illuminated from 5 to 10 p.m. through Jan. 2, 2013. The Civic Center is at 50 E. Civic Center Dr., Gilbert. Info: 480-5036200 or

Run, Walk for Animals

Four-legged friends and their humans are encouraged to run or walk in the 12K’s of Christmas event from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sat., Dec. 15 at Freestone District Park in Gilbert.

DOG RUN: Both two and four-legged participants can run and walk to raise money for animals at the 12K’s of Christmas in Gilbert. Submitted photo

Proceeds from the event benefit Maricopa County Animal Care and Control and Phoenix Animal Care Coalition. While the 1.2K “Santa Sled” run / walk is ideal for kids and families, a 6K run / walk and 12K run are also scheduled. Carolers and performers are stationed at every “K” marker providing entertainment. The park’s stage features holiday performances by local performers

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including the Canine Freestylers, which involves people and their pets performing to Christmas music. Attendees can also support more than 30 local animal rescue groups in Santa Pet’s Village. Cost is $35 to preregister for the 6K or 12K, or $40 on event day. Preregistration for the 1.2K is $30 for a team of four, or $35 on event day. Onsite registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Freestone Park is at 1045 E. Juniper Rd., Gilbert. Registration, info: 480-609-3978,

Starlight tunes

Relax near Veterans Oasis Lake and listen to the Sonoran Sunset Series’ holiday concert from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thu. Dec. 20 at the Environmental Education Center, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. Presented by Chandler Recreation Division, the free event features live entertainment ideal for families. Bring blankets, chairs and food, and dress in warm clothing. Snacks and beverages are available for a small charge. Info: 480-782-2889,

Avenues of art

Admire the handiwork of local artists while strolling around downtown Chandler and shopping for last-minute holiday gifts during the Chandler Art Walk from 6 to 10 p.m. on Fri., Dec. 21. Browse through the wide variety of art that is available and enjoy the live music performed by local musicians at this free event. Info: 480-855-3539,



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New Mexican Grill from page 41

Thanksgiving from page 41

Pies are also available for takeout including apple, pecan, pumpkin and banana cream. Chompie’s is open 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thanksgiving Day, at 3481 W. Frye Rd. in the Chandler Village Center. Info, preorders: 480-398-3008.

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ONE HOT DIFFERENCE: It’s the roasted red and green Hatch chile sauces that turn ordinary Mexican into New Mexican cuisine, such as in this chicken burrito, explains New Mexican Grill owner, Sydney McKinney. STSN photo by Ron Lang

counter. “Thank you for enabling us to serve others.” “I think if every business gave something, we could probably take care of a lot of problems in our own community,” explains McKinney. “That’s actually the most important part of my business to me, personally.” The New Mexican Grill is in Carmel Village Plaza at 3140 S. Gilbert Rd.,

Suite 3, between Prestige Pet Salon and Natalia’s. The restaurant is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. For information, call 480-895-3417 or visit K. M. Lang lives and writes in Sun Groves. To contact her, email

Restaurants cater to dogs Uncle Bear’s Grill & Bar, 1980 W. Germann Rd., is Arizona’s first restaurant to offer “Dine with your Dog,” a pet-friendly program rolled out in San Diego and quickly expanding to neighboring states. Uncle Bear’s and several other eateries in Tempe and Queen Creek will offer the special menu, which features food provided by “My Perfect Pet.” The promise is that dogs can now

eat alongside their owners and order their own pet-friendly 100% humangrade meals, which can be made and stored alongside human food, without violating code. For more information, visit and

Diners can select from two options Thu., Nov. 22 at Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort in Chandler. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the San Marcos Grand Buffet features a plethora of selections, including an omelet station with a variety of accompaniments, apple pie pancakes with cinnamon whipped cream and pumpkin oatmeal. For a savory selection, try potato chip crusted cod filets, sage rubbed pork loin with cranberry stuffing, Grandma’s cornbread stuffing and local corn with diced peppers. Native squash bisque, slow roasted prime rib with natural au jus and horseradish will be available, as will cold fare options like Caesar salad, peeland-eat shrimp and baskets of breakfast breads, bagels, scones and Danish. Kids can choose from breaded chicken strips, macaroni and cheese, shoestring French fries and buttered cut corn. Finish off the meal with assorted cakes, pies, tarts, cookies, bread pudding and something from the gourmet coffee station. Included with the meal is a glass of champagne or sparkling cider, as well as assorted juices and coffee. The cost is $38.95 per adult and $18.95

per child ages 4 to 12. A 20% gratuity is added to the bill. From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the same day, AJ’s Restaurant features a classic Thanksgiving dinner for $27.95 per person that includes soup, salad, brown butter and sage-roasted turkey, sweet butter mashed potatoes, Grandma’s cornbread stuffing, green beans with bacon and pumpkin or pecan pie. Main course selections are grilled rib-eye steak with blue cheese butter, herb-roasted potatoes and green beans with bacon, or a grilled fillet of salmon with sundried tomato sauce, steamed vegetable and rice pilaf. Desserts include bread pudding, frozen mud pie and fivelayer chocolate cake. The San Marcos is at 1 N. San Marcos Pl. in downtown Chandler. Info: 480-857-4401.

Bernard’s at Ocotillo

A Thanksgiving Day buffet featuring plenty of savory selections takes place at Bernard’s at Ocotillo Golf Resort, 3751 S. Clubhouse Dr., Chandler. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thu. Nov. 22, guests select from a variety of choices such as roasted butternut squash and apple soup with cinnamon crème fraiche; local mixed green salad with choice of dressings and accompaniments; brined, herb-roasted turkey breast with pan gravy and orange zest cranberry sauce; citrusroasted salmon with lemon butter sauce; sour cream and chive mashed potatoes; sage and forest mushroom infused cornbread stuffing and roasted sweet potato medallions.




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Desserts include traditional pumpkin, apple and pecan pies, chocolate toffee mouse cake and fresh seasonal fruit with crème anglaise and berries. The meal is $39 for adults; $19 for children ages 6 to 12 and free for ages 5 and younger. Reservations: 480-917-6660.

Rawhide Steakhouse

Dust off your cowboy hat and boots and head to Rawhide Western Town and Steakhouse for a Thanksgiving meal prepared to “satisfy the biggest appetites” from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thu., Nov. 22. In addition to ample vittles, Tom Turkey will make an appearance. Admission and parking are free, so take in the Western attractions while there. The meal cost is $21.95 for adults and $11.95 for ages 11 and younger. Rawhide is at 5700 W. North Loop Rd., Chandler. For reservations, call 480-502-5600 or email Info:

Traditional four-course Thanksgiving lunch and dinner menus at Ko’Sin restaurant at Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort and Spa, 5594 W. Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler, are served 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3 to 8 p.m. Thu. Nov. 22. The menu features cream of butternut squash bisque, Dungeness crab salad, Arizona arugula and smoked duck breast salad, filet and ham wrapped prawns with golden beet and mascarpone risotto, pan-seared medallions of elk tenderloin with saffron potato puree and roasted turkey breast with sourdough sage dressing. For younger diners, a children’s buffet offers turkey fingers, turkey corn dogs, macaroni and cheese, cheeseburger sliders, fresh fruit and mini pumpkin pies. Conclude the meal with a choice of homemade pies: Grammy’s chocolate bacon pecan pie with maple bourbon gastrique or Pastry Chef Samantha’s classic pumpkin pie with cranberry Grand Marnier sauce. The four-course dinner is $60 for adults and $55 for seniors, and a smaller version of the traditional turkey dinner or the children’s buffet is $25 for ages 12 and younger. The children’s buffet is free for ages 4 and younger. Reservations: 602-385-5726. Alison Stanton is a freelance writer who lives in the East Valley. She can be reached at

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City offers turkey fun Play darts to win prizes, then work off that turkey dinner before you’ve even eaten it by participating in two events offered by the City of Chandler. The fun begins with an old-fashioned Dart the Turkey competition at 10 a.m. Tue., Nov. 20 at the Chandler Senior Center, 202 E. Boston St. This year’s event is sponsored by Home Instead and is open and free to seniors. Prizes are given to the winners in both men’s and women’s divisions.

For additional information, call 480-782-2720.

Turkey Swim

The Thanksgiving holiday doesn’t mean having to skip a workout if you attend the 5th Annual Turkey Swim at Hamilton Aquatic Center. Bring a can of food and swim for free from 5:30 to 7:30 a.m. Thu., Nov. 22. The facility is at 3838 S. Arizona Ave. in Chandler. Info: 480-782-2630.

