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Police chief looks forward to next chapter in life

CUSD postpones ‘Pay for Participation’ plan By Tracy House

The process to consider “Pay for Participation” in the Chandler Unified School District was postponed after the school board decided that more information was needed to make an informed decision about the proposal. In an action item at the May 22 governing board meeting, the board directed district administration to “work with the principals, staff and booster leaders to determine the current financial needs of the various programs; develop policies and guidelines for staff and booster clubs to follow when assessing fees in

the future; and promote consistency across the district and at the same time allow flexibility for a site or a specific program to pursue a unique opportunity for students.” Robert Rice, CUSD school board member, says, “Our concern is that students have a chance to participate. I don’t want to exclude students based on their socio-economic conditions from participating in those programs. And as things came to light, it was more of a concern, not over maybe just $50 or $100 we might be asking parents to provide for the program for see Pay for participation page 7

RETIRING WITH PLANS: Police Chief Sherry Kiyler plans to keep herself busy—even after she retires. STSN photo by Lynette Carrington. By Lynette Carrington

Chandler Police Chief Sherry Kiyler is a woman of exceptional drive and character. Since she settled into her position in 2004, Kiyler has proven to be an inspiration to others in her line of work. Now, she has plans to retire this month. Her career in law enforcement humbly began in the early 1970s. She started in the civilian ranks of law enforcement working as a dispatcher. After a few years in college, she dropped her education major to focus on her career. When she turned 21, she opted to test to become a police officer and met her goal at 22.

“I spent 31 years with the City of Phoenix as a police officer, starting as a patrol officer, then a sergeant, lieutenant, commander, retired in ’04 as a commander in Phoenix and took the chief’s position here,” Kiyler explains. At the time, few women were involved in law enforcement, but Kiyler knew it was her calling. “If I were going back 40 years knowing what I know now, it would be a conscious decision to do what I did because it has been that meaningful for me,” she notes. Given that she frequently came up against naysayers and opposition in a see Police chief page 6

HAMILTON MARCHING BAND: Programs such as band, cheer and pom have brought their concerns about the “Pay for Participation” proposal to the CUSD board. Submitted photo.

Comedy helps woman tackle life with disabilities FIRST MEMOIR: Tina Klingseis recently published her memoir “Footloose and Fancy Free: Living Life Out on a Limb” about her experiences living without a right foot and two fingers on her right hand. Submitted photo.

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Tina Klingseis was trying to fall asleep in April 2011 when comedic versions of childhood memories flooded her mind. So she put pen to paper and compiled the stories, thinking it would be the perfect gift for her three children. That direction changed once Klingseis shared the dozen stories with friends. With their encouragement, she submitted the memoir to publishing houses. “I submitted it for fun to see if anything would come out it,” says Klingseis, an Arizona native who lives in Chandler with her husband, Michael, and their children. “Tate Publishing actually called me. I laughed, cried and thought it was great. It was very exciting.” The collection of stories, dubbed “Footless and Fancy Free: Living Life Out

on a Limb,” begins with her mother’s tough delivery of Tina; her mother’s tailbone was broken to finish the delivery. Upon birth, Klingseis was swept away by doctors before her parents could see and hold her because they did not know what was wrong.

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hill to see how far it would go before tipping over. “The book is just about funny stories about my life,” Klingseis says. Her memoir, which hit stores May 7, is written from positive point of view and highlights how to be happy with God’s creations. Klingseis says it is important to embrace who you are because everyone has their own insecurities and struggles they must overcome. “It’s more of finding the joy in the struggles and finding the joys in the trials,” she says, adding that the more you are able to laugh at yourself the easier it becomes and the more comfortable people become. The joy was eventually found through the help of her parents, especially her mother, who was encouraging. Klingseis

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Dogs and cats are county’s responsibility Chickens, rezoning, budgets also on agenda An agreement for Maricopa County Animal Care and Control Service to provide Chandler with animal control services has been extended to 2018 by the Chandler City Council. The agreement includes the maintenance, control and impoundment or destruction of unclaimed or vicious dogs and cats, including vaccination and licensing of dogs and rabies control. The council tabled until July 11 an ordinance to amend the city code to permit residents to raise chickens on single family lots, requesting more research about possibly incorporating an administrative permitting process into the amendment. Tentatively approved was the rezoning of a 1.5-acre parcel located south of the southeast comer of Ray and McQueen roads to allow development of a 20-unit townhouse project on the property instead of the mini-storage facility previously planned. Also tentatively adopted was an annual operating and capital budget of $803,931,786 for fiscal year 2013-14 and a 10-year capital improvement program budget of $935,876,207 for fiscal year 2014-2023. Approved by the council was a $3 million grant application by the East Valley Jewish Community Center to help fund the construction of a Center for Holocaust Education and Human Dignity that will offer education and outreach

programs on the Holocaust and other genocides. Also approved was a $65,400 grant application to the Gila Indian River Community to fund the purchase of an accessible mini-bus to provide transportation for youth and adults with disabilities and for seniors who wish to attend recreation programs that require transportation.

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The council approved the purchase of an asphalt paving machine for $117,935 to replace the paver in use since 1992 and awarded a $979,947 construction contract to JPCI Services for the repair of 63 damaged or deteriorating sewer manholes in the wastewater collection system. Larry Jerdee, utility systems operator, was recognized for 25 years of service. Dave Bigos, mayor and council assistant, and police officer Nannette Martinez-Rathers were honored for their service of 20 and 10 years respectively. Councilmember Rick Heumann congratulated graduating high school seniors, noting that three students from Chandler have been awarded Flinn Scholarships, which he says are an

intensely competitive and prestigious merit-based award that provides a comprehensive educational package to an Arizona public university. A representative from the American Heart Association, Cayci Oliver, presented the city’s Wellness Committee with the association’s “Fit-Friendly Worksite Gold Award” in recognition of the committee’s efforts to promote a healthier Chandler workforce. For a complete list of actions taken, visit For previous council meeting minutes, call 480-782-2180 or visit Council meetings are aired live, as well as replayed, on Chandler Channel 11 and streamed

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SRP donates $94,500 SRP giving away summer shade trees to nonprofit agencies Save up to $50 on annual energy bills Contributions based on employee hours volunteered

Salt River Project employees are turning their volunteer hours into much-needed funds for the nonprofit organizations they assist through the SRP Dollars for Doers program. The program contributes funds, ranging from $250 to $1,000, directly to community nonprofits based on the number of volunteer hours donated during the 2012 calendar year by SRP employees. The grant program is designed to provide funding to nonprofit agencies that are also supported by the volunteer efforts of SRP employees. “SRP has a distinct heritage built upon responding to the needs of our customers and the communities in which they live, and we recognize the value of providing support to organizations whose programs are improving the lives of our community,” says Jen Martyn, who manages the SRP program. SRP donated $94,500 to 106 nonprofit agencies in which 141 SRP employees donated more than 29,000 hours of their time and experience in cities throughout the Valley, including Chandler and Gilbert. Employees contributed to their community in a number of ways, including coaching youth football, baseball, soccer and swimming; providing children with special needs horse therapy rides, ushering during arts and cultural events, preparing meals for those in need, mentoring and providing leadership to youth and assisting schools through parent-teacher organizations and booster clubs.

SRP customers can receive up to two desert-adapted shade trees after attending a workshop about how to select, plant and care for the trees to increase survivability and maximize energy savings. The saplings range in height from 4 to 6 feet. According to SRP, planting desert-adapted trees in energy-saving locations can reduce cooling costs, improve air quality and lower the urban heat effect without the use of a lot of water. Shaded walls can be 10 to 35 degrees cooler than exposed walls during the hottest time of the day. Shade trees produce oxygen to help improve air quality, and desert-adapted trees require minimal watering. To be eligible, a participant must be a current SRP

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Bowl for the homeless Proceeds benefit East Valley students Fans Bowl-o-Rama is being held 1 to 3:30 p.m. Sun., June 23 at the McRay Plaza Lanes in Chandler to raise awareness and funds for homeless students. “Fans provides basic daily living necessities as well as much-needed school supplies that are not federally funded through other programs, allowing families to use their limited financial resources for other necessities like food and shelter. Most of these families have one common goal, keeping their children in school so they realize value of education,” says George Macedon, executive director of Fans Across America. According to Macedon, there were more than 450 homeless students in Chandler last year. He says that families struggle every day with balancing financial obligations and daily living necessities. “We measure success by the number of families and

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male-dominated field, Kiyler has emerged as an iconic figure in public safety. In 2007, she helped found the East Valley Police Chiefs Association. Police chiefs in the East Valley met informally before she assumed her position. As one who admittedly likes structure, Kiyler suggested the group become more formal and, with the collaboration of other chiefs, formed the association. “We meet every other month and we work together to address the issues,” states Kiyler. “Crime doesn’t stop at my borders and I believe strongly in partnerships and relationships.” Although she humbly does not want to take credit for it, Chandler’s crime rate is down 40% since 2003 and from 2011 to 2012, dropped an additional 11%. This is considerable, given the East Valley’s explosive growth in the past decade. “That’s because there are incredible men and women here who look for different ways to impact crime... everyone plays a part,” Kiyler explains. “I’ve enjoyed working with Chief Kiyler the last two and a half years,” Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny says. “She’s done a really good job and the city is well respected in the public safety ranks because of her and her troop’s efforts.” Two police substations have been built in Chandler since 2004. “We now provide better services to the west part of Chandler and south Chandler,” notes Kiyler. When she took over her position, there were issues with radios and with records. Her love of structure kicked in and she helped correct those issues, making many areas of the department run more efficiently. With the help of

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CITY OF CHANDLER LEADER: Police Chief Sherry Kiyler will retire at the end of June. Submitted photo

a bond initiative, all the radios were replaced. “At one time, I was told our records management system was comprised of 88 components that didn’t work with each other. The new system we implemented a couple years ago has been challenging for employees because it’s a big change, but two years from now, they’ll be wondering how they ever did without,”’ Kiyler explains. Tibshraeny adds, “I’ve watched her in public settings interacting with her troops and in different ceremonial settings. The true passion and love that she has for the men and women of her

says she finally reached a point in her life where she decided she was not going to use her disability as an excuse anymore. Unfortunately her mother died during the book’s editing process and she only had the opportunity to read the first chapter; Klingseis dedicated the book to her, who taught her not to let other

department always comes through as well as her commitment to the volunteers in her department. That’s something that’s always struck me in a very positive way.” Kiyler has hired 200 staff members— and promoted dozens more—of the 500 people that are employed with the Chandler Police Department. “I hope one of the accomplishments is that I’ve hired really good people to be the future of this organization,” she states. Keeping a positive rapport with the public has also been a value of Kiyler’s that she has integrated into her philosophies. “We’re judged at least as much, if not more, by how we do things than what we actually do,” explains Kiyler. It is a legacy of character that she hopes lives on within the department. Looking forward to retirement, Kiyler will remain busy. “I don’t think I’ll be retired, retired, as in ‘do nothing,’” she says. She intends on pursuing her hobby of making stained glass, traveling and spending more time with her children and grandchildren. She also plans to stay involved with two of her favorite organizations, Parents of Murdered Children and Special Olympics. “I may do some consulting. I may do some teaching. But for right now, I don’t have a plan and I don’t want one. When I get up the day after I retire, if I want to sleep until 10 o’clock, I’m sleeping until 10 o’clock,” quips Kiyler. Lynette Carrington is a freelance writer who lives in the East Valley. She can be reached at

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people’s beliefs get her down. Now, she laughs off these circumstances. “I laugh at it and not let stuff bother me,” she says. Meghan McCoy is a freelancer who formerly lived in the East Valley. She can be reached at

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ROBERT RICE, CUSD BOARD MEMBER: CUSD board has asked for more information before they make a decision on the “Pay for Participation” proposal. Submitted photo.

participation, but the $1,700 boosters ask for and what that effect has on students’ and parents’ ability to have their kids participate in those programs.” The “Pay for Participation” proposal is a fee for interscholastic athletics, cheer/ pom and marching band. Fees would be used to offset some of the costs of running the interscholastic athletic programs. However, there was concern from some booster organizations that the additional fees would prohibit some students from being able to participate. CUSD remains the only district in the East Valley not charging

the participation fee. Marcus Williams, CUSD athletic director, explains the task at hand is getting guidelines in place. He continues, when all the information is understood and public, and being applied, the board will have an opportunity to review the findings and decide on the “Pay for Participation” proposal. “They want this information first and foremost to figure out how can we be the best support to all the programs,” Williams mentions. “In a sense, creating policies and guidelines so that everybody is speaking the same language and there’s transparency out there, that’s the first step, which I think is a great idea.” Rice says the board is trying to get a handle on how money is brought in, allocated and used throughout the teams. “We were looking to better understand and make sure it’s equitable beyond just a small group of folks outside the district who determine, to some extent, whether kids can participate in the program or not.” Because these are district-sanctioned opportunities, Rice explains, the board wants to make sure, within the district, there is equity and ability for kids to participate. This prompted the board to take the time to study the proposal and talk to the various booster groups to see what kind of comprehensive policies could be put together. Administration goes out of its way to listen to the parents’ groups, Rice mentions. “We really feel that parents are partners in this. That doesn’t mean

MARCUS WILLIAMS, CUSD ATHLETIC DIRECTOR: Williams says the board felt there were different areas that needed to be addressed first before “Pay for Participation” was reconsidered next spring. Submitted photo.

that everybody is going to be happy with this at the end of the day next spring with the policies.” But, Rice continues, everybody will have an opportunity to provide input and look at different options and come up with the best practical plan. Rice says that there will be another override initiative in front of the voters this November and if it fails, as it did last year, he thinks the board will probably look more aggressively at implementing the “Pay for Participation” fee.

Williams is working with Craig Gilbert, assistant superintendent of secondary, to compile the information to present to the board. “The next several months should be very interesting in what we come up with and what we develop, and again it’s at a dialogue status right now, and it will be creating and working with all the individuals to create those policies and guidelines for the district,” Williams explains. Administration will work with boosters and principals to determine financial needs for the programs, to see if there is anything extra that the district can do and to find out what parents are being assessed or asked to fundraise. “The main thing is to promote consistency across the district,” Williams continues. “So in district, the site, the coaches, the booster members are all talking, we’re all transparent, we know what’s going on and if you look from campus to campus, you see some consistency across the board.” Administration will come back to the board in the spring with the findings and recommendations on policy changes. “We are very fortunate to have a very thorough and understanding board that really wants to know, wants to be informed, before they make a big decision like ‘Pay for Participation,’” Williams says. “The board is making a very informed and hard decision.” Tracy House is a freelance writer living in Ironwood Vistas with her husband and four children. She can be reached at

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At Center for the Arts, show is also behind the scenes

WELCOME TO CHANDLER: From the outside, all looks shipshape at the Chandler Center for the Arts, which is due to a dedicated staff that works on a huge checklist of what needs to be accomplished “behind the scenes” before the center is show ready. Submitted photo

Thousands of patrons have enjoyed a broad range of programming, including concerts, dance, comedy, drama and many other special events during the past 24 years at the Chandler Center for the Arts. Much of what is seen is in the spotlight or on the stage, but there is more to what makes a show come alive. There is a huge checklist of what needs to be accomplished “behind the scenes” before the center is show ready. Michelle Mac Lennan, the center’s assistant manager, is one of a handful of employees involved in each show’s pre-production. Some of her tasks include coordinating the contract, payment and deposits for artist fees and arranging ground transportation, hotels and catering for the artists and their production crew. Because each artist and show is separate and distinct, they

each have unique requirements per their contract. For example, when the circus rolls into town in December, Mac Lennan no longer is coordinating the event for a stage, but rather a one-ring circus on the West lawn. “With a circus, I include ordering cotton candy and bales of hay and straw for the horses to my list, as well as making sure I coordinate health inspections, show schedules, portable restrooms and Dumpsters,” she says. Before the doors open for any show, the center is hard at work spreading the news about upcoming shows. Judi Johnson, marketing coordinator, and her staff work hard to publicize the shows. A week before the show, Johnson pulls together the playbill, which includes the artist biography and program copy. She also ensures that all the center

members and sponsors are recognized in the playbill. On the day of the show, the marketing team sets up the information square in the center of the foyer to distribute information about upcoming events, the membership program, details about multiple fundraising events and any special promotions they may be doing. Once the show begins, Johnson listens and watches the show from all points of the audience to ensure that the quality of sound and lighting is good. Enter Jimmie Byrd. As the senior production coordinator, Byrd schedules the staging crews and show preparations, making sure everyone who is responsible behind the scenes are in place for the performances. Byrd coordinates a staff of three, including himself, and an oncall crew that can number as many as 20 technicians, depending on the show. He makes sure that all aspects of the show are ready by curtain time, which includes a lighting and sound check. If a sound or light issue occurs, he is contacted to manage a solution. Additionally, due to his longevity with the center, Byrd takes the lead on facility upgrades with the production equipment and a good portion of guest amenities. Byrd has a few rules that drive his work: It’s only a show. Nobody’s life should ever be put at risk for a show. How staff accomplishes the job, as long as it is done safely, is less important than getting it done before the audience walks into the theater. “We are in the business of providing

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There are five shows in the 2014 Classic Entertainment Series at the Chandler Center for the Arts. The series ticket price—$166, $196 and $226— includes all five shows and guarantees the same seats for all shows. Single tickets are also on sale. For more information, call 480-782-2680. • Dick Van Dyke & The Vantastix, 7:30 p.m. Sat., Jan. 25, 2014. Tickets: $48, $58 and $68—SAG Lifetime Achievement Award winner, star of the 1960s hit TV show “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” and movies like “Bye Bye Birdie,” “Mary Poppins,” “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” and “Fitzwilly.” Van Dyke will walk the audience through his extraordinary 60 years in show business and sing tunes from his stage and screen work. • Jeanne Robertson, Humorist, 7:30 p.m. Sat., Feb. 1, 2014. Tickets: $28, $32 and $38—This Southern 6-foot, 2-inch Hall of Fame speaker was interviewed by CBS correspondent Morley Safer on “60 Minutes,” has produced six humor DVDs in the last 12 years, is heard daily on Sirius/XM Radio’s Family Comedy Channels and has YouTube clips that have had more than 13.5 million hits. • The Texas Tenors, 7:30 p.m. Sat., Feb. 15, 2014. Tickets: $32, $36 and $42—more than 100 million people from around the world tuned in to NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” in 2009 to see The Texas Tenors become the highest-ranking vocal group in the history of the show. From Alabama to Puccini, John Hagen, Marcus Collins and JC Fisher bring their unique blend of country, gospel and classical to the stage. • Debbie Reynolds, 7:30 p.m. Sat., March 1, 2014. Tickets: $38, $42 and $48—“Singin’ in the Rain” set Reynolds on the path to fame. Other notable successes included “Tammy and the Bachelor” and “The Unsinkable Molly Brown.” She recently played Katherine Heigl’s feisty grandmother in “One for the Money” and can be seen playing Liberace’s mother in the HBO movie “Behind the Candelabra.” • Yakov Smirnoff, 7:30 p.m. Sat., March 15, 2014. Tickets: $40, $44 and $50—Smirnoff is on the road, taking a break from his very own theater in Branson, Mo. The funny philosopher brings unique insights into life, family and these United States. As Yakov says, “Only In America can a Russian and a Japanese own a theater in the middle of the Ozarks!” His comedy focuses on the dynamics between men and women.

Jimmie Byrd’s interest in theater started as far back as high school. Now, as senior production coordinator for the Chandler Center for the Arts, his experiences have served him well. As a 1977 graduate of Mesa High School, Byrd credits a friend for sparking this interest when he suggested that the two should take an acting class. “That led to being cast in several productions in high school,” Byrd says. “I continued this interest in college and at Mesa Community College. I initially was cast in the first few plays for which I tried out. After a brief period, I stopped being the new kid in town and the roles stopped being offered. I feel Kirstie Alley’s pain.” Eventually, he was asked to stage manage one of the shows. Although he didn’t think he did a very good job, he found that he enjoyed working on putting all the varied pieces together to make a complete show. “Jon Valpey and Lyn Dutson were instrumental in fostering an understanding that there was more to entertainment than being the one onstage. I continued my pursuit of technical entertainment at Northern Arizona University receiving my bachelor’s degree in the early 1980s. I worked at several local theaters as staff or freelance designer, as well as a stint with ASU School of Theatre when I got out of school.” He explains that while he was at ASU, one of the students mentioned that Chandler was looking for staff for the new arts center

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Prospective teachers are invited to attend an information session about the Arizona State Board of Education’s online certification program, Wed., June 26 at Hamilton Library, 3700 S. Arizona Ave. in Chandler. A local representative of the Arizona Center for Teacher Preparation is hosting the event. To preregister, visit azteacherprep. org/event. For information, call Cisco Valenzuela at 520-869-0167 or email

‘Maximize Your Impact’ in June, earn free Whataburger For the third summer, Valley Volkswagen dealers are partnering with United Blood Services (UBS) to sponsor the “Drive Away a Hero” campaign. All blood donors through Sat., Aug. 31 will be automatically entered to win a 2013 Passat S. Donors will also receive a bonus entry card for two more chances to win. Those who will be helped by the campaign are people like Rachel, a 16-year-old leukemia survivor and blood transfusion recipient who is excited about learning to drive this summer. Her mom, Therese, often thought about what would happen if the transfusions that Rachel required at Phoenix Children’s Hospital had not been available. “Blood donors are true heroes to my daughter,” Therese says. “She would not be where she is today without their selfless gift.” Today, Rachel is a healthy, active Chandler teenager who loves art, music and science. During the three-month summer campaign UBS hopes to attract more than 50,000 donors to save lives in Arizona hospitals.

