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Neighbors Fire, police dept. open houses

Lane Change in Chandler

Where to eat

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Downtown pub keeps Irish alive Irish eyes will smile at St. Patty’s Day events

by K. M. Lang

Break out the green bowlers and shamrocks – Chandler’s Irish Republic Public House is counting the days till its annual St. Patrick’s Day Party, while bringing local diners a taste of the Emerald Isle all year long. “I noticed that most cities had an Irish festival downtown, and Chandler just didn’t have that,” explains owner Roger Baldwin. “That’s why I got into the St. Patrick’s Day theme. It’s a heritage bar. People want to see that connection to their heritage.” Baldwin, Irish on his father’s side, opened his downtown eatery in 2008 as Murphy’s Law. A trademark issue resulted in a name change, and during the past several years, Irish Republic has been serving traditional Irish and American classics to Valley residents and out-of-town visitors alike. The long, narrow pub with its room-

length bar is wallpapered with dollar bills on which patrons have expressed themselves, giving the establishment an aged, old-country feel. Throw in a pint of Guinness and shepherd’s pie – pastry, mashed potatoes, cheese and meat served in a cast-iron pot – and the effect is complete. “The food’s really good,” admits Baldwin. “That was one of my main focuses – making sure that we didn’t have bar or sports-bar food.” Along with Irish staples, including corned beef and cabbage and beef stroganoff, Irish Republic offers burgers, pizza, salads and wraps. “And then there’s the fish and chips,” says Baldwin, referring to the pub’s fresh, beer-battered cod, served with chips or fries. “I always joke that I don’t own an Irish pub, I own a fish company. We sell probably 3,000 orders a month.”

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CORNED BEEF & A SMILE: The staff at Irish Republic, pictured with owner Roger Baldwin, are gearing up for the pub’s St. Patrick’s Day Party, expected to draw around 3,000 visitors. STSN photo by Ron Lang by Alison Stanton

Take a walk on the green side and have more than a wee bit o’ Irish fun at SanTan Sun area St. Patrick’s Day celebrations and a parade in downtown Phoenix.

Irish Republic

Trike races and corn hole games are only two of the wacky Irish offerings during the 5th annual Irish Republic St. Patrick’s Day Festival at Irish Republic Public House see St. Patrick’s Day page 50

Ostrich Festival marks 25 years

Live music, shows, attractions, animals, rides, food, more! Bring the whole family for three fun-filled days to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Annual Chandler Chamber of Commerce Ostrich Festival, Fri., March 8 through Sun., March 10 at Chandler’s Tumbleweed Park, 2250 S. McQueen Rd., south of the Santan Loop 202 Freeway at the corner of McQueen and Germann roads. “The Chandler Chamber Ostrich Festival celebrates the colorful period of history from 1888 to 1916, when OLD-WORLD ATMOSPHERE: With its long room and relaxed atmosphere, Irish Republic brings a bit of the Emerald Isle to Chandler. STSN photo by Ron Lang

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CARNIVAL ATMOSPHERE: Rides, shows, performers, live music, food, fun and, of course, ostriches, awaits kids of all ages at the Ostrich Festival. Submitted photo



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Ostrich Fest from page 47

Live music

BIRDS EYE VIEW: Watch unique and exciting ostrich races at the 25th Annual Ostrich Festival, March 8 through 10 at Tumbleweed Park. Submitted photo

Chandler and Maricopa County led the nation in ostrich feather production,” says president and CEO of the Chandler Chamber of Commerce Terri Kimble. The event features live ostrich races, complete with human jockeys; ostrichthemed activities and food; national and regional entertainment with three stages set to spotlight a diverse sampling of great music; a huge carnival midway; food; upscale arts, crafts and more. Ostrich Alley makes a return with ostrich burgers, emu oil and handpainted ostrich eggs. Festival goers can also play the Survivor Family Game Show, where audience members are chosen at random to participate in “immunity challenges.” There will also be a hilarious Silent Headphone Disco. Other attractions include a family magic shows, water balls and photo booths.