Free family workout at StudioFIT Spend some quality time together as a family while getting some exercise at a free Family Fun group fitness class at 11 a.m. every Sunday at StudioFIT, 1075 W. Queen Creek Rd., Chandler. The one-hour, 100% supervised class is a way for families to instill a healthy lifestyle and incorporate the habit of fitness into their daily lives. StudioFIT owner MJ Reavley offers the complimentary class as “a giveback to the community for supporting our business over the last 15 months.” Contact Reavley at or 480-707-8575 for more information, or visit

WORKING OUT: Families sweat together at the first Family Fun workout recently held at StudioFIT in Chandler. Submitted photo


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Holiday entertainment from page 41

‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’

One of the most beloved animated Christmas programs of all time is transformed into a live, Broadway-styled stage production on select dates in December at Desert Springs Church, 19620 S. McQueen Rd., Chandler. Admission is free.

ULTIMATE GIFT: A nutcracker triggers a magical experience for Clara, show here from a previous Ballet Etudes’ production. Submitted photo

Chandler Symphony Orchestra teams up with Southwest Youth Ballet for a production of the holiday classic, Dec. 14 and 15 at Higley Center for the Performing Arts, 4132 E. Pecos Rd. in Gilbert. Info: 480-279-7194, Ballet Arizona’s production of this annual holiday favorite returns to Phoenix Symphony Hall, 75 N. 2nd St. in downtown Phoenix, Dec. 7 through 24. Adding to the enchantment is Tchaikovsky’s score played live by the Phoenix Symphony, and the young talent on display from the students of the School of Ballet Arizona. Info: 602-381-1096,

TREE TALES: Charlie Brown searches for the perfect Christmas tree during “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” performed at Desert Springs Church. Photo courtesy of Kelly Chambers

Join the loveable Charlie Brown as he sets out on a journey to find the right Christmas tree and discovers what the true meaning of Christmas is all about. This 40-minute production is filled with all of your favorite “Peanuts” characters, plus a live jazz band playing original soundtrack music written by Vince Guaraldi. for a chance to win a VIP package including front row seats, back stage passes and front-ofthe-line for autographs and pictures with the cast. Info: 480-726-0399.

‘A Christmas Carol’

Present and Future. Info: 480-644-6500, Silver Star Playhouse, 5427 E. Brown Rd., Mesa, follows Scrooge’s transformation with “A Christmas Carol 2: A Dickens of a Christmas,” Nov. 29 through Dec. 27. In this humorous story, a vengeful Bob Cratchit wants to repay Scrooge for the years of misery he suffered. With the help of his spoiled son, Tiny Tim, he plans to destroy Scrooge’s business. Filled with music, wacky characters and heartfelt moments. Info: 480-325-6700,

CAUTIONARY TALE: Ebenezer Scrooge, played by Dorman Smith, gets a chilling visit from his old, dead business partner during Hale Center Theater’s production of “A Christmas Carol.” Submitted photo

Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave. in Gilbert, stages a musical production of this holiday classic tale Nov. 29 through Dec. 24. Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit and the lively carolers along with a great score put audiences in the holiday mood. Due to the popularity of Hale’s seasonal classic, two casts who will perform 34 productions in the span of less than four weeks. Info: 480-497-1181, Southwest Shakespeare Company offers this special holiday evening of greed, ghosts and second chances, Nov. 24 through Dec. 22 at Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa. It’s about the adventures of Ebenezer Scrooge as he’s visited by the spirits of Christmas Past,

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Based on the bestselling book, this holiday comedy is presented by East Valley Children’s Theatre Nov. 29 through Dec. 9 at Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa. In this hilarious Christmas tale, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids – probably the most inventively awful kids in history. Mayhem and fun collide when the Herdmans meet the Christmas story head-on. Info:,

‘A Winnie the Pooh Christmas Tail’

Valley Youth Theatre returns with this family holiday favorite Nov. 30 through Dec. 23 at its facility located at 807 N. 3rd St., Phoenix. Pooh, Piglet and the whole gang from the Hundred-Acre Wood help Eeyore learn about friendship and the spirit of giving. Info: 602-253-8188,

‘Snow Queen’

ICE DANCE: Amber Robins stars as the Snow Queen and D. Daniel Hollingshead is the befuddled Kai in Center Dance Ensemble’s production of “The Snow Queen.” Photo by Tim Fuller

Center Dance Ensemble presents this magical retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic to music by Sergei Prokofiev Dec. 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 and 16 in Herberger

Theater’s Stage West, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix. The Snow Queen is successful in luring the young boy, Kai, to her palace in the land of permafrost. He must be rescued by his best friend, Gerda. Info: 602-252-8497,

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“Donnie and Marie – Christmas in Arizona” brings the holiday tradition of the “Osmond Family Christmas” television specials to ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe, Nov. 27 through Dec. 2. With SINGING SIBLINGS: Television their show-stopping and music stars Donnie and production numbers, the Marie Osmond perform in an show features favorite elaborate holiday show at ASU holiday hits mixed with Gammage, Nov. 27 through their trademark banter. Dec. 2. Photo courtesy of ASU Info: 480-965-3434, Gammage Chandler Symphony Orchestra presents its “Sun Lakes Holiday Concert” at 3 and 6 p.m. Sun., Dec. 2 at Sun Lakes United Methodist Church, 9248 E. Riggs Rd., Sun Lakes. Enjoy the season’s best-loved music. Info: 480-895-8766. For more holiday events, go to Page 58 in the Arts section. Teri Carnicelli has been a Valley journalist for more than 18 years. She can be reached at


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ICAN tree fest helps kids

To provide free youth programs as well as to celebrate ICAN’s accomplishments, the biggest fundraiser for the Chandler nonprofit is the 9th Annual Festival of Trees at 6 p.m. Fri., Nov. 30 at Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa, 5594 W. Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler. It’s a gala event of live entertainment, live and silent auctions and a five-star, threecourse dinner more than 300 community members are expect to attend. “Annually, this is considered the big event for ICAN supporters,” ICAN’s CEO Becky Jackson explains. “It’s an evening WHO WILL BID? Completely decorated holiday trees and other where those who have made items will be available in live and silent the positive changes possible auctions at ICAN’s 9th Annual Festival for youth come together and of Trees on Nov. 30. Submitted photo celebrate, while setting the foundation to further that positive outreach for the next year.” ICAN programs are for youth ages 5 to 18, to prevent substance abuse, gang activity and juvenile delinquency. The presenting sponsor for the event is Big Two Toyota / Scion of Chandler, and additional sponsors include AlphaGraphics of Gilbert, Diginity Health, Citi Private Bank, 360 Vantage, U.S. Trust: Bank of America Private Wealth Management and the City of Chandler Fire Department. 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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Dog lovers and their canine A small off-leash dog park, friends can participate in a vaccinations, pet adoptions, multitude of dog-friendly pet parade and a variety of events at Woofstock – The pet-friendly vendors are also Great Chandler Dog Walk available. from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sat., There will also be musical Nov. 17 at Tumbleweed Park, entertainment, caricature 2250 S. McQueen Rd., on the drawings, face painting, pet southwest corner of Germann photography, a pet psychic, and McQueen roads. dog massages, raffle prizes The Great Chandler Dog and food and beverages for TOP DOGS: Canines Walk benefits the American sale. Santa will be present for show off their agility Service Animal Society, pictures with all well-behaved skills at the Woofstock a nonprofit organization dogs in the park. festival at Tumbleweed dedicated to enabling Several local bands, Park. Submitted photo disabled veterans to live a including Come Back Buddy, more productive life through the use of Exit 40 and The Villains, perform service animals. throughout the event on the Concert The walk offers three distance options for Critters stage. The popular Pets on to fit the abilities of all pets and their Parade, featuring costumed canines owners. The three noncompetitive courses competing for prizes, begins at noon. include a small 400-yard course dubbed The first 30 owners and their dogs that the Dachshund Dash; a 1K medium course get an entry number beginning at 11:30 called the Bichon Buzz; and a 3.5K long a.m. will be able to participate in the course, the Husky Hustle. Maps of the parade. courses are on the event website. Woofstock is presented by the Dog Walk registration on the day American Service Animal Society, of the event begins at 8:45 a.m. and Maricopa County Animal Care & Control costs $25 per canine. Cash and checks and the City of Chandler. Sponsors are accepted, and all preregistered include Pet Butler, Pete and Mac’s, participants receive a goodie bag., Honey Bear’s, Cold In addition to the series of charity Stone Creamery, Blazin’ K9s, Good Dog dog walks, Woofstock features several Agility, Sweetwater Stockdogs and local organizations that demonstrate Arizona Dog Sports. their canine sporting activities including Parking and admission to the event is Good Dog Agility with agility drills, free. For more details, visit chandleraz. Blazin’ K9s with flyball and Sweetwater gov/woofstock, Stockdogs showing off dog herding. woofstock.php or call 480-802-9339.

