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Outlet mall impacting East Valley by Miriam Van Scott

Though Phoenix Premium Outlets—a massive discount mall adjacent to Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino—opened its doors in early April, the mega-plaza is already having a significant impact on the SanTan Sun area’s economy. With 360,000 square feet of retail space and 90 stores including such industry giants as Nike, The Gap, Guess, Coach, Chico’s, Perry Ellis, Levi’s, DKNY and Brooks Brothers, the mall is providing a wealth of shopping options and employment opportunities. “We anticipate Phoenix Premium Outlets will draw about 5 million visitors per year and provide 800 full- and part-time jobs,” says Marketing and Business Development Director Jennifer Dennison. “Phase 1 currently offers 90 stores and shops and we are looking at more down the road.” Property owner Simon Property Group, a commercial see MALL page 6

Guess and Tommy Bahama are two of the many choices shoppers have at Phoenix Premium Outlets. Submitted photo

New solar panels, covered parking at Tumbleweed Recreation Center by tracy house

POWER ON: The construction finished on solar panels and carports in January—It was in February that SRP and SolarCity were able to commission the actual installation and turn it on to make sure everything would work properly. Submitted photo

NATURE NEAR SUNSET: Warm spring weather makes late-day hikes popular at S. Chandler’s Veterans Oasis Park. Photo by Ron Lang

As the sun’s rays start to heat up the temperature in Chandler, customers at Tumbleweed Recreation Center are utilizing the newly built covered parking structure. Besides providing a shaded area to prevent the sun from turning cars into ovens, the structure is also providing cost saving solar energy for the center. Construction began in fall of 2012 and was finished in January. Marian Norris, assistant to the city manager of Chandler explains that Chandler contracted with SolarCity to install the covered parking and solar panels and that SolarCity actually owns and operates the equipment. Chandler benefits from the solar energy that is generated which offsets the energy that is utilized by the recreation center. The city paid upfront for the electricity the solar panels will produce over the next 20 years—a guarantee of more than 18 million kilowatt hours that will be generated by the solar array. see Solar Panels page 7

Heartache leads to heart camp memories by K.M. Lang

Camp is a summer highlight for many children, and Sun Groves resident Noah Sherman, 8, is no exception. The Navarrete Elementary third grader is already gearing up for his third trip to camp in August, when he plans to improve his archery skills, play his favorite ball game, “gaga”—and compare surgery scars with fellow campers, all of whom, like him, have a heart condition. “I remember thinking when Noah was a baby that I couldn’t imagine him ever going to camp so far away from me,” says his mom, Kristen Sherman, a proofreader and section editor for the SanTan Sun News. “Now I wouldn’t want him to miss it.” Noah’s annual week at Camp del Corazon on California’s

Catalina Island is made possible by the Nick & Kelly Children’s Heart Fund, which has provided camp tuition and travel expenses for around 1,150 Arizona children during the past 17 years. The nonprofit was born out of tragedy after East Valley residents Dan and Margaret Majetich lost their son, Kelly, to a congenital heart defect in 1985. In 1992, their remaining son, Nick—also born with a heart defect—passed away of unrelated causes, and the devastated couple was urged by loved ones to pour their energy into their charity. “What honestly happened is that our friends pushed us into it,” Dan recalls. “They helped us with our first golf tournament, and that gave us the ability to take more kids to camp.” see HEART page 5

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HEART CAMP CRAZINESS: Disco night was just part of the fun for 8-year-old Noah Sherman during his second stay at California’s Camp del Corazon. Noah, who was born with congenital heart defects, will return to camp this summer, thanks to the generosity of the Nick & Kelly Children’s Heart Fund, which pays tuition and transportation for Arizona heart patients ages 7 to 17. Submitted photo

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Do you recognize Input sought on proposed code Red Cross assists amendment on urban chickens after Chandler fire this man?

BANK ROBBER: The suspect in a Chandler bank robbery is balding with salt and pepper hair. Call Chandler Police at 480-782-4130 if spotted. Submitted photo

The public’s help is needed to identify a Chandler bank robbery suspect who walked into the Compass Bank at 3075 W. Chandler Blvd. and presented a teller with a note demanding money around 4:30 p.m. on April 1. After taking an undisclosed amount of money, the suspect was seen fleeing in an older dark green SUV with a bike rack and an Autism Awareness bow on the back of the vehicle. The suspect is described as a black male with balding salt and pepper hair. He appears to be 40-50 years of age, and was last seen wearing a white, short-sleeved, button-down shirt and white shorts. If you have any information relating to the identity of the suspect, call the Chandler Police Department at 480-782-4130. For more information, call Det. Seth Tyler at 480-782-4105.

Chandler is considering an amendment to its zoning code that would allow all residents living in single family dwellings to raise chickens. Currently, only residents living in areas zoned AG-1 (Agricultural) and SF-33 (single family with a minimum lot size of 33,000 square feet) are permitted to raise chickens. The proposal would expand the opportunity to raise chickens on all lots that have a single family dwelling regardless of lot size. Many Valley cities allow chickens in residential areas, including the East Valley communities of Tempe, Gilbert, Scottsdale and Mesa. A draft copy of Chandler’s proposed code amendment can be viewed online at zoningcodeamendments. Questions or comments about the proposal can be sent to David de la Torre, principal planner, at david.delatorre@ or 480-782-3059. Residents also are encouraged to attend the public hearing during the Chandler Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wed., May 1 to provide their input. The meeting will be held at city council chambers, 88 E. Chicago St. The proposed code amendment would allow residents to keep up

to five hens, prohibits roosters, and establishes setbacks for coops and additional requirements dealing with maintenance that are aimed at preventing the chickens from becoming a nuisance. The proposed regulations, including the maximum number of chickens, would not apply to properties zoned AG-1 and SF-33, which would remain unchanged. If Chandler’s zoning code were amended as proposed, residents living within Homeowner Associations (HOAs) would still need to comply with their association’s CC&Rs. Many HOAs prohibit raising, breeding or keeping poultry and other animals that are not considered to be common household pets.

A man displaced by a mobile home fire near Arizona Avenue and Pecos Road in Chandler received assistance from American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter volunteers, who arranged for his shelter after the blaze, according to Brian Gomez, Red Cross communications specialist. The Red Cross says that the most effective way to protect yourself and your home from fire is to identify and remove fire hazards. During a home fire, working smoke alarms and a fire escape plan that has been practiced regularly can save lives. For more information, visit redcross. org/az/phoenix.

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HEART from page 1

Along with camp, the Nick & Kelly Children’s Heart Fund provides medically related financial assistance to families of children with heart disease, as well as an annual Family Day Heart Talk — a symposium where parents receive upto-date information on congenital heart disease treatments while their children enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the Phoenix Zoo.

INTENSIVE CARE: The Nick & Kelly Children’s Heart Fund, founded by Dan and Margaret Majetich, helps families like that of Sun Groves resident Noah Sherman, who underwent his first heart surgery when he was 8 days old. Submitted photo

“We know what these parents are going through and we try to help them,” Dan explains. “The thing that we found to be the best help for the children is the camp program, because a lot of these kids have low self-esteem. They can’t do gym. They can’t do sports, so they’re excluded from a lot of activities. A lot of them are on meds, so they aren’t able to spend nights

at other people’s homes.” Camp del Corazon has two pediatric cardiologists and 20 to 25 nurses on staff, and many of the counselors are former campers. Still, sending Noah to camp for the first time “was almost as gut wrenching as signing the informed consent papers for his heart surgeries,” Sherman recalls. Noah, who was diagnosed with complex congenital heart defects shortly after birth, underwent two heart surgeries and two heart catheterizations before his first birthday, and required “fairly intense athome nursing care” during his early years. While the bright student and budding guitar player faces more surgeries in his future, his camp experiences have taught him that he’s not alone. “Most of the campers have ‘zippers’— scars that run down the midline of their chests,” Sherman explains. “Many have similar physical endurance and stamina limitations, so Noah doesn’t feel like the slowest runner who always has to stop and take a break to catch his breath. Heart camp gives him confidence. It’s a unique life experience that I, as a parent, cannot give him. “I’m eternally grateful to Dan and Margaret for what they’ve done and continue to do,” she adds. “Out of their own grief, they’ve created something that has given back a thousand fold.” The Nick & Kelly Children’s Heart Fund Golf Challenge will be held Sat., April 27 at Arizona Golf Resort. To learn more or make a donation, visit K.M. Lang lives and writes in Sun Groves. To contact her, email


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MALL from page 1

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Phoenix Premium Outlets, a mall specializing in apparel and accessories at deep discount prices, is now open just outside Chandler. The plaza offers SanTan Sun area residents new shopping options as well as hundreds of part- and full-time employment opportunities. Submitted photo

The economic downside for Chandler

But the economic news is not all good, as local officials worry the newly opened shopping center could put a considerable dent in Chandler’s tax revenue for the coming year and

beyond. Phoenix Premium Outlets is built on land owned by the Gila River Indian Community, which means the city will receive no sales tax on the mall’s multimillion dollar receipts. The new plaza will also be competing for shopper dollars with the Chandler Fashion Center and other nearby stores that do pay a percentage of sales into city coffers. “We have been concerned about the impact the new outlet mall may have on Chandler Fashion Center, specifically,” notes Christine Mackay, the city’s economic development director. “There are similarities in the tenant mix between the outlets and Chandler Fashion Center, which the city has projected could lead to as much as a 15% reduction in sales tax collection for the mall and surrounding area.” The situation could erode even further, because the SanTan Sun area is already plagued with numerous empty storefronts and vacant commercial properties. “The general condition of the retail market in the East Valley is that it greatly exceeds national averages for the retail space per capita,” says Mackay. “We have seen significant increases in vacancies over the last few years and we feel that this could add to that challenge.”

The halo effect

A possible mitigating factor that could help offset sales tax losses is an increase in residual income to Chandler businesses from consumers drawn to the area by Phoenix Premium Outlets. “A project like this has a ‘halo effect’ for the surrounding community,” Dennison explains. “People look for multiple

The recently opened Phoenix Premium Outlets at Wild Horse Pass offers new jobs and shopping choices in the SanTan Sun area, however, the extent of the mall’s impact on the local economy remains unclear. Submitted photo

destinations for shopping, and hardcore shoppers often stay at area hotels, eat at local restaurants and purchase items at other nearby retail locations during their trips. Phoenix Premium Outlets will bring new dollars into the area that will not be limited to our stores.” Mackay believes this ripple effect, combined with the area’s existing commercial offerings, could benefit the city in the long run. “Although not quantifiable, we do feel that we may gain some tourism impact as shoppers from other markets come to visit these new outlet shops,” Mackay says. “They are likely to stay in a Chandler hotel during their visit, which could add additional revenue to Chandler. It could also bring some

new excitement to the market, causing spillover into the already vibrant Chandler shopping experience.” It is also quite likely, city officials contend, that Chandler’s stellar reputation and regional appeal will help enhance Phoenix Premium Outlets’ allure as well. “Chandler is very well established among retailers,” Mackay notes. “We are often a first to market destination location, due to the strong quality of life and disposable income of our residents. These new shops will benefit significantly from being located next to such a diverse economic environment.” Miriam Van Scott is a former Kerby Estates resident who can be reached at

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Solar Panels from page 1

“The cost that we pay for the electricity is .038 cents per kilowatt hour and the guarantee, based on historical usage of electricity at the Tumbleweed Rec Center with that guarantee of solar, we’re looking at offsetting approximately 54% of the electricity that we need for the Tumbleweed Rec. Center for the next 20 years,” Norris explains. Money for the electricity came from the general fund. “The City of Chandler has no out-of-pocket cost for the actual construction,” Norris says. “The only out-of-pocket cost that the city had was to purchase the kilowatt hours that were guaranteed to us by that construction for the next 20 years.” The City of Chandler paid $717,254

MULTIPLE BENEFITS: The solar structure provides extra energy, shaded parking and a way to go green. Submitted photo

POSITIVE FEEDBACK: Marian Norris. Folks who visit Tumbleweed Recreation Center two or three times per week are glad construction is over and they have covered parking. Submitted photo

to SolarCity for the actual electricity. Norris says the city estimates saving, over the next 20 years, about $800,000 in utility costs. “It could actually be more,” Norris continues. “If it overproduces, that’s a kilowatt hour we will not be paying SRP. And if it overproduces, we’re not paying SolarCity either.” While it may have been a slight inconvenience for visitors, “Now that we’re heading into the summer months we have 206 covered parking spaces out at Tumbleweed Rec Center, which is a very nice amenity for folks who utilize the facility,” Norris says. Even through the construction, Erika Berry, recreation superintendent with the City of Chandler, mentions customers remained steady. “Customers understood why there was a slight

and Chandler entered into negotiations with SolarCity to develop solar projects with the City of Chandler. Tumbleweed is the only project in the SRP district. Two projects are in development in the APS district in downtown Chandler. The top of the third floor parking garage at City Hall and the other is the parking lot in front of the police courts building which will have carports with solar panels to generate electricity. SolarCity is in the process of designing those systems.

inconvenience. They were good about following the parking signs,” she says. “They (SolarCity) did well as far as shifting off the areas that were blocked off while they were doing construction and freeing up the other space.” The covered parking and solar panels is one of three projects the city is involved in. The City of Chandler approached the project as a request for qualifications. “We put it out on the street that the City of Chandler was open to having solar projects in the city of Chandler,” Norris explains. “In our request for qualification, we showcased a number of locations, whether they were APS locations or SRP locations. We looked to the solar providers who were responding to us to tell us which were the best to pursue.” A number of companies responded

ADVANTAGE: Erika Berry. The energy from the solar panels goes to offset some of the costs for the Tumbleweed Recreation Center. Submitted photo

As visitors take advantage of the new parking structure at Tumbleweed Recreation Center, Berry adds, “I was excited when they came. Solar panels, plus covered parking. It’s a win-win.” 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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FENCES, GATES IN DISREPAIR: Seventy-five violations have been found so far this fiscal year. For fences and gates to serve their intended purpose, they must be maintained so they may screen, protect and secure. All fences, screen walls and retaining walls on the premises shall be safe, structurally sound and maintained so that they do not constitute a hazard, blight or condition of disrepair. Examples of disrepair include fences that are rotting or damaged, missing slats or blocks, or have peeling paint. Submitted photo

With a population of more than 240,000 residents, Chandler is approaching build-out, placing special focus on the revitalization and stabilization of existing neighborhoods. Chandler’s small but dedicated code enforcement group plays a critical role in ensuring Chandler remains a community of great neighborhoods, as it enforces municipal codes and ordinances adopted by the city to promote the health, safety and welfare of Chandler citizens. An important part of code enforcement involves educating the public about the standards that govern our communities and neighborhoods and working with residents to ensure compliance with these standards. Very rarely are people cited for code violations, but instead are given notices and informed of the city’s policies and reasons for them, which the majority of the time results in voluntary compliance.

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inspectors assigned to handle calls in a specific geographic area. If the call involves graffiti, a full-time graffiti abatement technician is dispatched. In addition to handling calls from the public, inspectors patrol their assigned areas to identify violations and address issues before they escalate. Proactively addressing issues is important not only in terms of safeguarding the public’s health and safety, but in preserving property values and Chandler’s quality of life. Below is a listing of some of the more common code violations, along with their description and number of violations reported during the first nine months of Fiscal Year 2012-13, which ran July 1, 2012 through March 31, 2013.

Right of way obstructions, 368 violations

GRAFFITI: In FY 2011-12, there were 1,889 violations for graffiti. All sidewalks, walls, buildings, fences, signs and other structures or surfaces on public and private property shall be kept free from graffiti. Graffiti contributes to neighborhood deterioration, provides a communication system for gangs and other vandals, damages property and constitutes a public nuisance. Citizens can call a 24-hour hotline to report graffiti at 480-782-4322. Submitted photo

Public streets, sidewalks and alleyways must have clear accessibility to all who wish to use them. No plant, material, structure, fabrication or vehicle may block the use of sidewalks or streets. This includes such items as skateboard ramps and portable basketball hoops. Trees need to be trimmed 13.5 feet above the street or alleyway and 7 feet above a public sidewalk. The property owner also is responsible to ensure that any traffic control or directional sign that is upon their property is not obstructed from view by any plant, material, structure or fabrication.

PARKING VIOLATION: There have been 400 violations of parking on unimproved surfaces in the last fiscal year. City Code requires that all parking surfaces be a solid surface, specifically, “All parking surfaces shall be asphalt, concrete or masonry.” Parking on the grass, dirt, crushed granite or other type of rock does not meet the code requirements. The parking of motor homes, travel trailers and boats on trailers is permitted on an unimproved surface if located behind the required front yard setback and screened from the street by a solid 6-foot-tall wall or fence. However, properties developed prior to 1964 and prior to ordinance amendments in subsequent years may have legal nonconforming parking conditions. Submitted photo

Green Swimming Pools, 150 violations

All swimming and architectural pools, ponds and spas shall be properly maintained so as not to create a safety hazard or harbor insect infestation, or create a visibly deteriorated or blighted appearance. Water shall not be allowed to stagnate, or to become stale or foul through lack of circulation. Fencing or other barriers required for swimming pool and spa enclosures shall be maintained in good condition.

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TALL GRASS, WEEDS: The responsible person of any residence must maintain their property and any abutting public right-of-way, including the half of the alley next to their property, free from uncontrolled grass and weeds. Six inches in height is the height standard for any uncontrolled vegetation. There were 613 “weeds and trash in alleys” violations and 1,852 “weeds in yards” violations addressed by code inspectors in the past nine months. Submitted photo

Chandler neighborhoods are the environment in which we live and raise our families. Blight and nuisances can devalue, detract and degrade the quality

JUNK: There were 617 violations of outside storage, junk, blight, litter and debris in the most recent fiscal year. Any accumulations of litter, trash, junk or debris which by reason of its location and character is unsightly and/or a fire hazard must be removed. Examples of items that may not be stored outside include auto parts, boxes, bags, bottles, cans, rags, mattresses and damaged or deteriorating furniture or appliances. Submitted photo

of neighborhoods and pose health and safety hazards. Chandler’s code inspectors are working hard to help ensure safe and attractive neighborhoods and a peaceful and enjoyable community for everyone. Information about Chandler’s Code Enforcement Division is available at code. Code violations may be reported by calling 480-782-4320 or filed online by completing the “Contact Us” form found on the city’s website at The form also contains a link to a free mobile phone application, PublicStuff, which residents can download and use with their smart phones to report issues occurring in their neighborhood. Information provided by the City of Chandler Communications and Public Affairs Department.

