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February 2 – 15, 2013

Flu season slams Chandler ERs by Tracy House

SHORT SUPPLY: It’s not too late to get a flu shot, though finding available vaccine is getting tougher as widespread flu hits Chandler and the rest of the Valley hard. STSN photo

Payroll tax hikes pinch paychecks by Tracy House

Just days after the champagne glasses were put away and the last of the confetti swept up, the first paychecks of 2013 arrived, leaving many with a New Year’s headache. Just about everyone saw their payroll tax go up, with take-home pay averaging about 2% less than last year. The question is, what will happen now that the money goes from workers’ pockets to the government? Two years ago, to stimulate the economy, the

federal government reduced the employee portion of FICA from 6.2% to 4.2% to put more money into the paychecks of workers. As of January, workers are responsible for the additional 2% contribution. “The initial impact is probably going to be small,” says Don Klassen, partner with CFO Financial. “Fiftythousand (dollars) per person will be $1,000 less to spend.” see Taxes page 6

Doctors’ offices, urgent cares and hospitals across the state are seeing an increased number of patients with cold and flu symptoms. Early in January, Arizona flu activity hit widespread – the highest category possible according the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) – joining 41 other states reporting widespread activity. As the flu season continues, the demand for influenza vaccines has increased, making it more difficult to find. “There isn’t a vaccine shortage this year,” says Dr. Cara Christ, chief medical officer with ADHS. “There is plenty of supply of vaccine available.” Flu vaccines usually become available in September, according to Christ. Doctors have had it since then, but are starting to run low on their supplies, making it more difficult to find in a private provider’s office. Walgreens and CVS pharmacies may not have SICK STATE: Dr. Cara Christ, chief it in a specific store but medical officer for the Arizona can direct you to a store Department of Health Services, says confirmed flu cases spiked with them in stock. by more than 1,000 in December. Christ recommends Submitted photo going to stopthespreadaz. org to find a pharmacy or doctor office that has the vaccine in stock and to call ahead to verify it is available. A new vaccine is made every year and ordered in February or March, says Christ. Major chains can continue to order from the

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Cupid grants couple miracle love by K. M. Lang

It’s almost Valentine’s Day, when couples, new and old, demonstrate their affection through the exchange of greeting cards, chocolates or maybe a dozen roses. For Southern Chandler residents Evie and Doug Wiseman, every day is Valentine’s Day, and each morning brings another opportunity to celebrate the miracle of love. “Every day, I just wake up and roll over and there she is,” marvels Doug. “It makes me feel so good that you’re here with me,” Evie answers before turning to an onlooker. “I still think he’s the most handsome man.” Evie, 81, and Doug, 82, live at Horizon Bay, a Brookdale Senior Living Community at Dobson and Pecos roads. For Evie, love meant following her husband into the assisted living facility after he suffered a serious stroke last year. For Doug, love is breaking the rules to spend a night with Evie in the rehabilitation center where she recently

recovered from surgery. The couple’s devotion is something that surrounds them, enters rooms with them, lives in their conversation and inspires others. “We’re grateful to them that they let us be part of their story,” says Mona DelValle, Horizon Bay’s sales manager, who calls the Wisemans “the most enjoyable couple” she’s met at her job. “They’re always out and about, doing things – comedy shows, dinners. They’re the social butterflies of their dinner table.” This is the second marriage for both Doug and Evie, who have been together 36 years, and have been married for 30. They have six children and three grandchildren between them, and they’re both former educators. Doug, a retired ASU professor, is an authority on special education, and Evie co-founded New Way Academy in Scottsdale, a school for students with learning challenges. Both Evie and Doug have struggled with attention deficit and learning disorders, and it was their interest in the see Love page 10

TRAVELING ON TOGETHER: Chandler residents Doug and Evie Wiseman, pictured during a visit to Turkey, were in their mid-forties when they fell in love, and have spent the past 36 years side by side. Submitted photo

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Following bankruptcy, foreclosure and receivership, the historic Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort in downtown Chandler has been purchased by Interwest Capital Corporation. The hotel, built in 1912, will be managed by an affiliate of GF Management, a hospitality management and development company. The hotel, which has 249 rooms, will also be undergoing “exciting renovations and updates” to the property throughout 2013 and leading into early 2014, according to a news release from Ashleigh Mason, director of development for GF Management in Philadelphia. Mason says Interwest Capital is a private equity firm specializing in the acquisition, operation and repositioning of commercial real estate with an emphasis on multifamily and hospitality assets. She says GF Management, based in Center City Philadelphia, has more than 120 hospitality assets under management including hotels, resorts, conference centers, catering facilities, waterparks, casinos and golf courses in 29 states. For details, visit, or

Residents can find out more about Homeowner Association (HOA) law at Mayor Jay Tibshraeny’s expanded Listening Tour, set for 7 p.m. Tue., Feb. 12, at the Tumbleweed Recreation Center, Cotton Room, 745 E. Germann Rd., Chandler. Listening Tours are the mayor’s way of talking to Chandler citizens about issues and concerns they have with their neighborhoods and the community in general. “We compiled more than 150 suggestions and complaints and made some real differences in the neighborhoods we visited,” says Tibshraeny. The expanded session will include a “mini” HOA Academy, to give people a taste of what the City’s semi-annual, six-week academy entails. “The event will provide a review of ‘Hot Topics’ for HOAs and an update on any bills pending in the new legislative session,” he explains. “Hopefully, attendees will see the benefit of learning more about HOAs and becoming neighborhood leaders. The Academy will also provide an opportunity for residents who live in homeowner associations and HOA board members to network and gain a better understanding of the roles they play in their neighborhoods.” The evening will include a question and answer session and an opportunity for residents to preregister for the Spring HOA Academy, scheduled for March 27. Tibshraeny says Chandler Police representatives will also provide a brief presentation on city crime trends and prevention efforts. After that, the next traditional Listening Tour meetings are Tue., April 9 at San Marcos Elementary School and Tue., Sept. 10 at the CTA

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In other City news, Tibshraeny encourages residents to log onto and take a short survey on the 2013-14 city budget, and plan to attend the annual State of the City address and reception Thu., Feb. 21. The event begins at 5 p.m. in the Vision Gallery and moves to City Hall. Tibshraeny is also launching a new business initiative in March called Caffeine and Commerce, where he will sit down with members of the local business community to talk about their ideas and issues “to keep the economy running strong.” The morning coffee events will be hosted by the Chamber of Commerce and will allow a “casual yet frank opportunity” to discuss the City’s challenges and successes. “Open communication has always been a critical component of my vision for a successful community,” the mayor concludes. “These forums help to keep the dialogue open and allow for a free exchange of ideas. I hope you will join me.” For details, visit


Breath of spring in Chandler It’s time to start thinking about which Chandler recreation classes, camps and activities to enjoy this spring, because registration opens at 10 a.m. Sat., Feb. 2 for residents and 10 a.m. Fri., Feb. 8 for nonresidents. The spring session covers March, April and May. Classes and registration details are published in the “Break Time” recreation guide, available at city facilities. Activities include leisure and lifestyle classes, and programs for people of all ages, covering a wide range of subjects. To register online, visit registration. To register in person, go to the Chandler Community Center, 125 E. Commonwealth Ave.; the Environmental Education Center, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd.; the Snedigar Recreation Center, 4500 S. Basha Rd; or the Tumbleweed Recreation Center, 745 E. Germann Rd. Swim program registration can be done in person at the Aquatics Administrative offices at 650 E. Ryan Rd. For additional information, call 480-782-2727 or visit

DCCP seeks community ambassadors

Service-minded individuals are needed to join the DC Ambassadors, a volunteer team known for the “Ask Me” shirts they wear. Volunteers give at least two hours a month, providing assistance, answering questions and helping visitors of “Downtown Chandler.” A social to provide additional information to prospective ambassadors is at 5:30 p.m. Wed., Feb. 6 at Gangplank Chandler, 260 S. Arizona Ave. “The Ambassadors are a key part of all of our events,” says Jennifer Lindley, executive director of the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership (DCCP). “We rely on them to be our eyes and ears at events and point out sites of interests to visitors to the area. They’re our welcoming faces.” DC Ambassadors are at every event including the Farmers Markets and Art Walks. At the end of each year, volunteers are given a special gift from the DCCP for their efforts. For more information, email

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Free tax help offered, volunteers needed Low- and moderate-income residents receive free tax preparation services through mid-April at six Chandler locations. An appointment is not needed. Locations and hours are: • Noon to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through April 9 at Chandler Christian Community Center, 345 S. California St. • 5 to 8 p.m. Mondays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays through April 10 at First Credit Union, 25 S. Arizona Pl. • 1 to 4 p.m. Fridays through April 12 at Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Room C107, 2626 E. Pecos Rd. • Noon to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through April 13 at Chandler CARE Center, 777 E. Galveston St. • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays through April 13 at Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation, 2145 W. Elliot Rd. • 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Mondays through April 8 at Sun Lakes Country Club, 25601 N Sun Lakes Blvd., Sun Lakes. Those seeking tax assistance should bring W-2 forms, photo identification,

Social Security cards, including those of all dependents; Form 1099 if applicable, a copy of last year’s tax return; and information for all deductions and credits. A complete list of required documents and more details are available at chandleraz. gov/VITA. Last year, Chandler’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance sites assisted 1,175 individuals and families with their tax returns, helping residents claim $1.4 million in refunds. Additional volunteer tax preparers, translators and screeners / greeters are needed. Volunteers attend a free instructor-led Internal Revenue Service course in tax law 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays at the Boys & Girls Club in Chandler, or participate in a self-paced online instruction. All volunteers must test for their certification level and are asked to donate one session per week at one of the six Chandler sites. For more information, call Jeanne Bosarge at 480-782-4358 or email

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Flu from page 1

manufacturer as needed. The Valley of the Sun is more like the “Valley of the Sick,” with all but one Arizona county having confirmed flu cases. “Once we see an increase in flu activity in most of the counties, we move to a widespread advisory,” Christ says. There was a rise of 1,000 cases in December reported to the health department, Christ says, with 14 of 15 counties affected. This led to increases in hospital admissions around the state.

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Increases in influenza cases have hospitals and emergency departments gearing up for peak season.

STRUGGLING STAFF: Keeping up with sick patients is a challenge says Dr. Brian Tiffany, chief of staff for Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert medical centers. A spike in viral illnesses is leaving Chandler ER’s with a shortage of beds and the need for additional staff. Submitted photo

Dr. Brian Tiffany, chief of staff and emergency room physician at Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert medical centers, says the emergency department is seeing flu, varying viral respiratory illness as well as gastrointestinal infections. “It’s kind of a perfect storm of viral illnesses that are circulating the country right now,” he adds. The impact of the flu has hospitals adding staff during historically busy times and calling in personnel to respond to the needs of more patients when necessary. “What hospitals in the East Valley are running into is there are no physical hospital beds for admitted patients.” Tiffany says patients are waiting in other areas of the hospital that are not normally patient beds. Emergency, postanesthesia and recovery areas are taking care of flu patients. Populations of patients that are particularly vulnerable – the elderly, people with lung complications and the very young – are more susceptible to severe complications from respiratory illness that may result in hospitalization. People in the high-risk category with shortness of breath, a high fever, vomiting and dehydration should seek immediate medical attention urges Tiffany. Influenza vaccinations can reduce your risk of developing the flu, but Tiffany says nothing is foolproof. “The vaccine is never 100% perfect. There’s a decent vaccine this year, but it’s no guarantee you won’t get other

SICK BUT SMILING: Viral pneumonia landed 3-yearold Kendall Rice of Sun Groves in the hospital last month. Asthma and other underlying conditions make it difficult for some to fight off respiratory infections. STSN photo

respiratory illnesses besides influenza.” Lessening your exposure and other precautionary measures help to reduce the spread of germs.

Cold or flu?

Simple, everyday prevention measures help stop the spread of illness. Precautions include proper hand washing and avoiding coughing or sneezing on people. Dr. Harry Miller of Desert Valley Urgent Care explains there is a difference between cold and flu symptoms. “Flu just hits you like a ton of bricks,” Miller begins. “You’re immediately ill. You feel horrible. Flu persists with overwhelming symptoms.”

Those symptoms are described as general malaise, fever, headache, weakness, muscle aches, nausea and sometimes vomiting. Miller says he is seeing primarily upper respiratory viruses – colds, stuffy nose, sore ears, sore throat and cough. “The upper respiratory can last three to five days to as long as three weeks,” Miller adds. He suggests symptomatic treatment – taking an expectorant and something for fever. Antibiotics are usually not necessary. Yet, Miller says it’s difficult to convince people they don’t need antibiotics. “These things we’re talking about are viral infections,” he continues. “Sinusitis, bronchitis, even flu is a viral illness and antibiotics do not help.” Minimizing infection is important. Miller encourages people to stay home if they are sick. “You’re spreading it around by going out to the pharmacy, the store.” Miller urges sick adults to avoid populated areas and work, and says parents of children with symptoms of illness should keep kids out of school. For those able to treat symptoms without a visit to the doctor, Miller suggests plenty of rest and fluids, a vaporizer and expectorant for cough. And, he says, always check over the counter labels for drug interactions. 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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Get a free workout and help raise money to combat childhood obesity during the Training for Life Tour with fitness expert Amen Iseghohi at 10 a.m. Sat., Feb. 16 at Isagenix, 2225 S. Price Rd., Chandler. It’s part of a free community event that includes a back-to-basics workout, DJ-spun music, nutrition and energy drink samples, local vendor booths and more. Born in Belgium and of African descent, Iseghohi runs Amenzone Fitness in Scottsdale, which is tailored for athletes and athletically minded people regardless of age, previous activity level and ability. “This style of training promotes a natural workout that uses clean tires and one’s own body strength and movement to stay fit,” according to a news release. “More energy, a positive outlook and obvious physical results are all outcomes of such training.” Isagenix, a 10-year-old Chandlerbased health and wellness company, is sponsoring a number of stops on the Amenzone Training for Life Tour, including at its headquarters in Chandler. For more information, call 480-6365700 or visit, facebook. com/Amenzone360 or

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A Request for Interest (RFI) is open for a second time by the City of Chandler for the 1,965-squarefoot space at 51 E. Boston St., north of Chandler City Hall in what used to the Blue Peacock gift store. An informational meeting for potential applicants is 9 a.m. Mon., Feb. 11 at the site. The City is looking for a retail, restaurant or entertainment concept that complements the current businesses in downtown. The City opened an RFI for this space in March of last year, but decided not to move forward. “We’ve shortened the process to make it more business-friendly, extended the lease up to a fiveyear term, and have been gathering a list of potential businesses who are interested in the space,” says Downtown Redevelopment Manager Teri Killgore. Zoning does not allow an office use in this location and the City of Chandler expects the property to command market rate. The RFI closes at 5 p.m. Thu., March 14. To download the application, visit and click on Downtown Redevelopment and RFP.



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Love from page 1

subject that first brought them together. “She was my graduate student,” Doug explains with a smile, “and she was so danged smart, I thought I’d better marry her – and so I did.” “It was just like a miracle,” Evie says, recalling the day in “this itty bitty office” when the couple, who had been friends and professional allies, shared their first personal conversation. “My feet didn’t touch the ground for so long. I can still bring the feeling back.” A relative recently asked for relationship advice from the couple who “never fight,” but “sometimes disagree.” “I’ve been turning that around in my head,” says Evie, “and I think the most important thing people can keep in mind is that, once you commit your life to someone else, that person has to be the most important thing in your life. The second thing – and I think it’s so terribly important – is courtesy. We always say please and thank you.” Evie and Doug agree that a good sense of humor is also vital when traveling life’s sometimes-rocky road. “We always have a good time. Even when we’re having a bad time, we’re having a good time. If you can’t laugh about it, life’s just not worth it.” The Wisemans faced some “bad times” last year after Doug’s stroke, when Evie was warned by loved ones that her husband might not survive. “I’d put my mouth to his ear and tell him that he’d be all right, and one of these days I’d be taking him home,” she recalls. “We rehabilitated him half to death. He did a wonderful job of recovering, and now he can do 50 push-ups.”

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GOOD HUMOR: Evie and Doug Wiseman laugh a lot and hold hands when they’re together. STSN photos

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY: Lou and Lovey Borenstein, founders of Chompie’s, celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary together with 34 years in business with Chompie’s by offering a pancake special on Feb. 14. Submitted photo

“And I play the harmonica,” adds Doug. “Not well, but enthusiastically.” Evie, however, was unable to keep her promise. Doctors insisted that Doug move into an assisted living facility, and the Wisemans, who plan to stay on at Horizon Bay, have since sold their house. Although Evie was sorry she couldn’t take her husband home, “he told me that, as long as I was there, he was home,” she recalls. The Wisemans will greet this Valentine’s Day the same way they greet every day: with a positive attitude and deep appreciation for their time together. When asked if they have any more love advice, Doug ponders a moment. “No,” he turns to his wife, “except that you’re the greatest thing that ever walked the earth.” Evie smiles. “That’s the way I feel.” K. M. Lang lives and writes in Sun Groves. To contact her, email

The founders of Chompie’s, Lovey and Lou Borenstein, celebrate 60 years of marriage this month, as well as 34 years in business, with an all-you-can-eat buttermilk pancake dine-in special for $3.34 from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thu., Feb. 14. The Chandler Chompie’s location is at 3481 W. Frye Rd. Married in Brooklyn, NY, the Borensteins moved to Phoenix and founded Chompie’s in 1979 because, Lovey says, “Phoenix didn’t have any good bagels. No one baked any bagels fresh.” The Borensteins have three children and six grandchildren. Their children, Wendy, Mark and Neal, live in the Phoenix area and are involved in running Chompie’s, which employs more than 300 local residents. Celebrities the Borensteins have served include David Spade, Jordin


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ALL IN THE FAMILY: The Borenstein family children are involved in the operations of Chompie’s. Submitted photo

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with military families, Clothes Cabin, Mathew’s Crossing and Hamilton High School Homeless. Recently, the ladies made “lapgans” which were delivered to Neighbors Who Care and Dobson House for their clients, held 50/50 raffles at the monthly luncheons and made donations to the Clothes Cabin, which provides new and gently used clothes and linens to people in need in Chandler, and Mathew’s Crossing, a Chandler food bank. To learn more about joining the OWL group, visit or attend a meeting.

Free landscaping and irrigation workshops scheduled this year for Chandler utility customers include classes on edible gardening and eco-friendly pest control. Other workshops cover landscape installation and maintenance, irrigation system design installation and operation and step-by-step instructions on how to convert turf yards into colorful, low water use landscape. All classes are held at Chandler City Hall, 175 N. Arizona Ave., or Downtown Chandler Library, 22 S. Delaware St., with the exception of two Chandler “Smart” Landscaping classes presented in Chandler’s Environmental Education Center, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd. The “Water Wise Edible Gardening” class is 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. Tue., Feb. 19 at the Downtown Chandler Library. Attendees learn the importance and details of soil preparation, how to overcome the challenges of the desert environment, prepare beds, choose plants and care for vegetables, herbs, fruits and citrus. A two-class series, “Chandler ‘Smart’ Landscaping,” teaches the basics about landscaping in the desert including the concepts of design, how to plan for small spaces, the desert plant palette, plant selection and plant combinations. Also offered are tips on how to prepare beds, choose plants and care for vegetables, herbs, fruits and citrus for a bountiful harvest. The class is from 9 a.m. to noon Sat., Feb. 23 and Sat., March 2 at the Chandler Environmental Education Center and 9 a.m. to noon Sat., March 9 and Sat., March 16 at Chandler City Hall.

Community garage sale at Springfield patrol person and four volunteers are on duty throughout the community during the sale to assist as needed. Big Brothers & Big Sisters picks up non-furniture items that do not sell to be donated after the sale. Call Ron Sippy at 480-802-3841, Katherine Benko at 480-361-2123 or Kelly King at 720-299-3682 with questions.

