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Chandler Firefighter Charities make giving back a priority

Chandler chef Chu has a new vision for Valley diners BY LYNETTE CARRINGTON


The Chandler Firefighter Charities has been serving the community for 20 years, providing relief and services for citizens who may need just a little help. That was never more apparent than during the recent holidays. The CFC organized its annual toy drive to provide much-needed toys and gifts for Chandler children for Christmas. The event brought in more than 3,200 toys and 40 bicycles for children in the area, says Fire Chief Jeff Clark. In addition, CFC raised $2,000 in gift cards to give to teenagers, an age group often overlooked in holiday drives. The CFC specifically worked to provide for teenagers this year as organizers know they appreciate these gifts. “We were able to meet more than our needs and we were able to pass on some of our stuff to charities as well,” Clark says. The toy drive is just a part of what makes the Chandler Firefighter Charities’ mission. The charity also sponsors an annual golf tournament in May, in conjunction with Tempe, raising a few thousand dollars per year for the organization. “We’re always looking for sponsors and donors for that,” Clark mentions.

Humble beginnings The group was founded by firefighters who passed around a hat to collect funds that would be given to anyone

SUPPORT SECTOR: Help comes in many different ways through the Chandler Firefighter Charities. Not only do the firefighters volunteer in the community, their families are also part of the efforts. Submitted photo

who needed it. Initially, the monies were provided for families whose homes had burned and who needed a place to stay. “We were constantly finding ourselves in situations where people were in need and we didn’t always have a way to help them,” Clark says. Funds are also raised through the CFC members and city of Chandler employees via the annual Valley of the Sun United Way Workplace Giving Campaign. As the department has grown and social media has brought recognition to SEE FIREFIGHTERS PAGE 6

Home reconstruction aims to revitalize downtown BY BETH LUCAS

Isabel Duran set her roots down in Chandler more than 40 years ago. Her life was about family, and inside her 1,300-square-foot downtown Chandler home, she raised her nowadult children, and prepares to help raise a special needs grandchild. But she won’t need to retire in the same home where her family for decades walked above a dirt floor, unable to afford much more than a roof over their heads. Thanks to a new partnership between Habitat for Humanity and the city of Chandler—and due to the donations of local businesses—her home is the SEE RECONSTRUCTION PAGE 5

LIFTING UP NEW BEGINNINGS: Dozens of Chandler volunteers who build and sell homes for a living kick off Habitat for Humanity of Central Arizona’s first reconstruction of a local family’s home. Submitted photo FOR A COOLER ARIZONA

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Local diners and foodies are occasionally treated to a chef who possesses the talent to introduce unique recipes and a cool restaurant concept. Sometimes those chefs gain a following and sometimes they fade into Valley history. Chef and Restaurateur Johnny Chu has been on the local culinary scene developing menus and opening restaurants that are memorable and delicious. But, what is truly remarkable, is the journey to the Valley, how he started and his genuine care and love for the customers that he continues to endear to himself. He counts Tien Wong Hot Pot in Chandler and Sochu House Neo Asian and Martini Bar in central Phoenix as the jewels in his culinary crown. At the core of each restaurant is a crossroads of an ancient way of food preparation coupled with Asian flavors that respect the past and forward-thinking methods of diet and health. “This concept is healthy and it’s the most healthy way to eat,” explains Chu. The general concept behind hot pot dining is a series of expertly crafted soups or broths, such as spicy lemongrass or Japanese miso. Lean meats and fresh vegetables are then dunked in the broth that sits on the center of the table on a hot plate. The food cooks while being infused with the light flavor of the broth.

A CHEF WITH VISION: Chef Johnny Chu translates an ancient cuisine into healthy modern eating. Submitted photo

In fact, ancient warriors often gathered around to cook their food this way on the battlefield. “In today’s world, in this country, everyone is in such a hurry. I want people to slow down and spend time together,” says Chu. “People should spend time together enjoying each other’s company and eat more slowly and more thoughtfully. So often, people just rush in and eat a huge plate of food.” Most food at Chu’s restaurants is SEE CHEF PAGE 4

Heumann named vice mayor The Chandler City Council voted unanimously at its Jan. 9 meeting to name Councilman Rick Heumann as the city’s new vice mayor. The term began that evening and runs through Jan. 8, 2015. Heumann follows Jack Sellers, whose term as vice mayor expired Jan. 9. “I appreciate the opportunity to serve the community in this capacity, and appreciate the support of the council,” Heumann says. “I look forward to working with council on continuing to make improvements that benefit Chandler over the next year.” Heumann began his tenure on the City Council in January 2009. He serves regionally as the president for SEE VICE MAYOR PAGE 7

Rick Heumann. Submitted photo

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raw and fresh and he designs his menus around the concept of eating healthy. Most remarkably, Chu is a Hong Kong native who didn’t speak English when he came to the United States. “I went to Camelback High School and it was difficult,” notes Chu. “I went and got a job at the age of 15 at a restaurant cutting up and preparing food.” From there, Chu learned various culinary techniques and continued to develop his love of preparing food and creating unique dishes. “I grew up with many of these foods and I had a lot of favorites. By ’98, I saw that Asian food was becoming different,” notes the chef. He began to focus on traditional Asian foods that also carried the hint of the flavors that Americans had become accustomed. “There are 36 regions of Asian food and it’s all different,” Chu explains. “I want to bring a different Asian food, executed my way.” Chu’s various menus carry Cantonese and Mandarin influences among other regions. He also says that he rotates the selections on his menus approximately once per month, keeping his fresh menus even fresher and more engaging. Chu’s Asian restaurant empire will grow again in late February when Red Thai opens on 12th Street and Northern Avenue in Phoenix. Like Tien Wong Hot Pot in Chandler, Red Thai will feature the “fresh and fondue” concept. “I like that I will be able to share this style of eating with an even bigger

A TASTE OF THE ORIENT: Tien Wong Hot Pot in Chandler is one of Chef Johnny Chu’s culinary hot spots. Submitted photo

audience,” says Chu. He also has plans to expand again beyond Red Thai. “I like to share with people a good way to eat. It’s fresh. It’s healthy and they can choose veggies, protein and no carbs,” says Chu. “I also use very little oil. This concept is almost like an Asian comfort food and even if someone is a vegetarian, they will love this.” Chu says he feels that people can benefit from an ancient way of eating that also speaks to a flavor palate that diners will enjoy, while slowing down and appreciating a meal in the same way that Asian cultures do.

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first in a new effort by Habitat for Humanity of Central Arizona to revitalize neighborhoods with the reconstruction of current homes. Duran qualified to be the first homeowner to have a house restored by the local nonprofit grassroots organization that has built more than 100 homes from scratch in Chandler since 1985, and nearly 1,000 in the Central Arizona region. Because experts say the home was so badly dilapidated, it was torn down and dozens of local volunteers who spend their workdays helping families settle into homes, are helping to rebuild it. “Her house was falling apart,” says David Kester, a loan officer with Academy Mortgage, who also led fundraising and sponsorship efforts for half of the $85,000 reconstruction cost. “This house was in bad, bad shape. It had dirt floors. The owner had the house since she was younger.” Work began in June, and is expected to complete in March. The city of Chandler helped the Duran family connect with temporary housing until they can move back in. As part of the agreement when a family is selected, the Duran family is also helping to restore the home, working on site every Saturday, and will pay an interest-free mortgage on the reconstruction costs. Academy chooses an annual volunteer activity to make a difference. In past years, that has meant sending employees beyond borders to places

LOCAL VOLUNTEERS: Companies including Academy Mortgage and Bellago Homes have put in hard labor each Saturday since June to build a new home’s frame, flooring and roof. Submitted photo

REBUILDING DOWNTOWN: Integrity Star One broker Rebecca Hidalgo is sponsoring and supporting the reconstruction of a Chandler family’s home with Habitat for Humanity of Central Arizona. Submitted photo

like Guatemala and Budapest, says Ryan Nelson, Academy’s title regional manager for Arizona. This year, their difference is being made right down the street from their largest statewide office in Chandler. The company then reached out to its partners to help with the effort, inviting experts in building and selling homes to the site.

“They’re in our community, right in our backyard,” says Rebecca Hidalgo, designated broker at Integrity All Star Realty. “After coming off a downturn and sad stories for years ... I can’t tell you how many people that I have helped, people who had lost their jobs or were short selling their homes. We sell homes every day. To be able to give someone a house is just phenomenal.” On Sat., Feb. 1, Integrity will provide meals to dozens of volunteers who will gather as they begin final wrap up on the reconstruction. Integrity All Stars continued to reach out and signed up Bellago Homes. The homebuilder jumped in to help—with owners Wayne and Tyler Funk grabbing hammers alongside their employees as they put their home-building skills in action, Hidalgo says. “The owner and son helped frame the house,” she says. “I am so excited to be a part of this. The home is literally less

than half a mile from our office. There is a lot of blood, sweat and tears going into this community effort.” The effort has helped many in the housing business get a hands-on experience in home building. “There was nothing we could salvage out of the old house, so this is like a brand new house,” Kester says. “I have probably put 2,000 nails into this house personally. A lot of nails go into a home. We have been building the walls— everything. I’m afraid of heights, but last Saturday I was out there on the roof, roofing the house, putting my fears aside to help somebody in need. It was just wonderful.” And Duran, too, is at every build day. “What a wonderful woman,” he says. “She is very humble and very thankful.” Habitat for Humanity’s goal is to continue to work with the city to reconstruct more homes, says spokesman Todd Rogers. Each reconstructed home has a big impact on the community, he says: When you restore one home, it often inspires revitalization of the entire area. “If you can come into a neighborhood that doesn’t have a lot and build a brandnew house,” he says, “you can in turn revitalize a blighted neighborhood.” To learn more about Habitat for Humanity or to donate, volunteer at a site build, main offices or a Re-Store thrift shop, visit Beth Lucas is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at


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the charity, donations have increased. Jeff West, fire captain at Fire Station 3 at Ellis and Frye roads, and president of the CFC for three years, says, “Donations have been coming in more regularly. Last year we raised $35,000 and we had a couple of grants, so we totaled about $70,000.” Clark adds, “We take 100% of the money, there are no administrative fees, and put it back in the community.” This includes water drives, food drives and Chandler-based charities. The battalion chiefs carry a cash box with a small amount of money so that when crews are on scene they can provide instant help for families or individuals in need. “When someone gets burned out of their house and needs to stay in a hotel, they don’t need the money 12 hours from now. They need it now,” Clark says. It’s not just about helping victims who have been burned out of their homes. Clark explains the organization has helped people who have been stranded in Chandler and need a bus ticket home, provided meals to the homeless, and helped relocate a family whose home was infested by cockroaches. “Whatever the case may be, we’re just trying to be there to help. “We’re pretty proud of it. It gives us the ability to help people in need. We’re filling a niche that doesn’t exist. There are not other charities that provide the kind of assistance we provide as quickly as we do,” Clark says. “We seek opportunities to help out.” Because firefighters have a unique opportunity to be out in the community and go into people’s homes, they see things that family and neighbors may not be aware of.

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“There are human conditions that exist even in our great city of Chandler that many people have a blind eye to because they’re not in there,” Clark explains. “Once you see it, most of us would be moved to action.” West adds, “Just by the nature of our jobs, we go out and see the people and the living conditions that they’re in.” Volunteers built a ramp for a wheelchairbound person who was having trouble getting in and out of a home. In another instance, members spent eight hours clearing out a yard that had become unsightly. In addition to the toy drive, CFC has a Fill the Boot Campaign in conjunction with the fire union, as well as the Pool Fence and Smoke Detector walks. Last year after the Yarnell Hill Fire incident, the CFC coordinated donations for the 19 deceased firefighters and made sure donations reached a qualified charity in the Prescott area. The CFC helps booster clubs for sports teams with athletes who can’t afford equipment, funds a CPR program for the city, and goes out to schools with the Fire Safety House to show students how to exit a house safely. Clark says the CFC tries to be part of any kind of charitable effort in the community. “We have our families involved,” Clark says. “We refer to them as support sector. That’s just another army of people for us to tap into. It’s another way of giving back to the community from the fire department family.” Volunteers donate their time as well, helping on their off time. West calls it a brotherhood-sisterhood. “We enjoy going and hanging out.” Clark says that nobody who’s been involved the last 20 years does it for

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notoriety. “This is as simple as a group of workers from the Chandler Fire Department, who every day, they’re in homes and they see human plight and conditions that need improvement on. I know many people out there may not realize how much our firefighters do to make sure we can improve people’s lives whenever we can.” West says he’s found a lot of joy in being involved in the Chandler Firefighter Charities. “The fire chief supports us 100%, so he’s on board with anything we can do for the citizens.” What started out as firefighters identifying there was a need to make things happen in the community has become an effective tool. “It’s nothing more than our firefighters giving back to the community,” Clark says. He adds he is proud of the city employees who have given to the charity. “It’s firefighters giving back. This is not a large charity. One hundred percent of the dollars go back into the community. It’s really important to us that we’re able to help people in their time of need.” For more information about Chandler Firefighter Charities visit, call 480-782-2120 or connect on Facebook at info?ref=stream. To make a donation, send checks to Chandler Firefighter Charities, Chandler Fire Department, Mail Stop 801, P.O. Box 4008, Chandler, 85233-3008.

Arrest made in 2012 Serrano’s restaurant shooting On Jan. 7, members of the U.S. Marshals East Valley Violent Offenders Taskforce arrested 19-year-old Michael David Calvin Jr. for his role in the Oct. 6, 2012, shooting at the Serrano’s restaurant in downtown Chandler. Calvin, a Phoenix resident, was taken into custody without incident at a Tempe residence. He was booked into the Maricopa County Jail on one count of aggravated assault, and 25 counts of endangerment. This investigation is ongoing. For further information, contact Det. Seth Tyler, 480-782-4105

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the Arizona Municipal Water Users Association, and as a board member of Metro Light Rail. Heumann has been heavily involved in neighborhood issues throughout Chandler during the past 15 years, and has served as board president with two different Homeowners Associations. Heumann is the chairman of the Chandler Education Coalition partnership committee, which he established in 2011 to explore educational issues and opportunities from a communitywide perspective. The coalition is leading the third annual Chandler Science Spectacular in February. In other actions, the City Council: • Adopted updated versions of existing design and construction standards. • Approved an increase to the future salaries of the mayor, vice mayor and council to take effect in January 2015. The salaries will be mayor, $49,500; vice mayor, $29,000; and councilmembers, $29,000. • Voted to exclude certain transactions of wireless service providers from the definition of secondhand dealers. • Approved a series 12 liquor license for Sun Chinese Dining, located at 1381 N. Alma School Rd. • Continued an item for a liquor license for Talebu Coffee and Wine Bar, located at 2095 N. Alma School Rd., Suite 2, to Jan. 23.

Community Mayor and council also held a public hearing on the 2013-2023 Land Use Assumptions and Infrastructure Improvement plan including a presentation by city staff. Preceding the meeting, Jaden Ray was presented with a Heart Saver Hero Award for his actions using CPR to save the life of Larry Tucker. In addition, Sister Cities International Art and Author Showcase Winners were recognized. Ellen Harrington, Tullamore Sister Cities president, presented the awards to local first-place essay winner Ryan Meyer, Seton Catholic Preparatory High School; first place art winner, Elizabeth Hopwood, Seton Catholic Preparatory High School; and Rachel Beglin, Hamilton High School, was awarded first place poetry Grand Prize winner and a check for $1,000. Following the meeting Mayor Jay Tibshraeny congratulated Vice Mayor Jack Sellers for his nomination by Gov. Jan Brewer to the Arizona Department of Transportation’s State Transportation Board. The mayor also invited residents to attend the Chandler Multicultural Festival 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat., Jan. 18, in Downtown Chandler. There is also a Naturalization Ceremony during the event, with about 200 people becoming naturalized citizens of the United States. Tibshraeny welcomed incoming Police Chief Sean Duggan to Chandler, and thanked Acting Chief David Neuman for his service in that role.

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Jan. 24 deadline for residents to provide feedback through online budget survey After five weeks, more than 500 people have completed an online survey designed to give Chandler residents an opportunity to help develop the city’s budgetary priorities for the upcoming 2014-15 fiscal year. City leaders are encouraging anyone with a personal stake in Chandler’s ongoing success to participate by submitting a survey prior to the Jan. 24 deadline. The survey is online at budget and paper copies are available at the Chandler City Hall front desk, Chandler libraries, downtown Community Center and the Tumbleweed Recreation Center. This year’s survey solicits feedback on program and service priorities and capital project priorities for the city. The results will be presented to the city

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Chandler celebrates community’s diversity With the new year comes Chandler’s annual tradition of celebrating the community’s diversity in a variety of ways. This year’s largest event is the 19th annual Multicultural Festival, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat. Jan. 18, in the Chandler Main Public Library Courtyard, 22 S. Delaware St. The festival is presented by the city’s diversity office with the support of the Friends of the Chandler Public Library. There will also be a series of special events and activities, including a naturalization ceremony involving up to 200 new U.S. citizens and recognition of area school children involved in Chandler’s Creative Expression Competition. Valley residents of all ages are invited to enjoy the day of dance, music, art, ethnic foods and more. The event is free and includes entertainers, artisans and an interactive area for children where they can experience a rock wall, bounce activity, coloring and arts and crafts. Along with crafts that represent various cultures, food vendors will provide a flavorful variety of ethnic dishes for festival goers, including Puerto Rican, Caribbean, Hawaiian, Mexican, Native American and Italian. Sponsors and organizations that promote cultural diversity will have demonstrations and information booths.

Entertainment will feature ethnic song and dance performances throughout the day. Performances will range from Japanese Taiko drumming to traditional Korean music and from belly dancing to Mexican folk music. The music and traditional dances of several other cultures will also be represented on stage during the event. At 11 a.m., up to 200 people from various countries will become American citizens at a naturalization ceremony to be held on the Unity Stage. And then at 3:45 p.m. the stage will showcase performances by students competing in the Celebration of Unity Creative Expression contest. The contest was open to any K-12 student living in or attending school in Chandler. Nearly 700 entries were received in one of the following categories: writing, performance or visual art. Their entry was to revolve around the theme, “Connect Globally. Thrive Locally” United Through Friendship. Children welcome Chandler’s free multicultural festival includes an interactive area for children, numerous artisans and a variety of enthusiastic entertainers.

DANCING DEMO: The 19th annual Chandler Multicultural Festival will feature dancing performances. Submitted photo

by Semia 2:20-2:35 p.m.: Dance exhibition 2:55-3:40 p.m.: Fushicho Daiko Drummers 3:45-4 p.m.; Performances by Creative Expression Winners

and joy. The combination of sound, movement, instruments and teamwork create a dynamic, spellbinding audience experience. Based in Phoenix and founded in 1992, members of Fushicho Daiko have traveled across the United States, Japan and China, sharing their music with schools, colleges and communities, in theaters and festivals. Fushicho Daiko strives to present and share the joy, energy and teamwork of Japanese Taiko drumming in the hopes of entertaining, educating and inspiring youth and adults. They will perform at 2:55 p.m.

More information on Chandler’s Celebration of Unity can be found at or by calling the Special Event Hotline at 480-782-2735.

Entertainment schedule 11 a.m.-noon: U.S. Naturalization Ceremony 12:10-12:20 p.m.: Welcome by Mayor Jay Tibshraeny 12:25-12:40 p.m.: Korean Traditional Music Group 1-1:45 p.m.: Dueto Tierra Bella 2-2:15 p.m.: The Art of Belly Dancing

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DAIKO DRUMMERS: The Fushicho Daiko Drummers, who have performed around the world and country, will entertain at the festival. Submitted photo

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MEXICAN MUSIC: Peter and Maria Lopez are among the musical entertainers at Chandler’s Multicultural Festival. Submitted photo

DRUMROLL: The Korean Traditional Music Group will take the stage to perform. Submitted photo

Peter and Maria Lopez are a husbandand-wife duo who perform Mexican folk music. They’ve played with other musicians in the Los Angeles and Long Beach areas of California, but within the past three years moved to the GilbertChandler area. Their instruments consist of the Mexican folk harp and a multiplestring rhythm guitar instrument known in Mexico as the “Jarana.” Peter and Maria will perform at 1 p.m.

Korean Traditional Music Group This group has been performing in the Valley since 2011 and is led by Misuk Kujawski, who was born and raised in South Korea where she was an elementary school teacher. In addition to teaching, she developed a love for Korean

Coming in February: Black History Month The South Chandler Self-Help Foundation and Desert Dance Theater in cooperation with the city of Chandler will present the 24th annual Black History Celebration at 7 p.m., Fri. Feb. 7, at the Chandler Center for the Arts. Some of the Valley’s greatest gospel singers, dancers and poets will participate in a tribute to “The Birth of the Blues.” This free, familyoriented event is open to the public and encourages historical education and respect and ensures ongoing opportunities for Chandler youth and others to display their talents.

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Chandler’s Diversity Office As Chandler has grown, so has the depth of the community’s ethnic and cultural diversity. The city’s Diversity Office was created in 2007 to develop and promote programming and facilitate communications with Chandler’s diverse population both internally and externally. The city had already been reaching out to diverse communities through the Human Relations Commission, various special events and employee training. Establishing the Diversity Office enhanced these programs, centralizing efforts to introduce residents and employees to cultures and ideas that they may not have experienced, and helping the city put more focus on multicultural issues. The office is staffed by Leah Powell, the community resources and diversity manager and Niki Tapia, a community resource coordinator. Together they work closely with the city’s Human Relations Commission and regionally with other communities, as well as coordinating numerous events celebrating the diversity of the Chandler community. The city’s Celebration of Unity is an annual effort to spotlight the community’s heritage and diversity and features events for all interests, age

POWELL: Community Resources and Diversity Manager Leah Powell. Submitted photo

TAPIA: Community Resource Coordinator Niki Tapia. Submitted photo

groups, cultures and ethnicities. Held each January, the events pay tribute to the ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Largest among the unity events is the Chandler Multicultural Festival. This year’s festival will be held from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Sat., Jan. 18, in the courtyard of the downtown Chandler Public Library and will feature food, dance, music, art and entertainment from around the globe. For more information on the Diversity Office and the Celebration of Unity, visit or call 480-782-2214. Information provided by the City of Chandler Communications and Public Affairs Department.




