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Real estate rebounding

SanTan Sun area giving way to stiff competition by Miriam Van Scott

“Sizzling” might be the word for the SanTan Sun area’s housing market, as Chandler and Gilbert are among the hottest sales activity spots in the metro Phoenix region. Local real estate agents are seeing an increase in asking prices, a decrease in average days on the market and a surge in demand for area homes. “The East Valley market has seen the price for square feet jump from $114 to $122 in the last six months,” reports Keller Williams agent Carol Royse, rated the No. 29 Realtor in the nation by the Wall Street Journal. “There have also been instances of multiple offers on properties in price ranges from $250,000 to $750,000.” This upward trend is expected to continue through the busy summer buying season, although perhaps at a somewhat slower pace. “The outlook for the next several months is more of the same, but likely with a moderation in the rate of price increases,” says Mark Stapp of Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business. “Gains will

WANTS PARK: Old Stone Ranch resident Stephanie Jarnagan and husband Tim with Kayden, 9, Connor, 6 and Kendall, 2. Jarnagan grew up in a neighborhood with a city park next to the school. She wants the same for her children. STSN photo by Ron Lang

Promised parks priority for Council, community By Tracy House

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ON THE BLOCK: This home, for sale in Cooper Commons, is part of a stronger housing market in the SanTan Sun area. STSN photo by Ron Lang

ABLOOM: Wildflowers are blooming around the SanTan Sun area, and colors abound at Veterans Oasis Park at 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd. at Lindsay. STSN photo by Ron Lang

Parkland near Old Stone Ranch at Ocotillo and Gilbert roads should be grass covered, with playground equipment and picnic tables, but all that stands is a fenced-in dirt lot. “Citrus Vista is the vacant land adjacent to Ryan Elementary School,” says Stephanie Jarnagan, an Old Stone Ranch resident since July 2012. “It’s been fenced off since the development started.” The school campus and park are the centerpiece of the Old Stone Ranch community, which is already built out. Still, the park is unfinished. “During the downturn, I understood there’s no money,” Jarnagan explains. But now that the economy seems to be bouncing back, Jarnagan is questioning when Citrus Vista Park will be completed.

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Survivor, Jewish group keep Holocaust lessons alive by K. M. Lang

Otto Schimmel will never forget the Holocaust, the man-made catastrophe that deprived him of homeland, youth, parents, brother, sister, grandmother – his entire world. The Hungary native will turn 86 this month – one week after Holocaust Remembrance Day, April 7 – and though he’s been a Valley resident for 40 years and an American citizen since 1953, it’s it’s clear when speaking to him that the tragedy of his youth is still fresh in his memory. He says he still struggles to comprehend the purpose of such unspeakable suffering. “My question to God is why?” he says. “Why was this allowed?” Schimmel’s query – one echoed

by the loved ones of an estimated 11 million Holocaust victims, including ethnic, religious, sexual and political minorities – remains unanswered. Schimmel, however, sees the disaster as a direct consequence of unchecked bigotry and hatred, including the antiSemitism he experienced growing up in Budapest. Along with religious prejudices, he recalls the hostility of dissatisfied neighbors who viewed all Jews as millionaires and movie-industry moguls. “Envy is poison,” he says simply. Schimmel was a young leather goods apprentice when he was sent to his first concentration camp at the age of 17, and he spent nearly a year and a half in the notorious

Auschwitz and Dachau camps, along with a third, smaller camp. He was liberated on May 5, 1945, when he was 18 years old, and arrived in the U.S. in 1948. His wife, Betty, who passed away in 2011, was also a Holocaust survivor, and Schimmel recalls her terrible dreams, when he would wake to find her weeping beside him, reliving the real-life nightmare of her youth. Preventing such nightmares for future generations is the goal behind Chandler’s planned Center for Holocaust Education & Human Dignity, a joint project of the East Valley Jewish Community Center (EVJCC) and the City of Chandler. The center, which will be the only see Holocaust page 9

REMEMBER: Holocaust survivor Otto Schimmel receives a standing ovation at the Chandler Center for the Arts during a recent presentation. Submitted photo

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Eddie Basha dies at 75

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Grocery store magnate Eddie Basha of Chandler, son of the founder of Bashas’ Family of Stores, died March 26. According to the company website, Chairman Basha attributed the success of the company to the “outstanding efforts” of the 11,000plus members who work for Bashas’ and to the long-standing relationships Bashas’ shares with its vendor partners and associates in the food industry. The Bashas’ headquarters along with Eddie Basha’s beloved Zelma Basha Salmeri Gallery of Western American and Native American Art are in the Southern Chandler area. While the company dates its

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founding to 1932, when the name Bashas’ first appeared on a building, the history of the Basha family’s fortunes in America began in 1884, and it was the 48-year span to 1932 that laid the foundation for that first grocery store. Basha’s son, Edward Basha III, president and CEO of Bashas’ grocery stores, wrote to employees of his father’s death. “To us, and to many of you, Eddie was always larger than life, and he gave his heart and soul to Bashas’ Family of Stores. Ironically, Eddie never saw himself that way. He considered himself to be a Bashas’ member, no different than any other, and he considered all Bashas’ members to be a part of his family. During Eddie’s lifetime he faced many challenges, the last few years being among the most challenging. But his desire to serve the people of the state he loved so well, and to take care of the members that he cared for so much, always gave him strength in the face of adversity.” The Bashas’ Family of Stores includes Bashas’, Bashas’ Diné, AJ’s Fine Foods and Food City. The company now has more than 130 stores serving every county in Arizona, as well as Needles, CA, and Crownpoint, NM. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Sat., April 6 at ASU Gammage auditorium in Tempe.

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One of the Valley’s healthiest employers is Maricopa Community Colleges, according to the Phoenix Business Journal. “Working at Maricopa Community Colleges can be good for your health,” says Nikki Jackson, vice chancellor of human resources. “Over the past decade, we have worked hard to create a culture of wellness. It has proven positive impacts on employee health and productivity, can be done effectively and with little expense and

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Chandler clinches another A+ One of the nation’s most transparent local governments on the web is the City of Chandler. For the third year in a row, Chandler gets an A+ rating by the nonprofit Sunshine Review for being proactive in the disclosure of public information on its website, Only 247 of more than 7,000 government websites ranked by Sunshine Review earned a Sunny Award. “In Chandler, we hold in high regard the value of open access to government, so it is very gratifying to see that we continue to be recognized as a leader in web transparency by the Sunshine Review,” says Mayor Jay Tibshraeny. Sunshine Review is a nonprofit organization that reviews government websites for information about budgets, meetings, lobbying, financial audits, contracts, academic performance, public records and taxes.

The group conducts a website evaluation based on a 10-point transparency checklist that measures the availability and comprehensiveness of the site’s content. Editors looked at content available on government websites against what should be provided. Chandler was highlighted for full disclosure of key documents and information, such as campaign finance reports, the annual budget and financial audits, lobbying reports and ease of use for obtaining building permits and zoning information. Sunshine Review collaborates with individuals and organizations in the cause of an informed citizenry and a transparent government. Since 2008, Sunshine Review has analyzed the websites of more than 6,000 state and local entities in all 50 states. For more information, visit

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Residents can report underage drinking

Residents who suspect underage drinking or adults supplying alcohol to youth can call on the Party Patrol. Party Patrol is a collaborative project between the Chandler Police Department and the Chandler Coalition on Youth Substance Abuse (CCYSA) that allows officers to focus on shutting down and preventing parties where underage drinking occurs. Community members are encouraged to call the Chandler Police Department’s nonemergency line at 480-782-4130 to report the illegal activity, giving police officers the chance to immediately resolve the situation and acquire valuable information that can be used to identify the areas most troubled by underage alcohol consumption. While filing the police report, residents should be prepared to supply dispatch with location and approximate size of the party as well as approximate ages of people attending the party. If any information is unknown, CCYSA and Chandler police encourage local residents to continue filing the report, as any information is useful. CCYSA and their partners are continuing to distribute informational posters, stickers and door hangers to urge Chandler residents to partake in efforts to prevent underage drinking. For more information, call CCYSA at 480-821-4207.


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be based on specific locations, but the Southeast Valley is definitely the most desirable sub-market.”

Seller’s market

These new numbers reveal a major transition in local real estate over the past year. The oncesaturated housing market, where homes sat for months without selling or drew only low-ball Mark Stapp, director of the Master of Real offers, has given way to a thriving Estate Development marketplace of stiff competition (MRED) program at for a smaller pool of available the W. P. Carey School properties. of Business at Arizona “This combination of increased State University. pricing, shorter days on market Submitted photo and multiple offers does indicate the East Valley has shifted from a buyer’s market to a seller’s market,” Royse reports. “The market is strong in all price ranges, especially in the starter prices and the move up buyer price range of $300,000 to $450,000 where multiple offers are the norm. The luxury market is coming back, and well-priced homes are selling in three to four months with list price to sales price ratios in the 98% range.” The number of homes currently listed for sale is down significantly, compared to past figures, fueling the bidding wars and indicating the SanTan Sun area may be ready for a fresh wave of new home construction. “Inventory is still very low relative to demand and this causes prices to rise,” explains Stapp. “New homebuilding will help add needed inventory and push toward a more balanced supply and demand, but we can’t yet build enough homes to create an absolute balance.”

Fewer short sales, foreclosures, investor buys

In the years immediately following the housing bust, a large percentage of area sales were distressed properties purchased as investments. Foreclosures,

short sales and bank owned homes flooded the market and caused housing values to plummet. Investors were able to snap up homes for a fraction of their former list price in all-cash deals to desperate sellers. But that trend, too, is beginning to turn around as the local market stabilizes. “Investors drug us off the bottom,” says Stapp. “They are still a big but diminishing market force.” Realtors are seeing the same shift back toward traditional sales in the SanTan Sun area. “Outside investors are not as prevalent in the East Valley as they are in Phoenix and the West Valley,” Royse notes. “Short sales are not in play as much as they were six months ago. Fewer homeowners are underwater today, and those who can will wait until they have equity to sell. Of course, we are still seeing ‘flip’ houses in the East Valley, but they are at market value, completely remodeled and this is a bonus for the market.”

Some lingering concerns

Despite the encouraging indicators, there are still some residual problems within the system that continue to plague the area’s housing market. Sales prices are up but too often the appraisals are coming in lower than the contract amount, causing problems for buyers seeking mortgage loans. “The issue of rising prices is tempered with appraisers who are looking back at historical data – homes that have closed in the last six months – instead of looking at current data and pending sales,” says Royse. “In my opinion, this is keeping the market artificially low. Buyers are certainly willing to offer list price from homes, their Realtors are doing comparables and seeing the market trend moving upward, but appraisers are appraising at a lower-than-offer price, even in cases with multiple offers.” Another hindrance is what real estate analysts call “lender comfort.” Banks are still very reluctant to issue mortgage loans after being burned by the recent deluge of defaults, squeezing buyers who don’t have deep

TRADITIONAL: Real estate agents are seeing more traditional sales in the market, such as this Cooper Commons home, and fewer investor and distressed property transactions. STSN photo by Ron Lang

pockets or stellar credit ratings. “Cash is still king and a much larger percentage of sales have been all cash,” Stapp explains. “This makes it tough for buyers who need a mortgage in order to buy. Because of the paperwork and verification, if you don’t have near perfect credit it’s almost impossible but loans are being made.” Even with these lingering hurdles, area experts are optimistic that local real estate is poised for a strong and sustained recovery over the next few years. “I think we are still 18 to 24 months from a fully recovered market – assuming no national or global economic problems and no big regulatory changes to the industry and the Fed stays the current course,” says Stapp. “People need to heal financially. People need cash to buy. People need reliable jobs with sufficient wages and benefits to afford homes. We are moving in the right direction but are not there yet.” Miriam Van Scott is a former Kerby Estates resident who can be reached at


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Budget sessions starting

As the Chandler City Council prepares to meet in May for budget discussions, it’s tasked with finding ways PARKS BUDGETS to pay for the DISCUSSED: On May 3, promised parks. the Chandler City Council will have an all-day “For the budget meeting where entire council, departments will present parks have their financial proposals. been a priority Submitted photo for us,” says Councilmember Trinity Donovan. “Unfortunately, the recession put a wrench in our plans in terms of developing all of the park sites that we had. While we have had to move that out a little bit, we still have a commitment to develop the parks that we purchased.” Community input is overwhelmingly in favor for neighborhood park improvements and repairs, according to the city’s 2012 Budget Connect survey where 84% of respondents indicated neighborhood park maintenance is a “very important” service, following fire emergency services and police patrol services, and ranked neighborhood parks in the “Top 10” capital projects. Mickey Ohland, park development and operations manager for the City of Chandler, explains the city is currently working on the 2013-23 Capital

Improvement Project (CIP) and the budget for the fiscal 2013-14 year. “The CIP is a 10-year document, kind of like a blueprint for capital PARK BUILDS: When the development,” recession hit, park builds Ohland explains. were delayed. The focus “Each year we then became maintaining review the CIP. the existing parks. That includes Submitted photo parks as well as streets and various other projects. The first year, 2013-14 of the CIP will become our capital budget.” He says the CIP is reviewed each year by staff and City Council and changes are made where necessary. “The budget drives what we can and can’t do ultimately,” says Ohland. “We look at different things as far as timing of building parks and improvements, but the necessary funding has to be there for us to proceed.” “Before the recession, it (park construction) was based on when we got the land, when the development was going to come in and if there was a school by the land,” Donovan says. “Now, basically all of the areas are developed and multiple ones have schools by them. We’ve just kept the order that we had and worked on how we can move additional parks up.”

UNBUILT PARKS: A map of the City of Chandler’s parks illustrates the total number of parks, including unbuilt parks in parentheses. Submitted photo

Costs to build parks

While parks are a priority, budget considerations include construction as well as operating costs of a park. Greg Westrum, City of Chandler budget manager, notes capital funds are required to build new parks and money is needed for people and utilities to run the park. “If you can’t afford to maintain it later on, you don’t want to build it too early,” Westrum says. Ongoing park maintenance for a 7- to 12-acre park is approximately $14,800

annually, but this doesn’t include groundskeepers and other employees to maintain the park, Westrum explains.

Park schedule

There are six neighborhood parks scheduled for completion in the next 10 years, and the Council is looking at different options to get those parks built within that timeframe. Roadrunner Park, south of Germann, east of Gilbert and north of Queen Creek roads on the eastern canal is being built this year at a cost of $1.7 million.

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WAITING: Old Stone Ranch resident Tim Jarnagan plays with his children in a lot that is supposed to be a city park, but isn’t in the construction schedule for another five years. STSN photo by Ron Lang

Centennial Park, situated between Queen Creek, Gilbert, Ocotillo and Cooper roads, is scheduled for fiscal year 2013-14. The Council is considering ways that would allow Valencia Park, between Chandler Heights, Gilbert, Riggs and Lindsay roads, to be designed and constructed as well in fiscal year 2013-14. This doesn’t give Jarnagan much comfort. Citrus Vista Park isn’t scheduled for construction until fiscal year 2018-19, according to one of the options being considered. “To me, it’s all young families that are moving in and building homes,” Jarnagan says. “This community started in 2005. That would be almost 15 years before a park is built. All the kids would be in high school before the park is built.” She also views the empty lot next to the school as a safety threat for children. She mentions the builders use the parks as a selling point for these communities, but Citrus Vista hasn’t come to fruition. “It is one of the more disappointing aspects of building a new home.” 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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one of its kind in Arizona, is planned for a 4.5-acre parcel adjoining EVJCC’s site near Alma School and Ray roads, and city backing includes up to $2 million for infrastructure and roadway improvements. A year ago, the center received a Holocaust-era railcar, which was displayed at the Chandler Center for the Arts as part of EVJCC’s annual Holocaust commemoration. “Approximately 2,500 people viewed and toured the rail car that day,” recalls EVJCC CEO Steve Tepper. “Since that time we have employed a worldclass preservationist who has been investigating the roots of the car, as well as developing a plan to preserve it.”


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a genocide prior or since, I don’t believe, that has all of the elements that are included in it. It can be and should be an amazing teaching tool that, if used correctly, should help us prevent other atrocities from happening and should help us learn – that’s part of the goal.” Schimmel is doing what he can to keep the lessons of the Holocaust alive. The octogenarian still speaks of his experiences in local schools, urging others to embrace tolerance and learn to see similarities instead of quarreling over differences in culture, ethnicity and religion. “All you need is love and understanding,” he says. “Everything else is nonsense.” For information on EVJCC’s Center for Holocaust Education & Human Dignity or how to help, email Tepper at K. M. Lang lives and writes in Sun Groves. To contact her, email

In the meantime, EVJCC is moving forward with fundraising efforts. Tepper expects the finished center to draw visitors, young and old, from around the state, and points out that while World War II took place “far, far away, there are incidents here of hate, intolerance and prejudice every day.” “Unfortunately, I don’t think the Holocaust is the only genocide that’s ever occurred,” he adds. “We’ve had genocides before and genocides since, and that is a horrible thing, because you would hope we would learn from our past history. Having said that, the Holocaust was a very, very complex and intricate genocide, HISTORY: Thousands of people visited a Holocaust-era railcar on display in and there hasn’t been Chandler last year. Submitted photo



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Dignitaries sign off on medical center expansion Day for fitness is April 6

THEIR JOHN HANCOCK: Dignity Health and City of Chandler leaders sign a steel beam to be used as part of the tower’s infrastructure. From left to right: Aaron Peace, president of Dignity Health Foundation - East Valley; Marvin O’Quinn, senior executive vice president/ COO of Dignity Health; Brian Tiffany, M.D., chief of medical staff for Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert Medical Centers; Tim Bricker, president and CEO of Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert Medical Centers; City of Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny; and Linda Hunt, president and CEO of Dignity Health Arizona. Submitted photo

A steel beam for a new patient tower at Chandler Regional Medical Center is now officially signed by guests who attended a recent steelraising ceremony instead of a traditional groundbreaking ceremony. Currently under construction, the project will add 96 beds and 200 jobs, generating an annual payroll of $22 million. Attending the celebration were community leaders in business and government, along

with philanthropic supporters and key leadership from Dignity Health and Kitchell, which is building the tower. Among the attendees were Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny, several members of the Chandler city council, State Sen. John McComish, Rep. Jeff Dial, Rep. JD Mesnard, Gilbert council members Jenn Daniels and Ben Cooper and Gila River Indian Community leaders. “This is an exciting time for Chandler,” says Tim Bricker, president and CEO of

Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert Medical Centers. “Fifty years ago we were a small community hospital, and today marks Chandler Regional’s latest expansion to continue to bring advanced technologies and services to our neighbors. We know it will have a magnetic effect on the community by retaining existing physicians and attracting new practices, medical service vendors and other businesses to the area.” The five-story addition will expand emergency services and the hospital’s medical-surgical unit and will add 32 intensive care rooms and six operating suites. The $125 million project is scheduled to open in late 2014 and is expected to employ more than 1,000 workers during the construction phase. “Many things go into a great community, and leading-edge medical care is among those critical factors for success,” says Tibshraeny. “I look forward to our continued partnership with Chandler Regional and to witnessing their continued progress.” For more information, visit


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A free, family friendly event featuring dozens of healthconscious vendors, fitness and cooking demonstrations, speakers and free giveaways runs from 9 a.m. to noon, Sat., April 6 at the Tumbleweed Recreation Center, 745 E. Germann Rd., Chandler. There will also be racquetball and ping pong tournaments, and visitors can get moving with Zumba, relay races, an obstacle course, Stacy J. Dance Time and a Let’s Get Up & Move class. At 10 a.m., Mayor Jay Tibshraeny leads a spin class in the center’s courtyard. Dignity Health is the Health Connect Expo cosponsor, and Tim Bricker, Dignity Health president and CEO, joins the mayor in leading the class. “Chandler has plenty to offer in terms of wellness and fitness,” says Tibshraeny. “My health initiative is also aimed at connecting residents with resources to make sure they also have good mental health and strong finances.” The expo includes: • CPR training and child seat checks, by Chandler Fire Department • Quick Kid Treats, by Storybook Kitchen • Healthy Meals, by Chef Brian Rocco, Dignity Health • Parenting, by Ruth Lucas, Dignity Health • Wills, Trust and College Planning, by Brett Fallon, Momentum Financial Partners • Aging and Your Memory, by Jonathan Hodgson, D.O., Dignity Health • Understanding Depression, by Daniel Merrill, M.D., Dignity Health • Blood Sugar Screening, by Dignity Health • Oral screenings and fluoride varnish applications, by First Things First • EZ Child I.D. Kits, by Chandler Police Department Tibshraeny launched the Health Connect initiative last August to create a healthier city by promoting financial, physical and mental health. The initiative began by offering residents a prescription drug savings card program that has saved residents more than $35,000. The mayor also offers suggestions on how to deal with stress via his Twitter account @jaytibshraeny. Residents are encouraged to interact with Tibshraeny through this account. For more information, visit