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Trees and shrubs are the most important living elements of a landscape. A certified arborist teaches proper plant selection, planting, staking and pruning techniques for the low desert in “Pruning and Maintaining Your Landscape” from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. Tue., March 5 at the Downtown Chandler Library. The “Basic Yard Makeovers” class teaches easy step-by-step methods to convert grass into a colorful low-water use landscape from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. Tue., March 19 at the Downtown Chandler Library. “What’s Bugging You?,” a workshop from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m., Tue., March 26 at the Downtown Chandler Library, helps homeowners deal with bugs in the yard and home, teaches eco-friendly ways to control bad bugs and encourages good bugs using cultural, mechanical and biological methods. The course is taught by Master Gardener and Certified Arborist Cathy Rymer, Chandler’s water conservation coordinator. Four “Water Smart Workshops” are offered from 6 to 8:45 p.m. on consecutive Thursdays April 11 through May 2 to explain the components of an irrigation system. Participants learn how to design and install a system, program an irrigation timer, identify performance-robbing problems in a system and how new “smart” irrigation controllers work. “Sprinkler Design and Installation” is on April 11, “Yard Watering and Timer Programming” on April 18, “Maximize Your Irrigation” on April 25 and “Smart” Irrigation Controllers” on May 2. All these classes are at Chandler City Hall. Registration is required. For more information, call 480-782-3580 or visit

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Chandler hosts Black History Month events

ART IN MOTION: Members of Desert Dance Theater sing, dance and display their poetic talents at the Back to Basics Family Reunion on Feb. 8 at Chandler’s Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave. Submitted photo

An assortment of unique, entertaining and inspiring events is scheduled in Chandler for Black History Month in February. The activities start with Neal Lester, Ph.D., a professor of English at Arizona State University, presenting “Straight Talk About the ‘N’ Word,” 7 p.m. Thu., Feb. 7 at Chandler-Gilbert Community College Performing Arts Center, 2626 E. Pecos Rd. Dr. Neal Lester Lester discusses the word, described as “the most inflammatory, shocking and historic word in the English language,” and its shifting use through the complex

discourse of American race relations. Singing, dancing and poetic talents are on display at the Back to Basics Family Reunion featuring the Desert Dance Theater, 7 p.m. Fri., Feb. 8 at Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave. A free noontime Family Block Party at Chandler’s Harris Park, 150 E. Elgin St., is open to the public on Sat., Feb. 9. There will be food, entertainment, drink and conversation with the hope of renewing old friendships and forming new ones. For more information, call 480-963-5213.

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Actor, teacher and writer Michael Fosberg brings his one-man autobiographical play, “Incognito,” to the students of ChandlerGilbert Community College and Hamilton High School on Feb. 14 and 15. The powerful, thought-provoking show, a student-only event, tells the story of Fosberg’s search for his biological father and the ultimate discovery that he is African-American. An African-American Banquet to celebrate the accomplishments of African-Americans is at 6 p.m. Fri., Feb. 22 at Chandler Community Center, 125 S. Commonwealth Ave. Presented by Chandler Men of Action,

SEE IT: The exhibit, “From the Minds of African-Americans: African-American Inventions,” is on display at most Chandler Black History Month events in February. Submitted photo

the banquet includes a scholarship awards presentation. Tickets are $20 before Feb. 15. For more information, email Stephen Carson at or Victor Hardy at A traveling exhibit about AfricanAmerican inventors, “From the Minds of African-Americans: African-American Inventions,” is on display at most of the Chandler Black History Month events, as well as exhibited at Chandler City Hall. Black History Month activities are a collaboration between the City

of Chandler and Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Chandler Men of Action and South Chandler Self-Help. Chandler residents are also invited to join hundreds of Valley residents and students at a Unity Walk to promote better relationships between people and organizations, 10 a.m. Sat., Feb. 2 at Tempe Town Lake. The walk is sponsored by Chandler, Gilbert, Tempe, Mesa, Guadalupe, Phoenix, Scottsdale and Arizona State University. For more information, including sponsorship opportunities, call 480-7822214 or visit

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Chandler’s sports hall of famers honored champion sprinter Pete Post; state champion pole vaulter and 1961 Chandler High School graduate Lynn Ray; All-Conference USA football player Adam Vincent, a Hamilton High graduate; Fiesta Bowl MVP and four-sport Chandler High School star Kenny Walker; volleyball national champion Kim Wigboldy, a 2007 graduate of Valley Christian High School; and the 1989 Chandler High School wrestling team. Members of the selection committee are former coaches, school administrators, athletes and others with an interest in the history of athletics in Chandler. Hall candidates can be individuals or athletic teams which

GREAT TACKLER: Adam Vincent, a Hamilton High grad, earned AllConference USA honors and was a “tackling machine” at UTEP, finishing second in the conference and 25th nationally in tackles, averaging 9.2 per game. Submitted photo

HALL OF FAMER: Cameron Jordan, No. 94, defensive end for the New Orleans Saints and a Chandler High School graduate, headlines the Chandler Sports Hall of Fame induction on Feb. 9. Submitted photo

Sports fans are invited to the induction of seven athletes and one team when they are honored during the 9th Annual Chandler Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Luncheon, 11 a.m. Sat., Feb. 9 at Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. The 2012 Chandler Sports Hall of Fame inductees are New Orleans Saints defensive end and 2007 Chandler High School graduate Cameron Jordan; Gatorade Arizona Volleyball Player of the Year Courtney Landers, a 2000 graduate of Valley Christian High School; 11time state champion softball coach Jerry Mullin, now head coach of the softball team at Seton Catholic High School; early 1950s Chandler High School state

NATIONAL CHAMP: After graduating from Valley Christian High School, Kim Wigboldy topped her collegiate career by leading her volleyball team to the NCAA Division III National Championship. Submitted photo

brought recognition to the City of Chandler including national or statewide record-setting performances or contributions to the community and athletics in general. Candidates can be a member of a high school or professional team and can be considered for recognition no sooner than five years after their performances. The Chandler Sports Hall of Fame, a partner of the Chandler Museum, has recognized athletes, coaches and teams from 100 years of Chandler sports excellence since 2004. Tickets, which include the induction ceremony and a catered luncheon, are $15. For information, call 480-782-2717 or visit or

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Old electronic devices are collected through Mon., Feb. 7 for recycling by About Care, a nonprofit organization serving homebound elderly and disabled in Chandler and Gilbert. Items collected include laptops, cell phones, smart phones, LCD monitors, e-readers, tablets, handheld video games, iPods/MP3 players, networking equipment and ink / toner cartridges. Drop-off locations are: • About Care, 600 W. Ray Rd., Suite. B-5, Chandler • American Family Insurance, 4905 S. Alma School Rd., Suite. 3, Chandler • Page-Per-Page, 2535 W. Fairview St., Suite 104, Chandler • Tammy White State Farm, 610 N. Alma School Rd., Suite 22, Chandler • Bueler and Jones Law Firm, 1300 N. McClintock Dr., Suite B4, Chandler • Gilbert Parks and Recreation, 90 E. Civic Center Dr., Gilbert • Southeast Regional Library, 7775 N. Greenfield Rd., Gilbert • All Arizona Bank & Trust offices in Maricopa County The majority of About Care services are for transportation to medical appointments and for shopping. For more information, visit

Jay Tibshraeny, who began his fifth term as Chandler’s mayor in January 2011, delivered the keynote address to 300 Pima Medical Institute graduates at Chandler Center for the Arts. PMI, established in 1972, prepares students with Jay Tibshraeny job-ready skills for careers in the medical field, such as medical assistant, radiography, veterinary assistant and pharmacy technician. Tibshraeny served in the Arizona State Senate from 2003 to 2011 and was a member of the Chandler City Council from 1986 to 2002.

Deborah Chovan, a preschool teacher at Wee Blessings Preschool & Academy, 450 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler, is Fulton Homes “Teacher of the Week.” She was nominated by Nancy Polston, whose 3-yearold son, Joshua, “loves his class so much he sleeps with his backpack on at night.” An announcement of Chovan’s selection was made on KNIX-FM’s Ben and Matt in the Morning Show. Josh Garrett of Chandler performs with the University of Evansville Choir at the Indiana Music Educators Association’s annual convention in Fort Wayne, IN. The 36-member choir is known for its a cappella music, ranging from the Renaissance through the 21st century, part songs and spirituals.

Maria Isabel Delgado and Bruce Marion, both of Chandler, were nominated for the Artist category in the 32nd annual Governor’s Arts Awards; Barbara Nueske Perez of Gilbert for Arts in Education– Individual category; the Copperstar Repertory Company of Chandler in the Arts In Education–Organization category; and the LDVinci Art Studio of Chandler in the Business category. Presented by Arizona Citizens Action for the Arts in partnership with the Arizona Commission on the Arts and the Office of the Governor, since 1981, 152 artists, individuals, arts and cultural organizations, educators and businesses have received Governor’s Arts Awards. Winners will be announced Wed., March 6. Info:

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HOA company gives down-home, high-tech service ones being Ocotillo, Fox Crossing, Carino When looking for a place to call home, Estates and Lagos Vistoso. it’s important to find one that takes its A member of the board of community, and people, directors for the seriously. So it only makes Arizona Association of sense that a leader in Community Managers, community management Lipsey says he leads in the Valley is right in our his company with a backyard. “passion” for community “Premier Community management. As a Management boasts Chandler resident, Lipsey exemplary service with has the opportunity to honesty and integrity,” says experience the area his its owner, Robb Lipsey, customers live and work with a loyal staff that in, which he says gives caters directly to their his company a personal customers. A hands-on touch. approach to management “I decided to work HOMETOWN HERO: Native gives Premier a unique in Chandler because it Arizonan Robb Lipsey founded place in the market, he is a beautiful city with Premier more than 20 years ago, believes. tremendous growth building the company up with Lipsey, president of opportunities,” says hard work and personal service. Premier Community Lipsey. Submitted photo Management, is a native Premier offers Arizonan who started communities experienced in community management 23 years community managers, certified ago. Since then, he has grown his own public accountant-prepared financial company from the ground up, and it statements, state-of-the-art software, now manages 70 communities with professional guidance and education, 22,000 homes throughout Maricopa and training to homeowners association and Pinal counties. More than 40 of the board members. communities are in Chandler, one of The company’s team also takes a fresh the fastest growing municipalities in the approach to community management, country since the 1990s, with the largest says Lipsey. New mobile technologies by Selena Larson

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Citizens Academy seeks participants Applications are being accepted for the next Citizens Academy offered by the Chandler Police Department. The program runs 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays Feb. 6 through April 24 at the department’s main station, 250 E. Chicago St. Participants get an insider’s view of the day-to-day operations of the police department while gaining a greater understanding and awareness of law enforcement’s role in the community during the free 13-week program. Potential candidates must be at least 18 years old; either work, live or attend school in Chandler; pass a basic background check; and have no prior felony or misdemeanor arrests in order to participate. The academy covers topics such as media and the law, firearms training, gang awareness, patrol functions, K-9 functions, criminal investigations, school violence, traffic law and use of force. Instruction in police procedures and theory is combined with practical, hands-on scenarios. Call 480-782-4521 for details, or visit to apply online.

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Taco eating contest at El Palacio Two of the Serrano family’s other locations are also participating in the contest: Casa Serrano of Lake Havasu hosts the competition on the same day and time as Chandler, while Casa Serrano of Mohave Valley hosts the competition on Sunday at 4 p.m. Sign-up sheets are available at all three locations.

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See how many tacos you can wolf down during the inaugural Taco Eating Competition at 4 p.m. Sat., Feb. 16 at El Palacio Restaurant & Cantina, 2950 E. Germann Rd., Chandler. The first 20 people to sign up with a $10 buy in will have five minutes to eat as many ground beef tacos as they can. The top taco eater wins a $75 cash prize, a trophy and bragging rights. The second-place winner gets a $25 gift certificate to El Palacio. “Taco Tuesday is our busiest night of the week, with tacos just $1 and draft beers $2,” says Anthony Serrano, owner and executive chef at El Palacio. “I’ve seen people come in and eat 10 to 15 tacos in one sitting. So, it got me thinking: how many tacos could someone could actually eat in a timed competition?”


Meanwhile, a new menu for lunch and dinner features heart-healthy, gluten-free, vegetarian and high-protein entrees at El Palacio, priced at $7 to $10. Examples of heart-healthy and gluten-free choices include soft corn chicken or machaca tacos topped with lettuce and a side of pinto beans, or grilled shrimp on a bed of sautéed vegetables and served with a side of pinto beans. A diabetes-friendly dish is grilled-corn tortillas topped with pinto beans, grilled bell peppers, tomatoes, onions and cilantro and topped with sliced avocado. Vegetarian choices include a spinach tortilla stuffed with sautéed spinach, vegetables, lettuce, tomato and cheese, or three enchiladas stuffed with sautéed spinach, vegetables, lettuce, tomato and cheese topped with verde enchilada sauce. There are also vegan and high-protein choices. Open since 2009, El Palacio placed in 12 categories at the 2012 Arizona Taco Festival, taking first place in Beef Taco, Anything Goes Taco, Salsa, Guacamole and the Reserve Grand Champion title. The Mexican cuisine restaurant is open 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Call 480-802-5770 or visit

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Sponsors sought for chairs, tables Free event includes food, music, more A business wishing to snag the title of “Throne” sponsor for “Chairitable,” a fundraiser and free event held from 6 to 9 p.m. Fri., March 15 at Chandler Center for the Arts (CCA), 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler, can do so for $5,000. Other title sponsorships available include “Captain’s Chair” for $2,500; “Wingback

Chair” for $1,000; or “Club Chair” sponsor for $500. Title sponsors can have a chair or table to display in their location prior to the event. Honorary Chair Patti Bruno is looking for the right corporate sponsors to assist. “This is a fun event that will also do a lot of good for the arts in Chandler,” she explains. In-mind sponsors at press time include Chandler Arts Commission, Vision Gallery, Chandler Center for the Arts, Wood Creations Furniture, SanTan Sun News, Alliance Beverage, Bashas’, Durant’s, In Pockets, KBAQ, KJZZ and KUPD, Kent Miller, Porkopolis, Santa Barbara Catering, Serrano’s and Slingshot Photography.


IN PROGRESS: Chandler artist Alvin Pace works on his “Chairitable” piece, which will be auctioned at the Chandler Center for the Arts Fri., March 12. Submitted photo

More than 30 artists will display or demonstrate their art at the free event, and children from the Vision Kidz art programs will work on an art table. In addition, students from three schools – Galveston, San Marcos and Seton Catholic – are working with their art teachers to decorate their own chairs. Patrons can get creative at the interactive free event by helping decorate a table on the CCA patio. Live entertainment will be provided by jazz vocalist Laurie Fagen with Charles Lewis

BEADS GALORE: Bead artist Christy Puetz embellished a chair for the upcoming “Chairitable” fundraiser with beads and animals. Submitted photos

on the grand piano. Light hors d’oeuvres, desserts and wine will be served.

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Funds generated from the event will provide job opportunities for artists to educate and inspire youth, according to City of Chandler Visual Arts Coordinator Eric Faulhaber, who is staff liaison for the Arts Commission and oversees the Vision Gallery in downtown Chandler.

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A web-based silent auction will be available at the Chairitable website prior to the event, where a select number of items will be available for purchase online. The rest of the chairs and tables will be acquired in silent and live auctions at the event, and there will also be a “pick-a-prize” raffle, where participants can bid on specific items with tickets. Participating artists include ceramicist Alvin Pace, painters Kip Sudduth and Bonnie Lou Coleman, fiber artist Laurie Fagen and bead artist Karen Kacie and more. For a list of all artists, visit For more information, visit or call 480-782-2695.


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It’s like a live Wii game at Great Play Chandler, where three of the four walls in the play gym’s patented Interactive Arena use a combination of computer technology, image projection and directional sound. Great Play coaches use the system to set the tone of the program and keep the kids 6 months to 11 years, along with parents, engaged. The play gym is receiving praise in “USA Today,” with writer Kelly Horn saying the gym “focuses on motor skill, sports skill and physical education classes. In addition to the health benefits, active kids do better academically, have more self-confidence and gain valuable social experience.” Great Play Chandler, People’s Choice Winner of Best Kids Birthday Party and Best Kids Classes 2012 and 2013 from Arizona Foothills Magazine, is helping “bridge the gap between kids’ love of video games and their need for exercise to grow up and stay healthy into adulthood,” which is important throughout their lives, according to Keith Camhi, Co-founder and CEO of Great Play. “Kids who grow up being active and athletic get many immediate as well as lifelong benefits,” says Camhi, who notes that kids are less prone to cardiovascular disease, bone and joint problems, diabetes, obesity and tend to stay physically fit for their life span. The gym offers many unique

Sticking with a New Year’s resolution to get financial affairs in order is made easier by attending the Chandler Public Library’s free one-hour Saturday classes, held in partnership with the Society for Financial Awareness in the library’s Citrus Room at 22 S. Delaware St. Sessions are scheduled for 11 a.m. on these dates: • Feb. 2 – Financial Blunders: Lessons We Never Learn


• Feb. 23 – Investing 101” • March 16 – Reverse Mortgages: Just the Facts” • April 27 – College Planning: Facing the High Costs” Participants may attend all the classes or just the ones that meet their needs. Registration is not required. For more details, call 480- 782-2800 or visit

Save date for Business Expo Mayor’s Fun Run, health fair, Ostrich festival

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programs, like children’s Zumba, classes in motor skills, athletic development and sports skills and school break camps to help children “reach their full physical potential while developing a love of physical activity.” The Chandler location is at 2855 W. Ray Rd. in the Whole Foods Shopping Center. Call Great Play at 480-726-7529 or visit index.html.

Space is limited, so reserve a spot soon for the free 2013 Chandler Chamber Business Expo from 2 to 6 p.m. Thu., Feb. 21 in the San Marcos Ballroom at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort, 1 N. San Marcos Pl., Chandler. Exhibitor booths are $100 for Chamber members and $140 for nonmembers. Call Brad Ness at 480-963-4571, ext. 205, or email

Health Fair vendor booths

The Ostrich Festival’s 5K Mayor’s Fun Run Health Fair is from 7:30 to 10 a.m. Sat., March 2 at Dr. A.J. Chandler Pavilion, 3 S. Arizona Pl., Chandler. Vender booths are available. Call Brad Ness at 480-963-4571, ext. 205, or email The health fair coincides with the Mayor’s 5K Fun Run / Walk at Arizona

Avenue and Boston Street in Chandler on the same day. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. and the race begins at 8 a.m. The race and fair are opening events for the 25th Annual Chandler Ostrich Festival, Sponsored by Safelite AutoGlass, Chandler Regional Medical Center, Chandler Chamber of Commerce and Chandler Education Foundation, and held March 8 through 10 at Tumbleweed Park. For complete information on the Ostrich Festival, turn to Page 22.

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The Chandler Chamber of Commerce is at 25 S. Arizona Pl., Suite 201. Unless otherwise specified, for more information and to register for these programs, call 480-963-4571, visit or

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Send in your business profile for ‘Doing Business’ The SanTan Sun News would like to welcome new area businesses or existing ones that may be new to our readers. Submit information about your business for a “Doing Business” mini-business profile in an upcoming issue of our publication, which is distributed to 35,000 homes, racks and boxes on the first and third Saturdays of the month. Please include all of the following items: Name of business, name of owner(s), how long the business

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

Nothing but fun at Flipside

Bowling, laser tag, bumper cars, a laser maze, mini bowling and arcades are among the activities available when Flipside Entertainment holds its grand opening at 4874 S. Val Vista Dr., Gilbert on Sat., Feb. 9. The facility also has a full-service restaurant and café. For more information, call 480-471-8444 or visit

Publicize St. Patrick’s Day events Let the SanTan Sun News help you publicize your St. Patrick’s Day events in a special section. Is your restaurant having a St. Patty’s Party? Is your bar serving green beer? Are you creating St. Patrick’s Day crafts with children or hosting a St. Pat’s Day event or fair? If so, email your details to Lynda@SanTanSun. com including: a brief description of the event; times, days and dates; cost or free; if registration is required; venue and address; publishable phone number; and web site if applicable. Also include your contact information for verification purposes. We welcome photos, which must be 300 dpi JPEGs or taken on a digital camera on the “best” or “highest quality” setting. Information is due by noon on March 6 for the March 16 issue. March 17 is Patrick’s Day. Submission does not guarantee placement.


