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Dec. 15 – Jan. 4, 2013

Anatomy of a recovery

CUSD preps for new courses, exams

Modest growth predicted for 2013

by Tracy House

With a little more than a year left before Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) replaces AIMS testing, Chandler Unified School District (CUSD) is entering Phase II of its transition to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The initiative to move from Arizona’s Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) testing to PARCC and implementation of CCSS goes back to 2010 when Arizona joined 45 other states led by the Chief State School Officers and the National Governors Association to develop national standards to provide students with the necessary skills and knowledge to become college and career ready. CUSD completes implementation of Phase I of CCSS at the end of this month and moves into Phase II in January. “Phase II is working with teachers to increase their content knowledge in relationship to the new standards and also instructional pedagogy,” says Dr. Nicolle

by Susan Henderson

At the dawn of a new year, area economic and housing experts say the worst of the recession is truly in the rearview mirror. Job growth will continue to trend upwards, and a slow but steady uptick in the housing and commercial real estate market is expected. Of significance to SanTan Sun readers is the collective opinion of a number of experts that the southeast Valley is particularly well positioned for a strong recovery based on jobs, housing, airport expansions, maturing downtowns and high-tech investments. Here are the top three predictions for 2013 offered by five local experts:

Christine Mackay, City of Chandler economic development director

1. We will see commercial construction start again, and not just be an anecdotal thought for development. Vacancy rates in both the office and industrial sector continue to Christine Mackay tighten, particularly in the Southeast Valley with Chandler leading the way. With the resetting of the cost of commercial real estate, we will start to see absorption of some of the retail “big boxes” that have had all of us so concerned in the past few years. 2. The housing market will continue to improve in 2013, but it will still not be the boom that we would all like. The Southeast Valley will see the strongest recovery in housing starts and value due to the new job creation that will be happening.

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2013: It’s almost a new year, and local experts predict what the year 2013 may hold for the SanTan Sun area. The custom, hand-painted champagne bottle was created by Ashley Minchella, 24, daughter of Dennis and Melissa Minchella of Kokopelli Bistro and Winery. STSN photo

Chandler birthplace of ‘Baby Blues’ by K.M. Lang

For more than two decades fans of the comic strip “Baby Blues” have followed the adventures of Darryl and Wanda

MacPherson as they’ve navigated the pitfalls of early parenthood. The strip appears in nearly 1,200 newspapers in 28 countries, is read in 13

“BABY BLUES” BEGINS: This is the first comic strip for “Baby Blues,” co-created by Rick Kirkman and Jerry Scott who came up with the idea for their cartoon during brainstorming sessions at Chandler’s Guedo’s Cantina Grille. More than 20 years later, the strip is still going strong, appearing in nearly 1,200 newspapers across the globe. Used by permission, Baby Blues Partnership

IN THE CLASSROOM: Sarah Burgess, American studies teacher at Hamilton High chats with students. All K-12 CUSD teachers are being trained in the Common Core State Standards. Submitted photo

languages and has generated 30 books including the recently released 20th anniversary volume “BBXX.” And it all began in downtown Chandler. “The unofficial birthplace of Baby Blues is Guedo’s taco shop,” explains Valley resident Rick Kirkman, who created the strip with his longtime friend, Jerry Scott. “When we started, Jerry and I would meet at Guedo’s a lot, and just sit there and go over ideas.” Guedo’s Cantina Grille at Arizona Avenue and Chandler Boulevard served as a quiet spot where the freelance humor illustrators could toss around concepts for a new comic strip, while Kirkman, who became a father for the second time, vented about his own baby blues.

“Our first daughter had been colicky, so my wife and I had gone through that for about seven weeks,” he recalls. “Then our second daughter came along and we thought, okay, we can handle this. Well, you can take that colicky period with the first one and multiply it by – I don’t know how much. To give you an example, she didn’t sleep completely through the night until she was 3-1/2.” Kirkman and Scott, who had previously collaborated on a short-lived comic strip, spent their weekly sessions “piling through a lot of really terrible ideas,” Kirkman recalls. “Usually our conversations degenerated into how lousy I felt because I hadn’t had any sleep,” he says, chuckling. “I can’t say see ‘Baby Blues’ page 8


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Celebration Plaza welcomes new honorees The number of those inducted into Celebration Plaza is about to become an even dozen with the addition of Najeeby Basha and Jerry Brooks during a ceremony at 9 a.m. Sat., Dec. 15 near the center of Tumbleweed Park, 745 E. Germann Rd., on the southwest corner at McQueen Road, Chandler. Basha was an enterprising businesswomen and philanthropist who, with her husband, opened a general merchandise store on Boston Street in 1920 and became the founder of the first in a chain of Bashas’ Supermarkets. She passed away in 1966. Brooks is a longtime Chandler resident, former councilmember and mayor from 1984 to 1988. He had significant input in the creation of the Chandler Center for the Arts (CCA). The pair join previous inductees: Lenford Calley, Officer Robert Nielsen, Henry Salinas, Chandler Service Club, Eddie Basha Jr., Patti Bruno, Lowell Huggins, Detective Carlos Ledesma, Dave McDowell and Marty Wright. Celebration Plaza is a permanent monument that features a fountain and a decorative wall used to display brass plaques honoring organizations or individuals for their civic leadership, public outreach and outstanding personal service and commitment to the community. The inductees are selected by the Chandler City Council, based on submissions from the Parks and Recreation Board.

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INDUCTEES: Two new names, Najeeby Basha and Jerry Brooks, will grace Celebration Plaza at Tumbleweed Park. Submitted photo

Nominations for Celebration Plaza honor outstanding service that results in significant and enduring contributions to the community, and are submitted each year between June 1 and Sept. 30. There is no fee to submit a nomination, and the form is available online at It is also available at Chandler Community Center, Snedigar

Recreation Center, Tumbleweed Recreation Center and Environmental Education Center, or by calling 480-782-2727. Questions about the Celebration Plaza nomination criteria or the recognition process can be directed to Park Development and Operations Manager Mickey Ohland at 480-782-2743.

Najeeby Basha was one of the most forceful and enterprising businesswomen and philanthropists in the history of Chandler. Her family emigrated from Lebanon in 1897 and took up residence in New York City. In 1901, Najeeby married Najeeb Thomas Basha, and in 1910 she persuaded him to go west to Ray, AZ for a better life. In 1920, Najeeby moved seven of their eight children to Chandler where she and her husband opened a general merchandise store on Boston Street. In June of 1932, Najeeb died and Najeeby was left with dependent children, doctor bills and a store to run during the Great Depression. That same year, Najeeby converted the merchandise store to a grocery store and thus became the founder of the first in a chain of Bashas’ Supermarkets. Najeeby’s charity was legendary in depression-era Chandler, and she set a precedent for the Basha family that continues to this day. The homeless and hungry of the 1930s knew they could always show up on Najeeby’s doorstep for a warm meal. When World War II arrived, Najeeby invited servicemen from the surrounding air bases to the family’s house for dinner and even chauffeured them to various destinations when they lacked transportation.

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Volunteers, more needed by Salvation Army Jerry Brooks

Jerry Brooks, a longtime Chandler resident, former councilmember and mayor from 1984 to 1988, was instrumental in helping to create high standards and quality development during Chandler’s rapid growth period. It was Brooks’ vision and desire to help create a recognizable and unique community in which Chandler residents would be proud to live. Brooks was essential in the implementation of Chandler’s first development fees, which initially helped to expand water production, storage and distribution. Brooks had significant input in the creation of the Chandler Center for the Arts (CCA) and can be credited with rallying public support to build the facility, as well as the development of an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) between the City and the Chandler Unified School District for its shared use. This agreement saved substantial taxpayer dollars. Through the years, Brooks always looked out for the best interest of the City and its residents. He finds value in Chandler’s history and believes there is much to be learned from the past. Submitted by Craig Younger, City of Chandler Public Information Office

FILL THE SHELVES: Linda Peterson-Price, a volunteer at the Salvation Army pantry in Chandler, prepares food to give to needy families. STSN photo

Remembering the less fortunate at holiday time – and throughout the year – is critical to nonprofits such as the Salvation Army in Chandler. Major Robert Deidrick says there are a variety of ways SanTan Sun area residents can help: • Contribute money or purchase and donate food to the Salvation Army’s food pantry. While turkeys, hams, mashed potatoes, stuffing mix and other seasonal items are desired, inexpensive foods are in short supply such as macaroni, spaghetti, boxed foods, canned tuna, fruit and soup. • Donate money via the Army’s red Christmas kettles that dot local

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shopping centers. • Give presents through the Angel Tree and Operation Santa programs. The Angel Tree at Chandler Fashion Center allows shoppers to select gift tags from its branches then purchase a gift and return it unwrapped to Salvation Army volunteers who deliver the presents.

Popular gift requests include dolls, bicycles, electronics and video games and those for teens. • Adopt-a-Family, where individuals and groups provide the Christmas meal and gifts for selected families. A donor for this program provides for the entire family, including the parents. • Gift Wrapping, a fundraiser held during the Christmas season, with a gift wrapping booth at the Chandler Fashion Center, thanks to the support of Intel. The Salvation Army is preparing to open a new Chandler warehouse and will require several volunteers to help store, bag and label supplies. In addition, the Salvation Army also hopes to ensure shelter for the financially distressed, and the cities of Chandler and Gilbert are working with the Salvation Army to provide rental assistance to families struggling to keep their homes. To donate or volunteer, contact Deidrick at the Salvation Army at 480-786-4093 or drop off food and clothing to their location at 85 E. Saragosa St., Chandler.

More ways to give For more giving opportunities, turn to the Neighbors cover section on Page 45



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2013 predictions from page 1

3. The “more, better, faster” mentality will be a tremendous benefit to Chandler and its technology industries. As we all strive to become more and more connected, it will continue to drive the need for companies to reinvent themselves to remain relevant. Younger, more nimble startups will move into positions of providing goods and services that larger companies may have trouble competing with.


“The market has exhaled from the challenges we have faced over the last few years. In working with companies both already existing in Chandler and those who are looking for expansion locations, we are hearing from them that they do expect 2013 to be a better year. They plan on hiring new employees again and expect to see improvement in their bottom line. Companies, like all of us, want certainty in the markets and they see 2013 as a year of more stability in industry. During the downturn, Chandler prepared for the eventual recovery by keeping our ‘pipeline’ full so we would be well positioned when the economy turned on again. We did not hide our head in the sand during the recession, and we are expecting that to pay dividends during this next year.”

Dorothy Harrison, associate broker, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

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1. More homeowners will not be upside down on their mortgage and will be able to sell and / or trade up without a loss. 2. Good people who were forced to short sell or walk away will be eligible to buy again in 2013. The four-year moratorium on waiting will be over. 3. The builders and all the trades will be back to work and the highways filled with cement

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There will be fewer bank-owned, foreclosed homes on the market and fewer short sales. 2. More Southern Chandler homeowners will have equity following a 25% increase in home prices in 2012. This will translate to more people buying up to a better home or downsizing. They are not trapped in their current home. 3. Interest rates will remain low through the first half of 2013.


trucks, trusses and all the wonderful things it takes to build a house. A sure sign the recovery is here to stay.


“The market is cautiously growing stronger and interest rates continue to remain low. Mortgage loans are easier to understand. Excitement is building. Several new neighborhoods are being started and should be ready for 2013. Several are specifically for new homebuyers and very affordable. I think we will see a resurgence of people wanting to own their own home again. The punishing economy of the past six years has been brutal. Many families, in particular, just want to have ‘their home’ again. Singles will be looking to purchase before the prices go up. They get it – it’s a good time to buy! This time, though, purchases will be more prudent and solid. Financing will be fixed and reliable. Employment will be more secure. We are finally looking at brighter days.”

Carol Royse, Realtor, Keller Williams Realty East Valley

1. We will see more stabilization in the marketplace.

“We will see more new homes come on line as builders re-enter the market. New homes will play a larger part in home sales in 2013. My advice to homebuyers would be to buy now before prices continue to rise. Average days on market are 45. This is great news for home sellers. Homebuyers are still experiencing multiple offers and many homes are selling for list price or higher. I am seeing the luxury market rebound. Days on market are shorter and prices are higher. The Southern Chandler area is very stable. We are lacking in inventory and buyers are in the marketplace looking for homes to buy.”

Lee McPheters, director of JPMorgan Chase Economic Outlook Center; research professor for Department of Economics, W.P. Carey School of Business at ASU

1. In 2013, the state should add about 60,000 more jobs, an improved growth rate of 2.5%, but still below average. Arizona added about 45,000 jobs in 2012, growing about 2%, well below the long-term average of more than 4%. We expect 80% of these jobs to be in the Greater Phoenix metro area. 2. Arizona will rank among the top 10 states for the rate of job creation in 2013, the same as in 2012.


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Community Although Arizona job growth is below historical average, the rate of growth is still better than most states. 3. Population growth for Arizona and the East Valley will continue much slower than normal. The main reason is that people have difficulty selling their homes and moving to the state. However, as home prices Lee McPheters rise and the economy continues to improve, population growth will slowly increase. It is expected to be slow for two to three more years.


“The major change expected in 2013 is growth in housing and construction. Single family permits in Arizona fell for six consecutive years starting in 2006, but finally began to grow in 2012. We can say that housing has hit bottom and is starting to rebound. But again, we have to recognize that while the level of activity is improved, it is still well below long-term historical averages. The economy remains weak, but it is moving in the right direction. The East Valley reflects the ‘new economy’ based on knowledge jobs, technology and higher valued services both for business and people such as health care. This means that as growth returns, household income levels and purchasing power should become stronger in the East Valley.”

Mark Stapp, executive director, Master of Real Estate Development; Fred E. Taylor Professor in Real Estate, Arizona State University, W. P. Carey School of Business

1. 2013 will be a year of solid, modest growth which will help set the stage for 2014 and 2015 when there is likely to be more robust growth. Significant growth causing real estate development opportunities will begin to emerge toward the second half of 2013 and

take place in 2014. The price of homes will increase but at a much slower pace than in the past. 2. Growth will be restrained by small increases in wage growth, continued healing of peoples’ credit and balance sheets, tight credit by banks and a tight construction labor market which will be impacted by significant Mark Stapp demand in the Northeast as reconstruction from Superstorm Sandy gets underway and absorbs disproportionate amount of labor and materials. 3. New homebuilding will be a greater percentage of the overall single family home market. The inventory of previously owned homes available for purchase will be tight, and better incentives and opportunity will be provided by new homebuilders.


“The southeast Valley had historically been the submarket within the metro area that captured the majority of new growth and new home sales. That shifted slightly during the mid-2000s. The southeast Valley will once again be the dominate submarket. New home sales will be most robust in this part of the Valley because of employment growth and significant infrastructure already in place. It will be a very attractive submarket. Also, those communities that grew from small farming towns to build-up suburbs will see maturation and urbanization – downtown Chandler, Gilbert and Mesa will evolve into significant sub-regional hubs of activity for local residents. The positive impact of light rail extension, Mesa Gateway Airport and growth of ASU Polytecnic campus will be felt, and the addition of new universities and colleges in the area will help make the area a vibrant area of the metro area and very attractive as a place to live.”

Dec. 15 – Jan. 4, 2013

City closures over holidays affect trash service


Because the City of Chandler observes Christmas Day Tue., Dec. 25, and New Year’s Day Tue., Jan. 1, city offices and facilities have changed their schedules accordingly: Chandler City Hall and other administrative offices are closed both Tuesdays, and trash and recycling will be suspended. If your regular collection day is Tuesday, containers should be at the curb by 6 a.m. Wednesday. Wednesday collection rolls to Thursday; Thursday collection rolls to Friday; and Friday collection rolls to Saturday. The Recycling-Solid Waste Collection Center is also closed on both Tuesdays. It opens its regular hours 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thu., Dec. 27 and Thu., Jan. 3. Tumbleweed Recreation Center at Tumbleweed Park closes Christmas and New Year’s days but is open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Mon., Dec. 24 and again on New Year’s Eve, Mon., Dec. 31. It resumes normal business hours 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wed., Dec. 26, and Wed., Jan. 2. Chandler Tennis Center at Tumbleweed Park also closes Christmas and New Year’s days but is open regular hours: 8 a.m. to noon and 3 to 10 p.m. on Wed., Dec. 26 and Wed., Jan. 2. The Environmental Education Center, Snedigar Recreation Center, Senior Center and downtown Community Center are closed both Tuesdays. All city libraries, as well as the Chandler Museum at McCullough-Price House, are closed both Tuesdays.

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‘Baby Blues’ from page 1

HOME-GROWN HUMOR: Long-time Valley resident and “Baby Blues” illustrator Rick Kirkman draws many of his ideas from his own early parenting experiences. Submitted photo

says Kirkman. “It’s when someone tells us something really embarrassing or horrible that’s happened – that’s when it clicks as a gag.” While his first goal is to “get a laugh, or at least a smile” from readers, Kirkman believes “Baby Blues” hits close to home for new parents. “I think the message that came out of it for a lot of people was, ‘you’re not alone,’” he explains. “We’ve gotten many letters and emails from people who’ve said, ‘I never used to think your comic strip was funny until I had kids.’” Since starting “Baby Blues,” Scott moved his family to California and cocreated another very successful strip, “Zits.” When it came time to put “BBXX” together, Kirkman traveled to Scott’s home in California, where the pair “sat with a stack of all our books and a lot of

we were real quick on the uptake. We didn’t figure out for quite awhile that, gee, there’s an idea in here.” When the concept for “Baby Blues” finally did arrive, it took the form of new parents Darryl and Wanda, and their bewildering bundle of joy, Zoe. Creators Syndicate released the strip in 1990, and in the two decades since, a brother, Hammie, and a sister, Baby Wren, joined Zoe. Kirkman and Scott – now the father of two daughters – draw inspiration from their own lives, as well as from the experiences of others. “The strange thing is that, when people write and say, ‘Oh, a funny thing happened at home,’ those things almost never generate ideas for strips,”

CELEBRATING XX YEARS: “BBXX: Baby Blues Decades 1 & 2” includes many of Rick Kirkman and Jerry Scott’s best strips. “We went page by page and marked all of our favorites,” explains Kirkman. “Then we had to whittle it down to whatever would fit in the book.” Submitted photo

PARTNERS IN INK: Rick Kirkman, left, and Jerry Scott, pictured at a recent Tempe book signing, were friends for 17 years before embarking on their successful comic strip, “Baby Blues.” “We always had an idea that we would do a strip together,” says Kirkman, “and years before, we’d done one. It was a flop.” STSN photo by Ron Lang

Post-It notes.” “We went page by page and marked all of our favorites, then had to whittle it down to what would fit in the book,��� he recalls. “It really came down to trying to decide what to cut, as opposed to what to put in.” The resulting volume contains nearly 800 of Kirkman and Scott’s funniest work, as well as footnotes, essays, drawings and photographs that give readers a close-up view of the strip’s inner workings. “I love the way the book came out,” says Kirkman. “We could probably have filled another 50 to 100 pages,” he laughs, “but then no one would’ve been able to lift it.” Kirkman and Scott recently returned to Guedo’s Cantina Grille – not to find a


peaceful place to think, but to celebrate their creation’s first two decades. With his daughters now in their 20s, Kirkman’s days of infant-induced exhaustion are behind him. Still, he believes that the scars – er, delights – of early parenthood have left him with enough material to last a lifetime. “A lot of that stuff is really imprinted in your brain,” he says, chuckling. “It’s not that hard to access.” “BBXX: Baby Blues, Decades 1 & 2” is available at and at Changing Hands Bookstore, 6428 S. McClintock Dr., Tempe. For information, visit or call 480-730-0205. K. M. Lang lives and writes in Sun Groves. To contact her, email




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‘Zits’ hits close to home by Laurie Fagen

As an avid reader of the comics, I have long since followed both “Baby Blues” and “Zits,” as they brought many smiles to our family and were always very pertinent. But as our son grew, “Zits” especially hit home most days as “Jeremy” seemed very much like our teenager. I often clipped out the strips and shared them with my husband and son. At one point, after a series of events

that seemed to be nailing the teenage boy antics of our son, I found an email address and sent a note to Rick Kirkman. “Dear Mr. Kirkman, Okay, where is the camera in my son’s room that you have been using for material for your ‘Zits’ comic strip?!” I also thanked him for his wit and great story lines. His reply: “The camera is hidden behind the

HIDDEN CAMERA? Moms around the country can relate to Jeremy’s mother in the comic strip, “Zits.” Used by permission, Baby Blues Partnership

Pledge can on the bookshelf that we felt would go undetected for years,” and thanked me for the email.

We thought that was hilarious, and have continued to follow the strip about the forever teen.