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Irish sister city delegates visit Chandler Delegates explore Chandler business, development

SISTER CITIES: Delegates from Chandler’s sister city Tullamore, Ireland meet with Chandler business people and city officials in a recent visit. Submitted photo

Anyone who heard an Irish brogue spoken in Chandler recently wasn’t hearing things. Delegates from Tullamore, Ireland came to visit their sister city, spending time with the Chandler Chamber of Commerce and Chandler Economic Development Director Christine Mackay. Jerry Sanniec, president of Laser Creations, and Joe Eragitano showed Tullamore, Ireland Town Councilmember Tony McCormack and Mackay how their company operates and

MEMENTO: Joe Eragitano, Christine Mackay, Jerry Sanniec and Tony McCormack model sister cities T-shirts during the visit. Submitted photo

revealed inside tips to what makes it stand out from other promotional businesses. “Jerry and I were thrilled to have Anthony come visit our location,” Eragitano says. “He stepped away knowing more about what we do as a company and that’s what having a sister city is all about, making connections and having the knowledge of local companies to be able to promote each other.” Meanwhile, Irish airline Ryanair has inked a $15.6 billion deal to purchase 175 Boeing 737s planes produced in the U.S., according to the Chamber, which is a large-scale example of what Chandler and its sister city are working to accomplish on a smaller scale. “Foreign direct investment is a key to economic development in any market,” says Mackay, the city’s economic development director. “By creating connections between our companies we could see international marketing of products from Chandler and Tullamore, driving growth in both markets.” Among the Tullamore business people


RE-SIGNING: Tullamore, Ireland Town Councilmember Tony McCormack and Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny sign an agreement reaffirming the sister cities’ relationship between Chandler and Tullamore. Chandler and Tullamore started a relationship in 2008 to encourage cultural understanding, community involvement, economic development and educational exchanges. Submitted photo

who visited Chandler is Angela Mahon, the founder and director of a new Irish company called Truzees, which recently launched a baby milestone card product. Other Tullamore-based businesses that traveled with the delegation were McCormack, who, in addition to being a Tullamore councilmember, owns a company called Print Plus, and Noel Joyce who co-founded Applydea, a manufacturer of a magnetic stylus for iPads and tablets. Along with cultivating business relationships and exchanging economic development ideas, the Tullamore visit included opportunities to share practices and a tour of the Innovations Technology Incubator established by Chandler in 2010 to provide startup companies with space to work and grow as they develop their businesses. A similar innovation center is being considered for development in a Tullamore business park. For more, visit

Unused, expired or unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications can be turned in for proper destruction from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat., April 27 at the Target store located at 3425 W. Frye Rd. in Chandler. Target, in partnership with the Chandler Police Department, is conducting the community drug turnin event. Medications should be in their original containers. Thermometers, needles or other medical waste cannot be accepted. For more information, call Sgt. Greg Howarth in the Police Crime Prevention Unit at 480-782-4928.

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Chandler employees yell ‘Yeehaw!’ Take top trophy at MSA Rodeo

FIRST PLACE: Streets Crew Leader Corey Hillman uses a rake as Streets Specialist Jose Razo helps show their pavement patching skills. Submitted photo

Street maintenance employees from the City of Chandler take first-place honors in the Tom Sheetz Memorial Equipment Rodeo organized by the Arizona Chapter of the Maintenance Superintendents Association (MSA). Nineteen members of Chandler’s Streets and Traffic Divisions displayed their skills working with concrete and asphalt and operating various types of equipment

HEAVY EQUIPMENT: Streets Specialist Shannon Gladem and Streets Crew Leader Corey Hillman watch as Streets Specialist Jose Razo uses a roller to compact an asphalt patch as part of the MSA Equipment Rodeo held in Gilbert. Submitted photo

STREET RODEO WINNERS: Chandler employees finishing in the top three in their events are: first place, Asphalt Crew: Corey Hillman, Jose Razo, Shannon Gladem and Mariano Robles; Concrete Crew: Jacob Granillo, Jose Matus and Troy Pekoske; Master Equipment Operator: Tim Wakefield; Street Sweeper: Adam Klein; second place: Backhoe: Derek Blake; third place, Motor Grader: John Domingues; Golf Cart Derby: Luis Gamez and Jacob Granillo. Submitted photo

during the event held at the Town of Gilbert Maintenance Yard. The annual competition gives public works maintenance employees from around the state an opportunity to compete and enjoy the camaraderie that comes with working in a specialized field. Chandler placed first in four events, second in one event and third in two events, securing the rodeo’s overall traveling trophy with most wins and places in all events. The City of Mesa placed second in this year’s competition. The Town of Gilbert won the traveling trophy last year, which was previously held by Chandler. MSA was established in 1966 for public agency employees and private vendors working to improve standards and practices for the maintenance and operation of public works facilities and services. It promotes the exchange of information and professional development for employees in the public works field.

Decomposition and decay are frequently viewed as undesirable, but not in Chandler’s popular composting classes. A backyard composting workshop is being offered by the city’s Solid Waste Services Division from 9 a.m. to noon on Sat., April 27. The workshops will be held at the Chandler City Hall east lobby entrance, 175 S. Arizona Ave. Composting is nature’s way of recycling, and residents will learn the best way to make this happen with their grass clippings, leaves and kitchen scraps. The result is a beneficial organic soil material that can be used in yards to improve soil texture, increase the ability of soil to absorb water and air, suppress weed growth, decrease erosion and reduce the need for commercial soil additives. In composting, organic material such as leaves, grass clippings, prunings and fruit and vegetable scraps are mixed together in a pile or bin, where millions of tiny microbes digest the material and turn it into a nutrient-rich soil amendment. Enrollment priority will be given to Chandler residents receiving cityprovided refuse service. Nonresidents will be placed on a waiting list. The workshops are free, but registration is required by calling 480-782-3510.

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April 6 – 19, 2013

Mayor’s Listening Tour April 9

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 at Chandler’s 2013 Spring HOA Academy. Offered 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays through April 24, the academy is an opportunity for homeowner association board members to network and gain a better understanding of their roles and importance in their neighborhoods.


On April 10, learn 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 affect neighborhood associations is presented. “Seven Secrets of a Successful HOA” and how they help a community association properly serve the members and steer clear of potential liability is presented on April 17. The final workshop on April 24 provides an overview of how to effectively utilize City of Chandler resources. Classes are free, but if they reach capacity, enrollment priority is given to Chandler residents and people who live in registered neighborhoods. You do not have to participate in all the classes to be part of the academy. Classes are held in training rooms A & B on the second floor of Chandler City Hall at 175 S. Arizona Ave. The final class is held in the council chambers adjacent to City Hall. 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

ROLL UP YOUR SLEEVES: Mayor Jay Tibshraeny will welcome attendees and discuss areas of concern and how they can work with the city to address them at the April 9 Mayor’s Listening Tour-Public Outreach meeting. Submitted photo

Meet Mayor Jay Tibshraeny and representatives from various city departments when Chandler’s Neighborhood Advisory Committee hosts the Mayor’s Listening Tour-Public Outreach meeting at 7 p.m. Tue., April 9 in the Multipurpose Room at Galveston Elementary School, 661 E. Galveston St., Chandler. Residents can speak out on challenges facing their neighborhoods and receive information on city resources and services, including the Neighborhood Registration Program and Neighborhood Grant Program, which provides up to $5,000 to assist with neighborhood revitalization. The meeting features a welcome from the mayor and neighborhood resources director, including an overview of city news and a crime report from police officers serving the immediate area. Participants will break into small groups to discuss areas of concern and how they can work with the city to address them. Complaints and code violations are entered into a database by city staff for tracking and follow up. More than 160 neighborhood issues have been addressed in the first two years of the listening tour. Attendees are invited by notices mailed to area residents, schools and neighborhood associations. For more information, call 480-782-4348.


SanTan Sun Chronicles Lydia Ortiz and Maria Meli, two City of Chandler employees, are thanked for their years of service at a recent Chandler Council meeting. Ortiz, a senior accounting specialist in the Management Services Department, was recognized for 20 years of service. Meli, an administrative support specialist II in the Information Department, was recognized for 15 years of service. Volunteers for the city’s Adopt-A-Park program are recognized for providing more than 1,500 volunteer hours keeping city parks clean. The honorees are Pilot Mortgage for adopting Arbuckle Park with 10 volunteer hours; The Gordon Family for adopting Shawnee Park with 10.25 volunteer hours; Ellen and Carl D’Amato for adopting Blue Heron Park with 34 volunteer hours; Chandler Kiwanis Club for adopting Ryan Park with 55 volunteer hours; Verizon Wireless for adopting Desert Breeze Park with 56.5 volunteer hours; Chandler Rotary Club for adopting A.J. Chandler Park with 72 volunteer hours; Cholla Neighborhood Girl Scouts for adopting Pecos Ranch Park with 73.5 volunteer hours; Bank of America for adopting Apache Park with 124 volunteer hours; Bank of America for adopting Pequeño Park with 131 volunteer hours; and the Desert Rivers Audubon Society for adopting Desert Breeze Hummingbird Habitat with a total of 273 volunteer hours. Bank of America receives the “Group of the Year” award from Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny for adopting San Marcos Park with a total of 382 volunteer hours. This award recognizes and honors the group that accumulates the most volunteer hours in its park.

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New UltraStar offers ‘entertainment solution’ By Alison Stanton

A state-of-the-art bowling venue. A 12-screen cinema, featuring stadium seating, 3D capability and D-Box motion chairs. A family-friendly arcade, with a huge variety of popular video and redemption games. These are just a few of the many attractions and activities at the UltraStar Multi-tainment Center at Ak-Chin Circle in Maricopa.

TAG, YOU’RE IT: The whole family can take part in UltraStar’s laser tag, spread over two stories in 3,000 square feet. Submitted photo

Since opening last November, the facility—which is almost 165,000 square feet—is already becoming very popular with local families, says Adam Saks, vice president of operations and general manager. “We are a one-stop, nonstop entertainment solution with nine venues under one roof,” he says, adding that the UltraStar Multi-tainment Center offers

“terrific” venues for holding parties and corporate events, as well as a fun place for people to spend the entire day. For example, Adam Saks of UltraStar Saks says, the Multi-tainment Center. UltraStar Cinemas Submitted photo features digital presentations in the 12 auditoriums as well as a VIP movie experience for adults 21 and over, who can enjoy the movie from a “Star Class” balcony that features in-seat ordering, dining options and beer and wine service. Instead of the usual yellow-hued movie popcorn, Saks says patrons may choose from specialty flavors like kettle corn, caramel corn and cheese popcorn made fresh on the premises. Kids and adults who enjoy laser tag will not be disappointed, Saks says. The facility’s Urban Arena offers two stories and 3,000 square feet of action and game play. The Play N’ Win arcade is also a hit with people of all ages. “We offer 45 redemption games and video games in our arcade,” Saks says. “Players can earn points on their player’s card and then redeem them for prizes.” When people get hungry after a rousing game of laser tag or bowling, Saks says they can head over to the 347 Grill, which specializes in “casual concept dining” including stone rustic pizza and other

gourmet selections. For dessert, Saks says Cones-Café serves up handmade ice cream, pastries and coffee drinks. The Luxe Lounge is an adults-only venue that offers a sports bar, cold beer and drink specials and live country music every Wednesday night. Live music is also featured at the Ak-Chin Amphitheater, which can hold 1,000 guests for a ticketed event or up to 2,500 for other occasions. In the short time that UltraStar Multitainment Center has been open, Saks says the facility has seen a steady stream of people of all ages enjoying the wide range of activities. “We are also birthday party central here, and we do a variety of other functions here as well. We offer five different party rooms, and then larger events can also be held in our bowling venue, the Luxe Lounge, or in the cinemas, where we have private party rooms.”

ULTRA FOOD: Get pizza, gourmet food and desserts at the UltraStar Multi-tainment Center’s casual 347 Grill. Submitted photo

ENTERTAINING: Families and adults can find indoor entertainment of all kinds at UltraStar Multi-tainment Center in nearby Maricopa. Submitted photo

Saks says it has been gratifying to see the public’s positive reaction to the facility. “Truly, there is nothing else like our building, from its size and the number of concepts,” he says. “During spring break, it was so encouraging to see so many families and kids coming here and having a great time. By summer vacation, we want to be the number one location where people can come to escape the heat.” UltraStar Multi-tainment Center at Ak-Chin Circle is located at 16000 N. Maricopa Rd., Maricopa. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 12 a.m., Sundays through Thursdays and from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m., Fridays and Saturdays. For more information, call 520-568-3456 or go to Alison Stanton is a freelance writer who lives in the East Valley. She can be reached at

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Loans available for local businesses Tech symposium starts with a star A new business assistance program designed to free up credit, stimulate private sector expansion and create jobs in Chandler is now accepting applications. Coordinated by Chandler’s Industrial Development Authority (CIDA), the Chandler Collateral Assistance Program (CCAP) awards a collateral contribution toward the closing of an eligible loan. “The IDA is excited about this new program, and we want the citizens of Chandler to know about it,” says CIDA President Edward Salanga, noting that industrial revenue bonds are being used for funding. “The IDA wants to allocate some of that money to this new purpose that we believe will encourage economic growth and create jobs for Chandler.” The collateral contribution is up to $50,000 or 20% of the total loan proceeds, whichever is less, and is deposited with the borrower’s lender for up to two years. All interest earned on the collateral deposit belongs to the CIDA and, after two years, the CIDA will withdraw the collateral so it can be used to fund future CCAP deals. Collateral assistance funds are available to for-profit companies currently operating in Chandler, or expanding into Chandler, in the retail, manufacturing, wholesale and service sectors. Appropriate projects include new construction, the purchase or renovation of an existing facility, leasehold improvements, the acquisition of machinery and

equipment or working capital. In return, the business owners agree to create at least one job in Chandler for every approved CCAP application. Companies must have an established track record with at least two years of operating history, and have shown the ability to make a profit. The net worth of the companies cannot be more than $7.5 million, with an average profit over the past two years of not more than $2.5 million after federal income taxes. Businesses interested in applying for CCAP funds are encouraged to speak with their preferred lending institution. Questions can be directed to Christine Mackay, the city’s economic development director, at 480-782-3035 or Dawn Lang, management services director, at 480-782-2255. For more information, visit

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Hollywood comes to Chandler mall Loyal fans and shoppers are invited to meet two Hollywood stars this weekend at Chandler Fashion Center, west of the Price Freeway Loop 101 and Chandler Boulevard, Chandler. Peter Facinelli, who plays “Dr. Carlisle Cullen” from “The Twilight Saga,” will host a meet and greet at 5 p.m. Fri., April 5 in the lower level Sears Court. Victoria Justice, a Columbia recording artist known for her role in the hit Nickelodeon show “Victorious,” will visit with shoppers at 1 p.m. Sat., April 6. From noon to 3 p.m. Sun., April 7, the center will host a Family Fun Day that will include face painters, balloon artists, Craig the Magician, jugglers and a performance by Persephone that will include musical puppets. In addition, Chandler Fashion Center will host a registration party for its new Kids Club powered by National Geographic Kids. Children can be registered at the event and members can bring membership cards and receive a gift. “Shopping is just one part of the equation when people are making choices about where to spend their free time,” says Christina Lanoue, Chandler Fashion Center’s senior manager, property management. “Chandler Fashion Center continues to offer a wealth of satisfying experiences - from great dining and the latest movies to a beautiful environment and fun, always changing activities that engage the whole family.” Since opening in 2001, the mall has grown to more than 180 retailers and restaurants including Coach, Pottery Barn, Williams-Sonoma, Banana Republic, XXI Forever 21, Apple, Sephora, LEGO, Swarovski, PF Chang’s China Bistro, California Pizza Kitchen and The Cheesecake Factory. For details about events at Chandler Fashion Center, visit, follow Twitter and become a fan on Facebook.


Chandler conducts joint firefighter recruitment Potential firefighters can take part in a two-day recruitment event in April, as the fire departments of Chandler, Scottsdale and Tempe are working together to prequalify and register up to 1,500 potential firefighter candidates. There is no fee to register and begin the recruitment process. The qualified candidates will be given the opportunity to take a written test on May 29 or May 30. The results of that general knowledge test will be used to create an eligibility list for future firefighting jobs with the departments. The eligibility list will remain valid for two years. Currently, there are no open firefighter positions in any of the three participating cities. The registration events will be held from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sun., April 21 and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mon., April 22 at Tempe Diablo Stadium, 2200 W. Alameda Dr. The registration period each day will end once 750 applications are processed, possibly ending the events sooner than the listed time. Participants are encouraged to arrive early, but no on-site or overnight camping will be allowed. “The City of Chandler continues to grow, and while we do not have any open firefighter positions in

the department at this time, we are preparing for the time down the road when we will need to hire new firefighters or replace retiring members,” says Chandler Fire Chief Jeff Clark. “We are looking for men and women with a strong work ethic and dedication to service; people who have the ability to learn, work as a team and act with integrity.” A candidate who cannot attend one of the events can be registered by a spouse, family member or friend serving as a proxy. Candidates and proxies must be

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A special yoga class for people with wrist problems is offered from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Sat., April 27 immediately following the 8:30 a.m. “Be Energized!” class. Wrist Rescue is for people who can’t believe downward-facing dog is a resting pose, who get pain in their hands and wrists and want to feel better, who want to learn about their body and who, if they are yogis, want to advance their asana practice. Anyone is welcome and an existing yoga practice isn’t necessary. The class is $25 for monthly members and $30 for nonmonthly members.

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Winikoff intends to expand the studio’s workshops to include additional “rescue-style” workshops designed for golfers, runners, cyclists, triathletes, weightlifters, tennis players and other recreational and competitive athletes who suffer from sportsrelated and overuse injuries, as well as prevention techniques such as its new core-strengthening workshops. Other improvements planned for the studio are enhanced signage, including a visible marquee, an



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Enriched schedule, enhanced interaction There’s new management at Sol Yoga, an Anusara-style yoga studio in Chandler, and he plans to expand its current class schedule and program offerings. The new owner is Neil Winikoff, a mountain climber, marathoner and yoga practitioner, who worked as a broadcast engineer for media conglomerate NBC Universal for more than 30 years. “I was drawn to Sol Yoga for its emphasis on the specialized form of Hatha yoga it teaches,” Winikoff says. “The Anusara-style yoga combines attention to physical alignment with the life-affirming philosophy of opening one’s heart to the good in oneself and all people and all situations. This lifeaffirming connection and openness remain with you even after you step off the mat and becomes infused into your everyday life, which is what has drawn me to it.” The studio offers students of all fitness levels the opportunity to improve strength, toning, flexibility, focus and balance with a regular schedule of 90-minute classes held several times a day, Monday through Saturday. Classes are designed for beginner, intermediate and advanced level practitioners, and include Zumba and combined yoga and pilates classes.

