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Positive momentum continues for city’s economic future BY TRACY HOUSE

As we put 2013 behind us and look forward to the prosperity that 2014 promises, Chandler is one city that is headed in the right direction. Chandler’s economic outlook for this year continues to shine for a city that has weathered some difficult years in a struggling national economy that has taken a toll on other cities.

To start, Tibshraeny says, “We will continue the momentum that has been building the last two years and should see a lot of positive activity on the economic development front.” Technology-based companies have had a positive impact on Chandler’s economy and, Tibshraeny mentions, “We’ll continue to see that. We are the innovation and technology hub of the Southwest. So we will continue to attract those kinds of companies because of the community we have and the infrastructure we’ve put into it to accommodate those types of companies.” Development in Chandler is attracting large and small businesses. “The council wants to see a good diversification of our business base,” Tibshraeny says. “That would include attracting all kinds of different companies.” He mentions Continuum, the former Motorola site in the Price Road Corridor, where OnTrac, Nationstar Mortgage and CyrusOne have located. “We’ll continue to see a diversification of business. All of the businesses that locate in our community ultimately help small

Mayor Jay Tibshraeny. Submitted photo


Girls run strong with nonprofit

RUNNING STRONG: Runner Amy Yost coaches a group of girls in third through fifth grade, including her daughter, Ellie, through confidence-building and running exercises in preparation for a 5K run. Submitted photo BY KIMBERLY HOSEY

Girls on the Run serving Maricopa and Pinal counties this year celebrates 10 years of helping encourage fitness and empower third through eighth grade girls across the Valley—and it’s still growing, says Meagan Kukowski, executive director. “We serve an average of 500 girls

each season and we continue to grow,” Kukowski says. “We often get asked if it’s for at-risk girls, and usually our answer is ‘Unfortunately, really all girls are at-risk.’ And we address issues that all girls face. Preadolescent years can be tough on any kid, but girls especially face a number of issues during their preteen SEE RUNNERS PAGE 6

Intel plugs into the electric vehicle community

Chandler athlete makes Olympic female hockey team


Chandler native Lyndsey Fry became the first Arizonan to make the U.S. Olympic women’s hockey team. The team’s roster was announced after deadline on Jan. 1 during

Intel and its workers have been on the leading edge of creating and adopting new and sustainable technologies. The two campuses decided to support their employees’ environmental efforts and stay ahead of the trend by offering onsite charging as well as fostering a loose community of Intel electric vehicle owners. With eight electric chargers at each campus, drivers of allelectric vehicles now have an easier time commuting to work at Intel each day. A couple years ago, Intel noticed a trend of employees moving over to electric vehicles, and after a pilot program in Santa Clara, OR, they decided to give it a try at several sites across the country, says Marty Sedler, director of global utilities and infrastructure at Intel. “We just really try to enable the employees, make it available, see if they’re going to be using it and how,” he says. It’s all about balancing common-sense financial responsibility and efficiency with supporting sustainable and green efforts, he adds. Intel’s practical look has helped form a vision of what many electric vehicle drivers do and need each day, from commuting

the Winter Classic hockey game between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs in Ann Arbor, MI. She was profiled in the SanTan Sun News’ Sept. 21, 2013, edition.


EMPLOYEES GET A CHARGE OUT OF INTEL: The charging stations at Intel’s campuses—eight each at Chandler and Ocotillo—sport tech and Arizona décor, and are available to employees SEE INTEL PAGE 8 for just the cost of electricity. Submitted photo

F E AT U R E STO R I E S ‘Bench the Bag’ recycling challenge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . COMMUNITY . . . . . . . . . . . Page 5 New Orangetheory Fitness to open in South Chandler . . . . . BUSINESS . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 16 Local author publishes first children’s book. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . YOUTH . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page 27 Chandler broker receives prestigious award . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . NEIGHBORS . . . . . . . . . . .Page 47 ‘Flora’ show continues at Vision. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ARTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 55

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BABY NEW YEAR: Samantha Salkey gave birth to the first baby of the new year at Chandler Regional Medical Center. The baby boy, whose name was not released at press time, was delivered at 3:27 a.m. Wed., Jan. 1. Submitted photo

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business in the long run because they create a lot of energy in the economy.” He explains people who work and live in Chandler spend money in the city and it’s an effect that continues to benefit everybody. “We’ll continue to be proactive with our small businesses.” Tibshraeny says he’s personally involved with the Chandler Chamber of Commerce and meets regularly during the year with small and large businesses. After the housing market fell out in 2008, cities were hit with economic issues that had far reaching affects. Chandler, however, has done well through the recovery and continues to move forward. “We’re seeing a good recovery continue to occur in Chandler with new jobs being created, new business locating, and a lot of activity both on the business and residential side,” Tibshraeny says. “We’re continuing to work and see very positive results there.” Chandler continues to see an increase in housing development bringing in residential homebuilders. “We’re looking at continuing a diverse stock of housing opportunities for our residents,” Tibshraeny explains. “We have a limited amount of land left in Chandler for development so we’re looking very closely at how it develops and what goes on there.” Chandler is close to build-out, with 245,000 people calling Chandler home and Tibshraeny estimates the city may

PRIME LOCATION: Continuum, the former Motorola site in the Price Road Corridor, has attracted several companies including OnTrac, Nationstar Mortgage and CyrusOne. Photo courtesy the city of Chandler

draw another 40,000 people to the area over the next five to 10 years. “Land is a very precious resource now and we need to be very cognizant of that as we zone that.” Looking forward to 2014, Tibshraeny anticipates the completion of the

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General Motors facility in the Price Road Corridor and it becoming operational in the first half of the year, which will be a strong addition to the community. He mentions that Wells Fargo is breaking ground on a 10,000-square-foot project at Queen Creek and Price roads and should be complete by the end of 2014. Intel continues to be involved in its facilities, both in Ocotillo and West Chandler, with the research and development facility; two projects that could be completed in 2014. “We’ve got a lot of things that we’ve amassed over the past few years, and then started construction and then they will finish construction in 2014.” “I am so optimistic about our opportunities in Chandler over the next five years,” says Tibshraeny. “If we do things right and nothing happens at the national level, we are going to be positioned really well and see some really good things happen in our community.” Known for its technology and innovative companies, Chandler is recognized globally as a having a good reputation because of all the diversified companies that it has attracted to the city. Tibshraeny mentions, “It’s really exciting. We have a lot of good things on the horizon.” Tibshraeny explains, “We’re very fortunate in Chandler. We’re a lot better off economically and from an economic development standpoint than most cities in the state and in the nation for that matter. It’s the product of a lot of hard work that has gotten us here, where we are this premier community and we just want to stay the course and continue to focus.” Tracy House is the news editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at


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Chandler: We have an app for that ‘Bench the Bag’ recycling challenge Elementary schools in Chandler are being asked to jump aboard a unique recycling campaign that will turn donated plastic bags into building materials and useful products such as park benches. The “Bench the Bag” campaign is being spearheaded by the East Valley Recycling Alliance, a group of like-minded recycling professionals from East Valley municipalities with the common goal of reducing waste in their communities. The alliance is asking elementary schools to collect plastic bags from their students so they can be recycled. Containers will be placed in the schools for collection of the bags. The bags will be weighed and the school that collects the most will receive a park bench made by a company called Trex that uses the bags to produce woodcomposite decking and railing products. The group is targeting plastic bags because there are few options for recycling them and they are not allowed in blue barrels because they get caught in recycling machinery. The types of plastic bags that can be recycled include grocery and department store bags, dry cleaning bags, bread, produce and Ziploc bags. Also accepted are newspaper sleeves and paper towel plastic over-wrap. The only rule is that bags must be clean, with no paper or leftover food inside them. Chandler elementary schools have until Jan. 9 to join the campaign by calling 480-782-3510 and asking for an enrollment form. The collection drive will run from Jan. 13 through March 31 with winners announced during Earth month in April. For more information, call 480-782-3525.

The city of Chandler encourages residents to assist with neighborhood beautification by simply downloading the city’s free PublicStuff mobile phone app. The app allows residents to report problems in realtime, ranging from graffiti, water leaks and broken street lights. The city partnered with PublicStuff, a New Yorkbased software company, to create a mobile interface that seamlessly ties into Chandler’s existing citizen service request system. This means that through the city PublicStuff app, requests for service are quickly identified and resolved. Since its launch in June 2012, the city has received and completed 638 requests for service. The app is free and easy to use. Here’s how: 1. See something that needs to be fixed? 2. Submit a request and even attach a photo. 3. City staff receives the request. 4. The city fixes the problem! 5. You get notified when the request is completed. Simply download the app from iTunes or Google Play. Once a PublicStuff account is created, the app

allows for easy tracking of requests and their progress. It is as simple as taking a picture of the issue at hand and clicking “Submit” to forward the request. Also, the PublicStuff app allows users to see other issues in the area to eliminate the need for duplicate requests. However, there is the option of making a concern private. All issues are highlighted through a GPS-based mapping feature. The app also features “widgets,” or special areas, to find more information about city services. For example, there is widget that gives bios and contact information for the Chandler City Council. You also can connect with the city on social media. Both Facebook and Twitter feeds are provided on the app. Need to find out when your trash and recycling will be picked up? This information also is available as a widget on the app. The Chandler PublicStuff app is free and available for immediate use. You can find links on where to download the app at You also can do a quick search for “Chandler PublicStuff” on both iTunes or Google Play.

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and early teenage years, ranging from gossip and bullying, to good eating habits, to peer pressure and body image. The local Girls on the Run, a nonprofit positive youth development program that’s part of a nationwide organization with more than 200 councils across the country, helps preteen girls through 24 meetings and lessons incorporating teaching and activities that focus on issues like self confidence, healthful eating and respect for self and others. But it’s more than a casual club. Girls on the Run combines its interactive curriculum designed to foster confidence with training for a 5K run, which the girls involved run at the culmination of the program. Girls run an average of one or two miles at each meeting, and one step, one lesson and one mile at a time; the girls—with volunteer coaches and adult running buddies—build toward completing the race at the end of each season. Amy Yost, a volunteer coach from Chandler, has been an avid runner for years, and is thrilled she decided to become involved with Girls on the Run. She loves how the group makes running and healthful living enjoyable. “We always have some sort of a project or a way to interact and make it fun,” she says. She says she was impressed by the determination and achievements of the girls she coached. “It’s amazing to get around these young women and see what they’re


CHEERING HER ON: A girl runs alongside her running buddy, as the volunteer cheers her on. Adult running buddies volunteer time on race day to support and encourage a racer through the finish line. Submitted photo capable of. I had girls that had no problem running 8-minute miles. What an accomplishment at that age,” she says. The life lessons woven into the training make practice more valuable— and more enjoyable—than a runningonly program, Kukowski says. “Most often the girls don’t even really realize how far they’re running at

a practice. They’re always learning, and they’re training at the same time,” she says. Another aspect that makes the program fun and helps build girls’ self confidence is the running buddy they race with at the end of the season. Each girl either invites a buddy—family members and teachers are popular choices—or is paired with an adult buddy for race day. “Kind of her own personal cheerleader, another great example and role model to accompany them on their 5K course,” says Kukowski. Amy Yost’s 8-year-old daughter, third-grader Ellie Yost, recently finished a 5K race with her running buddy—her teacher. “I think that was really a special moment for both of them,” says Amy Yost. Ellie—a fierce competitor, according to her mother—concurs. “Getting to the finish line with my buddy” was the highlight of the program, she says, adding that she also enjoyed the lessons on community and health. It’s not just crossing the finish line; but the buildup, the lessons learned and the friendships formed along the way. Yost says she was impressed with the friendships formed between the girls, even when they didn’t know each other starting out. “It was really neat to see that kind of bonding,” she says. “I think this is just kind of an awkward stage. You’re just learning about your body; you’ve got a lot of peer pressure at that age, a lot of image issues. I was surprised to see how early that starts.” Perhaps most importantly, girls can be themselves—whether they’re princesses, tomboys or anything else. Girls on the Run embraces all ways to be a girl. “We teach them how to identify what SEE RUNNERS PAGE 9


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distances and volume of demand for chargers to charging and parking habits. The chargers are also inexpensive. Intel footed the bill to install the units and charges only for the electricity, without any additional fee. It’s a low enough price that Sedler says one of the biggest challenges is that demand is higher than expected—busy Intel workers will plug in and go to work for the day. Needing an open space when someone’s already charging might be a problem until (as some hope) electric cars are adopted on a larger scale— but that’s one thing that the small community of electric vehicle owners at the company can discuss. David Carrington, a software engineer at Intel and owner of a 2013 all-electric Ford Focus, says the group of electric vehicle owners at Intel have met a few times and maintain a list of who at the company owns and drives electric cars. That comes in handy for everything from finding out who can make a charger available for someone in need to discussing their electric vehicles and educating others. “There are a lot of misconceptions about electric vehicles,” Carrington says. “They’re actually a whole lot of fun to drive, because they have a lot of torque and they can be very quick cars. It’s just a very smooth drive, no gear shifting, no winding up of the little engine. It’s actually just a really nice drive and you don’t have the exhaust and the fumes,

FORD FOCUS: David Carrington, a member of the group of Intel electric vehicle owners, displayed his all-electric 2013 Ford Focus during National Plug In Day Sept. 29 in Scottsdale. Photo courtesy David Carrington

no trips to the gas station.” Installing chargers at the Intel campus made it easier for those who were considering going electric but were worried about the range, he says. “As soon as Intel put them there, that means that some people who maybe couldn’t have made it on a charge can now make it there, charge there, and then go home, so the radius of electric cars from the Intel facility is larger.” Sedler agrees, saying that while he doesn’t have hard data on Chandler yet, he did receive several emails after

Intel installed chargers at each of its campuses around the country, thanking the company for supporting sustainable options or saying that they made it easier to decide to go electric. When the chargers were unveiled, several vehicle owners from the group brought their cars to show anyone with questions what the cars are all about. “Ford Focus, the (Nissan) Leaf and the Tesla; they’re fully electric cars. Owning one of these or driving one of these, your often educating people that really have no idea what it’s all about,” he says.

Carrington lists benefits such as not paying for fuel, opting for a vehicle that’s not reliant on foreign oil, tax credits and even access to the HOV lane as perks, in addition to driving a cleaner car and “supporting the movement.” He says that while he still drives a truck for long trips and hauling, he’s able to put many more miles on his Focus, cutting down on maintenance. He adds that many electric vehicle owners naturally form communities of the sort that Intel has fostered, often sharing even home chargers and comparing notes on the emerging technology. Apps for smartphones even tell users where chargers are and if they’re ready to be used. Ultimately, Sedler looks forward to using both Intel’s practical business strategy and its support of environmentally friendly initiatives to stay at the head of the trend as drivers adopt electric vehicles. “We’re really watching it now, and we’re checking the adoptions, and we’ll keep developing based on what’s needed,” he says. Kimberly Hosey is the section editor for Community and Arts. She can be reached at

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want anything to do with it. And we teach them to respect and value what other people bring to the table, even if they’re coming from a totally different place.” Kukowski says one of her favorite aspects has been what she calls the “ripple effect” of Girls on the Run. “It’s amazing. While we’re teaching and empowering a girl, she’s taking it home, and many times empowers and educates her family and her school community,” Kukowski says. Late registration for the spring season is still open through Tue., Jan. 7, on a firstcome, first-served basis. Girls on the Run provides training and tools for interested community, school or parent groups to start programs. To host your own Girls on the Run group, become a running buddy, register an interested girl or learn more, check out the group’s website at gotrmc. org or call 480-248-6608.


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Canecchia says. According to the Brewers Association data of 2012, SanTan Brewing Co. is the second largest craft brewery in Arizona and the 14th fastest-growing craft brewery in the nation. Weathers’ goal will be to identify and develop expansion efforts into new markets. This will entail analyzing and developing relationships with distributors and accounts as well as creating marketing/business plans to drive sales, specific to each territory. In addition, her goal will be to identify sales representatives in each market that will help educate consumers and tell the SanTan story. SanTan Brewing Co. is located at 8 S. San Marcos Pl., Chandler. Contact 480917-870 or visit for more information.

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HEAD OF DEVELOPMENT: SanTan Brewing Co. has hired Wendy Weathers to head its national business development. Submitted photo

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First Phoenix Bikefest at Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino Area Harley-Davidson Dealers are delivering a roaring first Phoenix Bikefest from Fri., April 4, through Sun., April 6, at Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino. The free event welcomes riders, spectators and enthusiasts to explore the world of motorcycles, clothing, gear, design and much more. Valley Harley-Davidson dealers, including Arrowhead Harley-Davidson, Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson, Chandler Harley-Davidson, Chester’s HarleyDavidson, Superstition Harley-Davidson and RideNow Powersports, along with Barry Caraway of will present a roaring inaugural spectacle of food, music and good times in the form of Phoenix Bikefest, 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. Phoenix Bikefest also features participants from Indian Motorcycle, BMW, Aprilla, Ducati, KTM, Moto Guzzi, Triumph, Can-Am, Polaris, Suzuki, Yamaha, Spyder, Honda and Kawasaki. The highlight of the event will be Arizona’s first “ride through bar” serving as gateway entry to the event that naturally creates a parade of arriving bikes, which onlookers can enjoy throughout the day. Among weekend highlights is food, drink, vendors of all kinds, a bike show and live music throughout the day. 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. For more information contact Barry Caraway at or visit

Free medical clinic offered Jan. 18 Today’s Women’s Health Specialists, 604 W. Warner Rd., Chandler, will host a free medical clinic from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sat., Jan. 18. The clinic will offer free medical exams to the public for both obstetrical and gynecological care. These free limited exams and free lab work are available to citizens who have no health insurance. Call 480-963-7900 to make an appointment.

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Sun Lakes FD gets special thank you As part of the nationwide “Fill a Bucket” program, Chandler Unified School District Santan Elementary School Special Education teacher Rachel Curry encouraged the students in her class to send thanks to people who help their community. Her children sent “thank you” letters to the Sun Lakes fire department that were delivered

by her father who is a volunteer with the department’s CAP (Community Assistance Program). SLFD Chief Paul Wilson, touched by the students’ notes, sent a thank you letter in return. Battalion Chief Cheryl Van Horn and Capt. Robert Helie along with Curry then arranged for a surprise visit to thank the students in person.

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Chandler Regional Medical Center 1st EV hospital to use robotic stapling Surgeons with privileges at Chandler Regional Medical Center are the first in the East Valley to perform a gastrectomy (partial removal of the stomach) using the new da Vinci EndoWrist Stapler 45. This innovative tool is used in conjunction with the da Vinci Si HD Surgical System, a robotic platform that provides minimally-invasive options for traditional surgical procedures. Drs. Jennifer Reitz and Richard Oh performed the surgery Dec. 10, making Chandler Regional the first in the East Valley and second in the state to use the technology. “These types of advancements are changing the field of general surgery and it’s happening very quickly,” says Lora Shufelt, director of Chandler Regional’s perioperative services. “Traditional surgical procedures have already

become easier on both the surgeon and patient through the use of robotic surgery, and with the development of added capabilities like this stapler, we’re seeing better patient outcomes.” Chandler Regional has two da Vinci Si HD surgical systems; the first was obtained in 2010. Intuitive Surgical is da Vinci’s manufacturer. Intuitive Surgical’s EndoWrist Instruments are designed to provide surgeons with natural dexterity and full range of motion for operation through tiny incisions. These attachments give surgeons the ability to perform procedures through a small incision in the patient which reduces recovery time and lowers overall risk. To learn more, visit ChandlerRegional. org. For a free doctor referral, call ResourceLink at 480-728-5414.