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VISION helps businesswomen with their own visions The number of women-owned businesses in the United States has increased rapidly during the last 20 years, and Chandler-based VISION Marketing & Consulting is offering a grant to help women entrepreneurs start, grow and expand their businesses. “We are excited to be a part of small business growth in Arizona and feel blessed that we have seen success with our own business since starting two years ago,” says Karen Cummings, coowner of VISION. “We want to be able to give back to other female small business owners through this grant, by working with them to develop a strong marketing plan and helping them see results from their efforts.” One grant will be awarded annually for $1,000 to $2,500. In addition to the money, recipients will be awarded the Small Business Success Marketing Package from VISION, valued at $3,000, for three months. The complimentary service includes research and development, social media marketing, public relations and print marketing. Applicants for the VISION grant should have been in business for two years or less, have an annual minimum revenue of $20,000, be at least 50% women-owned, based in Arizona and

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The Chandler Police Department is releasing the following information pursuant to ARS 13-3825, the Community Notification on Sex Offenders Law. Notification must be made when certain sex offenders are released from the Arizona State Prison, accepted under an interstate compact agreement or released from a county jail back into the community. It is the responsibility of the chief law enforcement officer having jurisdiction where the offender intends to reside to inform the community. The person who appears in this notification has been convicted of a sex offense which allows the Chandler Police Department to make community notification. The sex offender has advised the Chandler Police that he will be living at the listed location. These people are not wanted by the Chandler Police or any other law enforcement agency at this time. David M. Smith, 39, was convicted for two counts of attempted child molestation in the Maricopa County Superior Court on Dec. 30, 1992. Smith was 18 years old and the victim was a 5-year-old female relative. He received a sentence of one year in jail and he is no longer on probation. He is listed as homeless on Arizona Avenue, Chandler. He is 5-feet 11-inches tall, 160 pounds and has brown hair and eyes. On Aug. 24, 2004, Derrick McDaniel, 48, was convicted for two counts of sexual abuse in Maricopa County. He was 38 and the victims were female strangers, aged 16 and 20. McDaniel was sentenced to 1.5 years in prison and lifetime probation. He is listed as transient in the Ray Road and

Dakota Street area. McDaniel is 5 feet 11 inches tall, 210 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes. This notification is not intended to increase public fear; rather it is to inform the community of a sex offender living in the city and to comply with ARS 13-3825, Community Notification on Sex Offenders Law in making our community an informed and safer community. Citizen(s) use of this information to threaten, intimidate, harass or cause any harm to this person will not be tolerated and are subject to charges being filed against anyone violating the law. The Chandler Police Department Crime Prevention Unit may be reached at 480-782-4521 to assist the community in starting or joining a neighborhood watch program as well as provide you with useful information on personal safety. If you have questions regarding current criminal activity on these or any other offense, please call 480-782-4130 or if an emergency dial 9-1-1.


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Precautions make pizza delivery safer Police seek help identifying robbery suspect BY BETH LUCAS

Hailey Smith keeps a can of mace on her—just in case. “You always have to be vigilant about your surroundings,” says Smith, a 20-year-old pizza delivery driver for the original Rosati’s Pizza in Chandler. “You can’t slack off, have ear phones in.” “The scariest thing that ever happened to me, was when I went to a vacant house. Or, I thought it was vacant, ended up being occupied,” she says. “I called my fiancé on phone, so he could call the police, just in case.” Fortunately, the Rosati’s Pizza she works for has never faced a robbery, at least in the eight years that manager Amber Morinelli can account for. During that same time, Morinelli, however, says she has known of Phoenix drivers who have been robbed, which keeps her vigilant. Chandler resident Smith, has delivered for Rosati’s for the past year. Nationally, news reports have covered changes to pizza delivery: blackouts to areas with high crime that in some cases strike discord with customers who feel a bias against them; robberies and attempted robberies of drivers at empty homes or addresses that turn out to not be homes. But due to local diligence, local enforcement say Chandler has been a safe place for delivery in recent

years. Chandler Police Department Sgt. Joe Favazzo says there is no record of robberies from pizza delivery in empty homes in recent history— mostly due to efforts to increase community watches. “The key is for neighbors to look out for each other, and if something is going on that is suspicious, call the police,” says Favazzo. “A lot of people are afraid to call the police. Sometimes kids realize there is an empty home and drink beer and smoke dope.” Magazines regularly list “sales drivers” which include food delivery drivers, as among the top 10 most dangerous jobs, based on U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data. The national data demonstrates an increase in violent injuries as well as motor vehicle crashes among drivers from 2011 to 2012. There were 51 fatalities in 2012, including 12 from violent acts and 36 from vehicle crashes. That compares to 40 fatalities in 2011, including seven from violent acts. The same trend is true among injuries, which have also risen nationwide, to 270 in 2012 related to personal injury

violence, up from 230 in 2011. Bureau economist Sean Smith says it was unclear if growth in industry or population impacted the figures. “We’re family run here,” says Morinelli. Drivers make only three deliveries at a time, so managers can keep closer track of their safety, she says. They typically carry no more than $15. “We know where our drivers are going,” she says. “We expect them back. If it takes too long, we call the driver. Thank God we’ve never had to that issue to worry about. We’re a family here.” Smith says it helps a lot the more explicit delivery directions are—such as listing an apartment building number along with an apartment number. She says having regulars helps a lot—because they know the delivery drivers. But she did offer one key piece of advice: “I’ve had to walk up and down dark streets because lights weren’t on. Had to find the house. Lights on is a good thing.” Beth Lucas is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at

The Chandler Police Department is asking for the public’s help to identify a bank robbery suspect captured on camera at a U.S. Bank branch inside the Safeway at 1159 W. Chandler Blvd. The suspect was recorded at about 2:45 p.m., Jan. 4 and fled the store westbound on foot with an undisclosed amount of currency. The man is described as a white male, approximately 25 years of age, 5-feet 11-inches tall, 160 pounds, with a dark beard and hair. He was wearing a black baseball hat and a gray hooded sweatshirt with the letters “SMU” on the front. If you have any information relating to the identity of this suspect, contact the Chandler Police Department at 480-782-4130.

SUSPECT SOUGHT: Chandler police are looking for any information about a suspected bank robber caught on film. Submitted photo


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Chandler Police Department Sgt. Tom Lovejoy was selected as president of the Chandler Lieutenants and Sergeants Association (CLASA), effective Jan. 1. Lovejoy, former vice president of the CLASA board, took over when President Keith Benjamin announced he will retire from the department next fall. “I have a great deal of respect for Keith Benjamin. While our styles are different I appreciate that he will be around for a while as CLASA continues to grow,” Lovejoy says. “It is vital that we continue to serve Chandler residents and work as closely as possible with the city council while continuing to support our officers.” “After 19 years with the Chandler Police Department, and 29 years in law enforcement, I’m looking forward to doing something new,” Benjamin says of his retirement. “I will be available until my retirement to support Tom and CLASA in any way that I can.” Benjamin was first elected CLASA board president in 2004.

Residents of Chandler are encouraged to assist with enhancing and cleaning up their neighborhoods–and it’s easier than ever with a free app from the city. Residents can download the PublicStuff mobile phone app, which allows anyone to report problems in real-time, ranging from graffiti, water leaks and broken street lights. PublicStuff, a New York-based software company, has partnered with Chandler to create a mobile interface that seamlessly ties into the city’s existing citizen service request system. The app allows requests for service to be identified and addressed quickly and efficiently. Chandler has received and completed 638 requests for service since the app’s launch in June 2012. The free app is easy to use. Residents simply submit requests, and may attach photos. City staff receive requests, address the issues and the user who sent the request is notified when the request is completed. Users can download the app from iTunes or Google Play. Once a PublicStuff account is

Lovejoy has served Chandler as a police officer for 23 years. In 1994 thenOfficer Lovejoy worked in Community Services, where he started the Victims Assistance Program and Volunteers in Policing Program. He also coordinated Reserves and Explorer programs. In 1996, he became a property crimes detective and in 1997 began working financial crimes. From 1998 to 2000 Lovejoy served as a domestic violence detective and was promoted to patrol sergeant. For the past 14 years, he has served in neighborhood services, K-9, patrol and is currently main station administration sergeant. Lovejoy has been active with the CLASA board for the past six years and served as vice president for two years. CLASA was founded in 2003 to represent the needs of Chandler Lieutenants and Sergeants. CLASA represents 57 lieutenants and sergeants.


created, the app allows for tracking requests and their progress. To include pictures, residents take a photo and simply click “submit” to forward the request. The app also allows users to see other issues in the area, to avoid making duplicate requests, though there is an option to make a request private. All issues are highlighted through a GPS-based mapping feature. The app also features interfaces to learn more about city services. For example, one widget provides biographies and contact information for the Chandler City Council. Residents may also connect with the city on social media. Both Facebook and Twitter feeds are provided on the app. Other widgets are included, such as a tracker for when trash and recycling will be picked up. The Chandler PublicStuff app is free and available for immediate use. The app may be downloaded online at mobileapps, or through iTunes or Google Play–search for “Chandler PublicStuff.”

Chandler libraries host ‘Book Bonanza’ on Sun., Jan. 19 Thousands of books go on sale at the Friends of the Chandler Public Library’s annual Book Bonanza, one of the largest book sales in the East Valley, during regular library hours through Sun., Jan. 19, at all four Chandler public libraries. More than 50,000 items will be on sale for half off their regular price, including

children’s and adult books, bestsellers, classics and autobiographies, in both hardback and paperback. Proceeds from used book sales benefit the Friends of the Chandler Public Library, a nonprofit organization that aims to promote and support the Chandler public libraries in the community.

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Visitors to the Downtown Library for Saturday’s book sale have the opportunity to enjoy the added cultural bonus of the city of Chandler’s annual Multicultural Festival, taking place outside the library from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition to the Book Bonanza, the Friends of the Chandler Public Library have

displays of used books on sale year-round in all four locations. Basha Library is at 5990 S. Val Vista Dr.; the Downtown Library is at 22 S. Delaware St.; Hamilton Library is at 3700 S. Arizona Ave., and Sunset Library is at 4930 W. Ray Rd. To learn more, visit or call 480-782-2800.


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First Phoenix Bikefest at Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino The Phoenix Bikefest roars into Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino for the first time Fri., April 4, through Sun., April 6. The Phoenix Bikefest, presented by area Harley-Davidson dealers, welcomes riders, enthusiasts and spectators to explore the machines, clothing, gear, design and anything else surrounding the motorcycles and community that loves them. Valley Harley-Davidson dealers, including Arrowhead Harley-Davidson, Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson, Chandler Harley-Davidson, Chester’s Harley-Davidson, Superstition HarleyDavidson and RideNow Powersports, along with Barry Caraway of join to present the inaugural spectacle of food, music and celebration during the festivities, produced by R Entertainment Company. “We are excited to bring the riding community together for a free event thanking our loyal customers for their continued support. This is an event solely with the customer’s wishes in mind at a venue with unlimited potential,” Jack Stubbs of Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson says. The festival also spotlights participants from Indian Motorcycle, BMW, Aprilla, Ducati, KTM, Moto Guzzi, Triumph, Can Am, Polaris, Suzuki, Yamaha, Spyder, Honda and Kawasaki. Special for the event, Arizona’s

first “ride-thru bar” serving as gateway entry to the celebration. The setup will naturally create a parade of arriving bikes, which onlookers can enjoy throughout the day. Food, drink and vendors of all kinds will be offered throughout the weekend to complement the bike show and live music. Guests are also welcome to test ride the latest and greatest in the motorcycle industry, including the new 2014 Harley-Davidson lineup and the 2014 Can-Am Spyder RT. To learn more, contact Barry Caraway at or visit

Fourth Friday car show Popular East Valley restaurant Nicantoni’s Pizza in Gilbert is hosting its monthly informal get-together of car and bike enthusiasts during its fourth Friday “Car & Bike Night Show” from 6 to 10 p.m. Fri., Jan. 24. Cutthroats Customs & Classics joins Nicantoni’s for the event, and other classic cars and stylish bikes will also make appearances. Guests who show up early can enter their names in a raffle to

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Desert Schools Credit Union marks Spoil your sweetie at Massage 75th anniversary with $750,000 Envy Spa for Valentine’s Day in donations Desert Schools Federal Credit Union celebrated its 75th anniversary Jan. 15 by donating more than $750,000 to Valley charities, in a kickoff to its Shine On campaign–a year-long commemoration of Desert Schools’ 75th anniversary in 2014. Desert Schools presented the United Way with a check for more than $300,000 and Phoenix Children’s Hospital with a check for nearly $400,000. In addition, Desert Schools CEO Susan Frank named Valley charities that have been selected to receive an initial $7,500 grant and compete for a $30,000 voter-elected prize as part of the Shine On campaign.

Desert Schools named ‘Best Place to Work’ by Phoenix Business Journal In an award ceremony including Phoenix’s top companies, Desert Schools Federal Credit Union was recently recognized by the Phoenix Business Journal as one of 2013’s “Best Places to Work.” An honoree in the “extra-large” category for companies with 1,000 employees or more, Desert Schools placed seventh on a list of just 12 companies chosen by the publication and ranked by employee responses to surveys conducted by Quantum Workplace. With a corporate culture that values

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Massage Envy Spa is offering a specially priced Massage Envy Spa Valentine’s Day package complete with a Murad Healthy Skin facial, one-hour massage session and Sugar Foot Scrub Therapy for $99, a $185 value. The packages are offered from Sat., Feb. 1 through Fri., Feb. 14. “What better way to show your sweetie you care about them than to give a gift that will help them feel refreshed and rejuvenated,” says Arizona Regional Developer for Massage Envy Spa Steve Cook. “From our soothing facials and invigorating sugar foot scrubs to a relaxing, customized massage. It’s the ideal gift for your loved one.” Massage Envy Spa offers four different types of Murad Healthy Skin Facials: the Environmental Shield Vitamin C Facial, the Clarifying Enzyme Acne Facial, the Anti-Aging Facial and the Sensitive Skin Facial. The facials target specific skin concerns to help guests rapidly and dramatically improve the look and feel of their skin. The company’s Sugar Foot Scrub Therapy features fortified sugar with jojoba, olive and sunflower oils and lavender essential oils. The scrub exfoliates and soothes the skin and then a whipped Bon Vital

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Construction update: Road closure Construction is complete for improvements to Gilbert Road, from Queen Creek Road to Ocotillo Road, which were completed during the first phase of the Gilbert Road Improvements Project. Construction has begun for the next phase of improvements, the widening of Gilbert Road, from Ocotillo Road to just south of Chandler Heights Road. While the widening extends to just south of Chandler Heights Road, construction extends as far south as Riggs Road for installation of water, sewer and reclaimed water pipeline. The first phase of the project widened

Gilbert Road between Queen Creek and Ocotillo roads from two lanes to six lanes (three in each direction) and included landscaped medians, bike lanes, curb, gutter, sidewalk and extensive work on water, reclaimed water and sewer pipe lines. The current phase of the Gilbert Road Improvements Project includes widening Gilbert Road to four lanes (two in each direction) from Ocotillo Road to just south of Chandler Heights Road, transitioning to three lanes north and southbound at the Gilbert Road/Chandler Heights Road intersection.

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The intersection of Gilbert and Chandler Heights roads will also be widened to two lanes in each direction for Chandler Heights Road. The project is slated to conduct many other improvements, such as landscaped medians, bike lanes, curb, gutter, sidewalk and any utility relocations necessary for the improvements. Dedicated right-turn lanes, bike lanes and Americans with Disabilities Act improvements, such as installation of handicap ramps at corners, will be added in the project area. Retention basins will be excavated in the project area to accommodate storm water flows.

Businesses encouraged to take advantage of lighting rebate increase SRP business is encouraging its business customers to take advantage of a special rebate through April 30 to upgrade lighting and save on energy bills for years to come. SRP has increased the rebate amount from $300 to $350 for each kilowatt of reduced demand for all qualified SRP Standard Business Solutions program lighting projects. The 17% rebate increase aims to help make energy-efficient lighting

projects more financially feasible for businesses. Businesses are also encouraged to maximize rebate dollars by upgrading T12 fluorescent lighting systems. Effective May 1, SRP’s baseline and minimum lightingefficiency standards for its Business Solutions program will change, so now is the best time to take advantage of the current requirements. Additionally, replacement costs for old T12 fluorescent lamps and

Access to homes and businesses will be maintained throughout construction. Drivers are asked to use caution while driving through construction zones, but may continue to patronize local businesses. For more information visit or call the hotline at 480-898-4100.

DEADLINES FOR SANTAN SUN NEWS The deadline for news and advertising is noon Wed., Jan. 22, for the Feb. 1, 2014, issue of the SanTan Sun News. All news must be submitted to News@SanTanSun. com by that day to be considered for the next issue or by filling in the “submit a news release” form on the newspaper’s website at To send an item for consideration in the SanTan Family Fun, email it directly to Send advertising files and information to account reps or contact For deadline information, visit and click on “About us” and call 480-732-0250 for advertising rate details.




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Biltmore Loan and Jewelry says ‘yes when the banks say no’ BY ALISON STANTON

Families with unexpected medical bills. A couple who is planning their daughter’s wedding. Entrepreneurs needing additional capital for expansion or payables. Marc Israel, general manager of Biltmore Loan and Jewelry, says these are just a few of the many types of clients with whom he meets and works on a regular basis. Israel says Biltmore Loan and Jewelry—which came to Scottsdale two years ago and just recently opened a second location in Chandler—provides immediate cash for individuals or business people who are unable to get funding from a bank in a timely manner. “With our expertise in evaluating assets, we have become a leading collateralized lender and purchaser

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE IN UPSCALE SURROUNDINGS: Biltmore Loan and Jewelry features attractive décor and a discreet environment. Submitted photo

of unusual and high-end jewelry, watches, precious metals, coins, fine art antiques also sports memorabilia and collectables,” says Israel. Business is conducted in a very private and discreet manner in Biltmore’s upscale offices. The entire transaction is typically completed in about 30 minutes. “Biltmore also specializes in providing immediate cash using automobiles as collateral for title loans.” Referring to Biltmore Loan and Jewelry as “the alternative bank,” Israel says his clients have two options: to either sell their asset directly to Biltmore, or to use it as collateral for a short-term loan. “Our motto is, ‘We say yes when the banks say no,’” he says. The yearning to open Biltmore Loan and Jewelry began in 2008, when Israel says a great number of people were hit by the downturn in the economy. “There are a lot of people who find themselves ‘stuff rich and cash poor’—they purchased a Mercedes or Bentley just to have it, or they had two Rolex watches sitting in a safe deposit box; now these items can be converted to cash,” he says. “Many people have assets, but they might not have the $10,000 or more that they need for an unexpected expense relating to a legal matter, business or medical bill. Our extensive expertise allows us to pay the highest prices in the market, and provide the highest loan-to-value ratios in the industry.” By opening a new location in Chandler, Israel says the Biltmore experience will be even more accessible to residents of the Southeast Valley. “It’s just a dignified way for people to come in and get the money that they need. We pride ourselves on our expertise, and for being flexible, discreet and confidential,” he says. “The Biltmore staff derives satisfaction in knowing

READY TO HELP: The staff at Biltmore Loan and Jewelry— from left to right: Marc Israel, Harriet Bernick, Erin Kalmbach, David Goldstein, and Kylie Roswell—prides itself on offering top-notch customer service that is confidential and respectful. Submitted photo

that they are available when the bank cannot make a decision quickly, or when there isn’t a family member who can assist.” David Goldstein, founder of Biltmore Loan and Jewelry, can be seen between 9 and 10 a.m. Tuesdays on “Sonoran Living,” on KNXV-TV Channel 15. Goldstein will also write a regular column for the SanTan Sun News titled “What’s It Worth, AZ” within Biltmore Loan and Jewelry’s advertisement. Biltmore Loan and Jewelry is located at 670 N. 54th St., Suite 2 in Chandler. For more information, call 480705-LOAN (5626) or visit Alison Stanton is a freelance writer who lives in the East Valley. She can be reached at alison@santansun. com.