February 2 – 15, 2013

Chandler doc pens health-consciousness book

Spark knowledge at SRP workshop A free electric safety workshop to educate workers about the potential hazards of working near overhead and underground electrical power lines and other utilities is offered by SRP from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sat., Feb. 23 at SRP’s PERA Club, 1 E. Continental Dr., Tempe. Registration begins at 6 a.m. The deadline to register is Feb. 15, and participants must be at least 18 years old. The workshop is for tree workers, landscapers and excavators, as well as individuals who work around utility lines. Instruction is in English and Spanish. Safety presentations address overhead and underground electrical, gas and other utilities; OSHA regulations; Blue Stake procedures; trenching and shoring demonstrations; and live electrical demonstrations of what can happen when contact is made with power lines. Also featured are presentations by the Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health, Arizona Public Service, Southwest Gas, Cox Communications, Arizona Blue Stake, Arizona Burn Center, Trench Shore Rentals, Asplundh Tree Expert Company and Liberty Wildlife. Learn about live tree rescue and the hazards involving chainsaws and aerial lifts. The program includes lunch and a chance to win raffle prizes. To register, call 602-236-2995 or email

Physician and founder of the Health Conscious Movement, Natasha Deonarain, launches her new book, “The 7 Principles of Health: Your Call to Health Consciousness,” on April 6 at The Buttes in Tempe. Deonarain has owned and operated UCR Health Center, an integrated model of urgent care and alternative medicine at 2745 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler, since 2005. In her book, Deonarain discusses core principles that can empower individuals to make their own choices for optimal health, solutions to help Americans quit making New Year’s resolutions and find lasting, optimal health by understanding a different perspective than what America’s current healthcare system teaches. She examines the U.S. healthcare system and how it has been integrated to “keep Americans sick and poor, despite their best intentions to get healthy.” Deonarain also states that conventional medical doctors, like her, are trained to “keep people sick,” a statement many

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There will be clowns, bands, dancers and fire engines when the 25th Annual Ostrich Festival Parade kicks off at 10 a.m. on Sat., March 2, on Arizona Avenue from Knox to Frye roads. The deadline for a company to apply to march or enter a float is Feb. 15. For more information, visit

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The March 8 through March 10 Ostrich Festival at Tumbleweed Park features Ostrich Races, an Exotic Petting Zoo, Dock Dogs, Rhinestone Trick Roper, Wild About Monkeys Show, Magic Shows, Deluxe Freak Show, Live Ostrich Display and three stages of live entertainment. New to the festival is Danny Conner’s Reptile Adventures, offering more than 75 different species of reptiles including giant snakes, large lizards, huge turtles and a myriad of crocodilians. Also new is the amazing “death-defying and jawdropping” Bubble Show. Discounted tickets will be available at all local Fry’s grocery stores starting Fri., Feb. 15. Family Fun Packs are $67 for two adult, two youth and two allday carnival ride passes. Fry’s will also have $21 all-day carnival ride passes, a $4 savings, along with regular priced

WING IT: Mark your calendar for the 25th Annual Chandler Ostrich Festival. Activities begin on March 2 with a race, parade and health fair. The main event happens Friday through Sunday, March 8 through 10. Submitted photo

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Famous Dave’s thanks first responders

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Car aficionados, both young and old, can appreciate more than 200 pre-1980 vehicles of a variety of makes and models at the 10th Annual Chandler Classic Car Show, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat., Feb. 23 in downtown Chandler, surrounding Dr. A.J. Chandler Park. The free, family friendly event features not only cars, but also musical entertainment from the bands Pan Head Ronny and Star, games, raffle prizes, a kids zone, arts and crafts vendors, food and beverage vendors, static police and fire department displays and a new “hot imports car show.” The Classic Car and Hot Rod Show was founded in 2003 by the late Jerry Biondi and Maury Williamson, owners of the Country Clipper Barber Shop located in Chandler’s historic downtown area.

“We founded the car show to bring awareness and give back to the downtown area, raise money for local nonprofit organizations and have car enthusiasts enjoy some good old classic cars,” says Williamson. Proceeds from this year’s event will be donated to support three local nonprofit organizations: Dogs4Vets, providing service dogs for disabled veterans; Scott Detherage Foundation, providing development and educational opportunities for Chandler area youth; and WellFounded Hope. Historically the show has included a special car or two from a local collector who frequently displays his most recent purchase from the Barrett-Jackson Auction. Williamson says that in addition to these very unique “crowd-pleasers,” Cassie Gannis, a local rising NASCAR star is

CLASSIC CARS: Last year’s Chandler Classic Car Show attracted approximately 15,000 to 20,000 visitors. The number of cars has tripled since its beginnings, and the event has raised more than $90,000 for local charities. Submitted photo

HOT RODS: Enjoy classic cars, hot rods, food, entertainment and fun for the whole family at the 10th Annual Chandler Classic Car Show on Sat. Feb. 23. Submitted photo

slated to sign autographs at various times throughout the day and have her car on display. Visitors are encouraged to utilize the parking garages on the east side of Arizona Avenue, which can be accessed off both East Buffalo and East Boston streets. Parking is also available on the west side of Arizona Avenue across from the Chandler City Hall with entrances off West Chicago Street. Both car clubs and individuals are represented at the highly popular event. The registration fee is $40. Car clubs may register up to 25 cars per group. Among the sponsors for the car show are the Country Clipper Barber Shop, Downtown Chandler Community Partnership, SanTan Sun News and Doehrman Companies. Event sponsorships are available from $250 to $15,000, and vendor booths are $125 to $225. Go to or call Williamson at 480-389-7709 or Charlie Brumback at 602-284-3996 for more information.

Police, fire and ambulance personnel are invited to Famous Dave’s BBQ on Sun., Feb. 24 to receive a free “two-meat salute.” “We have so much appreciation and respect for our local first responders and want to dedicate this day to them and show our support of their efforts,” says John Erlandson, owner of four Famous Dave’s BBQ Restaurants and Catering company locations. “We encourage our community to come in and say thanks and shake the hands of those who protect and serve us.” The two meats include a choice of St. Louis-style spareribs, Georgia chopped pork, Texas beef brisket, country roasted or barbeque chicken, traditional or boneless chicken wings, Southside rib tips, hot link sausage or beer-battered cod. A honeybuttered corn muffin and a choice of one side are included. Arizona law enforcement, fire and emergency medical service personnel must provide a valid photo identification and proof of service. Veterans must provide either a U.S. Uniformed Services ID Card, form DD-214 or current leave and earnings statement with a photo ID, dog tags with a picture ID or a photo of themselves in uniform. The “two-meat salute” is available at all four Famous Dave’s locations, including Chandler at 3250 W. Frye Rd. and SanTan Village at 2206 E. Williams Field Rd. in Gilbert. A full menu can be found at


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Corporate Chronicles Hospitals earn distinguished awards

Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert medical centers are ranked among the top 5% of more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide for clinical performance, according to Healthgrades, an information provider about physicians and hospitals. The two hospitals received a Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence by providing overall clinical excellence across a range of clinical procedures and conditions. These were measured by Healthgrades for risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates during and after a hospital stay. “We take extreme pride in the compassionate care we provide to our patients on a daily basis,” says Tim Bricker, president and CEO of Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert medical centers. Chandler Regional is also ranked among the top 5% in the nation for overall cardiac services in 2013 and for emergency medicine in 2012. Mercy Gilbert is ranked among the top 5% in the nation for overall pulmonary services in 2013 and is recipient of the Healthgrades Stroke Care Excellence Award in 2013. Additionally, Chandler Regional is recipient of the HealthGrades Patient Safety Excellence Award for two years in a row and Mercy Gilbert for three years in a row. For more information about Healthgrades, to download a full copy of the report or to get information about hospital and physician quality, visit

HDE Agency, a fullservice advertising, marketing and public relations company with statewide clients including the SanTan Sun area, is the agency of record for Colorado-based Oskar Blues Brewery as Arizona gears up for Arizona Beer Week, a state-wide celebration of craft beer that kicks off Sat., Feb. 16 with the Strong Beer Festival and continues throughout the week with beer events around the Valley. Oskar Blues was the first craft beer brewery in the country to can its beer. In addition, HDE represents The Grand Canyon Brewing Company in Williams, which is launching a new “Flavor Bomb” to condition beer. Info:, Gilbert Chamber of Commerce announces a record-breaking $997,000 in business between members during the organization’s second quarter and more than $1.6 million in member-to-member business year-to-date. “To exceed last year’s figures during the first half of this year is a true testament to effectiveness of a referral culture,” says Annette Sellers, the Chamber’s business development director. The Chamber currently operates five referral teams as part of the organization’s strategic plan to build a referral-based membership culture. Info: Barb Esser of Gilbert is an independent consultant with Tastefully Simple Inc., a national direct sales company featuring more than 60 easy-to-prepare foods. She

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Fun and educational activities await Chandler Fashion Center and SanTan Village Kids Club attendees thanks to a partnership with National Geographic. Events take place at 10 a.m. Wednesdays at Chandler Fashion Center, 3111 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler, and 10 a.m. the fourth Friday of every month at SanTan Village, 2218 E. Williams Field Rd., Gilbert.

SanTan Sun area high school juniors and seniors are invited to participate in a free SAT or ACT practice test from 9:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sat., Feb. 16 at Tutor House Tutoring Services, 100 W. Boston St., Suite 4 in the Chandler Professional Building, downtown Chandler. The practice test is preceded by a welcome

Parents and kids can also enjoy the educational fun at home, with materials available online, at the mall and as part of the “Kids Club Newsletter.” Additionally, the Kids Club program offers a new theme bi-monthly, with topics ranging from oceans and animals to insects and outer space. For a complete list of Kids Club dates and times, visit


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Essay contest seeks ‘freshest, fittest’ Youths ages 7 to 17 representing their schools or other organizations are invited to enter Subway Restaurants of Arizona’s fifth annual “Freshest, Fittest Essay Contest of the Year.” Essays must be typewritten and received by close of business Fri., Feb. 15. Entrants should submit a 200to 500-word essay describing how their organization, troop or program helps them to live healthier, happier lives. Participants have the chance to win tickets to the 2013 Subway Fresh Fit 500 on Sun., March 3 at Phoenix International Raceway. The essay must include: name

of the entrant; name and contact information of the organization or school and specific program leader, teacher or counselor; name of program, mentor or learning experience being nominated and confirmation that the entrant is between 7 and 17 years old. Essays can be mailed to Subway, c/o Stephanie Lough, HMA Public Relations, 3610 N. 44th St., Suite 110, Phoenix, AZ 85018; faxed to 602-957-0131; or emailed to Winners will be notified by Wed., Feb. 20. For more information, call 602-957-8881.

SPLASH BASH: Children help raise money at last year’s Blake’s Miracle Festival at SWIMkids USA. Submitted photo

A swim- and float-a-thon event benefiting local hospitalized children is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat., March 2 as SWIMkids USA of Mesa hosts its 8th Annual Blake’s Miracle Festival. Funds raised by the event go to music and massage therapy for sick children at Banner Cardon Children’s Medical Center, as well as to drowning prevention programs. Blake’s Miracle raised almost a $250,000 dollars since its inception, and organizers hope to bring in $20,000 more this year. Money brought in by

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PLAY BALL: The Bigger Than Baseball Charity Tournament, organized by Chandler High student Braden Liu, raised more than $2,300 for ICAN: Positive Programs for Youth, a Chandler-based nonprofit youth organization where Braden previously volunteered. The funds will help support ICAN’s mission to prevent substance abuse, gang involvement and juvenile delinquency among more than 2,000 youths the agency serves yearly. Info: 480-821-4207, visit Submitted photo

Free practice SAT offered High school juniors and seniors attending Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Higley and Queen Creek area high schools can take advantage of a free SAT Diagnostic Practice Test Day at 11 a.m. Sat., Feb. 9 at Sylvan Learning Center, 4121 E. Valley Auto Dr., Suite 106, Mesa. The full-length practice exam follows exact SAT testing rules. Students must

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CEF raffle held for car, cash The winner of the Chandler Education Foundation’s annual 2013 Winner’s Choice raffle is chosen at 5 p.m. Sun., March 10 at Chandler Chamber of Commerce’s 25th Annual Ostrich Festival. This year’s winner can choose between a 2013 Toyota Scion FR-S or $20,000 cash, courtesy of Chandler Big Two Toyota and Toyota Financial Services.

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The winner need not be present to win. Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased online at or at any Chandler Unified School District school or the District office. Proceeds benefit the IMPACT Chandler Scholarship and Scholars program and Teacher / School Wide grant program; schools and school groups receive $4 for every ticket they sell. Info: 480-224-3030.

FOR A SPELL: Christopher Smith, a seventh-grader at Arizona College Prep – Oakland, outlasted 35 competitors to win this year’s Chandler Unified School District Spelling Bee, held at Perry High School. Christopher correctly spelled the word vicarious in the 17th round to edge out first runner-up Gavin Vogt, a sixth-grader at Jacobson Elementary. Christopher and Gavin, who finished fourth and fifth respectively in last year’s State Bee, will both represent CUSD at the Regional Bee on Feb. 15. Also qualifying for the Regional Bee, in order of finish: Giovanna Wei, Hancock Elementary; Kamal Shaik, Santan Elementary; Rachna Guntu, Bogle Junior High; Kasandra Isenhart, Willis Junior High; Emelia Dolson, Andersen Junior High; Bryce Terry, Haley Elementary; and Caroline Phillips, Knox Elementary. Submitted photo

Sweet ACP musical takes stage Get your chocolate fix when Arizona College Prep’s “Knights at the Theater” drama company performs the classic musical “Willy Wonka” through Feb. 2 at Hamilton High School, 3700 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler.

Show times are 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $8 for students and $10 for adults and are available at the door. For more information, email

Nominate youth for Kohl’s Scholarship Outstanding volunteers ages 6 to 18 can be nominated now through March 15 for the 2013 Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program. Through the program, Kohl’s awards more than 2,300 volunteers nationwide more than $425,000 in scholarships and prizes to reward kids who made a positive impact on their communities. Two nominees from each of the more than 1,100 Kohl’s stores nationwide win a $50 Kohl’s gift card. More than 200 of the store winners receive regional

scholarships worth $1,000 toward post-secondary education. Ten national winners are awarded a total of $10,000 in scholarships for post-secondary education, and Kohl’s donates $1,000 to a nonprofit organization on each national winner’s behalf. The Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program is part of Kohl’s Cares, Kohl’s philanthropic program focused on improving the lives of children. To submit a nomination, visit Nominators must be 21 years or older.


Sweet music at spring break camp Kids ages 5 to 12 of all ability levels can register now for a Spring Break Morning Music Camp offered by Music Maker Workshops, 3233 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 2, Phoenix. Sessions run from 9 a.m. to noon Mon., March 11 through Thu., March 14, with a concert performance for friends and family from 11:15 a.m. to noon on the last day of camp. Students design their own camp by choosing three classes from the options of piano, drums, guitar, voice or arts and crafts, and are divided into groups according to age and ability levels. Participants must provide their own guitars.

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SanTan Sun kids have talent! In the first issue of every month, the SanTan Sun News prints the best entries from kids in grades kindergarten through 12th grade in a variety of categories. Congratulations to this month’s winners! Note: If a great entry doesn’t make it into this issue because of space considerations, we will hold it over to run in a future issue. Submissions are minimally edited to preserve the writer’s voice. If your submission appears in this section, compare it to your original to help improve your writing skills.


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Remember that the Kids Opportunity section will eventually print all good entries. That means that if your entry didn’t make it into this issue, it may be slated for a future one. Keep checking back, as we sometimes experience a backlog of submissions.

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moon descending a staircase by Anran (Ana) Yu

Knockout emerging in the midst Poem! of the sun’s farewells she drags her fingertips through the pooling hues as she skims the horizon, and watches the sea lap playfully at the fingers of the departing clouds with longing in her heart, she peeks at a hand mirror in a lake and sighs, disappointed – then the lake smiles back and she, so terribly shy, lets the silver tip of a fan trace the arc of a leaping fish over a blush dimpled with pockmarks, and she flees

Anran (Ana) Yu is a senior at Desert Vista High School and a student in Chandler Center for the Arts’ Youth Advisory Council, which works with 13- to 18-year-olds from the SanTan Sun area. YAC is focused not only on appreciation and conservation of the arts in the community, but also community service, leadership skills, group dynamics, financial responsibility, career opportunities and general knowledge of public relations and marketing. Program participants gain a better understanding of Arts Administration, as well as self-worth, confidence, creative ideas and a passion for the arts.

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Future scientists – Carlson’s first Math & Science Night featured science projects created by fifth- and sixth-graders. Fifth-grade winners were Sydney Lautt, Kate Robinson and Noah Dixon, first place, Isabelle Boyle, Kayden Burnes and Carter Simbles, second place; and Tyler Fichiera, Nicholas Pokomey and Tyler Rangel, third place. Sixth-grade winners were Karlee Peterson, Saige Stutz and Brooke Cluff, first place; Kaitlyn Davin, Madyson Sisung and Lauren McGhee, second place; and Alexis English, Elizabeth Leiber and Jasmine Joo, third place. Winning entries advance to HISEF Science Fair Sat., Feb. 23 at Hamilton High School. Spring Carnival – Local retailers and businesses interested in promoting themselves to the Carlson community at its first Spring Carnival can contact the PTO at Silent-auction donations, food vendors and boutique-style booths are sought for the event. Fundraising fun – Carlson families and friends can support the school by purchasing

GIMME FIVE: Principal Leo Schleuter high-fives fifthgrader Sydney Lautt as she rounds the running track for another lap. Students raised money based on pledges made per lap at the school’s recent Boosterthon fun-run fundraiser. Submitted photo

a “Buy One, Get One Free” card for $10 each for Jamba Juice locations throughout the Valley, turning in Fresh & Easy receipts, linking Fry’s frequent-shopper cards to the special barcode provided by the school and registering Target Red cards to the school. Good times – Carlson’s first Running Club race against Patterson and Riggs netted some big finishes, including kindergarten girls Talyn Ellsworth, second place, and Natalie Ridge, sixth place; kindergarten boys Jesus Armendalz, fourth place, Luke Meyers, sixth place, and Gage Melton, seventh place; first-grade boys Max Madrid, first place, and Vaughn Campbell, second place; secondgrade girls Jennifer Hyman, fifth place, and Grace Stevenson, eighth place; second-grade boys Cole Felker, first place; third-grade girls Rylee Watrous, third place, and Brookleyn Braaten, seventh place; fourth-grade girls Madison Jack, third place; fourth-grade boys Preston Felker, first place, and Zach Frederick, second place; fifth-grade girls Kate Robinson, fifth place; and fifth-grade boys Kaydan Burns, second place, Jonathan Downs, third place, and Cameron Schotz, eighth place. FUN-RUN BUDDIES: First-graders Ella Becker and Tira Calendar Lucia rehydrate during Carlson’s first Boosterthon fun-run Feb. 8: Jamba Juice Fun Friday, 1:30 p.m., fundraiser. The school raised nearly $17,000 for new smoothies $3 each printers and other technology resources for teachers. —Lora Robinson Submitted photo

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Save the date – CTA’s spectacular Spring Fling is 5 to 9 p.m. Fri., April 12. The whole family is welcome to enjoy games, food and fun. Science Night – At CTA’s Science and Math Night, Hawk families had fun learning about science and math and viewing what different grades have learned this year. The Arizona Science Center learning stations were a big hit, and Dad’s Club took over the Science Lab to hold an engineering challenge. Thanks to Mrs. Iyer and Mrs. Power for planning the event and to the volunteers who helped. Scientists at work – All CTAIndependence students completed science experiments as part of Science Night. More than 200 science boards were showcased, each one a separate experiment. All experiments followed the curriculum and several included experiments with alternative energy. Winners advance to HSIF Science Fair. Calendar Feb. 5: Running Club race, 3:30-5 p.m., Snedigar Feb. 7: Skateland Night, 6-8:30 p.m. Feb. 12-13: Early release at 11:40 a.m. for conferences —Wendi Olson

Win big – Purchase CEF raffle tickets in the Hull office to win a 2013 Toyota Scion FR-S or $20,000 in cash. Tickets are $20. Hull keeps $4 from every ticket sold at Hull. The drawing is Sun., March 10 at the Chandler Chamber of Commerce Ostrich Festival. Thanks due – Subway on Gilbert and Riggs roads presented Hull PTO with a check for $250 from the proceeds of Restaurant Night. A big thanks to Subway and to Hull Heroes for their support at Restaurant Night. Calendar Feb. 5: Running Club Meet, 3:30 p.m., Tumbleweed Park Feb. 7: Running Club practice, 3 p.m. Feb. 12-13: Early dismissal for parentteacher conferences at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 14: Running Club practice, 3 p.m. —Kristen Boyd

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HELPING HANDS: Twenty Tarwater staff members visited nonprofit Tempe organization Feed My Starving Children, where they helped pack enough meals to feed 29 children in Kenya for a year. A loose change collection by Tarwater students also raised $1,059 for the organization. Thanks to Mrs. Karen Meyer for organizing the event. Submitted photo

could have 100 of anything and created portraits of what they would look like and wrote about what they would be doing when they are 100 years old. Jacobson Jets Brush well – Third-graders are excited Music notes – Sixth-graders Anna about a visit from Dr. Blacker’s orthodontic McCarson and Marissa Caldwell, viola; office when a representative discusses and Cassandra Jagdon, violin; participate proper dental care with all five classrooms. in the 2013 Arizona Elementary All-State Acts of kindness – Tarwater students Orchestra, on Sat., Feb. 23 in Surprise. collected approximately 2,583 toys for the Chandler Care Center at Christmas. Student Tarwater Toros Council members bagged the toys after the Class notes – Tarwater fourth-graders school’s Holiday “Giving Tree” Assembly, look forward to fun activities in the upcoming weeks including fieldtrips to the and a dozen staff members took truckloads of toys to the Chandler Main Fire Station / State Capitol and Arizona-Sonora Desert Hull Heroes Museum. Thanks to Mrs. Melinda Reynolds Museum. Students have worked hard on Signup time – Kindergarten registration for organizing the event and Mr. Wittreich their musical “When Greenville Turned for the 2013-14 school year begins Mon., for organizing his annual support effort for Brown” and their Science Fair experiments, Feb. 4. Children who turn 5 by Aug. 31, 2013 the Arizona Humane Society. He delivered which they share at February conferences. are eligible for kindergarten. Call the Hull Counting down – First-graders celebrated 12 large garbage bags of old blankets, towels, office at 480-883-4500 for information. the 100th day of school with math activities, comforters, leashes and pet food donated Pizza Night – Join Hull PTO from 5 to by Tarwater families. Thanks to the Tarwater a snack made out of 10 groups of 10 items 8 p.m. Thu., Feb. 7 at Peter Piper Pizza on community for its generosity. Alma School and Queen Creek roads, when and special 100-day hats with 100 objects —Robyn Kelly on them. Students concluded the day by 15% of all food, nonalcoholic beverage and writing about what they would want if they token sales is donated to Hull PTO.