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Digital material, help at fingertips Make your voice heard in survey for Chandler library users A wealth of information—not just physical books—is available, as long as you have a valid Chandler Public Library card. Any Chandler resident with a valid card may access free digital material including books, magazines, music and online language courses, as well as assistance downloading and using the material. The material available includes thousands of e-books in fiction, nonfiction, young adult and children’s titles, and is available from the Greater Phoenix Digital Library, TumbleBooks and Axis 360. In addition, Zinio for libraries offers more than 300 popular magazines to download, including specialized magazines for car enthusiasts, woodworkers, cooks and more. Some Spanish titles are also available. DK Eyewitness Travel Guides and other reference guides are available for downloading through the Gale Virtual Reference Library. Cardholders can also access free music downloads with Freegal and online language courses through Mango Languages. Freegal offers access to about 7 million songs, including Sony Music’s catalog of artists, from modern hits to show tunes to specialized genres. The Chandler Hamilton Library also offers courses beginning in January to show users how to download iPad and iPhone apps and access material from

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An online survey from Chandler’s Budget Office is available to residents to weigh in on the city’s budgetary priorities for the upcoming 2014-15 fiscal year, which begins July 1. The survey can be viewed at and is accepted for completion and submission through Jan. 24. The results will be presented to the city manager as well as Mayor Jay Tibshraeny and the members of the City Council for consideration as they develop the 2014-15 budget. City officials are examining many economic factors as work begins on the upcoming fiscal year budget. In recent months, Chandler has helped lead the way in Arizona in starting new businesses creating jobs. Sales tax revenues have also increased, and Chandler has benefited from “slow but steady” improvement in the state and national economies. Meanwhile, part of the budget formulation process has been an ongoing review by Chandler management of the many programs and services the city provides to residents, businesses and organizations that

HELPING HAND: A Chandler Library patron gets a lesson from a library staff member on how to download free books and other library resources to his e-reader device. Submitted photo

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serve the community. The municipal organization continues to search for ways to grow even more efficient. The online Citizen Budget Survey provides residents with an opportunity to share opinions during the budget review process. This year’s survey asks for feedback on program and service priorities and capital project priorities for the city. Paper copies of the survey are available at the Chandler City Hall front desk, Chandler libraries, downtown Community Center and the Tumbleweed Recreation Center. The public will have several other opportunities to share their thoughts about the proposed budget with city leaders and staff prior to the adoption of the budget in June. In late February or early March, “Budget Connect,” an online budget forum, will allow residents and other stakeholders to ask questions and give input. Details on this event and other public budget hearings will be posted at chandleraz. gov/budget when they are available, or call the budget office at 480-782-2252 for the latest updates.

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Neighborhood awards open to community vote Online ballots are available at, where Chandler residents can read about the accomplishments of Chandler neighborhoods and vote for their favorites, as the inaugural Neighborhood Excellence Awards program opens to the public. Mayor Jay Tibshraeny launched the program to recognize neighborhoods and their leaders for working to improve their communities and inspire others to

be more active and involved. Honors are awarded in four categories: The Best Neighborhood Event Award will recognize a neighborhood that helps strengthen their community through a one-time or ongoing neighborhood event that encourages neighborhood participation and promotes ongoing neighborhood communication. The Most Active or Engaged Neighborhood Award will go to a neighborhood where neighbors

are actively engaged in activities that promote neighborliness. This neighborhood will have communication structures in place and ongoing activities that keep residents engaged. The Best Revitalization Story Award will acknowledge a neighborhood that was diminished either socially or physically, but where residents collaborated and took positive actions to unify and rejuvenate their neighborhood.

The Neighborhood Leader of the Year Award will recognize an individual that has inspired positive change both social and physical in their neighborhood through his/her leadership. It recognizes individuals who have sought out resources through education and have encouraged leadership in others. Voting will close Thu., Jan. 17, and Tibshraeny will announce the award winners at the State of the City address Thu., Feb. 6.

Gilbert Historical Museum wins chamber donation contest JW Rayhons of Rayhons Financial Solutions presented a check for $500 to Kayla Kolar of the Gilbert Historical Museum in its contest held through the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce’s program. Residents were asked to subscribe to during October to be entered to win a donation to a charity of their choice. The winner, determined by random selection, was former council member and community leader Don Skousen. He earmarked the money for the Gilbert Historical Museum. “We are looking to evaluate and improve several of our programs in the next few months and this donation will go a long way in supporting our efforts,” says Kolar, executive director

of the Gilbert Historical Museum. “We are thrilled to participate in the program. It will play an important role in meeting the needs of Gilbert’s nonprofit agencies.” The Chamber’s program is part of the national “Chamber for Good” effort to connect local donors to local charities serving local needs. Residents are asked to enter an email address at to receive weekly emails that will list the donation and volunteer opportunities for nonprofits serving Gilbert. Likewise, residents looking for specific volunteer projects can enter their project guidelines through the website and an email will be sent to every participating nonprofit that is able to accommodate such guidelines. “Gilbert is a generous community

with people who are looking for opportunities to give back whether it be their time, talents, or financial contributions. It was my pleasure to sponsor this contest to raise awareness of the website and to present this donation to the Gilbert Historical Museum,” says JW Rayhons, owner of Rayhons Financial Solutions. The website’s services are offered free to residents and nonprofits, made possible through sponsorship by Gilbert CAN, VIP Homes, The Leadership Centre, Fountain of Life Community Church and LifeLink The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 580 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more

GIVING TO GILBERT: JW Rayhons of Rayhons Financial Solutions presents a check to Kayla Kolar at the Gilbert Historical Museum. Community member Don Skousen (right) won the contest and designated the museum as the recipient of the contest’s donation. Submitted photo

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Valley scientists honored as NAI fellows

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Frederic Zenhausern, Ph.D, MBA, has developed a rapid DNA processor and has a lab based partially in Chandler; and Dr. Gholam A. Peyman, who invented LASIK and many other advances—both from the University of Arizona College of MedicinePhoenix—have been named Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). Zenhausern’s Center for Nanobioscience is housed in the Innovations Incubator in Chandler. Election to NAI Fellow status is a high professional distinction accorded to academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society. The 143 innovators elected to NAI Fellow status represent 94 universities and governmental and nonprofit research institutes. Together, they hold more than 5,600 U.S. patents. Zenhausern is a professor and director of the Center for Applied Nanobioscience and Medicine at the UA College of Medicine-Phoenix. The center uniquely applies a combination of advances in nanoscience, microelectromechanical systems, molecular biology and genomics to a new generation of biological tools and sensors based on nano and microscale technologies. Zenhausern is also a professor at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen).

Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert medical centers recently announced three organizations as winners of the 2013-14 Community Grants program, which awards grants to nonprofits whose proposal responds to the Dignity Health East Valley’s Strategic priorities identified in the community health needs assessment and the community benefit plan. This year, organizations were asked to come together to create a community of care made up of at least three entities, and submit cooperative applications with focus on improving transitional care after discharge from Chandler Regional or Mercy Gilbert; addressing continued care after discharge from Dignity Health emergency room or working to provide community-based intervention, prevention and education or management measures for diabetes, heart disease, congestive heart failure, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, infection and sepsis, mental health and obesity. The East Valley Holistic Family Care received $100,000. Members split the

Applying interdisciplinary science approaches to medicine, Zenhausern’s work is aimed at early diagnostics of human diseases, in particular, cancer, infectious and cardiovascular diseases. His team is developing platform technologies to translate molecular analysis into clinical tools and adoption of novel technologies for point-of-care diagnostics applications. Zenhausern has co-authored more than 70 scientific publications and is named on many pending and more than a dozen issued U.S. patents in various domains ranging from DNA sequencing to optical data storage. Zenhausern’s responsibilities also include leading clinical research at the personalized medicine research laboratory at Scottsdale Healthcare Research Institute and serving on several corporate scientific boards and international consortia in life sciences. Peyman is a faculty member at UA College of Medicine-Phoenix, professor of Optical Sciences and Engineering at the UA, professor emeritus at Tulane University and co-director of Arizona Retinal Specialists. Peyman’s most widely known invention of his 148 patents is LASIK eye surgery, a vision correction procedure designed to allow people to see clearly without glasses. Peyman’s inventions cover a broad range of novel medical devices, intraocular drug delivery, surgical techniques, laser and optical instruments, as well as new methods of diagnosis and treatment.


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New Orangetheory Fitness location to open in South Chandler BY ALISON STANTON

Just in time for New Year’s resolutions regarding weight loss and getting into shape, a new Orangetheory Fitness location is preparing to open in South Chandler. Becky Renner, an area developer for Orangetheory Fitness in Arizona, and owner of three locations in the East Valley, says the new gym is scheduled to open by the end of January at 4850 S. Gilbert Rd., Suite 7. For more information, call 480-794-1055 or visit To help celebrate, Renner and her staff are hosting a VIP Night at the new location from 6 to 8 p.m. Thu., Jan. 23. The first 50 people through the door will receive a “Swag Bag” filled with goodies, and Renner is in the process of collecting health and beauty- and fitness-related donations from area businesses for a raffle that will be held that evening. “The grand opening will just be a great opportunity to show people what Orangetheory Fitness is all about,” Renner says. She is offering a discounted rate of up to 20% off for people who sign up before the new location opens. “People will receive the discount just by making the commitment to come in,” Renner says. She decided to open the South Chandler location because another nearby, at 1900 W. Germann Rd., Suite 6,

OPENING THIRD LOCATION: Becky Renner says she is looking forward to hosting a grand opening at her South Chandler Orangetheory Fitness location later this month. Submitted photo

Chandler, is successful. “Usually we are very busy at the start of the year, but we’ve continued to be very busy all year long,” she says. “To be consistent like that all year is really great. In fact, there are now more than 4,500 members total at the 11 locations throughout the state, so it is going very well.” Orangetheory Fitness is popular with people for a variety of reasons, Renner

says. In addition to being affordable-each class works out to about $10, she says--clients are connected to heart rate monitors during the workouts, and they go through the cardio and strength training at their own pace. In addition, Renner says Orangetheory Fitness’ group exercise program offers a great spirit of camaraderie. Everybody is accountable to one another, which, she says, helps

encourage them to stay and finish the workout. “Each one-hour class is run by a skilled personal trainer who not only motivates each member, but takes the class through a workout that ensures that each member spends the average of 12 to 20 minutes in the ‘orange zone’ through the use of TRX machines, rowers, treadmills and free weights,” Renner says. As Renner explains, the “orange zone” is the ideal target heart rate zone because it is backed by science and pushes each member into excess postoxygen consumption (EPOC), which will continue to burn up to 1,200 calories post-workout. “Our workouts are backed by science and you actually see results. Your metabolism speeds up, you lose body fat and you see physical muscle toning.” Because so many people do resolve to exercise more in the beginning of a new year, Renner says all of the Orangetheory Fitness studios nationwide are launching a weight loss challenge beginning Jan. 17. The top male and female winner will split a prize of $25,000. To reward her local members, Renner says she is planning on having her first Chandler location give a monetary award to the studio’s top finisher. “And once my new South Chandler location opens, we will have a whole SEE ORANGETHEORY PAGE 19

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Summit urges local businesses to reach new heights BY KIMBERLY HOSEY

The Small Business Alliance AZ, serving small businesses primarily in the East Valley, is hosting The Summit, a business event equipping local small business owners to prosper and grow, Thu., Jan 23, at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort in Chandler. More than 300 business owners are expected and prominent speakers are set to present. “We really want to help businesses to get reinspired and remotivated to really attack the year and be aggressive with the betterment of their business,” says Aimee Rigler, executive director of the Small Business Alliance. The group chooses a theme each year to help small businesses thrive. This year’s theme is company culture— intentionally cultivating a company culture and striving to define and pursue that purpose. “We really feel the theme applies to if you’re the one-man band or if you have 50 to 100 employees,” Rigler says. The theme will be discussed in a few different ways, Rigler says. Speakers will address the theoretical side of cultivating a company culture: defining what the company’s “story” will be, and communicating that message to customers, employees and anyone who’s interested. Real-world examples will present strategies to business owners, showing

specific ways that deliberate planning and envisioning the company story can lead to business success. “And then we’ve got a couple of really just wonderful success stories of people who are doing amazing things, they have amazing missions for their businesses, but they’re also just going gangbusters and are being successful and prosperous,” Rigler says. Speakers will include international marketing speaker, branding guru and author David Avrin to discuss carving out a unique and successful business image; and Sue Carlisle of Straight to the Plate Catering, who overcame a loss of all smell and taste to become a catering success story. “There’s a lot of uncertainties with health care reform and the debt ceiling that make the environment tenuous for small businesses,” Rigler says. “This is away from the politics and helping them with the tools on the aspects that they really can control, which are a lot of the inner workings of how they run their business and being better business owners. Roushan Christofellis, owner of Salad and Go, a Gilbert drive-thru restaurant, is another speaker. She says she can’t wait to talk to other local small business owners, and is especially excited to support the Small Business Alliance after working with them to start her restaurant.

VISIBILITY VISIONARY: David Avrin, “The Visibility Coach,” will speak at the Small Business Alliance’s Summit, addressing how business owners can make their brands stand out. Submitted photo

SALAD SUCCESS STORY: Also on the speaker roster is Roushan Christofellis of Salad and Go, who is passionate about bringing healthful eating to Gilbert. Submitted photo

“They’ve been an amazing, integral part of getting us open,” says Christofellis. Christofellis says that since the model she had was for healthy food that was also convenient and affordable, she knew she would have to do something different from many other restaurants, and the Small Business Alliance understood and helped with that. “They were just so great because they got our concept, and they understood that what we were trying to do was something different. They were amazing

working with us and the town of Gilbert to understand how to look at it with an open mind. They know we don’t fit into this cookie-cutter box of rules and regulations, and said let’s try to be creative and innovative here. The Small Business Alliance was just amazing,” she says. Rigler says the Small Business Alliance is looking forward to hosting the event in the historic Chandler building. The Summit moves around the East Valley each year, and Rigler is proud of the organization’s East Valley focus. SEE SUMMIT PAGE 19






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CATERING PRO: Sue Carlisle, who overcame a rare and potentially deadly infection that robbed her of her sense of taste or smell, went on to create a successful catering business, Straight to the Plate Catering. She will share her lessons in business and tenacity as a speaker. Submitted photo

SEND IN YOUR BUSINESS PROFILE FOR ‘DOING BUSINESS’ The SanTan Sun News would like to welcome new area businesses or existing ones that may be new to our readers. Submit information about your business for a “Doing Business” mini-business profile in an upcoming issue of our publication, which is distributed to 38,000 homes, racks and boxes on the first and third Saturdays of the month. Please include all of the following items: Name of business, name of owner(s), how long the business has existed, specialty, unique features, hours of operation, address, telephone number, website, email address. Also include an at least 300 dpi photo of the business owner or logo. The sooner you submit the information to us, the sooner we’ll be able to profile your business, as it’s on a first-come, first-served basis. Email this information to or visit and click on the “Doing Business” form to submit.


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GRAND OPENING: Connie’s Jewelry Gallery & Clock Shop held its grand opening celebration on Sat., Dec. 14, in its larger new location at the Shops at Pecos Ranch, 1900 W. Germann Rd., on the northeast corner of Dobson and Germann roads. For more information, call 480-883-3320. Submitted photo

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The Watershed, Tempe’s newest kitchen, bar and lakeside patio, brings a little of Newport Beach, San Francisco and New Mexico to the table. “It was our goal to create an experience that you can’t get anywhere else in Phoenix. Redwood picnic tables on a lawn, couches and bars overlooking a beautiful lake. The feeling is like you’re somewhere else,” says owner Dan Scott of South Chandler. The 200-person patio and indoor Captain’s Lounge is completed. The Watershed will now focus on finalizing the 50-foot bar and the rest of the interior. Chef Matt Nichols created a menu that is best described as modern American

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and bike safety tips from Officer Ben Harris of the Phoenix Police Department. The Guys in Blue also hosted a cookiedecorating station, brought hot cocoa and donated numerous board games for their recreational game room. The Helpful Teams continued to surprise residents with random acts of helpful by carrying and loading holiday presents and trees, dispatching the big holiday tanker with complimentary fuel and handing out umbrellas on rainy days.

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My Sister’s Closet & Well Suited store moves It’s been 22 years of happy shopping and sisterly bliss since Ann and Jenny Siner opened their first location of My Sister’s Closet in a quaint space at the Town & Country Shopping Center near 20th Street and Camelback Road in Phoenix. The recycled designer consignment shop is moving. At 8 a.m., Sat., Feb. 8, the same day shoppers get their first peak at springtime looks, My Sister’s Closet and Well Suited will open its stylish doors in a new contemporary space just behind Nordstrom Rack and the Town & Country Shopping Center. The first 100 people lined up outside My

Sister’s Closet, 4859 N. 20th St., Phoenix, on Sat., Feb. 8, will receive a free swag bag filled with goodies from nearby merchants. Seated on cement floors underneath an exposed ceiling, the new 6,373-square-foot space at Town & Country Shopping Center will offer shoppers a more modern and fashionable feel with the same deals on designer handbags, shoes, clothing, hats, accessories and jewelry. There is a My Sister’s Closet located in Las Tiendas, 2915 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler. For information call 480-772-1822.

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Gilbert hospital earns ACR Accreditation Mercy Gilbert Medical Center, 3555 S. Val Vista Dr., Gilbert, has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in computed tomography as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology. CT scanning, sometimes called CAT scanning, is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and tailor treatments for various medical conditions. The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards after a peer review evaluation by board certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs are assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report they can use for continuous practice improvement. The mission of Gilbert hospital is to provide the highest quality of health care services to the communities they serve. “The accreditation reassures the community that we believe in and deliver healthcare as promised in our mission statement,” says Sheelagh Lindberg, diagnostic radiology director. In addition to CT, Gilbert hospital’s diagnostic imaging department also has accreditation for its MRI and Nuclear Medicine Department. The hospital meets or exceeds the safety and quality assurance guidelines for radiology. The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 36,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.



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Gilbert Chamber of Commerce has full docket of events for early 2014 The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce has several community and business events planned for the first couple months of the year.

Gilbert Chamber’s 2014 Supplier Summit set for Jan. 15 The Gilbert Chamber’s 2014 Supplier Summit, which is offered for area businesses to learn how to sell their products and services to local school districts, colleges, municipalities, the state and other large corporations, will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Wed., Jan. 15. The event will be held at the Villa Siena, 890 W. Elliot Rd., Suite 104, Gilbert. General admission is $35 and $25 for chamber members. The event, which is presented by the chamber’s Small Business Council, will include more than 25 exhibitors representing organizations throughout the Valley. Those organizations will include cities, counties, state agencies and school districts. Attendees will meet directly with buyers and business licensing representatives from these organizations. They will receive resources and information regarding common procedures for procuring vendors, including the steps to become a qualified supplier, the process for receiving and responding to requests for proposal and information on women-

owned business certifications. For more information, visit gilbertaz. com or call 480-892-0056.

Chamber Chat—Midday Networking Event Meet up with other chamber members at American Taphouse, 1026 S. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert, for breakfast 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wed., Jan. 8. This informal gathering is a fun way to share conversation with other professionals and learn more about businesses in our community. No admission is charged. Individuals are responsible for the cost of their meals. RSVP for purpose of seating estimate only. Held again Wed., Feb. 12.

Power Hour Small Business Workshop Hosted by Impromptu Guru at Cooper Crossing Executive Suites, 1820 E. Ray Rd., Chandler, 10 to 11 a.m. Fri., Jan. 10, this intensive work session for chamber members will help you generate ideas and solutions to improve your business. Come prepared to share your issues and be ready to learn from others. Free admission, members only. Held again Fri., Feb. 14.

The 411 Sponsored in part by John’s Refrigeration and SCF Arizona, the 411 is a comprehensive membership orientation 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Wed., Jan. 22. Attendees will learn to maximize the benefits of a chamber investment. Gain an insider’s

view of its programs and services, ask questions of its staff, and develop your action plan for chamber engagement and success. Breakfast provided by Bruegger’s. Meeting is held at the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, 119 N. Gilbert Rd., Suite 101, Gilbert. Admission is free. Seating is limited; registration required.

Business Woman & Man of the Year luncheon The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce will celebrate the impact women and men have had on the local business community over the last year when it hosts its annual Business Woman and Man of the Year awards luncheon 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wed., Jan. 29, at the SanTan Elegante Conference & Reception Center at the DoubleTree by Hilton Phoenix-Gilbert, 1800 S. SanTan Village Pkwy., Gilbert. The chamber has honored women and named a Woman of the Year since 2010; this is the inaugural Business Man of the Year award. General admission is $50; member admission is $35. Table for eight is $350 and includes company’s name on event program and logo on reserved-table signage.

Mayor’s Annual Address: State of Business in Gilbert Sponsored by Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wed., Feb. 19, Mayor John Lewis will present his annual address the State of Business in Gilbert at SanTan Elegante Conference & Reception Center at the DoubleTree by Hilton


Phoenix-Gilbert to share with business leaders Gilbert’s major achievements over the past year. Lewis takes 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. General admission is $50 per person; member admission is $35. Table for eight is $350 and includes company’s name on event program and logo on reservedtable signage.