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Neil Winikoff is the new owner of Sol Yoga in Chandler. Submitted photo

enhanced website, expanded class and workshop schedules and promotional offers for new members with incentive pricing. The studio’s administrative and teaching staff positions are open and applications will be accepted from certified or inspired Anusara instructors for future growth. “Through a combination of breath, alignment, movement and meditation, we can begin to relax and see the world differently,” Winikoff adds. “When the capacity for clear and right thinking increases, a shift can occur in how we perceive reality. This shift can help the body and the immune system strengthen. Stress, restlessness and states of anxiety and disease decrease and we can awaken to a sense of wellbeing, blessedness and gratitude.” For more information, call 480802-3774 or visit solyogaaz or

The grand opening of the first new, large-scale integrated community to launch in the Phoenix area in 10 years is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sat., June 1 at Eastmark Great Park at Ray and Ellsworth roads in Mesa. A day of festivities that includes music throughout the parks, family games and entertainment and activities for all ages is planned for the Eastmark debut to the public by real estate investment and development firm DMB. A short drive from the SanTan Sun area, Eastmark focuses on creating a connected life for its residents, employers and visitors. Tours will be available to guests of 14 new home models from seven homebuilders. 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. 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. “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,” says Dea McDonald, DMB’s senior vice president and Eastmark’s general manager. “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.” For more information, visit and



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Brighter future with solar panels A new program makes purchasing solar photovoltaic systems more affordable to Arizona homeowners, as Sun Valley Solar Solutions is finding homeowners can pay as little as $90 a month for a 5-kilowatt system. “The price depends on the system size needed, the amount of sunlight the panels get, which utility company area a home is located in and how much if any of the loan is taken as same-as-cash,” says a company spokesperson. According to SVSS, PV systems can generate up to 100% of a home’s yearly kilowatt-hour electricity usage from solar panels, usually installed on rooftops and tied into the grid. There are more than 300 days a year of sunshine in parts of Arizona. Located at 3235 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler, SVSS is a solar panel installation company started in 2006 by two former Intel engineers. The company received the SunPower Residential Regional Dealer of the Year Award for its performance last year. For more information, call 480-361-6041 or 888-576-5278, email or visit

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Years in business: 37 Unique features: Personalized care for each patient; same-day, evening and Saturday appointments; female physicians; bilingual providers; onsite 3D/4D live motion ultrasound; bioidentical hormone therapy; deliver at Chandler Regional, Mercy Gilbert, Banner Gateway, Mountain Vista and Banner Ironwood medical centers; accept most insurances including AHCCCS Hours: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday Address: Five Valley locations, including 2055 W. Frye Rd., Suite 9 in Chandler and 3530 S. Val Vista Dr., Suite 203 in Gilbert Phone: 480-821-3616 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 and email address. Also include an at least 300 dpi a 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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Give back to the community Conference focuses on social media Meet, network and build relationships with other individuals, businesses representatives and owners who are interested in giving back to the community when the Chandler Business Alliance holds its Networking after Business Fundraising event to benefit About Care, 5 to 7 p.m. Wed., April 17 at Uncle Bear’s Grill & Bar, 1980 W. Germann Rd., Chandler. A $5 donation will be collected at the door to benefit About Care, whose trained volunteers provide services such as transportation for shopping and errands for the elderly and physically challenged homebound residents of Chandler and Gilbert. Door prizes are accepted. Preregistration is not required, but signing up on Meetup at http-chandlerbusinessalliance-wildapricot-org/ events/110446982/ is appreciated. Also, members and guests are encouraged to present themselves to other local business owners who care about Chandler at the CBA’s weekly breakfast meeting, 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. The Chandler Business Alliance is focused on building and maintaining relationships of trust among business and nonprofit members. For more information, visit or email

“Social Media for Writers and Journalists: What Works and Why,” a day-long conference presented by Arizona Press Women, is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sat., May 4 at the Chaparral Suites Conference Center, 5001 N. Scottsdale Rd., GET SOCIAL: Arizona historian John Southard is one of several Scottsdale. guest speakers at Arizona Press The conference Women’s spring conference. features guest speakers, Submitted photo including New Yorkbased journalist and marketing expert Pamela

Bayless, Phoenix attorney Ruth Carter, best-selling author Kevin Hearne, Business Blogging Pros founder Dave Barnhart and Arizona historian John Southard, who assists cultural organizations in gaining a social media presence. Prepaid registration is $50 before April 19 and $60 if received by April 29; cost includes lunch. Reserve with check or credit card by mail to P. Stevenson, 1927 E. Vaughn, Tempe, AZ 85253, or email with credit card information to Arizona Press Women is an organization of women and men who work as editors, writers, photographers, teachers and public relations specialists. APW sponsors regular meetings and workshops in Phoenix, Tucson and Payson, and the annual spring conference. For more information, contact

Chick-fil-A brings Leadercast to Gilbert More than 125,000 leaders from around the world will hear from dynamic speakers who will share inspiring, encouraging and motivational messages, beginning at 7 a.m. Fri., May 10 at the 2013 Chick-fil-A Leadercast. The one-day leadership event is broadcast live from Atlanta and simulcast into communities around the world. It will be hosted locally at Sun Valley Community Church, 456 E. Ray Rd., Gilbert. Attendees can learn how to improve leadership skills and have the opportunity to network with other leaders in Gilbert. Speakers include Jack Welch, former chairman and CEO of General Electric; Andy Stanley, bestselling leadership author and communicator; Mike Krzyzewski, head men’s basketball coach for Duke University and Team USA; John C. Maxwell, best-

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Attend a Home Business and Craft Expo to help support teams at Chandler’s Relay for Life, a fundraising event for the American Cancer Society, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat., April 6 at Trinity Christian Fellowship, 50 S. McQueen Rd., Chandler. The vendors participating are 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

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UNUSED SPACE: Totes above the garage door can’t be seen from the street. Submitted photo

A garage storage system that utilizes the space above the garage door is being offered by Keep Track Storage Solutions of Chandler, which can install 30 totes above most standard 16-foot garage doors with 12 inches of available headroom left between the garage door and ceiling. “People like concealing their

stuff in cabinets or containers put on shelves, but then both take up valuable space you need to park your car inside and still open your car doors,” says Marshall Schoewe, Keep Track president. “I’ve affordably captured that void of unused space above garage doors like never before.” Because the totes are arranged

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Taste authentic Cajun food and Louisiana style barbeque at Bourbon Street Bar & BBQ, now open in the Bashas’ Marketplace Shopping Center at 4920 S. Gilbert Rd. on the northwest corner at Chandler Heights, Chandler. A grand opening is scheduled for Fri., April 19. Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, the restaurant features gumbo specials on Tuesdays; poboy and a pint on Wednesdays; and live music and all-you-can-eat fish fry Fridays. Karaoke runs from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturdays starting April 20. For more details, call 480-963-2170.

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Fresh produce at ‘Market on the Move’

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Bring paper documents for free shredding from 9 a.m. to noon Thu., April 18 at Building #4, 3105 S. Price Rd. in the Aquila Ocotillo Office Park on the southeast corner of Queen Creek and Price roads, Chandler.

Get fresh veggies and fruit for a reasonable price at the next Market on the Move from 7:30 to 11 a.m. Sat., April 13 at in the parking lot at Desert Palms Church, 4265 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. Market on the Move is open to the public and distributes fresh produce with a farmers’ market atmosphere. The purpose is to reach out to the community and provide good quality produce at an extremely affordable price. For a $10 donation, participants can receive up to 60 pounds of produce. This event is held the second Saturday of the month from October through May. Shoppers are encouraged to get there early as the food goes quickly. For more information, visit and

Sponsored by Aquila Ocotillo Owners Association and the Arizona Center for the Blind, the event is offered as a complimentary service to the Ocotillo community and businesses in Aquila Ocotillo Office Park.

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Open houses for proposed SRP power facilities Learn more about a proposed transmission project that will meet the growing demand for electricity in the area known as the Price Road Corridor, adjacent to Price Road in Chandler by attending Salt River Project informational open houses 10 a.m. to noon Tue., April16 at Holiday Inn, 1200 W. Ocotillo Rd., Chandler; 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Tumbleweed Recreation Center, 745 E. Germann Rd., Chandler; and 5 to 7:30 p.m. Wed., April 17 at Gethsemane Lutheran Church and School, 1035 E. Guadalupe Rd., Tempe.

SRP recently initiated a process to site new 230-kilovolt (kV) power lines and new 230-kV substations that will improve electric service reliability in the area and serve large commercial and light industrial customers in south Tempe and southwest Chandler. Residents and stakeholders who attend the open houses will be able to comment on potential route alternatives for the transmission lines and associated power facilities. For more information on this project and SRP, visit and

Pancakes for Parkinson’s will help raise money and awareness for Parkinson’s research and treatment from 9 a.m. to noon Sat., April 6 at Tumbleweed Park, 745 E. Germann Rd., Chandler. Hamilton High junior Rushi Shah hosts the event, which honors Parkinson’s Awareness Month in April and raises funds for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Parkinson’s is a chronic, progressive neurological disease that affects movement, speaking and cognitive function in up to 1.5 million Americans. For more information, visit

Marketing tips offered for small biz owners Dow Media Group of Chandler presents “7 Awesome Marketing Tools for Small Business Owners” at the next Coffee & Connections, a quarterly networking educational series offered to small businesses, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Thu., April 18 at the Innovations Incubator, 145 S. 79th St., Chandler. The event is free and open to the

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DCCF seeks applications

Bridal show invites brides, grooms

Applications for grant awards of up to $2,000 are now being accepted by the Downtown Chandler Community Foundation (DCCF), a nonprofit organization that provides a conduit for grants and sponsorships from public agencies, corporations and foundations dedicated to the downtown Chandler community. The deadline for spring submissions is April 15. “We provide grants to organizations whose mission is congruent with ours,” says Jeanne Forbis, chair of the DCCF Committee. “We award grants to organizations to help provide opportunities to many people who

Save the date for the second Chandler Gilbert Bridal Show from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sat., June 22 at Noah’s, 2100 E. Yeager Dr., Chandler, off the Santan Loop 202 Freeway and Cooper Road. The whole bridal party can plan a wedding while having fun in a relaxing, intimate environment, including a health and beauty room and a groom’s lounge.

otherwise might not have them.” Last year the DCCF granted more than $10,000 to community organizations, including Bonanza Educational, the Chandler Care Center, Chandler Christian Community Center, Boys and Girls Club Compadre Branch and the Chandler Cultural Foundation. The DCCF reviews grant requests on a quarterly basis. Interested and qualified organizations should visit downtownchandler. org/about/dccf/ to find out more information and apply for the grant. Questions may be emailed to allison@

Art dash raises money for youth Take a 5K or 1-mile fun run or walk on Sun., May 5 at Kiwanis Park, 5024 S. Ash Ave., Suite 106, Tempe and help kids at New Horizon Youth Homes (NHYH) with summer trips, recreation equipment, extra-curricular activities, music lessons and instruments and general household items.

Registration for the NHYH Art Dash begins at 8 a.m. and the first race starts at 9. The event includes an arts and craft fair, sponsorship booths, kids’ activities and entertainment. Families are invited, as NHYH hopes to have a number of youth runners as well as adults. The first 150 5K/Fun Run participants will receive a T-shirt, goody bag and race bib. Participants must pick up their race bib and goody bag at the race table on race day, and race bib must be worn in order to participate. The cost to participate is $25 for the 5k run and $15 for the 1-mile fun run. Register online at or call 480-722-2730 for more information.

There will be raffle prizes and samples from local businesses and caterers. Purchase advance tickets at for $8 per person, $25 for four and $30 for six. Tickets are $10 at the door, and parking is free. Call 602-679-0148 or email to learn more.

Learn spy techniques from a pro Automotive enthusiasts are invited to join Chandler resident Brenda Priddy at her Spy Camp for grown-ups, where participants will photograph cars of the future as they’re undergoing development testing. The first session starts on Sun., July 7 at a secret location about 425 miles from the metropolitan Phoenix area. Priddy has photographed secret cars

as they’ve undergone testing on public roads around the county and the world for more than 20 years. Her Chandlerbased business has been featured on ABC’s “Nightline,” CNN’s international news broadcasts, and publications such as Newsweek, USAToday and the New York Times. For more information, email

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SIGN AWARD: Allison Kast-Eichenberg of Sign-A-Rama Chandler presents a plaque and grant to the Lions Club. From left: Darlene Hunter, Allison Kast-Eichenberg and RuthJon Wick. Submitted photo

Sign of the times at Lions Club Signage for fundraisers and events by the Chandler Lions Club, which raises money for eye exams and glasses for needy Chandler students, will be provided by Sign-A-Rama Chandler through a Signs of Hope Grant. “Sign-A-Rama Chandler was excited to have the Lions Club apply for a grant, because we believe in their mission and appreciate all the work and all they do to help make our community a better place,” says Allison KastEichenberg, who attended a Lions Club meeting and presented a plaque to RuthJon Wick, club president. “The Lions were wonderfully welcoming and it was exciting to learn more about their current projects as well as to have the opportunity to watch them induct new

members through their Leo to Lion program.” The Lions Club is a service club staffed by volunteers dedicated to serving the community and meeting humanitarian needs locally and worldwide. Family owned and operated Sign-A-Rama Chandler is a full-service custom sign company located at 3400 N. Arizona Ave. For more information, call 480-821-1100, visit or email Colleen Frost of Chandler is senior escrow officer of Clear Title Agency of Arizona, where she works with a team of escrow officers, escrow assistants, business development managers and executive team, handling refinance, short sales and resolving

any client issues. Previously she was a senior escrow officer at Great American Title for five years, where she worked on processing resale, refinance, REOs and short sales. She also worked as a senior escrow officer at Intracoastal Title/Title Management processing refinance and resale files. She is active with Veterans of Foreign Wars and is a lifetime member of the Women’s Auxiliary. Info: Shelly Winson, owner of True Choice Benefits in Chandler receives a certificate of completion as a Certified Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Professional. The National Association of Health Underwriters views this certification as demonstrating her commitment to educational leadership within the insurance profession. She previously earned professional certification in the area of consumer-driven health care and wellness programs and designations as a registered employee benefit consultant and registered health underwriter. True Choice Benefits is a health insurance agency serving small employers, business owners, individuals, families and Medicare beneficiaries in Arizona. Info: Michael Pollack of Michael A. Pollack Real Estate Investments of Chandler will match up to $9,000 of what students raise in community donations to send 19 seniors at Tempe’s Marcos de Niza High School to represent Arizona in the We the People Government Constitution Competition in late April in Washington, D.C.

The students have already raised $17,000 by writing letters and holding car washes and rummage sales. Info: 480-838-3200, ext. 47651. Sal Flores of Flores Wealth Management of Chandler is one of Barron’s 2013 “Top 1,000 Advisors” in the country for the fifth consecutive year and 16th in Arizona. The annual Barron’s list ranks 1,000 advisors from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Flores manages more than $600 million in client assets. Info: The City of Chandler is the “Employer of the Year” selected by Kachina Chapter 28 of the International Right of Way Association. The award acknowledges the City’s support and encouragement of real estate staff in their professional development, enabling staff to obtain certifications, attend classes and speaker luncheons and participate in IRWA activities and programs. Since 1998, Chandler’s Real Estate Section has acquired more than 1,000 acres of real estate for a variety of city projects and facilities. Info: Turn Style Consignment Stores opens its fifth and newest location in Arizona at 1755 S. Val Vista Dr. in Mesa. Turn Style consigns and sells gently used, high quality department store clothing for men, women and children, as well as home accents and furnishings. Info: D’Antonio Day Spa is coming to The Shoppes at Clemente Ranch, on the southwest corner of Alma School and Germann roads in Southern Chandler. The company signed a lease for 2,123 square feet.


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LibCon treats sci-fi, fantasy fans

Teens ages 12 to 18 who are fans of comic books, Japanese manga and anime, role-playing, video games and other fantasy and science fiction entertainment are invited to Hamilton Library’s LibCon 2013 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat., April 6 at Hamilton High School’s cafeteria, 3700 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. The free mini-convention features discussion panels on topics such as Japanese candy making, “Doctor Who,” “Star Trek” and zombies, a Cosplay Contest and keynote speeches by Janni Lee Simner, author of the “Faerie After” series, and Liz Danforth, columnist, author and blogger on games, gamers and gaming. The Buzznbeez Good Food Truck will be on site with treats available for purchase. Raffle tickets will be sold 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

Youth Chandler bike ride keeps families fit, fun

Preregistration is available online for Chandler’s Family Bike Ride, taking place at 9 a.m. Sat., April 13 along the Paseo Trail in southeastern Chandler. Registration is also taken on event day, beginning at 8 a.m. at Chandler’s Park and Ride lot on the southwest corner of Germann and Hamilton roads. The annual bike ride provides families with the opportunity to exercise while celebrating bicycling for recreation and transportation. Participants travel the Paseo Trail along the Consolidated Canal to Crossbow Park and back, a 7.4-mile roundtrip ride. All riders must wear helmets. Participants receive information about bicycle safety, transit services and related topics. Water and a snack are provided during the ride. For more information or to preregister, visit

Dance to music from the ‘50s

Rock the night away at the 8th annual RAD Sock Hop sponsored by Recreation and Athletics for the Disabled and the City of Chandler Therapeutic Recreation Program, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Fri., April 19 at the Chandler Community Center, 125 E. Commonwealth Ave, Chandler. Disabled individuals ages 16 and older are invited to attend this free event. Attendees are encouraged to wear 1950s style attire. There will be a live DJ, root beer floats and memento photos. RAD is a Chandler-based nonprofit founded by parents of the disabled and other concerned citizens. Its mission is “dedicated to assisting any person who is disabled and wants to participate in recreation or athletic activities.” For more information, call RAD board member Cathy Yamashiro at 480-440-1913.

Free workshop focuses on food

“The Link Between Lunchboxes and Learning,” a free workshop led by certified nutritional consultant and Chandler resident Jenny Hodges, is held from 2 to 3 p.m. Sat., April 13 at Hamilton Branch Library, 3700 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. Hodges will teach parents and caregivers the importance of quality nutrition and the connection between food and behavior. Registration is required for the event. For more information or to register, visit

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Free practice test for juniors, seniors Free SAT or ACT practice tests are available for area high school juniors and seniors from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sat., April 20 at Tutor House Tutoring Services, 100 W. Boston St., Suite #4, Chandler. Test results and analysis are given at a separately scheduled conference. Tutor House offers the free evaluation in addition to its regular SAT and ACT prep programs. Tutor House is a family owned and operated learning center that aims to provide an individualized approach to education. The tutoring process begins

with a skills assessment identifying students’ academic strengths and weaknesses. Once testing is complete, the director reviews the results with parents and presents a program designed to address the student’s individual needs. Services offered include a wide range of one-on-one and small-group tutoring for students in grades K through 12. To sign up or learn more, visit, call 480-857-1222 or email

Chandler team success at robotics challenge

ACT OF KINDNESS: A group of children living in Chandler’s Paseo Crossing neighborhood raised $100 for Phoenix Children’s Hospital by raking leaves, selling lemonade and brownies and collecting donations in a shoebox. Submitted photo

Members of the FIRST Robotics Team 1290 of Chandler High School are currently raising funds to travel to the FIRST Robotics Challenge Championship April 24 through 27 in St. Louis, MO. The team qualified for the event after earning the Engineering Inspiration Award and taking second place out of 50 high school teams from across the region at the FIRST Robotics Challenge 2013 Phoenix Regional, held recently at Hamilton High School in Chandler. With the guidance of Alberto Esparza of the Si Se Puede Foundation, the Chandler High team works year-round

on robotics, participates and hosts various competitions and mentors FIRST Lego League teams. Esparza also helps team members find community college and university scholarships to pursue engineering as careers. To learn more about the Chandler High team, or if interested in helping to raise funds for their trip, contact Sam Alexander at Chandler High at or 480-735-1128, or Alberto Esparza at Si Se Puede at or 480-310-2018. To learn more about FIRST, visit



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

Local logo contest invites submissions

Aspiring artists in kindergarten through 12th grade have until May 30 to submit their original artwork to the Five Star Literacy Foundation, Inc. logo contest. The winning submission earns a new basic Kindle. The winning logo will also appear on all the foundation’s media materials and website. Entry forms can be downloaded at A winner will be announced June 15. For contest rules and more information, or to make a donation to Five Star Literacy Foundation, contact Linda Radke, executive director of FSLF and president of Chandler’s Five Star Publications, Inc., at 480-940-8182 or info@

Chandler student stars in state spelling bee Gilbert resident Rashi Magiyawala, a fifth-grader at New Vistas Center for Education in Chandler, was among the state’s top 27 spellers competing in the 2013 AEF Arizona Spelling Bee, held recently in Phoenix. Participants in the bee ranged in age from 9 to 14. The champion, Christopher O’Connor of Tucson, will compete in the 86th annual Scripps National Spelling Bee in May in Washington, D.C.

