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Charter and public schools: Local choices abound

By Alison Stanton

The school year is quickly winding down but already parents throughout the East Valley are looking ahead to next year. While some will decide to enroll or re-enroll their children in their neighborhood public school, others are looking at their options, including charter schools. Terry Locke, director of community relations for the Chandler Unified School District (CUSD), says that Arizona is the “parent choice capital of the world” when it comes to selecting a school for their children. “We recognize that parents have a lot

of options, ranging from home schools, private schools, charter schools, schools within our district and neighboring districts,” he says, adding that the number of available choices does slow the growth of CUSD. “We are fortunate to be attracting new students, which helps us sustain our effective programs. In districts with declining enrollments, they have struggled to keep successful programs and qualified staff.” For example, Locke says CUSD has approximately 3,500 students enrolled who live outside of the Chandler Unified

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CHARMELLE’S ANGELS: Volunteers from Sun Lakes are part of Gina’s Team. The group works to collect needed items for women being released from Perryville Prison. Submitted photo By Tracy House

HAPPY TO LEARN: Chase McFarland is a kindergarten student in Kim Shuck’s class at Carlson Elementary School. The school, which is in CUSD, offers parents a choice between Chandler Traditional Academy curriculum or a rigorous typical curriculum under the same roof. Submitted photo

A group of women in Sun Lakes has joined Gina’s Team, a small nonprofit, to aid with the transition of women exiting prison. Charmelle’s Angels is a team of volunteers in the Sun Lakes community who is working to change the lives of women who have been incarcerated and have no one to help them once they are released. Gloria Richardson is one of 18 Charmelle’s Angels. After being invited to participate she says, “I thought it was a great cause and wanted to be involved.” She and the other angels are divided into teams to put together muchneeded items for the women helped by

Gina’s Team. Spending $20 to $25 of her own money, Richardson and the other volunteers buy food, hygiene products, personal items, gift cards and bus passes to help the newly released inmates’ transition back into society. Each of the volunteers spends what they wish. They are trying to expand the group beyond Sun Lakes. “We have clothing and shoes and somebody was buying them packages of new underwear,” Richardson says. “Most of them (the released women) don’t have enough money saved from their job inside.” Richardson has met some of the women she has helped. She mentions

HHS athlete builds on family legacy By K.M. Lang

Many a child dreams of becoming a professional baseball player, but few grow up with the sport the way Cody Bellinger has. Every February from 1996 to 2002, Cody’s parents, Clay and Jennifer, packed up their young children and moved from Chandler to the Spring Training destination where Clay, a pro baseball player, was practicing that year. Cody, 17, and his sister, Ashli, 20, watched their father take part in four World Series contests, three of them with the Yankees, and brother Cole, 13, was born during the 1999 World Series, “on an off day during the Texas Ranger series,” recalls Clay. Baseball is more than a game to the Bellinger family. It’s a way of life, a social network, a source of pride and the stuff of memories. Cody, himself, took to the game with an ease and avidity that didn’t

surprise his parents at the time, but was clearly a sign of things to come. “He picked up a ball and that’s all he wanted to do,” recalls Clay. “He’s been hitting bombs since he was in diapers. He had a great arm and a great swing. You can’t teach that.” “Most kids his age were either watching ‘Barney’ or ‘Blue’s Clues,’” adds Jennifer, “but most of the time he wanted baseball on. I knew that was a little different.” Jennifer and Clay have supported their son’s love of baseball from the beginning. The couple was unfazed when, at the age of 3, Cody threw a rock through a neighbor’s car window—the first of several windows that would be sacrificed to his talent. The Bellingers have installed a batting cage in the yard of their Symphony II home, and sports—Ashli is in college on

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City Council invites budget comments Kick off the start to summer The public is invited to comment at a series of public meetings in May and June when the Chandler City Council reviews and adopts the city’s proposed 2013-14 budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1. Included in the meetings are presentations and discussions about the proposed budget, including projects and programs that will be funded as part of the city’s 10-year capital improvement program (CIP). A budget amendment discussion with the City Council is 7 p.m. Mon., May 20; the tentative budget adoption by the City Council is 7 p.m. Thu., May 23; a public hearing regarding the adoption of the final 2013-14 budget, 2014-2023 CIP and 2013-14 property tax levy, with vote on final budget and CIP adoption, is 7 p.m. Thu., June 13; and the property tax levy adoption by the City Council is 7 p.m. Thu., June 27. All meetings are in the Chandler City Council Chambers, 88 E. Chicago St., downtown Chandler. Many of the services provided to Chandler residents are financed through the General Fund. This fund will be a

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A free and fun day for children and their families, courtesy of the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership, is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat., June 1 in the Dr. A.J. Chandler Park at Three S. Arizona Ave. “We know the community and neighborhoods have to handle many weekends of road closures and lively music from events, among other things, so this event is a simple but fun way to give back to the area,” says Marnie Brookins, event coordinator of the DCCP. Chandler Chill Out features four large water inflatables, live music from local bands, children-focused games, raffles, food and drinks, cool treats and craft vendors. There will also be a spinning gyro machine and a trackless train. The event is provided in cooperation with ICAN, a nonprofit in Chandler that

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Weninger launches exploratory committee Chandler, Gilbert launch free recycling app An exploratory committee for Chandler City Councilman Jeff Weninger to run for a seat in the Arizona House of Representatives in Legislative District 17 is being formed. A lifelong Republican, he is serving his second term on the Chandler Council and previously served as vice mayor. “I am honored to have the support of so many respected Republican leaders, particularly those who have been faithfully serving this district,” Weninger says, noting that State Sen. Steve Yarbrough and State Rep. J.D. Mesnard have come out in support of a run. Also, State Rep. Tom Forese, who is leaving the House for other pursuits, has announced his support for Weninger to fill his seat. Weninger has run five Valley restaurants as co-owner for the last 17 years. He has lived in the East Valley for 20 years. He and his wife, Janet, have three children and reside in Chandler.

MAKING PREPARATIONS: Chandler City Councilman Jeff Weninger, with wife, Janet, daughter, Grace and son, Christian, is getting ready to campaign for higher office. A lifelong Republican, he has run five Valley restaurants as co-owner for the last 17 years. Submitted photo

A new smartphone and tablet app is available for Chandler and Gilbert residents who want information on solid waste and recycling services. The app is free to download and works on all operating systems. The app features a collection calendar that is tailored to each household. Residents can create custom reminders for their regular collection days, holidays and special collections. The app also provides information about how to handle specific trash items, plus tips for reducing, reusing and recycling trash. Chandler and Gilbert collaborated on the purchase of the app and were able to save money by approaching the product vendor, Municipal Media Inc., jointly.

“This is a new way for us to connect with our residents and taps into the public’s growing use of smartphones,” adds Traci Conaway, Chandler’s recycling specialist. “Plus, the reminder feature will alert customers when to put out their recycling and trash bins, including changes due to holidays and schedule bulk collection which will improve missed collections and could even improve our recycling rates.” Gilbert residents can download the my-waste app by visiting the town’s Mobile App Hub at Chandler residents can obtain the app by going to For more information, call the Town of Gilbert at 480-503-6400 or the City of Chandler at 480-782-3525.

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boundaries but attend the schools. “In addition, more than 9,000 students who live within CUSD jurisdiction, attend a different CUSD school.” To meet the expectations of the local community to have a variety of schools available, Locke says CUSD has added a number of specialty schools and programs. These include four Chandler Traditional Academy (CTA) campuses, which offer a more rigorous academic environment; three elementary schools that have the option of CTA classrooms; same-gender classroom options at Andersen Junior High; a Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) diploma at Perry High School; Knox Gifted Academy; and self-contained gifted classrooms. Bill Bressler, superintendent of the Legacy Traditional School District—which has seven charter schools throughout the state of Arizona, including Athlos Traditional Academy in Chandler—says charter schools were established to give parents academic choices for

WHERE IN THE WORLD: Sixth graders Samantha Waite, Gabriel Camp and Paige Esterak study maps as their teacher, Freda Goldberg, looks on. Submitted photo

their children and provide a learning environment to improve student achievement. “Parents choose our schools because we create and maintain a school culture where students are healthy, safe, engaged, supported and challenged,” Bressler says. For example, he says, Athlos Traditional Academy RESPONSE TO EXPECTIONS: Terry offers a “back-toLocke, director of community relations basics program of for Chandler Unified School District, instruction” along says the district has added a number with a comprehensive of specialty schools and specialized health, fitness and programs. Submitted photo wellness program. “Students spend additional instructional minutes engaged in sports performance and fitness curricula at a state-of-the-art facility,” Bressler says, adding that this philosophy focuses on the four components of athleticism, speed, strength and agility. Because CUSD recognizes that parents have a lot of options, Locke says the district is continuing to study community expectations, and provide learning environments for every learning style. “Our Choice is Yours’ marketing program highlights our achievements and helps parents find the right fit for their child,” he says, adding that two key components are at the heart of the marketing program. “One is an offer from the superintendent to personally help a family find the perfect fit for their children. Her phone number is published on our marketing material. A second key component is the development of a Choice is Yours portal within our

district website that provides families with rich information about each school, including achievement and videos that take viewers inside the classroom.” Locke says that parents should consider many things when shopping for schools, including high quality staff, history of success, learning environment, safety program and how ‘BACK TO BASICS’: Bill Bressler, well-rounded the superintendent of the Legacy experience will be for Traditional School District, says that their children. charter schools were established to Parents should also give parents more academic choices look for consistency, for their children. These options Bressler says. sometimes include a “back to basics” approach to curriculum and learning. “As a wise Submitted photo consumer of their child’s education, parents should inspect the school’s curriculum to ensure consistency throughout the grade level and chronological throughout all grades,” he says, adding that they should also investigate the frequency of changes to the school’s curriculum and instructional approach. “Parents can do research and choose a school they believe has the curriculum and instructional approach that best meets the needs of their child. Parents that exercise their privilege to choose a school tailored to their child’s needs will certainly want to know how often the school’s program of instruction changes.” Alison Stanton is a freelance writer who lives in the East Valley. She can be reached at

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these aren’t hardened criminals. “These are gals who were in the wrong place at the wrong time or had one beer too many.” She says the women have been grateful and thankful for the help they receive. Sue Ellen Allen is one of the cofounders of Gina’s Team and former Perryville Prison inmate. Through the Welcome Back program, she and her team of volunteers provide women coming out of prison with a ride into town where it helps them get to their halfway house. It also gives them the donated items so that they can start their life out of prison. Most of the released women have no more than $50 to get into town and pay for their halfway house rent. Volunteers from Sun Lakes have created an incredible program, Allen says. “They are at the gate to say ‘Welcome Back’ when our graduates are released.” Allen explains that she was a cellmate at Perryville for six months with the organization’s namesake, Gina Panetta, who died in prison. After her release Allen, along with Gina’s parents, decided to bring educational programs into the prison to reduce recidivism and help those women released to get restarted in life. Gina’s Team provides educational programs inside the prison through ATHENA International, holds book clubs for the “women in orange” and is at the gates when their ATHENA leadership graduates are ready to re-join society. More than 200 women have gone

GINA’S TEAM: Named for Gina Panetta, who died from myeloid leukemia in 2003 while in prison. Sue Ellen Allen and Chris and Diane Panetta co-founded Gina’s Team in August 2009. Submitted photo

through the ATHENA program with Gina’s Team. One of the women who has benefited from Gina’s Team and Welcome Back is Diane Bondurant. Bondurant was incarcerated for more than two years. “When I got released from prison I didn’t have anything,” she says. “The police had impounded my car. I had no job. I had my gate fee which is $50 and a few dollars more. I really didn’t have much. They helped me get re-established with clothing and hygiene.” Bondurant now works

part-time for Gina’s Team. “I knew it was something I wanted to be part of when I was sitting in prison.” Gina’s Team, Bondurant explains, helps people who really want to try and become productive citizens make their own opportunities. She adds that it’s about “being creative and being a leader. Following your own compass on the inside that tells you what you need to do for the right choice.” There are so many good people in the organization willing to help, Bondurant continues. “It’s good to be around positive people.” The Welcome Back group and Gina’s Team are open to volunteers and donations. Possibilities to volunteer include the ATHENA program, the book club and the Welcome Back program. The organization could also use donated gift cards from Target or Walmart. Donations of bus passes are also important for the women to look for a job. “They’re like gold,” Allen says of the bus passes. Other volunteer opportunities include writing greeting cards to women in prison because mail is so important, Richardson explains. The organization is also looking for book donations—sets of 16 for book studies. This is the 10th anniversary of Gina’s death; she died June 19, 2003. Gina’s Team is having a dessert tasting from 6 to 9 p.m. Fri., June 21 at the Arizona Historical Society Museum, 1300 N. College Ave., Tempe, so the public can meet Gina’s parents and learn about the program. The cost is $20 per person in

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an athletic and academic scholarship, and Cole is a budding baseball star, himself—often takes priority. “I get to watch a lot of ESPN,” says Jennifer when asked what the family’s lifestyle requires of her. “Sports becomes your social circle, as well—I’ve enjoyed meeting families of other kids who are just as committed, working just as hard. Also, your finances are going into it. We haven’t had many vacations. We don’t do some of the normal family activities that people do during breaks.” Still, baseball has given the Bellingers many rare experiences, including enviable travel opportunities and those New York ticker-tape parades after the Yankees’ World Series wins. Cody remembers watching games from the Yankees’ clubhouse when he was just a preschooler, and it was then that he first knew he wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps. Today the Hamilton High senior is well on his way to making that happen. With Clay as his coach, Cody was one of the youngest members of the 2007 Chandler National Little League team, which went on to win the West Region Championship. At Hamilton, the lefthander has gained national attention as a pitcher, first baseman and outfielder. When Major League Baseball holds its draft in June, Cody will learn if pro ball is his next step, or if he’ll be heading for the University of Oregon, where a baseball scholarship awaits him. Either way, the 6’4” teen will have the support and advice of parents who understand the rewards and the difficulties of a baseball career. Clay spent 16 seasons in the sport, playing for major and minor league teams, and he participated in the 2004 Olympics as a member of the Greek baseball team. Along with teaching Cody the nuts and bolts of baseball, Clay, a Gilbert firefighter since 2006, has worked hard to show his son, “the right way to play the game.” “Just the basics of playing hard and running hard and respecting your coaches and players,” he explains. “Hopefully Cody will take that away with him to the next level.” “My dad’s always told me it’s going to be one of the hardest things I’m ever going to do,” says Cody. “That’s


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More than 1,200 Chandler-Gilbert Community College (CGCC) students are celebrating their academic success after graduating at the college’s 22nd Commencement Ceremony at the Pecos Campus. Graduates were recognized by U.S. Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Gilbert, and college administrators, faculty and staff. Students graduated with a variety of certificates and degrees, including business, science, nursing, aviation and fine arts. “They have worked exceptionally hard to get here and our faculty and staff have worked equally as hard helping them along their educational journey,” says Linda Lujan, president of CGCC. According to officials, 35% of the 2013 graduating class have a 3.5 grade point average and graduated with honors. Nearly 70% of the graduates completed the coursework to transfer to a four-year university. CGCC is one of 10 Maricopa County Community Colleges, the largest community college system in the country. CGCC serves the higher education needs of more than 20,000 students at three locations in the Southeast Valley of the Phoenix metropolitan area: the Pecos Campus in Chandler, the Williams Campus in Mesa and the Sun Lakes Center in Sun Lakes. For more information, call 480-732-7000 or visit

HOMETOWN HITTER: Baseball is in Hamilton High senior Cody Bellinger’s future. If the 17-year-old isn’t picked up in Major League Baseball’s June draft, he’ll head off to the University of Oregon, where he’ll be plying his bat for the Ducks. Submitted photo

always in my mind—the ups and downs, the bus rides, the motels. I know it’s a grind.” While Clay is preparing Cole for the demands of a baseball career, Jennifer is working to ensure that her son has other life skills in place. “She’s trying to make me cook for myself,” says Cody. “She makes me go to the grocery store and stuff.” “I’m just trying to prepare him for the real world, regardless of what happens,” says Jennifer. “Almost every day we talk about making choices that will set him apart.” As Jennifer sees it, she and Clay are just doing what all good parents do. “If Cody, at 5 or 6 years old, had wanted to learn the piano, we would’ve invested in it,” she says. “Any passion a kid has, you invest in it. When you see them doing what they want to do, it’s worth every second, every dime.” K.M. Lang lives and writes in Sun Groves. To contact her, email

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Chandler prioritizes play for children Chandler Tennis Club gives Recognized as a Playful City USA community With research proving play is critical to the overall wellbeing of children, 217 cities and towns, including Chandler, earn recognition from national nonprofit KaBOOM! as 2013 Playful City USA communities. Sponsored by the Humana Foundation, Playful City USA is a national program from KaBOOM! that celebrates and promotes local policies that increase play opportunities for children and is a key platform in combating the lack of play among children. “Quality parks, playgrounds and aquatic centers have been a Chandler priority for decades, because we value families and we want our children to have opportunities for fun and fitness,” says Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny. “We are committed to developing healthy, fulfilled children and families, and that’s why we are honored to be recognized as a Playful City USA for the seventh straight time.”

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While KaBOOM! selected Chandler for its outstanding dedication to play, the Chandler Unified School District received a grant from the NFL to enhance play and healthy eating habits at 25 schools, while also organizing running clubs at each of the 25 elementary schools to promote fitness and encourage sportsmanship and positive mental attitude. The school district initiated a healthier schools steering council and key representation at each of its 40 pre-k through 12th-grade sites to generate significant data and feedback. Chandler is eligible for $15,000, $20,000 and $30,000 grants via Let’s Play, a community partnership led by Dr. Pepper Snapple Group to get kids and families active nationwide. Grant recipients will be announced in the fall. For more information, visit


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15 LIGHTED COURTS: The Chandler Tennis Center has 15 lighted courts and offers youth, teen and adult group tennis lessons, recreational leagues, tournaments, special workshops and drop-in play. Submitted photo

The Chandler Tennis Center at Tumbleweed Park was recently given the Member Organization of the Year award by the U.S. Tennis Association’s Central Arizona chapter for “outstanding service to the local tennis community and individual members.” Located at 2250 S. McQueen Rd. in Tumbleweed Park, the Chandler Tennis Center has 15 lighted courts and offers youth, teen and adult group tennis lessons, recreational leagues, tournaments, special workshops and drop-in play. The 3,000-square-foot facility also features a lobby area with Wi-Fi, concessions and locker rooms. For more information, call 480-782-2650 or visit

OUTSTANDING: Justin Bayer, recreation coordinator I at the Chandler Tennis Center, left, and Sean Paulson, recreation coordinator II, hold the award from the U.S. Tennis Association’s Central Arizona Chapter. Submitted photo


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May is Bike Month “When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride you are taking.”—Sir Arthur Conan Doyle May is National Bike Month and is sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists, an organization created in 1880 to advocate for better bicycling

City of Chandler Insider conditions across the nation. For a number of years now, Chandler has been investing in infrastructure improvements that accommodate or encourage bicycling. A well-designed bicycle network with amenities can enhance the cycling experience, along with reducing traffic congestion and increasing one’s quality of life. Recognized as a Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists, Chandler has more than 160 miles of bicycle lanes and routes, and nearly 20 miles of off-road multi-use

paths within the city. The Arizona Revised Statute 28812 grants any person riding a bicycle on a roadway or on a shoulder of a roadway “all the rights and…all the duties” applicable to the driver of a motor vehicle. Bicyclists are allowed on any roadway which is not specifically prohibited to bicycling. Efforts to enhance bicycling in Chandler include the recent installation of bike/pedestrian crossing signals at several arterial street crossings along the Paseo Trail in southeast Chandler and along the Western Canal in north Chandler. This past November, a major street reconstruction project near Chandler Fashion Center added bike lanes beneath the Loop 101 Price Freeway at Chandler Boulevard, and last month construction

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CHANDLER BIKEWAYS MAP: Chandler has more than 160 miles of bicycle lanes and routes, nearly 20 miles of offroad multi-use paths within the city and is recognized as a Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists. Submitted photo

• Have your bike checked over by your local bike shop. • Always wear a helmet to protect your head in the event of a crash. • Ride in the right-most lane that goes in the direction that you are travelling. • Obey all stop signs, traffic lights and lane markings. • Look before you change lanes or signal a turn; indicate your intention, then act. • Be visible and predictable at all times; wear bright clothing and signal turns.