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Kid to Kid offers upscale resale shopping experience BY ALISON STANTON

As most parents know quite well, young children outgrow clothing, shoes and accessories in the blink of an eye. This means moms and dads frequently have to shop for new

SAVING PARENTS MONEY: Erica Gentile, owner of the Chandler and Gilbert Kid to Kid stores, says she enjoys getting to know her customers and helping them save money on gently used baby and children’s items, all of which are in excellent condition. Submitted photo

outfits as well as other kid-related items. Erica Gentile, owner of the Chandler and Gilbert Kid to Kid locations, says her stores offer the ideal solution for parents who would like to sell their gently used children’s clothing and more, as well as those who are in the market for some newto-them items. “Kid to Kid is an upscale kids’ resale store that offers gently used items from our customers, which we then resell to people who are looking to buy the same items,” she says. In addition to a huge selection of baby and kids’ clothing in sizes from infant to 14, Kid to Kid features a wide range of pre-owned strollers, high chairs, walkers, toys, maternity wear and much more. Clients have two options when selling their items to Kid to Kid, Gentile says: They can either get cash on the spot, or they can receive 20% more in store credit. One of the best parts about Kid to Kid, Gentile says, is that her inventory is constantly changing. “We have customers who come in every week to see us,” she says. “Every day is like Christmas.” Making sure their customers have

COME ON IN: Erica Gentile’s son, Cooper, peeks out of the pink kids’ door which is adjacent to the regular door at Kid to Kid. Erica says kids love to have a door all their own and even ask their parents if they can go to “the pink door store.” Submitted photo

IN THE SWING OF THINGS: Parents and grandparents can find everything they need for babies and kids at Kid to Kid, including a great selection of pre-owned baby swings and other baby gear. Submitted photo

the best possible shopping experience is also extremely important to Gentile and her staff. Everything they sell is extremely clean and in excellent condition. She and her employees pride themselves on their friendly and upbeat demeanor. “We want to be the ‘Cheers’ of kids’ resale.” Gentile says. “We want to remember our customers’ names, and what they have purchased. We love it when our customers get to know our

staff, and we get to know them.” Gentile says she also works hard to be sure her stores are well organized, so that her customers can easily find what they are looking for. “I really focus on offering an upscale experience in every sense possible. I’ve even had customers ask me ‘Is this really used?’ because they cannot tell from looking at it.” Gentile says she especially enjoys meeting and working with her SEE RESALE PAGE 22


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El Palacio of Chandler hosts ‘Yappy Hour’ and adoption fair Arizona shelters house thousands of homeless, unwanted, abandoned, neglected and abused dogs that are in need of a forever home. With the help of volunteer run nonprofit organizations like the Arizona Small Dog Rescue, many of those dogs are able to find great homes. To help raise money, awareness and to help these pups find good homes, El Palacio of Chandler owner and head chef, Anthony Serrano, is hosting a series of Sunday Yappy Hour & Adoption Fair events. A dog friendly spin on Happy Hour, El Palacio encourages guests to bring their well behaved pups out for Yappy Hour— giving pet and owner a chance to relax, socialize and enjoy some yummy treats. During Yappy Hour, mom and dad can sip sangria while munching on chips and queso dip while Fido munches on a puppy taco salad, hot dog or doggy fajita from El Palacio’s dog friendly menu. Ten percent of all food and beverages purchased during Yappy Hour, 1 to 5 p.m. every Sunday, will benefit the Arizona Small Dog Rescue throughout the month of January. That money will be used to help with necessary food and shelter costs for the dogs.

In addition, El Palacio is hosting an Adoption Fair on Sun., Jan. 19 during Yappy Hour. Guests can meet many of the rescued dogs and learn about how to adopt or foster through the nonprofit organization. El Palacio of Chandler is located in the Crossroads Towne Center, 2950 E. Germann Rd., Chandler. For more information call 480802-5770 or visit epfamilyrestaurants. com and like El Palacio on Facebook at

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customers, who come from all walks of life. “Some may think that people shop at resale stores because of need, but really, we all work hard for our money, so why waste it? Kid to Kid allows people to buy so much more with their money.” From grandmas who come in looking for onesies for their newborn grandsons to moms and dads who are in the market for a new-to-them stroller, Gentile says it’s always fun to help her customers find what they are looking for—and at a really good price. “I love it when people say things like, ‘Oh my gosh. We were just at Walmart and we saw that exact same swing, but you have it here for a lot less.’” Kid to Kid is located at 2815 S. Alma School Rd., Suite 12, Chandler and at 1652 N. Higley Rd., Suite 105, Gilbert. For more information, call the Chandler store at 480-726-2023 or the Gilbert location at 480813-1978, or visit chandler,, facebook. com/kidtokidchandler or Alison Stanton is a freelance writer who lives in the East Valley. She can be reached at alison@

Chandler Chamber of Commerce keeping busy this year The Chandler Chamber of Commerce highlights community and chamber events in the coming months. To learn more or to RSVP to any event, visit chandlerchamber. com, call 480-9634571 or email info@ No refunds are available within 72 hours of an event.

2014 Chandler Chamber Ostrich Festival The 2014 Chandler Chamber Ostrich Festival will kick off with the mayor’s 5K Fun Run, which runs through downtown Chandler, on Sat., March 1. Registration will begin at 6:30 a.m. with the run kicks off at 8 a.m. The top three overall male and female runners will be awarded, as well as the top three in each age group. Register online at events/the-mayors-ostrich-festival5km-2014.

Chandler Republican Women meeting set for Jan. 21

At 10 a.m. the Chandler Chamber Ostrich Festival Parade will begin Sat., March 1. Entries include equestrian groups, local marching bands, dance groups and many oldtime favorites. The festival at Tumbleweed Park runs from Fri., March 7, through Sun., March 9. The carnival like atmosphere will include entertainment, acts, live music and tons of activities. Visit for further information.

Lead Groups held weekly

Brunchies, 17 E. Boston St., Chandler. Chandler Business Connections Leads Group meets from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. on Tuesdays at BLD, 1920 W. Germann Rd., Chandler. Sun Lakes/Ocotillo Networking Group meets from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays at Pecan Grove Restaurant, 4960 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler. Go-Getters Leads Group meets from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Thursdays at Bourbon Jack’s, 11 W. Boston St., Chandler. Friday Cafe Leads Group gathers from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Fridays at Chompie’s Delicatessen Restaurant, 3481 W. Frye Rd., Chandler. For those interested call 480-963-4571 or email

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Chandler Republican Women will host its first meeting of the New Year on Tue., Jan. 21. A meet and greet will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the meeting starting at 7 p.m. State Sen. Michele Reagan, candidate for secretary of state and Christine Jones, candidate for governor,

will discuss their vision for Arizona during the meeting. The meeting will be held at Capitalist Labs, 250 S. Arizona Ave. Contact Lisa Askey at for additional information.

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Gilbert chamber news roundup for January and February Comprehensive membership orientation, the 411 Do you want to learn how to maximize the benefits of a chamber investment? The 411, which is sponsored in part by John’s Refrigeration and SCF Arizona, is a comprehensive membership orientation, which will be held from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Wed., Jan. 22. Attendees will gain an insider’s view of its programs and services, ask questions of its staff, and develop an action plan for chamber engagement and success. Bruegger’s will provide breakfast and the meeting will be held at the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, 119 N. Gilbert R., Suite 101, Gilbert. Admission is free. Seating is limited; registration required.

State of Business in Gilbert to be discussed during Mayor’s Annual Address Mayor John Lewis will present his annual address, the State of Business in Gilbert from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wed., Feb. 19, to share with business leaders Gilbert’s major achievements over the past year. The address, which is sponsored by PhoenixMesa Gateway Airport, will be held at SanTan Elegante Conference & Reception Center at the DoubleTree by Hilton Phoenix-Gilbert. Lewis will take a look back, then a look forward to present goals for the future, with an emphasis on the efforts to assist businesses and economic development. Member admission is $35; general admission is $50 per person. A table for eight is $350 and includes company’s

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Conference & Expo will focus on ‘Grow Your Business’ The small business growth conference, which provides entrepreneurs, small and medium-sized business owners and their staff with affordable local and regional world-class training, will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fri., Feb. 28. The conference will focus on sales, marketing, customer retention, and knowledge to acquire talent and is designed to help attendees grow their business and increase revenue. Attendees are encouraged to challenge their thinking and tap into fresh ideas, hands on tools, powerful insights and strategies that work. The expo will also offer the opportunity to get in the conversation with how-to sessions and a networking expo luncheon highlighting local businesses. Member admission for the expo and lunch is $35; general admission $50. Expo-only admission is $25. The expo will be held at Chandler-Gilbert Community College-Williams Campus, 7360 E. Tahoe Ave., Mesa. Sponsored inpart by BRIO Tuscan Grille, Hampton Inn & Suites and John’s Refrigeration.

Gilbert Chamber to name business man, woman of the year The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce will celebrate businessmen and businesswomen and their contributions to the local business community over the last year at the chamber’s annual Business Woman and Man of the Year Luncheon 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wed., Jan. 29, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Phoenix-Gilbert/ SanTan Elegante Conference Center. The chamber has honored women and named a Woman of the Year since 2010; this will be the first time the chamber will present the Business Man of the Year award. Individuals are nominated by the business community and winners are selected by chamber member peers serving on the What Women Want and Men In Action committees. Business Woman of the Year nominees: • Tiffany Fisher, Sun Valley Medical Billing • Mai-Lin Garcia, Synergy HR Solutions • Paige Modlin, National Bank of Arizona • Shanna Tingom, Edward Jones • Dr. Mia Van Eken, Valley Women for Women OB/GYN • Stacey Waddell, 20 Volume Salon and Spa • Christine Wetherington, Gilbert CAN Business Man of the Year nominees: • Kevin DeRosa, Advance Paper and Maintenance Supply • Tim Hovik, San Tan Ford • Mark Newman, Newman Realty

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Luxury apartment community opens in Gilbert Highland Groves at Morrison Ranch, a new luxury apartment community, opened its doors to new residents at Power and Elliot roads in Gilbert. The new addition to the Morrison Ranch community offers loft and oneto three-bedroom floor plans, plus resort-style amenities, ranging from a pool and spa to fitness facilities and electric car charging stations. Residents have access to all Morrison Ranch amenities, including bike trails, playgrounds, sports courts and a fishing lake. To learn more, visit



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Super Market returns at Superstition Farm SuperFarm Market will re-launch its Super Market on Thursdays at Superstition Farm. The market will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Some of the produce includes Pepper Ranch local produce, cinnamon rolls, local honey, butter, farmers cheese and cheese curds, eggs, locally made tortillas, cookies, jams, pasta, popcorn, tea, coffee, sausages, breads, salsas, cakes, ice cream, Waffle Crush Truck and SuperFarm SuperTruck. A SuperFarm Barn Dance will be held

from 8 p.m. to midnight on Fridays at the farm. Admission is $5. Lessons are also provided from 8 to 9 p.m. Farm tour reservations are being accepted. If individuals book during January, Superstition Farm will honor their 2006 prices. The tours are available for schools, groups, families and individuals. Superstition Farm is located at 3440 S. Hawes Rd., Mesa. For information call 602-432-6865.

Joe Filter provides unique service Joe Filter, a new home service company, which is based in Gilbert, provides in-home replacement of air, fridge and RO filters, as well as water softener salt, light bulb replacement, vacuum cleanouts and barbecue cleanups on a schedule or as needed basis. Joe Filter’s goal is to take the hassle out of home filter replacements by offering home service without contractss or commitments. Individuals can pick the service they want and the frequency in which they want that service. “Nobody wants to spend their free time buying and installing filters and batteries,” Joe Filter owner Joe Jackson says. “Between finding the right size and remembering to pick them up, it’s no wonder we are being met with such a

Chompie’s celebrates 35th anniversary on Feb. 14 Chompie’s, Arizona’s NY Deli, has announced a celebration for its 35th anniversary. Chompie’s invites patrons to visit any location on Fri., Feb. 14, to join in on the festivities. To celebrate 35 years of business and to thank the community for their continued support, Chompie’s is offering all-you-can-eat made from scratch buttermilk pancakes for $3.35 per person all day. Buttermilk pancakes are regularly $5.69 for a two stack and $6.69 for a three stack. The offer is available for dine-in orders only. “I never expected to run Chompie’s for so long,” says Lovey Borenstein,

founder of Chompie’s. “But as I did it, I realized how it brought my family and other families closer together and so I kept going. It was all because of family.” Other anniversary specials include receiving 75 bonus rewards points, valid for $5 off your next visit, when you fully complete your Chompie’s Rewards registration online at on Feb. 14. The other special is buy three get the fourth free Chompie’s famous large NY black and white cookies. Chompie’s Chandler location is at 3481 W Frye Rd. Call 480-398-3008, or visit for more information.

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Composer, 9, to perform her work at music industry show BY LYNETTE CARRINGTON

Kylie Smith is just like any other 9-year-old girl. She works hard as a fourth grader at Carlson Elementary School and loves to play with her friends. But unlike most of her friends, she is a pianist who recently found success with a solo piano composition that she wrote. Yamaha Music Education System invited her and two other young musicians to perform their work at the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Show in Anaheim, CA. Kylie and mother will travel to California on Jan. 23 for the performance. Kylie has been Heidi Grimes’ music student for more than five years at East Valley Yamaha Music School. The girl’s talent was evident from the beginning. “She exhibited it right away because her attention was really focused and her enjoyment level of getting music and being in a music class was very high,” states Grimes, who has been teaching at Yamaha since 1980.Kylie gets the chance to experience many musical styles within her piano lessons. “In Yamaha, children are exposed to many different styles of music—folk music and a lot of classical music—because it teaches them well, as well as jazz,” Grimes says. “We do drum camps and composition camps. Early on, at age 3 1/2, she came to the drum camp and she really enjoyed that.”

Kylie has indeed incorporated some of the techniques and lessons she has learned throughout the years into her upcoming performance at NAMM. Yamaha has paid for Smith and her mother to attend the event where she will perform her unique composition. Upon arrival, Kylie will head to Yamaha headquarters for rehearsal. The next day she will go for a soundcheck, a professional photo shoot and, after the performance, Smith will attend a VIP luncheon with others from the music world. Kylie’s solo composition is entitled, “Adventures Underwater” and is comprised of three movements, including I: A Sea Otter’s Band, II: A Dolphin Dance and III: A Flying Fish Flight. In fact, this is Kylie’s third composition that she has completed while she has been with Yamaha. “She is really starting to take over a lot of things,” Grimes says. “Coming to the lesson, she’ll prepare five to 10 ideas, she’ll work through them and pick a couple of favorite ones.” This particular composition conveys underwater adventures. The budding composer came up with stories, characters and scenarios in her mind and then worked with Grimes and another Yamaha instructor, Tomoko Yonemaru, to develop her musical pieces. “This piece is a composition she wrote last year. But this piece she has already

TICKLING THE IVORIES: Chandler’s Kylie Smith will perform her three-part composition at the upcoming National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Show in Anaheim, CA. Submitted photo

performed three or four times.” Kylie’s parents, Stephanie and Somsak Smith, are excited for the upcoming performance and proud of what their daughter has accomplished at such a tender age. Kylie’s talent is a combination of a natural ability and hard work.

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Chandler’s ‘Karate Kid’ racking up the awards BY MAX KRAUST

Kiely Healy is not your typical 12-yearold karate kid. The Chandler resident has traveled all over the country, claiming one world title and six national titles in various martial arts forms, and she is just getting started. Kiely took up martial arts a little more than three years ago after bringing home a flier from school for an enrollment special at a local karate dojo. She has been working hard on improving herself ever since. “When I did my first class I kind of got hooked on it,” Kiely says. Though Kiely has found quick success in martial arts, it is not something that comes easy. It takes plenty of practice. She trains several times a week at schools that specialize in different skill sets and also competes on local traveling team called Fighters Syndicate. “It took a while to get good at it. I practice six days a week,” she says. Kiely trains in Self Defense and Kata forms with Mike Erickson at America’s Best Karate in Chandler and spars with Christopher Dixon at the American Self Defense Academy in Mesa. She also cross trains weekly with Danny Brandt and Jordan Weiland from Danny Brandt Muay Thai at Power MMA in Gilbert to enhance her punching and kicking techniques. She began competing in 2011 and won in the first tournament she entered. Within the next year, she was competing at the national level, allowing her to go

AWARD WINNER: Chandler’s Kiely Healy stands among her numerous awards, which include one world title and six national titles in different martial art forms. Submitted photo

head-to-head with the best competition. She has earned a brown belt in Goju Shorei Ryu Karate and a conditional black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Mario Ramos was one of Kiely’s first instructors and has seen her grow as her primary instructor in forms/weapons, kicking and sparring for karate and Tae Kwon Do. “When I first started with her she didn’t know that much, maybe had been

doing martial arts for a couple months to a year,” Ramos says. Ramos also has children who compete in martial arts and were more advanced than Kiely at the time, which helped push her to improve so quickly. “In two years she has accomplished more than what a lot of other kids have done,” Ramos says. “Kiely is not your normal drop off at karate and go through the motions. She is more competitive and

wanted more out of karate.” Ramos has also set up a dojo in his garage with video cameras and Apple TV, which Kiely uses to receive instruction via Skype from martial artists all over the country, including world champion Becca Ross. Through Kiely’s success, instructors from all over the country have been willing to train with her, and she recently returned from a trip to Kansas where her and more than 40 top youth trained with accredited world champion martial artists. Kiely’s favorite parts of competing in martial arts are meeting new friends and winning. She hopes to one day use her martial arts skills to help her earn a role as a leading actress in an action film or TV show. Kiely’s next tournament is the AKA Grand Nationals from Jan. 30-Feb. 1 in Chicago, IL. She is also looking to compete at the U.S. Open ISKA World Martial Arts Championships in Orlando, FL, in July. The U.S. Open is one of the most prestigious tournaments and is televised worldwide on ESPN. Kiely has set up a fundraising initiative via to help send her to Orlando. She also has a Facebook fan page where she can be followed at Max Kraust is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. He can be reached at

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Parents who can’t find a babysitter for a Friday night can now take advantage of Snedigar Recreation Center’s Kids Clubhouse. Each Friday through March 14, SRC will open the Kids Clubhouse from 6-10:30 p.m. It is open to children ages 3-12, as long as they are potty trained. “It’s open to anybody, resident or nonresident. Date night, shopping, whatever parents may be doing and need to have someone watch their kids,” says Susan Richardson, SRC’s recreation coordinator. The Kids Clubhouse coincides with Chandler’s slow-pitch softball leagues held at Snedigar and is planned to run during each season to ensure softball players can have their children supervised. “It started off a question at our adult sports league on Friday nights. Parents for coed softball asked if there was a day care, so this was what we came up with,” Richardson says. The Kids Clubhouse will be held in a preschool classroom that is equipped with games and activities. “We will tailor the games and activities to whatever age group signs up for the program,”

Chandler represented at ultimate gymnastics meet in Phoenix Students from Chandler’s Gold Medal Gymnastics, owned by former Olympic gymnast Amanda Borden, join 1,500 of the best female gymnasts from around the United States to compete and showcase their gymnastics skills at the Classic Rock Gymnastics Invitational Fri., Jan. 31, through Sun., Feb. 2, at the Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N. Third St., downtown Phoenix. The “ultimate gymnastics meet,” hosted by the Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics and Dance Center of Phoenix, will feature an all-girls competition, Levels 2 through Elite; live bands; entertainment; shopping; and

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Richardson says. “Paper puppets, coloring pages, Popsicle stick art, watercolors, painting, activities like that.” Parents are asked to sign up their children at least three days in advance to ensure the minimum requirement of six children is met. If there are not at least six children signed up, the Kids Clubhouse will not be open that week. When the minimum requirement is met in advance, walk-in enrollment will be accepted until the maximum number of children is reached. “We would love to get 10 to 12 kids per night,” Richardson says. Parents can sign up their children at any Chandler recreation center or at The price for residents is $12 per child, per night and is $19 for nonresidents. For more information contact Susan Richardson at 480-782-2641 or by email at susan.richardson@ Max Kraust is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. He can be reached at

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The sunset shimmers on the horizon line, Glowing its beauty on every pine Baby birds soaring through the sky, Lying on the soft, ivy grass, we watch them fly. The sun shines through, the rain storms in, Together, united, the form of a rainbow starts to begin. Critters sleep through the night, Awaiting the new sky light.

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Scholarship opportunity for eligible students SanTan Sun-area high school seniors and college freshmen who meet certain criteria can enter the ninth annual Community Service Scholarship Program sponsored by Desert Schools Federal Credit Union to reward exceptional Valley high school seniors and college freshmen. A limited number of scholarships ranging from $2,500 to $10,000 will be awarded. High school seniors graduating in spring and bound for an accredited two- or four-year Arizona college or university in fall can qualify for

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NAMM and discusses her composition writing process. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It took me a long time and I had to think of one big long song or three separate pieces and I chose three pieces because of the different styles I chose for each one of them,â&#x20AC;? she explains. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m ready, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m just a little bit nervous,â&#x20AC;? she says with a giggle. Stephanie and Kylie Smith are also trying to decide where to visit and sightsee while they are in Anaheim. Kylie may want to get used to traveling. In 2012, she also performed at the National Junior Original Concert (also a national Yamaha concert) in Irvine, CA.

lessons through Yamaha and has ďŹ&#x201A;ourished in the program. One class Kylie is taking is the Junior Original Composition. Children who show potential are invited into the class, where students delve into some of the ďŹ ner points of music. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s where they come up with their songs,â&#x20AC;? states Stephanie Smith. The songs the children write are submitted to Yamaha at the national level where they are reviewed. Some students are chosen to perform at the regional level and Kylie was chosen to perform at the western regionals in June 2012. From there, she and two other students from the Yamaha program were selected and invited to perform at NAMM. Kylie is very excited to perform at

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and her brother. Tambone’s older son, Claudia Tambone’s goal is for every Brycen, 11, does not have LQTS. school in the state to have AEDs (Automatic Brayden is on medication, but when he External Defibrillators). It’s a personal started going to kindergarten, Tambone mission she and her family have made realized that the school needed to have an possible for 24 schools to date. AED on hand for Brayden’s safety. Members of Tambone’s family have “We raised the money to purchase it been diagnosed with forms of Long QT and donate it to the school, because if you Syndrome (LQTS), a heart rhythm disorder donate it to a school then anyone can use that can potentially cause fast, chaotic it,” explains Tambone. heartbeats, according to Mayo Clinic. These “That’s where Brayden’s Buddy came rapid heartbeats may trigger a sudden in,” Tambone says. “I would go into his fainting spell or seizure. In some cases, a classrooms every year and I would talk to heart may be erratically for so long that the students and just let them know to be it can cause sudden death. LQTS doesn’t a buddy or friend to everyone ...‘That’s all I skip generations. Like hair or eye color, it is want you to do with Brayden,’” she would passed down with a 50/50 chance of having tell his classmates. “If he looks like he’s the gene. sleeping go and tell a teacher. That’s how Tambone’s brother died when she was the name Brayden’s Buddy came in.” 15 in a swimming accident, an incident that Looking ahead to junior high and high may have been caused by a heart issue. school, Tambone realized that Brayden’s She was an adult and mother when she future schools would need an AED as well. found out that she carried the gene for It’s from that point, Tambone says, they LQTS, after her mother urged her to look started a nonprofit and began donating into it. Prior to her brother’s death, two AEDs to schools. of her male cousins had also died due to “Our ultimate goal is to have the state of heart conditions. When her youngest son, Arizona make it mandatory in new builds,” Brayden, was 1 year old, she Tambone says. “In the took him to a cardiologist meantime we decided we’d for testing. He was en’s truck along and put them in d y diagnosed with Long QT1. these schools.” Bra Doctors revealed that Brayden is an active the gene came from her 8 year old in third grade grandmother’s side of the at Weinberg Elementary family. It was passed to her School. Buddy mother and then to herself “He can’t play

LATEST DONATION: Brayden’s Buddy’s most recent donation was to Cheyenne Elementary School in Scottsdale. Submitted photo competitive sports,” Tambone says. “He can do golf and bowling because it’s not so strenuous on him.” She mentions Brayden has never had symptom of LQTS. They do take precautions at school, though, including having him wear a bright yellow vest on the playground and a one-on-one aid to keep an eye on him. Schools are recognizing the need and have approached Tambone for help in getting an AED. Through her efforts she has been able to provide this necessary piece of equipment. Brayden will go to Payne Junior High School in a few years, and Tambone says, the school contacted her a few months ago about getting an AED which she was able to provide. Tambone tries to donate two AEDs to

ACTIVE THIRD GRADER: Brayden Tambone is a typical 8-year-old boy, who loves playing kickball with his friends. Submitted photo schools a month through Brayden’s Buddy. With each AED donated, Brayden’s Buddy pays for CPR and AED training for staff members. In addition to donating the 24 AED’s across Arizona, Brayden’s Buddy has CPR trained 150 people through the nonprofit. SEE BRAYDEN’S





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Hear groundhog’s prediction at EEC on Feb. 1 BY MEGHAN MCCOY

Chandler youngsters can hear a groundhog’s prediction and interact with her on Sat., Feb. 1, during a special class at the Environmental Education Center. “At the beginning of the class, Buttercup gives a prediction to someone and relays it to the rest of the group,” says Lisa Limbert, a former school teacher who works as a wildlife rehabilitator. Earlier this week there were 17 openings for the class at the EEC, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd. The class, which is for children 2 years old and older, begins at 2 p.m. and runs for 45 minutes. The cost is $6 for residents and $9 for nonresidents. To register, call 480-782-2890 or visit

after the prediction is revealed, children will have the opportunity to meet the animals through the interactive hands-on class. “It’s an indoor petting zoo with animals you don’t normally see,” she explains. Buttercup typically does classes from Groundhog Day until November when she begins to get cranky. “She talks when she gets cranky,” Limbert explains. Although Buttercup typically spends the entire fall crabby and in hibernation, this year she stayed awake all season long. “Quite a novelty year for her,” Limbert says. “The first two years she was here, she still tried to go in hibernation. This year she stayed awake and happy this whole season and people got to enjoy her all season.”