February 2 – 15, 2013

Save the dates – HCLC hosts two orientation meetings in February for families interested in attending in the upcoming 2013-14 school year. The orientations allow prospective students and parents to learn more about HCLC and give them the opportunity to ask questions about the school. The lottery admission process will be discussed. Orientation dates are Tue., Feb. 5 and Wed., Feb. 20. All orientations begin at 6 p.m. in the HCLC Multipurpose Room. To reserve a space, visit —Melissa Hartley

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Sock Hop – Parents are invited to attend and bring cameras to the 18th Annual Sock Hop, held during school hours on Fri., Feb. 8 in the Multipurpose Room. Parents should check with their children’s teachers to find out when their classes will attend. Guests are asked to dress in 1950s clothes for the day. Admission is a donation of jeans, underwear, socks, shirts or personal care item such as soap, toothpaste or toothbrushes, accepted through Feb. 8, or a spare change donation on the day of the Sock Hop. Both benefit Student Council’s effort to support Arizona StandDown, an outreach event helping homeless veterans. The PTO also hosts its 1950s-themed Sock Hop / Ice Cream Social from 6 to 7:30 p.m. that evening in the Multipurpose Room. Ice cream sundaes provided by Culver’s will be sold for $1. Calendar Feb. 7: School tour, 3:15 p.m. Feb. 8: Sock Hop, Multipurpose Room; PTO Ice Cream Social, 6-7:30 p.m., Multipurpose Room —Kathie Butters


February 2 – 15, 2013

Youth Chronicles Derek Bryan Marquez, a 2009 graduate of Basha High, is a December 2012 graduate of ASU with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He graduated cum laude and completed his studies in three and a half years. Jimmy Barrios, a junior at Basha High, was awarded third trumpet in the All-State Jazz Band and is the first student from Basha to receive the honor. Sixty students auditioned for a place in the All-State Band. Karly Flanigan of Chandler, a senior at Northern Arizona University, was promoted to recreation center student manager for Campus Recreation Services. The center includes a weight room, cardio theatre, basketball courts, aerobic and dance studios, an indoor climbing wall and racquetball courts, as well as the Wall Aquatic Center, which offers an Olympic-sized pool complete with eight 50-meter lanes, diving boards and underwater filming and viewing windows. James Hutchins, a Chandler resident at Corona del Sol High, Kate Dellis and David OwusuAntwi of Arizona College Prep, John Felty and Sean Harms of Perry High and Alisha Joshi and Faith

Youth Yi of Hamilton High are among 49 students selected for this year’s Valley Teen Leadership class. The four-month teen leadership program helps strengthen leadership skills, teach the importance of community engagement and awareness of diversity and teen issues. Emily Kaup of Chandler is on the fall 2012 Dean’s List at Bryant University in Smithfield, RI. Emily is a senior majoring in communication. Allyson Latsch of Chandler is on the fall 2012 Dean’s List at The Citadel in Charleston, SC. Recognition is given to students with a GPA of 3.2 or higher, with no grade below C for the previous semester’s work. Dustyn Phillips, a freshman at Basha High and a Youth Member of the East Valley NAACP, received the Presidential Volunteer Service Award for working more than 100 volunteer hours in his community in 2012. Dustyn was also recognized by the City of Chandler for his service. He is founder and president of his own charitable organization, Dustyn’s Kids Helping Kids, which raised funds and participated in relief efforts for local and world organizations. Whitney Scorza and Jonathan Heckart of Chandler are on the fall 2012 Dean’s List at Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, TN. To be eligible, students must earn a GPA of

3.5 or higher while taking 12 or more credit hours. Ally Stoltzmann of Mesquite High and Devon Ryan of Perry High were recognized by the AZ Power Organization at Rancho de Tia Rosa Restaurant in Mesa. Ally signed with South Mountain Community College and Devon with Phoenix College. Both received academic scholarship awards. Megan Stoltzmann of Mesquite High was also recognized for academic and athletic accomplishments. Abigail Cox of Basha High represents Arizona as a National Youth Delegate at the 2013 Washington Youth Summit on the Environment June 23 through 28 at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. The select group of 250 students from across the country participate in an intensive week-long study of leadership in environmental science and conservation. Students were chosen based on academic accomplishments and a demonstrated interest and excellence in leadership in the sciences and conservation studies. Daphne Guo of Basis Chandler represents Arizona as a National Youth


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February 2 – 15, 2013

Community Commentary

Publisher’s Note

For our Valentines Sweetheart. Honey. Babe. Darling. Whatever you call your significant other, as Valentine’s Day approaches, ‘tis the time when all thoughts turn to love. Laurie Fagen He was the only Photo by male in a room of more than 60 females, attending a meeting of the Phoenix chapter of Women in Communications, Inc. (WICI) of which I was president. One of my board members worked with Geoff Hancock and brought him to meet me, but as was the case in running a large meeting, I was dashing around making sure everything was in place, the speaker had arrived, the food was ready and so on. I recall rarely having time to eat much of my meal, spending more time greeting people. Geoff only got the cursory “Nicetameetcha” welcome and a handshake. Shortly after that meeting, he called to discuss internship possibilities between his broadcast students at ITT Technical Institute and The Phoenix Channel, the government access cable channel I founded and ran for the City of Phoenix for six years. He was very professional, businesslike and had a good sense of humor, and within a few weeks, we started hiring his kids to run camera, audio and do other functions needed of a small 24/7 television station. We had a “business” relationship for about six months, and would talk periodically regarding students, internships, etc. But one day during the course of a phone conversation, he asked me on a date! I recall thinking, “Wait, who is this guy?” I knew him professionally, and just hadn’t thought of him “that way.” But, as a single career woman in my 30s, I thought, “Sure, why not?” Unfortunately, the evening of his invitation was during a time I was heading out of town with the Phoenix Ski Club, so I asked for a rain check. About three weeks went by, and no word or call from him. I had done my share of dating,

and was ready to swear off men, and here was another reason why! But then he called, had a plausible reason for why he hadn’t been in contact and we arranged to go on a double date with Geoff’s best friend, Mick, and his wife. We had dinner and went to hear a great young jazz singer, Dennis Rowland, and the rest, as they say, is history. We quickly became a couple, were engaged in six months, married in a year – I couldn’t think about a wedding until my presidency with WICI was done – and Mick stood up with Geoff, and Dennis sang at our wedding. We are the epitome of “opposites attract:” he’s a homebody, I like to socialize. He’s a neatnik, I’m an organized chaos type. He’s the “glass is dry as a bone” pessimist, I’m the “glass is overflowing” optimist. He was an only child and traveled most his life as a military brat; I grew up on a farm with three siblings and a large extended family. But we manage to balance each other, and share a love of travel, cats, movies, the ocean and many other things, and he keeps me laughing with his wicked dry sense of humor. Now, 25 years, one son, two rescue kitties and a co-owned business later, Geoff and I celebrated our silver anniversary last fall. Sure, there were times when I didn’t know if we were going to make it – I think every couple goes through a few rough patches – but we always managed to work it out and keep us together. Operating a business with your spouse in the same home office can certainly challenge any couple’s relationship. But his business acumen and my nose for news grew the former Ocotillo News and now SanTan Sun News into a goodsized, profitable business for the past 13 years and has allowed us to get to know so many wonderful people in Chandler. Happy Valentine’s Day, Dear Heart. I love you. To our team, all our readers and advertisers, Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your loved ones, and we are grateful for your patronage.

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Signing out after 17 years of service by Matt Orlando

After serving nearly 17 years, from 1990-1998 and 2004-2013, the time has arrived for me to step down from the City Council. It has been a great honor and humbling experience to represent the people of Chandler during my four terms in office and I am extremely grateful for this remarkable experience. I extend my sincere gratitude Matt Orlando to all those I have met during this incredible journey, and hope that in some small way I helped to make a positive impact on our community. Working through 16 municipal budgets has been quite enlightening. We have experienced long periods of prosperity and a very challenging recession. In my first two terms on the City Council, we had the foresight to implement sound fiscal policies to ensure our city’s future viability. Chandler is one of a few municipalities to attain and maintain a AAA bond rating through a bad economy. I thank city employees for all they have weathered in recent years and for finding ways to trim costs and staffing levels without hurting service delivery. I take pride in the fact that in the past few years we have dedicated more funding and resources to neighborhoods. We expanded our outreach programs and streamlined code enforcement operations. This is beneficial in keeping our citizenry educated and engaged throughout the community. From an economic development standpoint, we continue to diversify and solidify our employment base. President Obama’s visit was a high point in recognizing our community’s success on a national level. Intel’s expansion is significant to our entire region and we take great pride in this accomplishment. The attraction of manufacturing, biomedical, aerospace and finance companies complements our economy. The opening and expansion of the Innovations Incubator in West Chandler is another recent project worth mentioning. It is a state-ofthe-art facility with laboratories and specialized equipment dedicated for innovative entrepreneurs in the life sciences and emerging technology industries. It provides outstanding opportunities for startup companies to grow, collaborate and share resources that would otherwise not be available to them. I have witnessed the development of many companies, housing developments, parks and recreation facilities, shops and restaurants throughout the city. Above all, I take great pride in the work that has been accomplished downtown. With the opening of the new City Hall, the various merchants and special events taking place here, our downtown is truly becoming an exciting destination. It has been a privilege to work alongside some very dedicated elected officials, staff and residents. I leave office with great satisfaction that when we recognized issues, we worked together to find solutions. If there is a downside to public service, it is the time it takes away from one’s family. The support and love of my wife and three children, and their understanding of my occasional absence, will forever be cherished.


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February 2 – 15, 2013

Community Commentary

Spectacular highlights science, innovation by Councilmember Rick Heumann

Chandler’s three-day Science Spectacular festival returns Feb. 13 through 16. The festival brings together hightech companies, small businesses, school districts and nonprofit agencies to celebrate Councilmember Rick science and innovation. Heumann The focus of the festival is to present unusual and creative approaches to science to engage participants. Geared toward people of all ages, the event provides an opportunity to interact with scientists, artists and students about their achievements and discoveries. Chandler’s Science Spectacular is scheduled in conjunction with the statewide SciTech Festival during the month of February. It will start 5:30 p.m. Wed., Feb. 13 with a Tech Crawl at Chandler’s Innovations Incubator, Intel and Air Products. The public will have the rare opportunity to tour these facilities and interact with staff regarding the work performed at each site. It is a valuable experience for young people – and adults – to gain a better understanding of the job opportunities and important work being done in community. Maps, schedules and detailed program descriptions can be found online at From 6 to 10 p.m. Fri., Feb. 15, the program continues with a Night of Art and Science on both sides of Arizona Avenue in Downtown Chandler. The event is an extension of the

regularly scheduled monthly Art Walk. It will feature artistic displays and interactive performances specifically related to the theme of science. This year 48 West is also sponsoring a Science and Technology conference during the day as well as country music performances and food in the evening. The consortium brings together Arizona tech companies, new media, great food and local music to spark conversation and creativity, and we are excited to have them on board. Information about Friday night’s event can be found at and Chandler’s Science Spectacular will culminate on Saturday with family friendly activities along Commonwealth Avenue, near the Downtown Chandler Library. Starting at 10:30 a.m. dozens of Chandler technology companies and vendors including SRP, Quantum Helicopters, Sun Valley Solar Solutions, the University of Arizona, Chandler Police and Fire Departments, Chandler-Gilbert Community College and many more will provide unique hands-on activities. Chandler Unified School District students will also showcase outstanding science projects at the nearby Community Center. The three-day Chandler Science Spectacular festival is a perfect reflection of the public-private collaboration that exists in our community. Thanks to the educators, businesspeople, city staff and community leaders who worked together for the second consecutive year as part of my Education Coalition to package this unique event for the benefit of our community. I hope you all enjoy the festivities and help us promote and celebrate science and education throughout our city and the region.

Letters to the editor Challenge winner grateful for healthy habits My name is Emily Lenz and last year I participated in the Walk On! Kids Cooking Challenge. I participated because I love to cook with my dad and have for as long as I can remember. I heard about this contest from my fifthgrade teacher and learned lots about eating Emily Lenz healthy, and what foods are better than others. It definitely made me more aware of what I eat. I hope other kids can learn and grow from this challenge just as I did. Not only was this challenge great health wise, it was also lots of fun. I was on TV many times, was featured in magazines, had a photo shoot with the newspaper and people all over got to eat my recipe. I didn’t just do the recipe challenge; I also did the Walk On! Challenge. In this challenge you log how much

you exercise, watch TV and eat fruits and veggies. I was surprised when I got to see how much sugar I ate. I immediately ate healthier from then on, and I am glad I did because being at the dance academy for 20 hours a week sure can tire you out. I have encouraged my family to eat healthier as well as my friends. I plan to continue to eat healthy thanks to Walk On!. Emily Lenz, 85249, attends Basha Elementary School and is the 2012 Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona Walk On! Kids Cooking Challenge winner. The Challenge is a free health and fitness program implemented in classrooms each year in February designed to motivate fifth-grade students across Arizona to incorporate healthy habits into their daily routines for a healthier future. Visit azblue. com/WalkOn to see this year’s finalists and vote for your favorite from Feb. 5 through Feb. 14.

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Joey had a crush on Carolyn when they first met in sixth grade at Weinberg Elementary School in Chandler. Fast forward about a decade, and Joey Rice proposed to Carolyn Gogos, both of Gilbert, at Weinberg last November, and they will be married May 2. “Joey told me later on that he always SMITTEN: When children experience a crush on someone of the opposite sex, it is important for parents to communicate frequently to help kids deal with their feelings and build confihad a crush on me that year,” Gogos dence and self-esteem. says. “We were good friends, and we teacher crushes, which have been a comstudents have friends of the opposite always kept in touch throughout middle mon topic of television sex, Corkins says she deemphasizes any school and high school.” sitcoms over the years, Corkins says of the aforementioned behaviors during The staff at Weinberg Elementary they definitely can and class time. School was so moved when they heard do happen at school, but usually in “Students know to interact with their the couple’s story, at Carolyn’s mother’s younger students. peers during recess and lunch, and focus request, they changed the marquee should stay on academics in the outside the school to read classroom.” “Congratulations Carolyn and Joey.” Parents who provide Although some of her students who While most childhood crushes a loving and open are smitten with each other may claim to probably do not lead to future wedding be “dating,” or “going out” with another bells, Gogos’ and Rice’s story shows relationship with their fifth grader, Corkins says the idea of blossoming hormones and puppy love child, and who speak actually encouraging it seems to be a are definitely alive and well in bit premature. elementary age students. frequently with their kids “I feel the same as some parwho are starting to have ents do about saving this termicrushes on others will help nology for when students are much more mature to practice contribute to their child’s using it,” she says, adding that self-worth as well as when kids refer to “dating” their individuality another student, they are essentially trying to develop their own “From my experience, students may identity while they interact with just have an admiration for the person their peers. and appreciates what she or he does to “Students are experimenting make learning interesting and fun,” she with developmental feelings while building their self-esteem.” says. “I like to tell my students they can give more attention to girls and boys Parents who provide a loving when they are much older. My response and open relationship with their might match what parents tell their kids child, and who speak frequently about waiting until the age of 30 to with their kids who are starting start dating.” to have crushes on others will help contribute to their child’s FATED FRIENDS: Wedding bells will ring out this Alison Stanton is a freelance writer who self-worth as well as their May for Carolyn Gogos and Joey Rice of Gilbert. lives in the East Valley. She can be reached individuality, Corkins says. The couple met in sixth grade at Weinberg Elementary at “During this particular age, and maintained a friendship throughout junior high students start to become more and high school before becoming engaged last November. Submitted photo autonomous. Students begin spending more time with Resources their peers,” she observes. “I think communication is what’s most Jennifer Corkins, a fifth-grade teacher Books: important.” at Weinberg Elementary School, • “A Smart Girl's Guide to Boys” by Nancy Near the end of the school year, has taught school at the elementary level Holyoke Corkins says the school for more than 15 years. • “Talking to Tweens: Getting It Right Before teaches a Human She says when she notices It Gets Rocky with Growth and her students beginning to Your 8- to 12-Year-Old” by Elizabeth Development lesson talk about other boys or Hartley-Brewer that focuses on the girls in social settings like • “The Everything Tween Book: A Parent's Guide changes occurring in recess, it’s a pretty clear to Surviving the Turbulent Pre-Teen Years” children’s bodies sign they have become by Linda Sonna as they approach interested in each other. puberty. “Students also start “Our counselor is writing notes to one Websites: also available to speak another expressing their • to individual students ‘liking’ of another stu• and classes about dent,” she explains. puppy-love-your-childs-first-crush these topics.” While she feels it’s defi• Jennifer Corkins As for studentnitely important that her friends/how-to-handle-your-childs-first-crush



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Pancake Day Preschool Storytime Toddler Storytime Wiggle Worms

Preschool Storytime Wacky Wednesday Baby Time

LEGO Kit Club Family Storytime

Preschool Storytime Toddler Storytime Valentine’s Activity

Preschool Storytime Baby Time Nature Tour

Valentine’s Day Toddler Storytime Pre-K Storytime


18 Presidents’ Day

19 Preschool Storytime


Toddler 21 Storytime Pre-K Storytime

Renaissance Fest

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Gourd Festival


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Bird Walk Renaissance Fest

Family Storytime


25 LEGO Club Family Storytime

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Preschool Storytime Baby Time

Preschool Storytime Toddler Storytime Wiggle Worms Organic Gardening

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SanTan Family Fun Arrives! Family Bird Walk Story Hour Bird Walk


Guitar Guy Anime Club


Desert Discovery


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FAMILY FUN 2 SanTan Family Fun Arrives! Pick it up the first Saturday of each month in the center spread of the SanTan Sun News to plan your month.

Family Bird Walk, 8 a.m.-noon. Veterans Oasis Park Environmental Education Center. Desert Rivers Audubon leads a one-hour guided bird watching tour, every 30 minutes. Sun protection, closed-toe footwear and drinking water are recommended. Program may be canceled if weather is poor. Meet at the Red-Tailed Hawk Pavilion, located east of the center. All ages. Free. 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. 480-782-2890,

2, 9, 16, 23 Saturday Story Hour, 10 a.m. Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park, 45 minutes east of Mesa on US-60 near Milepost 223. Experience the Arboretum together as a family with a new book showcased each week during a read aloud. Featured stories include: “Here is the Southwestern Desert” by Madeline Dunphy / Anne Coe on Feb. 2; “Who Pooped in the Desert?” by Gary D. Robson / Robert Rath on Feb. 9; “Nature's Yucky 2” by Lee Ann Landstrom and Karen I. Schragg / Rachel Rogge on Feb. 16; and “Don't Call Me Pig” by Conrad J. Storad / Beth Neely and Don Rantz on Feb. 23. All ages. $9 adults, $4.50 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and younger. 520-689-2811,, boycethompsonarboretum.

mini-gourd races and games; food; music; and thousands of dried and craftready gourds. $8 adults, kids free. 512 S. Eleven Mile Corner, Casa Grande. Annual_Gourd_Festival.html.