CHANDLER BMX BIKE PARK: This 25,000-square-foot BMX/freestyle bike park gives the youth of Chandler an alternative riding place to business districts, school grounds, canal banks, dirt lots and other unconventional locations. They can learn their sport, develop their skills and share a camaraderie with fellow BMX/freestyle bikers. The project was developed with considerations for safety, economic feasibility and impact to nearby residents. Submitted photo

began on a $3.6 million bike/pedestrian bridge that will cross the Price Freeway at Galveston Street, north of Chandler Boulevard. The project is funded by a federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality grant. Chandler ‘s Park & Ride lot near Tumbleweed Park provides people the option to lock their bikes in secure bike lockers or put their bikes on one of the Express buses to bring to work or on the Arizona Avenue LINK (Bus Rapid Transit) to connect to METRO Light Rail. Even Chandler’s Recreation Division does its part, offering a City Land Safety Camp to young children that includes information on bike safety with bikes and helmets provided for use. And each year, Chandler’s Transit Division

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GALVESTON STREET BIKE & PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE: This bicycle/pedestrian bridge over the Price/Loop 101 Freeway is under construction and will align with Galveston Street. Galveston Street is an east-west collector street located mid-mile between Chandler Boulevard and Ray Road. Construction is being managed by the Arizona Department of Transportation and funded with a federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality grant. The bridge will link bicycle paths on collector streets on both sides of the freeway, allowing for more access to parks, schools, employment and shopping centers. Submitted photo

organizes a Family Bike Ride along the Paseo Trail. The event is in its fifth year and growing in popularity, with more than 200 people joining the mayor and several councilmembers in the 7.4 mile ride last month. In 2007, the City addressed the growing popularity of BMX/ freestyle biking by opening Arizona’s first public-use bike-only facility at Espee Park in northeast Chandler. The facility is a free, nonsupervised facility for use by BMX bike riders only. The park incorporates features that allow users of varying ability levels to be challenged. Chandler also is involved in regional efforts to improve conditions for bicycling. City Transit planners are participating in a Bicycle Counts project that will collect bicycle counts at a number of locations throughout the Valley to better understand how bike routes and facilities are performing, what patterns exist, why trips are made and whether safety improvements are needed. With the support of its citizens, Chandler will continue to develop the City’s bicycle system while striving to provide maximum safety, convenience and comfort for bicyclists of all ages.

Every Saturday as a young girl growing up in Putnam, CT, little Ann Marie Riley would eagerly walk to the train station with her favorite aunt for a train ride into nearby Worcester, MA. Little did she know that years later, public transportation would become a big part of her life. As a transit services coordinator for Chandler, Riley frequently takes the bus and light rail to meetings with Valley Metro and the Regional Public Transportation Authority Ann Marie Riley in Phoenix. “I think about my train rides with my aunt when I’m riding the light rail,” she says. “I think it’s funny how things have come full circle.” Riley never rode a bus before accepting the transit job back in 2007, but now she’s a regular user and believes it’s the best way to know how well the system is operating. Plus, she says studies have shown transit riders are more fit than the general population. “Of course, that’s probably because they have to walk a ways to catch a bus,” she says with a smile. Riley and her husband John moved to Arizona in 2000 for the warmer climate. They left behind her job as a fundraiser for a local hospital and their family-run landscaping business, now in the capable hands of their oldest son. Riley began researching potential places to live using the Places Rated Almanac and was drawn to Arizona. “The almanac matched me with Arizona, so we checked it out by vacationing here every year for five years prior to moving here,” she says. “I’m a person who researches everything.” Once in Arizona, Riley landed a human resources (HR) job with a technology company, during which time she also volunteered in the Records Division

at the Chandler Police Department. She was eventually hired part time and then landed a benefits position with the City’s HR Department. “I learned about the City by attending the Police Department’s Citizen’s Academy,” she says. After two years with employee benefits and three years running the City’s Wellness Program, Riley was ready for a change when the transit job came along. “I was looking for a new challenge, but wasn’t sure I’d like this job,” she says. “I didn’t realize transit could be so exciting.” Riley enjoys promoting public transportation as an alternative to driving a car. “Yes, it takes longer to get where you’re going, but I talk to people about ways they can productively use that extra time, such as reading a book, preparing for a meeting, or just enjoying a little down time for themselves,” she explained. Event planning is another enjoyable part of her job, something she did a lot of during her time working as a hospital fundraiser. Riley coordinated last year’s Centennial Bike Ride, the largest such event in Chandler’s history with 460 riders, and takes special pride in Chandler’s popular Family Bike Ride held annually along the Paseo Trail. In terms of long-range plans, Riley expects to remain in Arizona after retirement, but only part time. “During the Arizona summers, John and I are going to spend three months in Oregon and three months in Connecticut working at inns or beds and breakfasts,” she exclaimed. They’ll probably get there by train. Information provided by the City of Chandler Communications and Public Affairs Department.



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Peterson Air Care & Home Services: Keeping Valley residents cool By Alison Stanton

For more than 16 years, Peterson Air Care & Home Services has served the Phoenix metropolitan area, helping to keep area residents cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Ron Peterson, owner of the Tempe-based business, says his company offers a full line of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) repair, maintenance and replacement services, as well as complete ductwork cleaning and replacement, which can help improve the distribution and efficiency of airflow. As a family-owned and -operated business, Peterson says he and his employees strive to offer top-notch customer service at all times. This, he feels, helps to set his company apart from some of the other air conditioning companies in the area. “We view our customer relationships as being a long-term investment rather than just a short-term sale,” he says. “Our customers’ needs are always first and we strive to be the best HVAC company in the East Valley.” An example of this commitment to customers happened recently, when Peterson says they assisted an elderly women whose air conditioning unit had stopped cooling. “Our service tech immediately called into the office and requested that a portable A/C unit be delivered,” Peterson says. “We were at her home and had her cooling within 20 minutes and were able to keep her comfortable while her new A/C unit was being installed. Peterson says this is one of many examples of going the extra mile for his customers. “We have other such stories—some where we have put customers up in hotels—and the recognition of the need by our techs and the response from our office staff to the situations always make me proud of the culture of service within our company.” Over the years, Peterson has noticed that his customers don’t always realize how crucial it is to schedule regular services for their air conditioning unit. The desert climate is very harsh on air conditioning equipment, he says, which means keeping it maintained is especially important.

A robot is the newest member of the surgical team at Mercy Gilbert Medical Center. Called the da Vinci Si HD Surgical System, it provides minimally invasive options to traditional surgical procedures. “This piece of equipment provides a wealth of benefits to our staff and patients,” says Tim Bricker, president and CEO of Mercy Gilbert and Chandler Regional medical centers. Procedures are still controlled by a surgeon, whose capabilities are complemented by magnified, 3D, highdefinition views of the procedure site and superior visual clarity of tissue and anatomy. The robot can be used for prostatectomy, hysterectomy, myomectomy and colorectal surgery. Mercy Gilbert’s sister hospital, Chandler Regional Medical Center, has been using the robotic system since 2010 and has acquired a second robot. Surgeons there have performed more than 800 minimally invasive procedures and surgeries. For more information, visit

CUSTOMERS ARE NO. 1: David, Cindy and Ron Peterson from Peterson Air Care & Home Services believe strongly in providing outstanding customer service. Submitted photo

“Due to the excessive heat, and dust, and the near constant use, the life of A/C units in the valley is half that of the national average, Peterson says, adding that the Peterson Preferred Maintenance Program is an option that gives customers an excellent value over time through savings and service. “Regular maintenance can extend not only the life of your A/C unit but also help maintain its efficiency.” With the annual summer heat wave coming sooner rather than later, Peterson says now is the perfect time to schedule a tune-up for the A/C unit. “There are many inexpensive items that can be quickly diagnosed and repaired now and the homeowner can avoid even larger and more costly repairs later in the summer,” he says. Peterson Air Care & Home Services is located at 1856 E. 6th St., Tempe. For more information, call 480-584-3226 or visit Alison Stanton is a freelance writer who lives in the East Valley. She can be reached at

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Medical centers receive ‘Partner for Change’ award

An industry leader and nonprofit organization that recognizes health care facilities for going above and beyond in keeping and maintaining a “green” workplace recognizes Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert medical centers with its Partner for Change award. “We are honored to be recognized for our efforts to hold our hospitals to superb environmental standards,” says Tim Bricker, president and CEO of Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert. “We will continue to be committed to providing sustainable, environmentally friendly care to our community.” The Partner for Change award is given out annually by Practice Greenhealth to health care facilities that are actively engaged in making the workplace a sustainable environment. Various qualifications have to be met for a facility to receive recognition. Key criteria include recycling 15% or more of the hospital’s total waste output and having a mercury elimination program and active pollution prevention as well as sustainability projects in place. Chandler Regional, at 1955 W. Frye Rd. in Chandler, and Mercy Gilbert, at the intersection of Val Vista Drive and Loop 202 in Gilbert, have shown improvement in all areas of the application and are continuing to implement projects that will increase sustainability and responsible waste reduction. For more information, visit and

Normally only offered to children age 10 and younger, the new Chompie’s Kids Menu available to adults on Wed., June 5 includes 19 favorites for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Order something from Chompie’s children’s menu on June 5 and Arizona’s New York Deli will make a donation to Playworks Arizona, a nonprofit organization that seeks to transform schools and end bullying by providing play and physical activity at recess and throughout the school day. Among the selections are Jewish Sliders, which were featured on Travel Channel’s “Man v. Food,” Long Island French toast served with bacon or turkey sausage and checkered cab cheeseburger, served with choice of fresh fruit salad, French fries, sweet potato fries or house-made potato chips. Prices for the Kids Meals start at $3.79. The children’s menu also includes a gluten-free section. Items can be ordered off the main menu that day. “Everyone Can Eat Like a Kid Day” is valid from open to closing on June 5 at all four Chompie’s locations. The deal is for dine in only, and limited to one kid’s meal per person. The offer excludes beverages, cookies, desserts and additional sides, and no substitutions are permitted. It is not valid with any other offers, coupons, discounts or promotional gift cards. Also, Chompie’s offers deals on homemade deli salads, soups and breakfast pastries in May. Visit promotions.php to see all of its promotions. Chompie’s New York-style delicatessen, restaurant, bagel

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Chandler’s NAVITASMAX showcases solutions The renewable energy storage company NAVITASMAX is selected to participate in the Technology Showcase at the Electricity Storage Association’s 23rd annual conference later this month in Santa Clara, CA. NAVITASMAX will showcase its technology to national leaders, top researchers, investors, entrepreneurs and government officials. “There is a critical need for efficient, cost-effective energy storage solutions that will maximize the use of domestic renewable energy sources,” says company President Kelly Herbst. The Chandler-headquartered company, part of the Chandler Innovations Science & Technology Incubator, has leading experts from Harvard University, Cornell University and specialty manufacturer Barber-Nichols on its team. The annual conference is the leading energy storage technology, innovation and policy event for academia, business and government. For more information, visit meeting_site/2013/23rd_annual_ conference

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The Car Concierge, a member of Centennial Leasing and Sales Owner: Brian Newman How long in business: 35 years for Centennial. “A lifetime hobby for myself. As a casualty of the recession, I decided to make my hobby my new career,” Newman says. Specialty: Offering an approach to the car-buying process that is fair, honest and even enjoyable, while providing people the opportunity for a portion of the proceeds of the transaction to benefit their favorite group, club, charity, team or league. Unique features: A great auto-buying experience, where $250 of the purchase goes to an organization in need of funds, an air-conditioned, 25,000-square-foot indoor showroom and a price sheet provided to every client showing the specific price of each of more than 100 vehicles. Also, access to all documentation available on each vehicle a calm environment with no pressure to purchase protection packages or extended service plans. Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the showroom. Personalized showings of vehicles are also offered at the client’s home or place of business. Address: 48 N. 56th St., Phoenix Phone: 480-330-8185 Email: Website:

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Julie Hittle, financial advisor at Wells Fargo Advisors LLC, Member SIPC How long in business: Less than 6 months Unique features: Specializes in retirement and educational investment planning. Dedicated to exceptional service and committed to helping clients develop investment plans to feel confident about. Committed to being an informed and approachable financial resource and advocate for clients. Address: 3930 S. Alma School Rd., Suite 5, Chandler Phone: 480-722-2468 Email: Website: home. hittle

The SanTan Sun News would like to welcome new area businesses or existing ones that may be new to our readers. Submit information about your business for a “Doing Business” mini-business profile in an upcoming issue of our publication, which is distributed to 35,000 homes, racks and boxes on the first and third Saturdays of the month. Please include all of the following items: Name of business, name of owner(s), how long the business has existed, unique features, hours of operation, address, telephone number, website, email address. Also include an at least 300 dpi photo of the business owner or logo. The sooner you submit the information to us, the sooner we’ll be able to profile your business, as it’s on a first-come, first-served basis. Email this information to or visit and click on the “Doing Business” form to submit.

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El Palacio Restaurant & Cantina of Chandler has teamed up with another local business, El Sol Foods, to package and produce its awardwinning hot and mild salsa. A pint is $3.99. Both are made with fresh tomatoes, onions, chilies, cilantro and spices. “Our customers always compliment us on our salsa and now that we’ve won over a dozen awards for it, including first place for both mild and hot at the My Nana’s Salsa Challenge in 2011, I thought it was about time we start producing salsa for distribution,” says Anthony Serrano, El Palacio’s owner and head chef. El Palacio, at 2950 E. Germann Rd. in Chandler, is open 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Friday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call 480-802-5770 or visit

HOT OR MILD: Because the customers are also complimenting owner Anthony Serrano about El Palacio’s award-winning salsas, it is now available for purchase. Submitted photo

Ostrich Festival on the Travel Channel Don’t despair if you were unable to attend the recent Chandler Chamber Ostrich Festival, because it will be shown on a segment of Bert Kreischer’s “Trip Flip” on the Travel Channel, 5 p.m. Sun., May 26. Kreischer, a professional fun-seeker and travel expert, chooses random individuals and families to go on a spontaneous surprise vacation in places such as Jamaica, Cancun and Rome. On the May 26 episode Kreischer surprises a family of four with a vacation to the Ostrich Festival. The vacationers are taken off the beaten path and out of their comfort zones with ostrich rides and daring stunts. “The amount of exposure the Chandler Chamber Ostrich Festival has received this year is absolutely thrilling,” says Terri Kimble, president and CEO of the Chandler Chamber. “It’s truly one of the most unique festivals out there, and we are honored to be featured on Travel Channel’s ‘Trip Flip.’”

community an 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. Registration fees are $50 for members, $60 for guests and $550 for a table of 10. The last day to register is Wed., May 29.

Lunch Club

The next gathering of the Lunch Club, which meets on the third Monday every month at a different Chandler Chamber restaurant, is 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mon., May 20 at Serrano’s Mexican Restaurant, 141 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler.

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The best and the brightest is the theme of the Chandler Chamber’s 26th annual Awards Dinner, 5:30 p.m. Thu., May 30 at the Hilton Phoenix Chandler, 2929 W. Frye Rd. “Painting the Future of Chandler— Unveiling the Best & the Brightest,” will recognize and honor more than a dozen outstanding businesses and individuals in the Chandler community. The dinner’s neon theme gives the

Cost is $10 per person and no registration is required. Guests are welcome. Bring plenty of business cards to exchange and establish business relationships and connections.

Meet the mayor

Take an opportunity to enjoy a cup of coffee and discuss business-related ideas and issues with Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny, 8 to 9 a.m. Tue., May 21.

Welcome new members

Prospective and new members are invited to a free welcome breakfast 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Thu., May 23. 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.

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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 480-963-4571, visit or ChandlerChamber.

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Learn how to be successfully hired as an Arizona firefighter from experienced fire science trainers and career firefighters at a seminar, 8 a.m. to noon, Sat., June 1 at East Valley Institute of Technology, 1601 W. Main St., Mesa. Anyone interested in pursuing a career in fire service can attend. Participants will leave with the knowledge of whether a public safety career is suitable, a checklist of things to do to get started and an insider’s view of best practices to help along the way. Included are what fire departments look for, tips on self-marketing, interview techniques and practice questions and preparing for the testing process. Cost is $25, though no individual will be turned away, with proceeds going to benefit the 100 Club of Arizona. Training facilities are donated courtesy of the EVIT. The program is presented by the Tempe Fire Department and the 100 Club of Arizona. To register, visit

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Seating is reserved and limited to 12 per session for a program being offered by Southwest Capital Advisors, 9:30 to 11 a.m. Thu., May 23 and Thu., May 30 about how to maximize retirement income. Tax reductions that are overlooked by most advisers will also be addressed. Questions may be asked, will be discussed and answered. The session is held in the conference room at 3130 N. Arizona Ave., Suite 104, Chandler. For information, call 480-503-0999, email or visit

Anyone who’s ever started a business understands the challenge of effectively wearing a lot of different hats to help it grow, and now a new local organization is offering to wear the strategic business and marketing “hats “of an adopted business for one whole year to help. Adopt a Small Business is a volunteer organization offering its business consulting services to one small business owner at no cost for one year. Small businesses that meet the criteria are invited to apply for adoption. Larry Vivola, owner of Inline Business Advisors, started Adopt a Small Business because he was looking for a way to offer his professional skills and knowledge as a way to help other businesses. But he liked the idea of being able to expand what he offered to make a bigger impact on a business. “My fellow volunteers and I are trying to change someone’s life, maybe create some jobs and give back to the community at the same time,” Vivola says. Adopt a Small Business’ volunteer experts are pooling their expertise on a pro bono basis over a year-long period to help one business achieve its desired goals.

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Help pick out the best businesses Any Arizona company that does well in 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.” Previous 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 business 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

Pool fences are being given away Fifteen Valley residents in need of a pool fence will be given one free, courtesy of Fulton Homes, in the 11th year it has sponsored the Fence Patrol Program. The program, run in partnership with KMLE-FM and Ironman Pool Fences, will give away one pool fence a week to families in need through Sun., Aug. 18. “Child drownings are a harsh reality of swim season in Arizona, and we want to do everything we can to prevent a family tragedy,” says Doug Fulton, CEO of Fulton Homes. “Fence Patrol is such a rewarding program, because we know we are making pools safer for families who really need it.”