The event was sponsored for the 14th year by the Arizona Educational Foundation (AEF), a nonprofit organization promoting excellence in education through diverse statewide programs and community partnerships year-round. To learn more about the AEF Spelling Bee, visit To learn more about New Vistas Center for Education, visit

PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest invites entries Children in kindergarten through third grade are invited to submit original entries in the PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest for a chance at local prizes and entry into the national competition. The PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest is a local and national contest designed to promote the advancement of children’s reading skills through handson, active learning. Entries are judged on originality, creative expression, storytelling and integration of text and illustrations. First, second and third place winners are chosen in each grade level in

Arizona; the first-place winner in each grade level goes to the national competition. Each winner’s story will be posted on the contest website at azpbs. org/asset. An awards ceremony for the Arizona winners will be held on April 27. Arizona entries can be mailed to Eight Educational Outreach, PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest, 555 N. Central Ave., Suite 500, Phoenix AZ 85004. Entries must be postmarked no later than Fri., April 12. For full details and contest rules, visit html.

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High school students from the SanTan Sun area planning to study journalism at an Arizona university or community college in fall 2013 have until Sun., April 21 to apply for two $500 Arizona Press Women Memorial Journalism Scholarships. Arizona Press Women, a statewide organization of professional communicators, established the annual $500 scholarship honoring the memory of the late noted Phoenix journalist Betty Latty-Hurlburt. This year an additional $500 scholarship, the June Payne Memorial Scholarship, has been added by Arizona Press Women Anthology “Skirting Traditions” and the NFPW Education Fund. Applications, requirements and further instructions are available at arizonapresswomen. com, or by contacting scholarship chair Joan Westlake at 480-968-8902 or

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Irish students make most of visit connections needed for a future Student Ambassador Exchange Program. “Through ChandlerTullamore Sister Cities’ Student Ambassador Program, our students will create lasting SISTER SCHOOL: The young delegation of 20 students from Sacred friendships and Heart School in Tullamore, Ireland made a trek to the Grand Canyon cultural awareness during a recent visit. Submitted photo from a young age,” Twenty students ages 15 to 17 were says Barbara Olivieri, education chair among a delegation of town officials, for Chandler-Tullamore Sister Cities. business people and educators from One joint student project, the Chandler’s sister city of Tullamore, publication of a cookbook containing Ireland, who recently visited the area. recipes from Ireland and Arizona, The students, who attend Sacred has already given the students an Heart School, an all-girls secondary opportunity to connect. In addition, school in Tullamore, stayed with 11 Seton students plan to visit 16 families from their “sister Tullamore in June. school,” Chandler’s Seton Catholic For more information, visit Preparatory High School, and or contact Barbara participated in a full itinerary during Olivieri at 480-347-8293. their visit, including trips to the Grand Canyon, the Arizona Science Center, Rawhide and more. The inclusion of students along with civic and community leaders in the IRISH PRIDE: Students from Sacred Heart School in Tullamore marched with visit is expected students from Chandler’s Seton Catholic Preparatory High School in the 2013 to strengthen the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Phoenix. Submitted photo

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Golf classic to benefit CHS football

The 10th annual Chandler Football Golf Classic benefiting the Chandler High football program is Sat., May 18 at Kokopelli Golf Club, 1800 W. Guadalupe Rd., Gilbert. Cost is $400 per foursome or $500 per foursome with a hole sponsorship prior to

May 4. Individual golfers can play for $100. For more information, contact Anna White at 480-307-3795 or, or Gary McCulley at 480-286-7582 or

Kids: Win $15 gift card from Changing Hands Bookstore

Dance champs

CHEER UP: AZ Compass Prep School’s dance team, the Dragonettes, is the state champion team after participating in the Arizona Charter Athletic Association’s State Cheer Competition. The team is led by former Arizona Cardinals cheerleader Coach Dana Bambino. AZ Compass Prep School is a tuition-free public charter school serving grades seven through 12 in Chandler. For more information, visit or contact Denna Fifer at 480-779-2009 or Submitted photo



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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. If an entry doesn’t win this month it could win next month, or the month after that. To enter, visit, click on “Youth” and then on “Student Writer Permission Slip” to download a submissionpermission 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 submissionpermission slip and writing or artwork to as a Word file, if writing, or JPEG, if art, or pasted into the email.



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2950 E. Germann Rd., Chandler 480-802-5770, Here’s the deal: Wednesdays, kids 12 and younger eat free with paid adult.

Fat Willy’s

4850 S. Gilbert Rd., Chandler 480-883-1356, Here’s the deal: From 2 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, dine in and get a free kids meal with every adult entrée purchased. Little Leaguers menu only, 12 and younger.

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3481 W. Frye Rd., Chandler 480-398-3008, Here’s the deal: All day Tuesday, children 10 and younger receive one free item from the Kids Meal menu with adult meal purchase of $8 or more. Dine in only.

4991 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler 480-609-0007 Here’s the deal: Every day, kids wearing a sports or scouts uniform receive 50% off frozen yogurt and 50 cent all-beef hot dogs.

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1509 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler 480-857-2860, 2895 S. Alma School Rd., Suite 5, Chandler Here’s the deal: Every day except Sunday 480-722-0644, breakfast, kids younger than 10 eat free Here’s the deal: On weekends, get one free with each paying adult. Additional kids kids meal for each adult meal purchased eat for 50% off; Wee Willy menu only. for $4.79 or more.

2980 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler 480-792-6965, Here’s the deal: Kids eat free from kids menu after 4 p.m. Thursdays with adult entree. Dine-in only. Cannot be combined with any other offers or specials. 5070 S. Gilbert Rd., Suite 400, Chandler 480-802-9070,

2475 W. Queen Creek Rd., Chandler 480-821-9000, Here’s the deal: Sunday Funday means kids 12 and younger eat free. Two kids per paying adult.

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Chandler Unified School District

April 24: Elementary Early Dismissal May 27: Memorial Day holiday; no school May 29: Fourth quarter ends; high school graduation; last day of school May 30: Teacher Inservice/Workday; no school

Carlson Champions

Making plans – Parents are invited to attend an informational meeting at 6:30 p.m. Mon., April 8 at Chandler United Methodist Church, 450 E. Chandler Heights Rd., about CUSD’s plan to pursue an override election in November. Carlson’s boundaries were among a few that did not support last year’s override. RSVP at Calendar April 12: Jamba Juice Fun Friday, 1:30 p.m., smoothies $3 —Lora Robinson

CTA-Independence Hawks

Spring Fling – Hawk families are invited to the 2013 Spring Fling from 5 to 9 p.m. Fri., April 12. Activities for the whole family include a bounce house, face painting, pie throwing, a dunk tank, photo booth, games booth, teacher raffle, silent auction, shaved ice, kettle corn and more. Testing, testing – AIMS/Stanford 10 testing is coming soon. Families are asked not to schedule appointments during testing dates, and to ensure children get plenty of sleep the night before a test, with plenty of time to

wake up and have a good breakfast. Second-grade classes will test April 17 and 18, third-graders will test April 17 through 19 and fourth through sixth grades will test April 16 through 19. Students should be encouraged to take their time and show everything they know on the test. Save the date – Wed., April 24 is an early release day. Students will be dismissed at 11:40 a.m. Making memories – Yearbooks are now on sale. This year, the full-color yearbook features a hard cover and is available for $21. Order forms can be found on the website or in the school office. Cash will not be accepted. Checks should be made payable to CTAIndependence PTO. Big winners – Congrats on the school’s first-place winners at the Hamilton Invitational Science and Engineering Fair: sixth-graders Justin Ngo, Kallen Ruddle and Tyler Bonilla. 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 any questions. —Wendi Olson

Fulton Fire

Save the date – Families are welcome to enjoy games, ziplining, a silent auction, food and fun at Fulton’s Spring Carnival from 5 to 8 p.m. Fri., April 12.

CHARACTER STUDY: Fulton staff dressed up as Cat in the Hat to celebrate Read Across America. Fulton families were also invited to enjoy lunch on the lawn while snuggling up with a good book.

Fundraising fun – Fulton teachers will work from 5 to 8 p.m. Thu., April 25 at McDonald’s on Alma School and Chandler Heights roads. Families are encouraged to drop in or drive through and order dinner or a sweet treat from one of the Fulton staff members. Calendar April 12-18: Book Fair —Sarah O’Brien

Ryan Royals

Team work – Two teams of Ryan students advance to the Arizona State Finals of the creative problem-solving “Odyssey of the Mind” competition April 6 in Tucson. The Division I team is coached by Ryan parent Andrea Stickland and includes third-graders Aiden Stickland, Jenna Materna and Alex Fernandez, and fourth-graders Ian Lindstrom and Janet Thampy. The Division II team is coached by Ryan

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delivering Art Night fun for the whole family, complete with a student art show, hands-on activities and visual and performing artists. Thanks to the sponsors and volunteers who gave their generous support, including, ceramic artist Toni Gledhill, Ralph’s Food Truck and Knox PTO. Thanks due – A big thanks to parents, students and teachers for supporting the book fair and helping Knox reach its goal of purchasing Common Core books for classrooms. 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 raise funds for the school. —Ximena Rodriguez

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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 Chandler Fashion Center. PTO thanks all participants for their support. —Robyn Kelly

CTA-Goodman Gators

Calendar April 8: Flag ceremony presented by sixth grade, 8 a.m., Amphitheater April 9: PTO meeting, 3:15 p.m., Media Center April 12: Student Council Spirit Day— Neon Day April 16: “Zoner and the Drip” water conservation assembly, kindergarten 8:30 a.m., first grade 9:30 a.m., Multipurpose Room April 16: AIMS testing, grades 4-6; Site Council meeting, 3:15 p.m., Media Center April 16-17: CTA-Goodman Night at Buffalo Wild Wings at Chandler Fashion Center April 17-18: AIMS testing, grades 3-6; SAT 10 testing, grade 2 April 19: AIMS testing, grades 3-6; SAT 10 makeups, grade 2 —Kathie Butters

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Sanborn Suns

GOT MOVES: Knox second-grader Evan Sideris and fourth-grader Danny LaBaer recently earned individual trophies in the “K-6, under 600” section of the King’s Court Chess Tournament. Knox placed third at the tournament. Submitted photo

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Help wanted – Participants are sought for the 2013-14 Knox PTO board.

Contact knoxelementarypto@gmail. com if interested. Kudos – Congrats to Knox’s Arts Drive Creativity committee for recently

Save the date – Sanborn hosts its seventh annual Dinner/Auction & 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



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Youth Chronicles Tyler VanKlompenberg, Susan Fleischer and Mitchell Bates won first, second and third place, respectively, in the “Language and Culture Contest” held by Sigma Delta Mu Spanish Honor Society, Beta Chapter at Chandler-Gilbert Community College. Candidates researched 100 questions given to them a week prior to the event and then competed by correctly answering the questions in Spanish faster than opponents. The 2012-13 All CUSD Girls Soccer First Team includes members Tiana Pretzer, Alyssa Lamb and Amy Fuller of Basha High; Gabriela Martinez, Jaimie Salas and Xury Deputy of Hamilton High; Brittany Swanson, Seana Saladrigas, Ansley Warner and Marisa Costagliola of Perry High; and La Maya Williams of Chandler High. Co-Offensive Players of the Year are Jazmarie Mader of Basha High and Alesondra Colbert of Chandler High; Sam Demarco of Perry High is Defensive Player of the Year. Coach of the Year is Tara Koleski of Chandler High. Honorable Mentions include Kylie Miniefield, Ashley Marx and Renee Terrell of Hamilton High; Destiny Decker, Destini Soares and Bailey Jenkins of Basha High; Alexis Roberts, Sara Hubble and Kassandra Armendariz of Chandler High; and Nicole Stevens, Kambree Meskill and Jensen Gorton of Perry High. The 2012-13 All CUSD Girls Basketball First Team includes members Jazmyne Bartee and Jesse Ossian of Chandler High; Aliyah Dickson and Ashlee Moore of Hamilton High; and Hayley Pryor of Basha High. Player of the Year is Kyndall Adams of Hamilton High, and Jenna Odell of Perry High earned the Mike Desper Pursuing Victory with Honor Award. Tia Ahlquist of Chandler is the recipient of a Master of Science degree from Miami University in Oxford, OH. Joshua Allen Aiken and Vamsi Krishna Varra, both of Chandler, are on the Fall 2012 Dean’s List at Washington

University in St. Louis, MO. Joshua is enrolled in the school’s College of Arts & Sciences; Vamsi is enrolled in the School of Engineering and Applied Science. To qualify for the Dean’s List, students must earn a semester grade point average of 3.6 or above in at least 12 graded units.

Adam Alonzo of Chandler, left, a member of Chandler’s Boy Scout Troop 679, will lead Scouts and volunteers in building a split rail fence at the Salt River Habitat Restoration Park in Phoenix as a final step toward his Eagle rank, the highest rank in Boy Scouts. Adam has communication and learning disabilities and has been with the program for five years. His older brother, Alexander is also pictured.

Alexandra Palmatier, a senior at Chandler High, graduates in May 2013 without missing one day of school from kindergarten through high school. Gavin Rude, a student at Leading Edge Academy’s San Tan campus, is the author of an essay voted best essay by viewers and readers of Alexandra Palmatier Gavin’s freshman essay is titled “What is a Learner?” promotes and produces student literary and artistic work. Fred Mann is the new girls’ volleyball coach at Perry High School for the 2013-14 school year. He will also work as a guidance counselor at Perry. Mann coached the Mountain Pointe boys’ and girls’ volleyball teams to a combined eight state championships. Nicholas Groth is the Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley’s candidate for the Boys & Girls Clubs’ 2013 Arizona Youth of the Year. He competes with nine other candidates from across the state for the honor. Youth of the Year promotes and celebrates service to the Club, community and family values, academic performance, moral character, life goals, poise and public speaking ability. The state winner from Arizona goes on the regional competition in July.


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Community Commentary

Publisher’s Note

by Mayor Jay Tibshraeny

April in Chandler Remember when housing developments of 10 to 12 years ago felt like “war zones?” Roads were torn up, heavy trucks carried lumber, dirt and many other construction Laurie Fagen materials in and Photo by out and sounds of hammering could be heard from sunrise to sunset. The housing boom took its toll on our vehicles, too, as it was a common occurrence to get a flat tire from a nail on the street.

While it’s not quite the same, it’s good to see construction around the SanTan Sun area again, whether its apartments and multi-family homes off Arizona Avenue and Queen Creek Road, or the huge near-mansions going in at Fulton Ranch or the Paseo Linda community being built by Cachet Homes north of Ocotillo Road along Arizona Avenue. And to hear that houses are starting to sell again is also welcome news for many – including real estate agents – who have been waiting for market conditions to improve. Miriam Van Scott finds that home prices are going up, and the distressed properties that used to be on every corner are waning. Meanwhile, it’s budget time for the City of Chandler, and the results of a number of public meetings are on the City’s website at chandleraz. gov by clicking on “Government” and “Budget and CIP.” Chandler has always been dedicated to providing more parks than many cities, and Tracy House details some of the latest play areas being built. And it’s official: the new name for the

previous Holocaust & Tolerance Museum Project is Center for Holocaust Education & Human Dignity, a joint project of the East Valley Jewish Community Center and the City of Chandler, which is planned for the site next to EVJCC at Alma School and Ray roads. K.M. Lang writes about a Holocaust survivor, and we will let you know more about the Center as it’s built. It’s a good sign the economy is improving when restaurants and entertainment venues start opening again. Finally, a new eatery, Table 49, is open in the former Sautee restaurant on S. Alma School Road just north of Chandler Heights Road. That beautiful building has been shuttered for much too long, and we wish Chandler residents Sasha and Donna Cosic, owners of VaBene, the best of luck with their new venture. And I can see a lot of SanTan Sun area families heading down to Maricopa this summer – when it’s hot outside but cool inside the UltraStar Multi-tainment Center at Ak-Chin Circle. It’s an amazing place and not that far of a drive. Alarming statistics and new information about concussions have been in the news of late, so Alison Stanton checks in with a neurosurgeon, i9 sports and the CUSD athletic director for how we can keep our kids healthy in the latest SanTan Family Fun cover story. We welcome Executive Editor Shanna Hogan, an award-winning journalist and author, to the SanTan Sun team, as well as another awardwinning journalist, Christina Fuoco-Karasinski as editor. We have a lot of resources at our fingertips with the Times Media Group and look forward to continuing the growth of this newspaper that Geoff and I have built over the past 13 years. I am humbled by the outpouring of love and sympathy this past month following Geoff’s death. Thank you to the many who contacted us, and to all those whose lives Geoff touched. A reminder that a celebration of Geoffrey Dean Hancock’s life will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Sun., April 7 at Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 6400 W. Del Rio St., off Ray and McKemy roads in Chandler. Visit the Facebook pages for Geoffrey Dean Hancock or SanTan Sun News for details and where online condolences may be made. Thank you, dear readers, for your continued support.


