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March 16 – April 5, 2013

Health care reform laws taking shape by Miriam Van Scott

HERE’S THE MEAT! About 20,000 pounds of smoked and savory meats, and 200 kegs of craft beer will be served at The Great American Barbeque & Beer Festival in downtown Chandler on Sat. March 23. Turn to Page 48 in the Neighbors Section for complete details. Submitted photo

Chandler calls shotgun on GM’s next ride by Susan Henderson

More than 1,000 high-tech employees will be hired over the next five years to work for a new General Motors Information Technology Innovation Center in Chandler, a development Mayor Jay Tibshraeny says will have a wide range of effects on the community. “Of the 1,000 jobs created, many will be filled by residents outside of Chandler,” he says. “So we will see some influence on the housing market for those who wish to live close to where they work. It also creates a new source of disposable income. Those working at the site will spend a sizable portion of that income in Chandler. The Innovation Center’s close proximity to Chandler Fashion Center should have a positive impact on the mall as well.” Tibshraeny, with Gov. Jan Brewer and other state officials, say GM will invest $21 million in the new Chandler facility, the fourth to enable GM to “in-source the company’s innovation capabilities, strengthening its global see General Motors page 7

Major changes are coming to the SanTan Sun area’s healthcare system over the next few months, as significant provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) begin going into effect. The law, passed in 2010 and now being slowly phased in, reshapes the health insurance industry, regulates coverage standards and provides tax incentives and subsidies to help offset costs. Because of its grand scope, the ACA will impact virtually every citizen and alter the entire medical system in ways that are as yet unclear. “Starting Jan 1, 2014, everyone will be required to have health insurance or pay a fine,” says Don Hughes, health care policy advisor to Arizona Governor Jan Brewer. “That much is certain. But we’re getting hundreds of pages of additional federal regulations and modifications. I just received 1,000 new pages this week. And there are still many ‘unknowns’ that either haven’t been decided yet or are buried somewhere in these pages.” When the fog does clear, state officials believe the ACA will drastically reduce the number of uninsured in Arizona and supply the state’s medical care providers with a much-needed infusion of cash. “We anticipate the ACA should provide coverage for 250,000 who don’t currently have insurance,” Hughes reports. “And a federal assessment on hospitals is expected to pump $6 billion into Arizona’s health care system and help stabilize the safety net.”

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IN THE DRIVER’S SEAT: Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny, at the podium, announces the GM Innovation Center bringing 1,000 jobs to Chandler. Left to right behind the Mayor: Speaker Andy Tobin, Arizona House of Representatives; President Andy Biggs, Arizona State Senate; Governor Jan Brewer, Arizona; Randy Mott, General Motors vice president & CIO. Submitted photo

For individuals, the ACA’s most immediate consequence is the required package of essential coverage that must be in place by the Jan. 1 deadline. Many Arizonans currently have insurance through their employers, but those who are now uninsured have a variety of options for satisfying the ACA mandate. They can purchase policies directly through an insurance broker, pay a $95 fine in lieu of coverage, or sign up on the government-run insurance exchange beginning this October. This database will also

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Jazz fest sets stage for local talent by K. M. Lang

As local cool cats gear up for the 14th annual Chandler Jazz Festival, two area ensembles are buffing their instruments, polishing their improvisational skills and heading for the main stage. The Willis Junior High Jazz Band and the Chandler-Gilbert Community College Jazz Band will each perform Sat., April 6 in the same venue as headliners El Chicano and Marcos Crego and the Cuban Tribe. Although Willis’s band is made up of seventh- and eighth-graders, and the CGCC musicians range in age from their 30s to 70s, both groups have a similar history of excellence and something special to offer listeners, says the festival’s founder and artistic director, Bart Salzman. “We only have one college band in Chandler,” he explains, “and since it is the Chandler Jazz Festival and

the CGCC director, Randy Wright, is so great to work with, we’ve invited them annually. They contribute a great deal, as they are an 18-piece band with a full sound that only a big band can create.” As for the Willis band, “I love exposing the audience to the next generation of musicians,” says Salzman. “And most important, it gives the youngsters a priceless opportunity to perform on a professional stage.” Although the Willis students are the youngest performers at this year’s festival, the auditiononly ensemble is as old as the school itself, and membership comes with a measure of prestige, says Director John Studzinski. The musicians, who also take part in the school’s concert bands, meet each weekday

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Youth with burning passion needed to fight fires

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A mandatory orientation for prospective Fire Cadet Academy candidates is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wed., March 20 at Chandler’s Fire Training Center, 3550 S. Dobson Rd. No preregistration is required to attend. A developmental program open to ages 14 to 25, the academy is designed to assist young men and women interested in a possible career in the fire service. “The Fire Cadet program is a great experience for young men and women who will accept the challenge to become stronger, both mentally and physically,” says Battalion Chief

Arizona Avenue is temporarily closing to traffic through the downtown area during a Saturday event this month and traffic is restricted along several streets during a Sunday morning athletic competition. Arizona Avenue between Chandler Boulevard and Frye Road closes at 4 a.m. Sat., March 23 for the Great American BBQ & Beer Festival and reopens at 3 a.m. Sun., March 24. North and southbound traffic will be detoured either west to Alma School Road or east to McQueen Road. Affected bus routes are LINK, 112 and 156. For information about the event, turn to Page 48 in the Neighbors Section. The Tri for the Cure Woman’s Triathlon on Sun., March 24 is the reason for lane closures, causing a partial restriction with only the right lanes closed along the following route: westbound Chandler Boulevard from Arizona Avenue to Alma School Road, northbound Alma School Road from Chandler Boulevard to Ray Road, eastbound Ray Road from Alma School Road to Arizona Avenue and southbound Arizona Avenue from Ray Road to Chandler Boulevard. The closings begin at 6 a.m. and end at 11 a.m. Traffic will not be detoured to other routes, only restricted from using the far-right lanes. No bus routes are affected. For event details, visit

Norm Germaine, who oversees the program. “They will learn what it takes to be a member of the Chandler Fire Department, and we will find out if they have the commitment, work ethic, perseverance and teamwork that are required.” Cadets learn and perform duties commonly demonstrated within the firefighting profession, according to Germaine. To become a cadet, candidates must complete the academy to become certified to ride with fire crews and operate with them. Anyone interested in participating in the academy must attend the

COURAGE & HONOR: Chandler Fire Cadet Academy participants stand for inspection in their turnout gear at the Fire Training Center. Submitted photo

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orientation, which is an informational meeting, so no physical activities are included. Attendees should be prepared to take notes. Parents are also strongly encouraged to attend, especially for younger candidates. The academy is held April 27 through June 29, with participants meeting 6 to 10 p.m. Wednesdays and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays at the Fire Training Center. The Cadet Academy follows a similar curriculum as the regular Fire Academy. It includes physical fitness, teamwork and personal development. There is no fee to attend, but there are uniform and equipment costs. For more information, call 480-782-2120, email or visit


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Register now for HOA Academy Bright future for Chandler firm An opportunity for homeowner association board members to network and gain a better understanding of their roles and importance in their neighborhoods is offered at Chandler’s 2013 Spring HOA Academy 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, March 27 through April 24. A look at many city resources available to neighborhood associations; discussions about conditions, covenants and restrictions enforcement; and tips on amending association documents are among the topics covered.


• March 27: The structure of community associations and how they function, and the roles and responsibilities of the board of directors, members, manager, architectural committee and other committees. Participants review Arizona’s Open Meeting Law and learn how to protect the board of directors and association from the threat of a lawsuit. • April 3: Proper collection of delinquent assessments, CC&R enforcement and available legal remedies, such as when to pursue delinquencies and how to work proactively for the best outcome for the association. • April 10: How to maintain and when to amend association documents, as well as how to document and maintain financials to protect the association from theft. A summary of Arizona legislation that could impact neighborhood associations is presented. • April 17: “Seven Secrets of a Successful HOA” and how they help a community association properly serve the members and steer clear of potential liability. • April 24: An overview of City of Chandler resources and how to effectively utilize them. Classes are free, but if they reach capacity enrollment priority is given to Chandler residents and those who live in registered neighborhoods. Classes are held in Training Rooms A & B on the second floor of Chandler City Hall at 175 S. Arizona Ave. The fifth and final class is held in the council chambers adjacent to City Hall. Chandler residents who complete five classes receive certificates of completion and are recognized at a future city council meeting. The academy is presented by Neighborhood Programs in partnership with Mulcahy Law, P.C. and Shaw & Lines, LLC. To register, call 480-782-4354 or download applications at

A $1,000 prize for the best solar invention is offered to promote sustainable energy and educate the public about the importance of solar power. It’s part of a program sponsored by Sun Valley Solar Solutions, 3235 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler, a gold sponsor of the Arizona SciTech Festival. Participants enter by completing four challenges that use math behind solar electricity, a “Home Energy Assessment” to help people find out how much electricity their home uses, the “Build a Solar Cell Phone Charger Challenge” and the “Ultimate Challenge:” inventing a new solar

product that can be used in or around the home. The deadline to enter is March 17. “Kids are very interested in solar power, and we feel it is our responsibility to encourage them to be part of a sustainable energy future through science as we move away from fossil fuels and into the world’s new power source,” says Sun Valley Solar Solutions CEO Russ Patzer. “We feel it is important to give back to the community.” To download instructions and worksheets for the challenges, visit For information, call 480-361-6041 or 888-576-5278, email, or visit

Some residents qualify for free tax prep Free tax preparation services for low- and moderate-income residents are offered through mid-April at six Chandler locations. An appointment is unnecessary.


• 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 For information, call Jeanne Bosarge at 480-782-4358 or email Jeanne.bosarge@


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Health care from page 1

provide information on tax credits, subsidy eligibility and doctor participation. “Arizona will adopt and implement a federal run health benefit exchange,” explains Tom Marreel, CEO of Marreel Slater Insurance. “The exchange will offer coverage to individuals and small employers. Subsidies will be availGOING UP: Tom Marreel, CEO, able for individuals Marreel Slater Insurance, says health who fall below 400% care costs for some individuals will of the federal poverty double, while businesses big and level and tax credits for small can expect to pay more too. eligible small businesses Submitted photo who purchase through the exchange. There will be four options offered through the exchange along with a catastrophic offering for younger adults. These plan offerings will meet the essential benefit provisions of the ACA.” Once the exchange is up and running, SanTan Sun area residents can use it to compare costs and benefits of the various plans. The website will include a directory showing which doctors and hospitals participate in the different options. “In order to participate on the exchange, insurers must be licensed in Arizona, but the federal government will determine the criteria and is responsible for the infrastructure involved,” explains Hughes. “Open enrollment begins on Oct. 1 of this year, and by that time we’re hoping everything is ready to go.”

Cost questions

One of the big questions surrounding the ACA is what impact the law will have on medical costs for the average consumer. This is a complex issue with


no definitive answer, further complicated by the two-pronged expense track. Residents will be required to pay premiums for insurance coverage and will also be responsible for some out-of-pocket fees for medical services. Dueling analyses offer vastly different theories of how the law will play out economically in the MONITOR & MAINTAIN: Suzanne years to come. Pfister, vice president of external affairs “There will be for Dignity Health Arizona, says more changes in health emphasis will be placed on properly care costs and it will managing patients with chronic health be going up,” says problems, preventing expensive Marreel. “ACA contains emergency care. Submitted photo a number of fees, taxes and benefit requirements that will impact costs over the next several years. It is our belief in talking with the insurance market here in Arizona that large employers may experience increases of 12% to 20%, small employers 25% to 50% and individuals as much as 100%.” But medical professionals are confident the law’s provisions will encourage more preventative and coordinated care, which will result in massive savings over time. “The way people are being compensated in the healthcare system is changing,” reports Suzanne Pfister, vice president of external affairs for Dignity Health Arizona. “Now there is much more emphasis on ‘monitor and maintain,’ especially in patients with chronic health problems. We look at the overall health and doctors are talking to each other more, reviewing more files and helping patients understand their symptoms. Before, we were seeing patients in the most expensive setting possible – when they were in crisis

and came to the emergency room. Catching problems before they get that serious will lead to major cost reductions to the overall system.”

Moving forward

Because the ACA is so far-reaching and complex, experts agree it’s important to stay informed about how the law is progressing. “Get engaged as a consumer of health care and rely on your professional team of experts to assist you and your employees on the implications and requirements of this new law,” advises Marreel. “The law is changing daily so I strongly encourage everyone to work with their healthcare broker and consultant to assist them with the changes.” Meanwhile, area medical professionals are actively involved in producing the final product. “There are many things in the 2,000-page ACA bill that were left to government agencies to develop, so there are new rules and guidelines coming out literally every week,” notes Pfister. “We are working to help shape those guidelines as they are drafted, to make sure they best serve our patients and our hospitals.” One of the best ways to keep up to date on the ACA is online at Miriam Van Scott is a former Kerby Estates resident who can be reached at

What do you think? Are your health care needs being met at an affordable price? Will reform help or hurt service levels, physicians and other providers, patients and insurance costs? Send your responses to and include your community name for possible inclusion in a future issue of the SanTan Sun News.

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competitiveness.” GM’s IT Innovation Centers are part of a companywide transformation to improve performance, reduce the cost of ongoing operations and increase its delivery of innovation, according to Jane Poston, public information officer for the City of Chandler. “This is exactly the type of technology employer we need in Chandler and in our state,” says Tibshraeny. “The GM Innovation Center is a perfect complement to Chandler’s Price Corridor and furthers the City’s reputation as a regional hub for innovation and high-tech businesses.” GM’s Chief Information Officer Randy Mott says choosing Chandler is key to attracting and maintaining valuable employees. All four centers are located in areas Mott describes as strong communities with lower cost of living and a strong IT presence. “Recruiting talented IT professionals is intensely competitive,” he says. “To hire the best and the brightest, we need to create employment opportunities that differentiate our company from the competition – location is one such advantage.” Cost of living and quality of life are critical in corporate decisions, acknowledges Tibshraeny, who notes Chandler excels in both, which he takes pride in. “From a personal perspective, it is exciting to welcome a leading Fortune 500 company here. It shows that as a City Council, we are creating an environment that is very desirable.”

Hiring in April

GM will begin recruiting and hiring software developers, database administrators and systems analysts in a temporary west Chandler location April 1. The new Innovation Center near the Price Road Loop 101 and Santan Loop 202 freeways intersection along the Price

Community Corridor is expected to be operational by first quarter 2014. Tibshraeny credits many for the economic coup. “We are lucky as a region and a state to have many partners who work through the process. That includes the Arizona Commerce Authority and the Greater Phoenix Economic Council. We feel that once a company is interested in an area, our Economic Development staff can then really show off the merits in locating in a community like Chandler.” Many SanTan Sun residents will recall that GM, like many other businesses and individuals, struggled during the recession. The resiliency of the company and the significance of them locating in Chandler are not lost on Tibshraeny. “It says many things. GM has made a commitment to its future through its focus on innovation and technology. They are moving jobs in-house where they used to contract out for information technology services. I see that as a very positive sign that they are committed to the product and to the American workforce. For our state and for Chandler, it shows that we are a great place to do business and it solidifies our reputation as the innovation and high-tech hub of the Southwest. Chandler and the state continue to emerge from the Great Recession, and while we are cautiously optimistic, we do feel good about how we are positioned for the future.” Interested candidates can apply for positions at Susan Henderson is managing editor of the SanTan Sun News and resides in Old Stone Ranch with her husband, three kids and lovable labradoodle. Reach her at

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Easy to be green at St. Patty’s events

READY TO CELEBRATE: Irish Republic in downtown Chandler hosts its annual St. Patrick’s Day party on March 17. STSN photo by Ron Lang by Alison Stanton

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This weekend, the SanTan Sun area and downtown Phoenix offer several St. Patrick’s Day celebrations that take the term “going green” to a whole new level. Festive food, drink and games are part of the 5th Annual Irish Republic St. Patrick’s Day Festival at Irish Republic Public House from noon to 10 p.m. Sun., March 17. From 8 a.m. to noon the downtown Chandler restaurant serves specialty breakfast items like corned beef hash boxtys. Wash it all down with a Guinness Bloody Mary. From noon to 10 p.m. guests can enjoy beef brisket, corned beef skewers and shrimp-

lobster-haddock chowder. Lively corn hole games and trike races are among the fun games on tap for the day, and the “Show Us Your Shamrock Bikini Contest” is scheduled for 4 p.m. Performers at the event include the Bracken School of Irish Dance and the AZ Fire Service Pipe Team. General admission to the festival is $10; those younger than 12 who are accompanied by a paying adult get in free until 4 p.m. Irish Republic is located at 58 S. San Marcos Pl. Info: 480-812-1588,


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the Irish Bracken Dancers at 5 p.m. Sun., March 17. Opening early at 10 a.m. on St. Patty’s Day; regular hours are: 11 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. The restaurant is at 1422 W. Warner Rd., Gilbert. Info: 480-5454900,,


SPECIAL MENU: corned beef with bacon, Reubens and corned beef hash are featured at BLD in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. STSN photo

BLD. For breakfast, guests can try corned beef hash. Lunch offers a classic Reuben sandwich served with fresh potato chips hits the spot. For dinner, dine on braised corned beef with bacon, roasted potatoes, sautéed greens, white beans and Guinness and jalapeno puree. Hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sun., March 17. BLD is at 1920 W. Germann Rd., Chandler. Info: 480-779-8646,

DownUnder Wines and Bistro

Go “down under” for Aussie-style St. Patrick’s Day specials on Sat., March 16 and Sun., March 17 at DownUnder Wines and Bistro. The wine pub serves Irish food and drink specials, and features

Diners nosh on an all-you-can-eat corned beef meal from 11 a.m. to close on St. Patrick’s Day at Chompie’s. The feast includes slow-cooked corned beef and cabbage, boiled potatoes and Irish soda bread for $18.95 a person. Or, choose a single serving of corned beef and cabbage for $14.49.

AJ’s Café

To add a St. Patrick’s Day touch to its usual Sunday brunch, AJ’s Café at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort features an “Irish Lady” beverage, made from Midori, orange juice and champagne on March 17. The drink is included with the brunch price of $22.95 a person. The brunch buffet features an omelet station, prime rib carving station, fresh salads and desserts. The San Marcos is at 1 N. San Marcos Pl., downtown Chandler. Info: 480-8574401,

PIPING UP: A bagpiper makes his way down the parade route during the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Phoenix. Submitted photo

Sleepy Dog Pub & Bistro

Celebrate the holiday with corned beef and cabbage and a variety of craft beers at Sleepy Dog Pub & Bistro, where guests can eat on the dog-friendly patio. The first 100 customers to come in on St. Patrick’s Day receive a free Sleepy Dog T-shirt. Hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. The Bistro is at 1451 E. Williams Field Rd., in Gilbert. Info: 480-963-1805,

McClelland Library. Admission is $10 for 13 and older, $8 for 55 and older and military and free for kids 12 and younger. The Irish Cultural Center is at 1106 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Info: 602-280-9221, Alison Stanton is a freelance writer who lives in the East Valley. She can be reached at

Irish Cultural Center Chompie’s Bakery gets into the spirit of the day with fresh green bagels, green cream cheese, Irish soda bread, shamrock-shaped cookies, leprechaun cakes and cupcakes. The baked treats are available in the restaurant or to-go. Chompie’s is at 3481 W. Frye Rd. the Chandler Village Center. Info: 480-3983008,

The 30th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Irish Faire is on Sat., March 16 in Phoenix. The parade starts at 10 a.m. and runs on 3rd Street from Sheridan south to McDowell Road. The Faire also begins at 10 a.m. at Margaret Hance Park on the west side of Central Avenue at the Irish Cultural Center. The Faire features three stages of Irish music and dancers, a kids area and the Fighting Irishmen exhibition at the

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at 7:45 a.m. – more than an hour before school starts. “These kids are extra dedicated and hard working,” Studzinski explains. “They’re giving up their sleep for it, and the payback is that they get to travel and do things during the school year.” The band typically performs 12 to 15 times each year at community events and fundraisers, and recently spent two days at the NAU Jazz Festival. They’ve been selected to play at the Arizona Music Educators Conference five times in the last 10 years, and in 2009 traveled to the international Midwest Clinic in Chicago, where they were the only junior high jazz band invited to play in front of 15,000 music teachers. “That was a big event, and we spent probably a year getting ready for it,”

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CGCC’s jazz band, formed in 1986, has a similar long history of dedication, says Director Randy Wright, who’s led the group since 1990. The ensemble rehearses year-round, and its members, who pay a tuition fee each semester, sign on again and again to keep the music alive. “Probably close to 25% of the band has been there since it started,” says Wright. “It’s kind of morbid to say, but a lot of times the seats don’t open up unless somebody dies or moves. Occasionally we have some of the

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daytime kids who want to at the same time, it’s very play in this group, and I’ve satisfying.” pretty much shooed them The group performs off, saying, ‘You know, this everything from swing to is kind of a middle-aged contemporary jazz, and has playground for the guys entertained at area parks and who started this band.’” festivals – even playing the Many of CGCC’s jazz “Star Spangled Banner” at a musicians are engineers and Phoenix Suns game. teachers, and about half take “The Chandler Jazz Festival paying gigs on the side, says is one place we look forward JAZZ VETERAN: Randy Wright Wright. The band’s members, has directed the Chandlerto playing because it does get who have built strong friend- Gilbert Community College us out in public,” says Wright. Jazz Band since 1990, four ships over the years, find “You’re dealing with the Willis years after it began. “The motivation in their love Junior High kids – a very member started this band of music. outstanding junior high jazz before I ever got here,” he “It’s something they band –and it makes our guys says, “and I’ve sort of kept participated in when feel like what they do is still the philosophy of that band they were young, and it’s important to younger kids. On ever since.” Submitted photo something that they feel top of that, there are a number is just a really important part of who of professional groups who perform there they are,” Wright explains. “I wouldn’t – the stars of the show, so to speak – and necessarily say it’s always relaxing, but a lot of our jazz band members watch them and are inspired. It’s good all the way around.” The Willis Junior High Jazz Band performs at noon and the ChandlerGilbert Community College Jazz Band performs at 1 p.m. on Sat., April 6 on the main stage of the Chandler Jazz Festival. For festival information, visit K. M. Lang lives and writes in Sun Groves. To contact her, email LOCAL BEAT: The Chandler-Gilbert Community College Jazz Band has been playing at the Chandler Jazz Festival since it began in 2000, offering a big band sound from local musicians. Submitted photo

For more news on local jazz performances, turn to Page 62 of the Arts Section.


