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May 4 – 17, 2013

CUSD governing board to decide ‘Pay for Participation’ proposal By Tracy House

As the close of the school year draws near and the anticipation for summer builds, the Chandler Unified School District (CUSD) governing board convenes May 22 to decide on the “Pay for Participation” proposal presented in February. The “Pay for Participation” fee would MARCUS WILLIAMS: “Pay for go into effect for the Participation monies can be 2013-14 school year for utilized to improve upon and maintain the championship caliber interscholastic athletics, programs that we already represent spiritline—cheer and while addressing the reduction pom—and marching in revenues the district has band. A letter sent to encountered.” Submitted photo parents explains that the money from the fees would be used to offset some of the costs of running 11 interscholastic athletic programs. Marcus Williams, CUSD director of athletics, explains the premise is that the district spends approximately $3.3 million a year for overall maintenance and operation of interscholastic programs including the four band programs. Some of the expenses incurred include: AIA membership dues, transportation, equipment purchases and repairs, uniforms, officials, facility preparations and operation and maintenance.

WATER IN THE DESERT: Temperatures are climbing, and southern Chandler residents are once again soaking up the sun and staying cool at Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center. STSN photo by Ron Lang

Expansion underway at wastewater facility By Tracy House


“The money doesn’t go directly back to the program it goes to offset the overall costs,” Williams explains. He continues to say that the money may not go to extracurricular opportunities but to a classroom that see Pay page 6

BIG CRANES: As cranes hover over the Airport Water Reclamation Facility, construction continues on the project which is scheduled for completion in 2014. The project is in conjunction with Intel’s FAB 42 project and will provide an increase in 7 million gallons a day of reclaimed water. STSN photo by Ron Lang.

Cranes tower 200 feet above the landscape at Chandler’s Airport Water Reclamation Facility (AWRF) as expansion continues at the facility. “We have to coordinate with the FAA to make sure the guys in the tower at the airport notify the pilots,” says John Pinkston, wastewater facilities superintendent in Chandler’s municipal utilities department. The 99acre facility, at Queen Creek and McQueen roads, is right off the end of the runway and there are limits to how high the cranes can go. Opened in 1998, AWRF was originally designed to treat 5 million gallons a day (MGD) of wastewater. Two subsequent expansions brought the capacity up to 10 and 15 MGD, respectively. This is the third expansion of see Water Treatment page 8

SRP project concerns some area residents By Alison Stanton

Some residents who live in the Ocotillo area of Chandler are concerned about SRP’s plans to build new power facilities and transmission lines in the Price Road Corridor. Announced in December, the plan involves building two 230 kilovolt (kV) substations and new 230-kV power lines, which will increase electric service reliability in the area and serve light industrial and large commercial customers in south Tempe and southwest Chandler.

According to information released by SRP, the Price Road Corridor Project will include a new single-circuit 230-kV power line to connect the Schrader Substation east of Arizona Avenue and Ocotillo Road with a new substation in the southern part of the corridor. A new double-circuit 230-kV power line will connect the Knox Substation, which is north of Pecos Road, west of 56th Street, with a new 230-kV substation in the northern part of the area. The two new substations will

be connected by a double-circuit 230-kV line, and a single-circuit 23kV power line will also be needed between the Knox Substation and the Kyrene Substation, which is located on the northeast corner of Elliot and Kyrene roads in Tempe. Chrystie Cherry, who lives with husband Jay in Ocotillo, says the thought of 130-foot power poles with the power lines running through her neighborhood is very troubling. Cherry is also concerned that many residents throughout see SRP page 9

COMING SOON?: Some Ocotillo residents are concerned that large power lines may run through their neighborhood, as the result of SRP’s Price Road Corridor Project. STSN photo by Ron Lang

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New park coming to Chandler Construction of Roadrunner Park on East Ryan Road will proceed, following a $1.2 million contract awarded by the Chandler City Council. The project will include site grading, shaded playground areas, lighted basketball and sand volleyball courts, picnic ramadas, drinking fountains, open turf areas, irrigation, walking paths, landscaping and security lighting. The council has also approved the purchase of a full-size sedan for the

fire department, a new bucket truck for the transportation and development department and a new sedan, pickup truck and cargo van for the municipal utilities department. They are all replacement vehicles. For a complete list of actions taken, visit Council meetings are aired live, as well as replayed, on Chandler Channel 11 and streamed on the Web at

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WANTED BY POLICE: Jorge Luis Sotelo Jr. is the subject of a police investigation into a stolen electronics ring that targeted area Wal-mart stores. A $1,000 reward has been offered for information leading to his arrest or indictment. Call 480-782-4130 if seen. Submitted photo

Investigators are seeking a male suspect in a Wal-mart theft ring recently broken up by the police. Jorge Luis Sotelo Jr. is a 19-year-old Hispanic male, approximately 6 feet tall and weighing around 235 pounds. There is a $1,000 reward for information that leads to his arrest and/or indictment. Bobby Joe White, 19; Manuel Sanchez Tafoya, 19; and Joseph Adam Keller, 18, were previously arrested and charged with entering Walmart stores across the Valley and stealing a large number of electronics. Call the Chandler Police Department at 480-7824130 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS (948-6377) with any information relating to the whereabouts of Sotelo. When calling, reference Chandler Police report No. 13-19145. For more information, call Det. Seth Tyler at 480-782-4105.

Volunteers recognized for library service A group of 676 volunteers contributed more than 20,000 hours of service at the Chandler Public Library’s four facilities during the last fiscal year, and were recognized for its dedication at a recent luncheon. Several volunteers was honored for reaching milestones in their volunteer tenure ranging from five to 20 years, and presented with service pins by Library Manager Brenda Brown. The volunteers perform a variety of duties, including teaching adult language and computer literacy groups, leading story times and book clubs and delivering books to homebound community members. Kathy Hintzman, who helps track book donations for the Friends of the Chandler Public Library, also assists the library’s adult literacy groups with test preparations. She has served for 20 years. “We’ve been fortunate to have a group of dedicated volunteers who support our programs and services year in and year out,” says Brown. “Long-term volunteers such as Kathy Stafford and Kathy Hintzman not only contribute to the accomplishments of our library, but to that of the entire Chandler community.” Anyone interested in volunteering is invited to an orientation session at

DECADE OF SERVICE: Chandler Library Manager Brenda Brown, left, presents a 10-year volunteer service pin to Mary Billeaudeaux, right, during a recognition luncheon for volunteers. Submitted photo

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Portions of several major Chandler streets will be resurfaced through midMay with a microsealant to increase their longevity. The streets are: • Arizona Avenue between the Western Canal and Elliot Road. • Dobson Road between the Western Canal and Cheyenne Drive and between Ray Road and Flint Street. • Chandler Boulevard between Price and Dobson roads and between Colorado Street and McQueen Road. • Galveston Street from 56th Street east one-quarter mile. • Federal Street between Ray Road and Galveston Street. • Kyrene Road between Chandler Boulevard and Gila Springs Boulevard. • Germann Road between Price Road and Ellis Street, eastbound lanes only. • McQueen Road between Chandler Boulevard and Pecos Road. The streets will first have liquefied asphalt applied to cracks in the pavement. The microsealant, which is a quarter-inch thick asphalt emulsion with aggregate, will then be applied. It is designed to wear off and protect the original asphalt pavement. All streets will remain open to traffic during the work, but there will be lane restrictions. For more information, call 480-782-3500.

Chandler PD honors volunteers

The Chandler Police Department recently held its Annual Volunteer Appreciation Banquet, celebrating 20 years of volunteers and honoring Chandler Police Department volunteers for their service in 2012. In 2012, more than 685 volunteers for the Chandler Police Department provided 14,152 hours of service to the department and community. Volunteers Rusty Austerman, Andrew Brill and David Rigall were recognized with a Special Recognition Award for consistently exceeding normal job requirements with at least one specific act of outstanding performance. William Brewer was presented with this year’s Volunteer of the Year Award for outstanding performance during the past year in achieving department goals and objectives through projects, programs or situations requiring exceptional dedication. The department also presented Copper, Silver, Gold and Lifetime Achievement Awards to volunteers based on their total hours of service from their inception into the program. Rusty Austerman, Lynn Goldfeld and Tommy Gorey received Bronze Awards for providing 1,000 or more hours of service; Robert Losey and Tommy Gorey received Silver Awards for providing 2,000 or more hours of service. David Schlau was given the Lifetime Achievement Award for providing 6,000 or more hours of service and making significant long-standing contributions to the Chandler Volunteers in Policing Program and the community. To learn more about the Chandler Police Department, visit

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Public invited to Chandler budget meetings

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may need extra supplies or resources. It is not directly related to a certain sport or given back to it. Money is going districtwide to offset expenses incurred. Revenues from the fees from six junior high programs and five high school programs could be between $400,000 and $500,000. Williams says ANNETTE AUXIER: Auxier has 3,700 high school and served on the CUSD governing board for 14 years. The failure of 1,250 junior high students the override to pass last November participated in sports in has CUSD looking for ways to find the 2012-13 school year. additional funding for the growing These include duplicate district. Submitted photo numbers accounting for students who participated in more than one sport. Fees for high school students are $100 per sport per student with a maximum of $200 per student and $400 maximum per family. Band students would pay an activity fee of $100 per student. Junior high student fees are half of the high school fees at $50 per sport per student with a maximum of $100 per student and $200 maximum per family. Band students do not have an activity fee. Tax credit money can be specified for the “Pay for Participation” fee. Williams mentions the district’s “main goal is to never turn a student away from athletics or activity or extracurricular participation.” There is a waiver process that will be involved for unique financial circumstances. “If a student can’t come up with the money, we’re not going to say you can’t play sports or be involved in a band,” he continues.


Parents have questioned where the money is going and if the district will turn anyone away who cannot afford the fees.


Annette Auxier, CUSD governing board president, explains that the district is setting aside a substantial amount of money in scholarships for those who cannot afford the “Pay for Participation” fee. “Our concern is will they ever come forward,” she says. “Will they ever come and say they can’t pay for this or just decide they can’t pay for this and not do it.” Auxier explains one of the challenges is that some of the students already pay a great deal of money to take part. Band members can pay $800-$1,000 a year to participate. “Marching band is already a pay for participation activity,” says Steve Hall, Basha marching band booster president. “And to levy another fee on BHS MARCHING BAND: There is concern that additional fees may keep some students from participating in extracurricular activities. Submitted photo top of what we already pay, we don’t think it would be debilitating—it’s just “We are already a pay-for-participation activity with additional monies.” fees that are relatively excessive,” he continues. “We’re Hall spoke to the board in March to address the concerned that an additional $100 might chase even concerns he and fellow marching band parents have. more students away from participating.” “Most of the monies within our budget come from our CUSD is one of the last districts in the area to parents,” he explains. “We aren’t entirely self-sufficient, implement “Pay for Participation.” Williams explains but most of the monies come from us.” that the district is looking for avenues to offset costs He specifically mentions that fees for field that CUSD already endures to help maintain and management and maintenance, officiating and AIA continue championship caliber programs. membership fees do not address the marching band “At this point I’m not exactly sure what is going directly and that marching band is now considered a fine to happen with it,” Auxier says. “It’s going to be an art, not a sport. Marching band uniforms are a capital interesting vote.” The five-member board needs a item in the district and so would not be part of the fee. majority of three to pass the proposal. A decision will need to be made. “If we’re going to Considerations do it, we’re going to want to give our families and band Hall says when the marching band hosts a programs enough time to plan for it,” she says. competition the booster club is responsible for paying the school district for janitorial services, security and Tracy House is a freelance writer living in Ironwood use of the field. He questions if football has to pay for Vistas with her husband and four children. She can be these services on Friday nights when they host a game. reached at

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the facility. According to city documents, AWRF “is responsible for treating commercial and public wastewater to state water quality standards to be used in the reclaimed water irrigation system and recharged into the local groundwater aquifer.” Throughout construction the plant is expected to continue operations and production of A+ reclaimed water. “The plant is currently designed to treat 15 million gallons a day, and the expansion will take that design capacity to 22 million gallons a day,” Pinkston explains. “We’re basically adding onto the processes we already have here.” These include additional aeration basins where the wastewater is treated, clarifiers where the solids and liquids are separated, filters to filter and clean the water and storage capacity for treated water. Construction cost is just over $105 million and does not include design and construction management. “There is money in the capital improvement (program) (CIP) for the expansion or building of a new facility further west from here,” says Pinkston. “Our next additional capacity will be in a different facility, so this one should last quite a while.” McCarthy Building Companies Inc. is the general contractor on the Phase III expansion. “We are on schedule and budget so far,” Pinkston says. “So we’re doing very well that way. It’s a fast-track project to meet the needs of Intel. They are funding it as a development agreement through FAB 42 with the city.” The increased 7 MGD capacity is in response to Intel’s plant expansion on South Dobson Road. Intel’s FAB 42, expected to be completed this year, is a $5 billion fabrications facility under construction at the Chandler Ocotillo campus. “There was an earlier development agreement that had limits on it—how much water we would give them, how much water they could discharge into the sewer—so we rewrote that because they are bigger now,” Pinkston says.

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AIRPORT WATER RECLAMATION FACILITY: Renderings of the AWRF when the project is finished. Construction has had little impact on traffic in the area. Submitted renderings

Pinkston explains that Intel has a written agreement they negotiated with the city regarding water resources and the city takes care of the water in and out of their facility. Resolution No. 4578 was entered into with Intel as part of that “development agreement” in which Intel agreed to fund the development of additional water facilities required for the wastewater to be discharged from FAB 42. “Chandler is participating in a small amount of the construction costs, 3%, for things that are not directly tied to the 7 MGD expansion,” Pinkston says. “For example, replacement or repair of aging equipment.” The adopted budget for AWRF for fiscal year 201213 is just over $7 million. Construction began in June 2012 and is scheduled to be complete by July 2014. Tracy House is a freelance writer living in Ironwood Vistas with her husband and four children. She can be reached at

Nominations for the Gabe Zimmerman Public Service Awards are due by 11:59 p.m., Mon., June 17. The awards are named in honor of Zimmerman, Gabrielle Gifford’s director of community outreach, who lost his life on Jan. 8, 2011, while serving the citizens of Arizona. These awards are an opportunity to showcase the commitment and dedication of more than 100,000 nonelected professional public servants working at all levels of government. The purpose of the awards is to recognize Arizonans who exemplify the importance and impact of public service. Honorees will be recognized at the 2013 League of Arizona Cities and Towns Annual Meeting, held in late August. Award sponsors are the County Supervisors Association of Arizona, Inter Tribal Council of Arizona and the League of Arizona Cities and Towns. To make a nomination, visit www.thearizonawewant. org/zimmerman.

Stranger Danger Clinic to benefit CTSC

A Stranger Danger Clinic hosted by Chandler Mixed Martial Arts from noon to 2 p.m. Sat., May 11 will teach students how to identify who a stranger is, what to do or say, strikes and escapes for safety. Parents are welcome to attend at no charge and are encouraged to participate to learn techniques to be able to reinforce them at home. Proceeds from the clinic will benefit ChandlerTullamore Sister Cities’ efforts to underwrite cultural exchanges between Chandler and Tullamore, Ireland. Chandler Mixed Martial Arts is a business sponsor of CTSC; owners Paul and Kara McGowan are natives of Tullamore, Ireland. Chandler Mixed Martial Arts is at 5865 W. Ray Rd. in Chandler. For more clinic information or to register, contact Master Paul McGowan at 480-234-3683 or, or visit or


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Ocotillo wrongfully assume that the project will not impact them, because the name might lead them to believe the power lines will not go into their area. “The name does not get residents’ attention about this project nor lead them to believe it has the possibility of being right in their backyard,” she says, adding that she is concerned that the project, if run through the area, has the potential to depress the value of homes alongside and close to Ocotillo Road. Tom Novy, project manager for SRP, says the plans to build the power facilities and transmission lines came about after detailed and long-term planning studies of the area. These studies showed that the current transmission capacity is not adequate to serve the area’s projected growth. The first phase of the project is scheduled to be in service by May 1, 2016. The transmission line route and locations of the two new substations still need to be decided, Novy says. “We would like to have one station close to the southern portion of the 5-square-mile area, and one station that is near the northern portion of this area. Right now we are looking for a willing seller in this area for the substations.” The 5-square-mile area is defined here: priceroadcorridor/pdf/Aerial_Map.pdf. An option that Novy says will not be feasible for this project involves burying the new lines underground. “Right now we are not exploring the underground option, in part because it would cost 11 times as much,” he says, adding that underground lines would cost $10 million per mile, instead of $900,000. “It’s a very complicated process, and we couldn’t justify such an exorbitant price for one neighborhood.” In addition, Novy says, SRP has never put lines of that size underground. Although he knows that residents in the Ocotillo neighborhood have wondered why SRP didn’t take advantage of current sewer work in the area to bury the lines, Novy says it’s not possible to do this. “It’s totally infeasible; we can’t just drop 230-kV cable into a water line trench.” An official statement emailed by the City of Chandler on April 24 says that the city does not have an official

position regarding SRP’s 230-kV transmission project. “The city is awaiting completion of the public comment period, Community Working Group meetings and SRP’s unveiling of a preferred route before taking an official position,” the statement says. “To date, SRP has identified several east-west route options and conducted open houses in January and again last week. In addition to the open houses, SRP has made their staff available to meet with resident groups and others. The Community Working Group is gathering information and identifying stakeholder issues and concerns. The City of Chandler is represented on the group by Councilmember Rick Heumann, and our planning administrator also attends.” Based on input from the public attending these meetings, plus using their own analysis, the statement says, SRP will select a “preferred” route plus at least one alternative and unveil them at meetings to be held this summer—dates to be announced. “We are encouraged by SRP’s proactive outreach efforts and interest in hearing from our community,” the city’s statement notes. Cherry says she is doing what she can to encourage residents to attend the open houses and make their opinions known to SRP. “Residents need to realize that if they don’t make their voices heard, these poles and lines may end up running right down Ocotillo Road, and the resultant loss of beauty in our community and probably depressed home values will ensue.” Novy says he truly understands how sensitive the situation is to area residents. “We know there is no perfect route, and we hope to find the one that is least offensive. Very few people have questioned the need for it, just where it is going.” For more information on the project and SRP, visit and Alison Stanton is a freelance writer who lives in the East Valley. She can be reached at


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Enroll to be a neighborhood leader Free workshops to help residents of non-HOA communities develop organizational and leadership skills are being offered to Chandler residents, 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays, through May 15. Enrollment priority will be given to Chandler residents. The Traditional Neighborhood Academy is modeled after Chandler’s long-running HOA Academy, but uses different curriculum that addresses the unique needs of neighborhoods without a formal governing structure. It is part of an initiative by Mayor Jay Tibshraeny. On May 8 participants will discuss the characteristics of an effective leader and develop an agenda and action steps to conduct their first neighborhood meeting to develop a Neighborhood Action Plan at the “Neighborhood Leadership” meeting. “Moving Forward with Your Neighbors” is the topic on May 15. Participants will prepare and present the outcomes of their neighborhood survey results. Traditional Neighborhood Academy Alumni will share the importance of building relationships with other community leaders. The workshops will be held at the Chandler City Hall, second floor, Training Room A, located at 175 S. Arizona Ave. For more information and to register, call 480782-4354. Applications can be downloaded at



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Local businesses support ChandlerIrish connection ChandlerTullamore Sister Cities (CTSC) members and friends interested in all things Irish are invited to a free Irish Connections Mixer from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tue., May 7 at Coach & Willie’s, 1 E. Boston St., downtown Chandler. The informal event celebrates the Tullamore delegation’s visit to Chandler earlier this spring, and the results of the 2013 Art & Author Showcase will be announced. The event will include a cash bar and complimentary hors d’oeuvres for guests; guests are encouraged to bring nonperishable or canned goods for Chandler food banks. CTSC’s mission is to encourage cultural understanding, business-to-business development, educational exchanges and community involvement between Chandler and Tullamore, Ireland. RSVP to Ellen Harrington at 480-6008509 or

Cinco de Mayo features dog racing It’s going to be an all-day adventure at the 16th annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration and Chihuahua Races, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat., May 4 in Downtown Library Courtyard, 100 E. Commonwealth Ave. in Chandler. Chihuahua races begin at 2 p.m., followed by the crowning of the King and Queen Chihuahua. Registration for the races begins at noon and is open to the first 150 dogs. The cost to enter a dog is $20. The fee to enter a Chihuahua in the King and Queen coronation is $10. Chihuahuas will be judged as Best

Dressed, Best Temperament and Most Fashionable. A trophy and $500 will be awarded for first place in the Chihuahua races. Second and third place winners will receive trophies and $300 and $200 respectively. King and Queen winners will receive a cash prize and special coronation cape. In addition to the races, the event features two stages of entertainment, food vendors and the Día de los Niños Health Fair, sponsored by the UnitedHealthcare Community Plan, which includes free health screenings

READY TO RUN: The Chihuahuas wait anxiously for the race to start at last year’s event. Submitted photo

and healthy living information. The library will offer crafts and information, plus appearances by Maya and Miguel, popular characters from the animated children’s television series aired on PBS. Presented and sponsored by the Si Se Puede Foundation, the event is also sponsored by Chandler Republic, City of Chandler, PRfect Media, Prensa Hispana Newspaper and UnitedHealthcare Community Plan. For more information, visit


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IRWA AWARD: The award acknowledges the city’s support and encouragement of real estate staff in their professional development, enabling staff to obtain certifications, attend classes, speaker luncheons and participate in IRWA activities and programs. Submitted photo

Chandler is the “Employer of the Year,” according to Kachina Chapter 28 of the International Right Of Way Association (IRWA). The award was announced at the group’s 2013 Spring Seminar in Phoenix. The award acknowledges the city’s support and encouragement of real estate staff in their professional development, enabling staff to obtain certifications, attend classes, speaker luncheons and participate in IRWA activities and programs. Since 1998, Chandler’s Real Estate Section has worked to acquire more than 1,000 acres of real estate for a variety of projects and facilities, including police and fire stations, parks, well sites, reclaimed

water recharge, downtown redevelopment, a regional park and ride lot and numerous road and intersection improvement projects. The award was made by a panel of judges from a field of five organizations nominated. IRWA is considered the central authority for right of way education and certification programs, as well as professional services, worldwide. Since its inception, IRWA has united the efforts of its members toward professional development, improved service to employers and the public and advancements within the right of way profession.