Last year, eight children drowned in Arizona between Memorial and Labor days. For every drowning there are an estimated 11 neardrowning incidents, according to research. Fence Patrol is one of several water safetyrelated initiatives Fulton Homes supports. The Tempe-based homebuilder also sponsors the “2 Seconds is Too Long” campaign at Valley shopping malls. To be considered for a pool fence, or to nominate someone you know, visit KMLE1079. com and click on the Fence Patrol icon. For more information, call 602-452-1000 or visit

May 18 – 31, 2013

Reader wins iPad Mini from EV Lifestyle Group Tips on home selling revealed

Susan Goodin is the winner of an iPad Mini in a monthly giveaway from the East Valley Lifestyle Group, a full-service real estate team that specializes in Chandler and East Valley. The owner of Solar Waves Tanning at 3900 W. Ray Rd. in Chandler, Goodin is a SanTan Sun reader who entered for a chance to win on the East Valley Lifestyle Group website. In honor of Mother’s Day, the May giveaway is a $50 gift card to Salon Di Bella, a full-service salon and mini spa, at 861 N. Higley Rd. TAKE A CHANCE: Real estate agent Tarasa Haase, left, in Gilbert. The winner will presents Solar Waves owner Susan Goodin with her iPad Mini in the monthly East Valley Lifestyle Group be announced on June 1. giveaway. Submitted photo Mention this giveaway for 20% off at the salon; first-time clients only. To enter, visit Guidance to help get a home ready to sell is no further than a call to East Valley Lifestyle Group. Tips include practical advice on cleaning out closets, garage, nooks and crannies; holding a garage sale with proceeds going to a donation; checking overall maintenance and landscaping; staging the home; getting professional pictures and videos; and listing at the best time. “We have over 20 years of real estate experience and are committed to our community,” says Kelly Courvisier, company spokesperson. For more tips or to make a no-obligation appointment, call 602-619-1985 or email


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Nonprofits can apply for $100,000 grant

Nonprofit organizations can apply for the $100,000 Humana Communities Benefit charitable grant in Arizona, sponsored by the Humana Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Humana Inc. Nonprofit organizations can apply through June 28. Organizations in the operational areas of childhood health, intergenerational health and active lifestyles are encouraged to apply. Following a selection process by a panel of local judges, the 2013 grant winner will be announced at a celebration in October. “From a community-based gardening program for autism spectrum disorder patients to a new fitness center for people with disabilities, Humana and the Humana Foundation have contributed to the growth of many innovative health initiatives in the Phoenix area over the last seven years,” says Michael Franks, regional president of senior products for Humana’s Desert Pacific Region and co-chairman of the awards program. “We encourage all eligible nonprofit organizations to apply for this great funding opportunity.” For more information, email or visit

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FOOD BANK FUN-DRAISERS: Michael and Cheryl Pollack support Matthew’s Crossing Food Bank and offered a substantial donation at a recent fundraising event, with Manda Johnson on left. Submitted photo

Former Gov. Rose Mofford and Johnny Basha underwrote the recent Matthew’s Crossing Food Bank fundraising event at AJ’s Fine Foods in Chandler. Other major contributors were Michael and Cheryl Pollack, actor Kyle Chandler and many other local businesses, churches, organizations and community members. Guests were served a gourmet meal prepared by a chef on the outside patio of AJ’s Fine Foods. Background music was provided by an acoustic guitarist and the art centerpieces, all relating to hunger, were handmade by the students at Knox Elementary School, who previously donated food and money to Matthew’s Crossing and also had their student council volunteer in the food bank. A short program was included to share about the critical hunger issue in our community and the financial support needed to better serve the community. Guest speakers included 11-year-old Patrick Stapleton of Knox Elementary School. More than $23,000 was raised. Info: 480-766-2625 or





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Local women who are fulfilling the Soroptimist mission to “improve the lives of women and girls, in our local communities and throughout the world” were honored at the recent Soroptimist International of the San Tans Women’s Opportunity Awards Luncheon. High school student Mirthula Jegadesan received the 2013 Violet Richardson Award for her efforts to educate her community about the scarcity of clean water in developing countries. She started “The Water Project” Club at Corona del Sol High School, then created the club’s website and organized a variety of fundraising events to purchase wells and hand pumps for people in eastern India. Mikaela Miller received the 2013 Hannah Apperson Award for her advocacy and fundraising on behalf of StreetLightUSAPhoenix, a national program that advocates against child trafficking and provides education, counseling and a loving home to 48 rescued girls in Phoenix. Her goal is to end child sex trafficking in our community and she organized a community garage sale that raised $1,400 for StreetLight. Carolyn Witmer received Soroptimist’s 2013 Women’s Opportunity Award, a scholarship to help women who provide the primary source of financial support for their families by giving them the resources they need to improve their education, skills and employment prospects. Witmer is a single mother of four, ages 4 to 17, who receives no spousal support and is pursuing an associate of applied science degree in dental hygiene. She volunteers as a pastor

for women at her church, and one of her references describes her as “hardworking, motivated and ambitious with high goals she is determined to reach.” Barb Strachan, who created and manages the Arizona Cactus Pine Girl Scout Council Just Us Social Justice program, accepted a San Tan Award on behalf of her program, which focuses on prevention and early intervention aimed at breaking the intergenerational cycle of abuse, poverty and crime some girls face daily. The program offers a range of free services to girls in low-income neighborhoods, housing projects and homeless shelters and to girls involved in the juvenile justice and corrections systems. High school student Brittany Volpe was nominated by Arizona Women’s Education & Employment ASPIRE Youth Program because of her fortitude and drive when she and her mother experienced homelessness and illness. The program provided her with a place to do homework, mentors to encourage her and a pathway to her future. Brittany often provides solace to other kids in the program, and she aspires to become a police officer. Peggy Bilsten, executive director of the Coalition to End Arizona Sexual Exploitation, received the 2013 Ruby Award, named for SI Federation’s first president Ruby Lee Minar. It honors women whose professional or volunteer work improves lives, especially for women and girls. Bilsten has spent her personal and professional life advocating on behalf of many human rights issues for more than

Business 30 years, locally and internationally. During her tenure as a Phoenix City councilwoman and vice mayor, she helped establish the Family Advocacy Center, a one-of-a-kind center that provides comprehensive services for victims of abuse as well as community education about the dynamics and prevalence of violence. She developed an extensive nationwide resource directory on sex trafficking called Hope Connection. It provides information about organizations, law enforcement personnel, legislation, safe houses and shelters and educational resources aimed at stopping sex trafficking of women and children nationwide. Many have helped Local businesses and agencies helped sponsor the event, including the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort and Maximus, DIRTT Environmental Solutions, Chandler Firefighters Charities Organization, Martinez & Shanken PLLC, Healthy Smiles, Sun Devil Auto and Sundt Construction. SI of the San Tans raises funds to help organizations with cash awards and provides financial and hands-on assistance for the National Advocacy & Training Network SEEDS program, which stands for support, education, empowerment and directions for battered and sexually abused women. The program is a community-based, safe, sober living environment committed to the physical, mental and emotional healing of women whose lives have been affected by substance abuse and violence. For more information, visit

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Corporate Chronicles

Kimberly Saxberg is a new personal banking officer responsible for providing financial solutions and service to retail customers of Western State Bank. She most recently served as a personal banker at US Bank. A 111-year-old, employee-owned community bank, Western State Bank has a branch at 928 W. Chandler Blvd in Chandler. Local Realtor Gina McKinley of RE/MAX Masters in Chandler is named as a member of “Top 5 in Real Estate Network.” Having earned her real estate license in 1998, she has obtained the Certified Distressed Property Expert, Certified Residential Specialist, Accredited Buyers Representative, Certified Investor Agent Specialist and the Short Sales & Foreclosure Resource Specialist designations. She has also been recognized by RE/MAX International with the Hall of Fame Award and by the Southeast Valley Association of REALTORS as being in the top 1%. Info: 480-355-8645 or

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. Info: Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick, executive vice chancellor and provost of Maricopa Community Colleges, is named one of the Valley’s most admired leaders by the Phoenix Business Journal in a special print supplement of the publication’s May 24 issue. She came to Arizona in 1982 as a Fulbright Scholar. She earned a Ph.D. in educational technology, a master’s degree in instructional media from Arizona State University and a degree of licentiate in school administration and pedagogy from Universidad Nacional Pedro Henriquez Urena in the Dominican Republic. Info: Sandra Hudson, a longtime East Valley resident and active community member, will lead TrustBank’s new East Valley office at 3115 S. Price Rd. in Chandler. “TrustBank has a 100-year history of customized wealth solutions, dedication to exceptional personalized service and giving back to the community,” she says. “We are committed to our clients, our values and bettering the community where we live and do business.” The bank is open 8 a.m. to noon Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Info: 480-981-8680.

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Filmmaker reimagines ‘The Godfather’ with child actors Free courses for By Lynette Carrington

One of the most unforgettable films in modern cinematic history is “The Godfather,” starring Hollywood heavyweights Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall and Diane Keaton. Now, enterprising writer and director Antwan Williams has recreated the iconic film with a cast comprised entirely of local children. “For the most part, I went with the story structure of ‘The Godfather,’” says Williams, who wrote and directed the family friendly flick. He tried to stay as faithful to the original film as he could. Williams, who hails from Chicago but moved to the Valley to attend Collins College, became involved with a writer’s circle in the Black Arizona Film Festival. In one competition involving 400 writers, Williams finished in the top 10. That inspired him to move forward in his career. “The Godchildren” began filming in August 2012 at locations in Chandler— Ryan Park, near Alma School and Ryan roads, as well as actress McKenzie Burke’s family home. With literally no budget and directing only children, there was certainly a fair share of bumps along the way during production. Luckily, many of the children in the film have worked in other local movies and committed wholeheartedly to filming the project over the course of six months. Not to worry, there is no violence and no bad language

VETERAN ACTRESS: McKenzie Burke as “Kay” in “The Godchildren.” Submitted photo.

in “The Godchildren,” save for a few squirt guns used in some scenes. Even the humor is kid-centric. “We put a lot of good messages in there,” Williams states about the overall tone of the film. One of the children cast in the film is 11-year-old McKenzie Burke, a fifth-grade student at Hancock Elementary School. “I’ve worked with Antwan before, so he’s a really close friend of ours,” says McKenzie. In “The Godchildren” she portrays “Kay,” a role originally portrayed by Diane Keaton. “She’s trying to make a good impression on the family and doesn’t want to be involved in any crimes or anything. She’s just a really sweet girl,” McKenzie says of her screen character. “The Godchildren” is McKenzie’s fourth feature film and she has been acting since she was 3 years old.

“Acting is a passion for me,” notes the budding actress. The film wrapped production the end of April and now, Williams is scouting several film festivals where he can submit “The Godchildren.” Some of the festivals that Williams is considering are the Phoenix, the Austin, Chicago International film festivals and possibly even the Sundance Film Festival. In each case, there is the chance that “The Godchildren” could win awards for the film or for individual performances. After the film festival run and depending if Williams can secure a distribution deal, he’ll release the film into theaters here in the Valley. “We have a lot of support here and I’m grateful,” Williams finishes. Lynette Carrington is a freelance writer who lives in the East Valley. She can be reached at

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Arizona students looking to make up credits or get ahead in school can take advantage of Primavera Online High School’s free summer school courses this summer. The online, tuition-free courses are offered in three separate four- to six-week sessions beginning in May. Students can attend from home and access their courses any time of day. Primavera Online High School and Middle School are tuition-free public charter schools featuring an NCAaccredited program that provides a rigorous and personalized curriculum in an interactive learning community. For more information, visit or call 480-397-0605.

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Bilingual school offering summer sessions Keep kids learning this summer at Casa del Nino Bilingual Montessori School, 2625 W. Queen Creek Rd., Suite 6, Chandler. Four two-week themed sessions are held in June 3 through July 26. Activities include outdoor water play, arts and crafts, creative play, building, games and daily work in practical life, sensorial, math, language, geography, social studies, science and Spanish. All activities are based around the Montessori philosophy. Cost is $375 per two-week session. Info: 480-963-2550 or

Goodwill, MCCF offer student scholarships

MODEL STUDENTS: Students from Montessori Christian Academy in Southeast Chandler recently traveled to Brooklyn, NY to participate in the Montessori Model United Nations. The children debated global issues and participated in caucus meetings; on the final day, students were invited into the U.N. chambers to vote on their final resolutions. Montessori Christian Academy, serving children ages 3 to 12 years, is at 12605 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. Info: Submitted photo

Current or past users of Goodwill of Central Arizona services may be eligible for a new endowed scholarship fund at Maricopa Community Colleges good for tuition, fees and books. Goodwill and the Maricopa Community College Foundation are partnering to offer the scholarships, starting for the 2013-14 school year. Criteria for selection include demonstrated financial need, past participation in either a vocational education program or workforce reentry program at Goodwill of Central Arizona and enrollment at a Maricopa Community College or Skill Center. Applications for the scholarships can be found online at maricopa.; click on Scholarships and search for “Goodwill.” Students seeking other

scholarships for upcoming semesters can find information on the Maricopa Community College Foundation website, Goodwill of Central Arizona has provided job training, education and employment services for youth and adults with barriers to employment since 1947. In 2012, they provided services to nearly 42,000 central Arizonans. The Maricopa Community College system includes 10 colleges, including Chandler-Gilbert, Mesa and Rio Salado, as well as the Maricopa Skill Center, Southwest Skill Center and several satellite campuses and business, industry, technical and customized training institutes. Go to or maricopa. edu/foundation to learn more.


New Vistas student production a family affair

VISITING THE WIZARD The New Vistas Theater Company performs “The Wizard of Oz.” Pictured, left to right, are students Hannah Tsay, Kenzie Castine, Senna Titcomb, Sajni Patel, Jay Cheeti and Ashlyn Nadreau. Submitted photo

Students at New Vistas Center for Education in Chandler took the stage recently to perform “The Wizard of Oz,” produced and directed by Andrea Pearson, fourth-grade math teacher at New Vistas and member of a special musical family. Forty-five fourth- through sixth-grade students donned period costumes modeled after the 1939 Metro-GoldwynMayer film to sing and dance their version of the classic fantasy. Several production numbers were directed by Mandy Pearson, a choreographer formerly with the Tour de Force Entertainment

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Company and member of the ASU dance team “The Dancing Devils,” as well as Andrea Pearson’s daughter. Andrea Pearson is also the mother of Hollywood composer and two-time Grammy Award nominee Drew Pearson, who has been recognized for his songs “Where the River Goes” and “Home,” performed by “American Idol” winner Phillip Phillips. Drew has entertained and coached New Vistas students. New Vistas Center for Education is at 670 N. Arizona Ave., Suite 35 in Chandler. Call 480-963-2313 or access newvistasaz. com for more information.

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May 18 – 31, 2013

New families welcome at Kids Inc. New families who sign up their children before July 31 at Kids Inc. in Fulton Ranch Promenade in Chandler receive a free week of care. Kids Inc. is enrolling babies in its infant program. The school’s infant care offers individualized baby care, keeping babies’ schedule the same as home with loving care as its focus. Nurturing teachers focus on fine and gross motor skills, receptive and expressive language skills and hand-eye coordination. Kids Inc. is at 4991 S. Alma School Rd., at Alma School and Chandler Heights roads in Chandler. Learn more at or call 480-821-5437 to schedule a tour.

QUALITY CARE: Ms. Cindey, the lead infant room teacher, celebrates her three-year anniversary at Kids Inc. in May and 17 years providing child care. Submitted photo

Free summer school for EVIT students Free summer school is available for high school students attending East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT) this fall. The three-week class, taught by Arcadia High teacher Clayton Guy, runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays beginning June 10 at EVIT’s Dr. A. Keith Crandell Main Campus, 1601 W. Main St., Mesa. The class incorporates two required high school courses, government and economics, usually taken in a student’s

senior year. EVIT provides tuition-free, occupationspecific programs for students from 10 school districts, including Chandler Unified and Gilbert Public Schools, as well as charter, online and homeschooled students. Classes are also open to adult students at competitive tuition rates. Info or registration: Sylvia Aldaz at 480-461-4108 or Kristie Kehrer at 480461-4110;

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ART SMART: Wee Blessings Preschool & Academy teacher Deborah Knox stands in front of her students’ recent art projects. One project included sea aquariums made out of paper plates. Wee Blessings Preschool is at 1751 E. Queen Creek Rd. in Chandler. Submitted photo


One of Chandler-based Five Star Publications’ authors, Elizabeth Davidson, will sign copies of her book, “Cheery: The True Adventures of a Chiricahua Leopard Frog,” 9 to 11 a.m. Sat., May 18 at the North Mountain Visitor Center, 12950 N. 7th St., Phoenix. In “Cheery,” Davidson presents the issues of invasive non-native species and the importance of preserving natural habitats to young readers in easily understandable terms with clear, colorful illustrations. The story is based on the extensive research conducted by Davidson, a research professor at Arizona State University. “We know that approximately 40% of frogs and salamanders have disappeared worldwide,” says Davidson. “The loss of an entire species of frogs, or any animal or insect for that matter, is not something that only worries scientists. Extinction of a species upsets entire ecosystems.” While written for children, “Cheery” is also of interest to adults who are concerned about one of Arizona’s most unique endangered species. The book will be available for purchase at the North Mountain Visitor Center for $15.95. Call 602-343-5125 for more information.



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again in June for Chandler, Gilbert and Queen Creek. The event, presented by White Water LLC, is held 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sat., June 8 at Gilbert Civic Center Park, 50 E. Civic Center Dr., Gilbert; and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sat., Jun 22 at Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, Three S. San Marcos Pl., Chandler.

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Team work

STATE CHAMPS: Two teams of students from Santan and Hull elementary schools in Chandler will represent Arizona May 22 through 26 in the Destination Imagination (DI) Global Finals Competition at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN. “Time Traveling Tater Tots” team members include Andrea Carey, Vanessa Chang, Justin Grigory, Vatsal Patel, Andrew Szoke and Grant Williams; “What’s It to YA” team members include Blue Garrabrant, Ethan Grigory, Akhil Patel, Nicholas Pugliese, Olivia Warkins and Dane Williams. DI is the world’s largest problem-solving program for children that teaches the creative process from imagination to innovation. To help support the teams’ travel to Finals, visit v0yhiog7. Submitted photo

Deadline nears for scholarship

The application deadline is Fri., May 24 for a $2,000 four-year renewable scholarship for matriculating first-generation college students, available from the Center for Student Opportunity (CSO). Applicants must be graduating high school or home-schooled seniors in the United States and matriculating to an eligible four-year college or university; neither of the student’s parents can have earned a four-year college degree. National nonprofit CSO also provides scholarship winners the opportunity to blog about their college experience and give advice to aspiring first-generation college students across the country on the “I’m First” student blog. “I’m First” is building an online community of support for first-generation college students at To apply, visit

May 18 – 31, 2013

Reading skills programs offered

Area residents ages 4 to adult wishing to improve reading comprehension or fluency can participate in reading skills programs offered this summer by Arizona State University Online and Extended Campus in Chandler and Mesa. Programs are available beginning the week of June 3. Reading programs for younger students build comprehension and teach phonics and fluency skills; programs for older students and adults are geared toward improving comprehension and study skills, vocabulary and speed reading. Tuition and materials fees vary by program level. Programs are taught by instructors from the Institute of Reading Development. Call 888-201-2448 between 5 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday or 5 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends to sign up.

Annual football spring fling at CHS

Orthodontist throws beach bash

Chandler High School’s Football Program hosts Dobson and Poston Butte high schools at its third annual Football Spring Fling—7 on 7 Scrimmages JV and Varsity from 5 to 8 p.m. Tue., May 21 at Chandler High’s football practice fields. All families and friends are invited to attend; guests are asked to bring chairs to sit around the field. The event will feature bounce houses for the kids, food

Chandler orthodontist Dr. Shane Blacker hosts a pool party for the Blacker orthodontic family from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sat., June 8 at Hamilton Aquatic Center, 3838 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. Pizza and activities will be provided. The patient who brings the most friends wins a party of his or her own at

available for purchase and a Midfirst Bank Coin Van to convert spare change into donations for CHS football. Chandler High School is at 350 N. Arizona Ave. in Chandler. For more information, got to chandlerwolvesfootball. com/2013/04/21/chandlerfootball-spring-fling or email info@


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Area schools get A+ grade Hamilton and Perry high schools, Santan and Willie & Coy Payne junior high schools and Jane Dee Hull Elementary School, all in the Chandler Unified School District, are recipients of the A+ School of Excellence distinction from the Arizona Educational Foundation (AEF) for the 2012-13 academic year. Gilbert schools that received the distinction include Patterson Elementary, South Valley Junior High and Eduprize schools. The A+ designation is the third for Hamilton High and Eduprize and the second for Jane Dee Hull and Patterson elementary schools. The AEF A+ School of Excellence program recognizes outstanding public schools. Applicant schools are evaluated in the areas of student focus and support, school culture, active teaching and learning, curriculum, leadership, community and parent involvement and assessment data. Schools receive $500 and a banner to display with the A+ designation; all staff and faculty at the award-winning schools are eligible

for partial scholarships from Argosy University Phoenix. The award is valid for three and a half years.

AEF teacher award noms sought

Students, parents and co-workers across Arizona are encouraged to nominate their favorite pre-K through 12th grade public school teachers for the AEF 2014 Teacher of the Year. Nominations are accepted through Fri., Aug. 5. Teachers may also self-nominate. The Arizona Teacher of the Year is a statewide program recognizing exceptionally skilled and dedicated teachers who play an active role in their communities as well as their schools. Each year, the honored teacher takes a trip to Washington, D.C., to meet the U.S. president and tour the White House and Smithsonian, receives a generous prize package and becomes Arizona’s candidate for National Teacher of the Year. AEF is a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering excellence in education. Visit or email to learn more.

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Golfers can swing into action at the 10th annual Chandler Football Golf Classic in support of the Chandler High football program Sat., May 18 at Kokopelli Golf Club, 1800 W. Guadalupe Rd., Gilbert.

Contact Anna White at 480-307-3795 or, or Gary McCulley at 480-286-7582 or for more details.