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Donors who “maximize their impact” at any of United Blood Services six Valley donor centers in June receive a voucher for a free Whataburger, compliments of Whataburger. MAX donors help United Blood Services 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. Donors of all blood types are needed, especially O negative, the universal blood type that can be substituted for others in emergencies. Whataburger saw the partnership with United Blood Services as a great opportunity to reach out the community. “Whataburger is very excited about this initiative, we believe in giving back to the communities we serve,” says Jenny Colon, regional marketing manager for Whataburger. “We hope this partnership will be an opportunity to increase blood donations for United Blood Services and also a way to thank Whataburger customers for their donation.” UBS has been Arizona’s nonprofit community blood provider since 1943 and serves patients in nearly 60 Arizona hospitals. The UBS network is one of the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit blood service organizations, and is a founding member of America’s Blood Centers and the American Association of Blood Banks. For more information, visit The Chandler Donor Center is located at 1989 W. Elliot Rd. For a blood donation appointment, call 1-877-UBS-HERO (8274376) or visit There are seven Volkswagen dealers located in Maricopa County. For more information, visit phoenix. For more information on Whataburger, visit

Water audits free for Chandler residents Free on-site evaluations are available for Chandler water customers wishing to learn how to save money and water. The audits evaluate water-using fixtures, hardware, equipment, landscaping and management practices to determine the efficiency of water use. Once an audit is requested, a Chandler Water Conservation Specialist tours the property to show customers how they can locate leaks and learn practical ways to repair them. Money-saving rebate and inventive information is also provided. Last year, 199 Chandler water audit participants saved over 10 million gallons of water after following advice from the City’s water conservation staff. A separate program for homeowner associations and commercial properties is also available, and includes preparation of a water budget to help determine landscape water efficiency. Eight water budgets tracked in 2012 resulted in an estimated savings of 7,963,000 gallons of water. Water audits can be scheduled between 6:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays by calling 480-782-3583 or emailing For more information, visit chandleraz. gov/water.

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Water drive benefits extreme heat emergency plan Ford and Big Surf are collection partners Valley residents will receive a buyone, get-one-free voucher to Big Surf Waterpark when they drop off a case of bottled water, 20-, 24- or larger ounce bottles, at a Ford dealership through June 16. Earnhardt Ford at 7300 W. Orchid Lane in Chandler and San Tan Ford at 1429 Motorplex Loop in Gilbert are participating. Ford Motor Co. and Big Surf Waterpark have teamed up with the Salvation Army to launch their Escape the Heat Water Drive, taking place at all 11 Phoenix area Ford dealerships. The collection is in support of the Salvation Army’s Extreme Heat Emergency Plan, which was launched in 2006 to distribute water and provide respite and safety information to those in need at mobile hydration stations in Metro Phoenix on days with excessive heat warnings.

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According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, approximately 1,500 weather-related deaths from exposure to heat have occurred in Arizona since 1992. The 2013 Ford Escape, the impetus for the water drive, is actually made from water bottles, because the carpeting of each Escape includes the equivalent of 25 20-ounce plastic bottles. Those

who donate cases of water to the drive will get to test out the Escape’s handsfree power lift gate, which is enabled by motion technology used in today’s video game systems. A gentle kicking motion under the center of the rear bumper activates, unlocks and raises the lift gate when the driver has the Escape key fob in their pocket or purse. The same process closes the hatch. The maximum number of vouchers a person can receive and redeem at one time is four, for a donation of four cases of water. The vouchers will be available at the Ford dealership where the donation is made and are redeemable at Big Surf Waterpark this summer. Each dealership has 200 discounted vouchers to give away.

Goal is 48,000 bottles

Ford’s goal is to collect 2,000 cases, equivalent to 48,000 bottles of water, during the two-week drive in support of the Salvation Army’s goal of collecting 300,000 water bottles. Ford will seed the drive with a $1,000 donation toward purchasing cases of water courtesy of Ford’s Operation Better World campaign in Phoenix. For more information, call Earnhardt Ford at 602-893-0000 or San Tan Ford at 480-621-3700.

White Water donates 21,000 bottles of water Heat Relief Campaign needs more To help bring some relief to the scorching heat and dry summer days, White Water, a local bottled water and purification company, is donating 21,000 bottles of water to the Central Arizona Shelter Services (CASS) in support of the Heat Relief Campaign. The water will be distributed at CASS from through September. The campaign, to collect bottled water and money to help hydrate the homeless, is one of several nonprofit campaigns working together in support of a larger program called ThirstAid. The collaboration involves multiple homeless service providers, including CASS and Lodestar Day Resource Center. “We hand out more than 840 bottles of water a day, so we’re thankful to companies like White Water that are able to donate large quantities of water. It is with their help that CASS is able to keep the homeless community healthy and

hydrated during the hot summer months,” says Irene Agustin, director of fund development at CASS. CASS provides shelter, food, clothing and social services to nearly 10,000 people who are experiencing homelessness in the Valley. CASS accepts financial donations and in-kind donations of bottled water, sunscreen, clothing and hats. For more information or to make a donation, call 602417-9800 or email heatrelief@ or visit White Water is also helping families stay cool and hydrated this summer by hosting a series of free family water play events called Summer Splash. The free day of play and water safety event is touring different cities every Saturday in June from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Chandler Summer Splash event is Sat., June 22. Visit or facebook. com/summersplashaz for more details.

Test the waters at educational clinic

Educational environmental water clinics will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Thu., June 27 and Thu., Jul. 25 at the Environmental Education Center, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. both evenings. The clinics are presented by a local health team of educators and water experts, including Dr. Gail Kopin of Alternative Health Associates of Gilbert.

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Recognizing that hundreds of children in the Valley area often go hungry during the summer without regular school lunches, Caliber Collision is launching its second annual Rhythm Restoration Food Drive, through June 21 to support the St. Mary’s Food Bank. In addition to the food items, Caliber Collision is making a corporate matching donation of up to $20,000, based on the amount collected by its employees. “Our goal is to restore the rhythm of our customers’ lives by repairing their vehicles. Similarly, our goal with this food drive is to restore the rhythm of regular meals for needy children,” says David Goldstein, Caliber Collision vice president. “We urge our customers, suppliers and the general public to join us by contributing.” Caliber Collision employees have challenged each other to surpass last year’s food drive totals, and have set a nationwide goal of collecting enough food items and cash donations to provide 232,000 meals for at-risk children. Nonperishable food items or cash donations can be dropped off at the Caliber Collision, at 876 N. Abalone Dr. in Gilbert The food bank cannot accept glass or open containers, perishable or homemade items. For more information, call 480-926-4111 or visit

Chandler native Marla F. Everett was named to the Arizona Humanities Council’s volunteer Board of Directors, which, the organization states, is made up of members who share a commitment to enhancing the cultural life of Arizona in pursuit of a just and civil society, and whose background, expertise and contacts provide the tools it needs to remain a successful, dynamic and entrepreneurial organization. She graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in English and music education, and then enrolled in graduate school at the University of Utah. During her 14 relocations across the United States, she taught secondary English, music and was an organist and pianist for several churches. She also was a Realtor, and she and her husband, Alan, founded Diamond E Consulting. Her interests include reading, piano, tennis, running and hiking. She has two children, Jason and Stephanie, and two grandchildren, Ross and Rebecca. She has lived in Sedona for 21 years.

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Chandler Chamber honors ‘best and brightest’ By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski

The “best and brightest” of Chandler— including a city firefighter, comedic twin sisters and area educators—were honored during the neon-themed Chandler Chamber Community Awards on Thu., May 30. More than 15 prizes were presented at the event held at the Hilton Chandler. However, three particular winners stole the show. Chandler Firefighter Chad Goswick earned a standing ovation for his honorable work with the Arizona Burn Foundation and “Camp Courage.” Grady Anderson with Western State Bank presented Goswick with the James R. Snedigar Public Service Award, named for a fallen firefighter. “Chad exemplifies the character and standards that embody this award,” Anderson said. “Positive attitude, personal integrity professionalism, dedication to duty and compassion for others are clearly reflected in the exceptional customer service that Chad provides to Chandler citizens every day on every emergency call.” Anderson added that Goswick has demonstrated a deep concern for the well-being and safety of others through his volunteer work with the Arizona Burn Foundation. Through the foundation, he helps children and their families cope with the tragedy and suffering experienced by burn victims ages 6 through 19.

FIREFIGHTER HONORED: Chad Goswick of the Chandler Fire Department poses with his James R. Snedigar Public Service Award alongside Mike McClanahan, Vice Mayor Jack Sellers, Sen. John McComish and Grady Anderson. STSN photo by Adam Moreno

“This is pretty awesome,” Goswick said in accepting his award. He made fun of his newly shorn hair, but his acceptance speech turned serious when he spoke of the importance of smoke alarm usage. Seven-year-old Uptown Bridal and Boutique was awarded the APSsponsored Micro Business of the Year. Twin sisters/owners Tonia Tinker and Nicole Gould provided fodder for subsequent speeches when Gould said they use an old family tradition of

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“The award is timely this year because Uptown Bridal came to the rescue for some of the brides-to-be who learned that a nearby wedding facility suddenly closed its doors. Uptown Bridal also works with many well-known charities and organizations, including the Princess Program, which provides teenage girls dresses and jewelry, who cannot afford these items. Other awards presented during the evening include: • Education Awards Sponsored by Orbital Sciences Corp.: Educator of the Year Sarah Burgess of Hamilton High School; Administrator of the Year Catherine Giza of Chandler Unified School District; and Support Staff Employee of the Year Betty Romero of San Marcos Elementary School. • Education scholarships, presented by Air Products and Chandler Chamber Community Foundation, went to business major Raymond Espinoza, accounting major Kimberly Ann Lafferty and international business major Ginger Noteboom. • Walmart’s Business Diversity Award: BackFit Health and Spine. • Ambassador of the Year was, again, Joe Eragitano of Laser Creations. • Small Business of the Year, sponsored by PayPal: SanTan Brewery. • Business of the Year, sponsored by SRP: Avnet Inc. see Best and brightest page 18

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• Chandler Cup, sponsored by the City of Chandler: Intel Corp. • Community Cup, sponsored by Cox Communications: Eddie Basha of Bashas’. • Chamber Cup, sponsored by Chandler Regional Medical Center: Marie Brown of Bowdacious Creations. Retiring Police Chief Sherry Kiyler was given a surprise honor for her nine years in the position. Under Kiyler’s leadership, the crime rate in Chandler dropped and she cultivated a culture in which the staff is involved in many community nonprofit organizations. “Chief, we can’t thank you enough for all you have done for our community,” said master of ceremonies Richard Jordan of Air Products and past board chairman of the Chandler Chamber of Commerce. “Tonight we provide

our heartfelt appreciation for your contributions and wish you the best in your retirement.” Award recipients were notified of their selection when J2 Media camera crews and Chandler Chamber of Commerce staff surprised the winners, with balloons in hand, along with a certificate of achievement and complimentary tickets to the awards dinner. “The Chandler Chamber of Commerce and the Chandler community are honored to recognize the businesses and individuals that have worked so hard to make Chandler a great place to live, work and own a business,” Terri Kimble, president and CEO of the Chandler Chamber of Commerce, said in a press release. Christina Fuoco-Karasinski is the editor of the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at

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1,200 jobs will be created There will be 1,200 new jobs in a 160,000-square-foot space at Continuum Science & Technology Park in Chandler’s Price Corridor when Nationstar Mortgage finishes moving in. A leading mortgage servicer and lender, Nationstar also has an option to expand even more. The new jobs will be in the advanced business services sector, including mortgage processing and origination as the company collects and processes loans. “Nationstar is strong and growing, and we’re excited to be opening our newest site in Chandler,” says Mike Rawls, Nationstar executive vice president. “The Chandler area provides access to existing mortgage industry talent and a well-educated workforce. We look forward to building a great team here.” The company is occupying temporary space in the same building as tenant improvements are completed.

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“Chandler’s broad spectrum of industries serves us well as companies evaluate whether a community has the potential for industry partners,” says Mayor Jay Tibshraeny. “We have developed the workforce Nationstar

needs through a strong financial services sector and the partnerships Chandler has in place with ASU and the University of Arizona.” Continuum is a 153-acre, master-planned science and technology park that advances the vision of the WELCOME TO CHANDLER: Nationstar Mortgage joins Price Corridor, Price Corridor as a “super technology” region, making which extends six miles along the southwestern portion of Chandler. The commercial real estate mix includes Class “A” office, executive Chandler competitive on office suites, light industrial parks, mixed-use projects and corporate an international scale. and technology campus settings. Submitted photo Continuum is expected employer like Nationstar Mortgage to be home to 8,000 to to Chandler, which has gone above 12,000 jobs and generate $250 to $300 and beyond in its mission to attract million in economic impact. high-impact companies to the Price Price Corridor extends six miles Corridor,” says Barry Broome, president along the southwestern portion of and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Chandler. The corridor’s commercial Economic Council. “The southeast real estate mix includes Class “A” valley’s strong labor pool is a proven office, executive office suites, light asset for the region, and was no doubt industrial parks, mixed-use projects a key factor in Nationstar’s decision.” and corporate and technology campus Job seekers can apply to Nationstar settings. Key employers include Amkor at Technology, Bank of America, ebay/ Immediately underneath the headline PayPal, Freescale, Hanjin Shipping, on the page is a link called “Open Infusionsoft, Intel, Isagenix, Isola, Positions” that will search available Microchip Technologies, Orbital positions nationwide, including Sciences, Rogers Corp. and Wells Fargo. Chandler. ‘Strong labor pool’ For more information, visit “I’m pleased to welcome a great

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Reopened three days after a major equipment failure, Bourbon Street Bar & BBQ welcomes its new chef, retired Army Sgt. Charles Naegele, who earned a bachelor’s degree in culinary management from The Art Institute of Phoenix. “Bourbon Street Bar & BBQ is thrilled with his leadership and organizational skills and even more thrilled with the great improvements he has made in the food,” a company official says. “Charlie spent 12 years in the U.S. Army before being medically retired. He chose the culinary field because of his life-long love of cooking and creating.” As soon as Naegele started at Bourbon Street both walk-in refrigerators suffered a

total failure and all the food was lost. After repairs to the refrigerators and replacement of the lost inventory, Naegele stepped up to the challenge and helped Bourbon Street get back up and running. The restaurant, at 4920 S. Gilbert Rd. in Chandler, offers happy hour specials 2 to 7 p.m. daily, daily specials, live music on Friday nights and karaoke on Saturday nights. As long-time military supporters, all active duty and retired military personnel receive a 10% discount on food purchases. Call 480-963-2170 or visit bourbonstbbq for more information.

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Chamber honors businesses, individuals at annual dinner Chamber trip set Eat, meet and network with Chamber events for Southeast Asia More than a dozen businesses and individuals in the Chandler community are named at the 26th Chandler Chamber Community Awards, “Painting the Future of Chandler– Unveiling the Best and the Brightest.” Three individuals are also selected as 2013 Chandler Chamber Community Foundation scholarship recipients, presented by Air Products. The awards dinner was held at the Hilton Chandler and guests were treated to a cocktail hour and light jazz performed by the local Basha High School jazz band, Too Blue, prior to the awards portion of the evening.

Lunch Club

The goal of the Lunch Club is to network and promote each local business while having a great meal at one of our hometown restaurants. Network while having lunch when the Chandler Chamber Lunch Club meets 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mon., June 17 at Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant , 1706 E. Warner Rd., Suite 3, Tempe. Fee is $10 for members and nonmembers. Guests are welcome.

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Show off your bowling skills at Brunswick Kyrene Lanes, 6225 W. Chandler Blvd. in Chandler, 5 to 7 p.m. Thu., June 20. Fee is $5 for members and $15 for nonmembers. Get a chance to win the Chamber Cash Pot, sponsored by Thorobred Chevrolet.

Christmas in July

Santa is gathering his reindeer and elves for a dry run before the holiday season this year for a Christmas in July Food Drive Challenge at 5:30 p.m. Mon., June 24 at the Holiday Inn at Country Club Drive and U.S. Highway 60 to benefit the United Food Bank. The Chamber and the newly renamed AutoNation Honda Chandler at 1150 S. Gilbert Rd, Chandler are the drop-off locations for nonperishable items and bottled water.

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State Treasurer speaking

Arizona State Treasurer Doug Ducey is guest speaker at an Economic Update Series luncheon, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wed., June 26 at the Ocotillo Golf Resort, 3751 S. Clubhouse Dr., Chandler. Arizona’s 32nd state treasurer, Ducey is Arizona’s chief banker and investment officer and oversees more than $12 billion in state assets. He will talk about the latest developments of the Arizona state budget. Chris Mackay, Chandler’s economic development director, will also provide an update.

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Meet new members at the free Member Welcome Breakfast, 7:30 to 9 a.m. Thu., June 27. Take the opportunity to learn more about the benefits of an investment in the Chamber.

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

An eight-day inclusive group travel opportunity to Vietnam and Cambodia, sponsored by the Gilbert and Tempe chambers of commerce in conjunction with Chamber Explorations is departing Mon., Nov. 11. The trip will feature tours of Siem Reap, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and Hanoi. Based on double occupancy, the cost is $2,999 per person and includes round-trip airfare from Los Angeles, seven nights in first-class hotels, 11 meals, baggage handling, professional Englishspeaking guides, admissions per itinerary and all taxes and fuel surcharges. Tour highlights include Siem Reap, Angkor Thom, Banteay Srei Temple, Angkor Wat (UNESCO), Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Mekong Delta Boat Trip, Thien Hau Pagoda, Ben Thanh Market, Reunification Hall, Hanoi, Old Quarter Cyclo taxi ride, Ho Chi Minh Memorial, One Pillar Pagoda and an optional Ha Long Bay overnight cruise and tour. Both chambers will host informational meetings for interested travelers to learn more. A representative of Chamber Explorations will review the travel itinerary and answer general questions. Informational meetings will be held: • 6:30 p.m., Wed., June 26 at the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, 119 N. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert • 6 p.m., Thu., June 27 at a location to be announced • 6 p.m., Tue., Aug. 20 at a location to be announced • 6:30 p.m., Wed., Aug. 21 at the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce For more information, visit

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Chandler woman is top mom entrepreneur A Chandler mother of two children is the 2013 Mom Entrepreneur of the Year, awarded by the Mom-e Club at its recent fourth annual Mom Entrepreneur Celebration. Angela Harrolle, owner of the Fed Realty Group and restaurants CHoP, The Living Room, The Sushi Room and Humble Pie, was among the top 10 finalists who vied for a chance to win the title. “I’m so thankful that such an amazing organization has been developed to promote strong women,” Harrolle says “It’s wonderful that we have an outlet to network, support and promote mom entrepreneurs everywhere. What an honor it is to be chosen as the 2013 Mom Entrepreneur of the Year. I hope that I will be able to encourage women to turn their dreams into realities.” All the entrants submitted videos about their role as mom entrepreneurs. The videos were then voted on in a national contest over a three-week period and the winner was determined by total unique votes. Finalists were from all over the Valley and Southern California. Jennifer Shumway of Gilbert was another local resident who was a top-10 finalist. All finalists received complimentary professional video shoots by Basix Media, a complimentary hair and makeup style session by Rolf’s Salon and roses

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SHE’S TOPS: 2013 Mom Entrepreneur of the Year Angela Harrolle of Chandler with Tisha Marie Pelletier, founder of the Mom-e Club and The Annual Mom Entrepreneur Celebration. Submitted photo

and personalized specialty gifts. The Mom-e Club is a national networking and support organization for mom and women entrepreneurs and the annual celebration pays tribute to all hard-working, dedicated mom entrepreneurs and honors them in front of their colleagues, family and friends. For more information, call founder Tisha Marie Pelletier at 480-570-2615 or visit and


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Questions about breastfeeding, immunizations, childbirth, circumcision, preparing the home for the baby’s arrival and juggling home and work life are just a few of the topics that pediatrician Dr. Sonal Shah will answer during a free prenatal visit offered to expectant parents. “Being pregnant with your first child is always exciting, but waiting until after the delivery of the baby to get those answers does not make sense,” Shah says. Shah says she sees each of her patients herself and knows their families personally. She is easily accessible after hours and on the weekends to guide families with acutely sick children. Appointments are available for well and sick visit on the same day. Sunrise Pediatrics, at 4100 S. Lindsay Rd., No.126 in Gilbert, is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday and is also open the first and third Saturdays of the month. For more information, call 480-8923500, email or visit

‘Dream’ discount on flooring at Chandler store

Customers in the market for new flooring can take advantage of the “Sweet Dreams” promotion through Sun., June 30 at Toliver’s Carpet One Floor & Home, 275 W. Warner Rd., Chandler. The promotion offers 50% off of Tigressá and Tigressá Cherish, a new, ultrasoft addition to the Tigressá carpets line, as well as up to 30% off select hard surface flooring. Extended financing is available. The new Tigressá Cherish products are also covered by Toliver’s Carpet One Floor & Home’s exclusive Beautiful Guarantee, which promises if customers are not 100% satisfied with their new flooring it will be replaced for free. Toliver’s Carpet One Floor & Home is a locally owned flooring retailer serving the Chandler area, carrying a wide selection of carpet, wood, laminate, ceramic and vinyl flooring, as well as area rugs. The store offers a unique customer experience with the exclusive SelectAFloor merchandising system, Healthier Living Installation system and the Beautiful Guarantee. To learn more about Tigressá Cherish, visit For more information about Toliver’s Carpet One Floor & Home, call 480-899-2272 or visit


Fun, froyo at Zoyo Neighborhood Yogurt Zoyo Neighborhood Yogurt offers a number of fresh ways to chill out this summer at 10 Valley locations, including 5055 W. Ray Rd, Suite 7 in Chandler.