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TEA TIME: Enjoying the Chandler-Tullamore Sister Cities Second Annual Southwest Tea are, from left, Chandler Councilmember Trinity Donovan, her husband, Ray Bolkan, Victor and Cynthia Hardy and Gerry Renkin. Submitted photo

Trivia fans are invited to a pub quiz sponsored by Chandler-Tullamore Sister Cities (CTSC) starting at 6 p.m. Sun., Dec. 2 at Coach & Willie’s, located at the southeast corner of Arizona Avenue and Boston Street in historic downtown Chandler. “Test your knowledge of current events, high culture to pop culture, half Irish and half Arizona questions,” says Ellen Harrington, CTSC president. “If you’re a trivia novice just looking for a good place to get a cold one and great food, or a trivia expert looking for a challenge, then register, come on by and pull up a chair.” The event will be held in a private room with bar and food access, featuring Tullamore Dew. Entry fee is $20. Proceeds from the pub quiz will assist the nonprofit CTSC in underwriting educational and cultural exchanges, and hosting delegations for business-tobusiness exchanges between Chandler and Tullamore, Ireland.

A self-defense workshop for women and girls age 12 and older is held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sat., Nov. 17 inside the Polar Ice building, 7225 W. Harrison St., Chandler. Hosted by Chandler Mixed Martial Arts, a corporate business sponsor of CTSC and owned by Tullamore natives and long-time Chandler residents Master Paul McGowan and wife Kara, attendees will learn how to recognize and avoid dangerous situations, how not to become a victim and how to fight off an assailant if confronted. Cost at the door is $30.

Successful tea

The day dawned brightly for the CTSC’s Second Annual Southwest Tea, this year held on the mezzanine of Chandler’s City Hall. Nearly 100 enjoyed lunch provided by Coach & Willie’s and desserts made by the members of the Tea Committee. Entertainment was provided by Dave Cullen, an Irish singer and native of Tullamore, Chandler’s sister city; songstress Melaney Moore; Irish dancers; and Gaelic harpist Hana Halverson. Students from Seton Catholic High School gave a presentation on Student Exchange experiences. Jill Johnson was the winner of the Kindle Fire HD, and tickets for more prizes were drawn. For more information, call 480-600-8509, email or visit

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Charity collection opportunities In the spirit of Thanksgiving and upcoming holiday season, there are several options in the SanTan Sun area to help those less fortunate.

Farmers Market at Dr. A.J. Chandler Park in Downtown Chandler every Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m. until Nov. 30. The food drive benefits United Food Bank and two local food banks, Matthew’s Crossing and the Chandler Christian Community Center. The items most requested include peanut butter, canned meat, canned fruits and vegetables, cereal, soup, stews and other nonperishable items. “The Market is supported by our community, but we also want to make sure we are giving back,” says coordinator Marnie Brookins. People who would like to donate but are unable to make it to the market can also drop off their donations any time at Gangplank, 260 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. For more information, visit the new market website at

Give shoes, food

Now through Sun., Nov. 18, local Ford Motor Co. dealerships are collecting gently-used shoes and nonperishable food items to be donated 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.

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 Earnhardt Ford at 7300 W. Orchid Ln. and San Tan Ford at 1429 Motorplex Loop in Gilbert – receives one free general admission ticket to The Children’s Museum of Phoenix. The ticket is redeemable at the museum during the month of December when Ford has an exhibit on display.

Shoebox gifts aid needy kids

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‘Socks for seniors’ seeks coordinators

A nationwide nonprofit organization seeks local area coordinators for Socks for Seniors, an annual community service project that collects new socks to be distributed to elderly in local area nursing homes around the holidays. The 2012 Socks For Seniors Campaign runs through Dec. 25. The program is solely volunteer based and does not collect money, only socks. Individuals and groups are encouraged to host a sock drive by decorating a box and finding locations for collection boxes, then distributing the socks to a local nursing home, assisted living center or other senior community of their choice. Socks For Seniors can also help promote and connect a local sock drive with a local senior community for distributing the socks at the end of the sock drive. For more information and to collect Socks For Seniors, visit socksforseniors. com/register.html.

Nov. 17 – 30, 2012

Jelly Belly tour stops at Sweeties


Jelly bean fans can taste the latest in Jelly Belly flavors when the Jelly Belly touring bus makes a special appearance between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sat., Dec. 8 at Sweeties Candy of Arizona, 1050 W. Chandler Blvd. Suite 2, Chandler. Touring jelly bean experts will share insider secrets in the making of Jelly Belly jelly beans, and there will be a host of fun activities and prizes for kids. Questions about Jelly Belly beans will be answered by the “bean diplomats.” At the stop, Jelly Belly will offer tastes of the newest flavors, including Snapple flavored jelly beans. The more daring are invited to taste BeanBoozled, the wacky line of weird and wild flavors from skunk spray and pencil shaving beans, to banana and coconut flavors. Jelly Belly jelly beans are currently made in 92 flavors, and the most recently released flavor is Candy Corn. The company also makes 100 more confections such as licorice, jells, gummies, seasonal sweets and chocolate covered treats. Learn more at, or call the Jelly Belly Hotline at 800-323-9380. Visit for more information.



Nov. 17 – 30, 2012

Gilbert Yoga offers life coaching workshop Thanksgiving, teens, kids classes, too Attend a unique workshop that combines yoga with life coaching during “Helping You Be You!” from 2 to 4 p.m. Sat., Nov. 17 at Gilbert Yoga, 6 E. Palo Verde St., Suite 13, Gilbert. Yoga and life coaching complement each other as they both bring focus to the present moment and align body, mind and spirit, according to Life Coach Barb Piggott. Through this combination, she says participants can take yoga practice off the mat and bring it into all aspects of their lives. The cost is $25. Participants should bring a mat and a notebook. For information, visit or email

11:30 a.m. Thu., Nov. 22. A donation of $12 is suggested and no registration is necessary. All regular classes are canceled on Thanksgiving day, Thu., Nov. 22, except for this special workshop. A new teen yoga class for ages 12 and older is offered Mondays and Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m., and Kids Yoga is also offered four days per week. All classes are now by donation, suggested at $12 per class, unless otherwise noted, which ensures the continued growth of Gilbert Yoga, allowing a variety of classes to be offered for the community. The donation system also provides an opportunity for the student to show their appreciation for the teacher and allows the student to practice the reciprocity of giving and receiving. Visit for more details or call 480-507-9642.

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Adults, teens and children 8 years and older are invited to participate in a Thanksgiving day all-level workshop, “Gratitude and Grace,” from 10 to

SASI cowgirls on parade Witness the fanfare and equestrian skills of Southwest Arizona Sisters Inc. (SASI) in action as they perform during the Gilbert Days Parade on Sat., Nov. 17; at Tempe Fantasy of Lights Opening Night Parade on Sat., Nov. 24; and the Town of Queen Creek Parade on Sat., Dec. 1. SASI is also holding a Necessity Drive for the children at the Child Crisis Center on Sun., Dec. 16.

The all-female drill team performs in rodeos, parades and events around the state, and their motto is an “attitude of gratitude.” Community service and performing go hand in hand for members, who come from in and around the SanTan Sun area and practice their routines at Horseshoe Park, 20464 E. Riggs Rd., Queen Creek. For more information, visit





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Joe Johnston of Joe’s Real BBQ in Gilbert joins other well-known, local restaurant chefs on “Eight’s Centennial Cooking Celebration” 7 p.m. Tue., Nov. 27 on Arizona PBS channel 8, to celebrate Arizona’s 100th birthday. During the two-

hour special, cookbook author and host Barbara Fenzl invites featured chefs on stage before a live audience to prepare a signature dish, including Johnston, who will make cut spare ribs, an item from his Gilbert restaurant. Fenzl is a major figure on the American culinary stage. In 1983, she founded Les Gourmettes Cooking School in Phoenix. She also teaches at schools throughout the U.S. and Mexico and taught for 10 years in southwestern France. The rest of the culinary cast features Phoenix chefs Chris Bianco of Pizzeria Bianco, Silvana Esparza of Barrio Cafe, Nobuo Fukuda of Nobuo at Teeter House and Mark Tarbell of Tarbell’s. Also included are Kevin Binkley of Binkley’s in Carefree, Matt McTigue of El Tovar at the Grand Canyon and Amanda Stine of Garland’s Oak Creek Lodge in Sedona. For more information, visit