Scholarships offered for vocal youth Two “Outstanding Vocal Musician” scholarships, worth $500 each, are available from the East Valley’s Barbershop Chorus for area high school seniors active in vocal music and attending college in the fall or summer. Qualified male or female candidates should also show good leadership and citizenship skills and commitment to

being a lifelong learner and participant in vocal music. Experience in singing barbershop and a cappella music is helpful but not necessary. A letter from a choir director or other adult describing the applicant’s qualifications should be sent to linfo@ Go to evbarbershop. com for more details.

Gilbert author pens kids ABC book When Gilbert resident Linda Ann Jones’ sons were young, she made up stories about the letters of the alphabet to help her children enjoy learning. Now, the legal assistant and mom of four sons is releasing a unique new book, “Alphabet Anatomy: Meet the Capital Letters.” Jones and Branson, her youngest son, now age 17, collaborated on the book, with Linda writing the story and Branson creating the illustrations. “Alphabet Anatomy: Meet the Capital Letters” is the first in a planned series. What sets “Alphabet Anatomy” aside from other alphabet books is the way it instructs on how to write the letters in addition to shapes and sounds, thus their anatomy. The book explores what the letters do behind the scenes when they’re not busy making words, and presents a visual of each

letter, combining the rhyming verse and unique illustration. This increases comprehension for children, in addition to all the other benefits of rhyming. “I hope libraries and schools will be very receptive to the educational value of ‘Alphabet Anatomy’ as well as parents who want to give their children a good head start on reading and writing,” Jones says. She also “hopes that each child who meets the letters in this story will embrace this wondrous journey, and develop a lifelong love for not only reading, but writing as well.” “Alphabet Anatomy: Meet the Capital Letters” is available for sale at, barnesandnoble. com and Friesen Press at title/119734000007152007. For more details, visit

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Students who either live in Chandler, Gilbert, Queen Creek or surrounding areas or who attend area schools can win $15 gift cards from Changing Hands Bookstore, thanks to a partnership between the bookseller and the SanTan Sun News. This ongoing, monthly promotion awards a $15 Changing Hands gift card to every youth whose article, story, poem, essay, editorial, book review, photo or illustration is chosen to be printed in the SanTan Sun Kids Opportunity section, while supplies last. The Kids Opportunity section is printed in the Youth Section of the first paper of the month, each month. The best news is that even though only

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May 18 – 31, 2013

Chandler Unified School District

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

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Kudos – Congrats to AAA Outstanding Volunteer Carol Martin, Apple Achievement Award winner second-grade teacher Jill Lewkowski and Outstanding Superintendent Citizenship Award winner sixth grader Sara Myers. All three were recently honored at a CUSD ceremony. Calendar May 20: Kindergarten parent tour, 4 p.m. May 21: Drama Club presentation of “Happily Ever After,” 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. May 22: Yearbook signing party, 1:45 p.m. May 24: Character Assembly, 2 p.m. May 28: Fourth- to sixth-grade Honors Assembly, 1:30 p.m. May 29: Kindergarten graduation, 9 a.m. —Lora Robinson


families a safe and relaxing summer. Kudos – Congrats to sixth-grade teacher Sophany Tibke, grandparent volunteer Sue Dean and sixth-grade student Joseph Malinksi, honored with AAA awards recently at Chandler Center for the Arts. Calendar May 22: Kindergarten orientation May 24: Student Council Yearbook Stomp May 28: Kindergarten celebration May 29: Last day of school —Wendi Olson

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Food drive – Hancock’s Student Council sponsored a food drive benefiting Chandler Care Center. Students are packing up the food collected and Student Council sponsors Mrs. Albert, Mrs. Bailey and Mrs. Walker are delivering the food to help Chandler families in need. —Suzanne Incorvaia

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Yearbook Stomp – Join CTA’s new Student Council officers in kicking off summer with good music, friends and fun at the Yearbook Stomp from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Fri., May 24. The event is a great time for students to sign each other’s yearbooks or other memory books, reminisce and even dance a little. Kona Ice will sell frozen treats on site. Gearing up – New teacher information will be sent home via email; families should be sure their latest email address is on file with the office. Meet the Teacher is at 4:30 p.m. Thu., July 18; the first day of school is July 22. CTA wishes all its

BATTLE STARS: Tarwater fifth graders Kylie Carson, Sherry Wang and Noelle Redding are champions of Chandler Unified School District’s Battle of the Books competition. The students, who did not miss one question in the semifinals or finals, are first-time winners for the school; Noelle is the daughter of Linda Redding of Bogle Junior High. Riggs Elementary came in second and Jacobson Elementary came in third. Submitted photo see Chandler Unified School District page 32

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ROCKET SCIENCE: Sue Tharalson’s fifth graders participated in NBC/Channel 12 Education Nation STEM Day held recently at Arizona Science Center in Phoenix. Students made and shot off their bottle rockets in front of the other area schools in attendance. Tharalson’s class was the only Chandler school invited to be a part of the activities. Submitted photo

—Jeff Hensley Save the date – The Kindergarten Promotion Program is at 5:30 p.m. Thu., May 23 in the Multipurpose Room. History notes – Fourth graders are presenting an “Arizona Living Wax Museum,” a collection of important historical figures brought to life through biographical retellings. Students research then transform themselves into important Arizonans including Alexander J. Chandler, John Jack Swilling, Angela Hutchinson Hammer and more. Musical talent – First graders worked hard on learning new songs, speaking parts and dancing for the “BUGZ” musical play. All students had a role. Class notes – Second graders spent a month taking a trip around the world, studying ancient cultures and learning

Clean sweep – Perry High students Kelsey O’Brien, Abbey Tameron and Rachel Soldo won first, second and third places respectively in the painting category at the recent districtwide high school art competition. The teens are students of Perry High teacher Lorena DeCristofaro. Perry High offers Intro to Art, Beginning Drawing and Advancing Drawing and Painting, and launches its first AP and dual enrollment art classes next school year. —Lorena DeCristofaro

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LIFE STUDIES : Kindergartner Landen Culp examines a butterfly. Kindergarten classes recently studied the life cycles of butterflies, with live caterpillars provided for each child. Submitted photo

about their geography, customs, landmarks, celebrations and food. All five third-grade classes went on a field trip recently to Kartchner Caverns to see a living limestone cave with stalactites, stalagmites and more. The trip was made thanks to generous tax credit donations from the community. —Robyn Kelly

Basha High Bears

Big winners – Basha High is the High School Blood Drive Challenge Division Winner in the Phoenix (475+ Seniors) Division. With an estimated 24,000 blood donations by the end of the school year, Arizona teens are United Blood Services’ largest statewide donor group for the ninth consecutive year.

Read to Feed – Andersen students are raising money for Read to Feed. Children, individually or as a group, get sponsors for each book, chapter or page they read; at the end of the program, students pool their funds and donate them to Heifer International to help assist families around the world feed their families and attain self-reliance. Kudos – Fourth-grader Sam Penney was chosen as one of 19 winners in the 10th annual City of Chandler Environmental Art Contest illustrating the importance of reducing waste, conserving water and preventing pollution. The winners are invited to a dinner with the mayor and their picture is in the City of Chandler’s newsletter. The drawings selected are used in a 12-month calendar, poster, billboards for the city’s recycling and trash collection trucks and other promotions. Also, third-grader Sarah Hemmen

had her comments published in the Debate section of the “Time for Kids” newsletter; she argued that belugas should not be kept in aquariums but are better off in natural habitats. —Katie Perry

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Packing up – CTA-Goodman sixthgrade and kindergarten students worked together recently on a special science project to prevent an egg from breaking after being tossed from the roof of the school. Teams of students picked a box and their choice of materials in which to pack the egg. The “Hello Chickies” and “Eggs of Awesomeness” teams used parachutes to assist, and the “Six Chicks” and “Sparkly Twinkly Butterflies” tried for solid packing. The teams of “Hot Chicks” and “Blue Sharks” used socks to pack the eggs. The sixth graders and their special kindergarten pals had a great chance to work together and learn how to invent interesting and effective packing. Calendar May 21: Second-year band concert, 6:30 p.m., Hamilton High School, 3700 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler May 24: Memorial Day Assembly, 8:45 a.m., Multipurpose Room May 28: Student Council Spirit Day, “Go Green!”; Good News Gators Assembly, 1:30 p.m., Multipurpose Room May 29: Last day of school; report cards sent home; kindergarten celebration, 12:30 p.m., classrooms; sixth grade promotion, 1:15 p.m., Multipurpose Room —Kathie Butters

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New times – The Knox school day will begin at 9:10 a.m. and end at 3:40 p.m. beginning with the 2013-14 school year. Students can arrive at school at 8:45 a.m. and will be supervised by teachers outside the children’s classrooms. Thanks due – Thanks to the families who helped make Teacher Appreciation Week a success. Knox teachers and staff were pampered thanks to all the volunteers and donors. Thumbs up – Kudos to Knox’s wonderful PTO board of the last year: Lisa Cvijanovich, Emi Gibbons, Chandra Kohler, Liz Moynihan, Jackie Honey and Kristen Creek. Their work was appreciated. Welcome aboard – Welcome to the new PTO board: Co-Presidents Chamin Higgins and Emi Gibbons; Vice Presidents Christine Weiss, Jackie Bartrim and Joe Hansen; Treasurer Jackie Honey; and Secretary Kristen Kobler Creek. —Ximena Rodriguez

WINNING MOVES: Congrats to Knox’s chess team for winning third place at the recent Governor’s Cup competition. Chess team members are kindergartner Vincent Jiang; first-grader Benjamin Higgins; second-graders Kevin Chor, Evan Sideris, Marvin Sin, Allen Peng and Zubin Martis; third-graders Jalen Lee, Ethan Kohler, Ian Martis, John Kennedy and Kenzie Gustafson; fourth-grader Nathaniel Hartsell; fifth-graders Vincent Sin and Danny Labaer; and sixth-grader Joseph Labaer. Submitted photo

Youth Youth Chronicles Taylor Doren of Chandler, a junior at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, will work as waterfront activities director at Camp Lake Hubert in Minnesota this summer, supervising activities such as swimming, snorkeling and ziplining while ensuring the safety of more than 200 campers. Doren works as a facility manager at NAU’s Wall Aquatic Center during the school year. Meera K. Kumar of Chandler is on the honor roll for winter 2013 at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA. Kumar is also a new inductee into Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, which is limited to students who complete the first term of their first year with superior academic records. To be eligible, a student must be in the top 20% of the class at the end of his or her first year. Erica Lewis, an Ocotillo resident, raised $1,400 through a month-long fundraising campaign for the Trevor Project, a group dedicated to preventing teen suicide in the LGBTQ community. The fundraiser was a community service project for Chandler Service Club Flower Girls. Megan Liborio, a sophomore at Basha High in Chandler, recently scored her first hole-in-one with her new PING clubs while competing in a PING Junior Interclub competition at Dobson Ranch Golf Course. Megan is a team member at Ocotillo Golf Resort in Chandler. Amy Long, Erin Krzywicki, Mary Sullivan, Brent Cappello, Charles Christiansen, Tiffany Lair, Liane Johl, Joshua Spears, Jonathan Hibbard, Joseph Juliano and Ashley Knobloch, all of Chandler, are recent inductees into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi at ASU. Fernando Marquez, Kaitlin Booth, Yenny Ortiz, Valerie Tole and Amy Barro of Chandler are recent inductees into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. Adrian Palumbo, a third-grade student at CTA-Goodman Elementary in Chandler, is a gold medal winner in the National Mythology Competition, an exam sponsored by the American Classical League.

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The All-CUSD Boys Baseball 1st Team 2012-13 is comprised of infielders Jamie Westbrook of Basha High, Tyler Hill and Connor Woods of Hamilton High and Jeremy McCuin and Austin Bull of Perry High; catcher Kyle Pechloff of Hamilton High; outfielders Hayden Durkiewicz of Chandler High, Ronnie Querry of Basha High, Skyler Palermo of Hamilton High and Dusty Wright of Perry High; designated hitter Brady Weiss of Perry High; and pitchers Austin Casillas of Basha High and Kent Hasler and Tyler Erwin of Hamilton High. The All-CUSD Boys Baseball 2nd Team 2012-13 is Chris Plitt of Chandler High, Justin Schander and Brady Hettinger of Perry High, Zach Strand of Hamilton High and Jesus Daal and Garrett Doane of Basha High. Cody Bellinger of Hamilton High is Player of the Year. The All-CUSD Girls Softball 1st Team 2012-13 is comprised of infielders Kayla Escobar of Chandler High, Brittany Hopper of Perry High, Christine Olivas of Hamilton High and Hailey Maher and Courtney Hiruko of Basha High; catcher Devon Ryan of Perry High and Hailee Siroky of Basha High; outfielders Jamie Hatch of Hamilton High, Laynee Gomez of Perry High, Makenna Allen of Chandler High and Brooke Breland and Nicole Matta of Basha High; utility Shannon Rackoski of Hamilton High and Brielle Breland of Basha High; and pitchers Jillian Leslie of Perry High and Lynea Klemmedson of Basha High. The All-CUSD Girls Softball 2nd Team 2012-13 is Kalli Ohton of Chandler High, Lindsay Heffron of Perry High, Cheyenne Noli and Sam Reynolds of Hamilton High and Allie Hancock, Kelsey Tidwell and Brittany Medina of Basha High. Player of the Year is Kylie Shull of Basha High. 2013 National Merit $2,500 Scholarship winners include Nissrin Chiban and Jakub H. Stechly of Hamilton High; Mary Nga Nguyen, Michael Precup and John Yuming Wang of Chandler High; Noah B. Wuerfel of Chandler Preparatory Academy; Jangwoo Eom of Highland High; and James Park of Mesquite High. Katarina Fenner, a fourth grader at New Vistas Center for Education in Chandler, was recently honored at a statewide awards ceremony for academically advanced children, sponsored by the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY). The center honored Katarina, a participant in the CTY Talent Search, for her exceptional performance on a rigorous, abovegrade-level test given to academically talented second- through eighth-grade students.

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 is now open for residents and nonresidents. For more information, call 480-782-2727.

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Chandler is a Playful City USA Chandler has been recognized by national non-profit KaBOOM! as 2013 Playful City USA community for our efforts to give children the childhood they deserve by providing ample opportunities for play. This is the seventh consecutive year that Chandler has received this distinction. Chandler takes play seriously. Come Out & Play Chandler!

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Cooking for Kids - International Cooking Thursday June 6 or June 13 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Explore the far-off lands of Japan, Mexico, Belgium and China through an international cuisine-inspired class. Each class held at the Chandler Community Center (125 E. Commonwealth Ave) will focus on one country in which your child will learn a little bit about the country, the language, the music, and then will prepare two or three dishes from the featured country. Your child can have a mini-vacation without leaving the Valley! There is a $21 fee ($24 for nonresident). For more information and to register visit or call 480-782-2727.


Every Tuesday and Thursday from 9-11 a.m., the Tumbleweed Recreation Center (745 E. Germann Rd) 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. Fee included in all TRC family passes. There is a $2 fee ($3 nonresident) per child. Call 480-782-2900 or visit for more information.

Teen Movie Night Friday, May 31, 7:00 - 9:30 p.m. Looking for something to do with your friends on a Friday night? Bring a blanket and even a pillow to get comfy for a movie shown under the stars, at the Tumbleweed Recreation Center. Popcorn and drinks will be served. This is a drop-in program; no registration is needed. There is a Youth 8 -12 fee $2 resident ( $3 for nonresident) or Teens 13 - 17 $3 resident ($5 for nonresident) Movie night is included in the TRC Youth and Teen Pass.

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


May 18 – 31, 2013


School supply drive seeks 10,000 donations

The largest school supply drive in Chandler history is kicking off this month with the goal of providing 10,000 children with backpacks and school supplies. Donations of backpacks, school supplies, shoes, socks, underwear and uniforms are being sought from individuals, families, service organizations, businesses and faith communities. The drive will culminate in a July 20 event where the backpacks and donated items will be distributed to needy elementary, middle and high school students. “This is a collective effort to meet the needs of some of Chandler’s most vulnerable children. Going back to school with the necessary supplies, new shoes and uniforms increases a child’s motivation to learn,” says Lori Tapia, director of the Family Resource Center at the Chandler Christian Community

Center. “This is not about any one organization or person, but about families and community coming together for our future in Chandler.” Operation Back to School Chandler—For Our Students is a collaborative effort involving the City of Chandler, various nonprofit organizations, churches, employers, school districts, business groups and others in the Chandler area. Organizations helping coordinate Operation Back to School Chandler include For Our City—Chandler, the Chandler CARE Center, Chandler Christian Community Center, Chandler Education Foundation, Chandler Unified School District, City of Chandler Neighborhood Resources Division, CrossRoads Nazarene Church, Fans Across America, The Y, Boys & Girls Club, EV Jewish Community Center, Si Se Puede and ICAN. For more information, call 480-7822214 or visit html. Organizations already planning a back-to-school drive in Chandler or wanting to sponsor this event are asked to call Leah Powell at leah.powell@

Donate shoes, socks to Chandler youth To meet a growing need for new shoes among youth and families, ICAN is collecting new athletic shoes and socks in June to outfit more than 300 youth in grades kindergarten through 12 for the 2013 school year. Youth can pick up shoes, a backpack, supplies and uniform at Chandler High School on Sat., July 20 between 8 a.m. and noon. Socks should be new and in original packaging. Shoes should be genderneutral colors for boy’s size 1-6, girl’s size 1-6, men’s size 5-11 and women’s size 5-9. All donations can be dropped off at

ICAN Lon E. Hoeye Youth Center, 650 E. Morelos St., Chandler. The last day to drop off shoes is Mon., July 1. For more information, or to list a business as a Kicks for Kids Shoe Drive collection site, contact ICAN’s Director of Resource Development Shelby Pedersen at 480-874-7576 or ICAN is a free, family centered youth service in the East Valley that provides programs for youth to tackle substance abuse, gang involvement and juvenile delinquency. For more information, call 480-821-4207 or visit

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Chandler’s high-tech hub Who Do These People Represent? helps drive state economy by Marc J. Victor

by Mayor Jay Tibshraeny

Chandler’s high-tech hub helps drive state economy A recent opinion piece by Robert Robb in the Arizona Republic, “Despite jabs, economy remains strong in Ariz.,” May 1, 2013, brought out a pretty intriguing statistic. He cited a U.S. Chamber of Commerce report that ranked Arizona 12th in the nation in high-tech companies as a percentage of all business. Certainly, Chandler has played a key role in that standing as we have steadily emerged as the Innovation and Technology Hub of the Southwest. This does not happen overnight. For decades, Chandler has followed a carefully managed plan to create a high-tech presence. Beginning with Rogers Corp. and Intel in the late 1980s, we continue to this day to bring new, STEMbased (Science, Technology Engineering and Math) jobs to our community. The recent announcement by General Motors to place its research and development Innovation Center to the Price Road Corridor is indicative of the success we have had by charting this strategic course. Beyond the $5 billion investment in its newest fabrication plant in south Chandler, Intel is also building an R&D facility in west Chandler. This bodes well for the region, if not the state on a number of levels. Chandler has done well to lure manufacturing to its borders over the years. Adding research jobs diversifies the employment base and opens new avenues for suppliers and other cottage industries to grow and thrive. Beyond the larger companies with a presence in Chandler, such as Infusionsoft, Microchip and Orbital Sciences, we are also cultivating many start-ups at Innovations, a model incubator for tech development. American Express Open Forum placed Chandler among the four best places in the country for tech start-ups last year for good reason. Cummings Engineering, a developer of mobile encryption technology, was one of the first tenants at Innovations, and a growing leader in the field of smart phone technology. Cummings was recently awarded a job training grant through the Arizona Commerce Authority to allow for the expansion of 53 new positions for the company. Another tenant, Serious Integrated, was a winner of the Arizona Commerce Authority’s 2012 Innovation Challenge grants program—one of 10 companies in the state to receive the designation. All of the companies noted here provide high-paying sustainable jobs that fuel the state’s economy. Businesses find Arizona attractive because we do have a very talented workforce thanks in large part to a quality state university system that is producing a creative class of skilled labor at all levels. Arizona State University will soon begin renovations of a former city public works yard to expand its College of Technology and Innovation that will include the state’s first Tech Shop. Our collective efforts to make this state, region and community a great place to do business are paying off. And dynamic knowledge and technology hubs like the Price Corridor will continue to move Arizona’s ranking up the ladder.