‘Grow Your Business’ Conference & Expo This small business growth conference from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fri., Feb. 28, at Chandler-Gilbert Community CollegeWilliams Campus, 7360 E. Tahoe Ave., Mesa, provides entrepreneurs, small- and medium-sized business owners and their staff with affordable local and regional world-class training. Conference training focuses on sales, marketing, customer retention, and knowledge to acquire talent and is designed to help attendees grow their business and increase revenue. Challenge your thinking and get fresh ideas, hands on tools, powerful insights and strategies that work. Plus, get in on the conversation with how-to sessions and a networking expo luncheon highlighting local businesses. Sponsored in-part by BRIO Tuscan Grille, Hampton Inn & Suites, and John’s Refrigeration. General admission to expo and lunch is $50; Member admission is $35. Expo-only admission is $25

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New year is a busy time for Chandler Chamber of Commerce The Chandler Chamber of Commerce has several community events slated for the first half of the month as it rings in the new year and welcomes a new board of directors. To learn more or to RSVP to any event, visit chandlerchamber. com, call 480-963-4571 or email info@ No refunds are available within 72 hours of an event.

Chamber hosts Legislative and Elected Officials breakfast The chamber will host the Legislative and Elected Officials breakfast from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Fri., Jan. 10, at the Hilton Phoenix/Chandler. Tickets are $20 for chamber members and $30 for nonmembers. Dick Castner from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce will speak about what’s happening in Washington, D.C. He will also provide an overview of the fiscal cliff and its impact on Arizona during the breakfast. The “How We Stand” booklet will be unveiled during the breakfast. It depicts legislative agendas and priorities for the Chandler chamber. Call 480-963-4571 to register.

2014 East Valley Breakfast with the Governor The public is invited by the East Valley Chamber of Commerce Alliance and the East Valley Partnership to attend the 2014 East Valley Breakfast with Gov. Jan Brewer on Thu., Jan. 16. Registration will begin at 7 a.m., with breakfast following at 7:30 a.m. The program will begin at 8 a.m. at Hilton Phoenix East/Mesa, 1011 W. Holmes Ave., Mesa. Register by Fri., Jan. 10, to the East Valley Chamber of Alliance and East Valley Partnership, 535 W. Baseline Rd., Suite 107, Mesa. Forms can also be picked up in the Chandler chamber lobby or online at

Ostrich Festival The mayor’s 5K Fun Run, which is a part of the 2014 Chandler Chamber Ostrich Festival, will be held on Sat., March 1. Registration will begin at 6:30 a.m. and the run will begin at 8 a.m. Join others on the 5K course, which runs through downtown Chandler. Awards for the top three overall male and female runners will be given, as well as the top three in each age group. Register online at

A Chandler Chamber Ostrich Festival Parade will be held on the same day at 10 a.m. The entries include equestrian groups, local marching bands, dance groups and many old-time favorites. The fun continues on Fri., March 7, through Sun., March 9, with the festival at Tumbleweed Park. It brings a carnival like atmosphere to Chandler with entertainment acts, live music and tons of activities. For more information, visit

Chamber public policy coordinator Eileen Anderson is the public policy coordinator for the Chandler Chamber of Commerce. She was the chairwoman of the Good Government Committee in 2008, 2010 and 2012 and has participated in the Public Policy Committee.

Arizona Working Poor Tax Credit A tax credit may be available for individuals who pay state taxes in Arizona. For example, if an individual owes $1,000 in state income tax and they donate $400 to a working poor charitable entity that is qualified by the state of Arizona, they can subtract that donation from their tax bill and only owe the state of Arizona $600. That $400 donation can also be used toward the federal income tax deduction. Married couples who are filing jointly

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Weekly Leads Groups Members are helped every week through Leads Groups, which builds leads and networks. The groups are comprised of individuals and businesses, each representing a different trade or profession. Call 480-963-4571 or email for information.

Wake-Up Chandler Businesses are invited to bring brochures and promotional items to this networking event and should be prepared to give a 30-second commercial about the company. Come with holiday spirit as well, as there will be a Christmas hat contest. Wake-Up Chandler is 7:30 to 9 a.m. Wed., Jan. 8, at FlipSide, 4874 S. Val Vista Dr., Gilbert, and is $5 for members, $15 for nonmembers.

Technology Lunch Seminar Come to the chamber at 25 S. Arizona Pl., Suite 201, Chandler, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thu., Jan. 9, to discuss technology topics. The Technology Lunch Series is held on the second Thursday of every SEE CHANDLER PAGE 26


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CORPORATE CHRONICLES Isola’s Suzhou Plant receives certification Isola Group, a market leader in copper clad laminates and dielectric prepeg materials used to fabricate advanced multi-layer Printed Circuit Boards announced that its plant in Suzhou, China, has received ISO/TS 16949 certification. The certification, which is the company’s third, represents the highest international quality standard for the automotive industry. The certification ensures that suppliers meet the exact specifications for the design and development, production, installation and servicing of automotive-related products. For more information visit

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Ribbon Cutting— Joyful Yoga Studio Come join the chamber 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thu., Jan. 9, at Joyful Yoga Studio, 3900 W. Ray Rd., Suite 4, Chandler, to welcome the new studio to the community at this free ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Small Business Development Center Academy Classes Solve real marketing and business challenges in an interactive group setting, and learn about today’s latest technology and how they work in today’s economy, at this free class (registration required). Attend individual classes or attend the entire series; next class is 4 to 6 p.m. Tue., Jan. 14, at Chandler Chamber of Commerce, 25 S. Arizona Pl., Suite 201, Chandler.

Bottom-Line Benefits Committee Meeting The Bottom-Line Benefits Committee is dedicated to helping members’ businesses save money. Next meeting is 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thu., Jan. 16, Chandler Chamber of Commerce, 25 S. Arizona Pl., Suite. 201, Chandler.

Business After Business Spurs Saloon, 2394 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler, hosts the chamber’s

monthly Business After Business meeting 5 to 7 p.m. Thu., Jan 16. Businesses have the opportunity to meet new chamber members, make business contacts and get a chance to win the “Chamber Cash Pot,” sponsored by Thorobred Chevrolet. $5 for members, $15 for nonmembers.

Small Business Counseling At the Chandler Chamber of Commerce, 25 S. Arizona Pl., Suite 201, Chandler, experienced mentors provide free help for small businesses. Sessions at the Chandler Chamber are available by appointment only. Call the chamber office for available times. Counseling is offered 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 6, 7, 13 and 14, and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 10 and 17.

Success Dynamics Leads Group Success Dynamics Leads Group meets at Brunchies, 17 E. Boston St., Chandler, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. every Monday; and Chandler Business Connection Leads Group meets every Tuesday at BLD, 1920 W. Germann Rd., Chandler; to help business members network and grow their businesses. Each member is given the opportunity to give the group information on their company, talk about upcoming events and sales that they are running. First two visits are free.

Sun Lakes Networking Group The Sun Lakes Networking Group meets 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wed., Jan. 8, and 15, at Pecan Grove Restaurant, 4960 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler to focus

on building business relationships in the Sun Lakes area with the support of the Chandler Chamber of Commerce. The group’s mission is to develop trustworthy relationships in the Sun Lakes community while promoting ethical business and returning to the basics of doing business. First two visits are free.

Go-Getters Leads Group The Go-Getters meet at Bourbon Jacks, 11 W. Boston St., Chandler, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. every Thursday to help business members network and grow their businesses. First two visits are free.

The Friday Cafe Leads Group The Friday Café Leads Group meets at Chompie’s, 3481 W. Frye Rd., Chandler, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. every Friday to help members interact and grow their businesses. Each member is given the opportunity to give the group information on their company, talk about upcoming events and sales that they are running. First two visits are free.

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Local author faces her fears, publishes her first children’s book BY ALISON STANTON

When Melissa Heye was a little girl, she told herself that one day, she would write a children’s book. “I’ve just always felt for children and what they go through,” Heye says. “And when people asked me what I wanted to do, I would always say I wanted to be a children’s counselor.” As an adult, Heye has achieved both of her goals. The Chandler resident has worked for years as a behavior therapist, specializing in working with children. Heye recently published her first children’s book, too. Called “Fearless Beans,” the book tells a gentle tale of a sweet little white dog named Beans, who wasn’t too sure about his first day of doggie day care. Although the picture book is meant for younger children who are starting preschool or kindergarten, Heye says its powerful and reassuring message can help everybody—including herself— to face their fears. “The message of the book, as simple as it is, is that every child has a gift or a talent, and I wanted children to feel like they could bring that part of themselves to day care,” she says.’ “And at the end of the day, knowing that we are coming home to a loving person is how we are able to be fearless, and how we can accomplish things in life.” Heye was inspired to write the book

HELPING KIDS TO FEEL BRAVE: Melissa Heye, shown here with her husband, Paul, and their dog, Beans, says writing her first children’s book, “Fearless Beans,” helped her to overcome her own fears about becoming a published author. Submitted photo

when she introduced her own dog—a 5-year-old Bichon Frise also named Beans—to doggie day care. “I felt similar feelings as when I brought my son to preschool for the first time over 25 years earlier,” she says. Soon, Heye says, she began to dream about the book, picturing the entire story and its illustrations in her sleep. When she met with an illustrator who coincidentally drew the same images

she had seen in her dreams, Heye says she figured it was a sign that the book was meant to be. “Still, fear and doubt would enter my head, and I wasn’t sure if I should write the book,” she says. Just as Beans learns that he is special and is able to face his fears at day care, Heye found the confidence she needed to write and publish her first book. “Whenever I felt doubt, I would think about my intentions behind writing the book, which were to be able to read to and connect with kids, and donate part of the proceeds to animal charities,” she says. “From this little children’s book, I learned lessons about myself.” In the short time “Fearless Beans” has been on the market, Heye says sales are going very well. “It’s been better than I expected, but the best thing has been the positive response that I’ve been getting.” Heye has visited several schools recently, reading her book to children and donating several copies to Title I schools. When she can, she will bring Beans to events, where he is always a big hit with children. “‘Fearless Beans’ has opened my world up to wonderful people and I have never been happier. The past couple months have been filled with events that focus on children and animals,” Heye says, adding that achieving her goal of becoming a

children’s book author has left her feeling extremely fulfilled. “I can’t believe how many times I didn’t do this book because of fear, but oh my gosh, I’m so glad I did.” For more information, visit www. or www.facebook. com/heyebeansbooks Alison Stanton is a freelance writer who lives in the East Valley. She can be reached at

READING IN THE PARK: Melissa Heye and her dog, Beans, recently attended an author reading and book signing at Veterans Oasis Park in Chandler. Two dollars of every book sold that day went to 2nd Chance Rescue. Submitted photo



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Seton senior earns President’s Volunteer Service Award

Chandler Rotary Club sponsoring talent show

Claire Evans, a senior at Seton Catholic Preparatory, has earned the President’s Volunteer Service Award for completing 194.25 hours of community service through Hugh O’Brian Youth’s (HOBY’s) Leadership for Service Program. HOBY is recognized worldwide as one of the nation’s foremost youth leadership development organizations. Claire completed her community service hours through a combination of volunteering at local organizations, attending HOBY Community Leadership Workshops and participating in clubs at Seton Catholic Prep. As a volunteer, she has touched local organizations such as St. Mary’s Food Bank, Desert Rivers Audubon, Temple Emanuel Preschool and the Holy Cross Catholic Church youth choir in Mesa. At Seton, Claire is a member of the National Honor Society, Student Council, Mentors Club, Sentinel Ambassadors, Spanish National Honor Society, Art Club and Red Kettle Club. “Claire has not only been recognized for her tireless service at the highest level from our nation’s president, she is an exceptional role model in bringing our mission to life here at Seton of leadership and loving service to others,”

The Chandler Rotary Club is sponsoring a talent show open to Chandler students in fifth through eighth grades. Tryouts are free. There are two of them, but you only need to come to one, at Willis Jr. High School, 401 S. McQueen Rd., 6:30-9:00 p.m. Tue. Jan. 21 and Mon. Jan. 27. This is a way for Chandler students to display their talents in four different categories: vocal solo or group, instrumental solo or group,

says Patricia Collins, principal of Seton Catholic Preparatory. Along with HOBY and the President’s Volunteer Service Award, the Corporation for National & Community Service and the Points of Light Institute have certified and recognized her hours of service. “Claire has shared in the spirit of kindness and warmth of community through an immeasurable contribution of time and effort,” said Javier La Fianza, HOBY’s president and CEO, in a letter for Claire’s college admission officer. Claire plans to attend the University of Arizona in the fall 2014. Seton Catholic Preparatory is a coeducational, college preparatory high school open to students of all faiths and dedicated to academic excellence, leadership and loving service to others. Located in Chandler, Seton Catholic Prep has served East Valley families since 1954, delivering on a rigorous college preparatory curriculum and abundant opportunity for extracurricular activities that inspire practical and vocational interests. For more information, visit

dance solo or group and art. Contestants chosen for the show will compete at 7 p.m. Fri., Feb 21, at the Chandler Center for the Arts with a chance to win a $100 grand prize. There is a $6 admission fee to the show at the Chandler Center for the Arts. Registration forms are available on the Chandler Rotary website,

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one fruit and/or vegetable and be able to be cooked within 20 minutes without including prep time to be considered. Five kids will be chosen as finalist and invited to present their recipes to a panel of judges at a public event on Sat., Feb. 1. The recipes will be posted online following event for the public to vote at walkonaz. com. The grand prize winner will receive a bike. All finalists will receive a fun prize. For complete contest details and to submit a recipe visit


Nathan Walker of Chandler has been named to the fall 2013 Dean’s List at Marietta College in Marietta, OH. To qualify, a full-time student must complete at least 15 credit hours with a grade point average between 3.5 and 3.74. Nathan, a graduate of Hamilton High School, is majoring in petroleum engineering.

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Members of Chandler’s Gold Medal Gymnastics, owned by former Olympic gymnast Amanda Borden, will participate in the Classic Rock Gymnastics Invitational Fri., Jan. 31, through Sun., Feb. 2, at the Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N. 3rd St., downtown Phoenix. Hosted by the Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics & Dance Center of Phoenix, the event is one of the largest gymnastics meets in the U.S., with 1,500 of the best female gymnasts from around the United States competing and showcasing their gymnastics skills. The “ultimate gymnastics meet” will feature an all-girls competition,

SanTan Sun-area high school juniors and seniors can take advantage of a free SAT or ACT practice test Sat., Jan. 18, at Tutor House Tutoring Services’ Chandler or Tempe locations. Testing is held from 9:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. with registration from 9 to 9:15 a.m. Students should bring a calculator to the session. Taking a practice test is a way for students to find strengths and weaknesses in a low-pressure environment and become familiar with test formats, question types, timing and content. Test results and analysis are

Levels 2 through Elite; live bands; entertainment; shopping; and more. Admission is $20 per day for adults or $40 for an all-weekend adult pass, and $15 per day for children 12 and younger, seniors and military, or $35 for an allweekend pass. Included in the ticket price is one free 90-minute “open gym” session per child at the Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics Center, 3110 E. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix; participants must show ticket stub to come to a free open gym. For more information, visit or, or call 602-992-5790.

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

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The ‘international child’ … a 21st century paradigm BY NEW VISTAS CENTER FOR EDUCATION

Instant forms of communications and rapid international travel have made the world much smaller in the 21st century. For preschool student, Lucia Manelli, this reality could not be truer. As a student of Italian heritage at New Vistas Center for Education, Lucia can just as easily call Argentina or the United States her “home” because she lives in both countries. The daughter of highly educated parents, Lucia represents a paradigm shift in what it means to be a child in the 21st century: multinational, multilingual, technologically agile and internationally mobile. As is customary with the Manellis, once a year they depart for Argentina not only to visit family but also to travel and work. The challenge, however, is how to keep Lucia and her sister advancing academically during their prolonged absence from school. Lucia’s father, Alejandro Manelli, ASU economics professor, says, “With a little creativity coupled with today’s technology, traveling half way around the world has become easier. Every environment, every culture, and every experience holds great potential for learning.” Armed with a tablet and a laptop, Lucia never missed a lesson in Tammy Myers’ academic preschool class. She continued to practice math, phonics,

INTERNATIONAL CHILD: Lucia Manelli calls Argentina and Chandler her home. Submitted photo

alphabetizing, geography, writing and reading. She could ask her teacher questions, go over homework and visit with her classmates. She chronicled her daily experiences via Skype and answered her classmates’ questions face-to-face about what life was like in Argentina. Mercedes, Lucia’s mother, observes: “New Vistas seems to attract children from many different countries. Their families value education highly and the school’s international quality provides an environment of learning that goes well beyond a set curriculum.”

Carol Elias, director of New Vistas, states: “Children and families who share vast and varied exposure to the world, naturally gravitate to one another because of shared experiences.” Mercedes agrees. “Five-year-olds today are more globally exposed, hence, they naturally point out differences between places such as reversed seasons between hemispheres, time differences, contrast between cities and lifestyles, etc. Learning within an international environment goes way beyond languages, history, and facts. It enhances a child’s ability to observe, analyze and form deeper relationships.” Myers smiles as she recalls how the entire class surprised Lucia with an impromptu “Happy Birthday” song delivered at the speed of the Internet. “How awesome that 19 little 5-yearolds living a world apart can exchange funny stories, pose questions and share experiences from ‘classrooms’ without walls and countries with invisible borders. The world is smaller.” Below the surface of this profile lies multiple languages, loving parents, structured yet nurturing teachers, and an education which advances international understanding amid rigorous academic instruction. At the heart of the 450plus students, coming from at least 38 different countries (and 44 states in the

United States) attending classes at New Vistas, is a deeply loving community of families bound by an international curricula of rigorous academics nurturing each child’s personal best. And unbeknownst to the children, they teach adults to hold special relationships warmly, live openly without hesitation, and remain unashamedly curious about everything. They remind adults to be enthusiastic about life, remain eager to learn, and to openly embrace change. This is the new paradigm of childhood. Celebrating its 35th anniversary, New Vistas Center for Education, named a Top 10 School by Johns Hopkins University CTY, is a private school located at 670 N. Arizona Ave., Suite 35, Chandler.

CHECKING IN: Lucia Manelli Skypes with classmates, as well as teacher Tammy Myers. Submitted photo


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Museum seeks $12K through Kickstarter campaign The Arizona Museum for Youth Friends Inc., a nonprofit organization charged with raising funds for the Arizona Museum for Youth, is asking the community to donate to its $12,500 Kickstarter campaign. Funds generated through Sun., Jan. 26, will help build “The HUB,” an engaging, hands-on space that will foster creativity in the upcoming, newly rebranded i.d.e.a. Museum at 35 N. Robson, Mesa. Every donation will count as this is an all-ornothing campaign. Kickstarter projects are only funded if the entire goal is met. If it falls even a dollar short, the museum receives nothing (credit cards will not be charged). Donations are tax deductible. For more information, view the Kickstarter video at or the-hub-a-new-interactive-creative-spaceat-idea-m. “We need you, members of the community to join us in making a donation in order to make this space a reality,” says Carmen Guerrero of the AMY Friends. “Your support will help children and families of all backgrounds and abilities achieve their dreams and aspirations by helping lay a foundation which fosters their creativity, imagination and problemsolving skills.” The HUB is just one aspect of the new museum brand. It is called a hands-on space where patrons and children can



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unleash their creativity. There are more than 10 different experiences planned in this space. “Kickstarter is a great way for the community to get involved in helping us provide creative opportunities for everyone,” said Sunnee O’Rork, AMY executive director. “Only 50% of public schools in Arizona offer some type of creative, artistic opportunity as part of their standard curriculum. Creativity is listed as the single most attribute of the future, according to an IBM survey of 1,500 CEOs worldwide. By backing this project, you will help us ensure that the creativity in all of us continues to thrive.” This is the first Kickstarter campaign by a nonprofit for a museum in the Valley. The $12,500 is part of a $100,000 third, public match, led by the Arizona Museum for Youth Friends nonprofit in response to a lead gift of $100,000 by visionary John Whiteman and $100,000 match to his contribution by Mesa toward the overall rebrand initiative goal of $300,000. Donors (also known as “backers”) will receive awards, including free tickets to the new i.d.e.a. Museum exclusive VIP rebrand launch on Thu., Feb. 6. The i.d.e.a. Museum is scheduled for launch to the public on Fri., Feb. 7. For more information about the Kickstarter program, call Lindsay Hochhalter at 480-644-5564. For general information, call 480-644-2468.