Restaurants, ambassadors sought for 2nd ‘Eat Your Art Out’ To help raise money for Chandler Center for the Arts’ (CCA) Connecting Kidz programs, headline acts and the free summer concert series, restaurants are asked to take part in the one-day “Eat Your Art Out Chandler 2013” event Tue., Feb. 26, 2013. The SanTan Sun News is a sponsor. Eateries that take part by donating 25 to 100% of the day’s proceeds to Eat Your Art Out will be part of a more than $100,000 community-wide marketing effort. In addition, ambassadors are needed to help promote the fundraising effort through emails and social media, and to be at a participating restaurant that

night to encourage others to join them. This is the second year of the event, which raised nearly $12,000 in 2012, and media outlets donated more than $100,000 in advertising promotion. Participating restaurants for 2013 so far include: Dilly’s Deli, Floridino’s, The Sushi Room, SanTan Brewing Co., Serrano’s Mexican Food Restaurant,

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Kokopelli Winery & Bistro AJ’s Café, The Living Room, Iguana Mack’s and Pittsburgh Willy’s. “Last year we received a tremendous amount of support from 17 restaurants here in the Valley, and without any hesitation,” says Katrina Pappas, general manager of the CCA. “Donating 25 to 100% of the day’s proceeds to our programs is huge for us here at Chandler Center for the Arts. We couldn’t be more appreciative. We’re looking forward to another great event next February.” Anyone in the SanTan Sun area can show support of the arts by eating breakfast, lunch and / or dinner at one

of several participating restaurants. CCA is jointly owned by the City of Chandler and the Chandler Unified School District, and the Chandler Cultural Foundation facilitates programming and fund development for the nonprofit facility. CCA relies on a variety of funding sources to help underwrite internationally acclaimed artists, educate young audiences, create community programs and maintain the facility at 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. Restaurant owners and prospective ambassadors can sign up at or contact Judi Johnson at 480-782-2674 for more details.



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Karantinos, CUSD director of curriculum. For teachers, it is becoming more familiar with the content for the grade level at a deeper level, Karantinos explains. CCSS gives students the opportunity to go deeper into their thinking by asking them to think strategically and go beyond recall and reproduction in Nicolle Karantinos their answers she says. “How we teach in the classroom will be different: more investigations, more opportunities for students to experience the learning, more opportunities for more than one right answer.” With the PARRC assessment there will be multiple correct answers. “Students will really have to know what they’re being asked in order to answer or show their performance correctly,” adds Karantinos. Sam Merrill, principal of Navarette Elementary, sees the transformation already in the classrooms. “I’ve seen a huge change, especially in math, how it’s being taught,” Merrill says. “Our teachers are asking way more prediction questions. ‘Tell me how you got that.’ ‘What’s your reasoning for that?’ ‘Share your reasoning.’ ‘Did anybody else figure it out differently?’ ‘Show me how you figured it out.’ There is a lot more of Sam Merrill that kind of instruction going on.” Buzzwords and phrases like “rigor,” “deeper not wider” and “depth of knowledge” (DOK) are part of CCSS language. “The common core standards are designed on a deeper, narrower track rather than what we used to do, which was a little wider, so to speak, and not as deep,” Merrill adds. He explains that kindergartners used to need to know numbers one through 100. With CCSS they need to know

numbers one through 20 but then look at different number values, sequencing and different number sense that goes along with one through 20. Karantinos sees CCSS as an opportunity for all students to continue on to college or have an opportunity for a career after high school. But, transitioning to the new standards is a challenge for the third largest district in the state. Finding time to train more than 2,300 teachers is perhaps the biggest challenge so far. “Our teachers are working very hard to make sure they understand the new standards, the implication of the new standards. They are making changes in the classroom that will help benefit the students,” says Karantinos. CUSD is working hard to provide teachers in-depth training, far surpassing what the state requires, she says. Optimism prevails at CUSD. “PARCC assessment is a great opportunity to see where our students are at,” Karantinos notes. “If you take a look at our state student achievement we surpass most other districts in the state. This will allow us to take a look at how we compare with students across the state and country.” For more information, visit or Tracy House is a freelance writer living in Ironwood Vistas with her husband and four children. She can be reached at

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BACK TO THE FUTURE: An artistically designed glass time capsule unveiled at Chandler’s 100th Birthday Party will be reopened in 2062. Submitted photo

Before raising glasses to the sound of “Auld Lang Syne” and bidding farewell to another year, the City of Chandler offers a brief review of what was a historic year for the community. It was a year highlighted by Chandler’s 100th birthday and a first-ever visit by a sitting president.

The year remained alive with Centennial excitement as residents were treated to traveling history exhibits, birthday card and beardgrowing contests, commemorative cookbook compilations, quilt-making collaborations, historic art walks and exhibits, a Centennial Bike Ride and Bash of the Century with fun and fireworks at Chandler’s Tumbleweed Park. Much appreciation goes to the many volunteers and 30-plus business and service club sponsors that made Chandler’s Centennial celebration events possible, and to the Chandler community for their support and participation.

Presidential visit

Chandler basked in the national spotlight Jan. 25 as President Barack

Sensational Centennial

The yearlong Centennial Celebration kicked off Feb. 7 at City Hall with a 100-Day Countdown event. The ensuing months saw activities of all kinds, including a May 17 birthday party where an artistically designed glass time capsule was unveiled and subsequently filled with items donated by residents for rediscovery by future inhabitants. In attendance were Chandler centenarians, current and former mayors and councilmembers, community and business leaders, educators, service club members and cheerful townsfolk.

Obama visited Intel’s sprawling complex on Dobson Road, the first time a sitting president stopped in Chandler. It was a year earlier that Intel announced it would invest $5 billion to build a third high-volume, state-of-the-art semiconductor manufacturing facility at its Ocotillo campus, bringing thousands of construction and permanent manufacturing jobs to the area. With the world’s largest land-based crane as a back drop, the President lauded Intel as a model of how companies can find ways to keep manufacturing in the United States and promoted the importance of innovation and advanced training so workers “are ready to take on the jobs of today and tomorrow.” Six months later, Intel announced a $300 million investment in a new research and development facility at their west Chandler campus. “This announcement once again shows Intel’s continued commitment to Chandler and confirms that Chandler and the state of Arizona are great places to do business,” Mayor Jay Tibshraeny says.

Educational inroads

COMMANDER IN CHANDLER: President Barack Obama visited Intel’s FAB42 construction site in January, the first time a sitting President visited Chandler. Submitted photo

Agreements were reached with the University of Arizona (U of A) and Arizona State University (ASU) to remodel two municipal facilities in downtown Chandler to make advanced educational programs more accessible to East Valley residents and stimulate collaboration between teachers, students and local businesses.

ACADEMIC PURSUITS: The University of Arizona leased space in Chandler’s Community Center to offer graduate programs in Education and Management Information Systems. Submitted photo

COLLEGIATE CONGRATS: Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny, right, welcomes University of Arizona President Eugene Sander to Chandler. Submitted photo

The U of A made a portion of the City’s Community Center their home and provides graduate programs in Education and Management Information Systems. Arizona State’s Chandler Innovation Center will be located in a remodeled City warehouse and will house worldclass teaching and research programs from their College of Technology and Innovation. On the horizon are several MBA programs to be offered by ASU’s W. P. see Insider page 14

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Carey School of Business from a new 24-acre office park planned for the southeast corner of Chandler Boulevard and the Loop 101 Price Freeway. Construction by New York-based Rockefeller Group will start as soon as the first anchor tenant commits to leasing approximately 20% of the space. The importance of getting Arizona’s youth excited about careers in science and technology spurred Chandler’s participation in the statewide AZ SciTech Festival by dedicating three days in February to the exploration of invention. The Chandler Science Spectacular showcased the businesses, artists, students and innovators in the community and offered unique opportunities for youngsters to explore the discoveries and science engineered in their own backyard. “We are doing everything we can as a community to ensure that Chandler is on the forefront of science and technology,” says Councilmember Rick Heumann. “Getting students excited, interested and involved in science right now is critical to the jobs of the future.”

Fiscal affirmation

A highly skilled, technologydriven workforce, conservative fiscal management and moderate debt levels garnered the City high marks from the credit ratings agencies of Standard and Poor’s (S&P) and Fitch Rating services. The City’s General Obligation and Excise Tax Bonds received Fitch’s highest possible rating of AAA, and the

City’s Water and Sewer Revenue Bonds achieved an AA+ rating from S&P. These high bond ratings measure Chandler’s financial management and ability to repay outstanding debt and lower debt costs for the City and its citizens.

National acclaims

Chandler was recognized as a great community in which to work, live and play by a number of publications and organizations. Calling Chandler a cultural hotspot. “Money Magazine” placed the City at number 50 out of 100 small cities in its annual ranking of Best Places to Live.

BRAGGING RIGHTS: “Money Magazine” named Chandler as one of the Best Places to Live in 2012. Submitted photo

Job creation, good financial management and low crime rates landed Chandler in ninth place on a list of America’s Best Run Cities, according to 24/7 Wall St., a financial news and opinion company that reviewed the economies, standards of living and fiscal discipline of the 100 largest U.S. cities. The online business resource American

Express Open Forum rated Chandler fourth in the nation among cities with the greatest number of high-tech startups per capita. Contributing to the ranking were the City’s efforts to promote new technology businesses by forming an Innovations Science & Technology Incubator in west Chandler that currently houses 23 businesses and was recently expanded by 24,000 square feet. The ranking is likely to improve in the future given promising developments on Price Road where the former 153-acre Motorola campus is being transformed into a master planned science and technology park called Continuum. Chandler earned recognition from the national nonprofit organization KaBOOM! as a 2012 Playful City, USA Community, acknowledging Chandler’s efforts to increase play opportunities for children. Chandler is one of only 19 U.S. cities to receive the honor for six consecutive years. The City earned a Sunny Award and A+ grade from the editors at Sunshine Review, a national organization that honors the most transparent local government and school district websites. Sunshine Review editors analyzed more than 6,000 government websites and graded each on a 10-point transparency checklist. Chandler ranked as the “7th Safest City to Drive” out of the nation’s 200 largest cities, according to a report released in 2012 by the Allstate Insurance Company. According to the report, the average years between collisions for Chandler drivers are 12.3 years.

FUN PLACE: Chandler was named a 2012 Playful City USA by the national nonprofit organization KaBOOM! Submitted photo

Power to the people

The past year saw a number of unique opportunities for citizen involvement. Residents played a critical role in the City’s annual budget preparation process by participating in a Citizen Budget Survey in January and a virtual community budget meeting, Budget Connect, in February. The second year of the Mayor’s Listening Tour proved even more popular than the first as several hundred residents attended one of five neighborhood meetings. The events provided residents with an opportunity to speak out on challenges facing their neighborhoods and to receive information on City resources and services. Last year’s inaugural Traditional Neighborhood Academy for residents living in non-HOA neighborhoods was just as popular in 2012, as 44 people availed themselves of the Academy’s information, education, networking and leadership development opportunities.

City of Chandler Insider They joined 39 graduates of the City’s HOA Academy and were recognized by the Mayor and City Council for their achievement. In 2012 the City released an updated version of its InfoMap called My Neighborhood that lets visitors to Chandler’s website quickly locate information on more than 280 neighborhoods registered with the City. A service request system developed in partnership with PublicStuff rolled out and enables citizens to use their smart phones and other mobile devices to report City maintenance issues such as potholes, litter, graffiti and broken street lights directly to the correct staff member or department. Chandler spearheaded an effort to help individuals combat rising healthcare costs by partnering with Coast2Coast RX to provide discount prescription drug cards free to residents. The program is part of the Mayor’s Health Connect initiative to create a healthier city by promoting better physical, financial and mental health.

GAINING GROUND: Construction along Gilbert Road south of Queen Creek as seen in July from a traffic camera. Submitted photo

System demands required the initiation in June of a water and wastewater pipeline project along Ocotillo Road between McQueen and Dobson roads and the $100 million expansion of the City’s wastewater treatment plant at McQueen and Queen Creeks roads.

Paying tribute

In September, a memorial in remembrance of those who lost their lives in the 9/11 terrorist attacks

Infrastructure investments

A number of important roadway and utility projects were accomplished or initiated in 2012. Transportation improvements include the widening of Gilbert Road between Queen Creek and Ocotillo roads, the addition of bike lanes and additional left turn bay at the Chandler Boulevard underpass at Price Road Loop 101 Freeway and the widening of the Alma School and Ray roads intersection.

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was dedicated in a public ceremony held at Chandler’s Fire Department Headquarters on east Boston Street. The memorial includes a 400-pound steel beam from the ruins of the World Trade Center and incorporates elements that represent the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the Pennsylvania field where Flight 93 crashed. In December, Mayor Jay Tibshraeny and the City of Chandler honor Najeeby Basha and Jerry Brooks by inducting them into Celebration Plaza at Tumbleweed Park. Celebration Plaza is a permanent monument near the center of the park and features a fountain and decorative wall used to display brass plaques honoring organizations or individuals for their civic leadership, public outreach and outstanding personal service and commitment to the community. Brooks is a longtime Chandler resident, former councilmember and mayor from 1984 to 1988. Basha was an enterprising businesswoman and philanthropist who, with her husband, opened a general merchandise store on Boston Street in 1920. She passed away in 1966.

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Other 2012 highlights • QBE FIRST and NextFort Ventures pick Chandler for expansion. • Holocaust era rail car pays emotional visit to Chandler. Will become part of tolerance museum. • Sunset Library rededicated after extensive renovation. • Business software creator Infusionsoft moves into the first speculative office building constructed in the Valley since late 2009, located at the northeast corner of Price and Willis roads. • Solar engineering firm AKO expands to Chandler from Spain. • Desert Breeze Park undergoes $650,000 in improvements. • Chandler City Clerk Marla Paddock named Clerk of the Year. • Chandler’s Reverse Osmosis Facility recycles its five billionth gallon. • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University brings classes to Chandler Municipal Airport. • Fire Department’s award-winning kids program, Sprinkler’s Clubhouse, produces educational coloring book. Information provided by the City of Chandler Communications and Public Affairs Department.

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REMINDER: A 9/11 memorial that includes a 400-pound steel beam from the World Trade Center is dedicated in front of Fire Headquarters in remembrance of those who lost their lives. Submitted photo

Thank you, Chandler, for helping make the City one of the premiere communities in the country. The year 2012 was eventful and memorable, and residents are encouraged to stay informed and connected in 2013, whether through public meetings,

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GIVING GROUP: Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny, far left, with volunteers recognized for giving their time in Chandler. They are, from left: Gordon Benson, Lori Dayton, Jorden Terran, Carmen Olmeda, Don Anderson of Chandler Christian Church, Barb Farmer of Chandler Regional Hospital, Belen Dolan of Chandler Christian Community Center, Chriss Passolt, CNPC President Melissa Jimro, Councilmember Kevin Hartke and Donnie Garver. Submitted photo

Top volunteers honored

Jorden Terran, Carmen Olmeda, Lori Dayton, Gordon Benson, Donnie Garver and Chriss Passolt along with Chandler Christian Community Center (CCCC), Chandler Regional Hospital, Chandler Christian Church are among the top individuals and organizations honored for volunteer work at the recent City of Chandler Volunteer Recognition Breakfast. They joined another 100 volunteers recognized for volunteering the most hours during the City’s 100 Hour Centennial Volunteer Challenge, when 142,894 volunteer hours were reported by 2,152 people, of which 463 individuals reached 100 hours or more during the Challenge. Terran, with 312 hours, is Top Youth Volunteer for Chandler Boys & Girls Club of the East Valley-Compadre Branch; Olmeda, with 1,096 hours, is Top Adult Volunteer for Chandler Christian


Community Community Center; Dayton, 926 hours, is Top Senior Volunteer for CCCC, and the CCCC is also the Top Non Profit with 13,586 hours; Chandler Regional Hospital is the Top Large Business at 25,080 hours; Chandler Christian Church the Top Faith Community with 7,145 hours; Benson is the Top Centennial Events Volunteer with 505 hours; and the Chandler Non-Profit Coalition (CNPC) “Chandler Gives Back” Award, for individuals or businesses/organizations dedicated to the betterment of the community goes to Garver of Royal Family Kids CampCrossroads Nazarene Church and Passolt with the Clothes Cabin. Info: Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny is awarded the Dwight Patterson Lifetime Achievement Award by the East Valley Partnership at the 2012 Cox Communications / East Valley Economic Forum in recognition for his longtime leadership in the East Valley. A native to Chandler, Tibshraeny began his service to the community in 1980 as a Mayor Jay Tibshraeny member of the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission. Six years later, he was elected to city council and then mayor for four consecutive terms. He served in the Arizona State Senate from 2003-11. Tibshraeny returned as mayor in 2011 to serve an unprecedented fifth term and was recently re-elected. He serves on the Chandler-Gilbert Association for Retarded Citizens Advisory Board, Child Crisis Center Advisory Board and ICAN Site Advisory Committee. The East Valley Partnership is a regional coalition of community, business, educational and government leaders whose goal is to provide leadership and support to the area. Jim McKinney, 14, of Chandler, wins the SuperKarts! USA Pro Tour Championship for the Junior Shifter class after finishing in the top 10 at Super Nationals XVI. He’s been racing for eight

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Jim McKinney

years and competing in national series for the past two years against top drivers in the country and the world. A freshman at Hamilton High School, he lives in Fox crossing with his mother, Sharon, a culinary and fashion teacher at Hamilton High School; his father, Mike, an operations manager for PCL Construction; and his sister, Casey, a senior at Hamilton, who handles Jim’s personal training and PR in conjunction with older sister Kaitlyn. In only his second year competing at the national level, Jim debuted at his home track in Phoenix for the SKUSA Spring Nationals, competing head-to-head with S5 veteran Micah Hendricks of Innovative Karting. After qualifying on pole in Round 1, he narrowly finished second in the main, being passed see SanTan Sun Chronicles page 18


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by Hendricks in the final laps of the race. However, in Round 2 he drove an “excellent” main, finishing first despite qualifying down the grid. As a result of his podium finishes and sweeping all four heats of the weekend, Jim gained the championship lead with a slight points advantage over Hendricks. Round 3 of Summer Nationals found Jim running in the front of the pack once again. A sudden torrential downpour delayed the start of the S5 main event, leaving the track sodden; and in his first time racing a shifter in the rain, Jim worked his way to a podium finish, surprising even himself in racing in wet conditions. Sunday saw problems for the Ruthless Karting team, as Jim’s Intrepid suffered motor problems in qualifying, which resulted in a sour end to the weekend. Jim retained his first-place position in the championship, and entered Super Nationals XVI with a 97-point lead. Having recently switched from an Intrepid to a new KGB chassis, Jim found himself consistently top three in all practices, and fourth in qualifying. A rough first heat found him taken out of the race before turn one, but strong finishes in the remaining heats secured a 12th-place grid position for the main. Contact in the first several turns of the race sent him back to 16th, where he knew he would have to “race hard and smart” in order to fight his way back up through the ranks. Within several laps, Jim climbed up through the field and was on his way to a potential podium finish, only to be punted back four positions. But Jim kept his cool, and after a harrowing final event, received a justified eighth-place finish, gaining enough points to emerge the 2012 S5 SKUSA ProTour Champion.

His supporters include Dan and Ryan Ruth of Ruthless Karting, Parolin, Curtis Ruth and Innovative Karting, Sweedtech, GMZ Wheels, Bell Helmets, Basic High Safety Tech, Performance Kart Sport and AMR Racing Graphics. Erica Sunnarborg of Chandler, on Bailey Blue Eyes, captures a World Championship title at the 2012 APHA World Championship Paint Horse Show in Fort Worth, TX. She takes the championship in Amateur Working Hunter showing the 2,000 gelding owned by the rider. In the class, horses are judged on their manners, way of going and jumping style over a course of at least eight jumps. Info:

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Holly Kain, left, with VFW’s Cheri Almond Submitted photo

Kain was nominated by her fellow teachers and supervisors for her work with the VFW’s Voice of Democracy Program. Paul Koch of Chandler is the new director of bands and instrumental professor of music at Grand Canyon University. Koch, pronounced “Cook,” is former director of bands at Perry High School and is the man behind GCU’s new Thundering Heard pep band, with nearly 60 students, most of whom are non-music majors.

Erica Sunnarborg Photo courtesy of the “Paint Horse Journal.”

Holly Kain, an advanced English teacher at Hamilton High School, wins the 14th Annual VFW and Ladies Auxiliary National Citizenship Education Teacher Award, given by Commander Gene Nelson and program chairperson Cheri Almond of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post # 80543. Nelson says Kain advances to the District level, where she will compete for the State level competition.

PEP BAND: Paul Koch, center with headphones, with Grand Canyon University’s band. Submitted photo courtesy Darryl Webb

Michele Maki of Chandler is back on the East Coast, having been redeployed by the American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter to provide relief for Hurricane Sandy. Maki, who is retired from the airline industry, traveled recently to Newark, NJ, to work as a public affairs supervisor, again committing two to three weeks of her time. A volunteer public information officer, Maki has more than 5,000 volunteer hours with the Red Cross since 2006. In total, the Grand Canyon Chapter has deployed 31 volunteers and employees for Sandy, including three who have been redeployed. Info: Sandra Hudson is the new president for TrustBank Arizona. A resident of Southern Chandler, she was previously the East Valley president for Northern Trust Bank for seven years. Prior to that she was a Sandra Hudson managing executive for private client services with U.S. Bank for 14 years. She is an executive board member of East Valley Partnership, chair of East Valley Fresh Start Executive Council and a board member of the Mesa Arts Center and of Dignity Health Foundation.