Arizona has an initiative process whereby citizens can get a proposition on the ballot for voters to approve. If the citizens approve the proposition, it becomes law. Elected officials are allegedly elected to “serve the people” they represent. It sounds great! However, in practice, things aren’t always as they appear. When it comes to marijuana, some of our elected officials are confused about who they represent. When proposition 200 was passed in 1996, it deleted the prison option for first time marijuana users and mandated drug counseling instead. Despite the obvious common sense in the voter-approved initiative, the Arizona legislature effectively invalidated it. The voters had to effectively pass it again. Despite the drug war apologists’ warnings, the sky didn’t fall. Indeed, it has been good for Arizona, and it was a small step in the right direction. This time, Arizona voters have approved medical marijuana. Despite this fact, it seems both Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery are doing everything they can to thwart the will of the very people they were elected to represent. Both of these elected officials, who have each loudly voiced their personal support for the failed war on drugs, have run to the courts in an attempt to apparently enforce their personal views rather than represent the will of the people. Despite the will of the voters, and despite court rulings against them by Judge Susan Bolton in the federal court and Judge Michael Gordon in the state court, these elected officials continue to waste tax payer funds by continuing their court battles to appellate courts. It all begs the question, “Who do they represent?” It also begs the question, “Why would Arizona voters retain elected officials who so blatantly work contrary to the clear will of the people?” From what I’ve seen, I don’t expect Gov. Jan Brewer to ever understand or respect the rights of peaceful competent adults to control their own bodies. She seems, to me, hopelessly enmeshed in the old school failed politics of the extreme religious right wing stuffy big brother conservative crowd. However, County Attorney Bill Montgomery seems much brighter. I am hopeful he could someday repent for his past sins and join the new emerging Rand Paul-type Republicans who promote freedom and actually desire strictly limited government. Admittedly, Mr. Montgomery is off to a bad start. However, the drug war is destined to end. It was a horribly un-American idea in the first place. Shockingly, it exists despite the relatively recent and


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clear lessons of alcohol prohibition, but it will die for exactly the same reasons. It has already started. Now, lots of states have medical marijuana and two states have legalized marijuana possession for all purposes. More states will surely follow. The sky isn’t going to fall. Indeed, honest statistics and observations will undoubtedly reveal countless benefits. The time we live in is exciting for lots of reasons. Given that the drug war is coming to an end, profreedom people have a great opportunity to make the case for freedom. Rather than arguing the obvious economic and practical benefits of ending the drug war, we have an opportunity to argue for real self-ownership. We will soon have a great opportunity to argue that free and competent adults own themselves, and therefore must be free to peacefully use or abuse their own bodies as they wish. I realize a real free society can be scary, but freedom is worth it. SAYING you are for a free society is easy; actually BEING for a free society is much harder. Hopefully, Mr. Montgomery will soon be out of court options in his misguided quest to thwart the will of those he represents. Undoubtedly, like other states, Arizona will likely soon have an initiative to legalize marijuana possession for all purposes. Eventually, I expect it will become law. Instead of working against the will of the people and for failed programs, Mr. Montgomery should use his prosecutorial discretion to protect the public. After all, that is his job. As the elected Maricopa County Attorney, Mr. Montgomery should dedicate all prosecutorial resources of his office to prosecuting people who actually hurt and trespass against others. He could prosecute crimes that actually have victims instead of prosecuting people for fake crimes that involve no victims at all. Such an effort is actually consistent with the will of those he represents, and would have the greatest positive impact on the safety of Maricopa County residents. Indeed, diverting precious resources away from prosecuting dangerous and violent people so nonviolent marijuana smokers, growers, transporters and sellers can be prosecuted is ridiculous. Instead of working against the will of the people, Arizona’s elected officials could actually take the lead and advocate for freedom, instead of against it. Especially given all the well-deserved bad press Arizona has garnered over the immigration issue, we could benefit from being a respected national leader on ending the disastrous drug war. I have lived in Arizona since 1989, and I love so much about our state. Instead of being at the tail end or even in the middle of the pack of states eventually moving to end the foolish drug war, we should be a leader and do it for all the right profreedom pro-American reasons! Marc J. Victor is a former U.S. Marine whose law practice is located in Chandler.

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Thank you Hermosa Vista Stake for donation I am writing to express my sincere gratitude to the women of Mesa, Arizona Hermosa Vista Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My Sisters’ Place recently received 60 beautiful handbags filled with an assortment of makeup, jewelry, lotion, perfume and notes filled with love and encouragement for the women in our shelter. Too often women fleeing domestic violence must escape in a hurry, with only enough time to gather some clothes and few of their children’s favorite toys. Receiving such a lovely gift of encouragement reminds our women that they have value, that people do care, and gives them strength to build an independent life free from abuse for themselves and their children. My Sisters’ Place has been providing shelter and assistance to women and their children who are fleeing domestic violence since 1985. We are one of only two confidential domestic violence shelters serving the East Valley. We provide a private, comforting environment for safety and recovery. Last year, we provided 8,308 nights of safety for 309 women and children. Again, on behalf of the shelter and the women we serve, thank you to the women of Hermosa Vista Stake and to the community for their continued support in helping women escape abuse. In gratitude, Sheryl Christianson, senior program manager, Catholic Charities Community Services Chandler We know you have an opinion! Share it with the SanTan Sun News. Unless you’re the Mayor, however, please keep your Letters to the editor around 200-300 words, or they may be edited for length. Include your first and last name, community or development name in Southern Chandler (Cooper Commons, Ocotillo, Sun Groves, etc.) or ZIP code and daytime phone number for verification. Anonymous letters are not typically accepted. Email is the preferred submission method, to All submitted Letters to the Editor and Community Commentaries become the property of the SanTan Sun News and may be reprinted in part, quoting the letters’ authors, or in their entirety. Your submission to the SanTan Sun News is considered your permission to print your written opinion. Opinions expressed in Community Commentaries, Letters to the Editor or cartoons are those of the author, and not that of the SanTan Sun News.

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Hungry Monk quenches ‘Twilight’ actor to appear at Ak-Chin ‘Running Deer’ premieres at UltraStar June 1 thirsty Chandler By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski

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The Hungry Monk, nestled in a strip mall beside busy Chandler Boulevard, may look like a typical neighborhood watering hole, but on a recent Wednesday, with rush hour raging outside, the eatery was packed with happy guests, all in on the secret. “A lot of people have dubbed us a gastro-pub,” explains Fieldstone Estates resident Jim Lolli, who owns the Hungry Monk with his wife, Carol. “I can’t tell you how many people literally come from the airport—they fly into Phoenix and they’re off the plane and into the Monk. We take great pride in knowing that people seek us out.” The Lollis opened their restaurant in 2008, leaving their original franchise behind in 2010. They’ve worked hard since to create an establishment that’s sports, family and taste bud friendly, and their 28 taps—and the rare and wonderful brews that come from them— have given the eatery a respected name in the craft beer community. “, which is arguably the biggest beer site on the planet, named us as the best craft beer bar in Arizona,” says Jim. “We’ve got great relationships with all the distributors, all the breweries, so we’re able to get some beers that a lot of people can’t get. We change the beer menu every day, so when you walk into the Monk, you never know what you’re going to get.” Jim, who calls himself “a good old boy from Detroit,” grew to love craft beer in his home town, and he’s watched with pleasure as Arizona’s own craft beer scene has taken off. Still, The Hungry Monk’s reputation isn’t built on beer alone. The eatery lures food aficionados, as well, with superb dishes such as “The Hungry Monk trippel.” “We smoke our own pulled pork,” says Jim. “We take a big slice of tavern ham, we pile the pulled pork on top of it, and we cover it with bacon and serve it on Texas see Hungry Monk page 46

Even though he starred as Seth Clearwater in the “Twilight” trilogy, and is in production for “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” actor Booboo Stewart is exceptionally proud of the 25-minute short film “Running Deer.” The movie, which premieres during a free event at 5 p.m. Sat., June 1, at UltraStar Multi-tainment Center at Ak-Chin Circle, tells the story of a Native American runner and his struggles before the biggest race of his life. It also stars Tucson’s Jon Proudstar, an actor and creator of the first Native American comic book, “Tribal Force,” and Q’orianka Kilcher. Stewart and Proudstar will be on hand for a Q&A after the premiere and, for a short time, autograph and photograph opportunities. “It was important to do ‘Running Deer,’” Stewart says. “The story was incredible. When I was first contacted to do it, I didn’t really want to do a short film. After reading the script, it totally changed my mind. I said, ‘This is something I definitely have to do.’” Stewart, who could say little about “X-Men,” explains the filming of “Running Deer” was “one of the best times” he’s ever had making a movie. “Just working with Brent Ryan Green, our director, and Jeff Goldberg, the writer/producer, the whole cast, everyone put their hearts into it and really had a great time. It’s a very cool experience.” For longtime actor Proudstar, the filming of “Running Deer” was a chance to portray his fellow Native

Americans in a positive light. “It’s about this kid who’s definitely got some talent in (track and field),” Proudstar says. “He’s stuck on the reservation and he’s got a lot of decisions to make. He’s caught up with this girl. “What attracted me to this film is it’s about a father and a son. This guy is trying to win his way back with his son. He had a bout of alcoholism and he’s trying

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Summer camps keep kids happy and busy By Alison Stanton

Summer vacation is just around the corner, which means it’s time for parents to think about signing up their kids for summer camps. Throughout the East Valley, there are plenty of fun options that are sure to prevent kids from proclaiming the dreaded “I’m bored!” announcement. Here is a sampling of the summer camps that are available:

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Young student athletes ages 12 and older who live in the SanTan Sun area are welcome to participate in the School Athlete Summer Program this June and July. The special summer program is offered by Kajukenbo Arizona, and is open to students who participate in team sports at school. Participants can enroll in the program at the discounted rate of $50 per month, if paid in advance; as a bonus, their coaches can then attend CrossPIT classes for free. In addition, every school with two or more students participating receives a donation of $50 per participant for their athletic program from Kajukenbo Arizona. Kajukenbo features mixed martial arts, practical karate and elite fitness for the whole family. It is located at 2602 W. Baseline Rd., Suite 1 in Mesa, or 3978 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Suite 101 in Gilbert. For more information or to register for a program, visit or, call 480-755-3008 or email

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CRAFT BEER CONNOISSEURS: Lovers of craft beer and fresh fare crowd the Hungry Monk during a recent $3 Craft Wednesday. Owner Jim Lolli is pictured on the left. Photo by Ron Lang

MOVIE STARS: Jon Proudstar, left, appears as the father of Booboo Stewart, right, in the 25-minute film “Running Deer,” which premieres at UltraStar Multi-tainment Center at Ak-Chin Circle on June 1. Submitted photo

Chandler Christian Church is offering a variety of camps for kids and teens. For example, Camp 456 for fourth through sixth graders is June 29 through July 3 at UCYC in Prescott. Visit Next, Bridge78 Camp for seventh and eighth

graders is June 18 through 22 at UCYC in Prescott. Visit Finally, Bridge 912 Camp for ninth to 12th graders is July 8 through 12 at CIY in La Mirada, CA. Visit

Hamilton High camp teaches basketball fundamentals

The basics of passing, shooting and dribbling are taught this summer at the 2013 Hamilton Huskies Basketball Camp in Chandler. The camp is meant for boys and girls entering grades K through 8. 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. Camp will be held the weeks of June 3 through 6 and June 10 through 13 at the Hamilton High School gymnasium, 3700 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. Register online at, or contact Coach Hartwig for more information at 480-883-5213 or

Boys & Girls Clubs summer day camps

Summer day camps are starting soon at Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley’s various branches, including those in Gilbert and Chandler. Each 10-week camp takes place from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Teen summer camp programs are available for teens ages 13 to 18 from 3 to 8 p.m. at no charge. Camps offer the opportunity for youth ages 5 to 12 to take field trips, spend time in computer labs and participate in various sports while developing new skills and forming new friendships. Camp begins May 29 at the Gilbert Branch, 44 N.

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Spring fare for foodies Arizona Restaurant Week returns to more than 125 Valley restaurants for a culinary celebration through Mon., May 28. Savor the flavors of Arizona at this biannual event with signature pre-fixe menus priced from $30 to $40 per person. Chandler restaurants participating in this spring event include Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Porkopolis and Roy’s Restaurant. Cork, located in the Promenade at Fulton Ranch, 4991 S. Alma School Rd. Suite 101., Chandler, is also featured.

The goal of Arizona Restaurant week is to position Arizona as a top culinary destination in the United States by increasing awareness and visitation to the more than 8,500 restaurants statewide. Arizona Restaurant Week has partnered with the Valley of the Sun United Way, Unite to End Hunger campaign in an effort to assist the 82,000 households in Maricopa County struggling to put food on the table. A full listing of restaurants and menus is featured at

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Each of the four Chandler Public Libraries will be hosting a used book sale Monday through Sunday, May 20 through 26. Books are buy one get one free. The lowest priced item will be the free item. Shop at the Downtown Library, 22 S. Delaware St.; Basha Library, 5990 S. Val Vista Dr.; Hamilton Library, 3700 S. Arizona Ave.; Sunset Library, 4930 W. Ray Rd.

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BLD’s burger + beer, happy hour Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to close are burger + beer days at BLD, 1920 W. Germann Rd., Chandler. BLD is serving signature burgers with a 12 ounce draft beer for $9.99. Combos include the goat burger with roasted tomatoes, arugula, bacon jam, onion rings and goat cheese plus an icecold Lagunitas Pale Ale or their BLD basic burger with cheddar, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles and French fries with a Four Peaks Hop Knot. Every day, from 3 to 7

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BEAUTY SPOT: The Studio Academy of Beauty recently held its fourth annual HopeKids Mother’s Day event, providing special makeovers to mothers and their daughters who live with cancer or other life-threatening medical conditions. Lunch was catered and a photographer captured the moment for memories. The Studio Academy of Beauty is at 610 N. Alma School Rd. in Chandler. Info: 480-857-1138. Submitted photo

The Chandler Public Library is providing free online learning courses for adults in a variety of subjects. The service, provided through an agreement with Ed2Go, brings turnkey online training and education solutions to any library cardholder. Each course is available online for six weeks with 12 lessons, online discussions, quizzes, homework and a final exam. These courses are not college equivalent courses however customers who complete and pass the final do receive a completion certificate. New sessions begin the third Wednesday of each month; customers can register up to two weeks after a session begins. Each customer can register for three classes at any one time and there is no limit on how many courses a customer can take throughout the year. Courses, in a range of subjects, are developed and taught by expert instructors currently working at universities around the country. Users are encouraged to read through the FAQs, look at the enrollment videos, browse the course catalog and request a passcode prior to enrolling in a class. For hours of operation and more information, call 480-782-2800 or visit


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Oak St., Gilbert, or June 6 at Compadre Branch—Chandler, 300 E. Chandler Blvd., Chandler. Cost is $100 per week for Gilbert and Chandler locations, with daily rates and special discounts also available. For more information, visit clubzona. org/sdc or contact Josh Skalniak at 480352-2050 or

Girl Scouts Day Camp

The Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council (GSACPC) is offering Day Camp on the Road, a camp that travels across the state, providing fun and enriching programs and field trips in different neighborhoods. From June 10 through 14, the camp will be in the San Tan Valley at Hoofbeats with Heart. Girls can select from a variety of camps, ranging from healthy living topics to traditional camp activities, including horseback riding and animal care training for all levels of experience. All girls are welcome to sign up; non-Girl Scouts just need to add the annual membership fee of $12. For more information, visit summer-camp-program-listings.

Junior Golf Camps at Bear Creek Golf Complex

Children ages 6 to 14 are welcome to sign up for Junior Golf Camps that will be offered throughout the summer at Bear Creek Golf Complex. The maximum child to instructor ratio is 8 to 1, and a PGA professional instruction staff will lead all one-hour camp sessions. During the camps, which run Monday through Thursday, kids will learn the basic principles and fundamentals of golf, including chipping, putting, full swings with irons and woods and more. Safety and golf etiquette will also be taught. Cost is $50 per week, per child, and clubs must be provided by the parents. Nine- through 11-year-olds will meet from 7 to 8 a.m.; and 6- to 8-yearolds will meet from 8:15 to 9:15 a.m. Camps start on June 3 and will run weekly through the week of July 15. Bear Creek Golf Complex is located at 500 E Riggs Rd. in Chandler. For more information, call 480883-8200 or visit

Anytime Summertime Kids’ Camps at The Little Gym

The Little Gym is now enrolling kids for its Anytime Summertime Kids’ Camps. The weekly programs, each with a theme and flexible scheduling choices, will keep kids busy and happy. Parents can choose from themed camps that may include “The Little Gym Olympics,” “Legends,

MUSICAL THEATER: A scene from Ahwatukee Children’s Theatre’s 2012 production of “Cinderella” at Chandler Center for the Arts. Submitted photo

Fables and Folklore” and “My Animal Planet.” The exact schedule varies from location to location. For more information, contact Elena Fauth, owner of The Little Gym of Ahwatukee, at 480-706-0021 or, or Carol Schroeder, owner of The Little Gym of Gilbert, at 480-855-7766 or

Musical Summer Camp with Chandler Children’s Choir

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Kids ages 6 to 14 who love music and theater are sure to enjoy the Chandler Children’s Choir’s Born to Perform Musical Summer Camp. The camp offers a fun setting for kids to learn about performing, singing, acting and choreography techniques—all of which will be performed at the end of the week. The camp runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., June 10 through 14. The camp is $185 is registered by May 31, or $225 on June 1 and beyond. The camp is held at Risen Savior Lutheran Church,

Music Maker Workshops (MMW) of Ahwatukee is offering a variety of events and summer programs. Owned by Chandler residents Beverly Bigam and Shelley Yakubow, MMW is offering its annual Summer Music Academy for kids ages 5 to 12. Kids can design their own camp by choosing three classes from the following selections: drums, guitar, piano, voice, violin and arts and crafts. Camps are divided by age and ability levels, and kids who sign up for guitar must provide their own instruments. Sessions are 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday through Thursday and feature a concert performance for friends and family on the last day of camp. Camps run from June 10 through 13, June 17 through 20, July 15 through 18 and July 22 through 25. Cost is $130. Music Makers is located

WORLD OF MUSIC: Students from A World of Music camp at Trinity Christian Fellowship prepare to perform “Never Smile at a Crocodile.” Submitted photo

at 3233 E. Chandler Blvd, Suite 2, in Ahwatukee. For information, call 480-706-1224 or visit

Ahwatukee Children’s Theatre summer camps

Children ages 5 to 19 can enroll in Ahwatukee Children’s Theatre (ACT) summer programs that allow them to be part of age-appropriate full-scale musicals. In June or July, kids who are in kindergarten through fourth grade will perform “Cinderella,” and grades 4 through 9 will take on “High School Musical.” In June, teens who range from ninth graders to the age of 19 will perform “Legally Blonde.” Production fees range from $325 to $425. ACT is also offering a vocal camp for all ages from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., July 22 through 26. Cost is $150. ACT is located at 5051 E. Elliot Rd. in Ahwatukee. For information on hours and specific dates, call 480-705-9319.

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World of Music festival for kids

Kids ages 6 to 12 who enjoy everything having to do with music and rhythm can sign up for A World of Music, a weeklong music festival where children choose two one-hour classes including dance, sign language, voice, musical theater, rhythm, trash cans and more. Camp T-shirts and snacks are provided, and a final concert will be performed. The day camp will run from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., June 17 through 21. Cost is $55. The program is located at Trinity Christian Fellowship, 50 S. McQueen Rd., in Chandler. For more information, call 480-963-7698 or email

Dance Matrix summer workshops

Enrollment is underway for Dance Matrix summer workshops. The programs include technique-based classes taught by Dance Matrix instructors and guest teachers. The workshops are held from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. June 3 through 6 and June 10 through 13. A short performance will take place at 3:30 p.m. on the last day of each session. Cost per session is $130 and includes a T-shirt and a dance bag. Dance Matrix is located at 930 E. Riggs Rd. Suite1, in Chandler. For more information, call 480-696-6144 or visit

Music theater, sports camps at Seton Catholic Preparatory High School

Second through ninth graders may participate in a Music Theater Camp held in the new Fine Arts building at Seton Catholic Preparatory High School. Camps will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Monday through Friday, June 10 through 21 and July 15 through 26. Kids will learn all about musical theater, including singing, dancing and acting, and at the end of each session, they will perform for friends and family. The cost is $150 for each session. For registration information, visit pdf. The high school is also offering a variety of summer sports camps for students of all ages. Sessions will take place in June and July and include volleyball, basketball, soccer and more. For more information, visit setoncatholic. org/athletics/forms/2013%20Camp%20 Registration%20Form.pdf.

