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Back on track: Chandler welcomes new homes, business by Miriam Van Scott

After a long economic slump followed by whispers the recession might finally be over and a turnaround on the way, Chandler is now showing concrete signs it’s experiencing a significant, sustainable recovery. “New single family permits over the past year have varied between 20 and 60 per month and are certainly trending up from a few years ago, when one month we issued one permit,” says Chandler City Planner Jeff Kurtz. “In February last year we issued 31 single family home permits, and 46 (this) February.” Kurtz says the permits are for existing subdivisions, but says change is on the horizon. “We have also had a couple new subdivisions begin development, which has not been the case over the past few years.” City officials see this trend as a harbinger of expansion that goes far beyond a few new homes spread across the SanTan Sun area.

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BEAT GOES ON: Michael Plunkett, a musical therapist from ASU, leads the crowd at a recent drum circle at the Chandler Farmer’s Market. The drum circle is a growing community rhythm event on the second Thursday in March, April and May during the weekly market in historic downtown Chandler. Drums are provided or drummers can bring their own. For more information, contact Bart Salzman at STSN photo

New DUI laws take effect by Miriam Van Scott

Arizona has some of the toughest laws in the nation regarding driving under the influence (DUI), even after recently passed adjustments to the statute reduced some of the penalties. Among the 2012 changes now in effect are revisions to ignition interlock requirements, easing of work release conditions and

LEGAL EAGLE: Chandler attorney Robert Dossey specializes in DUI and criminal law. Submitted photo

elimination of jury trials for first-time offenders. “Arizona has very strict DUI laws compared to most other states, and much more significant penalties,” says Chandler attorney Robert Dossey. “There are 19 changes to the DUI law, such as when does the Ignition Interlock Device provision apply. Home detention for DUI offenders has been expanded, and a DUI defendant’s right to a jury trial has been limited.” The new legislation also clarifies the definition of what constitutes a DUI under state law. “DUI stands for driving under the influence, but the statutory language refers to driving while impaired,” notes Dossey. “Impairment can mean a blood alcohol content (BAC) as low as .05%. Per statute, a driver is definitely impaired when his or her BAC is .08 or over, or if any drugs, prescription or illegal, are found in the driver’s system.” Arizona’s stringent laws have helped reduce DUI fatalities statewide during the past few years, however driving under the influence is still a pervasive problem in the SanTan Sun area and beyond. And for drivers charged with this crime, the repercussions of operating a vehicle while impaired can be devastating. “Thousands of DUIs are prosecuted in Arizona each year,” Dossey reports. “Most DUIs are first time so the statutory minimum is 24 hours in jail and approximately $1,500 in fines, fees and surcharges. However jail time for a misdemeanor DUI can be as long as six months, and the fine can be

Orchestra recruits closet musicians by K. M. Lang

Reading, writing, arithmetic and music — March is Music In Our Schools month, honoring the school-sponsored programs that have allowed countless children to learn an instrument with a class full of peers, then perform to an audience of enthusiastic friends and family. Still, while some go on to pursue music careers after graduation, the majority of young musicians, with no posthigh school performances pending, return their beloved instruments to their cases and stow them in their closets. LIFELONG MUSICIAN: Clemente Ranch resident Katherine Shields took up the viola in the fourth grade, began conducting during high school and went on to earn a doctorate in performance. As director of the San Tan Orchestra, Shields now helps other musicians recapture the joy of performing. Submitted photo by Solo Staff

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Verizon planning antenna pole at HHS A neighborhood meeting to discuss a new Verizon PHO South Shore wireless telecommunications facility at the Hamilton High School football field is set for 5 to 6 p.m. Thu., March 8 at the First Baptist Church, 3405 S. Arizona Ave., across from HHS. Site Development Consultant Reg Destree of Reliant Land Services, Inc. in Scottsdale along with City of Chandler’s Senior City Planner Bill Dermody sent a letter to residents in the area inviting them to the informational meeting. “We are proposing to replace the existing ball field light on the northwest side of the field and mount antennas below the lights,” according to Destree in the letter. “The existing light pole height will not increase.” Chandler Unified School District spokesperson Terry Locke says Verizon will replace a light pole in the same location as an existing one, and the District will benefit financially. “We will receive $105,000 up front for a 15-year agreement,” he says. “And another $105,000 up front if the agreement is renewed for another 15 years in 2027.” Locke says funds are not earmarked for any specific program, but for the general budget. “These funds have helped the district through three years of budget cuts and help position ourselves to retain programs,” he adds. “Cell phone antenna funds are used to provide technology.” He says the sound system at Hamilton High was also paid for through cellular signal funds. Destree is also requesting City of Chandler approval for a use permit for the antennas. For more information, contact Destree at 602-349-6930 or or Dermody at 480-782-3056.


Centennial Speaker Series topics In honor of the city’s 100-year anniversary, the City of Chandler presents several talks covering local historical topics in the continuation of its Centennial Speaker Series.

Evolving farms to technology Take a look at how Chandler and other East Valley communities have transitioned their economies from agriculture to high-tech industry over the course of several decades in a presentation by former Queen Creek Mayor and owner of Schnepf Farms Mark Schnepf. He is one of the featured speakers at 6:30 p.m. Mon., March 5 at the Sunset Library, 4930 W. Ray Rd. Representatives from Intel will join Schnepf in “From Cotton to Chips: Agriculture and Industry in Chandler,” sharing the story of how Chandler evolved from a small farm town to Arizona’s version of “Silicon Valley.”

Mayors’ tales In “Chandler Mayors’ Stories,” another installment of the speaker series, Mayor Jay Tibshraeny and former Mayor Coy Payne discuss their experiences growing up in Chandler and how they came to serve on the City Council. This takes place at the Downtown Library, 22 S. Delaware St., at 6:30 p.m. Tue., April 3. Tibshraeny led the city from 1994 to 2002, and 2011 to the present; while Payne served from 1990 to 1994. Each arrived in the mayor’s seat through a different set of circumstances and their stories provide an interesting contrast, while revealing the city’s rich historical diversity.

Sheep trails Hear about a family who has lived in the Chandler area for 100 years and ran a sheep ranching operation for more than 70 years in “A Chandler Tradition: The Dobson Sheep Trail Story.” Dwayne Dobson shares his family story at the Environmental Education Center at 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd. at 10 a.m. Sat., May 26. Joining him will be Cindy Shanks, children’s book author, who has photographed and written stories about the animals that annually traveled the old sheep trails.

Local military men The Centennial Speaker Series concludes at 10 a.m. Tues., May 29, with “Our Boys, Our Soldiers: Chandler Men in the Military” at the Hamilton Library, 3700 S. Arizona Ave. Many Chandler residents have served their country in the military in the past 100 years. This special program features the story of two young men who entered the U.S. Navy at different times in American history and details their experiences overseas and at home. The program features World War II veteran Corley Haggarton, who served in the Pacific Theater, and Navy Reserve member Mark Sepulveda, who served in the Afghanistan War and currently serves as a Chandler firefighter. Learn more from Jean Reynolds at 480-782-2751 or


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Rotary club raises money for area groups

Mayor elected to interim League post Listening tours continue Mayor Jay Tibshraeny will serve as treasurer for the League of Arizona Cities and Towns. “The League is a valuable organization to the state’s municipalities and provides a unified voice for cities and towns, particularly at the Legislature,” says Tibshraeny. “I look forward to serving in this leadership capacity in the coming months.” Other new League officers filling vacancies are Clarksville Mayor Doug Von Gausig, who was appointed president, and Tempe City Councilmember Mark Mitchell, who was appointed vice president. The three officers will complete the remaining term until the League’s annual conference in August when the full membership will elect officers for a two-year term. The 25-member executive committee is the governing body of the League of Arizona Cities and Towns and sets policy relating to legislative and organizational matters.

Listening Tours Tibshraeny’s Listening Tours continue on Tue., March 13 at San Marcos Elementary School at 451 W. Frye Rd. in Chandler. The tour provides residents with information on city resources and services and

In continuation of its support of Chandler community projects and groups, San Tan Crown Rotary Club recently donated $1,000 each to both ICAN and Arizona Veterans StandDown Coalition. ICAN, which currently serves nearly 140 youth daily with after-school programs, will use the money to relocate to a larger building at Folley Park. The new 20,000 square foot center can accommodate over 200 youth. Mayor Jay Tibshraeny

engages neighborhoods in conversations with the mayor about the challenges they face. City staff document residents’ comments and concerns to ensure issues are followed up on and resolved. Participation is solicited through notices mailed to area residents and sent home with schoolchildren. Future Listening Tour dates and locations include: June 12 at Navarrete Elementary School, 6490 S. Sun Groves Blvd.; Sept. 11 at Knox Elementary School, 700 W. Orchid Ln.; and Nov.13 at Kyrene del Pueblo Elementary School, 360 S. Twelve Oaks Blvd. Details are available through the Neighborhood Programs Division at 480782-4354 or

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SUPPORTING YOUTH: President-elect Jim Kame of San Tan Crown Rotary Club gives ICAN representative Shelby Pedersen $1,000 to be used for the group’s new facility for at-risk youth. Submitted photo

Arizona Veterans StandDown uses donations to help homeless and atrisk veterans access services like finding healthcare and shelter to attaining clothing and basic hygiene. San Tan Crown Rotary Club meets at 5:30 p.m. Thursdays at Coach & Willie’s, 1 E. Boston St. in downtown Chandler. For more information, contact Jeff Breese at STANDING UP FOR VETERANS: San Tan Crown Rotary Club treasurer Tom Adamson, right, presents a donation of $1,000 to Art Sloan of Arizona Veterans StandDown Coalition. Submitted photo



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Development From Page 1

ASU TO DOWNTOWN: The building formerly used for city maintenance will hold classes for ASU students. STSN photo

“We continue to be reminded by the development community that due to many reasons, Chandler is a desirable place for development investment,” Kurtz reports. “The old adage that residential growth follows job growth and commercial growth follows residential growth is being demonstrated again in Chandler. Our community’s sustainability is not one-dimensional nor attributed to a defined event.”

Downtown boom and beyond Mirroring the uptick in housing starts, commercial development is on the rise as well. The surge is especially apparent in historic downtown Chandler, where business is booming and the biggest problem officials face is finding ways to meet the demand. “We are currently working on several major efforts,” says Chandler Downtown Redevelopment Manager Teri Killgore. “We are very busy getting space renovated for our new university tenants and preparing for their move-in. The University of Arizona will begin offering classes this

spring from the upper floor of our Community Center. Arizona State University will begin offering classes in the former City Maintenance Yard in late summer or early fall. Combined, they will bring more than 100 students to the area in the first year with plans to grow enrollment to well over a 1,000 in the next few years.” Retail enterprises are likewise popping up in the downtown area, filling vacant space and bringing much-needed revenue to the city. “The newest business is Planet Subs, and we have a new restaurant coming in to the old Art on Boston space later this fall,” Killgore notes. “We are running really low on available space. Downtown has a 4% retail vacancy rate and a low office vacancy rate. Our existing tenants are doing a wonderful job as evidenced by increased sales tax receipts, which are up 15% over last year. Really our biggest challenge is finding financing for the new developments.” And in other places around the city, commercial interests are laying the groundwork for future projects that will keep Chandler growing for years to come. “There is a development interest that recently purchased the southwest corner of Price and Queen Creek roads but they haven’t submitted any plans yet so perhaps they are marketing the site,” says Kurtz. “Predicting the commercial development market is difficult as it evolves slowly at times and is affected by many factors. If you had to guess today one would expect one of the three vacant corners at Gilbert and Ocotillo roads will be developed with a traditional neighborhood shopping center.”

The competition One potential speed bump on Chandler’s road to recovery is a major retail complex soon to break ground on the Gila River reservation. Once opened, the expansive plaza is expected to divert local shopping dollars without generating any income for the city.

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NEW EATERY: Planet Subs is now in the former location for NY Deli in downtown Chandler. STSN photo

Room to grow Rather than struggling to keep businesses in place or fill vacant space, today officials are looking for room to grow. “We need new space for the businesses that regularly contact our office looking for a downtown location,” says Killgore. “To that end, we are looking at creative ways to get some new buildings built. Obviously, the financing environment is difficult, but we are actively working with our development partners to get some products out of the ground as quickly as possible.” Miriam Van Scott is a former Kerby Estates resident who can be reached at


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“We are concerned about competition the new high-end outlet mall on the Gila River Indian Community will offer to Chandler Fashion Center, as we will see a number of the same type of tenants,” explains Christine Mackay, Chandler’s economic development director. “With only so many shopping dollars to go around, more than 300,000 square feet of new retail will have an impact on those shoppers at Chandler Fashion Center and others in the East Valley.” Westcor, the company that owns and manages the center, is trying to stay competitive by expanding its offerings to include unique retailers and specialized services ahead of Gila River’s debut. “Five new stores are coming to Chandler Fashion Center by June,” Mackay says. “The Art of Shaving, a store focusing on men’s grooming needs that houses a full-service barber shop; trendy women’s boutique Francesca’s Collections; Lush, home of handmade cosmetics made from organic fruit and vegetables; Vera Bradley fashion accessories and gifts; and AT&T, a leader in wireless and Internet services.”

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Tour police, fire stations A free public safety open house at both the Chandler Fire and Police departments offers demonstrations, displays and tours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat., March 3. The Fire Department open house is at 151 E. Boston St., while the Police Department event is next door at 250 E. Chicago St. Both feature apparatus and vehicle displays, unit demonstrations, information booths and activities for children. The Fire Department event offers free balloons, cookies and hats for kids, and appearances by department mascots, Cinder the Dog and I STALO. Refreshments will be available for a nominal fee through the Cadets. The Chandler Fire Department’s Pipes & Drums unit will perform at 10:45 a.m. and noon. The Police Department open house includes face painting, fingerprinting for kids and musical entertainment. Police beat officers will answer questions residents have about their neighborhoods. Free parking is available in the downtown area and within walking distance of the two events, including the Chandler City Hall garage at 240 S. Washington St. For more details about the Fire Department open house, call 480-782-2120 or access Information on the Police Department open house is at

Taste wines directly from their barrels and listen to live jazz and blues bands all weekend long during Kokopelli Winery & Bistro’s 9th Annual Jazz, Wine, Blues and Barrel Tasting Weekend Fri. to Sun., March 9 through 11 in downtown Chandler. There will be more than 30 wines representing the best of the state of Arizona available to taste. The event also features a menu created to reflect the most popular dishes from the jazz and blues capitals of America, such as Memphis and Chicago style barbecue, Creole style Snapper-Crawfish Chauvin, Gumbo and other prized Creole style dishes, as well as discounted wines. Dennis Minchella, Kokopelli Winery & Bistro’s owner and winemaker, introduced Arizona’s original and oldest barrel tasting festival in 2004. “I began this event to give wine lovers and novices an opportunity to taste wine the way a winemaker does,” says Minchella. “We will also be featuring fantastic musicians from Arizona who play nothing but great jazz and blues all weekend long.” Uno Dos plays acoustic jazz at 7 p.m. Friday. Michael Droz duo performs blues music from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Notes from Neptune play jazz tunes from 3 to 6 p.m. that same day, and Paris James Trio concludes Saturday’s music with blues from 7 to 10 p.m. On Sunday, Stan Sorenson plays from noon to 3 p.m. “We will be offering wine tasting and barrel tasting all weekend, with a keepsake glass,” adds Minchella. Kokopelli is at 35 W. Boston St. For reservations, call 480-792-6927. For information, access

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Orchestra From Page 1 Well, it’s time to dust off those instruments and break out the rosin and cork grease, says Katherine Shields, director of the San Tan Orchestra, an all-volunteer ensemble created to bring local musicians out of the closet and into the spotlight. “Performance is something you take for granted while you’re still in school,” explains the Clemente Ranch resident, “but once you get out, it’s harder to find opportunities like that. Instrumental music is a lifelong skill. That’s why there are community orchestras.” The San Tan Orchestra was formed in 2006 to accompany San Tan Chorale, founded by Betty and Matthew Frable to bring performance opportunities to adults. Last year the orchestra began performing as a stand-alone group, while still supporting the chorale. The ensemble participated in Halloween- and Christmas-themed performances, took place in the recent Western Vistas Concert, an official Arizona Centennial Event and will perform a Haydn oratorio with the chorale this spring. “The thing that makes us different is that we don’t have auditions,” says Shields, who has a doctorate in performance. “We take anyone 15 and older who can play the music.” Participation is free, and current members, many from Southern Chandler and Sun Lakes, include those who played in school as well as those who took up an instrument as an adult. The orchestra is recruiting all instruments, and Shields welcomes home-schooled high school students. “There’s nothing like having a chance to play your instrument in an ensemble,” she says. “It’s so much more satisfying than just sitting at home alone and playing.” Before concerts, orchestra members receive emailed invita-

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tions and are told how many of each instrument are needed. A roster is assembled based on member availability, and four rehearsals are held before performance day. While Shields selects music that suits the group’s strengths, “we don’t play arrangements,” she explains. “We play original work. These are real pieces and some of them are not particularly easy. We make the parts available on our website, and people can check it out and decide if it’s something they want to do. If they’re really interested in doing it, and if it’s been a long time MAKING MUSIC: San Tan Orchestra Director Katherine Shields, right, instructs since they pulled out that trumpet or members during a recent performance. Submitted photo cello, we’re happy to hook them up “Music, especially instrumental music, has been cut back in a with somebody who could give them a couple of lessons.” Shields is looking forward to May’s performance of Haydn’s lot of places,” she says. “Professional orchestras are cutting “The Seasons,” which she calls “an absolutely fabulous piece. back. Schools are cutting back. So if people who play don’t get The kind of piece that makes the hairs on the back of your out and play, then the world doesn’t have concerts. And I think it’s very inspiring for people who are still in school to realize neck stand up.” that there’s somewhere to go with this – the study of music.” But they need some help to get there. Interested musicians can join the orchestra’s email roster by “We’re going to need a trombone section, meaning we’ll need three trombones, and we’ll need more string players. I emailing To learn more about San Tan Community Performing Arts, including concert know they’re out there.” For Shields, who first learned to play the viola in her own information, visit school’s program, her orchestra exists not only to provide a K. M. Lang lives and writes in Sun Groves. To contact her, creative outlet for its members, but to bring an important seremail vice to the community.

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as much as $2,500 with other fees and surcharges running more than $10,000 per DUI for the second violation or more.” Incidents involving impaired drivers are lower in the SanTan Sun area compared to neighboring jurisdictions, due primarily to demographics, according to Dossey. Other factors, such as the time of year and intensity of monitoring activities, also affect the citation rate for this offense. “Chandler does not have as many DUIs as Tempe because ASU is located in Tempe,” Dossey says. “The number of DUI citations written in each city or town in Maricopa County fluctuates because of the holidays, focus of the local police department and availability of federal dollars for DUI enforcement.”

4 Peaks to handle timed race with chips, bibs The professional company 4 Peaks Racing will handle the 5k portion of the 5th annual ICAN SanTan Sun Family Fun Run & 5k fundraiser on Sat., April 14 at Tumbleweed Park in Chandler. The company will provide chips and handle timed race results for the 3.1-mile race along the Paseo Trail. A family-friendly walk or run around Tumbleweed Park will also be offered for children, adults and even dogs. “Area runners really encouraged us to get more serious about the 5k element, so we are kicking it up several notches this year,” explains Laurie Fagen, publisher of the SanTan Sun News, a co-sponsor of the annual event. “But families can still bring the kids and pets and have a great time as well.” New this year is a special dry-wick running T-shirt that is included with all the pre-registered 5k runners, and will be an optional purchase for $15 for fun run and other attendees. In addition, sponsors are sought to provide health and other information at tables under the McDowell Mountain Pavilion. “Our goal is to raise at least $6,000 for ICAN, which is a very worthy 501(c)(3) Chandler nonprofit that provides terrific out of school time, research-based programs for youth at risk right here in our city. Any business that wants to sponsor food, goodie bags or provide information at a table just means more money to help ICAN help kids ages 5 to 18 years old learn to be productive, self-confident and responsible citizens.” Sponsored by the SanTan Sun News, the City of Chandler, CoBiz Financial and other local businesses,

Legal assistance Every DUI situation is unique, and having a lawyer who specializes in this area of the law can impact a case’s outcome. Dossey, a graduate of Brown University and ASU and member of the State Bar of Arizona since 1975, has been concentrating on criminal and DUI law for the past four years and emphasizes the importance of finding qualified representation. “An experienced attorney can always provide better legal advice and representation in the area of the law in which the attorney is experienced,” says Dossey. “Attorneys who practice DUI and criminal law regularly are up to date on changes in the laws, they are familiar with the court personnel and procedures involved in those areas and they should be able to advise a client in regard to what is best for the client. That includes risks of conviction, chances of winning a case and whether a plea offer is good or bad. This is the type of information a client needs in order to make the best decision for his or her circumstances. In many instances that decision can be life-changing, and should only be made based upon the advice of competent and experienced legal counsel.” Miriam Van Scott is a former Kerby Estates resident who can be reached at

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the Fun Run and 5k begins and ends under the McDowell Mountain Pavilion outside the Tumbleweed Recreation Center. Registration begins at 7:15 a.m. The Fun Run and Walk, suitable for families, children, adults and seniors, starts at 8 a.m. and will be on a route through Tumbleweed Park. The 5k will begin at 8:15 a.m. and go down the concrete Paseo Trail and back. All paid participants receive a goodie bag, and drawing tickets will be sold for a variety of prizes throughout the morning. A bounce house and face-painting will be onsite for children, and there will be DJ music. The 5k pre-registration fee is $25 by Fri., April 6 or $30 on race day and includes a dry-wick T-shirt. Fun Run and Walk pre-registration is $10 per person by Fri., April 6, or $15 on race day; families of up to 5 are $20; children ages 12 and younger are free. A limited number of T-shirts will be available for purchase for $15 on race day as supplies last. There will be information booths by local businesses before and after the run as well. Business sponsorship vendor spaces are available for $175 on a first-come, first-served basis. Goodie bag sponsorship is $75. Interested businesses can call 480-732-0250 for details. For more information about ICAN, call 480-821-4207. Online registration and payment is once again available at by clicking on “events” or at To pay by check, downloadable entry forms are also available online at by clicking on the Fun Run icon.