Ostriches, doggies, more

This year’s Ostrich Festival is an animal lovers dream. The ever-popular Ostrich Races continue to captivate audiences with their crazy riders and unexpected animal behaviour. Races are scheduled at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Fri., March 8; and noon, 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Sat., March 9 and Sun., March 10. Also appearing this year are the Doggies of the Wild West. Marshall Rowdy Yo and his cast of “Pooches from the Prairie” bring a western-themed backdrop and ‘Doghouse Saloon.’ Not your average dogs, these friendly, comedic canines include the world’s only pup to balance on one paw, the Hollywood Hound-dog High Diving Champion and America’s newest country music singer. They can jump rope, dance and perform other stunts. Visitors can also enjoy the Marvellous Mutts show and the Safelite Petting Zoo.

To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Ostrich Festival, a new blend of musical talent of rock-and-roll, blues, Latin flavors and more will have visitors tapping their feet, singing along and dancing. The Main Stage sounds off beginning at 6 p.m. Fri., March 8 with Vicci Martinez showcasing her unique blend of soulful folk and classic rock music with an R&B groove. Martinez wrote and released seven independent albums since 2003 and appeared as a finalist on NBC’s The Voice in 2011. On Fri., March 8, country music star James Otto takes the Main Stage at 8 p.m. Otto refers to his music as “country-soul” and will belt out hits including “Just Got Started Loving You” and “Shake What God Gave Ya.” At 6 p.m. Sat., March 9, the Main Stage kicks off the night’s musical entertainment with “the” Journey Tribute Band, Journey Unauthorized, which produces “the most complete Journey tribute concert, bringing original Journey classics to the stage” with hits like “Anyway You Want It,” “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Wheel In the Sky.” Canada’s first international rock music superstars, The Guess Who, take over the Main Stage at 8 p.m. They have performed at the White House for the President, Mrs. Nixon and even Prince Charles. The final day of the festival brings Charlie Hall on the Main Stage at 3 p.m. Sun., March 10. Hall calls his music, “the paradox…a compulsion

driven by a hunger and thirst for the presence of God.” Composing songs of prayer, worship and faith, he performs intimate songs about real life and his love for his God. Following Hall at 5 p.m., the music switches up with the Fairchilds Blues Tribute on the Main Stage. For more than 30 years, Fairchilds Blues Tribute rocked stages worldwide for celebrities, political leaders, U.S. military branches and the general public. Finally, at 7 p.m., Fito Olivares and his band La Pura Sabrosura conclude Main Stage performances, showcasing some of their Top 40 hits on Billboard’s Latin chart including “La Rantia,” “Juana Maria” and “El Cupido” along with some of their other hits “La Gallina” and “Juana la Cubana.” In addition to the Main Stage, there are two other stages full of musical entertainment: McDuffy’s Chandler Ranch Stage and the SRP Community Stage. Featured performers on these community stages will be Kaci, EmbeR, Radio Logic, Future Loves Past, Music Makers Workshop, Run 2 Cover, Rock N Roll High School, Not Your Average, The Semester Review, The Delphies, Rust, The Blues Review Band, The Tanks, The Oxford Clerics, Third Star, Slim Havoc featuring Brian Legate, Vintage Rockets, Icelus and Carol Pacey and the Honey Shakers.

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MUSIC FOR ALL: Visitors to the Ostrich Festival can listen to Christian rocker Charlie Hall, country star James Otto, Journey tribute band Journey Unauthorized, rockers The Guess Who and the soulful Vicci Martinez. Submitted photos

March 10 for Radio Disney Live! with activities, dancing, music and more. A special Q&A session and Radio Disney Live! meet-and-greet with Roshon Fegan from Disney Channel’s “Shake It Up” is at noon Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.