Chandler Administrative Specialist Liz Silva may not be a code inspector, however, she’s still on the front lines when it comes to helping residents deal with code violations. Silva answers phones in the city’s Neighborhood Liz Silva. Code Enforcement Submitted photo Division, a job she says is challenging and rewarding. “I enjoy coming into work every day,” says Silva, a six-year employee with the city. “We have a really great group; everybody’s on the same page and wants the best for Chandler.” Any incoming calls from residents about property code-related problems they are experiencing with neighbors, as well as concerns about a compliance notice they received from a code inspector all come into Silva. “It’s my job to get as much information about the citizen’s particular concern, to evaluate the situation and try to explain procedure until I can have an inspector meet or speak with them personally,” Silva explains. “I hear the frustration in their voice; that their neighbors are not keeping up with the high standards of Chandler city ordinances.” Silva moved to Chandler in 1990 from El Paso, Texas when she and her husband relocated to Arizona for employment. She held customer service positions in the city’s


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Planning Department and Community Services Division since 2006 before joining the Code Enforcement team in 2010. In addition to taking calls from the public, Silva also handles a variety of administrative support duties, including documenting performance measures, preparing letters and correspondence, processing paperwork involved with the division’s property abatement program and processing permits associated with special events that require Code Division approval. “The variety makes my job interesting. Never a dull moment!” Silva says. When asked if she’d like to become a neighborhood code inspector herself, she acknowledged it is a goal of hers. “I’ve been studying our City Code ordinances, which can be found on,” she says. “I would enjoy the job because Neighborhood Code Enforcement provides an important service to the city by maintaining a high quality of standards and promoting neighborhood preservation.” In terms of dealing with the unusual or unexpected, Silva has dealt with plenty. She recalls a time when a woman called wanting the city to intervene with a neighbor she said “kept peeking at me over my fence.” Another call troubling to nearby neighbors involved a family slaughtering chickens in their back yard. When asked to share one thing she’d change about Chandler if she could wave a magic wand, Silva replied without hesitation, “That neighbors would open a line of communication between one another and collectively continue to make Chandler an even greater place to live.”


April 20 – May 3, 2013

Take quiz to benefit students Help underwrite the cost of airfare for 11 students traveling to Chandler’s Sister City, Tullamore, Ireland this summer by testing your trivia knowledge for prizes at ChandlerTullamore 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 benefit CTSC’s Pioneer Student Ambassador Program. Register online or learn more at

Learn about Chandler resources An overview of how to effectively utilize City of Chandler resources is the final workshop being offered at Chandler’s 2013 Spring HOA Academy, 6 to 8 p.m. Wed., April 24 in the council chambers adjacent to City Hall. The class is free, but if it reaches 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. The workshop 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

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Learn what makes neighborhoods tick Chandler residents who don’t live in a neighborhood with a homeowner’s association are invited to enroll in the Traditional Neighborhood Academy, which will be held 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays, beginning Wed., April 24 and running through May 15. The four free workshops are designed to help residents of non-HOA communities develop organizational and leadership skills. The academy is part of an initiative by Mayor Jay Tibshraeny and is modeled after the Chandler’s long-running HOA Academy, but uses different curriculum that addresses the unique needs of neighborhoods without a formal governing structure. Enrollment priority will be given to Chandler residents. Those who complete all four classes will receive a certificate of completion and will be recognized at a future Chandler City Council meeting. The first class, “Know Your City Resources,” will provide an overview of city resources from staff representatives from various departments and explain how residents can use these resources effectively in their neighborhoods. The three other topics are: May 1–”You and Your Neighborhood”–Participants will identify key components of a neighborhood and determine the boundaries and neighborhood name. Participants will also be guided through a neighborhood assessment to create a

neighborhood logo and a neighborhood survey. May 8–”Neighborhood Leadership”– Participants will discuss the characteristics of an effective leader and develop an agenda and action steps to conduct their first neighborhood meeting to develop a Neighborhood Action Plan. May 15–”Moving Forward with Your Neighbors”–Participants will prepare and present the outcomes of their neighborhood survey results. Traditional Neighborhood Academy Alumni will share the importance of building relationships with other community leaders. The first workshop will be held in the Chandler City Council Chambers, 88 E. Chicago St. The remaining workshops will be held at the Chandler City Hall, second floor, Training Room A, located at 175 S. Arizona Ave. For more information and to register, call 480-782-4354. Applications can be downloaded at neighborhoods.

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Learn nature’s way of recycling at a backyard composting workshop offered by the city’s Solid Waste Services Division, from 9 a.m. to noon on Sat., April 27 at the Chandler City Hall east lobby entrance, 175 S. Arizona Ave. The best ways to compost grass clippings, leaves and kitchen scraps will be explained so that beneficial organic soil material 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 city-provided refuse service. Nonresidents will be placed on a waiting list. The workshop is free, but registration is required by calling 480-782-3510.


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Baby items are being collected for families in need in a drive that runs through April 21 sponsored by The Salvation Army, Fry’s Food Stores and Cox Communications. Donors are invited to bring items to any Fry’s Food Store and place items in donation boxes at the front of the store. “The children of our community are constantly in need of looking after,” says Col. Olin Hogan, the Salvation Army’s Phoenix coordinator. “We are grateful to the community for their generous support and look forward to many years of caring for the most vulnerable among us.” Items being collected include diapers, wipes, bottles, bottle brushes, formula, baby shampoo/wash, baby lotion, diaper rash cream, hand sanitizer, teething gel, baby food, thermometers, pacifiers, baby cereal and other baby essentials. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. For more information, visit

Enjoy chips and salsa at the day-long 29th annual My Nana’s Best Tasting Salsa Challenge, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sat., April 27 at Tempe Beach Park, 80 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe. Presented by the Arizona Hemophilia Association, the competition features more than 100 freshly made salsas, hot and mild, with chefs competing for the judge’s vote. A separate competition within the event, Cazadores Margarita Mix-Off, is 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Bartenders will show off their talents to win the judge’s vote for best margarita. Children can also enjoy a day of fun at the event’s SRP FUNZONE, featuring interactive games for the entire family, including multiple bounce houses, a bungee run and other activities. Tickets are $15 at the gate and children younger than 12 and accompanied by an adult are admitted free. Discounted tickets can be purchased in advance for $10 at any Fry’s or Fry’s Marketplace. To purchase tickets online, visit

TRAINER: Pilots at Williams Field Army Air Force Base trained in airplanes like this one when the base was in operation, from 1941 to 1993. Submitted photo

A look back at life on Williams Field Army Air Force Base is the feature when “Stories from Willie” is presented 10:30 a.m. to noon Sat., April 27 by the Chandler Historical Society at the Downtown Chandler Library 22 S. Delaware St. Admission is free. Williams Air Force Base, affectionately known as “Willie” to many East Valley residents from 1941 to 1993, opened just prior to the country’s entry into World War II. Through the decades, thousands of pilots, military personnel and civilians lived, trained and worked at the base. In the presentation, participants will learn about Willie’s history through stories from pilots such as Gen. Carl Schneider, a 1948 graduate of Willie who flew more than 100 missions in Korea and Vietnam.

Presenters include long-time Chandler resident Marie Haggarton, who will share her memories of working at the base in the 1940s as an operator for Mountain States Telephone and Telegraph. Willie brought new business and hundreds of families into the nearby little town of Chandler. Many of those former trainees and staff members returned to the area in their retirement years, helping Chandler grow into the city that it is today. The program is second in a series of guest speaker events hosted by the Chandler Historical Society Speaker Series, in partnership with the Chandler Museum and the Chandler Public Library. For more information, call Jean Reynolds at 480-782-2751.

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Medication disposal is free Proper destruction of unused, expired or unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications is offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat., April 27 at the Target store at 3425 W. Frye Rd. in Chandler. Target, in partnership with the Chandler Police Department, is conducting the


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Let the SanTan Sun News help publicize your Mother’s Day events in a special section. Is your restaurant having a Mom’s Day brunch? Are you hosting a Mother’s Day craft activity for children or some other event honoring mothers? If so, email details to Include a brief description of the event; times, days and dates; cost or free; if registration is required; venue

and address; publishable phone number; website if applicable; and contact information for verification purposes. We encourage photos, which must be 300 dpi JPEGs or taken on a digital camera on the “best” or “highest quality” setting. Information is due by noon on April 24 for the May 4 issue, which is the last one before Mother’s Day on May 12. Submission does not guarantee placement.

SanTan Sun Chronicles The DC Steakhouse raised $10,700 for cystic fibrosis research at its second annual DC Steakhouse/Cystic Fibrosis Golf Outing with more golfers and new raffles and prizes. Next year’s event is already being planned. Two local SRP employees were awarded the SRP Presidents’ Volunteer Spirit Awards in recognition of their volunteer time, efforts and expertise to their communities. Chandler resident Holly Schaefer, a founding member of AZ Happy Tails Animal Rescue, which rescues and finds homes for animals that are stray, abandoned or at risk of euthanasia, is responsible for all animal intake and adoption decisions and she coordinates with foster homes to supply them with food and bedding and help with any other needs they may have. Gilbert resident Barbara Sprungl, who joined the board of directors of The Centers for Habilitation, which promotes independence for Arizonans with developmental and physical disabilities, chairs the fund development committee and is vice chairwoman of the

finance, governance and executive committee. Last year she raised $12,500. She volunteers more than 20 hours a month. “Each year SRP recognizes inspiring employee volunteers who give of their time to helping Arizonans through a wide variety of community organizations,” says Rosemary Gannon, manager of SRP Community Outreach, who added that SRP employees and retirees, with help from their friends and families, donate thousands of volunteer hours a year to their communities. “Strong, thriving communities rely on the volunteer efforts of individuals like these recipients.” The Chandler Compadres and John Dick are the latest inductees into Chandler’s Celebration Plaza, a permanent monument at Tumbleweed Park honoring organizations and individuals for their civic leadership, public outreach and outstanding personal service and commitment to the community. Dick is a former city prosecutor and city attorney and charter member of the Chandler Kiwanis Club.

Bring your ‘A-Game’ Come on out for the annual Kiwanis Kickin’ it for Kickball Tournament on Sat., May 18 with free food and beer for adults ages 21 and older. Registration is 3 p.m. and kickoff at 4 p.m. at Nozomi Park, 250 S. Kyrene Rd., Chandler. Proceeds from the event will go to the Kiwanis Eliminate Project “Fighting Maternal & Neonatal Tetanus Around the World,” the Kiwanis Chandler Young Professionals, the Chandler Kiwanis Club and the local Salvation Army summer

camp program for disadvantaged children. A team sponsorship for up to 12 players is $600. Single players are $60. Registration is limited. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place. To register online, visit roe4chandler. com/roe4chandler/Registration.html. For more information call Jeremy McClymonds at 480-241-7256, Michelle O’Grady at 480-206-3427 and Lakee Hesch at 602-451-9950.

Deadlines for SanTan Sun News The deadline for news and advertising is noon, Wed., April 24 for the May 4, 2013 issue of the SanTan Sun News. All news must be submitted to by that day to be considered for the next issue or by filling in the “submit a news release” form on the newspaper’s website at To send an item for consideration in the SanTan Family Fun, email it directly to Send advertising files and information to account reps or contact For deadline information, visit and click on “About us” and call 480-732-0250 for advertising rate details.


April 20 – May 3, 2013


Schnepf Farms: ‘Preserving History’ By Alison Stanton

In 1941, newlyweds Ray and Thora Schnepf spent their honeymoon night in a tiny one-room shack. The next morning, the couple began clearing away the cactus and brush in what would soon become Schnepf Farms. The first crops that were planted at Schnepf Farms were cotton, wheat and some vegetables, says Carrie Schnepf, co-owner and marketing director. Carrie is married to Ray and Thora’s son Mark. Over the years the farm diversified, Carrie says, adding corn, peaches, apricots and plums to its variety of crops, as well as music events, a campsite and even a cemetery. “We now have 300 acres and sell everything direct to the public. We are

the largest peach grower in the state, and we have a country store, full-service bakery, rides, weddings, large farm festivals, educational tours and events and specialty dinners.” Everything on the farm is “U-Pick,” Carrie says, and people are welcome to come and pick whatever is in season. She says the farm’s peaches, which are coming up next, is the largest U-Pick season the farm offers. “People love our peaches and will travel from great distances to pick them,” Carrie says, adding that customers can also pick several different types of vegetables, and will soon be able to gather their own eggs, and milk a cow to get raw milk. In addition to its U-Pick fruits and

RACE TO THE FINISH: Two boys take part in a pie eating contest at a seasonal event held at Schnepf Farms. Photo courtesy of Foskett Creative Photography

BUSHELS OF PEACHES: Carrie and Mark Schnepf, pictured with their four children, enjoy giving people the chance to pick their own fresh peaches and see what life on a farm is like. The U-Pick peaches are especially popular with customers. Photo courtesy of Foskett Creative Photography

vegetables, Carrie says Schnepf Farms is well-known for its festivals that are based on different crops or seasons. For example, the Pumpkin and Chili Party in October is one of Carrie’s favorites, she says. On May 18 and 19, and 25 through 27, Schnepf Farms is hosting its Peach Festival, she adds, which is a big event to coincide with the month’s peach season. Carrie says she, Mark, and their four children know that they are doing more than providing fresh and organic produce to their customers. She says they also offer people a real family farm experience and a chance to get away from the city—all while seeing where fruits and vegetables are grown. “If you don’t have a garden, make ours yours,” Carrie says. “We let people reconnect with the land, and we want people to slow down, relax and enjoy the fresh air.”

Carrie says she and her family are also very involved in the community, doing what they can to promote Queen Creek and its interesting heritage—which includes Schnepf Farms. “The main thing that Mark and I are doing with our four kids is preserving history,” she says. “We are leaving a legacy for many families so they will always be able to know how connected we are to farmers and agriculture and how everything you eat comes from a farmer. We never want people to forget what we are all about.” Schnepf Farms is located at 24810 E. Rittenhouse Rd. in Queen Creek. For information, call 480-987-3100 or visit Alison Stanton is a freelance writer who lives in the East Valley. She can be reached at


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Don’t let this ‘sleeping dog’ lay Check out the grand opening of the Sleepy Dog Brewery pub and bistro, noon to closing Sat., April 20 at 1451 E. Williams Field Rd., Gilbert. There will be drink and food specials all day, raffles and

giveaways, beer glassware, swag, a corn hole tournament, afterhours fun and face painting and ice cream for children. For more information, call 480-963-1805 or visit

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A day of festivities that includes music throughout the parks, family games and entertainment and activities for all ages is planned for the grand opening of Eastmark Great Park, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sat., June 1 at Eastmark Great Park at Ray and Ellsworth roads in Mesa. The first new, large-scale integrated community to launch in the Phoenix area in 10 years, Eastmark’s debut to the public is being led by real estate investment and development firm DMB.

Eastmark’s phase one builders are Maracay Homes, Mattamy Homes, Taylor Morrison, Woodside Homes, Ryland Homes, Standard Pacific Homes and Meritage Homes Corporation. Every home design in Eastmark features a new floor plan designed for this community. 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. “Eastmark is one of the most thoughtfully designed communities in the country,” says Dea McDonald, DMB’s senior vice president and Eastmark’s general manager. “In our planning, we’ve artfully blended residential areas, employment cores, recreation and commerce to complement each other.” 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. For more information, visit Eastmark. com and



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Owner: Jaclyn Zoccoli How long in business: New branch of Billion Dollar Networking of Tracy, CA Specialty: Assures the success of businesses by developing profitable relationships through coaching, speaking engagements, books and web presence. Unique features: Customized per client, teaching how to screen and develop alliances. Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Address: located in the Copper Basin area of the San Tan Valley Phone: 209-914-5886 Email: Website:

Owner: Christine Hippensteel How long in business: Since 2006 Specialty: Franchised interior decorating company with access to thousands of samples of designer window treatments, wall and floor coverings, furniture, lighting and accessories all brought directly to each client’s home or office. Unique features: Not only provides a wide range of superior home furnishing products, but also handles a wide range of design projects—from whole house design to a specific product need. Cauleen Autery, who has an associate’s degree in interior design and is an Allied Member of the American Society of Interior Designers, joined the company in the fall of 2012. She is a native Arizonan who recently moved back to Chandler after many years in Massachusetts. A second addition to the company is Alyson Olsen, who started her career in the commercial side of the business, took some time off to start her family and is also now on the team. She has a bachelor’s degree in interior design from Northern Arizona University. Hours: by appointment only at the client’s home Phone: 480-821-1080 Email: Website:

Send in your business profile for ‘Doing Business’ 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

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April 20 – May 3, 2013


Chamber welcomes new members Instructors sought for online school

Prospective and new members are invited to a free welcome breakfast 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Thu., April 25. Bring brochures, literature and business cards to distribute. Employers with a new employee or a member that would like to meet new members are also invited.

Public policy

Learn about local, regional and state issues at the chamber’s public policy meeting, 8 to 9:30 a.m. Fri., April 26. Discuss issues that are important to the success of business.

Young executives

Speed networking, food and fun in the Young Executive Series (YES ) will be 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tue., April 30 at Brunswick Zone, 1160 S. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert. YES is a quarterly meet-up for future leaders in the East Valley to connect and exchange information, as well as potentially propel their business. This quarter’s meet-up will be a speed networking event where participants will have 30 seconds each to talk about themselves and exchange information with other young professionals. “The Young Executive Series has been a huge success, and it’s a terrific way to meet other young professionals in our community,” says Terri Kimble, president and CEO of the Chandler Chamber.

“This speed networking event will be a great way to not only meet those young professionals, but to promote your business in a fun and exciting way.”

Business golf

Meet new business associates, build lasting relationships and gain future business connections during nine holes of golf, 7 to 10 a.m. Wed., May 1 at Foothills Golf Club, 2201 E. Clubhouse Dr., Phoenix.

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Meetings are held at the Chandler Chamber of Commerce is at 25 S. Arizona Pl., Suite 201. Unless otherwise specified, for more information and to register for these programs, call 480963-4571, visit or

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April 20 – May 3, 2013


IPad mini is Realtor team’s contest prize Tammy Mills expands fitness program A contest for a chance to win a free iPad mini is being offered by Realtors Kelly Courvisier and Tarasa Haase in celebration of their new partnership as East Valley Lifestyle Group-HomeSmart Real Estate. 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. “We had a client who literally was jumping up and down when we handed them the keys today,” says Courvisier, an ASU graduate in supply chain management. A listing agent and certified short-sale specialist, Courvisier was recently recognized at HomeSmart’s Annual Luncheon with the 2012 Diamond Club Award. She manages the details of marketing a home, with free staging guidance, video tours, high end photos, open houses and more. “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,” adds Haase, a buyer’s agent who is an Arizona native with a background in life coaching. She guides first-time home buyers, move-up buyers and women in transition through the real estate process. “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

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

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.” Visit their website at through April 30, enter your email address to receive their newsletter and earn a chance to win an iPad mini, a value of $329. Contact Courvisier and Haase at or 480-686-2122 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.