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June 15 – July 5, 2013

Lush offers decadent products Wearing warm weather clothing doesn’t mean having to cut back on sweets. Located at Chandler Fashion Center, Lush offers decadent products that will make users feel downright guilty, with ingredients like chocolate, vanilla, sugar, strawberry, coconut and marshmallow. • Mint Julips Lip Scrub: $9.95 (Vegan)—A tingly chocolate mint scrub that will curb cravings for mint chocolate chip ice cream. It contains peppermint oil, which will make lips feel soothed and tingly, and sweet vanilla extract to lock in moisture and protect lips. • Strawberry Feels Forever Massage Bar: $10.95—This solid oil is made with crushed strawberries and an infusion of hibiscus flowers. Simply rub the bar between your warm palms to release this fragrant oil and massage firmly, but gently into a willing body. • Sugar Scrub: $6.25 (Vegan)—Exfoliate with Fair Trade sugar to scrub away dead skin cells, tackle cellulite and invigorate sluggish skin for a fresh start

this summer. The blend of fresh fennel and fennel oil acts as a great tonic for the skin, while lavender oil has a healing effect on the skin and warming ginger kicks the circulation up a notch. • Sweetie Pie Shower Jelly: $6.95 3.5oz/$11.95 8.5oz (Vegan)—A sweet purple mixture topped with bits of starry glitter. Coconut infusion and seaweed jelly soften skin while cypress oil cleans it. The ingredients combine with sour cherries and tantalizing blackcurrant essential oils. • MMM Melting Marshmallow Moments Bath Melt: $7.95 (Vegan)— This product melts into a pink, fluffy waterbed of marshmallow and moisturizing cocoa butter as the bath melt gently froths into a fuchsia haze of musk, marshmallow and marigold. Each is made with marshmallow herb, which produces a sweet, skin soothing mucilage and marigold, which is equally calming for your skin. For information, call 480-857-2344 or visit

Summer special under way at Dana Auto An oil change special with additional services is being offered by Dana Tire and Auto Service at 725 N. Arizona Ave. in Chandler, through June 30. The tire and auto repair company is charging $69.95 plus tax and a $6 disposal fee for a 30-point safety inspection, flushing and filling the cooling system, lube, oil

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New facility for Bfit4Life

The core of BFit4Life’s program is circuit training, and those who are serious about their fitness goals are invited to check out Bfit4Life Boot Camps of the East Valley, a new indoor, co-ed, metabolic training and nutritional program in the Fulton Towne Center at 4100 S. Arizona Ave., Suite 7, Chandler. Dana Ward’s Bfit4Life Boot Camps was previously held at various locations, but this month is moving into its permanent home. Dana Ward Submitted “We are photo pleased to be able to offer our clients this state-ofthe-art facility, where we will be adding more exciting fitness classes to our already extensive list of offerings. This is what we have been building toward,” Ward says. Ward and her team of certified personal trainers are teaming up with Keith Poole’s Training Zone. For more information, call 602-7997503, email or visit

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Sun Valley Imports celebrates 20 years in business Sun Valley Imports, one of Arizona’s largest independent auto repair facilities specializing in European-made vehicles, is celebrating its 20-year anniversary in June. Steve Yacovone and Jürgen Ankert opened Sun Valley Imports in 1993. Both men had been working at a local dealership, but when that dealership was sold they knew it was the right time to do something on their own. “We really wanted to give customers another choice in auto repair,” Yacovone said. “The dealerships were getting too big, too expensive and too impersonal. We thought we could do it better.” Located in Tempe, Sun Valley Imports focuses exclusively on repairing and

Garmin expands and adds jobs in Chandler

CELEBRATING 20 YEARS: Tempe-based Sun Valley Imports, led by Steve Yacovone and Jurgen Ankert, strives to give car owners another choice in auto repair. Submitted photo.

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Chandler leadership class gives back Local nonprofit organization The Clothes Cabin will benefit from the assistance of the Chandler Chamber Community Foundations Leadership Institute’s 2013 Leadership class this year. As part of its chosen community service project for the year, the 2013 Leadership class will install storage, provide organizational tools and host a clothing drive for The Clothes Cabin, which provides free clothing and household linens to people in need, and washes clothes for the homeless at no cost. Each year, Chandler Leadership

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Garmin, the world leader in global positioning satellite (GPS) devices, is expanding its operations in Chandler. After a competitive, nationwide process, the company will build a 60,000-squarefoot building in the Chandler Corporate Center where it has leased space for the last five years. “Garmin is exactly the kind of quality, high-tech employer that we need in Arizona,” said Gov. Jan Brewer. “I thank Garmin for its continued investment in our state and its ongoing role in helping drive the Arizona comeback.” This continued expansion of the city’s technology platform is indicative of Chandler’s strong position in vying for technology companies. “These are the elite technology jobs, and employees in this industry can choose to live anywhere,” said Mayor Jay Tibshraeny. “You have to have an excellent community and sense of place in order to attract and retain companies like Garmin.” Garmin will add 141 new software and product development jobs over the next three years, and has committed to $11 million in capital investment. The Chandler office will help support Garmin’s software engineering needs, including aviation, automotive OEM, and desktop applications. “Garmin has been a longtime employer in Chandler and the greater Phoenix area, because it offers a highlyskilled workforce,” said Kevin Rauckman, Garmin’s chief financial officer. “Investing in the construction of our own facility signals a long-term commitment to

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Anyone can nominate their favorite business The W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University is looking for nominations of the public’s favorite forprofit Arizona businesses for their 2013 Spirit of Enterprise Award. In addition, a minority-owned business will receive the Gary L. Trujillo Minority Enterprise Award, sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona. “We’re looking for firms that demonstrate ethics, energy and excellence in entrepreneurship,” says Gary Naumann, director of the Spirit of Enterprise Center at the W.P. Carey School of Business. “They should have a great story and a positive culture internally, and be exemplary community partners in terms of how they give back.” The nominated company should do well in creating jobs, boosting the economy and treating customers right. The company must also have been

in business for at least four years, incorporated, headquartered or have a majority of its business operations in Arizona, employ at least three or more full-time workers and be able to demonstrate profitability over the last three years combined. Previous winners include Cold Stone Creamery, China Mist, Ollie the Trolley and Total Transit (Discount Cab), as well as rapidly growing businesses, such as GlobalMed and WebPT. After 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 480-9650474 or visit

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Corporate Chronicles Betsy Volkel Maness and her daughter, Morgan, have closed their gift shop, Handcrafted, which opened in downtown Chandler on Sept. 24, 2012. They posted on their Facebook page: “Thank you all for your support. It’s been a great ride.” SanTan Honda Superstore is now AutoNation Honda Chandler, still at 1150 S. Gilbert Rd. in Chandler, with new and used car sales, car repairs and service and car parts. Info:

Chandler authors like losers Their favorite healthy living strategies will be the topic of discussion when two Chandler residents, health and wellness educator Syd Hoffman, author of “AllDay Energy” and organic chemist and nutritionist Dee McCaffrey, author of “The Science of Skinny” visit Changing Hands Bookstore at 7 p.m. Fri., June 21. There is no cost for the presentation. Hoffman, who has created three successful businesses, started her journey into fitness at age 40. She shares the benefits of just 30 minutes of daily exercise.

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The Amy Jones Group of RE/MAX Infinity is recognized by RE/MAX International as one of the Top five RE/MAX teams in Arizona and one of the Top 50 RE/ MAX teams in the nation for its production during the first quarter 2013. “I’m very proud of our team,” says Amy Jones. “It’s quite an accomplishment, especially for a small team of only four agents who specialize in

the East Valley, where home prices aren’t as high as many other geographic areas.” Info: Uptown Bridal & Boutique and SanTan Brewing Company, both located in downtown Chandler, are recognized by the Chandler Chamber of Commerce for excellence. Uptown Bridal & Boutique at 11 W. Boston St. earned the Best Micro Business for its personalized service and beautiful ever-changing window displays. SanTan Brewing Company was awarded Best Small Business for operating with a commitment to advance the culture of craft beer. The Chamber hosts the Community Awards to recognize outstanding businesses of all sizes, as well as educators and administrators who have demonstrated leadership and exemplified commitment. Info:, and Dr. Radi Rahimi and all the staff at Chandler BackFit Health + Spine were selected as the Chandler Chamber of Commerce’s 2013 Diversity in Action Award. The Chandler Chamber Of Commerce awards the Business Diversity Award to a Chandler Chamber member business that has created a significant difference in the promotion of diversity in Chandler. In a press release, the firm said it is honored to be able to receive this award. On a related note, Rahimi accepted a seat on the board of the Chandler/Gilbert YMCA.



June 15 – July 5, 2013

‘Kiddie’ camp combines computers, creative crafts

FUTURE KIDDIE: Teaching youngsters how to work safely on the computer. Submitted photo By Tracy House

Combining computer technology and creative play, Future Kiddie runs a Discovery Kids Puterbugs program offering a weekly daytime, summer Combo Camp for youth 3 to 7 through July 19. This is the third year Future Kiddie has offered this specialized experience for young campers. Owner Ken Chan says, “It’s surprising there are so few opportunities for young children to become early masters of technology.” Future Kiddie offers enrichment classes for youth to learn to work on computers, providing a safe introduction to the technology kids will learn throughout their lives. “People are constantly amazed at what kids can do with technology, yet they get no training.” Chan says that even children need to become smart citizens with technology

and have both ability and responsibility with computing devices. “The problem solving approach is so much fun kids don’t realize how much they’re learning.” The technology portion of the day, Chan explains, will include music, a video of the day and kids will learn new skills daily. Featured alongside the computer experience, classes will incorporate building blocks and movement, yoga and meditation for focus on concentration and arts and crafts. Chan and his sister, Linda, will be facilitating the camps and have taken classes in computer training for children. In addition, Chan has also been trained by the Power Brain Training Center to teach children yoga, meditation and fitness work for learning to calm down and focus in the classroom. An avid participant at the gym, Chan

recognizes there has to be some sort of balance between screen time and physical play. “I suggest parents to monitor their playtime every day,” he says. Chan encourages finding a balance between active exercising and using technology as a tool not a game, such has homework. “The nation is taking serious the risks of childhood obesity,” Chan says. “While you cannot avoid the 21st century, it’s more important than ever to have a balance between screen time and physical play.” Half-day computer camps are offered to youth 3 to 7 with a variety of activities planned to enrich and educate. Chan explains the 3 year olds can do less complicated tasks and he asks the older kids to be a leader in the classrooms. Student ratios will be eight to 10 youth in a class and each week there will be a different emphasis on the computer. Themes for the weekly camps include: Computer Detectives Adventure, Express Yourself with Technology Adventure, Power Brain Fun & Fitness Adventures, Play Music with Technology Adventures and Careful on Cyber Space–internet safety for kids–Adventure. Students will focus on basic keyboarding skills, technology terms and usage, computer skills and academic skills. In addition to camps, Future Kiddie also offers parent workshops. “We do workshops to educate parents on Internet safety, computer safety, how

KEN CHAN, OWNER: The only Discover Kids Puterbugs provider in Arizona. Submitted photo

to monitor kids’ activity on Facebook and how to use the software,” Chan mentions. Future Kiddie is Arizona’s only provider of Discovery Kids Puterbugs. Locations are in Ahwatukee Foothills and Tempe. For more information, schedules, camp locations and pricing, call 480-3313068 or visit Tracy House is a freelance writer living in Ironwood Vistas with her husband and four children. She can be reached at


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June 15 – July 5, 2013


Celebrate dads Record-breaking swim at Rawhide lesson seeks participants

Dads and their families can dine on a 14-ounce peppercorn crusted rib eye steak meal for $19.99 per person from 5 to 9 p.m. Sun., June 16 at Rawhide Western Town & Steakhouse.


Reservations are recommended for the special dinner, which includes the rib-eye steak, a baked potato, whole roasted garlic corn on the cob, Texas toast, house salad and a cornbread muffin. An apple pie a la mode is $3 or a Beergarita for two people is $14. The regular steakhouse dinner menu is also available. Reservations are recommended. Rawhide Western Town & Steakhouse, Arizona’s largest 1880s western-themed family entertainment venue, is at 5700 W. North Loop Rd. in Chandler, on the Gila River Indian Community. Admission and parking is free. For more information, visit rawhide. com. To make Father’s Day reservations, call 480-502-5600, ext. 1204 or email

SWIMkids USA invites families to help attempt break the 2012 World’s Largest Swimming Lesson Guinness World Record at 8 a.m. Tue., June 18. Venues around the world will conduct a swim lesson at the same time.

SWIMkids USA is at 2725 W. Guadalupe Rd., Mesa. For more information or to reserve a spot, contact SWIMkids at 480-8209109, or visit

Fulton Ranch Promenade school offers bonus A Fulton Ranch Promenade school is offering one free week of infant care for new families who sign up their children before July 31. Kids Inc., 4991 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler provides individualized, loving infant care focusing on fine and gross

motor skills, receptive and expressive language skills and hand-eye coordination. For more information, visit or call 480-821-5437.

Girl Scouts seeks new recruits

A Girl Scouts recruitment event is hosted by Girl Scouts Arizona CactusPine Council from 1 to 4 p.m. Sat., June 15

at Chandler Fashion Center, Community Room, 3111 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler. Girls and their parents attending the event can learn about the Girl Scouts and how to begin their Girl Scouting adventures. To learn more, visit

i9 Sports focuses on fun

Registration for late summer and fall sports is underway at i9 Sports, a local provider of youth sports leagues for children ages 4 to 14. Flag football, basketball and cheerleading are offered, with a focus on fun, learning and good sportsmanship. i9 Sports leagues are designed to increase a child’s self-confidence, with no tryouts or drafts, equal playing time regardless of ability and the opportunity to play highly valued positions. All instructors undergo a thorough background check and certification process. Kim Olsen, program director of i9 Sports–Chandler, Gilbert, Queen Creek, says i9 Sports helps make participating in sports a positive experience for children. “To see the look on a kid’s face the first time he completes a pass or scores a touchdown is a pretty amazing thing,” says Olsen. “You can actually see a child’s confidence grow throughout the season as they become a part of a team and learn new skills. It is this involvement in the game that creates the positive experience, not if they won or lost the game.” For more information or to register, visit or call 480-664-4039.

Teens gear up for Chandler driving school

SanTan Sun-area teens can gain valuable driving knowledge and experience at a summer driver’s education academy held from 8 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday, June 17 through 28 at Hamilton High School, Room 100, 3700 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler.

The course prepares students for the written driving permit test as well as the road test. Coursework consists of the state-required 30 hours of classroom instruction, which includes three hours of practice on a driving simulator and three hours of behind-the-wheel instruction. A certificate of completion is issued for each portion of the course. Cost is $445 for the course, offered as a partnership between Tempe Community Education Program and Chandler Community Education, For more information or to register, visit domain/66.

Youth Cool fun with horses Harmony Heart Ranch’s new program manager, Jeannie Hatfield, with 25 years of experience bringing horses and children together, finds a way for kids to keep cool in the SanTan Sun area this summer. Harmony Heart Ranch is located at 758 Kingbird Dr., Chandler. Water play dates with horses are available for children ages 8 and older 7:45 to 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday mornings in June, and also 3:15 to 5:45 p.m. on Saturday evenings. The cost is $25 per child and $15 for additional children per family. Participants first groom the horses; then have options of painting the horses and washing the paint off; completing horse crafts so that each child leaves the ranch with a remembrance of their

time spent with horses; and generally beating the heat by playing in and near water sprinklers. The focus is on horse safety, staying cool and having fun. Children should wear clothing and shoes appropriate to get wet. Private play dates for adults or children are also available. Harmony Heart Ranch also offers birthday parties for both adults and children. The birthday person and guests will have a chance to mingle with gentle, trustworthy horses, or for those faint of heart, enjoy merely observing the herd. Many packages are available including horses, games and food, or celebrants can bring their own food. Call 602-234-0267 for water play date and birthday party reservations or email

Chandler publisher offers prizes SanTan Sun-area parents can enter the Little Five Star Summer Reading Sweeps to for a chance to win a new Amazon Kindle Fire tablet worth $159 and a $100 gift certificate to the Little Five Star kids’ bookstore. Deadline to enter is Sun., June 30. Little Five Star is a division of Chandlerbased publisher Five Star Publications.

For more information or to complete the form to enter, “like” Little Five Star on Facebook at LittleFiveStar/app_28134323652 or visit

June 15 – July 5, 2013


Chandler coach hosts mom-daughter retreat

A Mother-Daughter Weekend Retreat for moms with tween daughters 9 to 12 years old is hosted by Chandler certified personal coach Karen Nowicki Fri., June 19 through Sun., June 21 at Aunt Chilada’s at the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort, 7330 N. Dreamy Draw Dr., Phoenix. The weekend retreat is designed to strengthen the bond between mothers and daughters by providing an opportunity for mothers to build their daughters’ self-confidence and develop trust and open lines of communication through hands-on activities and bonding exercises. “Every mom wants to do the best by their kids; sometimes we just need the right tools to help us through these formative years,” says Nowicki. “Especially today with peer influences, the introduction of social media and tweens’ desires to have more independence, this is a crucial time in our kids’ lives.” For more information or to register, visit mother-daughter-weekend-retreatjune-21.



June 15 – July 5, 2013

New program addresses cyberbullying

Bollywood dance classes offer family fun Learn a new dance skill, get fit and have fun this summer at Bollywood dance classes for youth or adults, offered by Kriti Dance at Ocotillo Dance Center, 2625 W. Queen Creek Rd., Suite 4, Chandler. One-hour classes are held Sundays from June 23 through Aug. 25. A variety of time slots are available for different age groups, including Kids I classes for ages 4 and 5 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Youth classes for ages 9 to 13 from 12:30

to 1:30 p.m. and Kids II classes for ages 6 to 8 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. An early bird discount of one free class is available for those signing up before June 23. Kriti Dance students will perform as half-time entertainment during a Bollywood Night hosted by Phoenix Mercury Fri., Sept. 6. To learn more, visit or email, or call 480-241-8699.

BOLLYWOOD DANCERS: Kriti Dance students will perform at an upcoming Phoenix Mercury game. Submitted photo by Jaya Photography

A new educational program focusing on solutions to bullying and cyberbullying is now available to area schools. SUBMIT-PLUS is a unique youth empowerment assembly and training program promoting change needed to end bullying. The mixed-media program is offered through a partnership between the PLUS program, a peerto-peer student leadership model equipping schools, communities and after-school programs with tools to identify and address issues impacting

positive youth development, and Submit the Documentary, an award-winning film focusing on cyberbullying solutions. “Schools must bring students into the conversation and empower them to address the topic of cyberbullying among their peers,” says John Vandenburgh, founder of the PLUS Program and creator of the Internet safety software CyberBully Alert. For more information, visit screenings/submit-plus-school-program or

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Celebrate safety at children’s museum June is Safety Month at Children’s Museum of Phoenix, where all month long visitors can participate in safety-themed educational programs and hands-on activities sponsored by SRP. Upcoming programs include Blazing Flame Painting, teaching fire safety tips while using a process-oriented painting technique, 10 a.m. to noon Tue., June 18 and 1 to 3 pm. Sun., June 23; SRP Safety Connection, an interactive experience informing kids and adults how to keep safe around electricity and all bodies of water, 10 a.m. to noon Fri., June 21 and Fri., June 28; Phoenix Fire Department CPR Awareness Class, limited space, 10 to 10:45 a.m. and 11 to 11:45 a.m. Sat., June 22; Smoke Detector Safety, 1 to 3 p.m. Mon., June 24; Hubbard Family Swim School Presents: Safer 3: Safer Water, Safer Kids, Safer Response, 10 a.m. to noon Sat., June 29; and Paint a Police Car, 1 to 3 p.m. Sun., June 30. All programs are free with paid museum admission of $11 per person; members and children younger than age 1 are free. Children’s Museum of Phoenix is at 215 N. 7th St. in downtown Phoenix. For more information, call 602-253-0501 or

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Pool fence giveaway underway One free pool fence will be given away each week through Sun., Aug. 18 through the Fence Patrol program, sponsored by Fulton Homes in partnership with KMLE-FM and Ironman Pool Fence. Fulton Homes is sponsoring the program for the 11th year. In addition to Fence Patrol, the

Tempe-based homebuilder sponsors “2 Seconds is Too Long” at Valley shopping malls as part of its water-safety related initiatives. To nominate someone or be considered for a pool fence, visit and click on the Fence Patrol icon. To learn more about Fence Patrol, call 602-452-1000 or visit

June 15 – July 5, 2013


Kids: Win $15 gift card from Changing Hands Bookstore

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

one to three submissions are printed per month, all good submissions are held in a file to be printed in future issues. So if an entry doesn’t win this month, it could win next month—or even the month after that. To enter, visit SanTanSun. com, click on Youth and then on Student Writer Permission Slip to download a submission-permission slip. Complete the form and have a parent sign it so the paper has permission to print the entry and the author or artist’s byline. Then, email the submission-permission slip and writing or artwork to as a Word file, if writing, or JPG, if art, or pasted into the email.