March 16 – April 5, 2013

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Mayor puts sweat equity into fitness campaign A healthier Chandler is what Mayor Jay Tibshraeny would like to see, and he is hosting a full morning of education and activity to encourage residents to make the same commitment. The Health Connect Expo is 9 a.m. to noon Sat., April 6 at one Tumbleweed Recreation Center (TRC). The expo offers a holistic approach to wellness with information and activities on everything from physical fitness to mental health and financial tips. “We can all use a reminder or encouragement when it comes to staying healthy,” says Tibshraeny. “The Health Connect Expo will have something for everyone, whether it’s new ideas for sticking to a fitness routine or learning a few tricks to cook a healthier meal.” Residents looking for extra inspiration are invited to join Tibshraeny as he leads a 10 a.m. cycling class in the courtyard of TRC. Tim Bricker, president and CEO of Dignity Health’s Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert medical centers, a co-sponsor of the event, will join the Mayor. “I’m looking forward to spinning alongside Mayor Tibshraeny,” he says. “Chandler Regional Medical Center is equally committed to promoting

LEADING BY EXAMPLE: Mayor Jay Tibshraeny encourages residents to stay healthy by using City amenities such as the Paseo Trail, where he bikes. Submitted photo

health initiatives and wellness activities in the community.” “I have to say this will be my first cycling class,” says Tibshraeny. “But I understand it’s very popular, and that’s what this day is for, encouraging people to explore everything Chandler has to offer when it comes to staying healthy.” The expo offers physical fitness ideas for residents at every level of wellness. TRC will showcase all the classes it has to offer from the Silver Sneakers program for senior citizens to its teen activities and family nights. A limited number of vendor booths are still available at the Health Connect Expo. Contact Dave Bigos at

Rec leader calls time out to play There’s an adage that says come in to the TRC and find “do what you love and the out they can get a pass and rest will follow.” Erika Berry is use the center for a week. doing just that in her position Two months later they are still as recreation superintendent there and they find out what for the City of Chandler. She they can really achieve.” learned to love community Much of Berry’s work classes at an early age, as she involves things most was raised in Hawaii and went people would only notice to her local rec center so often if it weren’t happening, like she ended up building her own PLAYING FOR KEEPS: Erika ensuring equipment is upfleet of miniature boats. to-date, safety hazards are Berry, City of Chandler recreation “As a kid I went every day immediately addressed and superintendent, made a career out after school and did ceramics, of getting the community to come customer comments receive volleyball, ukulele and boat quick responses. out and play. Submitted photo making,” Berry says. “We “Customers are surprised would learn woodwork and how to glue, when staff will call back and let them cut, sand and paint. Then we would have a know what we are doing to address their boat regatta.” concern,” she says. “We can’t always When she discovered she could make a purchase a specialty item, but we let them career out of play, she changed her major know what our plans are and they seem to to recreation management at ASU and appreciate it.” knew she found her calling. Her job is also to figure out how to manage Berry started working at the City of changing trends and see how Chandler can Chandler 12 years ago with a part-time job meet requests as much as possible. as a recreation leader II. Her job was to “People love Zumba, and if we get 10 implement the successful youth mentoring comment cards, we’ll look at possibly program known today as “Leaders in Training.” adding a class or rearrange the schedule to Berry was recently promoted to her new offer it at the best time,” says Berry. position as superintendent, which includes Keeping up with the times is a constant oversight of the Tumbleweed Recreation part of her job, and her next challenge is Center (TRC), the Tennis Center and the to review adult sports as the City is always Snedigar Recreation Center. It also includes looking to offer different sports for adults managing special events, such as Mayor Jay in the community. Tibshraeny’s Health Connect Expo, which she “We just keep adding things as we go,” says can be a game-changer for someone. concludes Berry. “Our goal is always to get “With recreation we can impact someone people to come enjoy our programs and for life,” explains Berry. “A person might come out and play!”

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Residents will be asked to make a commitment to wellness by choosing one activity and signing a pledge to work towards it. “The pledge will be a very personal choice, whether it’s going for a walk after dinner, joining a new exercise class or just drinking more water,” says Erika Berry, City of Chandler recreation coordinator. “By writing it down, we hope people are more committed to taking action.” A limited number of free healthy pledge T-shirts will be available for people who sign and want to publicize their pledge to wellness. Preventative services are offered as well, with health screenings and children’s safety information, and Chandler Regional Medical Center will bring physicians to speak on topics such as recognizing and handling depression. Tibshraeny launched his Health Connect initiative last fall with a three-pronged approach to wellness in Chandler including physical, mental and financial health. Financial health comes in the form of a prescription drug card that can save residents who may not have health insurance as much as 59% off regular prescription rates. A solid fitness routine is key to physical health, and the Mayor promotes all the fitness activities and amenities in Chandler. Each month on the website connect, Tibshraeny blogs about a “facility of the month” in Chandler. He also emphasizes good mental health through a number of suggestions to deal with stress via his twitter account, @jaytibshraeny. For more, visit Information provided by the City of Chandler Communications and Public Affairs Department.


March 16 – April 5, 2013

Senior Expo gets Classes drive safety home adults active Free blood pressure checks are given at Chandler’s 23rd Annual Senior Expo, held 9 a.m. to noon Wed., March 20 at the Chandler Community Center, 125 E. Commonwealth Ave. There will also be a limited number of free cholesterol and glucose tests for attendees on a firstcome, first-served basis.

Seniors can brush up on their driving skills by attending the AARP Driver Safety Program offered from 1 to 5 p.m. the third Thursday of every month at the Chandler Senior Center, 202 E. Boston St., Chandler. A certificate is given at the end of the class. Depending on the insurer, it may provide a car insurance discount. The cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-AARP members. To register, call 480-782-2720. For information, visit

Celtic spirit comes to Chandler The free event features more than 60 representatives from a wide variety of health care agencies, leisure services and senior-related product firms. City departments and other local organizations will also be present. The expo is hosted by Mayor Jay Tibshraeny’s Committee for the Aging, presented by the City of Chandler Recreation Division, sponsored by CIGNA and co-sponsored by Dignity Health and Prime Times Magazine. To learn more, call 480-782-2720 or visit

Enjoy a free performance featuring the rowdy energy and smooth Celtic harmonies of The Knockabouts from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thu., March 21 at the lakeside amphitheater of Chandler’s Veterans Oasis Park, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd. The band plays traditional pub tunes on authentic instruments and delivers a sound they say “captures the spirit and soul of the Celtic lands.” In case of inclement weather, the performance will be held indoors at the park’s Environmental Education Center. For more details, visit veterans-oasis and


Donate items for service members Donations are needed by the East Valley Military Support Group, which has completely run out of food items and toiletries. Suggested food items for donation include coffee, powdered Gatorade, hot chocolate, beef jerky, crackers, nuts, hard candy, Rice Krispies treats, dry cereal, power bars, dried fruit, soup, tuna, canned chicken, corn beef hash, refried beans and taco items. Toiletries needed include soap, hair clippers, nail clippers, files, cotton swabs on sticks, hair gels, razors, shaving cream, large towels, blankets, foot powder, corn starch, combs, brushes and cotton balls. Fun items needed are games, baseballs, footballs, flying discs, dart boards, DVDs, CDs, foam balls and AT&T telephone cards. For more details, call Faith Steele at 480-963-4462 or 480-540-5883, or email



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Tempt taste buds at Bon Vivant Sampling food and beverages from more than 30 of the Valley’s finest restaurants, caterers and resorts is the highlight of the 28th Annual Toyota Financial Services Bon Vivant – A Celebration of Fine Food and Drink from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Sun., March 24 at Rawhide, 5700 W. North Loop Rd. in Chandler. Hosted by and in support of The Boys & Girls Club of the East Valley (BGCEV), Bon Vivant showcases more than 700 wines and liquors, ales, microbrews and nonalcoholic beverages including coffees, teas and sparkling waters, all provided by Bashas’. Other community supporters of Bon Vivant and BGCEV include BMO Harris, The Arizona Republic and Rawhide. Leading chefs will bring the finest samples from their restaurants to showcase talent and creativity. Bon Vivant also features live entertainment and dancing, along with a silent auction

with items from golf packages to dining certificates, resort stays, sporting tickets and vacations. Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley is a community-based, character-building, youth development organization. It has 11 branches and an Arts Based Charter School serving more than 40,000 youth and teens in Apache Junction, Chandler, Gilbert, Gila River Indian Community, Guadalupe, Mesa, Queen Creek and Tempe. Tickets are $100. To purchase a sponsor package or event tickets, contact John Davis at Restaurants looking to participate or businesses seeking to donate items for the auction should contact Kristen Burnside at or 480-820-3688. Visit BonVivant for more information.

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Families can register roundtrip ride. Water now for Chandler’s Family and a snack are provided Bike Ride, taking place during the ride. All riders at 9 a.m. Sat,. April 13 must wear helmets. along the Paseo Trail in The annual bike ride southeastern Chandler. is held in conjunction WHEELIN’ ALONG: Area residents Preregistration is with Valley Bike Month gather for Chandler’s Family Bike Ride. in April, and provides available online at Submitted photo families with the Registration is also opportunity to exercise taken on event day, beginning at 8 while celebrating bicycling for recreation a.m. at Chandler’s Park & Ride lot on and transportation. Participants receive the southwest corner of Germann and information about bicycle safety, Hamilton roads. transit services and related topics. Free Participants travel the Paseo Trail T-shirts are given to the first 100 people along the Consolidated Canal to who register. For information, visit Crossbow Park and back, a 7.4-mile

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Larry Rother, principal at Higley High School for the last five years, was named to the top post at Chandler High, replacing Terry Larry Rother Williams, who is retiring after 38 years with the district. Under Rother, Higley High increased participation in Advanced Placement classes and was named an A+ School of Excellence by the Arizona Educational Foundation in 2011. He is president-elect of the secondary division of the Arizona School Administrators Association. Danielle Greiner, a Chandler resident, was recently a contestant on “The Price is Right.” The show, currently celebrating its 41st season on the air, is longest-running game show in television history. Greiner chatted with host Drew Carey and announcer George Gray on the show which is broadcast on KPHO Channel 5. Contestant hopefuls are invited to visit for information and obtain show tickets online.

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Josh Garrett of Chandler performs with the University Choir of the University of Evansville at the Indiana Music Educators’ Association annual convention. The performance of the 36-member choir is part of the University Choir’s and Wind Ensemble’s joint winter tour. Info: music. Ty Glander, a teacher at Charlotte Patterson Elementary in Gilbert, is Fulton Homes’ Teacher of the Week. The program honors Valley school teachers throughout the school year. Students and parents can nominate their favorite teacher each week by visiting and submitting a form describing why their teacher deserves the title. Winners are announced from 6:20 to 7:20 a.m. every Friday on KNIX’s Ben and Matt in the Morning Show.

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recovering, and people who are here for the winter often call us to help with projects because they have used California Closets back home in Edmonton or Calgary or Minneapolis and they already know about us.” The vast majority of the company’s projects – about 80% or so, Black says – is residential. A designer from California Closets meets with clients and assess the space and the items that will be going in it. After the appointment, Black says the designer creates a 3D design on the computer that shows the proposed project. The homeowner can tweak the drawing before approving the work. The number one project California Closets handles is bedroom closets, Black says. Since very few homes in the area have hall closets or a lot of other storage areas, he adds, homeowners really need their bedroom closets to be as functional as possible. “We are also seeing an increase in

With winter almost over and the weather warming up, many SanTan Sun area residents are thinking about spring cleaning. From overstuffed closets and cluttered home offices to garages that hold everything but the car, this time of year inspires homeowners to clean up, clear out and get organized. Since the day California Closets opened its Chandler showroom in 2006, it has strived to help East Valley residents become more organized. Bill Black, a managing partner with the company, says this time of year is always busy for his team of employees. In addition to homeowners who are interested in completing some spring-cleaning projects, Black says the economic comeback and influx of winter visitors has kept the phones ringing even more than usual. “A lot of our customers have recently moved into a new or different home as the result of the real estate market

home offices,” he adds. “California Closets can design the pieces of the home office specifically for the space they are going into. Some home offices need room for three or four computers, or certain types of filing, and this can all be reflected in the design process.” Transforming the home office into a multi-functional space is also a common project at California Closets, Black says. “When Aunt Sally is here visiting from Chicago, she needs a place to sleep. We can add a Murphy bed, and it can be an office during the day and a guest bedroom at night.” California Closets has also completed a number of garage projects over the years, Black says. Homeowners can select from a variety of cabinets that

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The next six-week session of Intel Easy Steps Computer Classes is taught entirely in Spanish at the Downtown Chandler Library, 22 S. Delaware St. The classes are held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays March 26 through April 30. The program continues a partnership between Chandler Public Library and Intel to give adult learners the opportunity to improve their social and economic self-sufficiency through digital literacy. The class materials use proven adult learning techniques to teach practical and relevant skills to people with little or no prior computer experience. The Intel Easy Steps program teaches participants basic computer skills that are relevant and useful, both personally and professionally. Participants learn to use word processing, do simple calculations, search the Internet and create and send email. No previous computer experience is required. The instructors are volunteer Intel employees. There is no fee for the classes, but space is limited. Interested participants should complete a survey and register for the entire series in advance at any Chandler Public Library location or online at For more information, visit or call 480-782-2800.

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert medical centers have the specialists and tools to screen and detect area residents for the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, because the disease has few or no symptoms at first, 60% of colon cancer deaths could be prevented if every man and woman 50 or older had regular colon cancer screenings. The American Cancer Society estimates that 50,830 people in the U.S. will die of colorectal cancer in 2013. Gastroenterologists at Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert medical centers specialize in the field of digestive and liver disorders and are trained to diagnose

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health problems like colon cancer by using the latest technology, like the Third Eye Retroscope. Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert are the only hospitals in the state to use the device, which can improve the detection of precancerous polyps by up to 25%. Used during a colonoscopy, the Retroscope allows doctors to see more of the colon through a reverse view, as well as the traditional forward-looking view, thereby minimizing any blind spots. Chandler Regional is at 1955 W. Frye Rd. in Chandler; Mercy Gilbert is at the intersection of Val Vista Drive and Loop 202 in Gilbert. To learn more or find a doctor trained to use the Third Eye Retroscope, call 800-902-6041.

Enjoy the lush fairways, cascading waterfalls and colorful plant life at the annual golf tournament for Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert medical centers, Fri., April 5 at Ocotillo Golf Resort, 3751 S. Clubhouse Dr., Chandler. Registration and lunch is at 11 a.m. and the George Rozsa Golf Classic shotgun begins at 1 p.m. Dinner and an awards presentation follow. Proceeds benefit the medical centers. For information, visit

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Legacy Schools hosts golf fundraiser

The Inaugural Legacy Classic Golf Tournament raises funds for Legacy Traditional Schools Sat., April 27 at Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club, 48456 W. Hwy. 238, Maricopa. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m., followed by a shotgun start at noon and banquet at 6 p.m. The event includes a four-man scramble, prizes and a dinner and auction. An online auction is also available. Participants can receive up to $400 in individual tax credits for participating; scholarships are tax deductible. Legacy Traditional Schools operates seven charter schools across the state with nearly 7,000 students in kindergarten through eighth grade including Athlos Traditional Academy at 3201 S. Gilbert Rd., Chandler. To learn more, visit or email

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See a live presentation by special guest Robin Selleck, business development manager for Royal Caribbean International, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tue., April 2 at Chompie’s Deli Restaurant, 3481 W. Frye Rd., Chandler. Participants will learn about Alaska cruises and cruise tours courtesy of Cruise Planners / American Express and Royal Caribbean International.

The internationally renowned expert on technology and innovation and its impact on business and society, Martin Cooper, kicks off the start of Wireless Telecommunications Symposium 2013. He speaks during the welcoming dinner and reception from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wed., April 17 at the Ocotillo Golf Resort, 3751 S. Clubhouse Drive, Chandler. Widely regarded as one of the leading inventors of the time, who has spent most of the past five decades creating some of the world’s most important business and technological concepts and offerings, Cooper presents “The Radio Frequency Spectrum – Are we Managing or Mismanaging It?” He is an activist who seeks to shape public policy in the United States and globally, having testified before various committees. Cooper has been featured in national publications and news shows, and says he is passionate about the revolution in health care and commerce that wireless technology will engender when networks are finally opened and new technology adopted. Cooper is chairman and co-founder of DYNA, and co-founder of ArrayComm and GreatCall, innovator of the Jitterbug cell phone and service. He conceived

Additional highlights include useful travel planning advice, exclusive savings and travel benefits for attendees only and a chance to enter to win door prizes. Light refreshments are served. Seating is limited and RSVPs required by calling 480-2197070 or emailing 1mcorchuelo@ For more details, visit events/331363703640180.

Private paperwork shredded for free Protect your identity and preserve Mother Nature at the same time by taking private documents to the Netzel Financial 7th Annual Shredding Party, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sat., April 13 in the Netzel parking lot at 10450 E. Riggs Rd., Suite 101, Chandler. “Have lunch on us and mingle while your private documents are

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the first portable cellular phone in 1973 and is widely recognized as an innovator in spectrum management. For 29 years, he led a number of major businesses at Motorola including high-capacity paging, trunked mobile radio, cellular radio telephone, quartz crystals and oscillators, liquid crystal displays, piezo-electric components, Motorola A.M. Stereo technology and various mobile and portable two-way radio product lines. Following his time with Motorola, Cooper co-founded Cellular Business Systems, a cellular billing system company. He has numerous patents in the communications field, is widely published and continues to write and lecture around the world about wireless communications, technological innovation, the Internet and research and development management. If paid on or before April 1, the dinner costs $85 per person, $75 for Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) members, $65 for students, $60 for IEEE student members and is free for WTS 2013 registrants. After April 1, the cost is $95 per person, $85 for IEEE members, $75 for students, $70 for IEEE student members and free for WTS 2013 registrants. For information, call Kathleen Pettengill at 909869-2353 or email her at To register for the dinner or the symposium, visit


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Owner: Elizabeth Rahamim, LCSW, SAP How long in business: 1 year Specialty: Recently awarded the “2012 Best of Chandler” in the Mental Health Clinics category, Elizabeth Rahamim has more than 12 years experience as a therapist and social worker specializing in individual, couples and family therapy. She is also a qualified Substance Abuse Professional under the Department of Transportation Regulations, Part 40 and regularly facilitates Critical Incident Stress Management debriefings. Unique features: Filling a need in Southern Chandler and East Valley communities, Rahamim expanded Strategies for Success to include several therapists, a psychiatric nurse practitioner and offers seminars on topics such as parenting, substance abuse and depression. Hours: Appointment and seminar times vary; visit the website or call to schedule. Address: 4921 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler Phone: 480-252-5152 Email: Website:

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 or visit and click on the “Doing Business” form to submit.


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Eastmark grand opening on June 1 Event includes music, entertainment, family activities The first new, large-scale integrated community to launch in the Phoenix area in 10 years holds its grand opening 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sat., June 1 to showcase the first phase of residential homes and the first phase of the Eastmark Great Park at Ray and Ellsworth roads in Mesa. Located a stone’s throw from the SanTan Sun area, Eastmark focuses on creating a connected life for its residents, employers and visitors. To debut Eastmark to the public, real estate investment and development firm DMB is planning a day of festivities that includes music throughout the parks, family games and entertainment and activities for all ages. Tours of 14 new home models from seven homebuilders will be available to guests. Every home design in Eastmark features a new floorplan designed for this community. Eastmark’s phase one builders are Maracay Homes, Mattamy Homes, Taylor Morrison, Woodside Homes, Ryland Homes, Standard Pacific Homes and Meritage Homes Corporation. Visitors at the grand opening can explore the ‘Mark, Eastmark’s Visitors and Community Center, enjoy the first 10 acres of the Eastmark Great Park, 11 neighborhood parks, piazzas and plazas and landscaped, tree-lined streets and parkways. Trolleys and pedicabs take guests around the community to outdoor concerts, kite flying and other demonstrations, food trucks and refreshments throughout the day. “Eastmark is one of the most thoughtfully designed communities in the country. In our

planning, we’ve artfully blended residential areas, employment cores, recreation and commerce to complement each other,” says Dea McDonald, DMB’s senior vice president and Eastmark’s general manager. “Eastmark’s grand opening will give guests an opportunity to engage in ‘Life in Motion’ and enjoy fun, family friendly activities and exciting looks at this community which is unlike anything else in Arizona.” For further information, visit and

Will Common Core help business? Will a shift from the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to Common Core State Standards (CCSS) really boost critical thinking, language abilities, analytical skills and science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills? Attend a free Chandler Chamber of Commerce panel discussion 8 to 9:30 a.m. on Fri., March 22 at the chamber office and find out. Discussing the implications and rationale for the shift are Susan Carlson, executive director of the Arizona Business & Education Coalition; Dr. Nicolle Karantinos, director of curriculum for the Chandler Unified School District and Lorah Neville, executive director of curriculum and learning services for the Kyrene School District. “These speakers are at the forefront of education and business development, placing this seminar at an important intersection of education and economic growth,” says Terri Kimble, president/CEO of the Chandler Chamber of Commerce, adding that the speakers “should provide the most relevant and detailed knowledge available on the shift to CCSS.” Due to limited space, an RSVP is requested.