Local kids dance at Irish fest See traditional Irish dances and Irish step-dancing made popular by the Broadway show “Riverdance” performed by students of the Ocotillo Dance Center at the Irish Republic’s St. Patrick’s Day Festival in Chandler at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Sat., March 17. “Our show will present all styles of Irish dance,” says Artistic Director and Choreographer Allison Warren. “The kids have been working so hard and are looking forward to performing at this wonderful event, which the whole community will enjoy.” The festival, at A.J. Chandler Park West, runs from noon to 2 a.m., becoming a 21and-older event after 5 p.m. Activities include other live entertainers like Irish bands and bagpipers, traditional Irish food and beer, and games such as cabbage bowling, beer pong, a bean-bag toss and a dunk-theleprechaun tank. General admission is $10 with presale tickets available for $8. Designated drivers may attend for $5. A $40 VIP access


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Golf event to fight cystic fibrosis DC Steakhouse will team up with Lone Tree Golf Course Sun., March 25 for lunch and golf benefitting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Lunch begins at the course, 6262 S. Mountain Blvd, at 11:30 a.m., with a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start for golf. Cost is $150 per golfer and includes 18 rounds, lunch at Lone Tree and dinner at DC Steakhouse, 98 S. San Marcos. Additional guests attending dinner pay $50. For more information or to make reservations, call 480-899-4400.

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Irish Republic Public House neighborhood bar, formerly Murphy’s Law, is at 58 S. San Marcos Pl. in Chandler. The Ocotillo Dance Center is at 2625 W. Queen Creek Rd. Call 480-899-8400 for more information.


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Rib-stickin,’ lip-lickin’ barby, suds

ON THE BARBY: Succulent barbecue grills all afternoon at Chandler’s 3rd Annual Great American Barbeque & Beer Festival. Submitted photo

BBQ BLAST: Arizona’s largest-ever barbecue and beer event takes over downtown Chandler March 24. Submitted photo

What could be a better combo than savory stickto-the-ribs barbecue and foamy lip-covering craft beers? Delve in at the third annual Great American Barbeque & Beer Festival from noon to 8 p.m. Sat., March 24. The food, brew, entertainment and family fun is expected to draw more than 20,000 barbecue fans. HDE Agency, the producers of this official Chandler Centennial event, have more than doubled the 2011 event space, food vendors and beerkeg count. This will transform the streets of historic downtown Chandler into the largest backyard barbecue event ever held in Arizona. The festival will span the entire Dr. A.J. Chandler Park East and West across Arizona Avenue, which will be closed from Buffalo to Boston streets for the festivities. “This festival is not about trophies, it’s about the food,” says Landon Evans of HDE Agency. “No table etiquette applies. So, you can eat with your hands, wipe your mouth on your sleeve, and lick your fingers before wiping them on your pants. Just expect to have a good time!” More than 50 barbecue

restaurants and food purveyors will dish out more than 20,000 pounds of mouth-watering pork ribs, pulled pork, brisket and chicken paired with more than 300 kegs of craft beer tapped by the state’s finest craft beer brewers. A few companies serving up their award-winning barbecue this year include Chandler BBQ Company, Honey Bears, Tom’s BBQ, Steel City BBQ, Catalina Barbeque Co., Sally’s BBQ, Bill Johnson’s Big Apple, McReynolds Farms, Jed’z BBQ Company, AZ BBQ Club and Brown Bear BBQ. Featured beer makers include SanTan Brewing Company, Sonoran Brewing, Grand Canyon Brewing, Papago Brewing and Thunder Canyon Brewing. Other entertainment includes pie-, bratwurst- and wing-eating contests. The family-friendly event will feature live music by nationally acclaimed artists Face to Face, Voodoo Glowskulls and Goldfinger. Event vendors will sell food, beverages and other items separately. A portion of the proceeds from the Great American Barbeque & Beer Festival benefit the Downtown Chandler Community Foundation. Public admission is $10 per person and children 12 and younger are free. Event partner Bashas’ offers $8 general admission tickets at all Bashas’ grocery stores in the Valley Feb. 27 through March 23, while supplies last. For more event information and to purchase tickets, visit


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Downtown hits high note with Jazz Fest Some of the finest world-renowned touring musicians in the current jazz scene and numerous talented local artists will entertain visitors of the 13th Annual Chandler Jazz Festival from 4:45 to 9 p.m. Fri., March 30 and noon to 9 p.m. Sat., March 31 at 12 venues in historic downtown Chandler. In all, there will be 170 jazz musicians and 30 bands participating in the free event. Here is the latest lineup.

Main Stage 4:45 p.m. Friday: Four Year Plan 5:45 p.m. Friday: Royce Murray Jazz Ensemble 6:45 p.m. Friday: Energy: Trio 8 p.m. Friday: Papa John DeFrancesco Quartet Noon Saturday: Chandler Gilbert Community College Big Band 1 p.m. Saturday: Scottsdale Community College Big Band

2 p.m. Saturday: Jazz Militia 3 p.m. Saturday: HCIJ 3:15 p.m. Saturday: Weinkum’s Waltz Warriers, with Harald Weinkum, leader 4:15 p.m. Saturday: East Valley Yamaha Music School with special appearance by Jeremy Siskind Trio 5:45 p.m. Saturday: Jones Jazz Quintet, with Warren Jones, leader 6:45 p.m. Saturday: Raul Yanez and Zona Libre 8 p.m. Saturday: Dominick Farinacci Quintet

Crowne Plaza San Marcos Courtyard 6 to 8 p.m. Friday: Cliff Wright Quintet noon to 5 p.m. Saturday: New Orleans Stage: 52nd St Jazz Band, Sun City Stomperz, The Original Wildcat Jass Band, rotating

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9 p.m. to midnight Friday: Beth Lederman Trio at Vintage 95

5 to 9 p.m. Friday: Vandal-Hancock Duo at LaStalla 7 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday: Joey Leyva and Orchestra Nueva at El Zocalo 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday: Stan Sorenson Duo at LaStalla 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday: Laurie Fagen, Pam Morita at AJ’s at Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort

Sidewalk bands (DCCP) 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday: Bobby’s Jazz Ensemble, L.A.Z. Music and Keith McNelley Ensemble 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday: Crawford Brothers Jazz 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday: Buddy’s Jazz Ensemble Information on special room rates at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort for those wanting to hang out with the musicians, is available at JAZZ: Dominick Farinacci and his quintet perform on the main stage at the Chandler Jazz Festival. Submitted photo




March 3 - 16, 2012

Cork cuisine, service shine by Joan Westlake

For the second year in a row, Southern Chandler’s Cork is the only Southeast Valley fine-dining establishment to receive the AAA/CAA Four Diamond Award. The 4-year-old restaurant is the creation of Ocotillo residents Robert and Danielle Morris and Chef Brian Peterson. The trio worked together at legendary Lon’s at the Hermosa Inn in Paradise Valley for a collective 15 years where they perfected their synergistic efforts. Robert serves as general manager and sommelier; Danielle the pastry chef and Peterson the executive chef.

FOUR KARAT DINING: Fine cuisine shines diamond bright at Cork under the direction of Robert and Danielle Morris with Chef Brian Peterson. STSN photo

Cork’s 400-plus vintage selections have netted three straight Excellence Awards from “Wine Spectator” Magazine. Scheduled to launch this month is an iPad platform and access to one of 15 iPads devoted solely to perusing the wine list.

Cork made Valley culinary news in 2008 opening as an elegantly casual restaurant located in the Promenade at Fulton Ranch. New American cuisine with European influences drives a menu that morphs with food availabilities and the chef’s creativity. “We always have our protein staples — organic lamb chops, duck, pork tenderloin, striped bass” says Robert. “It is the preparation that changes with season and, when possible, local selections.” Robert Morris oversees the wide The final Sunday of each selection of wine at Cork. STSN photo month, indulge in a fourcourse themed dinner for Happy hour in the sophisticated bar from 5 to $35. Italian is the flavor 6:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday is a great way to for Sun., March 25 featursample the cuisine with $3 champagne beverages ing house-made pastas. and $4 wine and cocktails. Menu includes $5 for Seating is limited and a bottomless bowl of olives or duck fat French fills quickly. fries and $8 for a burger with house-smoked Always a favorite for spebacon, aged cheddar, watercress and aioli or fried cial occasions, Cork now chicken with mashed potatoes, giblet gravy and has a private dining room for 10. Robert says the 42- SWEET TOOTH: Co-owner and pastry chef haricot vert. Danielle Morris creates sweet confections Just in time for prime patio season, Cork has inch plasma screen with for Cork. STSN photo expanded its outdoor dining options. audio-visual capabilities Dinner is served 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday is making the space popular for business presentations as well as celebrations like a recent 70th birthday party with and 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday. Cork is at 4991 S. Alma School Rd. Call 480-883-3773 or visit a photo montage.

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Chandler law firm adds new associate Offers free divorce seminar A new attorney is providing family law, juvenile law and criminal law services to the Thompson Law Firm in downtown Chandler, which also handles divorce, personal injury and bankruptcy cases. Carissa K. Seidl joins local Chandler attorney Christy Thompson in the firm, which recently moved to downtown Chandler to accommodate the need for more space. “Our expansion plans are right on target and adding Carissa to the firm is one of the most critical steps we have taken,” says Thompson. “She will assist in taking on the demand we’re experiencing in the areas of family and criminal law.” Seidl practices primarily in family law, which includes dissolution of marriage, legal separation, annulment, child custody, child support, parenting time, paternity and maternity actions, grandparents’ rights, termination of parental rights, stepparent adoptions, modification / enforcement /contempt actions, orders of protection and pre-nuptial agreements. “To expand these in-demand areas of practice in our firm is a key element of our present and future direction,” adds Thompson. “Carissa’s many years of practice in family and criminal law elevates the level of services we can offer to our clients.” Thompson says Seidl has litigated cases before the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Arizona in Maricopa County and Pinal County, the Arizona Court of Appeals – Division Two, Justice and Municipal Courts throughout Maricopa and Pinal counties and the Arizona Superior Court in Maricopa, Pinal, Yavapai, Coconino, Yuma,

Navajo, Mohave and Gila counties. She graduated summa cum laude from Arizona State University in 2002 earning her bachelor of science degree in justice studies with a minor in psychology. She went on to earn her juris doctor degree from Hamline University of Law in January 2005, although she studied as a visiting student at Arizona State University College of Law. In the legal field for the past 15 years, Seidl clerked with the Office of the Public Defender, the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office and several general practice law firms in Minnesota and Arizona throughout high school, college and law school. Seidl also volunChristy Thompson Submitted photo Carissa K. Seidl Submitted photo teered with the Innocence Project of Minnesota and the Justice Project of Arizona investigating inmate’s claims of actual innocence. only how to prepare for divorce, but how to maneuver through the legal process and most importantly, how to surFree divorce seminar March 9 vive one of the most difficult life-changing events they’ve Learn how to protect assets, retirement and children’s probably ever faced.” Thompson says her firm’s goal is to “be with our clients futures while going through divorce at a free seminar from 10 to 11 a.m. Fri., March 9 at the Thompson Law Firm’s through the journey and that journey starts with education.” Find out how to protect other assets, such as a house and office in downtown Chandler. “When people are considering divorce, emotion can some- a business. The firm is now at 101 W. Commonwealth Ave. in downtimes cloud the reality of what’s happening,” explains Thompson. “Information is the first thing they need and town Chandler. RSVPs are required, as seating is limited, that’s why they consult an attorney. They need to know not by calling 480-634-7480.


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Law firm hosts estate-planning seminar

New fitness concept to Promenade

Learn about the ten most common mistakes in estate planning and how to avoid them at a free seminar 10 a.m. Wed., April 4 at Dana Law Firm, 3115 S. Price Rd., Suite 114. For more information or to make reservations, call 480-515-3716, or visit

Memberships are available for presale for $10 a month for Youfit Health Clubs, opening in mid March, pending final construction, in the former Good Food Market at The Promenade at Fulton Ranch on the northeast corner of Chandler Heights and Alma School roads in Southern Chandler. The Chandler location will be the fourth in the Valley to open under founder Rick Berks, who also created the nationally known Planet Fitness. Berks, no longer with Planet Fitness, says his new concept includes month-to-month memberships instead of long-term contracts; no “huge bodybuilders, gym rats or singles scenes; no pressure to join; and no carbon footprint. “These may be the ‘greenest’ gyms in America,” he says. “The floors, for example, are made of recycled tires or Nike ‘grind’ – old sneakers.” Berks says Youfit Health Clubs are for “the rest of us.” “These are clubs for people who aren’t planning to enter bodybuilding championships, and who aren’t there to meet a member of the opposite sex. And the fees are probably the lowest you’ll ever see for a first-rate fitness club.” He adds the “Youfit” name is meant to convey the message that anyone can “fit” in, “without feeling uncomfortable and without feeling pressure from pushy salespeople.” Berks, a successful entrepreneur and former police officer, plans to open another half a dozen clubs in Arizona this year.

Chef A GoGo cooks up third bride’s award For the third consecutive year, Chandler’s Chef A GoGo, owned by Executive Chef Bob Harrison, is awarded WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards 2012 for catering, following the same award in 2010 and 2011. WeddingWire, the nation’s leading wedding marketplace, recognizes the top 5% of wedding vendors across 20 service categories from the 200,000 WeddingWire network professionals across the United States and Canada who demonstrate “excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and overall professional achievements throughout the past year.” According to a news release, Chef A GoGo was selected based on “stellar” newlywed client reviews. Harrison, who offers catering, personal chef services, home pantry services that include shopping and food-prep, cooking instruction, gourmet gifts and dessert baskets, says he is “thrilled” to receive such high accolades. He says his attention to detail and pristine customer service keeps the company poised for success. “What makes us so special is we listen,” Harrison explains. “We set out to make the client’s experience all about them and their needs. When we plan and dedicate our effort, we over-deliver on every level so that when the event happens we’re the ones that they remember.” For additional information, visit Chef A GoGo may be reached at 602-615-1632 or

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In addition, Stephanie Bugno, marketing for the Promenade’s RED director Development, LLC, says Youfit “stocks its clubs with hundreds of machines, many of which are equipped with their own TV.” She says for those in a hurry, Youfit has a 30minute Express Circuit set up for both cardio and resistance training workouts. Bugno says other shops at the Promenade include Madison Avenue Salon & Day Spa; Ocotillo Pilates, which offers six free Ballet Barre classes with the purchase of a private instruction package; and V’s Barbershop, along with the new Amalfi Pizzeria, Blu Burger Grille, Cork, Frio Mio, Kids Incorporated Learning Centers, Maduro’s Fine Cigars, Massage Envy, My Sister’s Attic, Sun Lakes Nails, Swan Cleaner, The Good Egg and ZUltimate Self Defense Studios. For more information about at the Promenade, visit Memberships are $19.99 per month for unlimited access to all Youfit locations, unlimited guest privileges and half-price drinks; or $10 a month for unlimited club use. Both memberships include a Youfit T-shirt and an annual fee of $29.99. The Chandler Youfit is under construction at 4991 S. Alma School Rd., and club hours will be 5 a.m. to midnight Monday through Thursday; 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday; and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. For more information on joining Youfit Health Clubs, visit

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Chamber’s Women’s Council, ambassadors, leads groups meet Economic update includes wealth management info Women’s Council meeting “Sell Yourself … Love Your Clients” is the title of the Women’s Council meeting from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Tue., March 6 at the Chamber office. Speaker Victoria Trafton of Sell Yourself Smart will discuss the principles of effective self-promotion, including “mindset, what to say and how to say it.” Sponsored by Keller Williams Realty East Valley – Nora Ellen, Everybody’s Auto Buyer & Consignment and Chandler Regional Medical Center, there is no cost to attend and door prizes are welcomed.

Ambassadors Learn more about the Chamber’s ambassadors, who serve as hosts for Chamber events and are liaisons between the Chamber and the business community. The next meeting, sponsored by The Stadium Club, is 11:50 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tue., March 6 at the Chamber office for those who have been Chandler Chamber members for at least three months.

Business after Business Help kick off the Ostrich Festival and network with other Chamber members in the next Business after Business meeting 5 to 7 p.m. Thu., March 8, hosted by Thorobred Chevrolet., 2121 N. Arizona Ave., north of Warner Road in Chandler. Bring business cards and door prizes. The “Chamber Pot,” sponsored by Jeremy McClymonds, CRPC FORM Prosperity Wealth Advisors, is $200; members must be present to win. Cost is $5 for

members, $15 nonmembers and Chairman’s Circle Passes are accepted.

Economic Update Forum Luncheon “Generational Change: Back to the Future - How to Perceive the Next 20 Years” is the subject of the next Economic Update Forum Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Wed., March 28 at Hilton Phoenix/ Chandler, 2929 W. Frye Rd. in Chandler. Sponsored by SRP, the East Valley Tribune, Rogers Corporation and in partnership with the City of Chandler, guest speaker is Wayne Strutzer, senior vice president of Advisor Consulting Group, RBC Wealth Management. Strutzer, who hosts a Sunday morning radio talk show and is on Fox 10 News daily, will discuss current events impacting the market. Cost is $20 for Chamber members, $25 for nonmembers.

Centennial Celebration The Chandler Chamber of Commerce turns 100 this year, and the Centennial Celebration will be at 4 p.m. Fri., April 27 at Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving, 20000 S. Maricopa Rd., Gate 3 in Chandler. The celebration will feature food and fun. The Chandler Chamber of Commerce is at 25 S. Arizona Pl., Suite 201 in downtown Chandler. For more information or to register for all events, visit the website at, contact the Chamber at or call 480-963-4571.

Downtown Gilbert to get history walk A series of commemorative plaques created by Gilbert Leadership, a program of the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, will be placed on the historic sites of downtown Gilbert. About 15 to 17 plaques will include a picture of the building from the past as well as a brief description about the building, location or event. Brochures with a map will be available at the Gilbert Historical Museum and Gilbert Heritage District merchants to guide participants through the Heritage District of downtown Gilbert. The History Walk will be in place by the end of April. In addition to the historical plaques, the Gilbert Historical Museum will have updated landscaping installed in the front of the museum building to increase curb appeal and sustainability. The goal of both enhancements is to encourage residents and others to visit the museum and the downtown area. As a part of the Gilbert Leadership Program, each year the class is required to complete a project that will benefit the town. In its 20th year, Gilbert Leadership elected to celebrate Gilbert’s early history when Gilbert was known as “The Hay Shipping Capital of the World.” Gilbert Leadership, through the Gilbert Historical Museum, is currently raising funds for the project with an estimated cost of $20,000. A number of corporate sponsors have committed to donating monies or materials; however, additional funds are needed and individuals may contribute to this exciting celebration of Gilbert’s history. Donations can be made to the Gilbert Historical Museum’s website at, where donors can indicate that the funds are to be used for this project. For more information about the fundraising efforts, contact Aimee E. Ghimire at 480-516-1819. For more information about Gilbert Leadership or program sponsorship opportunities, contact Adrianne Lynch at 480-570-0600 or visit


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S. Chandler resident launches jewelry business Helping customers create one-of-a-kind personalized jewelry that best reflects their style is what Kristine Stevens of Chandler brings as she launches her new business as an independent designer with Origami Owl Custom Jewelry, a “fun and fashionable direct sales company with a unique twist.” Founded by Chandler resident Isabella Weems when she was 14, Origami Owl started with humble beginnings at home parties, then grew to where it is today. Weems’ business model is replicated by independent designers nationwide. “Women absolutely love creating unique

pieces of jewelry that reflect their own style,” says Weems, daughter of Christian Weems. “We closely follow the latest styles to ensure that each item in our exclusive line is fashion-forward and on-trend.” Stevens holds interactive events to make customizable jewelry including the “Living Locket,” a necklace that can be personalized with meaningful charms for the buyer. For more information about Origami Owl’s customizable jewelry, hosting a party or starting an Origami Owl CUSTOMIZED: Create personalized jewelry with Origami Owl business, contact Stevens at Custom Jewelry, founded by a Chandler teen. Independent designer Kristine Stevens of Chandler carries the line. Submitted or 480-705-6155. photo

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The deadline for news and advertising is noon, Wed., March 7 for the March 17, 2012 issue of the SanTan Sun News. All news must be submitted to by that day to be considered for the next issue or by filling in the “submit a news release” form on the newspaper’s website at To send an item for consideration in the SanTan Family Fun, email it directly to Send advertising files and information to account reps or contact For full rate and deadline information, visit and click on “About us,” or scroll to the bottom to the bottom of the home page to download the advertising packet at “Advertise with us.”