A second Tammy Mills Fitness Boot Camp is opening on Mon., April 29 in Chandler, on the eastside fields at Snedigar Recreation and Sportsplex located at 4500 S. Basha Rd. The new location offers four-week sessions 9:30 a.m. each Monday, Wednesday and Friday. “Adding the additional location will offer our recruits a place that may be closer and more convenient for their busy schedules,” says Tammy Mills, founder of Tammy Mills Fitness, who notes that as a special offer to encourage new membership at the new location only, Tammy Mills Fitness will give the first two weeks for free for the first three new members to sign up. Mills says that her boot camp workouts are efficient, because strength training is integrated with cardio while also working on endurance. She earned certifications in group fitness, personal training, Moms-In-Motion, prenatal and postpartum and is a Schwinn Cycling coach. The original location remains at Folley Memorial Park, 601 E. Frye Rd., Chandler. For more information, call 480- 225-3996 or email

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WOMEN’S FITNESS: Susan Orendorf tones and shapes the Ocotillo CrossFit way. Submitted photo

The grand opening of Ocotillo CrossFit reveals a men’s only fitness facility and a women’s only fitness facility, at 2701 W. Queen Creek Rd. in Chandler. With a variety of cardio, strength and gymnastics to tone and shape, Ocotillo CrossFit gives the first class free. For more information, call 480-748-0699, email customerservice@ or visit


April 20 – May 3, 2013


Spend a day with social media experts

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A day-long conference presented by Arizona Press Women, “Social Media for Writers and Journalists: What Works and Why,” is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sat., May 4 at the Chaparral Suites Conference Center, LEARN FROM PROS: 5001 N. Scottsdale Rd., John Southard, Arizona Scottsdale. historian, is one of Guest speakers several guest speakers at include best-selling Arizona Press Women’s author Kevin Hearne, spring conference. New York-based Submitted photo journalist and marketing expert Pamela Bayless, Phoenix attorney Ruth

Photograph cars of the future as they’re undergoing development testing, when Chandler resident Brenda Priddy shows how it’s done at her Spy Camp for SHAKEN, NOT STIRRED: Extremely hot days and odd-looking cars grown-ups. The covered with camouflage await participants in Brenda Priddy’s Spy first session starts Camp. Submitted photo on Sun., July 7 at a secret location about 425 miles from the metropolitan Phoenix area. She has photographed secret cars as they’ve undergone testing on public roads around the county and the world for more than 20 years. Priddy’s Chandler-based 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

Carter, Business Blogging Pros founder Dave Barnhart and Arizona historian John Southard, who assists cultural organizations in gaining a social media presence. Registration is $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

Chandler Chamber honoring the best and brightest The Chandler Chamber is encouraging residents to nominate a business or individual to receive one of the many prestigious awards that will be presented during its 26th annual awards dinner at 5:30 p.m. Thu., May 30. Nomination forms and criteria are available on the chamber’s website,, or by calling the organization at 480-963-4571. The dinner will be held at the Hilton Phoenix Chandler, 2929 W. Frye Rd. Bring your sunglasses as this year’s neon theme is all about honoring the best and brightest. The annual awards dinner gives the community the opportunity to recognize outstanding businesses of all sizes, as well

as educators and administrators who have demonstrated leadership and exemplified commitment. The nominees of each award are those who shine the brightest in their professions. Nominations are an important part of the process in selecting the 2013 award recipients. The deadline to submit nominations is Fri., April 26 at 5 p.m. All nominations must be submitted or be faxed to 480-963-0188. The last day to register is Wed., May 29. Registration fees are $50 for members, $60 for guests, and $550 for a table of 10.


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Hit-and-run victims need legal advice Anyone injured in a car accident due to the fault of another driver knows the frustration, fear and uncertainty that come with trying to deal with an insurance claim. But imagine, according to the Thompson Law Firm in downtown Chandler, the added frustration of dealing with the aftermath of a hit-and-run accident. “Hit-and-run accidents create more hardship for victims,” says lawyer Christy Thompson, noting that the hardship includes more than just legal difficulties or dealing with insurance claims. The emotional difficulties can include, she says, not knowing who the at-fault driver was and being unable to find closure, which can become especially difficult if the victim was seriously injured or killed in the accident. Unfortunately, accidents like these are not uncommon incidents. According to a report by the Arizona Department of Transportation, in 2010, 44 people in Arizona were killed in accidents that involved a driver who fled the scene. More than 3,000 were injured, including pedestrians and other drivers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, that same year more than 4,000 pedestrians died nationwide. Arizona law requires insurance carriers to offer uninsured motorist coverage, but drivers can choose to not carry it. Thompson urges Arizona drivers who do not currently carry the coverage to reconsider. She also urges drivers and pedestrians injured in a hit-and-run car accident to contact an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss their claims. For more information, call 480-634-7480 or email

MADE FROM SCRATCH: A gluten-free pizza crust is now on the menu at Sauce Pizza & Wine in Chandler. Submitted photo

A gluten-free pizza crust and menu is now on the full menu at all nine Sauce Pizza & Wine locations, including the restaurant at 2551 W. Queen Creek Rd. in Chandler. The gluten-free pizza crust is available for an additional $2 per pizza. “Our pizzas are scratch made and topped with whole milk mozzarella, aged Parmesan cheese, fresh vegetables and meat,” says Christopher Cristiano, a Sauce Pizza & Wine vice president. “Now guests with gluten sensitivities can enjoy our famous, thin-crust pizza along with their friends and family.” Although its kitchen is not completely glutenfree, Sauce Pizza & Wine also offers several other gluten-free menu items, including chicken, pine nut, tomato and gorgonzola salad; turkey and feta salad; chicken, spinach and apple salad; vegetable salad, white bean potato soup, Tuscan tomato soup and vegetable soup. For more information, visit





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Authentic Southern seafood cooking, without booking a flight to Louisiana, is offered in the San Tan Valley, courtesy of Hanzy’s Seafood Restaurant at 21803 S. Ellsworth Rd. in Queen Creek. Fried foods are cooked fresh daily with specially blended spices and recipes handed down through a family of cooks and restaurant workers. “Everything in our restaurant is made from scratch and cooked to order at your table,” says owner Bernice Johnson. “We offer a great mix of fresh fish and meats, as well as traditional Southern dishes like gumbo, red beans and rice and collard greens.” Originally from New Orleans, Johnson arrived in Arizona in 2006 and spent the past five years looking for the perfect location to open a restaurant. Through word-of-mouth and advertising on social media, Hanzy’s Seafood has built a solid dinner crowd and is working to become a lunch option as well in and around Queen Creek. Joining the San Tan Valley Chamber of Commerce is part of that effort. For more information, call 480-882-1033 or visit


New cell sites activated locally Enhances coverage for residents and businesses New mobile Internet cell sites are now in place at Dobson Road and Chandler Boulevard in Chandler and Country Club Drive and Baseline Road in Mesa. AT&T invested nearly $700 million in its Arizona wireless and wireline networks from 2009 through 2012, with a focus on enhancing the overall performance of its networks. “As part of the East Valley community, our goal is for our local customers to have an extraordinary experience,”

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HomeSmart comes to Chandler The newest HomeSmart International franchise is opening in Chandler this month at 6909 W. Ray Rd., No. 15, Suite 138 with Winnie Tang running the franchise. She has been a HomeSmart agent for years and was recently involved in its expansion to Shanghai, China. “I am honored to have worked for HomeSmart as an agent for the past seven years,” Tang says. “I am now looking forward to a continued relationship with HomeSmart on a new path. I know that we will be successful together.” Last year, HomeSmart added approximately 3,500 jobs to the economy with its growth. The founder of the company is only 41 and started the company with experience in technology. For more information, visit

April 20 – May 3, 2013

Nominate the best businesses in Arizona Arizona’s best businesses for creating jobs, boosting the economy and treating customers right will be honored by the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, after nominations are received for the 2013 Spirit of Enterprise Award. “We’re looking for firms that demonstrate ethics, energy and excellence in entrepreneurship,” says Gary Naumann, director of the Spirit of Enterprise Center at the W.P. Carey School of Business. “They should have a great story and a positive culture internally, and be exemplary community partners in terms of how they give back.” Past winners include Cold Stone Creamery, China Mist, Ollie the Trolley and Total Transit (Discount Cab), as well as rapidly growing businesses, such as GlobalMed and WebPT. Any company can be nominated that is a for-profit enterprise in business for at least four years, incorporated, headquartered or has a majority of its business operations in Arizona, employs

at least three or more full-time workers and is able to demonstrate profitability over the last three years combined. In addition, one minority-owned business will receive the Gary L. Trujillo Minority Enterprise Award sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona. Once a company is nominated, it will have until July 31 to complete an awards application. Winners will be announced at a luncheon at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix on Nov. 22. For more information on nominating a company, applying for the awards or attending the luncheon, call 480-965-0474 or visit

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El Palacio to host action-packed, weeklong Cinco de Mayo fest El Palacio Restaurant & Cantina, 2950 E. Germann Rd., in Chandler, is celebrating Cinco de Mayo from April 29 to May 5 with drink specials, mariachi music, tacos, Ballet Folklorico, a beer pairing dinner, a piñata party, cooking class and burrito eating competition. Mariachi & Margarita Monday kicks off the festivities on April 29. El Palacio will offer Mexican Flag margaritas for only $2.99 all day. Then, from 5 to7 p.m. enjoy the lively and authentic mariachi music performed by Mariachi Juarez.

On Taco Tuesday (April 30), patrons can enjoy 99-cent tacos and $2.99 draft beers after 3 p.m. Experience the flavors of Baja with El Palacio’s Streets of Mexico Beer pairing dinner at 7 p.m. Wed., May 1. This fivecourse dinner will feature traditional street vendor-style dishes paired with five Breckenridge Brewing beers for $30 per person. Call 480-802-5770 for reservations. On Thursday (May 2), the Arizona Museum for Youth (AMY) will offer games

and crafts for kids from 4 to 7 p.m. All AMY members will receive free fried ice cream with the purchase of any entrée. Friday, May 3’s festivities will include a fundraiser to benefit and a performance by Ballet Folklorico Quetzalli-AZ. Saturday (May 4) is El Palacio’s Piñata Patio Party with games, crafts, activities and piñatas from 1 to 4 p.m. Plus, kids 12 and younger eat free with a paid adult. El Palacio will wrap up the celebration on May 5 when Mexican draft beers will be 99 cents all day and enthusiastic food

competitors will test their skills in the Godfather Burrito Challenge at 4 p.m. The first competitor to finish this massive burrito filled with a chile relleno, beans, pork, rice and ranchera sauce topped with lettuce, tomatoes, Cheddar cheese, onions, sour cream and guacamole will win a trophy and $75 cash. After the Burrito Challenge, Chef Anthony will host a free cooking class at 5 p.m., featuring his Mexican Flag Enchilada plate. Reservations are recommended for cooking classes. Call 480-802-5770.

Corporate Chronicles Frank Peake, former Chandler City Council candidate, returns to Chandler to open the new office for Pride Community Management at 2727 W. Frye Rd., a fullservice homeowners’ association and property management company. This new office will allow the company to meet the growing demand driven by the increasing number of property developments in the Chandler region, as well as improve existing services for planned communities, singlefamily home and condominium communities in the surrounding areas. “We believe in providing Chandler property owners with better solutions to help improve their management services,” says Peake, president and chief executive officer of Pride Community Management. “Our clients were seeking a locally owned company to help them develop a strong community presence.” Info: Sydney Hedger is the new membership coordinator of the Chandler Chamber of Commerce, where she will assist the membership team with leads, groups, mixers, lunch clubs and other networking events. Born and raised in Chandler, she plans on attending Arizona State University to begin pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business management with a minor in interior design. Info: or 480-963-4571. Sixty physicians considered “Top Docs” by PHOENIX magazine can be found at Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert medical centers. The 2013 edition of the magazine’s annual issue features a peerrecommended list featuring 502 local physicians in 50 specialties. “It means a great deal to be a part of the 2013 group of Top Docs,” says Judy Messer, M.D., medical director of Mercy Gilbert’s

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April 20 – May 3, 2013

Free practice SAT, ACT offered High school juniors and seniors can benefit from taking a free SAT or ACT practice test from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sat., April 20 at Tutor House Tutoring Services, 100 W. Boston St., Suite #4, Chandler. A separately scheduled conference gives students and parents their test results and analysis. Tutor House offers the free evaluation in addition to its regular SAT and ACT prep programs. Tutor House’s individualized tutoring process begins with a skills assessment

identifying students’ academic strengths and weaknesses. After testing, the director reviews 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. Sign up or learn more by visiting, calling 480-857-1222 or emailing

Chandler High robotics team aims high Chandler High School’s FIRST Robotics team 1290 is still raising funds to travel to the FIRST Robotics Challenge Championship April 24 through 27 in St. Louis, MO. The team recently took second place out of 50 high school teams at the FIRST Robotics Challenge 2013 Phoenix Regional, qualifying them to participate in the national championship. Team members work year-round on robotics, participate and host various competitions and mentor FIRST Lego League teams. Alberto Esparza of the Si Se Puede Foundation provides guidance and also helps team members find community college and university scholarships to pursue engineering as careers.

Summer work program sets up teens for success Chandler teens ages 14 to 17 have until Fri., April 26 to apply for this summer’s Leaders in Training (L.I.T.) program, hosted by the City of Chandler. The L.I.T. program runs from June 3 to July 12, during which youth are placed in a professional work environment within the City of Chandler organization with a mentor who facilitates the development of their job skills. The opportunity to assist city staff with day-to-day activities at various job sites, including recreation programs, gives teens valuable work experience to help prepare them for officially entering the workforce when they are older. During the program, the work week begins from 1 to 3 p.m. Mondays with job skill and leadership development workshops presented by members of local business and government; on

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, teens are assigned to work four-hour shifts for a minimum of 12 hours a week. Participation in the free program is voluntary; teens will not receive payment. Participants are required to commit to being present the entire six weeks of the program; transportation to and from the assigned job sites and workshop locations is the responsibility of the participant. Applications are available at the Chandler Community Center, Snedigar Recreation Center, Tumbleweed Recreation Center, Environmental Education Center, all Chandler libraries and high schools or at teens. For more information, contact L.I.T. Program Coordinator Manny Padia at 480-782-2746 or manuel.padia@

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Chandler library poster contest open to youth SanTan Sun area youth ages 5 to 18 are invited to submit entries for Chandler Public Library’s poster contest, “What My Library Means to Me,” in celebration of National Library Week in April. Deadline is Tue., April 30 for poster entries. Posters must be submitted at the Chandler Downtown Library, 22 S. Delaware St., downtown Chandler. Entries will be placed into three age groups: 5 to 8, 9 to 12 and 13 to 18. Library staff will judge submissions based on creativity, originality and artistic quality, as well as expression of a clear message through text and artwork. Participants must reside in Maricopa County and may enter only once. The poster can measure no larger than 11 by 14 inches, and no copyrighted characters or name brands may be used. For more information, contact the Chandler Public Library at 480-782-2800.


Arts, crafts, fun at ‘Art Dash’ Families can enjoy exercise, arts and crafts, entertainment and more together, all while aiding at-risk youth, during the first annual NHYH Art Dash, Sun., May 5 at Kiwanis Park, 6111 S. All-America Way in Tempe. New Horizons Youth Home Inc. (NHYH) is holding this inaugural event that will include a 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk, along with kids’ activities, sponsor booths and a raffle. Bring any hygiene items, new clothes or shoes for donation to NHYH and receive an extra raffle ticket. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the

first race starts off at 9 a.m. Registration fee is $25 for the 5K and $15 for the 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk. To register, go to, switch the dropdown location to Tempe and type in keyword search “Art Dash.” The money raised from the event will assist NHYH in providing summer trips, recreation equipment, extra-curricular activities, music lessons and general household items to the youth it serves. For more information about NHYH, visit

Athlos student takes top prize Seventh-grader Emily WoodwardShaw, a student at Athlos Traditional Academy in Chandler, is the recipient of a Gold Medal for Photography in the national 2013 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards competition. Emily received a Gold Key Award at the Southwest Regional Competition in February, then went on to win the national award with her photograph, “Standing By,” taken behind the scenes of a dance theatre performance. She is now eligible to take part in the awards ceremony May 31 at Carnegie Hall in New York City, as well as participate in National Events while there, including workshops with local organizations, lectures by well-known artists, curatorial

talks and museum tours. Only 1% of the 230,000 entries received for the competition received national recognition. The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is celebrating its 90th year of choosing visionary, emerging artists, writers and filmmakers; past winners include Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Robert Redford and Joyce Carol Oates. Athlos Traditional Academy is at 3201 S. Gilbert Rd. in Chandler. For more information about Athlos Traditional Academy, visit To learn more about the Scholastic competition, visit

Register for Summer Classes! The Summer Break Time magazine outlining all-ages recreation classes, youth camps and special events for June, July and August is available at libraries and recreation centers and at Registration opens Saturday May 4 at 10 a.m. for residents and Friday, May 10 for non-residents. For more information, call 480-782-2727.

Chandler Recreation Offers A Variety of Summer Activities!

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 five years of age and under to play under parental or guardian supervision. This fun, safe and clean area provides a variety of toys, equipment and activities that are sure to keep the kids entertained. There is a maximum of four children per adult. Fee included in all TRC family passes. There is a $2 fee ($3 non-resident) per child. For more information call 480-782-2900.

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The annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration held on Saturday, May 4 honors the Hispanic community's many contributions to the City of Chandler. The free festival runs from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Downtown Library Plaza and features the popular Chihuahua races and the crowning of the King and Queen Chihuahua.

The Dive-In movie at Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center (5901 S. Hillcrest Dr.) on April 26 will feature Iron Man (Pg-13) When wealthy industrialist Tony Stark is forced to build an armored suit after a life-threatening incident, he ultimately decides to use its technology to fight against evil. Seating at 7 p.m., movie starts at 7:30 p.m. Bring an innertube and the entire family to enjoy the adventure poolside. Float along or watch from the sidelines. Enjoy a poolside movie for only $0.25 per person!

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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 tumbleweed for more information.

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.