Electrifying stunts

Jaw-dropping action and stunts are the specialty of the Rhinestone Roper and the Fearless Flores Thrill Show. The Rhinestone Roper has thrilled audiences around the country for the past 15 years with award-winning trick roping, knife throwing and fast draw shooting. He performs his astounding feats with two trick horses, Luck Joe and Handsome Jack. The horses were finalists on America’s Got Talent. You can catch the trio at 3, 5 and 7 p.m. on Fri., March 8; and at 11 a.m., 1, 4 and 7 p.m. on Sat., March 9 and Sun., March 10. Another attraction sure to amaze is the Fearless Flores Thrill Show and their featured stunt, the Globe of Death, a 14foot steel cage, where two motorcycles race around and crisscross over the top at the same time. A Quarterfinalist on America’s Got Talent, and featured

on ESPN2, this motorcycle madness is thrilling and terrifying to watch. The Fearless Flores family revs their engines at 3 5 and 7 p.m. Fri., March 8; and 1, 4 and 7 p.m. on Sat., March 9 and Sun., March 10.


Back by very popular demand and fresh off the set of “TruTV’s Full Throttle Saloon” show., The FreakShow Deluxe showcases death-defying acts at 4, 6 and 8 p.m. Fri., March 8; and at noon, 2, 5 and 8 p.m. Sat., March 9 and Sun., March 10. Their famous acts include fire breathers, sword swallowing, contortionists, bed of nails, ladder of machetes and others. Along with their unbelievable feats, The FreakShow Deluxe adds a new challenge this year. Patrons have the opportunity to tie up an escape artist.

Fun run, parade, road closures

If you haven’t already registered, put on your running shoes and jog down to historic downtown Chandler to join the Mayor’s 5K Fun Run and health fair on Sat. March 2 at 8 a.m., starting at Arizona Avenue and Boston Street and heading south.

Race day registration is $30 and begins at 6:30 a.m. All ages are welcome, and children ages 9 and younger are free. Participant receive a free T-shirt and prizes are awarded for first, second and third place for both adults and kids. A portion of the proceeds collected go to the Chandler Education Foundation, helping fund programs for youth. At 10 a.m., immediately following the Mayor’s 5K Fun Run and health fair, is the Chandler Chamber of Commerce Ostrich Festival Parade sponsored by Thorobred Chevrolet. The parade starts at Arizona Avenue and Ray Road and continues on through south downtown Chandler to Chicago Street. At least 100 entries are expected, and the Grand Marshal for this year’s parade is Arizona Diamondbacks mascot, Baxter the Bobcat. Bring chairs and blankets for viewing comfort. Due to the race and parade, Arizona Avenue will be closed between Ray and Frye Roads beginning at 6 a.m. North and southbound traffic will be detoured either west to Alma School Road or east to McQueen Road. Streets will reopen at noon.

Discounts are available, purchased in advance, at all local Fry’s Grocery Stores. Family Fun Packs are sold for $67, a $17 savings, which includes two adult and two youth tickets and two all-day carnival ride wristbands. All-day carnival ride wristbands are be sold in advance for $21, a $4 savings. General admission at the gate is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors 60 years of age and older, $7 for youth ages 5 to 12 years and free for children ages 4 and younger. All-day carnival ride wristbands sold at the gate are $25. Parking is $5 for vehicles and $3 for motorcycles. For tickets, additional performances, schedules and information, visit, ChandlerChamber. com,, or call the Chandler Chamber of Commerce at 480-963-4571.

Ostrich Festival needs volunteers Nine volunteers are sought by the Chandler Business Alliance to work in a beverage booth at the Chandler Chamber of Commerce Ostrich Festival from 7 to 10 p.m. Sat., March 9. This unique volunteer opportunity allows the organization to raise funds to assist the Clothes Cabin with facility improvements, with a fundraising goal of $500. Interested volunteers should email



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St. Patrick’s Day from page 47

an all-you-can-eat corned beef feast from 11 a.m. to close on St. Patrick’s Day at Chompie’s. The meal includes slowcooked corned beef and cabbage, boiled potatoes and Irish soda bread for $18.95 a person. Those with smaller appetites may choose a single serving of corned beef and cabbage for $14.49. Chompie’s Bakery gets into the festive 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: 480-398-3008.