Hearing dogs education meeting Learn about hearing dogs during the monthly meeting of the Sun Lakes Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America from 1 to 3 p.m. Tue., Dec. 4 at the Ed Robson Branch Library, Lecky Center, 9330 E. Riggs Rd., Sun Lakes. Kristi Nolde-Morrissey, Hearing Dog Instructor with Happy Tails Service Dogs, discusses how hearing dogs are trained,


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Spiritual Reflections We enjoy our religious freedom by Father Pierre

Our country amidst many pitfalls has enjoyed religious freedom since we were founded. As much as I have taken it for granted, I realize that this is not true in most of the rest of the world. Our religious freedom has not been won easily. It has come at the cost of much bloodshed, misunderstanding, alienation and criticism, and as imperfect as it may be, it is ours. Many have come from other countries to be able to practice their faith without fear of being killed or imprisoned. Most of us, Lord, believe in You with a very small percentage who don’t. I believe that we can live in peace in serving You, Lord, because You love us

all. But knowing that we are a nation founded under You, as our protector, we have called upon You in battle and in times of thanksgiving. It hurts me to see Your name slowly disappearing from our public buildings, our schools and our official documents. You are the Creator and the center of the Universe, the source of life, the giver of life and I promise to keep You and Your word present before me and to promote religious freedom in whatever way I can serve the good of the community. Father Pierre Hissey is pastor of St. Steven’s Catholic Church, 24827 S. Dobson Rd., Sun Lakes. Info:, call 480-8959266.

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Thanksgiving meal donations needed Food items are needed for the Chandler Presbyterian Church’s Thanksgiving Feast at Chandler Christian Community Center (CCCC). People are welcome to donate cooked or frozen turkeys, dinner rolls, boxed dressing, large cans of green beans, large cans of corn, boxed mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, bottled water, pies, cakes, ice, fruit punch syrup, and/ or paper plates, plastic silverware, paper napkins and plastic glasses. Nonperishable items must be dropped off on Sunday morning, Nov. 18 or between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Mon., Nov. 19 through Wed., Nov. 21 at Chandler Presbyterian Church, 1500 W. Germann Rd., Chandler. Uncooked turkeys must be dropped off on Sun., Nov. 18. Cooked turkeys, rolls, desserts and ice should be taken directly to the CCCC, located at 345 S. California St., Chandler, between 3 and 5 p.m. on Wed., Nov. 21. Info: 480-963-3821.

Nov. 17 – 30, 2012


Impoverished families need adoption The Adopt-A-Family program at St. Steven’s Catholic Church is now underway, with sponsors needed to accept a gift guide for toys, clothing, household items and food items for a Christmas dinner. Many adoptees are referred by clergy from the Catholic Church or members of St. Vincent de Paul, who help deserving families complete an application during required home visits. Sponsor applications are in the parish office, 24827 S. Dobson Rd., Sun Lakes. For more information, call 480-895-9266, ext. 200.

Church serving Thanksgiving feast Local residents are invited to the 7th Annual Thanksgiving Day Citywide Feast, 5 to 8 p.m. Wed., Nov. 21 at Chandler Christian Community Center, 345 S. California St., Chandler. The community outreach is offered by

Gospel 4 Life Church, 19609 S. McQueen Rd., Chandler, under the leadership of Senior Pastor Tyronne Stowe and First Lady Elise Stowe. For more information or to make a donation, call 480-343-0022.



Nov. 17 – 30, 2012

Temple offers Sisterhood plans concert, kids for holidays service Special events for music buffs and children are in store at Temple Havurat Emet, 9330 E. Riggs Rd., Sun Lakes. The first features singer Tom Wolf, also known as “The Wolfman,” who performs 3 to 6 p.m. Sun., Dec. 2 at the Arizona Room at the Sun Lakes Clubhouse, 25601 N. Sun Lakes Blvd. Wolf has been performing for more than 25 years and favors tunes by Elvis, Johnny Cash, Ray Orbison and Patsy Cline, among others. Tickets are $10 each, and go on sale Mondays and Fridays at the clubhouse and Thursdays at Ace Hardware, 9666 E. Riggs Rd. For more information or to buy tickets, call 480-802-0185. For those 18 years and younger, Rabbi Janet Madden and Cantor Nancy Cohen offer a return of the popular children’s service at 7 p.m. Fri., Dec. 7. Regular service follow at 7:30. For more information, visit

The kindergarten classes at Frye Elementary School in Chandler are receiving gifts for the holidays from the Toys from the Heart program sponsored by the Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation Sisterhood. Toys are distributed on the morning of Tue., Dec. 18, and gift wrapping is Thu., Dec. 13 at the home of committee co-chair Trudie. Call her at 480-883-7749 to learn more. Donations for the program can be made by sending a check in any amount made out to SLJC Sisterhood to 3495 E. County Down Dr., Chandler, AZ 85249. Write “toys” on the memo line.

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Mah Jongg cards for 2013 can be ordered for $7 for regular-sized print and $8 for large print. Send a check made out to SLJC Sisterhood to 9201 E. Crystal Drive, Sun Lakes, AZ 85248. The deadline for orders is Jan. 31, 2013. Include the names and addresses of each person who’s getting a card if ordering more than one. Hear Gabe Forsberg, strategic planner / women veteran coordinator for the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services, talk about women in the military and the distinct and separate issues they face in the service, as guest speaker of the Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation Sisterhood. The program is at 1 p.m. Jan. 17 in the Chapel House, at 9240 E. Sun Lakes Blvd., Sun Lakes. Also, note cards are for sale at all Sisterhood meetings for $10 for a packet of 10. Cards can be ordered by mail by sending a check, made out to SLJC Sisterhood, to 6400 S. Granite Dr., Chandler, AZ 85249. For more information, call Carol at 480-895-3168 or Geri at 480-305-0123.

Spiritual Connections

Call ahead to confirm information, as details occasionally change after print. If you have a recurring monthly support group or meeting you would like listed in Spiritual Connections, email complete details to Adult Bible study 11 a.m. Tuesdays Book of John, Chapters 7-9. Chandler Presbyterian Church, Room 5 1500 W. Germann Rd., Chandler Info: The Big D 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sundays This program is designed to encourage and empower teens to deal with their feelings and the challenges raised during the divorce or separation of their parents. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church 739 W. Erie St., Chandler Info: 480-963-4127, Celebrate Recovery 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays Join in fellowship and celebrate God’s healing power in our lives through the 12 steps and Eight Recovery Principles. The group addresses all types of habits, hurts and hang-ups. Dinner at 6 p.m. followed by meetings at 6:30 p.m. Free childcare for children ages 12 and younger. CrossRoads Nazarene Church,

Ministry Center Rooms 101-103 2950 W. Ray Rd., Chandler Info: 480-722-0700, Celebrate Recovery 6 p.m. Fridays For those with chemical dependencies or other issues. Dinner followed by meetings at 7 p.m. Dinner: $3 adult, $1 child. Free childcare for children ages 12 and younger. Chandler Christian Church, Room B200 1825 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler Info: 480-963-3997, Christian Business Networking, Tri-City Chapter – Chandler, Tempe, Mesa 7:15 a.m. Tuesdays Offers members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and business referrals. Crackers & Co. Café 535 W. Iron Ave., Mesa Info: Maia, 480-425-0624,

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All Are Welcome. Making and Deploying Disciples Who Put God First, Since 1913 Christian Business Networking, Chandler Bi-Monthly Chapter 7:30 a.m. second and fourth Tuesdays of the month Offers members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and business referrals. Chandler Christian Church, Room B202 1825 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler Info: Maia, 480-425-0624, Christian Business Networking, East Valley Chapter 7:30 a.m. Wednesdays Offers members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and business referrals. Mission Church Seminar Room 4450 E. Elliot Rd., Gilbert Info: Maia, 480-425-0624, DivorceCare for Adults 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sundays Holy Trinity Lutheran Church 739 W. Erie St., Chandler Info: 480-963-4127, DivorceCare for Kids 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sundays Holy Trinity Lutheran Church 739 W. Erie St., Chandler Info: 480-963-4127, East Valley JCC Parent & Child Playgroup 9:30-10:30 a.m. Fridays Playgroup for parents with children ages 12 months to 2-1/2 years old. East Valley JCC