Vacation Bible School Beach Party

Chandler Presbyterian Church is offering a beach-themed Vacation Bible School called “Surfin’ Through the Scriptures.” Classes are 9 a.m. to 12 noon June 3 through 7. Cost is $20 a person with a $50 cap per family, and includes a T-shirt. Chandler Presbyterian Church is located at 1500 W. Germann Rd. in Chandler. For more information, visit

Kidz Kamp in Gilbert

Starting on June 3, kids ages 5 to 12 can be part of Kidz Kamp at Freestone Recreation Center in Gilbert. Participants will engage in a wide assortment of recreational activities while making new friends. For information, call 480-503-

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Copperstar Repertory Company is offering its fifth annual Summer Theatre Academy Camps. Taught by Mary-Jo Okawa, John Luke Osorio and Laura Christian, the camps will teach kids about singing, dancing and acting, as well as preparing a junior musical that will be performed in the evening of the camp’s last day. No previous experience is necessary to enroll. Session 1 is June 3 through 14 at the Gilbert Classical Academy and will perform “Honk Jr.” Session 2 is June 17 through 28 at the Higley Center for the Performing Arts and will perform Disney’s “Little Mermaid Jr.” Session 3 is July 8 through 19 at Higley Center for the Performing Arts and will perform Disney’s “High School Musical Jr.” Full and partial scholarships available. For information, visit education/camps.shtml.

Musical Theatre Summer Camps at Baker School of Music

Kids ages 4 to 14 can enroll in Summer Break Camps offered by Baker School of Music. The Musical Theatre Act 1 Morning Camp, which teaches acting, singing, dancing and guitar, is from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. with a free showcase on Thursday at 11a.m. Cost is $65. The Musical Theatre Act 2 Afternoon Camp, which teaches acting, singing, dancing and piano, runs from 12 to 3 p.m., with a free showcase on Thursday at 3 p.m. Cost is $65. The All Day Camp runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and costs $115 per week; students should bring a lunch. The camps are Monday through Thursday beginning the week of May 27 and will go through the week of July 29.

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Baker School of Music is located at 263 E. Warner Rd., Suite C-103, in Gilbert. For more information, call 480-313-7714 or visit

Drama Camp in Queen Creek

Queen Creek Performing Arts Center is offering Summer Drama camps for kids ages 5 to 8 and 9 to 12. The camps run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., June 17 through 21 and cost $125 for the first child and $100 for each additional sibling. Snacks are provided, but campers must bring their own lunch. Each day will end with a movie and there will be a showcase on Friday at 2:30 p.m. Queen Creek Performing Arts Center is located at 22149 E. Ocotillo Rd., Queen Creek. For more information, call 480-987-7469 or visit

Summer Musical Theater Camps at East Valley Children’s Theatre

East Valley Children’s Theatre is offering a wide variety of summer musical theater camps that teach acting, singing and dance for kids ages 8 to 15. For example, Session 1, which runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., is June 3 through 14 at the Mesa Arts Center, One E. Main St. in Mesa. The camp concludes with a performance on June 14. Session 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., runs June 17 through 28 and concludes with a daytime performance on June 28. Full- and half-day programs are available; half-day fee is $195 and full-day costs $295. Younger kids ages 5 to 8 can take part in Imagination Theatre Camp, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., June 3 through 14, at the EVCT Rehearsal Studio, 4501 E. Main St., Mesa. The camp introduces young kids to performing on stage and focuses on basic theater performance skills. The cost is $195 and includes a snack. For more information and a full listing of available summer theater camps, call 480-756-3828 or visit

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Hungry Monk from page 41

toast. We serve it with Freddy G’s BBQ Sauce. Freddy G is a local guy in Chandler.” Jim tries to use local ingredients whenever possible, and focuses “primarily on fresh, fresh ingredients.” “We’re known for our chicken products—we use fresh chicken in our bone-in wings, boneless wings and tenders. We have fresh soups— killer soups, as a matter of fact. Probably our best-selling sandwich is grilled ham. We take that same big piece of tavern ham, throw it on the grill. Then we take two pieces of big cheddar cheese, pop that on top, and we serve it on a hamburger bun made out of pretzel dough.” The Hungry Monk entertains avid hockey, baseball, football and soccer fans, and Jim and Carol work hard to give back to the community that supports them. Every Wednesday, the Hungry Monk gives back in another way by offering $3 craft beers all day long. The secret is out. The Hungry Monk, at 1760 W. Chandler Blvd., opens daily at 11 a.m., and closes at midnight from Sunday till Thursday, and at 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday. To learn more, visit or call 480963-8000. K.M. Lang lives and writes in Sun Groves. To contact her, email

Running Deer from page 41

PRO CREW: The crew of “Running Deer” filmed the movie in Oklahoma. Submitted photo

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to work his way back. I liked it because it’s rare that films ever show Native American males as a positive role model. I’m a single father myself. It sort of rang true to me. To play a positive native role model was kind of awesome.” Proudstar explains that most films adopt stereotypical views of Native Americans. Hollywood tends to dwell on the negative instead of accentuating the positive. “That was a stage that definitely my people went through,” says Proudstar, who appeared as Lou Diamond Phillips’ stunt double in “Young Guns II.” “It’s something we’re definitely combatting, which is the alcoholism and the drug addiction and domestic violence. When you’re on the outside looking in, you’re like, ‘Yeah, oh my God. They’re all like that.’ That’s not true. We’re not all like that. All of our stories don’t have a horrendous ending.” Proudstar wasn’t initially cast in the film. He was consulted about his “day job,” which is running a media program



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for children. The casting director asked if he had an 18-year-old actress to audition for a role in “Running Deer.” “Unfortunately, she didn’t get picked,” he says. “He called me back and said, ‘Hey, we’re not going to be able to use your student, but one of the lead characters had to bow out of the film, so I recommended you. That was on a Wednesday. On Thursday, he calls me and says they want to book me and I had to be out there on Friday. It all happened pretty quickly.” Like Stewart, Proudstar beams when he talks about the experience. “The production was really professionally run and getting to meet Booboo was really neat. He’s a really cool kid and we became really good friends, actually.” Christina Fuoco-Karasinski is the editor of the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at


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City summer recreation programs Summer registration is open for Chandler Aquatics and Break Time classes and programs. Enjoy summer events with the whole family at any of the six aquatic centers in Chandler or sign up for a summer program at one of the city’s recreation facilities.

Summer recreation programs

with games and prizes. Desert Oasis Aquatic Center hosts “Summer Palooza,” noon to 3 p.m. Sat., July 27 with activities to celebrate the end of summer.

Swim classes, programs

A variety of swim classes are offered throughout the summer. Aquatic registration is underway, with classes beginning June 1 through August. Parents have an opportunity to meet with instructors before registering for sessions three, four and five. Online registration will end at midnight the day before each class and session begins. Poolside registration will be available where the class is offered for participants still wishing to register. All six aquatic centers offer morning lessons. Arrowhead Pool, Desert Oasis Aquatic Center, Folley Pool and Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center, 5901 S. Hillcrest Dr., have evening lessons. Summer Saturday classes are available at Folley Pool and Hamilton Aquatic Center. Group weekday swimming sessions run for eight days. Resident fees are $15 for 25-minute classes and $19 for 50-minute classes; nonresidents pay $21 and $26 respectively. Saturday or four-day sessions for residents are $9 in 25-minute classes and $12.50 in 50-minute classes; nonresidents pay $13 and $17 respectively. Semi-private 45-minute swim lessons are available weekdays only. An eightday session is $34 for residents, $46 for

Chandler Aquatics special events

As the temperature heats up, the pools are open to offer a cool place to play this summer. Kick off summer with games and prizes poolside from 1 to 3 p.m. Thu., May 30 at Hamilton Aquatic Center, 3838 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. Desert Oasis Aquatic Center, 1400 W. Summit Pl., Chandler, is hosting an “Arizona Luau,” noon to 3 p.m. Mon., June 10 with games, water balloon toss, scavenger hunt and limbo contest. Spend the evening at Folley Pool, 600 E. Fairview St., Chandler, 8 to 10 p.m. Wed., June 12 for a treasure hunt, “Biggest Splash” contest and other activities. Enjoy a “Hawaiian Luau,” 1 to 3 p.m. Sat., June 22 at Nozomi Aquatic Center. The first 100 guests receive a Hawaiian lei. Events include limbo, races and hula hoops contests. It’s “Day at the Beach” at Folley Pool, 8 to 10 p.m. Wed., July 17. Say goodbye to summer break and hello to school with water balloon toss, relay race and contests. “Disco after Dark,” is 8 to 10 p.m. Thu., July 18 at Arrowhead Pool,1475 W. Erie St., Chandler. Have fun at the night swim

nonresidents. Four-day lessons are $19 for residents and $26 for nonresidents. Learn to be a lifeguard through Guard Start and Junior Lifeguarding programs offered at Arrowhead, Hamilton, Mesquite Groves and Nozomi aquatic centers. Kids ages 9 to 10 years old will be introduced to the water safety skills and learn safe water habits in the Guard Start program, while 11 to 15 year olds can learn water safety and be introduced to the duties and responsibilities of a lifeguard through the American Red Cross Junior Lifeguard program. The program starts July 1. Hamilton Aquatic Center offers classes for adults interested in increasing endurance and stroke refinement. To learn more about these programs, go to

Kids can register to learn the game of tennis or further their skills weekday mornings during weeklong tennis camps through June and July at the Chandler Tennis Center, 2250 S. McQueen Rd. Teens ages 10 to 17 years old can enjoy a movie, popcorn and drinks at Teen Movie Night from 7 to 9 p.m., Fri., May 31 at Tumbleweed Recreation Center, 745 E. Germann Rd., Chandler. Fee is $3 for residents, $5 for nonresidents. No registration required. Youth ages 10 to 17 years old can cook up some fun at the Tumbleweed Recreation Center’s Open Kitchen from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thu., May 23. Participants will explore the Chandler Farmers’ Market and use the ingredients to create an original dish. The fee is $5 for residents and $6 for nonresidents. Families, athletes and friends are invited to celebrate the end of the season during the Therapeutic Recreation Annual Awards Banquet, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Fri., May 31 at the Chandler Community Center, 125 E. Commonwealth Ave. There will be dinner, an annual awards ceremony and special awards for “Athlete and Volunteer of the Year.” Residents are $5 and $7 for nonresidents. More information about classes offered, registration and class times, hours and fees is available at chandleraz. gov/recreation or in the summer Break Time issue.


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Sol Yoga workshops

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Therapeutic workshop

Therapeutic Movement Instructor Kat Myers teaches participants to deepen and expand consciousness, release hamstrings, lengthen and unwind spines, soothe sciatic nerves, experience “hara,” relax deeply, “get gonged” and build backbone during a therapeutic movement workshop10 a.m. to noon Sat., May 18. Myers incorporates the highest principles of yoga, meridian theory, myofascial release and sound into a “deep and potent healing practice.” Myers is pursuing her master’s degree in Oriental medicine with a specialization in acupuncture, harmonics and movement therapy. She holds degrees in psychology and occupational therapy and has been a yoga instructor since 1989. Certified by Integrative Yoga Therapy and Yamuna Body Rolling, Myers began training yoga teachers “JOURNEY TO YOUR in 1996. CENTER:” Kat Myers The workshop is $30 and limited to 15 offers instruction participants. in therapeutic

movements for fitness and wellness May 18 at Sol Yoga in Chandler. Submitted photo

Meditation and Tai Chi workshops

A meditation workshop is offered 10 a.m. to noon Sat., June 8. Instructor Kathy Tousek will share her experience as participants learn new ways to calm their body and mind through meditation, develop skills to help or establish a daily meditation routine, learn methods to relieve stress and create a more positive energy for mindful living. Note taking is encouraged. The cost is $30. Register online or in the studio. Tai Chi is also offered 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thu., June 13 with Kim Kubsch. Sol Yoga is located at 985 W. Chandler Heights Rd., Suite 2, on the southeast corner of Alma School Road in Chandler. To find more information or sign up for the therapeutic movement workshop go to or For information about the meditation or Tai Chi workshops contact 480-802-3774 or email

A free stroke awareness and prevention seminar is being offered through Dignity Health, HealthSpan Speakers’ Bureau 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wed., May 22 at Mercy Gilbert Medical Office Building, McAuley Auditorium, third floor, 3420 S. Mercy Rd., Gilbert. Jonathan Hodgson, M.D., a board-certified neurologist will present.

An estimated 795,000 people are affected by stroke annually. Controllable factors that can increase the risk of stroke include; high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, tobacco use and smoking, alcohol, physical inactivity and obesity. Contact ResourceLink at 480-728-5414 for more information or to RSVP.

Record-breaking event at SWIMkids Kids can get a free swim lesson and attempt to break the 2012 Guinness World Record for World’s Largest Swimming Lesson at SWIMkids USA in Mesa at 8 a.m. Tue., June 18. Call 480-820-9109, email custerservice@ or visit for more information or to reserve a place for the event. For more information about the world record, visit SWIMkids USA is located at 2725 W. Guadalupe Rd., Mesa.

SET WORLD RECORD: Kids can participate in the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson at SWIMkids USA in Mesa. Submitted photo

Tournament ‘kicks’ into action Kiwanis’ Kickin’ it for Kickball Tournament is scheduled for Sat., May 18 at Nozoni Park, 250 S. Kyrene Rd., Chandler. Registration begins at 3 p.m. and play kicks off at 4 p.m. The tournament raises funds to benefit the Kiwanis Eliminate Project “Fighting Maternal & Neonatal Tetanus Around the World,” the Chandler Kiwanis Club, the Kiwanis Chandler Young Professionals and the local Salvation Army summer camp program for disadvantaged children.

Spaces are limited. Team sponsorship with up to 12 players is $600. Individuals are $60. Free food and beer will be available for adults age 21 and older. Registration is available online at html. Contact Lakee Hesch at 602-451-9950, Michelle O’Grady at 480-206-3472 or Jeremy McClymonds at 480-241-7256 for more information.



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Chandler residents win raffle

The 2013 Health & Wellness Raffle spring prizes were recently awarded across the state. Included in the more than 2,000 prizes were three top prize winners in Chandler, including a 2013 Mini Cooper plus $7,700 in cash won by B. Haas; a VIP Diamondbacks Suite Experience for 16 plus food and beverages went to C. Gielniak; and a $3,000 gift certificate to “Select Your Own Piece” by Oliver Smith Jeweler was awarded to A. Sotelo. Funds raised help support research, education and patient care at Barrow Neurological Institute and St. Joseph’s

MINI COOPER: One hundred Chandler residents won prizes from the Health & Wellness Raffle. One lucky winner was given a 2013 Mini Cooper and $7,700 in cash. Submitted photo

Hospital. During the past 10 years, the raffle has contributed more than $50 million to Barrow and St. Joseph’s. For a complete listing of prize winners, visit

Meditate in May at Tao Healing Center Get invigorated with a new class, “Meditation for Clarity, Success & Health,” offered 4 to 5:30 p.m. every Friday in May at Tao Healing Center, 1840 W. Chandler Blvd. Suite D-7, Chandler. In this class, “participants will set their goal, circulate energy in their body and go deep with guidance and find clearly what they want. It helps them to get clearer and healthier and find a solution for their issues.” Meditation can be very practical and effective. It uses physical body and energy circulation, so it helps physical health as well as mental clarity. According to Tao Healing Center, several notable creators, including Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Oprah Winfrey, regularly take time to invigorate their thinking. When it comes to the

Chandler, Ojo Rojo Lions merge The Chandler Lions, who have served the community since 1939, and the Ojo Rojo Lions, also known as the Red Eye morning club, have just completed a merger to better serve the community. The Lions’ primary fundraisers are the snack shacks located at Snedigar Field and Arrowhead Park, where they also collect used eyeglasses and hearing aids for its community service projects. Their main community services include purchasing eyeglasses for any child in kindergarten through 12th grade living in Chandler and referred by the school nurse that needs financial assistance with their exam or glasses; providing free Santa pictures for families during the month of December in historic downtown Chandler; and assisting the City of Chandler with the Halloween Spooktacular, Rhythm Festival and Tree Lighting Festival and

other events; and supports the Special Olympics. The Hamilton High School Leo Club has been very successful, with many projects of their own, including a onemile stretch of road cleanup in front of the school; collecting used eyeglasses at football games and collecting shampoo and conditioner for the homeless; and adopting a family at Christmas, where they shop and wrap gifts for the family. Leos also participate in the 12-hour Relay for Life at Basha High School. Six Leos have recently joined the parent club, which brings the total number to seven who wish to continue with their community service during the college years and beyond. For more information about the Lions or to volunteer, contact RuthJon Wick at 480-895-3569, or visit and

Salon hosts fundraiser for abused women CLEAR YOUR MIND: “Meditation for Clarity, Success & Health” is a unique new class offered at Tao Healing Center in Chandler. Submitted photo

study of success and achievement, one of the most popular forms of personal development is meditation. The best ideas and solutions to problems come in a state of relaxation, such as meditation. The class is limited to 10 participants. A suggested donation is $10. To learn more, contact or call 480-786-6000.

Experience a “Woman’s Day of Renewal” and enjoy salon services at a fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sun., May 19 at Leidan Mitchell Salon and Spa, 2177 W. Queen Creek Rd., Chandler. Customers ages 16 and older are invited to make an appointment for professional salon services, including haircuts/blow dry, manicure/polish, massage, waxing and makeovers by the makeup artists from Nordstrom. In return for the salon services rendered, patrons are asked to make a donation to the nonprofit organization

You Are Beautiful Love, Nancy LLC. One hundred percent of donations and proceeds from the fundraising event benefits shelters for abused women such as Faith House, My Sister’s Place and Autumn’s House. Donations of clothing for women, children and babies will also be collected. Appointments are required for salon services by calling Taylyr at 602-550-9870. For more information and to make a donation via PayPal online, visit

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5070 S. Gilbert Rd., Suite 400, Chandler 480-802-9070, Here’s the deal: Tuesday kids younger than 12 receive one free meal per adult entrée purchased.

4991 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler 480-609-0007 The Sushi Room Here’s the deal: Every day, kids wearing a 2475 W. Queen Creek Rd., Chandler sports or scouts uniform receive 50% off 480-821-9000, Chompie’s frozen yogurt and 50 cent all beef hot dogs. Here’s the deal: Sunday Funday means 3481 W. Frye Rd., Chandler kids 12 and younger eat free, two kids per 480-398-3008, Pittsburgh Willy’s paying adult. Here’s the deal: All day Tuesday, children 1509 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler 10 and younger receive one free item 480-857-2860, Uncle Bear’s Grill & Bar from the Kids Meal menu with adult meal Here’s the deal: Every day except Sunday 1980 W. Germann Rd., Chandler purchase of $8 or more. Dine in only. breakfast, kids younger than 10 eat free 480-722-1555, Here’s the deal: Wednesday kids eat free with each full price entrée purchased. The SanTan Sun News now has a regular “Where kids eat free” section. Whiskey Rose Bar and Grill Restaurant owners, please email us details such as days of the week kids can 135 W. Ocotillo Rd. Chandler eat free at your establishment, and what conditions apply, such as purchase 480-895-ROSE (7673) of an adult meal, certain hours, etc., Include your restaurant name, address, phone and website and a contact name for verification. Here’s the deal: Kids eat free every day Readers, if you know of a location that has a kids-eat-free program, email us with the purchase of an adult entree and with the restaurant name, a phone and / or email for confirmation and details. kids drink. Email information to

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Gilbert resident Jamie Fagan passed away in early May after a tragic motorcycle accident, leaving behind three children, ages 18, 14 and 7. Fagan worked as an assistant vice president for Tempe-based Bank of America, and she attended Sun Valley Community Church. Jamie was a vibrant, caring person who was often the first person to volunteer when someone needed help. She lived life to the fullest, and she loved being a mom to her beautiful children, Alex, Paige and Nick. Her passion for helping others didn’t stop with her passing; she was an organ donor and has saved multiple lives. Donations to benefit Jamie’s children can be made at any Bank of America location, account #457024229562, account name: Toni Weatherly with Beneficiary, Christina Burris (Jamie’s sister). For information on how to make donation online, call Bank of America at 480-539-5004. For more information on how you can help, contact Christina at or 480-784-7050.