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Custom creations, personal service at Connie’s Jewelry by Alison Stanton

Customers who walk into Connie’s Jewelry Gallery & Clock Shop in the Shoppes at Clemente Ranch in Chandler will find more than beautiful and unique jewelry, watches and a wide range of clocks including Grandfather, mantel and wall clocks. They will also find Connie herself standing behind the counter ready, willing and able to help anyone who comes in to find the perfect piece of

jewelry or timepiece. Connie and Richard Finkbeiner opened their store in the fall of 2001. About seven years ago, the couple added clocks to their inventory. Richard says he and Connie pride themselves on offering their customers the best service possible. “We are a full-service jewelry store,” Richard says. “Not all places service what they sell, but in addition to selling our full jewelry line and watches and

clocks, we also service them.” Connie hand selects every piece of jewelry that is sold, Richard says, and customers are also welcome to work with them to custom design their own pieces. “We are definitely not mass merchandisers. Here, you won’t see jewelry that other people have and that other stores typically carry.” Items that are especially popular right now, Richard says, include jewelry pieces

SPECIALTY CLOCKS: Richard Finkbeiner winds a massive Grandfather clock. He’s also an expert clock and watch repairman. STSN photo

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SPECIAL GIFT: Connie Finkbeiner of Connie’s Jewelry Gallery & Clock Shop holds a $50,000 Rolex watch made of 18k gold and diamonds, which is available with other jewelry and clocks at the store at Germann and Alma School roads. STSN photo



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with diamonds that are 1 karat or larger and Rolex watches. “People are looking for pieces that have intrinsic value and that will last for a long, long time,” he adds. While Connie often helps customers select jewelry items, Richard can usually be found fixing the various clocks and watches that clients bring in for repair. “A couple of years ago we had two families that came in, and in each case the adult children asked their parents what they wanted for Christmas, and they all said they wanted to have their family clocks repaired,” he says, adding that the oldest clock he’s ever worked on was made in 1874. “That clock had

originally belonged to our customer’s grandma, and then her aunt, and then her mom, and now she has it and she will pass it down someday.” Through Dec. 24, Richard says he and Connie offer holiday special savings of 20 to 50% off select jewelry lines, watches and clocks. Connie’s Jewelry Gallery & Clock Shop is at 2040 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and closed Sunday. For more information, call 480-883-3320 or visit Alison Stanton is a freelance writer who lives in the East Valley. She can be reached at

To treat the most life-threatening injuries, such as serious motor vehicle accidents, gunshot wounds, falls and crush injuries, Chandler Regional Medical Center is applying for Level I trauma designation from the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) and Mercy Gilbert Medical Center is applying for a Level III trauma designation. “We expect to receive the official designation during the summer of 2014, before our new 96-bed tower opens in late 2014,” says Tim Bricker, president and CEO of Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert medical centers. “Mercy Gilbert will also offer the community a higher level of emergent care closer to home.” As a Level I trauma center, Chandler Regional will have medical and surgical specialists on-hand around the clock to provide the full range of care for every aspect of injury from prevention through rehabilitation. The Chandler Regional trauma surgeons will specialize in orthopedics, neurosurgery, cardiac surgery, thoracic surgery, hand surgery, vascular surgery, plastic surgery, obstetric and gynecologic surgery, ophthalmology, otolaryngology and urology. Mercy Gilbert will seek Level III trauma status from ADHS to join three other hospitals in the state that currently have provisional status. A Level III trauma center provides assessment, resuscitation, stabilization and emergency surgery, and arranges transfer to a Level I or Level II trauma center for definitive surgical care. “This is tremendous news for the

Chandler community and Southeast Valley,” says Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny. “As the Southeast Valley continues to grow, it will be an immense asset to have a Level III trauma center in Gilbert and a Level I trauma center in Chandler,” adds Gilbert Mayor John Lewis. Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert submitted letters of intent to pursue trauma designation and plan on seeking provisional status to begin operating as a trauma center in July 2013. Once Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert meet the requirements under the provisional status, they will each be eligible for a verification survey by the American College of Surgeons. The approximate date of official trauma designation is July 2014. Patients in the Southeast Valley needing care for the most critical injuries are currently flown to Phoenix or Scottsdale. According to the 2012 annual report of the Arizona Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and Trauma System, only 42 percent of patients critically injured in Maricopa County last year arrived at a Level I trauma center within the “golden hour,” the first hour after a severe injury. During the golden hour, the lives of a majority of critically injured trauma patients can be saved if definitive surgical intervention is provided. Arizona currently has eight Level I designated trauma centers. Six are in the metro Phoenix area. Learn more at or


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“Offering one of life’s most luxurious experiences,” Madison Avenue Salon & Day Spa features special holiday spa packages ranging in price from $90 to $250. Packages vary depending on services selected, but all include massage. Holiday gift cards are available. “Our professional staff is seriously dedicated to the enhancement of every client’s well-being and pleasure,” says Madison Day Spa spokesperson Sean Larusso. “We assure our patrons

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BLD announces doggie menu Dogs are welcome Wednesday evenings from 5 to 8 p.m. on the patio at BLD, “short for breakfast, lunch and dinner,” at 190 W. Germann Rd., Chandler. Canines can chow down on chef-prepared dog food from a menu that includes 8-ounce servings of chicken, white rice and carrots; ground turkey, white rice and carrots; ground beef, white rice and carrots; and seasonal vegetable, carrots and rice.

Prices are from $3.95. Owners with pets sensitive to new foods are welcome to bring their own doggie meals. BLD is open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Happy hour, with $5 selections and $3.50 beverages, is 3 to 7 p.m. daily. For details, call 480-779-8646 or visit

There is still time to pick up a traditional dinner for Chanukah, the eight-day Festival of Lights in which Jewish people celebrate the triumph of light over darkness. It is available to go or for dine in at Chompie’s Chandler location at Chandler Village Center, 3481 W. Frye Rd., south of Chandler Fashion Center, through Dec. 16. The complete Chanukah meal is $15.95 per person and includes tender sliced beef brisket with gravy, savory roasted chicken or apricot glazed chicken; “famous” matzo ball soup; potato latkes with applesauce; string beans amandine; fresh-baked dinner rolls; and homemade holiday cookies. The meals, prepared from scratch, are available after 4 p.m. Preorder full-course Chanukah to-go meal packages serving 12 to 15 people for $169.95 with 24-hour notice by contacting the nearest Chompie’s. Traditional Chanukah foods such as

crispy potato latkes, brisket of beef, matzo ball soup, Chanukah cookies and more are also available for purchase by the pound, pint or piece. Chompie’s is open Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. A complete holiday dinner is available for dine-in or takeout. Party rooms are also available for large groups. The restaurant also sells Chompie’s gift cards good for the purchase of food for dine in or takeout, or in-store merchandise at Chompie’s. Purchase $50 in Chompie’s gift cards and receive an additional $10 Chompie’s gift card for free. Gift cards are available to purchase at all four Chompie’s Phoenix area restaurants and online. Chompie’s N.Y. style delicatessen, restaurant, bagel factory, bakery and caterer, has served the Valley since 1979 with breakfast-all-day, lunch and dinner seven days a week. Chompie’s four restaurants in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe and Chandler are individually owned and operated. For more information, contact the Chandler Chompie’s location at 480398-3008, open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. For Chanukah menus, gift card purchases, locations and more information, visit

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Two Chandler eateries teamed with ASU Gammage in Tempe for some dark delights in December. The creative collaborations are tied to Gammage’s current show, “The Addams Family,” and in celebration of the strangest family ever conceived, Kokopelli Winery & Bistro and SanTan Brewing Company added “spooktacular” selections to their menus.

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An “Addams Family”-themed menu is featured at Kokopelli through Dec. 16. Entrees include Gomez’s Gorgonzola Encrusted Tenderloin, Morticia’s Mac & Cheese Soufflé, and Pugsley’s Pasta Feast – any pasta, side soup or salad and bread. Diners can also indulge in Lurch’s Lunch

The Night of the Living Red Imperial Red Ale was created by SanTan Brewing in honor of “The Addams Family.” The brewery selected a handful of Valley locations to carry the limited edition beer. It’s available on tap through Tue., Dec. 18 at select locations including Tavern on Mill, Mellow Mushroom, Devil’s Advocate, Flanny’s, Boulders on Broadway, Monsterland, Handlebar on Mill and Cadillac Ranch. At Monsterland, “The Addams Family” ticket holders can enjoy free homemade chips and $1 off any SanTan Brew through Dec. 18 when the tickets are shown to the server. Info:, facebook. com/SanTanBrewingCo, SanTanBrewing. “The Addams Family” continues at ASU Gammage through Dec. 16. Tickets start at $27 and are available through asugammage. com or by calling 480-965-3434.

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Fifty Arizona restaurants and bars serving New Belgium brews on tap will give $1 from each pint sold to support brain cancer research and awareness. Among them are McDuffy’s Sports Grill, 980 E. Pecos Rd., and Keegan’s Grill, 1095 W. Queen Creek Rd., both in Chandler. The promo is part of a holiday tradition of giving sponsored by the New Belgium Brewing Company to give back to nonprofit organizations each year, with the Beer For Brains Foundation selected as the 2012 benefactor in the Glass that Gives fundraiser. New Belgium’s 1554 Enlightened

Black Ale is served at McDuffy’s, and Snow Day, New Belgium’s winter ale, is available at Keegan’s. For details visit mcduffyschandler, and for more details.

Solera Expo seeks vendors Vendors are needed for Solera Chandler’s Annual Solera Expo, taking place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat., Feb. 2, 2013 for the residents of the 1,149-home adult community at 6360 S. Mountain Blvd., Chandler. All residents of the Solera community are 55 years and older in age. About 50 businesses, ranging from landscape companies and

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Owners: Mariela Barnes, Stephen Barnes and Natalie Busch How long in business: Opened Aug. 13; more than 25 years combined experience in bilingual and Montessori education Unique features: Provides children with Spanish and English education using the Montessori philosophy. Gives children the opportunity to learn Spanish early on providing them more opportunities in the future. Curriculum includes cooking, cultural lessons and Music Together. Currently enrolling children 3 to 6 years of age. Hours: 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and tours by appointment Address: 2625 W. Queen Creek Rd., Suite 6, Chandler Phone: 480-963-2550 Email: Website:


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Chamber’s holiday party Dec. 20 The next gathering of the Chandler Chamber’s Lunch Club, which meets on the third Monday every month at a different Chamber member restaurant, is 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mon., Dec. 17 at Valle Luna Mexican Restaurant & Cantinas, 1949 W. Ray Rd., Chandler. The cost is $10 per person and no registration is required. Guests are welcome.

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Building a gingerbread house with a chance to win a prize is just one of the treats in store at the monthly Business After Business gathering, which is also the Chamber’s annual holiday party, 5 to 7 p.m. Thu., Dec. 20 at C-Fu Gourmet, 2051 W. Warner Rd., Suite 13, Chandler. There will also be a prize for the most unique holiday hat. Music is provided by Frestivus Five, led by Kevin Jenkins of At The Piano, LLC. The fee is $5 for members and $15 for nonmembers. Chairman’s Circle passes will be accepted. To pay at the door, email Brad Ness at The Chandler Chamber of Commerce is at 25 S. Arizona Place, Suite 201, Chandler. Unless otherwise specified, register for either program by calling 480-963-4571 or visiting

Selling more than 500 televisions a month, the Best Deal In Town, 235 E. Baseline Rd., Tempe, marks down its TVs about 30 to 50% from what big box stores charge. With the holiday shopping season underway, “I think many people would be interested in hearing about the place in town that they can get TV’s for the lowest price,” says founder and co-owner Ryan Hegna, who helped start the business eight years ago out of a Chandler house. “In 2006 we [located] Best Deal In Town in Tempe and have sold more than 30,000 TVs since opening.” The store is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays until Christmas. Email WATCH IT: This Samsung LED is one of the many or visit for information. televisions offered at Best Deal In Town. Submitted photo

Healthcare just a minute away

Just in time for cold and flu season, a new MinuteClinic opens its second location in Chandler inside CVS pharmacy at 2010 S. Dobson Rd. “Since opening our first store-based clinic in Arizona in 2006, we have helped to expand access to high-quality, convenient and affordable care to thousands of residents,” says Dr. Andrew Sussman, president, MinuteClinic and senior vice president / associate chief medical officer, CVS Caremark Corporation. Chandler’s other location is at 5975 W. Chandler Blvd. MinuteClinic nurse practitioners and physician assistants specialize in family healthcare and can diagnose, treat and write prescriptions for common family illnesses like strep throat and ear, eye, sinus, bladder and bronchial infections. Minor wounds, abrasions and joint sprains are treated, and common vaccinations such as influenza, tetanus, pneumonia and Hepatitis A & B are available at most locations. Walk-in camp, sports and college physicals are available daily.

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In addition, MinuteClinic administers a series of wellness services to help consumers identify lifestyle changes needed to improve their current and future health, including screenings and monitoring for diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. No appointments are required at MinuteClinic, and most health insurance is accepted. For patients paying cash or credit, treatment prices are posted at each medical center and on The cost for most treatment starts at $79. MinuteClinic practitioners use a software program that can generate educational material, an invoice and, when necessary, a prescription for the patient, as well as a diagnostic record that can be sent via electronic health record, fax or mail to a primary care provider with patient permission. Local MinuteClinic walk-in medical clinics are open 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday.


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Fourteen teams of students raised $1,500 for Kit Kat Animal Rescue at the 4th Annual Create for Charity Fashion Show, sponsored by Studio Academy of Beauty. Hair and fashion collaboration were based on musical themes from rockabilly to “Moulin Rouge” at the Chandler Senior Center. “As a Chandler-based business, we feel it is important to support other local organizations, and we felt this time it would be great to help out this small animal rescue that helps out so many young and sick cats and dogs,” says Cathy Koluch, president and founder of Studio Academy of Beauty. “It is a great way to bring together Chandler businesses to help support each other’s goals,” Koluch adds, noting that Runway PUPPIES: Cathy Koluch, left, and Robin Dirks with two puppies needing Fashion Exchange, another medical attention. Submitted photo local business, provided clothes and accessories for Kat Rescue is a no-kill animal rescue the event. group in Chandler dedicated to saving Studio Academy of Beauty offers homeless, strayed or abandoned animals education in cosmetology and esthetics throughout Arizona. For information, for future beauty professionals. Kit visit or

The second video in a series to remind Gilbert residents of the importance of keeping sales tax dollars in town is now released. “When we think about shopping locally we often think about visiting local retailers, but we don’t always think about calling on Gilbert-based businesses when we are looking for painting, landscaping or other services,” says Gilbert Mayor John Lewis. “This video reminds residents to think about Gilbert first when contracting for services.” The video campaign includes four segments with emphasis on different industries, all of which contribute to the town’s tax base. The videos were scripted by Tad Peelen, part owner of Joe’s Real BBQ and member of the Shop Gilbert taskforce. The videos were produced by Gilbert-based 4th Wall Productions and exclusively feature Gilbert-based locations. The newly released video will be shown on Gilbert’s government Channel 11 and as a public service announcement at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. It can also be seen at

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With a state-of-the-art movie theatre, bowling alley, dining venues and game centers, UltraStar Multi-tainment Center at Ak-Chin Circle recently opens its doors at 16000 Maricopa Rd. in Maricopa, after more than a year of planning and construction. “We’ve talked to folks from Maricopa, Chandler, Ahwatukee, Phoenix and all over the Valley, and we keep hearing the same thing,” says Adam Saks, vice president of operations and general manager of UltraStar. “We need a place to go where everything is conveniently located under one roof.” At nearly 165,000 sq. ft., UltraStar has it, including a 12-screen state-of-the-art digital cinema with 3-D capabilities and motion seats, technologically-advanced bowling center, two-story laser tag battleground, arcade games, outdoor amphitheatre and several restaurants offering casual fare, bar food and drinks and ice cream and coffee.

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Corporate Chronicles Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert Medical Centers credential 19 physicians. With credentials at both centers are: Ajay Bhatnagar, M.D., radiation oncology; David Creech, M.D., plastic surgery; Mohammad Golparian, M.D., internal medicine; Marguerite Keane, M.D., pediatrics; Mandeep Kingra, M.D., obstetrics and gynecology; Shelden Martin, M.D., orthopedic surgery; Jessica Prebish, D.P.M., podiatry; Mikul Shah, M.D., CT anesthesia; Richa Sood, M.D., pediatrics; Alex Stewart, D.P.M., podiatry; Michael Suleiman, M.D., CT anesthesia; Vidya Surapaneni, M.D., pediatrics; William Thompson, M.D., pain medicine; and Amber Louise Vegh, M.D., obstetrics and gynecology. At CRMC: Charles Boag, M.D., obstetrics and gynecology; and James Davies, D.D.S., oral and maxillofacial surgery. At MGMC: David Grossklaus, M.D., urological surgery; Dwight Keller, M.D., orthopedic surgery; and Joseph Worischeck, M.D., urology. Info:,, 877-728-5414. Jane Hanson is the new chief operating officer for Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert medical centers, where she is responsible for overseeing operational performance to ensure quality care, patient safety, physician and employee satisfaction and engagement. She was previously chief nursing officer at Providence Medford Medical Center in Medford, OR, and chief nursing officer at Jane Hanson Cascade Healthcare Community in Bend, OR. She is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives and the National Association of Healthcare Quality. She received her bachelor’s

Business degree in nursing from Lewis and Clark State College and her master’s in health sciences administration from the University of Southern California. Info:, Five Star Publications takes two first-place awards in the 2012 New MexicoArizona Book Awards, in the New Age category for Dianne Ebertt Beeaff’s “Spirit Stones: Unraveling the Megalithic Mysteries of Western Europe’s Prehistoric Monuments,” and in the Biography-Arizona category for “Addie Slaughter: The Girl Who Met Geronimo,” by Susan Krueger with Reba Wells Grandrud. The awards were judged by more than 70 booksellers, readers, librarians and teachers. Info:, 480-940-8182. Chandler-Gilbert Community College receives a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to revise and expand its Electrical Utility Technology (EUT) program and to develop a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math pipeline of graduates for local jobs. The grant will be used to increase student participation in the EUT program over the next three years by upgrading current equipment, purchasing additional equipment and hiring additional instructors, lab technicians and other staff. Info:, 480-732-7000.

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The Baker School of Music at Gilbert Town Square, 1090 S. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert, partners with the Steinway Piano Showroom of Arizona in Scottsdale for the sale of pianos: acoustic, digital, vertical and grands. In addition to Steinway pianos, the store features Roland digital pianos. Info:, 480-368-8888. Conor Favre is the new executive chef of the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa, where he oversees all culinary functions including restaurant concepts and menus for Ko’Sin and Kai, as well as meeting and group banquets, event catering, guest room dining for the 500-room resort and all culinary staff recruitment and training. Most recently he served as the executive sous chef at Arizona Biltmore. Info: Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley receives a $50,000 grant as a Phoenix Sun Life Rising Star Award recipient, recognized as a nonprofit that addresses low high school graduation rates. Also, Gilbert High School student Nick Groth receives a $5,000 scholarship in recognition as an outstanding student who overcame significant obstacles to succeed. Groth works for Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley, where he served as a leader in training for three summers and was named Youth of the Year for the Clubs in 2012. He also served as the president of the Gilbert Branch’s Keystone Club in the 2011-12 academic year. He is a member of the Gilbert High School varsity football and varsity wrestling teams, holds a 3.6 GPA and hopes to attend college to become an orthopedic surgeon. Info: Eastwind is the name of the new Japanese restaurant open at 58 W. Buffalo St., Suite 110, in downtown Chandler in the former Sushi Eye in Motion spot. Info: 480-855-7451.

Register for Winter Classes The winter Break Time outlining all-ages recreation classes, youth winter intersession camps and special events for December, January and February is available at libraries and recreation centers and at Registration is open for residents and non-residents. For more information, call 782-2727.

Final Santa’s House is Dec. 15! The annual Santa’s House activities at Dr. A.J. Chandler Park in the historic downtown square concludes on Saturday, Dec. 15 from 12-5 p.m. For more information, visit

Wednesday Family Nights Join in the fun at Family Night at Tumbleweed Recreation Center every Wednesday from 5:30-7 p.m. There is a different activity each week. The fee is $2 ($3 for non-residents ages 1-12) and $3 ($5 for non-residents ages 13-17). Call 782-2900 or visit tumbleweed for more information.


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

Teen Art Show Continues Through Dec. 19 The third annual Teen Art Show featuring paintings, ceramic, sculptures, photography and other mediums continues to be on display at the Environmental Education Center until December 19 during regular facility hours. For more information, call 782-2895 or visit

Teen Talent Competition is Jan. 11 The ninth annual Teen Talent Competition will be held at the Chandler Center for the Arts on Friday, Jan. 11 from 6-9 p.m. Applications for singers and musicians to audition are available at Admission for the show is $5. For more information, call 782-2711.

Stay Connected Follow us on Twitter (@ChandlerRec) and Facebook (Chandler Recreation). You can watch the December episode of the “Come Out & Play, Chandler!” show on the Chandler Recreation YouTube Channel. Sign up for the newsletter at For more information, call 782-2727.


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Tale of El Tunnél, Part I by Jourdan Rodrigue

It’s winter in Arizona, which means the only tangible seasonal change is from football to soccer. At Snedigar Sports Complex in Chandler, soccer team Bafana Bafana is making their playoff run in the Arizona Sports League men’s tournament. In the semifinals, the team faces the Sand Dragon Football Club (SDFC), a team that ages each Bafana player by at least 15 years. “Well, we dated their mothers,” says SDFC defender Ed Ribeneira, 40. The game is over early as energetic Bafana Bafana players repeatedly drive through the SDFC defense, scoring four in the first half alone. But the show has just begun. With eight minutes left in the first half, 20-year-old left outside midfielder Enrique Collazo gets the ball with room to run. It’s easy to miss him on the field at first. He’s not the loudest player, nor is he the biggest. He’s been quietly doling out passes to other players the entire half, making his runs and filling in spots as other offensive players rush the box. He begins to dance up the side of the field, weight shifting from foot to foot as he flicks the ball in and out, back and forth, a fake here, a juke there. Two defenders look like they’re standing still as he easily slides by, the ball a simple extension of his foot. A defender gets too close, legs spread

wide for balance. Collazo taps the ball through them and darts around him, the ball never leaving his foot for more than a second. He accelerates. “Oooohooo,” exclaims his father, Rudy. “Oh, excellent move, beautiful QuiQue.” He claps and moves his lawn chair to catch a few tendrils of shade. “That is ‘el tunnel,’ the tunnel, when the ball goes through the legs like that,” he says. Collazo has open field. There is nobody but the keeper in front of him, backed by the fluttering white net. “Have one,” his teammates yell. “Have a shot, Enrique!” Collazo taps the ball twice with the outside of his left foot as the keeper prepares for a shot from the right. But it sinks into the net from that left foot, toes pointed down, leg taut.