Spirituality 908 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler Info: Emily Malin, 480-897-0588, East Valley Jewish Couples Club Offers once-a-month social activities such as dining, movies, plays, etc. for Jewish couples in the 45- to 65-year-old age range. Info: Melissa, 480-785-0744, GriefShare 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays A seminar / support group geared toward adults who have suffered the loss of a loved one. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church 739 W. Erie St., Chandler Info: 480-963-4127, H.O.P.E. – Help Overcoming Painful Experiences 7 p.m. Tuesdays Free weekly small-group sessions helping people overcome emotional pain caused by divorce, grief, addictions and more; free childcare for children ages 10 and younger. Desert Springs Church, Room 106 19620 S. McQueen Rd., Chandler Info:, Jewish Women International, Avodah Chapter 1581 Monthly luncheon Iguana Mack’s 1371 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler RSVP: 480-802-9304, 480-655-8812

JumpStart 11:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturdays JumpStart is a sidewalk Sunday school community outreach program serving “some of the poorest neighborhoods” in Chandler, offering snacks, games and teachings about Jesus to area children. Participants meet at Faith Family Church 11530 E. Queen Creek Rd., Chandler Info: Joanne Sweeney, 480-539-8933 Moms in Prayer International A group of mothers who meet one hour each week to intercede for their children and schools through prayer. Info: Liane Wright, 480-699-7887, Monthly Women’s Fellowship 6:30 p.m. fourth Tuesday of each month The monthly fellowship Bible study of the East Valley Chapter of Christian Women’s Devotional Alliance “ministers to women’s spiritual, emotional and physical needs.” Best Western-Mezona 250 W. Main St., Mesa Info: 480-232-3773 National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) – Chandler Chapter 10 a.m.-noon first and third Wednesday of each month Faith-based “Caring Connection” for those who have loved ones with a mental illness, i.e., schizophrenia, depression, bipolar or anxiety disorder. Find support and share experiences with others.

Nov. 17 – 30, 2012


Risen Savior Lutheran Church 23914 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler Info: Joan, 480-883-8871 Revive, Rebuild and Re-Engage 9:45 a.m. Sundays Class helps struggling couples to cope with marital issues and build their relationships with Christ. Chandler Christian Church 1825 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler Info and registration: Rosary Prayer 3 p.m. second Friday of each month St. Steven’s Catholic Church 24827 S. Dobson Rd., Sun Lakes Info: 480-895-9266 Spiritual Chat 7-8 p.m. second Thursday of each month Spiritual topics such as awareness, lucid dreaming, near-death experiences, outof-body experiences, past lives, living gracefully, reincarnation, karma and divine guidance are discussed during Arizona Satsang Society’s Spiritual Chat sessions. Unity Church of Divine Love 325 N. Austin Dr., Suite 4, Chandler Info:, 877-300-4949 Women’s Bible study 9 a.m. Sundays Liz Higg’s “Bad Girls of the Bible” Chandler Presbyterian Church, Pastor George’s study 1500 W. Germann Rd., Chandler Info:


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PEACEFUL: “Rain Chain,” a Japanese-inspired art quilt by Loraine Sample of Queen Creek is displayed at Chandler Center for the Arts and will become part of the Chandler Public Art collection. STSN photo

Explore duality in art quilts at “Art Quilts Year XVII – Integrating a Paradox” on exhibit through Jan. 19, 2013 in the gallery at Chandler Center for the Arts (CCA), 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. All quilts are accompanied by a story and artist biography expressing the “paradox” theme, according to curator Adriene Buffington, who says a paradox “can express the tension between ideas that are contradictory, and yet both are true.” The Chandler Arts Commission purchased six pieces for the City’s public art collection, including from

PARADOX: Gilbert resident Linda McCurry’s art quilt “Truly, Madly, Deeply” is part of the “Art Quilts Year XVII – Integrating a Paradox” exhibit at CCA through Jan. 19, 2013 and was purchased by the Chandler Arts Commission. STSN photo

Arizona artists Loraine Sample’s “Rain Chain” and Gilbert resident Linda McCurry’s “Truly, Madly, Deeply.” An Art Quilt Invitational Exhibit of 25 selections by national art quilters 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 the public. CCA’s Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays. For details, call 480-782-2680 or visit


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Children’s choir Women’s choir sings holiday joy sets auditions For a chance to sing with Chandler Children’s Choir (CCC) beginning in January, boys and girls ages 7 to 16 can audition on Sat., Nov. 17 at the Arizona Music Academy, 1700 E. Elliott Rd., Suite 11, Tempe. No previous experience is required. Auditions last approximately 15 minutes and focus on matching pitches, reproducing intervals and rhythm. Vocal range is also assessed. Another round of auditions takes place Tue., Jan. 8, 2013. The CCC consists of three choirs: Junior for ages 7 to 9; Encore for ages 10 to 12; and Cantus for ages 12 to 16, and aims to “share the beauty of classical, folk and art song styles” with its singers and audiences. Instructors teach solfege and note reading skills, as well as choral blend and vocal technique. Rehearsals are held at Desert Cross Lutheran Church, 8600 S. McClintock Dr., Tempe. Email auditions@ or call 480-699-9846 to schedule an audition.

DECK THE HALLS: Sun Lakes’ Chordaires Chorus prepares to perform throughout the community during the holidays. Submitted photo

What’s Christmas without holiday music? The Chordaires Chorus will be performing throughout the Sun Lakes community in December, showing off their signature a cappella style in barbershop harmony. Under the direction of Doreen Hansen, the Chordaires can be seen at the Sun Lakes Country Club tree-lighting service, 25601 N. Sun Lakes Blvd., at 5:30 p.m. Sat., Dec. 1, as well as at the Cottonwood Country Club Christmas party at 7 p.m. Fri., Dec. 7 at 25630 S. Brentwood Dr. Its final show is 6 to 8 p.m. Sat., Dec. 8 at

Oakwood at Diamond Lake’s luminaries Christmas caroling, 24218 S. Oakwood Blvd. The Chordaires invite all women who like to sing to attend rehearsals in January for its upcoming 33rd annual spring show “Hats Off to America” in April. Rehearsals are 1 to 3:30 p.m. Mondays in the Mirror Room at Sun Lakes Country Club. For more information, call Cindi Edwards at 503-307-1730 or Chris Roen at 480-229-5412.


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Time for holiday shopping Savvy holiday shoppers can find both holiday gifts and decorations at the Sun Lakes Arts and Crafts Association’s Annual Fall Show, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sat., Nov. 24 at the Sun Lakes Country Club, 25425 S. Sun Lakes Blvd., south of Riggs Road. This artistic group created an assortment of handcrafted pieces including jewelry, beadwork, gourds, stained glass, quilting and hand-sewn items, ceramics, artwork, lighted wine bottles, fused glass jewelry, diachronic glass, handmade cards and leather-tooled items. Admission is free and open to the public. For more details, contact Donna Penna at 602-882-3651 or Diane Enders at 480-982-7744.


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‘Boulevard 35’ benefits Legion An arts and crafts show to benefit veterans’ programs takes place 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sat., Dec. 8 and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sun., Dec. 9 in the backyard of American Legion Post 35, 2240 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler. The “Boulevard 35” event features more than 80 vendors selling paintings, crafts, handmade items, food and more. Nonprofit groups and commercial vendors also take part. A portion of the proceeds benefits the American Legion and its veterans’ programs. Admission is free, and leashed, well-behaved dogs are welcome. Ample parking is available. Vendor space is still available. For more information or to request an application, email info@boulevard35. com or call 800-603-3213, ext. 4.

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SLOW LIGHT: Photographer Kate Breakey is one of the artists whose work, like this piece titled “Swirly Cloud from Slow Light,” will be featured in a silent auction to benefit Art Intersection. Photo courtesy of Kate Breakey

A silent auction featuring the works of more than 50 artists connected to Art Intersection runs from 5 to 8 p.m. Sat., Dec. 1 at 207 N. Gilbert Rd., Suite 201, Gilbert. The event is free and open to the public. A special preview of the works up for auction takes place 4 to 6 p.m. Sat., Nov. 17. The works will be on exhibit Tuesday through Saturday Nov. 20 through Dec. 1. This fundraiser allows Art Intersection to bring quality art exhibitions to the Chandler and Gilbert

communities. The auction list includes works from masters in photography including Kate Breakey, Mark Klett, Stan Klimek, Richard Laugharn, Mike Lundgren, Carol Panaro-Smith / James Hajicek, Andrew Phelps and Anna Strickland. Also featured is notable emerging artists including David Emitt Adams, Peter Bugg and David Cook. For additional details, visit or call 480-361-1118.