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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

Alert: potential custody law change A proposed Arizona bill could change parental custodial rights, according to Chandler-based Thompson Law Firm, 101 W. Commonwealth Ave. The proposal, which cleared Arizona’s Senate Judicial Committee, states that custodial parents would have to notify the noncustodial parent of any proposed move of any distance. “The impact of distance as it applies to the child’s best interest is certainly a consideration,” says family law attorney Christy Thompson. “The noncustodial parent may raise concerns about their changed relationship with that child due to distance. On the other hand, the custodial parent shouldn’t be forced to stay in one location if they are able to improve the quality of life for that child by the relocation.” The new proposed law would not only require the custodial parent to notify the noncustodial parent of any move of any distance, but would also allow the notified noncustodial parent to file an objection, after which the custodial parent would have to petition the court for permission to relocate. Under current law, judges determine how moves are handled based on the child’s best interest and several factors, including the parent-child relationship, other relationships in the child’s life, parental bad faith in proposing or opposing the move, improvements in the child’s or custodial parent’s quality of life, impact of parenting time on the child’s health, adjustment or stability, parental physical and mental health and the child’s preference, if sufficiently mature to form and express it. For information, call 480-634-7480 or email


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Pull over with toys at Famous Dave’s Open the trunk of a law enforcement vehicle, and you might find stuffed animals inside for comforting children in stressful situations.

Through April 7, Famous Dave’s is collecting plush “friends” to supply law enforcement personnel throughout the state and offering a free two-meat combination lunch meal for every new stuffed toy dropped off at any of their Valley locations while supplies last. “Car accidents, domestic abuse situations and violent crime impact everyone, and when there’s children involved, the ramifications are especially difficult,” says Sgt. Jimmy Chavez, president of the Arizona Highway Patrol Association (AHPA), noting that Famous Dave’s teamed with AHPA for the drive. “The supply of comfort bears has dwindled to a level never seen by the AHPA, and the need is greater than ever.” The two-meat combination in exchange for a stuff toy 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. For information, visit and

Network during weekly breakfast Members and guest are encouraged to present themselves to other local business owners who care about Chandler at the weekly breakfast meeting of the Chandler Business Alliance, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. every Thursday at BLD, 1920 W. Germann Rd., Chandler. Information about local Chandler events and causes will also be provided. For more information, email or visit

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Rug cleaner joins elite group In honor of being named a certified provider by WoolSafe of North America, Clean ‘n Fresh will visit Chandler homes with a special service: buy cleaning for one rug and get a second cleaned for half price through the end of April. “Our customers have trusted us to take care of their fine carpet and rugs for years,” says owner Norma McCormick of Gilbert, a trained master textile cleaner and certified rug technician. “It is an honor for us to join this elite group of industry professionals of wool carpet and rug care experts from around the world.” WoolSafe honors companies worldwide trained in the highest Norma McCormick standard of safely cleaning wool textiles and rugs. Only members are entitled to display the WoolSafe Certified Operator Mark, a sign of excellence in the industry for nearly 20 years. For more information, call 480-814-1657 or visit

Basha High senior goes into business A 17-year-old senior at Basha High in Chandler developed a new business, ReNine Safety, LLC, which will produce and sell disposable traffic safety cones. At 14, Lee Addis came up with the idea for a traffic cone that is disposable, lightweight, biodegradable, folds flat and is made of corrugated cardboard. With a patent pending and a target availability of April, Addis is ready to start production. Resellers interested in becoming charter dealers should contact Re-Nine Safety at 480-620-0873 or For information, visit

The public is invited to review and share input on policies Valley Metro is proposing related to fairness and equality for all transit riders on local, express, neighborhood circulators and rural routes. Implementation is scheduled to occur by March 31. The intent, according to Valley Metro, is to provide assurance that any changes in transit service and fares occur in accordance with the federal law enacted as part of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color and national origin in programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance. To learn more, visit

Construction Update Jacaranda Parkway gets new look

Jacaranda Parkway in Southern Chandler will be resurfaced with a new layer of asphalt beginning Mon., March 18 and continuing through early April. The street, which crosses through several Ocotillo area neighborhoods southwest of Queen Creek and Alma School roads, will remain open to traffic during the work with lane restrictions. For more information, call 480-782-3500.


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Geoffrey Dean Hancock Aug. 13, 1951 – March 3, 2013

Geoffrey Dean Hancock, 61, of Chandler, Arizona, died peacefully at his home March 3, 2013 with family members at his side, under the care of Grace Hospice. Never losing his legendary sense of humor, Geoff was one of 6% to survive pancreatic cancer for more than two years, and he put up a valiant fight against recurrent pancreatic cancer. He served as a body donor for science research in a special U.S. Military project to reduce injury to soldiers. Geoff has asked that his ashes be spread on Mount Brandon in County Kerry, Ireland. Geoff was born Aug. 13, 1951 in Odessa, Texas to James Clay Hancock and Dorothy Green Hancock, and

traveled as a “military brat” with his parents to bases including in Alabama, Alaska, Colorado, New Jersey, Canada and Bitberg, Germany. While overseas, he worked for JBL Speakers and Fender Guitar, joined a rock band and played bass guitar for 10 years in Bitberg, Luxemburg and Berlin before returning to the United States to get his degree in broadcast engineering at the College of the City of New York. Among his employers in the U.S. was a survey company, and the Mammoth Mountain Ski Area in Mammoth Lakes, CA, where he worked as a lift operator, building chair lifts and drove a shuttle bus and taxi for the ski resort. He moved to Tucson to be with his parents, who had retired, and worked in computer sales there and in Phoenix. Geoff later was employed at ITT Technical Institute in the broadcast program before joining Telemation in video and film production sales. He was promoted to general manager when the company changed owners and its name to Production Masters Inc. (PMI). He later started his own business offering video assist services to commercial film productions, and traveled around Arizona and the west for more than 10 years working on national, regional and local television commercials for Toyota, BMW, Nike, NBA, Budweiser, United Bank of Switzerland, Merck Singulair, Wrigley’s Spearmint Gum, Bridgestone, Circle

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“gadget guy,” Geoff also was Laurie and Devon’s “roadie” for their musical endeavors. Geoff was preceded in death by his parents, James Clay Hancock and Dorothy Green Hancock, and grandmother Louise Whitfield Lane of Oklahoma City, OKLA and Dallas, TX. He is survived by his wife, Laurie Fagen; son Devon James Hancock; motherand father-in-law, Lani and Lowell Fagen of Prescott; brother-in-law, Lee Marshall Fagen of Berkeley, CA, his wife and Geoff’s fellow “out-law,” Sally Grant, and nephew Sam Grant Fagen; the SanTan Sun News “family” and many great friends. In lieu of flowers or memorial contributions, in his inimitable style, Geoff says, “Save your money. You’ll need it, especially if you have kids going to college.” However, his latest favorite cause was the Chandler Salvation Army, and Grace Hospice took very good care of all the family during Geoff’s final month. A celebration of Geoff’s life will be held from 3-5 p.m. Sun., April 7 at Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 6400 W. Del Rio St, off Ray and McKemy in Chandler. Visit the Facebook pages for Geoffrey Dean Hancock or SanTan Sun News for details, and where online condolences may be made.

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Visits to museums, local villages, prehistoric painted caves, cathedrals, botanical gardens, a sugar plantation and a farm once owned by Ernest Hemingway are on the itinerary for a trip to Cuba offered by the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Chamber Explorations. There are two departure dates for the nine-day group travel opportunity, Fri., June 7 or Sun., Oct. 6. Per person cost based on double occupancy is $4,099 and includes roundtrip, nonstop air from Phoenix, seven nights in first-class hotels, six breakfasts, six lunches, four dinners, baggage handling, professional drivers and guides, a Cuba entry visa, Cuban medical insurance, all taxes and fuel surcharges. “This is going to be the trip of a lifetime with a cultural experience that will not be forgotten,” says Kathy Tilque, president and CEO of the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce. “We offered this itinerary last October and had an incredible response, with more than 50 travelers participating.” For more information, visit

Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert medical centers credentialed seven physicians: Babak Arabshahi, M.D., internal medicine; and Anderson Bauer, M.D., and Sandra Zaky, M.D., both radiation oncology. At CRMC: Philip Ivey, M.D., obstetrics and gynecology; and Jeffery Schriber, M.D., hematology/oncology. At MGMC: Todd Haddon, D.P.M., podiatry. Info:,, 877-728-5414.


Rob Hinkle is now general manager of 1880’s western-themed Rawhide Western Town and Steakhouse on the Gila River Indian Community, 5700 W. North Loop Rd., Chandler. He was previously vice president of operations for the World Equestrian Games and before that he was with Rob Hinkle Walt Disney World. He has a business administration degree from Miami University. Info:, 480-502-5600.

The Ryan WhiteTeam – RE/MAX Infinity of Chandler ranks fourth in Arizona, 38th in the United States and 80th in the world with RE/MAX in 2012 out of nearly 90,000 RE/MAX agents worldwide. This is the 10th year the Ryan Whyte Team was recognized for excellence by RE/MAX. Bill Ryan, a former president of both the Chandler Chamber of Commerce and Chandler Horizon Rotary, earned the Lifetime Achievement Award from RE/MAX in 2010. Info: The Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley, which has branches in Chandler and Gilbert, thanked Fry’s Food Stores for its donation of more than $11,000 from its “Round Up” campaign. Customers at Fry’s 119 stores were invited to “round-up” their purchases to the nearest whole dollar and donate the difference. The donation will help make it possible for local youth to participate in after-school programming, which includes career and leadership development, healthy life choices and fitness – all in a safe environment. Renee Lopata, CAE, is the new executive director of the Arizona Physical Therapy Association, based in Gilbert and established in 1950 to represent and promote the role of physical therapists in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of movement dysfunctions to enhance the health and functional abilities of the communities in which they serve. The association offers physical therapists, physical therapy assistants and students of physical therapy educational and leadership opportunities, resources and networking events. The organization also acts as an advocate for the industry and interacts regularly with legislators to inform them on how to best represent the physical therapy industry. Lopata previously worked with associations in Arizona and Illinois and most recently was senior vice president at the Tempe Chamber of Commerce. Info:

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CCYSA fights substance abuse

PREVENTION: “Party Patrol,” a CCYSA prevention program, is a joint effort between the Chandler Police Department and Chandler citizens to shut down parties where underage drinking may be occurring. STSN photo

With a goal to lower the numbers of underage youths consuming alcohol in Chandler, the Chandler Coalition on

Youth Substance Abuse (CCYSA) works with the local community to implement prevention programs.

Targeting the results of the 2012 Arizona Youth Survey, which pinpointed the leading causes of local youth alcohol access in the Chandler redevelopment area, CCYSA’s prevention programs include the local “Party Patrol,” in which the Chandler Police Department and Chandler citizens collaborate to shut down parties where underage drinking may be occurring. Police are then able to cite underage offenders and those who have given alcohol to minors. “Shoulder Tapping,” another CCYSA program, teams up teen members of local youth organization ICAN with Chandler police to ask local patrons to buy them alcohol outside of convenience stores. Adults who agree to purchase alcohol for the youth are then given educational flyers on the laws and consequences related to the offense. To promote a positive relationship with the local community, CCYSA also gives adults who refuse to buy alcohol for teens a “Thank You” card. To help prevent alcohol access for underage drinkers, Chandler residents are encouraged to report suspicion of underage drinking to the nonemergency line of the Chandler Police Department at 480-782-4130, to talk to children about underage drinking and to never supply alcohol to a minor. For more information, call CCYSA at 480-821-4207.

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A free SAT or ACT practice test for SanTan Sun area high school juniors and seniors is offered Sat., March 16 at Tutor House Tutoring Services, 100 W. Boston St., Suite 4, downtown Chandler. A welcome and registration begin at 9 a.m., followed by testing from 9:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Students should bring a calculator to the session. Participants receive a score analysis at a future date. Space is limited; reservations are required. Contact Tutor House Tutoring Services at 480-857-1222 or, or visit

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Preschool celebrates Essay contest LibCon festival conjures up teen fun author’s birthday aims to end hunger SanTan Sun area teens ages 12 to 18 can enjoy guest speakers, discussion panels, cosplay and more at LibCon 2013, held 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat., April 6 at Hamilton High School, 3700 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. Hosted by Chandler’s Hamilton Library, LibCon is a free mini-convention for teens who are fans of comic books, Japanese manga and anime, role-playing, video games and other fantasy and science fiction entertainment. The 2013 event, which begins in Hamilton High’s cafeteria, includes keynote speeches by Janni Lee Simner, author of the “Faerie After” series, and Liz Danforth, columnist, author and blogger on games, gamers and gaming. Panel topics include sword fighting, Japanese candy making, Doctor Who, Star Trek, zombies and more. Teens are encouraged to participate in the lunchtime Cosplay Contest or shop in the Vendor Hall. The Buzznbeez Good Food Truck will be on site with treats available for purchase. Raffle tickets will be on sale throughout the day, offering the chance to win prizes such as tickets for Phoenix Comicon in May. All raffle proceeds benefit Kids Need to Read, a national nonprofit organization promoting childhood literacy. Space is limited. For more information or to register, visit or

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The 4-year-olds class at Ray of Light Christian Preschool, 800 W. Ray Rd., Chandler, celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday with a special visitor. Parent Eve Woolford, a student at Arizona Culinary Institute, spent the morning reading Dr. Seuss’ “Green Eggs and Ham” to the children and sharing about becoming a chef. Ray of Light offers programs for 3’s, 4’s and Pre-K students from 9 a.m. to noon Mondays through Fridays. Enrollment for the upcoming school year is underway. Prospective families are encouraged to contact the school for a private tour. For information, call 480-963-6105, ext. 211 or visit

Chandler mayor goes back in time

Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny revisited his alma mater when he recently read to a class at Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary School. Tibshraeny attended Hartford growing up in his native Chandler. He then visited Ryan Elementary in Southern Chandler to meet with student Kennedy Nolde and her classmates. Kennedy portrayed Mayor Tibshraeny during a class project that asked students to come to school as their favorite political or historic figure. For more information about Mayor Jay Tibshraeny, visit

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SanTan Sun area students in first through 12th grades have until Fri., March 22 to submit entries for Olive Garden’s 17th annual Pasta Tales essay writing contest, which asks students “How would you help end hunger in your community?” Students may submit essays of 50 to 250 words with their ideas for ending hunger in their local communities. Submissions will be judged on creativity, adherence to theme, organization, grammar, punctuation and spelling by the Quill and Scroll Society of the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Iowa, with winners selected by Olive Garden. The grand prize winner of the contest receives a threeday family trip to New York City that includes dinner at the Olive Garden in Times Square and a $2,500 savings bond. In addition, Olive Garden will provide a $5,000 grant to bring the winner’s essay to life by supporting hunger initiatives in his or her local community. Winners in each of the 12 grade categories will be awarded a $500 savings bond and a family dinner at their local Olive Garden restaurant. Pasta Tales entry forms and complete rules are available at Entries must be postmarked by March 22, 2013 and sent to Pasta Tales, PMB 2000, 6278 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308-1916.


Young artist to win Kindle in logo contest

Artists in kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to submit their original artwork in the Five Star Literacy Foundation, Inc., (FSLF) logo contest, with the prize being a new basic Kindle, and the winning logo appearing on all of the foundation’s media materials and website. The newly formed Chandler-based organization is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) dedicated to “improving children’s literacy skills, as well as their enthusiasm for reading and writing by providing guidance and funds to schools for in-school book writing and publishing, author visits, books, student and teacher workshops, curriculum and other activities.” “Since Five Star Literacy Foundation is all about getting books into the hands of children and inspiring them to read and enjoy them – and maybe even write one of their own someday – we thought it would be appropriate if we had a young artist design the logo,” says Mrs. Linda Goth, president of FSLF. The deadline for the contest is May 30 and entry forms can be downloaded at A winner will be announced on June 15. Judges for the contest are Mrs. Goth, who is also president of Ed Robson Branch, Maricopa County Library District, Sun Lakes Friends of the Library, and Maricopa County Library District Friends Umbrella Group; Linda F. Radke, executive

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Entrants must be in Grades K-12. All logo submissions must be original artwork by submitter, saved as 300 dpi in a JPEG (.jpg) or PDF (.pdf) format and emailed to Info@ with “FSLF LOGO CONTEST” in the subject line on or before May 30. All entries must be submitted with an official entry form and include a parent or guardian’s signature. Only one contest winner will be chosen and one basic Kindle awarded to that winner. Submission is considered permission to utilize the submitted artwork on all Five Star Literacy Foundation, Inc., media, marketing materials, correspondence, promotional materials and website. By signing the entry form, the submitter and submitter’s parent or guardian agree that if the submitted logo wins, it becomes the property of Five Star Literacy Foundation. There will be no other award to submitter for the winning entry other than the basic Kindle. For more information, or to make a donation to Five Star Literacy Foundation, contact Radke at 480-940-8182 or

WHIZ KIDS: Stormy Light of Chandler and Erykah Verdugo of Gilbert are Subway Restaurants of Arizona’s 2013 “Freshest, Fittest Kids in the Valley.” The competition called for essays from 7- to 17-year-olds explaining how their school or extracurricular activities help them live healthier, happier lives. Stormy’s essay focused on Gold Medal Swim School in Chandler, where she participates on the competitive swim team; Erykah wrote about Girl Scout Troop 2613’s year-long efforts to obtain the Girl Scout Health Badge. Prizes included tickets to the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway in March. Submitted photos



March 16 – April 5, 2013


Montessori school Scholarship available for ADHD students Gilbert golf tourney funds hosts open house scholarships SanTan Sun area residents diagnosed with ADHD and pursuing higher education at a college or vocational or technical school have until Wed., March 28 to apply for Shire 2013 ADHD Scholarship Program. Fifty one-time scholarships will be awarded in June 2013. The scholarship includes a $2,000 monetary award and a prepaid year of ADHD coaching services provided by the Edge Foundation, intended to assist the scholarship recipient with the transition

to higher education. Shire is a global specialty biopharmaceutical company. The Edge Foundation is a Seattle-based nonprofit organization offering support for students with ADHD. For information on eligibility requirements, the scholarship application and more, visit For more information about the Edge Foundation, visit

Down the chute Learn about the benefits of Montessori and bilingual education at an informational open house from 10 a.m. to noon Sat., March 23 at Casa del Niño Bilingual Montessori School, 2625 W. Queen Creek Rd., Suite 6, on the southwest corner of Dobson and Queen Creek roads in Chandler. Free food and activities for kids will be provided. Information on the school’s summer sessions and upcoming school year will be available at the event. Casa del Niño is currently enrolling children ages 2 to 6 for both summer and fall. For more information, call 480-963-2550, email or visit

PLAY TIME: Families enjoy a large parachute at the recent “Day of Play” hosted by Bright Beginnings Charter Elementary School in Chandler to raise funds for two of its families with terminally ill parents. The “Day of Play” raised more than $6,000 through a raffle, bake sale, teacher auction and donations. A local Chick-fil-A donated lunch items, and the school’s PTA supplied pizza and drinks. Bright Beginnings is at 400 N. Andersen Blvd. in Chandler. Submitted photo

The Fourth Annual Scholars Golf Tournament benefiting local high school seniors is hosted by the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce and San Tan Ford on Thu., May 9 at Seville Golf and Country Club, 6683 S. Clubhouse Dr., Gilbert. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m., with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. and a silent auction and awards ceremony following the tournament. A foursome entry is $600; individual golfer entry is $150. All golf entries include a tournament golf shirt and other takeaways. Last year, the Chamber awarded $4,000 in scholarships to students participating in the Scholars Program in the Gilbert Public Schools and Higley Unified School districts. Several sponsorships are available ranging from $50 to $2,000. To register, visit the Chamber’s online calendar of events at or call 480-941-6323.

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Grants offering up to $180,000 in funding from SRP are available to SanTan Sun area teachers to enhance classroom learning in the areas of math, science, technology and social studies. Deadline to apply is March 31. Teachers at public, private and nonprofit schools serving grades K through 12 are eligible for the two types of 2013-14 SRP Classroom Connections grants. Learning Grants by SRP provide funding up to $5,000 per school for projects and programs that incorporate innovative teaching strategies in math and science and meet performance standards as dictated by the Arizona Academic Standards. Social Studies Grants by SRP support the enrichment and enhancement of classroom instruction in the disciplines of history, geography, civics, government and economics, and meet performance standards as dictated by the Arizona Academic Standards. Up to $2,000 is available per educator. Learn more by visiting for more information.

To honor Nicholas Groth of the Gilbert branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley as 2013 BGCEV Youth of the Year, along with other outstanding youths, BGCEV hosted its 21st Annual Stepping into Greatness Youth of the Year Celebration at Silver Star Playhouse in Mesa. Nicholas now goes on to compete at the state level on April 3 and receives a $20,000 scholarship from the Victoria Lund Foundation. All other candidates receive $2,500 from the Victoria Lund Foundation. Youth of the Year is an annual program in which BGCEV Club members of at least two years who are sophomores, juniors or seniors are selected based on criteria including: home and family, moral character, community service, school, service to club, life goals and written essays on “What the Boys & Girls Club Means to Me” and “Why Post High School Education is Important.” Proceeds from the Youth of the Year event provide scholarship and financial aid to qualifying members, as well as supporting programs and services offered at local branches. Since the inception of the scholarship program, more than 300 Club members have been awarded scholarships and thousands of families have received financial aid. For more information, visit

March 16 – April 5, 2013

Summer music camp hits high note Children ages 6 to 12 are invited to sign up for the summer session of A World of Music, held from 9 a.m. to noon daily June 17 through 21 at Trinity Christian Fellowship, 50 S. McQueen Rd., Chandler. A variety of classes in dance, musical theatre, ukulele, guitar, flag twirling, silly skits, rhythm and more are available. Campers perform a final concert for parents. Snacks and camp T-shirts are provided. Visit or call 480-963-7698 for more information.