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It was clear Collazo had a gift at a young age. “I put the ball in front of him before he could even walk well and he started poking it with his left foot—he was trying to kick it,” Rudy says. “I could see he had the blood, you know.” Collazo likes to think soccer is indeed in his blood. Rudy played for the University of Monterrey in Mexico and Enrique’s older brother, Rodolfo “Fito,” was Grand Canyon University’s top defender and currently plays professionally for indoor football club Real Phoenix.

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Collazo started playing recreationally within the city of Phoenix when he was 5. It seemed his blood was not merely coursing with a soccer pedigree, but with humility too. “I remember this one team when I was about 5 … they played in all yellow and I thought they were Brazil,” Collazo says. “I thought they were so good because of that even though we beat them.” By the time he was 8, he was skilled enough to make Arizona’s top competitive team, Sereno, and thus began a strict training regimen. “I actually tried out a year early, when I was seven,” he says. “They told me to come back the next year because I was just too small.” He began travelling the Southwest for tournaments in shin guards that reached the very tops of his knees and

disappeared under too-large shorts. Sereno won the Nomads tournament in California the year he made the team. Collazo scored the game-tying goal that allowed the team to win in penalty kicks. He hoisted a trophy almost as tall as he was and grinned the 8-year-old grin he never outgrew. “I didn’t know the level I was competing at then,” Collazo says. “To me it was just another team.”


Twelve years later, Collazo is back to playing recreationally and another trophy is a glittering enticement on the sideline as Bafana Bafana warms up for its championship match against Celtic. Collazo is an elongated version of his 5-year-old self. He’s made up of see El Tunnél page 31 El Tunnél from page 29

long legs, eyelashes, liquid brown eyes and a shock of black hair that ends in a ducktail at the nape of his neck. “I wish he would cut it,” laments his mother, Rosalinda, as she watches him lope out to the field. His parents attended every game when he was playing competitively and still tote their lawn chairs out to the field to watch their youngest son. But his hair is the least of Collazo’s worries. Celtic is a large, physical team that beat Bafana in the championship game in 2011. Bafana soundly defeated them in regular play this season, but it’s the opinion of many players and spectators that Celtic has brought in reinforcements. The Celtic players know Collazo well. When he has the ball they often set two men on him, yelling “Watch the dance, boys,” in their Irish twang. “He is a key player on Bafana,” Celtic captain and Arizona Sports League founder Adam Thelwell says. “I’m impressed with his touch and ability to control the ball.” The teams take their positions: Celtic in green and white and chomping at the bit, and Bafana in their signature assembly of hodgepodge yellow jerseys, laughing and joking until the first whistle.


That’s the main difference in soccer between Collazo’s life now and his life before college: the seriousness. He grew into a teenager on the soccer field. He trained three times a week, played every day and had weekend tournaments more often than not. He saw perfectly manicured pitches all over the nation and collected trophy after

Youth trophy. He perfected his left-footed shot and worked hard on his right. He became graceful and fluid when maneuvering through defenders. When he was 13, his parents caught wind of a high school outside their district, Horizon, which had previously won the state championship. “It was far from our area,” Rosalinda says. “But we knew he should go there because of soccer.” He made varsity as a sophomore and took a brief hiatus from Cisco, his club team at the time. He slowly began to gain recognition as a player, from all-region honorable mention as a sophomore to second-team all-region as a junior, then finally first-team all-region and a “player to watch” by his senior year. And yet the senior named most valuable player and team captain by his coach, the 17-year-old who cemented his spot in Horizon history by scoring the third-most goals in one game, did not know how good he was. “I guess I was good,” Collazo says. “I don’t think of myself as way above people.” His future had always been determined for him by coaches and his club schedule in the past, but once the recruiters came calling his senior year, it was Collazo’s turn to make a decision. To be continued in the Jan. 5, 2013 issue of the SanTan Sun News. Jourdan Rodrigue, formerly of Chandler, is a student at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, writing for class credit.

Dec. 15 – Jan. 4, 2013


Free seminar SAT practice test offers free prep offers tax scholarship tips “How to Apply for Arizona Tuition Tax Credit Scholarships,” a free public seminar for parents, is held at 9 a.m. Sat., Jan. 12, 2013, in Seton Catholic Preparatory High School’s Fine and Performing Arts Building, 1150 N. Dobson Rd., Chandler. The seminar provides an overview of state tuition tax credit scholarships and types of school tuition organizations that aim to help parents fund their child’s high school education at a private / preparatory school. Discussion focuses on how to navigate the maze of options and help parents understand how they can qualify for tuition tax credit assistance and other scholarship programs. A question and answer session follows the presentation. Student ambassadors are available at the event to provide campus tours for interested parents and students. Families are encouraged to arrive at 8:15 a.m. for a parent reception in the foyer of the Fine Arts Building. A high school placement test for prospective students begins at 8:30 a.m. Seton Catholic Prep is a coeducational, college preparatory school open to students of all faiths. Visit or call Seton Catholic Prep’s Admission office at 480-963-1900, ext. 2355.

SanTan Sun area high school juniors and seniors can take advantage of a free SAT Diagnostic Practice Test Day at 11 a.m. Sat., Jan. 5, 2013, offered by Sylvan Learning Center, 4121 E. Valley Auto Dr., Suite 106, Mesa. The session follows exact SAT testing rules, allowing students to gain valuable insight into what to expect on the day of the test. It also helps parents gauge their student’s readiness for the exam. Students and parents receive a complete scoring analysis within a week of completion. Students must bring a graphing calculator. Space is limited. To sign up, call Sylvan at 480-361-3500.

Chandler High hosts info night

An informational meeting about Chandler High School’s nationally ranked, award-winning International Baccalaureate program and Advanced Placement curriculum begins at 5:30 p.m. Thu., Jan. 24, 2013 at Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. According to the school, more than $28,000,000 in scholarships and grants were offered to Chandler High’s 2012 graduating seniors. Chandler High is at 350 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. For information, call 480-812-7700.



Dec. 15 – Jan. 4, 2013

New Vistas’ World Expo celebrates cultures

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The SanTan Sun community is invited to a “World of Learning Expo” held by New Vistas Center for Education from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wed., Dec. 19 at its Chandler campus, 670 N. Arizona Ave., Suite 35. The event celebrates the unique geography, history, culture and traditions found around the world and among the school’s students. Fully 70% of New Vistas’ student population is from nations other than the United States. Represented among the multilingual students are 38 distinct nations and four continents. During the event, children and their guests visit classrooms decorated to represent the countries and academic themes studied throughout the year, traveling via family “passports.” To cap off the evening, students and their families visit the “map room” to write and post greetings in their native tongue, then visibly link them to their own city and country of origin with brightly colored ribbons. “With such a balanced mixture of cultures, our children receive an education that reaches far beyond gifted curriculum,” says Carol Elias, New Vistas’ co-director. “Our GLOBAL PALS: The bond of friendship unites the three continents represented by New Vistas students Arushi Raiazana, Anya international student population Chatha and Timi Aderibighe at the school’s World of Learning Expo. Submitted photo adds a dimension to the structured curriculum that is rich indeed.” University CTY, is a private preschool through August. New Vistas Center for Education, through sixth grade August through May For more information, call New Vistas at named a Top Ten School by Johns Hopkins and preschool through high school June 480-963-2313.

Votes are needed to help a Gilbert charter school win up to $50,000 in funding toward a new playground. American Leadership Academy, 3155 SanTan Village Pkwy., Gilbert, is in the running for a Power A Bright Future grant from the Clorox Company. The program receiving the highest number of votes by Dec. 19 is awarded the $50,000 grand-prize grant, and the next top vote-getters in the categories Play, Create and Explore will each be awarded a $25,000 grant. A panel of Clorox judges also select three additional schools, one in each category, to win a $25,000 judges’ choice grant. Adults and children 13 and older can vote online at nominees/detail/?nid=2262 or by texting 2262pbf to 95248. For details, visit


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Vote for grant money Votes are needed to help a Gilbert charter school win up to $50,000 in funding toward a new playground. American Leadership Academy, 3155 SanTan Village Pkwy., Gilbert, is in the running for a Power A Bright Future grant from the Clorox Company. The program receiving the highest number of votes by Dec. 19 is awarded the $50,000 grand-prize grant, and the next top vote-getters in the

categories Play, Create and Explore will each be awarded a $25,000 grant. A panel of Clorox judges also select three additional schools, one in each category, to win a $25,000 judges’ choice grant. Adults and children 13 and older can vote online at powerabrightfuture. or by texting 2262pbf to 95248. For details, visit

Student tech competition invites entries

HIGH HONORS: Chandler gymnasts Marlee York and Cienna Samiley, with coaches Jay Soltis and 1996 Olympic gold medalist Amanda Borden-Cochran, are named to the 2012 National Team for USA Gymnastics’ Talent Opportunity Program. The gymnasts will have the opportunity to train with National Coaching Staff in December at the Olympic Training Center at Karolyi Ranch in Houston, TX. Cienna and Marlee are members of the competitive team program at Gold Medal Gymnastics, 255 W. Warner Rd., Chandler. Submitted photo

The world’s largest K-12 science and technology competition, Toshiba / NSTA ExploraVision, invites area students to submit entries for a chance to win cash and prizes. Underwritten by Toshiba and administered by the National Science Teachers Association (NTSA), ExploraVision challenges students to work in teams of two to four to research scientific principles and current technologies for the design innovative technologies that could exist in 20 years. Deadline for entry is Jan. 31, 2013. Students on the four first-place winning teams each receive a $10,000 U.S. Series EE savings bond, at maturity, and an expenses-paid trip with

their families, mentor and coach to Washington, D.C. for a gala awards weekend in June 2013. Each of the 24 regional winning teams receives a Toshiba laptop for their school, and each member of the regional winning teams receives a Toshiba HD camcorder. The teacher who submits the most eligible team projects in each grade category receives a Toshiba tablet. The school submitting the most eligible projects receives $1,000 worth of Toshiba technology. Applications for this year’s competition are available online at For more details, email or visit



Dec. 15 – Jan. 4, 2013

Youth camp keeps kids active Kids ages 5 to 12 can spend winter break enjoying sports, games, arts and crafts, and more at Winter Youth Camp Dec. 24 through Jan. 4 at Tumbleweed Recreation Center, 745 W. Germann Rd., Chandler. Morning, afternoon or fullday sessions are available for the camp. Full-day campers are required to bring their own snack and lunch each day. Camp is not held Dec. 25 or Jan. 1. Fees range from $70 to $140 depending on the camp selected. To register, visit TRC’s Guest Services Counter or

Wrestle at holiday camp A holiday wrestling camp for beginning and experienced youth wrestlers is offered by the Gilbert Parks and Recreation Department Wed., Jan. 2 through Fri., Jan. 4, 2013 at Highland High School’s Mini Gym, 4301 E. Guadalupe Rd., Gilbert. The camp accepts kids ages 5 years to eighth grade, as of the 2012-13 school year. Participants who are 14 years old must still be in junior high school. Conducted by Highland High’s Varsity Wrestling Coach Abel Figueroa,

the camp is two days of instruction followed by a match day for the camp finale. Participants receive ribbons for each match wrestled and are eligible for the Braiden Rainey Sportsmanship Award. The cost is $36 and includes a camp T-shirt. For a registration form, visit or contact the Gilbert Parks and Recreation Department at 480-503-6200. Online registration is available at

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

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CTA-Independence Hawks

Dec: 20: Second quarter ends Dec. 21: Teacher Inservice/Workday; no school Dec. 24-Jan. 4: Winter intersession; no school Jan. 7: Teacher Inservice/Workday; no school

Carlson Champions

QUEEN BEE: Principal Leo Schlueter congratulates spelling-bee winner Kate Robinson, a fifth-grader, who will move on to the district competition in January. Sixth-grader Austin Wibbing, also pictured, got second place and will be Carlson’s alternate. Submitted photo

SPELLING WHIZZES: Proud principal Leo Schlueter stands behind his school spelling-bee contestants, including, from left: Cameron Schotz, Vincent Drake, Austin Wibbing, Brian Lindell, Kate Robinson and Taj Lyons. Submitted photo

Fun run- Prepare students for the all-school Boosterthon fundraiser, the largest of the year, beginning Wed., Jan. 9 and culminating in a fun run Fri., Jan. 18. More details follow winter intersession. Calendar: Dec. 20: Champion assembly at 2 p.m. -Lora Robinson

Grand tour – Tours and open registration for families new to the school start soon. If interested in attending CTA-Independence, visit the school website for information. Good sports – Fifth- and sixthgraders enjoy intramural sports, competing in different sports during lunch recess. The students completed their football “season” and will compete in basketball in January and volleyball in February. Picnic treat – Students enjoyed a picnic lunch outside on the school’s 20 new picnic tables, recently purchased by PTO and installed on school grounds. The tables will also be used for classroom snack time or as an outdoor classroom. Meeting goals – New soccer goals, purchased by the PTO, are now on school grounds and being enjoyed by students. Box Tops – CTA-Independence families are encouraged to continue to send in Box Tops 4 Education. The school earns 10 cents for every Box Top turned in, with a chance at winning an extra 250,000 Box Tops. The four classes that bring in the most Box Tops win prizes. Check the expiration date on all Box Tops before submitting. Lost and found – Check the Lost and Found bin for jackets, water bottles and lunchboxes. All items unclaimed at the end of December are donated. Parents or caregivers should mark their student’s names inside all clothing and



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Kudos – Congrats to sixthgrader Jalen Davis for winning the Superintendent’s Citizenship Award, Elicia Bivins for her recognition as Outstanding Volunteer and Sherry Bollard for winning the Apple Achievement Award. Congrats also to sixth-grader Alejandro Mendez for winning the Sun Lakes Lion Club’s annual Peace Poster Contest. He was honored by the Lions Club at an award ceremony. Tax credits – Hancock families are encouraged to consider donating to the school through the tax credit program, up to $400 for married couples or $200 for singles. Donations can be broken down into budget-friendly increments and can be charged to a credit card. The full donation is received back as a tax credit. Hancock uses tax credit money to fund fieldtrips, after-school clubs and assemblies throughout the school year. Thanks to those who already donated. —Suzanne Incorvaia

Hull Heroes

Shop time – Gift cards are available for purchase in the school office. Hull families and friends are invited to purchase them for holiday shopping and gift giving. Many stores are available and orders can be placed every Friday. Hull now offers $50 Visa cards with no activation fee. A percentage of each card earns Hull PTO money. —Kristen Boyd

Jacobson Jets

BMX – As thanks to students for doing a great job with their studies and working hard on fundraising activities, Jacobson PTO sponsored a BMX stunt show, energizing the campus. Thanks due – Thanks to all the families who showed up and supported Family Night at Blu Burger Grille. The night was a huge success. Bee fun – Jacobson hosted its annual Spelling Bee. Box Tops – Families are asked to keep sending in Box Tops. Classes compete every month to earn prizes for most Box Tops collected. School Cents – Save Chandler Fashion Center receipts from this holiday season and turn them in at Jacobson, or take them straight to the Customer Service desk at the mall. The Jets earn points for every dollar spent. Calendar Dec. 20: Jingle Jog, parents welcome —Jason Harris & Blanca Dozal

Ryan Royals

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 SanTan Village can continue to be turned in. Receipts from stores south of Williams Field Road, including Costco, Sam’s Club and Walmart, do not count this year. —Traci Lepacik

Dec. 15 – Jan. 4, 2013

Tarwater Toros

For a spell – Congrats to the fifth- and sixth-grade students who participated in Tarwater’s annual Spelling Bee. Riley Tracy of Mr. Morris’ class won the competition and will go on to the district competition. Huge thanks to Mrs. Moxley, Ms. Swanson and Mrs. Chappell for organizing and coordinating the event for the school. Holiday fun – Tarwater enjoyed participating in many holiday activities including helping less fortunate children with a Christmas Giving Tree, presenting gifts at the school’s annual Holiday Sing-A-Long and performing in a Chorus Concert. Kindergartners performed a Holiday Program, and students exercised at the Jingle Jog. School Cents – School Cents offers double points in January. Holiday receipts can be kept until then and logged at Guest Services at Chandler Fashion Center or turned into the school and logged by the PTO and returned. Salvation Army angels and Santa photos are worth 1,000 points. —Robyn Kelly

Patterson Pride

Thanks due – Special thanks to those who came out and supported Patterson’s Fall Festival. Thanks also to the volunteers for their hard work and dedication and to the PTO, who did a great job with planning and provided a fun-filled event for everyone. A huge thanks also for the green beans cans and the support for the cause.

Happy holiday – Patterson wishes everyone a safe, happy holiday and looks forward to the New Year and the students’ return on Tue., Jan. 8, 2013. Calendar Dec. 20: December Dash Jan. 17: Science Fair Night; PTO Star Gazing, 7-9 p.m. —Anne Keefer

Basha Bears

Helping hands – The Accelerated Middle School at Basha High encourages student participation within the community and the school. Students volunteered recently at the Chandler Care Center, passing out turkeys and canned goods to less fortunate families. Basha High donated 74 turkeys to Chandler Care Center for the annual holiday food drive. —Renee Clancy

Andersen Astronauts

Help wanted – Parent volunteers are needed for Fine Dining on Tue., Dec. 18. Three different lunch schedules start at 10:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. —Kathryn Perry

CTA-Goodman Gators

High honors – CTA-Goodman is one of 11 Chandler schools to receive the designation of 2012 National Center for Educational Achievement Arizona Higher Performing School. NCEA identifies higher-performing schools as elementary, middle and high schools that have consistently outperformed their peers with similar student see School News page 38




Dec. 15 – Jan. 4, 2013 School News from page 37

populations over a three-year period. Info: Calendar Dec. 15: Flag ceremony presented by kindergarten classes, 8 a.m., Amphitheater Dec. 18-19: Hearing and vision screenings Dec. 19: Good News Gators Assembly, 1:30 p.m., Multipurpose Room; Second-Year Band Concert, 6:30 p.m., Hamilton High School Dec. 20: “Snowman Sprint” Fun Run: grades K-2, 12:35 p.m.; grades 3-6, 1:30 p.m. —Kathie Butters

collected through Dec. 31. Kudos – Congrats to Sue Bowers, Devin Berube and Sandy Ashbaugh for earning AAA awards for their commitment to Knox. They were recently celebrated at Chandler Center for the Arts. 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

Knox Knights

Good sports – Seton’s football team celebrated its Division IV championship win over undefeated Blue Ridge High School at Northern Arizona University. —Jody LaBenz

Fun Run – Join the Knox Knights as they run for fun Thu., Dec. 20. Fundraising fun – Fresh & Easy receipts are

Seton Catholic Preparatory High Sentinels

BUILDING WORLDS: The KGA LEGO teams Zombie Legos and Disco Dancing Donuts competed in the LEGO Robotics Tournament. Thanks to Coaches Liz Moynihan and Gregory Leff for their hard work. Submitted photo



Youth Chronicles Darrell Garretson of Chandler High School is the 2012 U.S. Marine Corps Elite Warrior Arizona Player of the Year. The 2012-13 All CUSD Swim/Dive Teams are announced. The All CUSD Girls Team MVP is Kathryn Palomino, Chandler High; Team members are Scout Wilkins, Julia Boese, Allyson Padilla, Jocelyn Wang, Kelsey Thomas and Adriana Palomino, Chandler High; Maren Rincon, Kaitlin Wright and Taylor Kane, Basha High; Samantha Arellano, Lauren Halle, Madison Mullins, Cheyenne McLaws and Erica Kaplan, Hamilton High; Demi Lauderback and Raevin TeranRichardson, Perry High; Searra Sandlin, Arizona College Prep. Honorable Mentions: Angela Tulk and Phi Nguyen, Chandler High; Halley Nisleit, Perry High; and Michelle Parron-Saletri, Arizona College Prep. Diving: Abigail Whitlock, Perry High. The All CUSD Boys Team MVP is Isaac Montano, Hamilton High; Team members are Chase Damis, Mark Jurek and Justin Tran, Chandler High; Adriel Huerta, Basha High; Hunter Hojnacki, Jake Myers, Brandon Dang, Zach Posniack, Ty Dang, Austin Halle and Lawrence Quintana, Hamilton High; Cody Stalcup, Sam Morton, Jon Underwood, Justin Dawson and Jake Perrine, Perry High; Honorable Mentions Jordan Abril, Basha High; Levi Siwek and Tristan Diaz, Perry High; Leonard Hass, Arizona College Prep; Diving: Steven Harris, Hamilton High. The 2012-13 All CUSD Badminton Team is announced. The team includes Amanjit Bhatti, Chandler High; Francesca Kent, Basha High; Tiffany Pariva and Drishti Panse, Hamilton High; and Christina Celaya and Jenna Reynolds, Perry High.