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Two memorable gals bid goodbye There are just a few chances left to cheer on a spunky redheaded orphan or watch a beautiful young women be woken from a deep slumber by love’s kiss, as productions of “Annie” and “Snow White” wrap up Sat., Nov. 24 at Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert. America’s favorite orphan, Annie, tries to run away from the Girls Orphanage, run by the chronically hung-over Miss Hanagan. Although her escape is brief, she finds the loveable Sandy, a clever canine with endearing charms, and her life changes for the better when she wins the heart of billionaire “Daddy” Warbucks.

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Holiday happenings Here are more holiday-themed entertainment options for adults and families to enjoy this holiday season.

‘Cirque Dreams: Holidaze’

An international cast of more than 30 artists perform acrobatic feats Dec. 4 and 5 at Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa. Experience gingerbread men flipping mid-air, toy soldiers marching on thin wires, snowmen daringly balancing, puppets dancing and reindeer soaring high above a landscape of holiday wonderment featuring gigantic gifts, colossal candy canes and 30-foot towering soldiers. Tickets are $22 to $52. Info: 480-644-6500,

Irving Berlin’s ‘White Christmas’

This heartwarming Broadway adaptation featuring 17 Irving Berlin songs comes to life via Copperstar Repertory Company at Higley Center for the Performing Arts, 4132 E. Pecos Rd., Gilbert, Dec. 21 through 29. Songs include “Blue Skies,” “I Love A Piano,” “How Deep Is the Ocean” and the iconic “White Christmas.” Tickets are $15 to $19. Info: 480-279-7194, Sonoran Desert Chorale celebrates the season with the “Rejoice! Hodie! Concert,” featuring Brass of the Desert at 7:30 p.m. Sat., Dec. 8 at First United Methodist Church, 15 E. First Ave., Mesa. This year’s festive fare includes the rousing “Hodie!” by Z. Randall Stroope for chorus, organ, brass and percussion; traditional carols and a sing-along. Info: 480-305-4538, Victorian Christmas with John Doan takes place 6 p.m. Sun., Dec. 23 at Higley Center for the Performing Arts (HCPA), 4132 E. Pecos Rd., Gilbert. Presented in part

by AMAZ Radio, it’s a live version of the EmmyNominated Public Broadcasting Television Special, which re-enacts what it might have been like to celebrate Christmas a century ago. Info: 480-279-7194,

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“A John Waters Christmas” is a one-man show featuring Waters at 8 p.m. Sat., Dec. 8 at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia G. Piper Theater, 7380 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale. Waters is the director of the classic cult movies “Pink Flamingos,” “Polyester” and “Hairspray,” as well as the author of the 2010 bestselling book “Role Models.” In this show, he cruises into town on his sleigh full of smut spreading yuletide cheer and lunacy. Placing the ‘X’ firmly in X-Mas, Waters shares some of his favorite holiday traditions. SPINNING: A dizzying array of acrobats and entertainers make the season sparkle Not suitable for young children. Info: 480-499a little brighter in “Cirque Dreams: Holidaze,” on stage at Mesa Arts Center Dec. 4 TKTS (8587), and 5. Photo courtesy of MAC “Sister’s Christmas Catechism: The Mystery of the Magi’s Gold” returns Dec. 18 through 23 at Jan. 20, 2013 in Herberger Theater’s Stage West, 222 E. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia G. Monroe St., Phoenix. Piper Theater, 7830 E. 2nd St, Scottsdale. Watch as Steve attends holiday dinner at Grandma’s, The show stars Patti Hannon as Sister, the tartwhere if you’re younger than 55, you still sit at the tongued, ruler-wielding Catholic nun. In an unusually children’s table, and 35 over-fed people share one toilet. jolly mood, Sister teaches her students the story of the Info: 602-252-8497, Nativity and asks for their help to solve the greatest Christmas caper ever – who swiped the gold that those ‘Spirit of Christmas’ three wise men gave to baby Jesus? Hosted by Tom Booth, the “25th Annual Spirit of Info: 480-499-TKTS (8587), Christmas” is an energetic variety show set for Dec. 8, 9, 15 and 16 at Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. “My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m Arizona Ave., Chandler. Home for the Holidays:” When the family arrives home The show features a cast of more than 100 dancers, to celebrate the holidays, Steve is thrown together with singing, a horse and carriage, special guest performers all of his dysfunctional family members in a riotous and a champion hoop dancer. Info: 480-782-2680, celebration of the holiday season, Dec. 19 through


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School kids Lunch features senior string players perform ‘Seussical’ A musical program by The Sonic Senior Strings highlight the annual Christmas Luncheon of the Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O.), set for noon Sat., Dec. 8 in Ballroom A of the Oakwood Country Club, 24218 S. Oakwood Blvd., Sun Lakes. Socializing begins at 11:30 a.m. The Sonic Senior Strings are part of an international group called New Horizons International Music Association (NHIMA), with groups throughout the United States and Canada. The purpose of NHIMA is for people older than 55 to have a music group to either begin with an instrument or continue with one they played in high school. There currently are 16 members in Sonic Senior Strings, under the direction of Richard Rader, who retired as strings director for Mesa Public Schools. Linda Miller, a member of the local P.E.O. chapter who is from Sun Lakes, performs with the Sonic Senior Strings. P.E.O. has six philanthropic projects, and the members strive to make a difference in women’s lives through scholarships, grants and loans. All unaffiliated and visiting P.E.O.’s are encouraged to attend this festive event hosted by P.E.O. Chapter DW. The cost is $20 per person. Send payment by Nov. 27 to Judi Clement, 25615 S. Ribbonwood Dr., Sun Lakes, AZ 85248. For more information, call Clement at 480-895-2828 or Shirley Langer at 480-895-1505.

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The St. Genesius Theatre Troupe, the drama club at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School, performs “Seussical Jr.” through Sun., Nov.18 in the school’s Parish Life Center, located at 7655 E. Main St. in downtown Scottsdale. This year’s cast of 130 children, comprised of school students in grades three through eight, entertains audience members of all ages with lovable characters from Dr. Seuss’ celebrated books, including the infamous “Cat in the Hat” and his prankster “Things.” Show times are 7 p.m. Saturday as well as matinee performances at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $20 for reserved seating and $50 for VIP packages. Tickets may be reserved by contacting Stacy Karis at karisa@, Maureen Bussoletti at or OLPH at 480-874-3720.

Arts Chronicles The 2013 Governor’s Arts Awards, which are presented in six categories to individuals and businesses who have made substantial and outstanding contributions to arts and culture in Arizona, are now accepting nominations through 5 p.m. Fri., Dec. 14. The awards are presented by Arizona Citizens Action for the Arts in partnership with the Arizona Commission on the Arts and the Office of the Governor, and winners are announced at the 32nd annual Governor’s Arts Awards event Wed., March 6, 2013 at The Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix. Applications: Pronounced, “dee-shocka”


DST – Desert Stages Theatre AC – Actor’s Café CC – Children’s Theatre 4720 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale Tickets: 480-483-1664, FELC – First Evangelical Lutheran Church 142 N. Date St., Mesa Info: HCPA – Higley Center for the Performing Arts 4132 E. Pecos Rd., Gilbert Tickets: 480-279-7194, MAC – Mesa Arts Center Ikeda – Ikeda Theater; Piper – Piper Theater; WFG – Wells Fargo Garden 1 E. Main St., Mesa Tickets: 480-644-6500, MIM – Musical Instrument Museum 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix Info: 480-478-6000, PT – Phoenix Theatre LT – Little Theatre 100 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix Tickets: 623-252-2772, SCPA – Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts VGPT – Virginia G. Piper Theater 7380 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale Box office: 480-499-8587, SMoCA – Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art LG – Lounge 7373 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale Info: 480-874-4666, USAC – US Airways Center 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix Tickets: 800-745-3000,



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“The Last of the Red Hot Lovers,” through Jan. 13, 2013, DST – AC. Barney Cashman, a middle-aged married man, undergoes a lustful mid-life crisis and attempts to take part in a sexual revolution before it is too late. Cashman’s gentle nature leaves the crowd roaring with laughter at his efforts to seduce the women he manages to encounter. “Shear Madness,” through Dec. 2, MAC – Piper. The Shear Madness hairstyling salon is scandalized by the wacky murder of its illustrious upstairs neighbor, and if the shop doesn’t get to the bottom of things soon, someone is going to die laughing. Tickets are $22-$25. “Romeo et Juliette,” through Nov. 18, PSH. Arizona Opera continues its 2012-2013 Season with Gounod’s French operatic masterpiece. Tickets begin at $25. 19th Annual ArtFest of Scottsdale, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 17-18, SCPA – Plaza. Featuring more than 200 juried artists and craftspeople from across the nation, continuous live music, international foods, family area featuring handson art activities and creative challenges for children and more. Free admission. La Catrina String Quartet, 7 p.m. Mon., Nov. 19, HCPA. The quartet’s unique blend of Latin American and standard repertoire caters to the more traditional concertgoers while still attracting the next generation of listeners. Béla Fleck and the Marcus Roberts Trio, Nov. 23, SCPA. The group will take audiences on an exhilarating musical journey. Lit Lounge, featuring playwright Kim Porter, 7 p.m. Fri., Nov. 23, SMoCA-LG. A monthly series that’s a little bit “This American Life” and a