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Some people believe the term “spring cleaning” comes from Persia. It is when families would perform “khooneh tekouni” – where everything in the house was thoroughly cleaned before the first day of spring – which also marked the Persian New Year. Here in Chandler, spring is the perfect time to do a little cleanup of your wellness routine. If Mayor Jay Tibshraeny you do not have a regimen for sustained health, think about starting one. If you do have a routine, maybe shake it up a little. The perfect place to start is the Mayor’s Health Connect Expo, set to take place from 9 a.m. to noon Sat., April 6 at the Tumbleweed Recreation Center, located at Tumbleweed Park, 745 E. Germann Rd., on the southwest corner at McQueen Road. Chandler has plenty to offer in terms of wellness and fitness, but my Health Connect initiative is also aimed at connecting residents with resources to make sure they also have good mental health and strong finances. With all the products and services on the market geared toward fitness and a more productive lifestyle, it can get a little confusing on just how and where to jumpstart your new devotion to a more fit routine. That is why we have brought together an array of displays, vendors and more, to help you make some new and healthy choices. The Tumbleweed Recreation Center – which is celebrating its fifth anniversary of delivering fitness opportunities to the community – will buzz with demonstrations, speakers and more than 30 nonprofit organizations and retailers. I will even help lead a cycling class in the courtyard at 10 a.m. Demonstrations include cooking, tennis, Zumba and other dance workouts and more. Vendors will represent a broad range of health and wellness establishments and organizations in Chandler. We are also lining up some speakers to hit on some critical Health Connect topics that include parenting, wills and trusts, depression and aging. There will also be plenty of giveaways and, best of all, the event is free! Our city public safety personnel will be on hand to offer free child car safety seat checks, provide CPR training and EZ Child I.D. kits. You can also get wellness checks for the whole family and oral screenings and fluoride varnishes for the kids. A critical part of last year’s Health Connect launch was a prescription drug card we have made available to the public at no cost. The card helps to save an average of nearly 60% on prescription drug fills at virtually any pharmacy in Chandler and has proved to be very popular with residents. The cards will also be available at the Expo – just visit the Coast@Coast RX table. For the first several hundred who attend, we have free T-shirts that are customizable to match your commitment to better health. The Expo is co-sponsored by our good friends at Dignity Health, and Chandler Regional Medical Center CEO Tim Bricker has graciously agreed to join me in leading the cycling class. For more details, go to

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Letters to the editor Our practice is filled with sadness today as we hear of the passing of Eddie Basha. Eddie has been a friend to Drs. Goodman and Partridge for over almost 40 years. He was an integral part of the decision to locate our practice in Chandler and he will be missed greatly. As a Chandler Hospital board member, Eddie spearheaded fundraising efforts community wide to bring up-to-date equipment to the hospital and our OB/ GYN patients in 1976. As we all know, his philanthropy continued throughout his life. Although he is remembered as a businessman and an employer throughout the state, he was also deeply involved in the Chandler community and making Arizona a great place to live. We are blessed to have such a great man as a champion for Arizona. We all remember his larger than life personality in his commercials, but we also applaud the private man who was known as a champion of business, a leader in education and a charitable, giving man. Our practice, along with all of Arizona, will miss Eddie Basha. Clifford J. Goodman, Jr., M.D., FACOG Founder and Medical Director, Drs. Goodman & Partridge, OB/GYN, LLC

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April 2013


Kids, concussions: prevention is key By Alison Stanton

For decades, kids who play sports have occasionally conked their heads. In many cases, the impact can be hard enough to cause a concussion. Historically, concussions in children were thought to be fairly benign, but Mark Garrett, M.D., a neurosurgeon at Chandler Regional Medical Center, says recent evidence suggests otherwise. “It was once thought that recovery following a concussion was immediate, but better studies of concussions in athletes have shown that symptomatic recovery in high school athletes after an injury generally takes seven to 14 days, and functional or neurocognitive impairment can persist much longer than that,” he explains. “Also, newer studies with specialized MRI scans on patients after mild head injuries have shown changes in neural function that was not recognized in previous studies that relied on CT scans alone.” As Garrett explains, “concussion” is often used interchangeably with the terms mild or minor traumatic brain injury. “There actually continues to be some debate on the exact definition, but generally it is immediate or transient impairment of neural function due to a mechanical injury to the head from external forces,” he says. Common signs of a concussion, Garrett says, include loss of consciousness; amnesia to events both before and after the event; confusion and disorientation; and emotional and behavioral changes. “Symptoms can include headache, dizziness, visual changes such as double vision, drowsiness, insomnia, fatigue, balance problems and problems with attention.” Young athletes who have sustained a head injury should stop playing, Garrett says, because immediately following a concussion there is “an increased vulnerability to a second insult due to changes in the blood flow and energy demands of the brain.” Although the long-term outcomes of cumulative head injuries are not well known and controversial, Garrett says evidence increasingly suggests that longterm impairment can be associated with repetitive minor head injuries. In an effort to reduce the chances of kids getting a concussion, i9 Sports, a youth sports franchise in Chandler, as well as the Chandler Unified School District have taken definite steps to keep young athletes as safe as possible. “i9 Sports has assumed a leadership role in raising youth sports safety standards by implementing a number of measures designed to maintain both the physical LEADERS: i9 Sports and mental safety is considered a leader of our players,” in raising youth says Kim Olsen, sports standards, league coordinator says League for i9 Sports. Coordinator Kim Olsen. For example, Olsen says i9 Sports Submitted photo was the first national youth sports organization to institute a “when in doubt, sit them out” policy that requires any player suspected of sustaining a concussion or head injury be immediately removed from

SPORTS INJURIES: Many sports can cause a variety of injuries, including concussions. i9 Sports has a “when in doubt, sit them out” policy for players suspected of sustaining a concussion or head injury. Submitted photo

the practice or game and not allowed to return to play without written clearance from a licensed health care provider. “i9 Sports instituted a system wide concussion awareness campaign which educates all officials, coaches and parents on concussion safety including the signs of a concussion and the steps to take should a concussion be suspected,” she says. “All parents and coaches in our programs must sign a waiver acknowledging that they have received and read the concussion safety information.” Olsen also says i9 was the first national youth sports organization to ban heading in all of its soccer leagues for kids under the age of 14. Marcus Williams, director of athletics for the Chandler Unified School District, says the district takes plenty of precautions to keep its student athletes safe and reduce their risk of getting a concussion. CUSD is a member of the Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA), which is the governing body of high school sports in Arizona. “The AIA requires all coaches of seventh through 12-graders to take a concussion education course, NFHS ‘Concussion in Sports – What You Need To Know,’ as well as the NFHS ‘Fundamentals of Coaching’ course,” Williams says. In addition, the AIA requires student athletes in grades nine through 12 to take the “Brain Book Concussion Education” course, Williams explains. Students must pass with a score of 80% or better and turn it in to the school’s athletic department. This same group of students must also sign the Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (MTBI)/Concussion Annual Statement and Acknowledgment Form. CUSD also requires student athletes who are in the seventh and eighth grades to complete the MTBI Concussion Annual Statement and Acknowledgement Form, Williams says. “CUSD high schools invest in concussion baseline testing, which varies per site and is site-driven, so our medical staff of doctors and trainers have baseline information when treating a concussion,” he adds.

All secondary programs for grades seven through 12 have an athletic administrator who is responsible for daily operations of athletics at their sites, Williams says, and each high school in CUSD has two trainers who work with the coaches and athletes regarding injury prevention and rehabilitation. Marcus Williams, No matter what CUSD director of sports kids and athletics teens decide to Submitted photo play, Olsen says i9 Sports wants to do away with the myth that injuries are a natural and acceptable consequence. “Injuries can happen as kids participate in any sport or activity,” she says. “Our goal is to educate both children and their parents about the importance of safe play. Yet beyond that, we at i9 Sports want to provide programs that foster healthy, safe play regardless of the chosen sport.” Alison Stanton is a freelance writer who lives in the East Valley. She can be reached at

Resources Books:

• “Concussions and Our Kids: America's Leading Expert on How to Protect Young Athletes and Keep Sports Safe,” by Dr. Robert Cantu and Mark Hyman • “Ahead of the Game: The Parents' Guide to Youth Sports Concussion,” by Rosemarie Scolaro Moser • “Sports Concussion and Neck Trauma: Preventing Injury for Future Generations,” by Dr. Kelly J. Roush Websites:

• concussion.html •



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7 Airport Dayz

14 Disney on Ice


8 LEGO Kit Club Game Hall

15 Game Hall

22 Earth Day Game Hall LEGO Club

28 Ballet Etudes

29 Game Hall

Airport Dayz SanTan Family Fun Arrives!

Club 9 Anime Wiggle Worms Preschool Storytime Toddler Storytime Knit Happens

Study Club

16 Bookhype Anime Club Wiggle Worms Toddler Storytime Preschool Storytime

10 Game Hall Preschool Storytime Baby Time

Hall 17 Game Preschool Storytime Baby Time LEGO Club

Club 23 Anime 24 Wiggle Worms Preschool Storytime Toddler Storytime Knit Happens

30 Anime Club Wiggle Worms

Game Hall Preschool Storytime Baby Time

11 Toddler Storytime Pre-K Storytime Infant Lapsit Disney on Ice

18 Toddler Storytime


Ride 13 Bike Solar Walk

Disney on Ice

Paws to Read Crochet Bracelet Science Saturday Disney on Ice



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Library. We supply a variety of skill level kits for kids to put together during this hour of fun. Ages 5-12. No registration needed. Free. 5990 S. Val Vista Dr., Chandler. 480-782-2850,

Family Spot Play On The Go, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Southeast Regional Library. Storytime and hands-on activities for parents and children. Take-home activities will also be provided. 775 N. Greenfield Rd., Gilbert. 602-652-3000,

LibCon 2013, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Hamilton High School cafeteria. Teens can enjoy the Library Convention for all things anime, manga / comics, sci-fi / fantasy, cosplay and gamer, raffles and more. The event 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. Participate in the Cosplay Contest at lunchtime or shop in the vendor hall. The Buzznbeez Good Food Truck will be on site with treats available for purchase. Free. Registration required. Ages 12-18 years old. 3700 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler.

6, 7 Chandler Airport Dayz, 8 a.m.5 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Chandler Municipal Airport. See some of the types of aircraft, such as a Citation jet, gyrocopter, Stearmans, experimental helicopters, Cessnas, Pipers and Beachcraft, and businesses that operate at the Chandler Airport to help the Commemorative Air Force honor veterans. Rides will be available in helicopters and biplanes. Family rides will also be available. View classic cars, sports cars, hot rods and unique cars on display. An Apache helicopter will be on display provided by the Arizona Army National Guard. Live music will be performed by UncorkedThe Band. The Hangar Café will be open for dining. Hamburgers, hot dogs and refreshments will be on the ramp. Sponsored by the Chandler Airport Alliance at Chandler Air Service. 2380 S. Stinson Wy., off McQueen and Queen Creek roads. Free admission. 480-963-6420,

8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29 Game Hall, 3-5 p.m. Mondays; 2-5 p.m. Wednesdays. Sunset Library. Hang out and play video games, or just grab a seat and study. Wii and Xbox available. No registration needed. Free. Ages 12-18. 4930 W. Ray Rd., Chandler. 480-782-2800,

9, 16, 23, 30 Anime Club, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Basha Library. Teens explore Japanese culture, anime and manga. Age 12-18. No registration needed. Free. 5990 S. Val Vista Dr., Chandler. 480-782-2850,

9, 16, 23, 30 Wiggle Worms, 10:30-11 a.m. or 11:15-11:45 a.m. Perry Branch Library. Tots have fun with flannel board rhymes, songs, shakers, bubbles, parachute play and age-appropriate books. Ages 18 months-3 ½ years with a parent. Free. 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd. at Perry High School, Gilbert. 602-652-3000,

9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24 Preschool Storytime, 11:30 a.m. Southeast Regional Library. Preschoolers enjoy storytime including books, songs and finger plays. Ages 3-5. Free. 775 N. Greenfield Rd., Gilbert. 602-652-3000,

9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25 Toddler Storytime, 10:30 a.m. Southeast Regional Library. A fun storytime including stories, finger plays and songs. Toddlers learn letters, sounds and have fun with music and movement activities. Toddlers up to age 3 with adult. Free. 775 N. Greenfield Rd., Gilbert. 602-652-3000,

9, 23 Knit Happens, 2:30-3:45 p.m. Perry Branch Library. Teens earn community service hours while knitting or crocheting and continue the tradition of fun, food and friendship—all levels

welcome. The current service project is lap-sized blankets for Project Linus. Free. 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd. at Perry High School, Gilbert. 602-652-3000,

higher desire to read and write. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the program. Free. 775 N. Greenfield Rd., Gilbert. 602-652-3000,

10, 17, 24 Baby Time, 10:30 a.m.-11:15 a.m.

Crochet a Friendship Bracelet,

Perry Branch Library. Introduce baby to books, songs and fingerplays. Ages newborn-20 months. Free. 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd. at Perry High School, Gilbert. 602-652-3000,

11, 18, 25 Pre-K Storytime, 10:30-11 a.m. Perry Branch Library. Preschoolers have fun with flannel board rhymes, dancing, songs, shakers, bubbles, parachute play and age-appropriate books. Ages 3-5 with a parent. Free. 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd. at Perry High School, Gilbert. 602-652-3000,

11, 18, 25 Infant Lapsit, 11:30-11:55 a.m. Southeast Regional Library. A special storytime designed to encourage development of language and motor skills by incorporating stories with simple songs, rhymes, movement activities and finger plays. Ages newborn-12 months with one parent or caregiver. Free. 775 N. Greenfield Rd., Gilbert. 602-652-3000,

11-14 Disney on Ice: Treasure Trove, 7 p.m. Thursday; 10:30 a.m., 7 p.m. Friday; 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m., 7 p.m. Saturday; 1 p.m., 4:30 p.m. – Spanishspeaking performance Sunday. US Airways Center. Enter the worlds of Disney’s favorite princesses on ice – Tiana, Cinderella, Jasmine, Ariel, Sleeping Beauty, Belle, Mulan and Snow White, set sail with Peter Pan, trek the wild of Africa with Simba and Nala and don’t be late for a very important date with Alice and the Madhatter. Tickets $10-$58 plus fees. 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix.

13 Paws to Read, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Southeast Regional Library. Paws to Read pairs Delta-registered therapy animals and their handlers with young readers, which increases reading levels and word recognition, and gives kids a

11 a.m.-noon. Southeast Regional Library. Beginners learn to crochet by making a simple, but cute friendship bracelet. Materials provided. Ages 8-14 years. 775 N. Greenfield Rd., Gilbert. 602-652-3000,

Chandler Family Bike Ride, 8 a.m. registration; 9 a.m. ride begins. Chandler Park and Ride. Enjoy a family friendly 7.4-mile ride along the Paseo Canal. The first 100 people to preregister will receive a free T-shirt. Free. 2100 S. Hamilton St., Chandler.

Solar System Walk, 10-11 a.m. Veterans Oasis Park. Take a guided tour along the Solar System Walk, a series of monuments and signs representing the sun, planets and other objects in our solar system, placed at scale distances along the pathway that surrounds the park’s lake. While the walk can be enjoyed as a self-guided journey, there are also monthly guided tours that include additional information about the solar system and the inspiration for creating the Solar System Walk. This is an easy, half-mile walk around the lake. All ages. Meet inside the EEC at the designated time. 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. 480-782-2890,,

Family Science Saturday: Be an Innovator, noon to 4 p.m. Tumbleweed Ranch at Tumbleweed Park. Bring the whole family to do a science experiment. The ranch features animals, farm equipment and historic structures from Chandler's agricultural past. Free. 2250 S. McQueen Rd., Chandler.

16 Teen Study Club, 3-4 p.m. Southeast Regional Library. Teens can use a quiet space to get homework done, study for tests, work on group projects or get help on research papers. Computers are available to use and a librarian is on hand to help with research. Teens can learn a few tools to help make


work a little easier. Staff Conference Room. 775 N. Greenfield Rd., Gilbert. 602-652-3000,

Bookhype, 3:30-5 p.m. Perry Branch Library. Teens evaluate YA books from more than 30 participating publishers. Ages 12-18. Free. 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd. at Perry High School, Gilbert. 602-652-3000, 17 LEGO Club, 6-7 p.m. Hamilton Library. Come meet new friends and have fun building with LEGO bricks supplied by the library. Ages 6-12. No registration required. 3700 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. 480-782-2828,

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

19 Earth Day, 5-Year EEC Anniversary and Arbor Day Commemoration, 4-7 p.m. Environmental Education Center. Fun and educational activities for all ages. Discover nature, science, the environment and great outdoors. Experience hands-on activities, live animal presentations and discover ways to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle from vendors and exhibitors. Features food and beverage vendors, merchants, prize giveaways and special outdoor activities. Outdoor portion may be canceled due to inclement weather. 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. Free. 480-782-2889,

20 Paws 2 Read, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Perry Branch Library. Join a registered therapy dog that loves stories. Ages 5 and older are invited to read their favorite book to the special library dog. 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd. at Perry High School, Gilbert. 602-652-3000,

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April 2013


Calendar, From Page 3 Water Safety Awareness Day, 1-4 p.m. Hamilton Aquatic Center. The City of Chandler Aquatics aims to educate children and their families about ways to stay safe in and around water. Knowing how to swim is one of the best ways to safeguard against water-related injuries and drowning. Children who attend will learn valuable water safety skills and knowledge. Enter a raffle for a chance to win a free session of swimming lessons and other prizes. Enjoy activities and games around the pool area and visit the Chandler fire engine display. Chandler Aquatics staff will swim test children at 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to determine what level of swim class in which they should enroll. Watch sun safety, CPR and rescue demonstrations performed by the City of Chandler aquatic staff. Free. 3838 Arizona Ave., Chandler. 480-782-2733. 4th Annual Arizona BBQ Festival, 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Families can enjoy more than 25 barbeque purveyors serving everything from $2 sample cups to full racks of ribs and barbecue plates; the Redneck Games Arena including: watermelon seed spitting contest, dead lawn mower races, beer pong tournament, arm wrestling, hub cap hurling challenge, bobbing for pigs feet, pie eating contest, horseshoe

tournament with toilet seats, “redneckiest” tattoo contest, “Rock Out With Your Dentures Out” eating challenge, mullet beauty pageant, “Daisy Dukes & Cowboy Boots Pageant” and best ‘stache contest; live music; cooking demonstrations and bartender challenges and more. There will also be a kid’s zone featuring bouncies, rides, games and other fun attractions, some of which may cost a nominal fee. Tickets $12 general admission; kids 12 and younger free; $60 VIP. Free parking. 7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale.,

21 Tree Tour, 1:30 p.m. Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park, 45 minutes east of Mesa on U.S. Highway 60 near Milepost 223. Visitors learn what an arboretum is and about the park's collection of oak and olive trees, native hackberry, mesquite and many more during a relaxed and leisurely guided tour through the forested areas of the arboretum. Tom McDonald, owner of Smiling Dog Landscapes Company in Gold Canyon, leads this walk. All ages. $9 adults, $4.50 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and younger. 520-689-2811,, boycethompsonarboretum.

22 LEGO Club, 4 PM- 5 PM. Basha Library. Library supplies LEGO, kids supply the imagination. Ages 5-12. No registration needed. Free. 5990 S. Val Vista Dr., Chandler. 480-782-2850,

26 Friday Movie Night: The Avengers (PG-13), 7-10:30 p.m. Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center. Bring an inner tube and the entire family to enjoy the adventure poolside. Float along or watch from the sidelines. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. The team includes superheroes Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hawkeye and The Hulk. $1 children; $2.25 adults; $1.25 seniors. 5901 S. Hillcrest Dr., Chandler. 480-782-2635.

27 KA-POW! Superhero Adventure Run, 8 a.m.-noon. Freestone Park. A costumed run fit for the whole family with fun and challenging obstacles. Runners come dressed in their favorite superheroes costume as they

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participate in either the 1-mile “Wolverine” Adventure Run or the 2.4-mile “Superman” Adventure Run. After the adventure course, participants can visit “Gotham City” from 8 a.m.noon which consists of superhero guest appearances, DJ music, finish line refreshments, inflatable activities and the “Flash” Dash Run. All ages. $20 prior to April 18, $25 on event day. Ages 7 and younger require a registered parent to be with the child at all times and some obstacles are not recommended for children younger than 5 years old. Children in strollers and pets are welcome but may not participate on some obstacles. 1045 E. Juniper Rd., Gilbert.

27, 28 Ballet Etudes - Cinderella, 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. Chandler Center for the Arts. A fan-favorite, with rich sets and costumes and original choreography set to Prokofiev's breathtaking score, this production of “Cinderella” will be sure to leave you believing in magic. Backstage tours are offered following most performances. Tickets $15 and $20. A 20% discount for groups of 10 or more. 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. 480-782-2680,

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April 2013



Arrested development Counselors address problem of young adults unwilling to leave mom and dad College graduation: it’s a day that growing numbers of parents may have reason to dread, at least if their expectations were that their son or daughter would be heading off to start a career. For last year’s graduates, the class of 2012, more than a million of those graduates moved back home to their parents. Those graduates joined a growing number of young people still living with their parents. Census Bureau data compiled by the University of Minnesota Population Center found that the number of 18 to 30 year-olds still living with their parents has grown to 20.7 million, and the number of 26-year-olds still living at home has increased almost 46% since 2007. For many families, it might be a welcome change to have their child back home, but that welcome can begin to wear out as time passes and there is no movement toward an independent life. While the economic problems of the last few years have led to fewer jobs being available for recent graduates, there can also be a number of other factors that make that moving back in with mom or dad a viable alternative. Not facing rent or utility bills, being able to exist on the wages from a low-paying or part-time job, plus having that full refrigerator always handy are a just a few things that can make being home again a comfortable arrangement for many young adults. According to Licensed Professional Counselor Michael D. DeVine, psychological problems can develop over time that make it difficult for the young person to seriously contemplate moving out on his or her own. Making that happen often involves help from a skilled and trained counselor using the latest research and psychological tools to successfully help young adults move into a responsible, self-supporting lifestyle. It can include methods such as structural family counseling, motivation interviewing and vocational theory, but the goal is always to help the young person who has become too dependent for too long a time to finally begin his or her adult life. Contributed by the American Counseling Association, the nation’s largest association of counseling professionals with more than 53,000 members in all 50 states and 80 foreign countries.

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April 2013


Just4Kids Chandler Recreation Offers A Variety of Spring Activities! Register for Summer Classes May 4th! The summer Break Time magazine outlining all-ages recreation classes, youth camps and special events for June, July and August will reach mailboxes the week of April 8. Break Time will then be available at libraries, recreation centers, and online at starting April 19. Registration opens Saturday, May 4 at 10 a.m. (Friday, May 10 for non residents). For more information, call 480-782-2727.

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The annual Chandler Family Bike Ride is back! The 7.4-mile ride is free, but pre-registration is recommended. The first 100 people to pre-register will receive a free T-shirt. The ride starts and ends at the Chandler Park and Ride near Tumbleweed Park (2100 S. Hamilton St.). All riders must wear helmets. An adult must accompany riders under 18 years of age. Contact Ann Marie Riley at 480-782-3442 or for more information.