Cuddle buddy Limbert says that Buttercup is a dream to work with. She holds up her arms like a toddler when she wants to be carried by Limbert, who chose Buttercup from a lot of three. The other two went to Bearizona in Williams. “She had the nicest personality,” Limbert says of Buttercup, who enjoys cuddling. Once Buttercup was settled in her new home, Limbert obtained a Game and Fish Educational Holding Permit so she could enter a classroom setting with children. “Buttercup has been raised and bred to specifically do this job,” she says. About twice a month, Limbert teaches a class at the center. On Groundhog Day,

Longtime love As a wildlife rehabilitator, Limbert is able to meld her two loves—animals and teaching. “I started going to zoo conferences and learned about what animals would be best in working with children,” she explains. “I basically bought baby zoo animals and raised them in my home and socialized them tremendously, so they could be exposed to human children.” Her collection consists of 41 animals on her USDA license that live with her in her home. She says the largest animal she owns is a beaver. “These are educational animals,”

GROUNDHOG: Buttercup, a Northern American groundhog, will give her prediction during the Groundhog Day class on Sat., Feb. 1, at the Environmental Education Center. Submitted photo

she explains. “This is the job they do as ambassador animals.” Each animal has its own habitat, which oftentimes is custom built to meet the animal’s needs. “The armadillos are in our kitchen nook and the beaver is in the family room and the foxes are in the family room,” Limbert explains. “I am home during the day taking care of the animals while my husband is at work. That is how they stay socialized. They are used to being indoors and in human settings.” Meghan McCoy is the Neighbors and Business section editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at meghan@

She says even $1 helps. “All they’re doing is paying it forward to the next school.” Each AED costs about $1,800, Tambone says. To purchase it, Tambone says Brayden’s Buddy does fundraising throughout the year to raise the money to buy AEDs for schools. “Our biggest fund raiser is our golf tournament that we have every year in November,” says Tambone. “We do poker tournaments, and different fund raisers, like bake sales, here and there, but the main revenue is from the golf tournament or just going directly to the website and donating.” Last year’s golf tournament raised $29,000 for the nonprofit. Heading into the fourth year, Brayden’s Buddy raised $28,000 and $27,000 in the years before through the raffle prizes that were donated by local businesses. Tambone and her husband, Bryan, have fulltime jobs in addition to running the nonprofit. “It’s nice that this is big enough that I can make an impact with the community. It’s not too big that I have to quit my job and start doing it fulltime, but I know I’m making a difference.” To find out more about Brayden’s Buddy, apply for an AED for your school, volunteer or donate visit braydensbuddy. com or email Tracy House is the news editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at

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A three-day festival in February will provide a glimpse into the science and technology that makes Chandler tick. The Chandler Science Spectacular, Thu., Feb. 20, through Sat., Feb. 22, showcases the businesses, artists, students and innovators in the community as part of the statewide Arizona SciTech Festival. The Chandler event is comprised of three free happenings. The Chandler Tech Crawl is 5:30 p.m. Thu., Feb. 20, and features some of the biggest names in science opening their doors to families. Technology meets the arts during A Night of Art and Science from 6 to 10 p.m. Fri., Feb. 21, as Downtown Chandler transforms its monthly Third Friday Art Walk into a creative look at the science behind the food and drink, beauty, art and invention. Chandler’s Science Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat., Feb. 22, has interactive demonstrations by Chandler’s technology companies along with the next generation of science. “Everything is free,” says Councilman Rick Heumann. “It’s a great event for families. It’s really to showcase what Chandler is all about and the companies that we have.” Heumann founded the Chandler Education Coalition three years ago to bring the school district, city nonprofits and business community together to benefit students in Chandler. “It is really designed because everyone

has limited funds,” he says. Heumann and his coalition are behind the localization of the Arizona SciTech Festival. “More and more cities are stepping up and doing a lot more things,” Heumann says. The Chandler Science Spectacular, he says, has been successful because of the individuals working behind the scenes. “Chris Mackay and her team should get some major kudos,” Heumann explains. City of Chandler Economic Development Director Christine Mackay boasts about the 3-year-old Chandler Tech Crawl on Feb. 20. “Three of the Chandler companies open their doors and provide tours and scientific demonstrations to see the neat, exciting technology that is happening in Chandler,” she says. Those businesses include Chandler’s Innovations Incubator, 145 S. 79th St.; Intel, 5000 W. Chandler Blvd., Building CH6; and Infusionsoft, 1260 S. Spectrum Blvd. Mackay is one of the tour guides at Intel. “The same people come back every year,” she says. “They seem to be really engaged and excited to see what is going on in their community.” A Night of Art and Science on Feb. 21 takes place at the historic square in downtown Chandler. “It’s a tremendous draw for the community,” Mackay says. “It’s our best attended third Friday art walk every year.” Downtown Chandler Community Partnership Executive Director Jennifer Lindley says her organization shows the

science and technology behind people’s creative arts. “We encourage our artists to show a little more about how their craft is created,” Lindley explains. Typically 60 to 80 artists showcase their art and about half of them offer demonstrations. Last year there was a glassblowing demonstration and SanTan Brewing Co. showcased how to make beer. The final event, Chandler’s Science Saturday, is Feb. 22. “It’s a good old-fashioned science fair,” Mackay says. Sixty Chandler companies participate in the fair, which closes down Commonwealth Avenue, so the businesses can set up handson activities for the attendees. Individuals have the opportunity to move from booth to booth along the street while engaging in science and engineering activities. “It’s so much fun,” she says. Arizona State University, University of Arizona and TechShop at the Chandler Innovation Center will have open houses during the event. The Hamilton International Science and Education Festival will also have student projects on display at Hamilton High School. Mackay remembers watching three little faces last year as they watched an orbital science group, which was the highlight of the event for her. “You saw the look come over the three little faces: ‘I know exactly what I want to do,’” she recalls. “That moment, they knew exactly where they were going in life.”

FROZEN FLOWER: Air Products demonstrated how to make a frozen flower for attendees during last year’s Chandler Science Spectacular, a three-day event that focuses on technology and science. Submitted photo

The three-day festival, Mackay says, is a way to make sure Chandler residents understand the science behind the community. “Chandler is strongly and deeply rooted in technology companies,” Mackay says. “Chandler is committed to technology and innovation and that is what we want to celebrate.” For more information about the Chandler Science Spectacular, visit Meghan McCoy is the Neighbors and Business section editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at meghan@



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Apple Dumpling Café 3076 E. Chandler Heights Rd. Suite 101, Gilbert 480-279-3879 Here’s the deal: Mondays are Family Value night, where kids eat free with each adult meal and two drinks purchased. On Family Fun night, kids receive free ice cream with a meal. After school coolness is from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, where kids buy one ice cream, and get one free Chompie’s 3481 W. Frye Rd., Chandler 480-398-3008 Here’s the deal: All day Tuesday, children 10 and younger receive one free item from the kids’ meal menu with adult meal purchase of $8 or more. Dine in only. The Copper Still Moonshine Grill 2531 S. Gilbert Rd., Suite 101, Gilbert 480-656-1476 Here’s the deal: Come on down to The Copper for kids eat free night and choose from one of the many items off the the original kids menu. Connect5 Family Centers Corp. 222 E. Warner Rd., Chandler 480-699-2122

WHERE KIDS EAT FREE 1495 S. Higley Rd., Gilbert 480-361-8410 Here’s the deal: Mondays and Fridays free kids’ meals with an adult purchase for Munchie Monday Free Lunch and Freebie Friday Free Dinner. Dilly’s Deli 2895 S. Alma School Rd., Suite 5, Chandler 480-722-0644 Here’s the deal: On weekends, get one free kids’ meal for each adult meal purchased for $4.79 or more. El Palacio Restaurant & Cantina 2950 E. Germann Rd., Chandler 480-802-5770 Here’s the deal: Wednesday kids 12 and younger eat free with paid adult. Fat Willy’s 4850 S. Gilbert Rd., Chandler 480-883-1356 Here’s the deal: From 2 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, dine in and get a free kids’ meal with every adult entrée purchased. Little Leaguers menu only, 12 and younger. Frio Mio Frozen Yogurt 4991 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler 480-609-0007 Here’s the deal: Every day, kids wearing a sports or scouts uniform

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Nabers Music Bar and Eats 825 N. 54th St., Chandler 480-705-0288 Here’s the deal: Kids eat free every Monday and Tuesday, with the purchase of an adult meal and two beverages. Pittsburgh Willy’s 1509 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler 480-857-2860 Here’s the deal: Every day except Sunday breakfast, kids younger than 10 eat free with each paying adult. Additional kids eat for 50% off; Wee Willy menu only. Planet Sub 1920 W. Germann Rd., Chandler 480-245-6503 Here’s the deal: Monday kids eat free with paid adult. Sidelines Grill 2980 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler 480-792-6965 Here’s the deal: Kids eat free from kids’ menu after 4 p.m. Thursdays with adult entree. Dine-in only. Cannot be combined with any other offers or specials.

The Cove Grill 5070 S. Gilbert Rd., Suite 400, Chandler 480-802-9070 Here’s the deal: Tuesday kids younger than 12 receive one free meal per adult entrée purchased. The Sushi Room 2475 W. Queen Creek Rd., Chandler 480-821-9000 Here’s the deal: Sunday Funday means kids 12 and younger eat free, two kids per paying adult. Uncle Bear’s Grill & Bar 1980 W. Germann Rd., Chandler 480-722-1555 Here’s the deal: Wednesday kids eat free with each full price entrée purchased. Whiskey Rose Bar and Grill 135 W. Ocotillo Rd. Chandler 480-895-ROSE (7673) Here’s the deal: Kids eat free every day with the purchase of an adult entree and kids drink. Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill 7221 W. Ray Rd., Chandler 480-893-7550 Here’s the deal: Kids eat free on Sunday nights starting at 3 p.m. off of the Z’Tejas KidZ menu.

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FRIENDSHIP FUN: Carlson unveiled its Friendship Bench at the start of the 2013-14 school year and will use it to help kick off its second annual Boosterthon Fun Run “Camp High Five” in January, in which students will be taught character lessons like empathy and respect. Carlson’s PTO used a small portion of its fundraising earnings from last school year to purchase the bench, which according to Carlson Principal Leo Schlueter, “serves as a constant reminder to the kids to include everyone in play at recess time.” The Friendship Fun Run will be held at 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Fri., Jan. 24. Submitted photo —Lora Robinson

CTA-Independence Hawks Save the date – Math & Science Night is from 5 to 7 p.m. Thu., Jan. 23. Science Fair projects from every grade level will be on display and students can find out if their projects placed. The Multipurpose Room will host science activities sponsored by Arizona Science Center. Each grade level will also have fun and educational math interactive centers for students. CTA champ – Congrats to sixth grader Alec Mathew, the school’s Spelling Bee winner, who goes on to represent CTAIndependence at the District Spelling Bee. Sixth grader Priyanshi Chudasama was runner-up. The participating students all did a great job with the difficult words they were given. Award winners – The CTAIndependence custodial staff has again been awarded the Clean School Award. Congrats to the hard-working custodians. Box Tops – Families are encouraged to keep saving Box Tops to turn in to the school. CTA gets money back with each Box Top. —Wendi Olson

Hancock Heat Save the date – The Hancock Science Fair is Wed., Jan. 23. Parents will have the opportunity to see Science Fair projects from all grade levels. Kindergarten registration – Kindergarten registration for the

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2014-15 school year begins Feb. 3. To be eligible, students must turn 5 years old by Aug. 31. Parents can stop by the school office between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. to register their child, bringing a certified copy of the child’s birth certificate, immunization record and proof of address, such as a city of Chandler utility bill, SRP bill, lease or rental agreement or home contract. The last DPT and polio vaccination must have been received on or after the child’s 4th birthday. Character Counts – Hancock continues its Character Counts program, focusing on “Citizenship” for the month of January: being a good neighbor, staying informed, obeying laws and rules, respecting authority, protecting the environment, volunteering, cooperating, getting involved in community affairs and helping to make the school and community better. Raffle drawing – Tickets for the Chandler Education Foundation Raffle are available in the front office. This year’s grand prize is the choice of a 2014 Toyota RAV4 or $20,000 cash. Tickets are $20. For every ticket sold, Hancock will receive $4 to be used for the school. The grand prize raffle drawing will be held on March 9. —Andrea Dickson

Hull Heroes Arctic Carnival – The Arctic Carnival will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Sat., Jan. 25. For more information, contact


carnival chairwoman Peg Linge at For volunteer opportunities, email hullptopres@ Vendors interested in joining the Hull vendor fair at the event can contact Heather German at for more information. Art smart – Hull students have the opportunity to submit their artwork to be displayed during the winter carnival in January. Complete rules and information are coming home with students. Kudos – Congrats to sixth grader Joanna Zabasajjaour, the winner of the Superintendent Citizenship Award at the annual CUSD Night of Recognition event. Hull parent Kristen Boyd earned the award for Outstanding Volunteer and second-grade teacher Helen Minor was awarded the Apple Achievement Award. Speaking in code – Nearly 80 Hull students recently participated in “One Hour of Code,” an international initiative to get students interested in computer science. More than 19 million students worldwide participated in the weeklong event sponsored by Hull’s One Hour of Code was facilitated by Hull staff, parent volunteers and high school students who are Hull alumni. News flash – “Like” Hull Elementary on Facebook for up-to-date PTO information and check out the PTO blog at —Kristen Boyd SEE CUSD PAGE 42



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Basha High Bears Joshua Garrett of Chandler is on the fall 2013 Dean’s List at University of Evansville in Evansville, IN. To qualify, students must earn at least a 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Joshua is majoring in theater. Qualen Cunningham of Chandler was among those chosen to participate in the nationally televised Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl at the StubHub Center in Carson, CA, and broadcast recently on Fox Sports. Ninety student athletes

Color Run – A 5K Color Run/Walk will be held from 8 to 11 a.m. Sat., Feb. 8 at Basha High School, 5990 S. Val Vista Dr., Chandler. Cost to participate is $25; sign up at brindleefullmer.wix. com/kennethscolorrun. The event is a senior project for Basha High student Brindlee Fullmer; all proceeds from the race will be donated to the Forever Young Foundation for children’s cancer. —Brindlee Fullmer

were selected from across the country to participate based on their athletic prowess, academic success and embodiment of the Marine Corps values of honor, courage and commitment. Qualen attends Hamilton High School in Chandler. Kirsten Edick of Chandler is on the fall 2013 President’s List at SUNYIT, the State University of New York Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome. To qualify, fulltime, matriculated students must earn a

semester grade point average of 3.6 or above. Students from Dance Attack of Gilbert traveled to the Disneyland Park at Disneyland Resort recently to take part in the Stage Performance program, part of the Disney Performing Arts Program. Disney Performing Arts offers band, choral, dance and auxiliary performers the opportunity to learn, perform and compete at Disney theme parks.

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SanTan Sun-area high school students have until Feb. 14 to enter Valley Metro’s 14th annual Design a Transit Wrap Contest for the chance to see their art featured on a bus and light rail train wrap for an entire year. To enter, students download the contest flier, art template and application, use the art template to create an original design featuring a positive transit message and submit by Feb. 14. Valley Metro provides eco-friendly public transit options to residents of greater Phoenix and Maricopa County. To learn more or to download an application, visit

Chandler students in fifth through eighth grades are eligible to try out for a talent show held by the Chandler Rotary Club. Free tryouts will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tue., Jan. 21, and Mon., Jan. 27, at Willis Junior High, 401 S. McQueen Rd., Chandler. Students can display their talents in four different categories: vocal solo or group, instrumental solo or group, dance solo or group and art. Contestants chosen for the show will compete at 7 p.m. Fri., Feb 21, at Chandler Center for the Arts, with a chance to win $100 grand prize. Admission is $6. For more information or to download a registration form, visit

Spring Break Time Now Available! The spring Break Time magazine outlining all-ages recreation classes, youth camps and special events for March, April and May is now available! Registration begins Saturday, February 1 at 10 a.m. (February 7 for non-residents). For more information, call 480-782-2727 or visit

Chandler Recreation Offers A Variety of Activities! Personal Training at the Tumbleweed Recreation Center Registration for April 5 Hershey Track Meet is Open! $4 Resident / $6 Non-resident The annual Hershey Track Meet will be Saturday, April 5 at Chandler High School. The competition is open to boys and girls ages 7-14. Registration is due by Friday, March 7. For the application, visit or call 480-782-2704 for more information.

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Follow us on Instagram and Twitter at @ChandlerRec, and on Facebook and YouTube at Chandler Recreation for the latest news. Check out the January/ February episode of “Come Out & Play, Chandler!”on YouTube. This episode features fitness opportunities within the Community Services Department. You can sign up for the Chandler Recreation monthly newsletter by texting ChandlerRec to 22828. For more information, call 480-782-2727.

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$25 Resident / $34 Non-resident Fathers and their little girls ages 4-10 will create new memories at the Daddy Daughter Dance on Friday, February 7 from 6-8 p.m. at the downtown Chandler Community Center or Saturday, February 8 at Snedigar Recreation Center. There will be music, dancing, contests, crafts and dinner served. Each couple will receive a keepsake photograph. Register at or call 782-2641 for more details.


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With all this great weather I’d like to encourage our South Chandler residents who haven’t done so R.J. Zeder. Submitted in a while to dust photo off their bikes and ride! For a number of years now, Chandler has been investing in infrastructure improvements that accommodate or encourage bicycling and has been recognized as a Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists. We recently constructed bike/ pedestrian crossing signals at several arterial streets along our Paseo Trail in Southeast Chandler and along our Western Canal Shared-Use Path in North Chandler. We also completed in December a bike/pedestrian bridge that crosses the Price Freeway at Galveston Street, north of Chandler Boulevard. This bridge links bicycle paths on collector streets on both sides of the freeway,

allowing for more access to parks, schools, employment and shopping centers. Bicyclists also are taking advantage of Chandler’s Park and Ride lot adjacent to Tumbleweed Park. Bike riders can connect to an Express Bus, which leaves from the lot each weekday morning, and travel to downtown Phoenix or catch the LINK bus which runs every day and travels along Arizona Avenue/Country Club Drive to connect to light rail. Riders can utilize the bike lockers at the lot or the bike racks on the bus. Chandler also is involved in regional efforts to improve conditions for bicycling. City transit planners are participating in a Maricopa Association of Government’s Bicycle Counts project that will collect bicycle counts at a number of locations throughout the Valley to better understand how bike routes and facilities are performing, what patterns exist, why trips are made and whether safety improvements are needed. With the support of our residents, Chandler will continue to develop the city’s bicycle system while striving to provide maximum safety, convenience, and comfort for bicyclists of all ages.