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Revolutionary way to catch childhood vision problems Valley doctor and software developer introduce EyeSpy 20/20 By Lynette Carrington

“Cover your eye and read the letters on the chart.” This method of vision testing is well over 100 years old and, doctors say, is not an effective way to catch certain eye conditions. However, two Valley professionals have developed an innovative method to help find serious eye conditions in children—one that is highly effective and entertaining for children. EyeSpy 20/20 is a specialized video game-based vision test developed and designed by Dr. James O’Neil, M.D., and Electrical and Computer Engineer Richard Tirendi. EyeSpy 20/20 screens visual acuity and depth perception. Some of the vision issues it can catch include near and farsightedness, eye misalignment, cataracts, astigmatism and amblyopia (lazy eye). Lazy eye is often undetectable to untrained personnel and can be missed with traditional eye tests when children peek or memorize the eye chart. If caught too late, amblyopia can cause a permanent percentage of lost vision in adulthood. “Amblyopia (lazy eye) is the poster child for pediatric ophthalmology,” O’Neil said. “It’s a condition that happens only in children and has to be treated in childhood while the vision system is still undergoing its development to be properly treated.” Realizing that kids take to video WE HAVE MOVED TO A NEW AND BIGGER LOCATION!

AT THE FOREFRONT: From left, Richard Tirendi and Dr. James O’Neil, M.D., developers and designers of EyeSpy 20/20. Submitted photo.

games, he thought it would be great to develop a game that could also serve as a vision test. So he teamed up with longtime friend Tirendi. “I didn’t have the technical know-how on how to do it, but the timing was good for him (Tirendi),” O’Neil said. After working together for more than 10 years and founding a nonprofit to develop, validate and distribute the program, EyeSpy 20/20 came together as a valuable vision evaluation tool that evolved as the technology did over the course of that decade. “I jumped in with both feet,” stated Tirendi who was temporarily blinded as a

child. He embraced the chance to develop the video game and he spent time learning about children’s vision, related disorders and the biology of the eye. During development, the game was tested at the Storm Eye Institute in South Carolina for scientific validation and, after a few years, they gave it overwhelmingly positive reviews. “I know there are children and their families who have been positively impacted by this,” Tirendi said. “I think that’s what’s so overwhelming about this whole endeavor is the ability to build something that is a legacy. It’s truly an honor.” VisionQuest 20/20 is an East Valley

nonprofit set up to help schools, government agencies and other special groups get access to affordable and effective childhood vision screenings using the EyeSpy 20/20 video game. The screening video game does not have to be administered by a doctor. Results are equally reliable, whether administered by an experienced vision professional or a parent volunteer, making it affordable and convenient to interested groups. Dr. James O’Neil is part of the Arizona Pediatric Eye Specialists practice. Call (480) 835-0709 or visit www. for information about the practice, or visit www. for additional information on EyeSpy 20/20 and VisionQuest 20/20 organization.

ENTERTAINING PROCEDURE: Interactive screen capture from the EyeSpy 20/20 video game, designed to help catch vision issues in children. Submitted photo.

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CGCC welcomes sixth-grade students

Alphabet Anatomy

The art of learning the letters and their lives By Lynette Carrington

Learning the alphabet is one of the most important things a young child will do before they enter elementary school. “Alphabet Anatomy” is a fun book that gives children an insight into the lives of capital letters to find out what those letters really do in their spare time. The book also instructs kids on how to draw letters and make letter sounds, truly making it “Alphabet Anatomy”. Gilbert author Linda Ann Jones is the mother of four grown sons and always knew how vital it was to learn to read and write. This book is a dream realized and is earmarked to be part of a series centered around the alphabet. In a fun twist, Jones was able to include one of her sons in the creation of the book. “My youngest son, Branson, did the illustrations. He’s 17 now, but he did them when he was 16. He’s quite an artist,” Jones said. Jones realized the construction of the book could really help children. After showing a mock-up version to the Gilbert Public Library staff, they were impressed and Jones was encouraged to make “Alphabet Anatomy” a reality. “I researched a lot more about how kids learn to read. The more research that I did, the more I found out how helpful ‘Alphabet Anatomy’ can be. It got more exciting as I researched,” Jones stated. “Like most moms, before their

child starts kindergarten, they work on the letters and that’s what I did with all four of my sons. I did that again with Branson. I started observing him one day and these rhymes came to me pretty quickly,” noted the author of her family’s inspiration in helping her write the book. “Alphabet Anatomy” is about the letters and what they do when they’re not busy making words.

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“It’s an excellent teaching resource because it does cover all four letter components,” Jones noted. Those letter components are shape knowledge or recognition, name knowledge, sound knowledge and the ability to write the letter. The colorful illustrations and rich letter stories also


FIRST IN A SERIES: “Alphabet Anatomy” by author Linda Ann Jones (above) features illustrations by Brandon Jones, her son. Submitted photo.

engage children to further enhance their interest and love of words and storytelling. Here is an excerpt from the book about the private life of capital letter “C;” “Her compassion for cats is commendable and she is completely committed to caring for as many as she can safely accommodate. She hopes to one day construct a cat compound for the cuddly, curious, and compelling creatures where she can enjoy even more of their company…” Clearly, letter ‘C’ is one captivating character in a colorful parade of letters that make up “Alphabet Anatomy”. “Alphabet Anatomy” is available on or by visiting www. There are also coloring pages available on the book’s website, more alphabet-themed books will be on the way shortly and Jones even has a YouTube channel in the works that will feature a children’s rap song about the letters. “Alphabet Anatomy” is published by FriesenPress.

Nearly 150 sixth graders from five local elementary schools are participating in Chandler-Gilbert Community College’s Destination College, a program that exposes elementary students and their families to the college experience, sponsored by the Chandler Unified School District, the Chandler Education Foundation and the City of Chandler. Students from Bologna, Frye, Galveston, Hartford, Knox and San Marcos elementary schools spend two weeks learning about a variety of career fields and attending classes in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). This year’s program focuses heavily on green engineering. Daily guest speakers from CGCC’s math and science departments, Intel and Allied Health help students explore career opportunities available through STEM education. CGCC’s Career Services Office will also help students investigate other careers in the STEM field through a variety of activities. Destination College culminates with a graduation ceremony and reception for students and their families from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thu., June 20. CGCC offers campuses in Chandler, Mesa and Sun Lakes. For more information, visit cgc. or call 480-732-7000.

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June 15 – July 5, 2013

Events mean summer fun for kids, parents in Chandler

Summer is here and that means it’s time to celebrate with swimming, food and festivities for all. On Sat., June 22, the downtown Chandler area will be transformed into a touring free water park and SanTan Brewing Company will celebrate its fifth annual Hawaiian Luau. First up, it’s Summer Splash, bringing the water park to you. From 9 a.m. to 1 p .m. at Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, families will enjoy a free day of play and water safety. Presented by White Water, Summer Splash highlights include live entertainment by the Radio Disney Rockin’ Road Show, swimming pools with swimming lessons, water slides, games, misters, dunk tanks, bounce houses, water balloon battles, carnival-style games and a special area designated just for toddlers

and preschool children. Also, enjoy a summer treat from our food vendors including shaved ice, kettle corn, hot dogs, ice cream and more. Visit www. or www.facebook. com/summersplashaz for more details. Next, put on your favorite floral shirts, khaki cargos and head to SanTan Brewing Company at 11 a.m. for its fifth annual Hawaiian Luau featuring a spread fit for a king including lomi, salmon, steamed rice, macaroni salad and coconut haupia dessert, complete with a whole roasted pig. Wash your Hawaiian feast down with an ice cold pint of SanTan Brewing Company’s award winning Mr. Pineapple. Winner of a silver medal at the 2011 Great American Beer Festival competition, Mr. Pineapple is a refreshing and fruity traditional German Wheat ale using white wheat, two-row and Munich malt. Fresh pineapple is added during the primary fermentation then crushed and cooled to allow the natural flavors to infuse the traditional wheat beer for a refreshing twist. Mr. Pineapple is made with Columbus hops, German wheat and has a hazy straw gold color boasting a 5% ABV and 20 IBU. SanTan’s Hawaiian Luau kicks off at 11 a.m. and continues all day and into the night. So, grab your coconut bras, bring your friends and enjoy a staycation at SanTan Brewing Company on June 22. Visit for more information.

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Kids! Bring your dads to Big Surf on Father’s Day Big Surf Waterpark is offering complimentary admission to all dads on Father’s Day, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sun., June 16. This isn’t the only deal dads can enjoy at Big Surf, located at 1500 N. McClintock Dr., in Tempe. Every Thursday is “Dad’s Day,” when fathers get in free with at least one junior admission purchase of $19.95. The regular general admission/adult rate is $27.95. Big Surf Waterpark is America’s Original Waterpark, boasting the third largest wave pool in the world, Waikiki Beach. Nestled on 20 acres of fun on the northern tip of Tempe and just south of Scottsdale, Big Surf offers rides for the whole family, including children’s fun zones, surfing and boogie boarding sessions, and more than 3,000 feet of thrilling water slides. There are also party and catering services. For more information, call 480-994-2297 or visit

Dobson Ranch Golf offering Junior memberships Junior golf memberships are available for children ages 10-17 at Dobson Ranch Golf Course, 2155 S. Dobson Rd. Memberships are $299 for the months of June, July and August. Membership includes: Unlimited golf Monday thru Thursday; unlimited golf after 11 a.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday and all holidays; unlimited range balls; and

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Salt River’s Halloween ‘Spooktacular’ Salt River Tubing is celebrating Halloween a little early with the “Halloween Spooktacular” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sat., July 20. Take a ride on specialty buses such as Purple Haze, the River Rat, Cleopatra’s Bar and the Jolly Clown Ride. Don a Halloween costume and join the zany Salt River Tubing crew for a lifetime experience on the Lower Salt River in beautiful Tonto National Forest. In previous years, Salt River Tubing’s Halloween Spooktacular has been a record-breaking event, so arrive early! The More Teens in the Woods event is co-sponsored by 98 KUPD radio station and Salt River Tubing. The cost is $17 per person or tube for a full day of tubing in the great outdoors. Salt River Tubing is located in northeast Mesa, just 7 minutes from the Loop 202 on North Power Road. The popular event draws thousands each year to the Lower Salt River as tubers enjoy a howling, ghoulish time as awesome phantoms, frightful witches, scowling pumpkins and eerie voices echo throughout the day. Costumes are optional for tubers; however, the tubing company will be awarding $17 Tube Rental passes for Best Costumed Tubers (passes are valid on a return visit). Photo opportunities with the zany Salt River Tubing employees are plentiful and enjoyable as they add extra sizzle to fun in the sun in Tonto National Forest. Henri Breault, president/CEO of Salt River Tubing says, “Are you searching for fun and the coolest ride in the Valley of the Sun? Our Halloween Spooktacular

is just the ticket for a memorable, summertime adventure in July. Our zany, fun-filled crew is determined to put the WOW in your Salt River adventure and create a unique journey in the great outdoors of Tonto National Forest during our Halloween Spooktacular. “Don a mask, paint a face and join us for the ride of your life on the ‘chilling and thrilling’ Salt River rapids! High step it with our line dancers in the Monster Mash!” The USDA Forest Service national program, “More Kids in the Woods,” was expressly designed to encourage efforts to get kids and teens outdoors and exploring ways to connect youth and nature. Salt River Tubing’s Halloween Spooktacular event is aligned with the USDA Forest Service’s commitment in meeting the challenge of reduced youth involvement in outdoor activities. Salt River Tubing’s Halloween-themed event intends to capture the attention of

teenage youth and encourage them to enjoy the “great outdoors” on the Lower Salt River in Tonto National Forest. For more information about Salt River Tubing and the Halloween Spooktacular event, visit or call 480-984-3305. Daily operating hours are 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The $17 cost includes sales tax, inner tube rental and shuttle bus service. Children must be at least 8 years or older and 4 feet tall for tube rental and shuttle bus service. Glass containers are prohibited by law in the Lower Salt River Recreational Area and will be confiscated. Life vests should be worn by children, nonswimmers and inexperienced swimmers. Ice chests and coolers will be inspected for glass containers before boarding shuttle buses. Latest tube rental is 3:30 p.m., weather and water flow conditions permitting. Last SRTR shuttle bus pickup is 6:30 p.m.

June 15 – July 5, 2013


Mesa museum to host ‘Overnight at the Museum’ Boring people count sheep, cool people count dinosaurs! For a fulfilled stay-cation, plan to spend the night at Arizona Museum of Natural History (AzMNH) 53 N. Macdonald. At 6 p.m. Fri., June 21, the museum is featuring “Roar and Snore with a Dinosaur.” Come find out if tyrannosaurs wore pajamas at night. Discover what clues dinosaurs left millions of years ago for us to find. You will visit the paleontology lab, prepare a fossil, and take a flashlight tour, plus crafts and lots of other activities. The event will run until 9 a.m. Sat., June 22. These programs are designed for children ages 6 to 12 years old and adult chaperones older than 21. The cost is $35 for members and $45 for nonmembers. For more information, call the Arizona Museum of Natural History at 480-6443553 or visit “Like” museum on Facebook, azmnh1, or “Follow” it on Twitter @ AzMNH for all the latest news.


June 15 – July 5, 2013

Chandler Unified School District MAKING APPOINTMENTS: Chandler Unified School District recently announced four administrative appointments for the 2013-14 school year. Mike Henderson, principal at Galveston Elementary, is the new director of federal programs and instructional technology; Dr. Korry Brenner, principal at Canyon Rim Elementary in Gilbert since 2006, is the new principal of Shumway Elementary; Jessica Edgar, formerly principal of Chaparral Elementary in the Higley Unified District, will lead Basha Elementary; and Joe Priest moves from Bogle Junior High, where he has been a dean and assistant principal for four years, to become the new principal of Galveston Elementary. In previously announced appointments, Lana Berry is the new assistant superintendent for business and Larry Rother will be principal at Chandler High. —Terry Locke July 22: First day of school

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Gearing up – Meet the Teacher is at 4:30 p.m. Thu., July 18; the first day of school is July 22. CTA wishes all its families a safe and relaxing summer. —Wendi Olson

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Summer times – The Hull front office will reopen July 8. Gift cards – Help Hull PTO continue to earn money through the summer by reloading Fry’s and Bashas’ gift cards and using them for shopping. Cards can also be picked up in the

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Closing out – Jacobson looks forward to an amazing 2013-14 school year with its Jacobson families after closing out a wonderful 2012-13 school year, and wishes all of its families a fantastic summer. Box Tops – Jacobson families are encouraged to keep collecting Box Tops for next year. Big readers – Congrats to Jacobson’s AR Multimillionaires for 2012-13: Parsa Amini, Andy Kuang, Sophia Navarro, Porter O’doherty, Callum Van Zyl, Thilina Balasooriya, Jacob Wise, Abhigyan Shukla, Grace Donnelly, Vinayak Athavale, Claire Mullings, Benjamin Wise, Cassie Bromley, Eiki Hayasaki, Dashaun Dunn, Chase Ritchie, Megan Misener, Nick Lewin, Jackson Burns, Brandan Wu, Avi Cheema, Sydney Hank, Christopher Gibby, Ananya Ravichandran, Alexander Wada, Nidhi Athreya, Bryson Unkrich, Wyatt Sise, Patrick Kigin, Ryan Longshore, Jody Lu, Courtney St. Onge, Emily Lei, Bryan Wu, Emma Pudoka, Jihyun Lee, Josie Lucas, Kyu Kwon, Tyson Bromley, Kenneth Wang, Colin Guan and Hunter Nikolaus. —Jason Harris

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New times – The Knox school day will begin at 9:10 a.m. and end at 3:40 p.m. starting with the 2013-14 school year. Students can arrive at school at 8:45 a.m. and will be supervised by teachers outside the children’s classrooms. —Ximena Rodriguez

Youth Chronicles Haley Nicole Bowser and Christine Anne Moses of Chandler, graduates of Chandler High School, and Samantha Kae Szczublewski of Gilbert, a graduate of Mesquite High School, are on the spring 2013 Dean’s Honor Roll at Fort Hays State University in Hays, KS. Haley is a junior majoring in nursing, Christine is a senior majoring in elementary education with a minor in special education and Samantha is a junior majoring in health and human performance. To be eligible, students must be enrolled in 12 or more credit hours and have a minimum grade point average of 3.60 for the semester. Katie Wilkinson of Chandler, a 2013 graduate of Corona del Sol High School in Tempe, will compete in the 56th Distinguished Young Women National Finals to be held June 27 through 29 in Mobile, AL. Katie is one of 50 state representatives competing for a share of more than $100,000 in cash scholarships and the opportunity to represent the program as the Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2013. Info: Kelsey Ham, Leslie Tanzer and Elizabeth Vogt of Chandler are recent graduates of Creighton University in Omaha, NE. Kelsey earned a Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude, while Leslie earned a Master of Science in negotiation and dispute resolution and Elizabeth earned a Bachelor of Science in emergency medical services. Makensie Kraft of Chandler is on the Dean’s List for the spring 2013 semester at York College of Pennsylvania in York, PA. To be eligible, a student must be registered for at least 12 academic credit hours and earn a semester grade point average of 3.5 or higher. Hannah Laflin of Chandler is on the spring 2013 Dean’s List for Central College in Pella, IA. To be eligible, students must achieve a 3.5 grade point average or higher on a 4.0 scale while taking 12 or more graded credit hours for the semester. Hannah is the daughter of Don and Arla Laflin. Whitney Scorza of Chandler is a new graduate of Carson-Newman University in Jefferson City, TN. Whitney graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree. The U13 Girls San Tan SC 00 Legacy Red soccer team of Chandler won the recent US Youth Soccer Arizona State Championships, qualifying to compete in the US Youth Soccer Region IV (West) Championships presented by the National Guard. The team will be among the more than 248 top US Youth Soccer Boys and Girls teams from the 14 US Youth Soccer State Associations competing for the regional title June 17 through 23 at the US Youth Soccer Region IV Championships at Waipio Peninsula Soccer Complex in Honolulu, HI. Daily reports and complete results from the tournament will be available at Nicholas A. DePorzio is on the fall 2013 Dean’s List at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. To be eligible, students must carry a full program of at least four courses with grade point average of 3.5 or better and no single grade lower than a C- during the coruse of their college career. Nicholas is majoring in physics. Samantha Weiss of Chandler is on the spring 2013 Dean’s List at Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO. To be eligible, a student must carry a semester grade point average of 3.6 or better in no fewer than 15 completed credit hours of graded college-level work. Samantha is majoring in sociology/human services with an option in criminology.

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June 15 – July 5, 2013

Community Commentary

Publisher’s Note

Celebrating dads He was a reluctant father, probably because he questioned his own parents’ skills in raising him. But in the end, Geoff Hancock was a great dad, like so many in the SanTan Sun area. Laurie Fagen Geoff was a true Photo by hands-on parent, having no qualms about changing diapers, preparing the smelly cloth diaper bag for pickup and even keeping the house clean. OK, so he was the one who kept the house clean all the time during our 25-plus years of marriage, which was something he learned from his mother—who also taught him about labeling everything. Our son, Devon, was born in May 1992, so we “cocooned” during that first hot summer, mostly staying indoors, watching him breathe and reveling in all the “firsts:” first smiles, first coos, first acknowledgement of the true meaning of unconditional love. As tends to be the case, Devon was pretty attached to me the first several years, but Geoff was right there, helping however he could. I could tell Geoff was a little nervous in the early days, and he admitted it was mostly because he couldn’t “read” the signs for hunger, sleep, diaper changes, etc., like I could, nor understand some of a toddler’s gibberish. But once Devon was old enough to communicate better, the two of them were inseparable, which gave me a welcomed relief from kid duty. They’d go feed the ducks near the Ahwatukee golf course; have early McDonald’s breakfast and playtime in the park; and would often be found napping together. On vacations, Geoff would take him fishing, boating, feeding deer and petting goats, or at amusement parks, on rides that I wasn’t crazy about. Geoff remembered words of advice from a friend of his, who said “keep your son busy, which will keep him out of trouble.” So began the years of “experimentation” with a variety of extra-curricular activities. After being amazed by a cowboy magician at Rustler’s Rooste, Geoff took Devon to his first magic show in Las Vegas, and started buying him tricks. When Devon was about 11, Geoff arranged it for him to do magic shows for local preschools and birthday parties in Southern Chandler, and the kids enjoyed seeing a young person doing such great illusions. Geoff loved the “Wallace & Gromit” claymation films of Nick Park of Aardman

Animations, and pretty soon, Devon took an interest in doing stop-frame animation. Geoff found computer software and a camera Devon could use, and our son created many movie shorts with small bendable clay creatures over armature wire, even winning an award in an Arizona Student Film Festival in 2007. In between came baseball and swimming, then theatrical plays and singing. That’s when music became another activity that we all bonded over. I had been singing and playing instruments since fifth grade, having also performed in musical theater in Phoenix; and Geoff was a bass guitarist for a band in Bitberg, Germany for many years and sold equipment for JBL Speakers and Fender Guitar in Europe, before returning to the United States to get his degree in broadcast engineering at the College of the City of New York. Devon first studied the alto sax in fifth grade band, and I would practice with him on my clarinet. But when he was actually able to strum chords on a cheap guitar by learning tabs on the internet, Geoff found McKnight Guitar in Chandler and when he was about 12, started Devon on lessons with Matt Vandal. Devon was a good student, loved practicing and started playing acoustic, electric and even bass guitar. Geoff invested in a variety of guitars—from mandolin to banjo to ukulele—and Devon could play them all. Geoff knew about amps and cables and all things that a guitarist needs; Devon even accompanied my vocals on a number of occasions, so music was a big part of our lives. When Devon was a sophomore in high school, Geoff helped get gigs in Chandler restaurants for him and a female vocalist friend for more than a year. When Matt said “I’ve taught him about all I can,” Geoff persuaded the two to become band mates, and Geoff was the Vandal Hancock Duo’s booking agent for the past almost five years. Geoff was so proud of his talented son, and enjoyed listening to him play during his last few weeks of life. Devon lost his dad way too soon—Geoff died of recurrent pancreatic cancer about three months ago—but I know Geoff is still cheering him on from the sidelines. Happy Father’s Day to all the great dads who read the SanTan Sun News.