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FIERCE COMPETITORS: Students from Z-Ultimate Self Defense Studios in Chandler placed second in overall point total at the recent Southwest Regional Tournament of Champions, missing first place by only six points. Children, teen and adult students competed in at least one of three events: sparring, Kata and weapon forms. During the month of January, Z-Ultimate is ringing in the New Year with a special reduced rate program for all new students. For more information, contact Z-Ultimate at or Z-Ultimate Chief Instructor Brad Bennett at 480-895-4466. Submitted photo



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CHANDLER UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT Jan. 6: Teacher Inservice Workday; no school Jan. 20: Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday; no school

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Arizona College Prep – Oakland Knights Information Night – ACP Oakland hosts a parent information night at 6 p.m. Thu., Jan. 16, in the school cafeteria. All interested families are encouraged to attend. Priority Placement – Applications for enrollment in the group Priority Placement Testing for the 2014-15 school year are due by Wed., Jan. 17. Applications can be downloaded from the school website at ACPOakland. Testing is held from 8 a.m. to noon Sat., Jan. 25, at the ACP Oakland campus at 191 W. Oakland St., Chandler. For more information, contact the front office at 480-224-3930. Knights in action – Sixth grader Porter O’Doherty won first place at the Regional Competition for the FIRST Robotics Program. The Math Club will defend its first-place team title in the upcoming Chandler-Gilbert Community College Excellence in Math Junior High Competition on Sat., Jan. 25. Kudos – ACP Oakland has been recognized as a 2013 National Center for Educational Achievement Higher Performing School. Thanks to the hard-

QUEEN BEES: Carlson Elementary Spelling Bee runner-up Stephanie Robinson, a fifth grader, joins champ Anna Brandon, a sixth grader, and Principal Leo Schlueter for awards and congratulations. Anna will advance to the District Bee in January. Submitted photo Hull Heroes

Arctic Carnival – The Arctic Carnival will be Sat., Jan. 25. Many volunteers will be needed for this exciting event; check out the Hull Elementary School website PTO tab or Facebook/ HullElementary for volunteer sign-ups coming soon, or email hullptopres@ 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. News flash – “Like” Hull Elementary on Facebook for up-to-date PTO information and check out the PTO blog at —Kristen Boyd

PLANNING: Members of the Jacobson Elementary School Dads Club hang out while planning the many projects they have planned for the school. Submitted photo

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CTA-Independence Hawks Calendar Jan. 8: Report cards go home Jan. 13: Open enrollment begins Jan. 13-24: Student Council Food Drive Jan. 14-15: Variety Show Auditions —Wendi Olson

HAVING FUN AND LEARNING: Fifth-grade students at Jacobson Elementary School enjoy three great days at Science Camp. Submitted photo

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Youth at Basha High’s Accelerated Middle School, have been chosen to participate in the eighth grade All State Band in the clarinet instrument class. Two other AMS students, Kayla Tran, clarinet, and Seth Wuthrich, trumpet, qualified as statewide alternates. All State Band members will attend a festival and workshop on March 22, where professional musicians will provide instruction and predetermined music will be provided to students to perform at the conclusion of the festival. High honors – Basha High softball coach Scott Hoffmeyer has been chosen as the National All American Chairman for the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. For the last three years, Hoffmeyer has been the Western Regional All American chairman. Setting standards – The Air Force Junior Reserve officers’ Training Corps (AFJROTC) instructors and cadets of Basha High earned an overall unit assessment score of “Exceeds Standards,” the highest rating attainable, during their most recent unit evaluation. The unit is run by Col. David Guthrie and Master Sgt. Michael Cullum with the support of BHS Principal Ken James. —Carol Skocypec

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Backyard bouncing begins with safety BY TRACY HOUSE

The kids bounce, jump and bound through the air, soaring above the ground and giggling with excitement on the newest present from the holidays – a trampoline. They are a lot of fun, but if not used properly they can be dangerous and cause, often avoidable, injuries. According to information published by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) it is estimated there were 94,900 emergency room treated injuries associated with trampolines in 2012. Major reasons for injuries include colliding with another person on the trampoline; improper landing while jumping or doing stunts; falling or jumping off the trampoline; and falling on the trampoline springs or frame. Keeping the kids safe and still allowing them to have fun means taking precautions and implementing rules for trampoline safety. Scott Barclay, ASU men’s gymnastics coach since 1979 and the owner of Aspire Kids Sports Center, says there are some steadfast rules for backyard trampolines. “The number one rule on tramp is one person on a tramp at a time,” Barclay advises. “A study has been done and there are more kids in the ER because of trampoline and the number one reason is two kids on a trampoline at a time.” He explains there is a lot of force as one child is jumping up and the other is coming down. “In our gym the number one rule is one person on the tramp at


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TEACHING TRAMPOLINE : Scott Barclay, left, ASU men’s gymnastics coach and owner of Aspire Kids Sports Center in Chandler, Josh Browne and Jarrett Jensen. Barclay coaches athletes from around the Valley in trampoline. STSN photo by Tracy House a time. If we adhere to that, we’ve taken care of 90% of our injuries.” A second precaution Barclay suggests is to put the trampoline in the ground. The next way he says kids get hurt is falling off the trampoline. If the trampoline cannot be put in the ground Barclay says, “The nets are the next best safety issue to have. They’re good to have. If you’re going to have a trampoline above ground, have nets. It keeps kids from

falling off.” The third point Barclay makes about having a trampoline is that children should have some type of progressive education on trampoline. He suggests taking classes, reading books or viewing videos for proper technique and skill development. He says people get hurt by doing things above their ability. SEE BOUNCING PAGE 36



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“I would say get a good solid basic foundation of what tramp is so you have a respect for it and like anything, the better you are at it the more fun it is,” Barclay mentions. “Tramp is so much fun when it’s safe.” Barclay explains, “There’s 100 things you can do (on a trampoline) before you ever have to flip over feet to feet.” In addition to the progression of skills, Barclay mentions that children who take classes also learn how to fall to minimize getting injured. “I think it’s so important to get instruction,” he says. “You get a little respect for that trampoline because it can be dangerous but it can also be very fun. And it can also be very healthy.” Barclay mentions that bouncing on a trampoline tightens the core muscles. “For somebody to bounce for just five minutes is probably one of the best workouts they can have. You don’t have to flip or do anything. Just bounce. Every time you land you have to tighten your core.” “It’s so important,” Barclay urges of trampoline safety. “It’s dear to me because it gives a bad name to trampoline when people get hurt. If we can keep them from getting hurt they will enjoy the sport and just the activity of bouncing.” He reiterates, the number one rule, only one person on the trampoline at the time. “It’s a hard rule to follow, but if they stick to it they’ll be a lot safer.” Aspire Kids Sports Center is located at 50 S. Hearthstone Way, Chandler. Visit aspirekidsportscom or call 480-820-3774 for more information. For more information about trampoline safety, go to Tracy House is the news editor for SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at tracy@santansun. com.

Payne teacher bringing Lincoln back BY CHRISTINA FUOCO-KARASINSKI

With his tall, thin stature, tidy beard, top hat and three-piece suit, Sean Murphy draws attention wherever he goes. Whether it’s in a classroom, a restaurant or an airplane, kids flock to him and adults want their pictures taken with him. For the last five years, Murphy, a teacher at Payne Junior High, has taken advantage of his similarities to Abraham Lincoln, serving as an impersonator/ interpreter. He has spoken to school kids and hobnobbed with politicians. “Kindergarteners are the most fun,” says Murphy, dressed in his finest Lincoln regalia. “They give the big deerin-headlights look. We went to NYPD Pizza and this woman said, ‘I don’t want to offend you, but you kind of look like Abraham Lincoln.’ I’m not offended by that. He may not be the best-looking guy, but I appreciate it.” Some could say that Murphy didn’t chose Lincoln, instead the 16th president chose him. It was fate that the 32-year-old was offered a Lincoln book study through a teachers’ professional development program. “I just got really hooked and obsessed—a healthy obsession of him,” he says with a laugh. Murphy, who bears a tattoo of Lincoln on his arm, never thought about interpreting “The Man Beneath the Hat” until a fellow doppelganger,

LINKING LINCOLN: Sean Murphy, a teacher at Payne Junior High, bears a striking resemblance to President Abraham Lincoln. STSN photo by Sam Nalven

Bill King, pulled him aside during a visit Springfield, Ill., where Lincoln was buried, and suggested he go professional. He has also received advice from Lincoln actor and historian James A. Getty, with whom Murphy had lunch in Gettysburg. He offered very vital insight: “It’s the people who keep you important,” Getty told Murphy. “They’re the reason I have a job.” That resonated with Murphy, who then realized he had a gift. There’s nothing dry about Murphy’s presentation to schools. He and his class sing songs like “I’m Lincoln and I Know

It” and “LincolnBack,” playing off popular tracks by LMFAO and Justin Timberlake, respectively. “It’s all about having fun,” he says. Those who come across Murphy dressed as Lincoln automatically have this trust of him and the late president. He goes out in public wearing his Lincoln garb—like to see the “Lincoln” film starring Daniel Day-Lewis. “All of a sudden you’re iconic,” he says. “They don’t know me, yet they put their arm around me. I think it’s the reverence and the awe. It’s the look on people’s faces and that joy to say you’re Abraham Lincoln.” There is the occasional skeptic, however. During one appearance, a munchkin at SanTan Elementary School told a dressed-in-character Murphy, “You were shot. How are you here if you’re dead?” After much internal deliberation, Murphy said, “‘I was personally chosen to pass on the memory of Abe Lincoln.’ That was enough for him.” Murphy says being Lincoln is “truly what I love and want. Everybody has their rough days, but it’s a dream. That’s my passion. It’s what drives me. Everything I do, I always try to find a way to link it back to Lincoln.” To book Murphy for appearances, visit Christina Fuoco-Karasinski is the editor of the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at

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By Alison Stanton

Crickette Gill shares her Chandler home with her sons, Deston, 12, and Denzel, 21, and a diverse menagerie of pets: three cats, two leopard geckos, one marbled gecko, an African dwarf frog, two crabs, a snail, an upside down catfish and two fire-bellied toads. Gill says her boys are the “only reason” why she has so many animals in her home. Specifically, she knew that having pets would do more than provide her sons with companionship—the animals would also teach them some valuable life lessons. “I think having pets in the home has taught my children to be more responsible and has taught them to be empathetic toward others,” says Gill, adding that both of her sons are “very kindhearted, understanding individuals.” “Having pets has also made them both more curious about the world around them, particularly my 12-yearold son. They are both immensely intelligent and taking care of others including our pets helps them build strong character.” Renee Gerber, a mom of three from Chandler, says that her family originally adopted their dog, a German shepherd named Chewbacca, in part because they were hoping to have an animal that would provide protection. “But it was also for our kids. They had been wanting a dog since our previous dog passed away, so we thought this was a good way to cover both things.” Adopting Chewbacca as a puppy five years ago has definitely taught some valuable life lessons to Gerber’s three children: Reese, 8, Regan, 11, and Brady, 15. “It has taught them to be responsible,” she says, adding that since Chewbacca relies on the family for food and water, the children are basically ensuring that he gets his needs met. “They rotate who has to feed and water the dog. He gets fed multiple times a day so they rotate through who does it,” Gerber says. “Overall, I think that they have seen

what it is to be responsible for something other than themselves. Their dog relies on them for everything and they know that.” Chip Coffey, LPC, director of therapy services at St. Luke's Behavioral Health Center, which has an outpatient center in Chandler, says that having pets can definitely benefit children. “One is that children who have pets tend to be more cooperative and sharing. It is believed this is due to the empathy they feel for their pets,” Coffey says. “Children with pets demonstrate better social skills and appear to have stronger sense of self-worth.” And for children who are an only child or have dealt with separation, Coffey says a pet can assist them in dealing with their sense of loneliness. “While children benefit from pets, there is an added benefit—the family as a whole benefits from this addition,” he notes. Robin Munger, a Gilbert mother of three daughters, says she sees first-hand how having pets helps her children— just as they helped her when she was growing up. For example, her oldest daughter Sorcha, who was diagnosed with dyslexia when she was young, has benefited greatly from being around their horses. Sorcha is now a freshman at Northern Arizona University, where she earns straight A’s, Munger says. Her younger sisters—Olivia, who is a high school junior, and Grace, who is in eighth grade—are also outstanding students, something that Munger directly attributes to having pets. “I can tell you that if you are looking for end results, I have got three best examples one could ask for,” Munger

says, adding that they share their home and property with three horses, one pony, two dogs, one cat, and six baby chicks. “All three of my daughters are straight-A students, and they are the most giving and compassionate young ladies I have ever met. I have no doubt that they will be doing amazing things in our world as they grow and contributing to our society in great ways.” Gill also feels that being responsible for pets has helped Denzel make the honor roll in college every semester. “That same hard work they put in when caring for their pets transfers over to the coursework as well.” she says. “He has maintained a 4.0 average and I think a lot of that has to do with the daily regimen of caring after his pets.”’ Alison Stanton is a freelance writer who lives in the East Valley. She can be reached at

Children who have pets tend to be more cooperative and sharing. Resources Websites:

• • Books:

• “My Dog!: A Kids' Guide to Keeping a Happy and Healthy Pet,” by Michael J. Rosen • “Paws & Effect: The Healing Power of Dogs,” by Sharon Sakson • “The Healing Power of Pets: Harnessing the Amazing Ability of Pets to Make and Keep People Happy and Healthy,” by Marty Becker



January 2014


January 5 AZ Railway

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Lapsit Story Time Family Story Time Minecraft Monday

LEGO Store Family Story Time

Community Nights Toddler Time

Preschool Story Time

Teen Talent Competition

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Family Story Time

Toddler Time Mom’s Club Kids Club

Preschool Story Time

Suitcase Club

Family Story Time Minecraft Monday LEGO Kit Club





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Martin Luther King Day

Family Story Time Suitcase Club



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LEGO Club Lapsit Story Time Family Story Time Minecraft Monday

28 Family Story Time Rhythm & Rhyme

4 SanTan Family Fun Arrives! AZ Railway Family Birdwalks

New Year’s Day

22 Toddler Time Community Nights Kids Club

23 Preschool Story Time

11 AZ Railway Doggy Story Time Science Saturdays Meet the Creature!

18 AZ Railway Multicultural Festival Hiking



JCC Play Group East Valley Car Show




Toddler Time Kids Club

Preschool Story Time

Swan Lake

AZ Railway Meet the Creature!

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FAMILY FUN 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26 Arizona Railway Museum, noon4 p.m. Visit Chandler’s railway museum at Tumbleweed Park. The Arizona Railway Museum was founded and incorporated in 1983 as a nonprofit, educational and historical organization. The museum is dedicated to the railways of Arizona and the Southwest. Arizona Railway Museum, 330 E. Ryan Rd., Chandler. Display yard and building free; display cars $2 per person or $5 per family/group. For information, call Tim at 480-833-4353 or Bart Barton at 480-831-6520,

4 Monthly Family Birdwalks, 8 a.m.-noon. Desert Rivers Audubon leads free guided bird watching tours through Veterans Oasis Park the first Saturday of every month from November-April. One-hour walks begin every 30 minutes starting at 8 a.m. Be prepared for the outdoors! Sun protection, closed-toe footwear, and drinking water are recommended. Program may be cancelled due to inclement weather. Meet at the Red-Tailed Hawk Pavilion. Instructor: Desert Rivers Audubon volunteers. Registration for the program is not required, but large groups of 10 or more must call in advance. All participants younger than 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Environmental Education Center, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. Free. 480-782-2890,

6, 13, 27 Lapsit Story Time, 10-10:20 a.m. Join in for 20 minutes of special time for babies and caregivers with books, music, and fingerplays. Recommended one child per adult so no siblings will feel left out. There will also be 20 minutes of playtime afterward. Infants 0-18 months. Hamilton Library Programming Room, 3700 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. Free event. 480-782-2800,

Family Story Time, 6:30-7 p.m. Enjoy stories, songs, and fingerplays for the whole family with books, flannel board stories & puppets. Toddlers 18-36 months, preschoolers 3-5 years old, school age 6-8 years old. Basha Library Programming Room, 5990 S. Val Vista

Dr., Chandler. Free event. No registration needed. 480-782-2800,

Free event. Contact Courtney Allen at 480-782-2730 for more information.

Minecraft Monday, 5-6 p.m.

8, 15, 22, 29 Toddler Time with Miss Jo,

We have Minecraft! Join us every Monday to play Minecraft. Ages 9-18. Downtown Library, Cactus Room (Adult Ed Classroom Room 219), 22 S. Delaware St., Chandler. Free event. No registration necessary. Space is limited. 480-782-2800,

7 LEGO Store Monthly Mini Model Build!, begins at 5 p.m. while supplies last. Visit your local LEGO Store on the first Tuesday of every month and you can learn how to build a cool mini model, and take it home—for free! Quantities are limited and offer is good while supplies last only. A new model will be available every month and will be specially themed to that month. This month’s mini model build is LEGO Snowplow. Models are not for sale and cannot be purchased. The LEGO Store, Chandler Fashion Center, 3111 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler. One free per child. Event is open to children ages 6 to 14 only. 480-899-0228, en-us/stores/us/chandler-fashion-center.

7, 14, 21, 28 Family Story Time, 10-10:30 a.m. The whole family is welcome for this story time featuring your favorite stories and songs! Preschoolers 3-5 years old, toddlers 18-36 months. Downtown Library Copper Room (former City Council Chambers), 22 S. Delaware St., Chandler. Free. 480-782-2800,

Family Story Time, 10:15-10:45 a.m. Join the group for stories, fingerplays, songs and bubbles. Toddlers 18-36 months, preschoolers 3-5 years old. Sunset Library Monsoon Room, 4930 W. Ray Rd., Chandler. Free. 480-782-2800,

8 Community Nights in the Courtyard—Bobo the Magic Clown, 5:30-7 p.m. Family fun the second and fourth Wednesday of the month. Community Center, 125 E. Commonwealth Ave., Chandler.

9:10-9:40 a.m. Spots, squeakers, shorter books, bells and bubbles make learning letters, counting and following direction fun. About 20 minutes long. No registration required. For ages 1 and 2. Baby siblings welcome. Basha Library Programming room, 5990 S. Val Vista Dr., Chandler. Free. 480-782-2800,

Toddler Time, 10-10:30 a.m. Books, bells and bubbles make learning letters and counting fun! Toddlers 18-36 months. No registration is required. Baby siblings are welcome. Hamilton Library Programming Room, 3700 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. Free. 480-782-2800,

9, 16, 23, 30 Preschool Story Time, 9:10-9:30 a.m. Expand your child’s love of books through stories, songs, fingerplays, flannel boards, games and puppets. Preschoolers 3-5 years old. Basha Library Programming Room, 5990 S. Val Vista Dr., Chandler. Free. 480-782-2800,

Preschool Story Time, 2-2:30 p.m. Get your child ready for kindergarten with stories, songs, games and fingerplays that will develop a love of learning, print awareness, vocabulary, concepts, social skills and motor skills. For preschool children 3-5, siblings welcomed! Downtown Library Copper Room (former City Council Chambers), 22 S. Delaware St., Chandler. Free. 480-782-2800,

10 10th annual Teen Talent Competition, 6-9 p.m. Check out the teens with talent. Enjoy acts featuring singing, dancing, rap, musical instruments, and bands. Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. Admission $5. Contact Manny Padia at 480-782-2746 for more information.