Road to fruition: Four driving resolutions for 2014 BY BRAD OLTMANS, AAA VICE PRESIDENT OF INSURANCE

New Year’s resolutions don’t need to stop at losing weight or controlling finances. Why not resolve to clean up some behind-the-wheel behaviors and adopt safer driving behaviors in 2014? As an advocacy organization, AAA is urging motorists to make a personal goal to be a safe driver in 2014. This is especially important as issues such as distracted driving have become a public health threat. In 2012, 825 Arizonans died in traffic crashes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a slight increase from 821 in 2011. AAA Arizona is challenging motorists to examine their driving habits and make the following four safe driving resolutions for 2014: Put down the phone. In 2011, more than 3,300 people died in crashes related to using a cell phone or texting while driving. Luckily, this safety fix is simple: Pull over to use your phone. If you can’t control the urge, use an app to block the phone from being operated while driving. And don’t think a Bluetooth makes everything safer—it’s just as cognitively distracting to use hands-free technology as handheld. Know the laws. Many motorists aren’t aware of newer laws on the books. For example, in 2011, Arizona’s “Move Over” law was expanded to include tow trucks and stranded motorists displaying alternately flashing lights alongside

freeways and highways. Any time you see an emergency vehicle or any other vehicle with its hazard lights on, you must move over a lane to give it extra room. If you can’t move over, you must slow down substantially. Yield to pedestrians and bicyclists. An increasing number of pedestrians are being killed in motor vehiclerelated crashes in Arizona. In fact, the number of pedestrians and bicyclists killed from 2005 to 2010 rose 45 and 30%, respectively. Motorists should be especially diligent around crosswalks and look both ways for bikes. Pedestrians and cyclists should be aware of their surroundings, not walk or ride distracted, and wear bright and/or reflective clothing. Always use a proper car seat. In Arizona, children up to age 8 or 4-feet, 9-inches tall must be secured in a proper child safety seat. All children younger than 12 should be in the backseat. Be careful, though: More than 80% of car seats are installed incorrectly. Make sure you’re using the right seat by checking with an expert. Fire stations and safety organizations, such as AAA, offer free car seat checks. While these tips sound simple, they could end up saving a life. It’s up to all drivers to create a safer traffic mix in Arizona. For more information on the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety’s 2012 Traffic Safety Culture Index, visit

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Drop the weight in 2014: Stick to your fitness New Year’s resolutions BY BECKY RENNER, OWNER OF ORANGETHEORY FITNESS

Losing weight is one of the most common New Year’s resolutions, but how do you stay motivated and reach your fitness goals? As a mom and the owner of Orangetheory Fitness, a Chandler-based fitness studio that utilizes a one-of-a-kind, group personal training workout broken into intervals of cardiovascular and strength, I have seen and tried all of the fitness myths out there; here are a few tried-and-true fitness tips to help you stay motivated and see results: 1. Ditch the numbers on the scale, focus on your body fat: One of the biggest mistakes you can make when staying motivated to lose weight is focusing on the number that you see on the scale. The scale is a misrepresentation of your results—it doesn’t take into consideration the muscle you are gaining and the body fat you are losing, plus it changes rapidly with your water weight. Start focusing on the pant sizes you drop, or measure your waist weekly to truly see your results. 2. Monitor your heart rate: To truly see results, you need to spend 12 to 20 minutes in your target heart rate zone, or your “orange zone,” which is 85% of your max heart rate. This will result in Excess PostExercise Oxygen Consumption (EPOC), which will continue to burn calories 36 hours post-workout. EPOC results in weight

loss, visible toning, more energy and a faster metabolism. 3. Combine cardio and strength training: The combination of cardio and strength will push your body into EPOC at a faster rate. Combining high intensity interval workouts, which incorporates bursts of speed, and strength training is the best way to shed fat and gain muscle. High intensity interval training creates peaks and valleys in your heart rate, which will burn more calories in a shorter amount of time compared to running a distance at a consistent pace. During strength training workouts you also want to incorporate bursts of cardio to keep your heart rate up to burn more calories throughout your workout. 4. Workout more than one muscle group at a time: Don’t just do reps of lunges; instead combine arm workouts, such as bicep curls, with your leg workout. The combination is more efficient and will keep you in your target heart rate zone. 5. Mix up your workouts: Your body will hit a plateau if you don’t push it and don’t do various workout routines. Becky Renner is the owner of two Orangetheory Fitness Chandler locations and the regional developer of Orangetheory Fitness Arizona. Orangetheory Fitness is backed by the science of excess post-exercise oxygen

consumption (EPOC), Orangetheory’s heartrate monitored training is designed to keep heart rates in a target zone that stimulates metabolism and increases energy. Led by skilled personal trainers, participants use a variety of equipment including treadmills, rowing machines, TRX Suspension Training and free weights, burning an average of 900 calories per session. The result is the Orange Effect –more energy, visible toning and extra calorie burn for up to 36 hours post-workout. For more information about Orangetheory Fitness, please visit

and disabled homebound residents of Chandler and Gilbert. During this holiday season and in the New Year, I would urge everyone in our community to try and dedicate a few hours a month volunteering. Not only will you reap the benefits of this gift, but you will impact the lives of others by your generosity. Thank you again Intel employees! Sincerely, Ann Marie McArthur Executive Director About Care

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Neighbors ‘Jeep Girls’ share their story, bring awareness

Don’t know your jewelry? Know your jeweler

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Becoming an Outdoors Woman ‘tremendous’ experience for participants BY TRACY HOUSE

JEEP FACTORY: Ashley and Brittany Hill, the Jeep Girls, traveled to the Jeep Wrangler Factory in Toledo, OH, during their American Legend Tour. Submitted photo BY MEGHAN MCCOY

Two Chandler sisters dubbed “The Jeep Girls” share their lifestyles with likeminded people by giving back to others as they tour the country bringing awareness of American culture. “Life is a constant treasure hunt and we are able to learn about our culture through the people, landscape and industry,” says Ashley Hill, who makes up the Jeep Girls with sister Brittany Hill. The two are relative newcomers to Arizona, having moved here from Illinois when Brittany, now 25, was just out of high school. “It was quite a culture shock,” Brittany explains. She says when they moved to Chandler, they learned that life can be sunny and colorful. Arizona offers a LAS VEGAS: Brittany and Ashley Hill stopped very laid-back atmosphere, in Las Vegas during their American Legend Tour. Submitted photo Brittany says.

Before the ‘Jeep Girls’ The love of Jeeps resonated at a very young age for the Hill sisters. The duo has a family video where they are in a Power Wheel flame red Jeep Wrangler. “In this video Brittany is 3 or 4 and I am 1,” Ashley says. “In this video our parents taught us the word ‘Jeep.’” The girls purchased matching flame red Jeep Cherokees as teens and, in 2005, they went on a nationwide search to find a Jeep Wrangler, which they found in Chicago. SEE JEEP



Ask Alexandra Heath if she’d attend another Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) skills clinic again and the answer is a definite “Yes.” Heath, who lives in Chandler, took part in the outdoor skills clinic in Prescott in September. After hearing a friend talk about it, she decided to give it a try. “It was tremendous, we had a great time.” A life-long hiker and camper, Heath says being with 100 people who have the same likes and interests was just too much fun. Geared toward any skill level from novice to experienced, Heath says, “My goal was to get my hunters safety test because I was going hunting with my husband for the first time and they conveniently offered it.” She says she preferred taking the hunters safety class with 100 women her age than a 12 year old at the rifle range.

RAPPELLING: Desirae Yourgules, right, and Theresa Pinto practice rappelling down a nearly 100-foot mountain at Papago Park in Tempe. Yourgules says the experience was “amazing” and would definitely do it again. Submitted photo

“It sounded like a whole lot of fun and they have so many different classes, all of which I’m interested in.” A lot like summer camp, but for ladies only, the objective of the program is to provide women with an opportunity to learn basic outdoor skills in a fun, nonthreatening manner. Taught by experienced volunteers, the BOW camps are offered seasonally, on Jan. 24-26 at SEE OUTDOORS PAGE 49

Chili cook-off to benefit Clothes Cabin BY CHRISTINA FUOCO-KARASINSKI

Clothes Cabin is celebrating the end of “chili” nights with a benefit that’s sure to warm the senses. The first “No More Chili Nights” chili cook-off at 6 p.m. Sat., Feb. 1, at PRS Property Management, 4129 W. Milky Way, Chandler, will showcase dishes prepared by area firefighters. Tickets are $25 and all proceeds support the operations of Clothes Cabin. Entertainment, food, beverages, desserts and silent auction will also be featured in the airplane hangar. For tickets, call 480-2854111 or visit the Clothes Cabin, 1100 N. Alma School Rd., Suite 9, Chandler. Its website is “Firemen are known for their chili,” says Clothes Cabin President Caryn Shoemaker. “I think this is going to be a great chance to have a little spirit of competition.” Judges Kevin Hartke, a Chandler city councilman, and Terri Kimble, Chandler Chamber of Commerce president, will offer prizes for People’s Choice Award and Best Comfort Food Chili.

SUPPORTIVE: Clothes Cabin at 1100 N. Alma School Rd., Suite 9, Chandler, offers several services to those who are less fortunate. Submitted photo

“The people who go there will not know who cooked what. They’ll get to sample all four,” Shoemaker says.

Modest beginnings Clothes Cabin was founded in 2001 as One Small Step by a group of women that collected socks for eight years to give to clothing banks, schools and homeless shelters. Shoemaker explains that the loose-knit organization, which SEE CHILI PAGE 49



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Seed exchange set for Jan. 27 at Sunset Library

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To help those new to gardening, the staff at Chandler’s Sunset Library is hosting a Seed Swap from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Mon., Jan. 27. A Seed Swap brings gardeners of all skill levels together to exchange seeds, resources, ideas and experiences. Activities will include crafts for children and a slideshow featuring photos of last year’s yield by local gardeners. Tables will be available for local gardeners to display information and resource materials. The event is free and open to the public, and you don’t have to bring your own seeds to participate. The Sunset Library is at 4930 W. Ray Rd. For the past several years the Sunset Library has hosted Seed Swaps about twice a year; once in late winter to early spring for the spring harvest, and once in late summer to early fall for the fall harvest. Participating gardeners often share excess seeds they don’t plan to use and seeds from their most successful yields. By using seeds from previous bountiful yields, future harvests can turn out to be overwhelmingly successful. Many of the seeds that are “swapped” are also specific to plants that are appropriate to grow in this region and climate. “Networking can result in some


of the most productive gardens,” says Seed Swap coordinator Micah Corporaal. “You can learn from other gardeners’ experiences, and it’s an opportunity to discover seeds you may not be familiar with.” Chandler Library spokeswoman Rosanna Johnson says attendees of previous Seed Swaps at Sunset have been very appreciative of the opportunity. “Every Seed Swap we’ve hosted has brought in a mix of novice and experienced gardeners from throughout the East Valley,” she says. “They also feature conversations about more than just gardening, such as talks about raising chickens, ducks, and other small livestock. It’s likely that someone at the Seed Swap is familiar with the challenges of raising animals, and they would be happy to provide others with some tips and insights.” For more information about the Seed Swap, call 480-782-2800 or visit


If you are new to our community, finding the right jeweler might be as stressful as finding something else on your long “to do” list. We want to make this a pleasant experience for you. Below are a few tips that my husband, Lenny, a master craftsman with more than 40 years’ experience, and I want to share with you from Rakhman Jewelers: Once you find a store, ask whether the jewelry is done on premises or shipped elsewhere. Here at Rakhman Jewelers, all work small or big is done on site. Find out if salespeople give you an honest opinion without losing a customer. Find out if the store is locally owned and run as a family business. At Rakhman Jewelers our community matters to us. Does the store have the latest equipment? Make sure that the jeweler respects your privacy. At our store we keep the utmost confidentiality in all of your dealings with us. So, get settled and come visit Rakhman jewelers. We strive for perfection and each customer is family to us. As you walk into our store, the care we show to your jewelry is genuine


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Largest U.S. home brewing club recognizes best in Arizona Beer

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The Arizona Society of Homebrewers is the largest homebrewing club in the country with more than 500 dues-paying members. The organization recognized the best in Arizona’s fast-growing beer industry with its second annual ASHy Awards recently. Forty-two honors were given for everything from Best Brewmaster and Best Arizona Beer to Best Beer Tattoo and Best Place to Bike and Drink. “The ASHys aren’t just about the business of beer,” explains ASHy’s President-elect Krystal Bittner. “They’re about our beer community. ASH is one of the largest groups of beer lovers and experts in the country, and we’re big advocates for the role it has in our state. This is our way of thanking everyone who contributes to making our beer state amazing.” Four Peaks Brewery won honors for its beer Hop Knot as Best Arizona Beer. It also won for Best IPA (Hop Knot), Best Arizona Brewery, Best Imperial/Double IPA (Double Knot) and Best Pub Food. Fate Brewery also received many awards for Best Arizona Brewmaster (Adam Schmeichel), Best Pale Ale (American Pale Ale) and Best Stout or Porter (Candy Bar Milk Stout). Gilbert-based Arizona Wilderness Brewery won Best New Brewery, Best

Modern Salon Magazine was honored by the Studio Academy of Beauty in 2013 for Best Graduate Placement Services. The studio was the sole cosmetology and esthetics school in Arizona to receive the honor. It was recognized for its outstanding service to its students and graduates. “We have many activities and support services in place for our students to prepare them to transition into the workplace,” The Studio Academy of Beauty President Cathy Koluch explains. “We have young men and women men graduating where this could bee their first professional position and we have to teach them how to present themselves. We also have moree mature students who are career changers and need our networking and need to know how to transition their previous skill set to the beauty industry to make them marketable.” She says whatever their age and experience, they work with salons and spas to place their students in the place that is right for them. s, “We conduct fashion shows, competitions, portfolios, field trips, eer demonstrations, bi-annual career

Session Beer (Little Guy Rye) and Best Sour/Wild Beer (Bear Wallow Beliner Weisse). Awards were also given for those working in the industry and for the people and places that make up Arizona’s beer culture. The Best Place to Bike and Drink and Best Place to Drink Outdoor went to OHSO Nanobrewery. On the lighter side, ASH member Vickie Gerstner was awarded the Best Beer Tattoo and North Mountain Brewery won for Best Tap Handles. The awards were handed out during the ASH Holiday Party, where the club elected its 2014 Board of Directors.


fairs and many other opportunities to help build their resumes, so they are attractive to employers,” Koluch says. She says they are so honored and proud to be awarded this recognition. “It is a lot of hard work, but seeing our students go to work is what it is all about,” Koluch says. For more information, call 480857-1138. Studio Academy of Beauty is located at 610 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler.



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“The Jeep is a symbol of that ultimate freedom machine with the ability to take the doors off and the top,” Ashley explains. “The freedom machine celebrates American history.” Brittany earned a fine arts degree from Arizona State University’s Herberger School of Fine Art in 2008. Ashley graduated summa cum laude in 2009 from Arizona State University with a communication degree from the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication. Both of the girls went into the news business after graduation but were dissatisfied with that career choice. Brittany quit on a whim. Ashley followed. “I am much happier not being competitive in terms of trying to climb that corporate ladder,” Brittany says.

The American Legend Tour The American Legend Tour kicked off on July 4, 2012. Ashley explains that they are focusing on learning and understanding what it means to be American through their tour. The jaunt was so interesting to Chandler Public Information Officer Jim Phipps that he shared the story with the council. Councilman Jeff Weninger says as an entrepreneur he’s excited anytime when he sees people doing what they are passionate about. “I think it’s exciting,” he says. “Even at their young age, look at what experiences they are having.” Phipps found out about the Jeep

JEEP GIRLS: In 2005 Ashley and Brittany Hill, otherwise known as the Jeep Girls, went on a nationwide search to find a Jeep Wrangler. Submitted photo

Girls through his subscription to a Jeep magazine, because he, too, is a Jeep owner. He explains that he found it interesting that these two young ladies can do what many people dream about. “(They) throw hair to the wind and get in a vehicle and see the world and do it through help of sponsors,” Phipps says. Phipps says the Jeep Girls are good role models. “We are letting them know that their city is proud of them, letting these young ladies know that we think they are a good example for the community and the youth,” he says. “(It sends) messages of inspiration to young people that there is a great big world out there and go conquer

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it.” The Hill sisters have traveled to such states as Ohio, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and New York and many national parks on their tour. In 2013, the sisters trekked more than 17,000 miles. “We take everything as a learning experience and we try to evolve and bring awareness to our home community and what becomes our global community as we interact with people,” Ashley, 28, says. “We like to spend a lot of time in person with people and learn from people.” At the end of January they will head to Aspen, CO. “This is a very exciting time to explore what’s in front of us,” Ashley says. “Our main focus right now is our American Legend Tour. The goal is simple. By leading by example, we want to inspire others to live an active lifestyle, explore and follow their dreams.” On the back of the American Legend Tour, is the American Legend Artists series featuring U.S. fashion designer Nanette Lepore. The tour explores artists, designers, storytellers and musicians. The jaunt will involve heritage vehicles to inspiring heroes and historical sites. “We want to open the conversation to allow other people to interpret what you are proud of,” Brittany says. “It doesn’t have to be related to what we do. We want to stimulate and activate people to live a colorful lifestyle and see no limits.” Ashley says she does not think they would be doing what they are doing today if they were not living in Arizona. “We really owe a big thank you to the community,” she says. “We wouldn’t have the encouragement anywhere else, I would think.” Brittany says even though they do not make money right away, they have to be OK with that because of the rewards, including seeing America. “So far it has been this growing, wonderful thing for us,” she says. “We want to keep running with it.” For more information about the Jeep Girls visit their website www. Meghan McCoy is the Business and Neighbors editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at meghan@santansun. com.


Saguaro Lake in North Mesa, and at Camp Friendly Pines in Prescott, April 25-27 and Sept. 5-7. Jeff Sorensen, one of the BOW volunteer instructors, has been teaching outdoor skills to women since 1997. This national program is co-hosted by the Arizona Wildlife Federation and the Arizona Game and Fish Department for whom Sorensen is a state wildlife biologist. Sorensen says that the Prescott camps usually have 60 to 90 participants, while the Saguaro Lake camp is a little smaller with a local location at Saguaro Lake Ranch. The classes are designed for any experience level—introducing students to various skills and building on existing skills. Applicants must be 18 years or older, and Sorensen says they’ve had participants from high school and college age to grandmas. “It’s such a diverse group, we come from all walks,” Heath mentions. “I’m a nurse, there were teachers, PhDs from ASU, retirees looking for something fun to do. It’s just across the map.” Many of the participants are repeat campers, some of which have attended six or seven times. “It was just terrific,” says Heath. “I can’t wait to go back.” She recommends the experience for other women. “It was so easy, so nonthreatening. Everybody there is an expert in their field and they’re happy to share their experiences. There’s no pressure, there’s no intimidation. There’s no judging. We’re all just there to have a great time.” Working together and building relationships is inherent in the BOW

experience. “There’s camaraderie and a team approach,” explains Sorensen. “It’s really supportive. The students there are cheering on the other students and their accomplishment. It’s really an ideal learning situation.” “You’re finding other like-minded women who share the same interests you do,” Heath says. “It’s so hands-on—here, try this, touch this, do this. I can’t say enough about it, it’s terrific.” Sorensen explains that one of the exciting aspects of BOW is the transformation in the participants. He gives the example of students overcoming their fears and rappelling for the first time. He says that almost all the students give it a try. “It’s amazing, the transformation—the excitement and the ability that there’s really no bounds. You’re empowering them to do more.” For any future participants, Heath encourages, “It’s a blast! I recommend it.” January’s BOW classes include Dutch oven cooking, edible and medicinal plants, kayak safety, beginning fishing, predator calling, outdoor photography, archery and desert survival, to name a few. Meals and lodging in resort style ranchettes are included in the January BOW Deluxe weekend workshop for $380. For more information, visit azwildlife. org or connect with BOW instructors and campers at Tracy House is the news editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at

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met casually on Wednesday mornings, collected more than 160,000 pairs of socks and large quantities of clothing in eight years. In 2008, after the clothing bank in Chandler closed, the women of One Small Step located space to operate a small emergency clothing bank for city residents. “Then the clothing bank that we were giving to in Chandler, they closed their clothing bank,” Shoemaker says. “The volunteers were kind of upset about that.” Within eight months, the volume of clients required a move into commercial space. The number of clients increased steadily, forcing another move into larger facilities in 2010. Now, thousands of individuals in the East Valley of Phoenix are served annually. “That changed everything,” she says. “You can’t give out clothes on a street corner. We needed some place where people could donate and come and get clothing.” The social group evolved into a nonprofit with a 501 (c) (3) status. It has a tax credit for the working poor and board of directors. Clothes Cabin recently celebrated its fifth anniversary. “It’s relatively new, but every year it has grown dramatically,” she says. In 2013, Clothes Cabin served about 2,000 families per month, with an average of 150 new families arriving on its doorstep monthly. Besides offering clothing and household linens, Clothes Cabin

VARIED CLIENTELE: Clothes Cabin serves thousands of East Valley residents annually. Submitted photo

launders clothes for the homeless. “We found out that our homeless clients, when they get new clothing, throw their old clothes away,” Shoemaker says. “We can wash their clothes, give them back to them and they’ll be better stewards of what they have.” Finally, two years ago, Clothes Cabin started to provide steel-toed work boots to men who needed them to get or to keep a job. Approximately 35 men have been able to work because they had the boots. This is a service not offered by any other local agency. Christina Fuoco-Karasinski is the editor of the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at



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Senior talent Free ‘Lunch & Learn’ for back sought for pain sufferers show Adults age 50 and older who can sing, dance or perform any talent to entertain a crowd are invited to audition for the 21st annual “Spice of Life” Senior Variety Show between 2 and 5 p.m. Tue., Jan. 21, at the Chandler Senior Center, 202 E. Boston St., Chandler. The show is an opportunity for local performers to step onto the main stage and into the spotlight. The public is invited to attend the show at 2 p.m. March 12 and 7 p.m. March 13 at Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. General admission tickets are $6 at the door. For more information, contact Eliza Haws at 480-782-2741.