4, 11, 25 Family Storytime, 6:30 p.m. Basha Library. Families enjoy stories, songs, fingerplays, flannel board stories and puppets. Free. 5990 S. Val Vista Dr., Chandler. 480-782-2850,

5 National Pancake Day Fundraiser, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. IHOP. Free pancakes are given away to celebrate National Pancake Day and raise money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ 30th anniversary. Guests are encouraged to make a voluntary contribution to the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital or other local charities; 100% of the donations helps local charities provide vital equipment, life-saving procedures and critical care for sick and injured children. SanTan Sun area IHOP locations: 935 W. Elliott Rd., Chandler; 920 S. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert; 3495 E. Baseline Rd., Gilbert.,

5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 26-27 Preschool Storytime, 11:30 a.m. Southeast Regional Library. Preschoolers enjoy storytime including books, songs and finger plays. Ages 3-5. Free. 775 N. Greenfield Rd., Gilbert. 602-652-3000,

2, 10, 16, 24 Bird Walk, 8:30 a.m. Boyce Thompson

5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28 Toddler Time Storytime, 10:30 a.m.

Arboretum, 45 minutes east of Mesa on US-60 near Milepost 223. Go on a two-hour guided walk and learn to identify resident birds and seasonal migrants. Best for ages 8 and older. $9 adults, $4.50 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and younger. 520-689-2811,, boycethompsonarboretum.

Southeast Regional Library. A fun storytime including stories, finger plays and songs. Toddlers learn letters, sounds and have fun with music and movement activities. Toddlers up to age 3 with adult. Free. 775 N. Greenfield Rd., Gilbert. 602-652-3000,

3 Gourd Festival, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Pinal County Fairgrounds. “Running of the Gourds” features more than 100 artists, exhibitors and vendors; classes and demonstrations; gourd art; jewelry;

5, 12, 19, 26 Wiggle Worms, 10:30-11 a.m. or 11:15-11:45 a.m. Perry Branch Library. Tots have fun with flannel board rhymes, songs, shakers, bubbles, parachute play and ageappropriate books. Ages 18 months-3½ years with a parent. Free. 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd. at Perry High School, Gilbert. 602-652-3000,

6 Wacky Wednesday. As You Wish. Free studio fees all day. Pottery not included. Not valid with any other coupon or offer. Locations: Crossroads Towne Center in Chandler, 480-899-1231; Ahwatukee, 480-753-9500; Tempe Marketplace, 480-557-9100;

6, 13, 20, 27 Baby Time, 10:30 a.m.-11:15 a.m. Perry Branch Library. Introduce baby to books, songs and fingerplays. Ages newborn-20 months. Free. 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd. at Perry High School, Gilbert. 602-652-3000,

7, 14, 21, 28 Pre-K Storytime, 10:30-11 a.m. Perry Branch Library. Preschoolers have fun with flannel board rhymes, dancing, songs, shakers, bubbles, parachute play and age-appropriate books. Ages 3-5 with a parent. Free. 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd. at Perry High School, Gilbert. 602652-3000,

8 Nick the Guitar Guy, 10 a.m. Chandler Downtown Library. Listen to stories, sing songs with Nick the Guitar Guy. Ages 5 and younger. Free. 22 S. Delaware St., Chandler. 480-782-2800,

Anime Club, 3:30 p.m. Basha Library. Explore Japanese culture, Anime and Manga. Ages 12-18. Free. 5990 S. Val Vista Dr., Chandler. 480-782-2850, 9 Paws to Read, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Southeast Regional Library. Paws to Read pairs Delta-registered therapy animals and their handlers with young readers, which increases reading levels and word recognition, and gives kids a higher desire to read and write. Registration is on a first-come, first-served-basis on program day. Free. 775 N. Greenfield Rd., Gilbert. 602-652-3000,


15 Desert Discovery: Hummingbirds,

medieval amusement park with a 12-stage theatre, 30-acre circus, arts and crafts faire, jousting tournament and feasts. Costumed knights, knaves, lords, ladies and hilarious jesters amuse visitors. Families enjoy clowns, animal performers, people-powered rides, silly games, stories, crafts and food vendors. All ages. $10-22, free ages 4 and younger; buy advanced tickets online or at Fry’s stores for a discount. Free parking courtesy of Fry’s. 12601 E. Highway 60, Gold Canyon. 520-463-2600,

10-11 a.m. Veterans Oasis Park Environmental Education Center. Search for hummingbirds in the Sonoran Desert. Enjoy stories, games, finger plays and crafts all about hummingbirds. Wear good walking shoes for trails and bring a water bottle. Preregistration required. Ages 3-4 years with parent. $11-$14 per child, with one unpaid adult permitted. 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. 480-782-2890,

10 Sunday Paint Bust. As You Wish.

16 Star Party, 6:30-9 p.m. Veterans Oasis

$4 studio fees all day. Pottery not included. Not valid with any other coupon or offer. Locations: Crossroads Towne Center in Chandler, 480-899-1231; Ahwatukee, 480-753-9500; Tempe Marketplace, 480-557-9100;

Park Environmental Education Center. The East Valley Astronomy Club brings telescopes to the parking lot for visitors to explore Arizona's amazing night sky. Views the moon, planets, double stars, nebulae, star clusters and more. Program may be canceled due to inclement weather. Call the EEC Program Hotline for updates: 480-782-2889. All ages. Free. 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. 480-782-2890,

11 LEGO Kit Club, 4 p.m. Basha Library. The library supplies a variety of skill level kits for kids to put together during this hour of fun. Ages 5-12. Free. 5990 S. Val Vista Dr., Chandler. 480-782-2850,

12 Yay! It’s Valentine’s Day! Activity, 4-5 p.m. Southeast Regional Library. Meet in the Dig for Valentine's Day games, stories and a take home craft. Ages 6-9. Registration needed. 775 N. Greenfield Rd., Gilbert. 602-652-3000,

13 “Home Schooler Days” Nature Tour, 10 a.m. Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park, 45 minutes east of Mesa on US-60 near Milepost 223. Homeschool families are invited to experience Arboretum education programs during the Trees of The Arboretum tour. Prepayment is required. Reserve a spot no later than two weeks prior to the tour by calling 520-689-2723. Ages 8 and older. $9 adults, $4.50 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and younger. 520-689-2811,, boycethompsonarboretum.

Art Workshop, 10 a.m.-noon. Veterans Oasis Park Environmental Education Center. Children and parents discover the joy of art with a naturethemed project. Paint and brushes are provided. The supply fee includes a 9- by 12-inch canvas. No experience necessary. Ages 7-12 years. $14-18. 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. 480-782-2890, Paws 2 Read, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Perry Branch Library. Join a registered therapy dog that loves stories. Ages 5 and older are invited to read their favorite book to the special library dog. 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd. at Perry High School, Gilbert. 602-652-3000, 19 Bookhype, 3:30-5 p.m. Perry Branch Library. Teens evaluate YA books from more than 30 participating publishers. Ages 12-18. Free. 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd. at Perry High School, Gilbert. 602-652-3000,

9-10, 17-18, 23-24 Arizona Renaissance Festival, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Festival Village, 7 miles east of Apache Junction on US-60. Visit a

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Calendar, From Page 3 21 Sonoran Sunset Series Concert, 6-7 p.m. Veterans Oasis Park Environmental Education Center. A lakeside concert by the Dry River Yacht Club group. Guests may bring their own food or buy snacks and drinks from a local food truck. All ages. Free. 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. 480-782-2890,,

Warhol’s Painters for Kids, 4-4:30 p.m. Southeast Regional Library. Become Warhol for a day and create a painting masterpiece. Bring a smock or old T-shirt to wear over clothes. Registration needed. Ages 5-8. 775 N. Greenfield Rd., Gilbert. 602-652-3000,

22 Glass Class, 7-9 p.m. As You Wish. Create a glass wall bud vase bud using basic glass fusing techniques and a new glass – millefiori. $25. Ages 10 and older. Locations: Crossroads Towne Center in Chandler, 480-899-1231; Ahwatukee, 480-753-9500; Tempe Marketplace, 480-557-9100;

23 Mommy & Me Class, 9-10:30 a.m. As You Wish. Work together to create a bunny of handprints on a “Some Bunny

Loves Me Plate.” Basic pottery painting techniques are taught. $20. Preschoolertoddler ages and a parent. Locations: Crossroads Towne Center in Chandler, 480-899-1231; Ahwatukee, 480-753-9500; Tempe Marketplace, 480-557-9100;

Yappy Hour, 9-10 a.m. Veterans Oasis Park Environmental Education Center. Enjoy a dog-friendly, guided hike through Veterans Oasis Park and view the lush wetlands of the park, as well as the arid habitats and wildlife of the Sonoran Desert. Bring a leash, a plastic bag, water and wear proper hiking footwear / attire. Meet at the Red-Tailed Hawk Pavilion, located east of the center. Preregistration not required. All ages. Free. 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. 480-782-2890, Boy Scouts Scout-O-Rama, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. University of Phoenix Stadium. The Boy Scouts of America’s (BSA) Grand Canyon Council partners with International Sportsmen’s Exposition (ISE), co-locating its Scout-O-Rama with the state’s largest annual outdoorsmen event for the entire family, Feb. 21-24. Scout-O-Rama activities include: Dutch-oven cooking, knots and lashing, push carts, monkey bridges, water rockets, archery and more. Families who participate in Scout-O-Rama also receive ISE $2 discount coupons. Inside the Expo, the new Scouts Challenge offer

prizes to troops competing in several activities, including BB-gun and archery ranges, rock-climbing wall, catch-andrelease fishing and a radio-controlled off-road race track, hosted by Arizona Off Highway Vehicle Coalition. The Expo also features the newest fishing, hunting, off-roading and RVing, boating and camping products and services, local and global travel destinations, an Adventure Theater, giant fishing-demonstration tank, huge casting pond, two trophy displays, a computer-controlled threedimensional pop-up target archery range and a Youth Fair with hands-on activities. All gear and guides included at no charge. Ages 16 and younger enter ISE for free; free parking. $5 per family admission to Scout-O-Rama; families that include a uniformed Scout enter for free. 1 Cardinals Dr., Glendale.,,

25 LEGO Club, 4 p.m. Basha Library. The library supplies the LEGOs and kids supply the imagination to engineer creations. Ages 5-12. Free. 5990 S. Val Vista Dr., Chandler. 480-782-2850,

26 Organic Gardening, 6:15-7:45 p.m. Veterans Oasis Park Environmental Education Center. Learn how to grow a garden in the desert even with very lim-

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ited outdoor space. Discover the basics of organic gardening including local resources that help make home gardens the best ever. Preregistration required. Ages 16 years and older. $8-11. 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. 480-782-2890,

27 Beginning Technique Class, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Learn basic pottery painting techniques and some tricks of the trade creating a “Spring Chicken Platter.” $15 plus pottery of your choice. Ages 12 and older. Locations: Crossroads Towne Center in Chandler, 480-899-1231; Ahwatukee, 480-753-9500; Tempe Marketplace, 480-557-9100;

28 Magic Treehouse Book Club, 4-4:45 p.m. Southeast Regional Library. Read the selected book “Sunset of the Sabertooth” before the club meets and come ready to talk about the book and make a fun craft. Preregistration required online. Ages 7-9. 775 N. Greenfield Rd., Gilbert. 602-652-3000,

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HEALTHY EATING: To help kids get all the vitamins and nutrients they need, they should eat five fruits and vegetables per day. Within the past 30 years, diets and lifestyles of U.S. families have changed dramatically. As a result, the obesity rate among youth has tripled, which means nearly one in five kids in the United States are overweight or obese, according to figures obtained by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona. The rising rate of obesity – among adults, as well – led to a spike in preventable diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. Not to mention the psychological and academic effects that excess weight can have on a child. It’s not always easy to make healthy decisions. And it’s even harder to help kids live healthy lives – they would often rather eat junk food and watch TV or play video games. “Creating healthy habits at a young age is easier than trying to dislodge habits that are long-established,” says Dr. Ed Fenstermacher of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona. “That’s why Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona has long been advocating for the health of our youth.”

Fenstermacher says following a few simple rules called the 5-2-1-0 strategy can improve health. The program was developed by pediatricians to help kids stay active and healthy. Here's how it works: • Five: Eat 5 fruits and vegetables per day. This will help kids get the vitamins and nutrients they need, whether they’re picked fresh out of your own garden or purchased at the grocery store. Fruits and veggies are also a good source of fiber and are low in fat and calories. The vitamin C in many fruits boosts the immune system, which is especially important when kids are exposed to those illnesses which occur every school year. When it comes to vegetables, pick

those with more color, as they are packed with nutritional value. Try carrots, tomatoes, squash, spinach, eggplant and broccoli. Skip things like iceberg lettuce. • Two: Limit screen time to 2 hours per day. Whether their vice is online social networking, TV or video games, it’s vital to get kids active and limit sedentary time to ensure they’re burning enough calories and developing their motor skills. • One: Get at least 1 hour of physical activity. Every day, kids should be physically active for at least one hour. Find an activity they enjoy, and they’ll be more likely to continue the sport into adulthood. For example, have them try sports like biking, swimming or soccer, or even games such as hopscotch, jump rope or Frisbee. • Zero: Drink zero sweetened drinks. Sugary sodas and sweetened drinks add a lot of calories to a person’s diet, without adding any nutritional value. Water and milk are better options. Juice can even be watered down to keep sugar intake to a minimum, and when purchased should always be labeled 100% juice. For another sweet treat, try water with added fruit or garnish – mint with

strawberries or limes with melon are tasty options that will quench thirst and satisfy a sweet tooth. “If you find yourself running out of fresh ideas for healthy living,” says Fenstermacher, “tap into the resources around you, such as your pediatrician, teachers, school nurses or a dietician.” To help kids learn these guidelines, Blue Cross Blue Shield incorporated them in their annual health challenge, Walk On!, which runs through the end of February. The free program is open to fifth-graders throughout Arizona. Walk On! encourages students to make healthy changes, such as eating better and exercising more frequently. Children model their behavior after their parents, so don’t forget to follow these rules yourself. Choosing to be healthy will positively affect children and their future, while setting them up for success. Contributed by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona.

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Register for Spring Classes! The spring Break Time magazine outlining all-ages recreation classes, youth spring intersession camps and special events for March, April and May is available at libraries and recreation centers and at Registration begins Saturday, February 2 (Friday, February 8 for non-residents). For more information, call 782-2727.

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The City of Chandler Recreation Division Teen Lounge Nights Teen Lounge Nights at the Senior Center are a great way for teens to get to know other teens and have an awesome time for free! Participants will play the Wii, Xbox, and PS3; make crafts, watch movies, play pool and all sorts of other fun games. Drop in and make the most out of your Thursday nights from 5-8 p.m. This is a drop-in program; no registration is needed. You can find the class information at or call 782-2727 with any questions.

Stay Connected! Follow us on Twitter (@ChandlerRec) and Facebook (Chandler Recreation) for the latest news. Check out the January episode of the “Come Out & Play, Chandler!” show on the Chandler Recreation YouTube Channel. Sign up for the monthly e-newsletter at For more information, call 782-2727.

Parent & Toddler Activities Every Tuesday and Thursday from 9-11 a.m., the Tumbleweed Recreation Center host “Tumble Tots” indoor activities designed for children five years of age and under to play under parental/guardian supervision. This fun, safe and clean area will have plenty of toys, equipment and activities that are sure to keep the kids entertained. There is a maximum of four children per adult. Fee included in all TRC family passes. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-11 a.m. There is a $2 fee ($3 non-resident) per child. Call 782-2900 for more information.

Daddy Daughter Valentine’s Day Dance • Friday, February 8 from 6-8 p.m. • Chandler Community Center, Room 109 • $25 per couple ($34 for non-residents); $10 for each additional daughter ($14 for non-residents) Fathers and their little girls (ages 4-10) will create memories at the Daddy Daughter Valentine's Dance. If dad is unavailable, moms or guardians are welcome to attend. There will be music, dancing, contests, crafts and a pasta dinner. Each couple will take home a keepsake photograph. Registration required. Call 782-2641 for more information. Parents are required to register before the event at the Downtown Community Center, Snedigar Recreation Center or Tumbleweed Recreation Center.

Sonoran Sunset Series at Environmental Education Center The Environmental Education Center presents the Sonoran Sunset Series on Thursday, February 21 from 6-7 p.m. that features free live lakeside entertainment by the Dry River Yacht Club. For more information, visit or call 782-2890.

Wednesday Family Night Activities 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 for more information.


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San Marcos eatery starts second century Lovely Valentine’s Day food, events by K. M. Lang

AJ’s Café has been feeding guests of the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort since the hotel opened its doors in 1912. During its first century, the restaurant took a variety of forms, from Prohibitionera speakeasy to funky 1970s disco. Today, its award-winning buffets attract not only hotel guests, but Chandler residents looking for a classic American meal at an affordable price. “I’ll start with the prime rib buffet,” says San Marcos Food and Beverage Director Wally Pelton. “It’s hard to go out for dinner on a Saturday night and have one slice of prime rib for $17.95, let alone all-you-can-eat from a buffet. And, I assure you it’s very, very good prime rib – slow-roasted – all those wonderful things.”

Along with prime rib, AJ’s offers a Friday Fish Fry for $12.95 and Sunday Jazz Brunch Buffet for $22.95. The restaurant’s 1912 Classic Three-Course Dinner is served from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and includes a choice of filet mignon, grilled salmon or chicken Florentine, as well as salad, dinner rolls and dessert. “At $11.95 for a three-course meal, we’re competing with Chili’s,” Pelton says. “We offer dining in a very comfortable dining room, in a resort overlooking the fountains and outdoor areas, and we do it for a very reasonable price.” AJ’s offers full lunch and dinner menus during all its buffet events, as well as live jazz music during Sunday brunch and see San Marcos page 49

HEART-THEMED TREATS: The Fulton Ranch neighborhood of Caribbean hosts its annual bake sale to raise money for the Cookies for Kids’ Cancer charity organization. Submitted photo By Alison Stanton

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Co.; Bart Salzman at Nando’s for dinner with a youth mariachi band, Mariachi Sones del Desierto, at 6:30 p.m.; Katrina Pappas of CCA at Bourbon Jacks for lunch; CCA Youth Advisory Council Celebrity Ambassadors at Iguana Mack’s Chandler Center for the Arts; and SanTan Sun News Publisher Laurie Fagen, who will be at CHoP Chandler that evening.

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Celebrate science with 3-day ‘Spectacular The exploration of invention, businesses, artists, students and innovators in the community are showcased during the Chandler Science Spectacular, held Wed., Feb. 13; Fri., Feb. 15; and Sat., Feb. 16 in various locations, when Chandler participates in the Arizona SciTech Festival. The event is a statewide movement to promote and celebrate science in daily life and to earn recognition for Arizona as a science and technology hub. The Chandler Science Spectacular complements the City of Chandler’s strategy of recruiting and retaining companies in the high-tech, high-wage science and technology industries to help ensure an educated workforce is available to those companies. Chandler is collaborating with several groups through the Chandler Education Coalition, headed by Councilmember Rick Heumann, to reach students, families and businesses. “Science and technology are the foundation for jobs and businesses of the future,” says Heumann. “Anything we can do to spark an interest in students is important, and we hope this festival encourages the next generation of inventors and entrepreneurs.” The three-day event offers unique opportunities for residents to explore the discoveries and science engineered locally.