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Weeds don’t stand a chance in Chandler May is ‘Let’s Pull Together’ month Pull weeds from yards and alleys and pick up trash from vacant or abandoned homes during the fourth annual “Let’s Pull Together” weed-pulling campaign in Chandler. City staff and volunteers will work with the owners to obtain authorization to clean the properties. “Volunteers can participate any day in May,” says Judy Ramos, Neighborhood Programs coordinator. “For example, Hamilton High will be pulling weeds every Monday in May.” Residents are encouraged to call the city with addresses and contact information for elderly or disabled residents who need help with weeds, plus the location of vacant or abandoned properties covered in weeds. Volunteers from area churches, service organizations and Chandler neighborhoods will assist seniors and disabled residents with front-yard maintenance. The “Let’s Pull Together” campaign was a finalist for the best neighborhood program in the nation, and was featured at last year’s Neighborhoods, USA Conference in Indianapolis. The weed eradication initiative has its

WEEDERS: Volunteers rip out weeds and remove trash debris during last year’s annual weed-pulling event in Chandler. Submitted photo

roots in the city’s Neighborhood Programs Office and For Our City-Chandler, part of the civic nonprofit corporation CARE Inc. For Our City-Chandler is led by Councilmember Kevin Hartke and coordinates service needs in the community with the resources of service groups, church groups, neighborhood organizations, employers, business groups and others. For more information, call 480-782-4348 or e-mail For information about controlling weeds, visit weedcontrol.html.

Last chance at ‘Market on the Move’ AWARD OF DISTINCTION: Chandler Real Estate Coordinators Erich Kuntze and Sharon Joyce hold the IRWA Employee of Year Award. Submitted photo

The last chance to get fresh veggies and fruit at Market on the Move until next October is 7:30 to 11 a.m. Sat., May 11 in the parking lot at Desert Palms Church, 4265 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. Shoppers are encouraged to get there early as the food goes quickly. Open to the public, Market on the Move

distributes fresh produce with a farmer’s market atmosphere. The purpose is to reach out to the community and provide good quality produce at an extremely affordable price. For a $10 donation, participants can receive up to 60 pounds of produce. For more information, visit the3000club. org and

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Help feed a soldier, vet or wounded Help get Boston back on its feet Volunteers are needed to pick up nonperishable food items from Bashas’ Supermarkets when the manager calls through May 31. The food then needs to be distributed at various locations, including the nearest reserve base, recruiting station or local American Legion or VFW. It is part of a Military Assistance

Mission program to make sure that veterans, service members, military families and wounded warriors have food in their pantries. Bashas’ in the SanTan Sun area are located at 4940 S Gilbert Rd., Chandler, and 1920 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler. To request a store or to find out what stores are available, call 602-246-6429.

Support the military, get a free coffee Care package items 16-ounce squeezable to help support plastic jelly, Rice Krispies military servicemen treats, 15-ounce peanut and women overseas butter, 14- to 16-ounce are being collected Chef Boyardee, single or through May 31 in hotel-size coffee packs, PODS containers instant oatmeal and located at Valley area PopTarts. Dunkin’ Donuts. The “We are honored FILL IT UP: Military servicemen and Chandler location at to do our part to give women overseas need items we take for 990 E. Riggs Rd. will back to these great granted, like toothpaste and deodorant, be collecting items servicemen and women so PODS Phoenix has teamed up with and packing the PODS by providing our moving Packages From Home and CBS Radio container from 6:30 to and storage logistics to Phoenix to collect care package items 8:30 a.m. on Thu., May help collect donations,” at Dunkin’ Donuts. Submitted photo 16. Donors will receive says Hector Reyes, a free medium-sized general manager of coffee for each item collected. PODS Phoenix. “With the help from our Items needed are foot and body community, our troops overseas will powder, toothpaste, travel-sized know they are not forgotten with care mouthwash, eye drops, body lotion or packages.” hand cream, men’s deodorant, boxers To view the Dunkin’ Donuts size medium to extra large, T-shirts size locations and collection times, visit medium to extra large, drink mix singles,

A running shoe drive in honor of the people hurt and killed at the Boston Marathon is under way by Novocur Pain Management Clinics, which is collecting new and gently worn running shoes for Back on My Feet Boston, a nonprofit organization that helps Boston’s homeless move their lives forward physically and spiritually through running. Running shoes can be dropped off at Novocur’s Chandler location at 1076 W. Chandler Blvd. In lieu of shoes, taxdeductible cash donations will also be accepted. The shoes and cash donations will be sent to Back on My Feet Boston to be utilized by program participants. “Anyone who has ever laced up a pair of running shoes knows that running can be a life-changing experience. It’s a place of solitude, a safe place to go and the people of Boston need that more than ever right now,” says Dr. Alex Bigham, CEO of Novocur. “By hosting this drive, it is our hope that we can support and inspire the people of Boston to keep putting one foot in front of the other and let them know the entire country is behind them every step of way,” Dr. Bigham says.

Back on My Feet started in the summer of 2007 when runner Anne Mahlum waved hello and ran past a group of homeless men during her morning run. Mahlum contacted Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission, the homeless shelter where these men were living, and asked if she could invite the men to join her on her runs. The first run took place on July 3, 2007 with a group of nine individuals ages 28–57, who were hoping to get their lives back on track. The organization’s mission is not to create runners within the homeless population, but to use running to create self-sufficiency in the lives of those experiencing homelessness. The program’s success is measured by how many members achieve independence through employment and housing. For more information about Back on My Feet Boston visit boston. For more information about Novocur Pain Management clinics call 480-855-6686 or visit and


Fence Patrol Program is under way Free pool fences are being given to 15 Valley residents in need of a pool fence by Fulton Homes, in the 11th year it has sponsored the Fence Patrol Program. The program, run in partnership with KMLEFM and Ironman Pool Fences, will give away one pool fence a week to families in need through Sun., Aug. 18. “Fence Patrol is such a rewarding program, because we know we are making pools safer for families who really need it,” says Doug Fulton, CEO of Fulton Homes. “Child drownings are a harsh reality of swim season in Arizona, and we want to do everything we can to prevent a family tragedy.” Statistics show that last year eight children

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

Free hot dogs at the pool Enjoy hot dogs and refreshments with activities and prizes at the free Water Safety Awareness Day, noon to 2:30 p.m. Sun., May 19 at the Liv Avenida Apartments swimming pool, 3250 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. All adults will receive a Water Watcher ID tag. Sponsored by Liv Avenida Apartments and State Farm agent Tammy White, safe water practices will be offered by safety experts and the Chandler Fire and Police departments.

“Water safety is everyone’s responsibility,” says White, noting the three essential rules of water safety are to test and teach; watch and guard; and throw, don’t go. “Learn how to be an aware water watcher and what to do in the event of an emergency.” To register, visit For more information, contact Kenzie Hobbs at 480-284-8335 or, or visit

Learn to take professional photos A free summer photography class is being hosted by the local collaborative workspace, Gangplank, 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday nights from May 29 to Sept. 25, at 260 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. The 18-week “How Do You Picture Your Summer” course is divided into three sections: How to Take a Good Photo; Ambient vs. Studio; and Break-Away and Shoot. “Photography is expensive enough, spend it where it counts—on gear. Learn for free,” says course

instructor Kameron Williams, who is creative director of LilliMedia. Each class will begin with students sharing their work to learn through collaboration. All skillsets are welcome, but students will need to use their own gear, including a recent DSLR camera, a USB thumb drive and a SD card for their DSLR camera. To register, visit HowDoYouPictureYourSummer.

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SanTan Sun Chronicles Chandler resident Tom Wetteroth is inducted into the Missouri University of Science and Technology’s Academy of Mines and Metallurgy, an advisory group founded in 1954. Wetteroth earned bachelor of science and master of science degrees in ceramic engineering from S&T in 1979 and 1982, respectively. He was awarded a professional degree in ceramic engineering from S&T in 2010. His research advanced semi-conductor technology during nearly 20 years with Motorola. In 2007, Wetteroth co-founded Applied Microarrays, where he is now vice president of operations. The company manufactures microscopic glass slides that are used for DNA sequencing and are the basis for the expanding field of bioinformatics. He holds seven U.S. patents and has authored numerous technical publications.

Deadlines for SanTan Sun News The deadline for news and advertising is noon, Wed., May 8 for the May 18, 2013 issue of the SanTan Sun News. All news must be submitted to News@SanTanSun. com by that day to be considered for the next issue or by filling in the “submit a news release” form on the newspaper’s website at To send an item for consideration in the SanTan Family Fun, email it directly to Send advertising files and information to account reps or contact For deadline information, visit and click on “About us” and call 480-732-0250 for advertising rate details.


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Orangetheory Fitness offers affordable motivation to stay fit

GAINING STRENGTH AND ENDURANCE: Members of Orangetheory Fitness in Chandler work through a variety of strength-building exercises. Submitted photo By Alison Stanton

When Becky Renner was in college competing in athletics, she always enjoyed working out in group settings. The camaraderie Renner felt with other athletes combined with a sense of accountability made exercising as a group both motivating and fun. To provide other people with the same benefits of group training that she enjoyed for years, Renner was inspired to open Orangetheory Fitness, a facility that specializes in group personal training at an affordable price. Renner is area developer for Orangetheory Fitness in the state of Arizona, and owns two of the six locations that are open throughout the East Valley. “My husband has 20 years of experience in the fitness industry and I have a background in marketing, so we just jumped at the chance,” says Renner, who is also a mom of three boys and one girl ages 3 to 9. In addition to being more affordable,

Renner says the group personal training offered at Orangetheory Fitness helps to hold everyone in the group accountable, which in turn allows them reach their fitness goals more quickly. “It’s just more fun to exercise as a group, and no one is wandering around or leaving after 20 minutes thinking ‘I had better go home and make dinner.’” Each session at Orangetheory Fitness combines cardio and strength training, with everyone working at their own pace and ability, Renner says. “When they are on the treadmill,

PROVIDING FUN AND AFFORDABLE FITNESS: Becky Renner, the area developer for Orangetheory Fitness and owner of two East Valley locations, knows from personal experience how much more motivating, effective and enjoyable it is to exercise in a group setting. Submitted photo

it doesn’t matter if they are a walker, power walker, jogger or runner. Everyone will get a great cardio workout.” The workouts are also heart-monitor based, Renner notes, with everyone wearing a monitor that is checked frequently throughout the session. “We shoot for everyone to spend about 12 to 20 minutes of the one-hour session in what we call the ‘orange zone,’ where they are at 85% of their maximum heart rate,” Renner says. “If they can do this, they will burn calories for the next 36 hours after the session is over. So if they come in every other day for a one-hour session, they will be burning calories all of the time.” The weight training portion of the group session involves using equipment like dumbbells, medicine balls and lots of body weight exercises, Renner says. To keep their heart rates elevated, people will also spend time on a water rowing machine. The group personal training really helps people stay motivated and excited about exercising, Renner adds, while also being gentler on the budget. “Personal trainers typically charge around $50 to $70 an hour, but here it works out to about $10 per session,” Renner says. “The group personal training just brings energy and creates excitement. It makes people enjoy working out, and they never have to guess what they will do in their workout that day.” By the end of the year, Renner says

MAINTAINING CARDIO: During the strength-building portion of the workout program at Orangetheory Fitness, members will spend time on water rowers to keep their heart rates elevated. Submitted photo

a total of 12 Orangetheory Fitness locations should be open throughout the state. Eventually, she hopes to help open 30 locations and own 10 of them. In addition to helping people lose weight and feel better, Renner says she enjoys the flexibility her job allows. “My day is so flexible—I can be mom before and after school and then work in the middle of the school day. It has just been so awesome.” Orangetheory Fitness is located at 1900 W. Germann Rd., Suite 6 in Chandler, and 3426 E Baseline Rd., Suite 118 on the Gilbert/Mesa border. For more information, call the Chandler location at 480-699-6115 or the Gilbert/ Mesa location at 480-350-7750, or visit Alison Stanton is a freelance writer who lives in the East Valley. She can be reached at

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June 1 grand opening is for all ages As the sounds of children jumping, tumbling and somersaulting echo through the Aspire Kids Sports Center at 50 S. Hearthstone Way in Chandler, solar panels silently soak in the sun on the roof of the 32,000-square-foot facility. With the help of incentives from the SRP EarthWise Solar Program, owners Scott and Dona Barclay have invested in the 100-kilowatt system, which will provide approximately half of the center’s electricity needs. “We have had it in our plans to put solar on our building since we built Aspire,” says Scott Barclay. “We feel living in Arizona, it makes sense to utilize the God-given resources provided by the sun. We have had solar water heating on our own home since the 1980s. The technology has now advanced to make it more affordable, so we decided now was the time to act.” The facility is equipped with gymnastics equipment, a heated indoor swimming pool, dance and martial arts room and a preschool gym. It is also the home and training center of the Arizona State University men’s gymnastics team. “Aspire is another example of business owners who are making investments in the future of environmentally, emission-free, renewable energy,” says Lori Singleton, director of SRP Program Operations. For more information, visit and


Women older than the age of 18 are invited to enjoy free appetizers and drinks along with a brief presentation of the newest items at the annual Slumber Parties by Sandy client appreciation event, 6:30 p.m. Wed., May 15 in Gilbert. “Slumber Parties are like Tupperware parties, except instead of Tupperware, I show lingerie, lotions, romance enhancement products and novelties, all for adult women only,” says Sandy Latour. “The parties are fun, professional, educational and full of surprises. Be prepared for a lot of laughter.” Latour, who recently was recognized for being No. 1 in Arizona last year for selling more than $100,000 worth of products, was a bank manager and attending graduate school to become a teacher when she became a full-time Slumber Parties consultant. For more information and the event location, call Latour at 480-840-9167, email her at or visit

Tours will be available to guests of 14 new home models from seven homebuilders at the grand opening of Eastmark Great Park, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sat., June 1 at Eastmark Great Park at Ray and Ellsworth roads in Mesa. The day of festivities also includes music throughout the parks, family games and entertainment and activities for all ages. Eastmark’s phase one builders are Maracay Homes, Mattamy Homes, Taylor Morrison, Woodside Homes, Ryland Homes, Standard Pacific Homes and Meritage Homes Corporation. Every home design in Eastmark features a new floor plan designed for this community. The first new, large-scale integrated community to launch in the Phoenix area in 10 years, Eastmark’s debut to the public is being led by real estate investment and development firm DMB. “In our planning, we’ve artfully blended residential areas, employment cores, recreation and commerce to complement each other,” says Dea McDonald, DMB’s senior vice president and Eastmark’s general manager. “Eastmark is one of the most thoughtfully designed communities in the country.” A short drive from the SanTan Sun area, Eastmark focuses on creating a connected life for its residents, employers and visitors. Visitors at the grand opening can explore the Mark, Eastmark’s Visitors and Community Center, enjoy the first 10 acres of the Eastmark Great Park, 11 neighborhood parks, piazzas and plazas and landscaped, tree-lined streets and parkways. Trolleys and pedicabs take guests around the community to outdoor concerts, kite flying and other demonstrations, food trucks and refreshments throughout the day. For more information, visit and


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Take Shape For Life Owner: Judith Garner How long in business: 3 months Specialty: Independent health coach offering long-term solutions for weight and lifestyle management using Medifast meal replacements. Unique features: Weight starts to release the very first week, which is encouraging and motivating to stay on the program. Hours: Appointment and coaching call times vary; visit the website or call to schedule. Address: Direct services with clients

are offered via daily, weekly and monthly contacts by phone and email. Clients also have access to an affiliated Bio-Network of services via Take Shape For Life, including, but not limited to, a virtual clinic and weekly Nurse’s, Doctor’s and Habits of Health Support calls. Phone: 480-560-7842 Email: Website:

Hanei Private Wealth Advisors Owners: Jeff and Theresa Krueg Years in business: Open since Jan. 25, 2013 Unique features: A fee-only wealth management firm with more than 54 combined years of experience developing integrated wealth management strategies for businesses and individuals; services include asset management and

financial, estate and tax planning.* Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday Address: 3115 S. Price Rd., Suite 119, Chandler Phone: 480-963-1063 Email:, Website: *Hanei PWA provides investment advice through Dynamic Wealth Advisor, a registered investment advisor; this is not a solicitation to purchase or sell a security or offer of investment advice.

Owner: Dr. Ken Danyluk How long in business: 11 years Specialty: Lingual orthodontics, which are braces applied to the inside surface of the teeth, allows patients to look good during and after treatment. Lingual braces are popular with adults who would not have considered traditional braces and those whose appearance is important to their careers, such as newscasters, actors, models, singers and corporate executives. Dr. Danyluk is one of two U.S. orthodontists participating in an international consortium to develop the next generation lingual orthodontic system that is now being beta tested, which is offered at his offices. Unique features: Onsite laboratory and 3D imaging technology; complimentary school shuttle to and from appointments; an extensive video arcade; a rewards program for following the home-care regimen and fresh-baked cookies and ice cream treats. Hours: noon to 6 p.m. Monday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday. Also open 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on select Saturdays. Address: SanTan Village Mall, 2080 E. Williams Field Rd., Suite 104, Gilbert and Ahwatukee, 4350 E. Ray Rd., Bldg. 4, Suite 121, Phoenix. Phone: 480-759-3333 Email: Website:

Send in your business profile for ‘Doing Business’ The SanTan Sun News would like to welcome new area businesses or existing ones that may be new to our readers. Submit information about your business for a “Doing Business” mini-business profile in an upcoming issue of our publication, which is distributed to 35,000 homes, racks and boxes on the first and third Saturdays of the month. Please include all of the following items: Name of business, name of owner(s), how 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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Come together to be a leader

Chamber offers help to closed venue patrons, employees Anyone in Chandler affected by the sudden closure of the Inspirador wedding and event venue, especially any brides-to-be, is encouraged to contact the Chandler Chamber of Commerce for assistance. “The Chandler Chamber of Commerce is here to help anyone who has been affected by the closing of Inspirador,” says Terri Kimble, chamber president and CEO, noting that she has reached out to members who specialize in event planning. The chamber is also offering job placement support for former Inspirador employees. For more information, call 480-9634571 or email info@chandlerchamber. com.

Community Awards

This year’s neon theme is all about honoring the best and the brightest at 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 outstanding businesses and individuals in the Chandler community. The dinner gives the community an opportunity to recognize outstanding businesses of all sizes, as well as educators and administrators who have demonstrated leadership and

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Chandler Planning and Zoning officials will be talking about the “do’s and don’ts” of signs, banners and billboards that can affect a business’ physical location and appearance, 8 to 9 p.m. Wed., May 15 in a presentation called “Outdoor Advertising: Do’s and Don’ts.” exemplified commitment. The nominees of each award are those who shine the brightest in their professions. The last day to register is Wed., May 29. Registration fees are $50 for members, $60 for guests and $550 for a table of 10.

Social media tips

Learn about the “How of Social Media” at the chamber’s next technology lunch seminar, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thu., May 9. Cost is $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers.

Public policy

Learn about local, regional and state issues at the chamber’s public policy meeting, 8 to 9:30 a.m. Fri., May 10. Discuss issues that are important to the success of business.

Business golf

It’s a round of nine-hole golf, a continental breakfast and networking opportunities Wed., May 15 and every first and third Wednesday of the month, 7 to 10 a.m. at Bear Creek Golf Complex, 500 E. Riggs Rd., Chandler.

Word of Mouth

What’s up with branding?

Learn about the key components of branding and how to implement them in your own business at the chamber’s SCORE Workshop: Brand Acceleration, 3 to 5 p.m., Thu., May 16. The workshop will be presented by Ray Speakman from

Business After Business

Join in at the monthly Business After Business evening mixer and meet the new members, make business contacts and get a chance to win the “Chamber Cash Pot,” 5 to 7 p.m. Thu., May 16. This month mixer participants will explore Downtown Chandler to become familiar with the shops and restaurants.

Contact the chamber

Meetings are held at the Chandler Chamber of Commerce 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.

An informational breakfast to learn about the Gilbert Leadership Class XXII will be held 7:30 to 9 a.m. on Wed., May 15 in room 300 at 50 E. Civic Center Dr., Gilbert. Prospective students are invited to attend to meet past and current leaders who are working or representing the community. Detailed information will be provided regarding the application and interview process and additional opportunities for program involvement. Gilbert Leadership is a 10-month program of the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce. Candidates are required to live or work in Gilbert, possess a commitment to community involvement and personal growth and have a desire to improve the Gilbert community. More than 350 alumni have discovered leadership opportunities and fostered lasting relationships through this program. The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 550 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 42,300 employees. For more information, call Adrianne at 480-570-0600 or visit

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Leadercast skills taught in Gilbert Only the best businesses need apply Learn how to improve leadership skills and have the opportunity to network with other leaders beginning at 7 a.m. Fri., May 10 at the 2013 Chick-fil-A Leadercast. Broadcast live from Atlanta and simulcast into communities around the world, the one-day leadership event is hosted locally at Sun Valley Community Church, 456 E. Ray Rd., Gilbert. Dynamic speakers from around the world will share inspiring, encouraging and motivational messages. Speakers include former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice; Andy Stanley, best-selling leadership author and communicator; Jack Welch, former chairman and CEO of General Electric; Mike Krzyzewski, head men’s basketball coach for Duke University and Team USA; John C. Maxwell, best-selling author and leadership expert; Dr. Henry Cloud, best-selling author and leadership consultant; Lt. Cmdr. Rorke Denver, Navy SEAL and star of the 2012 movie “Act of Valor;” Sanya RichardsRoss, 2012 London Olympic track and

field gold medalist; and David Allen, best-selling author of “Getting Things Done” and a productivity expert. The simulcast is presented in partnership with Chick-fil-A, the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, Gilbert Leadership and Sun Valley Community Church. Sponsorship is provided by Rayhons Financial Solutions. Tickets are $79 per person; if 10 tickets are purchased, one is free. Admission includes breakfast, lunch, snacks and door prizes. To purchase tickets, access

Grand opening of Higley Feed II Stop by the grand opening of Higley Feed II for specials, discounts, giveaways, refreshments and brand name vendors 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sat., May 4 at 26601 S. Val Vista Dr., Gilbert. The new location is

at the Welcome Home Ranch, formerly known as Marley Farms. For more information, call 480-895-9282 or visit

The Arizona businesses that do the best at 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. “They should have a great story and a positive culture internally, and be exemplary community partners in terms of how they give back,” says Gary Naumann, director of the Spirit of Enterprise Center at the W.P. Carey School of Business. “We’re looking for firms that demonstrate ethics, energy and excellence in entrepreneurship.” Past winners include Cold Stone Creamery, China Mist, Ollie the Trolley and Total Transit

(Discount Cab), as well as rapidly growing businesses, such as GlobalMed and WebPT. Any company can be nominated that is a for-profit enterprise in business for at least four years, incorporated, headquartered or has a majority of its business operations in Arizona, employs at least three or more full-time workers and is able to demonstrate profitability over the last three years combined. In addition, one minority-owned business will receive the Gary L. Trujillo Minority Enterprise Award sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona. Once a company is nominated, it will have until July 31 to complete an awards application. Winners will be announced at a luncheon at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix on Nov. 22. For more information on nominating a company, applying for the awards or attending the luncheon, call 480-965-0474 or visit


May 4 – 17, 2013


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More than 100 new investment professionals are needed at Bank of America’s Merrill Edge in Chandler, for positions in investment sales, advisory, service and operations. There are 197 investment professionals in the Chandler office. Chandler is a target market for growth, according to the company, because of the level of talent in the Valley and because of the nearby colleges and universities that allow for active recruiting. Qualifications include knowledge of

About 30 employees, including massage therapists, estheticians and front desk staff, are needed for Massage Envy Spa, a co-op of 28 massage clinics and part of the nation’s largest therapeutic massage provider and spa chain. Resumes may be sent to desertmassagecompanies@ The new clinic is located in the Chandler Crossroads Towne Center at 2880 E. Germann Rd. near Gilbert Road and the Santan Loop 202 Freeway. At 3,600 square feet and with 14 individual massage and facial rooms, this location is one of the largest Massage Envy Spas in the Valley. “Everyone has stress and tension and we want to ensure we provide nearby, convenient locations for our members and guests to help encourage healthier

investment products and proven sales skills, as well as a Series 7/General Securities license, along with a Series 66 license, or a Series 63 and 65 in lieu of a Series 66 license. Merrill Edge call centers were recognized by J.D. Power and Associates for providing “An Outstanding Customer Service Experience” for the second year in a row. To apply, visit careers.