Novocur Pain Clinics hosts a free Lunch & Learn program at noon Fri., Jan. 24, at the Lecky Arts and Community Center in the Ed Robson Branch Library, 9330 E. Riggs Rd., Sun Lakes. Guests can learn what treatment options exist when surgery fails to solve pain problems. Board-certified anesthesiologist and pain management specialist Neil Thakkar will explain why back surgery sometimes fails to relieve pain and what treatments are available for patients who have had one or more failed surgeries for back and neck pain. Reservations are required. To RSVP, call 480-886-NOVO (6682); to learn more about Novocur Pain Management Clinics, call 480-515-1886 or visit

New year fitness challenge at Chandler studio SanTan Sun-area residents of all activity levels, from beginner to advanced, are invited to participate in StudioFIT’s “New Year, New You” fitness challenge. Enrollment in the program is open until 6 p.m. Mon., Jan. 27. For $79, participants receive an unlimited use membership until Feb. 28, a premium T-shirt, a one-hour orientation with a personal trainer, access to more than 50 weekly trainings, a nutrition profile and meal plan, motivation and guidance. Cash prizes will be given in a variety of categories, ranging from most pounds lost to percentage of body fat lost and more. StudioFIT is at 1075 W. Queen Creek Rd., Suite 4, Chandler. To learn more, visit or call 480-855-3005.

Bridal open house offers vendors, venue SanTan Sun-area residents looking for a beautiful setting to host a wedding or reception are invited to attend a bridal open house from 4 to 7 p.m. Tue., Jan. 21, at the Crown Terrace Ballroom at Ocotillo Golf Resort, 3751 S. Clubhouse Dr., Chandler. A variety of vendors, ranging from florists and

photographers to wedding cake decorators, will be on site to meet and discuss promotions only available at the open house. Complimentary food and coffee will be served. For more information or to RSVP, visit

Fashion show presented by Ocotillo Women’s League A fashion show, which will be presented by the Ocotillo Women’s League, is hosted by Chico’s on Mon., Jan. 20. Local members will model the clothing at the monthly luncheon. The

luncheon, catered by Bernard’s, and fashion show is $17. Contact JoDee Fritz at 602-2280230 or visit for more information.

The community service meets the first Monday of the month at the board room at Ocotillo Golf Resort, Bernard’s at 10 a.m. The Ocotillo Women’s League meets the third Monday of the month

for its luncheon at 11:30 a.m. at the ballroom at Ocotillo Golf Resort, 3751 S. Clubhouse Dr., Chandler.

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Freddy’s rings in new year with flashback menu items

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Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers kicks off the New Year with its standout Philly Cheesesteak sandwich and mouthwatering Peanut Butter Fudge Crunch Concrete. Both returning items rank high on Freddy’s annual calendar of featured food specialties and are a hit with the quick service restaurant’s many fans. “Tender slices of sirloin steak and sautéed peppers and onions are topped with velvety cheese sauce and placed on a delicious hoagie bun,” Freddy’s COO Scott Redler says. “Made fresh after order, and served piping hot, the Philly Cheesesteak sandwich is a satisfying classic on The Freddy’s Great American Menu and an item our guests describe as very tasty.”

Vincent Liou released his mini album, which was produced by Bob Hoag. It is piano-driven indie pop influenced by The Format and Death Cab For Cutie. He says he did not consider music as a career until he

Devotees of Freddy’s famous Peanut Butter Fudge Crunch Concrete recall the bits of golden waffle cone mixed with swirls of rich fudge, fluffy marshmallow and creamy peanut butter all blended into Freddy’s famously smooth vanilla custard. It’s another fresh made treat that genuinely emulates Freddy’s signature tagline, “The Taste That Brings You Back.” “You’ll need to come in soon if you’d like to try one or both,” Redler says. “The limited time offers are available at participating Freddy’s locations through Feb. 19.” The SanTan Sun-area Freddy’s location is at 3476 W. Frye Rd., Chandler. Call 480-857-8815 or visit for more information.

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wrote his first song three years ago. “I knew that every fiber of my being was for making music when I experienced being in the studio, watching my feelings come to life,” he says.

ActiveRX offering free ‘Lunch & Learn’ ActiveRX is presenting a free Lunch & Learn from noon to 1 p.m. Thu., Jan. 23, at ActiveRx Active Aging Center, 10440 E. Riggs Rd., Suite 120, Sun Lakes. The onehour event is being held to educate mature adults on how they can prepare and deal with total joint surgery and pre- and postsurgery therapy. The event is free to attend and complimentary lunch and beverages will be served. Staff of ActiveRx and Dr. Frank Moussa of Specialty Orthopaedic Surgery in Sun Lakes will address important issues pertaining to total joint surgery and answer questions pursuant to pre and post surgery therapy and care. ActiveRx is partnering with Moussa to help the community answer questions

about what could be an intimidating, but hugely beneficial operation. ActiveRx will discuss the benefits of pre-hab prior to surgery. Pre-hab can strengthen the body prior to surgery to better improve outcomes after the surgery. The stronger a person is going into surgery, the stronger they will be coming out. Answers to questions about rehabilitation after the surgery will also be addressed. Moussa will address questions about total joint surgery, including diagnosis, treatment, implants and surgery. Total joint surgery is growing in need and ActiveRx feels it can play an important role in educating the community on how to best optimize the experience. To reserve a spot call 480-361-2217.


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Chandler Parks and Recreation Department activities Chihuly Exhibit at the Botanical Gardens, 11:30 a.m. Thu., Jan. 23. $3 resident/$5 nonresident. The blownglass art from Chihuly is back at the Desert Botanical Gardens. Attendees are asked to bring $18 cash to turn in to the driver upon arrival at the Senior Center and additional money for food. Super Bowl Party, 10 a.m. Fri., Jan. 31. Free. No matter who’s going to the Super Bowl, the party is at the center. Come out for some tailgating games and football snacks.

Newsletters and social media Use “Come Out and Play Chandler” and #FunInChandler when posting on social media when visiting Chandler parks, recreation facilities and aquatic centers. Do you want to stay up to date with activities? Sign up for the Chandler Parks and Recreation newsletter at Enter your email address in the Parks and Recreation Newsletter opt-in box. The Chandler Recreation Department has classes and activities for just about anyone throughout January and February.

Chandler Tennis Center Cardio Tennis, 9 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Mondays or Wednesdays, Jan. 6-Feb. 26 $48 resident/$65 nonresident Are you tired of walking on a treadmill to get in shape? Change your fitness routine and really get your heart pumping. Set to fast-paced music, this lesson will keep you moving, so come with energy.

Environmental Education Center Beginning Birding, 6:45-7:45 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 22-Feb. 5; $12 resident/$17 nonresident. Join this three-part, beginner-level class and discover the where, when and how of birding in central Arizona. Topics include bird identification, equipment

and birding hotspots. This workshop includes an off-site field trip. Ages 16 and older. Nature Classroom for Kids, 9-11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Jan. 7-Feb. 27. $91 resident/$123 nonresident; $10 supply fee. Explore a weekly theme through a variety of nature-based, hands-on activities. Experiences will include science, arts and crafts, stories and movement in an indoor/outdoor setting. Ages 4-5. Nature Photography, 9 a.m.noon Sat., Jan. 18. $12 resident/$17 nonresident. Learn the basics of nature photography. Topics include: exposure and aperture, focusing on nature and wildlife subjects, capturing the shot and composing to create compelling photographs. Students must bring their own cameras, batteries and memory cards. Ages 7-15.

Therapeutic Recreation Lunch and the Phoenix Zoo, 11 a.m.5 p.m. Sat., Jan. 25. $5 resident/$7 nonresident. The group will meet at the Senior Center, stop at Tempe Marketplace for lunch and then head to the Phoenix Zoo to enjoy the animals, the air and the beautiful Arizona weather. Ages 16 and older.

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Chandler aquatic centers offer free swim lessons Hamilton Aquatic Center is offering free winter swim sessions on Saturdays from Jan. 18 through Feb. 8 in the heated pool. Mesquite Groves and Hamilton Aquatic Centers will also have sessions Feb. 22 through March 15 on Saturdays. To register for the sessions, which will be taught by water safety instructor candidates, visit registration. Registration is also underway for learn to swim classes in January and February. Registration can be done at chandleraz. gov/registration.

Morning and night lap swimming offered There is lap swimming offered in the morning and night to accommodate individual schedules. The morning lap swimming is offered from 5 to 7:30 a.m. at Hamilton Aquatic Center, 3838 S. Arizona Ave., Monday through Thursday. Evening lap swimming is offered from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday at Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center, 5901 S. Hillcrest Dr. Evening lap swim at Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center was moved to Hamilton Aquatic Center. The evening lap swim will remain there until Thu., Jan. 30. During this time there will only be four lanes available for public use while the other four lanes will be in use by a competitive swim team. The construction is hoped to be completed at Mesquite Groves by Sat., Feb. 1.

Admission is $2, regardless of age. Punch passes are offered to save swimmers 5 to 30% each visit, as well as an annual pass for only $200, which is valid at both locations.

American Red Cross Lifeguarding course An opportunity to learn the knowledge and skills needed to prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies will be offered during the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course. The course and activities prepare participants to recognize and respond quickly and effectively to emergencies and prevent drowning and injuries. Upon successful completion, participants will receive a certificate for lifeguarding, first aid, CPR AED, which is valid for two years. An individual must be 15 years old by the last day of class, swim 300 yards continuously; demonstrate breath control and rhythmic breathing; tread water for 2 minutes using legs only and complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds. The 30-hour course is $120 for residents; $150 for nonresidents.

American Red Cross water safety course The American Red Cross water safety course trains instructor candidates to teach water safety, including the basic water rescue courses, six levels of the progressive learn to swim program and

parent and child aquatics. The American Red Cross course will also include five hours of the F.I.T. course and eight hours of instructor candidate practical teaching time. An individual must be 16 years old by the last day of class, demonstrate proficiency in the front crawl freestyle stroke, back crawl backstroke, breaststroke, elementary backstroke, sidestroke and butterfly, maintain position on back for 1 minute in deep water floating or sculling and treading water for 1 minute. Cost is $103 for residents and $127 for nonresidents to take the 43-hour course.

Adult Beginner and Group Practice Adults need lessons too. From learning how to swim to improving your stroke and endurance, there are several classes designed specifically for the adult learner. A Teen/Adult Beginner class will be held at Hamilton on Sat., Jan. 18 to Sat., Feb. 8.

Swim hours The season officially kicks off on Sat., March 8, at Hamilton and Mesquite Groves aquatic centers. When Family Season Passes are purchased from Sat., March 8 through Sun., March 16 they will receive a 15% discount. For $95, the pass will provide admission to all six aquatic centers March through November.

The passes, which are available for Chandler residents only, can be purchased by visiting Hamilton or Mesquite Aquatic Centers during their operational hours March 8 through March 16 only. The regular price for a family of four is $112 plus $15 for each additional member.

Online Citizen Budget Survey An Online Citizen Survey is available to fill out until Fri., Jan. 24. The Aquatics Division staff is asking for the communities feedback; staff read each customer satisfaction survey to provide the residents and nonresidents with the best service possible. In order to keep aquatics programs funded and the community’s voice heard, staff asks that you please fill out the survey. The survey consists of several general questions, the ratings of several programs within each of the five priority goals and the rating of various CIP projects. It also gives citizens the opportunity to make additional comments or to ask questions about the FY 2014-2015 budget process. The Budget Division hopes to share the results of the survey with the mayor, city council, city manager and directors in early February.

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San Tan Mountain Regional Park January activities Reach Your Goal Fitness Series Rangers will help individuals reach their fitness goal with the biweekly fitness hike at starting 8 a.m. Fri., Jan. 24. The Reach Your Goal Fitness Series begins with a slow pace and short distance. The distance will increase over several months until the final hike on Fri., April 4. Those who participate are encouraged to wear good hiking shoes and bring plenty of water. The ranger will provide tips on clothing and gear at the beginning of the hike. Attendees are asked to meet at the flag pole.

San Tan Shredders Mountain Bike Group The San Tan Shredders Mountain Bike Group will meet for another exciting bike ride at 8 a.m. Sat., Jan. 18. Various skill levels, ages and fitness levels typically comprise the group that rides. Join the fun and gather with others who are passionate about mountain

biking as a sport. The group offers help when needed, so individuals can gain skills and confidence while on the trails.

Other programs A Desert Mythbusters program will be held at noon Sat., Jan. 18, to dispel common desert myths in the one-hour program at the Nature Center. Other programs include Wag the Dog at 10 a.m. Sat., Jan. 25; Introducing the Desert at 9 a.m. Sun., Jan. 26; Plants Verses Desert at noon Wed., Jan. 29; All About Packrats at 6 p.m. Fri., Jan. 31, and Animal Flashlight Walk at 7:30 p.m. Fri., Jan. 31. Visit San Tan Mountain Regional Park, 6533 W. Phillips Rd., Queen Creek, from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. An entry fee of $6 is required per vehicle. The parks upcoming events can be seen at tan/.

SHREDDERS: The San Tan Shredders Mountain Bike Group will meet for another exciting bike ride at 8 a.m. Sat., Jan. 18.

Firehouse Subs opens third location in Chandler Firehouse Subs had a grand opening for its third location in Chandler on Thu., Jan. 9. The award-winning fast casual restaurant chain is famous for serving premium meats and cheeses steamed piping hot and piled high on a toasted sub roll, which is served with fresh produce and condiments. The restaurant was founded by former firefighting brothers. The restaurants firehouse decor is based on the founding family’s decades of fire and police service and the new

location is decorated with firefighter memorabilia from the Chandler Fire Department. Firehouse Subs restaurants also boast a custom, hand-painted mural that pays tribute to the local community. The Chandler mural highlights the Chandler Ostrich Festival and features ostriches representing Hamilton High School, Chandler High School, Basha High School and Perry High School racing to the finish line. Chief Mural Artist Joe Puskas and his

team paint every mural from his studio at Firehouse Subs Headquarters. He has painted more than 720 murals since the first Firehouse Subs opened in 1994. Firehouse Subs is located at 3731 S. Arizona Ave. and is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. This will be the second Firehouse Subs restaurant in Chandler for local owners Susan and Robert Salcido. Firehouse Subs extinguishes guests’ hunger with medium and large hot specialty subs, including the number

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The neighborhood of Springfield is hosting its fourth communitywide garage sale from 8 a.m. to noon Sat., Feb. 15. The sale will be held at 6495 S. St. Andrews Blvd., between McQueen and Riggs roads in Chandler. The garage sale will be held in each participant’s own garage or driveway and is open to the public. Highlighted

Arizona Railway Museum celebrates 30th anniversary Just 30 years ago an effort to preserve Chandler’s SP2562 steam locomotive resulted in a world-renowned railroad museum in the Valley of the Sun. Arizona Railway Day celebrates not only the rich history of railroads and passenger travel; it is also the 30th anniversary of the Arizona Railway Museum. The celebration will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat., March 1, at the Arizona Railway Museum, 330 E. Ryan Rd., Chandler. Experience the rumble of the rails, view the private railroad cars that still ride the rails and experience what it was like to be in the caboose of a train in the 1970s. Attendees will also have the opportunity to see how the conductor and brakeman lived and worked, and get a chance to blow the horn on a diesel locomotive and blow the whistle on a steam locomotive.

maps with addresses of participants will be handed out at both gates, which will be open to the public. Four patrol persons will be on duty throughout the community during the sale to assists as needed. Additional information is available by calling Ron at 480-802-3841, Kelly at 480247-2998 or Katherine at 480-361-2123.

Community party to be held next month to assist Fans Across America Sun Lakes United Methodist Church is sponsoring a community party from noon to 2 p.m. Sat. Feb. 8, at the church, 9248 E. Riggs Rd., Sun Lakes. There will be free pizza and entertainment. The party is being held to assist Fans Across America by accumulating items that will be given to homeless students to assist in their basic needs. Attendees are asked to bring a daily necessity item to the community party. Those items include toilet paper, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorants, tissues and a monetary donation. George Macedon, Fans Across America executive director, will answer any questions and share information about the tremendous success that the program is having in his community. Fans Across America, a nonprofit

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Almost all of the museum’s equipment will be open to the public, including the private railroad cars. The Amtrak’s Exhibit Train is also scheduled to be on site. It will be the first time it has been in the Phoenix area.

organization, was established in 2006 and works closely with school district counselors and social workers to assist many families. It is a volunteer-driven organization that serves as the processing and distribution center assisting homeless families and homeless students with basic daily living necessities. All families and students assisted by the organization are by appointment and must be referred by the school district or social service agencies. Meeting the basic needs of students is foundation to their success in school. Fans Across America addresses those needs and its work is vital to the accomplishments of all children. For more information about the community party call the church at 480895-8766.



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NEIGHBORHOOD NETWORKS Call ahead to confirm information, as details occasionally change after print. If you have a recurring monthly meeting you would like listed in Neighborhood Networks, email complete details to News@ Note: The SanTan Sun News now has a Spiritual Connections column in the Spirituality section for ongoing religiousrelated events.

networking opportunities. Preregistration required online. Golf venue varies. Info: Chandler Farmers Market 3-7 p.m. Thursdays Weekly market with more than 30 vendors selling fresh produce, baked goods, gourmet food and handmade crafts. Free admission. Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, east side of Arizona Avenue, Chandler Info: 480-855-3539,

Info: Maia, 480-425-0624, Christian Business Networking, East Valley Chapter 7:30 a.m. Wednesdays Offers members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and business referrals. Mission Church Seminar Room 4450 E. Elliot Rd., Gilbert Info: Maia, 480-425-0624,

10 a.m. second Tuesday every month Copper Creek Inn Community 2200 W. Fairview St., Chandler 10 a.m. fourth Friday every month Chandler Senior Center 202 E. Boston St., Chandler Info: 480-634-4191

Moms Club of Chandler East For stay-at-home moms who live between McQueen and Gilbert roads and between Chandler and Ocotillo roads; see blog for full Countryman Chapter of the boundaries. Korean War Veterans Association Playgroups, park days, special 10 a.m. fourth Tuesday of the outings for kids, a monthly moms’ Chandler Lions Club month night out and more. 6:30 p.m. first and third Tuesdays Sun Lakes Country Club, Info: momsclubchandlereast. of the month, Area residents are invited to come Friendship Room 25601 N. Sun Lakes Blvd., Sun Lakes momsclubchandlereast@gmail. join like-minded volunteers and Absolute Business Builders: Info: Commander Joe Schneider, com make new friends. Business Networking Atria Chandler Villas, Community 480-883-0122 International Mom Club of Chandler San Tan Room Arizona Special Education 8-9:30 a.m. Wednesdays East Valley Entrepreneurs For stay-at-home moms who live 101 S. Yucca St., Chandler Network, Chandler area Chompie’s between McQueen and Greenfield Info: RuthJon Wick, 480-895-3569, Noon-1:30 p.m. Thursdays, Provides disability-related 3841 W. Frye Rd., Chandler biweekly, call for date roads and between Ocotillo Rd. education, advocacy and Info: Nikki Janulewicz, 480-570Valley professionals from various and Hunt Hwy. resources to help parents navigate 1835, businesses actively refer business Weekly get-togethers, outings for Chandler Rotary Club the complex special education and clients to one another. moms and kids, moms’ night out Noon Tuesdays system. Action Networkers: Business Old Spaghetti Factory and more. Dynamic, service-oriented group Info: 602-531-0230 Networking International Info: momsclubchandlersantan. meeting for fellowship, lunch and Chandler Fashion Center 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays, informative programs on topics of 3111 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler Business Referral Exchange Chompies Info: Matthew Coates, 602-332global and local importance. momsclubchandlersantan@gmail. Worldwide (BREW) 3841 W. Frye Rd., Chandler 3321, com Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Noon-1:30 p.m. first and third Info: Marty Recht, 602-315-2056, Resort Thursday of the month East Valley Job Club Mom Club of Chandler-Ocotillo 1 N. San Marcos Pl., Chandler Industry-specific referral and 6-7:30 p.m. last Monday of the North Info: Kevin Dempsey, 480-216networking group Alzheimer’s Association Desert month Open to stay-at-home moms 2849, Dobson Ranch Inn Southwest Chapter, Chandler Free group supporting the success who live between Dobson and 1666 S. Country Club Dr., Mesa 5:30 p.m. second Thursday of the of its members by talking candidly McQueen roads and between Chandler Young Professionals: Info: Jeremy McClymonds, 480month about job searching and career Queen Creek and Ocotillo roads. Kiwanis 444-2228, Support group for caregivers of advancement. Open to the public. Age-appropriate playgroups, 6-8 p.m. second and fourth people with dementia. Free; no Epiphany Lutheran Church, Room fun weekly activities, monthly Thursdays of the month Build Your Own Business: preregistration required. 325, South Campus Recipe Club and moms’ night out, For busy professionals who Chandler Chandler Regional Hospital, 800 W. Ray Rd., Chandler plus community support events volunteer to primarily help the 8 a.m. first and third Thursdays of Morrison Building, Learning Info: Jim, 480-244-4953, throughout the year. children of the world. the month Resource Room Info: Iguana Mack’s East Valley networking and referral 1875 W. Frye Rd., Chandler momsclubchandlerocotillonorth. 1371 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler Info: Mindy, 602-528-0545, ext. 201 organization, meets in Ahwatukee com, Info: Jeremy McClymonds, 480at a private location; address will 241-7256, Jeremy@formprosperity. East Valley Marines be provided upon contact. Alzheimer’s Association Desert com, 7 p.m. second Tuesday of the Mom-e Club Chandler Info: Lisa,, Southwest Chapter, Gilbert month 9:30-11 a.m. second Wednesday of 1:30-3 p.m. first and third Friday of Marine Corps League Detachment the month Childfree Friends the month Monthly networking group First Thursday and third Saturday 1296; all Marines and FMF Chandler Airport Commission Support group for caregivers of Corpsmen are welcome to help designed for local mom of the month 7 p.m. second Wednesday of the people with dementia. Free; no other Marines through social and entrepreneurs to build business Times and locations vary month preregistration required. charitable projects. relationships and learn from Fun social club giving couples First United Methodist Church of The Commission makes 9240 S. Sun Lakes Blvd., Sun Lakes others in similar situations. and singles without children an recommendations to Chandler Gilbert Floridino’s Pizza opportunity to meet one another Info: Chuck, 480-250-0984, City Council regarding airport 331 S. Cooper Rd., Gilbert 590 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler and participate in a variety of Info: Mindy, 602-528-0545, ext. 201 operations, physical growth, Info: activities. economic development and Gilbert Art Walk Info: proposed land use. American Legion James O. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays Mom-e Club SE Gilbert Evening Chandler Municipal Airport Schroeder Post 55 Local art in variety of mediums for 6:30-8 p.m. third Wednesday of Christian Business Networking, 7 p.m. third Tuesday of the month terminal sale. All ages. Free. Tri-City Chapter: Chandler, the month 2380 S. Stinson Way, Chandler Sun Lakes Country Club, Navajo 45 W. 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Los Lonely Boys return to stage after heartbreaking injury BY CHRISTINA FUOCO-KARASINSKI

Bassist Jojo Garza can’t help but smile when he thinks about returning to the stage with Los Lonely Boys, the band he shares with his brothers, singer Henry and drummer Ringo. It’s been a rough year for the Texas-based Chicano power rock trio. Henry fell off a Los Angeles stage in February 2013 after walking toward the front to greet fans. Henry, Jojo says, hyperextended his spine. “When you’re dealing with a back injury, there’s nothing like it,” says Jojo, via telephone from his Texas home. “The way it happened was very horrific. We’re very lucky and very blessed as a family— we’re musical brothers besides being a family—to have him back on the track to getting all his health back.” Jojo says that Henry is “doing a heck of a lot better.” “He’s getting really strong again. I think he’s ready to tackle this tour coming up and many more to come. We’re very blessed and very, very lucky to have Henry where he’s at right now.” The aforementioned tour hits the Chandler Center for the Arts on Sat., Feb. 8. The jaunt is in support of Los Lonely Boys’ album “Revelation,” which is due in stores Tue., Jan. 21. The songs for “Revelation” were written a bit different than efforts in

the past. Los Lonely Boys collaborated with an eclectic cast of co-writers, including alt-country icon Radney Foster, in-demand pop tunesmiths Matthew Gerrard and David Quiñones, Black Eyed Peas collaborators George Pajon Jr. and Keith Harris, and Raul Pacheco of Ozomatli. “Radney Foster, first off, he’s a really good guy,” Jojo says. “He’s a really cool person. He’s a regular cat with a great musical mind and great musical abilities. “Henry did a lot of the writing with Radney, as well as Ringo. I, personally, did a lot of the writing out in L.A. with a lot of the L.A. cats. I came here to work on a couple of tunes. He’s a great guy and constantly just spitting out music and lyrics. It’s cool to be around people like that and Radney’s no exception.” Writing “Revelation” was a learning experience for the trio. “One of the things that I can say I learned is something we were always hesitant about—involving other people in the music that we create,” Jojo says. “It’s kind of hard to believe that a lot of people can look at it from our perspective, or hear it from our perspective. When you get in there and you’re rolling with the punches, it shows how dynamic we are as musicians and creators of music. It was a great experience all together.”