Free Earth Day Celebration April 19 Wednesday Family Night Activities Join in the fun at Family Night at Tumbleweed Recreation Center every Wednesday from 5:30-7 p.m. There is a different activity each week. The fee is $2 ($3 for non-residents ages 1-12) and $3 ($5 for non residents ages 13-17). Call 480-782-2900 or visit for more information.

Stay Connected! Follow us on Instagram (@ChandlerRec) Twitter (@ChandlerRec), and Facebook (Chandler Recreation) for the latest news. Check out the March / April issue of “Come Out & Play, Chandler!” on YouTube. This episode features Geocaching at the Environmental Education Center. You can sign up for the Chandler Recreation monthly newsletter at For more information, call 480-782-2727.

Friday, April 19th is going to be a busy day at the Environmental Education Center as they celebrate Earth Day, Arbor Day Commemoration and their 5th anniversary! This event is perfect for the entire family. Discover nature, science, and the great outdoor while you participate in fun, educational activities from 4 – 7 p.m. at the EEC (4050 E. Chandler Heights Road). For more information, visit or call 480-782-2890.

April Parent & Toddler Activities Every Tuesday and Thursday from 9-11 a.m., the Tumbleweed Recreation Center host “Tumble Tots” indoor activities designed for children 5 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. There is a $2 fee ($3 non-resident) per child. Call 480-782-2900 for more information.

Free Teen Lounge Nights Teen Lounge Nights at the Chandler Senior Center are a great way for teens to get to know other teens and have an awesome time for free! Participants will play the Wii, Xbox, and PS3; make crafts, watch movies, play pool and all sorts of other fun games. Drop in and make the most out of your Thursday nights from 5-8 p.m. This is a drop-in program; no registration is needed. You can find the class information at or call 480-782-2727 with any questions.


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Owners bring expertise to Table 49 Airport Dayz for flight fanciers By K. M. LanG

Table 49 is brand-spanking new. The restaurant, located at The Promenade at Fulton Ranch in the space that once housed Sautee, opened less than two months ago with a freshly designed interior, a sparkling indoor-outdoor bar and a contemporary American menu created by head Chef Ryan Rivera. Still, while the restaurant’s concept is new, proprietors Sasha and Donna Cosic are by no means new to the restaurant industry. The Chandler couple, owners of the popular VaBene Italian Cuisine and Wine Bar in Ahwatukee, are bringing their 18 years of expertise to Table 49 and feeling the love from local diners eager for a taste of something different. “While we were renovating, people would drop by every day and say, ‘When are you going to be open?’” recalls Donna. “They were excited for

us to open, we’re excited to be in the neighborhood and we’ve had a great reception from everyone.” Table 49, which takes is name from its location at 4949 S. Alma School Rd., got its start after the Cosics, looking for a new challenge, decided to launch a second restaurant in Southern Chandler. “We loved the Fulton area – that Ocotillo area,” Donna explains. “We could easily have opened up another location of VaBene, but we wanted to do something outside the box. We wanted to experiment and have fun with different types of cuisines and drinks.” The couple began by renovating the restaurant’s impressive building, adding a wood-burning oven in the kitchen, and relocating the entire bar. “It was smack in the middle,” explains Donna, “so when you walked in, it See Table 49 page 50

ON DISPLAY: The World War II B-17 bomber, “Sentimental Journey,” will be on exhibit with tours at the annual Chandler Airport Dayz April 6 to 7. Submitted photo

A weekend of aviation fun featuring a variety of aircraft, classic cars, informational booths, live music and plane and helicopter rides is all part of Chandler Airport Dayz from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat., April 6 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sun., April 7 at Chandler Municipal Airport, 2380 S. Stinson Wy.,

off McQueen and Queen Creek roads, Chandler. Hosted by Chandler Air Service, a leading flight school at 1675 E. Ryan Rd., the event includes several aircraft from the Commemorative Air Force Arizona Wing Aviation Museum on display, See Airport Dayz page 50

Jazz in the park

NEAR THE ACTION: Table 49’s open design allows diners to experience the bustle of Head Chef Ryan Rivera’s kitchen. STSN photo by Ron Lang

Jazz lovers can stroll through downtown Chandler and enjoy more than 20 bands performing a variety of jazz styles at various venues as the 14th annual Chandler Jazz Festival continues Sat., April 6. A series of bands take the festival’s main stage from noon to 9:15 p.m. at Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, 3 S. Arizona Ave. Marcos Crego and the Cuban Tribe are the featured performers at 8 p.m. Food, an arts and crafts fair and merchandise vendors will be open during the free event. A beer and wine garden, presented by the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership, is open to guests 21 years and older to enjoy while

listening to music at the main stage. More jazz music can be heard at venues including LaStalla, Kokopelli, El Zocalo, Vintage 95, Bourbon Jacks and at AJ’s a the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort. The courtyard of the San Marcos also hosts classic performances from 2 to 6 p.m. on the New Orleans Music Stage. Visit for a complete schedule of performances and more information.

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Celebrate International Water Safety Day from noon to 3 p.m. Wed., May 15. SWIMkids USA makes water safety fun with free quality swim lessons to promote water safety and drowning prevention, free hot dogs, water slides, cotton candy and snow cones.

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Join SWIMkids USA and venues around the world as they do a swim lesson at the same time, 8 a.m. Tue., June 18 to set an all-new world record for the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson. Participants can join the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson 2013 Team to break the 2012 WLSL Guinness World Record. Visit for more information about the world record. For more details and to reserve a spot at any of the events listed, call 480-820-9109, email or visit

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Learn how to perform CPR and help in other common situations involving illness or choking during a CPR Certification Class, 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sat., April 6 at SWIMkids USA, 2725 W. Guadalupe Rd. at Price Road Loop 101 Freeway, Mesa. The course, for adults and youth ages 16 and older, costs $60 and includes a basic skills test, CPR certification, a mask and materials. Childcare is available.

Connoisseurs of wine and fine dining have the opportunity to experience a six-course dinner at 5:30 p.m. Sun., April 7 at Cork, 4991 S. Alma School Rd., Suite 1, Chandler. Robert Foley Vineyards is teaming with Chef Brian Peterson to host the event, and the winemaker will be in attendance. Foley’s wines consistently score in the 90s and he was named Food and Wine magazine’s “Winemaker of the Year” in 2007. Peterson paired up with Foley in January 2010 for one of Cork’s most successful wine dinners to date. The Robert Foley Vineyards dinner is $125 per person plus tax and gratuity. The menu starts off with an amuse of poached lobster, Dungeness crab, mango, hearts of palm and watermelon radish paired with a 2011 Semillon from Napa Valley. Guests dine on a first course that includes rabbit Fricassee, English peas, baby carrots, asparagus, fingerling potato and pea shoots paired with a 2010 Pinot Blanc from Napa Valley. The second course comprises roasted breast

of squab, truffled foie gras mousse, apples, turnips, kale, pearl onions and candied kumquat paired with a 2010 Merlot from Napa Valley. Organic lamb chop, sweet breads, porcini mushrooms, braised artichokes, sun-dried tomato and garbanzo beans paired with a 2010 Griffin from Napa Valley rounds out the third course. The fourth course entails a Syrah-braised Wagyu beef cheek, Roca parmesan risotto, fava beans, wild arugula and braising jus paired with a 2008 Petite Syrah from Napa Valley. The final course consists of a mango mousse, coconut Joconde, tropical fruit salsa, toasted coconut paired with a 2011 late harvest Riesling from Red Hook, Finger Lakes, NY. Cork is open for dinner 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and is closed Sundays and Mondays. Happy hour is 5 to 6:30 p.m. Call 480-883-3773 to make a reservation, and visit, and CorkChandler for more information.

Community sale supports nonprofit Reserve a space by April 8 to participate in the Community Yard and Bake Sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat., April 13 at CrossRoads Nazarene Church, 2950 E. Ray Rd., Chandler. Proceeds from the $20 space reservation fee supports The Clothes Cabin, a local, grassroots nonprofit providing free clothing, shoes and

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New Realtor team gives away iPad mini Hosts community garage sale In celebration of their new partnership as East Valley Lifestyle Group-HomeSmart Real Estate, Realtors Kelly Courvisier and Tarasa Haase are holding a contest to give away a free iPad mini this month. Visit their website through April 30, enter your email address to receive their newsletter and earn a chance to win an iPad mini, a value of $329. The winner, who must be an Arizona resident and 18 years of age or older to enter the giveaway, will be announced May 1. The Gilbert moms, with more than 20 years of combined real estate experience in luxury home sales, property management, real estate investment, new home sales, resale, and short sales, began working together in summer 2012 to serve the East Valley. Listing agent and certified short sale specialist Courvisier, who was recently recognized at HomeSmart’s Annual Luncheon with the 2012 Diamond Club Award, manages the details of marketing a home, with free staging guidance, video tours, high end photos, open houses and more. “I love the excitement of real estate when someone closes on their home,” says Courvisier, an ASU graduate in supply chain management. “We had a client who literally was jumping up and down when we handed them the keys today.”

Buyer’s agent Haase, an Arizona native with a background in life coaching, guides first-time home buyers, move-up buyers and women in transition through the real estate process. “I love being a part of the process of helping someone find their new home, taking what they are asking for and finding it, helping to facilitate that change in someone’s life,” says Haase. “It was through my business dealings with Kelly and Tarasa that my husband and I recently listed our home with them, as well as utilized their services to find our dream home which is currently being built,” says client Tiffany Malcom, branch manager/escrow officer at Grand Canyon Title Agency, Inc. “I can’t say enough about these two. They are amazing at what they do and you won’t be disappointed.” The duo plans to do more monthly drawings in their newsletters, and most giveaways will support local and womanbased businesses. “We love to support local businesses, woman-owned business and moms in business,” adds Courvisier. “We like to be involved in the community, such as community garage sales, charity events and vendor events.” The pair eventually plans to expand their business and grow their team.

Realtors Kelly Courvisier and Tarasa Haase of East Valley Lifestyle Group. Submitted photo

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Hunt for treasures from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sat., April 13 at the Cooper Corners Community Garage Sale, located at Cooper and Ocotillo roads in south Chandler. Many household and children’s items, shabby chic decor, books, toys, new purses and clothing, bikes, movies, exercise equipment and antiques will be available for sale. The communitywide sale is coordinated by Haase and Courvisier, who will provide marketing and signs for the sale. Contact Courvisier and Haase at or 480-686-2122 to participate in the garage sale, to ask about their special discounted commission package when buying and selling a home and for their free, no obligation market report of your home. Visit EastValley-AZ-RealEstate. com to enter the iPad mini contest and for more information.

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Get heart smart at Mercy Gilbert A free heart seminar and screening is offered from 9 a.m. to noon Sat., April 6 in the McAuley Auditorium of Mercy Gilbert Medical Center’s Medical Office Building, 3420 S. Mercy Rd., Gilbert. The event will feature presentations by physicians about the latest treatments and procedures for heart issues and stroke prevention. Attendees can have their blood pressure, pulse/pulse ox, glucose and cholesterol checked for irregularities and will receive a voucher for a free EKG good at either Chandler Regional or Mercy Gilbert medical centers. A free continental breakfast will be provided. RSVP is requested at 480-728-5414. To learn more, visit or

Shredding party hosted by Netzel Financial Bring your private paperwork to be shredded for free at the Netzel Financial Seventh 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. No business shredding is permitted and no boxes are returned. “Have lunch on us and mingle while your private documents are chewed up into itsy-bitsy pieces by a professional shredding company on site,” says Diane Netzel of Netzel Financial. Visit or call 480-219-0657 for more information.



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EEC hosts Earth, Arbor Day, anniversary celebrations A combined Earth Day and Arbor Day celebration and fifth anniversary for the Environmental Education Center (EEC) is from 4 to 7 p.m. Fri., April 19 at Veterans Oasis Park, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. The free, family-friendly event is open to the public, and features educational hands-on activities, live animal presentations, food and beverage vendors, merchants and prize giveaways. A donation from the Weeders Garden Club will help commemorate Arbor Day. Inside the EEC, visitors can view photographs entered in the Center’s Second Annual Nature Photo Competition and vote for a People’s Choice award winner. An awards and

recognition ceremony for the winners will be held. For more information about the Environmental Education Center or Veterans Oasis Park, call 480-782-2890 or visit

Famous Dave’s hosts stuffed toy drive Now through Sun., April 7, Famous Dave’s is collecting plush “friends” and stuffed animals to supply law enforcement personnel throughout the state for comforting children in stressful situations. Famous Dave’s offers a free two-meat combination lunch meal for every new stuffed toy dropped off at any of its 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). “The supply of comfort bears has dwindled to a level never seen by the AHPA, and the need is greater than ever.” Visit Famous Dave’s at 3250 W. Frye Rd., Chandler and 2206 E. Williams Field Rd., Gilbert at SanTan Village to donate a stuffed toy. Go to and for more details.

Submit children’s literature by May 1 The deadline is nearing for the fourth annual Purple Dragonfly Book Awards contest, which recognizes excellence in children’s literature. Local authors with printed works still in print and electronic books are encouraged to submit their titles by May 1. The awards are divided into 35 distinct subject categories, with each category judged by industry experts with specific knowledge of that category. One overall grand prize winner will receive 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. 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, mention on Five Star Publications’ websites and placement in the Five Star Dragonfly Book Awards virtual bookstore. Second-place category winners receive a certificate commemorating their accomplishment and mention on Five Star Publications’ websites. Go to or email for contest rules and entry forms.

Pub quiz benefits students Test your trivia knowledge for prizes at Chandler-Tullamore Sister Cities’ next Pub Quiz from 6 to 9 p.m. Sun., April 21 at Coach & Willie’s, 1 E. Boston St., downtown Chandler. Topics include history, politics, entertainment and sports. Cost to participate is $15 per person; proceeds

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Adult programs abound at MCLD Celebrate Earth month with ‘Smart Living Expo’ Meetings on special topics and books, to films and fiber arts are in store at the Maricopa County Library District’s adult programming this month. The Smart Living Expo, a free informative exposition showcasing local businesses and organizations working to lessen the footprint on the environment, is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat., April 6 in Conference Room A at Southeast Regional Library, 775 N. Greenfield Rd., Gilbert. Displays, activities and workshops will be available for all ages. Residential solar basics will be discussed from 9 to 10 a.m. and again from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Energy and water efficiency is the topic from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and again from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Registration is requested for all Salt River Project workshops.

9330 E. Riggs Rd., Sun Lakes. Check at the library for this month’s title. Read and discuss fiction titles from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tue., April 16 in the Staff Conference Room at the Southeast Regional Library branch with the Bookends: Adult Fiction Discussion Group. This month’s title is “The Cat’s Table” by Michael Ondaatj. It’s about an 11-year-old boy in Colombo in the early 1950s who boards a ship bound for England. At mealtimes he is seated at the “cat’s table” — as far from the captain’s table as can be — with a ragtag group of “insignificant” adults and two other boys, Cassius and Ramadhin. As

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Rd., Gilbert. This month, read “Falling Together” by Marisa de los Santos, with a story that begins six years after Pen Calloway watched Cat and Will, her best friends from college, walk out of her life. Through the birth of her daughter, the death of her father and the vicissitudes of single motherhood, she has never stopped missing them. When, after years of silence, Cat – the bewitching, charismatic center of their group – urgently requests that the three meet at their college reunion, Pen can’t refuse. Instead of a happy reconciliation, what awaits is a collision of past and present that sends Pen and Will on a journey around the world, with Pen’s 5-year-old daughter and Cat’s hostile husband in tow. Participants in the Genre Discussion Group meet from 3 to 4 p.m. on Wed., April 24 in the Staff Conference Room at

Book clubs

Book enthusiasts have opportunities to join the conversation at one of Maricopa County Library District’s many discussions. Join a lively discussion of titles by debut authors at 10:30 a.m. Mon., April 8 during the Literary Book Group meeting in the Staff Conference Room at Southeast Regional Library. This month, read “Suspect” by Michael Robotham. The hunter becomes the hunted when an expert consultant in a baffling murder case becomes the prime suspect in Robotham’s debut thriller. Adult bookworms can join the Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion from 2 to 4 p.m. Wed., April 10 in the Lecky Center at Ed Robson Branch Library,

the ship makes its way across the Indian Ocean, through the Suez Canal into the Mediterranean, the boys tumble from one adventure to another. The Nonfiction Book Discussion Group meets from 3 to 5 p.m. Thu., April 18 in the Staff Conference Room at Southeast Regional Library for an active conversation of a nonfiction selection. This month’s title is “The Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age.” Join a lively discussion of titles by debut authors with the Adult Book Discussion Group at 10 a.m. Mon., April 22 in the Meeting Room at Perry Branch Library, 1965 E. Queen Creek

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Special meetings

Ed Robson Library branch manager Scott Sjolin hosts an informal chat about all things library from 11 a.m. to noon Tue., April 9 in the Lecky Center at Ed Robson Branch Library. Bring comments, questions and suggestions and get to know Sjolin and the library branch better. Adults can learn more about the Affordable Health Care Act during a


special talk, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wed., April 10 in Conference Room A at Southeast Regional Library. Registration is required. Beca Bailey, deaf specialist for the Arizona Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, is the guest speaker at the Hearing Loss Association of America’s meeting from 1 to 3 p.m. Thu., April 11 in the Lecky Center at Ed Robson Branch Library. Bailey will discuss the behavioral characteristics and components of deaf culture, communication tips and American Sign Language.

Fiber arts

Meet, mingle and yak about yarn with other local fiber enthusiasts at the Knit2gether group’s meeting from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thu., April 11 in the Staff Conference Room at Southeast Regional Library. All skill levels are welcome to have fun trading and sharing patterns, techniques and tips while creating and sharing all types of needlework projects. Join the fellowship of The Common Threads, a knitting and crocheting group that meets from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thu., April 11 and 25 in the Newsstand Room at Perry Branch Library. Enjoy fun, food and friendship while creating and sharing needlework projects. For more information on any of these programs, visit or call 602-652-3000.

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blocked off the whole dining room, the whole kitchen. That didn’t make sense to us, so we moved the bar off to the side. Now, whether you’re sitting at the bar or near the kitchen, you can see everything that’s going on.” Guests can dine on the outdoor patio or in the tasteful dining room, where the restaurant’s actual “table 49,” which seats 8 to 10, is positioned closest to the kitchen, “so diners can experience the times when things are hot and heavy and working,” explains Donna. “People enjoy that.” The food coming out of Table 49’s kitchen is enjoyable, as well. Chef Ryan creates all the sauces and dressings, and all the restaurant’s offerings, from appetizers to desserts, are made in-house.

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“We have a little bit of everything,” Donna says. “We have wonderful flat breads. We have some pasta from VaBene. We have amazing salads. Our sliders are out of this world – they’ve been going like hotcakes.” Table 49 also offers an extensive wine, cocktail and appetizer menu, making it “someplace where you can just have an appetizer and wine and enjoy yourself, or you can have a full-blown dinner.” “We want to be a restaurant where everyone feels comfortable, whether it’s a family, a couple of girlfriends, a business meeting or a special occasion,” Donna says. “At VaBene, I remember seeing kids from kindergarten, and now I’m doing their proms. It really makes us feel like we’re a part of their lives. That’s what we hope to eventually build up and have in Chandler.” Table 49, at 4949 S. Alma School

Rd., is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For information, call 480-895-2249. K. M. Lang lives and writes in Sun Groves. To contact her, email

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including a World War II B-17 bomber, “Sentimental Journey” and an SNJ advanced trainer similar to those based at many of the Valley’s airports during WWII. Tours inside the B-17 will be available for purchase for $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 5 to 12 and free for children under 5 years old. Rides on the B-17, plus the SNJ, an N2S and L-16 aircraft can be arranged by calling 602-448-9415. Aircraft displays will include helicopters, Stearmans, Cessnas, Pipers, Beachcraft, and experimental aircraft. Live entertainment will be provided by Uncorked-The Band, a Mesa act that plays a variety of rock, folk, country and Spanish music. The event will include an exhibit of classic cars, sports cars, hot rods and other unique automobiles. Admission and parking is free. Chandler Municipal Airport is owned and operated by the City and has been in operation since 1948 and is the 18th busiest general aviation airport in the country. Airport Dayz is organized by Chandler Air Service and the Chandler Airport Alliance to honor America’s war veterans and provide an opportunity for the public to visit Chandler’s airport and learn more about its businesses and the local aviation community. The winners of an airport poster contest for students grades K-6 will be announced at the event, with first place winners receiving a free airplane or helicopter ride over Chandler. For more information, call Chandler Air Service at 480-963-6420.