Stay Connected Follow us on Instagram (@ChandlerRec) Twitter (@ChandlerRec), 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.


Frio Mio hosts Hamilton fundraiser A benefit for Hamilton High’s Theatre Department, featuring an open mic event, will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Sat., April 20 at Frio Mio Frozen Yogurt, 4991 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler. Open mic is from 7 to 9 p.m.; all who sign up to participate will receive a complimentary Frio Mio gift card. Each participant will be given approximately five minutes. Guests have the opportunity to win door prizes. Frio Mio owner Geoff Roehrick will contribute 50% of the night’s proceeds to the theatre club. Donations will also be accepted on site.

For more information or to sign up in advance for the open mic event, call Roehrick at 480-609-0007 or email

April 20 – May 3, 2013


Silent auction, dinner benefit Chandler Montessori Chandler’s Casa del Niño Bilingual Montessori hosts a silent auction and dinner from 3 to 6 p.m. Sat., April 20. The event features live music all evening, with a special performance by the school’s students at 3:30 p.m. Auction items include fine jewelry, event tickets,

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spa gift certificates and more. Tickets are for sale at the door for $20 per adult or $10 per child, with dinner included in admission price. All proceeds go directly toward renovating three new classrooms at the school opening in the fall. Casa del Niño is at 2625 W. Queen Creek Dr., Suite 6 in Chandler. To learn more, call 480-963-2550 or visit

Journalism scholarship deadline nears Two $500 scholarships are available for high school students planning to study journalism at an Arizona university or community college in fall 2013. Deadline is Sun., April 21 to apply for the Arizona Press Women Memorial Journalism Scholarships, offered through Arizona Press Women, a statewide organization of professional communicators. For applications, requirements and further instructions, visit or contact scholarship chair Joan Westlake at 480-968-8902 or

SWIM: SWIMkids USA offers swim lessons and water safety and drowning prevention special events throughout May and June. Submitted photo

Families can enjoy exercise, arts and crafts, entertainment and more together, all while aiding at-risk youth, during the first annual NHYH Art Dash, Sun., May 5 at Kiwanis Park, 6111 S. AllAmerica Way in Tempe. New Horizons Youth Home Inc. (NHYH) is holding this inaugural event that will include a 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk,

along with kids’ activities, sponsor booths and a raffle. Bring any hygiene items, new clothes or shoes for donation to NHYH and receive an extra raffle ticket. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the first race starts off at 9 a.m. Registration fee is $25 for the 5K and $15 for the 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk. To register, go to, switch the drop-down

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April 20 – May 3, 2013

Summer basketball camp covers basics Boys and girls entering grades K through 8 can learn the fundamentals of shooting, passing and dribbling at the 2013 Hamilton Huskies Basketball Camp this summer at the Hamilton High School gymnasium. Camp will be held the weeks of June 3 through 6 and June 10 through 13. Students in kindergarten through second grades attend from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.; third through fifth grades 10:30 a.m. to noon; and sixth through eighth grades noon to 1:30 p.m. Cost is $60 for kindergarten through second grades, and $75 for third through

eighth grades. Hamilton High is at 3700 S. Arizona Ave. in Chandler. Register online at Page/1060, or contact Coach Hartwig for more information at 480-883-5213 or

Nominations sought for best teacher

Teachers in the Chandler and Queen Creek Unified school districts and Gilbert Public Schools are eligible for Aspen Orthodontics’ fifth annual “My Teacher is the Best” essay contest. Students ages 7 to 18 are invited to submit a brief essay of no more than 300 words on why they think their teacher is the best. The winning teacher receives a pizza or ice cream party for his or her classroom and a $25 Visa gift card for school supplies. Essays should be submitted to info@ with the subject line “My Teacher is the Best Essay Contest.” All entrants need to include name, school, teacher’s name, grade, phone number and how they heard about the contest. Deadline for entries is May 10. Aspen Orthodontics is at 3980 E. Riggs Rd., Suite 1 in Chandler. For more information, visit or email info@

Famous Dave’s gives back to teachers Local teachers and educators receive a free Famous Dave’s BBQ “Two Meat Salute” to celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Day Tue., May 7 at Famous Dave’s BBQ locations throughout the Valley, including 3250 W. Frye Rd., Chandler and 2206 E. Williams Field Rd., Gilbert. Arizona teachers and educators with valid photo identification and a copy of their teaching certificate are eligible for the free meal. The “Two Meat Salute” is a choice of two different meats: St Louis-style spareribs, Georgia chopped pork, Texas beef brisket, hot link sausage, Southside rib tips, beer-battered cod, country–roasted or barbeque chicken and traditional or boneless chicken wings. The “Two Meat Salute” is served

with a honey-buttered corn muffin and a choice of one side. “We have so much appreciation and respect for our local educators and want to dedicate this day to them and show our support of their efforts,” says John Erlandson, owner of the Valley’s four Famous Dave’s BBQ Restaurants and Catering company. “We encourage our community to come in and say thanks and shake the hands of those who teach and educate our children, the future of America.” For full offer details, visit

Kids Tai Chi and more at Tao Healing Center Area kids ages 7 years and older can take part in “Kids Tai Chi with Mom and Dad” from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturdays at Tao Healing Center, 1840 W. Chandler Blvd., Suite D-7, Chandler. The class aims to help children enhance self-control, confidence and emotional stability through the practice of “Heaven Tai Chi.” The class culminates in a public performance at the end of the year. The suggested donation is $10 per family. New students of Tao Healing Center

can try one free class in April. The center offers a variety of classes for holistic healing and complete wellness, including “Tao Tai Chi,” “Chair Yoga,” “Healing Yoga,” “Tao Diet” and more. Free classes are also available year-round for disabled veterans, seniors older than 65 and children 16 and younger. To learn more, visit taohealingcenters. org, call 480-786-6000 or email


Free swim lessons for second-graders Free swim lessons are available to all qualifying second-graders at Chandler-Gilbert YMCA in April and May, thanks to a generous donation from Dignity Health. Lessons are held from noon to 3 p.m. on weekends and are available only to Chandler residents. Students will receive

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eight half-hour swim lessons from a YMCA instructor. Parents and students also receive a free water safety briefing. Chandler-Gilbert Family YMCA is at 1655 W. Frye Rd. in Chandler. For more information, visit or call 480-899-9622.

Scholarship opportunity for first-gen college students Applications are accepted now through May 24 for the “I’m First” Scholarship from the Center for Student Opportunity (CSO), a $2,000 four-year renewable scholarship for matriculating first-generation college students. Students are considered firstgeneration college students if neither parent has earned a four-year college degree. Students eligible to apply must be graduating high school or home-schooled seniors in the U.S. and matriculating to an eligible four-year college or university. Along with the scholarship, national

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SCIENCE KIDS: Paragon Science Academy students celebrate their first-place win at the 29th annual Science Olympiad. Submitted photo

Paragon Science Academy of Chandler will represent Arizona at the Science Olympiad National Tournament 2013 in May at Wright State University in Dayton, OH, after earning first place in the B Division for sixth through ninth graders at the 29th annual Science Olympiad. The school welcomes donations from businesses and individuals to help the team offset the expense to attend the national competition in May. The opening and awards ceremonies of the national tournament will be

streamed live May 17 and 18 at wright. edu/streaming. The Science Olympiad features competitions in biology, chemistry, earth science, astronomy, physics and technology. Paragon Science Academy is at 5580 W. Chandler Blvd. in Chandler. The school is part of Sonoran Schools and focuses on STEM education. To donate, contact the school at 480-753-3889 or email stanyeri@ For more information about Paragon Science Academy, visit

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Chandler Fire Department inspects, installs car seats Free car seat inspections and training are available to area parents and caregivers at clinics offered by the Chandler Fire Department from 9 a.m. to noon most Saturdays or by appointment. Clinic locations rotate among various sites around Chandler, including the Chandler Fire Training Facility and Chandler Regional Hospital. During the clinics, certified car seat technicians inspect and install car seats and educate parents and caregivers on their proper use. Appointments are approximately 30 minutes for each car seat installation.

Unscheduled drive-ups are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis as schedules permit. Parents and caregivers are asked to thoroughly clean their car seats before arriving. The program is made possible by a grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. Through the GOHS, the department can also provide a free child safety seat to those who cannot afford one. To make an appointment, call 480-782-2046 or email chandlerfire@, or view the most recently updated clinic schedule at

Call for Girl Scouts award nominations Nominations for Girl Scouts Arizona’s 19th annual Women and Young Women of Distinction Awards are accepted now through June 3. Celebrating the tradition and impact of Girl Scout leadership, the awards recognize Arizona women who experienced Girl Scouting in their youth as well as current Girl Scouts who have demonstrated leadership to make a real and positive difference in the world.

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ART SMART: Art contest winners show off the medals they received for their award-winning work for Airport Dayz, held recently at Chandler Municipal Airport. This year’s theme was “Let Your Dreams Soar.” Back row, left to right, second-place winner Sydney Emerson, third grade; first-place winner Arin Lee, second grade; and first-place winner Alondra Morfin, fourth grade. Front row, left to right, thirdplace winner Adam Quan, third grade; third-place winner Angel Gomez, fourth grade; and secondplace winner Angel Anutunez, fourth grade. Submitted photo

BGCEV celebration big success Nearly $170,000 was raised for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley (BGCEV) at the 28th annual Toyota Financial Services “Bon Vivant—A Celebration of Fine Food and Drink,” held recently at Rawhide in Chandler. More than 2,000 guests attended the event, which featured more than 700 wines and liquors, ales, microbrews and other beverages provided by Bashas’

as well as food from more than 20 Valley restaurants, caterers and resorts, including Ko’Sin Restaurant at Sheraton Wild Horse Pass. The funds raised will help provide opportunities and support leadership and youth development programs for more than 39,000 youth at BGCEV branches. For more information about BGCEV, visit



April 20 – May 3, 2013

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Kids: Win $15 gift card from Changing Hands Bookstore Students who either live in Chandler, Gilbert, Queen Creek or surrounding areas or who attend area schools can win $15 gift cards from Changing Hands Bookstore, thanks to a partnership between the bookseller and the SanTan Sun News. This ongoing, monthly promotion awards a $15 Changing Hands gift card to every youth whose article, story, poem, essay, editorial, book review, photo or illustration is chosen to be printed in the SanTan Sun Kids Opportunity section, while supplies last. The Kids Opportunity section is printed in the Youth Section of the first paper of the month, each month. The best news is that even though only one to three submissions are printed per month, all good submissions are held in a file to be printed in future issues. So if an entry doesn’t win this month, it could win next month—or even the month after that. To enter, visit, click on Youth and then on Student Writer Permission Slip to download a submission-permission slip. Complete the form and have a parent sign it so the paper has permission to print the entry and the author or artist’s byline. Then, email the submission-permission slip and writing or artwork to as a Word file, if writing, or JPEG, if art, or pasted into the email.

Desert Thunder Aquatic Club’s Desert Thunder Age Group Team finished big at the recent Arizona Age Group State Championships. Of the team’s 17 athletes, 14 made it back for at least one finals swim. The meet was highlighted by seven team records, with three swimmers picking up their first Far Western cuts, two swimmers finishing on the podium, six swimmers in Top 8 Finals and eight swimmers with Top 16 Finals swims. Overall, the team left the meet with 64% personal best times. Desert Thunder Aquatic Club has offered professional competitive swim coaching service to Chandler youth since 2000. The team trains at Chandler High School, 350 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. DTAC also serves adult competitive swimmers and triathletes with a Masters team that trains mornings and evenings. For tryout information, contact Coach Bryan Crane at or at 480-686-3909. For more information about the team, visit


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Carlson Champions

Carnival contest – Spring carnival is Fri., April 26, and the class that pre-sells the most wristbands and raffle tickets gets a pizza party. Pre-order raffle tickets of $100 or more earns 15 free tickets, and $250 worth of raffle tickets earns 50 free tickets. Presales are due Mon., April 22. VIP visit – Fox 10’s Cory McCloskey will visit Carlson at 8 a.m. Wed., April 24. Students and staff are encouraged to arrive at school by 7:50 a.m. that day to get ready for the school’s television debut on the south field. Signs and school spirit are required. Help wanted – Forms have been sent home and are available at the front office for parents interested in chairing committees for next year. Also, PTO has an opening next year for its VP of fundraising. Nominations are accepted until Tue., May 7. The special election is held at the next PTO general meeting at 1:30 p.m. Tue., May 14. Calendar: April 24: Fox 10 News live broadcast, 8 a.m. April 26: Spring Carnival, 5-9 p.m. May 3: Jamba Juice Fun Friday, 1:30 p.m., smoothies $3 —Lora Robinson

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Save the date – Wed., April 24 is an early release day. Students will be dismissed at 11:40 a.m. Field days – CTA’s annual Field Days are May 1 through May 3. Students should wear tennis shoes and sunscreen and bring a water bottle on their Field Day. Coaches Robin and Pfeffer have lots of fun, wet activities planned. Parent volunteers are still needed; visit the P.E. website if interested. Budding scientists – Congrats to the sixth-grade science team of Tyler Bonillo, Justin Ngo and Kallen Ruddle, who won first place recently at AZSEF. The Hawks community is proud of these students and their science teacher, Mrs. Iyer. Cool Coyotes – P.E. classes enjoyed a visit from the Phoenix Coyotes recently. The Coyotes taught hockey drills and spoke to students about health and fitness; they also donated equipment to the P.E. department. Kudos – Thanks to the PTO, CTA staff and parent volunteers who pitched in to make the annual Spring Fling a huge success. 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 is not accepted; checks should be made payable to CTAIndependence PTO. 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

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. Music notes – Congrats to Hannah

Youth Szoke, Josh Wright and Kennedy Luther, who were chosen to participate in this year’s Elementary All-State Orchestra. They did a great job representing Fulton and had fun learning the music and meeting other top orchestra students in the state. Kudos also to Josh Wright and Keegan Cunningham, both of whom participated in the CUSD sixth grade Honor Orchestra; they attended rehearsals and performed at Chandler Center for the Arts earlier this spring. Press release – Fulton Newspaper Club recently published its final issue for the school year. Club members met twice a week for an entire quarter, where they worked hard creating different publications for various “hot” topics and practiced editing and drafting for the school newspaper. To view the latest Fulton newspaper, visit the Fulton website and click on Activities. Class notes – Fulton Firsties are digging into the Common Core Curriculum. Students recently completed a geometry shape unit in which they studied the composition of 2D and 3D shapes. Some firstgraders had the opportunity to create 3D shapes with marshmallows and toothpicks. Calendar April 21-27: Volunteer Appreciation Week April 25: Birthday Book Club, Restaurant Night at McDonald’s on Alma School and Chandler Heights roads May 7: Battle of the Books District Finale;

April 20 – May 3, 2013

band concert, fifth grade at 6:30 p.m. May 9: Kindergarten orientation, 5-6 p.m. —Sarah O’Brien

Hull Heroes

Save the date – The last PTO meeting of the school year is 6 to 9 p.m. Wed., April 24 in the Media Center. The PTO will discuss fundraising, the final events of the year and voting on the 201314 PTO Executive Board. If interested in running for a board position, email for information. Fun Run – Students will have the opportunity to raise money for Hull PTO by participating in Hull’s first annual All Star Fun Run. Fundraising begins April 23 and students will run on May 2. Help wanted – Dads, grandpas and uncles, or anyone else interested are invited to help serve muffins and juice to Hull Hero moms at Muffins for Moms on May 10. Volunteers are needed to help set up, serve and clean up between 7 and 9 a.m. that day. Email to sign up. Thanks due – A total of $5,267 was raised for Hull classrooms from the Basket Auction. Thanks to Hull families for donating items and bidding on baskets, and thanks to Marianne Sword for coordinating the event. Calendar April 23-May 2: All Star Fun Run April 24: Early release at 11:30 a.m.; PTO meeting and board election, 6 p.m., Media Center —Kristen Boyd


Jacobson Jets

Run results – Thanks to the support and encouragement of Jacobson families and friends, Jacobson earned more than $38,000 with the Apex Fun Run. Jacobson Jets ran an average of 32 laps, or at least two miles each, on the day of the Fun Run. With the funds raised, the PTO can donate $4,000 to the Jehowskis and Dannenfeldts, and Apex will also donate $1,600 of their profits; purchase $10,000 of new software and teacher resources to support the transition to the Common Core Standards in classrooms; replace the worn and broken picnic tables in the amphitheater area of campus; and purchase 300 new recorders for the Jacobson music program. The remaining money will be saved to meet the future needs of the Jacobson campus and teachers. Calendar April 25: PTO general meeting, 3:15 p.m., updates and elections for the new school year May 10: Morning with Moms — kids, moms and grandmothers invited to join students before school for breakfast pastries and refreshments. —Susan Jehowski

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April 20 – May 3, 2013 students’ annual “Wax Museum,” where each student chooses a famous Arizonan and “becomes” that person.