BLD TOE TAPPERS: Students from the Bracken School of Irish Dance, shown here at a previous holiday performance, will entertain at the Irish Republic St. Patrick’s Day Festival. STSN photo

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 breakfast, corned beef hash boxtys, Irish skillets and Bailey’s Irish toast. Diners can wash down the tasty food with a Guinness Bloody Mary. From noon to 10 p.m. guests can dine on corned beef skewers, shrimp-lobster-haddock chowder and beef brisket. 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

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St. Patty’s themed selections are available all day at BLD. For breakfast, try corned beef hash. Lunch features a classic Reuben sandwich served with fresh potato chips. For dinner, dine on braised corned beef with bacon, roasted potatoes, sautéed greens, white beans and LUCKY CUPCAKE: Chompie’s is featuring a variety of St. Patrick’s Day-themed baked goods, including these festively decorated cupcakes. Submitted photo

FESTIVE FOOD: In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, Chompie’s sells green bagels, best served with green cream cheese. Submitted photo

THEMED TREATS: The Leprechaun cake is a popular choice at Chompie’s on St. Patrick’s Day. Submitted photo

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San Marcos Golf Resort

To add a St. Patrick’s Day spin 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 Golf is at 1 N. San Marcos Pl., downtown Chandler. Info: 480-857-4401.

Irish Cultural Center

The 30th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Irish Faire takes place 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 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

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Local vendors sell their wares and services at the first Old Stone Ranch Community Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sat., March 9 at the water feature park off the main Ocotillo Road entrance on Cobblestone Drive and Old Stone Circle in Chandler. Admission is free. Represented are home-based and local area businesses, artists and others. There will be a bouncy house for kids, interactive activities and food available for purchase. The Southeast Valley Chapter of the Linus Project, which donated more than 11,000 blankets to hospitals and shelters and is the featured charity, will raffle handmade blankets. The local Brownie troop will sell Girl Scout cookies. Info:

Induction loops equal ‘dignified listening’ Learn about induction loops at the Sun Lakes Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America 1 p.m. Thu., March 14 meeting at Ed Robson Library, Lecky Center, 9330 E. Riggs Rd., Sun Lakes. Lou Touchette from the Adult Loss of Hearing Association and Rob Clark from Tech-Unique explain how the technology works, how the “the loop” can benefit those with hearing loss and how the technology is currently used across the globe. Contact Liz Booth at, Regina Milgroom at or call Scott Sjoin at 602-652-3000.

Beer aficionados can choose from around 50 varieties of bottled and draft beers, including Irish classics, as well as German, Belgian, English and American brews, and can even take home a 60-ounce “growler” of their favorite local libation. “We bring in a lot of Arizona beers,” says Baldwin. “I feature as many local breweries as I can because out-of-town people really seem to enjoy it.” On Sun., March 17, the beer and corned beef will both be flowing when Irish Republic hosts its fifth annual St. Patrick’s Day Party. The celebration starts with an Irish breakfast from 8 a.m. till noon. The festival will begin at noon in Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, offering bagpipes, Irish dancing and live music, as well as the “Show Us Your Shamrock Bikini Contest.” Corned beef skewers, seafood chowder and fried haddock sandwiches will compete for the palate with burgers, pulled-pork sandwiches and no-bean chili. The event is expected to draw around 2,500 Irish and Irish-loving guests – which doesn’t surprise Baldwin at all. “People have a very strong connection to their homeland,” he says. “They take it very personally.” Irish Republic Public House, 58 S. San Marcos Pl., is open 11 a.m. to midnight Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to midnight Sunday. Visit K. M. Lang lives and writes in Sun Groves. To contact her, email


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Fire, police departments host open houses

FIRE HOSE FUN: Chandler Fire and Police open houses offer children balloons, face painting, coloring books and a chance to meet firefighters and police officers. Submitted photo