Things Remembered unveils newly redesigned store A renovated Things Remembered gifts store is open at its Chandler Fashion Center location, 3111 W. Chandler Blvd. From crystal drinkware to sterling silver jewelry, from technology gadgets to kid friendly toys, the store offers personalized gift solutions for weddings, birthdays, anniversaries and all of life’s memorable moments. “Things Remembered has been helping people commemorate life’s special moments with customized gifts for

lifestyles,” says co-owner Bonnie Brovitz. “We are pleased to be expanding the Massage Envy Spa presence in the evergrowing East Valley.” Massage Envy offers professional and affordable therapeutic massage and facial services. Members and guests can also choose from four Murad Healthy Skin Facials: the Environmental Shield Vitamin C Infusion Facial, the Clarifying Enzyme Acne Facial, the AHA Rapid Exfoliator Anti-Aging Facial or the Sensitive Skin Facial. The clinic is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. To schedule an appointment, call 480-857-8888. For more information, visit

more than 40 years, and we are glad to invite shoppers to our newly redesigned store in the Chandler Fashion Center,” says Jean Pehrson, district manager. “We are happy to continue offering a wide range of personalized gift options to Chandler residents, and we look forward to serving all of our new and returning customers’ needs.” For more information, call 1-800-2747367 or visit


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Primavera founder receives award Founder and CEO of Primavera Online High School Damian Creamer is the recipient of the Certificate of Congressional Recognition for Exemplary Innovation in Education. He received the award from U.S. Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez during a gathering of business, education and government leaders hosted by the Internet Marketing Association and the Chapman50 organization at the Pelican Hill Resort in Newport Beach, CA. The award recognizes Primavera and Creamer for investing more than 10 years of service to improving access to education for thousands of Arizona students. The school was originally founded by Creamer in September 2001 as Primavera Technical Learning Center, a nonprofit Arizona educational corporation. Since opening its doors, it has become the largest high school in Arizona, serving an average of 5,500 fulltime students in grades 9 through 12 and an additional 250 students in grades 6 through 8. To learn more about Primavera Online High School, visit


May 4 – 17, 2013


Vendors needed for Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook-off Annual Tumblewood Ranch event is Nov. 8-10

GET FIRED UP: A family friendly culinary event, the Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook-off features competition between authentic chuck wagons as they create five-course meals in the style of 1880s cattle drives. Submitted photo

Vendors are needed for the fourth annual Chandler Chuck Wagon Cookoff, Nov. 8-10 at Tumbleweed Ranch within Tumbleweed Park, which is on the southwest corner of McQueen and Germann roads. The costumes,

equipment, music, tastes and smells at this event transport guests back in time to show a rare, up-close look at the Old West lifestyle. Food and merchandise vendors, entertainment groups and nonprofit

organizations are invited to participate. Preference will be given to vendors who specialize in cooking, local foods or history-related items. A family friendly culinary event, the cook-off features competitors working from authentic chuck wagons as they cook up five-course meals in the style of 1880s cattle drives and faithfully recreate what it would have been like participate in a cattle drive. Judges decide winners in five categories as well as best authentic wagon and best overall meal. Chuck wagon meals are available for purchase on Saturday and Sunday, and the event will also feature stage entertainment, family activities and shopping opportunities. KFYI radio personality and Arizona’s foremost foodie, Jan D’Atri, will cook up historic Scottish Scones on Sunday. Sponsorships are also available for the event. The cook-off is presented by the Pardners of Tumbleweed Ranch, Chandler Museum, Biscuitflats Chuck Wagon and other sponsors. Vendor applications and sponsorship details are available online at or by calling 480-782-2751. The deadline to submit a vendor application is 5 p.m. on Fri., Oct. 11.

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May 4 – 17, 2013

Redstone offers luxury living

LUXURY POOL: Residents at Redstone at SanTan Village residents will benefit from the pool area, which has poolside cabanas and outdoor lounge areas. Submitted photo

The first luxury multifamily project to come to Gilbert in five years, Redstone at SanTan Village, recently celebrated the opening of its first phase—a 382-unit located directly across from the SanTan Village Mall at 1925 S. Coronado Rd. The community is being developed by Del Mar, CA-based LWI Properties, built by Hardison Downey Construction Inc. and managed by Mark-Taylor Residential. Financing was provided by Union Bank. Designed by Architects Orange, a

respected architect in the multifamily industry, the $45 million community boasts finishes including granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, walk-in closets, attached and detached private garages, euro-style dark walnut cabinetry, large oval tubs, pendant lighting, pre-wiring for flat-screen televisions and high-speed Internet. “Redstone at SanTan Village fits perfectly within our luxury portfolio,” says Dale Phillips, Mark-Taylor


Residential president. “The attention to detail and the philosophy of the developers clearly comes through in the design and aesthetics, and we look forward to complementing this with our high-quality service and residential lifestyle.” Resort-style common areas include a 24-hour fitness center with club-quality equipment, elevated spa area with a fireplace and flat-screen televisions, poolside cabanas, outdoor lounge areas,

free Wi-Fi and a children’s playground area. The property also offers residents use of its upstairs-level club room that features an event kitchen and serving area, double-sided fireplace, Wii and Xbox gaming areas, a business center and multiple flat-screen televisions. The club room overlooks the pool area with retractable access to an outdoor lounging area. For more information, call 480-6195525 or visit

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May 4 – 17, 2013

New urgent care center opens

The new Dignity Health Urgent Care facility is now open, from noon to 9 p.m., every day of the year including holidays at 20750 N. John Wayne Pkwy. in the Shops at Maricopa Fiesta in Maricopa. The facility also offers a Call Ahead Care program beginning at 7 a.m. Patients can call 520-233-2460, leave their contact information and wait at home until the facility opens. Staff will call when it is their turn to come in to see the doctor. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to care for the residents of Maricopa,” says Jean Dorame, site director. “As part of the Dignity Health continuum of care, each of our patients will be seen by a board-certified-eligible doctor, a practice not commonly found at other urgent care centers.”

In addition to physicians, registered nurses will treat patients of all ages with non-life-threatening illnesses or injuries that need immediate attention. Ailments ranging from a bad cough or serious sprain to a case of the flu or asthma are treated. The center also provides $25 sports and camp physicals. “Our staff is also able to provide on-site radiology and laboratory services,” says Rick Swearingen, D.O., medical director for Dignity Health Urgent Care in Ahwatukee and Maricopa. “And if a patient’s condition is worse than anticipated, staff will coordinate their seamless transfer to Chandler Regional Medical Center where their co-pay will be applied to their emergency room visit.” There is also an urgent care facility in Gilbert, at 1501 N. Gilbert Rd. For more information, visit

Help capture the voice of a generation A group of young leaders in Chandler is tackling the problem of how best to keep people like them in Arizona, by spearheading what they are calling “The Manifesto Project,” a grassroots movement 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Mon., May 13. Registration starts at 5 p.m. Gangplank, Downtown Chandler Community Partnership, Chandler Chamber of Commerce, Itericom and ICAN are hosting Chandler’s project. The project will include events in more than 50 towns and cities across the state. Each is hosting a Manifesto Event in their hometown ending Aug. 1. During the next five months, The Manifesto Project will capture what young Arizonans want for the future of the state. The events will also collect information from young leaders who want to join boards to make change a reality. In the fall, the project will announce

AZ Insurance Shop offers Travelers Personal insurance coverage from Travelers is now available from the AZ Insurance Shop in the San Tan Village Mall at 2200 E. Williams Field Rd. in Gilbert. “Travelers is one of the largest and most respected insurance companies in the nation,” says Jan Simon of AZ Insurance Shop. “They offer a range of products at competitive prices. In addition, Travelers shares our commitment to providing the highest level of responsiveness and service to customers.”

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Corporate Chronicles More than 4,300 stuffed animals were collected by Famous Dave’s in the Valley for a Comfort Bear Drive in association with the Arizona Highway Patrol Association. The stuffed animal drive will help console children impacted by tragedy. Thousands of people came into the four locations of Famous Dave’s in the Valley with a stuffed animal. In exchange for their generosity, Famous Dave’s gave them a voucher for a two-meat combination lunch

meal. Famous Dave’s is in Chandler at 3250 W. Frye Rd. and SanTan Village in Gilbert at 2206 E. Williams Field Rd. One of the Top 10 growth agencies for Auto-Owners Insurance in Arizona for 2012 is the Foothills Insurance Agency of Chandler, whose president, Jeff Tagsold, received a plaque commemorating the accomplishment at a reception. Foothills Insurance Agency has represented Auto-Owners since 1997.

The first quarter 2013 revenues are $334.8 million, compared to $338 million in the first quarter of 2012, for Orbital Sciences Corporation, whose space launch vehicles, missile defense interceptors and related suborbital rockets are primarily produced at the company’s engineering and manufacturing facility in Chandler. Recent operations included three interceptor and target vehicle launches, two satellite deployments and four research

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AMERICA’S BEST KARATE Enhance your child’s self-esteem and discipline this summer by enrolling them in our “Active Summer Camp” featuring a variety of activities including: Harkins Movies, Peter Piper Pizza, Swimming, Jumpstreet, Horseback Riding, Puppet Theater, Nerf Wars, a day at Flipside, and Karate throughout the day. Your child will have a great time in a rewarding safe environment!

May 24th - 31st This week features field trips to Peter Piper Pizza and a morning of horseback riding at Silver Lining Hunters/Jumpers horse ranch.

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May 4 – 17, 2013

Family fitness, self-defense at Kajukenbo

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Student athletes in the SanTan Sun area are invited to participate in the School Athlete Summer Program, a special summer program offered by Kajukenbo Arizona during June and July. The program is open to all students ages 12 and older who participate in team sports at school. Each student can join the program at the discounted rate of $50 per month, paid in advance; their coaches can then attend CrossPIT classes at no charge. Each school with two or more students participating receives a donation of $50 per participant for their athletic program from Kajukenbo Arizona. Kajukenbo Arizona also hosts one-hour self-defense classes for women and children every quarter at no charge; the next class is Sat., May 4 at both Kaju AZ locations. Classes for children ages 5 and older begin at 10 a.m., and classes for women ages 14 and older start at 11:30 a.m. Classes are also scheduled for Aug. 17 and Nov. 2. Kajukenbo Arizona’s new PIT Arizona Fitness Challenge is still running through June 14. Participants are invited to work out at unlimited CrossPIT classes at both Kaju AZ locations. The unique fitness program includes specialized CrossPIT workouts,

International Water Safety Day is celebrated from noon to 3 p.m. Wed., May 15 at SWIMkids USA with free quality swim lessons to promote water safety and drowning prevention. Families can also enjoy free hot dogs, water slides, cotton candy and snow cones at the event. SWIMkids USA will also attempt to break the 2012 World’s Largest Swimming Lesson Guinness World Record at 8 a.m. Tue., June 18, when the school joins venues around the world in a swim lesson at the same time. SWIMkids USA is at 2725 W. Guadalupe Rd. in Mesa. For more information or to reserve a spot for either event, call 480-820-9109, email personalized nutrition support, a private Facebook group, a specialized website, newsletter and more. Kajukenbo offers practical karate, mixed martial arts and elite fitness for the whole family, with locations 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 facebook. com/kajukenboaz, call 480-755-3008 or email


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Perry High wrestling clinic offered Chandler junior high and high school students with wrestling experience can register for Perry High School’s annual “A Day with a Champion” wrestling event from noon to 5 p.m. Sat., May 4 in Perry High’s gymnasium, 1919 E. Queen Creek Rd., Gilbert. This year’s clinic features on-the-mat

technique clinic with Kevin Jackson, with a takedown tournament to follow. Jackson is a former U.S. Olympic National freestyle coach and mixed martial arts fighter. Cost is $40 per participant. To register, visit and select Camps & Clinics.

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New Vistas students take top prizes Golf for a good cause

HISTORY WINNERS: Students from New Vistas Center for Education placed well at the recent Arizona National History Day competition . Pictured from left to right , top row: Bryan Gopal, Shaan Bhullar, McKenzie Castine, Kira Armoogam and Carol Elias, director of New Vistas . Pictured from left to right, bottom row: Sarah George, Senna Titcomb, Aryasp Nejat . Not pictured is Melinda Cheng . Submitted photo

Three sixth-graders from New Vistas Center for Education in Chandler, along with three seventh- and eighth-grade graduates working with New Vistas, took first and second places for their historical research and presentations at the annual Arizona National History Day competition sponsored by the History Channel, held recently at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix. Students Bryan Gopal, Sarah George, Senna Titcomb, Melinda Cheng, Kira Armoogam and Aryasp Nejat now

qualify for the national competition in Washington, D.C. More than $150,000 in scholarships will be awarded to the top national winners, including a full-tuition scholarship to Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. New Vistas Center for Education is a private school serving preschool through sixth grade at 670 N. Arizona Ave., Suite 35 in Chandler. For more information about New Vistas, visit

A few spots are still open for the fourth annual Scholars Golf Tournament benefiting local high school seniors, hosted by the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce and San Tan Ford on Thu., May 9 at Seville Golf and Country Club, 6683 S. Clubhouse Dr., Gilbert. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m., with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. A silent auction and awards ceremony follows the tournament. Cost for a foursome entry is $600 or individual golfer entry is $150, and includes a tournament golf shirt and other takeaways. Sponsorships are available ranging from $50 to $2,000. The chamber awarded $4,000 in scholarships last year to students

participating in the Scholars Program in the Gilbert Public Schools and Higley Unified School districts. Gilbert Chamber President and CEO Kathy Tilque says she hopes to raise $7,000 in scholarship money this year. “These scholarships are provided to students who demonstrate improvement in their academic careers and who have faced some sort of hardship while in school,” says Tilque. “These are the students who may not easily qualify for other academic scholarships but who have demonstrated commitment to their education and overall perseverance.” To register, visit the chamber’s online calendar of events at calendar or call 480-941-6323.

Essay contest to reward ‘best teacher’ Students ages 7 to 18 in the Chandler and Queen Creek unified school districts and Gilbert Public Schools have until May 10 to nominate their teachers for Aspen Orthodontics’ fifth annual “My Teacher is the Best” essay contest. Nominees should submit a brief essay of no more than 300 words on why they think their teacher is the best to info@ with the subject line “My Teacher is the Best Essay Contest.”

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‘Kickin’ it’ in Chandler for fun, funds Boys & Girls Clubs offer The annual Kiwanis Kickin’ it for Kickball Tournament raises funds for several local organizations on Sat., May 18 at Nozomi Park, 250 S. Kyrene Rd., Chandler. Registration begins at 3 p.m. followed by kickoff at 4 p.m. A team sponsorship for up to 12 players is $600. Single players are $60. Free food and beer will be available for adults ages 21 and older. Proceeds from the event benefit the Kiwanis Eliminate Project “Fighting

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Funds available for first-gen college students A $2,000 four-year renewable scholarship for matriculating firstgeneration college students is available from the Center for Student Opportunity (CSO). Applications for the “I’m First” Scholarship are due Fri., May 24. To be eligible, students must be graduating high school or homeschooled seniors in the U.S. 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

summer day camps Annual summer day camps are set to begin soon at Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley’s 11 branches, including Gilbert and Chandler. Camp begins May 29 at the Gilbert Branch, 44 N. Oak St., Gilbert, or June 6 at Comprade Branch – Chandler, 300 E. Chandler Blvd., Chandler. Each 10-week camp is held from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Teen summer camp programs are available for ages 13 to 18 from 3 to 8 p.m. at no charge. Camps offer the opportunity for youth ages 5 to 12 to spend time in computer labs, take fieldtrips and participate in various sports while developing new skills and forming new friendships.

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Hamilton High camp teaches basketball fundamentals The fundamentals of shooting, passing and dribbling are the focus this summer at the 2013 Hamilton Huskies Basketball Camp in Chandler, for boys and girls entering grades K through 8. 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. Students in kindergarten through second grades attend from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.; third

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Girl Scout award nominations sought Former and current Girl Scouts of Arizona who have demonstrated leadership to make a real and positive difference in the world are eligible for nomination for Girl Scouts Arizona’s 19th annual Women and Young Women of Distinction Awards, in a ceremony to be held Nov. 16 at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix. Nominations are accepted through June 3. Three community members will also be honored at the November ceremony with the Promise Award: a man, a woman and an organization who have modeled Girl Scout values in their work. For more information about the nomination process, including award categories, visit

Free summer school at EVIT High school students who have registered to attend East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT) this fall are eligible for free summer school June 10 through 27 at the school’s Mesa campus. The five-hour daily class incorporates two required high school courses, government and economics, usually taken in a student’s senior year. The class will be taught by Arcadia High teacher Clayton Guy from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., with a 30-minute break, Monday through Thursday beginning June 10 at EVIT’s Dr. A. Keith Crandell

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Local author, publisher tell new tale A new children’s book from Chandlerbased publisher Five Star Publications Inc. is scheduled for release in spring. “GQ GQ, Where Are You? Adventures of a Gambel’s Quail,” written by long-time educator Sharon I. Ritt, follows Georgy “GQ” as he leaves home to look for new playmates and explore the Sonoran Desert of southern Arizona. “Sharon has written not only a fun and educational book,” says Linda F. Radke, president of Five Star

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The Lost Brother

neighborhood that held a sign that said “Tourists Welcome!” A by Viveka Chinnasamy scrumptious smell reached Ana Grade 4, Paragon Science Academy Rosa’s nose. It smelled of hot Knockout roast turkey, mashed potatoes, Ana Rosa watched the sun Story! a spicy soup, fruit-cake, and a setting to Top Mountain Peak, variety of different other yummy and then went to fetch water fillings. Ana Rosa entered and the with her brother, Taver. “Can we go swimming in the well?” asked The barn had cost half the Belor waiter asked if she had brought any other visitors with her. “Oh, Taver. “No,” answered his sister in fortune, leaving the remaining as a matter of fact, I brought my a sharp attitude. While Ana Rosa money for the loads of repairs that the barn needed. The barn brother,” she said, pointing an was taking her bucket into the house Taver sneaked in the well. was far from the country and the arrow at the nothingness next to children were left with old books her. The waiter looked confused. As Ana Rosa turned around, she saw one pair of legs slowly sliding about grammar and history they “Oh no!” she cried. “My brother!” had found in the attic. She went outside and searched down the well. She rushed over Ana Rosa lay awake as the franticly. There was no sight of in fright, her heart beating faster than ever now. She hopped in the hours passed by, slowly her eyelid her brother to be seen anywhere. Although she saw no sign of well after her brother. Instead of flowing in a deep sleep. As she awoke in the next day she saw her brother she saw a size two a loud splash heard, she went in footprint on the soft mud next clear and smooth. She went down a beautiful city all around her. to the great big oak tree. That and down for what seemed like a There was the most wonderful rime stone studded patch is my brother’s footprint! Ana water tunnel. surrounded by the softest velvet Rosa followed the footprints and It was getting late and Ana roses. She went straight over to walked straight in the beginning Rosa had caught up with her an odd looking person and asked of a dark, shadowy, gloomy brother in the tunnel. “It is past were the tourist program was forest. She asked a tour guide our bedtime,” she whispered. located. The person told her it where this undefined location “You had better sleep.” As was in the left corner of Main was. The tour guide, Salter the older one, Ana Rosa felt Street. Mathews, told her this was a responsible for this. After the Ana Rosa walked down Main dark forest that met an end to youngster’s parents died in a car Street and turned to the left. most people’s lives. Ana Rosa accident, they had left them a She saw a big shattered down asked if she could stay at the bundle of money, which could house at the corner of the inn and leave for the forest in only afford The Red Brick Barn.

the morning. Salter agreed but wanted to come along on the journey. When Ana Rosa asked him why, he replied, “When I was 7 last year, I had a desire to go on adventures. Unfortunately my mother died and my dad never let me out of the house since then.” Ana Rosa said he could come along. The next day the two friends set off on their journey at early rise. Salter packed a security kit that included breakfast, lunch, and dinner for at least two days. He also packed a map of the forest, a tourist tip instruction guide, and a pair of binoculars. Salter having packed everything, Ana Rosa was left bare handed other than the set of binoculars she wore around her neck. They had woken up before everyone else in the village. The friends scurried off into the forest to find Ana Rosa’s brother. Having gone through a great distances, they realized that this was more complicated

than they had thought. The forest was nothing ordinary, it had long and many slimy vines, and the height of the snow was at least waist high. When they made it into the middle of the forest, they saw a neat cottage with a warm comforting fire smoking its way out of the rusty, red-bricked chimney. As freezing as they were they decided to go in. “Hello there, why have you come here?” said a voice. “We have come to find my brother,” answered Ana Rosa in a brave voice. The man McArthur Mamalis was known as a greedy thief; not only did he steal jewelry, he also stole children. Now he wanted another small useful slave of his own. He made tea for the older children and served it with a small slice of cake. The children went into a deep sleep and Mr. Mamalis slowly locked the door to the house.

Youth “Now I can have three slaves to the house,” he said, with a greedy laugh at the end. At early morning, the friends awoke to the warmth of an owl’s hoot. As they got dressed into a clean shirt and blue jeans, they went downstairs. Ana Rosa tried the doorknob and realized it was locked. She cried out in horror and told Salter the news. Salter took a big rock out of the tomato plant and threw it straight into the middle of a Chinese scarlet window. They grabbed the knapsack and hurried out the window. They ran and ran until they reached a white oak. They stopped and rested on a fallen maple tree. As they were finishing off their peanut butter sandwiches, a snow owl landed quietly on a branch of the maple tree. Ana Rosa noticed the snow owl quickly and asked it if it could deliver a message up to her brother. The owl had a name of Snow and replied, “Of course.” That very day, there was a terrible blizzard. The next day, and the next, and the next passed. Still no response of Snow came back. By now, Salter and Ana Rosa had reached the front of Mount Everest. Salter took out his tourist guide and read that this mountain was exactly half as tall as Mount Everest, and so for special reasons, is named Mount Ever. Salter and Ana Rosa went past many blizzards, thunderstorms, and heavy snow. At last after four months nonstop, they reached the top of Mount Ever. There they found Taver Belor sitting in a small camping tent. “Oh, I never want to lose you again!” cried Ana Rosa in her brother’s arms. “You will never be away from me no matter what happens,” said Taver. And that was the end of the Belor sibling’s adventures for quite some time.