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The best Christmas present ever

‘Tis the season!

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Happy Holidays and a very Happy New Year to our friends and loved ones, all the members of the SanTan Sun team, our loyal readers and esteemed advertisers. Here’s a little something that I hope will bring a smile to your face. Laurie Fagen Photo by

The week before Christmas By Laurie Fagen

‘Twas the week before Christmas and all through the house, Pandemonium reigned, and I felt like a louse. The stockings I’d stuck to the drywall with nails Left cracks in the plaster that looked like park trails. The children were screaming and running the halls, Leaving sugary lollipop handprints on walls. With Mom at the ‘puter and I on the couch, I could tell the days coming would leave me a grouch. When out in the back yard there came such a crash, I thought that the neighbor was throwing a bash. I slowly got up from my favorite spot To yell “Settle down,” or, so I thought. The lights from the greenbelt that spilled on my yard Gleamed brightly on something that landed there, hard. When what to my bloodshot, tired eyes should appear, But a skinny old lady, all dressed in sun gear. A massive straw hat dipped from front to the back That was woven in circles with white and with black. She was wearing a dress that went down to her toes And I saw her bare feet were wearing no hose. With sunglasses dark, in her hand, a guitar, I couldn’t imagine what brought her thus far. I opened the slider, my jaw near the floor, As the old woman shuffled on up to the door. Her cheeks were like roses, her nose like a cherry. But her turned-down expression was quite far from merry.

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“You live in this place?” she screeched with a glare. I nodded my head and continued to stare. “So where are the lights and your tree?” she quite fumed, While brushing right past me to scowl at the room. “I … haven’t had time,” I hemmed and I hawed. She turned ‘round to face me and gave a slow nod. “You people today, you work way too much. “Your lives are too crazy with trifles and such. “You don’t take the time to live for right now. “How to be in this moment, you just don’t know how.” But then the most wonderful thing did occur: First, a smile lit her face that was so sweet and pure. And then with a flourish across those six strings, She swirled ‘round the room as if lifted by wings. The music she played was like nothing I’d heard, As she went to her work with nary a word. A holiday tree, all brilliant with lights, Sprang up in the corner; then, ‘twas more in her sights. Decorations galore, in green and in red, Found their places all ‘round me. “Oh, thank you!” I said. “Don’t thank me, my friend, and don’t think I’ll be back. “At this kind of magic, you get only one crack.” She strummed a last chord, then out the door, fled. I gazed at her deeds; vowed to heed what she said. Then I heard her exclaim, ‘ere she flew out of sight, “Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!” With apologies to Clement Clarke Moore

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Every year as the Christmas holiday approaches, I find myself reflecting on all of the great memories I had as a child. It always brings me back to a time when things were so simple, yet so complex in the eyes of a young, spoiled and impressionable kid. It was Christmas morning, and my brothers and I had just woken up. The anticipation to get downstairs to see what Santa had brought was just killing us. Just like all of the previous years, we were to forced to sit on the stairs until we were given the okay. After getting the nod, we ran over one another to get to the tree. When we got there, to our amazement, everything on our lists and more were sitting under, around and on top of the tree. This was truly the best Christmas ever. Then something very unusual happened: after we were done opening our presents, we were told to pick out our favorite present, which we did without hesitation. What came next totally blew us away! Our mother then told us that we would get to keep that one present. However, all of the other presents would be re-wrapped and we would be giving all of our toys to another family that would not be having a Christmas. You can only imagine the thoughts and comments that came from four boys who could not comprehend the true meaning of Christmas, let alone the concept of giving without receiving something in return.

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About an hour later, we found ourselves about 20 minutes outside of town, pulling into a driveway we did not know. When we arrived, we were greeted with huge smiles that I still remember today. Inside this home with dirt floors was a family burning trash to stay warm. It was all very confusing and difficult to process. More than 28 years later, I have experienced many wonderful holidays with friends and family, but never one that sticks out in my mind the way that particular Christmas did. Every year I tell this story numerous times, hoping that just one person will give the same gift to a young impressionable child so they can receive the same gift my parents gave me as a child. Thanks, Mom and Dad. Dr. Ryan Wade is founder of Ocotillo Chiropractic Center in Chandler.


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For my office as director for the Maricopa County Special Healthcare District, the election did not turn out exactly the way we hoped, but all is good. I am proud of the thousands of East Valley residents that voted for me this time or in the last two elections. To those good folks, you should know that it has always humbled me that you would give me the opportunity to represent you in this most important position. Mary Harden ran a very effective and clean campaign. She will be a fine director and will bring a new and important perspective to that board. We wish her the best. I am well aware that my vote against the bond election may have cost me my seat, but that is ok too. I’d rather spend the next four years cleaning my garage –hopefully it won’t take quite that long – than to place something on the ballot that was not well planned. Our board has since begun a transparent process that will involve broad community input and plenty of time for all benefits and costs to be considered. If the new Citizens Bond Committee sees the need and agrees that the financial plan is sound, they will make recommendations to Mary and the rest of the District Board, which may then ask the citizens to vote it up or down in 2014. The real estate developers and downtown interests that tried to force a $950,000,000 obligation onto the taxpayers of Maricopa County will have an opportunity to make their case, but it will be along with all the other stakeholders and citizens who need to be heard. It has been so rewarding to be a part of the Maricopa Integrated Health System for 13 years. We’ve helped lead it from a county hospital to a nationally respected, highquality organization. We’ve provided strong institutional support for programs that are solidly accredited and train hundreds of physicians each year. In 2005, our first board adopted stringent fiscal responsibility policies, and I have fought to see that they were implemented in spite of many difficult funding challenges as the State of Arizona put its own financial house in order. Finally, the safety net stays intact to help at those times when we have no other care options. To serve my constituents, our patients and the dedicated staff and physicians of MIHS has been one of the great privileges of my life. I will never forget all the wonderful times meeting and working with so many dedicated individuals. It has been an honor, thank you. Bil Bruno, 85225 Editor’s note: District 1 of Maricopa County Special Healthcare encompasses all of Chandler, Sun Lakes, Ahwatukee, Queen Creek, Tempe and parts of Mesa, Gilbert and County Islands.


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CHoP steaks roasting on an open fire Holiday giving opportunities by K. M. Lang

SanTan Sun area diners must have been extra good this year, because Santa brought them a gleaming new steak house just in time for the holidays. CHoP, set to open its doors Sun., Dec. 16 at Downtown Ocotillo, will fill a culinary cavity, says co-owner Tom Kaufman, whose other restaurants include The Living Room and The Sushi Room, as well as six Humble Pie locations. “We opened The Living Room and it really resonated with the community,” explains Kaufman. “Pretty much right away, customers started joking with me, ‘We need a mesquite grill – a steak house.’ We started casually talking about it a year ago.” Kaufman and his partners, including local commercial developer and Chandler Economic Development Advisory Board President Spike

Lawrence, hope to create for their guests a dining experience similar to that at Houston’s, a successful steak house with 20 locations nationwide.

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Kaufman, a longtime admirer of Houston’s, must have been on Santa’s nice list, himself. Through a neighbor and by sheer chance, he met Charles O’Steen, Houston’s chef and general manager for 19 years, and convinced him to sign on with CHoP as both investor and head chef. “Did you ever see the movie, ‘Money Ball?’” Kaufman asks. “Well, I feel like Billy Beane of the Oakland A’s. I don’t know how I did it, but I got the star pitcher. All of a sudden this little place has a superstar.” O’Steen will be working his magic

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Donate new fiction or nonfiction books on a variety of topics through Fri., Dec. 21 to support veterans this holiday season. Chandler’s Five Star Publications, Inc. is collecting the books from the public, charitable organizations and other publishers from throughout the country for Phoenix area military veterans, and then will deliver the books to the Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center in Phoenix. “The excellent library at the Carl Hayden VA Medical Center provides books to our veterans throughout the year,” says Linda F. Radke, president of Five Star Publications. “The holidays are an especially important time for the library’s shelves to be stocked with quality books which

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Plan for New Year’s Eve

Christmas meals available, holiday events continue Between now and New Year’s Eve, a variety of SanTan Sun area restaurants and bars feature tasty and festive holiday offerings to help the community celebrate the season without slaving in the kitchen. In addition, a variety of family friendly, holiday-themed events continue through the end of the December.

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CLASSY: CHoP co-owner Tom Kaufman and his partners went with their instincts when decorating their new restaurant which opens Sun., Dec. 16 “There’s an inherent masculinity to a steak house – the rich feel of dark woods and leather,” explains Kaufman. “If it looked good and felt good, we said, ‘Yeah, why not?’” STSN photo by Ron Lang

AJ’s Restaurant at Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort offers a trio of buffets for Christmas, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tue., Dec. 25 and Tue., Jan. 1, guests can choose from a variety of items including fresh waffles with fruit toppings, eggs Benedict and Denver frittata, poblano short ribs, prime rib and see New Year page 46



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on CHoP’s two 4-foot mesquite grills, cooking “the best possible product: steak, lamb chop, salmon, Idaho lake trout,” over an open flame. The restaurant will offer “something for everybody,” says Kaufman, who’s already planning a Saturday event when local kids can vote their favorite dishes onto CHoP’s children’s menu. For adults, the restaurant will have a carefully chosen wine list and a cozy-yet-sophisticated dining room, featuring a U-shaped bar where friends can socialize, as well as secluded booths where couples can chat. CHoP’s dark leather and wood are offset with tasteful copper accents including striking copper panels on one wall, and sliding windows that close to form a private dining room – a must for business clientele.

chipotle pork loin. The price is $34.95 per adult or $15.95 per child ages 4 to 12 and includes a glass of champagne or sparkling cider. On Mon., Dec. 31 beginning at 5 p.m., guests select from Italian wedding soup, corn chowder, slow-roasted prime rib, potato-crusted salmon with Champagne cream and desserts like mud pie and three-layer chocolate cake. The price is $28.95 per person and includes a glass of house champagne or wine. The San Marcos is at 1 N. San Marcos Pl., Chandler. Info: 480-857-4401

STEAKS ON THE GRILL: Guests at CHoP will dine on mesquite-grilled steak, fish, chicken, ribs and more, prepared by head chef Charles O’Steen, formerly of Houston’s. STSN photo by Ron Lang

PARTNERS: Among the partners in the new CHoP restaurant with Tom Kaufman is Angela Harolle. STSN photo by Ron Lang “I did want that option,” Kaufman explains. “I’ve had a lot of Intel people and pharmaceutical reps and corporate people up and down Price Corridor who’ve said, ‘Please, Tom, please – we’ve got to get off campus.’” Still, Kaufman knows tasteful décor means nothing without a tasty meal to back it up, and that’s just what he’s planning to give area diners – during the holidays and beyond. “We’re going to cook food over an open flame, get it to our guests as quickly as possible and exceed their expectations.” CHoP is at 2625 W. Queen Creek Rd. Hours are 4 to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 4 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For information, call 480-821-0009 or visit K. M. Lang lives and writes in Southern Chandler. To contact her, email

Irish Republic

On Christmas Eve from 8 p.m. to midnight, Irish Republic holds a Santa Crawl. Anyone who wears a Santa hat receives discounted drink specials. Christmas Day hours are 4 p.m. to midnight. On New Year’s Eve, the pub hosts its annual Red Tie Affair with a live DJ playing music all night from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Reservations are $25 and include reserved seating and door cover charge, two drinks, champagne toast at midnight and party favors. There is a $10 cover at the door. Irish Republic is at 58 S. San Marcos Pl., Chandler. Info: 480-812-1588


Cork in Chandler features its monthly tasting dinner on Sun., Dec. 23. The European Christmas menu offers selections like sour mushroom and barley soup, roasted goose, apple-prune stuffing and boiled potatoes. Finish the meal with a traditional French Bûche de Noël.

The four-course meal is $35 per person with wine pairings and supplemental courses offered at an additional cost. Cork also offers two dinner seatings on New Year’s Eve at 5 and 8 p.m. with a special menu. The restaurant is at 4991 S. Alma School Road, Suite101, Chandler. Reservations: 480-883-3773

SanTan Brewing Company

On Christmas Eve from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., SanTan Brewing Co. has its usual full menu available to patrons. On Christmas Day, it opens from 6 p.m. to midnight and features its full menu. The complete menu is available once again on New Year’s Eve, when the pub is open from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. SanTan Brewing Company is at 8 S. San Marcos Pl., Chandler. Info: 480-917-8700

Bernard’s at Ocotillo

Celebrate in style on New Year’s Eve at Bernard’s at Ocotillo. The evening includes gourmet dining and dancing. For reservations, call 480-917-6660. The resort is located at 3751 S. Clubhouse Dr., Chandler.

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Saturdays with Santa: From 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Sat., Dec. 15 and 22, the Jolly Old Elf himself is at The Promenade Farmers’ Market at the Promenade at Fulton Ranch. Kids and their families can meet Santa, donate a toy to Toys for Tots and browse through the food and wares at the Farmers’ Market. The first 50 people to see Santa each week receive a goodie bag full of gift cards, a holiday craft and other treats. The Promenade at Fulton Ranch is at 4950 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler. Moo-ey Christmas: Superstition Farm in Mesa hosts this popular holiday event. From 5 to 9 p.m. on Dec. 15, 21 and 22, enjoy unlimited Christmas light hayrides around the dairy, bonfires, hot chocolate, festive music, a petting zoo, a Moo-ey Marketplace and more. Price is $10 plus tax per person ages 2 and older. Extra food and activities are available for an additional fee. Superstition Farm is at 3440 S. Hawes Rd., Mesa. Info: 602-432-6865, Train tracks: Fifteen homes throughout the Valley, including two in Chandler and one in Gilbert, have G-scale garden railroads on display for the Arizona Big Train Operators (ABTO) Christmas Open House. Self-guided tours are from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sat. and Sun., Dec. 15 and 16. Donations are accepted and used to support ABTO activities. Information and map available at


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JOLLY ST. NICK: Young children gather to listen to Santa Claus during the Polar Express event at the Tumbleweed Recreation Center. Submitted photo

Polar Express: Experience an evening of storytelling, hot cocoa and crafts when the Tumbleweed Recreation Center creates a North Pole-themed night of magic for kids ages 3 to 8 and their parents. From 6 to 8 p.m. on Thu., Dec. 20, participants clad in their jammies await St. Nick’s presentation of the first gift of the season to each child. Space is limited and preregistration is required. The center is at 745 E. Germann Rd., Chandler. Info: 480-782-2912. Farmers Market pics with St. Nick: From 3 to 7 p.m. on Thu., Dec. 20 the Farmers Market at Dr. A.J. Chandler Park in downtown Chandler offers a free holidaythemed photo booth. The market also features a plethora of food items including fresh produce, baked goods and salsa. Info: 480-855-3539, Avenues of art: View the work of local artists while strolling the holiday-lighted streets of downtown Chandler and shopping for last-minute gifts during the Chandler Art Walk from 6 to 10 p.m. on Fri., Dec. 21. Free professional photos are also available. Listen to live music performed by local musicians at this free event. Info: 480-855-3539,

Santa, furry friends and photos: Santa doesn’t just visit children. He also drops in to check on pets, as well, and will be at Riggs Road Veterinary Clinic, 975 E. Riggs Rd., 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Fri., Dec. 21 for pictures with his furry friends. Monetary donations for Protect Police Canine are welcome. Three 6-month-old kittens are also available for adoption and would make great holiday gifts. Info: 480-821-1126.

SPARKLING AND FESTIVE: Colorful light shows are one of many holiday-themed events going on this month at SanTan Village. Submitted photo

Santa and snow: A variety of holiday activities and events take place at SanTan Village. Nightly from 5 to 9 p.m. at the top of the hour watch a 10-minute light show set to holiday music. The lights are in the Children’s Play Area through Christmas Eve. Also in the Children’s Play Area, experience a snowfall at 5:30, 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. Thu. through Sun., through Dec. 23. Stories with Mrs. Claus take place at 7:15 p.m. Thu. through Sat. and 5 p.m. Sun., through Dec. 23 near Dairy Queen. Santa is ready to pose for pictures through Christmas Eve at Santa’s Lane, west of Harkins Theatres Courtyard. Kids who visit with Santa get a free gift. Info: 480-899-1878 or


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local vendors selling holiday crafts and fun activities for kids. Attendees are encouraged to dress up for pictures and bring Christmas wish lists. A portion of the proceeds from any vendor sales is donated to ICAN youth programs.

GIFTS FOR KIDS: ICAN staff and volunteers wrap donated toys for ICAN youth from last year’s Adopt-a-Youth program. Photo courtesy of ICAN

Also, through Sat., Dec. 22, Tasti D-Lite holds a toy drive to benefit the ICAN Adopt-a-Youth program. Donate an unwrapped toy, and receive a buy-oneget-one-free on any menu item, such as seasonal holiday flavors including peppermint bark, salted caramel treats, peppermint fudge sundaes, warm fruit ’n granola cobbler, or a hot chocolate float. “This is such a fun and wondrous time of year, we’re looking forward to teaming up with ICAN to help spread holiday cheer to the children of our community,” says Kellie Threadgill, owner of Tasti D-Lite Chandler. ICAN provides free, comprehensive programs that empower youth to be productive, self-confident and

responsible members of the community, such as: substance abuse and gang prevention; homework and academic assistance; leadership and job skills development; and a wide range of classes on topics like health, nutrition, fitness and parenting. ICAN is at the Lon E. Hoeye Youth Center, 650 E. Morelos St., Chandler. Info:, Tasti D-Lite is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. Info: chandler,,

Santa at Farmers Market

Bring a toy for Toys for Tots, share your wish list with Santa Claus and shop The Promenade at Fulton Ranch Farmers’ Market at the Saturdays with Santa events from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 and 22, 4950 S. Alma School Rd. at Chandler Heights Road near AmTrust Bank, Southern Chandler.

Santa will give a goodie bag full of special offers, a holiday craft and other treats to the first 50 people to see him each Saturday. The Farmers’ Market offers fresh produce, breads, jams, honey, olive oils, jewelry, soaps, candies, salsa, nuts, dog treats and many holiday gift items. Contact Chris of Ray’s Market at 602-214-1653 or visit to learn how to be a vendor at the market. Free and open to the public. Info:

Buy pizza, give pizza at Rush St.

Feed your own family as well as another family in need this holiday season from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sat., Dec. 15 at Rush St. Pizzeria, 2925 E. Riggs Rd., Suite 7, Chandler, on the southwest corner of Gilbert and Riggs roads in the Albertson’s Plaza. For every 18- or 24-inch specialty pizza bought by customers, Rush St. Pizzeria will donate a large cheese or pepperoni pizza to help feed children in need in the community. The pizzeria will also be accepting $5 donations to send a pizza. Info: 480-883-7300, rushstpizzeria@,

Fun Run, 5K benefits youth

All ages are invited to run for fun and raise funds to give youth a memorable holiday season at the first “Santa Hustle: Making Wishes Come True” Fun Run and 5K on Sat., Dec. 15 at Kiwanis Park, 5500 S. Mill Ave., Tempe.

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Neighbors The fundraiser event benefits the nonprofit New Horizon Youth Homes, Inc. (NHYH), which provides outpatient mentoring, counseling services and safe, secure homes for at-risk youth. Race day registration begins at 8 a.m. with the first race starting at 9 a.m. Medals are presented to the top three finishers in different age divisions for 5K runners. After the race, participants can enjoy vendor and sponsor booths, giveaways, raffles and the awards ceremony. The first 150 participants to register receive a T-shirt, goody bag and race bib. Info: 480-722-2730,

Sponsor families in need

Purchase items from a gift guide, such as toys, clothing, household items and food items for a Christmas dinner, for Adopt-A-Family through St. Steven’s Catholic Church. Many deserving family adoptees are referred by clergy from the Catholic Church or members of St. Vincent de Paul, who help complete an application during required home visits. Pick up a sponsor application at the parish office at 24827 S. Dobson Rd., Sun Lakes. Info: 480-895-9266, ext. 200.