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Fireworks return to Tumbleweed Park this July 4 by Mayor Jay Tibshraeny

The Fourth of July has always been a special day for our country, dating back to 1776, when the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress. That iconic moment for our nation set the original 13 colonies on a path to freedom as a sovereign land. At the time, it was estimated that about 2.5 million people lived in America—a little less than the Mayor Jay Tibshraeny population of Nevada today. Since that time, we have celebrated our independence through family gatherings and picnics, patriotic concerts, baseball games and, of course, fireworks. There were plenty of fireworks when the Mets and Braves played a game on July 4, 1985. That contest ended the next morning at about 4 a.m. The Mets won the 19-inning game 16-13. The good news is Chandler’s 4th of July Fireworks Celebration won’t keep you up that late, or early. The city’s Independence Day fireworks event returns to Tumbleweed Park at 7 p.m. July 4, with fireworks to go off at about 9 p.m. This year’s celebration has been scaled down from previous years, but will still include a celebratory pyrotechnic display that will last about 20-25 minutes. Admission to the park is free, and onsite parking is available for $5 per vehicle. Food will be available for sale and residents are also encouraged to bring their own snacks and picnic in the park. However, no grilling or alcoholic beverages will be permitted. The use of personal fireworks of any kind within the park is also prohibited. This is the first time in many years that the Chandler Lions Club is not running the event. The community owes a great deal of thanks to the Lions who for many years had brought a larger event to Tumbleweed that included entertainment and an array of events for the whole family. While still involved selling food this year, they have had to scale back their efforts. They are to be congratulated for growing this holiday tradition into one of the finest in the Valley over the years. Hopefully in the future, another community group will step forward and run this event. In the meantime, the city is doing all it can within its resources to provide some Independence Day family fun. So please join us this Fourth of July. Tumbleweed Park is located at 2250 S. McQueen Rd., on the southwest corner of McQueen and Germann roads. Vehicles can enter the park from Germann Road at Hamilton Street or from McQueen Road at Celebration Way. Disabled parking will also be available at both entrances. For more information about this event and others, please call the city’s special events hotline at 480-782-2735. Oops – On page 28 of the June 1 issue, ‘Free week for new Kids Inc. families’ should have stated that the free week for those who sign up before July 31 is for infant care only.

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Community Commentary

Changing habits can save water, money by Councilwoman Trinity Donovan

Water is a topic that seems to be on the minds of many, especially those living in Arizona’s desert climate. And, because the weather is starting to heat up it’s a particularly important issue. During a Chandler In Focus program, I had an opportunity to interview John Smith, Arizona’s first licensed Green Plumber who was recognized in 2010 and 2011 for his dedication to water conservation. I also visited with Deina Burns, Chandler’s conservation Specialist, during the program. Both individuals are very passionate about water conservation and they each provided wonderful tips to help educate the community on this issue. A consistent message that John and Deina conveyed is that it’s not necessary to spend a lot of money to conserve water. Simply changing a habit can be one of the easiest things you can do to save water and ultimately, money. There are also many items available to homeowners at little or no cost that promote water conservation. In fact, for homes built before 1992, Chandler offers free retrofit kits that include water saving devices. The city also has several rebates and programs available to commercial and residential properties to encourage water conservation. Owners of newly built homes may be eligible for a $200 rebate, depending on the type of landscaping that was installed. Additionally, through our Landscape Conversion Program, rebates are offered for the removal of grass from existing landscapes when replaced with a minimum of 50 percent nongrass groundcover. The city also offers presentations to HOAs for other cost-saving suggestions. Details are available at If you’re not sure which plants are low-water use there are many photos available on the city’s website, including a number of design examples to help plan your landscape. Residents can also request free brochures be mailed

to them with more specific information. The city also offers a number of free workshops to Chandler utility customers. These workshops are held each spring and fall and offer waterwise classes. Some of the classes include topics surrounding landscapes, edible gardening and how to program irrigation timers. One of the more popular services that the city provides is Trinity Donovan a water audit. This is a simple onsite tool provided to help residents save money on their monthly bill. If you have had an unexpected higher than normal water bill you can make an appointment with a water conservation specialist for a free home visit. During the visit, the staff member will check the water meter for accuracy, identify potential leaks, inspect irrigation timers and provide helpful tips on how to decrease the amount of interior and exterior water use. In 2011, the city’s Water Conservation Department conducted 199 audits. When the same accounts were tracked over the course of a year, following the inspection, it was determined that there was an average savings of approximately 50,000 gallons of water per home. Clearly, the program works. I found many of these tips to be useful and look forward to helping others discover easy ways to save money while protecting this valuable resource. The exception to conserving water is when it comes to staying hydrated. Given our extreme heat conditions, spare no expense in drinking plenty of water during the hot summer months. For more information call the City of Chandler Water Conservation Office at 480-782-3583, or email

Letters to the editor

Paying it forward Thanks to an article about an anonymous donor of $400 worth of “A Squirrel’s Story—A True Tale” by Jana Bommersbach to school libraries in Moore, OK, that appeared in the June 1 issue of the SanTan Sun News, additional donors have stepped forward. After reading the article, Joanna Meyer of Chandler, who made a generous donation, and others contacted Five Star Publications Inc. to fund the sending of additional copies of the book to children’s libraries in Moore, OK, which were destroyed by the devastating tornadoes that recently struck the area. The donors are applauded for their selfless actions, but Five Star Publications would also like to thank the SanTan Sun News, too, which played a large part in this heart-warming scenario by printing the article about the $400 donation in the first place. It’s positive news coverage like this that inspires readers to pay it forward through random acts of kindness. Kind regards, Linda F. Radke, President Five Star Publications Inc., Chandler

Unhappy with SRP My name is Elaine Doty and my family and I reside in Fulton Ranch, Shoreline Community. Our home backs directly to Ocotillo Road. We are very worried about the health risks this proposed project will have in our young children and in the value of our new home. We are 100% against the project and will do all we can to prevent it from happening. Elaine Doty


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Fourth of July festivities planned Whiskey Rose throughout East Valley brings country activities will have plenty to choose style to S. Chandler from. The following events are sure to

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Who knows better about the culinary world than chefs and, in honor of their own, “Best Chefs America” (BCA) has named five area chefs to its list of honorees across the country.

First-time guests entering Whiskey Rose Bar and Grill will discover two things as they walk through the door. First off, Southern Chandler has a new country-themed restaurant. Secondly, the eatery smokes its meats in-house. The heady aroma of barbecue fills the air and stirs the appetite at Whiskey Rose, located at Arizona Avenue and Ocotillo Road in Fulton Ranch Towne Center. The eatery’s interior is deftly divided into a comfortable dining room and a large but cozy bar, where on Friday and Saturday nights locals can practice their line-dancing and twostep technique. The restaurant opened its doors earlier this year as Whiskey Rose Saloon, but has since changed its name to Whiskey Rose Bar and Grill, says General Manager John Tsailakis, who explains that the new name offers a see Whiskey Rose page 48

COUNTRY TIME: Whiskey Rose Bar and Grill’s delightful dining room and cozy bar speak of old-time country comfort. STSN photo by Ron Lang

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AWAITING FIREWORKS: Families arrive early and pick their spots in Tumbleweed Park to watch the evening’s fireworks show at Chandler’s July 4th celebration. Submitted photo by Alison Stanton

East Valley residents who want to celebrate our nation’s birthday with fireworks shows, food and other fun

The city’s largest Independence Day fireworks display is from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on Thu., July 4 at Tumbleweed Park. This year’s celebration has been scaled down from previous years but it will still include a beautiful 20- to 25-minute aerial fireworks display starting at 9 p.m. The Chandler Lions Club will sell a variety of food and drink, including hamburgers, hot dogs and brats, nachos, pretzels, popcorn, ice cream, snow cones and beverages. Guests may also see July 4 events page 50

ROTC commander models service for students by K.M. Lang

Lt. Col. Gary Jones is a creature of habit. Nearly every weekday since 2002, the Chandler High Air Force Junior ROTC commander has stopped by Paradise Bakery & Café for both lunch and dinner, and since 2007, he’s been racking up unused points on his “Taste of Paradise” loyalty card. Recently, Jones redeemed those points for 64 brown bag meals, which he donated through his church to homeless Valley residents. For Jones, the gesture wasn’t just an act of charity, but an extension of the “life of service” he strives to model for his students. “My wife and I have been married for 26 years,” Jones explains, “and see ROTC Commander page 48

Nominated by peers and industry professionals, analysts conducted more than 5,000 confidential telephone interviews consisting of proprietary questions. Software was used to aggregate the data. Chefs earning the most acknowledgements among their peers in their region were included in the guide. The result is a 386-page coffee table book profiling 4,650 chefs in the first industry peer review guide of chefs.

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LEADING THE WAY: Lt. Col. Gary Jones, right, and Master Sgt. Scott Goodson instruct and train Chandler High’s Air Force Junior ROTC program, which boasts a 100% graduation rate. “They’re always coming back to see me and let me know what they’re doing,” Jones says of his students. Submitted photo

Executive Chef Conor Favre of the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa, 5594 W. Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler, is one of the five honorees from the southeast Valley. Favre started his training in the culinary arts program at Scottsdale Community College graduating in 1999. Growing up in Chandler, he’s worked all over Phoenix, but it was while he was at the Arizona Biltmore that he was contacted about BCA. see Best Chefs America page 52


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Natalia’s 1912 Restaurant’s owner retiring

Robert Rezka, the original owner of Natalia’s 1912 Restaurant, is retiring and has turned over the reins to longtime manager Anthony Imbesi. Rezka will still come into the restaurant from time to time to help out, and the same great food, staff and service will be offered. Imbesi will add new menu items and will offer half-price drinks and appetizers in the bar during the 4 to 7 p.m. happy hour. Natalia’s 1912 Restaurant will close on a Sunday/Monday in mid-June to remodel. The result will be a new hi-top bar, full covered patio with fans and misters, and approximately 175 seats inside and out. The restaurant will host weekly dinner specials, as well as entertainment at 8 p.m. Friday sand Saturdays. The lineup includes comedian/singer Rick Mancini; country singer Mary Jo, who channels Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn; as well as Joe Sapienza, who covers Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. Rezka thanks his loyal customers and assures them they’re in good hands. Natalia’s 1912 Restaurant is located at 3140 S. Gilbert Rd. (southwest corner of Queen Creek and Gilbert roads), Chandler. For more information, call 480-895-8845 or visit

Sol Yoga Tai Chi workshop Kim Kubsch, certified Tai Chi and Qigong practitioner, teaches a Hello Tai Chi, Goodbye Stress workshop 10 to 11:30 a.m. Sat., June 15 at Sol Yoga in Chandler, 985 W. Chandler Heights Rd. on the southeast corner of Alma School Road. Kubsch, a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) with a focus on “active and graceful aging” and Fall Prevention Specialist, leads the Tai Chi workshop to help participants to reduce stress, enhance mood, clear the clutter and increase peace of mind. Using the gentle and easy movements of Tai Chi–Qigong, attendees will optimize health and learn to live life in harmony with “meditation in motion.” Participants will have the opportunity to explore gentle exercises to restore health and harmony under Kubsch’s direction. Space is limited to 15 participants. Workshop cost is $20. Visit or call 480-8023774 to register or for more information.

Heart patients’ healthy living class

TAI CHI–QIGONG: Learn the art of meditation in motion with instructor Kim Kubsch. Submitted photo.

Chandler Regional’s HEAT Wave committee is presenting healthy living classes by registered nurses in cardiology 6 to 7 p.m. Thu., July 18 at Chandler Regional Medical Center, lower level conference rooms one and two, 1955 W. Frye Rd., Chandler, and 6 to 7 p.m. Thu., Aug. 15 at Mercy Gilbert Medical Office Building, McAuley Auditorium, third floor, 3420 S. Mercy Rd., Gilbert. Participants will learn ways to improve their lifestyle through weight monitoring, healthy food choices and exercise. Classes are geared toward patients with congestive heart failure, patients recovering from a heart attack or anyone interested in adopting a healthy living lifestyle. To register or learn more information, call 480-728-5414 or visit or

Free OB/GYN, family medical clinic offered A free medical clinic offering limited medical exams for both OB/GYN and general family medicine is held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sat., June 29 at Today’s Women’s Health Specialists, 604 W. Warner Rd., Suite E201, Chandler. The clinic will also partner with Simon Med and LabCorp to offer free mammograms and bloodwork as needed

or required by doctor’s orders. Women who are newly pregnant and have not received any prenatal care due to lack of insurance are especially encouraged to participate. Competitive OB packages are offered for the uninsured; staff can also assist in the Baby Arizona process if patients are eligible.

A $10 donation per patient is requested to benefit Matthew’s Crossing Food Bank of Chandler. Appointments are required. For more information or to make an appointment, call 480-963-7900, ext. 1304 or visit




oes your child have an excellent athletic ability either in sports or dance? Does he have an amazing artistic talent with building Legos or blocks or even drawing? Does she seem to have a natural talent in music? So why is your bright child struggling in school? Do you have evenings of tears, significant homework frustrations, etc. Is your child’s self-confidence going down, do they dread going to school? Has your child’s teacher made statements such as: “He is not applying himself, he is not paying attention, you should work more with her at home,” etc. When attempting to obtain help from the school you hear, “She is not far enough behind, she is too young to receive additional support, give her more time to catch up, or let’s just wait and see?”

More and more students in Arizona are not meeting standards in reading and it is most likely due to a very real and common brain-based condition called dyslexia. It runs in families and research has shown that nearly 1-in-5 of our population are affected by it to varying degrees but most go unidentified and find school frustrating as a result. Reading issues are not related to IQ, in fact some of the most successful individuals in American history reportedly had reading difficulties (e.g., Albert Einstein, Walt Disney, John F. Kennedy, Charles Schwab, John Lennon, etc.). The earlier one intervenes the better the long term outcomes and that 95 percent of reading failure is preventable by using appropriate research-based reading systems. Unfortunately Arizona public schools use a “wait to fail”

model requiring a child surpass a level of failure before they will intervene. With early intervention you can actually rewire the brain and form the pathways necessary for success in reading. The bottom line is the schools are not doing enough to support our children. The earlier a reading problem is identified and interventions implemented the better the long-term outcomes. The neuro, clinical and school psychologists along with Reading Specialists at Trilogy Psychological and Reading Pro Learning Centers specialize in early identification and remediating reading, writing and mathematical disabilities. Trilogy Psychological and Reading Pro Learning Centers are holding a Reading Readiness screening for children ages 4-5 and Dyslexia screenings for older children through adults. The screenings will be conducted on July 13th at the Trilogy/Reading Pro offices located at 4135 S. Power Road, Suite 118. Screenings cost $20 and our space is limited so please call the office to reserve a spot. The screenings will include brief measures of phonological awareness and reading ability and will include a brief feedback sessions to review outcomes. Trilogy and Reading Pro also conduct comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations and psycho-educational evaluation and have a robust and scientifically based reading intervention staff on-site to help your child success in school. Our clinical and educational staff all have worked in the public schools as teaching or administrators. We therefore

We’re offering Dyslexia screenings July 13th. Screenings cost $20. Reserve your space today! hold an advantage over many other clinicians in that we are able to bridge the gap between diagnosis, intervention and education. We are well equipped to not only provide interventions on site but we will work with you to ensure the school is providing appropriate services to your child through special education. We have special education law specialists on staff to work with your family to help you understand your child’s rights in the public education setting and to ensure they receive any and all service to which the are entitled. It is never too late to improve reading, writing and spelling. Allow us the opportunity to help your child succeed! For additional information please visit our websites at and or call our office at 480-813-3990.

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Chandler summer aquatics programs Chandler Aquatics classes and programs are open for registration. Family events and summer programs are running at all six aquatic centers in Chandler.

Kids’ swim classes

Summer session two classes begin June 17. Parents have an opportunity to meet with instructors before registering for sessions three, four and five. Online registration will end at midnight the day before class/ session begins. Pool-side registration will be available where the class is offered for participants still wishing to register. Various levels of swim classes are offered throughout the summer. Visit any of the pools during public swim sessions for class level testing. All six aquatic centers offer morning lessons. Arrowhead Pool, 1475 W. Erie St.; Desert Oasis Aquatic Center, 1400 W. Summit Pl.; Folley Pool, 600 E. Fairview; and Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center, 5901 S. Hillcrest Dr., have evening lessons. Summer Saturday classes are available at Folley Pool and Hamilton Aquatic Center, 3838 S. Arizona Ave. Nozomi Aquatic Center is located at 250 S. Kyrene Rd.

Other swim programs

Adults interested in increasing endurance and stroke refinement can

sign up for classes at Hamilton Aquatic Center. Guard Start and Junior Lifeguarding programs are being offered at Arrowhead, Hamilton, Mesquite Groves and Nozomi aquatic centers. Youth ages 9 to 10 years old will be introduced to the water safety skills and learn safe water habits in the Guard Start program, while youth ages 11 to 15 year olds can learn water safety and be introduced to the duties and responsibilities of a lifeguard through the American Red Cross Junior Lifeguard program. Participants must demonstrate the following skills: swim the front crawl for 25 yards continuously while breathing to the front or side, tread water for one minute, float on back for 30 seconds and submerge and swim a distance of 10 feet underwater. The program starts July 1. Aqua Fit is back with classes through August. The 50 minute Aqua Fit Shallow, Aqua Fit Deep and Aqua Latin classes are offered at various times and days at Arrowhead Pool, Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center and Nozomi Aquatic Center. Participants must be 16 years or older.

Summer special events

Fun in the sun begins with a “Hawaiian Luau,” 1 to 3 p.m., Sat., June 22 at Nozomi Aquatic Center, 250 S. Kyrene Rd.,

Bring the whole family to family swim time. Each facility offers family swim time for $1. Through July 21, the entire family can swim for $1 at Arrowhead Pool 8 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays, Folley Pool 8 to 10 p.m. Mondays, Hamilton Aquatic Center 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays and Mesquite Aquatic Center noon to 2 p.m. Sundays. Families can enjoy $1 admission through August 6 at Desert Oasis Aquatic Center 6 to 8 p.m. Saturdays and Nozomi Aquatic Center 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays. Swim free through July 21 at Arrowhead Pool 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, Folley Pool 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, Hamilton Aquatic Center 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center 6 to 8 p.m. Fridays. Enjoy free admission through Aug. 6 at Desert Oasis Aquatic Center 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays and Nozomi Aquatic Center 4 to 6 p.m. Saturdays. Information about registration and class times, Aquatic facilities addresses, hours and fees are available at or in the summer Break Time issue.

Chandler. Activities include hula hoops contests, limbo and races. The first 100 guests receive a lei. Frolic at “Day at the Beach” at Folley Pool, 600 E. Fairview, Chandler, 8 to 10 p.m., Wed., July 17. Family run includes relay races with inner tubes, water balloon contests and prizes. Arrowhead Pool, 1475 W. Erie St. is hosting “Disco after Dark,” 8 to 10 p.m., Thu., July 18. Swim at night, play games and win prizes. Celebrate the end of summer at “Summer Palooza” at Desert Oasis Aquatic Center, 1400 W. Summit Pl., noon to 3 p.m. Sat., July 27.

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Admission for public swim is $1 for children, $2.25 for adults and $1.25 for seniors at Arrowhead Pool, Desert Oasis Pool, Hamilton Aquatic Center, Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center and Nozomi Aquatic Center. Admission to Folley Pool is 75 cents for children, $2 for adults and $1 for seniors. Summer hours vary by location.

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‘Come Out and Play’ with Chandler Summer Break Time classes and activities are taking place throughout Chandler. Get fit, take a class or take in a movie. Come Out and Play Chandler has programs and classes throughout June, July and August. Chandler summer camps run through July 15. Go to for the full listing.

Tennis Center

Summer hours are in place for the Chandler Tennis Center through September: hours are 7 to 11 a.m. and 5 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 to 11 a.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. Fridays, 7 to 11 a.m. Saturdays and 6 to 9 p.m. Sundays. There is still space available in Tennis Center lessons, camps and leagues for juniors and adults. Call 480-782-2650 for details.

Community Center

Miss Diana’s dance classes will be performing at the Evening with Kids event 6 to 8 p.m. Thu., July 11 at the Chandler Center for Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. Miss Diana teaches preschool, youth tap, adult tap and jazz and ballet. Zumba is back 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays at the Chandler Community Center, 125 E. Commonwealth Ave., Chandler. Also offered is Zumba Toning, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays. For more information call 480-782-2727.

Environmental Education Center Youth ages 7 to 11 are invited to join the Summer Nature Camps! campers as they travel the globe in search of exotic plants and animal species. Full day, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., camp for residents is $116, nonresidents $157. Half-day camp from 7:30 a.m. to noon or noon to 5:30 p.m. is $53 for residents, $72 for nonresidents. The Environmental Education Center is located at 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. Call 480-782-2890 for more information.

Senior Center

Enjoy food, enter to win a raffle and hear some music at the Father’s Day Party at the Chandler Senior Center, 202 E. Boston St., Chandler, 10:30 a.m. Mon., June 17. The event is free.