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April free class, kids Tai Chi Rotary raffle benefits youth

New students of Tao Healing Center are invited to try one free class in April. The center is located at 1840 W. Chandler Blvd., Suite D-7, Chandler, on the north side of Dobson Road. The center offers an array of classes to provide alternatives to medications for holistic healing and complete wellness, such as “Detox Yoga,” “Breathing & Meditation,” “Tao Tai Chi,” “Chair Yoga,” “Healing Yoga,” “Chakra Vibration,” “Sound Vibration,” “Collaborative Healing” and “Tao Diet.” Free classes are also available for disabled veterans, seniors older than 65 and children 16 years and younger year-round. From 1 to 2 p.m. beginning Sat., April 6, “Kids Tai Chi with Mom and Dad” will be offered every Saturday. This class, designed for kids 7 years or older, will help children enhance self-control, confidence and emotional stability. In each class, kids will practice “Heaven Tai Chi” together, ending with a public performance at the end of the year. The suggested donation is $10 per family. The Tao Healing Center provides training and education for holistic health and personal development through classes, workshops and personal coaching. The mission of the

KIDS TAI CHI: Kids can practice Tai Chi at Tao Healing Center beginning April 6, and demonstrate mastery with a public end-of-year “Heaven Tai Chi” performance. Submitted photo

Tao Healing Center is to provide guidance and education to people who seek an openminded, integrative and practical spiritual direction for changing their lives and creating a healthier and more balanced lifestyle. Tao Healing Centers is owned by the Tao Fellowship, a nonprofit organization, established in 1998 in Sedona, to educate the public about the principles and spiritual practices of Tao. For more information visit, call 480-786-6000 or email

Buy a raffle ticket for a chance to win golfthemed prizes totaling $10,000 in the San Tan Crown Rotary Club’s Spring Swing Raffle, sponsored by Western Broadband. All proceeds benefit local youth organizations such as ICAN, Basha High School, Fans Across America and Chandler Boys & Girls Club. Prizes include a golf resort getaway package, golf cart, golf clubs, green fees, golf shoes and apparel. Only 400 tickets will be sold. Tickets are $20 and on sale in the lobby at Western Broadband, 9666 E. Riggs Rd., Sun Lakes. Winning tickets will be drawn on Fri., April 12 under the tent in the parking lot outside Western Broadband. Any unsold tickets will be available at the event prior to the drawing. Free food will be served and

representatives from the youth organizations benefited will be available with information about their groups. San Tan Crown Rotary is the Sun Lakes afternoon Rotary club, and meets at 5:30 p.m. every first and third Thursday in the community meeting room at CGCC - Sun Lakes Community Center, 10440 E. Riggs Rd., Sun Lakes, on the northeast corner of Riggs and Alma School roads. For tickets, contact Tom Adamson at or 480-244-7765; Terry Lubsen at or 480-250-8159; or Paul Zimmerman at 480-802-4502. Visit for more information.

Play golf for kids’ hearts Expenses for families of children with congenital heart disease that are often not covered by many insurance policies include ambulance service, air evacuation, some prescription medications and travel and lodging for the family during heart surgeries that are not performed locally. Families seeking help have Nick & Kelly Children’s Heart Fund, which is holding a fundraising golf tournament Sat., April 27 at Arizona Golf Resort, 425 S. Power Rd., Mesa. Dan and Margaret Majetich lost their two children, Nick and Kelly, to congenital heart disease, and started the fund to help families financially, to send children ages 7 to 17 who have had heart surgery to camp and to host an annual symposium where pediatric


cardiologists and other medical professionals present the most current information on congenital heart disease diagnosis and treatment to Arizona heart patients and their families. The four-person team scramble golf registration includes lunch, awards and a silent auction featuring trips, hotel rooms, sports memorabilia, gift baskets and more for $100 per golfer. Sponsorships are available ranging from $100 to $5,000. According to a golf brochure, the Children’s Heart Fund has no paid administrators and is operated by volunteers, with 1% administrative costs. For more information and to register online, visit and click on events and news or email


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Spiritual Reflections An answered prayer bright and beautiful star’s light started to fade. After many long years of hoping for a baby star and being told it was impossible; God heard her sweet prayers and granted her a special gift. Wow, what a miracle this baby star was going to be and the bright and beautiful star’s light began to brighten once again. The bright and beautiful star was once again beaming for the entire galaxy to see. After some time, the baby star was born and the heavens began to sing and rejoice because of this special miracle!

The bright and beautiful star taught the little star how to sing and dance and play. The little star began to grow, and grow and grow. She knew God had a hand in guiding and protecting this special miracle that was given to her. She thanked the Heavenly Father for His greatness and her answered prayer. Laurel Pendle drew her inspiration for this children’s story from her only son, Devin. She is a consultant who plans Christian meetings and conventions worldwide and resides in San Tan Valley, with her family and rescue dog, Riley.

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Once upon a time there was a bright and beautiful star in the sky. This star wished she could have a baby star and what it would be like to love and nurture this amazing gift to become an adult star one day. She imagined singing and dancing with the baby star and giving it the tools to one day shine bright in the galaxy for all to see. Many moons had passed and this

Share your spiritual reflections... The spiritual leaders of SanTan Sun area churches, temples, mosques and other religious and spiritual gathering places are invited to contribute their Spiritual Reflections in essay format by sending their thoughts, enlightening insights and other writings of a spiritual nature to Be certain to put “Spiritual Reflections submission” in the subject line, and keep your articles around 200-300 words or they may be edited for length. Include your first and last name, title and facility name, address, phone number and website. Spiritual Reflections are printed on a space-available basis, and submission does not guarantee print. The opinions represented in this column are those of the author and not that of the SanTan Sun News.

Author Fred Ramsey lights it up A light lunch follows a talk about “Holy Smoke” author Fred Ramsey’s new book, after he delivers a morning message at 10:30 a.m. Sun., April 7 at Chandler Presbyterian Church, 1500 W. Germann Rd. He will also sign copies. For more details, call 480-963-3821.

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Gift certificates for dining, health care and beauty items, crafts, jewelry, pet care items, athletic and entertainment event tickets, sports equipment and more are part of the annual silent auction on Sat., April 13 at Temple Beth Sholom of the East Valley, 3400 N. Dobson Rd., Chandler. After Havdalah at 7:30 p.m., the auction will open at 8 p.m. in the Social Hall and continue until 11 p.m. There will be light refreshments and music. An adult event, the silent auction is free and open to the community. Childcare, snacks and age-appropriate activities will be provided on-site for a fee. For more information, call Leslie at 480-782-8450.


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Yoga instruction is Christ-centered Renew vows, have tea at CCC Increased knowledge of yoga is the goal of The Center for Living Well’s Yoga Ministry Leadership Training Program, which begins April 9. The training consists of five 38-hour modules, 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 can be done independently or in succession. “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,” says Dawn Rutledge, the executive director of The Center for Living Well. 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. To apply online, go to what-we-do/training, or email info@ to request information. For information, visit, or call 480-250-5967.

Catholic-born rabbi tells all

Hear 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. Rabbi Yosef Garcia, who didn’t discover his Jewish roots until a great uncle revealed it to him when he was 32 years old, was ordained a rabbi within a decade of learning it. He will talk about his journey of self-discovery and the important role he is playing in helping others to learn about their possible Jewish heritage. For more information, call co-presidents Adrian at 480-895-7312 or Ruth at 480-802-8901.

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The presence of married couples is requested at a ceremony to renew vows and recommit to one another at 6:30 p.m. Fri., April 12 at Chandler Christian Church, 1825 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler. Register at Spring is on the way and that means it’s time for the annual Spring Tea and Fashion show 10 a.m. to noon Sat., April 13 in the Worship Center. Sign up to host and decorate a table at

Pack food

A hands-on service project to feed tens of thousands in Haiti, Africa and Cambodia, where starvation

and malnutrition are rampant, needs volunteers of all ages to participate April 30 through May 4. Day and evening shifts are available. Approximately 300 meals can be packaged in two hours per participant. The food being packaged is a specially formulated, fast-cooking, rice-based combination of vitamins, soy, dehydrated vegetables and other nutrients that provide about 75% of a child’s daily requirement for a healthy diet in one serving. Lifeline Christian Ministries is partnering with the church for the project, which benefits orphans and families impacted by famine. Sign up at

Breathe in, breathe out An informational class on breathing management techniques is led by Dr. Mary Meadows from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Fri., April 12 at Unity of Chandler, 325 N. Austin Dr., Suite #4, Chandler. Breathing techniques can help manage pain, clear negative thoughts, release stress and more. A $10 to $20 donation is recommended to attend. For more information, email or visit

DEEP BREATHS: Dr. Mary Meadows teaches how to breathe in a class offered at Unity of Chandler. Submitted photo

Silent Auction

Saturday, April 13 from 7:30 – 11 p.m. After Havdalah at 7:30 p.m., the auction will open at 8 p.m. in the Social Hall and continue until 11 p.m. Auction items include gift certificates for dining, healthcare and beauty items, crafts, jewelry, pet care items, athletic and entertainment event tickets, sports equipment, and more. There will be light refreshments and music. An adult event, the Silent Auction is free and open to the community. Childcare, snacks and age appropriate activities will be provided on site for a fee. For more information, call Leslie at 480-782-8450.

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Shoeboxes from little hands help homeless

GIVE INSTEAD OF RECEIVE: The preschoolers of Ray of Light Christian Preschool, along with their parents, packed a box for another family in need this Easter. The boxes were filled with various toiletry items and were sent to Scottsdale-based Shoebox Ministries, which will distribute the boxes to homeless shelters throughout the Valley. This is the 10th year the school has done the project to help the homeless and to teach children compassion. For more information about Ray of Light Christian Preschool, visit or call 480-963-6105 ext. 211. Submitted photo


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Four churches share one building Sundays are busy at the church on Cooper Road south of Chandler Boulevard next to the Ken “Chief” Hill Learning Academy. From 9:30 a.m. to as late as 9 p.m. worship is being conducted or prepared. Four churches – Congregational, Calvary, Korean and Pentecostal – call the building at 240 S. Cooper Rd., Chandler, home. The Congregational Church of the Valley has been here for 30 years worshipping at 9:30 a.m. A few years ago, Living Water of the Valley wanted to expand its location from Phoenix and began to use the building Sunday evenings at 6 p.m. and Thursdays at 7 p.m. About a year ago, the Korean Eden Evangelical church began to use the church at 2 p.m. Then, Calvary Chapel Chandler lost the use of its building and needed a place to worship, making this building its more permanent home and meeting on Sundays at 11 a.m. and Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Mondays are quiet, but the week really begins with early prayer for the Korean Church most mornings, Tuesday Bible study at 9 a.m. for the Congregational Church, community choir at 6 p.m. most Tuesdays, Wednesday Bible study for Calvary at 7 p.m., ladies Bible study for Calvary on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. and Living Water Bible study at 7 p.m. Other groups and studies also fill the building. “It makes for good use of the building,” says Pastor Lafe Murray. “It

has been helpful to all involved from a lot of perspectives, mostly financial. Spiritually, it has been good as the churches each love Christ and want to grow. Before all of this, the building wasn’t used much and the costs were high for the Congregational Church. Now, everyone shares more of the needs of maintaining a building, as all four churches clean, landscape, arrange and make sure the building is secure and thermostats set appropriately.” The Congregational Church is a historic, traditional church with a contemporary flavor such as women leaders, relevant preaching and teaching, relaxed dress and fellowship times. Calvary Chapel is contemporary in its worship with strong Bible teaching and ministry to all ages. Korean Eden, where half the congregation are children, features a woman pastor with strong prayer ministry. Living Water features extended contemporary worship, with exhortative preaching and prophetic ministry. Murray notes that while all four churches may not agree on everything, they pray for each other and the pastors know each other. Events are sometimes done together, and each church functions independently. “Find a flavor that you favor, and pray for us that God will grace each church with growth spiritually and as a family,” says Murray. “We are all small and there is a place for you.”


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April 6 – 19, 2013

Chandler pastor deploying for 6 months

Sisterhood makes music key

Pray with Pastor Mike Sproul on the last Sunday before he leaves for a deployment with the U.S. Air Force, 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sun., April 14 FREEDOM OF at Tri-City Baptist RELIGION: Air Guard Church Ministries, Chaplain Mike Sproul, 2211 W. Germann pastor of Tri-City Rd., Chandler. Baptist Church in During the Chandler, prepares for six-month deployment. morning service the church Submitted photo leadership will have a special dedication, and after the evening service the church is throwing a goodbye party and also celebrating Sproul’s 50th birthday. An Air Guard chaplain, Sproul is senior chaplain of the 161st Air Refueling Wing at Sky Harbor International Airport. He deploys April 14 for six months to serve as the senior chaplain at the Manas Transit Center in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Last winter, he deployed for three months. “People just need someone to talk to about marriage problems, money problems, job problems,” he says. “That’s a big part of a chaplain’s ministry, formal and informal counseling.” Sproul says he was always fascinated with the military but also felt called to the ministry. In 1991 he had the

The outreach program of the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) visits the Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation Sisterhood, 1 p.m. Thu., April 18 in the Chapel Center in Sun Lakes. The program is open to the public and refreshments are served. Liv Merchant with the MIM will have information on the museum.

Goodbye party after evening service

opportunity to merge his two passions by becoming an Air Force chaplain. After five years on active duty, he moved to the reserves so he could become the senior

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Donations of toys

Donations for the Sisterhood’s ongoing “Toys from the Heart” Program, which provides holiday gifts to the kindergarten classes at Frye Elementary School every

PREACHING FROM THE FIELD: Air Guard Chaplain Mike Sproul preaches remotely during his previous deployment. Submitted photo

pastor at Tri-City, his childhood church. “I will still be connected to my members and staff through email, Facebook and Twitter, and will be able to attend meetings remotely,” he says, noting that he plans to preach through Fusebox a few times during his stay in Kyrgyzstan. The church has served the East Valley for more than 40 years, with an emphasis on relationships, discipleship and truth. Pastor Brad Smith will fill in at Tri-City Baptist during Sproul’s absence. For more information, visit or call 480-245-7900.


year, 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. Last year the Sisterhood was able to distribute toys to more than 100 children.

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Note cards are for sale at all Sisterhood meetings for $10 for a packet of 10. For more information, call Marilyn at 480940-1916. Comments and suggestions are welcomed by the co-presidents. Call Carol at 480-895-3168 or Geri at 480-305-0123.



April 6 – 19, 2013

Teens headline fundraiser at CCA Water dances, Cinderella ballet on stage

Teen musicians and dancers from around the Valley and some nationally known local professional bands will rock the stage during the Starbright Foundation’s Teen Talent Fest 2013, 6 to 8 p.m. Sat., April 6 at the Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. This inaugural variety show benefits the Starbright Foundation, a local charity that serves children caught in abuse. Performances include local talent such as Arrowheart, dancers from Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock Teen Center in Phoenix and more. SanTan Sun area youth band Lane Change will donate its time and talent to the Starbright Foundation’s Talent Fest as well. The four teenagers who 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. Visit or to learn more about the band and its upcoming performance schedule.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at or by calling the box office at 480-782-2680. The Starbright Foundation focuses on rescuing children between the ages of birth to 18 from human trafficking in Arizona. For additional information, visit the Starbright website at starbrightfoundation. org or contact Nicole at 480363-0814.

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“Dreaming in Water” is a new sensory showcase of film and movement from Scorpius Dance Theatre. The story is told

GET WET: Scorpius Dance Theatre performs at CCA with a water theme. Submitted photo

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through the eyes of a young boy’s imagination and explores water as a common and powerful dream symbol. “Dreaming in Water” is performed at 3 and 8 p.m. on Sat., April 13 at CCA. The performance showcases all new choreography, original underwater filming by Josh Kasselman and Stephanie Lucas, with original lighting design by Mike Eddy. Tickets are $26 to $36 plus fees. For more, visit

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The classic fairytale of a downtrodden but kindhearted girl who becomes a princess comes to CCA Sat., April 27 and Sun., April 28. With rich sets and costumes and original choreography set to Prokofiev’s score, Ballet Etudes’ fan-favorite production of “Cinderella” is sure to leave attendees believing in magic. Backstage tours are offered following most performances. Tickets are $15 and $20. Visit or call 480-782-2680 for tickets and information.

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Costumed characters play laser tag

A charity laser tag tournament involving Phoenix Comicon, local fan clubs and the general public will take place noon to 4 p.m. Sat., April 13 in the Urban Arena Laser Tag at UltraStar Multi-tainment Center at Ak-Chin Circle, 16000 Maricopa Road in Maricopa. Costumed characters, from such franchises as Star Wars, Star Trek and others, will come together for a children’s charity know as Kids Need to Read, which works to create a culture of reading for children by providing inspiring books to underfunded schools, libraries and literacy programs across the United States, especially those serving disadvantaged children. To learn more, visit To sign up for the event as an individual or group, visit or email or choltz@phoenixmarketingassociates. com. For more information on UltraStar Multi-tainment Center at Ak-Chin Circle, visit

Reception honors student art, writing

A reception celebrates the students who submitted work to the 2013 Chandler-Tullamore Sister Cities’ Young Authors & Artists Showcase from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Fri., April 19 at Vision Gallery, 10 E. Chicago St., downtown Chandler. Students submitted artwork, essays and poems for the 2013 Showcase, themed “The Power of Exchange.” One winning essay, one poem and one art work from Chandler will be submitted to the international competition for a chance to win the overall competition and be featured at the SCI Annual Conference in July in San Antonio, TX. For more information, visit


April 6 – 19, 2013


Hohokam exhibit at Chandler Museum Art studio open house aids LBGTQ youth

Open mic, froyo benefit theatre kids

Chandler artists John Gleason and Jacque Keller of Quantum Art, Inc. are hosting a special Open Studio show benefiting local nonprofit one•n•ten. The event takes place from 1 to 5 p.m. Sat., April 13 in their home studio, located at 371 N. Carriage Ln., Chandler. Gleason and Keller are nationally known artists who continue their philanthropic efforts through art. During the Open Studio Show, and continuing for 60 days afterward, 20% of all sales are being donated to one•n•ten. Financial contributions also can be made during the show directly to the nonprofit group, whose mission is to serve LGBTQ youth and young adults by providing social and service programs that promote self-expression, self-acceptance, leadership development and healthy life choices. To learn more about one•n•ten visit There is no admission charge for the Open Studio show. Refreshments will be served. For more information about the artists, call 480-216-0450 or go to

Hamilton High School’s Theatre Department has teamed with local frozen yogurt purveyor Frio Mio to present a special benefit night 5 to 9 p.m. Sat., April 20 at Frio Mio Frozen Yogurt, 4991 S. Alma School Rd. in Chandler. The shop is located in the Fulton Ranch Promenade. Shop owner Geoff Roehrick will contribute 50% of the night’s proceeds to the theatre club. In addition, there will be an open mic event from 7 to 9 p.m., and all who sign up to participate will receive a complimentary Frio Mio gift card. There also will be a chance to win a door prize for all who stop by that evening. Financial contributions to the theatre club will be accepted on-site. For more information or to sign up in advance for the open mic event, call Roehrick at 480-6090007 or email gbak_r@yahoo. com. Each participant will be given approximately five minutes. If a lot of people sign up, the open mic event will be extended to 9:30 p.m.