A new Chandler batting cage and training facility is open. Owned by longtime Chandler residents Ken and Lisa Stewart, the business will cater to both baseball and softball players and offer a more than 15,000-square-foot, air-conditioned facility including six batting cages with automatic ball returns for baseball and softball, two 70-foot utility tunnels for pitching and catching drills and three hitting stations with tees or soft toss machines. “By sponsoring Chandler National Little League, Chandler American Little League, Chandler Girls Softball and various other East Valley leagues, Strike Zone is showing its commitment to supporting the local baseball and softball communities,” says Lisa Stewart. “As a fully equipped training center, Strike Zone AZ intends to provide a safe, clean, positive environment for East Valley kids and adults to advance their ball skills, while having fun.” Strike Zone AZ is located at 1315 S. Arizona Ave. at the Santan Loop 202 Freeway. Email or visit for more details.

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Solera Expo seeks information vendors Local service providers and businesses are invited to participate in the annual Solera Expo from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat., March 17. Organizers say the Solera Expo provides local businesses the opportunity to interact with the 1,149-home community’s active adult residents to showcase their businesses and services. The event is not intended for businesses to sell products, but to educate residents about their options. Close to 50 businesses including landscaping, financial planning, real estate, health and wellness are expected to participate. The number of vendors in each category will be limited. For more information or to obtain an application, contact Shannon Johnson at

Legacy Funeral Home opens, offers counseling The SanTan Sun area’s newest funeral home is open, serving families in Chandler, Gilbert, Queen Creek and other surrounding communities. Family owned and operated Legacy Funeral Home, at 1374 N. Arizona Ave. in Chandler, offers affordable funerals and cremation, according to owner David Allen of Gilbert. In addition, those mourning the death of a loved one may receive free, professional grief counseling in an intimate setting at Legacy. Funeral Director Todd Allen, also of Gilbert, and David Allen will facilitate a sixweek grief counseling session from 4 to 5:30 p.m. beginning Tue., March 13, with grief counselors on site. “When people are grieving, it is very difficult to overcome it alone,” David Allen says. “Better results are achieved as loved ones join grieving groups and are in a setting where others relate to their pain and offer hope and healing.” Each group will be limited to about 20 to 25 people. Those interested in attending should call 480-963-6200 to reserve a spot, although reservations are not necessary and no one will be turned away. For more information, visit


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Yogis open for Japanese food The ninth franchise for Yogis Grill, a casual dining restaurant specializing in Japanese food including teriyaki, tempura, sushi, vegetable dishes and an array of other entrees, is open in the Home Depot center on the southeast corner of Ocotillo Road and Arizona Avenue. Owned by PJ Lamé, his wife, Miyoung Choi-Lamé, and his brother-in-law, John Choi, the trio put their talents together to open the restaurant. “We’ve always had a keen interest for the restaurant and hospitality sector, and with John’s degree in hotel and restaurant management from the Institute Vatel, a prominent hotel and restaurant management school in Nimes, France, combined with my degree in business and supply chain management from ASU’s W.P. Carey School of Business, we felt it was just the right fit,” says Lamé. “My wife, with her five years of volunteering and recently working at Chandler Traditional Academy-Independence campus in Ocotillo, her great personality and her intuition for always knowing great locations, helped us in finding this franchise opportunity which she believed would satisfy our entrepreneurial spirits.” Lamé says the restaurant has been under construction for the past four months, when they “literally gutted” the previous establishment, reconstructing the interior from the ground up, and replacing floors, walls, bathrooms, all fixtures and kitchen equipment. Lamé, who has worked within a 10-mile radius of this area for the past 12 years, at Amkor Technology, Intel, Orbital Sciences and Avnet, has seen the area grow. “We feel right at home with the location we’ve chosen for this franchise, and we feel we can serve our community with a fresh, healthy and exciting Japanese casual-dining concept that this area has been longing for.” Hours for the new Yogis Grill at 4015 S. Arizona Ave., Suite 5 in Chandler are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For information, call 480-895-5569 or visit

Wiltse holds second free shred-it event Destroy personal and confidential information securely at Debbie Wiltse State Farm Agency’s second annual free Community Shred-It event from 8 to 11 a.m. Sat., March 24 in the Ocotillo Safeway Plaza parking lot on the northwest corner of Chandler Heights and Alma School roads. Co-sponsored and shredding by ASDD Document Destruction, Wiltse says there will be fun for the kids with face painting, “pick a duck from the duck pond” and child fingerprinting. Call 480-792-9468 for more information or visit


BLD celebrates 1 year Whether you call it “Birthday Love Deals” or Chandler’s “Best Loved Destination,” BLD, which actually stands for breakfast, lunch and dinner, celebrates its first birthday with free drive-through drinks, a buy one, get one free lunch and wine-tasting event for dinner Wed., March 28. Business partners Brian Peterson, Robert and Danielle Morris and Brent Shinyeda are giving deals that include a free signature 20-oz. BLD iced coffee when you say “Happy Birthday” in the drive-through lane. For lunch, the BOGO offer includes for dine-in or to-go orders, with the free item being of equal or lesser value. There will be a complimentary wine tasting from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. to go with the new dinner menu. All week long sangria is $1 during happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. daily. BLD is at 1920 W. Germann Rd., in Chandler. Call 480779-8646 or visit for details.

Chompie's celebrates March with dining deals Enjoy March madness at Chompie's Deli Restaurant & Bakery with its annual St. Patrick's Day feast and spring-training specials. Beginning at 11 a.m. Sat., March 17, Chompie's will serve its annual tradition of all-you-can-eat corned beef, boiled potatoes, cabbage and Irish soda bread for $18.85 per person. A single-serving corned beef meal is $14.49. Until April 5, receive 20% off meals when presenting a same-day spring-training game ticket stub. This offer is not valid on St. Patrick's Day or with any other coupons or discounts. Chandler's Chompie's is at 3481 W. Frye Rd. For more information, call 480-398-3008, or visit


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Corporate Chronicles Steel Shield Doors & More, LLC adds a new location at Chandler Fashion Center, 3111 W. Chandler Blvd. on the first floor outside Macy’s. Making steel security doors under the slogan, “Making Arizona a safer place to live one door at a time.” With Michael Maher as CEO, the company is licensed, bonded and insured with ROC # 248032 & 259841. Info: 480-219-9009, Brent Patmos of Chandler, a consultant for TTI Performance Systems of Scottsdale, is honored with the Bill Brooks Impact Award given to those who over a lifetime contribute greatly to the field of assessments and human capital management. Honored at the company’s 23rd annual Winners’ Conference, Target Training International, Ltd. is the world’s “leading developer of research-based, validated assessment and coaching tools that enable organizations to effectively meet their human resources needs.” Info: Kai at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa, Arizona’s only AAA Five-Diamond and Forbes Five-Star restaurant, will participate in the Devoured Culinary Classic, a premier food and wine festival benefiting Phoenix Art Museum and Local First Arizona March 10 and 11 at Phoenix Art Museum. Daily tickets are $69 through March 9 and $79 at the door. Two-day tickets are $130 in advance and $150 at the door. Tickets, info:, 866-977-6849,

Guess who’s paying for this one? You are. That’s right, SRP’s half off A/C Maintenance is being paid for by you and your neighbors. It’s like so many other programs like Nascar Sponsorship, Boat Races, Rebates for Energy Saving Devices and countless other wasteful programs that you are paying for every time you pay your utility bill. Even though SRP recommends certified contractors who pay dues to their affiliates for the purpose of getting customer leads, they make no representation and provides no warranty or guarantee with respected service. The following is testimony of the National Alliance for Fair Competition: The diversification by utilities into areas outside of their role. As producers and suppliers of energy has occasioned significant and continuing harm to small private sector firms engage in the related energy service fields. Utilities (typically through unregulated facilities or subsidiaries) now routinely sell appliances, provide plumbing, heating, and cooling equipment, service contracts, engage in installation work, and sales of storm windows and doors, provide outdoor lighting and interior lighting fixtures. Utilities have also begun to enter into real estate, security and alarm monitoring markets, telecommunications, and related energy markets, such as; energy management and energy monitoring. Most importantly, utilities are unfairly subsidizing their market entry from their utility rate base and using their powers as an incumbent monopoly to discriminate against non-affiliated competitors. There is considerable potential for small businesses to be harmed in their traditional markets and to be denied access to newly emerging markets which are the key to future expansion, job growth, and profitability as deregulation progresses. The Public Utility Holding Act and its protections are needed today more than ever. If you’re so inclined to take a advantage of this half off maintenance service and the service contractor presents you with a list of expensive repairs, please get a 2nd opinion and always check with the Better Business Bureau. At Hendel’s, we are opposed to utility involvement or paying dues to their affiliates for the purpose of getting customer leads. We continue to gain new customers by doing good work and treating our customers fairly.

Martha Neese of Von Hanson’s Meats & Spirits accepts the 2011 Spirit of Ahwatukee award for her “volunteerism, leadership and love for Ahwatukee” during a recent Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce Day of Champions awards breakfast. In addition to serving on the Ahwatukee Chamber Board of Directors, Neese is an active part of the Ambassadors, attends many Chamber mixers and events, takes part in Ahwatukee community events and sits on the board of directors for the Ahwatukee Children’s Theater. She was instrumental in developing and helping to create the Chamber’s Community Foundation. Info:,

Chandler Regional Medical Center, a Dignity Health member, formerly Catholic Healthcare West, announces the recent credentialing of nine physicians, joining the more than 900 credentialed physicians who practice at CRMC. They are: Adam Farber, M.D., orthopedic surgeon; Michael Golding, D.D.S., oral/maxillofacial surgery; Hannah Kwon, M.D., anesthesiology; Kamiar Massrour, M.D., interventional radiology; Jose Ivan Rago, M.D., family practice; Banjamin Stradling, D.O., interventional radiology; Limor Philipp Wall, M.D., vascular surgery; William Wise, D.O., internal medicine; and James Yanes, M.D., infectious disease. Info:


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Coasting toward competitive fun by Kevin Rolfe

There is a fine line in youth sports between recreation and competition. While most involved want to build character and develop a love of sports among the youth involved, there is something to be said about building a I GOT IT: Two Coast to Coast athletes vie for the TOE TO TOE: Two Coast to Coast athletes match competitive spirit as ball. Submitted photo up on the field. Submitted photo well. Coast to Coast Football offers that competitive spirit in their programs. in the league all sport Cardinal jerseys. The league is organized by age level. Individuals can Started in 2007 by Bryan May, Coast to Coast Football offers flag football programs for ages 3 and older, includ- register or teams of seven to 10 players and a coach can ing an adult league. Their motto is “Athletes Having register as a group. All games are played Saturdays at Discovery Park in Gilbert. Teams are encouraged to pracCompetitive Fun.” “We strive to develop champions,” says May of his tice at local schools or parks in their area. There are three seasons: fall, winter and spring. Each league, which serves primarily the East Valley, although season consists of eight to 10 regular season games and a participants come from all over the greater Phoenix area. “We are not a recreational league. There are plenty of post-season tournament. Between 1,100 and 1,200 kids participate each season. Division winners can advance to a those around.” Coast to Coast is in partnership with the Arizona regional tournament against teams from Texas, Nevada, Cardinals. Last season, the Cardinals sent cornerback Colorado and California. The top regional teams then Patrick Peterson out to meet the youth players. The teams advance to a national tournament in Florida. Coast to Coast

SWEET SPOT: A Coast to Coast player makes a tough catch. Submitted photo

boasts five regional champions in their short history. May also started basketball league Swish last summer. “We’re a more competitive league than others in the East Valley,” says May. Games are played primarily in Higley schools. Swish offers a league schedule opposite of most others. They offer kids a chance to play basketball year-round. Swish has about 400 participants, but May expects that number to grow. “We had 125 kids when we started Coast to Coast football and that’s grown to over 1,000 per season. I expect Swish to grow even faster than that.” May’s group also has a nonprofit arm that offers bullying and obesity prevention programs. For more information, visit Kevin Rolfe, a fourth-grade teacher at Basha Elementary School, is a Chandler sports enthusiast who lives with his family in Traditions at Avalon.



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New Vistas students compete in history challenge

HIS STORY: Aditya Ashar prepares for his first round of competition for National History Day. His research project examines how Euclid revolutionized the study of geometry. Submitted photo

Sixth-graders at New Vistas Center for Education are putting the finishing touches on their nearly year-long research projects to be presented at National History Day’s regional competition Sat., March 3 in Phoenix. This year’s theme, “Revolution, Reaction and Reform in History,” focuses on how historical events have impacted the world today. Students advancing to nationals will head to College Park, MD, in June. Last August, 36 students entered the competition when they chose a local, state, national or world history topic. They were guided in the process of in-depth research through interviews, use of primary and secondary sources, consulting historical archivists and attending seminars at the Arizona State Historical Society. Students are judged based on their work and depth of investigation into their sources; analysis of the evidence; a clear explanation of the relationship of the topic to the theme; and how well they draw clear conclusions of the event’s impact on the world. Nationally, a half-million students in sixth through 12th grades participate. Over $150,000 in scholarships will be awarded to top national winners, including a full tuition scholarship to Case Western Reserve University.

Flag football tourney kicks off March 3 A maximum of 60 teams can participate in the Coast to Coast Sports Management Flag Football National Tournament Sat., March 3 at Discovery Park. The tournament is for youth ages 7 to 8, 9 to 11, 12 to 14 and 15 to 17. The registration fee is $200 for no more than 10 players and includes a guaranteed four games, goodie bags

and championship trophies. Games are played during the day and conclude during the night under the lights. Discovery Park is at 2214 E. Pecos Rd. on the northwest corner at Santan Parkway in Gilbert. For complete registration information, visit

Free child ID clinic at Chandler hospital A free child identification card clinic for children ages 3 years and older is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sat., March 3 in Chandler Regional Medical Center’s Lower Level Conference Rooms. The event, co-sponsored by KNXV-TV Channel 15 and the Arizona Crime Prevention Association, Inc., uses the latest technology to give parents a laminated photo identification card with their child’s information as well as a CD which stores digital fingerprints, photographs, video, voice recording and child safety tips. The document provides the necessary information for police departments and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children should it ever be needed. Registration is required; appointment times can be made by visiting Children younger than age 3 cannot participate. Chandler Regional Medical Center is at 475 S. Dobson Rd. in Chandler. For more information, visit

‘Green’ video deadline nears Fri., March 9 is the cut-off date for Chandler high school students to create environmental conservation public service announcements about recycling, water conservation or storm water pollution prevention for entry into the City of Chandler’s Kids for Conservation Video Contest. Winners will be notified on Tue., March 27. Submissions will be evaluated by a panel of judges on the basis of creativity and originality, quality and technical accuracy, and content of message. Participating schools from the students’ winning entries in each category will receive $200. All winning teams are invited, along with their families, classmates, teacher and principal, to the April Study Session with the Chandler City Council for recognition, where they will be presented with certificates and have their photos taken with local officials. Video entries must be between 30 and 60 seconds long and suitable for TV airing, and must be relevant to residents in Chandler, encouraging participation in the City’s conservation efforts. For more details on contest guidelines and judging criteria, or to obtain the official contest entry form and waivers, visit


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Junior Golf Camp begins to-instructor ratio of 8 to 1 and a Youths ages 6 to 14 and entering kindermaximum of 16 students per sesgarten through eighth grade are introduced sion. Campers are grouped by age to the basic principles and fundamentals of and skill level, with elementary golf when they participate in Junior Golf school-age students beginning their Camps offered by Bear Creek Golf Complex one-hour classes at 8:30 a.m. and Junior Golf Academy. junior high students beginning Children have until Wed., March 7 to at 10 a.m. register for camps, which occur during the Parents are responsible for proChandler Unified School District’s spring viding clubs for their children. Bear break. Creek professional staff members are Lessons are taught by PGA staff and available to assist in fitting children include putting, chipping, pitching, bunker with age- and size-appropriate golf shots and full swings with irons and woods. ON THE GREENS: Jace Fricke, left, with equipment. Children also learn safety, golf etiquette, brother Caden take part in a recent Bear Creek Golf academy. Submitted photo Camp tuition is $40 per week and sportsmanship and golf rules. covers instruction and range balls. Campers have the opportunity to play a few holes on the course each week. Qualified campers may Online or in-person registration is available. Bear Creek is at 500 E. Riggs Rd. in Chandler. For more inforpurchase a pass for unlimited weekly golf on the Cub course. Camp sessions are limited in size, with a maximum child- mation, call 480-883-8200 or visit

Free SAT, ACT practice test at Tutor House High school juniors and seniors can take a free SAT or ACT practice test Sat., March 17 or Sat., March 24 at Tutor House Tutoring Services in Chandler. Testing is from 9:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a welcome and registration from 9 to 9:15 a.m. Students should bring a calculator to the session. Participants will receive a score analysis at a future date. Space is limited, and reservations are required. The practice test will be given at Tutor House’s location at 100 W. Boston St., Suite 4, in the Chandler Professional Building located in historic downtown Chandler. For more information, contact Tutor House Tutoring Services at 480-857-1222, or visit

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Check out Irish dance at open house Observe Irish step-dance classes during The Bracken School of Irish Dance open house from 9 to 11 a.m. Sat., March 24 at 610 N. Alma School Rd., on the northwest corner at Galveston in Chandler in the Jeanne’s School of Dance studio. Instructors and championship dancers will be available to answer questions, refreshments will be served and there will be some vendors. “Irish dance is an exciting, athletic and graceful form of dance that was popularized by such shows as ‘Riverdance’ and ‘Lord of the Dance’ and which is now found around the world,” says Helene Ossipov, webmaster for Bracken School of Irish Dance. “In this dance form, the emphasis is on precise footwork and timing while maintaining the signature upright posture and straight arms.” She says dancers compete in solo competitions as well as team or ceili, pronounced KAY-lee, competitions. The Bracken junior and senior ceili teams are among the best in the Western U.S., placing well in regional and world championships. At the Bracken School, under the guidance of director Thomas Bracken, lead instructor Alexis Hodel trains students from beginning level through championship. Hodel has

JIG: Dancers from The Bracken School of Irish Dance perform. Submitted photo

competed on the world stage several times and has seen her students reach that level as well, with three students qualifying for the World Championships in April. The school emphasizes teamwork, discipline, friendship and a family community for all ages. Students range in age from 5 to 56 years old. “It’s a healthy and energizing activity,” adds Bracken. “Its socializing aspect is also important in that it results in lifelong friendships. And it’s an activity with longevity; once they get involved, the interest lasts until adulthood.” For more information, visit or call 480-240-6944.

Basha footballers tackle adversity, receive awards Two Basha High School football players will be recognized for their achievements both on and off the field Sat., March 3 at the National Football Foundation Valley of the Sun’s 31st annual scholar-athlete banquet at Scottsdale Plaza Resort, 7200 N. Scottsdale Rd. in Scottsdale. Seniors Garrett Kaiser and Drew Mahooty are two of 58 students who will be honored for their success in the classroom, on the football field and in their community. Kaiser will be awarded the Shaw Courage Award for his exemplary return to football after a severe off-season back injury his freshman year. After being told he would never play football again, Kaiser spent a year in rehabilitation, only to return to the field his junior year. With 138 tackles this past season, he was named second-team all-region linebacker and is said to be one of the top five linebackers in Arizona Division I football. With a 3.3 grade point average, Kaiser plans to play football for Northern State University of Aberdeen in South Dakota in the fall. He wants to major in secondary education and become a high school math teacher and football coach. Mahooty, Basha’s 2011 outstanding lineman, will receive the first-ever Talking Stick Resort Award for Excellence. A member of New Mexico’s Zuni Tribe, Mahooty moved to Chandler four years ago, excelling in football and maintaining a 3.2 GPA. He plans to play for Northern Arizona University in the fall and major in biology. He hopes to become a doctor.