11 Doggy Story Time, 10-10:30 a.m. Join in for a special story time where everyone can enjoy stories, songs, and fun. Even dogs are coming to this story time. Preschoolers 3-5 years old, school age 6-8 years old, tweens 9-11 years old. Downtown Library Copper Room (former City Council Chambers), 22 S. Delaware St., Chandler. Free. 480-782-2800,

Science Saturdays, 10 a.m-2 p.m. Bring the whole family to do a science experiment at Tumbleweed Ranch. The ranch features animals, farm equipment and historic houses from Chandler’s agricultural past. Located south of Tumbleweed Recreation Center on Pioneer Parkway, at McQueen and Germann roads. Free. 480-782-2900,

11, 25 Meet the Creature! 11-11:45 a.m. In this interactive program, children will get up close and personal with live animals while receiving a fun lesson in wildlife rescue and conservation. Each program features different fascinating animals from around the world. Registration required. Children ages 2-12 must be accompanied by a paid adult. Instructor: Lisa Limbert of Lisa’s Creatures & East Valley, Environmental Education Center, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. Resident fee: $6 Nonresident fee: $9. 480-782-2890,

13 LEGO Kit Club, 4-5 p.m. We supply a variety of skill level kits for kids to put together during this hour of fun. Ages 5-12. Basha Library Programming Room, 5990 S. Val Vista Dr., Chandler. Free. No registration needed. 480-782-2800,

15 Family Night at the TRC—Mom’s Club of Chandler NE presents “Winter Wonderland,” 5:30-7 p.m. The first and third Wednesdays of the month enjoy a variety of different recreational activities and entertainment. Tumbleweed Recreation Center, 745 E. Germann Rd., Chandler. Youth $2 resident, $3 nonresident; teens $3 resident, $5 nonresident. For more information


contact Michael Fenzel, 480-782-2908.

Kids Club, powered by National Geographic Kids, 10-11 a.m. The Chandler Fashion Center Kids Club is a great opportunity for your child to learn in a fun, interactive setting. We’ve teamed up with National Geographic Kids to create activities and games that focus on discovery through play. Ring in the new year with some singing and dancing fun for everyone. Learn the new Kids Club song and talk about pets that are short or very, very long! Chandler Fashion Center, in the Gap wing near the Food Court, 3111 W Chandler Blvd., Chandler. Open to the public. Free. 480 812-8488, ShopChandlerFashion

17 C-Town Suitcase Club, 10-11 a.m. Travel though time and explore everyday objects, designed for 3-5 year olds and their caregivers. This winter’s theme is “Keys, Fees and Knees.” Chandler Museum, 300 S. Chandler Village Dr., Chandler. Free. 480-782-2717,

18 Chandler’s 19th annual Multicultural Festival, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sponsored by the mayor, City Council and the Human Relations Commission, and in partnership with Intel, the Chandler Multicultural Festival invites you to come out and experience a fun-filled day of art, music and dance, while learning a little more about our neighbors and our rich cultural diversity. Downtown Chandler Library Plaza, 22. S. Delaware St., Chandler. Free. 480-782-2665.

Hiking, 10 a.m.-noon. Come learn the basics of hiking, including area geology, flora and fauna, and most importantly, safety! Your hiking education will include fun, exercise, team building, family bonding, and appreciation of natural resources. This program includes time in the classroom, individual evaluation and experiences on the trail. Offsite hiking location TBD after class. Ages 12 and older. Instructor: HIKE IN PHX, LLC. Environmental Education Center, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. Instructor fee: $50; Resident fee: $14; Nonresident fee: $19. 480-782-2890, chandleraz.eec.

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January 2014


Calendar, From Page 3 20 Martin Luther King Day. Most offices and recreation facilities of the city of Chandler will be closed and no classes will be held.

21 C-Town Suitcase Club, 10-11a.m. This winter’s theme is “Keys, Fees and Knees.” Travel back through time to sing, hear stories, and discover everyday objects from the past and present. Program includes a special take-home item. Ages 3-5. Chandler Museum, 300 S. Chandler Village Dr., Chandler. No advance registration required. Free. 480-782-2717,

22 Community Nights in the Courtyard—Face Painting & Craft Night, 5:30-7 p.m. Family fun the

friend Jungle Jill will show you some of the special and unique animals in her family. Songs and animal fun for everyone! Chandler Fashion Center, in the Gap wing near the Food Court, 3111 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler. Open to the public. Free. 480 812-8488, KidsClub/.

24 JCC Play Group, 9:30-11 a.m. JCC Playgroup Kabbalat Shabbat with the preschool, followed by time for play for the little ones and conversation for their adults. For caregivers and their children younger than 2. East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler. Free for all. Contact Pam Morris, ECE director, 480-897-0588,

East Valley Car Show, 6-9 pm.

second and fourth Wednesday of the month. Community Center, 125 E. Commonwealth Ave., Chandler. Free. Contact Courtney Allen at 480-782-2730 for more information.

Kids Club, powered by National Geographic Kids, 10-11 a.m. The Chandler Fashion Center Kids Club is a great opportunity for your child to learn in a fun, interactive setting. We’ve teamed up with National Geographic Kids to create activities and games that focus on discovery through play. Persephone’s

Do you enjoy showing off your car or enjoy looking at other car enthusiasts autos? Enjoy the lively music and check out the wheels, from classic oldies to smoking ‘vettes and everything in between, or bring your cool car and put it on display. Music will be provided by Eagle Entertainment. Fulton Ranch Towne Center, west Ocotillo Road and Arizona Avenue, Chandler. Free. No registration required. 623-582-9599, news-and-events/east-valley-car-show/.

27 LEGO Club, 4-5 p.m. We supply the LEGO! You supply the imagination! Ages 5-12. Basha Library Programming Room, 5990 S. Val Vista Dr., Chandler. Free. No registration needed. 480-782-2800,

Chandler Fashion Center, in the Gap wing near the Food Court, 3111 W Chandler Blvd., Chandler. Open to the public. Free. 480 812-8488, KidsClub/.

31 Moscow Festival Ballet presents “Swan Lake,”

28 Rhythm & Rhyme, 11:30 a.m.-noon. We will enlighten and educate young children with an entertaining style of musical fun! We use rhythm instruments, sing-along and action songs, dancing and movement to teach your children the love of music! Feel free to bring a bottle of water. Toddlers 18-36 months, preschoolers 3-5 years old. Basha Library Programming Room, 5990 S. Val Vista Dr., Chandler. Free. No registration needed. 480-782-2800,

7:30 p.m. In “Swan Lake,” Prince Siegfried comes of age and his subjects come from far and wide to celebrate and to swear allegiance to their new ruler. Recommended for ages 8 and older. Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. Tickets: $38, $46 & $52. 480-782-2680,



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Annual teen talent show set for Jan. 10 By Tracy House

The public is invited to experience the talents of teens from Chandler and around the Valley as Chandler Center for the Arts hosts the 10th annual Teen Talent Competition, 6 to 9 p.m. Fri., Jan. 10, presented by the city. Manuel Padia, one of three recreation teen coordinators at Tumbleweed Recreation Center, and his team are making the arrangements for producing the show. This is Padia’s first year running the talent show, a long-standing tradition in Chandler. “I think it’s always good to establish a program and then have it be successful on an annual basis,” says Padia. “The community looks for those kinds of things.” The talent competition is for teens ages 12 to 17, focusing on sixth graders to high school seniors. Last year 24 kids participated in the show and Padia anticipates that many or more for this year’s talent show. Teens had to register and audition for the show. Acts include vocals, bands, dancing and instrumental sections. Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., is providing the venue for the show, which is open to the public. “We definitely invite folks to come on out and support our teens here in town and watch a great show,” Padia says. Admission is $5 for the two- to three-hour show. Money from admission covers the cost of producing the show and will be used to support future activities and offset other costs associated with the teen program. While Padia is directing, he says the Chandler Center for the Arts has been wonderful to work with and have helped

with the production. The facility has been donated at no cost. This year’s judges include Tyler Severance, world and national yo-yo champion, recording artist Sya (Sara Ramos) and Joe Zazueta, a producer for Cox Channel 7. These are all first-time judges, Padia comments. “We’re trying to mix it up and bring some different folks there.” He’s hoping that some of them may even perform during intermission. Padia mentions that some of the acts have been in the show four years. There is a first place and runner-up cash prize for each talent category. He says there are teens from all over the Valley participating in the show, not just from Chandler. In addition to the teen talent show, Padia says there have been a lot of bands interested in playing and the teen program has created a Battle of the Bands competition coming up 6 to 9 p.m., Fri., Mar. 14. “This will be the inaugural year.” He mentions it will be held at the TRC and is open to bands in and around Chandler. Ashley Swail will be coordinating the band competition which is looking for eight bands. “We’re really trying to rebuild the teen program, and grow and offer some new things,” Padia mentions. When Padia started with the teen program kids were surveyed to see what they really wanted out of a teen program. There are several teen classes specific to the feedback received. They include skateboarding, build your own board, Mix masters, video gaming history and music. ”We’re trying to find out and talk to the kids and see what’s of interest to

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them,” Padia explains. “In doing the survey, music was something that popped up and so we wanted to go that way and incorporate activities to have that music element involved.” Instead of teens just hanging out, Padia says the staff wants to incorporate some strategies to get the kids involved to get more out of the experience and offer broader classes. Upcoming events include a Super Bowl party, drop-in events and more for teens to enjoy and engage. For more information about the talent competition or teen programs contact Padia at 480-782-2746 or email Tracy House is the news editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at



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Environmental Education Center offers a variety of programs The Chandler Environmental Education Center (EEC) at Veterans Oasis Park kicks off the new year with a variety of indoor and outdoor classes for all ages. Advanced registration is required and can be completed online at or in person at any Chandler recreation facility. A complete listing of classes and fees is published in the quarterly Break Time brochure and posted online at Fri., Jan. 10 “Come Alive Story Time with Ms. Diana—Nature Education”

world. Children ages 2-12 must be accompanied by a paid adult.

Sat., Jan. 18 “Introduction to Vegetarian Cooking”

9-9:45 a.m. (Ages 2-3) 10-10:45 a.m. (Ages 3-5) Music and stories are an important part of shaping a child’s life. Through interactive stories, music, games and drama, the program builds positive attitudes, character, self-esteem and values.

Tue., Jan. 14 “Girl Scout Badge: Geocaching”

10 a.m.-Noon (Ages 16 and older) Learn the basics of preparing meals in this introductory level class. Learn to prepare easy, gluten-free, vegetarian meals while saving time and energy. Fresh ingredients will be used to create simple and delicious dishes. Class will conclude with samples to taste and recipes to take home.

Fri., Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31 “Outdoor Adventures” 3:30-4:30 p.m. (Ages 11-16) Come out and learn about camping, fishing and wilderness survival techniques.

Sat., Jan. 11 “Meet the Creature” 11-11:45 a.m. (All ages) In this interactive program, children will get up close and personal with live animals while receiving a fun lesson in wildlife rescue and conservation. Each program features different fascinating animals from around the

4-6 p.m. (Ages 8-12) Discover the excitement of geocaching. Scouts will use GPS units to locate geocaches throughout Veterans Oasis Park. Be prepared for the outdoors. Wear comfortable shoes, sunscreen and bring a water bottle. Nonscouts are welcome to attend, but will not receive a badge.

Sat., Jan. 18 “Nature Photography” 9 a.m.-Noon (Ages 7-15) Learn the basics of nature photography, such as exposure and aperture, focusing on nature and wildlife subjects, capturing the shot, and composing to create compelling photographs. This program will cover classroom instruction as well as outdoor experiences. Students must bring their own camera, battery and memory card.

Sat., Jan. 18 “Hiking” 10 a.m.-noon (Ages 12 and older) Come learn the basics of hiking, including area geology, flora and fauna, and most importantly, safety. Your hiking education will include fun, exercise, team building, family bonding and appreciation of natural resources. This program includes time in the classroom, individual evaluation and experiences on the trail. An off-site hiking location will be determined after class.

Wed., Jan. 22, 29 and Feb. 5 “Beginning Birding”

Sat., Jan. 25 “Goofy Garden Fun”

6:45-7:45 p.m. (Ages 16 and older) Veterans Oasis Park is considered one of the premier birding spots in the Valley, with more than 150 identified species. 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.

10-11:15 a.m. (Ages 3-5) Join the group each month for some goofy garden fun. Learn gardening basics through crafts, games, experiments, songs and more. Each month features a different concept of learning with a nature theme. Activities may include vegetable painting, planting an edible plant and more. Fee is per child, with one unpaid adult permitted.

Sat. Jan. 25 “Meet the Creature”

The EEC is located at 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., within Veterans Oasis Park on the northeast corner of Chandler Heights and Lindsay roads. Call the EEC Program Hotline at 480-782-2889 to get updates on the status of programs. You can also call 480-782-2890 or 480-782-4900 for additional information, or visit

11-11:45 a.m. (All ages) In this interactive program, children will get up close and personal with live animals while receiving a fun lesson in wildlife rescue and conservation. Each program features different fascinating animals from around the world. Children ages 2-12 must be accompanied by a paid adult.


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Lap Swim at Hamilton and Mesquite Groves Aquatic Centers Closed until January 6 Free

19th Annual Chandler Admission! Multicultural Festival at the Downtown Chandler Library Plaza Saturday, January 18 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Join the City of Chandler and the Human Relations Commission as we celebrate the diverse culture of America. Experience music, dance, art on stage, in exhibits, and booths throughout the day. Food and beverage will be on sale as we showcase cultures from around the world! Visit for more information on the event schedule.

When the pools reopen on January 6 you can purchase your annual lap swim pass at a discounted rate until January 9! The pass will be available for $170 (that’s a 15% savings!) and the pass is valid at both Hamilton and Mesquite Groves Aquatic Centers. Guests must be a Chandler resident to purchase.

Senior Center Variety Show Auditions Monday, January 6 & Tuesday, January 14 Our Annual Variety show is around the corner (March 12 & 13) and we’re looking for the best talent in the Valley! Call Eliza Haws at 480-782-2741 to sign up for an audition.

Community Nights in the Courtyard at the Community Center Wednesday, January 8 & 22 5 - 7:30 p.m.

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Join us for some free family fun with Bobo the Magic Clown on the 8th and Face Painting on the 22nd! The Community Center will be hosting Community Nights in the Courtyard on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month! Contact Courtney Allen at 480-782-2730 for more information!

Stay Connected! 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 the fitness opportunities available 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.


January 4 – 17, 2014


Community Commentary

Board focuses on 10-year plan BY ANNETTE AUXIER

As we ring in the New Year, it provides us with an opportunity to reflect on the previous 12 months and to look forward to what’s ahead for 2014. The year Annette Auxier. 2013 provided Submitted photo many challenges and many success stories. We are very proud to say that Chandler Unified once again earned an “A” rating by the Arizona Department of Education. CUSD is one of only 10 districts to earn the state’s top grade for each of the first three years of the Arizona LEARNS accountability system and the only district with multiple high schools all qualify for an “A” grade. In November, our community voted to support our Maintenance and Operations override election. The authorization will help us recruit and retain great teachers, prevent us from increasing class sizes and provide additional security for our schools. For 2014, the Governing Board, administration and staff are focused on our 10-year plan called Journey 2020, which is our effort to try to become the top school district in the nation by the year 2020. We have created paths to excellence for Academic Excellence, Outstanding Staff, Culture of Success and Effective Resource Management. Within Academic Excellence, the paths include personalized education and student-centered learning environments. Outstanding Staff focuses on Effective Staff and Effective Leaders. Our Culture of Success shines light on our attempts to communicate effectively and earn organizational recognition. Effective Resource Management works to ensure that we are maximizing our human and

financial resources and continuing to develop alliances and partnerships. Each summer we develop new metrics that we measure our success and learn how we can improve. I would encourage you to become familiar with Journey 2020 by visiting the district website, Our schools truly belong to the community. Strong public neighborhood schools are important to our sense of community, our property values and, indeed, economic development. There are many ways that residents can help their neighborhood schools. One method of support is through financial contributions such as the public education tax credit or donations to schools. Just as important as financial support is volunteerism. There are many ways to assist at the school level, including teaching Junior Achievement, which provides important business and economic lessons. Another is our popular Art Masterpiece program run entirely by parents and community members. Schools are grateful for support in other areas as well, including providing clerical help for teachers, helping our youngest students learn how to read, tutoring or involvement in a STEM activity. Sports fans can attend a local athletic event and show support by rooting on their local team. At the district level, we have opportunities as well, including our 10-week citizens budget committee or helping to review textbooks considered for adoption. To conclude, it is our privilege to serve our community, which continues to show its support to our staff, students and schools. Thank you for helping us in our effort to become a top national school district. Annette Auxier is governing board president for the Chandler Unified School District.

Green your goals for 2014 New Year’s is a time for reflection and resolution. As you create a brand new list of goals for 2014, it is not too late to include mother Earth. Waste Management has compiled easy tips for making your New Year a green one.

with food scraps. For more information, visit Put Your Green Thumb to Use: Start a garden in your backyard or neighborhood. When deciding your options, consider growing native plants. Not only do they reduce the usage of fertilizers, pesticides and water, but they also reduce air pollution and provide shelter for wildlife. To discover the types of plants abundant in your community, visit

Recycling Often and Recycling Right: Eliminate contamination and purchase a separate container just for recyclables to keep in a convenient location at home such as the kitchen, laundry room or backyard. Don’t have recycle options in your community? Visit where-can-i-recycle.jsp to locate dropoff facilities near you. A complete list of acceptable recyclable materials can be found at

A Breath of Fresh Air: Instead of driving in a car, walk, ride a bike, carpool or take public transportation whenever possible to help reduce air pollution and save on fuel costs. Save Money, Buy Local: Purchase your fruits and vegetables from local farmers markets and reduce emissions used to transport them. Not only will you receive a fresher selection, you will save money in the process.

H20 Conscious: A full bathtub requires about 70 gallons of water while taking a 5-minute shower uses only 10 to 25 gallons of water. Create Compost at Home: Composting, a natural decomposition process, happens when organic materials, such as food scraps (excluding manure, meat and dairy products) breakdown with help from oxygen, water and nitrogen. Compost makes a great soil additive that will nourish plants and replace fertilizer. To create a compost bin, find a large plastic container. Combine grass clippings, wood chips, bark, leaves and twigs

Clean Out Your Closet: Donate old or unworn clothing items to your local thrift stores and/or shelters. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Going green is a lifestyle decision essential to the survival of our planet. At Waste Management, we want to help our communities every step of the way. With a little effort, you can make a big impact!