SNEAKING AROUND: Sneaker of the Month, a program created by Tarwater P.E. teacher Mrs. Traficano, challenges all third-graders to track their physical activities outside of school each month. The class that earns the most minutes earns the golden tennis shoe, the class in second place earns a silver shoe and third place earns a bronze shoe. Every student earns a small prize just for turning in their monthly minute chart; Mrs. Traficano also awards the girl and boy student in each class with the highest amount of minutes with a special certificate. Pictured: Mrs. Traficano and the top two minute earners for Mrs. Meyer’s class for March, Nick Vaccaro and Brooke Ganzini. Submitted photo

FUN IN THE SUN: Students Matthew Peterson, Noah Widmer, Hunter Scatena, Wyatt Kelly and Kerry Zhuo enjoy Tarwater’s Family BBQ. The event allows parents, grandparents and extended family members to join their children for lunch, view Science Fair projects and enjoy the school’s Art Masterpiece Gallery. Submitted photo

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Basha High Bears

WHIZ KIDS: From left to right, Basha High’s Honors Science Research students Brandon Ngo, Tyler Pinho, Ryan Bui, Andrew Kaye, Jillian Solomon, Christopher Kantzos and Ben Westen represented the school well at the recent Arizona Science and Engineering Fair, improving on last year’s overall score. The students scored first-place wins in Behavioral and Social Sciences and Energy and Transportation; second-place finishes in Energy and Transportation, Environmental Management and Materials and Electrical Engineering; and third place in Animal Sciences. Submitted photo

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Earth Day – Andersen celebrates Earth Day on Mon., April 22. Students will participate in Earth- and preservation-related activities during lunch, and Arizona State University’s Sparky will visit. Thanks due – Thanks to the PTO, teachers and staff and other volunteers who helped make Andersen’s recent carnival a big success. Families enjoyed bounce houses, a ring toss, face painting and more. Calendar April 22: Earth Day April 24: Early release day May 6: Teacher Appreciation Week May 7: Celebrate Learning Night May 15: Astro-Notes Musical, 7 to 8 p.m. May 16: Swim party, grades 1 through 5 May 23: Talent Show —Katie Perry CTA-Goodman Gators

Field Days – Jesse Perez Field Days are April 23 through 25. Uniforms are required; students should wear sneakers that are okay to get wet and possibly muddy, and should wear or bring sunscreen, a hat or cap and a water bottle. Mrs. Alvarado would appreciate donations of water balloons. Parent volunteers are also needed; sign up with a teacher to assist. Calendar April 22: Fourth-grade fieldtrip to Grand Canyon, 4:30 a.m.-8 p.m. April 23: Jesse Perez Field Day, kindergarten 9-10:30 a.m., first and second grades 12:25-2:25 p.m. April 24: Jesse Perez Field Day, third and fourth grades 8:30-10:30 a.m.; early dismissal at 11:10 a.m. April 25: Jesse Perez Field Day, fifth and sixth grades 12:25-2:25 p.m. April 26: Volunteer Luncheon, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Media Center May 3: Progress reports sent home —Kathie Butters

Knox Knights

Save the date – The last PTO meeting of the year will be held at 3:30 p.m. Tue., May 7 in the Media Center. Child care will be provided. Young scientists – Vaishalini Sitaraman and Genesy King placed first in Physics in the Elementary Division at AZSEF with their project “Heads in Helmets.” They used a novel apparatus to determine the kinetics of different helmets in daily use. Help wanted – Participants are sought for the 2013-14 Knox PTO board. WE HAVE MOVED TO A NEW AND BIGGER LOCATION!

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BIG WINNERS: Knox students Chloe Leff and Eliana Nash are the recipients of the Grand Award in Chemistry in the Elementary Division at AZSEF with their project “Jolly Ranchers: A Yummy Candy or a Nasty Artificial Dye?” Submitted photo

Contact knoxelementarypto@gmail. com if interested. 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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Community Commentary

Major mistakes parents make by Yvette McSweeney

Parents, you know the drill. You give your child fair warning that your patience has been breached. The battle lines have been drawn and your initial instincts are to demonstrate your power and authority over your child to make the ultimate lasting impression that they are wrong and you are right. The outcome is sure to become explosive! But what if there is another way to communicate lasting principles to your strong-willed child by employing parenting practices that will defuse their intended power grab, set them on the road to responsible choices and teach them the lasting lesson that life holds natural consequences in the face of negative behavior? Most parents, in fact, breathe a sigh of relief when they learn that there is a better way: One that preserves their sanity and increases their parenting effectiveness. I learned this over the years via the road of experience. I am a mother of four grown children and grandmother of three, and I have taught school at New Vistas Center for Education for 18 years. Parents laughingly have asked me, “Would you mind raising my daughter or son?” When I realized that they were only half joking, I decided to share some of what I have learned over the years. I rarely get angry and frustrated, two of the most frequent complaints of parents of children of all ages and here’s why, or should I say, here’s how: • At the top of my arsenal of tools is the word “detachment”. No matter the level of emotion elicited by your child, don’t react, don’t yell, don’t get angry and don’t get nasty. Those responses sound too much like revenge

and burn the bridges of respect toward you. By taking a few minutes to learn the “hooks” your child uses that seem to draw you into conflict, you can maintain control of any situation and teach your child important life lessons at the same time. • Learn what messages you were communicating via your previously emotional-laden responses to these “hooks.” • Never, ever place yourself in the role of being victimized by your child. This gives them enormous power, and serves to drain you of the respect you deserve as a parent. • Appropriate use of humor can defuse volatility in an instant. “Goodness. How do you hold your

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breath so long? How do you that without getting dizzy?” • Effective use of empathy is a great tool when children voice their protests to something they do not want to do. “I understand you don’t want to go to the babysitters. Sometimes I don’t feel like cooking dinner either.” • Ignore nonverbal attempts at disrespect. This is a common “hook” that often leads to a power struggle. As soon as you react, they will know this is a good method to grab your attention. These attempts are not threatening to your authority but expressions of immaturity. In the face of eye-rollingtype behavior, tell your child that you will “come back later in the hopes that they will be older and acting more mature by then.” • Rules without related consequences are not rules. Threats are useless. Action speaks volumes. When your child is irresponsible about leaving his bike in the driveway, lock up the bike for a few days. • Communicate that children will not be allowed to disturb your peace. When they get grousey at the dinner


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table, make them sit at a distance, not in another room asking them to tell you when they are ready to rejoin the family. • Laying out choices is a sound way of negotiating. For example: “Which homework assignment will you do before dinner and which one after dinner?” Sometimes parental anger is justified. In the face of costly disregard of another’s property or when a child either endangers himself or others are two such occasions. But always follow up with a detached tone of voice and appropriate consequences. The bottom line is that I love children of all ages, all genders and all nationalities. My goal every day is to lovingly guide each one of them by means of modeling good behavior in my interactions with each one. It is the best way I have found to nurture little ones into mature adults with dignity, respect, achievement and integrity. Yvette McSweeney is a veteran teacher of 18 years at New Vistas Center for Education and a frequent speaker at EAJ Institute.

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April 20 – May 3, 2013


Letters to the editor

Auto technology saves fuel, reduces CO2 emissions

Every year, traffic congestion in metro Phoenix produces 944 million pounds of excess CO2 emissions and leads to more than 46 million gallons of excess fuel consumption, according to recent findings from Texas A&M Transportation Institute’s annual “Urban Mobility Report.” Although it’s impossible to eliminate all the headaches associated with the daily commute in the Valley, auto start-stop technology has the potential to address the emissions and gas consumption that result from it. Auto start-stop technology saves consumers fuel when the car is standing

and running at idle. When a vehicle comes to a stop, this feature will automatically switch the engine off, reducing gas consumption and exhaust emissions to zero. As soon as the driver releases the brake pedal, the engine restarts and is ready to go by the time the driver presses the accelerator pedal. Vehicle idling is a reality in any commute. In fact, studies show drivers encounter an average of 10 to 15 red lights and stop signs on a typical 20mile commute, which can add five to 15 minutes of idle time and wasted gas. Not a big deal? According to the U.S. Department of Energy, “Idling can use

a quarter to a half gallon of fuel per hour, depending on engine size and air conditioner use.” In heavy traffic areas with hot weather such as those found in our metro area, auto start stop technology will provide the greatest benefits. If even just one out of every 10 commuters in the Phoenix area utilized auto start stop, traffic congestion would result in more than 2 million fewer pounds of CO2 emissions and 103,017 fewer gallons of fuel consumed for the entire metro area every year. While this technology has the potential to bring significant benefits to our community and around the country, it is not widely available at the moment. In fact, outside of luxury vehicles, only

the 2013 Ford Fusion 1.6 liter EcoBoost offers drivers the option of adding auto start stop technology. And while luxury vehicles typically price this feature at several thousand dollars, Ford offers it for only $295. At San Tan Ford, we are encouraged by Ford Motor Company’s green efforts and we look forward to an expansion of this new technology in the Ford vehicle lineup. We also hope that other automakers follow Ford’s leadership on this issue, considering the dramatic impact it can make on our environment. Happy Earth month! Tim Hovik General manager and owner, San Tan Ford

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April 20 – May 3, 2013


Neighbors Fitness tips from Orangetheory

See St. Steven come to life

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Where to eat pages 67-70

Bourbon Street brings Big Easy fare Walk to fight against cancer Chandler Relay for Life May 3-4

DOWN TIME: Bourbon Street Bar & BBQ has a newly enlarged bar, and offers live music, karaoke and a daily happy hour. “It’s a place where you can go any night of the week to enjoy some good food and hang out with people you know from the neighborhood,” explains co-owner Anna Thibodeaux. Photo by Ron Lang by K.M. Lang

Jonesing for jambalaya? Greedy for gumbo? New Orleans cuisine has arrived at Bourbon Street Bar & BBQ, a new eatery tucked away at Gilbert and Chandler Heights roads in the space previously occupied by Tom’s BBQ. “We’re Louisiana-style barbecue and Cajun food,” says Anna Thibodeaux, who owns the restaurant with her partner, Ted Henn. “Our motto is ‘good food, good friends and good times,’ and everyone knows that if you’re in Louisiana, the place to go for good food, good friends and good times is Bourbon Street.” Thibodeaux has been cooking Cajun for more than 25 years, and Henn brings a passion for barbecuing and smoking

TASTY TIES: Anna Thibodeaux and Ted Henn, owners of the new Bourbon Street Bar & BBQ, have a deep connection to the New Orleans fare served at their restaurant. “We’ve both spend a lifetime loving the food,” says Anna. “My last name is Thibodeaux, and you can’t get more Cajun than that.” Photo by Ron Lang

meats. The restaurant’s fare, prepared by Chef Dave Warner, incorporates Mojeaux, a blend of Cajun seasons developed by Thibodeaux. “That’s the foundation of all of our cooking and dishes,” she explains. “It’s different than what anyone else is using. Our ribs are so good with this Mojeaux-based rub, you don’t even really need sauce.” Along with ribs, Bourbon Street’s menu includes po’ boys, fried oysters, boudin balls and fried okra, as well as gumbo and jambalaya. “Those are comfort foods,” Thibodeaux says of the last two. “They’re staples in most Louisiana kitchens. Gumbo is like a thick soup. Ours has chicken and andouille sausage with the typical Cajun vegetables—celery, onions and green peppers—served with a little rice. It really is one of our best dishes. Jambalaya is usually a mixture of whatever mama had left in the kitchen. In ours we use shrimp and Cajun vegetables, and it’s like a Cajun rice pilaf. “The misconception is that Cajun food is all very hot and very spicy,” she adds. “It’s not. It’s well-seasoned. Cajun and Creole—everything in Southern Louisiana—is really a mixture of a lot of different backgrounds and nationalities of food, so there’s French, Italian, Spanish and African.” If diners do want “that heat of what most people think of as Cajun food,” says Thibodeaux, “the blackened catfish is wonderful.” And those looking for something sweet can dive into the “black magic voodoo cake,” a rich chocolate cake with pecan, praline and chocolate ganache. see BOURBON STREET page 51

Join an anticipated 1,400 people who will walk the track all night long in solidarity of the fact that cancer never sleeps, when the Chandler Relay for Life (RFL) begins its 12-hour event 6 p.m. Fri., May 3 at Basha High School, located at 5990 S. Val Vista Dr., Chandler, to raise money for the American Cancer Society (ACS). More than 130 teams will participate until 6 a.m. Sat., May 4 in different laps that coincide with the theme “Relay Through The Decades,” in honor of ACS’ 100th birthday. A tie die fashion show, team scavenger hunt and hula hoop contest are also planned. A luminaria ceremony, in which all the lights are turned off and participants walk in silence with candles, is also planned. “I am not a doctor or researcher,” says Chandler Relay chairman, Mike Perry, who walks the track for his nephew, R.J., who lost his battle with cancer at age 24. “RFL gives me the opportunity to fight back by raising dollars to fund doctors and researchers so no family has to lose a loved one by cancer.” see WALK page 49

CELEBRATE LIFE: Alan Zaben, a two-time cancer survivor, is on the Relay For Life Committee. Submitted photo

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Chihuahua Races

TROPHY DOG: 2012 race winner “Gussie” poses with owners Juliette and Joshua O’Neill. Submitted photo

A full day of fun and excitement is planned for the 16th annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration and Chihuahua Races, set for 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Sat., May 4 in Downtown Library Courtyard, 100 E. Commonwealth Ave. in Chandler. In addition to the popular Chihuahua Races, the event will feature two stages of entertainment, food vendors and the Día de los Niños Health Fair, sponsored by the UnitedHealthcare Community Plan, which includes free health screenings and healthy living information. The library will offer crafts and information, plus appearances by Maya and Miguel, popular characters from the animated children’s television series aired on PBS. The famous Chihuahua races will begin at 2 p.m., followed by the crowning of the King and Queen Chihuahua. Registration for the races begins at noon and is open to the first 150 dogs. The cost to enter a dog is $20. The fee to enter a Chihuahua in the King and Queen coronation is $10. A trophy and $500 will be awarded for first place in the Chihuahua races. Second and third place winners will

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April 20 – May 3, 2013


Firefighter candidates invited to recruitment event

Interested prospective firefighter candidates can begin the recruitment process by registering during a free two-day event from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sun., April 21 or 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mon., April 22 at Tempe Diablo Stadium, 2200 W. Alameda Dr. Chandler, Scottsdale and Tempe fire departments are working jointly to prequalify and register up to 1,500 potential firefighter candidates. The registration period will end each day once 750 applications are processed, possibly ending 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.” Each of the three fire departments will pay approximately $16,000, which is a significant cost savings for each city, by joining forces and splitting the costs on the multi-city firefighter recruitment and testing process. The three departments also conducted a joint recruitment in 2010.

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, 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 multi-city 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. Once prequalified, candidates will be given the opportunity to take a written test on May 29 or May 30. An eligibility list for future firefighting jobs with the departments, which will remain valid for two years, will be created from the results of that general knowledge test. Currently, there are no open firefighter positions in any of the three participating cities. Go to for the multi-city registration form, a list of required documents to bring to the registration event, a map of the event site and a list of frequently asked questions.

Take a swing for Legacy Schools Hit the links to benefit Legacy Traditional Schools during the first Legacy Classic Golf Tournament, with a 10:30 a.m. registration and noon shotgun start, Sat., April 27 at Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club, 48456 W. Hwy. 238, Maricopa. The fundraising event continues with a banquet and auction at 6 p.m. There is also an online auction. Athlos Traditional Academy, 3201 S. Gilbert Rd., Chandler, with nearly 7,000 students in kindergarten through eighth grade, is one of seven charter schools across the state operated by Legacy Traditional Schools. Participants can receive up to $400 in individual tax credits, and scholarships are tax deductible. Visit or email to learn more.


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Take the ‘Kaju CrossPIT Challenge’ Join self-defense class, summer athlete program

Get fit and strong with Kajukenbo Arizona’s new PIT Arizona Fitness Challenge, running May 1 through June 14. Participants can eat healthy snacks while mingling with others and PIT Partners at the kick-off event from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wed., May 1 at its Mesa/Tempe location at 2602 W. Baseline Rd., Suite 1, Mesa. Then participants are invited to work out at unlimited CrossPIT classes at either its Mesa location or its Gilbert / Queen Creek location at 3978 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Suite 101, Gilbert. “Many of you may be nervous or hesitant to join us—don’t be! Maybe you have seen a CrossPIT workout and are worried you can’t keep up. Have no fear! CrossPITs are designed to work for everyone. Further, the positive and encouraging atmosphere at Kajukenbo Arizona guarantees you will be free from judgmental and negative influences,” says Sifu Jennifer Corder of Kajukenbo Arizona. This fitness program offers many benefits, including specialized CrossPIT workouts to increase strength, leanness and stamina; personalized nutrition support where participants can choose from meal based or exchange programs, both of which are great for any dietary limitations and preferences; motivation and support to encourage success from

instructors who are also participating and training side-by-side; a private Facebook group for questions, support and motivation; a specialized website and newsletter to give all the information needed to succeed; a PIT swag bag that includes a special edition PIT Shirt, jump rope, measuring tape and more; and special deals and discounts from PIT Partners during the entire program. This unique six-week fitness package is offered for $159 for nonstudents, or $59 for adult students enrolled in traditional Kaju, MMA or CrossPIT programs. Space is limited, so enroll soon.

Defend yourself

Each quarter, the school hosts its self-defense classes for women and children at both locations at no charge; in return they ask for your help in spreading the word about Kajukenbo Arizona. The next self-defense class is Sat. May 4 at both of Kaju AZ’s locations. Classes for children ages 5 years and older begin at 10 a.m., and classes for women ages 14 years and older start at 11:30 a.m. Classes are also held Aug. 17 and Nov. 2. The 60-minute instruction covers a variety of useful and powerful techniques including kicks, strikes, defenses from front grabs, hair pulls, back grabs, arm grabs and even verbal techniques.

Children will increase their awareness of their surroundings, learn new skills and gain confidence. The best way for a child to stop a bully is for that child to feel confident. A self-defense class can give children and teens the self-confidence and enhances the skills they need to walk away from a bully’s challenge without long-lasting damage or, if necessary, defend him or herself. Younger students are welcome to sit in the room during the adult training or are welcome to wait in the adjacent homework rooms. Each student receives a two-week pass to continue training and learn more. Students are encouraged to wear loose fitting athletic wear.

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who participate in team sports at school. Each student can join the program at the discounted rate of $50 per month, paid in advance, and invite their coach to attend CrossPIT classes at no charge. Each school that has two or more students participating will receive a donation of $50 per participant from Kajukenbo Arizona for their school’s athletic program. “Summer is definitely a time for students to rest and enjoy a break. However, the transition to fall sports is much easier if the athletes are consistently working out,” explains Head Instructor Kelly Corder. “Our family friendly environments provide old school, hard core workouts that can be accomplished at all fitness levels. Our experience is that student athletes finish summer stronger and with better overall fitness which is a benefit to both athletic and academic programs.” Register online for the Mesa location at: event?llr=7f8gszjab&oeidk=a07e70sd5vu 569fccc4. Register online for the Gilbert location at: event?llr=7f8gszjab&oeidk=a07e70sb8uh 10a7ec4d. Kajukenbo Arizona offers practical karate, mixed martial arts and elite fitness for the entire family. Its style is based on a blend of blend of karate, judo, jiu-jitsu, kenpo, kung fu, as well as MMA and ground fighting. For more details, email sifu@kajuaz. com, call 480-755-3008 or visit facebook. com/kajukenboaz or



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Fitness tips from Orangetheory With spring and summer right around the corner, many Valley women are working hard on getting their body bikini-season ready, but what most women don’t know is that they could actually be doing more harm than good to their bodies, according to Orangetheory Fitness Chandler trainer Valarie Sanford. The Chandler studio is one of six Orangetheory Fitness locations in the Valley, at 900 W Germann Rd. in Pecos Ranch. Orangetheory Fitness is a one-of-a-kind, group personal training workout broken into intervals of cardiovascular and strength. The workout can torch more than 1,000 calories in a one-hour session. Sanford shares some tips about the four major mistakes that many women make when trying to get in shape: 1. Being cardio obsessed: It is important to incorporate cardio and strength training into a workout to burn the most calories. Cardio gets the heart rate up and burns fat calories, but strength training continues to burn calories even after the workout is finished. 2. Only focusing on one or two muscle groups: Many women long for model abs and butts, but to truly see full-body results and burn more calories women need to work out multiple muscle groups in various ways. 3. Not fueling a workout: Women have a tendency

FEEL THE BURN: Orangetheory Fitness Chandler Trainer Valarie Sanford sheds light on the misconceptions. Submitted photo

not to eat when they are trying to lose weight, which actually can make them fatter, unhealthier and in danger of fainting. When working out, a body needs fuel, and if it doesn’t have the proper food to fuel it, it goes into “starvation” mode, which stores fat. It also lowers blood sugar and causes binge eating. 4. Not tracking progress: Women may set unrealistic weight loss and fitness goals, then become unsatisfied and give up when they don’t meet their own expectations. It is important to healthily track progress and celebrate even the small victories, like the ability to increase speed on the treadmill. For more information, visit or call 480-327-6021.