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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 is now open for residents and non-residents. For more information, call 480-782-2727.

Chandler Recreation Offers A Variety of Spring Activities! Sonoran Sunset Series is March 21 The Environmental Education Center presents the Sonoran Sunset Series free lakeside entertainment by local musicians suitable for all ages on Thursday, March 21 at 6 p.m. For more information, visit or call 480-782-2890.

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 is now open for residents and non-residents. For more information, call 480-782-2727.

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 or guardian supervision. This fun, safe and clean area provides a variety 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 480-782-2900 for more information.

Health Connect Expo April 6 Get ready to sweat with Mayor Jay Tibshraeny as he leads his first ever cycling class at Tumbleweed Recreation Center during the Health Connect Expo Saturday, April 6 at 10 a.m. This free, family-friendly event will run from 9 a.m. to noon and feature dozens of health conscious vendors, fitness and cooking demos, speakers, and giveaways. For those with a competitive spirit the Tumbleweed Recreation Center will host both a racquetball and Ping-Pong tournaments. For more information please visit or call 480-782-2900.


Adult Sports Registration opens March 18 Parents, are you looking for something fun and active to do this spring? The City of Chandler's Adult Sports program offers great opportunities to get exercise, have a great time with family and friends all while meeting new people. Spring leagues include men’s softball, co-rec softball, men’s basketball, men’s flag football and co-rec volleyball and for the first time sand volleyball. Don't miss your chance to get back on the court or field! Registration Starts Monday, March 18, for returning teams. For more information please call Teo Ruiz at 480-782-2704 or email at

Stay Connected Follow us on Twitter (@ChandlerRec) and Facebook (Chandler Recreation) for the latest news. Check out the January/February episode of the “Come Out & Play, Chandler!” show featuring the Chandler Center for the Arts events and programs. It is now being aired on Channel 11 and on the Chandler Recreation YouTube Channel. You can sign up for the monthly newsletter at For more information, call 480-782-2727.



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Win $15 gift card from Changing Hands Bookstore

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

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

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March 16 – April 5, 2013

Rawhide celebrates spring break

Spring break is celebrated with extended hours and a full schedule of activities for all ages at Rawhide Western Town & Steakhouse. The Wild West attraction opens from noon through 10 p.m. through March 17; hours are 5 to 10 p.m. March 19 and noon to 10 p.m. March 20 through 24. Visitors can enjoy staged gunfights, explosions, daring falls and the

antics of the Arizona Roughriders, as well as a petting zoo, live country music, gold panning, a real blacksmith and more. Admission and parking at Rawhide are free; individual attraction tickets are $4.95 plus tax each. A Town Pass, a one-day unlimited usage wristband, is $14.95 plus tax. Rawhide Western Town & Steakhouse, Arizona’s largest 1880s western-themed family entertainment venue and steakhouse, is at 5700 W. North Loop Rd. in Chandler, on the Gila River Indian Community. For more information, visit or call 480-502-5600.

Chandler Symphony offers free concert The “Youth Celebration” hosted by the Chandler Symphony at 3 p.m. on Sun. March 24 at Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler, is admission-free. The entertainment lineup begins with “Boléro” by Maurice Ravel with Jack Herriman as conductor and Alex Zheng as associate conductor. Next, listen to “Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20” by Pablo de Sarasate, featuring the winner of the 2013 CSO Youth

Competition, Jasmine Xi, violin. Audiences will also hear “Symphony No. 2, Op. 43” in D major by Jean Sibelius. No tickets are required, and seating is first come, first served. The lobby opens one hour before the performance. Although the conference is free, a suggested donation of $5 per person or $10 per family is appreciated to support the symphony. Info:

Local Girl Scouts develop naturalist program

NATURALISTS: Cadette Girl Scout Troop 2658 of Chandler recently earned the Silver Award for developing a Junior Naturalist program for the City of Chandler’s Veterans Oasis Park. From left, Clair Mushet, Hannah Faulkner, Kendall Messerole, Alana Moeckly and Emily Lenz. Submitted photo

Six members of Cadette Girl Scout Troop 2658, all seventh-grade students in the Chandler Unified School District, earned their Girl Scout Silver Award, the highest honor a Cadette Girl Scout can earn, with a project they completed at Veterans Oasis Park in Chandler. The girls worked together over a 14-month period to develop a Junior Naturalist program that park officials will use to educate children about the many accessible attractions and educational opportunities the park provides to visitors. “We used our cookie proceeds to take a trip to the Grand Canyon in the fall of 2010, and while we were there, the girls completed the Junior Ranger program,” says Laurie Moeckly, leader of Troop 2658. “Most national parks have Junior Ranger programs and our girls came up with the idea to develop a localized version of that program for one of our treasured city parks in Chandler.”

The 16-page activity book contains information about the park and a trail guide, and teaches lessons like the “leave no trace” principle or how to use your senses at the park. It also includes activities like writing a nature-inspired poem, becoming a wildlife detective, completing a wildlife word search and playing nature bingo. At the end, the kids are encouraged to reflect on their experience at the park and to turn the booklet into a staff member at the Environmental Education Center to take the Junior Naturalist Pledge and receive a signed certificate of completion. “We were thrilled to have Troop 2658 approach us with this idea and work with them to make the Junior Naturalist program a reality,” says Ariane Francis, recreation coordinator II for the City of Chandler. “Our staff had been saving activity booklets from other park sites hoping that one day we’d be able to develop our own, so the girls’ idea aligned perfectly with our goal of educating our visitors.” In addition to developing the activity booklet and working closely with the City of Chandler to implement the program, the troop used some of its cookie proceeds to fund this project. Costs included printing 2,500 booklets and 2,500 pencils. The activity books, which are appropriate for ages 3 to 15, are available year-round at the Environmental Education Center at Veterans Oasis Park. The program requires a different number of activities to be completed for four different age ranges. Troop 2658 is part of the Ocotillo Neighborhood in the Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council. For more information visit

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March 11-22: Spring intersession March 25: Teacher inservice/workday; no school March 29: Spring holiday; no school

Carlson Champions

High notes – Congrats to sixth-graders Jasmine Joo and Karlee Peterson for participating in All-State Elementary Orchestra. Jasmine also represented Carlson in Honor Orchestra. Running stars – Kudos to the Running Club members who placed in the final meet last month against CTA-Freedom and Hancock elementary schools: Luke Meyers, eighth place, kindergarten boys; Natalie Ridge, fifth place and Haley Fichiera, seventh place, kindergarten girls; Vaughn Campbell, second place, Oliver Vaughn, third place and Rex Pinter, sixth place, first-grade boys; Madison Schotz, first place, Ava Jensen, fourth place and Rachel Kan, eighth place, first-grade girls; Cole Felker, first place, second-grade boys; Lauren Downs, first place, Grace Stevenson, second place, Lexi Bonelli, fifth place and Dusti Ellsworth, eighth place, second-grade girls; Austin Jascourt, fourth place, thirdgrade boys; Rylee Watrous, second place, Paige Nelson, fourth place and Brooklyn Braaten, fifth place, third-grade girls; Preston Felker, first place and Zachary Frederick, seventh place, fourth-grade boys; Madison Jack, fourth place, Alyssa McNutt, fifth place and Lily Jensen, sixth place, fourth-grade girls; Kayden Burnes, first place, Jonathan Downs, second place, Cameron Schotz, third place and Carter Simbles, fourth place, fifth-grade

Youth boys; Kate Robinson, fourth place and Kaitlyn Trantina, fifth place, fifth-grade girls; and Alex Linford, sixth place, sixthgrade boys. Calendar April 2: General PTO meeting and elections, 6:30 p.m., Library —Lora Robinson

CTA-Independence Hawks

Hockey fun – The Phoenix Coyotes and their mascot, Howler, visit the school Wed., March 27 as part of their school outreach program. Students in P.E. will learn about fitness through hockey skills and mini-games. Spring Fling – Presale order forms and payments for CTA’s Spring Fling are due back to the front office by Thu., March 28. The event is 5 to 9 p.m. Fri., April 12. Making memories – Full-color, hardcover yearbooks are on sale for $21. Order forms are on the website or in the school office. Cash is not accepted; checks should be made payable to CTAIndependence PTO. High honors – Congrats to sixthgraders Kallen Ruddle, Justin Ngo and Tyler Bonillo for placing first among all sixth-grade projects at the recent Hamilton Invitational Science and Engineering Fair. Their project, “Harvesting the Wind,” investigated the effect the shape of fan blades have on electricity output. The students fashioned a windmill out of PVC pipes, balsa wood and other household items. With simulated wind, they measured the voltage generated by the blades and studied the difference in output. Write stuff – Aspiring author Stormy Light, a fifth-grader in Mrs. Addington’s

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class, is a recent Honorable Mention winner for an essay she submitted to Subway’s “Fittest Kid in the Valley” contest. Stormy has published two books, “The B Line” and “Half Past Noon,” and has had her writing featured in the “SanTan Sun News.” Health notes – All students entering sixth grade in the 2013-14 school year are required to have meningococcal and Tdap immunizations. Updated immunization records should be brought to the health office. Contact Mrs. Liles at 480-224-2702 with questions. —Wendi Olson

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On board – PTO elections are in April. The PTO Board may be expanded to include one or two Vice Presidents. Email if interested. —Blanca Dozal

Tarwater Toros

School Cents – The School Cents program ends April 15. Families are

encouraged to keep collecting receipts and turn them in to the school office or Guest Services at the mall. PTO thanks all participants for their support. —Robyn Kelly

Knox Knights

Save the date – Volunteer positions are available for Knox’s Art Night from 5 to 7 p.m. Fri., April 5. Contact Sandy at to get involved. Kudos – Congratulations to Mrs. Gruenewald’s third-grade class and Mrs. Moulton’s fourth-grade class for winning the latest Box Tops / Campbell’s Labels contest. Each class won gift certificates for classroom supplies. Thanks to Knights families for participating. Fundraising fun – Knox recycles old clothing, linens, sheets, towels and shoes in the blue Textile Recycling bin in the school parking lot. Box Tops, juice pouches and Labels for Education are collected by classroom teachers. Target red cards and Fry’s cards can be linked to Knox to help Knox receive funds. —Ximena Rodriguez

Sanborn Suns

BUGGING OUT: Tarwater first-graders Ayanle Salah, Josh Robbins, Jayden Lynd and Olivia Mejia observe mealworms metamorphosize into beetles as part of a month-long experiment and study of life cycles. Submitted photo


Save the date – Sanborn hosts its 7th Annual Dinner / Auction and Golf Tournament Sat., April 27 at Arizona Grand Resort in Phoenix. Cost for golf and dinner is $85 per person or $110 for one golfer and two dinners. Dinner and auction only is $35 per person. Event details, pricing / registration and sponsorship information are available at —Pamela Moya



March 16 – April 5, 2013

Youth Chronicles Jaron Williams of Boy Scout Troop 283 in Chandler will complete his Eagle Scout Project at Veterans Oasis Park in Southern Chandler. His project involves adding a 75-foot long, 5-foot wide trail leading up to a seating area on the stream that flows from the Hilltop Viewing Area Jaron Williams down to Recharge Basin #5 in the southeast area of the park. Materials donations were provided by Home Depot at Gilbert and Germann roads in Chandler and Granite Express in Mesa. Zachary Egan and Benjamin Pitt of Chandler are on the fall 2012 Dean’s List at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, a fulltime must achieve a 3.4 or better GPA. Kyle Swartz of Chandler is on the honor roll with high distinction at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. To qualify, students must be in the top 5% of their school of record. Annie Walterscheid of Chandler is on the fall 2012 Honor Roll at University of Dallas in Irving, TX, for earning a semester GPA of 3.0-3.49. Max Fathauer of Chandler Preparatory Academy, Braydon Hunt of Campo Verde High in Gilbert and Katherin Wu of Mesquite High in Gilbert are among 19 Arizona students chosen to receive a special scholarship from

Honeywell to attend the 2013 Honeywell Leadership Challenge Academy at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL. They are among 227 students from 30 countries and 26 U.S. states and territories chosen to attend the program, which is designed to build leadership skills and inspire students to pursue careers in Gilbert Early College’s Girls Varsity Basketball team. Submitted photo science, technology, second year. Earlier this year, both the Boys engineering and math. and Girls Varsity Basketball teams earned the Scott Gosselin of Chandler is on the fall title of 2013 CAA Class 2A Eastern Conference 2012 Dean’s List at Villanova University in Champions. Gilbert Early College, 415 N. Villanova, PA. To qualify for the Dean’s List, a Gilbert Rd., Gilbert, is a Leading Edge Academy fulltime student must earn a semester GPA of serving grades 6 through 12. at least 3.5. Scott is pursuing an undergraduate Lauren M. Topolski of Chandler and degree in the College of Liberal Arts and Andrew Barber of Gilbert are on the fall Sciences. 2012 Dean’s List at Virginia Tech University Samuel Riordan of Chandler is recognized in Blacksburg, Virginia. To qualify for the by the University of Colorado – Colorado Dean’s List, students must carry at least 12 Springs for outstanding first semester grades. graded credit hours and earn a 3.4 GPA on Samuel was one of nearly 500 first-year a 4.0 scale during the semester. Lauren is a freshmen recognized for earning a 3.25 or senior majoring in human nutrition, foods and higher GPA during their first semester at the exercise. Andrew is a freshman majoring in First-Years Achieving Marks of Excellence political science. reception held recently. Samuel studies in Daquise Gaines of Chandler High, Michael the UCCS College of Engineering and Applied Garcia and James Sosinski of Hamilton Science. High, Maurice Kirby of Basha High and Jake Gilbert Early College’s Girls Varsity Mortensen of Perry are members of the 2012-13 Basketball team is the Athletic Association All CUSD Basketball 1st Team. Player of the year Class 2A State Champions. With a 27-0 season, is Jordan Howard of Perry High; Nathan Walker the Varsity Girls team secured the title for the of Hamilton High is the winner of the Mike

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Desper Pursuing Victory with Honor Award. Brad Trella and Blake Evans of Chandler High; Dan Wichman, Dayne Johnson, Gabe Parra-Munoz and Tyler Patel of Hamilton High; Mike Rozinski, Dan Moe and Kevin Beck of Basha High; and Mike Aguirre and Niyi Soetan of Perry High are members of the 2012-13 All CUSD Boys Soccer 1st Team. Captain Luis Manta of Hamilton High is the Offensive Player of the Year; Captains Nolan Barth of Hamilton High and Christian Vargas of Chandler High are Co-Defensive Players of the Year. Coach of the Year is Nick Markette of Hamilton High. Honorable Mentions include Kieran Wood, Alex Pena and Jairo Castro of Chandler High, Luis Garcia and Dallin Hazelgren of Basha High, Jordan Fletcher and Andrew Holland of Hamilton High and Turner Kallen and Mitchell Albrecht of Perry High. Members of the 2012-13 All CUSD Wrestling 1st Team include Michael Reyes, Tristan Moran, Joey Rico, Dalton Brady, Estevan Ulibarri, Dalton Moran, Joseph Miranda and Drew Lattner of Chandler High; Kamden Krum, Christian Stadler and Trey Ronayne of Basha High; Arch Ratlliff, D.J. Serrano and Deano Motes of Perry High. Co-Wrestlers of the Year are Dalton Brady of Chandler High and Trey Ronayne of Basha High; Coaches of the Year are Vidal Mejia and Curtis Owen of Chandler High. Honorable Mentions include Jonathan Latin, Ryan Kuhn, Daniel McCurdy, Jacob Lara, Robert Latin and Dante Proto of Basha High; Matt Panepinto and Esteban Manuel of Chandler High; Alex Vasquez, Frankie Bueno, Jaimesan Naeole, Garrett Rand and David DeSilva of Hamilton High; and Justin Parada, Aaron Ratliff, Christian White and Logan Arredondo of Perry High.


Dear readers, It is with a very heavy heart that I must tell you of the death of my beloved husband of more than 25 years. Geoffrey Dean Hancock left us on March 3, with my brother and I at his bedside. Since his diagnosis on Christmas Day 2010, we have known how tough pancreatic cancer is, and that Geoff was one of only 6% to survive it in the first place. The fact that he bounced back from Whipple surgery and returned to work full time was pretty amazing. But last fall our surgeon said that 20 months is the norm for pancreatic cancer to return - and that’s right when latest scans Laurie Fagen showed the cancer was back. We knew recurrent pancreatic Photo by cancer did not have a good prognosis, and while more chemotherapy was an option, nothing was curative. Because Geoff was a big “quality of life” guy, he didn’t want to spend his remaining time dealing with the terrible side effects of chemo. We talked of retirement and travel. But early last month, on the advice of our oncologist, we called in hospice. We were able to make one last trip to the ocean, with family and dear friends joining us. Four weeks later, after a number of close friends and relatives were able to visit, with many others sending notes to Geoff, he passed away peacefully and without pain. A heartfelt thank you to our family, neighbors and the myriad of other businesspeople, advertisers, City of Chandler people and so many others who have called, texted, emailed and sent cards, flowers and plants with their condolences. A very special thank you to the SanTan Sun News team for organizing food for us this past month, picking up additional tasks like getting mail, making bank deposits, extra proofing and just being there for us. As my dear friend, an amazing business partner and loving father of our one and only son, Geoff and I had a terrific life. He provided so well for us, and grew this newspaper from 16 pages and a 7,000 print run to the nearly 80 pages and 35,000 circulation it is today. We have always been very proud of this publication you hold in your hands, and while I think we never really grasped the impact that it has had on the community, we have been very honored to be part of this special place in Chandler we call home. So, it is with pride and some bittersweet emotions that I also announce another transition: that we are joining forces with Steve Strickbine and the Times Media Group effective this month. Steve, who owns the College Times, Lovin’ Life After 50, Nearby News, Scottsdale Airpark News and others, wants to continue the legacy we’ve built, and knows we have a solid product with a great team. Please be assured that there will be no major changes with this newspaper. I will continue to write a periodic “publisher emeritus” column, and will still be in the wings to help as needed. Steve has been great to work with during these challenging times that also included the loss of one of his family members. I feel confident he will be a good steward of this publication. Geoff and I met in the film and video production world, and in its jargon, Geoff had one great dress rehearsal, a blockbuster film production, a wild cast party and now we say “that’s a wrap.” Observing his legendary sense of humor, Molly Carroll of Ocotillo adds, “And we’ll be entertained by the reruns!” Geoff donated his body for science research, and we will have a celebration of his life from 3-5 p.m. Sun., April 7 at Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 6400 W. Del Rio St, off Ray and McKemy in Chandler. We will keep you posted on these pages, and you can also visit a new Facebook page at Geoffrey Dean Hancock for information about the memorial service. As I transition to being on my own, with so many wonderful friends and family, I know Devon and I are not alone. Today, more than ever, I thank you for reading the SanTan Sun News, and trust you will continue to do so.


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Health care is good business by Tim Bricker

Health care is a business and economic driver in the East Valley, similar to the aerospace or defense industries. The health care sector makes effective use of private and public funds to create jobs, support ancillary services and support the purchase of local materials. Statewide, the hospital industry is 63% larger than the hospitality industry and 37% larger than the electronics and aerospace industries combined. Throughout the Great Recession, hospitals were one of the few industries that did Tim Bricker not experience massive layoffs, and largely retained, or enhanced, employment levels. But the continued economic downturn and the dramatic rise in the uninsured, which occurred last fiscal year, when more than 140,000 people lost their insurance due to state budget cuts, has put an unsustainable strain on hospital finances from patients who need services, but are unable to pay. Governor Brewer’s plan to restore Medicaid coverage is a sound one. Arizona voters have twice approved providing Medicaid coverage to Arizonans below federally designated levels of poverty, and the Governor’s proposal would help fulfill the will of the voters. There also is a clear economic argument to be made for this plan. Arizona needs to stay competitive in the region. Since so many of the other western states are maximizing the Medicaid dollars, Arizona will be at a strategic disadvantage if it does not do the same. The Governor’s plan will inject $2 billion into the economy, keeping Arizonans’ tax dollars in Arizona and helping to maintain and create thousands of jobs. The plan will also alleviate the burden of uncompensated care costs that get placed on businesses and Arizona families who are paying higher rates to compensate for uninsured patients in need of care. We encourage business and community leaders throughout the East Valley to support the Governor’s proposal as a cost effective way to provide insurance for more than 240,000 Arizonans and to help our economy continue to move into full recovery. For more information, go to Tim Bricker is president and CEO of Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert medical centers.