TRIUMPHANT RETURN: The brothers Garza—otherwise known as Los Lonely Boys—perform at the Chandler Center for the Arts on Sat., Feb. 8. It’s the Texas band’s first show in the area since frontman Henry Garza fell off the stage in Los Angeles, severely injuring his back. Submitted photo

Consequently, “Revelation” explores new sonic elements such as the conjunto touches of “Blame It on Love,” the reggae groove of “Give A Little More,” the rustic acoustic textures of “It’s Just My Heart Talkin’” and the baroque pop elements of “There’s Always Tomorrow.” The songwriting process may have been different, but Los Lonely Boys stuck to the recording routine. “It’s just us three in the studio,” he says. “We’re working with rough spots— high spots, low spots—and trying to get it as level as possible.” Jojo explains that he’s now looking forward to playing the tunes for fans. “Whenever and wherever we can jam, it’s always fun for us,” he says. “When people take the time to come out and buy tickets and sit there and listen to

Los Lonely Boys, we try to make it as fun as we can. “Sometimes the music, for a period of time, will stay the same throughout a tour or a record release. When we can do something a little bit different or do something the same, the people who view the concerts always make us feel real good about what we’re doing.” Los Lonely Boys perform at 7:30 p.m. Sat., Feb. 8, at the Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. Tickets are $34 to $44. For more information, call 480-782-2680 or visit Christina Fuoco-Karasinski is the editor of the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at



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Performances at Chandler Center for the Arts Big names will take the stage this month at Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. Call 480-782-2680 or visit for details.

Dick Van Dyke & The Vantastix Dick Van Dyke and his a capella quartet, The Vantastix, are set to perform 7:30 p.m. Sat., Jan. 25. Van Dyke is the winner of the 2013 SAG Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as star of movies like “Bye Bye Birdie,” “Mary Poppins,” “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” “Fitzwilly,” and television shows “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and “Diagnosis: Murder.” The performance walks the audience through the 60 years of his rich career in show business, as the group sings songs from Van Dyke’s stage and screen work. Tickets are $48-$68.

Mr. & Mrs. Wyatt Earp ‘The Sunset Years’ This play looks into the love, between the Earps, as well as their adventures and secrets. The play shifts perspective between Josie’s memory, nine years after Wyatt’s death and an elderly Wyatt reluctantly telling of his time in Tombstone and the the life that followed. The show is 3 p.m. Sun., Jan. 26.

Jazz society presents the Sun City Stomperz The Arizona Classic Jazz Society will start its new year off with the Sun City Stomperz presenting the music of Joe “King” Oliver and the West Coast Revivalist Jazz of Lu Watters and “Turk” Murphy 1 to 4 p.m. Sun., Jan. 26, at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort, 1 San Marcos Pl., Chandler. Cost is $10 for ACJS members and $15 for nonmembers. Prospective members can become a member Jan. 26 and get in free; yearly membership is $35 for a couple; singles are $25.

AZ Classic Jazz celebrates early Mardi Gras The Arizona Classic Jazz Society will celebrate a New Orleans-style Mardi Gras with the Dixieland music made popular there and played during many of the parades. Come march, dance or simply sit back and enjoy the music in the San Marcos Ballroom at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort, 1 San Marcos Pl., Chandler, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun., Feb. 23. Nonstop entertainment will be presented by the 52nd Street Jazz Band, the Crackerjack Jazz Band, the DixieCats from Tucson and a jam from 4 to 5 p.m. Cost is $20. Food and drink will be available for purchase in the Ballroom. Costumes and masks are encouraged and prizes will be awarded. Throw beads will be

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Irish dancing competition and festival set for Jan. 18-19 Chandler is joining its Sister City Tullamore, Ireland, in spirit Jan. 18 and 19 to celebrate Irish dance. The Feis in the Desert, an annual Irish dancing competition sponsored by Chandler’s Bracken School of Irish Dance, beginning at 8 a.m. Sat., Jan. 18, and Sun., Jan. 19, The competition is hosted by the DoubleTree by Hilton, 1800 S. San Tan Village Pkwy., Gilbert, across the street from the San Tan Village. Dancers from around the country will attend and compete against one another in this highly technical and athletic style of challenging dance. Dancers will be judged on style, choreography and technique.

The event is also an opportunity to spotlight and celebrate Irish music, culture and customs. The competition starts at 8 a.m. Sat., Jan. 18, and the Irish festivities continue on Sunday. All levels of dancing will be showcased, from beginners to world championship qualifiers. The schedule includes solo dances and ceile (team) dances. Attendees will also have a chance to honor Irish traditions through art competitions. Admission and parking are free. For more information, including a schedule, visit WINNING DANCERS: The Bracken School’s award-winning ceile team at the 2013 Western Regional Oireachtas. Submitted photo

Jewish festival shows student, family friendly films in Chandler, Valley The Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival returns for its 18th year of giving movie lovers throughout the Valley opportunities to experience firsthand the richness of Jewish culture and tradition. This year, the festival presents three films to interest and engage youth with relevant topics such as divorce, summer camp, loneliness, bar mitzvah preparations, coming of age, rock ‘n’ roll and more. “Road to Eden: Rock ‘n’ Roll Sukkot,” 3 p.m. Sun., Feb. 23, at Harkins

Camelview 5 (Documentary, 75 min, English): Part road movie, part concert film and part social commentary. Follow famous Jewish musician Dan Nichols and his band E18hteen on a tour through the deep South during the Jewish festival of Sukkot. Director Doug Passon will speak after this screening. “Igor & the Cranes’ Journey,” 7 p.m. Mon., Feb. 10, at Harkins Chandler Crossroads 12; 3 p.m. Sun., Feb. 16, at Harkins Camelview 5; Mon., 7 p.m. Feb. 17, at Harkins Arrowhead Fountains 18.

(Adventure/Family, 90 min, Hebrew w/ English subtitles): When Igor’s mother decides to leave Russia for Israel, he must learn to face many challenges, just as the baby crane he observed hatching must soon set out on his first migration. “The Zigzag Kid,” 3 p.m. Mon., Feb. 9, at Harkins Camelview 5; 3 p.m. Sun., Feb. 16, at Harkins Arrowhead Fountains 18; 3 p.m. Sun., Feb. 23, at Harkins Crossroads 12. (Adventure/Drama, 95 mins, Dutch, French & English w/ subtitles): The 13-year-old son of a famous police

inspector has his own mystery to solve prior to his bar mitzvah: learning the identity of his deceased mother while setting out on a madcap adventure. The Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival will run Feb. 9-23. Students (with ID) may purchase tickets for $6. To order tickets in advance or for more information on all the films playing at the festival, as well as trailers, movie times and guest speakers, go to gpjff. org.



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ASU Gammage honors veterans at ‘Oz’ opening ASU Gammage will honor veterans, active-duty military and their families 6:30 p.m., Tue., Feb. 4, during a Heroes Night celebration on the opening night performance of “The Wizard of Oz.” That evening, veterans and military will enjoy a hero’s celebration before the show with special presentations, giveaways and more. The celebration will feature a pre-show performance by 108th Army Band in the box office plaza; interactive booths from our military partners; and a pre-show salute from the Gammage stage. “Nobody more than military families understand the importance of home, so we thought what a better performance to celebrate Heroes Night. ASU Gammage is proud of our local military families and thankful for all their hard work and sacrifice. We hope they enjoy this evening as we honor them with the best of Broadway,” says Colleen Jennings-Roggensack, executive

director at ASU Gammage. Starring Danielle Wade as Dorothy, who was chosen by the Canadian public through CBC TV’s reality show “Over The Rainbow,” the tour of “The Wizard of Oz” is an enchanting adaptation of the classic movie. The production contains all the beloved Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg songs from the Oscar-winning movie score, all the favorite characters and iconic moments, plus a few surprises along the way, including new songs by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Click your heels together and join Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion, Dorothy and her little dog Toto as they journey through the magical land of Oz to meet the Wizard and obtain their hearts’ desires. Watch out for the Wicked Witch of the West and her winged monkeys as you rediscover the real story of Oz in this fantastic musical treat for all the family.

Sun Lakes church hits high note

Gilbert Visual Art League calls for art

Sun Lakes United Church of Christ celebrates its annual Jazz Sunday at 11:15 a.m. Sun., Feb. 16, at the Sun Lakes Chapel (phase one), 9240 E. Sun Lakes Blvd. N, Sun Lakes. Director of Music Bob Confare conducts a five-piece jazz band and a joint choir performing rousing New Orleans-style Dixieland music. To learn more, call the church office at 480-895-6317.

The Gilbert Visual Art League plans to hold its 11th annual Juried Fine Art Show and Sale March 1 through March 29. The show, hosted by the Gallery at the Gilbert Historical Museum, 10 S. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert, is open to all artists. Original art may be in two or three dimensions in any media and created within the past two years. Ribbons and cash prizes will be awarded in several categories as well as best of show and people’s choice. For more information email Jean Turner-Smith at or online at

Higley Center welcomes musical legends A trio of master musicians will take the stage as the Higley Center for the Performing Arts wraps up its “World of Music” Series. The Carlos Nakai Trio’s soothing tunes will grace the stage 8 p.m. Fri., Jan. 24.

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ON STAGE “Mary’s Wedding,” through Sun., Feb. 2, TAS. On the eve of their wedding in 1914, and Mary and Charlie must surrender their love and fate to the uncertainties of their tumultuous times. The award-winning poignant story of innocent first love and the vicissitudes of fate is the most widely performed Canadian play of the last decade. Cirque Éloize (El-Waz): “Cirkopolis,” Sat., Jan. 18, and Sun., Jan. 19, MAC. Journey through an industrial yet fanciful world inspired by the rich visual legacy of classic films “Metropolis” and “Brazil.” Twelve performers tell the story in an uninterrupted stream of dazzling acrobatics, music and video projections. “Out to Lunch” concert series, Thu., Jan 23, and Thu., Jan. 30, MAC. Free afternoon concerts in the Wells Fargo Garden performance area on the Shadow Walk. Jan 23 features Bad Cactus Brass Band; Jan. 30 features The Burchfield Brothers. Breaking Ground Festival, Fri., Jan. 24 through Sat., Jan. 25, TCA. Contemporary dance and film festival showcases acclaimed choreographers, dancers and filmmakers. Matthew Morrison with the Phoenix Symphony, Sat., Jan. 25, MAC. The star, known for his role as Will Schuester on Fox TV’s “Glee,” but a Broadway star before that, joins the Phoenix Symphony. Mark Morris Dance, Tue., Jan. 28, MAC. The dance group’s performance combines wit, grace of movement and performance with live music. Betty Buckley in Concert, Sat., Feb. 1, SCPA. Betty Buckley performs. Known as the “Voice of Broadway,” Buckley won the Tony Award for her performance as Grizabella the Glamour Cat in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Cats,” and has earned acclaim for her work on stage and screen. “La Bohème,” Sat., Feb. 1, and Sun., Feb. 2, SH. The love story of a poet

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and a seamstress who find true love on the streets of Paris only to discover it was not meant to last. Featuring an all-star cast including Danielle Pastin, Corinne Winters, Jason Slayden and Zach Borichevsky. “An Evening of Flutes,” Mon., Feb. 3, SCPA. ASU Concerts at the Center features performances by faculty and students of the ASU’s Herberger Institute School of Music. Elizabeth Buck and Swiss flutist Magda Schwerzmann present works from Marais and Bach to jazz-inspired pieces of today, showcasing the history of the flute from early Baroque to modern times. Tommy Emmanuel featuring Martin Taylor, Tue., Feb. 4, MAC. Two-time Grammy nominee Tommy Emmanuel comes to Mesa with his unique style of guitar playing. “New Light on Ancient Maya,” Wed., Feb. 5, MAC. Archeologist William Saturno searches for clues to the mysteries of the Classic Maya. “Lonestar: The Acoustic Tour,” Thu., Feb. 6, SCPA. Lonestar, known for merging its country roots with strong melodies and rich vocals, presents a rare, intimate acoustic concert. “Celtic Nights: The Emigrants Bridge,” Fri., Feb. 7, SCPA. The creators of Gaelforce Dance present prominent Irish vocal talents and accomplished step dancers in a hypnotic performance. Bahia Orchestra Project, Sat., Feb. 8, SCPA. The Virginia G. Piper Concert Series presents. Founded in 2007 by pianist and conductor Ricardo Castro, the acclaimed orchestra plays traditional and contemporary music. “La Bayadère,” Thu., Feb. 13 through Sun., Feb. 16, SH. Gorgeous costumes, lavish sets, a passionate love triangle and breathtaking dancing transport the audience to India in this 19th century classic presented by Ballet Arizona. “Chris Mann: A Man for All Seasons,” Fri., Feb. 14, MAC. The acclaimed vocalist and finalist from “The Voice” sings a collection of classicalcrossover favorites.

STRIPPED-DOWN SHOW: Lonestar: The Acoustic Tour comes to the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts on Thu., Feb. 6. Submitted photo by Russ Harrington

Dr. Seuss’s “The Cat in the Hat,” Sun., Feb. 14 through Sun., March 16, TCA. Childsplay presents the live stage adaptation of Dr. Seuss’s famous book. Written by Katie Mitchell, adapted from the book by Dr. Seuss, directed by David Barker. Recommended for ages 3 and older.

classics as well as new work at this joint gala and performance, including highlights from “West Side Story,” “Carmen” and “La Bayadère.” “The Emerald Tour,” Tue., April 8, ASUG. An elaborate new stage presentation will celebrate the Emerald Isles’ spellbinding musical and cultural heritage and combines longtime fan favorites with new musical gems written specifically for Celtic Woman, under the direction of Emmy-nominated music producer David Downes.

Dr. Seuss Birthday Party, Sat., Feb. 15, TCA. Activities, a show and a grand time, celebrating Seuss, the master of rhyme. Party includes crafts, games, snacks, photo opportunities and a birthday cake. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

AZ Opera’s “Don Pasquale,” Fri., April 25, through Sun., April 27, OT. Arizona Opera’s final production of the season, Donizetti’s comic opera “Don Pasquale.”

“TRIO,” Sat., Feb. 22, SH. Ballet Arizona, Arizona Opera and The Phoenix Symphony feature excerpts from beloved

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Final shows of Childsplay’s 2013-2014 season on sale

Comedy festival highlights improv expert

Childsplay wraps up its 2013-2014 season with a couple of crowd pleasers. Tickets for a Dr. Seuss classic and a rockstar update on an educational favorite are on sale before the shows hit the stage at the Tempe Center for the Arts. Everyone knows the tall red-andwhite hat and mischievous antics of the Cat in the Hat—especially Sally and her brother. Suddenly a rainy afternoon is transformed by the Cat and his antics. Will their house ever be the same? Can the kids clean up before mom comes home? With some tricks (and a fish) and Thing Two and Thing One, with the Cat in The Hat, the fun’s never done. Catch “The Cat in the Hat” Jan. 26 through March 16; recommended for ages 3 and older. The pop-culture phenomenon “Schoolhouse Rock Live!” follows a new teacher through learning classic lessons–and the love of learning–anew. Academic subjects will never seem boring again when presented through megahits like “Conjunction Junction,” “Just a Bill,” “Interplanet Janet” or “Three is a Magic Number.” Schoolhouse Rock explodes onto the Childsplay stage with favorite songs updated for a whole new generation. See “Schoolhouse Rock Live!” April 20 through May 25; recommended for ages 5 and older. Performances are held weekends at

Outliars Comedy Clubs are hosting the First Arizona Stand-Up Comedy Festival, featuring workshops and shows. National headliner Mike Lukas is Arizona’s top local talent from The Outliars. Lukas is the only comic the Outliars book because his act is centered on improvisation. He never tells a joke the same way twice. His act is worth seeing twice back-to-back just to see how he will make changes based on how the audience responds. Show schedule (shows are $10):

7:30 p.m. Thu., Feb. 20, at The Outliars Comedy Club in the Speakeasy Comedy Lounge, 5101 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, featuring Lukas; 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Fri., Feb. 21, Outliars Stand-Up Scottsdale, 6820 E. Fifth Ave., Scottsdale, featuring Lukas; 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Sat., Feb. 22, at the Outliars Comedy Club Glendale, featuring Lukas; 7:30 p.m. Sun., Feb. 23, at the Outliars Comedy Club Chandler, 1371 N. Alma School Rd. in Iguana Mack’s, local showcase.

SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK: Schoolhouse Rock Live! Childsplay explodes on the stage with this much loved classic. Submitted photo, Tim Trumble Photography

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and shame. No! What we should be doing is finishing the devil’s sentences! Filling in his lies with God’s promises! The devil may say, “You’re nothing...” But I say, “I am nothing, but I know the I am!” (Exodus 3:14; John 8:58) “You’re weak…” “That’s right but his grace is sufficient for His power is made perfect in my weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9) “You’re ugly...” “No you’re jealous, I was made in His image and you were not!” (Genesis 1:27) “You can’t do anything right...” “That may be so but I can do anything He desires through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13) “You’re a coward...” “Sure, but I don’t have to be brave, my courage and my strength come from the Him who will never leave me or forsake


me.” (Joshua 1:9) “You’re just a sinner...” “I may make mistakes but they don’t define me for I know that when I confess my sin He is faithful and just and will forgive me my sin and lead me to right living!” (1 John 1:9) “You’ll never be good enough...” “Correct again, but I am confident that He who began a good work in me will bring it to completion in Christ Jesus!” (Philippians 1:6) “You say I’m nothing?! I am nothing? I am not but I know who He is. He is I am!” (John 14:6a) God has already spoken! Choose to believe in His promises, chose His freedoms, and claim his promise. Don’t listen to the devil; instead finish his sentences. Chandler Christian Church is located at 1825 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler. For more information, call 480-963-3997.

One Church hosts ‘controversial’ sermon series through Jan. 26 Chandler’s nondenominational One Church hosts a “controversial” new sermon series Sunday mornings through Jan. 26. The series, “When Christians are unChristian,” focuses on the role of Christians in current controversies in science, politics and pop culture. The series is based on the book “unChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks about Christianity…and Why It Matters” by David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons.