Snedigar Recreation Center

Snedigar Recreation Center, 4500 S. Basha Rd., Chandler has a variety of activities going on through summer. Chandler adult sports offers men’s double header softball, co-rec softball, men’s flag football, men’s basketball, co-rec volleyball and co-rec 4’s sand volleyball. Registration begins Monday, June 22. Contact Teo Ruiz at 480-7822704 or for more information. Playwell TEKnologies with LEGO Camp is 9 a.m. to noon Mon. through Fri., June 24 through 28 or July 8 through 12. Fees are $34 for residents or $46 for

nonresidents plus instructor fee. Let your imagination run wild with more than 10,000 pieces of LEGO. Contact Susan Richardson at 480-782-2641 for more information. Chess Wizards–Chess Camp is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 15 through 19. Camp includes chess games, puzzles, wizard says, bug house, mirror, fisher, take me, charades and more. Each camper receives a Chess Wizard T-shirt and a folder with all the puzzles from camp. Resident fee is $63, nonresident fee is $86, plus instructor fee. For more information call Susan Richardson at 480-782-2641.

N. Arizona Ave., Chandler, is 10 to 11:30 a.m. Sat., June 15 through Aug. 3. Youth will bowl two games each week and the season will end with a party and awards. Fee must be paid to the bowling alley each week. Krafty Krafts, at the Chandler Senior Center, designed for individuals with disabilities, will have participants create and have fun while staying cool in the summer. Classes are 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Mon., June 20 through Aug. 1. Resident fee is $14, nonresident fee is $18. For more information call 480-7822900 or email

Teen programs

TRC Teen Sports Night is 5 to 8:30 p.m. Fri., through July 19. Free to Tumbleweed pass holders, individual and team sporting events are held in the West gymnasium or courtyard at Tumbleweed Recreation Center, 745 E. Germann Rd., Chandler. Contact Ashley Swail at 480782-2909 for more information. Great Arizona Puppet Theater presents “Goldilocks” at TRC, 10 to 11 a.m. Wed., July 12. Free to TRC pass holders, $2 for residents, $3 for nonresidents. Seating is limited and you must register to participate. Family Night at TRC is 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wed., June 18. Free to Tumbleweed pass holders. Cost to resident youth is $2, teens $3; nonresident youth $3, teens $5. Call 480-782-2900 or go to trc@ for more information

Join the Teen Summer Adventures Program to enjoy activities that include paintballing, bowling, Air Worx, Laser Tag and Dave & Buster’s. Contact Manny Padia at 480-782-2746 or manuel.padia@ for more information. See a summer movie blockbuster with Get Reel!, June 20 and July 12 and 25. Join the Chandler Teen Program to watch the premieres of “Superman,” “World War Z,” “Pacific Rim” and “The Wolverine.” Cost is $20 for residents, $27 for nonresidents. Information is available from Manny Padia at 480-782-2746 or

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more accurate description of the establishment. “We wanted to make this a place for families to come and enjoy a great meal,” he explains, “but at the same time, in the other half of the restaurant, if you’d like to come in and watch some sports or you want to come listen to the live music we have several times a week, it’s a really fun environment over there, as well.”

HOUSE-SMOKED PARADISE: Whiskey Rose Bar and Grill smokes all its meats in-house, including the pulled pork on its signature Hog ‘n’ Heifer Burger. STSN photo by Ron Lang

The restaurant, which Tsailakis calls “a brand new concept,” has undergone other tweaks during its first few months, including a fresh menu boasting a variety of salads, mac ‘n’ cheese, sandwiches and Whiskey Rose’s classic pulled pork, rib, beef brisket and smoked chicken dishes. “The pulled pork actually smokes for anywhere from 12 to 15 hours,” says Tsailakis, “and then we can do a pulledpork sandwich or we also do a pulled-

pork entrée that comes with two sides. The brisket’s kind of the same deal. It’s slow-smoked at a low temperature for around 12 to 13 hours.” Burgers include the “hog ‘n heifer”—an 8-ounce patty topped with pulled pork, cheddar cheese and onion straws—and the fried dill pickle appetizers should tickle the country crowd. At the bar, offerings include 23 beer varieties, including local brews, and “a really great whiskey selection.” Whiskey Rose offers live karaoke on Wednesday evenings, and on Friday and Saturday night after 8 p.m., guests can enjoy live local bands ranging from Desert Dixie and Desert Knights to Journey and Styx cover bands. “We’re not all country all the time,” says Tsailakis, who calls the décor, with its guitars, neon signs and giant American flag, “modern country.” “A lot of places, it’s a country-themed restaurant and bar, but they don’t create the nice environment in the dining area,” he adds. “Honestly, we try to offer the best of both worlds. We’re constantly doing drink specials to keep it lively in the bar. But at the same time, we also offer great food.” Whiskey Rose Bar and Grill, at 135 W. Ocotillo Rd., is open Sunday through Thursday from 11a.m. till 11 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, from 11 a.m. till 2 a.m. or last call. For more information, call 480-895-7673 or visit K.M. Lang lives and writes in Sun Groves. She can be reached at

when we first got married, we didn’t have anything. We promised ourselves that if we ever got to a position where we could help others, we would. The mission we have—and that’s why I do what I do here at Chandler High—is to develop citizens with character, dedicated to serving their school, community and nation. That’s what these kids hear from me every day, and my wife and I try to be the example, so the kids know what to do and how to do it.” Jones’ own life of service began in 1966, when he joined the U.S. Air Force. The longtime Valley resident served two tours in Vietnam, was assigned to several command billets and calls serving his nation “the greatest honor of my life.” In 2002, Jones established Chandler High’s AFJROTC program. Three years later, Jones found himself instructing 63 students—both girls and boys—and by this past school year, participation had doubled to 125. “I would say well over a thousand young folks have gone through this program,” explains Jones, who was “blessed” two years ago by the arrival of Master Sgt. Scott Goodson. “He’s one of the big reasons we’ve increased our numbers,” Jones says of his colleague. “He’s just great to work with and good with the kids. It allows us to do a lot more than we’ve ever been able to.” Chandler High’s AFJROTC is a fouryear program, with students taking aviation and drill classes. An elite 40-member Honor Guard, clad “just like the active duty Air Force Honor Guard,” trains daily during and after school, and performs at eight to 10 events a month, including Chandler festivals, CUSD Board meetings and civic club gatherings. Still, Jones emphasizes, academics remains “top priority.” “We have 100% graduation rate,” he says, adding that around 30% of graduates go on to serve their nation. “We have a whole slew of kids who’ve gone into the military and done exceedingly well—we have Marine recon, Army combat engineers, Army medics, Navy corpsmen.” One teen confided to Jones soon after starting the program that he hoped to be a Navy Seal. “I worked with him over four years,” Jones recalls. “He’s like a son to me, and I told him if he ever graduated from Navy Seal training, I would be there. Well, on the first of October 2010, I was there to watch him put on his trident.”

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Now, nearly a dozen years into Chandler High’s AFJROTC program, Jones continues to lead by example—as he did when he donated his Paradise Bakery meals, most of them earned at the Ray Road and Price Freeway location. “I’ve just been accumulating the meals because I didn’t need them,” he says, explaining that he earned one free meal for every 12 he purchased. “I figured one day there’d be someone in front of me in line who forgot their wallet or didn’t have enough money, and I could go, ‘Here, take one of my meals.’ But that never happened, and it just kept building up.” It was while Jones was talking with his wife, Christine, that it occurred to him to donate the meals through Chandler’s CrossRoads Nazarene Church, which feeds the homeless once a month at a local park. Paradise Bakery’s staff filled 64 paper bags with sandwiches, chips and cookies for Jones’ church to distribute, and “I guess it started

SERIOUS SERVICE: Chandler High’s Air Force Junior ROTC Honor Guard, led for the past 11 years by Lt. Col. Gary Jones, performs at eight to 10 events each month, and raises and lowers the school’s flag each week. Submitted photo

getting attention when they bagged them up and had them all out where the customers could see them,” Jones recalls. “People were asking, ‘What are you doing that for?’” Now Jones is busy racking up more points with his daily meals, which vary, “but always include a fruit salad. “He’s already earned five free meals, and he’s pondering how best to redeem them. Whatever he decides, one thing is certain: Jones will use the opportunity to teach his students the importance of public service. “I share personal experiences with them all the time,” he says. “I’ve told them, “I’ll retire when I can no longer be the example for you.’” K.M. Lang lives and writes in Sun Groves. She can be reached at


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County Library District, Read – Explore – Discover>> Maricopa County Reads summer reading program is underway through July 27. Youth, teens and adults are encouraged to participate in a variety of events and activities as well as checking out material from their public library. “Maricopa County Reads is an especially big deal this year as all the public libraries in the county are involved,” says Cindy Kolaczynski, Maricopa County Library District director and county librarian. “With this collaboration we have a chance to impact more than 80,000 children and teens. It’s a huge undertaking, with incredible potential and one that we wholeheartedly embrace.” Chandler Public Library is participating in Maricopa County Reads. Program participants who complete the summer reading program can select from a free book to add to their personal home

San Tan Mountain Regional Park provides a variety of activities at the 10,000 acre park nestled in the Sonoran Desert. Visit wildlife exhibits, the tortoise habitat or take part in the parks Wet ‘n’ Wild promotion through July with special programs throughout the summer. San Tan Mountain Region Park is offering programs to qualify for a family four-pack of Wet ‘n’ Wild Water Park tickets valued at $120 through their “Country Parks are Getting Wet ‘n’ Wild this summer” programs.

library. Other incentives will be awarded for reaching reading goals. A variety of guest presenters including authors, puppeteers, magicians, musicians, artists, paranormal investigators and more will be at various libraries throughout the summer. Visit any of the Chandler Public Library branches to register or register online. The Downtown Library is located at 22 S. Delaware St.; Basha Library is at 5990 S. Val Vista Dr.; Hamilton Library is at 3700 S. Arizona Ave.; and Sunset Library is located at 4930 W. Ray Rd. Participating Maricopa County Library District libraries in the SanTan Sun area include Ed Robson Branch Library at 9330 E. Riggs Rd., Sun Lakes and Perry Branch Library at 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd., Gilbert. To access program schedules or more information about Maricopa County Reads visit

Local author book signing Arizona author, David Salge, will be at Costco, 2887 S. Market St., Gilbert, noon to 3 p.m. Sat., June 15 to sign copies of his book “Around San Tan Mountain.” Focusing on the communities of Chandler Heights, Queen Creek, Higley and Combs, Salge discusses the early settlers and the influences of war, immigration and the Depression which challenged and enriched the area. “Around San Tan Mountain” is available at area bookstores, independent retailers, online retailers or through Arcadia publishing at

SAN TANS: Hike the desert trails, take a class, or just enjoy the view. Submitted photo

Wet ‘n’ Wild Programs are: Desert Edibles, 10 to 11 a.m. Sat., June 15: eat this, not that, in the desert; All About Monsoons, 2 to 3 p.m. Sat., June 15: Sonoran Desert Monsoons, summer heat and haboobs are the topic of discussion in the nature center; Stories of the Sky, 7:30 to 9 p.m. Fri., June 21: explore constellations, planets and stars on a night hike while learning myths of past cultures; and Animal Spotlighting Adventure, 8 to 9 p.m. Fri.,

DESERT DWELLERS: Quail are just one of the native animals that can be seen throughout San Tan Mountain Regional Park. Submitted photo

June 28: catch a glimpse of Sonoran Desert animals at night. Additional programs offered at San Tan Mountain Regional Park include: Movie Madness, 10 a.m. to noon Wed., June 19: enjoy a movie in the air-conditioned nature center; Birding Adventure, 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Thu., June 20: learn birding skills from local experts while hiking through the park; Venomous Creatures and Snake Feeding, 3 to 4 p.m. Sat., June 22: event feature snakes and Gila monsters feeding, but may not be appropriate for all age groups; Sunset and Full Moon Hike, 7:30 to 9 p.m. Sat., June 22: experience a 2.2mile hike through the Sonoran Desert illuminated by the full moon; All About Scorpions, 7 to 7:30 p.m. Sat., June 29: learn about scorpions and prepare for the Scorpion Scavenger Hunt, 8 to 9 p.m., Sat., June 29: search for these eightlegged creatures exploring the Sonoran Desert at night. San Tan Mountain Regional Park is located at 6533 W. Phillips Rd., Queen Creek. Call 480-655-5554 or visit for more information or details on events.


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bring in their own food and beverages, but grilling and alcoholic beverages are not allowed. Guests may not use any personal fireworks of any kind within the park. Admission to the park is free, and onsite parking is available for $5 per vehicle. Tumbleweed Park is located at 2250 S. McQueen Rd. in Chandler, on the southwest corner of McQueen and Germann roads. Vehicles can enter the park from Germann Road at Hamilton Street or from McQueen Road at Celebration Way. Disabled parking is available at both entrances. For more information, call the city’s special events hotline at 480-782-2735, or go to

Music and fun at Rawhide

Celebrate the Fourth of July with live music, fireworks and more at Red White & Rawhide. The event, which is presented by Mega 104.3 and Roger Clyne’s Mexican Moonshine Tequila, is from 5 p.m. until midnight on Thu., July 4. Seven bands are scheduled to appear, along with food, fireworks and more. Admission is $20 on the day of the event and parking is $5; advanced sale tickets are available at redwhiterawhide. Rawhide is located at 5700 W. North Loop Rd. in Chandler. For more information, call 480-502-5600 or visit

Tempe Town Lake Festival

People who like their fireworks displays set to patriotic and classical music can head to Tempe Town Lake for the July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festival

from 5 to 11 p.m. The show, which is hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Tempe, is well known for its spectacular and musical fireworks display. A Family Fun Fest will feature relay races, face painting and a variety of inflatables for people of all ages, along with rides and rock climbing walls. Fill up on hamburgers, hot dogs, Macayo’s Depot Cantina, barbecue, fry bread, roasted corn, snow cones and more. Tickets are $6 for adults and are available at all Fry’s stores, and children 12 and younger are free. Tickets are $8 at the gate or two for $15. For more information, call 480-3505189 or visit

Patriotic fun in Ahwatukee

A wide variety of entertainment, water play and a gorgeous fireworks display are all part of Ahwatukee’s Red, White & Boom Fireworks Festival. The event, which is hosted by the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce, presented by Vision Community Management and produced by HDE Agency is from 4 to 10 p.m. on Wed., July 3 at the Ahwatukee Country Club.

The entertainment schedule includes the Radio Disney Rockin’ Road Show from 4 to 6:45 p.m., bratwurst-eating competitions—one for kids and one for local firefighters—from 6:45 to 7 p.m. and a Color Guard March with a performance by the Ahwatukee Community Chorus from 8:45 to 8:55 p.m. When folks get hungry, they may purchase tasty treats like barbecue, hamburgers, shave ice, kettle corn, nachos and much more. Admission is free; there is a $25 charge to enter the “Boom Room,” where guests can enjoy catered food, private restrooms and a tented area with water misters. The Boom Room admission can be purchased in advance by contacting the Ahwatukee Chamber at 480-753-7676 or the day of the event in the VIP area. The Ahwatukee Country Club is located at 12432 S. 48th St. in Phoenix. For more information, call 602-276-2499 or visit HDEAgency for updates.

Music and more in Mesa

A variety of musical acts are featured at the fourth annual Southwest

Ambulance Arizona Celebration of Freedom from 6 to 11 p.m. on Sat., June 29 in downtown Mesa. The entertainment kicks off with a performance from Mogollon on Stage America, the event’s main stage. Headline performers Cowboy Mouth will also appear. At approximately 9:15 p.m., the Chicago Cubs Salute to America program and fireworks will take place; the show stars 4Troops, a nationally acclaimed pop music ensemble made up of four retired combat veterans who served in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. After the fireworks show, Tyrone Vaughan will perform. The event also features classic cars, patriotic displays, family fun and much more. More than 50,000 people of all ages are expected to attend. For more information, visit

Celebrate in Apache Junction

A free July 4 event at Apache Junction High School will feature free watermelon, while it lasts; a Kid’s Zone; bicycle, wagon and tricycle decoration contest; live entertainment starting at 7 p.m. and fireworks at 9 p.m. Food and beverages are available to purchase and there is a small fee for the game booths. The event is from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thu., July 4. Apache Junction High School is located at 2525 S. Ironwood, in Apache Junction. Alison Stanton is a freelance writer who lives in the East Valley. She can be reached at


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“I think it comes down to peers and chefs I’ve worked with either know me or know what I do,” he explains about the nomination. “I am very grateful and humble that I was mentioned by my fellow chef peers. There are a lot of great chefs in Arizona and I think it is a great thing.”

TEAM PLAYER: Conor Favre says there is always pressure just to perform and make sure you have the best product. “I like to make sure that the team around me is in tune as well.” Submitted photo

As the summer season approaches, Favre says, he’ll be lightening up the menu at Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa, utilizing indigenous items that are part of the community, fresh ingredients like zucchini, melons and squash from local farmers and the garden recently planted at Aji spa.

Chef Brian Peterson

After earning his food and beverage bachelor’s degree from Roosevelt University in Chicago, Chef Brian Peterson moved to Arizona and attended Scottsdale Culinary Institute. With 16 years in the industry, he became the executive chef at Cork, 4991 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler, when it opened five years ago. Peterson says he received a phone call from BCA asking about his cooking style and in turn who he thought were outstanding chefs in the area. “At first I didn’t know how big of a scope it was going to be,” he explains. “It became a grand ordeal.” The nomination is exciting “because there are some extremely popular chefs from around the world nominated, and around the Valley, so to be nominated by peers in your industry, people like what I’m doing and I’m excited about that,” Peterson mentions. He explains his style is classical cooking techniques with modern ingredients, different touches—it has to make sense from a history standpoint as well as current trend standpoint. Cork changes its menu about six times a year based on product availability and seasonality. “We bring in a lot of wild game,” Peterson explains. “At any time we’ll have two to three or four different types of wild game on the menu, like antelope, buffalo, ostrich, quail, things of that nature.”

Chef Kelly Fletcher

Executive Chef Kelly Fletcher at House

names missing from that list.” Fletcher received his training from Scottsdale Culinary Institute and has been at House of Tricks for nine years. “I’m obsessed with fusion,” he comments. “I always tell people that nobody is safe. There isn’t a country or a cuisine that is safe. I’ll fuse Korean with Spanish and I’ll combine French with Mexican. I love so many different cultures and I just can’t lock myself down to one style. There are just too many flavors out there to say no to.”

Patrick ‘Chef Red’ Bray CHEERING FOR CHEFS: “We are all so good to each other,” Kelly Fletcher says about the recognition. “I think it’s nice for us. We are seeing the culinary scene in Arizona take off. It’s insane. I don’t think Arizona gets a lot of recognition for the talent there actually is.” Submitted photo

of Tricks, 114 E. Seventh St., Tempe, says it was an honor to be part of the chefs listed by BCA. “It’s a very strange thing when you get recognition for doing what you do every day anyway,” he explains. “It’s funny, every day when you think about the fact that we get paid to do this. I would do this for free. There is nothing else.” “It’s an incredible honor, and at the same time it was shocking to see how many names weren’t on the list,” Fletcher says about being part of the BCA group. “I was pretty amazed at how much talent is in the Valley and how many names weren’t on that list. I don’t know how they came up with exactly how it’s done, but there are a lot of great

Patrick ‘Chef Red’ Bray, chef-partner of Roy’s Chandler, 7151 W. Ray Rd., Chandler, was contacted by BCA earlier in the year asking about his background, the type of food he prepared and where he got is influence. “They told me that a couple of other chefs had recommended me and at the end of the conversation they asked if there were any chefs that I would recommend,” he explains. “I’m a pretty humble person and then again I’m a realist and I know how hard I work at my job,” Bray explains about being nominated. “There are so many other chefs out there that how can they categorize us? There are some chefs out there that are just so amazing that there’s no way I’m in the same league or field as them. But, because there are other chefs saying this stuff about me that makes me proud and I’m happy about that especially as hard as I work at my job.” Trained at Le Cordon Bleu, Bray has been with Roy’s for almost 10 years


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Neighbors working his way up from prep cook to chef-partner. “Working for Roy’s we’re under the category of Hawaiian Fusion, we’re also considered Pacific Rim,” he explains. Bray says he’ll use Maui sweet onions, indigenous of Hawaii, use a tomato from Japan and Saki instead of red wine to deglaze to put an Asian twist on a classic Italian marinara. “Going into the summer time, things that I enjoy are Mediterranean Greek flavors, especially here in Arizona,” he adds. He considers seasonality of things and his clientele as he plans his menu. Chef-owner, Yupha Dequenne of Yupha’s Thai Kitchen, 1805 E. Elliot Rd., Tempe was the fifth chef nominated in the southeast Valley. Information about “Best Chefs America” book is available at The book sells for $75. BCA has already begun the process of contacting chefs for next year’s book. Tracy House is a freelance writer living in Ironwood Vistas with her husband and four children. She can be reached at

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Join ICAN for facility’s first anniversary Kicks for Kids shoe drive continues The public is invited to join ICAN, a free family-centered youth service in the East Valley, in celebrating its first year in its new facility during an open house event, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tue., June 18 at 650 E. Morelos St. in Chandler. ICAN provides a full complement of programs proven effective in equipping youth to achieve personal and academic success by tackling abuse, gang involvement and juvenile delinquency. “The dream started with Henry Salinas 22 years ago to provide a free and safe place youth could go after school as an alternative to facing the pressures of local gang activity and substance abuse,” says Becky Jackson, ICAN’s chief executive officer. “His vision has culminated into where ICAN is today, approaching our first anniversary in the new ICAN Lon E. Hoeye Youth Center, where we now serve 300 youth daily.”