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Remember that the Kids Opportunity section will eventually print all good entries. That means that if your entry didn’t make it into this issue, it may be slated for a future one. Keep checking back, as we sometimes experience a backlog of submissions.

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

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Youth and students for contributing to other special activities throughout the week. Calendar: May 6-10: Staff Appreciation Week May 9: Family Food Day, Firehouse Subs at Gilbert and Germann roads, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. May 14: General PTO meeting, 1:30 p.m., Room 35 —Lora Robinson

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Help wanted – Forms have been sent home and are available at the front office for parents interested in chairing committees for next year. Also, PTO has an opening next year for its VP of fundraising. Nominations are accepted until Tue., May 7. The special election is held at the next PTO general meeting at 1:30 p.m. Tue., May 14. Staff Appreciation – Carlson parents and students will treat all staff to lunch Wed., May 8, courtesy of Firehouse Subs, and Fri., May 10, from El Palacio. Staff members will also be pampered with chair massages from Valley Wide Health Centers. Thanks to all parents

Giving thanks – Teacher Appreciation Week is May 6 through 10. CTA students and families are encouraged to take a moment to thank teachers for all they do to make the school and its students successful. Help wanted – The PTO is looking for board members for the upcoming school year. If interested, pick up a nomination form in the office and turn it in before May 14. Elections will be held at the school’s last PTO meeting of the year at 6 p.m. May 14. Box Tops – CTA-Independence gathered over 40,000 Box Tops this year, the most collected since the school opened. The two classes that collected the most were Ms. Werden’s kindergarten and Mrs. Vaughan’s secondgrade classes; they will receive a special treat for their efforts. Families are encouraged to keep collecting Box Tops for next year’s contest. Thanks due – Volunteers were recognized recently for their time, effort and dedication helping students and staff excel. Field days – Thanks to Coaches Robin and Pfeffer and to the parent volunteers

who made Field Days outstanding. All students and teachers had a chance to play fun and wet games outside and enjoy the wonderful weather. Calendar May 10: Student Council elections May 16: Sixth-grade dance and celebration, 5:30 p.m., MPR May 17: Fourth-grade Wax Museum, 1:30-3 p.m. —Wendi Olson

Fulton Fire

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Music notes – The band and orchestra concerts will be held at 6 p.m. Thu., May 9. Kindie welcome – Incoming kindergarten students are invited to a storytime at either 9 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. Fri., May 10. Mrs. Hull will read a story to students in the Media Center. Volunteer appreciation – Hancock’s Volunteer Appreciation Lunch is Thu., May 16. All volunteers are welcome to join in. VIP visit – ASU’s Sparky will visit Hancock on Fri., May 17. Sparky’s Tour, in conjunction with the Sun Devil Club and Sun Devil Athletics, is a youth education initiative focused on good character traits and healthy living. The program is led by current ASU students, including studentathletes, and also includes coaches, former student-athletes and athletic administration in ambassador roles. —Suzanne Incorvaia

Hull Heroes

GOODIE BASKET: Mrs. Hale’s second-grade class poses with special items donated by Bashas’ Grocery Stores for Fulton’s recent Spring Carnival. The carnival and its classroom basket auction were a huge success. Thanks to Fulton’s generous families and PTO, Fulton will get an additional computer lab. Submitted photo

Calendar May 7: Battle of the Books District Finale; fifth-grade band concert, 6:30 p.m. May 9: Kindergarten orientation, 5-6 p.m. May 14: Site Council meeting, 4:30-5:30 p.m. May 17: Kindergarten musicals, 8:45-9:30 a.m. and 9:45-10:30 a.m. —Sarah O’Brien

Muffins for Moms – Hull moms and kids are invited to join Hull PTO between 7:30 and 8:15 a.m. Fri., May 10 in the cafeteria for muffins, juice and milk. Teacher appreciation – Celebrate Hull’s wonderful teachers and staff during the week of May 6. Kindie notes – Families of kindergartners starting Hull next school year are invited to join Principal Cheryl Bromich and the Hull kindergarten staff at 6:30 p.m. Thu., May 9 in the school’s Multipurpose Room. Children starting Hull kindergarten next year have the chance to meet Mrs. Bromich and participate in a special storytime session at 10 a.m. Fri., May 10 in the library. —Kristen Boyd

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Presentations begin in mid-May, during which students will walk down a red carpet and present and read their story to a small audience. “Tea” and cookies will be provided following the presentation. A big thanks to the CEF grant for making this project possible. —Robyn Kelly

High honors – According to U.S. News & World Report’s latest rankings, Horizon Community Learning Center is the 17th best high school in the state and 1,099th best high school in the country. HCLC is also ranked the 108th best charter school in the country. For more information, visit education. —Melissa Hartley

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Calendar May 6: Teacher Appreciation Week May 7: Celebrate Learning Night May 15: Astro-Notes Musical, 7 to 8 p.m. May 16: Swim party, grades 1 through 5 May 23: Talent Show —Katie Perry

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Calendar May 10: Morning with Moms—kids, moms and grandmothers invited to join students before school for breakfast pastries and refreshments —Susan Jehowski

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Tarwater Toros KICKIN’ IT: Sixth-grade teacher Mrs. McFarland and student Lauren Vaccaro participate in Tarwater’s annual Sixth Grade Kickball Game. Each sixth-grade class invited its buddy class to support them in the friendly competition. Thanks to Mr. Morris for organizing the event. Submitted photo

COLONIAL CAPERS: Tarwater students Ben Meyer and Noelle Redding help their fifth-grade classes bring their year-long social studies curriculum to life with a performance about the establishment of the 13 Colonies at 6:30 p.m. Thu., May 9. Each student has a speaking part and will be in costume. Submitted photo

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Write stuff – Third-graders are excited to present their annual Author’s Tea program again this year. Students have been busy writing and publishing their personal narratives in books purchased through a grant from the Chandler Education Foundation through the 100% Awareness Campaign.

Calendar May 6-10: National Teacher Appreciation Week May 6: Flag ceremony presented by Student Council, 8 a.m., Amphitheater; spring orchestra concert, 6:30 p.m., Multipurpose Room May 7: National Teacher Day; CTAGoodman Talent Show, 6:30 p.m., Chandler Center of the Arts May 8: National School Nurse Day May 10: Sixth Grade/Staff Softball Game, 8:30 a.m., East Field May 14: PTO Meeting, 3:15 p.m., Media Center; elections for 2013-14; band concert, 6:30 p.m., Multipurpose Room May 15: CTA-Goodman Night at Dairy Queen, Dobson/Warner roads May 16: Parent orientation for 2013-14 new students, 6 p.m., Multipurpose Room


May 17: PTO Skate Night, 5-8 p.m., USA’s Skateland, 1101 W. Ray Rd., Chandler —Kathie Butters

Knox Knights

Teacher appreciation – Knox honors its teachers May 6 through 10. If interested in donating, contact Save the date – The last PTO meeting of the year will be held at 3:30 p.m. Tue., May 7 in the Media Center. Child care will be provided. Party prize – A pizza party is the prize for the one primary and one intermediate class with the most Box Tops and Labels for Education by May 15. Box Tops and Labels for Education must be unexpired and sent in an envelope with teacher’s name on it. Yearbook orders – Order forms for the Knox yearbook are available in the front office. Thanks due – Subaru Superstore of Chandler donated a multimedia production studio to Knox. Knox is the only STEM elementary school in the Southeast Valley; student education at the school will be enhanced by this generous donation. —Ximena Rodriguez


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Youth Chronicles Savannah Pearson, Sanjay Srinivasan and Jakub Stechly, seniors at Hamilton High School in Chandler, are among only 20 recipients of the 2013 Flinn Scholarship, a prestigious merit-based award providing a comprehensive educational package at an Arizona public university. Each award, provided through a partnership between the Phoenixbased Flinn Foundation and the universities, includes tuition, room and board, international study-related travel, personal mentorship by university faculty and other benefits valued at more than $100,000 per package. The students will be formally introduced May 4 in Phoenix at a dinner in their honor. William Brandon Peters of Chandler, a sophomore at Arizona College Prep, earned his Eagle Scout rank from BSA Troop 285, chartered out of Chandler Christian Church, Grand Canyon Council, San ACP Eagle Scout William Tan District. For Brandon Peaters his project, he researched and catalogued for display about 80 model aircraft from WWI to present for the Commemorative Air Force Museum of Mesa; the work is on display as a permanent installation in the museum. Abigail Cox, a student at Basha High in Chandler, will represent Arizona in

Youth June as a National Youth Delegate to the 2013 Washington Youth Summit on the Environment at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. Abigail is just one of 250 students from across the country chosen to participate in the intensive weeklong study of leadership in environmental science and conservation. David Lehrer and Corey Hermann of Gilbert High School qualify to compete in the state finals of the Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills competition at Glendale Community College. The students race to correctly identify and fix installed bugs in identical 2013 Ford Fusion SE vehicles, then race across the finish line. Troy McAvan of Chandler is a summer 2012 graduate of Walsh College in Troy, MI, with a master of science in information assurance. Nathan Kee Wong of Chandler is among the top 10% of his class at University of Nebraska-Lincoln and was recently recognized as a High Scholar at the school’s All-University Honors Convocation. Likhitha Kakarla, Nicholas Behan, Madison Kowal, Clementine Tixier and Gabrielle Rogers and their art instructor Bonnie Lou Coleman, all of Chandler, are the recipients of art awards at the 2013 Maricopa County Fair. Raegan Gonsalves, a first grader at Santan Elementary, is a state winner and in the running for a $30,000 scholarship in the Doodle 4 Google competition, open to K-12 students of U.S. schools to create their own Google doodle inspired by the theme, “My Best Day Ever.” If she wins, her school will also receive a $50,000 technology grant. A “doodle” is the logo design that appears on periodically to celebrate special events, holidays or the lives of artists and inventors. There were 130,000 entries in this year’s competition. Vote for Raegan’s Doodle through Fri., May 10 at: google.

com/doodle4google/ vote.html. Allie Sedgwick of Chandler is the recipient of the Gold Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout can earn, from Girl Scouts-Arizona Cactus-Pine Council. Allie earned the award for addressing the low level of interest in math and science among local youth with her project, “Realizing Our Budding Potential Today.” Desiree M. Gorham of Chandler and Hannah E. Chute and Brady N. McBride of Gilbert are on the Scholastic Honor Roll for the Winter 2012 term at

Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR. Nathan V. Malimban of Chandler Preparatory Academy and Carson D. Harris of Highland High in Gilbert are winners of corporate-sponsored National Merit scholarship awards. Nathan is the winner of the National Merit Teradata Scholarship; Carson’s award is the National Merit Gannett Foundation/Madelyn P. Jennings Scholarship. Scholarship winners advanced to the Finalist level in the National Merit Scholarship competition and met criteria of their scholarship sponsors. The 2002 (U12) Girls Phoenix Premier FC, formerly CISCO SE Soccer Club, an Ahwatukeebased soccer organization including members from Chandler, Gilbert and Ahwatukee, was a big winner in the recent Stars and Stripes Soccer Tournament hosted by Nike and Phoenix FC.

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Celebrating moms It’s too soon. It can’t be now. It’s only 27 weeks. It’s too soon. Contractions, and not the Braxton Hicks type, with other Laurie Fagen signs of labor Photo by sent off red flags to the soonto-be-mother. Already at high risk as a first-time mom at age 39, adding to the complications was a fruit basket of lemon, orange and grapefruit sized uterine fibroids, which were signaling it was time for the baby to be born. “Come on down to Good Sam emergency room as soon as you can, and I’ll meet you there,” said the ob-gyn. The casualness of her voice belied the urgency of the message. Once on fetal monitors, IV and other contraptions, meds were given to slow and finally stop the contractions. Continued meds held the cramps at bay for the next 10 weeks, until at week 37, the doctor determined that the baby’s lungs were well enough developed, and the meds could stop. “He’ll either come right away, or it could be another week,” she said. In a meeting three days later, the real time had come. However, it would be another 18 hours of walking the hallways, an epidural, lots of pushing and an episiotomy before Devon James Hancock came into this world May 16, 1992. I knew I always wanted to have a baby. Once, in my late 20s, not in any committed relationship, I was interviewed for a book called “Is Your Biological Clock Ticking for You?” when I said I would gladly go through artificial insemination and be a single mom if needed, just to have the experience of motherhood. Fortunately, meeting and marrying Geoffrey Dean Hancock took care of the relationship part. But both busy with careers, it was rather suddenly at age 38 when I realized, “Oh my gosh, we need to have a baby—now!” Then, the question was, with one small fibroid already formed, could I get pregnant?

It took a few months, but finally the little peanut could be seen on ultrasound, floating around in my uterus. We watched in amazement how this little guy grew and developed, all the while reveling in all that comes with preparing for birth. Devon was still considered premature at week 37, and while I was able to hold him right away, they soon whisked him off to insert a tiny IV into his tiny, whiteblond head, to bring his low blood sugar up. He spent the night in the neonatal intensive care unit, but we were all able to go home the next day after he started taking liquids. The first six sleep-deprived months were a bit of a blur, but we cocooned as a new family over that hot summer. Finally in the fall, when we felt comfortable enough to start taking Devon outside with us, it led to walks in the park, and eventually mom-tot swim lessons, Gymboree, playgroups, Chandler National Little League, magic shows, Claymation, band, plays, chorus, a school trip to Europe and much more, including Devon being named Junior Prince and Senior King of his class. Today, Devon is a strapping 6 feet 2 inches tall and a very talented guitarist, and that’s not just a mother’s pride talking. With his band mate, the Vandal Hancock Duo can be heard regularly at La Stalla, Kokopelli, Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort and other restaurants around town. He is enjoying teaching guitar lessons at McKnight Guitar in Chandler, and was a part of our family business, delivering papers as well. Thank you, Devon, for giving me the precious experience of motherhood. Yes, there were harrowing, nail-biting and plenty of anxious days, but overall, it’s been a joyous, amazing and wonderful job to be your mom. Happy birthday, son. Thanks for reading, and Happy Mother’s Day to all our SanTan Sun moms.


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The City of Chandler’s website recently received high honors from the Sunshine Review, a nonprofit organization whose mission surrounds transparency in local and state government. Of the 6,000-plus government websites that were ranked, Chandler was one of only 214 municipalities to receive the coveted A+ ranking, and for the third year in a row. As part of the ranking, Sunshine Review looks at a number of transparency criteria including information about budgets, public records, taxes, contracts and public meetings. Since joining the City Council several years ago it has been my goal to maintain and strengthen transparency in government. I believe that our residents should be kept fully informed about decisions being made on their behalf. Fortunately, the city subscribes to the same philosophy. In an effort to continue to improve, I asked staff to draft procedures to allow for more transparency and look for ways to expand the delivery of information pertaining to fees and other charges imposed by the city. Currently, when there is a proposal to revise a fee or charge associated with licenses, permits or other items, it is required that a meeting notice be posted at least 24 hours in advance to meet the Arizona Open Meeting Law. However, this does not allow for much public comment. I would like to see that change. I am proposing a City Code amendment regarding the public notification process for setting fees and charges. Currently, certain charges are required to be posted on the city’s website and published in the newspaper, while others are not. It is my recommendation that the city includes other fees and additionally, uses social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter to help communicate any proposed changes. In today’s world, information is readily available through these types of mediums, and I think that we should utilize them to enhance our transparency and keep the public apprised of city business that could potentially impact their lives. During a recent subcommittee meeting, several councilmembers met with staff to discuss this issue further and look for other ways to improve our communication with the community. We discussed expanded notice to the public through our website and social media, in some cases providing up to 60 days advance notice. These proposed changes could result in a greater opportunity to receive public comment on the issues at hand. It was a very productive dialogue. This proposal will be brought forward at a future council meeting for a vote. But regardless of what happens next, city staff is committed to making it easier for the public to locate information. They will continue to modify the city’s website to make information easily accessible from the home page. And, as information pertaining to changes in fees comes available they also plan to post those updates online. Additionally, they will incorporate other fees that were not previously published and place the fee schedule where it is simpler to find. Essentially, these changes will create a one-stop shop for those seeking this information. As a result of this discussion one thing is clear; when we provide more information than what is required by law it demonstrates the true spirit of transparency. And that will earn us many more A+ ratings down the road.

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Approve state budget for Medicaid expansion As we saw recently in Boston, hospitals are a critical part of the crisis response network in every community. Although their trauma capacity may not be fully utilized except on rare—thank heaven—occasions of disastrous events, they must be ever always prepared. Remember those drills we saw on the news for a large pandemic flu outbreak or dirty bomb placed at a major sporting event? This readiness is just another cost that everyone expects hospitals to assume. Unfortunately, Obamacare, unemployment and the economy have drastically changed the financial picture for most Arizona hospitals. As numbers of uninsured Arizonans’ have risen over the past few years, hospital charity care and bad debt write-offs have skyrocketed up, doubling and sometimes even more. We may have to hold our nose, but the solution for our state is to accept the federal incentives for Medicaid Expansion. It will allow hospitals in Arizona like St Joseph, where I was born; Banner Good Samaritan, where my dear children were born; and Chandler Regional where my beautiful grandchildren were born to

continue to serve our communities. Arizona needs physicians, as you know if you’ve tried to get into see a specialist. In fact, although Massachusetts is about the same population as us, they have more than twice as many doctors! Hospital residency programs are essential to our future health, but again, more cost. The Dignity Health System has stepped forward to build a level one trauma center at Chandler Regional Hospital. This will save many lives in the East Valley but it is extremely expensive to maintain. We want a financially healthy hospital that continuously invests in technology and has the best doctors near our family. It is critical that our state legislature approve Gov. Brewer’s budget plan for Medicaid Expansion. Bil Bruno Downtown Chandler resident for 30 years

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May 2013




Taming the narcissist: Encouraging empathy in children

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As parents who have watched their child grab toys from another, or ignore a visibly upset child waiting to use the swing know quite well, young kids can sometimes be self-centered. Even though empathy and thinking about others instead of themselves can be challenging for young kids, Lisa Zachary, a kindergarten teacher at Ryan Elementary School in Chandler, says her students are developmentally able to think about the feelings of others, and realize that they are part of a group of kids who also have needs and wants. “That being said, without guidance and focused teaching about the ‘Golden Rule,’ children think of themselves first,” says Zachary, who has taught kindergarten for 12 years. “Simple things LISA ZACHARY: like wanting to have Kindergarten teacher all of the supplies at at Ryan Elementary School in Chandler. the table, and not Submitted photo being willing to share the crayons that they aren’t even using at that time, provide important ‘teachable moments.’” To teach and encourage empathy amongst her students, Zachary does a lot of role playing. She finds this to be a very effective way to get young children to become less self-centered. “During class we act out various social situations and consider how all of the children involved feel,” she says. “We name different emotions and figure out why a student might feel that way.” As part of the role playing, Zachary and her students discuss how they would feel in the same situation, or what they could do to make it better. “Being able to participate in role play situations allow the students to see positive ways to interact, and how their ‘me first’ behavior affects others.”

Zachary also makes it a point to notice and comment when one of her kindergarteners exhibits empathy or kindness toward another. “If I see a student give another student a turn on the computer without being asked, I will say, ‘Wow! I am so proud of you. You gave your friend a turn without being asked. You are such a kind friend. Thank you!’ Positive reinforcement of desired behaviors is key to having these behaviors repeated, and then become the norm.” What goes on at home can also make a difference in how empathetic a young child will act, Zachary says. “Children need to know that they are a part of something bigger than themselves,” she says. “Involving them early on in helping with household chores, and praising their efforts will encourage them to look for ways to help again.” Ruth Lucas, MPsych, a professional consultant RUTH LUCAS: with a master’s in Licensed facilitator of psychology and life “Becoming a Love and Logic Parent” coach, licensed and owner of Lucas facilitator of Seminars in Chandler. “Becoming a Love Submitted photo and Logic Parent” and owner of Lucas Seminars in Chandler, says that in her experience, children as young as toddler age are able to capable of imitating and feeling empathy. The key, she says, is for parents to teach empathy by example, and be sure they are not teaching their children that they are at the center of the universe. “A self-centered kid is usually one that was raised in a household where most of daily life revolves around them,” Lucas says. “When parents send the powerful, unstated message that their kids come first, the implied message that ‘the parents don’t matter’ is understood as well, and the children are on their way to

having very little consideration for the feelings of others, especially in the context of how their behavior and choices affect others.” If parents want to raise less entitled kids, Lucas says, they should look at how they model entitlement and project this attitude onto their children. Lucas also feels that while praise is intrinsically good, it is not required to “lock in” positive behavior that leads to a healthy self-concept in a kid. Instead, she says, acknowledging, noticing and showing appreciation for their good choices is a more effective approach. To help young children think of others, Zachary also suggests getting them involved in community projects, donating gently used toys and clothing to others in need, earning money to buy new toys for children at Christmas and explaining to them why they are doing it. “Families have to live a lifestyle that says others are important too, and what we do makes a difference in others’ lives,” Zachary says. “Consistency, praise and reinforcement of empathy and caring are essential to making it last; families have to live out these characteristics to make them a part of who they are.” Alison Stanton is a freelance writer who lives in the East Valley. She can be reached at

Resources Books:

• “From Innocence to Entitlement,” by Jim Fay and Dawn Billings • “Punished By Rewards,” by Alfie Kohn • “Learning to Listen, Learning to Care: A Workbook to Help Kids Learn Self-Control and Empathy,” by Lawrence Shapiro, Ph.D. Websites:

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May 5

6 SRC Expo

Cinco de Mayo Art Dash

Mother Daughter Tween Book Family Storytime

12 Mother’s Day Handprint

13 Family Storytime Game Hall LEGO Kit Club



Peach Festival

Game Hall

26 Peach Festival

27 Memorial Day Peach Festival

7 National Teacher Day Anime Club Wiggle Worms

14 Anime Club Wiggle Worms Grow Grasshead Study Club

21 Anime Club Wiggle Worms



May Day Sibling Appreciation Day Mother

Teen 8 Daughter Book Game Hall Baby Time

Hall 15 Game Baby Time Water Safety Family Night LEGO Club

22 Game Hall Baby Time

9 Teen Volunteer Pre-K Storytime Infant Lapsit

16 Pre-K Storytime Infant Lapsit Magic Treehouse

23 Pre-K Storytime Infant Lapsit


de los Ninos 4 Dia Chihuahua Races

World Press Freedom Day


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Glass Platter Chess Club

Solar Walk Train Day Science Saturday Paws to Read


18 International Museum Day

Chess Club

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Game Hall Baby Time

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FAMILY FUN 4 Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros/Children’s Day, Book Day, 10 a.m.2 p.m. Downtown Library and Library Courtyard. The event features a health fair sponsored by UnitedHealthcare Community Plan, including health screenings at no charge and healthy living information, music and dancing entertainment sponsored by Sí Se Puede Inc., library crafts and library info, visits with PBS characters Maya and Miguel and drawings for a variety of prizes. All ages. Free. 100 E. Commonwealth Ave., Chandler. 480-782-2788.