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Call ahead to confirm information, as details occasionally change after print. If you have a recurring monthly meeting you would like listed in Neighborhood Networks, email complete details to Note: The SanTan Sun News now has a Spiritual Connections column in the Spirituality section for ongoing religious-related events About Care Monthly volunteer training, by individual appointment. A nonprofit serving homebound Chandler and Gilbert residents; provides transportation, shopping and errands, friendly visits, reassurance phone calls, minor home repairs. Info: 480-802-2331, Absolute Business Builders: Business Networking International 8-9:30 a.m. Wednesdays Chompie’s 3841 W. Frye Rd., Chandler Info: Nikki Janulewicz, 480-570-1835, Nikki@ Action Networkers: Business Networking International 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays Chompies 3841 W. Frye Rd., Chandler Info: Marty Recht, 602-315-2056, Marty@ Alzheimer’s Association Desert Southwest Chapter, Chandler 5:30 p.m. second Thursday of the month Support group for caregivers of people with dementia. Free; no preregistration required. Chandler Regional Hospital, Morrison Building, Learning Resource Room 1875 W. Frye Rd., Chandler Info: Mindy, 602-528-0545, ext. 201

Alzheimer’s Association Desert Southwest Chapter, Gilbert 1:30-3 p.m. first and third Friday of the month Support group for caregivers of people with dementia. Free; no preregistration required. First United Methodist Church of Gilbert 331 S. Cooper Rd., Gilbert Info: Mindy, 602-528-0545, ext. 201 American Legion James O. Schroeder Post 55 7 p.m. third Tuesday of the month Sun Lakes Country Club, Navajo Room 25601 N. Sun Lakes Blvd., Sun Lakes Info: Commander Byron Weston, 480-802-6623 American Society of Women Accountants, Mesa East Valley Chapter 5:30 p.m. fourth Tuesday of the month Nonprofit organization holds monthly networking and educational sessions for women in accounting. Landmark Restaurant 809 W. Main St., Mesa Info: Shelby, 602-430-8834, Arizona Business Connection Networking Group 7-8:30 a.m. Wednesdays Networking / referral group holds weekly breakfast meetings with member presentations and marketing training sessions. Guests are free. Call in advance. Dobson Ranch Golf Course Restaurant

2155 S. Dobson Rd., Mesa Info: Danny, 602-363-0147, Danny.Balanon@ Arizona Special Education Network, Chandler area Provides disability-related education, advocacy and resources to help parents navigate the complex special education system. Info: 602-531-0230 Business Referral Exchange Worldwide (BREW) Noon-1:30 p.m. first and third Thursday of the month Industry-specific referral and networking group Dobson Ranch Inn 1666 S. Country Club Dr., Mesa Info: Jeremy McClymonds, 480-444-2228, Build Your Own Business: Chandler 8 a.m. first and third Thursdays of the month East Valley networking and referral organization, meets in Ahwatukee at a private location; address will be provided upon contact. Info: Lisa,, facebook. com/BYOBAZ Chat, Chew & Chocolate, Chandler Chapter 5:30-8 p.m. third Tuesday of the month, except July and December Monthly signature events are $5 including networking, chocolate and conversation for women ages 21 and older. Latitude 8 Thai Grill 11 W. Boston St., Suite 5, Chandler Info: 480-227-0904,


Chandler Airport Commission 7 p.m. second Wednesday of the month The Commission makes recommendations to Chandler City Council regarding airport operations, physical growth, economic development and proposed land use. Chandler Municipal Airport terminal 2380 S. Stinson Way, Chandler Info: 480-782-3540 Chandler Art Walk 6-10 p.m. third Friday of the month See various artworks by dozens of area artists and stroll downtown shops and restaurants in historic downtown Chandler area. Free event sponsored by the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership. Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, west side of Arizona Ave., south of Chandler Blvd., Chandler Info: 480-855-3539, Chandler Business Alliance 7:30-8:30 a.m. Thursdays Professional business coalition dedicated to the economic and social development of its members and the Chandler community as a whole. BLD 1920 W. Germann Rd., Chandler Info:, Chandler Chamber Business Golf 7 a.m. tee time, first and third Wednesdays of the month Includes nine holes of golf, continental breakfast and networking opportunities. Preregistration required online. Golf venue varies; see website. Info:

Chandler Farmers Market 3-7 p.m. Thursdays Weekly market with more than 30 vendors selling fresh produce, baked goods, gourmet food and handmade crafts. Free admission. Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, east side of Arizona Avenue, Chandler Info: 480-855-3539, Chandler Lions Club 6:30 p.m. first and third Tuesdays of the month Area residents are invited to come join likeminded volunteers and make new friends. Atria Chandler Villas, Community Room 101 S. Yucca St., Chandler Info: RuthJon Wick, 480-895-3569, Chandler Networking Group 11:30 a.m. networking; noon lunch Fri., June 21 Round table business discussions, business card exchange and signature events for businesses; all businesses welcome. Guest speaker is Independent Watkins Consultant Jennifer Strohmaier discussing healthy lifestyle. Admission is $10. Iguana Mack’s 1371 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler RSVP required, info: Rose Pachura at 480-802-0775 Chandler Rotary Club Noon Tuesdays Dynamic, service-oriented group meeting for fellowship, lunch and informative programs on topics of global and local importance. Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort One N. San Marcos Pl., Chandler Info: Kevin Dempsey, 480-216-2849,

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Spiritual Reflections Storms Celebrate 25 years at CCC Celebrate the 25th year in ministry of Pastor Roger and Nancy Storms at Chandler Christian Church, 5:30 p.m. Sun., May 19 in the worship center at 1825 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler. To attend their anniversary reception before the service at 5 p.m., RSVP at chandlercc. org/pastor-roger-and-nancystorms-anniversary-celebration.

Students move up to fall grades

Students will move up to their fall grades on Sat., May 18 and Sun., May 19. For new seventh graders, Bridge78

meets 11:15 a.m. Sundays at the bridge and for new ninth graders, Bridge912 meets 5 p.m. Sundays at the bridge. It is recommended that children arrive early for check-in and to find their new classrooms.

Study the Bible

On Fri., May 31 and Sat., June 1, Dr. Gary Zustiak returns to CCC to lead an advanced study on the Bible. He’ll answer such things as, “Are there lost books?” and “Why do we have so many translations?” For more information, visit zustiak-study.

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

May 18 – 31, 2013


The Perfect Place for seniors Seniors with special needs will have fun participating with others in a faith-based recreational and therapeutic program at The Perfect Place, a nonprofit program at Risen Savior Lutheran Church, 23914 S. Alma School Rd., Sun Lakes. Hours are 1 to 4 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Caregivers can receive a respite that enables them to attend to other matters, knowing their loved one is surrounded by

a dedicated Christian staff and volunteers who treat each individual with dignity, compassion and respect. Contributions from service organizations or personal contributions to the scholarship fund are appreciated. For more information, call Judy Waltersdorf at 480-895-2892, ext. 3 or email

Worship with Celtic music in Sun Lakes Hear the sounds of Celtic music when Black Velvet Band performs at morning worship, 11:15 a.m. Sun., June 2 at Sun Lakes Chapel, 9240 Sun Lakes Blvd., Sun Lakes. Members of the band include Cathy Vaughn, a former music director who spends her days now as a substitute teacher with Tempe Elementary School District; Barb Beringer, a retired birthing nurse whose parents were singers; Joe Beringer, a former technology teacher, musician and carpenter; Sandy Voris, who plays the tin whistle, flute and bagpipes; Kathy Kennard, a sales manager with a musical theater background and versatility on the mandolin and guitar; and Jane Hilton, who has studied violin in the United States, Scotland and Ireland.

CELTIC MUSIC: The Black Velvet Band performs during morning worship on June 2 at Sun Lakes Chapel. Submitted photo

Parking is available across the street in the Sun Lakes Country Club lot. For more information, call 480-895-6317 or email

Special service remembers vets A special Memorial Day service is held 9 to 10 a.m. Mon., May 27 at Valley of the Sun Cemetery, 10940 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. The annual service honors those who died

in service to the United States, and includes posting of colors, wreath presentation, brass band, rifle salute and taps. Info:

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May 18 – 31, 2013

Think of the possibilities

Sisterhood schedules theater trip

A three-part program called “Forward Thinking—Planning to Do it Your Way,” is being offered 7 to 9 p.m. Sun., May 19 at Temple Beth Sholom of the East Valley, 3400 N. Dobson Rd., Chandler. Participants will hear from Rabbi Leitner about Jewish teachings on death and dying; senior insurance professional James Weiss will give a presentation on pre-need funeral arrangements; and the third component of the program will describe what financial services the Jewish Community Foundation offers. For information, call 480-897-3636 or visit

The Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation Sisterhood will have its yearly summer outing to the Hale Centre Theatre in Gilbert on Sat., Aug. 10, to see “Hairspray.” Details will be announced soon.

See Israel with a rabbi

Other Sisterhood news

Registration for the 2014 Land and Spirit Israel Experience with Rabbi Mendy and Shternie Deitsch of the Chabad Center for Jewish Life in Chandler is open. Airfare is on El Al, with a $50 discount available for airfare booked and ticketed prior to May 31. The trip is scheduled for March 23 to April 1, 2014, and offers a special Israel experience with five-star luxury and access to Israeli personalities and places. An optional five-day trip to Poland, March 18 to 23, 2014, is also available. For more information, visit

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. It’s not too early to send in dues, which is $25. Make the check out to SLJC Sisterhood and mail it to 3495 E. County Down Dr. Chandler, AZ 85249.

Have brunch at annual meeting

The annual meeting of the Arizona Jewish Historical Society features brunch by Arizona Taste and musical entertainment by students from the Arizona School for the Arts, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sun., May 19 at the CutlerPlotkin Jewish Heritage Center, 122 E. Culver St., Phoenix. Tickets are $25. For information, call 602-241-7870 or visit

Practical class in breathing Learn how to change your go to cellular memory and health and life with Breathing instantly transmute the the Breath of Light, 7 to 9 p.m., deep emotional traumas Wed., May 29 at Unity of Mesa, and decisions that you made 2700 E. Southern Ave., Mesa. into your belief system,” she Dr. Mary Meadows, a says. “This will restore you Chandler resident, shares to your own power and give her experience of healing you entrance to universal from multiple sclerosis, knowledge and healing.” cancer, heart disease and two Her special breathing near-death experiences. She technique is also available founded and developed the in a guided breathing Breath of Light out of her meditation CD. A suggested Dr. Mary Meadows personal need to heal. donation is $10 to $20. “When used with prayer and For information, call 480-440-8231, meditation, this powerful but simple email or breath will connect you to your source, 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,

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480-899-1400 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 in the 45- to 65-year-old age range. Info: Melissa, 480-785-0744, beadlover@ 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

Spirituality 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, 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 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, 480-539-893

May 18 – 31, 2013

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, 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

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TOPIA returns to Desert Botanical Gardens with Chandler dancer

ABOUT BALLET ARIZONA: Ballet Arizona is in its 33rd season and connects to more than 25,000 children and families every year through its free and low-cost outreach programs. Submitted photo By Tracy House

With the stunning Papago Buttes as a backdrop against the night sky, Ballet Arizona’s TOPIA has returned to the Desert Botanical Gardens for a second season. This unique production, by Artistic Director Ib Andersen, was created specifically for the Desert Botanical Garden and inspired by the natural beauty of the Sonoran Desert landscape. “TOPIA is a ballet that was made for Arizona,” says Joseph Cavanaugh, a Chandler resident and one of the performers. “It’s panoramic ballet because the stage is 80 feet. A normal stage is about 40 feet, so it’s twice as long.” Cavanaugh began dancing with Ballet Arizona in 2001 and is performing in TOPIA for the second season. Since joining Ballet Arizona, Cavanaugh has originated featured roles and danced solo and principal roles in numerous productions, including performing on the Kennedy Center stage in 2010, originating a role in Andersen’s “Diversion.” He began his professional

training at the Virginia School very calming for me and very of the Arts going on to graduate intimate because of the small from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet audience,” he mentions. “We’re School Professional Division. not separated from them (the Set to “Beethoven’s 6th audience) so we feel their energy, Symphony,” Cavanaugh so it’s a very intimate experience.” explains that TOPIA is different Performing outdoors at such a movements interpreting distinctive venue gives a different the music or an idea. “The perspective of dance and to the movements, you just kind of soak natural beauty of the Arizona it in,” he says. desert. “Arizona is not the most The production is 45 minutes high arts culture accepting with five movements and environment,” Cavanaugh utilizes the entire Arizona Ballet explains. “So to have something company, 30 to 36 dancers. that’s tangible and available and “The idea when it was created designed for Arizona is a nice Joseph Cavanaugh: Cavanaugh, who was born and was for the ballet to be a type of thing especially being from here. raised in Phoenix, moved to Chandler about three landscape,” Cavanaugh says. “The You don’t find too many events years ago near Dobson Place. naked eye can’t really pick up the that are tailored for your home.” entire production in one sitting. There will be different This is the final season for TOPIA and last season sold places on stage that you’ll be attracted to and there are out. “It’s a special event, we’re really proud to bring it different things happening.” back,” Cavanaugh says. Cavanaugh mentions there are challenges to TOPIA is running through June 1 at the Desert performing in the desert night. “The desert loses heat Botanical Gardens. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with quickly so sometimes it can get kind of chilly on stage,” performances at 8 p.m. Reserved tables are available he says. For dancers, it means that muscles may not for $55 per seat and general seating for $40 per seat. work at optimum functioning levels. Exclusive pricing is available for Desert Botanical “There are little dust storms that kick up,” he adds. Garden members and Ballet Arizona subscribers. Dining “When you see a cloud of dust coming across you as options are available. Audiences can arrive early to you’re dancing it’s a little added distraction. It’s not explore the garden. engineered by us. The bugs and small animals run Tickets are available through or by around—none have come on stage—but a few of the calling Ballet Arizona box office at 602-381-1096. dancers have ducked because of bats or birds swooping.” Tracy House is a freelance writer living in Ironwood Performing at the garden, Cavanaugh explains, Vistas with her husband and four children. She can be the energy is quite different because the dancers reached at are connected to the wilderness, to the outside. “It

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Request favorite jazz tunes from Dixie Band The audience controls the show as an “All Requests” musical event, featuring “Doc” Chaney’s Dixie Band, begins at 1 p.m. Sun., May 19 at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort, One San Marcos Pl., Chandler. The band will play nothing but the audience’s favorite tunes during the show, presented by the Arizona Classic Jazz Society.

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Requests should be made in writing; either bring the song name already on paper or fill out a form at the door. The band will play as many tunes as time allows. Cost for ACJS members is $10, nonmembers pay $15 and those ages 17 and younger are admitted for free. For more information, go to or call 480-620-3941.

Stitches capture inspirational moments The Vision Gallery in downtown Chandler hosts a new exhibit by multimedia artist Susan Lenz, through July 26 at the gallery, 10 E. Chicago St., Chandler, on the first floor of Chandler City Hall. The “Decision Portraits” exhibition will feature images and messages on uniquely crafted art quilts based on major life-altering decisions made by various people from a wide range of differing and diverse situations

and backgrounds. An artist’s reception will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. Sat., May 18, at the gallery, and Lenz will be present. Visitors to the exhibit are invited to submit their own picture highlighting a life-altering decision to the artist via ISnap, to be used in the exhibition in the future. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Call 480-782-2695 or go to

Logo design contest seeks aspiring artists

It’s not too late for young artists in kindergarten through 12th grade to submit their original artwork to the nonprofit Five Star Literacy Foundation Inc. logo contest, which ends May 30. “Since Five Star Literacy Foundation is all about getting books into the hands of

children and inspiring them to read and enjoy them—and maybe even write one of their own someday—we thought it would be appropriate if we had a young artist design the logo,” says Linda Goth, president of FSLF. One winner will be announced June 15, with a reward of a new basic Kindle. The winning logo will also appear on all the foundation’s media materials and website. Visit to download an entry form, read contest rules and get more information. For questions contact Linda Radke at 480-940-8182 or

JAZZ DUO: Matt Vandal, left, and Devon Hancock bring their jazz guitar stylings to two Chandler venues this month: The Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort and La Stalla Cucina Rustica. Photo by Geoff Hancock

Enjoy a wide variety of jazz—from the standards and contemporary to bossa nova and original compositions—as The Vandal Hancock Duo performs at two venues in Chandler this month. Matt Vandal and Devon Hancock bring their musical stylings to the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort, One San Marcos Pl., 6 to 9 p.m. Sat., May 25. Built in 1912, the historic San Marcos Golf Resort’s AJ’s Restaurant features steak, seafood, pasta and more, while a more casual atmosphere can be found in the adjacent 1912 Lounge. You also can find The Vandal

Hancock Duo performing from 6 to 9 p.m. Sun., May 26, at La Stalla Cucina Rustica, 68 W. Buffalo St. La Stalla features recipes from the Vetrati family of Puglia, Italy, the region best known as the heel of Italy’s “boot,” as well as a bountiful wine selection. Vandal and Hancock combine their smooth jazz guitars to provide an enjoyable dining and entertainment experience. Songs include “Take 5,” “Wilson’s Blues,” “What’s Goin’ On,” “Kip Patch,” “A Train” and more. Vandal’s solo-finger style sound is reminiscent of Leo Kottke and Chet Atkins, both of whom are clear influences. He’s been strumming the guitar since the age of 7 and has played as many styles of music as he can get his hands on. Hancock teaches guitar lessons at McKnight Guitar in Chandler and is a 2010 graduate of Horizon Community Learning Center in Phoenix. He lives in Tempe and is the son of Laurie Fagen of Fox Crossing. For more information about The Vandal Hancock Duo, visit To make a reservation at La Stalla Cucina Rustica, call 480-855-9990. To reserve at table at AJ’s Restaurant, call 480-857-4422.

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It’s a dance-lover’s dream at the Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave. in Chandler, beginning with “That’s Entertainment!” presented by Dance Studio 111, 6:30 p.m. Fri. May 31 and Sat., June 1. The production offers a variety of music, song and dance for all ages. Tickets are $18 to $30 plus fees. Next up is “Shaping Sound,” set for 8 p.m. Fri., June 7. The dance dream that spawned Oxygen’s hit show “All The Right Moves” goes from screen to stage. Emmy-nominated choreographers and “So You Think You Can Dance” superstars Travis Wall, Nick Lazzarini, Teddy Forance and Kyle Robinson lead a dynamic company of contemporary dancers from “SYTYCD,” “Dancing with the Stars” and international tours with recording artists and world-renowned dance companies. Tickets are $39 to $89. Marilyn Bostic’s Ballet Centre has had a history of putting on beautiful shows for more than 30 years and this year will be no exception, with a performance set to take place 7 p.m. Thu., June 13. This year the show will feature dancers from ages 3 to adult, “Dancing Through the Decades,” to music from the 1940s to the present. The show includes all types of dance, from classical ballet to tap dancing, and modern hip-hop to jazz. Tickets are $17 general admission. Tempe Dance West hosts its annual recital at the CCA 7 p.m. Thu., June 20, celebrating the success of Tempe Dance West’s students with a presentation for

A brand-new circus from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey will be unleashed from shipping crates right before the audience’s eyes as “Built To Amaze!” comes to US Airways Center, 201 E. Jefferson St. in downtown Phoenix, June 26 through July 1. Ringmaster Andre McClain takes the Ringling Bros. reins accompanied by his horse Comanche, to lead his circus supervisors to construct a design of heart-pounding and hilarious performances. The circus boasts more than 110 of the world’s best artists and athletes representing 17 countries along with 95 exotic and domestic animals assembled together under one big top. Built to Amaze! is highlighted by several unique acts this year including: Alex and Irina Emelin of Russia and their remarkable trained animals; The Trampoline Tower Tumblers, a troupe of 10 competitive aerial athletes from the Ukraine; and a spirited and comedic basketball competition featuring 10 whirling unicyclists. In addition, the show features the electrifying high-wire acrobats, daredevil stunts on The Steel Vortex, the youngest female Human Cannonball, remarkable hand-balancing duos and the hilarious Clown Alley. No Ringling Bros. circus experience would be complete without its fourlegged star performers including the majestic Bengal tigers and a fun-filled Asian elephant dance party.