WATER LESSONS: A new exhibit at the Chandler Museum explores water use in the Salt River Valley over the last 2,000 years, paying particular attention to water management lessons learned from the Hohokam, the pre-historic people who lived in the region. Photo courtesy of the Chandler Museum

Is the water supply in the Valley sustainable for the near future? What about for the next 1,000 years? These are just a few of the questions asked in the new exhibit, “Choosing a Future with Water: Lessons from the Hohokam,” on view now at the Chandler Museum, 300 S. Chandler Village Dr., Chandler. The museum is in the historic McCullough-Price House southwest of Chandler Fashion Center. This exhibit explores water use in the Salt River Valley over the last 2,000 years, and questions the sustainability of an overpopulated desert culture. By examining the Hohokam, the pre-historic people who lived in the region, the exhibit focuses on water management and possible contributors to societal collapse.

Turning to more recent and local water management, the exhibit examines Dr. A.J. Chandler’s effort to green the desert more than 100 years ago, and asks what lessons modern-day residents can learn from the town founder and apply to our own water choices. Exhibit visitors will also have the unique opportunity to view a 4,000-year-old tree ring, which documents rainfall in the Valley over four millennia. “Choosing a Future with Water: Lessons from the Hohokam” is on view through July 27. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit or call 480-7822717. View the online version of the exhibit at


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Enjoy jazz ‘Little Mermaid Jr.’ closes April 7 Caliendo with brunch headlines new Tempe Improv JAZZY BITES: Sleepy Dog Pub & Bistro in Gilbert introduces a new weekly jazz brunch featuring a jazz trio and special menu. Submitted photo

Jazzing up the weekend just became a regular event at the Sleepy Dog Pub & Bistro as it introduces a weekly jazz brunch beginning at 9 a.m. each Sunday at 1451 E. Williams Field Rd., Gilbert. The Aebi/Coulson/Nistico Jazz Trio will play from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays inside the restaurant, although those who choose to sit on the patio and enjoy the spring mornings will still be able to hear the music. In addition, Sleepy Dog has created a special Sunday brunch menu, with several new additions. Reservations are recommended by calling 480-963-1805. To view the menu online, visit

UNDER THE SEA: Belemi Thompson stars as Flounder and Emma Welch swims along as Ariel in Disney’s “The Little Mermaid Jr.,” on stage through April 7 at the Mesa Arts Center. Photo courtesy of Studio 3 Performing Arts

Life above the ocean’s surface proves too irresistible to a precocious mermaid in Studio 3 Performing Arts’ production of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid Jr.,” on stage through April 7 in the Nesbitt Elliott Playhouse at the Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa. Under the direction of Emma England, this experienced cast will bring awardwinning choreography, strong vocals and colorful costumes to create a delightful show for the entire family. Adapted from Disney’s 2008 Broadway production, “The Little Mermaid Jr.,” a one-act play, features

the hit songs “Part of Your World,” “She’s in Love” and the Oscar-winning “Under the Sea.” Final performances are set for noon, 3:30 and 7 p.m. Sat., April 6 and 2:30 p.m. Sun., April 7. Ticket prices are $13 and $15. Call the Mesa Arts Center box office at 480-644-6500 or visit Gilbert-based Studio 3 Performing Arts Academy provides many learning opportunities, including weekly classes in dance, drama, voice and instruments. For more information, visit studio3arts. com or call 480-545-1492.

After several months of extensive renovations, the Tempe Improv will once again open its doors and unveil its state-of-the-art transformation on April 19, when it hosts local favorite and master impressionist Frank Caliendo Frank Caliendo of FOX-TV’s “NFL Sunday” and “MADtv.” Caliendo will perform through April 21. Show times are 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday, 7 and 10 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $35 and on sale now. Located in the heart of Tempe at the Cornerstone Mall, the Improv, which first opened in 1988, will continue to host the biggest names in comedy in 2013, including Pablo Francisco, Kevin Nealon, Carlos Mencia and other acts. The club, under new ownership, will feature a full-service upscale bar in the balcony with a VIP area for hosting private events, as well as wall-to-wall renovations throughout the club that bring a fresh and contemporary feel. For tickets, show times, a full schedule of upcoming acts and more information, visit


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Multimedia artists Joan Baron and Laurie Lundquist host a free Family Art Workshop from noon to 2 p.m. Sat., April 20 in the Native Seeds Gallery, Tempe Center For the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe. Baron and Lundquist will create small, recycled artworks with plastic bottles and native seeds with participants, who can later take the seeds home to plant. The artists have created an installation called “In Seeds We Trust.” They describe the process of seed saving and sharing as a potent connection a fresh, seasonally grown healthy food source. Both artists work professionally in the public art realm and are self-described

Family and friends are the focus for the San Tan Orchestra as it presents the “Bring a Friend Concert,” with works by Johann Sebastian Bach and Samuel Barber, 7:30 p.m. Fri., April 19, at Victory Lutheran Church, 5946 E. University Dr., Mesa. The event will feature Cynthia Baker on violin and Suzanne Johnsen on oboe, along with soprano Cynthia Elek. Orchestra conductor Katherine Shields says the concert’s theme was inspired by a national movement annually in

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April called TAFTO – “Take a Friend to the Orchestra.” The concert will open with a piece entitled, “exclamare vociferatiónis,” written especially for the San Tan Orchestra by Zachary Bramble, an ASU music school graduate. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for advance group sales of 10 or more and $5 for youths/students. They are available at the door or online at For more information, email or call 480-297-7552.

Top Broadway shows come to Valley New subscriptions go on sale May 13 for the Broadway Across America – Arizona 2013-14 series at ASU Gammage, now in its 23rd season and featuring a seven-show series and three special engagements. The Broadway Across America series will bring some of the biggest Broadway hits to town including “Evita,” The Gershwins’ “Porgy & Bess” and Disney’s “The Lion King.” ASU Gammage subscribers get the best seats at the best price. Additionally, season subscribers get exclusive benefits, including flexible payment and ticket exchange options, advance purchase

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Enjoy art among the olives

OILS AND OLIVES: Art enthusiasts browse the displays of fine arts during the “Art in the Olive Grove” show at the Olive Mill in Queen Creek. Photo courtesy of Artists of the Superstitions

Enjoy fine art spread among a lush olive grove during the Artists of the Superstitions’ spring show “Art in the Olive Grove,” 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sun., April 7 at the Olive Mill, 25062 S. Meridian Rd., Queen Creek.

The 30 artists in the show will display a diverse selection of art including paintings, jewelry, photography, woodworking, glass, ceramics, gourds and more. In addition to the art show there will be entertainment and wine tasting in the grassy area by the Olive Mill buildings. Admission to the art show is free to the public. Tours of the Olive Mill are available to see the oil making and bottling process, for a fee. There also is a restaurant and gift shop available for purchases. For details, call the Olive Mill at 480-888-9290. For more information about the art show, visit or email

Not exactly ‘men in tights’ Affectionately known as “The Trocks,” Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo has entertained audiences for more than 30 years and established itself as a major dance phenomenon throughout the world. The company will perform 8 p.m. Fri., April 19 at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia G. Piper Theater, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale. Putting a new spin on the art of dance, the all-male company performs faithful renditions of the most celebrated works – from romantic ballets like “Swan Lake” to the modern masterpieces of Martha Graham – fabulously costumed and delicately balanced en pointe. With grace, charm and comic genius, The Trocks bring to life the heroic characters and plots of

DANCING QUEENS: Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, also know as The Trocks, is an all-male company that performs renditions of the most celebrated works. Submitted photo by Sascha Rene Vaughan

these works. Tickets are $49 to $79. For more information, call the box office at 480-499-8587 or go to

Arts Chronicles Jesse Armstrong of Chandler, a ceramic artist, is one of seven Valley artists chosen to create art pieces for the awards presented to honorees at the 32nd Governor’s Arts Awards, held recently at Herberger Theater Center

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On stage Venue index

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. Second St., Scottsdale Box office: 480-499-8587, SMoCA – Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art 7373 E. Second St., Scottsdale Info: 480-499-TKTS, scottsdaleperformingarts. org/smoca-events.php TAS – Theatre Artists Studio 4848 E. Cactus Rd., Suite 406, Scottsdale Tickets: 602-765-0120, TCA – Tempe Center for the Arts Gallery; Studio 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe Tickets: 480-350-2822, VYT – Valley Youth Theatre 525 N. First St., Phoenix Tickets: 602-253-8188, ext. 2,

ASUG – ASU Gammage 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe Tickets: 480-965-3434, CPJHC – Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center 122 E. Culver St., Phoenix Info: 602-241-7870, CSCC – The Comedy Spot Comedy Club 7117 E. Third Ave., Scottsdale Info: 480-945-4422, DST – Desert Stages Theatre AC – Actor’s Café 4720 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale Tickets: 480-483-1664, MAC – Mesa Arts Center Ikeda – Ikeda Theater; Piper – Piper Theater 1 E. Main St., Mesa Tickets: 480-644-6500, QCPAC – Queen Creek Performing Arts Center 22149 E. Ocotillo Rd., Queen Creek Box office: 480-987-7469,


On stage “They Chose Me!” through April 21, VYT. Arizona musical premiere about adoption as seen through the eyes of children. Shows are Friday through Sunday; times vary. “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 and storytelling. “Anything Goes,” through April 13, QCPAC. Anything but your typical boy-meets-girl story, this is a roller-coaster ride of twists and turns that will make you dizzy with laughter. Topped off with a host of Cole Porter songs like, “Friendship,” “I Get A Kick Out of You” and “You’re The Top.” “Spring Awakening,” through April 21, MAC. Adapted from Frank Wedekind’s 1891 expressionist play about the trials, tears and exhilaration of the teen years. Due to adult language and themes, this show is intended for mature audiences only. Presented by Mesa Encore Theatre. “Recipe for Disaster!” April 6-14, TCA Studio. Presented by Childsplay. Two “master” chefs’ constant arguing makes a mess of an important exam for a struggling young apprentice. Culinary chaos ensues, as one chef struggles to top the other and the apprentice tries desperately to convince them to put down their spatulas and work together. For ages 5 and older. “She Stoops to Conquer,” April 11-27, MAC. Presented by the Southwest Shakespeare Company. Old Hardcastle, a man of means, looks to marry off his daughter to his old

STRING MEN: Young Croatian cellists Stjepan Hauser, left, and Luka Sulic, known as 2CELLOS, achieved sensational success by breaking the boundaries between different genres of music. They will be at the Mesa Arts Center on Fri., April 19. Submitted photo by Dean Bertoncelj

pal’s son. But, when two male suitors arrive, troublemaker Tony Lumpkin plays a practical joke and the Hardcastle household is launched into a dizzying and deliciously preposterous romp of mistaken identities. “Legally Blonde: The Musical,” April 12-May 11, DST. Presented by Cullity Hall Productions. The blonde and beautiful Elle Woods has the world on a string until her boyfriend, Warner, dumps her. A demolished-turned-determined Elle emerges on a mission and follows him to Harvard Law School to win back his heart. Shows are Fridays through Sundays.

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Comedian Big Jake Oakerson, April 12-14, CSCC. Oakerson’s story-based style of stand-up comedy got its start after a series of dead-end jobs, including driving strippers and escorts around his hometown of Philly. Now the New York City resident has made comedy his fulltime job, flooring audiences with true tales of odd threesomes and bizarre sexual encounters. “Great Falls,” April 12-28, TAS. A man and his stepdaughter drive across the west in an attempt to salvage trust and understanding. Their journey, both geographical and emotional, includes personal stories of disappointment and betrayal, but there is hope that they can find forgiveness and acceptance and move toward the reconciliation they both desperately need. Drumatic Dialogues, 7:30 p.m. Mon., April 15, SCPA – VGPT. ASU’s Contemporary Percussion Ensemble presents a program of exotic rhythms and vibrant colors, tracing the history of percussion from the 1920s to the present. “Sugihara: A Conspiracy of Kindness,” 7 p.m. Tues., April 16, CPJHC. A free documentary film screening. In the fall of 1939, in the face of the Nazi onslaught, Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara made a decision that would change his life and thousands of others. With no possible hope for reward and at great risk to his family and career, he used his diplomatic power to rescue desperate Jewish refugees. Jeff Bridges & The Abiders, 7:30 p.m. Thu., April 18, MAC – Ikeda. After winning the Academy Award for his performance as Bad Blake in “Crazy Heart,” the ever-charismatic Jeff Bridges returns to play live to more popular and critical acclaim. 2CELLOS, 7:30 p.m. Fri., April 19, MAC – Piper. Former cello rivals Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser joined forces in January 2011

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uploading a unique cello version of “Smooth Criminal” by Michael Jackson onto YouTube. Within just a few weeks, their video became a viral sensation, receiving over 5 million views. A month later, 2CELLOS signed a record deal with Sony Masterworks. Dionne Warwick, 8 p.m. Sat., April 20, SCPA. Celebrating her 50th anniversary in music, Warwick has had nearly 60 charted hits, starting with her 1962 recording debut, “Don’t Make Me Over.” Bill T. Jones and the Arnie Zane Dance Company, 7 p.m. Sat., April 20, ASUG. This year’s performance features live musicians, as the company presents the Classical Music Program applying Jones’s inventive choreography to some of the most important Western musical works of our time, including compositions by Mendelssohn and Mozart. Film: “Paolo Soleri, Beyond Form,” 4 p.m. Sat., April 20, SMoCA, Stage 2 Theatre. No Festival Required presents this film followed by a special tour of the exhibit “Paolo Soleri: Mesa City to Arcosanti,” with Tomiaki Tamura & Roger Tomalty from Cosanti Foundation and Assistant Curator Claire C. Carter. Tickets are $7. “A Wrinkle in Time,” Childsplay, April 21-May 26, TCA. Meg, her precocious younger brother, Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin find themselves in the middle of a fantastic adventure, traveling through space and time to save her father and – quite possibly – the world. For ages 8 and older. David Sedaris, 7:30 p.m. Thu., April 25, ASUG. Slicing through cultural euphemisms and political correctness, Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today.



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

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

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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) - 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:

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FINISHING TOUCH INDEPENDENT OWNER expanding 17 year Cleaning Service in Chandler and Gilbert. METICULOUS, w/an EYE 4 DETAIL, we provide the \”FINISHING TOUCH\” in your home CONSISTANTLY with every cleaning. XLNT long term Client References available. We love Pets! Call Rita 480-250-9744.

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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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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




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

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.

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




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 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.

PROFESSIONAL LANDSCAPING Weekly-Bi-Weekly-Monthly -General Clean-ups -Lawn Maintenance -Trimming -Drip/Sprinkler Repair -Lawn Care -Fertilizing -Weed Control -Tree/Shrub Care -Flowers/Garden Beds 480-206-0291.

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TRAILER ON 2.2 ACRES Hidden Valley in Maricopa, Az. Horse property, Beautiful views. For Sale or Lease To Own. $60,000. 520-568-3811.


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.

Great Home2490 S. Apache, Chandler 85248, Alma School S. of Germann. 3 bedroom + a loft, 2.5 baths. Large block fenced back yard. All bedrooms up stairs. 2 car garage. Includes all appliances, washer/dryer and refrigerator. Move in ready now. $1295 month, $1,000 security deposit. Alma School south of Germann. Close to freeways, great shopping close by. Call Rhonda 602-402-9991.




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

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

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



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.

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Where to Eat

April 6 – 19, 2013


Louisiana Style BBQ and Authentic Cajun Food

GRAND OPENING FRIDAY, APRIL 19 Tuesday Wednesday Gumbo Specials


Any PoBoy and Pint $9

Live Music and All-you-can-eat Fish Fry Karaoke begins April 20th: every Saturday 7-11 p.m.

4920 S Gilbert Rd • Chandler • 480-963-2170 Gilbert Rd & Chandler Heights in the Bashas’ Shopping Center

Dueling Pianos: Apri l 27 • May 11 • May 18

Where to Eat

April 6 – 19, 2013







April 6 – 19, 2013

Where to Eat

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




Where to Eat

April 6 – 19, 2013



Where to Eat

April 6 – 19, 2013


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JUST $139,400 AND LOADED WITH EXTRAS! This home boasts 3 Bdrs, a Den, 2 Baths, 2 Car Garage and a Split Floor Plan w/ a wide open Great Room. The kitchen is perfect for entertaining w/ Oak Cabinets, and tons of counter space. Located near the Heated Community Pool and in San Tan Valley.

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2,838 SQ FT THAT'S UNDER $225,000! This spacious 4 Bdr, 2.5 Bath home is located in a quiet Mesa neighborhood and boasts a Huge Game Room, Covered Patio, Built-In BBQ and a Private Pool w/ separate water pond and waterfall, perfect for beating the Arizona heat.

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Not just another 3 Bdr, 2 Bath property. This Cul-De-Sac home boasts a Split-Master and a Salt-Water Pool in the backyard. Tiled, Carpeted and Wired for Surround Sound, making this the perfect home for entertaining. The Huge Great Room opens to a large Island Kitchen w/ Bayed Breakfast Area, SS Appliances, and W/I Pantry. Just $265,000!

Located just minutes from the San Tan 202, this beautiful Gilbert home is complete with 3 Huge Bdrs and Island Kitchen w/ Granite Counters, Maple Cabinets and SS Appliances. Landscaped Backyard includes a private covered patio and balcony. Washer and Dryer Included. Just $209,900!

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This beautiful home, located in an equestrian community, features a Great Room floor plan w/ tile flooring, Formal Dining Room and Family Room w/ Fireplace and Entertainment Niche. The Island Kitchen has a W/I Pantry and plenty of counterspace. Best of all, the backyard features a fenced horse area and ramada. In Queen Creek.

This split bedroom floor plan features 4 Bdrs, 3 Baths, a cozy fireplace in an Open Great Room, Jack n Jill bathroom & freshly painted w/ custom shutters throughout. Just $420,000 making this the least expensive home in this Premiere Subdivision!

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THIS CLEMENTE RANCH HOME WON’T LAST LONG! Immaculate split floor plan boasts ceiling fans in all 4 Bdrs, 2 Baths with jetted tub in the master, Solar Screens on all windows and an open Island Kitchen w/ Granite Counters and SS Appliances. The Private Pebble Tech Pool features a new filter, infloor cleaning system and a Solar Heater. $345,000 in Chandler!

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There’s not much you’ll have to do because the owners have done it for you. Just painted, fully landscaped and equipped w/ 4 Bdr, 2.5 Baths, huge Open Kitchen, Big Bayed Breakfast Room all overlooking a sparkling Pool and no rear neighbors. In Queen Creek.

This premium corner lot home features 3 Bdrs, 2.5 Baths, 20” Tile, SS Appliances and includes Gas Range, Refrigerator, Washer and Dryer. The backyard is beautifully landscaped and the community features Sand Volleyball, Community Pool and Picnic Area.

These gorgeous Hacienda styled residences are on 1/2 acre lots and offer 3,680 SQ FT, 4 bedrooms, a study, 4.5 Baths, 4 car garages, a split master and split guest area. Everyone will share the elegance and relish the privacy. Just $564,950!

You’ll just fall in love with your new 3,512 SQ FT 5 Bdr, 3 Baths nestled in a quiet 1/2 acre Cul-De-Sac homesite. Custom hardwood floors, cozy fireplace, Formal Dining and a great kitchen makes you feel right at home. RV Gates, big lush lawns, oversized Pool, Gazebo and Covered Veranda at $459,000!

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2,118 SQ FT W/POOL AT $250,000!

Built by one of the top custom home builders in the East Valley, this home rests on a 23,504 SQ FT Cul-De-Sac lot and features R27 Walls, 19 Seer A/Cs, Faux Finishes, Stone and Wood floors and more features than most $2 Million homes! $950,000.

LOWEST PRICED 4 BDR, 3 BATH W/ 3 FULL CAR GARAGE HOME IN ALL OF CHANDLER/GILBERT! You’re going to love the lush landscaping surrounding this wonderful home w/ a Huge island kitchen, granite counters, fresh paint, new fixtures, a full bedroom and bath downstairs, a loft and a balcony over a full length covered patio all for $254,900!

This recently updated home includes formal Living, Family and Dining Rooms and Vaulted Ceilings. The spacious Island, Eat-In Kitchen features a Gas Stove and Pantry. Relax and cool off in your Private Pebble Tech Pool surrounded by low maintenance desert landscaping. In Chandler!

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

Santan Sun News 4-6-13 Issue  

Santan Sun News 4-6-13

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