Upcoming sermons include “Christians are unChristian When Hypocritical” on Jan. 19, and “Christians are unChristian When Alienating Those Who Are Gay” Jan. 26. One Church meets at 10 a.m. Sundays at Hancock Elementary School, 2425 S. Pleasant Dr., Chandler. For more information about One Church, visit, call 480-686-0395 or email

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CCC offers groups for everyone Chandler Christian Church hosts a variety of groups and programs for all ages and stages of life in January and February. Weekly life groups are now forming that accompany the church’s upcoming series on Acts, “Unleashed: Acts That Change the World.” Pastor-led groups meet at 6:15 p.m. Wednesdays on campus starting Jan. 22; in-home groups are also offered. DivorceCare, a nationally recognized faith-based program designed for those who are separated, going through a divorce or have been through one, begins at 6:30 p.m. Wed., Jan. 22, and runs for 13 weeks; attendees may join at any time. Cost is $15 for a workbook. DivorceCare for Kids, children ages 5 to 12, runs concurrently and helps kids heal from the hurt caused by the separation or divorce of their parents. For more

information, contact Pastor Larry Daily or Jennifer Castillo in the church office at 480-963-3997, or register online for classes at The Re|Engage marriage program meets at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays in Room C100; participants can join at any time. Moms of little ones still have time to sign up for MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) groups, meeting Wednesday or Thursday mornings. A Winter Camp for fourth- through sixth-grade students will be held Fri., Feb. 7, through Sun., Feb. 9, at UCYC in Prescott. Thanks to generous donors to the Hope of Christmas, CCC was able to deliver 250 food boxes and $3,000 in gift cards to 100 families. Chandler Christian Church is at 1825 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler. To learn more, visit

Sun Lakes synagogue’s agenda includes winter events Two special events and a “loving” service just in time for Valentine’s Day are on the agenda at Temple Havurat Emet in Sun Lakes. Vocal impressionist Tom Wolf, known as “The Wolfman,” performs at 3 p.m. Sun., Jan. 26, in the Arizona Room at Sun Lakes Country Club. The no-intermission, three-hour performance features rock ‘n’ roll, country western and disco, and also takes requests. A cash bar and complimentary snacks will be available. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased Jan. 21 at Sun Lakes ACE Hardware, 9666 E. Riggs Rd., Chandler, or at the entrance of the Arizona Room at the Sun Lakes Clubhouse Jan. 20, 22, 23 and 24. Tickets can also be purchased for delivery by calling Jean at 480-802-0185. Temple Havurat Emet’s annual fashion show takes the stage at 3 p.m. Sun., Feb.

23, at the Palo Verde Country Clubhouse. Tickets are $24.50 and will be available for purchase at Sun Lakes ACE Hardware and Sun Lakes Phase One Country Club; home delivery of tickets is available by calling Jean at 480-802-0185. Proceeds will benefit Shelter Without Walls, a local home for victims of abuse. A discussion on “Love, Jewish Style” will be featured at the service held at 7:30 p.m. Fri., Feb. 7 at the Lecky Center of the Robson Library, 9330 E. Riggs Rd., Sun Lakes. Temple Havurat Emet is an egalitarian progressive community that welcomes all Jews as well as those exploring Judaism and those interested in conversion. For more information, visit

Brats and Bakers Dinner Feb. 23

The popular Brats and Bakers Dinner hosted by the Sun Lakes United Church of Christ will be held at 4:30 p.m. Sun., Feb. 23, at the Sun Lakes Country Club, phase one, in the Arizona room. Everyone is invited, whether you are a

VUU services include MLK, choir Chandler’s Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation offers a variety of upcoming services in January to welcome in the new year. Worship Associate Barbara Face gives a lay sermon Sun., Jan. 19, called “Service is the New Charity: Exploring the MLK Day of Service Project.” In her address, she explores the role of service in the teachings of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in strengthening community, empowering individuals, bridging barriers and creating solutions. A special worship service featuring a combined Arizona Unitarian Universalist Choir of about 80 voices will be held at 4:30 p.m. Sat., Jan. 25, at VUU. Minister of Music the Rev. Kellie Walker leads the service on a theme of water and other Unitarian Universalist choir directors from Arizona will assist. Walker continues the water theme with an all-music service at VUU Sun., Jan. 26, which includes some of the choir music from the choir festival the day before. The service features the adult choir and congregational singing. Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation provides a welcoming, diverse community that strives for social

justice and sustainable living. VUU services begin at 10:30 a.m. Sundays. The VUU sanctuary is wheelchair-accessible and has a hearing loop installed.

Couples retreat at VUU A two-day workshop focusing on relationship enrichment will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Fri., Feb. 28, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sat., March 1, at Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation. Couples communication specialists Jeff and Renae Gallen will guide attendees in reaffirming the importance of their relationships in a relaxed, comfortable setting. The workshop, hosted by the VUU Couples Ministry, is nonfaith based and open to any couple desiring a deeper relationship. Any committed couple is welcome, whether opposite gender, same gender, married or unmarried. Cost is $60 per couple, which includes workshop materials and lunch on Saturday and child care if needed. To learn more, visit or VUU is at 6400 W. Del Rio St. in Chandler. To learn more, call 480-8994249 or check out the Facebook page at Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Chandler AZ; or visit

Chabad center hosts new classes Two new classes are offered in January and February at Chandler’s Chabad of the East Valley. Talmud 101 is taught by Yehoshua Bedrick, a graduate of the Rabbinical College of America, Mondays in January and Wednesdays Feb. 5 and 12. The class seeks to answer questions such as: What is the Oral Law? Who wrote it down and why? What is its relationship to the Written Law? Why are there two Talmuds and what is the difference? A second class, “The Concise Book

of Mitzvoth,” is held Sunday mornings throughout January and February. The course is a practical overview of the 271 Mitzvoth that can be done in our everyday live, using the text “The Concise Book of Mitzvoth (Sefer Hamitzvos Hakatzar)” by the Chafetz Chayim. All are welcome to both classes; RSVP is recommended. Chabad of the East Valley is at 875 N. McClintock Dr. in Chandler. To learn more, call 480-855-4333 or email youth@

member of SLUCC or not. Tickets are $10. The menu includes brats, pulled pork and baked potatoes, as well as desserts. Entertainment will be provided by DJ Barry. “There is always good food and great company,” Georgia Ames says.

The Sun Lakes United Church of Christ meets every Sunday at 11:15 a.m. in the Sun Lakes Chapel located directly across from Sun Lakes Country Club. For more information call the church office at 480895-1557.


Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation honors new, outgoing boards The Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation (SLJC) is an established reform congregation that meets at the Sun Lakes Chapel at 7:30 p.m. on the second Friday of the month. Services are a great opportunity to meet new people, connect with Judaism and learn. New attendees are invited to be introduced at the service and members of the congregation connect with these attendees at the Oneg Shabbats held immediately following the service. On Fri., Jan. 10, Rabbi Irwin Wiener conducted a very special service to honor the outgoing board of directors and to induct the new officers. The choir recognized the new board of directors in a song dedicated to them. The new president is Martin “Marty” Silverman. Silverman brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to his position. His goal is to increase membership of the congregation,

create a caring community and provide enhanced communication for all congregants. One committee that has been formed is the Caring/Bereavement Committee. This committee’s role is to assure that members of congregation are cared for by SLJC, and the leadership of the congregation is aware of events including milestones, illnesses and deaths within the community. SLJC has many committees and opportunities to get involved these include a very active Men’s Club and Sisterhood. Upcoming events include a Passover Seder and a Purim Party. The Israel Committee had a talk by Wiener on the current status of Israel and developments in the country last week. For more information, call 480-8956066 or visit Services are held at the Sun Lakes Chapel for All Faiths, 9240 E. Sun Lakes Blvd., Sun Lakes, 85248.

Events slated for SLJC Sisterhood Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation Sisterhood’s annual card party will be held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tue., Feb. 18, at the Oakwood Clubhouse in Sun Lakes. The event will feature lunch, a day of games and a chance to win door prizes and bid on gift baskets. Cost is $25; all proceeds raised will be donated to local charities, including Hospice of the Valley, Chandler CARE Center and the Sun Lakes Fire Department. Checks should be made out to SLJC Sisterhood and mailed to 24529 S. Lakeway Circle SW, Sun Lakes AZ 85248. The deadline for ordering Mahjongg cards is Feb. 1. Regular size is $8; large print are $9. Checks made out to SLJC

Sisterhood should be sent to 3085 E. Waterview Dr., Chandler, AZ 85249. If ordering more than one card, list each person’s name and address. The Toys from the Heart program is already gearing up for the 2014 holiday season; donations are requested so SLJC Sisterhood can continue to supply gifts to needy children. Checks in any amount can be made out to SLJC Sisterhood, marked “toys” and mailed to 3495 E. County Down Dr., Chandler, AZ 85249. Questions, comments or suggestions are welcomed by SLJC Sisterhood CoPresidents Carol at 480-895-3168 and Geri at 480-305-0123.

Church hosts women’s Bible study Alma School Road Church of Christ hosts a free six-week Bible study for women from 6 to 7 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 16. The study explores Luke 15:11-32, the story of the prodigal son, through the

perspective of “The Prodigal God” by Tim Keller. Child care is provided. Alma School Road Church of Christ is at 445 N. Alma School Rd. in Chandler. For more information, visit

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Call ahead to confirm information, as details occasionally change after print. If you have a recurring monthly support group or meeting you would like listed in Spiritual Connections, email complete details to Bible study Meets twice a month Members of the Women’s Life group study the Bible and discuss how the lessons can relate to their lives. Sun Lakes United Church Of Christ in Chandler Info: Jan Olson at 480-802-7457 or Joy King 480-588-1882 Celebrate Recovery 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays Join in fellowship and celebrate God’s healing power in our lives through the 12 steps and Eight Recovery Principles. The group addresses all types of habits, hurts and hang-ups. Dinner at 6 p.m. followed by meetings at 6:30 p.m. Free child care for children ages 12 and younger. CrossRoads Nazarene Church, Ministry Center Rooms 101-103 2950 W. Ray Rd., Chandler Info: 480-722-0700, Celebrate Recovery 6 p.m. Fridays For those with chemical dependencies or other issues. Dinner followed by meetings at 7 p.m. Dinner: $3 adult, $1 child. Free child care for children ages 12 and younger. Chandler Christian Church, Room B200 1825 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler Info: 480-963-3997, Christian Business Networking, TriCity Chapter – Chandler, Tempe, Mesa 7:15 a.m. Tuesdays Offers members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and business referrals. Crackers & Co. Café 535 W. Iron Ave., Mesa Info: Maia, 480-425-0624, Christian Business Networking, Chandler Bi-Monthly Chapter 7:30 a.m. second and fourth Tuesdays of the month Offers members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and business referrals. Chandler Christian Church, Room B202 1825 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler

Info: Maia, 480-425-0624, Christian Business Networking, East Valley Chapter 7:30 a.m. Wednesdays Offers members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and business referrals. Mission Church Seminar Room 4450 E. Elliot Rd., Gilbert Info: Maia, 480-425-0624, East Valley JCC Parent & Child Playgroup 9:30-10:30 a.m. Fridays Playgroup for parents with children ages 12 months to 2-1/2 years old. East Valley JCC 908 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler Info: Emily Malin, 480-897-0588, East Valley Jewish Couples Club Offers once-a-month social activities such as dining, movies, plays, etc. for Jewish couples in the 45- to 65-yearold age range. Info: Melissa, 480-785-0744, Forever Marriage Ministries Marriage Restoration Support Group for Wives 7-9 p.m. Mondays Support group for wives committed to their marriages. Offering hope, encouragement, biblical truths, fellowship and prayers to stand together for the restoration of marriage. Sozo Coffee House, private room 1982 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler Info: Lisa 602-377-8847, Marriage@,, Grief Care 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays A place to come share your feelings or just listen to others as we try to navigate through our grief. You don’t have to do it alone. Epiphany Lutheran Church, south campus old church building SEE SPIRITUAL CONNECTIONS ON PAGE 66

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800 W. Ray Rd., Room 325, Chandler, a quarter mile south of Alma School Road on the north side of Ray Road. Info: Grief Share 6:30–8:30 p.m. Tuesdays A combination seminar and support group that meets weekly with people who understand because they have “been there” themselves. Fee for materials is $15, but scholarships are available. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church 739 W. Erie St., Chandler Info: 480-963-4127, H.O.P.E. – Help Overcoming Painful Experiences 7 p.m. Tuesdays Free weekly small-group sessions helping people overcome emotional pain caused by divorce, grief, addictions and more; free childcare for children ages 10 and younger. Desert Springs Church, Room 106 19620 S. McQueen Rd., Chandler Info:, Jewish Women International, Avodah Chapter 1581 Monthly luncheon Iguana Mack’s 1371 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler RSVP: 480-802-9304, 480-655-8812 JumpStart 11:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturdays

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

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National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) – Chandler Chapter 10 a.m.-noon first and third Wednesday of each month Faith-based “Caring Connection” for those who have loved ones with a mental illness, i.e., schizophrenia, depression, bipolar or anxiety disorder. Find support and share experiences with others. Risen Savior Lutheran Church 23914 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler Info: Joan, 480-883-8871 Re|Engage marriage program 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays Whether you’d rate your marriage a two or a 10, this class will help you reconnect. Chandler Christian Church 1825 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler Info and registration: reengage Rosary Prayer 3 p.m. second Friday of each month St. Steven’s Catholic Church 24827 S. Dobson Rd., Sun Lakes Info: 480-895-9266 Spiritual Chat 7-8 p.m. second Thursday of each month Spiritual topics such as awareness, lucid dreaming, near-death experiences, outof-body experiences, past lives, living gracefully, reincarnation, karma and divine guidance are discussed during Arizona Satsang Society’s Spiritual Chat sessions.

Silent auction and art show benefits foundation First United Methodist Foundation Silent Auction and Art Show is set for 6:30 to 9 p.m. Fri., March 14, at Zelma Basha Salmeri Art Gallery, 22402 S. Basha Rd., Chandler. Tickets are $65, which includes hearty hors d’oeuvres and drinks. Transportation is an additional $10. Call 602-263-5013 for more information.

This evening out will benefit the foundation, which includes scholarships, missions and programs of the church. Tickets should be purchased by Mon., March 3, by coming to the office at 5510 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. The office is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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Unity Church of Divine Love 325 N. Austin Dr., Suite 4, Chandler Info:, 877-300-4949 Women’s Life group 10-11:30 a.m. second and fourth Friday of each month All women are invited to a Bible study and discussion of how the lessons can relate to our current lives. Every lady brings something different to the group and learns from each other to get to know new friends. Sun Lakes United Church Of Christ Sun Lakes Country Club Chapel Center 9230 Sun Lakes Blvd., Sun Lakes Info: Jan Olson, 480-802-7457 or Joy King, 480-588-1882



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




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.

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

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

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

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

A2Z GARAGE DOOR SERVICES, LLC Honest, Reliable and Simply the Best! Family Owned and Operated. 7 days a week/24 Hour Emergency Service. Licensed, Bonded, Insured. ROC243721. AFFORDABLE - Price Match Any Licensed Competitor. ANY make or model of Door/Opener. Spring Replacement. FREE Safety Inspection. $50 OFF ANY REPAIR. CALL 480-361-9700.

HOUSE CLEANING PERSONAL TOUCH HOUSE CLEANING Move in, move out, weekly, Bi-weekly, or monthly. Detail oriented, super dependable. 15 years experience. I provide all supplies and equipment. Owner operated. Call Nancy 480-223-7326

HOUSEKEEPING BY JENIFER SAILER Back servicing the San Tan News Area. Owner Operated - Independent housekeeper all supplies included unless you have special products you prefer. Floors are steamed instead of mopped. All wet rags are disposed of. Don’t bring dirt from another home into yours. Call for pricing. Only 5 spaces available. weekly/bi- weekly- monthly split it you have a friend to split the appointment with. 480-203-8267


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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

All types of tree work performed. Thinning, pruning, removals, palms. You name it we do it. Arborist on staff. Best prices in town! Free estimates. Mention this ad to receive 10% off. Call Tom at 480-436-2337. Licensed, bonded and Insured.

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



Dirty Windows, Filthy Screens. Call FISH WINDOW CLEANING 480-962-4688 WINDOWS interior and exterior. SCREENS sunscreens and regular. TRACKS. CEILING FANS. LIGHT FIXTURES. POWER WASHING driveways, sidewalks and patios. Accredited Member BBB.

GOT LEAKS? Service fee start at $20 to $75 Licensed & Bonded. Add a modification to your newly purchased Back Yard...Get the most for your hard earned money...Concrete Work...Backyard Landscaping and more...5 year warranty on PVC upgrades....Save up to 50% off service; and trouble shooting fee when you pay cash, or credit card transactions.... Call today for a Free Estimate! 520-494-4623

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

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

AFFORDABLE AND ECO FRIENDLY WINTER SPECIAL! $25 OFF 1st Service. House Cleaning Services. Residential and Commercial Cleaning. Move-In/Out. Window and Carpet Cleaning. Organization: closets, cabinets, garages and more! 20 years of experience. Impeccable references. Business owned and operated. Same Day Services available. Member of BBB. Licensed. Bonded. Insured. Alert Cleaning Services, Inc. Ecoquality Cleaning Every Time! 480-786-3838

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! “We clean like it’s our own”! 480-688-3003

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

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

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

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-Bonded-InsuredROC 257167. MENTION this ad to receive 5% OFF! 480-244-9119

PHOENIX METRO PROPERTIES.COM Land - Residential - Commercial. Search thousands of homes online Instantly! Call today to list, purchase a resale or new construction home. 480-227-6165 or 602-785-3747


A+ SPRINKLER REPAIR SERVICE 17 years experience repairing valves, drip systems, wire troubleshooting, timers. All Repairs! Honest and Reliable. East Valley Native. Call and Compare Prices! 602-826-4717. www.

DECORATIVE ROCK DELIVERY Local business offering quality decorative rock delivered all around the valley. We carry a full line of landscape rock like Table Mesa Brown, Apache Brown, Saddleback Brown, and Palomino Gold just to name a few. We also Deliver Mortar Sand, ABC & Fill Dirt for residential and commercial uses. For best prices in town call (480) 489-8285



in Chandler 3 BD 2.5 Bath 2 Story home for rent, off of AZ Ave and Pecos. Available mid Feb. Will have new carpets and paint. All appliances included. Wood & Tile on 1st floor. Rent $1,050 + 1-1/2 month security deposit 602-793-3505

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

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

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

Contact SanTan Sun News for details.


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



ROOMMATE OVER 40 VILLAGE PAINTING - Interior/exterior painting - Drywall patches and texture matched - Faux finishes. Small jobs welcome. Call for a free estimate. 35 years in the Valley! ROC# 069679 480-814-1588

M/F share apt. F/plc, own bedroom bath workout room, 101/Ray Road, Chandler. $545.00 per month, 1/2 Cable, internet, Utilities Start 01/05/2014 480-326-9346

Four ads for only: $115 + Tax Contact SanTan Sun News for details.


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January 18 – 31, 2014



Golf and dinner as low as $35 per person

now open! 15 HD TVs Spacious Patio with Heaters 12 Beers on Tap 6 Flavored Moonshines Specialty Drinks & Martini Menu Skinny Girl Drink Menu

HAPPY HOUR Mon. - Fri. 3 to 7 p.m. Sun. - Thurs. 10 p.m. to close

KARAOKE Every Saturday Night 9 p.m. - 1 a.m.

Original Menu Featuring Gourmet Grilled Cheeses, Signature Salads, Pastas, Burgers Sliders and Unique Appetizers, Specialty Sandwiches, Flatbreads

50% 15% OFF OFF Buy One, Get Total Bill One 1/2 Off

Including Alcohol

Monday thru Friday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Not to be used with any other offer, discount, or happy hour.

2531 S. Gilbert Road, Ste. 101 • Gilbert • 480-656-1476 —SE CORNER GILBERT AND WILLIAMS FIELD—

Expires 1-31-14

Expires 1-31-14

See our website for details. Click on the Golf tab

Paul McDermand

Steel Drums, Marimba & More Tuesdays 5:00 - 8:00 pm

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

3751 S Clubhouse Drive Chandler, AZ 85248 480.917.6660



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January 18 – 31, 2014

What you Love about us! START YOUR YEAR OFF RIGHT! Eat at Pesto’s Your Favorite Local Family-Owned Restaurant

Where everything is house-made with the finest and freshest ingredients since 1994!

Happy Hour — Everyday 12 - 6 p.m. Lunch Specials — Mon.-Fri. 10:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Dinner Specials — Nightly






After 4 p.m. with purchase of adult entree and kids drink.



Daily 3-7p.m.

7 items -FOR- $7

HAPPY HOUR 9 p.m. to Close


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


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WELCOME BACK WINTER VISITORS! Coming to Natalia’s Restaurant Jan. 24th & 25th, 7p.m. ELVIS MENU SPECIALS YOUR CHOICE $19.95 EACH Prime Rib with a baked potato and vegetables Veal or Chicken Parmigiana your choice of pasta Wiener Schnitzel with potato and cabbage slaw Chicken Schnitzel with potato and cabbage slaw Baked Pasta

Reservations Only:

480-895-8845 Last event SOLD OUT!

Come check out our: Remodel & Full Service Bar —No Split Dishes or Substitions Please—

HAPPY HOUR MENU Tuesday through Friday 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Bar / High Top Only

Natalia’s 1912 Restaurant

3140 S. Gilbert Rd., Chandler SW Corner Gilbert & Queen Creek Rd. Glenwood Plaza •

Tues.-Sun. 4-9 p.m. CLOSED MONDAYS

Monday Prime Rib & Baked Potato - $19.95

Tuesday Spend $50, Get a $25 Gift Card

$2 OFF


Express Lunch

Wine Down with 1/2 Off Select Bottles of Wine

Mention this ad. Dine-in only. Restrictions may apply.

Monday thru Friday, 11a.m.-3p.m.

Thursday Date Night 4 Course Dinner for 2 - $39 Please inquire about details Voted Best Private Dining Room

480-821-9000 • D o w n t o w n

O c o t i l l o


480-855-2848 •



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Where to Eat


Check out our menu:

For dine-in only. Daily specials not included. Does not apply to large parties. Expires 1-31-2014

480-664-1738 ★ 11 W. BOSTON ST., SUITE 1 ★ CHANDLER MON. - FRI. 11 A.M. - 3 P.M. ★ SAT. & SUN. 10 A.M. - 3 P.M.

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AMAZING SALE! American Factories, American Products and American Prices $298 Queen Size Memory Foam Mattress Set

$598 $498 $998

Twin Size Love Seat Sleeper


Queen Size Sofa Sleeper

Full Size Sofa Sleeper

Your Choice: Sofa, Love Seat, Coffee and (1) End Table; Blended Leather Sectional or 3 Piece Microfiber Sectional

$998 $498

5 Piece Dinette or 5 Piece Pub Set

Your Choice: Queen Bed, Dresser, Mirror and (1) Night Stand



| 1980 N. Alma School Road, Chandler, AZ 85224

Hours: Monday-Friday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

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