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Letters to the editor Straight shooter

Geoff Hancock and Laurie Fagen

Gentleman to the end

Team SanTan Sun – I am so sorry for your loss of Geoff. While I have been so moved by the professionalism and passion of Geoff, Laurie and the entire SanTan team, I was most touched when Geoff recently sent me encouragement during my battle with cancer. I feel it is the highest indication of a true gentleman when he tries to support others at the very end when he should be taking care of himself. Geoff showed me how to live the rest of my life, and I am forever grateful for him teaching me this greatest life lesson – to always place others before our self. May you rest in peace, Sir. Laurie, we are so sorry for your loss. Please know the community is here to support you and we wish you the very best in the near future. Feel free to call on us for anything. Respectfully, Steve Cooper, CEO, Chandler University

Farewell, faithful friend

How do you sum up the joy of knowing you for nearly three decades? It’s impossible. As a loving and loyal husband to my dear friend and soul sister Laurie Fagen, and most devoted father ever to talented son Devon James, you brought much joy and laughter through the years to all of us with your quick wit and wisdom, endless stories and sage advice. Even in these last weeks, you remained the strongest as we all struggled to find strength. I am so grateful for our final days in Avila with our boys together again. Eternal thanks for your precious gifts of friendship, generosity and kindness. We will never allow this cancer to destroy our memories, cripple our love or reduce our faith. Your gentle spirit will live on through those who knew and loved you. Until we meet again … Kathi Kovach Koenig, Prescott

Old friends

Geoff: It has been a long time, and from the sound of it a tough time since we talked last. I received Laurie’s email and of course I was very sad to read the news. I think you are a bit like me, we understand what inevitable means. Of course I would much rather you go suddenly 30 years from now. But in a way, it is nice that those close to you get the chance to say goodbye. I am grateful to have the opportunity to write you and let you know how much respect I have had for you over the years. You have always stood tall for what’s right and stood against what’s wrong. I admire that. And I admire your humor and good nature in times of plenty and times of struggle. I am proud to have been able to call you a friend and to have worked with you. We don’t tell our friends things like this often enough, I’m glad I am getting the chance to tell you now. This is the time that your friends ask “what can I do to help?” All you or Laurie has to do is ask and Theresa and I will be there. But I want you and Laurie to know that we will be here whenever your family needs help in any way, in a year, 10 years or 30. Geoff, it is with a heavy heart that I say goodbye. But it is with a heart filled with gratitude that I say it has been a pleasure and honor to know you. Please give my love to Laurie. Your friend, Randy Murray, Randy Murray Productions, Phoenix

Believer of Chandler community Life is art and Geoff was an inspirational part of life’s canvas for so many of us. What a joy and honor that we got to know such a great guy and such a tremendous believer of our community. A wry and intelligent sense of humor with the sweetest adoration for his family, he will be missed. Our prayers are with Laurie and Devon, and if there is anything we can do we are here for you – always. The angels are singing with you and for you both. God bless. Dilia Wood, Inspirador, Chandler

Geoff, I want you to know how much I respect your decision to live life on your own terms. I remember you telling me that you would not do chemo again. I said “Come on, Geoff, if you have to do it to live, you know you can get through it.” And you said, “No, no I’m not gonna do it,” and then being who you are, you changed the subject so the conversation stopped being about you. Selfishly I thought, well, if that happens, there will be time to change his mind. I was wrong to think that. But this hurts. It hurts to know that I will not talk to or see you again. You always made me happy. You always brought me news of what was happening in the square. You always looked out for us in the SanTan Sun. You were always you! And you always put a smile on my face. I always liked to see you coming through the door and had I known the last time was the last time I would see you, I would have insisted you stay longer and let me shut everyone else out like I wanted to. You slipped out quickly. You are a good friend to me. You meant a lot to me, Geoff, and I will never forget the love, kindness and support you showed us! You shot straight and told us the truth. You are a good man. You are loyal, kind, loving, empathetic, strong and supportive. You are my friend. Through this heartache, l will miss you dearly and will never, ever forget you. I pray you are able to have relief in knowing you are admired, respected and loved! Glynis & Eric LeGrand, Chandler

Solid, responsible

We lost a good friend and a good person on 3-3-13. Geoff Hancock was a solid, responsible, life-loving and outgoing person. He was devoted to his family and his work. Above all, like many of us in this generation, he believed in doing things right. We will miss him a lot. Our hearts and prayers go out to his wife, Laurie, and son Devon. Fred and Karin Zapata, PostNet, S. Chandler

Tails wag over adoption news

The “Adopt pets at Chandler mall” story that ran Feb. 16 begs explanation. As local co-organizer of the national campaign to end puppy mills and their outlet stores, I am happy to report much progress in the Valley. During the past four years, we’ve maintained weekly rallies to expose the cruelty behind the cuteness outside stores like Puppies-N-Love and Animal Kingdom. We educate the public about the mass commercial breeding farms, USDA-licensed agricultural facilities and the suffering endured to supply their product to retail stores. Thanks to the public’s growing awareness, we have celebrated the closure of three independent Valley puppy mill outlet stores and the trend toward adoption of rescue animals. We’ve seen breeder dogs with broken limbs, missing teeth, blindness, hair so matted it causes pain and absence of veterinary treatment. We’ve seen dogs bred each cycle until no longer able to do so, and the crude means of destroying them when they’re no longer profitable. And from pet store victims we’ve heard horror stories of sick and underage puppies, inherited genetic problems, huge vet bills and heartbreak. Last year, Macerich Corp., parent of Westcor malls, made the compassionate decision to stop renewing the leases of these stores in all 70 of their malls in the U.S., and to replace them with adoption venues. Locally, this has taken place at Scottsdale Fashion Square and Chandler Fashion Center, with the remaining stores to follow suit when leases expire. Thank you, Macerich, and caring people. Janice McClellan, Sunstone

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We had several new families in our church service yesterday as a result of our ads and press releases in the SanTan Sun Thanks for your professionalism, and it’s great to know that coverage in the SanTan Sun produces traffic! We’ll run lots of ads in the future. Lead Pastor Ryan Gear, One Church

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Steak house serves up Midwest memories by K. M. Lang

Wisconsin cheese curds and walleyed pike – DC Steak House may be named for its downtown Chandler location, but for many of the area’s transplants, the eatery is a taste of what they’ve left behind. “Basically we’re Midwestern, Chicago, Milwaukee – that kind of an old speakeasy steak house,” says Dean Laplant, who owns the restaurant with his wife, Lorie. “We have a lot of customers from Chicago, from Minnesota, from Wisconsin. When they come in, they feel right at home.” Dean, a Midwestern native himself, began working in his parents’ restaurant at the age of 8 and opened his own restaurant in Milwaukee in 1985. He and Lorie traded Wisconsin’s chill for Chandler’s heat and were enjoying early retirement when they came upon the future site of DC Steak House at the corner of San Marcos Place and Boston Street.

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“I liked the age of the building,” recalls Dean, describing the space as reminiscent of “downtown Chicago’s Rush Street – those long, narrow bars and restaurants that are down there.” Dean told a friend at the time that if the site ever became available, “I might be willing to get back in the business,” and in the fall of 2010, he and Lorie, an artist, found themselves painting and prepping their new enterprise. While it took time to settle on the restaurant’s name – Downtown Chandler Steak House was soon shortened to DC Steak House – there was never any question as to the direction the menu would take, says Dean, who has steak houses in his blood. “That’s what I know,” he explains. “It’s pretty much what my family’s done, what I’ve done, what my father’s done, what my grandfather did. My brother has a steak house in Milwaukee, still.” Along with filet mignon, top sirloin see DC Steak House page 54

EGGS-CITING EVENT: Parents and their young children dash across the grass to gather colorful Easter Eggs at the City of Chandler’s Easter Egg Scramble at Snedigar Sportsplex. Submitted photo By Alison Stanton

From egg hunts to appearances by the Easter Bunny, a variety of family friendly and “eggs-citing” Easter-themed events are taking place in the SanTan Sun area and at the Phoenix Zoo over the next couple of weeks.

Snedigar Sportsplex

Families are sure to enjoy the City of Chandler’s annual Family Easter Celebration at the Snedigar Sportsplex from 9 a.m. to noon on Sat., March 30. Starting at 10:30, kids ages 9

and younger take part in Easter Egg Scrambles. The Family Easter Basket giveaway is scheduled at 11:30 a.m. The event features displays, art and takehome crafts, information booths and performances. The event is free, with small charges for some of the interactive kid’s activities and photos with the Easter Bunny. Snedigar Sportsplex is at 4500 S. Basha Rd., Chandler. Info: 480-782-2735, see Easter page 54

Community responds to homeless

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: It’s estimated more than 10,000 individuals receive an average of five boxes of food a year from the Chandler Christian Community Center. Pictured here are members of the Soroptimists of San Tan, sorting food for boxes. Submitted photo by Tracy House

IN THE NAME: DC Steak House – short for Downtown Chandler Steak House – is located at the heart of the city, on the bustling corner of San Marcos Place and Boston Street. STSN photo by Ron Lang


For more Neighbors news, including: O-negative blood donors needed, Library offers adult programs, Health & Wealth Raffle underway, Connect with future self and Play ball in Gilbert tourney, visit and click on “Neighbors.”

They walk the streets, pushing shopping carts piled with their worldly belongings. Bedrolls on their backs, not sure of where they will spend the night or where their next meal will come from, they are the homeless of Chandler. Early in the morning on one day at the end of January, the City of Chandler completed its street count of the homeless population in the City.

“This year we had 14 individuals that were counted as sheltered,” says Leah Powell, City of Chandler community resources and diversity manager. “Seventeen counted on the street. In addition to that, we have probably another 15 to 20 that were not located but we usually have regular contact with.” Because of the early morning count, Powell says some of the people who see Homeless page 52



March 16 – April 5, 2013

Spring break camps continue

interested can also learn about pitching and catching. Experienced instructors work with all ages and skill levels. The main focus is awareness and strategy during the game, developing player confidence, proper form and mechanics, and having fun. The cost is $40 per day or $160 for the week, which includes a shirt, daily snack and beverage. Preregistration is recommended; walk-ins are accepted based on availability. MVP Zone is at 2460 E. Germann Rd., Chandler. Info: 480-857-6000,, camps-clinics

Bear Creek Golf Complex

Junior Golf Camps are offered Mon., March 18 through Thu., March 21, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. for kids in kindergarten through sixth grade; and 10 to 11 a.m. for seventhand eighth-graders. Camps are taught by PGA Professional staff, and students are grouped by age and skill level. Sessions are limited in size, and parents

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CAMPERS: Kids ages 4 to 12 participate in gymnastics-related fun and crafts at Spring Break Camp at Aspire Kids Sports Center. STSN photo

Parents in the Chandler Unified School District can keep their kids active and occupied during their time off from school during spring intersession with the following facilities that offer camps and supervised activities.

Camps are held at Tumbleweed Recreation Center, 745 E. Germann Rd., and Environmental Education Center, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd. Info: 480-782-2900, 480-782-2890,

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Mon., March 18 through Fri., March 22, boys and girls ages 7 to 12 can take part in spring youth intersession camps in half and full-day sports and art camps.

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Gymnastics-related fun, swimming and crafts are planned for ages 4 to 12 who attend Spring Break Camp through Fri., March 22. The camp includes both morning and full-day sessions. Call for pricing information and to register. Aspire Kids Sports Center is at 50 S. Hearthstone Way., Chandler. Info: 480-820-3774,

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From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, with early drop off available, ages 5 and older take part in a variety of activities in addition to karate. Included are: field trips to Peter Piper Pizza, Harkins Move Theatre and more. Tuition is $139 a week. America’s Best Karate is at 2040 S. Alma School Rd., Suite 22, Chandler. Info: 480217-0652,

FUTURE PROS: Youths of all ages are taught by PGA professionals during Bear Creek Golf Complex’s spring golf camps. STSN photo


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Neighbors are responsible for providing golf clubs for their children. The cost is $50. An optional junior golf pass for the Cub course is available for $20, good for unlimited play camp days, space permitting. Bear Creek Golf Complex is at 500 E. Riggs Rd., Chandler. Info: 480-883-8200,

Youth Football Camp

This camp runs from 5:30 to 7 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday, April 1 through 30 for fourth- through sixthgraders; and 5:30 to 7 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, April 1 through 30 for seventh- and eighth-graders. Students who want to improve their skills on the football field can register for one of two Youth Football Camps at Hamilton High School. Both camps focus on fundamental football techniques at each position. The camp for grades four through six is coached by the Junior Varsity football staff on the school’s junior varsity practice field and costs $75. The camp for grades seven and eight is taught by freshman football staff, as well as some of the school’s varsity coaches, on the school’s varsity practice field. It costs $100. Hamilton High School is at 3700 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. Registration:, click on “Community Education, select “CUSD Camps/Clinics” and then “Hamilton High School.” Info: Fourth- through sixth-grade camp, stout.; seventh- and eighthgrade camp,

Learn about composting Free backyard composting workshops are offered by the City of Chandler’s Solid Waste Services Division from 8 to 11 a.m. Sat., March 30 and 9 a.m. to noon Sat., April 27 at Chandler City Hall-East Lobby Entrance, 175 S. Arizona Ave. The sessions are suitable for beginners and seasoned gardeners. Attendees learn a variety of composting methods using grass clippings, fruit and vegetable scraps, as well as uses for home-grown compost. Registration is required. Enrollment priority is given to Chandler residents receiving City-provided refuse service. To register, call 480-782-3510.

Weight Watchers celebrates local success Local success stories and a free introduction to the new Weight Watchers 360° program are part of Weight Watchers “One Amazing Day” celebrations from noon to 2 p.m. Sat., March 23 at Ocotillo Plaza, 2820 S. Alma School Rd., Suite 22, Chandler. Event highlights include one-day-only offers and prizes. Weight Watchers donates $1 to the American Cancer Society for every guest and member who attends. For Weight Watchers details, call 800651-6000 or visit Arizona. For American Cancer Society information, visit Registration is required. Enrollment priority is given to Chandler residents receiving City-provided refuse service. To register, call 480-782-3510.

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Help nonprofits on AZ Gives Day Support a local nonprofit in the community or pledge financial support to one of the hundreds of participating nonprofits across the state on March 20 during the inaugural Arizona Gives Day. Many of the more than 500 nonprofits participating in the event are either located in or service the SanTan Sun community. “For as little as $10, nonprofits in Arizona can and do make a difference,” says Patrick McWhortor, president and CEO of the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits,

who helped to develop the initiative in partnership with the Arizona Grantmakers Forum and a team of statewide leaders. “Together, we hope to raise more than $2 million on this single day.” “During the recent economic downtimes in Arizona and beyond, individual giving has declined,” says Marissa Theisen, president and CEO of Arizona Grantmakers Forum. “This is our chance to bring it back in a big way.” Visit on March 20 to donate to a nonprofit of your choice.

CRMC, MGMC host joyful workshop The next free workshop in the “Living Life with Purpose Phase III: Discovering Life’s True Purpose” series is “Experiencing Joy Every Day.” It will be held noon to 1 p.m. Tue., April 2 at Chandler Regional Medical Center, Lower Level Conference Rooms 1 and 2 in the main hospital, 1955 W. Frye Rd., Chandler; and also from noon to 1 p.m. Wed., April 3 at Mercy Gilbert Medical Center, McAuley B in the medical office building, east of the hospital, 3420 S. Mercy Rd., Gilbert. Kirk Wilkinson, author of “The Happiness Factor,” facilitates the workshop and teaches participants how to enjoy what they do on a daily basis

and how to develop skills to remain joyful during difficult times. Participants may bring something to eat for lunch during the self-explorative workshop. Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert medical centers are hosting the series of 12 workshops dedicated to clarifying life’s purpose, where participants evaluate where they are on the journey to discovering purpose and learn tools to living on purpose. For a complete schedule and to register, call ResourceLink at 877-728-5414 or 480-728-5414. For information, visit or



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Food is focus at BBQ fest Barbecued food, beer and music saturate Dr. A.J. Chandler Park East and West from noon to 10 p.m. Sat., March 23, when The Great American Barbeque & Beer Festival takes over downtown Chandler. Arizona Avenue will be closed from Buffalo to Boston streets for the festival. The family friendly event promises an estimated 20,000 pounds of finger-licking meats, 200 kegs of craft beer, 12 bands performing on two stages, live music, themed activities, an expanded kids’ zone hosted by Radio Disney, water play, eating competitions and more.

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More than 100 exhibitors and 30 barbecue vendors from across the nation will serve up mouthwatering pork ribs, pulled pork, brisket, brats and

SMOKIN’: Savor a variety of barbeque dishes including Montana Bar-B-Q’s “Death by Swine Kabobs” and chokecherry and chipotle chopped chicken sandwiches or wraps at The Great American Barbeque & Beer Festival on Sat. March 23. Submitted photo

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chicken paired with the state’s finest craft beer. Some of the local favorites participating this year include AZ BBQ Club, Big John’s Texas BBQ, BBQ Island, Chandler BBQ Company, Famous Dave’s, Honey Bear’s BBQ, Joe’s Real BBQ, McReynolds Farm, Montana Bar-B-Q, Raging Cajun Smoking BBQ, Texas BBQ House, Tom’s BBQ, Up ‘n Smoke Pit BBQ and Waldo’s BBQ. The menu at Big John’s Texas BBQ’s booth will include beef brisket, pulled pork, BBQ nachos, turkey legs, ribs and more. Famous Dave’s plans to dish out St. Louis style ribs, tri tip, hot links, coleslaw and beans, while another local favorite, Honey Bear’s BBQ, will deliver their finger-licking-good pork, beef and chicken sandwiches, and rib tips with all the fixings including collard greens and mac ‘n’ cheese. Montana Bar-B-Q will serve their tasty “Death by Swine Kabobs,” a chokecherry and chipotle chopped chicken sandwich or wrap, loaded BBQ potatoes and more. A crowd favorite last year, Raging Cajun Smoking BBQ is bringing back their pulled pork nachos, Cajun sticks, ribs, chicken and more. The big pink truck of Tom’s BBQ will offer a full spread of BBQ delights including pulled pork, smoked chicken, ribs, rib tips, brisket and a variety of sides.

While patrons get their fill of barbeque and beer, double platinum recording artists, Smash Mouth, will headline the event’s live entertainment, along with California-based rock band Hoobastank. Featured performances on the local frequency stage also include: Arizona’s own Bird City, Cartoon Lion, Versions of You, Good Rust, Ethan 103, We Were Strangers, Inept Hero, Moment of Ruin, We Are Searchers, Black Bottom Lighters, Howard Til’ Midnight and 80 Proof.


Purchase general admission tickets online or on event day for $10. A limited number of 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 by Smash Mouth and Hoobastank. The festival is professionally produced by HDE Agency and sponsored by Bashas’, Downtown Chandler Community Partnership, SanTan Brewing Company, Von Hanson’s Meats & Spirits, BBQ Island, AZ BBQ Club, Local First AZ, Yelp, KUPD, Porkopolis, Bulleit Bourbon, Woodcraft and White Water, who all remind visitors to “BBQ and beer responsibly.” The nonprofit Downtown Chandler Community Foundation (DCCF) receives a portion of the proceeds from the event. DCCP is responsible for the fundraising activities of the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership and provides a conduit for grants and sponsorships from public agencies, corporations, foundations and other sources for dissemination to the district and community organizations. Visit for information about DCCF. Go to to purchase presale and VIP tickets. Learn more at and on Twitter @ BBQBEERFESTIVAL.

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Adults and kids can learn to swim for free, courtesy of City of Chandler Aquatics and SRP Safety Connection, weekday evenings March 25 through April 5 at the heated Arrowhead Pool, 1475 W. Erie St., Chandler. Instructor candidates who are gaining teaching experience to prepare for their American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor certifications teach the sessions, accompanied by certified instructors. Skills taught in the American Red Cross learn-to-swim program are introduced, such as floating and flutter kicks to help swimmers of all ages gain confidence in the water, as well as water safety topics from SRP. Visit breaktime for a complete listing of the classes and to register for lessons.

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Christ-centered yoga teacher training Individuals who want to strengthen their yoga knowledge and practice, deepen their faith walk, teach Christ-centered yoga classes or lead a yoga ministry can sign up for The Center for Living Well’s Yoga Ministry Leadership Training Program, which begins April 9. The training consists of a modular approach, where each module can be done independently or in succession. There are five 38-hour modules in total, each focusing on different elements of Christ-centered yoga ministry leadership development, including: Module 1: Foundations of Faith and Yoga, online; Module 2: Pose Construction & Anatomy, yoga camp; Module 3: Class Design & Sequencing, online; Module 4: Teacher Practicum, yoga camp; and Module 5: Business, Marketing & Ministry Leadership, online. Each module includes 38 hours of instruction, personal practice and mandatory homework. The format of the program alternates between three modules of online instruction and two in-person yoga camps held in the Phoenix area. New instructors who successfully complete all five modules earn a designation as a Christcentered Yoga Leader (CCYL). The program is also open to existing instructors wishing to receive continuing education credits or pursue a CCYL designation.

Module 1 begins

The first module begins April 9 and consists of four weeks of online instruction via web conferencing from 5 to 7 p.m. on

Tuesdays. The cost for Module 1 is $500 and is required for those pursuing a CCYL designation. Instruction is provided in the following areas: introduction to the Bible; assimilating the word; yoga history, philosophy and theory; breath work, meditation and prayer. “Our program is unique in its approach to training in that we place equal emphasis on the fundamentals of yoga, Bible teaching and leadership,” says Dawn Rutledge, the executive director of The Center for Living Well. “All of our instructors receive extensive education and must demonstrate proficiency in yoga theory, yoga pose construction and anatomy, class design and sequencing, teacher ethics and responsibilities, and student safety and enjoyment. In addition, our teachers receive teaching in Bible history, foundations of faith and applied Bible study that fully equips them to read, understand, study and teach Scripture. Further, our teachers also receive training in business, marketing, ministry, servant leadership and discipleship to equip them for leadership. When they graduate, they are fully equipped to teach classes, lead a Christ-centered yoga ministry in their church or community, or even open a yoga studio.”

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The CCYL class size is intentionally kept small and intimate to ensure the quality of education received and the level of competency upon graduation. Weekly mentoring is provided to improve learning

and retention, maintain accountability and provide on-going support and education. Based in the Phoenix area with classes in Chandler, The Center for Living Well is a nonprofit wellness ministry that helps individuals, couples and families find healing, wellness and wholeness through Christ-centered wellness programs, retreats and training. Program offerings currently include yoga teacher training, yoga and wellness retreats, yoga classes, nutritional workshops, mindful eating classes and coaching, marriage and parenting classes, counseling, yoga therapy, Thai yoga therapy and Bible study. The Center plans to expand its offerings in 2013 to include master yoga instructor training, financial “health” classes and workshops, yoga continuing education workshops and more. Apply at what-we-do/training, or email info@ to request information. For information, visit, or call 480-250-5967.