‘Toys for Tatts’

The third annual Toys for Tatts charity event runs through Fri., Dec. 21 at Rebellious Addiction Tattoo Studio at 1111 N. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert. Donate new toys with a receipt, and the studio

matches up to $50 in value, or bring in $25 worth of new toys and receive a tattoo valued at $50 for free. Arizona Adoption of Special Kids (AASK) is the beneficiary of the donated toys. For those who prefer not to get a tattoo or piercing, a $50 gift certificate to give to someone who does is offered in lieu of a service. Info: 480-343-3513,


Grant a local needy family’s wishes by purchasing wish list items, like toys, electronics, blankets, warm clothing, food and other basic survival items, by Mon., Dec. 24 through the Black Family and Child Services of Arizona Adopt-aFamily Program. Families such as single moms, fixed-income grandparents raising grandchildren and others who have been out of work for a year or longer submit their wish lists, and then donors choose the families they help by providing information about the kind of situation they would like to assist, or by giving a price range of how much they can afford to spend to purchase wish list items. Bring donated wish list items to the BFCS Family Service Center at 1522 E. Southern Ave., Phoenix, or make a cash contribution online. Info: 602-243-1773,

Sponsor seniors this season

The fifth annual “Adopt-A-Senior” program, supported by the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce and the Gilbert Senior Center, seeks sponsors to fulfill wish lists for low-income, homebound and / or disabled seniors in Gilbert, as well as donations of gift bag items that would be useful or appreciated by a senior in quantities of 50 or more to be distributed at the Chamber’s holiday party for lowincome seniors. Average wish lists cost $25 and may include a number of needed items. 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. Info: Sara Clifton, 480-941-6350, ext. 115,

Warm seniors’ feet

Through Dec. 25, the Socks For Seniors Campaign, an annual community service project that collects new socks to be given to elderly in local nursing homes around the holidays, seeks sponsors to host a sock drive. Sponsors simply decorate a box, find locations for collection boxes, collect new socks and then distribute the socks to a local nursing home, assisted living center or other senior community. Socks For Seniors can also help promote and connect a local sock drive sponsor with a local senior community for distributing the socks. Info:

Dec. 15 – Jan. 4, 2013


Footballers feed less fortunate Several players from the Arizona Cardinals, including long snapper Mike Leach of Chandler, served an “Early Bird Thanksgiving Dinner” last month to more than 400 homeless and working poor at Phoenix Rescue Mission, an event the team has participated in since 2004. HELPING THE HOMELESS: Arizona “It shows the Cardinals’ long snapper, Mike Leach, signs autographs for Robert heart and spirit and Miklo, brothers who regularly behind the team eat at the Phoenix Rescue Mission that they came dining hall with their mother. down here to Submitted photo serve some of the least fortunate people in the Phoenix area,” says Jay Cory, Phoenix Rescue Mission president and CEO. “We are deeply grateful for our relationship with the Cardinals.” In Maricopa County, more than 13,000 people are homeless, 40% of which are families. Info:

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Irish dancers jig to Chandler Hundreds of Irish dancers from all over the world compete in the 23rd Annual Feis in the Desert, Sat. and Sun., Jan. 19 and 20, 2013 at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort, 1 N. San Marcos Pl., Chandler. All levels of dancing will be on display, from beginners to world championship DANCE COMPETITORS: The Bracken qualifiers. The schedule School’s award winning ceile team includes both solo dances and from the 2012 Feis in the Desert, ceile, or team, dances., and wearing costumes with the official live musicians accompany the logo for the feis: a cactus with the traditional Bracken swan wrapped dancers. In addition to the around it. The design is based dancing, many vendors will be on ancient Celtic art patterns. available, selling all manner Submitted photo of Irish dancing supplies and Celtic items of all types and In addition, attendees will have a chance to honor Irish traditions through various art competitions. As a celebration of Irish culture and heritage and held in conjunction with the Chandler’s multi-cultural festival, the Irish dance competition, pronounced fesh, is hosted by Chandler’s Bracken School of Irish Dance and sponsored by Damhsa Irish Dance Company, which supports the Sister Cities program. Admission and parking are free to the event. The San Marcos is a historic resort located in the heart of downtown Chandler, and visitors can walk to the shops and restaurants along Arizona Avenue. For more information, including a general schedule of events, visit, where visitors can find out more about the feis and special rates at the San Marcos. Email with specific questions.

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New Orleans comes to Chandler

Chandler’s version of Mardi Gras is celebrated New Orleans-style with music and signature purple, green and gold 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun., Jan. 27 in the San Marcos Ballroom at Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort, 1 N. San Marcos Pl.

EIRE IN AZ: Odran Condron, far right, a resident of Tullamore, Ireland, carried the Irish flag while walking in Chandler’s 23rd Annual Parade of Lights with the Chandler-Tullamore Sister Cities (CTSC). Condron works for Intel in Chandler. Also sharing the holiday spirit are from left: Leah Powell, Stirling Anderson and Sharon Anderson. Submitted photo

PUB QUIZ: Pat Harrington, husband of Ellen Harrington, president of Chandler-Tullamore Sister Cities, leads a packed room with Irish and Arizona questions at the Pub Quiz held by CTSC and hosted by Coach & Willie’s in downtown Chandler. The players were tested on current events, history, science and nature, with the proceeds underwriting the travel of students in the Pioneer Ambassador Program to Tullamore in June 2013. One of the winning tables called themselves the “Pauls,” with Paul McGowan, owner of Chandler Mixed Martial Arts and a native of Tullamore; Chandler resident Paula Moore; and Paul Daniel Glennon, a resident of Tullamore who works for Intel in Chandler. Submitted photo

IN COSTUME: Arizona Classic Jazz Society members celebrate Mardi Gras in style. Submitted photo

Nonstop entertainment will be presented by “Arizona Roadrunners,” “Original Wildcat Jass Band” from Tucson and “52nd Street Jazz Band” from Mesa. There will be second-line parades and beads for everybody. Costumes are not required, but those in them will have an opportunity to win a prize. Mardi Gras colors represent justice, faith and power and are thought to have been chosen by the Grand Duke Alexis Alexandrovich Romanoff of Russia during a visit to New Orleans in 1872 and are often incorporated into Mardi Gras costumes. The event is hosted by Arizona Classic Jazz Society, and the cost is $20 per person. Food will be available for purchase in the Ballroom. For more information, call 480-620-3941 or visit

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Chandler/Gilbert Arc has been serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the East Valley since 1975, and provides community living, employment and day treatment and training opportunities daily. For tax year 2012, contributions up to $400 may earn dollar-for-dollar tax credit on your Arizona Income Tax return. Taxpayers filing as single or unmarried head of household have a maximum credit amount of $200; married taxpayers filling jointly have a $400 maximum credit. As you plan your end-of-year giving, please remember that the Arizona Charitable Tax Credit can serve to benefit both you and those we serve here at Chandler/Gilbert Arc. If you are interested in taking advantage of this opportunity; please make your check payable to:

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Personal trainer hosts grand opening A holiday party celebrates John Allen’s Arizona Body Sculpturing grand opening from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat., Dec. 15 at the fitness studio’s new location in Las Tiendas Village at 2915 S. Alma School Rd., Suite 8, Chandler. Attendees meet the personal trainers, receive complimentary blood pressure checks and chair massages, and enter a drawing for prizes. There will also be boutique shopping, a bouncy and face painting for kids, food and beverages. Visit or call 480-917-7270 for more information.

Get a jump start on your fitness resolutions before the end of the year and alleviate holiday season stress with discounted martial arts classes at Z-Ultimate Self Defense Studios, 4991 S. Alma School Rd., Suite 6, Chandler. New adult, teen and child students who sign up by Mon., Dec. 31 can save as much as 75%, depending on the selected program. The limited time offer is “open to anyone who has the desire to better themselves,” says Chief Instructor Brad Bennett. Z-Ultimate offers a “personalized and professional private martial arts experience” and self-defense training that “can change your life.” “Our program is safe, fun and designed around you, the individual. Challenge yourself now to make those positive changes that you have always wanted to make, and let us help you get there. Why wait until January when you can get started doing it today and save money in the process?” adds Bennett. For more information contact the studio at 480-895-4466, email or visit

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The fourth annual 2013 Great American Barbeque & Beer Festival heads to downtown Chandler Sat., March 23 at Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, 3 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. There will be more than 100 exhibitors and more than 50 vendors from across Arizona serving up more than 20,000 pounds of pork ribs, pulled pork, brisket and chicken paired with craft beer, according to festival coordinator Landon Evans, creative director at HDE Agency. He says there will also be live entertainment, an expanded children’s zone, a farmer’s market and eating competitions. The last festival won the title of Outstanding Event of the Year at the 18th Annual AzTEC Awards and was recognized by “CNN Money Magazine” as a contributing factor in recognizing Chandler as 49th out of 100 for best places to live in America. For details, visit

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Spiritual Reflections Oh! Lord I do need to be patient, thoughtful by Father Pierre Hissey

Help me to learn tolerance with those who disagree with me, whether I am right or wrong. These past several months I have witnessed so much disagreement and arguing among peoples; to the point of losing their temper, some even becoming irrational, refusing to speak to one another over current key issues. In all of this, Lord, where are You? I pray for the gift of having a difference of opinion, feeling strong about my faith, sticking to my guns without getting angry with someone who cannot agree with me, either because they do not have the gift of faith or do not understand. I cannot afford to assume bad will because we do not

hold the same opinion and cannot seem to come to terms. However, I cannot dilute my beliefs when it comes to matters of faith or morals, or to ease my conscience, because someone can talk louder than I can or is a better debater. In all things, I want to be true to You, oh Lord, and true to myself, and be able to leave a discussion or conversation at peace that I have been able to, at least, listen, say what I can and leave without hatred or discomfort in my heart. I can only do this, Lord, if I stay walking in Your presence. Father Pierre Hissey is pastor of St. Steven’s Catholic Church, 24827 S. Dobson Rd., Sun Lakes. Info:, call 480-895-9266.

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VUU to start Saturday service ‘Longest Night’ Dec. 20 A weekly Saturday afternoon service will start at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation (VUU), 6400 W. Del Rio, Chandler. This is in addition to the regular 10:30 a.m. Sunday morning services. In an email to members, Senior Minister Rev. Andy Burnette says the additional offering is to provide flexibility for the congregation, and both services will be similar, yet slightly different. “No matter which service you choose, you’ll hear the same announcements, the same sermon, and though the songs may be a bit different you will still be invited into a vibrant, exciting VUU-style worship experience,” he notes. The intergenerational Saturday afternoon service will include a variety of options for the children and youth, including where families can feel comfortable attending the worship service together, according to Director of Lifespan Religious Education Marci Beaudoin. She says a second option, “for children 6 to 99 years old,” will be a “Children’s Chapel,” where children and youth can participate and lead a Unitarian Universalist worship in a setting that is developmentally appropriate.

“During the Children’s Chapel experience, children will lead and be led in singing and movement, lighting the chalice, sharing joys and sorrows, collecting a ‘button’ offering, hearing a story and sharing their feelings,” she explains. “They will be given the opportunity to participate in the ritual elements of worship in a meaningful way.” A third option for children during the Saturday service will be childcare, for infants to age 8, in room six of the RE complex.

‘Longest Night’ service

Tor those struggling with grief, the loss of a loved one, divorce, illness, depression, job loss or other issues, or are just overwhelmed by the chaos of the season, a “quiet meaningful service” will be held at 7 p.m. Thu., Dec. 20 in the VUU Sanctuary. The “Longest Night service” will be a “calming service” where “mixed emotions can be acknowledged; and peace, comfort, and hope brought into the lives of those in need.” VUU is a welcoming, intergenerational Unitarian Universalist congregation with “no fixed creed … that nurtures each person’s life-long spiritual journey.” More information at

Recommend families for ‘Heart of Christmas’ Nominate a family that could use a little help this Christmas to receive gifts and a care package from the Heart of Christmas program, sponsored by Chandler Christian Church, 1825 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler. Heart of Christmas donations; i.e., gifts, gift cards and care package bags, should be returned to the church by Sun. Dec. 16. For more information, visit heart-of-christmas-family.

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Church hosts ladies’ night out It’s a night out for the ladies of Chandler Presbyterian Church, 7 p.m. Mon., Dec. 17 at the home of LaVerne Walters, 24128 S.W. Lakeway Cir., Sun Lakes, who will make the main dish. Guests should bring an appetizer, salad or dessert. Ladies are also asked to bring an unwrapped toy to be donated to the church in Sacaton. For information, contact Jenn Rake at 480-963-3821 or

MOPS registration time It’s time to register for Mothers of Preschoolers, with new groups beginning in January on Monday nights, Wednesday mornings and Thursday mornings at Chandler Christian Church, 1825 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler. For more information, visit mops-spring-registrations-2013.

EXPLORING: PPreschoolers at Exploring My World Learning Center at Chandler Presbyterian get in the holiday mood by making ornaments, decorating a tree for the church sanctuary and wrapping gifts. Showing off their holiday ornaments above are, from left, Tyler Rake, Alyssa Mills and Britton Peterson. A group of the youngsters, lower right, Liviya Torres, Charlotte Shimkus, Shane Beemer, Cameron White, Mackenna Murphy and Trejan Lebeau, help trim the tree while Mackenna Murphy and Charlotte Shimkus help at the gift wrapping station at the preschool, located at 500 W. Germann Rd., Chandler. Info: STSN photos by Jane Meyer

Dec. 15 – Jan. 4, 2013


‘Perfect’ afternoons Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1 to 4 p.m. begins with a short devotion at the Perfect Place Adult Day Services, located on the campus of the Risen Savior Lutheran Church and School, 23914 S. Alma School Rd., Sun Lakes. After that, everyone shares something about themselves: where they grew up, what they did for a living, family life or favorite activities. It’s all part of the fun at this social program, which continues through the afternoon with playing cards, bingo, a bean-bag toss, entertainment, snacks and a short session of chair exercises. Volunteers are welcome. Contributions from service organizations or personal donations to the program’s scholarship fund and Beanie Babies are appreciated. For more information, call Judy Waltersdorf at 480-895-2892, ext. 3, or email ThePerfectPlace85248@



Dec. 15 – Jan. 4, 2013

50th anniversary of ‘Chrismon’ Tree at CUMC

Stop by for a look at Chandler United Methodist Church’s Chrismon Tree in the worship center, a 50-year tradition for the congregation. “Chrismon” is a combination of parts of two words: “CHRISt” and “MONogram.” A Chrismon is a monogram of Christ. The Chrismons were made in 1962 by a group of women from the church. Most are white with gold decoration of beads, ribbon and other embellishments. Chandler’s first church, Chandler United Methodist Church at 450 E. Chandler Heights Rd., celebrates 100 years in Chandler in January 2013. Sunday school for children, youth and teens is 9:10 a.m. on Sundays. There are two adult Sunday school classes, the “Spirit Seekers” at 10:30 a.m. on Sundays, and a 9 a.m. class. Sunday worship services are at 9 and 10:30 a.m. on Sundays. Fellowship hour with light refreshments is enjoyed between the two services. Both worship services are traditional services. For more information, call 480-963-3360 or visit

Party all night with Knights Celebrate the season with the Knights of Columbus Christmas dinner-dance Sat., Dec. 15 at the Sun Lakes Phase I Ballroom. Cocktail hour is at 5 p.m., dinner is at 6 p.m. and catered by Donna and the Southwest Grill Gang. Entertainment

and dancing run from 7 to 10 p.m. The cost is $20 per person. For tickets, call Tom Phar at 480-8020049, Joe Galassi at 480-895-1350 or Ed Berger 480-794-1734. For information, email

Celebrate winter solstice

Maria Lucia, book author and founder of the Choose Love 2012 campaign, is the featured guest at an evening program that combines planetary work and spiritual alignment with a celebration of the Winter Solstice, 7 to 10 p.m. Fri., Dec. 21. Suggested donation is $11. Those planning to attend the program,

held at Unity of Chandler, 325 N. Austin Dr., Suite 4, Chandler, are asked to move into a spiritual preparation three days before the gathering by spending time in stillness and alignment. For information, call 480-792-1800 or visit or

Don’t let celebration go down drain “Chrismon” Tree Submitted photo

Light Hanukkah candles The SanTan Sun community is invited to the free Annual Family Hanukkah Party, 6:30 p.m. Sat., Dec. 15 at Temple Beth Sholom of the East Valley, 3400 W. Dobson Rd., Chandler.

There will be a lighting of the Hanukkah candles, activities for children, latkes and desserts. A cash bar is offered. To RSVP, call 480-897-3636 or email

Families who eat fried potato pancakes, a traditional Hanukkah dish called latkes, while celebrating the Jewish holiday, are asked to save the cooking oil and bring it to Temple Emanuel of Tempe at 5801 S. Rural Rd. in Tempe so it can be recycled as biodiesel fuel. All local families, whether Temple members or not, who wish to recycle any cooking oil should allow the oil to cool, then pour it into a closable container and bring it to the Temple. Pour it into the marked recycling barrel in the parking lot from REV Biodiesel.

REV also collects oil from restaurants around the Valley and processes the oil into environmentally friendly biodiesel fuel at its Gilbert production plant. The barrel is on site through the end of December. “Recycling our latke oil may be just a drop in the bucket, but we hope to send a signal to our neighbors that our actions matter, and that together we can save the world,” says Rabbi Dean Shapiro.” For more information, call 480-838-1414 or visit

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SLJC Sisterhood gifting toys

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Toys are distributed by the Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation Sisterhood on the morning of Tue., Dec. 18 to the kindergarten classes at Frye Elementary School in Chandler. Donations to purchase toys 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. For more information, call committee co-chair Trudie at 480-883-7749.

A bilingual, multi-generational family service with traditional Christmas scriptures and music is held from 7 to 8 p.m. Mon., Dec. 24 at Trinity Christian Fellowship, 50 S.

Reservations for Chanukah

The annual SLJC’s annual Chanukah Celebration is 6 p.m. Sun., Dec. 16 at the Oakwood Ballroom in Sun Lakes. The cost, which includes a meal and entertainment by Thaddeus Rose, is $45 per person. Send a check, made out to SLJC Sisterhood, to 25803 Eastlake Dr., Sun Lakes, AZ 85248. Include a dinner preference – chicken piccata or baked Dover sole. Send all the checks for a table in the same envelope. For information, call co-chairs Judy at 480802-4944 or Marcia at 480-802-9455.

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Gabe Forsberg, strategic planner / women veteran coordinator for the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services, discusses women in the military and the distinct and separate issues they face in the service, as guest speaker of the SLJC. The program is at 1 p.m. Thu., Jan. 17, 2013 in the Chapel House at 9240 E. Sun Lakes Blvd., Sun Lakes. Mah Jongg cards for 2013 can be ordered until Jan. 31, 2013. Cards are $7 for regular-

sized print and $8 for large print. Send a check made out to SLJC Sisterhood to 9201 E. Crystal Dr., Sun Lakes, AZ 85248. Include the names and addresses of each person who is getting a card if ordering more than one. Note cards are also 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 details, call Carol at 480-8953168 or Geri at 480-305-0123.

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A trio salad with fresh fruit and dessert is served at the Sisterhood’s annual card party, 10 a.m. Tue., Feb. 12, 2013 at the Oakwood Ballroom in Sun Lakes. The cost is $25 per person. Send checks, made out to SLJC Sisterhood, to 570 N. Scott Dr., Chandler, AZ 85225. Indicate which game you are playing and ensure all checks for lunch and game tables are sent in one envelope. Anyone who is unable to put together a full game table will have it done for them. An assortment of baskets will be raffled and a silent auction for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital will feature, along with several other items up for bid, a reconditioned golf cart. There will also be door prizes, cash awards and a bake sale. Call Myra at 480-305-0533 for details about donating baked goods. To learn more or to donate new merchandise for baskets, call co-chairs Mary at 480-802-9855 or Susie at 480-883-7117.