Letters to the editor

What an American Christmas is to China Enough about budget complaints blaming our national debt on elected officials. “We the people” stand in line to buy from China! This New Year we can make a decision to plan and watch for U.S.A. products on sale or visit antique shops for bargains. This Christmas I decided not to purchase

a five-cup coffeemaker for reasons expressed when I couldn’t find a coffee maker “Made in USA.” Can we learn from a Christmas where China makes our products and Santa gets the credit? Cherokee Mangus

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Broker receives Chandler’s Kelly brings prestigious cutting-edge clients to market Realtor award BY TRACY HOUSE

Early in December Shivani Dallas was awarded the 2013 Realtor of the Year award from the Southeast Valley Regional Association of Realtors (SEVRAR), which recognizes one active member who has provided outstanding service to his/her community during the year. The award came as a surprise to Dallas who thought she was solely attending the SEVRAR meeting. SEVRAR consists of about 10,000 agents in Phoenix and is the sixth largest board of Realtors in the nation. “I did not know I was there for that reason. It was a surprise at that point,” she explains. “I actually thought I was there for the installation of the new president for SEVRAR, which I was. But doing that, they announced those awards.” Dallas says she was shocked. “It was a nice surprise.” Dallas began her real estate career in 2005 and has been a broker since SEE REALTOR PAGE 49

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Dreams of Summer Gala to raise funds for Arizona Camp Sunrise BY LYNETTE CARRINGTON

THE TOP DOG OF BLACK DOG PROMOTIONS: Scott Kelly, owner and CEO of Black Dog Promotions, showcases, markets and partners with a wide variety of successful businesses. Submitted photo BY LYNETTE CARRINGTON

Some folks are just natural-born businesspeople and have a knack for knowing that next big thing. One such person is Chandler resident Scott Kelly, owner and CEO of Black Dog Promotions. Formerly in the banking and finance industry, he has shifted gears to become a focused media and business development company specializing in public relations and publicity. He also partners with emerging local, regional and national companies in creating unique business opportunities. “I love what I do,” Kelly says. “I look for businesses that utilize successful business models. I also look for people who have unique vision or who have created other successful enterprises in the past. I take whatever is different and forward-thinking about their company or concept and look to create business or marketing opportunities for them.” Kelly earned his undergraduate degree from Adelphi University in New York and his MBA from San Francisco State University. After graduation, he taught economics in Russia, worked on the development of a massive shrimp farm in India, developed online gaming in Costa Rica and worked in the copper mining industry in Chile. He then spent several years in California in investment banking. “With such a diverse business and marketing background, I always bring unique insight to every business I worth

with,” states Kelly. One such unique company is GSI Global Inc. Business partners actor/ producer/motivational speaker Tank Jones and entrepreneur Mike Smoot are at the helm of GSI, which launched in 2012 and created GSI TV. “GSI Global connects consumers with content created by many unique providers and makes it happen in a profitable way,” Kelly explains. “They literally do anything video-related. From video integration, or helping to produce or edit a video, add graphic animation on a video or anything else involving video.” Essentially, any person or company can have a quality channel with GSI TV. “As I am always looking to be on the cutting edge of media, I embraced GSI because they think toward the future, just like I do.” Some channels on the GSI TV site include AZLatinos and Renegade Calendar Girls. Another channel creating a lot of buzz is The Shorts Network, which debuted in November. “There are already some short films from independent producers that have signed on as well as a couple of Academy Award-winning shorts that will be part of the channel. They’ll welcome content from Arizona filmmakers, too,” Kelly explains. The diverse channel website can be found at In a completely different venture, SEE PROMOTIONS PAGE 48

All children should get the opportunity to attend a summer camp where they can run, swim in a lake, fish, hike, do arts and crafts, meet new friends and stargaze. For kids who are battling cancer, summer camp is a welcome way to try to take their mind off their disease and find a bit of freedom in the great outdoors. Feb. 28 marks the first Dreams of Summer Gala that benefits Arizona Camp Sunrise and Sidekicks, a special facility specifically designated for children who have or have had cancer, plus their brothers and sisters. Held at the Ocotillo Golf Resort, Dreams of Summer will kick off with a silent auction and cocktail hour, followed by an elegant sit-down dinner and presentation from the children of Arizona Camp Sunrise. Following is a live auction that will feature golf outings, hotels stays, jewelry and other goods and services. This inaugural event serves as the main fundraiser, working to support the ongoing efforts of creating memories and unforgettable experiences for the children who attend Arizona Camp Sunrise, organizers say. Dreams of Summer Gala tickets are available at SEE SUMMER GALA PAGE 50

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Black Dog Promotions is marketing the International Sportsmen’s Expo taking place at the University of Phoenix Stadium Feb. 20-23. “This event is huge and every year it just keeps getting bigger and better,” Kelly says. “Whether you like camping, hunting, fishing, hiking, boating, Boy Scouting activities or archery, this event will have everything. It’s an outdoor activist’s dream. I’m proud to be a part of this because I love and support the Boy Scouts and it’s given me a whole new appreciation for the great outdoors an all the fun opportunities it provides.” (Of note, Kelly serves on the executive committee for the Boy Scouts, 2014 Scout-O-Rama.) For more information, visit phoenix/ Kelly has always loved the entrepreneurial spirit and founded Grow Southwest to spotlight innovative new companies.

“I created Grow Southwest as a way to showcase emerging people and businesses in the southwest that are displaying cutting-edge ideas in entrepreneurism or thinking outside of the box,” Kelly explained. “It’s important for me to bring their stories out to the media and to the public because they are the future in areas such as technology, media and unique services that will serve consumers in a unique way. “Some of the companies that we have spotlighted are companies that have emerged from young entrepreneurs completing programs at ASU, companies like Duo Kitchenware and SafeSIPP.” Visit for more information. He jumped at the chance to partner with Data Privacy Network. They have developed a network of consultants, speakers, products and services designed to help individuals and businesses of all sizes secure their data, protect their identity and maximize online security. “With my background in banking and

finance, I know first-hand how important it is to protect personal and professional data and information,” Kelly notes. “Data Privacy Network was founded by Phil Alexander and he shares my passion for protecting businesses and people from the craziness that can ensue with unsecured data,” states Kelly. Together with Black Dog Promotions, the two companies inform and educate others about the importance of properly securing and protecting data. Learn more about Data Privacy Network at www. Show Business Report,, is a Black Dog Promotions venture that launched in November. “The new website is centric to the entertainment industry, focusing on business elements of television, film, acting and production. “We have already interviewed stars from ‘Once Upon a Time’ and ‘Nashville’ and in the new year, we’ll have one of the stars of ‘Shark Tank,’ plus many other surprises.” Kelly says. “I’m excited to bring

some unique content to the site and we’ll be at various events in the Valley and elsewhere, interviewing those in the industry. Some people think that movies and television are all glitz and glamour, but we’ll be revealing the business taking place behind the spotlight. I’m excited about the new ‘baby’ in the Black Dog Promotions family.” Moving toward the future, Kelly is looking forward to working with other entertainment, sports, technology and finance companies to include in the mix of his dynamic and burgeoning media, marketing and business development agency. “I’m always looking to partner with companies that think like we do. Together, the possibilities are endless.” Find out more at www. Lynette Carrington is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at

Chandler Multicultural Festival celebrates diversity BY MEGHAN MCCOY

Residents from all walks of life will come together this month to honor the diversity among them during the 19th annual Chandler Multicultural Festival. “It’s our way of celebrating the diversity in our community,” says Chandler Special Events Coordinator Hermelinda Llamas. “We like to showcase that diversity through our entertainment, our activities and the food.” This year the festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat., Jan. 18, in the downtown Chandler Public Library courtyard, 22 S. Delaware St. Admission and parking are free. The festival attracts between 5,500 and 7,500 people throughout the day. “We do get a pretty good crowd,” Llamas says. The event is part of the city’s monthlong Celebration of Unity. For more information about the Celebration of Unity, visit The Chandler Multicultural Festival kicks off with the fourth annual naturalization ceremony. “The Department of Homeland Security does the choosing, we provide them with an outlet to do it,” Llamas says of the 200 honorees. “They choose

DANCE: The 19th annual Chandler Multicultural Festival will feature a variety of entertainment to highlight the city’s diversity. Submitted photo

people who are here locally in the East Valley, Chandler and surrounding areas. It’s a little more personalized for them.” More than 600 individuals have

become American citizens through the naturalization ceremony. “It’s really a neat ceremony and everyone is accepting of the different

cultures,” Llamas says, adding that it showcases how they live and puts their heritage on display. There will be day-long entertainment for those who attend the Chandler Multicultural Festival. The event will also feature entertainment by a number of different groups, including a Mexican folk music duo, a belly dancing troupe, children who are learning Korean drumming and a professional Japanese drumming organization. Winners of the Creative Expression Competition involving Chandler schoolage children who produced artwork, essays and performances centering on the unity theme will be displayed. There will also be a variety of food to try, including Caribbean, southern, Mexican, Native American and American cuisine. Lisa’s Creatures will bring different animals from various regions of the world. Llamas says it will be fun for the kids as they learn what the animals eat and some history about the creatures. Meghan McCoy is the Neighbors and Business section editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at meghan@


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2009. She explains that a broker has more experience, continued education and certification than a Realtor, much like a LPN and a nurse. Dallas specializes in residential real estate and since 2006 Dallas has completed more than 400 short sales. She has several designations signifying her advanced education in the real estate field in addition to being an associate broker, including: Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE), The Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR), The Graduate Realtor Institute (GRI) and Short Sales & Foreclosure Resource Certification (SFR). She explains that agents choose to continue their education to take their designations to the next level. An associate broker with RE/MAX Infinity in Chandler, Dallas was nominated by Shelly Farley, managing broker, and Bill Ryan owner of RE/MAX Infinity. Nominations are collected and the selection is based on specific criteria. Among the criteria the association considers are high principles, faithfulness to laws and regulations in the industry, local, state and national civic and service clubs, charitable activities and the likes, along with service to the Realtor associations, and business accomplishments. Farley says she nominated Dallas for more than one reason. “Shivani is a force to be reckoned with. When she sets her mind to something she does it. More importantly, this year she’s taken on a really big role at SEVRAR with the Leadership Committee and Young

Professionals Network. She’s been involved in the community, which is really nice, and rare in our industry. You don’t see a lot of people willing to give back and she’s really just jumped in.” Farley mentions Dallas is part of the mentor process in the office and is always willing to help. “It was a no-brainer to nominate her for this award.” She cites her consistent growth and giving back as other reasons for her nomination. “We’re very proud of her.” Dallas is passionate about serving on the Professional Development Committee, Young Professionals Networking, and the Political Action Committee through SEVRAR. “I love my involvement with SEVRAR and just very passionate about the political action committee I’m part of there, which is fighting for Arizona legislation that has to do with homeownership here and doing more of the same.” Dallas works out of the RE/MAX Infinity Office at 2450 S. Arizona Ave., Suite 1, Chandler, providing real estate services throughout the East Valley. She represents buyers and sellers and has a wealth of knowledge, experience and resources to help with real estate decisions and believes that integrity and transparency are keys in being a trusted real estate professional. Contact her at 480-467-7222 or shivani@ for information.

Planet Fitness, the health club franchise known for its Judgment Free Zone and friendly prices, is opening a new gym in Ahwatukee. The gym will be located at 1020 N. 54th St., at the northeast corner of Interstate 10 and Ray Road. Prices at Planet Fitness are $10 a month. Planet Fitness provides a relaxed, hassle-free atmosphere that includes free fitness training with all memberships. In the United States, 3.5 million Planet Fitness members have embraced the company’s Judgment Free Zone philosophy, and Planet Fitness is a national brand partner of the NBC show “The Biggest Loser.” The Ahwatukee gym will feature more than 100 cardio machines, including treadmills, ellipticals, stationary bikes and ARC Trainer machines. The ARC is a cross between a treadmill and elliptical, with very low impact. The cardio area

will be equipped with 65-inch HD televisions. The club will also have a full circuit of strength machines, a 30-minute Express Circuit, tanning booths, massage chairs, hydro-massage beds, red light therapy booths for skin rejuvenation and full locker rooms with televisions. In addition to the $10-a-month membership, Planet Fitness has the PF Black Card membership, which costs $19.99 a month and comes with free and unlimited tanning, guest privileges, free use of hydro-massage beds and massage chairs, 50% off all cooler drinks, and free use of all 700 clubs in the Planet Fitness chain. During the pre-grand opening sale that began Jan. 2, people can join the club for just $1 down and $10 a month. This offer expires on Fri., Jan. 24. For more information, go to

Market on the Move in South Chandler distributes fresh food Market on the Move distributes fresh produce in a farmers market atmosphere for the public to enjoy. The purpose of the market is to reach out to the community by providing good quality produce at an extremely affordable price. A $10 donation is good for up to 60 pounds of produce for six to eight different varieties


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LAKE DAY: Fishing and swimming are just some of the many fun activities available for campers. Submitted photo summer.” She also enjoyed horseback riding, swimming, rappelling and campfires. She served as a counselor-in-training for a few years at Arizona Camp Sunrise, too. Deiser says she made friends with whom she remains in touch.

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Deiser is healthy and has moved on with her life. But, she is excited to relive some of her memories at the Dreams of Summer Gala at Ocotillo Golf Resort. “When I saw this event on Facebook, I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, that’s the camp I used to go to,’ and it gave me goose

bumps,” she says. “This camp makes a huge difference in so many children’s lives and the kids going through this feel that they have something in common with everyone else.” Arizona Camp Sunrise was established in 1983 and is the first camp in Arizona for children with cancer. In that first year, there were 23 cancer patients and eight staff members who took to the pastures in the White Mountains where staff and children slept in tents and worked together cooking meals. In 1985, the camp moved to the R-C Scout Ranch, northeast of Payson. Because of generous support by individuals and businesses, the facilities have grown. Now there are seven cabins, a dining hall and kitchen, a 24/7 medical staff and a medical cabin that proves cancer treatment support. The camp engages hundreds of children impacted by cancer, offering camps, retreats, and other services year-round. The Sidekicks program is the only one like it in the state and is for the siblings of cancer patients who also have their own program at the camp. In 2013, the Southwest Kids’ Cancer Foundation was established to continue the 31-year legacy of Arizona Camp Sunrise after funding from The American Cancer Society was discontinued. The new organization is committed to actively preserving and advancing the camps and programs for children affected by cancer. Lynette Carrington is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at

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Lap swimming offered in the morning and night Lap swimmers have the opportunity to get their swim in either in the morning or at night. 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. 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.

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Call ahead to confirm information, as details occasionally change after print. If you have a recurring monthly meeting you would like listed in Neighborhood Networks, email complete details to Note: The SanTan Sun News now has a Spiritual Connections column in the Spirituality section for ongoing religious-related events. About Care Monthly volunteer training, by individual appointment. A nonprofit serving homebound Chandler and Gilbert residents; provides transportation, shopping and errands, friendly visits, reassurance phone calls, minor home repairs. Info: 480-802-2331, Absolute Business Builders: Business Networking International 8-9:30 a.m. Wednesdays Chompie’s 3841 W. Frye Rd., Chandler Info: Nikki Janulewicz, 480-5701835, Action Networkers: Business Networking International 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays Chompies 3841 W. Frye Rd., Chandler Info: Marty Recht, 602-315-2056, Alzheimer’s Association Desert Southwest Chapter, Chandler 5:30 p.m. second Thursday of the

month Support group for caregivers of people with dementia. Free; no preregistration required. Chandler Regional Hospital, Morrison Building, Learning Resource Room 1875 W. Frye Rd., Chandler Info: Mindy, 602-528-0545, ext. 201

American Society of Women Accountants, Mesa East Valley Chapter 5:30 p.m. fourth Tuesday of the month Nonprofit organization holds monthly networking and educational sessions for women in accounting. Landmark Restaurant 809 W. Main St., Mesa Info: Shelby, 602-430-8834,

Business Referral Exchange Worldwide (BREW) Noon-1:30 p.m. first and third Thursday of the month Industry-specific referral and networking group Dobson Ranch Inn 1666 S. Country Club Dr., Mesa Info: Jeremy McClymonds, 480444-2228,

Chandler Business Alliance 7:30-8:30 a.m. Thursdays Professional business coalition dedicated to the economic and social development of its members and the Chandler community as a whole. BLD 1920 W. Germann Rd., Chandler Info: chandleralliance@gmail. com,

Build Your Own Business: Chandler Chandler Chamber Business 8 a.m. first and third Thursdays of Golf Arizona Business Connection the month 7 a.m. tee time, first and third Networking Group East Valley networking and referral Wednesdays of the month 7-8:30 a.m. Wednesdays organization, meets in Ahwatukee Includes nine holes of golf, Networking / referral group at a private location; address will continental breakfast and holds weekly breakfast meetings be provided upon contact. networking opportunities. Alzheimer’s Association Desert with member presentations and Info: Lisa,, Preregistration required online. Southwest Chapter, Gilbert marketing training sessions. Guests Golf venue varies. 1:30-3 p.m. first and third Friday of are free. Call in advance. Info: the month Dobson Ranch Golf Course Chandler Airport Commission Support group for caregivers of Restaurant 7 p.m. second Wednesday of the Chandler Farmers Market people with dementia. Free; no 2155 S. Dobson Rd., Mesa month 3-7 p.m. Thursdays preregistration required. Info: Danny, 602-363-0147, Danny. The Commission makes Weekly market with more First United Methodist Church of recommendations to Chandler than 30 vendors selling fresh Gilbert City Council regarding airport produce, baked goods, gourmet 331 S. Cooper Rd., Gilbert Arizona Special Education operations, physical growth, food and handmade crafts. Free Info: Mindy, 602-528-0545, ext. 201 Network, Chandler area economic development and admission. Provides disability-related proposed land use. Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, east side American Legion James O. education, advocacy and resources Chandler Municipal Airport of Arizona Avenue, Chandler Schroeder Post 55 to help parents navigate the terminal Info: 480-855-3539, 7 p.m. third Tuesday of the month complex special education system. 2380 S. Stinson Way, Chandler Sun Lakes Country Club, Navajo Info: 602-531-0230 Info: 480-782-3540 Room 25601 N. Sun Lakes Blvd., Sun Lakes For a complete list of SanTan Sun area clubs, associations Info: Commander Byron Weston, and networking groups, visit and 480-802-6623


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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. Connect5 Family Centers Corp. 222 E. Warner Rd., Chandler 480-699-2122 1495 S. Higley Rd., Gilbert 480-361-8410 Here’s the deal: Monday’s and Friday’s 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.

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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.

Planet Sub 1920 W. Germann Rd., Chandler 480-245-6503 Here’s the deal: Monday kids 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.

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.

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 receive 50% off frozen yogurt and 50 cent all beef hot dogs.

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.

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.

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 night’s starting at 3 p.m. off of the Z’Tejas KidZ menu.

WHERE KIDS EAT FREE The SanTan Sun News now has a regular “Where kids eat free” section. Restaurant owners, please email us details such as days of the week kids can eat free at your establishment, and what conditions apply, such as purchase of an adult meal, certain hours, etc., Include your restaurant name, address, phone and website and a contact name for verification. Readers, if you know of a location that has a kids-eat-free program, email us with the restaurant name, a phone and / or email for confirmation and details. Email information to KidsEatFree@

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Farmers Market brings community, crafts together From baked goods to handmade crafts, the Farmers Market in downtown Chandler brings the community and entrepreneurs together to share in the unique experience of an outdoor market every Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m. Sample goodies, shop and enjoy the outdoor atmosphere. STSN photos by Tracy House

PAMPERED POOCHES: Barbara and Bob Carr bring Bandit and Moki out to the Farmers Market each week to enjoy the open air.

BASKET CASE: Shoppers peruse the baskets at one of the many vendors at the Farmers Market.

WOODSY WIDGETS: Betty Kuttner sells her one-of-a-kind home accessories and décor items, all handcrafted from wood.

GREAT HARVEST: Ward and Leslie Walston, owners of Great Harvest Bread Co., offer a variety of their specialty breads at the Farmers Market.

SPICE UP YOUR LIFE: Sample blends of spices for sale from Slavo Salt. Michael “Slavo” Stephens brings his unique spices to the market each Thursday.

FLUFF IT: Cecilia Garcia and Hazel Arce sell handcrafted marshmallows and more while enjoying some hot cocoa.

OLIVE IT: Sample and take home a bottle or two of OMG Olive Oils-Marinade-Vinegars owned by Skip and Bonnie Enger of Sun Lakes.


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‘Flora’ show continues at Vision

ON DISPLAY: Nevada fiber artist Paula Chung with her “Aging Iris IV” textile at the Vision Gallery through Sat., Jan. 18. STSN photo by Laurie Fagen

The fiber art exhibition of Paula Chung continues through Sat., Jan. 18, at the Vision Gallery, 10 E. Chicago St., in downtown Chandler. “Flora: The Fiber Paintings of Paula Chung” is inspired by Chung’s gardens, which, she says, provide “a never-ending source of inspiration and solace.” She uses hand-dyed silks, often over-dyed to capture a rich depth of color, with nature serving as her pattern. A fusible interfacing is applied and a cotton/polyester batting attached. The florals are heavily machine quilted and embroidered. “My pieces try to capture a blossom’s essence and the energy and the awe I feel when experiencing their beauty,” says the Nevada artist.

The Vision Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. For details, visit or call 480782-2695. For more on Chung’s work, go to

TEXTILE EXHIBIT: Additional fiber wallhangings by Paula Chung continue on display at the Vision Gallery in downtown Chandler. STSN photo by Laurie Fagen

Country Thunder rolling into Florence this spring with top headliners BY CHRISTINA FUOCO-KARASINSKI

With headliners Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert and The Band Perry, Country Thunder organizers feel they have the right mix to stir up the dirt in Florence Thu., April 10, through Sun., April 13. “We think we’ve gotten it right yet again,” says Troy Vollhoffer, executive producer. “Our headliners are incredibly strong and we’ve backed them up with a good mix of hot, young talent and

classic artists who appeal to our entire demographic. We know that our fans are going to have a blast this spring.” Besides the trio of award-winning artists, the bill also features Sawyer Brown, Craig Morgan, Mark Chesnutt, Joe Diffie, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Thompson Square, Cassadee Pope, Tyler Farr, Easton Corbin, LoCash Cowboys and Colt Ford. “That’s one festival I’ve wanted to play for awhile,” Ford says. “I’m excited

to be able to do that. I’ve heard from my other buddies what a great festival it is and how much fun it is. So I’m really looking forward to it.” A former professional golfer, Ford is promoting “Ride Through the Country Revisited,” a reimagining of his 2008 debut album. “It’s old, but it’s new, if that makes any sense,” says Ford, who recently wrapped up a tour with longtime friends Florida Georgia Line. “When I first made ‘Ride

Through the Country,’ I didn’t know anything about Nashville. I didn’t know anything about what was going on in that world. I just wanted to make a country record. So I made one. “At the time, I didn’t think I’d make one (album) let alone four. I just never thought that would happen.” He decided to revisit “Ride Through the Country” to show where he has traveled to, musically, in his career. SEE COUNTRY THUNDER PAGE 57



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Chandler Center for the Arts boasts eclectic lineup of shows There’s plenty going on at Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. Call 480-782-2680 or visit to learn more.