Funds and volunteers are needed to run programs offered by The Perfect Place, a nonprofit adult day care located on the campus of the Risen Savior Lutheran Church and School, 23914 S. Alma School Rd., Sun Lakes,. Contributions from service organizations, personal donations to the scholarship fund and donations of Beanie Babies enable The Perfect Place to better serve its community. At The Perfect Place, loved ones can spend an afternoon with the staff and volunteers who provide a loving, caring social program. The afternoon program opens with a short devotion after which everyone shares something about themselves: where they grew up, what they did for a living, family life or favorite activities. Then the fun continues through the afternoon with laughter playing cards, bingo, a bean bag toss, entertainment, snacks and a short session of chair exercises. Hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. To learn more, contact Judy Waltersdorf at 480895-2892, ext. 3 or send an email to


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regularly go to the library were missed. The homeless number on the streets doesn’t take into account those physically in a shelter or others who are “doubled-up,” living with friends or family members. According to Powell, the homeless population has always been out there, but the public hasn’t been aware of them. Chandler is taking additional steps to strengthen relationships with homeless advocates. Through the For Our City – Chandler program under the direction of Councilman Kevin

HELPING HAND: Leah Powell, City of Chandler community resources and diversity manager, takes part in a regional effort to put an end to the chronic homeless situation. Submitted photo

to CCCC in the morning and a sack lunch. “We provide food boxes, and we tailor make those for families or individuals,” explains Chandler Councilmember Trinity Donovan, CEO of CCCC. “So if people are homeless we are able to give them items that don’t need to be refrigerated or cans that have flip tops.” More than 15,000 food boxes were distributed by CCCC last year with enough to feed more than 50,000 people. People can come once a month for an emergency food box and then weekly for supplemental food, says Donovan. In addition to the food bank, CCCC has a family resource center, a Community Action Program (CAP) and operates the senior nutrition program at the Chandler Senior Center. “Unfortunately, there are a lot of people who are in need, but it’s also great that we’re able to offer, when a family is in crisis, a variety of services in one place to help them get out of that crisis,” Donovan says.

Matthew’s Crossing

Last year, Matthew’s Crossing Food Bank served 42,013 individuals and distributed 11,704 emergency food boxes. Matthew’s Crossing is projected to serve 50,000 people in 2013. “We wish we didn’t see the rise,” comments Joy Meyer, communications director and member of the board of directors. As the first Arizona organization accepting online donations through YouGiveFoods, Matthew’s Crossing recently received an online donation from Australia. “You are actually picking out cereal or tuna or peanut butter and that’s what will be delivered,” Meyer mentions. “You see where your money is going and it’s still 100% deductible.” Through March 29, Matthew’s Crossing is conducting an online Easter food drive in Chandler with YouGiveGoods, the first of its kind for any organization in Arizona. Donating through YouGiveGoods provides

KICKING IT UP A NOTCH: Girls on a San Tan Legacy soccer team bag donations for distribution at the CCCC food bank. Submitted photo

SERVICE WITH A SMILE: Longtime volunteer Fritz Passolt greets customers. In the past six months, more than 800 different individuals have volunteered to help provide services at CCCC. Submitted photo

Hartke, the advocacy team works with businesses, faithbased communities and employers in the Chandler area to coordinate service needs. Powell says the Interfaith Homeless Emergency Lodging Program (IHELP) just kicked off in January providing shelter for those seeking help. Since its inception, IHELP has provided as many as 19 individuals in one night with a safe place to sleep. Following an intake at Chandler Christian Community Center (CCCC), transportation is provided to participating houses of worship for one night’s lodging. Individuals receive an evening meal, transportation back

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STORAGE SHORTAGE: Matthew’s Crossing is always in need of peanut butter, tuna and macaroni and cheese. Submitted photo

hope and dignity to those in the community in a more efficient, powerful and convenient way, according to Meyer. The benefits of donating online include: • Shop online through YouGiveGoods for individual food pantry staples like cereal, peanut butter and boxed pasta. • Every item purchased through YouGiveGoods for Matthew’s Crossing gets sent to the food bank. • No more trips to the store to purchase goods, no more trips to the food bank to drop off the goods. • Donating online is green. Energy consumption and carbon emissions are reduced because fewer cars are on the road delivering goods to where they need to go. • Anybody in the world can donate from the comfort of their home, even friends and family from afar. • The whole family can be involved and “shop” for things they would like to donate to those less fortunate in the community.

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345 S. California St. Chandler, AZ 85225 480-963-1423 Donations accepted 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Emergency food boxes noon to 3 p.m. Monday and 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday through Thursday. Contact for volunteer opportunities.

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Homeless and low-income families can seek help from the Salvation Army – Chandler. Maj. Robert J. Deidrick estimates 3,000 households receive boxes annually. Deidrick says they often run low on bottled water and canned food items that are meals in a can including tuna fish, canned meat, soups, stews and boxed items. “Food comes in and it goes right back out. We do get low at times.” Programs to help with utilities and rent are also available through the Salvation Army - Chandler. It’s not uncommon for lower income families to have four to 10 people in the home, says Deidrick. “With the economy some people have doubled-up and families are staying together and have relatives staying with them.” According to Powell, homelessness is on the rise. “We get phone calls from people who are getting ready to be evicted and facing homelessness for the very first time,” she says. “Those numbers certainly have increased in the last few years. It’s a new clientele that hasn’t dealt with the system before so they’re not aware of what resources are out there for them, and they’ve never navigated through the system before.” Every day shelters turn people away because of lack of resources. Powell suggests calling 211, which connects to information and referral services, with resources across the Valley and Arizona. 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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unfamiliar to many Western diners. “When we were first getting ready to open,” recalls Dean, “I’d hired one of my cooks from California and a box of walleye came in. He saw the box and said, ‘What’s this?’ So I had to explain it to him, and he said, ‘Who are you going to sell that to?’ “About a week after we opened, we had a table of about 20 people come in from Sun Lakes, and they ordered 20 walleye. I said to my cook, ‘That’s who we’re going to sell it to.’ And we sell probably 60 pounds a week.”

PRETTY EGG: A girl leans over to collect a bright and colorful Easter egg during the City of Chandler’s Easter Egg Scramble at Snedigar Sportsplex. Submitted photo

Chandler Christian Church BACK TO BUSINESS: Long-time restaurateurs Dean and Lorie Laplant left early retirement behind to open DC Steak House in 2010. “I played golf for about four years and wasn’t getting any better,” says Dean. “So I decided to go back to work.” STSN photo by Ron Lang

and rib eye steaks, all coming from the same Chicago stockyard he used in Milwaukee, Dean offers seafood ranging from salmon, swordfish and lobster entrees to crab and shrimp cocktail appetizers. Salads, sandwiches, ribs and chicken round out the menu, which also includes an extensive wine list, decadent desserts and, of course, the Midwesterners’ beloved cheese curds and walleyed pike, a freshwater fish

SURF & TURF: Steak is DC’s No. 1 seller, with the restaurant’s 9-ounce filet – often accompanied by lobster – topping the charts. STSN photo by Ron Lang

DC Steak House, at 98 S. San Marcos Pl., is open 4 to 11 p.m. Sunday through Saturday and 4 to 10 p.m. Sunday. Prime rib is served Saturday night. To learn more, call 480-899-4400 or visit K. M. Lang lives and writes in Sun Groves. To contact her, email

Fifty thousand colorful Easter eggs are ready to be found at the “I Love Easter Hunt” event sponsored by Chandler Christian Church. The “eggs-ceptional” and free activities are from 3 to 4 p.m., Sun., March 24 at Tumbleweed Park, 745 E. Germann Rd., in Chandler. Families with children in sixth grade or younger are welcome to bring their Easter baskets to join in the fun. The event includes bounce houses and activities. Tumbleweed Park is 745 E. Germann Rd, Chandler. Info: 480-963-3997, ext. 114,

San Tan Mountain Regional Park

Crafts, games and an egg hunt are at San Tan Mountain Regional Park in Queen Creek on Sat., March 30. From 9 a.m. to noon, youths find treats hidden by Rascal the Rabbit inside the San Tan Visitor Center by using secret clues left along the Interpretive Trail, which is about a quarter-mile walk roundtrip. Maps to help locate the goodies are at the Visitor Center. After the hunt is over, stay for craft activities. Children can also help Ranger Adam collect eggs that Rascal the Rabbit hid at the park. The Chick Egg Hunt for ages 4 and younger starts at 11 a.m. The Bunny Egg Hunt for ages 5 to 10 starts at 11:20 a.m. The Jackrabbit Egg Hunt for ages 11

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FESTIVE FAMILY FUN: Parents help youngsters gather eggs at the City of Chandler’s Easter Egg Scramble at Snedigar Sportsplex. Submitted photo

TIME TO EAT: Jacob’s Well United Methodist Church hosts a community lunch on Easter Sunday at the Chandler Christian Community Center. Submitted photo

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To help celebrate Easter, on Sun., March 31 the Phoenix Zoo treats the elephants to a very special egg hunt featuring paper mâché eggs filled with fruit. The Egg Hunt for the Elephants is at 10 a.m., noon and 3 p.m., and will feature a different elephant each time. Free with general admission. The zoo is at 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix. Info: 602-273-1341, Alison Stanton is a freelance writer who lives in the East Valley. She can be reached at

SWEET EASTER TREATS: A young boy is ready to enjoy some cotton candy during the community Easter lunch hosted by Jacob’s Well United Methodist Church. Submitted photo

The church hosts a community-wide lunch and Easter Egg Hunt on Sun., March 31 at the Chandler Christian Community Center. The event starts at noon and is an opportunity for food, fellowship, games and fun for the kids. Chandler Christian Community Center

EASTER JOY: A boy has a blast on the bouncy slide at the community lunch on Easter Sunday. Each year, Jacob’s Well United Methodist Church hosts the lunch at the Chandler Christian Community Center. Submitted photo

Georgy, or “GQ” as he is often called, is a curious and brave Gambel’s quail who lives in the Arizona desert. “GQ GQ. Where are You? Adventures of a Gambel’s Quail,” a new title from Chandler’s Five Star Publications, Inc., follows GQ as he leaves home to look for new playmates and explore the Sonoran Desert of southern Arizona. GQ finds interesting things on his adventure, such as cacti, mice, lizards and other birds, and makes some new friends as well. He must be careful, however, because there are dangers in the desert, such as snakes and coyotes, and he soon realizes as it gets dark that there truly is no place like home. Author Sharon I. Ritt combines 40 years as an educator with her musical talent to write “GQ GQ. Where are You?” to help young people learn about this unique bird and its environment. “Sharon has written not only a fun and educational book, she also recorded a

CD that includes her own narration of the story and a sing-along version.” says Linda F. Radke, president of Five Star Publications. “This CD is included with each book.” According to Conrad J. Storad, awardwinning Arizona children’s author, “Artist Nadia Komorova’s beautifully rendered illustrations add a dazzling splash of color that makes turning the page to see what comes next a true pleasure.” Scheduled for release this spring, “GQ GQ. Where are You? Adventures of a Gambel’s Quail” is distributed by Ingram, Baker & Taylor and Midpoint Trade Books, and will soon be available at major bookstores,, and For more about the book, visit To learn more about Five Star Publications, Inc., which celebrates 27 years in business, and its other awardwinning books, visit the website, email or call 480-940-8182.

Gilbert author pens children’s book Being a parent is rewarding, but it can also be a demanding and wearisome job, which is why Gilbert resident and former teacher Jenny Seiger released her new book for exhausted and new parents, “Why Is Mommy So Tired?” Her comical yet heartwarming story depicts tired, exhausted parents, the Wearys, and their rambunctious but loveable son, Rowdy. The Wearys, like most parents, have a very difficult time finding the energy to play with Rowdy. One night, Mrs. Weary makes a

surprising and unbelievable discovery. Could she have uncovered the true reason she and parents everywhere are always so tired? What will parents do when they find out the shocking news, and what will happen to Rowdy? Readers learn what the Wearys and all the parents do with their new found energy. Seiger’s book is available at Amazon. com and For information, contact jenny.seiger@ or visit pages/Jenny-Seiger/182022608608463.

Sun Bird hosts shred event A free community shred-it event, co-sponsored by Debbie Wiltse’s State Farm office and the Sun Bird “Go Green Committee,” is from 8 to 11 a.m. Sat., March 16 at Sun Bird Golf Resort

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Garden railroaders open up homes Tour the garden model railroads during Arizona Big Train Operators (ABTO) Annual Spring Open House Railway Tours 2013 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat., March 16 and Sun., March 17 throughout the Phoenix metro area. Dedicated to sharing their love for garden model railroading, the club’s open house tour features 22 homes and one medical center with G-scale garden railroads on display for public viewing. The following member homes in the SanTan Sun area will be open on Sat., March 16: • Jack and Dorothy Johnson, 739 E. Prescott Dr., Chandler • Walt and Caroline Pries, 10432 E. Cedar Waxwing Ct., Sun Lakes • Dave and Sharon Kitchin, 9401 Jadecrest Dr., Sun Lakes • Rich and Sharon Hull, 25025 S. Lakeway Dr., Sun Lakes • Ennis and Marcia Thompson, 9636 E. Mossy Rock Dr., Sun Lakes

Open houses showcase model trains

• Dan and Jackie Stoecklin, 861 W. Emerald Island Dr., Gilbert • Mike and Theresa Reddy, 1005 N. Tuscana Ln., Gilbert The event is free, but visitors are encouraged to make tax deductible donations, which are used to support ABTO activities, including the maintenance of the train layout which has three trains plus a trolley running through plenty of outstanding scenery at Cardon Children’s Medical Center, 1400 S. Dobson Rd., Mesa. Visit or facebook. com/springgardentrains for more information.

‘Storytelling & Song’ highlights tribal legends

CHUGGA CHUGGA: Train lovers can delight in the details of G-scale garden railroads on display Sat., March 16 at open houses in Sun Lakes, Chandler and Gilbert. Submitted photo

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Visit select homes in the Sun Lakes area and one in Maricopa to experience a variety of model railroads on display during the Short Line Model Railroad Club’s free annual open houses from noon to 4 p.m. Sat., March 16. With the majority of its members residing in southern Chandler, the Short Line Model Railroad Club meets monthly at Sunbird Community Center. “For the many Cub fans in the area and those whose hearts are still back in Chicago, you may want to enjoy an exciting panorama of the good old days that are depicted on the display in Maricopa. It’s only a short drive and it will be time well spent,” says Harry Huckemeyer, president of the Short Line Model Railroad Club. Flyers will be made available at the entry guard houses at the communities of Palo Verde, Sunbird and the two entry areas at Oakwood off Riggs Road on the day of the open houses. Follow the signs to the homes once inside the developments. Go to or email to learn more.

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If a life is broken has it reached its fullterm? If it is broken can it still achieve the purpose for which You meant? If I experience disappointments, let-downs and real heartaches, due to false expectations or betrayals, by people whom I had learned to trust, it is difficult for me to find the ability to repair and put back together the broken pieces of trust; not only in relationships with people, but also in situations in which I was once comfortable; and if I am not careful, even in my prayer to You, oh Lord. Because of human frailty, we are all capable of letting each other down. But, less so, depending upon our

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relationship with You. A strong, constant, growing, ongoing relationship with You is essential for me to remain wise in my decisions, strong in my commitments and loyal in my relationships, so that in You there will be no lasting damage. So, keeping my focus on You, all other hurt and damage can be healed. With this type of faith in You, a broken life can reach its full-term. Even life that was broken can heal in a full relationship with You. Father Pierre Hissey is pastor of St. Steven’s Catholic Church, 24827 S. Dobson Rd., Sun Lakes. For information, visit or call 480-895-9266.

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Gather in the lobby of the new Chandler City Hall complex for a docentguided tour at 10:45 a.m. Tue., March 19 as part of a fundraiser for the Shalom Chapter of Hadassah. The tour is followed by lunch at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort, 1 N. San Marcos Pl., Chandler. Afterward, take a walking tour of downtown Chandler. The cost is $6, with priority for the limited attendance tour given to Shalom members. For information, call Diane at 480-895-6917 or Judy at 480-802-4944.

‘Holy Smoke!’ It’s Fred Ramsey

A morning message from author Fred Ramsey is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Sun., April 7 at Chandler Presbyterian Church, 1500 W. Germann Rd., Chandler. A light lunch follows with a talk about Ramsey’s new book, “Holy Smoke,” and he will sign copies. For more information, call 480-963-3821.

Add special reading to Lent

Hear a reading of “Station of the Cross” at 5:30 p.m. every Friday during Lent at St Steven’s Catholic Church, 24827 S. Dobson Rd., Sun Lakes. The exclusive “Station of the Cross” was written by Adam Thome, St. Steven’s music director, at the request of Fr Pierre Hissey. “The emotion in which it is written speaks to the individual feelings that one might experience when reflecting on the ‘Lord’s Passion’ on the way of the cross in today’s environment,” says Father Pierre Hissey. March 15 and 22 are the last two opportunities to read, listen and experience “the way” in this 2013 season of Lent. At noon on March 29, join St. Stevens for a Good Friday ‘Solemn’ Reading of the Stations. For information, call 480-895-9266.

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Chompie’s serves Passover meals Celebrate Passover by having dinner with the family at one of Chompie’s restaurants or at home. Dine-in dinner is available 5 p.m. to closing on Mon., March 25 and Tue., March 26. Reservations are strongly recommended. Dinner is available to go or dine in at Chompie’s Chandler location at Chandler Village Center, 3481 W. Frye Rd., south of Chandler Fashion Center. The dine-in option is $29.95 per adult and $14.95 for children younger than 10. The homemade, six-course meal includes hors d’oeuvres, soup, entrée, two side dishes, dessert and beverage. Main course options include classic braised beef brisket in pan gravy, pan-seared Atlantic king salmon and roast breast of turkey or roasted half spring chicken, both served with Passover stuffing. Chompie’s offers a special Passover matzo brye menu during Passover as well. Chompie’s in-store bakeries have holiday cakes, flourless desserts and cakes, gluten-free desserts and cakes, macaroons, honey cake, sponge cake and Passover bagels. All are subject to availability, so check with the nearest store.

Story of Passover

Passover is one of the Jewish religion’s most sacred and widely observed holidays. Passover commemorates the story of the

families for generations and continue the tradition in their restaurants today.

Dinners to go

Israelites’ departure from ancient Egypt to escape persecution and the angels of death passing over the Israelite’s homes. As the story goes, Moses approaches the reigning pharaoh several times, explaining that the Hebrew God has requested a three-day leave for his people so they can celebrate a feast in the wilderness. When the pharaoh refuses, God unleashes 10 devastating plagues on the Egyptians, culminating in the slaying of every firstborn son by an avenging angel. The Israelites mark the doorframes of their homes with lamb’s blood so the angel will recognize and “pass over” each Jewish household. Jews observe the weeklong festival with a number of important rituals including traditional Passover meals known as seders, the removal of leavened products from their home, the substitution of matzo for bread and the retelling of the exodus tale. The Borensteins, owners of Chompie’s and of Jewish descent, have celebrated the tradition of Passover in their

Full-course Passover deluxe to-go meal packages serve eight people for $229.95 and include a choice of appetizer, soup, two entrees and two side dishes. A traditional family dinner serving four people is $119.99 and includes a choice of one appetizer, one entrée and two side dishes. Both meals are served with matzo plate and charoses, Kosher wine or grape juice. Preorders require 24-hour notice by contacting the nearest Chompie’s. Substitutions may render additional charges. Dine-in is available at the Chompie’s in Phoenix, Scottsdale and Chandler locations. At the Chompie’s Tempe location, the regular dining menu, which features Passover-friendly dishes, will be available. To-go dinners and bakery items are available at all four Chompie’s locations. To-go dinners, holiday cakes and desserts and Passover bagels are available all eight nights of Passover, March 25 through April 2. For details, call Chandler Chompie’s location at 480-398-3008, open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. For order forms, Passover menus and gift card purchases, visit

Support The Clothes Cabin April 13

Crafters, business owners and people with yard sale items or produce from their garden are invited to participate in the Community Yard and Bake Sale, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat., April 13 at CrossRoads Nazarene Church, 2950 E. Ray Rd., Chandler. Deadline for submitting the $20 space reservation fee is April 8. Proceeds from the fee support The Clothes Cabin, a local, grassroots nonprofit providing free clothing, shoes and linens for the poor since 2001. For more information, call 602-513-1202, email or visit

Sing, dance at temple show

Listen to classic country hits when George Clay, Shirley Howells and Ro Moreci perform 3 to 6 p.m. Sat., March 23 in the Arizona Room of Sun Lakes Country Club, Phase 1. The dance floor opens for the event, sponsored by Temple Havurat Emet. Tickets available from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Arizona Room on Mondays and Fridays in March, and noon to 2 p.m. at Ace Hardware on Tuesdays in March for $15 per person. To have tickets delivered to a Sun Lakes residence or for more details, call 480-588-1844.


Pastor Hendricks celebrates 10-year anniversary Services are held each Sunday in the Inter Faith Chapel located across from the Sun Lakes Country Club. Following each Sunday service a fellowship hour is held in the Navajo Room in the Sun Lakes Country Club. Bible studies are led by Hendricks several times each week for couples, as well as both a men’s and women’s Bible study. Those without a regular church are invited to attend a worship service 9:31 a.m. on Easter Sunday, March 31. The pastor’s sermon is titled “The Ascending Life.” The church office is located at 25811 S. Country Club Dr. in Sun Lakes. For information, call 480-895-9147. PRIVILEGE TO SERVE: Pastor Don Hendricks greets parishioners at Sun Lakes Community Church. Submitted photo

On Easter Sunday it will be 10 years since Pastor Don Hendricks and his wife, Laura, received a welcome to Sun Lakes Community Church. A self-described “minister of the new covenant,” Hendricks says he is a lifelong learner who desires to be grace-based and joyful. “People are transformed by Christ-like loving acceptance that allows people to grow in grace and knowledge,” Hendricks says, adding that “I love this part of the country and especially living here in Sun Lakes. It is a privilege to serve in this community.”