CAPITAL COMEDY: Known for putting the “mock” in democracy, D.C.’s Capitol Steps will return to Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts for its annual Thanksgiving weekend visit on Nov. 24 and 25. Photo courtesy of the SCPA

little bit rock-n-roll, where engaging writers and performers share true stories fused with live music. Tickets are $10. D.C.’s Capitol Steps, Nov. 24-25, SCPA – VGPT. Known for putting the “mock” in democracy, this comedy improv troupe pokes fun at all sides of the issues, from left to right, with fresh, up-to-the-minute material inspired by the latest election results, headlines, scandals and more. Jogja Hip-Hop Foundation, Nov. 27, SCPA. A

cutting-edge mix of new urban rap and ancient Javanese music and poetry. Cirque du Soleil’s “Dralion,” Nov. 28Dec. 2, USAC. Fusing the 3000-year-old tradition of Chinese acrobatic arts with the multidisciplinary approach of Cirque du Soleil, Dralion, pronounced “Dra-lee-on,” draws its inspiration from Eastern philosophy and its never-ending quest for harmony between humans and nature.

Nov. 17 – 30, 2012 “Arizona Pastorela: Mission to Mars,” Nov. 29-Dec. 9, PT – LT. A multi-ethnic satire, presented by the New Carpa Theatre Co., about the Hernandez family, who hears about the birth of Christ and decides to walk to Phoenix to catch the light rail to Bethlehem. On the way, Sheriff Joe’s posse goes to Mars seeking evidence President Obama is really an alien. Clint Eastwood is talking to chairs. Big Bird is talking to Clint Eastwood. Gov. Brewer is talking to headless immigrants. And more. Tickets are $8-$12. Manhattan Transfer, 7 & 9 p.m. Nov. 29-30, MIM. This well-known vocal ensemble performs four-part harmonies combining doo-wop, pop and jazz. This show also offers a few holiday selections. Mozart and More 2012, 7:30 p.m. Fri., Nov. 30, FELC. Works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Christoph Willibald Gluck as performed by the San Tan Orchestra, featuring Dawn Corso, coloratura soprano and Andrew O’Brien, piano. Tickets are $15. “ARTrageous Starring Bernadette Peters,” 8:30 p.m. Sat., Dec. 1, SCPA – VGPT. Accompanied by her longtime arranger and musical director, Marvin Laird, and an eightpiece orchestra, Peters will perform classic Broadway songs and standards at this annual gala extravaganza benefiting Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and SMoCA. Tickets are $125 for the concert only. Ronny Cox, 7 p.m. Sat., Dec. 1, HCPA. Cox played slithery corporate snakes in “RoboCop” and “Total Recall,” but as a singer-songwriter, he is a study in easygoing amiability and unforced charisma. He charms crowds with self-teasing humor, tart progressive insight and a lulling Southwestern folk sound.




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




SPECIAL OCCASIONS... 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.

Health is a state licensed, Medicare-certified and JCAHO accredited home health agency providing a wide range of home health services. We have qualified, compassionate caregivers available immediately to provide assistance with meal planning and preparation, medication reminders, bathing and dressing, light housekeeping and companionship. Temporary, part-time, full-time and overnight care available from insured and background checked caregivers. or 480-444-7788.





Residential/Commercial. Repairs and Reroofing. Tile, Shingles, Flat, Walk-Decks. 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.

ANNOUNCEMENT FUNDRAISING SUPPORT NEEDED! Basha High School senior needs your help to benefit children at Mesa Child Crisis Center. Buy a Fitness Works 3-month membership for $20, and $10 per coupon will go to brighten the faces of displaced kids this Christmas. It’s part of her senior project to raise $1,000. Fundraiser ends November 29. Please call or text 480-235-1140.

EMPLOYMENT HELP WANTED 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 @ 480-2379393 or

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.

paper, plant care, etc. Licensed and insured, references available. Free initial consultation. Call Gail at 480-444-9057 or email



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.

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.




*Acid Wash *Tile Cleaning *Full Service *Chemical Only Service *Repairs & Motors *Pumps *Filter Cleanouts *Pool Draining *Owner Operated *References Available *NO HIDDEN CHARGES! *No Bait & Switch Prices *FREE Estimates! **CALL CLAY 480-710-8790**

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



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

TRANSPORTATION YOTA PROS 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.

HOME REPAIRS OLD FASHIONED HOME CARE 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.

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.

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.


Over 30yrs Experience in All Types of Home Repairs and Installations. Such as Roofing, Carpentry, Electrical, Plumbing, Painting, Drywall, Complete Kitchen &

PERSONAL SERVICES 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.

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.



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.

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 480-361-9700.


DRAPERIES & MORE Specializing in


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.


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!




Bath Remodels and Much More! Call Rick Today for Your Free Estimate at 480258-2910. Now accepting all major credit cards!




looking for that unique holiday gift for that someone special. Jacobson Elementary is having their annual Winter Boutique on Friday, November 30th, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Please join us for shopping, Chinese raffle and desserts while you shop. You don’t want to miss this!

OHERREN ELECTRIC 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.

Nov. 17 - 30, 2012

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 news-

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 **

Nov. 17 - 30, 2012

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,

BBB DRYWALL, LLC Remodeling, Drywall Repairs, Garages, Patios, Additions, Entertainment Centers, Popcorn Removal, Water Damage. Residential and Commercial. Lowest Prices Guaranteed. Licensed, Bonded, Insured. ROC254546. 480-223-2816,, www.

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.




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.

- 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.

HOLIDAY SPECIALS! $25 OFF 1st Service; $15 OFF 2nd Service; $10 OFF 3rd Service. 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. Alert Cleaning Services, Inc. Ecoquality Cleaning Every Time! 480-786-3838.

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




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.

JUNK REMOVAL 480-306-1986 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.


BIG JOHN’S CARPET CLEANING Our truck-mounted steam cleaning system will deep clean your carpets, ridding them of unwanted dirt, bacteria, fungus and chemical residues. Upholstery cleaning also available. Tile and grout cleaning. For a clean and healthy carpet, call 480-786-6610 or 602-989-8311. John Downs, Owner/Operator, Ocotillo Resident. Call for monthly specials.

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.



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.

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.



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.

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.

CLEAN CASA CLEANING Reliable house cleaning done right the 1st time!! One-time, weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, move-in/move-out, etc. Same 2

**SPRINKLER REPAIR** BY FERNIE Honest 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.


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

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.

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

LANDSCAPING UNLIMITED YARD CLEAN-UP & TREE We do Weeds, Trees, Pruning, Shaping, Tree Removal. Total Clean up & Hauling. You Name it & We do it! Reasonable. Call Vuna 480-600-7357. DO IT TODAY!

ONLY $500 DOWN! 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.



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

WE DO INSERTS! Contact SanTan Sun News for details. 480-732-0250 email:

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

JOHN’S WINDOW CLEANING 1-story=$115; 2-story=$135. Price includes removing all screens, cleaning windows, inside and out, with screens replaced. Screens cleaned $2.50 each. Sunscreens and rescreening. Same day service. Call 480-839-8929

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.

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

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

Where to Eat

Nov. 17 - 30, 2012



Thank you Ch andler!