‘Incognito’ Actor, teacher and writer Michael Fosberg brings his moving autobiographical play “Incognito” to the Chandler Center for the Arts at 7 p.m., Fri. Jan. 17. After 30 years of thinking he was “white,” Michael Fosberg uncovers his biological father and discovers he is “black.” This is the story told by Fosberg as he inhabits more than a dozen characters during his compelling one-man play. “Since 2001, I have performed ‘Incognito’ throughout the country, inviting audiences to question and discuss their thoughts on race and identity as I have come to question and embrace my own,” Fosberg says. Fosberg challenges audiences to carefully examine their assumptions about others while taking audience members on a passionate journey covering issues of race, identity, diversity and stereotypes. “Imagine discovering you are not the person you thought you were. That you have a family, a history, an ethnicity you never knew. How would this discovery impact your life, the lives of those around you, your vision of yourself and society?”

Fosberg says. The presentation is among several events occurring in January as part of the city’s 2014 Celebration of Unity chandleraz. gov/diversity. Tickets are $10. Call 480-7822680 or visit

Dick Van Dyke & The Vantastix Dick Van Dyke—star of movies including “Bye Bye Birdie,” “Mary Poppins,” “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” “Fitzwilly,” television series “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and “Diagnosis: Murder” and the 2013 SAG Lifetime Achievement Award winner— walks the audience through his exceptional 60 years in show business as he sings songs from his stage and screen work with his a capella quartet The Vantastix. Van Dyke and the Vantastix will perform 7:30 p.m. Sat., Jan. 25. Tickets are $48-$68.

Mr. & Mrs. Wyatt Earp ‘The Sunset Years’ This show explores the love, adventure secrets and lives of the Earps, as told by the elderly Wyatt and Josephine Sarah Marcus Earp. The play takes place nine years after Wyatt dies, in Josie’s memory. Meanwhile, an elderly Wyatt speaks reluctantly of his time in Tombstone the life that followed. The play is 3 p.m. Sun., Jan. 26. Tickets are $20 and $24.

improvMANIA brings classes to Chandler starting Jan. 8 If you have a New Year’s resolution to try something new, you may be in luck—improv classes are coming to Chandler starting Jan. 8, with improvMANIA, the Valley’s own family friendly improv comedy troupe. The classes are professional-level and will be offered to Chandler and Gilbert residents in partnership with the Chandler Recreation Department at the Chandler Community Center, 125 E. Commonwealth Ave., Chandler.

improvMANIA has been producing family friendly improv comedy shows in Downtown Chandler since 2009 at venues such as Chandler Center for the Arts, Art On Boston, Gangplank and Kokopelli Winery. Call 480-782-2727 or visit registrationmain.sdi to register for classes. Follow improvMANIA on Facebook at

Outliars Comedy Club Chandler celebrates first anniversary Jan. 19 The Outliars Comedy Club Chandler is offering $1 off the price of admission for its show at 7:30 p.m. Sun., Jan. 19, inside Iguana Mack’s, 1371 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler. “We are excited about the year going into 2014 after a great 2013 with tremendous acts from ‘The Office,’ ‘The Tonight Show,’ ‘Workaholics,’ ‘MadTV,’ ‘According to Jim,’ ‘Parks and Recreation,’ ‘Key and Peele,’ ‘Arrested Development’ and ‘The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,’” says founder Dave Thurston. “We were also fortunate enough to put on the first Arizona Improv Festival and first Arizona Sketch Comedy Festival. We are going to do to it again this year and we are going to add the first Arizona Stand-Up Comedy Festival from Feb. 20 to Feb. 23. In other Outliars news, the troupe will be hosting auditions beginning at 5 p.m. Sun., Jan. 12, inside Iguana Mack’s. For reservations for any shows or auditions, call 480-784-7258 or visit outliarscc. com.


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COMING TO TOWN: Miranda Lambert is one of this year’s Country Thunder headliners. Submitted photo

COUNTRY THUNDER DEBUT: Colt Ford is playing Country Thunder for the first time. Submitted photo

“There are so many songs on that record that are the foundation of my career, that I have to play every night,” he says. “If I don’t play them, then somebody will be mad at me. We just decided to try to do it—and do it with some legends.” The album features new versions of the favorites with fellow Country Thunder act Diffie, along with Ronnie Dunn, Wynonna Judd, John Anderson, among others. “The integrity of the songs hadn’t changed, but I’ve certainly grown as an artist in the last few years,” he explains. “I was able to get my band, my guys who play with me every night, to go in there with me and do it. It just turned out really cool. I think people who love the first record will love them both. They’re

the same but they’re different.” Four-day passes to Country Thunder are available for $160 by visiting or calling 1-866802-6418. To receive festival news and updates via text message, text ARIZONA to 44622. “Like” the festival on Facebook at and follow it on Twitter at: countrythunder. More than just a music festival, Country Thunder offers a full fan experience with camping, thrill rides, amazing food and specialty item vendors. DJs will spin country, red dirt and rock with an electronic dance music/club twist in Electric Thunder. Christina Fuoco-Karasinski is the editor of the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at

Chandler celebrates Chinese New Year Chandler rings in the New Year—the Chinese New Year—4 p.m. Sun., Jan. 19, as the Eastern Art Academy (EAA) and ASU Confucius Institute present the 2014 Chinese New Year Show. Chinese dance, instrumental and vocal performances and martial arts demonstrations will be highlighted at this year’s festivities. Traditional Chinese dances will be especially featured, with special performances from about 100 dancers

from EAA. Dancers from 5-year-old beginners to professional performers will demonstrate the dance styles, and the academy will showcase its dancers putting on solo, duet, trio and group performances. They will also use classic props on stage like silk fans, lanterns and floating ribbons. Classes in traditional Chinese arts are available at the EAA. The academy also offers cultural programs for children and adults; including Tai Chi and other

martial arts, Chinese dance, traditional Chinese painting, fine arts and a bilingual language program. The festival will be at the Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. Tickets are $15. To buy tickets or to learn more call Chandler Center for the Arts at 480-782-2680 or Eastern Art Academy at 602-490-8613.

DANCING IN THE CHINESE NEW YEAR: Young performers are on the program for the Chinese New Year festivities that the Eastern Art Academy is bringing to the Chandler Center for the Arts. Submitted photo



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Smith displays Chandler portraits The Vision Gallery, 10 E. Chicago St., Chandler, will display The Chandler Portraits: The Fine Art of Tad Smith Fri., Jan. 24, through Sat., March 8. Several prominent Chandler citizens were nominated to be represented in Smith’s signature stylized portraits, to honor their hard work and setting an example in Chandler. The gallery will hold a public reception for the artist Fri., Jan. 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. Smith, who owns The Design Idea graphic design, strives to listen to clients and create an artistic work out of their ideas. Smith has developed his own graphic style in addition to his fine art, and has used it in creating this exhibition featuring likenesses of some of Chandler’s most respected citizens. Each person was nominated from a wide variety of sources for giving selflessly to

their community. Though the art depicts a diverse group of people, each subject has had an impact in the community, including serving on boards and commissions and working to nurture and develop Chandler as it the city grows. “These images all represent the positive and inspirational ways people take pride in their community,” Smith says. “People who impact their community in such a positive way is heartwarming. When we asked for nominations from people, we found so many subjects who have been positive role models. We have enough names to continue the exhibition for several more years. We are starting with 20 nominations of people who seem to represent the ideals of the exhibit theme in prominent and consistent ways.” Visit or call 480-7822695 to learn more.

‘Automotive Artifacts’ puts cars in new light at CCA through March 8 Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler will showcase “Automotive Artifacts: The Fine Art Photography of Brenda Priddy” from Fri., Jan. 31, through Sat., March 8. The display will feature fine-art photos of iconic automotive details An open public reception 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31 will be held for the artist. Many viewers might know Priddy’s photographs of test cars, taken as the cars are moved from the proving grounds in the desert. Her images have appeared in many magazines and other publications. While photographing the test cars, Priddy has spent much of her time waiting near auto proving for the vehicles to be moved into place. While

waiting in areas from junkyards to classic car exhibits, she’s been able to look around and capture many other subjects. She’s often aimed her lens at auto details, such as nameplates, hood ornaments, architectural lines of car designs and more. Those details became the focus for this art exhibition. “These images recall a day long past when the automobile stood as an iconic figurehead in the American life,” Priddy explains. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; noon to 5 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call 480-782-2695 or visit

Darien Evans elected to Valley Youth Theatre board of directors Darien Evans, general counsel at imortgage, has been voted to a threeyear term on the Valley Youth Theatre (VYT) Board of Directors. “VYT is an amazing organization with a stellar reputation,” says Evans.

“Its work directly benefits the Phoenix community, and I am thrilled for this opportunity to contribute.” A member of the Mortgage Bankers Association, Evans left Caliber Funding after more than three years to join

imortgage in April 2013. Her role as general counsel includes advising management on complex legal issues, supervising the company’s regulatory compliance, as well as negotiating financing, agreements and leases.

She earned a bachelor’s degree from Ohio University and her J.D. at ASU College of Law, both cum laude. For more information about Valley Youth Theatre, visit

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Childsplay earns NEA Art Works $20K grant Childsplay was recently named one of 895 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. The theater was recommended for a $20,000 grant to support its production of nationally acclaimed playwright José Cruz Gonzales’ “Super Cowgirl and Mighty Miracle.” In the play, a stray dog appears on the doorstep and it is love at first sight for 6-year-old Cory, and the last straw for Grandma Autumn. Life hasn’t been easy lately for these two, facing absent parents and lost homes. But in a delightfully surprising story filled with humor and heart, “Super Cowgirl and Mighty Miracle” reminds us love makes almost anything possible, even in hard times. “The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support these exciting and diverse arts projects that will take place throughout the United States. Whether it is through a focus on education, engagement, or innovation, these projects all contribute to vibrant communities and memorable experiences for the public to engage with the arts,” says Joan Shigekawa, NEA acting chairwoman Art Works grants support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence: public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts and enhancing the livability of communities through the arts. The NEA received 1,528 eligible Art Works applications, requesting more than $75 million in funding. Of those applications, 895 are recommended for grants for a total of $23.4 million. “I am pleased that Childsplay has received this $20,000 NEA grant for the upcoming production of ‘Super Cowgirl and Mighty Miracle,’” says Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema. “I am certain this new José Cruz Gonzalez’s production will inspire and entertain audiences throughout the Valley. Childsplay is a true leader in the Arizona arts community and I am proud that they are based right in the heart of Congressional District 9.” “Childsplay is thrilled to be working with the NEA on this wonderful piece,” says Childsplay Artistic Director David Saar. “José Cruz Gonzalez has written a heartwarming story that is relevant to many young people and families today.

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

We are excited to bring it to life on stage.” Performances of “Super Cowgirl and Mighty Miracle” will be held at Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., at 1 and 4 p.m. March 22 through March 30, Saturdays and at 1 p.m. Sundays. Tickets start at $12 and are on sale at or at the Tempe Center for the Arts Box Office 490-3502822. The play is recommended for ages 5 and older. For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA website at

Final shows of Childsplay’s 20132014 season on sale Tickets are on sale for the rest of Childsplay’s 2013-2014 season. The adventures at Tempe Center for the Arts continue with everyone’s favorite cat in The Cat in the Hat and a rockin’ new look at “Schoolhouse Rock Live!” From the moment his tall, red-andwhite-striped hat appears at their door, Sally and her brother know that the Cat in the Hat is the most mischievous cat they will ever meet. 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. A pop culture phenomenon “Schoolhouse Rock Live!” returns to the musical stage. 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 Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe. Tickets start at $12 and are on sale at or at the Tempe Center for the Arts box office at 480-350-2822. Each show features a $12 Storybook Preview performance, sponsored by The Steele Foundation. Each family that attends this general admission preview performance will receive a free book. For more information, visit

The Feis in the Desert, an annual Irish dancing competition sponsored by Chandler’s Bracken School of Irish Dance, takes place this month Fri., Jan. 17, beginning at 5 p.m. and Sat., Jan. 18, and Sun., Jan. 19, beginning at 8 a.m. The competition takes place at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 1800 S. San Tan Village Pkwy., Gilbert, just across the street from the San Tan Village. Dancers from all over the country will come to compete against each other in this highly technical and athletic style of dance. Dancers will be judged on their style, choreography and technique; but the event is also a cultural festival celebrating Irish customs and music. Some activities begin on Friday, but the competition begins at 8 a.m. on Sat., Jan. 18, and the Irish festivities continue on Sunday. All levels of dancing will be on display, 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 The competition is apropos. After all, Tullamore, Ireland, is Chandler’s Sister City.

WINNING DANCERS: The Bracken School’s award-winning ceile team at the 2013 Western Regional Oireachtas. Submitted photo


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ON STAGE Pablo Francisco, through Sun., Jan. 5, SUL. The Arizona native and soundeffects master presents his arsenal of spot-on impressions and observational spoofing. “Bravo Broadway,” through Sun., Jan. 5, SH. Accompanied by three world-class soloists, the Phoenix Symphony will play selections from “Cabaret,” “Phantom of the Opera,” “Les Misérables,” “Hairspray,” “Chicago,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” “Show Boat,” “My Fair Lady” and more. ERTH’S Dinosaur Zoo Live, Fri., Jan 10, through Sun., Jan. 12, MAC. A visual experience of giant puppetry, inflatable environments, flying and crawling creatures and more. Get up close and personal with creatures that inhabited Earth millions of years ago. Genesis Dance Project, Fri., Jan. 10, and Sat., Jan. 11, TCA. This dance showcase will feature different dance artists including emerging artists as well as professional companies from all genres and styles of dance from Arizona and other states. A post-performance Q&A by the Arizona Dance Coalition follows the show. “Late Nite Catechism,” Fri., Jan. 10 through Fri., March 28, SCPA. Awardwinning actress Patti Hannon is quicktempered Sister. Ruling her classroom with an iron fist, she teaches her

students—who happen to be the audience—everything she knows about sins and saints while doling out rewards and reprimands.

Garden performance area on the Shadow Walk. Jan 23 features Bad Cactus Brass Band; Jan. 30 features The Burchfield Brothers.

“Late Nite Catechism III: ‘Til Death Do Us Part,” Sat., Jan. 11 through Sat., March 29, SCPA. Patti Hannon stars in this popular sequel to “Late Nite Catechism,” offering up the latest dogma fresh off the Web, lessons on love and marriage and her own outrageous version of “The Newlywed Game.” Each performance is unique.

Breaking Ground Festival, Fri., Jan. 24 through Sat., Jan. 25, TCA. Contemporary dance and film festival showcases acclaimed choreographers, dancers and filmmakers.

“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.

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.

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.

Mark Morris Dance, Tue., Jan. 28, MAC. The dance group’s performance combines wit, grace of movement and performance with live music.

“New Light on Ancient Maya,” Wed., Feb. 5, MAC. Archeologist William Saturno searches for clues to the mysteries of the Classic Maya.

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.

“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.

Itzhak Perlman, Thu., Jan. 16, MAC. The world-renowned violinist launches Mesa Arts Center’s 2014 series of classical music engagements with a performance. The Fab Four, Fri., Jan. 17, MAC. Meticulous tribute band The Fab Four recreates Abbey Road in Mesa as they celebrate each era of The Beatles’ incredible musical journey. 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

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“La Bohème,” Sat., Feb. 1, and Sun., Feb. 2, SH. The love story of a poet 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.

“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. “Chris Mann: A Man for All Seasons,” Fri., Feb. 14, MAC. The acclaimed vocalist and finalist from “The Voice” sings a collection of classical-crossover favorites. “TRIO,” Sat., Feb. 22, SH. Ballet Arizona, Arizona Opera, and The Phoenix Symphony feature excerpts from beloved 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. 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.”

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Cook cherishes role as advocate BY CHRISTINA FUOCO-KARASINSKI

Winning “American Idol” in the Fox Television show’s seventh season has given pop singer David Cook a plethora of opportunities, including playing for the troops, touring with Gavin DeGraw and The Script on separate occasions, and selling millions of records. But, Cook says, the best reward has nothing to do with the stage. It’s helping to support cancer research after losing his brother, Adam, to a brain tumor. Through his efforts, he has raised more than $3 million for brain tumor research and funding. “I think losing Adam, it affected me such a great deal,” Cook says after a heavy sigh. “I couldn’t fathom anybody else going through something like that. So what platform I continue to be afforded by ‘Idol’—I don’t know how long I’ll have it—I see it as imperative that I use it as best I can. Continuing to be involved with the National Brain Tumor Society and ABC2 (Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure) is paramount for me. I get as much joy out of doing that as I do being on stage, which says a lot.” Cook will hit the stage locally on Sun., Jan. 12, when he performs at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix. He’s using this jaunt to road test material for an album he’s going to record later this year. “We’re in the midst of starting pre-

production to record,” says Cook, who has lived in Nashville for the last year and a half. “We’re going to get on the road and play the songs, which on top of us trying to entertain, is pretty great pre-production for us. We’re getting to tighten the songs up. We’ll get in the studio pretty quickly after that.” Cook plans on producing the album— his third post-“Idol” release—on his own. It reflects his ethic on his latest single, “Laying Me Low.” “I got a bit of a bug for it on the last single we put out, ‘Laying Me Low,’” he says. “I co-produced it with one of the other writers. I just loved wearing that hat. I think feeling a little more invested in the end result was something I really enjoyed. I’m going to take on this monumental task of trying to do it with the whole record.” He sees it as a big challenge, considering he did his last two records with such high-caliber knob-turners as Rob Cavallo (Green Day, Goo Goo Dolls) and Matt Serletic (Collective Soul, Matchbox Twenty). “My hope is that that rubbed off on me a little bit and I bring some of that experience into it,” Cook says. “I have a vision of what I want these songs to sound like. Being able to have that say so, will helpfully move these things along.” SEE COOK PAGE 62

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“Laying Me Low” is a bouncy, pianoladen song that varies from his recent efforts, which, admitted, have been more low key. “The second record, ‘This Loud Morning,’ was a record I needed to make,” he says. “Being on the other side of that, I can see it a little more clearly now. The subject matter of the record and where that record came from, I just had to do that record. With this new stuff, I’ve tried to enjoy the creative process more—trying to experiment with new instrumentation and new lyrical concepts. That’s where

a song like ‘Laying Me Low’ comes from. I thought, ‘Let’s just write a song and see what happens.’ That’s the creative environment that I’ve tried to adhere to with this new stuff.” Cook explains that feeling is rooted in his enjoyment with music. “Without question I’m having more fun now,” Cook says. “I’m not sure what triggered it. Just having the whole creative confidence and creative freedom really has been huge. I don’t know that these songs would have come out in any other scenario.” While touring and recording his new

‘IDOL’ WORSHIP: David Cook performs at the Musical Instrument Museum at 7 p.m. Sun., Jan. 12. Submitted photo

album, Cook will continue to advocate. “I think having a bit of empathy toward a situation is what continues to drive me,” Cook says. “Adam left behind a wife and two kids. I wish Adam could see his kids now. I think it drives me to make sure that nobody else has to deal with this.”

David Cook performs at 7 p.m. Sun., Jan. 12, at the Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. Tickets are $32.50 to $37.50. For more information, call 480-478-6000 or visit, david-cook.