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Sisterhood playing new tune Meet Marcia Fine, toy collection, more A representative from the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) is guest speaker at the 1 p.m. Thu., April 18 meeting of the Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation Sisterhood, in the Chapel Center in Sun Lakes. The program is open to the public and refreshments are served. Liv Merchant with the MIM outreach program will have information on the museum.

Renowned author speaks

Prize-winning author Marcia Fine is guest speaker for the 1 p.m. Thu., March 21 meeting of the Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation Sisterhood in the Chapel Center in Sun Lakes. A Scottsdale resident, her books cover a wide range of topics from serious, semiautobiographical novels to hysterical, laugh-out-loud stories.

Toys for kindergartners

The ongoing “Toys from the Heart” Program, which provides holiday gifts to the kindergarten classes at Frye Elementary School every year, continues to need funding. Last year the Sisterhood was able to distribute toys to more than 100 children. Donations for toys can be made by sending a check for any amount made out to SLJC Sisterhood to 3495 E. County Down Dr., Chandler, AZ 85249. Write “toys” on the memo line.

Other Sisterhood news

Note cards are for sale at all Sisterhood meetings for $10 for a packet of 10. For more information, call Marilyn at 940-1916. Comments and suggestions are welcomed by the co-presidents. Call Carol at 895-3168 or Geri at 305-0123.

Relive the Passover exodus

SPEAKS WITHOUT NOTES: Pastor Don Hendricks delivers a sermon he might have been working on right up to that moment. Submitted photo

Have fun, raise funds on April 6

Help support teams at Chandler’s Relay for Life, a fundraising event for the American Cancer Society, by attending a Home Business and Craft Expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat., April 6 at Trinity Christian Fellowship, 50 S. McQueen Rd., Chandler. Vendors include Lia Sophia jewelry, Origami Owl, Pampered Chef, Thirty-One Gifts, Avon, Gold Canyon Candles, local artists and crafters. For more information about booth rental, email

Rabbi raised Catholic discusses journey Learn from a rabbi who was raised as a Roman Catholic, at the 1 p.m. Tue., April 16 meeting of the Shalom Hadassah Chapter, in the Bradford Room of the Oakwood Clubhouse in Sun Lakes. Panamanian guest speaker Rabbi Yosef Garcia didn’t discover his Jewish roots until he was 32, when a great uncle revealed information to him. Within a decade of learning it, he was an ordained rabbi. He will talk about his incredible journey of selfdiscovery and the important role he is playing in helping others to learn about their possible Jewish heritage. For more details, call co-presidents Adrian at 480-895-7312 or Ruth at 480-802-8901.


Celebrate Passover at the first night seder, 7:30 p.m. Mon., March 25 at the Chabad of the East Valley’s center, 3875 W. Ray Rd., Suite 6, Chandler. The traditional, family oriented seder features rich discussion about Passover, food and joyous singing. Chabad Rabbi Mendy Deitsch, director of Chabad of the East Valley, facilitates the inter-generational program.

The cost is $40 per adult and $25 per child. Family plans are available on request. Registration after March 20 is $50 per adult and $40 per child. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds. To make a reservation, which is required, call 480-855-4333, email or visit



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CCC ‘springs’ into action Activities ranging from Easter festivities to service projects and more usher in spring at Chandler Christian Church, 1825 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler The Church’s annual Easter Egg Hunt features bounce houses, an egg hunt and other fun family activities from 3 to 4 p.m. Sun., March 24 at Tumbleweed Park, 2250 S. McQueen Rd., Chandler. For details, visit The Church celebrates Easter with Good Friday services at 6 and 7:15 p.m. Fri., March 29, and Easter Celebration services at 3:30 and 5 p.m. Sat., March 30 and 8:15, 9:45 and 11:15 a.m. Sun., March 31. Invitations to this year’s Good Friday and Easter Celebration services are available in the lobby. This year’s Easter special offering goes toward Project 285+ expenses, a family friendly service project in which church members package

prepared meals to send to Haiti, Africa and Cambodia from April 29 through May 4. More volunteers are needed; day and evening shifts are available. To learn more or sign up to volunteer, visit chandlercc. org/project285-2013. In addition, Chandler Christian Church hosts its first Super Senior Seminar at 11 a.m. Mon., March 18. Guest speaker Mary Lou Petty Skok, a 98-year-old former Olympic swimmer, gives an inspirational talk on “Successful Aging.” Read more and register at super-senior-mar13. Space is still available on the Austria mission trip from May 26 through June 11 to serve TCM, International at Haus Edelweiss. To learn more, visit chandlercc. org/Austria-may13. To learn more about Chandler Christian Church, visit

Make Matzah

At the Chabad Model Matzah Bakery, individuals of all ages participate in the ancient tradition of making handmade Matzah at 12:30 p.m., Sun. March 17 at Chabad of the East Valley, 3875 W. Ray Rd., Chandler. Matzah is a form of bread dating back several thousand years. It’s made by baking fresh dough immediately after kneading, before it can rise. The Bible records eating Matzah and not eating any leavened or conventional bread during

the Jewish holiday of Passover, which commemorates the Exodus from Egypt, as a Divine commandment. “Children have the most fun when they come. They love getting their fingers full of dough, rolling it and shaping it,” says Rabbi Mendy Deitsch. “The hands-on experience gives them a real thrill, as well as a great education.”

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 for children ages

12 and younger. Chandler Christian Church, Room B200 1825 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler Info: 480-963-3997, Christian Business Networking, Tri-City Chapter – Chandler, Tempe, Mesa 7:15 a.m. Tuesdays Offers members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and business referrals. Crackers & Co. Café 535 W. Iron Ave., Mesa Info: Maia, 480-425-0624, 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,

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Complimentary refreshments between services. RISEN SAVIOR LUTHERAN CHURCH & SCHOOL 23914 S. Alma School Road • Chandler, AZ 85248 Phone: 480-895-6782 • Email: • Website: 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-yearold age range. Info: Melissa, 480-785-0744, Forever Marriage Ministries, Wives Standing for Marriage Restoration Support Group 6-8 p.m. Mondays Support group for wives committed to marriage no matter the circumstances, offering hope, encouragement, biblical truths, fellowship and prayers, to stand together for the restoration of marriage. 1111 W. Stottler Dr., Chandler Info: 602-377-8847, Marriage@, Forever Marriage Ministries, God Honoring Wives Support Group 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays Support group for women believing in the sanctity of marriage. Offering teachings, sharing, fellowship, encouragement and prayers. 1111 W. Stottler Dr., Chandler Info: 602-377-8847, Marriage@,

Spirituality 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 8:45-9:45 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, 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

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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 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, out-ofbody 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

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Jazz concerts abound in spring Reedman Pieter Meijers than 18 are admitted for free. headlines the Arizona Classic Become an ACJS member Jazz Society (ACJS) monthly that night and get in free; jazz party from 1 to 4 p.m. yearly membership is $35 Sun., March 24 at Crowne per couple, $25 for a single. Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort, For more information, call 1 N. San Marcos Pl., Chandler. 480-620-3941 or go to Meijers was born in the Netherlands where he Music fest began his musical training at The 14th annual Chandler age 6, playing in a concert Jazz Festival, set for April band with his father as the 5 and 6, brings more than conductor. He was a regular 20 bands to various venues in the Amsterdam traditional in downtown Chandler, jazz scene while at university, performing a variety of jazz but had to put those styles. activities aside to complete The festival’s main stage his doctorate work in nuclear at Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, 3 S. chemistry and physics. He Arizona Ave., hosts a series moved to New York City in of bands from 4:45 to 9:15 1968 to pursue a research p.m. Friday and noon to 9:15 career. Meijers was soon SAX MAN: Netherlandsp.m. Saturday. There will playing jazz again and also born saxophone player be food vendors as well performed in musicals. Pieter Meijers has led the as merchandise vendors In 1981 he moved to Los High Sierra Jazz Band since throughout the park. 1999 and toured the world. Angeles. He has been the Additional music venues He comes to Chandler on leader of the High Sierra each night include LaStalla, March 24 to entertain local Jazz Band since 1999 and traditional jazz lovers. Kokopelli’s Winery, El Zocalo, tours the world as an artifact Photo courtesy of Arizona Vintage 95 and Bourbon Jacks. authenticator and musician. Classic Jazz Society The courtyard of the Crowne Meijers will be backed by Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort members of 52nd Street Jazz also hosts classic performances from 6 Band during the March 24 performance, to 8 p.m. Friday and 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday which also features clarinet trios during on the New Orleans Music Stage. For a each of the three sets. complete entertainment schedule, visit The cost is $10 for ACJS members, $15 for nonmembers and those younger





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Downtown Chandler Deadline looms for hits high notes Young Artists contest A variety of jazz performers enliven downtown Chandler restaurants and the Chandler Jazz Festival this spring. All-you-can-eat prime rib and live music are featured from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday nights at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort, 1 N. San Marcos Pl., with Lyn Jackson and Richard Palalay March 16 and the Vandal-Hancock Duo of jazz guitars on March 23. Laurie Fagen performs with Charles Lewis on keyboards Sat., April 6 during the Chandler Jazz Festival and rotates with others throughout the season. For reservations, call 480-812-0900 or visit La Stalla Cucina Rustica, 68 W. Buffalo St., hosts live jazz on the second and fourth Sundays of the month, with the Vandal-Hancock Duo from 6 to 9 p.m. Sun., March 24 and during the Chandler Jazz Festival Fri., April 5. For reservations, call 480-8559990 or visit Laurie Fagen & Friends, the VandalHancock Duo and other musicians are available to perform at affordable rates for private corporate parties. For details, call 602-463-2665 or email To order a Laurie Fagen CD for $10, email For information about the Chandler Jazz Festival, visit

Budding young artists ages 13 to 18 from the Chandler community have until Wed., March 27 to enter their works into the fourth-annual Young Artists & Authors Showcase, held by City of Chandler’s Sister City affiliate, Chandler-Tullamore Sister Cities (CTSC). “The Power of Exchange” is the showcase theme for 2013. Using 2D media, entrants should illustrate the long-term impact exchanges have had on themselves or the community, expressing through art or literature how one or both have changed for the better. Entries must be no larger than 24 by 30 inches including matting. Watercolor, oils, pastels, pen and ink, charcoal, photography, two-dimensional mixed media and computer-generated art are all accepted. There is a $5 entry fee. Those chosen for the showcase are recognized at a reception from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Fri., April 19 at Vision Gallery in downtown Chandler. One piece of artwork and one essay will be submitted to Sister Cities International, where 10 finalists are chosen. From the 10 winning works, one author and one artist will be chosen as overall winners. To submit entries, contact CTSC Education Committee Chair Barb Olivieri at chandler_ or at 480-347-8293. Entry guidelines and forms may be found under “Events” at


Back by popular water as a common and demand, Hotel California powerful dream symbol. “A Salute to the Eagles” The performance returns to Chandler showcases all new Center for the Arts, 250 choreography, original N. Arizona Ave., at 8 p.m. underwater filming by on Fri., April 5. Josh Kasselman and The band was founded Stephanie Lucas, with with the intent of filling original lighting design the void The Eagles left by Mike Eddy. after their breakup in Tickets are $26 to $36 1982. plus fees. For more, visit Each concert presents an exciting showcase of The Eagles mega-hits, EAGLES TRIBUTE: Cover band Hotel California brings Fairytale girl Ballet Etudes’ fanits “Salute to the Eagles” concert to Chandler Center such as “Take It Easy,” favorite production of for the Arts on April 5. Photo courtesy of CCA “Heartache Tonight” and “Cinderella” returns “Hotel California,” as to CCA Sat., April 27 and Sun., April 28. well as newer releases such as “Get Over It” With rich sets and costumes and original and “Love Will Keep Us Alive.” choreography set to Prokofiev’s score, this Hotel California also performs select production of “Cinderella” is sure to leave titles from the solo works of Don Henley, attendees believing in magic. Glen Frey and Joe Walsh. Tickets are $24 to Backstage tours are offered following $34 plus fees. most performances. Tickets are $15 and $20. Inspired by Scorpius Dance Theatre Director Lisa Starry’s first original waterthemed production, “Water Dreams,” which debuted more than 10 years ago, “Dreaming in Water” is a new sensory showcase of film and movement that will again inspire and transcend. “Dreaming in Water” is performed at 3 and 8 p.m. on Sat., April 13 at CCA. The story is told through the eyes of a young boy’s imagination and explores

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Tony Orlando, one of America’s most enduring stars, takes over CCA’s stage 7:30 p.m. Sat., March 23. Tickets range from $34 to $46. With five No. 1 hits, Orlando recently celebrated the 30th anniversary of his recording of “Tie A Yellow Ribbon ’Round The Ole Oak Tree.” Visit or call 480-782-2680 for tickets and information.

Local authors are encouraged to submit their works in the 4th Annual Purple Dragonfly Book Awards contest, which recognizes excellence in children’s literature. The deadline is May 1. Open to both printed and electronic books, there is no publication date restriction as long as the titles entered are still in print. The Purple Dragonfly Book Awards are divided into 35 distinct subject categories, ranging from environment and cooking to sports and family issues. Judges are comprised of industry experts with specific knowledge about the categories over which they preside. One winner is chosen from all entries to receive the grand prize, which includes: a $300 cash prize, 100 foil award seals, one hour of

marketing consultation from Five Star Publications, $100 worth of Five Star Publications’ titles, publicity on Five Star Publications’ websites, inclusion in a winners’ news release sent to a comprehensive list of media outlets and a listing in the Five Star Dragonfly Book Awards virtual bookstore. The grand prize winning book must be outstanding in content, readability, entertainment value, overall production and live up to Five Star Publications’ strict standards of excellence. All first-place category winners are put into a drawing for a $100 prize, and each receives a certificate commemorating their accomplishment, 25 foil award seals and mention on Five Star Publications’ websites. First-place winners will also be placed in the Five Star Dragonfly Book Awards virtual bookstore. One second-place winner is chosen in each category. Second-place winners receive a certificate commemorating their accomplishment and mention on Five Star Publications’ websites. For rules and entry forms, visit or email



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Musical activists put ‘move’ in movement Touring more than 200 days a year, emma’s revolution has performed at thousands of events around the world and will make its next stop at 7:30 p.m. Sat., March 16 at Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation (VUU), 6400 W. Del Rio St., Chandler. With “beautiful” harmonies and acoustic instrumentals, the duo comprised of Pat Humphries and Sandy O. uses the power of music to promote peace and justice, immigrants’ and human rights, the rights of women and the LGBT community, labor and environmental sustainability. The Washington, D.C.-based duo’s songs have been sung for the Dalai Lama, praised by Pete Seeger and recorded by Holly Near. “Peace, Salaam, Shalom” is sung around the world and has been called the anthem of the anti-war movement. “If I Give Your Name” won Grand Prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and the band’s music has been featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” Pacifica’s “Democracy Now!” and “The Thom Hartman Show.” Tickets are $20 at the door, $15 for students with ID. Learn about emma’s revolution at

See shows with like-minded folks Those who want to enjoy a cultural experience with like-minded people might want to consider membership with South East Valley Performing Arts League (PAL). Members travel via hired coach to several arts events around the Valley this spring. Opera lovers will enjoy Arizona Opera’s “The Marriage of Figaro,” Sun., April 7 at Phoenix Symphony Hall in downtown Phoenix. It will be the last opera trip of the season. The next Coffee Classics with the Phoenix Symphony are April 22 and May 10. Ballet fans will appreciate Ballet Arizona’s “All Balanchine” on Fri., May 3 with the Phoenix Symphony at Symphony Hall. And lastly, those

who prefer a more traditional stage performance can enjoy “The Sunshine Boys” on April 4, and Clybourne Park” on May 9, both at the Herberger Theater Center in downtown Phoenix. PAL members meet at a designated East Valley location to board a charter bus for $20 round-trip. Show tickets are purchased separately. To become member, send $10 for a single or $15 a couple to Performing Arts League, P.O. Box 13051, Chandler, AZ, 85248. For more on opera trips, call Vera at 480-895-9679. For symphony or ballet performances, call Lynn at 480-883-0671. For theatre, call Pat at 480-339-0283 or Mary at 480-802-9354. For more about PAL, visit

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REVOLUTIONARY: Pat Humphries, right, and Sandy O. of emma’s revolution use the power of music to promote peace and justice in concerts around the globe. They will be in Chandler on March 16. Photo by Irene Young

After winning the Academy Award for his performance as Bad Blake in “Crazy Heart,” the “ever charismatic” Jeff Bridges plays at Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, at 7:30 p.m. Thu., April 18. Best known for his 30-plus years as an actor and filmmaker, Bridges continues to make a name for himself in the recording industry on “Jeff Bridges,” the new T-Bone Burnett self-titled album he released on Blue Note Records in 2011. During his concerts, Bridges plays music from the Academy Award-winning film “Crazy Heart,” backed by his band, The Abiders. Bridges also cover songs that have influenced his musical tastes. Along the way, he tells stories about his career to set up each song.

Tickets are $36 to $62 plus fees. Visit or call the box office at 480-644-6500.

MUSIC MAN: In a case of life imitating art, actor Jeff Bridges, who played a country music star on the big screen, is now touring the country performing classic and original country songs. He stops at Mesa Arts Center on April 18. Photo courtesy of MAC

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Jazz benefit concert features Tatum

Phoenix-based nonprofit Duet, which provides free services to Valley senior citizens in need, hosts its 32nd Annual Jazz Cabaret benefit concert and auction from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Sun., April 28, at the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa, 2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix. SULTRY SINGER: PhoenixEnjoy live based jazz singer Alice Tatum performances by performs during Duet’s 32nd acclaimed jazz singer Annual Jazz Cabaret benefit concert on April 28 in Phoenix. Alice Tatum and her Photo courtesy of Alice Tatum band as well as a special appearance by jazz keyboardist Charles Lewis. Blaise Lantana, music director at KJZZ, will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies. Guests will enjoy food and desserts in addition to the entertainment; tickets are $85 each. Additionally, guests may bid on hundreds of items including art, jewelry, sports items, event tickets, dinners, theatre, get-a-ways and more during a live and silent auction. To purchase tickets online, go to or call Duet at 602-274-5022.


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Renowned comedian David Spade brings his snide humor to the Valley May 3 and 4, at Stand Up Live!, 50 W. Jefferson St., Level 2 at CityScape in downtown Phoenix. Spade and his family moved to Scottsdale when he was 4, where he recalls keeping David Spade a twice-weekly appointment to be beaten up by the other kids at elementary school. He was one of six comics showcased on HBO’s “13th Annual Young Comedians Show,” hosted by Dennis Miller, who eventually helped Spade secure a role on “Saturday Night Live.” Some of his more memorable characters included a sardonic airline steward, Dick Clark’s unimpressed receptionist and a snarky “Hollywood Minute” reporter. After leaving SNL for a lukewarm movie career, Spade returned to television where he earned an Emmy nomination as Dennis Finch on “Just Shoot Me!” and currently co-stars in the adult-oriented ensemble sitcom “Rules of Engagement.” Show times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $42.50 plus fees. Call 480-719-6100 or visit



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The Arizona Jazz Festival returns to the Wigwam Resort and Spa, April 12 through 14, featuring a three-day festival showcasing renowned old school, R&B and jazz talent from all over the world. Tickets start at $35 plus applicable fees for single day tickets and $105 plus applicable fees for three-day tickets. Tickets:, 602-244-8444. Desert Stages Theatre’s 8th Annual Gala and Silent Auction – “Pink, Black



& Blonde: A Pink Carpet Event” – is held 6:30 to 10 p.m. Sat., April 6 at 4720 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale. The event features live entertainment, a silent auction, dancing, a casino room and food and drink. Tickets are $75 each. Donations are tax deductable and will benefit the 201314 season. Tickets: annual-gala-event.html, 480-483-1664. Scottsdale Community College, 9000 E. Chaparral Rd., Scottsdale,

offers a week of events highlighting genocide and the legacy of such atrocities, from Germany and Armenia to Rwanda / Burundi, Bosnia and Darfur, April 8 through 13. The event is co-presented by the SCC Honors Program in cooperation with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum as part of Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month. All events and exhibits are free and open to the public. Schedule:

CSCC – The Comedy Spot Comedy Club 7117 E. 3rd Ave., Scottsdale Info: 480-945-4422, DST – Desert Stages Theatre AC – Actor’s Café 4720 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale Tickets: 480-483-1664, GCUMC – Gold Canyon United Methodist Church 6640 S. Kings Rd., Gold Canyon Box office: 480-983-2171, 480-982-3141 HCT – Hale Centre Theatre 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert Info: 480-497-1181, MAC – Mesa Arts Center Ikeda – Ikeda Theater; Piper – Piper Theater 1 E. Main St., Mesa Tickets: 480-644-6500, OT – Orpheum Theatre 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix Tickets: 623-326-5172, PSH – Phoenix Symphony Hall 75 N. 2nd St., Phoenix Tickets: 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, SMoCA – Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art LG – Lounge 7373 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale Info: 480-874-4666 SUL – Stand Up Live comedy club 50 W. Jefferson St. Level 2, Phoenix Box office: 480-719-6100, TCA – Tempe Center for the Arts Gallery; Studio 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe Tickets: 480-350-2822, tempe. gov/TCA VYT – Valley Youth Theatre 525 N. 1st St., Phoenix Tickets: 602-253-8188, ext. 2,