Fresh produce at ‘Market on the Move’ Get fresh veggies and fruit for a reasonable price at the last Market on the Move of the season until October, 7:30 to 11 a.m. Sat., May 11 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. Shoppers are encouraged to get there early as the food goes quickly. For more information, visit and



April 20 – May 3, 2013

RACES from page 43

Spring events at San Tan Park Get outdoors and into the beautiful, spring weather with a month of activities and events from hiking, biking and archery to stars, flowers and wild creatures at San Tan Mountain Regional Park, 6533 W. Phillips Rd., Queen Creek. CALLING ALL CHIHUAHUAS! Dog owners can preregister online through May 3 to participate in the Chihuahua Races and Coronation events at chandleraz. gov/cinco. Submitted photo

receive trophies and $300 and $200, respectively. King and Queen winners will receive a cash prize and special coronation cape. Presented and sponsored by the Si Se Puede Foundation, the event is also sponsored by Chandler Republic, City of Chandler, PRfect Media, Prensa Hispana Newspaper and UnitedHealthcare Community Plan. For more information, visit chandleraz. gov/cinco.

ON YOUR MARKS: Get set, go! Chihuahuas anxiously await the race start at last year’s Chihuahua Races. Submitted photo

Archery 101, 202

Get behind the bow with a fun introduction to archery from 10 to 11:30 a.m., Sat., April 20, sponsored by Maricopa County Parks and Recreation and Arizona Game and Fish. Children ages 8 and older and adults are welcome to participate in the fun and safe sport of International Target Style Archery. All equipment is provided, and participants must wear closed-toe shoes. Take your archery skills to the next level by fine-tuning your technique through a variety of fun games and exciting shooting exercises in the Archery 202 class, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sat., April 20. Participants must successfully complete a Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Archery 101 or Intro to Archery class and present their archer’s card to the instructor before the start of the class. This class is open to ages 8 and older. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Bring water, hats and wear closed-toe shoes. To reserve a spot for either archery class, call 480-655-5554 or email Ranger Adam at

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Sunset full moon hike

Say adios to the sun in the west and hello to the full moon in the east on a cool desert hike from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wed., April 24. Once the sun is gone, the full moon will illuminate the 2.2-mile Sonoran Desert path. Hikers should bring cameras and water for this night hike.

San Tan Shredders go mountain biking

Join a new mountain bike meet-up group at the park 5 to 6:30 p.m. Fri., April 26. Riders of all levels are encouraged to meet at the main trailhead at the designated time. Once everyone has

arrived, there will be a brief chat about the latest in mountain biking news, followed by a quick warm up ride as a group. After the warm up, riders will break up into beginner, intermediate and advanced groups to conquer the trails of San Tan. This is an opportunity to learn new skills, meet local riders and exercise. Bikers should bring plenty of water, a helmet and bike.

Scorpion Scavenger Hunt

Arizona is home to more than 30 species of scorpions. Learn how to tell the harmless ones from the painful ones during a brief presentation focusing on the basics of living with scorpions in the desert from 7 to 7:30 p.m. Sat., April 27. Find out how scorpions can be fascinating and not scary. Bring a black light and stay for an exciting scorpion scavenger hunt starting at 8 p.m. Sat., April 27. Head into the beautiful Sonoran Desert at night armed only with a black light, flashlight and water bottle to see scorpions glowing in the distance. Join the ranger on a special evening adventure through the park searching for scorpions on a 1-mile expedition on the Goldmine Trail. Black lights will be available to rent for $3 at the visitor center through the Friends of San Tan. For more information about any of these programs, contact Interpretive Ranger Adam Martell at 480-655-5554, ext. 201 or visit


April 20 – May 3, 2013

WALK from page 43


Adult day services seeks volunteers, donations Volunteers are invited and donations are welcome at The Perfect Place, a nonprofit adult day care open from 1 to 4 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and located on the campus of the Risen Savior Lutheran Church and School at 23914 S. Alma School Rd., Sun Lakes. Volunteers, contributions from service organizations, personal donations to the scholarship fund and Beanie Babies are greatly appreciated to enable the program to better serve its community. The Perfect Place provides a loving and caring afternoon social program by staff and volunteers for adults, including a short devotion, sharing time, entertainment, snacks and fun activities such as cards, bingo, bean bag toss and a short session of chair exercises. Call Judy Waltersdorf at 480895-2892, ext. 3 or send an email to to learn more about The Perfect Place program and its volunteer and donation opportunities.

RELAY FOR LIFE: Walkers carry the Relay for Life banner at last year’s event. Submitted photo

Cancer prevention study

involves completing periodic followup questionnaires. The goal of CPS-3 is This year, Chandler RFL is to better understand ways to prevent participating in a cancer prevention cancer and change the results of a study (CPS-3), and coordinator Jill diagnosis in the future. The initial Leneweaver is looking for participants participation will take about 20-30 ages 30-65 who have never had cancer minutes. Enrollees in and are willing to make a long-term the study will have a commitment to the study, which small blood sample drawn at RFL and will complete periodic followup surveys at home for several years that will allow researchers to better understand the genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that cause or prevent cancer. The study will be held at RFL from 5 to 8 p.m. on Fri., May 3. For more information about the CPS-3 study, call 480-963-4056 or 1-888-604-5888, email mjlene@ or visit For information about how to donate or participate in the Chandler RFL, contact Angela Olguin, team chairwoman, at 480495-6682 or angmolguin@hotmail. com, or contact Kim Whitman at 480-659-7368, 602-416-5119 or Visit to learn more. To learn more about cancer topics, visit or call SURVIVORS: Jerry and Marguerite Harter are both cancer 1-800-ACS-2345, where trained survivors. Marguerite is on the Relay For Life Committee. specialists are available to assist Submitted photo 24/7.

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‘Navajo Code Talkers’ featured at library program Multitude of meetings, events in store at MCLD Learn about the select group of Navajo men from the Navajo homeland enlisted in the marines during WWII who devised a code using the Diné—Navajo—language to pass secret information without the enemy ever breaking the code at a special talk. “Armed With Our Language, We Went to War: Navajo Code Talkers,” is held 10 to 11 a.m. Wed., May 1 in the Lecky Center at Ed Robson Branch Library, 9330 E. Riggs Rd., Sun Lakes. For years a cloak of secrecy hung over the service these Code Talkers gave to the U.S. government and country. More than 40 years later, the code was declassified and the Code Talkers were recognized and honored for their military contributions to the war effort by Presidents Reagan and Bush and the Navajo Nation. The discussion centers on how the code was devised and used, personal quotes from the Marines, why the young Marines enlisted in the military and includes photos of the Code Talkers. Laura Tohe, Ph.D., the guest speaker, is Diné—Navajo—and will present personal family photos. She was raised by her family and relatives on the reservation. Dr. Tohe is a professor with distinction in the English department at ASU where she teaches Indigenous American literature, poetry, women’s literature and film studies. She has written and co-authored four award-winning books. She writes essays, stories and children’s plays that have appeared in the U.S., Canada and

Europe. Dr. Tohe wrote a commissioned libretto, “Enemy Slayer, A Navajo Oratorio,” for the Phoenix Symphony. The event is cosponsored by the Friends of the Ed Robson Branch Library and presented by the Arizona Humanities Council. Join the Friends of the Library for their monthly meeting prior to the event, 9 a.m. Wed., May 1 in the Lecky Center at Ed Robson Branch Library.

Book clubs

Read “Falling Together” by Marisa de los Santos, and join the conversation at the Adult Book Discussion Group, 10 a.m. Mon., April 22 in the Meeting Room at Perry Branch Library, 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd., Gilbert. Book enthusiasts can read “The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake” by Aimee Bender, and then participate in the Genre Discussion Group, 3 to 4 p.m. Wed., April 24 in the Staff Conference Room at Southeast Regional Library, 775 N. Greenfield Rd., Gilbert. The Bookends: Adult Fiction Book Discussion group meets 10 to 11 a.m. Tue., May 7 at the Perry Branch Library to discuss “Labor Day” by Joyce Maynard, as well as from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Tue., May 21 at Southeast Regional Library. Check at the Ed Robson Branch Library for this month’s title for the Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion club, which meets 2 to 4 p.m. Wed., May 8 in the Lecky Center.

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Fiber arts

Knitters create and share needlework projects while enjoying fun, food and fellowship of The Common Threads from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thu., April 25, May 9 and 23 in the Newsstand Room at Perry Branch Library. Create and share all types of needlework projects with other local fiber enthusiasts at the Knit2gether meeting, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thu., May 9 at Southeast Regional Library.

Perry film series

Enjoy a viewing of a great indie, foreign or documentary film promptly at 1 p.m. Tue., April 30 and May 28 in the Meeting Room at Perry Branch Library. Popcorn is provided. Check for each month’s film title on displayed posters, the monthly paper event calendar or ask at the customer service desk. More meetings, talks

Genealogy enthusiasts are invited to join Genealogy Club’s monthly program to help trace family roots at 1 p.m. Wed., May 1 at the Perry Branch Library. Guest speaker Fawn Barnes will talk about searching census and tax records. The Hearing Loss Association of America meets 1-3 p.m. Thu., May 9 at Ed Robson Branch Library, where “one-sided deafness” is the topic. Fran Saperstein will share her life with one-sided deafness, vertigo and autoimmune inner ear disease. She will discuss the CROS aid, BiCROS aid, the Baha implant and a SoundBite device. Get an introduction to the Gilbert Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch with a talk by Lisa Herrmann, community education coordinator for the Riparian Institute, at 1 p.m. Thu., May 16 at the Perry Branch Library. This talk will include an explanation of the engineering of the preserve, and its function as a groundwater reclamation facility and nature preserve for riparian habitat.

Mock murder mystery

Investigate a mock murder mystery from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Tue., May 28 through Fri., May 31 at the Southeast Regional Library. Participants can take part on one or all the dates. Glean clues from crime scene pictures and by talking to suspects. Earn a chance to win prizes by correctly guessing “who dunnit.” The mystery will be revealed at approximately 3 p.m. Fri., May 31. Check at the customer service desk for more information. Visit or call 602-652-3000 for more information on any of these programs.


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BOURBON STREET from page 43

CRAVIN’ CAJUN: Bourbon Street’s jambalaya, a Cajun comfort food and diner favorite, is a spicy mixture of shrimp, Cajun vegetables and rice. Photo by Ron Lang

“It’s phenomenal,” says Thibodeaux. “It’s so good, you’ll think a spell’s been put on you.” With its newly enlarged bar and outdoor patio, the atmosphere at Bourbon Street is casual and inviting. The eatery offers happy hour from 2 to 7 p.m. daily, ladies’ night and karaoke on Saturday nights and live music and all-you-can-eat fish fries on Fridays. Bourbon Street will celebrate its grand opening the weekend of April 20 with food and drink specials, and has already received a warm reception from locals, says Thibodeaux. “We’ve been welcomed with open arms by all the regulars. People have really embraced a different concept, different food.” Bourbon Street Bar & BBQ, at 4920 S. Gilbert Rd., Suite 3, opens daily at 11 a.m. Closing time is 9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday; 10 p.m. Thursday, 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 8 p.m. Sunday. For information, call 480-963-2170. K.M. Lang lives and writes in Sun Groves. To contact her, email

April 20 – May 3, 2013


‘Pajamas & Pancakes’ fundraiser kicks off autism walk

Those who want to make a difference and help make Chandler an even better place to live, are invited to consider joining The National Exchange Club’s new Exchange Club in Chandler. A precharter organizational meeting will be at 6 p.m. Wed., April 24 at Mimi’s Café, 2800 Chandler Blvd., Chandler. Exchange club is an exclusively American club with no overseas chapters or clubs, and has a major emphasis on Americanism projects, such as the 9/11 Healing Field in Tempe, a partnership between The Exchange Club of Tempe and the City of Tempe. Other project areas are service to youth and seniors, meeting community needs and the national project, The Prevention of Child Abuse. There are more than 100 Exchange Club Child Abuse Prevention Centers in the United States, including one in Tucson. Exchange Club Centers have helped more than 778,400 families break the cycle of abuse by creating safe and stable homes for 1.8 million children. Exchange Club’s 2012 National Convention was held at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort in Chandler. To make reservations, for more information about Exchange Club or to get a membership application, call Owen Fabert at 480-629-5100.

BREAKFAST FOR DINNER: Chef W and his students, including those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), will prepare the meal at the Pajamas & Pancakes event benefiting autism research April 28. Submitted photo

Eat breakfast in your jammies at the first Zoowalk kick-off “Pajamas & Pancakes” event from 4 to 8 p.m. Sun., April 28 at My AZ Kitchen, 3821 E. Baseline Rd., Suite J140, Gilbert, in honor of National Autism Awareness Month. Hosted by the ASU Autism Research Program, guests can come in their pajamas, enjoy breakfast for dinner and learn more about autism. The event is held in support


of the ninth annual Zoowalk for Autism Research on Oct. 5. James Adams, the founder of ASU Autism/ Asperger’s Research Program will be in attendance. There will be fun for the whole family including a bread-making class, face painting, T-shirt design, a mini farmers’ market and door prizes for everyone in pajamas. The menu entails a selection of pancakes, eggs, bacon and sausage with a choice of coffee or orange juice. Gluten-free and casein-free options will be available. Meals are prepared by Chef W and his assistants, including those with ASD. The suggested donation is $5 for adults $2 for children younger than 12 years. Volunteers are needed for set-up, cooking, to serve and cleanup. For more information or to volunteer, visit zoowalk. org, zoowalkforAutismresearch, or email

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Spiritual Reflections A little light in the darkness by Lynne Hartke

The children filed in for the finale of our weeklong festival at A World of Music. The kids had worked hard for their individual classes of musical theatre, singing, guitar, dance and rhythm. Now it was time to sing the last song, a song about letting their light shine in darkness. Daniel sang for his mom and two aunts. Sam and Eden sang for their brother, parents and grandparents. Dominic and Javier sang for their mom and baby sister. Voices raised. Faces shining. The children held battery-operated candles and sang to a packed crowd of family and friends with cameras flashing from all corners of the sanctuary. Julie sang for only one person. Her dad. And he wasn’t even at the church. He was lying in a room across town under hospice care. Julie’s gaze and voice focused on the cell phone her mom held above the crowd, capturing her daughter’s words.

Sometimes in our wanderings of faith, we step into a moment when we find ourselves rubbing shoulders with the divine. When the dust and weariness of our earthly travel falls away and we can see briefly, yet clearly, into the other side. Author Mary DeMuth calls this a thin place, “a place where heaven and the physical world collide…where eternity and the mundane meet. Thin describes the membrane between the two worlds, like a piece of vellum, where we see a holy glimpse of the eternal.” I found that thin moment, in a

young girl, who when faced with the unimaginable, offered the gift of herself. Her voice, a light in the darkness. “No one, when he has lit a lamp, puts it in a secret place or under a basket, but on a lamp stand, that those who come in may see the light.” Luke 11:33 NKJV Lynne Hartke is the wife of Pastor Kevin Hartke of Trinity Christian Fellowship in Chandler, 50 S. McQueen Rd. For information about A World of Music, a children’s music festival held at the church, call 480-963-7698 or visit

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Don’t miss these performers

A classic music event featuring a concert pianist and a guitarist is set for 2 p.m. Sun., April 28 at Chandler Presbyterian Church, 1500 W. Germann Rd., Chandler. Klara Kukumi-Zawilak, a concert pianist, made her chamber music debut at age 8 on the stages of the Theatre of Opera and Ballet in Tirana, Albania. As she grew up, she won silver medals four years in a row at the Albanian Young Pianists Competition and second place in Los Angeles. She divides her time between teaching at Mesa Community College, performing in concerts and her family. Alexander Zawilak is on the staff of Scottsdale Community College as an adjunct guitar professor. While in high school, he played in the St. Johns University Jazz Band, and studied jazz at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music. While in high school, he also began to explore classical music. He played cello and upright bass in the St. Francis Prep String Orchestra. The church is also having a rummage sale on Sat., April 27 to raise money to send youth to Montlure Presbyterian Church Camp this summer. Donations should be brought to the church by Wed., April 24. For more information, visit


April 20 – May 3, 2013


New officers at Temple Havurat Emet See St. Stephen come to life The community is invited to the installation of officers at Temple Havurat Emet, 7:30 p.m. Fri., May 3 at the Lecky Center of the Ed Robson Branch Library, 9930 E. Riggs Rd., Chandler. Rabbi Janet Madden will talk about the opportunity she had to teach a conversion class to a progressive Jewish Community in Lodz, Poland. While there, she also was able to observe Yom HaShoah—the national day of observation regarding the Holocaust. She was also in Krakow and Auschwitz for this. The 2013-14 officers are Gloria Bitting and Gigi Stacy, co-presidents; Stefan Silverston, ritual vice president;

Barbara Schwartz, membership vice president; Gary Stacy, treasurer; Marty Kraus, recording secretary; Charlotte Currens, corresponding secretary; and Murray Siegel, Sharon Siegel and Sydell Rochman-Pascale, directors. The Sisterhood of Temple Havurat Emet will hold its annual installation of officers 4:30 p.m. Thu., April 25 at home of Margo Philbrick. The officers are Linda Brooks and Beverly Worthing, copresidents; Charlotte Currens, secretary; and Gigi Stacy, treasurer. Following the installation a light supper will be served. For more information, visit

Sisterhood is in charge

Annual service, luncheon, fashion show The annual Shabbat service of the Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation Sisterhood will take place 7 p.m. Fri, May 10 in the Chapel Center in Sun Lakes. Rather than Rabbi Irwin Wiener conducting the monthly service, sisterhood members will be in charge. The sisterhood’s final event of the season is 11:30 a.m. Thu., May 16 in the San Tan Ballroom of the Cottonwood Country Club, when the paid up, end-ofyear luncheon, including a fashion show courtesy of Dress Barn, is scheduled. Guests are also welcome at $20 per person., which includes a lunch of either Maui chicken salad or Mediterranean steak salad. Send reservations to 9006 E. Copper Dr., Sun Lakes, AZ 85248 and include the luncheon selection.