Steak • Seafood • Chops • Wine • Cocktails $1 OFF Any Premium Fruit or Light Smoothie

BOOK YOUR HOLIDAY PARTIES WITH US—CALL TODAY! Ask about our Early Happy Hour Open 7 Nights A Week Prime Rib & Live Music on Saturdays 98 S. San Marcos, Chandler, AZ 85225 Sina tra’s Favorite Pl ace in Chandler 480-899-4400

DQ / ORANGE JULIUS 3107 S. GILBERT RD. STE. 112 GILBERT, AZ 85295-4681 Pecos & Gilbert w/drive-thru

Limit one coupon per customer, per visit. Not valid with other offers, promotions, or discounts. Void if altered, copied, sold, exchanged or where restricted by law. No cash value. Plus tax if applicable. All trademarks owned or licensed by Am. D.Q. Corp ©2012. ®, ™ and ©2012 O.J. of Am. Valid at DQ / ORANGE JULIUS 3107 S. GILBERT RD., STE. 112, GILBERT, AZ 85295-4681. Pecos & Gilbert w/drive thru. Expires 12/31/2012

DQ / ORANGE JULIUS 3107 S. GILBERT RD. STE. 112 GILBERT, AZ 85295-4681 Pecos & Gilbert w/drive-thru

Limit one coupon per customer, per visit. Not valid with other offers, promotions, or discounts. Void if altered, copied, sold, exchanged or where restricted by law. No cash value. Plus tax if applicable. All trademarks owned or licensed by Am. D.Q. Corp ©2012. ®, ™ and ©2012 O.J. of Am. Valid at DQ / ORANGE JULIUS 3107 S. GILBERT RD., STE. 112, GILBERT, AZ 85295-4681. Pecos & Gilbert w/drive thru. Expires 12/31/2012

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FREE Gyoza


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15%OFF Your Entire Bill

WE NOW SER V BEER & SAKE E ! Mon. - Sat. 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday Noon - 8 p.m.

May not be combined with any other offers. Expires 1/1/2013. STSN

4015 S. Arizona Ave. #5, Chandler, AZ 85248 | 480-895-5569 |

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

Mesquite Smoked Turkeys Also • Cornbread Stuffing Offering: • Homemade Gravy • Macaroni and Cheese • Sweet Potato Pies PRE-ORDER BY NOVEMBER 19

THIS THANKSGIVING Bring in Your Turkey and Chandler BBQ Will Smoke It!



Buy One Entree and Get One FREE

Any Lunch or Dinner Entree

With the purchase of two large drinks. Excluding ribs. Cannot be combined with any other offer.

With the purchase of two large drinks. Excluding ribs. Cannot be combined with any other offer.

$1 OFF

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

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


Nov. 17 - 30, 2012

Where to Eat

—Booking Private Parties of 20 or More For Lunch— Reserve Your Holiday Party Early! Now Open Sundays and Closed Mondays





Where to Eat


Nov. 17 - 30, 2012


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

15%OFF Hang out, relax and watch a movie on our new big screen TV!


Your Total Bill

12 Flavors of Yogurt and Sorbet... 50 delicious toppings!

Free Wi-fi and Apple Station

Not valid with any other offer.

Extensive Menu Featuring:

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

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

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

Of equal or lesser value.

Plan your special event between 10 a.m. - noon and have the whole store to yourself! Packages now available. Contact or 480-248-7721.


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

Frappuccinos, Smoothies, Cupcakes and Yogurt Shakes

480-248-7721 | 1900 W. Germann Rd. | Located at Germann & Dobson in Chandler OPEN: Sun. - Thurs. 11 a.m. - 9:30 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.




NE Corner of Dobson & Germann

SW Corner of Baseline & Ellsworth

NW Corner of Rittenhouse & Ocotillo




Bring Your Family to Ocotillo's Traditional Thanksgiving Buffet Call 480-917-6660 for reservations

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

Arizona Ave. & Ocotillo 480-802-0440

Gilbert & Germann 480-786-4577

Ocotillo Golf Resort 3751 S Clubhouse Drive Chandler, AZ 85248

Nov. 17 - 30, 2012

Where to Eat

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.

Regularly priced $6. One coupon per order, cannot be combined with other offers. Good through 12/17/2012.

For reservations, call 480-883-3773 or visit

Cooler temps brings out the best in all of us.

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

Friday, Dec. 14 7-9:30 p.m.

Photos by Miachelle DePiano


Vandal‐Hancock Duo


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


Do you know?

You could qualify for

• What your home is worth? • Prices have increased up to 37% in the past 12 months. * $2,500 to $35,000 is contingent on your lenders different programs and subject to homeowners lender or banks final approval.

Upside Down?

$2,500 to $35,000 in Relocation Assistance for the successful completion of a short sale!* Find out about your options. For a FREE one on one confidential consultation call 480-221-1332.






It’s the perfect floor plan with a huge great room that’s just off the open island kitchen featuring maple cabs, all appliances and 9 foot ceilings. Both front and rear yards are fully landscaped and feel like a private retreat.

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 $491,900.

And it’s on the green belt with no rear neighbors and features an extended patio and lots of privacy in the 1,926 SQ FT 4 bedroom. Extensive tile, an island kitchen with tons of cabinets are right next to the separate L/R and F/R and cozy fireplace.

And it’s loaded with extensive tiled floors, upgraded maple cabinets, big breakfast area, all black appliances, over sized media niche, 4 bedroom and a large rear yard. It’s also close to parks and playgrounds.

Call The Pete Dijkstra Team Today! 480-582-9777 PIN# 763

YOU’LL LOVE THE HOME AND LIKE THE PRICE! Located in wonderful Sun Groves right here in Chandler. At $274,900 this 3,200 SQ FT features 5 big bedrooms, 3 baths and a 3 car garage. Staggered cherry cabinets, huge island kitchen exquisitely finished in granite and diagonally laid tile, formal dining room, fully landscaped at a bargain price.

Call The Pete Dijkstra Team Today! 480-582-9777 PIN# 112

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IT’S THE NEW AVANT GARDE IN GILBERT! WITHOUT BIDDING! They’re new and exciting in Gilbert. A true metro feel is available featuring an Energy Star Rating, solar replacement systems, modern multifunctional spaces, 2 splash areas, 3 dream slots, high tech wiring, and CFL or LED lighting through out. Granite counters plus $5,000 in builder incentives. $222,990.

Call The Pete Dijkstra Team Today! 480-582-9777 PIN# 276

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Small town charm with a great Gilbert location. This carefully crafted home should be at the top of your list! This 2 story spacious home offers 4 bedrooms, 3 full baths plus a loft. Quality construction with post tension slab and Energy Star rating. Front yard landscaping with time irrigation system is also included. Community features community park with playground and walking paths. All this for $282,433.

Wow! You’ll love all the space in this wonderful 4 bedroom, 2,492 SQ FT home. Both the living room and family room are huge and lead to a great big island kitchen with 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!

Call The Pete Dijkstra Team Today! 480-582-9777 PIN# 508

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You’ve waited so long for that perfect home and now it’s here! Featuring extensive 20” tiled floors with custom inlays leading to a gorgeous island kitchen with granite counters, stainless appliances, travertine and terrific landscape with no rear neighbors. 4 bedrooms, 2,079 SQ FT at $169,900.

You won’t believe these 3,500 SQ FT homes at $376,900. 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths and 4 car garage, all standard! You can expand to 6 bedrooms , 4 1/2 baths and 6 garage spaces with a maximum of 4,207 SQ FT all on one floor. RV garage are limited and free! 17,000 SQ FT lots and $10,000 in options are included. Move in ready!

No worries or endless fix up. All you get is new and warranted. 3 Bedrooms plus a den option, separate living room and family room, island kitchen, and a huge master suite. They’ll even include the covered patio or yard landscaping plus 4 percent in closing costs.

Call The Pete Dijkstra Team Today! 480-582-9777 PIN# 756

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Don’t miss out on this superior 4 bedroom loaded with upgrades. You’ll be greeted by gorgeous 18” tile with custom inlay and wait until you see the spacious chef’s kitchen with travertine backsplashes and brand new stainless appliances. The great room floor plan light, bright and provides more space than you’ll know what to do with! Just $149,000!

Call The Pete Dijkstra Team Today! 480-582-9777 PIN# 757

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Boy it doesn’t get much better than the Ocotillo area. Relax in this spacious 3128 SQ FT, 4 bedroom, 3 bath with travertine, floors, wine cellar, plantation shutters and a ground floor master bedroom looking out to your sparkling pool and the Ironwood golf course. Just $399,900!

This home is full upgrades waiting for you. The large living and family rooms provide an open, spacious feeling to this home. The chef’s kitchen boasts brand new granite counters, new travertine backsplashes and new stainless appliances! It also features new flooring, fresh 3 tone paint, fixtures, diagonally laid 20” tile and new landscaping.

This home features amazing views of the surrounding mountains and community golf course, right from your own backyard. The kitchen has been upgraded with stainless steel appliances and new travertine backsplash, plantation shutters, 18” tile and fresh 3 tone paint. And let’s not forget the huge community pool/spa and fitness center. Just $199,900!

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!

Call The Pete Dijkstra Team Today! 480-582-9777 PIN# 764

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For immediate assistance on any listed property,

480-582-9777 Toll-Free 877-630-7581

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Pete Dijkstra


For Real Estate and Community Information, visit

*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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