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Neighbors Water safety, CPR

Eagles tribute

Where to eat

Neighbors page 49

Arts page 63

pages 75-80

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.

Hop on down for Easter fun

“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


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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

Aspire Kids Sports Center

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,

City of Chandler

MVP Zone

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.

From 8 a.m. to noon, Mon., March 18 through Fri., March 22 – Spring Break Camp 2 Sessions cover throwing, hitting and fielding, Those who are

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,

America’s Best Karate

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,

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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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Learn how to perform CPR and help in other common situations involving illness or choking during the CPR Certification Class, 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sat., April 6. The course includes a basic skills test and CPR certification. The cost is $60 and includes a mask and materials. Childcare is available.

MAKE A SPLASH: Kids of all ages can learn to swim and have fun during SWIMkids USA’s special events in April, May and June. Submitted photos

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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.”

Small class size

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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Homeless from page 45

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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Community resources

Salvation Army

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.

Matthew’s Crossing Food Bank

1368 N. Arizona Ave., Unit 112 Chandler, AZ 85225 480-857-2296 Emergency food boxes and drop off items 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. Volunteers can fill out an application online.

Salvation Army – Chandler

85 E. Saragosa St. Chandler, AZ 85225 480-963-2041 Donation drop off 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Food Pantry 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday through Friday. Contact the office 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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Gambel’s quail stars in children’s book

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

and older begins at 11:40 a.m. There is a $6 vehicle entry park fee. San Tan Mountain Regional Park is at 6533 W. Phillips Rd., Queen Creek. Info: 480-655-5554, santan.

is at 345 S. California St., Chandler. Info: 480-677-9734,

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Phoenix Zoo

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

community, 6250 S. Sunbird Blvd., Chandler. Participants can safely and securely destroy up to four medium boxes of personal and confidential documents.



March 16 – April 5, 2013

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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The last traditional storytelling of this season in the “Storytelling & Song” program takes place from 6 to 7 p.m. Sat., March 16 at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa, 5594 W. Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler. The all-age event is open and complimentary to all resort and restaurant guests. The featured storytellers are enrolled members of the Gila River Indian Community, and they share a combination of ancient legends based on desert wildlife and their experiences growing up on the surrounding tribal lands. The session concludes its seventh season with a special closing led by Community elder, Bobby Stone. For more information, visit



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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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