Shoes and socks needed for school drive

ICAN is collecting new shoes and socks through Mon., July 1 for its Kicks for Kids shoe drive which will be providing more than 400 pairs of shoes to local youth for the coming 2013 school year. Students, grades kindergarten through 12, who would likely start the school year with used or ill-fitting footwear, will benefit from the donated items.

“ICAN has identified a growing need for new shoes among youth in the community we serve,” says Becky Jackson, ICAN’s chief executive officer. “The kids wear them out easily and their families often don’t have the resources available to provide a new pair once the shoes are worn and torn.” Phoenix Premium Outlets, located at the Santan Loop 202 and Interstate-10 freeways in Chandler, is participating as a partner on this initiative. “We are delighted to partner with ICAN in this worthy cause and are extremely pleased that so many of our shoe merchants are so generous with their offers,” says Kathy Frederiksen, general manager. Famous Footwear Outlet, Reebok, Rockport, Saucony and Sperry Top-Sider at Phoenix Premium Outlets are offering special discounts for new shoes purchased in June benefiting ICAN. Phoenix Premium Outlets is offering customers who bring new shoes supporting Kicks for Kids to the Information Center in the food court or management office a complimentary VIP Coupon Book and an opportunity to enter to win a $100 Phoenix Premium Outlets gift card.

New socks in the original packaging and new gender-neutral athletic shoes boys’ size 1-6, girls’ size 1-6, men’s size 5-11 and women’s size 5-9 can be dropped off at the ICAN Lon E. Hoeye Youth Center, 650 Morelos St., Chandler or at the Phoenix Premium Outlets, 4976 Premium Outlets Way, Chandler. Youth can pick up shoes, a backpack, supplies and uniform at Chandler High School on Sat., July 20 between 8 a.m. and noon. Contact Shelby Pedersen, ICAN’s director of resource development, for more information or to list a business as a Kicks for Kids Shoe drive collection site, at 480-874-7576 or Shelby@icanaz. org. Visit or call 480-821-4207 for additional information about ICAN.

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Around the Neighborhood Area families celebrated summer with the Chandler Chill Out from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat., June 1, at Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, Three S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. The free event, courtesy of the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership and in cooperation with ICAN, featured four large water inflatables, live music from local bands, childrenfocused games, raffles, food and drinks, cool treats and craft vendors. There was also be a spinning gyro machine and a trackless train. For more information, visit STSN photos by Ron Lang

COOLING DOWN: The Chandler Chill Out was dubbed a success.

HOT TEMPERATURES: Families rest in the shade in between activities.

GETTING WET: Children wait in line for their chance to get wet.

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Spiritual Reflections

Sisterhood going to Hale Theatre

The yearly summer outing of the Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation Sisterhood to the Hale Centre Theatre in Gilbert is 3 p.m. Sat., Aug. 10, to see “Hairspray.” Tickets are $22. For more information, call Denise at 480-895-8665.

Spiritual Reflections: Really Seeing by Barbara Dillard

I have come to the age where glasses are a necessary evil. You know, the funky-looking ones that slide down the bridge of the nose while the wearer peers at you over the top. These little jewels live in every room of my house lest I should lose some. Without the magnification of these lenses much of my perspective on life would be handicapped. It’s a shame that there aren’t glasses that enlarge my heart’s capacity to love and accept others.

Maybe then I would see people as they really are: made in the image of God. You see, most of us have an eye disease—a lazy eye. That is, an eye too lazy to really see the person before us. We become overly busy and suddenly there is room for only one person’s perspective—our own. This creates a breeding ground for a critical spirit that misunderstands the motives of others. Isn’t it interesting how quick we are to judge ourselves based upon our intentions but others upon their behavior?

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Rabbi is speaker

Rabbi Irwin Wiener is scheduled to be the first Sisterhood guest speaker for the season, 1 p.m. Thu., Sept. 19 in the Chapel House in Sun Lakes, followed by light refreshments.

October activities

The October meeting on Thu., Oct. 17, will be preceded by a new member luncheon. Then, on Tue., Oct. 29, the Sisterhood has arranged for a day at the races at Turf Paradise Race Track. Details will be announced Jesus challenged the crowd who was preparing to stone the adulterous woman to consider if they were without sin before throwing the first stone. An honest examination of our own selfcenteredness might be a great beginning to an accurate and compassionate view of others. And with this approach, the only lens we would need is a mirror. Barbara Dillard, a resident of Old Stone Ranch, is affiliated with Redemption Gateway Church. She blogs at Unswervinglyheld.

Toys are needed

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

Other Sisterhood news

It’s not too early to send in dues, which are $25. Make the check out to SLJC Sisterhood and mail it to 3495 E. County Down Dr. Chandler, AZ 85249. Co-presidents Geri and Carol appreciate any comments or suggestions, and can be called at 480-305-0123 and 480-895-3168, respectively.

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Community helps kids get back to school School supplies, backpacks, shoes, socks, underwear and uniforms are needed for individuals, families, service organizations, businesses and faith communities in the largest school supply drive in the history of Chandler with the goal of providing 10,000 children with backpacks and school supplies for the upcoming 2013 school year. Operation Back to School Chandler—For Our Students is a collaborative effort involving the City of Chandler, various nonprofit organizations, churches, employers, school districts, business groups and others in the Chandler area. “This is not about any one organization or person, but about families and community coming together for our future in Chandler,” says Lori Tapia, director of the Family Resource Center at the Chandler Christian Community Center. “This is a collective effort to meet the needs of some of Chandler’s most vulnerable children.” Organizations helping coordinate Operation Back to School Chandler include For Our City—Chandler, the Chandler CARE Center, Chandler Christian Community Center, Chandler Education Foundation, Chandler Unified School District, City of Chandler Neighborhood Resources Division, CrossRoads Nazarene Church, Fans Across America, The Y, Boys & Girls Club, EV Jewish Community Center, Si Se Puede and ICAN. The donated items will be distributed to needy elementary, middle and high school students at a July 20 event. Organizations interested in sponsoring this event or already planning a back-to-school drive in Chandler should contact Leah Powell at lean. For more information, visit Chandler.html or call 480-782-2214.

Spirituality Adult day care offers respite for caregivers SanTan Sun-area adults needing temporary care are welcome at A Perfect Place, an adult day care and nonprofit organization on the campus of Risen Savior Lutheran Church and School Rd., 23914 S. Alma School Rd., Sun Lakes. Hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Staff and volunteers provide a loving and caring afternoon social program for adults that opens with a short devotion, after which everyone shares something about themselves. The fun continues with games, entertainment, snacks and a short session of chair exercises. Volunteers are welcome. Contributions from service organizations, personal donations to the program’s scholarship fund and Beanie Babies are greatly appreciated. For more information, call Judy Waltersdorf at 480-895-2892, ext. 3 or email

Welcome the Sabbath together Members and nonmembers are invited to the Young Family Shabbat service and dinner 6 p.m., Fri., June 21 at Temple Beth Sholom of the East Valley, 3400 N. Dobson Rd., Chandler. Rabbi Kenneth Leitner will lead the energizing service, which merges traditional prayers with family-friendly tunes, in the main sanctuary. The full Shabbat experience continues after the service with a vegetarian dinner. Adults are $4, children 12 years and younger $2 and families $10. Payments can be made either by check, made out to TBS-EV, or through PayPal. For more information, call 480-897-3636, email or visit

Free screening at Jewish Heritage Center Learn about Jewish farmers, 7 p.m. Tue., June 18 at a free screening of the documentary, “The Land Was Theirs: Jewish Farmers in the Garden State,” at the Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center, 122 E. Culver St., Phoenix. Tens of thousands of Jews set up farms in southern and central New Jersey between 1880 and the World War II. They lived in tight-knit communities based on ethnic identity and often ideology. The documentary focuses on one such community in Farmingdale, NJ. RSVP by calling 602-241-7870 or email A book discussion at the Jewish Heritage Center is planned for 7 p.m. Thu., June 20, focusing on “The Haunted Smile: The Story of Jewish Comedians in America,” by Lawrence Epstein. The free discussion will be led by Mark Sendrow, Heritage Center president. Music and dancing concludes June programming at the center, 1 p.m. Tue., June 25 with the free Israeli Scouts Caravan Program. For more information, call Lee or Sandy Shedroff at 623-376-8737.

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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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This summer, Chandler Art Walk moves indoors by Lynette Carrington

The Chandler Art Walk has become an exciting monthly event that spotlights a plethora of talented local artists. The family friendly event takes place every third Friday from 6 to 10 p.m. and, for the summer months, the event will move indoors to make the experience more engaging for the artists and fans. Typically, the Chandler Art Walk is held on the sidewalks of Boston Street, San Marcos Place and in the armadas in the Dr. A.J. Chandler Park on the west

side of Arizona Avenue. For the months of June, July and August, however, the event will be held in the air-conditioned comfort of Gangplank, a collaborative workspace located at 260 S. Arizona Ave., north of Frye Road. The indoor business is expecting to host about 35 artists. The casual and laid-back atmosphere allows visitors to move through the displays at their own pace. With so many visually appealing and thought-provoking artists on display, the Chandler Art Walk is in its fourth year

INTERACTION: Marnie Brookins, who designed these glass business card holders as part of her company GlassMelts, is the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership special events manager. She says, “Our goal is to give artists a venue to showcase their artwork and the public an opportunity to interact directly with artists.” Submitted photo

under the direction of the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership. “Our goal is to give artists a venue to showcase their artwork and the public an opportunity to interact directly with artists,” explains DCCP Special Events Manager Marnie Brookins. “Anyone can buy art off of a shelf, but here they can meet the artist, hear the story, thoughts and feelings behind the works. We also want to show off the charm of Downtown Chandler and the cool restaurants and businesses.” The next art walk is June 21 and the entire community is invited to get out of the heat and take in some cool art. “We do have a wide range of artists participating this month. They will find glass, painting, woodworking, jewelry and metal work just to name a few,” notes Brookins. Other artists showcase their works completed in sculpture, mixed media and photography. In addition to the art, visitors to the Chandler Art Walk will enjoy live music. Past art walks have also included kids’ crafts, special guest artists and scavenger hunts. “Several of our artists have won major awards and been published in everything from Arizona Highways, National Geographic, Phoenix Magazine and had jewelry worn on TV shows like ‘The Voice.’ We have a wide range of art available in just about every price range and size,” Brookins says. Artists who are considering taking

ON DISPLAY: Gourd art by Barbara Watkins of Good Gourd has been shown at the Chandler Art Walk, which moves indoors for the summer. Submitted photo

part in future Chandler Art Walks are encouraged to visit “The applications are reviewed by a volunteer artist jury panel overseen by the DCCP. There is a $25 application fee and, if accepted, there is no charge for the first month’s booth. New artists must apply at least two weeks prior to their first art walk,” Brookins says. Lynette Carrington is a freelance writer who lives in the East Valley. She can be reached at


CCA season dances out the door

When the circus comes to town

The Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., ends its 2012-13 season this month with nothing but dance. First up, Tempe Dance West hosts its annual recital at the CCA 7 p.m. Thu., June 20, celebrating the success of Tempe Dance West’s students with a presentation for family and friends, featuring special guest Tempe Dance Company. Tickets are $14 and $16. The final group on the CCA stage before the summer break is Wagner Dance and Music, which offers “A Dancer’s Dream,” featuring the story of a dad and his daughter hoping to make it big in New York City. The show is set for 7 p.m. Sat., June 22, and features an eclectic repertoire of works by the world’s up-andcoming choreographers. Tickets are $14 and $16. For more information, call the CCA box office at 480-782-2680 or visit

High-wire acrobats, daredevil stunts and a cadre of clowns are just some of the entertainment you can expect from “Built to Amaze!” a brand-new circus from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, coming to town June 26 through July 1 at the US Airways Center, 201 E. Jefferson St. in downtown Phoenix. The circus boasts more than 110 of the world’s best TIGHT WIRE: Dazzling displays of balance artists and athletes and coordination are just part of the representing 17 Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus, “Built to Amaze!” at the US Airways Center countries along in downtown Phoenix. Photo courtesy of with 95 exotic and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey domestic animals assembled together under one big top. Come out one hour early to each performance to meet the performers and animals on the show floor, try on costumes, learn dance moves and more at the interactive All Access Pre-Show, with free admission to all ticket holders. Ticket prices are $20, $25, $45 and $60 for the front row. Admission for children ages 2 through 12 is $10 each on all weekday performances. All seats are reserved; tickets are available through, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or visit the US Airways Center Box Office.

Jazz music with Dixie twist

The soul of the south comes to the southwest as the Dan Reed Dixie Band, featuring trumpet player Dan Reed, performs from 1 to 4 p.m. Sun., June 23 at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort, One San Marcos Pl., Chandler. The concert is presented by the Arizona Classic Jazz Society. Cost is $10 for ACJS members or $15 for nonmembers; guests who become members on June 23 get in free. A yearly ACJS membership is $35 per couple or $25 per single. For more information, visit or call 480-620-3941.




June 15 – July 5, 2013

Little pigs outwit wolf in musical

The East Valley Children’s Theatre presents “Huff ’N Puff,” an original musical based on the classic children’s story “The Three Little Pigs,” June 20 through 30 at the Mesa Arts Center (MAC), One E. Main St., Mesa. When Ma and Pa Pig are too busy to go to the Barnyard Market, they send three of their oldest piglets. There the three meet the beautiful Miss Prissy and immediately begin building what they think should be her dream house. Enter B.B. Wolf, who is doing everything in his power to make sure they don’t succeed, and more importantly–turning them an easy lunch. Will the pigs be able to outwit the big bad wolf, or will they end up as bacon? Shows are June 20 through 22, and June 28 through 30; some matinees are available. Tickets are $15 for adults, and $11 for youth ages 17 and younger. For more information, call the MAC box office at 480-644-6500 or go online to:

WILEY WOLF: Taking on the classic children’s tale–with a new twist–of a wolf and three clever little pigs are, clockwise from left: Nick Williams as Pee Wee, Collin Anderson as BB Wolf, Jake Olson as Petey and Raini Hawkins as Porker. Photo courtesy of EVCT

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June 15 – July 5, 2013

Quilts made for art, not beds

‘Alpocalypse’ comes to Mesa

Textile artists who can integrate a sense of “artrageousness” into a fabric design are being sought to participate in the exhibit, “Art Quilts XVIII: ARTrageous Art Quilts,” which will open Nov. 1 at the Chandler Center for the Arts (CCA), 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. The CCA Art Quilts juried exhibition has grown from a local and regional quilt show to a respected vehicle for contemporary works. The exhibition draws entries from around the United States and Canada and allows thousands of visitors each year to experience quilting as an art form. The original works of textile art quilts should step outside of the box in some context, reflecting a twist on the traditional, or an interesting technique that is unique to the artist’s work. The challenge is to exceed the limits of what is usual. The theme may be conceptual, visual or personal. Artists are asked to submit their most significant work to this annual exhibition of contemporary artworks, showcasing one of the finest collections of art quilts on display in the regional Southwest, by 5 p.m. Fri., Aug. 23. For each $15 fee, artists may submit up to three works on a CD or via email. There is no entry form, but entries must be accompanied by certain information; for more details on how to submit an entry, email A list of accepted artists will be posted on by Mon.,

“Weird Al” Yankovic keeps the crowd roaring with comedic musical parodies, hilarious satire and his iconic sense of weird, 7:30 p.m. Sun., July 7, at Mesa Arts Center, One E. Main St., Mesa. It will be his only Arizona performance this year. Not that Yankovic has anything against Arizona, per se, though he puts the blame for coming to the state in one of the hottest months of the year squarely on his MUSIC MANIA: “Weird Al” Yankovic brings his mastery of musical parody to booking agent. the Mesa Arts Center on July 7. Yankovic is best known for his creative and wacky twists on popular songs such as “Eat It,” “Like a Surgeon” and “Smells Like When asked what Nirvana.” Photo courtesy of R Entertainment Company his favorite thing about coming to the accordionist, actor, comedian, writer, Valley was, he replied, “The excellent satirist and parodist. nachos, what else?” As for what he has Yankovic most recently released his observed about the audiences here, album “Alpocalypse,” which hit the Yankovic comments, in typical “Weird Billboard charts at No. 9—the highest Al” fashion, “I’ve found that Arizona debut of his career. The album’s single, audiences are 37% less likely to be “Perform This Way,” a Lady Gaga parody, lactose-intolerant.” received a Grammy Award nomination Yankovic has become the biggestfor Best Short Form Video and selling comedy recording artist in “Alpocalypse” was nominated for Best history, with more than 12 million album Comedy Album. sales. Entering his fourth decade of Tickets are $32 to $40, and are comedy, Yankovic has earned popularity available by calling 480-644-6500, or as a singer-songwriter, music producer, online at

TEXTILE DUALITY: This complex art quilt was created by Arizona textile artist Adriene Buffington for last year’s exhibit, “Art Quilts XVII,” held at the Chandler Center for the Arts. Photo courtesy of the CCA

Sept. 2. Completed quilts accepted into the exhibition must be delivered by Sat., Oct. 19. Four $250 jury awards will be given to the Best of Show Juror’s award and the Viewer’s Choice award. Multiple purchase awards will be offered by the Chandler Arts Commission for up to $10,000. The exhibition is produced by the Chandler Center for the Arts and is presented by the Chandler Cultural Foundation and the Chandler Arts Commission. For more information, call 480-782-2695.


June 15 – July 5, 2013


Follies behind the scenes

Conquering fears, adolescence

Mesa Encore Theatre’s production of the comedy “Noises Off” continues through June 16 at the Mesa Arts Center (MAC), One E. Main St. in Mesa. The play unfolds during the slapstick bumbling stumbles of dress rehearsal to the disastrous opening night of the bedroom sex farce, “Nothing On.” The on- and off-stage antics of the frenetic characters spotlight that sometimes the back view is even more ludicrous than the epic fails that unfold from the front. Advance tickets are $25 for adults and $22 for students,

The Scottsdale Conservatory Theatre Company (SCT) presents “The Sparrow,” Wed., June 26 and Thu., June 27, at Scottsdale Community College’s Performing Arts Center, 9000 E. Chaparral Rd., Scottsdale. Both performances begin at 7:30 p.m. The play is free–with reserved tickets–and open to the public. The story centers on Emily Book, played by SCT student Sarah Zorman, the lone survivor of a horrible school bus accident who was sent away from the tiny town of Spring Farm. Now in her senior year, Emily must return in order to graduate from high school. When she arrives, she is unwillingly thrust into the whirlwind of Spring Farm High and must use her telekinetic powers to save a friend. “The Sparrow” taps into the fundamental aching of adolescence: fearing that we’re somehow different while hoping that we’re special. It is appropriate for all ages. To reserve a free seat, visit Eventbright at sct-thesparrow. For more information, call 480-423-6356.

teachers and seniors. Tickets on show day are $2 more. All seating is general admission.

Piano recital aids church fund

“Mostly Piano,” a benefit recital presented by the Anglican Church of the Epiphany, will be held on Sat., June 22, at the Steinway Piano Showroom, 13802 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale. Enjoy an afternoon of classical and other music styles to benefit the building fund of St. Andrew’s Anglican Church. Admission is free; donations are accepted. Several items, including a $250 Spa Basket, will be raffled and tickets are available at the door. For more information, contact Irene Hickman at 602-870-5290 or

Call 480-644-6500 or visit to purchase advance tickets.