Cinco de Mayo and Chihuahua Races, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Downtown Library Courtyard. The 16th annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration and Chihuahua Races features two stages of entertainment, food vendors and the Día de los Niños Health Fair. The Chihuahua races begin at 2 p.m., followed by the crowning of the King and Queen Chihuahua. All ages. Free. 100 E. Commonwealth Ave., Chandler.

Piñata Patio Party, 1-4 p.m. El Palacio Restaurant & Cantina. Bring the whole family to celebrate Cinco de Mayo at El Palacio’s Piñata Patio Party and enjoy games, crafts, activities and piñatas. Kids 12 and younger eat for free with a paid adult. 2950 E. Germann Rd., Chandler. and

Glass Sugar Skull, 7-9 p.m. As You Wish. Reminiscent of the sugar skulls from Mexico, this fun and easy class is appropriate for ages 6 to adult because no cutting is involved and the glass used is “kid safe.” Skull base is already created, and kids can design it with colorful glass. $28 all inclusive. Preregistration recommended. Locations: Crossroads Towne Center in Chandler, 480-8991231; Ahwatukee, 480-753-9500; Tempe Marketplace, 480-557-9100;

5 Art Dash, 8 a.m. registration, 9 a.m. race starts. Kiwanis Park. Families can enjoy exercise, arts and crafts, entertainment and more together, all while aiding at-risk youth, during the first annual New Horizons Youth Home (NHYH) Art Dash, which includes a 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk, kids’ activities, sponsor booths

and a raffle. Bring any hygiene items, new clothes or shoes for donation to NHYH and receive an extra raffle ticket. Registration fee $25 for the 5K and $15 for the 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk. The money raised will assist NHYH in providing summer trips, recreation equipment, extracurricular activities, music lessons and general household items to the youth it serves. 6111 S. All-America Way, Tempe.,

6 SRC Class & Program Expo, 6-7:30 p.m. Snedigar Recreation Center. Meet the instructors who teach classes at Snedigar Recreation Center, see class demonstrations and get program information. Watch a beginner yoga demonstration 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free. 4500 S. Basha Rd., Chandler. 480-782-2641,

Mother Daughter Tween Book Discussion, 6:30-7 p.m. Hamilton Library. Girls can bring mom, aunt or grandma to this lively discussion on “Because of Winn-Dixie” by Kate DiCamillo. Ages 9-11. Free. 3700 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler.

6, 13 Family Storytime, 6:30-7 p.m. Basha Library. Ages 18 months-8 years. Enjoy stories, songs and fingerplays for the whole family with books, flannel board stories and puppets. Free. 5990 S. Val Vista Dr., Chandler. 480-782-2850,

6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 29 Game Hall, 3-5 p.m. Mondays; 2-5 p.m. Wednesdays. Sunset Library. Hang out and play video games, or just grab a seat and study. Wii and Xbox available. No registration needed. Free. Ages 12-18. 4930 W. Ray Rd., Chandler. 480-782-2800,

7, 14, 21 Anime Club, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Basha Library. Teens explore Japanese culture, anime and manga. Age 12-18. No registration needed. Free. 5990 S. Val Vista Dr., Chandler. 480-782-2850,

7, 14, 21, 28 Wiggle Worms, 10:30-11 a.m. or 11:15-11:45 a.m. Perry Branch Library. Tots have fun with flannel board rhymes, songs, shakers, bubbles, parachute play and age-appropriate books. Ages 18 months-3 1/2 years with a parent. Free. 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd. at Perry High School, Gilbert. 602-652-3000,

8 Mother Daughter Teen Book Discussion, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Hamilton Library. Teen girls can bring mom, aunt or grandma to this lively discussion on “Ella Enchanted” by Gail Levine. Ages 12-18 years old. 3700 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler.

8, 15, 22, 29 Baby Time, 10:30 a.m.-11:15 a.m. Perry Branch Library. Introduce baby to books, songs and fingerplays. Ages newborn-20 months. Free. 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd. at Perry High School, Gilbert. 602-652-3000,

9 Teen Volunteer Round-up, 4-5 p.m. Perry Branch Library. Teens can bring completed teen volunteer applications to the Volunteer Round-up to meet library staff, receive information about volunteering in the library and participate in a screening interview. Teens who are selected for the volunteer program will be notified by email Tue., May 14. There will be an additional training meeting on Thu., May 16. Ages 12-18. 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd., Gilbert. 602-652-3000,

9, 16, 23 Pre-K Storytime, 10:30-11 a.m. Perry Branch Library. Preschoolers have fun with flannel board rhymes, dancing, songs, shakers, bubbles, parachute play and age-appropriate books. Ages 3-5 with a parent. Free. 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd. at Perry High School, Gilbert. 602-652-3000,

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

10 Festive Glass Platter, 7-9 p.m. As You Wish. Ages 10 and older can cut and paste scraps of glass to create a beautiful design and liven it up with some sparkling dichro glass as well in this easy class. $15 plus glass base of your choice. Preregistration recommended. Locations: Crossroads Towne Center in Chandler, 480-899-1231; Ahwatukee, 480-753-9500; Tempe Marketplace, 480-557-9100;

10, 17 Chess and Board Game Club, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Sunset Library. Kids have a chance to keep chess skills in check, and to play other games with friends and family. Ages 6-18 years. Free. 4930 W. Ray Rd., Chandler. 480-782-2800,

11 Solar System Walk, 9-10 a.m. Veterans Oasis Park. Take a guided tour along the Solar System Walk, a series of monuments and signs representing the sun, planets and other objects in our solar system, placed at scale distances along the pathway that surrounds the park’s lake. While the walk can be enjoyed as a self-guided journey, this monthly guided tour includes additional information about the solar system, and the inspiration for creating the Solar System Walk. This is an easy, 1/2 mile walk around the lake. All ages. Meet inside the EEC at the designated time. 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. 480-782-2890,,

National Train Day, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Arizona Railway Museum, part of Chandler’s Tumbleweed Park. See rare railroad equipment not normally open to the public, blow the horn on a diesel locomotive, blow the whistle on a steam locomotive and tour a 100-year-old Amtrak certified car that was used by Presidents Taft and Wilson. Meet the Winslow Harvey Girls, see the PCC trolley that was in the Phoenix Transit Center, visit a caboose as it was in the 1900s and observe how the conductor and brakeman lived and worked. Free admission and parking; donations accepted. Food and beverages available for sale, with all proceeds benefitting the Arizona


Railway Museum and Chandler Lions Club charities. 330 E. Ryan Rd., Chandler., 480-489-6174.

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

Paws to Read, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Southeast Regional Library. Paws to Read pairs Delta-registered therapy animals and their handlers with young readers, which increases reading levels and word recognition, and gives kids a higher desire to read and write. Registration is on a first-come, first-served-basis on the day of the program. Free. 775 N. Greenfield Rd., Gilbert. 602-652-3000,

12 Mother’s Day Handprint, 9-10:30 a.m. As You Wish. Create a Mother’s Day memory together while painting a Mother’s Day plate to commemorate the day, with step by step help from staff. Light refreshments available. Preschooler/todder and parent. $25 all inclusive for each child/parent pair. Preregistration recommended. Locations: Crossroads Towne Center in Chandler, 480-899-1231; Ahwatukee, 480-753-9500; Tempe Marketplace, 480-557-9100;

13 LEGO Kit Club, 4-5 PM. Basha Library. The library supplies a variety of skill level kits for kids to put together during this hour of fun. Ages 5-12. No registration needed. Free. 5990 S. Val Vista Dr., Chandler. 480-782-2850,

14 Grow a Grasshead, 4:30 p.m. Southeast Regional Library. Get excited to “Dig into Reading” this summer by working with dirt and seeds. Make a grasshead character and take it home to watch the “hair”–grass–grow. Space is limited. Ages 11-18. 775 N. Greenfield Rd., Gilbert. 602-652-3000,

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Calendar, From Page 3 Teen Study Club, 3-4 p.m. Southeast Regional Library. Teens can use a quiet space to get homework done, study for tests, work on group projects or get help on research papers. Computers are available to use and a librarian is on hand to help with research. Teens can learn a few tools to help make work a little easier. 775 N. Greenfield Rd., Gilbert. 602-652-3000, 15 International Water Safety Day, noon-3 p.m. SWIMkids USA. Celebrate International Water Safety Day with free quality swim lessons to promote water safety and drowning prevention, free hot dogs, water slides, cotton candy and snow cones. 2725 W. Guadalupe Rd., Mesa. 480-820-9109,

Family Night at the TRC, 5:30-7 p.m.

required. 3700 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. 480-782-2828,

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

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

Tumbleweed Recreation Center. “Batter Up!” with special guest MVP Zone. Enjoy a variety of different recreational activities and entertainment each week. Fee: youth $2 resident, $3 nonresident; teens: $3 resident, $5 nonresident; free for TRC pass holders. 745 E. Germann Rd., Chandler. 480-782-2909,

Sleeping Beauty Ballet, 7 p.m.

LEGO Club, 6-7 p.m. Hamilton Library. Come meet new friends and have fun building with LEGO supplied by the library. Ages 6-12. No registration

International Museum Day, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.Pueblo Grande Museum. Free museum admission all day in celebration of International Museum Day.

Chandler Center for the Arts. Watch the Yen-Li Chen Ballet School perform the classic fairy tale of fairies and the princess Aurora, who will fall into a deep sleep after she pricks her finger, to be awoken after 100 years by the kiss of a prince. Tickets $10-$40. 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. 480-782-2680,,

Activities include: free gallery tours; artifact show-and-tell stations set-up in the galleries where guests can see up close, touch and ask questions about different artifacts; and all-you-can-make arts and crafts in the classroom for $5. 4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix., 602-495-0901.

18-19, 25-27 Peach Festival, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Schnepf Farms. 21st annual “Life is Peachy” Peach Festival features orchards open for picking, peach foods sampling tent, peach pie eating contest, peach pit toss, arts and crafts, carousel rides, petting barn, honeybee rides and live entertainment. Free admission; fees for food and activities. 24810 S. Rittenhouse Rd., Queen Creek. 480-987-3100,

24 Glass Class: Coasters, 7-9 p.m. As You Wish. Using scraps of glass and glass frit learn how to make a set of four artistic glass coasters. Preregistration recommended. Ages 10 to adult. $40 all inclusive. Locations: Crossroads Towne Center in Chandler, 480-899-1231; Ahwatukee, 480-753-9500; Tempe Marketplace, 480-557-9100;

Beginner through advanced lessons for all ages. Lesson horses available.

25 Read With Oliver, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sunset Library. Oliver is a registered therapy dog and she would love to have you read to her. Register for a 15-minute session at the Information Desk. Ages 3-8. Free. 4930 W. Ray Rd., Chandler. 480-782-2800,

30 Zinghoppers Show, 11:30 a.m. Perry Branch Library; 2-3 p.m. Southeast Regional Library. Enjoy the start of the 2013 Maricopa County District Library’s Summer Reading program with a show by the Zinghoppers. The Zinghoppers are an Emmy Award-winning children’s band influenced by hip-hop and electro dance music, and the show focuses on children’s social and emotional development. Ages 2-8. Free. Registration online. 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd. at Perry High School, Gilbert. 775 N. Greenfield Rd., Gilbert. 602-652-3000,

Create a Fractured Fairy Tale, 3:30-5 p.m. Sunset Library. To celebrate National Children’s Book Week, kids will explore fairy tale classics and create their own fractured fairy tale to share. Ages 6-12. Free. 4930 W. Ray Rd., Chandler. 480-782-2800,

Summer Aquatics Kickoff, 1-3 p.m. Hamilton Aquatic Center. Come and start the summer off right with a fun day of games and prizes by the pool. 3838 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. 480-782-2733,

31 Pottery Pals: Father’s Day Frame, 4-5:30 p.m. As You Wish. Ages 5 and older can create a Father’s Day frame with stick figures depicting activities that dad and child enjoy together. $20; includes pottery. Preregistration recommended. Locations: Crossroads Towne Center in Chandler, 480-899-1231; Ahwatukee, 480-753-9500; Tempe Marketplace, 480-557-9100;

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Just4Kids Chandler Recreation Offers A Variety of Summer Activities! Register for Summer Classes! The Summer Break Time magazine outlining all-ages recreation classes, youth camps and special events for June, July and August is available at libraries and recreation centers and at Registration opens today, May 4 at 10 a.m. for residents and Friday, May 10 for non-residents. For more information, call 480-782-2727.

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The City of Chandler Recreation Division Wednesday Family Night Activities Join in the fun at Family Night at Tumbleweed Recreation Center (745 E. Germann Rd.) every Wednesday from 5:30 - 7 p.m. There is a different activity each week. The fee is $2 for ages 1-12 ($3 for nonresidents) and $3 for ages 13-17 ($5 for nonresidents). Call 480-782-2900 or visit for more information.

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.

Happy Mother’s Day! Monday, May 13th, 10:00 a.m. What better place to find a slew of amazing mothers than at the Chandler Senior Center (202 E. Boston)? We’re inviting every active adult (55+) who is a mother, grandmother or even a great grandmother! We want you to come and be celebrated on Monday, May 13th. Flowers will be given to all mothers and brunch will be served!

Snedigar Recreation Center Expo Monday, May 6th 6 - 7:30 p.m. From 6 – 7:30 p.m. instructors will answer questions and showcase their classes, programs or activities held at the Snedigar Recreation Center (4500 S. Basha Rd), including martial arts, sports, music and more! Following the expo join SRC for a beginner yoga demonstration from 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. with instructor Tracy McKenzie. For more information contact Susan Richardson at 480-782-2641 or

Desert Discovery: Tortoises Friday, May 10 9 - 10 a.m. Join our adventure to discover life in the Sonoran Desert! We will visit the Desert Tortoise habitat at Veterans Oasis Park (4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd). There will be stories, games, finger plays or crafts all about tortoises and turtles. $11 Resident/$14 Nonresident per child, with one unpaid adult permitted.

May Parent & Toddler Activities Every Tuesday and Thursday from 9 - 11 a.m., the Tumbleweed Recreation Center host “Tumble Tots” indoor activities designed for children five years of age and under to play under parental or guardian supervision. This fun, safe and clean area provides a variety of toys, equipment and activities that are sureto 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.



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Mrs. Arizona contestant starts again after head injury by K. M. Lang

A bump on the head changed Sharon DeRosa’s life. The Solera resident and former teacher doesn’t remember falling in her Higley High School science lab, nor can she say how long she lay unconscious after striking her head on the concrete floor. What Sharon also couldn’t have known on that day in May 2010 was that the traumatic brain injury (TBI) she’d suffered would end her promising career, sending her down a path filled with pain, isolation—and, remarkably, the 2013 Mrs. Arizona Pageant. While Sharon remembers the aftermath of the accident as “kind of a blur,” her husband, Michael, who also taught at Higley High, knew immediately that his intelligent, well-spoken wife, whose degrees include an MBA and a doctorate in management, had suffered a grave injury. “She was looking off into space,” he recalls, “and she was convinced it was 1980. She had no idea who the president was—you know, the basic questions they ask to see how responsive you are.” Sharon returned home after one night in the hospital, then spent most of the next two months in bed. Still, when school resumed in August, Sharon was determined to teach again. She made it through the school year, but calls the ordeal the “worst experience” of her life, as she came face to face with her symptoms, including headaches,

body tremors, spasms and fibromyalgia. Along with severe sleep issues—Sharon sometimes goes days without sleep, then sleeps for 20 hours straight—her TBI has left her with short-term memory problems and halting speech. “She was teaching honors chemistry and honors biology,” recalls Michael, “so for her not to be able to put a sentence together, to forget what she’s saying in the middle of a lesson—it was embarrassing. It made her feel stupid.” TBIs strike an estimated 1.7 million Americans each year, and more than 3.1 million are living with lifelong disability, according to the Brain Injury Association of America. No two brain injuries are the same, and the effects can vary greatly. Sharon, a fast and proficient keyboarder, on one occasion found her hands typing nonsensical words as she watched. “My left hand was typing what my right hand should’ve been, I think, and vice-versa,” she explains. “It made no sense whatsoever.” Sharon gave up teaching a year after the accident, and Michael, a retired Navy master chief, quit his job to care for her. Since then, Sharon has restructured her life, learning to rely on “coping mechanisms” such as a memory-prompting day planner, and the notebooks and pens she keeps “all over the house.” Although Sharon’s embarrassment over her hesitant speech once kept her home, the couple’s

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Pecan Grove offers slice of home

PIE PARADISE: With its staggering 34 pie varieties—all of them available every day—Pecan Grove Restaurant & Pie Company is a great place to get that special to-go pie. Photo by Ron Lang by K. M. Lang

The Pecan Grove Restaurant & Pie Company has been serving Southern Chandler for just two months—or to put it another way, the eatery at Alma School and Chandler Heights roads is so new that a diner ordering a different variety of pie every other day since its opening still wouldn’t have tasted them all. Pie, the traditional dessert of many a family gathering, is central to Pecan Grove’s simple, homespun identity. The establishment, owned by business partners Brad Mausling, Matt Schaper and Dan Wiggin, is a “classic-style” eatery, says Mausling, “not a corporate, cookie-cutter restaurant.”

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Celebrate mom this Mother’s Day with a delicious meal and more By Alison Stanton

Mother’s Day falls on Sun., May 12 this year, and around the East Valley, a variety of restaurants are offering special meals to help make moms feel loved—and best of all, get a break from cooking. The following restaurants are serving up some delicious fare that is sure to help mom feel like queen for the day.

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WORKING AS A TEAM: Solera residents Sharon and Michael DeRosa have battled Sharon’s traumatic brain injury together, and Michael will be cheering for his wife when she competes for Mrs. Arizona later this month. “It’s been heartbreaking,” Michael says of his wife’s struggles. “Seeing her bounce back from this has not only been a shot in the arm for her, but for me, too.” Submitted photo

“We don’t go after the wing-eating, beer-drinking crowd,” he explains. “That’s not what we do. We’re a family restaurant, and we want you to be able to show up in jeans and a T-shirt, or in your suit after church, and feel comfortable.” Pecan Grove’s menu choices are all about comfort. Along with soups, salads, burgers and sandwiches, entrees include time-honored favorites such as pork pot roast, chicken fried steak and chicken pot pie. Many of the dishes, including the lasagna and chicken piccata, are created from the partners’ own family recipes. Pecan Grove’s breakfast menu is

Ko’Sin Restaurant at Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa is serving a four-course pre-fixe Mother’s Day brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sun., May 12. The meal features Native American and Arizona comfort food as well as a special children’s menu. Guests begin their meal with a Native sushi roll with

chipotle spice Dungeness crab, local avocado, hot house cucumber, wasabi caviar and Gila River citrus ponzu. Next, diners enjoy spicy white corn bisque with cured chorizo followed by Mache greens served with roasted apples and pears, smoked almonds, Roquefort cheese and grape seed oil. The main courses include choices like the Gila River fry bread Benedict with seared crab cakes and smoked chipotle hollandaise, or lobster pot pie. Diners can also choose from petite filet of beef served with Crow’s Dairy goat cheese and lobster potato puree or espresso-dusted elk tenderloin with celery root puree, candy stripe baby beets and peppercorn huckleberry sauce. If anyone has any room left, mom and her family can indulge in see Mother’s Day page 54



May 4 – 17, 2013

El Palacio hosts Cinco de Mayo celebration Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a piñata party, cooking class and burrito eating competition on Sat., May 4 and Sun., May 5 at El Palacio Restaurant & Cantina, 2950 E. Germann Rd., Chandler. Cinco de Mayo, celebrated more in the United States than in Mexico, commemorates Mexico’s triumphant Battle of Puebla where they fought against France on May 5, 1862. This celebration of victory continues with festivities focused on Mexican culture, tradition, food and fun. Bring the whole family to El Palacio’s Piñata Patio Party from 1 to 4 p.m. Sat., May 4 to enjoy games, crafts, activities and piñatas. Kids 12 and younger eat for free with a paid adult. El Palacio wraps up the Cinco de Mayo celebration on Sun., May 5 with Mexican draft beers for 99 cents all day, and enthusiastic food competitors can test their skills in the Godfather

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Burrito Challenge at 4 p.m. The first competitor to finish this massive burrito filled with a chile relleno, beans, pork, rice and ranchera sauce topped with lettuce, tomatoes, Cheddar cheese, onions, sour cream and guacamole will win a trophy and $75 cash. There is a $10 buy-in fee and only the first 20 people to register can compete. After the Burrito Challenge on Sunday, Chef Anthony will hold a free cooking class at 5 p.m. featuring his Mexican Flag Enchilada plate. Reservations are recommended for cooking classes and can be made in person or by calling 480802-5770. El Palacio is open 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Visit and facebook. com/elpalaciochandler for more details. FIESTA: Learn how to make Mexican flag enchiladas with Chef Anthony at the Cinco de Mayo celebration at El Palacio of Chandler. Submitted photo

HIT THE RAILS: Visitors to the Arizona Railway Museum can see its centerpiece, the Southern Pacific #2562 steam locomotive, on display on National Train Day, May 11. Submitted photo

Train fans can take a sentimental journey on National Train Day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat., May 11 at Arizona Railway Museum, 330 E. Ryan Rd., Chandler. The Arizona Railway Museum, part of Chandler’s Tumbleweed Park, is located about one mile south of the Santan Loop 202 Freeway off Arizona Ave. National Train Day celebrates travel by rail and the completion of the first transcontinental rail line in 1869. Visitors can learn about the importance of railroads while they tour railcars under restoration and which are normally not open to the public. Arizona Railway Museum volunteers will be on hand to explain the type of work that is required to restore and refurbish these cars to keep them “alive.” Visitors can also meet the Winslow

Harvey Girls; see the PCC trolley that was in the Phoenix Transit Center; blow the horn on a diesel locomotive and maybe even blow the whistle on a steam locomotive; visit a caboose as it was in the 1900s; and observe how the conductor and brakeman lived and worked. Admission and parking are free for this event; however, donations from the public and local businesses are greatly appreciated. Food and beverages will also be available for sale, with all proceeds benefitting the Arizona Railway Museum and Chandler Lions Club charities. For more information, visit, or contact Mark Redmond at mark.redmond@ or 480-489-6174.


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Register for summer recreation classes Registration for the many recreation classes, camps and activities offered by the City of Chandler this summer opens at 10 a.m. Sat., May 4 for residents. Residents are given a brief priority registration period, and nonresidents can begin signing up for classes at 10 a.m. Fri., May 10. The summer session covers June, July and August, and features leisure and lifestyle classes and programs for people of all ages, including film, animation, dance, sports, art, cooking, swimming and much more. These activities are available at various times and locations throughout the city. All of the classes and registration details are published in the Break Time recreation guide, available at numerous city facilities and also online at Registration can be done online at, by mail or in person at the following locations: Chandler Community Center, 125 E. Commonwealth Ave.; Environmental Education Center, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd.; Snedigar Recreation Center, 4500 S. Basha Rd.; and

Tumbleweed Recreation Center, 745 E. Germann Rd. Swim program registration can also be done in person at the Aquatics Administrative offices at 650 E. Ryan Rd. For more information on class registration, call 480-782-2727.