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Christian Academy adds Spanish immersion Four- and 5-year-old children can learn Spanish in a new class starting Jan. 9, 2013 at Chandler Christian Academy, 301 N. Hartford St. The Spanish Immersion Early Learning Class, taught by Marylou Godinez, is designed both for children who do not yet understand nor speak Spanish as well as children who are more proficient in Spanish. In this duallanguage program, children learn developmentally appropriate, functional use of the Spanish language, according to a news release. “Our program blends teacher directed and child initiated activities throughout the afternoon, as well as supports the acquisition of Spanish language and literacy skills,” says the Academy’s Ashley Price. “Through the meaningful and relevant content and engaging activities, children will acquire

Spanish fluency and the disposition to be lifelong learners.” The “Lunch Bunch” class is from noon to 1 p.m. and the “Spanish Champs” from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Students currently enrolled in the morning preschool pay an additional $225 per month; Spanish Champs is $285 a month. Chandler Christian Academy is a nonprofit, non-denominational independent Christian preschool through eighth grade “where the traditions and successes of Chandler Christian School are married to the vision and opportunity of San Tan Christian Academy, creating a dynamic loving learning environment that embraces the future and relies on its past.” For details, call 480-963-0748 or visit

Centennial Sunday: January 20, 2013


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Dec. 15 – Jan. 4, 2013

Spiritual Connections


Jewish Women International, Avodah Chapter 1581 Monthly luncheon Call ahead to confirm information, as details occasionally change after print. If Iguana Mack’s you have a recurring monthly support group or meeting you would like listed in 1371 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler Spiritual Connections, email complete details to RSVP: 480-802-9304, 480-655-8812 JumpStart 4450 E. Elliot Rd., Gilbert The Big D 11:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturdays Info: Maia, 480-425-0624, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sundays JumpStart is a sidewalk Sunday school This program is designed to encourage and community outreach program serving empower teens to deal with their feelings “some of the poorest neighborhoods” DivorceCare for Adults and the challenges raised during the in Chandler, offering snacks, games and 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sundays divorce or separation of their parents. teachings about Jesus to area children. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Participants meet at Faith Family Church 739 W. Erie St., Chandler 739 W. Erie St., Chandler 11530 E. Queen Creek Rd., Chandler Info: 480-963-4127, Info: 480-963-4127, Info: Joanne Sweeney, 480-539-8933 DivorceCare for Kids Celebrate Recovery Kid’s Sunday School 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sundays 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays 10-11 a.m. Sundays Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Join in fellowship and celebrate God’s Unity of Chandler 739 W. Erie St., Chandler healing power in our lives through the 12 325 N. Austin Dr., Suite 4, Chandler Info: 480-963-4127, steps and Eight Recovery Principles. The Info: 480-792-1800, East Valley JCC Parent & Child Playgroup group addresses all types of habits, hurts Lift Your Spirit 9:30-10:30 a.m. Fridays and hang-ups. Dinner at 6 p.m. followed 10 a.m. Sundays by meetings at 6:30 p.m. Free childcare for Playgroup for parents with children ages 12 Hear inspirational messages and music. months to 2-1/2 years old. children ages 12 and younger. Unity of Chandler East Valley JCC CrossRoads Nazarene Church, Ministry 325 N. Austin Dr., Suite 4, Chandler 908 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler Center Rooms 101-103 Info: 480-792-1800, Info: Emily Malin, 480-897-0588, 2950 W. Ray Rd., Chandler Moms in Prayer International Info: 480-722-0700, A group of mothers who meet one hour East Valley Jewish Couples Club Celebrate Recovery each week to intercede for their children Offers once-a-month social activities such 6 p.m. Fridays and schools through prayer. as dining, movies, plays, etc. for Jewish For those with chemical dependencies or Info: Liane Wright, 480-699-7887, couples in the 45to 65-year-old age range. other issues. Dinner followed by meetings Info: Melissa, 480-785-0744, at 7 p.m. Dinner: $3 adult, $1 child. Free Monthly Women’s Fellowship childcare for children ages 12 and younger. 6:30 p.m. fourth Tuesday of each month Chandler Christian Church, Room B200 GriefShare The monthly fellowship Bible study of the 1825 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays East Valley Chapter of Christian Women’s Info: 480-963-3997, A seminar / support group geared toward Devotional Alliance “ministers to women’s adults who have suffered the loss of a Christian Business Networking, Tri-City spiritual, emotional and physical needs.” loved one. Chapter – Chandler, Tempe, Mesa Holy Trinity Lutheran Church 7:15 a.m. Tuesdays 739 W. Erie St., Chandler Offers members the opportunity to share Info: 480-963-4127, ideas, contacts and business referrals. Crackers & Co. Café Hearing God’s Voice 535 W. Iron Ave., Mesa 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. Sundays, from Jan. 6 to Info: Maia, 480-425-0624, March 10, 2013 For ages from junior high to adult. Childcare available. No charge. Christian Business Networking, Trinity Christian Fellowship Chandler Bi-Monthly Chapter 50 S. McQueen Rd., Chandler 7:30 a.m. second and fourth Tuesdays of Info: 480-963-7698, the month Offers members the opportunity to share H.O.P.E. – Help Overcoming ideas, contacts and business referrals. Painful Experiences Chandler Christian Church, Room B202 7 p.m. Tuesdays 1825 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler Free weekly small-group sessions helping Info: Maia, 480-425-0624, people overcome emotional pain caused by divorce, grief, addictions and more; free childcare for children ages 10 and Christian Business Networking, East younger. Valley Chapter Desert Springs Church, Room 106 7:30 a.m. Wednesdays 19620 S. McQueen Rd., Chandler Offers members the opportunity to share Info:, ideas, contacts and business referrals. Mission Church Seminar Room 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. 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


Big tent fun, big drum beat Drumline beats at CCA

Dec. 15 – Jan. 4, 2013


Budding stars attend boot camp An eight-week performing arts workshop for youths ages 7 to 13 kicks off next month at Chandler Center for the Arts (CCA), 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. The “Broadway Boot Camp” is part of a new Monday night workshop series offered by CCA. The series runs from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Mondays beginning Jan. 28, 2013. Students learn audition techniques,

improvisation, storytelling and more. The cost is $224 per student, and space is limited. An additional spring break camp focused on dancing and singing takes place March 18 through 22. Cost is $165 per camper. For more information or to register, call 480-782-2689 or visit

Artist reaches dream, showcases at Inspirador DOG-GONE AMAZING: Some truly talented “dancing dogs” are just some of the performers who entertain visitors at the Zoppé Italian Family Circus, taking over the west lawn at Chandler Center for the Arts through Jan. 5, 2013. Submitted photo by Rick Purdue

From clown cars and elephants with handmade costumes, to original stunts, dancing dogs and equestrian showmanship, the Zoppé Italian Family Circus has something for everyone when it visits Chandler Center for the Arts (CCA), 250 N. Arizona Ave., Dec. 26 through Jan. 5, 2013. There will be audience participation and plenty of hot chocolate and popcorn for everyone inside the 500seat, one-ring circus tent. A special New Year’s Eve show is scheduled; other show times vary. Tickets are $15 to $30 for children and $22 to $38 for adults. Infants 2 and younger are free on the lap with a paid adult admission.

Beat goes on

The team behind the hit movie “Drumline” brings the Historically Black College and University marching band tradition to the theatrical stage 7 p.m. Sun., Jan. 20, 2013 at the CCA. The group of musicians and dancers bring energy and athleticism to the marching band experience, performing colorful, choreographed routines with heavy doses of drum riffs and cadences with the rousing sound of the great brass tradition. Tickets are $38 to $46. Call CCA’s box office at 480-782-2680 or visit

After watching the movie “The Secret” and learning how to live in joy, Ahwatukee-based artist Tara Catalano changed her own life to support her artistic pursuits. Since then, she sold more than 100 works nationwide and is currently being featured at Inspirador / Tryst Gallery, 63 E. Boston St., Chandler, with her collection “New Beginnings.” “After watching ‘The Secret,’ I felt this insatiable desire and confidence to make my dreams come true,” says Catalano, who uses a vision board to manifest a lot of her artistic desires, including having Inspirador / Tryst Gallery pinned to her vision board since 2009. “Believing in my

craft and arriving at each opportunity to paint, allowed me to manifest this special opportunity.” Painted with a contemporary flare, ancient influences of the metaphysical and eastern philosophies are apparent in Catalano’s paintings. She uses thick applications of acrylic paint and the addition of found objects such as recycled jewelry and papers to make her visions come alive. Raw brushstrokes, organic shapes and symbols arise from the surface as she paints freely without sketches or forced objectives. For more information, visit or



Dec. 15 – Jan. 4, 2013

An evening of old-world magic Hale takes out ‘Hit’ An antique shop owner crosses paths with the mob in the screwball comedy “The Hit,” on stage Dec. 29 through Feb. 9, 2013 at the Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert. It was just your average day at the San Francisco antique shop owned by Susan and her brother, Steve. Suddenly everything goes out of control when Susan gets earth-shattering news that

prompts her to set up a secret meeting with the mob. As the day goes from calm to crazy, the brother and sister meet potential romantic partners and eastern European gangsters in this laugh-out-loud comedy about love, family and attempted assassination. Tickets are $24 for adults, $10 for children ages 6 to 18. Call the box office at 480-497-1181 or visit

Jewish film fest heads to Chandler The Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival (GPJFF) celebrates Jewish culture through film Feb. 10 to Feb. 24, 2013, at Harkins Chandler Crossroads 12, 2980 E. Germann Rd., Chandler. Now in its 18th year, GPJFF showcases an exciting lineup of films honoring Jewish traditions, life and heritage. The festival shows more than 2,500 movie minutes featuring comedies, dramas and documentaries, complete with special MEZMERIZING DUO: Magic, mystery and humor are just part of the bags of tricks for entertainers Susan Eyed and Roland Sarlot, whose “Carnival of Illusion” comes to the Valley on Dec. 22. Submitted photo by AZfoto

Entertainers Roland Sarlot and Susan Eyed of the Vaudeville-inspired theatre show, “Carnival of Illusion,” return to Arizona for their fourth season with two back-to-back shows set for 6 and 8:30 p.m. Sat., Dec. 22, at Arizona Biltmore, 2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix. Sarlot and Eyed’s evening of oldworld entertainment combines magic, mystery, humor and paper butterflies

in this popular, intimate theatre show that transports guests around the world on a magical journey. Tickets are $45 with a $5 discount for seniors and include valet and self-parking fees. The shows are recommended for ages 13 and older. Visit for show times and availability, or call 480-359-SHOW.

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guest speakers. Additional films are screened at Harkins Camelview 5, 7001 E. Highland Ave., Scottsdale. Tickets for the film festival are $10 for adults in advance, $11 at the door and $5 for students with ID. To order tickets or view the film schedule, locations and trailers, visit For festival passes and general information, call 602-733-1278.

‘Hamlet,’ ‘Tempest’ to MAC The Southwest Shakespeare Co. Winter Repertory presents “Winterfest,” featuring two of the Bard of Avon’s best works, Jan. 11 through 26 at the Mesa Arts Center (MAC), 1 E. Main St. in Mesa. The two works to be performed are: “Hamlet,” a portrait of a man torn between the need to remain morally pure and the need for revenge; and “The Tempest,” combining themes of romance, betrayal, justice, reality and illusion. They are presented in rotation by

a single company of players. The tragedy “Hamlet” takes the stage 7:30 p.m. Jan. 11, 17, 19, 25 and 26, with matinees at 3 p.m. Jan. 13 and 2 p.m. Jan. 19. Evening performances of “The Tempest” are set for 7:30 p.m. Jan. 10, 12, 18 and 24, with matinees at 3 p.m. Jan. 20 and 2 p.m. Jan. 26. For more information, call the MAC box office at 480-644-6500 or log onto


Dec. 15 – Jan. 4, 2013


Family circus is homegrown Some children dream of running away with the circus. Others, like Chandler couple Martin and Barbara Taylor, actually raised their children in the circus. SanTan Sun families have a chance to enjoy the Taylor family’s many talents during Circus Americana, performing through Dec. 23 at the Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St. in downtown Phoenix. The Taylor Circus Stars blend traditional old-style circus fun with

modern twists. Circus Americana includes Doggies of the Wild West, pirates sword fighting on a trampoline ship, tightrope and contortion acts, fireeating displays and more. It is suitable for very young children, while still being appealing to teens and adults. Tickets are $24 to $52. Call 602-252-8497 or visit herbergertheater. org/circus_americana. To learn more about the Taylor Circus Stars, go to

Calling all voices Singers are sought for San Tan Chorale’s upcoming holiday music and winter concerts. No experience is necessary to join this nonaudition choir, which serves the East Valley and rehearses in Gilbert. “Glorious Music,” featuring more than a dozen selections spanning three centuries, is the centerpiece of the chorale’s seventh season, according to Matthew Frable, artistic director of San Tan Community Performing Arts (STCPA). The concerts are Feb. 23 and 24, 2013, at venues in Mesa. Chorale rehearsals are held from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays at Christ’s Greenfield Lutheran Church, 425 N. Greenfield Rd. in

Gilbert. The chorale’s winter concerts are held at 7:30 p.m. Sat., Feb. 23 at St. Luke Lutheran Church, 807 N. Stapley Dr., Mesa; and 3 p.m. Sun., Feb. 24 at First United Methodist Church, 15 E. 1st Ave., Mesa. Instrumentalists ages 15 and older and singers ages 18 and older are invited to join the STCPA, an East Valley-based nonprofit organization dedicated to the performance of varied music and theater for the benefit, education and enjoyment of its members and surrounding communities. For more information about membership in either group, visit or email



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Still time to catch holiday shows

THREE WISE TENORS: Joining the Phoenix Opera Orchestra and Chorus for its “Deck the Halls” concert on Dec. 21 are Los Tres Tenores, “The Three Tenors,” from left: Guillermo Ontiveros, Johnny Huerta and Francisco Renteria. Submitted photo by Ron Natchwary by Teri Carnicelli

There’s plenty of time left to feed your holiday spirit with music, laughter and joy thanks to a wealth of holiday events still available. The SanTan Sun News compiled this list of holidaythemed entertainment options to help readers keep the seasonal fun flowing.

Holiday jazz at free concert

Join a holiday music sing-a-long at the free Sonoran Sunset concert from 6 to 7 p.m. Thu., Dec. 20 at Veterans Oasis Park, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. Jazz vocalist Laurie Fagen, accompanied by Vandal-Hancock Duo, leads songs for attendees to sing. Then Matt Vandal and Devon Hancock perform classic jazz songs sprinkled with holiday tunes on



Enjoy ‘Holiday Cabaret’

Those who like a more intimate holiday experience will enjoy iTheatre’s Holiday Cabaret, through Dec. 22 in Kax Theater at Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe, Phoenix. Pianist Jeff Kennedy brings together some of the Valley’s best voices, accompanied by his grand piano, in iTheatre’s signature cabaret-style setting with drinks and treats at the bar. Shows are 8 p.m. Dec. 15 and 20 through 22, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sun., Dec. 16. Tickets are $16 in advance and $20 at the door. Info: 602-347-1071,

Symphony hails ‘Messiah’ Matt Vandal, Devon Hancock, Laurie Fagen Submitted photos

their acoustic guitars. For more information, call 480-782-2890 or visit

‘Deck the Halls’

Phoenix Opera and the Phoenix Opera Orchestra and Chorus present “Deck the Halls,” a tribute to the holidays, 7 p.m. Fri., Dec. 21 in Mesa Arts Center’s Piper Repertory Theater, 1 E. Main St., Mesa. The evening features highlights from the Christmas portion of Handel’s “Messiah” as well as traditional and international holiday gems. Enjoy the majesty of the “Hallelujah Chorus” and the tenderness of “Silent Night,” conducted by Maestro John Massaro. The concert is sponsored by McCarthy Construction. Tickets are $27 general admission, $22 students and seniors. Info: 480-644-6500,

‘Elfish Event’

Escape to the candy-cane forest and take a well-deserved break from the holiday hoopla during the “2012 Elfish Event,” 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat., Dec. 22 at Queen Creek Performing Arts Center, 22149 E. Ocotillo Rd., Queen Creek. The event is part of the art center’s regular Community Days celebrations. Enjoy fun activities with the kids and a free screening of the wacky holiday movie, “Elf.” Top off the evening with an elf-dressing contest, burping contest, coloring / crafts booth, hot chocolate, cookies and more. Admission is $5 in advance for ages 3 and older, and $7.50 the day of the event. Info: 480-987-7469,

The Phoenix Symphony and Chorus, led by Virginia G. Piper Music Director Michael Christie, perform Handel’s “Messiah” 7:30 p.m. Sat., Dec. 15 at the Camelback Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 5902 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix. The Baroque-era oratorio still awes listeners 250 years after the composer’s death. The performance features Soprano Yulia Van Doren and Tenor David Portillo, along with David Trudgen singing countertenor and Matt Boehler, bass. The Phoenix Symphony Chorus is led by Thomas Bookhout, chorus master. General admission is $36 plus box office fees. Info: 602-495-1999,

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Arts 2:30 p.m. Sun., Dec. 23 at the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM), 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. With an array of old-world instruments such as the pipe and tabor, harp, lute, Gothic bagpipe, oud, shawm and hurdy-gurdy, this distinctive ensemble plays Renaissance Christmas music including selections from the Piae Cantiones and French Noël traditions. Take a step back in time and enjoy a nostalgic Christmas. The concerts are free with museum admission. Info: 480-478-6000,

More holiday shows

“A Charlie Brown Christmas,” select dates in December, Desert Springs Church, 19620 S. McQueen Rd., Chandler. 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. Free admission. Info: 480-726-0399.

BETTER WATCH OUT: Starring Patti Hannon, “Sister’s Christmas Catechism: The Mystery of the Magi’s Gold” returns to Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts for a limited engagement Dec. 18 through 23. Photo Courtesy of SCPA

“Spirit of Christmas,” through Dec. 16, Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. An energetic variety show featuring a cast of more than 100 dancers, singing, a horse and carriage, special guest performers and a champion hoop dancer. Info: 480-7822680, “White Christmas,” Dec. 21 through 29, Higley Center for the Performing Arts, 4132 E. Pecos Rd., Gilbert. This heartwarming Broadway adaptation featuring 17 Irving Berlin songs comes to life via Copperstar Repertory Company. Songs include “Blue Skies,” “I Love A Piano,” “How Deep Is the Ocean” and the iconic title song “White Christmas.” Info: 480-279-7194, “Clay Aiken’s Joyful Noise 2012,” 7:30 p.m. Thu., Dec. 20, Ovations LIVE!

Dec. 15 – Jan. 4, 2013

CHRISTMAS CROONER: John Doan, master of harp guitar, composer and storyteller, re-enacts what it might have been like to celebrate Christmas a century ago Sun., Dec. 23 at the Higley Center for the Performing Arts. Photo courtesy of HCPA

Showroom, Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, 5040 W. Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler. Aiken, runner-up on Season Two of “American Idol,” performs an evening of holiday classics. Info: 800-946-4452. “The Nutcracker,” Sat., Dec. 15, Higley Center for the Performing Arts, 4132 E. Pecos Rd., Gilbert. The Chandler Symphony Orchestra teams up with Southwest Youth Ballet for a production of the holiday classic. Info: 480-279-7194, “A Christmas Carol,” through Dec. 24, Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert. Due to the popularity of Hale’s seasonal classic, two casts perform 34 productions in the span of less than four weeks. Info: 480-497-1181, “Victorian Christmas with John Doan,” 6 p.m. Sun., Dec. 23, Higley


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Center for the Performing Arts, 4132 E. Pecos Rd., Gilbert. A live version of the Emmy-nominated Public Broadcasting television special that re-enacts what it might have been like to celebrate Christmas a century ago. Info: 480-279-7194, “Dave Koz and Friends Christmas 2012,” 7:30 p.m. Wed., Dec. 19, Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa. Jazz saxophonist Koz returns with a new lineup of guest stars performing Christmas favorites. Info: 480-644-6500, “A Christmas Carol,” through Dec. 22, Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa. Southwest Shakespeare Company offers this special holiday evening of greed, ghosts and second chances. Info: 480644-6500, “A Christmas Carol 2: A Dickens of a Christmas,” through Dec. 27, Silver Star Playhouse, 5427 E. Brown Rd., Mesa. In this humorous story, a vengeful Bob Cratchit wants to repay Scrooge for the years of misery he suffered. Info: 480-325-6700, “And on Earth Peace,” 6 p.m. Sun., Dec. 16, ACC Worship Center, 9325 S. Rural Rd., Tempe. The Arizona Community Church AZ Chorale and Worship Orchestra offers this Christmas musical. Two thousand years ago, the climate in Israel is anything but peaceful. The power brokers will stop at nothing to maintain their control and influence over the people. But God is about to show the earth the way to peace, and it’s not what anyone expects. Free admission. Info: 480-491-2210, ext. 204, see Holiday Shows page 64



Dec. 15 – Jan. 4, 2013

Holiday Shows from page 63

“Junie B. In Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!” through dec. 23, Tempe Center for the arts Studio, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe. The kids in Room one are gearing up for a celebration, but when Junie B. Jones draws tattletale May’s name for the Secret Santa giveaway, she hatches a plan to leave her nemesis with a stinky old lump of coal. Recommended for ages 5 and older. Info: 480-350-2822, “yuletide Musicale,” 5 p.m. Sun., dec. 16, Chaparral Christian Church, 6451 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale. The Phoenix Boys Choir brings together new songs, traditional hymns and seasonal favorites. The enactment of “’Twas The Night Before Christmas” is back, complete with elves, reindeer and a sprinkling of new twists. Info: 602-264-5328, ext. 21, “Sister’s Christmas Catechism: The Mystery of the Magi’s Gold,” dec. 18 through 23, Scottsdale Center for the Performing arts, 7830 E. 2nd St, Scottsdale. The show stars Patti Hannon as Sister, the tart-tongued, ruler-wielding Catholic nun who teaches her students the story of the Nativity and asks for their help to solve the greatest Christmas caper ever – who swiped the gold that

those three wise men gave to baby Jesus? Info: 480-499-TkTS (8587), “Twist of the Magi,” through dec. 15, 4848 E. Cactus Rd., Suite 406, Phoenix. an authentic 1940s radio adaptation of o’Henry’s classic tale, “Gift of the Magi,” but with a comic twist. Theatre artists Studio’s production features a band of disgruntled actors, their reticent stage manager, the frantic sound effects technician, a whacky musical trio, a delinquent and inebriated Shakespearean prima donna and other hilarious characters. Info: 602-765-0120, “A Christmas Carol,” dec. 15 through 16, ahwatukee Children’s Theatre, 5051 E. Elliot Rd., Phoenix. This musical, family friendly version features a cast comprised of local actors ages 5 to adult. Info: 480-705-9319, “Snow Queen,” dec. 15 through 16, Herberger Theater’s Stage West, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix. Center dance Ensemble presents this magical retelling of Hans Christian andersen’s classic to music by Sergei Prokofiev. Info: 602-2528497, “My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m Home for the Holidays,” dec. 19 through Jan. 20, 2013, Herberger Theater’s Stage West, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix. Steve is thrown together with all of his dysfunctional family members

ON StaGe VeNue iNDeX in a riotous celebration of the holiday season. Info: 602-252-8497, “The Nutcracker,” dec. 21 through 22, desert Vista High School, 16440 S. 32nd St., Phoenix. The ahwatukee Foothills Nutcracker Ballet brings this holiday classic to life. Santa makes a special appearance at the Saturday matinee performance. Info: 480-706-6040, “A Winnie the Pooh Christmas Tail,” through dec. 23, Valley Youth Theatre, 807 N. 3rd St., Phoenix. This family holiday favorite features Pooh, Piglet and the whole gang from the Hundred-acre Wood as they help Eeyore learn about friendship and the spirit of giving. Info: 602-253-8188, “The Nutcracker,” through dec. 24, Phoenix Symphony Hall, 75 N. 2nd St., Phoenix. Ballet arizona’s production of this annual holiday favorite features Tchaikovsky’s score played live by the Phoenix Symphony; youth dancers are from the School of Ballet arizona. Info: 602-381-1096, Teri Carnicelli has been a Valley journalist for more than 18 years. She can be reached at

ASUG – ASU Gammage 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe Tickets: 480-965-3434, CCA – Chandler Center for the Arts 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler Tickets: 480-782-2680, DST – Desert Stages Theatre AC – Actor’s Café CC – Children’s Theatre 4720 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale Tickets: 480-483-1664, FB – FilmBar 815 N. 2nd St., Phoenix Info: 602-595-9187, GCUMC – Gold Canyon United Methodist Church 6640 S. Kings Rd., Gold Canyon Box office: 480-983-2171, 480982-3141 GPYT – Greasepaint Youtheatre 7020 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale Tickets: 480-330-5918, HCT – Hale Centre Theatre 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert Box office: 480-497-1181,

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013 Support The Arts In Chandler!