Chandler Tech Crawl

Some of the biggest names in science open their doors to families during the Chandler Tech Crawl at 5:30 p.m. Wed., Feb. 13. Intel and Air Products, along with the laboratories at Chandler’s Innovations Incubator, host open houses. Get the inside scoop on how the future is being created in Chandler’s backyard. Open house locations are at:

Night of Art & Science

Technology meets the arts from 6 to 10 p.m. Fri., Feb. 15, as downtown Chandler, on Arizona Avenue between Buffalo and Boston streets transforms its monthly Third Friday Art Walk into a creative look at the science behind the food and drink, beauty, art and invention. Participating local artists and merchants demonstrate how their products are made and how science is used to create them. Participate in discussions, exhibits, hands-on activities, shows and tours of the science behind candle making, glass blowing, oil painting, wood burning, clay molding, tea, beer, wine and pottery making, kids’ crafts, LEGO robotics, electronics demonstrations, 3-D printer, sound wave demonstrations and more.


LEGO ROBOTICS: Science fair projects from Chandler Unified School District are demonstrated at the Chandler Science Spectacular. Submitted photo

the most inventive student projects. Visit interactive booths and activities along Commonwealth Avenue. Spearheaded by the Arizona Technology Council Foundation in partnership with Arizona State University and Arizona Science Center, the Arizona SciTech Festival is a grassroots collaboration of more than 200 organizations in industry, academia, arts, community and K-12, geared to excite and inform Arizonans ages 3 to 103 about how science, technology and innovation will drive Arizona for the next 100 years. Visit and downtownchandler. org for details about the Chandler Science Spectacular. Go to for Arizona SciTech Festival events throughout Arizona.

Chandler’s Science Saturday

Science converges in Downtown Chandler from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat., Feb. 16 with interactive demonstrations and activities by Chandler’s technology companies, along with a showcase presentation of




• Chandler’s Innovations Incubator, 145 S. 79th St. Visit this state-of-the-art technology incubator where engineers, software designers and scientists develop and commercialize their promising ideas and inventions. • Air Products, 275 S. Price Rd. Tour this manufacturer of industrial gases serving semiconductor companies and others in the Chandler area since 1981. Learn about the production of liquid oxygen, nitrogen and argon products, and their 45-mile-long gaseous nitrogen pipeline. • Intel, 5000 W. Chandler Blvd., Building CH6. Bring your questions and curiosity to Intel’s DEMO CENTER, and see demonstrations of the latest projects featuring “Intel Inside.”

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Experience interactive technology, music, food and hear innovative ideas from exciting tech companies at the inaugural 48 West festival on Fri., Feb. 15 and Sat., Feb. 16 at Chandler City Hall, 175 S. Arizona Ave. and Continuum Science and Technology Park in the Chandler Price Corridor, 2501 S. Price Rd. The conference features speakers Bob Worsley, Arizona State Senate candidate and SkyMall founder, and Jaime Casap, the senior education evangelist at Google Inc. Worsley shares his experiences building a startup company in Arizona and his insights on entrepreneurship. Casap focuses on the power and potential of technology and Google tools to transform education. See a 3-D printer in action when PADT demonstrates 3-D printing. First Flight Education brings its hands-on flight simulators for attendees to try. Activities for children include robotics and interactive technology exhibits. A startup camp kicks off each day with startup camp participants pitching their ideas at the conclusion of day two. A recruitment expo matches attendees with recruiters. Friday night ends at a block party in partnership with the City of Chandler and the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership, with science, art, food and music from at least six bands in downtown Chandler. Saturday is capped off with a block party in Downtown Ocotillo with at least nine bands performing. The City of Chandler, Arizona Technology Council, Capital Commercial Investments and Arizona Small Business Development Centers Network are among sponsors of the festival. Sponsorship and speaking opportunities are still available for the event. Tickets are $30 for one day and $50 for both. Kids and music events are free. Get full schedule of events, speakers and musical lineups at

An estimated 20,000 pounds of fingerlicking meats, 200 kegs of craft beer and family friendly fun will be available in downtown Chandler when The Great American Barbeque & Beer Festival returns from noon to 10 p.m. Sat., March 23. To accommodate the growing number of barbecue fans, the festival spans the entire Dr. A.J. Chandler Park East and West as well as connecting Arizona Avenue, which will be closed from Buffalo to Boston streets for the festivities. Professionally produced by HDE Agency, this year’s event features more than 100 exhibitors and 30 barbecue vendors from across the nation serving up mouth-watering pork ribs, pulled pork, brisket and chicken paired with the state’s finest craft beer. Patrons can enjoy live music, themed activities, an expanded kids’ zone hosted by Radio Disney, water play, eating competitions and more. “BBQ is back! This is my favorite event of the year. I love bringing the community together to enjoy a plate full of messy ribs, ice cold craft beer and family fun,” says Landon Evans, creative director at HDE Agency. The Great American Barbeque & Beer Festival official sponsors include: Bashas’, Downtown Chandler Community Partnership, SanTan Brewing Company, BBQ Island, AZ BBQ Club, Local First AZ, Yelp, KUPD, Porkopolis, Bulleit Bourbon, Woodcraft, Von Hanson’s Meats & Spirits and White Water, who all remind visitors to “BBQ and beer responsibly.”

General admission tickets are on sale now for $10. For a limited time, VIP admission tickets for guests ages 21 and older are available through presale only at $98 each, which includes catered food by Porkopolis, alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, private restrooms, private seating and up-front access to national headlining entertainment. After receiving regional and national attention in 2012, the Great American Barbeque & Beer Festival was awarded 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 #49 out of 100 for best places to live in America. A portion of the event proceeds benefits the nonprofit Downtown Chandler Community Foundation (DCCF), which is responsible for the fundraising activities of the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership (DCCP). DCCP provides a conduit for grants and sponsorships from public agencies, corporations, foundations and other sources for dissemination to the district and community organizations. For more information about the DCCF, visit Visit to purchase presale and VIP tickets. For more event information, “like” this event on Facebook at and follow on Twitter @BBQBEERFESTIVAL for entertainment announcements, a chance to win free tickets and more event details as they roll out.



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Stargazers explore the night sky from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Sat., Feb. 16, when Chandler’s Environmental Education Center (EEC) hosts its annual Star Party at Veterans Oasis Park, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., east of Lindsay Road. The event is free, open to the public and appropriate for all ages. The East Valley Astronomy Club brings their telescopes for visitors to see the moon, planets, double stars, nebulae, star clusters and more. Hot beverages are available on a donation basis.

March 1 is the early bird deadline for the 4th annual Purple Dragonfly Book Awards contest, which recognizes excellence in children’s literature. May 1 is the final deadline. Submissions postmarked by March 1 receive their choice of one of two free eBooks: “The Economical Guide to Self-Publishing” or “Promote Like a Pro,” both written by Arizona Press Women member Linda Radke. Open to both printed and electronic books, there is no publication date restriction as long as the titles entered are still in print. “In our efforts to include everyone, the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards are divided into 35 distinct subject categories, ranging from books on the environment and cooking to sports and family issues,” says Radke, who is also president of Five Star Publications, which sponsors the Five Star Book Awards, encompassing the Purple Dragonfly and Royal Dragonfly book contests. “Our judges are industry experts with specific knowledge about the categories over which they preside,” continues Radke. “But what really makes our contest unique is the judging point system. A minimum score of 55 out of 80 must be earned before any place is awarded to the entrant, even if it is the sole entry in a category. We also have minimum scores for first- and second-place awards and honorable mentions. If someone wins a Purple or Royal Dragonfly award, they truly earned it!”

STARGAZING: A young woman looks through a telescope while another waits her turn during a Star Party at Veterans Oasis Park in Chandler. Submitted photo

At 5:30 p.m., prior to telescope viewing, visitors can take a guided tour of the new Solar System Walk around the park’s lake. The signs and monuments that make up the walk share information about the sun, planets and other objects in the solar system. The walk leisurely and the terrain easy. Telescope viewing takes place outside from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the east end of the parking lot. Although it’s best to arrive early to see as much as possible, participants may join the program at any time. Visitors should park on the west side of the parking lot, then walk to the east side of the lot where the telescopes are. Drive carefully, since the park lights will be turned off during the program. Flashlights are discouraged near telescopes, but those who wish to use the park for other activities, such as fishing, are encouraged to plan ahead and bring their own low-level lighting such as a lantern or headlamp. Inclement weather could alter or cancel the event, so interested participants should check visibility Saturday. If the sky is cloudy, call 480-782-2889 for updates. For more information, call 480-782-2890, email EEC@chandleraz. gov or access veterans-oasis.



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on Saturday nights, when the restaurant attracts its biggest crowds and takes on a “clubby” feel, says Pelton. “A lot of our diners are repeat guests who come in quite often,” he explains. “There’s a lot of interaction between tables, where folks know other folks. Definitely the word gets out among friends and colleagues.” The resort’s special holiday events include Easter, Christmas and New Year’s Day brunches, and for Valentine’s

Day this year, AJ’s offers a four-course dinner for two, along with Champagne, live entertainment and dancing – all for $65 per couple. The event is Feb. 14 and 15, and reservations are required, says Pelton, who expects the dining room to fill fast. AJ’s Café isn’t the only place for resort visitors and local residents to grab a bite to eat. For those looking for lighter fare, the San Marcos Coffee Shop offers a full array of Starbucks drinks and products,

COFFEE BREAK: The San Marcos Coffee Shop, once a Starbucks, offers all the franchise’s popular drinks, plus tasty pastries baked daily in the resort’s kitchen. STSN photo by Ron Lang

RESORT COMFORT: The Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort has been treating its guests to desert hospitality since 1912. The dining room of AJ’s Café offers a delightful atmosphere in which resort guests and locals alike can enjoy its reasonably priced brunch and entrée offerings. STSN photo by Ron Lang


along with pastries baked fresh daily in the resort’s kitchen and a beer and wine selection. It’s one more way, says Pelton, that San Marcos can satisfy both its guests and the local residents who have supported it for the past 100 years. “We’re giving diners what they want, locally,” he says. “We pride ourselves on being part of the community.” AJ’s Café and the San Marcos Coffee Shop are in downtown Chandler at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort, 1 N. San Marcos Pl. Hours are 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. For reservations, call 480-8574422. To learn more about the resort’s amenities, visit K. M. Lang lives and writes in Sun Groves. To contact her, email

Valentine’s Day jazz at AJ’s

Live jazz music and dancing are included in the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort’s Valentine’s Day special that stretches over two evenings this year. To go along with a four-course dinner for two and Champagne, live entertainment from 6 to 9 p.m. Thu., Feb. 14 will be provided by Fox Crossing jazz vocalist Laurie Fagen with jazzman Charles Lewis at the piano. During the same time on Fri., Feb. 15, the Jan Sandwich duo performs jazz. RSVP: 480-857-4422.



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Diners can enjoy a romantic fourcourse meal on Thu., Feb. 14 at Cork, 4991 S. Alma School Rd., Suite 1, Chandler. Chef Brian Peterson, Pastry Chef Danielle Morris and Sommelier Robert Morris created a menu pared with wines or Champagne. The first course starts with choice of bourbon maple butternut squash bisque with chive crème fraîche, crispy duck confit and herb jus; or baby arugula salad with fried goat cheese, winter citrus, shaved fennel, cashews and Champagne vinaigrette. Additional courses include panroasted scallops with steelhead roe or sesame-crusted yellowfin tuna with Okinawa yam puree and various sides, and butter-poached beef tenderloin or Berkshire pork tenderloin with sides. The fourth course is a raspberry Bavarian bombe / chocolate brownie, fresh raspberries and chocolate décor. The cost is $75-plus per person. Seatings are at 5, 7 and 9 p.m. Info: 480-883-3773,

Kokopelli Winery & Bistro

Kokopelli Winery at 35 W. Boston St. in Chandler honors love with a Days of Wine and Roses festival on Fri. and Sat., Feb. 8 and 9, and Thu., Feb. 14. Featured are French-themed food, live romantic music throughout the weekend and on the evening of Valentine’s Day, complimentary sparkling wine tastings, dinner specials nightly Friday through Sunday and a four-course Winemaker’s Dinner on Valentine’s Day from 5 to 10 p.m. The meal features wines of the

Irish Republic

Those looking for a casual Valentine’s Day celebration, complete with 50 beers from which to choose, can head to the Irish Republic at 58 S. San Marcos Pl., downtown Chandler for a Valentine’s Day special for two. The meal includes a choice of appetizer, choice of two specialty meals, bottle of Champagne and “Sweetheart” dessert. The cost is $40 for two. Info: 480-812-1588,

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Southwest, and dinner ends with a festive Champagne toast. The cost is $60 per person for the Winemaker’s Dinner and wine tasting. Info: 480-792-6927,

AJ’s Cafe

Couples are welcome to be part of the Celebration of Love at Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort’s restaurant, 1 N. San Marcos Pl. in downtown Chandler. On Thu., Feb. 14 and Fri., Feb. 15, diners can enjoy a memorable four-course dinner for two in AJ’s. The evening features live entertainment and dancing. The cost is $65 per person, not including tax or gratuity. Reservations are required. Info: 480-857-4417,

On Valentine’s Day, this bistro at 1422 W. Warner Rd., Suite A100, Gilbert, offer a five-course meal with a variety of selections including wine for $65-plus per person. Live music plays throughout the evening. Dinner is served from 5 to 9 p.m., and reservations are required. Info: 480-545-4900,


To celebrate their 34th anniversary in business, which happens to fall on Valentine’s Day, Lovey and Lou Borenstein, owners of Chompie’s at 3481 W. Frye Rd. in Chandler Village Center, offer all-you-can-eat buttermilk pancakes for $3.34 on Thu. Feb. 14. The traditional pancakes are generously sized and made from a Borenstein family recipe.

Valentine’s Day specials are featured on Thu., Feb. 14 at La Stalla Cucina Rustica, 68 W. Buffalo St. in Chandler. The restaurant also offers its traditional menu, which includes a wide variety of pasta and pizza selections as well as other dishes. Info: 480-855-9990,

Bernard’s at Ocotillo

A romantic meal is served from 5 to 9 p.m. Thu., Feb. 14 through Sat., Feb. 16 at Bernard’s at Ocotillo Golf Resort, 3751 S. Clubhouse Dr., Chandler. Diners choose from two to three items from each of the three courses for $50 per person, not including alcohol, tax or gratuity. Info: 480-917-6660,

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Neighbors peppercorns, garlic and malbec wine, served sliced over a shallot-infused red wine sauce and with a roasted garlic aioli and crispy shoestring fries tossed in a spicy herb seasoning. For $16, the pork osso bucco features a slow roasted pork shank braised in a rich roasted vegetable tomato sauce made with Charles & Charles red wine blend and served over creamy saffron risotto. For $18, get the kettle chip salmon, featuring crispy seared potatocrusted salmon fillet over creamy stone-ground red corn cheddar grits with sautéed shrimp, smoked chipotle bacon and garlic cream sauce. Dessert features the “Sex Panther” double chocolate brownie sundae. Reservations are required. Info: 480-917-8700,

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World-class dining awaits at Kai, the state’s only Five-Star and Five-Diamond restaurant. Couples can enjoy a sevencourse prix fixe Valentine’s Day tasting menu, featuring a plethora of choices including Croque Monsieur with duck confit, foie gras butter, currant jam and brioche, seared John Dory with pommes dauphine and Perigord truffles, and elk striploin with tagliatelle. Finish the meal with a festive red velvet Twinkie served with a white chocolate-dipped mesquite graham cookie and vanilla cream cheese malt for two. The cost is $165 per person. The resort’s Ko’Sin restaurant offers a four-course prix-fixe Valentine’s Day menu from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. For $68

per person or $61 for seniors, the menu includes Kumamoto oyster with wasabi caviar, triple-cream French brie with apple and pear matchsticks and petite filet mignon and pacific prawns, paired with tomato-Béarnaise spring vegetables and tourne potatoes. The resort is located at 5594 W. Wild Horse Pass Blvd. in Chandler. Info: 602385-5726,

Copperstar singers

Professional singing telegrams are available through Copperstar Love Notes, a group comprised of Copperstar Repertory Company’s most talented performers. The singers arrive in a group, dressed in their Valentine’s Day finery, to sing a special song to that equally special loved one. Proceeds support Copperstar’s main stage productions, classes and camps. Select from one of four popular songs, and choose optional additional gifts like balloons and long-stemmed red roses to make the singing telegram extra memorable. Info: 489-699-1655, ext. 503,

Live songs for loved ones

In The Zone, an a cappella barbershop quartet registered with Sweet Adelines’ International, offers the musical gift of love for Valentine’s Day. For $35 to $45, the quartet travels within the Phoenix-metropolitan area to perform songs and give roses to those special someones. Readers who mention the SanTan Sun News receive a 10% discount. Info: 480-688-6843.

February 2 – 15, 2013


Singing Valentines

The Lamplighter Chorus gears up for its 16th annual Singing Valentines deliveries. The quartet of sharp-dressed gentlemen travels throughout the East Valley to perform for husbands, wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, teachers and others. For $40, recipients hear two love songs sung live by the quartet and receive a rose, box of chocolates and Valentine’s Day card. Customers can add more roses or chocolate for $5 each. The quartet is available to perform all day on Thu., Feb. 14 and by appointment on Wed., Feb. 13 and Fri., Feb. 15. Info: 480-615-7464, singing-valentines.

Heart-themed bake sale

Residents of Caribbean, a neighborhood in Fulton Ranch, host the 3rd Annual Cookies for Kids’ Cancer Bake Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sun., Feb. 10. The sale, in front of Fulton Elementary School on the corner of Fulton Ranch Boulevard and Sunland Drive in Chandler, features homemade baked goods with a Valentine’s Day theme, Mylar balloons and a Valentine’s Daydecorated photo booth. Donations go to the Cookies for Kids’ Cancer charity.

Tai Chi & chocolates

Reduce stress, increase balance, improve circulation and enjoy chocolate all at the same time at the Tai Chi and Chocolate workshop from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Mon., Feb. 11 at the Ballroom at Oakwood, 24218 S. Oakwood Blvd., Sun Lakes.

TASTY & FESTIVE: A variety of baked goods are available at Fulton Ranch’s 3rd annual Cookies for Kids’ Cancer bake sale. Submitted photo

Certified Tai Chi-Qi Gong instructor Kim Kubsch leads attendees through a choreographed routine of flowing, calming and mindful, safe movement while they enjoy yummy pieces of Wei of Chocolate, which are organic, vegan, gluten-free and soy-free. The cost is $25 per person. Register by Feb. 8. Info: 480-392-3436.

Romance on the rails

The Verde Canyon Railroad at 300 N. Broadway in Clarkdale offers a Chocolate Lovers’ Festival from Tue., Feb. 12 through Sun., Feb. 17. In addition to the regular Champagne toast and appetizer buffet, the train ride, which departs at 1 p.m., offers the comforts of a first-class train car and its amenities along with a variety of delicious desserts including hand-dipped candies, cakes, a chocolate fountain with treats for dipping and flavored coffees. Tickets are $99.95 per person. Info: 800-293-7245, Alison Stanton is a freelance writer who lives in the East Valley. She can be reached at

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Other ambassadors include the Chandler Cultural Foundation Board Team of Sergio Sanchez, David Woodruff, Pat Krueger and Ana Regalado who will be at D’Vine Wine Bar & Bistro; a CCF Board Team of Linda Yarbrough, Steena Murray, Anne DeRose and Ernie Serrano at Latitude Eight; a CCF Board Team of Janet Langley, Rich Frazier, Lorah Neville & Barbara Myerson at Vintage 95; Brooke Radda of Angles PR and Kelle Harrison at Can’t Stop Smoking BBQ for dinner; and Emma Bribiescas, a former Chandler Police Department public information officer at The Sushi Room for lunch.