Planet Fitness donates fees to fight breast cancer New members who sign up at Planet Fitness during its annual Mother’s Day Sale from May 8 through 15 can help support the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Planet Fitness locations throughout the Valley and in Tucson will donate 100% of new member enrollment fees. The enrollment fee is $10 for White Card and Black Card memberships, and only $10 and $19.99 per month respectively for those memberships. New members also receive a pink Mother’s Day T-shirt with their membership to help raise awareness and conquer this illness. Last year, approximately 300 Planet Fitness locations across the nation donated more than $650,000 to help fund breast cancer research for a cure. Planet Fitness salutes and offers prayers for all those families in their brave

‘Ride of Silence’ honors fallen, injured cyclists SanTan Sun area cyclists are invited to take to the roads in a slow, silent procession to honor riders who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways during the 10th annual Ride of Silence at 7 p.m. Wed., May 15. The East Valley Ride of Silence starts at Mesa’s Mountain View Park at 845 N. Lindsey Rd., traveling down to Gilbert’s Freestone Park at 1045 E Juniper Ave. and back, returning around 8:30 p.m. About 100 cyclists are expected to participate in the completely silent 11-mile, 11-mph ride that is open to riders of all abilities. A brief ceremony featuring bagpipers to remember family and loved ones who lost their lives while riding their bicycle will begin the event, followed by ride protocol and safety instructions. The annual ride is a global event beginning in North America and takes place in more than 60 countries at the same time. The ride, which is held during National Bike Safety Month and Week and Arizona’s Bike Month, aims

to raise overall awareness that cyclists have a legal right to the public roadways. The Ride of Silence is a free ride that asks its cyclists to ride no faster than 12 mph, wear helmets, follow the rules of the road and remain silent during the ride. There are no sponsors and no registration fees. According to the League of American Bicyclists, across the nation, more than 600 cyclists are killed on the road every year. Although cyclists have a legal right to share the road with motorists, the motoring public often isn’t aware of these rights, and sometimes not aware of the cyclists themselves. Many drivers are also not aware that bicycles are legally required to ride in the street, and not on sidewalks. “Educating motorists about sharing the road with cyclists is my passion,” says Kim Saks, whose husband Brett was killed by a motorist under the influence of sleeping pills, while training for a 600-mile charity ride in 2008. As a result of what happened to her family,

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Saks founded the Brett Saks Foundation in 2011, a Chandler-based nonprofit, to fulfill Brett’s dream of supporting programs that help disabled cyclists; to help educate the East Valley community on bike safety and awareness; and to provide a voice to speak up for the responsible use of prescription sleep medications. “It is a cause that is close to my heart and I am thankful to all of the cyclists riding in his honor and others who have been killed or injured.” After being a participant and coorganizer in previous years, this year Saks and her foundation have stepped up to lead the ride for East Valley communities. The Brett Saks Foundation put on the first annual Brett Saks Safety Festival last November at Tumbleweed Park in Chandler, and most recently formed a board of directors and held its first annual Brett Saks Film Festival, which supports the New Song Center of Phoenix. For more about Ride of Silence, visit To learn more about the Brett Saks Foundation, call 480577-1485, email or visit, BrettSaksFoundation and BSFAZ on Twitter.

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‘Journey to your Center’ at Sol Yoga “Celebrate the magic of spring” with body rolling, chopstick acupuncture, Qigong, foot fitness and sound at a therapeutic movement workshop, 10 a.m. to noon Sat., May 18 at Sol Yoga, 985 W. Chandler Heights Rd., Suite 2, on the southeast corner of Alma School Road in Chandler. Therapeutic Movement Instructor Kat Myers teaches the special HARMONY AND HEALING: Experience a workshop, where participants unique combination of can lengthen and unwind spines, therapeutic movements deepen and expand consciousness, for fitness and wellness experience “hara,” build backbone, with Kat Myers during release hamstrings, soothe sciatic the May 18 workshop nerves, “get gonged,” and relax hosted at Sol Yoga in deeply, among other healthful Chandler. Submitted benefits. photo Myers, who earned degrees in occupational therapy and psychology, and is pursuing her master’s degree in Oriental medicine with a specialization in acupuncture, harmonics and movement therapy, has been teaching yoga since 1989 and training yoga teachers since 1996. She is certified by Integrative Yoga Therapy and Yamuna Body Rolling, and incorporates the highest principles of yoga, meridian theory, myofascial release and sound into a “deep and potent healing practice.” The workshop is limited to 15 people and costs $30. Visit and to learn more and to sign up.


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Carnival fundraiser Chandler clothing bank benefits local child needs kids’ clothes Families are invited to join a fun-filled carnival from noon to 4 p.m. Sat., May 4 at the Celebration Stem Cell Centre, 3495 S. Mercy Rd. in Gilbert to support 3-year-old Noah Swanson, a local child who suffers from an extremely rare disorder called myelodyspatic syndrome, which is pre-leukemia. The fundraiser includes a Disney Bounce House, live auction, pony rides and live entertainment. All donations will help with transplant-related expenses and are taxdeductible. Admission is $5 to the event. The carnival is being held to assist Noah’s family with the costs of a life-saving stem cell transplant for him. Noah’s doctors could not find a suitable bone marrow donor, but they found several suitable umbilical cord blood donors, so Noah will be receiving an umbilical cord blood stem cell transplant at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale in the next few months. Noah’s condition is fatal if he does not receive a stem cell transplant. If successful, he has the potential to live a normal, healthy life. The family has medical insurance, but their out-of-pocket expenses for Noah’s lifesaving procedure are expected to exceed $50,000. Umbilical cord blood is typically discarded at the time of birth, because most people don’t know that it can be banked for future use. CSCC is a privately owned facility that provides umbilical cord blood and adult stem cell processing and banking, genetic counseling and bone marrow match testing. Contact Rob Schemitsch at 480-722-9963 or for more details.


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MRS. EAST VALLEY: At 51, Sharon DeRosa knows she is the oldest of this year’s Mrs. Arizona contestants, but this pageant, she says, isn’t about ego. “We’re not out for scholarships. We’re not out for contracts or modeling careers. We’re here to help people.” Submitted photo

involvement in Chandler’s American Legion Post 35 has helped bring the 51-year-old out of her shell. More recently, an overheard comment from a doctor led to Sharon’s involvement with the Mrs. Arizona Pageant. “The doctor was talking with my husband,” she recalls, “and he said, ‘You know, she’s a very accomplished woman.’ Those words just made me feel so good. I told my husband in the car, ‘That doctor just made me feel like I was Miss America.’ Then I said, ‘Oh, Mrs. America—that’s who I am.’ I was joking around.”

When Sharon arrived home, she searched online for the Mrs. America Pageant, “and found out I had to be Mrs. Arizona first,” she says with a laugh. After interviewing with the pageant’s executive director, Diane Ritter, and the reigning Mrs. Arizona, Kirin Christianson, Sharon realized “how wonderful the whole organization is.” “They really are a group of women who have their priorities in order,” she says. “That meeting quickly made me realize that this pageant wasn’t going to be about me. It was going to be about helping others.” “One of the many goals of the pageant is to give women a chance to use their voice and champion causes that are unique to their life experiences or reflect a passion they have,” says Ritter. “It’s our goal to give them the tools they desire to make a difference.” Sharon will compete as “Mrs. East Valley” in the Mrs. Arizona Pageant on Fri., May 31 at the Tempe Center for the Arts, and she plans to use the occasion to speak out for others coping with TBI. “I’d like them to know that it doesn’t have to be the end of your life,” she explains. “Here’s a regular person,” adds Michael, “who’s going to stand up on a stage after years of being self-conscious, and all the fallout of an injury, and say, ‘Hey, if I can do it, you can do it.’ I can’t tell you how proud I am of her.” To help Sharon DeRosa reach her Mrs. Arizona sponsorship goal, visit gofundme. com/2265i4. To learn more about the Mrs. Arizona Pageant, visit K. M. Lang lives and writes in Sun Groves. To contact her, email

Brain injury? You’re not alone Falls like that experienced by Solera resident Sharon DeRosa are the nation’s leading cause of traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, which strike an estimated 1.7 million Americans annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Other common causes include motor vehicle crashes, sports injuries and domestic abuse, and veterans’ advocates believe that up to 300,000 Iraq veterans are suffering from some level of TBI, according to the Brain Trauma Foundation. Of those hospitalized after a TBI, nearly half have a related disability a year after the injury. Long- or short-term issues can include: • problems with attention and memory • problems with motor function, including extremity weakness, impaired coordination and balance • issues with hearing, vision, perception and touch, • emotional problems, including

depression, anxiety, aggression, impulse control issues and personality changes “I’ve been to the point where I just didn’t want to get out of bed – out of humiliation, out of embarrassment, out of pain,” says Sharon, who hopes that her involvement with the Mrs. Arizona Pageant will bring attention to those suffering the effects of a TBI. “Not only does the person with the mild traumatic brain injury have to restructure his life, the immediate family members will need to be aware of the cooperation needed to incorporate those changes.” “If you step out and seek the help, you can get the help,” adds her husband, Michael. “There are a lot of other people like you out there.” To learn more about TBIs, visit traumaticbraininjury/severe.html. To find resources, visit the Brain Injury Association of America at, or the Brain Trauma Foundation at

CLASSIC CUISINE: “High-quality food at a great value, with outstanding service,” is the mission of Pecan Grove Restaurant & Pie Company, which recently opened its doors near Alma School and Chandler Heights roads. Photo by Ron Lang

an example of what Mausling calls “high-quality food at a great value.” “We do a three-egg breakfast with your choice of meat for less than you can get a two-egg breakfast for anywhere else in town,” he says, “and we use pecan-smoked bacon that’s just unreal.” On Fridays Pecan Grove offers a 12-ounce portion of prime rib with two sides and a salad for $18, and on Sundays, an all-you-can-eat Angus prime rib brunch is available for $18. “We have an omelet bar, we do fried shrimp, a carved apple-wood smoked ham, eggs, bacon, sausage— you name it, it’s on the brunch,” says Mausling. “We do put out the pie slices, as well.” Mausling learned to make pies 30 years ago while working for a Marie Callender’s spin-off, and he’s responsible for Pecan Grove’s staggering 34 varieties—all of them available every day. “It takes a little managing, but we find a way to do it,” he says, adding that French apple, strawberry

rhubarb and lemon meringue pies are the restaurant’s most popular flavors, while the sweetheart pie, made with chocolate-covered cherries, is probably the most unusual. Whole pies can be purchased to go, or diners can stay for a slice. “You can have a great cup of coffee, you can have a nice visit, and you’ll be able to see the same faces that care who you are when you come in,” Mausling promises. “We’re a community-based restaurant. We live here. We like the people here. We want people to feel we’re a part of the community.” Pecan Grove Restaurant & Pie Company, at 4960 S. Alma School Rd., Suite 24, is open daily at 7 p.m. The restaurant closes at 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. To learn more, call 480-939-2889 or visit K. M. Lang lives and writes in Sun Groves. To contact her, email

SERVING UP EXCELLENCE: Brad Mausling, left, and Matt Schaper, who own Pecan Grove Restaurant & Pie Company with partner Dan Wiggin, are excited to bring their food and pie expertise to southern Chandler. Photo by Ron Lang


Chandler teen inspires All-Star outfielder It takes a lot to make more of an impression on a crowd than the presence of five-time All-Star outfielder Luis Gonzalez, who was the first Arizona Diamondbacks baseball player to have his number retired after Tommy Frasier playing for the team from 1999 to 2006. But at a United Blood Services celebration for “saving lives for 70 years,” an 18-year-old Chandler resident did just that. “My family and I are very grateful for the gift of life that blood donors have given to me,” says Tommy Frasier, who shared his story about how 85 blood donors saved his life after he was rushed to the hospital when he experienced unusual swelling after an injury playing baseball. Blood tests showed leukemia. “When we found out that 98% of his blood was cancer cells, we realized how close we came to losing him,” adds his mother, Connie Frasier, noting that he now has a clean bill of health with periodic transfusions to offset the long-term effects of chemotherapy. Gonzalez was at the event to present Arizona Diamondbacks president Derrick Hall with the 2013 Bill Shover Leadership Award, which recognizes the individual who makes the largest impact on the blood program as a community leader and advocate for UBS. Hall logged in 5.5 million blood donors over the years.

Local ‘heroes’

More than 1,000 blood drive coordinators across Arizona worked together to provide Arizona patients with 287,326 lifesaving blood transfusions last year, according to UBS. Hero Awards were also given to those who provided the largest impact on the blood supply with their outstanding blood drive coordination. These included Barbara Hover and Rachael Witkin from Bank of America’s Chandler Boulevard Campus, Marie Clarkson and Aimee Patton from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints in San Tan Lake, and George and Judy Klingler of Trilogy in Gilbert. Hover and Witkin were among the top 3% of award-winning blood drive coordinators honored by UBS, earning a Hero Award for providing the largest impact on the blood supply and providing 420 blood donations last year. UBS is Arizona’s nonprofit community blood provider since 1943 and serves patients in nearly 60 Arizona hospitals. For information, call 1-877-827-4376 or visit

TWO HEROES: Barbara Hover and Rachael Witkin, center, receive the Hero Award from event sponsor Tom Joyce, vice president of claim operations for Scottsdale Insurance, far left, and United Blood Services Executive Director Audrey Jennings, far right. Submitted photo

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Win tickets, donuts for blood donation Save time, lives with online health questionnaire Blood donors at United Blood Services can now complete a health history questionnaire online on the day of donation, reducing the in-person interview to only a few essential follow-up questions. All blood types are needed; however, Type O-negative is always in greatest demand. Donors who complete the new online health history questionnaire before their next donation will be entered to win a pair of round-trip tickets aboard the Grand Canyon Railway. Weekly drawings will be held for all donors who participate in May, June and July. Donors must complete the online questionnaire on the same day of donation and bring the printed Fast Track Donation Ticket to their United Blood Services’ appointment. MAX donors, who help UBS better meet the daily needs of Arizona hospital patients by giving the automated donation procedure that is most needed based on their blood type and physical attributes, can donate at an UBS donor center in May and receive a voucher for a half dozen donuts from Dunkin’ Donuts. The SanTan Sun area Dunkin’ Donuts are located at: 990 E. Riggs Rd., Chandler and 2021 S.

Alma School Rd., Chandler. The Chandler Donor Center, at 1989 W. Elliot Rd., Suite 32, on the corner of Elliot and Dobson roads, is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Blood drives in Chandler are: • Fri., May 17, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Baitul-Aman, 2035 W. Elliot Rd., Bus • Sat., May 18, 8 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. LDS Chandler East Stake, 6345 S. Lindsay Dr., Cultural Hall • Sat., May 18, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Chandler Christian Church, 1825 S. Alma School Rd., Room C 100 • Sun., May 19, 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Desert Palms Church, 4265 S. Arizona Ave., Rooms 108 and 109 Blood drives in Gilbert are: • Sat., May 4, 7 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. LDS Greenfield Stake, 2740 S. Lindsay Dr., Cultural Hall • Tue., May 21, 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. MAPFRE USA, 15555 N. Fiesta Blvd., Bus To make an appointment to donate blood, call 1-877-UBSHERO (1-877-827-4376) toll free or visit To access the online Health History Questionnaire and for more details, visit HealthHistory.

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white chocolate crème brulée, a lemon raspberry tart or chocolate caramel bombe. The brunch is served indoors and outdoors and costs $66 per adult, $60 for seniors, $25 for a special children’s buffet for kids 5-12 years old and free for children 4 and younger. Every mother in attendance receives a complimentary long-stemmed rose. The resort is located at 5594 W. Wild Horse Pass Blvd. in Chandler. For reservations, call 602-385-5726. Visit html for more information.


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Treat mom to breakfast or brunch on Mother’s Day at Chompie’s in Chandler. The eatery features more than 100 selections on its breakfast menu, including classics like Showstopping Eggs Benedicts served with fresh fruit salad, home fries or potato latkes, plus a huge variety of her Chompie’s lunch favorites. To wash it all down, treat mom to a traditional orange juice and champagne Mimosa or the Poinsettia, Chompie’s special creation of cranberry juice and champagne . Mimosas start at $4.50.

Chompie’s is located at 3481 W. Frye Rd. in the Chandler Village Center. Info: 480-398-3008,

Crowne Plaza San Marcos Resort

Mom is sure to enjoy a wide selection of delicious and varied fare at a Mother’s Day brunch served from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Crowne Plaza San Marcos Resort on Sun., May 12. Cold selections include a chilled seafood display with all of the accompaniments, spring salad mix with assorted toppings and dressings, Asian noodle salad and apple-walnut Waldorf salad. Hot selections include eggs in a basket, buttermilk biscuits and gravy, tres leches French toast and blueberry crepes. An omelet station with plenty of fixings is also featured. Mom and her guests can also choose from a variety of entrees including salmon Wellington, pesto chicken and pasta and chimichurri pork loin. A carving station features prime rib of beef with roasted garlic au jus, and desserts finish off the meal in a sweet way with cakes, pies, bread pudding and more. A glass of champagne, Mimosa or sparkling cider is included. Adults are $38.95 per person plus 9.3% tax and 20% gratuity; children ages 5 to 12 are $17.95 per child plus 9.3% tax and 20% gratuity. The San Marcos is located at 1 N. San Marcos Pl. in downtown Chandler. Reservations and information: 480-8574401,


Cork in Chandler is featuring a threecourse brunch between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

on Mother’s Day. For the first course, diners may choose from selections like smoked wild salmon or shrimp cocktail. Crepes Duet or Cork’s Benedict are among the choices for the second course. Finish the meal with a scrumptious desert third course, including mango yogurt parfait or dark chocolate tart. Cost is $50 per person; a children’s menu is available for $15. Cork is located at 4991 S. Alma School Rd., Suite 101 in Chandler. For reservations call 480-883-3773 or visit


To honor mom, BLD in Chandler is serving Red Velvet pancakes as the special for the day. BLD is located at 1920 W. Germann Rd., Chandler. Info: 480-779-8646,

SanTan Brewing Co.

Take mom out for beer and brunch for Mother’s Day. Choose from a selection of delicious choices including butter pecan cinnamon raisin French toast with pecan butter, jalapeno brat hash, shrimp and grits, chicken “N’awlins” and pork enchiladas. Brunch is served from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and costs $23 per person and $13 for 12 and younger. A half pint of hand crafted beer or a SanTan Mimosa is included in the price for mom. SanTan Brewing Co. is located at 8 S. San Marcos Pl. in Chandler. Info: 480917-8700,

Bernard’s at Ocotillo

DownUnder Wines & Bistro

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Mother’s Day, DownUnder Wines & Bistro in Chandler is featuring a four-course brunch including an open fruit and pastry bar. Cost is $30 per adult, $15 per child 12 and younger. A Mimosa for mom is included. Reservations are strongly suggested. DownUnder Wines & Bistro is located at 1422 W. Warner Rd., Suite A100 in Gilbert. Info: 480-545-4900,

A Mother’s Day Grand Buffet Brunch is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. inside the Crown Terrace Ballroom. A breakfast station features a chef-attended omelet station with ham, tomato, mushrooms, peppers, onion, spinach and shredded cheese as well as oven roasted potatoes, bacon, sausage and more. Cold appetizers, salads and soups include snow crab claws with drawn butter, classic Caesar salad and local melon gazpacho. Handcarved meats include brined, house-rubbed Kurobuta pork loin with jalapeno tart cherry molasses. Enjoy entrees like chicken roulade with brioche, bacon and gruyere stuffing

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Neighbors in pan jus lie, or wild halibut in sauce buerre blanc. Finish off the meal with spring berries with crème anglaise, fresh baked cupcakes and other selections. Adults are $49, children 6 to 12 are $20 and younger than 5 are free. The price includes Mimosas for the moms. Reservations are required. At Bernard’s, indoor and patio seating are available for a breakfast buffet between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Adults are $22, children ages 6 to 12 are $11 and children 5 and younger are complimentary. A limited lunch menu is available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Reservations are highly recommended. The resort is located at 3751 S. Clubhouse Dr. in Chandler. For reservations, call 480-9176660 or visit

Kokopelli Winery & Bistro

Show mom how special she is with a Mother’s Day brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Kokopelli Winery & Bistro. The brunch features breakfast, appetizer and entrée items plus a decadent dessert bar. Cost is $28.50 per adult, $8.95 for kids 8 to 12 years and free for 7 and younger. Mom gets a bottomless Mimosa for $1 with her brunch. Kokopelli Winery & Bistro is located at 35 W. Boston St. in Chandler. Reservations: 480792-6927,

Pitta Souvli Mediterranean Grill

Mom and her guests are sure to enjoy a brunch with a Mediterranean flair at Pitta Souvli in Chandler. Start out with spicy avocado and cilantro hummus for $5, and then enjoy a pear and roasted beet salad for $11.50, which is served with warm pita bread; diners can add chicken or gyro meat for $3, or shrimp for $4. For $15.50, the grilled Mahi Mahi features a filet placed in a zesty lemon olive oil Dijon chopped caper and spice marinade served with seasoned rice, Greek salad and warm pita bread. Finish off the meal with strawberry shortcake cheesecake for $6. Reservations are strongly recommended. Pitta Souvli Mediterranean Grill is located at 1940 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler. Info: 480-907-5893 or 480-907-5893.

Abe’s of Scottsdale Deli

From 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Mother’s Day, Abe’s of Scottsdale Deli is featuring two specials that are sure to please mom and her whole family. For example, Abe’s lox plate, complete with hand sliced Nova Scotia salmon, choice of Abe’s delicious bagels with plain, low-fat chive, veggie or lox cream cheese, homemade potato latke with applesauce and sour cream, fresh fruit and a slice

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of New York cheesecake. Abe’s is also serving eggs Benedict, poached eggs served on a toasted English muffin with Hollandaise sauce, and accompanied by fresh fruit, noodle kugel and chocolate dipped strawberries. The specials are $18 each, and a Mimosa, Bloody Mary or smoothie is included. Abe’s usual menu specialties are also available that day. Abe’s of Scottsdale Deli is located at 10050 N. Scottsdale Rd., Suite 127, in Scottsdale. Reservations for six or more are recommended. Info: 480-699-5700,

“Hats and Heels” Fashion Show

The Southeast Valley Women’s Council of REALTORS is hosting its annual fashion show from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Sat., May 11 in honor of Mother’s Day. This year’s theme is “Hats & Heels,” and attendees are encouraged to wear their favorite hat and high heels while admiring the new fashions. The event features lunch, a silent auction, DJ, a professional photographer with makeup and hair stylist and more. Tickets are $50 in advance, $60 at the door. Proceeds benefit Leadership Development for the Southeast Valley Women’s Council of REALTORS and The Clothes Cabin in Chandler. The Fashion Show is at The Castle at Ashley Manor, 1300 S. Price Rd., Chandler. Info and tickets: contact Lisa Pizzuti at 602-430-5161 or at Alison Stanton is a freelance writer who lives in the East Valley. She can be reached at


Teachers get ‘Two-Meat Salute’ at Famous Dave’s

SanTan Sun area teachers and educators can celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Day on Tue., May 7 with a free “Two Meat Salute” at Famous Dave’s BBQ locations throughout the Valley, including the Chandler location at 3250 W. Frye Rd. and at 2206 E. Williams Field Rd., Gilbert. “We have so much appreciation and respect for our local educators and want to dedicate this day to them and show our support of their efforts,” says John Erlandson, owner of the Valley’s four Famous Dave’s BBQ Restaurants and Catering company. “We encourage our community to come in and say thanks and shake the hands of those who teach and educate our children, the future of America.” The “Two Meat Salute” is a choice of two different meats: St Louis-style spareribs, Georgia chopped pork, Texas beef brisket, hot link sausage, Southside rib tips, beer-battered cod, country– roasted or barbeque chicken and traditional or boneless chicken wings, served with a honey-buttered corn muffin and a choice of one side. To be eligible for the free meal, Arizona teachers and educators must show valid photo identification and a copy of their teaching certificate. Go to to learn more.