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MASHup Roundtable Discussion: Is it Legal? 7 p.m. Wed., March 20, SMoCA – LG. Free admission. Listen to this hotly debated issue surrounding music sampling and creative mash-up practices while Djentrification, a.k.a. DJ Alex Votichenko; visiting SMoCA exhibiting artist Natalie Bookchin, featured in MASHup; and copyright lawyer Michael Cordier hash it out with Assistant Curator Claire Carter. Comedian DL Hughley, March 21-23, SUL. From “The Hughleys” and “Original Kings of Comedy,” DL also is a regular on the late night talk show circuit, including appearances on “Real Time with Bill Maher,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “Conan.” Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, 8 p.m. March 22-23, SCPA – VGPT. This exuberant and sophisticated troupe has taken the country by storm and charmed audiences with its versatile and gifted young dancers who perform an eclectic range of works by some of the world’s foremost choreographers. Comedienne Laurie Kilmartin, March 22-24, CSCC. Kilmartin has done standup on Comedy Central, “Jimmy Kimmel” and Showtime, and appeared on “Best Week Ever,” the “TODAY” show, “Countdown with Keith Olbermann,” “The Rachel Maddow Show,” “Fox & Friends” and “Oprah.” She is currently a staff writer on “Conan,” and last year, she was a finalist in Season 8 of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing.” “The Foreigner,” March 22-May 19, DST – AC. One man’s lack of words yields an abundance of knowledge when he and a friend lie about his native language. Set in a Georgia fishing lodge, the dirty laundry of the other guests seems to effortlessly unfurl before his eyes and ears. Shows are Fridays through Sundays. Jesse Cook, 7:30 p.m. Sat., March 23, SCCA. The Canadian guitarist brings his toe-tapping rumba flamenco to Scottsdale. “A Night with Stradivarius,” 7:30 p.m. Sat., March 23, OT. ProMusica Arizona Chorale & Orchestra will be joined by one of America’s most celebrated violinists, Elizabeth Pitcairn, who performs in partnership with one of the world’s most legendary instruments, the “Red Mendelssohn” Stradivarius of 1720, said to have inspired the Academy award-winning film, “The Red Violin.” Pianist Olga Kern, 7:30 p.m. Sun., March 24, SCPA. Russian pianist Olga Kern won the gold medal at the prestigious 2001 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, where she became the first woman to achieve this

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distinction in more than 30 years. She returns to Scottsdale to celebrate the 25th anniversary season of the Virginia G. Piper Concert Series. “Director’s Choice,” March 28-31, PSH. An innovative collection of three different Ballet Arizona works. “Diversions,” a ballet by Ib Andersen, contrasts the Arizona premiere of Alexei Ratmansky’s “Carnival of the Animals,” which brings a whimsical menagerie of animals to life. “Off Screen” showcases dance inspired by film scores. Tickets are $26-$156. “Boats,” March 30-31, TCA Studio. Presented by Childsplay. Jof and Nic are two life-long friends cast adrift on the open ocean. With their inventive puppetry, sound effects and acrobatics, these two outrageous sailors take us along on their crazy adventures. Featuring the Terrapin Puppet Theater. For ages 7 and older. Tommy Tune: Steps in Time, 8 p.m. Sat., March 30, SCPA – VGPT. Broadway’s song and dance man hits the stage high-stepping through his nine-time Tony Award-winning career, backed by the multi-talented Manhattan Rhythm Kings. “The 39 Steps,” April 4-May 18, HCT. What do you get when you mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel and add a generous dash of Monty Python zaniness? You get a fast-paced farce that will take your breath away. India Jazz Suites, 8 p.m. Fri., April 5, SCPA – VGPT. An exhilarating collaboration between renowned choreographer and dance artist Pandit Chitresh Das and Emmy Award-winning tap phenom Jason Samuels Smith, presented by Chitresh Das Dance Company. “They Chose Me!” April 5-21, VYT. Arizona musical premiere about adoption as seen through the eyes of children. Shows are Friday through Sunday; times vary. Clarinet And All That Jazz, 7:30 p.m. Fri., April 5, GCUMC. Featuring Richard Stoltzman, clarinetist, and Peter John Stoltzman, pianist. This father and son have delighted audiences at jazz festivals, concert halls, on television and more. Arlo Guthrie: Here Comes The Kid, 8 p.m. Sat., April 6, MAC-Ikeda. Join Guthrie in honoring the enduring commitment of Woody Guthrie and his 100th birthday, with a night of music and stories confirming that the folk tradition of Woody is alive and well. “Sita Haran,” 8 p.m. Sat., April 6, SCPA – VGPT. A dynamic interpretation excerpted from one of the most important literary works of India, the Ramayana. This ancient epic is brought to life with an international all-female cast of dancers, sumptuous multimedia, Sanskrit poetry and an original score, presented by Chitresh Das

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LADY IN RED: ProMusica Arizona Chorale & Orchestra welcomes violinist Elizabeth Pitcairn, who performs in partnership with one of the world’s most legendary instruments, the “Red Mendelssohn” Stradivarius of 1720, at a special concert Sat., March 23 at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Phoenix. Tickets are $30-$60. Photo by Joy Stotz

Dance Company. “OrigiNation: A Festival of Native Cultures,” 12-4 p.m. Sun., April 7, SCCA. A free outdoor community festival offering visitors the opportunity to learn about native cultures in Arizona and India through music, song, dance,

storytelling and more. Includes an arts and crafts market; creative projects for kids and families; cultural demonstrations and displays in the OrigiNation Learning Village; and nativeinspired foods and beverages.



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Local teen band rocks stage

Listen to recognizable, respectful and tastefully performed adult / contemporary rock classics by the youth band Lane Change from 6 to 10 p.m. Sat., March 16 at the Tilted Kilt in Tempe and 4 to 8 p.m. Sun., March 17 at the Tilted Kilt in Gilbert, as part of the restaurant chain’s St. Patrick’s weekend celebration. Lane Change also donates time and talent to the Starbright Foundation’s 2nd Annual Talent Fest, Sat., April 6 at Chandler Center for the Arts and for Relay for Life San Tan Valley, benefiting the American Cancer Society, Fri., April 12 at Poston Butte High School in Queen Creek. The four teenagers that make up Lane Change include San Tan Valley resident Sam Lehtinen, 17; Gilbert residents Elijah Alvarez, 15, and Riley Bash, 14; and Cameron Holladay, 13, of Ahwatukee. They eclipsed the original music program that brought them together when Lane Change was formed in late 2012, and have already performed in notable venues like the Hard Rock Café in Phoenix and to large audiences at festivals and more throughout the Valley. Visit or to learn more about the band and its upcoming performance schedule.

Sun Lakes choir sings of spring Hear the Sun Lakes Chorale perform its Annual Spring Concert at 7 p.m. Thu., March 21 at Sun Lakes United Methodist Church, 9248 E. Riggs Rd. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The 80-member mixed chorus of Sun Lakes residents puts on a program that includes soloists, a variety of music and a narrative incorporating the evening’s songs. Advance tickets are $10, available from Chorale members and at Sun Lakes Ace Hardware Store, 9666 E. Riggs Rd., from 10 a.m. to noon on “Ticket Tuesdays,” through March 19. If seats remain, tickets may also be purchased at the door. Call 480-883-6997 for more information.

Spring show sells handmade wares Handcrafted items sold by local artists are available for purchase at Sun Lakes Arts and Crafts Association’s Annual Spring Show and Sale, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat., March 23 at Oakwood Country Club, 24215 S. Oakwood Blvd., Chandler. Items for sale range from jewelry, beadwork, fused glass and carvings to stained glass, ceramics, leather tooled items and more. For more information, call 480-802-1920.

‘Pints + Bites’ promises food, fun A four-course dinner is paired with the best of Four Peaks brewery during “Pints + Bites,” hosted by Chandler’s BLD with Four Peaks on Sat., March 23 at 1920 W. Germann Rd. in Chandler. A reception begins at 4:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 5 p.m. The first course is mussels steamed in Four Peaks Hop Knot, basil pesto and manchego crackers. Next enjoy crispy pork belly, apple and radish slaw with jalapeño 8th Street Ale white bean

puree. Then, savor grilled hanger steak, Kiltlifter blue cheese fondue, potatobacon gratin and kale chips. End the meal with a grilled peach with thyme crème fresh and peach ale honey reduction. The meal and beer pairings begin at $38 per person. To make a reservation, call 480-779-8646. For information about BLD, visit To learn about Four Peaks Brewery, go to

OWL paints tiles Ocotillo Women’s League Community Service group recently converged at As You Wish studio in Chandler to paint Tiles for Smiles for Camp Soaring Eagle, a nonprofit camp for children with serious illnesses. Camp Soaring Eagle gives ill children the chance to discover the healing power of laughter and the joy of play which illness often denies. For each tile the group painted, As You Wish donated 70% of the price to Camp Soaring Eagle. The tiles will be used in the cabins or made into frames and mirrors and sold at their silent auctions and fundraisers. Those interested in joining OWL can visit or attend a meeting at 10 a.m. the first Monday of the month in the boardroom at Bernard’s Restaurant at Ocotillo Golf Resort, 3751 S. Clubhouse Dr., Chandler.

TILES FOR SMILES: The Ocotillo Women’s League Community Service group recently spent a fun morning painting tiles at As You Wish studio in Chandler to benefit sick kids. Submitted photo

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A1 AFFORDABLE PLUMBING SERVICE IF WATER RUNS THROUGH IT, WE FIX IT! SAVINGS ON ALL SERVICES $$$ QUALITY, GUARANTEED WORK. $150 off any water heater and installation. Plus 30% off any service with this ad. Family owned and operated. Avoid high prices due to BIG overhead. 480-307-6130.

MERCHANDISE FOR SALE 2008 JOHN DEERE 5425 loader, cab, heat, air. Price $8200, call or text 520-338-9161. Email:

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

March 16 – April 5, 2013




Our Work is Our Advertising! Electrical Contracting. Service, Repair, Troubleshooting. Certified Apprenticeship Trained. BBB Accredited Business. A+BBB Rating. MasterCard, Visa. ROC K-11160755. 480-855-1403.

Tile Cleaning/Acid Wash. Vacation Service. Weekly Service & Repair. Filter Clean (All Types). Salt Systems. Sand Change. Green Pool Fix. FREE Estimates. Insured. $40 OFF Service, Repair or Filter Clean with Mention of this Ad., 480-577-2719.

- Irrigation Repairs - Drywall Repairs - Stucco Repairs - Door & Trim - Paint - and more! Specializing in “The Small Job”. Gerald Fox, owner, 480-278-5529. Please see website:



ALTERATIONS SPECIAL OCCASIONS... Women’s and Men’s Attire. ABC Alterations can handle them all. 20+ years of experience, located on Chandler/Gilbert border. Alterations and mending. Rush service available. Call Denise 480-794-0400 for appointment.

Residential since 1974. Interior/Exterior, Kitchen & Bath, Room Additions. Dedicated to the beauty of your home. Licensed-Bonded-Insured. ROC#088929. 480-839-4452.






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

Termite and Pest Control. Home Sealing. Residential and Commercial. Over 22 years of experience. AZ License #8918 Tony 602-757-8252.

Repair Providing quality service and repair on all major brands of Washers, Driers, Refrigerators, Ovens, Microwaves and Dishwashers. We provide a full 1 year warranty on all repairs. Certified, Licensed, Insured. Visit us at For service call: 480-907-4080.






Quality Home Repairs and Installations, Plumbing, Electrical, Carpentry. No Job is Too Small! 35 years experience. Unlicensed, not required by law. Bob White, 480-963-0707.

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

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



ALL STAR DRYWALL & PAINTING Int/Ext painting. Hang, tape and texture. Popcorn removal, water damage, cracks. We make the old look like new. Match all textures 30+ yrs. exp. ROC 262737. 602-743-6209.

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

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

ALL HONEY-DO LISTS! General Handyman Services. One Call, We Do It All! Owner does all work. Free Estimates with Pride & Prompt Service. Licensed, Bonded, Insured. ROC 118198. S&I General Contracting, Inc. Steve 602-339-4766.

POOL SERVICES DM POOL SERVICE AND ESTATE MAINTENANCE. Owner Operator. Weekly Pool Service. Equipment Repair. Filter Clean (all types). Household Repairs. Landscape Lighting. Many Other Services. $25 towards 1st Service or Repair. 480-295-2617.

HOME SERVICES GLASS, MIRRORS, SHOWER DOORS Family Owned with 33 years EXPERIENCE. Shower and tub enclosures. Install new one or repair what you have, insulated units, window glass, mirrors, patio door glass, table tops to protect table. QUALITY SERVICE at Competitive Prices. FREE Estimates. WESLEY’S GLASS & MIRROR Call 480-306-5113,

FOX HOME MAINTENANCE-REPAIR BACK IN THE EAST VALLEY. Licensed, Bonded, Insured. ROC 243297 - General Handyman Repair - Doggie Door Installation (doors and walls) - Electrical (Minor) - Plumbing (Minor)

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

JENNIFER’S HOUSE CLEANING Call for a free phone quote. Super dependable. Weekly, Bi-weekly, Monthly. References avail. 16 years experience. Bonded AG0601, Insured 46871. It’s a CLEAR Choice!!! CALL 480-833-1027.

HOUSE CLEANING The lowest prices in the valley. We provide all cleaning supplies. 10 years experience. Trustworthy and dependable. We pay attention to details. Excellent references. Call Vicky 480-227-1890.

SIMPLY GRAND CLEANING SERVICES Housekeeping specialists offering weekly, biweekly, monthly, one time cleanings, move in/out, windows and patios. We only use GREEN environmentally friendly products. High quality services at an excellent price. Very dependable, insured and with excellent references. $10 off first service with mention of this ad. Call for free estimate. Wendy, 480-802-1992 or Lisa, 602-358-3006.




SPRING SPECIALS! $25 OFF 1st Service; $15 OFF 2nd Service; $10 OFF 3rd Service. House Cleaning Services. Residential and Commercial Cleaning. Move-In/Out. Window and Carpet Cleaning. Organization: closets, cabinets, garages and more! 20 years of experiene. Impeccable references. Business owned and operated. Same Day Services available. Licensed. Bonded. Insured. Alert Cleaning Services, Inc. Ecoquality Cleaning Every Time! 480-786-3838.

Don’t overpay for clean windows. Call for a free estimate, price includes cleaning windows inside and out, washing screens and cleaning tracks. Serving Chandler, Sun Lakes and the East Valley. Call AJ’s Clean Windows 602-290-0850.

Specializing in complete interior painting, faux finishes, Venetian plasters, textured wall finishes, repainting cabinets, crown moldings, and wallpaper removal. Color specialist/consultations available. Over 20 yrs. experience. Excellent workmanship/references. For a FREE estimate, call Tyler at 480-940-7775.

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

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

DC WINDOW WASHING Windows need a squeegee? Are your Screens dirty? Solar Panel cleaning also available. Call today to schedule an appointment to get those windows, screens, solar panels cleaned. 480-857-7866.


Deep Steam Cleaning of Carpeting, Area Rugs, Tile/Grout & Upholstery for residential and commercial. Carpet stretching and hot water pressure washing also available. Expect quality service with no hidden fees. Steam cleaning of baseboards included. We are locally-owned in Chandler. Call for an estimate at 480-370-3333.

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

Carpet, Tile & Grout, and Upholstery Cleaning. Family owned, truck-mounted steam cleaning. We offer 1/2 hour appt time frame, so no waiting around. We include pre-spraying, mild deodorizer and degreasers for high traffic areas at no charge. Member BBB with A rating! “We clean like it’s our own”! 480-688-3003.

WINDOW CLEANING APPEARANCE COUNTS WINDOW CLEANING Detailed service and tidy inside your home! 1 story-$85 2 story-$125. Price includes inside and out. Screens cleaned $2 each. Pressure washing and fixture cleaning also available. 15 years of accumulated references! CALL RON at 480-584-1643.

ROOMS FOR RENT TEMPE - NEAR ASU 2 bedrooms for rent. Share 4 bedroom home with 2 male ASU students. Prefer male roommates. $400 a month plus sharing misc. utilities. On Priest between Broadway and University. Call: 480-751-9827 or 480-940-8182 for additional information.

Aqua Masters. System Check-Ups, Troubleshooting, Repairs, Maintenance, Leak Detection, Low Pressure, Valves, Timers, Heads, System-Add-ons. Call 480-478-0073. 30 YRS EXPERIENCE. 15 years experience repairing valves, drip systems, wire troubleshooting, timers. All Repairs! Honest and Reliable. East Valley Native. Call and Compare Prices! 602-826-4717.

REAL ESTATE PROPERTY MANAGEMENT No hassle Property Management! Managing vacation rentals, furnished rentals and long term unfurnished rentals. Request a free brochure at MacLay Real Estate is a licensed and insured real estate brokerage. 480-786-5600.


BRIGHT-N-SHINE *10% OFF Window Cleaning, Tracks included. *Sunscreens - FREE UV Protection. *Mini-Blind Cleaning. *2 week Rain Guarantee. *Gutter Cleaning. *Power / Pressure Washing: Homes, Driveways, Patios. Owner Operated. Quality Work. Satisfaction Guaranteed.FREE Estimates. Call Bright-n-Shine 480-557-0831

PAINTING SERVICES EAST VALLEY PAINTERS Voted #1 Repaint Specialists! Clean, Friendly Crews. Interior/Exterior. Drywall Repairs. Textures. Concrete Staining. Pool Deck Coatings. Garage Floors. Free Estimates. All Credit Cards Accepted. ROC 153131. 480-688-4770






March 16 – April 5, 2013



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

KUTTINGEDGE LANDSCAPE A Professional and Reliable Maintenance company. We offer weekly and biweekly service, one time clean ups, weed control, tree work and more. Call Rick for free estimate 480-250-6608 or email Visit

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

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

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

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

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

VILLAGE PAINTING - All facets of interior/exterior painting - drywall patching - custom faux finishes - existing faux finishes touched up - custom cabinet finishes. Small jobs welcome. Call for a free estimate. 25 years in the Valley! ROC# 069679 480-814-1588.

Own your home in 2 years. $495/mo plus utilities, includes space rent. 55-plus mobile home park in Chandler. Clean, active, friendly park with many amenities. Call Kim at 480-233-2035.

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

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

Where to Eat

Amalfi Pizzeria

Come enjoy our newly expanded patio!

March 16 – April 5, 2013


Eating pie should look like this!


ITALIAN RESTAURANT A Taste of Italy in Your Neighborhood

HAPPY HOUR $2.50 Beer • $3 Wine • $4 Well Drinks

1/2 Price Appetizers FROM 12 - 6 P.M. DAILY Daily Specials • Catering • Patio Seating


Dine-in or take-out. With coupon only. Not valid on happy hour specials. Not valid with any other offer. One coupon per table. One coupon per visit. Expires 4-15-13 STSN

4991 S. Alma School Road, #12, Chandler, AZ 85248 NE Corner of Alma School Rd. & Chandler Heights • Open 7 Days 11:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.


Chinese Restaurant Under New Management

Prices Starting at



$20.00 .... 2 Egg Rolls $30.00 .... Crab Puffs $40.00 .... Fried Shrimp $50.00 .... House Fried Rice


2950 S. Alma School Rd. #2

Daily 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Free delivery in 5 mile radius. Minimum $15.00 order. (Next to Taco Bell)


Dine-in Special:


Buy 3 Entrees

Get the 4th


Dine-in only. Offer expires 3-31-2013.


Dine-in Special:

With Lunch or Dinner Special

Dine-in only. Offer expires 3-31-2013.

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$5 OFF

With your purchase of $25 or more May not be combined with any other offers. Expires 4-30-2013. STSN

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15%OFF Your Entire Bill

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

Pecan Grove

Restaurant and Pie Company Family Friendly Restaurant Now Serving: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


$ off

EASTER PIE SPECIAL Offer good only March 29 through 31.

Sun. - Thurs. 6 a.m. - 9 p.m., Fri. - Sat. 6 a.m. - 10 p.m.

4960 S. Alma School Rd. Ste. 24 • Chandler • Safeway Plaza • 480-939-2889

Fresh,Tasty, Healthy Choices for Everyone!

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Cherry, Berry, Rhubarb, Strawberry Rhubarb, Blueberry, Peach, Apricot, Apple, Lemon, French Apple, Pumpkin, Custard, Pecan, Banana, Black Bottom, Butterscotch, Chocolate Coconut, German Chocolate, Peanut Butter, Peanut Butter Cup, Cream Cheese, French Silk, Sour Cream: Lemon, Blueberry, Cherry, Raisin, Pineapple, Berry

May not be combined with any other offers. Expires 4-30-2013. STSN

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


March 16 – April 5, 2013

Where to Eat


We handle all details when it comes to planning the food for your big event. Call and schedule an appointment to bring your vision to life. 602-615-1540 |

He bent down on one knee and proposed—You said yes! Now you begin planning THE BIG DAY Start with CHEF A GOGO! Bride’s Choice 2012 Award for Catering

Serving Midwestern beef in the Midwest for over 25 years. Now serving Midwestern beef in Chandler for over two years.

CALL FOR INFORMATION ON OUR GOLF OUTING: Monday, March 18th Benefiting Cystic Fibrosis

The Dukes of Hazzard’s John Schneider, said, “That was the best steak I’ve ever had!”

98 S. San Marcos, Chandler, AZ 85225 480-899-4400

AVAILABLE AT THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS: Alma School and Queen Creek 480-726-9015 Arizona Ave. and Ocotillo 480-802-0440 Gilbert and Germann 480-786-4577





Where to Eat

March 16 – April 5, 2013


Easter Grand Buffet in the Ballroom

Appearances by the Easter Bunny Easter Egg Hunt

March 31st 9:30 am - 2pm

Call 480-917-6660 for reservations. See the menu on our website:

Valley’s Best 19th Hole 3 Years in a Row!

Ocotillo Golf Resort 3751 S Clubhouse Drive Chandler, AZ 85248


Where to Eat

March 16 – April 5, 2013

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

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

Extensive Menu Featuring:

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

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

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

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




NE Corner of Dobson & Germann

SW Corner of Baseline & Ellsworth

NW Corner of Rittenhouse & Ocotillo




Photos by Miachelle DePiano

Perfect weather to enjoy our patio with great food, wine and cool jazz.

Vandal‐Hancock Duo


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

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