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Baubles, beads to Basha To help special needs children who attend Basha High School, a senior student and her friends are holding a Baubles & Beads arts and crafts fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sat., March 31 in the school’s front parking lot at 5990 S. Val Vista Dr. at Riggs Road in Chandler. Alyssa Burke, a National Honor Society member who says she is active in several clubs at BHS and is a student facilitator, and her mother, Patty, are coordinating the fundraiser. The fair features more than 50 crafters from the area, showcasing handmade jewelry, soaps, candles, photography and more. The Baubles & Beads show is Alyssa’s senior project before she heads to the University of Arizona where she will study nursing. Crafters and artists who would like to support the fundraiser with a table rental can email or call 480-812-5528.

Gilbert spring break camps registering now A host of spring break camps appealing to almost any interest is offered by the Town of Gilbert’s Parks and Recreation Department this year. The camps, available to area youth ages 5 to 16, range in focus from golf, soccer and science to cooking, knitting and even a dance and cheer glee club. Registration begins Mon., March 5 for nonresidents; Gilbert residents can register now. For more information or to check out the entire Gilbert spring recreation schedule online, visit Register online at

UTI students drive fundraising family event San Tan Sun area families are invited to the second annual Drive to Succeed fundraising event, hosted by the UTI Foundation, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat., March 31 at Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving in Chandler. The event features SuperKart competitions between Valley companies, with Universal Technical Institute students serving as race team crew chiefs. Families attending the event can also enjoy bounce houses, face painting, remote-control car racing and a silent auction. All proceeds will benefit the UTI Foundation, providing grants, scholarships and support to UTI students pursuing technical training in automotive, diesel, marine and motorcycle service repair. Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving is at 20000 S. Maricopa Rd., Gate 3 in Chandler. For more information, visit




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Local scholars get aid from Gilbert Chamber To help local youth afford college expenses, the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce provides a scholarship program and upcoming scholarship fundraiser. High school seniors in the Gilbert Public Schools and Higley Unified School District have until Thu., March 8 to apply for one of the scholarships awarded by the Gilbert Chamber as part of its scholarship program. Applications are now being accepted and will be awarded to one senior at each local high school. Applicants should demonstrate enrollment in challenging coursework throughout high school with a grade point average at graduation of between 2.5 and 3.5. Scholarship funds will be raised at the organization’s third annual Scholars Golf Tournament, sponsored by San Tan Ford, on Mon., May 14 at Seville Golf and Country Club in Gilbert. Individual golfer entry cost is $150; a foursome entry is $600. All golf entries include a tournament golf shirt and other takeaways. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m.; a silent auction and awards ceremony will follow the tournament. Several sponsorships are available ranging from $50 to $2,000. The Chamber was able to award $3,600 in scholarships in 2011 and hopes to raise more than $5,000 for distribution this year. To submit a scholarship application or to participate in the Scholars Golf Tournament, visit the Chamber’s website at or contact the Chamber at 480-892-0056.


Youth music camps hit right note for summer A variety of music camps and classes is offered for area youth this summer at Music Maker Workshops in Ahwatukee. Preschool Piano and Kindermusik Adventure Camp offers small-group piano and Kindermusik lessons for kids ages 3 to 6 years from 9:15 a.m. to noon June 4 to 7 or July 30 to Aug. 2. Friends and family are invited to an “open house” on the last day of camp. Cost is $120; if registering before May 1, cost is $99. The lesson book is $7.95. Snack is included. Morning Music Camp for kids ages 5 to 7 and 8 to 12 runs from 9 a.m. to noon June 11 to 14, July 16 to 19 or July 23 to 26. Students can design their own camp by choosing three activities from piano, guitar, voice, violin, drums or crafts. Beginners and advanced students welcome; students are put in their own age and ability groups. Students must be 6 years or older to choose guitar. Cost is $120; if registering before May 1, cost is $99. Snacks should be packed. A weekly Rock Band program is open to musicians ages 8 to 16 years experienced in electric guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, horns and vocals. Meetings are held in the evenings from June 4 to July 27, with no class between

June 25 and July 7; students must bring their own guitars, amps and cords. Students learn their favorite music and bands are formed according to music preference, age and ability. During the last week of camp students perform a concert for friends and family. Cost is $120; if registering before May 1, cost is $99. Kids can also sign up for the Summer Lesson Bootcamp & Master Music Program, a series of private lessons in piano, voice, violin, viola, guitar, drums, flute or saxophone that runs Monday through Thursday for two or four consecutive weeks between May 29 and Aug. 4. Lessons are customized for each student and include daily assignments, theory, ear training, fluency and learning practice techniques. The program is designed for both beginner and advanced students; all summer students have the option to take lessons with a master teacher. Eight 30-minute lessons cost $150, or $180 with a master teacher; eight 60minute lessons cost $300, or $360 with a master teacher. Music Maker Workshops is at 3233 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 2 in Phoenix. For more information or to register, visit or call 480706-1224.


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chase a ticket to “Damn Yankees” to take part in the event, nor do they need to be present to win. Learn how to donate and get involved with the YAC event by contacting Michelle Mac Lennan at 480-782-2688 or Purchase tickets to “Damn Yankees” online at or call the CCA at 480-782 2680.


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Area students advance in grammar contest Nearly two dozen eighth- and ninth-grade students from the SanTan Sun area qualified for the Arizona EGUMPP Grammar Bowl Regionals, an academic competition focusing on grammar concepts and terminology. The 23 qualifying students include eight from BASIS Chandler, three from Bogle Junior High, two from Chandler High, three from Seton Catholic Preparatory School, three from St. Mary-Basha Catholic School and four from Tri-City Christian Academy. To qualify for the regional round, students were required to earn a final score of 90% or higher on 20 online lessons and an extensive mastery test. A total of 118 students qualified for the regional round. The top-scoring individuals in the regional round will advance to the semifinals on Sat., March 24 at the Arizona State Capitol, where they have the opportunity to win scholarships, prizes and a trip to Washington, D.C., during the final stage of the competition in April at Grand Canyon University. For more information, visit

Gifted student scholarships available for summer Gifted Chandler-area students have until April 1 to apply for $10,000 in scholarships toward selected summer programs, offered by the National Society for the Gifted and Talented (NSGT) Board of Trustees. Each year, awards ranging from $250 to $1,000 are given to outstanding students who demonstrate excelled ability in their field of interest. The NSGT scholarships have afforded students opportunities to participate in programs such as the Cambridge College Program and Duke TIP, among others. A team of educators in the field of gifted education will review applications and choose scholarship winners. Winners will be notified on April 15. To obtain an application or for more information, visit or call 800-572-6748.

Kohl’s scholarship nominations due soon Thu., March 15 is the last day SanTan Sun area youth volunteers can be nominated for the Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program. Nominators must be age 21 or older. The Kohl’s Department Stores program awards more than $440,000 in scholarships and prizes to volunteers ages 6 to 18 who have made a positive impact on their communities. Two nominees from each of Kohl’s more than 1,100 stores nationwide will each win a $50 Kohl’s gift card, and more than 200 nationwide will win regional scholarships worth $1,000 toward post-secondary education. Ten national winners will be awarded a total of $10,000 in scholarships for postsecondary education, and Kohl’s will donate $1,000 to a nonprofit organization on each national winner’s behalf. To nominate volunteers or for more information, visit

Youth Chronicles Tracy Uffelman of Gilbert will be honored with the Chapter Leadership Award at the National Football Foundation Chapter Awards Banquet, to be held March 3 at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort. BASIS Chandler and Chandler Preparatory Academy student teams will participate on March 3 in the Arizona Regional Science Bowl, a math and science competition for high school students hosted by the Western Area Power Administration at Glendale Community College. Competitors from across Arizona will vie for first place and a free trip in April to the National Science Bowl held in Washington, D.C.

Chandler Unified School District March 8: Elementary school early release for student-led conferences March 12-23: Spring Break March 26: Teacher Inservice/Workday; no school

Basha Bobcats Book Fair – Basha’s Annual Spring Book Fair will be held from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 5 through 9, and until 6:30 p.m. March 8. This year’s theme is “Reading Rocks.” All purchases go toward building both the Basha and San Marcos elementary school libraries. Chef’s special – Fifth-grader Emily Lenz of Mrs. King’s class is a Top 5 Finalist in the Walk-On Cooking Challenge sponsored by AZ Blue Cross Blue Shield and KTVK-TV Channel 3. She created her own healthy side dish of baked broccoli in lemon juice with raspberries. The recipe can be found along with her video clip at Centennial celebration – All grade levels participated in Basha’s recent Centennial Celebration honoring Arizona’s 100th birthday. The main hallway was adorned with bulletin boards featuring “100 Things We Like About Arizona,” “Art in Arizona,” “Footsteps across Arizona” and a 2,000-year timeline on Arizona history. Students created an Arizona flag with the stripes of the flags filled with stars stating 100 reasons Arizona is great. Fourth-graders also performed a recorder and choral concert featuring Arizona songs. Trophy time – Basha’s Student Council was awarded a trophy at the recent districtwide Student Council Convention for its school banner. Class notes – Mrs. Campbell’s class just completed the

Youth Endangered Animal magazines. Students also wrote poetry celebrating Arizona’s Centennial. Mr. Wise’s and Mrs. Delacroix’s classes recently completed a project researching and creating medieval castles. —Kevin Rolfe

Conley Coyotes Blood drive – Conley hosts a blood drive from 1 to 5 p.m. Thu., March 8 in the Multipurpose Room. For more information, call Anne Kulaga at 480-812-6202 or visit using sponsor code “Conley.” Race results – Running Club had its first race in January, with several Conley students placing tops: kindergartener Christian Richardson, sixth place; firstgrader Lauren Kazaroff, fifth place; second-grader Mattie Shumaker, second place; second-grader Tyler Henderson, third place; second-grader Tegan Sanders, fourth place; third-grader Emily Hudson, seventh place; third-grader Izzy Steele, eighth place; and fourth-grader Nardia Padilla, third place. Top dogs – Several Conley students also placed in the Running Club race at Snedigar Sportsplex: kindergartner Christian Richardson, eighth place; first-grader Rylan Flemming, seventh place; fourth-grader Nardia Padilla, third place; third-grader Emily Hudson, eighth place; and second-grader Mattie Shumaker, third place. —Katie Struzynski

CTA-Independence Hawks Track and field – Coaches Robin and Tuttle are encouraging all students to sign up for the Hershey Track & Field Games being held at 7:30 a.m. Sat., March 31 at Chandler High School. The meet will feature sprints, relays, standing long jump and softball throw for youths in various age categories. Students are already practicing in PE for these events. —Sue Bowers

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Fulton Fire In stitches – Sewing Club meets Tuesday afternoons in the Library. Fourteen fifth- and sixth-graders are learning to cut patterns, pin and stitch, both by machine and by hand, under the guidance of Mrs. Heller, Mrs. Jannuzzi and Mrs. Sanders. Fun Run – Students participated in an AllStar Fun Run program to help prepare them as future leaders. The AllStar team taught them about leadership traits and character with their AllStar Ascend curriculum. To raise money for technology, playground equipment and classroom supplies, students collected pledges per lap. Terrific teeth – Blacker Orthodontics visited firstgraders in honor of Dental Health Month in February. Students learned the proper way to brush their teeth, the best snacks to take to sporting events and the importance of flossing; each child received a special new toothbrush and treat bag. Special thanks to Lisa from Blacker Orthodontics for visiting Fulton’s classrooms. Class notes – First-graders have been enjoying “Be Cool” lessons with Mrs. Tanner, the school counselor. Mrs. Tanner is teaching students how to handle conflict and how to respond appropriately to different situations. Calendar

March 5: Author visit from Conrad Storad March 7: World Maths Day March 8: Student-led conferences —Sarah O'Brien

Hancock Heat Model citizens – The Good Citizenship and Kindness Program at Hancock has set goals for students of developing self-respect, promoting kindness and consideration, practicing being polite, respecting others’ property and owning a sense of personal responsibility. Parents with any questions about the program can call Mrs. Bollard or speak with their child’s teacher.



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TEETH CARE: Hancock students in kindergarten and first grade received a special visit recently from Kimberly the Tooth Fairy from Dr. Christopher Drew’s office. Health Assistant Jill Barber arranged for the visit. Submitted photo

held from 5 to 9 p.m. Fri., April 13, featuring food, games and friends. Craft or retail vendors interested in participating should contact for an application. School Cents – Remember to keep receipts from purchases at Chandler Fashion Center and surrounding stores. They can be turned in to teachers or be stamped at Guest Services. Calendar

March 8: Student-led conferences; early release March 9: Pastries for Parents, 7:30 a.m. April 13: Spring Carnival, 5-9 p.m. —Susan Hegarty, Katie Perry

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Music notes – Fourth-graders performed a recorder concert recently for Hancock friends and families. Centennial celebration – Hancock celebrated the Centennial of Arizona in grand style. The whole school created a timeline that included important events in Arizona history as well as world events from the past 100 years. During assembly students did “100 Acts for Arizona;” after assembly, students viewed the timeline as they paraded around the building starting in the preschool wing and ending in the fifth- and sixth-grade building. A time capsule was also created that will be opened in 2037; each grade level completed an Arizonarelevant project to be placed in the capsule. Tax credits – Donations for 2012 can be given any time starting now. Donate up to $400 to Hancock and receive credit back for the full amount. Thanks to the Hancock families who have already contributed. —Suzanne Incorvaia

Jacobson Jets Save the date – Jacobson’s Spring Carnival will be

Art show – Art Masterpiece hosts an art show from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thu., March 8 in Tarwater’s Multipurpose Room. Every month throughout the school year, parent volunteers have introduced students to a new artist and examples of the artist’s works. The volunteers and students explore the artist’s techniques and the students create their own original artwork in the style of that artist. The collection of the student body’s artwork to be displayed includes paintings, drawings and sculptures. Kudos – Congrats to the 30 Tarwater students who attended the annual CUSD Student Council Convention. They did a great job representing Tarwater, learning new leadership skills and looking great with their “Back to the ‘80s” theme. Students prepared for the convention by making a banner and a collage and writing a song about leadership. Class notes – Fifth-graders have been busy learning about the American Revolution. To bring the “taxation without representation” concept to life, some classrooms had a visit from King George and his soldiers. Students were “taxed” on various activities they had been able to do in the past for free, such as using a chair, getting a drink of water and talking. Students each brought in five quarters for this activity; the “tax” money collected will be donated

to the Clothes Cabin, a clothing bank in Chandler. School Cents – Families and friends are encouraged to continue to save receipts from Chandler Fashion Center for the School Cents program, show them at Guest Services and mention Tarwater. —Robyn Kelly

Bogle Bulldogs Budding scientists – Congrats to the Bogle students who received honorable mentions at the recent Hamilton Invitational Science and Engineering Fair: seventh-graders Michelle Howell and Dhruv Madhav for their respective projects "Freeze Thaw Rocks" and "Gatorade vs. Powerade," and eighth-grader Lauren Honea for her project "To Bean or Not To Bean." Testing, testing – AIMS testing will be held during the week of April 16. Students should arrive to school on time and prepared. If possible, reschedule any appointments that would require a student to arrive late or leave school early. Booster Club is collecting healthy individually wrapped snacks to distribute to students during AIMS testing. All donations can be delivered to the front office. —Jennifer Sifuentes

Basha Bears Centennial celebration – Basha High’s Social Studies Department celebrated the Arizona and Chandler Centennial recently with activities from Centennial T-shirts to a traditional “Whiskerino” contest. A schoolwide birthday party was held, complete with a cupcake display in the shape of the Arizona flag and a cupcake for every student on campus thanks to the Basha Culinary Department. The Social Studies Department also hosted a History Night, “Chandler’s Roots: Bearly Scratching the Surface of History,” as part of the Centennial Speaker series, featuring guest speakers Jody Crago from the Chandler Museum, Dr. Howard Conley and Dorothy Woods Ruoff. —Renee Clancy

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985 W. Chandler Heights Road Summit Plaza, SE corner Chandler Heights & Alma School Rd. FUN SCIENCE: Elementary school students get engaged with Basha High’s Science is Fun Club. Basha High teachers Michael McKelvy and Renee Clancy were recently awarded the Chandler Education Foundation’s Intel Innovation Teacher Grant of $2,196 to help create a website and online community where students and teachers across the district and country can be inspired by science. McKelvy and Natzem Lima, a Basha senior and president of the Science is Fun Club, plan to post videos and classroom resources to the site, which will be ready to go live soon, right before Natzen graduates and enters MIT with an academic scholarship. Submitted photo

CTA-Goodman Gators Write stuff - Award-winning author Jack Gantos will visit CTA-Goodman Fri., March 9. Gantos has written several story collections for middle-graders featuring his alter ego Jack Henry, the Rotten Ralph picture books and the popular Joey Pigza series. His newest title, “Dead End in Norvelt,” received the 2012 Newbery Award for most outstanding contribution to children’s literature. Thirdto sixth-graders will have the opportunity to participate in Gantos’ presentations on the writing process. Calendar

March 5: Flag ceremony presented by sixth-graders, 8 a.m., Amphitheater March 8: Early dismissal, 11:10 a.m.; student-led conferences, 3-7 p.m. March 9: Author visit by Jack Gantos for third- to sixth-graders; Good News Gators Assembly, 1:30 p.m., Multipurpose Room —Kathie Butters

Youth Knox Knights Science Night – Join Knox from 6 to 8 p.m. Tue., March 6 in the Multipurpose Room for Knox Family Science Night. Science fun for the whole family will include Brain Boxes, LEGO Technics and robotics, snakes and turtles, Design Squad, biology, engineering and more. Participants include representatives from Intel, Arizona Science Center, Gangplank and Chandler’s Environmental Education Center. Food will be available for purchase from Starbucks, Chipotle, Jamba Juice and Einstein Bros Bagels. Thanks due – Thanks to the wonderful dads who participated in Donuts for Dads and all the families who enjoyed Knox’s outdoor Movie Night. Help wanted – Volunteers are needed to help with upcoming PTO activities; contact Nancy at if interested. Thanks to all the parents and other volunteers who make Knox’s PTO activities successful. Fundraising fun – Box Tops, Juice Pouches and Labels for Education are being collected. They will be turned into cash for the school. Tax credit – Donate to the school through the Arizona Tax Credit program. Up to $400 per married couple or $200 per single can be donated. Full donations are returned via tax credit. —Ximena Rodriguez

Seton Catholic Prep Sentinels High honors – Seton is pleased to announce four National Merit Scholarship finalists among its seniors: Gunnar Gleisner, Edward Hietter, Brett Reardon and Katie Walters. —Cindy Gould

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Kids: Win $15 gift card from Changing Hands Bookstore Students who either live in Chandler, Gilbert, Queen Creek or surrounding areas or who attend area schools can win $15 gift cards from Changing Hands Bookstore, thanks to a new partnership between the bookseller and the SanTan Sun News. This ongoing, monthly promotion awards a $15 Changing Hands gift card to every youth whose article, story, poem, essay, editorial, book review, photo or illustration is chosen to be printed in the SanTan Sun Kids Opportunity section, while supplies last. The Kids Opportunity section is printed in the Youth Section of the first paper of the month, each month. The best news is that even though only one to three submissions are printed per month, all good submissions are held in a file to be printed in future issues. So if an entry doesn't win this month, it could win next month -- or even the month after that. To enter, visit, click on Youth and then on Student Writer Permission Slip to download a submission-permission slip. Complete the form and have a parent sign it so the paper has permission to print the entry and the author or artist's byline. Then, email the submission-permission slip and writing or artwork to as a Word file, if writing, or JPEG, if art, or pasted into the email. Those who don’t have access to email, or prefer to send submissions on disk, may send a hard copy of the form with the entry in a Word file or JPEG on a CD via postal mail to Lynda Exley, Kids Op Page, SanTan Sun News, P.O. Box 23, Chandler, AZ 85244-0023. For more information on the Kids Op page, or to have SanTan Sun News Editor Lynda Exley speak at your school to rev students up about writing and publishing, email


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Detective Mac and the Missing Birthday Cake by Kate Larsen Charolette Patterson, Grade 2 “Dedicated to my dad, Mac” Once upon a time there was a family. That family had a daughter, and her birthday was tomorrow. The mother decided to bake the cake that day. Then the family went to bed. The mother forgot to put the cake in the fridge! A man came into the house and stole the cake. The mother hurried down the stairs but it was too late. The burglar had gone. She called Detective Mac and said, “Detective Mac, I need you to find who stole my cake and get it back.”

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When I was lying in bed last night, I heard footsteps in the attic. I waited for about five silent, scary minutes, and I finally couldn’t stand the sound of the weird, undeniable tap. I felt like a mouse in a city of cats. I hopped out of bed, pulled my comforter over my shivering, scared body and hid under the bed. But still the soft tapping continued and formed into some kind of tone in pattern.