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Spiritual Reflections

Serve others intentionally

We live in a cacophony of noise

by Barbara Dillard

Let’s be honest, we live in a cacophony of noise. Much is an outgrowth of living and as such is unavoidable. Responsibilities of work and family each add to the parade of sound that fills our days. Some fuel us with delight—the words of praise for a job well done, the laughter of our grandchildren and the greeting of that beloved pet when we return home. Others, not so lovely, rub like sandpaper—the morning alarm clock, the police siren behind our speeding car or the bickering of our children. But there is noise that we invite into our daily lives like a long lost friend. It is the noise of entertainment. And though we

welcome it, I fear it comes to us at great cost. Our culture’s obsession with media, music, gaming and apps can leave our heart tank on empty. Without time for quiet reflection, we enter into a danger zone where we hardly know ourselves, much less the God who made us. We become numb to the cry of our soul for meaning and purpose. There is a sweet spot in “quiet.” It’s a place to empty “self” and drink of the new mercies that God offers to us as we seek Him. There we will find the refreshment of Living Water and be

fortified for the road ahead. Entertainment has its place, but the temptation to overindulge must be slain each day. Silence and solitude still have the power to transform and renew, enabling us to hear God’s still small voice. We may then yearn for another world, but it will also enable us to live better in this one. Barbara Dillard is a resident of Old Stone Ranch in Chandler and affiliated with Redemption Gateway Church in Mesa. Visit Dillard’s blog at

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Missionary event, abortion talk, summer camp in store at CCC Ladies will continue down the “intentional woman” path by exploring ways to be intentional about serving others, at “Being the Light,” 10:30 a.m. to noon on Sat., May 4 in room C100 at Chandler Christian Church, 1825 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler. Read more and register at

ActsONE8 missions

The ActsONE8 missions weekend, a family friendly event where everyone has an opportunity to visit with missionaries one-on-one, is at a reception from 6:15 to 7:45 p.m. Sat., May 4, and after services on Sun., May 5. For more information, visit

Speak the truth

Learn how to speak to others about abortion with the confidence that your case is solid and your appeal is just, in the church’s TRUTH.Abortion classes on Thursdays through May 30. For more information, visit

Summer camp

Summer is right around the corner, which means it’s time to sign the children up for summer camp. Camp 456 for fourth through sixth graders is June 29-July 3 at UCYC in Prescott. Visit summer-camp-456. Bridge78 Camp for seventh and eighth graders is June 18-22 at UCYC in Prescott. Visit Bridge 912 Camp for ninth to 12th graders is July 8-12 at CIY in La Mirada, CA. Visit


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Annual Shabbat service May 10

Going green

Final luncheon of season, fashion show

Rather than Rabbi Irwin Wiener conducting the monthly service, Sisterhood members will be in charge of the annual Shabbat service of the Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation, 7 p.m. Fri, May 10 in the Chapel Center in Sun Lakes.

Season ending

The Sisterhood’s paid up, end-of-year luncheon, including a fashion show courtesy of Dress Barn, is 11:30 a.m. Thu., May 16 in the San Tan Ballroom of the Cottonwood Country Club. Guests are also welcome at $20 per person, which includes a lunch of either Maui chicken salad or Mediterranean steak salad. Send reservations to 9006 E. Copper Dr., Sun Lakes, AZ 85248 and include the luncheon selection.

Donations of toys

The Sisterhood’s ongoing “Toys from the Heart” Program, which provides holiday gifts to the kindergarten classes at Frye Elementary School every year, is accepting donations by check for any amount made out to SLJC Sisterhood to 3495 E. County Down Dr., Chandler, AZ 85249. Write “toys” on the memo line. Last year the Sisterhood was able to distribute toys to more than 100 children.

Other Sisterhood news CLASS ACTS: Preschoolers at Chandler’s Ray of Light Christian Preschool celebrated Earth Day recently by learning about the environment and recycling. Pre-K students in Mrs. McCabe’s class each decorated a paper bag to take home and reuse to collect recyclables, while Mrs. Wilcox’s and Mrs. Mendoza’s students each recycled newspapers by making hats. Children also released butterflies outside the preschool garden after learning about the life cycle of a butterfly. Ray of Light Christian Preschool is at 800 W. Ray Rd. in Chandler. For information about registration for the 2013-14 school year, visit or call 480-963-6105 ext. 211.

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

New Chandler church celebrates women One Church of Chandler honors all women, regardless of age, in its first annual Women’s Day Sun., May 12. One Church Lead Pastor Ryan Gear will give a sermon called “God’s Daughters,” discussing the many women of the Bible who broke through the “glass ceilings” of their cultures. The sermon begins a new

series, “It’s All Relative(s): Your Family Past, Present and Future.” One Church is a new nondenominational church meeting at Hancock Elementary School, 2425 S. Pleasant Dr., Chandler. For more information, contact Pastor Ryan Gear at or 480-686-0395.



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Hadassah fundraiser visits art museum The May fundraiser for the Shalom Chapter of Hadassah in Sun Lakes is a guided tour of the Phoenix Art Museum’s exhibit on advances in digital textile printing by more than 40 designers, which has received outstanding reviews. Members should meet at 10:45 a.m. on Thu., May 9 in the lobby of the museum at 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Following the tour, lunch will be held in the museum cafe. Admission is $12, plus an additional $6 for the fundraiser. Shalom will arrange car pools for anyone who is interested, and the museum is easily accessible by light rail. For reservations or more information, call Judi at 480-802-4944 or Diane at 480-895-6917.

What’s the Moshe Dayan controversy? Talk about Mordechai Bar-On’s book, “Moshe Dayan: Israel’s Controversial Hero,” 7 p.m., Thu., May 16 at the Arizona Jewish Historical Society, 122 E. Culver St., Phoenix. The free discussion will be led by Lawrence Bell, Ph.D., the society’s executive director. Participants are strongly encouraged to read the book prior to the discussion. To register, call 602-241-7870 or email For more information, visit

Spiritual Connections

DivorceCare for Adults 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sundays Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Call ahead to confirm information, as details occasionally change after print. If 739 W. Erie St., Chandler you have a recurring monthly support group or meeting you would like listed in Info: 480-963-4127, Spiritual Connections, email complete details to DivorceCare for Kids The Big D 1825 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sundays 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sundays Info: 480-963-3997, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church This program is designed to encourage Christian Business Networking, Tri-City 739 W. Erie St., Chandler and empower teens to deal with their Info: 480-963-4127, Chapter—Chandler, Tempe, Mesa feelings and the challenges raised 7:15 a.m. Tuesdays East Valley JCC Parent & Child Playgroup during the divorce or separation of their Offers members the opportunity to share 9:30-10:30 a.m. Fridays parents. ideas, contacts and business referrals. Playgroup for parents with children ages Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Crackers & Co. Café 12 months to 2 1/2 years old. 739 W. Erie St., Chandler 535 W. Iron Ave., Mesa East Valley JCC Info: 480-963-4127, Info: Maia, 480-425-0624, 908 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler Celebrate Recovery Info: Emily Malin, 480-897-0588, 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays Christian Business Networking, Join in fellowship and celebrate God’s Chandler Bi-Monthly Chapter East Valley Jewish Couples Club healing power in our lives through the 7:30 a.m. second and fourth Tuesdays of Offers once-a-month social activities such 12 steps and Eight Recovery Principles. the month as dining, movies, plays, etc. for Jewish The group addresses all types of habits, Offers members the opportunity to couples in the 45- to 65-year-old age range. hurts and hang-ups. Dinner at 6 p.m. share ideas, contacts and business Info: Melissa, 480-785-0744, followed by meetings at 6:30 p.m. referrals. Free childcare for children ages 12 and Chandler Christian Church, Room B202 Forever Marriage Ministries, Wives younger. 1825 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler Standing for Marriage Restoration CrossRoads Nazarene Church, Ministry Info: Maia, 480-425-0624, Support Group Center Rooms 101-103 7-8:30 p.m. Mondays 2950 W. Ray Rd., Chandler Christian Business Networking, East Support group of wives committed to Info: 480-722-0700, Valley Chapter marriage no matter the circumstances, Celebrate Recovery 7:30 a.m. Wednesdays offering hope, encouragement, biblical 6 p.m. Fridays Offers members the opportunity to truths, fellowship and prayers, to stand For those with chemical dependencies share ideas, contacts and business together for the restoration of marriage. or other issues. Dinner followed by referrals. Serrano’s Mexican Restaurant, Private meetings at 7 p.m. Dinner: $3 adult, $1 Mission Church Seminar Room Patio Room child. Free childcare for children ages 12 4450 E. Elliot Rd., Gilbert 959 N. Val Vista Rd., Gilbert and younger. Info: Maia, 480-425-0624, Info: Lisa 602-377-8847, Marriage@ Chandler Christian Church, Room B200,

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SUNDAY WORSHIP Traditional Worship ...............9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. SUNDAY SCHOOL For Children, Youth and Teens....................9:10 a.m. ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL .....................................9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. 480-963-3360 • • 450 E. Chandler Heights Rd. Forever Marriage Ministries, God Honoring Wives Support Group 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays Support group of women who believe in the sanctity of marriage, offering teachings, sharing, fellowship and prayers. Serrano’s Mexican Restaurant, Private Patio Room 959 N. Val Vista Rd., Gilbert Info: Lisa 602-377-8847, Marriage@, GriefShare 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays A seminar/support group geared toward adults who have suffered the loss of a loved one. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church 739 W. Erie St., Chandler Info: 480-963-4127, H.O.P.E.—Help Overcoming Painful Experiences 7 p.m. Tuesdays Free weekly small-group sessions helping people overcome emotional pain caused by divorce, grief, addictions and more; free childcare for children ages 10 and younger. Desert Springs Church, Room 106 19620 S. McQueen Rd., Chandler Info:, Jewish Women International, Avodah Chapter 1581 Monthly luncheon Iguana Mack’s 1371 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler RSVP: 480-802-9304, 480-655-8812

Spirituality JumpStart 11:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturdays JumpStart is a sidewalk Sunday school community outreach program serving “some of the poorest neighborhoods” in Chandler, offering snacks, games and teachings about Jesus to area children. Participants meet at Faith Family Church 11530 E. Queen Creek Rd., Chandler Info: Joanne Sweeney, 480-539-8933 Kid’s Sunday School 10-11 a.m. Sundays Unity of Chandler 325 N. Austin Dr., Suite 4, Chandler Info: 480-792-1800, Lift Your Spirit 10 a.m. Sundays Hear inspirational messages and music. Unity of Chandler 325 N. Austin Dr., Suite 4, Chandler Info: 480-792-1800, Moms in Prayer International A group of mothers who meet one hour each week to intercede for their children and schools through prayer. Info: Liane Wright, 480-699-7887, 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


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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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Farewell to spring with song, dance Event aids at-risk youth

Arts, crafts and entertainment create a lively atmosphere during the NHYH Art Dash, set for Sun., May 5 at Kiwanis Park, 6111 S. AllAmerica Way in Tempe. New Horizons Youth Home Inc. (NHYH) is holding this inaugural event that will include a 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk, along with kids’ activities, sponsor booths and a raffle. Bring any hygiene items, new clothes or shoes for donation to NHYH and receive an extra raffle ticket. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the first race starts off at 9 a.m. Registration fee is $25 for the 5K and $15 for the 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk. To register, go to, switch the drop-down location to Tempe and type in keyword search “Art Dash.” Proceeds benefit at-risk youth. For more information about NHYH, visit

The Chandler Symphony Orchestra will conclude its 20th season with an Anniversary Celebration concert beginning 3 p.m. Sun., May 5, at the Chandler Center of the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. Leading the orchestra will be guest conductor Philip Mann, the music director of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. Attendees will enjoy Stravinsky’s exciting “Firebird Suite” and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7. Katrina King, a past CSO member, will perform the “Ballade for Flute and Orchestra” by Carl Reinecke. Admission is free, and donations are accepted. The doors open at 2:30 p.m. for open seating. For more information, visit

Beauty-ful dance

The Yen-Li Chen Ballet School performs “Sleeping Beauty” 7 p.m. Sat., May 18, at the Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. The king calls for a grand christening celebration of his only child, Aurora, to which all the fairies of the kingdom are invited to bestow their blessings. As the fairies present their gifts of beauty, grace, generosity, song and temperament, they are interrupted by the arrival of Carabosse. She is enraged and insulted that the king forgot to invite her to the ceremony. Carabosse announces her curse that Aurora will one day prick her finger and

die. Luckily the Lilac Fairy has yet to give her present. She declares that although Aurora will prick her finger she will not die. Instead she will fall into a deep sleep from which she will be awoken after a hundred years by the kiss of a prince. For more information about the Yen-Li Chen Ballet School, visit

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Corona del Sol High School Steel Drum Band and Jazz Band performs 7 p.m. Fri., May 10 at the CCA under the direction of David DuPlessis. The group will be joined by steel pan artist Andy Narell, an international recording artist with more than a dozen albums to his name, known for taking the pan out of the traditional steel band and bringing it into the jazz band and expanding the role of the pan in contemporary music. Tickets are $10 each. Visit to learn more.

Songs of joy

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The American Chinese Arts & Culture Exchange (ACACX) invites interested singers and cultural performing groups to learn more about the audition process for its fall “Ode to Peace” concert, at a special meeting 2 p.m. Fri., May 12 at the Chandler Downtown Library, 22 S. Delaware St. Come hear what is planned for this Sept. 15 concert at the Chandler Center for the Arts, and sign up to be notified of audition dates and times. The goal is to get diversified communities together to sing and to hope for peace, to celebrate each other’s differences and to remember the tragic lessons that war brings to humanity. In addition, volunteers are needed in all areas of participation. More information will be provided at the May 12 informational meeting. For more information, visit, call 480-726-2181, or email

The Chandler Children’s Choir performs “Dancing Around the World,” a program that reflects human nature’s instinct to sing and dance to express joy, 7 p.m. Sat., May 11 at the CCA. The choir will be joined by professional dancers from around the Valley. Tickets are $15 to $25 for adults and $12 to $18 for youth. Visit or call 480-782-2680 for tickets and information. WOMEN'S AND MEN'S COMFORT SHOES

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Gallery exhibits ‘Decision Portraits’ Jazz band to play requests Fabrics, photos and sewn messages of inspiration are the elements used by mixed-media artist Susan Lenz, who will have an exhibit at The Vision Gallery in downtown Chandler from May 17 through July 26. An artist’s reception will take place 4 to 6 p.m. Sat., May 18, at the gallery, 10 E. Chicago St., Chandler, on the first floor of Chandler City Hall. Lenz will be present for the event. Lenz, from Columbia, S.C., is best known for her work involving textiles. Within her scope of fabrics, she also utilizes vintage and recycled materials in her artwork. She focuses on the themes of “memory, universal mortality and personal legacy” as central figures within her work, which can be viewed online at 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. Her goal is to inspire people to think about life altering decisions, and reflect on their own choices if caught in a similar situation. When presented with the challenges that the

“Doc” Chaney’s Dixie Band will play nothing but the audience’s favorite tunes during the Arizona Classic Jazz Society’s May 19 “All Requests” event. The musical fun begins at 1 p.m. inside the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort, 1 San Marcos Pl., Chandler, and goes until 4 p.m. 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. Anybody familiar with Chaney realizes it will be difficult to name a tune he doesn’t know. He plays trumpet, flugelhorn and valve trombone and is well known for his vocals. He once played with Benny Goodman and is a member of the 52nd Street Jazz Band. Cost for AC J S members is $10, nonmembers

HEALING IMAGE: “Solidarity,” a mixedmedia piece by artist Susan Lenz, highlights the compassion of a woman who shaved her head to support those with breast cancer. Photo courtesy of The Vision Gallery

pay $15 and those ages 17 and younger are admitted for free. Join AC J S on May 19 and get in free; yearly membership is $35 per couple, and $25 for single. For more information, go to or call 480-620-3941.

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people in the portraits have experienced, the viewer is forced to self-analyze and problem solve in context with the artworks. Visitors to the exhibit are invited to submit their own picture highlighting a lifealtering 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. For more information, call 480-7822695 or go to

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Get a visual treat as well as a sweet one as artwork goes up on the walls of Frio Mio frozen yogurt shop at Fulton Ranch Promenade, 4991 S. Alma School Rd. A reception for artists will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Fri., May 3, and there will be 20% discount on the frozen dessert. Alice Van Overstraeten of Sun Lakes and her watercolor students will change out artwork monthly, and all art will be for sale. Artists showing include Van Overstraeten, Sharon Gale, Mary Lou (Lulu) Hays, Eileen Schwartz and Pat Mattz. In addition, “Quick and Easy Art Classes” are being scheduled at the location. For details, contact Van Overstraeten at 480-883-6726.



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If you ever wanted to be a part of a fairy tale, now’s the chance. East Valley Children’s Theatre is holding auditions for its upcoming production of “Huff ‘n Puff, the Story of Three Pigs.” Needed are youths from age 8 to 18 who can sing, dance and act. Auditions will take place May 9 and 10 at the EVCT Rehearsal Studio, 4501 E. Main St., Mesa. Audition times are as follows: 5 p.m. for ages 8 through 11 and 7 p.m. for ages 12 through 18 on Thursday; 11 a.m. for ages 12 through 18 and 5 p.m. for ages 8 through 11 on Friday. For details, call 480-756-3828 or go to

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 handson activities for older children near the west corridor of the front lobby. To further engage the community and generate ideas, comments and creativity, AMY introduced the Valley’s first Pop-up Museum Experience last month during Mesa’s Festival of Creativity. At the event, families brought and displayed

Top music acts come to HCPA

Tickets for the Higley Center for the Performing Arts’ 2013-14 season recently went on sale, and some of the shows are likely to sell out. The center will play host to such nationally and internationally renowned artists as Herman’s Hermits with Peter Noone, the Blind Boys of Alabama and country music sensation John Michael Montgomery. The Higley Center for the Performing Arts is located at 4132 E. Pecos Rd. in Gilbert. For more information, call 480-379-7190 or visit

Reception previews new exhibits See what’s on view now and what is coming up later this spring at the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum (MCA), as it hosts a free reception 7 to 10 p.m. Fri., May 10 at the MCA, 1 E. Main St., Mesa. The reception will include musical entertainment from the Riverproof Band. Artists featured in the exhibition will be attendance. Light refreshments will be served. All exhibits run through Aug. 11. For more information, visit

their favorite objects and voted for the most high-impact ideas in modern history for inclusion in the i.d.e.a. Hall of Fame. Voting continues throughout the summer and can be accessed at any time online at: ArizonaMuseumforYouth. com/ideaMuseum.aspx. Admission to the museum is $7 per person and free for members and those younger than age 1. For more information, visit the museum online at or call 480-644-2468.

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COOL CARS: A bevy of restored vintage vehicles will line Mill Avenue on May 16 as part of the second annual Collector Car Night. Photo courtesy of the Downtown Tempe Community

Cool and classic cars will take over Mill Avenue during the second annual Collector Car Night, 5 to 9 p.m. Thu., May 16 in Tempe. The event is part of the regular Third Thursday program, hosted by the Downtown Tempe

Community (DTC). Mill Avenue will be lined with classic and exotic cars owned and restored by local collectors. The cars will be showcased in reserved metered parking spaces. A free concert and award ceremony will follow at the Hayden Flour Mill stage. Live music will be performed by Grand Theft Audio III. Car show participants must complete and submit a Collector Car Night registration form by Thu., May 9. Lastminute entries will be accepted as space allows. A panel of judges will select the “best of” cars and the top cars will be notified of their meter placement. No alcohol of any kind is allowed on the streets of Mill Avenue during the car show. For more information about this event, visit


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Budding choreographers sought ‘Edwina’ longs to be an advice maven Scorpius Dance Theatre, based in the Phoenix Little Theatre at 100 E. McDowell Rd. in Phoenix, is seeking talented and innovative Valley choreographers to participate in Scorpius’ second annual Kick-A Dance Showcase, set for June 13 through 15. Solo acts, duets, small groups and ensembles are invited to audition. Applicants and their performers must be at least 18 years old. Styles can range from contemporary/modern to hip-

hop. The entry deadline is Fri., May 10. Audition in person or submit a video via DVD or YouTube link. Live auditions will be held 7 p.m. May 10. There is a nonrefundable entry fee of $25; add $1 for credit card processing. To receive an entry form or schedule a live audition, contact Lisa Starry at lisa@ or 602-301-6066. For more information about Scorpius Dance Theatre, visit

New gallery opens in Prescott The work of more than 30 artists can be seen at the new Textiles & Textures Artisans Studio, 217 N. Cortez St., near Murphy’s, in downtown Prescott. Fox Crossing artist Laurie Fagen has fiber and jewelry art on display and for sale there. In addition to a wide variety of “unique functional, decorative and interesting art pieces for the body, mind, spirit, home and garden,” says co-owner Debra Jan Owen, the focus is on “courageous artistic voices in the fiber arts, upcycled and re-imagined materials, new takes on mixed media and all the organics such as stone, wood, metal, ceramics and glass.” With her sister, Donna Nelly Stirnaman, the two refurbished and opened the gallery in nine weeks.

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Amlan Ganguly teaches the children of Kolkata’s slums to become leaders in improving their own community’s health and sanitation in the documentary, “The Revolutionary Optimists,” by Nicole Newnham and Maren Grainger-Monsen. See this inspiring film for free 6 p.m. Thu., May 16, in the Dobson Main Gallery at the Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa. Using street theatre, dance and data as their weapons, the children have cut malaria and diarrhea rates in half,

increased polio vaccination rates and turned garbage dumps into playing fields. The film is presented by ITVS Community Cinema, a groundbreaking public education and civic engagement initiative featuring monthly screenings of films from the Emmy Award-winning PBS series Independent Lens. For more information, visit To receive information about Community Cinema events in Mesa, call 480-644-5033.