Participating Locations (As of December 2012)

AJ’s Cafe • Can’t Stop Smokin’ BBQ Dilly’s Deli • Floridino’s Iguana Mack’s Kokopelli Winery & Bistro The Living Room Pittsburgh Willy’s SanTan Brewing Company Serrano’s Mexican Food Restaurant The Sushi Room Vintage 95 Wine Lounge

Restaurants help by donating a percentage of their proceeds to the Chandler Center for the Arts on that day. You help by eating at one or more of the participating restaurants. Funds from Eat Your Art Out Chandler will go to support various programs at the Center including the Free Summer Concert Series and the Connecting Kidz programs. For more information:


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KCC – Kerr Cultural Center 6110 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale Info:, MAC – Mesa Arts Center Ikeda – Ikeda Theater; Piper – Piper Theater; WFG – Wells Fargo Garden 1 E. Main St., Mesa Tickets: 480-644-6500, SCPA – Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts VGPT – Virginia G. Piper Theater 7380 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale Box office: 480-499-8587, SSP – Silver Star Playhouse 5247 E. Brown Rd., Mesa Info: 480-325-6700, TCA – Tempe Center for the Arts Gallery; Studio 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe Tickets: 480-350-2822, tempe. gov/TCA USAC – US Airways Center 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix Tickets:, 800-745-3000

ON STAGE “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. Seussical Jr.” through Dec. 16, DST. This musical features an array of Dr. Seuss’ storybook stars including, Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie and a little boy with a big imagination – Jojo. Decidedly Digital, through Jan. 6, 2013, MAC. Known for his distinctive fusion of new media with traditional glass techniques, Tim Tate incorporates audio and video apparatuses with found objects and blown and cast glass elements. These reliquaries encase “cultural specimens” that provide an insightful and often times humorous commentary on contemporary social issues. Fire & Sand: Contemporary American Glass, through Jan. 6, 2013, MAC. Representing a wide variety of glass media, including blown, cast, cut, lampworked, neon, painted, stained and woven, this exhibition features the work of Matt Eskuche, Eric Franklin, Tom Philabaum, David Schwarz, Paul Stankard, Stephanie Trenchard and more. Richard Nader’s 60’s Rock & Roll with The Association, Loving Spoonful and The Vogues, 8 p.m. Sat., Dec. 15, MAC-Ikeda. The evening will feature more than 20 1960’s Billboard Top 40 hits from bands that still include several of the original members. VIP tickets available.

Arts “The Flat,” 2 p.m. Sun., Dec. 16, FB. The Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival presents a one-day special screening of Israel’s 2011 Best Documentary, which has its director following the hints his Jewish grandparents left hidden behind to investigate long-buried family secrets and unravel the mystery of their painful past. “Les Miserables: A Revolution of Comedy,” Jan. 4-Mar. 2, 2013, SSP. A comedic parody of the classic tale with funny songs, outrageous French accents and a not-so-tragic ending. “Forever Plaid,” Jan. 8-Feb. 6, 2013, HCT. An affectionate homage to the close-harmony male singers of the 1950s. Monday & Tuesday evening performances. Opera dell’Arte, 10:30 a.m. Wed., Jan. 9, 2013, KCC. This daytime music and lecture series delves into the history, story, value and behindthe-scenes details of each opera in Arizona Opera’s 2012-13 season. Free to the public with reservation. Disney on Ice’s “Dare to Dream,” Jan. 9-13, 2013, USAC. This brand-new ice spectacular features scenes from “Tangled,” “The Princess and the Frog” and “Cinderella.” Disney’s “The Little Mermaid Jr.,” Jan.1120, 2013, GPYT. Travel to a magical kingdom fathoms below, where the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. But first, she’ll have to defy her father, King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch, Ursula, and convince Prince Eric that she’s the girl with the enchanting voice. Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel, SCPA – VGPT. Offering concerts with commentary: Claude Debussy: The Passionate Sensualist Jan. 15, 2013; The Greatness of Chopin Feb. 19, 2013; and Listen to the Dance! Waltzes, Marches, Polkas and Tangos April 2, 2013.

DOG’S BEST FRIEND: Fans and dog lovers alike will be inspired by the simplicity of “Cesar’s Way” as Cesar Milan reveals his secret to happier, healthier relationships between humans and their canine companions during a visit to Chandler Center for the Arts on Sat., Jan. 26, 2013. Photo courtesy of the CCA

Good Lovelies, 7:30 p.m. Wed., Jan. 16, 2013, MAC. Upbeat with just a pinch of sass, the Good Lovelies’ three-part harmonies, constant instrument swapping and on-stage banter have enlivened the folk music landscape since they joined forces in 2006. New Directions Veterans Choir, 8 p.m. Fri., Jan. 18, 2013, CCA. An award-winning a cappella group that first gained notoriety on “America’s

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Got Talent.” They inspire audiences with their renditions of doo-wop, soul, traditional gospel and popular music. Chick Corea and Gary Burton, Jan. 18, 2013, SCPA. These two jazz pioneers will share the stage. Spanish Brass Luur Metalls Quintet, 7:30 p.m. Fri., Jan. 18, 2013, GCUMC. In 1989 five Spanish musicians created an eclectic and innovative project that they have been developing over the years in different fields: music performance, education and creation. Today they tour all over the world and are considered to be one of the top brass quintets. The Fab Four, 8 p.m. Fri., Jan. 18, 2013, MACIkeda. This Beatles tribute band is acclaimed for its uncanny note-for-note live renditions of the Beatles catalogue. Ira Glass, Jan. 19, 2013, SCPA. The host of “This American Life,” Glass will share more “unexpected stories that happen to be true.” Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion,” 3:45 p.m. Sat., Jan. 19. 2013, ASUG. Featuring The Royal Academy of Radio Actors with Tim Russell, Sue Scott and Sound Effects Man Fred Newman, the Guy’s All-Star Shoe Band and Garrison’s signature monologue, “The News From Lake Wobegon.” Tickets start at $20. “Click, Clack, Moo,” Childsplay, Jan. 20-March 3, 2013, TCA. When the animals of Farmer Brown’s farm get fed up with their working conditions, they take to their typewriters and turn the barn upside down. An Evening with Cesar Milan, 8 p.m. Sat., Jan. 26, 2013, CCA. “The Dog Whisperer” himself will share his secrets on how to transform dogs and their owners in this unique and new live event.



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

EMPLOYMENT HELP WANTED 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.






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

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Tutor House Tutoring Services is hiring motivated, reliable teachers/professionals for SAT/ACT prep, and subject tutoring in secondary Math, Science, and English. A 4-year degree and valid Arizona Fingerprint Card required. Substitute certificate acceptable. Teaching certification preferred. Flexible afternoon/evening and weekend hours. E-mail resume and cover letter to

OPPORTUNITIES MANUFACTURER SALES/MRKT TEAM Currently expanding operations in SE Valley. Dedicated career path and personal development offered. With a good attitude and high work ethic you can expect $50,000+ first year. 480-422-1337

SERVICES ALTERATIONS 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.

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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.


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Over 30yrs Experience in All Types of Home Repairs and Installations. Such as Roofing, Carpentry, Electrical, Plumbing, Painting, Drywall, Complete Kitchen & Bath Remodels and Much More! Call Rick Today for Your Free Estimate at 480-258-2910. Now accepting all major credit cards!

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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.

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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.

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

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CHILDCARE SNUGGLEABLE CHILDCARE SERVICE Welcome to Family Childcare. Home for little ones to Cuddle, Laugh & Learn through Play! Homemade meals ‘n snacks. Pre-K activities. M-F, 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Opening for infants thru 3 yrs. 480-699-7354



Daycare and Childcare services in South Chandler. After 10 years of working for another provider, I have decided to start my own Daycare. I am a responsible mother of three (two grown) that is now offering childcare in my home to children ages 6 weeks and up. CPR and First Aid Certified by the Chandler Fire Dept. I have a clean, non-smoking and loving home. I will provide your child with a fun, safe and caring environment. Home cooked nutritious meal and a healthy snack will be provided throughout the day. Hours of operation are from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Starting January 2, 2013. Please call or text 480-861-3732 to reserve your spot. Thank You.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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CLEAN CASA CLEANING Reliable house cleaning done right the 1st time!! One-time, weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, move-in/move-out, etc. Same 2 person crew every time at your house! We bring all our own supplies and equipment. Will customize. References. Take $10 off your first cleaning. Call today!! Amy 602-284-3579.

A2Z GARAGE DOOR SERVICES, LLC Honest, Reliable and Simply the Best! Family Owned and Operated. 7 days a week/24 Hour Emergency Service. Licensed, Bonded and Insured. ROC243721. AFFORDABLE - Price Match Any Licensed Competitor. ANY make or model of Door/Opener. Spring Replacement. FREE Safety Inspection. $50 OFF ANY REPAIR. CALL 480-361-9700.

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,

TANNA CONSTRUCTION Remodels, Additions, Window Replacement, Granite, Tile, Cabinets, Drywall, Electrical, Plumbing, Complete Landscape, Irrigation, Artificial Turf, Outdoor Environments, Pavers, Masonry, Stucco, Concrete, All types of Roofing, Gates. Insurance Claims Welcome. 5% Discount for Senior Citizens and Military. Major Credit Cards Accepted. BBB. ROC275630. Licensed, Bonded, Insured. Tony Lara 480-612-5246.

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

HOUSE CLEANING AFFORDABLE AND ECO FRIENDLY 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.

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

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


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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.

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

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.

A CUT ABOVE PAINTING, LLC 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.

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-BondedInsured-ROC 257167. MENTION this ad to receive 5% OFF! 480-244-9119

EAST VALLEY PAINTERS 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 locallyowned in Chandler. Call for an estimate at 480-370-3333.

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.

WINDOW CLEANING BRIGHT-N-SHINE *10% OFF Window Cleaning, Tracks included. *Sunscreens - FREE UV Protection. *2 week Rain Guarantee.

Offering very competitive prices on Weekly/BiWeekly/Monthly Maintenance, One-Time Cleanups, Fertilization and Tree/Palm Trimming. ENGLISH SPEAKING! Call now for a FREE estimate! LICENSED and INSURED. We do not use blue weed killer, because no one wants blue spots all over their yard. Albert 480-290-0717. Beautifying the desert, one yard at a time!

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!






JUNK REMOVAL 480-306-1986


Dec. 15 - Jan. 4, 2013

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

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

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.

BY FERNIEHonest service including Leak Repair, Timer Repair and Setting, Troubleshooting, Valves and Diaphragms. Same day and next day service. Serving Chandler for 18 years. Honest Prices. 480-250-5594.

COMPLETE YARD CARE - Yard Maintenance - Weekly, Biweekly or Monthly. We Actually Show up! Providing reliable, friendly, honest service for over 10 years. English speaking crews. Credit cards accepted. Please call Complete Yard Care for a Free Estimate. 480-897-8807.

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Where to Eat

Dec. 15 - Jan. 4, 2013



Thank you Ch andler!

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



—Available online or call—

3107 S. Gilbert Rd. • Gilbert (NE corner Gilbert/Pecos)

98 S. San Marcos, Chandler, AZ 85225 Sina tra’s Favorite Pl ace in Chandler 480-899-4400

3303 E. Queen Creek Rd • Gilbert (SE corner Higley/Queen Creek)

Thanks to everyone for supporting CHEF A GOGO in 2112, it was an amazing year! In 2013 we are dedicated to improving everything we do and know to make your experience with us shine. For those who are looking to save time and money in the kitchen or those wanting to improve their diets, we are here to help you make that goal as easy as possible. If you're planning a big event or special occasion, our expertise and commitment to excellent service will make the event very easy to navigate and in the end, very memorable.

FREE $5 GIFT CARD! (During the month of December)

For menu visit: 590 N. Alma School Rd. • In the Granada Plaza

DQ / ORANGE JULIUS 3107 S. Gilbert Rd. • Gilbert (NE corner Gilbert/Pecos)

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, GILBERT, 3303 E. QUEEN CREEK RD., CHANDLER. Expires 1/17/2013




3303 E. Queen Creek Rd • Gilbert (SE corner Higley/Queen Creek)

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, GILBERT, 3303 E. QUEEN CREEK RD., CHANDLER. Expires 1/17/2013

DINE-IN OR CARRY-OUT Hours: Sun.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

CALL OR MAKE AN APPOINTMENT TO DISCUSS YOUR NEEDS TODAY! Personal Chef Service Catering for Special Events Home Pantry Service • Cooking Instruction Gourmet Gifts & Desserts Bob Harrison | 602.615.1632 |

Good news! Your boss called and gave the “OK” to leave work early. So gather your friends and raise a glass to the happiest of times in our lives, right here at BLD restaurant. Hit up our happy hour every day from 3-7 p.m.

M-Th 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. Fri. 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. Sat. 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sun. 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. 1920 W. Germann Rd. (NE corner, Dobson & Germann)

480-779-8646 Bride’s Choice 2012 Award for Catering


Where to Eat

Dec. 15 - Jan. 4, 2013


Coming to Natalia’s Restaurant Dec. 21st & 22nd, 7p.m. ELVIS MENU SPECIALS YOUR CHOICE $17.95 EACH Prime Rib with a baked potato and vegetables

Reservations Only: Back by Popular Demand! Be there or be square!


Veal or Chicken Parmigiana your choice of pasta Wiener Schnitzel with potato and cabbage slaw


Thank you Ch andler!

Steak • Seafood • Chops • Wine • Cocktails

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

Chicken Schnitzel with potato and cabbage slaw Baby Beef Liver with baked potato and vegetables Scampi or Scallops your choice of pastas

Last event SOLD OUT!

Full Bar Service • Desserts Coffee and Cappuccinos —No Split Dishes or Substitions Please—

Book Early For New Year’s Eve! Special Limited Menu Natalia’s 1912 Restaurant

Tuesday - Sunday 4:30 to close

SW Corner Gilbert and Queen Creek Rd. in the Glenwood Plaza


3140 S. Gilbert Rd., Chandler


Thank you Ch andler!

Steak • Seafood • Chops • Wine • Cocktails

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





Where to Eat

Dec. 15 - Jan. 4, 2013


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

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

Extensive Menu Featuring:

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

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

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

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




NE Corner of Dobson & Germann

SW Corner of Baseline & Ellsworth

NW Corner of Rittenhouse & Ocotillo




5@ 5

Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 5 p.m. $5 Wines & $5 Plates

Complimentary bread service from Bread Connection.

New Year’s Eve Celebration Dine, Dance and Ring in the NEW YEAR! 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


Where to Eat

Dec. 15 - Jan. 4, 2013

Senior Day 55 or older

Tues., Jan. 8, 2013

SAVE 10% on purchase of $30 or more

Sunset Menu 5 - 6 p.m. evenings Tuesday through Sunday

first course: soup of the day or organic greens salad second course: fish of the day or prime hanger steak third course: créme brûlée or flight of sorbets includes a glass of house red or white wine $30 The Promenade at Fulton Ranch 4991 S. Alma School Rd., Suite 101 480-883-3773 NE corner of Alma School and Chandler Heights

Happy Hour: Tuesday - Friday 5 - 6:30 p.m. Sunday and Monday: CLOSED • Tuesday - Saturday 5 - 10 p.m.

For reservations, call 480-883-3773 or visit


Cooler temps brings out the best in all of us.

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

Photos by Miachelle DePiano

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

Vandal‐Hancock Duo


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


Contribute money or purchase and donate food to the Salvation Army’s food pantry. Needed: turkeys, hams, mashed potatoes, stuffing mix, other seasonal items plus macaroni, spaghetti, boxed foods, canned tuna, fruit and soup. ● Donate money via the Army’s red Christmas kettles that dot local shopping centers. ● Give presents through the Angel Tree and Operation Santa programs at Chandler Fashion Center. ● Adopt-a-Family, where individuals and groups provide the Christmas meal and gifts for selected families. ● Wrap gifts as a volunteer at a gift wrapping booth at the Chandler Fashion Center

Make Change Happen!

To donate or volunteer: contact the Salvation Army at 480-786-4093 Drop off food and clothing at 85 E. Saragosa St., Chandler.


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.



At 2,580 SQFT these new 4 BDR, 2.5 BATHS, GRANITE COUNTERS, a formal dining Room, LOFT, wrap around kitchen and 3 CAR GARAGE. Outside you’ll BBQ at the RAMADAS, SWIM all year long and use the PLAYCOURTS and SPA. JUST $218,950.

Extremely popular 2,766 SQFT floor plan. Near GOLF COURSES, dining, and shopping. You’ll love the PRIVATE COURTYARD entry, DEN, bath, FORMAL DINING, circular entry, study and a HUGE ISLAND KITCHEN and nook. Enjoy all the amenities, club houses plus 3 additional POOLS, LAKES, FISHING, tennis courts, volleyball courts and $5,000 in INCENTIVES with preferred lender. LOCATED IN GILBERT at $297,990.

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THE PERFECT GATED COMMUNITY FOR ACTIVE ADULTS! Amazing mountain and golf course views all 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 don’ forget the huge community pool/spa and fitness center. JUST $199,900!

ESTATE SALE IN GILBERT $150,500! This home is close to the 60 Freeway, restaurants and shopping. Relax in an OPEN FLOOR PLAN and enjoy the holidays next to your romantic FIREPLACE. All 3 bedrooms are a great size and you’ll love the overall layout. LOCATED IN GILBERT. Don’t wait!

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AMAZING NEW HOME WITH HUGE INCENTIVES AND NO BIDDING! Why not move to a brand new 3,082 SQFT that includes 5 beds, BIG ISLAND KITCHEN, media center, LOFT, and a stunning master bed and bath with a bedroom sized walk in closet all IN GILBERT. 3 CAR GARAGE and patio is included. All located inside a master planned community. JUST $309,900 and $8,000 toward your UPGRADES.

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Original Owner is offering this uniquely styled home at 40th street and Chandler Blvd. It’s 1710 SQFT and features 3 big bedrooms 2.5 baths, a large island kitchen, a huge VAULTED GREAT ROOM and bayed breakfast area. All on a Cul-de-Sac lot. JUST $199,900.

Original Owner is offering this uniquely styled home at 40th street and Chandler Blvd. It’s 1710 square feet and features 3 big bedrooms 2.5 baths, a large island kitchen and a huge vaulted great room and bayed breakfast area. All on a Cul-de-Sac lot. Just $199,900.

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With $50,000 IN FEATURES ALREADY INCLUDED you’ll be overwhelmed to find out this 2038 SQFT 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath also includes GRANITE COUNTERS and $5,000 towards your closing costs. The floor plan is split 3 ways and has an island kitchen and split master bedroom. All for $237,990 in GILBERT.

If you've been looking for a great room floor plan with plenty of room that’s all on one floor than here it is. Your 2,134 SQFT, 3 BDR, HUGE DEN, lots of kitchen space with GRANITE COUNTERS, upgraded flooring and totally landscaped dream home is finally here. LOCATED in CHANDLER at $235,000!

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Do You Have Your Down Payment But Can’t Qualify? Call Us Today On A New Buy Now Program!

OVERSIZED CORNER LOT IN WATERMARK AT OCOTILLO! 5BDR 3.5 BATH in a GATED Chandler community. CHEF’S KITCHEN features CHERRY CABINETS and GRANITE COUNTERS. The Master Retreat includes a huge walk-in shower, oversized tub and his/hers closets. Enjoy entraining out back in your SOLAR HEATED POOL/SPA, BUILT-IN BBQ And Side Courtyard with FIREPLACE. $573,000 in Chandler!

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EXCLUSIVE IN CHANDLER’S CLEMENTE RANCH! Wow! You’ll love all the space in this wonderful 4 BDR, 2,492 SQFT 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 & SPA. This home on a 10,000 SQFT LOT is just $339,900!

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This home features a spacious DEN with WET BAR and a GREAT ROOM floor plan with VAULTED CEILINGS, TILE FLOORS, FIREPLACE and INCLUDES WASHER/DRYER. The Master BDR has a Massive WALK-IN CLOSET, DOUBLE SINKS and a GARDEN TUB/SHOWER. Just $155,000 in GILBERT.



2,350 SQFT, GRANITE COUNTERS, a huge Family Room, with Pantry, 14x11 DINING, and a WALK OUT BALCONY. You’ll love BBQING at the RAMADAS and soothing swims in the HEATED POOL and SPA. Right here in GILBERT at $212,950!

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4BDR, 3.5BTH features HARDWOOD FLOORS in all rooms with TILE in the kitchen and baths. A whole house pure clean water system includes REVERSE OSMOSIS in the kitchen. The lush backyard is great for entertaining & relax year-round in your very own HEATED DIVING POOL.THE ESTATES AT OCOTILLO, a GATED LAKE SUBDIVISION with a 27 HOLE GOLF COURSE.

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

SanTan Sun News 12-15-12 Issue