“How could it be music?” I thought. It wasn’t likely for somebody to break into a house, go into the attic and do something as ridiculous as tap a song. Now I didn’t feel so much fear as curiosity. I felt confident enough to find out who this “criminal” was. I wasn’t going to let a foolish bloke tap a song in my attic. I pulled on some clothes and scurried down the hall. I climbed up the barely used stairs, opened up the creaky door and immediately was confused. “Who’s there?” I asked cautiously. There was nobody there, just a window. I could not believe it. The wind was rhythmically pushing and pulling a broken branch against the icy window. The luminous moon seemed to be pushing the branch with its radiant beams, along with the icy wind pulling and howling. Seems like nature has a natural musical talent.




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Ryan matriarch cherished family, community

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is now in that location. Hundreds of mourners During her high school filled Chandler Center for years, Audrey was a cheerthe Arts late last month to leader and very active in say farewell to the matriarch any civic or extracurricular of one of Chandler’s most activity that came her way, a prominent pioneer families. tradition she continued Audrey June Stall Ryan, a throughout her entire life. native, died Chandler During this time, the Stall peacefully Feb. 21, 19 years family lived in a small to the day after she lost her house on Buffalo Street husband of 43 years, Robert across from the San Marcos. David Ryan. The home no longer stands Audrey was born to Adah and it has been replaced by Ware Stall and John condominiums. Years earFranklin Stall May 28, 1927 lier, her dad, Pop Stall, in the old Le Seuer home in Mesa, used for delivering Audrey June Stall Ryan Submitted photo worked as a trim carpenter during the construction and babies at the time. The site would eventually become Southside District finish work of the San Marcos Hotel. Upon her high school graduation, Audrey Hospital. She joined big brother Klyle on the family farm, 160 acres of land on the north- attended nursing school in Tucson at St. Mary’s west corner of Cooper and Germann roads in Hospital. After becoming a surgical nurse, she came back home and worked for Southside Chandler. With the Great Depression of 1929, the fam- District Hospital in Mesa, on the same piece of ily found themselves impoverished and could- land where she was born 21 years earlier. Robert David Ryan came into her life in the n’t pay back taxes. The family farm, which Audrey’s grandfather, David Washington Stall fall of 1948. He invited Audrey to a dance at had homesteaded since 1910, was lost because the San Marcos Hotel Oct. 4 and they danced they could not pay the $400 tax bill to save the all night. After they both went home and told their moms “This is the one!” Bob proposed land. Audrey’s father then went to work for the Feb. 14, 1949 and they were married two Robinson family, who ran the San Marcos months later on Easter Sunday, April 17. They settled into their new home and new Hotel. The Stalls moved to the Robinson farm on the corner of Pecos and McQueen roads. life south of Chandler while operating their Audrey attended Cleveland Elementary School cotton farm and raising four very active boys. and Chandler High School, graduating from Audrey gave so much of her time, talent and love to the community, with a special fondness high school in 1945. When she was 15, Audrey got a job at the in her heart for PEO, Chandler Service Club, Rowena movie theatre on Boston Street, work- Boy Scouts of America, Chandler Public ing for Joe and Alice Woods. In 1944 the Library, Chandler Regional Hospital, the Woods built a new theatre, The Parkway, and Chandler Historical Society and Chandler Audrey continued to work for them. The historic downtown Chandler restaurant El Zocalo See Page 38



In the Feb. 18 issue on page 61, we had a story about the upcoming Chandler Jazz Festival, and showed a photo of Papa John DeFrancesco, but the caption said Joey DeFrancesco, who is Papa’s son. Bart Salzman said he wanted to get Joey to perform, but he is on tour. We apologize for that error.

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CHANDLER EDUCATED: Audrey June Stall when she was in eighth grade. Submitted photo

United Methodist Church. In spite of all she accomplished in her life, Audrey still had time for, and cherished, her family. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who called her Gammie, were blessed to have her in their lives. “Audrey was the crown jewel of Chandler,” says Eddie Basha. Audrey is preceded in death by her parents, brother Klyle, husband Bob and son Robert David Ryan, Jr. Surviving her are sons William Charles (Sharon), Philip Rodney (Lori), Michael Scott (Dianne), and Penny Brooks, grandchildren Lisa Whyte, David Ryan, Jared Ryan, Andrew Ryan, Jacoba Cook, Jeffrey Ryan, Sarah Ryan, Hallie Ryan, Adrianne Burton, Audra Ryan, Matthew Nissen, Dillon Ryan, Jacob Ryan and Austin Ryan. She is also survived by 13 great-grandchildren. Memorial gifts may be sent to the Chandler Historical Society at 178 E. Commonwealth Ave., Chandler, AZ 85225 or Chandler United Methodist Church, 450 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler, AZ 85249.

GAMMIE: Audrey Ryan with two of her many great-granchildren. Submitted photo

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Exercise works kids’ bodies, minds by Alison Stanton

As a physical education teacher at Tarwater and Knox Elementary schools in Chandler, Leslie Hicks spends her days teaching children about how fun it is to be physically active. Hicks, who is also president of Arizona Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, knows firsthand that what looks to the kids like an enjoyable 25-minute game of kickball is actually much more: the physical activity is also helping the students perform better in the classroom. “Exercise is not only important for physical health but it’s also important for learning,” she says. “I’ve been reading up on brain research and how not just PE but FIT LEARNING: Research shows regular exercise and activity helps children keep both their also recess time and extracurric- bodies and their minds healthy. ular activities help students in school, and how they need years you can see how obesity has grown Avoid recess time outs what are called brain breaks across the nation. Obesity levels are now When she is speaking with teachers, more than 25 to 30% in Hicks also stresses the importance of and other enermany states. I feel this trend recess and tries to caution using the loss gizers that can be goes hand in hand with the of morning or afternoon playtime as a done right in the classadvances in technology that punishment. room. Exercise can actually we have today, which have change the brain and can “I understand that kids can be disrupessentially engineered exer- tive, and teachers might think about takimpact how learning is cise out of our day.” done.” ing away recess as a punishment, but As part of her work, what they might not realize is that those High-tech habits Hicks also teaches classes students are probably being disruptive in both the Chandler While Hicks says tech- because they need recess and need to get Unified and the Kyrene nology can definitely be a up and get moving.” Elementary school districts In fact, Hicks says teachers may wish positive thing, what conon the whole concept of cerns her is how the health to view the disruptive child as a baromemind and body connection of both children and adults ter for the rest of the class. and how everything works “If he or she’s getting wiggly, the rest have taken a great hit as a together. She instructs of the class is probably right behind,” result. teachers on how they can For example, when she she says. find ways to integrate physParents can also do a lot to make sure teaches physical education ical activity into their classes, Hicks says she their children get enough exercise and school days. notices that kids’ skill levels activity, Hicks says. “The longer the students EXERCISE: Leslie Hicks “Parents and their kids can start the are decreasing, probably teaches physical education sit, the less focus they at two Chandler elementary because they are not outside school day with a morning walk, maybe have,” she says. playing as much as previous by walking to school or dropping off the schools and is president of “Exercise is the number Arizona Association for kids further away from school. This will generations used to do. one manager of a student’s Health, Physical Education, “Their knowledge of bring the students in ready to learn,” she learning state. Research has Recreation and Dance. games and activities is not says, adding that getting exercise before Submitted photo found that you can actually as good,” she says. “Many class has been shown to help students change this learning state kids and their parents learn better and process the information and the ability to focus just by exercising. will go home and go inside and close they are being taught throughout the They have to get up and get moving, which the door.” entire day. will give them what I like to call “butt As a bonus, parents who can walk to Hicks says she is also worried about the power” meaning they are ready to sit down recent trend of cutting back on physical school with their children are also getand learn.” ting needed exercise. education classes. Another reason children need to be as “The research is no different from kids “Schools are getting further away from active as possible both at home and at the recommendation of 30 minutes of to adults; they should get up and do school, Hicks says, is because of rising obe- exercise a day, and hopefully we can stop activity as well,” Hicks says. sity rates. Alison Stanton is a freelance writer who the decline of taking PE out of schools. We “If you look at the statistics in the U.S. need to be thinking about how we can lives in the East Valley. She can be reached relating to obesity, during the past 20 or 30 keep those PE times,” she says. at

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Hicks created a physical education page for the Chandler Unified School District filled with information about physical activity recommendations and much more: She also recommends the following books and websites: “Spark: the Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain,” by John Ratey, M.D. “The Kinesthetic Classroom: Teaching and Learning through Movement,” by Michael S. Kuczala and Traci Lengel. “Brain Rules,” by John Medina. The City of Chandler offers a wide variety of parks, swimming pools and classes that provide both children and their parents the chance to stay active including: Pools and aquatic centers; splash/spray pads; Playtopia at Tumbleweed Park; Paseo Vista Recreation Area; Paseo Trail; Veterans Oasis Environmental Education Center; tennis classes; extreme sports; archery and horsemanship classes and more for kids, individuals and families. Visit for more information. City of Chandler information provided by the Communication and Public Affairs Department



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FAMILY FUN 3 SANTAN FAMILY FUN ARRIVES! SanTan Family Fun Arrives! Pick it up the first Saturday of each month in the center spread of the SanTan Sun News to plan your month.

OSTRICH FEST PARADE Ostrich Festival Parade and Ostrich Festival Fun Run, registration starts at 6:30 a.m. and run begins at 8 a.m. with the parade at 10 a.m., downtown Chandler. See local bands, dance students, the El Zaribah Shriners, Hall of Flame Museum representatives, dignitaries riding in Corvette Club of Arizona cars and local floats. The procession travels south on Arizona Avenue from Ray Road to Chicago Street. 866-993-2477,

3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31 AZ RENAISSANCE FEST Arizona Renaissance Festival, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., every Saturday and Sunday through April 1, near the foothills of the Superstition Mountains. Cheer for brave knights and roam a 30-acre festival illage filled with castles, cottages, pubs and 12 stages of nonstop performances of music, dance and comedy. Enjoy nearly 2,000 colorfully costumed characters, jousting, live entertainment, music, artisans and a marketplace. Children’s activities include

people-powered games and rides. Buy tickets online at, or save with discount tickets purchased at Fry’s Food Stores. Discount ticket prices are $20 for adult, $10 ages 5 to 12, free ages 4 and younger. Tickets purchased at the festival are $2 more. Senior discount tickets are $19 for those 60 and older, available only on festival days at the front gate ticket booth. Parking is free courtesy of Fry’s Food Stores. Located east of Apache Junction on U.S. 60, past Gold Canyon Golf Resort. 520-463-2700,

4, 11, 18, 25 SUNDAY STORIES Sunday Stories, 2 p.m. Boyce Thompson Arboretum, located 45 minutes east of Mesa on US-60 near Milepost 223. Enjoy guided activities that follow featured stories: “Storm on the Desert,” March 4; “Sing Down the Rain,” March 11; “The Three Little Javelinas,” March 18; and “Cactus Hotel,” March 25. All ages. Admission: $9 ages 13 and older, $4.50 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and younger. 520-689-2723,

for families. Free admission. 7380 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale. 480-994-2787,

5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27 WIGGLE WORMS Wiggle Worms, 10:30 a.m. Perry Branch Library. Tots have fun with flannel board rhymes, songs, shakers, bubbles, parachute play and age-appropriate books. Ages 18 months-3 years with a parent. Free. 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd. at Perry High School, Gilbert. 602-652-3000,

5 LUCKY CHARM PLATE Lucky Charm Plate, 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. As You Wish. Ages 4 and younger decorate themed plates during Mommy & Me, a special session for moms and their young artists. $20; includes pottery. Preregistration recommended. Locations: Ahwatukee, 480-753-9500; Tempe Marketplace, 480-557-9100.

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4, 25 SUNDAY A’FAIR Sunday A’Fair, noon-4 p.m. Scottsdale Civic Center Amphitheater. Enjoy performances by local bands, arts and crafts by Arizona artists and hands-on activities

Family Night, 5:30-7 p.m. Tumbleweed Recreation Center. Enjoy themed r ecreational activities and entertainment each week. All ages. $2-$3. 745 E. Germann Rd., Chandler. 480-782-2900,


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

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

7, 21 JUST 4 KIDZ Just 4 Kidz, 4:30 p.m. Queen Creek Branch Library. Ages 7-11 enjoy crafts, experiments and other fun activities for free. Learn to make pop-up cards on March 7 and soda bottle rockets on March 21. Preregistration required. 21802 S. Ellsworth Rd., Queen Creek. 602-652-3000,

8 SONORAN SUNSET Sonoran Sunset Series, 6-7 p.m. Veterans Oasis Park. Experience an evening of entertainment by Firefly, a trio of sisters from Gilbert, under the desert moon in the outdoor amphitheater. Refreshments available for purchase. All ages. Free admission. Located on the northeast corner of Chandler Heights and Lindsay roads in southeast Chandler. 480-782-2890,

9-11 OSTRICH FESTIVAL 24th Annual Ostrich Festival, 2 p.m.-midnight Fri., March 9; 10 a.m.-midnight Sat., March 10; 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Sun., March 11; Tumbleweed Park. Enjoy the World Class Midway, entertainment, music, animal shows, carnival rides and family fun. There will also be more than 100 vendor booths offering arts, crafts and unique gift items; and Ostrich Alley featuring ostrich burgers, emu oil, hand-painted ostrich eggs and more. General admission at the gate is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $7 for youth ages 5 to 12 and free for ages 4 and younger. Parking is $5. Discounts are available at all local Fry’s Food Stores, and Family Fun Packs are $65, which includes two adult, two youth and two all-day carnival ride passes. Fry’s also carries $20 all-day carnival ride passes and regularly priced admission tickets. 2250 S. McQueen Rd., Chandler. 866-993-2477,

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9-18 CREATIVITY FEST Mesa Festival of Creativity, noon-9 p.m. Mesa Arts Center. Enjoy Architects-ofAir’s giant inflatable sculpture MIRAZOZO, live entertainment, music, food and more. Most activities are free; there is a $5 fee to visit MIRAZOZO or to take a Studio Sampler class. Children younger than 3 are free with an adult. 1 E. Main St., Mesa. 480-644-6500,

FAMILY FUN Located 45 minutes east of Mesa on U.S. 60 near Milepost 223. 520-689-2723,

Ave. in downtown Chandler. 480-782-2680, visit


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Junior Rangers, 2 p.m. Boyce Thompson Arboretum, located 45 minutes east of Mesa on U.S. 60 near Milepost 223. Kids of all ages find out if they can get water from a barrel cactus, how to tell which direction is north and much more via guided activities designed to give them confidence when outdoors. Admission: $9 ages 13 and older, $4.50 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and younger. 520-689-2723,

Science Saturday, noon-4 p.m. presented by the Chandler Museum on the porch of the 1917 McCroskey House. Explore chemical reactions while making baking soda rockets and visit historic homes and gardens at this free event for children and families that combines science experiments with historic home tours at Tumbleweed Ranch. The 12-acre ranch features a collection of historic homes, active planting fields, unique agricultural equipment and animals. It serves as a living classroom engaging learners of all ages in an outdoor setting to connect with science, history and the art of farming. The science experiments are held at 2250 S. McQueen Rd., Chandler. 480-782-2717,

Tumbleweed Tots, 9-11 a.m. Tumbleweed Recreation Center. Children ages 5 and younger with an adult enjoy a safe play space with toys, equipment and activities. $2 to $3 per day. 745 E. Germann Rd., Chandler. Info: 480-782-2900, Registration: 480-782-2641,

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Wildflower Walk, 11 a.m. Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Learn to identify common Sonoran Desert flowers and some unusual rarities, too, on a guided tour with Cass Blodgett, the co-president of the Phoenix Chapter of the Arizona Native Plants Society. All ages. $9 ages 13 and older, $4.50 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and younger.

Spring Break ‘Glee’ Intensive, 9 a.m.-noon, Chandler Center for the Arts. During each week-long intensive, campers learn pop songs and hip dance moves under the direction of Kristen Drathman and staff. Camp concludes with a short presentation for friends and family. Ages 8 and older. $160 per week. Preregistration required. 250 N. Arizona

Highlights include three stages of nonstop entertainment, “Hale Mana O’ Educational Workshop Area, Island music, Polynesian dance and shopping. Dine on Island cuisine such as laulau, poi, kalua pork and manapua, as well as Hawaiianstyle teriyaki, island wings and Hawaiian barbeque chicken. Free youth activity area with craft making for children. Admission is free. 602-697-1824,

10, 17, 24 10 ANCIENT TECHNOLOGY Ancient Technology Day, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Pueblo Grande Museum. Families get hands-on experience with the technology used by the ancient Hohokam. Visitors throw an atlatl (spear), create a petroglyph, weave cloth and try roasted agave. Demonstrators show visitors how prehistoric people created various technologies like flintknapping, pottery, shell and stone jewelry, weaving and more. There are free craft activities for kids. Also sample food from the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community’s traditional kitchen. Free Admission. 4619 E. Washington St. Phoenix. 602-495-0901,

10, 11 ALOHA FESTIVAL Arizona Aloha Festival, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tempe Town Lake. Celebrates the history and traditions of Hawaii and Polynesia.



made items, St. Patty’s Day Menu and a photo booth. Free admission. 2955 W. Ray Rd., Chandler. Info:

ST. PATTY’S PARADE 29th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Irish Faire, 10 a.m., Margaret T. Hance Park. Parade Route: 3rd Street from Sheridan south to the park. Faire immediately follows and features two stages of Irish Music and Dancers, a special kids area, food and beverage, crafters and more. $10 ages 13 and older, $8 military and seniors, free ages 12 and younger. 1106 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. 602-280-9221,


Night Camp, 5:45 p.m.-9 a.m. Arizona Museum of Natural History. Ages 6-12 and their chaperones spend a night at the museum. See the new exhibit “Rulers of the Prehistoric Skies: The Pterosaurs.” Complete details available at $35-$45. Preregistration required. 53 N. Macdonald, Mesa. 480-644-3553.

Dog Socialization Walk, 7-9 a.m. Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Bring your leashed canine friend for a guided tour with Lynn and her dog, GoodBoy. Ages 10 and older. $9 ages 13 and older, $4.50 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and younger. Located 45 minutes east of Mesa on US-60 near Milepost 223. 520-689-2723,




Flower Pot Plaque, 7-9 p.m. As You Wish. Ages 10 and older make a flower garden plaque or suncatcher and learn the basics of cutting and gluing glass plus noodles, stringers and glass frit. $45. Preregistration recommended. Locations: Ahwatukee, 480-753-9500; Tempe Marketplace, 480-557-9100.

Local Lily St. Pat’s Street Fair, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Whole Foods Market. This free event for adults and kids offers interactive events in celebration of the season and green living. Highlights include the Kids Planting Event, a coloring pages play area, local vendors featuring food locally


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FAMILY FUN 21, 22 STORYTIME & MUSIC Storytime & Music, 10:30 a.m. March 21, 7 p.m. March 22, Queen Creek Branch Library. Enjoy a music concert and storytime by children’s entertainer and author Kevin Roth, the singer for PBS-TV’s “Shining Time Station” based on Thomas the Tank Engine. Roth garnered a Parent’s Choice Award and numerous American Library Association awards. Free tickets, available 30 minutes before event time, are required to attend the March 21 event, but not the March 22 one. 21802 S. Ellsworth Rd., Queen Creek. 602-652-3000,

22 BOOKHYPE Bookhype, 3:30 p.m. Perry Branch Library. Teens evaluate YA books from more than 30 participating publishers. 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd. at Perry High School, Gilbert. 602-652-3000,

24 BAT DAY Bat Day, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Arizona Museum for Youth. Representatives from the Sierra Club and the Arizona Game & Fish Department discuss bats and their importance to the ecosystem. Kids do bat-related activities. Free with $7 admission. Preregistration

required. 35 N. Robson, Mesa. 480-644-2467,

24 TWILIGHT CAMP Twilight Camp, 6:15-10 p.m. Phoenix Zoo includes a guided trail hike, private train tour, animal encounters, activities, late-night snack and night camp souvenir. Ages 5 and older with a caregiver. $35-$40. Preregistration required. 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix. 602-914-4333,

25 FREE CONCERT Free concert, 3 p.m. Chandler Center for the Arts. “Fountain of Youth” stars the Chandler Symphony’s Youth Competition winner. Donations are accepted to help defray symphony operating costs. 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. 480-782-2680, visit

29 CHILDREN’S ENTERTAINER Children’s Entertainer, Musician, Author Kevin Roth, 10:30 a.m. Perry Branch Library. Ages 3-5 enjoy a music concert and storytime by the singer for PBS-TV’s “Shining Time Station” based on Thomas the Tank Engine. Roth garnered a Parent’s Choice Award and numerous American Library Association awards. Free. 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd. at Perry High School, Gilbert. 602-652-3000,

30 ASTRONOMY Astronomy Open House, 8-10 p.m. Bateman Physical Sciences Center, H Wing, Arizona State University’s Tempe campus. This is a great opportunity for kids to learn about the stars from experts and look through professional telescopes. Families also enjoy displays, demonstrations and other astronomy related activities. Ages 4 and older. Free. The building is on the southwest corner of University Dr. and McAllister Ave. in Tempe. Park for free in Structure 2 at McAllister Ave. and Tyler St. Walk to the H Wing of the Bateman Physical Sciences Center, fifth floor and roof. 480-965-0665, 480-965-5081,,


sky with high-powered telescopes. On a clear night, visitors can view Mars, Venus, Jupiter and Saturn. Includes interactive activities. Best for ages 6-10 with a parent. Inclement weather may cancel event. $15-$18. 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix. 480-941-1225,

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30, 31 JAZZ FESTIVAL 2012 Chandler Jazz Festival, 4:30-9:30 p.m. March 30, noon-9:30 p.m. March 31, Dr. A.J. Chandler Park. Listen to headliner and local bands. Bring blankets or chairs. All ages are invited. Free admission. 3 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler.

