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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

18 years of age or older by May 29, 2013, and only one registration per candidate or proxy is allowed. Candidates must be legally eligible to work in the U.S. The following original documents or copies must be provided by candidates or their proxies at the time of registration: completed multicity test registration form; candidate’s current valid driver’s license; candidate’s current, valid paramedic or emergency medical technician certificate for the State of Arizona or National Registry, or proof of paid enrollment in an upcoming EMT class; and the candidate’s U.S. Department of Defense Form 214, if applicable. By joining forces and splitting the costs on the multi-city firefighter recruitment and testing process, each of the three fire departments will pay approximately $16,000, which is a significant cost savings for each city. The three departments also conducted a joint recruitment in 2010. The multi-city registration form, along with a list of required documents to bring to the registration event, a map of the event site and a list of frequently asked questions is available online at


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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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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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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 480-963-1084.

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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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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

I SPY: Extremely hot days and odd-looking cars covered with camouflage await participants in Brenda Priddy’s Spy Camp. Submitted photo


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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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