Explore Chandler’s Fire and Police departments at a free public safety open house Sat., March 2. The event, which includes balloons, coloring books, “lil’ fire hats” and a vintage car show, runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the fire station at 151 E. Boston St. and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the police station at 250 E. Chicago St. Along with tours of each facility, guests can watch a vehicle extraction demonstration performed by CFD’s Technical Rescue Unit, and K-9 and Tactical Robot demonstrations by CPD. A bounce house and face painting are available at the police open house and the fire department offers handsonly CPR classes every half hour, with appearances by the department’s mascot, I STALO. A Drug Enforcement Administration prescription drug take-back campaign and shred-a-thon are available as well. The open house takes place the same morning as the annual Ostrich Festival

Parade. Free parking is available in the City Hall garage at 240 S. Washington St. To learn more about the Fire Department event, call 480-782-2120 or visit To learn more about the Police Department event, visit

RESCUE WORKERS: Chandler Fire Department’s open house includes a vehicle extraction demonstration conducted by the Technical Rescue Unit. Submitted photo


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Golf outing benefits CF Foundation

‘Bon Vivant’ celebrates Free ‘Living Life with fine food, drink Purpose’ workshop

CHoP salutes Napa Valley winery

DC Steakhouse owners Dean and Lorie LaPlant are fighting Cystic Fibrosis with a golf fundraiser starting at 1 p.m. Mon., March 18 at Lone Tree Golf Club, 6262 S. Mountain Blvd. The 2nd Annual Golf Outing benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The LaPlants, who raised $9,000 last year, hope to top the $10,000 mark this time around. “CF is very near and dear to our hearts,” says Dean, “and with your help, we hope to beat this deadly disease.” The event, which includes prize giveaways, hole contests and more, costs $150 per person. Participants receive a dinner certificate for DC Steakhouse, 98 S. San Marcos Pl. in downtown Chandler. For reservations and information, call 480-899-4400 or visit

Guests can tempt their taste buds while sampling food and beverages from more than 30 of the Valley’s finest restaurants, caterers and resorts at 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 features more than 700 wines and liquors, ales, micro brews 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. More than 2,500 guests are expected to attend Bon Vivant, where leading chefs bring their 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.

Dine on a five-course dinner designed by CHoP’s culinary director, Charles O’Steen, and paired with wines presented by Duckhorn Vineyards of Napa Valley at 2625 W. Queen Creek Rd., Chandler at 6:30 p.m. Tue., March 12. The first course begins the culinary event with grilled shrimp scampi accompanied by Duckhorn’s Sauvignon Blanc. Grilled salmon follows with Goldeneye Pinot Noir. The third course is barbecue ribs paired with a Paraduxx Zin blend, and the fourth is prime rib with a side of Duckhorn Merlot. Finishing the meal is chocolate fondue and Duckhorn’s Cabernet. Duckhorn Vineyards, a premier producer of Bordeaux varietal wines, was founded by Dan and Margaret Duckhorn in 1976. The vineyard’s modest inaugural vintage was 800 cases of Cabernet Sauvignon and 800 cases of Merlot in 1978. It added Sauvignon Blanc in 1982 and continues crafting wines “of quality and excellence” today. CHoP’s wine dinner costs $95 per person without include tax or gratuity. Bottles of the wines served will be available for purchase following the dinner at The Living Room. Make reservations by calling 480-821-0009. Info:

Cruise through Alaska at travel talk Learn about Alaska cruises and cruise tours courtesy of Cruise Planners / American Express and Royal Caribbean International from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tue., April 2 at Chompie’s Deli Restaurant, 3481 W. Frye Rd., Chandler. This event features a live presentation by special guest Robin Selleck, business development manager, Royal Caribbean International; useful travel planning advice; exclusive savings and travel benefits for attendees only; and a chance to enter to win great door prizes. Light refreshments are served. Seating is limited and RSVPs required by calling 480-219-7070 or emailing mcorchuelo@ For more details, visit facebook. com/events/331363703640180.