31 ASTRONOMY NIGHT Astronomy Night with the Family, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Desert Botanical Garden. Join members of the Phoenix Astronomical Society to explore the night

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Keep ‘em active during spring break by Brian Hugins of i9 Sports

School will soon be out for spring break, which means some kids will be camping out on the couch or glued to their cell phones, texting and tweeting. With more than a third of American children overweight, what can parents do to get kids moving and active over the upcoming spring vacation? “The trick is to make it fun,” says Brian Sanders, COO of i9 Sports, the nation’s fastest growing youth sports franchise with local leagues in the SanTan Sun area. “You can sneak exercise into spring break activities, and it won’t feel like hard work. ... Parents have a responsibility to get off the couch themselves, explore fun activities and engage with their children.”

10 ways to get them moving While on vacation, play with children and join the fun. Bring a football, basketball or even a hula hoop. While watching TV, have a contest of who can come up with the most fun exercise during commercial breaks. Create a spring break tradition such as a trip to the woods, a visit to a skating rink – replace sedentary habits with more active ones. Encourage the use of active toys for kids like

jump ropes, Twister or even a movement-based video gaming system like Xbox Kinect or Wii Sports. Create your own Spring Olympics with friends and neighbors. Kids who don’t want to participate can help judge. Walk the neighborhood or area parks to check out spring gardens, bird watch or identify insects. Take the dogs for daily walks. Visit indoor jump houses, trampoline houses and indoor playgrounds that have open play for kids. Have a closet cleaning competition to see who can clean out the most stuff and unload it at your local Goodwill or Salvation Army. Bake and hand deliver cookies to the neighbors. To keep kids active over spring break, i9 Sports, a new concept in youth sports that’s sweeping the sidelines of the nation, has indoor sports camps such as indoor soccer, football, baseball and basketball. Local families who prefer not to engage in do-or-die competitiveness can get more information about the local i9 Sports by contacting Grant Gunkel or Kim Olsen at 480-664-4039 or, or visit

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The City of Chandler Recreation Division Sonoran Sunset Series at Veterans Oasis Park on March 8 The Sonoran Sunset Series at the City of Chandler’s Environmental Education Center returns on Thursday, March 8 from 6-7 p.m. with a performance by Firefly. Guests may bring blankets or chairs and food. This free lakeside event is open to the public and great for all ages. The next performance with musician John Vold will be April 12. Visit for more information or call 782-2890.

Parent & Toddler Activities at Tumbleweed Tumbleweed Recreation Center offers preschool activities in a safe play area for children five years old and younger to play under parental or guardian supervision with “Tunnels, Tikes and Tunes” on March 14. There is a $2 fee per child ($3 for non-residents). For more information, visit or call 782-2900.

The spring Break Time magazine outlining many all-ages recreation classes, youth intersession camps and special events for March, April and May is available at City facilities, libraries and recreation centers. Spring registration is open for residents and non-residents. For more information, visit or call 782-2727.

Chandler Aquatics Swim Hours for Spring Break Hamilton Aquatic Center and Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center will be open for public swim hours during Chandler Unified School District’s Spring Break from March 10-20. Mesquite Groves will remain open for daily public swim hours during the spring. Facility hours and available features vary; visit or call 782-2733 for more information.

Family Easter Celebration is April 7 at Snedigar The annual Family Easter Celebration will be Saturday, April 7 from 9 a.m.-noon at the Snedigar Sportsplex (4500 S. Basha Rd.). There will be Easter Egg Scrambles starting at 10:30 a.m. for children ages nine and younger. There will also be a variety of activities and information booths. Admission is free, but there are nominal fees for some of the activities. For more information, call 782-2640 or visit

Wednesday Family Night Activities at Tumbleweed Join in the fun at Family Night at Tumbleweed Recreation Center every Wednesday from 5:30-7 p.m. There is a different activity each week. The fee is $2 ($3 for non-resident ages 1-12) and $3 ($5 for non-residents ages 13-17). Call 782-2900 or visit for more information.

Chandler Jazz Festival is March 30-31 in Downtown Enjoy free concerts at the Chandler Jazz Festival at Dr. A.J. Chandler Park on Friday, March 30 from 4:30-9:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 31 from noon-9:30 p.m. There will be several bands featured. Bring your blankets or chairs and enjoy a great weekend in downtown. Admission is free. For more information, visit

Stay Connected! Chandler Recreation distributes a monthly newsletter available for registration at You can follow @ChandlerRec on Twitter and Chandler Recreation on Facebook. Check out the new episode of the “Come Out & Play Chandler!” that is now airing on Channel 11 and the YouTube Channel.



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Cornerstone café, bookstore support community by Ann N. Videan, APR

April 2006 when the church moved to its current Alma School Road location.

An open, inviting café and bookstore tucked in one corner of the Cornerstone Christian Fellowship Church lobby provide a comfortable space for conversation, reflection, improving lives – and support for the church community. The contemporary Christian church in Chandler is committed to supporting church members, the surrounding community and student summer-camp scholarships with proceeds from the Café at Cornerstone and the Bookstore at Cornerstone. The joint amenities, as envisioned by Lead Pastor Linn Winters, opened in DESTINATION RELAXATION: The café and bookstore at Cornerstone provides a quiet haven and supports camp scholarships. STSN photo

More than big birds at Ostrich Fest

ROUND & ROUND: Children and the young at heart can enjoy carousel rides at this year’s Ostrich Festival. Submitted photo

Signature ostrich races, ostrich feathers and ostrich burgers are just part of the 24th Annual Ostrich Festival. Attendees can also enjoy the World Class Midway, entertainment, music, animal shows, carnival rides and family fun from 2 p.m. to midnight Fri., March 9; 10 a.m. to midnight Sat., March 10; and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sun., March 11. The event takes place at Chandler’s Tumbleweed Park at 2250 S. McQueen Rd.



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Youth funding All profits from the financially selfsustaining café and bookstore go directly into student scholarships for summer camps through CS Student Ministries, according to Cornerstone Director of Retail Services Adrian Guetter. The funds send fifth- and sixth-graders to Prescott Pines camp in Arizona and junior and senior high students to Hume Lake camps in California. Sales also help support youth mis-



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Elite ‘cats’ come to Chandler Jaguars dating from the 1930s through 2012 roll into Chandler with the Jaguar Clubs of North America / Western States Meet 2012 held Sunday through Tuesday, March 11 through 13. Spectator admission is free. See the largest and most prestigious collection of Jaguar automobiles in North America, greet Jaguar legend Norman Dewis and participate in rally, tour and slalom events duringthe event presented by the Jaguar Club of Central Arizona in various locations around the city. COOL CAR: See a collection of Jaguars including ones like this one at the Jaguar Club of Central Arizona show The Western States Concours d’Elegance charity in downtown Chandler March 11 through 13. Submitted event displays more than 140 vintage, classic and conphoto temporary Jaguars from across the United States, Canada and Mexico from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sun., March 11 at downtown Chandler’s Dr. A.J. Chandler Park at 3 S. Arizona Ave. An SS 100, Jaguar’s first sports car, is featured, as well as million-dollar C-Types and D-Types and more than two dozen E-Types. In addition, the legendary Norman Dewis, 91, will sign his book “Norman Dewis of Jaguar: Developing the Legend.” Proceeds from this event benefit ICAN, the Northern Jaguar Project and McPherson College. Dewis also will participate in the meet’s rally, tour and slalom events from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tue., March 13 at Chandler’s Hamilton High School, 3700 S. Arizona Ave. The 75-mile Rally / Tour, with more than 50 Jaguars competing, starts at 9 a.m. Mon., March 12 at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort at 1 N. San Marcos Pl. in downtown Chandler. Jaguar owners interested in displaying their vehicles are welcomed. Those wishing to participate should register at

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WebXtra: For more about legendary Norman Lewis, who will appear at the Jaguar show in Chandler, visit and click on Neighbors.

Cheer on Blake’s Miracle swimmers SanTan Sun area residents are invited to root for hundreds of youths as they swim and float in an effort to raise $50,000 during the 7th Annual Blake’s Miracle Festival swim-a-thon and float-a-thon for sick children on Sat., March 3 at SWIMkids USA. Making an appearance at the event are 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist Matt Grevers and National Champion Annie Chandler, who both train in Tucson. The event is named for Blake Whitehead, son of the founders of SWIMkids USA, who died before he was 2 from leukemia. Blake’s parents saw first hand the physical and emotional pain that terminal childhood diseases inflict on young ones. They started Blake’s Miracle Foundation to help provide pain management including music, art and pet therapy for very ill children in the hospital. SWIMkids USA is at 2725 W. Guadalupe Rd. in Mesa. For more information, call 480-820-9109 or visit

Learn to revamp patio A free Dream Patio Makeover Workshop is given by Decorating Den Interiors from 10 to 11 a.m. on Sat., March 24 at the Chandler Downtown Library. The fun, interactive event includes a before and after slide show, a decorating quiz to determine your decorating style and numerous samples of decorating items. The library is at 22 S. Delaware St., Chandler. For workshop information, call 480-821-1080.


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Run like a superhero Registration is now open for the KA-POW! Superhero Adventure Run, a family friendly costumed run that offers fun, challenging obstacles and is sponsored by Mercy Gilbert Medical Center. The event takes place at Freestone Park at 8:15 a.m. Sat., April 28 with runners encouraged to wear their favorite superhero’s costumes as they participate in either the 1-mile “Wolverine” Adventure Run or the 2.4-mile “Superman” Adventure Run. The registration deadline is April 19. After finishing the course, participants can visit “Gotham City” through noon, which offers participant awards, Superhero costume awards, live DJ music, refreshments, inflatable activities and the Flash Dash Run. Race fees are $15 for all ages for both the 1-mile “Wolverine” Adventure Run and the 2.4-mile “Superman” Adventure Run before April 19. Runners ages 7 and younger require a registered parent to be with the child at all times. Some obstacles may not be recommended for children younger than 5. Register online at, using Registration Code 66090, or by dropping off a registration form or mailing one to Gilbert Community Services, 90 E. Civic Center Dr., Gilbert, AZ 85296. For more information, call 480-503-6200 or visit Freestone Park is at 1045 E. Juniper Rd. in Gilbert.

Workshop helps lessen back pain Lower back discomfort is addressed at a free seminar sponsored by Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert medical centers and given from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wed., March 21. During the workshop, neurological surgeon Marco Marsella, M.D., presents an overview and surgical perspective of lower back pain. Marsella’s interests include surgical management of brain tumors, cerebrovascular diseases, skull base and spine surgery, trauma and radiosurgery. Information discussed includes types of back pain, causes and effects of “benign, common” back pain, diagnostic tools and conservative management, role of surgery, surgical techniques and expectations. Refreshments will be provided. The class is held at Mercy Gilbert Medical Office Building, 3rd Floor – McAuley Conference Rooms A & B, 3420 S. Mercy Rd. in Gilbert. Registration is required. RSVP to ResourceLink at 480-728.5414 or




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Preceding the festival are the Ostrich Festival Parade and Ostrich Festival Fun Run on Sat., March 3 in downtown Chandler. Fun Run registration starts at 6:30 a.m. and the run begins at 8 a.m. with the parade to follow at 10 a.m.

Free with admission Included in admission are concerts by blues band Big Daddy D & the Dynamites at 6 p.m. and modern rockers TONIC at 8 p.m. Fri., March 9. At 6 p.m. Sat., March 10, country star Katie Armiger performs before classic rock

icon Blue Oyster Cult at 8 p.m. Cumbia sounds and rhythms of Tropicalisimo Apache hit the stage at 5 p.m. followed by the famed Marshall Tucker Band at 7 p.m. on Sun., March 11. There is also a Community Stage showcasing local dance and performance groups by day and dance cover bands at night. Admission also includes entry to ostrich races and displays; a variety of other animal shows with monkeys, reptile, dogs and pigs; an exotic petting zoo; and Rhinestone Cowboy Trick Roper and Thrill Show; among others. Kids can meet Olivia Holt, who stars as Kim on the hit Disney Channel show “Kickin’ It,” in the Main Stage field area from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Sun., March 11.

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sion trips. The junior and senior high students travel annually to Chicago where they participate in community projects. Families of fifth- and sixthgraders head to the Navajo reservation in northern Arizona every year to work with Native American children in a vacation Bible school, sports camp and community carnival. “Ours is a purpose-driven organization,” says Guetter. “The more students we can help, the better we serve their needs and impact our communities.”

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HE WAS THERE: Hear the wild West stories of Tad, a desert tortoise, that took place in Tombstone in the 1880s when “Tales of a Tombstone, Arizona Tortoise” author Heather Smith reads and signs books at 2 p.m. Sat., March 17 at Changing Hands Bookstore, 6428 S. McClintock Dr. in Tempe. This historical fiction book includes stagecoach robberies and the feuding between Wyatt Earp and outlaws that led to the infamous shootout at the OK Corral. Children will have photo opportunity with “Tad the Tortoise” mascot and receive a free bookmark. Info:

The café and bookstore welcome any visitor, seven days a week, into a comfortable, non-threatening environment. “Pastor Linn’s vision included a place for church members to hang around after services to talk about their experiences or discuss what they heard,” Guetter says. “He also wanted a space where the community could come to get away from OPEN TO ALL: Proceeds from Cornerstone’s café goes to scholartheir day-to-day hectic lives.” ships for summer camps. STSN photo Adjacent to the church’s quiet lobby complete with waterfall, the café’s high counters and comfortable chairs promote a sense of community and “Under the direction of our manager Mary McIntire, relaxation. Patrons enjoy hot and cold menu items including soups, sandwiches, a full-service catering menu the bookstore helps equip people for every aspect of life,” says Guetter. and coffee. The café and bookstore are at 1595 S. Alma School Rd. “Our café manager, Kenisha Hightower, has a quite a talent for blending her own specialty coffees and teas,” Visit or call 480656-7065. says Guetter. Ann N. Videan, APR, is the author, singer and songwriter of In the bookstore, patrons will find positive-themed gift items such as music CDs, apparel and jewelry; and “Rhythms & Muse” novel and music CD at “resources for life” like Bibles, devotionals and informa- She also owns vIDEAn Unlimited, a business-tribe development tive books providing assistance with family, divorce, and word-of-mouth marketing consultancy, Contact her at addiction, children and finances.

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Learn about Alzheimer’s A free community presentation on “The Ten Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s” will be held at noon Thu., March 22 at the Gilbert Senior Center, 130 N. Oak St. in Gilbert. Lunch will be provided to those who RSVP. Hosted by Copper Creek Inn, a Memory Care and Koelsch Senior Community, Copper Creek’s Paige Fairbanks will be guest speaker. RSVPs are required by March 20 by calling 480634-4191, or visit for more information.

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Check out the MOMS Club Ocotillo North during the group’s annual open house from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. March 28 at the playground area at Snedigar Sportsplex East Sports Field. While parents network, children enjoy face painting, carnival games and food. MOMS Club Ocotillo North is a nonprofit support group for stay-at-home or part-time working moms and their children who live north of Ocotillo Road, south of Queen Creek Road, east of Dobson Road and west of McQueen Road. The group provides play dates, park outings, craft days, mom’s night out, service projects and more. To learn more, visit www.momsclubchandler or email

CANDID CAMERA: A Chandler family will be featured for a second time on ABC’s “America’s Funniest Home Videos” this month. Stephanie and Tim Jarnagan, who live in the Sienna subdivision, sent in a home video of their daughter, Kayden, who incorrectly thought that the home pregnancy test she put into her mouth was a thermometer. Kayden’s dramatic and funny reaction to learning what she had done caught the eye of the show’s producers, who invited the family to appear on the program, which aired in late January. After winning the top prize of $10,000, the Jarnagans were invited back for a second show, which features a grand prize of $100,000. The show will air at 6 p.m. Sun., March 4 on KNXV-TV Channel 15. From left to right: Connor, Tim, Kayden, Stephanie and Kendall Jarnagan. Submitted photo



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Tai Chi for mind, body Relax the mind and body while improving balance, circulation, coordination and flexibility with “Tai Chi in the Garden” facilitated by Kim Kubsch, a certified Tai Chi-Qi Gong instructor and a fall prevention specialist. Classes are held outdoors in Sun Lakes from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Mondays, March 5, 12, 19 and 26. Participants learn a 20-movement series. The four-class package includes Kubsch’s DVD, “Practice Easy Tai Chi-Qi Gong with Kim Kubsch” for $60. Kubsch, a resident of Oakwood in Sun Lakes, also teaches Tai Chi classes at 55-plus fitness clubs, assisted living communities in Chandler and private classes in homes in Chandler and Sun Lakes. To learn more or RSVP, call 480-392-3436, email or visit

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Book signing for women writers A celebration and book signing for “Skirting Traditions,” an anthology published by Arizona Press Women (APW) for the Arizona Centennial, will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Sun., March 4 at Arizona Art Alliance Gallery at The Pavilions at Talking Stick, 9011 E. Indian Bend Road in Scottsdale. The series of stories about women writers and journalists from 1912 to 2012 is the culmination of about three years of efforts by 18 award-winning members of APW, of which SanTan Sun News Editor Lynda Exley and writer Joan Westlake are members. Designated as an Arizona Centennial Legacy Project by the Arizona Historical Advisory Commission, each story chronicles the life of a woman writer or journalist in Arizona who made a significant contribution to the history of the state, beginning with Sharlot Hall, who campaigned to have Arizona admitted to the Union as a separate state, and ending with Jana Bommersbach and Pam Knight Stevenson. The women who appear in the book were chosen through a nomination process and are representative of many others throughout the state during the centennial period. “We anticipate that the public, historians, journalists and devotees of the Old West will


be interested in reading about the remarkable women profiled in this anthology,” says Brenda Warneka, a co-editor who conceived of the project. Other co-editors are Carol Hughes, Lois McFarland, June P. Payne, Sheila Roe and Knight Stevenson. The stories were researched and written by members of APW, who, in addition to the coeditors, include Gail Bornfield, Vera Marie Badertscher, Carol Osman Brown, Jan Cleere, Jane Eppinga, Marion E. Gold, Carol Jean La Valley, Barbara Bayless Lacy, Elizabeth Bruening Lewis, Patricia Myers, Marion Peddle and Arlene Uslander. The “Skirting Traditions” book project is sponsored by the National Federation of Press Women Education Fund, a 501(c)(3) organization. Proceeds from sales will fund scholarships for Arizona journalism students at Arizona institutions of higher learning. To order the 308-page paperback, which retails for $22.95, visit the Tucson-based publisher, or www.BarnesandNoble.c om. An e-version of the book is planned for a later release. For more information on the project, visit or email

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Spiritual Reflections What’s in a touch? By Pastor George Saylor

If you are a parent, do you remember when your first child was born? You couldn’t keep your eyes off the baby, could you? You felt like you could just stare forever at your child’s face and never get tired of it. The baby couldn’t get enough of you, either. He had to be held, touched. And remember when he wrapped his tiny hand around your finger for the first time? What a grip! How did that feel? Have you ever fallen in love? Every time your loved one walked into the room, you would get that goofy, excited feeling. Remember the first time she touched you? Perhaps you were walking somewhere together and you realized she’d slipped her hand into yours. It is amazing what is in a touch. But if you’re a leper, people don’t want to touch you anymore. People can’t even look at you without revulsion or fear. Have you ever been a leper? Maybe you fumbled the ball in a big game. Maybe you were the object of gossip. Perhaps your character flaw had been discovered. Or maybe you were going through a divorce … or diagnosed with an illness. In biblical times, leprosy was the most dreaded disease known. The condition rendered the body a mass of ulcers and decay. Fingers would curl and gnarl. Blotches of skin would discolor and stink. There are even certain types of leprosy that would numb the nerve endings, leading to a

loss of extremities and fingers, perhaps even a hand or a foot. The social consequences of leprosy were severe. Since they were considered contagious, lepers were banished or quarantined. Throughout Scripture, the leper is representative of the ultimate outcast. Now I think you can understand the state of the man who came to Jesus for help. He was a leper. Now the fact that he comes to Jesus was a shock. Lepers were forbidden to approach anyone. But this leper came to Jesus through a crowd … and had to violate all the necessary standards of exclusion to get to Jesus. But his approach, however shocking, was reverent, humble, respectful and hopeful. He came begging and kneeling. “Lord, if you choose, you can make me clean.” Mark says Jesus was moved with compassion. He stretched out his hand, touched the man, and said, “I’m willing, be cleansed.” Jesus healed with a word and a touch. No liturgical ceremony or fanfare, just a touch and a word. Then Jesus sent the man to Jerusalem and to the priest for examination, because only a priest could pronounce a leper healed or restore him to his former life. Jesus gave two commands. First, go to the priests. Second, say nothing to anyone along the way. The leper disobeyed the command to say nothing. He spread the news around to such an extent that Jesus could no longer publicly enter a city for the crush of the

crowds. Now the leper is free to come and go where he wishes, free to resume his life, to go back to his family and career. But Jesus now has to stay in the countryside, because he could no longer go into a town openly for the crush of the crowds. In a sense, Jesus traded places with the leper. And that’s a metaphor for what he did for us on the cross. We were the spiritual lepers who lived in alienation and isolation from God because of our sin, and he who knew no sin took our guilt upon himself and suffered the penalty for us in our place. On the cross, Jesus was forsaken and we were adopted into God’s family as pure, undefiled, cleansed children. I don’t think anyone here has been a leper in a medical sense, but spiritually, emotionally or perhaps morally, we all have been there. There is someone, the Son of God, who with a touch and a word, can cleanse of us of all unrighteousness, all sin, all guilt. He is not appalled by our spiritual uncleanness. He is not frightened by our predicaments. His heart goes out to us. He’s ready to say, “I am willing. I am willing. I am willing to touch you, to cleanse you, to even die for you.”