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Orchestra, jazz quintet in free concert

The 55-member La Forza Chamber Orchestra of Scottsdale will present a free concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Fri., May 17 at Valley Presbyterian Church, 6947 E. McDonald Dr., Paradise Valley. The orchestra will be led by Music Director Frank Darmiento. LEADING MAN: Frank Darmiento will conduct Featured with the the 55-member La Forza Chamber Orchestra of orchestra is a jazz Scottsdale during a special free concert May 17 quintet including: at Valley Presbyterian Church in Paradise Valley. Dick Poccia from the Photo courtesy of Frank Darmiento Amherst Jazz Orchestra, Darmiento on trombone, Armand Boatman on piano, Ben Hedquist on bass and Dom Moio on drums. The quintet will perform with the orchestra on two pieces by Darmiento, “Brandenburg Brew,” based on J.S. Bach’s “Brandenburg Concerto No. 1,” and “Concerto for Jazz Quintet and Orchestra.” The program also includes “A London Symphony” by Ralph Vaughan Williams. This dramatic piece is a tone poem of early 20th century London. The jazz quintet will venture into the realm of “Third Stream” music, as defined by composer Gunther Schuller in 1957. Schuller defined “Third Stream” as a new genre of music located about halfway between jazz and classical music. One of the key elements is improvisation. The pieces composed by Darmiento leave the improvisation to the jazz quintet and allow the orchestra to play complementary classical elements. The concert will be in the church’s sanctuary on the south end of the campus. Parking is also free in the large lot south of the sanctuary.

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“All Balanchine,” through May 5, PSH. Ballet Arizona presents this all-George Balanchine program that celebrates the choreographer’s contributions to ballet. Pieces include “Serenade,” “Monumentum pro Gesualdo,” “Movements for Piano and Orchestra” and “Western Symphony.” The Phoenix Symphony accompanies each performance. AZ Tattoo Expo, through May 5, MCC. Attendees will have the rare opportunity to see some of the best tattoo artists in the world all under one roof. There also will be henna artists and various tattoo inspired clothing and merchandise for sale on site. “The 39 Steps,” through May 18, HCT. What do you get when you mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel and add a generous dash of Monty Python zaniness? You get a fast-paced farce that will take your breath away. “Woman and Girl,” 8 p.m. through May 19, S55. The story of two Phoenix residents who are forced to live together after something happens to the girl’s mother, and in the process of learning to get along, they also celebrate the good parts of living in the desert. AriZoni Award-winning actress Patti Hannon stars as the Woman. Family friendly. “The Foreigner,” through May 19, DST–AC. One man’s lack of words yields an abundance of knowledge when he and a friend lie about his native language. Set in a Georgia fishing lodge, the dirty laundry of the other guests seems to effortlessly unfurl before his eyes and ears. Shows are Fridays through Sundays. “A Wrinkle in Time,” Childsplay, through

Arts May 26, TCA. Meg, her precocious younger brother Charles Wallace and their friend Calvin find themselves in the middle of a fantastic adventure, traveling through space and time to save her father and—quite possibly—the world. For ages 8 and older. The Heart’s Delight: Love and Remembrance, 7:30 p.m. Sat., May 4, FUMC. From the works of Monteverdi and Dvorak to the contemporary sounds of Lennon & McCartney and Billy Joel, the pieces performed by the Sonoran Desert Chorale are universal in their depiction of longing, tenderness, commitment and loves remembered. “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” May 9-12, PCDS. Presented by Scottsdale Musical Theatre Company. Millie is from a small town but comes to New York City in 1922 to marry for money. She adopts the flapper lifestyle, but runs into a moral dilemma when she checks into a hotel reportedly owned by the leader of a white slavery ring in China. Performances feature a live orchestra. Chris Botti, 7:30 p.m. Fri., May 10, SCCA. The best-selling jazz trumpeter will perform his heartfelt, romantic melodies at an outdoor concert. ABBAFab, 7:30 p.m. Fri., May 10, SSP. This multimedia dinner-and-a-show production is a tribute to some of the greatest music produced in the 1970s and 1980s including monster hits such as “Waterloo,” “Fernando,” “Honey Honey,” “Dancing Queen” and countless others. Doors open at 5 p.m., dinner is at 6 p.m. “The Legend of Pocahontas,” May 10-19, 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

DESERT DANCERS: Ib Andersen’s ballet, “Topia,” was created specifically for the Desert Botanical Garden and inspired by the natural beauty of the Sonora Desert landscape. Photo courtesy of Rosalie O’Connor Photography

creation of our great nation. Presented by CYT Phoenix. “Mothers Who Write” Public Reading Event, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sat., May 11, SCPA–Stage 2 Theatre. Listen to stories, poetry and prose written and read aloud by mothers who are either current or past participants in the “Mothers Who Write” Workshop. This is a free, public event. Some material may not be suitable for children. “Topia,” 8 p.m. May 14-June 1, DBG. Ib Andersen’s ballet was created specifically for the Desert Botanical Garden and inspired by the natural beauty of the Sonora Desert landscape. Audiences can arrive early to explore the garden, dine at sunset and then experience the ballet performance under the desert sky. Comedian Bob Marley, May 16-19, IMPROV. Winner of this year’s Sirius/XM “Super Bowl of Comedy,” Marley continually makes new fans around the country. Making his first television appearance on Comedy Central, he is now one of the few comics to do the complete late-night TV show circuit. He’s also regularly

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recognized for his role as Det. Greenly in the cult classic “Boondock Saints.” Legends of Country Music Featuring Larry King, 7:30 p.m. Fri., May 17, MAC. One of the largest country tribute shows touring with more than 20 artists highlighted. Featuring the music of Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline and Tammy Wynette, as well as current country stars George Strait and Alan Jackson. There also will be a touching tribute to the military. Arizona Masterworks Chorale, 7 p.m. Sat., May 18, KOGLC. The Arizona Masterworks Chorale was formed in 1979 to sing initially with the Phoenix Symphony. Since then, they have expanded their Arizona performances to include England, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, New York City’s Carnegie Hall and Washington, D.C. Their repertoire includes masses, oratorios and contemporary works of light literature. Tickets are $15 at the door. “Something to Sing About,” 7 p.m. Sat., May 18, MAC–Ikeda. More than 300 children, ages 8-18, from the Phoenix Children’s Chorus will perform songs from around the world. The highlight of the evening will be a special arrangement of “Hooray for Hollywood.” “The Jungle Tale,” 5 p.m. Sun., May 19, MAC–Piper. Phoenix Dance Academy presents a jungle adventure featuring jungle creatures and characters through music and dance, performed by a cast of 100. “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.




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1 Hour Response • Full service, Special! weekly • Clean and sanitize pool Monthly, • Inspect equipment most pools • Test and balance water Includes • Discount on repairs supplies • Experienced and insured • Service with integrity!





Emergency Flood and Plumbing Services

Senior, Military, and Law Enforcement Discounts

602-826-0239 Not a licensed contractor




SERVICE & REPAIR Acid Wash Specialist Tile Cleaning • Pool Draining • Filter Cleanouts Repairs, Motors, Pumps • Chemical Only Service NO HIDDEN CHARGES! NO BAIT & SWITCH PRICES!


480-710-8790 Owner Operated • References Available






in Gilbert and Chandler All plumbing & Rooter Service Repairs, Service and Installs

No job too big or small!

$33 OFF Any Plumbing Service and Complimentary Water Heater Flush * C A L L F O R D E TA I L S

100% Customer Satisfaction Guarantee Major Credit Cards — Financing Available

480-734-1745 LOCALLY OWNED & OPERATED A RATING WITH BBB • 24/7 Service Available Licensed Bonded Insured ROC257806

PLUMBING Serving the East Valley Since 1980


• Clogged Drains • Seasonal A/C Check-ups • Water Heater Repairs and Installs + Haul-away • Garbage Disposals and Faucets • Full A/C Service • Heat Pump Repairs • Slab Leaks and Underground Locating

24 Hour Service!

POOL & SPA SERVICE ROC: 241512, 245339



Beyond Pool Cleaning

Hennessy Pools, LLC

Husband/Wife Team Owner Operator

• Tile Cleaning / Acid Wash • Vacation Service • Free Estimates • Weekly Service & Repair • Filter Clean (All Types) • Salt Systems Service, Repair • Sand Change • Green Pool Fix or Filter Clean With mention of this ad. • Insured




ROC#256001, K-42, Licensed, Bonded, Insured



• Pool/Spa Service We honor • Cleaning and Repair competitor • Equipment Installation coupons for • Certified Pool first time Operator customers. • Member IPSSA E A S T VA L L E Y S P E C I A L I S T S



480-369-4540 Many References Available Licensed/Bonded/Insured ROC#283791

$40 off

Tile, Shingles, Flat, Walk-Decks


Harness the power of the first impression!


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SanTan Sun News ONLINE Classified Ads Each ad starts at $22 plus Chandler tax per issue Special: Buy 3, get 4th for free for only $66 You get up to 50 words - more than other classifieds! All classified ads entered online by the customer. Choose from a variety of options and other attention-getting online icons. Your online ad will be published on the website within two business days of your submission ~ and it will also appear in the printed version of the paper as well (“start date” refers to next newspaper distribution day; format of the printed ad will vary). All on secure, encrypted and SSL secured sites for your protection. All sales final. Questions? Phone: 480-732-0250; Email:







Residential/Commercial. Repairs and Reroofing. Tile, Shingles, Flat, Walk-Decks. Licensed, Bonded, Insured. ROC #256001, K-42. 480-284-7338.

Sleek Transportation of Chandler is offering SanTan Sun News readers a great special! Get one way Airport Transportation in a Luxury SUV, anywhere in Chandler to the PHX Airport for $69 or less!! SUV’s hold 6 passengers with plenty of room for luggage. Professionally Chauffeured SUV’s. Call today for a free quote! 480-577-0426 Sleek Transportation.

Family Owned with 33 years EXPERIENCE. Shower and tub enclosures. Install new one or repair what you have, insulated units, window glass, mirrors, patio door glass, table tops to protect table. QUALITY SERVICE at Competitive Prices. FREE Estimates. WESLEY’S GLASS & MIRROR Call 480-306-5113,



SHAMROCK ROOFING SERVICES Specializing in Residential Reroofing and Repair. Shingles, Tile, Shakes, Foam and Flat Roofs. ROC# 244567 042, Bonded, Insured. 480-888-6648.

MOVERS IN OR OUT MOVERS Professional, hard working, excellent service. No hidden fees. Whether you are moving in or moving out LEAVE THE LIFTING TO US! Serving the East Valley. Call Terry at 602-653-5367.



LOCAL PLUMBING COMPANY. 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. Call a Plumber who cares. No Job Too Big Or Too Small. Free Estimates available in Gilbert & Chandler area. Mention SanTan Sun News for an Additional Discount at Time of Service, Guaranteed! 480-734-1745. Licensed Contractor, ROC257806.

HELP WANTED EARN UP TO $15/HR OR MORE Domino’s Pizza is now hiring pizza delivery drivers. Cash paid nightly. Go to and apply today! Fun, part time job! Alma School & Queen Creek location.

PART-TIME RECEPTIONIST NEEDED Verde Salon is looking for a part-time receptionist. To apply please email resume to

MERCHANDISE HEALTH/NATURAL PRODUCTS NATURAL DEODORANT THAT WORKS! Kiddie Fresh is an all-natural, organic, toxin free deodorant which was formulated gentle enough for children but strong enough for adults. Check out feedback and ordering information at We are members of the AZ Better Business Bureau.


A1 AFFORDABLE PLUMBING SERVICE IF WATER RUNS THROUGH IT, WE FIX IT! SAVINGS ON ALL SERVICES $$$ QUALITY, GUARANTEED WORK. $150 off any water heater and installation. Plus 30% off any service with this ad. Family owned and operated. Avoid high prices due to BIG overhead. 480-307-6130.

ELECTRICAL OHERREN ELECTRIC Our Work is Our Advertising! Electrical Contracting. Service, Repair, Troubleshooting. Certified Apprenticeship Trained. BBB Accredited Business. A+BBB Rating. MasterCard, Visa. ROC K-11160755. 480-855-1403.

ALTERATIONS SPECIAL OCCASIONS... Women’s and Men’s Attire. ABC Alterations can handle them all. 20+ years of experience, located on Chandler/Gilbert border. Alterations and mending. Rush service available. Call Denise 480-794-0400 for appointment.

GROUNDS MAINTENANCE **LAWN CARE DMR AND SON’S** WE DO IT ALL, JUST ASK!!! Clean-ups, weeding to weed control, sprinkler work, removals and planting of shrubs/trees. Weekly up to Quarterly Maintenance. Reliable and Friendly English speaking owners do all the work. Credit Cards Accepted. Insured. Call Dan 480-263-1104.

May 4 – 17, 2013

PEST CONTROL VARSITY TERMITE & PEST CONTROL Termite and Pest Control. Home Sealing. Residential and Commercial. Over 22 years of experience. AZ License #8918 Tony 602-757-8252.

ALL HONEY-DO LISTS! General Handyman Services. One Call, We Do It All! Owner does all work. Free Estimates with Pride & Prompt Service. Licensed, Bonded, Insured. ROC 118198. S&I General Contracting, Inc. Steve 602-339-4766.

Honest, Reliable and Simply the Best! Family Owned and Operated. 7 days a week/24 Hour Emergency Service. Licensed, Bonded, Insured. ROC243721. AFFORDABLE - Price Match Any Licensed Competitor. ANY make or model of Door/Opener. Spring Replacement. FREE Safety Inspection. $50 OFF ANY REPAIR. CALL 480-361-9700.

POOL SERVICES DM POOL SERVICE AND ESTATE MAINTENANCE. Owner Operator. Weekly Pool Service. Equipment Repair. Filter Clean (all types). Household Repairs. Landscape Lighting. Many Other Services. $25 towards 1st Service or Repair. 480-295-2617.

HENNESSY POOLS LLC Tile Cleaning/Acid Wash. Vacation Service. Weekly Service & Repair. Filter Clean (All Types). Salt Systems. Sand Change. Green Pool Fix. FREE Estimates. Insured. $40 OFF Service, Repair or Filter Clean with Mention of this Ad., 480-577-2719.

HOME REMODELING CAFARELLI CONSTRUCTION Residential since 1974. Interior/Exterior, Kitchen & Bath, Room Additions. Dedicated to the beauty of your home. Licensed-Bonded-Insured. ROC#088929. 480-839-4452.

FOX HOME MAINTENANCE-REPAIR BACK IN THE EAST VALLEY. Licensed, Bonded, Insured. ROC 243297 - General Handyman Repair - Doggie Door Installation (doors and walls) - Electrical (Minor) - Plumbing (Minor) - Irrigation Repairs - Drywall Repairs - Stucco Repairs - Door & Trim - Paint - and more! Specializing in “The Small Job”. Gerald Fox, owner, 480-278-5529. Please see website:

TIP | TOP APPLIANCE REPAIR Providing quality service and repair on all major brands of Washers, Driers, Refrigerators, Ovens, Microwaves and Dishwashers. We provide a full 1 year warranty on all repairs. Certified, Licensed, Insured. Visit us at For service call: 480-907-4080.

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

PROFESSIONAL HOUSE CLEANING 35 Years Experience - 20 years in the Valley. Free estimates, local references. All work done by non-smoking meticulous owner. Call Shirley 480-433-4945

HOUSE CLEANING The lowest prices in the valley. We provide all cleaning supplies.10 years experience. Trustworthy and dependable. We pay attention to details. Excellent references. Call Vicky 480-227-1890.

JENNIFER’S HOUSE CLEANING Call for a free phone quote. Super dependable. Weekly, Bi-weekly, Monthly. References avail. 16 years experience. Bonded AG0601, Insured 46871. It’s a CLEAR Choice!!! CALL 480-833-1027.

SIMPLY GRAND CLEANING SERVICES Housekeeping specialists offering weekly, biweekly, monthly, one time cleanings, move in/out, windows and patios. We only use GREEN environmentally friendly products. High quality services at an excellent price. Very dependable, insured and with excellent references. $10 off first service with mention of this ad. Call for free estimate. Gary or Sheri, 480-802-1992.

CLEAN CASA CLEANING Reliable house cleaning done right the 1st time!! One-time, weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, move-in/move-out, etc. Same 2 person crew every time at your house! We bring all our own supplies and equipment. Will customize. References. Take $10 off your first cleaning. Call today!! Amy 602-284-3579.

DRAPERIES & MORE Specializing in custom window treatments: Draperies, valances, cornices, bedding, pillows and sew much more. From fabrics to drapery hardware to installation, let this be your one stop shop. For a free consultation call: Tracy Marquez 480-895-2094 SATISFACTION GUARANTEED! **I accept VISA, MC **




Remodeling, Drywall Repairs, Garages, Patios, Additions, Entertainment Centers, Popcorn Removal, Water Damage. Residential and Commercial. Lowest Prices Guaranteed. Licensed, Bonded, Insured. ROC254546. 480-223-2816,, www.

AFFORDABLE AND ECO FRIENDLY SPRING SPECIALS! $25 OFF 1st Service; $15 OFF 2nd Service; $10 OFF 3rd Service. House Cleaning Services. Residential and Commercial Cleaning. Move-In/Out. Window and Carpet Cleaning. Organization: closets, cabinets, garages and more! 20 years of experiene. Impeccable references. Business owned and operated. Same Day Services available. Licensed. Bonded. Insured. Alert Cleaning Services, Inc. Ecoquality Cleaning Every Time! 480-786-3838.





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

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






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

- All facets of interior/exterior painting - drywall patching - custom faux finishes - existing faux finishes touched up - custom cabinet finishes. Small jobs welcome. Call for a free estimate. 25 years in the Valley! ROC# 069679. 480-814-1588.

TYLER’S DECORATING CARPET KINGDOM Special 3 Rooms for only $60 (up to 200 sq ft. per room). Professional Cleaning: Carpet, Tile & Grout, Upholstery. Residential & Commercial. 602-740-3740

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



Our truck-mounted steam cleaning system will deep clean your carpets, ridding them of unwanted dirt, bacteria, fungus and chemical residues. Upholstery cleaning also available. Tile and grout cleaning. For a clean and healthy carpet, call 480-786-6610 or 602-989-8311. John Downs, Owner/Operator, Ocotillo Resident. Call for monthly specials.

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



JOHN’S WINDOW CLEANING 1-story=$115; 2-story=$135. Price includes removing all screens, cleaning windows, inside and out, with screens replaced. Screens cleaned $2.50 each. Sunscreens and rescreening. Same day service. Call 480-839-8929

Clean, Friendly Crews. Interior/Exterior. Drywall Repairs. Textures. Concrete Staining. Pool Deck Coatings. Garage Floors. Free Estimates. All Credit Cards Accepted. ROC 153131. 480-688-4770



* 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

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.

LANDSCAPING SERVICES Tree Trimming, Palm Trimming/Skinning, Tree Removals, Stump Grinding, Yard Clean Up, Landscape Demo / Remodels, and New Landscape Installation. Call Rob for FREE Estimates 480-250-9893

FISH WINDOW CLEANING Spring has sprung, let us do the work, your windows and screens will look great: WINDOWS, SUNSCREENS, TRACKS, Mirrors, Ceiling Fans and Power Washing driveways, sidewalks and patios. Call 480-962-4688 now to secure your spot on our SPRING cleaning schedule. Accredited Member BB

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

“APPEARANCE COUNTS” WINDOW CLEANING Detailed service and tidy inside your home! 1 story - $85 2 story - $125. Price includes inside and out. Screens cleaned $2 each. Pressure washing and fixture cleaning also available. 15 years of accumulated references! CALL RON at 480-584-1643.

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.

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

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

UNLIMITED YARD CLEAN-UP & TREE 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!

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

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.


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HOMES VACATION RENTAL 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 2 bedrooms for rent. Share 4 bedroom home with 2 male ASU students. Prefer male roommates. $400 a month plus sharing misc. utilities. On Priest between Broadway and University. Call: 480-751-9827 or 480-940-8182 for additional information.

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Where to Eat

Steak • Seafood • Chops • Wine • Cocktails

May 4 – 17, 2013



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

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

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

Sunday, May 12

Mother’s Day Open: 2 - 10 p.m.

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.


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


Where to Eat

May 4 – 17, 2013




Tuesday Wednesday Gumbo Specials

Any PoBoy and Pint $9

Friday Live Music and All-you-can-eat Fish Fry

Saturday Nights Ladies Night: $3 Wine, Well and Fireball!

Karaoke 7-11 p.m.

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

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

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Extensive Menu Featuring:

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

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

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

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




NE Corner of Dobson & Germann

SW Corner of Baseline & Ellsworth

NW Corner of Rittenhouse & Ocotillo




Where to Eat

May 4 – 17, 2013


Who says you can’t eat the whole pie? Mother’s Day Brunch Sunday, May 12th 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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

Friday Nights

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

Angus Prime Rib 4 p.m. to close

Sunday Brunch 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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.

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

Treat Yourself to Chandler’s Finest Self-Serve Yogurt

• 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!

3125 S. Alma School Rd. • Chandler •


Where to Eat

May 4 – 17, 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

May 4 – 17, 2013

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Here’s a fantastic 3 Bdr plus Den shows and feels like new. Original owner is sizing down. Over 1,950 SQ FT featuring a Huge Island Kitchen w/ Granite Counters, Big Breakfast Room, Separate L/R & F/R. Lots of tile & custom paints. Fully upgraded and mature. Just $259,888.

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Whether you’re a first time buyer, empty nester, snowbird or simply looking for a bargain THIS IS IT! Dramatic 3 Bdr, 2 Bath, Full 2 Car Garage, Granite Counters, SS Appliances, Clubhouses, Pools & More! In Gilbert at $152,970.

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This beautiful Gilbert home features an elegant front courtyard, 4 Bdrs, 3.5 Baths, 3,762 SQ FT, 3 Car Garage & a 13,489 SQ FT lot. The Formal Family and Dining Rooms are perfect for entertaining guests and the wide open Island Kitchen has SS Appliances, Granite Counter Tops & plenty of Cabinet Space.

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Packed w/ over $65,000 in upgrades, this 4 Bdr, 3 Baths sits on a green belt w/ beautiful mountain views. The Eat-In Kitchen has Staggered Stone Flooring, Maple Cabinets, Granite counters and SS Appliances. And lets not forget the Sparkling Pool in the backyard, a great way to beat the Arizona heat this summer! $375,000 in Gilbert!

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

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

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LAVISH SINGLE LEVEL HOME IN SUN LAKES! This popular Trova floorplan features 2 Bdrs, Den, 2 Baths & Formal Living, Dining & Family Rooms. The wide open Eat-In Kitchen has an Island Breakfast Bar and plenty of cabinets/counter space. Located just a block from the club house, pools, tennis courts & fitness center and just $279,900!

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IMMACULATE 4 BDR IN TEMPE W/ PRIVATE POOL! 4 Bdr, 2 Bath w/ freshly painted exterior and Mature Landscaping. Plantation shutters, neutral paints throughout. Downstairs you’ll find an Island Kitchen, guest suite and full bath. The MSTR Bdr has both His and Hers Walk-In Closets and a separate tub and shower. The back patio is wired for sound and features citrus trees, a Sparkling Pool & Heated Spa.

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

SanTan Sun News 5-4-13 Issue  
SanTan Sun News 5-4-13 Issue  

SanTan Sun News 5-4-13