Leaf Cafe-India Cuisine, Bourbon Jack’s Bar & Grill, Can’t Stop Smokin’ BBQ, Dilly’s Deli, Floridino’s, Iguana Mack’s, The Living Room, Serrano’s Mexican Food Restaurant, The Sushi Room, Vintage 95, CHoP Chandler, The Hungry Monk, Latitude Eight and NYPD Pizza. Proceeds from the event, proclaimed as Eat Your Art Out Chandler Day by Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny, go toward Chandler Center for the Arts’ Connecting Kidz programs, headline acts and the free summer concert series. The SanTan Sun News is a sponsor of Eat Your Art Out, now in its second year. In

OLÉ: A youth mariachi band will perform at Eat Your Art Out at Nando’s at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 26, courtesy of jazzman Bart Salzman. Submitted photo

Participating restaurants donating 25 to 100% of the day’s proceeds include: for breakfast, AJ’s Cafe at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort; for lunch, Bourbon Jack’s Bar & Grill, Can’t Stop Smokin’ BBQ, Dilly’s Deli, Floridino’s, Kokopelli Winery & Bistro, The Living Room, El Palacio Restaurant & Cantina, Pittsburgh Willy’s, SanTan Brewing Co., Serrano’s Mexican Food Restaurant, The Sushi Room, The Hungry Monk, Latitude Eight and NYPD Pizza; for dinner, Bay

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BLAZIN’ K9S: The Third Annual Wags & Kisses Flyball Tournament showcases the athletic skills and agility of dogs such as Casey, Dude and Rowdy as they play flyball. Submitted photos

Families and dog lovers are invited to watch the Third Annual Wags & Kisses Flyball Tournament, hosted by Blazin’ K9s Flyball Team from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat., Feb. 16 and Sun., Feb. 17 at Nozomi Park, formerly West Chandler Park, at


250 S. Kyrene Rd., Chandler. Blazin’ K9s is a Chandler-based flyball team. Flyball is a sport in which two teams of four dogs each run a relay race on a course measuring 51 feet. The dogs jump four hurdles and steps on spring loaded boxes that shoot out tennis balls. The dogs catch the balls and run back over the four hurdles. When the dogs cross the starting line the next dogs go. The first team to have all four dogs run without errors wins the heat. Flyball is a family friendly sport, and the public is welcome to watch the racing at no cost. Leashed dogs are permitted. For more on Wags & Kisses or the Blazin’ K9s visit, or contact team captains at or

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Residents of Solera Chandler community are invited to explore various products and services on display at the annual Solera Expo, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat., Feb. 2, 6360 S. Mountain Blvd., Chandler. Visitors learn what business vendors have to offer and why they are the best choice. About 50 businesses, ranging

Teams of all ages can register for $75 until March 1, when the price increases to $150, for Relay for Life of Chandler, held 6 p.m. Fri., May 3 to 6 a.m. Sat., May 4 at Basha High School, 5990 S. Val Vista Dr., Chandler. The all-night community event is held as a reminder that “cancer never sleeps,” and benefits American Cancer Society

activities in Arizona. Visit to register, or attend the next team meeting at 6 p.m. Tue., Feb. 5 at Trinity Christian Fellowship, 50 S. McQueen Rd., Chandler. Contact Team Chair Angela Olguin at 480-495-6682 or angmolguin@hotmail. com for information.

Realtors learn how to build a sustainable and profitable real estate business working with golf homebuyers and sellers during a one-day workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat., Feb. 9 at Golf Academy of America, 2031 N. Arizona Ave., Suite 2, Chandler. Golf Realty Network, a golf and real estate marketing company that is the exclusive real estate source for the Southwest Section PGA and its 390 public and private golf courses, presents the program.

“It’s a lot more than showing a buyer a bunch of homes in golf communities or taking a listing that just showcases the house and forgets the importance of featuring the golf lifestyle,” says Jane Andersen, co-founder and co-owner, who is also writing a book to support the workshop. The workshop, including a one-year GRN membership, is $199. Call 602-684-9300, email or visit for details.

from landscape companies and financial planners, to real estate and health and wellness companies, educate the ages 55 and older residents. Call activities director Shannon Johnson at 480-802-6996, ext. 227, or email for details.

Donate blood, visit Renaissance Fest Golf real estate workshop

Receive a voucher for a free admission to the Renaissance Festival, courtesy of Royal Faires, by giving an automated “MAX” donation at one of the six Valley United Blood Services donor centers including the Chandler Donor Center from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday at 1989 W. Elliot Rd., Suite 32, near Elliot and Dobson roads. Give blood in Chandler: • Sat., Feb. 2, 8 to 11:30 a.m., “Ray Building” Cultural Hall at LDS Chandler Stake, 1115 E. Ray Rd. • Tue., Feb. 19, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Quiet Room at Safelite Auto Glass, 2080

W. Chandler Blvd. • Tue., Feb, 26, 7:30 to 11:30 a.m., Lower Level Conference Rooms 1 and 2 at Chandler Regional Medical Center, 475 S. Dobson Rd. Also, give blood in Gilbert: • Sun., Feb. 17, 7 to 11 a.m., Activity Center at First United Methodist Church of Gilbert, 331 S. Cooper Rd. • Sun., Feb. 24, 7 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Church Hall at St. Anne Knights of Columbus, 440 E. Elliot Rd. Call 877-UBS-HERO (877-827-4376) or visit and enter your ZIP code to make an appointment to donate blood.

Oakwood dance club hosts party Sun Lakers can swing to the sounds of Thaddeus Rose at a dance party that begins with a dance lesson at 6:30 p.m., followed by open dance from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Thu., Feb. 7 at the Oakwood Ballroom, 24218 S. Oakwood Blvd., Sun Lakes.

The evening includes a no-host bar, door prizes, snacks and water. The dress code is casual, and newcomers are welcome. Contact Del Ziegler at 480-802-7127 or for more information.

DownEast offers shopping giveaway To celebrate the opening of DownEast Home & Clothing in the SanTan Village at 2697 S. Market St., Gilbert, the store offers a chance to enter a “Shopping’s More Fun with Your Friends” giveaway through Fri., Feb. 8. The giveaway awards one lucky

winner a shopping spree valued at $200 and presents a $50 gift certificate to each of four friends selected by the winner. The winner does not need to be present at the time of the drawing on Sat., Feb. 9, to win. To learn more, visit

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February 2 – 15, 2013

Fun at Temple Beth Sholom MOPS, upcoming events at CCC Duplicate bridge games, costume parade, Purim carnival Stop by Temple Beth Sholom of the East Valley from 1 to 4 p.m. Sun., Feb. 10 for a friendly duplicate bridge game. The cost is $5 per person, per session. To RSVP, email The fun continues at 7 p.m. on Sat., Feb. 23 when the conservative congregation holds its community Purim celebration. There will be a costume parade, hamantashen and a sundae bar. The “Whole Megillah” reading is at 7:30 p.m., followed by dancing to music of the ‘60s to ‘80s and refreshments. Participants are encouraged to come dressed

for their favorite era. On Sun., Feb. 24, Temple Beth Sholom joins Temple Emanuel for a Purim Carnival from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and a Super Heroes Shpiel from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at 5801 S. Rural Rd., Tempe. There will be food, games, a bounce house and a petting zoo. Unlimited games and attractions cost $3 per person, and raffle tickets are $1. Temple Beth Sholom is located at 3400 N. Dobson Rd., Chandler. For information, call Marc Krell at 480-897-3636, ext. 204, or email

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There is still room in MOPS, a faith-based program for mothers to share experiences, learn from other moms and form lifelong friendships at Chandler Christian Church, 1825 S Alma School Rd., Chandler. Groups meet on Monday evenings, Wednesday mornings and Thursday mornings. During most meetings children are cared for in a program called MOPPETS, where they experience love in a preschool-like setting. The cost is $55 per semester. Visit

Donate food

Boy Scout Troop 285 is collecting nonperishable food to benefit the Chandler Christian Community Center.

Donations may be dropped off in the lobby through Sun., Feb. 3.

Foster or adopt

Anyone considering fostering or adopting a child is invited to attend an informational meeting offered by Christian Family Care, a private nonprofit social services agency, 6:30 p.m. Tue., Feb. 5 in the Green Room at CCC.

Is the Bible man-made?

Hear scientific evidence that the Bible really is a message from God at “TRUTH-Bible” 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thu., Feb. 28. For more information, visit truth-bible.

Explore praiseworthy living Jewish heroes come to life

How to live a more ethical, praiseworthy life according to common sense, Jewish learning and Talmudic wisdom is the subject of a new course, “Living with Integrity,” starting 7:30 p.m. Mon., Feb. 4 at Chabad of the East Valley, 3875 W. Ray Rd., Suite 6, Chandler. “Our first session discusses the important issue of privacy and addresses questions such as ‘Should you share with another person what you know about someone else? Ever?’ and also, ‘What role does privacy play in modern life?’” says Rabbi Mendy Deitsch. Call 480-855-4333 or visit or to learn more.

Youth Zone

Children can spend Sundays with a Jewish hero from 12:15 to 2 p.m. monthly at Chabad Center for Jewish Life, 3875 W. Ray Rd., Suite 6, on the southeast corner of McClintock Drive, Chandler. “Youth Zone, a program designed for firstthrough sixth-graders, is for children to participate in activities, outings and meet new friends,” says Rabbi Mendy Deitsch. “Mordechai and the magic show” is scheduled for Sun., Feb. 10. Children should bring a sack lunch, and nonperishable food items to be donated to needy families. RSVP to, or call 480-855-4333 for details.


February 2 – 15, 2013


SL United Church marks 30 years TV host discusses

Christians in Hollywood

DIXIE LAND JAZZ: The 30th anniversary celebration at Sun Lakes United Church starts with a Mardi Gras jazz service to get everyone in the mood. Submitted photo

Help Sun Lakes United Church celebrate its 30th anniversary with a Mardi Gras jazz service and brat fest. When the church began in 1983, there were little more than 20 residents who joined in covenant with the Southwest Conference of the United Church of Christ, according to Pastor Vernon Meyer. Festivities start with a Mardi Gras jazz service at 11:15 a.m. Sun., Feb. 10 at the Sun Lakes Chapel, 9420 Sun Lakes Blvd., Sun Lakes. Rev. Dr. John Dorhauer, conference minister, preaches and recognizes the church’s charter members and renews the covenant with the community. Music is provided by the Dixieland Jazz band, and a catered lunch follows the service. Past members are welcome. The celebration continues with the annual Brat and Baker Festival, 4 to 6 p.m. Sun., Feb. 24 in the Arizona Room of the Sun Lakes Country Club. The event, a fundraiser for the church’s mission outreach programs throughout

the year, offers brats from the Pork Shop in Queen Creek and stuffed baked potatoes for $10 per person. Entertainment is provided by Barry and Artie. For details, call 480-802-1053. Sun Lakes United Church was the second congregation to use the nondenominational chapel built by the Robson Retirement Communities for residents. Over the years the church has been served by five pastors. From a high of more than 300 members, there are now 165. Discuss Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela and the subject of restorative justice at 6 p.m. Wed., Feb. 6 at the Chapel House next to Sun Lakes Community Chapel. “Some people may be turned off by organized religion or formal church gatherings, and so our hope is that we can gather to share the wisdom of the past and present outside the formalities of church,” Meyer says. For more information, call 480-895-6317 or visit

One Church, a new nondenominational church in Chandler, welcomes television host Jeremy Parsons, who speaks during worship service at 10 a.m. Sun., Feb. 10 at Hancock Elementary School, 2425 S. Pleasant Dr., Chandler. All are welcome to the free one-hour event. Parsons is a daily reporter for Reelz Channel, devoted to covering the Hollywood movie industry. Parsons interviewed many A-list movie stars, and works major red carpet events such as the Oscars, Grammys and Jeremy Parsons Golden Globes. One Church Pastor Ryan Gear will interview Parsons about his experience of being a Christian in Hollywood. The two will discuss how Christians can relate to culture in an age in which America is politically and religiously polarized. In contrast to the socalled “culture war,” Parsons advocates approaching culture with the love and servant leadership modeled by Jesus. Learn more about Parsons at One Church meets monthly at Hancock Elementary School, and will begin weekly worship services at 10 a.m. on March 10. Visit or contact Gear at ryan. or 480-686-0395.

Is it time for kindergarten? Learn about half- or full-day kindergarten for 2013-14 at HOPE Christian Academy 7 to 8 p.m. Thu., Feb. 7 on the campus of Faith Community Church, 1125 N. Dobson Rd., Chandler. Marcia Shelberg holds an informational meeting for parents to explain her hybrid education model and show how it benefits children in their transition to elementary school.

The HOPE Christian educational model combines three days of classroom instruction with two days of teachersupported, home-based learning. There is also an option of extended-day kindergarten. For more details, call 480-722-1445, email or visit


Join us for our Young Family Shabbat Services!

Feb. 10th

Next Service: Feb. 15th

$5 per person, per session

Short service with lots of music and singing. Designed for, but not limited to families with children ages newborn to 7 years old. Led by Rabbi Kenneth Leitner.

1 to 4 p.m.




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February 2 – 15, 2013


St. Steven’s hosts wine, cheese party Have high tea at fashion show

Doors open at 6 p.m. and pouring begins at 6:30 p.m. for the Wine and Cheese Tasting Party presented by the Pastoral Council of St. Steven’s Church on Fri., Feb. 8. Six high-quality wines and appropriate cheeses are offered. Selections are described by a wine professional in an ongoing narrative, as well as a questionand-answer time between servings. An intermission allows time for guests to prepare for a basket raffle. Dessert wine is served with cake and chocolate at the end of the evening. Tickets are $20 each and sold Feb. 2 and 3 after Mass. Space is limited; no tickets are sold on event day.

St. Steven’s Church is at 24827 S. Dobson Rd. in Sun Lakes. For information or tickets, contact Diane Gray at 480-895-9266, ext. 107 or email

See fashions from Macy’s during an afternoon of food, fun and friends at the Sisterhood of Temple Havurat Emet’s Fashion Show and High Tea, 3:30 p.m. Sun., Feb. 24 at Palo Verde Country Club, 1801 E. San Tan Blvd., Sun Lakes. In addition to fashions and food, there will be desserts, door prizes and raffles. The cost is $22.50 per person. Tickets can be delivered to Sun Lakes residents. For questions, call Margo at 480-895-3226 or Gigi at 480-785-7767.

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Spiritual Connections

Call ahead to confirm information, as details occasionally change after print. If you have a recurring monthly support group or meeting you would like listed in Spiritual Connections, email complete details to The Big D 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sundays This program is designed to encourage and empower teens to deal with their feelings and the challenges raised during the divorce or separation of their parents. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church 739 W. Erie St., Chandler Info: 480-963-4127, Celebrate Recovery 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays Join in fellowship and celebrate God’s healing power in our lives through the 12 steps and Eight Recovery Principles. The group addresses all types of habits, hurts and hang-ups. Dinner at 6 p.m. followed by meetings at 6:30 p.m. Free childcare for children ages 12 and younger. CrossRoads Nazarene Church, Ministry Center Rooms 101-103 2950 W. Ray Rd., Chandler Info: 480-722-0700, Celebrate Recovery 6 p.m. Fridays For those with chemical dependencies or other issues. Dinner followed by meetings at 7 p.m. Dinner: $3 adult, $1 child. Free childcare ages 12 and younger. Chandler Christian Church, Room B200 1825 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler Info: 480-963-3997, Christian Business Networking, Tri-City Chapter – Chandler, Tempe, Mesa 7:15 a.m. Tuesdays Offers members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and business referrals. Crackers & Co. Café 535 W. Iron Ave., Mesa Info: Maia, 480-425-0624, Christian Business Networking, Chandler Bi-Monthly Chapter 7:30 a.m. second and fourth Tuesdays of the month Offers members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and business referrals. Chandler Christian Church, Room B202 1825 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler Info: Maia, 480-425-0624,

Christian Business Networking, East Valley Chapter 7:30 a.m. Wednesdays Offers members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and business referrals. Mission Church Seminar Room 4450 E. Elliot Rd., Gilbert Info: Maia, 480-425-0624, DivorceCare for Adults 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sundays Holy Trinity Lutheran Church 739 W. Erie St., Chandler Info: 480-963-4127, DivorceCare for Kids 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sundays Holy Trinity Lutheran Church 739 W. Erie St., Chandler Info: 480-963-4127, East Valley JCC Parent & Child Playgroup 9:30-10:30 a.m. Fridays Playgroup for parents with children ages 12 months to 2-1/2 years old. East Valley JCC 908 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler Info: Emily Malin, 480-897-0588, East Valley Jewish Couples Club Offers once-a-month social activities such as dining, movies, plays, etc. for Jewish couples in the 45- to 65-year-old age range. Info: Melissa, 480-785-0744, GriefShare 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays A seminar / support group geared toward adults who have suffered the loss of a loved one. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church 739 W. Erie St., Chandler Info: 480-963-4127, Hearing God’s Voice 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. Sundays, through March 10 For ages from junior high to adult. Childcare available. No charge. Trinity Christian Fellowship 50 S. McQueen Rd., Chandler Info: 480-963-7698,

February 2 – 15, 2013

H.O.P.E. – Help Overcoming Painful Experiences 7 p.m. Tuesdays Free weekly small-group sessions helping people overcome emotional pain caused by divorce, grief, addictions and more; free childcare for children ages 10 and younger. Desert Springs Church, Room 106 19620 S. McQueen Rd., Chandler Info:, Jewish Women International, Avodah Chapter 1581 Monthly luncheon Iguana Mack’s 1371 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler RSVP: 480-802-9304, 480-655-8812 JumpStart 11:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturdays JumpStart is a sidewalk Sunday school community outreach program serving “some of the poorest neighborhoods” in Chandler, offering snacks, games and teachings about Jesus to area children. Participants meet at Faith Family Church 11530 E. Queen Creek Rd., Chandler Info: Joanne Sweeney, 480-539-8933 Kid’s Sunday School 10-11 a.m. Sundays Unity of Chandler 325 N. Austin Dr., Suite 4, Chandler Info: 480-792-1800, Lift Your Spirit 10 a.m. Sundays Hear inspirational messages and music. Unity of Chandler 325 N. Austin Dr., Suite 4, Chandler Info: 480-792-1800, Moms in Prayer International A group of mothers who meet one hour each week to intercede for their children and schools through prayer. Info: Liane Wright, 480-699-7887, Monthly Women’s Fellowship 6:30 p.m. fourth Tuesday of each month The monthly fellowship Bible study of the East Valley Chapter of Christian Women’s Devotional Alliance “ministers to women’s spiritual, emotional and physical needs.” Best Western-Mezona 250 W. Main St., Mesa Info: 480-232-3773


National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) – Chandler Chapter 10 a.m.-noon first and third Wednesday of each month Faith-based “Caring Connection” for those who have loved ones with a mental illness, i.e., schizophrenia, depression, bipolar or anxiety disorder. Find support and share experiences with others. Risen Savior Lutheran Church 23914 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler Info: Joan, 480-883-8871 The Problem of Evil 9-11 a.m. Tuesdays, through Feb. 12 Explore the objections to God’s existence and seek some solutions. Presented via the Internet from a previously recorded live class in partnership with the Parish of St. Thomas the Apostle’s Institute of Catholic Theology. $25 per person. St. Steven’s Church, Great Hall 24827 S. Dobson Rd., Sun Lakes 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

Celebrating 100 Years in Chandler

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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL .........9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

All Are Welcome. Making and Deploying Disciples Who Put God First, Since 1913


February 2 – 15, 2013


‘Mr. Las Vegas,’ more at CCA

Wayne Newton

Singer and entertainer Wayne Newton makes an appearance at 7:30 p.m. Sat., Feb. 9 at Chandler Center for the Arts (CCA), 250 N. Arizona Ave. Newton has performed for more than 30 million people and epitomizes the talent, glamour and energy that are Las Vegas – so much so he is

called “Mr. Las Vegas.” A natural musician, he learned piano, guitar and steel guitar by ear, and by the time he was 6 he was doing a daily radio show before going to school. Newton’s severe bouts with asthma forced the family to move from Virginia to Phoenix, where he recovered and continued his career. Tickets are $48 to $68 plus fees. Call the CCA box office at 480-782-2680 or visit

Chinese New Year

Traditional Chinese dance, martial arts, instrumental and vocal performances highlight a celebration of the Chinese New Year, 4 p.m. Sun., Feb. 10 at CCA. Co-presented by ASU Confucius Institute and Chandler’s Eastern Art Academy (EAA), the show combines Oriental and Western elements using typical Chinese props such as floating ribbons, lanterns, silk fans and more. EAA is an arts organization that provides Chinese arts and cultural training programs for youth and adults including such topics as Chinese dance, fine arts, martial arts, Tai Chi, traditional Chinese painting and bilingual language programming.