Unlikely victory led by youth “Chittagong” is a film presented by the Discovery Film Series, June 16 through 17 and June 23 through 24, at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale. In a little-known saga of 1930s British-occupied South Asia, a handful of untrained teenage boys and girls, led by a school teacher, handed the British their first military defeat and liberated a town from the colonial yoke for the first time in the 20th century. “Chittagong” is the story of the youngest and the most unlikely

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participant—Jhunku Roy. A studious, diffident and frail teenager, Jhunku would not even come out to play football, let alone pick up a gun. He becomes a revolutionary, and having joined the rebels, battles nagging selfdoubts and reluctance on one hand, and a formidable enemy on the other, to achieve an impossible triumph. Tickets are $5 general admission and free for students with ID. Show times are 2 and 6 p.m. Sundays, and 7 p.m. Mondays. For tickets, call 480499-8587. For more information, visit

BRAVE BOY: “Chittagong” tells the story of a young, shy and frail teenage boy named Jhunku who joins with others from his community to fight off a British incursion in the 1930s. Photo courtesy of the SCPA



June 15 – July 5, 2013

Christie murder mystery comes to Scottsdale Boston Pops to Perform “The Mousetrap” by famed mystery author Agatha Christie originally opened in the West End of London in 1952 and has been performed around the globe ever since. Desert Stages Theatre (DST) presents its stage version of “The Mousetrap” through Sun., July 28 at the theater, 4720 N. Scottsdale Rd. in Scottsdale. This murderous classic unravels the mysterious death of a woman at a large guesthouse in London, where a trap is set to ensnare the perpetrator while the suspects are snowed in together during their stay. The stage is set and, in true Christie fashion, squirrely twists ensue, promising a characteristic all-consuming yarn of suspense. DST’s 65-seat Actor’s Café delivers the tale in an up-close-and-personal space heightening the suspense, mystery and anticipation. Tickets are $25 for adults and $22 for seniors and students. Tickets are

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WHODUNIT: It’s a murder mystery like only Agatha Christie can write as Desert Stages Theatre presents “The Mousetrap,” through July 28. Photo by Wade Moran

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Symphony makes ‘Czech Connection’ The next performance in Arizona Pro Arte’s “Cool Classics Series” is “The Czech Connection,” with Mozart’s Symphony No. 38, “Prague” and Dvorák’s Symphony No. 7. The concert takes place 7:30 p.m. Sat., July 20 at the Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy. in Tempe. “Two Greats” are highlighted at 7:30 p.m. on Sat., Aug. 24, with Haydn’s Concerto for

Cello in C, featuring Catalin Rotaru, double bass; and Schubert’s Symphony No. 9, “The Great.” All performances take place in the Studio of the TCA. These summer series performances will be recorded for delayed broadcast by classical radio station KBAQ-FM 89.5. Information about Arizona Pro Arte’s Cool Classics Series is available at

For the first time in nearly a decade, the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, led by Conductor Keith Lockhart, will perform in the Valley on Sat., Nov. 16. “The Best of the Boston Pops” presented by the Arizona Ford Dealers is being held at Hohokam Stadium, 1235 N. Center St. in Mesa. The world-famous orchestra will play its way through a variety of American music, from blockbuster Broadway show tunes to Hollywood silver screen classics. For fans of all ages, there’ll also be a patriotic sing-along and a medley of holiday favorites sure to put everyone in the spirit of the forthcoming season. The evening will conclude with a show- stopping fireworks spectacular choreographed to Tchaikovsky’s Overture of 1812 and Stars and Stripes Forever. This epic musical event pays tribute to the landmark Hohokam Stadium, opened in 1977 and rebuilt in 1996. It is the grand finale happening before the venue closes for a $20 million renovation. Plans call for the stadium to re-open when the Oakland Athletics begin Spring Training in 2015. The Boston Pops, in its 128th year, features gifted musicians conducted by such geniuses as Arthur Fiedler, John Williams and now Lockhart. One of Fielder’s great dreams was to establish a series of outdoor orchestral concerts for the people of Boston. In 1929, one year before he became

VISITING MESA: Conductor Keith Lockhart will lead the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra when it comes to Hohokam Stadium.

conductor of the Boston Pops, his dream became reality and the Esplanade concerts were inaugurated. Among many illustrious performances over the years, the annual Fourth of July concert was first held in 1976, when 400,000 people attended as part of the Bicentennial celebration. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, it was the largest audience in history for an orchestra concert. That record has since been broken twice, first in 1998 and again in 2003, when more than a half-million people attended that year’s concert. Doors open at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16. The performance begins at 5 p.m. Tickets are $25, $39 or $49. Field level floor seats are $75 and $95. Tickets may be purchased at the Mesa Amphitheatre and Mesa Arts Center box offices or online at For additional information, visit www.


Uncommon look at common event We typically don’t think much about the routine ritual of grocery shopping as we push our carts down the aisles or fill the basket with the next item on the list. But in and among the stocked shelves, one can find beauty, humor, politics and stories ripe for creative curiosity. The insights of 16 artists are on display at The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) in a new exhibition called “Stocked: Contemporary Art from the Grocery Aisles.” The show offers a close look at one of the most universal experiences, a task that often is taken for granted. Almost everyone shops for groceries. But we rarely, if at all, stop to examine the vast range of social issues that surround us when we shop. Included among the Stocked artists are famed international artists Damien Hirst, Christian Jankowski and Lucy + Jorge Orta, as well as familiar faces from the Valley – Phoenix’s Jody Gnant and recent Scottsdale arrival Matt Magee. Followers of SMoCA’s Lit Lounge also will recognize the Los Angeles-based performer Hillary Carlip. “Stocked” curator, SMoCA’s Emily Stamey, notes that, “Each of the artists prompts us to consider the common task of grocery shopping in a new light – to consider the

beauty in ordinary packaging, the surreal qualities of some of the spaces in which we buy our food, and how extraordinary it is that we can buy summer fruits in December and winter vegetables in July.” “Stocked” continues until Sept. 1; those who bring in a can of food for donation will receive $1 off admission. The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art is located at 7373 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale. For more information, call 480-8744666 or visit Stocked.

‘Banner 4th of July’ Airs June 29 Growing up in Mesa and now living in California, “American Idol” alumnus Brooke White wasn’t prepared for the cold when she traveled to North Bay, Ontario, Canada, to film the Hallmark Channel’s “Banner 4th of July,” which debuts at 9 p.m. Sat., June 29. “The weather was pretty intense,” White said with a laugh during a recent phone interview. “The first week I got there, it was in the 30s and 40s. It’s supposed to look like the Fourth of July. But it was snowing and I was wearing these silk summer dresses outside. It was freezing.” “Banner 4th of July” tells the story of the Banner siblings. Desiree Banner (White) and her brothers started a successful band 10 years ago. “Me and one of the brothers then had a falling out,” she said. “We went our separate ways. I moved to L.A.; he moved to Austin. The movie takes place 10 years later.” Their mother’s heart attack brings the siblings under the same roof for the first time in 10 years. The Banners’ mother, Rosalind (Mercedes Ruehl), is mayor of the town, which had to declare bankruptcy. While the children are home, Rosalind persuades the group to reform and perform a show to “save the town.” “It’s about a family mending their relationships,” said White, who penned two songs for the movie. White, the fifth-place finalist in “American Idol” season seven, had little acting experience before her stint on the Fox Television show. She joked that she appeared in a production of “Meet Me in St. Louis”

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LOOPY ART: Sonny Assu’s “Salmon Loops,” from the Breakfast Series, 2006, is on display at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Arts as part of its “Stocked: Contemporary Art from the Grocery Aisles” exhibit. Photo by Chris Meier

June 15 – July 5, 2013


while attending Heritage Academy in downtown Mesa. Since then, she did a Fox Television movie “Change of Plans” and now she’s on to PLAYING A MUSICIAN: Former American Idol contestant “Banner 4th of July.” Brooke White’s real life melds When she is not with her character in the acting or writing Hallmark Channel’s “Banner 4th music, White is the of July.” mother to a toddler, the wife to husband, David, and the co-creator of the Web series “The Girls with Glasses,” The Web series was recently picked up by the Scripps Network. “Sometimes I need to acknowledge that I’ve been more successful than I think,” White said. “A lot of times you feel like you’re chasing after everything and it gets discouraging. I have an incredible team around me.” On that team is former “American Idol” judge Randy Jackson who helped her start a record label. “When you get off the show, it’s very, very, very difficult to sustain the success that you get,” White said. Thanks to Jackson, she’s been able to find success—as a mother, wife, musician and actress. “I’m not hung up on being rich or famous,” she said. “My attention has shifted to just finding opportunities that support my lifestyle and who I want to be as a person. That’s what makes me successful and makes me happy.”



June 15 – July 5, 2013

Local opera singer living her dream

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Brower performs with Bavarian State Opera By Meghan McCoy

Although Angela Brower grew up in a Mesa household with classical music and talented parents who played piano and guitar, she did not learn about opera until she attended Arizona State University. Love at first listen, Brower decided to pursue a career as an opera singer. To help her achieve that goal, Brower, whose parents now live in Gilbert, took part in a three-month internship with Glimmerglass Young American Artist Program, in Cooperstown, N.Y., after graduating from Indiana University with a master’s degree. “While I was there, my second week two people from Munich, Germany, came to audition people,” she explains. “That is where they found me. I left school and I went to Munich and have been there ever since.” Brower’s professional career as an opera singer began five years ago at Bavarian State Opera once she arrived in Munich in September 2008. “It’s been amazing,” she says. “I never thought I would be able to work in this field. That’s what I am doing. I’m making money singing opera.” The 29-year-old singer has 30 to 35 performances a year through her contract with Bavarian State Opera, which also includes a monthly salary, benefits and a place to reside. Brower is

based in Munich, where she sings most of the year. “The opera house in Munich has 20 to 30 contracted singers to stay in Munich and sing solely for the opera house there,” Brower says. When the singers have a month off, the opera house releases them so they can perform elsewhere. During that time off she traveled home to perform at her alma mater in Tempe on April 28 with former professor pianist Eckart Sellheim. The recital was held to give back to the community, as well as the opportunity to see her parents, family and friends. The profession has taken her to such places as Paris, Hong Kong and San Francisco. She says she will soon travel to Austria and Tokyo. “It’s exhilarating on stage to be singing unmic with your natural voice with the technique to allow you to project and fill an entire audience with a full-on orchestra,” she explains. “It’s exciting. The power of the sound and the atmosphere and the magic that comes together.” Brower says one of her goals as an opera singer is to bridge the gap in music—to bring classical music to the general public. “In the American culture, you really don’t have the same history as Europe does,” she says about opera.

LIVING THE DREAM: Mesa-bred opera singer Angela Brower is based in Munich, Germany. Submitted photo by Ann Stucki.

Brower’s hope as a “totally normal girl that grew up in Arizona who did not care about classical music” is to speak to people through her voice. “It has inspired me and has made me a better person,” she says. “There is a certain power that comes to one that sings classical music.” The movement from a symphony, Brower explains to be a different art form. “It’s almost a higher art form,” due to increased patience and brain energy, she says. “We can all be inspired by all types of music. I love pop and rock. There is a certain higher art form from classical music that everyone can benefit from.”

The Chandler Historical Society, in partnership with the Chandler Museum and Chandler Public Library, is presenting the roundtable discussion “Precious Water” from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Sat., June 22, at the Chandler Sunset Library, 4930 W. Ray Rd. Dr. Jerry Howard, Arizona Museum of Natural History’s curator of anthropology; Jamie Sossaman, longtime Queen Creek farmer and former state legislator, and Dr. Dan Killoren, Salt River Project historical analyst, will discuss water—where it comes from, how have Arizonans harnessed water over the centuries, what do we see in the future of water resources and more. For more information, contact Jean Reynolds at 480-782-2751 or Jean.



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Say ‘bonjour’ to French Culture at the MIM Second annual event honors the country’s music, food, traditions The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Phoenix invites the community to learn about and enjoy French music and culture without leaving the Valley at “Experience France” Sat., July 13 and Sun., July 14. MIM will feature music, activities and a menu that will capture the spirit of France and entertain audiences of all ages. MIM spotlights the music of France with live performances on both days. Phoenix-based French singer-songwriter Cécile Hortensia couples bilingual poetry with intriguing melodies to deliver a performance that seamlessly integrates her French and American heritages. While visiting MIM, she will perform songs made famous by Edith Piaf, to honor the 50th anniversary of the iconic French singer’s passing. ZAZU, an Arizona band carrying on the tradition of guitarist Django Reinhart, will perform infectious gypsy-jazz tunes that challenge the limitations of traditional improvisation. Additionally, Dr. James Gerber, music associate for All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Phoenix, will re-create French masterpieces that span the 16th to 20th centuries on MIM’s Rathke “visible” organ. All performances are free with museum admission. Hands-on activities are a large part of the “Experience France” event. First, guests will be able to make a red,

white and blue paper rosette to show their French spirit. This tricolor badge became a popular symbol of the French Revolution after the storming of the Bastille fortress in Paris in 1789. Guests are also invited to stop by MIM’s “Try It!” station and have their face painted with a custom design. These activities are free with museum admission. Each day, MIM’s Europe curator, Dr. Kathleen Wiens, will lead guests through the France exhibit and showcase selected French highlights of the

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Mechanical Music Gallery. Guests will learn about the music, history and instruments of France, including some fascinating automatons. The guided tour is free with museum admission and will take place at 2:15 p.m. both days. “MIM is thrilled to offer this unique exploration of French history and culture. Bastille Day is France’s national holiday, celebrated much like our own Independence Day,” said Celina Chiarello, public programs manager at MIM. “This program provides a great

opportunity for guests to learn more about France through engaging activities and musical performances.” Guests will have the opportunity to learn some French marching drum rhythms in a special installment of MIM’s monthly “Get the Beat! World Drumming Series.” This fun, family friendly session takes place on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. and will highlight French drumming traditions and provide plenty of time for making music. The class is not included in general museum admission and the fee is $12 per person. Advanced registration is recommended. To register, contact Café Allegro will serve a variety of French entrées and beverages, all available for purchase. The menu will include coq au vin (chicken cooked in wine), goat-cheese quiche, a mascarpone-and-date-filled crepe, ham and cheese on a French baguette and macaroons. Café Allegro will also feature wine specials that include a Pillsbury Wine viognier and a 2012 chenin blanc. The Musical Instrument Museum is located at 4725 E. Mayo Boulevard in Phoenix (corner of Tatum and Mayo boulevards, just south of Loop 101). For general museum information and a full schedule of events, visit or call 480-478-6000.



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On stage “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson,” through June 23, PT. The story of America’s first political maverick. A.J. kicked British butt, shafted the Indians and smacked down the Spaniards all in the name of these United States—who cares if he didn’t have permission? For mature audiences only. “Damn Yankees,” through June 29, HCT. The musical retelling of the Faust tale, set in the 1950s when the New York Yankees dominated baseball. A middle-aged, longsuffering 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. “Shrek the Musical,” through June 30, HTC. Valley Youth Theatre brings this hilarious story about everyone’s favorite ogre to new life on the stage. In a faraway kingdom, Shrek is joined by a talkative donkey, a dragon and dozens of fairytale misfits who help rescue the feisty Princess Fiona from the vertically challenged and “short” tempered Lord Farquaad. “Someday,” 12:10 p.m. June 18-20 & 25-27, HTC. Produced by Annie Moscow, the show is a musical tribute to dreams, procrastinations and those of us who indulge. Part of the Lunch Time Theater series. Comedienne Kristin Key, June 20-23, CSCC. Key has appeared on the TV reality show, “Last Comic Standing,” and began her career at age 19. The daughter of a Christian minister, she favors a self-deprecating, physical and improvisational style of

comedy and incorporates the guitar to create original musical comedy. “Dream On ...” Exhibit Opening, 5-7 p.m. Thu., June 20, AMY. A special free preview featuring multimedia artist, Laura VanDuren. The exhibit opens to the public on June 21 and continues through Sept. 15. “Over Arizona,” 7:30 p.m. Thu., June 20, SMoCA. A film that takes you on an aerial journey that captures the dramatic diversity of Arizona as one of the most incredible landscapes in America. A production of Eight, Arizona PBS and KCTS-TV; presented by No Festival Required.

SWINGIN’ GOOD TIME: Pat Roberts and the Heymakers bring their rockabilly style to the Desert Botanical Garden’s Ullman Terrace on June 21, performing as part of the Music in the Garden Spring Concert Series. The show is for ages 21 and older. Photo courtesy of Electric Lotus Label

Pat Roberts and the Heymakers, 7:30 p.m. Fri., June 21, DBG. Channel your inner cool and have a swinging good time with Arizona’s rockabilly veterans as they perform on the Ullman Terrace. Doors open at 6 p.m.; for ages 21 and older. Reservations recommended. Cyndi Lauper, 8 p.m. Sat., June 22, TSRB. Lauper burst onto the world stage as the quintessential girl who wants to have fun. After more than 25 years and global record

sales in excess of 30 million, she has proven that she has the heart and soul to keep her creative talent going. Comedians Paul Rodriguez and Gabriel Iglesias, 7 p.m. Sun., June 23, IMPROV. Rodriguez’s multi-faceted career includes starring roles and featured appearances in over 45 films and countless television series and comedy specials. Iglesias, well known for his line, “I’m not fat, I’m fluffy,” offers stand-up comedy that is a mixture of storytelling, parodies, characters and sound effects that bring all his personal experiences to life. Disney’s “High School Musical,” June 2730, ACT. Troy, Gabriella and the students of East High must deal with issues of first love, friends and family while balancing their classes and extracurricular activities. Big Pete Pearson, 7:30 p.m. Fri., June 28, DBG. Pearson, Arizona’s King of Blues and an international recording star, closes out the summer music series on the Ullman Terrace. Doors open at 6 p.m.; for ages 21 and older. Reservations recommended. Kevin Kearn Piano Concert, 7 p.m. Fri., June 28, SPS. Legally blind from birth, Steinway artist and composer Kearn’s melodies exude lyricism, simplicity, the influence of jazz great George Shearing and a strong classical education. The concert is free, however, reservations are required. “The Wiz,” June 28-29 & July 1, QCPAC. Winner of seven Tony awards, this Broadway musical sets Dorothy’s adventures in the Land of Oz to music in a dazzling, lively mixture of rock, gospel and soul. Matinee available on June 29.

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PT – Phoenix Theatre LT – Little Theatre 100 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix Info: 602-254-2151, QCPAC – Queen Creek Performing Arts Center 22149 E. Ocotillo Rd., Queen Creek Box office: 480-987-7469, SMoCA – Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art LG – Lounge 7373 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale Info: 480-874-4666, SPS – Steinway Piano Showroom 13802 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale Info: 480-368-8888 TSRB – Talking Stick Resort Ballroom 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale Info: 480-850-7734,


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Readers Notice: Under Arizona Law, all residential and commercial contractors are required to be licensed by the state unless they fall under the handyman exemption for projects which require no building permit and are less than $750 for the total contract price. In addition, homeowners using licensed residential contractors may have access to the Residential Contractors’ Recovery Fund, if the contractor is unable and/or unwilling to perform the job and if alternative dispute resolutions available through the Registrar are unsuccessful. For more info or to verify the license status of an Arizona contractor call 602-542-1525 or visit

Publisher's Notice: All real estate advertised herein is subject to the Federal Fair Housing Act, which makes it illegal to advertise “any preference, limitation or discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin, or intention to make any such preference limitation or discrimination.” We will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. All persons are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised are available on an equal opportunity basis.









Ready Pool Services. Honest and reliable. Weekly services starting at $79 a month includes cleaning and chemicals. Owner operated. Mention this ad and 1st month is half price! Call today! 480-518-0146

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,

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


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:

Experienced 18 years. Customized Care & Hours. Dependable, Reasonable, References, AZ State ID Card. Evelyn 480-926-1240

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.


NOTICES SUMMER CAMPS SPICE UP ARTS & CRAFTS Camps for Kids. Three hour session, guided by an artist to explore various art mediums and craft materials, in Chandler and Scottsdale Hobby Lobby, Min. 7yrs. VERY LIMITED seats. HURRY IN! Registration and deposit required. 480-963-2019


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.


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

ABC PLUMBING & ROOTER CO. INC. Mention this ad and receive a $100.00 gift card with any Hot Water Heater/Water Softener/or RO Unit Installation. 480-726-1600




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.

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

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

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

TRANSPORTATION AIRPORT TRANSFERS/ LUXURY SUV 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.

HOME REPAIRS GARY’S HANDYMAN SERVICES Experienced Home Repairs. Includes: Ceiling Fans, Lighting, Picture Hanging, Some Carpentry, Plumbing, Drywall (minor), Painting (minor), Sink Stoppages, Water Back Flow, Sprinkler Valves. Most all home repairs. All Honey-Do Lists. For prompt, clean and reasonable services, please call Gary at Cell 714-412-1762 or Phone 480-699-8574


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.

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.

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.

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.

APPLIANCE REPAIR 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.

CHILDCARE IN HOME PRESCHOOL 3 openings left for Fall Session (starts July 23) 3 - 4 year olds. T/W/Th 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Caring Mom w/Teaching Degree. Separate Preschool Classroom. Small Class Size. ABC’s, Music, Arts/Crafts, Group Time, Worksheets, Peer Interaction & More! Call Angela, 480-899-0553, Alma School & Germann area. and read the great reviews!



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

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. Now offering pick up & delivery on Tuesdays. 602-622-0971.

LESSONS/TUTORING MANDARIN LESSON Private Mandarin tutoring by native speaker. Certified and experienced. Customized lessons focusing on personal needs. $15 per hour. Call Evelyn at 480-282-8670 or email:

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:

A2Z GARAGE DOOR SERVICES, LLC 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.

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 **

BBB DRYWALL, LLC 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.

HOUSE CLEANING 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.







SUMMER 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 experience. Impeccable references. Business owned and operated. Same Day Services available. Licensed. Bonded. Insured. Alert Cleaning Services, Inc. Ecoquality Cleaning Every Time! 480-786-3838

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 BBB

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.

SIMPLY GRAND CLEANING SERVICES Housekeeping specialists offering weekly, bi-weekly, 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.


**SPRINKLER REPAIR** 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

“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.


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

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

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

Voted #1 Repaint Specialists! Clean, Friendly Crews. Interior/Exterior. Drywall Repairs. Textures. Concrete Staining. Pool Deck Coatings. Garage Floors. Free Estimates. All Credit Cards Accepted. ROC 153131 480-688-4770

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

SAGEBRUSH PAINT CO. We are your Sun Lakes premium painters with competitive pricing for all of your Interior and Exterior painting needs. We were established in 1989 and love what we do. We are an Accredited BBB member We also do Venetian Plaster finishes, Power washing, epoxy floors, and wood staining. Licensed Bonded and Insured. ROC 146231 www. Please call Doug for your free Estimate We accept credit cards. 602-373-6306

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.

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SPRINKLER & DRIP REPAIRS 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.

COMPLETE YARD CARE Yard Maintenance - Weekly, Bi-weekly or Monthly. We actually show up! Providing reliable, friendly, honest service for over 10 years. English speaking crews. Credit cards accepted. Please call Complete Yard Care for a free estimate. 480-897-8807

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

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—Best Ribs in the Valley— Where Everyday is Mardi Gras. Good Food...Good Friends...Good Times!

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

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Karaoke 8 - 12 p.m.

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


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. 602-615-1540 |

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