Pastor George Saylor leads services at Chandler Presbyterian Church, 1500 W. Germann Rd. in Southern Chandler. For more information, call 480-963-3821 or visit



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50+ singles group forms Christian singles 50 and older are invited to an evening mixer hosted by Cornerstone Christian Fellowship Church of Chandler. The event will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Sat., March 3 at Cornerstone, 1595 S. Alma School Rd. “It’s going to be a fun and relaxing evening with lots of time to mix and mingle and make new friends,” says Brad Wiggers, head of adult ministries. “We’ve got some fun activities planned, as well.” Participants need not attend Cornerstone in order to attend the event – the first of its kind at the church. We want to provide a supportive community for singles over 50 with opportunities to nurture meaningful and healthy friendships,” explains Carolyn Brown, one of the new group’s organizers. “Singles don’t have to attend Cornerstone to participate.” Cornerstone Christian Fellowship is “a progressive, Bible-based church.” For information on the singles group, contact Carolyn Brown at or 480-219-4285. To learn more about Cornerstone, visit

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Christian schools host open house Families interested in enrolling their children in Christian-based schools can visit two area campuses Tue., March 6 for more information on curriculum and staff. Chandler Christian School will host its open house from 6:30 to 8 p.m., while San Tan Christian Academy’s preview is from 7 to 8 p.m. There will be a question-and-answer session, as well as information about scholarship opportunities. Chandler Christian School is at 301 N. Hartford St. in Chandler. Its phone number is 480-963-0748. San Tan Christian Academy is at 501 W. Flint St. in Chandler. For more information, call 480-963-3307. Visit the schools’ websites at or for details.

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“Market on the Move” comes to Chandler Chandler’s first “Market on the Move” (MOM) will bring fresh low-cost produce to area residents from 8 a.m. until noon, Sat., March 10. The event, hosted by Desert Palms Church at 4265 S. Arizona Ave., will provide participants with up to 60 pounds of produce for $10. “MOM is an opportunity to help Chandler residents during these challenging economic times,” says Desert Palms member and event coordinator Jonas Zamora. “We anticipate having enough produce for 600 people, and encourage anyone trying to stretch their dollar to come and participate in this worthwhile event.” “As a church we want to bless our community,” adds Desert Palms Pastor Kelley Hand. “This kind of thing is a natural outworking of the gospel. It’s a chance to give to others because we have been given so much. We’re excited to host Market on the Move and hope a lot of people hear about this opportunity to get some great food.” MOM is part of the 3000 Club, a group that rescues fresh produce destined for landfills and distributes it around the Valley. Past events have offered corn, eggplant, yellow and Italian squash, tangerines, tomatoes and peppers. Desert Palms plans to host MOM events the second Saturday of each month during growing season. To learn more, email For information on MOM, visit

Author to visit Chandler Presbyterian Ordained Episcopalian clergyperson and well-known author Dr. Frederick Ramsay will lead worship at 10:30 a.m. Sun., March 11 at Chandler Presbyterian Church, 1500 W. Germann Rd. After the service and following a light lunch, Ramsay will lead a discussion on his writings, and sign copies of his recently released book, “The Eighth Veil,” part of his Jerusalem series. All are welcome at the event. To learn more, call 480313-4738 or visit

‘Life Walk’ at Chandler Christian The local Christian pop and rock band, Spirit Surge, will perform at the Pregnancy Care Center of Chandler’s annual “Life Walk,” to be held from 8 a.m. to noon Sat., March 31 at Chandler Christian Church, 1825 S. Alma School Rd. The event will include prizes, a bounce house and face painting, along with a raffle for restaurant gift certificates, gym memberships, personal training, dance lessons, spa and salon services and more. The Pregnancy Care Center of Chandler provides free pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, parenting classes, options counseling, referrals for adoption, and community services to women and families facing unwanted pregnancies. For information on walking, sponsoring a team or making a donation, visit

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Christian preschool opens registration Registration for the 2012-13 school year is now underway at Ray of Light Christian Preschool in Chandler. The school offers programs for 3- and 4-year-olds and pre-kindergarteners from 9 a.m. to noon, five days a week. Ray of Light Christian Preschool is located at 800 W. Ray Rd. between Alma School Road and Arizona Avenue. To schedule a tour or for more information, contact Director Cristina Haney at 480-9636105, ext. 211, or visit

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Luncheon plays up music theme Tickets for Risen Savior’s “Music in the Air” luncheon, to be held at noon Sat., March 31 in the Fellowship Hall, are on sale now. The cost is $15 per person. Formerly known as the Tea and Style Show, the event, hosted by the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League of Risen Savior Lutheran Church, will feature themed tables representing a chosen song to coordinate with its centerpiece, place settings and other table decorations. Food will be catered by Becky McGee, and Bill Bade and Tenni Annen will provide musical entertainment. The church is at 23014 S. Alma School Rd. in Chandler. For tickets, call Carol Devereaux at 480-510-2456. For those wishing to host a table, call Gerri Ried at 480-895-8474.

Circus-themed Purim Celebrate Purim with jugglers, stilt walkers, trumpet music, a world-record hoop artist, a buffet dinner and more at Cirque Du Purim, co-sponsored by Chabad of the East Valley and the East Valley Jewish Community Center. The Megilah reading and party will begin at 6:30 p.m. Wed., March 7 at Noah’s, 2100 E. Yeager Dr. in Chandler. “It combines ancient Jewish traditions with a modern twist,” Rabbi Mendy Deitsch says of this year’s event. “We focus on doing interesting and innovative holiday programs, yet still keeping with the holiday theme.” Cirque Du Purim is open to the public, and attendees are invited to wear circus attire or a costume of their choice. Advance purchase tickets cost $20 for adults and $15 for children through March 4. Regular admission is $25 for adults and $18 for children. The first 120 ticketholders will receive a gift. To learn more, call Rabbi Deitsch at 480-855-4333 or visit


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Stock up on local produce For a $10 donation, load up on fresh fruits and vegetables at Produce with a Purpose from 8 to 11 a.m. Sat., March 10 at Boys and Girls Club of Gilbert, 44 N. Oak St., Gilbert. Each person is allowed up to 60 pounds of food and is encouraged to share their bounty with friends and neighbors. The event is sponsored by The Oasis Church of Chandler, which currently meets in Basha High School’s auditorium at 10 a.m. every Sunday. For more information, visit

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AZ Arts Raise curtain on baseball, the ’80s In the mood for a little blast from the past? The Chandler Center for the Arts (CCA) obliges in March with the seventime Tony Award-winning baseball classic “Damn Yankees” and its sixth annual “The Awesome ’80s Prom,” both performed at CCA at 250 N. Arizona Ave.

Devilishly good baseball A 1950s baseball fanatic trades his soul to the devil for a chance to lead his favorite team in the pennant race against the New York Yankees in this retro Broadway hit. It takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. March 10. One hour prior to the performance in the CCA lobby, the center’s Youth Advisory Council will hold its first fundraising event to support next year’s efforts in community service, leadership skills development and overall appreciation of the arts.

Party like it’s 1985 Now in its sixth “rad” year, “The Awesome ’80s Prom” is a party complete with characters from favorite 1980s movies unfolding in six performances at 8 p.m. Mon., March 19 through Sat., March 24. The captain of the football team, the Asian exchange student, the geek and the hottie head cheerleader are all competing for prom king and queen, but the audience decides who wins. Come “Back in Time” – to quote a Huey Lewis tune, moonwalk to retro hits, join the break-dance circle or just sit back and watch the ’80s drama unfold. Certain ticket packages include an ’80s goodie bag, reserved seating and complimentary drink ticket. Learn more and buy tickets for either show by calling 480-782-2680.

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CGCC hosts photojournalist Pulitzer Prize-winning Los Angeles Times photojournalist Don Bartletti will share four stories from the U.S. / Mexico frontier in a talk entitled “Uneasy Neighbors: Photo Essays About Our Borders” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tue., March 6 in the Arnette Scott Ward Performing Arts Center at Chandler-Gilbert Community College, 2626 E. Pecos Rd. in Chandler. Bartletti’s stories will include: “Between Two Worlds - Mi Casa is Your House;” “Mexico’s Drug War - Carnage Just Around the Corner;” “U.S. Deportees - The Doorbell is Broken;” and “Bound to El Norte - Riding The Beast.” This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 480-732-7186.

Paper creations on display A new exhibition of artworks using, made from, interpreted with or built out of paper unfolds at the Vision Gallery at 10 E. Chicago St. from Fri., March 16 through Sun., April 22. Visitors can attend the “On Paper” artist reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Fri., March 16. The show, juried by Arizona printmaker and book artist Barbara Burton, features watercolor, hand-built, 2-D and 3-D art; print making; and automata, or abstract machine works by Brent Adrian, Carol Balyozian, Dana Cohn, Carolyn Congrove, Curt Dornsberg, Carolyn DuPont, Jeff Falk, Sue Faulkner, Amanda Green, Mary Jane Henley, Linda Lewis, Elnajean BeystMartonyi, Darci Niva, Chrstine Sandifur, Marilyn Schutzky, C.J. Shane, Hazel Stone, Margaret Suchland, Beata Wehr, Lorraine Whitt and Angela Young. Details are available at or 480-782-2695.


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Jazz jams with cool cats Share the love of traditional jazz with local “Cats & Jammers” from the Arizona Classic Jazz Society (ACJS) from 1 to 4 p.m. Sun., March 25 at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort, 1 N. San Marcos Pl., in downtown Chandler. Jammers, many of whom are professional musicians, often create a band at ACJS events and play while the featured band takes a break. Cats, in jazz vocabulary, include anybody who appreciates or plays jazz. At this event, the “cats” include local favorites Cheryl Thurston, Roy Calhoun, Gary Church, Joe Hopkins and Rich Smith. Trombonists Glenn Bach and Dave Richardson round out the group, with other attending jammers invited to play. ACJS members pay $10 and nonmembers $15 for the event, while students and those joining the society on March 25 may attend for free. Annual ACJS membership fees are $35 for couples and $25 for singles. Learn more at 480-620-3941 or

Briar Patch returns to HHS Find unique gifts, home and patio décor, jewelry, clothing and other one-of-a-kind items at the Briar Patch Marketplace show from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat., March 17 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sun., March 18 at Hamilton High School, 3700 S. Arizona Ave. in Southern Chandler. The sale is sponsored by parent teacher organizations, and helps support local schools. For information, call Jeannie Cueto at 480-948-3942 or visit

AZ Arts Artists’ reception at Montage Art Join Chandler artist John Gleason and others at a reception from 1 to 5 p.m. Sun., March 4 at Montage Studio Gallery on Mill, 740 S. Mill Ave., Suite 120, north of University Drive in Tempe. Refreshments will be served. Gleason, a copper and glass artist, and his business partner, Jacque Keller are both featured artists at Montage. Regular Montage hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday; 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday; 1 to 9 p.m. on the third Thursdays of the month; and 5 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Parking options include the free City Hall Garage at 5th Street and Forest Avenue; the free Hayden Square at Ash Avenue and 5th; Brickyard Garage on 7th Street and Centerpoint Garage on Ash; and free metered parking after 6 p.m. For more information, call Gleason at 480283-1480 or email

COPPER ART: Copper and glass artist John Gleason of Chandler is showing and selling his work at Montage Studio Gallery on Mill in Tempe. STSN photo

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‘Little Women’ sing at CGCC The Broadway musical “Little Women” will be performed by ChandlerGilbert Community College Performing Arts March 2 through 9 in the CGCC Performing Arts Center on the college's Pecos campus, 2626 E. Pecos Rd. in Chandler. Ticket prices are $10 general admission, $9 for seniors, $7 for students and groups of 10 or more and $5 for the matinee. For show times and to purchase tickets, call 480-732-7343 or visit

‘Little Mermaid’ swims into Haley Walt Disney’s “The Little Mermaid, featuring Nemo and His Friends" will be presented at 6:30 p.m. March 5 and 6 in the Haley Elementary Multi Purpose Room, 3401 S. Layton Lakes Blvd., on the southwest corner of Queen Creek and Lindsey in Chandler. It’s a performance by members of the Haley Elementary Drama Club, an after-school club that provides opportunities for students with and without special needs “to integrate and form social relationships.” “This has been a great opportunity for the students to act as peer models and take on leadership roles while promoting an inclusive school environment,” says Haley instructor Amy Miller. “The Drama club members have found thisexperience to be both exciting and engaging. We are all having a BLAST!!!!” Some 115 students in third- through sixth-grades meet weekly to practice improvising, projecting voices, singing in harmony and working towards a collaborative performance. After last year’s successful Dr. Seuss production, Haley students formed a partnership with Perry High School, where drama department there have been actively involved in preparing the younger students with this year’s performance. For more information, call Haley Elementary at 480-224-3500 or visit

ART WALK: Patrons experience a stroll through Architects-of-Air’s inflatable sculpture MIRAZOZO at the Mesa Festival of Creativity. Submitted photo by Jason Nakrani

Walk into creativity Be immersed in an environment filled with creative things to see and do this spring break at the Mesa Festival of Creativity. The free family exhibit is on display at the Mesa Arts Center at 1 E. Main St. from noon to 9 p.m. Fri., March 9 through Sun., March 18. Experience what it might be like to walk through stained glass inside Architects-of-Air’s giant inflatable sculpture MIRAZOZO for a $5 fee. Try puppet making, ceramics, origami, painting, jewelry making and other one-hour studio samplers. Create a 10-foot-tall LEGO sculpture. Information is available at or 480-644-6500.

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Island festival in the desert Celebrate the history and traditions of Hawaii and Polynesia with dancers and musicians from the islands at the 17th Annual Arizona Aloha Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat., March 10 and Sun., March 11 at Tempe Town Lake. The free event conjures up the magic and romance of the South Seas on three stages, plus a mixture of traditional and contemporary culture, island style, food and shopping. The festival’s opening ceremonies, sponsored by Hawaiian Airlines, combine pageantry and color on the Lakeside Stage. ALOHA FESTIVAL: Enjoy island dancing, music, food and shopping without leaving Tempe. More than 100 merchandise and food ven- Submitted photo dors will feature island cultural or lifestyle products. Families will enjoy the sound of steel guitars and the rhythm of drums with Songs of Polynesia. Children’s activities include daily lei-making crafts and demonstrations, and ukulele playing at Aunty Aloha’s Ukulele Corner. Learn more at or 602-697-1824.

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‘Wicked’ holds lottery for orchestra seats Box-office hit “Wicked” returns to ASU’s Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium now through Sun., March 11 and features a same-day performance lottery for orchestra seats. Each day 2.5 hours prior to showtime, patrons at the box office will have their names placed in a lottery that will be drawn for limited orchestra seats at $25 each. There is a limit of two tickets per person and payment must be in cash. Lottery participants must have valid photo identification when entering and, if chosen, when purchasing tickets.

Director Paul Reynolds, QC Middle School Principal Julie Niven, Town Council Member Dawn Oliphant and QC Unified School District Board Member Kenneth Brague. Judges are also local dignitaries: QC Mayor Gail Barney, QC Schools Superintendent Tom Lindsey, and Chairman of the QC Cultural Foundation Wendy Feldman Kerr. Tickets are available at or 480-987-7469.

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Free live concerts presented by a diverse range of talented local musicians will entertain music lovers al fresco over lunch hours on Thursdays through March 29. The al fresco “Out to Lunch Concert Series” performances take place at the Mesa Arts Center’s Wells Fargo Garden at 1 E. Main St. in Mesa. Performers include the Salt River Brass quintet; The Rokuseks Duo’s instrumentals, vocals and variety; vocalist “Kirsten;” and Joyce Bailey’s African-American blues, gospel and jazz. Other shows include Mary Hoffman’s acoustic western; Los Thieves Duo’s


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Art club showcases house artwork HOME ART: Artist-muralist Irene Jones Coatta with one of her two patio murals of Mexican street scenes during the Sun Bird Golf Resort Art Club’s Second Annual Art Walk House Tour late last month. Submitted photo

Funnyman brings dummies to Phoenix American ventriloquist and stand-up comedian Jeff Dunham of “Comedy Central” fame brings two new characters and his all new “Controlled Chaos” show to the US Airways Center at 201 E. Jefferson St. in Phoenix at 7:30 p.m. Thu., March 15. The two new Dunham characters are Achmed Junior, the not-as-equally skeletal son of Achmed the Dead Terrorist; and Little Jeff, a mini version of the ringmaster himself. The new characters join Dunham’s famed troupe of sidekicks including Walter the Grumpy Retiree, the beer-fueled redneck Bubba J and the manic purple creature Peanut. For $43.50 tickets, visit or call 800-745-3000.

AUSTRALIAN CIRCUS: Cutting-edge circus company Circa performs in March as part of Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts’ new Discovery Series. Submitted photo

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Daredevil acrobatics, tumbling, dance moves and impossible contortions take the stage with the seven-member “Circa,” Australia’s innovative “new circus” company, in evening and matinee shows Fri., March 16 and Sat., March 17. The troop blends bodies, light, sound and new media at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts at 7380 E. 2nd St. Audience members are invited to learn about Circa’s creative process at an informal pre-show talk and question-and-answer session at 6:30 p.m. Sat., March 17 in the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art’s SMoCA Lounge. Showtimes, information, and $29 and $39 tickets, are available at or 480-499-8587.

On stage Patti LuPone: The Gypsy in My Soul,

March 3, SCPA. The two-time Tony Award winner performs songs from her life both on and off the Broadway stage. Tom Chapin’s “Building Bridges Family Concert,” March 3, HCPA. Three-time Grammy

Award winner Tom Chapin’s music teaches life lessons about diversity, anti-violence, healthy choices, tolerance, respect and environmental responsibility. Pauly, through March 4, SUL. Comedian of “Adopted” and “Opposite Day” renown. “Rockin’ the White House,” through March 4, TCA Studio. All 223 years of 44 U.S. presidents come to life in a high-energy, multimedia world premiere of “Rock the Presidents” musical revue by Childsplay. Tickets: ASU Concerts at The Center: A Trumpet Festival, March 5, SCPA. Trumpeter and ASU

Regents Professor David Hickman, the ASU Trumpet Ensemble, Mariachi Trumpets and pianist Miriam Hickman perform the music of Rafael Méndez and other Spanish and Mexican composers. National Geographic Photographer Brian Skerry, March 5, MAC Ikeda. National

Geographic Live Series features stunning portraits of our planet’s ocean realm. Peter Frampton, March 7, MAC Ikeda. A three-hour show featuring a complete performance of Frampton Comes Alive! Greg Fishman and Judy Roberts – RedHot Chicago Jazz, March 7, KCC. Part of the

“Jazz in Concert” series, ever-popular Chicago

AZ Arts natives Judy Roberts on piano and vocals, Greg Fishman on sax, and Neal Seroka on bass and guitar provoke cravings for hot dogs and Cubs’ seats with their Windy City ways. Tucson bassist and Chicago native Scott Black joins in on drums. “Jack and the Beanstalk” puppet show,

March 7-18, GAPT. A funny version of the traditional tale about a wicked, not-so-bright giant, a brave little boy and an overgrown beanstalk. Los Thieves Duo “Folk-Pop,” March 8, MAC WFG. “Folk-Pop” music performed as one of the “Out to Lunch Concert Series” of free, live, outdoor lunchtime concerts on Thursdays.