ALL THE RIGHT MOVES: The dance dream that spawned Oxygen’s hit show “All The Right Moves” goes from screen to stage with “Shaping Sound,” on stage June 7 at the Chandler Center for the Arts. Photo courtesy of the CCA

family and friends, featuring special guest Tempe Dance Company. Tickets are $14 and $16. Journey to New York with a dad and his daughter hoping to make it big in “A Dancer’s Dream,” on stage 7 p.m. Sat., June 22. Presented by Wagner Dance and Music and the leadership of Artistic Director Denise Wagner, the show features an eclectic repertoire of works by the world’s up-and-coming choreographers. A legendary snippet of “Cinderella” and the famous Daddy Daughter Dance are included in this production. Tickets are $14 and $16. For more information or tickets to any of the above shows, call the CCA box office at 480-782-2680 or go to


Be sure to come out one hour early to each performance to meet the performers and animals on the show floor, try on costumes, learn dance moves and more at the interactive All Access Pre-Show, with free admission to all ticket holders. Ticket prices are $20, $25, $45 and $60 for the front row. Admission for children ages 2 through 12 is $10 each on all weekday performances. All seats are reserved; tickets are available through, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or visit the US Airways Center Box Office.

GIANTS OF SWING: You may not have ever seen an elephant fly, but you can see a whole herd of them get down and boogie during the Asian elephant dance party, part of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus, “Built to Amaze!” at the US Airways Center in downtown Phoenix. Photo courtesy of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey


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Chandler resident Mj Nguyen will host a special presentation of the award-winning documentary, “The Invisible Red Thread,” 1:30 p.m. Sat., June 1 at the Downtown Chandler Public Library, Copper Room, 22 S. Delaware St., Chandler. In 1995 a newborn baby girl was found on the steps of a hospital in the Chinese city of Jiujiang. She was handed over to an orphanage where they named her Li Bao. Six months later she was adopted by a Canadian couple and renamed Vivian. Vivian is now one of more than 100,000 girls who have been adopted worldwide since China opened its doors to international adoption in 1991. Vivian describes herself as a typical North American teenager, but who might Vivian have been if she hadn’t been one of the international adoptees, and was adopted instead by a Chinese family? Now a 15-year-old growing up in Toronto, “The Invisible Red Thread” follows Vivian from Canada to China as she discovers her birth land and the life she might have led if she’d remained there. A discussion facilitated by Stephanie Withrow, M.S., LPC, and adoptive mother, will follow the movie with an exploration of the intersection of adoption, culture and identity and what it means to honor one’s cultural roots. The screening is part of the community event, “Honoring One’s Cultural Roots,” which takes place at the library from 1 to 4 p.m. that afternoon. There will be a brief introduction preceding the film by Nguyen, who is a Taiwanese adoptee and writes about transracial adoption at To learn more about the documentary, visit the official website at

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Madeline L’Engle’s beloved book, Childsplay continues its live stage adaptation of “A Wrinkle in Time” through May 26 at the Tempe Center for the Arts (TCA), 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy. This science fiction fantasy is recommended for ages 8 and older. On a dark and stormy night, a mysterious stranger appears at Meg Murray’s house. Suddenly Meg, her precocious younger brother Charles and their friend Calvin find themselves in the middle of a fantastic adventure, traveling through space and time. “A Wrinkle in Time” features Rebecca Duckworth as Meg, Will Hightower as Calvin and Cullen Law as Charles Wallace. Associate Artists Debra K. Stevens takes the role of Whatsit and Dwayne Hartford directs. Show times are 1 and 4 p.m. Saturdays, May 18 and 25, and 1 p.m. Sundays, May 19 and 26. A sign-language interpreter will be available at the May 19 performance. TIMELESS TALE: Children’s fantasy author Tickets are $12 to Madeline L’Engle’s beloved book, “A Wrinkle in $25 plus fees. For Time,” comes to life as Childsplay presents a more information, stage production of the story through May 26 at visit childsplayaz. the Tempe Center for the Arts. Photo courtesy org or call the TCA of the TCA box office at 480350-2822.

On stage Venue index CCA – Chandler Center for the Arts 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler Tickets: 480-782-2680, DBG – Desert Botanical Garden 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix Tickets: 602-381-1096, GPYT – Greasepaint Youtheatre 7020 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale Tickets: 480-330-5918, HCT – Hale Centre Theatre 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert Info: 480-497-1181, IMPROV – Tempe Improv 930 E. University Dr., Tempe Info: 480-921-9877, 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,

PCA – Phoenix Center for the Arts 1202 N. 3rd St., Phoenix Info: 602-254-3100, PSH – Phoenix Symphony Hall 75 N. 2nd St., Phoenix Info: 602-381-1096, ticketmaster. com/baz SCPA – Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts VGPT – Virginia G. Piper Theater 7380 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale Box office: 480-499-8587, SSP – Silver Star Playhouse 5247 E. Brown Rd., Mesa Info: 480-325-6700, SUL – Stand Up Live comedy club 50 W. Jefferson St. Level 2, Phoenix Box office: 480-719-6100 TCA – Tempe Center for the Arts Gallery; Studio; Theater 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe Tickets: 480-350-2822, tempe. gov/TCA


On stage “Sleeping Beauty,” through May 18, CCA. Presented by the Yen-Li Chen Ballet School, The classic tale of a princess who is cursed to prick her thumb on a spindle and sleep for a hundred years, later to be saved by the kiss of a prince. “Dear Edwina,” through May 19, GPYT. Thirteen-year-old Edwina Spoonapple would do just about anything to be a part of the Kalamazoo Advice-a-palooza Festival. When a talent scout from the convention visits her hometown of Paw Paw, MI, she trots out her musical advice giving shows live from the family garage in hopes of finding her place in the spotlight. “The Legend of Pocahontas,” through May 19, MAC. A new musical of the real story behind the legend of a brave young woman who brought peace and understanding to a clash of cultures. In doing so, she paved the way for the creation of our great nation. Presented by CYT Phoenix. “Pirates of the Scaribbean,” through July 6, SSP. Hit the high seas with this pirate comedy, full of romance, nutty characters and a huge dose of misadventure. Shows are Wednesdays through Saturdays. “Damn Yankees,” May 23-June 29, HCT. The musical retelling of the Faust tale, set in the 1950s when the New York Yankees dominated baseball. A middle-aged, long-suffering fan of the pathetic Washington Senators trades his soul to the devil, becoming young Joe Hardy, the powerful hitter who can lead the Senators to victory. Comic/Hypnotist Flip Orley, May 23-26, IMPROV. Orley’s show continues to dazzle and amaze the most skeptical audience members. Orley is adamant about not embarrassing his volunteers. He prefers his audiences to laugh with the volunteers, not at them. He takes great care in making sure that the stars of his show remember

SULTRY ’70s SINGERS: The Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix this month hosts two women who sizzled in the 1970s and can still heat up a crowd today—Maria Muldaur (left), best known for her hit “Midnight at the Oasis,” and Rickie Lee Jones, who hit No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1979 with “Chuck E’s In Love.” Submitted photo

everything, and have as much fun as his audience. Comedian Paul Rodriguez, May 24-26, SUL. Rodriguez’s multi-faceted career includes starring roles and featured appearances in more than 45 films and countless television series and comedy specials, including six HBO specials and “The Original Latin Kings of Comedy,” which he executive produced. Singer Maria Muldaur & Her Red Hot Bluesiana, 7:30 p.m. Sat., May 25, MIM. Best known for her seductive 1970s pop staple “Midnight at the Oasis,” Maria Muldaur has since become an acclaimed interpreter of American roots music: blues, early jazz, gospel, folk, country and R&B. “The Most” of Lit Lounge, 7-10 p.m. Thu., May 30, SCPA-VGPT. With Comedy Central stage performer Shaz Bennett, best-selling author Jen Sincero, Stephen Colbert guest Joe Smith, New York Story Slam winner Molly McCloy, KJZZ commentator Robert Pela, award-winning author Hillary Carlip and more. Musical guests include Arizona favorites Where Are All the Buffalo and Doug Bale.

“Cheaters,” May 30-June 16, PCA. Pieces fall uproariously out of place when a young couple decides it’s time to settle down and “meet the parents.” Suddenly, it’s every man for himself in this wild, rollicking look at love and romance. Presented by the Carefree Theatre Company. Cyrus Chestnut Trio with Special Guest Stefon Harris, 7:30 p.m. Fri., May 31, TCA. Pianist Cyrus Chestnut’s hard-swinging, soulful sounds have become a staple in the world jazz community. Special guest and multiple Grammy nominee, Stefon Harris, is one of the planet’s preeminent vibraphonists and composers. Rickie Lee Jones: My Life in Words and Music, May 31-June 1, MIM. Once touted as the natural successor to Joni Mitchell, singer-songwriter Rickie Lee Jones proved no less idiosyncratic or mercurial. Her eponymous album, “Rickie Lee Jones,” was released in March 1979 and became a hit, buoyed by the success of the jazz-flavored single “Chuck E.’s in Love” and its accompanying video. “Noises Off,” May 31-June 16, MAC. Presented by the Mesa Encore Theatre, “Noises Off” is a hilarious backstage glimpse into the absurdities that ensue when anything and everything goes completely wacko during the production of a play. “Love, Loss, and What I Wore,” June 4-16, SCPA – VGPT. Proving that a great show is always in fashion, “Love, Loss, and What I Wore,” with its starry rotating cast and compulsively entertaining subject matter, has become an international hit. This intimate collection of stories by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron is based on the best seller by Ilene Beckerman, as well as on the recollections of the Ephrons’ friends. Cirque Musica, June 6-7, PSH. Combining the grace and tricks of circus performers with the symphonic sounds of classical and pops repertoire. Audiences will enjoy talented acrobats, highflying aerialists, strongmen and more performing alongside The Phoenix Symphony.

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Arts Chronicles Museum closes for renovation The Arizona Museum for Youth (AMY), located at 35 N. Robson in Mesa, partially closes for renovation May 27 through June 20. However, the Township of ArtVille will remain open with hands-on activities for older children near the west corridor of the front lobby. Info:, 480-644-2468. VYT will have better sound quality Valley Youth Theatre (VYT) of Phoenix has received a grant from the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust for $98,161 to upgrade the theater’s audio equipment. Since 1999, VYT has operated its main stage theater with the same audio equipment which has since failed or been rendered obsolete. “We can have the best show in town,” says VYT Producing Artistic Director Bobb Cooper, “but if we don’t have the up-to-date equipment to ‘wow’ our audiences, it becomes that much harder to win them over.” Adding new technology will ensure that the sound quality of VYT performances is consistent with the overall quality of its productions. Installation will take place during the summer months when the theater company typically performs at the Herberger Theater Center, starting with “Shrek The Musical,” which opens June 14 on the Herberger’s Center Stage. To generate additional revenue, VYT’s theater at 525 N. 1st St. in Phoenix also is available to rent. Audio enhancements paid for by the Piper Trust grant monies will provide a more professional experience to other groups and organizations using the facility as well. Info:



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KUTTINGEDGE LANDSCAPE A Professional and Reliable Maintenance company. We offer weekly and biweekly service, one time clean ups, weed control, tree work and more. Call Rick for free estimate 480-250-6608 or email Visit

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

Aqua Masters. System Check-Ups, Troubleshooting, Repairs, Maintenance, Leak Detection, Low Pressure, Valves, Timers, Heads, System-Add-ons. Call 480-478-0073. 30 YRS EXPERIENCE.


We do Weeds, Trees, Pruning, Shaping, Tree Removal. We also do Total Clean-up, Frost Damage of Trees, Shrubs, Plants & Hauling anything. You Name it & We do it! Reasonable. Call Vuna 480-600-7357. DO IT TODAY!


**SPRINKLER REPAIR** BY FERNIEHonest service including Leak Repair, Timer Repair and Setting, Troubleshooting, Valves and Diaphragms. Same day and next day service. Serving Chandler for 18 years. Honest Prices. 480-250-5594.

COOL PRESCOTT SUMMER RENTAL! This 2bdrm/1bath downtown remodeled cottage has it all! High-speed internet, washer/dryer, fully furnished/equipped, putting green. Short 2 block walk to Breakfast & shops on the square. Hiking & fishing nearby. Fenced in yard, pets OK. Call Today! 928-273-1702

ROOMS FOR RENT TEMPE - NEAR ASU 15 years experience repairing valves, drip systems, wire troubleshooting, timers. All Repairs! Honest and Reliable. East Valley Native. Call and Compare Prices! 602-826-4717.

REAL ESTATE WWW. AZ55.COM Search for Active Adult (55+) homes for sale in the greater Phoenix area by city and community name. View addresses, photos, tours & amenities. Updated daily in real time. Call Dave Richter, CRS, Realtor at 602-432-5253 for a personal tour. HomeSmart Real Estate, Gilbert, AZ 85295

HOMES FOR SALE ONLY $500 DOWN! Own your home in 2 years. $495/mo plus utilities, includes space rent. 55-plus mobile home park in Chandler. Clean, active, friendly park with many amenities. Call Kim at 480-233-2035.

GET YOUR BUSINESS NOTICED Go to: and click on “Submit a News Release”



BRIGHT-N-SHINE *10% OFF Window Cleaning, Tracks included. *Sunscreens - FREE UV Protection. *Mini-Blind Cleaning. *2 week Rain Guarantee. *Gutter Cleaning. *Power / Pressure Washing: Homes, Driveways, Patios. Owner Operated. Quality Work. Satisfaction Guaranteed. FREE Estimates. Call Bright-n-Shine 480-557-0831




1 bedroom for rent. Share 4 bedroom home with 2 male ASU students. Prefer male roommates. $375 a month plus sharing misc. utilities. On Priest between Broadway and University. Call: 480-751-9827 or 480-940-8182 for additional information.

WE DO INSERTS! Contact SanTan Sun News for details. 480-732-0250

ADVERTISING THAT WORKS! BUSINESS DIRECTORY ADS Four ads for only: $115 + Tax Contact SanTan Sun News for details. 480-732-0250

Where to Eat



Breakfast Entrée*

Any Entrée*

Monday - Friday 6 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Monday - Thursday 3 p.m. - Close

Present this coupon upon ordering at any Chompie’s and get (1) breakfast entree of equal or lesser value FREE with the purchase of any (1) full price breakfast entree of $7.99 or more and the purchase of two beverages.

Present this coupon upon ordering at any Chompie’s and get (1) entree of equal or lesser value FREE with the purchase of any (1) full price entree of $8 or more and the purchase of two beverages. *Up to a $8 value. Coupon valid for dine-in only and serves two. Not valid on Mon. 5/27/13. Not valid with our Kids Eat Free, promotional gift cards or with any other coupon, offer or discount. Limit one coupon per table and/or per party. Excludes tax and gratuity. Not redeemable for cash. No reproduction allowed.

*Up to a $7.99 value. Coupon valid for dine-in only and serves two. Not valid on Mon. 5/27/13. Not valid with our Kids Eat Free, promotional gift cards or with any other coupon, offer or discount. Limit one coupon per table and/or per party. Excludes tax and gratuity. Not redeemable for cash. No reproduction allowed. Expires 6/3/13. Promo code: 4

Expires 6/3/13. Promo code: 4

3481 West Frye Road Just South of Chandler Fashion Center 4 Locations • Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, Chandler Join our Mile High E-Club and Chompie’s Rewards

May 18 – 31, 2013


U n d e r N e w M a n ag e m e n t

: 3Daily


PY P A H OUR H p.m. - Close 9

135 W. Ocotillo Rd. • Chandler • 480-895-ROSE (7673)

LUNCH SPECIALS: Prices Starting at

Chinese Restaurant Under New Management




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



2950 S. Alma School Rd. #2 Daily 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Free delivery in 5 mile radius. Minimum $15.00 order. (Next to Taco Bell)

Buy 3 Entrees Dine-in only. Offer expires 6-30-2013.

With Lunch or Dinner Special Dine-in only. Offer expires 6-30-2013.

HELP WANTED: Back of the House Assistant Apply in Person at the

3140 S. Gilbert Rd. Ste. 3 (in the Carmel Village Plaza)

From: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.


$2 you call it!

7 for


LUN 7 SPE CH CIA 7 for LS $7

15% off Entire bill. May not be combined with other offers, daily specials or happy hour. Expires 6-30-2013

KIDS EAT FREE 7 DAYS-A-WEEK! *After 4 p.m. with purchase of adult entree and kids drink.


Where to Eat

May 18 – 31, 2013


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.

Enjoy Our American Bistro Style Cuisine

He bent down on one knee and proposed—You said yes! Now you begin planning THE BIG DAY Start with CHEF A GOGO! Bride’s Choice 2012 Award for Catering

602-615-1540 |

Steak • Seafood • Chops • Wine • Cocktails

NEW LUNCH MENU Beautiful Outdoor Patio Serving Midwestern beef in the Midwest for over 25 years. Now serving Midwestern beef in Chandler for nearly three 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 on Saturdays

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

Indoor & Outdoor Bar Open daily 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

480-895-2249 4949 S. Alma School Rd. • Chandler •

Join us for Father’s Day

Treat Yourself to Chandler’s Finest Self-Serve Yogurt

Enjoy Prime Rib Brunch Buffet Every Sunday Featuring Angus Prime Rib

Friday Nights

Angus Prime Rib

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

4 p.m. to close

• 8 Rotating Non-Fat Yogurt Flavors with a Variety of Fresh Fruit and Candy Toppings • 12 Rotating Gelato Flavors and Sorbets • Fresh Gourmet Pastries • Coffee and Espresso

Some t satisfy hing to anyon e’s sweet too t h!

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

Pecan Grove

Restaurant and Pie Company

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 ! Family Friendly Restaurant Now Serving: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Sunday - Thursday 7 a.m. - 9 p.m., Friday - Saturday 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.

3125 S. Alma School Rd. • Chandler •

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

Where to Eat

May 18 – 31, 2013

Book Your Graduation Celebration at Ocotillo Golf Resort.

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

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


Only AVAILABLE AT THE Alma School & Queen Creek 480-726-9015 FOLLOWING LOCATIONS:

Arizona Ave. & Ocotillo 480-802-0440

Gilbert & Germann 480-786-4577





May 18 – 31, 2013

Where to Eat

BEST Doggone Grill & Bar in the East Valley! Family friendly, upbeat atmosphere

15%OFF Your Total Bill Not valid with any other offer.

Extensive Menu Featuring:

Gourmet Burgers, Pastas, Pizza, Fajitas, BBQ and a Full-Service Bar

Your Place For All Your NFL & College Games Breakfast 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Saturday & Sunday

Karaoke Every Saturday Happy Hour Mon.-Fri. 3-7p.m., Sun.-Thurs. 10p.m.-Close

We support our local breweries: Four Peaks • SanTan Brewing Company • Oak Creek




NE Corner of Dobson & Germann

SW Corner of Baseline & Ellsworth

NW Corner of Rittenhouse & Ocotillo




May 18 – 31, 2013



May 18 – 31, 2013

Wellness Center

NOW OFFERING SATURDAY APPOINTMENTS 480-940-1991 We take the “whole person” approach to care by identifying the underlying causes of disease, discomfort, and pain rather than just treating the symptoms. Once the root of the pain is determined our caring and skilled physicians will create a personalized wellness plan to suit each patient’s individual needs. It is true, our patients report higher functioning in all areas of their lives!

Massage Special


One Hour Massage New clients only.

Wellness Center

New Patient Special


Chiropractic Exam, Consultation and 30 Minute Massage Must mention ad when scheduling appointment.

Chiropractic Physiotherapy Massage Therapy Spinal Decompression Cold Laser

Calmare Pain Therapy Acupuncture Naturopathic Services Nutrition Supplementation HCG Weight Loss

Treatment for Peripheral Neuropathy


Calmare Pain Therapy

1100 S. Dobson Rd., Ste. 112 • Chandler Near Chandler Regional Hospital inside Presidio Medical Center


New clients only.

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