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Bridge Builders miracle day offering report Many of you who were out of town or unable to come to one of our Christmas Eve services did not get to hear how God’s graciousness and your faithfulness resulted in one of our greatest days in Chandler Christian Church’s history (and there have been many...and more to come). On Christmas weekend, we challenged you to provide a $1 million offering to our Bridge Builders campaign to help us in our three efforts: To finish Phase II of The Bridge

in cash, to accomplish some large mission projects, and to pay down more of CCC’s debt. One million dollars in one weekend seems like a huge challenge, but as usual you, my amazing CCC family, have met and exceeded our expectations. You are without a doubt one of the most generous churches in the world. As of Christmas Eve, you have contributed: $754,458.06 in cash

$1,004,755 in six-month commitments Totaling: $1,759,213.06 I just don’t know what else to add! It’s humbling to serve with such a faithful, generous, wonderful fellowship of Christ followers! God bless the socks off all of you! Happy Christmas and Merry New Year! Pastor Roger Storms Chandler Christian Church

Rabbi Irwin Wiener honored in Sun Lakes The Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation (SLJC) recently honored Rabbi Irwin Wiener for his dedication to the congregation. A dinner with the Board of Directors was held prior to the service; after the service, the Oneg Shabbat continued the celebration of the rabbi. Wiener is a columnist for the National Jewish Post and Opinion

and has appeared in the Arizona Republic; he also contributes Torah Study articles to the Jewish News of Greater Phoenix and is a published author of several books. Wiener is involved in innovative approaches to Life and Education programs designed to enhance understanding through involvement in interfaith community activities. Using a blend of traditional

and Kabbalistic forms, he has written spiritually oriented liturgies and presented seminars and articles on interfaith relationships. The Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation is an established reform congregation that meets at 7:30 p.m. the second Friday of the month at the Sun Lakes Chapel, 9240 E. Sun Lakes Blvd. N, Sun Lakes. To learn more, visit

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

SLJC Sisterhood gears up for busy year Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation Sisterhood’s next meeting will be held at 1 p.m. Thu., Jan. 16 in the Chapel Center in Sun Lakes 1. The meeting will feature guest speaker Jennifer Diaz, who runs Mulligan’s Manor, a home for gay, bisexual and transgender youth ages 12 to 17. Diaz will SEE SISTERHOOD PAGE 64


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discuss how she and her husband turned their own home into a haven for teen boys who were turned out of their own homes, what she, her staff and volunteers have been able to accomplish in the last two years and what her eventual goals are. The sisterhood’s annual card party is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tue., Feb. 18, at the Oakwood Clubhouse in Sun Lakes. Cost is $25 for lunch, a day of games and a chance to win door prizes and bid on gift baskets. 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 Mah Jongg cards is Feb. 1. The 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. Questions, comments or suggestions are welcomed by SLJC Sisterhood CoPresidents Carol at 480-895-3168 and Geri at 480-305-0123.

The Perfect Place perfect for adult care Families and caregivers can get a break with adult day care and nonprofit organization The Perfect Place, located on the campus of Risen Savior Lutheran Church and School, 23914 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler. A loved one may spend a morning or an afternoon with staff and volunteers, who provide a loving and caring social program. The program

opens with a short devotion after which everyone shares something about themselves: where they grew up, what they did for a living, family life or favorite activities. The fun continues through the day with playing cards, bingo, a bean bag toss, entertainment, snacks and a short session of chair exercises. Hours are 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays,

Wednesdays and Fridays. Contributions from service organizations or personal donations to The Perfect Place’s scholarship fund are greatly appreciated, and volunteers are welcome. For more information, contact Judy Waltersdorf at 480-895-2892, ext. 3 or email ThePerfectPlace85248@gmail. com.

DivorceCare program offered at CCC 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 Volunteers who can offer a DVD player and a place to meet are sought to lead small groups for an upcoming Acts study in January; curriculum and

training will be provided. If interested, contact Pastor Jeff Hinson. A Winter Camp for fourth- through sixth-grade students will be held Fri., Feb. 7, through Sun., Feb. 9, at UCYC in Prescott. Chandler Christian Church is at 1825 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler. To learn more, visit

Sun Lakes church to host special events Sun Lakes United Church of Christ hosts and presents a special women’s luncheon at 11 a.m. Sat., Jan. 18, at the Sun Lakes Chapel Center, 9240 S. Sun Lakes Blvd., Sun Lakes. All women

of the church and interested friends and neighbors in the South Chandler and Sun Lakes areas are welcome to attend. Guest speaker the Rev. Amanda

Peterson, founder of Pathways of Grace, will discuss “The Good Samaritan and Its Place in Our Daily Lives.” Peterson has also worked as director of Cornerstone Christian

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Sun Lakes synagogue hosts winter events Temple Havurat Emet hosts two special events this winter in Sun Lakes. Vocal impressionist Tom Wolf, known as “The Wolfman,” takes the stage at 3 p.m. Sun., Jan. 26, in the Arizona Room at Sun Lakes Country Club. The nointermission, 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. 7, 14 and 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. 10, 17, 20, 22, 23 and 24. Tickets can also be purchased for delivery by calling Jean at 480-8020185. The annual fashion show is set for 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. 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,

25635 S. Country Club Dr. in Sun Lakes, or by calling Joy King, committee chairwoman, at 480-588-1882. Limited seating is available. Sun Lakes United Church of Christ will also host a series of presentations on four of the world’s great religions and how they view the “Golden Rule” Wednesday mornings in January and February. Presentations include “Hinduism and the Idea of Karma,” Jan. 15; “Buddhism and the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path,” Jan. 22; “Confucianism and the Balance within Nature,” Jan. 29; and “Islam and the Five Pillars of Faith,” Feb. 5. All presentations will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Chapel Center, 9230 Sun Lakes Blvd., Sun Lakes. To learn more, call Pastor Vernon Meyer at 480-895-6317.

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, Tri-City 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, SEE SPIRITUAL CONNECTIONS PAGE 66

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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, maline@ East Valley Jewish Couples Club Offers once-a-month social activities such as dining, movies, plays, etc. for Jewish couples in the 45- to 65-year-old age range. Info: Melissa, 480-785-0744, beadlover@ Forever Marriage Ministries 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@,, facebook. com/forevermarriages. 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 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:, helpoverco

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

Jewish Women International, Avodah Chapter 1581 Monthly luncheon Iguana Mack’s 1371 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler RSVP: 480-802-9304, 480-655-8812

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

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, www. 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

Our church family already loves you. We just haven’t met you yet. Worship: 10 a.m. Sunday Hamilton High School Auditorium 3700 S. Arizona Ave.

480-899-1400 gracefully, reincarnation, karma and divine guidance are discussed during Arizona Satsang Society’s Spiritual Chat sessions. Unity Church of Divine Love 325 N. Austin Dr., Suite 4, Chandler Info:, 877-300-4949 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

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

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We Do Inserts! A group of local business representatives and owners committed to development of local businesses in the Greater Chandler Area. Providing a forum for local businesses to promote themselves. We also work with and promote several non-profit organizations. Each member is required to assist or fund a non-profit organization as a show of support to our community.

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Interior / Exterior EXCEPTIONAL QUALITY at EXCEPTIONAL PRICE • Designer to help with Colors • Cabinet Painting

Fall & Winter Special

25% Off

All Sprinkler Installs!


Interior Painting Cabinet Staining or Painting Call for Details. Must present ad for savings. STSN

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Serving the East Valley Since 1980

Hennessy Pools, LLC

480-892-5000 SERVICE CHARGE WAIVED* *With Mention of this Ad

A+ Rating




24 Hour Service!

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


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• Tile Cleaning / Acid Wash HOME • Vacation Service ADVISOR • Free Estimates MEMBER • Weekly Service & Repair • Filter Clean (All Types) • Salt Systems • Sand Change Repairs when you mention this ad • Green Pool Fix New customers only. • Insured

$40 OFF





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

ROC: 241512, 245339




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Chandler Chamber of Commerce Award Winner





Gail’s Pet Sitting Service

New 2014 E-Z-GO RXV 2014 E-Z-GO TXT


• FREE initial meet and greet • Daily dog walks and play • Retrieving mail, plant care and more • Senior discounts


• Weekly service & repair • All equipment repairs • Acid wash/Tile cleaning • New pool build assist • All pool remodeling • Kool Deck repair/Repaint • Travertine/Paver Patio

50 Gallon Electric Water Heater Installed $612.22





Beyond Pool Cleaning IX LLC

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

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


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

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

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




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

HELP WANTED F/T Preschool Assist. Teacher M-F 9 AM-6 PM in Ahwatukee. Must have experience working with children 3-6 yrs old & be dependable. Email cover letter & resume with 2 references to Compensation: Starting from $10 per hour.

ESTATE SALE ESTATE SALE - JAN 17/18, 2014 Contemporary king 5 piece bedroom set, coffee table, chiminea, toaster oven, room humidifiers, housewares, paintings, figurines, asst cabinets, decorative accessory pieces, etc. 24526 S. Berrybrook Dr. Sun Lakes, Oakwood, Enter through EJ Robson Gate. Get map at gate. Hours 8AM - 1PM

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

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


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

ALTERATIONS ALTERATIONS: Women’s and Men’s Attire, from mending or custom tailoring. 20+ years of experience, located on Chandler/Gilbert border. Rush service available. Call Denise 480-794-0400 for appointment.

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


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

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

BEYOND POOL CLEANING IX LLC Husband /Wife Team - Owner Operator. Pool/Spa Service, Cleaning and Repair, Equipment Installation, Certified Pool Operator, Member IPSSA. East Valley Specialists. 480-369-4540 www. Many references Available. Licensed/Bonded/Insured ROC#283791




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

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

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

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

DRYWALL 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.

BUSINESS SERVICES HEALTH REFORM Confused?? I can help you sort it out either on or off the exchange. Call me for a free consultation. Licensed, bonded, and certified for health reform. Call Karen 480-229-9812

January 4 – 17, 2014





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.

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

LESSONS/TUTORING MANDARIN LESSON Private Mandarin tutoring by a native speaker. Certified and experienced. Customized lessons focusing on personal needs. $20 per hour per person. Call for a free interview. Evelyn 480-282-8670 or email:


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

PERSONAL TRAINER AAPF certified personal trainer w/20+ years experience. Specializing in weight loss, nutrition, toning, strength & sportspecific training. Call Rus for a consultation. Start the New Years Resolution NOW! Leave msg if you get voice mail. 623-986-9200

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

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

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

HOUSE CLEANING PERSONAL TOUCH HOUSECLEANING 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

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.

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.

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.

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.


CARPET CLEANING 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.

WINDOW CLEANING ‘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.




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

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

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.




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

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

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

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.




January 4 – 17, 2014

- 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.

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

Wh ere to find...

TREE WORK SPECIALS 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.

ROOMATE WANTED ROOMMATE WANTED OVER 40 M/F share apt. F/plc, own bdrm bath workout room, 101/Ray Road, Chandler. $545.00 per month, 1/2 Cable, internet, Utilities Start 01/05/2014 480-326-9346

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

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

HOMES FOR SALE 11410 E Bellflower Ct. Over an Acre Lot! 4BR, 3BA 3,181 sq. ft. $549,900. Gorgeous gated community of $700k to Million dollar homes! Pebble tech heated pool and spa w/ water fall feature! Built-in BBQ, firepit with flagstone seating area. Must see this lot. Call Jan, Realty Executives 602-819-7847

SanTan Sun News


Lonetree Golf Restaurant

Harkins Theatre

Guest Services, 2nd floor

Alma School & Knox

Riggs & Lindsay


Barro’s Pizza

La Casa Blanca

Crossroads at Gilbert & Germann

Fiesta Plaza at Alma School; Riggs Road

Alma School & Germann; Riggs & McQueen

McQueen north of Riggs

ACE Hardware


Bashas’ Market

Burger King

Pecos & McQueen

Market Place, Gilbert & Germann

Sun Lakes

Alma School and Germann

Tom’s BBQ



Shoppes at Clemente Ranch at Alma School & Germann

Alma School & Queen Creek

Market Place, Gilbert & Germann

Water & Ice

Fat Burger

Riggs & McQueen


Alma School & Queen Creek

Bagel Nosh

Crossroads Towne Center, Gilbert and Loop 202

Brooksies Propane

Las Tiendas at Queen Creek & Alma School Sun Lakes



Chandler Fashion Center



AZ Olympic Gymnastics Gilbert & Ocotillo

Bear Creek Golf Course

Arizona & Willis

Alma School & Queen Creek

Swim Kids

di Sciacca Glass

Native New Yorker

101 & Guadalupe

downtown Chandler

Los Flavoritos Taco Shop Fiesta Plaza at Queen Creek & Alma School Garcia's Mexican Fulton Ranch Arizona Ave. & Ocotillo YouFit Gym Fulton Ranch Alma School & Chandler Heights

Environmental Education Center at Veterans Oasis Park Lindsay and Chandler Hts.

The Orchard Apple Shop

Las Tiendas at Queen Creek & Alma School


CGCC College

Chandler Village Center

Sun Lakes Campus

Gilbert & Germann

Einstein’s Bagels


The Living Room

Las Tiendas at Queen Creek & Alma School

Chandler Village Center

Chandler Chamber of Commerce

Inta Juice

office, downtown Chandler

Dilly’s Deli

Gateway at Arizona & Willis

Barness EV Jewish Community Center

SanTan Brewing Co.

Alma School & Warner

Yogi's Grill

Grimaldi’s Pizza

downtown Chandler

The Falls at Ocotillo at Queen Creek & Alma School;

San Marcos Coffee Shop

Cantabria Shores Condos Ocotillo Bay Apartments Springfield Rec Center

at Ocotillo & Arizona Ave.

Coach & Willie’s

Riggs Road

downtown Chandler

Merchant Square

Sunbird Rec Center

on Arizona Ave.

Kokopelli Winery

Riggs Road

downtown Chandler

Irish Republic

SNAP Fitness

Downtown Chandler

Mikado Sushi

Yoli's Café

Riggs Road & McQueen

Fiesta Plaza at Queen Creek & Alma School

Old Town Market Square, downtown Chandler


Downtown Ocotillo, Queen Creek & Dobson

Good Egg Fulton Ranch Promenade on Alma School

Chandler BBQ Shoppes at Clemente Ranch at Alma School & Germann

Las Tiendas at Queen Creek & Alma School



Pecos Ranch at Dobson & Germann

The Falls at Ocotillo at Queen Creek & Alma School; Dobson & Chandler

B.L.D. Pecos Ranch at Dobson & Germann

downtown Chandler

Dobson & Chandler Blvd.

Fat Boys NY Pizza Fulton Ranch Towne Center at Ocotillo & Arizona Ave.

The Orchard Apple Shop Dobson & Chandler Blvd.

Country Clipper Downtown Chandler

Where to Eat

January 4 – 17, 2014


Steak • Seafood • Chops • Wine • Cocktails

Serving Midwestern CAB beef for over 26 years. Now serving Midwestern beef in Chandler for over three years.

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

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

The Dukes of Hazzard’s John Schneider, and Frank Sinatra Jr. agree, “That was the best steak I’ve ever had!”

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!

Expires 1-31-14

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

Expires 1-31-14

Live Jazz


Saturday nights 7-11 p.m. 1960 WEST RAY ROAD, SUITE 4 • CHANDLER • WWW.PESTOSPIZZA.COM


Where to Eat

January 4 – 17, 2014


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—

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 •

Where to Eat


Golf and dinner as low as $35 per person 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

January 4 – 17, 2014



January 4 – 17, 2014

Where to Eat

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

Reservations Only:

480-895-8845 Last event SOLD OUT!

Chicken Schnitzel with potato and cabbage slaw Tilapia with baked potato and vegetables

Come check out our: Remodel & Full Service Bar 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

Where to Eat

January 4 – 17, 2014

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January 4 – 17, 2014


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Call or text your information to: 480-221-1332

2,390 SQ. FT. IN GILBERT AT $216,000! And it’s right at Higley & Williams Field. There’s much more than the 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms to rave about. There is a chefs kitchen w/island counter, ceiling fans, extensive tiled floors, wood and wrought iron railings and a huge loft. Plus a huge rear yard, big patio cover and lots of privacy.

Call The Pete Dijkstra Team Today! 480-582-9777 PIN# 1014

DON’T JUST BUY, FLOURISH IN A NEW LIFESTYLE! Bring everyone and everything to this impressive, grand home. Usher family & friends thru an expansive & comfortable dwelling loaded with luxurious spaces. Great rooms, flex room & optional 5th bedroom. Incredible master, split garages with a shop and outdoor centric lifestyle. $355,990! 2,843 Sq. Ft. in Gilbert!

GORGEOUS WATER FRONT HOME AT $195,800! Here’s a rare opportunity to live on a greenbelt for privacy and a lake home site for relaxing views and a serene lifestyle. This perfect home features new carpet, tile and paint with the washer, dryer, and refrigerator all included. Close to Superstition Mall and I60 in Mesa.

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OVER 2,000 SQ FT FOR $135,000

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2,035 SQ FT IN GILBERT AT $232,990

This jaw dropping 3,050 SQ FT home blows other homes away. Built as a 3 BDR plus loft with a 4th BDR option. You’ll step thru the foyer and awe at the magnificence of soaring ceilings, total openness with style. 3 kitchen options and the first floor master. There’s four parks, thousands in incentives and a low HOA.

This brand new home is built as a 3 bedroom with loft or option 4th & 5th bedrooms. There’s a 1st floor den, huge kitchen, walk-in pantry, and upstairs 3 bedrooms, a loft and 2 more baths. It’s all just 2 miles to the San Tan Mall and freeway.

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Wow! Check out this 3 Bdr, 2.5 Bath, Trend Home located in the heart of Power Ranch. This home features raised panel, Staggered Maple Cabinets, Granite Counters, New Paint and a Great Open Floor Plan. In Great Condition…You won’t be disappointed. In Gilbert at $193,900.

Well that’s just a start, with another $5000 in closing costs with this builders lender. This phenomenal 1,856 SQ FT home has it all. There’s a wide open kitchen, huge dining room, great room and a bdr and full bath downstairs. Outside there is community b/ball, volleyball, amphitheatre, playgrounds and more! Just $245,990 in Gilbert.

Space, storage and quiet spaces define this appealing 2,543 SQ FT split floor plan. That can be built as a 5 bedroom. 3 kitchens to choose from and front courtyard that bring the outdoors in for a peaceful sanctuary. The perfect combination of luxury and a soothing retreat.

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And it has 4 BDR’s, and 2.5 baths that are light and bright! You’ll love the big island kitchen featuring lots of cabinets and counter space. Outside there’s a covered patio and the home site is fully landscaped with mature trees.


CHANDLER - 3 CAR GARAGE & SPARKLING POOL This meticulous 1,961 sq. ft. home has everything you hoped for. From the foyer to the huge great room, there are 10 ft. ceilings, an island kitchen, granite counters, tons of cabinets, a warm gas fireplace, a split 3 car garage, and an inviting pool. It’s all yours at $264,900.

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2,300 SQ. FT. & “0” DOWN

At $144,000 this 1,800 SQ FT features a large open great room, phenomenal island kitchen, fans, neutral paints, tiled floors on a big home site with covered patio and mature landscaping. Just $144,000.

Now that prices are soaring, we looked at the new homes and found bargains all over. This 2,300 sq. ft., 4 Bedroom home comes new with Den, 2.5 baths, Huge Island Kitchen and a covered patio. There’s sports courts, soccer fields, parks and tot lots and up to $5,000 in incentives. Just $205,400 in Queen Creek.

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You’ll love this upgraded Ashton Woods plan in Spectrum at Val Vista. There is a grand great room. Big open island kitchen with a bayed breakfast area, granite counters. Separate formal dining and a split master suite with bayed windows. It’s fully landscaped surrounding a pool with waterfall. Two way gas fire place. All of this on a quiet corner lot.

This exceptional Gilbert golf subdivision has the best deal anywhere! Over 2,600 SQ FT, extensive tile, floors, cherry cabinets with granite counter-tops, built in entertainment center, loft, and a big backyard, patio, counter, and pool. Just $265,000.

Space, storage and quiet spaces define this appealing 2,543 SQ FT split floor plan. That can be built as a 5 bedroom. 3 kitchens to choose from and front courtyard that bring the outdoors in for a peaceful sanctuary. The perfect combination of luxury and a soothing retreat.

Owner is sizing down but hates to go. This custom 4 BDR, 3 BTH has separate family and living rooms, a separate formal dining room and a wide open kitchen with a huge island. There’s 4 bedrooms and 2 bath all nestled on this great acre site. Just $285,000.

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

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