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Venue index

AZ Arts Chronicles

GAPT – Great AZ Puppet Theater

Twenty-five incarcerated women, ages 23 to 50, will participate in a public perfor-

302 W. Latham St., Phoenix Box office: 602-262-2050 HCPA – Higley Center for the Performing Arts

4132 E. Pecos Rd., Gilbert Tickets:, 480-840-0457 KCC – Kerr Cultural Center

6110 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale Tickets:, 480-596-2660 MAC – Mesa Arts Center

Close Encounters with Music: Grand Piano Quartets – Brahms and Schumann, March 8, SCPA. Cellist Yehuda

Ikeda – Ikeda Theater; Piper – Piper Theater; WFG – Wells Fargo Garden 1 E. Main St., Mesa

Hanani offers commentary and joins pianist Lydia Artymiw, violinist Arnaud Sussmann and violist Toby Appel in a performance of piano quartets. Liam Mackey and Tim Sadow, March 8, MAC WFG. Rollicking traditional and original Irish tunes performed as one of the “Out to Lunch Concert Series” of free, live, outdoor lunchtime concerts on Thursdays. An Evening of Classic Lily Tomlin, March 9, MAC Ikeda. The Emmy and Tony award-winning comedienne continues to venture across an ever-widening range of media. American Chamber Players, March 9, GCUMC. The Gold Canyon Arts Council presents the season's final “Canyon Sounds” performance. “Aida,” March 9-11, PSH. Arizona Opera presents Giuseppe Verdi’s epic 1871 masterpiece showing the collision of love and patriotic duty.

PSH – Phoenix Symphony Hall

75 N. 2nd St., Phoenix Box office: Symphony Hall 602-262-7272, Phoenix Symphony 602-495-1999 SCPA – Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

VGPT – Virginia G. Piper Theater 7380 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale Box office: 480-499-8587 TCA – Tempe Center for the Arts

Gallery; Studio 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe Tickets:, 480-350-2822


mance inside the Estrella Jail at 2939 W. Durango St. in Phoenix on Sun., March 4. For six weeks prior to the performance, the inmates met weekly for training in movement, visual arts, creative writing and storytelling focused on this year’s theme “The Evolution of Self: There is Value in the Valley.” Part of ASU Gammage’s Journey Home: An Arts Experience for Incarcerated Women, this arts residency program has reached nearly 300 inmates in 10 years. The inaugural Parents Against Drugs’ Food and Jazz Benefit with Chef Paul and Friends brings together jazz bands, celebrity chefs and athletes as Chef Paul of Chandler works “to bring awareness to drug use related to the deaths of our children.” The event takes place from 1 to 7 p.m. Sun., March 25 at 910 Live at 910 N. McClintock Dr., near Loop 202 Red Mountain Freeway and McClintock in Tempe.

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SanTan Sun News ONLINE Classified Ads Each ad starts at $20 plus Chandler tax per issue Special: Buy 3, get 4th for free for only $60 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:

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MERCHANDISE FOR SALE HCG1234 DIET DROPS WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO LOSE? - 1 2oz bottle - 30-40 day supply - UNLIMITED SUPPORT Local Authorized Seller $45 - FREE S/H - Call or email Judy @ 480-237-9393 or

REFRIG ICE & WATER FILTERS Free Reiki Treatments Saturday March 10th Please email for details & location.

EMPLOYMENT HELP WANTED LIFECARE ANIMAL HOSPITAL is growing! We seek an experienced Certified Veterinary Technician to join our team. LifeCare Animal Hospital is a full-service animal hospital serving the cat and dog community of the Southeast Valley, on the NW corner of Gilbert and Chandler Heights Roads. Fax resume to Dr. Barbe Glenn, DVM at 480-895-7823. Learn more about us at www.

PUR Refrigerator Ice & Water Filter #4396508 for Whirlpool, KitchenAid & Maytag refrigerators. New. Regular price is $46/each. Selling for $35/each. 5 available, will sell all 5 for $150. Call 970-318-8715.

COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE March 3, 7am - noon. Barrington HOA. Cooper south of Chandler Heights, east on Cloud to community.




“GREEN” HAIRSTYLIST WANTED Verde Salon is looking for a full-time hairstylist who is serious about being good to the environment and healthy living. We will fully certify you in Organic Color Systems haircolor and pay for all educational opportunities. Our salon is a happy work environment with stylists who enjoy working with each other.

CUSTOM WOOD SHUTTERS Custom made. 100% Basswood or Knotty Alder Shutters. Local Manufacturer. ROC #217771. Lifetime Warranty. A+ BBB rating. FREE Estimates. Direct Wholesale Pricing! 602-885-7777.

WELDING WELDING - Most metals can be repaired. Cast iron, stainless steel, bronze, spot welding, silver solder. Restaurant, automotive and home equipment. Specializing in steel fence, repairing of gates, broken or rusted posts. Servicing Chandler, Ahwatukee, Tempe, Mesa, Gilbert, Scottsdale and Phoenix. Member: City of Chandler Chamber of Commerce. Call Randall 480-348-2331.

FLOORING GUAYSON TILE, LLC We specialize in Natural Stone. Ceramic, Porcelain, Glass Block, Travertine, Granite, Marble, Wood and Laminate. Floors, Counters, Backsplash, Showers, BBQs and more. BBB Accredited Business. 480-233-5319.


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.

fill entry level positions in the following areas: PRODUCTION: Fabricating and assembling windows and doors. WAREHOUSE: Loading and unloading materials, finished goods and distribution products. Qualifications: Able to work in a Fast Paced Environment. Excellent Organizational Skills. Be able to: lift 40-70 lbs; read a tape measure; read and write in English. Will train the right candidate. Please apply in person at 550 W. Southern Avenue, Tempe, Arizona 85282.

LOW INTEREST RATE BLUES Declining Portfolio Returns? Waiting for Quarterly Income? Tired of Low Interest Rates? Ready to increase your income? Earn 8% annually. Income paid monthly. No Fees or Charges Call 480-895-0550, Red Mountain Funding.


Pristine condition sofa by Broyhill, gold/brown, rolled arms with nailhead accent. 2 large loose back pillows & 2 seat cushions. Wood trim around base with short wood legs. Teflon treated. Overall 87w x 38d x 37h. Seat 68w x 22d. Like new, orig. $1100 yours for $650, includes 2 decorator pillows. Sun Lakes, call to view 480-515-9315.





who provides quality workmanship and great customer service. After 18 years I’ve seen just about everything : ) Call Jeff at 602-768-1975 for appointment and rates.

CABINETRY UGLY CABINETS? Cabinet Refacing & Refinishing are our specialties! We are a local manufacturer of high quality custom cabinetry, interior and exterior wood doors and 100% Basswood and Knotty Alder Shutters. A+ BBB rating. ROC #217771. FREE ESTIMATES. 480-329-2721

PEST CONTROL VARSITY TERMITE & PEST CONTROL Termite and Pest Control. Home Sealing and Pigeon Control. Residential and Commercial. Over 21 years of experience. AZ License #8918 Tony 602-757-8252. BUG GUARDIAN Pest Prevention. Pest Control & Home Sealing. Residential & Commercial. Affordable & Locally Owned. No Contracts. No Start Up Fees. AZ License #8947. 480-345-BUGS(2847)


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.

COMPUTER REPAIR COMPUTER REPAIR & IT SERVICES IT professional with 18 years experience

Quality Home Repairs and Installations, Plumbing, Electrical, Carpentry. No Job is Too Small! 35 years experience. Unlicensed,not required by law. Bob White, 480-963-0707.

JAY’S HANDYMAN SERVICE General Repairs Replace Faucets & Light Fixtures Replace Garbage Disposals Ceiling Fans Fix Toilets

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Hang Pictures, Mirrors, & Decorations Assembly Drywall Repairs Painting And More... Just Ask! NO JOB TOO SMALL! Senior Discount. I am experienced, reliable, honest,clean cut, licensed/insured. FREE - No Obligation Estimate Call Jay 480-329-0378

ALL STAR DRYWALL & PAINTING Int/Ext painting. Hang, tape and texture. Popcorn removal, water damage, cracks. We make the old look like new. Match all textures 30+ yrs. exp. ROC 262737. 602-743-6209.

JACK OF ALL TRADES “Handyman Service” Electrical, Plumbing, Carpentry. 20+ years experience. Cabinets, Counter Tops, Tile... I do it all! I take pride in my work. Fair rates. Contact John at 480-6883676. (Please leave a message as I may not be able to take your call right away.)

R & G CONSTRUCTION LLC * ADDITIONS * KITCHENS * BATHS * DOORS * WINDOWS * ROOFS * INTERIOR/EXTERIOR PAINTING * HARDWOOD & TILE INSTALLATION * ROC 274287, Bonded/Insured. Professional and reliable, over 25 years experience, all work guaranteed. Senior Discount. FREE ESTIMATES, Call Chris or Nick 480-415-9430.


MUSIC LESSONS CHRISTIAN PIANO TEACHER offers PIANO and VOICE lessons. $23 per month to start. Ages 3 through adult. All levels. Warner/101. Please call Michelle 480-821-9630.

PRIVATE DRUM INSTRUCTION Experienced instructor will teach you; Stick technique, drum set, rudiments, how to play songs, read notes, and more! Students of all ages, levels, and styles are welcome. $50/hr. (pay monthly and save $20.) Call now and get 10% off first lesson. Dave 480.277.3569.

TRUMPET LESSONS Retired Professional Trumpet player now accepting students of all levels. Training and Experience includes Music Major (Univ. of Colo.); several major symphonies; big bands; circus bands; show bands (Las Vegas). Many years of teaching experience. Call for low fees and appt. First lesson free. Bob Cole 480-883-9927.

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 PERSONALIZED SERVICE. General household maintenance, repair and remodel. Painting, tile, door and window install/repair, dog doors, concrete patios/walks/steps, concrete sealing/removal, power washing. Professional, clean and reliable with over 30 years experience. I can help shorten the To-Do list throughout your home! For a free estimate or consultation call Don 480-229-5041.

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.

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

ALTERATIONS ABC ALTERATIONS AND TAILORING 20+ years experience. Chandler/Gilbert border with overnight service available. Mens and Ladies suits, Wedding and Bridesmaids dresses, school uniforms and all other alterations and mending. Call Denise at 480-794-0400 for an appointment.

DM POOL SERVICE and Estate Maintenance. Owner Operator. Weekly Pool Service. Equipment Repair. Filter Clean (all types). Household Repairs. Landscape Lighting. Many Other Services. $25towards 1st Service or Repair. 480-295-2617. POOL CREW Weekly Pool Service starting at $75 per month. Weekly Chemicals included. Acid/Chlorine Wash starting at $175. Pump and Filter Repair. Tile Cleaning. Over 16 years experience. Free Estimates. 602-228-7170

ROYAL BLUE POOL CARE & REPAIR GEMMA’S FASHION & SEWING Now offering sewing classes. We specialize in Bridals, men and women clothing and alterations. Contact information: 480-899-2736, 1445 S. Arizona Ave., Ste 8, Chandler 85286. Like us on Facebook for a 10% discount on alterations.

Pool cleaning you can trust! Fair prices and great service you can count on! Weekly pool maintenance. Discount repair if needed. Service fees starting at $70. **Other Services** Filter Cleaning / Pool Draining. Call Now for your FREE Estimate. Call John at 480-252-3000.


SUNRISE POOL CARE Service, Repair, Supplies. Family Owned and Operated. Weekly Service and Repairs. Filter Clean and Sand Change. Tile Cleaning. Acid Wash. Certified Pool Operator. Insured. Visa, MasterCard. 480-275-5933.

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.

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

AL DAVIS ELECTRICAL SERVICES All types of electrical work: Additional Fixtures, Service Changes, Extra Circuits, Repairs. Residential, Commercial. FREE Estimates! Licensed, Bonded, Insured. ROC 192047. 602-549-1869.

PET SERVICES GAIL’S PET SITTING SERVICE Family owned and operated with 20 yearsexperience providing loving care for your pets in their home. Services include dog walks, playing, feeding, litter box cleaning, retrieving mail and newspaper, plant care, etc. Licensed and insured, references available. Free initial consultation. Call Gail at 480-444-9057 or email

DOGG-SITTY “Where a dogg is yappy ‘cause it’s loved!” No Kennels! Never Alone! Lotsa’ Doggone Fun! Daycare, Too! Come visit us. You’ll like what you see. 480-821-7969


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.

HEATING - $34.95 Winter Tune Up Special! (Regular Price $59.95) Licensed Contractor ROC #271487. Comfort Connection Magazine. Customer Service & Technical Excellence Award Winner. Service Star 480-238-5151. GLASS, SCREENS, SHOWER DOORS 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, screens(sun & bug). QUALITY SERVICE at Competitive Prices. FREE Estimates. WESLEY’S GLASS & MIRROR Call 480-306-5113,

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 and Insured. ROC243721. AFFORDABLE - Price Match Any Licensed Competitor. ANY make or model of Door/Opener. Spring Replacement. FREE 24 Point Inspection. $50 OFF ANY REPAIR. CALL 480-361-9700.

CUSTOM SHELVING Bring Out The Best In Your Cabinets! Custom Made to Order. Lifetime Warranty. Quality Dovetail Construction. Get Organized - No More Bending. Free In-Home Estimates. Bonded, Insured. ROC 276136. D&M Shelving and Remodeling LLC 480-839-1245

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

DARLENE’S PAMPERED PET CARE Pet Sitting. 20+ yrs experience. Your pets will be happy in the comfort of your home. Lots of TLC! Call Darlene 480-857-2713.


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.

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

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


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ANNABEL’S CLEANING SVC. LLC is a licensed and fully insured house cleaning service company. In business since 2002. We use employees exclusively and pay all applicable employment

taxes. One time, move in/out, weekly, bi-weekly, monthly. Hourly rates available for move out/in. No contracts ever. Please call us at 480-326-3885 for a free estimate.

“JENNIFER’S HOUSE CLEANING” Not enough time in a day? Call for a free phone quote. Super dependable. Weekly, Bi-weekly, Monthly. References avail. 16 years experience. Bonded-AG0601, Insured-6871. It’s a CLEAR Choice!!! CALL 480-833-1027.

SIMPLY GRAND CLEANING SERVICES Housekeeping specialists offering weekly, biweekly, monthly, one time cleanings, move in/out, windows and patios. We only use GREEN environmentally friendly products. High quality services at an excellent price. Very dependable, insured and with excellent references. $10 off first service with mention of this ad. Call for free estimate. Wendy, 480-802-1992 or Lisa, 602-358-3006.

CLEANING SERVICE Dependable, affordable and professional service with references. NO contracts!Weekly, bi-weekly, monthly or just a one-time cleaning. Contact us today for a FREE ESTIMATE. 20% OFF First Service. We will exceed your expectations for sure!! 480-201-4189 * 480-775-8892.

WINDOW CLEANING 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

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

PAINTING SERVICES 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-BondedInsured-ROC 257167. MENTION this ad to receive 5% OFF! 480-244-9119


CARPET CLEANING 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, see our reviews on Yahoo. “We clean like it’s our own”! 480-688-3003.

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.

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.

Full Service Landscape and Tree Maintenance Services. Specializing in weekly, bi-weekly, and monthly maintenance services, clean-ups, tree-trimming (palms included), and irrigation repair. 480-620-9361.

KUTTINGEDGE LANDSCAPE A Professional and Reliable Maintenance company. We offer weekly and biweekly service. Get a head start on frost damage clean up, planting and preemergent for those spring weeds. Call now for free estimate or email 480-250-6608.

UNLIMITED YARD CLEAN-UP & TREE We do Weeds, Trees, Pruning, Shaping, Tree Removal. Total Clean up & Hauling. You Name it & We do it! Reasonable. Call Vuna 480-600-7357. DO IT TODAY!

WWW.APLUSSPRINKLERREPAIR.COM 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.

**ALL AROUND YARD SERVICE** *Mowing, *Edging, *Hauling, *Weeding *Spraying, *Trimming, *Rototilling, *Landscaping. 20 Years Experience. For Free Estimates call Dan 480-231-9739.

COMPLETE YARD CARE Yard Maintenance - Weekly, Biweekly 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.

LAWN/POOL/HOME MAINTENANCE Signature Home Management LLC. Lawn care from $135/mo. Pool care from $70/mo. Home care from $45/mo. Call for Free Estimates and $25 towards 1st service. Like us on Facebook, find us on the web at 480-532-9513

LANDSCAPE INSTALLATION Agave Tree and Landscape Services. Professional landscape installation and remodeling. Residential/Commercial New Construction -Remodels Hardscape: Pavers, block walls, water features, firepits, BBQ islands Softscape: Trees, bushes, sod, etc Irrigation Installation and Repair - Tree Trimming and Removal - Landscape Maintenance. Licensed, Bonded and Insured. ROC274002 K-21. www. Call and ask for Jeff 480-518-3223.

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

FELIPE’S LAWN CARE Owner/Operator Mowing, edging, trimming, blowing, weed control, fertilizer and clean ups. FREE estimates. 480-388-1622.

HOMES FOR RENT CHANDLER HOME FOR RENT Single Family House, 3BR 2BA 2CG, fireplace, nice lot, quiet street. Warner & 101. Conveniently located close to shopping and freeways. No smoking or pets allowed. $1,100/ month. Contact:Jeff at 602-740-1971 or Martin at 480-980-4363

Where to eat

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Steak • Seafood • Chops • Wine • Cocktails Serving Midwestern beef in the Midwest for over 25 years Now serving Midwestern beef in Chandler for over 14 months.

Present your 2012 Cactus League Spring Training Day ticket stub upon ordering at any Chompie’s location within 24 hours of the game date on your ticket stub to receive 20% off your total check (up to $20 value per table/per party, excluding tax and gratuity.) Not valid on 3-17-2012, with promotional gift cards, or with any other coupons, offers or discounts. Expires 4-5-2012

Ask about our Early Happy Hour Open 7 Nights A Week Prime Rib & Live Music on Saturdays 98 S. San Marcos, Chandler, AZ 85225 Sinatra’s Favo rite Place in Ch andler 480-899-4400


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

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Alma School & Queen Creek 480-726-9015

Arizona Ave & Ocotillo 480-802-0440

Gilbert & Germann 480-786-4577

©2011 Doctor's Associates Inc. SUBWAY® is a registered trademark of Doctor's Associates Inc. We request 24-hour advance notice for giant sub order or a large catering order. Recommended portions may vary based on type and size of group. Please consult the SANDWICH ARTIST® for additional information. Length is an approximation, actual length may vary. Box Lunch consists of 6" sub, a cookie, chips and a napkin. Packed in a stackable box. Convenient for outings and company meetings. Available at participating locations.


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Where to eat

Sunset Menu 5 - 6 p.m. evenings Tuesday through Sunday

first course: soup of the day or organic greens salad second course: fish of the day or prime hanger steak third course: créme brûlée or flight of sorbets includes a glass of house red or white wine $30 The Promenade at Fulton Ranch 4991 S. Alma School Rd., Suite 101 • 480-883-3773 NE corner of Alma School and Chandler Heights

Happy Hour: Tuesday - Friday 5 - 6:30 p.m. Monday: CLOSED • Tuesday - Saturday 5 - 10 p.m.

For reservations, call 480-883-3773 or visit

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

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

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LUNCH AND DINNER Happy Hour Menu Daily from 3-6 pm

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5 P.M. to 9 P.M.

Including: All-you-can-eat beer battered white fish with choice of soup or salad, potatoes veggies and of course dessert!


(480) 812-0900 Golf (480) 963-3358 One San Marcos Place, Chandler, Arizona 85225 APPROX. 5 MILES E. OF THE LOOP 101 & 1.5 MILES N. OF THE LOOP 202 AT THE SW CORNER OF CHANDLER BLVD. & ARIZONA AVE.


Downtown Chandler

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Enjoy handcrafted fine art and craft featuring painting, glass-making, jewelry, photography and much more! Chandler Blvd.

Arizona Ave.

W. Boston St.

S. San Marcos Pl.

W. Buffalo St.




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Crescent Falls features luxury town homes within the tranquility of Fulton Ranch. Our brand new models offer uncommon charm, personality and welcome comforts as well as a new low price. This gated community is surrounded by lakes and a regional park with an abundance of landscaped walkways and common areas, community pool and spa—perfect for the lock and leave lifestyle. Inventory Homes Ready for Immediate Move-In!

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Bel Canto at Mirabel

Tranquil Trail Estates

From the Mid $200’s Luxury Condominiums Pima Rd. & Thompson Peak Pkwy. Scottsdale 480-419-7656 Only 10 remain!

From the High $400’s Semi-Custom Homes Cave Creek Rd. & Pima Rd. Scottsdale 480-556-7051

From the low $500’s Semi-Custom Homes Cave Creek Rd. West of Pima Carefree 480-556-7051

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

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