“Dealing with Difficult People and Difficult Situations” is the next installment of a free 12-part series facilitated by “The Happiness Factor” author Kirk Wilkinson, and hosted by Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert medical centers. The workshop is held Tue., March 5 in lower-level Conference Rooms 1 and 2 of Chandler Regional Medical Center, 1955 W. Frye Rd., and Wed., March 6 at Mercy Gilbert Medical Center’s McAuley B, located in the medical office building east of the hospital at 2430 S. Mercy Rd. Both sessions run from noon to 1 p.m. “Living Life with Purpose Phase III: Discovering Life’s True Purpose,” teaches participants “the power and satisfaction that comes from clarifying life’s purpose,” helping them “to evaluate where they are on the journey to discovering purpose and learn tools to living on purpose.” This installment teaches participants “how to have a positive effect on those around them, and how to deal with tough situations and circumstances.” Attendees are invited to bring a lunch. For a complete schedule and to register, call ResourceLink at 877-728-5414. To learn more, visit or


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Trains in garden open houses Children and their parents can enjoy trains in the garden from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat., March 16 and Sun., March 17 throughout the Valley during the Arizona Big Train Operators (ABTO) Annual Spring Open House Railway Tours 2013. Celebrating model trains in the garden, 22 homes and one medical center with G-scale garden railroads will be on display in the Phoenix metro area for public viewing. SanTan Sun area display locations include the homes of: 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; Dan and Jackie Stoecklin, 861 W. Emerald Island Dr., Gilbert; and Mike and Theresa Reddy, 1005 N. Tuscana Ln., Gilbert Tax deductible donations are accepted and used to support ABTO activities including the maintenance of the train layout which has three trains plus a trolley

Railroaders open displays for viewing

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Select homeowners in Sun Lakes area and one in Maricopa, who are also members of the Short Line Model Railroad Club, introduce their love of model railroading during their annual open houses from noon to 4 p.m. on Sat., March 16. The free event allows individuals to be up close to the operating trains and is an opportunity to see the differences in scales. The Short Line Model Railroad Club meets monthly at Sunbird Community

Watch teachers and staff from Chandler High School and Andersen Junior High School square off against current and former NFL players in the Robert Tate Foundation second Annual Charity Basketball Game Tue., March 5 at Chandler High School Gymnasium, 350 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. Doors open at 6 p.m. and tip-off is 6:30 p.m. Chandler resident and Arizona Cardinals football player Robert Tate hosts the event, which is open to the public. All proceeds go to the Robert Tate Dyslexia Foundation to pay for scholarship and educational costs of dyslexic students at A New Way Academy. Athletes will be available after the game to sign one item for those ages 17 and younger. A few of the stars playing are: Dominque Rodgers Cromartie, Philadelphia Eagles; Michael Bankston, Cincinnati Bengals; Lorenzo Diamond, Arizona Cardinals; Matt Trannon, Arizona Cardinals; Carolyn Moos, WBNA New York Liberty; Robert Tate, Arizona Cardinals; and Alphonso Williams, Detroit Lions. A minimum donation of $5 is suggested as an entry fee. Sponsorships are available for the event. Visit for more information.

CHOO CHOO: Visit open houses on Sat., March 16 in Sun Lakes, Chandler and Gilbert to see G-scale railroad layouts showing a variety of different designs. Submitted photo

running through plenty of outstanding scenery at Cardon Children’s Medical Center, 1400 S. Dobson Rd., Mesa. For maps, photos, videos, additional locations and more information, visit or springgardentrains.

Fitness, nutrition expert signs books Paula Owens will be on hand from noon to 4 p.m. Sat., March 16 at lululemon athletica located at the Chandler Fashion Mall, 3111 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler to autograph copies of her books. One of the nation’s leading

experts on nutrition, fitness and fat loss, Owens is the author of “Fat Loss Revolution” and “The Power of 4.” For more details, call 480-706-1158 or visit or facebook. com/powerof4.paula.

ALL ABOARD: View model railroads in a variety of scales at the Short Line Model Railroad Club’s annual open houses on Sat., March 16. Submitted photo

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SanTan Sun News 3-2-13