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 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.

Other sisterhood news

Note cards are for sale at all sisterhood meetings for $10 for a packet of 10. For more information, call Marilyn at 480-940-1916. Comments and suggestions are welcomed by the co-presidents. Call Carol at 480-895-3168 or Geri at 480-305-0123.

JUST 10 YEARS OLD: Cameron Ellsworth plays the part of Stevie, in the one-act play about the life of St. Stephen at St. Steven’s Catholic Church. Submitted photo

See a one-act play about the life of St. Stephen as seen through the eyes of a young child, 7 p.m. Fri., April 26 and 1 p.m. Sun., April 28 in the Great Hall of St. Stephen Catholic Church, 24827 S. Dobson Rd., Sun Lakes. Refreshments

will be served after both performances. Stevie is played by 10-year-old Cameron Ellsworth, a fifth grader at Jane D. Hull Elementary School in Chandler. St. Stephen is played by Jared Brooks, a 17-year-old junior at Hamilton High School in Chandler. Terry Tafaya Earp, who has been writing plays since 1985 and had a major hit in 1990 with her lingerie-themed play “Skimpies,” is the playwright. John Schile, a parishioner who has appeared in more than 70 theatrical productions, is director. The music was composed by the church’s music director, Adam Thorne, who earned his sacred music master’s degree from the Graduate Theological Foundation in Indiana. The production is a fundraiser for the church’s new St. Stephen’s Statue. There will be a free-will offering basket for donations. To reserve tickets, call Diane at 480-895-9266, ext. 107 or visit

Avoid the speed bumps

Learn about recovery, help starving children To find out how to get on the road to recovery, listen to the sermon on April 20 or 21 at Chandler Christian Church, 1825 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler. Contemporary services are 5 p.m. Saturday and 8:15 a.m., 9:45 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Sunday. The Hispanic service is 11 a.m. Sunday.

Connecting Point

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If you are new to CCC or the Christian faith, learn more about your faith and connect to others at CCC starting with Connecting Point, 3:30 to 7 p.m. on Sun., April 21. For more information or to register, visit

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

Volunteer for God

It’s time to start thinking about volunteering for Vacation Bible School, which is a way to serve God, build relationships and love children. For more information, visit volunteers-opportunities-for-vbs-2013.



April 20 – May 3, 2013

A feast for the eyes A guided tour on Thu., May 9 of the Phoenix Art Museum’s exhibit on advances in digital textile printing is the May fundraiser for the Shalom Chapter of Hadassah in Sun Lakes. The works of more than 40 designers are showcased in the amazing exhibit, which has received outstanding reviews. Plans are to meet in the lobby of the museum at 1625 N. Central Ave.

in Phoenix, at 10:45 a.m. Lunch will follow the tour in the museum cafe. Admission is $12, plus an additional $6 for the fundraiser. The museum is easily accessible by car or light rail, and Shalom will arrange car pools for anyone who is interested. For reservations or more information, call Judi at 480-802-4944 or Diane at 480-895-6917.

College student saves public land The film “Bidder 70” is being shown 12:30 p.m. Sun., April 21 in the Sanctuary at Valley Unitarian Universalist, located at 6400 W. Del Rio St., Chandler. The film follows the civil disobedience of Tim DeChristopher, a University of Utah student, who in 2008 successfully bid $1.8 million on 22,000 pristine acres surrounding Utah’s national parks, even though he had no intention to pay or drill.

DeChristopher was indicted on two federal felonies with penalties of up to 10 years in prison, but when Barack Obama took office as president his administration agreed the land should be safeguarded and invalidated the entire auction. A collection will be made to cover the cost of obtaining copyright permission. For more information, call 480-8994249 or visit

Jewish heroes take the stage Children can spend Sun., April 21 with a Jewish hero from 12:15 to 2 p.m. at Chabad Center for Jewish Life, 3875 W. Ray Rd., Suite 6, on the southeast corner at McClintock, Chandler. There will also be a parrot show and planting in the gardens. Youth Zone, a program designed for first- through sixth-graders, is for children to participate in activities, outings and meet new friends, says Rabbi Mendy Deitsch. “The club focuses on teaching children how to make this world a better place for all.” Children should bring a sack lunch. RSVP by emailing Masha@ or call 480-855-4333 for details.

Hospice myths debunked April 27 Learn about the myths of hospice during an Elder Care Conference presented by Hospice of the Valley from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat., April 27 at St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Faith Community, 3450 W. Ray Rd., Chandler. Lunch is included. Also, business cards, brochures and answers to questions will be provided from noon to 2:30 p.m. by representatives from various organizations, including Grand Canyon Planning Associates, Copper Creek Inn, the Area Agency on Aging, Kay’s

Assisted Living Referral Service, Jordan Oriental Medicine, Retirement Insurance Specialists, Schneider Health Insurance, Solterra Senior Living, Veterans Affairs and Visiting Angels. There will also be blood pressure checks. A $10 donation is requested, but no donation is requested to meet with the representatives. The deadline for reservations is April 22. For more information, call 480-899-1990, ext.136 or visit

Spiritual Connections

Call ahead to confirm information, as details occasionally change after print. If you have a recurring monthly support group or meeting you would like listed in Spiritual Connections, email complete details to The Big D 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sundays This program is designed to encourage and empower teens to deal with their feelings and the challenges raised during the divorce or separation of their parents. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church 739 W. Erie St., Chandler Info: 480-963-4127, Celebrate Recovery 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays Join in fellowship and celebrate God’s healing power in our lives through the 12 steps and Eight Recovery Principles. The group addresses all types of habits, hurts and hang-ups. Dinner at 6 p.m. followed by meetings at 6:30 p.m. Free childcare for children ages 12 and younger. CrossRoads Nazarene Church, Ministry Center Rooms 101-103 2950 W. Ray Rd., Chandler Info: 480-722-0700, Celebrate Recovery 6 p.m. Fridays For those with chemical dependencies or other issues. Dinner followed by meetings at 7 p.m. Dinner: $3 adult, $1 child. Free childcare for children ages 12 and younger. Chandler Christian Church, Room B200 1825 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler Info: 480-963-3997, Christian Business Networking, TriCity Chapter–Chandler, Tempe, Mesa 7:15 a.m. Tuesdays Offers members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and business referrals. Crackers & Co. Café 535 W. Iron Ave., Mesa Info: Maia, 480-425-0624, Christian Business Networking, Chandler Bi-Monthly Chapter 7:30 a.m. second and fourth Tuesdays of the month Offers members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and business referrals. Chandler Christian Church, Room B202 1825 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler Info: Maia, 480-425-0624,

Christian Business Networking, East Valley Chapter 7:30 a.m. Wednesdays Offers members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and business referrals. Mission Church Seminar Room 4450 E. Elliot Rd., Gilbert Info: Maia, 480-425-0624, DivorceCare for Adults 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sundays Holy Trinity Lutheran Church 739 W. Erie St., Chandler Info: 480-963-4127, DivorceCare for Kids 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sundays Holy Trinity Lutheran Church 739 W. Erie St., Chandler Info: 480-963-4127, East Valley JCC Parent & Child Playgroup 9:30-10:30 a.m. Fridays Playgroup for parents with children ages 12 months to 2-1/2 years old. East Valley JCC 908 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler Info: Emily Malin, 480-897-0588, East Valley Jewish Couples Club Offers once a month social activities such as dining, movies, plays, etc. for Jewish couples ages 45 to 65 years old. Info: Melissa, 480-785-0744, Forever Marriage Ministries, Wives Standing for Marriage Restoration Support Group 7-8:30 p.m. Mondays Support group of wives committed to marriage no matter the circumstances, offering hope, encouragement, biblical truths, fellowship and prayers, to stand together for the restoration of marriage. Serrano’s Mexican Restaurant, Private Patio Room 959 N. Val Vista Rd., Gilbert Info: Lisa 602-377-8847, Marriage@, Forever Marriage Ministries, God Honoring Wives Support Group 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays Support group of women who believe in the sanctity of marriage, offering teachings, sharing, fellowship and prayers. Serrano’s Mexican Restaurant, Private Patio Room 959 N. Val Vista Rd., Gilbert Info: Lisa 602-377-8847, Marriage@, GriefShare 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays A seminar/support group geared toward adults who have suffered the loss of a loved one. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church 739 W. Erie St., Chandler Info: 480-963-4127, Hearing God’s Voice 8:45-9:45 a.m. Sundays through March 10 For ages from junior high to adult. Childcare available. No charge. Trinity Christian Fellowship 50 S. McQueen Rd., Chandler Info: 480-963-7698, H.O.P.E.—Help Overcoming Painful Experiences 7 p.m. Tuesdays Free weekly small-group sessions helping people overcome emotional pain caused by divorce, grief, addictions and more; free childcare for children ages 10 and younger. Desert Springs Church, Room 106 19620 S. McQueen Rd., Chandler Info:, Jewish Women International, Avodah Chapter 1581 Monthly luncheon Iguana Mack’s 1371 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler RSVP: 480-802-9304, 480-655-8812

Spirituality JumpStart 11:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturdays JumpStart is a sidewalk Sunday school community outreach program serving “some of the poorest neighborhoods” in Chandler, offering snacks, games and teachings about Jesus to area children. Participants meet at Faith Family Church 11530 E. Queen Creek Rd., Chandler Info: Joanne Sweeney, 480-539-8933 Kid’s Sunday School 10-11 a.m. Sundays Unity of Chandler 325 N. Austin Dr., Suite 4, Chandler Info: 480-792-1800, Lift Your Spirit 10 a.m. Sundays Hear inspirational messages and music. Unity of Chandler 325 N. Austin Dr., Suite 4, Chandler Info: 480-792-1800, Moms in Prayer International A group of mothers who meet one hour each week to intercede for their children and schools through prayer. Info: Liane Wright, 480-699-7887, www. Monthly Women’s Fellowship 6:30 p.m. fourth Tuesday of each month The monthly fellowship Bible study of the East Valley Chapter of Christian Women’s Devotional Alliance “ministers to women’s spiritual, emotional and physical needs.” Best Western-Mezona 250 W. Main St., Mesa Info: 480-232-3773

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI)—Chandler Chapter 10 a.m.-noon first and third Wednesday of each month Faith-based “Caring Connection” for those who have loved ones with a mental illness, i.e., schizophrenia, depression, bipolar or anxiety disorder. Find support and share experiences with others. Risen Savior Lutheran Church 23914 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler Info: Joan, 480-883-8871 Revive, Rebuild and Re-Engage 9:45 a.m. Sundays Class helps struggling couples to cope with marital issues and build their relationships with Christ. Chandler Christian Church 1825 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler Info and registration: Rosary Prayer 3 p.m. second Friday of each month St. Steven’s Catholic Church 24827 S. Dobson Rd., Sun Lakes Info: 480-895-9266 Spiritual Chat 7-8 p.m. second Thursday of each month Spiritual topics such as awareness, lucid dreaming, near-death experiences, outof-body experiences, past lives, living gracefully, reincarnation, karma and divine guidance are discussed during Arizona Satsang Society’s Spiritual Chat sessions. Unity Church of Divine Love 325 N. Austin Dr., Suite 4, Chandler Info:, 877-300-4949

April 20 – May 3, 2013

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April 20 – May 3, 2013

‘Doctors of jazz’ have cure for blues

JAZZ IT UP: The Original Wildcat Jass Band from Tucson performs April 21 at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort in Chandler. Submitted photo

Affectionately referred to as the “Wildcats,” The Original Wildcat Jass Band will entertain special guests from 1 to 4 p.m. Sun., April 21 at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort, 1 N. San Marcos Pl. in Chandler. The band hails from Tucson and performs at the invite of the Arizona Classic Jazz Society (ACJS). They are truly “doctors of jazz,” in that some of the members earned doctorates of music and teach at the University of Arizona. The Wildcats offer traditional New Orleans and Chicago jazz, performed in a spirit and style that is true to its musical roots and popular with audiences around the southwest United States. Their energetic performances are steeped in good humor. Cost is $10 for ACJS members, $15 for nonmembers and free for students. Become a member of the ACJS at the concert and get in free. Cost of a yearly membership for a couple is $35, and for a single person is $25. For more information, call 480-620-3941 or go to

Music tunes up April at CCA culture. The choir will Corona del Sol High highlight songs that reflect School Steel Drum Band history, culture, stories and and Jazz Band performs feelings; songs from many with steel pan artist Andy nationalities. Visitors will Narell in a special concert enjoy traditional and notset for 7 p.m. Fri., May 10 so-traditional folk songs, as at the Chandler Center for well as classics, bouncing the Arts, 250 N. Arizona around the globe to offer Ave., Chandler. the taste and flavor of Corona del Sol High many varieties of song. School is known for All three choirs will be its outstanding music performing at this capstone programs. It has recently STEEL SOUNDS: Steel pan artist received the title of A+ Andy Narell joins the Corona del event of the 2012-13 season. Founded in 2008, the music program by the Sol High School Steel Drum Band mission of the Chandler Arizona Educational and Jazz Band on stage at the Children’s Choir is to Foundation. Chandler Center for the Arts on promote the music Narell is an May 10. Submitted photo education of children and international recording to provide high artistic quality music to artist with more than a dozen albums the general public. Repertoire focuses on to his name. He took the pan out of the masters as well as folk and art songs, the steel band and brought it into the while emphasizing beautiful tones and jazz band, exploring the possibilities harmonies. and expanding the role of the pan in Tickets are $15 to $25 for adults and contemporary music. $12 to $18 for youth. Tickets are $10 each.

Children sing

The Chandler Children’s Choir performs “Dancing Around the World,” a program that reflects human nature’s instinct to sing and dance to express joy, 7 p.m. Sat., May 11 at the CCA. The choir will be joined by professional dancers from around the Valley. Music and dance have no language barriers, and every country has songs and dance that reflect its values and

Magic slipper

The classic fairytale “Cinderella” will be performed by Ballet Etudes at the CCA Sat., April 27 and Sun., April 28. The performance features rich sets and costumes and original choreography set to Prokofiev’s score. Tickets are $15 and $20. Visit or call 480782-2680 for tickets and information.

Hitchcock meets hilarious with ‘39 Steps’ Hitchcock and hilarious merge when the bored Richard Hannay meets a baffling beauty who just happens to be a spy trying to save England from a mysterious foreign power in “The 39 Steps,” on stage now through May 18 at the Hale Center Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert. A suspect in the lady spy’s murder, Hannay becomes the target of a nationwide manhunt, pursued by the authorities and a team of assassins from a secret organization called “The 39 Steps.” To save England, and himself, Hannay must keep his wits about him. It’s a whirlwind adventure for this reluctant hero as he encounters a multitude of eccentrics ranging from a suspicious Scotsmen, an evil professor, an innocent female, a milkman and a host of other outrageous characters. “The 39 Steps” pays homage to Hitchcock and the classic films of yesteryear with an unapologetic, tongue-in-cheek flair. A cast of four portrays more than 150 characters. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for ages 6 to 18. Shows run Thursdays through Saturdays. For more information, visit or call the box office at 480-497-1181.


April 20 – May 3, 2013


Authors, artists sought for contests

Fashion show features students’ designs

Tattoo expo makes its mark

Aspiring children’s authors have until May 1 to enter 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 enter. The awards are divided into 35 distinct subject categories, with each category judged by industry experts with specific knowledge of that category. Several prizes will be awarded. Go to or email for contest rules and entry forms.

More than 50 first- and secondyear fashion students from the East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT) will have their designs featured at the eighth annual EVIT Fashion Merchandising Fashion Show, 6 p.m. Thu., May 2 in EVIT’s Culinary Arts building, 1601 W. Main St., Mesa. Forty students have volunteered to model on the 120-foot-long runway. The students’ designs will be judged by eight to 10 experts from the fashion merchandising industry, with the top three being awarded scholarships. The fashion show involves several other EVIT programs. The multimedia program helps the students create portfolios of their work, the Broadcasting/Audio & Media Marketing (BAMM) program provides the music, cosmetology students handle the models’ hair and makeup and students in the video program tape the show. The event also includes a hair show by cosmetology and a display of outfit and chair designs collaborated on by the fashion merchandising and interior design students. Front row tickets are $20, second row tickets are $10 and general seating is $5. For more information

Body art of all colors and designs will be on display during the AZ Tattoo Expo, set for May 3 through 5 at the Mesa Convention Center, 201 N. Center St. in Mesa. More than 150 world-famous tattoo artists and body piercers are expected. Tommy Montoya, from the TLC show “NY Ink,” will be there signing autographs and tattooing throughout the weekend. Montoya rose to national fame after joining the popular TLC show. Spike TV’s Big Gus, from “Tattoo Nightmares,” will also show up to make his mark on the event. Big Gus is known for his amazing work on the Spike TV show where he fixes bad tattoos on real people who have come to him for help. The AZ Tattoo Expo will provide attendees the rare opportunity to see some of the best tattoo artists in the world all under one roof. There also will be henna artists and various tattoo inspired clothing and merchandise for sale on site. Enter to win $500 cash in one of 20 different tattoo contests. Guests can also enter and vote in the “Sullen Angel” model search and check out a wild performance by local suspension artist Steve Haworth & Life Suspended. Daily tickets are available for $20 at the door or $16 presale. Weekend passes are $45 at the door or $35 presale. Children 15 and younger are free with a paid adult ticket. All presale tickets are available at

Young artists

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. Entry forms can be downloaded at A winner will be announced June 15. The winning submission earns a new basic Kindle. The winning logo will also appear on all the foundation’s media materials and website. For contest rules and more information, contact Linda Radke at 480-940-8182 or

YOUNG DESIGNER: East Valley Institute of Technology student Kaitlin Kroum models this stylish dress designed by fellow student Ryann Franklin, one of several EVIT designers who will be featured at a special fashion show on May 2. Photo courtesy of EVIT

or to purchase tickets, email EVIT instructor Kristen Johnson at or call her at 480-461-4141.