Tickets are $15 per person. Call CCA at 480-782-2680, EAA at 602-490-8613 or visit for tickets. Info:

Funny lady

Humorist and commentator Jeanne Robertson brings her insight and professionalism to CCA 8 p.m. Fri., Feb. 15. The Southern-born, 6-foot-2 Hall of Fame speaker was interviewed by CBS correspondent Morley Safer on “60 Minutes.” She produced six humor DVDs in the last 12 years and has a daily show on Sirius/XM Radio’s Family Comedy Channels. Her YouTube clips received more than 13.5 million hits. Tickets are $26 to $38 plus fees. Call 480-782-2680 or go to

Sweet ‘Cinderella’

“Happily Ever After … A Cinderella Tale” is an all-new production from the Pushcart Players on stage 11 a.m. Sat., Feb. 16 in CCA’s Hal Bogle Theatre. The story is based on a legend first told more than a thousand years ago – in China. The tale is about overcoming adversity, dreaming dreams, generosity and compassion. It also addresses the unbecoming

nature of bullying, the importance of making good choices and being responsible our choices. Tickets are $15, but attendees can save $3 per ticket when they purchase five or more. Call 480-782-2680 or log onto

Star search

The Great American Talent Search stops at CCA from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wed., Feb. 13 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat., March 9 for open auditions for undiscovered singers. The competition offers up $25,000 in cash prizes. Registration is required to audition. Visit greatamericantalentsearch. com/cities/chandler-az. The prelims take place March 17, 24, 29 and April 4. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for ages 12 and younger. The semifinals are set for April 20 and 21. Tickets are $15 adults and $10 for ages 12 and younger. The finals are held Sat., May 4. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for ages 12 and younger. This event is held in the Hal Bogle DUSTY GIRL: Even in her ragged clothing and dirty face, a young Theatre. Call the CCA box woman can find joy in the company of her animal friends in the office at 480-782-2680 or Pushcart Players’ production of “Cinderella,” Feb. 16 at the CCA. visit Submitted photo courtesy of the CCA



February 2 – 15, 2013

Let talents shine in competition Talented individuals and groups are sought to compete in Queen Creek Performing Arts’ “Queen Creek’s Got Talent.” Preliminaries begin at 10 a.m. on Sat., Feb. 16, and the five highest-scoring acts in each division are invited back at 7 p.m. to perform in the finals. The last day to register is Thu., Feb. 7. Divisions are in four age ranges: 5 to 12 years, 13 to 18 years, 19 to 59 years and age 60 and older. Tickets are $5 for the

preliminaries and $10 for the finals. Preliminary tickets can be used to get a $5 discount to the finals. Registered contestants are provided one ticket per member in their competition group for up to five members, in the preliminary performance only. Groups with more than five members need to purchase additional tickets. The Queen Creek Performing Arts Center is at 22149 E. Ocotillo Rd. Call Cheryl Webb at 480-987-7469 or visit

Auction benefits local artists An auction of original paintings and fine art photography pairs prospective buyers with about 25 artists at the Alchemy Art

Travel the world with film festival Eleven feature films chosen from entries all over the world are part of the Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival (GPJFF), returning Feb. 10 through 24 to the Harkins Chandler Crossroads 12, 2980 E. Germann Rd. The 2013 lineup is the festival’s “most diverse, engaging and entertaining yet” with films from Israel to Poland, France to Austria, Canada and the United States. One film will highlight LGBT issues found within the Jewish community. “Melting Away,” which screens at 7 p.m. Thu., Feb. 21, marks the first time in Israeli cinema that a feature film depicts parents learning to deal with a transgendered child. This emotional drama examines the realities of transgender and

gay cultures, the concept of forgiveness and the dynamics of familial complexity told in an intimate, heartfelt and, even at times, humorous manner. A postfilm discussion includes Rabbi Dean Shapiro, the spiritual leader of Temple Emanuel of Tempe, who directs the community’s Caring and Social Justice programs. Tickets for all films in the film festival are $10 for adults in advance, $11 at the door and $5 for students with ID. Additional films are screened at Harkins Camelview 5, 7001 E. Highland Ave., Scottsdale. To order tickets or view the film schedule, locations and trailers, visit For festival passes and general information, call 602-733-1278.

“Julie,” a digital illustration by Tad Smith

Auction from 6 to 10 p.m. Thu., March 28 at Anzio Landing, 2613 N. Thunderbird Cir., at Falcon Field Airport, Mesa. Sponsor George Lenz of Arizona Art Promotions, LLC, teams with Details Event Management, LLC, who manages the auction program and keeps records. The event includes appetizers, desserts, coffee, tea and water. “This is a live auction designed to bring together talented artists and prospective buyers for the benefit of promoting local art talent,” says Lenz, also a photographer. Artists involved include Gilbert’s Tad Smith, digital illustrator and graphic designer for the SanTan Sun News; Lee Travethan, fine art photographer; Marsha Blumm, watercolor; Joan McConnell, acrylic; and more. For a list of all the participating artists and details on registering for the event, visit

Gilbert hosts free music fest Enjoy multiple stages of free live folk music, the Gilbert Art Walk and Farmer’s Market during the Gilbert Folk Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat., Feb. 16 in downtown Gilbert. The event also features a headline performance by The Kingston Trio at 7 p.m. inside Higley Center for the Performing Arts, 4132 E. Pecos Rd., Gilbert. The Kingston Trio is the folk group that started an American musical genre that endures today. Tickets are $36.50 to $44.50, plus fees. Visit for more details and to purchase tickets to the concert.


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FOLK KINGS: The Kingston Trio today consists of George Grove, Bill Zorn and Rick Dougherty, who continue the legacy of bringing American folk music into the mainstream. They perform Feb. 16 at Higley Center for the Performing Arts. Submitted photo by Charles Gabrean


Comedy club to open in Chandler

February 2 – 15, 2013


Casting call for comedic mystery Romance, tragedy highlight musical

$25 per performance, with at least 28 scheduled performances. To schedule an appointment, visit or give the Hale Box Office a call at 480-497-1181. Any questions can be emailed to

IN CHANDLER: Outliars’ comedians in action, with Dave Thurston in red shirt; behind, left to right, Amanda Hurley, Paul Townsend and Dick Havoc from 93.3 KDKB. Submitted photo

Actors and actresses are sought by Hale Centre Theatre to play multiple roles in Alfred Hitchcock’s mystery-comedy, “The 39 Steps.” Auditions take place Sat., Feb. 2, and callbacks are Sat., Feb. 9 at 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert. Auditions are by appointment only. “The 39 Steps” plays April 4 through May 18, with performances on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, with Saturday matinees. Each actor is required to play multiple parts, including many fast costume changes. Actors receive

Arizona native Dave Thurston has taken the success of his three Valley comedy clubs and parlayed it into the opening of a fourth club at 7:30 p.m. Sun., Feb. 10 inside Iguana Mack’s at 1371 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler. Shows continue every Sunday night. Thurston has 13 years of performing, teaching, directing and producing under his belt. He also oversees comedy clubs every Friday night in DownUnder Wines and Bistro, 1422 W. Warner Rd., Gilbert, and every Thursday night at the Fox Den, 640 S. Mill Ave. in Tempe. Cover charge for all the Outliars Comedy Clubs is $10. Enjoy the improvisational styles of local comedians in a relaxed and casual setting. The audience is invited to shout out suggestions and the weekly group turns those suggestions into scenes, characters and comedy. For reservations at the Chandler Outliars Comedy Club, call 480-784-7258. For more information, go to

FORBIDDEN LOVE: Lt. Cable, played by Tedd Glazebrook, falls in love with a Tonkinese girl named Liat, played by Annisa Griego, with tragic consequences in Hale Centre Theatre’s production of “South Pacific,” on stage Feb. 14 through March 30. Submitted photo by Daniel Sontag

‘South Pacific’ opens

One of the most romantic musicals of all time, “South Pacific,” comes to Hale Centre Theatre Feb. 14 through March 30. Set on a tropical island during


World War II, “South Pacific” tells the sweeping romantic story of two parallel couples who are threatened by the dangers of racial prejudice and war. One couple finds their “happily ever after,” while the other faces tragic consequences. The score’s songs include “Some Enchanted Evening,” “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair,” “This Nearly Was Mine’” and “There is Nothin’ Like A Dame.” Call 480-497-1181 or visit for times and tickets.

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MARCH 27-30, 2013

The Fine Art of William Barnhart

Mesa Arts Center • 1 E. Main St. • Mesa

APRIL 12-20, 2013

Les Miserables School Edition and Fiddler on the Roof are presented through Musical Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance material is also supplied by MTI. 421 W. 54th Street, New York, NY 10019 Phone: 212-541-4684 Fax: 212-397-4684.

Exhibition: Jan. 25 - Mar. 8

Opening Reception: Sat., Feb. 2nd from 4 - 6 p.m.

Higley Center for the Performing Arts 4132 E. Pecos Road • Gilbert

“Sailing” by William Barnhart

10 E. Chicago Street • Chandler • 480-782-2695

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February 2 – 15, 2013

Hearts ‘rock’ in February

Arts Gammage honors active, retired military Veterans, active duty military and their families are saluted during a Heroes Night celebration on the opening night performance of “War Horse,” 6:30 p.m. Tue., Feb. 5 at ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe. The performance starts at 7:30 p.m.

ROCK OF LOVE: Gilbert photographer Michael Madsen showcases some of nature’s symbols of love – in this case, heart-shaped rocks and beautiful blooms – in his “Hearts Rock” exhibit at Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Photo courtesy of Michael Madsen

Enjoy a mix of nature photography and human emotion during the “Hearts Rock” Photography Exhibit, featuring the works of Gilbert photographer Michael Madsen and taking place Feb. 3 through 28 at Boyce Thompson Arboretum, 37615 E. U.S. Hwy. 60 in Superior. A meet-theartist event is set for 1 to 3 p.m. on Sat., Feb. 9. Madsen’s exhibit, housed inside the visitor center art gallery, features his unique “Hearts Rock” photos of heart-shaped stones photographed against diverse natural backdrops. The gallery is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $9 for adults and $4.50 for ages 5 to 12. For more information, call 520-689-2811 or visit Madsen also teaches a photography workshop for beginners from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wed., Feb. 27. “We will switch our cameras to manual mode and learn to take charge of our cameras, and explore the creative side of photography,” says Madsen. “You’ll be taught how to adjust your camera settings, and the photographic effects that occur based on these settings.” The cost is $30 for arboretum members and $39 for nonmembers. Call 520-689-2723 to enroll.

WILD RIDE: “War Horse,” opening at Gammage Feb. 5, is a tale of a young man embarking on a treacherous mission through the battlefields of World War I to find his “drafted” horse and bring him home. Submitted photo courtesy of Brinkhoff / Mögenburg.

Veterans and military can enjoy a heroes celebration prior to the show with special presentations, giveaways and more. The fête features Maj. Sean R. Gibbs, Commander, 56th Security Forces Squadron at Luke Air Force Base, for a special tribute to service animals of the United States Armed Forces. Winner of five 2011 Tony Awards including Best Play, “War Horse” runs through Feb. 10. Tickets start at $20, plus applicable fees. Call 480-965-3434 or visit

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The Sonoran Desert Chorale presents a salute to the royalty of American jazz and musical theatre, 7:30 p.m. Sat., March 9 at First United Methodist Church, 15 E. First Ave., Mesa. “An American Songbook” features composers and lyricists whose gifts of song have become an indelible part of the “American sound.” Tunes such as “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” “Begin the Beguine” and “’S Wonderful” will have audience members tapping their toes and swaying to the beat. The haunting melody and lyrics of David Raskin and Johnny Mercer’s “Laura” rekindle memories of the classic 1944 film noir starring Gene Tierney and Dana Andrews. The collaborative team of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe dominated the Broadway stage and American musical theatre from 1947 into the 1960s and their musicals still live on in revival performances and movie versions. Enjoy some of their greatest hits from “My Fair Lady,” “Paint Your Wagon” and “Camelot.” Two giants of the American musical theatre, Stephen Sondheim and Leonard Bernstein, are represented with “Into the Woods,” “A Little Night Music” and “West Side Story.” An additional performance takes place 3 p.m. Sun., March 10 at Valley Presbyterian Church, 6947 E. McDonald Dr. in Paradise Valley. Tickets for both shows are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors, children and groups of 10 or more. Purchase them in advance at or by calling 480-305-4538.

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Find out how to create a blog, a social networking site and more when Desert Sleuths presents the free workshop, “How to Make the Web Work for You: A Crash Course in Social Media” by Kastle Olson, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sat., Feb. 2 at Scottsdale Civic Center Library, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale. Attendees should bring laptops with notepads. RSVP to gigimm2@ In addition, learn to prepare a mystery manuscript for publication at the 3rd Annual Mystery Writers Workshop from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat., Feb. 9 also at the Scottsdale Civic Center Library. Sponsored by the Desert Sleuths Chapter of Sisters in Crime (SinC), the free “NUTS & BOLTS: Fine-tuning Your Mystery for Publication” includes “Plots That Kill” by Kate Herbert from 10 to 10:45 a.m.; “The Writer’s Voice” by Nancy McCurry from 11 to 11:45 a.m.; “Creating Memorable Characters” by Kris Neri, noon to 12:45 p.m.; “Scene of the Crime” by Connie Flynn, 1 to 1:45 p.m.; “Getting Your Cop Facts Straight” by Isabella Maldonado, 2 to 2:45 p.m.; and “First Lines, Queries and Synopsis” by Deborah J. Ledford and Pascal Marco, 3 to 3:45 p.m. No preregistration is needed. Desert Sleuths, the Phoenix Chapter of Sisters in Crime, an international organization for mystery writers, holds its regular monthly meetings at 6 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month at Grimaldi’s Pizza, Wall Street Room, 4000 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale. For information email or visit and click on “Events.”


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TOUCHING: This piece by Roland Fischer, “Untitled (L.A. Portrait), 1994-2000,” is part of The Human Touch exhibit opening this spring at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. It is a chromogenic print and acrylic on fiberboard, from the collection of RBC Wealth Management. Submitted photo by Ben Saltzman

Get a sneak peak at what’s coming to the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) this spring during the free Spring Opening Celebration, 7 to 9 p.m. Fri., Feb. 8 at the museum, 7373 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale. The event previews four new exhibitions, as well as the Night Circus gala benefit in May. “The Human Touch: Selections from the RBC Wealth Management Art Collection,” includes artwork that reflects contemporary society with the human figure as its focus. It ranges from serious to whimsical and from realistic to abstract. Other exhibits highlighted at the opening event include “Paolo Soleri: Mesa City to Arcosanti,” “MASHup: New Video Art” and “Cycles: From Fields to Cities” which will be exhibited in the young@art gallery. Night Circus is a new benefit gala set for Sat., May 11 to raise funds to support the mission and vision of SMoCA. Guests are entertained by acrobats, jugglers, contortionists, trapeze and aerialist performers. Night Circus entertainers from Circus School of Arizona perform at the Feb. 8 Spring Opening Celebration. In addition, Night Circus tickets will be available for purchase at the opening event. Tickets are $150 each. Email smocavip@sccarts. org to reserve a ticket or for more information.



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Arts Chronicles Chandler Center for the Arts (CCA) receives financial boon with two donations in January: $6,000 from Wells Fargo and $2,500 from Kinder Morgan. CCA, an advocate and leader in providing visual and performing arts educational programming to the community for 16 years, provides an array of arts opportunities for youth through Connecting Kidz programs, including Music Theatre Summer Camps, Theatre Kidz, Vision Kidz and the Youth Advisory Council. Info: Bestselling author J.A. Jance continues her Arizona tour for “Deadly Stakes,” a new mystery in the Ali Reynolds series, with an appearance at 7:30 p.m. Tue., Feb. 5 at Poisoned Pen, 4014 N. Goldwater Blvd., Scottsdale; and a stop at 4 p.m. J.A. Jance Fri., Feb. 8 at the Red Mountain Branch Library, 635 N. Power Rd., Mesa. Books will be available for sale at all events.

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Grand Piano Trios by Schubert and Beethoven, 7:30 p.m. Wed., Feb. 6, SCPA – VGPT. Part of the Close Encounters with Music chamber series, led by cellist Yehuda Hanani, featuring Schubert’s Trio in B-flat Major, one of the pinnacles of the chamber-music literature, coupled with Beethoven’s humorous Opus 1 No. 1 Trio. National Geographic Live: Tim Laman & Ed Scholes, 7:30 p.m. Wed., Feb. 6, MAC-Ikeda. Tim Laman, a renowned photographer and forest canopy researcher, and ornithologist Ed Scholes, take the audience deep into New Guinea to observe these astonishing avian creatures. These birds are a living laboratory of evolution. Cowboy Sensations: Gary McMahan and Dave Stamey, 7 p.m. Thu., Feb. 7. HCPA. Both cowboys are successful and award winning singers, songwriters and “bar none, the best entertainers in the biz.” “Trio,” 7 p.m. Fri., Feb. 8, PSH. Ballet Arizona, Arizona Opera and The Phoenix Symphony join together for the first time on stage for an unforgettable, one-night-only performance. Tickets are $60-125. Nathan Pacheco, 8 p.m. Fri., Feb. 8, MAC-Ikeda. This Washington, D.C., native of Brazilian descent, sports an operatic voice with crossover pop potential in the mode of Andrea Bocelli and Josh Groban. Comedian Greg Hahn, Feb. 8-10, CSCC. Hahn has parlayed his absurdly energetic style of physical humor, one-liners and crowd work into a performance of immediate pandemonium

BIRD BRAINS: Tim Laman, a renowned photographer, right, and ornithologist Ed Scholes take audiences deep into New Guinea to observe exotic birds as part of the National Geographic Live Speaker Series at the Mesa Arts Center. Photo courtesy of Mesa Arts Center

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John Pizzarelli Quartet, 7:30 p.m. Thu., Feb. 14, SCPA – VGPT. Worldrenowned guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli has merged a variety of musical styles into a single, distinctive signature sound that is an entertaining convergence of jazz, swing, American Songbook, pop, bossa nova and more. “Romeo & Juliet,” Feb. 14-17, PSH. Ballet Arizona’s full-length adaptation of perhaps the greatest love story ever told, returns just in time for Valentine’s Day. Danced to Prokofiev’s powerful score as performed by the Phoenix Symphony. “Willy Wonka Junior,” Feb. 14-24, ST. Christian Youth Theater – Phoenix presents this zany musical tale of Willy Wonka and his challenge to the children who love his chocolate. This version will be bright, charming and full of laughter for the entire family. Comedienne Paula Poundstone, 7:30 p.m. Fri., Feb. 15, MAC-Ikeda. Poundstone appears on stage with a stool, a microphone, a can of Diet Pepsi and her razor-sharp wit and spontaneity. Together Again For The First Time, 7:30 p.m. Fri., Feb. 15, GCUMC. This two-person show offers music from Broadway and beyond, featuring Broadway stars Jeri Sager and Franc D’Ambrosio. Red Baraat, 8 p.m. Fri., Feb. 15, SCPA – VGPT. Called “the best party band in years” by NPR, Red Baraat melds the infectious North Indian

rhythms of Bhangra with a host of diverse musical styles, including funk, Go-go, Latin and jazz. Comedian Freddy Lockhart, Feb. 15-17, CSCC. In 2006 he became known for his popular internet series on Superdeluxe known as Mixed Media, and in 2008 was cast alongside Frank Caliendo on the TBS series Frank TV. He currently stars in his own podcast, “What’s Good.” “City Council Meeting,” 7 p.m. Sat., Feb. 16, ASUG. A creation of writer Aaron Landsman, director Mallory Catlett and designer Jim Findlay. The team visited local City Council meetings in Bismarck, San Antonio, Portland, New York and now Tempe to create an engaging and participatory theatrical adventure. On stage seating. BBC Concert Orchestra with Principal Conductor Keith Lockhart and Cello Soloist Sophie Shao, 8 p.m. Sat., Feb. 16, MAC-Ikeda. From its humble beginnings as a radio orchestra in 1952, the BBC Concert Orchestra has grown into one of the world’s most respected and versatile orchestras. Shao performs Elgar’s Cello Concerto. Comedienne Rita Rudner, 2 and 8 p.m. Sat., Feb. 16, SCPA – VGPT. Rudner has charmed her way into the hearts of millions with her witty stand-up routines, sold-out tours, best-selling books and many appearances on HBO and late-night television.

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MAC – Mesa Arts Center Ikeda – Ikeda Theater; Piper – Piper Theater; WFG – Wells Fargo Garden 1 E. Main St., Mesa Tickets: 480-644-6500, PSH – Phoenix Symphony Hall 75 N. 2nd St., Phoenix Box office: Symphony Hall 602262-7272, Ballet Arizona: 602-381-1096, SCCA – Scottsdale Civic Center Amphitheater 75th & Main streets, Scottsdale Box office: 480-994-2787, ext. 2 SCPA – Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts VGPT – Virginia G. Piper Theater 7380 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale Box office: 480-499-8587, ST – Stagebrush Theater 7020 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale Tickets:




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