April 20 – May 3, 2013

Chorale sings farewell to season The Sonoran Desert Chorale closes its 19th season with “The Hearts Delight: Love and Remembrance,” featuring songs and texts universal in their depiction of longing, tenderness, commitment and loves remembered. The concert takes place 7:30 p.m. Sat., May 4 at First United Methodist Church, 15 E. 1st Ave., Mesa. From the familiar strains of “O Danny Boy” and “My Luve’s Like a Red, Red Rose”

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to the contemporary sound of the Beatles and Andrew Lloyd Webber, these songs touch everyone. The more than 60-member chorale performs these memorable songs. Tickets are $15 general admission and $12 for seniors, children and groups of 10 or more. Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling 480-305-4538.

EVCT holds auditions for musical Youths from age 8 to 18 who can sing, dance and act are being sought by the East Valley Children’s Theatre for its upcoming production of “Huff ‘n Puff, the story of three pigs” by C. Lynn Johnson and Kathie McMahon. Auditions will take place May 9 and 10 at the EVCT Rehearsal Studio, 4501 E. Main St., Mesa. Audition times are as follows: 5 p.m. for ages 8 through 11 and 7 p.m. for ages 12 through 18 on Thursday; 11 a.m. for ages 12

through 18, and 5 p.m. for ages 8 through 11, on Friday. Auditions will consist of dancing, singing and reading from the script; no advanced preparation is needed. Come dressed for movement and bring a photo that can be left at the audition. The family friendly musical runs June 20 through 30. For details, call 480-756-3828 or go to

Redneck Games entertain at BBQ fest The Redneck Games Arena, featuring redneck-inspired competitions—from watermelon seed spitting contests and arm wrestling, to hubcap hurling and horseshoe games with toilet seats—has been added to the fourth annual Arizona BBQ Festival, set for Sat., April 20 at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick Resort, 7555 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale. The festival will feature more than 25 top barbecue purveyors, as well as six

live bands on the main stage, culminating with headliner Metalhead at 7 p.m., paying tribute to ‘80s hair bands like Bon Jovi, Poison and Van Halen. Other entertainment will include mechanical bull riding, helicopter rides and a huge kid’s zone. Additional fees may apply. Tickets are $12 general admission, and kids 12 and younger get in for free. Visit for the latest information.

MUST LOVE DOGS: Scottsdale artist Ron Burns has the ability to look into the souls of the animals he meets and reflect them back in his art, like this portrait titled “Scissy,” which will be on display at the Mesa Contemporary Art Museum beginning May 2. Photo courtesy of Ron Burns

Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum (MCA) hosts several exhibitions this spring that will showcase the artistic talent from Arizona and beyond. The opening reception for the exhibition will take place 7 to 10 p.m. Fri., May 10 at the MCA, 1 E. Main St., Mesa. The reception is free and open

to the public, featuring musical entertainment from the Riverproof Band. Artists featured in the exhibition will be attendance. Light refreshments will be served. Exhibits include American Dream, a collaborative effort by the artists of Eye Lounge Contemporary Art Space of Phoenix, who give their commentary of this nationalistic ideology. In contrast, Now Playing Everywhere, which features selected works from Stéphane Janssen’s impressive collection, provides a sobering look at social and political issues reported by artists across the globe. Alice Leora Briggs from Texas and Tucson’s Albert Kogel’s exhibition, Bipolar, is timely and relevant with the national conversation on mental illness and the recent success of the movie Silver Linings Playbook. Opening on May 3, Scottsdale artist Ron Burns’ colorful and playful pet portraits are an uplifting tribute to man’s best friend, and Arizona Catalyst, launching on May 10, focuses on four former Arizona artists who maintain their connections to the state. All exhibits run through Aug. 11. For more information, visit



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Film shows look at Muslim community The Discovery Film Series presents a rare and poignant tale of Muslim community life in the southern Indian state of Kerala in the film, “Abu, Son of Adam,” showing April 21, 22, 28 and 29 in Stage 2 at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale. In this award-winning film, debut director Salim Ahamed tells the story of Abu, who is coming to the end of his working life, and the traditional perfumes he sells are no longer in

April 20 – May 3, 2013

Tap-dancing flappers take the stage

fashion. His son has deserted him, and his close friends are dying of old age. Alone with his wife, Aisa, in their small country house, Abu decides to fulfill their lifetime ambition—to go on the Hajj, a pilgrimage, to Mecca, for which he has been saving rupees for years. Language is Malayalam with English subtitles. Tickets are $5 at the door or free to all students with ID. Tickets also can be purchased in advance at Call 480-499-8587 for more information.

Nothing but Balanchine

Hall, 75 N. 2nd St., Phoenix. This production features some of Balanchine’s greatest choreography including “Serenade,” “Monumentum pro Gesualdo/Movements for the Piano and Orchestra” and “The Four Temperaments.” “All Balanchine” features The Phoenix Symphony, conducted by Timothy AIR APPARENT: Dancers from Ballet Arizona perform choreographer Russell, and guest pianist George Balanchine’s “Serenade.” Copyright: The George Balanchine Trust, William Wolfram, who photo by Rosalie O’Connor will perform on “The Four Temperaments.” Three ballets by famed choreographer Tickets start at $26 and are on sale at George Balanchine showcase the or by calling 602-381pleasures of pure dance and movement, 1096. For more information about the performed by Ballet Arizona dancers performance, visit May 2 through 5 at Phoenix Symphony


MODERN LADIES: Michele Kahn stars as Millie, and Jennifer Alexander performs as Miss Dorothy in SMTC’s production of “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” running May 9-12 at Phoenix Country Day School in Paradise Valley. Photo courtesy of Scottsdale Musical Theater Co.

Continuing its tradition of bringing Broadway’s favorites back to life, Scottsdale Musical Theater Company (SMTC) announces its next production, the tap-dancing musical sensation, “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” on stage May 9 through 12. Performances feature a live orchestra and take place in the 300-seat Dorrance Auditorium on the campus at Phoenix Country Day School, 3901 E. Stanford Dr. in Paradise Valley. Winner of six Tony Awards including Best Musical and Best Choreography, the stage musical is based on the 1967 film starring Julie Andrews, Mary Tyler Moore and Carol Channing. Millie is from a small town but comes to New York City in 1922 to marry for money. She adopts the flapper lifestyle, but runs into a moral dilemma when she checks into a hotel reportedly owned by the leader of a white slavery ring in China. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $26 with senior and student discounted tickets available for $20. Children age 13 and younger admitted for $18 and military/veterans with valid I.D. are $12; email or call for code. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 602-909-4215.

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April 20 – May 3, 2013

Celebrating boxing with book, exhibits Boxing aficionados, popular premiere of a new documentary, “When Ali Came culture buffs and fans of Irish to Ireland,” which has only literature alike will share their common interests in books and been shown in Ireland on RTÉ Irish Television last December. movies about famous boxers in The film tells the remarkable a one-of-a-kind event set for 7 story behind the origins of to 9 p.m. Thu., April 25 at the Muhammad Ali’s fight against Irish Cultural Center, 1106 N. Al “Blue” Lewis in Croke Park, Central Ave., Phoenix. Dublin in July 1972. The event is sponsored by Guests also will be able to the McClelland Irish Library peruse the “Fighting Irishmen” in conjunction with their exhibit, which will open two exhibit on boxing history, “The UNLIKELY PALS: “The hours prior to the event from Fighting Irishmen.” Special Prizefighter and the Playwright” 5 to 7 p.m. in the McClelland guests include Jay Tunney, is a story of the unlikely Library at the center. son of the famous boxer relationship between champion Admission is $15 at the Gene Tunney and author boxer Gene Tunney and a of “The Prizefighter and door with a discount for Irish celebrated man of letters— Cultural Center members. the Playwright,” chronicling George Bernard Shaw. Meet his father Gene’s unlikely the author April 25 at the Irish Sponsorships start at $25, which includes two free friendship with renowned Cultural Center in Phoenix. tickets. There will be a cash author George Bernard Shaw. Photo courtesy of Jay Tunney bar at the event. Tunney will share little-known For more information, go to stories from his own family collection or call 602-864-2351 and will have books on-hand for sale and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through autographs. Saturdays. The event also includes the U.S.

Concert aids music scholarships The third annual City Music Benefit Concert is set for 6:15 to 9 p.m. Sat., April 27 at the Scottsdale Studios, 9544 E. Doubletree Ranch Road, Scottsdale. A reception begins at 6:15 p.m. with light refreshments, followed by entertainment from Phoenix Conservatory of Music’s City Music Advanced Ensemble. There also will be

a scholarship presentation with special guest Rep. Paul Boyer. RSVP to 602-3539900 or Donations are welcome at the door. If you are unable to attend but would like to contribute to PCM’s scholarship fund, mail your donation to: Phoenix Conservatory of Music, P.O. Box 1163, Litchfield Park, AZ, 85340.

On stage

“She Stoops to Conquer,” through April 27, MAC. Presented by the Southwest Shakespeare Company. Old Hardcastle, a man of means, looks to marry off his daughter to his old 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. “The Foreigner,” through May 19, DST – AC. One man’s lack of words yields an abundance of knowledge when he and a friend lie about his native language. Set in a Georgia fishing lodge, the dirty laundry of the other guests seems to effortlessly unfurl before his eyes and ears. Shows are Fridays through Sundays. “Great Falls,” through April 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. “Legally Blonde The Musical,” through 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.

“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. Comedian Mitch Fatel, April 25-28, IMPROV. With his innocence and friendly demeanor, Mitch Fatel quickly engages the audience and then catches them off-guard with his mixture of mischievous dialog and off-color comments. Old Crow Medicine Show, 8 p.m. Thu., April 25, MAC-Ikeda. It’s been nearly 15 years since the band’s humble beginnings, and they have gone on to tour the world, sell more than 800,000 albums, become frequent guests on “A Prairie Home Companion,” and play renowned festivals like Bonnaroo, Coachella and the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival. Monterey Jazz Festival On Tour 55th Anniversary, 8 p.m. Fri., April 26, MAC – Ikeda. Monterey is the longest consecutively running jazz festival in the world. Celebrate the festival’s legacy of expanding the boundaries of live jazz presentation by experiencing this all-star jazz collaboration. Comedian Brad Williams, April 26-27, CSCC. Brad Williams possesses something that everyone can agree is funny: a disability. Brad is a dwarf. He has appeared on numerous TV shows including Mind of Mencia, Live at Gotham, the Tonight Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live and Pitboss. Lang Lang, 8 p.m. Sat., April 27, MAC-Ikeda. In 2008, more than 5 billion people viewed Lang Lang’s music performance in Beijing’s

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keyboardist Charles Lewis. Proceeds benefit Phoenix-based nonprofit Duet, which provides free services to Valley senior citizens in need. Doc Severinsen & the San Miguel 5, 7 & 9 p.m. Wed., May 1, MIM. The vivacious trumpeter and bandleader Doc Severinsen leads the San Miguel 5 in an evening of sophisticated Latin rhythms and jazz. Comedian Dennis Regan, May 3-5, CSCC. Dennis Regan’s television credits include multiple appearances on both the Late Show with David Letterman and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, as well as A&E’s Evening at the Improv, Comedy Central and Showtime. He wrote for the Kevin James comedy The King of Queens, from its sixth season to its ninth and final season. Chandler Children’s Choir, 7 p.m. Fri., May 3, KOGLC. The Chandler Children’s Choir consists of 100 singers, ages 7-15, in three choirs: the Junior, Encore and Cantus choirs. The children perform under the baton of conductor Weston Noble. Free will offering accepted. McCoy Tyner Quartet with Special Guest Joe Lovano, 7:30 p.m. Sat., May 4, SCCA. A five-time Grammy Award winner and NEA Jazz Master, pianist McCoy Tyner has shaped modern jazz for more than half a century. He and his quartet welcome Grammy-winning saxophonist Joe Lovano, hailed by The New York Times as “one of the greatest musicians in jazz history,” for a brilliant night of jazz under the stars. “Phantom Limb Company: 69°S,” 2 & 8 p.m. Sat., May 4, SCPA – VGPT. Melding theater, puppetry and multimedia, the critically acclaimed Phantom Limb Company presents a stunning recreation of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s heroic 1914 trans-Antarctic expedition. “Dear Edwina,” May 10-19, GPYT. Thirteen-year-old Edwina Spoonapple would do just about anything to be a part of the Kalamazoo Advice-a-palooza Festival. While her siblings both have proof “up on the fridge” of their accomplishments, poor Edwina has nothing. Chris Botti, 7:30 p.m. Fri., May 10, SCCA. The best-selling jazz trumpeter will perform his heartfelt, romantic melodies at an outdoor concert.

On stage Venue index ABR – Arizona Biltmore Resort 2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix Info: CSCC – The Comedy Spot Comedy Club 7117 E. 3rd Ave., Scottsdale Info: 480-945-4422, DST – Desert Stages Theatre AC – Actor’s Café 4720 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale Tickets: 480-483-1664, FUMC – First United Methodist Church 15 E. 1st Ave., Mesa Tickets: GPYT – Greasepaint Youtheatre 7020 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale Tickets: 480-330-5918, IMPROV – Tempe Improv 930 E. University Dr., Tempe Info: 480-921-9877, KOGLC – King of Glory Lutheran Church 2085 E. Southern Ave., Tempe Info: 480-838-0477,

MAC – Mesa Arts Center Ikeda – Ikeda Theater; Piper – Piper Theater 1 E. Main St., Mesa Tickets: 480-644-6500, MIM – Musical Instrument Museum 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix Info: 480-478-6000, SCCA – Scottsdale Civic Center Amphitheater 75th & Main streets, Scottsdale Box office: 480-994-2787, ext. 2 SCPA – Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts VGPT – Virginia G. Piper Theater 7380 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale Box office: 480-499-8587, 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, tempe. gov/TCA

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CARPET CLEANING 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.

PAINTING SERVICES 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.

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

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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.

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Where to Eat

April 20 – May 3, 2013


Steak • Seafood • Chops • Wine • Cocktails

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

The Dukes of Hazzard’s John Schneider, and Frank Sinatra Jr. agree, “That was the best steak I’ve ever had!”

Ask about our Early Happy Hour Open 7 Nights A Week Prime Rib & Live Music on Saturdays

98 S. San Marcos • Chandler 480-899-4400 •

Fresh,Tasty, Healthy Choices for Everyone! n mso g

$5 OFF With your purchase of $25 or more May not be combined with any other offers. Expires 6-5-2013. STSN






15%OFF Your Entire Bill

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

May not be combined with any other offers. Expires 6-5-2013. STSN

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

Amalfi Pizzeria



We are your neighborhood New Mexican Grill serving authentic, freshly prepared New Mexican cuisine.

A Taste of Italy in Your Neighborhood

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

1/2 Price Appetizers Serving: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

FROM 12 - 6 P.M. DAILY Daily Specials • Catering • Patio Seating


Dine-in or take-out. With coupon only. Not valid on happy hour specials. Not valid with any other offer. One coupon per table. One coupon per visit. Expires 5-19-13 STSN

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

2 LOCATIONS TO CHOOSE FROM! 3140 S. Gilbert Road, #3 Chandler, AZ 85286 480-895-3417

3107 S. Lindsay Road, #101 Gilbert, AZ 85295 480-899-0773

SW Corner of Queen Creek and Gilbert Road

NE Corner of Lindsay and Pecos

Open: Mon. & Tues. 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Saturday 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sunday 8 a.m. - 7 p.m

Open: Mon. & Tues. 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Saturday 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sunday 8 a.m. - 7 p.m Once you’ve tasted our unique hatch chile sauces and fresh salsas, you’ll crave more!

Free Drink

Free Drink

with meal purchase

with meal purchase

One coupon per customer per visit. Expires 6-1-13.

One coupon per customer per visit. Expires 6-1-13.


April 20 – May 3, 2013

Where to Eat


LUNCH SPECIALS: Prices Starting at

Chinese Restaurant Under New Management



SPEND FREE We handle all details when it comes to planning the food for your big event. Call and schedule an appointment to bring your vision to life.


Bob Harrison | 602.615.1632 |

Dine-in Special:

Dine-in Special:



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

Get the 4th



Buy 3 Entrees

2950 S. Alma School Rd. #2

With Lunch or Dinner Special Dine-in only. Offer expires 5-31-2013.

Dine-in only. Offer expires 5-31-2013.

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

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

BEST Doggone Grill & Bar in the East Valley!

It’s Patio Season at Ocotillo Golf Resort

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

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

Ocotillo Golf Resort 3751 S Clubhouse Drive Chandler, AZ 85248 480.917.6660




NE Corner of Dobson & Germann

SW Corner of Baseline & Ellsworth

NW Corner of Rittenhouse & Ocotillo




Where to Eat

Who says you can’t eat the whole pie? Mother’s Day Brunch

April 20 – May 3, 2013


For all the times Mom cooked for you,

let her enjoy Mother ’s Day at Table 49

Sunday, May 12th 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

PIES MADE FROM SCRATCH - FRESH PIES MADE DAILY! FLAVORS: Cherry, Berry, Rhubarb, Strawberry Rhubarb,

Friday Nights

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

Angus Prime Rib 4 p.m. to close

Sunday Brunch

Beautiful Outdoor Patio

Pecan Grove

Indoor & Outdoor Bar

P E C A N G R O V E I S T H E C AT H E D R A L O F P I E S !

Open daily 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Family Friendly Restaurant Now Serving: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Restaurant and Pie Company

Sunday - Thursday 7 a.m. - 9 p.m., Friday - Saturday 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.

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

4949 S. Alma School Rd. • Chandler •


Where to Eat

April 20 – May 3, 2013





April 20 – May 3, 2013



April 20 – May 3, 2013

Cachet H O M E S


GATED COMMUNITY • From Low $200’s • 8 Single and Two Story Plans to Select From • Homes From 1,613 to 2,631 sq. ft. • Fully Landscaped Front Yards • New Home Warranty!

Inventory Homes Under Construction

SUMMER 2013 1,700 – 2,700 sq. ft. Single Family Gated Community

Coming Soon!

(480) 556-7051 44th Street and Grovers, NE Phoenix

Crescent Falls

Cache Homes at Monterey Ridge

Tranquil Trail Estates

From the high $200’s 1,707 – 2,287 sq. ft. Gated Community Fulton Ranch Chandler 480-802-8991

Luxury Condominiums Coming January, 2014 Scottsdale & 101 Scottsdale 480-556-7038

2 Homes Left! 2,820 sq. ft. From $539,900 Cave Creek Rd., West of Pima Carefree 480-748-9195


Prices, plans, incentives, availability and programs are subject to change daily without prior notice or obligation. Public Reports are available on the ADRE website.

Santan Sun News 3-20-13 Issue  

Santan Sun News 3-20-13